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Saturday, 26 August

02:04

Die EASA hat eine Explosionswarnung fr Airbus A350-941 ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Die EASA hat eine Explosionswarnung fr Airbus A350-941 rausgegeben.

Danach besteht bei einer Verkettung von Fehlern ein Risiko, dass sich das Kraftstoff-Luftgemisch im Treibstofftank entzndet.

Top-secret base Pine Gap involves Australians in drone strikes on innocent civilians "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fear Pine Gap role could lead to Australian war crime prosecutions, 9 News, By Richard Wood Aug 21, 2017 Australians directing US-led drone strikes from the top-secret base Pine Gap base, near Alice Springs, could face war crime prosecution if innocent civilians are killed.

Leaked documents from the US National Security Agency provide a rare insight into the crucial role Pine Gap plays in collecting data from satellites which help guide drone strikes and special forces operations against terrorist targets, The Intercept and the ABC report.

Their findings were based on documents from within the NSA, leaked by former analyst Edward Snowden.

 Emily Howie, the director of advocacy and research at the Human Rights Law Centre, told The Intercept the Australian government should provide greater accountability on its role in US drone operations.

The legal problem thats created by drone strikes is that there may very well be violations of the laws of armed conflict and that Australia may be involved in those potential war crimes through the facility at Pine Gap, Howie told The Intercept and the ABC.

The first thing that we need from the Australian government is for it to come clean about exactly what Australians are doing inside the Pine Gap facility in terms of coordinating with the United States on the targeting usin...

Versteht eigentlich jemand, wieso die FDP gerade die ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Versteht eigentlich jemand, wieso die FDP gerade die Innenstdte mit Fotos tapeziert, auf denen ihr Spitzenkandidat so aussieht, als habe er keine Zeit fr Politik (oder seine potentiellen Whler), weil er gerade auf seinem Handy Candy Crush oder so spielt?

Was genau, haben die sich gedacht, ist da die Botschaft?

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Friday, 25 August

22:28

French President Macron spent $40,000 AUD on make-up in first 3 months in office "IndyWatch Feed National"

Emmanuel Macron spent 26,000 (24,000) on makeup during his first three months as president of France, it has emerged. In potentially damaging news for the 39-year old centrist leader, whose popularity is waning, Le Point reported that his personal makeup artist - referred to only as Natacha M - put...

22:16

Is AI Real or Is It All Hype? Convince Me. "IndyWatch Feed National"

We've all seen the breathless stories about the latest sign of the coming Artificial Intelligence apocalypse, and we've all seen the fine print revealing those stories to be empty hype. So is there anything at all to the AI phenomenon, or is it all just another boogeyman designed to scare us into line? If you think you have the answer then marshal up the data and prove it to us one way or the other! I'm all ears.

21:56

Does anyone think SETKA wasn't threatening ABCC inspectors "IndyWatch Feed National"

We live in fantasy land - where Turnbull gets positive headlines for new laws that will never be enforced. It's not new laws we need, it's moral clarity, courage and determination. Turnbull is lacking on all counts. A fish rots from the head. Gillard set the process in train. Turnbull...

21:48

Copper up +50pc as well "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Dr. Copper price surges

Some long overdue brighter news for copper-rich South Australia.

With the price of copper now riding all the way up to US$3.045/lb from below $2.00/lb in 2016, some of the state's copper producers will be thriving again. 


Globally, activity has been picking up, with the Eurozone now growing along with the rest of the world's economies.

In fact, all 45 countries in the OECD are now growing together at the same time, which is the first time that has happened since 2007.

And it's not just copper that is benefiting from global growth. 

The iron ore price been has been on a huge run-up since June, while Australian thermal coal prices have also soared to above $100/tonne.

Together these two commodities alone comprise nearly 40 per cent of Australia's index of commodity prices, as measured by the Reserve Bank.

BHP Billiton reported an outlandish surge in profits this week - a profit of $7.4 billion from a statutory loss of $8.3 billion last year, leading to a tripling of the dividend - which was largely attributable to a doubling of the coking coal price since fiscal 2016. 

The prices of zinc, aluminium, and nickel have also been tearing higher.

After a correction of about 8 per cent in June and July, Australia's commodity price index remained more than 17 per cent higher year-on-year last month.

And on this evidence, there are more gains to come.

Meanwhile, it appears that the feared mining 'capex cliff' is finally over, some 4.5 years after it began.

So it seems that the lingering clouds are at last beginning to clear for Australia's economy after nearly half a decade of drag from declining resources construction...

21:39

5 Surprisingly Clean And Actually Funny Comedies Streaming Now On Netflix "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the end of a long day, theres nothing better than a good laugh. (Okay, there are better things, but the goal is to keep this rated PG.) Experts at the Mayo Clinic note many benefits of what they call humor therapy, including stimulating many organs, so maybe in any event laughter is good medicine.

The trouble comes in choosing a film both you and your significant other wont find repulsive or unexciting. With Hollywood producing an endless variety of crude comedies, stopping a Netflix movie youve started is more common even than having Wi-Fi issues (curse you, Comcast).

Yet as comedian and star of The Middle Patricia Heaton says in interviews: There is a way to be real and a way to do quality that people can appreciate without feeling offended. My wife and I have found, after some trial-and-error-and-restarting-and-wincing-and-choosing-another-flick, that smart, surprising comedies do still exist.

Because Netflix availability frequently changes, theres no guarantee these five films will be around long. Or you can always rent on iTunes later, if youre made of cash.

1. The Matchbreaker (2016, rated PG, 94 minutes)

In this indie comedy, an entrepreneur realizes his talent as a matchbreaker mothers hire him to randomly befriend their daughters, dish dirt, and keep their girls from choosing the wrong guy. Getting paid to be snarky: a millennial fantasy!

Produced for less than the cost of a Marvel trailer, The Matchbreaker infuses common rom-com tropes with humanity revealed in hilarity. Whyd you break up with her? a guy asks his male friend scared of commitment. Seven reasons actually, the protagonist answers in nerdy deadpan akin to The Big Bang Theory. Number one, she doesnt vote.

For those who know the backstory, the film is also bittersweet, as it co-stars the late Christina Grimmie, a singer and actress who rose to fame on The Voice and was tragically shot by a troubled fan at a June 2016 concert. Her family has said that, as a laugh-out-loud comedy, The Matchbreaker is how shed want to be remembered.

2. Turner & Hooch (1989, rated PG, 93 minutes)

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20:50

Jazz Piano Basics Open Academy at the Con "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Michael Bartolemei is Open Academy at the Cons tutor for the Jazz Piano Basics class. We wanted to talk with him a bit more about jazz and his instrument, piano, and what he loves about teaching.

Michael Bartolomei at Rolf Session

Michael Bartolomei at Rolf Session

How did you start playing music and what lead you to Jazz and the piano?

My Mother was a singer and Dad a drummer, so it came to pass that my brother and I would learn the piano. In Dads opinion the piano was the superior instrument. Understandably I am of the same opinion.
How well do you need to be able to play piano to take the Jazz Piano Basics class?

I would say a basic understanding of keys, scales and simple chord construction. The more listening to good jazz they have done the better.

What are the key skills youll cover in this course?

Chord structure and how to move through chord changes with good voice leading: often the difference between two chords my only be one note so what we are aiming for is to change chords with the simplest finger movements. We call this simplicity good voice leading.

Playing the melodies is a vital part in understanding a composition and jamming in the class. 

What do you think are the main challenges for students who may have learned the piano in a classical style and are broaching jazz for the first time in your class?

The difference for classically trained pianists is that in jazz there are many ways to play a song. The same composition can be played by both beginner and professional and be just as enjoyable for each to play despite their relative skill levels. Classical players need to listen to a lot of jazz to get a feel for the syncopation. The feel is most important and the easiest way to get it (and the most fun) is to sit back and listen to as much jazz as you can.
So youve done a lot of teaching both one on one and in groups what do you love about it?

It doesnt matter if its in a group or an individual lesson. The biggest th...

20:45

Baseball bat attack by student at Australian National University A statistics lecture turned violent "IndyWatch Feed National"

A statistics lecture turned violent after a student started attacking others with a baseball bat. The lecturer and several students were seriously injured before the man was stopped.

Australian university attack

A student has been arrested after assaulting three fellow students and a lecturer in an unprovoked attack during a statistics lecture at the Australian National University in the capital Canberra.

According to the Australian Federal Police, shortly after the lecture began the man stood up in his seat armed with a baseball bat and approached the lecturer at the front of the room. Three students rushed to intervene and restrain him. He assaulted four people, including the lecturer, leaving them with serious injuries, including broken bones.

Police Detective Superintendent Ben Cartwright praised the incredible bravery on behalf of those students to protect the lecturer. During the assault, one student succeeded in taking the bat away from the attacker and running away with it, he said.

Max Claessens, an 18-year-old student whose friend was inside the classroom, said his friend told him that the attacker had waited until the class had settled in before he suddenly pulled out a baseball bat and began hurting people.

Australian university attackMax Claessens spoke with reporters

One of the students just randomly, out of the blue, got up with a bat, struck out at two or three students, before apparently going for the teacher. And obviously people were in a bit of shock so they ran out to get help before the guy who wasnt coming down and was going a bit crazy, to be honest was restrained, Claessens said.

Another student, Jolene Lavery, was walking past the room shortly after the attack. She described the situation, saying, There was a man on a stretcher who was being offered morphine, so obviously in a lot of pain, with a lot of blood coming from his head. And a lot of people in shock as well. A lot of people getting blankets put over them and being looked after by the staff and emergency services......

20:28

Frances Madden: Feeling Good Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A rising star of the Australian music scene, singer, piano player and songwriter Frances Madden effortlessly spans a number of genres from jazz and blues to her own unique compositions. In a relatively short time Frances has built a dedicated following through club and festival appearances, captivating audiences with a combination of her genuinely warm stage presence along with a voice and style that is uniquely her own.

Beginning in September Frances is excited to announce a string of East Coast dates concluding at the 2017 Wangaratta Jazz Festival. Frances says:

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 Im really looking forward to the tour. Well be doing a mix of jazz, blues & ballads including some of my original tunes together with our interpretation of timeless classics. There will be a variety of tempos and new arrangements, some beautiful harmonies and also some clever improvisation from great musicians in the band. There will be something for everyone and of course, well be giving some special love to Nina Simones classic Feeling Good in each show.

In the past twelve months, Frances has headlined at the JZ Club in Shanghai, drawn a crowd of over 1,500 people at Manly Jazz Festival and supported the legendary Dionne Warwick as well as Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter in their recent Australian shows. She was a feature performer at the Devonport Jazz Festival last year and at the Hobart Festival of Voices.

Frances first album If This Were a Dream, a mix of original songs together with her unique take on some timeless classics debuted at #5 on the Australian Jazz Charts. She is currently dividing her time between Nashville and Australia, writing and working on her second studio album for international release in the next twelve months.

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20:27

As climate change intensifies, Australias farmers will be hard hit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Climate change will hit our farmers harder and hotter https://www.qt.com.au/news/climate-change-will-hit-our-farmers-harder-and-hot/3216205/ Geoff Egan | 25th Aug 2017 A LEADING commodity trader has warned increasingly common extreme and volatile weather conditions will cause havoc for Queenslands agricultural producers.

20:21

Why climate changes 2 degrees Celsius of warming limit is important "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Why is climate changes 2 degrees Celsius of warming limit so important? The Conversation, David Titley, Professor of Practice in Meteorology, Professor of International Affairs & Director Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Pennsylvania State University, August 23, 2017 

If you read or listen to almost any article about climate change, its likely the story refers in some way to the 2 degrees Celsius limit. The story often mentions greatly increased risks if the climate exceeds 2C and even catastrophic impacts to our world if we warm more than the target.

Recently a series of scientific papers have come out and stated that we have a 5 percent chance of limiting warming to 2C, and only one chance in a hundred of keeping man-made global warming to 1.5C, the aspirational goal of the...

20:20

Late Night Library Special Welcome to the Studio "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Join us at Late Night Library for a feast of comedy and melodrama taking you back to the hey-day of radio drama of the 1930s and 40s. Weaving contemporary humor with local history, Merran Winchester and her team will transport the audience back in time, using live sound effects, old news transcripts, music and more. Learn a little about Sydney history, and make a little Sydney history while youre at it.

More than one Sydney library has links to a wireless history. Kings Cross Library has its own wireless history, sitting on the site of the old ABC building, making it the perfect location for this trip back in time.

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For NSW History Week, join a group of local actors and community broadcasters as they explore the history of Sydney and its life on the wireless.

Late Night Library Special: Welcome to the Studio is produced by City of Sydney and presented in collaboration with Maeve Marsden.

In its seventh year, City of Sydneys Late Night Library is kicking goals creatively and continues to provide emerging creative producers an opportunity to explore and develop new work.

In 2015 and 2016, Maeve Marsden developed work for Late Night Library that has gone on to receive 5 star reviews at Sydney Festival. She has played to packed houses at festivals round the country and internationally. Her storytelling project, Queerstories, won Best Spoken Word at Sydney Fringe and is now a monthly event at Giant Dwarf. For our 2017 Late Night Library Specials series, weve brought Maeve back to present four compelling performances across the year.

What: Late Night Library presents Welcome to the Studio 

Where: Kings Cross Library

When: 8pm on Wednesday 6 September 2017 

To Find Out More Click Here

The post Late Night Library Special Welcome to the Studio appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

20:16

Western Australia Shire of Leonora keen to make money by hosting radioactive trash "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Leonora lobbies for nuclear waste dump in its backyard     ABC Goldfields  By Jarrod Lucas  18 Aug 17 Leonora in WAs northern Goldfields is putting together a bid for an outback repository to store radioactive waste.

The Federal Governments decade-long search for a national radioactive waste management facility appears far from over.

This has provided a window of opportunity for the Shire of Leonora to press its case again to host a national repository for waste arising from medical, industrial and scientific use.

Leonora looked to have missed its chance in November 2015 when it was left off a short-list of six sites, five of which have since been ruled out by the government.

On that occasion, the Shire put together a last-minute bid, nominating about 81 hectares of freehold land owned by Councillor Glenn Baker.

An application for an exploration license for a new site, north-west of Leonora, is currently being assessed by multiple State Government departments.

Shire of Leonora president Peter Craig conceded there were no guarantees the new site would receive state approval.

But he said the Council believed the waste dump was an opportunity worth pursuing.

Its a long-term prospect were ce...

20:12

MACKAY Mackay mum launched attack on daughters classmate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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20:06

Climate change and infectious diseases "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The pathogen with the highest sensitivity to climate factors was Vibrio cholera, the microbe that causes the serious, and often deadly, diarrheal disease, cholera. Cholera had nine climate drivers, indicating high volatility in the face of climate change.

These Infections Are Likely to Get Worse as the Climate ChangesInvisiverse, BY CYNTHIA WALLENTINE, 08/23/2017

When the climate changes, so do all the things that rely on the climate, including people, plants, and pathogens. A European study recently took a broad look at what kind of microorganisms are most likely to be affected as climate change heats, cools, dries, and wets the world around us.

In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, a research team from the University of Liverpool performed a broad assessment of how factors of climate change impact pathogens that make humans and animals sick. By understanding which microorganisms are more sensitive to environmental change, we have a better idea of how infection rates might change as the environment grows progressively less stable.

What Are Climate Drivers?

In the study, the authors note there is evidence that climate shifts are already causing changes in the incidence of disease allowing some to appear at higher or lower altitudes and latitudes. The authors note modeling is frequently used to predict which pathogens could advance, but this study uses climate variables, al...

20:03

Exxon Mobil Corp deliberately misled public on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Exxon accused by Harvard researchers of misleading public on climate change, ABC News 24 Aug 17 Two Harvard University researchers say they have collected data proving Exxon Mobil Corp made explicit factual misrepresentations in newspaper ads it purchased to convey its views on the oil industry and climate science.

In an article in the journal Environmental Research Letters, researchers Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes said they examined 187 documents, including internal memos, peer-reviewed papers by Exxon scientists and advertorials that ran in The New York Times paid advertisements in the style of opinion pieces.

The researchers said they used a social science analysis method to turn statements in the documents into data points that could be counted and compared to each other.

Exxon consistently asserted doubt on climate change

Mr Supran and Ms Oreskes said as early as 1979, Exxon scientists acknowledged burning fossil fuels was adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and causing global temperatures to rise, but they said the companys position in newspaper ads remained significantly different by consistently asserting doubt about climate science.

The study was funded by the Rockefeller family philanthropies, which previously supported a campaign to prove Exxon knew more than it publicly admitted about climate change.

That campaign used the slogan #ExxonKnew..

Ms Oreskes sa...

20:01

Climate change really IS serious its affecting the supply of WINE! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Climate change is real. Maybe once it comes for our vino, more people will get on board with trying to slow it.

Climate change is about to mess with your wine supply, so yes, things are very serious http://hellogiggles.com/climate-change-is-about-to-mess-with-your-wine-supply/Karen Fratti August 24, 2017 Most of us know that climate change is an ongoing problem, but it can be hard to see the direct effects of it in our daily lives. Unless you study the populations of animals that are suffering due to it or are a farmer, the change is definitely incremental enough to ignore. But climate change is already affecting wine production, so maybe more people will notice what is going on a little sooner than expected. Because whether you can experience the effects of climate change or not, its happening.

European wine crops are suffering under climate change.

Which means its going to be harder and more expensive to order an oaky Tuscan red or sparkly Champagne very, very soon. Because of warming temperatures, more and more crops of grapes are suffering. Theres just not enough of a harvest since the plants die before theyre able to pull water from underground during a climate change-induced drought. Producers are picking the grapes earlier, which inevitably c...

19:56

A reality check on the situation of North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

North Korea also has the collective memory of the horror wrought by the US in the three year conflict on a country then with a population of just 9.6 million souls. US General Curtis Lemay in the aftermath stated: After destroying North Koreas seventy eight cities and thousands of her villages, and killing countless numbers of her civilians Over a period of three years or so we killed off what twenty percent of the population.

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19:52

Sicilian Diary "IndyWatch Feed National"

From time-to-time, I indulge in a bit of travel writing, although I havent done it for a while. This weeks Speccie features yours truly travel writing on Sicily, one of my favourite places in the world and a place where I once worked on an archeological dig.

Muslims will not blow anyone up here, the proprietor of my Siracusa local assures me, we have our own people who do that. Opting to take ones annual leave in Sicily is to be confronted by a reminder of southern Italys once terrible poverty and local corruption unused and fantastically expensive elevated roadways and tunnels leading nowhere, often sprouting vegetation, litter the landscape. The Mafia appears in the form of children selling cigarettes sans health warnings, pervasive fly-tipping, and not otherwise. Sicily is remarkably safe. The winding, twisting detours Sicilys roads take are remarkable in their own way, vaulting over Luigis Lemons, Giuseppes Goats, Pietras Pears and Everyones Olives. One suspects there have been many conversations of the I-dont-like-that-highway-there/Would-you-like-me-to-move-it? sort.

Read the whole thing.

19:50

Australias religious leaders unite to oppose Adani coal mine expansion "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Adani coalmine will hasten a climate catastrophe. As faith leaders, we must act
A Buddhist leader has told environment minister Josh Frydenberg he would stand in front of machinery if digging started. All people of faith should join him,
Guardian,   Jonathan Keren-Black and Tejopala Rawls, 23 Aug 17 
  Earlier in August, six faith leaders met Australias environment and energy minister, Josh Frydenberg. Our group included Bishop Philip Huggins, the president of the National Council of Churches, a Uniting Church reverend, a rabbi, a Catholic nun and an ordained Buddhist. This is not the start of a joke, but a polite and serious exchange.

It might seem that religion has little to do with the environment or energy. Yet each of us at the meeting wanted to raise a mat...

19:46

Little hope for humanity with Trump at the wheel in USA "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

What hope is there for humanity? The answer must be: none, Canberra Times, Julian Cribb, 25 Aug 17,  The day foreseen by US journalist HL Mencken when the White House is adorned by a downright moron seems, on the face of the accumulating evidence, to have dawned. Regrettably this person has his finger on a certain button.

Why Americans are not more alarmed about this can only be attributed to the very poor level of scientific literacy in what is, to all intents and purposes, the worlds foremost scientific society. How Americans can be so great at science yet, in aggregate, understand so little about it, is a question for the Ages. Unfortunately, the Ages will probably not have the leisure to debate it.

The missing bit of information is that a nuclear war, even a small one, could eliminate most of civilisation, Americans (even those with well-stocked fallout shelters) included.

It is still an obscure historical detail that all-out nuclear Armageddon between the USSR and USA was avoided, in the 1980s, by some rather brave scientists sticking out their necks to warn Reagan and Gorbachev that their calculations had revealed that a nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought, as Reagan summarised it in his Address to the Nation (1984).

These scientists had worked out that regardless of fireball, blast and radiation the amount of dust and smoke thrown into the atmosphere by the unleashing of multiple nuclear warheads would chill the planet by several degrees for several years, causing massive crop-killing frosts which would destroy the food supply for just about everyone worldwide.

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19:46

Bill Shorten wants to "win" a survey of opinions? How do you do that? Go on Family Feud? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bill Shorten is a divisive clown. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is conducting a survey of Australians "as to their views" on changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry. So where does "Lets go win this" fit into that Bill? Are some opinions winners and some losers? Great...

19:14

5,100+ lightning strikes an hour recorded at Northern Rivers, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was a refreshing and awesome display of lightning, thunder and rain that hit the coastal areas of the Northern Rivers last night. At the height of yesterday's storm when there was hail and the whole bit, lightningmaps.org recorded 5,100+ lightning strikes per hour. As the storm moved off the coast the numbers dropped to between 2,000-4,000 delivering a beautiful lightning display. Today will see a medium chance of showers most likely this morning and during the afternoon. Daytime temperaturs will be between 19 and 22 and winds will be southerly. For the weekend the winds will be from the south and temperatures will remind people Winter is back with overnights reaching only 6-10 degrees. On Sunday there will be a medium chance of showers in the evening.

19:02

Daily Telegraph editor Christopher Dore wins #GoldKenny award @Qldaah #auspol #qldpol "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Former The Courier Mail editor and current The Daily Telegraph editor Christopher Dore wins a Gold Kenny. The Daily Telegraph editor Christopher Dore has picked up the Mike Carlton inspired Gold Kenny award for this week with his suggestion that journalist Stan Grant was part of the Taliban. So come on down Chris Dore, Editor []

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18:53

Philippines: Marawi siege most serious terror event in Southeast Asia in past 15 years "IndyWatch Feed National"

The siege of Marawi City is the most significant terror event to have struck Southeast Asia in the past 15 years, according to an Australian expert. AP/Aaron Favila, File

MANILA, Philippines The siege of Marawi City which began in May is the most significant terrorist event in Southeast Asia in the last 15 years, according to an expert on the regions politics, highlighting the deficiency of the Philippine military and beginning what could be a long-term security threat to the Philippines and neighboring countries.

The clashes in Marawi, which prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to place Mindanao under military rule, has provided Islamist militants involved in the fighting stature among radical communities for successfully mounting the most prominent display of jihadist force of the so-called Islamic State fighters in the region, according to Greg Fealy of the Australian National University.

The battle for Marawi is the most significant terrorist event in Southeast Asia since the Bali bombings of 2002, which killed 202 people, he said, referring to the terror attack on the popular tourist island in Indonesia.

The fighting has also highlighted the weakness of the Armed Forces especially in engaging in urban combat, according Fealy. The Philippine military has been supported by American advisers as well as US and Australian intelligence operations, highlighting the assymetrical nature of the conflict, the expert said....

