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Thursday, 12 March


Friends of the Earth Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friends of the Earth (FoE) Melbourne  is a non-for profit organisation working for a socially equitable and environmentally sustainable future. The international Friends of the Earth network is  active in 77 countries with over 2 million members. Read more.

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Australian Plants Expo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Thank You For The Music "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Tuesday, 25 July


Australian Cardinal and Aide to Pope Is Charged With Sexual Assault "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australias senior Roman Catholic prelate, and one of Pope Francis top advisers, has been charged with sexual assault, the police in the Australian state of Victoria said on Thursday. The prelate, Cardinal George Pell, became the highest-ranking Vatican official in recent years to face criminal charges involving accusations of sexual offenses. The case will test the credibility of Francis initiatives to foster greater accountability after abuse scandals that have shaken the church around the world. Cardinal Pell, the Vaticans de facto finance chief, had been accused in hearings before Australias Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse of mishandling misconduct cases against clergy members while he served as the leader of the Archdioceses of Melbourne and Sydney. Then allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused minors himself beginning early in his priesthood and continuing until he became archbishop of Melbourne. In recent decades, more than 50 Roman Catholic bishops worldwide have been accused of sexually abusing children, according to, an advocacy group ... that documents sexual abuse in the church. Few, however, have faced criminal charges. It is rare for a cardinal, a prince of the church, to be accused of sexual abuse, though one of the most notorious cases involved Cardinal Hans Hermann Gror of Vienna, who resigned in 1995 over accusations that were deemed credible by his successor.

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, see concise summaries of sexual abuse scandal news articles.

Afghanistan facing major health crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

National Nine News (Australia), April 27, 2006: Afghanistan is facing a health crisis larger than that experienced by Asian countries after the 2004 tsunami, an Adelaide forum has heard. Mariam Rawi, a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), has told the forum that despite Afghanistan receiving billions of dollars in aid, little has been done to address the country's lack of health services.

Dr Najibullah Lafraie: Fundamentalist in the Guise of Academician "IndyWatch Feed National"

... but now that Najibullah Lafraie, in a rare show of shamelessness, has threatened RAWA supporters in Australia and is trying to put a mask on his fundamentalist face, I am compelled to write not only about our conversation but also to reject his statement. I hope it will also attract the attention of Mr. Throman Holi who as a lawyer of Najibullah Lafraie has asked our supporters in Australia to remove an article about Najibullah Lafraie from their website and apologies this 'foreign minister' of the criminals and killers.

RAWA AUSTRALIAN TOUR "IndyWatch Feed National"

RAWAs Amena Shams was in Australia, speaking at many forums across the country. For all those who were fortunate enough to attend one of Amenas many events, it was a great opportunity to reconnect directly with RAWA, to be inspired by news of RAWAs ongoing work and to receive accurate, current information of the situation for Afghan women. For this 2005 tour events were organised in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Lismore and Brisbane by a wide range of organisations including the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, the Boite, the International Womens Development Agency, Immigrant Womens Support Service, Melbourne University, Flinders University, Amnesty International, the Australian Peace Committee, WILPF, Darebin City Council, several private and government schools as well as many RAWA supporter groups and individuals.

Der Al-Aksa-Moschee-Konflikt eskaliert weiter:Israel ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Der Al-Aksa-Moschee-Konflikt eskaliert weiter:

Israel banned Muslim men under the age of 50 from a contested Jerusalem shrine Friday and deployed about 3,000 police nearby, ahead of expected Muslim protests over the installation of metal detectors at the holy site.

The age restrictions and police deployment came hours after Israels security Cabinet decided not to overrule an earlier police decision to install metal detectors at the gates to the walled compound.

Ist ja eigentlich schon bemerkenswert, dass die nur alte Mnner zulassen wollen, um Selbstmordattentate abzuwehren. Rein intuitiv wrde man ja denken, dass eher alte Mnner, die schon alles hinter sich haben und nichts mehr zu verlieren haben, zu Selbstmordattentaten neigen, aber das ist ja berhaupt nicht so in der Praxis.


Governor General Gongs Gillard for "exemplary leadership" "IndyWatch Feed National"

This proudly promoted by The Australian. Exemplary leadership if you don't mind. Julia Gillard presented with the insignia of her appointment as a Companion in the Order of Australia Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard was officially awarded Australia's highest honour by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove at a ceremony at...


A few notes on #J25Antifa "IndyWatch Feed National"

To mark International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners (J25Antifa) I wrote a thing for overland which you can read here. For more infos on J25Antifa, please see the NYC ANTIFA blog. This coming Saturday @ The Coronation Hotel in Continue reading


A couple of quick links on inequality "IndyWatch Feed"

The issue of inequality is finally attracting some attention. I have a piece today in Inside Story, an update of a post here from 2012, on inherited wealth. Also, Greg Jericho in The Guardian and Bernard Keane in Crikey (paywalled) refute the attempts by the government and its apologists to claim that inequality is not growing in Australia. Ill have a bit more on this soon, I hope.


The System is Broken "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its been 12 months today since the ABCs Four Corners program shocked the nation when it shone light on the horrific abuse of children at the NTs Don Dale youth detention centre.

Few people would forget the sickening image of a young Aboriginal child Dylan Voller hooded and shackled to a chair at Don Dale.

Thousands of our supporters took action over a 24 hour period which helped force the federal government to establish the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

The interim report of the Royal Commission uncovered further cases of abuse in the NT, but as we said when the Royal Commission was announced, the locking up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids - at 24 times the rate of other Australian children - is a national shame requiring a national response.

In the last 12 months weve seen and heard distressing allegations of physical and sexual abuse in Cleveland Detention centre in Queensland, Barwon prison in Victoria, Bimberi detention centre in the ACT and Reiby detention centre in NSW.

And these are only the cases that make it into the public arena.

This is a natio...


Greens citizenship dramas all fun and games until someone gets a Minister knocked out "IndyWatch Feed National"

There must be heaps of skeletons in the parliamentary closets. Care to wager they'll take the self-interest option and quietly make this all go away? Wow. Told last week by Mum that she did form for dual citizenship through his Italian-born grandma. Grazie Nonna! Pia Akerman (@pia_akerman) July...


PERTH Child sexual abuse arrest, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Child sexual abuse arrest, WA .

July 25, 2017 at 01:11PM .

and inspection of the electronic devices the man was charged with the below offences and appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on 7 April 2017. .


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PERTH Shawn Adam Newton charged with murder of Rebecca Jane Gascoigne "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Shawn Adam Newton charged with murder of Rebecca Jane Gascoigne .

July 24, 2017 at 05:03PM .

Police have charged Shawn Adam Newton with the murder of Perth mum of three Rebecca Jane Gascoigne. Police captured Mr Newton on Monday .


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Tesla of the Seas to Ship Boom Worldwide "IndyWatch Feed"

Norway sure keeps popping up on the world financial stage for a place mostly famous for fish and fjords.

The first reason is because it has the richest sovereign wealth fund in the world. The second is the electric car take-off is most advanced there.

But now comes the most impressive thing of all

The Wall Street Journal reports the first crewless ship is set to sail over in Norway sometime next year.

Its dubbed the Tesla of the Seas. And yep, no humans are required on board at all. It will cross the water and dock by itself, using GPS, radar, cameras and sensors.

This could be the biggest thing to come from Scandinavia since Abba!

But heres the most important part: it could cut operating expenses to move goods by ship by 90%.

Now consider the long term implication from this as it develops and goes worldwide

Crewless ships, robot pickers and hotted up forklifts

It could mean a massive boon for global trade as more goods can criss-cross the worlds oceans as it just gets cheaper and cheaper.

This could become even bigger if a breakthrough in robotics finally comes through.

Were on the cusp now. One of the biggest challenges for robots is picking up items and boxing them. Robots arent as dexterous or coordinated as a human hand. Even a toddler can put a toy in a box.

This may be about to change. This is big. Some big international retailers are now testing robotic packers in their distribution centres. One figure says they can work 50% faster than a human doing the same job.

Its sorely needed. The ecommerce boom in the US, for example, has become so large that labour shortages are now developing for this type of role.

The race is on to make the robotic leap happen. Whichever retailer gets there first could cut their fulfilment costs by 20%. That can be passed on to consumers to win market share.

Its not limited to robot pickers either.

Both Amazon and Walmart have taken out multi-million dollar deals around a company called Plug Power. This mob manufactures forklifts that run on hydrogen fuel cells. They recharge faster and less often. This helps makes the warehouses even more efficient than they are now.

Every operation is being streamlined and fine-tuned as fast possible. Youd think Amazon would have the lead here, but I cant say so for sure., for example, is the Chinese equivalent to Amazon. JD is ploughing huge amounts of money into their logistic network in China. They are also considering a move into Australia and working with existing retailers h...


Julie Bishop out-leftys Bill Shorten on income inequality and wealth redistribution "IndyWatch Feed National"

Great minds think alike, apparently lesser ones too. Bill Shorten on Twitter today promoting the Guardian promoting Bill Shorten The Liberals don't think that inequality is a problem, so you know they wont do anything to fix it. Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) July 25, 2017 Hate to be the...


Pastor Neville Johnson of Academy of Light Queensland. Liked blow jobs (oral sex) from three female church secretaries, false prophet and scams people in Ponzi Schemes. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Neville Johnson

A younger Pastor Neville Johnson in New Zealand in the 1970s to 1980s. Liked blow jobs (oral sex) from three young church secretaries.


A 65,000 Year old axe: Over to you Jim Bowler "IndyWatch Feed National"

A 65,000 Year old axe: Over to you Jim Bowler

By Steven & Evan Strong

The discovery of a grounded and polished stone-axe, dated to be no less than 65,000 years old certainly upset mainstream narratives and numbers. A report on the archaeology published in the Sydney Morning Herald (July 20, 2017 pages 1 and 2) compiled by Tony Wright focused on the unexpected repercussions of this research, conceding that SAboriginal people have lived in Australia for a minimum of 65,000 years 18,000 years longer than had been proved previously and at least 5,000 years longer than had been speculated by the most optimistic researchers.(1)

The central point that has still not been understood relates to the discovery of Sthe world"s oldest stone axes with polished and sharpened edges,(2) and in particular, the contextual implications of the fact that Sno other culture had such axes for another 20,000 years.(3) Not only is this advanced technology exclusive to Australia, Sone of the most striking finds was the huge quantity of ground ochre, right from the oldest layers(4) which as the researchers correctly observed meant that these people Swere already enthusiastic artists, and had continued to be so in an area known for its spectacular rock art.(5) If they are correct, this is now the earliest found use of ochre used for art, which means not only are these people the first to invent the axe they were also the first artists.

This middle level date also puts to rest the incorrect allegation that the arrival of humans in Australia led to an immediate drop in the numbers of all mega-fauna species through opportunistic hunting of the largest sources of meat. Now agreed to be together for no less than tens of thousands of years, before the numbers began to decline as the climate changed, this assumption now has a much weaker and illogical base and was always incorrect.

Despite the shortcomings and endemic narrow focus there is one aspect of this research that is one small step in the right direction, as it is now agreed that the Sarchaeologists will have to recalibrate previous assumptions about the journey out of Africa.(6) Granted they are still attached to the mistaken idea modern humans originated in Africa, but as the arrival date was 40,000 years, then 50,000 years, recently overtaken by 60,000 years and now we have no less than another 5,000 years to add on top of this ever-expanding algorism, it is becomes increasingly difficult to believe these numbers will not change again.


Satellite Imagery Reveals Shocking Proof of Climate Engineering "IndyWatch Feed National"

The images below were captured from NASA satellite sources and are quite alarming, to say the least. These images are proof of the shocking ongoing global climate engineering assault being carried out on this planet.

As you will notice in the images below the highly toxic heavy metals and chemicals being sprayed into our atmosphere and manipulated through radio frequency signals are having a noticeable impact on the clouds themselves. Even square cloud formations are created in some scenarios. You can see the difference in cloud impacts when partnered with different frequencies.

Off of the East coast of Australia West coast of Africa California coast Off of Africas west coast South of Spain in the Alboran Sea The southern ocean near Antarctica



A fortnight in verse 1 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Were in Bali for a couple of weeks. Rather than write home about it in prose, Im taking the opportunity to practice rhyming. Heres a first instalment.

A fortnight away
We booked our trip online (oh please, no blame
I know the globe is warming, but our gnarly
joints have given gip since winter came
so we bought pain relief: two weeks in Bali).
We hit a snag. When Id typed in my name
it wasnt what my passport said. Bizarrely,
it cost two hundred dollars to set right.
But phew! We got it changed, and made the flight.

A pair who honeymooned there thirty years
ago, said, Stay away from tourists. Thats
what spoils it now. A woman close to tears
saves wildlife: monkeys, an iguana, cats
and dogs. The waters free, they charge for beers
and food (its Virgin). Nearby inflight  chats
are few devices rule. In Denpasar
an hour in imigrasi, two by car

to Puri Suksma, Ubud. Every Wayan,
every Made, Nyoman, Ketut is
on the road, and this greenhorn Austrayan
has knuckles turning white as endless scooters
brush past on every side. Im only sayin
it looks and sounds like chaos, but a toot is
just to say, Im here. No rage, no lanes
keep order, just calm interactive brains.

To be continued

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Curiositys in the blood "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Testing for the clinical streams of the Hazelwood Health Study is about to get underway. The Cardiovascular Stream is expected to include a full blood examination and the Respiratory Stream testing will measure Hemoglobin, the oxygen that carries protein inside red blood cells. Blood is important for our body as it is pumped through our veins []


POETRY ON THE AIRWAVES "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

POETRY ON THE AIRWAVES Youll be able to hear a selection of verse from the Kurilpa Poets over the next few weeks on popular Community Radio station 4RPH, on Teusday afternoons around 1.30pm and Wednesday evenings about 7.45pm. This week Continue reading


Simon Marnie on The Dialogue Wednesday 26 July "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Simon Marnie is a man of many talents he knows how to do card tricks and clever things with pieces of rope, but hes best known as a broadcaster on ABC Radio.  He has interviewed the talented and fabulous and reported on triumph and tragedy. This time hes on the other side of the microphone. Tune in to The Dialogue on Wednesday 26 July at 6pm when Claudia Chan Shaw chats to Simon about magic, oysters and a big blue kangaroo.

Claudia Chan Shaw and Simon Marnie

Claudia Chan Shaw and Simon Marnie

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Introduction to Relief Printing Begins August 11th "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Next in our Ink Roll Print series with Castlemaine Press is Introduction to Relief Printing tutored by experienced printmaker, Jackie Gorring (see left). This is a great place to jump into printmaking for those budding printers out there! More Here.


Chair Yoga free course begins 17th August "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We will be starting an introductory 4 week free CHAIR yoga course at CCH this term. For those that struggle with movement and mobility but are wanting a supportive way to move and stretch their body, chair yoga maybe for you. Come along and try it out! More Details here.


Lismore ready to host Masters Games "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore is set to host the 10th biennial Masters Games including competitions across 14 sports over September 2224, 2017.

On the action side the games will feature baseball, cricket, dressage, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, mini-lympics, netball, oztag, softball, swimming and a fitness challenge.

There is also a large social program including a welcome lunch, free entry to the Lismore Cup and food vouchers for local restaurants.

Former test cricketer Adam Gilchrist is the ambassador for the games.
Closing date for registrations is August 18, 2017.

Hundreds of mature-age competitiors are expected from across Queensland and New South Wales and they will join more than 250 local volunteer organisers.

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Locals shine at Byrons Night of Fights "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


And the winner is Issac Tisdell. Photo Ryan March Photography

A loud, capacity crowd  watched numerous bouts across a range of disciplines including professional boxing, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts when the Cavanbah Centre hosted Byron Bays Night of Fights earlier this month.

It was a good night for Kingscliff local Josh Frederiksen, who beat the number-five-ranked light heavyweight fighter in New Zealand, who was especially flown in for the match-up.
Byron Bays local legend Issac Tisdell also won his professional boxing debut against Trevor Loomes from Perth.

The night also included the finale of one of Mixed Martial Arts fasting growing programs worldwide Wimp 2 Warrior.

The night was a massive success. All the Wimp to Warrior contestants were amazing, as well, Nick Midgley from Kingscliff Boxing Stables said.

The event was organised by the Kingscliff gym in conjunction with local gym, Extreme Mixed Martial Arts.

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Wilko keeps the lead after the great waves of J-Bay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Matt Wilkinson on the wall at J-Bay. Photo WSL

The Corona J-Bay Open in South Africa was blessed with amazing waves and groundbreaking performances with Filipe Toledo taking the win and setting new standards of performance on the legendary walls of Jeffreys Bay.

Byron Bays Matt Wilkinson has retained the Jeep Leaders Yellow jersey with a quarterfinal finish that sees him keep his slender 250- point lead over his rivals.

As if the day hadnt been crazy enough, the opening quarterfinal between Mick Fanning and Gabriel Medina had to be paused as a large Great White shark invited himself into the lineup.

When the surfers returned to the water, 1977 World Champion surfer Shaun Tomson predicted there would be four ten-point rides for the day.

He was right.

The day boasted some of the best waves ever seen in competition, and it also had a very good claim to be one of the standout days in professional surfing history.

Local groms

Our local junior and grommet surfers continue to shine with excellent performances and some great results at the NSW Junior Surfing Titles incorporating the NSW School Surfing Titles and the NSW Grommet Titles.

Nyxie Ryan won the U/16 Girls Allstars competition representing Byron Bay High School and also came fourth in the U/16 Girls NSW State Junior Surfing Titles then teamed up with Kobi Curtis to win the U/16 Girls NSW State High School Mark Richards Shield representing Byron Bay High School.

Touma Cameron and Duke Wrencher claimed third in the U/16 Boys Mark Richards Shield for Byron Bay High School.

The event was run in good waves at Bonny Hills and determined the qualifiers for the NSW Junior Team for the 2017 Surf Dive N Ski Australian Junior Titles.

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Airborne skaters bring RUKKUS to Mullumbimby "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


It was on for young and old alike at Mullums RUKKUS 2017 on sunny and fine Sunday July 16.

More than a hundred skateboard riders and spectators  turned out at the Mullumbimby skate park two weeks ago for the latest instalment of the regions skate competitions RUKKUS 2017.
The young riders were particularly keen, ready and determined to show off the new tricks theyve been working on since the regions last skate comp, Battle @ Bruns, in April, Berri Drum from the Byron Youth Service said.

BYS put on a free barbecue with food donated by  generous local businesses such as Byron Bay Pork & Meats, Mullumbimby IGA and Mullum Hot Bread.

The event was hosted by BYS in collaboration with Byron Skateboard School and funded by Byron Shire Council.

Age-group winners received prizes donated by sponsors Stash House, Truckstop, Skull Candy and G Spot.

The support from community, families and volunteers is what has made the event possible, Berri said.

With the resurgence of skateboarding among the next generation of youth were seeing a cross-generational family sport.


Girls: Ashleigh Hill, Chloe Covell and Amy Stephens.
U/8 Boys: Oscar Southerden, Jake Thatcher and Ryder Johnson.
U/12s Boys: Josh Godword, Sumanyu Black and    Nakula Boag.
U/16s Boys: Bailey Ryan, Riley McComb and Charlie Holland.
Open: Isaac Roxburgh, Michael Mitchell, Sam Windhorst
Keep an eye on for future skate comps and other youth events.

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TAS Counterfeit bank notes in circulation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 4:27 pm.


Police have again received numerous reports of counterfeit fifty dollar and ten dollar notes being circulated along the North West Coast.

Business owners should be cautious and ensure that staff are alerted to check any notes that may be presented.

If anyone has any bank note in their possession that they may have concerns about the authenticity about they should immediately contact police.

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Further information regarding counterfeit detection information can be found on the Reserve Bank of Australia website

Anyone who has information regarding the production of counterfeit notes is asked to contact Burnie CIB on 64777291 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Today is the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its been almost ten years since 21-year-old Australian Jock Palfreeman found himself alone one night in Sofia, Bulgaria, confronted by a group of fascist football hooligans hed witnessed attack two Roma men. In the ensuing altercation Jock was injured and one of the gang, a young man called Andrey Monov, was fatally stabbed.


US Army ARC Huron C-12V 95-0092 drops in "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PAT92 95-0092 (95-00092) C-12V Townsville-Cairns-Townsville

95-0092 C-12V at Cairns.


Nat Cromb: Justice for Elijah Doughty, now "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post After hearing last Fridays news, I was left reeling with a frenetic bundle of nerve endings and emotions. When I spoke to Luke, he instantly picked up on it. I told him I needed to write, to do something to vent my state of anger and he said to me, just make sure you write cathartic and ...


Winning the battle with credit cards "IndyWatch Feed"

Credit where due

It's true that Aussies are using credit cards more these days - I swipe mine more often myself now that you don't have to remember the PIN every time you use the card.

The total value of outstanding balances is a little higher than 5 years ago, but lower when adjusted for population growth, and quite a bit lower after accounting for price inflation. 

Meanwhile, more of us have gotten smarter about using interest free periods.

See my analysis featured in the number one article on SMH today (click image to view). 


Trade cattle sell firmer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There were approximately 1400 export and 130 young cattle penned representing an increase of 200 head week on week.
The usual buying group was present but not all operating fully in a generally firm market.
Quality was mixed with only limited numbers of trade cattle and a similar run of grown steers and bullocks compared to last sale.
The limited selection of trade cattle sold firm on the majority of sales with the heavy grass heifers lifting 15c/kg. Grown steers and bullocks sold firm to 7c/kg dearer. Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers improved 4c to 5c/kg. Cows sold fully firm through all grades. A handful of heavy weight bulls sold firm.
Vealers to butchers sold from 312c to 343c/kg. A few yearling trade steers made between 300c and 305c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 288c and 314c/kg.
Grown steers made from 292c to 312c/kg. Bullocks sold from 290c to 319c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made between 242c and 271c with the crossbred portion between 261c and 309c/kg.
Most light and medium weight cows sold between 176c and 236c/kg. Heavy weight cows made mostly from 215c to 274c/kg. Heavy weight bulls sold from 286c to 300c for the better shaped lots with dairy bulls from 256c to 279c/kg.

Just looking: Simon Henderson from Phelan and Henderson and Co and Joe Surace from Strzelecki, who was just having a look at the VLE Leongatha store sale last Thursday.


Roughage in winter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EVEN if there is new growth of pasture and you are using various supplementary feeds, you could ask why feed roughage?
Roughage are the bulky feeds that are mostly considered to be high in fibre and low in energy.
Roughage is needed to be fed to your livestock this winter.
Even though some roughage may be left uneaten, for digestive function livestock require a minimum amount of fibre and long roughage to maintain their digestive systems.
This is sometimes known as the scratch factor and stimulates rumination (cud chewing).
When moving livestock onto green pasture, their rumen needs time to adjust to a new feed type.
Newly growing pasture may not have adequate fibre levels.
It may be better to supplement stock to allow the pasture to establish and develop.
Hungry cattle need to be prevented from gorging themselves on pastures that may have potential to cause nitrate poisoning or bloat.
If feeding grain or pellets with too little roughage, acidosis or grain poisoning can occur.
As we move further into winter, hay may be needed to reduce grass tetany risks and allows a way of administering Causmag.
Another good reason to feed livestock roughage in cold weather is that roughage in the diet helps keep livestock warm because the fermentation and breakdown of cellulose creates heat energy.
If livestock do not have enough roughage, the weight will melt off as they will extract body fat to create energy for warmth, and therefore it is effective to feed your livestock late in the afternoon to provide heat through the night.
For further advice contact your local veterinarian or Agriculture Victoria veterinary or animal health officer.

Winter nutrition: cattle need fibre and long roughage to maintain their digestive systems.


Beef on the way down "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BEEF prices have begun to fall as supply continues to increase and rain evades eastern parts of the country.
Meat and Livestock Australias midyear cattle update has predicted prices will continue to fall for the rest of the year.
In June, eastern state slaughter numbers for supply crossed above year ago levels for the first time in three years and the MLA predicts this will continue for the rest of the year.
Prices also crossed year ago levels going in the other direction, however MLA market information manager Ben Thomas said prices will remain above the five year average for the foreseeable future.
Mr Thomas said for the past three years, producers selling at the same time each year have received better returns than the year before, but that has now changed.
Prices are now lower than a year ago and production higher as the countrys herd continues to rebuild, he said.
We knew the beef market turning point was coming. Now we know when, with lower process across the board.
Landmark agent Terry Ginnane said while quality affected prices at last Thursdays store sale, prices at Wednesdays prime market held firm.
Numbers will stay low for a little while. Parts of south New South Wales and eastern Gippsland havent had any rain, he said.
Rain in those areas would tighten the market up a bit more.
Mr Ginnane said abattoirs in southern NSW and South Australia are already getting an influx of fat cattle from the northern states.

Check out: Adam Williams and his dad Peter Williams were at the VLE Leongatha store sale last Thursday, getting a feel for the market.


Dayn celebrates career best "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHAS Dayn Bentvelzen and his team attended the 2016/17 Victorian Wingless Sprintcar presentation night in Geelong, following the close of the season.
Dayn picked up three trophies for the night. It was a career best season for him.
He was second in the Victorian State Series (out of 89 cars on the points list), third in the Victorian Eastern Series (Oout of 40 cars on the points list) and second in the Victorian overall state aggregate (state series, eastern series and club races combined).
The team also came home with second in the Avalon Speedway Track Championship.
I couldnt have accomplished these achievements this season without Adrian Densley and his family for the support and giving me the opportunity to drive for them, Ando and Greg for all their hard work crewing, my wife, and my parents and their partners for their support over the years, and also my great local sponsors, Dayn said.

State series winners: Leongathas Dayn Bentvelzen came in second.


Charm of Finches Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of Their Debut Album "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Charm of Finches A year ago Melbourne sister duo Charm of Finches released their celebrated debut album Staring at the Starry Ceiling and since then they gone from strength to strength. After numerous festival appearances, high profile support slots and headline shows Charm of Finches have announced plans to celebrate the one []


Boost for sport clubs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SPORTING clubs in Bass received a share in more than $500,000 in funding as part of the latest round of health promotion foundation VicHealths Active Club Grants, an initiative to encourage more Victorians to get physically active.
The funding helps local sport clubs across Victoria deliver more opportunities for women and girls to get involved in sport, and provide more social, flexible and accessible sport programs.
The grants also provide more opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities to take part in sport.
Bass MLA Brian Paynter said the grants, of up to $10,000 each, will make a significant difference to communities and help more local residents get involved in community sports.
We want to support locals to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age, gender or ability, he said.
Due to a lack of time, lack of confidence, and societal pressures, many BAS residents just arent fitting the recommended amount of physical activity into their week.
With these Active Club Grants, local sport clubs will be able to deliver a wider range of opportunities for everyone to get active, regardless of ability.
Regular physical activity not only protects against many illnesses, it also makes us mentally healthy, alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the grants will help more Bass residents to make physical activity part of their day-to-day life.
This program is about supporting Victorias grassroots sport clubs to provide a wider range of opportunities for everyone to get involved in, Ms Rechter said.
Successful clubs across Bass will be able to use these grants to respond to growing numbers of women and girls wanting to play sport.
Non-traditional, social and modified sports are also becoming an increasingly popular choice, and some of the successful clubs will deliver creative and flexible sports programs to help locals fit exercise into their busy daily routines.
I encourage Bass residents to get involved in their local sports clubs its a fun way to keep active while connecting with like-minded people in your local community.
For more information about VicHealths Active Clubs Grants, go to


Sea Eagles back in form "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

INVERLOCH Kongwak certainly put the league on notice with its convincing win over Kilcunda Bass at the weekend.
The travelling Sea Eagles were looking to make amends for the last match up against the Panthers, where they were beaten comfortably, yet it was Kilcunda Bass who drew the first blood as Jason Wells split the middle.
Using the wind, Kilcunda Bass continued to attack and launch the ball forward which resulted in multiple goals from Wells and Taylor Gibson.
Despite the strong wind against it, Inverloch Kongwak managed to rebound quickly from half back using its extreme pace and polished skills to enter its attacking 50.
The away side was able to convert these opportunities into goals, bringing the margin back to 12 points before the first break.
From the outset of the second quarter Inverloch Kongwak looked to make the most of the breeze and take control of the contest and they did exactly that as Kilcunda Bass did not score a goal while the Sea Eagles snagged four. Corey Casey and Andy Soumilas began to dominate in the midfield and pinpoint targets on strong leads up forward.
Tom Bartholomew was displaying his strength and class, as was Will Hetherington who continued to impact the scoreboard.
Kilcunda Bass defenders, led by Mitch Whitham and Dale Crawford, were providing their best efforts to halt the visitors attacks and send the sherrin the other way but it was all Inverloch Kongwak, as it had a two goal lead going into half time.
After a poor quarter, the home side looked to bounce back after the main break and use the strong gale to retake the lead before the final quarter.
Yet after Jase Wells kicked an early goal, Inverloch Kongwak coaches made arguably the move of the day and put Dylan Clarke on the prominent small forward.
Clarkes size proved to be too much for Wells in marking contests as he often spoiled the ball out of bounds when the Panthers looked for Wells.
Dave Hutchinson was racking up his fair share of disposals for the Panthers, sparking multiple attacks, but Clarke was able to turn those around and create some deadly counter-attacks, which resulted in goals.
The wind didnt seem to phase the Sea Eagles as they soared away from their opposition with a 29 point lead at the final break.
Kicking against the wind and 29 points down was not the situation Kilcunda Bass hoped to be in at the beginning of the fourth quarter and the four points was certainly slipping away every minute that went by.
The Panthers looked as if they could possibly mount a small comeback after Gibson kicked an early major from point blank range.
The hope was quickly crushed as Gibson received a yellow card for pushing Clarke after he kicked the goal in what seemed to be an incredibly soft cause for a strong penalty.
Already playing extremely well and with one more player on the g...


Fishy outplay Tarwin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FISH Creek made its second trip down to Tarwin on Saturday to take on the Sharks on its home deck.
The weather was not ideal for footy with a strong wind blowing with an icy feeling that kept supporters in their cars or, if willing to brave it, well rugged up.
A couple of changes due to injury for both sides had neither side at full strength.
Fish Creek captain Cal Park won the toss and elected to kick to the town end and the match got underway.
It was clear from early on that the Kangaroos were ready to go and they attacked immediately through the Parks brothers Callan and Ethan.
Justin Smith has been a welcome return to the Fish Creek side returning from injury and he was very lively up forward booting two first quarter goals including the opener for the match which showcased his pace and ability to read the ball in the difficult conditions.
The highlight of the quarter was a spectacular mark taken by Tarwins Dermott Yawney that would compete with any of those shown on the newly re-appointed Eddies Footy Show segment Almost Footy Legends.
At quarter time the Kangaroos had the lead by 12 points 3.1 to 1.1.
The second quarter had both sides going hard and there was a bit of feeling in the game throughout this quarter.
The Kangaroos had the better of the quarter and it was played mostly on their terms in the Fish Creek forward 50 area. Coates and Cal Park ran rings around their opponents and they were well supported by Ethan Park, Cameron, Harfield Park while Manne and Hayes dominated through the ruck continually giving their teammates first use of the ball.
For the Sharks, Truckie Cameron, Dobson and Bloom were all battling hard.
A five goal to one term had the Kangaroos in control 37 points up at the long break.
The second half was fairly one sided with Fish Creek adding a further 10 goals to two for the Sharks, the conditions difficult to say the least and although the rain held off the wind wreaked havoc with the players kicking, particularly kicking on goal. Fish Creek had 8 different goal scorers whereas Tarwin only had two.
The Kangaroos were too strong right throughout the day eventually running out 88 point winners.
Next week, Fish Creek is at home to MDU while the Sharks are headed to Foster to take on the Tigers.



Parrots survive Tiger scare "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA was able to handle a surging Morwell outfit in the third quarter to post a 31 point win.
The Parrots lead at every change but during the third quarter Morwell booted four straight goals to come within one behind of the ladder leaders. Leongatha appeared a bit lackluster, allowing the Tigers to stay in the game.
But Leongatha went away with the game again kicking the last goal of the third term and all three goals in the last quarter.
The Parrots included Aaron Heppell for his first hitout of the season after a week off from playing in the Essendon VFL team. Tom Marriott, Josh Hopkins and Zac Vernon were still unavailable due to small niggles but will all line-up after this weeks bye against Drouin at Drouin on August 5.
Anthony Rosato booted the opening major for the Tigers at the three minute marked soon answered with one to Chris Dunne who was busy.
Goals by Josh Schelling and Ryan Olden midway through the term saw the Parrots lead at the first change 3.2.20 to Morwell 1.2.8.
Chris Dunne slotted his second early in term two and when Louis Riseley booted another for Leongatha it was now 35 points to Morwells eight and looking like a one-sided contest.
Robert Michaelides, who was coming into play for the Tigers, kicked a much needed one at the 21 minute mark as Leongatha lead 5.6 36 to Morwells 2.2.14 at half time.
Cameron Stone, who was having a great game out of the middle, slotted the Parrots first the third term.
But the Tigers then got a big hurry on and booted four straight; to Jack Callaway, James Jacobsen and two to Michaelides. Suddenly the Tigers had a chance before Aaron Hillberg steadied the ship with a goal just before the final change.
At three quarter time there was just eight points in it as Leongatha lead 7.8.50 to Morwell 6.6.42 in some tricky conditions with strong and gusty winds.
Morwell would not give up the pressure in the last term as both sides failed to score goals until deep into the final quarter.
Finally it was the Parrots which broke the shackles as Hillberg, Dunne and Heppell all score goals to see Leongatha home by 31 points in an entertaining game.
Along with best player for the Parrots Cameron Stone, also playing in the midfield and effective were Luke Bowman and Hayden Browne.
Chris Verboon and Ben Chalmers were solid across half back for Leongatha while Chris Dunne was the most effective of the forwards, booting three.
For Morwell Ryan Hearn at half back on some of Leongathas talls was best with Michaelides in the middle getting plenty of possession.


Disappointment will fuel Powers hunger "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WONTHAGGI Power will use the disappointment of a close loss to Maffra to fuel its hunger for a finals finish this season.
The Power succumbed to the Eagles by just two points 62 to 60 at Wonthaggi on Saturday, with Maffra scoring from turnovers at the hands of Wonthaggi in the dying minutes to emerge victors.
Despite the narrow loss, Wonthaggis Dominic OConnor celebrated playing his 100th senior game with a superb performance, including three goals to top Powers goal tally.
Power led by two goals with just five minutes to play but bad errors cost them dearly, as the Eagles booted several goals and points to suddenly take the match from under their hosts.
Wonthaggi opened the match with the advantage of a south-westerly wind but struggled to make a mark on the scoreboard, despite a team effort with all players fulfilling their roles.
Power booted two goals four in the first term but wasted several opportunities to bolster its scoreline further.
Maffra kicked challenging goals, with majors from the boundary and snaps from packs, while Power could not convert simple set up kicks to goals.
Power began to control the game after shutting down Maffras Jack Johnstones influence on the game.
Jack Blair starred for the home side in the forward line and midfield throughout the match.
At the end of the first quarter, Wonthaggi led by two points 16 to 14.
Maffra enjoyed the advantage of the wind in the second term but came up against a passionate Wonthaggi attack.
Power backmen Shannon Bray and Jarrod Membrey hindered Maffras forward entries by playing strong one on one footy and winning the ball at ground level.
Wonthaggis Aiden Lindsay dominated in the middle and was so influential that Maffra ran a tagger on him, but still he remained competitive and tough.
Yet Maffra managed to convert more possessions to points to lead Maffra 5.2.32 to Wonthaggis 3.7.25 at half-time.
The third quarter opened with a change in momentum to Wonthaggis favour, with the hosts receiving free kicks and appearing to finally have the match under control.
The Powers midfield was on top of its play and made the most of the wind to push the ball into their forward line, allowing the backmen to move forward into the attack and keep the Sherrin in Wonthaggis attack zone.
Jack Ridewood and other forwardmen worked hard to boost the Powers mark on the scoreboard and seize control of the game to lead 52 to 47 at the end of the third quarter.
The final term was low scoring for both sides, but 100-gamer OConnor booted a long goal to give Wonthaggi confidence that the game was its.
Maffra had other ideas though and surged forward in the dying moments of the game by making the most of Powers fumbles and kicking well to score.
The final score of Wonthaggis 8.12.60 to Maffras....


