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Saturday 7th Oct, 8.30pm 11.00pm, Kay Street Entertainment Complex

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Friday, 06 October


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Frock Up Pop Up Vintage Fashion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saturday 30th Sep, 10.00am Sunday 1st Oct, 4.00pm, Bendigo Trades Hall

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Monday, 25 September


Megastars of Country "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sunday 24th Sep, 8.00pm 11.30pm, Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre

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Thursday, 07 September


Kurze Durchsage von Prsident Putin:Putin on US administration: ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kurze Durchsage von Prsident Putin:

Putin on US administration: 'Its difficult to talk with people who confuse Austria and Australia'

'Americans are a great people if they can endure so many people with such a low level of political culture,' Russian president says

Update: Bessere Quelle.

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Wednesday, 06 September


Telescopes Pick up Strange Radio Signals Three Billion Years Old "IndyWatch Feed National"

What makes the latest FRBs so dramatic is that similar pulses from the same source a dwarf galaxy were recorded in 2012 as well.

The Parkes Observatory, New South Wales. Credit: CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

The Parkes Observatory, New South Wales. Credit: CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

Prakash Chandra is a science writer.

Strange radio signals coming from a galaxy some three billion light years away has caused a flutter among astronomers around the world. The signals are in the form of fast radio bursts (FRBs). They were detected last week by a $100-million initiative called the Breakthrough Listen project, founded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, physicist Stephen Hawking and Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg, to search for alien life in the universe. The project u...


Music Classes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Newlands residents.

We are happy to announce our brand new Baby & Toddler Musical Sensory Classes.

Here is a bit about our program:

Why is Baby Sensory Musical Exploration so beneficial for you and your little ones?



Little Athletics "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Coburg Little Ath centre are holding 3 Come and Try days in September, starting this Saturday (9th) from 10-12 at the Harold Stevens Athletics Track. 

Come and see if you like running, jumping and throwing! 

I am the team manager of the Newlands club - come and find me at the Newlands table and I'll help you work through the seeming chaos (it's not really!).

If you wa...


Call Out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Are you a health conscious family with young children? Would you like to appear in an SBS documentary about nutrition presented by YouTube and TV star Dr Derek Muller?

Genepool Productions is looking for a Melbourne based family who take regular vitamin supplements.

We would like to film with you for approximately one day between the 16th and 30th of October.



Rioting video sparks anti-Muslim rage in China Authorities accused of being overly lenient toward violent Muslim minorities Or is the Chinese government creating an anti-Muslim environment? "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP/File | Online attacks on Chinese Muslim minorities have surged in recent years, with commenters directing angry screeds at both the Hui and the Uighur minority groups in the countrys north and far west

BEIJING (AFP)  Chinese internet users bombarded government social media accounts Wednesday with thousands of anti-Islamic messages in response to unverified videos showing rioting involving Muslims.Online attacks on Chinese Muslim minorities have surged in recent years, with commenters directing angry screeds at both the Hui and the Uighur minority groups in the countrys north and far west.

The alleged row that triggered the latest flood of invective took place in the city of Tangshan in northern Chinas Hebei province on Monday.

According to unconfirmed reports, a group of Hui protesters clashed with police who were carrying shields and wearing uniforms that suggested they were part of a SWAT team, according to online videos.

In the clips filmed at night, the protesters appeared to punch their arms in the air, point their fingers and tell police to kneel down.

It was unclear whether one of the protesters threw a rock at the police, as was alleged in a report by the state-run Global Times.

The newspaper also quoted a Tangshan government employee as saying that someone was beaten, without giving further details.

In response to the reports, Chinese internet users directed a flood of abuse at the official social media account of the citys public security bureau, accusing them of putting the interests of Muslims over those of the majority Han ethnic group.

How can people ignore the law and police fail to act? What kind of place is this for Han Chinese? It is for minorities only! one commenter wrote.

The commenters accused authorities of being overly lenient toward violent Muslim minorities and demanded swift punishment, in remarks that remained visible on Wednesday.

But elsewhere, searches for the term Muslim Tangshan and related phrases were blocked, with a message stating that the content violated community guidelines.

Calls to the Tangshan public security bureau went unanswered Wednesday.

In recent months, Chinese netizens have expressed fury over a variety of reports that they claim show preferential treatment for Muslims.

In July, an announcement by a popular food delivery app that it....


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

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:

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To rent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Bungalow with a little shed available.

We are a family of 2 adults and 3 children renting a old house in Preston (close to Dundas Street) with a bungalow and a huge yard/garden.

We are looking for someone, who would like to live independently, is respectful also with kids!!!, not conservative, open minded and help maintain gardening (you can grow your own veggies if you like). Non smokers preferred.

The bungalow is approximately 4.5m x 3m (not self- contained). A little shed is next to the bungalow to use at your own disposal. 

Entry to YOUR OWN kitchen and bathroom is via the back door of the house with a communal laundry.

Rent is $175 per week this includes all bills and internet. Bond is $758.

If you are interested call or message Josh: 0401 161 587. 


Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



We are looking for a Byk - 450 bike for our daughter.

If anyone got one for sell please give me a call or send a message to: 0401 161 587.

We are thinking about buying for $150.

Thank you Josh.


Have you been unlawfully charged under the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We should all know by now that the people in government in Victoria can make whatever laws they please, even to kill babies that are born with blue eyes if they wish.

So what the 'good' people in the Victorian government have done is made up a law that is called the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 (refer to AustLii for further details).

We also put up information that there are no order for appointments for the Australian Governors General from the period of 1982 to 2003.

So, is the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act of 2001 a lawfully enacted Act?


In Victoria Muslims are not a people of a religious faith, but rather a "class of person".

Are Catholics a "class of person" too, or are they being discriminated against?


Psychiatrys Necessary Shadow: The Philosophy of Mental Illness "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this piece for Medium, Andrs Ruiz explores the reasons that psychiatry is the only medical speciality with an anti-movement and a history of sustained criticism. He critiques the biomedical model on philosophical grounds and argues for a biopsychosocial one instead.

I have attempted to give a general overview of the biomedical models distinctive features and why adherence to this model has been one of the primary reasons why psychiatry stands apart from other mental health professions in having a history of sustained criticism. Why have psychology and neurology avoided this fate? One plausible reason is that psychology has historically opposed biomedical reductionism and continues to push back with each new edition of the DSM. On the other hand, neurology primarily focuses on conditions with known pathophysiologies, though the boundaries between the two are fuzzy, leading to many researchers calling for the two fields to merge.

The most likely answer is that the conditions neurology has medical domain over have identifiable biological markers and bases in human anatomy. Neurology is one field where the biomedical model has proven to widely successful, a claim that cannot be said for psychiatry. One way to interpret this is to hope some day psychiatrys biomedical research program proves as successful as neurologys. Another approach, the one I call for, is to abandon this reductionistic model and once again fully embrace the biopsychosocial research paradigm.


Deterrence May Be The Answer to the North Korea Dilema "IndyWatch Feed National"

 September 6 at 3:24 AM
TOKYO If the U.S. attacks North Korea, the world could see another nuclear war. Yet negotiations wont work leader Kim Jong Un wont live up to his promises even if he were to make any. And China if only it would help more!Those are the sentiments that have produced a collective shrug from many as they watch the North make rapid strides toward developing nuclear missiles capable of striking anywhere in the United States.

But Washington hasnt tried everything yet.

Below, three experts offer ideas on how the U.S. might get out of its policy box on North Korea.

And none of them require firing a shot.



Deterrence is about making sure your opponent has no good military moves. Kim Jong Un has proven to be pretty good at it.

Vipin Narang, a nuclear strategy and nonproliferation expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, believes U.S. policymakers need to let that sink in.

Saying that this nuclear program has not augmented or improved North Koreas ability to deter particular actions, especially regime change or invasion or disarmament, is simply denying reality and putting our head in the sand, he said.

The good news is deterrence is a game the United States has played before.

We know how to do this, he said. We did it with China and the Soviet Union and managed to reassure West Germany and Europe during the Cold War. There is no logical reason we cannot do it with North Korea. Kim is not crazy or irrational and responds to strategic and domestic incentives.

Upping the game will require two things Narang believes are now lacking: a coherent and unified message to Pyongyang from President Donald Trumps administration, and strong, believable reassurances to Americas regional allies.

Along with preventing a U.S. attack, North Koreas nuclear weapons and missile tests are intended to create discord among the U.S., Japan and South Korea and, though its not an American ally China. If Americas ability to handle North Korea is in doubt, there is more pressure for South Korea and Japan to pursue independent strategies and even consider developing nuclear weapons of their own.

Moreover, the different messages coming from the White House, State Department and Department of Defense ranging from Trump threatening fire and fury to the more conciliatory to...


If we had gold, theyll kill us too "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If we had gold, theyll kill us too
0:13 pm GMT+12, 05/09/2017, Samoa

By Nic Maclellan (Islands Business magazine) in Apia, Samoa




Chinese operator buys up Aussie hospitals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Chinese owned Healthe Care has boosted its portfolio of Australian hospitals to 21 after doing a $53 million deal for three hospitals in the Illawarra region of NSW.

Chinese owned private hospital operator Healthe Care has bought three NSW hospitals for $53 million while it continues to negotiate a takeover of another health care operator.

The purchase of Shellharbour Private Hospital, South Coast Private mental health hospital and Wollongong Day Surgery, all in the Illawarra region south of Sydney, takes Healthe Cares local portfolio to 21 hospitals.

Healthe Care, Australias third largest corporate private hospital operator, is currently negotiating a takeover of ASX-listed private hospital operator Pulse Health.

The company, acquired by Chinas Luye Medical group a year ago for $938 million, has been given the green light by the Australian competition watchdog to acquire Pulse.

Pulse operates 12 hospitals, including Westmead Rehabilitation and Bega Valley Private in NSW, and Gold Coast Surgical and Mackay Rehabilitation hospitals in Queensland.

Healthe chief executive Steve Atkins said the company expects to settle further acquisitions this year.

In February, the company bought two other hospitals: a 30-bed mental health hospital at Perth and a rehabilitation and day clinic south of Perth.



Man charged in alleged sexual assault in St Kilda "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Selby Stewart A 31-year-old man, allegedly wearing no pants, chased two women on Acland St on Saturday. Police has identified the man as a resident of Caulfield North. He has been charged with attempt to commit an indictable offence and sexual exposure. Witnesses saw the pant-less man run after the women near ODonnell gardens []


Economy does...OK "IndyWatch Feed"

Economy grows 0.8pc

Solid contributions from LNG exports, household consumption, and government spend saw the economy grow in the June 2017 quarter.

Coal exports were held back a little by flooding and the tail end impact of Cyclone Debbie, but will presumably pick up again as the year rolls on.

Totting it up the economy grew by +0.8 per cent in the June quarter, which is far from a bad result.

In fact, the economy has been racking up expansion for 26 consecutive years now! 

Annual GDP growth remains pretty tepid at +1.8 per cent - and dismal in per capita terms - but with a negative print to drop off next quarter there appears to be a fair chance that annual growth could be heading back towards +3 per cent soon enough. 

The terms of trade rebound suffered a setback this quarter, although this index remains nearly 15 per cent higher than a year earlier, and spot prices potentially point to another better period ahead. 

As a result,...


Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbulls phone call: The full transcript "IndyWatch Feed National"

Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull


Below is the full transcript of the telephone call on 18 January 2017 between Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

It got heated over a US- Australian refugee deal that the Obama administration made in 2012 with Australia.


ABC News Australia

Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbulls phone call: The full transcript

4 Aug 2017


Debt Rattle September 6 2017 "IndyWatch Feed"

Edward Hopper Summer evening 1947   Irma Becomes Most Powerful Hurricane Ever Recorded In Atlantic (G.) Australia: Classic Mortgage Ponzi Finance Model (News) The World Is Becoming Desperate About Deflation (Katsenelson) Mario Draghi Is Running Out Of Bonds To Buy (BBG) Banks Moving Jobs From London Post-Brexit Need To Act

The post Debt Rattle September 6 2017 appeared first on The Automatic Earth.


Chinese Dumpling Master ~ Enmore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We've been waiting twenty years for a really, really good Chinese resto in our Enmore\Newtown neighbourhood. Then Chinese Dumpling Master appears on Enmore Road, complete with handmade noodles, plastic grapes on the ceiling and even beers in the fridge. It's a dream come true. Google tells us Chinese Dumpling Master is run by the folks from the ever-popular Chinese Noodle Restaurant in


Weaving - composing the Woolloomooloo Triptych "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After a lot of distractions and studies and hmmimg and hahing I've finally put a bit of paint on the main canvas at Weave. a bit of the arches under Victoria St - not much to see yetperhaps a bit larger and higher than I want, they may migrate down a bit but I've got a fair idea how to develop things from here, mashing the cliff and some subterranean views in this panel with the bay and sky in the middle bordered and bisected by road and rail.

I'm hoping to get a fair amount of this done by the end of next week, I'll post images as I go


Protesters Storm Council Meeting Over Australia Day Ban "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Protesters have stormed the Yarra City Council building in protest over the citys decision not to host Australia Day celebrations anymore. In the wake of debate about the relevance of Australia Day, and the insensitive nature of the celebration for Australias Indigenous population, Yarra Council decided to ban future Australia Day festivities, with councillors voting

The post Protesters Storm Council Meeting Over Australia Day Ban appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


How Australia increases nuclear weapons proliferation risks "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia has uranium export agreements in place with all of the five declared nuclear weapons states the US, Russia, China, France and the UK although none of these countries take seriously their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation-Treaty to pursue nuclear disarmament.

IAEA safeguards inspections in the declared weapons states are voluntary and, in general, tokenistic.

Australia, along with the weapons states, boycotted recent negotiations on a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted by the United Nations in early July.

Australia has fallen into the trap of bending over backwards to support its allies on an international scale, and subordinating non-proliferation objectives to the commercial interests of the (mostly foreign-owned) uranium companies operating in Australia.

Australias contribution to nuclear proliferation risks, Bridget Mitchell and Jim Green, 6 Sept 2017, Online Opinion   Once again, the world finds itself in a dangerous place as one mad-man explodes increasingly powerful nuclear weapons and another mad-man threatens North Korea with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.

There appears to be no...


Weighing the White Mans Burden "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent sullen peoples
Shall weigh your Gods and you.
Rudyard Kipling

And where the crazy whiteman
And his teargas happiness
Lies dead and long since buried
By his own fantastic mess
Roy Harper

As a young lad in Birmingham, my school chums and I would be enthralled by a world map covered in red the empire upon which the sun never set. As Britain turns its back on Europe, it would seem that quite a few folk are still enamoured of the defunct Imperium. A 2014 YouGov opinion poll that found 59% British people polled believed the old British Empire was something to be proud of. 34% wished they still had one.

Back in the day, wed do school projects about cocoa cultivation on the Gold Coast (now Ghana, not our Australian schoolies mecca), rubber trees in Malaya and East Africa, and tea plantations in Assam and Ceylon enhanced by attractive, child-friendly posters and other educational aids provided gratis by the likes of Cadbury, Dunlop and Typhoo. That these household names had factories in our industrial second city which encouraged school outings rendered the wonders of empire all the more tangible.

In the Britain of my childhood, the silent sullen peoples of Rudyard Kiplings famous poem were beginning to colour-up (pun quite intended) our monochrome, white-bread, demographic cityscape. The bleak and bland streets and suburbs of our English and Irish Birmingham were already rocking with new sounds and flavours, from the ska and reggae beats of Sparkhill to the spicy aromas of Balsall Heath and Alum Rock. There was prejudice, there was discrimination, there was at times violence, but as Britain emerged from the austerity of the war years, as the bombed cities were rebuilt, and a resuscitated economy created a consumer society, labour shortages persuaded politicians to facilitate mass immigration from the empire and particularly, from the West Indies and the Indian subcontinent

Words like imperialism and colonialism, economics and exploitation, were yet to enter our vocabularies. The colonies and dependencies spread across all continents, and the grown-up white commonwealths and dominions like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and Rhodesia, were the friends, partners, and indeed, children of the mother country.

It was, we perceived, in the innocence of youth and the blinkers of our school curricula, a benign and fruitful partnership of mutual benefit to all. To serve our ca...


A nuclear bomb: effects on each of Australias major cities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The good news for Australians and the world at large is that North Korea has no intention of using its nuclear arsenal.

North Korea has a very limited nuclear arsenal, and does not view Australia as a particularly worthy adversary. If they can reach Melbourne or Sydney, they could also reach the mainland United States, which would prove a more tempting target.

So even if Kim Jong-un were to push the button, its very unlikely the missiles will be aimed at Australia.

What North Koreas nukes would do to Australias cities, By Nick Pearson, Sep 6, 2017 North Korea would be capable of killing tens of thousands of Australians instantly if they target one of our cities in a nuclear attack.

A 100 kiloton bomb was detonated under a mountain in North Korea over the weekend, and it would be capable of an extraordinary amount of damage if it targeted an urban area.

US academic Alex Wellerstein created a piece of software that estimates the scale of a nuclear attack on various locations.

At present only Darwin is potentially within the range of North Koreas missiles. The regime also has not developed the technology to put a nuclear warhead on such a missile, so these estimations are at present, hypothetical.

The bomb tested by North Korea on Sunday would kill an estimated 126,000 people straight away if dropped in the heart of Sydney.



USA threatens Sweden because Sweden signed UN treaty banning nuclear weapons. "IndyWatch Feed"

Mattis reportedly threatened Sweden with retaliation over signing a nuclear-weapons ban, Business Insider CHRISTOPHER WOODY, SEP 6, 2017 US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly warned Sweden of severe consequences if the country followed through on signing a UN treaty banning nuclear weapons.



USA and South Korea increase the tensions on Korean Peninsula with powerful show of fire power "IndyWatch Feed"

Allies seek to deploy aircraft carrier, strategic bomber in response to N.K. nuke test, Yonhap News, 2017-09- SEOUL, Sept. 4   South Korea and the United States will seek to deploy a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, strategic bombers and other powerful assets to the Korean Peninsula as a response to North Koreas latest nuclear test, Seouls defense ministry said Monday.

In its report to the National Assemblys defense committee, the ministry also said that its military will stage a unilateral live-fire drill, which involves Taurus air-to-surface guided missiles mounted on its F-15K fighter jets, this month. The missile with a range of 500 kilometers is capable of launching precision strikes on the Norths key nuclear and missile facilities.

We will push for the option of deploying strategic assets such as the U.S. carrier strike group and strategic bombers after consultation with the U.S., the ministry said.

The show-of-force measures were unveiled a day after Pyongyang conducted what it claims to be a test of a hydrogen bomb mountable onto an intercontinental ballistic missile, sharply raising military tensions.

At the parliamentary session, Defense Minister Song Young-moo said that during his recent talks with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, he demanded that the U.S. deploy its strategic assets to Korea on a regular basis. He made the demand, citing local politicians calls for the redeployment of U.S. tactical nukes.



John Quiggan demolishes foolish Minerals Council of Australias nuclear spin "IndyWatch Feed"

The Minerals Council of Australia pushing zombie ideas, September 4th, 2017, John Quiggin,

Fighting zombies is a tiresome business. Even when you think youve finally killed them, they bounce back as often as not. But it has to be done, and there are some benefits. When you see a supposedly serious person or organization pushing zombie ideas, its an indication that nothing they put out should be presumed to be serious.

There can be few zombies more thoroughly undead than nuclear power in general, except for the idea that nuclear power is a sensible option for Australia. The strongly pro-nuclear SA Royal Commission demolished this zombie so thoroughly that it should have taken a decade at least to regenerate.

But heres the Minerals Council of Australia, which has taken a break from promoting coal to push the idea thatAustralia needs a nuclear power industry and that the biggest obstacle is a legal prohibition imposed in 1998. The supporting analysis is riddled with absurdities, some of which have already been pointed out. Ill give my own (incomplete) list over the fold



Australias defence forces to buy lethal drones from US nuclear weapons maker General Atomics? "IndyWatch Feed"

Dan Monceaux Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia   3 September 2017.

General Atomics popped up in the news yesterday, but their name wasnt mentioned in the news report I saw. Apparently, Australias defence forces are int...


Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull hold talks, as North Korea again threatens America "IndyWatch Feed"

North Korea makes another threat to America as Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull hold talks, The West Australian , Claire Bickers, Sarah Blake in New York, wires 6 September 2017 Donald Trumps phone call with Prime Minister Turnbull has been described as warm and constructive.

The two leaders have agreed North Korea poses a grave threat to regional stability and that it is time for the international community to act.

Chinas role in putting pressure on Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile testing program was discussed, along with the emerging threat of Islamic militants in the Philippines.

Earlier, Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne said Australia and its allies sought to avoid a military conflict with North Korea at all costs.

The Minister will be travelling to Seoul today to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and to deliver the keynote address at a forum on regional and global security.

We seek to pursue the sanctions process and to ensure that they are allowed to operate to their fullest effect to send the clearest possible message to the regime in North Korea that their behaviour is unacceptable, she told ABC radio.

There has been speculation North Korea may be planning to fire an ICBM this weekend when the republic celebrates its foundation on September 9. Mr Turnbull told coalition MPs at a partyroom meeting on Tuesday that the action of North Korea was reckless, dangerous and provocative.

He echoed the US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley who said the regime seems to be begging for a war.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong will meet leaders in South Korea and Japan later in the month. Mr Shorten said he was pleased about the phone call between Mr Trump and Mr Turnbull.

Australia must use its influence wherever possible to promote a peaceful resolution to this crisis, and I hope this phone call goes some way to achieving this, Mr Shorten said.

Confirmation of the Oval Office phone call came late Tuesday, during a dramatic day of developments in the burgeoning nuclear crisis, as the Japanese government started planning for mass evacuations of nearly 60,000 citizens in South Korea.





Dangerous transport of plutonium nuclear fuel in the North Korean missile influence area "IndyWatch Feed"

Robin des Bois 30th Aug 2017, Within a few days, unless an accident occurs, the Pacific Egret will enter the North Korean missile influence area. The Pacific Egret carries 8 tons of MOX, a nuclear fuel made in France containing 8 to 10% of plutonium mixed with enriched uranium.

This civil bomb left the French port of Cherbourg on July 5, 2017. After having sailed down the Atlantic Ocean, passed off South Africa, crossed the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the MOX is expected to be unloaded in the small private port of the Japanese nuclear power plant in Takahama, facing North Korea.

Once again, the French government, Areva and the Nuclear Safety Authority have taken the irresponsible risk of permitting and undertaking a nuclear expedition bound for an unsteady zone in all political, geological and climatic respects.


UK and Canada combining to develop non nuclear production of non-reactor supply of medical isotope technetium-99m (Tc-99m) "IndyWatch Feed"

ARTMS Products Inc. partners with Alliance Medical to modernize, stabilize UK medical isotope supply chain May 16, 2017

ARTMS Products, Inc., a Vancouver-based medical technology company, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Alliance Medical to enable and demonstrate an alternative, non-reactor supply of technetium-99m (Tc-99m) within the United Kingdom. ARTMS will provide to Alliance the hardware, know-how, and proprietary consumables to gain regulatory marketing approval within the UK and subsequently implement commercial supply of accelerator-, or cyclotron-produced Tc-99m. This technology will enable a reduction in the reliance in the UK of foreign, subsidized, reactor-based medical isotope production; enhancing supply reliability and eliminating the use of enriched uranium as a source of life-saving medical isotopes.

Tc-99m is used in over 80% of all nuclear medicine imaging procedures in areas such as cardiology, oncology, and neurology. Typically sourced from an ageing fleet of global nuclear reactors, this important isotope has been subjected to significant supply disruptions in recent years. ARTMSs technology to produce Tc-99m using medical cyclotrons is a v...


MACKAY Put me in f**king lock-up: Teen kicked cop in the head "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY September 06, 2017 at 07:35AM ,

Put me in f**king lock-up: Teen kicked cop in the head

September 06, 2017 at 07:35AM ,

Chase Dylan Marshman, 18, faced Mackay Magistrates court, pleading guilty to four charges, including assaulting a police officer. Facebook.

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MACKAY Ice trafficking accused bailed, could fight charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY September 06, 2017 at 12:26PM ,

Ice trafficking accused bailed, could fight charges

September 06, 2017 at 12:26PM ,

Addis-Pungatara did not enter pleas to any charges when he appeared before Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday for mention. Defence solicitor

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MACKAY Security guard busted with ice during raid on mates home "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY September 06, 2017 at 12:26PM ,

Security guard busted with ice during raid on mates home

September 06, 2017 at 12:26PM ,

Mark Kevin Jackson, 54, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to possessing the drug ice and contravening police. Facebook.

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CSIRO a paid-up member of Minerals Council, which fights climate change action "IndyWatch Feed"

Science agency stands in contrast to Australias biggest polluter, AGL, which parted ways with MCA over climate change, Guardian, Michael Slezak, 6 Sept 17, The Australian governments science agency, the CSIRO, has paid tens of thousands of dollars to peak mining lobby group the Minerals Council of Australia, which fights against government action on climate change.

The CSIRO has been listed as an associate member of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) since at least 2004 and new documents obtained by the Australian Institute, under freedom of information laws, show that in 2017 the annual subscription for membership was just under $10,000.

The mining lobby plays a vocal role in Australian climate change policy debates and the positions it takes are on the extreme end of the spectrum and include pushing for more coal power stations to be built.

The CSIRO continues to be a member of the MCA despite even Australias biggest climate polluter, AGL, publicly parting ways with the Minerals Council of Australia in 2016, saying it did so because of the positions the MCA took on climate change.

AGLs positions on climate change and renewable energy differed from those held by the Minerals Council of Australia and AG...


South Australias Tesla big battery can stop the price gouging by Australias major energy players "IndyWatch Feed"

How Teslas big battery can smash Australias energy cartel, REneweconomy, By Giles Parkinson on 4 September 2017  A series of reports from Australias Energy Regulator has illustrated how Australias big energy players have taken advantage of their market dominance to push up prices for critical grid services, and underline why South Australia was so keen to support the new Tesla big battery.

The Tesla battery, due to be installed by December 1, has been derided by the federal government as too small to do much and about as useful as a Big Banana or Big Pineapple.

But going by the AER reports, it could completely puncture the price gouging (which, we should point out, is perfectly legal according to the market rules) by major energy players that is costing consumers $60 million a year.

The series of AER reports highlight how, on at least seven occasions over the last 10 months, the actions of the major players AGL, Origin and Engie managed to push prices of Frequency Control A...


September 1st More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed"

  • AEMO says fossil fuel failures, renewable investment delays biggest threat to grid
    AEMO says the biggest threat to Australias electricity supply is hotter temperatures, failure of large fossil fuel plants, and delays in investment in new wind and solar. Smart solutions such as demand management and storage will mean no need for new coal generators.


Executive Assistant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Council for the Arts


Building Your Business Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Book today! This 2 hour Building Your Business Workshop is designed to provide you with key business and marketing planning skills and tools to help you on your Brochure journey. []

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Half of a Whole "IndyWatch Feed National"

My eyes were still drowning in the short-term aftermath of separation as I got off the plane. He welcomed me with a smile and a bright greeting. He did not embarrass me, nor stare too long at my puffy face for fear of making me uncomfortable.

When this is over, I will get off the plane and run into your arms. I will cry and you will not, because you always say one of us has to be strong. You will never know how much I missed you, because I fear telling you might root me to the ground and keep me from venturing out again.

I got lost on my way to the hotel and called out to her.
Excuse me, I asked, my suitcase in tow. Am I on the right track? Silently, I congratulated myself on speaking her language well enough to yield comprehension. She smiled with a kind sort of pity, but I didnt dislike it; I wanted someone to hold my hand, if only for a moment, and figured it might as well be her.

A month from now, I will ask you whether I did the right thing. You will look at me in your familiar way and say nothing. You will kiss my forehead, and I will feel both lost and found at the same time.

I was walking down a semi-familiar street with my shabby backpack and shabbier shoes when the rain began to fall. Being only metres away from the hotel, I was unfazed, but then he approached from behind and asked if I did not have an umbrella. I confirmed his concerns and assumed the end of the conversation, given the closed nature of the question. He handed me his umbrella, told me he didnt need it and walked off into the rain. If he had known I was seconds away from a mediocre hotel shower and change of clothes, he may have rethought his decision. But then maybe he knew what I needed better than I did.

Its winter at home now. I will find myself caught in the rain many times over the coming month and a half. I might never have an umbrella when I need one, but it wont matter. I wont be alone.

One afternoon I found myself alone on the way to my far-off classroom. The day filled with complications early on and weighed down my feet, so I sat and ordered a smoothie which would have been too expensive if I were not so tired. I drank it like it was golden and left feeling lighter, whether from the energy in the drink or the fewer coins in my purse.

My friends are all together drinking overpriced smoothies in the shopping mall foodcourt. They say they think of me often but they have no idea. I will not be p...


Waste management and Port Phillip "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Cr Dick Gross Four Corners has done it again. On August 14 this year, ABC TVs award winning Four Corners program investigated the big business of rubbish and where it ends up. The program famous for uncovering filth has uncovered some big issues in Australias waste industry. Lets find out what it means for Port Phillip. []


Progress to Dystopia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Watching Q&A is an increasingly confusing experience. It would appear, from the questions and the panel responses, to anyone with a perspective of more than 30 years that we have not just been marking time but gone backwards with respect to gender and sexuality, anti-racism and colonialism. There was a sense of enlightenment in the 1970s, when women burned their bras, anthropologists wrote about gender pathways, and women in the Middle East wore miniskirts and went to co-ed universities - but things have gone downhill since. From current discourse as exemplified often on the media and especially on ABC 1's Q and A, it's as if the easy-going youth cultures of the 60s and 70s never happened ! We are now being 'educated' about a grey future where the best we can aspire to is mutual tolerance, when once we had far greater ambitions. In the 70s, for young people, the sky seemed to be the limit in terms of understanding international friendship possibilities. This was long before the Internet but when international travel became more widely available and there was a bit of a pause in wars which have since become constant.

A strange Monday night experience at home in Melbourne

Sylvie stirred on the sofa as one program ended and a set of promos began. It was the change of rhythm that disturbed her, or perhaps a slightly higher volume on the television. She was still barely awake but was aware that she needed to undress, clean her teeth and wash her face before bed. It was cold in the bathroom so she stayed put for a little while in the warm living room. Somehow the television looked different; larger, much larger, brighter, flatter than before. The promos had finished and the next program started. The people on the screen were unfamiliar to her. It was a panel show with a studio audience. To her amazement, one of the women on the panel was wearing a sort of archaic black head dress but spoke with an American accent. Sylvie sat up with a bit of a start. Where had this program come from? It was not the normal Monday night program. She went over to the television to try another channel but could find no way of adjusting this TV. She sat down again transfixed. Questions were coming from the audience to the panel. The themes were unfamiliar, troubling and seemed to concern Britain and the US. They referred to recent violence in the US an...


Backcountry film festival showing September 12 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The BCFF is produced each year by the Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community.

We are offering one more showing of the festival in Melbourne for 2017.

Tuesday 12 September.

This years Winter Wildlands Alliance festival features eleven films. For full details on these, please check here. PLEASE NOTE that these are the same films that were shown in May at Melbourne University.

There will be two shows one at 7pm and one at 9pm.

Venue: Longplay Bar and Cinema

318 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North.

Tickets $15

Because its a licensed venue, please no children.

Funds raised will go to Mountain Sports Collective.

This is a small venue so we are asking people to let us know theyre coming so we can put a ticket aside. Please email Team Snowsense, saying which of the sessions you will be at.

OR: leave a note in the Snowsense facebook page under the film festival event and we will reserve you a ticket.


Kohinur causeways closed as bushfire burns in Upper Main Arm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kohinur Hall. Photo Byron Events

Kohinur Hall. Photo Byron Events

Residents of Main Arm Road are in shock after discovering that two causeways near the Kohinur Hall were closed without notice by Byron Shire Council at 2:15pm today (Wednesday, September 6).

The council said it had no alternative but to close the two bridges because of structural issues and [the] danger posed to residents uncovered by engineers it engaged.

This will be of little comfort to people living above the bridges, who are currently threatened by a bushfire that has been burning for several days and is yet to be brought under control.

The council says it is hopeful that following a full report from the engineers they will be able to reopen the causeways to traffic under five tonnes.

Meanwhile, people living west of Kohinur Hall will be unable to get direct access to Mullumbimby and are being told they will need to look for alternative routes.

The second causeway east of the hall and the first causeway west of the hall are closed to all traffic, with residents living on Main Arm Road between these causeways only able to get access to their properties by walking in.

Engineers were called to inspect the causeways after a bridge at Durrumbul collapsed recently.

One hour to get out

Local filmmaker Sharon Shostak, who spent the day teaching at the school said that staff and parents were thrown into chaos by the news, having had no forewarning of the closure.

She said school staff contacted the school bus service, which hadnt been advised of the closure by the council.

We we were told by a parent that the council was going to close the two causeways just past Kohinur because they received an engineers report that they were dangerous, Ms Shostak said.

Theyve closed the bridges subject to a further report and they told one guy he had an hour to get out.

They hadnt informed the school or the bus company. The fire trucks are being rerouted via Stokers Siding and Uki

A parent was told by one council worker although they had erected barriers they wouldnt fill them with water so small vehicles could get out in an emergency, she said.

But Byron Shire Council is standing by the move, with works manager Tony Nash saying, the safety of our communit...


Que Nakamarra Kenny: Were not buying the line that fracking brings wealth and opportunities to our communities "IndyWatch Feed"

I have met hundreds of people from all walks of life standing up and working together to keep our land and water safe for the next generation. Photograph: Supplied. Share this Post There has been a lot of talk from both the Northern Territory and federal governments recently about the rivers of royalties, jobs and other benefits they claim will ...


Anarchist World This Week - 40th Anniversary Celebration "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Joe Toscano - Anarchist World This Week

Joe Toscano first began broadcasting an anarchist analysis of local, national and international events on 3CR in August 1977. All are welcome to a special live broadcast of Anarchist World This Week on Wednesday 20th September, from 10:00 - 11:00 am at The Unitarian Church, 110 Grey St, East Melbourne. Doors open at 9:30am. Please be seated by 10:00am as the broadcast is live and will be simultaneously broadcast around Australia on the Community Radio Network. The broadcast will be followed by a question and answer session about the future direction for the radical struggle to devolve power and share wealth in Australia. A communal lunch will be provided by Sampari the West Papuan Independence Movement for $15.  You are encouraged to buy lunch for someone else who cannot afford it.



Restored Republic via a GCR as of Sept. 6, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Sept. 6 2017

Compiled 12:35 am EDT 6 Sept. 2017 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery; Author, "Twenty Two Faces,"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

A. Sept. 5 2017 The Big Call, Bruce: 712-770-4016 pin123456#

1. For the past two weeks Iraq has moved through the GCR - have new rates on their Qi Cards, new rates in their ATMs, accounts are hydrated and Dinar rate went up 100 fold.

2. Iraq's digital Gazette is printed tonight with the new budget and new rates. The Gazette will come out tomorrow morning Sept. 6.

3. The BRICS financial conference in China will finish up tomorrow Sept. 6. Egypt is the latest member to be added to BRICS.

4. In the US as of 3:30 EDT this am Sept. 5 the fines and penalties were being paid out; they were hydrating SKRs and paying out 50,000 accounts per hour globally. This payout was believed to be completed within 36 hours.

5. The Tier 4 (internet group) should get started soon.

6. The 800 numbers could come tonight or tomorrow Sept. 6. We could get notified at any time.

7. New redemption centers were put in the mix - 9 in Texas, 7 in Louisiana - as a result of Hurricane Harvey. A few need finalization of their communication.

8. Zim rates have crept up slightly. There are good screen rates on the other currencies. You can negotiate for higher rates providing you have projects that will support those rates. You need to answer the question of how you are going to benefit humankind?

B. Sept. 5 2017 11:11 am EDT GCR Intel Situation Report: "Pink Lady" - GCR/RV Intel SITREP - Tuesday - September 5, 2017

1. Markets open tomorrow Sept. 6 at 9am EDT.

2. Before that at 7:27am EDT Sept. 6 Mercury goes direct and the earth starts to come out of retrograde.

3. Everything happening right now syncs up with this astrological event. Including Hurricane Irma which has slowed down ironically as it gets bigger and is delaying itself. Florida has already declared a state of emergency--and it's a week out--that the raw powerful of Hurricane Irma.

4. North Korea is about ready to announce the end of the world according to what this Mossad ag...


The Rising Tone of Private Equity v Public "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Dear Martin,

With the U.S. stock market hits all-time highs, some sources say a lot of smart money is pulling out of the stock market and piling into private equity. One of the reasons being increased regulation making many companies choose to avoid the hassle to go public and stay private.
The thing is, very few small investors have access to private equity. Could the remainder of the Private Wave develop in private equity rather than in stocks?
Thanks for all the advise,
ANSWER: There is a major thrust toward private equity. We have been getting serious offers to come in now asking to hold off on going public. The amount of money in cash looking to go someplace is really staggering to put it mildly. If it were just a question of money, yes it would be tempting. But personally it would require a good fit not simply money.
With all the buy-backs over the years, there is also a growing shortage of stock. This is one reason why the market has a lot more to go on the upside broader-term, with the near-term correction put aside.
There is no question that we suffer from serious over-regulation and if we were to go public it will be in Asia not the USA. From a personal perspective, I see where you are coming from. Even the Hollywood movie seems to be a vehicle that is best to open up to investors to finance and many people want to join in for the profits and tax-credits.
Things are changing, indeed. Private equity is rising. Even a friend just sold his small business to a public company who sought to raise funds for the purchase and they were shocked to receive 3 times what they sought to raise in offers. It clearly seems that those who are first get in.


Tesla's Tiny House takes renewable energy solutions across Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Tesla's Tiny House has a big mission: Educating Australian consumers on how they can generate, store, and renewable energy.


The Poet and the Podcaster "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ARTS THURSDAY 7th September at 10:30 am

Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 7 September presents two women, whose lives took new paths into the arts, following family-raising and a diversity of careers.

Barbara Fisher

Barbara Fisher

Barbara Fisher is a poet whose work explores aspects of a womans life her memories, perceptions and domestic details, such as food and dress. Her wry humour is woven through her words and she probes values, social mores and things taken for granted.

Join me as I speak to Barbara about her work and she reads some of her poetry.

Barbara Fishers book of poetry Rescued from Time is available from Ginninderra Press go to:


Maria Stoljar

Maria Stoljar

Maria Stoljar is both a painter and a podcaster, who has developed a series of podcasted interviews, Talking with Painters, a YouTube site and Instagram posts focused on the lives, techniques and work of Australian artists, including Lucy Culliton, James Drinkwater and Lewis Miller.

Maria shares the story of how she developed these po...


Opening the Door to September "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I have followed you for many years. I have to say, I am truly amazed at what your computer projects. You have never missed a move yet. Here we have the rally in gold into September, yet the August high stands in the market, and even Korea went nuts on your target date and your next target for the 11th concerning Korea I do not want to think what is going on.

I understand you say you never pursued this research based upon a preconclusion but bumped into this in the middle of the night. My question is this. Do you think what you have discovered is somehow a mysterious force that just compels things to happen on target? Its hard for me to put into words. Do you have any idea why all these things happen when you forecast they will happen?

Definitely see you in Orlando.


ANSWER: I get this question a lot. I really do not know what is the answer. We clearly respond to events the same today as humans did in Roman times. Politicians never change and are always greedy and will exploit the people. If this was not true, then we should all be speaking Babylonian.

I can see that is you do X then Y will always follow. But this is some strange complexity that is far beyond what people are willing to expect. The government simply said I manipulated the world economy. Now thats really nuts. All I have done is comprehend the inter-connectivity and mapped it out with TIME.

There is a very interesting regularity to everything and it is truly predictable. Yet the majority still prefer to blame me (messenger) rather than stop and explore that there is a mysterious order of complexity far beyond comprehension. The consequence of that (Invisible Hand) runs contrary to politicians who try to manipulate society in the spirit of Karl Marx. So if I am right, that means a politicians can not keep their promises for they cannot control the world economy.


Foster Community Online "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cal Park and Ben Wells tie on 25 votes Fish Creeks Abbey Shaw top netballer THE Alberton Football Netball League held their vote count and presentation night last []

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Groom called on to clarify Libs logging policy for lobster habitat "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 - 2:45pm

On the eve of World Threatened Species Day, The Wilderness Society today called on Tasmanian Environment Minister Matthew Groom to clarify his governments policy to reverse reserves in critical giant freshwater lobster habitat identified in a national Recovery Plan for protection.

Last month, Minister Groom jointly signed a Recovery Plan for the lobster with Federal Minister Josh Frydenberg under national environment laws, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. This plan includes an agreed action to increase the total area of giant freshwater crayfish habitat that is reserved.

This is inconsistent with his governments policy to remove reservation for 356,000 hectares of high conservation value forest across the state, including in the catchments named as critical lobster habitat.

"The Lobster Recovery Plan and its agreed action to increase reserves in key habitat areas was a welcome dose of common sense, underpinned by science, said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society. But this runs counter to the Hodgman Governments plan to reduce the amount of forests reserved in identified river catchments, in an attempt to introduce logging.

"As we again recognise the tragic day the last known thylacine died 81 years ago, Minister Groom needs to clarify how his government can reconcile a policy position that is directly counter to an agreed plan to save another species from extinction."

The Wilderness Society has written to Minister Groom, highlighting the policy and recovery plan inconsistency and the fact that his intent is to reduce, not increase, the level of reservation in identified catchments that are known, core habitat for the lobster.

"Minister Grooms policy is to undo the reservation of 37,000 hectares of important lobster habitat in the takayna/Tarkine and surrounding forests, identified for reservation in the Recovery Plan.

"Mr Groom wants these forests logged not reserved, but the Recovery Plan identifies logging as one of the most significant threats to the survival of the species.

"Logging protected forests in catchments recommended for formal reservation simply doesnt stack up, and Minister Groom needs to clarify if he is going to implement the Recovery Plan or bulldoze on with a discredited logging policy that will have a significant negative impact on the survival of another iconic Tasmanian species."

More information...


You Are My Friend by Lorine Niedecker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Arts Wednesday 6 September, Sylvias guest was poetry devotee, Eleanor Smagarinsky, talking about ModPo, an online poetry community. We did a close reading of Lorine Niedeckers poem, You Are My Friend. Here is the text:

You are my friend
you bring me peaches
and the high bush cranberry
you carry

my fishpole
you water my worms
you patch my boot
with your mending kit
nothing in it

but my hand

Listen to the 3 parts of the conversation below:

That was Part 1 and here is Part 2:

Now for the part youve been waiting for: close reading of You are my friend by Lorine Niedecker:




Scan 1



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Our Universe with Professor Geraint Lewis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over the course of August/September 2017 on Arts Wednesday, Sylvia hosted a 6-part series entitled Our Universe, with Geraint Lewis, Professor of Astrophysics at the Sydney Institute For Astronomy , The University of Sydney.

Listen to the series below:

Here is Part 1, entitled The Depths of the Solar System, where Geraint focusses on what we have learned about our patch of the universe:

Now for Part 2, entitled New Planets and Life in the Universe, looking at recent discoveries about planets and the possibility of life:

This is Part 3, entitled The Evolving Universe, looking at the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies:

Part 4 is called New Eyes on the Cosmos and focusses on new telescopes and gravitational waves:

Part 5 is entitled Death from the Skies and looks at rocks and comets fr0m space, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts:

And the final part: The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Universe. What do we know about the future history of the universe?



Whats the future of the Alberton Football Netball League? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THIS Saturdays grand final between Fish Creek and Toora could be the last game played in the Alberton Football Netball League as we now know it. The season was difficult []

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Long Jetty works on track "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  SMC Marines Project Manager for the Rehabilitation of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty, Wes Cahill, says things are going really well at Long Jetty.  Were half way through the []

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Asylum Seekers Left Destitute at the Hands of Dutton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Stooping to a new low, the Turnbull government has begun cutting off the welfare payment to vulnerable asylum seekers and given these people three weeks to vacate their government-supported accommodation. Leaked documents from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) initially revealed that the government planned to place former offshore detainees

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.70 AUD


Why China Will Risk War For These Waters "IndyWatch Feed"

The mainstream media tells us that Washington is trying to recruit China into helping contain North Korea.


The behaviour of the US Navy sure wouldnt be giving China the desire to do anything except perhaps to give President Trump the bird.

A couple of days ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Pentagon is going to run naval patrols in the South China Sea. This is to create a a more consistent posture to counter Chinas maritime claims there...

The US is deliberately touching a Chinese sore point here.

China regards the South China Sea as its territory.

Take the Chinese view for a moment. It would be as if China was sending battleships into the Gulf of Mexico.

I bring it up because the South China Sea is going to stay a squabbling point for a long time to come.

The whole area is vital for international shipping not to menton containing multiple and overlapping claims from the surrounding countries. Its a messy situation

Fighter aircraft and surface-to-air missiles dont lie

I dug into China expert Tom Millers recent book, Chinas Asian Dream, for a second look on this issue.

There are two key island chains here: the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Islands.

Vietnam, China and Taiwan all claim the Paracels, but China controls them. Beijing has built an artificial dock on the biggest island, and a runway to handle fighter aircraft and small passenger planes.

Apparently, there are surface-to-air missiles ready to go here as well. China is militarising the whole area though publicly denies most of this.

Miller says Chinas claim to the Paracels is genuine. Vietnam also has a genuine claim, but we can assume pretty easily that theres not much they can do about it.

Miller says Chinas claim to the Spratlys made up of 750 islands, further south is mostly bogus.

These islands are actually a lot closer to Malaysia and Brunei than anywhere else.

Heres a handy map to show you how distant they are from the Chinese mainland

Source: Wall Street Journal

China pushes its claim here aggressively regardless.

That makes countries like Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam wary of Chinese expansion. This pushes them towards allying with the US.

China justifies its behaviour by saying it has an ancient claim to the Sout...


First Artist Announcement for the Port Fairy Folk Festival 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival With early bird tickets just about to go on sale for the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival, Victorias premiere folk even have just released a huge swathe of artists for first announcement. Firstly the Port Fairy Folk Festival will be showcasing two very specical performances of Exile: Songs []


An Open Letter From the Hostel Snorer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear fellow bunk-bed dwellers at Mana Mana hostel,

As you may remember, it was a sultry night in that little township on Spains Costa Brava coast. The window was ajar and our room was blanketed in a fine coating of sweat. It was 10pm and everyone had opted for an early night after a big day of ocean frolicking, awe-inspiring hikes and a cheap tapas.

30 minutes or so had passed and the creaks and groans of the metal framed bunk-beds had all but silenced as a light veil of sleep passed over the room. That was until it started. No doubt your ears perked up as a soft purr could be heard faintly buzzing from my bottom bunk, a purr that soon turned into a growl. You tried to bury your heads deeper into your pillows to drown out the noise, but it didnt stop there. The growl grew louder, deeper, more ferocious until it was no longer a growl but a force that had transcended reason and become a bone rattling thunder that shook the room like a derailed freight train crashing through the wall.

I awoke at around 8am feeling well rested as I nestled myself comfortably on my side to check the time. None of you noticed I had woken up, so you unassumingly carried on with your conversation.

That noise wasnt fucking human.

I didnt even get a little bit of sleep, I was so close to punching him in the face. But even that probably wouldnt have woken him.

Probably not. I had to go two floors down to the kitchen and sleep on a bench only to be woken by the cleaning lady at 6 am. Im changing rooms today.

Im glad Im checking out, Ill probably still hear him from my bus.

You both laughed.

If theres one thing we can all agree on, its that not getting enough sleep can be frustrating, even more so when its because of someone else, so you are rightly justified in being shitty with me. However, I write to you, as the man you vilify with your resentment, in the hope of giving you a bit of perspective.

Meeting people and making new mates are the pillars of travelling, with a lot of these new mateships blossoming from none other than the humble temple that is the hostel. In recent times, Ive come to be aware of this particular habit that I cant kick, but rather, leaves people wanting to kick me.

I am the dreaded, the loathed, the feared dorm room...


Australian national accounts government spending drives growth "IndyWatch Feed"

The ABS released the June-quarter 2017 National Accounts data today (September 6, 2017), which showed that real GDP had risen by 0.8 per cent in the June-quarter 2017. Annual growth (last four quarters) was just 1.8 per cent around half the trend rate before the GFC. The striking result was that public spending (consumption and investment) contributed 0.8 percentage points to the growth rate which means that without that contribution, real GDP growth would have been zero in the June-quarter 2017. Private consumption expenditure contributed 0.4 points, although the household saving ratio fell again indicating the tenuous nature of relying on this growth with flat wages. Private investment spending was negative. Net exports were stronger with export volumes strong in the face of the falling terms of trade. Overall, the growth is unbalanced relying on lumpy public investment spending and credit-driven private consumption growth. The outlook is thus uncertain.

The main features of the National Accounts release for the June-quarter 2017 were (seasonally adjusted):

  • Real GDP increased by 0.8 per cent. The annual growth rate was 1.8 per cent and remains below the rate that is required to keep unemployment from rising given productivity and labour force growth.
  • The main positive contributors to real GDP growth were Household final consumption expenditure (growth 0.7 per cent, contribution 0.4 percentage points), public consumption (growth 1.2 per cent, contribution 0.2 percentage points), public investment (growth 11.9 per cent, contribution 0.6 percentage points), and net exports (growth 1.6 per cent, contribution 0.4 percentage points).
  • The main negative contributing factors were private investment (decreased 1.1 per cent, contribution 0.2 percentage points) and the rundown of inventories (0.4 points)
    (0.7 points and dwelling investment (-0.6 points).
  • The public sector overall (consumption and investment) added 0.8 points to growth in other words, if the public sector was running a balanced zero contribution fiscal position, economic growth in Australia in the June-quarter would have been zero!
  • Our Terms of Trade (seasonally adjusted) fell by 6 per cent in the quarter but, given the movement in commodity prices, the growth was 14.9 per cent over the last 12 months.
  • Real net national disposable income, which is a broader measure of change in national economic well-being rose by 0.6 per cent for the quarter and by 5.1 per cent for the 12 months to the June-quarter 2017, which means that Australians are better off (on average) than they were at that point 12 months ago.
  • The Household saving ratio (from disposable inc...


GCR/RV Intel SITREP: "Guinea" -- September 5, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Source: Dinar Chronicles

Zimbabwe went first on announcing the gold standard followed by the Yuan... why?

At this weekends BRICS business gathering Chinese President Xi Jinping of said that "China and Africa are a community of shared future and common interests, which have gone through thick and thin together."

Regardless of changes in the international situation, China will unswervingly work with Africa for win-win cooperation and common development, and resolutely support peace and development in Africa, President Xi said.

China supports Africas capacity building in peace-keeping.

He also said that China intends to better combine the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Africa cooperation plans set forth at the FOCAC Johannesburg summit with the AUs Agenda 2063.

"Africa is the future of the world," Xi said, "The future of BRICS will be determined by cooperation with Africa... let us jointly face our challenges together."

Wow... ok. How do you feel about your ZIM investment now? It's over 2.90+ as of the start of this week. This means Zimababwe's currency is valued more by the Chinese than America by nearly 3 to 1!

That's how far America will fall, how fast and when is tied into the release of the RV--which is still an immanent event.

And this is why you're already wealthy beyond traditionally understanding. But tradition is a liar as it relates to Anglo-Saxon history.

White Supremacy wasn't some passing fad, it was a four century problem/war that has structurally been suppressed in our lifetime. Pretty cool.

People of Color are going to make a "yuge" comeback as a result.

In this same spirit of proper valuation... Egypt, Guinea, Tajikistan, Thailand and Mexico were all asked to join the three-day BRICS business summit as observer nations, what President Xi called potential "BRICS Plus members who could one day expand into the larger BRICS bloc, although no new members have been formally announced.

Bullshit. They were there announced just being at the meeting and discussed publicly by Xi. China is telling you what they are doing, look at what they did with the Yuan going to a gold backing in exchange for oil!

Are you listening?

These emerging market counties are not only all BRICS Plus members already, Americ...


Is the Queen a Georgist? "IndyWatch Feed"

  Turns out she is! She pays the rent . In 2015 the Crown Estate delivered a record 328.8 million to the Exchequer from its thirty wind farms and central London assets. This was up 8.1% on the previous year, taking the total the Estate has returned to the Treasury over the last decade to []


The ABC thinks this Yes video is fantastic - and doesn't need a political message rider like the Fathers Day one "IndyWatch Feed National"

Posted 22 minutes ago An Adelaide musician has posted a song in support of same-sex marriage on social media, saying he wants to ensure young Australians caught up in the debate over gay rights feel empowered and know there is nothing wrong with them. Josh Belperio enlisted the support of...


Alex and Coco at the Old Fitzroy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Coco and Alex as well as Graeme (Woolley) and more of the regulars by the fire at @oldfitzy

The view from the table outside around dusk with cranes looming over


EJ Craigie Award Winner Adam Creighton "IndyWatch Feed"

  Adam Creighton was awarded the EJ Craigie Award for the best Georgist article at last nights packed 126th Annual Henry George Commemorative Dinner. His article was a timely addition to the mounting call for greater land tax utilisation. Here is the winning article: Land levy an efficient and moral revenue raiser Cross-posted from The []


Turnbull's decision "not to go to war" with unions will be his undoing - $1.5BN war chest to be used against him "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Big end of town unions and the deals their leaders do benefit union coffers at the expense of workers #auspol Michaelia Cash (@SenatorCash) September 5, 2017 Unions amass $1.5bn war chest as membership falls A union protest in Melbourne. Picture: Sarah Matray The Australian 12:00AM September 6, 2017SIMON BENSON...