18:39

Random Hilarity "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A random assortment of bits and pieces from the past few weeks! As I was putting this post together, I kept laughing at how absurdly funny life can be. After all, when was the last time you saw a raspberrying fish? This one was a super fresh orange perch at the Viet Hoa Fishmarket (Moo, []

18:29

1) Indonesia urged to empower Papuan human resources "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) State of Pacific Regionalism Report: Protecting our peaceful sea of islands

1) Indonesia urged to empower Papuan human resources
A Papua community leader says Indonesia infrastructure development plans for the region must be coupled with the empowerment of its human resources.
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17:57

South Australia calls for Federal Govt loan for Port Augusta solar plant "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Premier Jay Weatherill calls on Federal Government to provide $110m loan for $650m Port Augusta solar plant, Adam Langenberg, Luke Griffiths, The AdvertiserAugust 23, 2017  PREMIER Jay Weatherill has dared the Federal Government to block a $110 million loan banked on to finance Port Augustas $650 million solar thermal plant

Mr Frydenberg was in Whyalla on Wednesday as he launched a $30 million battery storage facility on the Yorke Peninsula, as revealed by The Advertiser yesterday.

He said it would play an important role in securing South Australias electricity network.

Less than two months after the State Government announced its deal with US billionaire Elon Musks Tesla, Mr Frydenberg unveiled plans that would see the Federal Governments Australian Renewable Energy Agency fund up to 40 per cent of a 30MW, 8MW/h battery.

Electranet will design and build the battery before leasing out its commercial operation to a yet-to-be-decided energy retailer.

To be located at Dalrymple one of the electricity networks weak points, according to Mr Frydenberg it is expected to be con...

17:54

Victorias smart renewable energy policy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Victorian government generates smart policy to drive surge in renewable energy,  http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-editorial/victorian-government-generates-smart-policy-to-drive-surge-in-renewable-energy-20170823-gy2he1.html The transition from coal-generated electricity to renewable energy is inevitable and crucial. Science has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that carbon emissions from coal and gas are a primary cause of dangerous global warming and climate change.

One of the main financial burdens on Australian families and businesses in recent years has been the sharp increase in the price of electricity, which has been driven by a surge in gas prices, and, many contend, by over-investment in transmission infrastructure poles and wires by power companies. Another key reason is the lack of investment in renewable energy, which is becoming increasingly competitive even with the cheap coal that still provides most of our baseload electricity.

The main reason investment in renewable energy has slowed is political; a lack of policy consistency and the perplexing anti-renewables stance of former Coalition prime minister Tony Abbott undermined confidence by generating uncertainty. Australias total greenhouse gas emissions rose in the March quarter by 1.6 per cent, the biggest rise in almost a decade, making it all the more difficult for t...

17:50

Enough renewable power for Victorias 4 biggest regional cities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Renewable energy boost to power Victorias four biggest regional cities, The Age, Adam Carey, 23 Aug 17,    In a huge boost to Victorias electricity supply, renewable energy companies will compete to supply Victoria with 650 megawatts of power enough for the energy needs of every household in Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley.

The competitive reverse auction will be the biggest of its kind in Australia, as corporations tender for the contracts to power 389,000 households. This is expected to trigger investment of about $1.3 billion in renewable projects such as construction of wind and solar farms.

Expressions of interest will open in October.

The projects are critical to the governments target to increase Victorias renewable energy level to 40 per cent by 2025.

The government will seek to lock in its renewable energy target 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025 by tabling legislation today. Currently about 10 per cent of the states power needs are met with renewable sources.

Premier Daniel Andrews said he was confident the legislation would pass.

Energy minister Lily DAmbrosio said modelling indicated households would save $30 a year on energy bills on average, and large companies would save $140,000 a year, over the life of the renewable energy target scheme.

We know for a fact that more supply, in a pure economics 101 sense, means cheaper prices and thats what well be delivering, Ms DAmbrosio said.

&...

17:50

NZ - Fluoride in drinking water is not the answer to tooth decay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dr Lawrie Brent hasn't seen any evidence to convince him fluoride added to water is the answer to reducing toothe decay.Three health professionals will add their weight to a move to keep fluoride out of Waipa's drinking water.
Dentists Dr Lawrie Brett, Dr John Jukes and Te Awamutu doctor Janion Heywood will present to a public forum hosted by Fluoride Free NZ in Te Awamutu on Saturday.
Backed by medical facts, they will discuss their own observations why Waipa's drinking water shouldn't be fluoridated.
After 40 years of working in an oral practice, Brett an active advocate for fluoride-free drinking water, remains unconvinced of any benefits of intervention.
"Not only was water fluoridation not reducing tooth decay, but that it also carried general health risks," said Brett

In 2014 Local Government New Zealand urged the Government to amend the appropriate legislation so that the addition of fluoride to drinking water supplies is a decision made by the Director - General of Health rather than a council.
The Health Amendment Bill is progressing through parliament and is at the second reading stage.
Once passed it will transfer the decision making process regarding fluoridation to the district health boards.
Any thoughts of DHBs having the only say without public consultation is hard to swallow for groups opposing fluoridation.
Fluoride Free NZ spokesman Kane Titchener recently presented evidence to the Waipa District Council outlining the proposed process was "fundamentally flawed".
"There would be a 10-person board making the decisions and it would include four government appointees and six members elected from the community," he said
"Their level of understanding of fluoridation would be no greater than local councillors making the decisions.
"Council continues to ignore the call to consult with the community on the issue.
"Under DHB control, fluoridation won't be stopped and soon it will be added to areas like Waipa who have never seen it before."
Titchener is disappointed with the council.

"They failed to understand they have not given their community an opportunity learn more about fluoridation and allow consultation."
The talk will be held from 4-6 pm on Saturday, September 2 at the Community Room, Te Awamutu Library, Selwyn Lane, Te Awamutu.

17:45

More than 70 per cent of the countries in the world could run entirely on renewable energy by 2050 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Independent 23rd Aug 2017, More than 70 per cent of the countries in the world including the UK, US,China and other major economies could run entirely on energy created by
wind, water and solar by 2050, according to a roadmap developed by
scientists.

And they pointed out that doing so would not only mean the
world would avoid dangerous global warming, but also prevent millions of
premature deaths a year and create about 24 million more jobs than were
lost.

One of the scientists said the social benefits of following their
roadmap were so enormous and essentially cost free that human society
should accelerate the transition to wind, water and solar as fast as
possible. Rooftop solar panels and major solar power plants; offshore and
onshore wind turbines; wave, hydroelectric and tidal schemes; and
geothermal energy would also be used to replace fossil fuels to generate
electricity, power vehicles and heat homes.

The UK is about to publish its own Emissions Reduction Plan, which is supposed to set out how Britain willmeet its international commitment in the fight against climate change to
cut emissions by 57 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030. While the UK has
been making good progress on decarbonising electricity generation, the
transport and domestic heating sectors remain problematic. As part of it...

17:40

25 August REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  • 100% renewable energy for 139 nations detailed in new Stanford report
    Mark Z. Jacobson and 26 of his colleagues have compiled a report that shows exactly how 139 nations could transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 without throwing millions of people out of work.

17:37

Adani to fight $12k fine for environmental breach "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Indian mining giant will contest the fine issued by the Queensland Government over the unauthorised release of sediment stormwater from the Abbot Point coal terminal.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-24/adani-will-fight-fine-over-sediment-discharge-at-abbot-point/8840560


17:34

Secret Agent Of Love - Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney band Fake News with the song Secret Agent of Love, live at Marrickville Bowling Club, May 2017

17:34

Know your product - Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney band Fake News with their cover of The Saints' song, Know Your Product, live at Marrickville Bowling Club, May 2017

17:34

Rock Anna Roll - Fake News "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney band Fake News with their song about going out in the Sydney live music scene in 1978, 1979 and 1980, live at Marrickville Bowling Club, 6 May 2017

17:33

Azaria - Mutant Death "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mid-80s Sydney punk band Mutant Death live at Marrickville Bowling Club, May 2017 with their cover of the Black Assassins' song about baby Azaria Chamberlain being taken by a dingo.

Police Verbals - Mutant Death "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mid-80s Sydney punk band Mutant Death back together after 30 years playing their 1984 single, Police Verbals, live at Marrickville Bowling Club, May 2017

17:33

This State must pass & I Fought The Law Live - Mutant Death "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After a 30 year break, mid-'80s Sydney punk band back together again for one show at live at Marrickville Bowling Club. Here's their covers "I Fought The Law" and The Black Assassins song, This State Must Pass.

17:27

Quadrella of Republican folly "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

UNTIL this week President Donald Trump had not fully signed up to the losing quadrella of folly marked by all Republican Presidents since Eisenhower: tax cuts for the rich; less regulation of markets; austerity for middle- and lower-income people; and indefinite war.

This week he signed on for indefinite war this time in Afghanistan, the USs longest war.

He said he would commit more force to kill terrorists and that he was not interested in nation-building. He gave no time frame or any benchmarks against which he could decide mission accomplished and leave.

The quadrella is appalling destructive. Ronald Reagan massively increased military spending and military meddling and cut taxes for the rich. George Bush senior followed suit, leaving Democrat Bill Clinton with a huge deficits of $225 billion, according to Office of Budget Management and Federal Reserve figures. Clinton got them under control and handed the George Bush junior a surplus of $127 billion.

Bush junior gave large tax cuts to the very rich, none of which trickled down, and ramped up military spending with disastrous invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. He handed Barack Obama a deficit of $1,400 billion. Obama reduced that to $485 billion to hand over to Trump, despite the stimulus package needed to meet the recession caused by lack of regulation and control of the financial markets..

True, Bush junior did the right thing with the bail-outs of the banking system on the advice of his Treasury and the Federal Reserve, but that would not have happened without the Democrat-controlled Congress agreeing.

Under Obama the Republicans in Congress did everything they could to stop the stimulus package, even threatening default.

Tax cuts for the rich and high military spending are a deadly deficit-creating combination unlike economy-boosting public spending on infrastructure and welfare. And Trump is at it again.

He should have stayed with his earlier view that going in to Iraq and Afghanistan was wrong. But like presidents before him he could not admit that the blood and treasure spent was futile or that western interference in Afghanistan, Iraq and the rest of the Middle East in the cause of the terrorism not the solution.

The folly of his action is illustrated by Pakistan. Parkistan harbours anti-US terrorists, so surely it, too, should be invaded and bombed. But no-one is suggesting that.

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Our seven dual-citizen Members of Parliament may not be aware of another peril they face. The 1975 Common Informers (Parliam...

17:22

Molan on Trump on Afghanistan and "South Asia" (whatever that means) "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is President Trump's speech in full. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/21/remarks-president-trump-strategy-afghanistan-and-south-asia And here are Jim Molan's on the money thoughts first published at the Lowy Institute. Trumps Afghanistan speech: The beginning of coherence? | @Jim_Molan https://t.co/hLxYuPWtzl The Lowy Institute (@LowyInstitute) August 25, 2017 President Trump's long-awaited announcement on Afghanistan earlier this week...

17:19

The best Australian music festivals you dont need to leave the city for "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We love a camping festival as much as the next person, but sometimes you just want to soak up a bunch of music without having to pile all your gear into a car and drive to a paddock three hours away, and would rather a short train ride.

Besides, there are plenty of great music festivals going on right in our capital cities, and its easy to overlook them as you start thinking about your next trip to Splendour or Falls.

So, weve collected two of our favourite festivals from every capital city, sticking to a couple of ground rules: were only picking festivals in capital cities (or pretty close by), and weve also tried to stick to festivals that are unique to each city as much as we can (so no Laneway, Listen Out or Gizzfest).

That said, here are some festivals that are worth visiting a whole new city for.


Brisbane Festival Brisbane

Fireworks over Brisbane

This years Brisbane Festival is bringing a huge list of talent to the city from September 9 30, with a bunch of special gigs including, among many others:

  •  A headline performance from London Grammar hot on the heels of their new album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing
  • Megan Washington giving a special performance with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Angus & Julia Stone returning to the stage after a long break with their new album SNOW
  • Melbourne hard-rockers High Tension bringing their intense set to the rock-loving Brisbane
  • Australian icons Tex, Don, and Charlie (ie. Beasts Of Bourbon, The Cruel Sea and Cold Chisel) returning for a rare show

And the list goes on, with Ali Barter, The Preatures, Regurgitator, Thelma Plum, Ngaiire, and Ed Kuepper of Aussie legends The Saints playing a bunch of their hits with his new outfit The Aints weve got a list of ten gigs you need to check out right here.

As well as all the music, therell also be a stack of comedy, theatre and art performances flooding into the city, plus some incredible displays like the closing fireworks above, so head to the website to see everything thats happening in Brisbane next month.

Find out more about Brisbane Festival 2017 here

Brisbane Festival offers up plenty of great music next month, but also art,...

17:00

Iodine, Thyroid and Low Body Temperature "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


















 
The take home is that this is something you must do yourself.  Get a digital thermometer.  Check your temperature under the tongue. Add a drop of iodine to a glass of water.  Go from there as a daily practice.

One can become more rigorous, but that depends on you.  I will likely add a couple of drops to see if this cause convergence for me.  Yet a half degree is pretty modest but also meaningful and generally undesirable.  We want to close it up.

One also needs to take a supportive supplement with the higher dosage anyway and i have not hgone there yet..


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Iodine, Thyroid and Low Body Temperature


Published on August 2, 2017

http://drsircus.com/iodine/iodine-thyroid-low-body-temperature/



Who will benefit from taking iodine? Actually, the answer is just about everyone will benefit from more iodine. Did you know that over 30% of the US has thyroid problems and that is probably a huge underestimate considering how iodine deficient the population is in the United States and around the world.

Chronic fatigue, low body temperature, weight gain, dry skin a...

16:51

New Climate Study Throws A Wrench In The Global Warming Debate: Our New Technical Paper Will Likely Be Ignored "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Mac Slavo
August 23rd, 2017
SHTFplan.com

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Its not surprising that so many people believe the idea that global warming is being caused almost entirely by human activity, given the fact that most scientists seem to believe the same thing. But scientists should probably ask themselves why there is still such a large cohort of deniers as they like to call them, who are adamant that anthropogenic climate change is a scam.
The reason why is that the scientific community has been caught many times tampering with climate data and making outlandish claims. The celebrities and politicians who promote this cause have also been caught on many occasions, living in palatial mansions, flying across the world in private jets, and generally just living lives of excess that produce so much more carbon than the average person. Given these facts, how could anyone take the global warming arguments seriously?
What also doesnt help t...

16:51

Australian Govt Building Artificial Reef, as Great Barrier Reef Dies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Great Barrier Reef off the northeastern coast of Australia is known as the worlds largest living organism, or largest structure containing living organisms. Mainstream science articles published an obituary for the reef in 2016, drawing some criticism for the fact that it isnt quite dead yet.

A March 2017 paper published in Nature claims that hundreds of miles of the reef had been bleached or died throughout 2016 alone due to high water temperatures. It seems as if there is much debate and controversy surrounding how bad the reefs condition is, and what is causing the condition.

In any case, the government of New South Wales, Australia has taken the opportunity to launch a project in Sydney to build a small artificial reef, to help native species thrive in Sydney Harbour.

Fish swim near Western Australias first artificial reef. (Photo: Department of Fisheries Western Australia and Recfishwest)

According to a statement on an Australian government website:

A modular artificial reef will be suspended alongside the Sydney Opera House as part of a new research project exploring ways to improve marine biodiversity and increase native species in Sydney Harbour, Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today.

The three-year research project, between the Sydney Opera House, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and the University of Sydney, will start by recording baseline data on fish numbers and diversity in underwater areas around the Opera House and in other harbour sites later this year. Once this surveying is complete the new...

16:46

How to Kill a Giant Like Amazon "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Amazon supremo Jeff Bezos may finally have a rival to give him a bit of worry.

Thats because Walmart and Google are teaming up to go after his market share.

Google and Walmart are two of the biggest companies in the world.

Together they could make a creature like Frankensteins monster.

Walmart is fighting back after being knocked off its perch somewhat in recent years.

Its sheer buying power and store network across the US meant it was almost invulnerable at one point.

Online shopping changed that.

The New York Times says Amazon wins 45 cent of every dollar spent online in America, while Walmart gets 2 cents.

The worry over at Google is that US consumers are increasingly beginning any online search by shopping on Amazon right from the get-go.

Now the fight ramps up

Amazon Prime officially under attack

Walmart has invested heavily in its online division.

Not only that, Walmart is one of the few companies that can actually compete with Amazon in terms of distribution, because of its exisiting infrastructure.

The New York Times says the newly announced deal will see Google offer Walmart products on its Express service in the US.

I didnt even know Google had an Express service. Its an online shopping marketplace.

This will be the first time Walmart has sold its products online via a third-party platform in the US.

The initial buzz surrounding the alliance story is that buyers can use Googles AI (artificial intelligence) tech to order items using their voice only.

Thats a market that Amazon pioneered and currently dominates.

Under this new alliance, Walmart fulfils the orders from its own distribution network.

Thats the headline stuff

Heres what I found even more notable.

Google said on Wednesday (US time) that its scrapping the $95 dollar annual fee users previously had to pay. This charge was to get free shipping for orders above a certain cart value for the Express service.

This comes after Walmart already cut the $49 fee it asked its customers to pay in order to get free two-day shipping from its online store.

Now US consumers only have to spend around $30-40 at either Google Express or Walmart online to get free shipping.

You can see whats going on here.

Walmart and Google are trying to undercut the appeal of Amazons loyalty program, Prime. This is...

16:29

Medical Witch Hunt Kicks off in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

Unfortunately, the medical culture of significant parts of the Western world, particularly including Australia and the US, is ruled instead by the Hypocritic Oath, which states: "First, ram whatever treatment/intervention Big Pharma is selling into the patient as hard and fast as possible (even if you wouldn't use it yourself), and if something goes wrong, deny all responsibility. Above all, no one, but NO ONE is to question vaccination, let alone dodge a single jab."

The article Medical Witch Hunt Kicks off in Australia appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.

16:03

Face2Face Noodles ~ Chinese - Dixon House Food Court, Chinatown [CLOSED] "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Face2Face Noodles in Dixon  House changed hands quite some time ago. We find the food is just as good, though make sure you ask for extra spicy. [We think this place closed pretty much the day we published this post, the B-Kyu kiss of death...] Face2Face Noodles was a pretty schmick operation when it first opened, with uniformed chirpy staff in matching berets, and an

16:00

The Weekend Quiz August 26-27, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

1. If the external sector overall is in deficit, it is still possible for the private domestic sector and government sector to run surpluses as long as GDP growth is fast enough (the technical condition is that the rate of GDP growth has to be faster than the real interest rate).



2. Federal government debt (where there is currency sovereignty) is not really a liability because the government can just roll it over continuously and thus they never have to pay it back. This is different to a household, which not only has to service its debts but also has to repay them at the due date.



3. Even though the money multiplier found in macroeconomics textbooks is a flawed description of the way the monetary system operates, having some positive minimum reserve requirements does constrain credit creation activities of the private banks more than if you have no requirements other than the rule that balances have to be non-zero.

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15:57

Video: Surviving on Centrelink payments "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

The Feed SBS VICELANDs handy guide to Newstart

&

How to survive on the Newstart Allowance

Struggling to get by on $40 a day? Here's The Feed SBS VICELAND's handy guide to Newstart.

Posted by SBS VICELAND on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The post Video: Surviving on Centrelink payments appeared first on The Pen.

15:57

Xin Ding Lan Zhou Beef Noodle Soup ~ Chinese - Dixon House Food Court, Chinatown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We haven't found a good Lan Zhou beef noodle soup in Chinatown since Kung Fu ramen closed (or kicked) it's doors, so we are stoked to see Xin Ding Lan Zhou Beef Noodle Soup appear in Dixon House Food Court. In the slow blink of a Tasmanian eye a new stall appears at Dixon House, in the corner spot where many a great stall has lived, most recently Ramen O-San, and we still miss Anna's

15:44

Wholesale stock in the studio pictured as of today + new consignment stock out to Queensland Art Gallery store today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We mostly send all stock to our hard working retailers and wholesale our gem stones to commission clients who visit the studio. Our intimate client list has grown after 40 years and so many repeat clients know where to call and visit again. We are keeping a small range (pictured above) here for online and studio visitors. Full size images can be found here:

http://www.co-opones.to/male/viewer/index.html

Please click on the link above and scroll down to the following link (approximately 21 lines down) current stock in the studio August 2107.

Call mal E on 0431 464 470 or email me on for further details . . .


15:38

Call to put an end to discriminatory NT Intervention after ten years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A GROUP of eminent Australians is calling on the Federal Government to end discriminatory policies in the Northern Territory. Their statement says that 10 years of the NT Intervention is too long. Yolngu Elder Reverend Dr Djiniyini Gondarra will be one of the speakers at an event at Melbourne  University Law School on Monday, August 28, along with former NT Australian of the Year Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, supporting a statement illustrating the continuing discrimination, racism and lack of justice towards Indigenous people. The group is calling on all governments to listen carefully and negotiate respectfully on measures of genuine self-determination. Signatories include Bangarra Dance Theatres Stephen Page, Educator Professor Chris Sarra, and distinguished former jurists including Elizabeth Evatt, Alistair Nicholson, Frank Vincent and Ian Viner, former Aboriginal Affairs Minister in the Fraser Government.

15:36

Parking Lot Symphony from Trombone Shorty Eastside Radio Album Of The Week (24-30 Aug) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Parking Lot Symphony from Trombone Shorty is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week.

This is Trombone Shortys (AKA Troy Andrews) seventh studio album as a band-leader since releasing his debut in 2002, and theres been four live albums as well during that period. On top of that impressive back-catalogue Andrews has contributed to countless other albums as a multi-instrumentalist.

 

Parking Lot Symphony traverses trombone led funk theres brass hooks aplenty as well as New Orleans jazz,  blues, and instrumental deep funk.  Theres two more sombre, respectful dirges on the record, as well as some more pop/hip hop crossover style arrangements. Here Come the Girls, is a new interpretation of an Allen Toussaint original from 1970. Familiar is co-written with rnb/soul star Aloe Blacc.

 

Well be bringing you selections from the album all week. Eastside Radio Supporters can win copies of the album by tuning into our Eastside Drive programs, 4pm-6pm every weekday.

Parking Lot Symphony is out though Blue Note Records  and you can find more information, buy, listen to, watch or stream the album here.

The post Parking Lot Symphony from Trombone Shorty Eastside Radio Album Of The Week (24-30 Aug) appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

15:12

workshops:gpg_and_system76 - created "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

31st July, 2017 Topic Speaker Slides GPG/PGP key signing session & basics Danny Robson [slides] System76 notebook demo (lightning) Andre Vidic

15:10

start "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Address PlaceThe Dan OConnell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502 Talks 28th August, 2017

15:09

Australian Senator Wear Burqa to Demonstrate a Point "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Senator Pauline Hanson entered the Senate in a burqa. While others immediately condemn her for anti-Muslim stunts, what about womens rights? Did that die with the Sixties? Hanson has said that these people who wear burqas should go to a country that suits their needs. Should the West change its culture to accommodate those who marry off 12 year old-girls? Where is the line? If discrimination is bad, then we should have no rules and let everyone do as they please, walk naked down the street or have sex on the public beach when crowded. Drive drunk while their at it.

I have lived in Japan as well as London. In both cases I enjoyed the culture there even though they were starkly different. That was the nice thing about living there. You do not migrate to take your culture to a place and then demand everyone adapt to you. That is just not how things work.

Where is the line drawn?

15:01

Josh Pan balances trap energy with chill RnB on Glitches "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Josh Pan :: Glitches

From the cavernous depths of Soundcloud, Josh Pan has risen: a New York based producer well known for his future RnB and trap sounds. He is part of a generation of producers that have quickly gained online clout through their unique aesthetic and musical sensibilities, and translated this into mainstream success. For Josh Pan, its lead to a number of collaborations across the internet and has taken on tour him all around the world.

In an interview with Colquhoun and Seduna on Glitches, he characterises a good song as anything thats genuine and different, and theres plenty of that in this mix. Over the hour things get weird, with plenty of experimental electronica and bass heavy instrumentals. Cutting classic hip hop flips into intense trap, every minute inspires awe at the scope and the specificity that is so distinctive within this circle of production.

 

Stream the whole show and interview here. Glitches feeds you slow, fat & beautiful beats and bass every Thursday from 11pm-1am.

 

The post Josh Pan balances trap energy with chill RnB on Glitches appeared first on FBi Radio.

