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Saturday, 07 January

00:16

Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


South Australians could point out that Senator Leyonhjelm was born on April 1 in a town called Nhill and hasn’t amounted to much, but that would be churlish. [Journalist Tory Shepherd writing in The Advertiser on 1 December 2016]

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Friday, 06 January

22:48

Australia’s Mason-Dixie Line – Black peoples should flee Western Australia and the Northern Territory "IndyWatch Feed National"

There may need to be a Great Migration of Black peoples out of Western Australia and the Northern Territory or some sort of revolution. Wherever there are significant Black population masses throughout Australia so too is there pronounced racism – flaring and rampant. White anger rages at Black identity. The more west and north we […]

22:33

Health Minister Sussan Ley under pressure over Gold Coast home purchase "IndyWatch Feed National"

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NOTE: Look who bought a $795,000 home on the Gold Coast from a wealthy Lib donor on a nice taxpayer funded holiday. Read More

20:26

‘People must stand up against these things’: Man films racial tirade at Coburg park "IndyWatch Feed National"

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January 6 2017 – 6:33AM

Emily Woods

Ahmed Abou-eid was enjoying a beautiful day with family at Harmony Park in Coburg on Wednesday when things turned ugly.

“My wife and friends frequent that park often, and the kids have a great time. It’s called Harmony Park for a reason – there’s so much friendliness in the park,” the Thornbury man said.

Racist tirade at Coburg park
Caution: strong language. An intoxicated man hurls racial abuse at a family enjoying a picnic at a park in Melbourne’s north.

“We had three female friends of mine with their children, and they probably had seven kids with them, the park was quite full and there were a lot of kids playing around.”

A man clutching a whisky bottle, hurling offensive language and racial abuse, quickly changed the mood from playful to frightening.

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19:36

DidgEra "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

DidgEra, aka Dave Johnson is a performer , teacher, composer and recording artist. A multi-instrumentalist since age 10, Dave brings his passion for music alive in a versatile performance.

As a soloist, Dave plays several instruments simultaneously while combining a unique blend of percussive and melodic rhythms over which he alternates the deep piercing of the didgeridoo with the jazz-affiliated saxophones, or the more meditative Native American Flute.

The result is a wholesome, penetrating explosion of sound and rhythm that awakens in the audience a soul-filled feeling.

19:29

Bill Smith "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bill will be a familiar face to many Northern Rivers locals. He has to be one of the hardest working buskers in the region and is regularly out in the streets singing up a storm. Bill plays country and rock classics, always with a friendly smile.

18:34

Pay or face the debt collector - what Centrelink the government or the media will not tell you "IndyWatch Feed National"

Centrelink has been caught out sending out tens of thousands of letters per week falsely claiming debts that their customers have allegedly accrued.

In addition to these false claims, it has now emerged that Centrelink is also unlawfully passing this alleged debt to a debt collector.

What is worse is that the corporation conglomerate called the 'Australian Government' states that the 'problem' does not exist.

Please note that your Centrelink / Social Security payments are inalienable, meaning are unable to be taken away from your 'person'.

They can only [lawfully] deduct funds upon your consent.


See the following law in relation to the above statement:


Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 - Sect 60


 Protection of social security payment
             (1)  A social security payment is absolutely inalienable, whether by way of, or in consequence of, sale, assignment, charge, execution, bankruptcy or otherwise.
             (2)  This section has effect subject to:
                     (a)  sections 61 and 238 of this Act; and
                    (aa)  Parts 3B and 3D of this Act; and
                     (b)  sections 1231 and 1234A of the 1991 Act.

Ref:  http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/ssa1999338/s60.html

Also it is stated in the

Social Security Act 1991 - Sect 66

Age pension to be absolutely inalienable
 
66. (1) Subject to subsection (2) and section 1359, age pension is absolutely
inalienable, whether by way of, or in consequence of, sale, assignment,
charge, execution, bankruptcy or otherwise. Payments to Com...

17:07

West Papua flag raised in Melbourne today "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua The West Papua Morning Star flag was raised at the Indonesian Consulate in Melbourne today as part of the...

The post West Papua flag raised in Melbourne today appeared first on The Pen.

17:00

The Weekend Quiz – January 7-8, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

1. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) characterises the interaction between the government sector (treasury and central bank) and the non-government sector in terms of vertical transactions, which change the net financial asset position of the non-government sector. These are in contrast with transactions within the non-government sector, which net to zero in terms of the impact on that sector's net financial asset position. Both quantitative easing (a central bank operation) and net public spending (a treasury operation) satisfy this definition of a vertical transaction.



2. The real wage can only grow if the rate of growth in earnings outstrips labour productivity growth.



3. A fiscal deficit equivalent to 3 per cent of GDP is more stimulatory than a deficit equivalent to 1 per cent of GDP< even if we do not know what the structural and cyclical break down of the aggregate figure is.

...

16:10

Fatal crash closes highway at Cudgera Creek "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are investigating a crash at Cudgera Creek, near Tweed Heads, this morning (Friday January 6) which took the life of the 61-year-old motorbike rider.

Emergency services were called to the M1 Pacific Motorway at Cudgera Creek near the Cudgera Creek Road off ramp, 27km south of Tweed Heads about 8.33am following reports of a crash.

Police have been told that a white Ford Falcon station wagon and a motorcycle crashed on the motorway.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 61-year-old man was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics. However, the man died at the scene.

The driver of the car, a woman was not injured and was conveyed to Tweed Hospital for mandatory testing.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command and the Crash Investigation Unit attended and have commenced an investigation into the incident.

A crime scene was established and one north bound lane of the M1 Pacific Motorway is currently blocked with local diversions in place.

A brief will be prepared for the information of the coroner.

For further information about traffic conditions visit www.livetraffic.com

Police are appealing for anyone who may have dash cam footage of the incident or any of the vehicles involved in the crash to contact Tweed/Byron Local Area Command on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers.

All lanes of the highway have now reopened.

Original report: A serious accident involving a motorcycle and car on the northbound lanes of the Pacific Motorway at Cudgera Creek this morning has closed the highway and nearby off ramp.

Details are still sketchy, and a medical team from a rescue helicopter is treating those at the scene near Cudgera Creek Road.

Emergency services and traffic crews are on scene and motorists are advised to delay travel northbound.

Southbound lanes of the motorway remain open however intermittent closures may occur and motorists are advised to expect delays and allow extra travel time.

Emergency services and traffic crews remain on scene at the accident however there is no forecast for when the road will reopen northbound.

Southbound lanes of the motorway remain open but motorists should expect delays and allow extra travel time....

16:05

Money Changers Refusing to Accept Australia $100 Bills "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Because Australia has convened a commission to terminate the $100 bill, in the wake of the currency being cancelled overnight in India, there is a growing distrust of high denomination euros and Australian bills. What is interesting is A$100 notes are nonnegotiable now in India. The same is happening in Europe with the €500 bills. There is a growing distrust of paper currency after Modi’s cancellation of high denomination notes in India. The word is getting out that this is a G20 trend that is being introduced in 2017. The last currency would be the US dollar and that would require Trump’s approval by 2018. Dollars in the streets overseas are starting to be the ONLY currency of choice.

16:02

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 6th January "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – New Zealand folk duo Tattletale Saints hit Australia this week with dates in NSW and VIC. Details here – Folk singer Kate Burke released a sad and beautiful track titled “All For Me”. Details here – Popular Adelaide folk night The Porch […]

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0007 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 1.35 AUD
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15:15

The Complexities of Handing out Money in India "IndyWatch Feed National"

One moment I was alone in the dust; the next, surrounded.

Without warning they began shifting on the ground around me like the shadows of predatory birds, emerging from clefts of the crumbly edifices they called home. Quiet, agile, they closed in until they brushed my legs, pulled at my arms. There was no escape.

Gripping the rupee notes into a crumple of promise, I looked at the group of Rajasthani village kids, then to my boyfriend – filming it all, bewildered – and back to the kids. They stared back, sandy-lashed, as if to loosen my grip with the sheer force of their gaze.

It was egg-frying midday in a nameless village compound on the edge of North India’s Thar Desert – stretching west towards Pakistan from Jaisalmer – where we stopped during our three-day camel safari.

While our guide collected supplies, three local children under 10 approached us bashfully and motioned for gifts. Without chocolate, I offered the sparkly keychain on my bag; in response to their ensuing mystification, I handed each a five-rupee ($0.10 AUD) coin.

This innocent ‘charity’ sent some 20 more village kids hurtling towards me, palms outstretched and shoving their companions. A few mothers, gums aflame with betel nut, joined in prying my hands for notes while I stood slack-jawed in the rush.

After distributing my remaining cash, we mounted the camels and left the dispersion of kids in our wake. But as the Thar’s harsh majesty ebbed and flowed in the dunes before us, my mind anchored back in the village: was money the right thing to give?

This isn’t the first time a traveller to India has contemplated this question. Yet the desert silence gave me a perfect setting to reflect its relation to two Westerner complexes in India, one far graver than the other (my boyfriend, having breakfasted on bhang cookies, was exploring his own complexity).

First, it’s fair to say most travellers to India crave authenticity, which exists no more vividly than within interactions with India’s people. We all want a Jamal Malik from Slumdog Millionaire, a Prabaker from Shantaram to drag us off the train and show us India’s real deal, shout us morning idly and impart philosophy bites to scribble in our new Ganesh journal.

However, as tourists, above all, we’re cogs in India’s money machine, a transient source of income. And so, more often than not, whichever character blesses you at the holy lake, shows you the best chai stand or poses for your photos will request a tip, albeit a small one.

But even the small can be big enough to bruise a traveller’s ego. Just when you thought t...

15:13

Watch the New Citizen of the World Video “In The Moment” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Citizen of the World Sydney based nu-folk quartet Citizen of the World recently released their wonderful new single “In The Moment”. The track, which has a definitely Dave Matthews Band feel, is a little more melancholy than the foot-stompers we’ve come to expect from Citizen of the World. Check out the video […]

15:00

The Internet will Shut Down for 24 Hours in 2017 Causing Financial Markets to Crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The Internet Will Shut down for 24 Hours in 2017 Causing Financial Markets to Crash"



(RT) Millions of computer users across the world could be blocked from the internet this year as the global network will shut down for 24 hours, US technology security vendor LogRhythm predicted in December.

Source: RT News | by RT News Staff Writer

The company's chief information security officer and vice president James Carder told Business Insider, it won't just be a technical issue stopping people from uploading their selfies on Instagram.

"In 2017, we're going to see it hit big sometime, somewhere. If the internet goes down, financial markets will tank," he said.

