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Sunday, 15 January

00:56

Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Fiji region at 06:11 UTC on January 14, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 0 km. According to the USGS, the epicenter was...... Read more »

00:30

Off the air "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Clarencegirl wishes to inform NCV readers that due to the tardiness of her internet provider in supplying her with replacement internet equipment she is unable to publish her regular posts. Please keep an eye on our site as it will be back in action asap.

00:26

What is AUSGOV for if it can't send Julie to the polo? #good-gov-lost-its-way "IndyWatch Feed National"

News Ltd reports this under the moniker, ahem: politics Julie Bishop pulls out of Portsea Polo JANUARY 14, 20179:36PM Staff writersHerald Sun FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has been a last minute no-show at today’s prestigious Portsea Polo. Ms Bishop and her partner David Panton were listed as guests at the...

00:09

Australia’s biggest tax cheats? Kerry Stokes’ Seven Group Holding. $3.6 Billion revenue – No tax paid "IndyWatch Feed National"

The publicly listed Seven Group Holdings which is controlled by Kerry Stokes had $3,583,478,772 revenue in the 2014/2015 financial year but paid no tax. That is almost $3.6 billion but they apparently did so badly there was no tax to pay. It wasn’t much better the previous financial year of 2013/2014 when they had $3,975,156,028 […]

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Saturday, 14 January

20:57

Meet Mike Enoch &/Or Mike Peinovich : They’ve got ‘The Right Stuff’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

FTR & FWIW … In the last coupla weeks, various nazi dingbats active on the #altright in the US have been doXXed — seemingly as a result of some internecine online warfare. The latest casualty in this war is Some … Continue reading

20:35

Sam Dastyari. Shallow Halal. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Elvis anticipated this. The Shallow Halal tribute. For Sam. Because Elvis has left the building. And he liked a drink.

19:36

More truths emerge on U.S. 'regrettable mistakes' bombing in Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 17 September 2016 aircraft of the so-called 'coalition', led by the United States, bombed Syrian Army troop positions at Deir Ez-Zor. Aircraft from the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark and Australia took part in the attack. Between 62 and 90 (reports vary) Syrian troops were killed and more than 100 injured. The attack allowed ISIS forces to take control of what was a vital area protecting the airport. Comment: Russia-brokered ceasefire shattered as US airstrikes against Syrian Army in Deir ez-Zor leaves 80 soldiers dead, over 100 injured (UPDATES) At the time, the attack was labeled a "mistake". Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull apologized, saying he regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel. A spokesman for the Syrian government said that the attack was "intentional", a view shared by Syria's ally, Iran. The US military ordered an inquiry into the incident. It is usually the case with such inquiries that little is done, nothing other than "regrettable mistakes" are admitted, and no-one is sanctioned. Often, some reason is found to attribute the "error" to the enemy's actions, as with the bombing of the Kunduz Hospital in Afghanistan. Comment: Switching tactics: U.S. now claims that the Kunduz hospital bombing was due to an 'intelligence systems failure'

18:26

M6.1 Earthquake Strikes SW of Nadi, Fiji "IndyWatch Feed National"

Strong Earthquake Strikes 152km SW of Nadi, Fiji EQ Details Magnitude: 6.1 Location: 18.588°S, 176.230°E; depth=10.0 km Time: 06:11:41 UTC  2017-01-14 Source: USGS/EHP Analysis available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Australia plate, earthquake, Fiji, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, M6.1, Nadi

18:15

The Cars and Trucks That Ate Bellingen "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Bellingen is a small town on Waterfall Way on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Waterfall Way runs east-west from the Pacific Highway to the New England Highway at Armidale.

The narrow little town is a 'drive through town'.  The vehicles of locals and out-of-towners scramble for spaces to park. Logging and quarry trucks aim to shoot through the town and Waterfall Way (WFW) delivering the 'vanishing forests' and mountain rocks to ever expanding coastal urbanisation hotspots.

The throughput rate of trucks through the narrow and busy main street and WFW is to be increased to 66 loaded trucks a day.

'The modification requests the daily limit of 20 loaded quarry trucks per day to be increased to a maximum of 66 loaded quarry trucks Monday to Friday and 36 loaded quarry trucks on Saturdays within the approved hours of operation (7.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and 7.00am to 1.00pm Saturdays)." (source)



Crossing the main street is a risky challenge. The fumes and noise in town force users to shorten their visit and get things done as quickly as possible to avoid poisoning or becoming...

17:05

Crowdfunding Terrorism Through Halal Certifications "IndyWatch Feed National"

Middle East (SCF) – Although it is well known that the Wahhabist governments, royal families, and top businesses of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain directly finance jihadist terrorists in Syria, Iraq, and countries around the world, many consumers are unaware that percentages of their purchases of Muslim «halal» (imam-certified) food products eventually end up in the hands of jihadist organizations. Halal refers to any food product that can be eaten by observant Muslims. Anything other than halal is «haram» and prohibited for Muslims. Haram includes pork, blood, or meat from approved animals but which have been strangled or slaughtered with blunt knives.

Food and drink producers pay Muslim halal certifiers fees to certify their products as halal. According to Australian One Nation party leader Pauline Hanson and others, certain Muslim halal certification agencies use profits from certification fees to fund terrorist attacks around the world. During an election campaign in Queensland in 2015, Hanson told reporters: «ASIO [Australian Security Intelligence Organization] has picked up that this money has been funded through an organization to fund Syria and the terrorism there». ASIO, all too quickly, denied the charge.

Even if a small percentage of imams who certify products as being halal are passing the profits on to terrorist organizations, it potentially represents a large amount of money. Malaysian studies have valued the worldwide halal food industry as between $600 billion to $2.1 trillion. Halal certifications are usually paid by food companies at set annual rates. Considering all the firms worldwide that pay such fees to imam halal certifiers, this amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars. Some halal certifiers have become quite wealthy from the halal certification scheme. Halal certifiers have also been quite secretive about who receives donations, with some admitting only that the funds go to Islamic madrassa schools and mosques. However, many of these madrassas and mosques are linked to the Wahhabis.

Some Muslims have opined that halal certification is nothing more than a money-making scam, with the most ridiculous aspect being halal certification for dog food. It is ironic that the same imams who declare dogs to be «unclean» animals also willingly charge pet food manufacturers to certify food for the «unclean» beasts to be halal. Other Muslims have conceded that the halal certification scheme has become as financially corrupt as segments of the Jewish kosher product certification system. South African Muslim authorities have pointed out, to the dismay of the halal certification industry, that the Koran forbids imams from charging money to certify food as halal. Yet, the practice continues with fees charged for halal «stamps» on food, in some cases, i...

17:00

The Weekend Quiz – January 14-15, 2017 – answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

Question 1:

The money supply is often defined to be the sum of currency on issue and demand deposits held in banks. The value of money always declines if the money supply rises.

The answer is False.

The question requires you to understand: (a) the difference between bank reserves and the money supply; and (b) the Quantity Theory of Money.

The mainstream macroeconomics text book argument that increasing the money supply will cause inflation is based on the Quatity Theory of Money. First, expanding bank reserves will put more base money into the economy but not increase the aggregates that drive the alleged causality in the Quantity Theory of Money – that is, the various estimates of the “money supply”.

Second, even if the money supply is increasing, the economy may still adjust to that via output and income increases up to full capacity. Over time, as investment expands the productive capacity of the economy, aggregate demand growth can support the utilisation of that increased capacity without there being inflation.

In this situation, an increasing money supply (which is really not a very useful aggregate at all) which signals expanding credit will not be inflationary.

So if nominal demand kept increasing beyond the capacity of the real economy to absorb it via increased production then the result will be inflation and the “value” of the dollar would start to decline.

The Quantity Theory of Money which in symbols is MV = PQ but means that the money stock times the turnover per period (V) is equal to the price level (P) times real output (Q). The mainstream assume that V is fixed (despite empirically it moving all over the place) and Q is always at full employment as a result of market adjustments.

In applying this theory the extreme mainstream position is to deny the existence of unemployment. The more reasonable mainstream economists admit that short-run deviations in the predictions of the Quantity Theory of Money can occur but in the long-run all the frictions causing unemployment will disappear and the theory will apply.

In general, the Monetarists (the most recent group to revive the Quantity Theory of Money) claim that with V and Q fix...

16:01

Reader Comments & Observations "IndyWatch Feed National"

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COMMENT #1:  Regarding your post Currency vs Language, I wanted to add that in NY I have an abundance of IT co-workers that are H1-B visas holders working as consultants from India. They are extremely nice and I’ve enjoyed learning about their culture. As I’ve stated before, these consults overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton. Some of the consultants were naturalized and voted for Hillary. People from India are social and they often gather and speak among themselves; therefore, as more before naturalized and vote, you can expect more Democrat voters. With regard to language, they’ve confirmed to me that they speak their India state language at home, not English. You are correct, even in NY, “If that subculture then becomes the majority, the culture of the state will change and therein lies the seed …”

COMMENT #2: The Xi Jinping article about the coming new world order, in it you provide a good explanation of why we think linearly and they think cyclically. My explanation lies along the lines of religious background. Even if/when people leave the confines of religion, the subconscious thought remains. I believe that we think linearly because our religion teaches us that things begin and end. They think cyclically because their religion teaches them that things begin and end and then begin again and end again.