15:00

PERTH A different kind of pedalling: Two-time Olympic silver medal cyclist, 28, accused of selling hundreds "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A different kind of pedalling: Two-time Olympic silver medal cyclist, 28, accused of selling hundreds .

August 25, 2017 at 12:39AM .

Bobridge fronted Perths Magistrates Court Thursday over six charges, including five for possession and a sixth for the alleged sale of hundreds of

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4819834/Two-time-Olympic-cyclist-charged-drug-dealing.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF6Fi-qK4bZvCVuJmcy0ou5rcsKSw

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15:00

PERTH Former pro Jack Bobridge charged with drug dealing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former pro Jack Bobridge charged with drug dealing .

August 25, 2017 at 04:56AM .

the operation, with 61 people facing charges, police said. Bobridge later appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday to face six charges.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://xnewspress.com/2017/08/former-pro-jack-bobridge-charged-with-drug-dealing/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGwTZgFA_rS439q540SvDgU3w5z7Q

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Olympic cycling medallist Jack Bobridge charged with drug offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Olympic cycling medallist Jack Bobridge charged with drug offences .

August 25, 2017 at 10:56AM .

Bobridge, who retired from professional cycling owing to rheumatoid arthritis after last years Rio Olympics, appeared at Perth magistrates court on

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/25/olympic-cycling-medallist-jack-bobridge-charged-with-drug-offences&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFcEylDFAy5ndCUEGIxliVFszw_IQ

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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15:00

PERTH Ex-world champion Jack Bobridge in court in Australia after police target his home in drugs bust "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ex-world champion Jack Bobridge in court in Australia after police target his home in drugs bust .

August 24, 2017 at 09:15PM .

After spending the night in custody, he appeared in Perth Magistrates Court today where he was charged with six counts of selling or supplying

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://road.cc/content/news/228186-ex-world-champion-jack-bobridge-court-australia-after-police-target-his-home&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFAjU1cv-P05-JxbQR9wRw7AcPYVg

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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15:00

PERTH Jack Bobridge, Australian cycling champion, charged with drug dealing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Jack Bobridge, Australian cycling champion, charged with drug dealing .

August 24, 2017 at 08:49PM .

Bobridge later appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday to face six charges. He was granted bail and is due to reappear in court next

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-24/former-olympic-cyclist-jack-bobridge-charged-with-drug-dealing/8840488&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEBuTisdHGvBDjdb5-gpl2Ze9XPNg

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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15:00

Thank Folk Its Friday 25th August "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was US folk-rock band The Head and The Heart released their new video City of Angels. Details here Brisbane and Fremantle dates have just been added to C.W. Stonekings upcoming solo tour. Details here Fanny Lumsden released her new video Roll []

14:58

Institutional Abuse of Girls in Australian Detention Centres "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A report into Western Australias Banksia Hill youth detention centre released last month revealed that a number of girls being detained at the facility were abruptly moved from the female accommodation precinct and placed in the male-only Harding unit. This arrangement led the female population of Banksia Hill to become unstable and incidents of self-harm

The post Institutional Abuse of Girls in Australian Detention Centres appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

14:50

Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka Native Title Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The claim area is roughly bounded by the South Australian / Queensland / New South Wales borders, Haddon Corner and Tibooburra in New South Wales. It extends roughly 100km east of the S.A. border.

The Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka apical ancestors:

(i)    Annie (born at Cordillo Downs), mother of Archie Guttie;
(ii)   Clara Nirrpinni, mother of Frank Booth and Alice Miller (nee Booth);
(iii)  Cora the mother of Bob Parker and Nellie Parker;
(iv)   The parents of Flash Ted Bikehandle and Flash Tommy;
(v)    Kimi (born at Innamincka) and his wife;
(vi)   Maramundu Jack The Ripper Parker;
(vii)  Caroline (born at Cordillo Downs) the mother of Mary Stafford (nee Moore), Jack Moore, Charlie Moore, female twins (Winifred and Freida) and Albert Moore;
(viii) Brothers Walter Harris(on) and Dick Harrison;
(ix)   The parents of Lilly (whose married name is Parker) and her sister Kathlene (whose married name is George);
(x)    Annie and her husband, who are the parents of Coongie Maggie (born at Coongie Lakes in South Australia);
(xi)   The parents of the sibling set Billy Parker, Jessy Parker, Peter Petekin Parker, and Paddy Parker;
(xii)  The parents of sibling set Merty George and Merty Johnny and Merty Mick;
(xiii) Larriken Mick.

Appeared in the Koori Mail dated August 23, 2017

14:44

Culleton brings criminal charges against Brandis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Federal Government and Opposition continue to fall apart driven by corruption scandals, citizenship disqualification and a judiciary acting as the arm of dishonest political parties.

Former One Nation WA senator Rod Culleton has borne the brunt of a corrupt and unaccountable judiciary marching to the orders of Liberal Attorney General George Brandis.

This time justice might catch up to the errant Brandis after he was served with a summons to face the Magistrates Court on a criminal conspiracy charge.

Attorney General George Brandis faces disqualification from two fronts. One is a criminal charge against him and two is an entitlement to German citizenship.

Culleton has charged the beleaguered Attorney General with conspiracy allegedly over his part in giving the senate false information to have the High Court disqualify Culleton over his bankruptcy which he says was an intentionally incorrect finding of a Federal Court judge.

Culleton launched the private prosecution after a meeting with the Chief Magistrate in Canberra.

Meanwhile the Director of Public Prosecutions is attempting to take over the case and shut it down, no doubt on orders from the accused Attorney General.

Culleton says the DPP is a publ...

14:38

Despoliation by developers ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I have just returned from Edinburgh to which I travelled for the opening week of that great citys annual arts festival - now in its seventieth year and one of the mightiest magnets for tourism in the world. I love that city, the capital of the mind and, during the Enlightenment, a mighty contributor to science, literature, invention, trade and architecture. Its ravishing sandstone buildings reminded me of Hobarts and both cities face despoliation by developers EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... Donald Knowler Richard Flanagan

14:29

The Archbishops hurtful and damaging NO Pastoral Letter "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A YES Responsible Reasoned Pastoral Care Response to the Archbishops hurtful and damaging NO Pastoral Letter. Download response ... RCiA_Marriage_Equality_Postal_Vote_Facts_and_Responses_Sheet.pdf

14:27

History Repeats "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Are you related to one of the cast?, I was asked by one of the women on the door, handing out tickets for the ANU student production of The History Boys. No, Im just in town for the week and looking for nice things to do, and this seems like fun, I told her. On top of that, The History Boys is a wonderful play and film, and so when I saw it listed on Eventbrite as playing this week in Canberra, I bought a ticket straight away.

For a moment, I thought I might have been one of only a handful of people in the audience. Thankfully, the risk of more people being on stage than in the audience,soon disappeared with a last minute rush of 20-somethings. Of course I was old enough to be their father, and so that explains why I was asked the question, as literally the only person in the room over the age of twenty five.

With all student productions theres a bit of clunkiness, but I thought this production was very good, and how appropriate to have a cast and audience so close in age to the characters being portrayed.

So yes, Ive been in Canberra for the week. Or more precisely, Im on the bus heading back to Sydney. Im working out of Canberra on and off for the next month or so, combining my existing job with managing the ABCs local radio station here, ABC Radio Canberra, while my colleague, Andrea takes some leave.

I actually worked here in the 1990s, and its nice to be back. Unlike many people who bemoan Canberra as cold, lifeless etc, I really like Canberra. To me it has many of the strengths of a country town (sense of community, ease of getting around, I had to go to the Indian Visa Centre this week which was closeby for example), but it also has some of the strengths of being a capital city, with good restaurants, bars, and, of course theatre. Canberra is also about to get light-rail which is terrific, though it does mean my hope of getting out of Surry Hills for a few weeks to avoid the construction site has come to nought.

Twice this week Ive eaten out at Red Chilli, the chain of restaurants I best know from Sydney. Excellent food.

Ive also spent a fair bit of time in the breakfast and dinner bars at the hotel Ive been staying at. Oh my goodness, there are so many middle aged men single men in a similar position. Sales people, I guess. Lobbyists, too, I suppose. And do they all have white Commodores?, a colleague asked me this morning with a laugh.

Though the hotel Ive been staying has been nice, and extremely close to work, Im looking for somewhere next week where I can do a little of my own cooking, or at least have a microwave where I can heat things up. Im also conscious of the need to get out and about a little more. Being in air conditioning all day, and then at night, Ive developed a bit of an air-con ras...

14:03

Before Dylan, Tagore: on the erasure of Indian literature "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few months ago, my neighbour asked me, Do you have beds in India? Last week, a white friend asked me, albeit jokingly and drunk, Did you have some spicy curry for dinner before you came? Do these two examples, among many, reveal a symptomatic Western perception of India as defined by its extremities poverty, spicy food, idolatry of cricket heroes? Is cultural India merely a frenzied collection of colours and Bollywood melodrama?

14:01

Navajo Beef Program Seeks to Expand Opportunities for Navajo Families "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Published August 25, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE  Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, TseDaaKaan, Upper Fruitland) recently met with the Blair Labatt, the president of Labatt Food Service, a food distribution company based in the state of Texas which partners with the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise and Bashas grocery stores to offer Navajo Beef to consumers in various locations in the southwest.

Navajo Beef is a brand that began in 2013 under Labatt Food Service, which strives to produce USDA Choice beef that comes from cattle that are raised in an area known as Padres Mesa Ranch, a 60,000 acre demonstration ranch in Newlands, located near Sanders. Labatt Food Service currently purchases approximately 400 cattle annually from 43 Navajo families who participate in the demonstration ranch program. In addition, families from the Eastern Navajo Agency participate in the Navajo Beef program as well.

The Padres Mesa demonstration ranch program is supported by the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation, which manages the range lands in the Newlands area by maintaining the fences and water wells for relocated families who are raising cattle.

Labatt said the program has grown since its inception to point that the company has decided to phase out a separate beef-producing program to focus more on the expansion of Navajo Beef in the southwest. According to information provide by Labatt Food Service, the program teaches Navajo ranchers the principles of herd management including vaccination care, cattle genetics, overgrazing prevention, and others.

Labatt has also met with the members of the Navajo-Hopi Land Commission to present a proposal to establish a Navajo Nation enterprise that would be delegated with the authority to manage the Padres Mesa Ranch and to expand the Navajo Beef market.

Speaker Bates stated that while the concept of growing cattle herds and providing economic opportunities for Navajo ranching families is positive, there would be many complex issues that would have to be addressed if the Nation is to assume the duties of supporting the program.

The cattle market is very complex and constantly changing and when you tie that in with this proposal to change management of the program, it becomes very challenging and raises a lot of questions that need to be answered, added Speake...

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14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.55 AUD
Converter

13:58

Fight of her life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

Amelia Banks was diagnosed with brain cancer five years ago.
Two major surgeries later and an oncologist who told her to get her affairs in order, and Amelia is still here, still fighting and still moving forward.
The 35-year-old Ocean Grove mother of two was living in Perth with her husband Ollie and 35 weeks pregnant when she was told the bad news.
She started feeling weak on the right side of her body, which prompted her to visit her GP and thats when a tumour was found in her brain.
I cant sit down and wallow in self pity I have a life to live and need to show my kids that life is worth living, Amelia said.
Amelias oncologist told her to get her will in order and not to go out and get another mortgage. The family including sons Harry, 6, and Teddy, 4 left WA and moved back to Amelias native Ocean Grove. Five years after being diagnosed, she is still here and still fighting.
Its not a sob story, its a crappy story, but you have to make the best of it, she said.
We want the kids to know that life is worth living.
We chose to live in hope, not in fear, Ollie said.
Amelia and her family will walk in the Walk 4 Brain Cancer event in Melbourne on 12 November.
They desperately want to raise awareness for brain cancer, which kills more children than any other disease in Australia and kills more people under 40 than any other cancer.
Despite the statistics, government funding for brain cancer is at just five per cent for all cancers.
The outcomes are so poor that they may not want to throw money at it, Ollie said.
We need to bring awareness to a deadly disease that there is no cure for, so we want to help find a cure and offer better treatment, Amelia said.
While Amelia and Ollie said that its not a matter of if, but when, the cancer returns, they cant stop living life and have been touched by the support from Ocean Grove.
Amelia suffers epilepsy as a result of one of her surgeries and is unable to drive.
Weve just been blown away by the support of the community here in Ocean Grove, she said.
From people bringing around meals, doing cleaning rosters, driving me places, and just general love and well wishes, we just feel so supported.
The Banks family plans to organise a similar Walk 4 Brain Cancer event on the Bellarine as early as next year.
But for now, they want your help to raise awareness.
To donate to Team Amelia in the Melbourne Walk 4 Brain Cancer, go to www.walk4braincancer.com.au/my-fundraising/4929/Amelia-s-Team.
Another way to help is buy a beanie for brain cancer at www.carriesbeanies4braincancer.com/

The post Fight of her life appeared....

13:39

Send the Trade Minister a message: Don't revive the failed TPP "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The 11 remaining countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are continuing to meet in an effort to revive this failed agreement. Their target date is at the APEC Leaders Meeting in Vietnam on November 11 this year.

Send a message to the Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo telling him not to revive the TPP!

13:14

Revealing the Real Face of White Australia: new project and transcribe-a-thon "IndyWatch Feed National"

This semester I am working with Tim Sherratts Exploring Digital Heritage class at the University of Canberra to undertake an important project on the White Australia Policy, using records from the National Archives of Australia and collaborating with the Museum of Australian Democracy. The project involves transcribing digitised files from series ST84/1 mostly Certificates

13:12

Winning strategies for 2018 & beyond (double ticket offer) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Money for Life

Come and see me speak live in Sydney, where I'll be discussing:

-how to start saving and investing

-the magic of compound interest

-how best to tackle the Sydney housing affordability conundrum: to buy or to rent?

-the outlook for the economy and housing markets

-the latest demographic trends

-construction hotspots: the property markets and dwelling types set to become oversupplied, and undersupplied

-infrastructure boom - where will the next major projects be found?

- a peek into the future - what will Australia be like 20 years from now?

-the Australian regions poised to flourish and flounder

-how to reset your financial thermostat...permanently

And a whole lot more besides.

If words aren't your thing, here's a short video, in which I get harassed by magpies. 


There are now less than two weeks remaining on the Early Bird special price, which also includes a special double ticket offer this week. 

Book today!

To book your tickets, visit the...

13:12

Federal Court rejects legal argument Adani Carmichael approval invalid "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Federal Court has today rejected legal arguments that Federal environmental approval of the mine was invalid.

On behalf of ACF, we argued the approval of the mine was contrary to obligations to consider the climate change impacts of the mine on the Great Barrier Reef under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiverstiy Conservation Act 1999. Unfortunately, the Federal Court did not agree. (Read the full judgment).

Today is a disappointing day for people concerned about the Great Barrier Reef and the impacts of this mine, including the 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon pollution that would result from the burning of its coal. But it is not the end.

Our legal staff here at EDO Qld were proud to represent the Australia Conservation Foundation in this case.

Public interest challenges like this, and the recent win for farmers against New Acland Coal, where people stand up to see the law is enforced are just so important to hold industry and government to account.

Dont forget it was the Adani Land Court case that exposed additional risks to the endangered Black-throated Finch and sacred Doongmabulla Springs and found the economic benefits Adani asserted in its EIS to be overstated.

Please make a donation to EDO Qld today so that we can continue to run these urgent climate change and Reef protection cases.

Thank you to the wonderful supporters of EDO Qld, to our barristers Mr Saul Holt QC, Mr Emrys Nekvapil and Dr Chris McGrath and to the Australia Conservation Foundation.

13:00

Murray Rothbard: An Uncompromising Optimist "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

By: Jeff Deist
Murray Rothbard

Murray Rothbard has been gone more than 20 years now, his brilliance, wit, and irreplaceable insights taken from us far too soon. At home in New York City over a Christmas break from his teaching duties at the University of Nevada, Rothbard accompanied his beloved wife Joey to her optometrist appointment on a bitterly cold day. A few moments later, on January 7th 1995, he was gone lost to heart failure at the age of 68.

What he left behind was not only a grieving wife, countless friends and colleagues, and fans of his work around the world. He also left a legacy of academic and popular work that is virtually unrivaled in its sheer magnitude, in the depth and breadth of his knowledge, expertise, and interests. Murray was not only an economist and libertarian scholar, but also a philosopher, historian, political scientist, legal theorist, ethicist, sociologist, mentor, and journalist all apart from his moonlighting as an amateur sports analyst, election handicapper, and movie critic.

It is this legacy, his immense body of work, that cements his position as a preeminent libertarian thinker of the 20th century. It is what makes him relevant today, and will keep him relevant for the decades to come. In todays world full of white noise and dilettantes, the substance of his work sets him apart.

An Immense Body of Work

Rothbards career spanned more than four decades, during which he produced more than 30 full-length books. Man, Economy, and State, his sweeping economics text, is regarded as one of the four landmark treatises of the Austrian school. His academic work in areas like money, monopoly, price theory, and economic calculation all represented great strides for the Austrian school. He dramatically advanced our understanding of business cycles, and took particular pleasure in correcting enduring myths about banking in What Has Government Done to Our Money?, The Mystery of Banking, A History of Money and Banking in the United States, and Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure.

But much of his greatest scholarship was outside the field of pure economics. He demolished arguments for government as a necessary evil while offering a wholesale libertarian manifesto in The Anatomy of the State. He presented the groundbreaking normative argument for laissez-faire in The Ethics of Liberty, making a courageous (and still controversial) break from the utilitarianism and classical liberal traditions of his mentors. He upended....

12:55

Victoria Police and courts have some weird priorities "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Terminally-ill grandfather charged for taking items left for council collection Yahoo7 News / 4 hours ago SHARE Dying man charged with stealing from neighbour's rubbish CLOSE Dying man charged with stealing from neighbour's rubbish VIDEO A Mulgrave grandfather will spend his dying days fighting theft charges after he was allegedly...

12:40

Pissheads at the RBA "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Now Im not a big of the RBA Id outsource most of it and shut down the rest but some stories are a tad over the top.

TAXPAYERS have been slugged a $166,000 booze bill over the last three years racked up by bankers at the Reserve Bank of Australia the organisation in charge of the countrys fiscal responsibility.

First things first the RBA is not in charge of the countrys fiscal responsibility. Nobody is doing that important job. In theory, however, that function should be performed by the Department of Finance.

But what of the notion that we have a whole bunch of inebriated public servants in Sydney living it up on the public credit card?

I would have thought that any large organisation that run conferences and seminars and meetings and so on across the year and has visiting international speakers and so on would be expected to spend some money on alcohol. Throw in a strategic retreat and a Christmas party and add that up over three years and youre going to see a largish bill. That is what we see here.

On the other hand, the $761 spent on XXXX Gold stubbies does need to be investigated and probably refunded.

12:24

2nd ANNUAL EX-DETAINEES DAY FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES 3rd OF SEPTEMBER 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As ex-detainees in Australia, we acknowledge that the land we seek protection on is the land of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

We, ex-detainees at RISE in Australia, mark the 3rd of September 2017 as Ex-Detainees Day, for all asylum seekers and refugees who have been forcefully detained whilst seeking protection. This is our 2nd annual Ex-detainees day. Crucially, this initiative is entirely managed and controlled by ex-detainees who are asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, as an assertion of our self determination.

The 3rd of September will serve to commemorate and raise the collective voice of asylum seekers and refugees around the world, who are facing discrimination and criminalisation due to detainment. Ex-Detainees Day will highlight and oppose all forms of refugee and asylum seeker detention we are subjected to globally: whether detention lasts 1 day, 30 days, 1 year, or longer periods of time.

Asylum seeker and refugee detainees are among the most persecuted and oppressed people in the world. We endured abuse in our own countries, and upon seeking protection, are disenfranchised and suffer institutional abuse within detention systems. Immigration detention centres are arbitrary and nefarious forms of state violence; they function to subjugate asylum seekers and refugees by imprisonment.

Furthermore, we ex-detainees who have sought protection and freedom in Australia, acknowledge that we live on colonised land where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples sovereignty has never been ceded. We recognise that the racism that pervades this countrys institutions and public spheres which we have been subjected to in Australias mandatory, indefinite detention system has its foundations in the systemic and structural violence that Indigenous peoples of this country continue to experience to this day.

We require support and protection, not incarceration. States have the obligation to uphold our human rights; not exploit us for political gain. We denounce the torture, deportation, abuse and bloodshed occurring in immigration detention centres. We condemn governments, private companies and nonprofit agencies who are part of the detention supply chain.

By holding refugees and asylum seekers hostage in detention centres, governments and private companies are committing crimes against humanity with impunity, adding to the trauma we have suffered. Many detainees have been forcibly deported or self-deported due to the unbearable torture they experienced in detention back to countries they fled from; and were consequently tortured or killed upon arrival.

Individually we have been impacted so severely by this systematic violence that the cost to ourselves and to our communities as a result of this state-sanctioned trauma cannot be meas...

12:19

Man goes for a Run, Rewards Himself with 30 Schooners and Counter Meal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RUNNING

A Sydney man last night rewarded himself with 30 full-strength schooners and a chicken parmigiana with chips, no salad, at his local pub after completing an eight-minute run.

Doing my first bit of exercise since colour comp at school 14 years ago felt so great I wouldve done it again today if I didnt have a steaming hangover, the man said. The feel-good endorphins from the run made me feel like I had dumped Mother Natures pinger. I can really see myself becoming a bit of a fitness freak.

The mans partner said he had become rather annoying.

Since completing his one run, he refers to himself as an athlete and even bought himself some fluorescent runners and compression tights, she said. He also claims I dont understand the lifestyle even though Ive been working out for five years.

Although the man reported putting on two kilograms after his run and pub session, he has assured everyone its all muscle gain.


12:14

HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BLACKLIST PRINTS "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for Blacklist Prints

Your name:  Scott & Kylie Burrage
Our company Mascots and Guinea Pigs Jasmine (2.5 years) and Alana and Esther (5 months)
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  Blacklist Prints
The suburb/...

12:14

Falls festival site yet to be approved "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man has been found dead at the Falls Festival near Byron Bay. (file pic)

Falls Festival near Byron Bay. (file pic)

The Falls Festival line up that was recently announced and is scheduled for the North Byron Parklands site in Yelgun from December 31 to January 2 (20118) does not yet have approval for any events after December 31 2017.

They have a proposal before the Department of Planning to extend their trial approval past that date, and the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) will be holding a public hearing on 29 August in relation to that proposal, pointed out local resident Denise Nessel.

The Echo contacted General Manager of the North Byron Parklands, Mat Morris who was able to confirm that an application to extend the trial approval by 20 months has recently been recommended for approval by the Department of Planning and Environment. The final decision now rests with the Planning and Assessment Commission who will hold a public meeting in Ocean Shores on August 29 to listen to the views of interested parties before approving or rejecting the 20-month extension.

Tickets will go on sale for the Falls Byron on August 29 as part of the national touring circuit, however, Falls Byron has been advertised as subject to regulatory approval continued Mat.

Responding to questions from The Echo about the upcoming public meeting on the 29 August a Spokesperson for the NSW Planning Assessment Commission said:

The Commission will consider all issues raised at the public meeting and in the Department of Planning and Environments assessment report before deciding on the trial date extension proposal in the weeks following.

No commitments, assurances or other indications about approval of the extended trial have been

formulated, or given to North Byron Parklands by the Commission.

The Commission is aware that an advertising campaign for the Falls Festival event has commenced

and ticket sales are planned. However, the Commission does not endorse the campaign and the

campaign will not be factor in the Commissions final decision.

The decision to commence advertising before.........