According to Carder, there were all the signs in 2016, with criminals "testing missiles by shooting them into the ocean."

"We saw the massive DDoS [distributed denial of service] attack against DynDNS just a couple of months ago. That DDoS attack took down sites like Twitter and Spotify for a few hours. We saw a similar DDoS hit Brian Krebs before the attack against Dyn. These were really just tests," he said.

In October a mass cyber-attack crippled some of the world's biggest websites with users unable to access Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify and many others for over two hours.

"If you can prove that you can take down massive sites and a large chunk of the US internet for a few hours, a 24-hour outage seems pretty easy to do?" said Carder.


The head of LogRhythm also said the issue of "fake news" will only get worse this year, with hackers targeting major media sites.

"The power of influence is starting to shift away from mainstream news outlets, and I don't think that is something those mainstream outlets can afford to let happen. They will respond to the fake news threat by trying to implement some level of media control that will likely take it a little too far," he said.

"I think hackers, in the name of protecting our freedom of speech, will retaliate by knocking down a major media outlet or two."

LogRhythm's Australia and New Zealand director of sales Simon Howe has predicted that ransomware on mobile devices will bec.........

13:58

High Farce: The Turnbull Government’s Centrelink ‘Robo-Debt’ Debacle Continues To Grow "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the lead-up to Christmas, tens of thousands of Australians started receiving threatening debt collection notices from Centrelink and its agents. Coming from a government that couldn’t run an online census, you can probably guess what happened. Ben Eltham explains just in case you can’t.

The worried emails and social media posts starting piling up in my inbox in December.

The problem? Centrelink. The government’s monolithic welfare agency is sending nasty letters to people out of the blue.

The government is calling it a “new online compliance system.” I prefer the catchy phrase “robo-debt.”

In the week before Christmas, thousands of Australians received letters or communications from Centrelink, or its appointed debt collectors.

Some received scary letters, informing them of debts in the thousands of dollars. Some logged into MyGov, the government’s creaking online information portal, to try and make a Medicare claim, only to discover a message that they owed thousands.

For others, the news came in a more threatening form: dozens of missed phone calls, culminating in threatening answering machine messages from debt collectors. Once again, the message was terrifying: they owed Centrelink thousands for an over-payment they knew nothing about.

For many, the debts that they owed to Centrelink were utterly mysterious. They had reported their income correctly at the time. There was simply no evidence that they had ever been over-paid.

The robo-debt dragnet began back in September. It has already generated considerable community anguish and concern. 169,000 robo-debt notices have already been sent.

We’ll call one Centrelink client we spoke to ‘Sally’. Her experience is indicative of what some people are going through.

“For about two weeks, I was struggling with some pretty serious anxiety as a result of daily automated phone messages and texts telling me I owed a debt. Some did not even identify themselves.

After a while, I typed the debt collectors’ name into a Google search, assuming it was some sort of phishing scam and found others saying it was on behalf of Centrelink. I called Centrelink, who confirmed that I had a debt and needed to pay the collectors directly as it was now out of their hands.

They had already taken my last tax return to help pay the debt.”...

13:42

2016’s Best Australian Dance Music – Mix by Sandro Dallarmi "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Photo by Voena  

With 2016 now disappearing in the rear-view, it’s time to turn our eyes and ears to the future.

While you’re wrapping your head around this “twenty seventeen” business, crank the volume on two hours of the finest local dance music from the past twelve months. This one ain’t about looking back – it’s a little crystal ball into the future.

Sandro Dallarmi put together this genre-spanning mix for the new year’s eve edition of Switch, his Saturday night show on FBi. As the brains behind FBi Click, our digital station dedicated to the best new club sounds from Sydney and around the world, you’re in pretty safe hands. Packed with Sydney legends (Dro Carey, Basenji, Swick, Moonbase Commander and Nina Las Vegas just to name a few) plus big new names from around the country, it’s your best introduction to the new guard of Australian dance music.

On a local level, this is a zeitgeist of the year that was. But for many who are yet to meet the Aussie talent featured on this mix, it’s a taste of big things to come. Pay attention to these names!

 

 

Tracklisting

Basenji – Chroma
Roland Tings – Eyes Closed
Hi Life – When I Get 2 The Club
Swick – Energy (feat. Henrik The Artist)
Collarbones – The Cut
V Kim – Gold Chains (feat. Divoli S’vere)
Pelvis – Dance Freak Anthem
Mall Grab – Kalumbo
Tkay Maidza – Always Been
Dro Carey – Elevate (feat. Cadell & Chocolate)
Moonbase Commander – Greyhound
Ruins – Gradient
What So Not – Divide & Conquer
Zeke Beats – Meltdown
HWLS – Gamma (w/ ShockOne)
Melt Unit – You Can Have This (feat. Simo Soo & Zsa Zsa LaFine)
Herzeloyde – Oh (No)
Rattraps – Swan Dive
Corin – Vexations
Tyler Touché – Feel That You’re Real
Young Franco – Drop Your Love
GoldLink – Dark Skin Women (Cosmo’s Midnight & Swindail Remix)
The Avalanches – Subways
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13:37

DNA stories "IndyWatch Feed National"



It's been reported regularly over the past year of so that 'The largest study on the DNA of indigenous Australians confirms Aboriginal people were here tens of thousands of years before European colonisation.'


This kind of study heartens many black hearts. It proves we were here ‘first’, or at least a long time - thousands and thousands of years - before the second wave of migration in 1788. Anyway you look at it, it gives some special status to Aboriginal Australian people.

Being first is great if you are in a race.  But I wonder about the relevance of these DNA stories these days to many a urban-based mixed heritage person who claims their Indigenous heritage.

594 people were tested – and most of them were from the NT, WA and a sprinkling from other states.

Any debate instigator who suggests they talk for Aboriginal people, will be quick to tell you 'most Aboriginal people live along the south coast'. There are a lot of rubbery figures when it comes to urban people claiming their authority to speak and direct public policy, with all the power and influence that their shrinking echo chamber provides.

Often heard is the cry of why ask a Territorian, or some one from a town that doesn’t boast a shopping mall, why ask them anything at all about Indigenous issues…when most blackfellas live in Western Sydney?

But do ask them – the scattering of small groups across the interior and the remote north, in fact take as much blood as you need, if it proves ‘our’ collective ownership of the entire continent.

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12:36

Australian govt to hold webinar on nuclear waste dump project, 23 February "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

text-Please-Notefrom No High Level International Nuclear Waste Dump in South AustraliaNational Radioactive Waste Management Facility project, 5 Dec 16 

The project team will be hosting a webinar which will consider the suitability of Australia’s use of nuclear medicine production facilities and cyclotrons and the case around importing and exporting nuclear medicine products. Some topics for discussion may include:

• Productive capacity of cyclotrons and nuclear reactors
• Importing and exporting nuclear medicine
• Waste generation from Australian production

The webinar will be live online from our Sydney office and accessible from any computer. You will be able to send questions to the panel members at any point throughout the discussions. The webinar will run from 9am to 1pm on 23 February 2016.

Please signal your interest in attending this event in person in your area to radioactivewaste@industry.gov.au as this will assist us in our planning. If there is enough interest, we may look at hiring a hall.

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12:22

Police raids targeting ice around Casino lead to arrests "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Several people have been arrested after a series of co-ordinated raids in and around the Casino area targeting the supply and manufacture of the illegal drug ice..

Strike Force Thermal was established by officers attached to Richmond Local Area Command to investigate the manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs in the Casino area.

On Thursday, December 29, police stopped a vehicle on Bruxner Highway, Mummulgum arresting a 43-year-old woman, and the passenger, a 35-year-old man. The pair were subsequently charged with a number of offences relating to drug manufacture and supply.

They were both bail refused to appear at Lismore Local Court on 9 January.

Later in the day, police executed two search warrants at houses in Mackenzie Court, Tenterfield and Canterbury Street, Casino.

Whilst searching the property, police allegedly located a number of items including a clandestine laboratory.

The following day (Friday 30 December), about 8am, police executed several search warrants at properties located on Stapleton Avenue and Callistemon Street, Casino, and Nandabah Street, Rappville and Pinnacles Road, The Pinnacles.

During these search warrants police allegedly located firearms, cash, drug equipment and chemicals believed to be used in the manufacture of drugs.

A 35-year-old man and 43-year-old woman were charged with a number of offences relating to ongoing drug supply and manufacture.

As a result of further inquiries, about 12.20pm yesterday (Thursday 5 January), officers from Strike Force Thermal attended a house on Stapletone Ave, Casino.

Police arrested a 49-year-old man and 34-year-old female, and the pair were conveyed to Casino Police Station.

The 59-year-old man was charged with drug supply and given conditional bail to appear before Lismore Local Court on Wednesday 25 January.

The 34-year-old woman was charged with a number of offences relating to the manufacture of methamphetamine and knowingly taking part in a criminal organisation. She was bailed refused to appear before Lismore Local Court today (Friday 6 January).

 

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11:48

176 Investigations Started In Norway, Operation Hyperion "IndyWatch Feed National"

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176 investigations started against 226 persons in Norway as part of Operation Incognito, the Scandinavian side of the United States-led Operation Hyperion. Hyperion was a global law enforcement action against dark web criminals (who dealt mostly with narcotics).

Authorities already detained and remanded 12 of the suspects in custody from the Northern region. Most of the suspects are located in the Western part of the country, police information says.

“The results show that drug trafficking has moved into the homes, and that you can order drugs in the mail while sitting with your kids, or in the bedroom. We have, in these cases, managed to break the anonymity of the Darknet,” said Linda Staaf, head of the intelligence unit at the National Police Operations Department in a press release.

Law enforcement authorities in Norway warned dark net buyers that they will be “more suspicious” and there is an expectation of “more efforts like this in the future”.

Operation Hyperion was the first law enforcement action ever coordinated on a global scale against dark web vendors and buyers. It was initiated by the US federal law enforcement and involved agencies in different countries, including the Europol, the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency, Australian Federal Police, New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs Service, Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Post and Canada Border Services Agency, the Netherlands, French Customs National Intelligence and Investigations Directorate, Finnish Customs, Swedish Police Authority and Swedish Customs, Ireland’s Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau, and Spain’s Guardia Civil.

An official press release was given by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement:

While illegal drugs continue to be the biggest item purchased and sold on Darknet marketplaces, law enforcement agencies around the world are also seeing counterfeit prescription drugs and other counterfeit items, dangerous and deadly synthetic drugs like Fentanyl, deadly toxins, fake and stolen identities, identity documents and stolen credit card data, as well as illegal services like computer hacking, murder for hire and money laundering.