COMMENT #3: Hi Martin, I appreciate the work you do and making your blog available for free. I thought you might like to know that Canada is also moving toward a cashless society. Yesterday I went into Scotia Bank and tried to buy foreign currency. I offered them cash and they refused it. They told me that the money had to be paid by cash transfer. Because I didn’t have an account with them I could not buy the foreign currency. The Canadian banking system is primitive compared to New Zealand and Australian banks where I have also lived. Another bank would not allow me transfer money online from my own bank to a relative’s bank account at their bank. I would have to personally go into...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0009 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 1.10 AUD
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14:26

Minister Nahan "IndyWatch Feed National"

It has been a very long time since I have accused a Minister of the Western Australian parliament of Institutionalised racism. As many of you would know I have been at various times since 2001, the President, Treasurer and Secretary of the body known as the Ethnic Communities Council. I am, as we speak, the […]

13:25

Will Trump Be Killed? What Would Happen Next? "IndyWatch Feed National"

New York Times photo of Donald Trump and Mike Pence by Mary W Maxwell Right now we’ve at least got a president-elect, Donald Trump, who makes leaderly noises. Does that mean he is a person of vision? I have no idea. He does talk a good game, though.  It will be nice if it turns […]

13:12

Hitler defeated Lenin, Chiang defeated Mao "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is a commonplace that the victors write history. But which victors? The victors that are claimed to write history are normally taken to be those who win wars and other conflicts. But just because one side wins a war or conflict, it does not follow that its ideas triumph in the longer term.

Consider contemporary China. Mao Zedong defeated Chiang Kai-shek in their epic decades-long conflict, driving him and his Kuomintang forces to exile in Taiwan. Now, look at contemporary China–is it closer to Mao’s vision or Chiang’s?

Obviously Chiang’s. As a wit observed, the story of post-1979 politics in both “Chinas” (the People’s Republic and Taiwan) is the Communist Party of China trying to become the Kuomintang and the Kuomintang trying to become the Democratic Progressive Party. Mao may have won the military struggle, but Chiang’s vision won the wider social war. It turns out that social reality is not entirely plastic to our visions, and Chiang’s proved to be more human and achievable than Mao’s. That matters, in the end.

Lenin‘s successor Stalin, with huge help from the Anglo-Americans (who provided trucks, rolling stock, canned food, and munitions crucial to the Red Army while their bombing campaign diverted the Luftwaffe and many thousands of tank-killer 88mm guns from the Eastern Front), defeated Hitler on the Eastern Front. But consider contemporary postmodern identity progressivism (PIP), with its concern for authenticity, identity, emotion over reason, environment, obsessions with the Jewish state, dismissive treatment of workers and belief that a sufficiently interventionist state does not have to own firms to control them: whose obsessions does it better reflect, Hit...

13:10

Man armed with syringe robs Ballina bank "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man using a blood-filled syringe robbed a bank in the Ballina CBD last Wednesday afternoon.

Police say that just after 3pm on Wednesday, the man entered the bank in River Street and demanded money from the teller, while armed with the syringe.

The teller handed over cash and the man fled. He was last seen on River Street.

No one was injured during the incident.

Officers from Richmond Local Area Command are investigating. Anyone with information is urged to come forward by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The post Man armed with syringe robs Ballina bank appeared first on Echonetdaily.

10:56

My Leonard Cohen "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

‘My Leonard Cohen’ was the toast of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016, with sold-out shows and rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The show returns to Sydney at the Sydney Opera House, Playhouse from Monday February 6 2017.

Performed by Stewart D’Arrietta and a six-piece band, featuring some of Australia’s best rock musicians. D’Arrietta’s musical interpretations are gutsy and arresting and the stories he tells give an insight into Cohen’s life and the motivations behind the songs with a sprinkling of laconic humour. In MY LEONARD COHEN, Stewart and his band perform 18 songs including the heartrending Suzanne. The iconic Tower of Song, the seductive I’m Your Man the rousing Hallelujah, Dance Me To The End of Love, Bird on A Wire, “So Long Marianne” plus many more.

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Few bodies of musical work rouse, seduce and are of such great solace as that of the great singer songwriter Leonard Cohen. Soulful lyrics are laced with raw emotion and sheer seductiveness. D’Arrietta’s arrangements add an uplifting, upbeat feel.

Producer, Harley Medcalf added “Seeing the raw emotion in Stewart from Mr. Cohen’s passing, and knowing how he deeply loves this music, I felt driven to ask Stewart to perform this very special tribute at the Opera House”

For two decades, Stewart D’Arrietta and his collaborators have brought their own musical personality to the works of great songwriters, including Tom Waits, John Lennon and Randy Newman, and have received praise for shows in Australia and overseas.

D’Arrietta on piano and vocals is accompanied by a veritable ‘who’s who’ of Australia’s best rock musicians.

Expect Cohen’s best – all delivered as you’ve never heard them before.

...

10:24

Is the Dam of Disclosure About To Break? -- 2017 Could be the Year of Unveiled Truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Stillness in The Storm

There have been multiple stories in the area of Extraterrestrials and Ufology. On January 5th, The Huffington Post reported on a 9 minute video released by the Chilean Navy purported to be an official UFO sighting, with this even reaching the trending page on Facebook. Then, on January 4th through 6th, the BBC, CNN, and again the Huffington Post all simultaneously release a story on a "fast, strange, mysterious" radio burst detected by astronomers in Australia who have gotten 20 puzzling bursts over the past 10 years, emanating from a galaxy 2.5 billion light years away.

The Chilean government also released footage from a UFO captured by the Navy.


Related Chilean Navy Releases Shocking Declassified UFO Footage

We have also had disclosures on US intelligence agencies and Wikileaks front. On January 3rd, 4th, and 5th, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sat down for an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. This interview was split into three parts and aired during primetime television. On January 6th, Fox News also ...

10:04

The Solution to Exposing Gov’t Child Trafficking and Pizzagate As the Fraud It Is "IndyWatch Feed National"

Since the real foundation of these absurd allegations started with the fraud of Franklin Credit in Omaha, Ne in the 80’s- which was what caused the the horrible witch hunt that ensued as a result- until it was completely debunked as the hysteria based on falsehoods that is was- there is no better person to represent the facts of this than the VERY person who did so then- Col. Michael Aquino- Founder of Temple of Set, government official- and the one MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE as to what occurred back then.

He WAS the “unofficial” spokesperson for False Memory Syndrome Foundation- and was all OVER every media outlet at the time, and since he is the ONLY ONE left of that group- I believe that it just make sense that such a distinguished and educated government official- ranking as he does, who was THERE and fought it so well- should represent the accused and defend them against these allegations as he did before when it occurred the first time.

Now, since Ted Gunderson is dead, and John DeCamp doesn’t even know who he is anymore as he is suffering from Alzheimer’s- I believe that I- David Shurter- should represent the other side. I was there- I have an established reputation with MANY people as being an expert on the situation- and I would be willing to represent that side that Mr. Aquino did such a marvelous job defeating in the 80’s,

However- I have some stipulations.

One- it will be PUBLIC- and FACE TO FACE- just as he was willing to do with Ted Gunderson many years ago. I have absolutely NO history of violence- and so claiming he is afraid of me in public can’t really be argued effectively, although he can have as much protection as he deems necessary.

And two- it will be videotaped. This just makes sense- since we are doing this to resolve this insane issue that is so similar to the “satanic panic” hysteria that enveloped this country back in the 80’s- and so this is important for the PEOPLE to see as well as just a select group.

I think to put this country at ease- we must rise- as good American’s, and try to put this matter to rest- and the oaths that Col. Aquino took to protect and honor America I believe should compel him to agree.

We owe it to our country to do this- so that we can put our fellow American’s at ease and assure them that their children are safe. After all- this IS the land we all love and we ARE Americans after all.

09:00

Is the Dam of Disclosure About To Break? — 2017 Could be the Year of Unveiled Truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Pitfalls of Partial Disclosure - Examining the Process of Disclosure and the Reasons why a String of Half-Truths Just Won't Cut It

By Jordan Sather

Only thirteen days into 2017, and there have been many breaking stories presented by the mainstream media that suggest grand changes are taking place behind the scenes. The truth that has been withheld and obfuscated for so long seems to be coming to light.

There have been multiple stories in the area of Extraterrestrials and Ufology. On January 5th, The Huffington Post reported on a 9 minute video released by the Chilean Navy purported to be an official UFO sighting, with this even reaching the trending page on Facebook. Then, on January 4th through 6th, the BBCCNN, and again the Huffington Post all simultaneously release a story on a “fast, strange, mysterious” radio burst detected by astronomers in Australia who have gotten 20 puzzling bursts over the past 10 years, emanating from a galaxy 2.5 billion light years away.

The Chilean government also released footage from a UFO captured by the Navy.