Market makes the move "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rotarys monthly market is moving to Ocean Grove Park from Sunday 1 October.
Previously held at Kingston Park, the new venue will be more obvious to shoppers, browsers and holidaymakers, with an easy walk through from the main shopping area.
There has been much interest from stallholders, old and new, in the new location. As well as craft, check out the food, fresh produce, clothing, books, coffee, plants, etc.
More than $40,000 was fed back by Rotary into the community last year so come along and support your local market.
An opportunity for local organisations to raise money is being offered voluntary donations at the entrances via tin rattling could earn needed dollars. Rotary will not be collecting for itself so any funds collected will be directed into the local community.
If your organisation is interested, please contact the market manager on 0401 606 036 to discuss this. Markets are held on the first Sunday of the month from October to April.

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on parenting older children "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Im torn.

When my firstborn started school five years ago, I stopped sharing his photos. Its been one of the best parenting decisions Ive made because it set very strict boundaries for me as a creative in a social media world.

Yes, there have been times when Ive wanted to post his photos and discuss his achievements but I come back to my self-imposed boundaries and remind myself its not about me; its his story and definitely not mine to share.

But now, as I mother a newborn, a toddler, a six-year-old and an almost tween, Im itching to discuss my experience with older children.

Because parenting a newborn is wildly different to parenting a tween. And yet here I am, doing both. Simultaneously breastfeeding while discussing everything that school brings to the surface sports ability, friendship circles, nasty words, teacher expectations, have and have-nots, another lost school jumper

And then, of course, the idea of high school. Which is only two years away.

I cant go there.

Lately Ive been drawn to facebook articles on tweens and teens. Im more likely to peruse stories about raising resilient teenagers than I am about toddler antics. Im petrified of the effects of social media on my older children and equally buoyed by just how marvellous the millennials seem to be (no doubt Gen Zed* will follow suit). But

As a mother, Im not ready. I dont feel prepared for whats ahead. Its daunting.

These words could just as easily be from a woman pregnant with her first child, fearful of the unknown. And yet here I am, a mother of four, equally unsure of what will be required from me as I guide these kids through the maze of older childhood.

Which is exactly where the story is.

I cant continue to write here and just talk about babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. It wouldnt be honest and it definitely wouldnt be the whole story. But I cant and I wont be breaking my self-imposed boundaries. So how will this story play out?

Im more than able and willing to discuss my fears and flaws (and brighter moments) as I mother the big kids. And what better way to begin than herewhere Im flanked by readers who have been there and those that can come along for the emotional ride.

Im sure there will be times when I choose not to share part of the story but for the most part it will be about me the things Im learning, the challenges Im having and the advice Ive been given.

Wheres the Buddhism for Mothers of Older Children?

*I had to google what the next generation will be called. Gen Zeds have births starting in 1996 and ending in 2010. And....


Listen to the New Swamp Fat Jangles Single You Only Say I Love You When Youre Drunk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Swamp Fat Jangles Sydney based indie-folkers Swamp Fat Jangles have just released their gorgeous new single You Only Say I Love You When Youre Drunk. The etherial track is brimming with dreamy vocals, subtly picked banjo and beautiful cello work from guest musician Gabrielle Brennan. The song also features fellow Sydney indie-folkers []


Advocates call for permanent visas and immediate release of Rohingya refugees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The UN estimates that more than 120,000 Rohingyans have been forced to flee genocidal violence of the Myanmar army since late August.

World leaders have called for an end to the systematic violence against the Rohingyans, but the Australian government has been silent.

The crisis has exposed the Australian governments own shameful policy of persecution in regard to Rohingyan refugees. The Australian government is holding over 90 Rohingyan refugees on Manus and a similar number on Nauru.

Even as the crisis was unfolding in Myanmar, on the 29 August, the government returned a 53-year-old Rohingyan refugee from Australia to Manus Island, although he was still having medical treatment for his heart condition. Since his return, PNG and Australian Border Force officials have tried to force him to sign PNG resettlement papers.

The Australian government is denying permanent visas and family reunion to Rohingyan refugees who are living in the Australian community, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

Rather than help rescue Rohingyans fleeing in 2015, Tony Abbott, famously declared Nope, nope, nope to accepting Rohingyan refugees. He called for Malaysia and Thailand to turn away boats of Rohingyan asylum seekers.

Although 1000 Rohingyans were rescued by Indonesia fishermen in 2015, the Australian government has resettled only 37 Rohingyan refugees since 2013. The Liberal government policy has banned accepting any refugees registered in Indonesia since July 2104.

The government should immediately release all Rohingyan refugees in Manus and Nauru and bring them to Australia. Rohingyan refugees in Australia should be granted permanent visa and allowed to bring their families. The governments ban on accepting refugees registered in Indonesia must be lifted.

The Refugee Action Coalition is supporting the protest, Australian Government -Speak out against Rohingya genocide, called by Union Aid Abroad APHEDA, 9:0010:00am, Thursday 7 September at DFAT office, 9 Castlereagh St, City. Speakers will include: Gabe Kavanagh, President, Amnesty International Australia; Ian Rintoul, Refugee Action Coalition; Kate Lee- Executive Officer, Union Aid Abroad; Mohammad Junaid- Burmese Rohingya Community Australia (BRCA); Anwar Sha- Burmese Rohingya Community Australia (BRCA)

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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Qld economy traveling nicely based on June quarter National Accounts data "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Just a quick update on the June quarter National Accounts released by the ABS today. GDP growth was a healthy 0.8 percent in the June quarter, or around 3.3 percent in annualised terms, which I suspect is around the sustainable trend growth rate of the national economy. And the Queensland result was very positive, with State Final Demand increasing 1.1 percent in June quarter, driven by an encouraging boost in business investment and household consumption (see my chart decomposing the State Final Demand growth below).


Heres the ABSs very good summary:

Queenslands state final demand increased by 1.1% in the June quarter and follows a 0.2% increase in the March quarter. Private gross fixed capital formation drove the increase, in turn driven by an increase in total machinery and equipment. Household final consumption expenditure also contributed strongly to growth. There was a marginal increase in government final consumption expenditure although this was partially offset in state final demand by a weak fall in public gross fixed capital formation.

You might also be interested in this excellent podcast from Michael Knox, Chief Economist of Morgans, released prior to the National Accounts this morning:



Unpacking Dunedins Culture of Violence "IndyWatch Feed National"

An empty Jim Beam bottle smashed against the footpath in Dundas Street. Someone hurled it from the backseat of a car, concealed by a tinted window. Glass splinters sprayed across my feet.

Yeah, fucking good on ya! my boyfriend yelled, causing the car to slow to a speed that could make your heart fall out of your arse. Stopped in our tracks, a lump formed at the tip of my esophagus.

Figures piled out one by one. A fiery ring leader emerged from the darkness, making his way towards us. Our adrenaline was in sync, the single difference being that mine was fuelled by fear while his stemmed from pure rage. As our soon-to-be attackers got closer, I stepped in front of my boyfriend. It was an attempt to protect, despite my fragility within this arena of testosterone.

If I blinked I wouldve missed the sea of punches. But I witnessed it: a helpless observer using the only power I had to scream for help, my voice drowned out by the plummeting rain. Straddled in a headlock, my partner took a few heavy punches to the temple and a crack echoed throughout the rapidly flooding streets as his head met with the road. Falling to my knees in the gutter, I begged him back to consciousness, his eyes in strobe-like fits leaving nothing but their whites.

I seriously considered the possibility that it was our last moment together, until the slamming of doors pulled me up from the gutter. I charged for the car and heaved my fist at the window. Vibration followed the numbing knock, a fail to shatter the seal. The smell of rubber permeated, accompanied by a skidding that pierced my ears. Unable to differentiate between the skys tears and my own, the car sped off into the night, unaware that it would be leaving behind scars more damaging than those remaining from broken bones.

While my boyfriend was incredibly lucky to make it out alive, he was definitely not left unscathed. He had a broken collarbone and wrist, which resulted in double slings and heavy medication for months. Aside from the physical repercussions, the emotional scarring was utterly crippling.

Unfortunately, this story of violence is just one of many in New Zealands University town of Dunedin. With a population dominated by students, Dunedin has a long history of being the hardest place to test your ability to balance work with play. Drinking and drugs are rampant and some of the older generation would go as far as to describe it as a cesspit of wild animals who pretend to study. Its fair to say that a fair few of these students appear to struggle with the...


Its all in the technique "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kids, why not get along to school holiday art sessions.
Budding Ocean Grove artists are being exposed to the world of art and creativity thanks to a range of art classes being offered by local artist Lisette Winter in her studio.
As a small private art school, the venue provides quality art tuition to students of all ages and skill levels, which explore a range of media and techniques.
Lisette is encouraging art enthusiasts to discover their artistic flair.
Students can learn all about how to transfer what they see on to paper and have fun in the process.
An experienced, qualified teacher with great skills will make people feel comfortable while trying something new, in a warm and welcoming environment, Lisette said.
Holiday sessions will be held Monday to Saturday at either 10am to noon or 2pm to 4pm.
For more information about school holiday sessions or to book for term four classes phone Lisette on 0400 097 290, or email or go to

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At the intersection of writers festivals and literary communities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Literary festivals are complex beasts. Theyre simultaneously social spaces, cultural projects and political platforms. As providers of entertainment, drivers of tourist revenue and exercises in government branding think Melbourne: City of Literature they cop flak for their commercialisation. Nevertheless, these festivals do work hard to build audiences for writers from marginalised backgrounds, and to program events that critique inequalities in contemporary publishing.


Black People Ask: Can You Hear Us Now? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Normally, I do not chide political opponents with the derisive, I told you so charge  even when they suffer harm after repeated warnings of predictable danger ahead.  Normally, that is But in the following three casessorry, I simply cannot resist.   Schadenfreude, anyone?

The Nurse and the Cop

The viral video of a white, middle-class University of Utah Hospital Head Nurse, one Alex Wubbels, being manhandled and thrown into the back of a police car because she refused to comply with a Salt Lake City Utah cops unlawful order is only the latest confirmation of black peoples centuries-long complaints of police brutality.  This incident demonstrates that police misconduct is now an equal opportunity phenomenon; that police abuse applies to anyone who dares cross Americas Finest for even the slightest of reasons.  Legality be damned.  Civil or human rights be damned:  The lesson here is that when a police officer orders you to do something anything and for any or no reason do it or the full force of the state will instantly fall upon your head like the proverbial ton of bricks.

Nurse Wubbels was ordered by Detective Jeff Payne to draw blood from an unconscious victim of an automobile accident.  The unresponsive condition of the patient is the linchpin of this story because both hospital and police policy (as well as the US Constitution) forbade the taking of blood from such people.  That policy allowed the drawing of blood, if and only if, the patient was under arrest, a signed-by-a-judge warrant (electronic or paper) had been issued, or that the patient him- or herself had given explicit consent for the procedure.

As Nurse Wubbels calmly, politely but determinedly, and most importantly, respectfully, explained to our intrepid Officer Payne, none of these conditions were obtained in the instant case.  Therefore, she told him, she could not and would not comply with his demand (order).  Following the orders of his boss, the Chief of Police,  Detective Payne refused to take Nurse Wubbels no for an answer, and promptly, violently, grabbed her, forced her arms behind her back, handcuffed her, and quite literally dragged her, kicking and screaming, to his patrol car.

Interestingly, as the video shows, two other police officers were on the scene bu


Join 2RRRs Country Cruise on the 16th Sep "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Leonie McClure from My Kind of Country launched our 2RRR Supporters and Concessions Club just in time for you to receive a $10 voucher to spend on 2RRRs Country Cruise on Saturday 16 September. We are issuing 2RRR discount cards for all new people joining the Supporters and Concession Club. Only Supporters and Concessions and current Members of 2RRR are eligible to go into the draw for major prizes (we will draw a couple of lucky draw prizes for all guests on board the cruise) Country Cruise tickets are selling fast! 

There will be two draws, one for a double pass for the only Sydney show for John Stephan performing the Big O Roy Orbison. The second draw will be the Double pass for Jett Williams, the daughter of the legendary Hank Williams at the only Sydney concert.  Both double passes will be drawn on the 2RRR Country Cruise on Saturday 16 September. We already have some very happy 2RRR Supporters and members who have won great prizes so join our 2RRR family today!


Queensland Government goes with PPP scam for Cross River Rail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland Government goes with PPP scam for Cross River RailThe Queensland Government's decision to fund it's Cross River Rail project via a private public partnership shows neoliberalism is still in vogue. read now...


US reported to be training South Korean kill squad to off Kim Jong-Un "IndyWatch Feed National"

US Navy SEAL members are getting a bit of a reputation. US Navy Seals training Kim assassination squad South Korean commandos will work with the US Navy Seals who killed Osama bin Laden to create a special unit to assassinate Kim Jong-un in the event of war. Picture: US Army...


The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Sunset" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


"Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors
which it passes to a row of ancient trees.
You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you,
one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth,
leaving you, not really belonging to either,
not so helplessly dark as that house that is silent,
not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing
that turns to a star each night and climbs
leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads)
your own life, timid and standing high and growing,
so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out,
one moment your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star."

~ Rainer Maria Rilke


Local transport legends inducted into Transport Hall of Fame "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local transport legends inducted into Transport Hall of Fame

FAMILY LEGACY RECOGNISED Local transport legend, Arthur Kreskas (right) and his nephew, Cohn (left) representing his late father, George, were proud that both Arthur and George have been inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame. Photo: Supplied.

TWO local legends in the transport industry have received top honours after being accepted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame.

Arthur Kreskas and his late brother, George are a testament to the reputation of local transport business, Kreskas Bros Transport and the family.

Since 1968, Kreskas Bros Transport has been at the forefront of the transport and logistics industry, and has made a name for itself as being one of the largest regional road carrier companies into and out of the Port of Melbourne.

The business began with a simple motto; to treat its customers businesses like its own. In 1968, Arthur Kreskas began by carrying fresh fruit and vegetables between Shepparton and the Footscray Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market in Melbourne with a 1957 Dodge tray truck.

George and Arthur were in business with one another from 1945 until transport business was registered and they then worked together for 20 years before Arthur bought the business out in the 1980s.

Today, the third generation; sons Les and John continue Arthurs legacy and with the cooperative efforts of all their valued employees, continue to provide the best possible service to their clients, offering consistent service at the highest level and with the latest in equipment and innovation.

The operation has now expanded to a fleet of 37 trucks, employs approximately 80 full time staff and has become one of the largest carriers of import and export containers between Goulburn Valley and Port of Melbourne.

Kreskas Bros. Transport general manager, Peter Hill said, I think that Arthur and George are the last link to the real pioneers of transport in the region. Their efforts and commitment to the local area over many decades in both employing local people and supporting local businesses is certainly something that has had a profoundly positive impact on the industry and the region and it is great to see that these two have finally been recognised.


Institution supporting local business "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Institution supporting local business

BANK SUPPORTS CHAMBER ANZ Bank Shepparton branch manager, Lauren Bowman and regional executive, Nathan Carkeek is pictured standing proudly with the banner. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

THE local ANZ Bank has recently made the decision to display the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry pull-up banner in the ANZ Business Centre, showing the commitment that the bank has to the local area and local businesses.


New facility to advance skills and education of locals with disability "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New facility to advance skills and education of locals with disability

GAME CHANGING FACILITIES From left, Shepparton Access CEO, Wendy Shanks and Federal member for Murray, Damian Drum at the official opening of Shepparton Access Eco Store and new Education Centre. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

MORE than 100 service users at Shepparton Access are set to benefit from newly developed initiatives of the organisations Eco Store and brand new Education Centre, with the official opening of the premises taking place last week.

The redevelopment of the Kittles Building next door to the current premises of Shepparton Access has provided a unique and exciting opportunity for Shepparton Access to expand our services to meet the emerging needs of people with disabilities in the community and to provide them with increased opportunities for education and support.

Shepparton Access CEO, Wendy Shanks said, We had been very aware of the ever increasing demand for our services and the purchase of the building provided us with a unique opportunity to expand our Eco brand and significantly increase the opportunities for people with disability to become enrolled in further education.

The two new initiatives were a slow and steady process. We had expended most of our available cash on the purchase of the building and so we sat down and developed a three year plan which involved being able to complete the works through income raised through the Eco Store.

We would like to thank the Shepparton Club, Greater Shepparton Connected Community and Australia Post for their very generous donations for the purchase of specialised technology.

The two rooms in the education centre have been named to reflect the generosity, one being the Bendigo Room and one being the Club Room.

Today our Eco Store has become a weekly shopping destination for many locals. Our education centre with specialised technology will meet the emerging requests from many school leavers to enrol in further education. The wide variety of courses will prepare each person with the ability to build on their knowledge and skills to become active members of the community and to gain and maintain employment.

Our board and team, as well as our service users, are all very proud of our achievements and we look forward to continuing to provi...


Get your tickets now "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Get your tickets now

THE 2017 White King-Pental 95.3 Triple M Business Awards is almost at its end for the year, so make sure you get your tickets for the Gala Dinner and Awards evening, where winners for each category will be named.

This week, ANZ Bank Shepparton received a nomination under the Business Award Professional Services category, Asthetique Skin Care received a nomination under the Business Award Trade Services category, Intersport Shepparton received a nomination under the Business Award Retail Services category, Shepparton Camera House received a nomination under the Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign category, OConnors Shepparton received a nomination under the Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign category, T & M Plumbing apprentice plumber, Hamish Thomson received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category, Specsavers Shepparton received a nomination under the GV Healthy Workplace category and St Mels Primary School classroom teacher, Ellie Phillips received a nomination under the Young Professional of the Year category.

All businesses within the Greater Shepparton City Council boundary are eligible to be nominated for an award with each award categorys individual set of criteria available on the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry website.

Nominations can be made in-store at participating businesses, online at or via post by sending a completed nomination form to Business Awards, PO Box 364, Shepparton 3630.

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


More Artists Added to the 2017 Queenscliff Music Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Queenscliff Music Festival The Queenscliff Music Festival has this week added a bunch more artists to its already huge 2018 lineup. Joining the Queenscliff Music Festival this time around are Andie Isalie, Black Rabbit George, Caiti Baker, Creek, Hussy Hicks, The Imprints, James Franklin, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence, The Mae []


Disengaged youths disrupting local businesses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Disengaged youths disrupting local businesses

BUSINESS OWNERS ARE FED UP From left, Sheppartons Centrepoint Arcade business owners, Craig Hopson, Chen, Dianne Heenan, Tracey Visser and Dahyna Heenan are fed up with a group of youths who are causing damage and threatening them. Photo: David Lee.

Arcade tenants fear for their lives

SHEPPARTONS Centrepoint Arcade has become the latest targeted hangout destination for a group of disengaged youths, who are disrupting local businesses operating from the centre.

For the past month, business owners throughout the arcade on Maude Street have been subjected to property damage, rubbish and food being thrown at shop fronts and had threats made against their lives by a group of youths aged under 16, and now the business owners are fed up.

The arcades business owners, Craig Hopson, Chen, Tracey Visser and Dianne and Dahyna Heenan spoke with The Adviser about how the youths have been terrorising them and scaring away customers.

It starts with about five of them and it quickly grows to a group of about 15, the business owners said.

They have been terrorising us all. Weve actually been physically pushed and had threats made against us that they are going to stab us and slit our throats.

You never know whether something terrible is going to happen or not.

Were worried that the only thing that will get action on this is when it is too late and somebody gets hurt.

We need to take a stand and stop this from happening.

Weve been to the police and weve been in touch with the real estates to try and get something done.

Weve been fighting for years to have adequate security installed but its taking too long for this issue to be fixed.

Shepparton Police crime prevention officer, Leading Senior Constable Glenn Gibson said, Local police are working with the youth, Centrepoint Arcade tenants, landlords and management and are committed to continue to do so until we achieve some traction for improvement.

An allegation of assault is being investigated after a recent confrontation between youth and another a tenant. No physical injuries were involved by either party. No comment can be made regarding this investigation at this stage.



Helping fill little Aussie tummies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Helping fill little Aussie tummies

AN IMPORTANT CAUSE For the last four years an organisation started by locals, Eat Up Australia, has grown across the state, and recently they engaged year 9 students from Goulburn Valley Grammar to help them make some sandwiches for the important cause. Photo: Supplied.

ITS devastating to learn that statistics show that one in eight school children across Australia go to school hungry or go without lunch, but this is what stemmed locals, Lyndon Galea and Bernie McCarthy to create Eat Up Australia.

For the last four years, the need for the organisations services has grown so much that not only are nine schools on board locally, but 160 schools across the state take on the over 3,000 sandwiches that are made by volunteers to help fill little Aussie tummies.

In fact, in Melbourne, Eat up Australia has had the likes of big banks, media outlets, sporting clubs such as the AFL and even professional fighters from the UFC volunteer their time to make sandwiches for the cause.

Eat Up Australia local leader, Bernie McCarthy said, In 2013 Lyndon saw an article in the paper about teachers talking about how the children arent being provided with lunch or are forgetting their lunch.

He decided to grab some fruit and make some sandwiches and drop them off at schools. He gave me a call and asked if I wanted to lend a hand and I thought it was such a great way to give back.

The need is definitely there, which is shown through how many schools are now on board.

Its a serious problem for the kids, so its nice to be able to do something to help.

We recently held a sandwich making session at Goulburn Valley Grammar where year 9 students helped make over 400 sandwiches. Its good for the kids to learn that there are others out there that are less fortunate and can help to do something about it.

We generally deliver the sandwiches at the start of the school term and mid term, and were always happy if others which to come on board and lend a hand.

If any businesses or schools want to help out they can do so by visiting eatupaus on Facebook or visiting


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



SHEPPARTON SWAP MEET will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Shepparton Showgrounds 6m x 6m outdoor sites are $20 and entry is $5 (children under 14 free). Gates open at 6:30am for stall holders. General public 7:30am. No alcohol. No camping. No dogs allowed. Lunch and refreshments available. Parts pickup service available. For further information, contact Lloyd or Kristine Healey on 0438 294 351.


CATHOLIC WOMENS LEAGUE will present Blumes Fashion Parade at St Brendans Parish Centre (behind the church), 121 Knight Street, Shepparton on Monday, September 11 at 10am. Everyone is welcome. Entry is $5.


AN OPEN DAY WILL BE HELD AT THE HISTORICAL NITHSDALE HOUSE, 20 Thomson Street, Tatura. Sunday, September 24 from 1pm to 3:30pm. Cost is $10 per person and includes afternoon tea in the garden. View selected rooms of the Mactier home and see an original dairy and shed. All proceeds go to the local history display at Tatura Museum.


PINK RIBBON MORNING TEA, at 10am Saturday, October 7 at Murchison Community Centre. Great food, guest speakers, trade tables and lots of raffles and competitions. Tickets $20, tables available, call Sharon 0438 262 172.


THE CUBBY TOY LIBRARY SHEPPARTON is looking for volunteers to assist with its borrowing sessions on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. The Cubby Toy Library has a large collection of exciting toys aimed at encouraging active and imaginative play. If you have a couple of hours to spare we would love to hear from you. Contact Virginia on 0422 220 928.




SHEPPARTON PUBLIC Cemetery is announcing that the third stage of the mausoleum is completed and now on sale. The historic cemetery reminds the community it is not run by council but is run by a trust and still has plenty of room available. For information, phone Joanne Crowe on 5821 2289 or 0418 585 018.


FREE BREAKFAST FOR EVERYONE at St Georges Road Post Office and Milkbar, 102 St Georges Road, Shepparton from Monday to Friday from 7am to 9am.


SHEPPARTON CHESS CLUB Inc. meet at Shepparton Access, 227 Wyndham Street Shepparton every Saturday at 1pm. Entry only through back door. New members are welcome. Adults $3 per day, juniors $1.50. Tea and coffee is provided.


GET ACTIVE SHEPPARTON provides free exercise classes for all ages and levels of fitness every Sunday morning at the...


Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Dear Editor,

I write regarding changes to the way you pay your rates! Is it any wonder council did not receive one submission regarding changes to the way you pay your rates. No mention of changes directing ratepayers to the draft budget, a document containing more than 100 pages (talk about a hidden agenda). How many ratepayers would be looking for changes to payment options or thinking along these lines?

The option for ratepayers to pay in full by February 15 was no longer available! Although the lump sum payment option has now been extended this year it is important people make their views known before the changes are re-introduced next year.

According to rates explained 2017/2018 interest will apply if payments are not met by due date with four instalments or by 10 monthly direct debit Instalments. I have been informed via the ministers office the notice set-out in Greater Shepparton 2017/2018 Your Rates Explained is inconsistent with local government policies!

Greater Shepparton City Council placed an article under council meeting wrap in the local media on Friday, April 21 under Draft Budget 2017/2018. The draft budget is now available for consultation on councils website or at councils office. Submissions are required by 5pm, May 19, 2017 (still no mention or suggestion of changes to payments directing ratepayers to draft budget).

Draft Council Plan; council endorsed the Draft Council Plan 2017/2021 the council got input from the community through surveys and community focus groups held over the municipality the council will hold a special meeting Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 5:30pm to hear any person wishing to be heard in support of their submission on any proposal contained in the Draft Council Plan 2017-2021.

Once again Greater Shepparton City Council has not been transparent informing ratepayers of changes nor are they communicating clearly with members of the public with their lack of notification around the changes and public consultation. Upon phoning the council, I was informed the changes were showing in the Rating Strategy Policy (Page 18) not the draft budget! Yours sincerely,

Julie Reed



Finest drop to be announced at Wine of Show dinner "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Finest drop to be announced at Wine of Show dinner

QUALITY WINES SHOWCASED The Dookie Wine Show Awards Dinner is coming up where this years Wine of the Show will be crowned. Photo: Supplied.

ITS an exciting time for local wine growers and connoisseurs. More than 75 wines from 31 wineries across the region underwent rigorous judging as part of this years Dookie Wine Show recently, where winners of each of the classes were announced, but it is the announcement of the illustrious Wine of Show that is being awaited.

In its 14th year, The Dookie Wine Show has seen enormous growth in the range and quality of wines.

The Wine of the Show will be announced at the Awards Dinner on September 19, 2017. At $99 per person, guests will enjoy a five-course meal to match the winning wines at the McIntosh Centre at Shepparton Showgrounds.

For bookings, phone 1300 468 233 or visit


Spring brings new leaves to Greater Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Spring brings new leaves to Greater Shepparton

DONATIONS CONTINUE TO ROLL IN From left, local residents, Theodore, James, Ellis and Rachael Howard and John Head have just donated funds to the Shepparton Art Museum Foundation Tree of Giving to help toward the new Shepparton Art Museum. Photo: David Lee.

SPRING is in the air, and new leaves are appearing on the branches of dormant deciduous trees throughout Greater Shepparton. At the same time, the energy of spring is encouraging friends and supporters of the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) to get out and canvas donations to the building appeal, which is fast approaching its first reporting deadline.

Visitors to the museum in Welsford Street will have noticed new gold leaves springing out on the Giving Tree in the foyer, as individuals and families buy leaves to record their names as supporters and promoters of this exciting project. The leaves may be purchased at the museum shop, and given names are engraved on each one at the direction of the supporter. When they come back from the engraving process, they can be placed on the tree in the spot chosen by the owner(s) of those leaves. The tree will be relocated to a prominent spot in the new SAM where the names of generous supporters will be recorded for as long as the building stands.

It is wonderful to see families buying leaves, engraved with two and three generations of the same family. The youngest names belong to children who will be able to proudly bring their own children and grandchildren to the museum in future years, to show that when lots of donations of relatively small amounts are made by hundreds of community members, they add up to a significant and city-defining building of which we can be very proud indeed.

Dont miss this opportunity to have your family recorded as generous supporters of the most exciting community building project to happen in Shepparton for many decades.


Aydan brings the full Bieber "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

Aydan Calafiore is a young man on the rise.
The 16-year-old is currently portraying Justin Bieber in a tribute show The Bieber Experience that brings him to the Sphinx Hotel in Geelong on 28 September.
Aydan got his big break at the tender age of 12 on Australias Got Talent, where he reached the semi-final stage.
It will be the first time Aydan has performed in Geelong.
Ive been performing since I was seven and one of my good friends who Ive done acting classes with, she recommended me for the audition, he said.
I was really lucky, but I was also well prepared. I know every single word of every single Justin Bieber song.
So how does an almost 17-year-old handle the screams of teenage girls when he is on stage?
Im used to it as its pretty much all Ive known since I was 12, he said.
Its pretty normal for me now, but I had people asking me how does it feel to have comments on your Instagram from people you dont even know? and Im like well, its a great feeling to know that people are interested in what I do.
Concertgoers to The Bieber Experience can expect a full-on experience.
Its going to be awesome, Aydan said.
We have some amazing dancers who are there to support me and big screens. Well do 12 songs and then a meet and greet afterwards. Im really looking forward to getting to Geelong and putting on a show.
The Bieber Experience is a fully choreographed extravaganza that includes Bieber hits such as Sorry, Beauty and a Beat, Baby, Despacito and Love Yourself.
Aydan will meet his fans after the show and assured us that nobody would miss out.
Aydan Calafiore will perform The Bieber Experience at live at the Sphinx Hotel on Thursday 28 September.
Doors open at 10am and tickets are available at $18 for ages three and above. See for more info.

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Burrowing in on wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barwon Heads Primary School Grade 5 students once again were involved in learning more about our amazing local natural environments.
The recently held Barwon Estuary Project science day, engaged students in wildlife detective work. The workshop was run by Barwon Coast to create understanding of some of our wildlifes unique abilities to survive in the local area.
Students started at grass roots, studying a particular animal to list its visual features, discussing how these adaptations assist the animal in its daily life.
They then worked through classification providing additional information for students to develop a dichotomous key for the species they were working on.
As most of our wildlife is nocturnal and generally not seen during the day, it is challenging for many to know what may be out there. So students learnt field techniques that they could apply in the school yard, at home or while visiting the coast to identify what animals may have been in the area during the night.
These field techniques included looking at nest structures, skull identification, reading tracks in the sands and the wonderful world of poo or scat analysis.
The Barwon Estuary Project schools program provides unique opportunities for students to delve deeper into our natural worlds, providing them with skill sets that lead to making informed decisions that will lead to positive change. Only together can we make a difference, Barwon Coasts Maddie Glynn said.
If you would like to learn more about the Barwon Estuary Project and how you can contribute to Citizen Science, visit

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The quality of Australian Indigenous primary health care research focusing on social and emotional wellbeing: a systematic review "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This review looks at how to address the challenge of conducting Indigenous-focused primary health care research that is scientifically robust, culturally appropriate and produces community-level outcomes.

Key points:

* More examples are needed of Indigenous-focused health research that are scientifically robust and acceptable to thecommunity
* A range of research designs is used depending on the collaboration, community perspectives and the study aim
* Participatory action research can inform localised interventions and research designs, including randomised designs
* Processes that are culturally sensitive may improve community acceptance. These include two-way learning,participatory, socialecological and phenomenological approaches
* Research should produce beneficial community-level outcomes

Link to the review.


Queensland sets the pace in plastic pollution "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) welcomes the Plastic Bag Ban and Container Refund Scheme Law passed by Queenslands Parliament. The Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill, which introduced these measures, was passed with bipartisan support. James Cordwell, AMCS Marine Campaigner said: This new law sets the gold standard for waste reduction in Australia. With []

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Removal of deadly cladding from hospital and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Queensland government is not ruling out the prospects of compensating a hospital after potentially deadly cladding was found within the hospitals premises. (Image source: Pexels)

Over 20,000 square metres of cladding will be removed from the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Public Works Minister, Mick de Brennin, said the government's first focus is removing and replacing the cladding from the hospital, but, he did not rule out compensating the hospital.

Neighbourhood planning feud closer to resolution

The neighbourhood planning issues of Upper Kedron are slightly closer to resolution, with Brisbane City Council sending a revised plan for review to the state government.

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Grubbers off to early lead "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove 2 was gallant but suffered a shattering one-point loss against Queenscliff in a tense Under 16 Division 3 grand final on Saturday 2 September.
Final scores Queenscliff 7.4 (46) to Ocean Grove 6.9 (45) at Spring Creek Reserve, Torquay.
Ocean Grove got off to a flyer with a three-goal opening term and led the Coutas by 13 points at quarter time.
Queenscliff fought back in the second quarter and held a six-point advantage at half time.
In a thrilling last half, both sides went goal for goal, with Queenscliff in front when the final siren sounded.
Mitchell Clark kicked two goals for the Grubbers, while team-mates Xavier Hayter, Jake Hargreaves, Ben Gillians and Pheonix Bowers all kicked one goal apiece.
Despite losing twice to Queenscliff in the finals, Ocean Grove 2 finished the regular season as the ladder leader with a 15-1 win-loss record.

Under 16 Division 3 grand final
OCEAN GROVE (2) 6.9 (45)
Ocean Grove 2
Goals: M. Clark 2, X. Hayter, J. Hargreaves, B. Gillians, P. Bowers.
Best: N. Northam, L. Potiriadis, B. Dunell, N. deBruijn, J. Simpson, W. Lumsden.

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Bendigo: White Nationalists Found Guilty of Inciting Serious Contempt of Muslims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three far-right nationalists who staged a mock beheading to protest against the building of a mosque in Bendigo in central Victoria have been found guilty of inciting serious contempt of Muslims. Blair Cottrell, Christopher Shortis and Neil Erikson have each been fined $2,000 after they filmed the beheading of a mannequin with a toy sword ... Read more...


Cobras gave their all "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras 3 went down by nine points in their Under 14 Division 6 grand final decider against Geelong Amateur 3 on 2 September.
Final scores were Geelong Amateur 5.4 (34) to Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras 3.7 (25) at Grenville Oval in Torquay.
Despite trailing by 13 points at quarter time, Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras recovered and kept ladder-leader Amateur scoreless in the second quarter to lead by three points at half time.
After the main break Geelong Amateur continued to press forward and booted 3.2 compared to the Cobras score of 1.2.
Max West, Flynn West and Oscar Morphet all kicked one goal for the Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras.
The Cobras had a successful season and finished in second spot with a 9-7 record.

Under 14 Division 6 grand final
GEELONG AMATEUR (3) 5.4 (34)
Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras 3
Goals: M. West, F. Ness, O. Morphet.
Best: F. Ness, J. Spowart, E. McQueen, L. Ewart, N. Gray, I. Terhorsto.

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Anna is among the best "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove-raised Geelong VFLW footballer Anna Teague earned a top three finish at the clubs best-and-fairest award count on Saturday 2 September.
Teague, 29, who turns 30 in December, came third with a total of 280 votes.
She finished behind winner Lily Mithen (294 votes), a Melbourne AFLW footballer, and runner-up Cassie Blakeway (287 votes).
Teague played in Geelongs VFLW first fixture in Ocean Grove over the Seaford Tigerettes at Ray Menzies Oval on 13 May.
Teague booted an exciting running goal from half back and was named in the best players against Seaford.
The ex-Geelong Lady Supercats captain made a successful transition from basketball to football after she was named in Geelongs VFL women squad in November last year.
Teagues brother-in-law is Mark Neeld, an Ocean Grove four-time premiership winning coach who played 74 AFL games with Geelong and Richmond.
Ocean Grove pair Hannah Burchell and Lara Williams both finished in the top 10 Geelong VFLW best-and-fairest count.
Seventh-placed Burchell polled 244 votes, while Williams finished equal eight with 241 votes.

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Get clued in on authors latest mystery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local author Dorothy Johnston will launch the second of her sea-change mystery series next month.
The first of Dorothys sea-change mysteries, Through A Camels Eye, was published in April last year. The Swan Island Connection is the second in the series and is Johnstons 11th novel.
Dorothy has also written a quartet of mysteries set in Canberra, known as the Sandra Mahoney Quartet. The first of these, The Trojan Dog, was joint winner ACT Book of the Year and runner-up in the inaugural Davitt Award.
Two of Dorothys literary novels have been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award.
She has published many short stories and essays in Australias newspapers and journals and she reviews fiction for Fairfaxmedia.
The book launch will be held at the Queenscliff Brewhouse, 2 Gellibrand Street, Queenscliff, on Saturday 7 October, from 4pm. This is a free event but bookings are essential by 4 October.
For details contact or 5258 4496.

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Hurricane Irma Manipulation: Objectives And Agendas "IndyWatch Feed Allstate" 323edDane Wigington Hurricane Harvey brought an abrupt and catastrophic end to the 12 year long major hurricane landfall drought in the US. Were climate engineering programs a factor in the Harvey disaster scenario? Available data has already made clear the answer is yes. How much decimation will the manipulation of Hurricane Irma inflict? The US


Development, not PACER-Plus "IndyWatch Feed"

September 6, 2017: Adam Wolfenden from the Pacific Network on Globalisation has written an excellent opinion piece questioning why PACER-Plus is so high on the priority agenda at the annual Pacific Island Forum Leaders Meeting in Samoa this month.

PACER-Plus, the trade deal that supposedly aims to increase regional integration, does not include Papua New Guinea or Fiji (the Pacifics two largest island economies), Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands or the Federated States of Micronesia. After holding off for some months, Vanuatu will reportedly now sign the deal.

Adam writes, What is needed is not greater Forum resources going into watching over those governments who have signed to ensure they complete ratification but time and space for Pacific governments to assess the full implications of this deal and make a clear, rationale decision that reflects the interest of the people.


Over Half A Million Trees Have Been Planted To Offset President Trumps Carbon Policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

By: Tom Hale/IFL Science  To offset the damage from President Trumps stance on climate change, a huge international project set out a mission to plant billions of trees, aptly named Trump Forest, poking fun at Trumps predilection for self-titled products. Since the project launched, theres been continued blows to climate science, dubious decisions in environmental policy, and of course, the decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement, despite being one of the worlds biggest polluters.

Its perhaps no surprise, then, that interest in the crowd-funded forest is mounting fast.

Now, within just five months of the project being launched, they have had 530,653 trees pledged along with almost $70,000 in donations. Around half of the donations themselves have been from people in the US, with large chunks also coming from Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Were at 500,000 trees: its an absolute fraction of where we need to be, but its also 500,000 times more than when we put the first tree in the ground just a few months ago, and people were saying it couldnt be done then, too, Dr. Daniel Price, glaciologist and one of Trump Forests three co-founders, said in an emailed statement.

Trees are natures carbon scrubbing machines, millions of years in the making. They are the most efficient and cheapest option we have to soak up Trumps ignorance, he added.

Heres how it all works. The organizers want people around the world to buy and plant a tree from a local planting organization then send the project a copy of your receipt so you can be added to the Trump Forest world map. Alternatively, you can donate to the Eden Reforestation Projects who will plant a tree somewhere in the world on behalf of you and Trump Forest.

You can watch the...


Lismore council to consider $90m shopping square expansion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore council will consider a request next week to expand the Lismore Shopping Square. Picture

Lismore council will consider a request next week to expand the Lismore Shopping Square.

The Lismore City Council has been asked to consider a $90 million expansion of the Lismore Shopping Square, but already there are fears it could kill off business in the CBD.

Lismore mayor Isaac Smith has asked for feedback on a request from developers, McConaghy Properties, for the council to enter into a memorandum of understanding, and to delay the proposed redevelopment of the controversial Lismore Park proposal.

Cr Smith said although there was not a let of detail in the request, it would be expected that any expansion would go across Brewster Street onto the disused hockey fields.

It can not go in any other direction, including up, due to a number of restrictions, he said in a Facebook post.

He listed as major pros, the proposed injection of $90 million into the Lismore economy, with the creation of construction jobs and ongoing employment.

Also, money raised by the sale of land would allow the council to invest in other projects such as the Lismore Park proposal, CBD improvements, riverbank development and sporting facilities.

An expanded shopping centre would draw more shoppers to Lismore, he said.

But the drawbacks would be a loss of public land, and the potential negative impact on some CBD businesses if retail shops were duplicated in the proposed expansion.

Already Cr Eddie Lloyd has signalled her opposition to the proposal, saying any expansion of the square would have a huge impact on the CBD, which still had 76 shops empty after the March flood.

She outlined eight reasons why the expansion should go ahead.

1. Our CBD has copped enough of an impact with 76 vacancies since the flood. An expansion will have a huge impact on the CBD and will see the end of more businesses who cannot compete with franchised stores.
2. The developer, McConaughy Properties will not disclose the tenant mix until after a DA is approved.
3. Dont be fooled into thinking this expansion means we will be getting shops like DJs, Myers, Country Road, Witchery and the like. We know that those shops are NOT INTERESTED in coming to Lismore. If the...


Man allegedly caught driving on ice with knife and knuckle dusters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Lismore man who was caught by police twice in 26 hours allegedly driving while disqualified and under the influence of ice and cannabis was carrying a knife and knuckle dusters.

Nathan Opie did not appear in Lismore Local Court on Monday but was represented by solicitor Cameron Bell.

The 22-year-old is charged with three counts of driving with an illicit drug present in his blood, two counts of driving while disqualified, custody of a knife in a public place and possessing a prohibited weapon.

When Mr Opie was driving along River Street at Ballina on May 4, he was pulled over for a roadside drug test at 10.55 am.

He allegedly returned a positive reading for methylamphetamine (ice) and cannabis.

A little over 24 hours later, Mr Opie was driving a maroon Holden Commodore along Nimbin Road at Goolmangar about midday when he again encountered police.

A roadside drug test again allegedly returned a positive reading for ice and cannabis.

He was issued court attendance notices for both offences and banned from driving for 24 hours.

Then on July 12, Mr Opie was driving along Caniaba Street at South Lismore when he was pulled over by police at 10.15 am.

Mr Opie again allegedly returned a positive roadside drug test for ice and cannabis.

Officers also searched his car and allegedly found a knife and pair of knuckle dusters.

He was arrested, charged and granted conditional bail, and remained free in the community until August 28, when he was caught driving while disqualified at Byron Bay.

When Sergeant Beach looked at Mr Opies record, he noticed he had two outstanding drug driving matters, he was in breach of conditional bail and he was on a good behaviour bond.

Mr Opie was refused bail and on Monday at Lismore Local Court Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned his matters until September 18 so he can be assessed for the Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment MERIT program.

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Angry CBC listeners demand fewer mindless personal-story programs "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Note from Nick: Because I worked with CBC for more than 25 years and have great loyalty to quality public broadcasting, I regret that I need to take CBC Radio One management to task in an aggressive manner. But when considerable damage is being done to the network and managers refuse to answer basic questions, I feel I have no alternative. 

Long-time CBC Radio One listeners upset over summer programming that featured a dozen shows about personal concerns and peoples problems will be listening carefully this fall to see how many of those kinds of programs are in the line-up.

Hundreds of traditional Radio One fans strongly agreed with my blog of two weeks ago, in which I blasted CBC management for broadcasting the mindless and banal programs.

Hmmm ... then why are people turning it off ?
More than 75 people took the time to write protest letters to CBC management and more than 400 people registered their concerns on social media. CBC Audience Services has always said that one protest represented the views of perhaps 1,000 people, so its likely that many thousands of regular listeners are opposed to the personal-oriented programming.

Hundreds of people said they no longer listen to Radio One, while other said they turn the radio off as soon as they hear one of the selfie-like programs.

Heres a sample of the letters to CBC Managers Susan Marjetti, Executive Director, Radio and Audio, for English Services, and Heather Conway, executive vice-President of English Services:
  • I am a huge fan of the CBC. I listen to CBC Radio One exclusively, practically 24/7, and have done so for 40 years or more, writes Penny Tomlin of Victoria, B.C. I have been so disappointed with the programming this summer most especially with Out in the Op...


The Constitution does not apply to Australian Prime Ministers? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian population should be aware that in 1901 a law called the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (or the 'Constitution' for short) was passed as a rule book that the people in government MUST abide by.

Since then it seems that it was put in some annals of a government repository not to be referred to, especially (among other institutions) by the court system of Australia.

The 'Constitution' gained popularity in the 'social media age' when the herd population became aware of Section 44 of the said Act.

At a point in time when the 'Constitution' was only 67 years old a man whose 'persons' name was John Grey GORTON ( i). see illustration above; ii). you can tell he was a criminal as criminals are referred to by their 3 names) who had an allegiance to a foreign power (against Section 44) became Prime Minister.

So was the 'Constitution' not valid in 1968 - 1971?

Why was he not charged?

It seems that the 'administration ' of the penal colony called Australia are literally criminals, where all you have to do is 'just' allege their criminal activity and support it according to the 'law' (whatever that is).

See the document; PRIME FACTS 19 - Australian Prime Ministers Centre

from the link:

So who is prepared to charge the 'natural person' Mr. John Grey GORTON (posthumously of course)?

Australia the wild wild west where the 'administration' is above the law?


The Good Vibes snowboard camp getting at risk youth to the snow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is a great initiative: getting at risk young people up to the snow to try snowboarding.

Every year The Good Vibes Foundation works together with Youth Off The Streets to take 20 kids aged 14-16 years old snowboarding for the 1st time!!.

We spend 2 full days on snow at Thredbo where the kids have lessons and learn to snowboard with instructors and a group of amazing volunteers.

To keep this amazing program running we need to raise money to help pay for costs such as, petrol, accommodation and food.

You can donate here.


Saviours on Tour "IndyWatch Feed National"

The trip was so inspiring, you know? Like, I really made a difference. I just feel so humbled too, because they had nothing, but they were so happy. We can really learn a lot from these people, said the teenage girl with a slight dose of smugness to an audience of fellow year 11 students.

Those gathered around her nodded sagely, impressed by their friends newfound humanitarianism.

I felt distinctly uncomfortable. Students from our schools annual month-long mission trip had just returned from South East Asia, and luckily for those orphanage kids, being a missionary was currently in.

The return of my classmates followed a predictable pattern: discussions about how lucky we are, comments about the impressive happiness of the locals and, of course, at least one Insta post featuring smiling children of colour.

One of the most popular locations for these kinds of voluntourism projects is Ghana in West Africa, thanks to its English-speaking locals and low rates of violent crime. It also happens to be the country that I grew up in.

Ads on TV for various charities often show giggling Ghanaian children as they gather around volunteers, dancing and singing. Social media statuses posted by westerners, although well-intentioned, condescendingly praise the childrens attitudes and thankfulness for the donated toys and school supplies. Newsflash: give any kid a present, regardless of what country youre in, and theyll be pretty excited.

I saw these smiles in real life, as local students played in dusty schoolyards during their lunch breaks. But I also saw them with their heads down and backs bent, sweeping their classrooms clean before the start of each school day. In those moments, they certainly werent smiling or laughing they looked just like any other kids doing chores.

There were my Ghanaian classmates at my international school, whose wealthy and successful parents were far better educated than the gap-year kids who volunteer to teach English in schools across Africa. I went to birthday parties with these students and we played tag together in the playground. Sometimes, theyd cheat to win a game just like everyone does.

The Ghanaian adults in my life had their flaws and their strengths too. They could read and write, and worked hard to support their families. They werent waiting to be saved by a western charity. Faustina, our housekeeper, would tell me traditional West African fa...


Government defends returning shark nets despite evidence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


North coast MLC Ben Franklin (Nationals) has defended his governments decision to reinstate shark nets for the north coast in the coming summer despite their apparent lack of effectiveness and high marine life kill rate.

The governments position comes despite a new announcement from manufacturers of the electronic Shark Shield deterrent, which is accompanied by video footage (above) showing sharks shying away from a surfboard mounted with the device and with bait attached.

A lot of myths

Johnny Debnam, Terra Australis Creative Director said, there were a lot of myths about shark deterrents.

Over the years we have continually tested the various shark deterrents that have been released around the world and I have to say, the new Shark Shield FREEDOM+ Surf hits the mark and works like no other, Mr Debnam said in a statement.

He added that 52 per cent of all shark fatalities in Australia are surfers and lethal methods such as shark culling, nets and drum lines are not the solution to protecting surfers and our environment.

But the government has yet to make a decision on trialling larger-scale Shark Shield technology, which it has been reported could protect an entire beach.

Recent data from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) show the five north coast shark nets caught just three per cent of sharks while SMART drumlines caught 92 per cent of sharks.

The Echo asked Mr Franklin, It appears smart drumlines are more effective would you agree, and, what scientific data/metrics and/or advice have informed the governments decision to reinstate the nets?

Franklin replied, Public safety is the key priority for the NSW government.

We aim to minimise the risk to swimmers and surfers from shark attacks and the amount of by-catch caught.

North-coast based Nationals MLC Ben Franklin.

North-coast based Nationals MLC Ben Franklin.

Every available technology...


Mbah man accused of murdering dad phoned to check on life insurance "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) is charged with his father's murder. Photo Nine News

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) is charged with his fathers murder. Photo Nine News

A Murwillumbah man accused of murder in 2014 phoned an insurance company, a jury has heard, to check if a $1 million life insurance policy taken out in his fathers name covered deliberate death.

Michael Phillip Martin appeared in Lismore Supreme Court for the second day of the murder trial yesterday over the death of his father Michael Anthony Martin at his unit on June 13.

The 28-year-old is also charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent over an alleged assault of Edward Manning, who was at his fathers flat when their was an unsuccessful attempt on his life on the night of April 6 and 7, 2014.

A 12 person jury has heard Mr Martin had taken out three life insurance policies in his fathers name totalling $2.5 million.

Crown prosecutor Brendan Campbell told the jury Mr Martin posed as his father when he called insurer One Path on February 24, 2014, to enquire whether the policy covered deliberate death or suicide, News Corp reported.

The three life insurance policies, which were all in the name of Michael Anthony Martin, were paid for with Mr Martin juniors credit card, and his home address was listed as the contact.

When Mr Martin contacted one insurer almost a month after his fathers death, he was told they needed to see a coroners report, which he had to ask police for, the court heard.

In early 2015 when police questioned Mr Martin about one life insurance policy in his fathers name, he allegedly told them he had forgotten about it.

But police had already been investigating the circumstances surrounding his fathers murder and asked why there was a second life insurance policy in Mr Martins name.

Mr Campbell also told the jury about a letter, seized from Mr Martins workplace at Esk, Queensland, in which he wrote to his then wife Candace, where he allegedly mentioned a bright idea and carrying through on his plan.

The prosecution told the jury this letter was an admission of guilt.

When questioned by police about the letter, Mr Martin claimed he was told by a psychologist to write down all of his emotions.

The trial continues today.

The post...


Turnbulls Greatest Achievement Coming Up Next Week Or Down And Out In Sydney And Canberra! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Now, a lot of you have been trying to suggest that Malcolm has achieved nothing as Prime Minister. Thats hardly fair because he has achieved nearly everything that he set out to achieve. He won last years election albeit, not by much, but like everything else, that was Labors fault. And hes managed to successfully

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Former Lesotho PM on Run as SADC Fails to Intervene
2017-09-03 00:00

Lesothos opposition has accused Prime Minister Tom Thabane of cracking down on political opponents.

This is despite calls for the South African Development Community (SADC) to intervene in the renewed crisis in that country, barely three months after the June elections.

Neither the SADC office in Swaziland nor the Lesotho government was prepared to shed light on Friday on the gravity of a situation that has led to several Basotho opposition leaders, including former deputy prime minister Mothetjoa Metsing, running to South Africa.

Speaking to City Press on Friday, Metsing, leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), said he fled Lesotho because he feared for his life after he received tip-offs that he would be assassinated or arrested and killed in custody.

Metsing said prompt intervention by the SADC and the rest of the international community would avert the destruction and chaos that Lesotho was, unfortunately, heading towards again.

We pleaded with the SADC to dispatch the SADC facilitator, [deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa], to interrogate our concerns and halt the rampant misbehaviour by [Thabanes] government.

He said he drove from Maseru on Tuesday night and arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, I received a call that police were heavily armed and were headed to my home village. I could see that I must now get out.

The prime minister has turned the country into a police state. People are being beaten up. Its really bad, he said. He left his wife and three children behind because he did not think their lives were under threat.

He said his deputy at LCD and former defence minister Tseliso Mokhosi was arrested on Monday after he presented himself to police in connection with the death of a police officer last year.

Metsing denied he was running away from allegations of corruption in his country. He was prepared to answer to the charges. However, he was aware that Mokhosi was tortured in custody and showed City Press pictures of what he claimed were Mokhosis....


Trump not my bride says Putin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A graffiti mural by Lithuanian artist Mindaugas Bonanu depicting US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) kissing Russian President Vladimir Putin . EPA/Valda Kalnina

A graffiti mural by Lithuanian artist Mindaugas Bonanu depicting US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) kissing Russian President Vladimir Putin . EPA/Valda Kalnina

Russian President Vladimir Putin has refrained from criticising US President Donald Trump at a news conference in China, saying a decision to shutter Russian diplomatic outposts in the US was poorly handled.

Speaking at a news conference during a summit in China on Tuesday, Putin dismissed as naive a question about whether he was disappointed in Trump.

In comments carried by Russian news agencies, Putin said Trump is not my bride, and Im not his groom.

Asked how Russia would feel if Trump were impeached, Putin said it would be absolutely wrong for Russia to discuss domestic US politics.