One of the most shocking news for the dark web community was the Netherlands launching a .onion site on the dark net. The website listed the currently active and arrested Dutch vendors and the usernames of the identified dark web buyers.

Soon after Operation Hyperion launched, law enforcement authorities in Australia arrested four suspects. Police executed 11 search warrants in th...

11:28

Ideas wanted for Bangalow’s rail corridor "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An artist's concept of what could take place along the Bangalow section of the rail corridor. Image Byron Shire Council

An artist’s concept of what could take place along the Bangalow section of the rail corridor. Image Byron Shire Council

Byron Shire Council is asking Bangalow residents to do a bit of ‘brainstorming’ and come up with some ideas for the underutilised stretch of rail corridor that bisects the town.

Using the software ‘brainstormer’ residents can log in and register their ideas – although it seems that it being launched in the ‘silly season’ has resulted in just a couple of residents taking up the challenge so far.

Some of the suggestions the council has come up with include:

  • a low-key community recreation pedestrian precinct
  • a flexible space for community events and activities
  • the creation of pedestrian connections between the village centre and the residential areas to the north and west
  • a children’s play space
  • restoration of the station building
  • protection of the tracks for future railway use
  • saving the important heritage structures
  • providing additional parking for weekend events
  • enhaninge the northern entry point into the town centre and rail corridor parklands – Memorial Park (at the top of Byron Street, near the public amenities).

The council says feedback is needed by Wednesday, January 25.

If using the app isn’t exactly a ‘no brainer’ for you, ideas can also be handwritten and dropped in to the Bangalow Newsagency or at the community information stand at the Bangalow’s Saturday Farmers Markets on January 14 and 21.

 

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11:19

Sugar Mountain Headliner Blood Orange Cancels Festival Set And Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sugar Mountain Headliner Blood Orange Cancels Festival Set And Australian Tour

Unfortunate news today, with Blood Orange cancelling his entire Australian tour – including his Sugar Mountain performance and both Melbourne and Sydney shows.

“I was looking forward to visiting Australia this year”,  Dev Hynes says of the cancellation, which is said to be cause by a family member’s ill health. “Unfortunately due to personal and family matters, and after much consideration, I’ve decided to cancel these shows to spend time with my family. Sending love in the new year.”

In light of this cancellation, Sugar Mountain have expressed their regret and offered their apologies in light of the cancellation, and have managed to add four great acts to the bill: The Avalanches, Baltimore’s Spank Rock, 21-year-old NZ rapper Young Tapz, and Melbourne duo HABITS.

“With tremendous regret Frontier Touring, Sugar Mountain and I OH YOU wish to advise the cancellation of Blood Orange’s upcoming Melbourne and Sydney performances,” organisers tell us. “Dev Hynes’ current tour commitments have been cancelled due to a family member’s ill health. Frontier Touring, Sugar Mountain and I OH YOU sincerely apologise to fans effected by this cancellation, and wish Dev and his family the best.”

While it’s a great selection of new acts to be added to the Sugar Mountain bill, it’ll come as cold comfort for the many fans who would have been eagerly awaiting his appearance. Sydney fans are eligible for a refund through Ticketek.

11:03

Ballina rates hike plan set for public input "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina ratepayers face an almost 17 per cent increase of their rates over the next three years, most of it to fund road maintenance, as well as improving the shire’s degraded waterways.

At its meeting last month, Ballina Shire councillors voted 7-3 to place on public exhibition their preferred option to increase rates over the 2017-18 to 2019-20 financial years.

Council will seek a 3.4 per cent rate increase, on top of the state-approved cap of 1.5 per cent, for the three years to pay for infrastructure (roads, building, playing fields etc) and improving the Richmond River estuary waterways.

The total increase is 4.9 per cent in 2017-18, then 5.9 per cent the following two years, a total of 16.7 per cent for the three years.

Of the extra income derived from the increase ($695,000 in the first year, $1.44 million in the second and $2.2 million in the third), 51 per cent will be used for roads and stormwater, 21 per cent on open space and sports fields, 15 per cent on the Healthy Waterways program and 12 per cent on community buildings.

The Independent Pricing And Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) cap of 1.5 per cent is expected to increase to 2.5 per cent in the second and third years.

Ballina mayor David Wright said the overall health of the Richmond River had continued to rate as an important issue in community and fishing industry surveys.

Cr Wright told Echonetdaily that the river and waterways health issue had been prominent ‘for quite a while now’ and needed addressing by funding action to rehabilitate them.

Ratepayers will soon be able to have their say on the proposed increase during a public submission period early this year.

Crs Phillip Meehan, Jeff Johnson and Ben smith voted against the option.

 

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10:51

Centrelink’s treatment of people is a form of violence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly There has been a lot of concern about various forms of violence against and abuse of people in Australian society over the...

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10:03

The MUFON Journal - 1970 to 2008 - Australian material "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

Continuing my series of posts about references to Australian material in overseas periodicals, I bring you items from thirty eight year's worth of the US 'The MUFON Journal.'


Many well known researchers contributed to the MUFON Journal during this time. For example, just in the period 1979 to 1983 we find the following (all references are to digital page numbers.)

* Paul Norman - 'Mystery deepens in pilot disappearance case.' (November 1979 p.6)

* Bill Chalker - 'Light bending case.' (March 1980 p.18)

* Peter Delin - 'Psychological aspects of belief and disbelief.' (May 1981 p.4)



* Mark Moravec - 'Psiufological phenomenon.' (August 1980 p.14)

* Keith Basterfield - 'Imagery and close encounters.' (August 1981 p.4)

* American John F Schuessler writing about US researcher Stan Deyo, then living in Perth, Western Australia (October 1983 p.18.)




Many of the classic Australian sightings feature in issues of the Journal, including:

* Birdwood, South Australia - 30 July 1977. (November 1977 p.5)

* The Jindabyne 'abduction' - 27 September 1974. (February 1988 p.14)

* Mundrabilla, Western Australia - 20 January 1988 (March 1988 p.17.)

As with my three previous posts, about Australian material in overseas periodicals, I have prepared an Excel spreadsheet listing the material I found. To receive a copy of this spreadsheet simply drop me an email request to keithbasterfield@yahoo.com.au...

09:59

Two injured in light plane ‘incident’ east of Murwillumbah "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men have been injured in what NSW Ambulance is referring to as ‘an incident involving a light plane’ at Eviron, east of Murwillumbah this morning (Friday, January 6).

The ambulance service responded to an emergency call at around 8.20 this morning.

A spokesperson told Echonetdaily a man in his 70s was treated for ‘minor injuries’ and a second man in his 30s was treated for neck pain by ambulance paramedics.

Both men were transported by road ambulance to The Tweed Hospital.

Police are investigating and a duty officer was unavailable for comment at time of writing.

 

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09:12

Antiques Fair to benefit donations charity "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The 2017 Northern Rivers Antique & Collectable Fair will be held at Byron Bay's Cavanbah Centre on January 14 and 15. Photo supplied

The 2017 Northern Rivers Antique & Collectable Fair will be held at Byron Bay’s Cavanbah Centre on January 14 and 15. Photo supplied

Thousands of collectors and sellers from all parts of Australia will converge on Byron Bay this weekend for the second annual Mega Antique Retro Fair at the Cavanbah Sports Centre.

In an interesting twist, the fair will also be encouraging collectors to donate their less valuable old stuff to the needy via online donations platform GIVIT Australia.

The unique concept of GIVIT is that it allows donors to match what they have to give with specific people in need in their area.

For the slightly more well heeled, the fair will offer a range of heritage retro and deco items to add to their collection or to make a start in this popular hobby or to furnish their home.

Everything from old toys and china to rare bottles, coins, books, jewellery plus many quirky collectables will provide a window into our past.

A feature of the fair will be a huge display of Australian and international vintage and custom jewellery, including a range of rare compacts.

It will also offer children an opportunity to learn more about Australia’s early pioneering days.

The fair will open to the public from 8am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, January 14 & 15, 8am to 1pm. Admission $8 Children Under 14 years Free.

The Fair benefits GIVIT Australia.

Information on the Fair available on www.aussiefairs.com or 0427465407

 

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09:01

Tweed locals urged to outline 10-year vision for shire "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed mayor Katie Milne.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne. wants locals to have their say on the shire’s vision for the next decade.

The community of Tweed shire is being asked to define what they think Tweed Shire Council’s priorities, goals, strategies and targets should be for the next 10 years.

‘Living and Loving the Tweed’ is the theme of council’s Draft Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027 which went on public exhibition this week for community comment.

The primary purpose of the plan is to document the community’s priorities for the next decade and to define Council’s related goals, strategies and targets.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne said a comprehensive community engagement process over the 58 days of public exhibition will provide a variety of ways for people to learn more about this important Community Strategic Plan and provide further input.

‘This plan aims to set out the community’s vision and Council’s commitment for the Tweed for the next 10 years,’ mayor Milne said.

‘A lot of people are doing it tough and our environment is suffering too. The most effective strategies need to be identified so we can all flourish with our limited resources.

‘We must urgently progress the opportunities of a better, fairer and more creative, clean, green future that is essential now more than ever with climate change. It’s imperative we get our priorities right so our future communities benefit rather than be left more vulnerable.

‘The draft plan has been shaped by thousands of initial contributions and conversations from the community; through our shire-wide survey and many community engagement events.

‘It’s important the whole spectrum of the community is represented in this plan and particularly in this final public exhibition period, so please have your say,’ Cr  Milne said.

A series of community engagement events will be held across the Tweed in January and February to take the discussion into the community.

To view the Draft Community Strategic Plan and for information on making a submission please visit http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/OnExhibition

For further b...

09:00

J’accuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Abu Ghraib – this is how we end up as a lawless culture. by Mary W Maxwell Using Tsarnaev’s Case As Basis for Real Indictments I am 99% satisfied that Jahar Tsarnaev had nothing to do with bombing the Marathon, killing MIT Officer Sean Collier, carjacking Danny’s car, stealing Danny’s money, shooting at cops, throwing […]

08:31

They Exist, so let's hope they are friendly!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

They do exist, & they have already visited earth. So let's hope they are friendly & have no use for us or our ailing planet! We have enough to worry about as it is.

08:30

‘Biggest ever’ Summernats expected in ACT "IndyWatch Feed National"

Killaset, one of the entries in the Summernats skid competition. Photo Summernats Facebook page

Killaset, one of the entries in the Summernats skid competition. Photo Summernats Facebook page

Roje Adaimy

Canberra [AAP]

Wild affairs are usually best kept secret, but there’s no hiding Australia’s infatuation with Summernats.

Organisers are gearing up for the 30th and biggest edition of the annual car festival, which rolled into Canberra on Thursday.