Related Chilean Navy Releases Shocking Declassified UFO Footage

We have also had disclosures on US intelligence agencies and Wikileaks front. On January 3rd, 4th, and 5th, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sat down for an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. This interview was split into three parts and aired during primetime television. On January 6th, Fox News also...

07:36

Melanie Shaw and the UK Child Abuse Shit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Melanie Shaw, in a secret court hearing, was given two more years in jail. So if you fuck children in the UK- you are protected and given ZERO jail time. But if you make the mistake of trying to protect children- it is off to jail you go. And more than that- into solitary confinement.

And what do the people do? They sit back- entertained. And expect Heaven to serve them cake and ice cream for their efforts.

Yeah- the world- and ESP. The people in it- SUCK. Although I am sure if you ask any of them- they would argue the point.

06:58

Byron Bay Surf Festival 2017 to Host the Next McTavish Trim "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Byron Bay Surf Festival is stoked to announce it will host the second edition of the McTavish Trim.

The McTavish Trim – Furthest Up The Beach, is a unique surfing event whereby the longest distance surfed is the goal for each of the 12 invited trimmers. Surfboards must be over 10 feet in length, requiring a significant amount of skill and panache to surf.

The event will take place during the always popular freestyle & stoke surf sessions, on the Sunday of the festival, which could not be better this year with the unique addition of the Trim. On this stoke-filled day you’ll also enjoy the classic surf sessions which this year includes, torpedoes (bodysurfing), finless (timber, surfmat or softboards), fish, logs, mermaids (gals only), Tandem and the partywave!

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These sessions are non-competitive and are more or less based on artistic interpretation with a decided peer vote for which waverider showed the most pure stoke and freestyling fun on any particular wave during each of the sessions.

Also included on this day is the hunters & collectors show and demo…a mix of modern, collectable, handmade, art-driven and sustainably produced surf craft on show for demo or swapping, from Australian, Japanese, Californian and Hawaiian shapers.

Bring your kids, friends and your board and come enjoy surfing, trimming, live music and so much more at the freestyle & stoke on Sunday 26th of February at Wategos!

For further information visit www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au

The post Byron Bay Surf Festival 2017 to Host the Next McTavish Trim appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

06:22

The link between creative problem solving and finding hidden pictures "IndyWatch Feed National"

Information analysis, followed by step-by-step logical deduction is often our go-to method to solve problems we encounter in life. Yet, for some problems we seem to suddenly gain insight - we realize the solution in an "Aha!" kind of moment. Known as 'insight problems', they can seem impossible or unsolvable until creative insight appears and a solution is unexpectedly realized. Is it possible to increase the likelihood of the arrival of such creative insight? PhD candidate Ruben Laukkonen along with Dr. Jason Tangen at the University of Queensland in Australia, have recently published a study in the journal Consciousness and Cognition suggesting that it is. "We might be taking a walk, riding a bike, or having a shower, when we finally understand something we've been struggling with. One goal of this study, and ongoing research, is to understand what it is about those situations that evoke epiphanies," Laukkonen says.

05:00

Teenage surfer stable following shark attack at Ballina, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A teenage surfer was in stable condition after he was bitten by a shark Monday at the same Australian beach where a Japanese surfer was fatally mauled last year, officials said. Cooper Allen, a 17-year-old high school student, was surfing with friends on the first day of the students' spring vacation when he was attacked off Ballina's Lighthouse Beach at midmorning, Ballina Mayor David Wright said. The shark struck from behind and bit across the board's fins as the boy lay on the board paddling. The shark's lower jaw tore into the fiberglass as its upper teeth clamped his right hip and thigh, Wright said. "The shark lacerated his leg in three or four places fairly deep," Wright said. "Luckily the lifeguards were on duty and got down there quickly."

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Friday, 13 January

23:00

Syria and the US: More Truths Emerge "IndyWatch Feed National"

8634434On 17 September 2016 aircraft of the so-called ‘coalition’, led by the United States, bombed Syrian Army troop positions at Deir Ez-Zor. Aircraft from the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark and Australia took part in the attack. Between 62 and 90 (reports vary) Syrian troops were killed and more than 100 injured. The attack allowed ISIS forces to take control of what was a vital area protecting the airport.

At the time, the attack was labeled a “mistake”. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull apologized, saying he regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel.

A spokesman for the Syrian government said that the attack was “intentional”, a view shared by Syria’s ally, Iran. The US military ordered an inquiry into the incident. It is usually the case with such inquiries that little is done, nothing other than “regrettable mistakes” are admitted, and no-one is sanctioned.

Often, some reason is found to attribute the “error” to the enemy’s actions, as with the bombing of the Kunduz Hospital in Afghanistan.

Two recent developments however, cast some new light on that “mistake” in September 2016.

The first is the release of the report into the investigation by the US Central Command based in Qatar on 29 November 2016. As is almost invariably the case, the report found “no evidence of misconduct.”

The report did acknowledge however, that the US did mislead the Russian military command about where the strike was to occur.

Further, the report acknowledges that the US Command ignored both actual information and intelligence analysis that the positions targeted were occupied by Syrian government troops and were not ISIS terrorists.

The third revelation was that the air strikes shifted from the strategy of “deliberate targeting” to one of an “immediate strike.” This violated usual US Air Force operational procedure. No explanation was given for this violation of normal procedure.

The fact that the Russians were misled, the ignoring of their own intelligence and factual information, both electronic and human, and the abrupt change in operational procedure without a good reason, all reinforce the conclusion reached at the...

22:41

Red and grey squirrels in Britain "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is an Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) video from Germany.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

The battle of the squirrels

Friday 13th January 2017

PETER FROST’S affection for the native British red squirrel sends him in search of measures that would boost its survival chances

There were once three and a half million of our native red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) in the forests and woodlands of Britain.

Today that population is down to well under 150,000 and although still reducing dramatically a number of initiatives are reducing the rate of decline.

What happened? Well, in 1876 some stupid aristocrat decided to import grey squirrels (Scirius caroliniensis) from their native North America releasing them in Henbury Park, Cheshire.

It’s not clear why they were introduced, probably as a live novelty garden decoration. Rich Victorian land owners simply had no idea about the risks of introducing non-native species to their estates.

Other landowners in other parts of Britain also imported the greys which spread rapidly. There are now estimated to be about 2.5 million grey squirrels in Britain.

Unlike the bold and oft seen greys our native red squirrels are very shy and elusive and spend much of their time in the tree canopy. Telltale signs to look for include large dreys in trees, scratch marks on bark and chewed pine cones that look like chewed apple cores. You might also hear the distinctive “chuk chuk” noise they make.

Although the grey squirrels don’t actually attack the native reds they carry the squirrel pox virus which is fatal to red squirrels without harming its grey carriers. Squirrels come in all colours.

Entirely black ones are becoming common and originate in colder regions of Canada where their dark skins absorb more winter sun to keep them warm.

A family of at least...

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20:14

National Social Security Rights Network statement about the new online compliance system "IndyWatch Feed National"

13th January 2017

This statement about the Centrelink online compliance system calls for the suspension of the system until concerns about it are addressed

18:33

Sussan Ley resigns - still doesn't get it - Team Turnbull comes 1st, privilege to serve Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed National"

She's so crystal clear. She's doing this for Turnbull. Not because it's right. Not because she's done wrong. This one's for the team. Which creates obligations. And so the gravy train rolls on. At least Turnbull is making the right noises. Today we have announced the most significant reform of...

17:44

How to deal with the new Australian piracy law "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The company called the 'Australian Government' told the mainstream media that there is going to be a crackdown on piracy "Big Time", and in turn the mainstream media passed on this message to the slave population.


This comes literally straight after the peasants were made aware that people in government are defrauding their slave population on a huge scale, more damage than any single 'pirate' ever could do.

So apparently Australia is full of pirates (the "haaar haaar mi maties", type), where one could say that all of them are in government. 

"Why's that?" could ask the beer gut footy lover.

'Cause they're not in office lawfully, nor the company called the 'Australian Government' is the de jure government of the people, as described in a document called 'An Act to Constitute the Commonwealth of Australia...

17:08

Troubled Waters. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Is it safe to drink from fast flowing pristine looking waters in the bush?


17:00

The Weekend Quiz – January 15-16, 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. The money supply is often defined to be the sum of currency on issue and demand deposits held in banks. The value of money always declines if the money supply rises.



2. Economists note that the automatic stabilisers embedded in government fiscal policy increase deficits (or reduce surpluses) in times of slack aggregate demand. This sensitivity of the fiscal outcome to the economic cycle would not be eliminated if the government followed a fiscal rule such that it had to be in balance at all times.



3. If the nation is running a current account deficit, then domestic households and firms and the government cannot simultaneously spend less than their income.


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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0009 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 1.10 AUD
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15:58

Little Terns or Pigs Will Fly and Sawtell Dogs will be on a Leash "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Where the coastal town of Sawtell meets the National Park, Little Terns have their breeding grounds. The endangered Little Terns (Sterna albifrons subsp sinensis) have been nesting in this area for a log time. They like to make beaches, sand spits and sand islands near rivers, creeks and coastal lakes and mouths of estuaries their homes. Every spring and summer the migratory seabirds have been raising their families along the Australian coastline.