Their shot at the big time "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Talented Wonthaggi Gun Club member Dakota Suckling is a picture of concentration as she competes at a training event organised by the Gippsland Sports Academy at Korumburra last Sunday. Shell soon be leading a Wonthaggi Secondary College team in a regional and state schools event. M653017

Commonwealth Games triple gold medal winner Lauryn Mark and Olympic Gold Medal winning husband Russell check out some of the guns being used in competition at Korumburra last weekend. M643017

Former Australian Olympian and USA national champ, Lauryn Mark, keeps a close eye on the shooting technique of Aaron McKenzie of Korumburra during a training day locally last Sunday. M673017

YOU know those wrap-around, light-enhancing sunglasses that clay target shooters wear during competition?
They cost around $1000 each, so you wouldnt want to sit on a pair when you get into the car!
And thats just for starters.
Competing in this Olympic sport, even at a club level, can be relatively expensive, with a good shotgun setting you back anything from $3000 to $30,000, clay targets costing up to 30 a pop, cartridges 34 each, plus the cost of memberships, travel and coaching.
And it can cost upwards of $300 a week for targets and shells when youre in serious training.
But its like anything, you get out of it what you put into it.
And last Sunday at the Korumburra Gun Club, members of the elite Gippsland Sports Academys C...


TAS Murder Charges for Risdon Road Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Friday, 15 May 2015 10:37 am.

A 73 year old man from the Huon Valley will appear in court tomorrow charged with the murder of a 37 year old woman at Risdon Road, New Town. The deceased woman is the estranged partner of the alleged offender.

The woman was rushed to the Royal Hobart Hospital by ambulance but later died as a result of her injuries.

Police allege the man confronted the woman yesterday afternoon after stopping her car on Risdon Road and fired several shots.

A 53 year old woman who was a passenger in the car was also injured and is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

A passing motorist restrained the man until police arrived. The man was arrested and taken to Hobart Police Station where he was interviewed by Detectives.

The man will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court on Friday 15 May 2015.

Anyone who may have any information about the shooting in New Town yesterday is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Glenorchy home ransacked "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 3:12 pm.

Glenorchy home ransacked: Vehicle and Ornamental Weapons Stolen.

Detectives from Glenorchy Criminal Investigation Branch are seeking witnesses after a house was entered and ransacked in Vieste Drive, Glenorchy last night.

The offender or offenders broke into the home sometime between 6.50pm and 8.15pm while the residents were out for dinner.

A number of ornamental weapons were stolen including 18 collectable knives and a display case containing three ornamental hand guns. The guns were mounted in frames and not able to be fired.

A white Mitsubishi Triton dual cab utility was also stolen and later recovered in Salier St, Bridgewater.

Other items stolen include two iPads and a laptop computer.

The replica firearms are described as silver in colour and early to mid-1900s vintage handguns. The replica firearms are sawn in half.

Some of the knives are described as featuring American Wild West images on the handles and some as featuring militarystyle images. They do not have any significant monetary value.

Anyone who saw the white Mitsubishi Triton utility with registration EK 0050 or who is offered unusual knives, a laptop or iPad for sale is asked to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 quoting offence report number 512873.

Police would like to remind homeowners to be vigilant with their security by locking doors, making sure keys and other valuables are not left in plain sight and to consider improved security measures.

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Position Vacant Market Assistant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

    Northey Street City Farm   a place for learning about living sustainably in the city   MARKET ASSISTANT  Position:                Market Assistant Award:             Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) Staff Agreement Hours:              14 hours per week [8 hours on Sunday (4:00am 1:00pm) paid at Sunday double-time rate, plus 6 hours on a weekday paid []

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The Ongoing China-India Border Stand-off Is Escalating "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tensions are mounting over the China-India border stand-off in the Himalayas, as Chinese troops have begun conducting live-fire drills in the contested area. The almost six-week long dispute is occurring in the tri-junction border point between China, Bhutan, and the Indian region of Sikkim. During a press conference on Monday, Chinas defence ministry spokesperson Colonel Wu Qian warned

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There is nothing much that Milton Friedman got right! "IndyWatch Feed"

If we want to ensure more people are well-employed, central banks alone will certainly not suffice is a quote I am happy to republish because I consider it to be 100 per cent accurate. The only problem is that the way I think about that statement and construct its implications is totally at odds with the intent of its author, who claimed it was an important lesson of Friedmans speech, which remains valid. The quote appeared in a recent Bloomberg article (July 17, 2017) What Milton Friedman Got Right, and Wrong, 50 Years Ago written by journalist Ferdinando Giugliano. It celebrates the Presidential Speech that Friedman gave to the American Economic Association on December 29, 1967 at their annual conference in Washington D.C. In terms of the contest of paradigms, the speech is considered to be the starting point proper of the Monetarist era, even though it took at least another 5 or 6 years (with the onset of the OPEC oil crises) for the gospel espoused by Friedman to really gain ground. The problem is that Friedman was selling snake oil that became the popular litany of the faithful because it suited those who wanted to degrade the role of government in maintaining full employment. It was in step with the push by capital to derail the Post War social democratic consensus that had seen real wages growing in proportion with productivity, reduced income inequality, jobs for all who wanted to work and a strong sense of collective solidarity emerge in most advanced nations. This consensus was the anathema of the elites who saw it as squeezing their share of national income and giving too much power to workers to negotiate better terms and conditions in their work places. Friedman provided the smokescreen for hacking into that consensus and so began the neo-liberal era. We are still enduring its destructive consequences.

Friedmans speech was subsequently published in the American Economic Review as The Role of Monetary Policy in the 1968 volume 58(1) (pages 1-17).

The Bloomberg article goes along with the view that Friedmans speech represented a paradigm shift in economics.

We read that:

The subject of the speech was the role that monetary policy can have in reducing unemployment and boosting growth. In Friedmans view, central banks cannot reduce the long-run rate of unemployment at which an economy operates (the natural rate of unemployment). Were the monetary authorities to stimulate demand then, they would only prompt workers to demand ever higher wages and cause inflation to accelerate.

While there had been rumblings in the 1950s against the Keynesian orthodoxy and attempts to reinstate the Quantity Theory of...


For The Survival Homestead. Something to consider. "IndyWatch Feed National"

For The Survival Homestead.  Something to consider.
Many of the old crafts & skills have been forgotten, & for the most part are only used in 18th century Living History. Skills such as spinning & weaving are often restricted to use in special interest groups & few ordinary common people posses the skills of a tailor or dressmaker. Yet in a long term survival situation, these are the very crafts & skills that will be required if society is not to sink to the level of stone age living.
Modern technology is good providing it is sustainable or renewable. Modern medicine is seen as being indispensable, but even this technology will not last for ever in a long term survival situation. Traditional remedies & herbal medicines may yet save the day, IF we have that knowledge!
The modern homestead has many electrical & motorised items to help with the day to day work, both in the kitchen & outside. But in a long term survival situation, these items may no longer be of any use, unless you are already off the grid using alternate power or have a means of converting modern equipment to manual operation. Here then are some items you may not have but may be useful post...


Watching warblers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The image below is classic Speckled Warbler habitat just moments before I took the photograph a pair of these woodland icons were foraging in the foreground.

I managed some hastily composed images before the birds disappeared in their usual cryptic fashion down the hill.

Speckled Warbler habitat, Fence Track, 24th July 2017


PERTH Perth man accused of possessing 2 million child exploitation images "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth man accused of possessing 2 million child exploitation images .

July 24, 2017 at 07:48PM .

A Perth man who is already accused of sexually abusing and indecently recording three young girls has been charged with further offences, including .


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A Valium and Vodka Cocktail "IndyWatch Feed National"

He moves me across to the middle of the bed from above with his strong hand between my shoulder blades. My arms flop over my chest and back down onto the mattress. I am aware of everything that is happening, but I cant tell if its okay and I dont know if this is what I want. Either way, I cant make it stop.


After a long, seedy bus ride from Phnom Penh, we arrived in Vietnams Ho Chi Minh City. We were always seedy. Wed been out every night of the trip, and that evening was no exception especially considering it was the last day of our two-week small-group tour through Cambodia.

Towards the end of the trip, the seven of us had grown together as a group and become a small family, instilling so much trust and care in one another. We came from all walks of life, from chemists to travelling bums. I had been innocently flirting with a labourer since day one; he was an older guy who seemed to have his head screwed on. I figured it was never going to go any further than some tongue-in-cheek comments to one another.

Prior to leaving the hotel room, I was feeling edgy and anxious, as normal. With my clammy hands and rushing thoughts, I turned to my usual trick so that I could still go and have a great night with the group Valium. Valium will take the edge off, I reasoned.

Combining Valium and alcohol is never a good idea, yet for me, it was as common as brushing my teeth in the morning. Valium is a tranquiliser that causes everything to slow down. It reduces spasms and any physical reactions the mind causes, such as the simple knee-jerk reaction your body has to take a breath.

I hopped in the cab squished between the labourer and my best mate from home. Both boys had broad strong shoulders that took up most of the backseat. A short ride later, we landed in the thick of Beer Street.

One drink down. We all began to relax and enjoy each others company. Two drinks down. I still felt anxious. We headed to a more pumping bar where shisha filled the room with strawberry and tobacco smoke. I popped another Valium. Three drinks down. Hours passed and my blurred vision worsened.

As we were all staying at the same hotel, we decided to head back with some banh mi and fried rice to watch a dubbed cartoon movie before we all fell asleep. Everyone slowly disappeared to bed as the film went on. The credits rolled, and I found myself alone in my...


Out-of-Sight RCEP Negotiations Threaten Public Health and Access to Medicines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Although the draft text of the RCEP agreement is not public, leaked documents show that the deal could undermine Indias patent system.

RCEP, TRIPS, healthcare, medicines, patent

Could the RCEP remove or undermine the ability of India and other member countries to adopt and utilise TRIPS health safeguards? Credit: Reuters

This week, officials from 16 countries will gather in Hyderabads International Convention Centre for negotiations related to an expansive trade deal that endangers hard-won public health safeguards in Indias national intellectual property laws.

The known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) involves 16 nations, including the ten ASEAN member-states, as well as India, China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia.

Draft texts of the trade agreement are being concealed from the public and negotiations have been ongoing without transparency or opportunity for public engagement. Despite the absence of democratic oversight or input, the outcome of RCEPs negotiations will require member countries to amend their national laws to meet its obligations or face severe economic penalties.

Leaked text from a 2015 draft of the RCEP agreement revealed that Japan and South Korea are seeking significantly ramped up protections for intellectual property, which, if adopted, would have devastating consequences for public health and access to medicines in the region and beyond.

Currently, countries involved in RCEP negotiations must provide protections for intellectual property in line...


Disrupters and provocateurs converge on the Gold Coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a keynote speaker at the 2970 The Boiling Point: Practising Democracy event at The Arts Centre Gold Coast from 7 to 9 September. Mr Assange will be joining the event via live video-link from the Ecuadorian Embassy and is one of four provocative keynote speakers leading a future-inspired conversation. Other []

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Watch the New Im With Her Video Little Lies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Im With Her Im With Her, the trio project from American folk favourites Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife ODonovan have just released their new video Little Lies. Despite the trio being around for the last couple of years Little Lies is their first original release and was written and recorded over []


Hunters Hill High Court Challenge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BY OUR CIVIC ROUNDSMAN Hunters Hill Council voted on Monday night to pursue a High Court challenge against a proposed forced merger with Ryde and Lane Cove if the council loses its current Court of Appeal case. Councillors heard there is a fifty per cent chance the Court of Appeal challenge against the procedure []


Arts Queensland announce 2017 global music scholarship "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nominations for the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship are now open, which means one lucky Queensland artist could soon see themselves travelling overseas to immerse themselves in the music scene of either London, Berlin or New York. Founded in 2007 in honour of the late Go-Betweens front-man Grant McLennan, the Grant McLennan Fellowship is intended to expose the awardee to the cultural []

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Tash Sultana announces her last Aussie tour for the year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After an incredible run of sold-out tours across Europe and the U.S., meteoric talent Tash Sultana is returning home to play her last Australian tour for the year before setting to work on her debut album.

Even taking into account the stack of local festivals shes played in the wake of her breakout 2016, these will be some of her largest shows yet, taking in arenas in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, as well as smaller venues elsewhere, with support from busking mates the Pierce Brothers and electronic duo Willow Beats.

Anyone who cant make it to the shows (or misses out on tickets once again) can also catch Tash playing at Canberras Spilt Milk Festival alongside Lorde in November, as well as NSW bash Vanfest with Dune Rats in December.

Tash recently took a moment out of her hectic touring schedule to share a personal moment with fans and reflect on a year that saw her shoot from being a relative unknown, to taking out the #3 spot on the triple j Hottest 100 and grabbing a top-10 spot on the ARIA chart with her debut EP Notion.

Presale tickets are available from 10am local time Thursday July 27, so sign up there or try your luck in the general sale from 10am local time on the Friday.

Tash Sultanas homecoming tour 2017

Presale tickets via Secret Sounds from 10am Thursday July 27

w/ Pierce Brothers and Willow Beats

Saturday November 18 Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide SA

Friday December 1 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney NSW

Thursday December 7 Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle WA

Saturday December 9 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River WA

Thursday December 14 Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne VIC

Saturday December 16 Noosa AFL Grounds, Noosa QLD


Scott Ludlam Mess Scores Four Bob Days Out Of Five "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Well here we go again.  After the departures of Senators-who-sort-of-never-were Rod Culleton and Bob Day we've lost another one.  After nine years in the Senate, one of the sharper minds in the place, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, has suddenly realised he has been a dual New Zealand citizen all along and was never validly elected in the first place.  That sound you heard all afternoon was at least 200,000 Greens supporters banging their heads on the nearest available tree in disbelief.  As for me, I was so distracted by this situation that I needlessly got off a bus in the middle of Hobart city, forgetting it continued past a common stopping point to much closer to home.  No problem though, since I then managed to beat the bus to its next stop on foot and catch the same bus again.  Ludlam's path to getting his seat back, should he want to, would be rather less straightforward.

For the most part this one is a familiar situation.  Although Ludlam has resigned, the fact that he has raised eligibility issues as his reason for doing so should prompt an immediate referral to the Court of Disputed Returns (the High Court in theory though it may well get kicked downstairs to the Federal Court if there are no new legal issues) to determine whether Ludlam was validly elected in the first place (to which the answer is evidently no) and to supervise the filling of the vacancy.  The vacancy will be filled by a recount (called a "special count") as with the vacancies for Day and Culleton.  The Greens won two seats in the original election and in the Culleton recount, beating the WA Nationals' Kado Muir by 25175 votes in both cases.  The recount could shave a few thousand off this (about 2800 personal votes for Ludlam leak out of the Greens ticket based on the original counts) but there's no doubt the Greens would keep two seats.  One of these will be their other existing Senator, Rachel Siewert, and the other will be the third candidate on the original ticket, Jordon Steele-John.

However this recount does raise some new ground. Firstly it's the first time a state will have had to be recounted for two disqualifications from the same election, meaning that the new count will be without both Culleton and Ludlam. Secondly and more interestingly, it creates previously unseen complications with the original allocation of three and six year terms. Scott Ludlam was elected third in 2016 with Rachel Siewert elected 12th.  In the special count to replace Ludlam, Siewert will be elected third and Steele-John will be elected 12th.  So if Steele-John replaces Ludlam and serves out Ludlam's term, then this will create a bizarre situation of the candidate second on the Greens...


Donnie And Mal: Two Sides Of The Same Stupid/Idle Rich Coin "IndyWatch Feed"

If you read one story on how we ended up with stupid, rich white men running the world, then make it this one, by Sean Hosking.

Well, something had to give and Jeremy Corbyns success at the British election might be just the first sign of that something is happening, writes Sean Hosking.

For the last 40 years fat cats on the make, under the neutral imprimatur of the free market, have effectively laid siege to the public realm, pilfering its assets, undermining its institutions, exploiting its workers and degrading its natural resources.

What is left are societies on the brink of breakdown, where clueless politicians robotically recite redundant ideological dogma, a shrinking middle class hocks its standards and hopes in order to remain solvent, the young nihilistically withdraw to the consolations of social media and virtual worlds, and gangs of lunatic political extremists surge in from the periphery like characters in a Mad Max movie, preying on the angry and disenfranchised.

On top of the whole teetering edifice sit eight individuals who now control wealth equivalent to that of half the worlds population.

In the midst all this, its perhaps fitting that in the United States and Australia two super wealthy beneficiaries of the neo-liberal smash and grab era have pushed aside their political acolytes, rolled up their sleeves and, in our hour of need, heroically assumed executive control.

US president, Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore, Flickr). US president, Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore, Flickr).

Donald Trump has consistently sought to differentiate himself from the elite political class by reference to his status as a very very (very) successful businessman whose capacity to make winning deals has made him eminently qualified to lead the free world. Citing the size of his bank balance, his penis, his tower, hisyou name it, Trump has fashioned himself as the ultimate political outsider, a creature of the market and ipso facto the real world, whose wealth is the ultimate testimony to his superior intellect and acumen.

Closer to home our own wealthy businessman Prime Minister, having presumably long ago given up on developing a coherent unified political vision has seized on the Trumpian zeitgeist to offer his own political raison detre (of sorts), referring to the strong affinity between himself and the great man, and their mutual status as very successful business men and practical dealmakers who have come late to politics. Such men of achievement, he has suggested, were uniquely qualified for the business of results-oriented government.

Having gained significant public support on these.........


Drought risk to soar even at 1.5C "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weather forecasters are predicting that Australia is facing drought conditions as a result of more El Nino weather patterns. (File Pic)

Weather forecasters are predicting that Australia is facing drought conditions as a result of more El Nino weather patterns. (File Pic)

Extreme El Nino events that can cause crippling drought in Australia are likely to be far more frequent even if the world pulls off mission improbable and limits global warming to 1.5 degrees.

International scientists have just released new modelling that projects drought-causing El Nino events, which pull rainfall away from Australia, will continue rising well beyond any stabilisation of the climate.

Even if warming is limited to the worlds aspirational target of 1.5 degrees something scientists have warned is unlikely if not impossible the modelling suggests Australia will face more frequent drought-inducing weather events.

The risk of extreme El Nino events will rise from the current five events per century, to 10 per century by 2050 under a scenario that presumed warming peaks at 1.5 degrees then.

But the risk keeps on rising for a further 100 years to about 14 events per century by 2150.In short, the risk of extreme El Nino events wont stabilise even if the climate is stabilised, CSIRO researcher and lead author Dr Guojian Wang says.

This result is unexpected and shows that future generations will experience greater climate risks associated with extreme El Nino events than seen at 1.5C warming, Dr Wang says.

Report co-author Dr Wenju Cai says extreme El Nino events occur when the usual El Nino Pacific rainfall centre is pushed eastward, toward South America. Sometimes it moves by up to 16,000km, causing massive changes in the climate.

This pulls rainfall away from Australia bringing conditions that have commonly resulted in intense droughts across the nation, says Dr Cai, director of the Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research.

During such events, other countries like India, Ecuador, and China have experienced extreme events with serious socio-economic consequences.

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BMW G 310 to be top seller in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

BMWs learner-approved G 310 R and G 310 GS are set to become the Bavarian brands biggest seller here, says BMW Motorrad Australia boss Andreas Lundgren.

The G 310 R was launched at Airlie Beach, North Queensland, last week after an eight-month delay.


Andreas says the delay was sparked by BMW sorting out quality control issues with some components at the TVS factory in India where the bike is made in a joint partnership.

Andreas with G 310 R

Top seller

Currently, the top seller in Australia is the R 1200 GS and GSA selling 375 in the first half of this year.

Andreas says the GS brand is very popular in Australia and he expects the G 310 GS to outsell the naked version, while the combined models are likely to be their top seller.

This is a segment where we havent been operating before, he says.

While BMW had the G 650 learner-approved bike, Andreas says it never attracted young, novice riders.

It was just an accident that the G 650 was a LAMS bike. It attracted returned riders, not young riders.

This is our first stab at it.BMW G 310 R top seller

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Vic govt accepts assisted dying advice "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Assisted dying laws will be introduced into Victorias parliament soon and could be voted on by the end of the year after the government accepted all of the recommendations of an expert panel.

The panel investigated laws that will allow terminally ill patients to choose to die and made 66 recommendations.

Soon well bring a bill to the parliament for voluntary assisted dying, Premier Daniel Andrews said in a Facebook video on Tuesday.

The regime will be the safest in the world, with rigorous checks and balances, Mr Andrews said.

This is about dignity, choice and giving Victorians the support and care they deserve in their final moments, he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Andrews told ABC radio he hoped the debate and vote on the laws would be done by the end of the year, saying: The time has come to make some profound change.

Mr Andrews anticipated a long debate on the laws, saying the model put forward was conservative and did not go far enough for some but would be too far for others.

I think the balance has been struck in the right place here and well accept all those recommendations for a voluntary system, an informed system where you need to make enduring choices with all the appropriate safeguards, he said.

Mr Andrews changed his mind on the practice after his fathers death from cancer.

A ministerial advisory panel on Friday revealed its recommended guidelines, including that a patient would need to be expected to die within 12 months, show sufficient mental capacity to make the decision, and be a Victorian resident at least 18 years old.

The medication, which is yet to be finalised, would be dispensed in a lockable box by a pharmacist.

The panel also suggested safeguards including offences for inducing a patient to request assisted dying, proposed offences for falsifying assisted-dying records and administering medication to someone who lacked the sufficient decision-making capacity.If the laws are passed by the end of the year, it could be in practice by 2019.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy said Labor MPs would have a conscience vote on the bill.

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Postal gay vote corrosive: Liberal "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Liberal senator has labelled his colleagues idea of giving Australians a say on same-sex marriage via the post corrosive.

Dean Smith, who is drafting his own private members bill for a conscience vote in parliament, acknowledges the latest idea demonstrates a willingness to deal with the issue.

But he is wary of the cost and legal hurdles of cabinet minister Peter Duttons idea of a postal plebiscite.

We have had two binding plebiscites previously in 1916 (and) 1917. They were acrimonious and they divided communities, Senator Smith told ABC radio on Tuesday.

Postal plebiscites, national plebiscites are corrosive to our representative parliamentary democracy.

Senator Smith says his bill for a free vote before years end will be made public and is a sensible and constructive way forward.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull insists his party took a plebiscite policy to the election and to change it would be breaking a promise.

Senator Smith argues no one can say Mr Turnbull hasnt prosecuted the case to the full, with Labor standing firm against a national vote.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott concedes a vote via the post would be better than parliament.

But he too questions how much real authority a postal plebiscite would have.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is happy to have a discussion about holding one.

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NT government explores $236m space base "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Northern Territory government is backing a $236 million Australian space station in Arnhem Land, and wants to unlock federal funds to develop it.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner says the government is currently in talks with the private sector and Aboriginal traditional owners about leasing land near Nhulunbuy for a satellite launch site.

Equatorial Launch Australias space base proposal is being assessed by both the taxpayer-funded $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and the NT Industry Development Fund.

Mr Gunner said the government is negotiating with Galarrwuy Yunupingus Gumatj clan, which owns the land on Gove Peninsula.

Its still very much at the early days of it but were having good conversations, he said.

ELA is seeking an estimated $10.6 million for stage one of the project and $225 million for the following two phases.

On Monday Treasurer Nicole Manison said the whole purpose of the Territorys infrastructure development fund is to attract private investment, and the space station is one of 20 projects under consideration.

The federal government this month announced a review into a long-term plan to grow Australias space industry with a report to be completed by March 2018.

Northern Australia is a commercially attractive launch pad location as its proximity to the equator means rockets take off faster and more cheaply.The remote location also minimises risks to people and property.

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Youth call for more in Leongatha "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WHAT is it like being a teenager living in a country town like Leongatha?

Locals might say Leongatha is a great country town but for young people there isnt much to do in Leongatha when your parents cant take you somewhere or the bus wont get you there until really late in the afternoon.

Maybe its time the Leongatha community got something in their town to safely facilitate young people and people of all ages.

When asked what facilities they think Leongatha needs for young people, Megan Thorn, 15 said,

While Leongatha has a great sporting culture there is not a lot to do outside of sporting hours. An open area where young people could get together and feel safe, similar to Federation Square, close to the CBD would be a great start.

In my experience I have struggled with poor public transport connections around the Gippsland area with some connecting services having waiting times of up to four hours. This is a security concern for young people who are travelling by themselves and discourages the use of public transport.

Mason McGannon, 16 said, I think Leongatha needs a shopping centre not only for young people but for everyone to use.

Many people who have lived in this quiet town for many years might see the idea for new facilities as pointless, but this is the direction our younger generation is seeking.

For example, a shopping centre would attract people from all over Gippsland and if the available public transport was increased then young people without a drivers licence would be able to travel to the centre as well.

Supplying facilities for young people is really important as it would give them something to do during the school holidays or on weekends when parents are still working.

Its time to get people off the couch and out the door socialising with their friends in person rather than through a screen.


Social time: from left, Chelsea Markley and Leeah OMeara enjoy a coffee at Sweet Life Cafe in Leongatha.


Stellar concert marks bands 125th birthday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MILESTONE birthdays deserve a party worthy of the occasion and thats just what the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band gave the community on Saturday night.

Around 130 people attended the bands 125th anniversary cabaret concert at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha and they were treated to a musical program spanning decades.

Gonna Fly Now, the thundering theme song from the action film Rocky, opened the show, enthralling the audience and setting the tone for a superb evening of rock, swing, marches and more.

Guests were presented with hymns such as Abide with Me, patriotic pieces like I Am Australian and the stirring Victoria, written to honour our state.

Greatest War Themes, a melody of theme songs from World War Two movies, symbolised the bands close ties with the Leongatha sub-branch of the Returned and Services League, and with the diverse Bohemian Rhapsody, displayed the bands many capabilities.

There were popular favourites such as the arousing Superstar, the anthem for peace, Imagine, and the catchy Love Is In The Air.

Band president Natalie Stewart performed a memorable cornet solo during the touching He Aint Heavy, and trombone extraordinaire Don Santin held the audiences attention during his solo in Europa.

A highlight of the evening was the performance by the bands training band of children and adults, who entered the building while playing Darth Vaders Theme.

They followed with fine renditions of Star Wars, Beauty And The Beast and Ghostbusters, before joining the senior band in playing the famed Tequila.

Ms Stewart made and decorated a commemorative cake for the occasion and the band performed Happy Birthday.

A display of photos from the bands history and musical instruments were talking points.

Raffle and door prizes were appreciated by the winners and compere Craig Marinus, also musical director of the Wonthaggi Citizens Band, entertained throughout the evening.

The band was established on February 19, 1892, as the Leongatha Town Band, making it the oldest community group in Leongatha.

The bands first official engagement was welcoming home a wounded soldier from the Boer War at the Leongatha Railway Station, beginning a long association with veterans and the RSL community.

In 1945 the band was renamed Woorayl Municipal Band and in 1995 became the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band.

All members are volunteers and come from many backgrounds, from first time musicians to former professional players.



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School thanks community for new bus "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS Coast Specialist School received its new bus last Wednesday.

Delivered by Wonthaggi Toyota, the bus will allow the students to go on trips together as a unit.

The school lost one of its buses in October last year after a collision with a tram during a school camp in Melbourne.

Luckily no one was seriously injured, but the school was left without a bus and an extra wheelchair lift.

Whilst insurance covered most of the cost for the bus, the school needed another wheelchair lift.

The community banded together to give a helping hand.

A golf day was held in April, along with the auction. These fundraising events helped the school raise the money for the wheelchair lift.

Students and staff were extremely excited when the bus was delivered, and have already planned a whole school trip to Scienceworks for August 10.

It is wonderful to have another bus. We dont normally have whole school excursions, but now we feel we can, principal Edith Gray said.

The wheelchair lift is certainly something we needed and now our junior, middle school and senior students will be able to go out together in their units.

The new bus seats 11, and nine with a wheelchair.

Supporting businesses had their names printed on the side of the bus, as a show of appreciation from the school

Everyone was excited for the new bus. The students were terribly sad when we lost the old one. They have names for all our buses and that bus was their favourite, Ms Gray said.

Our new bus name is Beta.

New bus: from left, Bass Coast Shire Councils Prep students Oliver, Natalie and Lachlan are among the students excited to have a new bus for school excursions.


Market welcomes new arrivals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TWO new stands were welcomed to Leongathas third farmers market on Saturday morning, with the new calamari stall receiving lots of business.

The damp oval meant a reshuffle of location but the car park area at Community College Gippsland and inside stalls all created a good atmosphere. The sun shone but the chilly wind picked up, scaring off a few people.

Marty Box played a few tunes as well, which were well received. The next market takes place on Saturday, August 26.

Clucky time: Paul Watzlaff, left, and Leigh McCulloch of Thriving Foods Farm, Kooweerup were doing brisk business at their mixed produce stall.


Dancers dazzle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE talented young performers from Lisa Pellin dancers wowed audiences in their annual concert on Sunday.

The concert ran extremely well and beckoned a full house to the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre for the matinee.

Lisa Pellin, head of the South Gippsland dance school, was incredibly proud of all the dancers on the day.

I am so proud of what they achieved in such a short time, she said.

Its hard to get something like this together in six months, especially when you have dancers at different levels. They all did an amazing job.

The theme of this years performance was A walk on the red carpet, and included songs and dance numbers inspired by the Academy Awards, the Oscars, the Grammys and the Emmys.

The dancers began rehearsal in February and achieved amazing accomplishments in the tight timeframe.

The concert also featured a vast range of dazzling costumes, some of which were sewn specifically for the performance.

Ms Pellin said the show was successful and the annual display would continue to be a midyear performance.

Having it at this time of the year allows the dancers that enjoy being part of Lyric Theatres production to do both, she said.

We will still have our end of year display and presentation at the end of the year at Mesley Hall.

Ms Pellin said the beautiful concert included a video presentation to celebrate the studios 25th anniversary.

I would like to thank the parents, students and well wishers for their incredible support over the years, she said.

There is plenty more on the calendar for Lisa Pellin Dancers, with the Great Southern Star Eisteddfod and ballet exams still to come.

Childhood favourite: the young stars of Junior One from Lisa Pellin Dancers dazzled audiences in their Bananas in Pyjamas performance.


College launches walkathon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


THE annual Mary MacKillop College Walkathon fundraising launch was held last Thursday, July 20.

The Walkathon will be held on August 8 and is a great tradition in our college, deputy principal of Catholic identity and mission John Ryan said.

It incorporates three key elements. Firstly, it is an exercise in awareness raising and our community is helped to learn about issues faced by others in our midst and in the wider world, he said.

We also raise our awareness of the most effective ways that help can be delivered to the causes selected.

Secondly, we offer practical support by sharing what we have, the fundraising element.

The third element is also very important; our walkathon is an expression of solidarity with those we are seeking to help.

We identify with them and publicly show our support by all walking together.

The Annual Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College Walkathon is the colleges major fundraising event for the year and this year aims to raise $20,000.

Any additional money raised will also be directed towards appropriate charities.

The college hopes to raise $6000 towards Inspire Malawi.

Banda Hill, Malawi has six classes but only has two safe classrooms.

They are desperately in aid of further classrooms, particularly during the rainy season when classes often have to be abandoned.

Another $4000 has been allocated towards Josephs Corner, a unique professional counselling service in Melbournes western suburbs, providing free support for families, friends and carers of those caught up in addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Transform the Nations is an Australian organisation working internationally to prevent, rescue and rehabilitate children sold into the sex slave industry. The college aims to donate $3000 towards this cause.

A further $3000 will go towards Elliot Vanderlands fight against Dyskeratosis Congenita and Aplastic Anaemia to support a the Leongatha boy and his family to be with their four year old son while he undergoes a bone marrow transplant.

Another $2000 will go towards the Lannpra Hostel in Bangladesh for the construction of accommodation for tribal children who live up to 60 kilometres from the town of Alikidam.

The college has earmarked $1000 towards the MacKillop Foundation that has been allocated to support the work of the Josephite Sisters in Australia.

Another $1000 will go towards the Trinity (Bishops Family) Foundation which has been allocated to assist families throughout Gippsland.



Salvos donations bins abused "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WASTEFUL items were dumped outside the Leongatha Salvation Army donation bins by unknown person/s.

Empty milk cartons, dirty, smelly clothes, bags full of clothes and spiders, animal urine and poo and broken furniture was dumped at the Salvo donation bins outside Leongatha IGA overnight on Monday, July 17.

Its so frustrating, Leongatha Salvation Army volunteer Andy Grayden said.

Its ridiculous; they are here for people to donate good stuff for people in need.

Someone is targeting someone of the Salvos, we dont know who or why.

Leongatha Salvation Army Corps officer Glenn Smith was not impressed Tuesday morning.

Someones dumped stuff outside bin, rather than putting in the bin and it looks like an animal has come along and done its business on it, he said,

Instead of processing the donations out to people in need; volunteers spend their time deciding what has to go in the bin.

There are Salvation Army donation bins in Korumburra, Foster and Leongatha.

Its a common occurrence that only happens primarily in Leongatha, Mr Smith said.

I dont know peoples motives behind wanting to do these things.

Sometimes people leave quality items outside the bins or out the back of the Salvos and they get rained on and then rendered useless.

Anyone with information contact the Leongatha Salvation Army on 5662 6400.

Disrespectful: Leongatha Salvation Army volunteer Andy Grayden felt disappointed when he found the donation bins outside Leongatha IGA surrounded in rubbish last Tuesday morning.


Management Committee Job Descriptions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Four of the management committee positions are voted on according to the capabilities to carry out the duties of those positions. The job descriptions can be dowloaded here by clicking on the position title: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary


Grants give communities opportunities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE South Gippsland Shire Council handed out more than $188,000 to 36 organisations last Wednesday night in round two of this years Community Grants Program.

Round two of the 2016-17 Community Grants Program offered funding for projects, equipment, events and planning studies.

Mayor councillor Ray Argento congratulated each successful community group for their applications.

Congratulations to all the community groups who were successful in receiving funding in what was a competitive pool of applications this year, he said.

It has been fantastic to see the number of projects that will now enhance the quality of life, heritage, recreation and cultural opportunities within South Gippsland as a result of this funding.

The drive and commitment of the South Gippsland community is stellar. Everyone should be proud of their efforts to date and continue to aspire towards new heights.

Over the past 11 years, council has distributed around $3 million to community groups through the grants program, with around $300,000 of that given out in 2016-17.

The grants provide up to $5000 for minor projects and equipment, celebrations, festivals and events and up to $10,000 for major projects and planning and development studies.

The 2017-18 Community Grants Program is now open and applications for round one close on August 31, 2017.

Community groups wishing to make an application for a council grant can apply through councils website.

For more photos of sporting club grant recipients, see this weeks sport pages.

Grant recipients were:

  • $7500 to the Welshpool Golf Club for the removal of tree stumps and clean up;
  • $5000 to the Foster and District Agricultural Society Inc. for the family day at the Foster Show;
  • $2500 to the Port Welshpool and District Maritime Museum for the purchase of a rife on mower;
  • $2000 to the Mount Best Community Hall Association Inc. for a final coat of paint;
  • $10,000 to the Toora Bowling Club Inc. for club refurbishment;
  • $5000 to the Australian Volunteer Coat Guard Association Port Welshpool for the replacement of stern drive on the vessel;
  • $2500 to the Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute committee of management for the hall paint project;
  • $2000 to the Corner Inlet Pony Club Inc for the purchase of a ride on mower;
  • $10,000 to Manna Gum Community House Inc. for the Foster community energy project;
  • $5000 to Manna Gum Community House Inc. for a pamper day;
  • $10,000 to the Tarwin Lower and District Bowls Club for weather shelters;
  • ...


Weather keeps pool numbers down "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE decrease in attendance across the South Gippsland Shire Councils five outdoor pools has been blamed on poor weather conditions.