It kick-started with the traditional City Cruise, where 300-odd hot rods and street machines rumbled down the CBD’s main drag.

Almost 2,500 cars have registered for the four-day event – smashing the previous record of 1952 set in 2009 – and more than 110,000 people are expected to visit.

Camping at Exhibition Park has also sold out for the first time in its history.

‘It’s definitely shaping up to be the biggest Summernats festival ever,’ co-owner Andy Lopez said.

‘The scope and the variety of cars coming will be off the scale.’

A contingent from New Zealand has already arrived, including half a dozen entrants for the ever-popular burnout competition.

There’s also keen interest from rev-heads in the US, with a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, in town to cover the festival.

‘I think Canberra’s secret love affair with Summernats is now a very public one,’ Mr Lopez said.

‘The New Zealand market is one that will grow into the future … [and] the American market is a huge one for us.’

While admitting Summernats is still ‘wild and crazy’, Mr Lopez insists it’s all about the cars and is open to families and children.

ACT Policing said crowds have been well-behaved in recent years and expects the same again this weekend.

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08:27

Wikipedia item sparks Indon sensitivity "IndyWatch Feed National"

The controversial Indonesian general Sarwo Edhie Wibowo. Photo from http://alchetron.com

The controversial Indonesian general Sarwo Edhie Wibowo. Photo from http://alchetron.com

Lisa Martin

CANBERRA [AAP]

A Wikipedia article about former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s father-in-law and his controversial military service in West Papua is believed to have played a part in sparking a suspension in military ties with Australia.

It was revealed this week the Indonesian military suspended defence co-operation with Australia last month without the involvement of President Joko Widodo or his defence minister.

The suspension was triggered after an Indonesian special forces trainer teaching language studies at a Perth military academy was offended by material being used by an Australian student late last year.

AAP understands the material concerned information taken from the online encyclopedia website Wikipedia about the late General Sarwo Edhie Wibowo, who is considered a national hero in Indonesia.

Wibowo was involved in leading the purge of communists in Indonesia in 1965.

Before West Papua became Indonesian territory, Wibowo oversaw the 1969 referendum dubbed the ‘An Act of Free Choice’, which has since been widely condemned as a sham when only 1,025 people were selected to vote.

The Indonesian trainer was also offended by a poster that ridiculed Indonesia’s founding ideology, Pancasila.

Pancasila stipulates Indonesia’s five principles of religion, civilised humanity, unity, democracy and social justice.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he hopes the issue will be resolved quickly.

‘I look forward to this matter being resolved as soon as possible,’ he said in a statement on Thursday night.

‘I acknowledge and value President Widodo’s commitment to the strategic partnership between our two countries and value our personal friendship.’

Defence minis...

08:24

Traveller sparks Sydney measles warning "IndyWatch Feed National"

Skin of a person after three days of measles infection. Photo CDC/Dr Heinz F Eichenwald

Skin of a person after three days of measles infection. Photo CDC/Dr Heinz F Eichenwald

SYDNEY [AAP]

A passenger suffering from a measles infection while on an international flight to Sydney has triggered a fresh public health warning about the highly contagious disease.

The young woman travelled on a Virgin flight from Denpasar to Sydney on January 1.

She also visited the Sutherland Hospital emergency department on January 4, with the hospital contacting people who may have been exposed during her visit.

NSW health authorities are warning fellow flight passengers and others who may have come into contact with the woman to be alert to measles symptoms in coming weeks.

Symptoms of the airbone virus include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed by a red, blotchy rash three to four days later.

‘The measles virus is highly contagious and is spread through the air by someone who is unwell with the disease,’ Dr Sean Tobin from NSW Health said on Thursday.

‘If you develop the symptoms of measles, seek medical advice. Please call ahead to your doctor or emergency department so that arrangements can be made to keep you away from others to minimise the risk of infection.’

The case is not linked to a cluster of four cases reported in December last year, authorities say.

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08:02

Dynamic local duo play the Goat "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Potts’s painting, Second Skin.

Potts’s painting, Second Skin.

Mullumbimby creative duo Potts and Anne Leon are staging a joint exhibition A Matter Of Balance at the Lone Goat Gallery in the Byron Bay library building. The exhibition opens on Friday January 6, 6pm–8pm and is described as ‘a provocative insight into the natural balance between habitat, humans, plants, animals, the ocean, and the balance required in surfing’.

‘Employing different approaches to the same theme, Anne and Potts found their work crossing over, which gave rise to some unique collaborative pieces that capture the imagination and sing with form and colour.’

Anne says, ‘This show has been a journey of discovery and wonders found, photographed, or picked up in everyday walks along the beach and bushland. My focus has been on interpreting the natural world, through materials and techniques that help to demonstrate the tenuous balance of nature.

‘In particular, plant-dyeing, where I use roots, leaves and flowers imprinted onto paper and cloth, to create a delicate but defined “eco-print”, formed by cooking the plant materials into the substrates. The dyeing often forms the first layer, to which I add screen-prints, etchings or drawings.’

For Potts, ‘Whether print-making, painting or collage, I am constantly fluctuating between genres and techniques to express my vision. The beauty of the trees inspires me to paint, the texture of the ocean lends itself to silkscreen printing and collage, while Australia’s wildflowers just come alive when translated to scraperboard, enlarged, hand coloured and printed.’

See more at facebook.com/AnneLeonDesigns.

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07:59

Afghan who beheaded Dutch woman is allowed into Britain "IndyWatch Feed National"

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This is an appalling example of the kind of people who are getting into the country undetected.

A convicted murderer from Holland was able to walk through Britain’s porous borders without any checks and went on to attack two police officers with a claw-hammer.… Read More

03:54

FRBs: Source found for most mysterious message from the universe "IndyWatch Feed National"

A mysterious signal coming from deep in the universe has finally been traced to its source. Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs, have only been heard 18 times and have been a puzzle to scientists since they were detected in 2007. Nobody knows where they could be coming from or how they might be triggered, with speculation ranging from a huge star, jets of material shooting out of a black hole - or even aliens. FRBs are powerful but very short radio waves, which last no more than a millisecond. The first was found by Australia's Parkes telescope in 2007. Since then, 17 have been heard, but only one of them has been heard repeatedly. That repeated burst was studied for six months, letting scientists find its exact position in the sky. It seems to be coming from a faint dwarf galaxy more than three billion light years away, scientists said. FRB 121102, as it is referred to, was found using the Very Large Array. That is a multi-antenna radio telescope operated by the US National Science Foundation.

03:28

Assange: Russian Government Not The Source Of Emails "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Staff of Fox News - Damning emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman did not come from Russian hackers and the claim is being made to "delegitimize" Donald Trump, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Fox News' Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview. Hannity sat down with Assange in London's Ecuadorian embassy, where the Australian native has been holed up for five years battling extradition to Sweden on unrelated charges. Part I of the interview is set to air Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on Fox News Channel's "Hannity." In excerpts released prior to airing, Assange is adamant that the hacked emails his organization released of Clinton official John Podesta did not come from Russia, as the Obama administration has claimed.

01:00

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, Example For All Times "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Sh. Mirza Yawar Baig

They say that reading biographies is perhaps the best way to learn real life lessons. That is because a biography is a record of practice. Of what worked and what didn’t. The life of Muhammadﷺ  is perhaps one of the most well documented in human history.

Having said that one may ask why his life and all the detail is important at all? I am not speaking from the perspective of a Muslim for whom to study the life of Muhammadﷺ and to live his life in accordance with it, is a religious requirement. I am asking this from the perspective of a neutral reader, Muslim or not, who is looking for biographies to read.

The answer lies in the facts related to his life which are public knowledge. Here was someone who in a period of 23 years, took his people from being the weakest, most despised and oppressed in their community to being the leaders and role models in the same community. And he did all that without lies, cheating, corruption, violence or bloodshed. My question is, ‘Would you like to know how to do that? Would you like to know how to bring about not incremental but transformational change in your society? Then read the life of Muhammadﷺ.’

In the words of J. Krishnamurty, ‘It is no measure of health t...

00:16

Here is a way to help Donald John Trump avoid a few of his many potential pecuniary conflicts of interest once he is sworn-in as the 45th United States president "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


As it is almost a given that Donald Trump will be incapable of distancing himself from his business interests during this presidential term unaided; kind-heated people all over the world can assist him by boycotting goods and services supplied by Trump family companies as well as the businesses which carry these goods/services or who sponsor his televised events/TV shows.

These lists are a guideline for the kind-hearted.

Boycott Trump app lists these companies via a Facebook page:

NEW YORK:
• Trump World Tower
• Trump Tower
• Trump Plaza
• 40 Wall Street
...

00:15

Dear Prime Minister..... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


georgebrowning.com.au, open letter by the Retired Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, 10 December 2016:

LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER

10/12/2016


Dear Prime Minister,

I don't suppose ordinary citizens are supposed to understand how politicians make their decisions especially when they fly in the face of logic. But sometimes a lack of logic and common sense, together with the seeming absence of any care for the interest of ordinary Australians, let alone the rest of the world, is beyond bewildering - it fills one with a mixture of anger and despair.

Your decision this week to rule out even the possibility of an "emissions intensity scheme" is in this category.

Have you received advice from your chief scientist that a scheme like this is essential if...

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21:50

Key Moments for LGBTQ Rights Around the Globe in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

World (HRC) – In contrast to 2015’s largely upbeat report on the state of LGBTQ equality worldwide, the news in 2016 was more somber. While there were significant advances, such as the advent of marriage equality in Colombia and the creation of senior LGBTQ watchdog positions at the United Nations and the World Bank, the disturbing persistence of violence targeting vulnerable LGBTQ people around the world was a continuing cause for serious concern. Growing political backlash against LGBTQ rights in Latin America and Southeast Asia, a resurgence in the activities of American exporters of hate and the stunning November victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections were other developments that could bode ill for global LGBTQ rights as we move into 2017.

Legal Progress

2016 saw major legal momentum on achieving LGBTQ equal rights and protections. The number of countries that continue to criminalize consenting adult same-sex relations fell from 75 to 72. Three countries – Belize in Central America, Nauru in Oceania and Seychelles in East Africa – decriminalized same-sex acts in the span of just four months. The case of Belize was especially remarkable as noted activist Caleb Orozco fought in court for six years to overturn the country’s antiquated sodomy law. The march towards marriage equality continued in 2016, albeit at a slower rate than before. Colombia achieved marriage equality in April through a court decision, making it the twentieth country in the world with full marriage equality. Efforts continue elsewhere to achieve marriage equality, most notably in Australia, Chile and Taiwan. Transgender people also saw incremental progress in many parts of the world and a progressive gender identity law was enacted in Bolivia in September.