“Little Tern nests are a simple scrape in the ground, sometimes lined with feathers and eggshells. The highly exposed hatchlings are very susceptible to predators from both introduced and native species, as well as disturbance from human activities.” (source)



"Nesting sites are usually located where humans swim, walk, exercise dogs, picnic and drive off-road vehicles. The mere presence of people on the beach may cause these terns to desert their eggs and eventually leave the colony altogether" (source)

Unchecked coastal urbanisation spreads 'the package' (McMansions,...

15:17

NT Youth Justice Class Action | Maurice Blackburn "IndyWatch Feed National"

NT Youth Justice Class Action | Maurice Blackburn: Maurice Blackburn, Australia’s leading class action law firm, has filed a class action on behalf of current and former detainees at youth detention centres in the Northern Territory who were subjected to assault, battery, and/or false imprisonment during their detainment in excess of the lawful powers granted to prison guards. The class action was filed on 23 December 2016.

15:14

New book explains ‘what justice will look like’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

IN his new book Treaty and Statehood – Aboriginal Self Determination, Michael Mansell discusses models for a seventh state – or First State for the First People, designated Aboriginal seats in parliament and a treaty. The Tasmanian Aboriginal lawyer, activist and secretary of the Aboriginal Provisional Government spent three years wading through constitutional law, reading any High Court cases vaguely relevant and connected to the legal principal of designated Aboriginal seats in the parliament. He also researched the legality of treaty, what it would deal with and its effect on the Australian public, sharing of power and autonomous communities. “I really can’t remember what I set out to do other than to write up the political solutions that were available to us,” Mr Mansell said. “The book is for Aboriginal people who have a gut feeling that we have been denied justice and want to have someone explain what justice will look like.”

14:56

Lennon: Through A Glass Onion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Lennon – Through A Glass Onion returns to Sydney to celebrate 25 years on the international stage. The music, the mystery and the memory of John Lennon, starring John Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta.

It’s been 25 years since John Waters and Stewart D’Arrieta first performed “Through A Glass Onion” on the small stage at Sydney’s Tilbury Hotel. Little did they know that over an inspiring 25 year journey they would perform the show in New York and London, leaving their mark on audiences around the world.

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Created and performed by renowned Australian actor/musician John Waters and esteemed singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta, Lennon – Through a Glass Onion is part concert and part biography and reveals the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century. It’s a compelling story and features 31 iconic hits of Lennon and his collaborations with McCartney including Imagine, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, Woman, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Working Class Hero, and Jealous Guy.

The ultimate goal for John and Stewart was to take their show to New York one day – and they achieved this in 2015.  “It was truly an emotional experience seeing Lennon – Through a Glass Onion in New York at its American premiere,” said lead producer Harley Medcalf.

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John Waters – Performer/Writer
Stewart D’Arrietta- Performer/Co-Writer
Harley Medcalf – Lead Producer

John Waters is one of Australia’s most recognized, respected and critically acclaimed actor, musician and performer with numerous appearances on the Stage, Television and Screen.

Stewart D’Arrietta – musician, composer and musical director with a solid background in Theatre, Film and Television.

What: Lennon: Th...

14:47

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 13th January "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – Indie folk duo Husky released their new video “Late Night Store”. Details here – Sydney summer concert series Courtyard Sessions announced their 2017 lineup including Imogen Clark, Leroy Lee, Jordie Lane, Taryn La Fauci, Skyscraper Stan, The Cruisin’ Deuces and more. Details […]

14:46

Malmsbury: Riot police storm juvenile prison to suppress riot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Inmates during the riot at Malmsbury.

12 Jan – A riot at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre came to a dramatic end on Thursday night, with heavily armed police storming the facility.

Six inmates were arrested after rioting at the facility.

Teenagers at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre during the riot.

Police were called to Malmsbury at 1.50pm after the inmates armed themselves with metal poles and locked themselves in a secure exercise yard.

The situation came to a head shortly before 6.30pm, when heavily armed riot police carrying shields stormed the facility.

Six inmates were arrested and brought out by the riot police shortly after.

Riot police prepare to enter Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre.

A police spokeswoman said the six inmates would be interviewed on Thursday night, with control of the facility due to be handed back to prison guards.

The whole centre had been put in lockdown to prevent any trouble spreading, sources said. The centre has capacity for 135 juvenile inmates, and is close to full at present.

A Department of Health and Human Services spokesman said the perimeter of the centre was secure. He said the incident was safely resolved without any injuries to staff or young people.

Teenagers inside Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre.

The incident is the latest in a string of riots to hit the state’s youth justice centres.

Last September, rioting prisoners scaled the roof of the Malmsbury centre, about 100 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.

Violence erupted again at the facility in October, when a group of youths ripped benches from their fittings and armed themselves with metal legs before taunting guards.

Also last year, the Parkville Youth Justice Centre was crippled so badly by rioting teens that some units were left inoperable. The Andrews government moved some teen inmates from Parkville to a unit at t...

14:19

Coolbellup: Roe 8 protests ramp up as activists clash with cops "IndyWatch Feed National"

A protesters is hand-cuffed by police after the fences guarding the site were pushed down

12 Jan – Police have clashed with protesters at the Roe 8 building site, after the fences guarding the area were pushed down, a woman holed up in a tree platform and more people chained themselves to machinery.

Protests ramped up on Thursday morning in Coolbellup, where clearing of bushland is due to continue to make way for the controversial Roe 8 road, which is part of the planned Perth Freight Link.

Journalist Belinda Cameron said a large amount of people had gathered at the site early in the morning, singing and chanting “give it up Colin”.

“Things have really kicked off this morning. When I arrived there were about 1000 people lining the gates that surround the site.”

She said that at about 7am protesters pushed down the fences surrounding the bulldozers at the building site.

“Police were quite outnumbered and several arrests were made,” she said.

“At the moment there are about 200 people still here who performed a sit-in around the equipment.

“There are also people who chained themselves to the machinery.

“I saw several elderly women walking around the site which has been partially cleared – openly crying, seeing what’s happened to their bushland.

“There have also been a few flare-ups between police and protesters and security has been brought into the site with several large German Shepherds now guarding the equipment.”

Reports say a young woman called Jacinta had set up in a platform on a tree, which is tensioned across access tracks. Any clearing work conducted would be dangerous to her safety.

Two other people called Koro and Jan had attached themselves to machinery.

By 10:30am police had made over a dozen arrests, with six people charged for trespassing and resisting arrest.

City of Melville councillor Tim Barling and City of Fremantle councillor Sam Wainwright were among those arrested on Wednesday, with protesters wanting work to stop until the March state election.

More than 100 police officers attended the protest, including plain-clothed detectives, mounted police and the dog squad.


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14:13

Melebourne: Youths transferred to adult prison after more riots at Parkville youth justice centre "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police and paramedics at the Parkville youth justice centre

9 Jan – Seven young people have been transferred out of Melbourne’s troubled Parkville youth justice centre, some to Barwon Prison, after rioting for six hours overnight.

Paramedics and police, including dog handlers, were called to the centre on Park Street on Parkville shortly after 8:00pm.

Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos said a group of six inmates broke away during a sporting activity before accessing a roof cavity and freeing another detainee.

“[The group] broke away from staff. They then managed to gain access to one of the units, and gain entry into the roof cavity of that unit,” she said.

“Whilst they were in the roof cavity, they managed to free one of their co-detainees out of his locked cell.”

Ms Mikakos said the incident was resolved by about 1:30am and no-one was injured.

Ian Lanyon, director of secure services at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), said 13 beds were damaged, taking the facility’s number of usable beds to about 50.

“We hope to have [those beds] repaired in the next few days and that unit fully back online,” he said.

The youths had been playing basketball before they absconded, Mr Lanyon added.

Before November’s riots, Parkville had a 123-bed capacity.

Some of the seven youths transferred were taken to the Grevillia Unit at Barwon Prison — a maximum security adult jail.

The others were sent to another youth justice centre at Malmsbury, about 100 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.

Police dog handler at Parkville Youth Justice Centre

A DHHS spokesperson said damage was being assessed and police were investigating.

“There were no injuries to young people, staff or police and at no point was there a threat to the security of the perimeter of the facility,” a statement read.

“Damage to the facility will be assessed with repair work to start as soon as this is completed.”

The State Government has been holding young people at the Grevillia Unit since Nove...

14:04

WIRES 2017 Australia Day Photo Competition "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Open for entries from 13th January, 2017. To enter you simply have to like and then private message your wildlife images to WIRES facebook page. You can also register to receive emails notifying you of the finalists and the competition winners. 

Images should be native animals/birds ideally observed and photographed in the wild (or in care if you are a licensed wildlife care volunteer). We would also love a few details of how you came to capture the image. There is a limit of 3 images per entrant. Please also provide an email contact address with your message. 

Entries are open until 10 pm AEST Tuesday, January 24th, 2017. 

All submissions must be made by the photographer having read the competition terms and conditions

Prizes

1st Prize: An A4 Original Watercolour artwork presented on cold heavy pressed 200gsm paper generously donated by Liz H Lovell, a local Sydney wildlife and nature artist....