This season over 59,000 people attended the Foster, Korumburra, Poowong, Toora and Mirboo North pools, compared to 63,000 people last season.

Over 10,000 of those visits were due to school swimming programs and carnivals.

Mirboo North was the only pool to have increased attendance figures this season.

Councils recreation officer Ian Murphy said the biggest impact on attendance was the weather.

The Poowong pool was closed from February 22 due to significant water loss, which also contributed to lower attendance figures.

The Mirboo North pool was closed for two days due to a plant problem and the Foster pool had to cancel a school booking due to broken glass around the pool.

Apart from Toora which is run on a different management system, the temperature forecast needs to be 25 degrees Celcius or higher for the pools to open, unless there is a booking in place.

Mirboo North and Korumburra were both open five days more than last year, while Foster had the same amount of days open.

Poowong was closed for some of February and all of March and therefore its days open suffered accordingly.

The councils outdoor pools cost around $800 to $1000 per day to operate during the season, when the pool is opened.

Councillor Don Hill said the cost per visitor to outdoor pools is less than the cost per visitor to the regions public libraries.

Comparing asset to asset, the pools stack up quite well, he said.

Mr Murphy said the operational expenditure varies with each pool.

Toora has a longer season and therefore the cost is slightly higher, but it also provides a higher level of service, he said.

Pools are valued by communities and are generally very well utilised. It would be hard to argue communities dont strongly value them.


Make Wonthaggi streets people friendly "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS Coast Shire Councils Cr Les Larke is pushing for greater pedestrian safety in Wonthaggi.

For the moment, his sights are set on upgrading the intersection connecting Murray Street, Billson Street and Biggs Drive. However, a long term goal is to see Wonthaggis main streets Graham Street and McBride Avenue transformed into a pedestrian friendly complex.

This plan is not unlikely South Gippsland Shire Councils plans to reinvigorate Leongathas Bair Street, which will be designed to allow people to sit outside and enjoy a cup of coffee under new vegetation.

While Cr Larkes idea has not officially been discussed in council, he believes it would attract more business in the town if pedestrians could park their cars, and safely walk down streets and cross the road.

I think reinvigorating the main streets would give Wonthaggi a sense of place, he said.

It would be great to be able to leave your car and wander the streets; maybe walk through Apex Park, which could also be beautified. I think there is so much potential and people wouldnt have to be in and out of their cars all the time.

For now, crossing the road is a particular hassle at the Murray Street intersection.

Cr Larke met with The Star at the intersection and asked people what they thought about the intersection recently. Passersby were unanimous that crossing the road was a nightmare and often put pedestrians at risk.

With amenities like the supermarket, the Wonthaggi Medical Group and the senior citizens centre on the intersection, people are forced to try and cross the road. This is particularly dangerous for the elderly and people with low mobility.

Cr Larke tried to move the intersection up councils priority list, but was knocked back at last months meeting with other councillors stating it wasnt right to jump the queue when roads already on the list needed attention.

I am happy to follow policy, but I do feel as if there is a greater consideration for motorists on this list rather than pedestrians, Cr Larke said.

I dont want to buck the system, but I do think the list needs to be reviewed and given sufficient consideration.

Cr Larke said he had spoken to mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield about revisiting the priority list, and he would continue to push for a more people friendly Wonthaggi.


Trees feature in Turtons Creek proposal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A UNIQUE tree house would be the feature of a five lodge short-stay accommodation development proposed for Turtons Creek.

The tree house would be constructed among four gum trees, integrating the trees into the building to provide a unique accommodation experience.

The two story building would be suspended by eight engineered iron bark poles, so no weight was borne by the trees.

The XO Network Pty Ltd, owned by Tim Watkinson and Dan Crozier, is behind the proposal and presented to the South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday.

The planning application for the project was submitted about one month ago.

Were hoping to hear back within the next six to eight weeks and after that, as soon as the weather dries up we hope to start construction at the site, Mr Crozier said.

Mr Watkinson said the project had enormous potential to bring people into the area.

He said they have used local planners and designers and if the project is approved will use local tradespeople as well.

We plan to link into existing tourism ventures. People arent going to stay (in our accommodation) for the sake of it, so we will leverage off the local stuff, he said.

It is a great area, I love being here. It will be easy to get people to be involved.

Mr Crozier said the design of the four lodges is based on an original design by a Harvard University student, modified for local conditions by Leongathas Peter Milkins.

The tree house was completely designed by Peter Milkins, he said.

Mr Crozier said the property in Turtons Creek is around 20 acres, which has not been used for commercial farming in many years.

He said it is currently covered in blackberries, which they are working hard to eradicate.

We want to restore it to a reasonable state so our guests can enjoy the property, he said.

Councillor Lorraine Brunt questioned the location of the proposed development, considering it was covered by a bushfire management overlay.

Mr Crozier said the bushfire management statement completed on the proposal stated the lodges needed to be built to bushfire attack level (BAL) 12.5 (low risk).

We will build to BAL 29, which is significantly higher, he said.

We will also conduct biannual inspections of the tree house to make sure there are no branches above the roof line.

Mr Watkinson and Mr Crozier said the development in Turtons Creek will not exceed five lodges, however they are actively seeking other properties in the area.

The project is expected to cost less than $1 million to complete and will provide some loc...


Destination Meeniyan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


A NEW development in Meeniyan has the potential to increase tourism opportunities for the town and broader South Gippsland.

Once complete, both the indoor and outdoor areas of the complex are expected to be significant additions to local and regional infrastructure.

The complex, already home to the Meeniyan Art Gallery on the corner of the South Gippsland Highway and Hanily Street, is being remodelled to include a fine food and wine store which will be run by some local businesses.

The gallerys space is being expanded and there will be a large deck out the side of the building with a fireplace, surrounded by a large outdoor area, suitable for markets and other events.

The complex is owned by around 20 local investors, including Lindsay Moore, who said the project is an exciting development, which will build on the towns food and entertainment culture.

He said plans for the outdoor area are being prepared, however one idea was to run a weekly Friday market.

We have been planning this redevelopment for the last two years. It has taken a long while to get this far and we are hopeful it will be completed by late spring, he said.

We are hopeful it will be quite unique. We dont really know how it is all going to work yet, as it is a new concept.

We are currently working through ideas on how to best use the site, which are likely to change and develop as we grow.

The Meeniyan Art Gallery gains a whole new room through the development, which Mr Moore said would make it significantly larger.

The art gallery will certainly benefit from the renovations and will be opening in September, he said.

The outdoor area has been dubbed Tarwin Valley Market and will provide all sorts of opportunities.

We are keen to promote local opportunities, both for local trade and tourism of course, Mr Moore said.

Being so close to the Great Southern Rail Trail also provides incredible tourism potential.

Meeniyans popularity continues to grow and this development is expected to contribute in a positive way to the community activities of the town.

Mr Moore said if everything goes to plan, he has no doubt the new facility would encourage more people to visit.

Meeniyan is lucky in terms of its location on the highway and it is a pretty, compact town he said.

The town has also been able to attract some really good business people, so hopefully this development will be another iconic business. All these things add strength to the town. We are excited about the opportunities for the development, even the ones we dont know about yet.



Union fights for community care "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE possible axing of South Gippsland Shire Councils Home and Community Care program will disrupt the lives of elderly and disabled residents, the Australian Service Union has claimed.

Council has begun exploring its options relating to community care in response to funding changes from the Federal Government, which are set to be implemented in 2020.

The union is calling on council to develop a strategy that will keep the services in house, rather than relinquishing its clients to the private sector.

Why contract out these services when staff are already well trained and experienced? Without local governments support, their clients may not find a better service, the unions Cameron Wright said.

Council CEO Tim Tamlin said consultations are still occurring and no decisions would be made for at least six months.

It was important for council to consider its options early to make sure the members of the community who receive this service and the staff are looked after when the funding changes take place, he said.

We have started a process to look at different options to see what will best fit the new funding model.

If we fail to do so, and the new funding changes kick in, council will lose control of how the service is delivered. If we are not on top of the service delivery, people in isolated areas may have trouble accessing a service.

Mr Wright said the union appreciated the lines of dialogue were still open, but felt the situation could have been handled more appropriately.

Initially when the news broke, it appeared cutting the service was a done deal. It seemed the council was being hasty in the decision, which would really hurt the people in the community. It would hurt the relationships clients have built with carers, he said.

We dont mind there being a discussion, but we would prefer to look for ways to improve the service. We were beyond disappointed with council. A decision was made behind closed doors without giving the staff the opportunity to speak.

We understand the pressures of rate capping for council. Its a difficult environment, but the State Government assured the union the cap was not designed as a way to shed jobs to streamline savings.

Mr Tamlin acknowledged information had been misconstrued and reaffirmed council was still having conversations with Gippsland Southern Health Service to explore options to continue service delivery.

Mr Wright said steps had been taken back, and the union was in the process of talking with council and Gippsland Southern Health Service.

We believe the bookends of society early childcare and aged care should be protected by all levels of government, not p...


Festival blooms "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHAs iconic Daffodil Festival will be revamped into a bigger and more vibrant community event this year.

The towns  Bair and Lyon streets will be closed for a street festival and market on Saturday, September 2.

Festival-goers will enjoy market and food stalls, childrens activities, displays and demonstrations by emergency services, pop-up bars, and music and entertainment.

The new Leongatha Daffodil Festival committee has been working hard behind the scenes organising the new look event.

Its a great event that will bring the community together in a safe, friendly and fun environment, festival committee member Jodie Clarkson said.

Its the perfect time to celebrate our wonderful community. This is the first year weve been able to completely close off Bair Street and Lyon Street. Its going to be amazing.

Its free to come along thanks to all of the local businesses who are sponsoring the festival.

The streets of Leongatha will flood full of people from all around the region, of all ages.

The festival will be conjunction with AutoBarns Blue September mens cancer event, Leongatha Rotary Clubs Art Show and the Leongatha Horticultural Societys flower show.

Children will have the opportunity to pat and feed animals in the animal nursery and play on the jumping castle, go karts and mini golf.

Twenty-six market stalls have been confirmed, along with a line-up of local artists including Jem Milkins, Lachlan Moore, Alliza Miel and Janie Gordon.

Several local school choirs and school bands will be performing throughout the day, along with school dance groups.

Aside from the extensive list of performers, there will be plenty of locally sourced produce and street food available.

Dont miss out on meeting local motoring enthusiasts, with displays of vintage and classic cars at the South Gippsland Historical Automobile Club display in the Woolworths car park.

To complement the automobile clubs display, Autobarn will be running an Autobarn Cruise for Blue September.

Owner Peter McNiven is planning to run this fundraising cruise staring from either Officer or Phillip Island, with the convoy of cars expecting to hit Leongatha and park in the closed off section of Michael Place from 10am.

We hope to raise significant funds for Blue September with this different format, Mr McNiven said.

With so many car enthusiasts around, Autobarn Leongatha is also having a huge 20 percent off sale in store for the Saturday only.

We usually open until 2pm on the Saturday anyway so well go through until 3pm to match the other events happenin...


Hand-drawn review: Portraits of Men "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Illustration by Emerald Dunn Frost 

The power politics of portraiture are laid bare (in more ways than one) in this exhibition at the University of Sydney.

Very Important White Men are stripped nude (conceptually) at Verge Gallerys current exhibition, Portraits of Men.

Works by artists Abdul Abdullah, Cherine Fahd, Shannon Field, Vincent Namatjira, Joan Ross as well as portraits from the USU Art Collection, Sydney University Archives and Sydney University Museums all coalesce in a space bursting with questions of power, patriarchy, collecting and portraiture. Curator Sin McIntyre utilises unconventional modes of hanging and presentation to achieve this affect; in one case hanging the portrait of a Very Important White Man so that its subjects gaze meets the eye level of the average Australian woman. Through these careful subversions, the power of such portraits is artfully undressed, leaving their authority bare (and bare-bottomed).

The show will close on July 29, so go see it(s bits) before it closes.


WHAT: Portraits of Men
WHERE: Verge Gallery, University of Sydney
WHEN: Until July 29
HOW MUCH: Free! Find out more here.


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Video: Jews speak out in support of Palestinian rights "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following will be of interest to readers, given that the Palestinian issue continues to be a major them in world affairs and the Australian governments uncritical support for the Israeli governments war, against  those who had their land stolen to create a religious state. The video also shows that not all Jews accept what is being done in their name. This is timely, in light of the current crackdown in Jerusalem, associated with the stepped up surveillance in the al Aqsa Mosque.  This was imposed after Israeli soldiers prevented  around 50 worshipers from entering and subsequent confrontation. Tempers have been boiling, over Israels continuing to build Jewish settlements and removing Palestinians from the little land they have left, in violation of United Nations resolutions and world opinion.
Video from Jewish Voice for Peace


BDS Movement

Short video for those unfamiliar with the BDS Movement.

Posted by Jewish Voice for Peace on Wednesday, October 5, 2016


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Amazon: Smarter, Faster and Here NOW "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

You better look now.

We finished last weeks Reckoning with a simple question: who makes money off Amazon?

You had one night to sleep on it before the first answer came: the Pellicano family.

They own a 24,387 square metre distribution centre in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong.

I found out on Saturday that Amazon has agreed to lease the place to begin its assault on Australia. The Pellicanos could be up for $1.8 million in annual rent. Nice.

That kind of cash is not going is not going to make Myer shareholders feel any better.

Last week the stock fell another 10% after the retailer issued a profit downgrade. It closed the week at 74 cents.

Myer traded around $1.40 in August last year.

analysts continue to fret, according to The Australian, over further earnings headwinds facing the retailer and the looming arrival of Amazon.

Myer is now down 47% for 2017, and the worst performing stock in the ASX 200 index.

Do yourself a favour and dont go bargain hunting on that one. Every Myer shareholder would love nothing more than to flog off such a dud holding. Dont let it be your money. Myer stock could be in the doghouse for a long time yet.

And no wonder

Artificial intelligence
upends pricing strategies worldwide

You only have to look at the power of artificial intelligence to see why Amazon is such a ferocious competitor.

There is now a clear trend in ecommerce for personalised pricing. This means using time of day, your location and your customer profile to arrive at the highest price retailers think you will pay.

This is how theyre trying to maximise the revenue they can win from you.

For example, if you live in an expensive suburb, you may be charged much more for the same item than someone you lives in a poor suburb. This is especially so if your search history reveals you dont bother comparing prices, or some other behavioural trait that kicks in to the equation.

Alternatively, you might get heavy discounts if you show hesitation or look over the same product more than once without buying.

The aim is to make sure the sale is closed and yields as much profit per transaction as possible.

Its actually amazing how much variance there can be on the same item for different people in terms of the cost.

I used to sell cameras and photography gear. The price of that kind of equipment can get pretty heavy once you start dealing in the high-end stuff.



Lismore email fraud victim loses $10,000 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Lismore company has been defrauded $10,000 in a scam involving a cloned email account.

Police from the Richmond Local Area Command have issued a warning following the scam urging people to question when a supplier asks them to change the method of payments.

Police said the victim was a local company who uses another company to supply them with trade goods.

The victim has received emails from their supplier,asking that account payments be made to a different account as they were being audited, police said.

The supplier has had their email account cloned and the payments made by the victim have gone to a fraudster. The supplier had no knowledge their account had been hacked and cloned.

The victim has been defrauded well over $10,000.

If you do payments via email and a supplier asks you to changes the way accounts are paid, it could be worth your while to call them and confirm.

Police said people should call the supplier rather than use email.


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Government publishes updated Reserve Estate figures; proves Barnett wrong "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 - 10:30am

The Tasmanian Governments Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE) has recently published updated figures on the Tasmanian Reserve Estate that prove forestry Minister Guy Barnett is completely wrong when he tries to argue that the 356,000ha of high conservation value forests in Future Potential Production Forest (FPPF) tenure are not reserves.

This data, updated at the end of last financial year, confirms that over 50% of Tasmania is in some kind of reserve tenure aimed at protecting conservation valuessee table here from the DPIPWE website*. The FPPF forests Mr Barnett wants to log include the takayna/Tarkine, Bruny Island, Douglas-Apsley and Ben Lomond, and are officially listed as Informal Reserves and part of the Tasmanian Reserve Estate.

"Tasmania is renowned for its conservation reserves and the story of community campaigns to have them protected," said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society.

"This data demonstrates that the high conservation value forests Premier Will Hodgman wants to log are indeed reserves, are part of the official Tasmanian Reserve Estate and part of the 50% of Tasmania that is celebrated as being protected.

"Above all, this data demonstrates Minister Guy Barnett does not understand the status of the forests he has sought to log and has misled the public and the Parliament in the debate over his divisive legislation.

"Logging reserved forests like the takayna/Tarkine, Blue Tier or Wielangta would be a backward step for Tasmania and a black stain on our brand. It would damage the image of both our tourism and timber industries and lead to ongoing conflict and contention in the community and timber markets.

"While the fact that Tasmania has 50% of its land area protected is celebrated as a major conservation achievement and it underpins our international identity and brand, it must be remembered that the Hodgman Government is seeking to allow rainforest logging in Regional Reserves and Conservation Areas, as well as the FPPF land.

"These areas need to be upgraded to a tenure that precludes logging and mining and creates new conservation icons across regional Tasmania. National parks are delivering immense benefits for Tasmania and upgrading the reserve status of these threatened areas to national park will build on this base."



Fire on Danube River Cruise Ship "IndyWatch Feed National"

A-Roda Cruise Ship FireA fire broke out on a Danube River cruise ship today. Around 190 passengers and crew members were evacuated, including eight people who were treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire reportedly broke out in the sauna area of the A-Rosa Riva cruise ship when the ship was west of Vienna, Australia, according to an Austrian newspaper.

150 passengers and 39 crew members were reportedly transferred to another river ship that dropped anchor nearby on the Danube. 

Helicopters reportedly flew the two most seriously injured crew members to hospitals. All of the injured are crew members who tried to extinguish the fire. 

The vessel is registered in Germany and is operated by the A-Rosa Cruises company. 

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Duterte Claims Critics Trivialising War on Drugs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte claimed critics are trivialising his war on drugs campaign at his first annual state of the nation address.

He defended instating martial law, stating that while he valued human life, he needed to crackdown on drug dealers, referring to them as beasts and vultures, and claiming they were preying on helpless people.

Several thousand protesters gathered outside the venue as Duterte gave his address on Monday, however Duterte argued his detractors should join the fight against drugs.

Cheaper Costs for Proof of Age Cards Recommended


Walk to save St Kilda Rd trees and parklands Sunday 30 July 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Save the date: Sunday 30 July 2017. Walk in St Kilda Road and Environs for National Tree Day. Walk in St Kilda Road grand boulevard on Sunday 30 July 2017 or join an information walk in St Kilda Road and Environs. There will be information meeting points along St Kilda Road, from opposite Victoria Barracks down to near the intersection of Toorak Road and St Kilda Road, manned at least from 1.00pm to 4.00pm., and planners, engineers, politicians, arborists, heritage consultants and others will be invited and available for information and discussion on St Kilda Road and Environs. Video inside explains what is at stake.

This is an event for National Tree Day, Planet Arks National event, as a community tree and naturecare event for St Kilda Road and Environs and its trees, environment, habitats.

- fostering a love of nature and creating positive environmental attitudes and change
- education and awareness
- for the protection and preservation of St Kilda Road and Environs, including the tree canopies of elm and London plane trees in the grand heritage boulevard St Kilda Road, and Domain Parklands.

In the Community

Each year thousands of families, businesses and groups across Australia take part in National Tree Day, which in 2017 will be on Sunday July 30th, although events can be held at any time during the year. National Tree Day is a great opportunity for community and organisations to engage members, recruit new participants or just have a great day out. It can mark the beginning of a long term environmental program or be used to demonstrate the great work you're already doing. Whatever the case is - National Tree Day is a much loved event that will sit nicely on your social calendar. (Planet Ark: National Tree Day)

We are organizing a nature care and awareness/information event, promoting the trees and natural environment of St Kilda Road and Environs, on the Australian Heritage Register since February 2017 for emergency protection, and drawing awareness to its habitats and the urgent need for its protection and preservation.

there will be information meeting points along St Kilda Road, from opposite Victoria Barracks down to near the intersect...


Camping at Murphy's Creek, Crows Nest, Blackbutt "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Red-rumped Parrot
We've returned from a 5-day camping trip through the Upper Lockyer and South Burnett regions of south-east Queensland. We had 2 nights at Murphy's Creek Escape, a pleasant place amid rocky terrain in open forest below Toowoomba; 1 night in Crow's Nest Falls National Park, where fine scenery is worth a visit; and 2 nights in the spacious and pleasant showgrounds in Blackbutt.

Murphy's Creek
Honeyeaters were the go at Murphy's Creek and along the back roads to nearby Helidon. Three species of Melithreptus were together here - White-throated, White-naped and Brown-headed.



Will Trump Hold Off Sending More Troops to Afghanistan? "IndyWatch Feed National"


During a visit to the Pentagon last week, President Trump said he may not send additional soldiers to Afghanistan, in spite of consistent reports to the contrary.

Asked whether or not he would make the deployment, Trump answered Well see. And were doing very well against ISIS. ISIS is falling fast, according to the Washington Post.

While Trump already delegated the authority to Defense Secretary James Mattis to send up to 3,900 additional troops to Afghanistan more than a month ago, the presidents recent remarks are sending mixed signals regarding his stance on the deployment.

Just last week, Mattis made the rounds on Capitol Hill with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford briefing lawmakers on the White Houses strategy for Afghanistan. That strategy has been widely reported to include the deployment of several thousand new troops to the war-torn country. The administration was expected to make an announcement for the deployment weeks ago, but it has yet to come.

Some analysts have argued the 3,900 troop cap put in place by the White House should be temporary, a measure to get breathing room for the policy until something more long-term can be nailed down.

It is a stopgap until we can come up with a complete strategy. It is not a permanent cap, said Bill Roggio, an adjunct fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a hawkish neoconservative think tank.

Sen. John McCain last month told Mattis and Dunford that the administration was putting him and other lawmakers in a dilemma the longer it held off presenting its Afghan strategy, highlighting the eagerness of some Senators and Congressmen to again ramp up the war, now the longest...


Grandmother photo wins $20,000 Olive Cotton Award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Winning photographer Justine Varga and 2017 judge Dr Shaune Lakin with overall prizewinner, Maternal Lines. (supplied)

Winning photographer Justine Varga and 2017 judge Dr Shaune Lakin with overall prizewinner, Maternal Lines. (supplied)

Sydney photographer Justine Varga has won the $20,000 overall prize for the 2017 Olive Cotton Award for a large-scale work in homage to her grandmother.

The award was announced in an official opening and presentation ceremony at Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah on Saturday night.

Vargas work, Maternal Line, was selected from the work of 72 finalists, including emerging and established photographers from throughout Australia.

This years judge, Dr Shaune Lakin, Senior Curator of Photography at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), took a number of hours to make his final selection, saying Vargas entry is a very moving portrait of the artists relationship with and love for her grandmother.

Lakin described Maternal Line as a series of scrawls made by the artists grandmother directly onto a piece of film [which] has been printed at monumental scale.

While Justines work is very contemporary, shes also deeply interested in the history of photography.  Its a very complex photographic portrait; it made me think a lot about the act of the making a portrait about what it means today to make a photograph of someone else, even if in the end it doesnt reveal what they look like, he said.


New doco on disability rights movement "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new film documenting the rise and fight of the disability rights movement in Australia, the UK and the USA will screen in Ballina next month. Defiant Lives tells the story of the rise and triumph of the disability rights movement, featuring some of the most impressive activists youve never heard of.

The doco features exclusive interviews with movement leaders over five decades, and with rare archival imagery, and teases out a nuanced little known story about how disabled people have literally changed the world we live in.

It also recounts the often-confronting personal stories of disabled men and women as they moved from being warehoused in institutions to fighting for independence and control over their lives.

Supported by Social Futures Far North Cost Ability Links, the screening on Monday August 14 at Ballina Fair Cinemas, will be followed by a Q&A session with some of Australias key disability rights activists. This event will also be captioned and Auslan interpreted.

Local woman Kelly Cox from from activist group #criparmy will be a part of a Q&A after the screening of Defiant Lives. Photo Eve Jeffery.

Local woman Kelly Cox from from activist group #criparmy will be a part of a Q&A after the screening of Defiant Lives. Photo Eve Jeffery.

Organisers of the even hope to resale enough tickets to ensure the film event goes ahead.  Were incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to screen the film in our region, says Kelly Cox, a Ballina resident who appears in the film. The screening will only go ahead if at least 60 tickets are presold so we need as much support as possible from our fabulous community members to help make this happen.

The screening has been organised for and by disabled people in Ballina and across Australia, and Ms Cox hopes the community backs this initiative. Disability activism has made a tangible difference to the lives of disabled Australians, but most people arent awa...


Video: Earth is facing a mass extinction "IndyWatch Feed National"

The National Academy of Sciences in the United States publishes a new report, showing that the threat of mass extinction is a pending reality. A second report by the Climate Accountability Institute, finds that most pollution is caused by a relatively small n umber of companies.
Video from Democracy Now


Scientists warn Earth's sixth mass extinction underway

Scientists are warning that the Earths sixth mass extinction is already underway. Meanwhile, a separate report published Monday reveals just 100 companies are responsible for a shocking 71 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions since 1988.

Posted by Democracy Now! on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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Bungawalbyn Landcare scores $100,000 to protect emus "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo by Mertie

Photo by Mertie

Bungawalbyn Landcare has received a grant of $100,000 to undertake a project to enhance habitat and reduce threats to the endangered north coast emu population in the Bungawalbyn catchment of northern NSW.

The group will use the grant for weed control and assisted regeneration practices will restore emu habitat and improve strategic access trails for emus across the landscape.

Bungawalbyn Landcare coordinator Sharyn Lafontaine said the grant would help coordinate feral animal control programs to reduce the threat to young and nesting birds.

As part of a collaborative effort with other land managers, we aim to increase habitat, reduce threats and inform future management of the species, Ms Lafontaine said.

The group was one of 10 Landcare groups undertaking habitat restoration projects across Australia.

The funding was made possible via Landcare Australias Workplace Giving Program, which works in partnership with 23 businesses across the country, including Telstra, Qantas, and Konica Minolta.

Landcare Australias Workplace Giving Program is a way for employees to contribute to charity from pre-tax income. It also helps businesses enhance their reputation, actively engage their employees, and make a positive impact on the community.

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Azalina: Allegation of govt cover-up of 1MDB utterly baseless "IndyWatch Feed National"

Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Azalina Othman Said today described the latest accusations levelled by the opposition that the government was trying to cover up the 1MDB scandal as utterly baseless. In a statement, Azalina, who is in charge of parliamentary affairs, said allegations that none of the 1MDB-related questions was answered in Dewan []


Reply to Hadi Awangs open letter "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, This is my response to your open letter to Malaysians. Truth be told it was either responding to your open letter or answering Fa Abduls question as to why people have sex in public. The more I thought about it your open letter that is and not Fa Abduls question the []


Creamfields is the latest massive EDM festival to return to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Another big name in the international festival scene, Creamfields, is about to return to Australia, and the timing is very interesting indeed.

Heading back for its first event in five years, its return will come alongside the first ever appearance Australian appearance of Dutch EDM monster Sensation with Deadmau5 headlining this November, as well as Ultra Music Festivals long-awaited Aussie debut next year.

Creamfields, meanwhile, is heading to Melbourne in November just in time to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and promises the biggest and best DJs and electronic artists. The festival previously came to Australia from 2010-2012, bringing names like Skrillex and Deadmau5 with it, but Australia has seen an EDM festival drought in the years since with mainstay Stereosonic also being cancelled soon afterwards.

No firm date or venue have been announced for Creamfields return, but we can expect more details and the first lineup announcement soon, and you can register for first access to tickets at the Creamfields website.

Guess its time to start saving for one very busy festival season!

Footage of the first Creamfields Australia show in Sydney, 2010


Spies in Fridges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart claims that fridges could be used by the police as surveillance devices.

Minister Caught Swearing at Staff
Queenslands agriculture minister Bill Bryne has been caught swearing at his staff, causing his chief of staff Tim Grau to resign.

Mr Bryne apologised for his actions and said his use of inappropriate language was due to his long career in the army.

He has been reprimanded by the Premier for his behaviour.

Tasmanian Devils Help with Cancer Research

Tasmanian devil facial tumor study may assist understanding of human cancers


Protests at RCEP negotiations in Hyderabad "IndyWatch Feed"

Hundreds marched in the streets of Hyderabad on 24 July 2017 protesting RCEP negotiations, which include proposals for deregulation of services, stronger monopolies on medicines and seeds, and allowing corporations to sue governments. There was also a flash protest at the negotiating venue.

Photos by Benny Kuruvilla



Yami Lester: tributes follow death of Aboriginal elder and Maralinga activist | Australia news | The Guardian "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yami Lester: tributes follow death of Aboriginal elder and Maralinga activist | Australia news | The Guardian: He worked as a stockman before losing his sight.

He may be farewelled at a state funeral if his family accepts the offer from the Northern Territory government.

Mr Lester was a key Aboriginal leader who embraced the challenge of bridging two worlds, NT chief minister Michael Gunner said on Saturday.

He never let his blindness hold him back, he was sharp as a tack in negotiating at the highest levels of business and government.

His life was a life of great hardship and challenge, met with great courage and foresight, and he achieved great change.

He joined the Aboriginal Advancement League in Adelaide, fighting to gain recognition for the British atomic tests in South Australia, and an acknowledgement for the 1,800 Aboriginal people affected.


UFO resources of the State Library of Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


As part of a Project to gather together digitised copies of Australian UAP periodicals, I have been researching the holdings of various state libraries. Today, I present the holdings of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ). Brisbane blog readers are encouraged to visit the SLQ to at least read these fascinating publications. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who does visit the SLQ for this purpose.

A listing

1. Light-  Queensland Flying Saucer Research Bureau - Mar 1957- Jan/Mar 1960.

2. QUFO - Queensland Flying Saucer Research Bureau - 1963-1964 (imperfect run.)

3. The Australian Flying Saucer Digest - Allied UFO Groups of Australia - Jan/Dec 1965.

4. Newsletter (QFSRB) - Jan/Feb 1966 - May/Jun 1973.

5. Contact -QFSRB - Issues from Jul/Dec 1973.

6. UFO Encounter - UFO Research (Queensland) - Oct/Nov 1977 onwards.

7. UFO Connection: We are not alone - UFO Investigation Network (Loganlea) Dec 1992/Feb 1993.

8. UFOlogist - UFO Investigation Centre Qld Jan/Mar 1997 onwards.

A note

A number of digitised copies of UFO Encounter have been uploaded by UFO Research (Qld) to the ISSUU website, namely issues 249-270; 275; 278; 279. Sheryl Gottschall of UFOR (Qld) advises me they are planning to slowly upload additional issues.


Reader Pegasus asks some potentially revelatory questions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Would anyone like to help the persistent Pegasus out on this one? pegasus said: If the unincorporated association did not exist, then why did Ray Neale grant incorporation status to a non-existent entity? And keep in mind that when he did query Blewitt's application, he was concerned only with likeness...


Watch the New Vance Joy Video Lay It On Me "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Vance Joy Indie singer-songwriter Vance Joy has unveiled his brand new single and video Lay It On Me right before his appearance at Splendour in the Grass over the weekend. The track is Vance Joys first new music single his 2014 album Dream Your Life Away Check out the video for Lay []


GoT S7E2 Raven On Recap: Stormborn "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I can"t believe it.

I simply can"t believe it.

After all this time, I didn"t even think. I didn"t even realise it could be so easy.

Send a raven north! SUMMON JON SNOW!

All these years I"ve been grappling with how to get the now-King in the North to notice me, and Dany goes and flips off an interview request like it AIN"T NO THANG and lo and behold my beloved is in the saddle and riding ferociously for White Harbour.

If only I had thought to send a raven and SUMMON JON SNOW! sooner he might be in the saddle and riding my White Harbour ferociously.


I"m sorry, I"m sorry, that"s crass. Unladylike. Beneath me (Gods I wish Jon Snow was beneath me).

But people, people! For the first time ever, in this glorious, suspenseful episode, we heard DAENARYS talking about JON and JON talking about DAENARYS. I don"t know about you but I got goosebumps. The prospect of that pair meeting IN THE FLESH next week oh Gods, I just slipped off my chair.

Of course, there was much more goodness in this episode. Kate Bush turned up! Missandei got her boobs out! Grey Worm got his ? out! Jorah got his scabs lanced! Cersei got a giant f***-off weapon! Old Mate Euron went barkingly bonkingly batshit! Jon beat up Baelish! NYMERIA! HOT F***ING PIE!!!

So without further ado, let"s get cracking on another installment of Raven On, the Game of Thrones recap series that cannot keep whatever it"s got in its pants in its pants.

S7E2: Stormborn aka "Choose Life"

I hate to be a f***ing cliche and cite that two roads diverged in a yellow wood poem, but this did seem to be an episode about choosing paths, and the relative risks of those choices.

Of course you could argue that picking the one less travelled by is probably just as likely to end up in DEATH MURDER BOAT MURDER MORE DEATH MORE BOAT AND PIE as the other, but that poem was written by Robert Frost, and given the context of the icypocalypse heading south, still seems apt.

Dany and Tyrion are plotting a course for victory by rejecting their allies" counsel. Jon"s making calls on who the North"s allies have to be. Cersei"s having a proper gander at anti-dragon propaganda. Jaime"s convincing Hard Man Randall Tarly to break his oath to House Tyrell. The Hard Man"s elder son disobeys instructions to save his old Commander"s son. The Hard Man"s younger son realises he has to live with the name Dickon (snort). And ARYA F***ING STARK IS HEADING HOME.

Let"s address the events that top this episode - Dany"s plan for the invasion of Westeros - so we can tail it with how...


Two girls found with drugs at schoolies | SBS News @TEST10105 @KK10105 @DROP "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"… report error

Two girls found with drugs at schoolies | SBS News

Two teenagers have been charged with drug offences at schoolies.

The girls, both 17, were charged after police allege they found ecstasy while searching a Surfers Paradise hotel room.

Both were charged with possessing a dangerous drug and one was also charged with supplying a dangerous drug.

They are due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on December 8.

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FixedIt: 52 year old men cannot have sex with 10 year olds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

52 year old Casper Hauaiembe was convicted of grooming children for sexual abuse. Luckily, in this case, he was caught before anything happened, but not every child is this lucky.

As an aside, the article describes the Tasmanian Judge in this case as saying Hauaiembe faced a fall from grace as he is highly respected in Papua New Guinea due to his work in social services. Attempting to rape children is not a fall from grace, it is a horrific crime and no amount of work in social services makes someone who tries to commit such a crime highly respected.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuriessuffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

That word choice is the key. Sex is a choice made by every person involved. Rape and abuse are a ch...


State Govt chips in $300,000 for tourism after floods "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New premier Gladys Berejiklian. Photo Crikey

New premier Gladys Berejiklian. Photo Crikey

The NSW Government today announced a dedicated Flood Recovery Support Program worth $300,000 to help drive visitors back to the NSW North Coast this Spring.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall were in Lismore to make the announcement and said the NSW Government is doing everything it can to assist the North Coast tourism industry following the devastating floods in March.

Im very pleased to announce the NSW Government will be delivering a Flood Recovery Support Program, Ms Berejilklian said.

The funds will go towards a marketing campaign which will send a clear message that the North Coast is open for business.

Mr Marshall said the NSW Governments campaign was designed to have a significant impact on local tourism.

The funding program will include new marketing initiatives, an extensive digital and social media program, media familiarisations as well as industry partnerships with HotelsCombined, Webjet, Stayz and National Geographic, Mr Marshall said.

Member for Lismore Thomas George, who joined the Premier and Minister Marshall, said the Flood Recovery Support Program follows the announcement of the exclusive Barbarians Rugby match.

With the Barbarians taking on a Classic Wallabies an...


Tostee free on bail, but cant use Tinder | SBS News @TEST10101 @KK10101 @DROP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"… report error

Tostee free on bail, but cant use Tinder | SBS News

Gold Coast man Gable Tostee has been ordered not to pick up any new women on social media after he was granted bail over the murder of a tourist he met on the dating app Tinder.