Unprecedented Visibility

In Latin America, Europe and North America, LGBTQ people continued to win at the ballot box and hold high level political positions. The first openly transgender person was elected to Congress in the Philippines and a pro-equality candidate...

20:55

French Barbusse’s anti-World War I novel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barbusse's Le Feu (Under Fire)

By Sandy English:

A century since the publication of Henri Barbusse’s antiwar novel, Under Fire

4 January 2017

In January 1917, French novelist Henri Barbusse published his novel Under Fire: The Story of a Squad (Le Feu: Journal d’une escouade), which related the experiences of a French army unit in the First World War. The book was based on the writer’s own experiences in the trenches facing the German lines in northern France, where he served for 17 months. The novel had been published in serial form toward the end of 1916, and appeared as a book in the first month of the new year.

After the passage of 100 years, Under Fire remains one of the most compelling works of art from the early part of the 20th century, and the first—and, in some ways, the most psychologically revealing—of the antiwar novels that the war of 1914-1918 produced in Europe and America over the next two decades.

Perhaps more importantly, the novel itself became a factor in the struggle against the war. It expressed, in the very middle of almost unimaginable destruction, the thoughts and feelings of millions of workers, small tradesmen and farmers from Europe, Canada, Australia and the colonies, and soon from the United States, as those around them were dying in fetid trenches, by poison gas, artillery bombardment and sniper or machine gun fire. Under Fire provoked an immediate reaction from hundreds of thousands of readers, and mirrored the revival of an antiwar movement in the French working class.

After the war, Lenin was to remark that Barbusse’s novels [Le Feu and Clarté (Clarity)], “may be cited as particularly graphic corroborations of the mass phenomenon, observed everywhere, of the growth of revolutionary consciousness among the masses.”

A year and a half of war produced a monumental shift in the opinions and sentiments of millions of people in Europe, both soldiers and civilians. It was inevitable and necessary that artists began to treat these earth...

20:14

Community Billboard 6 January – 13 January "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydney’s Plan for the future – Sydney 2030 – making our city more green, global and connected.

The post Community Billboard 6 January – 13 January appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

19:56

Pedophilia Network Exposed in Australia – It Starts at the TOP, Just Like in the USA and UK "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yet another massive pedophilia ring involving the New World Order has been exposed. Fiona Barnett has come forward at a Sydney Press Conference and bravely given names.

Fiona is a former victim of ritualistic abuse and was part of an international VIP pedophile ring. She has not only exposed this network for pedophilia and sex trafficking, as she also provided the names of three past Australian Prime Ministers and a former U.S president as participants in the ring.

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According to her, the network is composed of actors, politicians, and figures of justice. While it exists in Australia, it also exists in the U.S and Britain as well.

In her testimony, Fiona explains that Australia is a haven for pedophiles and has even become the home to many Nazi war criminals including her grandparents. She was introduced to this dark world by her own family. Continuing, she states that victims are often taken from the streets, while many are bred for it.

Her mind is plagued with flashbacks of the abuse she has endured in her lifetime going back to the age of two. She says that she was taken to VIP parties where she was instructed to say that “the starchild is here” then watch as very elite politicians and celebrities took illicit drugs and performed horrific acts on her.

In the video, when she lists those who were involved, the following names were included:

  • Antony Kidman (actress Nicole Kidman’s father) (Nicole Kidman is a victim of the ring too, but was nasty towards fellow victim Fiona)
  • Dr. John Gittinger (Lithuanian Nazi concentration camp guard and CIA agent)
    Former US President Richard Nixon
  • Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
  • Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating
  • Former Australian Opposition Leader Kim Beazley
  • Former NSW Premier Bob Carr
  • US Evangelist Pastor Billy Graham
  • Ted Turner (CNN)

While we must urge you to remember that what she encountered was horrific and that the pictures we are linking here are quite horrific, we have provided them in case you wanted further information. Please beware.

She further states that she was taken to Bohemian Grove, where she was taken to a pink bubble room and abused. The video depicts many terrible scenarios that will make your skin cr...

18:20

Obama awards himself US Defense decoration - compare and contrast with the olden days "IndyWatch Feed National"

Obama appointed Ash Carter as Secretary of Defense - here are the two old mates today. I guess since they are just "handing these out" all of us should get one too https://t.co/vID7ONjnHR — 🎙Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) January 5, 2017 By way of comparison, here is what happened in the...

17:14

'Nuts and bolts' versus 'new age' thinking "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

The other day I was communicating with a colleague, about the current state of Australian UAP research. My colleague remarked that their approach could best be described as 'nuts and bolts.' By this, they meant a reference to the idea that UAP are physically real, and should be studied using the scientific approach.

While I was digesting this thought, I received an email advising details of the January 2017 close encounter conference to be held in Byron Bay, New South Wales. Part of the conference email posed a series of questions, which included:

* What is the truth about UFO reality?

* Who is visiting us and why?

* What do these intelligences really want with us?

* What happens during encounters on space craft?

All very valid questions, and still along the 'nuts and bolts' line of thinking.

Wilder speculations

However, the questions posed, then went on to wilder and wilder scenarios:

* What involvement does the military have with reverse engineered craft and abductions?

* What do the star children say about their experiences and why do they say they are here to help humanity?

* Along with sightings, there is a vast agenda of contact by various ET species...other species interbreed with us and are producing a hybrid race which they keep on their craft.

The individuals involved with these wilder speculations, often make claims which go against common sense; and are based on little or no scientific evidence, e.g. claims by 'star children' and claims that one's child is a 'human/alien hybrid.'

These 'new age' thinkers have skipped the need to produce scientific evidence for their claims, and moved directly to the adoption of their own personal, belief systems; often aided by similar communities of belief, to be found on Internet websites, often based in the USA.

Where are

* The DNA analyses of 'human/alien hybrids' which demonstrate their differences from mere humans?

* The public demonstration by 'star children' of their super human abilities, of which they boast?

* The alien artifacts,' which are clearly not human, arising from the numerous interactions with ET species?

* The medical documentation to demonstrate that even one case exists of 'missing fetus syndrome'?

Lest I be accused of not studying abduction accounts, 'star children' and such things, I spent three years doing just this. During that time, I communicated with dozens of Australians making such claims. I sat in on regression hypnosis sessions with qualif...

16:15

This Could Be The Definitive Aussie Dance Mixtape Of 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This Could Be The Definitive Aussie Dance Mixtape Of 2016

Sandro Dallarmi is the main brain behind FBi Click, one of Sydney’s finest dance music stations, and to celebrate what was a towering year in Australian dance music, he has compiled almost two hours of Aussie-only 2016 bangers for your listening pleasure.

Featuring the likes of Nina Las Vegas, Collarbones, Tkay Maidza, Tyler Touché, Young Franco, Sampology, The Avalanches, What So Not and Friendships, this is the ultimate collection of Australian dance music from the past twelve months – and a perfect time capsule for you to break out at those parties in 2042 when you are nostalgic for those sweet ’16 beats.

Or you could just listen to it right now. The entire tracklisting is below.

Basenji – Chroma
Roland Tings – Eyes Closed
Hi Life – When I Get 2 The Club
Swick – Energy (feat. Henrik The Artist)
Collarbones – The Cut
V Kim – Gold Chains (feat. Divoli S’vere)
Pelvis – Dance Freak Anthem
Mall Grab – Kalumbo
Tkay Maidza – Always Been
Dro Carey – Elevate (feat. Cadell & Chocolate)
Moonbase Commander – Greyhound
Ruins – Gradient
What So Not – Divide & Conquer
Zeke Beats – Meltdown
HWLS – Gamma (w/ ShockOne)
Melt Unit – You Can Have This (feat. Simo Soo & Zsa Zsa LaFine)
Herzeloyde – Oh (No)
Rattraps – Swan Dive
Corin – Vexations
Tyler Touché – Feel That You’re Real
Young Franco – Drop Your Love
GoldLink – Dark Skin Women (Cosmo’s Midnight & Swindail Remix)
The Avalanches – Subways
Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda – Bravado
Prequel – Saints (feat. Cazeaux O.S.L.O)
Sampology – Thicker Than Water (feat. Tiana Khasi)
Christopher Port – Before (feat. Airling)
Null – Static
Jikuroux – Ruptured Pulse
Slim Set – Imports (feat. Kimchi Princi)
Air Max ’97 – Face Up
BV – 135 Doing It
Friendships – When I Feel Like Killing, I Murder
Denzel Sterling – Rev (w/ Amy Axegale feat. Moistbreezy)
Manu Crooks – Assumptions
Swell – Forgive Me
Strict Face – Murderer (feat. K-Major)
Flume –...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0007 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 1.45 AUD
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14:18

My editorial on what 2017 holds for GILLARD and us "IndyWatch Feed National"

Huge thanks to Zeg for the illustration!!!!!!!!!!!!! And a message from her sponsors.

13:55

This Week’s 8 Best Local Gigs Under $15 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This Week’s 8 Best Local Gigs Under $15

Loving live music isn’t just about attending music festivals and seeing an international artist’s massive arena show.

Even the biggest of big-name headliners started in the trenches, on the sticky carpets and bandrooms of your local bars and pubs – which is exactly where you should be if you want to discover your new favourite band or venue.

Here are our picks for this week’s best local gigs from Aussie talent – from Perth to the East Coast – and all for the price of a good meal.

Drunk Mums

Where: The Foundry, Brisbane QLD
When: 8pm – 11pm, Saturday Jan 7
Why: The Mums celebrate the release of their first ever 7″ record, Leather – four tracks of “pure punk and classic rock”, just as we’d expect. You can already pick this one up from Pissfart Records (love it), but why not swing down to The Foundry and grab a copy in person? Supports from Draggs and Voiid, too, so you’re in for a good one.
Tickets & Info: $12.75, more info here.

 

The Tambourine Girls

Where: Slyfox, Sydney NSW
When: 7pm – 3am, Thursday Jan 5
Why: The project of former Deep Sea Arcade guitarist Simon Relf, the eclectic guitar outfit The Tambourine Girls bring us into the new year with a free gig tonight, joined by Sydneysiders Easy Street as well as Lennie Tranter and the Bagism Revelation.
Tickets & Info: Free, more info here.

Nice Biscuit

Where: The Foundry, Brisbane QLD
When: 8pm – 12am, Thursday Jan 5
Why: Get down to The Foundry tonight to catch a band with seven members for only ten bucks. Throw in supports, and that’s an even bigger bargain. How do they even afford beers after the set? You’ll get a ripper set from groovers Nice Biscuit as they launch their new single ‘Upside Down’, joined by The Delicates and Gooby Jim.
Tickets & Info: $10, more info here.