Russian officials cheered Trump when he was elected last year, and Putin praised him as someone who wanted to improve ties with Russia.

However, further US sanctions on Russia and the US decision to close Russian diplomatic outposts have raised concerns that the two countries remain far apart.

The Trump administration last week ordered the closure of three Russian facilities in the US: The San Francisco consulate and trade missions in New York and Washington.

It was the latest in a series of escalating retaliatory measures between the former Cold War foes.

Putin said the US had a right to close consulates but it was done in such a rude way.

It is hard to hold a dialogue with people who mix Austria with Australia, he continued, an apparent reference to a decade-old gaffe by George W Bush, who during a 2007 visit to Sydney referred to Austrian troops when he meant Australian troops.

The American nation, America is truly a great country and a great people if they can tolerate such a big number of people with such a low level of political culture, Putin said.

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Cobra: Situation Update "IndyWatch Feed"

Cobra - Resistance Movement

By Cobra

The Black Stone has been dissolved, and all primary anomaly that is associated with it is expected to be removed around the time of the September equinox.

What is remaining is whatever is left of the Yaldabaoth entity with toplet plasma bombs and plasma primary anomaly in its body.

Yaldabaoth entity is beginning to realize that its time is almost over and is reacting very strongly to the increasing incoming energies from the Galactic Center. This is the reason for extremely difficult energies and situations many are experiencing right now.

The Archons and the Cabal are misusing the excited plasma of the Yaldabaoth entity to increase the strength of plasma vortexes in order to trigger extreme weather.

In India:

In Australia:

They have tried this with hurricane Harvey:



Three things you didnt know about Paulini "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Paulini :: David Capra

Canvas: Art & Ideas
host David Capra sat down with Paulini Curuenavuli.

We were introduced to her as the brightest, smiliest contestant on Australian Idol back in 2003. Now shes touring the country playing Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard musical (yes, that was Whitney Houstons character, and yes, she does get to sing that song).

1. Shes always been obsessed with Whitney Houston.

For my sisters, and myself, she was very iconic because it was great to see a beautiful black woman doing her thing, at the top of her game.

2. She attributes much of her love of music to going to school in Western Sydney.

I loved growing up in the west side of Sydney, just because it was just so multicultural. Just to see all the different types of music, and ethnic instrumentsI learnt so much from it.

3. Shes wanted to play the lead in The Bodyguard for four years.

I saw it four years ago, on the West End, and afterwards I told my manager I wanted that role.

Find out more about The Bodyguard The Musical.

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Government to defend gay marriage postal survey "IndyWatch Feed"

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)

The government will argue it has properly used laws to make an advance payment to the finance minister to fund the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Marriage equality advocates have gone before the full bench of the High Court to try to stop the voluntary postal survey, arguing the government should not have bypassed parliament in funding it.

The government obtained the $122 million by using laws to make an advance payment to the finance minister in circumstances where there is an urgent need for spending and the situation was unforeseen.

Commonwealth solicitor-general Dr Stephen Donaghue is expected to outline the governments position before the full bench of the High Court on Wednesday.

Rather than an appropriation that would require legislation, the governments submission argued the ministers advance merely earmarks money for a particular entity and a particular purpose.

As well, the government argues the evaluative judgement as to whether something is urgent or unforeseen lies with the minister.

The two groups of advocates challenging the survey argue the spending was neither urgent nor unforeseen.

The voluntary survey was Plan B after the Senate blocked the compulsory plebiscite promised by the coalition at the 2016 election.

Australian Marriage Equalitys barrister Katherine Richardson SC said the governments policy was to give the people of Australia a say on the question of same-sex marriage by a plebiscite.

That was backed by an affidavit from Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, she said.

It was not just a policy of compulsory plebiscite or nothing at all, she told the court on Tuesday.

Ms Richardson said the minister knew his colleagues were considering an alternative means of a plebiscite before the Senate knocked back the compulsory plebiscite for a second time in August.

Senator Cormanns affidavit stated that he did not foresee the governments August decision to have the Australian Bureau of Statistics conduct the postal survey.

Ms Richardson argued the minister erred in using the advance from funds that can be used without parliamentary approval.

We say that it is p...


West Gippsland Netball finals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

First semi-finals

Korumburra-Benas Jamie-lee Jeffs and her trademark jump shot proved to be damaging against Dalyston in the B Grade second-semi which the Giants won comfortably. N113617

With Nar Nar Goon applying a full press up forward, there was space once the ball got over the back as Jess McRae found as she raced back into the space during the second quarter of the A Grade game. m673617

Inverloch-Kongwak had a good win against Phillip Island in Sundays 17 & Under first semi-final and the defensive effort of IK keeper Maddison Watt was important, here guarding the shot by Island GA Emma Felsovary. m653617

13&U: Dalyston 26 def Phillip Island 17
THE 13s match commenced just as the gusty wind picked up. Both defensive ends maintained strong pressure while the poor goalers contended with the strong blustery wind. Dalyston used its goal attacks height to full advantage and worked the ball to the post to take a two-goal lead at the first change.
Phillip Island started the quarter strongly, scoring the first two goals before the Magpies regrouped and found their rhythm. By the main change Dalyston increased its lead to five goals.
A pumped up Dalyston started the third quarter strongly with Phillip Island defenders having to work extremely hard. A 7-3 quarter gave Dalyston a strong nine goal lead going into the last and with nothing to lose the Phillip Island girls hit the court f...


AGL biggest hypocrite, says senator "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

AGL CEO Andrew Vesey

AGL CEO Andrew Vesey

Energy supply retailer AGL has been labelled the biggest hypocrite walking around Australia by a senior government senator.

The criticism comes as the company looks to shut Liddell, the oldest coal-fired power station in Australia, by 2022.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is keen to see it stay open for at least five years longer and says the company is open to selling it to a reasonable party.

But CEO Andy Vesey took to social media on Tuesday night to insist AGL was getting out of coal.

We committed to the closure of the Liddell power station in 2022, the end of its operating life, he said.

Senator Canavan, who recently stood aside as resources minister, said the company on the one hand was saying it wants to get out of coal and on the other making millions on the back of it.

He also seized on earlier claims AGL would shut its coal operations by 2050.

AGL are the biggest hypocrites walking around Australia at the moment, he told ABC radio.

Senator Canavan argues AGL should be operating with a modicum of the national interest in mind, not just trying to boost its profits.

Mr Vesey will be in Canberra on Monday to discuss the Liddell plants future with Mr Turnbull and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg.

The minister believes Mr Vesey is not trying to embarrass anyone, saying he had always been constructive and willing to talk.

He noted the AGL boss was yet to see an expert report that has informed the governments thinking.

He needs to see that report and implications that the closure of Liddell will have for the price and stability in the energy market, Mr Frydenberg told the Seven Network.

What we have heard yesterday from the Australian Energy Market Operator is that there is a concern with Liddell scheduled to close in 2022, that there will be insufficient supply in the market.

Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon, whose seat is in the NSW Hunter Valley, accuses Mr Turnbull of offering false hope.

Liddell is almost 50-years-old; no-one would be happier than me as the local member to think that we could extend the life of Liddell but its not going to happen, he said.

But Senator Canavan predicts people wo...


Citizenship laws facing Senate roadblocks "IndyWatch Feed"

 Nick Xenophon Team leader Senator Nick Xenophon in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, March 23, 2017. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Nick Xenophon Team leader Senator Nick Xenophon in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, March 23, 2017. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Australia could be denied valuable migrants if the governments controversial English language test is implemented, according to a coalition-dominated Senate committee.

The test is part of a proposed overhaul of citizenship laws.

A report tabled in parliament on Tuesday said the language test should be made easier to ensure valuable prospective Australians werent denied citizenship.

The government faces an uphill battle to get the legislation through the Senate after the Nick Xenophon Team opposed the changes.

Labor and the Greens are also against the overhaul, making the NXTs bloc of three senators crucial to the bills passage.

NXT senator Stirling Griff wrote in a dissenting report a number of the measures were unfair, unnecessary and risked undermining Australias reputation as a welcoming and inclusive multicultural society.

The government has not adequately made its case for many of these reforms, senator Griff wrote.

The committee also recommended a two-year ban on migrants who fail the citizenship test three times be reconsidered, and introducing a transition period so people with permanent residency on or before April 20 had the current law applied to them.

But some of the more contentious measures were supported in the report, including stronger ministerial powers to overturn grants of citizenship.

The laws, announced by the prime minister on April 20, would also increase the waiting time from one year to four years for permanent residents before they can apply for citizenship.

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Queensland passes plastic bag ban laws "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Plastic bags are a danger to marine wildlife and should be banned, activists say. (file pic)

Plastic bags are a danger to marine wildlife and should be banned, activists say. (file pic)

Single-use plastic bags will be banned in Queensland from July next year after new laws passed parliament overnight.

The state will also have a new container refund scheme, with most beverage containers to attract a 10-cent refund to stop them ending up in waterways and the sea.

An estimated 2.4 billion beverage containers and one billion lightweight plastic shopping bags are used in Queensland every year. These are ending up in our waterways and killing and maiming our native animals, Environment Minister Steven Miles has told parliament.

This bill responds to overwhelming community demand.

Dr Miles praised Coles and Woolworths for announcing earlier this year that they would voluntarily impose a nationwide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags, which are already banned in some other states.

It goes to show that there is broad momentum and support for this ban, he said.

The minister said the container refund scheme would create new jobs and charities would be among those reaping the rewards.

This means more revenue for our not-for-profit organisations including sporting clubs and charities, he said.

And the latest technology should help make it easy for people to turn rubbish into cash.

We are giving people access to the latest technology to do it. Reverse vending machines are easy to use and provide instant refunds. They will be made available right across the state.

The first machine is currently being installed at parliament house.

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Queen's Wharf development to be bigger than expected and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Detailed plans for the Queens Wharf development have been sent for approval by the state government, with buildings on the plan designed to be as tall as 74 storeys. (Image source: Pexels)

The precinct, which will replace the old executive building, would allow for 600 more hotel rooms than originally expected if it is to reach maximum height.

As well as the hotel rooms, the development application plan includes a casino; resort complex; a bar; a park; retail precinct; residential apartments; parking space; a microbrewery; a major sport facility; and a new pedestrian bridge connecting to South Bank, all on a 27.3 hectare site.

The development application is now open for the public to have their say.

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Nats leader grilled over March flood "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An aerial view of some of the flooding in Murwillumbah in March. Photo supplied

An aerial view of some of the flooding in Murwillumbah in March. Photo supplied

NSW Nationals leader and deputy premier John Barilaro faced tough questions at a Senate estimate hearing last week over his governments response to the ex-Cyclone Debbie in March.

Labor MLC John Graham challenged Barilaros knowledge of the flood and questioned why the Category C funding for small businesses took much longer to be approved than other areas.

The Echo previously reported that Byron Shire was provided funding assistance much later than other LGAs.

Graham also asked why there was inequity for funding across the region. Graham told the chamber, Category C funding started flowing to small businesses months after the declaration of a natural disaster.

There was significant paperwork, even if some of the paperwork and computers had been washed away. There have been reports that small businesses in some areas were eligible for $15,000 in funding, some were eligible for $10,000, some received no funding and some were given grants of $25,000. Businesses across the border in Queensland were reportedly eligible for $25,000. Why did businesses in Tumbulgum receive less funding than others?

NSW Nationals leader and deputy premier John Barilaro. File photo

NSW Nationals leader and deputy premier John Barilaro. File photo

In reply, Barilaro claimed his government, responded mo...


Mysterious tremor rattles windows in South Australia -Geoscience says it wasn't an earthquake "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

People across South Australia have reported being awoken by mysterious tremors that rattled windows and sent pets into a frenzy - but authorities say there was no earthquake. The tremors and loud rumbles were heard between 2am and 2.30am on Saturday, prompting people to turn to Facebook and Twitter to look for answers and share what they felt and heard. The Geoscience Australia website initially reported a 1.4 magnitude quake around Mount Compass but the notice was removed from the website after further investigations. The agency subsequently advised instead that the event was caused by thunder and that no quake had been detected.


Gold & Silver Well Rested and Moving Higher "IndyWatch Feed"

Gold & Silver Well Rested and Moving Higher Harvey Organ It is difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia. But there is nothing we can do about this; this is the level of political culture among...

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Cooked Sashimi set to be Sydneys Next Food Craze "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

fish and chips

Cooked sashimi is widely tipped to become Sydneys hottest new food trend after a new Bondi Beach takeaway opened to rave reviews over the weekend.

What we do is roll flake in batter and then boil it in oil, the mastermind behind the venture said. Its like nothing youve ever tried before.

Bloggers have been quick to embrace the new trend, with one reviewer dubbing it the most significant culinary innovation since someone discovered avo could be smashed.

The master stroke was when they teamed the cooked sashimi with a delicious invention theyve called julienne potatoes, which are also boiled in oil, she said. Then they serve everything wrapped in old newspaper, which is set to become as popular as the mason jar.


Angus Mordant captures the grim battle at Standing Rock "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Augus Mordant, Standing Rock, Image 26, 2017 (detail)

  • Angus Mordant :: Interview with Abdul Abdullah, Nat Randall and David Capra

Listen to the Canvas: Art & Ideas interview with Angus Mordant

Angus Mordant documented one of the most crushing defeats in environmental and Indigenous rights activist history.

By the end of 2016, fireworks lit up the night sky as protesters huddled in the snow at Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota, looking up at victory in sight; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had decided to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and consider alternative routes. A month later President Donald Trump signed an executive order asking the Army Corps to review and approve in an expedited manner (1).

Protests began in April 2016 when LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, an elder member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, and her grandchildren established the Sacred Stone Camp, asserting that DAPL threatened the upper Missouri River, the only water supply for the Standing Rock Reservation. It was the first time the seven bands of the Sioux had come together since the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876 which they won.

What followed was a long summer of protests including a group of young activists who ran from North Dakota to Washington, D.C. to present a petition to the White House (2), three federal agencies requesting an Environmental Impact Statement from the Army Corps (3), and thousands of environmentalists and First Nations activists standing in solidarity against the police and construction workers.




Northsider Matt Wilkinson and Sharlee Gibb share their tips for cooking easy, tasty, and healthy food at home.

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A Few More Details on 9-11 "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dee McLachlan It is September again and the 11th is not far off. For sixteen years the mainstream media (MSM) has perpetrated the official lie about the attacks on New York. In this article I explain in brief what I think happened and then recount some information emailed to me last month. []


Hungry Possum Caught Sneaking Into His Favorite Store Again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Well, the secret is out this pioneering possum in Australia just discovered precisely where all the tastiest plants are kept.

And now he's having his fill.

Last week, Amanda Mac was perusing the garden section of a Bunnings housing supply store, in the town of Carseldine, when she came face-to-face with a different kind of customer one who clearly had no intention of paying. There, perched comfortably among some of the plants on sale, was the common brushtail possum who, apparently, viewed the greenery as his own personal buffet.

Australian possums are said to be quite comfortable around people, but perhaps not those carrying cameras. His carefree noshing only stops when he seemingly realizes it's being caught on video.

Despite having been caught red-handed, the clip above has made the cute little thief a rising star online, where most commenters seem to find his actions endearing. But this isn't the first time he's struck.

Just last month, he was filmed at the same store by a different customer, that time helping himself to some lettuce.

Credit: Yvonne McRostie

As Mac notes during her encounter, this species is typically asleep during the day. But, as Queensland Museum collection manager Heather Janetzki told Australian Broadcasting, the possum may have simply woken up thirsty and ventured out to quench himself on some moisture-rich plants. S...


Fund the magic of Mullumbimby 18 days to go "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sharon Shostak is currently filming the next instalment of Mullumbimby Madness. Help get the project completed by donating to the crowdfunding campaign. Photo supplied.

Sharon Shostak is currently filming the next instalment of Mullumbimby Madness. Help get the project completed by donating to the crowdfunding campaign. Photo Jeff Dawson.

There are stories behind the stories and Sharon Shostak and the Brunswick Valley Historical Society (BVHS) have come together to dig deeper and find out what they are. Following on from the success of the first feature documentary Mullumbimbys Madness the Legacy of the Hippies they are crowdfunding to raise money to make a film series that looks at the history of the hippy in area and how it has shaped what we have become today.

These are the stories behind things we probably take for granted living in this region, said Sharon.

The first feature in this culture series, Health and Wellbeing, tells the story of how Santos Organics started from a delivery run in the back hills, and grew to a burgeoning business, now charity, with several shops across the shire. Theres the first hippie eatery the Sunflower Restaurant and the characters who ran it, the rise of yoga, and the first rural doctor to assist women to birth at home and the book that came from that.

Alternative medicine is probably the most prominent feature in our shire today: acupuncture and homeopathy practitioners tell their stories of how they began, with a multi-million dollar essential oils business emerging from a local couples growing of herbs.

Activism and Politics and The Arts will follow in 2018. Mullumbimby has a rich history, and the BVHS is set to entertain and inform us with part one of their three-part series Mullumbimbys Magic the Culture of the 70s-80s, this November.

With 18 days to go if you havent already donated to the Chuffed campaign then check out the many perks including pre-ordering DVDs or tickets and tax-deductible donations to help get this project onto our screens by clicking here....


Nuclear War Or Prohibition? Australia Can Choose "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias alliance with the US does not mean we have to follow them to nuclear war, writes Gem Romuld from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Faced with two irrational and aggressive nuclear-armed leaders, deterrence theory is failing. The promise of nuclear attack is meant to keep nuclear states from using their weapons. Is it becoming clearer every week that this fragile structure is not built to last.

North Koreas 6th nuclear test is alarming, yes, but an unsurprising next move in the war-game with US President Trump. Both Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are threatening each other with some form of catastrophic fire, a thin veil for nuclear war.

Both the US and North Korea are engaging in reckless provocations. Joint US/South Korean military drills on the Korean peninsula and the pursuit of the THAAD missile defence system are continually fueling the fire. Trump and Jong-un are paving the path to nuclear war. Another path exists and we must take it.


On September 20, heads of state and foreign ministers will line up at the United Nations to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). All states are invited to participate in the signing ceremony. When 50 countries have ratified, the new Treaty will enter into force. The TPNW was negotiated and adopted at the UN by 122 nations earlier this year, and promises to be a powerful tool to de-escalate, de-legitimise and disarm nuclear weapons.

The TPNW categorically rejects nuclear weapons for the instruments of catastrophe that they are. Founded on a deep and detailed understanding of the humanitarian impacts of the weapon, the treatys drafters have closed the legal gap by which nuclear possession by some was apparently tolerable.

Now, all three weapons of mass destruction are outlawed by international treaties, and nuclear possession by anyone is declared equally unacceptable. As former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, there are no right hands for the wrong weapon.

A screencap from ABC footage of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing a greater focus on terrorism, July 2017.A screencap from ABC footage of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing a greater focus on terrorism, July 2017.

The TPNW prohibits the development, stockpiling, testing, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons. It also prohibi......


West Papua protest at Forum summit in Apia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

West Papua protest at Forum summit in Apia

10 minutes ago 

A small, but vocal, group of protesters gathered this morning outside the Sheraton Aggies Resort in Apia, venue of the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting, to raise awareness about the plight of West Papua and its people



Tipping Points and the Climate Emergency "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We occasionally see the term tipping point in the mainstream media when discussing climate change. Frequently it is misused to describe change or abrupt change and various analogies are offered to describe it. One from a Melbourne safe climate activist described it as slowly pushing a wineglass full of wine away from you. At a certain point gravity takes over and the glass crashes, spills and breaks.  As this analogy indicates the tipping point is a point of no return. It is the change from one state of climate to a new one and from which there is no going back.

Barrie Pittock in his Climate Change (CSIRO Publ. Melb. 2005 pp.37-8) quotes Richard Alley, chair of the Committee on Abrupt Climate Change who wrote in 2002: Large, abrupt climate changes have repeatedly affected much or all the earth, locally reaching as much as 10 degrees C in 10 years. Available evidence suggests that abrupt climate changes are not only possible but likely in the future, potentially with large impacts on ecosystems and societies.

Pittock notes that Alley is writing about abrupt climate changes that can occur when variables that are gradually changing push the earth across some instability threshold. He likens this to how the slowly increasing pressure of a finger can flip a light switch from off to on and it should be added that such a switch cannot readily be turned off again, due to large delays or inertia in the climate system: it is more like one of those sensor switches used for lighting, which can be turned on by some sudden movement but only turn themselves off in their own good time.

The possibility of a tipping point being passed threatens our civilisation and our lives. Whether the threat is the high wet bulb temperatures which I have mentioned previously here and here that makes parts of the earth uninhabitable, whether it is catastrophic sea level rise as posited by James Hansen (see below), whether it is the continuous drought that created the Syrian crisis, floods of biblical proportions or some raging bushfire that eats around the edges of our cities consuming homes and lives we cannot know. Quite possibly all of them may affect us one after another. We do know that global warming is an existential threat and, if people stopped to consider, realise we are in a climate emergency.

With hindsight we should have been acting on the momentous challenges posed by global warming and climate change thirty years ago. It is definitely time to act now.



International youth art for YAC "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

International young artist Jess Lacroix creating a mural at the Byron Youth Activity Centre. Photo supplied.

International young artist Jess Lacroix creating a mural at the Byron Youth Activity Centre. Photo supplied.

The Byron Youth Activity Centre (YAC) has been the recipient of international young artist Jess Lacroixs beautifying attentions.

Grounded, an acrylic paint mural now graces the inside of the YAC big space, bringing the outside in for the enjoyment of YAC users.

This piece is a celebration and introspective exploration in bringing the native Australian paperbark tree indoors so as to envelop guests of the YAC with the endless nourishment and grounding properties of the exquisite Melaleuca Quinquenervia tree, said artist Jess Lacroix.

Its tessellation into abstraction plays through layers  through its flowing veins into dripping bark, woven by cascading waves and stoic mountain-ranges. The richness in movement of the painted trees and its unconstrained roots is intended to pour through onto the outside native flora and fauna when the painted doorway is opened to the bushland enveloping the YAC, in the ultimate act of bringing the outside in.

Byron Youth Services (BYS) Manager, Teeya Blatt said, BYS is always looking to promote young peoples talents, so when Jess approached us to offer her art, we jumped at the opportunity.

This spectacular mural not only promotes a young artists work, it keeps open our connection to the natural environment even when the doors are closed.

Jess Lacroix (aka NoBadDays est.never) is a 24 yr old interdisciplinary Canadian artist, skateboard designer, film photographer and painter, having established a practice in Canada, Iceland, America, and Australia. In her work, Jessika celebrates individuals and environments by exploring nuances and ordinarily overlooked particularities in the everyday. Jess art is an ode to the shakers, the makers, the breakers, for the pot-stirrers, and plot-thickeners, for the wanderers, the bloodthirsty a...


Hobart mounts full-scale property boom "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hobart lift-off

Sydney and Canberra listings crept higher in the lead-up to the spring selling season, taking national listings a little north over the month of August from 316,748 to 318,825, according to SQM Research. 

Asking prices in Sydney nevertheless moved higher than a month earlier, both for houses and units. 

Nationally total listings are -4.3 per cent lower than a year ago, however, driven by excessive annual declines in the firing Melbourne and Hobart housing markets. 

Both monthly and annual listing numbers are also now in decline in Perth, suggesting that it's only a matter of time now before prices begin rising again in Western Australia, especially in light of the commodity markets rebound

Listings in Melbourne have now broadly fallen from ~50,000 to ~30,000 since 2012, with listings a massive -15.3 per cent lower year-on-year, suggesting that house prices will continue to surge in the Victorian capital. 

In Hobart listings have plummeted some -20.2 per cent lower since August 2016, with now just 2,520 listings across the entire capital city market and a surfeit of willing buyers, both locally and from interstate.



Korea issue will not be resolved by threats of war "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Victoria

At his point of time, the focus of the world is on the north Korea issue and a big problem with what is generally being presented, is in the shape of war preparation propaganda, presenting the north Korean political leadership as comic strip bad guys and those against them as the good guys.

Regardless of whether one is for or against their political system, the bottom line is that human beings live in this little part of the world and they have their own take on what is going on. It is not just the political leadership. Everyone is affected.

For them and for us, the choice is ultimately about risking a nuclear confrontation or finding a peaceful resolution of differences. From our side of the world, if we prefer the second path, the very first thing needed, is to consider what the situation looks like from the other side.

Here is a country that experienced an invasion in the 1950s from a coalition of nations that split what was once Korea into two and killed on average at least one member of every family. For more than half a century, north Koreans have been threatened with a new invasion. Consequently the north Koreans are passionate about defending their independence.

These circumstances have kept the small nation on a constant war footing and they have paid a high price. For north Koreas, it would be much better using limited resources for other uses than to develop a nuclear program. So long as a military threat remains and the north Koreans are treated as pariahs, there is going to be no change. This much has become clear. Missile tests will continue.

This is the reason why the more Donald Trump threatens and this is echoed by the other usual suspects among world political leaders, the greater the resistance from north Korea is going to be.

What needs to be realised is that ultimately, this side of the argument will not win, because it draws China and Russia onto the other side. For their part, they realise that the Korea conflict is at least in part, a proxy for an American led confrontation against them. The more the shouting, the closer they will be drawn to the defence of north Korea.

This brings the possibility of a new world war closer. The cost to the world would be horrendous. Those who want to see a military response need to consider this.

The big problem facing the United States is that the louder the bluster and the more that this is not going to be matched by action, the weaker this power is going to look and be. The signal that this ends out is that the era of American dominance is over.

By contrast, China shapes up as the emerging power and wins greater prestige and influence, especially when closer ties are being forged with the Russians. The American camp wi...


Byron eager to get cracking on renewables, forum hears "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mayor Simon Richardson with fellow panelists at last weeks renewable energy forum. Photo supplied

Mayor Simon Richardson with fellow panelists at last weeks renewable energy forum. Photo supplied

Christobel Munson

The keenly interested audience of more than 80 gathered at the Mullum Civic Centre on Thursday night were not disappointed by the promise of a night of action on renewables.

Yes, there was talk. But this was talk that packed a punch.

Keynote speaker Taryn Lane, a manager of Hepburn Wind, Australias first community-owned cooperative windfarm in Victoria, provided details of how local communities around the world are working together to reduce their emissions through community investment in large-scale renewable projects.

She has just returned from a three-month Churchill Fellowship tour where she spoke to zero-net communities all around Europe.

Taryn said, Many communities globally have already paved the way for us to follow. Communities can secure their own renewable pipeline to 100 per cent. They can own it locally and benefit from it. Having local government leadership is pivotal to this.

Dan Fitzgerald, from Small Giants, described the companys investment policy as using business as a major tool for positive social and environmental impact.

The company is keen to provide initial funding for the development of large-scale solar PV projects in Byron Shire as a way for the Shire to reach its emissions reduction target. How members of the community could invest in these projects was outlined.

Chair of Zero Emissions Byron Limited (ZEB) Vicki Brooke presented the evening and launched a supporters group, while mayor Simon Richardson outlined the accomplishments of ZEB in its first two years of operation.

Lavertys Gap hydroelectric

COREMs Dr Rob Passey listed the many challenges faced in attempting to resurrect the production of hyd...


Local philanthropy steps into the limelight "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pictured are Ed Ahern, Karen and Louise Neiderer with NRCF chairman John Callinan. Photo supplied

L-R: Laim Reynolds, George Alpen, Leeanna Jenkins, Nick Thom and Alex Vanhonk from Byron Bay Herb Nursery which secured the major grant this year from NRCF for bee box building. Photo supplied

Paul Bibby

Australia may be the lucky country, but when it comes to sharing some of that luck through philanthropy were lagging behind our English and American cousins.

Yet for 12 years, the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) has sought to reverse that trend by encouraging wealthy locals to help those in need.

And if the organisations philanthropy celebration on August 31 was anything to go by, theyre heading in the right direction.

The event, held at Rockinghorse Studios in Coorabell, was packed with well-to-do locals willing to do good and dig deep.

NRCFs chairman John Callinan said, From very humble beginnings, and with a zero bank balance, we have since given out 211 grants to 87 different community organisations totalling just under 1.2 million dollars.

Last year, we gave away in excess of $200,000 to about 25 different community organisations. 

Mr Callinan said that the help was badly needed.

We [the northern rivers] are above state average in almost all areas of disadvantage, be it unemployment, homelessness, youth suicide, grandcarers, disabled, Indigenous disadvantage, substance abuse the list goes on.

Managed trust

The NRCF helps those in need by pooling donations into a trust and then investing the money.

The profits from that investment are then donated to local charities and community organisations. 

We are the bridge between those who are most vulnerable in our community and those who have a commitment to giving and helping others, Mr Callinan said.

And because...


Love, Truth and Noodles for North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

But it starts by saying we have an option other than war, by saying we should help the people of North Korea, feed them and let them know what is happening in the world outside RT Question more: US and N.Korea need to grow up and stop saber-rattling with nuclear weapons


This is the Climate Pattern Scientists Warned Us About Wildfires Approach 8 Million Acres in U.S. During Summer of Extreme Western Heat, Severe Eastern Storms "IndyWatch Feed"


If the same weather persists for weeks on end in one region, then sunny days can turn into a serious heat wave and drought, and lasting rains can lead to flooding.  Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf.

The warming of the Arctic, the polar amplification of warming, plays a key role here. The surface and lower atmosphere are warming more in the Arctic than anywhere else on the globe. That pattern projects onto the very temperature gradient profile that we identify as supporting atmospheric waveguide conditions. Dr. Michael Mann.


To say that, for the U.S., its been hot out west and stormy in the east this summer is a bit of an understatement. For while the east has seen numerous storms producing local-to-national record rainfall amounts, the west has been baking under heatwaves that appear to have set off one of the worst years for wildfires nationally on

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Tasmania and my stolen soul ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I grew up in a recession-hit Hobart during the 1990s when it was a little town on the edge of the world with nary a successful person in sight. Paul Keating was our illustrious smartarse leader. We heated our homes with radiators and woodheaters. We went to bars with names like the Doghouse that had puke and beer encrusted into the carpets. We mourned Kurt Cobain and wore flannel shirts with ripped jeans. There was nothing to do except hang out with slime-haired older boys and drink cask wine and glorify suicide. In short, Hobart was a bit of a shithole. Plenty of articles have been written about Hobarts dazzling success in the arts and cultural scene since Dave Walsh flew in on his magic cloud and sprinkled the place with sex-n-death dust


Spirit Walker walks out on meeting with Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This morning Spirit Walker Clinton Pryor and Aboriginal Elders met with the Prime Minister Jane Salmon: Miranda a hot mess over progressive agenda


Permits for the Tamar Valley pulp mill remain valid "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Letter to the editor, Tasmanian Times, 6 September 2017 There have been some incorrect claims on Tasmanian Times and in other media that the permits for the Tamar Valley pulp mill have expired. These include the false claim in the Mercury, which provided a headline to its story last Thursday that Permits expire to end pulp mill saga, (31 August 2017)


I will give these most interesting objects to the QV ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As Robin Charles Halton (in comments) is seemingly bored with the face of Abetz I will try a different tack ... EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... A Contradictor - The Club - and the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce


Earlybird offer expiry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It's your last chance this week to secure the Earlybird price for our live event in Sydney.

Secure your ticket here now.


The gentle launch ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Take my word for it ... this wonderful book will win a swag of awards ...


Strategy of the Commons ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We need to grant our neighbourhood houses the status they deserve By most measures, Waterbridge, in the south of Tasmania at Gagebrook, is an extremely successful business


Qld Budget, economy and polls will give Premier confidence to call election this year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian reports this morning that the Palaszczuk Government is polling well in two-party preferred terms (53% for ALP vs 47% for LNP). The strong result is largely due to One Nation smashing the LNP primary vote. It does not appear to be a huge vote of confidence in the Government, which is polling at around the same level as it was at the time of the last election (37% vs % 37.5% for the ALP primary vote). That said, in the upcoming election campaign, the Government will be able to point to a strengthening State economy (e.g. see this post of mine from July) with reasonable jobs growth and economic growth higher than in the rest of Australia. It will also benefit from recent good fortune regarding the State Budget.

The Queensland State Budget has been bolstered this year by elevated coal prices and a surge in wholesale electricity prices that increased the earnings of government-owned power generators. It was revealed yesterday that the State Government has unexpectedly shifted more than $1 billion of expenses back into the 2016-17 financial year, allowing it to take advantage of the elevated revenue in that year, and to improve the forward budget estimates (see Steven Wardills informative article in todays Courier-Mail). This type of budget re-profiling is engaged in by all governments from time-to-time. It is tricky and misleading, but nowhere near as egregious as the shifting of debt onto government-owned business in 2015 or the superannuation assets raid of 2016.

In my view, the biggest challenge for the Government, and the biggest threat to its re-election, is the ongoing rail fail, with another incident of delays yesterday afternoon. In my recent Future Brisbane opinion piece for the Courier-Mail, I noted that one of the areas the globally influential Monocle magazine identified for improvement in Brisbane was public transport. Let us hope the next time they visit Brisbane the Monocle correspondents stay somewhere in the inner city, perhaps at the ultra-hip Johnson Hotel where my office is located, and Uber around and avoid QR City Trains. Otherwise Brisbane may drop out of Monocles top 25 global cities list!

In my Cour...


1) West Papuan Liberation Movement dismisses Jakarta dialogue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) 48th Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit opens in Samoa
3) Negotiations with Freeport took place over two-and-a-half years: Jokowi

1) West Papuan Liberation Movement dismisses Jakarta dialogue
5:50 am today 

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua says it's not interested in one-on-one dialogue with Indonesia's government.
Various Papuan civil society, church and customary leaders met with Indonesia's presiden...


Vladimir Putin: 'It is difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia' "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia. But there is nothing we can do about this; this is the level of political culture among part of the American establishment. As for the American people, America is truly a great nation if the Americans can put up with so many politically uncivilised people. Vladimir Putin Wow. Even though I have just written a commentary on the level of frustration and, frankly, contempt, the Russians are feeling towards their American counterparts, these words by Vladimir Putin are truly a slap in the face that will resonate around the world for a long time to come even if the imperial corporate media makes another herculean effort at not noticing them. I can only repeated what I said in my previous article, I have never ever heard anything even remotely resembling the kind of language coming out of Russia today. By the way, Putin confirmed what I wrote yesterday when he said: "The Americans had the right to reduce the number of our diplomatic offices. It is another matter altogether that they have done this in way that was absolutely uncivil". Had the Americans just expelled any number of diplomats or closed some Russian diplomatic facilities the Russians would have accepted that as "played by the rules". But Trump and the intellectual midgets surrounding him decided to publicly humiliate Russia and instead ended up ridiculing themselves. Yesterday, another well-know Russian politician, Sergei Markov, referred to the American leadership as "amoral pygmies"! To say that the Russians are unimpressed by Trump's thuggery is an understatement.


Hurricane Irma Headed Towards Earth First! Journal Office "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Faithful readers,

Yet again, a giant hurricane is headed our way to remind us of our insignificance in the grand scheme of things. Irma is currently a Category 5 hurricane (thats house-leveling status) and is a few days away from probably wreaking havoc through the Florida peninsula.

We are doing what we can to prep the office to protect our magazine archive, what computers we have left, and our tenacious office cat, Greasy. Last year the hurricane scare was a false alarm, and were hoping this one misses us, too. But the radio, TV, internet, and our friends and family are telling us a deadly storm is headed our way, and our local grocery stores are already out of water (and plastic bags). And none of us in the collective our native Floridians. So were prepping.

Well likely be posting to the newswire, answering emails, and generally being in touch less than normal, until this hurricane passes or kills us. We are also in the middle of doing layout for the fall issue of the magazine, so expect that to possibly be delayed a little bit. Or a lot, if you know.

Last year, some of yall graciously donated to help us buy plywood, concrete screws, and other necessities for hurricane prep. Thank you! This year we are doing better financially and we ask that any money you were considering sending to the Journal for hurricane-related support instead be donated to non-government, non-Red Cross organizations lending assistance to the people of Houston. They need our support.

Stay wild,
EF!J Collective


Petition to declare George Soros a terrorist & seize his assets gains required 100k signatures "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By RT News

In less than a fortnight, more than 100,000 people have signed a petition accusing billionaire investor George Soros of sedition against the US, demanding that he and his affiliates be declared domestic terrorists and that his assets be seized.

The petition was initially launched on August 20 by E.B. on the White House petitions website. Since it reached the threshold of 100,000 signatures before the September 19 deadline, the White House will now have to provide a formal response.

The creators of the petition on the website We the People say that Soros has willfully tried to destabilize and otherwise commit acts of sedition against the United States and its citizens. To achieve these goals, the author says, Soros has created multiple organizations with a sole purpose is to apply Alinsky model terrorist tactics to destroy the US government.

The Alinsky model refers to American community organizer and writer Saul Alinsky. In his book Rules for Radicals, he outlines 13 rules for political struggle to seize power.

The petition calls on the Department of Justice to immediately declare George Soros and all of his organizations and staff members to be domestic terrorists, and have all of his personal an organizational wealth and assets seized under Civil Asset Forfeiture law.

Another recent high-profile petition, which has already exceeded the 100,000-signature threshold by three times, calls on US President Donald Trump to classify the Antifa activist group as a terrorist organization, accusing them of violence at demonstrations and incitement to kill police.

The White House, however, has left almost a dozen petitions unanswered since Donald Trump took office in February, and is considering shutting the service down.

George Soros is a Hungarian-American billionaire with a net worth of $25 billion and 33rd richest man in the world, according to Forbes. The 87-year-old investing heavyweight is behind many organizations and projec...


Putin: It is difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia. But there is nothing we can do about this; this is the level of political culture among part


Gardasil Killed my 16 Year Old Daughter: She Died the Most Excruciating Painful Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gabby Larkin 3

Gabby Larkin. Image from Facebook.

Health Impact News

The VAXXED team was recently in Australia where they interviewed Patrice Larkin, the mother of Gabby Larkin who died at the age of 16.

Like so many of the Gardasil stories we have reported about, Gabby was very athletic and active prior to receiving the Gardasil vaccine.

After the Gardasil shot, she developed a headache that would not go away.

Three weeks later she developed pains on her right side. Later it would be discovered that she had a tumor in her right ovary from a very rare form of cancer. Patrice explains that it was a very fast growing tumor (3-4 weeks), and only 14 other people in the world had ever been diagnosed with this type of cancer.

The tumor burst and they removed her right ovary. She began chemo therapy almost immediately.

A short time later she died. Patrice states:

She died the most excruciating painful death a 16 year old little girl (could die). I just wish I had not believed all the media and all the rubbish (they were publishing about this vaccine).

Watch the entire interview:

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Gardasil Killed my 16 Year Old Daughter: She Died the Most Excruciating Painful Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gabby Larkin 3

Gabby Larkin. Image from Facebook.

Health Impact News

The VAXXED team was recently in Australia where they interviewed Patrice Larkin, the mother of Gabby Larkin who died at the age of 16.

Like so many of the Gardasil stories we have reported about, Gabby was very athletic and active prior to receiving the Gardasil vaccine.

After the Gardasil shot, she developed a headache that would not go away.

Three weeks later she developed pains on her right side. Later it would be discovered that she had a tumor in her right ovary from a very rare form of cancer. Patrice explains that it was a very fast growing tumor (3-4 weeks), and only 14 other people in the world had ever been diagnosed with this type of cancer.

The tumor burst and they removed her right ovary. She began chemo therapy almost immediately.

A short time later she died. Patrice states:

She died the most excruciating painful death a 16 year old little girl (could die). I just wish I had not believed all the media and all the rubbish (they were publishing about this vaccine).

Watch the entire interview:


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The BBCs Climate Denialism: Coverage Of Hurricane and the South Asian Floods "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In J.G. Ballards classic novel, The Drowned World, people are struggling for survival on a post-apocalyptic, overheating planet. A sudden instability in the Sun has unleashed increased solar radiation, melting the polar ice caps and causing global temperatures to rise by a few degrees each year. Once-temperate areas, such as Europe and North America, have become flooded tropical lands, sweltering under continuous heat waves. Life has become tolerable only within the former Arctic and Antarctic Circles.

The frailty of civilisation and the attempts to cope with psychological changes in the human condition as a result of the catastrophe are laid bare. It is a frightening surreal vision of the human predicament by a master novelist. At one point, one of the characters is asked about his life before the apocalypse. He answers, Im afraid I remember nothing. The immediate past is of no interest to me.

Hurricane Harvey has provided a genuinely terrifying glimpse of a global Ballardian dystopia that may actually be humanitys fate. And yet, even now, corporate media are suppressing the truth.

On August 25, the category 4 Hurricane Harvey, with 130 mph winds, made landfall near Corpus Christi on the southern coast of Texas. Harveys progress then stalled over Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, dumping enormous unprecedented quantities of water, creating a 1-in-1,000-year flood event. To date, 50 people have been killed, around one million resid...


Haley Says New North Korea Sanctions Unlikely to Change Behavior A fools errand. Plus most recent media reports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

WASHINGTON U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that more sanctions on North Korea are unlikely to change the countrys behavior but would cut off funding for its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

Do we think more sanctions are going to work on North Korea? Not necessarily, Haley told the American Enterprise Institute. But what does it do? It cuts off the revenue that allows them to build ballistic missiles.

Haley said on Monday she wants the United Nations Security Council to vote on Sept. 11 to impose the strongest possible sanctions on North Korea over its sixth and largest nuclear test.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by James Dalgleish)




'Achoo' prepared? Early flu bug hits Australia and Europe, the US may be next "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is experiencing its worse flu outbreak sparking fears it could be repeated in Europe, the United States and Canada. A total of 52 deaths associated with influenza have already been reported in many states compared with 27 fatalities this time last year. Similarly the number of flu-related hospitalizations have almost doubled, presently standing at nearly 1450 versus 719 last year. Medics have also warned the winter spike in flu-like symptoms has occurred earlier than usual across the country, according to the latest data. Now health services in the US, Northern America and across Europe are bracing themselves for an identical scenario. "In general, we get in our season what the southern hemisphere got in the season immediately proceeding us. An intelligent guess, therefore, is that the north will probably have a bad flu season. With influenza, it is never 100 percent. There is nothing really unusual about this year except that it's a high year in Australia, which is what you see every once in a while," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the United States' National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said. Dr. Fauci stressed that the "only thing that you can predict about influenza is that it's going to be unpredictable."


Melanoma (skin cancer) found to be easily prevented with low-cost Vitamin B-3 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melanoma (skin cancer) found to be easily prevented with low-cost Vitamin B-3 by: Rhonda Johansson  Natural News Researchers from the University of Sydney, Australia believe that nicotinamide (vitamin B3) can be used to prevent the incidence of melanoma, a deadly form...

The post Melanoma (skin cancer) found to be easily prevented with low-cost Vitamin B-3 appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Blair Cottrell, Neil Erikson and Chris Shortis found guilty of inciting hatred for Muslims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Briefly: Yesterday, The Three Stooges (AKA The Bendigo Three) Blair Cottrell, Neil Erikson and Chris Shortis were convicted of serious religious vilification in Melbourne Magistrates Court over a publicity stunt the boys performed in October 2015, and fined Continue reading


Reject the International "Fake News" Attack on Venezuela! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jim McIlroy
A co-ordinated, virulent and sustained campaign for "regime change" against Venezuela is underway globally, with Australia as a key front. 

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Vladimir Putins news conference following BRICS Summit 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Vladimir Putin answered Russian journalists questions following his visit to China to take part in the BRICS Summit. September 5, 2017     Vladimir Putin summed up the results of the BRICS Summit and his talks with


Iraqi Sniper: Egyptian Filmmaker Plans Answer to American Sniper "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(MEE)  An Egyptian filmmaker is planning a rejoinder to the Hollywood blockbuster American Sniper, with a film focusing on the other side of the story the Iraqi fighter said to have killed dozens of American soldiers during the occupation.

Amr Salama told the Hollywood Reporter that his film, tentatively titled Iraqi Sniper, would carry an anti-war message to counter the 2014 US film based on the true story of US marksman Chris Kyle and his hunt for an elusive foe, known as Juba, during the Iraq war.

Salama said he was inspired by his hatred for American Sniper, which earned $300m at the box office, and its pro-war message.

But Im trying to make an anti-war film, he said last week. American Sniper was pro-war.

He added that the Egyptian actor who played Juba in Clint Eastwoods film, Sammy Sheik, was attached to his project.

American Sniper was nominated for six Oscars and sparked fierce debate over historical revisionism, factual inaccuracies and the glorification of violence.

In one scene Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, shoots dead a woman and child apparently preparing a grenade attack.

But the majority of the story is devoted to Kyles hunt for Juba, whose actions were played out in a series of online videos from the Islamic Army of Iraq during the American occupation.

The Iraqi marksmans identity was never revealed and there is speculation the videos charted the actions of several fighters, rather than just one man.

The Hollywood Reporter said Salama was working on his films script with two of the Middle Easts biggest filmmaking names  Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy, and the Oscar-nominated Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad. Abu-Assads wife, Amira Diab, was also involved in the project.



Why You Should Be Encrypting Your Devices and How to Easily Do It "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Its basically impossible to stay afloat in society without a mobile smart device of some sort. Theyre used in schools, jobs, and cars even have features inoperable without one!

We use smartphones in basically every aspect of our daily lives, but we mostly use them for our personal life. Our entire lives are broadcasted by different combinations of codes that will never go away for all of eternity! These days we have literally everything about our lives on social media. Phone numbers, full names, photos, check ins, and even your location are all easily accessible. We all do this so mindlessly and you have to wonder is this really safe?

The answer to your question is no. Think about it like this: anything you put on the internet stays there forever regardless of whether you delete it but thats not the scariest part. Anything you put out there can instantly be downloaded to someone elses hard drive with no trace at all. That means a part of you is on someones computer and theres nothing you can do about it! You dont have to freak out, but most importantly dont let this happen to you. You need to protect yourself from the internet.

Obviously, the most effective thing you can do is be extremely tedious with what you post. Never post personal information or even share it with anyone online. Aside from that, you should be encrypting your data. Simply put, encryption locks your files and data away using a secret code. Encrypted data isnt as difficult as it sounds either. Its actually pretty easy to do.

Encryption applies to data we have stored on our phones and what sends it. Some apps have end to end encryption, which means it cannot be spied on. You see this technology mostly in law enforcement agencies and government communications. Encrypted data would take another article itself to explain how it works, but basically, its a secret code that essentially scrambles the data. There are bits that are listed next to the type of encryption being used. Bits tell you how many possible combinations there are for an unlock code. A typical 256 bit encryption would take a bank of supercomputers billions of years to decode.

If the disk is not encrypted your device can easily be booted off a USB drive and the unencrypted data extracted, explains cybersecurity expert Professor Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey. You can even just take out the hard drive and mount it on another machine to examine data unless the disc is encrypted.

Professor Wo...


Australian Politics 2017: Greed Unlimited "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A wealthy former merchant banker and Australian prime minister conservatively worth an estimated $200 million, whose annual parliamentary salary package is worth more than that of an American president, is caught with his greedy hand in the nations till

Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2017:

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been forced to pay back part of his travel expenses nine months after pocketing more than $1000 in allowances when he visited remote indigenous communities in South Australia.

Mr Turnbull will pay for the costs after The Daily Telegraph made inquiries about why the travel allowance had been claimed for accommodation that was provided free.

Finance Department expenditure reports show Mr Turnbull claimed $1130 in accommodation costs for two nights when visiting Umuwa and Scotdesco, in far northern South Australia in October 30 and October 31 last year.

But this newspaper can reveal the Umuwa accommodation was paid for by the South Australian government, not by Mr Turnbull. And the accommodation in Scotdesco costs just $60 per person.

When contacted on Monday, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet declined to comment, instead sending a request for an invoice to the South Australian government, despite the trip taking place nine months ago.

A spokesman for the SA State Development Department confirmed Mr Turnbull had stayed in accommodation owned by the state government of South Australia at U...


Why bother arguing with Catholics? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hey, remember that Catholic guy who was writing a column about how atheists are atheists because of daddy issues? Hes back. He had to write a response because the intensity of atheist eye-rolling was annoying him.

In that post, I did not attempt to explain any proofs or evidence for the existence of Godthat wasnt the point. The point was to pose a question: Why would anyone hope against eternal happiness? Referencing a book by Paul Vitz, Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism, I posited one among many possible answers, namely that since ones own experience with his father (or lack thereof) seems to have a tremendous sway in his perception of God, a bad father might lead a child to wish that God didnt exist. That thought struck me as terribly sad. Thus, I made a very specific point that we Catholics should be compassionate toward atheists, hence the title. Frankly, I expected rebuttals to this statement along the lines of: Youre wrong! I had a terrific father, and Im an atheist! And the same goes for everyone in my college sociology class!

I waited for this type of rebuttal to pour in. And I kept waiting. But my point went largely unaddressed.

Butbutthat was exactly the point of my rebuttal! Many atheists have happy relationships with their fathers, and many Catholics have miserable relationships with theirs, and still remain within the faith. And also, if Jehovah is your role model for paternal parenting, you are seriously screwed up. But I guess he didnt read my post, or it didnt count, or something.

So now you might think his follow-up is to defend his position that atheists need pity because they have bad dads. Youd be wrong! I guess he decided his original proposition was indefensible, so hes moved on to instead insisting that there is too evidence for his god, which is, ha ha, a so much more easily supported claim.

Its a weird article, though, because he repeatedly refuses to actually defend that claim, but instead says he could have. Its like a total non-defense. Hes hunkered down in a trench yelling at us, but ready to duck back down at an instant. Its chickenshit Catholicism.

And his evidence sucks.

I could have mentioned a very basic evidence: the existence of matter. How do you explain the existence of matterstuff like diamonds, oxygen, and Saturn? Atheists frequently reply that if you put a monkey in front of a typewrit...


Japan's Tepco gets slapped with new U.S. lawsuit over Fukushima "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings said on Thursday it has been hit with another lawsuit filed in a U.S. court seeking $5 billion for compensation over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the second filed against the utility in a U.S. court. The suit filed by 157 individuals is seeking that amount to set up a compensation fund for the costs of medical tests and treatment they say they need after efforts to support the recovery from the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. The utility, known as Tepco, is being sued regarding improper design, construction and maintenance. Tepco has been hit with more lawsuits than in any previous Japanese contamination suit over the meltdowns of three reactors at its Fukushima Daiichi plant north of Tokyo [in] 2011. Radiation forced 160,000 people from their homes, many never to return, and destroyed businesses, fisheries and agriculture. In June, a federal appeals court cleared the way for a group of U.S. military personnel to file a suit against Tepco over radiation exposure that they say occurred during recovery efforts on board the USS Ronald Reagan. Shareholders of Tepco are suing the utility's executives for a record 5.5 trillion yen ($67.4 billion) in compensation. The company's former chairman and other executives of the company appeared in court in June to answer charges of professional negligence, in the first criminal case after the meltdowns. The criminal and civil legal cases do not threaten financial ruin for Tepco, which is backstopped by Japanese taxpayers.

Note: Following the Fukushima disaster, at least three Tepco officials were indicted for knowingly operating an unsafe nuclear power plant. And though the plant is extremely toxic now years after the disaster, top officials still claim nuclear power is extremely safe. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on the Fukushima Nuclear Plant meltdown.

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China and India in an Evolving International Order "IndyWatch Feed National"


Chinas peaceful rise has been put under the microscope by leading observers, think tanks, intellectuals, experts, analysts, political and military leaders, and social and academic elites of the Western world. It has been criticized from many angles, and the perspectives held by many observers seem to suggest that the economic expansion of the rising power is actually aimed at taking over the reins from the Western advanced /imperial powers in Asia.

On the other hand, Indias buildup of arms and bolstering of its domestic defense industrial base has largely gone unnoticed. Western observers may be adhering to the age-old belief of an impoverished India with congested streets full of beggars and thousands clamoring for more food and shelter. Leaving the masses in their desolate conditions, mostly unfed and in tattered clothes, the new leadership in Delhi is dressing up in shining armors.

As an ally of the Western powers, India escaped the wrath from the West that China has had to endure the latter often perceived to be the number one economic power gearing up politically and militarily to be the number one global power.

India appears innocuous in the eyes of Western intellectual and political elites while they view China with scorn and suspicion. Chinas peaceful rise is often questioned with much consternation by Western observers.

Yet India has racked up armaments, weapons, submarines, warships, tanks, and missile defense systems since the turn of the century. From 2000-2016, India has been one of the largest importers of arms, totaling $42.9 billion and surpassing even Saudi Arabia, China, South Korea, and the UAE.  Indias accumulation of armaments and weapons is seemingly interpreted as a defense against China, Pakistan, and the maintenance of its dominance in the South Asia and the Indian Ocean region.

Obvious to some but not to others, the real conflict underlying the tension between the leaders of the free world is the impending threat of a takeover of the international system.  Ideas and values espoused by the great Chinese ideological, philosophical, political, economic, and military leadership are gradually replacing previous international regimes. Thereby, in this kind of a scenario, the Western nations find solace in the support and strategic partnerships with countries opposed to the rise of China, leaning toward free market democratic systems. India, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, and South Korea the traditional allies of the United States and Western European bloc fall within the Western Alliance. Entrenched elites of the emerging economies and the peripheral third and fourth worlds often expedite the cause of the West at the expense of their own people.

The formation of an eastern alliance under the aegis of the Chinese leadership may evolve over ti...