Tostee has been in jail since he was charged with murdering New Zealand woman Warriena Wright in August.

Ms Wright plunged to her death from Tostees 14th-floor apartment balcony in Surfers Paradise after the pair met on Tinder and spent the evening drinking and having sex.

In the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Justice Debra Mullins granted the 28-year-old bail on strict conditions, including banning him from using Tinder or any other form of social media to meet women.

If he breaches the order hes likely to end up back behind bars.

"Apart from refraining from using Tinder, the applicant must also refrain from using social media forums to arrange meetings with any women whom he has not been acquainted or met previously at the time of the making of this bail order," she said.

Tostee is also banned from drinking alcohol, has to attend alcohol rehabilitation programs and will be subject to random breath tests.

Hell have to live with his parents, who had put up a $200,000 surety to secure his release.

Justice Mullins accepted Tostees legal teams argument that he would not try to flee because his high public profile would ensure he wouldnt be able to hide from authorities.

Prosecutors had argued the threat of a 20-year jail term would be incentive enough for Tostee to run but Justice Mullins said the case against Tostee wasnt straightforward.

"I am satisfied the applicant has shown cause as to why his detention in custody is not justified," Justice Mullins said.

Tostee was not in court for the ruling, but will be released from Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre on Wednesday.

Justice Mullins suppressed the n...


Armee De L'air Francaise Casa CN-235M 065 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CTM1162 065 CN35 Darwin-Cairns-Noumea, was Noumea-Cairns-Darwin 20/7/2017

065 CN35 at Cairns.


Telling and Retelling Our Stories "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In his dvar Torah, Rabbi Saperstein speaks of the subtle shifts we see in the narration of historical events as they appear Parashat Dvarim. He notes that the differences may reflect a retrospective view of past events. Should we be surprised that our ancestral stories change over time? Is it unusual that in looking back, ... Read more...


Ballina life saver upgrade funding "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Club President Craig Nowlan, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Nationals MLC Ben Franklin and members of the Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club

Club President Craig Nowlan, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Nationals MLC Ben Franklin and members of the Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club. Photo supplied.

Out and about early on her far north coast tour, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced this morning that the NSW Government would double its contribution to the upgrade of the Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore Surf Life Saving Club.

Ms Berejiklian toured the community facility with Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin and club officials. During her visit Ms Berejiklian was able to confirm the NSW Government will double its contribution to $30,000.

First opened in 2013, the Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore SLSC provides over 5000 hours of voluntary patrol hours each season. The clubs hosts a full calendar of training, patrols and Nippers events.

Ms Berejiklian said that the doubling of government funding to the club will help with the construction of the storage facility, as part of the next stage of the masterplan for the club. I am pleased to do more to support the volunteers who put thousands of hours into patrolling our beaches.

I look forward to visiting once the club once the next stage of major works are finally complete.

Mr Franklin said the club is very much the heart of the local community and that the funds ultimately mean more and better facilities for the volunteers.

These heroes selflessly save lives on our beaches through their emergency responses every year, he said. Not only does the club keep people safe, its a great place for young and old to interact and make a difference.

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ABC Media Watch picks wrong ABC domestic violence story to critique "IndyWatch Feed National"

Even the ABC's Media Watch is onto Julia Baird et al's views on religion. An unholy row - #MediaWatch @ABCTV Media Watch (@ABCmediawatch) July 24, 2017 The nett effect of Media Watch's analysis on this first story: Its just a shame that a misleading headline tarnished an...


More Brisbane Bus Strikes Planned "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbane bus drivers have more strike action planned between 2pm and 6pm on Friday, as well as refusing to collect fares on Thursday.

Last weeks strike action failed to gain increased wages or improved safety and rosters and the drivers say they will not stop campaigning until the council agrees to continue negotiations.

The strike is expected to affect 115,000 passengers and cost taxpayers about $515,000, and the council is advising people to use rail and ferry services.

West End 7-Eleven Owner Charged

Former owner of a West End 7-Eleven has been fined $168,000 for severely underpaying his staff between 2013 and 2014.


Back in studio: Homeopathic dilution, Metformin, heavy metals, GTF Chromium, dementia. Tiny vaccine needles, cancer is a lifestyle disease, Dr. Buttars Advanced Medicine and more! "IndyWatch Feed National"

July, 24 2017, 7-9PM EDT

Monday on The Robert Scott Bell Show: 

10 Ways to prevent your doctor from killing you or your family.

Could there be fewer, or at least smaller, needles in our future? Some companies and academic labs are working to make those things happen. Theyre refining technologies that involve tiny needles, less than a millimeter long, and needle-free injectors that can send a dose of vaccine through your skin in a fraction of a second.


Hi Robert Scott Bell and everyone that makes your show so addicting! Thank you for the heavy metal/methylation/oglioscan answer.
Everywhere I seem to go there is something new with someone. Lewy body dementia, no one knows the cause but Im certain our Doctor Buttar would beg to differ. Can this gentleman be helped? Could a form of cbd help? I love your passion, all of you to share the wealth of knowledge youve learned over the years so I can pass it onto others. Ewe all!
Ps it would be great to have you all to speak on this island off of Massachusetts and deliver your message,so many islanders would be on board!

Hello Robert;
I am a type II diabetic and watched your YouTube. I am using Metformin glimepiride 2mgs in the morning and metformin 1000 mgs dose one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Would you think I use the product you mentioned in your video. if so would you please send me the product as I couldnt see it clearly in the show.


Hello RSB! Would you be able to explain homeopathic dilutions? Several products are marked 6x and 30x. Others use a C. Thanks.



Inspired by previous publishing stings, I wanted to test whether predatory journals would publish an obviously absurd paper. So I created a spoof manuscript about midi-chlor...


Working "IndyWatch Feed"

Broad based improvement

Hiring has improved significantly in 2017, particularly for full-time jobs, which will be a welcome relief for the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Another sometimes useful indicator we can look at is the employment to population ratio, which is less volatile that many of other labour force estimates (since estimates of the resident population are also less volatile). 

Scanning the trend in the employment to population ratio it initially looked as though the labour market had reached a trough in 2014.

But then there was a setback, which some commentators attribute to then Treasurer Hockey's 'austerity' measures, which attempted to drag the Budget kicking and screaming back into surplus. 

Now the trend employment ratio is improving again, up from 60.9 per cent at the beginning of the year to 61.3 per cent in June 2017, with both the male and female cohorts rebounding. 

As you can see, nationally the employment ratio tends to be considerably higher these days than it was in the 1980s due to the vastly increased female participation in the workforce. 

This also has important implications for the housing market, for there are now many more dual income households than there were, increasing household incomes, and in turn borrowing and purchasing power. 

Despite the recent improvement the national employment population ratio remains 1.5 per cent lower than in 2008, when the employment to population ratio ran all the way up to...


Man charged after Grafton assault spree "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 40-year-old man will appear at Grafton local Court today after he was arrested in regards to a spree of attacks yesterday.

The man has been charged over the alleged assaults of three women the first at about 8am Monday July 24, was a 70-year-old woman was walking her dog along Powell Street, Grafton, when she was approached by a man who allegedly indecently assaulted her.

The man then moved to near-by Hoof Street. A 40-year-old woman who was parked in her Toyota Hiace van outside a residence saw an unknown man walk towards her, then enter her vehicle where he allegedly assaulted her.

A passing witness yelled at the man who then exited the van and walked across the road to the other side of Hoof Street where he ran towards a 55-year-old woman and allegedly assaulted her.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command attended and commenced investigations. A short time later, police arrested a 40-year-old man at the scene. He was taken to Grafton Police Station where he was charged with assault with act of indecency, two counts of common assault, and prisoner escape lawful custody.

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Materials and Posters for July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Materials and Posters for July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners appeared first on It's Going Down.

As the third annual July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners approaches, we find ourselves fighting the hydra of fascism and far-right ideology. While its many heads have distinct looks in different parts of the world, this beast spews the same venomous poison of nationalism and bigotry everywhere. It demonizes refugees and immigrants, stokes hatred for Muslims, and attacks LGBTQ and other oppressed groups who are fighting for liberation and their very lives.

The July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners originated in 2014 as the Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman, an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men being attacked by fascist football hooligans. Whether acting as individuals or as part of larger organized demonstrations, this is the kind of bravery and solidarity which defines antifascist actions against the forces of hate. Since the day of solidarity last year, we have seen this spirit all over the worldin IndonesiaCzech RepublicBrazilPoland, EnglandGreecethe United StatesFranceSyria,...


Heres the scoop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you want your fix of monsters you do not have to spend twenty bucks at the movies. All you have to do is spend an afternoon with Kirsten from Waterwatch to get alien looking lifeforms that you never thought possible. And they are all living under the surface of your nearest stream or pond. []


Truth of Ukraine War revealed: Watchdog Media releases definitive chronological timeline video of Ukrainian War from Euromaidan to MH-17 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On the three year commemoration of the tragic shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17, Brisbane, Australia based Watchdog Media has released the most thorough and accurate chronological portrayal of events occurring between the start of Ukraine's Euromaidan in November 2013 and the tragic destruction of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 on July 17, 2014. Between 2013 and 2017, the Watch Dog Media Institute compiled and archived the largest known video volumes of first-person video related to the Ukraine war, as well as the largest and most substantial amount of all mainstream media footage related to such. These volumes have been aptly and poetically titled Roses Have Thorns, and are accessible at the Watchdog Media You Tube page linked below. These chronological video volumes include 17 videos totaling over 32 hours of first-person and MSM video clips related to the war. This downloaded and archived footage has been thoroughly sorted over the past two years and placed into a 5 hour video timeline that reveals the true and terrible nature of the Ukraine war and its horrific effects on the civilian population. This is the most revealing video in existence highlighting what actually took place in Ukraine.


UN Claims Peter Dutton Broke Promise and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The United Nations refugee agency claims the Australian government said they would resettle Manus Island and Nauru refugees in Australia in meetings they had with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

The UN says that they agreed to facilitate a deal between Australia and the United Nations as long as the federal government agreed to settle vulnerable refugees with family in Australia.

The Turnbull government has always maintained that no refugees will be resettled here and dismissed claims that they had broken promises to the UN.


Queensland Father of Three Suing Ruby League Club for Tackle


Putting superannuation in the hands of big banks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The Australian government is talking up the reform of superannuation in Australia.

Change is certainly needed. For too long, funds coming out of workers pockets have been used as a vehicle to secure a ready made reserve for fund managers to line their pockets and for corporations to secure cheap investment funds, rather than having to use their own.

A consequence has been a growth in reckless investment, at the expense of those to whom the money really belongs.

Banks and other financial institutions have used superannuation money as a component of growing involvement in speculative investment, at the expense of investment in the real economy. It has contributed to the housing bubble that has made life harder for so many people.

To believe that the present talk of reform is about addressing this would be a mistake. Curtailing excess fees might be welcome, but it remains only a sideshow to the real purpose. Slanging at the unpopular banks might bring on a few smiles. When there is no substance behind it, nothing real is going to eventuate.

There are some other changes that came into effect on 1 July or are on the way,  providing a few few minor sweeteners and take away with the other hand. This article is not covering these, but focuses on the main game, which hides behind Malcolm Turnbulls promise of providing better choices for consumers.


If past comment is any indication, the intention is to open up areas currently covered by what are called industry funds, to penetration by those that are referred to as independent funds.

There is a great difference between the two. Industry funds are essentially not for profit, in that they distribute earnings to the policy holders. The so-called private funds and referred to as corporate funds by ASIC, are private businesses that are solely in the game to make a profit. Most of these are owned by the banks. At the workplace, these funds are appointed by the employer, unlike the industry funds that are based on agreement between employers and unions.

Industry funds are overseen by committees of management that are made up of government, business and employee representatives (unions). While this might not be perfect, there is at least some element of social supervision over what they do. The others are directly managed by financial institutions and they make all the decisions.

Private funds have had a history of being used to pull up the bottom line of the companies who manage them and returning significantly less to the contributors.



Haitis Earthquake and the Clinton Foundation: a Double Disaster "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Malcolm R. Hughes On 12th January 2010, the island nation of Haiti was hit by a devastating natural or man-made earthquake. French-speaking Haiti is on the west portion of an island in the Caribbean, of which the east side is occupied by the Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic. Haitis capital, Port Au Prince, was hit severely, []


Lihir to get Newcrest on target "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An overall view of the Cadia mine in Orange, NSW.

Paul Garvey | The Australian | 25 July 2017

For much of its recent history, Newcrest Mining has been relying on its Cadia mine in NSW to make up for the problems at its Lihir mine in Papua New Guinea. Now, the roles are being reversed.

With Cadia out of action following an earthquake earlier this year, it was a record quarter from the oft-maligned Lihir that helped the Melbourne-based miner reach its annual production guidance.

Lihir produced 276,230 ounces of gold during the June quarter, up 20.3 per cent for the period in what was a record quarter for the operation.

The strong performance of Lihir which had historically been the cause of several operational headaches during its early years under Newcrest ownership helped make up for the sharp decrease in output at Cadia, which was hit by an earthquake in mid-April.

One of two panel caves at Cadia has since restarted production, with the outstanding panel scheduled to come back into operation during the Sept...


Special Permian beetle fossil discovered in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

These are 3-D habitual and environmental reconstructions of Ponomarenkia belmonthensis restored after linedrawing of the holotype and 2-D reconstruction. The plant is Australian cycadophyt Lepidozamia hopei from the Botanical Garden of Jena University. Credit: Evgeny V. Yan/FSU Jena

From the Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena in Germany:

300 million-year-old modern beetle from Australia reconstructed

July 24, 2017

Hes Australian, around half a centimetre long, fairly nondescript, 300 million years old, and hes currently causing astonishment among both entomologists and palaeontologists. The discovery of a beetle from the late Permian period, when even the dinosaurs had not yet appeared on the scene, is throwing a completely new light on the earliest developments in this group of insects. The reconstruction and interpretation of the characteristics of Ponomarenkia belmonthensis was achieved by Prof. Dr Rolf Beutel and Dr Evgeny V. Yan of Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany). They have published this discovery together with beetle researcher Dr John Lawrence and Australian geologist Dr Robert Beattie in the current issue of the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. It was Beattie who discovered the only two known fossilised specimens of the beetle in former marshland in Belmont, Australia.

Beetles, which with nearly 400,000 described species today make up almost one-third of all known organisms, still lived a rather shadowy and cryptic existence in the Permian period, explains Jena zoologist Beutel. The fossils known to date have all belonged to an ancestral beetle lineage, with species preferring narrow spaces under bark of coniferous trees. They exhibit a whole series of primitive characteristics, such as wing cases (elytra) that had not yet become completely hardened or a body surface densely covered with small tubercles.

Earliest form of the modern beetle



Insolvent Greece goes to market 2.0 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why do I refuse to be impressed by the news of Greeces return to the markets?

It is because the Greek state and the Greek banks remain deeply insolvent. And, their return to the money markets is a harbinger of the next terrible phase of Greeces crisis, rather than a cause for celebration.

The above was my answer in a BBC interview on 9th April 2014! It is also the only answer that fits todays announcement of Greeces new bond issue.

Indeed, why script a new article, when that old post offers a most helpful response to the question: What should the world think of Greeces new bond issue? (See also this article on the 2014 bond issue plus this tv interview from 16th April 2014.)

The only thing I need to add to these circa 2014 posts is this:

  • The Tsipras government today is simply rolling over precisely the same bond that the Samaras-Venizelos-Stournaras government issued in 2014 the subject matter of my criticism above. This is a remarkable U-turn by Mr Tsipras and his ministers.
  • In 2014 they had sided entirely with my criticism of the then governments argument that Greeces return to the markets, with the issue of that one bond, was a sign the country was achieving escape velocity from the gravitational pull of its debt-deflationary crisis. Now, they are not only parroting the same arguments as Samaras-Venizelos-Stournaras but they are, lo and behold, rolling over the same bond!

I rest my case.


A good Canadian friend with decades of experience in the money markets sent me the following email just now upon reading the news of the bond issue. I copy it here without comment:

They could barely get the ink dry on the prospectus and Greece is issuing new paper. Of course, this is being hailed in the press as a sign that Greece is normalising. Nothing of the sort Optics. Its a switch offer, only works if peopl...


Cassie Jaye's 'Red Pill' documentary too truthful for feminists to tolerate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

'The Red Pill: The movie about men that feminists didn't want you to see.' This was the provocative headline that ran in Britain's The Telegraph last November, a teaser for a documentary made by a feminist filmmaker who planned to take on men's rights activists but was won over and crossed to the dark side to take up their cause. Despite a ferocious campaign to stop the movie being made, it's finally been released and the Australian screening was due next week in Melbourne. However, the gender warriors have struck again, using a petition to persuade Palace Cinemas to cancel the booking. Palace took the decision after being told the movie would offend many in its core audience but by yesterday 8000 had signed petitions protesting the ban. Organisers are now scrambling to find another venue.


TAS Series of Business burglaries and stolen motor vehicle "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:42 am.

Overnight three businesses in the greater Launceston area have been targeted by thieves.

At approximately 1am this morning police were notified of a burglary in progress at the Evandale IGA Supermarket, Russell Street, Evandale.

It is believed the offenders are a group of men who have forced entry to the premises and stolen a quantity of cigarettes and confectionary items.

Witnesses have reported seeing a white Toyota Camry fleeing the scene.

A second report of a burglary in progress at the IGA Supermarket, Brougham Street, West Launceston, was received at approximately 1.40am.

The cash tills in this premises have been removed and an unsuccessful attempt to open the store ATM has been made.

The offenders have fled the scene in a white vehicle which has been reversed into the supermarket doors causing extensive damage, in the process of fleeing.

About an hour later police received reports of a third burglary, at the Southside Supermarket, Hobart Road Youngtown. It is believed the offenders have attempted to use the vehicle to crash through the front glass doors of the premises.

Entry was not gained however the vehicle has caught fire, completely destroying the vehicle and causing substantial fire damage to the store.

It is believed that a group of between 3 to 5 men are responsible for these burglaries and they were utilising a vehicle stolen from a Mowbray residence on Monday.

The previous night three additional business burglaries occurred that are also believed to be linked.

The Norwood IGA, where a quantity of soft drink was stolen and attempts were made to open a safe; Roadside Products in St Leonards where a quantity of cash and some electronic items were stolen and The Kings Bridge Bar in Paterson St where a safe was entered and a quantity of cash stolen.

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Police urge business owners to refrain from storing cash on premises overnight and bank daily takings whenever possible.

Anyone who witnessed or has information in relation to these incidents, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Launceston Police on 67773911.

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NATION: Turnbulls super-ministry ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A PM who truly cares about national security would look within. The war on terror is a hoax. The governments capture by business, mining and banking has led it to inflict injustice and indignity including the cruel trickle-down fraud of $65 billion dollar tax breaks for business in the pretence of prosperity for all. Forget the war on terror, Prime Minister. Spare us the weird theatricals. Look at rampant inequality fostered by your neoliberal economic policies. If you want better security, cease your war on the poor and the vulnerable, the cutting benefits and penalty rates. Address underemployment. Get real about enforcing working conditions and pay rates. Ensure that businesses pay a fair rate of tax Guardian: Alan Tudge waves his wand and turns welfare debate upside down Ross Gittins, Fairfax: Big business influence wanes as public rejects bizonomics


Our night at Hotel Czocha Castle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As I looked back on my travel time I thought that I had done a fair bit, seen some amazing places, eaten some fine food and put some big ticks on that must see list. BUT there was one thing that I had never thought I would be able to do and that was stay overnight in a castle. You see I love castles. (I see some of you rolling your eyes!) I have a thing for them. From a ruined castle to grand palaces wherever they are I want to see them. Our friends Adriana and Thomas have taken us to some of the most amazing places we have been on our travels and they know my love for them. It was then they hatched the ultimate plan for me.Zamek Czocha was its name and Hotel Czocha was the destination.

Hotel Czocha Castle in Poland See Europe by train

As we left for a trip to Wroclaw there was a smile on their faces that I knew they had something planned but I know better than to ask now, they have the best places planned for us to see that I never ask anymore. I get to sit there and know that I am about to see something amazing. It got the better of Thomas though and he had told Mark who was struggling to keep it to himself as wellthere were plenty of hints but I thought it would be well out of our price range to stay overnight in a castle.

Hotel Czocha Castle Fulfilled my dream

The first thing I noticed as we started to slow was the huge wall on one side of the road. We pulled into a small car park and we all piled out of the van. We crossed the road and went up to the enormous gates that close the little town on the inside off to us and Thomas spoke to the gentleman guarding the gates. He opened a little door for us and told us to walk through. By then I had a fair idea of what was going on but I was still a little unsure about where we were actually staying. We wandered down the cobblestoned streets to the en...


TAS Theft of Black Ford F150 Utility "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:59 am.

Between the 1st and 2nd May 2015, a black 1992 Ford F150 extra cab utility was stolen from Henty Close in Old Beach.

The vehicle has not yet been recovered and information is sought as to the vehicles current whereabouts and/or the person(s) involved in its theft.

The utility is quite distinctive, described as having a silver stripe running down both drivers and passenger sides, tinted windows and has mag wheels attached. The registration plate attached to the vehicle at the time of the theft was C93HN.

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Any information in relation to this matter can be provided to Bridgewater CIB on 62684106 or anonymously reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and reference OR 512129

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TAS Assault complaint investigation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:34 am.

Tasmania Police are investigating a complaint received last night in relation to an alleged assault at Blundstone Arena on 9 May 2015 during the match between North Melbourne and Richmond.

The incident occurred around 2.35pm and involved a man who was working as a security guard and a person believed to be a North Melbourne official.

Police encourage anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Baby Tasmanian Devil Is So Fond Of His Caretaker, He Follows Him Everywhere [Video] "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tasmanian Devils are rarely talked about on the news, but definitely should be. Why? Because the marsupials are considered endangered and need protection to ensure their species survives. Fortunately for dozens of Tasmanian Devils in Australia, they have a caretaker named Tim Faulkner who will go to great lengths to ensure they thrive.

Faulkner, who is a Tasmanian Devil caretaker, absolutely loves his job. And why wouldnt he?! The marsupials, which are great swimmers and excellent tree climbers, are capable of forming exceptional bonds with the humans in their lives. In fact, one baby Tasmanian Devil is so attached to Faulkner, he follows his keeper everywhere! In return, the baby receives plenty of cuddles and satisfying belly rubs.

According to Bored Panda, the Devil Arks free-range facilities in New South Wales, Tomalia, cares for approximately 150 Tasmanian Devils. It opened in 2011 with just 44 Tasmanians and since then, has flourished. The sanctuary has had 5 successful breeding seasons and, in turn, has celebrated 180 healthy joeys being born.

Watch the baby Tasmanian Devil follow his favorite keeper everywhere:


Devil Ark is almost there! I wish I could thank you all individually for the support! We're now at 80% of the way to our goal but we still need your help! Bring us home and show our Tasmani...


This Foul-Mouthed Cockatoo is the Most Australian Pet Youll Ever See "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Eric is a naughty boy.

This beautiful white-crested cockatoo has won hearts around the world with his potty mouth and abusive, aggressive nature. He resides in Tasmania and his owners have taught him some very bad habits and swear words which the YouTube community delights in observing.

Credit: Daily Mail

Credit: Daily Mail

Cockatoos are known for their ability to parrot human speech and other sounds pretty well. Even though Eric has a bit of a raspy voice, his accent is uniquely Occa and hed be great to have behind you to talk some trash with your mates.

If you feel youd like your own foul-mouthed feathered friend. A Cockatoo can cost anywhere from $500 $1500. Youd better be in it for the long haul too, as the birds can live for up to 60 years in captivity. Some species of parrot and macaw can live up to a century.

Credit: YouTube

Credit: YouTube

Eric is a self-described f*ckin legend and goes by the YouTube name, Eric the Legend. His channel boasts 64 videos of his doing everything from swearing at other Bastard birds in the backyard, to throwing his dinner of steamed broccoli on the floor in protest. Currently boasting over 26,000 followers, the plucky cocky has got plenty of spunk and is a hell of an entertaining bird.


The below video shows some of Erics best work as he play-fights with the familys Jack Russell.
Check out the classic Vegemite Blanket draped over the back of the couch, it doesnt get much more Aussie than that!

Eric spits at the dog and get elicits a retaliatory response. After being nipped at, Eric responds with some class-A abuse. But...


CoreLogic index "IndyWatch Feed"

Home values index

As so often seems to happen in July, home values are off and running again.

Source: CoreLogic


TAS Aggravated Armed Robbery at Wellington Street "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 4:49 pm.

On Monday 11 May 2015, at approximately 3:30pm two men approached the front door of a unit in the upper end of Wellington Street, South Launceston.

The men forced their way into the unit; wearing balaclavas and armed with an axe and firearm and they demanded that the three occupants hand over property.

No one was injured in the incident.

The victims did not know the offenders, and described them as wearing balaclavas, dark hooded tops and jeans. The exposed skin on the wrists of both offenders appeared dark in colour.

Detectives from Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch are following a specific line of enquiry and would like to speak to witnesses who may have seen the men around the upper end of Wellington Street on Monday afternoon.

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Ron Paul: Heres Why Trump Should Veto New Sanctions Bill "IndyWatch Feed National"

(RPIThis weeks expected House vote to add more sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea is a prime example of how little thought goes into US foreign policy. Sanctions have become kind of an automatic action the US government takes when it simply doesnt know what else to do.

No matter what the problem, no matter where on earth it occurs, the answer from Washington is always sanctions. Sanctions are supposed to force governments to change policies and do what Washington tells them or face the wrath of their people. So the goal of sanctions is to make life as miserable as possible for civilians so they will try to overthrow their governments. Foreign leaders and the elites do not suffer under sanctions. This policy would be immoral even if it did work, but it does not.

Why is Congress so eager for more sanctions on Russia? The neocons and the media have designated Russia as the official enemy and the military industrial complex and other special interests want to continue getting rich terrifying Americans into believing the propaganda.

Why, just weeks after the White House affirmed that Iran is abiding by its obligations under the nuclear treaty, does Congress pass additional sanctions anyway? Washington blames Iran for destabilizing Syria and Iraq by helping them fight ISIS and al-Qaeda. Does this make any sense at all?

When is the last time Iran committed a terrorist act on our soil? It hasnt. Yet we learned from the declassified 28 pages of the Congressional 9/11 report that Saudi Arabia was deeply involved in the 2001 attacks against Washington and New York. Who has funded al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria for years? Saudi Arabia. Yet no one is talking about sanctions against that country. This is because sanctions are not about our security. They are about politics and special interests.

Why is Congress poised to add yet more sanctions on North Korea? Do they want the North Korean people to suffer more than they are already suffering? North Koreas GDP is half that of Vermont the US state with the lowest GDP! Does anyone believe they are about to invade us? There is much talk about North Koreas ballistic missile program, but little talk about 30,000 US troops and weapons on North Koreas border. For Washington, its never a threat if we do it to the other guy.

Heres an alternative to doing the same thing over and over: Lets take US troops out of North Korea after 70 years. The new South Korean president has proposed military talks with North Korea to try and reduce tensions. We should get out of the way and let them solve their own problems. If Iran and Russia want to fight ISIS and al-Qaeda at the....


Sustainable Timber Tasmania and the logging near Styx road ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is a popular tourist drive which Forestry Tasmania has logged right next to the tourist road to the Styx valley


TAS 57 year old Invermay man charged with drug trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thursday, 7 May 2015 9:44 am.

A man was charged with drug trafficking and more than $15,000 worth of cannabis was seized from an Invermay residence yesterday after police acted on information provided by the public.

Officers from the Ravenswood, Newnham and Launceston police stations searched the residence and seized 1.6kg of cannabis.

The man (aged 57) was charged with several offences including, possessing, using and cultivating a controlled plant and trafficking in a controlled substance.

He was bailed to appear at the Launceston Magistrates Court on June 17, 2015.

Police would like to thank members of the public for the information provided and encourage anyone who sees suspicious behaviour or who has information about drug dealing to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Q & A: The National Constituent Assembly in Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Venezuela Solidarity Campaign
The Venezuela Solidarity Campaign answers common questions on the National Constituent Assembly, called by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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Study Finds the Party Drug Ketamine Can Provide Fast Relief For Depression "IndyWatch Feed National"


Experts have long been searching for a drug that can quickly provide sustained and safe relief for people who suffer from depression.

Who would have thought the answer would come in a controversial party drug?

The findings of a new study add to the growing body of evidence that ketamine may be the answer those experts (and those who suffer from depression) have been looking for.

Ketamine, which is also known as the recreational drug Special K, is an anesthetic that was developed in the early 1960s. It is one of the most widely used drugs in modern medicine, and is on the World Health Organizations List of Essential Medicines. In the US, ketamine is classified as a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Schedule III drug, which means it is believed to have moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence.

Using ketamine to treat depression is not a new idea; in the late 1990s, Yale researchers at the Connecticut Mental Health Center observed that ketamine helped depressed patients feel better.

Gerard Sanacora MD, PhD, director of the Yale Depression Research Program, recalls the discovery:

Unexpectedly, a single dose of ketamine produced a rapid, robust antidepressant response in several patients. It started as early as a few hours after the drug was given and lasted for days, or even weeks.

Research on ketamine at Yale  and elsewhere  is ongoing.

Today, the findings of the worlds first randomized control trial on ketamines efficacy and safety as a tr...


TAS Moonah man to appear on drug trafficking charges "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thursday, 7 May 2015 9:42 am.

A 25-year-old Moonah man will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court today charged with drug offences.

A search of a Moonah premises last night found some 60 deal bags containing a white crystalline substance, believed to be crystal methamphetamine (ICE).

He is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and five counts of common assault.

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Linking the Microbiome, Diet, the Brain and Mental Health "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mounting evidence supports the concept that our gut is indeed the brain outside the brain, with continued exploration of the gut-brain axis and relationships between the gut microbiome and brain function


More motorcycle parking bays available "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some motorcycle parking bays have been narrowed to fit in more spaces as Brisbane City Council struggles to replace parking lost to the Queens Wharf redevelopment.

The latest additions are in the Ann Street motorcycle parking zone under the Riverside Expressway ramp between North Quay and George Street.

Council traffic and transport engineer Anthony Burke Says their investigations found the area had wide bays.


parkin baysCould be worse check out this motorcycle parking bay in Cairns!

The existing area had marked 48 motorcycle bays at 1.2m width and the works completed (Thursday) night provided an additional 17 motorcycle bays, totalling 65 motorcycle bays, he says.

This provides a total of 82 spaces replaced of the 90 spaces lost within the Queens Wharf Brisbane area.

He says more spaces may be available in the next few weeks on State-owned land at Kurilpa Point (24 spaces) and North Quay (12).

Some 200 motorcycle parking spots were reported lost on January 1 when the Casino redevelopment project began: 60 parking bays permanently lost in Alice Street, William Street and Queens Wharf Road and 140 more temporarily closed during construction of the boardwalk, bikeway and foreshore works.

Fight on for lost motorcycle parking activists flexible baysLost Brisbane CBD spaces

However, Brisbane City Council said the number of temporary spaces lost during redevelopment was 90, not 140.

The lost parking bays were: Queens Wharf near Victoria Bridge, 22; Queens Wharf...


The Perfect Tourist Techno-Cap "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How many times are you out on vacation and neglect to take pictures to document it all for the folks back at home? Or maybe you forgot just exactly where that awesome waterfall was. [Mark Williams] has made a Raspberry Pi Zero enabled cap that can take photos and geotag them with the location as well as the attitude of the camera.

The idea is to enable the reconstruction of a trip photographically. The hardware consists of a Raspberry Pi Zero W coupled with a Raspberry Camera V2 and a BerryGPS-IMU. Once activated, the system starts taking photos every two minutes. Within each photograph, the location of the photographer is recorded like most GPS enabled camera.

An additional set of data including yaw, pitch, and roll along with direction is also captured to understand where the camera is pointing when the image was taken. Even if hes tilting his head at the time the photo was taken, the metadata allows it to be straightened out in software later.

This information is decoded using GeoSetter which puts the images on a map along with the field of view. Take a peek at the video below for the result of a trip around Sydney Harbour and the system in action. The Raspberry Pi Zero and camera combo are useful for a lot of things including this soldering microscope. Hopefully, we will be seeing some DIY VR gear with stereo cameras in the near future.

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Boat capsizes in Papua, 13 missing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Boat capsizes in Papua, 13 missing
Nethy Darma Somba The Jakarta Post Jayapura | Mon, July 24, 2017 | 06:15 pm
A traditional village in Papua. (Shutterstock/File)

The Jayapura Search and Rescue (SAR) team in Papua are still searching for the 13 people who went missing on the Mamberamo River in the Bintang Mountains in Batani district on Friday.
"Our men are still on the ground, combing along the river but so far none of them has been found," S...


The Stage Is Set in Stanford for the Next Scaling Bitcoin Workshops "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scaling Bitcoin Stanford

The Scaling Bitcoin Workshops will land in Stanford come November.

Scaling Bitcoin, the conference where innovations like Segregated Witness and TumbleBit made their public debut, has quickly grown to become a central stage for Bitcoins global academic and engineering communities. After editions in Montreal, Hong Kong and Milan, Stanford University will host the fourth edition of the Scaling Bitcoin Workshops on the 4th and 5th of November of this year.

We want to aid the technical consensus-building process, in a domain where performance and security are crucial trade-offs, Ferdinando M. Ametrano, a Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology professor at Politecnico di Milano and Scaling Bitcoin Planning Committee member, told Bitcoin Magazine.

Born out of the early days of Bitcoins very public scaling debate, the first two Scaling Bitcoin conferences or workshops were organized shortly after one another in Montreal and Hong Kong in the second half of 2015. It was here that many developers actually met face to face for the first time, and the workshops resulted in the well-known scaling roadmap supported by the Bitcoin Core development team.

A third edition of Scaling Bitcoin was organised in Milan in October 2016. That time around, the workshops increased in scope from scaling-only to also include privacy and fungibility improvements, as well as broader technical development.

This line will be continued in Stanford, where the theme of the event has been dubbed Scaling the Edge. While the exact agenda is yet to be established by a dedicated committee, overlapping topics for the Stanford edition should once again include fungibility, and there should also be increased focus on simulations and tests.

Plus, as a relatively new topic of interest, Scalin...


Byron Writers Festival Plant a poem and watch it grow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Writers Festival (4-6 August) has partnered with Red Room Poetry to create a series of beautiful seed cards featuring poems by local Byron Shire poet Lisa Brockwell. For the duration of the Festival, guests at Elements Resort will find the poetic seed cards on their pillows and will be able to plant the cards back home to grow their own poetic gardens. The seed cards will also be distributed to patrons at a Festival session entitled Sound and Soundscapes: Making Language Sing featuring Lisa Brockwell, biologist David Haskell (The Song of Trees) and performance poet Miles Merrill (Sunday 6 August).

Were thrilled to be partnering with Red Room Poetry, a company that brings poetry into our everyday lives in inventive and beautiful ways as well as nurturing Australian poets, said Festival Director Edwina Johnson.

Red Room Poetry creates poetic projects and learning programs in collaboration with a spectrum of poets, schools, communities and partners. The Byron Writers Festival seed cards are part of New Shoots, a program that celebrates and cultivates poems inspired by plants and place to deepen creative and cultural connections with nature.

Red Room Poetry commissioned local poet Lisa Brockwell to write a series of poems inspired by the beautiful natural surrounds of Elements of Byron where the Festival is situated. The seed cards contain Callistemon Citrinus (Lemon-scented bottlebrush) seeds, a coastal plant found growing on the Festival site.

A long hallway
of green carpet
then a shadow
of something darker
where the hinterland looms
and mountains swell

~ Lisa Brockwell, excerpt from End Note

Lisa Brockwell is a highly regarded, well known poet from the Byron Bay area, said Tamryn Bennett Her poems explore deep connections with local environment of Byron and so makes her an ideal choice for this collaboration growing seeded poems.