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13:35

‘It’s disgusting that it happened’: Shopper goes on racist rant at Melton Coles "IndyWatch Feed National"

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January 5 2017 – 12:05PM

Deborah Gough

A woman has gone on a racist rant against two shoppers at a Coles supermarket in Melbourne’s west, threatening them with a food tin and abusing staff as they tried to defuse the aggressive situation.

An account of the rant suggests the woman became aggressive when she thought two women of African appearance had pushed in front of her at the checkout at Coles in the Woodgrove Shopping Centre in Melton on Wednesday afternoon.

“I was here, I was here first,” the woman yells in the video.

As staff attempt to take her to another register she picks up what looks like a Milo tin and threatens to throw it at one of the two women.

The woman became aggressive while shopping at a Coles supermarket in Melton. Photo: supplied

The woman became aggressive while shopping at a Coles supermarket in Melton. Photo: supplied...

12:48

So how's the Gillard AWU investigation going? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ralph Blewitt is yet to hear from the police. He's fit, ready and waiting to tell all. This is a part of his story. On 23 April, 1992 Ralph Blewitt made his only application for the incorporation of the AWU Workplace Reform Association. That application was rejected - to quote...

12:37

Sydney Festival 2017 – Balabala "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Every January, Sydney Festival enlivens and transforms Sydney with a bold cultural celebration based on the highest quality art and big ideas. The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from burlesque, cheeky cabaret and Canadian circus, to high energy jazz, indie rock and Russian theatre; from contemporary dance to family programs to traditional Indigenous arts practice. This year, the festival proposes us a powerful new contemporary dance from Indonesia by renowned choreographer Eko Supriyanto with Balabala.

In the world premiere season of the sister work to Cry Jailolo, Eko Supriyanto‘s Balabala sees youth from Eastern Indonesia finding a powerful contemporary voice through movement. Hierarchies of culture and gender collapse before the might of this ensemble, with a hypnotic physical vocabulary tapping into the philosophy of the nine directions taught under the martial art of Pencak Silat. Five young female dancers from Jailolo give voice to the remote community of Eastern Indonesia. Slow, rhythmic movement patterns create an image of strength, not in protest nor opposition but through the carving of space. Space for the individual amidst the noise of duties. A space of potential, of creation – held by the women of remote regions. Poised at the brink of adulthood, they channel their energy with an intense focus building an irresistible momentum. The stirring image they produce is one of strength, commanding a space for the individual amid the crowded noise of duties – to family, to community, to the past. This is a space of potential, of creation, of now.

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12:37

Sydney Festival 2017 – Cry Jailolo "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Every January, Sydney Festival enlivens and transforms Sydney with a bold cultural celebration based on the highest quality art and big ideas. The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from burlesque, cheeky cabaret and Canadian circus, to high energy jazz, indie rock and Russian theatre; from contemporary dance to family programs to traditional Indigenous arts practice. This year, the festival proposes us traditional movement and contemporary dance from Indonesia by renowned choreographer Eko Supriyanto with Cry Jailolo.

The remote Indonesian town of Jailolo is home to some of the world’s most spectacular coral seascapes, and choreographer Eko Supriyanto spent two years diving with 350 local youth to understand their relationship with this ancient ecology. During his work on a major festival to promote tourism in the town, Eko began to see the communities and underwater diving worlds as something much more than a tourism campaign. He became deeply invested in the community, working with youth from disadvantaged regions and homes. Profoundly affected by these relationships and the experience of the underwater world Eko began to develop a contemporary dance work with a selection of committed young males, this became Cry Jailolo, a work of “silent tourism”. Cry Jailolo gives voice to the remote community of West Halmahera through performance, through the capacities and dedication of these young males.

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12:29

Blueberries- freezing your crop. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Blueberries ripening.


I have been harvesting a bumper crop of Blueberries this year so I am freezing some so I have Blueberries all year. I thought I would share the process with you in case you are also lucky enough to have excess harvest.
The frozen product is not quite as good as the fresh product but it is still very good and the way I freeze them they do not clump together and I can extract the exact amount of product I need for my Muesli, muffins or cakes.
This is just a simple pictorial documentation so I hope it explains it well enough for you, any question just ask.
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11:58

Winterbourne Announce My Perfect Sundae Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Winterbourne Sydney indie-folk duo Winterbourne are about to hit the road for their national My Perfect Sundae tour kicking off this February. The tour will see them joined by third member Josh Rea on cello, piano and vocals. Winterbourne have been hard at work on their debut album so you can expect […]

11:44

Call for pill testing after party death "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A supplied police photo of drugs seized in Armidale AAP Image/NSW Police

A supplied police photo of drugs seized in Armidale AAP Image/NSW Police

The recent death of Jake Monahan from Nimbin and the treatment and hospitalisation of two other men at the recent rave in Mount Lindesay has sparked renewed debate on the use of pill testing for illegal drugs.

However, responsible drug policy is falling on deaf ears as NSW Police Minister, Troy Grant has again ruled out pill testing. ‘Troy Grant, has his fingers in his ears and has no clue about pill testing,’ said Greens NSW MP and Drugs & Harm Minimisation spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi in a recent statement.

Dr Faruqi has even gone so far as to call for a pill testing pilot to be conducted on the northern rivers.

‘We have a NSW Government that has its head in the sand on drugs and harm minimisation,’ said Dr Faruqi. ‘The prohibitionist status quo is killing people, so we need new evidence based approaches. Pill testing provides information to people who are going to take drugs, and allows medical professionals to come in face-to-face contact with drug users and give them some sound advice.’

President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, Dr Alex Wodak, supports the introduction of pill testing in night clubs and at festivals and raves. ‘The principle is simple, every drug death of a young, fit, healthy Australian could largely if not totally be prevented,’ said Dr Wodak.

‘Testing has to answer three questions: Which drugs are in a the pill? The quantity of the drugs in the pill? And are there any dangerous contaminants in the pill? Not all testing answers all three questions. There is the regent test that can be bought from specialist shops that is a qualitative test that tells us what drugs are in the pill but doesn’t tell us how much or what other dangerous contaminants are in there. These tests are legal in Australia.

‘But you need an accurate form of testing combined with quality drug education with is currently illegal in Australia. Many countries make those tests available and there are up to 20 years experience in over a dozen countries – including Switzerland, Norway, G...

11:07

Three reasons to STOP Adani: Sovereignty, the Great Barrier Reef and our planet | www.socialism.com "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three reasons to STOP Adani: Sovereignty, the Great Barrier Reef and our planet | www.socialism.com: Murrawah Johnson is the youth leader of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council and her uncle, Adrian Burragubba, is the senior spokesperson leading these court cases. On behalf of other traditional owners, the pair have said they are prepared to fight all the way to the High Court. Johnson and Burragubba have travelled the world to build the mass opposition needed to stop the mine.

The Indigenous campaigners face many legal obstacles. The Traditional Owners Council’s response to the mine is an emphatic “No.” But big capital’s path is cleared by both federal and Queensland governments. In October, the state government invoked special powers to declare the mine as “critical infrastructure,” fast-tracking it so that construction can begin in 2017.

11:02

A Bostonian Challenges The Boston Bombing Official Story in a New Book "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan A few years ago I was flicking through Youtube movies, and came across a woman standing for the US Congress. She was being interviewed by members of the press. I was just about to move on when she began berating the journalists for their inability to ask the tough questions about 9-11. […]

10:44

Byron GM hits back at rate-rise claims "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger. Photo supplied

Byron Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger has responded to critics of the council’s rate-rise plan. Photo supplied

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Byron Shire general manager Ken Gainger has contacted The Echo in an effort to address complaints about the shire’s controversial plan to raise rates above the state cap.

At its December meeting, council resolved to ‘lodge a notice of intent to apply for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) from the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART)’, although it is yet to determine how much of an increase it will apply for.

That decision will not be taken until February.

Meanwhile both Echonetdaily and The Byron Echo have been inundated with letters opposing the plan.

Mr Gainger has denied staff are leading councillors ‘by the nose’ by to adopt the plan and that they have been ‘lazy’ in not considering ways of making visitors pay their fare share, such as an ‘Airbnb’ tax or extending paid parking to other towns.

He has denied Byron’s rates are ‘among the highest in the state’ and said that in fact they are ‘among the lowest in the region’.

Mr Gainger also said that changes in the valuer-general’s land valuations, which have led to rate increases in some parts of the shire have had the opposite effect in others.

He has also reiterated that unless council increases its rates base significantly it will likely fail the state government’s ‘fit for the future’ test and be slated for amalgamation.

Mr Gainger’s points appear in full below.

Why are ratepayers being asked to foot the bill and not visitors?

While council has now informed the IPART that it intends applying for a Special Rate Variation it has also asked staff to explore how additional funds can be raised from tourist levies, local businesses that profit from tourists, and holiday let establishments. Staff will report back to council in February before the council determines the level of rate increase that it applies for.

Why wasn’t a ‘no rate rise’ option considered?

It was clear to the council that such an option was not feasible given the extent of council’s infrastructure backlog and the requirement to m...

10:33

Taghazout: Taghazout Surf Hostel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get There: Taghazout Centre, 9 behind West coast restaurant on the left،
Cost: 3080MAD for an all-inclusive week’s package; 133MAD for a night’s bed and breakfast
Free Breaky: Yes
Free Wifi: Yes
Bar: No

Taghazout Surf Hostel is tucked away in one of the tiny alleyways just off the main road of Morocco’s dreamiest surf town. Waves are great all year around but you’ll find the best ones during high season from November until March. The comfortable temperatures of around 20°C at this time make Taghazout a top destination for a sunny getaway from winter in Europe.

This backpackers is one of the budget-friendliest options for a surf trip. An all-inclusive package includes an airport pick-up, accommodation in a dorm, all meals, surfboard and wetsuit rental, surf lessons, two yoga classes a week and a trip to a public hammam. Surfers of all levels, ages and nationalities come here to enjoy the countless breaks in the area. Some of the best surf spots are walking distance (or a camel) from the hostel.

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Unlike other surf camps Taghazout Surf Hostel keeps it cozy and only has three bedrooms with the capacity to host 16 guests. The rooms are basic dorms with an ensuite bathroom containing a hot shower and a not always working toilet. Luckily the super friendly staff repair the toilets daily, but if you are really desperate to flush the remains of last nights’ dinner, there’s nothing you can’t fix with a ol’ bucket of water.