11:58

Newtopian Dream "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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


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


Ikea has furniture for every circumstance. I'm happy to announce that Newtown Neighbourhood centre have extensively roadtested the premium cardboard boxes we will be calling home on tuesday night

11:55

Dinner and a show? Sounds good "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queenscliff Harbours waterfront restaurant 360Q is redefining the old dinner and a show night out with a continuing line-up of amazing acts and sensational menus.
The upstairs function space, with magnificent views over the Harbour and Port Phillip Bay, has recently hosted a operatic group, a Broadway quartet as well as a rock n roll night all of which are accompanied by gourmet three-course meals.
On Saturday 23 September, the 360Q team welcomes two of Australias most renowned and well-loved comedians. Trevor Marmalade and Elliot Goblet have become household names through appearances on iconic TV shows such as Hey Hey Its Saturday, Tonight Live, The Midday Show, The Big Gig and The AFL Footy Show.
Theyre bringing the LOLs to Queenscliff for one night only. Tickets are $80 per person which includes the fabulous entertainment as well as a delicious three-course dinner with drinks at bar prices. Guests will dine on a grazing entree of antipasto platters, a main of red braised pork belly with nasi goreng and asian greens followed by a decadent dessert of 360Qs house-made pavlova with forest berry compote served with double cream.
Dinner is from 7pm, so why not arrive early for a pre-dinner cocktail?
360Q is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week and dinner from Thursday to Sunday. On Sunday nights theres a set menu of soup, roast and dessert for $35 per person served from 6pm.
Bellarine residents can dine cheaper mid-week with 360Qs Local Dining Thursdays special offer. From 5.30pm each Thursday evening, guests from Queenscliff and surrounds can enjoy $10 entrees, $20 mains and $10 desserts. The revolving menus include a choice of three dishes for each course from 360Qs a la carte menu.
Book your ticket online today for our comedy night via TryBooking: www.trybooking.com/RQHV. Or call 5257 4200 to book a table seven days a week. Visit www.360q.com.au for more event details.

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11:52

New: The Affordable Housing Party gets the population connection "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

"The Affordable Housing Party: the single issue party dedicated to solving Australia's housing affordability crisis. Australians are now living with some of the most unaffordable housing in the world, but it doesn't have to be this way! Obscene tax incentives to invest in property. Our lawmakers profit from the status quo. We opened up our housing market to investors all over the world. Australia's rapid population growth. Home buyers are paying too much to try to compete with investors. This can't go on forever!" Former journalist, Andrew Potts, Sydney, registered the Affordable Housing Party (AHP) with the Australian Electoral Commission earlier this month. Policies include: Phasing out negative gearing and capital gains discount on investment property sales; Stopping overseas buyers from buying Australian properties; Taxing properties left empty by investors; Cutting down immigration to 70,000 annually; Banning full time Airbnb properties; Ending no fault evictions for rental properties. Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/AffordableHousingParty/

The text below is taken from the Affordable Housing Party site at https://www.affordable-housing-party.org/. The new party was also reported in the Murdoch Press at this URL: http://www.news.com.au/finance/money/investing/affordable-housing-party-launches-claiming-renters-and-first-home-buyers-are-being-ignored-by-canberra/news-story/2113945ffb746837789d0af8e12d7818. On the Sustainable Australia Party site at http://www.sustainableaustralia.org.au/120 it describes Andrew as " a former Australian Greens supporter and a former editor of the Sydney Star Observer weekly newspaper."

Australians are now living with some of the most unaffordable housing in the world, but it doesn't have to be this way!


In 1986 in the Inner West Sydney suburb of Dulwich Hill you could buy a newly renovated three bedroom home with a big backyard for $150,000 and pay off the mortgage in under a decade

In 2017 to buy the same home would cost you $1.5 million and you will probably be paying off that mortgage for the rest of your life.

Wages in Australia didn't increase by 1000% in the three decades since 1986. So what happened to make Australia have some of the least affordable housing on the planet?

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11:43

Firies take it to another level "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Four Ocean Grove firefighters will tackle the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.
Adam Thompson, who was successful in last years climb, will front up again while Simon Simpson, Adam Webb-Taylor and Jayden Harrison-Roberts will attempt the gruelling 28 floors of the Crown Metropol Hotel on 2 September.
Around 500 firefighters will Step up to fight depression, PTSD and suicide by wearing 25kg of turnout gear and breathing apparatus.
This year, the Firefighters Charity Fund with your help aims to raise $500,000 for Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute to improve support services, fund research, remove stigmas and raise awareness of Mental health issues such as depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide, especially for those within the Emergency Service and Defence communities.
Adam will also be participating in the Firefighters Climb for MND in Sydney at the 98-floor Sydney Tower Eye on 14 October.
The four local firies have been training and will ramp it up at the steps at Ocean Grove Main Beach in full firefighting gear prior to the event.
To donate to the cause, go to www.firefighterclimb.org.au/station/cfa/oceangrove/

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11:32

Fed Court decision: Adani leases issued despite Traditional Owners express rejection "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Queensland State continues to authorise dispossession

Responding to a Federal Court decision today, in one of the long running cases bought by Traditional Owners against the Adani mine, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners expressed their profound frustration with the way the native title and court processes have over-ridden their decision to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani.

The appeal against the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT), which authorised the issuing of mining leases to Adani by the Queensland Government, was dismissed. The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Representative Council are seeking the advice of their senior counsel as to whether to pursue the matter in the High Court.

In May 2015, Adrian Burragubba, on behalf of W&J Representative Council, sought to uphold the decision of the W&J people in October 2014 to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani, the second time since 2012.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says, We have fought and will continue to fight for our right to say no to the destruction of our country through mining and to have our rights properly recognised and respected by the State Government.

We are proud of our efforts to hold Adani and the Queensland Government to account through the Courts. The Courts are the place we have to pursue justice for our people and we will exhaust all legal avenues in pursuit of our right to self-determination and our right to give or withhold consent.

Todays decision hangs on the technical limits of judicial review of the issuing of leases for the Carmichael mine, and not the embodiment of our rights. We will redouble our commitment to uphold the original decisions of our people which are to oppose this mine of mass destruction.

We now look to our trial in March 2018 which focuses on Adanis fake ILUA. We have three times voted No to Adanis grubby deal.

Despite the entirely valid rejection of an ILUA by the W&J claim group in October 2014, Adani persisted. First by seeking a ruling from the NNTT to ignore our native title rights. Adani has actively worked to split our group. The ugliest display by Adani was to bankroll a sham meeting that they hold up as authorising an ILUA.

Youth spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Murrawah Johnson, says, Adan...

11:29

Bid to stop Gold Coast airport works shot down "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Luis Feliu

A bid by Tweed mayor Katie Milne calling on the federal and state governments to stop clearing and earthworks for the controversial instrument landing system at Gold Coast Airport was shot down last night.

At an extraordinary Tweed Shire Council meeting, the mayors move was thwarted when conservative councillors, backed by Labors Cr Reece Byrnes, succeeded in their rescission motion (Crs Milne, Chris Cherry and Ron Cooper against).

The Greens mayor had sought the urgent meeting earlier this week to back her move to write to the ministers responsible calling for the stop work plus an inquiry into the contentious project.

But the four opposing councillors (Crs Byrne, Warren Polglase, Pryce Allsop and James Owen) failed to turn up at the scheduled meeting, citing work commitments, and the meeting was adjourned to last night due to a lack of a quorum.

The rescission motion was later lodged by Cr Polglase, which was narrowly voted through last night, with a further recommendation that Cr Milnes mayoral minute on the issue be received and noted and for Gold Coast Airport managers to address council on the issue.

Cr Milnes failed motion was for council to write to federal transport minister Darren Chester and NSW environment minister Gabrielle Upton to express councils serious concerns regarding the clearing and earthworks associated with the Instrument Landing System at the Gold Coast Airport on the NSW Crown Reserve, over and above the footprint for the stated siting of the localiser antennae from Runway 14 and calling for an immediate halt to the works and a full inquiry into the processes of the matter.

It also requested a response to be provided as a matter of urgency due to the significant environmental impacts currently occurring from the works on Endangered Ecological Communities, the drainage channel and the wetland areas that are to the whole ecosystem functioning of the Cobaki Broadwater and Class 1 Fishery habitat.

Cr Milne has been a longtime supporter of the Tweed Heads and District Ratepayers Association opposed to the airport works on crown land due to their impacts.

But the latest works have rung alarm bells as they are much more extensive than originally proposed.

 

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11:17

Rainforest logging submission highlights flaws in special species plan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Friday, 25 August 2017 - 11:15am

 

  • Logging reserves will require taxpayer subsidy or simply wont be viable.
  • Forestry Tas says logging methods called common have not been used within the last five years, and possibly as long as 10 years or greater.
  • Logging reserves will damage environmental values, Tassie brand and timber markets.

The Wilderness Society today released its submission into the Hodgman Governments plan to log old growth rainforests from within the Tasmanian Reserve Estate. The draft Special Species Management Plan is out for public comment until next Monday 28 August, and is called-out as a political document, designed to create conflict in the lead up to the next election, with little credible reference to environmental, social and economic issues facing the sector.

The submission exposes a government attempt to mislead the public into believing the canvassed logging techniques are common and calls on the government to rule out any subsidies for rainforest logging into the future.

"The government should drop its plan to log rainforests in Tasmanias reserve estate and instead, properly protect these forests and get real about the economic, environmental and social challenges facing the logging industry," said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society.

"Premier Hodgmans plan foreshadows a real gap between log prices and cost of production and has absolutely no detail on how this gap will be filled and if the taxpayer will be called upon.

"The Premier should rule out subsidising special species timber though his rainforest logging plan. An email from Forestry Tasmania discredits the management plans claim that proposed logging techniques are commonly used in Tasmania, confirming that relevant past examples could not be identified and have not been used for many years.

"We already know that six out of every 10 rainforest trees cut down will be wasted or wood chipped under this plan for logging reserves; now we learn that the logging methods it proposes are unproven, have not been used for years and have not moved beyond trials.

This proves that tread widely, tread lightly logging in Tasmania is a myth. The submission foreshadows that it can reasonably be anticipated that retailing products sourced from logging rainforests in listed conservation reserves will create significant market-related issues including consu...

11:13

Bundjalung brothers on track to preserve Aboriginal heritage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The two brothers  Peter Faulkner, 34, and James Roberts, 29 were engaged through Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council to assist in looking for Aboriginal artefacts. Photo supplied.

The two brothers  Peter Faulkner, 34, and James Roberts, 29 were engaged through Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council to assist in looking for Aboriginal artefacts. Photo supplied.

Two Bundjalung men are undertaking archaeological monitoring and simultaneously gaining employment skills at the reconstructed Wilsons walking track in East Lismore, which is currently under construction.

The $200,000 project will see the resurrection of the old walking track from Robinsons Lookout in Girards Hill to Albert Park, with interpretative signage about the history of the area.

The two brothers  Peter Faulkner, 34, and James Roberts, 29 were engaged through Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council to provide skilled labour, with James also looking for Aboriginal artefacts.

James has done work before through Ngulingah as a ranger in Nimbin, and the skilled labourers are gaining employment skills as well as helping to preserve historic Aboriginal items and sites that may be uncovered.

Ensuring Aboriginal involvement in the project aligns with Councils reconciliation action plan objectives and continues Councils commitment to providing opportunities for Aboriginal workers.

Construction of the Wilsons walking track is being undertaken by Track Work Solutions, a company that has been involved in trail-building around Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, with the archaeological monitoring conducted by Everick Heritage Consultants.

Tim Hill from Everick Heritage Consultants who are providing the archaeological monitoring said it was wonderful to have the Bundjalung men working on country and building their skillset at the same time.

They are here primarily to respond if an original site is identified and ensure that it is managed, Tim explained.

However, the bigger picture is that most of these historic tracks, particularly on the ridgeline, were traditional tracks that connected lowland to highland, and now we get this great fusion of white fellas and black fellas coming together to reopen them.

Also, they are learning skills and awareness around how to build trails, construction, erosion, site monitoring a...

11:10

Feeding Your Plants "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Gardening is a bit like life really the more you know, the more you know you dont know. It can be so full of hits and misses, trials and errors, successes and failures When it comes to how to help your plants grow there are so many possibilities should I use compost, manures, worm castings, weed teas or commercial fertilisers and are solids better than liquids? Some gardeners swear by one or the other, but all possibly have their place at various times, so lets look at them all.

It is this ever-evolving and seemingly endless supply of information that can make gardening a hobby that seems daunting and overwhelming to the newbies and brown thumbs amongst us. Fear of asking stupid questions at garden centres or of our gardener friends can prevent us seeking out the information we need. And so many of us experience a string of failures in the patch before we have many successes. Some of the most commonly asked queries involve fertilising essentially the who, what, where, when and why of feeding our flora.

Why do Plants Need a Feed?

All living organisms need food in order to remain healthy and happy. Plants are no exception.  So generally speaking, over many thousands of years, plants evolved and adapted to the environments within which they were rooted.  If they were stuck in impoverished soils, then the plants that survived were those that made do with less.   Conversely, plants that grew in moist, loamy, nutrient rich soils (think Tasmania) gobbled up as many nutrients as they could, and now, when grown away from their natural environments, can need some serious feed!  And, unless the plant is growing in its natural environment, and all plant waste products (fallen leaves, dead branches etc) are being returned to the soil, they are essentially removing nutrients from the soil without replacing them. So thats where we come in, especially if we are attempting to grow hungry plants, like annuals and edibles.

So, where do we start? First, we need to understand the differences between fertilisers, soil amendments, soil conditioners, manures, mulches, compost or liquids. Fertilisers can be defined as substances containing nutrients essential for plant growth, and are generally available as either organic or inorganic (more on that shortly) and as either a solid or liquid.

Strictly speaking, soil conditioners are soil amendments that are added to soil to keep the soil itself in good shape, which in turn benefits our plants. They may or may not c...

11:05

Banker Ronald Bernard, Baxter Dmitry and the Late Mr Fernandez "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan I was sent this article an hour ago: Ronald Bernard, Dutch Banker Who Exposed Illuminati, Found Dead. I post a screen-grab above, as I am sure it will soon disappear. Is this more Alternative fake news? Do you remember the Dutch banker who exposed the financial industry elite? Bernard shared explicit details, in []

11:02

Revenge Porn now illegal in NSW and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Revenge porn legislation has come into effect in NSW, the AAP has reported. Photo from Pexels.

The new laws, originally introduced in 2016, make it a criminal offense to intentionally distribute or threaten to distribute intimate images of someone without their consent.

Attorney General Mark Speakman said the laws protect the privacy of victims, and take power away from "vengeful" exes and predators.

Offenders will face jail time and up to an $11,000 fine.

QLD Road Safety Week ends with fatigue

Police have examined the impacts of driver fatigue as part of Queenslands Road Safety Week.

10:44

Breakfasters - 21 - 25 August 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This week on Breakfasters, Jacob Rajan from New Zealand's Indian Ink theatre company came in to talk about The Guru of Chai at Arts Centre Melbourne. Hayley Inch reviewed Australian cycling film All For One, and director Damien Power talks about his new film Killing Ground. They also have a chat about the lies you tell as a kid to get out of trouble. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.

10:43

55 years ago young Barbara walked over the Ponte Vecchio in Florence and was seduced by the small jewellery shops "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Likewise on this research trip, the bridge was alive with activity except this one shop remained bolted down and closed. Ferro battuto from the 15th century . . .


10:24

Tom Montalk: Opening the Flow "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Source: Montalk.net | by Tom Montalk

Have you ever been under distressing financial circumstances, expecting to fall into an abyss of poverty with the next emergency expense? How many times have you suffered the worst of your expectations? How many times did help come from unexpected places to get you through despite the worst of odds?

Our expectations come from what we have been programmed to expect. What actually happens depends on the laws of reality deciding the nature of our experiences. Those who pay attention will see that what actually happens is most often at odds with what is expected. Why do our plans and anticipations about the future rarely happen the way we envision them? Why are our programmed expectations so different from our actual experiences?

The answer is that many of these expectations are control mechanisms grafted onto us by the Matrix Control System. From birth we are indoctrinated through school, social programming, media and culture to believe in a backward system of limitations and motivations that have nothing to do with our true potential or reason for being here. We are taught what is taboo and what is respectable, what is possible and what is not, what goals to shoot for and what path to follow to achieve those goals. This indoctrination is so complete that most of us accept its precepts as common sense and tend to fight or disbelieve any suggestions that reality could be to the contrary, even if these suggestions come from our own life experiences.


Often we don't have the guts to push the envelope but are nonetheless thrust into these forbidden territories through seemingly unfortunate circumstances: financial disasters, emergencies, ultimatums, and unavoidable risks. And just when failure seems certain, the unexpected happens: money comes from an unexpected source, a needed opportunity arrives just in the nick of time, everything amazingly falls into place.

Most people encountering these last minute miracles pass them off as freak exceptions to the rule, nothing that can be relied upon as a common occurrence. But what these people do...

10:13

Refugee's stories shared through children's books and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Childrens books conveying positive messages about refugees, are being distributed throughout Brisbane. Image from Joint Base Langley-Eustis

The campaign behind the distribution, Mums 4 Refugees works alongside asylum seekers to publish meaningful stories. 

Their aim is to educate communities about the struggles and the importance of refugees.

Daffodil Day set to bloom across Brisbane
Events are being held across Brisbane today to celebrate the 31st year of Daffodil Day, a day to grow hope and awareness for everyone affected by cancer.

People across the state are encouraged to participate by making a donation, wearing a pin and buying fresh daffodils.

10:11

Tweeds salty drinking water: eclipse, climate change blamed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Luis Feliu

Tweed Shire Council is urging residents to continue minimising their water use as they bring under control a major infiltration of salty water into the water supply this week.

Council staff say the drinking water problem caused by the salty saturation at the Bray Park weir is now under control but it will take another four to five days for locals to have their normal drinking water back.

Most of this week council staff have been battling to minimise the problem with water restrictions put in place, dredging of the weir and dam, pumping and scouring of water mains.

Global warming and even this weeks solar eclipse in the northern hemisphere have been blamed for the higher than usual tides which caused the weir to overtop on Monday night, bringing with it more concentrated salty water from Clarrie Hall dam upstream.

It sparked warnings that similar events could become more frequent and intense as climate change increases.

And council says it also underlines the need for raising of the Clarrie Hall Dam.

Shire water manager Anthony Burnham said council would work hard to get state approvals and licences for the job so construction can start as soon as possible.

The Australian Drinking Guidelines have advised council that the salt levels are not harmful to human health, but residents were advised to use bottled water for drinking if the taste of the water is too unpalatable.

The water at Uki and Tyalgum is not affected and no restrictions apply in those villages.

Mr Burnham said the climatic conditions earlier this week which caused the problem confirms a perfect storm of events.

He said Bureau of Meteorology and tide data confirmed higher-than-expected tides of up to 420mm above predicted levels; higher salinity levels offshore and warmer ocean temperatures.

He said downstream river flows had not been strong enough to hold back the salt water.

Mr Burnham said yesterday that council is now producing 440 litres a second of good quality water with a dissolved solids concentration of 279mg/litre.

Normal operations produce water at 160mg/litre and Australian Drinking Guidelines state that anything below 600mg/litre is good quality, he said.

Every hour we can produce 15 megalitres of good water so we will be in a position shortly to recharge the shires reservoirs without the risk of pushing more salt into the system.

We need 20 megalitres a day to meet demand.

Gold Coast City Council also has very generously allowed us to open the connection between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads and we are receiving 31 litres a second of...

10:10

Chet Raymo, The Seat of the Soul "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Seat of the Soul 
by Chet Raymo

"It was not my first visit. I had been there once before to talk with the great man, to the Castle of Cloux, near Amboise, in the valley of the Loire. He had been living there since 1516, at the invitation of Francis I, king of France. He was 67 years old, bundled up in a thick fur wrap by a roaring fire. His face showed age but not infirmity. Long white hair fell about his shoulders. White beard. Thick, downswept brows shaded his eyes like awnings. A strong nose. And of course the mouth, serious yet generous, not unlike the mouth of the Christ he had painted on the wall of the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

The king likes to surround himself with luminaries - artists, poets, philosophers, talented people of all sorts. Leonardo's reputation, of course, is known throughout Europe. It was inevitable that the king would draw him to France. A prize of war? So be it.

The last time I visited we talked about his paintings, only three of which had followed him to France. This time I wanted to hear about his anatomical studies. I had heard he had hundreds of drawings, recording the meticulous dissection of cadavers. "Might I see them?" I asked. Kindly, he aquiesced, and asked his young apprentice and friend, Count Francesco Melzi, to fetch several thick portfolios. As I carefully turned the sheets, I was stunned. Never had I seen such detailed representations of the human frame. Bones, muscles, tissues. Heart, lungs, stomach, liver. "From life?" I asked, forgetting myself. "From death," he replied with a slight smile. "Not so may years ago I had the privilege of working with Marcantonio della Torre, professor of anatomy at the University of Pavia. He gave me access to corpses."

As the thickly-annotated sheets slipped through my fingers I realized I was looking at something marvelous, a marriage of art and science.
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10:04

Bin Stains "IndyWatch Feed National"

I hold my breath and open the green bin lid. The plastic handle is cold and sticky and this is the last thing I feel like doing after work. The inside smells rotten, even though its empty. Well, not entirely empty. Stray maggots linger along the rim and wriggle down the inner walls: hundreds of them, off-white and juvenile, somehow squirming without moving. Their presence doesnt make much sense. Maggots only eat meat and I havent had any meat in the house in weeks I guess they are shit at being vegetarians too.

I walk up the driveway, around the back and into the shed. I fetch the hose, which is wound up in one of those plastic reels with a rotating handle, and carry it to the tap in the front yard. I attach the orange hose-end to the tap nozzle with a click and pull the hose down the driveway.

I find maggots gross. Theres something dirty and evil about them, even though they arent much different to worms or snails. Snails are cute, maggots are infesting. Id rather a thousand beetles than a thousand cockroaches. Someone once told me that in New Zealand possums are a pest.

As I near the bin, the angle of the hose pulls strangely and it tips the reel over. I try pulling the hose further and the reel slides against the concrete for about a metre and then jams. I walk back up the driveway, turn the reel upright and then down towards the bin, but as soon as I pull the hose the plastic reel awkwardly spins around and falls over, breaching like a stubborn foetus.

On the third attempt, I start questioning why the fuck I am cleaning out my bin. Its one of those acts of civility that are so redundant they are almost insane. An image of a 60s Valium Mum with a cloth, scrubbing her way through her marble bench-top, with short, shallow circles, to the centre of the earth, comes to mind. Repetitive, worthless, cleanliness.

The bin will just fill up with rubbish and become dirty again. But I cant let it go; those maggots are so gross, so full of symbolism. If the bin were full of frogs, Id probably never put rubbish in it again. Id drag that bin up the two flights of stairs into my tiny apartment, lift it onto the kitchen table, cut a rectangle in its side (which Id wrap in cling film with holes stabbed in for air) and watch those little frogs ribbit around for hours.

But they are not frogs; they are maggots, and it is a big smelly bin. It is dirty and needs to be cleaned so that it can be dirty again. Like making a bed. Except beds are much more vital. You sleep in beds. Therefore, their condition is...

10:04

MEDIA RELEASE: Adani challenges fine for pollution breach next to the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today expressed disbelief that the Adani company will challenge a $12,900 fine for breaching its pollution licence next to the Great Barrier Reef.

AMCS Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said it was inconceivable that Adani was challenging the paltry fine, given its own report found it had breached the licence.

Adani has admitted that it exceeded a temporary licence from the Queensland government to pollute the surrounding environment at Abbot Point coal port during Cyclone Debbie, Ms Zethoven said.

Adani released 806 mg/l when its temporary licence allowed it to pollute 100 mg/l.

The violation of the licence shows that Adani cannot be trusted to operate a coal port next to the Great Barrier Reef.

Scientists have warned repeatedly that severe cyclones Category 3 and above are likely to become even more severe as a result of climate change.

If Adanis Carmichael mine and port development is allowed to proceed, we risk damaging coal pollution discharges into the Great Barrier Reef. This is the last thing the Reef needs.

The Adani company has a very poor environmental track record in India. It is already showing that it has a poor track record here, even before the Carmichael mine commences operations.

Its high time for our governments to recognise that Adanis mine, rail and port project should be rejected outright, and all approvals revoked.

The federal and Queensland governments should be putting the Reef and its 64,000 tourism jobs first.