Lacking Transparency: Israeli Drones and Australian Defence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Featured image: Marise Payne (Source: Financial Review)

Give us the chance to compete, to see our capabilities, to compare, to see the benefit we can bring with our [drone] system. Shaul Shahar, Israel Aerospace Industries Vice-President, March 2,


Kangaroo Island: Remarkable Rocks. "IndyWatch Feed National"

From David, who notes: Here is something different for you, Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island. I included one of C who is 5 3 to give a sense of scale. It is a desolate part of the Island, nothing between it an Antarctica. Several people have been swept from the rocks / fallen from the rocks and the photo of the sea will give you an idea of the depth of the fall. Click for full size!

David, all rights reserved.



Suresh Prabhu Will Be Remembered as Minister Who Provided Rail Connectivity to People of Northeast "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Under Prabhus tenure, five northeastern states were included in the broad gauge network and 29 new trains introduced.

Suresh Prabhu

Suresh Prabhu taking over as Commerce minister on September 4. Credit: Suresh Prabhu/Twitter

New Delhi: History is proof that governments across party lines have often tried to find the answer to train accidents in the resignation of the railway minister.

The latest example of this long practiced but highly short-sighted governmental approach, is the change of ministership of Suresh Prabhu, from railways to commerce and industry, in the Narendra Modi government on September 3.

However, in far away northeast, Prabhu shall be remembered for delivering what no other Union railway minister could  a widened network of rail infrastructure to the people of the region.

In the last three years, the ministry under Prabhu was successful in including five northeastern states Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura to the broad gauge (BG) map of the country. As many as 29 new trains were introduced in the region in a span of just one year 2016 to 2017.


This is kind of important. (Monthly meeting, and more) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Before we tell you the agenda for the next meeting, discover how WestConnex will affect you.

Wherever you live in NSW, checkout

The agenda for our next meeting is:

  • Alexandria Hotel hear Justin Hemmess plans for the Alex (maybe even hear from Justin himself to be confirmed.)
  • WestConnex M4/M5 link plans are out find out even more about how this will impact our area
  • Alexandria Park Community School development get the latest update

The meeting will be:

  • 7PM, Thursday 14 September
  • Cliff Noble Centre, Corner of Suttor Street and Renwick Street.


Rohingya conflict: Soros and hydrocarbons behind destabilization in Myanmar "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Rohingya conflict in Myanmar, which had caught its second wind in August 2017, appears to be a multidimensional crisis with major geopolitical players involved, experts say, referring to both internal and external reasons behind the recent upsurge in violence in the country. The Rohingya conflict, which erupted between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar's western Rakhine state in late August, was apparently fanned by external global players, Dmitry Mosyakov, director of the Centre for Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told RT. According to the academic, the conflict has at least three dimensions. "First, this is a game against China, as China has very large investments in Arakan [Rakhine]," Mosyakov told RT. "Second, it is aimed at fuelling Muslim extremism in Southeast Asia.... Third, it's the attempt to sow discord within ASEAN [between Myanmar and Muslim-dominated Indonesia and Malaysia]."


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


New $300.00 new, $150.00 ONO easily transportable chairs still in boxes. Or in exchange for handy work.
Jane 0400 597 728


Lost Dog "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This red heeler terrier cross went missing on the morning of Tuesday 5th from outside a worksite on Ronald st. 

Her name is Libby, 9 year old female, very loyal, peaceful and calm girl, she is micro chipped and desexed, call Barry if found.

0420 495 910


Newlands Friends of the Forest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Good afternoon wonderful Newlands Forest Folk.

We are starting to ramp up our campaign and there is a lot happening from this week and we would love & appreciate your support - just contact us and let us know what you are interested in coming and helping out with. 

Newlands Friends of the Forest Events

1. Threatened Species Day Preston Station Thursday 7 September 7.30 am (morning:)  Meeting at Preston Station to let commuters know about threatened species day and have some fun at the same time !!! There's also Threatened Species Day event organised by FOE that on the Steps of the Victorian Parliament  at 5.30pm which we will be supporting and would love to see you there.



Newlands Climate Action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Newlands Climate Action Gathering - all welcome!

Saturday 16th September 3pm...


Writing on the Wall "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Dear Friends,

Im very excited to be launching Writing on the Wall - an experiment in poetry-let social activism. I have collaborated with the Sydney organisation Anti Slavery Australia by donating my modern epic poem Writing on the Wall as a fundraiser. We have booked the Dax Centre at Melbourne Uni but need 40 tickets (prices on a sliding scale) sold to proceed. Entry includes wine and nibbles, a copy of the chapbook and the poetry reading. I do hope you can make it. All proceeds are donated to ASA.

Here is the Trybooking page:
Let me know if anyone needs any help with booking.

With many thanks,
Anne M Carson
MP Muse Poetica   ABN: 219 708 044 19
Dynamic fusion of two classic art forms poetry and music...


Ask the Bigot: Who is Katy Faust and why is the daughter of lesbian parents against gay marriage? "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Ask the Bigot: Who is Katy Faust and why is the daughter of lesbian parents against gay marriage?

13 Aug 2015



American Katy Faust was raised by her lesbian mother and her partner and she now runs a blog called asktheBigot, which is fiercely opposed to gay marriage.

She became a Christian in high school and was concerned by the plight of children.

She is in Canberra to lobby the Federal Government against gay marriage and she told Lateline why.

These are her key points:

1. She loves her lesbian mother and her partner:

While my mother was a fantastic mother and most of what I do well as a mother myself I do because thats how she parented me, she cant be a father. Her partner, an incredible woman both of these women have my heart cannot be a father either.

2. She says children of gay parents are pressured into supporting them:

Theres several children that have contacted me even since I started writing about this, saying I agree with you, but Ill never come out and speak about this publicly because my relationship with my parent is too tenuous.

3. When she became Christian she struggled with the Bibles teachings on sexuality:

Because theres a fierce protectiveness I think that all children have for their parents, but what I was delighted to find when I read Scripture is that God has an incredible heart for the orphan and that hes very concerned with the plight of children.

4. She says children should not have to fit into parents lifestyles:

Children have rights the onus needs to be on adults to conform to the rights of children rather than children fitting into an adults lifestyle. And certainly, I dont think that homosexuals are responsible by any means for the crisis that we face in America when it comes to family structure these days. Absolutely, heterosexuals have led the way on that charge.

5. Her blog was originally anonymous but she was outed by a gay blogger:

I wouldnt be having this interview with you today, because I never intended to be i...


The Common Law Continues to Develop in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The common law or judge made law refers to the body of law developed by the decisions of judges. In a common law system, past decisions are known as precedents. Fundamental to the common law is the principle of stare decisis a Latin phrase which means to stand by decided matters. Stare

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'Working with people who confuse Austria & Australia is hard' - Putin on US establishment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Russian President Vladimir Putin lamented the poor level of diplomatic competence demonstrated by Washington lately, saying Moscow found it difficult to work with people who cannot tell Austria and Australia apart. Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Putin said the Americans were acting like bullies by shutting down Russian diplomatic facilities.


'Iraqi Sniper': Egyptian filmmaker plans answer to American Sniper "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Amr Salama says 'hate' of Clint Eastwood's film moved him to tell the 'other side' - the Iraqi marksman said to have killed dozens of Americans


Drug Law Reform: An Interview with Former NSW DPP Nicholas Cowdery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 2 June 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy declared, The global war on drugs has failed. In its report, the commission found that prohibition has led to increased drug consumption, the growth of powerful crime networks and contributed to mass incarceration. In the wake of these outcomes which originated from the 1961

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Rainbow Chan - Seaside "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An intimate performance by Sydney artist Rainbow Chan. Filmed by Rose Chan. Help send her to Iceland by voting for her here: Free downloads here:


Publication Day! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Clade Titan.jpgClade is out today in the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada through Titan Books. You can pick up copies at good bricks and mortar bookshops or online.

Its already had some lovely responses: SFX gave it 4.5 stars and said it was beautiful, terrifying and despite everything uplifting, and Robert Macfarlane says Clade is a brilliant, unsettling and timely novel: a true text of the Anthropocene in its subtle shuttlings between lives, epochs and eras, and its knitting together of the planets places. 

If youd like to know more you might want to check out my interview with Ecofiction about it and some of the challenges of writing about climate change.

My thanks to everybody at Titan for making this possible. Im so pleased the book is going to find new readers.


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Judges Decision Was a Substantial Miscarriage of Justice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Kenneth Bell was being held in prison awaiting trial on allegations of sexual assault, when he was savagely attacked on 16 June 2013, suffering a fractured eye socket, traumatic brain injury, and left in a coma for several days. Due to his injuries, Mr Bell was assessed as unfit

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Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Qantas Airways A330-200 VH-EBV and Singapore Airlines B777-200 9V-SVF at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Monday 4 September, the first 'wave' of heavy jet passenger charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Forces Exercise Wallaby 2017 concluded with a pair of spectacular arrivals into Rockhampton Airport - and local plane spotter Daniel B was one of many plane spotters that were on hand to capture the action.

On this occasion, the first aircraft to arrive was Qantas Airways Airbus A330-202 VH-EBV which touched down at Rockhampton Airport direct from Singapore's Changi Airport as QFA6038.  It had earlier flown into Singapore from Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport operating the scheduled QFA37 service.


Port Moresby refugees protest phone card cuts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Refugees transferred to Port Moresby for medical reasons staged Day 1 of protest action outside the Australian Border Force office at the motel where they are being held (see photo at right).

They are protesting the latest move by Border Force to cut them off services and support. A notice put on the wall of the motel on Sunday 3 September announced that phone cards would no longer be available for refugees held at the motel, from today, Tuesday 5 September.

The withdrawal of phone cards from the refugees in Port Moresby follows similar recent cuts to phones and phone cards on Manus Island.



Indonesian president looks at West Papua dialogue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Indonesian president looks at West Papua dialogue
From 3:02 pm today 
There are signs of a significant peace dialogue opening up between Indonesia's government and West Papuans.
Various Papuan civil society, church and customary leaders met with Indonesia's president Joko Widodo last month about establishing dialogue over problems in Papua.
Terms of reference for the dialogue are yet to be confirmed, but Jakarta is reluctant to have talks with the United Liberation Movement for West Papua which broadly represents the indigenous people of Indonesia's Papua region.


The generation game, yet again "IndyWatch Feed"

At Inside Story, Ive had yet another go at the silliness of generational analysis, reworking some material Ive posted previously, but improving the analysis in some ways, I think. In particular, I think the intro helps to explain the persistent appeal of generational cliches in the face of repeated refutation.

Every generation thinks it invented sex, and every generation is wrong. As that quotation from the American writer Robert Heinlein suggests, we all experience as unique and revelatory the transformations we undergo through the course of our lives, from childhood to puberty, adulthood, parenthood and old age. As a matter of logic and observation, though, these processes are experienced at all times and in all places, and differ more in detail than essentials.

This is the paradox at the heart of the otherwise inexplicable durability of claims that peoples characteristics can be explained by their membership of a generation (baby boomers, generation X, and so on).


6 Easy Ways You Can Have Package-Free Plants "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I could easily create waste if I were to order seeds online or drive to garden centres and buy potted plants, but I dont do that. I use more rewarding methods to get my plants, methods that reduce waste and the use of resources, and which are self sufficient, frugal and connect me with my community.


Christ Church on Acland St needs to be saved "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By former councillor Serge Thomann   When I was asked to help to raise funds to restore Christ Church in Acland Street, I could only say yes. Why? Being French, it would be very odd for me to be a member of the Church of England I got my cathedrals confused when I arrived []


Is the Narendra Modi Bubble About to Burst? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Three almost-simultaneous developments, each of which would normally have dented the governments image in only minor ways, show how Modis image is beginning to lose its shine.

Narendra Modi. Credit:

Narendra Modi. Credit:

Why has Prime Minister Narendra Modi gone in for such a sweeping cabinet reshuffle now? The short answer is a growing anxiety within the Sangh parivar, voiced recently in the context of agriculture by the RSS, that the BJPs honeymoon with the electorate, the longest that any government has ever enjoyed, may be coming to an end.

For three years, Modis political star has been ascending. Indias new middle class has been singing his praises, NRIs have put up altars dedicated to him in their homes abroad, even leaders in the opposition have begun to wonder whether their interests will not be better served if they join the bandwagon, rather than risk being run over by it. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, once the tallest among his opponents, has already chosen the safer course.



Video of Non-Muslim Kids Praying in Mosque What Do You Think? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The video below is said to show a school trip to a mosque in Holland. Please watch the video and answer our quick poll below.



McDonalds rain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Polina Fetisova Age 7   Do you like McDonalds? If you do, this could be your greatest wish: You would love if it was RAINING fries, chicken nuggets and Hotdogs too. Now let me tell you how I made it rain fries, chicken nuggets, and hotdogs. Once when I was flying I saw two []


A Great Walk this year with lots of support to Stop the Yeelirrie Uranium Mine "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi everyone and sorry for not many updates coming from the walk this year, but its been really busy and exciting and we will post some more updates over the next week..

Massive thanks to Aunty Lizzy, Aunty Shirley and Vicky who led the Walkatjurra Walkabout through Country this year. The three of them are local Traditional Owners and are the ones participating in the Supreme court action launched together with the CCWA and the EDO to stop the Yeelirrie mine from going ahead.

There is a lot of support for this action against the previous Governments decision to approve Yeelirrie and now with the Court date set for the 14th of November we really need your help to get the funds together..

Please donate to the crowdfunding for court case



Ravens too quick for Channel-billed Cuckoos "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Channel-billed Cuckoos are back and looking to sneak their eggs into raven and crow nests. The two seen today are possibly birds heard over weekend near Town Common entry gate. Bad news for the biggies, Australian Ravens have already reared early young this season. And the once-dominant Torresian Crow - a later breeder - is less common hereabouts nowadays. But I saw a Pied Currawong - another parasitised species - across town the other day. Near Anderson Park, whose tall gums draw many Channel-billeds seeking night-roosting. Watch out, Currawongs!

And watch out, young Black-shouldered Kite. Bird enjoying bit of preening in the morning sun yesterday found itself under fire from three White-breasted Woodswallows, offended by the Kite daring to sit atop 'their' tree. Kite flinched and flinched again before surrendering the perch. Next time seen, the immature's streaky breast may be as adult white as the Woodswallows'.

Plenty of white on show this morning with White-throated Heron waiting patiently for me to move away from nearby pool so it could get back to feeding. Mud in many pools ankle deep a few days ago is fast drying out.



The very angry King "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Isabelle Li Age 7   Crash! The Queens crown went flying out the window because the King was so angry he could throw everything else out too! The Queen was angry but the King was angrier. At breakfast he was angry. At lunch he was angry. Even at dinner he was angry. Because the []


Ive Been A Googler, A Screenwriter, And A BartenderAnd Ive Ditched The Idea Of A Day Job "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One writer explains the exact moment he fell in love with his just for now job, and what it meant for his career.

My favorite movie is Romancing the Stone. I dont always admit that. If Im feeling guarded, the answer is Do the Right Thing or Dead Poets Society. But to get lost in the jungle, seduce a renegade, dig up a giant emerald, fly off a waterfall and live to write the tale? That was all I ever wanted to do with my life, starting when I was nine years old.

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Rare Owl Victims of Vehicle Strike & Pesticide Poisoning "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sooty Owl roadkill - Pic by Matt Harvey
A Sooty Owl and an Eastern Grass Owl are the latest victims in a spate of incidents of rare owls being killed or wounded by vehicle strike or apparent chemical poisoning around the Sunshine Coast and elsewhere in South-East Queensland. While extremely unfortunate, these incidents are telling us a bit more about the distribution and habitat of these little-known birds.

Sooty Owl talon - Pic by Matt Harvey
An adult female Sooty Owl was found dead last week near the entrance to Australia Zoo on Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, by Australia Zoo wildlife rescue worker Matt Harvey. This area is not what could be regarded as prime habitat for the rainforest-loving Sooty Owl. It is essentially open forest with at best a thick understory with some rainforest plants. The owl weighed in at over a kilo; the image of its talon demonstrates what a formidable predator this bird can be. 


Sounds of (not so) silence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For me this song often prompts one of those 'what if?' moments.

Originally it was recorded without the electric instruments accompanying it, so I sometimes wonder how Paul Simon felt after hearing what happened to it.

After Bob Dylan went electric in 1965, Columbia Records' producer Tom Wilson decided this was now the fashion for folk music:

Gorgoni later said he regretted the decision:

I love the song but those guitars ... theyre just awful. I really cant listen to it now. ... Of course, all the things that are wrong with the recording didnt stop it from becoming a huge success. So there you go.

It's difficult to imagine the song without those backing parts now, but I wonder if it would've still found an audience.

I guess Simon and Garfunkel have accepted the electric instruments, or are they included in the live performance above to meet the expectations of the audience?


Three beer bottles "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Saw this trio advertising clothes on Facebook this week and couldn't help but wonder if they were blowing on their beer bottles.

Could they be covering Billie Jean like the Bottle Boys below?


OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #558 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online Newsletter | #558 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #558 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 5th September 2017 to Monday 11th September 2017 Montsalvat Arts Festival Live Music | Artists Open Studios | Tours of Montsalvat | Childrens Art Workshops | Art Demonstrations | Specialty Food Stalls & more... Sunday 10 September 2017 | Montsalvat Arts Festival National Superhero Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Be a superhero for Muscular Dystrophy as part of National Superhero Week 2017, running from Monday September 4 to Sunday September 10. National Superhero Week Women's Health Week .nobrtable br { display: none } 4-8 September 2017 - Women's Health Week 2017 is a time to invest in ourselves and make our own good health a priority. Family & Lifestyle Fair .nobrtable br { display: none } Fashion, baby goods, interiors, stationery, photographers, health, arts & crafts and much more. Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017 One Fine Baby 2017 | Royal Exhibition Building Australian Creedence Show .nobrtable br { display: none } Creedence Clearwater Revival hit songs have been born again in the body and soul of Melbourne five-piece band, Ramble Tamble. Saturday 9th September - Wheelers Hill Ramble Tamble - The Australian Creedence Show | Book Online Here Timber & Working With Wood Show .nobrtable br { display: none } 8 - 10 September 2017 | Have fun trying new techniques and experience some of the world's finest timbers, all at the one location! Timber & Working With Wood Show 2017 | Caulfield Racecourse The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture .nobrtable br { display: none } 27 August 2017 - 7 November 2017 A sumptuous display of more than 140 garments designed by Christian Dior Couture between 1947 and 2017. The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture | NGV International The Bodyguard | The Musical .nobrtable br { display: none } You know the story, you love the songs, now experience THE BODYGUARD live on stage! The Bodyguard | The Musical | Regent Theatre Play On .nobrtable br { display: none } Play On returns taking over the Collingwood Arts Precinct with its signature classical meets electronic nights for the first three Fridays in September. Play On | Collingwood Arts Precinct Flour Market .nobrtable br { display: none } Sunday, 10th September | join some of your favourite bakers and cake-makers for a morning of sugary celebration and sweet indulgence. Flour Market Spring Fling | Collingwood Town Hall On This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } A Taste Of India 2017, Ariana Grande, Crate Digger Record Fair Preston, Cruden Farm Family Fun Day 2017, Geelong Cats v Richmond, Healthy Body & Soul Festival, Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival 2017, Melbourne Fashion Week 2017, Melbourne Storm v Parramatta Eels,...


Fat Jaks on Barkly St "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Mantis Kane @Uflava   In the recent years, the corner of Barkly and Acland has been a hive of activity. Building works are reshaping the landscape, plus new clothes shops, jewelers and diners are cropping up in any nook that can get a license. Opening a restaurant might seem like playing Russian roulette with []


Community Billboard 5th September-11th September "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the

future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

The post Community Billboard 5th September-11th September appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Woolloomooloo catacombs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This brickwork doesn't just hold up the  the houses on Victoria St Potts Pt, it will also be doing a lot to hold together the right panel of the Weave triptych, which tomorrow I'm finally ready to get started on


Steohen Corry drawing at Rough Edges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Stephen is a great local artist who draws and makes silverpoint etc etchings and colours the prints. He just finished a mural at Rough Edges in which I painted a few small panels and has a show opening soon - mid September =  at the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross.

Here he's doing a portrait of Susan, a volunteer at Rough Edges


The Shins have announced an Australian headline tour for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In case you were getting a bit worried that The Shins were only going to be performing at a couple of lesser-known festivals when they hit up Australia in December, you can put your mind to rest, with the seasoned indie-rock group announcing a run of Aussie headline dates.

Having been announced for Berrys Fairgrounds Festival a few weeks back, and more recently, Perths Fidelity Festival, The Shins have now beefed up their first Australian trip since 2012, adding a few extra dates that adoring fans can head along to.

Formed back in 1996 by James Mercer, The Shins have been one of the indie bands of the 21st century, with the group getting a serious fame boost thanks to the 2004 film Garden State. Now, after famously dissolving the groups old lineup back in 2008, James Mercer has lined up a whole bunch of fresh musicians to accompany him to Australia to help celebrate the release of their fifth album, Heartworms.

In addition to their already announced Perth and Berry dates, The Shins are set to hit up Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney when they land in Australia in December.

Considering these are the first shows in five years for one of the worlds preeminent indie bands, tickets to these will sell like hotcakes, so make sure you get in quickly. But whatever you do, just make sure you dont wear any unofficial merch when you head along to the gig.

Check out The Shins classic New Slang, as well as tour dates, below.

The Shins 2017 Australian Tour

Saturday, December 2nd
Fidelity Festival
Wellington Square, Perth, WA
Tickets from Fidelity Festival

Monday, December 4th
The Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC

Tuesday, December 5th
QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Friday, December 8th
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, December 9th
Fairgrounds Festival
Berry Showgrounds, Berry, NSW
Tickets from Fairgroun.............


Dario Chicco, and the Creation of Mick Jagger "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

People sometimes point out a resemblance between me and Mick Jagger. Dario cut the Rolling Stones hair in Melbourne back in the 70s. He contacted me on Facebook offering me a haircut for a photo, and sent along this side by side image

LOL, what a lark. How could I say no?

Haha, the result.  Perhaps the light is too kind, doesn't bring out the laugh lines. I'm not stopping here. I'm off to see who else can take Mick Jagger photos. 

I might do an Archibald double portrait on the theme, Dario Chicco and the creation of Mick Jagger, with Dario's view of Sydney Harbour through the currently skeletal Crest Hotel


Study Activism and count it toward your degree! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This one week intensive course in Public Interest Advocacy is run by Southern Cross University and it may count toward your degree. Click on the link for details. 


Join The Party to Welcome the Great Victorian Bike Ride "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Preparations for the Great Victoria Bike Rides arrival to the Prom Country are well on the way to creating an action packed program which will welcome riders to the region. Local []

The post Join The Party to Welcome the Great Victorian Bike Ride appeared first on Foster Community Online.


The Western Bundjalung Native Title Decision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The photograph from ABC North Coast shows some of the traditional owners gathered to hear the Federal Courts decision on the Western Bundjalung Native Title Case.

This post discusses the Federal Courts decision on the West Bundjalung application for Native Title under the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993. I have given some links within the post, with the major media sources I have drawn from listed at the end of the post. The Federal Legislation is different from the NSW Aboriginal Land Right Act 1983 that, among other things, granted NSW Aboriginal peoples certain land rights and provides for the administration of that land including the NSW Aboriginal Land Council and Local Land Councils.

By way of background especially for international readers, the Bundjalung are one of New Englands biggest language groups whose territory stretched from the Clarence River onto the Northern Tablelands and into what is now Queensland. There are a number of Bundjalung dialects whose speakers occupy major territories within the overall territory.

The map gives an indication of the full Bundjalung territory.

The Decision

Tabulam, 29 August 2017.Around 400 people including traditional owners gathered in a crowded marquee erected on the local racecourse as...


Marriage equality: Lets get it done "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Melbourne Ports MP Michael Danby   The Bureau of Statistics (ABS) postal opinion survey on marriage equality is not what Australians wanted or envisaged, and it is not what Australians expect. It was not even part of the Coalitions policy last election. Even 80 per cent of the ABS staff think they are not up []


Justin Townes Earle Adds Regional Victorian Dates to Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Justin Townes Earle Victorian fans should be getting just a little bit more excited about the impending Justin Townes Earle tour with the announcement of additional regional dates this October. Justin Townes Earle is in Australia to headline the Out On The Weekend festival in Melbourne and has already announced sideshows in []


Harper | Portrait Commission "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Work in progress for a portrait commission. If only I could actually draw this quickly!

The post Harper | Portrait Commission appeared first on Kareena Zerefos Artist.


AEMO analysis shows Victorian Renewable Energy Target will secure state's energy future "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

opportunity-cost.jpgMEDIA RELEASE - 5 Sept 2017

Friends of the Earth welcome the Australian Energy Market Operator's Electricity Statement of Opportunities, and say the analysis shows the Victorian Renewable Energy Target will secure the state's energy future.

Premier Daniel Andrews is securing Victoria's energy supply in the face of federal inaction by investing in renewable energy, said Pat Simons, Freinds of the Earth spokesperson.

"The Andrews government has made the right call with it's decision to set renewable energy targets."

"The AEMO analysis shows the electricity sector is gearing up for greater use of wind and solar."


AEMO analysis shows Victorian Renewable Energy Target will secure state's energy future "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VRET_aemo_sept_2017.pngMEDIA RELEASE - 5 Sept 2017

Friends of the Earth welcome the Australian Energy Market Operator's Electricity Statement of Opportunities, and say the analysis shows the Victorian Renewable Energy Target will secure the state's energy future.

Premier Daniel Andrews is securing Victoria's energy supply in the face of federal inaction by investing in renewable energy, said Pat Simons, Freinds of the Earth spokesperson.

"The Andrews government has made the right call with it's decision to set renewable energy targets."

"The AEMO analysis shows the electricity sector is gearing up for greater use of wind and solar."


Jennifer Maidens George and Clare and the Grey Hat Hacker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jennifer Maiden, Play with Knives: Three: George and Clare and the Grey Hat Hacker (Quemar Press 2016)

pwk3This is the third novel in the Play with Knives series, and like the earlier volumes its not a straightforward thriller as the title might seem to imply.

As well as the earlier novels, it is preceded by more than a decade of poetry featuring its two main characters. You probably dont need to have read any of the previous novels or poems to enjoy it a teasing curiosity about the back-story would be part of the enjoyment, and anyway parts of the history referred to in the text exist only in those references. But just for the record, heres a chronology (Ive listed the 25 poems in order of publication at the bottom of this post).


1990: George Jeffreys and Clare Collins first appear as the leads in Jennifer Maidens novel Play with Knives. Hes  a probation officer and shes his client, a young woman who murdered her three younger siblings when she was nine years old. Theres a serial killer on the loose in Western Sydney, George gets involved with Clare in an ethically dubious way, and they begin an apparently endless conversation.



Trump on United States Policy on Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Trump sees nothing wrong with turning his back on the pre-election promises.

Trump sees nothing wrong with turning his back on the pre-election promises.

One of the most prominent political events of recent days was President Donald Trumps address on the United States Policy on Afghanistan, which took place at Fort Myer on August 21 this year.

The overall attention to the main points of this statement is understandable. For the first time in his first six months in office, the current president of the leading world power has publicly addressed the topic of one of the most intractable and costly foreign policy actions in the whole American history.

Such a statement was somewhat delayed, as it appears that, amid growing problems inside and outside the country, the new administration simply does not want to draw attention to Afghanistan either.

But the Afghan issue has been at the top of the list of the problems confronting the United States in the last sixteen years, and it cannot just disappear as quietly as a nightmare, a fact that the current President clearly outlined earlier in the election campaign. Having been in power for six months, the US president is no longer entitled to continue to evade the fundamental twofold question: who is to blame and what to do with this problem.

The answer to this question was the subject of a lengthy struggle between the supporters of the fulfillment of the presidential promises and opponents of the reduction of US foreign policy obligations. The resignation of their informal leader Steve Bannon dealt a negative blow to the first outcome of this struggle.

On August 21, the president straightened the first part of the above-mentioned issue extremely simply as follows: blame the previous US presidents, and, above all, Barack Obama. Previously, that is, during the pre-election campaign, while speaking as a non-compliant, free-style political artist, Donald Trump just as easily solved the second part of the question: there is a need for a definitive exit from Afghanistan, that is, to conclude the work begun by the same Barack Obama.

But these are the words of an irrespon...


Focus Farm brings growth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PASTURE management has been a big talking point during the past year on Graeme, Jenny and Shaun Copes Fish Creek Focus Farm.
With advice from joint facilitators John Mulvany and Karen Romano, as well as a support group of local farmers and service providers, the Copes have made significant improvement to the way they grow grass.
Just how they have gone about making these changes is sure to be one of the hot topics at the upcoming Focus Farm Open Day.
Pasture management has been something that has been pushed by Karen Romano, Graeme said.
From the autumn through until now, weve had more grass in front of us than in previous years. Shes been pushing us to get it to at least the two and a half leaf stage on the ryegrass plant before we graze the paddocks. Its let us milk a few more cows.
The open day is an opportunity to explore their farm business operations, discuss the issues they have been tackling and catch up for a cuppa and chat with local farmers.
The program also includes:
a short introduction to the farm, people, system and infrastructure;
a review of the farms progress towards goals of: areas of management control for their son Shaun. In particular his role in controlling grazing management and allocation of feed; and Shaun and his wife Sharnas transition of cow ownership;
integration of farm safety into the business;
a review of the 2016-2017 season (physical and financial); and
outlook for 2017-2018.
GippsDairy regional extension officer Karen Romano said this was a great opportunity for local farmers to learn from the Focus Farm experience.
Graeme, Jenny and Shaun have been working hard over the past year to not only improve their pasture and herd management, but have also tackled issues like transition planning to allow Shaun to take over down the track and farm safety, where Jenny has really led the way, she said.
The Focus Farm program is jointly supported by GippsDairy and Dairy Australia. The program gives farmers and agribusiness professionals the opportunity to participate in the decision-making processes of a dairy farm business.
Each focus farm provides an ongoing demonstration of the value of goal setting within a dairy business and the processes required to achieve these goals.
Presented by Focus Farm facilitator Karen Romano, the open day will be held on Tuesday, September 26 from 10.15am to 2.30pm at 195 Kerrs Road, Fish Creek.
Lunch is provided, so please register with GippsDairy on 5624 3900 or


Meet with Landcare, get a free tree "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE South Gippsland Landcare Networks AGM will be held on Saturday, October 7 at the Grand Ridge Brewery in Mirboo North.
The menu on the night will feature local food and the guest speaker and entertainment will be Alan Pentland.
Alan qualified as an architect and then became a comedian. He ran Melbournes first stand up club, worked with Daryl Somers and was a key player in the television comedy hit Fast Forward.
Tickets for the AGM are available now and will be $40 per head. There will be three vacancies on the board and nomination papers will be sent out soon.
To help celebrate Landcare Week this week, the South Gippsland Landcare Network has a limited number of free trees suitable for revegetation available.
Anyone is welcome to drop into the office on Young Street to pick up a tree (one per person) this Tuesday or Thursday and find out more about Landcare and its programs.
Landcare is a volunteer organisation, so giving away a free tree is a thank you gift, but it also encourages people to think about planning a revegetation project or adding to an existing project, network coordinator Jill Vella said.
The South Gippsland Landcare Network was formed in 1995 and today is made up of 16 groups and over 400 families who manage and farm the land.
The success of the network is due to the inspiring contributions made by the passionate individuals and volunteers.
The network area covers 270,000 ha and is bordered by the Strzelecki Ranges to the north and the Bass Strait to the south.

Free trees: South Gippsland Landcare Network coordinator Jill Vella will be giving away native trees, suitable for revegetation planting this Tuesday and Thursday, to anyone who pops into the office on Young Street, Leongatha.


Caring spirit restores Bass Coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippslands countryside is looking all the better thanks to the efforts of the staff and volunteers of the Bass Coast Landcare Network.
Working with landholders, the Landcare team is revegetating the Bass Coast Shire and also parts of the shires of South Gippsland and Cardinia.
A team of volunteers grows trees and understorey species at the Landcare networks community nursery and these trees, as well as trees grown by commercial nurseries, are planted by the networks works crew and volunteers.
The networks ecosystem services coordinator Robbie Gray said Landcare staff and volunteers offer a specialist approach to enhancing the environment.
We like to think of ourselves as being more sensitive to environmental restoration, he said.
We can offer expertise about the best methods of doing work and even about which plants to choose.
The works crew not only undertakes planting, but also spraying, weed control, erosion and landslip work, planting mangroves, revegetation of river banks, fencing and environmental consulting.
The crew is available to work for landholders and Landcare can even help with the cost of works by facilitating access to grants.
This winter season landowners and our works crew have planted 205,000 trees, all under the Bass Coast Landcare Network, Mr Gray said.
Their work is first class, as evidenced by their recent Green Carpet Award.
The crews ninth trainee has just completed his studies. All members combine work with studying a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management through TAFE.
Crew supervisor Derek Snowden was nominated in the Young Landcare Leader Award at the Victorian Landcare Awrads last Friday.
While he did not win, the network was also highly commended for its Environmental Detectives Program and the Three Creeks Landcare Group was also highly commended.
He completed his traineeship with the network and then worked at the Wonthaggi desalination plant for several years, helping to plant 220ha at the site.
Mr Snowden has been integral to the formation of South Gippslands Intrepid Landcare Group for people under 35 and recently organised an event at Woolamai where 4500 plants were planted.
Hes also been trialling low herbicide methods for weed control, investigating at which stages of life weeds can be controlled without herbicide or by using more natural methods such as steaming and heating, and organically accredited commercial herbicides.
Based at the Bass Recreation Reserve, the networks community nursery grew 30,000 plants this year, in just its second year.
A core group of 10 volunteers attend the nursery weekly.
Most of the volunteers did not have any experience at all and were just interested after attending a series of workshops we held, Mr Gray said.
Its a very social group and that...


Land, down under "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Land, down under

A quick look at how land prices have risen across each of the main capital cities over the past half decade. 

Melbourne's land prices were flat for years, but are now ripping higher on supply shortages and rapid population growth. 

Sydney has seen by far the greatest land price inflation in its median vacant lot values.

In Sydney the median lot size has also dropped by about a fifth over the past ten years.

So the land price per square metre has soared. 

Land prices across regional Australia have lagged significantly, although some larger regional centres close to Sydney have witnessed price inflation lately. 


Gabba Travel Photographer Is Australias Best "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Woolloongabba photographer Mick Porter has been named Australias top travel photographer for 2017. More than 400 of the countrys best professional photographers gathered in Melbourne on Monday night for the Australian Professional Photography Awards known as APPA presented at a gala dinner at The Plaza Ballroom on Collins Street, where Mick was named []

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Toora lands spot in grand final "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE preliminary final was tight, but at the end of the day it was Toora that was too big and strong for the Allies.
Tooras Seniors were gunning for the spot in grand final, having not made a grand final appearance since 1989.
The Magpies swooped in and were off to a flying start, kicking four opening quarter goals.
Lincoln Toner was instrumental in the Magpies early run. The ruckman won most of the clearances and gave his team the best advantage.
Despite having a lot of the ball, Toora did not do a lot of damage on the scoreboard, and the Allies were still in it going into the second quarter.
The Allies began to close in during the second quarter. Two early goals from Kael Bergles caused Toora to make some changes in its defensive line.
Peter Grant stepped up to challenge Bergles and managed his task well, keeping Allies lethal forward to just four match goals.
Lukas Jenkins worked hard up front and kicked his two goals for the Magpies.
Scores were still tight during the long break, and would remain close for the rest of the game. The match was even, and the Allies tried to play catch up.
Tooras Josh Griffin kicked two goals in the third term, but the tussle continued. Allies defence was strong through Jake Weightman, Jackson Nolan and Cameron McKenzie, and Darcy Atkins was causing Toora headaches in the midfield.
Jim Phillips played a strong second half in the ruck for the Allies.
By the fourth quarter, there were some weary bodies on the ground, and it was time for the Allies to make a move.
However, Tooras defence through Michael OSullivan and Ben Osborne held strong and saved the game.
OSullivan kicked the goal that sealed the deal, and coach Jack Weston finished it off with a penalty goal after the siren.
Toora is now looking ahead to its next big challenge on the weekend.
Toora went head to head with Fish Creek four weeks ago and lost by eight points. If it keeps up its momentum, the grand final promises to be a thriller.

Fast paced: Allies Jim Phillips moves to avoid the oncoming tackle.


LDNA netball grand finals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Leongatha and District Netball Association held its grand finals on Saturday with three different clubs taking out the titles across four levels.


13 & Under: Mirboo North Purple 30 d Mirboo North Gold 18.
15 & Under: Meeniyan & District 24 d Town Black 13.
17 & Under / C Grade: Mirboo North Purple 61 d Meeniyan & District 31.
Open: Town Black 44 d Mt Eccles Blue 38.



The Crash & No Bid "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Hey Marty,

Love your blog and the insight you have given all your readers. However I am wondering that when you say the markets are going to become more volatile how does that effect the trigger that sets off the dominoes ??
what i mean is, if the economy around the world hits rough water; what is the rogue wave that sinks the ship? is it a quantity/ volume of capital money that shifts, or is it a short circuit due to political turmoil?
I read that the whole 2008 crash was triggered by 500 billion dollars, which is minuscule amount of the total USA GDP. But i have also read from your blog that Germany has 5X its GDP in synthetics on the book !
*IF the markets are more volatile, does that mean there is LESS threshold due to a minor tremor in the gov or markets?
your insight on how volatility increases with regards the tipping point, and WHY the tipping point may happen would be of great interest.
N From Canadaor
ANSWER: Markets crash when the majority are long and anything can spook them because there is a lack of new buyers coming in to carry the market higher. Some longs try to sell and they find a lack of bids. The crash comes when you hit the no bid and market-makers withdraw. That is the sharp increase in price volatility that is different from volume volatility. With price volatility, there need not be major volume just a gap and a lack of bids. The event need not even be real just a rumor.
The panic unfolds because of price movements rather than volume. When large gaps appear WITHOUT supporting news, even professionals sell because they cannot make a decision in a vacuum.


Tigers strive for finals glory "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MIRBOO North gleefully sprang into spring and celebrated playing coach Clancy Bennetts 150th senior game for the club with a superb 30 point preliminary final victory over Yallourn Yallourn North on Saturday.
Dejected YYN fans witnessed the Bombers nosedive out of a third successive finals series that followed heartbreaking grand final losses to Yinnar in 2015 and Newborough last year.
After scraping into the final five on percentage, the mighty Tigers now meet Yinnar at Morwell Recreation Reserve this Saturday to decide the winner of the 2017 Mid Gippsland premiership.
By throwing caution to the wind from the outset, Mirboo North set its own agenda and cleverly used its underdog status to upstage the highly-credentialed Bombers on their home ground.
The pregame head banging, decibel blasting, disco music inside YYNs change rooms falsely suggested the Bombers were ready to rock and roll their way into the match.
Instead, YYN began at little more than pedestrian pace and suffered from a temporary eclipse of its game plan, as Mirboo North roared into the action.
Perhaps under the weight of its own expectations, YYN couldnt create enough firepower to immediately stamp its authority over the Tigers.
YYN appeared nervous and hesitant to attack the ball with the vigor, ferocity and confidence, that saw it obliterate Mirboo North by 73 points at the same venue in July.
Flat footedness and an inability to break free from Mirboo Norths relentless tackling also played a major part in YYNs eventual downfall.
Superstars Tom Hutton, Tyler Brown, Lachlan Little, Jack Casson, Dean MacDonald and Barrie Burnett were serviceable performers for YYN, but their usual dominance was restricted by the close attention paid to them by the Tigers.
Ben Richards, Jacob Blair, Julian Blackford, Peter Taylor and Bennett were solid defenders for Mirboo North, who marked strongly and repelled many of the Bombers forward 50 entries.
Darryl Mayman, Hudson Kerr, Dom Pinneri and Mitchell Wightman were other Tigers displaying plenty of determination and producing consistent drive through the midfield.
At the centre circle throw ups, Mirboo North ruckman Joe Brooks, used his broad shouldered physique and kangaroo jumping technique to out-position his lighter and younger rival Mitchell Luck.
Within 90 seconds of play, Josh Taylor booted Mirboo Norths first major with a grubber off the deck that split the middle of the big white sticks.
The exuberant blond bombshell would score another crucial goal in the final quarter, as well as being a key burst-away link man for the Tigers.
Dynamic, forward pocket specialist Tim Phillips quickly answered for YYN, after marking a neat pass from playing coach Adam Bailey.
Two more goals from Jack Robertson and Brayden Wilson pushed Mirboo North 12 points clear, before Hutton fo...


Alberton celebrate top season "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ALBERTONS footballers and netballers enjoyed a night off from the game with their vote count and presentation night on Saturday at Tarwins home ground.
Best and fairest awards were presented to the top players in the league, and the 2017 teams of the year were announced.
Special congratulations went to Toora Football Netball Club for taking home the Most Disciplined Club award. This award was accepted by co-club presidents Craig Jenkins and Trent Crawford.

Seniors: Fish Creeks Callan Park and Tooras Ben Wells were equal best and fairest for Alberton Football Netball League. They are pictured with Sarah Kidd who presented the Peter Moore Medal (granddaughter) and Daniel Britton who presented the Rod Tibballs Memorial Trophy (grandson).


Parrots and Tigers enjoy finals glory "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IT was a big day for local footy after two Leongatha teams and a Mirboo North team took out the Central Gippsland Junior Football League premierships at Moe on Sunday.
U10s kicked off the day and in a match that went right down to the wire Leongatha Green ran out as the winners by two points against Yinnar.
Wet and windy weather made conditions tricky for the footy youngsters, but Yinnar kept its nose out in front for the majority of the game.
Kicking a late goal in the third quarter, it seemed Yinnar would take it all the way to the end.
However, a penalty awarded to Leongatha Green after the siren saw Jhett Brown score the winning goal for the Parrots.
The final score was Leongatha Green 1.3.9 to Yinnar 1.1.7.
The big Leongatha clash was up next in the U12s, with Leongatha Green taking on Leongatha Gold.
Leongatha Gold had an amazing season and finished the series on top of the ladder.
However, Leongatha Green gritted its teeth and stepped up to the challenge.
With four goals to one, Leongatha Green was the runaway winner.
Green kept Gold scoreless for much of the game, but Gold fought right to the end and managed to kick a goal through Rylie Checkley.
Goal kickers for Green were Thomas Hanily, Will Brown and Trent McRae.
The final score was Green 4.11.35 to Gold 1.0.6.
Mirboo North secured a massive premiership win against Leongatha Gold in the U14s.
The Tigers had held strong throughout the entire season, and proved it deserved its silverware on the day.
Leongatha Gold was competitive in its defence, but struggled to convert its effort.
Mirboo North chipped away, but an impressive second half secured the win.
The Tigers leading goal kicker was Mason Porykali, who kicked four for the day. Other Mirboo North goal kickers were Lachy Smith, Jacob Carnes and Tajh Eden.
Leongatha Golds goals were scored by Ryan Giliam, Haidyn Kewming and Tadhg Dennehy.
The final score was Mirboo North 10.9.69 to Leongatha Gold 3.3.21.
Congratulations to the 2017 junior premiers.

Junior footballers travelled to Moe to compete for grand final glory on Sunday. The Leongatha Parrots celebrated success in the U10s and U12s, while Mirboo North Tigers claimed the U14s. Pictured is the U12 premiers Leongatha Green....


Knights battle hard in final match "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA Knights hosted Wonthaggi United in a match that potentially only had any bearing for the Wonthaggi side. With no Reserves game, Leongatha was able to field a full and fit squad.
Knights started with Charlie Dougherty in goal and he knew that the Wonthaggi side would be hard to keep out as they have a number of quick players that have stretched the Leongatha defence in the past.
Knights had a settled defence of Dylan Van Puyenbroek, Tom Rycks, David Simon and Tom Barker.
This allowed Fergus Warren to move forward into the midfield where he controlled the ball for the day.
He was well supported by Brian Gannon, Blake Moscript and Ethan Bath as the play makers who were then able to release the ball down field for PJ OMeara and John Wilson.
Wonthaggi scored first when it advances down the right hand wing.
Throw ins were kicked or headed out and led to the United team being deep into Leongatha territory.
When its throw in went long it seemed to confuse the defenders and a very slight touch from the Wonthaggi player saw the ball deflected into the net.
Leongathas first goal of the match occurred when PJ made a run forward with the ball and the Wonthaggi defender panicked and grabbed his shirt trying to stop him.
Ethan stepped up as the sides penalty taker and put the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
This effectively ended the 1st half in a well played match.
Jack Bainbridge, Sam Bainbridge, Sean Villasevil and Matt Wardle all came on during the second half to help out the Leongatha side.
When the Knights team pushed the Wonthaggi defence back towards their goal they were only able to clear the ball over for a corner to Leongatha.
Ethan took the corner kick and when Wonthaggi couldnt clear the ball it was Brian who pounced.
Starting outside the goal square he could see the ball and the defence in front of him, when the clearance came to him he was able to control the ball off his chest and thump the ball high into the net with a solid left foot drive.
Wonthaggi realised that the Leongatha team had something to prove and whilst the Knights wont play finals the fourth placed Wonthaggi side started to attack relentlessly.
Wonthaggi had its chances with a number of players not taking the opportunities that came their way.
THE Leongatha Lady Knights took to the pitch against Wonthaggi United hoping to secure top position on the ladder.
The Lady Knights had the strong wind advantage first half and the amazing Kathy kicked an early goal through after some great strong teamwork.
Wonthaggi United worked hard to keep the Lady Knights out but after a wonderful chain of passes, Kathy was able to score again before Wonthaggi kicked one back against the wind.
All over the pitch the Lady Knights....


Australian parliament reviews use of Chinese-made cell phones "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Parliament of Australia is reportedly reviewing the use of cell phones built by a Chinese manufacturer, after an Australian news agency expressed concerns about the manufacturers links with the Chinese military.


IKs time to shine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sea Eagles defeat Cora Lynn in super semi

Inverloch-Kongwaks Dylan Clark was head and shoulders above the rest on Saturday in his teams thrilling six-point win in the second semi-final against Cora Lynn. N143617

Inverloch-Kongwaks Corey Casey gets a quick handball away. N303617

Oscar Toussaint attempts to trap Cora Lynns Nathan Gillis near the boundary. N313617

INVERLOCH-Kongwak is the first team through to the West Gippsland senior footy grand final after an epic second semi-final win against Cora Lynn at Nar Nar Goon on Saturday.
The blustery conditions didnt detract from this match as a contest, it only made it more intriguing, as it was anyones guess whether the Sea Eagles 10 point lead going into the last quarter was enough, given the Cobras would be coming home with the wind.
Scores were level 17 minutes into the last term but Inverloch-Kongwak obviously heeded coach Ben Soumilas three quarter time message to stick with the plan and not be distracted by the score, the breeze or the situation.
They rallied with two goals incl...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.55 AUD


In Defence of Sobriety "IndyWatch Feed National"

He tried to go to heaven but he went the other way, he went down! Down! Down! Down! Down

I winced, watching the nasty concoction of cheap apple cider, beer and Fruity Lexia glide down my friends throat with practiced ease as dozens of inebriated college kids slurred the popular ditty. Clinging to my cup, which for once was filled with a decent mixer, I silently thanked god it wasnt me who had to suffer through the Kings Cup remains.

All of this was just another night. We filled a calm bus with our raucous laughter, drank way too many vodka oranges out of shitty plastic cups at our usual haunt and danced until the lights came on around us, illuminating the sticky floor. Often falling into bed with a face still full of makeup, my stomach would squirm as I served up greasy Mexican fast food at my casual job the next day, hands shaking and head pounding. Moving into a university residential college from a small country town at just 17, desperate to fit in, pushed me into these habits with unprecedented force.

And now, although I cant pretend to have experienced everything, after a few years of partying (both underage and legally) the near debilitating hangovers have gotten old. All these nights out have started to feel the same, and the morning after just doesnt seem worth it.

Now, instead of grabbing another drink at the house party, Ill refill my can with water to give the illusion of having a drink in hand. Bars and clubs arent my location of choice on a Friday night. And I know Im not alone in snubbing Australias rife drinking culture, so why does is still feel like I am?

Booze has somehow become synonymous with our idea of fun, and so choosing not to drink often comes hand in hand with some major social implications and generalisations about who I am.

Oh, I forgot, you dont really drink, do you? acquaintances sneer over teacups filled with goon.

But its fun! well-spoken friends argue, as they surrender another couple of hundred brain cells to Absolut.

Despite the plethora of reasons for a dry or semi-dry lifestyle: health, religion, social anxiety, and downright student poverty, every social gathering and event unashamedly revolves around alcohol, often leaving those choosing not to drink out in the cold.

Not even a glass of red, for the antioxidants? the supposedly health-conscious quip at restaurants, sniff...


Arts Wednesday 6 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Today at 10:40 we hear the final part of Our Universe with Professor Geraint Lewis, entitled The Long Dark Tea-time of the Universe.

At 11:00, I am joined by poetry devotee, Eleanor Smagarinsky, who talks about ModPo, her online poetry community. We do a close reading of a poem by Lorine Niedecker called You are my friend. We hope you will join us in the reading. here is the text:


You are my friend


You are my friend

you bring me peaches

and the high bush cranberry

you carry


my fishpole

you water my worms

you patch my boot

with your mending kit

nothing in iy


but my hand


Music will be all about friends. I look forward to reading the poem with you!


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The fight to Save Our Sirius "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Save Our Sirius :: Interview with Canvas: Art & Ideas

Listen to the Canvas: Art & Ideas interview with 
Tao Gofers and Sean Carter from Save Our Sirius.

The Sirius Building at the Rocks has become an iconic example of late Brutalist architectural style and a home to a diverse community of Sydney residents for almost four decades.

In a recent Canvas: Art & Ideas interview, architect Tao Gofers and Chairman of Save Our Sirius Shaun Carter discuss the remarkable building and the campaign thats fighting for heritage listing, considering the governments plans for Sirius demolition and use of the subsequent money for alternative housing.

The 1979 original proposal that Gofers presented to Housing Commission was designed in ten days, responsive to Jack Brookers request of a building that would be suitable for families and aged community living.  

The controversial design drew varied responses.  Architect Norman Day said it was perfect for a scene out of clockwork orange, Gofers recalls; adding, I actually thought that was great until other people told me it was an insult. 

When asked on what influenced his design in the very short design period, Gofers explained how in his architectural study, they were taught to solve problems independently, without going to peers designs.

As I buy very few architecture magazines and read more novels than I do magazines, I can honestly believe nothing other than my own strange mind.



Barter Breakfast Bound "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What do periods and tea towels have in common?

On any given day, the answer would be nothing, but Ali Barter is bringing the two together to combat the shame women experience around their bodies.

The Melbourne musician has just finished a bunch of national dates, and ahead of a support slot with Stevie Nicks, stopped by Breakfast for a chat, before heading to Perth for the One Foot In tour.

Play Ali Barter


US labour market weakens as unemployment spikes up "IndyWatch Feed"

On September 1, 2017, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their latest labour market data Employment Situation Summary August 2017 which showed that total non-farm employment from the payroll survey rose by 156,000 in August, a smaller increase than in July, more like the weak result for May. So the July figure now seems to have been a blip in the data. The Labour Force Survey data showed that employment actually fell by 74 thousand in August and with the rise in the labour force (77 thousand), official unemployment rose by 151 thousand. The official unemployment rate also rose to 4.44 per cent. There are now 7.1 million unemployed persons in the US. There is still a large jobs deficit remaining and other indicators suggest the labour market is still below where it was prior to the crisis. Further, the bias towards low-pay and below-average pay jobs continues.

Overview Total employment fell in August

For those who are confused about the difference between the payroll (establishment) data and the household survey data you should read this blog US labour market is in a deplorable state where I explain the differences in detail.

See also the Employment Situation FAQ provided by the BLS, itself.

The BLS say that:

The establishment survey employment series has a smaller margin of error on the measurement of month-to-month change than the household survey because of its much larger sample size. However, the household survey has a more expansive scope than the establishment survey because it includes self-employed workers whose businesses are unincorporated, unpaid family workers, agricultural workers, and private household workers

Focusing on the Household Labour Force Survey data, the seasonally adjusted labour force rose by 77 thousand in August 2017 and the participation rate remained unchanged at 62.9 per cent.

Total employment fell by 74 thousand in net terms, and as a consequence, official unemployment rose by 151 thousand.

The official unemployment rate rose from 4.35 per cent to 4.44 per cent.

Further, the August 2017 participation rate of 62.9 per cent is still far below the peak in December 2006 (66.4 per cent).

Adjusting for the ageing effect (see US labour market some improvement but still soft for an explanation of this effect), the rise in those who have given up looking for work for one reason or another since December 2006 is aro...


Paul Kelly Announces November Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Paul Kelly Following the release of his amazing new album Life Is Fine in August the incomparable Paul Kelly has just announced plans to hit the road for a national tour this November. Joining Kelly on the tour will be a bunch of amazing guests including Busby Marou in Darwin, Cairns and []


Paul Bongiorno - give in to Kim Jong-un, give him what he wants "it's a small price to pay to avoid war" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Pay Kim Jong-un the extortion that he wants!" @PaulBongiorno says it's a small price to pay to avoid nuclear war #NorthKorea #TheDrum ABC The Drum (@ABCthedrum) September 4, 2017 Is that what Bongiorno said to victims of Gerald Ridsdale too? Give him what he wants? Real Phil...