13:59

Australia Meteorological Office Caught Covering Up Chemtrails "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is outrage in Australia after the Meteorological Office attempted to brush a chemtrails scandal under the carpet by declaring the geometric lines are a “beautiful natural phenomenon.” The rows of perfectly straight chemtrails were caught on camera by a passenger onboard a Virgin Australia flight and uploaded to social media. The extraordinary photos caused outrage on Twitter and Instagram, with Australians demanding to know the truth about the real nature of geoengineering in their country. Then the Meteorological Office entered the fray, claiming the rows and rows of perfectly straight lines are not man-made, but rather a “beautiful natural phenomenon.” A Met Office spokesperson attempted to explain the rows of chemtrails. “In terms of how they form, it’s about air rising, cooling and then descending again. The rising, cooling and falling of atmospheric waves creates the thin strips of clouds.” Right… Remarkably, many people are taking the official narrative on face value. The most unique cloud formation I have seen to date on route from Perth to Adelaide somewhere over The Great Australian Bite • • • • • #flying #clouds #rollcloud #nature #windowseat #wing #airplane #plane #boeing #737 #virgin #perth #adelaide #Australia #ocean #engine #turbofan #turbine #instagramaviation #avgeek #iphone [...]

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13:43

China Daily: Tillerson’s “Disastrous” Actions Would Set The Course For A “Devastating Confrontation” "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Tyler Durden

We were surprised by how contained China was this morning after yesterday’s confirmation hearing of Rex Tillerson, in which the former Exxon CEO said that a failure to respond to China had allowed it to “keep pushing the envelope” in the South China Sea and added that “we’re going to have to send China a clear signal that first the island-building stops and second your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed” and that putting military assets on those islands was “akin to Russia’s taking Crimea” from Ukraine.”

Traditionally such a direct threat would be i) perceived as very undiplomatic and ii) prompt an immediate, and angry rebuke from Beijing, with China immediately shifting to the offensive.

“This is the sort of off-the-cuff remark akin to a tweet that pours fuel on the fire and maybe makes things worse,” Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra told Bloomberg. “Short of going to war with China, there is nothing the Americans can do.”

But not today: during his press conference earlier today, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang could barely muster the will to sound defensive, saying China has been acting within the limits of its sovereignty. “Like the U.S., China has the right within its own territory to carry out normal activities,” he said at a regular briefing in Beijing. When asked repeatedly about Tillerson’s comments on blocking access to islands, China’s foreign ministry spokesman said he couldn’t make any guesses as to what Tillerson was referring to and would not answer hypothetical questions, Reuters reported.

As it turns out, China may not have had time to digest what Tillerson said. After all his South China sea remark was toward the end of his nearly all day long hearing, and so many local media outlets may have simply missed it. However, they caught up today, and first China Daily, then its nationalist tabloid, the Global Times took turns to first mock, then attack Tillerson.

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13:00

Rally rider hopeful for 2018 Dakar "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Queensland rally rider Scott Britnell has been watching the Dakar Rally on TV while recovering from a crash six months ago that also crashed his hopes of competing in this year’s event.

However, Scott Britnell is still planning to join the gruelling rally next January and is busy raising funds with his KTM 450RR race bike arriving soon.

“I have been watching Dakar and it seems like this year’s edition is a cracker,” he says.

“It seems the complaints about the WRC-style first half of last year’s race have been answered by Marc Coma.”

2017 Dakar Rally riderFive-time Dakar champ and now motorcycle course organiser Coma grabs a selfie

Aussie’s mixed Dakar fortunes

He says it was disappointing that Australia’s first Dakar winner, Toby Price, crashed out on stage four. 

“I see it as a simple case of paying dues for living life on the edge as many of the top guns have in the past,” he says.

“This is a perception that I also carried into combat many times and have leant on to accept a far greater sacrifice made by several friends/colleagues along the way.”

Fellow Queensland Rod Faggotter also retired from the event on stage four with technical problems in his Yamaha.

Meanwhile, after two stages were abandoned because of rain and mudslides, the two remaining Aussies are battling on.

Todd Smith (Honda) is sitting in 21st outright and Dakar Debutante Matt Hart (KTM) is in 53rd.

Dakar Rally rider Matt Hart - Toby Price Dakar rally swamped...

12:58

Yabun Movie night! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Looking for something to do after Yabun?!? Get down to Leichhardt for Yabun Movie night. Starts at 8 with animations about Dreaming Stories and then the feature film Spear starts at 9. Takes place at Memorial Park on Norton Street in Leichhardt. It’s 100% FREE!

Yabun Movie Night

12:18

Brass Shells for my Black Powder DB Shotgun. "IndyWatch Feed National"

My youngest son bought me two boxes of brass shells for my black powder 12 gauge, so I have some hand loading to do.
Bring on the Zombies 😊 





No loader required, I can load these brass shells in just the same way as I load my muzzle-loading guns. The only difference is that I also need primers for the shells. More on this when I start reloading.
Keith.
 


11:45

Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australian public hospitals 2015-16 (AIHW) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australian public hospitals 2015-16: Australian hospital statistics

* In 2015-16, 1,440 cases of hospital-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) were reported in Australian public hospitals

* The national rate of SAB in public hospitals was 0.73 cases per 10,000 days of patient care, and all states and territories had rates below the national benchmark of 2.0 cases per 10,000 days of patient care

* Between 2011-12 and 2015-16, rates of SAB decreased from 0.96 cases to 0.73 cases per 10,000 days of patient care

Download report: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australian public hospitals 2015-16: Australian hospital statistics

10:39

Hole in one? Ocean Shores’ golfer has bin there, done that "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bill Nichols at the bin where he scored his 'hole-in-one'.

Bill Nichols at the bin where he scored his ‘hole-in-one’.

Some might call it a garbage shot, but Bill Nichols impressed his playing partners recently at the Ocean Shores Country Club with a tee shot that went straight in the hole.

Mr Nichols was playing his usual Monday round of skins with three mates when they got to the tenth hole.

His three partners had their shots and they were ‘fairly successful’, according to Mr Nichol’s mate Michael Krilich.

Then Mr Nichols stepped up and slammed his drive.

But instead of going straight down the fairway, the ball hooked to the left and travelled 48 metres … straight into a garbage bin.

After fishing his ball out and copping a penalty, Mr Nichols went on to par the hole, winning the skin in the process.

But the story doesn’t end there, according to his mates.

The very next Saturday another member, Steve Bravington, performed an identical feat … a hole-in-one into the same bin with his tee shot.

 

 

 

 

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10:26

Australia Day Lamb Ads: Vastly Improved, But A Pig In Lipstick Is Still A Pig "IndyWatch Feed National"

Perpetual killjoy Chris Graham is not amused. Here he explains why you shouldn’t be either.

At the outset, I’ll concede that Meat and Livestock Australia has come a long way from the days of Sam Kekovich staring into a camera and lecturing a nation about how to be an ‘ocker’.

The latest Australia Day Lamb ad, released yesterday, has 10 times the production values, and much better gags. But it was coming off a very low base.

In my kinder moments, I think there’s a lot to like about the ad. But only when I think about it purely as a piece of marketing and comedy, and ignore what the issue is really all about.

As a piece of advertising and marketing, it’s clever and well produced. But as a comment on Australian society and values…. well, no matter how much lipstick you put on a pig, it’s still a pig.

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In a nutshell, the most exceptional thing about the MLA ad is its determination to avoid the elephant in the room. All it really is is an aspirational statement about what our national values should be. Blokey BBQs, everyone being made to feel welcome, emb...

10:04

Popular stores lined up for Lismore Masters site "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Masters signs will soon be coming down and a range of new shops are expected to be opened by April.

The Masters signs will soon be coming down and a range of new shops are expected to be opened by April.

More than 100 jobs are expected to be created with the transformation of the former Masters store in South Lismore.

The site has been purchased by Home Consortium, a joint venture of the Sydney-based Aurrum Group, Spotlight and Chemist Warehouse.

Stores which have been revealed as expected tenants include JB Hi-Fi, Forty Winks, Spotlight, National Tiles, Repco, Pet Stock, a cafe and BCF, which specialises in boating, camping and fishing.

A development application was lodged with the Lismore City Council just prior to Christmas and is now on display.

As part of the development, the single-tenant store will be converted into a multi-tenancy centre, incorporating eight distinct stores and the cafe.

The open-air garden centre at the north end of the existing building will be enclosed and all signage updated.

Submissions to the council regarding the development application close on February 1.

The $2.5 million building is expected to open in April, providing 100 jobs across the complex.

 

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10:00

Humanity In Crisis, Part 3: The Food Controllers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Careful, don’t touch the food! by Dee McLachlan Many years ago I mentored a young couple making a film about child soldiers in Uganda. In one sequence they filmed a huge warehouse stacked high with sacks of US corn. At the time there were literally mountains of this subsidized GM (genetically modified) corn. The young […]

09:59

Victims of Falls Festival crush come forward "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lorne Falls Festival stampede victim 'Maddy' said she still doesn't have white in her eyes 'it's just blood' after she was trampled on. Photo: Triple J Hack

Lorne Falls Festival stampede victim ‘Maddy’ said she still doesn’t have white in her eyes ‘it’s just blood’ after she was trampled on. Photo: Triple J Hack

The law firm leading a class action law suit against Falls Festival organisers over the Lorne crowd stampede on December 30 claims many victims have responded to the call.