The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. Adanis project will only accelerate damage to the Reef, when we should be doing all we can to relieve pressure on our natural wonder by switching rapidly to 100% renewable energy, Ms Zethoven said.

 

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09:46

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Hi everyone...another needing boxes!  

Please text me on 0427 705 295 if you have any I can pick up.

Thanks, Gillian.

09:45

Information "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Just wanting to alert people walking alone around mid-day at Edgar's creek reserve. A guy was seen acting suspiciously with a tinted full face helmet on.  Might be nothing just, be careful.

09:44

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

NKOANA-MASHABANE COULD FACE GRILLING IN PARLIAMENT OVER MUGABE IMMUNITY
Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe was allowed to leave SA despite being investigated for the assault of a South African woman.

FILE: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Picture: GCIS.

Rahima Essop
Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane could soon face questions from MPs over her decision to grant Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe immunity, but theres no date for the meeting yet.

Mugabe was allowed to leave the country despite being investigated for the assault of a South African woman at a Sandton hotel this month.

The debacle has sparked an uproar, with the Democratic Alliance (DA) calling for a parliamentary inquiry into governments failure to ensure Mugabe faces prosecution.

The portfolio committee responsible for oversight of Nkoana-Mashabanes department has agreed to call the minister to explain her actions.

The issue was also raised during Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosas question and answer session in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

Ramaphosa was put on the spot when Inkatha Freedom Party parliamentarian Liezl van der Merwe asked him whether he supported the decision to grant Mugabe immunity.

And I think as a leader of government business you must provide us with some answers.

The deputy president was heckled by MPs in the opposition benches as he responded.

The clarity that there is on this matter is not full and complete. In the sense that yes in certain environments its applied, in others, its not. So, it happens to have been applied here.

Twenty-year-old Gabriella Engels claims Mugabe attacked her with an electrical extension cord.

Mugabe allegedly stormed the hotel room her sons had been staying in and allegedly attacked Engels who was there that night.

09:43

Egyptian Pyramid near Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Walsh's Pyramid (pictured), located outside Cairns in north Queensland, is reportedly the site of a man made pyramid that was built by a group of Egyptians who visited Australia in 3000BC

Interesting report providing further support of the local traditional stories of long term interaction with the Egyptians.


Filed under: Culture Tagged: Australia, Culture, Kuranda

09:41

Ballina pushes ahead with Lake Ainsworth plans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head. (pic lennoxpointofview.com)

Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head. (pic lennoxpointofview.com)

Ballina mayor David Wright has used his casting vote to push ahead with plans to transform the eastern side of Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head into a family-friendly community park.

Cr Keith Williams had lodged a notice of motion calling on the council to stop major works in the South East precinct of Lake Ainsworth until the completion of the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CMP) for Lake Ainsworth.

Cr Williams said sections of the community remained concerned at the proposed closure of the eastern road at the lake.

Following a fiery debate, however, the decision was to proceed with the various planning studies already underway.

Those studies include a flora and fauna study, Aboriginal cultural consultation, landscape and open space planning, and specialist planning advice.

Staff pointed out that the council could continue with the current development application process as the information being prepared for the DA could also be used in the CMP.

Cr Jeff Johnson said it was obvious that the Save the Road group had spent a lot of time convincing people of their arguments, but he maintained that most concerns would be addressed through the current planning studies and reports.

Studies and debates about the Lake what to do with the eastern road/foreshore have been going on for over 20 years, Cr Johnson said.

There has been various Council positions over the years and the current proposal to improve the infrastructure and amenity around the Lake was initiated about four years ago after Council sold the last remaining publicly owned blocks of land on the corner of Pacific Parade and Ross St.

I was opposed to these blocks of land being sold but that is where the money has come from and has been allocated to improving the amenity in this important area, often referred to as the jewel in the crown.

There is a lot of misleading information out there about what the council proposes.

Theres currently various studies being completed as part of a develo...

09:40

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

RAMAPHOSA STRUGGLES TO EXPLAIN GOVT'S STANCE ON GRACE MUGABE IMMUNITY SAGA
IFP MP Liezl van der Merwe asked Cyril Ramaphosa whether he supported the decision to grant Grace Mugabe immunity

FILE: Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

Rahima Essop
Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been put on the spot in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon over government's decision to grant Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

Ramaphosa was answering questions from Members of Parliament (MPs) about gender violence in the National Assembly when he was asked about the Mugabe debacle.

The first lady was allowed to leave the country while she was being investigated for the alleged assault of a South African woman in Johannesburg this month.

Inkatha Freedom Party MP Liezl van der Merwe asked Ramaphosa whether he supported the International Relations Ministers decision to grant Mugabe immunity.

I would like to know from you Honourable Deputy President, what type of government would stand on the side of an alleged abuser?

Ramaphosa struggled to defend governments position.

Its the first time we have utilised this type of convention and a lot can be said on pro and against it. And in the end, there needs to be the clarity that there is on this matter is not full and complete.

The 20-year-old Gabriella Engels claimed Mugabe attacked her with an electrical extension cord in an incident that took place at a Sandton hotel.

Mugabe allegedly stormed the hotel room her sons had been staying in and attacked Engels who was there that night.

09:40

NORPA announces team of Associate Artists to help shape contemporary theatre from regional Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An impressive team of highly skilled theatre makers has joined Northern NSW based theatre company NORPA as Associate Artists to deliver a greatly increased creative program. Janis Balodis, Jade Dewi, Caroline Dunphy, Darcy Grant, Mitch King, Valley Lipcer, Kate McDowell and Emma Saunders will work alongside Julian Louis (Artistic Director) and Kirk Page (Associate Director) to create new devised works for NORPA; deliver masterclasses, workshops and training programs; host artist residencies; launch a program for children, families and school students; as well as develop their own works and strengthen creative connections into the Northern Rivers community.

The company also welcomes producer Jo Porter who will be working across multiple projects for NORPA including Djurra, directed by Kirk Page premiering in November at Artstate NSW, and a new work in development led by Julian Louis, slated for presentation in 2018.

This is an exciting time for NORPA we are forging an adventurous, artist-led company within a creative cultural hub in regional Australia, said Artistic Director Julian Louis. All the artists joining us are accomplished makers in their own right and represent the cutting edge of Australian talent across a multitude of forms dance, acrobatics, acting, writing, music, production. Each artist brings their own ideas, passion and expertise. They connect us with a myriad of communities and inform NORPAs aesthetic and creative process.

Together we will create bold, new devised works and a far reaching artistic program that is physical, visceral, ambitious, inclusive and occupies a unique place in the national theatre landscape.

For more about each Associate Artist visit http://norpa.org.au/about-norpa/our-team/

Immediate opportunities for people to take advantage of the expertise of the new Associate Artists are via masterclass series and a weekly drop-in class. These are a dance-theatre masterclass with Emma Saunders (Dance Theatre Masterclass 31 Aug 2 Sept) and a physical theatre and acrobatic masterclass with Darcy Grant (Balancing Dynamics 18-22 September), plus a drop-in weekly class exploring improvisation and performance with Jade Dewi (Training Ground 18-22 September). NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis will also be involved in all classes. NORPA is offering three complimentary places per masterclass series.

For more information about all classes visit http://norpa.org.au/2017-masterclasses-and-training/

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09:37

Good Karma Networks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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"If you missed the first one, we are running another info session on what the Good Karma Networks are all about, come join us for a cuppa and a chat at the East Coburg Community House".

Good Karma Network Information Session at East Coburg House

Many thanks.

09:36

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I need a removalist for a small job, a small one bedroom unit load from Preston to Castlemaine. Everywhere is SO expensive. It is for mid September.

Just one person and a small removal van needed, bigger than a Hiace etc though so that the fridge can stand up.
Any suggestions?  Text 0427 705 295 or answer on the FB page, whatever. 
Thanks so much, Gillian.

09:35

Closed Friday 25 August "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jura will be closed on Friday 25th August due to illness. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Closed Friday 25 August "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jura will be closed on Friday 25th August due to illness. Sorry for any inconvenience.

09:35

CARL CRAIG :: SYNTHFETISH "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CARL CRAIG RED BULL SYDNEY RMBA WEEKENDER

DETROIT visionary CARL CRAIG arrives in Australia alongside spring, unveiling his Versus vision with every knob twiddlers wet dream: a Synthesizer Ensemble. Here he talks to Eastsides PARIS POMPOR about the project and his long-running fascination with electronic keyboards.

Being a DJ has been a big, important stage [shaping] my view not only on music, but how to present the music, says Carl Craig. You get a response every night when you play a certain record, when you play it at a certain time. I think I learned more than anything that its not [just] the music selection thats important, but the timing is important. You can play the song at the wrong time and it just flops. But play a song at the right time and it can do everything that music really should do. It can blow the roof off!

You get the feeling that this kind of visceral audience reaction is never far from Craigs vision. Watching him in a rehearsal video with the Synthesizer Ensemble hes bringing to Australia for Red Bull in September, I recall a moment when hes giving instructions to other players about pulling out all the sub bass frequencies in a certain piece. When everything is eventually wound in for a crescendo, Craigs hope is that the effect will hit everyone in the back!  To illustrate his point to the ensemble he slams his fist into his palm.

Its not just about punch though. Craigs latest concept is about giving the music respect, essentially revisiting his own techno catalogue and taking it sky high, by giving it the full symphonic treatement.

Its a project thats orchestral in nature, explains Craig.

In other words, only songs that were worthy, got the orchestral treatment, nobody was going to spend money on recording an orchestra for a forgettable two-bit tune.

So with these songs that b...

09:27

King Gizzard reveal a killer first lineup for Gizzfest 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For the last couple of years, Gizzfest has been building its rep as possibly the best festival in the country for guitar bands, pumping out some monster lineups helmed by none other than King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and this year looks to be the best one yet.

Despite promising four whole albums this year, King Gizzard have still found time to put the national touring fest together again this year, and have just dropped the lineup for their hometown gig in Melbourne, boasting names like ORB and The Murlocs on the lineup alongside international guests like Kikagaku Moyo from Japan and La Luz from Cali.

There are some great names all the way down the bill, from the indefinable rap talents of HTMLFlowers and Jaalas producer side project Jaala vs. Man, to great bands like Loose Tooth, Lazer Tits and Suss Cunts.

The Melbourne edition will be kicking off on Saturday December 2 at the Melbourne Showgrounds this year, moving on from the Coburg Velodrome that hosted the event last year, with stepped-up A/V production and 10 hut stages with curated lineups.

All in all, it sounds like a much bigger affair than last year, and we look forward to seeing whats in store for the Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle and Byron Bay legs as theyre announced in the coming weeks, all set to take place between November 18 and December 2.

Until then, well have their new jazz-influenced album Sketches of East Brunswick on rotation, and be hanging out for their fourth and final LP for 2017.

King Gizzards Sketches of East Brunswick collaborator Mild High Club performs at Gizzfest 2016

King Gizzards Gizzfest 2017 Melbourne lineup

Saturday, 2nd December
Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne

Tickets on sale now

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Kikagaku Moyo (Japan)
La Luz (USA)
The Murlocs (Aus)
ORB (Aus)
Leah Senior (Aus)
Parsnip (Aus)
Clever Austin
HTMLflowers
Jaala vs Man
Superfeather
Vulture St Tape Gang
Suss Cunts
Hi-Tech Emotions
Pleather Purrs
Hexdebt
Loose Tooth
Lazer Tits
Stiff Richards
Closet Straights
Moon Lover
Bananagun
Gonzo
Vintage Crop
The Faculty
Planet Slayer
Bitch Dies...

09:17

How Snowball Earth led to the evolution of complex life "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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For billions of years bacteria dominated the globe, but at some point a major transition occurred and complex multicellular life began to take hold. The when and why of this transition has been the source of great debate for years, but a team at the Australian National University (ANU) has made a discovery that could finally answer those questions and it takes us all the way back to a time when the Earth was a giant snowball.

An extreme ice age hit the planet around 717 million years ago. Known as the Sturtian glaciation, this event is more informally dubbed Snowball Earth and its thought to be the most extreme, and long-lasting, ice age the planet ever experienced. For around 50 million years, the entire globe was essentially covered in ice.

In between the Sturtian glaciation and the planets next, but much shorter, glaciation event there was a small stretch of around 15 million years. It is this relatively s...

09:09

Amazon reserve opened for mining and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Brazilian government will strip the protection of a national reserve in the Amazon to allow commercial mineral exploration, to stimulate the countrys economy. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Located in the northern states of Amapa and Para, the amazonian reserve is larger than the size of Denmark, and contains resources such as manganese, gold and iron.

Its also home to biodiverse wildlife and indigenous populations.

Brazils president Michel Temer insisted environmental protection laws will be followed, yet the move has attracted criticism from environmentalists and political opponents.

Mining companies required to hire more employees locally

08:59

Four men charged after cannabis raids "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of the men arrested yesterday by police. (supplied)

One of the men arrested yesterday by police. (supplied)

Five men were arrested and four of them charged yesterday after police executed six search warrants during which they located four seperate hydroponic set-ups and a large amount of enhanced cannabis plants.

One of the hydroponic set-ups discovered by police. (supplied)

One of the hydroponic set-ups discovered by police. (supplied)

The raids in Goonellabah, Lismore and Casino were in relation to Strikeforce GLYN, which is targeting the commercial supply of cannabis.

Police will allege that at at an address in Parkwalk Drive Goonellabah they located four separate hydroponic set-ups and a large amount of enhanced cannabis plants.

At the Lismore search warrant police located a cannabis plant and cannabis, and a large amount of items were seized and examined.

A 54-year-old Goonellabah man has been charged with Organises/conducts/assists drug premises, supply cannabis, Enhanced indoor cultivation plant for commercial purpose, two counts of possess prohibited drug and cultivate prohibited plant; greater than commercial quantity. He has been bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.

A 24-year-old Goonellabah man was charged with Take part enhance indoor cultivation plant for commercial purpose, and Organises/conducts/assists drug premises. He will appear in Lismore Local Court in September.

A 24-year-old Goonellabah...

08:57

Gamed Into The Matrix, Privacy & Australian Pyramid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Join us for another mind melting show with the team from KBS. Kev opens up with a look at modern gaming & how it could be set to have a huge impact on our daily lives. The team discusses the 5g matrix that we are all soon to be a part of & get into

08:51

The Unreliability of Confessions: Implanted Memories "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For many, a confession is indisputable evidence of a persons guilt. However, a significant body of scientific research has found that people can easily be persuaded to confess to serious crimes that they did not commit. Wrongful convictions In 2014, a team of lawyers and statisticians asserted that 14.1% of people who were sentenced to

The post The Unreliability of Confessions: Implanted Memories appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

08:32

Kylie, Crowe, Hemsworth back gay vote "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kylie Minogue and other celebrities are supporting a Yes vote for same-sex marriage in the upcoming postal vote. Photo Getty Images

Kylie Minogue and other celebrities are supporting a Yes vote for same-sex marriage in the upcoming postal vote. Photo Getty Images

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Kylie Minogue has joined Hollywood stars Chris Hemsworth and Russell Crowe in backing a vote to allow gay marriage in Australia.

The three celebrities have urged their countrymen and women to ensure they are signed up for the same-sex marriage postal survey which asks: Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

Minogue wrote on Twitter: Aussies! #loveislove & its for everyone. Today is the final day to make sure youre enrolled. Dont wait!

Hemsworth posted on Instagram: Dear open minded, free speaking, laid back, life loving aussies. Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone! Vote now for marriage equality.

Crowe tweeted: Hey Australia , I love you . Thanks for being you . Please send a clear message with your vote and your voice love is love.

Stephen Fry, Tim Minchin and Ellen DeGeneres were other famous faces who urged voters to register and back the call for marriage equality.

DeGeneres posted: Australia, I love you. Its time for marriage equality. Make sure youre enrolled to vote right now, while Fry called on people to support their LGBTIQ friends, family and community.

The result of the vote will be revealed on November 15.

 

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08:28

Dual citizen MP hearing due in October "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and four senators will face the High Court in October. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and four senators will face the High Court in October. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

The dual citizenship debacle that has engulfed Australian politics will be back before the High Court in Canberra for a hearing in October.

Four senators and deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce were referred to the court earlier this month after it was revealed they did not meet the sole citizenship requirement of section 44 of the constitution.

South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon and NSW Senator Fiona Nash will also be referred to the court over their British citizenship by descent when federal parliament next sits in September.

At a directions hearing held in Brisbane on Thursday, Chief Justice Susan Kiefel set the matter down for a three-day hearing in Canberra from October 10.

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts remains the most at risk of being disqualified from parliament as he may have officially renounced his British citizenship after his nomination, the court heard.

Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue QC said there was a clear demarcation line between the politicians those who had known they were a citizen of a foreign power and those who did not.

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

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

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

The court will also examine stood-aside cabinet minister Matt Canavan, who has Italian heritage on his mothers side.

Like Senator Roberts, former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam were also born overseas.

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08:24

Pyne slams red herring marriage claims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The postal vote for gay marriage will take place in mid-September. file pic)

The postal vote for gay marriage will take place in mid-September. file pic)

A senior Liberal has warned opponents of gay marriage to stop making red herring arguments against change as enrolments for the postal vote closed.

Enrolments closed at midnight on Thursday with both sides of the debate from politicians to celebrities making a last ditch plea for people to get involved.

Survey papers are expected to start hitting mailboxes in mid-September.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne hit out at no campaigners who claim the survey is about freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

He said the only question was whether two members of the same sex could marry and any questions about protections for religious freedom would be dealt with by legislation if a majority of Australians voted in support of marriage equality.

It is a complete red herring, he told ABC TV.

So, lets keep it simple and try to not muddy the waters, as some people do, which is quite frankly a campaigning tactic.

It followed warnings by the Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart that future gay marriage laws could infringe rights of freedom of religion and conscience.

It could result in restrictions on the right of ministers of religion and religious bodies and organisations having the freedom to teach, preach and speak about marriage between persons of the same sex being contrary to their religious or conscientious beliefs, he wrote in an open letter.

Archbishop Hart urged Catholics to vote against change for the health and future of society.

But he insisted the debate needed to be respectful, with both sides expressing their ideas with conviction instead of creating a campaign of hate.

Mr Pyne said any colleagues who insisted on opposing gay marriage in parliament despite a yes vote would have to explain themselves to their electorates.

I certainly wouldnt be thumbing my nose at the will of the Australian people, he said.

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08:24

Final results of the 2017 VU Short Story Prize "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Overland, Victoria University and this years four judges Frank Moorhouse, Enza Gandalfo, Ian See and Rachael McGuirk are very pleased to announce the winners of the Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers.

08:18

MPs caution against burqa ban despite poll "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian MPs are against banning the burqa. (pic supplied)

Australian MPs are against banning the burqa. (pic supplied)

Senior MPs from both sides have cautioned against a push to ban the burqa despite a poll showing half of Australians would support the move.

A Sky News/ReachTEL found 44 per cent of people strongly supported banning the burqa in public places, while a further 13 per cent supported it.

Of the more than 2800 people surveyed, 19 per cent strongly opposed a ban, 12 per cent opposed, while the rest were undecided.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said his concern about the burqa was that it isolated women from society.

I think that is a dangerous thing, he told Nine Network on Friday.

Its nothing to do with it being Muslim or any other kind of religion for that matter.

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese conceded to being uncomfortable when the burqa was worn in public.

I think people who arent from that culture are uncomfortable with it, he said.

But he also warned bans doesnt work.

Theres a whole range of behaviour from people that have different cultures, different ethnicities, different religions that people might not be comfortable with. But that doesnt mean you go about banning it.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who wore a burqa into the Senate last week, seized on the poll.

Perhaps while the government are conducting their plebiscite on same sex marriage, we include the question as to whether Australians want to ban all full face coverings in government buildings and public spaces, she told News Corp.

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08:14

Revenge porn now a crime in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Revenve porn is now an offence in NSW. Photo http://cyberbullying.org

Revenve porn is now an offence in NSW. Photo http://cyberbullying.org

Revenge porn is now a crime in NSW, with offenders facing up to three years behind bars.

The state government announced the start of the new laws on Friday, which make it an offence to intentionally record or distribute an intimate image of a person without their consent.

Offenders who do so not only face jail time, but also risk an $11,000 fine.

The laws also make it an offence to threaten to distribute intimate images, to protect victims against controlling behaviour in abusive relationships.

The new laws shift the power away from vengeful ex-partners and manipulative predators and help victims regain privacy and dignity, Attorney General Mark Speakman said in a statement.

An offender who fails to take down material could face an extra two years in jail and a $5500 fine.

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08:13

Archbishop of Melbourne urges Catholics to vote no and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Archbishop of Melbourne is urging Catholics to vote against same-sex marriage, claiming it could infringe fundamental human rights of freedom of religion. Photo from Wikimedia commons.

Archbishop Hart has written an open letter asking people to vote no in the upcoming postal vote, to ensure the Catholic voice is heard.

The letter states respect for difference should be as important as demand for equality, and things could be equal in all respects without having to be uniformly the same.

A Galaxy poll conducted in July found 61% of Christians dont like having conservative religious groups speaking on behalf of all Australian Christians.

Gastro virus spreads throughout Brisbane child care facilities

08:00

Another of Mexico's high-profile journalists killed despite being in 'protection program' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

His phone rang, but Mexican newspaper reporter Candido Rios Vazquez didn't answer. On the other end was his boss, editor Cecilio Perez Cortes, who wanted to know whether his star crime writer could cover a deadly shooting in a small town near Mexico's Gulf Coast. Rios, it turned out, wasn't answering because he was one of the victims. The 57-year-old, who was enrolled in a government program to protect journalists after years chronicling corruption in one of the deadliest countries for reporters, was one of three people killed in Tuesday's shooting in Veracruz state.

07:57

Lennox Head Enduro "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

And theyre off. These youngsters are training hard in preparation for the Lennox Head Enduro paddling on cold and dark Lake Ainsworth three mornings a week. Photo supplied.

And theyre off. These youngsters are training hard in preparation for the Lennox Head Enduro paddling on cold and dark
Lake Ainsworth three mornings a week. Photo supplied.

Building endurance for the upcoming Lennox Head Enduro the youngsters at the Lennox Head surf club are out three mornings a week on Lake Ainsworth.

The event is open to competitors aged from under 11 to under 17, and includes swim, board and run legs, with distances increasing with age. Under 11 competitors swim 400m, board paddle for 1km and run for 1km; whereas under 17 competitors swim 1km, board paddle for 3km, and run for 3km.

This is our regions premier junior lifesaving endurance event, and gives our juniors the opportunity to

sample the competitive world of an ironman/ironwoman in a safe and well supported community

environment, said Lennox Head Surf Sports Coordinator, Chris Bond.

There are cash prizes up for grabs for male and female first, second and third placed competitors in each age group, as well as an assortment of lucky draw prizes including a Dolphin Racing Mal.

Theres no question that this is a testing event across the age groups, but on the day its really inspiring to see these young people in the water and on the beach, putting in the hard yards, and witnessing their jubilation when they finish.

With close to 100 entrants from as far as Newcastle and the Gold Coast lsat year you can register until Friday, September 22 or at the club on Friday September 29 between 5.30 and 7.30pm.

Competitors must be members of a surf lifesaving club to participate. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Lennox Head Alstonville SLSC facebook page. Enquiries: 0419 123 773 or lennoxenduro@gmail.com.

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07:53

When the Police Knock on Your Door : Your Rights and Options: A Legal Guide and Poster "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

If the police knock on your door

In cooperation with legal counsel, our comrades have prepared a poster explaining how to handle visits from law enforcement. This includes any agent from any law enforcement agency, regardless of whether they are local, state, or federal, including the FBI, ATF, and ICE when they are working as law enforcement, uniformed or not. Consider putting a copy of this poster by the doors of your residence and familiarizing yourself with the information. These days, no matter who you are or what youre doing, you never know when you might receive an unwelcome visit.


Click the image above for downloadable PDF.

Say No, you cannot come in. I do not consent to a search.

Keep the outer gate or door chain locked. If you must, step outside and close the door behind you. Better yet, speak through the door.

Say No, I will not answer your questions.