Council Election Special "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its D-Day for Local Democracy!   Local Council elections this Saturday 8am to 6pm It was worth fighting for against the odds and WINNING!


Labor reveals proposal for live, night music in Macquarie Park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOME of Australias hottest new bands will perform live at Macquarie Park after dark under an exciting new proposal by Ryde Labor. Council election candidates Jerome Laxale, Penny Pedersen and Bernard Purcell announced the live music idea at Macquarie Park Railway Station last Friday. It follows the City of Rydes recently finalised Night Time Economy []



Hosted by TWT & Gladesville Chamber of Commerce Voters have had the opportunity to meet their candidates for this Saturdays Local Government elections at public Meet the Candidates Forums in TWT Territory. They included the TWT & Gladesville Chamber of Commerce hosted Forum at Gladesville RSL Community Club last Thursday, pictured above, when 27 candidates []


Refurbished Hunters Hill hall opened by Anthony Roberts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A SIXTY thousand dollar upgrade of All Saints Anglican Church Hall in Hunters Hill was opened by Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts on Monday. The 50 year old hall at the rear of the historic church has been substantially repaired with the leaking roof replaced, the front entry replaced and a new reception room opened []


The Greens two candidates want to make Ryde City a better place "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EDWINA Clifton is The Greens candidate in Central Ward and Christopher Gordon will represent The Greens in East Ward. Our goal is community planning not rampant development the Greens team said, And we have a plan for affordable housing. Solar Energy also looms large on The Greens policy agenda. We will work to make Ryde []


Ryde Business Forum hosts Meet the Candidates "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ryde Business Forum hosted Meet the Candidates at MGSM Macquarie Park on Monday night when nine candidates for Ryde Council were interviewed. They were pictured above, l to r, Kit Chan, Simon Zhou, Christopher Gordon, Chris Moujalli, Julie Worsley, Penny Pedersen, Rebecca Ho, Amos Anastasiadis and John August. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO.


Hunters Hill Theatres latest play is a gripping tale of communism "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Maurice McLoughlins thriller A Letter From The General is on stage at the Hunters Hill Town Hall from this Friday night. This dramatic stage play which is set in a communist regime will be performed by The Hunters Hill Theatre from this Friday September 8 from 7.30pm; Saturday September 9 at 2pm and []


Residents say NO to proposed Gladesville apartments "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A LARGE group of residents from Tennyson Road in Gladesville have formed an action group to oppose a proposed local residential apartment block. Calling themselves the Tennyson Road Action Group, the residents oppose a proposal before Ryde City Council to build what they say is a four to eleven storey monstrocity of 395 units over []


I want to keep these sufferings': art and mental illness "IndyWatch Feed National"

Popular culture has long touted the link between creativity and mental illness. The image of the tortured artist is a trope: a highly unstable individual, buzzing with mania and turmoil that is released periodically through art and placated perpetually through substance abuse. This image draws our compassion as well as a dark fascination. We have been conditioned to view the suffering of artists romantically, because we equate madness with genius.


Rebecca Ho Independent for East Ward "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rebecca Ho launched her Independent Team for Ryde  Councils East Ward in  Gladesville last week, pictured above. Ryde women deserve a stronger voice through better representation on the City of Ryde Council, says independent candidate Rebecca Ho. Rebecca Ho backs her claim with statistics which show the average Ryde resident is a 37 year old []


An open letter to Ryde voters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, My advice to those living in Ryde is move. If you cant move then vote for a genuine independent. Voters should ditch the major parties at the ballot box on the weekend and instead vote for independent candidates who would do a better job. Im absolutely convinced the two-party political system is incompatible []


Carrying forward a torch to protect our beloved Hunters Hill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

To The POINT with Dr MEREDITH SHEIL IT HAS been a great privilege for me to serve on council for the past nine years. At times, it has been very tough. It has been tough to fight against the forced merger of our council with Ryde City Council, which being so much larger would have []


Fireworks mark Eastwood Heights Public Schools 60th anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EASTWOOD Heights Public School will celebrate its 6oth anniversary this Saturday September 9 with a Monster Fete and a fireworks display. This celebration starts at 3pm in the school grounds and concludes around 6pm after the fireworks display. The fete will feature rides, stalls, food vendors and showbags and is being coordinated by the schools []


Governor presents Bronte with the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A twenty five year old Boronia Park woman was presented with a Gold Duke of Edinburghs International Award. Bronte McDowell-Jones received the award from NSW Governor His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (retd) last week. It recognised her achievement in service, sport, skill, travel and for a community project. Bronte told The []


Fathers Day celebrated by Putney Public School dads and students "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MORE than 400 fathers and students attended Putney Public Schools Fathers Day celebration last week. School Principal John Koletti said the celebration was a great way to recognise the role fathers have in the life of the school community and an opportunity to show the schools appreciation. It was amazing to see dads from all []


St Charles School Fete "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

St Charles Catholic Primary School biennial fete will be staged this Sunday September 10 at 582 Victoria Road Ryde from 11am to 5pm. Day commences at 8:45am with the much-loved Family Fun Run, which will take you on a scenic route around Ryde and Putney. All ages and fitness levels are welcomed. Following the fun []


Independence of municipality intact "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

HUNTERS HILL HAPPENINGS with Mayor RICHARD QUINN AS THIS is my final TWT column as Mayor of Hunters Hill, I wish to thank the electors of Hunters Hill municipality for entrusting me with the privilege of serving as Mayor for the last five years. So much has happened over that time and I have come []


Wedweil School to benefit from Ryde Rotary funding "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ROTARY Club of Ryde with last years board have voted to give Rotary funding which will support important building works at the Wedweil School in South Sudan. The funding will assist with the restoration of classrooms that have been badly neglected and, for the first time, the building of a fence around the school so []


Anniversary activities highlight a great spiritual vision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From Tasmania to Thursday Island, from Sydney to Broome, members of the Australian Bahai community are now celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder of their religion. The great prophetic figure known as Bahaullah (The Glory of God) was born in Tehran, Persia, in 1817. In 1920 the religion he founded, the []

Your Chamber of Commerce Meets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888. EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. Next meeting September 11 hosted by the Landmark Hotel, 20 West Parade, Eastwood at 6.15pm. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221. GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next []


Keilan wins North Ryde Fun Run "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Robert Menzies College student Keilan Birch was the overall winner of the fourth anual 5km North Ryde Fun Run held recently at Macquarie University Sports fields. Keilan is pictured receiving his gold medal and prize a round of golf for two compliments of North Ryde Golf Club from Rotary Club of North Ryde []


Plenty of attractions at Yaralla Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney Local Health presents the annual Yaralla Festival this Sunday September 10 at the Yaralla Estate, Nullawarra Avenue, Concord West from 10am to 2pm. Therell be a variety of activities on the day tours available and tree walk; interactive reptile shows; Art Show and art competition; health and market stalls; health information sessions plus []


MACKAY Mackay man to fight burglary, car theft allegations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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MACKAY Man charged with accessing child pornography bailed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Man charged with accessing child pornography bailed

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MACKAY Disqualified driver given free reign after TMR stuff-up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Disqualified driver given free reign after TMR stuff-up

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MACKAY Knife strapped to leg to defend against crackheads "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Knife strapped to leg to defend against crackheads

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MACKAY Man accused of two counts of attempted murder fronts court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Man accused of two counts of attempted murder fronts court

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MACKAY Mackay woman accused of dealing ice, car theft "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Mackay woman accused of dealing ice, car theft

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Digital inclusion: improving the digital divide "IndyWatch Feed National"



Join SACOSS & CEDA for insights from the 2017 Australian Digital Inclusion Index and what it means for South Australia.

The internet has transformed almost every aspect of our lives creating huge economic and social dividends for society. However today there are still around three million Australians not online. With an increasing number of essential services and communications going digital, the digital divide will continue to widen unless action is taken. At this event discover the latest finding from the 2017 Australian Digital Inclusion Index.

Hear from key leaders on Australia's digital behaviour and consumption, how we can bridge the digital divide and ultimately ensure that that all South Australians are included in South Australia's digital future.

Speakers: Prof. Julian Thomas - Director, Social Change Enabling Capability Platform, RMIT Michael Kinnane - Director, IT Advisory EY and Heather Rea - Senior Advisor, Digital Inclusion Chief Sustainability Office, Corporate Affairs

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China Takes a Big Jab at US Power "IndyWatch Feed"

I was reading my daughter her bedtime story last night when the phone rang. It was a mate who never usually calls certaintly not on a Monday night.

Did you see the news? he asked.


China has banned initial coin offerings. The crypto market is selling off. I wanted to let you know Ive sold all my bitcoin. I wanted to let you know in case you have a big holding of coins.

He had a pretty big position something like an 8% position size in a million-dollar portfolio.

At this stage, Im lying in my daughters bed with a picturebook in one hand, suddenly pondering what to do about bitcoin.

My daughter is two. Her mums a Spaniard, so shes learning to speak both Spanish and English (or actually, some sort of mishmash of both).

Quien es? she said. Whos on the phone?

Its my mate, Brett. Mum will have to read you this book. I have to find out whats going on.

I checked out the crypto market. True enough bitcoin was down about 6%, ether about 13%. A lot of the other cyrptos were down a lot more.

Was there a reason to panic?

Stay in for the long haul or dont play

In short, no. Not in my book.

As Ive said before, I keep my position size in this market small enough that big swings dont bother me.

Will bitcoin be around in 10 years?

Im pretty sure it wiil.

Will the price be higher? I think that too.

Of course, I could be wrong about that. But thats what I decided last night. At that stage, the people in the US hadnt woken to the news.

China may close down this market for a while. Theres no reason it cant reignite it once it has some sort of regulations in place, which the powers that be are happy with.

Well see.

Heres something else Ive been thinking about.

Bye bye exorbitant privilege

Currently the worlds financial system runs on the US dollar.

As part of this, most commodity trading is done in the US. The benchmark prices are in US dollars, too.

This exorbitant privilege means that the US can run persistent trade deficits and never worry. It can just print up the dollars needed to import what it needs.

It also means that any other country has to obtain US dollars before being able to import raw materials.

A crypto like bitcoin could upend this completely. Bitcoin is truly internat...


The Missing Dads of Spring Street "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is a piece I wrote for the Melbourne Herald-Sun nearly a decade ago. It was published on 4 September 2008 in time for Fathers Day. The editor cut it back a bit to fit the space he was allowing. Its a bit dated in the detail, as you will see, but the sentiment still Continue reading The Missing Dads of Spring Street


Children feel at home at Kongwak primary "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THERE are few schools like it in South Gippsland and that is the beauty of Kongwak Primary School.

With a small enrolment of 23, Kongwak primary offers a community feel where children did not get lost in the crowd and do not miss out on opportunities.

Kongwak primary is affiliated with Inverloch Primary School, and the schools share teachers and resources.

Kongwak students take part in activities and camps with Inverloch students, and every grade at Inverloch comes to Kongwak during the year to experience life at a true country school.

Two classes of mixed grades Prep to Two and Three to Six create a close knit setting.

Wendy Caple, principal of Kongwak and Inverloch primary schools, said every teacher at Kongwak undertakes a two-year rotation at Kongwak.

Sometimes kids relate more to a quieter environment and it also gives them more individualised learning, so the kids who are bright in the younger classes can see what the older kids are doing, or if they are struggling, they can work at their own level rather than work to a grade level, she said.

The kids who come out of Kongwak are usually academically switched on and that is because they have the same teacher for two years in a row. There is a lot of research around that shows there are educational benefits to that.

Grades Prep-Two teacher Jess Stone said children at Kongwak have many chances to learn about a breadth of topics.

The children have lots of opportunity and its smaller and more intimate, so teachers have more one on one time with the students, so its a more family feel. The children get the extra attention here, she said.

Teachers get to know the kids really well and they get to know each other really well. There are days where the whole school plays together and has a game of tiggy.

Specialist Spanish and Physical Education teachers from Inverloch visit, as does the Mobile Area Resource Centre library van.

Prep, One and Two students have just finished their swimming program at South Gippsland SPLASH in Leongatha, and the whole school enjoyed taking part in a multi-age day at Inverloch Primary School to celebrate Book Week.

Staff and students recently visited Enchanted Adventure Garden at Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula

In the grades Three to Six classroom, led by teacher Gabe Patterson, students shared what they love about Kongwak Primary School.

India likes heated lunches on Fridays during winter and the skipping program.

Alexis looks forward to cooking, while Shaye admires the schools vegetable garden and chickens.

Isla loves having enough space in the playgroun...


Leongatha Daffodil Festival in photos "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Leongatha Daffodil Festival was a success across the weekend, with the highlight being a street festival in Bair Street on Saturday.


Family involvement: Marlene Houlden (right) exhibited eco printing/natural dyeing pieces in the Leongatha Art and Crafts Societys gallery during the Leongatha Daffodil Festival.
Formerly of Mirboo North, she now lives in Kilsyth and was keen to show her mother Marj White, a resident of Woorayl Lodge in Leongatha, around the gallery.

THE lacemaking skills of South Gippslanders were on show at St Peters Anglican Church in Leongatha during the Leongatha Daffodil Festival.
The churchs Flowers in Praise event featured lace pieces made from thread, yarn and wood, all made by church members, as well as a display of craft by members of the Koorooman Wool Group.
Visitors enjoyed demonstrations of bobbin lacemaking and wool spinning, as well as a superb selection of cakes.
A feature exhibit was a 200 year old bedspread, and the numerous lace wedding dresses, table clothes and shawls were talking points.
Floral arrangements made by members of churches at Meeniyan and Leongatha were fabulous.
Crafty creations: St Peters Anglican Churchs Dani Carter (left) and Jaan Fattohi with a stunning floral arrangement by Lennie Bongers of Leongatha Reformed Church at Flowers in Praise, at St Peters on Friday. Dani wears a spectacular lace piece.



Peter Pan Junior wows "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PETER Pan Junior soared onto the stage at Chairo Christian School, Leongatha last week.

Following on from a fabulous dress rehearsal, the students were excited to present the musical to an audience.

Beginning with a matinee on Friday morning, followed by evening shows on Friday and Saturday, the school was thrilled with the number of tickets sold.

After weeks of dedication, the show was a success. Planning for the production began in term one, and all children have shown dedication and pride towards the show since, giving their lunchtimes to bring the performance together.

Teacher Trudy Prue said the school worked hard to ensure all students had a role in the performance. Those who didnt appear in the cast had their hands full behind the scenes with music, lighting, make up and prop changes.

Ms Prue and volunteer parents teamed up to provide amazing costumes that captured the original story well.

Everyone has been so excited for the performance; theyve all worked so hard, she said.

Our director Christine Hibma did a fabulous job to bring the show together.

This is the second musical Chairo Christian School has produced. The students performed Fiddler on the Roof Junior back in 2015. The school aims to put on a musical for the students every second year.



Inverlochs cyclists, children need more "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

INVERLOCH has the potential to become an even stronger cycling town but needs the right infrastructure.

Avid rider Lucy Simnett sees the potential for more cycling lanes around town to take advantage of the communitys enthusiasm for cycling.

While there are some bike lanes and paths, she believes existing infrastructure could be better connected.

There would be obvious routes that parents and children use to get to school so there could be more infrastructure along these routes, Ms Simnett said.

One intersection in particular Ms Simnett believes needs addressing is the junction of Dixon Street and Sandy Mount Avenue.

It is a popular route for families and children to walk and cycle to Inverloch Primary School.

Ms Simnett is concerned a crest on Sandy Mount Avenue to the south of the intersection impedes visibility, especially as Sandy Mount is a busy thoroughfare and traffic travels at speed there.

Recently, a truck parked on the side of Sandy Mount blocked visibility and with her bike and trailer in tow, Ms Simnett was forced to cross on to the road to see past the truck and check for oncoming traffic.

She said a median strip in the middle of Sandy Mount is too narrow to accommodate her bike and trailer, which hangs on to the road.

Even when there is not a truck there its difficult, Ms Simnett said.

She believes a ramp leading from the footpath on to Sandy Mount is too steep and can direct unsuspecting children, such as her five year old son Ian, on to the road before they have a moment to think to stop.

Ms Simnett suggested Copenhagen style bike lanes like those popular in the Danish capital would be useful for Dixon Street. A concrete divider between the bike lane and the traffic lane would increase safety.

Toorak Road would be another road suitable for such a bike lane, she said.

Its an awful road for cyclists and pedestrians because its such a well used route, Ms Simnett said.

We just need to start planning for all of Inverloch in terms of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, and just chip away at those things.

Councils manager asset management Jamie Sutherland said council welcomed suggestions for cycling infrastructure in Inverloch to make a submission to councils aspirational pathway plan, now under development.

He said there are no immediate plans to undertake works at the intersection of Dixon and Sandy Mount.

However, all footpath requests are evaluated and prioritised using strict criteria which consider safety, site factors, environment, user profile, and funding, he said.

The current safer pedes...


Mirboo North trees get the chop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VICFORESTS has approved the major tree lopping plan in Mirboo North and residents have been expressing their concerns.

Trees that have stood tall for over half a century will be clear felled.

Grant ONeill of Mirboo North and Wednesday Warrior says he is devastated by the removal of the trees.

Mirboo North prides itself on having its clean, green bushland and were going to lose it, he said.

If we lose the aesthetic and look of the town plus the bush line coming into town, its not going to be the same.

The post-reconnaissance map released by VicForests indicates preliminary plans for three areas of state forest which have been zoned as suitable for timber harvesting.

Mirboo North resident and Wednesday Warrior Neil Trease is concerned because children of the younger generation will never get the opportunity to see it.

It will never be the same in Mirboo North again, Mr Trease said.

Its only a little bit of an entire area that we wish to keep.

Mr ONeill said he is not anti tree logging but he just wants these coups of timber to be left alone.

There is no other patch of messmate timber like this in Victoria, thats why its so unique to keep, he said.

It wasnt logged years ago because it was set aside for emergency water catchment.

They reckon theyve consulted with all these landowners but they havent.

A part of one of the coups has already been thinned around 25 years ago, but it was selective logging, what VicForests plan to do is clear fell where they only leave one seed per hectare and the rest will be logged.

Marg Thomas, member of coal and coal seam gas free Mirboo North said it is absurd that these areas should be logged.

One of the coupes impacts Lyrebird Walk and the adjacent Strzelecki Highway, she said.

The track is of high tourism value and is frequented by hundreds if not thousands of visitors each year.

This precious remnant bushland is critical habitat for the Strzelecki koala.

The Strzelecki Koala is the only remnant koala population remaining in Victoria and as a result its unique genes are vital for the survival of the species, not only in Victoria, but Southern NSW as well, Ms Thomas said.

The Superb Lyrebird populations, who also call this area home, have already had their numbers decimated through land clearing, predation and bush fires.

Logging their habitat would only place more stress on their breeding population.

Ms Thomas also said, The picturesque entry to our town along the Strzelecki Hwy will become an eyeso...


Rotarys record breaking show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE 41st Arts Prom Country Art and Photography Show, presented by the Rotary Club of Leongatha attracted a record number of entries this year.

The show, which opened on Friday night and ran across the weekend, showed off 553 artworks, many of them done by Gippsland artists.

Rotarys president elect Jeremy Curtis said the fantastic quality of the artworks was a tribute to the talented people who live in the region.

Mr Curtis said all the money Rotary raised by hosting the art show goes back into the community.

Maureen Harris Smiths oil painting titled Summer Memories Inverloch was named the best in show, by judge Clive Hutchinson.

Mr Hutchison said he thought the painting was superbly executed.

There was so much fine detail, which speaks to Australian summers. The painting really invites you in, he said.

Mr Hutchison said there was a wealth creative talent in the greater Gippsland area and it was a privilege to judge the show, which he said wasnt and easy task.

This years featured artist was Mary Hennekam from Langwarrin, who was also awarded best acrylic for her painting Holly Leafed Grevillia.




Best in Show (any medium)

Maureen Harris-Smith, Summer Memories Inverloch


Phil Risely peoples choice

Vanessa Kelly, Country Industrial 1


Pat West best oil

Rhonda Gray, Envy


Richard Pegler Memorial best watercolour

Lorraine Lewistska, Besalu Sunlight And Shadows


Best acrylic

Mary Hennekam, Hollyleaf Grevillea


Best pastel

Julie Lundgren-Coulter, Late Afternoon


Best mixed media

Mandy Gunn, Cresendo


Best contemporary

Lisa OKeefe, Totem Figures


Best ink, pencil, charcoal or other medium

Karen Rosato, Down By The Lake


South Gippsland Shire resident award

Ben Cooper, Dune


Best monochrome photo

Gary Beresford, Mountain Ash Graveyard


Best colour photo

Linda Keagle, Country Road


Best digitally modified photo



Cars drive support for mental health "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


LEONGATHAS Autobarn showed its support for beyondblue on Saturday.

Vehicles that were part of the Cruise and Meet in support of beyondblue were parked out front of Autobarn, which allowed visitors to inspect and admire a diverse range of cars.

The Cruise and Meet was held to raise awareness and tackle anxiety and depression, and ran from Lang Lang to Leongatha.

To raise money, visitors and car owners were encouraged to donate to the cause. There was also a sausage sizzle and wristbands on sale, with all proceeds donated to beyondblue.

Autobarn ran a charity event to support Blue September last year, and wanted to continue to show its support for important charities.

I think anxiety and depression is something men need to discuss. It affects more men than they will admit, Autobarns Peter McNiven said.

Going out and working on their cars is a way men try to combat anxiety and depression themselves. Im a big believer in the work beyondblue do, and if we can encourage even one person to go and seek help, then thats really great.

Beyondblue provides information and support to people throughout Australia to achieve positive mental health outcomes.


Supporting health: from left, Autobarns Peter McNiven, Nulons Tony Bishop and car enthusiasts Ian Speight and Mat Wilson backed beyondblue at Autobarn on Saturday.


Stunning flowers on show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A BREATHTAKING display was arranged for the 61st annual Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Show.

The show opened at 1.30pm on Friday afternoon, after the judging was completed.

This years Champion Daffodil winner was Inverlochs Maureen Masterman.

Other winners included members best bloom winner Heather Sullivan, open daffodil winner Glenice Griggs and best bloom in bulbs winner Josie Rutherford.

All judges were accredited by the Australian Horticultural Judging Association.

With a new set out in Memorial Hall this year, the show had a fresh, open vibe that was extremely appealing to show-goers.

Thanks to the Leongatha Mens Shed, the Leongatha Horticultural Society had beautifully varnished shelves to put flower displays on.

We approached the Leongatha Mens Shed with this project, and they did a wonderful job. It looks beautiful, floor manager Sue Thompson said.

Ms Thompson said this years selection of native plants had grown since last year.

The Australian Plant Society and our members put a lot of work into making our native section a lot bigger this year. Unfortunately, this years frost affected the number of cut flowers entered in the show, but the number for daffodil entries was similar to last year, she said.

On top of these displays, the show also featured a stunning camellia display and photography display.

Show goers were also treated to Devonshire tea.

The show was open to the public from Friday to Sunday.

Achievement: Leongathas Heather Sullivan won the members best bloom at the Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Show. Ms Sullivan is a member of the Leongatha Horticultural Society.


Caring spirit restores Bass Coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippslands countryside is looking all the better thanks to the efforts of the staff and volunteers of the Bass Coast Landcare Network.

Working with landholders, the Landcare team is revegetating the Bass Coast Shire and also parts of the shires of South Gippsland and Cardinia.

A team of volunteers grows trees and understorey species at the Landcare networks community nursery and these trees, as well as trees grown by commercial nurseries, are planted by the networks works crew and volunteers.

The networks ecosystem services coordinator Robbie Gray said Landcare staff and volunteers offer a specialist approach to enhancing the environment.

We like to think of ourselves as being more sensitive to environmental restoration, he said.

We can offer expertise about the best methods of doing work and even about which plants to choose.

The works crew not only undertakes planting, but also spraying, weed control, erosion and landslip work, planting mangroves, revegetation of river banks, fencing and environmental consulting.

The crew is available to work for landholders and Landcare can even help with the cost of works by facilitating access to grants.

This winter season landowners and our works crew have planted 205,000 trees, all under the Bass Coast Landcare Network, Mr Gray said.

Their work is first class, as evidenced by their recent Green Carpet Award.

The crews ninth trainee has just completed his studies. All members combine work with studying a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management through TAFE.

Crew supervisor Derek Snowdenw was nominated in the Young Landcare Leader Award at the Victorian Landcare Awrads last Friday.

While he did not win, the network was also highly commended for its Environmental Detectives Program and the Three Creeks Landcare Group was also highly commended.

He completed his traineeship with the network and then worked at the Wonthaggi desalination plant for several years, helping to plant 220ha at the site.

Mr Snowden has been integral to the formation of South Gippslands Intrepid Landcare Group for people under 35 and recently organised an event at Woolamai where 4500 plants were planted.

Hes also been trialling low herbicide methods for weed control, investigating at which stages of life weeds can be controlled without herbicide or by using more natural methods such as steaming and heating, and organically accredited commercial herbicides.

Based at the Bass Recreation Reserve, the networks community nursery grew 30,000 plants this year, in just its second year.

A core group of 10 volunteers atten...


Spring? Sprung? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Not today, or yesterday, anyway. Though the bees are readying Our first working bee for Spring, on Sunday, looks like it will be sunny, after a frosty start. Moon descending and waning, so itll be good for all sorts of soil activities. Get warm with a cuppa and then some garden activity. See you Continue reading Spring? Sprung?


Qld man arrested over Ballina shoplifting spree "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 27 year old Queensland man has been charged after several stealing offences in Ballina last week.

Police will allege that on Friday, September 1, the 27 year old went to a Ballina supermarket where he stole an unamed item.

A short time later he entered a sports store and stole four pair of shoes and clothing.

Staff chased the man and he dropped the shoes.

Police arrested him a short time later.

When searched, he was found to be in possession of identification and car keys that did not belong to him and more property stolen from the sports store.

Police then located the car he was using and seized more property.

The man was taken to Ballina Police Station where he was charged with two counts of shoplifting, goods in custody and had an outstanding warrant executed.

Further inquiries are taking place into the property found inside the car.

He has been refused bail and will appear in Ballina Local Court this week.


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Sunshine Coast next on the map for School of Hard Knocks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

School of Hard Knocks founder Dr Jonathon Welch AM is on the look-out for 100 singers from South-East Queensland to join him in singing at the Hand in Hand concert at Caloundra on Sunday 15 October, as part of Queensland Mental Health Week 2017. The choirmaster who rose to prominence from his award-winning television series, Choir of Hard Knocks, will []

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Travel inspiration in Lennox Head "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Travel writers Louise Southerden and Graham Simmons with Lucy Williams, owner of Williams Street Kitchen & Bar, Lennox Head, in the travel book room. Photo supplied.

Travel writers Louise Southerden and Graham Simmons with Lucy Williams, owner of Williams Street Kitchen & Bar, Lennox Head, in the travel book room. Photo supplied.

Inspiring wanderlust is the dream behind the Tom King Memorial Travel Book Room that recently opened in Lennox Head eatery Williams Street Kitchen & Bar. Hundreds of books cherished by a distinguished Sydney travel writer, the late Tom E King, will grace the shelves of a popular Northern NSW caf.

When he passed away in 2015 after a long battle with cancer, Toms wife Kay worked with Lennox-based travel writer Louise Southerden to find a new home for his treasured collection. It seems fitting that the Northern Rivers, a region where many locals come from somewhere else, would house this impressive array of travel books collected by this passionate nomad, Louise says.

Born in the U.S state of Idaho, Tom was bitten with the travel bug after an eight-month journey to Australia to 1974, then aged 27. He went the long way round, travelling overland from Europe through the Middle East and India, then by ship and train down the Malay Peninsula to Perth before driving across the Nullarbor to Sydney. From then on he was a professional nomad, travelling far and wide while still calling Australia home.

While most travellers now plan their trips online, physical books can still inspire that wanderlust, Louise says. Theres nothing like sitting down with a coffee and taking a break from technology to flick through the pages of a travel book and who knows, it might just spark your next bi...


Tweed water supply almost back to normal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Bray Park weir. Photo Tweed Shire Council

The Bray Park weir. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Shire Council is continuing to dredge salty water from Bray Park Weir to return the Tweed water supply to normal.

Two dredges are working to pull water from the depths of two deep holes, one very close to the intake tower.

The water now being produced at the Bray Park Water Treatment Plant has a dissolved solids content of 198mg/litre, which is very near Councils normal high-quality water standard of 160mg/litre.

By comparison, the water the dredges are discharging downstream over the wall of the weir has a dissolved solids content of 3100mg/litre.

Chlorine dosing levels at the plant have been reset to normal.

Over the coming week or so there may still be elevated salt levels in our tap water as it does take some time for our reticulated water network to completely refresh, said Water and Wastewater Manager Anthony Burnham.

But the water is not harmful to human health and the salt levels have remained well within the good range as set by the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Another tide surge expected

Meanwhile, council workers are today filling sandbags in readiness for sandbagging the wall to protect the weir from another predicted high tide in coming days.

Its going to be difficult to sandbag the wall yet maintain the current daily release of fresh water from Clarrie Hall Dam, Mr Burnham said.

Meanwhile, the council has had some reports of dirty water in parts of Murwillumbah. This was a result of Hospital Hill reservoir empting on Saturday evening and air getting into the mains, leading to a scouring action in the pipes and the water becoming discoloured.

This is a separate issue and has nothing to do with the salt water issue, Mr Burnham said.

We will respond individually to these calls and flush the pipes at affected properties.

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Significant forest destruction proposed for Dinner Plain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mountain Journal has previously reported on a plan to clear 1.8 hectares of Sub-alpine Woodland just adjacent to the Dinner Plain village to create an Elite Training Facility (now called the Village Green).

The current proposal is to create a large flat open grassed area approximately 90 m wide and 150 m long. An access road and car parking along two sides of the grassed area are proposed, as well as public toilet facilities. A report prepared for Council describes it as a community space (which) is large enough to facilitate sporting events such as polo, horse riding, and high altitude elite athlete training.

Alpine Shire Council has committed to the delivery of $1,500,000 worth of capital works projects within Dinner Plain by 2027; and says that this will be funded by the Dinner Plain reserve (currently approximately $1,000,000) and additional funds as allocated by Council.

It now needs to decide whether to proceed with the proposal.


In April 2016, Council asked Dinner Plain ratepayers about projects they would like to see developed to improve their community. According to the council, the highest rating response from 46% of respondents was for a village green or oval open space area. This was followed by 18% of respondents preferring new and improved mountain bike trails. Council has subsequently progressed planning and design for both of these projects.

Council has undertaken work to determine the optimum size and location for a Village Green, as well as to investigate the feasibility of this proposal. Council says while the approximately $1.25 million development of a Village Green will provide benefits to the community, there are risks to the project, as well as visual, ecological and cultural heritage impacts that also need to be considered before proceeding.



Paddy McHugh Announces new Album City Bound Trains "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Paddy McHugh Post-punk singer-songwriter Paddy McHugh has just announced plans to release his new album City Bound Trains on the 29th September. McHugh has busy making a name for himself as a solid live performer recently and hes already been announced for a handful of upcoming festivals including Dashville Skyline and HOBOFOPO. []


Troubled youth given pathway to workforce in Townsville and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Townsville business owner is helping to provide trouble youth the opportunity to engage with vocational training (Image credit: WikiTownsvillian).

Owner-operator of a Townsville muscle car restoration workshop, Aaron Sergi, says he partnered with the Townsvilles Transition 2 Success (T2S) to mentor youth whove been in juvenile detention, which Sergi himself experienced as an adolescent.


Sergi says these programs are needed to keep troubled youth occupied and guide them to a more positive route before incarceration is even an option.


Eleven young people graduated this week from the T2S program with a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways.


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Introducing 2RRRs new Tech Director, Tony Nguyen. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo: Tony and Leonie McClure drawing the July raffle

New volunteer Tony Nguyen has taken over the tech reins at 2RRR after Abe Killian resigned due to competing priorities. Abe has been associated with 2RRR for many years and recently conducted our Media Law Training. 2RRR warmly thank Abe for his assistance and commitment to the station and welcome Tony to the fold.

Tony is a final year undergraduate student from the University of Technology Sydney pursuing his career in the Information Technology Networking/Support fields. He has taken the opportunity to offer his technical skills to provide ongoing support and improve the network infrastructure around the 2RRR station.

Tony previously studied at TAFE Sydney for a couple of years to build a solid foundation of IT knowledge and skills. His extra-curricular activities include building custom-made computers, diagnosing technical related issues and provide solutions for his friends and family.

We also take this opportunity to thank Keith Rider who has kept the station going on many occasions, coming in and fixing telephone, microphones and computers, truly a man of many talents! Thank you Keith!


Video: 9/11, Uncovering the Truth. Michel Chossudovsky "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sixteen years have passed since the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, and there are still many unanswered questions surrounding that fateful day.

In 2011, experts and scientists from around the world gathered in Toronto, Canada to present


"America's Descent to Depravity" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"America's Descent to Depravity"
by Prof. John Kozy

"In the mass of mankind, I fear, there is too great a majority of 
fools and knaves; who, singly from their number, must to a certain
degree be respected, though they are by no means respectable."
- Philip Stanhope

"I suspect that most people would like to believe that societies, no matter how base their origins, become better over time. Unfortunately history belies this notion; societies have often grown worse over time. The United States of America is no exception. It was not benign at its origin and has now descended to a region of depravity seldom matched by even the worst nations of history.

Although it is impossible to find hard numbers to prove that morality in America has declined, anecdotal evidence is everywhere to be seen. Almost everyone can cite situations in which the welfare of people was sacrificed for the sake of public or private institutions, but it seems impossible to cite a single instance of a public or private institution's having been sacrificed for the sake of people. If morality has to do with how people are dealt with, one can legitimately ask where morality plays a role in what happens in America? The answer seems to be, "Nowhere!" So what has happened in America to account for the current epidemic of claims that morality in America has....


Retail downturn hits Byron Bay, Bangalow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For years upmarket Bangalow seemed to buck the trend of declining retail. Has the tied turned? Photo Chris Dobney

For years upmarket Bangalow seemed to buck the trend of declining retail. Has the tide turned? Photo Chris Dobney

Chris Dobney

Traders in Byron Bay and Bangalow are emerging from what might have been the worst winter for business since the global financial crisis, with for lease signs proliferating in the usually busy tourist towns.

In Byron Bay two businesses have recently closed in the popular Feros Arcade alone, including Reflections of Byron, which promoted itself as one of Byron Bays oldest and best known gift and homewares shops.

In Bangalow, where shopfronts are usually highly sought after, four shops currently stand empty.

Long-time fashion retailer Designbank closed its doors over winter, as did funky new bookshop Poet.

And Elders Real Estate has moved from a large shopfront in the heart of Byron Street to the Readings Building on the edge of town, where a hardware store closed earlier in the year.

Rental affordability

Various reasons have been offered as to why the shake-up is happening now, including changing consumer tastes, very high rents and increased online competition.

New Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce president Todd Sotheren told Echonetdaily that rental affordability was high on the list of his constituents.

There is no doubt that the commercial rental market is being affected by the corresponding residential rental and real estate market, locally, he said.

With affordable-housing such a hot topic right now, perhaps we need to have more of an eye on a corresponding affordable-retail issue, he added.

Changing trends

Changing retail trends are another issue that he cites.

With the type of visitor to our region changing over time, are storefronts standing back periodically to take a bigger picture view of where they sit in the current marketplace? he asks.

With so much change over the last few years in our region, should a particular business be servicing the new hipster yuppies, aspirational couples or our own local community members?

Cut-price competition.........


New Prom tours set sail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOME 30 new jobs and a massive $9.7 million injection into the local economy will flow with the green light given to eco-tourism cruises around Wilsons Promontory National Park.

The State Government has given its approval for the eco-tourism cruises that will offer locals and visitors a never before seen glimpse of one of Victorias great wildernesses.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren announced Pennicott Wilderness Journeys (PWJ) will operate three 30 seat vessels from Tidal River, providing access to some of the most popular beaches on the Prom.

The new venture will bring more visitors to the region, create 30 full-time local jobs and generate up to $9.7 million for the local economy each year. PWJ is an internationally recognised and multi-award winning ecotourism boat operator and is known for its environmentally-friendly practices.

An extensive community consultation process was undertaken by Parks Victoria, including independent expert advice, to ensure the natural environment and wildlife remain protected.

The PWJ experience will become a significant tourism drawcard for the region, attracting visitors from all over Victoria, Australia and overseas creating more business for local traders.

PWJ are also in discussions with a private bus operator to run services between Melbourne and Wilsons Promontory.

Mr Eren said, This new experience will open up Wilsons Promontory like never before and it means more visitors and more local jobs.

Local business will also reap rewards, with extra tourists in the region spending their valuable tourism dollars on food, gifts and accommodation.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said,  The cruises will provide a special opportunity to see a spectacular par

Out there: Pennicott Wilderness Journeys will offer new cruises at Wilsons Promontory National Park. Shown is a photo of a tour in Tasmania.

t of the Prom and explore all this region has to offer.


Plastic Alarm: call to save the turtles "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Arlian interviews with surf legend and Byron Shire resident Dave Rastovich. Photo supplied.

Arlian interviews with surf legend and Byron Shire resident Dave Rastovich. Photo supplied.

Starting as a school project at Byron Bay Public School, Arlian began working on a film with his mother, filmmaker Karin Ecker, to raise awareness about the impact of plastic on turtles in the ocean. Over the last six months making the film has involved interviews with surf legend and local Byron shire resident Dave Rastovich, hosting a stall outside Woolworths in Byron and doing numerous beach clean up with friends in Byron as part of Positive Change for Marine Lifes Honour the Ocean beach. 

In the film Plastic Alarm, Arlian tells the story of a sea turtle that was rescued by Seabird Rescue in Ballina after being damaged by plastic in the oceans.

He interviews the carers and observes them care for the turtle, said Karin. He sees the turtle being released back to the ocean. We see her happily swimming free, while snorkelling at the wreck.

Environment week

His film is now going to be shown as part of Environment Week Australia, that runs from 1016 September, to all classes at the Byron Bay Public School.

Im very excited to tell you that the Byron Shire Council is proudly endorsing an inspiring and local new initiative to help protect our beautiful oceans, continued Karin.

The Byron Shire Council is sending out a call to action to all other schools to get involved and show the film at their own schools. You can download it here.  

Thanks to Arlian and following his collaboration with the ABCs iconic Dirt Girl, the Byron Shire and our schools will have the opportunity to be showcased as leading the way for all the other schools across the country to come together and save our precious oceans.



How I came to know that I am a closet climate denier "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

File 20170828 17154 1asx2tbSo large are the nations daily greenhouse gas emissions that if yours is a typical Australian lifestyle youre contributing disproportionately to climate change.
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Joy Murray, University of Sydney

This article is part of an ongoing series from the Post-Truth Initiative, a Strategic Research Excellence Initiative at the University of Sydney. The series examines todays post-truth problem in public discourse: the thriving economy of lies, bullshit and propaganda that threatens rational discourse and policy.

The project brings together scholars of media and communications, government and international relations, physics, philosophy, linguistics, and medicine, and is affiliated with the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC), the Sydney Environment Institute and the Sydney Democracy Network.

What we believe and how we act dont always stack up. Recently, in considering what it means to live in a post-truth world, I had cause to examine my understanding of how the world works and my actions on sustainability.

I realised I was, in effect, almost as much a climate denier as those who profess to be. Heres how.

1.1 A way of understanding how the world works

I take a cybernetic view of the world. For me this means a holistic systems perspective based on circularity and feedback with a biological/evolutionary s...


P@ssw0rd follies "IndyWatch Feed"

I have a piece in Crikey (reproduced over the fold) under the title Our spy agencies know less about cybersecurity than the Daily Mail.

The central point is that our leading cybersecurity agency, the Australian Signals Directorate, has just rolled out a policy requiring users of government agency websites to change their passwords every 90 days and to use composition rules based on a mix of alphanumeric and special characters. As even the Daily Mail has pointed out, these practices are thoroughly discredited, to the point where the expert responsible for them has publicly recanted.

I recently had to log in to the website of an Australian government agency with which I deal from to time. To my surprise, I was presented with a message saying that my password had expired and that, under a new security policy, password expire every 90 days, and must contain a mixture of alphanumeric and special characters (this is called a composition rule)

You dont need to be a cybersecurity expert to know that this is nonsense. Cartoons like xkcd have been mocking special character passwords for years. As is well known, a long, but easily memorable string of dictionary words like thisgovernmenthasnochanceofwinning is much harder to crack than a shorter p@ssw0rd123456 with obvious substitutions like @ for a (this password would meet the conditions I was asked to satisfy.

The problems of regularly changing passwords have regularly been discussed in the computer press. Back in April 2016, the US National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) came up with new guidelines responding to studies of how people actually use passwords. Among the most important guidelines No composition rules and No more expiration without reason. To quote an the Sophos security site The only time passwords should be reset is when they are forgotten, if they have been phished, or if you think (or know) that your password database has been stolen and could therefore be subjected to an offline brute-force attack

Anyone who paid attention knew all this years ago. But the coup de grace came with the widely published admission, a week ago, by Bill Burr, the person who invented these rules, that they were wrong and made computers less secure. By this point even the readers of the Daily Mail are in on the joke.

I could deal with my own password problem easily enough. There are lots of apps on the market that...


From robotics to author Tristan Bancks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Students from Durrumbul and Wilsons Creek Public Schools working together as part of the peer tutoring in robotics. Photo supplied.

Students from Durrumbul and Wilsons Creek Public Schools working together as part of the peer tutoring in robotics. Photo supplied.

Two local small schools Durrumbul Public School and Willsons Creek Public School came together last Thursday to treat their students to a fun and exciting day of learning.

Combining the Byron Writers Festival StoryBoard with a peer teaching experience, students were able to enjoy a range of activities and experiences together.

I had two students that I was teaching to code, said ten year old Felix from Durrumbul Public School.

I would teach them things and then there were things that they knew and taught me. It was really fun, he continued reflecting on the peer tutoring.

Senior students from Durrumbul tutored the students from Wilsons Creek  in robotics coding as part of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programs.

The day was an opportunity to implement the proven teaching strategy of peer tutoring, said Head Teacher at Durrumbul, Brev Belleville.

This was a chance for small schools to work together to maximise their learning experiences. These lessons are highly engaging and require students to extend their understanding and knowledge of not only coding but important life skills such as communication and problem solving.



The Borg are bad. Antimicrobial resistance is worse. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Microbes are turning into the Borg; our resistance is becoming futile. As any Star Trek: The Next Generation nerd knows (and this is an IR-related blog, so Im guessing the Venn diagram of DoM readers and ST:TNG fans shows quite a bit of overlap), this is incredibly worrisome for humanity and threatens to give all of us the life expectancies of a red shirt. The international community may yet have a chance to fight back, but it will require both forward thinking and a willingness to cooperate.

The basic problem is the growth of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). An antimicrobial is something like an antibioticit kills or inhibits a microorganism like a virus or bacteria, but doesnt harm the host. When you take penicillin to treat an infection, the penicillin goes after the bacteria causing the infection, but it generally doesnt cause side effects or do damage to the rest of you. This is what makes antimicrobials so powerful and useful. They gave humanity a fighting chance against infections that had once been a death sentence. With Alexander Flemings accidental discovery of penicillin in 1928, health professionals had a powerful tool on their arsenal. Between 1944 and 1972, life expectancy increased by eight yearsan increase largely attributed to antibiotics and other antimicrobials.

Sounds good, right? Antimicrobials are miracle drugs that keep us healthy, fight off nasty bugs, and give everyone a free puppy, so whats the problem? In short, weve gone overboard with the antimicrobials, and the microbes have figured out how to fight back. The indiscriminate use of antimicrobials gives microbes more and more opportunities to develop resistance. Farmers regularly add antibiotics to animal feed in order to promote animal growth; half of the antibiotics imported into Australia go into animal feed, and animals in the US receive more than four times the amount of antibiotics as humans. Doctors prescribe (and parents often demand)...


The Noojee Trestle "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last weeks expedition was Dave's turn and we ended up at the Noojee trestle bridge. To my shame, I have to admit this was a first time visit for me.

Rebuilt and repaired several times

In brief, the line from Warragul was opened in 1919, chiefly to extract timber from the wonderful alpine forests in the Latrobe River catchment and surrounds.

1934 - 'Railway Victoria'

Over the years, the line, including several bridges and indeed the town of Noojee itself, were destroyed by several bushfires.



Australia Is Using Trivia Signs To Keep Drivers Awake, And Theyre Hilarious "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Boring road trips arent just a detriment to ones sanity, they can also be dangerous! Falling asleep at the wheel, for instance, can result in traffic accidents and casualties. In Australia, where some stretches of roads dont have any turns for 90 miles, it can be very easy to fall asleep while driving.

The Australian government has employed a new tactic to prevent this from happening, however. Along many of the roads in the land down under, there are trivia questions to keep drivers and their families entertained.

Personally, we think the initiative is brilliant as it has great potential to save lives. Scroll through the photos of the trivia signs below and comment your thoughts!


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FFI News: September 17 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Everydays A Good Day To Eat A Rainbow!

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Forest Lodge Studio View "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I've just moved to a new studio by the gully in the last remaining industrial section of Glebe thanks to Andy Perceval and Seamus. We've been doing some work to paint the walls and floors which is why there hasn't been much happening on this blog recently. 

This is the first drawing I've done there of some of Seamus's junk and the carpark next door


Watch the New Video From The April Family Youre Just The Blues "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The April Family Sydney based alt-country trio The April Family have just released their brand new video Youre Just The Blues. The track is the bands final single from their debut album What We Know Now which was released earlier this year. Check out the video below:Filed under: News, Video News Tagged: []


High Court considers legality of gay marriage survey "IndyWatch Feed"


housands of supporters rally to support a 'Yes' vote in the upcoming postal survey on marriage equality in Garema Place in Canberra, Australia on September 02, 2017. The territory's Chief Minister Andrew Barr, the first openly LGBTI head of Government in Australia, addressed the crowd and hoped for an optimistic result ahead. (AAP Image/NEWZULU/Mike Seah).

Thousands of supporters rally to support a Yes vote in the upcoming postal survey on marriage equality in Garema Place in Canberra, Australia on September 02, 2017. The territorys Chief Minister Andrew Barr, the first openly LGBTI head of Government in Australia, addressed the crowd and hoped for an optimistic result ahead. (AAP Image/NEWZULU/Mike Seah).


The High Court will today consider a bid by marriage equality advocates to stop the governments postal survey, which they say the government is funding illegally.

The voluntary survey was Plan B after the Senate blocked the compulsory plebiscite promised by the coalition at the 2016 election.

The government found the $122 million needed to run the survey by using laws to make an advance payment to the finance minister in circumstances where there is an urgent need for spending and the situation was unforeseen.

Same-sex marriage advocates who are taking the matter to the court argue the spending does not fit the category of either urgent or unforeseen.

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, who is being represented by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, is confident about the challenge.

The government is exceeding its power by trying to conduct the postal vote, exceeding its power by trying to spend $122 million without parliamentary approval, he told ABC radio on Tuesday.

Mr Wilkie, a supporter of same-sex marriage, insists he is lodging a legal argument....


Alleged pig torturer gets bail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Polly the Pig

Polly the Pig

A man accused of torturing a pig and killing 10 heritage chickens at Nimbin last December has been released on bail after spending eight months behind bars.

Reece Parke walked from Grafton jail yesterday after appearing at Lismore Local Court via videolink.

His solicitor Tracey Randall applied for his bail which was not opposed by the prosecution. 

The 23-year-old and his co-accused Bradley Presbury were initially charged with bestaility and two counts of torturing, beating and causing the death of an animal over the alleged incident on December 13 at Djanbung Gardens.

When Djanbung Gardens permaculture college owner Robyn Francis went to feed the animals on the morning of December 14, she was greeted by the gruesome sight of several decapitated chickens.

Police were called and an investigation was launched which resulted in Mr Parke and Mr Presbury being arrested 10 days after the alleged incident.

The charges of bestiality against both men were later dropped.

Both men spent more than eight months in custody before Mr Presbury was granted Supreme Court bail earlier this month.

A Local Court hearing last week heard an alleged phone call between Mr Presbury and a woman would play a crucial role in the prosecution case.

Mr Presburys solicitor Tom Ivey and Mr Parkes solicitor Ms Randall unsuccessfully applied to the court to have the phone call excluded from evidence as it was illegally obtained.

Mr Parke was granted conditional bail to reside at Ballina with his father and must report to Ballina police daily.

He was ordered not to go within 5km of Nimbin and must not contact Mr Presbury or any prosecution witnesses except his father. 

The hearing resumes today at Lismore Local Court where it is anticipated a date will be set for its completion.

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Queensland body corporates may need to rip out Grenfell cladding and more Zedlines. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queenslanders who live in body corporate-run apartment buildings could be forced to foot the bill for ripping out combustible cladding in buildings that have previously been declared as safe.

The beams which could be ripped have a highly flammable polyethylene core, similar to the support beams blamed for the Grenfell tower fire in England which claimed more than 80 lives.

The number of non-owned government buildings with the cladding is currently unknown, however there are at least 40 government buildings under investigation, including the Princess Alexandra Hospital.


Compost trial produces breakthrough for ginger production

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Newly Discovered Babylonian Tablet Rewrites The History Of Mathematics "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Source: UNSW/Andrew Kelly via The Guardian

We can all relate Pythagoras to his well-known theorem, which establishes that the square of the longest side of a triangle hypotenuse equals the sum of both remaining squares. For centuries, this was one of the most accurate mathematician conceptions, which positioned the Greeks as one of the most advanced cultures in the world. However, a recent discovery suggests Babylonians actually had prior and more exact knowledge of trigonometry.

According to the recent report in Science Mag, This ancient Babylonian tablet may contain the first evidence of trigonometry, Plimpton 322 was first discovered by in the early 1900s in Iraq by Edgar Banks, an archaeologist, diplomat and antiquities dealer. Subsequently, the tablet caught the eye of investigators in 1940, when historians recognized that its cuneiform inscriptions contained a series of numbers echoing the Pythagorean theorem.

In the years that followed, experts tried unsuccessfully to decode the ancient tablet secrets. Until Dr. Daniel Mansfield, part of the Faculty of Science at the School of Mathematics and Statistics in the University of New South Wales, came across it. Dr. Mansfield and his research team discovered that P322 traces the forms of right-angle triangles using ratios, instead of angles and circles.



1) Signs that Jakarta is entering West Papua dialogue process "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Government encourages Papua`s youth to become pilots




AusAID to partner with mining industry to deliver aid "IndyWatch Feed"

Peter Aitsi and Bruce Davis cant keep a straight face just one more way for the Australian taxpayers to subsidise their mining industry!



Aust to assist Newcrest facilitate projects in PNG

The National | September 1, 2017

AUSTRALIA has entered into a partnership with Newcrest Mining Limited to facilitate support on projects in Papua New Guinea.
Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis and Newcrest country manager Peter Aitsi signed an agreement yesterday.
The first year will be committed to:

  • Scholarships for Diploma of Nursing;
  • Australian awards scholarships in midwifery;
  •  Workshops on extra...


Labor sharpens attack on Barnaby Joyce "IndyWatch Feed National"

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)


Labor is sharpening its attack against Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce after Bill Shorten finally quashed any doubts about his own eligibility.

After weeks of holding out, the opposition leader has produced proof he renounced his British citizenship prior to being elected in 2007.

Mr Shorten on Monday tabled a letter from UK authorities confirming his successful renunciation in June, 2006.

I offer this proof to the parliament today to put an end to baseless allegations, not reward them, he said.

Labor continues to pile pressure on Malcolm Turnbull over a decision not to stand Mr Joyce aside, pending a High Court hearing over his eligibility.

A Labor suspension motion in parliament over the issue was headed off by a single vote.

Mr Shorten also wrote to the prime minister on Monday, saying if he failed to temporarily appoint a different acting leader it would put the legitimacy of the government into question.

He called for the release of the governments legal advice on Mr Joyces eligibility.

Mr Turnbull said the government had very strong advice the High Court would find in favour of Mr Joyce, who discovered last month he was a dual New Zealand citizen because his father was born there.

Mr Joyce, who will be acting prime minister on Friday when Mr Turnbull heads to a summit in Samoa, said he would hold his job until such time as death or you resign or the High Court finds otherwise.

The opposition leaders decision to table the letter came less than eight hours after former prime minister Tony Abbott challenged him to show it or shut up while brandishing his own proof of renunciation.

Mr Shorten told parliament Mr Abbott and Mr Turnbull had engaged in conspiracy theories, and no MP or senator should be forced to produce documents to counter claims made without any evidence.

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Elderly woman dies in Grafton crash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following a fatal crash near Grafton yesterday.

About 7.40am today (Monday, September4), emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway at Clarenza, about 400 meters south of Centenary Drive.

Police have been told that a Toyota Camry was travelling south when another motorist observed the vehicle leave the carriageway.

The Camry travelled along a deep table drain for some distance before striking a cement drain and embankment.

The driver and sole occupant, a 77-year-old woman, was trapped in the vehicle.