Lisa Brockwell was born in Sydney, spent a large part of her adult life in England, and now lives on a rural property near Byron Bay with her husband and young son. She was runner-up in the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellors International Poetry Prize in 2015, and has been shortlisted for the Australian Catholic University, Newcastle, Montreal International and Bridport Poetry Prizes. Her poems have been published in The Spectator, Australian Love Poems, The Canberra Times and Best Australian.

ancient presence,
the old god we dont want to wake,
navel of this place,
every stitch
in this tapestry.

~ Lisa Brockwell, excerpt from End Note

At Byron Writers Festival Lisa Brockwell will be conducting the workshop Poetry: deeper reading for better writing (Tuesda...


Greater use of Gold Coast beaches by restaurants & cafes would boost tourism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Aerial view of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Mike Winlaw, CEO of the Surfers Paradise Alliance, a business chamber, has suggested the Gold Coast take inspiration from Bali and allow commercial operators greater access to the beachfront. The Gold Coast Bulletin reports that Mr Winlaw said:

Many tourism destinations have successfully differentiated themselves by offering an exceptional beachside experience combining entertainment and dining, right by the waters edge.

With our spectacularly wide coastline, I believe this is an opportunity the Gold Coast needs to seize and one which, if done right, would add much value to the regions tourism offering by activating that differentiating experience for our own beautiful beaches.



We were influenced by Pope Francis, say men who vandalized Australian war memorial "IndyWatch Feed National"

RT | July 24, 2017 Four Australians who were found guilty of vandalism for removing a brass sword from a war memorial told a court that their actions were inspired by Pope Francis, referencing a message in which the pontiff said that religion cannot be used to justify war. The men were convicted on Monday []


VIC Publican allegedly hunted down and bashed his own chef "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

09 Apr 2015, 8:16 p.m.

A publican allegedly hunted down and viciously assaulted an employee because he believed the man owed him $2000, a court has heard.

Battlers Tavern owner Robert Biggs, 58, is accused of unleashing a volley of punches on a chef at the Bakery Hill hotel, leaving him with a small depressed skull fracture.

Crown prosecutor Raelene Maxwell on Thursday told Ballarat Magistrates Court Biggs confronted the victim over a debt in September 2014 after believing the victim had been leasing the hotels kitchen from him. The victim, noticing Biggs agitated state, left the hotel and went back to a Wendouree property where he was staying with a friend.

The court heard the victims friend had organised to meet Biggs on September 6 after repeated phone calls from the accused..

Ms Maxwell alleged that after seeing the victim through a locked screen door, Biggs broke the door, grabbed the victim from inside the house and began punching him in the head as he lay, curled up protecting himself, on the front lawn.

Biggs is then alleged to have said Im going to kill you (expletive), as he was striking the victim.

The court heard Biggs, as he was leaving the Wendouree property, allegedly apologised to the victims friend, whose screen door he is accused of breaking.

Im sorry love, Ill get someone to fix the door, Biggs is alleged to have said.

The court heard the victim was left with a small depressed fracture of the skull and bruising to the chest, face and abdomen.

Biggs, charged with recklessly causing injury, making threats to kill and criminal damage, appeared agitated throughout the hearing and later told the court: Im sick of this. If I go to jail for this its a joke.

Magistrate Michelle Hodgson adjourned the matters to May 5.


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VIC Woman suffered cardiac arrest after being targeted in prison "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

25 Nov 2014, 12:19 a.m.

A prisoner with a banana allergy suffered a cardiac arrest after inmates bombarded her with fruit, a court has heard.

A woman with a banana allergy suffered a cardiac arrest in prison after inmates bombarded her cell with the fruit, a court has heard.

Rebecca Ford, 25, also had a miscarriage after experiencing an ectopic pregnancy while serving 54 days in the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre for a string of dangerous driving offences.

Its like putting weapons in the hands of inmates Defence lawyer Amanda Hurst

Fords defence lawyer Amanda Hurst told The Courier she couldnt believe a sign had been put on Fords cell alerting inmates to her allergy.

Its like putting weapons in the hands of inmates, she said.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Libby Rule said a prisoner with a life-threatening allergy would have to agree to have medical information made available to staff and prisoners.

Ford, of Wendouree, appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Monday for sentencing after pleading guilty in October to a number of charges, including dangerous driving while under police pursuit, driving while disqualified and theft of a motor vehicle.

Ms Hurst told the court after being notified of Fords allergy, inmates proceeded to hide bananas in her living quarters.

The court heard on one occasion, Ford suffered a cardiac arrest after reacting to the fruit and was transported to hospital.

Shes found it (prison life) very difficult to deal with .. she needs to be released as soon as possible, Ms Hurst said.

Ms Hurst said her client also suffered from an acquired brain injury after being kicked in the head during a car-jacking in 2013.

Magistrate Cynthia Toose was aghast that a young woman with no prior convictions would come before the court on such serious charges.

Something was going on with you and I dont know what it was, Ms Toose said.

In evading police in October, Ford reached speeds of 200km/h on the Western Freeway and 170km/h in more built-up areas.

Ms Toose sentenced Ford to 54 days in prison for the dangerous driving while under police pursuit, which have been served.

Ford was placed on a community corrections order for 18 months for the theft charges and also had her drivers licence suspended for 12 months.


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Mr Tsipras insightful incoherence my reply in The Guardian, 24th July 20176 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Given that I presented my plans to Mr Tsipras for deterring the troikas aggression and responding to a potential impasse (and any move by the troika to evict Greecefrom the eurozone) before we won the election of January 2015, and I was chosen by him as finance minister (one presumes) on the basis of their merit, his answer reflects a deep incoherence.

Either I was the right choice to spearhead the collision with the troika of Greeces lenders because my plans were convincing, or my plans were not convincing and, thus, I was the wrong choice as his first finance minister.

Arguing, as Mr Tsipras does, that I was both the right choice for the initial confrontation and that my plan B was so vague it wasnt worth the trouble of even talking about is disingenuous, albeit insightful, for it reveals the impossibility of maintaining a radical critique of his predecessors while adopting the Tina (There Is No Alternative) doctrine.

As my account of the events of 2015 is on the record (see my recent book, Adults in the Room), I wish to add nothing further here about that period. What matters now is the task of ending Greeces desertification, which is proceeding at a harrowing pace under the provisions of the third bailout, its new unsustainable loans and its growth-d...


This Math Problem Has The Internet Stumped. Do You Know The Right Answer? "IndyWatch Feed National"

To say there is no right answer when it comes to math, to some, is akin to heresy. More than that, some might say its illogical and completely erroneous. Math  Full Article


"Because..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"There is much asked and only so much I think I can or should answer, and so, in this post I would like to give a few thoughts on what seemed to be the overwhelming question: "WHY?" And here is the best answer I can give: Because. Because sometimes, life is damned unfair. Because sometimes, we lose people we love and it hurts deeply. Because sometimes there aren't really answers to our questions except for what we discover, the meaning we assign them over time. Because acceptance is yet another of life's "here's a side of hurt" lessons and it is never truly acceptance unless it has cost us something to arrive there. Why, you ask? Because, I answer. Inadequate yet true."
- Libba Bray


Worlds Young Face $535 Trillion Bill For Climate "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Tim Radford for Climate News Network - LONDON, 19 July, 2017 One of the worlds most famous climate scientists has just calculated the financial burden that tomorrows young citizens will face to keep the globe at a habitable temperature and contain global warming and climate change a $535 trillion bill. And much of that will go on expensive technologies engineered to suck 1,000 billion metric tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the air by the year 2100. Of course, if humans started to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6% a year right now, the end of the century challenge would be to take 150 billion tonnes from the atmosphere, and most of this could be achieved simply by better forest and agricultural management, according to a new study in the journal Earth System Dynamics. The study, authored by researchers from the US, France, China, the United Kingdom and Australia, rests on two arguments. Slow start. One is that although the worlds nations vowed in Paris in 2015 to contain global warming by 2100 to well below 2C relative to the average global temperatures for most of the planets history since the last Ice Age, concerted international action has been slow to start. One nation the US has already announced that it will withdraw from the Paris Agreement.


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A PUBLICAN allegedly hunted down and viciously assaulted an employee because he believed the man owed him $2000, a court has heard.

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A PUBLICAN allegedly hunted down and viciously assaulted an employee because he believed the man owed him $2000, a court has heard.

Battlers Tavern owner Robert Biggs, 58, is accused of unleashing a volley of punches on a chef at the Bakery Hill hotel, leaving him with a small depressed skull fracture.

Crown prosecutor Raelene Maxwell on Thursday told Ballarat Magistrates Court Biggs confronted the victim over a debt in September 2014 after believing the victim had been leasing the hotels kitchen from him. The victim, noticing Biggs agitated state, left the hotel and went back to a Wendouree property where he was staying with a friend.

The court heard the victims friend had organised to meet Biggs on September 6 after repea...


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25 Nov 2014, 12:19 a.m.

A PRISONER with a banana allergy suffered a cardiac arrest after inmates bombarded her with fruit, a court has heard.

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A WOMAN with a banana allergy suffered a cardiac arrest in prison after inmates bombarded her cell with the fruit, a court has heard.

Rebecca Ford, 25, also had a miscarriage after experiencing an ectopic pregnancy while serving 54 days in the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre for a string of dangerous driving offences.

Its like putting weapons in the hands of inmates" Defence lawyer Amanda Hurst

Fords defence lawyer Amanda Hurst told The Courier she couldnt believe a sign had been put on Fords cell alerting inmates to her allergy.

Its like putting weapons in the hands of inmates, she said.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Libby Rule said a prisoner with a life-threatening allergy would have to agree to have medical information made available to staff and prisoners.

Ford, of Wendouree, appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Monday for sentencing after pleading...


Warning: Twin Cities Police Easily Startled Street Signs Appear in Minneapolis "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Someone is trying to warn residents of Minneapolis that police in the area are a bit, er, jumpy.

From the Star Tribune:

Joe Morino brought an incredulous friend to see the orange street sign he just spotted in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.

The official-looking metal sign read: WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED. It featured a graphic silhouette of a police officer, a gun in each raised hand, shooting in both directions.

Theres a side of truth to the sign, Morino said after snapping a picture of it. That tells you there is something wrong with the system.

The sign, which was still up at 8 p.m. Sunday, was one of at least two seen in the Twin Cities Sunday.

Another sign was spotted near the corner of Snelling and University avenues in St. Paul, according to a photo that circulated Sunday on social media. A Facebook post said that sign later was removed.

Each was screwed into upright metal posts in the same fashion as conventional street signs, making them appear official.

The signs appear to have been inspired by two officer-involved shootings this month in Minneapolis.

On July 8, Minneapolis cop Michael Mays shot two dogs in their own backyard. Thankfully, the dogs survived, but they suffered serious injuries, not to mention the emotional trauma of being shot in their own yard. Mays attempted to justify firing at the dogs, claiming that they were charging him. But Jennifer LeMay, the dogs owner, has surveillance video footage that proves Mays is lying the dogs were not charging the cop, and did not present a threat to him.

On July 15, Justine Damond was fatally shot by...


Citizens Begin Reclaiming Coal Country After Decades Of Corporate Land Grabs "IndyWatch Feed"

By Emma Eisenberg for Yes! Magazine - Land is the most important thing to us, yet its not clear at all who owns it, says Karen Rignall, assistant professor of community and leadership development at the University of Kentucky. Without broad-scale knowledge of the patterns of land ownership this region cannot work together to move forward. But who owns it on paper is not always who owns it in actuality. That takes time and money to find out. The coal industry of central Appalachia has been on the decline for more than 30 years, with West Virginia and Kentucky losing more than 38,000 coal jobs in that time. As coal companies pulled out, they took with them the dollars that small towns used to use to fund their schools and infrastructure, and left behind abandoned mines, polluted rivers and vast swaths of vacant land. All over Appalachia, communities and organizations are working around the clock to come up with a way to justly transition the Appalachian economy to whatever comes next. Rignall and postdoctoral researcher Lindsay Shade are collaborating with a growing group of citizens that think a part of the answer to a post-coal economy may lie with an old land ownership studyand have been inspired by it to do a new one.


At least eight mid- to high-level traffickers arrested and thirty children rescued in Haiti undercover operation "IndyWatch Feed National"

On a luxury yacht in the Caribbean, a group of men are waiting for their party guests to arrive - dozens of girls, some as young as 10 years old, who have been sold to the group for the evening by human traffickers. But there won't be a party. The men onboard the yacht, posing as pedophiles from the US and Australia, are actually undercover agents who have been planning a dangerous rescue operation for more than a year. In a major Sunday Night investigation, reporter Matt Doran joined the team from global child rescue agency Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) as the elaborate sting took place on the yacht and in a nearby luxury resort.


Popular claims German taxpayers bailout Greece are false and political verbiage "IndyWatch Feed National"

Germany fails to honor its part of the Greek bailout deal, the popular claim that German taxpayers are bailing out Greece are clearly false and just political verbiage. This is the essence of a post written by economics Professor Bill Mitchell of Australia. In his blog post, Mitchell deals with the fiscal role of the

The post Popular claims German taxpayers bailout Greece are false and political verbiage appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Japanese leeches against invasive slugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video is about Limax maximus slugs mating in their native Norway.

From Hokkaido University in Japan:

Native leech preys on invasive slug?

July 21, 2017

Summary: Citizen science has revealed the spread of the invasive giant slug Limax maximus

aka leopard slug

and its potential native predator in Japan, providing new insights into predator-prey dynamics between introduced prey and native predators.

The giant slug Limax maximus is native to Europe and Asia Minor but has spread widely, being found in North America, South America, North Africa, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and other regions. The slug is recognized as a notorious pest because it eats agricultural and garden crops.

In Japan, L. maximus was first found in Ibaraki Prefecture in 2006 and its population has rapidly spread throughout the country, making it difficult for scientists and local governments to monitor the slugs occurrence and behavior.

Yuta Morii of Hokkaido University and Takafumi Nakano of Hiroshima University investigated the habitat range of L. maximus in Hokkaido, Japan, by recruiting ordinary citizens as citizen scientists through a local newspaper and a television program.

A total of 38 observations were reported by the citizen scientists from February 8 to October 18 in 2016, including 29 reports accompanied by a photograph, the exact location and the date of the observation. The team analyzed these 29 records along with previously published records about the species.

At least 16 naturalized populations of L. maximus were found in Hokkaido, 14 of which were previously unknown. Four sites were more than 30 kilometers from Sapporo, where the species was first detected in 2012, and were distant from each other.

Notably, one observer submitted a photo of an L. maximus individual being preyed on by a microphagous leech, Orobdella kawakatsuorum. Orobdella leeches are known to inhabit Japa...


Dr Michelle Maloney on the New Economy Network and upcoming conference "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Karun Cowper speaks to Dr Michelle Maloney of the New Economy Network Australian about the upcoming Building a New Economy for Australia which is being held from 1-3 September 2017 in Brisbane. Building on the inaugural 2016 conference held in Sydney, the 2017 gathering invites people to come together to share stories of success, address []


Market Talk- July 24th, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

A clear distinction was drawn between Shanghai (+0.4%), Hang Seng (+0.5%) and SENSEX (+0.7%) exchanges and the ASX (-0.6%) and Nikkei (-0.6%) as they both suffered declines. Some Chinese industrial profits have been encouraging, possible regulatory changes and improving economic data continue to support momentum. The yen trades comfortably with a 110 handle a gain of +0.35% for the currency on the day, but it did settle just over 111 at the US close. The Nikkei on the other side lost -0.65% as industrials led the fall given the currencys safe-haven bid and also expectations surrounding the FEDs call later this week. The Aussie market was hit after a rumour that the RBA will not raise rates just because other central banks may be doing. One of the hot topics however, was the IMF call for global growth. Although the growth expectations were called unchanged they have reduced expectations for both the US and UK numbers. They increased forecasts for both China and Europe, whilst saying 2017 may slow to 1.7% from previously forecast 1.8% growth.

European indices have opened heavy as German car makers hit more negative headlines, driving the DAX down yet again. This set the trend for European indices with German autos down around 3% across the board. The UKs FTSE (-1%) was the worst performer having had the IMFs negative headline release, coupled with a small bounce in the currency. Unfortunately, Europe was unable to rely on economic data as PMI released slightly less than expected. Core markets were off of their earlier lows but pressure remains after last weeks declines. The other trend we have been watching is the currency move and today we saw stocks decline along with bonds and currency. A lot of talk that Deutsche Bank will move around $300bn from London to Germany.

We saw a similar pattern in US markets as we saw most of last week. The markets follow European sentiment, usually following Europe but by the close the broader S+P and the NASDAQ turn by the close and finish in the black. A huge reporting week for markets, so expect volatility but when we have the FED and OPEC on-top of this it could be fun! In front of the FED data was not really a story...


'We were inspired by Pope Francis,' say men who vandalized Australian war memorial "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Four Australians who were found guilty of vandalism for removing a brass sword from a war memorial told a court that their actions were inspired by Pope Francis, referencing a message in which the pontiff said that religion cannot be used to justify war. The men were convicted on Monday of vandalizing the memorial - which consists of a stone crucifix and a brass "sword of sacrifice" - in Brisbane's Toowong cemetery on Ash Wednesday, March 1. One of the defendants, 61-year-old James Joseph Dowling, told the Brisbane magistrates court ahead of the Monday ruling that Pope Francis had "influenced" them to remove the sword from the monument. "We were influenced by Pope Francis's words...where he said religion can never be used to justify war, and peace alone is holy," Dowling said, as quoted by the Australian Associated Press.


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Oshun Yoga, Preston.
Shout out for Kira and local yoga in Enfield Ave, Preston, great for beginners or those who are wary or just a bit sore.  

She offers great deals online for monthly or 3 monthly passes to get you regular. I go on Tuesday nights, 7pm and feel great for the week.
Website seems to be down but check it out:


Recommended Basketball Coach "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I just want to put the word out about the wonderful basketball coach I have been training with. Her name is Deslyn Applewhaite, she is a genuine US College basketball player and she is here in Coburg playing with the Giants.

I am approaching 50 and my daughter is 10 and we are both learning so much from her! She is great at working out exactly what improvement your game needs, from the basics to advanced skills (I have watched her training a player for US college scouts). She is an excellent communicator and makes the sessions a lot of fun as well.
Deslyn has a background in coaching in the US and here she is training many local basketball teams as well as one-on-one....


Extreme El Nios to double in frequency under 1.5C of warming, study says "IndyWatch Feed"

The El Nio event of 2015-16 was one of the strongest on record, bringing flooding to much of South America, southern US and East Africa, and severe drought to Australia and southeast Asia.

Now a new study, published in Nature Climate Change, suggests that similar extreme El Nio events could become more frequent as global temperatures rise.

If global warming reaches 1.5C above pre-industrial levels the aspirational limit of the Paris Agreement extreme El Nio events could happen twice as often, the researchers find.

That means seeing an extreme El Nio on average every 10 years, rather every 20 years.

Extreme events

El Nio is a global weather phenomenon that originates in the Pacific Ocean. A weakening in the trade winds across the equatorial Pacific brings warm ocean temperatures to the eastern Pacific, off the coast of South America.

This has major impacts on rainfall patterns worldwide, explains study co-author Dr Wenju Cai from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia. He tells Carbon Brief:

These movements cause a massive reorganisation of the atmosphere circulation, leading to extreme climate and weathers around the globe. For example, floods in Ecuador, Peru and  southwest American, but drought in Indonesia and other western Pacific c...


Playgroup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Playgroup for Toddlers
There are spaces available for term 3 at the Newlands Community Centre Friday Playgroup starting again this Friday 28th July.
Families come together to chat, play and make friends in a relaxed and welcoming space with an experienced pre-school educator.
Fridays 9.30am to 11.30am, 20 Murray Road, Coburg North 
Cost: $90 per family per term.


The Latest In DARPA Mass Mind Control Technology- CSS HR 1- Josh Coy "IndyWatch Feed National"



What is the latest in DARPA mind control technology? The answer is stunning and frightening at the same time.

What is the latest in DARPA mind control technology? The answer is stunning and frightening at the same time.

Former President Obama made signficiant investments in the BRAIN Initiative a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimers, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or BRAIN, as the project is now called, aims to reconstruct the activity of every single neuron as they fire simultaneously in different brain circuits, or perhaps even whole brains.

The next great American project, as Obama called it, could help neuroscientists understand the origins of cognition, perception, and other enigmatic brain activities, which may lead to new, more effective treatments for conditions like autism or mood disorders and could help veterans suffering from brain injuries.


The Noah Factor

If one knew that the human race and all other species were going to go extinct through natural consequences, or were going to be wiped out, a Noahs arc would likely be built in order to reconstruct the planet in someones, certainly not Gods, image. If one can read through the lines, the following quote from the project speaks to this possibility.

The BRAIN initiative proposes to develop new technologies that can record the activ...


Ketamine 'incredibly effective' at ending depression in elderly - study "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Astounding" new evidence suggests 'party drug' Ketamine can cure/end depression in the elderly. Australian researchers at the Black Dog Institute completed the world's first randomized control trial (RCT), assessing the efficacy and safety of ketamine as a treatment for depression in elderly patients. A total of 16 patients over the age of 60, many of whom had suffered from depression for years and found other treatments ineffective, were given low doses of the drug. Increasing doses of ketamine were given over a period of five weeks, with doses tailored for each individual participant.


How Hummingbirds Work. WOW. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hummingbirds often brave downpours to gather the nectar needed to avoid starvation. This Annas hummingbird shakes off rain as a wet dog does, with an oscillation of its head and body. According to researchers at UC Berkeley, each twist lasts four-hundredths of a second and subjects the birds head to 34 times the force of gravity. Even more remarkable: Hummingbirds can do this in flight as well as when perched.
SOURCES: VICTOR ORTEGA-JIMENEZ AND ROBERT DUDLEY. Photographs by Anand Varma / National Geographic.

I am just filled with awe after watching this:

Space may be the final frontier, but scientists have found plenty of head-scratchers right here on one of Earths zippiest creatures, the humble hummingbird. The July issue of National Geographic Magazine includes stunning photography by Anand Varma of ornithologist Christopher Clarks experiments studying how the Annas hummingbird sees, moves, and eats.

Clark recreated studies from UC Berkeley and the University of British Colombia that use smoke, optical illusions, and specially-created tools in conjunction with high-speed cameras to reveal hummingbirds strange body parts. For example, the reason they can hover is because their unique bone structure allows them to create lift on the upswing, as well as the downswing of their wings.

You can see and read more about this at The Creators Project. I might have to put that video on a loop.


If an Australian federal election was held today...... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The sixteenth consecutive Newspoll shows the Labor Party leading the Liberal-Nationals Coalition.

This time by 53 to 47 per cent on a two-party preferred basis calculated on the preference flow at the July 2016 federal election.

The primary vote in this latest poll was: Coalition 36 (+1) Labor 37 (+1) Greens 9 (-1) One Nation 9 (-2) Others 9 (+1)

The survey of 1,677 voters, taken between Thursday 20 July and Sunday 23 July 2017, has a margin of error of 2.4 per cent.

As the two party preferred percentages for Labor and the Coalition have remained unchanged for the last five Newspolls this is what the Australian Parliament might look like:

Swing percentage is based on most recent data from Newspoll on a two party preferred basis
and represents changes in seats for the Coalition and Labor Party only. Data source: Newspoll...


Mr. Turnbull, about those millions..... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull, Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield and Minister for Sport Greg Hunt owe an explanation to every Australian who has taken an income support cut or an earned income cut during the last three years because of Coalition Government policies and decisions.

Show us the contract signed by Foxtel Sports Australia or News Corp!

ABC Radio Melbourne, Mornings program, 17 July 2017:

The federal communications department has refused to release details about $30 million in sports broadcasting funding given to Foxtel, because it says documents about the deal "do not exist".

Senior Producer for ABC Radio Melbourne Mornings, Dan Ziffer spoke to Jon Faine about the money, which was allocated to Foxtel in the 2016 federal budget to support "underrepresented sports."

"There appears to be no paper trail for the $30 million contract," Mr Ziffer said.

"Whatever was done about this deal, it certainly wasn't written down."

Director of the Australian Shareholders Association Stephen Mayne said he believed the government gave Foxtel the money to avoid making an enemy with the Murdoch media.



Netanyahu doesnt have a vision for peace, Gillibrand says at town hall aroused by boycott bill "IndyWatch Feed"

This past Saturday morning, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New Yorks junior senator, held her first Town Hall of the Congressional Summer recess at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.  She reported briefly on what is happening in Washington, particularly on health care, expressed her support for a single-payer health system, and then answered questions.

Gillibrand was, at last count, one of 14 Democratic and 31 Republican Senatorial sponsors of the AIPAC-generated Anti-Israel Boycott Act, which would penalize, and in some cases criminalize, individual and corporate advocacy in support of boycotts of Israel for its violation of Palestinian rights, including its occupation of, and expansion of settlements in, the West Bank.

The bill has reportedly been around since March in stealth mode, its proponents garnering 45 co-sponsoring Senators and an absolute majority of 234 co-sponsors in the House, 63 Democrats and 174 Republicans.  When the Intercept sounded the alarm last week, the Westchester chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) called Gillibrands office and, hearing of the coming Town Hall, mobilized on short notice to appear there, joined by WESPAC (the Westchester Peace Action Coalition), Adalah-NY and Jews Say No!

In order to go to a Gillibrand Town Hall, one must RSVP.  She also uses a lottery system for questions.  Each cost-free ticket has a numbered stub which is detached and surrendered when checking in if one wishes to ask a question. All stubs go into one big bowl. Those whose numbers are selected then go to microphones in the aisles.  Gillibrand estimated the crowd in the Hostos auditorium at 600.  There were only about 12-15 questions asked in the 45 minutes allotted to questions, so the chances of being selected were not large for those in attendance interested in asking Sen. Gillibrand why a good progressive like her wanted to jail those exercising their constitutional right to political boycott.

Arriving early, Steve Siegelbaum of JVP had a chance to engage others in surrounding seats on the issue.  When one of those sitting behind Siegelbaum won the right to ask one of the first questions, he tapped Siegelbaum on the shoulder and handed him his ticket, saying I like what you had to say just now.  Siegelbaum made the most of his opportunity.  His statement and Gillibrands response is transcribed below.



Beef Ribs, Two Ways "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On my last visit to Haverick Meats, butcher Mark went out to the cool room and found three kilos of locally grown grassfed beef short ribs for me. As Havericks is primarily a restaurant trade supplier, most of their beef is grainfed, but they usually have grassfed available if you ask for it. That night, []


Time (and Oil) Running Out for Timor-Leste "IndyWatch Feed"

The newly elected government will have to move quickly to diversify Timor-Leste's economy.

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Australian Fitness Instructor Makes $1 Million from $2K "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man from Melbourne has recently made headlines after investing $2,000 in Ethereum and discovering a return of over $1 mln.

from News


Australian Fitness Instructor Makes $1 Million from $2K "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man from Melbourne has recently made headlines after investing $2,000 in Ethereum and discovering a return of over $1 mln.

from News


Who Are Indias Urban Poor? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gayatri Jayaramans Who me, Poor? How Indias Youth is Living in Urban Poverty to Make it Big fails to understand that the difference between the urban poor she talks of and the real urban poor is that the former have a choice.

Gayatri Jayaraman's book Who me, poor

Gayatri Jayaramans Who me, Poor? talks of the pressures the urban youth face to live a certain way. Credit: Pixabay

Gayatri Jayaraman has written about a set of young people, mostly in their mid-20s, who move cities in pursuit of a better life. We know these people. We may have even been these people constantly trying to juggle the challenges of rent, figuring out food, spending far too much on socialising for fear that they may be left out or not leave a good impression.

Those transitioning from small towns face even greater difficulties because they have to first understand the big city game. Or as one person in Jayaramans book tells us, they dont even know what a cappuccino is.

It is easy to understand the fears of a young person, out with their cool office crowd, not knowing the answer to whether they want a cappuccino or a latte. It is also interesting to read about their concerns and get a glimpse into the minds of millennials. In that way, Who Me, Poor? is readable.

The problems of the book are real and need to be highlighted. Our brightest young minds are under tremendous pressure, created by corporates selling them a skewed concept of an ideal life. I con...


Truth of Ukraine War Revealed: Watchdog Media Releases Timeline Video of Ukrainian War From Euromaidan to MH-17 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On the three year commemoration of the tragic shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17, Brisbane, Australia based Watchdog Media has released the most thorough and accurate chronological portrayal of events occurring between the start of Ukraines Euromaidan in November 2013


Donald Trump's campaign against Isis results in nearly as many civilian deaths as during Obama's entire administration "IndyWatch Feed"

Nearly as many Iraqi and Syrian civilians have died in US-led air strikes under Donald Trump as were killed during the whole administration of Barack Obama, independent analysts say. As of 13 July, more than 2,200 civilians had been killed by the US-led international coalition against Isis since Donald Trump entered the White house in January - compared with the estimated 2,300 civilians who died during similar strikes between 2014 and 2016. Roughly 80 civilians per month died in strikes under Mr Obama but this has now risen to approximately 360 per month ... according to research by the military tracking organisation Airwars. Part of the rise in these figures is due to the changing nature of the war against Isis, as the jihadist group became entrenched in the major cities of Mosul and Raqqa. The coalition's own civilian casualty figures are much lower than Airwars', but they too show an increase. Following a new war plan unveiled by US Secretary of Defense General James Mattis in February, the US has focused its efforts on annihilation tactics. In one incident in Mosul in March, the US admitted it was responsible for the deaths of 101 men, women and children. Britain, France, Australia and Belgium have also taken part in the bombing campaign but the US is the only one to admit responsibility for any civilian deaths.

Note: Coalition airstrikes have reportedly targeted schools and other non-military locations. Killing increasing numbers of civilians is a sure way to create more anti-US terrorists. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing war news articles from reliable major media sources.


UNHCR Says Australia Backtracked on Asylum Seeker Deal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A protester holds a placard in Sydney, Australia, February 4, 2017 during one of several rallies across Australia condemning U.S. President Donald Trump's order temporarily barring refugees and nationals from seven countries and demanding an end to Australia's offshore detention of asylum seekers. Credit: Reuters/David Gray

A protester holds a placard in Sydney, Australia, February 4, 2017 during one of several rallies across Australia condemning US President Donald Trumps order temporarily barring refugees and nationals from seven countries and demanding an end to Australias offshore detention...


Australia: Muslim leader calls for Sharia, says opponents of Islamic law are bigots "IndyWatch Feed National"

Of course. What other than bigotry could possibly lead anyone to oppose the institutionalized subjugation of women and non-Muslims, the extinguishing of the freedom of speech and the freedom of conscience, the death penalty for apostasy and much more? Concern for human rights? Pah! Its Islamophobia! Australias liberal democracy prides itself being accommodating to different []



Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE MANUS HUMAN RIGHTS TRASHED AS REFUGEES FORCED TO MOVE Charlie Compound, where ten Rohingya, Pakistani and Afghan refugees have been living for a month has been demolished after power and water was cut off and the refugees were evicted by PNG police and immigration officials last week. (Photos attached.) The(...)


Work by group at Australian university faces scrutiny "IndyWatch Feed National"

A journal is investigating research by a group in Australia, after receiving serious allegations regarding a 2017 paper about treating eye burns. The journal, Frontiers in Pharmacology, has issued an expression of concern (EOC) for the 2017 paper while it investigates. The notice does not specify the nature of the allegations.  Meanwhile, several other papers []

The post Work by group at Australian university faces scrutiny appeared first on Retraction Watch.


New Species of Flower Found in the Daintree Rainforest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

from Australian Geographic

A NEW FLOWER, Geosiris australiensis, was discovered by amateur botanists Tim Hawkes and Tony de Groot in the Daintree Rainforest.

Geosiris australiensis was native to the Gondwana Rainforests the ancient super continent that formed 250 million years ago, before the land mass then broke up into the continents we know today.

Botanists say that the new discovery demonstrates how little we know about the ancient rainforest, situated in the north east coast of Queensland.

The Daintree is living up to its name of being a very, very old piece of rainforest, Bruce Gray, a researcher from the Australian Tropical Herbarium, who formally identified the flower as a new species, told the Cairns Post.

Obviously these flowers were growing here a long time ago, before the separation of the continents.

Amateurs, Tim and Tony discovered Geosiris australiensis after catching the flowers white petals peaking above the leaf litter at Cooper Creek.

We were looking for another plant, which myself and a friend found in Mossman Gorge a year earlier, Tim explained.

We were looking at other potential spots where this plant could be, so decided to go up into the rainforest, to see whether it was on the other side of the Daintree River.

We found this plant, which is virtually a stem and nothing else, which...


Plans to privatise Lindeman Island National Park land, Chinese developers to build accommodation exclusive for wealthy tourist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NEARLY 37 hectares of Lindeman Island National Park will be privatised if the recommendations of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released this afternoon are approved.

The EIS details plans to privatise Lindeman Island National Park and place it in the hands of Chinese company, Whitehorse Developments, which will create exclusive accommodation for wealthy tourists.

The EIS says that 9.5 of the 37 hectares on the western coastline will be used for an upmarket commercial camping facility or "glamping structures.

This area is part of the existing national park.

Lindeman Island National Park has a history of privatisation proposals dating back to the corrupt Bjelke-Petersen Government's attempt to sell it off to private interests in 1986.

According to Mackay Conservation Group (MCG), Mackay locals stood up against that privatisation proposal back in those days, and believe they will again in this matter.
"National parks are established because they possess exceptional scientific, heritage, ecological and recreational values, A MCG spokesperson said.

An Artist's impression of the redeveloped Lindeman Island resort.

"There is no higher land use than national park.
"It makes no sense to sell off the heritage of future generations of Queenslanders in order to gain a few dollars today.
The group set up a petition on their website addressed to the Queensland Premier and Environment Minister, stating they want Lindeman Island retained as a National Park.
Mackay Conservation Group and conservation organisations across Queensland first started campaigning for Lindeman Island to be protected from privatisation in the 1980s.
In March 1986 a huge community meeting packed the Uniting Church hall in Macalister St to overflowing demand that the national park not be revoked for an earlier tourism proposal.

A map of the planned developments on Lindeman Island.

It was clear at the time that the community wanted the whole island to be retained as national park and that selling of the park to private developers was not in the interest of the community of Queensland.
The MCG said the current proposal is yet another attempt by private interests to erode the values of Queensland's national parks.
"It is also another attempt to benefit financially from land that has been set aside for all future generations to....


AHRC U/A INDONESIA: Teenage indigenous Papuan brutally assaulted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

INDONESIA: Teenage indigenous Papuan brutally assaulted



Lenny van den Haak and Rosanne Scott on the Activate Tree Planting festival "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lenny van den Haak and Rosanne Scott on the Activate Tree Planting festival. ACTIVATE the Wheatbelt invites you to join us in York for the weekend of July 28th-30th to help us plant 26000 seedlings. This enjoyable weekend will consist of tree planting, live music, DJs, dancing, community and education. This is a drug free []


Philippine President Duterte Used an Army of Opinion Shapers And Social Media Manipulators To Influence Elections, Polls, Policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this March 12, 2017 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte renews his promise to eradicate the illegal drug trade and end corruption in government in his speech during the 35th anniversary celebration of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan at the Philippine International Convention Center Grounds in Pasay City. King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

MANILA, Philippines A University of Oxford study found that $200,000, around P10 million, was spent to hire trolls who would spread propaganda for President Rodrigo Duterte and target his opposition.

The study titled Troops, trolls and troublemakers: A global inventory of organized social media manipulation looked at how political parties and candidates across 28 countries deploy cyber troops who use a variety of strategies, tools and techniques to shape public opinion.
Countries included in the research were Argentina...


L-3 Communications Learjet N16FN "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Learjet N16FN has been in Amberley for the last couple of weeks in support of the Talisman Sabre exercise.
The Learjet provides airborne electronic warfare and electronic countermeasures support for training of aircrews and shipboard personnel.

RTD16 N16FN LJ36 Amberley-Cairns-Andersen AFB, was PGUA-YBCS-YAMB 10/7/2017

"Riptide 16" N16FN LJ36 at Cairns.


Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - Both United States Air Force (USAF) Special Operations Squadron Lockheed MC-130J Hercules Depart Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After being based at Rockhampton Airport during joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17), the two remaining United States Air Force (USAF) Special Operations Squadron Lockheed MC-130J Hercules transport aircraft were both noted departing for Guam on Friday 21 July.

File photo

In all there were three of the MC-130J aircraft that were deployed to Rocky and on Friday, 13-5775 was noted departing as "Spock 43" while 12-5761 was noted departing as "Spock 42".  The other USAF MC-130J that spent some time at Rockhampton Airport during TS17 was 13-5777.

All three Hercs completed several sorties from and back to Rockhampton Airport.  It is believed they also completed parachute drops of troops within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

Designated as a MC-130J Commando II, all three Hercs are flown by the 17th Special Operations Squadron (17 SOS) which is part of the 353rd Special Operations Group at Kadena Air Base in Japan.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  


Is Xanax Really the Bad Guy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, Juliet proclaimed. However, if Juliet had been born today she might have said, Xanax by any other name is still Xanax. This concept, unfortunately, seems to elude legislators, the media and medical professionals alike. All the buzz these days seems to be about Xanax (alprazolam). Havent you heard about all the college students abusing Xanax? Isnt it terrible how often Xanax is involved in all those overdose deaths? Some places are even taking legislative action against Xanax. In Alabama, for instance, the board of Medical Examiners has requested to have Xanax changed from a Schedule IV controlled substance to a Schedule II, alongside such substances as Morphine, Fentanyl and Adderall.  

Why does Xanax get all the glory? Is it because Xanax is more dangerous and addictive than its fellow benzodiazepines Ativan (lorazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam), etc? There doesnt seem to be any scientific evidence to support the idea. Perhaps its simply because Xanax is prescribed more frequently than its lesser known counterparts. This may be due in part to doctor preference or due to the short half life of Xanax which requires more frequent dosing. It could also be due to the celebrity of the drug itself. I challenge you to watch the latest blockbuster film or reality TV show without hearing some reference to Xanax or Xannies.  Even daytime TV darling Kelly Ripa glibly announced that she took half a Xanax to help her deliver her acceptance speech at the GLAAD Awards, a statement which was was met with raucous applause by the audience.   

While any effort to generate awareness and potentially curb the benzodiazepine epidemic is commendable, we have to ask ourselves, is Xanax just the scapegoat in this situation? Will legislative action and media attention for only one benzodiazepine out of so many make any difference?

If we look at the history of this problem, we see that the answer to that question is a resounding NO. Remember Valium? Mothers little helper (as it was endearingly termed by the Rolling Stones) was once the most prescribed drug in the US with more than 2.3 billion pill...


Australian Fitness Instructor Makes $1 Million from $2K "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man from Melbourne has recently made headlines after investing $2,000 in Ethereum and discovering a return of over $1 mln.


This Biotech Aims to Transform Psychiatric Diagnosis "IndyWatch Feed National"

From STAT: Medibio, a small Australian biotech company, claims to have developed an algorithm based on biomarkers related to sleep, heart rate, and other functions that can accurately diagnose mental illness. Although the company has drawn big-name backers, including Michael Phelps, many experts have expressed skepticism about the algorithms effectiveness, citing evidence that there is no objective way to diagnose mental illness.

The tool would be a stunning breakthrough in the field of mental health  if it works.

And theres the rub. Researchers have been trying for decades to find reliable biomarkers for mental illness that is, tangible biological clues that conclusively indicate whether a person has a particular psychiatric disease. Effort after effort has failed, leaving doctors to diagnose such conditions mostly on the basis of screening checklists and conversations with their patients.



Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - US Navy Lockheed KC-130T Hercules 163591 and Boeing C-40A Clipper (B737-7AFC) 166693 Both Call into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A couple of nice United States Navy (USN) aircraft were spotted arriving and departing at Rockhampton Airport on Friday 21 July in association with joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17).

Initially touching down from the South was Lockheed KC-130T Hercules (L-382) 163591.

The Hercules - serial 163591 - coded RU-591 - is of the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 55 (VR-55) 'Minutemen'.  After a short time on the ground, it departed to Guam.  163591 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Convoy 7361".

The other nice US Navy aircraft to arrive into Rockhampton Airport later on Friday 21 July was Boeing C-40A Clipper (B737-7AFC) 166693 / 693.  It was the second visit of this aircraft into Rocky during Talisman Saber 2017, however on this occasion, its exact movements are not fully known.



Coming Soon: Special Cobra and Corey Goode Joint Interview Submit Your Questions! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coming Soon: Special Cobra and Corey Goode Joint Interview Submit Your Questions!

By Lynn (AKA Angel Eyes ~**~)

This is a shout out to all readers/listeners of our Cobra interviews. I will be joined by Justin Deschamps as co-host of this special interview. Prepare For Change is joining forces with Corey Goode and Justin Deschampsto promote a special meditation to be held on the day of the eclipse: August 21st, 2017.

For the next 4 days onlyI am seeking questions on meditation and other topics of interest appropriate for this joint interview. This is our chance to advance as a united people, to stand in solidarity for a common cause. We are all desiring a new society, free of debt slavery, where people can follow the path of the heart, be engaged in work that is joyful and fulfilling. Now is our chance to join with a larger community to create what it is we desire. It is through peaceful means, that we will overtake the dark and create our new society. It is by love that we will win.

Corey Goode will be answering questions alongside of Cobra. They each come from a different experience but the goal is the same: to create unity in the community. Please submit meditation oriented questions and other topics appropriate for this special interview. The days for these questions are July 22nd through 25th.

Please place these questions on the normal Cobra Questions link of the website:

Please use the Cobra Interview FAQ page under meditation to check that your question has not been already answered:


The Fight is on in Ireland "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Fight is on in Ireland Autism/special ed numbers are exploding in Irish schools. Costs are enormous. Officials are scrambling for answers, but what theyre telling us is the same old, same old. Good luck with that. Reporter Carl OBrien,...


MACKAY Charges follow licensed venue assault, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Charges follow licensed venue assault, Mackay

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Better and different! Transforming food systems through agroecology "IndyWatch Feed National"

For over half a century the struggle against poverty has been a focus of global rhetoric. Rarely, however, do people ask the most important question: Who is going to fight poverty? The World Bank and many governments have their answer: outside experts, donors and corporations will alleviate poverty. This perspective more or less reduces the struggle against poverty to an investment programme. Civil society organisations and social movements, in contrast, have a very different answer. In their view, the poor need to free themselves from poverty. This will require broadening their scope for action and strengthening their rights, and involves a programme of empowerment aimed at both more encompassing as well as piecemeal shifts in the balance of power. The poor are not needy recipients of aid; they only have their hands bound.

This is where the concept of agroecology, the focus of this brochure, plays in.


Meet the new giant sunfish that has evaded scientists for centuries "IndyWatch Feed"

The massive ocean sunfish -- an odd-looking fish with a flat, rigid, tailless body -- is not only the world's largest bony fish, but also one of the most elusive fishes in the world. Now, for the first time in 130 years, scientists have identified and described a new species of this giant fish that they say has been "hiding in plain sight for centuries". Lead author Marianne Nyegaard of the Murdoch University in Australia and her colleagues have named the new species the Hoodwinker sunfish or Mola tecta (derived from the Latin word tectus meaning disguised or hidden). Spotting the sunfish is difficult because it lives a solitary life, diving hundreds of meters to feed and occurring in parts of the ocean where people don't tend to go. The fish sometimes gets caught on fishing gear as bycatch or gets stranded on the beach, when it can be photographed or sampled. [caption id="attachment_197582" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Marianne Nyegaard with a beached hoodwinker sunfish in New Zealand. Photo courtesy of Murdoch University.[/caption] As part of her PhD research, Nyegaard analyzed DNA from more than 150 skin samples of sunfish and found that the samples pointed towards four distinct species. But only three species -- Masturus lanceolatus, Mola mola, and Mola ramsayi -- had been previously described, the scientists report in a new study published in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. The fourth one had not been recorded yet. A Japanese research team had found similar genetic evidence of an unknown sunfish species in Australian waters some ten years ago.


1) Jokowi recommits govt to development in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Another cargo plane skids off runway in Papua

1) Jokowi recommits govt to development in Papua
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Isolated parts of Indonesia's Papua region are to be targetted by accelerated government efforts to improve infrastructure.
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, has used a high-level meeting to recommit his administration to the development of airports, ports, roads and bridges in remote Papua.
The internal meeting was attended by members of cabinet such as co-ordinating minister for politics, Wiranto, as well as the governor of Papua province, Lukas Enembe.
According to President Jokowi, Papua has the largest area of any Indonesi...


Father John Misty has already got a new album in the works "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Father John Mistys Australian visit isnt even over yet, but in addition to stunning crowds at Splendour In The Grass, in Sydney, and in Melbourne tonight, hes managed to drop some bombshell news that hes got a new album coming out next year, and hes even mixing it as soon as next week.

During his show at Sydneys Metro Theatre last night, Father John Misty responded to an audience member who asked when his next record was coming out. Whens my next album? Next year, Misty responded to the fan. Im mixing it next week. Its called Pure Comedy 2.

While were pretty certain that the title is a joke, this is still pretty exciting news. Considering that Father John Misty, whose real name is Josh Tillman, released his most recent record, Pure Comedy, back in April, this would be a remarkable turnaround for the prolific indie rocker. While hes already hinted at a return tour, lets hope hell be bringing some tunes from Pure Comedy 2 along with him.

Check out a video of the exchange below.


PERTH WA farmer convicted for mass sheep cruelty "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA farmer convicted for mass sheep cruelty .

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In Perth Magistrates Court on Monday, Wheatley was handed a four-year conditional prohibition order requiring him to immediately reduce his stock .


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PERTH Toodyay farmer cops $50000 fine over dead, decaying sheep "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Toodyay farmer cops $50000 fine over dead, decaying sheep .

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A Toodyay farmer has been fined $50,000 and copped a four-year conditional prohibition order over the disturbing state of his live stock after dead .


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Zero G - 17 July 2017 Episode 1143 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ZERO-G #1143

Title: Bye

Podcast Title:
Podder-Man For A Six 1143

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Director Jon Watts hits Spider-Man: Homecoming for a solid six, we linger all too briefly over Dunkirk because we had to dogfight Nazis over the Channel, and farewell genre Maestro George A. Romero.

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST


The eyes have it "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After a week away I managed a short woodland ramble this afternoon.

The birds were doing nicely Speckled Warbler, Weebill, Grey Fantail, Yellow-faced Honeyeater and Spotted Pardalote in addition to the inquisitive couple pictured below.

Varied Sitella, Fence Track, 24th July 2017


Slater and Gordon, Gillard, Wilson, Blewitt and Ludwig - some legal precedent that will bring them unstuck "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is an important contribution from reader Marmion about lawyers and the responsibilities they incur when acting for both a client and mortgage provider. Ashley J. held that in addition to complying with the legal profession rules, where a law partner was the mortgagee to a mortgagor for whom he...


Logging of Greater Glider forest stalled for now at Hermitage Creek in Toolangi "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Logging in the controversial "Kings" coupe at Hermitage Creek in the Toolangi state forest has been stalled for now. The forest is home to a colony of threatened Greater Gliders.

Friends of the Earth forest campaigners have been lobbying Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio's office to stop the logging operation. The Minister's department of environment has put a temporary halt to to the logging while they undertake an assessment of the biodiversity values within the coupe and make sure protections are in place for the Greater Gliders.

It's a good start but logging could still go ahead so we need to keep the pressure up.




Comeback "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its always good to have an excuse to mention Silver Banksias. This time its the fact that theyre flowering on the Campbells Creek track right now.

Readers will remember that the once abundant species was almost wiped out in this region. Populations have been re-established by the Friends of Campbells Creek, and by Castlemaine Landcare on Forest Creek.

Silver Banksia (Banksia marginata), Campbells Creek, July 24: almost extinct in the region, it has a foothold thanks to efforts by Landcare groups.

When does it flower? Indigenous plants of Bendigo says between September and April. The Bendigo Field Naturalists Wildflowers of Bendigo says March to May. Leon Costermans  Native trees and shrubs says October to March. The Australian National Botanical Gardens says can flower throughout the year, but mainly February to July. And theyve been seen flowering on Forest Creek in January. That just about covers the options.


Australia needs an effective complaints body to investigate corporate human rights abuses "IndyWatch Feed"

Australias key complaints body for corporate human rights abuses is failing and in need of a major overhaul, the Human Rights Law Centre has told an independent review.

The Australian OECD National Contact Point (ANCP), housed within Treasury, is charged with investigating complaints against Australian multinationals by individuals or communities who claim to have been harmed by their activities. It has the power to make findings against companies and recommend reforms.

However a recent independent report, found the body is currently under-staffed, under-funded and has a dismal record in carrying out its functions. In June, the government commissioned an independent review to assess its effectiveness.

Keren Adams, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said it is essential the complaints body functions effectively, particularly for communities in developing countries.

This body is supposed to ensure that Australian companies operating abroad are doing the right thing by local communities. For a Colombian farmer pushed off their land by an Australian mining company or a PNG community impacted by illegal logging, there are very few avenues available to them to raise concerns or seek redress. In most cases, it is far too expensive for them to take action through the Australian courts, said Ms Adams.

In 2014, the Human Rights Law Centre lodged a complaint with the body against security contractor G4S Australia regarding its employees involvement in the murder of Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati and injuries to many other people seeking asylum held at the Manus Island detention centre.

 After lengthy delays, the government body ultimately declined to investigate the matter on the basis that it was not its place to comment on government policy.

The way the contact point handled our complaint about grave human rights abuses by G4S raised serious questions about its objectivity and ability to fulfill its role effectively. It needs a major overhaul and proper resourcing so it can get on with doing the job it is supposed to do holding companies to account said Ms Adams.

To date the Australian OECD National Contact Point has not issued a single determination against an Australian company, and has dismissed many complaints for spurious reasons, such as because the company refuses to engage with the process.

The HRLC says the Australian OECD National Contact Point should be moved into an independent body such as the Australian Human Rights...


More resources needed to combat the hepatitis epidemic within Victorias diverse communities "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"




Monday July 24, 2017


The strategy to eliminate hepatitis by 2030 was declared at todays summit Diverse communities and the hepatitis challenge towards elimination presented in partnership by Hepatitis Victoria and Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV). The chair of ECCV, Mr. Eddie Micallef proposed that as there is a disproportionately higher rate of infections of hepatitis within culturally diverse communities, we therefore should have disproportionately higher resources.

The need to raise awareness resonated through todays summit. ECCV believes community members can increase awareness by simply starting a conversation with your communities. We urge leaders to increase community awareness on issues relating to healthcare including growing awareness about how the Victorians healthcare system works. ECCV encourages Victorians to have a hepatitis check; it is free under the Medicare scheme.

We need a healthcare system that supports health literacy. Specialised resources that are culturally responsive, target ethnic communities and focus on eliminating hepatitis infection rates within Victoria and Australia is essential in saving lives, says Eddie Micallef, ECCV Chair. 

Victoria is the most ethnically diverse state within Australia, which is the most ethnically country within the world, ECCV believes the Victorian healthcare system should have adequate supports in place to deliver culturally responsive health care.

 The ability to access health services and information is vital for culturally diverse consumers to live a high quality of life. However, low English proficiency, and lower levels of health literacy within multicultural communities lead to poorer health outcomes, more hospitalisations and other inequalities.  Mr. Micallef says in ECCV discussion paper, Our Stories, Our Voices: Culturally diverse consumer perspectives on the role of accredited interpreters in Victorias health services.

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, ECCV Communications & Media Officer via


Pastor John MacArthur Stuns With Answer To Gays Getting Into Heaven "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am generally loath to dive into this topic as you may imagine.  However i do want to share one very important assertion.  It is that we shed all sexuality upon returning to the other side as spirit. This means that everything about sexuality is a construct of our physical existence and may have little spiritual import except in how we conduct ourselves towards others.

What still makes the whole topic problematic is simply the libertine aspect of much of our sexual culture.  Homosexual bathhouses do not represent the majority of homosexual sharing just as wife swapping clubs do not represent the majority of male female sexuality either.

There is probably something seriously flawed in these excessive expressions of human sexuality and what is happening out there is really an experiment whose outcome needs to be better quantified.

I do suspect that we need to correctly re-engineer out sexual culture in its entirety as what we have is way too susceptible to throwing off deviants.  We surely can do better, particularly through puberty and the first decade of sexual maturation after which it barely matters.

Pastor John MacArthur Stuns With Answer To Gays Getting Into Heaven

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Coral: Art, Science, Life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jenny Pollak, 1 Degree of Separation, 2011, courtesy the artist and the Macleay Museum, Sydney

Jenny Pollak, 1 Degree of Separation, 2011, courtesy the artist

Art Mondays Jane Raffan delves into the fascinating and fragile world of coral in interviews with the Macleay Museums Dr Jude Philp, centred on an exhibition called Coral: Art, Science, Life.

In Coral: art, four artists exhibit works that explore our relationship with this fragile waterscape.

In Coral: science, the work of four University scientists demonstrates the importance of research for understanding the reefs and their future.

In Coral: life, two schools in the Torres Strait share their vision of living on the reefs of the Coral Sea.

Interview I

Interview II

Interview III

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Dennis Simmons speaking at the Standing in solidarity with Kalgoorlie event "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Friday, the Supreme Court in Perth issued a shameful verdict on the killing of indigenous boy Elijah Doughty, who was run down by a utility vehicle in August last year in Kalgoorlie while riding a small motorcycle. Despite evidence that the driver had intended to at least injure the boy, and social media posts []


FOBIF mosses go to China "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOBIFs guide to mosses of dry forests in south eastern Australia is being tabled at the International Bryological Congress in China this month as a model of public education efforts to bring scientific knowledge to the wider community. The presentation has been a joint effort, involving bryologists from Macquarie University, the botanical gardens at Canberra and Melbourne, and the South Australian herbarium. Our publication sits modestly with some pretty impressive efforts by educational and community groups, and were flattered.

The moss guide continues to sell well, and at the present rate well be into a third edition next year.


Australian Government misleads the UN, High Commissioner for Refugees calls for camps to be evacuated immediately "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, revealed that the Australian Government misled the UN while seeking its support for the controversial US refugee resettlement deal. The UN also called for the immediate end to offshore detention and for the immediate evacuation of the centres on Manus and Nauru.

Grandi revealed that when the UNHCR agreed to assist with the relocation of refugees to the USA from Manus and Nauru, they did so on the clear understanding that vulnerable refugees with close family ties in Australia would ultimately be allowed to resettle in safety in Australia. The Australian Government, who is responsible for these refugees, has reportedly reneged on this commitment.  

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said Enough is enough. Misleading the United Nations to secure support for a deal that has always been full of holes and then permanently ripping apart families - it's shocking. The government has completely abandoned basic decency.

Permanently ripping apart families is fundamentally wrong. Children deserve to be with their parents. Families forced to flee persecution deserve to build a future in safety together, added Mr Webb.

2000 innocent people - 169 children - have had four years of their lives ripped away from them. Every single one of them deserves a future.  After four years of fear and violence and suffering and death, our government must evacuate everyone warehoused on Nauru and Manus to safety in Australia. said Mr Webb.

For further comments or queries please contact:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


After the Heartbreak, the Hard Yards for Womens Cricket in India "IndyWatch Feed National"

Watching women play, giving them the media coverage they deserve and creating routes for young girls to emulate their heroines is the best way to remember the teams World Cup campaign.

The Indian women's cricket team. Credit: Reuters

The Indian womens cricket team. Credit: Reuters

In the years to come, many incidents will be scrutinised in much the same way that a certain generation still obsesses over the final strides of the womens 400m hurdles at Los Angeles in 1984. Back then, it was P.T. Usha dipping for the tape a small fraction behind Romanias Cristieana Cojocaru. On Sunday evening, it was the what-ifs involving Mithali Rajs run-out, Harmanpreet Kaurs Exocet straight to a fielder and Veda Krishnamurthys go-for-glory shot when a cool head was needed.

But at the end of it all and lets not kid ourselves, this nine-run defeat will haunt players and fans for years to come there was so much to celebrate. By beating each of the big three England, New Zealand and Australia in the same tournament, the women ensured that their performances were squarely in the spotlight.

On Sunday, social media could speak of little else. Sachin Tendulkar live-tweeted passages of play, exhorting and encouraging the players, many of whom had started playing the game inspired by his...


Pentagon study declares the American empire is collapsing "IndyWatch Feed National"

This story by Nafeez Ahmed (Insurge Intelligence and AlterNet 22 July 2017) provides an extraordinary insiders account of the decline of American power, the response and what this means to the rest of the world.

An extraordinary has concluded that the US-backed framework of international order established after World War II is fraying and may even be collapsing, leading the United States to lose its position of primacy in world affairs.

 The solution proposed to protect US power in this new post-primacy environment is, however, more of the same: more surveillance, more propaganda (strategic manipulation of perceptions) and more military expansionism.

The document concludes that the world has entered a fundamentally new phase of transformation in which US power is in decline, international order is unravelling, and the authority of governments everywhere is crumbling.

Having lost its past status of pre-eminence, the US now inhabits a dangerous, unpredictable post-primacy world, whose defining feature is resistance to authority.

Danger comes not just from great power rivals like Russia and China, both portrayed as rapidly growing threats to American interests, but also from the increasing risk of Arab Spring-style events. These will erupt not just in the Middle East, but all over the world, potentially undermining trust in incumbent governments for the foreseeable future.

The report, based on a year-long intensive research process involving consultation with key agencies across the Department of Defense and US Army, calls for the US government to invest in more surveillance, better propaganda through strategic manipulation of public opinion, and a wider and more flexible US military.

The report was published in June by the US Army War Colleges Strategic Studies Institute to evaluate the DoDs approach to risk assessment at all levels of Pentagon policy planning. The study was supported and sponsored by the US Armys Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate; the Joint Staff, J5 (Strategy and Policy Branch); the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development; and the Army Study Program Management Office.


While the United States remains a global political, economic, and military giant, it no longer enjoys an unassailable position versus state competitors, the report laments.

In brief, the status quo that was hatched and nurtured by U.S. strategists afte...


TAS Hobart man on car theft charges "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 10:39 am.

Hobart man on $300,000 car theft charges.

A 24-year-old Hobart man will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court today charged with 12 motor vehicle theft offences.

The vehicles were stolen from the Greater Hobart area.

This is in addition to eight existing charges of motor vehicle theft against him that are currently before the courts.

The combined value of the vehicles he is charged with stealing is more than $300,000.

The arrest is as a result of Operation Branch which has been ongoing since January 2014.

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TAS More trafficking charges "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tuesday, 5 May 2015 4:34 pm.


As part of an ongoing operation into the distribution of methylamphetamine in the Hobart area, members from Southern Drug Investigation Services have today arrested and charged a 28 year old woman from Mornington with trafficking a controlled substance. This follows the arrest of two men from Rokeby on the 30th of April 2015.

As part of the arrest, search warrants were executed on two residences in Mornington and a business in Risdon Vale.

The woman will appear in an out of hours court later tonight.

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TAS Drug Trafficking Charges "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Friday, 1 May 2015 11:26 am.

On Thursday 30 April 2015 members of Tasmania Police Southern Drug Investigation Services arrested and charged a 42 year old man and a 25 year old man, both from Rokeby with trafficking in a controlled substance.

The arrests followed a targeted police operation into the distribution of crystal methylamphetamine (ICE) and cocaine.

Ice with an approximate street value of $155 000 and cocaine with an approximate street value of $65 000 was recovered following the arrests and searches of two private residences in Rokeby and Sandy Bay and a licenced premises in Hobart.

A 60 year old man from Sandy Bay was also charged in relation to the possession, use and sale of a controlled drug and was bailed to appear in court at a later date.

Detective Inspector Jason Elmer of Southern Drug Investigation Services stated, Illicit drugs, particularly ICE, have a significant impact upon the community and these latest arrests demonstrate that Tasmania Police will continue to dedicate resources to investigate and bring those responsible for the manufacture or distribution of illicit drugs before the courts.

The men charged with trafficking will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court on Friday 1 May 2015.

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Water in the Desert "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Immediately after the Iron Range trip, I went to Alice Springs with a bird photography group led by Mark Carter, David Stowe and Henry Cook. One of the sites we visited was a dam SW of Alice Springs. It was the only reliable water for a long way, so we decided to stake it out.

These grey teal had already claimed their spot.

This Australian hobby had the same idea.

It didn't take long before the birds started to arrive. There were plenty of zebra finches. They might be abundant, both in the wild and in aviaries, but I still think they are gorgeous little things.


The race delusion in American politics and society. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ron Unz has produced two pieces of statistical analysis on ethnicity and crime in the US providing evidence that there is no distinctive tendency among Hispanics to have a higher crime rate, once other factors are controlled for, while there is clearly a much higher crime rate among African-Americans.

This being an American piece, anything to do with African-Americans is treated as a race issue, a black and white issue. Which is precisely where the whole debate goes wrong right from the beginning.

African-Americans are not, in any useful sense, a racial group. They are a cultural group: better labelled in a more distinctive way, such as Ebonic-Americans, so as to be distinguished from recent African migrants or even Afro-Caribbean migrants, who are culturally distinct groups with distinctively different histories and cultural legacies. Ebonic-Americans are group born out of the experience of mass slavery and the consequent trajectory of the descendants of those slaves in the US. That is precisely the distinctive social trajectory that creates an ethnic group and identity.

Those called white Americans are, in fact, European-Americans or Euro-Americans, an amalgam of ethnic groups who can reasonably be identified as a series of separate American nations, as was famously done by historian David Hackett Fisher in Albions Seed: Four British Folkways in America and more broadly by journalist Colin Woodward in American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. (See summary article here.) The wave of European settlement created an amalgam population distinct from the indigenous inhabitants and those imported from Africa as slaves. The obvious way to distinguish them was by skin colour, hence the white and black appellations.

But skin colour does not act in social affairs (though reactions to skin colour can do so). It is an easy marker of (entire...


China A Different Central Bank Altogether "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I believe you once said at your conference that you were surprised when you were asked to fly to Beijing to meet with the central bank because you were not an academic, but a trader. I think you said when you got there they were traders working in the bank, not academics. Did I recall that story correctly?

ANSWER: Yes. The central bank had sent staff to work on trading desks around the world in Tokyo, New York, and London. They then returned to run the bank. When the 1997 Asian Currency Crisis hit, I was very surprised that they asked me to come and not some academic. When I got there, I discovered that they were traders and we spoke the same language.

When I returned to the States, people I knew in the Fed and in Treasury called to ask me my opinion after these meetings with the Chinese government. I responded: It was great. They only hired people with experience!

I understand so many people think China does whatever I say. I think the real story is they may take what I say, but they see it through the eyes of a trader rather than an academic. Hence, they adopt it quickly but never blindly. They have a good nose for trends themselves.


Does CNN Really Have the Right to Freedom of Speech? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I read your article on CNN imposing a fiduciary duty upon the directors as a public corporation. I tried to search if corporations truly have constitutional rights. It seems that there is a conflict on that subject and they may not have such rights at the end of the day. Would you care to explain this matter?

Thank you for your financial and legal expertise.


ANSWER: You are correct. There is a tremendous conflict of laws when it comes to constitutional rights and corporations. My own case of contempt illustrated that conflict. I was never actually held in contempt P E R S O N A L L Y. I the individual was never held for 7 years. It was only the corporate officer since the Supreme Court deemed in 1988 that the 5th Amendment Privilege does not apply to corporate officers. Braswell v United States 487 US 99 (1988)  held The custodian of corporate records may not resist a subpoena for such records on the ground that the act of production will incriminate him in violation of the Fifth Amendment.

Then you have the decision in Citizens United, where the Supreme Courts 2010 ruling allowed unlimited corporate and union spending on political issues under the First Amendment. Corporations have the right to enter into contracts with other parties and to sue or be sued in court in the same manner as individuals. Yet there is a great deal of conflict of laws regarding various rights. Chief Justice Roberts wrote in Riley v. California (1914)  that Corporations cannot be arrested and do not have bodies to be searched under the Fourth Amendment.

Arthur Andersen used to be one of the big five accounting firms. The government criminally charged it and put the firm out of business back in 2002 when companies were not too big to prosecute.  In 2002, the firm voluntarily surrendered its licenses to practice as Certified Public Accounta...


Anyone Can Travel Upper Class "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We often hear stories in which wily travellers wangle first class travel at a fraction of the cost, but usually that means taking out a load of cards and spending a fortune to earn points.

But few of us actually have the time, patience, or ability to do this so is it still possible to fly at the front of the plane without so much as owning a credit card?

Yes, according to professional flight hacker Gilbert Ott, based in New York, who shares his tricks with MailOnline Travel everything from buying air miles cheaply without actually flying anywhere, to missing flights on purpose.

Buy points, dont earn them 

Paying for tickets in loyalty points is often cheaper than with actual money, and there are two ways to amass points: by spending money on credit cards, or flying with a certain airline, explains Mr Ott, the man behind the blog God Save The Points.

But theres a third way and thats to just buy them directly from the carrier. Every few months, airlines sell off their points in promotional sales which means you can purchase air miles without actually flying anywhere. You can then use them to book trips in upper class for significantly less.

Instant Access to Current Spot Prices & Interactive Charts

For example, a deal with United Airlines at the moment means you can fly from Hong Kong to Sydney in first class, sipping Dom Perignon all the way, using just 40,000 miles which you can purchase for 839. Booking the traditional way, it would cost 4,689.

Earlier this year, a similar deal with Alaska Airlines meant you could fly from the US to Australia in first class for only 1,185 a trip which should cost 8,000. In economy, its 800.

The trick simply meant buying points from Alaska which has a little-known but very generous frequent flier program then applying them to a Qantas flight, one of its partners.

Booking a first class flight from the US to Australia directly with Qantas using miles would require 144,000 of them.

But booking through Alaska only costs you 70,...


Australia 2017 National Vaccine Injury Tour Vaxxed Screenings are here! "IndyWatch Feed National"



Our 2017 National Vaccine Injury Tour Vaxxed Screenings are here! 

VaxXed film, Videographer & the AVN will be touring down the East Coast of Australia from July 23rd August 5th 2017!

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100th Anniversary of the 1917 Great Strike: Civil Disobedience and Unity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Stonemason's Banner Celebrating the 8 Hour Day Victory (depicting the AGNSW, left, and the Sydney Uni edifice, right), courtesy Sydney Trades Hall.

Stonemasons Banner Celebrating the 8 Hour Day Victory (depicting the AGNSW, left, and the Sydney Uni edifice, right), courtesy Sydney Trades Hall.

2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Great Strike. Are you looking forward to the next public holiday coming up? Do you know why we celebrate a Labour Day public holiday? Arts Mondays Jane Raffan takes us on a potted history of Australias union movement 1850-1950 with Neale Towart, Heritage Officer for Sydney Trades Hall and Research Librarian for Unions NSW.

Jane and Neale discuss the cache of union banners cared for by Trades Hall and their place in the history of the union movement in Australia. That history won us the 8 hr day, the 40 hr week, holiday leave, long service leave and equal pay. And much more.

Join Jane and Neale for a look at some of the achievements of various unions leading up to the Cold War period and the symbolism in the banners, which have a long history themselves, and which were the subject of an exhibition and publication by Sydneys Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (now the Powerhouse Museum) in 1985, Badges of Honour, Banners of Pride.

Interview I

Interview II

Program blog: A program looking at Unity and Civil Disobedience: Workers Rights and Union Banners

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The Hazelwood Health Study needs your help "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Hazelwood Health Study is looking for people who use or have used electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes or vaping) to provide feedback on a questionnaire we are developing. The questionnaire takes about 5 minutes to complete and can be done over the phone. At the end of the questionnaire, we will ask some []


Life in Sydneys 2011 Postcode: Warren Faheys The Good Old Bad Old Days "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Snip20170717_6Arts Mondays Jane Raffan interviews Warren Fahely, AM, about his new social history of Sydneys vibrant 2011 postcode encompassing Potts Point, Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross, Rushcutters Bay and Elizabeth Bay.

Warren Fahey, AM, is a cultural historian, collector and performer of historic songs and stories, founder of Larrikin Records and Paddingtons beloved Folkways Music, and author of 30 plus books.

The Good Old Bad Old Days canvasses life in 2011 from colonial times through to contemporary times, and reveals the high life, the low life, and the very low life common to all precincts. Faheys ramble shows how the inner-east has been an entertainment destination for well over one -hundred years.

Interview I

Interview II

Interview III

Program blog:

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Learn How to Meditate 6 week course begins 18th August "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Everyone can learn to meditate even you! Learn how to relax the body and quieten the mind with meditation. This 6 week course will help you manage your health, chronic stress and anxieties.
More details here.


Mayor Claar tries to replace Trustee Jaskiewicz with an android (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Did Mayor Roger Claar offer to replace Trustee Robert Jaskiewicz with an android?  Some sources say yes.


Sure weve all heard the phrase, Rogers robots, said one of the sources.  But I never thought they were real until now.

The sources agree that Claar was upset after Jaskiewicz gave a speech criticizing Claar for refusing to put two items on the meeting agenda.  After the meeting had adjourned, Claar brought Jaskiewicz into his office.  Most of the sources said that Claar talked about the rumors that his trustees are androids.

According to the sources, Claar said the following:

You know residents have called my trustees robots, and the Babbler has reported on my android factory.  Theyre not telling the whole truth.  All of them are humans.  They have histories you can confirm.  The reality is that my trustees dont attend the meetings.  Their android doubles do.  Its a great arrangement.  They can spend more time with their families- and I get trustees who will always vote yes, and give public service announcements.  It also reduces meeting times, which save on our electric bills.

Next, Claar reportedly made an offer to Jaskiewicz:  Due to complicated agreements between the New World Order and the Illuminati, I cant remove you and replace you with an android.  But I can ask you to have an android sit in for you at the village board meetings.  Think about it.  Do you want to be bored at our meetings, or do you want to be home with your family?  Ill even let you decide which announcements it will make at the end of the meeting.

Jaskiewicz allegedly replied, The New World Order and the residents elected me so I could stand up to you.  Youre not going to replace me with one of your robots.

Claar allegedly answered, Then I vow to bore you to death so I will be able to replace a foe with a resident!

Jaskiewicz did not reply before the deadline.

A receptionist for Claar replied that he was busy with intern Charlene, and could not be disturbed.

In the background, a man who sounded like Claar said, So Charlene, I hear youre organizing an Internet counter-attack against Bob.

Yes.  Ive already written the viral articles.  What do you think of these headlines?  Based Mayor bashes bumbling trustee.  Awesome mayor destroys anarchist trustee. Smart mayor shreds stupid opponent. Why wont the liberal media report this?

I just adjourned the meeting after he ranted.  I didnt reply.

The article will mention that, but its the headline that counts.  No one reads the articles...


More pressure on Manus detainees as compound demolished "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Charlie Compound, where ten Rohingya, Pakistani and Afghan refugees have been living for a month has been demolished after power and water was cut off and the refugees were evicted by PNG police and immigration officials last week. (See photos)

The eviction and demolition are the latest moves by an increasingly desperate government to try and force people out of the detention centre to meet the deadline for the end of the Ferrovial contract on 31 October.

The ten refugees have been living in Charlie since Border Force announced that the Foxtrot compound was being closed at the end of June. They have been forced to try to find accommodation elsewhere in the detention centre, defying attempts by Border Force and PNG immigration to force them to move to the East Lorengau Transit Accommodation, closer to the Lorengau settlement on Manus Island.

But there are fewer places for them in an increasingly crowded camp.

The latest notice inside the detention centre says that there are 102 days until the detention centre closes. But only people determined to be refugees are allowed in East Lorengau and it is unsafe and has even fewer services than the detention centre. There are around 60 refugees presently living at East Lorengau, but, in turn, they are being pressured to sign agreements to be resettled in PNG. Although PNG has no resettlement arrangements. The few who have signed for PNG resettlement are living precariously in Port Moresby.

Refugees have again been told that Foxtrot compound is going to be closed in the next few days. But there is nowhere for them to go.