Maddens Lawyers from Warrnambool last week urged people affected by the incident to be part of the class action, and some victims came forward with graphic photos of their injuries caused by the crush.

The stampede happened as people moved between two stage areas where headline acts were playing or had finished.

At the recent Byron Falls festival held at Yelgun, organisers had improved the access to its main amphitheatre stage by making it one-way to avoid crushes at peak times.

Class action principal Brendan Pendergast said at least 40 people, many from south-western Victoria, had come forward and thus the law firm was likely to pursue the class action.

Mr Pendergast told the ABC that those who had been in contact had suffered broken bones or suffered psychological trauma.

In response, the festival’s organisers said they were still trying to contact everyone involved in the stampede.

Around 80 people were caught up in the crush and 19 people hospitalised as a result.

Mr Pendergast said it appeared from initial reports that the crush could have been avoided if the site was designed better.

WorkSafe Victoria is conducting an investigation into the incident that will look specifically at whether the festival broke rules and regulations around site design and safety procedures.

That probe is expected to be completed in around six months.

Co-producer of the festival, Jessica Ducrou, said after the incident that a ‘confluence of events’ led to the crush, and that patron safety was of paramount importance to organisers.

 

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09:25

Scientists to focus on the stars at Byron festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (AAP)

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (AAP)

A ‘supergroup’ of Australia’s leading scientists will be bringing their expertise to Byron Bay at a two-day festival being planned for June.

The festival will explore science, space, astrophysics and astrophotography, with speakers included television personality Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Dr Alan Duffy of Swinburne, who will be hosting a VIP dinner and keynote presentation at the Elements of Byron Resort.

‘We humans will become a space going race. We have to for our survival,’ Dr Kruszelnicki said. ‘But more than that, astronomy has given us clocks, calendars, GPS navigation and poetry.’

The festival, which will be called Star Stuff, is being organised by Celestron, Bintel and DNA Digital.

Other speakers include astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack, a highly regarded scientist and presenter known for her work on dark matter and global science outreach from her adopted city of Melbourne.

Mark Gee (NZ), 2013 astrophotographer of the year, will also be taking the stage to share his aspirational story of success travelling the world and sharing his remarkable photos of the Sun, Moon and Milky Way.

Dr Duane Hamacher (Monash) is also on the bill to present an overview of his work decoding the ancient secrets of Australian aboriginal astronomy including such work with local indigenous groups.

Dr David Malin, whose name is literally synonymous with the highest echelon of scientific and photographic excellence (The Malin Awards) will bring his perspective on advancements in digital photography since he pioneered colour space photography in his early career.

Also on the line up is Dr Fred Watson, also known for his work at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO), engaging presentation style and continuous work as a dark sky advocate. Watson was instrumental in the recent declaration of Australia’s first Dark Sky Park in Warrumbungle National Park – the first in the Southern Hemisphere.

Byron Bay astronomer Dylan O’Donnell will share his work as will Gilmour Space Technology’s Jamie Anderson whose work in rocket propulsion on the Gold Coast hopes to kickstart Australia’s private space travel industry.

Australia’s largest telescope and astronomer vendor Bintel will also be on site demonstrating consumer astrono...

09:10

23Years Old Young Woman Arrested For Attempting To Smuggle Cocaine To Prisoner (Pics) "IndyWatch Feed National"

A 23-year-old self-employed woman dealing in used ladies shoes from Berekum in the Berekum Municipality of the Brong Ahafo Region, Sakina Mustapha, is in the grips of the Police for attempting to smuggle a substance suspected to be cocaine to an inmate at the Sunyani Prisons.

According to the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Prisons, ASP. Johann Nii Narh Nartey, the suspect believed to be a member of a notorious drug syndicate terrorizing residents in the area, was arrested on Monday at the Sunyani Central Prison with the substance.

He explained that Sakina was apprehended at the Sunyani Prison Barracks after she paid a visit to a prisoner in custody, Taufik Mohammed, who is serving a ten (10) year jail term with hard labour for narcotic drug offences.

He added that the initial demeanour of both convict and visitor appeared normal at the initial stages of the visit, but the interaction aroused suspicion at the latter stage and so both of them were put under strict surveillance.

ASP Nartey continued that, Sakina was later seen hanging around at the barracks in anxiety after the visit, and was subsequently invited into the prison where a search was conducted on her, and Ninety nine (99) pieces of substances suspected to be cocaine wrapped in cigarette foil were found in her purse.

The Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Supt. Sampson Bandin, confirmed the arrest and stated that his outfit has commenced investigation into the matter, and the suspect will be put before court soon.

09:08

Acknowledgement "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indeed, the ‘janitorial ring’ of ‘traditional custodians of the land’ of which Flournoy complains in her article is part of the symbolic problem she later raises: the practice has become routine, rehearsed. I would say the practice has become strategically corrupted: pithy Acknowledgements, heartfelt and perfunctory alike, are equally capable of trying to dislodge Indigenous belonging when they suggest Indigenous relationship to land is ‘traditional’, managerial and ‘custodial’, or position our claim to sovereignty as ‘past-based’, ‘non-possessive’ and merely reparative.

08:38

Kevin Hunt’s Jazz Piano Classes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Open Academy’s Summer term starts in February at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The program offers many short courses designed to give adults the skills and knowledge to pursue their musical interests, curiosity or to find a creative outlet for their talents in a collaborative group learning environment catering for beginners right through to experienced musicians.

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The Jazz Piano Basics course starts Monday 6 February with Kevin Hunt, a piano player who grew up with music in the house. Taught to rock- blues by his older brothers at home, and boogie-woogie by his father, he realised he needed to learn jazz piano after hearing Oscar Peterson on a vinyl record. A regular on the Sydney jazz scene, Kevin Hunt’s first jazz teachers were Chuck Yates, John Speight and David Levy. In 1981 he studied jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Don Burrows, Judy Bailey, Paul MacNamara, Roger Frampton, George Golla, Miroslav Bukovsky and Dick Montz. Since the mid 1980s, Kevin has led his own jazz ensembles, specializing in performances of his own compositions as well as classical composers JS Bach, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Leonard Bernstein. With Lawrie Thompson on drums and Gary Holgate on bass, Kevin led the successful JS Bach Trio, winning ABC FM’s Listeners Choice Award in 1998 for their recording Kevin Hunt Plays JS Bach.

Kevin’s composition and performance experience was enriched by regular work with the Kinetic Energy Theatre Company, and as a mature-age student, Kevin studied composition at the Sydney Conservatorium with Martin Wesley Smith, Greg Schirmer, Gillian Whitehead, and Trevor Pearce. In 1993 he also studied with Josef Zawinul in Vienna. He completed a Master of Music in Jazz Performance in 2004 under the supervision of Bill Motzing and Phil Slater with piano tuition from Stephanie McCallum. Currently, he performs with the Kevin Hunt Trio, Simon Tedeschi, Emma Pask and Marie Wilson.

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08:23

A TALE OF TWO REPORTS! "IndyWatch Feed National"


Starting with the bold exclamation quoted in the title of this post, Number 88 at Biased BBC has spotted an absolutely astonishing pair of contrasting reports about a special away-day session at the University of Oxford held by Parliament's Education Select Committee. 

He has in mind the respective accounts from the BBC and the Daily Telegraph, and I'd urge you to read both of them back-to-back.

Number 88 is not wrong when he writes:
MSM reporting of the proceedings is diametrically opposed and the differences in the account of the evidence given by this man, Professor Alistair Buchan, who is in charge of Oxford’s Brexit strategy, is quite startling. Were the reporters at the same meeting?


...Professor Buchan presents a positive take on Brexit to MPs, saying the Brexit will bring the best and the brightest to the UK and that the EU held back such people from the likes of Canada, Australia and the U.S. It might help to revive English-speaking medicine. 

According to the Telegraph's Harry Yorke, the academics at the session looked to a global view post-Brexit, though towards the end of the article he reports that the Oxford academics said that a 'hard Brexit' that ends freedom of movement could be damaging to the UK's role in the educational world.

In contrast, the BBC's version is wholly negative about Brexit...

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08:16

Aust panned in global human rights report "IndyWatch Feed National"

The cover of the report shows men carrying babies making their way through the rubble of destroyed buildings after an airstrike in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo in September 2016. © 2016 Ameer Alhalbi/Agence France Presse/Getty Images

The cover of the report shows men carrying babies making their way through the rubble of destroyed buildings after an airstrike in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo in September 2016. © 2016 Ameer Alhalbi/Agence France Presse/Getty Images

Peter Mitchell

LOS ANGELES [AAP]

Australia’s reputation has been damaged by serious human rights issues including its ‘draconian’ asylum seeker policy, overly broad counterterrorism laws, failure to protect children in detention and limits to the rights of people with disabilities, according to a new global report released by Human Rights Watch.