She was eventually released from the vehicle and conveyed to Coffs Harbour Hospital in a critical condition.

The woman passed away about 10am today.

Officers from Coffs Clarence Local Area Command attended and will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.

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NSW flammable cladding yet to be removed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The remains of cladding on the outside of Grenfell Tower, London. Photo EPA/Will Oliver

The remains of cladding on the outside of Grenfell Tower, London. Photo EPA/Will Oliver


No flammable cladding has been removed from NSW buildings that may contain the combustible material, but the government says its response to the problem has the most comprehensive in the nation.

More than 1,000 buildings in the state may contain flammable cladding similar to the product blamed for Londons Grenfell Tower Fire that killed at least 80 people in June.

But on Monday, during a budget estimates hearing, NSW Better Regulation Minister Matthew Kean confirmed none of it had been removed.

The properties were identified in early July, with the government announcing a safety package later that month.

The government said it would contact property owners as part of its safety plan.

But Greens MP David Shoebridge criticised the government for not enforcing removal of the material.

Despite serious fire risks being identified, the government has done nothing, other than send some letters, to ensure that properties have this dangerous cladding removed, Mr Shoebridge said in a statement.

However, Mr Kean accused Labor and the Greens of scaremongering, adding the NSW governments response was the most comprehensive in Australia.

Our fire safety plan is the most comprehensive package of reforms in the country, and our priority is to keep NSW residents as safe as possible in their homes, Mr Kean said in a statement.

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This 1-Acre Permaculture Farm in Australia Can Feed 50 Families "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By 2050, the worlds human population is expected to reach 9.7 billion. Considering 795 million people still go to bed hungry each evening, this is concerning. Fortunately, sustainable solutions exist, and they include vertical gardening and permaculture farming  among others. The latter has been employed on a one-acre farm in Australia and reportedly works so well, enough produce is grown to feed 50 families.

The Limestone Permaculture Farm may be minute in size, but it produces enough produce to feed dozens of families. Started when wife Nici developed an illness, the farm now educates the local community about permaculture and even offers internships.

TreeHugger reports that the Coopers have been farming for close to a decade. At Limestone Permaculture Farm, they grow organic produce, raise sheep goats and chickens, keep bees, and even build with recycled materials. Much of the farm is powered by energy from wood, water, and the sun.

The premise of permaculture is to mimic the social design principles observed in natural ecosystems. Opposite of large-scale mono-cropping (growing one crop at a time), permaculture farming creates symbiosis so a variety of plants may thrive. Some of the permaculture principles implemented by the Coopers include swales, a chicken tractor and even self-seeding edible ground cover.

Credit: Limestone Permaculture Farm

Reportedly, husband Brett discovered permaculture over a decade ago. He told the Newcastle Herald,

I was a builder and had done architectural drafting. When I found permaculture, it was less about one form and more about following...


Homophobes Come Out of the Closet to Campaign for No Vote "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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The number of people coming out as homophobic has spiked dramatically ahead of the upcoming plebiscite on marriage equality, a support group has reported, warning that it is a dangerous time for the HBRXAS (homophobic, bigoted, racist, xenophobic, ageist, sexist) community.

Both my dads disowned me when I told them I was homophobic and will be voting no, one woman said. I wouldve thought theyd be more supportive of my choices after all the discrimination theyve faced themselves.

However, others have described the process of coming out as liberating.

I was nervous to come out to my family because I wasnt sure theyd accept me, so it was a relief to discover I come from a long line of closeted homophobes, one man said. Ive known I was homophobic since primary school, when I was calling kids who liked music fags and beating up any boy who lingered on a handshake too long, but its something I learned to push down and reduce to the occasional sissy or poof comment among select company, so Im glad I can finally embrace my true political orientation and stop pretending to be something Im not.

When asked if he would like to add any further comments, the man said: For the record, Im definitely not gay myself.



The letter from President Obama to President Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

The letter from President Obama to President Trump shines brightly on both men. Here's a gracious President Trump on the day he took office. He's discreet, generous and - Presidential. The letter has now been leaked to CNN. I doubt it was Trump. Relevance Deprivation Syndrome perhaps. Dear Mr. President...


South-East Queensland faces potential restrictions as water usage increases and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

South-East Queenslanders are using an extra 30 litres of water per day than they were a year ago. (Image Credit: Pixabay)

This means residents could face voluntary conservation efforts from early next year to restrict their daily water usage of 150 litres.

The regions hot, dry summer followed by this winters similar conditions has triggered increased water usage causing dam levels to fall to drought awareness stage.


Squatters protest East Brisbane road widening project

Squatters currently occupying a Lytton Rd property in protest they have said they will stay for up to six months - or until the property becomes community housing.

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George Brandis let Disney keep Gillard's $21.6M to use for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 - it's now part of Disney's $280M profit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pirates 5 is looking forward to an estimated profit north of $280M after all revenue streams are tabulated. This is based off an industry-projected final global box office haul of $850M. Yesterday we asked the Prime Minister's office what happened to our $21.6M after Gillard backed the failed Disney film...


South Asia floods is the worlds forgotten catastrophe "IndyWatch Feed National"

While we all feel for those who have suffered losses in the Houston floods and have been moved by outpouring of support they have received, it remains that much of the world and media have been silent on the much more extensive flooding that has occurred in South Asia and the more desperate plight of what often poor communities living in this part of the world.  Farrah Plummer writes about it (The New Daily 2 September 2017) and points out the lack of an adequate international response to a catastrophe that has caused a significant loss of life and enormous damage to the countries that have been affected.

While Australian media has been saturated with coverage of the disastrous flooding in the US town of Houston, a far more damaging and unfolding deadly humanitarian catastrophe is taking place.

Millions of people in South Asia are in need of urgent, life-saving support after weeks of torrential rain and catastrophic flooding in Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

Humanitarian agencies say at least 1400 lives have been lost in the disaster and more than 45 million people adversely affected by incessant sheets of rain across the three countries.

The floods are also assaulting Pakistan, with 15 people confirmed dead in Karachi and commercial and industrial activities paralysed across the country.

On Saturday, UNICEF estimated almost 16 million children and their families were in need of live-saving support.

While South Asia frequently suffers flooding during the monsoon season, between the months of June and September, aid agencies have deemed these particular floods catastrophic.

Wide-scale flooding stretching across the Himalayan foothills has caused landslides and washed away tens of thousands of homes and vast swathes of farmland.

In India, a multi-story residential building collapse in the capital city of Mumbai claimed 33 lives, left 15 injured and dozens more buried in the rubble.

Rescue workers and residents look for survivors at the site of a building collapse in Mumbai on August 31 after days of heavy rain swamped the city.

Meanwhile in Nepal, 150 people are reported dead, 65,000 homes damaged, 64,000 hectares of crops destroyed and 81,000 people affected.

More than 8 million people, including 3 million children, have been affected by the flooding in Bangladesh.

More than 140 people have died in the country and over 697,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, according to the International Red Cross.

Close to 700,000 houses have been destroyed and more than 1300 cases of water-borne diseases have also been reported by UNICE...


Boral company caught out trying to threaten workers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Concrete giant Borals subsidiary De Martin & Gasparini, threatened to retrench its 100strong workforce, if they continued to refuse to accept inferior working conditions, after accepting   advice from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).

The move was so obvious that it prompted the Federal Courts Justice Michael Wigney to say, If De Martin & Gasparini found itself between a rock and a hard place, its response to the employees refusal to vary the enterprise agreement was to put the employees in an even harder place.

Having been found to have  unlawfully threatened its workforce, the company faces the prospect of tens of thousands of dollars in fines. The maximum that can be imposed is $54,000 for each breach.

On the face of it, Boral should be excluded under the Turnbull governments new building industry code, from securing government contracts.  It remains to be seen however, whether this will take place.

Justice Wigney said that the intimidation was a clear breach of the code.

The judge also observed that managers inflammatory and intimidatory statements had little if anything to do with consultation and caused upset, distress and anxiety amongst the employees.

In all the circumstances, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that it was intended to inspire or instill fear in the employees.

CFMEU national secretary Dave Noonan said the union welcomed the decision but pointed the finger at the Turnbull government.

The stand-off between workers and management is because the government sought to attack workers job security and conditions through the building code, he said.

To a large extent Malcolm Turnbull and (minister for employment) Michaelia Cash own this debacle.

For a government that has been so loud in condemning what it claims to be union to remain quiet when it concerns an employer, suggests its partisanship.


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Wages & salaries equal best result since 2013 "IndyWatch Feed"

Wages & salaries pick up

Another prod or two in the eye for the record mortgage stress meme today.

Firstly job ads have fired up to their highest level in 6 years, while shifts in capacity utilisation rates suggest that this rally can potentially continue towards 2018. 

Furthermore, the business indicators results for June 2017 showed wages and salaries recording their equal best quarterly result since 2013.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for wages and salaries increased by +1.2 per cent in the June quarter, following a string of poor results. 

The gains were largely driven by swelling pay packets in the healthcare (+2.8 per cent), administrative  and support services (+2.2 per cent), and professional, scientific, and technical services industries (+2.0 percent). 


Mining lobby calls for silencing environmental charities "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Queensland

The Minerals Council of Australia is pushing for environmental charities to be stopped from using more than 10 percent of their funds on political advocacy.

If successful, this would set a precedent that could apply to all not for profit organisations that have charitable status. It is a major restriction.

However, the mining companies representative body is accused of exempting itself from its own argument, by spending millions of dollars on its own political advocacy campaign.

Nevertheless, the long-running campaign to limit advocacy expenditure has the support of the Coalition and Murdoch media, and a Treasury inquiry into the matter is taking place. It is considering recommendations made by parliamentary inquiries set up by the government, including proposals to force environmental organisations to devote 50 percent of their expenditure towards remediation and for tighter monitoring of the advocacy activity of all charities.

Opponents brand this as a crude attempt to silence criticism.

The Minerals Council of Australia released its submission to the inquiry this week. A further demand of the body is the revealing of the identity of donors to charity that carry out advocacy work, arguing that it poses a threat to Australias sovereignty. In another submission to the government, the banning of foreign donations to groups that spend money on advocacy has been put forward.

The Australia institute has hit back by releasing its own paper, which reveals the extent of the use of foreign based advocacy groups used by the Mining Council, which itself is registered as a charitable body, enjoying tax deductibility.

The paper says that the Australian mining industry is 86 percent foreign-owned and had spent more than half a billion dollars lobbying Australian governments over the past decade most of which would have been a tax deduction for the companies, resulting in forgone tax revenue of about $162 million.

The Australia Institute paper lays out ways in which the foreign-funded mining lobby has exerted political influence, most of which has aimed at reducing the tax revenue collected from those miners.

It notes :

  • Lobbying by Rio Tinto (83 percent foreign owned) and BHP Billiton (76 percent foreign owned) has prevented an inquiry into the $75bn-a-year iron ore industry.


Australia Is There Anybody In There? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is there ANYONE home in the Federal or State Governments in Australia? Opinion by Meryl Dorey Former President  Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network (AVN)   The way that politicians and other Australian government officials are behaving now can certainly lead any intelligent person to believing that they are all comfortably numb  Perhaps a bit too much Continue reading Australia Is There Anybody In There?

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Australian MD: I've seen cases of vaccine injury for 40 years' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian doctor exposes vaccine damage, stands up to government/media attacks Here is what he wrote In Australia, the noose is tightening around parents' and children's necks. There is already a policy in place that denies certain government benefits to families who don't vaccinate their kids. Now, there is legislation that would deny unvaccinated children enrollment in daycare and kindergarten. But a grassroots rebellion is underway. Australian MD John Piesse has stepped out of the shadows and reported his findings and research on vaccine damage. The government is investigating him. They may strip his license. The press is attacking him mercilessly. He isn't backing down. His stance is certainly heroic, but remember that every doctor takes an oath to do no harm to his patients. Without question, there are many other doctors who know the truth, first-hand, about what vaccines really do. But they stay silent. Some of these doctors don't vaccinate their own children...but they continue to inject toxic chemicals and viruses into their young patients. That is a crime and betrayal of the first order.


Australias contribution to nuclear proliferation risks "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Once again, the world finds itself in a dangerous place as one mad-man explodes increasingly powerful nuclear weapons and another mad-man threatens North Korea with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before


No More Road Left for Diplomacy, US Ambassador Tells UN Security Council "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Trump administrations brazen threats of blocking trade and taking military action have conflicted with calls for restraint and diplomacy.

(COMMONDREAMS)  Doubling-down on the previous threats made by President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis over the weekend, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday morning declared enough is enough when it comes to diplomatic efforts with North Koreaindicating that both military strikes and sanctions against Pyongyangs trading partners could be next.

At an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, in response to reports on Sunday that Pyongyang tested a hydrogen bombits most powerful nuclear test yetHaley called on members to pass the strongest sanctions possible and said the time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means in order to end this crisis.

We have kicked the can down the road long enough, Haley said. There is no more road left.

After outlining 24 years of efforts to discourage North Korea from enhancing its nuclear capabilities, Haley echoed Trumps comment last week that Talking is not the answer, stating:

We have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not worked. Members of this council will no doubt urge negotiations and a return to talks, but as I have just outlined, we have engaged in numerous direct and multilateral talks with the North Korean regime and time after time they have not worked.

Claiming that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is begging for war, the ambassador said although war is never something the United States wantsour countrys patience is not unlimited. We will defend our allies, and our territory.

Haleys warnings of military action aligned with Mattis statements on Sunday. Following the reported H-bomb test, Mattis...


NATION: Super Mal of Monaro "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Look! Up in the sky! Its a bird? Its a plane? No its super-Mal soaring high above the Monaro Plains! Up, up and away!


Fasting plasma ascorbic acid levels were significantly correlated with stage of the disease. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Eur J Pharm Sci. 2017 Aug 25. Epub 2017 Aug 25. PMID: 28847527 Abstract Title:  The safety and pharmacokinetics of high dose intravenous ascorbic acid synergy with modulated electrohyperthermia in Chinese patients with stage III-IV non-small cell lung cancer. Abstract:  Ascorbic acid (AA) infusion and modulated electrohyperthermia (mEHT) are widely used by integrative cancer practitioners for many years. However, there are no safety and pharmacokinetics data in Chinese cancer patients. We carried out a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetics of those methods in patients with stage III-IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Blood ascorbic acid in the fasting state was obtained from 35 NSCLC patients; selecting from them 15 patients with stage III-IV entered the phase I study. They were randomized allocated into 3 groups, and received doses 1.0, 1.2, 1.5g/kg AA infusions. Participants in the first group received intravenous AA (IVAA) when mEHT was finished, in the second group IVAA was administered simultaneously with mEHT and in the third group IVAA was applied first, and followed with mEHT. Pharmacokinetic profiles were obtained when they received solely IVAA and when IVAA in combination with mEHT. The process was applied 3 times a week (every other day, weekend days off) for 4weeks. We found that fasting plasma AA levels were significantly correlated with stage of the disease. Peak concentration of AA was significantly higher in the simultaneous treatments than in other combinations with mEHT or in solely IVAA-managed groups. IVAA synergy with simultaneous mEHT is safe and the concomitant application significantly increases the plasma AA level for NSCLC patients.

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Fasting plasma ascorbic acid levels were significantly correlated with stage of the disease. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Eur J Pharm Sci. 2017 Aug 25. Epub 2017 Aug 25. PMID: 28847527 Abstract Title:  The safety and pharmacokinetics of high dose intravenous ascorbic acid synergy with modulated electrohyperthermia in Chinese patients with stage III-IV non-small cell lung cancer. Abstract:  Ascorbic acid (AA) infusion and modulated electrohyperthermia (mEHT) are widely used by integrative cancer practitioners for many years. However, there are no safety and pharmacokinetics data in Chinese cancer patients. We carried out a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetics of those methods in patients with stage III-IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Blood ascorbic acid in the fasting state was obtained from 35 NSCLC patients; selecting from them 15 patients with stage III-IV entered the phase I study. They were randomized allocated into 3 groups, and received doses 1.0, 1.2, 1.5g/kg AA infusions. Participants in the first group received intravenous AA (IVAA) when mEHT was finished, in the second group IVAA was administered simultaneously with mEHT and in the third group IVAA was applied first, and followed with mEHT. Pharmacokinetic profiles were obtained when they received solely IVAA and when IVAA in combination with mEHT. The process was applied 3 times a week (every other day, weekend days off) for 4weeks. We found that fasting plasma AA levels were significantly correlated with stage of the disease. Peak concentration of AA was significantly higher in the simultaneous treatments than in other combinations with mEHT or in solely IVAA-managed groups. IVAA synergy with simultaneous mEHT is safe and the concomitant application significantly increases the plasma AA level for NSCLC patients.

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Oklahoma Just Passed The Most Oppressive Law Against Women In History "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Source: Bipartisan Report

Women must get mens permission to have an abortion as Oklahoma takes a giant step back to the dark ages of dangerous and illegal back-street abortions. A Public Health Committee at the state capitol agreed to let dads block abortions.

Republican state representative Justin Humphrey said that he just wants to include the father in the abortion process, but what he is really doing is giving the man the right to control the womans body.

A woman would have to reveal the fathers name and provide his written, informed consent, before she could have the abortion. Humphrey authored House Bill 1441 that says fathers can veto a womens decision to go forward with the abortion, even in the case of incest.

According to The Oklahoman, Humphrey has called women hosts to unborn babies:

When I use the term host, its not meant to degrade women. If theres better verbiage out there, I will gladly use better verbiage. I just couldnt find it.

The Oklahoman reported that Humphrey told the committee:

My bill would stop an abortion if a father does not agree to the abortion. Theres a lot of questions that need to be answered in this bill. Im willing to work with any of yall to change things, to work with either side, to make a better bill.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains Tamya Cox warned that women face a very real fear of abusive men, especially at this time, The Oklahoman...


Kicking Sacred Cows : Is giving flu vaccinations to elderly nursing home patients really advisable? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In Australia the topic of vaccinations has taken on the tone of a sacred mantra and even to question the prevailing wisdom puts one in the Pauline Hanson nutter category


Jihadi quotes Quran, tells Muslims If youre a truck driver, ram their crowds until their streets run with their filthy blood "IndyWatch Feed National"

He chanted in Arabic: Kill them wherever you find them.' Thats found in the Quran three times: 2:191, 4:89, and 9:5. Mounir also urged Australian Muslims unable to join fighting in Syria and the Philippines to inflict terror against the kufar [infidels].' Allah says he will strike terror in the unbelievers (Quran 3:151), and tells []


Afghanistan facing major health crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

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


Not just 'nuts and bolts': Interview with authors of UFOs: Reframing the Debate "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On this episode of Skeptiko... Robbie Graham: I would be surprised if there were not an extraterrestrial component to the UFO phenomenon. But again, I would be very surprised if the extraterrestrial hypothesis could be proved to be a catch-all answer for the riddle. That's Robbie Graham, author of a new book, UFOs: Reframing the Debate. What debate? Well that's a real Skeptiko question like, how does frontier consciousness science, like the recent near-death experience science published by Dr. Sam Parnia as part of his AWARE study, how does that factor into the UFO question? Robert Brandstetter: And they had one piece only that they could use, even that case couldn't prove anything. Alex Tsakiris: Respectfully Robert, you're misrepresenting that research. The lead investigator, Dr. Sam Parnia - who's a worldwide, recognized expert in resuscitation - his conclusion is that consciousness survives bodily death. Dr. Pim van Lommel, Dr. Jeff Long, every researcher who's actively involved in study near-death experience has come to the same conclusion; you can't take their work and then just put a spin on it based on your interpretation of it. And does UFO research lead to the kind of deep spirituality I like to talk about? Robbie Graham: I don't feel I'm any more spiritual than I was when I first became attracted to the subject, when I was a teenager. I consider myself to be a spiritual person but I've shaken my dogmatic attachment to UFOs. And since I'm always keen to look at the conspiratorial angle, how does the deep state factor into this, and what about disclosure?


A New Notion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

At the steps of the Canberra Palace, General Mutton, flanked by Brigadier Poor Lean Hanson in her beautifully tailored and bemedalled black uniform, issued the latest edict that bans women from voting. Brigadier Hanson voiced her approval for this edict saying that although Chiefs of Staff such as her were exempt from this order, other women were too busy performing the tasks suitable for their gender to occupy themselves deciding who should run the country


Chaos at Beiruts Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I had a flight today at 8:30AM so I got to the airport at 5:10AM to be on the safe side, especially after seeing what happened last week. Unfortunately, it was chaotic to say the least and we only got to the boarding gate at 8:35AM! Its a good thing the flight got delayed otherwise we wouldnt have made it.

Starting with the traffic, there was the usual traffic at the armys checkpoint before the airport but then both the arrival & departure lanes were blocked. My brother was driving us so we just needed him to drop us and go but the cars were not moving so I had to go down almost 300 meters before the door and try to find a trolley to gain some time. Unfortunately, I couldnt find any (WTF?) and there were no workers around to help out so we ended up dragging our luggages by ourselves.

Once we got to the entrance, the first one was closed, so we headed to the second one and saw a huge & never-ending lane for the first security check. I was surprised on how organized the queues were but then spotted a couple of Fouhoud members (ISF) standing there with their machine guns keeping order. I have no idea why they were carrying machine guns, or how they could possibly make use of it to force people to respect the lines but it was working so who cares LOL!

Moving on, we got to the first security checks after 45 minutes where we had to pick up like animals those small cases for our laptops and electronics. Once done, we rushed to the counter to check-in (Automatic check-in never works) but ours said Doha and not Antalya and no one had an answer. We stayed on that line for a good 20 minutes because we didnt want to lose our turn till they decided to finally open the Antalya counter but they didnt bother to update the electronic banner.

It was already 6:50 and we hadnt had our tickets yet. When our turn came, some guy with his whole family decided to cut us off because he was waiting in the wrong lane and didnt want to wait all over again. Some guys behind us got upset and almost started a fight but the family still went through. In the meantime, some teenager fainted while waiting in line and his dad was struggling to carry him back to sit on some bench because of the crowds. A couple of airport staff passed by and did...


Number of Bitcoin ATMs Will Increase in Australia from 20 to 500 "IndyWatch Feed"

Two fintech operators are developing tech to equip 500 ATMs with Bitcoin functionality, and could add altcoins thereafter.


Daily Digest 9/4 - The First Step Towards Crony Capitalism, NK's Latest Threat "IndyWatch Feed"

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Aussie MD: Ive seen cases of vaccine injury for forty years By Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian doctor exposes vaccine damage, stands up to government/media attacks  Here is what he wrote:

September 4, 2017

In Australia, the noose is tightening around parents and childrens necks.

There is already a policy in place that denies certain government benefits to families who dont vaccinate their kids. Now, there is legislation that would deny unvaccinated children enrollment in daycare and kindergarten.

But a grassroots rebellion is underway.

Australian MD John Piesse has stepped out of the shadows and reported his findings and research on vaccine damage. The government is investigating him. They may strip his license. The press is attacking him mercilessly.

He isnt backing down.

His stance is certainly heroic, but remember that every doctor takes an oath to do no harm to his patients. Without question, there are many other doctors who know the truth, first-hand, about what vaccines really do. But they stay silent.

Some of these doctors dont vaccinate their own childrenbut they continue to inject toxic chemicals and viruses into their young patients. That is a crime and betrayal of the first order.

Here, in full, is a letter Dr. Piesse recently wrote to The Age. Read it. Study it. Understand it. This isnt the unhinged raving of a madman, as the press would have you believe.

This is basic truth that every parent should have and own:

I have been encountering cases of vaccine injury for over 40 years. In June it was a happy, healthy nearly 5-year-old whose parents were required to put her on a catch-up schedule, in order to get her into kindergarten. She wont be going to kinder. Shes in a wheel-chair, brain-damaged. Her life ruined. Then came a friends father who died after a flu vaccine, and last week a 4 year old boy, made autistic by a catch-up schedule.

In 1988, the US National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created. It has paid out over US$3.5 billion to the vaccine-injured. The NVICP was set up to protect vaccine manufacturers from ruinous costs of litigation by vaccine-damaged people. It was deemed preferable to have unavoidably unsafe vaccines than no vaccines. Unfortunately the protection provided to vaccine manufacturers also reduced incentives to develop safer vaccines in USA.

Vaccines contain health...


MD: Ive Seen Cases of Vaccine Injury for Forty Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jon Rappoport

Australian doctor exposes vaccine damage, stands up to government/media attacks

Here is what he wrote

In Australia, the noose is tightening around parents and childrens necks.

There is already a policy in place that denies certain government benefits to families who dont vaccinate their kids. Now, there is legislation that would deny unvaccinated children enrollment in daycare and kindergarten.

But a grassroots rebellion is underway.

Australian MD John Piesse has stepped out of the shadows and reported his findings and research on vaccine damage. The government is investigating him. They may strip his license. The press is attacking him mercilessly.

He isnt backing down.

His stance is certainly heroic, but remember that every doctor takes an oath to do no harm to his patients. Without question, there are many other doctors who know the truth, first-hand, about what vaccines really do. But they stay silent.

Some of these doctors dont vaccinate their own childrenbut they continue to inject toxic chemicals and viruses into their young patients. That is a crime and betrayal of the first order.

Here, in full, is a letter Dr. Piesse recently wrote to The Age. Read it. Study it. Understand it. This isnt the unhinged raving of a mad...


Cougar Vox "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Cougar Vox & the Irritations: 

#LvYrGutz #AlbumLaunch #GigWithBenefits
Melbourne Fringe 2017

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Open Table "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Open Table

FREE Special Event
Newlands Community House 
20 Murray Road, Coburg North

Wednesday 6 September
12.30 -2 pm

Free community lunch.

Meet your neighbours and enjoy fantastic food. This is a sustainability program using donated fresh produce.

Join us for a delicious FREE vegetarian meal!



Turnbull Government's insistence on denying a basic human right to so many Australian citizens is a disgrace "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Guardian, 2 September 2017:

The former human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs has called for an end to the Northern Territory intervention and the governments cashless welfare card trial, labelling them violations of international law.

The professor is one of 200 prominent Australians, including Cathy Freeman, Ian Thorpe and former disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes, to support a statement prepared with Indigenous elders that calls the intervention a crushing failure.

Speaking at the University of Melbourne on Monday, Triggs said the NT intervention had harmed Indigenous communities since its introduction 10 years ago.

  Assault and sexual assault convictions are about the same as before. Domestic violence has significantly increased. Incarceration of juveniles is now at world record heights.

Weve had a 500% rise in Indigenous youth suicide since the years 2007-11, she said.

The intervention, enacted in 2007 under the Howard government, suspended the application of the Racial Discrimination Act, enacted harsh penalties on alcohol and pornography, and removed customary laws in certain areas of the territory after reports of high rates of child sexual abuse.



NSW Berejiklian Government needs to face water sustainability issues on the Liverpool Plains "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Santos Ltd plans to drill up to 850 coal seam gas production wells on 425 well pads in its Narrabri Gas Project located on approx. 95,000 hectares in the Pilliga State Forest and on private agricultural land south-west of Narrabri, NSW.

Project infrastructure will include a central gas processing facility for the compression, dehydration and treatment of the gas to commercial quality, along with infrastructure supporting treatment, beneficial reuse, power generation, water and gas distribution and operational management facilities.

Upon request the Independent Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development has given advice to the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy and New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment concerning this project.

Here are some of the issues it raises in its 8 August 2017 advice:

Key potential impacts
The key potential impacts of the project include:
* long-term release of salt to the environment and the ongoing management of brine and salt waste. There is uncertainty in the quantities of salt that will be produced. There is also limited information in relation to the location and process for storage, and the containment and monitoring measures at the point of disposal.
* declines in groundwater level in landholder bores as a result of depressurisation and drawdown in the medium- to long-term (greater than 10 years).


Jonathan Cook on Israeli Terror "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Israel gets creative to counter its demographic disadvantage

Netanyahu government ready to recruit millions of Jewish non-Jews to help in numbers battle against Palestinians
The National 31 August 2017
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a crushing rebuke to the perennial optimists roused to hopes of imminent peace by the visit to the Middle East last week of Donald Trumps adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. At an event on Monday in the West Bank celebrating the half-centenary of Israeli occupation, Mr Netanyahu effectively admitted that US efforts to revive the peace process would prove another charade.
There would be no dismantling of the settlements or eviction of their 600,000 inhabitants the minimum requirement for a barely feasible Palestinian state. We are here to stay forever, Mr Netanyahu reassured his settler audience. We will deepen our roots, build, strengthen and settle.
So where is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict heading if the two-state solution is dead? The answer: back to its origins. That will entail another desperate numbers battle against the Palestinians with Israel preparing to create new categories of Jews so they can be recruited to the fray.
Demography was always at the heart of Israeli policy. During the 1948 war that founded a Jewish state on the ruins of the Palestinian homeland, 750,000 Palestinians were expelled in a campaign that today would be termed ethnic cleansing. By the end, a large native Palestinian majority had been reduced to less than a fifth of the new states population. David Ben Gurion, the countrys founding father, was unperturbed. He expected to swamp this rump group with Jews from Europe and the...


Need For Diplomacy More Clear Than Ever After North Korea Claims H-Bomb Test "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Calls for restraint and diplomacy emerged on Sunday after North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb capable being placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

statement released from North Koreas Nuclear Weapons Institute says Pyongyang conducted the test with perfect success at noon local time Sunday, and purportedly showed that the countrys nuclear weapons power and technology were in consideration of the targets and purposes.

Reuters reports:

The test had registered with international seismic agencies as a man-made earthquake near a test site in the North. Japanese and South Korean officials said it was around 10 times more powerful than the tremor picked up after North Koreas last nuclear test a year ago.

There was no independent confirmation that the detonation was a hydrogen bomb, rather than a less powerful atomic device, but Japans Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tokyo could not rule out such a possibility.

Therell be debate about whether its a true H-bomb but it doesnt matter, commentedVipin Narang, associate professor of political science at MIT, of the countrys sixth-ever nuclear test. You dont want this thing anywhere near a city.

Echoing his talking his not the answer comments from last week, President Donald Trump sent out a series of tweets in response to the test, saying that North Koreas words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous to the United States; Pyongyang has become a great threat; and South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!


18 Signs You Are A Natural Born Healer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Each of us is born with our own unique personality, and because of that, we live amongst many different personality types.  Among these different types, I would have to say that those who have healing personalities are my favorite.

We all have the potential to do good in this world but people who have a natural healing personality are much more capable. They were born with an extra special light that shines off of them which makes it easier for everyone else to trust them. While I do not have a healing personality, several people who are very close to me do, and I can honestly say they are some of the most amazing people I have ever come across thus far in my life journey.

If the following things apply to you then you have a healing personality. If you have a healing personality you should use your gift to help make this world a better place. You are capable of great things if you truly put your mind and your heart to them.

18 Signs You Have a Healing Personality:

1. People often say how calming it is to be around you.

You are always able to make other people calm down. Someone could be having the worst day ever and you can make it better. You can do this without really doing anything at all.

2. You are great at making people smile.

When someone is in a bad mood you go out of your way to make sure they feel better. You dont like to see anyone sad. People cant help but feel better around you.

3. You are always thinking about other people.

You spend more time focusing on the well-being of others. Because of this you often let your own well-being fall through the cracks. This can be a problem.

4. Other people flock to you for advice.

When someone has a problem you are the first person they call for advice. You give them the answers they need to hear whether it is what they want you to say or not. Your advice is always the right advice to take.

5. You are brutally honest.

You tell people how it is. You do not sugar coat anything and are great at getting your point across. This is an important part of who you are.

6. You like to help animals.

You are all about rescuing animals. You feel connected to animals on a very deep level. They have an innocence you would like to preserve.

7. You likely suffer from anxiety.

Because you are so selfless, you can fall victim to things like anxiety much easier than most. You are constantly worrying about things and it can be very frustrating. That being said, you dont have to have a mood disorder in....

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UK Retailer Becomes First to Ditch Boys and Girls Labels on Kids Clothing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

John Lewis is the first clothing retailer in the UK to refrain from reinforcing specific gender stereotypes. The department store accomplished this by removing all gender labels from childrens clothing. Not only has the chain taken girls and boys labels from clothes, it has eliminated separate sections in its stores.

The Independent reports that from now on, John Lewis clothing will simply say Girls & Boys or Boys & Girls. So far, school uniforms are the only type of clothing that has not yet switched. However, the change will occur soon.

Credit: John Lewis

None of the brands clothing style has changed. For instance, floral dresses and casual boys wear will still be sold. The retailer is simply making a point that various types of clothing can be worn by both girls and boys.

Said Caroline Bettis, the head of childrenswear at John Lewis:

We do not want to reinforce gender stereotypes within our John Lewis collections and instead want to provide greater choice and variety to our customers, so that the parent or child can choose what they would like to wear.

In anticipation of the switch, John Lewis also launched a new unisex clothing line for children. Dinosaur print dresses and spaceship tops are but a few options in the department. Reportedly, the John Lewis website still includes girls and boys sections. This is presently under review, however, and is likely to change.

Overall, the response has been positive:


Why Australia Shouldnt BAN Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kent Heckenlively, JD In the flood of world-wide publicity which has greeted the decision by Australia to BAN my DANGEROUS SCIENCE tour there have been some suggestions that I NEVER actually applied to go to Australia. Considering that the decision to DENY me admission was reported in papers from Australia, China, Thailand, the United Continue reading Why Australia Shouldnt BAN Me

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Carnival Passenger Missing in St. Thomas Located; Was She Kidnapped? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Carnival Passenger Regina Gilliam Located The cruise passenger reported missing last week after she disembarked from the Carnival Splendor in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, has been located. We wrote about the incident - Passenger From Carnival Splendor Missing in St. Thomas, USVI.

A family friend left a message on this blog, stating that " . . . she was kidnapped and managed to escape. She ran to the local authorities and now help is on the way . . . "  A post on an article in a Virgin Islands newspaper (which has not been verified) explained that "she was allegedly "kidnapped by gun point somewhere close to where it docked."

This account, if true, has not been confirmed by the local police in St. Thomas. 

This morning, a local newspaper in St. Thomas, published an article reporting that yesterday (Sunday):

". . . at around 11:05 a.m., Regina Gilliam approached a Virgin Islands Port Authority (V.I.P.A.) officer at the Cyril E. King Airport and identified herself as the missing person from the Carnival Splendor cruise ship. The V.I.P.A. officer was able to verify that she was indeed Ms. Gilliam, and notified 911 immediately . . . "

The article continued:

"Ms. Gilliam was subsequently interviewed by the V.I.P.D.s Investigations Bureau as part of the forces standard procedures for missing persons. An investigation was launched to locate Ms. Gilliam on Thursday, when she did not reboard the ship before it was scheduled to depart St. Thomas at 4 p.m.

Mr. Dratte (the V.I.P.D. Public Information Officer) said the force was working with all relevant authorities to ensure Ms. Gilliams health and wellbeing, and to protect the integrity of the investigation . . . "

The official account, or course, raises more questions than provides answers.  Was Ms. Gilliam really abducted? And if so, when and by whom?  Carnival reported her missing when the Splendor left port on Thursday afternoon and she was located on Sunday morning, three days later. Some people are questioning whether she was really kidnapped. At the same time, the Virgin Islands has motivation to downplay the incident; the islands obviously do not want the bad publicity of cruise passengers being abducted playing....


Seal Pups! "IndyWatch Feed National"

From David, who notes: Here are some seal pups on Kangaroo Island, commonly known as New Zealand Fur Seals (kekeno in Mori) they are quite prolific in Australia, and have bred to almost plague like proportions in some areas.  That last photo, awwwww. Click for full size!

David, all rights reserved.


Australian Move to Legalize Bitcoin Attracts Gold and Bullion Investor "IndyWatch Feed"

Cryptocurrency Bitcoin following the move by the federal government of Australia to authorize the cryptocurrency as a legal currency in the country


MD: Ive seen cases of vaccine injury for 40 years "IndyWatch Feed National"

MD: Ive seen cases of vaccine injury for forty years

Australian doctor exposes vaccine damage, stands up to government/media attacks

Here is what he wrote

by Jon Rappoport

September 4, 2017

In Australia, the noose is tightening around parents and childrens necks.

There is already a policy in place that denies certain government benefits to families who dont vaccinate their kids. Now, there is legislation that would deny unvaccinated children enrollment in daycare and kindergarten.

But a grassroots rebellion is underway.

Australian MD John Piesse has stepped out of the shadows and reported his findings and research on vaccine damage. The government is investigating him. They may strip his license. The press is attacking him mercilessly.

He isnt backing down.

His stance is certainly heroic, but remember that every doctor takes an oath to do no harm to his patients. Without question, there are many other doctors who know the truth, first-hand, about what vaccines really do. But they stay silent.

Some of these doctors dont vaccinate their own childrenbut they continue to inject toxic chemicals and viruses into their young patients. That is a crime and betrayal of the first order.

Here, in full, is a letter Dr. Piesse recently wrote to The Age. Read it. Study it. Understand it. This isnt the unhinged raving of a madman, as the press would have you believe.

This is basic truth that every parent should have and own:

I have been encountering cases of vaccine injury for over 40 years. In June it was a happy, healthy nearly 5-year-old whose parents were required to put her on a catch-up schedule, in order to get her into kindergarten. She wont be going to kinder. Shes in a wheel-chair, brain-damaged. Her life ruined. Then came a friends father who died after a flu vaccine, and last week a 4 year old boy, made autistic by a catch-up schedule.

In 1988, the US National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created. It has paid out over US$3.5 billion to the vaccine-injured. The NVICP was set up to protect vaccine manufacturers from ruinous costs of litigation by vaccine-damaged people. It was deemed preferable to have unavoidably unsafe vaccines than no vaccines. Unfortunately the protection prov...


Recalling The Mersey Poets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

for we had love and each other and the moon for company
when I spent summer with Monica and Monica spent summer with me

June this year saw the fiftieth anniversary the publication of Roger McGoughs wistful verse-memoir Summer With Monika, and in October, we celebrate the publication in 1967 of that great anthology The Mersey Sound which showcased the poetry of Liverpudlians McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henry.

Named for the musical revolution that originated in the northern English port city of Liverpool, it became one of the best-selling poetry anthologies of all time, exerting an influence on British poetry well beyond the decade. I bought the slim volume as soon as it came out, and back in the day, guitar in hand, I would set many of its poems to music as it nurtured my nascent song-writing and poetry skills. I recall now Pattens Somewhere Between Heaven and Woolworths, and Delicate John and the tunes I set to them. I still sing McGoughs Great War country-and-western-noir Square Dance: Swing your partners dos-y-doed, all around the shells explode

The poems had an immediacy, a relevance to those breakout times when a young mans hopes and fears seemed to centre of the availability or otherwise (mostly not) of casual sex with gorgeous dolly birds, the American quagmire in Vietnam, and the imminent threat of a nuclear Armageddon. They spoke in a familiar vernacular, everyday English that we understood and related to about ordinary events and workaday artifacts that acquired a totemic significance upon the printed page. Toasters, teapots and fish n chips. Kardomah cafes and Star of India restaurants. Bus-conductors, postmen, and milk bottles on the doorstep. Schoolyards and superheroes. Miniskirts and monarchy. The northern English weather.

And all this against the soundtrack of some of the greatest popular music that ever was spilling out of radios and record players in the suburban bedrooms and inner city bedsits of teenagers across the land. There wasnt a great lyrical leap from the songs of the Beatles with their particular Liverpudlian spirit of place to the words, worries and wonderings of our very own British Beat Poets.

I have visited those days often in these pages. In A Window on a Gone World I wrote:

This was indeed a decade of change and ferment. Values changed, morals changed, habits changed, clothes change...


Einstein A Go Go - 3 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dr Shane, Dr Lauren, Dr Linden and Dr Ray are in the studio on this father's day show to discuss the father of global warming: Guy Callendar, Eureka awards and Dr Laurens final show before moving overseas.

First guest: Professor Michael Fuhrer, Director, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics, Monash University discusses his seven year program into developing technologies to solve the power consumption issues of current electronic components as limitations of manufacturing with silicon are now looming.

Second guest: Guillermo A. Narsilio, ARC Future Fellow, Geotechnical Engineering, University of Melbourne talks about the $11 billion Metro Tunnel rail link project and the opportunity to tap into the geothermal energy underground which has the potential to significantly cut the power cost of keeping the stations cool in summer and heated in winter.

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3 Ways To Protect And Secure Your Online Identity "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Global Freedom Movement.

Since the introduction and alteration of meta data laws around the world, maintaining privacy has become a very important reality for those who browse online. Contrary to popular belief, it is not simply those who are up to no good that need to protect and secure their online identity; it is everyone who should take []

The article 3 Ways To Protect And Secure Your Online Identity appeared first on Global Freedom Movement.


It really is all about race hatred "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Im sure youve all noticed this: white nationalism is commonly characterized by the media as a primarily economic issue. This is the party line from the New York Times; theyre constantly banging on about how Trump voters are just desperately poor (not true), and reporting on interviews and focus groups with disaffected moderates where they hear them complaining about employment and regulations and immigrants competing for their jobs (because, apparently, young Republicans dream of someday working in a poultry slaughterhouse).

For the moment, it remains semi-subterranean, new, a little shocking like the ideas of rolling back the power of trade unions which the Tories were rehearsing in the mid-1970s; or the attack on comprehensive welfare systems which the US policy-thinker Charles Murray was testing out around the same time; or the foretelling of the collapse of the Soviet Union which analysts such as Zbigniew Brzezinski were putting into public debate, to general disbelief, a little later.

This idea, or rather cluster of ideas, has similar origins in the Anglo-American intellectual right, a milieu at once self- confident, vengeful, well funded and very sharp. It is based on the belief that the transatlantic right needs some kind of coherent internationalist vision to set against the corporatist European Union. The answer is what the science-fiction writer Neal Stephenson has called the Anglosphere. The US, Canada, Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and much of the West Indies, it is pointed out, enjoy a common language, a common culture, common legal traditions and, above all, common entrepreneurial instincts. Can these countries create a loose association of some kind? Mexico, though it does not meet all the criteria, would have to fit in, since it is already part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) which is central to the Anglosphere project, both economically and politically. Norway might fit in, given that it is negotiating with Nafta. Japan, backward-looking and over-regulated, would not.


Stop Blaming Houstons Libertarian Zoning For Hurricane Harveys Destruction "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As floodwaters have finally started receding from the Houston area, leaving disaster and dilapidation in their wake, many have attempted to explain why and how such catastrophe happened. Theres the more obvious answer: Hurricane Harvey was a downpour of monumental proportions. Twenty-one trillion gallons of water had fallen on Texas by Tuesday night. Just shy of 52 inches of rainfall had covered Cedar Bayou, Texas, by Tuesdaybreaking the record for rainfall in the continental United States, and nearly surpassing the overall U.S. record for rainfall set by Hurricane Hiki in Kauai, Hawaii, in 1950.

This was a big storm. It was inevitable that it would wreak havoc on the inhabitants of Houston and surrounding small towns.

But thats not the explanation most media outlets are offering. Instead, theyre pointing to Houstons libertarian-minded urban planners as the culprits for Harveys damage. Perhaps one of the most pointed instances of this blame game was found in Tuesdays episode of the New York Times podcast, The Daily:

Michael Barbaro: Richard, what kind of zoning is there [in Houston]? And I guess we should define that word, but the notion that theres a pretty centralized system of thinking about what gets built and where and rules that govern it?

Richard Fausset: The city of Houston famously, or infamously, doesnt have zoning the way most cities do. And so one of the hallmarks of Houston life within the city is the sort of block that has the strip joint next to the Baptist church next to the quickie mart. So this idea that Houston is not zoned is relevant to the disaster unfolding in that it reflects a kind of laissez faire and libertarian streak in Texas consciousness. But really, the broader issue is that greater Houston now encompasses so much more than the city of Houston itself. Theres this patchwork of town governments and city governments and county governments. Floodwater doesnt care what municipality you live in. So you can have a poorly planned neighborhood 10 miles from you that may be the reason why your house in the city of Houston is flooding, and theres very little you can do about it.

Barbaro: Just how irresponsible has this building and planning been? I mean, I feel like this...


Media Fakes Daylight Between Trump And Mattis On North Korea, Trans Troops "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

No, Secretary of Defense James Mattiss recent comments do not contradict President Trump. Showing some frustration with the way reporters have been covering him, Mattis recently told reporters, If I say six and the president says half a dozen, theyre going to say I disagree with him. Lets just get over that.

Mattiss reprimand is 100 percent justified. Two recent incidents that dominated the defense news cycle make this clear. Well take the most recent one first. On August 29, North Korea once again flight-tested a ballistic missile, this time one that flew over Japan.

In response, President Trump issued a carefully worded statement that said: The world has received North Koreas latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior. Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regimes isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table.

The following day, the president tweeted: The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!

Hours later, reporters had the opportunity to question the secretary of Defense. Tara Copp, a reporter with the Military Times, said, Secretary Mattis, you have often said you seek a diplomatic solution to North Korea. The president this morning tweeted that talking isnt the answer. Are we out of diplomatic solutions for North Korea?

Note here what should be obvious: the first two sentences are statements, the third one is a question. Mattis answered the question this way: No.

Diplomacy Includes More than Talking, Folks

Copp follows up: What additional diplomatic solutions can be taken? And then for Minister Song, what additional U.S. military support might South Korea need to increase pressure on North Korea?

Mattis answered: Were never out of diplomatic solutions. We continue to work together and the minister and I share responsibility to provide for the protection of our nation our populations, and our interests, which is what we are here to discuss today

Observe, Mattis did not say the United States is talking to North Korea, nor is it looking for opportunities to talk to North Korea. Additionally, he did not say the United States is considering sanctions relief, another way someone could reasonably interpret that the United States is considering paying North Korea. If he had said either of those things, one co...


The 15 Biggest Movie Bombs Of Summer 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most outlets cover Hollywoods massive performers: Wonder Woman made $400 million! Fate of the Furious cleared more than $1 billion globally! Then there is me. I trend towards Hollywoods low-quality retrograde fare, particularly those titles that failed to deliver the entertainment. Thus, at the end of the blockbuster season I look at the titles that made an impact in the form of a crater.

Summer is when studios make bank. It is the season when careers are made, budgets are broken, and executives get bonused into buying diamond-encrusted padlocks to affix on the gates of the public access steps to the beach on their Malibu property. Well, most years, anyway.

Summer 2017 overall was a dismal session, with the total box office nearly 16 percent lower than the previous year. To give one example of the futility: this summer broke the record for the worst opening by a movie in 4,000 theatersthree separate times! Studios released tentpole titles week after week, which depleted their success rates as not too many titles had room to flex muscles. The later stages of the calendar were filled with middling titles when a blockbuster would not only rule the theater but draw in audiences, raising the ticket-buying tide.

Numerous factors went into numbering this box-office fail list. Beyond mere performances I used other metrics like overall quality, expectations, budgets, and star power. But for the most part, this is about celebrating general failure. Pop yourself up a box of burnt popcorn, pour a 64-ounce cup of flat soda, and lets tear into the failures from theaters this summer.

15. Wish Upon

This widely ignored horror offering failed to find an audience in a summer frame with no fright-filled competition and a rather receptive audience. (The sequel to Annabelle did robust business.) Despite that favorable atmosphere, this film lacked atmospherics, as it recycled a familiar horror trope for the teen audience. Expected to open in the double-digit range, it struggled to make half of that mark, debuting as the No. 7 film opening weekend and soon as forgotten as a fever dream.

14. Rough Night

13. Snatched

Following the brea...


WA recovery picks up momentum "IndyWatch Feed"

Commodities back in favour

Further evidence that the mining cliff is over as metres drilled for mineral boomed by +28 per cent year-on-year in the June 2017 quarter.

Estimated dollars spent on minerals exploration increased by a similarly impressive +26 per cent. 

The recent rebound has been driven by base metals and is reflected most other minerals - but over a couple of years especially gold exploration - which is great news for Western Australia. 

In fact, if you're betting on a WA recovery, you're now looking pretty good from here.

That's the best quarterly result since 2013 for Western Australia, with plenty more in the post from iron ore drilling and exploration to come. 

Some light at the end of the tunnel for WA at last?


Muslim leader on gays: We are afraid if we come out with our opinion then the left may abandon us "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In addressing the taboo topic of why Muslims have been so quiet in the debate about same-sex marriage, Ali Kadri, spokesperson for the Islamic Council of Queensland in Australia, states that the left side has been the staunchest defender of  gays and Muslims, so for Muslims to declare their opposition to homosexuality would risk losing []


The Minerals Council of Australia pushing zombie ideas "IndyWatch Feed"

Fighting zombies is a tiresome business. Even when you think youve finally killed them, they bounce back as often as not. But it has to be done, and there are some benefits. When you see a supposedly serious person or organization pushing zombie ideas, its an indication that nothing they put out should be presumed to be serious.

There can be few zombies more thoroughly undead than nuclear power in general, except for the idea that nuclear power is a sensible option for Australia. The strongly pro-nuclear SA Royal Commission demolished this zombie so thoroughly that it should have taken a decade at least to regenerate.

But heres the Minerals Council of Australia, which has taken a break from promoting coal to push the idea that Australia needs a nuclear power industry and that the biggest obstacle is a legal prohibition imposed in 1998. The supporting analysis is riddled with absurdities, some of which have already been pointed out. Ill give my own (incomplete) list over the fold

Most obviously, theres the statement that 58 nuclear reactors are currently under construction. As anyone whos been paying attention could tell them, that number was 66 not long ago. The decline reflects the abandonment of half-built projects like the VC Summer plant in North Carolina and the fact that some long overdue projects like Watts Bar, started back in 1973, have been completed, while new starts have slowed to a crawl.

Thats only going to accelerate. China currently has 23 plants under construction, but they havent approved a new one in eighteen months. Other countries with projects under construction, but no recent approvals include the US and France. Unless something changes, the completion of current projects will cut the number under construction in half within a few years.

Then theres the claim that nuclear power is affordable. Theres no reference to the dismal record of the existing industry. Instead, the MCA is relying on vaporware

Small modular reactors (SMRs) are close to commercialisation in the US. A Nu-scale 50MWe SMR, for example, is projected to cost around US$250 million.10 Three of these would cost and produce around the same amount of power as the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphe...


Australian Medical Association: Class Action against the AMA for Vaccine Injury "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Why this is important

The health and well being of our beautiful and innocent Australian children are paramount to all Australians.

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8 Sept 2017 Guest presenter on Banksia marginata "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The guest speaker at the September CFNC meeting is Simon Heyes.  Simon  is currently studying for his Masters in Research at La Trobe on Banksia recruitment. He is looking at why banksias arent regenerating, and is also researching the ecology patterns of recruitment for Banksia marginata on the plains.

The presentation is from 7.30pm on Friday 8 September in the normal location the Fellowship Room behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St (next door to the Castlemaine Art Gallery).  Visitors are welcome.  Members are encouraged to bring along friends and family.

To whet your appetite for Simons presentation, the following link is to an article written by Ian Lunt in 2014 about Banksia marginata (CLICK HERE).  The comments and discussion at the end of the article are also quite interesting.

Information about the  excursion on Saturday 9th September are being finalised and will be announced soon.

Wednesday Wildflower Walks will commence on September 13th for four or five consecutive weeks, starting promptly at 4 p.m. from opposite the Castle Motel. An appointed leader will take us to an area in the surrounds of Castlemaine exhibiting a variety of flowering native plants at the time. We will spend about an hour at the location. Bring field guides, magnifying glass, camera etc., and appropriate footwear.  The leaders of the first two walks are Richard Piesse (13th Sept) and Geraldine Harris (20th Sept).


Visit Italica Spain Birthplace of Roman Emperors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Italica is located just 10km from the centre of Seville Spain. I dont know whether you would consider that to be part of any day trips from Seville as some people say it might be too close but you could say 2 centuries ago it was Seville. Italica Spain was a Roman settlement from the 2nd-century BC through to the 4th century AD. It was a settlement of some note and today its considered to be the best Roman ruins in Spain. Surprisingly it seems not to feature on many peoples lists of what to see in Seville, which as we found out is a big mistake!

The great Roman General Scipio chose Italica as a place to settle his war veterans who fought Hannibal and the Carthaginians. Italica was so called as because of the Italian origins of the veterans who made it home.

Italicas reputation and status in the Roman Empire thrived as it was the birthplace of 2 mighty Roman emperors Trajan and Hadrian.


During Trajans 19 year reign Rome reached its maximum size of territory. Trajan was responsible for extensive public building programs and the introduction of social welfare policies. These feats earned Trajan the reputation as the second of the Five Good Emperors who presided over an era of peace and prosperity in the Mediterranean world.



No To Dick Smith, Yes To Common Good "IndyWatch Feed National"

A sustainable and compassionate future requires a major rethink on all the issues we say we hold dear, writes Professor Stuart Rees.

Businessman Dick Smith spends one $1 million on an anti-immigration advertisement but misses the point of his own arguments. He damns economic growth and endless consumption, then scapegoats population increases via immigration as the main cause of a global, capitalist driven destruction.

If Smith had considered the economics and politics of a common good, his advertisement would have been far more helpful, and even cost effective.


Struggles over Values

Two themes characterise the promotion of a common good: concern with an economics which facilitates all citizens creativity; a democracy preoccupied with respect for human rights.

The outcome of such efforts depends on the values which affect politics, the governance of institutions and the content of everyday conversations. Those values include altruism, inclusiveness, respect for collective interests and for protection of the planet.