The roof terrace with comfy couches and pillows is a perfect place to hang after a long day of surfing. Breakfast and dinner are served here overlooking the ocean. It’s also a great spot for BYO sunset drinks or a cup of coffee or tea (free all day long!). The food is a good mix between western and local dishes: baguettes and pastas for breakfast and lunch and Moroccan delicacies for dinner. Hours before dinner the smell of tajines and taboulehs fill up the stai...

10:26

Man charged over double-fatality crash in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 20-year-old man has been charged following investigations into a serious motor vehicle crash in Lismore last year in which two people died.

The accident happened on Tuesday 27 September last year around 9pm when a red Nissan 300ZX with five occupants travelling on Mount Lindesay Road, Woodenbong, about 100km northwest of Lismore, left the roadway and crashed into an embankment.

The 20-year-old driver, and two of the passengers – a 17-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy – were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital.

The 20-year-old man was later transferred to the Gold Coast Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

The two other passengers, a 17-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man were airlifted to hospitals in Brisbane but they died on Friday 30 September.

Following extended inquiries by the Far North Coast Crash Investigation Unit, officers yesterday charged the man numerous offences including: dangerous driving occasioning death, using an unregistered vehicle on road; and not complying with P1/P2 driver restrictions by allowing passengers (over 16) not to wear their seatbelts.

He was also issued with a notice of licence suspension and is due to appear before Kyogle Local Court on Thursday 16 February.

 

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10:26

Peter Tschrneff on Monique Lessan’s Show Tonight "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peter is real, he is brilliant, and he is on Monique’s show tonight 1/4/2017 at 5-7 pm pacific standard time…

http://www.Freedomslips.com

09:42

Feral cats now blanket Australia: study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brisbane [AAP]

Feral cats have taken over Australia, including its national parks, and more native species will die off without drastic action, experts say.

A new study by leading environmental scientists shows feral cats have spread across 99.8 per cent of Australia’s land mass.

They are present in all terrestrial ecosystems and in every region of Australia, from our biggest capital cities to every one of our largest offshore islands.

In fact, the only place you won’t find them is on some smaller islands, and selected mainland areas specifically fenced to keep out cats and foxes.

Scientists have also found there are just as many feral cats inside national parks and other conservation zones as outside them, meaning they aren’t much help to native species that serve as prey.

Lead study author Dr Sarah Legge, from the University of Queensland, says the spread of feral cats has increasingly pushed land mangers towards expensive conservation measures.

She says fenced-off predator-free zones on the mainland have been costly but effective, but they are relatively small.

She believes future efforts must include a stronger focus on establishing island refuges, because unlike the mainland, they can be cleared and kept free of cats.

‘The federal government has a target of culling 2 million cats over five years. That’s very good, it’s very ambitious,’ she told AAP on Wednesday.

‘But it’s going to be very important to target cat culling to achieve the greatest benefit for wildlife. If you get rid of cats on larger islands, you can then stop their reintroduction with biosecurity measures, and then you have a big area that’s safe for wildlife.’

Australia’s feral cat population fluctuates between about 2 million, in lean times, and 6.3 million when there has been good rain, and prey is plentiful.

But cats are also prolific breeders, compounding the problem for wildlife managers.

Australia’s Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews agrees a targeted culling program is an essential part of the solution.

‘Australia is the only continent on earth other than Antarctica where the animals evolved without cats, which is a reason our wildlife is so vulnerable to them,’ he said.

Australia has already lost at least 20 mammals to feral cats.

The research, by more than 40 scientists, brought together almost 100 different studies on Australia’s feral cat problem. It was funded by the Australian government to better inform management plans and has been published in the science journal Biological Conservation.

 

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09:29

The revolving door of the slow clothes revolution "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo Jane Milburn at show and tell of upcycled garments at a clothing repair session

Photo Jane Milburn at show and tell of upcycled garments at a clothing repair session

Patch that favourite shirt or skirt to make it the one you love again or turn it into a necklace? Anything is possible if you begin to think outside of the box about that bag of clothes waiting to be delivered to your local op shop. Jane Milburn from Textile Beat has been thinking about clothes in a different way by imagining how they can be re-used; not only to have a new life as clothes but how they can be turned into something new. ‘It is about reusing natural fibre resources,’ said Jane.

Australians are the second largest consumer of new clothes after America and on average buy 27kg  of new clothes each year compared to Africa, the Middle East and India that average just 5 kg per person per year. Local council waste departments report about 4% of the household waste is textiles and most people donate unwanted clothing for charitable recycling. Charities say about 15 per cent of donations are on-sold through op shops, 15 per cent are ragged, 15 per cent go to landfill and 55 per cent are exported into the second-hand clothing trade.

‘In the same way we are aware of what we eat and want to know more about cooking and growing food, we are becoming more conscious about what we wear,’ said Jane. ‘We are swamped in cheap imports that are made in sweat shop conditions where the true costs aren’t incorporated. We need to at least know the basics about how clothes are made, and how to make simple repairs to extend their lifespan. There are a lot of mediocre garments that we donate that get sent to the third world and they end up in their landfill.’

The slow clothing movement wants to change our material footprint. To this end Jane will be running a free community forum Slow Clothing in a Fast World on Wednesday January 18 at Workshops of Byron Bay at 6.30pm. This will be followed by a...

08:46

DNA study confirms Aboriginal history "IndyWatch Feed National"

Melbourne, [AAP]

The largest study on the DNA of indigenous Australians confirms Aboriginal people were here tens of thousands of years before European colonisation.

The study by La Trobe University analysed the mitochondrial DNA of 594 indigenous people from across Australia, which were classified into genetic groups that share a common ancestor.

The study’s findings show there is a high level of genetic diversity among Aboriginal Australians.

‘It suggests that there’s more than a single group, and at least two routes of entry,’ one of the study’s authors, Nano Nagle, told AAP on Wednesday.

Previous studies have found Aboriginal Australians arrived in Australia up to 55,000 years ago via the Indonesian island chain.

But there has been ongoing debate among archaeologists, anthropologists and scientists about when they arrived, and the path they took to get here.

‘Our findings confirm they were isolated in Australia for tens of thousands of years before European colonisation,’ Ms Nagle said.

‘It confirms what indigenous people have passed on from generation to generation.’

Ms Nagle said the findings, which were published in the Journal of Human Genetics, represents between five and six years of research.

Previous mitochondrial DNA studies on Aboriginal Australians have involved fewer than 100 participants.

Despite being one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world, Aboriginal Australians are one of the most poorly studied populations from a human evolution perspective, Ms Nagle said.

‘There is a mistrust and I don’t think there’s anything scientists could do to take away that mistrust.’

Aboriginal elder Lesley Williams, who was an adviser to the study, says Aboriginal people are increasingly interested in their genetic history.

‘I’m not surprised, but still heartened, to discover that this DNA analysis supports what our parents have taught us over many generations – that we have lived here in Australia since the Dreamtime.’

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08:42

46 arrests but ‘no major incidents’ at Falls "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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A security guard at the 2016-17 Falls Festival at North Byron Parklands. Police reported no major incidents. Photo David Lowe

Police report that a ‘user-pays’ system was utilised to provide the 24-hour police presence at this year’s Falls Festival.

They estimated at 23,000 patrons per day passed through the gates, with 18,500 of those being on-site campers.

The operation was deemed successful, with no major incidents to report, although police performed 27 body searches and 15 vehicle searches as well laying 46 charges against festival patrons and providers.

They included three assaults, five drug detections, two intoxicated people, one licensing offence, nine move ons, 27 person searches, 15 vehicle searches, one resist/hinder officer, three offensive behaviour, two stealing incidents, and 29 x trespass (fence jumper) incidents.

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08:33

Culleton denies claims he owes $4 million "IndyWatch Feed National"

Perth [AAP]

WA senator Rod Culleton has again denied owing large sums of money after this week’s latest bizarre public incident – a scuffle outside a Perth court.

The independent senator and former One Nation member was confronted by current party member Anthony Fels, who tried to serve him with a creditors petition on behalf of farmer Frank Bertola on Tuesday.

Senator Culleton tried to run away when confronted and tripped over a friend and landed heavily.

He was sporting a splint on his left wrist on Wednesday and said he was the victim of a ‘hostile, very callous attack’ by Mr Fels and police were investigating.

AAP understands Mr Bertola and Senator Culleton were close friends who helped each other in battles against the big banks over farm foreclosures but had fallen out over money allegedly owed by the politician.

Senator Culleton said he had ‘never owed’ Mr Bertola money and ‘it was news to him’.

The senator and his wife Ioanna were at court on Tuesday to extend violence restraining orders that Mrs Culleton has taken out against Mr Bertola and Bruce Bell, who they claim have threatened them.

The two men were arrested at the senator’s recent bankruptcy hearing, one of several legal problems that could end his career.

But AAP understands Mr Fels, a farmer from the same southwest WA region as Senator Culleton, denies being aggressive.

He says he was just trying to hand over papers claiming 40 alleged creditors are owed $3.93 million.

Mr Fels wants to stand for One Nation in the upcoming WA election but did not comment on Wednesday on party leader Pauline Hanson’s orders.

 

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08:30

Assange stirs Trump, Republican alliance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Los Angeles [AAP]

Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has caused a new stir in US politics that could fracture the uneasy alliance between president-elect Donald Trump and Republican Party members of Congress.

Mr Trump on Wednesday trumpeted a new interview where Mr Assange said Russia did not give WikiLeaks the huge dump of emails hacked from the account of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign director John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee.

Mr Trump’s praise for Mr Assange’s comments contrasts with the president-elect’s scornful response to US government intelligence agencies who believe Russia attempted to influence the November presidential election.

‘Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’ – why was DNC so careless?’ Trump wrote on Twitter.

‘Also said Russians did not give him the info!’

WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of Mr Podesta’s and the DNC’s emails before the election embarrassed and damaged Ms Clinton’s campaign.

Mr Assange, who was interviewed by FOX News commentator Sean Hannity, has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012 to prevent extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations and potentially to the US for leaking classified documents.

Senior Republican and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has had a hot and cold relationship with Mr Trump, slammed Mr Assange on Wednesday as a ‘sycophant for Russia’.

‘He leaks, he steals data and compromises national security,’ Mr Ryan said in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show.

Another senior Republican, Lindsey Graham, said the American people should not give a lot of credibility to what Mr Assange says.

‘In Julian Assange’s world we are the bad guys, not the Iranians, not the Russians, not the North Koreans,’ Senator Graham told CNN.

‘You gotta remember who this guy is.’

 

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08:27

Two more alleged sex assaults at Falls in Tassie "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hobart [AAP]

Two more women have come forward to police saying they were sexually assaulted at Tasmania’s Falls Festival.