You can also say I have been advised to not answer questions. If you leave a card, a lawyer may contact you. The police are trained to intimidate. Dont let them bully you! Regardless of what they say, remember that you are never required to answer anything they ask. Your responsibility is to your conscience and your community, not to the police or their investigation.


Research the legal resources available in your area. Keep the phone numbers accessible for the local National Lawyers Guild hotline, the local hotline to report ICE raids, and any contacts you have for legal support or raising bail money. Agree on a response plan with those you share this home with! Keep in mind that the phone numbers you have written out in your home may be discovered by police.


Do not sign anything you are given without seeking advice from a lawyer first.

Lying to police may result in criminal charges. The safest thing is to not engage with them at all.

Rehearse the phrases on this poster. That way, when the time comes, you will feel confident enough to deny them entry, access, and information.


If They Want to Conduct a Search

Ask if they have a search warrant that is signed by a judge. It must be no more than ten days old. If they do not have a search warrant:

  • ...

07:49

On the brink: Hot, dry and deadly "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Campaign Director Daisy Barham. Photo supplied.

Campaign Director Daisy Barham. Photo supplied.

A new report by the Nature Conservation Council  Hot, dry, and deadly: Impacts of climate change on nature in NSW is being launched in Lismore on Tuesday, August 29 and Ballina Wednesday, August 30.

The report draws together the latest research to highlight the harm global warming is doing to nature across the state. The northern rivers catchment management area had 448 threatened species in 2012, with 16 critically endangered, 5 extinct, 5 endangered populations, 185 endangered species, and 18 ecologically endangered communities.

Everyone is invited to attend and find out more about how ecosystems and species in the Northern Rivers and North Coast regions will be affected by climate change and learn about how to be part of the solution.  

Species and ecosystems in NSW have suffered many blows over the past 200 years, with land clearing, invasive species, and changed fire regimes taking a terrible toll. Eight species in the region are already believed to be extinct and more than 170 are threatened or vulnerable, Nature Conservation Council Campaign Director Daisy Barham said.

Now climate change is a significant new threat that could push a range of species and ecosystems, including the koala, regent honeyeater, seagrass meadows and salt marshes over the brink if we dont act quickly to reduce carbon emissions.

Animal species that are currently presumed extinct include:

  • The White-footed Rabbit Rat it disappeared quite early after settlement.
  • The Eastern quoll it has disappeared from the north coast and most of mainland Australia. It may still be present in Barrington tops. Rufous scrub-bird and Eastern bristlebird they used to be in the Big Scrub in the lowlands but no longer there.
  • Fleays barred frog probably extinct in the Big Scrub

Both events start at 6pm. Lismore will be held at Friends of the Koala Centre, Friends of the Koala Centre, Rifle Range Rd, Lismore. Ballina takes place in the Jullum Room, Ballina Surf Club, Ballina.

To register click...

07:31

Preventive potentials of piperlongumine and a Piper longum extract against stress responses and pain. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  J Tradit Complement Med. 2016 Oct ;6(4):413-423. Epub 2015 Dec 11. PMID: 27774429 Abstract Title:  Preventive potentials of piperlongumine and a Piper longum extract against stress responses and pain. Abstract:  AIM: To compare stress resistance increasing and analgesic activities of piperlongumine and a methanolic Piper longum fruit extract (PLE).METHODS: Efficacies of a single and repeated daily oral doses (1-256 mg/kg/day) of PLE, piperlongumine, and 50 mg/kg/day doxycycline against foot shock stress triggered alteration in body weights and core temperatures, and of their 11 daily doses on antidepressants like activity in tail suspension test and on pentobarbital induced sedation in male mice were compared. In another experiment, analgesic activities of single and repeated daily 5 mg/kg oral doses of piperlongumine and PLE in mice hot plate test and in acetic acid induced writing tests were compared with those of aspirin and doxycycline.RESULTS: After their single oral doses no effects of piperlongumine or PLE or doxycycline were observed in the footshock stress induced hyperthermia test or in hot plate test. However, significant effects of piperlongumine and PLE in both the tests were observed after their 5 or more daily doses. Both of them also dose dependently suppressed daily handling and repetitive testing triggered alterations in body weights and core temperatures. Their doxycycline like antidepressant activity in tail suspension test and aspirin like analgesic effects in acetic acid writhing test were observed after their 11 daily 5 mg/kg oral dose.CONCLUSION: Piperlongumine is another bioactive secondary metabolite of P. longum and other plants of piper species with stress response suppressing, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory activities. Its bactericidal activities can also contribute to its therapeutically interesting bio-activity profile.

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07:31

Sydney economy back into pole position "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Sydney jobs surge

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

Quite good numbers!

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

07:29

Fate of politicians referred to the High Court over the citizenship saga will not be known until at least mid-October. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


It appears that on Day One before the High Court of Australia there is to be no united defence by those sitting politicians defending their election as members of parliament and stories appear to be changing.

ABC News, 24 August 2017:

The fate of politicians referred to the High Court over the citizenship saga will not be known until at least mid-October.

The court held its first hearings on the cases in Brisbane today, and Chief Justice Susan Kiefel has ordered the matter be heard in Canberra on October 10-12.

It is not clear yet how long it could take the court to decide on the case and announce its decision on the five cases currently before it those of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, former Nationals Minister Matt Canavan, One Nation's Malcolm Roberts and former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam.

Solicitor-general Stephen Donaghue QC, acting for the Commonwealth, had urged the hearings be scheduled in mid-September to ease any concerns about the validity of decisions made by the 45th Parliament.

In another twist, Mr Joyce's political nemesis, Tony Windsor, has been given permission to join the citizenship challenge in the High Court.

Mr Windsor will argue Mr Joyce has breached the constitution, as he was a dual citizen of New Zealand.

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07:25

Rescued from slavery: Rameshs tale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Young Ramesh and Gokul, from Access Nepal. Photo supplied.

Young Ramesh and Gokul, from Access Nepal. Photo supplied.

Young children who are born into some of the poorest countries are the target of slave traders.While its common its also heart wrenching; each childs story is different and compelling.

Ramesh is one such child, and thankfully he was rescued by Access Nepal with help from Naren King, founder of local business the Crystal Castle.

Nepal is one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world over a quarter of the children in the country are victims of child labour, according to www.accessnepal.org.

Access Nepals Gokul Subedi says that when young Rameshs mother died, and with his father being an alcoholic, his relatives were approached by someone from a neighbouring village who said they could give Ramesh a better life and education in the city. His relatives thought the offer was a golden chance for Ramesh, he said.

Gokul explained that children from families where parents are illiterate, economically disadvantaged and have other complicating factors are easy targets for exploitation.

Generally, its neither a familys or a childs wish to go away to the city. Its primarily an employers or middlemans wish and ploy to take a child away from the family.

At the age of ten, Ramesh was was forced to work first as a domestic worker and then in a restaurant in Kathmandu. Following his rescue from the restaurant by Access Nepal and with the help of Crystal Castle founder Naren King Ramesh lived in a transit home for three years, where he spent time re-learning how to be a child and attended school.

Gokul said, Because of the torture and tremendous amount of work, their natural processes of childhood have been blocked. They never had a chance to be children during work.

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07:25

Video: Wangaratta council workers walking off the job "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wangaratta council workers are taking strike action today, for the first time since the 1990s, in order to defend themselves against moves to set back their working conditions. There will be gather a BBQ and drinks at Ovens Street (1 to 3 pm) to show support for the  council workers.

Video from the Australian Services Union (ASU) Victoria/Tasmania branch

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Stay strong Wangaratta!

Workers at Rural City of Wangaratta are forced to take industrial action to protect their conditions from going backward. Industrial relations laws in this country are broken. #changetherules

Posted by ASUVicTas on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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07:17

Japans Lobbying to export Fukushima produce "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

If we are to believe the Japanese government and the Fukushima local government all Fukushima produce are deliciously safe for consumption and safe to be exported, all having passed the strictest controls for the foreign consumers 100% safety..There is no left radiation, nor contamination in Fukushima Prefecture. Smile and you will remain safe and healthy!!!

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Fukushima food exports to Malaysia rise as radiation stigma fades

KUALA LUMPUR Fukushima Prefecture aims to export 100 tons of rice and 15 tons of peaches to Malaysia by next year, its governor said Wednesday, evidence of fading concern over the safety of food products from the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster.

In the aftermath of the earthquake and the nuclear plant incident, the agriculture sector suffered very much. We have to deal with negative rumor. But things are slowly recovering, Gov. Masao Uchibori said at a press conference in the Malaysian capital

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07:14

Fukushima ice wall facing doubts as project nears completion "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Barrier will block only a fraction of groundwater contamination

0823N-Fukushima-Daiichi_article_main_imageWork has begun on the final 7 meters of an ice wall at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

TOKYO Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings began Tuesday the final phase of an underground ice wall around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant intended to reduce groundwater contamination, though experts warn the bold project could be much less effective than once hoped.

At 9 a.m., workers began activating a refrigeration system that will create the last 7 meters of a roughly 1.5km barrier of frozen earth around the plants reactor buildings, which were devastated by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdowns of March 2011. Masato Kino, an official from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry supervising the cleanup, spoke cautiously at the occasion, noting that producing results is more important than the simple act of freezing that particular segment

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07:11

Proof of $50 per Hour Soros Paid Protesters at the Phoenix Rally "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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I made the claim on my Youtube Channel that Soros was financing protesters at Trumps Phoenix rally that was held at the Phoenix Convention Center.

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You are such a liar. Your fake news is ____  ___! You are such an ____  ____. You cannot prove that one protester in Phoenix was paid anything. Liar!  A___ ___!..

There is more but you get the idea. Here was my answer to the mentally ill liberals who continue to try and conceal the truth from the American public.

 

 

 

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07:01

When the Police Knock on Your Door Your Rights & Options: A Legal Guide & Poster "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post When the Police Knock on Your Door Your Rights & Options: A Legal Guide & Poster appeared first on It's Going Down.

In cooperation with legal counsel, our comrades have prepared a poster explaining how to handle visits from law enforcement. This includes any agent from any law enforcement agency, regardless of whether they are local, state, or federal, including the FBI, ATF, and ICE when they are working as law enforcement, uniformed or not. Consider putting a copy of this poster by the doors of your residence and familiarizing yourself with the information. These days, no matter who you are or what youre doing, you never know when you might receive an unwelcome visit.

 

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Keep the outer gate or door chain locked. If you must, step outside and close the door behind you. Better yet, speak through the door.

Say No, I will not answer your questions.

You can also say I have been advised to not answer questions. If you leave a card, a lawyer may contact you. The police are trained to intimidate. Dont let them bully you! Regardless of what they say, remember that you are never required to answer anything they ask. Your responsibility is to your conscience and your community, not to the police or their investigation.

Research the legal resources available in your area. Keep the phone numbers accessible for the local National Lawyers Guild hotline, the local hotline to report ICE raids, and any contacts you have for legal support or raising bail money. Agree on a response plan with those you share this home with! Keep in mind that th...

06:58

Low pay and unemployment benefits not enough for even frugal existence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

A study funded by the Australian Research Council, Catholic Social Services Australia and, United Voice and the Australian Council of Social Service, has come along with a better way to determine the level of income necessary to ensure everyone, a fully healthy life.

The study, carried out by Professor Peter Saunders and Megan Bedford of the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW, has just been launched and it contains budget standards for unemployed and low paid Australians, based on a basket of goods and services for different sized families at these income levels, without allowance for modest luxuries and wastage kept at a minimum. Only what is required for basic needs is considered.

The unemployed are not even considered as needing to own a car.

To achieve this level of income, a single adult would need to spend $600 a week. A couple with no children would need $830. Add a child of six and that rises to $970. Add a second child, of 10, and its up to $1170. A sole parent working part-time, with a child, would need to spend $830 a week.

Lets take a couple with two children. Their biggest expense would be rent, $460 a week for a three-bedroom unit in an outer suburb. Then $200 for food, $140 for transport, $140 for household goods and services, $80 for recreation (swimming lessons; bit of sport for the kids), $60 for education, $40 for personal care, $30 for clothing and footwear and $20 a week for out-of-pocket healthcare.

The budget standards for unemployed families are, perforce, a lot tighter.

Whereas the low-paid were assumed to shop at Woolworths and Kmart, unemployed people in the focus groups used to check the realism of the standards said they couldnt afford such stores and went to Aldi and discount stores. They chase specials and collect discount vouchers, make things last longer and waste nothing.

Even with this frugality, an unemployed single adult needs $430 a week. A couple without children needs $660, but that rises by $110 to $770 with one child, then by a further $170 to $940 with a second child. An unemployed sole parent with one child needs $680 a week.

According to the study, those on Newstart receive an income that is nowhere near the measure. This can be extended to those on other Centrelink benefits.

Singles who have jobs, but are on minimum wages, barely scrape past the miserly minimum living standard. Those with families fall below.

This study shows that a lot of Australians are not doing too well at present and his contradicts the notion of a fair go nation.

It also answers the claim made too often by politicians and the plainly ignorant that the unemployed are livi...

06:41

1) 500 UMBRELLAS MOVEMENT FOR MAMA PAPUA "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) PT DEWA AND BRIMOB ASKED TO LEAVE DEIYAI

3) 10,000 PAPUAN ENTREPRENEURS WILL VISIT GOVERNOR OFFICE
4) THE WORLDS FIRST STUDY OF WHALE SHARK CONDUCTED IN CENDERAWASIH BAY
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06:30

Takatas killer canisters? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

06:23

Rainforest logging submission highlights flaws in special species plan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Wilderness Society today released its submission into the Hodgman Governments plan to log oldgrowth rainforests from within the Tasmanian Reserve Estate. The draft Special Species Management Plan is out for public comment until next Monday 28th, and is called-out as a political document, designed to create conflict in the lead up to the next election, with little credible reference to environmental, social and economic issues facing the sector ABC: Wilderness Society questions special species harvest plan over common logging methods  Cassy OConnor, Greens Leader: Liberals Rainforest Logging Plan to Open Up Reserves The plan to allow logging in Regional Reserves and Conservation Areas is as divisive as it is destructive and unjustifiable.  These places were set aside for protection, not for rainforest logging. Earlier this year when debating the highly political and ultimately defeated, unlocking production forests bill, the Greens attempted to scrutinise and debate the values in each lot that the Bill proposed to open up to logging. When listing the threatened species in each lot, we were met with laughter. This is indicative of the attitudes of the old parties, particularly the Liberals in government who apparently have so little to offer Tasmania, they have to resort to championing environmental destruction Gordon Bradbury in Comments: As a forester I can confirm that tread widely, tread lightly is a myth! It has absolutely no scientific validity whatsoever. No it is not a myth, it is a deliberate lie. Yet another forest industry lie foisted upon a gullible Tasmanian public

06:15

Tony marries Eric ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

First published August 24 Fairfax: Tony Abbott admits missing key vote in Parliament because he was drunk and passed out

06:08

Best place to watch the mayweather vs mcgregor fight? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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05:53

Usually when he comes for a visit, he stops by the front door first and gives one or two polite barks. If no one answers the front door, he will either try to go through the garage or go around through the backyard." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tommys family adopted him from a shelter when he was around a year old. Initially, the family had been looking for a girl dog and had set up meetings with a few potential matches. While they waited for those dogs to arrive from their foster homes, one of the staff members asked if the family would like to meet Tommy in the meantime. It was love at first sight for both the family and for Tommy. 

When it came time for him to go back out, he laid down on the floor trying his best not to leave us; she had to literally drag/slide him on his belly out of the room, Jenna Termolen, Tommys mom, told The Dodo. He had chosen his new family and was not willing to give us up. After meeting the other dogs, the boys all decided that he was the one. 

Credit: Jenna Termolen

For most of his life, Tommy lived with his family in Illinois, until 2015, when they moved to a neighborhood in upstate New York. Tommy had a lot of dog friends back in his old neighborhood, and seemed to be missing them after the move until he met Jackson. 

About a week after the family moved into their new home, Termolen was out running errands when she got a text from her youngest son saying that a very large, very shaggy dog with no tail had suddenly appeared inside their house. 

I immediately called him to see if everything was OK, Termolen said. He relayed that Tommy and the dog were getting along just fine; the dog seemed friendly, and Tommy was taking him on a tour of the house.

Credit: Jenna Termolen

After finally locating the dogs collar under all his fur, they discovered that his name was Jackson, and he lived right down the street. Termolen and her son walked Jackson home, and while his family was embarrassed that he had somehow found his way into someones home, they were not at all surprised that he was out and about trying to make friends. Termolen and her son said goodbye to Jackson and headed home and soon realized that Jacksons visit that day had certainly not been his last. 

Now, Jackson comes over to visit Tommy almost every day. The first few times, Termolen and her family walked Jackson back home, but have since realized that he totally knows the way on his own. If the familys garage door is open, then Jackson just lets himself into the house, and no one in the family is ever surprised to see him anymore. ...

05:45

Piperlongumine inhibits TGF--induced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

PMID:  Eur J Pharmacol. 2017 Jul 19. Epub 2017 Jul 19. PMID: 28734931 Abstract Title:  Piperlongumine inhibits TGF--induced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition by modulating the expression of E-cadherin, Snail1, and Twist1. Abstract:  Cancer is a life-threatening disease, and the occurrence of metastasis, which increases the lethality of primary tumors, is increasing. The epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a biological process by which epithelial cells lose cell-cell adhesion properties and acquire mesenchymal properties, including motility and invasiveness. EMT is considered an early stage of metastasis; therefore, inhibiting EMT may be an effective anticancer therapy. In the present study, the antimetastatic effect of piperlongumine (PL) was assessed in human cancer cells. PL is a single component isolated from long pepper (Piper longum) and it has been studied for its antibacterial, antiangiogenic, and antidiabetic activities. Migration assays (wound healing assay) and transwell invasion assays showed that PL inhibited the migration and invasion of cancer cells. Western blotting and immunofluorescence imaging showed that TGF- upregulated the transcription factors Snail1 and Twist1 and downregulated E-cadherin, a marker of epithelial cells, inducing EMT. PL might inhibit TGF--induced EMT by downregulating Snail1 and Twist1 and upregulating E-cadherin in cancer cells. In summary, PL might inhibit TGF--induced EMT, suggesting that it is a promising anticancer agent.

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04:47

MACKAY Mount Pleasant woman arrested, accused of dealing meth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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04:42

Why Steve Jobs Didnt Let His Kids Use iPads (and Why You Shouldnt Either) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Parenting is facing its biggest challenge to date technology. Children used to go to their parents for everything from questions that needed answering, to comfort, to simple entertainment. Any parent (and even grandparent) can attest and relate to the apparent reality of iPhone Facetime versus real, eye-to-eye face time....

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04:00

Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Special report: India and China are shifting away from coal imports and coal-fired power while a mega-mine is planned for Queensland. Where does this leave coal in Australia?Coal in decline: an industry on life support Support our independent journalism and critical reporting on energy and the environment by giving a one-off or monthly contributionThe Paris-based International Energy Agency was born in a crisis. In the wake of the 1973 oil shock, as Arab petroleum producers withheld supply [...]

03:29

Germany will not automatically side with US in war with N. Korea "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Berlin will not automatically side with the US should it face an armed conflict with North Korea, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.

Merkel believes the North Korean crisis cannot be resolved through military means

The German chancellor was speaking at the Deutschland Live event organized by national newspaper Handelsblatt, where the ongoing North Korean crisis was among the key topics addressed.

When asked about the worst-case scenario, namely an armed conflict between Washington and Pyongyang, Merkel said that Germany would not necessarily back America.

READ MORE: US nuclear arms should be removed from Germany chancellor candidate

No, not automatically. I do not see any military solution to [the crisis with] North Korea. I think it is wrong, Merkel said.

The German leader called for a peaceful resolution to tensions, insisting that diplomatic means have not been utilized in full.

Merkel has rejected any military option for North Korea, while Washington and Pyongyang continue to be embroiled in a war of words. At the height of recent tensions, US President Donald Trump promised to meet any further threats from North Korea with fire and fury, while the North threatened to strike a US base in Guam.

Germany will be intensively involved in any non-military solutions, Merkel said. But an escalation of rhetoric is the wrong answer.

In light of Merkels comments, RT looks back at other points of contention between the US and European nations.

Meanwhile, Berlin has also voiced support for the Russian-Chinese initiative for a double freeze to resolve the Korean crisis. The plan involves simultaneously stopping missile tests by North Korea and halting South Korean drills with the US.

Washington rebuffed the calls, however, and is currently holding the large-scale Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercises on the Korean Peninsula with Seoul. Despite the US saying that the drills are designed to enhance readiness and protect the region, Pyongyang sees them as a dir...

03:28

Central Bank of Papua New Guinea Adopts Blockchain Technology "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Central Bank of Papua New Guinea Adopts Blockchain Technology

The number of countries with banks experimenting with blockchain technology is growing rapidly. The Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG), north of Australia, has joined the movement with its own central Bank of Papua New Guinea running blockchain trials.

Central Bank Governor Loi Bakani, known as a champion of new technologies as a way to enable financial inclusion, recently hosted a conference to showcase his countrys commitment to blockchain technology, with participants from at home and around the world, including Abt Associates, Paycase, Othera, IDbox, Pacific Markets, UCash, Seso and ADCCA.

At the conference, Bakani described the blockchain trials underway at the Bank of PNG and introduced the PNG Digital Commerce and Cryptocurrency Association for the growing number of Papua New Guinea tech entrepreneurs and businesses interested in blockchain technology.

Bakani said, This will allow PNG to join the Global Blockchain Forum, which gets PNG a cutting edge in discussions about Blockchain at a global level, along with Australia, Canada, U.S.A., Dubai, UK and Japan. There is no reason why PNG cant be a leader for emerging markets.

There are already central banks experimenting with blockchain technology around the world, including Bank of America, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Bank of England, People's Bank of China, Bank of Canada, the National Bank of Cambodia, and the Central Bank of India.

Elizabeth Genia, Assistant Governor of the central Bank of PNG said, It is the new innovations that can change peoples lives almost 85 percent of our people live outside the banking system.

According to Abt Associates Jane Thomason, who helped manage the conference, 85 percent of PNG has little or no access to banking services and accounts, and the island is among the most expensive remittance corridors in the world, with nearly 10 percent of all funds transferred going to fees alone.

Thomason told the conference that blockchain-based technologi...

03:25

You Can Hurt As Many Children as You Can and Nothing Will Happen to You "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oh- and this argument that I am just saying this because when my dad died my stepmother and her children got everything- perhaps you should check out the Nebraska laws in 2006. We- as the FIRST family- and blood- actually had PRESIDENT over my fathers money. In fact- we could STILL make issue out of it and probably still win- because legally- we were ENTITLED, since our father DID NOT legally disown us. So it NEVER HAS BEEN about money- it has been about justice. If it HAD just been about money- we could have had it MUCH EASIER than what I have had to go through reporting my father and his third families murderous activities.

03:05

Photographer Spends Hours in the Ocean Capturing the Different Moods of Waves "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ocean Photography by Matt Burgess

Photographer Matt Burgess captures the arresting beauty of the open waters through his hypnotic ocean wave photography. Located in Victoria, Australia, he spends hours in the salty sea with its white-capped crests and swirling colors, documenting these mesmerizing moments that are now frozen in time. The results showcase the different personalities that the ocean has to offer; sometimes, the waters are relatively tranquil, and you can see far beyond its horizon onto dry land. In other instances, the atmosphere is contentious with crashing tides delivered with a breathtaking force.

Burgess shares a variety of shots on Instagram, and some of the most compelling compositions give us an up-close view of the water; it's as if we were in the ocean alongside the photographer. These gorgeous images highlight the glass-like finish of a single wave. Its beautiful reflections transmit not only blues, but purple tones and the warm colors of the sun.

Over the past six years, Burgess has honed his eye for ocean photography and made it a ritual in his life. One thing that draws me to the water most mornings before the sun rises, he explains, is the relationship between water and light. For him, there is no better way to start the day.

Photographer Matt Burgess spends hours in the open waters capturing stunning ocean wave photography.

Ocean Photography by Matt Burgess...