The report also notes Indigenous adults are 13 times more likely to be imprisoned in Australia than non-indigenous counterparts and the nation still does not recognise the right of same-sex couples to marry.

Human Rights Watch reviewed more than 90 countries in its 687-page report and Australia’s asylum seeker policy drew most criticism for the nation.

‘Refugees and asylum seekers languish in limbo after years of detention, and new laws will subject children to easy-to-abuse control orders,’ Elaine Pearson, Australia director at Human Rights Watch, said.

‘If Australia wants to be a global human rights leader, then it should take immediate steps to end these unlawful policies.’

Human Rights Watch recommends Australia take responsibility for the refugees it placed in Papua New Guinea and Nauru and end the system of offshore asylum processing and detention.

The organisation also criticised Australia for a double-standard on human rights.

‘Australia raises human rights concerns in other countries, but does so very selectively,’ the report states.

‘It seldom raises human rights concerns publicly about countries it works closely with in interdicting asylum seekers and refugees or with which it has significant trade relations...

08:12

PNG blasted for police brutality "IndyWatch Feed National"

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PNG police assault a man. Still from a video uploaded by emtv.com.pg

Lisa Martin

Canberra [AAP]

Papua New Guinea has been lashed over police brutality in the Human Rights Watch annual world report.

In June last year, police opened fire on protesting university students in the capital Port Moresby, wounding 23 people.

The students had been attempting to march to the national parliament to call for a no-confidence motion in Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who is facing corruption allegations.

The report said police abuse continues in PNG with little accountability, even in cases involving fatalities.

Between 2007 and 2014, there had been 1600 complaints but it’s unclear if any cases had resulted in criminal convictions against police officers.

The report was also critical of the PNG government’s efforts to crack down on violence against women and children, and the dire lack of services for survivors.

PNG is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be female, with the majority experiencing rape or assault during their lifetimes.

The report noted instances of mob violence against individuals accused of sorcery and witchcraft.

In one case, a family of four was killed and in a separate incident, a woman’s hand was chopped off.

The Manus Island immigration detention centre also raised the ire of Human Rights Watch.

The centre has been slated for closure but no time frame has been set so far.

‘Closing the centre on Manus once and for all, and promptly resettling the refugees to Australia or suitable third countries needs to be a top priority for Australia and Papua New Guinea,’ spokeswoman Elaine Pearson said.

She said the refugees and asylum seekers had suffered enough and deserved an opportunity to live in safety and dignity.....

08:11

Peacocks chicks recovered by police after Lismore theft "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two peacock chicks have been returned to Kadina High School after being stolen earlier this week. (supplied)

Two peacock chicks have been returned to Kadina High School after being stolen earlier this week. (supplied)

Two peacocks stolen from Kadina High School in Lismore have been recovered but about 20 fish are still missing.

The animals were stolen between Monday night and Tuesday morning when the school was broken into.

After pursuing several lines of inquiry, a local juvenile was spoken to by police and as a result the peacocks were recovered.

Police said they were healthy and in good condition.

Anyone with information about the missing fish or who may have been involved are urged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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08:09

US names Indon network as terrorist group "IndyWatch Feed National"

Indonesian anti-terror police patrol the streets in Jakarta on Christmas Day 2016. Photo EPA/Adi Weda

Indonesian anti-terror police patrol the streets in Jakarta on Christmas Day 2016. Photo EPA/Adi Weda

JAKARTA [AP]

The US has designated an Indonesian radical network behind an attack in Jakarta as a terrorist group and announced sanctions on four militants in an effort to disrupt Islamic State operations and recruitment in Australia and Southeast Asia.

The announcements by the Department of State and Treasury Department come after police in Australia and Indonesia foiled IS-inspired attacks planned for the holiday season in those countries.

The State Department said it has designated the IS-affiliated Jamaah Ansharut Daulah as a terrorist group, which in practice prohibits US citizens being involved with it and enables the freezing of any property in the US.

JAD militants are believed responsible for a January 2016 attack in Jakarta that killed eight people including the attackers.

Treasury announced sanctions against two Australians, both previously believed killed in the Middle East, and two Indonesians, one of whom is in prison in Indonesia.

The statements did not say whether the four had any assets within US jurisdiction. However, the steps show continued US commitment to anti-terror efforts in Australia and Indonesia.

The US and Australia were instrumental in upgrading Indonesia’s counter-terrorism capabilities following the 2002 bombings on the tourist island of Bali that killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.

The sanctioned Australians are Neil Christopher Prakash, also known as Khaled Al-Cambodi, who was the senior Australian recruiter for IS, and Khaled Sharrouf, an IS fighter in Syria and Iraq since 2014 who carried out executions for IS.

The Indonesians are Bahrum Syah, who sent funds to militants in Indonesia from Syria, and his mentor Aman Abdurrahman, who from prison has recruited militants to the IS cause, authorised attacks and was IS’s main translato...

07:56

Hottest NSW town to reach 47C "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the inhabitants better suited to the heat, a frill-necked lizard at White Cliffs, NSW. Photo Gordon Chirgwin flickr.com/photos/68296492@N05

One of the inhabitants better suited to the heat, a frill-necked lizard at White Cliffs, NSW. Photo Gordon Chirgwin flickr.com/photos/68296492@N05

Sydney [AAP]

Temperatures up to 47C are forecast in northwest NSW and many parts of the state will swelter with the mercury predicted to rise above 40C on Friday.

The tiny outback town of White Cliffs is likely to be the hottest place in the state at an expected 47C, while Bourke is due for a scorching 46C, Dubbo 43C and western Sydney 42C.

The record for consecutive days above 40C could be broken at Bourke, which in 1892 was set at 22 days.

Meanwhile, it will be much cooler in Sydney city with a forecast maximum of 33C and conditions should ease for the southern half of the state during the weekend, a Bureau of Meteorology forecaster told AAP.

But the heat is set to come back early next week with many areas likely to again experience temperatures in the low to mid 40s.

‘It’s not over yet,’ the BOM forecaster warned.

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07:53

Japanese PM to visit Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe reviews the troops during a welcoming ceremony in Manila, Philippines, on Thursday. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe reviews the troops during a welcoming ceremony in Manila, Philippines, on Thursday. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

Sydney [AAP]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due to land in Sydney on Friday as he begins a busy weekend visit to Australia.

Mr Abe and his wife Akie, who are on a six day diplomatic tour which takes in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam, will be accompanied by a delegation of Japanese business leaders from banks, resources firms and education institutions.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will host a bilateral meeting on Saturday, during which it is expected they will discuss the implications of a Donald Trump US presidency on the Asia-Pacific and the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, the nuclear threat from North Korea and South China Sea tensions.

The two countries are expected to sign a revised acquisition and cross-servicing deal, under which the Australian defence force will be able to supply ammunition to the Japanese military for the first time.

Mr Abe last visited Australia in July 2014 and this trip comes after Japan lost out out to a French ship builder for the contract to construct Australia’s new fleet of submarines.

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07:50

Qld told to check for wee problem in heat "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo Lindspetrol flickr.com/photos/seemsfinehamburg

Photo Lindspetrol flickr.com/photos/seemsfinehamburg

Melissa Grant

BRISBANE [AAP]

Queenslanders are being urged to be on the lookout for a ‘wee problem’ as a heatwave continues to sweep the state’s south.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe says people should be regularly checking the colour of their urine to ensure they stay hydrated.

Mr Hinchliffe delivered the golden advice on Thursday, when the mercury soared to 35.6C in Brisbane and past 40C in many towns in the state’s southwest.

‘I don’t want to be squeamish about this but you need to monitor your own urine,’ he told reporters.

‘If you are feeling that your urine is dark, you should make sure that you increase your fluid intake – that’s the best way of making sure you keep yourself safe.’

Mr Hinchliffe said he had been briefed about the importance of urine monitoring by the state’s chief health officer.

Opposition transport spokesman Scott Emerson agreed people needed to watch their fluid intake when asked whether his counterpart, Mr Hinchliffe, had delivered a bladder blunder.

‘People should do everything to make sure they do get enough fluids, [that] they stay out of the heat,’ Mr Emerson said.

Paramedics responded to 18 heat-related incidents across the state’s southeast on Thursday, including 11 where people were hospitalised.

The temperature hit 35.6C in Brisbane just after 1.30pm, six degrees above the average daily maximum for this time of year.

Ipswich sweltered with a top of 37.2C, while the mercury topped 40C in many towns in the state’s southwest.

The hottest town was Ballera where the temperature reached 45.4C.

BoM meteorologist Andrew Bufalino said residents across the state’s sout...

07:15

Teenager charged after sniffer-dog drug search in Tweed mall "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 17-year-old teenager will appear in court today over alleged drug supply offences after a sniffer-dog operation in a Tweed Heads shopping mall yesterday.

Police say the teenager was stopped during the sniffer dog operation in the Wharf Street mall and searched around 1.30pm today on Thursday 12 January 2017).

Police will allege the search resulted in the seizure of 49 MDMA tablets, almost 200 grams of cannabis being and $4,000 in cash. All items were seized for forensic examination.

The teenager was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug, three counts of possessing a prohibited drug and dealing with proceeds of crime.