Five women have now reported sexual assaults, including an alleged rape, at the annual music festival.

Police earlier said two incidents occurred in the mosh pit area of the festival, being held at Marion Bay, about an hour’s drive from Hobart.

A young girl was assaulted on Thursday night during DJ Hot Dub Time Machine and another during hip-hop artist Illy’s performance.

A third incident in the camping grounds on Thursday night was also reported.

The festival also suffered through a crowd crush this year, in the aftermath of which 19 people were treated in hospital, though none were seriously injured.

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08:21

Pedophilia Network Exposed in Australia — It Starts at the TOP, Just Like in the USA and UK "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Gordon

(Organic and Healthy) The New World Order cult that rules the world administers a Pedophilia Network, including top-level politicians like Australian Prime Ministers and US Presidents.

by · January 4, 2017

The Pedophilia Network which underlies the New World Order was again exposed in the last few months by another brave whistleblower.

Australian woman Fiona Barrett showed a ton of courage in going public at a Sydney press conference in October 2015 and naming names.
Fiona, a former victim of Satanic ritual abuse and part of an international VIP pedophile ring, not only exposed the existence of the Satanic pedophilia network and its international child trafficking ring, but actually named 3 former Australian Prime Ministers and 1 former US President as perpetrators.
She reveals that this network, composed of famous actors, celebrities, judges, politicians and other high-flyers, has infiltrated all the key organizations and institutions in Australia – just as it has in the US and Britain.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE WORLD?

Fiona saw it all – Satanic ritual, rape, torture and murder – but actually says “the way I’ve been treated for reporting the crimes I’ve witnessed and experienced has been far worse than my original abuse experiences.”
That speaks volumes about people’s collective denial and amnesia, doesn’t it?

PEDOPHILES RUNNING RAMPANT DOWN UNDER

Fiona proclaims that Australia is a pedophile haven. She explains how Australia too...

08:14

Suspicious-acting man charged with drug supply "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 26-year-old man from Tallai in Queensland was arrested and charged with drug supply, drug possession and traffic-related offences at Tweed Heads South yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, January 4).

Police say the three men, travelling in a Holden Commodore, were ‘acting suspiciously’ before being stopped and searched by police.

During the search police seized methamphetamine, cannabis, MDMA, scales and knives as well as drug paraphernalia and equipment to administer drugs.

The 26 year old Tallai man was bail refused until 5 January 2017.

His two co-offenders were issued with Field Court Attendance Notices to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court at a later date.

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08:06

Sydney & Melbourne property prices defy rational explanation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

At the Guardian, Gareth Hutchens criticises some market economists for their forecasts of a correction in house prices in 2016, while house prices in Sydney and Melbourne actually grew at double-digit rates. Market economists Saul Eslake and Stephen Koukoulas have attempted to explain the divergence between their forecasts and outcomes by referring to unexpected RBA cash rate cuts and higher than expected population growth, among other factors. I would suggest they should have simply said the market has stayed irrational longer than they expected.

What we are seeing in Sydney and Melbourne is a property price bubble, in which a mania has gripped property buyers. This type of mania afflicts markets from time-to-time, and we should not think we are immune to it in Australia. Famous historical examples of market manias are the Dutch tulip craze, the South Sea bubble, the US stockmarket before the 1929 Great Crash, Tokyo real estate in the 1980s, and the US housing market before 2007-08. In Sydney and Melbourne, we now have property markets dominated by a mixture of speculators and people gripped by a fear of missing out, people who want to buy a property before it becomes even more ridiculously over-priced.

The mania could continue so long as people can access cheap debt and can meet mortgage repayments, but eventually constraints will be reached (or possibly rationality will prevail) and price growth will stop. And we will see a re-evaluation by the market of property prices, particularly given price growth has been massively ahead of the growth in rents. The most recent CoreLogic Hedonic Home Value Index report (available for download from CoreLogic) notes:

“Over the growth cycle to date, Sydney dwelling values are up 69% while rents have increased by approximately 10%; this has caused the gross dwelling yield to fall from 4.5% in June 2012 to the current record low of 3.0%. Similarly, in Melbourne, dwelling values are 51% higher over the cycle to date, while rents have risen by a much lower 9.6%. The divergence between dwelling value growth and rental growth has compressed Melbourne’s gross yield profile to a new record low of 2.9% from 3.8% in June 2012.”

Gross rental yields as low as this in Sydney and Melbourne are unsustainable (see figure below). Generally, they would only be tolerated by an investor who expects a large capital gain in the future. But the likelihood of that diminishes every time current property prices reach even more unsustainable levels.

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07:52

Vietnam To Produce Six In One Super Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed National"

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07:00

Reflections on Foresight "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a writer, I am interested in the way we use words to express ourselves and capture moments in our life that we think are special. I am finding, however, that this means to invest deep meaning and significance into everyday life situations that perhaps aren’t as universally moving as I make them out to be.

Firstly, I’ll find myself reflecting on social situations as they are happening, and from this, deriving an unspoken sense of identity for both my self and my peers. Character building, if you will. Once I know who is who, it’s never long before I begin synthesising a narrative. Generic questions that aid this analysis might include – So what does this interaction mean for our friendship?’ Where will the relationship develop from here? What magical moments will we share in the future?

Take, for example, an evening that I shared recently in a Moroccan hostel, smoking hash with my friend Rob and a young American English teacher called Whitney. We spoke about dangerous animals, the carroway bird being a particularly hot topic; the places we’d been recently (Rob, correctly pointing out that the Portuguese coast bears resemblance to that found at the bottom of Australia); and suddenly realised, together, that the room was constructed from virtually no wood. “Weird”, we all said, looking at each other in stoned agreement.

It was lovely, but jaded by the fact that I couldn’t stop asking myself, “Yeah, but what does it mean?”

I pictured my friends and I laughing over glasses of wine at reunions years into the future, teaching our worldly children (who all learnt to speak five languages before the age of five) subtle lessons that we ourselves had learned on the road when we explored exotic countries together, discovering new cultures and learning about the beautiful symmetry and ‘oneness’ between all human beings. It’s such a wank. It seems as if I have been completely conditioned to a cinematic and pop-cultured sense of life that I remove myself from these present moments in favour of imagining those that the future may hold. In other words, the grass seems greener in places that I’m yet to even plant it.

Lately, I’ve begun to realise how problematic this kind of thinking is. Yes, there are moments and times when these imaginative thoughts will bring me a great deal of joy – but the more severe emotional consequences are often yet to follow. Severe cases of complete disillusionment. A feeling of disappointment when I couldn’t have passionate sex with the man I had been admiring, the comfortableness of two friends you imagined getting along...

06:20

CoinPoint – leading marketing agency in the bitcoin space "IndyWatch Feed National"

CoinPoint is a digital marketing agency which was launched in 2013. It is incorporate in Australia and offers bitcoin-related products and services for businesses looking to utilize Bitcoin in their businesses. CoinPoint agency started with the sole focus of marketing and bitcoin mining. Later on it developed to Bitcoin gambling niche to the wider mainstream … Continue reading CoinPoint – leading marketing agency in the bitcoin space

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04:38

Rare M3.9 earthquake hits Sydney, Australia; Government urges calm "IndyWatch Feed National"

A small, rare earthquake has rattled Sydney, but Australian government officials are urging locals not to panic. The 3.9 magnitude quake was centred 16km south of Campbelltown and struck at 1.13am (3.13am NZT). According to Geoscience Australia, the quake would have been felt 56km from its epicentre. Local MP Jai Rowell told his constituents to remain calm. "It is hard to believe that we have had an earthquake in Wollondilly but we have," he said on Facebook. He reminded locals to report any damage or injury to emergency services. There are currently no reports of damage.

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The Future of Online Gambling in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Online poker has always been a topic for debate in Australia. Just like in the United States, online poker has neither been banned by the government nor has it been approved on a widespread level. Even then, there are numerous casinos providing players with the opportunity to experience poker for the first time or play …

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Eastern brown snake found consuming python in Ipswich, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Snake catchers in Australia responded to an unusual call, arriving on the scene to find one deadly snake eating another. N&S Snake Catcher shared video of a deadly eastern brown snake devouring a carpet python inside a home in Queensland on Monday. "We will be here for a little while," the snake catchers wrote alongside a photo of the strange scene. Eastern brown snakes are known to eat other snakes, including other eastern browns, alongside their typical diet of mice, frogs and lizards, but Sally Hill. co-owner with her husband of N&S Snake Catcher, told ABC News this scene was unlike anything they'd ever seen.

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British Lapdancer’s Body Lay Undiscovered in Australian Club For 12 Hours "IndyWatch Feed National"

The body of a British woman was found in a Melbourne gentlemen’s club 12 hours after she died, but none of the men she had been with the previous night  Full Article »

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Five years into Common Core: 15-year-olds behind 35 countries in math "IndyWatch Feed National"

Students in the United States have fallen behind kids in many other countries, according to the two largest international benchmarking tests in math, science, and reading. Five years into the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (commonly known as "Common Core"), 15-year-old kids in the United States lag behind their peers in 35 other countries in math. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2015 showed American students holding stagnant in science and reading, compared to results in 2012 and 2009, but far behind their previous results in math. Out of the 69 countries (and territories) tested, the United States ranked 39th. In math, Singapore took the top spot, followed by four Chinese provinces: Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, and BSJG. Japan scored below Taipei and above BSJG. Many other countries ranked higher than the U.S., including Canada, Finland, Ireland, Vietnam, Russia, Australia, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Malta, and Israel. Comment: Singapore, other Asian nations remain at top of international education rankings

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Racial divides are engineered – White privilege birthed White anger "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is mindboggling for the many corralled within the whims of this nation’s miring racism – a knee-deep racism – when the majority of White Australians, and laced with hostility, deny this nation’s vice-like racism. We are living serious-impact national discussions that mire this nation deeper in both institutional and the ugliest forms of racism. […]

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Aping Washington: Tony Abbott, Israel and Australian Foreign Policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

He is one of Australia’s truly singular politicians, relentlessly zealous, hewn from the granite of an older fanaticism. Despise him, loathe him, but consider him for one fundamental point: he has escaped the management artists, the curbing focus groups, and…

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Sydney Kurdish Youth Society - Charity night "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Presented by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. A fundraiser for the people of Northern Kurdistan MerJa Media

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Listen to the New Katie Brianna Track “Sticks and Stones” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Katie Brianna To celebrate the new year Sydney based Americana artist Katie Brianna has released a bonus track from her amazing 2016 album Victim or the Heroine, the beautiful “Sticks and Stones”. Like the rest of her album “Sticks and Stones” is produced by Shane Nicholson – check it out below: Katie […]

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