02:29

Worlds Biggest Single-Tower Solar Thermal Energy Farm Is Under Construction In South Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

http://newatlas.com/solar-reserve-thermal-power-south-australia/50896/#gallery

Artist rendering of proposed S. Australia site. Source: SolarReserve via New Atlas

A new major renewable energy project, headed up by Solar Reserve, is expected to generate power for 90,000 homes across South Australia. The Aurora Solar Energy Project, located 30km north of Port Augusta, will harness solar energy and store it using molten salt thermal storage. This important initiative in the history of Australia will require no fossil fuels and produce zero carbon emissions.

http://newatlas.com/solar-reserve-thermal-power-south-australia/50896/#gallery

Source: SolarReserve

The U.S. Energy Information Administration explains, Solar thermal power generation systems collect and concentrate sunlight to produce the high-temperature heat needed to generate electricity. All solar thermal power systems have solar energy collectors with two main components: reflectors (mirrors) that capture and focus sunlight onto a receiver.

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01:46

"Just Where You Begin Again..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"When we're headed toward an outcome that's too horrible to face, that's when we go looking for a second opinion. And sometimes, the answer we get just confirms our worst fears. But sometimes, it can shed new light on the problem, make you see it in a whole new way. After all the opinions have been heard and every point of view has been considered, you finally find what you're after - the truth. But the truth isn't where it ends, that's just where you begin again with a whole new set of questions."
 - "Meredith", "Grey's Anatomy" 

01:41

The State, last episode. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This blog has kindly given itself permission to address matters other than BBC bias, although (arguably) much of our grumbles can be traced back to the BBC.
So, unapologetically, this is another post about The State. Yes, it was shown on Channel 4. If youre looking for BBC-only content, you need to take a right at the crossroads and straight on - you cant miss it.

There has been quite a lot of coverage of Peter Kosmisnkys four part series about British would-be jihadis and jihadi brides.  Opinion is divided, but one particular complaint was unanimous. Most critics thought that the drama needed a back story. What, they wanted to know, led these particular characters to radicalisation? 
If youre looking for answers, Peter Kosminsky isnt going to be providing them. 

Kosminsky has been telling the media that he and his team spent eighteen months trawling through reams of testimony and guidance from witnesses and experts on Islam.  
(Otherwise how could a 61 year old middle-class Bafta-winning film-maker justify making a ground-breaking film about the subject?)

Im sure he believes he knows enough - at least enough to take a selection of interesting anecdotes and string them together into a gritty award-winning work.

As human beings were all capable of holding dozens of contradictory beliefs and opinions at once. Cognitive dissonance, isnt it?  

Here, the script delivered, and we were expected to swallow, leading characters so full of cognitive dissonance that the finished product came across as a string of anecdotes cobbled together - thatll do - and very heavy reliance on the acting and Kosminskys cinematographic expertise to see it through. 

One example of what seemed to be an isolated  interesting factoid thrown in for the sake of it, was protagonist Jalal being advised to speak Arabic, not English, because the particularly volatile knife-wielding psychopath and beheader-in-chief had a thing about Brits. I can almost hear Kosminskys team saying Thats interesting, well use that one.  
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00:53

Ein bemerkenswertes Comeback "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

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

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

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

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

Nun, es ist soweit.

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

00:47

Asteroid Florence Will Fly By Earth September 1 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The largest object to skim past our planet since NASA began recording such events, will fly by on September 1. Asteroid Florence measuring 2.7 miles across will safely pass by 4.4 million miles.

In no way should this be alarming and it isnt an apocalyptic event by any means. But it does show just how irrelevant Earth and its inhabitants are in the grand scheme of the infinitely massive universe. If nothing else, it should put things into perspective.

Named after Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, the asteroid will be the biggest to pass by earth this closely since NASA started tracking these types of near-Earth asteroids, an agency official said. While many known asteroids have passed by closer to Earth than Florence will on September 1, all of those were estimated to be smaller, Paul Chodas, manager of NASAs Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at the agencys Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement.

Astronomer Schelte Bobby Bus first spotted asteroid Florence in 1981 at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. The flyby on September 1st is the asteroids closest approach since 1890 and it wont get this close to Earth again until after 2500, according to the statement.

As asteroid Florence passes by Earth, astronomers will take the opportunity to capture radar images to learn more about the asteroids exact size and detailed surface features. Amateur astronomers will be able to view the asteroid using small telescopes as early as late August, when Florence begins to brighten in the night sky and streaks through the constellations Piscis Austrinus, Capricornus, Aquarius, and Delphinus....

00:24

Veteran confronts Ohio Police Chief & Mayor after cops killed unarmed man (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tensions among police and citizens in Euclid, Ohio have come to a head recently after police killed an unarmed 23-year-old man for unknown reasons and officers were seen on video pulverizing another man over a suspended license. A video uploaded to Facebook captured an articulate rant by a military veteran about these recent events, directed at the police chief and mayor, which epitomized these tensions perfectly. In March of this year, a Euclid police officer, responding to a call about a man sitting in his vehicle, shot and killed 23-year-old Luke Stewart. The police department and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation have yet to give any reason for the shooting, and an investigation would later reveal Stewart was unarmed. Naturally, the citizens of Euclid are upset and want answers. The family and citizens demanding answers as to why these recent events unfolded like they did came to a head this week as dozens of people took over a Euclid City Council meeting.

00:20

Another Revealing Interview With Robert Kennedy Jr. On Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ROBERT-759x420Watch New and Very Informative Documentary: The Truth About Vaccines

A recent interview was conducted by STAT News reporter Helen Branswell with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. from The World Mercury Project, an organization whose mission is to raise public awareness of the dangers and sources of mercury, with the ultimate goal of banning all uses of mercury on a global level. They believe the public desperately needs  accurate information about the sources and dangers of mercury, as this will allow them to better protect themselves and their families from the potentially devastating effects of this potent neurotoxin.

They emphasize:

The average person does not know that mercury is the second most toxic element on the planet, nor do they know that it is an incredibly potent toxin even at small exposure levels. Once in the body, mercury has a high affinity for moving into the brain where it can become trapped for decades. Once in the brain, mercury causes a chronic inflammatory process in the tissue which has been connected to autism, Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrigs disease) and many more adverse health consequences.

When it comes to vaccines in particular, contrary to popular belief, many vaccines still contain unsafe levels of mercury. The flu and tetanus vaccine, for example, still contains 25 mcg of mercury. Mercury has also seeped into the food chain and hundreds of other medical pharmaceutical products, along with dental fillings.

None of these preservatives have ever been proven safe by science, so what is going on here? Why do we continue to allow this to happen?

This is precisely why Kennedy, along with several other supporters, held a press conference offering $100,000 USD to any scientist or journalist who could provide evidence showing it is safe to inject mercury into babies. While doing so, he presented approximately 100 studies that proved it is unsafe to do so.

Despite their long use as active agents of medicines and fungicides, the safety levels of these substances have never been determined, either for animals...

00:15

Lofgren introduces resolution urging Vice President and Cabinet to fulfil duties under 25th Amendment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


It was only a matter of time......

Amendment XXV
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Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the P...

00:13

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THERE ARE SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITHIN SAA LEADERSHIP
Scopa chairperson Themba Godi says there are serious problems within SAAs leadership, but cannot say if the departure of Dudu Myeni would improve the situation.

Masego Rahlaga

JOHANNESBURG - Parliaments Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) chairperson Themba Godi says there are serious problems within South African Airways (SAA)s leadership, but cannot say if the departure of the airlines board chair Dudu Myeni would improve the situation.

Scopa on Wednesday interrogated the irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure racked up by the airline during the past financial year.

During a question and answer session with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Parliament, claims emerged that government plans to sell off its stake in Telkom to raise an R10 billion bailout for SAA.

Godi says finances at SAA need to be sorted out.

From our discussions on Wednesday, its clear that there are a number of problem areas, but of course leadership is one of the critical issues, whether from the board or management, I think there are serious challenges that need to be corrected.

Meanwhile, transport economist Joachim Vermooten says the problems at SAA are caused by the carrier wanting to do too much while it cannot afford to.

At the moment, it has a broad mandate and I think its just too wide. And its expanded on its activities instead of contracting that. So, you really need to make a change in direction to actually reduce the last lay-offs."

00:09

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

'PLAN TO SELL TELKOM SHARES TO RAISE R10BN TO BAIL OUT SAA JUST AN OPTION'
Eyewitness News has had sight of the document which includes a draft bill for the appropriation of the R10 billion.

Gaye Davis
Eye Witness News

PARLIAMENT - The Ministry of Finance says the plan to sell off governments stake in Telkom to raise an R10 billion bailout for ailing national airline South African Airways (SAA) is just one option being considered.

Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentarian Alf Lees stunned MPs when he told Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday that he had a Cabinet document containing Finance Minister Malusi Gigabas detailed proposal for the move.

Ramaphosa, who was answering MPs questions in Parliament, neither confirmed nor denied the plan, saying that governments strategic assets remained under review.

Eyewitness News has had sight of the document which includes a draft bill for the appropriation of the R10 billion.

Lees questioned whether it was a good idea.

Honourable Deputy President, do you support a sale of a good asset to save a bad asset?

The Economic Freedom Fighters also challenged the move.

The document values governments nearly 40% shareholding in Telkom at more than R14 billion and notes it will cost the fiscus R800m in annual dividends.

Lees revelation came just hours after Deputy Finance Minister Sfiso Buthelezi told Parliaments Standing Committee on Public Accounts that SAA would not be allowed to go under and would not be privatised.

Finance ministry spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete has confirmed the document is a Cabinet memorandum.

But he says it is one option among others that the government is considering assisting the cash-strapped SAA and that nothing has yet been finalised.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

00:00

Atlassians New Diversity Report Shows You Cant Make Progress Without Transparency "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian tech company hasnt been shy about where its fallen short.

Transparency is a tricky thing. Its easy to shine a light on what youre proud of when things are going great, and a lot harder to put on display anything that isntespecially when it comes to diversity and inclusion. To its credit, Atlassian just released a diversity report that isnt all As.

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23:52

Dont Feed The Trolls How To Combat The Alt-Right "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Kazu Haga for Waging Nonviolence - Nazism and white supremacy are forms of violence. Lets start there. The constitution does not protect violence, and Im happy to see that the California chapter of the ACLU has taken a stand against protecting the free speech of hate groups. But with or without marching permits, it is clear that public displays of hatred are a growing trend in the United States. And as much as I dont want to give these groups more attention, it is also clear that simply ignoring them is not going to make them go away. So what do we do? Many communities seem to have embraced the militant tactics of Antifa, so much so that it seems like its already an expectation that every alt-right rally will turn into a violent battlefield. Yet I cant help but wonder if these tactics are giving the alt-right exactly what they want. Is it possible that we could be winning small battles while losing the war? Is it possible that as we celebrate Nazis getting punched, their numbers are growing as a direct result of it? I dont pretend to have all the answers. I would even admit that a portion of the blame for the rise in violence has to go to those of us committed to nonviolence for our failure to come up with the type of assertive response necessary in these urgent times.

23:30

Diary of Death: 25 August 1 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A life threatening list of imminent events happening in Sydney and surrounds, selected weekly by Jack Shit.


FRIDAY 25 AUGUST

 Shining Bird, Mere Women, Post Motel  Red Rattler  Curated by FBi
 The Vacationists  Botany View Hotel
 Siamese  Lady Hampshire FREE
 Ed Kuepper (solo and by request)  Coogee Bunker
 Hellfire Club Dark Carnival Sideshow  Midnight Shift
 Akouo, Amastro, Carmada, Colour Castle, Elk Road, L D R U, Oriental Cravings, Release The Woolves, Yahtzel
 Donny Bent, Tees, Gauci, White Blanks, Crocodylus  Unibar, Wollongong
 Soda Eaves, E4444E, Grand Master Monk  Lass OGowrie, Newcastle
 The Jezebels, Planet  Lansdowne  Sold out
 The Jungle Giants, Lastlings, Heaps Good Friends  Enmore Theatre

 

SATURDAY 26 AUGUST

School Damage, Tim & the Boys, Sachet Album launch Vic On The Park FREE
King Curly, Bernie Hayes  Album launch  Leadbelly
Laurence Pike  9PM  Golden Age FREE
Major Leagues, Body Type, Moaning Lisa ...

23:11

Section 44: The Cloud Gets Thicker, With An Office of Profit Now In The Mix "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The cloud hanging over Parliament from the spate of section 44 cases is further complicated by a scenario thrown up by the likely referral of NSW Senator Fiona Nash to the Court of Disputed Return over her possible status as a dual citizen.

Furthermore, at the directions hearing today for the first citizenship five matters referred to the High Court, Chief Justice Susan Kiefel asked the parties to consider what remedies might be appropriate with the passage of time since the last election, given that we are not in a circumstance where we are close to an election having been held.

This suggests argument over whether the effluxion of time might require a different solution (such as a re-run of the entire Senate election for an affected State) to the previously used method of recounting the Senate ballots as if the disqualified candidate were not present.

If Nash is held to be disqualified and the usual method of determining the filling of the seat were to be used, then the likely result is a candidate with a new qualification question hanging over her head. The next member on the Liberal/National ticket in NSW after those successfully elected was Hollie Hughes, who was appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal by Attorney-General George Brandis in June this year. Such a position would be undoubtedly held to be an office of profit under the Crown, which is another disqualification under section 44 of the Constitution.

If Hughes were in turn disqualified as incapable of being chosen, the place would likely fall to the next placed member of Liberal/National Party ticket, retired Major-General, Jim Molan, who only weeks ago challenged the Liberal Party to expel him for speaking out on internal party matters.

The question then, which has not been taken to the High Court before and thus has not been resolved, is whether the declaration of election by the High Court in disputed returns cases is the new end point of the process of choosing in section 44, and does a candidate need to be free of any grounds for disqualification from the time of their original nomination to their election, even if that interval occurs over a number of years?

The following refines the argument...

22:58

Harvard-Trained Brain Researcher Has a Stroke and Figures Out The Mystery of Life "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This Harvard-trained brain researcher had a stroke and while she lost half of her brain she survived and came back with some amazing information. Learning from an experience like this is truly inspirational, to say the least.

She is Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor and is a published Neuroanatomist. She was able to experience firsthand what it means to only have access to the right hemisphere of her brain. While it has been quite a few years since her ordeal the story she has to offer is one we should all take the time to hear.

She has shared her amazing story on the TED stage and answered the biggest question of all, what is the mystery of life? The state of being in which Bolte Taylor says she experienced is one I cannot fathom. She was given an incredible opportunity through having a stroke.  It seems we are the lucky ones in this, as we get to hear the story of a brain scientist who could articulate the experience that she has gone through.

We are energy-beings connected to one another through the consciousness of our right hemispheres as one human family. And right here, right now, we are brothers and sisters on this planet, here to make the world a better place. And in this moment we are perfect, we are whole and we are beautiful.

While it took Bolte Taylor eight whole years to completely recover from her stroke she is now able to share her story with the world and from her experience we have much to learn. We are separated when it comes to the left hemisphere of our brains the right hemisphere truly is a place of deep inner-peace.

So who are we? We are the life-force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. And we have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world.

I strongly recommend that you take the time to truly listen to the TED talk below where Bolte Taylor tells her truly inspirational story and really let it sink in. We are destined for so much more in this life. We must really take the measures needed to get where we need to be in life.

22:57

The Rise of the Killer Robot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As companies building the technologies in artificial intelligence and robotics that may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons, we feel especially responsible in raising this alarm. Open Letter to the UN on Autonomous technology, August 2017, Melbourne

Do you

22:47

More PA incitement the BBC will not report "IndyWatch Feed National"

As has been noted here on many occasions, the BBC serially avoids any serious reporting on the issue of Palestinian Authority incitement including that relating to the sensitive issue of al Aqsa mosque.

For some years now the PA has been exploiting the anniversary of an incident that took place in 1969 when a mentally ill Christian Australian tourist set fire to the mosque. As the Times of Israel reported, this year was no exception....

22:36

Nine dog attack fatalities recorded in 2016 for South Africa; more than the total for the preceeding 9 years "IndyWatch Feed National"

Man's best friend is more likely to turn on him in South Africa than anywhere else in the world. According to law firm DSC Attorneys, the country has the highest incidence of dog attacks on humans than any other in the world. The firm is advising people on their rights and possible claims stemming from dog attacks. Kirstie Haslam, a partner in the firm, said dog bites account for tens of millions of injuries annually, and in South Africa dogs account for 76 percent to 94 percent of animal bite injuries, and dog bite fatalities are higher because of lack of post-exposure treatment and appropriate access to healthcare. In the US, the figure is three percent to 18 percent and also lower in Australia, Canada and France. "There were nine dog attack fatalities in 2016, more than the total number in the nine years from 2006-2015, and so far in 2017, reported dog attack fatalities and injuries are a daily occurrence. With high crime rate, large breeds of dogs are popular and many dogs are trained to be aggressive for security purposes. Source: Cape Argus

22:30

When the Bullin Shrieked: How Aboriginals Recorded Volcanic Activity "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Indigenous peoples records can help us date natural events in the past and are legitimate sources of scientific information.

Mount Gambiers Blue Lake is in a volcanic crater. Credit: Pierre Roudier/flickr

Mount Gambiers Blue Lake is in a volcanic crater. Credit: Pierre Roudier/flickr

Other than it had a fearful shriek, guaranteed to put the fear of God into anyone who heard it, history appears silent about the nature of the bird that aboriginal Australians once named bullin. Yet its shriek portended danger, apparently the approach of the evil spirit Tennateona, but more plausibly an imminent eruption of one of the young volcanoes in the Newer Volcanics Province of southern Australia.

Compared to similar-sized Europe or the continuous US, Australia is remarkably benign volcanically. Volcanism has generally not occurred in Australia since it was first inhabited, perhaps 65,000 years ago, but there are two exceptions. In southern Australia and northern Queensland, volcanic activity likely happened within the past 10,000 years.

More remarkably still, the precise cause(s) of the volcanic activity in these areas remains somewhat elusive. For all that, there is no doubt that volcanic activity occurred here.

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22:04

Return to Stockyard Point "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When I got home from the last twitch at Stockyard Point near Jam Jerrup, I saw a report for another rare vagrant to Victoria the Little Stint. It was seen in the flock we had just left. Due to its brown/orange breeding plumage it stood out from the 100s of the plain grey over-wintering Red-necked Stints. Without the colour plumage it would have been identical to the others and no-one would have noticed it. We waited two weeks for another suitable weekend where the tide was high at a reasonable time. The weather, if possible, was even colder but at least newly purchased thermals helped keep me warm. It took a while to spot the little wader but an eagle-eyed and patient birder (Emma) finally found it   Lifer 347. We spent the next four hours watching it move from the sand spit to a small sand bank out of the strong cold wind. Much of the time its head was tucked in as it napped at high tide. When it looked up a dozen cameras would snap away. Several times it flushed and we thought we had lost it but it always seemed to come back to the same sand divot.

21:44

How One Lucky Man Escaped From Hipster Hell Thanks To Australian Burger King "IndyWatch Feed National"

This new Hungry Jacks ad says you definitely do NOT want that kale smoothie.

What: A new ad from Hungry Jacks (what Burger King calls itself Down Under) that shows one mans escape from the hipster matrix.

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20:58

Papuas development not only about infrastructure: JDP leader "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Papuas development not only about infrastructure: JDP leader
Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura, Papua | Thu, August 24, 2017 | 02:50 pm


All smiles: President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo (left) greets Indonesian Scout Movement (Pramuka) members from Papua on the sidelines of the 11th Pramuka National Meeting, known as Raimuna, in Cibubur, East Jakarta, on Aug.11. (Antara/Olha Mulalinda)
Prioritizing only infrastructure will not be enough in developing Papua and must be balanced with the empowerment of its human resources, a Papuan community leader has said.
Papua Peace Network (JDP) coordinator and Catholic priest Neles Tebay said that without skilled human resources, the Papuan people would only become spectators of various economic achievements happening in their own home.
We appreciat...

20:56

Ramada Resort Phillip Island review. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As I headed home from a 4.30 am start at work the only thing on my mind was our relaxing weekend at Ramada Resort at Phillip Island. The family was ready when I walked in the door and before we knew it we were on the road. The trip to Phillip Island took about 2.5 hours from our home and is an easy drive.

As we pulled into the reception parking area I was so pleased with the drive in. We were surrounded by trees, you could hear birds over the car and I was so ready to get checked into and go explore. As I headed into the reception area I was greeted with a board of things to do in Phillip Island and I thought I would have to study it much further on my way out. I made my way to the front desk and I was greeted by Joanne. She gathered all of my details and we were off to find our Villa. We wound our way through the amazing bush land with little villas spotted throughout. I was totally in love with the setting and I was well on my way to that desired level of relaxed mum!

Pin me Ramada Phillip Island

As we pulled into Melaleuca Drive our little villa was around half way up the street. We parked the car in our driveway and made our way out to the front of the villa through a little bush path. As we got to the front of the villa we were all blown away by the view we had, it was magnificent! The villa faced a huge open paddock and with the villa having huge sliding glass door leading out to the deck it was the only view you got. We unpacked and moved in!

Read what people are saying on TRIP ADVISOR about Ramada Resort

 


Our Ramada Resort Phillip Island villa had:...

20:22

Podcast on my upcoming Qld Infrastructure Summit presentation on infrastructure banks "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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I have recorded a short podcast with Pop Up Radio Australia regarding my upcoming presentation (next Tuesday) to the IAQ Queensland Infrastructure Summit, in which I will be considering the pros and cons of so-called infrastructure banks:

Podcast on my upcoming presentation to IAQ Qld Infrastructure Summit

This is extremely topical given the recent establishment of the Canada Infrastructure Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The concept of an infrastructure bank has been raised in Australia previously, most notably during the financial crisis, and is currently in the Australian Greens policy platform (see Australian Infrastructure Bank). Regular readers probably wont be surprised by my assessment of the pros and cons of infrastructure banks, and I will make my presentation available after I have delivered it on Tuesday.

For the record, I certainly wont be proposing the esta...

20:05

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12170149734

Contact details:

David Hinchliffe #0336

David.Hinchliffe@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk | 30336

Incident reference:
12170149734

19:47

Explainer: Marriage Equality Postal Plebiscite High Court Challenge "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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

We want marriage equality

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

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

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

We dont need a marriage equality plebiscite

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

Parliament doesnt want a plebiscite

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

So whats the postal plebiscite?

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

Postal plebiscite is unnecessary, divisive and harmful

19:25

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

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

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

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


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

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18:52

Gold "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

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

Thank you.

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

18:02

Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

Please text Clare 0421 442 314.


Thank you!

18:02

Tubs and Technology "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi Newlands Community News,

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

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

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17:44

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

Human Wrongs Watch

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

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

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

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

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

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

17:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.elementsofbyron.com.au

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

17:42

IncrEdible Food Swap "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Two fabulous workshops on this September simultaneously to celebrate Spring!

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


17:38

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17:26

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

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


17:21

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

17:09

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

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

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

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

16:59

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

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

This is the result of their training;


Source: Supplied.

16:35

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

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



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



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

The Evidence Brief is available at: https://ahha.asn.au/publication/evidence-briefs/evidence-brief-15-what-works-partnering-deliver-effective-aboriginal

16:27

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

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

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

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

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



More at: https://ahha.asn.au/news/18-hospitals-sign-close-gap-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-heart-health

16:25

PERTH Trust servant faces theft charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Trust servant faces theft charges .

August 23, 2017 at 06:15PM .

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

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://nit.com.au/trust-servant-faces-theft-charges/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHQfJLX2OF3KLmkk9SZmXnzWt5igQ

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth

16:25

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

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Shaun Davidson: Tracking Australias most notorious jailbreaker .

August 24, 2017 at 02:05AM .

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

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https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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15:51

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

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

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

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

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

1. The Antisocial Personality

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

2. The Critic

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

3. The Arrogant Prick

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

4. The Passive Aggressor

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

5. The Narcissist

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

15:46

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

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

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

I make it just in time.

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

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

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

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

Then th...