Socially just policies and democratic practices can be affected by citizens who are courageous, cosmopolitan and cherish non-violence, who are curious and willing to learn.

The significance of values which would attract the general public can be depicted in reference to specific policies, beginning with those concerning employment and income.


Promoting Collective Interests

The work-income-housing, health care, education formula works well for large proportions of the population. They could be deemed economically successful.

The same formula works poorly for those who are on low wages, have only casual employment and must struggle to find and afford somewhere to live. For those who are unemployed, struggle with a disability or are homeless, that formula does not work.

Even the apparently economically successful live with an illusion. Their success has been accompanied by others poverty, by growing inequality, by violence associated with the arms trade, by global warming, pollution and other forms of destructiveness to the environment.

A proportion of citizens have work which they find satisfying. Others have work which they experience as purposeless, emotionally and physically destructive. They cant wait for the day when they might retire...


Stargroups 500 Australian ATMs Will Receive Two-way Bitcoin Functionality "IndyWatch Feed"

Bringing Bitcoin to the masses is a very tough challenge. It becomes even more difficult without convenient ways to purchase cryptocurrency. Stargroup, an Australian fintech firm, runs around 500 ATMs in the country. Through a new partnership with Digital X, they will provide two-way Bitcoin ATM solutions moving forward. It is evident the Bitcoin ecosystem Continue reading Stargroups 500 Australian ATMs Will Receive Two-way Bitcoin Functionality

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Out Of Africa: Labor, Libs Help Oz Miners Save A Continent And Destroy The World "IndyWatch Feed"

Australian mining companies with the help of the Labor and Liberal parties have got their eyes fixed firmly on Africa. Lucy Manne, Head of Campaigns at ActionAid Australia worries about the price Africans (and the rest of us) will pay.

This week, Australias Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, will speak at the annual Africa Down Under conference in the intimate and luxurious surroundings of Perths 5-star Pan Pacific Hotel.

At more than $1,700 a ticket, this exclusive event will give Australias mining sector the chance to rub shoulders with key government representatives from Australia and across Africa. The conference literature is clear: this is an event to court Australian mining companies as they look to extract the still untapped wealth hiding in the ancient land mass of Africa without question the worlds greatest treasure trove.


That treasure trove, and the men (yes, men, just look at the presenters list of the 71 speakers currently listed, 68 of them are men) seeking to raid it, should be of great alarm to us all. There are now more Australian mining corporations operating in Africa than from any other nation and later this week, ActionAid Australia will release a report showing for the first time, just how much African coal Australian mining companies have in reserve.

As we finalise the data, an alarming picture is emerging. Australian coal mining in Africa could well push us over tipping points, into dangerous climate change beyond 1.5 degrees.

Despite the immensity of this threat, Australian mining companies operating in Africa have accomplished a rare feat in Australian politics: bipartisan support.

It is of little surprise to find Julie Bishop in attendance at the Africa Down Under conference. The Liberals febrile enthusiasm for coal is well-known. But this years Africa Down Under conference will also be graced by the Labor Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, and Tanya Plibersek, in her role as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, featured as one of the most notable and high profile speakers at the conference last year.

West Australian Labor Premier, Mark McGowan.West Australian Labor Premier, Mark McGowan....


TEAM ICO Launches: Blockchain Contribution Graph "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

TEAM aims to build a universal Contribution Graph: a verified, distributed & immutable register of projects & who contributed to them. Such a system can answer the following question: Who contributed what, where? e.g. Linus Torvalds created the Linux Kernel or Brian Chesky co-founded AirBnB in 2008. Such a register can be of tremendous value Continue reading TEAM ICO Launches: Blockchain Contribution Graph

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Hindus object to lamb ad featuring Ganesha "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Upset Hindus are urging Australia Advertising Standards Bureau to ban the new You Never Lamb Alone video ad launched on September four by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), which seems to make fun of Lord Ganesha. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, pointed out that Lord Ganesha was highly revered []

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1) West Papua advocacy groups urge Forum action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Pacific Islands Forum: at a glance

3) Fatal shooting a military response to Papua fishing dispute

4) Family planning in Lebak makes significant progress
5) Freeport still in charge of Grasberg mine after divestment

6) EDITORIAL: Shaky deal with Freeport


1) West Papua advocacy groups urge Forum action

5:28 pm today 

West Papua advocacy groups based in Australia and New Zealand have urged the Pacific Islands Forum to act decisively on Papua.
Representatives of the Forums 18 members are ...


The Logies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Victorian Government has decided to cease providing support for the annual Logies awards. Im not sure why taxpayers should be providing support to an entertainment industry awards evening, but apparently we have been for years and now the Andrews Government is withdrawing that support. This has to be the first good decision by the Andrews Government. Unfortunately it now seems that the Queensland taxpayer will step forward to pay for hosting the Logies.

Isnt it appalling? The protection provided to the free-t0-air television network over the years and still we have to pay for an awards night.

I checked out the financial statement for the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences in the US which hosts the Oscars. Not one cent from the US Government.

In Australia TV Week hosts the Logies.  TV Week, connected to the nine network, is published by Bauer Media. Financial statements are not available so we dont know the extent of the Victorian Government largesse over the years for the Logies.


Gold Oil Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; At the cocktail party in Hong Kong I am the one who asked you how China should proceed to make the yuan a reserve currency. You said the rule of law must first protect property and surprisingly you said to issue commodity contracts redeemable in gold. Well, everyone knows whatever you seem to advise China does and very fast. The news is they will now do exactly that. Start a oil contract redeemable in gold. Can you explain why you took this position? You were surrounded at that moment and did not explain in detail why oil should be redeemable in gold.


ANSWER: It was not based upon the rise or fall of gold. The objective is to establish the yuan as a reserve currency until we reach the Monetary Crisis Cycle conclusion. The logical step is to try to boost the yuan as a redeemable reserve currency with stability. You either PEG it to the dollar (unwise for political reasons) or you LINK it to gold but do not PEG it to gold. If you attempt to PEG the yuan to gold, that would fail for you are making the same mistake as Bretton Woods. The only possible way is to LINK  it to gold but on a floating exchange rate. That way you are encouraging confidence in the yuan allowing it to be redeemed on a floating basis with gold. Hence, the political risk of the currency is reduced for it could become possible that the currency system breaks apart and politically currencies could be politically frozen and nonredeemable.



Zero G - 28 August 2017 Episode 1148 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Podcast Title: Atomic Pod 1148

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of legendary comic book creator Jack "King" Kirby's birth, we farewell genre Grandmaster author, Brian W. Aldiss and filmmaker Tobe Hooper, trip back to the '70s to punk Derek Jarman's movie, Jubilee, and duck and cover from the awesome Jane Bondian Cold War actioner, Atomic Blonde!

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST


Pure Greed: Criminal Lawyer Imprisoned for Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland criminal defence lawyer Tim Meehan has been sentenced to five and a half years behind bars for fraud. Mr Meehan, formerly a partner at Bosscher Lawyers, pleaded guilty last year to one count of aggravated fraud and eight counts of falsifying records. The offences related to a scheme whereby Meehan asked 19 clients to

The post Pure Greed: Criminal Lawyer Imprisoned for Fraud appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Mary and Islam With Sheen "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Not knowing this means a major flaw in understanding Islam.  Islam is a stepping stone to Christianity and not the other way around.  That this has been abused is also true.  Praying for the intercession of Mary is a direct step to accepting Christ.  As Muslims do pray, they do meditate and they do ask for the intercession of Mary it is inevitable that they devote themselves to Christ as well.

Confronting Islam leads us right back to the Islamic scriptures and the direct identification of those passages not acceptable to Jesus and by extension to Mary.   Support for those passages means becoming an adherent of the Anti - Christ and not acceptable to the faithful of either Christianity or Islam.

If we all accept Allah and God and all other names for GOD to merely denote the SOURCE, we have no conflict.

What a noted religious leader said about Islam in 1952


Throughout the 1950s, the most famous and powerful religious voice in mass media was the eloquent and telegenic Catholic bishop, Fulton J. Sheen. The author of several books, not only about his Catholic faith but also about issues such as communism, Sheen had an influence that was broadcast to millions on television as a pioneer of mass media, long before Billy Graham, Jimmy Swaggart, or Joel Osteen.

In an article that seems prescient, Fulton speaks of the animosity Islam has and has had towards Christianity on the whole and the West in particular. He recalls the many times that Muslim armies came close to overwhelming the West: in France, Austria, and Spain. Each time, there were reputed miracles that held back the armies of Islam that were poised t...


Zero G - 4 September 2017 Episode 1149 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Podcast Title: CONNECT THE PODS 1149

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Orson Welles and Jeanne Moreau spark fictional friction in the 1968 short movie The Immortal Story, gladly farewell the Marvel Comic Crossover series Secret Empire (Fail Hydra!) and welcome back Good Captain America- Steve Rogers, while sinking our fangs into the Kim Newman/Titan Comics series,Anno Dracula: 1895, as well as his amusing fantasm about the Phantom Of The Opera, Angels Of Music.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST


making space in spring "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



The last of the autumn leaves are clinging and the spring buds are about to burst. Im definitely ready to fling open the windows and welcome spring.

Spring is, naturally, a busy time of year. And while I have promised myself to get many a task completed in the next few months, Im also conscious of not over-using that b word.

Yes, we are all busy and the diary is only going to get crazie...


T H E D E A D A V I A T R I X "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

DECEMBER 14, 2017 
                                                         T H E   D E A D  A V A T R I X


Life Drawing every Thursday from 7pm. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Heres an extract from a story in the Daily Telegraph about our Thursday night sessions:

At Parliament on King, a tiny cafe/bookshop/drawing studio at the hip end of King Street, Erskineville, Thursdays are life drawings nights.

Proprietor Ravi Prasad first offered life drawing at Parliament about two years ago.

It was basically a private thing. Then a society formed around it, Prasad said.

The grandly-named Society of Arts and Anatomy decides on a theme for each drawing night at Parliament on King. Co-convener Ashleigh West said all kinds of people attend the life drawing at Parliament pilots, designers, accountants, maths lecturers.

We have this game where we guess what someones job is, West said.

People need to be more confident about their drawing, Society of Arts and Anatomy co-convener Nena Salobir said.

People are so down on their capabiliiteies, and yet people who say they cant draw do something so unique, she said.

The difference between Dr Sketchys and Parliament is that Parliaments models are nude.

On a recent Thursday night, model Liberte La Femme was fulfilling a lifelong desire to pose on a red and white checked tablecloth with a vintage Vespa and a picnic basket.

A dozen sketchers an almost capacity crowd at this small venue cradled sketchbooks and sipped wine while La Femme posed and Italian crooners came evocatively over the sound system.

Half way through the evening, Prasad offered bowls of soup while La Femme, in a robe, chatted to the circle of patrons before once again taking up a pose.

Anastazia Bobis, a recent graduate of the National Art School, was at Parliament for the first time.

Theres lots of life drawing classes but this is more personal and homely, Bobis said.

Enrico Scotece, a lecturer in design and photo media at the University of Western Sydney, is there every week.

He believes people are looking for something different in a night out.

It beats watching TV, Scotece said.

Among the Parliament regulars is prominent sculptor Alan Somerville whose two bronze Diggers face each other across the western end of the Anzac Bridge at Blackwattle Bay.

Parliament on King is an amazing place, Somerville said.

Its always a bit wacky, but its fun. Its a beautiful atmosphere, he said.

Heres a link to the full article:...


8 Universal Characteristics That All Old Souls Have in Common "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Old souls are people who dont find happiness in chasing after things that can be taken away with ease. They choose to pursue things in life that bring them lasting fulfillment.

These people have been reincarnated many times before, and lived lives that we could not imagine. Because of this they are much different than young souls. If someone is only being born for the first time they will not be as experienced or well rounded as the old soul.

I have noticed that old souls seem to have several things in common. Below you will find a list of signs that you may be an old soul. Do you ever feel out of place?

8 Signs You Are an Old Soul

1. You Like to spend time alone.

2. You are forgiving.

You tend to forgive people far too easily. You are not capable of holding real grudges on others and always give in too easily. These people are able to set a good example for those who are younger souls.

3. You are great at making decisions.

You rely on your intuition and are great at making decisions in general. You do not merely make decisions based off of logic, and this puts you far above everyone else. Being able to make decisions is a good thing.

4. You go to bed earlier than most people.

Sleep is important to you. You are not one to let yourself become imbalanced, and that is a good thing. There is nothing wrong with being in bed before 10 p.m.

5. People often refer to you as weird.

Weird is a good thing! Just because other people dont quite understand you doesnt mean there is something wrong with you. Old souls can come off as strange to those who do not identify with them.

6. You prefer spending your weekends at home.

You are not big on going out at all. The perfect weekend is one with no plans that you get to spend at home. You are a home body without a doubt.

7. You are mature for your age.

You are far more mature than other people your age. No one else sees things in the ways that you do. Being mature is a good thing.

8. You give your friends advice often.

People come to you for advice because they know you can give them the answers they need. You....


Jobs market still improving "IndyWatch Feed"

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Anecdotally, having spoken to a few mortgage brokers, the word is that mortgage lending has been slowing through August and beyond.

So I'll just add that as a brief addendum to yesterday's post.

While on the subject of leading indicators, ANZ reported that job advertisements jumped again b+2 per cent in August to 181,435.

That now makes it six monthly gains on the bounce. 

Total advertisements have ripped +13.2 per cent higher since the beginning of the year

And they not sit at the highest level in six years. 

This should keep monthly hiring tracking at a rate of about +15,000 to +20,000 per month for a good while to come.

And if that happens the unemployment rate is likely to continue its decline. 

All measures of vacancies and advertisements have been rising solidly since 2013. 


WHY are banks Too Big to Fail & Too Big To Jail "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There is something much more sinister going on behind the curtain. I have warned that you really are taking your life in your hands doing business in New York City with a bank because NOBODY ever wins against the bankers no matter what they do. This begs the question about why are banks paying huge fines, yet nobody goes to jail, and there is never a trial while class action suits are summarily dismissed? Something is seriously wrong here. To discover the answer, as always, just follow the money!

Back in 2003, Judge Milton Pollack dismissed two class action suits against Merrill Lynch for putting out bogus research during the DOT.COM Bubble after the investment bank plead guilty and paid huge fines. Judge Pollack wrote a 43 page decision protecting banks even when they produce intentional fake research. The judge said that investors were eager to take that risk and were to blame for their own losses. Pollack then dismissed another 25 lawsuits against the bankers. Similarly, another judge dismissed suits against Credit Suisse First Boston, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley. Why is it impossible to sue the bankers in America where justice is supposed to exist for all?



Dress-ups go by the book "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Woodlands preschool in Ocean Grove celebrated Book Week by dressing as their favourite book character. All kindergarten children and staff dressed up. A lot of fun was had by all.

The post Dress-ups go by the book appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


How to Play the Odds in the Crypto Casino "IndyWatch Feed"

Were living in the crypto casino now. The total value of cryptos fell 11% over the weekend. This wiped off billions in the valuations of all of them.

Why? Who knows. Maybe traders ran a big sell program to shake out the weak holders so they can buy them back cheap.

Maybe its the end of a massive bull run.

I think its a dip. News just keeps coming in to suck more people into these markets.

Already, two tokens issued via an initial coin offering (ICO) this year have hit US$1 billion valuations. These two coins only began life in March and July 2017.

Both were issued at a price under $1 and now trade over $10 despite neither of the companies behind them having a product to sell as of now.

These sorts of speculative gains in the crypto markets dwarf anything else on offer.

Total token sales for 2017 have eclipsed US$1.2 billion. This has surpassed the money that venture capital firms have raised for startups.

Some people say its a bubble now. I think this could keep running up and away for a long while yet.

Here are some clues as to why: Hedge funds are launching to invest and trade in cryptos. One reason is that bitcoin, for one, has no correlation to global stocks, commodities and traditional currencies.

Then we can add high share prices, low bond yields, inflated property, and the sheer amount of cash looking for a home.

One precious metals dealer in Australia is now dealing in trading and storing bitcoin.

Apparently, the surprise for these guys is the demand from self-managed super funds. These investors like it as a way to diversify, too.

You might thinks its all crazy. But the blockchain technology underpinning this new market is extremely compelling and could change a lot.

Just ask ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft

Why share trading looks archaic now

Hes cited in The Australian Financial Review today as saying regular bank accounts might become redundant. Thats if we all keep our money with the central bank and use an RBA digital currency.

This could disaggregate the basic banking business model of using deposits as a cheap source of funding.

He may very well be right. But the banks arent sitting still on this.

Reuters reported last week that six big international banks have joined forces to create a new digital cash to settle financial transactions over the blockchain. They hope to launch it next year.

This could cut costs for the banks and reduce the amount of capital they need to hold against clearing trades....


What predators look for when you post photos of your children. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Posting seemingly innocent photos of your child or teen has a sinister outcome that you may never have considered.


Your child or teen could be a poster child for a pedophile ring - and you may never know.
Australia made world news in 2016 with a website trading explicit photos of local school girls.   The site even had pages dedicated to local Brisbane and Gold Coast high schools and fan pages - offering money to men who could find more explicit photos of their favourites.

Attempts to close down the site have been thwarted in a brazen disregard of the law.  And these girls, whose images have been used without consent, could be to this day, oblivious.

Police CANNOT ALWAYS LOCATE YOU if photos of your children have been found to be used in connection with pedophile rings.  Due to the ability to mask IP addresses and identities with overseas servers and false identities it is not always possible to link an identity to these photos.  There are even sites dedicated to teaching online predators how to cover their tracks.

A photo of your child could be part of a pedophilia ring that has been uncovered by Police, and you wont even know about it.

The Task Force I worked for busts pedophile rings - and makes arrests of pedophiles in our neighbourhood.  This article is an insight into what they do, and how close to your home they come to arrest offenders.

A pedophile or predator will not play fair, nor think like the average person.  They therefore look at images and their erotic 'potential' differen...


Human Occupation of Northern Australia by 65,000 years ago "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following is the Abstract of an article that appeared in Nature Vol 547 dated 20 July 2017 and titled "Human Occupation of Northern Australia by 65,000 years ago"

"The time of arrival of people in Australia is an unresolved question. It is relevant to debates about when modern humans first dispersed out of Africa and when their descendants incorporated genetic material from Neanderthals, Denisovans and possibly other hominins. Humans have also been implicated in the extinction of Australias megafauna. Here we report the results of new excavations conducted at Madjedbebe, a rock shelter in northern Australia. Artefacts in primary depositional context are concentrated in three dense bands, with the stratigraphic integrity of the deposit demonstrated by artefact refits and by optical dating and other analyses of the sediments. Human occupation began around 65,000 years ago, with a distinctive stone tool assemblage including grinding stones, ground ochres, reflective additives and ground-edge hatchet heads. This evidence sets a new minimum age for the arrival of humans in Australia, the dispersal of modern humans out of Africa, and the subsequent interactions of modern humans with Neanderthals and Denisovans."

The actual article is paywalled.


Radically complicating societys romance narratives "IndyWatch Feed National"

By liberating marriage from the oppressive character of its tradition, marriage equality allows for a less rigid understanding of roles within heterosexual marriage as well.


Lisa Mitchell Announces Accoustic Covers EP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Lisa Mitchell Following the runaway success of her recent cover of Phantom Planets California (better known as the them for The OC) indie-folk singer Lisa Mitchell has announced plans to release an EP of covers, featuring some absolute 90s gems. Titled When They Play That Song, the EP is due for release []


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.25 AUD


Be very careful is their sage advice to PDT on North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There is an article on the editorial page of The AFR titled, The West is sleepwalking to war with North Korea. The joint authors are Admiral Chris Barrie, a former Chief of Defence Force and an honorary professor at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Roger Bradbury professor at the National Security College, and Dmitry Brizhinev who is a researcher. All three are at the ANU. And if you want reason to worry, but also gain a deeper insight how we ended up in the mess we are in, read this article. It is almost as terrifying as Kim. Let me begin with this:

In June, Jim Clapper, the recently retired US Director of National Intelligence, spoke at the Australian National University. He made his view clear when he said there are no acceptable military solutions to the problem of North Korea. It seems that Washington is not listening to his sage advice.

Maybe there are no acceptable military solutions but whatever solutions there are will never include saying things like there are no acceptable military solutions. If these people truly believe that Clapper was providing sage advice then I have no further reason to think I will learn anything worth knowing about the military by reading what they write. They then naturally go on with their virtue signalling about what a mistake it is that Trump is president:

Unlike the cautiousness of President Kennedy in 1961 over the Cuban Missile Crisis [who almost blundered us into a nuclear war with the soviets], today we have an untrusted and untested leader in Washington whose entire previous career has depended on winning the bluff in the world of business in general, and New York property development in particular. But, even in terms of his business career, Donald Trump has had a record of bankruptcy from which he doesnt seem to have learnt anything about changing his behaviour.

Kennedy had commanded a PT boat which was sunk in the Pacific in the middle of the war before becoming a senator and then president, all of which no doubt is the kind of background one needs in dealing with a psychopath with his hands on atomic weapons and an ICBM delivery system that can reach both Los Angeles and Sydney. The following outlines where we are at, which seems like a reasonable place to be, even while being as frightening as one can imagine:

We cannot easily dismiss the reasonable likelihood that a trigger event leads to a US pre-emptive strike intended to disable all North Korean offensive capabilities.

This is the very idea that should be implanted in the minds of every North Korean leader, and in the minds of their protectors...


Call to Action "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB Certain behaviors by governments and by private industry have become shockingly anti-society in the last few decades, growing noticeably worse since the turn of the 21st century. Where will it end? Can it continue to get worse?  How much worse? Is there any reason for us to expect a []


Alan Kohler: Listen to George "IndyWatch Feed"

Cross-posted from Alan Kohlers The Constant Investor, the 2nd time he has written about Georgism in recent years. Saturday was the 178th birthday of Henry George, who, in 19th century America, worried about inequality and puzzled over why technology was not delivering better results for working people, rather like economists and central bankers are doing today. []


Pacific Highway northbound reopens at Coffs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Northbound lanes of the Pacific Highway have reopened in Coffs Harbour following an earlier truck crash.

The northbound lanes of the highway had been closed just past Englands Road, Stadium Drive roundabout.

The Pacific Highway is heavy in both directions so motorists should continue to allow additional travel time until traffic returns to normal.

For the latest traffic information, visit

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Toxic Teeth: How a Root Canal Could Be Making You Sick "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Root canal is a commonly performed procedure in most adults. But is it a wise one? Dr. Robert Kulacz, a dentist, has spent a significant portion of his professional career trying to answer this question.

What he discovered profoundly changed his life, and led him to write a book about his findings called, The Toxic Tooth: How a Root Canal Could Be Making You Sick, which I think is among the best available on this subject.

Dr. Kulacz began practicing dentistry in Brewster, New York. After six years as an associate, he opened his own practice in Somers, New York in 1992, where he performed all the conventional procedures of dentistry, from restorations to extractions and root canals.

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BYRON SCHOOL OF ART OPEN DAY "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron School of Art is opening the doors of its beautiful studios and exhibition space in Mullumbimby on Sunday 17 September from 11am-2pm for visitors to come and discover all the School and Project Space have to offer.

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Byron School of Art teachers and Directors Michael Cusack, James Guppy, Emma Walker and Christine Willcocks, all practising professional artists themselves, will be on hand to discuss the various courses, workshops and masterclasses on offer and will present an information session about year-long courses at 12pm. Printmaking demonstrations, stringmaking with Helle Jorgensen and an open drawing studio will run throughout the day. There will also be activities for kids and a chance for parents to hear about the new BSA Kids program of after-school classes starting in October.

Our Open Day is a great opportunity for art lovers of all ages to find out more about the courses and classes on offer for the absolute beginner to established artists wanting to deepen their practice and chat to the artists who will be teaching them, said BSA Director and teacher Christine Willcocks. Its also for anyone just wanting to come and see the current exhibition and check out the busy creative space that is Byron School of Art. Plus there will be some hands-on activities and demonstrations on the day. For those who want to know more about the year-long courses, dont miss the info session at 12pm.

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The Project...


Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrovs speech at MGIMO "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrovs remarks and answers to questions at a meeting with the students and faculty of MGIMO University and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,


Progressives should move on from a reliance on Robin Hood taxes "IndyWatch Feed"

There was an article in the International Politics and Society journal (August 27, 2017) Robin Hood had the right idea which continues to demonstrate, how in my view, the Left has gone down a deadend path with respect to financial market reform and re-establishing a credible progressive agenda. The sub-title of the article Why the left needs to deliver on the financial transaction tax indicates that the author, Stephany Griffith-Jones, who has long advocated positions I am sympathetic to (particularly with respect to development economics), thinks a financial tax is a viable strategy for the Left to push. The problem is that none of these Robin Hood solutions are viable and are based on faulty understandings of the way monetary systems operate.

My previous blogs on this topic include:

1. A global financial tax? (November 9, 2009).

2. Robin Hood was a thief not a saviour (April 1, 2010).

They were written as the GFC was morphing out of control in some nations and governments were beginning to impose austerity. The loudest voices on the progressive side of the debate thought they had the solution. I believed they were wrong.

But like a boomerang, it seems that the progressive side of thought has not moved on much since then, and Robin Hood still keeps coming back into the political debate. Exactly like the other progressive furphy universal basic income.

Stephany Griffith-Jones writes:

A financial transaction tax (FTT) a charge on the buying and selling of stocks, bonds and derivatives is an idea with widespread support amongst leading academics, many politicians and, most importantly, citizens. It was initially proposed by Maynard Keynes, the greatest economist of the twentieth century, and developed by Nobel Prize winner James Tobin.

One could dispute the claim that John Maynard Keynes was the greatest economist of the twentieth century. He doesnt get that rank in my table.

But that is an aside and more to do with ideological considerations and style than anything. We can agree he was very influential and even the mainstream neo-liberals still try to hang their hat on his name (the so-called New Keynesians, which is a misnomer if there ever was one).

In Section VI, Chapter 12 on the State of Long Term Expectation in his 1936 Macmillan book The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money...


Blizzard of Oz 3.0? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Another mass of extremely cold air has hit the Alps, with snowfalls occurring to low levels, and the intense weather is expected to continue for much of the week. MountainWatch has declared it to be the storm of the season, even better than the Blizzard of Oz. Apart from lots of fresh, the current storm does bring blizzard conditions, the possibility of lightning in some areas, and the likelihood of increased avalanche risk on steeper slopes.

According to a story in The Age:

Snow is expected to fall down to 300 metres between Monday and Wednesday, which means a sprinkle of snow across the Dandenong Ranges, Macedon Ranges, and Kinglake.

It would be the lowest snow level for the season, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Richard Carlyon said.

A severe weather warning has been issued across most of Victoria, with damaging winds, showers and thunderstorms expected.

The warning is likely to remain in place on Tuesday.

With the strong winds, heavy snow, wind gusts up to 100km/h in association with showers and thunderstorm activity, there are blizzard...


High Court hears challenge to the Australian Governments divisive marriage equality postal plebiscite "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Who: Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre
Jonathon Hunyor, Chief Executive Officer, Public Interest Advocacy Centre
Alex Greenwich, Plaintiff and Co-Chair of Australian Marriage Equality
Felicity Marlowe, Plaintiff and Director of Rainbow Families Victoria
Date: Tuesday 5 September 2017
Time: 9:30am (AEST)
Location: High Court, Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William Street, Melbourne, 305 William Street, Melbourne


The High Court of Australia will today hear the urgent challenge to the Australian Governments postal plebiscite on marriage equality.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Centre, representing Australian Marriage Equality and Senator Janet Rice, said the High Court would confirm whether the postal plebiscite on marriage equality is valid.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people should be able to marry the person they love. The postal plebiscite is unnecessary and is already proving divisive and harmful. LGBTI groups strongly oppose the plebiscite and so do we.

Telling one group of people that their rights have to be decided by a public vote sends a terrible message. The High Court will provide an answer for the LGBTI community, their friends and families on whether the postal plebiscite will go ahead or not, said Ms Brown.

Alex Greenwich, Co-Chair of Australian Marriage Equality, said this decision is important for the many supporters of marriage equality across the country.

"All we are asking the Government with this case is to do what Australians have been asking for and deliver marriage equality without delay. As a nation we are ready to move forward and celebrate treating everyone equally and fairly, said Mr Greenwich.

Senator Janet Rice, a long-time advocate of marriage equality, said the postal plebiscite was an attempt by opponents of marriage equality to go behind the back of Australias elected representatives.

Im hopeful that this challenge to the Governments postal plebiscite will be successful and that we can bring forward a free vote in parliament, as we should have had all a...


$21.6M in taxpayer money that Gillard sent 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've written to the current prime minister for an update on what Gillard got for our $21.6m.


Is nuclear power globally scaleable? "IndyWatch Feed"

Nuclear Power: Caveats for Energy Policy 

Nuclear Power: Caveats for Energy Policy, Speaker: Prof. Derek Abbott, University of Adelaide, 1st Sept 2017. Is nuclear power globally scaleable? World energy consumption is 15TW. Energy efficiency could save perhaps 13TW. Consider 10 billion light bulbs in the world and replacing them with LEDs.

This could save 50GW the output of 50 nuclear plants. Just the IEA countries alone in 2015 saved energy equivalent to the power consumption of the whole of Japan. If we were to seriously scale up to 15,000 nuclear stations we would only have 25 years worth of uranium left.


How to lobby Adanis lobbyists "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In 2015 Adani hired senior Labor and Liberal operatives as their Australian lobbyists. The actions of both parties show its definitely worked.

Last week media investigations revealed that Adani lobbyist Cameron Milner is now actually working from Queensland Labor HQ. Thats right, hes working for Labor but being paid by Adani. Adani lobbyist David Moore plans to be involved in the Queensland election too, but for the LNP.

As a former State Secretary, Cameron Milner knows the Queensland Labor HQ well. He became Adanis lobbyist after this gig, then leaving to become Bill Shortens Chief Of Staff. Now hes back with Adani but working for Labor. The line between Labor and Adani blurred much?

Wed been tracking Adanis lobbyists so decided to release their mobile phone numbers. Citizens deserve to be able to contact people who have actual power in Queensland!

You can see some of the texts sent to Cameron Milner here. Wed love you to text BOTH Cameron and David, call for a chat too if you wish. We have no problem whatsoever tying up their phones for as long as it takes. Feel free to send us screenshots or results.

Call or text Adani lobbyist Cameron Milner working at Qld Labor HQ on 0417 704 991

Call or text Adani lobbyist David Moore soon working for the LNP on 0417 774 724


The previous week we successfully challenged Anthony Albanese and Qld Deputy Premier Jackie Trad in front of the TV cameras on the Adani lobbyist and cash-for access. So we decided to give it another go! Her TV coverage got messed up again



Listen to the New Double A Side from The East Pointers, 82 Fires / Tanglewood "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The East Pointers Canadian folk music trio The East Pointers have just released their brand new double A side single 82 Fires / Tanglewood. While in Penguin, Tasmania we spoke with an older gentleman, a lifelong resident, who said that there were 82 wildfires currently on the loose in Tasmania, the most []


(Video) The GoldFish Report No. 124 -- Country Roads with Winston Shrout: Knights Templars and Ascension "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Published on Sep 1, 2017

On The GoldFish Report No. 124 Winston travels down the road of the Knights Templar, who they were, what they were searching for and what they were protecting and how it all relates to our current planetary situation. But first, Winston answers viewer questions about NESARA and what to expect in a post-NESARA world and much more. Winston has given our viewers another prayer from St. Germaine and the name of a book he recommends for further research.


Taxpayer funded Fitzroy Legal Aid Centre in Melbourne did Tony Windsor's legal work on Barnaby Joyce challenge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This bloke is a grub. From The Australian today Legal centre gave pro bono help to Windsor in Joyce citizenship case The Australian 12:00AM September 4, 2017 A Victorian community legal centre that represents Melbournes disadvantaged stepped in at the last minute to assist former independent MP Tony Windsor in...



The University of Queensland researchers are one step closer to developing new medicines for treating inflammatory diseases and allergies.

The team of UQ researchers have built molecular switches that can control the immune response to many common allergens including asthma, eczema and dermatitis.

The molecular switch that researchers have developed turns off an important protein on the surface of human immune cells that controls how our immune system responds to allergens.


The Battle for Control The War on Cash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nowhere to run to.  No where to hide.  The Keynesians are coming.  The Keynesians are coming.

Hot on the heals of the Governments Black Economy Task Force, including ideas around placing an expiry date on cash, this morning the AFR reports that ASIC Chairman, Greg Medcraft is predicting that:

Bank accounts could become unnecessary within the next decade because central banks will create digital currencies and allow customers to hold deposits directly with them.

Yes. The Chairman of Australias corporate, markets and financial services regulator is offering a prediction on where banking in the future will go.  This is the same Greg Medcraft that, prior to his gig at ASIC:

ran the securitisation business for French bank Societe Generale in New York.


oversaw the US residential mortgage backed securities business in the period it is alleged to have engaged in serious misconduct and breached US corporate laws.

According to Mr Medcraft, that Australia is not yet on the road to crypto-fiat currency, is a testament to a lack of lateral thinking.  So says to the Mr Medcraft in the AFR:

there is a lack of lateral thinking. You cant think in terms of the ways things are done today. If we want to be proactive and forward looking, we need to be thinking about digital currencies.

Petrifying?  Yes.  Lack of lateral thinking?  Hopefully not.

It may be in the interest of the big state to control and track every nook and cranny of every citizen, but it is not in the interested of the citizen.

In the end digital fiat money is still fiat money.  And the fundamental problem with fiat money systems is that they are designed by the state for the benefit of the state to take resources from citizens.

The big advantage to governments of digital fiat currency, is that there can be negative interest rates.  With cash, citizens can always just withdraw th...


Helicopter rescue service in legal wrangle over fund-raised cash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At the official handover of one of the new aircraft is Richard Jones (middle seated) with representatives of Augusta Westland and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

At the official handover of one of the new aircraft is Richard Jones (middle seated) with representatives of Augusta Westland and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service Ltd (Northern NSW Helicopter) has turned to the Supreme Court to prevent its predecessor, Northern SLSA Helicopter, from reallocating funds donated for helicopter rescue to local surf clubs, among other potential beneficiaries.

Northern NSW Helicopter CEO Richard Jones said the new organisation also had concerns that money might be donated for use outside of the old services area of operation.

While no figure was made available for the funds, it is estimated to run into tens of millions of dollars, and includes income from the sale of old helicopters as well as money specifically raised by volunteers in the Northern Rivers region.

Mr Jones said that the assets of Northern SLSA Helicopter should be applied for continuing provision of helicopter emergency medical services for the benefit of local communities in the Northern Rivers, North Coast and Northern Inland region.

The most important thing here is that the money is distributed in accordance with Charitable Trust Law, Jones said.

We believe the funds should be retained for the purpose intended when donated by the community, and this was the ongoing operation of the local helicopter emergency medical services.

Further, the funds should be retained within the specific geographic region they were raised.

On April 27 this year Northern NSW Helicopter took over the running of helicopter rescue services in the Northern Rivers, operating new aircraft from a new base at Lismore Airport and taking over the 25 staff previously employed by Northern SLSA Helicopter under a ten-year contract with NSW Ambulance.

Mr Jones said that on July 3, he received a letter from Northern SLSA Helicopter explaining the basis on which they proposed to distribute surplus assets on the winding up of their Company.

We also heard informally of a proposal to provide funds from the distribution to certain surf clubs in the north...


The dilemma of North Koreas nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

North Korea: What can actually be done to deal with a nuclear Pyongyang?, ANALYSIS,  By chief foreign correspondent Philip Williams, From the first tweak of the seismograph it was clear this was no ordinary tremor it signalled the most powerful bomb of all.

The North Korean TV newsreader announced with a flourish this was the states first hydrogen bomb.If that now means Pyongyang has the weapon and the delivery system that could wipe out a Los Angeles, a San Francisco or a Sydney in a flash, then the world is now a different place.

Nuclear weapons are supposed to be a deterrent make yourself so dangerous no-one will ever dare challenge you and it is a fact that barring some Scuds aimed at Israel during the 1991 Gulf War and some border skirmishes between China and Vietnam and India and Pakistan, no nuclear-armed state has ever faced a serious attack by another country.

Clearly the thinking for three generations of Kim is that the regime is made safe if everyone fears you. And the clear impression you are crazy helps too no-one wants to aggravate a disturbed mind.

But what to do? US President Donald Trump has described the test as hostile and dangerous and said Pyongyang only understands one thing.

Appeasement was not working, he said, and the rogue nation has become a great threat and embarrassment to China. He later tweeted the US was considering stopping trade with any country doing business with North Korea.

That would include both China and Russia. While both signed on to the latest UN sanctions, cutting trade altogether would be a far more serious step.

Beijing would have to cut off oil supplies and Moscow send back the North Korean labourers who volunteer to work in Siberian forestry camps in what have been described as slave-like conditions.

The whole region and beyond is in a fix. China especially is feeling the squeeze from the United States, and even Australia has argued Beijing has not applied full muscle against North Korea to mend its errant ways.

But the Chinese G...


Newton-John backs medicinal cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John. EPA/Mario Ruiz

Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John. EPA/Mario Ruiz

Olivia Newton-John will champion the use of medicinal cannabis when she is in Australia this week to raise money for her wellness and research centre.

I will do what I can to encourage it. Its an important part of treatment, and it should be available, the singer, who announced a second battle with breast cancer in May, told News Corp Australia.

The Australian entertainer said the drug which is legal in her home state of California had helped her during her second fight against cancer.

I use medicinal cannabis, which is really important for pain and healing, she said.

Its a plant that has been maligned for so long, and has so many abilities to heal.

The government has provided a pathway for the prescription of medical cannabis, but the process has been described as somewhat complicated.

To date, fewer than 150 patients in Australia have access to medical cannabis, while the industry is still navigating the regulations around cultivation licensing.

Newton-John will be in Melbourne this week for a gala dinner for the world-leading Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne which she set up following her initial battle 25 years ago.

The 68-year-old announced on her Facebook page in May that back pain she had been experiencing turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasised to the sacrum, a bone in her lower back.

In addition to natural wellness therapies, Newton-John has undergone a short course of photon radiation therapy.

I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia, Newton-John wrote on Facebook.

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Greens warn Labor not to do clean energy deal that protects coal power "IndyWatch Feed"

Guardian, Katherine Murphy, 4 Sept 17,  Opposition told to be wary of doing a Finkel review deal with the Coalition that would prolong the life of coal plants The Greens are attempting to warn Labor off doing a deal with the Turnbull government on a new clean energy target, saying a Finkel handshake could trigger a valley of death for short-term investment in renewables, and lock in coal, rather than stranding it.

With parliament due to resume on Monday, and with the Turnbull government inching closer to finally resolving and outlining its energy policy, the Greens climate change spokesman, Adam Bandt, will bring forward a bill to prolong and expand the existing renewable energy target scheme.

While the Bandt bill wont win parliamentary support, in political terms, it is a clear shot across Labors bow as the opposition begins to assess whether or not to sign on to the clean energy target in the event the Coalition overcomes its internal brawl, and proposes one.


Byron shire hempcrete building takes out award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Michael Leung making hempcrete. (supplied)

Michael Leung making hempcrete. (supplied)

A Byron Bay company has won a prestigious award for a home that was constructed using hempcrete at Possum Creek.

The company, Balanced Earth, took out the 2017 Energy Efficient Building award from Master Builders NSW, at a ceremony in Sydney on Saturday.

The award-winning hempcrete house at Possom Creek. (supplied)

The award-winning hempcrete house at Possom Creek. (supplied)

Derived from hemp, hempcrete is one of the most thermally-efficient building materials available. As a natural building product, it sequesters carbon dioxide for the life of the building.

Created by simply combining water, sand, hemp aggregate and a lime-based binder it produces a building product with excellent thermal insulating and acoustic properties.

Hempcrete is not just an insulator it buffers temperature and humidity, prevents damp and mould growth, making the building a comfortable healthy environment.

Balanced Earth was co-founded by award winning architect Michael Leung previously Twiggy Forrests personal architect.

When building his new home in Byron Bay, his partner, Tiffany Gee was adamant that there were not going to be any toxic materials used following the death of her father to mesothelioma (a cancer caused through exposure to asbestos).

Dream team

The winning team: Ture Schmidt, James Cornell, Michael Leung, Luke Wrencher (supplied)

The winning team: Ture Schmidt, James Cornell, Michael Leung, Luke Wrencher

This is when the dream team was put...



Concerns have been raised about Queenslands health system after a mentally ill, female prisoner with a drug problem has been barred from having an abortion by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).

The 33-year-old woman, who has a history of mental illness, drug use, and is hepatitis C positive, has applied for special consent to terminate an unwanted, high-risk twin pregnancy at 20 weeks.

The QCAT has ruled that the prisoner does not have the capacity to make complex decisions about all of her personal matters due to her mental illness, and the pregnancy is not risky enough to terminate.



Fish have feelings too "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Steve Dunleavy, Big Eyed Scad, Kona Hawaii, cc by 2.0 2010

Im delighted to be able to say my article, Fish have feelings too, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Bragg/UNSW Bragg Prize for Science Writing, alongside pieces by Jo Chandler, Alice Gorman, Elmo Keep, James Mitchell Crow and...


THE POLISH CLUB "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Sydney based rock-soul outfit Polish Club have had a hot and steamy year so far and its not over yet.

The duos debut album Alright Already landed nicely in the Top 20 ARIA album charts along with being crowned triple j Feature Album.

Whilst currently on tour performing with The Preatures, Polish Club have given us an early Christmas gift with the announcement of their Christmas in December national tour.  This festive spectacular will mark the bands biggest headline tour to date, with cracker guests West Thebarton, Diet (except Perth) and Stella Donnelly (Perth only).



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Govt faces backlash over shark nets decision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The recent 'not nets' rally at Ballina Beach. Photo Jeff Dawson

The recent not nets rally at Ballina Beach. Photo Jeff Dawson

The state government is facing a backlash over its decision to reinstall shark nets on the north coast.

NSW DPI announced on Friday that the trial would resume despite their own admission that just nine of the 275 animals caught in the nets last season were actually dangerous sharks: three Whites, three Tigers and three Bull sharks.

The decision has angered The Greens, and the Humane Society International, who have said the decision flies in the face of science.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith said the shark net trial on the North Coast was a demonstrated failure and should not be repeated.

There is no scientific evidence and decreasing community support for putting shark nets back in the water this Summer, she said.

We all want to ensure people are as safe as possible when enjoying the beach and ocean while minimising the toll on marine life. Shark nets dont help achieve that balance. The Greens would prefer to see money wasted on the nets used instead on drone and human shark spotting patrols in order to offer better warning and protection to swimmers and surfers.

The NSW Government has continued to say theyll take an evidence-based approach to shark management so why push ahead with more nets when they have failed to work? Ms Smith said.

Greens Marine Environment spokesperson Justin Field said the nets may make ocean goers feel better but the evidence showed they were not effective against target sharks and dont make swimmers or surfers significantly safer.

The Minister can already act confidently from the results of the previous trial which made a compelling case for the Government to remove shark nets permanently from North Coast beaches.

We have already had an expansion of the SMART drumlines off the North Coast and there are other non-lethal technologies available, including expanding community shark observer programs.

Minister Niall Blair can now have the confidence to move beyond the panic and keep shark nets out of the water.

Humane Society

Humane Society Internatio...


Mullumbimby scientist receives science Oscar for Barrier Reef Research "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


A Griffith University research team led by Mullumbimby-based scientist Associate Professor Andrew Brooks has taken out a prestigious 2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for their work trying to save the Great Barrier Reef.

The team, which comprises scientists from the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management and the Australian Rivers Institute, has discovered what may be Australias best chance of doing something timely to help the reef, transforming how sediment sources are identified and targeted.

As winners of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research, the team members were recognised at the Awards Dinner at Sydney Town Hall last Wednesday night (August 30).

Museum Eureka Prize winners (L-R; Mr Graeme Curwen, Mr John Spencer, Prof Jon Olley and A/Prof Andrew Brooks).

Museum Eureka Prize winners (L-R; Mr Graeme Curwen, Mr John Spencer, Prof Jon Olley and A/Prof Andrew Brooks).

900,000 dump trucks of dirt

Sediment and associated nutrient run-off is one of the most significant threats to the natural wonder next to climate change.

About 900,000 dump trucks of dirt flows out to the reef on average each year.

In the first study of its kind, scientists traced the path of fine sediment from its origin in the Normanby catchment in Cape York the fourth largest catchment draining to the reef through to its ultimate destination in the northern reef lagoon.

Sunlight limitation caused by dirty water in flood plumes can kill coral and seagrass. The effect extends in the weeks and months following floods as with the sediment is remobilised by wind and currents. Sediment also contains nutrients, which promote the growth of the damaging Crown of Thorn Starfish colonies.

The work, funded through the Australian Governments Reef Rescue program, set out to build a catchment model from the ground up. Associate Professor Brooks said this was the first example of such a model being built for a reef catchment.

The study combined a range of innovative field and remote sensing techniques to quantify sediment sources and sinks across this 24,500 square kilometre catchment: an area slightly smaller than Belgium, much of which is only accessible by helicopter.

This research completely changed our understanding of where the sediment was coming from, he said.



Listen to the New Karl S Williams Single Blood to Give "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Karl S Williams Blues and roots singer-songwriter Karl S Williams has just released his new single Blood to Give. Produced and recorded by Matt Redlich (Holy Holy, Ball Park Music, Emma Louise, Husky), the track is an awesome, stripped back piece of bluesy storytelling. Life is hard and unkind to all of []


Rohingya Muslims Flee to Bangladesh and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thousands of refugees have fled Myanmar and poured into Bangladesh in the last 24 hours following outbursts of violence directed towards Rohingya Muslims.

Both Rohingya insurgents and Myanmars security officers have been involved in armed conflict since the violence broke out on August 25th and have been accused of executing civilians and burning down homes.

Red Cross teams and the United Nations Refugee Agency have set up refugee camps but are struggling to assist the 60000 refugees that have arrived in Bangladesh on foot and boat in the last 10 days.

Shortage of new train drivers for Queensland Rail


Study releases first findings from Adult Survey "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Morwell residents reported higher levels of respiratory problems compared to Sale residents following the 2014 mine fire event, Hazelwood Health Study researchers have found. The finding was revealed in the first report from the Adult Survey which collected health information from 3,096 Morwell residents and 960 Sale residents between May 2016 and February 2017. The []


Culture Guide September 4 10: Badgirl Garden, WABI-SABI + Balik Bayan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tune in to Arvos at 4:30pm every weekday for more Culture Guide.
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Hospital admissions increase during Hazelwood mine fire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hazelwood Health Study researchers have discovered an increase in emergency presentations and hospital admissions for respiratory diseases during the 2014 mine fire period. However, there was no evidence of increased rates for cardiovascular disease, according to an analysis of emergency presentations and hospital admissions analysis. This analysis examined whether coal mine fire-related fine particles, such []


THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Learn Yourself/Morning Sun XV Tour

  Back to the Roots!


Raw, spooky, rootsy, punky, reggae, dubby these are some of the ways the music of The Beautiful Girls has been described. And in 2017 & 2018, theyre taking it all the way back to the sonic beginnings to celebrate anniversaries of their two seminal releases Morning Sun and Learn Yourself.

Periscopes, Music, Blackbird and LaMar, amazing performances all over the planet, the voice of Mat McHugh, heart-on-the-sleeve songs, pioneering Australias surf-roots-reggae sounds; these are things fans worldwide think of when they think of The Beautiful Girls.

Now Mat has decided to strip back the performances to their original essence the striking three-piece sound which first brought the band to attention fifteen years ago.

First stop on the Morning Sun / Learn Yourself Tour will be Europe where the band built a base early in its career. Now, after over 5 years absence, the trio returns to play venues in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and spend four weeks reconnecting with fans.

Then it is back home to Australia and on the road over Spring and Summer to bring back the songs and sounds that make them so loved fifteen years an go and ever since.



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Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.


Researchers at Yale determine who falls for 'fake news' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Who falls for fake news sites? Yale University professors Gordon Pennycook and David Rand engaged in a study that sought answers on the question that "poses a threat to democracy." While political conviction played a role - and Trump voters had a different profile in certain measurements than did Clinton supporters - what differentiated people's susceptibility to embrace fake news sites most was their ability or willingness to engage in analytical thinking. The persuasiveness of fake news sites can be summed up in one statistic: In 2016 the "likes" on Facebook was actually greater for the top 20 fake news items than the top 20 real news items. This can be a significant problem. "Inaccurate beliefs pose a threat to democracy and fake news represents a particularly egregious" avenue to propagate those beliefs, Pennycook and Rand wrote in a report released last week.

Fake Science? Researchers at Yale determine who falls for 'fake news' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Who falls for fake news sites? Yale University professors Gordon Pennycook and David Rand engaged in a study that sought answers on the question that "poses a threat to democracy." While political conviction played a role - and Trump voters had a different profile in certain measurements than did Clinton supporters - what differentiated people's susceptibility to embrace fake news sites most was their ability or willingness to engage in analytical thinking. The persuasiveness of fake news sites can be summed up in one statistic: In 2016 the "likes" on Facebook was actually greater for the top 20 fake news items than the top 20 real news items. This can be a significant problem. "Inaccurate beliefs pose a threat to democracy and fake news represents a particularly egregious" avenue to propagate those beliefs, Pennycook and Rand wrote in a report released last week.


Heat on Barnaby to stand down over status "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The opposition is ramping up pressure on Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to stand aside while his eligibility to sit in parliament is before the High Court.

Labor is expected to threaten to attempt to delay all votes in the lower house until he steps down from cabinet or the court makes its ruling.

Malcolm Turnbull heads to the Pacific Islands Forum in Samoa at the end of the week, leaving Mr Joyce leading the country.

Deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek says theres no way the Nationals leader should be acting prime minister while his eligibility is in doubt.

Were in uncharted territory, told reporters in Sydney.

If the governments argument is its only 24 hours that were going to have this guy acting and we dont know whether hes eligible to be in the parliament, I dont think thats a very strong argument.

Cabinet minister Fiona Nash and key crossbencher Nick Xenophon will be referred to the High Court over their dual citizenship when parliament returns to Canberra on Monday.

The pair joins five others, including Mr Joyce.

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A Woodsrunner's Diary: Australian Arms Auction. "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Australian Arms Auction.: Author's pistol and image. There are some nice flintlocks & other arms in this catalogue. If I had not already got all I need...


NSW energy package to ease burden "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The NSW government will introduce an energy relief package providing increased rebates and discounts on energy efficient appliances for households and businesses struggling with surging power prices.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said households could save hundreds of dollars a year off energy bills as a result of the package, set to be available to about 900,000 households.

Announced on Sunday in western Sydney, the package includes increases to low income household and family energy rebates, concession cardholder discounts and small business concessions.

We are going to take care of you during this time when energy prices are going up, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in western Sydney on Sunday.

The reforms will encourage households to use less energy by rewarding consumers who purchase energy efficient lighting and air conditioning.

Referring to the reported 15 to 20 per cent rise in energy prices, the premier says energy rebates will increase to 20 per cent under the new reforms.

Were going to make sure we do everything we can to ease the cost of living pressures, Ms Berejiklian said.

It will potentially help every single household.

Appliance upgrade discounts will also be available for small businesses, Ms Berejiklian said.

Energy and Utilities Minister Don Harwin said energy retailers would also be forced to abolish early termination fees, paper bill fees and fees for paying over the counter at Australia Post.

However, opposition leader Luke Foley said the package was too little too late.

The real problem is that the NSW coalition government has completely lost control of electricity prices families are facing record bills, at a time of record taxes, Mr Foley said in a statement.

The cost of the package could be in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars, depending on how many households use the benefits.

The rebates alone will cost the government $55 million a year, Ms Berejiklian said.

The premier also called on all state governments and the commonwealth to do more to reduce the energy burden on Australians.

When other states fail to do their job, that means they rely heavily on NSW, she said.

I would like to see all governments including the federal government to work harder and do more to reduce the energy burden.

The increased rebates will come into effect immediately for consumers who already receive energy rebates while the appliance upgrade discount will start in early 2018.

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Indigenous man finishes walk for justice "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Clinton Pryor took the first steps of his walk for justice in Perth last September, and one year later has taken the final steps at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra.

The 27-year-old walked almost 6000km across the country for Aboriginal rights, arriving in Canberra on Sunday morning with a crowd of supporters from across Australia.

He set out on September 8, 2016 and has since taken seven million steps and gone through eight pairs of shoes.

Mr Pryor hopes to meet Governor-General Peter Cosgrove on Wednesday for a one-on-one chat, but he wants Sir Peter to meet with indigenous elders at the tent embassy rather than Government House.

A corroboree was held at the tent embassy on Sunday afternoon to celebrate Mr Pryors arrival, as crowds chanted always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

He also plans to meet with federal politicians when parliament returns for a fortnight of sitting, to raise awareness for indigenous issues.

Over the past year he met with Aboriginal elders and community leaders across Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria and NSW.

His walk included trekking through the Gibson Desert for two weeks in summer, where he had to walk at night to prevent exhaustion.

A banner reading justice for Elijah was visible in the crowds in Canberra, held by supporters who arrived from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to support Mr Pryor.