To make space within the detention centre, refugees will have to forced to move out of Oscar and Delta compounds to East Lorengau. Yet East Lorengau, has room for only around 280 and there are over 700 refugees in the detention centre.



In the Footsteps of Rome: Is Renewal Possible? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Once the shared memories of these values are lost, the Empire ceases to exist; there is nothing left to reform or renew. Is renewal / recovery from systemic decline possible? The history of the Roman Empire is a potentially insightful place to start looking for answers. As long-time readers know, I've been studying both the Western and Eastern (Byzantine) Roman Empires over the past few years.


Bell Potter beats drum for PNG minerals explorer float "IndyWatch Feed"

Ex-New Hope boss Rob Neale lines up as chairman of ASX-hopeful Mayur Resources. Glenn Hunt

Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald, Joyce Moullakis | Australian Financial Review | 24 July 2017

Fund managers will recognise some of the names behind PNG minerals exploration company and initial public offering-hopeful Mayur Resources, which is seeking to hit the ASX boards on September 1.

Queensland resources industry veteran and former managing director of Soul Patts coal play New Hope Corporation Rob Neale lines up as chairman, while former Hancock Prospecting executive Paul Mulder would run the listed company as managing director. 

The pair would be joined around the boardroom table by former Gloucester Coal deputy CEO and BHP Billiton iron ore executive Tim Crossley, and former Credit Suisse metals and mining research analyst Paul McTaggart, among others. 

Mayur Resources was seeking to raise up to $15.5 million via the sale of CHESS Depository Int...


What I am planting this week 24th July. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Golden Shallots

Whilst we have had some cool morning in the past week, the days have been quite warm.
This type of weather always lulls me into a false sense of security and I start wanting to plant some warm season crops such as beans and carrots- but the ground is still too cold for these to germinate so I have to be patient.

I will be putting in a small patch of rocket and coriander this week to maintain my continual supply as well as a few Cos lettuce seedlings.

I also came across a bag of golden shallots from last seasons harvest that I did not realise were still in storage. I will use probably half in the kitchen but plant the rest.

They have become a staple in my kitchen as I love their subtle taste in cooking. This means I am using them more and more so need to plant plenty so I have enough to see me through the year.

They really should have been planted in June but I will put them in and see how they go. They will grow alright but the resulting bulbs may be a bit small. This is not a problem as any small ones I either keep for planting out next year or pickle them. They are quite delicious pickled, somewhat milder than onions, and fabulous with a ploughmans lunch or mezzie platter.

So if you can find some to plant, either from a nursery or a green grocer, why not pop some in. They love the same conditions as onions and require very little care.

Happy Gardening Kathy


We are hiring would you like to be part of the team? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Quit Coal collective has successfully campaigned with local community groups to secure a total ban on unconventional gas mining, like fracking, in Victoria. We have also helped fight off new coal mines in Bacchus Marsh and Mirboo North and worked as part of a coalition to stop a new coal-fired power station being built []

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The Grapevine - 24 July 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This week Kulja and Dylan speak with Marcus Westbury, Collingwood Arts CEO, about architectural protections in Melbourne

Then Emma Dawson from Per Capita, an independent think tank dedicated to promoting equality, comes on the show to talk about the disparity between male and female superannuation

Finally, Andrew Kavanagh, the director of the new Vice documentary, Rage in the Cage, comes on the show to talk about burn out competitions in regional Australia


A delicous Spinach Salad "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After picking a bunch of English spinach the other day I was looking for a new recipe to use it in and came across this recipe from Ocean Spray.

It looked stunning was easy to put together so why not.

As I rummaged through my cupboards and realised I did not have all the ingredients I improvised and came up with the following- my variations in italics.

8 ounces fresh spinach-my leaves were quite large and while they tasted great I think it would be better with baby spinach leaves. I also added a couple of hand full of herbs Rocket Coriander and a little mint.
1/2 cup feta or goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced-omitted this simply because I did not have one in the house
1/2 cup Craisins Original Dried Cranberries- Didnt have just craisin but used a couple of little snack packs of cranberries, blueberries and gogi berries
2 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds, optional- omitted these and used toasted pine nuts instead

1/2 cup bottled balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest, optional
Wash and clean spinach. Tear into bite size pieces and place in a serving bowl. Add half of the feta or goat cheese and onion; toss to combine.

Combine dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Top with dried cranberries and almonds. Serve immediately.

The finished product was delicious and looking at the ingredient now I realise how healthy it is so I am sure it will become a go to dish from now on, as I often have spinach in the garden.

Why not try it, even if you do not have spinach growing at the moment, just remember to try and source organic spinach as it is on the list of the top 12 chemically contaminated vegetables so you need to be a bit wary of shop bought stuff.

Then if it is something you like it will motivate you to pop some seed in so you will have your own supply.

Let me know if you make it and if you made any variations and if they worked.

Original Internet link.,-Sides-Salads/Effortless-Spinach-Salad.aspx

Happy Gardening Kathy


Death of famed and much-loved Aboriginal activist Yami Lester "IndyWatch Feed"

Yankunytjatjara elder and Maralinga nuclear test survivor Yami Lester OAM passes away, aged 75, MATT GARRICK, Sunday Mail (SA), July 22, 2017 YANKUNYTJATJARA elder Yami Lester OAM, an Outback hero who opened the nations eyes to the human cost of nuclear tests committed on Australian soil, has died aged 75 in Alice Springs.


Planning for the town of Jabiru to be rejuvenated as uranium mining ends "IndyWatch Feed"

Jabiru: the Kakadu mining town facing closure seeks a fresh start  The town of 1,000 people is supposed to disappear as the Ranger uranium mine closes, but locals want to give it a new future as a tourism hub, Guardian, Helen Davidson, 24 July 17

Jabiru is a small town on a countdown.

Deep inside Kakadu national park, the tiny network of bush-lined streets and a tired shopping precinct was originally built in 1982 to service the community of workers from the Ranger uranium mine. It remains home to just over 1,000 people, a quarter of whom are Indigenous, and serves as a hub for more than 300 people living on nearby outstations.

It has also grown to become a base for the 210,000 odd tourists who visit Kakadu each year, many of them staying at the smattering of caravan parks and crocodile-shaped hotels on their way through.

But Energy Resources Australia is required to wrap up its operations and rehabilitate the site when its lease expires in 2021, after losing the support of its parent company, Rio Tinto, to open another mine.

That means returning the land including Jabiru to a pre-mine state, taking the electricity and airport with it.



Grafting: The mind-blowing ancient technique that turns peaches into apricots "IndyWatch Feed National"

Grafting: the mind-blowing ancient technique that turns peaches into apricots and quinces into pears.

Ever wondered why most fruit trees are so expensive at the nursery? Or how you can get an apple with multiple varieties on the one tree? That is because most fruit trees arent simply grown from seed, like common veg. Get this: they are clones! Thats right. When you think of Jonathan apples or Josephine pears or any other variety of fruit every single tree that grows these varieties is a clone of the exact same tree. And humans worked out how to do this stuff thousands of years ago.

Plant Sex Ed

Fruit is the result of sexual reproduction. Deep inside each flower is the ovary and most fruit flowers need pollen from a different source to pollinise the ovary that is, two parent trees to make the fruit that can grow into a new tree. Therefore, most fruit is a genetic mix of its two parents, and if you grow a new tree from the seed of this fruit, it wont grow true to type. Grafting, however, allows us to reproduce trees that will grow our favourite fruits by joining a scion (twig of the tree with the fruit we like) with the rootstock of another tree.

Rootstocks and Varieties

Selecting a root stock allows us to create different tree characteristics for our scion wood. This is where things start to get a bit mind-blowing again, as the rootstock doesnt need to be the same type of tree as the variety that is grafted to it: for example, many pears can be grafted to quince rootstock, while almonds and apricots may be grafted to peach and nectarine rootstocks.



Splendour made many young people happy. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Splendour was glorious. Beautiful daytime temperatures if a bit fffchilly at night. Lots of glitter, hair sculptures, sonic treats, yummy eats and not a lot of pants. Haim, Blood Royal, Queens of the Stone Age and Sigur Ros were amongst the headliners of the 3 1/2 day festival. Check out the selection of pictures from our photographer Jeff (party animal) Dawson.


John Grimes on South Australias energy storage revolution "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

SAs energy revolution what it means for Australia 23 Jul 2017 The energy storage revolution has arrived with a bang. The recent announcement by the South Australian government that it will partner with Elon Musks Tesla to build the worlds biggest lithium-ion battery was a lightning bolt moment with profound implications for regional communities. The 100MW battery will provide stability for a wind farm, and emergency backup power. It will also provide badly needed jobs for regional towns in construction, operation and maintenance, as well as tourism from those flocking to see this technological wonder.

This project marks just the beginning. Both Victoria and Queensland are planning similar large-scale battery projects, and storage is also being rolled out in homes, businesses and regional communities across the country.

Australia has the highest rate of household solar use in the world, so it makes sense that families would look to batteries to store excess electricity (created during the day) to be used when they need it most (when returning home from work or school).

Around 20,000 families have solar batteries now, but as prices keep plummeting its not unreasonable to expect 500,000 Australians will have them by 2020.

Many compa...


Russias secretive nuclear tsar, Sergei Kiriyenko, moving up to political powwer "IndyWatch Feed"

a-cat-CANThis article is relevant to Australia because for years Russias Sergei Hiriyenko has been secretly negotiating with Australias nuclear lobby, and at times with the Australian government. His quiettly organised visit to Australia a few years back was suddenly cancelled.

Russian media tell us that Kirienko and his PR team are off to the Kremlin to prepare Putins next election campaign. Looking at Kirienkos 11 years as head of Russias nuclear power industry, we can say that in terms of spending and achievements on paper, Rosatoms former head has few equals. Kirienkos team are experts at working with the media, putting pressure on dissenters and forging loyalty



The scandal of nuclear wastes in North St. Louis County, USA "IndyWatch Feed"

The reports dont acknowledge these stories, these illnesses, those who are dying or dead. Most residents of St. Louisincluding and especially the residents of predominantly African-American neighborhoodsdont even know the contamination is there. .

the half-life of Thorium 232: fourteen billion years, a half-life so long that by the time this element is safe for human exposure

a contradiction I cant resolve: that the massive crime here began with a belief in a kind of care, a belief that protection comes only in the form of wars and bombs, and that its ultimate expression is a technology that can destroy in a single instant any threat to our safety with perfect precision and efficiency. But hundreds of thousands lost their lives to those bombs in Japan, and the fallout from building them has claimed at least as many lives right here at home.

The Fallout, In St. Louis, Americas nuclear history creeps into the present, leaching into streams and bodiesGuernica, By Lacy M. Johnson, 10 July 2017 Months ago, when a high-school friend reached out to me asking that I give my attention to this story, she told me that a company tasked decades ago with disposing of nuclear waste for the federal government had instead dumped thousands of barrels of the waste somewhere in North St. Louis County. The barrels were left exposed to the elements for decades, and the waste had leaked into the ground and into the water of a nearby creek


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Culture Guide July 24 30: The Public Body 0.2, Two-Up + Iraqi Short Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tune in to Arvos at 4:30pm every weekday for more Culture Guide.
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Radioactive materials stolen in Ukraine: lack of security in nuclear facilities "IndyWatch Feed"

Specter of Chernobyl: Ukraine Losing Control of Its Nuclear Facilities 19.07.2017 Hundreds of containers with radioactive materials inside have been reportedly stolen from a nuclear storage facility in central Ukraine. An expert told Sputnik about the consequences this and other such cases could have for people in and outside the country.

According to 1+1 TV channel, the containers with Cesium-137-contaminated soil and metals, which had spent the past 30 years buried at an unguarded storage site near the city of Krapivnitsky in Kirovograd region, were supposed to stay there for at least 300 years more.After the unknown thieves dug up the containers, the radiation level in the area jumped 10 times above normal.

In an interview with Radio Sputnik, Valery Menshikov, a member of the Environmental Policy Center in Moscow, shared his fears about the dangerous situation in Ukraine.

What is now happening is Ukraine is bedlam, period. The stringent Soviet-era controls are gone and not only there. All nuclear storage facilities in Ukraine pose a very serious radiation threat. Its a very alarming situation we have there now, Menshikov warned.

He underscored the need to place such nuclear storage sites under strict control.

Such places must be fenced off, have adequate alarm systems, etc. However, it looks like [the Krapivnitsky facility] had none of these things. In addi...


ISIS came close to being able to make a dirty bomb in Mosul "IndyWatch Feed"

More certain is the fact that the danger has not entirely passed. With dozens of Islamic State stragglers still loose in the city, U.S. officials requested that details about the cobalts current whereabouts not be revealed.

They also acknowledged that their worries extend far beyond Mosul. Similar equipment exists in hundreds of cities around the world, some of them in conflict zones.

Nearly every country in the world either has them, or is a transit country through which high-level radiological equipment passes

How ISIS nearly stumbled on the ingredients for a dirty bomb, WP,   July 22   On the day the Islamic State overran the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2014, it laid claim to one of the greatest weapons bonanzas ever to fall to a terrorist group: a large metropolis dotted with military bases and garrisons stocked with guns, bombs, rockets and even battle tanks.

But the most fearsome weapon in Mosul on that day was never used by the terrorists. Only now is it becoming clear what happened to it.

Locked away in a storage room on a Mosul college campus were two caches of cobalt-60, a metallic substance with lethally high levels of radiation. When contained within the heavy shielding of a radiotherapy machine, cobalt-60 is used to kill cancer cells. In terrorists hands,...


Willie Watson Announces Details of Folksinger Vol. 2 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Willie Watson Since Willie Watson kicked off his solo career hes been lauded as one of the most exciting American trad folk and country artists in the world. Watsons 2014 solo album Folksinger Vol. 1 is considered by many to be a masterpiece and the good news is theres a Volume Two []


1945 records of a witness to the nuclear devastation of Hiroshima "IndyWatch Feed"


 (this is not the same as the film discussed below)

Memos found from man who shot Hiroshima phantom film, Asahi Shimbun , By GEN OKAMOTO/ Staff Writer, July 23, 2017 SAGAMIHARA, Kanagawa Prefecture--Memos written by a photographer who documented the damage inflicted on Hiroshima after the atomic bombing and his personal feelings have been discovered by his grandson and will be displayed in Tokyo next month.

Kiyoji Suzuki took the notes with sketches when a documentary team, in which he was a member, roamed the flattened city between September and October 1945.

The documentary, Effects of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, was undertaken by a Japanese film company to scientifically record the extent of the damage done to both cities, including footage of destroyed cityscapes, injured people and the existence of vegetation.

The shooting of Nagasaki ran into difficulties as the U.S. military meddled in the project. But the crew managed to continue with their work after being commissioned by the U.S. military.

Although the documentary was completed in 1946, the U.S. military confiscated the film and didnt return it to Japan until 1967. The footage became known as the phantom film on the atomic bombings.

Hiroshi Nose, also a photographer who lives in Sagamihara, found his grandfathers memos at his home in 2013.

Suzukis entries began on Sept. 18, 1945, when he was living in Tokyo and assigned to the film project in Hiroshima.

His memos show sketches of a shadow of a person or object etched on a nearby building by the bombs thermal flash and of a deformed leaf of a plant.

Suzuki also mentioned which lenses he used for filming and the weather that day.

Although many of the memos concern objective data, others appeared to reveal his personal feelings in the midst of the devastation.

Nose completed a 28-minute documentary film last fall, titled Hiroshima Bomb, Illusive Photography Memos, after visiting places in Hiroshima that were associated with Suzukis memos.

The documentary compared footage of Hiroshima today and that of the city 72 years ago shot by his grandfather.

The memos will be displayed for the first time to the public at Art Gallery 884 in Tokyos Bunkyo Ward on Aug. 5-9....


Japans taxpayers will end up paying the $192.5 Billion Dollars estimated cost of the nuclear clean-up "IndyWatch Feed"

The Total Fukushima Cost is now estimated at $21.5 trillion Yen ($192.5 Billion Dollars) by the Japanese Government,  July 22, 2017Keith Jason Maxwell

The Japanese government said in December that it expects total costs including compensation, decommissioning and decontamination to reach 21.5 trillion yen ($192.5 billion) in a process likely to take at least four decades as highradiation levels slow operations.

The new CEO of TEPCO has recently stated that unless TEPCO can increase its cash flow and profit margin (e.g. rate increases) the company will not be able to continue, or ultimately finish the recovery. In this scenario, the Japanese government will then be responsible for the cost of the recovery.



Tributes flow, on the death of highly respected Aboriginal elder Yami Lester "IndyWatch Feed"

Yami Lester: tributes follow death of Aboriginal elder and Maralinga activist

Lester, who was blinded by British atomic tests in South Australia in the 1950s, campaigned to get recognition for the 1,800 Indigenous Australians affected, Guardian, 23 July 17 Tributes have poured in for Aboriginal elder and activist Yami Lester, who died at the age of 75.

Lester, who died in Alice Springs on Friday night, lived a life of great hardship and challenge after being blinded as a young adolescent by the Maralinga atomic tests in the 1950s, which he called the black mist.

He worked as a stockman before losing his sight.

He may be farewelled at a state funeral if his family accepts the offer from the Northern Territory government.Mr Lester was a key Aboriginal leader who embraced the challenge of bridging two worlds, NT chief minister Michael Gunner said on Saturday.

He never let his blindness hold him back, he was sharp as a tack in negotiating at the highest levels of business and government.

His life was a life of great hardship and challenge, met with great courage and foresight, and he achieved great change.

He joined the Aboriginal Advancement League in Adelaide, fighting to g...


A writer ponders on the radioactive waste at St Louis, Missouri "IndyWatch Feed"

Even if we box it up and send it in train cars to remote places, it will be there, ready and waiting to kill any of us long after weve forgotten where we put it, or what it even is.

The Fallout, In St. Louis, Americas nuclear history creeps into the present, leaching into streams and bodies. Guernica, By Lacy M. Johnson, 10 July 2017  .Uranium, thorium, Agent Orange, dioxin, DDT. I am thinking of all the ways our government has poisoned its citizens as I board the plane that will take me back home. The sky grows darker; blue gives way to purple, to red and orange near the horizon. I read recently about a housing project in St. Louis, the infamous Pruitt-Igoe, where the government sprayed nerve gases off the roof to see what effect it would have on the people living theretesting it for its potential use as a weapon in war.

A 2005 Gallup poll showed that a majority of Americans still approve of the dropping of bombs on Japan. Admittedly, this is down from near-total approval in August 1945, but its hardly a moral revolution. One factor in the decision to use the bomb was that their destructive power would end the war and save American livessome estimated as many as a million American soldiers would have perished in a ground raid on Japan. Does saving one life require taking another? Must they both be soldiers, loyal to their countr...


Japandroids on experimentation, their wall of amps & figuring it out as a duo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Japandroids :: Interview with Stephen Ferris

Brian King and David Prowse are Vancouver rock band Japandroids. Off the back of third album Near to the Wild Heart of Life, the pair toured Australia and joined Stephen Ferris on Mornings.

When King (vocals, guitar) and Prowse (vocals, drums) started Japandroids, they just wanted to do what all good rock bands want to do: smash, bash, and rock out. Over time, King developed his lyrics and the pair forged their own distinctive sound.

A lot of the bands that Dave and I really love that we were trying to emulate, they were four and five piece bands. So our struggle to write songsinevitably, you know, involves us writing something sort of different or sort of unique because theres only two of us.

Together, theyve navigated the struggles, restraints and fun of being a duo. Having created a huge sound that has excited fans around the world, theyre yet to crack Japan, despite the name. Im not sure they really get it, King says.

Get it for yourself, by listening to the full interview above. The duo discuss touring van convos, writing in the moment and the challenges involved in representing their record on stage.


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Language and terror: Remembering Richard Rorty "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rorty, who died in 2007, was one of our most compassionate philosophers. You can gauge his worth by the fact that he seemed to get under the skin of just about everybody, occupying a transient between-space in a manner off-putting to commentators who spend careers building conceptual fortresses behind which to protect their worldview.


Sisters in law now dominate Australias legal sector "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new report from the 2016 National Profile of the Profession shows that the number of women entering the legal profession has doubled that of men in the past two years. The report indicates that of the total 71,509 practicing solicitors in Australia, women now comprise of 50.1 per cent of legal professionals compared to 49.9 per cent of men, []

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Top legal body lends support to constitutional reform "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The recent release of the Referendum Councils report has prompted the Law Council of Australia to call on the Federal parliament to ensure constitutional reform remains a top priority. The Law Council of Australia; the nations peak legal body representing Australias legal profession, has frequently called for meaningful reform to be pursued in aim of empowering Australias Indigenous people. []

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Indian inspiration for SHIFT projects transformation of The Echo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anne Goslett with the recycled Echo bags. (Photo: Jeff Dawson)

Anne Goslett with the recycled Echo bags. (Photo: Jeff Dawson)

Members of SHIFT Project have drawn on Indian inspiration to repurpose the Northern Rivers trusted news source, The Byron Shire Echo, transforming newspapers into reusable bags.

Every week, women who are learning to move from being homeless to living a sustainable, productive life in the community through the project, gather to create the bags from cardboard and three sheets of The Echo.

SHIFT Project founder and Managing Director Anne Goslett said the idea from the reusable bags came from a similar bag created by a not-for-profit organisation helping to support the livelihood of rural women and providing food, shelter and education to underprivileged children in and around New Delhi.

On returning to Australia in May, with a bag in tow, one of the SHIFT participants dismantled the bag to use as a template, she said.
During our weekly program participants began to experiment with various resources to replicate a stronger, reinforced prototype.

Through a process of trial and error, we came up with the dimensions and perfected its structural integrity.

Participants have learned about manufacturing, refining every process of production so they can make enough bags to suit demand, Ms Goslett said.

The participants have organized themselves into a production line including quality control through each step, she said.

From start to finish, we can make approx ten bags in a two hour session with 3 participants.

The concept has also grown the SHIFT Projects relationship with The Byron Shire Echo.

As The SHIFT participants currently work together to deliver the Echo paper each Wednesday, the awareness of supporting an independent paper, encouraged the idea to recycle giving us an opportunity to contribute to the plastic-bag-free movement, Ms Goslett said.

Byron Shire Echo General Manager Simon Haslam said The Echo was pleased to be involved with the SHIFT Projects recycled bag concept.

The SHIFT Project is a wonderf...


Make your own skincare Saturday September 9th "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

imagesCome and learn how to make your own skin care products that are all natural without all the chemical nasties. You will take away new skills, recipes and learn how easy it is to make what you need at home.  We continue to run this workshop because it is so popular so grab a friend and make a booking. More details.





Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein - why was he interested in UFOs? "IndyWatch Feed National"


Last week, I was interviewed about my interests in astronomy and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, for a chapter in a yet to be published book. In passing, I mentioned that I had once been to a conference in America, which had been partly sponsored by the Prince of Liechtenstein. This recollection made me curious about the Prince's interest in Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, so I set about exploring what I could find.

Hans-Adam II is still the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein, and was born 14 February 1945 as Johannes Adam Ferdinand Alois Josef Maria Marco d'Aviano Pius, in Zurich, Switzerland. Hans-Adam II attended the University of St Gallen, in Switzerland, and graduated with a masters degree in Business and Economic Studies. His current financial wealth is estimated as $4 billion. 

I recalled that Jacques Vallee and his wife Janine,  had once been a guest of  Hans-Adam II, and located the relevant diary entries of Vallee. I will reproduce the text from the diary, and add some explanatory notes as the best form of documenting what I have found out about Hans-Adam II's UAP interest.

Image courtesy of Amazon Books
Hyde Street Thursday 18 May 1989 

'Crown prince Hans-Adam von Liechtenstein was in town yesterday with his consulting engineer from Toronto, a man named George Hathaway who helps him study the phenomenon with the hope of discovering new forms of energy production. Hathaway had written to me during my trip to Europe [April/May 1989 - KB]...


BATR: None Dare Call It Conspiracy! "IndyWatch Feed National"

None Dare Call It Conspiracy!

"The Carl Sandburgs of the future will spend whole lifetimes trying to analyze the drama of this week and this scene. What it all comes down to - after the assassination of a president, the wounding of a governor, the slaying of a policeman, and the killing of a man nobody really knew - is little Jack Ruby." - Syndicated columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, February 1964

When Info Babes are all the rage, two that had the most, are not around to tell their tale. You don't have to swallow those stories of UFO's to know that Dorothy Kilgallen knew more than us. And who would question that Marilyn Monroe, had the inside track on the men from the top. So why should we reminisce upon their untimely demise, when we have such fond memories?

The Lie That Linked CIA to the Kennedy Assassination by Max Holland

Well, the CIA has on their site an account by Max Hollard that argues that Oliver Stone was reading from the disinformation file. Whether you agree with Mark Lane or accept the Warren Commission is strictly up to you. Consider what is known and draw your own conclusions, but there is one conclusion we all can agree upon, the country changed forever after the JFK assassination.

The significance of the Stone film, JFK, is demonstrated by the assault that the established order heaped upon his portrayal. Believe it or reject it, but investigate the questions that have never been answered. If logic has meaning, have Arlene Spector explain that magic bullet again. That 'Man X' was real - his name, colonel Fletcher Prouty, a true 'black bag' magician.

Oliver Stone Discusses His Film JFK and Introduces the Real "Man X"

But the more important aspect, questions the consequences if you believe that your government was involved with a coup d'etat that killed an American president. The reason it is so important to tar that ultimate kook mark, a 'conspiracy theorist', on anyone who approaches this topic is self evident. Silence works - dead women tell no tales.

Author Lee Israel is often quoted about the tragic death of Kilgallen. From her jailhouse interview with Jack Ruby, she learned that he was friends with the slain policeman, J.D. Tippit. Wonder why Dan Rather didn't report this little tidbit on the nightly news? That's right, he didn't get that job until years later . . . As she prepared to release the details that were going to break the whole JFK assassination mystery wide open, Dorothy was found dead.

When Norma Jeane left the scene, both Kennedy boys sighed a feeling of relief. "What did she know and when did she know it", doesn't apply any longer. But we have a different question to ask on the passi...


House with No Steps gets real funding for virtual reality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kim Parish, Garth Perry, Lisa Vineburg, Kathleen Martin and Felicity Nelson with the new VR gear. Photo supplied.

Kim Parish, Garth Perry, Lisa Vineburg, Kathleen Martin and Felicity Nelson with the new VR gear. Photo supplied.

Disability services provider House with No Steps has been awarded funding to develop an innovative Virtual Reality-based learning tool for disability support workers.

House with No Steps (HWNS) has been awarded $200,000 funding from the National Disability Services (NDS) Innovative Workforce Fund to develop prototype Virtual Reality (VR) learning tools for disability support workers.

Kim Parish, Lisa Vineburg, and Felicity Nelson. Photo supplied.

Kim Parish, Lisa Vineburg, and Felicity Nelson. Photo supplied.

As a recipient of the Showcase Project, House with No Steps will prototype the VR learning tools in a 12-month project, in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact.

Felicity Nelson, HWNS Strategic Innovation Lead says that the objective of the project is to learn about how virtual reality (VR) technology can enhance the skill building capacity of the support workers at HWNS, says  in terms of learning about work practices and services in supporting customers living with physical and intellectual disabilities.

What VR provides is a simulated interactive safe learning environment which can replicate the real world, says Ms Nelson. Where VR technology is already being effectively used is in emergency services, the military, mining and constru...


Short video on negative RCEP impacts in India "IndyWatch Feed"

July 24, 2017: As RCEP talks and protests take place in Hyderabad, this video shows the negative impacts of the RCEP corporate agenda on Indian farmers,  and on regional access to medicines and essential services.


Monster festival Ultra has locked in its first Aussie date and venue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ultra festival had already made its plans to return to Australia pretty clear earlier this year, but now weve got a confirmed venue and date for the mega-fests first local run.

As part of the Ultra Worldwide Expansion, Australia will be scoring new events from the Ultra team as soon as next year, starting with the single-stage one-dayer The Road to Ultra: Australia coming to Melbournes Sidney Myer Music Bowl on February 24.

Well then see a move to a full-blown multi-day Ultra: Australia across Melbourne and Sydney in 2019, and while lineups are yet to be announced, well be expecting some big names from one of the worlds largest music festivals.

Over the past few years, Ultra Worldwide has ventured to many locations across the globe, organisers say. We are thrilled to announce that Ultra Worldwide will now be expanding to Ibiza, China, India, and Australia!

The lack of a truly massive EDM event since the cancellation of Stereosonic several years back has left a gaping void in Australias festival landscape, but with Ultra on the way as well as the Deadmau5-headlined Sensation festival, were suddenly looking flush for large-scale festival events next year.


How Can I Put It? Something about Solidarity and Truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary Maxwell, PhD, LLB During my campaign so far, for a seat in the US Senate, I have been visiting cities and towns in Alabama, making speeches. Often a question from the audience make me develop some new point which I rush home and write for publication at GumshoeNews 26 of them so []


Matt and the Monk A Devilish Tale for refugees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Matt and the Monk Composer and creator of the Devilish Tale and Alf Demasi creator of Fra Alfonso. Photo Tree Faerie.

Matt and the Monk Composer and creator of the A Devilish Tale, Matt Ottley, and Alf Demasi creator of Fra Alfonso. Photo Tree Faerie.

Eve Jeffery
On Saturday A Devilish Tale unfolded in Murwillumbah as Fra Alfonso, a.k.a Alf Demasi, and the Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir told the story of the history of western harmony.

Multi award winning Matt Ottley who is the creator of the comical and educational piece, brought the show east from Perth for a special performance to raise awareness and funds for the Uki Refugee Project.

Alf Demasi as Fra Alfonso warns us to watch out for the Devil. Photo Tree Faerie.

Alf Demasi as Fra Alfonso warns us to watch out for the Devil. Photo Tree Faerie.

Matt says he wants to support the cause of refugees  being open to those in need, no matter where they are from is paramount. Ive always wondered why we dont use the word and instead of but in the conversation around charity.

For example, a statement I often hear is: but shouldnt we use the available funds for charity in our own back yard, to help fellow Australians in need first. How about a statement like: Were a first world nation,...


Spooky Quantum Physics "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Chinese researchers in the Tibetan mountains have, for the first time history beamed entangled particles of light between a satellite and the ground.

Using quantum physics in which the particles can instantly share their information despite being separated by over 1,200km is an unusual spooky happening.

Melbourne University physicist Professor Steven Prawer says What they have done is a major technological achievement of measurement and accuracy.


Pisale Out, Tully Stepping Up

Paul Pisale has stepped down from his duties due to health complications amid a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into the former Ipswich mayors activities.


Goonellabah man disqualified from driving until 2037 caught "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police have arrested a man who was driving despite him being banned until 2037.

Police have arrested a man who was driving despite him being banned until 2037.

A feed from McDonalds was too much temptation for a 22-year-old Goonellabah man, who was caught by police behind the wheel despite being disqualified from driving until 2037. Meanwhile a Wollongbar was arrested more than six times over the legal limit.

Police allege they saw the man driving through the McDonalds drive-through at Goonellabah on Saturday.

He was arrested and taken to the Lismore Police Station where checks revealed he was disqualified until 2037.

The man was charged with driving while disqualified second offence, was refused bail, and will appear in the Lismore Local Court today (Monday, 24 July).

Meanwhile on Saturday, police charged a 53-year-old Wollongbar man with being almost six times over the legal limit after crashing his car into a parked vehicle on Brewster Street, Lismore.

Police allege the man drove off without exchanging details with the owner of the other car, and a short time later lost control of his vehicle and collided with an embankment at the intersection of Dunoon Road and Sexton Street in North Lismore.

The man provided a positive breath test and was taken to Lismore Police Station.

At Lismore he provided a breath sample almost six times over the legal limit.

He had his licence suspended and was charged with High Range PCA 2nd+ Offence.

He will appear at Lismore Local Court in August


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Listen to the New Billy Bragg Single The Sleep of Reason "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo by Stuart Bucknell Photography Renowned protest singer Billy Bragg has just released his brand new single The Sleep of Reason. Inspired by a visit to The Prado gallery in Madrid where he saw Goyas etching The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters the track is a noise laden piece of Billy Bragg goodness. Life comes []


Delusional podcasters delve in natural climate solutions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On 19 July 2017 in The Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse, we delve in natural and agricultural solutions to the climate change crisis. We have our regenerative studio phone lined up to Verity Morgan-Schmidt, the newly appointed CEO of Australian Farmers for Climate Action, and to natural sequence farming expert Peter Andrews.

We also talk farming solutions with Alan Broughton, a biological agriculture researcher and teacher, who has worked with Queensland beef producer Elena Garcia on writing the book Sustainable Agriculture Versus Corporate Greed.

Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 178 on 94.7 The Pulse:



Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.


Nimbins Rainbow Power Company celebrates 30 years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Staff at the Rainbow Power Company in Nimbin. (supplied)

Staff at the Rainbow Power Company in Nimbin. (supplied)

Nimbins Rainbow Power Company which started with three mates selling solar-powered torches at local markets from the back of a van celebrated 30 years in business at the weekend.

Since those humble beginnings, the company has designed and installed thousands of stand-alone and grid connected solar systems throughout the region, and further afield.

It all began with Peter Pedals, Dave Christmas and Jack van Hest selling solar torches out of the back of a van at The Channon and Nimbin markets.

In May 1987 a group of Nimbin locals interested in the off-grid lifestyle, got together and formed the company that began its
life in the shop on Cullen St which now houses the Nimbin Apothecary.

Solar panels on top of the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre were installed by the Rainbow Power Company. (supplied)

Solar panels on top of the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre were installed by the Rainbow Power Company. (supplied)

Board Chair Guy Stewart said it didnt take long to outgrow those premises and the company moved to a tailor-made mud brick factory at 1 Alternative Way, Nimbin.

In the last 30 years, RPC has advised on, designed and installed thousands of stand-alone and grid-connected solar systems;
designed and manufactured dozens of ground breaking products and employed hundreds of local Nimbin people, in addition to supplying and installing systems in the Pacific region and teaching the benefits and management of renewable energy systems to all, Mr Stewart...


FoE welcome $4.7 million Andrews govt grant scheme for climate action: "Program will bring jobs, investment to regional Vic" "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


MEDIA RELEASE: 24 July 2017

Friends of the Earth have welcomed an Andrews government announcement of a $4.7 million grant scheme to kick-start community projects that tackle climate change saying it will bring jobs and investment to regional Victoria.  

Minister for Energy, Environment, and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio announced the grant scheme at a sold out community event in Maryborough organised by Friends of the Earth with the support of the Goldfields Sustainability Group, Transition Creswick, and Maryborough Community House. 

"Community members in regional Victoria are on the frontline of climate change impacts and will tell you that climate change is changing the seasons," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth's Act on Climate coordinator.

"For some communities this means increased water scarcity and drought, and others it means heightened risk of heatwave and bushfire." 

"What unites all regional communities is the urgent need for governments to invest in climate change action. The Andrews government's $4.7 million grant scheme will kickstart community-led solutions."  


Car makers refitting dodgy airbags: Choice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo NBC News

Photo NBC News

Belinda Tasker


Australian drivers could be sitting behind the wheel of ticking time bombs after car makers were found to be refitting vehicles with the same brand of potentially faulty airbags at the centre of a global recall.

Consumer watchdog Choice says Toyota, Mazda, Lexus, BMW and Subaru have been refitting recalled vehicles with Takata airbags the same brand linked to 18 deaths worldwide.

With 2.3 million vehicles in Australia requiring their potentially lethal Takata airbags to be replaced, its clear the car companies are under pressure to fulfil their obligations under Australian consumer law, Choice spokesperson Tom Godfrey said on Monday.

However, refitting vehicles with the same dangerous airbags still leaves people driving ticking time bombs.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is investigating the claims made by Choice.

About 100 million vehicles around the world have been recalled since 2009 amid safety concerns relating to dodgy Takata airbags, which can explode and launch metal shards that can puncture peoples eyes, face, neck, and chest.

More than 2.3 million vehicles in Australia were subject to the recall, with 850,000 already having had their airbags replaced.

A 58-year-old man who died in a crash in Sydney last Friday is suspected to be the 18th person to have lost their life as a result of a dodgy Takata airbag after he was struck in the neck by a small fragment.