15:39

Jenny Blackfords Loyalty of Chickens "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

15:35

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fight for solo rego

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

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

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

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

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15:31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[..]

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

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

15:17

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

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

15:02

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

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

15:01

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

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

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

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

14:31

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

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

14:30

ALPHAMAMA TALKS GLOBAL RHYTHMS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14:28

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

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

by: Enlighten Up

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

Topics discussed:

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

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

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

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

Find all of this out and more in episode 10!

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14:26

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

Hydroponic set up in Lismore. Photo supplied.

Hydroponic set up in Lismore. Photo supplied.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The search warrants are continuing.

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14:25

Cliff Munchers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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

14:22

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


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

Thanks Garth for helping to move the tables and camera work





14:21

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

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

14:08

Smart Arts Podcast 24 August 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

14:07

Inside View on properties "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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14:01

Mapping the Worlds Most Liveable Cities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

Infographic: The World's Most Liveable Cities | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista

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

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

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

Reprinted with permission from Zero Hedge.

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14:00

Trump Plans Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

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14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.50 AUD
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13:48

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

Subject: The Mid Week by ZAP from "The Office of Poofness''
From: "The Office of Poofness" <<a href="mailto:2goforth@humanus.ca">2goforth@humanus.ca>
Date: Wed, August 23, 2017 9:50 pm

Zap Says 


HI ALL

MANY CHANGES AFOOT. WE ALREADY KNOW THE RV IS IN FULL SWING, AND THIS WEEK HAS BEEN HUGE FOR CLOSINGS. WE KNOW THAT BIG FILES HAVE BEEN DISPOSED OF, AND THEY ARE GEARING UP THE SPEED THAT THESE THINGS ARE BEING DONE.

I HAVE TALKED WITH A COUPLE OF LAWYERS DIRECTLY INVOLVED AND THEY HAVE STATED THAT THEY HAVE CLOSED AND PEOPLE PAID. WE DID NOT HEAR MUCH ON THE OTHER END, SO I ATTRIBUTE THAT THAT TO STRICT NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS.

SO TO ANSWER A FEW OF YOU, YES IT IS ALL COMING TRUE. THERE WILL BE FUNDS ON A LARGE SCALE COMING OUT TO YOU AND THE ECONOMIES.

THIS IS THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THE RELEASES. WHAT OTHER WAY CAN YOU GET TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OUT INTO THE ECONOMIES SAFELY IN A MEASURED WAY SO AS NOT TO CREATE CHAOS AND RUIN PEOPLE.

NOW THAT IS THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN AS THE LOTTERY MENTALITY WILL BE VERY STRONG IN MANY PEOPLE. YOU GET A FEW MILLION, AND GO NUTS, AND A YEAR LATER YOU ARE IN WORSE SHAPE THAN WHEN YOU STARTED.

I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEAR THINKING AS OPPOSED TO MUDDY THINKING. BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU RECEIVE LARGE MONEY. DO NOT LET YOUR ELATION GOVERN YOUR PRACTICALITY. DO WISE THINGS. ONLY THIS WAY WILL YOU BE OF USE TO YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY, AND THE PROJECT YOU HAVE UNDERTAKEN TO DO TO HELP OTHERS AS WELL AS YOURSELF FOR THE LONG TERM.

ON OUR SIDE, WE ARE ALMOST THERE. WE WERE TO GET OUR FIRST FUNDS YESTERDAY (YES I CAN TALK A LITTLE NOW). HOWEVER, THE TYPHOON HATO IN HONG KONG CLOSED THE BANKS AND DELAYED USAGAIN. AND THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT. THAT ONE WAS A FORCE 10 WITH MAX WINDS AT 223 KPH. IT CAUSED OVER 8 BILLION IN DAMAGE IN HONG KONG (PRELIMINARY TALLY).

WE WERE ALL COUNTING ON THESE FIRST FUNDS TO GIVE US RELIEF UNTIL THE MAJOR PROJECT FUNDS HIT, BUT AGAIN THE FORCES OUT THERE DECIDED WE HAVE TO GRIT OUR TEETH A LITTLE BIT MORE. IT IS SOO DIFFICULT TRYING TO MAINTAIN STABILITY AND KEEP EVERYBODY ON THE TEAM FED AND UNDER A ROOF. FEW PEOPLE HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HARD THAT IS.

WE HAVE ALSO RECEIVED EMAILS FOR GIVING HELP RATHER THAN RECEIVING IT, AND YES WE WILL HELP SHORTLY. I HAVE ANSWERED A FEW OF THESE AND REST ASSURED THAT THE MOMENT WE HAVE ANYTHING, WE WILL SHARE. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE GEARED FOR AND THIS IS WHAT WE DO.

THE RUMORS OF OUR DEMISE ARE KINDA WRONGWE ARE NOT GOING AWAY THERE IS TOO MUCH WORK TO DO. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR SUPPORT FOR WHAT WE DO.

IN EXTENDED GRATITUDE.

LOVE AND LIGHT
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13:40

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

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

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13:22

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

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

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13:00

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

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

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

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

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

12:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

KCNA

12:49

3CR advocates for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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12:49

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

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

12:47

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

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

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

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

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

12:41

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

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

12:35

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

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

12:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruby Fields P Plates Tour 2017

With Totty

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

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

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

Saturday, November 11th
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Friday, November 17th
Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday, November 24th
Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA

Saturday, November 25th
Brighton Hotel...

12:28

Indigenous Nations Secure Their Economic Future "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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12:22

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

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12:19

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

Dredging in Cairns is back on the table 

Only 24 hrs left to have your say! Make a submission using the form below. Submissions Close 5 pm Friday 25th August.

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

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

But theres an exception.

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

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

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

 

Make a submission using form below.

Read the EIS documents here

Find out more about the submission process here

Use the submission guide provided below or:

  • Submit online here using Qld Government online form
  • Email: to CairnsSDP@coordinatorgeneral.qld.gov.au
  • Post: Project manager Cairns Shipping Development project
    Coordinated Project Delivery Division
    Office of the Coordinator-General
    PO Box 15517
    City East Qld 4002 Australia
  • Fax: +61 7 3220 6502
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12:13

Country Boy Hospitalised After Greeting Every Passerby on Stroll in Sydney CBD "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

COUNTRY

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

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

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

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

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

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


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12:07

Stealthing, by any other name "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

11:57

Cape Cod Shark Cull Lunacy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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

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

South Australias Shark Cull has been widely ridiculed by Scientisits

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

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

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

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

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11:20

Project Updates August 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

Standby Teddy Project

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

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

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11:11

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

August 14 2017 5:53PM
Stephanie Gardiner

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

11:00

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

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

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

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10:31

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

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

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

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

 

Queensland Government to introduce new black-lung laws

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10:28

Sleepmakeswaves "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:25

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

Writers Festival chair Chris Hanley. Photo Eve Jeffery

Writers Festival chair Chris Hanley. Photo Eve Jeffery

Paul Bibby

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sustainability

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

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

Death by popularity

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

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

10:21

Up among the best "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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10:20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She urged anyone feeling unwell however to seek medical advice.

The health department...

10:19

Roundhouse DA lands in court conciliation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

The Roundhouse site at Ocean Shores.

 

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

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

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

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

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

Loss of amenity

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

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

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

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

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

10:16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10:16

Youth innovation project kicks off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...

10:13

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

An old bridge section of the disused Murwillumbah rail line.

An old bridge section of the disused Murwillumbah rail line.

Hans Lovejoy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greens opposed to track removal

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

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

10:12

Real Estate Talk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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


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

10:10

Bangalow Weir upgrade kicks off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bangalow weir site. Photo supplied.

Bangalow weir site. Photo supplied.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10:03

Politics, science and snow! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10:00

War in Korea is Coming "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The potential for war over the Korean Peninsula is as great as ever.

The news cycle we live in is a world of 24-hour updates. With what seems more like 24-minute intervals between when stories come and go, it is easy to lose focus on the major stories.

The situation in North Korea is absolutely not going away. Thats really important for investors to recognise because this is going to come back again and again.

Buying the dip is a successful strategy until it isnt.

Now that we have entered the escalatory phase in rhetoric and military preparation, markets have still not come to terms with reality.

In March of 2003, when the US invaded Iraq, we could see that coming.

CIA Director George Tenet was sending warnings, Secretary of State Colin Powell was speaking at the United Nations, and then President George W. Bush declared Saddam Hussein a global threat.

While the CIA bungled the pre-war intelligence, the point is that the orders to invade Iraq were given a year before.

The same story is playing out now.

While the US President can always call off military action, the planning phases for an attack on North Korea are going on now. Orders have been given. Preparations have been made. It is fair to say that contingency plans have been in place since the late 1990s.

The North Korean issue was dumped in Donald Trumps lap. It is largely attributed to bad diplomacy and faulty leadership through the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. There have been deals with North Korea, put in place throughout the years, which put hard sanctions on the regime.

Weve been down this road before. Every time North Korea engages in dangerous behaviour, the international community and the US place pressure on the rogue state. It has worked where both sides have agreed to terms, but the North Koreans continuously break their promises and escalate programs.

For the eight years under the Obama administration, nearly nothing was done and the issue was largely ignored. Its hard to point blame at Trump. While he has dialled up the rhetoric, this has been going on for decades.

North Korea: the logic of war

As tensions increase, theres going to be rising stock market volatility. This is where the logic of war comes in. The French call it la logique de la guerre. The logic of war is different than the logic of diplomacy. It refers to the dynamic of how wars begin, despite the fact that the war itself will be horrendous, counterproductive, and possibly end in complete defeat.

Under the logic of war, theres an escalatory logic that leads to war even when no one thinks...

09:56

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

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

09:54

I Still Call Venestralia Home "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sing and cry with me ..

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

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

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus

09:48

Aris on the rise "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:41

Donating to Ballinas community "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:39

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

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

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

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

 

Summit Will Empower Kimberley Women 

09:38

23.9 Percent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

Shall it be one of the governments 10 commandments amongst:

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

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

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

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

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

SUMMARY OF OUR ECONOMIC PLAN

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

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

09:38

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

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

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

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

09:31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:18

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

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

09:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09:12

Modern alchemy turns plastic into diamonds "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/modern-alchemy-turns-plastic-into-diamonds/news-story/e5261bd0594ef1ad8fbbde17f4168e4e

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

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

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

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

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

...

08:55

UK backpackers warned of Aust exploitation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mia Ayliffe-Chung

Mia Ayliffe-Chung

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

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

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

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

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

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

French national Smail Ayad has been accused of their murders.

He is being held in a mental health facility.

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

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

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

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

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

The post...

08:48

US Navy removes admiral after collisions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin. (Wikipedia)

Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin. (Wikipedia)

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

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

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

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

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

Aucoin was due to step down next month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:44

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

SBC: Mulgrave By-Election Hustings

  • a brief  In My View report by NIGEL WARD.

~~~~~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08:38

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:34

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:31

NSW students taught the wrong maths "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:30

His name is Herb "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:27

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

Shaun Davidson is still on the run.

Shaun Davidson is still on the run.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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08:23

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

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

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

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

 

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08:13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08:00

Our new billboards! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

VIC: 313 Kings Way, South Melbourne

VIC: 313 Kings Way, South Melbourne

VIC: Racecourse Rd, Newmarket

VIC: Racecourse Rd, Newmarket

WA: Forrest FWY, Westcoolup

WA: Forrest FWY, Westcoolup

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07:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

07:20

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

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

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

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

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

As FOX 8 reports:

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

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

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

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

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

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

07:18

Commbank faces money laundering class action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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07:00

Students in the coastal classroom "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IMG_6319Our Possum Pete in Anglesea with the YMCA team

Anglesea

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

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

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

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

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07:00

A Winning Season! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

Story and pics by dogwhistle 

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

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

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

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

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

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06:57

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

Contributed from Western Australia

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

The key points they found are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:37

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

Keith's image choice.


Thoughts For The Week.

Battle for the Mind.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06:35

Poisoned Waterhole "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

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

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

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

05:49

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

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

05:44

No more excuses "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

Charles Pierce is having no more of these Trump supporters.

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

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

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

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

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

05:40

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

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

05:00

Why is this? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

04:45

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

On May 11, Victorias leading criminal barrister, Robert Richter QC, met with Tasmanias Premier, Will Hodgman and handed him a confidential dossier known as the white paper Examiner: New Neill-Fraser appeal set for October 30 ABC: Sue Neill-Fraser: Karen Keefe pleads not guilty to perverting course of justice

04:10

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

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

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

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

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

04:06

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

US ignores China's peninsula initiative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

03:55

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

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

03:13

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

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

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

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

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

Democratic Socialists of America Jewish Solidarity Caucus (JSC)

Lane Silberstein, 29-years-old

NYC; member of DSA JSC, and IfNotNow

Emily Lever, 24-years-old

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

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

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

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

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

02:41

Mudslide "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

02:33

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



Published on Aug 22, 2017

James Answers questions from a live audience

02:26

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

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

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

Trumps Afghanistan war strategy: Use

military to force peace talks with

Taliban

 

02:12

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

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

01:37

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

By Zero Hedge

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

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

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

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

00:42

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...

00:37

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Trump adm...

00:27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

00:15

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


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

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

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

BACKGROUND

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

See Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, ...

00:07

STONE & WOOD THANKS THOSE WHO PAVED THE WAY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOREFATHERS LIMITED RELEASE BEER

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

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

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

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

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

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00:05

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

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

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Steve Bannon, Unrepentant

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

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

Carpio to Duterte, Cayetano: Protest China Invasion

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

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23:53

HISTORIC HOTELS IN BALLARAT "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

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

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

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

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

23:14

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

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

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

ESPN Has Lost Their Mind

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

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

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

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

23:06

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People can voice their opinion vot...

22:56

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

 

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Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22:40

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

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

The

21:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Record of Fighting Hard Battles

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

21:03

The State (episode 3) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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

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

Yesterday I gave the film credit for aiming beyond the superficial message, its so awful no-ones gonna want to run away and join Isis. I put forward the hypothesis that he was sending a more ambitious and perhaps subliminal signal, i.e., ISIS has got (the real) Islam all wrong; true Islam is peaceful.

Maybe, after all, he is only saying is that joining Islamic State is less romantic than running away to join the Foreign Legion, (isnt that what the disenfranchised used to do?) so dont do it. 

Anyway the drama slid into farce during last nights episode. Two scenes in particular were positively cartoonish. Number one was a slave market where the histrionic sobbing and cowering reminded me of a rather sophisticated sixth-form production of Les Mis.

Number two. The prize for the most implausible scene showed our feisty female heroine, the doctor (no, not that doctor) risking death by making a clandestine, unchaperoned visit to the only nice man shed come across since she arrived, a doctor colleague at the hospital. She had a cunning plan. To avoid becoming the second wife of a horrid scary man, she proposed marriage to her  unmarried colleague, only to deduce from his momentary hesitation a deadly secret that no-one else had ever spotted. Are you gay? (He was.) I cant be the only one who found that scenario particularly laughable. 

There are several other unanswered questions, too numerous to list, though I would quite like to know what happened to the defiant...

18:45

Wordless Wednesday 23082017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cityscape      Filed under: Architecture, Australia, Photography, Travel Tagged: Australia, Brisbane City, Cityscape, Edits, Filter, Photo Art, Wordless Wednesday

15:43

Arts Friday 25 August presented by Bronwyn Rennex "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Today I be talking about making art accessible. I went along on a tour through the Jenny Watson exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia that was run for participants with visual impairment as part of the MCAs Bella Program. Ill be playing part of the tour as well as interviews with the artist educators and the participants in the tour. It will be an interesting way for many to experience the work of Jenny Watson.

I also talk about the Making Airwaves initiative. You can find out more about this on the Eastside Website.

Theres also a wonderful program called Gig Buddies thats worth checking out and getting involved with.

There are some tours for people with visual impairment coming up soon at the Art Gallery of NSW too including a tour of the Archibald Wynn and Sulman prizes on Sat 9 September at 11am.

As always, I present lots of sweet tunes.

Jenny Watson, Self Portrait as a Narcotic, 1989, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 1989, image courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia the artist

Jenny Watson, Self Portrait as a Narcotic, 1989, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 1989, image courtesy the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia the artist

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15:43

Blindman Death Stare "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Fresh off the back of their shows with Night Birds, Melbourne punks Blind Man Death Stare will be tearing Sonnys a new fire exit alongside supports Kill Dirty Youth, Shut Up Shut Up Shut Up & Hound.

By September, theyll be in the midst of an extensive national tour to promote the release of their first full-length album titled ITLL GROW ON YA, released July 26th on Arrest Records.

The tour starts at the Dead of Winter Festival in Brisbane, on July 29th alongside The Meanies, The Bennies, The Porkers and many more.
They will then be joined by Melbourne ratbags Kill Dirty Youth for the remainder of the tour, playing over 20 dates spanning most of Australia and New Zealand.

Check out the video for the first single off the record, Spike My Drink But Dont Take My Kidneys.

Tickets on sale now via oztix. For more info head to blindmandeathstare.com

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15:39

Why I Still have Faith in Ogeros New Management "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ive been following up on the internet situation ever since I started blogging and it saddens me to say that nothing much has changed ever since. Its been 7 years now and were still being promised fiber optics but in reality, internet is shit and if it wasnt for 3G/4G connections, half the country would have been running on a 2Mbps connection, if not less.

The MOTs 2020 plan that was announced with Minister Harb made us all believe change is coming. I remember I was so excited back then I wrote the blog post around 4AM from the hospital the same day my wife was giving birth. Unfortunately, the plan was flushed down the drain and what followed was the downfall of the man responsible for the crappy internet situation we are in, a certain Abdel Menhem Youssef.

With Youssef out and Imad Kreidieh in, we were promised once again better internet within months and PM Hariri even went as far as promising a twenty-fold increase in internet speed, which obviously did not happen yet.

However, Ogeros head is making changes and the #UnleashTheSpeed campaign was a success followed by the open speeds plans announced for those living close by to the Ogero stations. New plans were announced with higher speeds and cheaper prices and Fiber Optics plans were listed for the first time ever.

Ogero head went live to answer peoples questions back in April

Is that enough? Of course not. Because unless ALL people get better internet and theres a serious plan to deploy fiber optics, this is what we call Ter2ee3 and will eventually lead to more fail...

14:51

DANCE & THEATRE: Khon Exquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

KHON: Exquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand

Free public event: Celebrating 65 years of Australian-Thai bilateral relations, Khon, Esquisite Masked Dance Drama of Thailand will soon arrive in Sydney to present one of the countrys most significant dance performances.

Having toured internationally, the Sydney Khon performances will consist of a special presentation and workshop at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (Wednesday 30 August).

For one night only, the audience will get a chance to see this Thai extravaganza, as well as the performers glittering handmade costumes and tantalising live music.

Traditionally performed exclusively at significant royal functions, Khon performances depict the story of the Ramakien. The story follows Phra Ram, an incarnation of the god Phra Narai, who is assisted by monkey warriors that help him rescue his wife, Sida, from the demon king, Tosakanth. The story presents the universal belief that virtue always wins over evil.

Khon is a complex Thai classical dance whose history dates back hundreds of years. The masked dance drama is the most refined of Thai theatre forms, requiring strict training from childhood, and combines
music, martial arts, painting and elaborate costumes.

Presented by aMBUSH Gallery, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Assajan Collective, the special presentation at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre will be a free public event, and include an opening.

Dont miss this rare opportunity! There are only 100 seats available, all free of charge, but registrations are essential.

DATE: Wed. 30 August 2017
TIME:2:00 pm 4:10 pm AEST
WHERE:  Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula, NSW 2170

To reserve your place at this historic event, register now at http://bit.ly/2vff0RG

 

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14:00

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

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

10:01

Explosive Podcast interview revealing David Walter Kangaroo Court Case "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Harry Palmer from Australian Patriot Radio conducted an interview with John ?? who delivers a mine field of information of how QLD Beaty government manipulated the system to remove all peoples rights without them knowing, they do not even own their own property and that David Walter exposing this and more is being silenced by a corrupt judicial system about to collapse.

There are two parts to this podcast you need to hear to be informed Click the pic below to listen


10:00

Trump Plays a Familiar Card "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

That was quick

In early July, I wrote that the US would make a strategic play to send American natural gas to Eastern Europe.

Well, guess whatLithuania just became the first ex-Soviet state to import some this week.

The US is stealing market share from Russia here. This wont be good news for the men in Moscow.

Oil and gas dominate the Russian economy even more than iron ore and coal dominate ours. Every lost sale hurts.

Russian gas used to have a monopoly market here, and it gave Russia enormous geopolitcal sway. The implied threat was always shutting down the pipelines.

Except thats now weakening. And make no mistake: Lithuania is definitely giving the bird to Russia right now.

The Financial Times quotes Lithuanias energy minister as saying,

We are happy to reach a point where importing gas from U.S. is not only politically desirable but also commercially viable.

Notice the politics comes first and the price second.

The US will treat the Baltic states and Poland favourably to keep Russia contained on its Western border. Even sweeter, these energy exports are going to send a lot of money back to the US.

This is only just gearing up. The company actually shipping the gas isnt just exporting to Europe. Its also shipping to Latin America and Asia.

More gas will follow, and export cheap energy all over the world.

This is wildly bullish for European countries like Spain, without much in the way of energy reserves. It will bring costs down.

But thats not all

Trump: no real maverick here

We know now that Trump is not the true maverick he appeared to be before the election. Therell be no genuine attempt to dismantle the US military industrial complex.

That means the giant US defence firms will continue to see a river of government money flow to them.

Look no further than Afghanistan for proof of this. Trump has now reversed his position to withdraw the US military from Afghanistan. The US is now going to add more troops and treasure to the 16-year war.

I also find it interesting that Trump has singled out Pakistan for further American pressure. Pakistan has become a strategic place for another big player in town China.

 

Beijing has built a strategic port on the Pakistani coast, which gives China access to the Indian Ocean, and the potential to send energy imports to its eastern pro...

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09:00

Live Jazz Events in Sydney (this week) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Submit your Jazz gigs to gigs@sydneyblues.org

 Also check  www.facebook/livejazzinsydney


Monday, 21 August 2017

Jazz & Latin Open Mic Jam: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, contact Host)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, SURRY HILLS (8.30pm, 0419-294755)

Organ Transplant Quartet featuring David Theak, Carl Dewhurst, Steve Barry: Foundry SixOneSix, 616 Harris St, ULTIMO (7-10pm, $10, 02-92119442)

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Sunday, 20 August

09:29

Celebrating 1500 Voice of Nor Serount Armenian Programs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

On 20 August 2017, 2RRR Ryde Regional Radio 88.5FM will acknowledge a significant milestone and community programming achievement by celebrating the 1500th consecutive radio show of the ethnic language program broadcast in the Armenian language as SVoice of Nor Serount (means voice of the new generation).

Under the auspices and support of the local Armenian Nor Serount Cultural Society, the Armenian radio program on 2RRR is the longest running program on the station. It"s hard to believe that it started from humble beginnings back in November 1988, founded by Vatche Demirjian and have served the Australian-Armenian community continuously for three decades. You can follow the program on their Facebook page Voice of Nor Serount Armenian Radio.

The show holds an important place within the local Armenian community, and can be heard throughout Sydney on 88.5FM and has a strong listener base globally through live streaming over the internet on http://2rrr.org.au

Locals Toros Boyadjian and Vatche Topouzian broadcast the Voice of Nor Serount from the station"s Henley Cottage headquarters (near Gladesville) on Victoria Road every Sunday between 7pm and 9pm AEST.

The weekly 2 hour program provides a comprehensive summary of the week"s news (local, Armenian & International content); sports & finance updates; health & well-being segment; community information; live interviews with local & international artists & guests; and the best Armenian music library consisting of modern hits and golden oldies.

The program has interviewed several Australian political dignitaries in recent times such as Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, John Howard, Philip Ruddock, Joe Hockey, Bob Carr, John Alexander, Maxine McKew, John Watkins, Peter Collins, Kristina Keneally, Gladys Berejiklian and Trent Zimmerman.

Over the past three decades, Australia has had the following eight Prime...

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