Protests erupted in the WA town after 14-year-old Elijah Doughty died in August last year after being hit by a ute while riding a motorbike.

The 56-year-old ute driver recently stood trial for manslaughter but was convicted of the lesser offence of dangerous driving causing death, and was sentenced to three years jail.

The sentence sparked rallies across the country, with protesters saying the sentence was too lenient.

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Greens warn of renewable valley of death "IndyWatch Feed"

Renewable energy will face another valley of death under the policy the major parties are likely to adopt to encourage a cleaner power sector.

The Greens energy spokesman Adam Bandt warns adopting a clean energy target as recommended by Chief Scientist Alan Finkels review of the electricity market could leave proposed new renewable projects in limbo for up to five years.

The Turnbull government is yet to formally adopt a clean energy target as policy or decide what form it would take amid internal unrest from coalition MPs concerned about ensuring a continued role for coal.

Any clean energy target is not expected to start until 2020, when the existing renewable energy target is set to end.Mr Bandt says switching from one to the other with no overlap could put the brakes on renewable energy projects.

Hes urging Labor not to sign onto a clean energy target that gives any incentives to coal power just for the sake of artificial bipartisanship.

Instead, he wants the opposition to hold out until the next federal election, which Labor could win, and then put in place a more robust policy.

Labor should not be dragged into the morass of the Liberal party room and their coal obsession, Mr Bandt will tell parliament on Monday.

Business and the energy sector has been crying out for politicians to put aside their squabbles and adopt a bipartisan policy whether for the clean energy target or an emissions intensity scheme so they have the certainty to start investing in new generators.

The 2016 federal election was the first since 2004 where Australia had the same energy policy before the poll as after.

Investment in renewables plummeted for several years amid political uncertainty around the RET, until the Abbott government cut it but set its level.

Mr Bandt now wants parliament to extend the RET for another decade.

If Labor and Liberal agree on a clean energy target that includes coal but dont include any mechanism to start closing coal-fired generators, it may well create a short-term valley of death for renewables, he will tell parliament on Monday.

There will be at least three years during which a paltry target will be in place, new coal will be incentivised and new renewables placed at a further disadvantage.

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Main Arm man charged with Sydney robbery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Coopers Lane, Main Arm. Photo Google Maps

Coopers Lane, Main Arm. Photo Google Maps

Quiet Coopers Lane, Main Arm, was raided by police last Tuesday (August 29) seeking a man over a robbery that took place in Rockdale earlier in the month.

Police from Tweed Byron LAC and St George LAC executed a search warrant at premises on Coopers Lane, as a result of which a male was arrested and charged.

He was refused bailed and appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court the following day (August 30).

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Harmine induces apoptosis and inhibits tumor cell proliferation, migration and invasion in gastric cancer. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

PMID:  Phytomedicine. 2014 Feb 15 ;21(3):348-55. Epub 2013 Oct 28. PMID: 24176842 Abstract Title:  Harmine induces apoptosis and inhibits tumor cell proliferation, migration and invasion through down-regulation of cyclooxygenase-2 expression in gastric cancer. Abstract:  Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) plays an important role in the carcinogenesis and progression of gastric cancer. Harmine is reported as a promising drug candidate for cancer therapy; however, effects and action mechanism of harmine on the human gastric cancer cells remain unclear. This study evaluated the anti-tumor effects of harmine on human gastric cancer both in vitro and in vivo. The cell proliferation was determined using MTT colorimetric assay. Apoptosis was measured by DAPI staining and flow cytometry analysis. The wound healing and transwell invasion assays were performed to evaluate the effects of harmine on the migration and invasion of gastric cancer cells. The expression of COX-2, proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), Bcl-2, Bax and matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) was detected by Western blot analysis. Our results showed that harmine significantly inhibited cellular proliferation, migration, invasion and induced apoptosis in vitro, as well as inhibited tumor growth in vivo. In addition, harmine significantly inhibited the expression of COX-2, PCNA, Bcl-2 and MMP-2 as well as increased Bax expression in gastric cancer cells. These results collectively indicate that harmine induces apoptosis and inhibits proliferation, migration and invasion of human gastric cancer cells, which may be mediated by down-regulation of COX-2 expression.

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Police seek witnesses over Chinderah pub fight "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward after a fight broke out between a group of men at a Chinderah pub on Saturday (September 2).

Police were called to the hotel at about 1.45pm after a number of men were reported to have been involved in a fight.

So far one man has been charged with assault/affray and malicious damage and bailed to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on the 25 September 2017.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected to be laid.

Any persons who witnessed the incident is encouraged to contact Tweed Heads Police on 07 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page. 

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FOI to Turnbull's office covering Trade Union Royal Commission "IndyWatch Feed National"

The FOI Coordinator Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet PO Box 6500 CANBERRA ACT 2600 Dear Sir or Madam, Thank you for considering this request under the Freedom of Information Act, 1982. I seek all communications involving the Prime Minister or staff with or about the Trade Union Royal...


Police seize fidget spinners from North Coast schools "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Modified 'star knife' style fidget spinners that are causing police concerns. Photo NSW Police

Modified star knife style fidget spinners that are causing police concerns. Photo NSW Police

Over the past week, Tweed-Byron police have seized a number of modified fidget spinners from local schools, claiming they could be used as weapons.

They say that the particular type of spinners, which look more like star knives, are quite dangerous and fall under the criteria of prohibited weapons

Most are being introduced into the country from Indonesia and may be being purchased over the internet.

Police remind the public that it is an offence to possess or use a prohibited weapon unless the person is authorised to do so by a permit.

And the maximum penalty is very severe: 14 years imprisonment.


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By Jo Rittey Ashly Hicks is king of all he surveys in his role of head chef at the very fancy multi-level restaurant and bar, Garden State Hotel, in Flinders Lane. With a strong work ethic and a driving passion for food, Ash has propelled himself to great heights over a career that started when []



Are you known or unknown? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Are you known or unknown?

by Jon Rappoport

September 3, 2017

This is the story of someone I knew a long time ago.

Perhaps you know someone who has the same story.

He was exceptionally bright. He spent hours and days in the library, searching sources for information about how the world really operates and who is behind the curtain.

He discovered secrets, and he remembered everything he discovered. He was able to assemble large amounts of data and organize them into connected wholes.

With all of this research, he didnothing.

Every few months he would come to see me, and we would talk about paths he could take.

Finally, I asked him, Do you want to be known or unknown?

It was a question he couldnt answer.

He would deflect the question and talk about other people. He would talk about history. He would talk about powerful elites. He would talk about civilizations that had risen and fallen.

But he never made up his mind about the question.

The last time I saw him, he was working for a think-tank as an outside consultant. He wasnt happy. He was using a very small amount of his knowledge and skill to do his job.

The idea of stepping out of the shadows into the light was too much. For him, putting his knowledge into the world was fraught with mystery. He didnt know how to take the first steps.

I cant imagine it, he said.

We talked about limitations, because he saw himself beset with them. That was the theme of his ongoing story. He told it well. He made a convincing case. Not to me. To himself.

All in all, he was starring in his own myth about remaining unknown.

He saw that my patience was running out. But he was convinced his myth was so complicated and had so many parts, he had to divulge all of it.

I could see, though, that the story would never end. He would keep manufacturing it as long as he needed towhatever it took, so he could remain unknown.

In that sense, he was quite creative. He could imagine many, many things, as long as they didnt involve him launching some enterprise in the world that would make him visible.

This wasnt the tale of Sisyphus pushing a great rock up the hill, only to have it come back down again, forcing him to start over. This was an eternal musing that would keep him from away from the rock and the hill altogether.

The thing wasand I caught an occasional glimpse while he was talkinghe kne...


GetUp campaign to deregister doctor from No to same sex marriage TVC "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is pure nastiness. Dr Lai appeared in a TV commercial from the No to same sex marriage campaign. The result is this from GetUp. Why is this important? This petition calls on the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency to review the registration of Dr...


Harvey's unlikely hero: Meteorologist Jeff Linder "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Move over, Beyonc, Houston has a new celebrity: Jeff Lindner, meteorologist for the Harris County Flood Control District. As Tropical Storm Harvey inundated the greater Houston area with as much as 51 inches of rain over the past week, Mr. Lindner, 35 years old, has been a reassuring voice in a near-apocalyptic disaster, calmly updating millions via televised news conferences and Twitter posts about rising water levels in bayous and reservoirs. To the multitudes worrying about whether floodwaters were inching closer to their homes, Mr. Lindner, with his blue button-down shirt, government lanyard around his neck and disheveled, close-cropped hair, has become a no-nonsense hero. "What we've been thankful for in Jeff Lindner is that he's giving us straight answers, whether we like them or not," said Emma McGarity, a 50-year-old secretary.


Australian childcare workers to walk off the Job "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Victoria

Workers at major child care centres will walk off the job across Australia on Thursday, in what is shaping up to be the biggest strike in the industrys history, according to the union covering childcare workers, United Voice.

About 10,000 families will have to make alternative arrangements for their children, as they are inevitably caught up in the dissatisfaction in an industry that is one of the lowest paying industries. Low pay come with an expectation of a high level of skill and commitment.

The strikers argue that they are going out at 3.20 pm on Thursday, because that is the time in the week that they effectively begin to work for free.

United voice has publicly stated that its members are Frustrated that the government is continually failing to address the equal pay issue, thousands of early childhood educators are escalating their action. In an unprecedented move, it will be the second walk off this year in their fight for professional pay.

The assistant federal secretary of the union says about child care workers: They are a highly-educated, skilled workforce but only earn around $21 an hour. As long as the government continues to ignore them and pass the buck on funding equal pay, from here on in they will continue to escalate their action.

A part of the problem is that this is a largely female workforce in a caring industry, where those working in it have long been committed to the welfare of those put in their charge. The high level of commitment has been used against them.

The difference now is that they are much less prepared to be used in this way. Commitment to their charges remains as strong as it ever was. But they are no longer prepared to be used as a source of cheap labour and believe they have a right to be respected and recognised for as professionals performing essential work



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Australia agrees play fair over Timor Sea reserves "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

There may be some hope for justice after all.  At least it seems so, when it comes to the standoff over oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea.

This is a valuable resource near Timor-Leste (East Timor), which is much needed to meet the small nations energy needs and to fund a way out from economic under development. Unfortunately, Australia has been trying to take it away for decades, arguing that the waters where this resource is located falls into Australian territory.

From the Timorese point of view, this is bullying by a much bigger neighbor. The reserves are clearly much Closer to Timor-Leste.

Refusing to be bullied, the tiny nation has been waging a long campaign to see this turned around. The strategy has been to take the matter to international forums, while continuing to work for dialogue and negotiate a reasonable settlement with Australia.

The Australian government has finally agreed on a new maritime boundary, as well as arrangements that would see the sharing of billions of dollars from the Greater Sunrise reserves. The agreement was reached at talks in The Hague.

Xanana Gusmao, the hero of East Timors struggle for independence and leader of his countrys delegation in the talks, described it as an historic agreement that marks the beginning of a new era in Timor-Lestes [East Timors] friendship with Australia.

He said it will help us achieve our dream of full sovereignty and to finally settle our maritime boundaries with Australia.

The full extent of the agreement is not known yet and there are still some details to work out. Nevertheless, some progress has been made.

Most Australians would be behind a fair outcome and expect the Australian government to do the right thing. We have a responsibility to our neighbours to make sure this is exactly what happens.



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Australias economy continues to under perform "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

At the beginning of August, continuing the prognosis of recent times, the Reserve Bank of Australia forecast revised the expected growth in Australian economy downwards by 0.75 percent, using the standard GDP figures. According to this, official economic growth will continue at around 3 percent. This is misleading however. It hides the underlying problems and provides a somewhat false picture of what is going on.

The Reserve Bank joined the government in an upbeat pep talk, insisting that the economy is in a good position. If it was, the interest rate would not have been held down last month. Something else is going on here and we are not being told about it.

A good clue comes from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)  production chain volume  measure of GDP, which is more attune to the real economy, because it considers it from the viewpoint of the creation of goods and services. This puts the the increase in the last quarter down to 0.4 percent and the projected growth for the coming year at just 1.7 percent. The bottom line is that the Australian economy is not performing well and this is an ongoing trend.

For those in debt, the good news was that the interest rate is not going to be put up and there would remain at 1.5 percent, continuing the historically low rates that have held for 13 months straight. This is not because the Reserve Bank and government are being kind, but it is the outcome when there is an oversupply of money, relative to the economys performance.

There needs to be less spin and more an opening up and transparency in what we are told.

A significant part of the excess money is being soaked up in the real estate bubble. The issuing of government bonds is taking up a smaller part of the slack. Then there is some limited infrastructure building. Without these factors, the GDP measure would be considerably less.

The point is that much of this this activity is not being generated by and covered by growth in the real economy, nearly anywhere near as much as it is being funded by debt. This is not good news. Without generating sufficient new growth, debt cannot be paid off and it just increases. The debt level...


Monday Maker - Baby Bubba Steps "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi Charlotte,

Were you creative as a child?

Yes, very creative. I was always thinking outside the box. My Grandmother and mother were very creative too. They sewed a great deal of my clothing as a child. I thought I was the coolest kid with a halter top (that my Mum made)!

How would you describe your work?

I design from 'real life'. I make ergonomic baby accessories that fit with my mission statement, "Making parenting....just a little easier".

I believe we all have our own talents and refuse to mimic other maker's wares. As my work takes shape, I mull over designs and ideas in my head until my artistry has exactly the feel that makes it complete.

How did you start selling on Etsy?

I heard about Etsy from other market vendors and after much reading of guidelines and well documented sales advice, decided this was the perfect handmade marketplace that had the ability to feature my Baby Bubba Steps - Bubba Gear in just the right environment for the exposure I aimed for, and in such a professional platform.

Who or what inspires you?

Literally my fabrics provide my daily inspiration. I imagine the happy faces of Mums and Dads as they pour over my brightly coloured bibs and burp cloths until they have found just the right one for their precious little one. I just love seeing those satisfied faces when they find it.

The person who inspired me to sew was my gorgeous mother-in-law, Diana! She always had several projects on the go. Her sewing room was a minefield of pins. One never went in without shoes!

Do you reduce, reuse or recycle as part of your creative practice?


Dying Navy Sailors Push for Trial on Fukushima Meltdown "IndyWatch Feed"

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SAN DIEGO (CN) Representing cancer-ridden Navy service members who say they were exposed to radiation on a humanitarian mission in Fukushima, former Sen. John Edwards urged a federal judge Thursday to set a date for trial.

Over a decade after serving as John Kerrys running mate in the 2004 presidential election, Edwards now represents hundreds of Navy sailors who were aboard the USS Ronald Reagan as part of a humanitarian mission trip to Fukushima, Japan bringing food and supplies to the city in March 2011 after it was devastated by an earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

We have all these sailors whose case is now five years old, who have died or are in the process of dying right now, said Edwards, whose firm Edwards Kirby is based in North Carolina.

Edwards noted that some of his other clients have seen their children born with birth defects. He

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Battling nuclear demons: Mental health issues haunt those who were the first line of defense after 3/11 "IndyWatch Feed"

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1.jpgWorkers from Tokyo Electric Power Co. travel by bus toward the power plant in April 2011.

Ryuta Idogawa traces the onset of his battle with mental illness to a moment not long after his parents had been relocated to Saitama from their hometown of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, in the spring of 2011.

Idogawa recalls with almost claustrophobic clarity how, as he boarded a train to travel to Tokyo, a sense of panic set in when the carriage walls seemed to close in and fellow passengers in the rush-hour squash started to stare piercing, even accusatory stares, he thought.

I was sweating, but I felt really cold and my heart was racing, faster and faster, says Idogawa, 33. I could hardly breathe. I thought, Oh My God! Im going to die.

Today, Idogawa continues to suffer from such panic attacks, although their frequency has decreased. To mitigate the problem

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Tokyos Tap Water Contaminated "IndyWatch Feed"

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Via Kaye Nagamine

A Japanese local magazine gives the list of prefectures where Cesium 134 and Cesium 137 have been detected in their tap water !

The left column gives the name of the prefecture. The central column gives the Cesium 134 detected and the right column the Cesium 137 : in white with three Chinese characters reads not detected while in black the white figures indicates the level of bq detected.

The third line from the bottom is Tokyo. Cesium 134 and Cesium 137 have both been detected in its tap water at high levels!



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Current Fukushima Kids Situation "IndyWatch Feed"

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Via Kaye Nagamine

Ive heard that the video reveals the information that has never been disclosed before and its ONE and ONLY video that documented the true reality of the current Fukushima kids situation presented by a Japanese medical scientist in an academic conference internationally.

Mr. Suzuki, the lecturer in this video, is the one who have operated 125 child thyroid cancer patients in Fukushima. He had been trying to voice the plight situation but he was muted by some political intention.

Heres the story Ive heard: He has been verbally and attacked and insulted by Mr. Shibuya of Fukushima Health Committee during its committee assembly, and his false accusation made Mr. Suzuki leave his position of committee member. The conscientious one always has to leave.

I dont get it. Shibuya malevolently accused Mr. Shuzuki that the doctor must have even operated the case of trifling and unnecessary cases, padding

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Debris to be removed from side of Fukushima reactors "IndyWatch Feed"

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_w850.jpgWorkers wearing protective suits and masks work on the No. 2 reactor building at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

TOKYO A state-backed entity tasked with supporting the decommissioning of the Fukushima nuclear power station proposed Thursday that melted fuel be removed from the side of three of the crippled reactors as part of the process to scrap the complex.

Based on a formal proposal, the government and the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc (TEPCO) will determine specific approaches to carry out the process on each reactor next month and update the plant decommissioning road map.

Under its strategic plan for 2017, the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corp called for the removal of the fuel by partially filling the three reactors with water to cover some of the nuclear debris while allowing access to carry out the work.

The entity also pointed out that

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Elimination of Fukushima evacuees from list slammed "IndyWatch Feed"

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Screenshot from 2017-09-02 09-25-42.pngThis woman in her 30s lives in Tokyo with her young children after fleeing her home in Fukushima Prefecture following the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011. Her husband remains in Fukushima Prefecture for his job.

The central government has made a large number of people who voluntarily fled the Fukushima area after the 2011 nuclear disaster disappear by cutting them from official lists of evacuees.

Critics are now condemning the move, which went into effect last April, saying it prevents government officials from fully grasping the picture of all who remain displaced to evaluate their future needs.

Accurate data on Fukushima evacuees is essential in gaining a better understanding of their current circumstances and crafting measures to address their problems, said Shun Harada, a sociology researcher at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, who contributes as an editor for an information publication for evacuees

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Muscle robots being developed to remove debris from Fukushima reactors "IndyWatch Feed"

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Hitachi-GE testing variety of simply structured, radiation-resistant equipment

20170818_Fukushima-reactor_article_main_image.jpgThe Unit 1 reactor building at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, June 21, 2017.

TOKYO A joint venture between Japanese and American high-technology power houses Hitachi and General Electric is developing special robots for removing nuclear debris from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the most difficult task in decommissioning the plants six reactors, three of which suffered core meltdowns in the March 2011 accident.

The machines under development by Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy are called muscle robots, as their hydraulic springs operate like human muscles. The company, based in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, is stepping up efforts to complete the development project in time for the start of debris removal in 2021.

Hitachi-GE is testing the arms of the robots at a plant of Chugai Technos, a Hiroshima-based engineering

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1) Papuan human rights advocacy association to hold international conference "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Forum leaders gather in Samoa

1) Papuan human rights advocacy association to hold international conference
12 hours ago 
Pewarta: By Libertina Widyamurti Ambari

Bogor, W Java, Sept 2 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Advocacy for Policies and Human Rights (PAK-HAM) of Papua will hold an international conference on human rights on the protection and preservation of natural resources based on local wisdoms.

"It is planned that the conference will be held in March, 2018, in Bali,...


Independent Artist Of The Week: Ruby Fields "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ATARs, beers with mates and being on your P plates. Ruby Fields is the self-confessed average chick turning teen Australiana into damn good songwriting.

The nineteen year old DIY fanatic takes her dry sense of humour and pairs it with driving guitar hooks and heavy drums. On P Plates, a track Fields describes as hopefully her only semi love song ever, she makes plans with mates and dates to catch up for a coupla couplas before regretting not being able to stay for cones/cause I drove. Its a fist-pumping slice of cheeky indie rock.

Having taught herself to play guitar by watching Youtube videos from a young age, its only fitting that her first music video was born of her own volition aswell. Directing, conceptualising, casting and executing the visuals for P Plates, Fields shot with friends, her grandma and her adorable dog in her hometown of Cronulla.

Crack a cold one and check it out below, before Fieldzy takes her P plates on tour across the country this November.


WHO: Ruby Fields
WHERE: The Lansdowne, Chippendale
WHEN: Saturday 11 November
HOW MUCH: $14.30, get tickets here


Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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HPV Vaccine War: Parents Will Not Stop Defending Their Children "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

12 Year Old Girl Develops Guillain-Barr Syndrome After Gardasil Vaccine Suffers Paralysis

Michelle Snyder and her daughter Ashley were interviewed by the VAXXED team about the Gardasil vaccine. Ashley developed Guillain-Barr Syndrome. Video here.

HPV Vaccine Stakeholders versus Desperate Parents

by Norma Erickson, President

Opposing Perspectives on HPV Vaccines

Every country with an HPV vaccination program also has a group of parents with children who have lost their health, sometimes their lives after HPV vaccine administration. These parents are fighting against all odds to try and find ways to restore their childrens life to pre-vaccine status. They need honest answers and need them NOW.

Meanwhile, HPV vaccine promoters are doing their level best to eliminate any conversations about HPV vaccine issues except for those discussing ways to increase uptake and/or market share.

One group seems to have all the money, power and influence to accomplish their goal of vaccinating the entire currently healthy global population against HPV infections. The other group is composed of parents who are emotionally, financially and physically exhausted by their efforts to discover exactly what happened to their children and how to repair the damage.

Is the situation hopeless? Perhaps not. If you have any questions or concerns about HPV vaccinations, please take the time to read this entire article. Honest discussions about HPV vaccine issues could be a possibility despite the uneven distribution of resources between these two groups.

Analyze the Situation

Parents left with no choice but to fight to restore their childs former health after their right to informed consent was ignored and tragedy occurred, hold a power nearly impossible to defeat.



8 Signs that You Are Hindering Your Journey to Spiritual Enlightenment "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Just like everyone else, I make mistakes. However, mistakes are what make us human, and by understanding that our mistakes are opportunities to reaching a better place, we can grow.

If you need some help along your journey, looking at my mistakes may be able to help you to learn without having to make them. When it comes to being the best person you can be, learning through all experiences is necessary. Always remember that you are not defined by your mistakes but by what you make of them.

8 Most Common Mistakes People Make on Their Spiritual Journey:

1. Thinking of spirituality as a destination.

Spirituality is not a destination, it is a journey. You are never done improving yourself. Spirituality is not about reaching an end, it is about raising your mindfulness to a new level as often as possible.

2. Doing good things for your own gain.

You need to do good things because you want to not because you have something to gain in doing them. Racking up on good karma doesnt work in the way you think it does.

3. Being too attached to your spiritual practices.

Dont feel bad when you fail in doing something. While some people rely on their rituals to feel better about themselves, you dont have to be one of those people. Only do your daily meditation if it is what you truly want to do, dont do it out of fear of disappointing yourself.

4. Thinking you are above others.

You are not better than anyone else, not even those who are completely unenlightened. No one is more important than someone else. We are all equal.

5. Looking for answers externally.

You will not find any answers without diving deep within. Sitting down with yourself and truly focusing on your life, in general, is the only way you will get anywhere. Just breathe.

6. Trying to be positive all the time.

Sometimes you cant be positive and that is okay. Sure, we all need to strive to be the best we can be but if you need to feel sadness or something else along those lines, feel it. It is okay to feel your own emotions.

7. Being a doormat.

We are not here for other people to walk all over. You should never let other people take advantage of you no matter how much you want to help them. Your own well-being is more important than the well-being of others.

8. Being too pushy.

While other people may not be on the same level of spiritual awakening as you does not mean you should push other people to become lik...


HPV Vaccine War: Parents Will Not Stop Defending Their Children "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

12 Year Old Girl Develops Guillain-Barr Syndrome After Gardasil Vaccine Suffers Paralysis

Michelle Snyder and her daughter Ashley were interviewed by the VAXXED team about the Gardasil vaccine. Ashley developed Guillain-Barr Syndrome. Video here.

HPV Vaccine Stakeholders versus Desperate Parents

by Norma Erickson, President

Opposing Perspectives on HPV Vaccines

Every country with an HPV vaccination program also has a group of parents with children who have lost their health, sometimes their lives after HPV vaccine administration. These parents are fighting against all odds to try and find ways to restore their childrens life to pre-vaccine status. They need honest answers and need them NOW.

Meanwhile, HPV vaccine promoters are doing their level best to eliminate any conversations about HPV vaccine issues except for those discussing ways to increase uptake and/or market share.

One group seems to have all the money, power and influence to accomplish their goal of vaccinating the entire currently healthy global population against HPV infections. The other group is composed of parents who are emotionally, financially and physically exhausted by their efforts to discover exactly what happened to their children and how to repair the damage.

Is the situation hopeless? Perhaps not. If you have any questions or concerns about HPV vaccinations, please take the time to read this entire article. Honest discussions about HPV vaccine issues could be a possibility despite the uneven distribution of resources between these two groups.

Analyze the Situation

Parents left with no choice but to fight to restore their childs former health after their right to informed consent was ignored and tragedy occurred, hold a power nearly impossible to defeat.



Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins Open Up About Depression and Suicide "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The world of music has forever been changed with the recent tragic deaths of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, both of which committed suicide. Their deaths brought a hard subject to the light that most choose to not talk about, depression is a very serious mental illness.

During an interview with the radio station The Rock FM, we got to see a little bit of how the deaths of these people have affected those who looked up to them. Foo Fighter bandmates Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl truly opened up and gave us some much-needed words on the matter. As you may know, Grohl is not a stranger to the losses that come with suicide. He was playing drums in Nirvana when its lead singer Kurt Cobain died by suicide back in 1994.

Grohl had this to say:

When it comes to someone like Chris Cornell or Chester, depression is a disease. Everybody kind of goes through it their own way. I cant speak for anybody elses condition, but the hardest part is when you lose a friend. And I just always automatically think of families and band mates, because going through something like suicide, its a long road.

He says that people should definitely be taking mental health more seriously, depression especially. He says that life is hard and taking care of your mental health is sometimes a thing that you just cannot do on your own. Hawkins then added that you can never be sure what it is another person is going through. Someone could be fighting a battle within themselves all the while being successful on the outside.

It doesnt matter what you have in your bank account or anything else. If you arent feeling right then there is a problem. If you ever notice someone feeling down, then you may need to stop to check on them. If youve ever actually looked into depression you know that most of the time the people who seem the happiest are the ones struggling the most. If you or someone you know needs help please do not hesitate to contact any of the amazing suicide prevention resources.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386. You can also text HOME to 741-741 if you dont feel comfortable being in a call. You have options, never think that suicide is the only possible answer. To hear the interview for yourself check out the video below.



The wind moaning through the scree and eucalypt canopy screams No "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mountain tragic Don Knowler has written a book about kunanyi/Mount Wellington which is being launched by Charles Wooley at the Hobart Bookshop, at 5.30pm on September 20th. The Shy Mountain was inspired in part by the Respect the Mountain campaign, specifically the image of a hiker atop a dolerite outcrop which the group uses on its press statements. When he saw the picture, Knowler saw himself as the man on the mountain and penned a piece for the Tasmanian Times in 2012 giving his own reasons why he felt the mountain should stay free of development. Things have moved on since then with the Tasmanian government intervening to smooth the path of the cable car proponents but Knowlers reservations about development on the peak remain the same. Here we reproduce the original article from September 2012


Of course you can be good without god "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

My attention was drawn to this article with the title Can You Be Good Without God? and it does not start out well.

If God did not exist, then we would have to invent him, said the French philosopher Voltaire. His point: that without a divine being to check right and wrong, any number of atrocities are possible and could go unpunished.

A recent study (of more than 3,000 people in 13 countries) published in the journal Nature Human Behavior echoes Voltaires maxim.

The article quotes the lead author Will Gervais of a new study.

These effects appeared across religiously diverse societies, including countries with Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim and non-religious majorities, says the new study, showing that intuitive moral prejudice against atheists is not exclusive to Abrahamic or monotheistic majority societies. To the contrary, intuitive anti-atheist prejudice generalizes to largely secular societies and appears globally evident even among atheists.

For many people, including many atheists, the researchers say, the answer to Dostoevskys question Without God It means everything is permitted now, one can do anything? is Yes, inasmuch as everything refers to acts of extreme immorality.

But as you read the article, all that the paper claims is that 3,000 people in 13 countries believe that lack of religion can lead to bad behavior. That is hardly a surprise given the widespread prejudice against atheists. In fact the title of the actual paper that you can read here is Global evidence of extreme intuitive moral prejudice against atheists, hardly a controversial claim

So while the article header was clickbait, it does go on to quote several atheists who rebut the implication of the opening paragraphs.

We are products of our culture, says Monette Richards, a board member for Secular Woman, an organization that seeks to amplify the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious women.

She too sees this as the result of centuries-old indoctrination. Our culture is so steeped in upholding the religious as good and worthy of respect and casting unbelievers as evil, that a few years of increasing numbers of non-believers isnt going to break that right away.

But she believes there is a way to change it. The more we meet those we consider Other, and the more we love them, we learn to see the trope for what it is. The knee jerk associations of serial-killer-me...


We Can Make This Nation Work "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Could the housing affordability crisis, predicted by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia to torture the nation for 40 years, be solved in 4 years? [1]


A guide to parliamentary democracy ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This seems to be a guide to using our parliamentary democracy that, if correct, points a way through the mess we find ourselves in


Lewis Hamilton wins Italian Grand Prix "IndyWatch Feed National"

LEWIS Hamilton of Stevenage, Herts has overtaken Sebastian Vettels lead in the drivers championship after claiming a breezy win at Monza. The Brit sat comfortably in first for the majority of the race and looked to be in peak form.

Mercedes dominated in Italy this year .

The ever-cheery Daniel Ricciardo was over the moon after finishing fourth at Monza. The Aussie made a stunning comeback after starting 16th with a penalty, narrowly missing out on a podium as he chased down Sebastian Vettel late in the race.

The 28-year-old was bouncing up and down in a post-race interview with a female reporter and got a little too enthusiastic when he heard how excited the commentators were as he pulled off a number of overtakes.

Our commentators were getting really excited, the Sky Sports reporter told Ricciardo before he jumped in.

Did they take their top off? he said. Pop a few buttons?

The reporter was quick to dodge the awkward moment.

Maybe, maybe, maybe, she said before asking about his Kimi Raikkonen overtake.


Lewis Hamilton, centre, celebrates his victory at Monza with his second-placed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel, who was third.

Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix with a controlled race during which his position at the front was never under threat. He led his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in a one-two for the team, their third of the season. Ferraris Sebastian Vettel could manage only third place enabling Hamilton to take the lead of the Formula One world championship for the first time this season, with seven races still t...


Wrong question "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A study basically asked people Can you be good without god?. The answer, unsurprisingly, is that a heck of a lot of people think you cant.

A recent study (of more than 3,000 people in 13 countries) published in the journal Nature Human Behavior echoes Voltaires maxim. Looking at intuitive thinkingpresumptions drawn by individuals through unconscious biasesresearchers led by Will M. Gervais, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, discovered that most individuals intuitively conclude that a serial killer is more likely to be an atheist (approximately 60 percent) than religious (approximately 30 percent).

The article has a lot of good rebuttals from atheists like James Croft, Monette Richards, and Maggie Ardiente, but lets cut the crap. This survey isnt actually going to answer that question. Of course there are good atheists and good Christians, and also bad atheists and bad Christians. All that survey can do is determine that the subjects have been methodically lied to by their religion.

The question should be, Can you be good with god?, and the results determine that religion is great fertilizer for bigotry. Id also argue that the example of the most notoriously godly people in America further demonstrates that with great faith comes great greed and exploitation.

Heres Joel Osteens house.

Never mind his behavior towards his fellow human beings in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. I ask you, what kind of corrupt, selfish person needs the kind of conspicuous consumption being shown off here?


Tele-Islamist charlatan: Amr Khalid reminds me of US televangelists "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Look at him. He was intensely acting piety in prayer session from Mecca and calling on God to answer the prayers of people on his Facebook page--kid you not--and then suddenly (see the shot the left) he looked at the camera for a second in a way that exposed his acting techniques. 


Calcium channels, free radicals and the effects of EMF explained "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I've often noted that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are a pernicious, hidden health risk. But exactly how does this kind of microwave radiation damage your health? Martin Pall, Ph.D., has identified and published research describing the likely molecular mechanisms of how EMFs from cellphones and wireless technologies damage plants, animals and humans.1,2 ,3,4 Pall has a bachelor's in physics from Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and genetics from Caltech, and is uniquely qualified for this type of research. For the past 18 years, he's been scouring the medical literature, integrating and drawing parallels between work done by others to answer this pressing question. Pall explains: "There is a huge amount of information out here that nobody has the time to integrate, digest and make connections [between]. That's what I've been doing ... I was interested in EMFs before I could understand how they worked. Then I stumbled onto two papers that told me, 'Well, this looks like the way they work,' and then I dug out more and more papers ... What the [initial two] studies showed was that you could block or greatly lower the effects [of EMF] by using calcium channel blockers ... That was the key observation ... Now [I have found] 26 [papers] ... They all show that EMFs work by activating what are called voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs). These are channels in the outer membrane of the cell, the plasma membrane that surrounds all our cells. When they're activated, they open up and allow calcium to flow into the cell. It's the excess calcium in the cell which is responsible for most if not all of the [biological effects]."


WDYT?: Is Hate Speech Free Speech? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

CN: Racist slurs/slogans

In the wake of the Charlottesville rally, theres been a lot of talk about whether or not hate speech is free speech. Maybe Im just a Regressive Leftist who wants to censor everyone who triggers me, but I dont think theres a simple answer.

First, lets define what hate speech actually is. As Andrew Torrez told Morgan and I on the Biskeptical Podcast a few months ago, the law usually defines hate speech as any hateful speech that directly leads to violence. In other words, its one thing to stand on a stage and say white people are the superior race; its something completely different to stir up a crowd of white supremacists to go out and commit violence against ethnic minorities right there and then. This is pretty much John Stuart Mills approach to free speech. He believed there should be no government censorship whatsoever even when it comes to the most bullshit and inane ideas, but he also said the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.

I agree for the most part, but I do have some questions.

Technically anyone can say Blood and soil and 1488 on social media, even if theyre not serious. So if someone says Blood and soil on Twitter as either a joke or just to vent but has no intention of actually going out and murdering Jews, would that still fall under the category of hate speech? By that I mean should the government get involved, or is it best for regular folks to use their free speech to say, Hey man, thats racist as fuck? I think in this situation its best to use your free speech to call out hateful speech because even though hateful speech like that doesnt directly incite violence, it indirectly feeds into a culture of violence.

I hate to quote Sam Harris, but he was right about one thing: beliefs have consequences. If you feed into a culture that says certain minorities are inferior to others, you create a culture of discrimination, hatred, and, ultimately, violence. Language itself can be violent, but I like to think in this case the best thing to do is use your free speech to condemn hateful speech without the government getting involved.

Charlottesville is where things get tricky. Not only were the white supremacists chanting The Jews will not replace us and Blood and soil, but according to the people who were there, they also came with bats, brass knuckles, shields, and other weapons. ...


America's Afterthought "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Guam gets its 15 mins of national or international media fame refreshed every few years, sometimes because of a typhoon or earthquake. Sometimes because of snake epidemics. Over the past few years, North Korea has had alot to do with Guam getting a little extra attention. Usually these periods are frustrating to analyze in media terms because Guam, even if it is mentioned as the focus of a story, still remains at the periphery of it. But this most recent North Korea scare led to a series of well-written and insightful articles that didn't shy away from Guam's colonial status, but engaged with it. Here below is probably my favorite piece to come out from all the drama.


"Guam: A colonized island nation where 160,000 American lives are not only at risk but often forgotten"
by Gene Park
Washington Post
August 11, 2017

Total Americans affected: 3,831.

Fox News ran a video explainer this week on the affect of North Koreas missiles on Guam. There are more than 160,000 American-born citizens in the U.S. territory of Guam, but the network initially counted only 3,881 lives on the two military bases there.

The video was later updated, labeling them as active-duty U.S. troops. The other lives? Ignored. But at least the video is a bit more honest about the focus.

Its not just Fox News. The Associated Press had a story from its Pyongyang reporter with an alarming headline: Should U.S. shoot Kims missiles down? It weighed the pros and cons of defending against a North Korean missile test from Guam. Again, it initially only counted the 7,000 U.S. troops who would be affected, until the story was later amended to include the total population.
Lots of people are asking What is Guam? My colleague and fellow Guamanian Michelle Ye Hee Lee wrote an explainer that should cover most of...


Argentine indigenous rights activist Santiago Maldonado missing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This video says about itself:

Huge March in Argentina Demands Santiago Maldonados Return

2 September 2017

Thousands descended upon Argentinas famous Plaza de Mayo to ask the state to respond to the disappearance of indigenous rights activist Santiago Maldonado.

Associated Press reports:

Argentine protesters demand answers about missing activist


September 2 2017

Tens of thousands of Argentines demonstrated in cities across the country on Friday holding photos of a missing activist who was last seen when border police evicted a group of indigenous Mapuche from lands in Patagonia owned by Italian clothing company Benetton.

Demonstrators in the Argentine capital marched to the Plaza de Mayo square in front of the presidential palace to demand the government find 28-year-old Santiago Maldonado alive.

The march marked the one-month anniversary of Maldonados disappearance. Since then, everyone from soccer great Diego Maradona to Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla to politicians from opposing political parties have joined human rights activists in a social media campaign under the slogan: Where is Santiago Maldonado?

The disappearance has hit a raw nerve in Argentina, where human rights groups estimate that about...


This 26-Year-Old Girl May Have Officially Solved Our Superbug Problem For Good "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The miss use and overuse of antibiotics, in general, has led to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on a scale so large that it is currently one of the biggest threats to global health. It has even been estimated that by 2050, superbugs that are antibiotic resistant will kill around 10 million people.

Scientists have been looking for new antibiotics as a means of killing off these superbugs but have not had very much success thus far. That being said, one 26-year-old Malaysian Ph.D. student at the University of Melbourne might have found the answer we need. Her name is Shu Lam and she has worked hard to develop a more direct combative approach to getting rid of these superbugs. This is something that could potentially save millions of people across the globe.

She has actually developed a star-shaped polymer that can kill six superbug strains so far. It is able to do this by tearing apart their cell walls. Lam told reporters from the Telegraph that this is something that creates a lot of stress on the bacteria and essentially makes it kill itself. This is a monumental breakthrough. Her research was published in the Nature Microbiology journal just this past year and has been something that put Lam in the spotlight.

Her findings could easily change the face of modern medicine. These star-shaped molecules are made from peptide polymers in a process she says is similar to the way we put together Legos. Lam has been able to test this in the lab on both the bacteria themselves and on superbugs in mice. None of the superbugs so far have survived.

These star-shaped polymers are also completely non-toxic to our healthy cells. For more information on this check out the video below. This is truly mind-blowing!

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Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tezcatlipoca, god of hurricanes

It happens every time a natural disaster occurs: the ghouls creep out of their crypts and get national press coverage for their rationalizations. One example: Rick Stedman, generic Christian pastor and apologist, has emerged to ask a stupid question.

When hurricanes like Harvey devastate so many lives, where is God?

Thats a really good questionone which Ive heard whenever a hurricane, tornado, or tsunami wreaks havocand it deserves an honest, though maybe surprising answer.

No, its not a good question. Where is Harry Potter? Where is Dread Dormammu? Where is Aquaman? These would also be stupid questions, because they are fictional characters, and we know exactly where they are: in the pages of books and comic books. Theyre not going to emerge when a catastrophe strikes.

The only people who ask that question are religious apologists. It never occurred to me, for instance. This is the kind of question people ask when reality comes up and smacks their mythologies in the face, and they have to figure out an excuse for why their all-powerful superhero didnt show up to help out. The rest of usnope, we have known all along that nature isnt necessarily our friend, that good and evil dont apply in the cosmic scheme of things, and we have no expectations of beneficent super-beings feeling obligated to ride to our rescue.

As you might expect, though, Stedman is going to give us his stupid answer to his stupid question, and big surprise its not going to be surprising at all. His excuse is that his God was there, expressing himself in the charity and kindness of human beings in the face of adversity, because, apparently, people are incapable of recognizing the importance of their friends and neighbors and family, or even strangers, unless they are possessed by a supernatural entity. Whenever you see someone doing something nice, thats God, not actually that person acting ethically. I think it might be part of that odious Christian doctrine that says were all evil sinners who deserve Hell, except Jesus somehow saved us. How the idea that goodness is a manifestation of God could be compatible with Christian versions of Free Will that say our actions are our choice, so evil is our problem, not Gods, I dont know.

It seems simpler to me to cut out the imaginary phanta...


Almost 3 Mile Wide Asteroid to Make Relatively Close Call With Earth "IndyWatch Feed National"

Florence is an asteroid that measures almost three miles in diameter. According to experts it will not pose a threat the Earth for centuries to come but is expected to pass us right now!

NASA says that this asteroid will be passing Earth at a distance of 4.4 million miles. This would be the largest asteroid in more than a century to pass us and makes for quite an interesting experience. All other asteroids to pass this close or closer to Earth have been significantly smaller. Asteroids, for those who do not know, are the rubble that is left over from the formation of planets and so forth.

This instance will be the closest this asteroid has been since 1890 and the closest that it will ever be until after 2500 according to the US Space Agency. Scientists are using this as a time to actually study the asteroid up close by using a ground-blasting radar imaging system in California, as well as Puerto Rico. Many professional, as well as amateur astronomers, are tracking this event. If something this size were to actually hit the Earth scientists believe the effects would be global.

Paul Chodas, manager of Nasas Center for Near-Earth Object Studies has said in a statement that:

Florence is the largest asteroid to pass by our planet this close since the [American space agency] Nasa program to detect and track near-Earth asteroids began.

This asteroid was discovered by Schelte Bobby Bus at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia back in 1981 and was named in honor of Florence Nightingale. This asteroid will be visible in small telescopes for several nights as it moves through several constellations. It is said that Florence will brighten to ninth magnitude around early September yes it is currently underway.

For more information on this check out the video below. It seems this will go over smoothly without issues and who knows what we will learn about Florence in general through these radar collections. I, for one, am excited to see what comes of this.



Parents travel from India to help son beat wife for being disobedient "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Three foreign nationals from India were arrested Saturday after deputies found a beaten woman and her child being held inside her home, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Deputies described the woman, 33-year-old Silky Gaind, as "badly beaten and bruised over her entire body" from beatings by her husband and his parents that they say had "been ongoing for an extended period of time." In response to a request for a welfare check, deputies arrived about 6:30 a.m. Saturday at 9601 Greenbank Drive, the home of the woman and her husband, 33-year-old Devbir Kalsi. Though deputies had confirmed people were inside the home, repeated knocks at the door went unanswered. Eventually, Gaind tried to open the door and "screamed for the deputy to save her and her child," the Sheriff's Office said. A deputy then forced the door open to find Kalsi. When he tried to push the door closed, the deputy began arresting him before being confronted by the man's father, Jasbir Kalsi, 67, and mother, Bhupinder Kalsi, 61.


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Egypt's Pope Tawadros II Leads Divine Liturgy in Sydney, Australia
Ahram Online
Saturday 2 Sep 2017

Pope Tawadros arrived in Sydney Tuesday after a short visit to Japan

Pope Tawadros II, the Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, led a 5,000-strong mass in Sydney Saturday morning, part of his first papal visit to Australia, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

During the divine liturgy at the International Convention Centre Sydney, Pope Tawadros II promoted six new priests to arch-priests of the Sydney Diocese into the Order of Christ.

Pope Tawadros arrived in Sydney Tuesday after a short visit to Japan where he inaugurated the first Coptic church in the East Asian country.

During his 10-day pastoral tour during, the Pope is expected to meet with top Australian political and religious figures and visit churches and schools in Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra.

On Thursday, Pope Tawadros laid the foundation stone for St Mary, St Cosman and St Demian Coptic Orthodox Church in Kellyville, Sydney.

The new church will cater to the growing numbers of parishioners and include community facilities.It is expected to be completed in five years.

The pontiff will also give a number of masses and meet with Australia's Coptic community members.

Tawadros II is head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, which has an estimated 25 million members worldwide.


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


7 piece dining package, never used. 

Chairs not unpacked. 

New $300.00 will take $170.00. 

Or make me an offer Jane 0400 597 728.


Mocking ACL's Lyle Shelton and parodying anti-same sex marriage advertising is about to reach peak viral "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here are the latest in my timeline enjoy!


Is the US Under Attack From Manufactured Weather Events? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Many credible people are asking the question as to whether the United Stated is under attack from manufactured weather events?

The first question that any reasonable person may ask as if the technology exists? The answer is a simple without quetion. Does that necessarily mean that Hurricane Harvey was a manufactured event tied to some nefarious purpose? It certainly does not follow that because the technology exists, that the use of proven weather modification is a given (ie Air Force Owning the Weather 2025).

Making the Case for a Manufactured Weather Event

Dean Wigington has provided one of the most lucid accounts of why Hurrican Harvey is a manufactured weather event:

From: Dane Wigington

Hurricane Harvey is the latest example of covert weather warfare being waged on completely unsuspecting populations. Increasingly catastrophic climate cataclysms are being orchestrated and manipulated by an ever more desperate and aggressive global power structure. Rapidly accelerating climate and biosphere collapse is not somewhere on the horizon, it is here, now. Climate engineering is further fueling the unraveling of the remaining web of life on our once thriving planet. With undeniable facts and film footage the video below fully exposes the manipulation of Hurricane Harvey

Sharing credible and verifiable data is absolutely crucial in the fight to expose and halt the ongoing climate engineering assault.  When incorrect or false data is propagated, t...


So you held out a hope that the Turnbull Government's use of the SSM postal survey results would be straightforward? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The forthcoming Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey will contain one clearly worded question: Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

This question can be answered Yes or No by those Australian citizens on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll who choose to participate.

The Turnbull Government has stated that a simple majority survey result will mean that legislation legalising same-sex marriage will be introduced in the federal parliament.

However, the vote of government senators and MPs will not be bound by the results of this survey their vote on this legislation is a free vote.

Almost sounds kosher, doesnt it?

Ah, but this is a government full of far-right warriors determined to protect a superior white Christian culture which has only ever really existed in their own minds and the minds of their fellow travellers.

So the Australian Bureau of Statistics website carries this information concerning the postal survey:



Boxes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi folks, 

We've just moved to Coburg hill and have 30+ packing boxes that can be reused. 

If you'd like them, please message me on 0448 992 852 to organise time to pick up. 


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I found this phone while walking on the western side of Edgar's Creek this morning, close to the Spectrum Way bridge. We charged the phone up, but haven't received any calls. 

I will drop the phone at Fawkner Police Station later today for the owner to collect.


UK will not be pressured by EU timetable: Davis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


AFP/File | The EUs chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (right) and his British counterpart David Davis disagreed over how much progress was made during their last meeting on August 31

LONDON (AFP)  Brexit negotiator David Davis on Sunday insisted that Britain would not be forced into accepting unfavourable terms in the face of European Union criticism that not enough progress had been made.Davis clashed with EU counterpart Michel Barnier this week over the Brexit divorce bill, which the bloc has put at 100 billion euros ($118 billion), a figure Britain rejects.

What hes (Barnier) concerned about is that hes not getting the answer on money and theyve set this up to try and create pressure on us, Davis told BBCs Andrew Marr Show.

Im not going to allow them to use that time pressure to force us to do x, y or z.

Barnier demanded on Monday that London start negotiating seriously as a March 2019 deadline looms, with talks stalling over what comes first the divorce settlement or Britains future relationship with the bloc.

I am concerned, time passes quickly, Barnier added.

Davis responded that the point about the Europeans, they wont talk about the future, theyll only talk about so-called divorce proceedings.

We are saying, youve given us this enormous bill well go through line by line, we gave them a two-and-a-half hour presentation, they even complained about that.

Were going through this very systematically, very British way, very pragmatic way of doing it and of course hes finding it difficult, which is why this stance in the press conference, he added.

The European Union has said there must be sufficient progress in three key areas EU citizen rights, Northern Irelands border and the exit bill before it will consider post-Brexit arrangements, possibly from October.

Britain believes it is not legally obliged to pay any settlement fee though accepts it will have to pay for any future access to the EU institutions, but is reluctant to name a figure without knowing what that access will be.

Davis dismissed as silly EU accusations that no progress had been made.

He also rejected a story in the Sunday Times that said Prime Minister Theresa May would accept 50 billion (54.6 billion euros) as a settlement, calling it completely wrong.

May is....


Archie Roach, Jack Charles, Namila Benson at Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What a terrific night. Great conversation, wonderful stories, beautiful music. Moving. Heres some photographs.

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Pick a Key And See What Your Subconscious Reveals About You "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

key personality test

By Universe Inside You

This fun personality test is supposed to reveal traits about based on what your subconscious is drawn to.

Simply pick the one that you are most drawn to.

Fun Inventors says:

Do not think too much and do not look for details and answers. Concentrate on what you feel and you will see that there is always a key that catches your attention in particular.

The quiz portion of the video begins at 2:17.



Source: YouTube

What key did you get was it accurate tell us below!

Image: Fun Inventors

Personality test revealing your subconscious personality and character from...


Opera Bar "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It was such a beautiful night in Sydney. Early spring. No need for a jacket. Perfect.

Sydney Harbour
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Why Does Philosophy Have Such a Conflicted Relationship With the Imagination? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Imagination is a powerful tool, but perhaps the reason why philosophers have been conflicted about it is that they havent grasped how limitations need to be tailored to circumstances.

'Two Men Contemplating the Moon' by Caspar David Friedrich. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Two Men Contemplating the Moon by Caspar David Friedrich. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Philosophers have a love-hate relationship with the imagination. Ren Descartes, for one, disparaged it as more of a hindrance than a help in answering the most profound questions about the nature of existence. Trying to imagine ones way towards metaphysical truth, he wrote in Meditations on First Philosophy (1641), is as foolish as falling asleep in the hope of obtaining a clearer picture of the world through dreams.

Yet, Descartes also relied heavily on imagination in scientific and mathematical essays such as The World (1633), in which he tried to conjure up the details of the basic building blocks for structures such as humans, animals and machines. According to the philosopher Dennis Sepper at the University of Dallas, Descartes relied upon a kind of ...


It is not about my view of sexual morality. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The marriage equality debate is underway and I find that the no case is being most zealously prosecuted by the evangelical wing of the church. This also happens to be the part of the church I belong to. Sometimes the ways of this group of believers thrills me, sometimes inspires me, sometimes infuriates me and and sometimes disappoints me (and I no doubt do the same to some of my evangelical colleagues) . On the question of marriage equality I find myself frustrated and disappointed.  I advocate for a yes vote, when most of my evangelical colleagues are saying no. Ive tried to listen carefully and respectfully to the arguments, but  remain convinced that evangelicals will come out on the wrong side of history on this one. In this rather lengthy post I lay out my reasoning.

The underlying issue
Evangelicals and other conservative Christian groups are prosecuting the no case with an energy that exceeds anything else in recent memory. We have taken our stand on refugees, homelessness and poverty, but the emotional energy being thrown into opposing marriage equality seems to be at another level of intensity. I dont mean to suggest that conservatives have neglected those issues. I have stood shoulder to shoulder with my conservative brothers and sisters protesting aid cuts and advocating for refugees. Nor do I think the all too hastily applied epithet of homophobia explains the opposition of my fellow evangelicals. My Facebook and blog threads certainly suggest that there are some in our faith communities who are filled with fear and hatred of LGBTIQ people, but the church leaders I know who are opposed to marriage equality are people for whom I have respect, who are generous and gracious and who genuinely want to extend love to their LGBTIQ neighbours.

What I do sense is a concern at the ways our society is becoming increasingly liberal. It is the nature of conservatism to make changes slowly and incrementally and to many of my evangelical friends it seems we are rushing into changes to our understanding of sexuality and our social institution of marriage without being attentive to the possible negative outcomes. Yet I find the arguments they proffer rather brittle.

The nature of marriage
According to proponents of the no case, marriage is more than a relationship between two individuals; it is a relationship that provides the context within which children are born and raised. As such, they argue that it depends upon the biological complementarity of husband and wife. To recognise same-sex marriages would fundamentally alter the meaning of marriage. The Sydney Anglican booklet What God Has Joined Together claimed that In order for same-sex couples to share in marriage, the definition must be changed to remove founding a family from the essence of marriage and focus the definition on the rights...


The Universe "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

You don't have to take everything so seriously. Life isn't black and white, answers aren't always yes or no, and absolutely nothing has to happen today. Act when you're ready. Be led by your feelings. And the next time someone wants to fit you into a mold, just tell 'em that your jeans are in the wash, your angels are at the mall, and Oprah's on the other line. You're a spiritual being on an eternal quest in a love-adventure you get to design. Do it your way.
Fuzzy as dice, 
    The Universe

Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!