A 21-year-old woman also suffered serious injuries when a faulty Takata airbag didnt deploy properly during a crash in Darwin in April.

Choice discovered car makers were refitting Takata airbags in recalled vehicles after questioning 14 manufacturers in Australia.

Many confirmed that a percentage of the vehicles were refitted with like-for-like repla...


All Australian Midday Jazz "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tune in for the monthly all Australian instalment of Midday Jazz today! We have a special episode on Wednesday so we have moved the Australian special forward for this month, You"ll hear selections highlighting local vocalists plus tracks from the , Graeme Bells All Stars, the Pearce Pickering Ragtime Five and others.


Live Jazz Events in Sydney (this week) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Jazz & Latin Open Mic Jam hosted by Rinske: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, contact Host)

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Organ Transplant Quartet featuring David Theak and Carl Dewhurst: ...


Ballina council considers push to ban plastic bags "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Plastic bags are a danger to marine wildlife and should be banned, activists say. (file pic)

Plastic bags are a danger to marine wildlife and should be banned, activists say. (file pic)

Tweed Shire Council did it last week, and Ballina councillor Keith Williams is hoping his fellow councillors will follow that lead by joining the push to ban single use plastic bags.

Cr Williams has lodged a notice of motion to be considered at this weeks meeting which urges the NSW Government to introduce legislation to ban single use plastic bags to a level at least consistent with other State Governments such as South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Cr Williams, who is also the acting general manager at the Australian Seabird Rescue group based in Ballina, also wants the council to actively promote and encourage the minimisation of the use of single use plastic bags through the Community Connect publication.

Australia currently uses 4 billion single use, plastic shopping bags per year, Cr Williams said.

The impact on oceans and wildlife is devastating, with marine plastic debris considered a key threatening process for sea turtles, seabirds and marine mammals.

The ABC TV Series, War on Waste, recently highlighted the difficulties in recycling plastic bags in Australia and demonstrated that the vast bulk of bags end up in landfill. At a huge cost to our community.

On 14 July 2017, Woolworths and Coles announced a voluntary phase out of single-use bags to be completed within the next year.

This means the two greatest obstacles to the introduction of a ban have now been surmounted. Council has previously supported resolutions to reduce or eliminate single use, plastic shopping bags.


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Germany fails to honour its part of the Greek bailout deal "IndyWatch Feed"

In this blog The fiscal role of the KfW Part 1 I recounted how the government-owned German development bank, KfW (Kreditanstalt fr Wiederaufbau) interacts with the German Finance Ministry to allow its fiscal balance to move into surplus without the commensurate level of fiscal drag that would normally be associated with that degree of fiscal withdrawal. The intent of the blog was to show how the Germans cleverly use their state-owned development bank to advance ideological positions not available to other states that have either privatised these type of institutions or never created them in the first place. It is ironic given the Germans insistence that countries like Greece privatise everything in sight. Todays blog returns to the KfW, in part, because new information has emerged where we learn that the Greek crisis has allowed the German Ministry of Finance to run surpluses without melting their economy down. The KfWs role in that regard is undoubted. It has been a source of bailout funds for Greece, on behalf of the German government, and has been pocketing handy profits ever since. This information shows that the popular claims that German taxpayers are bailing out Greece are clearly false and just political verbiage. Further, despite the understanding that the Member States (bailout partners) would remit any profits made on asset holdings associated with the Greek bailout, the Germans have reneged on that deal, in part, because it has channeled those profits through the KfW, which it claims is at hands length to the government, despite being 100 per cent government-owned.

The KfW started life in 1948 as part of the Marshall Plan to help in the reconstruction of Germany.

It borrows in capital markets and all its debt is federal government-guaranteed, which reduces its funding costs relative to a private bank with no such guarantee. It is also exempt from paying company tax.

Taken together, it offers loans to developments at much lower rates than the commercial banks, although it is precluded by law from direct competition with the banks.

The earlier blog on KfW aroused an hysterical response by a blogger who seems to have made it his role, in part, to claim that Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is plainly wrong and people like me are plainly stupid.

I think the boot was on the other foot. I chose not to respond.

The proposition I entertained was simple and clear.

The KfW extends credit to the non-government sector, which, inasmuch as the liquidity enters the German economy, allows for a higher increase in aggregate spending without the government books having to use fiscal deficits.

As a result, economic activit...


Govt looks at uni graduate benefits "IndyWatch Feed National"


Katina Curtis


The Turnbull government is readying for a fight to pass its changes to university funding, releasing figures showing what students will pay would more closely match the benefits of getting a degree.

The report from Deloitte Access Economics looks at the split of private and public benefits for people holding degrees and post-graduate qualifications.

Private benefits include being more likely to get a full-time job and earn more over a lifetime, while public benefits include increased taxes collected from higher wages and increased productivity across the whole workforce.

Deloitte found that for people with bachelor degrees, about 45 per cent of the market benefits from them having an education were private and 55 per cent public.

Qualifications that led to jobs in sectors with heavy investment like engineers working in mining or manufacturing had higher public benefits.

Education and health graduates tended to reap higher private benefits, because they generally earn less so pay less tax and are more likely to be employed by government, which doesnt pay company tax.

The federal governments overhaul of higher education includes increasing student fees by up to $3200 over a four-year degree, cutting university teaching funding by 2.5 per cent in 2018 and 2019, tying a portion of funding to performance measures, and lowering the threshold when student debts must start to be repaid.

It says the fee increase will mean students contribute 46 per cent of the cost of their degree up from 42 per cent now with taxpayers covering the rest.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the Deloitte analysis showed these contributions would more closely align with the benefits of higher education.

This report injects facts about the fair contribution taxpayers should make into a debate that has at times been dominated by platitudes and sound bites, he said on Monday.



Malcolm Turnbull, call me maybe? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The opposition leaders call to extend parliamentary terms to a fixed four years has attracted interest from the Prime Minister.

Labor leader Bill Shorten says switching to a fix four-year term will bring Australia much needed certainty and long-term policy making.

Shorten called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to make a bipartisan commitment to support the change, who responded by calling the opposition leader to discuss the idea.


Conference on Indigenous Genocide


ACCC to begin court action against Heinz "IndyWatch Feed National"



Food giant Heinz will defend allegations from Australias consumer watchdog over a sugary snack that was marketed for toddlers.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will begin a hearing in the Federal Court in Adelaide on Monday alleging H J Heinz Company Australia Ltd in relation to the promotion of a product called Shredz which it alleges the company falsely marketed as healthy options for young children.

The company has strenuously denied the ACCC allegations and said it complied with Australian labelling and food laws.

While the product is no longer on the market, the Shredz range included three varieties peach apple and veg, berries apple and veg, and strawberry and apple with chia seeds and they were predominantly made from fruit juice concentrate and pastes.

But the ACCC alleges the products contained over 60 per cent sugar.

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Homeless man jailed for punching female police officer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A homeless man has been jailed for punching a police officer in the head.

A homeless man has been jailed for punching a police officer in the head.

A 40-year-old homeless man has been jailed for one year and ten months after repeatedly punching a female police officer in the head after earlier trying to enter a plane at the Tyagarah airfield.

Paul Eleftheriou was sentenced in the Lismore District Court last week after being found guilty of assault a police officer in the execution of their duty causing actual bodily harm.

The court had heard that Eleftheriou had entered a plane at the Tyagrah airfield on 5 May but was confronted by employees, causing him to leave.

A short time later he was seen on the roadway on Gulgan Road Brunswick Heads.

At the time he was on the road and at risk of being hit by passing traffic.

Police approached him in an attempt to get him off the roadway but Eleftheriou resisted attempts to move him off the roadway and continued running down the roadway.

Outside Uncle Toms Pies he was approached by a female Police Officer who was attached to the Mullumbimby station.

Eleftheriou has immediately punched the female officer to the head on at least 5 or 6 occasions. The female officer has collapsed to the roadway and was assisted by passers-by.
The 40-year-old was detained and placed into the rear of a police truck by another officer with the assistance of members of the public.

He was convicted by a jury at the Lismore District Court in March and sentenced last week to jail.

He will be eligible for parole after one year and three months.


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Top Ten Suburbs for Speeding in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The top ten hotspots for speeding offences in NSW have been identified; and some of them may surprise you. The Sydney suburb of Mascot, near the airport, seems an unlikely place to be caught speeding, as traffic is often jammed and when it starts to move, it does so

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Second-born children are the most likely to end up as criminals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Most first born children would say theyre not surprised by the theory that their younger siblings are more likely to end up on the wrong side of the law. And actually, theres an ever-growing body of evidence to support this theory. A study completed earlier this year that followed

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Come & see our live event in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Money for Life Workshop

As noted earlier in the year, I'm only presenting at two live events in 2017.

For details of your last chance to see me, see here (or click the image below).

This high quality event features five experts in their respective fields combining their knowledge, skills, and experience, to deliver a powerful one-day workshop. 

We're limited to 1,000 tickets so please book early...and share widely!

Look forward to seeing you there!


"I Pity You, Too..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Said a philosopher to a street sweeper, I pity you. Yours is a hard and dirty task. And the street sweeper said, Thank you, sir. But tell me, what is your task? And the philosopher answered saying, I study man's mind, his deeds and his desires. Then the street sweeper went on with his sweeping and said with a smile, I pity you, too.
- Kahlil Gibran


ARCHAN CHAN | RICKY AND PINKY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ArChan is the epitome of hospitality with her holistic approach and care for those around her, as well as her absolute mastery of delicious Chinese-inspired cuisine at Ricky & Pinky.

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Melbourne could begin to run short of water by 2028 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed from Victoria

According to a Fairfax report (Adam Carey The Age 23 July 2017), Melbourne faces chronic water shortages in the next decade.

The existence of a desalination plant, even if working at full capacity will not be enough to turn the situation around.

The fault is a failure to carry out proper planning in the face of increasing demand in a fast growing city that is also facing a drier future.

It is expected that water consumption will rise by at least 75 percent over the next 40 years, as the population doubles from the present number and demand is expected to exceed supply by around 2043.

This is the scenario has been projected by the water providers, City West Water, Yarra Valley Water and South East Water.

A dry spell and the possibility of an emerging new drought has made the situation even worse. Last year water catchments were 72 percent full and have now gone down to 62 percent.

Global warming may be leading to a drier climate, as an ongoing feature of Melbournes permanent environment.

Victorias government is addressing the problem, mainly with a 155 litre campaign to limit individual consumption. It is not working and could never be sufficient on its own. A complete re-evaluation on how water is used and action to drastically reduce waste is needed.

Building new dams is not the answer, given that they would only collect from the same catchment. New water catchment would take from an already depleted environment and bring about bad environmental consequences.

Suggestions that the existing desalinisation plant be extended, or that new ones be built, miss the point that they have their own negative environmental impacts and should not be the first choice, when better alternatives exist to boost the water supply.

A large proportion of water use goes into maintaining the traditional suburban house with a large and thirsty garden. These soak up water that should be used for other purposes. Changing lifestyles, and shifting to multiple dwellings on land currently occupied by one house, is the answer.

Continuing sprawl on the fringes will further reduce the catchments.

Increasing the population density would not necessarily prevent greening of the city. But it would impose the need to carefully plan how this is done. Innovation could bring in a shift towards natives and the use of systems that recycle water, use less of it and minimise wastage.

As it stands, a great deal of the water goes down the drain.

Melbourne loses a lot of water through ru...


Queensland Trials Professional Foster Carer Program "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland is to trial a new professional foster carer program that hopes to improve the lives of young people with high support needs.

The program is costed at 3 million dollars, aimed at nurses and teachers and will run for 2 years as the government monitors its success.  

The professional foster carers will be paid up to sixty-five thousand a year and will also be trained in fields such as child development and counselling.


Artworks On Show in Brisbane

Brisbane colours will truly be flying this July as the city opens up its most popular public spaces in order to showcase world renowned works by local artists.


More Random Thoughts "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's proving very difficult to focus on BBC bias at the moment. The time for posting is proving harder and harder to find, and without the time to do proper research it feels as if I'm dipping in - and I really don't like just dipping in. I like nailing things down, with hundreds and hundreds of nails and twenty varieties of hammer. I feel that only when you listen to every edition of a BBC programmes (like Mark Mardell's The World This Weekend or Dateline London) do you get to appreciate that it is possible to work out how BBC bias actually functions and, with enough time and energy, to prove it.

I've proved it (beyond doubt) to my own satisfaction and, maybe, to yours but why don't I feel that I've proved it beyond anyone's reasonable satisfaction. Why? Because I haven't systematised it enough probably. Timings for every Brexit-related segment showing the massive disparity I know there's been (on both The World This Weekend and Dateline London) between the time given for pro-Brexit voices and anti-Brexit voices would help. Listing every question put would also help. And, yes, counting interruptions would help too. As would focusing analytically on the words used. Anything else? 

Is nailing things down as tightly as possible actually necessary though? Why shouldn't just 'dipping in', saying it how you see it, be enough? Doing so might make more of an impact than timing and counting?

Answer (after blinding flash!): There's room for both. If only there were time for both. Or time for anything really.


Yolande Knell

There have been some horrible events in and around Israel in recent days. I've seen some of t...


Monday Maker - Studio deShan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi de Shan, so nice to meet you.

Were you creative as a child?

It all started when I decided I wished I had a tail...

My mother ran my father's business from home, before I was school-age and she would get stacks of butchers paper, make a few marks on a sheet and then tell me to "go wild", and I did.

Every day I have her to thank for my creative wild side...

How would you describe your work?



Indiana Jones movie props on show at Tweed museum "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some of the Indiana Jones items in the Mad Props exhibition, assembling items collected by HL Bear.

Some of the Indiana Jones items in the Mad Props exhibition, assembling items collected by HL Bear.

A rare collection of movie props owned by a Native American and now Tweed local including some which featured in the Indian Jones movies are on display at the Tweed Regional Museum.

Museum director Judy Kean said Mad Props, featuring HL Bears rare collection, was the perfect match for the museums current Tweed on Film exhibition.

Were delighted that HL Bear, a Native American artist and Tweed resident, has agreed to share his extraordinary collection with us, Ms Kean said.

His work has featured in motion pictures, music videos, print media, fashion shows and fashion shoots.

Inspired by his contacts in the film industry, HL has amassed an eclectic collection of replica movie props and has a special place in his heart for the Indiana Jones films.

The collection includes two actual props from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The lapel pin worn by villain Walter Donovan, and the folding vintage goggles worn by Dr Elsa Schneider. Both pieces are included in the Collectors Cabinet.

The exhibition also features replicas produced by prop makers whose work featured in the Indiana Jones films.

A leather jacket made by Peter Botwright, costume designer for Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, is almost indistinguishable from the one in the film.

An iconic brown felt fedora was created by the company who made several hats worn by Harrison Ford. A kangaroo hide whip was handmade by the late David Morgan, who made whips for the Indiana Jones movies, as well as Mask of Zorro and Batman Returns.

As well as being an avid collector, HL Bear is also an extraordinary artist and craftsman in his own right, Ms Kean said.

He uses techniques and materials that reflect his Native American heritage to create museum-quality authentic Native American artefacts using traditional materials. Were delighted to have a number of these props on display as well.

Three extraordinary items...


HIRING: Quit Coal Coordinator "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Quit Coal collective has successfully campaigned with local community groups to secure a total ban on unconventional gas mining, like fracking, in Victoria. We have also helped fight off new coal mines in Bacchus Marsh and Mirboo North and worked as part of a coalition to stop a new coal-fired power station being built in the Latrobe Valley.

But the climate is still changing, communities are still being exploited and deceived by the fossil fuel industry and were ready for a new challenge. Thats where you come in! Weve got plans around taking on energy companies, supporting the fight against fracking and coal around Australia, and were seeking a coordinator to help get us on track for more success.

In conjunction with the Quit Coal collective volunteers and the Friends of the Earth team,  the Quit Coal Coordinator will work to:

  • convene and help facilitate an effective collective process;

  • re-engage our supporter base and drive engagement; and

  • maintain and grow our financial supporters and foster new relationships.


Most Europeans Dont Believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most Europeans Dont Believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming | climate-change | Environment Global Warming Fraud Special Interests World News

Among elitists there is a certain global consensus that seems to have been reached on the need to combat climate change. However, the jury is still out when it comes to how real human-driven global warming is and how responsibility for this alteration should be assigned.

A survey of 10,000 Europeans, published last week, shows that most of them understand  the minimal role of humans at the source of climate change.

Only 46% believe that the human hand is the main responsible for this global change, which is the explanation given by manipulated science. That is, science produced to fit the policy of global depopulation.

On the other hand, 51% believe that either the change is essentially due to a natural evolution, 8%, that it is a mixture of the two previous factors, 42%, or that the change does not exist, 1 %. The remaining 2% do not know what to answer.

The study, published in Frontiers in Marine Science, shows that only 18% of Europeans believe that global warming change is the biggest problem facing the world.

But perhaps the most interesting of their conclusions are the differences between countries and between demographic groups.

For example, Spain stands out as the country that allegedly best knows this problem: 60% of Spaniards say they know that climate change has a human origin, the highest of the ten countries surveyed. That contrasts, at the other extreme, with the 26% of Estonians.

Spanish citizens stand out for their conviction that climate change is due to human action, and their convictions to be adequately informed about climate change, their level of concern and awareness on this issue, and their willingness and support actions to address the causes of climate change, explains oceanographer Carlos Duarte, who is among the studys signatories.

The Spaniards also stand out among the citizens who trust scientists the most and among those who have less confidence in opinions about climate change from friends or relatives, he says.

However, Duarte clarifies, when deepening and asking questions about objective facts, such as rising temperature or sea leve...


Independent Artist Of The Week: Eilish Gilligan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Eilish Gilligan

Eilish Gilligan hasnt been releasing music under her own name for long, but that hasnt stopped her from discovering how deeply devastating a lone voice and some synths can be.

Melbourne-based producer and singer-songwriter Eilish Gilligan is turning heads with her moving, synth-heavy ballads. Her music is deeply atmospheric, masterfully controlled and packed with feeling. Powerful and purposeful, her vocals remind you that the strongest emotions are best conveyed through a whisper, rather than a scream.

Having previously toured with dream pop outfit Frida and as part of Japanese Wallpapers band, Gilligan has cultivated her sonic craft over years of work. Evolving from band member to solo mode, shes already shared stages with Alex Lahey and Confidence Man.

Gilligans unique brand of warm, spectral pop continues to take shape, especially on new single The Feeling a call to stifle all-consuming emotions. Despite its title, the track doesnt refer to one feeling in particular, but to any feeling that successfully squeezes itself where it isnt wanted despondence, hopelessness, even feelings of love after you perhaps swore off the whole business.

Immerse yourself in Eilish Gilligans world, below.



WHO: Eilish Gilligan, Fake, Take Your Time & Alume
WHEN: Saturday September 2, 8:00pm
WHERE: The Gaelic Club, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: $12 + bf, more details here


Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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TWO LIONS + MAPLE CLUB MULLUM Sat 29th July "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CLUB MULLUM Sat 29th July, 2017, 7:30pm

Multi-award-winning singer/songwriter husband-and-wife folk duo Two Lions Chris and Kara Mallory are launching their new EP at Club Mullum This Saturday 29th July, 2017, 7:30pm. Named after their baby daughter Ember the EP is a musical diary of their journey into parenthood.

Adding to the evening is Maple uber talented sisters Bridget & Monica Brandolini PLUS support from Bethanie Jollie.

Tickets $20 at the door.

Learn more at

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Investing for kids (Part 2) - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Quick recap: In Part 1, I explained why investment bonds make terrible investments for kids. Theyre the bad. Today, Im bringing you the good, but lets get ugly out of the way first.


What are the prospects for the HONEST Act? "IndyWatch Feed"

By Peter Campion We Aussie climate sceptics are watching on in awe as the new US President begins systematically driving a stake a into the vampire heart of the climate-alarm industry.  It can be a challenge for the casual Antipodean observer to follow the nuances of US congressional processes and party politics, however, so its


When is an airbag not an airbag ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When it becomes a UED (unstable explosive device) Australias political leaders have seemed to ignore this information when dealing with the Takata airbag crisis. I believe both Federal and State laws and standard protocols governing explosive safety and classification have been (perhaps illegally) ignored by our most senior politicians who must have had to sanction Australias policy in dealing with this extremely dangerous crisis. Why?  BBC: Takata: Airbag-maker files for banktuptcy ABC: Driver likely killed by defective Takata airbag in Sydney crash, police say A man who died in a Sydney car crash last week was likely killed because of a defective airbag, police say. Police are linking the Takata airbag to the death of a 58-year-old man, who was driving a Honda CRV when it collided with a Toyota Celica in Cabramatta last Thursday ABC: Takata airbag recall process leaves drivers with ticking time-bombs, Choice says Marie Salvatore in Comments: Re AIRBAG RECALL my son has been telling friends and family about this problem for years people are now listening today, my self not taking it serious for a while was getting in a car with a faulty air bag but had it solved a while back, now there could be a problem as it could have been replaced with another faulty bag. We rang the car dealer Mitsubishi in Hobart today to check the type of airbag put in the car and was offered no help whats so ever after begging would they find out for me it was still to no avail in which I was very very disappointed,I then proceeded to ring another car company to find out re airbag, and could not have asked for better service ...


I am no longer a proud Australian ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thoughts on the arms race Australia has its problems, in common with many other westernised countries, but in the larger world view I would said, until quite recently, that its still a good place to live in. Alas, no longer, not since Turnbull and Pyne stated that the government wants to help Australia to become a world player in the arms trade and a net exporter of arms


Deterioration in public psychiatry "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dear Sir, I have just completed a three-year tour of duty across Australia working as a locum consultant psychiatrist. At my last position, I worked as a consultant on the psychiatric ward at a leading state hospital


'Gun them down; give them no mercy': Indonesian president sounds like Duterte "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered police officers to shoot drug dealers in the country if they attempt to resist arrest, drawing immediate comparisons with his Filipino counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte. "I have told you, just be firm, especially with foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist [arrest]. Gun them down. Give no mercy," The Jakarta Post reports Widodo as saying during a speech Friday. The heavy metal loving president gave the order because he believes his country is facing an "emergency" when it comes to drug trafficking. "We are indeed in an emergency situation in dealing with drug trafficking," he said. His controversial remarks echo those of Duterte who, upon being elected, launched a brutal crackdown on suspected drug dealers in the country, which to date, has reportedly left thousands dead. In March, Duterte issue an emphatic warning to drug dealers, "You will die. Either you kill me or I kill you," he added. "I am committed to stop drugs before I get out." Indonesia is known for it's tough drug laws, which often end in those convicted paying the ultimate price. Widodo has been criticized for ordering the deaths of convicted drug traffickers. Indonesia has executed 18 people for drug trafficking since Widodo assumed office in 2014. Australians Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, were among eight convicted smugglers who were killed by firing squad on 'Execution Island' in April, 2015.


Hypocrisy in the South China Sea According to Chinas rationalized perspective, the former Western colonies have been stealing its fish, oil and gas for a long time "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nationalism-fueled rationalizations are running rampant in the disputed region


There is a big difference between reasoning and rationalization. Reasoning is the use of facts and logic to derive a conclusion regarding a given issue. Rationalization is the use of reasoning to justify a preconceived conclusion. Many countries have rationalized their positions regarding their claims and actions in the South China Sea. Indeed there are no innocents only degrees of rationalization.

For its policies and actions in the South China Sea, China has been accused of being aggressive; bullying other claimants; violating the 2002 ASEAN-China Declaration on Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) as well as international law and norms; militarizing the features it occupies; threatening freedom of navigation; damaging the environment and causing ASEAN disunity.

But China argues that what it calls the Nansha (the Spratlys) and their adjacent waters have been under its sovereignty since time immemorial. According to Chinas rationalized perspective, the former Western colonies have been stealing its fish and oil and gas in collaboration with outside Western companies and powers.

Moreover, to China, other claimants like the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam have committed similar transgressions. Indeed, in the 1970s and 80s while the United States, Japan and Australia remained silent, they occupied features there that China considered its sovereign territory. They then altered the features by adding to them, built structures, ports and airstrips, and allowed access for their militaries. In Chinas view they appropriated the largest and most useful features under spurious claims leaving only the dregs and submerged features.

In Chinas rationalization of its more recent actions, it suffered by previously being relatively non-aggressive. When China tried to catch up by building on some of the only remaining unoccupied and low-tide features, the other claimants accused it of not exercising self-restraint and thus violating the 2002 DOC. But to China, other claimants have also violated the DOCs self-restraint provision by continuing their reclamation and construction activities after the signing of the agreement. More significant to China, the Philippines by filing a complaint with the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague violated what China considers the most important DOC provision of all the commitment to resolve territ...


Australia in 2017 - Violence Against Women "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia in 2017  - known deaths due to violence against women  -  23 dead by July 12 [Destroy the Joint, 12 July 2017]

A rarely spoken about aspect of domestic violence

"It is widely accepted by abuse experts (and validated by numerous studies) ..that evangelical men who sporadically attend church are more likely than men of any other religious group (and more likely than secular men) to assault their wives." [Professor of Theology Steven R, Tracy, 2007,Patriarchy and Domestic Violence: Challenging Common Misconceptions inWHAT DOES SUBMIT IN EVERYTHING REALLY MEAN? THE NATURE AND SCOPE OF MARITAL SUBMISSION

Research shows that the men most likely to abuse their wives are evangelical Christians who attend church sporadically. Church leaders in Australia say they abhor abuse of any kind. But advocates say the church is not just failing to sufficiently address domestic violence, it is both enabling and concealing it...


The oldest continuous culture in the world just became est. 18,000 years older "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jabiru, Northern Territory: Aboriginal people have lived in Australia for a minimum of 65,000 years, a team of archaeologists has established - 18,000 years longer than had been proved previously and at least 5000 years longer than had been speculated by the most optimistic researchers.

The world-first finding, which follows years of archaeological digging in an ancient camp-site beneath a sandstone rock shelter within the Jabiru mining lease in Kakadu, Northern Territory, drastically alters the known history of the trek out of Africa by modern humans, according to the leader of the international team of archaeologists, associate professor Chris Clarkson of the University of Queensland.

The findings, which are already causing intense interest in archaeological circles across the world, have been peer reviewed by internationally recognised scientists and are published this week in the world's most prestigious science journal, Nature.

Among the trove of discoveries are the world's oldest stone axes with polished and sharpened edges, proving that the earliest Australians were among the most sophisticated tool-makers of their time: no other culture had such axes for another 20,000 years.

"The axes were perfectly preserved, tucked up against the back wall of the shelter as we dug further and further," Professor Clarkson told Fairfax Media.

"There was one on the surface, another further down that we dated at 10,000 years. Then there were quite a few furt...

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Sunday, 23 July


California Will Get Swamped by Millions of Mosquito-Killing Mosquitoes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Researchers at the Google-linked science company Verily are in the process of releasing 20 million sterile mosquitoes into the Fresno County, California, area in an attempt to actually stop the disease-carrying menaces from breeding. [1]

The effort is dubbed the Debug Fresno project, the goal of which is to greatly reduce the number of invasive Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the area. The Zika-carrying insects first arrived in Californias Central Valley in 2013. The mosquitoes also have the ability to spread dengue fever and chikungunya viruses. Officials say the bugs adapted rapidly to the areas residential neighborhoods. [2]

Steve Mulligan, district manager for the regions Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District (CMAD), explained:

Its a terrible nuisance, a terrible biting nuisance. Its changed the way people can enjoy their backyard and its a threat for disease transmission. So were looking for new ways to eliminate it.

The Bloodline Stops There

The tens of millions of mosquitoes are being infected with Wolbachia bacteria and raised inside a laboratory. Wolbachia makes male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes sterile. Then, once the insects have matured, they will be released to mate with credulous female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Read: Wolbachia Mosquitoes Released in Australian Towns

The altered males dont bite, but, obviously, you wouldnt know that as you swat at them at your family barbecue.

If the naive females lay eggs, it wont matter; they will never hatch.

Ultimately, the scientists plan is to eliminate the mosquitoes, generation by generation.

Source: Science News

Mulligan said:

Its kind of contrary to what a person would think. What, youre doing what? Youre releasing mosquitoes to control mosquitoes? We are releasing male mosquitoes because male mosquitoes do not bite and cannot transmit disease.

Verily, a...


The Killing Fields: How We Failed Elijah Doughty, And Countless Others "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its official. Mowing down a 14-year-old boy is worth three years in jail. Almost. Chris Graham looks at the outcome in the trial of the man who killed Elijah Doughty, and the litany of justice system failures that preceded it. And a warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers, this story contains images of persons who are deceased.

About 100 metres from my home on the edge of the Brisbane CBD is the corner of Boundary and Brereton Streets.

On November 7, 1993, Daniel Yock, an 18-year-old Aboriginal dancer died there. Or at least he was picked up there, by police.

Daniel probably died in the back of a police wagon, like some cattle do on their way to a slaughterhouse. In any event, he was certainly dead by the time he reached the police watchhouse, just a few kilometres from the scene of his arrest.

Daniel Yocks offence was to sit with his friends in nearby Musgrave Park and drink alcohol. Throughout the afternoon, police circled the block in a wagon. The boys feeling harassed and intimated contacted the manager of the local Aboriginal hostel they were staying at. He came down to meet the group, and they decided to head home before dark.

They were tailed by two police officers Constables Suzette Domrow and Scott Harris the whole way.

Constable Harris is captured on police radio recordings in the ensuing minutes before Daniels arrest.

Theres about 7 or 8 Aboriginal persons fairly, sort of giving us a few problems and calling us names. They are full of piss, wed like some persons to come down.

The recordings show car 591 responded immediately, but was unavailable.

Harris: Yeah, Ill just get another car. I just thought you might be around cause you love that sort of stuff.

Car 591: Yeah, wed like to but we cant.

Harris: You would have loved it. No worries. Thank you.

Alas, no sport today for Car 591.

A few minutes later, Harris called for back-up, and police from around the area swarmed. The group scattered, but Daniel didnt get far. He was crash tackled to the ground by police.

Multiple witnesses including white bystanders reported that after he was brought down, he didnt move. One of his friends, Glen Gray, could see foam coming from the mouth of a clearly unconscious Daniel Yock. He tried to get police to help. They pushed him back, ignored his pleas.

Yock was dragged unconscious to the paddy wagon, and dumped in the back. His hands were still cuffed behind his back. The police then drove around looking for anothe...


Episode 3 - MAP - save Scabby and other adventures "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Peter Dutton gets his very own secret police force, the department of immigration wants to replace workers with robots, BoM staff are going to strike, the Federal Court wants to deflate Scabby the Rat, and upcoming events in Melbourne. Show notes for Episode 3 of MAP, a Melbourne Anarchist Podcast, can be found at


Screenprinting at Raw Art "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"
Date: Sat August 5th
Time: 12.30-3.30

Have you ever wanted to learn the basics of screenprinting without having to watch every dodgy YouTube clip on the web?

During this very fast paced and enjoyable workshop you will learn how to screen print onto material, t shirts, bags and other items with your own designs. We will cut a fine re-usable stencil with a design that can be re-used many times. Learn about how to prepare and use a screen for printing, what inks and additives to use, how to print onto different backgrounds, and how to set and care for the prints so that they are washable. Everything provided, including patient answers to all your questions, your own design on a practical tote bag, and a delicious afternoon tea




Chris Graham reports on the trial in Perth, Australia of the white man who killed Elijah Doughty, an Aboriginal teenager, and the litany of killings and injustice that preceded it and mark the other Australia behind the sunny mask.

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Saturday, 22 July


German POW Camp Reveals Power of Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ed Note: Todays piece comes from our UK Daily Reckoning colleague Ben Traynor. Hes helping us out while we put the finishing touches to our latest research.  Weve got a massive week coming up here at Agora Financial Australia. Were finally launching our business to bring you our best investment ideas. The countdown begins now

Your questions on precious metals answered

A chin-stroking Daily Reckoning today

We start with two questions:

Why do some people say gold is money?


Should we believe those who say gold is useless and should therefore be ignored?

To help answer these questions, lets turn to a tale of cigarettes and German prisoner-of-war camps.

Why cigarettes were used as money

The Economic Organization of a POW Camp is one of the classic papers of economic literature.

Written in 1945 by one R.A. Radford just three months after his liberation from a German Oflag, it describes how markets for goods and services sprung up within the camps.

Famously, Radford describes how cigarettes rose from the status of a normal commodity to that of currency.

Heres a link to the full paper.

If you have twenty or so minutes to spare, give it a read. Its absolutely fascinating.

In the following passage, Radford explains why the POWs ended up using cigarettes as a form of money:

Although cigarettes as currency exhibited certain peculiarities, they performed all the functions of a metallic currency as a unit of account, as a measure of value and as a store of value, and shared most of its characteristics.

They were homogeneous, reasonably durable, and of convenient size for the smallest or, in packets, for the largest transactions.

It is for similar reasons that gold has been used as money for most of recorded history. As a chemical element, gold is homogeneous. One ounce of gold is the same as any other.

Gold also possesses an attribute that cigarettes do not. Its supply is tightly controlled by Nature.

Fundamental to the use of cigarettes in POW camps was their scarcity. Outside of such an artificial environment, however, tobacco farmers can increase supply considerably if they have incentive to do so.

Indeed, when tobacco was used as money in Colonial America it created exactly this incentive. The resulting oversupply o...

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Friday, 21 July


Why Vulture Funds Are Circling Europe Now "IndyWatch Feed"

Hot, hot, hot.

Thats the only way to describe the private equity market and Europes bad debts right now.

Check it out

A group called AnaCap just raised 325 million to go and buy non-performing loans in Portugal and Italy.

The largest Italian bank Unicredit also just finished off a 17.7bn sale of bad loans to bond giants Pimco and Fortress.

Another Italian bank recently securitised a 1.4bn portfolio of loans too.

That is serious money in anyones language. Im sure it sounds even better in Italian.

The EU is on the mend as we speak. Invest with this in mind.

The credit cycle is turning upwards in Europe

Heres why. The more this happens, the healthier Europes banks become. The better they get, the more they can begin lending to the real economy again. This will fire up the place in time.

The potential profit for those buying this stuff must be good. Apparently a total of US$3 billion has been raised for this sector, according to the Financial Times.

US banks are getting in on the action, too, to help make it all happen.

Theres some irony here considering theyre half the reason these bad loans exist in the first place.

Still, theres plenty of product to pick and choose from apparently non-performing loans are still over 1 trillion in Europe.

A recent deal British shows why this can be sweet for those getting in on the action now, but not always for the taxpayer.

Take, for example, the UK Asset Resolution. This is a bad bank set up to acquire the portfolio of mortgages from Northern Rock and Badford & Bingley. These companies collapsed in the global financial crisis.

Part of the reason the UK central bank holds down interest rates and bond yields over there to prop up asset values is to help get these old debts resolved.

Theyre now being sold back to the private sector. A 5bn pound deal is in the works. Another one that just went down sold off a bunch of mortgages that pay 1.75%.

That might not sound much, but its above the ten-year yield on a UK government bond. So theres money in it.

The only catch is the UK taxpayer had to take a loss to make the deal happen.

Oh dear. Screwed again. Usual story.

Follow the lead from this Aussie small cap

One Aussie small cap stock is cracking on with things in Europe, too. The non-bank Pepper Group [ASX: PEP] announced yesterday that its going to acquire a Portugu...

Thursday, 20 July


Tanglefoot and Valley of Giants safe for now but logging threatens Greater Glider habitat near Black Spur Drive "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hermitage-creek-greater-glider.jpgThe Toolangi community and forest conservationists are celebrating the exit of logging machines from forest next to Tanglefoot picnic ground, and the removal of a logging coupe within the Valley of Giants from VicForests immediate logging schedule.

This is a massive win to protect the main tourist destinations and vital habitat for Leadbeaters possum within the fragmented forest of Toolangi.

However, VicForests has moved logging machinery into another precious area of Victorias Central Highlands. Logging is threatening Hermitage Creek in the Toolangi state forest, right next to the iconic Black Spur Tourist Drive in threatened Greater Glider habitat. 

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