He was refused bail and will appear at a local court today (Friday 13 January).

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05:57

Missing 6yo girl & her father sail into Australia after month at sea "IndyWatch Feed National"

A man and his six-year-old daughter have sailed into a coastal town in New South Wales Australia - a month after an international search began to locate the pair, who were reported missing in New Zealand. Alan Langdon, currently involved in a custody dispute with the mother of his daughter, Que, said he didn't expect the "mass hysteria" over their disappearance. He set sail with the child on his 6.4-meter (21ft) catamaran from Kawhia Harbour on New Zealand's North Island on December 17. Que's mother reportedly hired a child-recovery service in an attempt to locate the pair. This was said to be the second time she hired the professionals to locate the duo.

05:28

The Two Hampstead Children and Their Pending Abductions… "IndyWatch Feed National"

So what’s next for the two Uk children of Hampstead? Somethings tells me they just might be abducted so that Hoaxtead’s shills can be blamed- as if Sabine or Angela Power-Disney or any of the other idiots thay speak about are ANY kind of leaders for survivors. Why do I say this? Because the comments on Hoaxtead are ALREADY LEADING UP TO THIS…

05:17

What awaits Syria at the Astana peace talks? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Russian-Iranian-Turkish Tripartite is preparing to mediate a new round of intra-Syrian talks in Astana sometime soon, and President Assad just announced that he is ready to negotiate on "everything" provided that the process follows the legal mechanisms laid out in the Syrian Constitution. Australian professor and prominent Syrian activist Tim Anderson is correct when he wrote in his latest article for the Centre for Research on Globalization that "wars are always concluded with political settlements", and that's certainly going to be the case with the War of Terror on Syria. The game-changing Tripartite partnership between Russia, Iran, and Turkey - originally forecasted by the author over six months ago in a series of articles listed at this link - is taking the lead in resolving this conflict by organizing the upcoming intra-Syrian talks in Astana, which importantly exclude the participation of the US. President Assad told French media in an exclusive interview that he's willing to negotiate on "everything", but that the process must be in line with the legal mandates set out in the Syrian Constitution. If any sort of compromise is reached which leads to an outcome separate from that which is allowed under existing Syrian law, then the constitution must be changed in order to accommodate this, and the Syrian people must formally agree to any amendments by means of a referendum. This is an important checks-and-balance system which ensures that the results of the peace process will be democratic and represent the will of the Syrian people.

02:30

Australia Day Lamb Video has jumped the shark. "IndyWatch Feed National"

For the first time in 10 years I'm not running the lamb video. It's just boring. If you want to see it in all its forced cliche try-hardness you'll find it here. Interesting that comments are disabled. Meanwhile Henry Winkler nails it.

01:01

Serious dog attacks jump 85% in a year for Wollongong, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The number of dog attacks in Wollongong has continued to drop in recent years, but according to the latest figures, serious attacks on people - where injuries needed medical treatment or hospitalisation - have gone up 85 per cent in one year. Despite a small drop in the total number of attacks - from 229 to 225 attacks - only two council areas in NSW had more dog attacks than Wollongong. Additionally, the latest statistics from the NSW Office of Local Government show more than 150 residents in the area were injured by dogs in the year to March 2016. Fifty-two of these injuries were classed as serious, compared to only 28 classed as serious in the previous year. Only Newcastle and Gosford council recorded more attacks overall, meaning Wollongong jumped to third worst in the state after being ranked fourth in previous years.

01:00

Ten things you need to know about TiSA "IndyWatch Feed National"

While global attention has been focused on other trade deals, such as the failed TPP, governments and corporations have been working hard to push through the Trade in Services Agreement†(TiSA).

Negotiations have been shrouded in secrecy but leaked documents show that global services corporations and some governments are using the deal to push a deregulation and privatisation agenda.

A deal could be reached as soon as early 2017. Here’s what you need to know.

1. It's massive, but excludes most low income countries

All 28 EU member states, as well as the United States, Australia and 20 other mostly high income countries* are involved in TiSA negotiations, meaning the deal will cover around 70 per cent of global trade in services.

Emerging economies like Brazil, India, China, Russia, and over 100 developing country WTO members are not included in making the rules, but would be pressured to join later.

2. Negotiations are secret

TiSA negotiations are held behind closed doors, with very little public consultation and no public access to negotiating texts. But ‘corporate advisors’ representing global services companies have access to negotiators to push their deregulation and privatisation agendas.

3. Almost all services will be affected

TiSA could set rules affecting almost all service provision including education, healthcare, transport, water, telecommunications, postal services, aged care, child care, energy, retail and banking services. These are services which many of us use each day. It’s claimed that “public services†are not included in the negotiations but the TiSA definition of what constitutes a public service is very ambiguous.

4. De-regulation is the aim

Instead of reducing tariffs on goods, TiSA aims to reduce government regulation on services, by freezing regulation at current levels and reducing it over time. This suits global services corporations but not peoples’ needs.

Many services require re...

00:16

Items not allowed around Trump on 20 January 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


These are items that cannot be near Donald J. Trump during what he refers to as "the show" aka the presidential inauguration. It would appear that protesters will not be welcome if they make themselves visible.

*Aerosols
*Ammunition
*Animals other than service/guide animals
*Backpacks and bags exceeding size restrictions (18" by 13" by 7")
*Bicycles
*Balloons
*Coolers
*Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
...

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23:18

Moderators who had to view child abuse content sue Microsoft, claiming PTSD "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Microsoft workers on the “online safety team” were forced to view photos and videos of “indescribable sexual assaults”, “horrible brutality”, murder and child abuse, resulting in severe post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a lawsuit.

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21:12

What Palestine Ltd tells us about disaster capitalism in Palestine/Israel "IndyWatch Feed National"

My following review appears in the US publication Mondoweiss:

Palestine Ltd: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory (I.B. Taurus), by Toufic Haddad

The Israeli media barely covers Palestine. Although many local, corporate outlets have “Arab affairs” correspondents, a faintly colonial position that reeks of paternalism, 99.9 percent of Jewish journalists live in Israel proper (or the occupied, Palestinian territories) and barely spend any serious time in Palestine (except when serving in the IDF). The lack of Palestinian perspectives is striking considering the geographic closeness of the two peoples.

With notable exceptions such as Haaretz journalists Amira Hass and Gideon Levy who live in the West Bank or constantly visit it, as well as 972 Magazine, the inevitable outcome is that most Israelis view Palestinians through a security framework. The media reinforces this inherent bias. Palestinians are seen as a foreign threat to be feared or loathed, unless proven otherwise. It’s therefore unsurprising that contact between Israeli Jews and Palestinians is increasingly rare unless occurring at a military checkpoint or Israeli-run, industrial park in the West Bank.

These issues go beyond the Israeli press. I’ve long believed that the more international journalists who live in a city or country the worse the reporting will be. This may be a strange conclusion and counter-factual. Surely the more eyes and ears in one place will improve coverage? In fact, the opposite happens because a herd mentality quickly develops and few journalists, despite convincing themselves otherwise, want to stand out. Think of London, Washington, Canberra and Jerusalem and the lack of distinctive voices emanating from these locations. Too many reporters live and breathe the same air, speak to the same sources, dine in the same places and socialise with the same people. I’m not immune, being a journalist myself, but I’ve spent my professional life rejecting the comforting embrace of stenography reporti...

20:40

Nigel Kennedy at the Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Nigel Kennedy, the world’s most famous classical, jazz and rock violinist will perform Vivaldi: The New Four Seasons + Dedications in Australia this summer at the Sydney Opera House.

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For over twenty-five years, Nigel Kennedy has been acknowledged as one of the world’s leading violin virtuosos and is, without doubt, one of the most important violinists Britain has ever produced. His virtuoso technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire. He is the best selling classical violinist of all time. During his career, Nigel Kennedy has undertaken countless international tours, performing with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors throughout Europe, North America, Central and South America, South East Asia and Australia.

Kennedy, who has performed in Australia many times and visited privately, says, “I love Australia, the weather, the people, the media and most importantly the audiences. The Australian audiences are most generous. Having over 30 relatives living in different parts of ‘down under’ works so wonderfully when I come back and I get to catch up with many friends. I am looking forward to this visit with great excitement.” In Dedications, the sequence of his own compositions that will make up half of the performance, Kennedy will pay tribute to four musical heroes: Jaroslaw Smietana, Stephane Grappelli, Isaac Stern and Mark O’Connor. Nigel will be accompanied by a 14-strong on stage ensem...

19:54

Diary of Death: 13 Jan – 20 Jan 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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FRIDAY 13th JANUARY

– Long String Instrument (US): Ellen Fullman with Theresa Wong, Chris Abrahams Sydney Town Hall Y
– Zeahorse – Rad, Wollongong
– Even, The On & Ons, The Soul Movers – Newtown Social Club
– Szun Waves (UK/AUS) – St Stephen’s Uniting Church
– Lake Street Dive (US)  – S0ld out – Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
– Jack Shit –  10 til 11.30PM – Western Boardwalk, Sydney Opera House – FREE
– The Pinheads – Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle

 

SATURDAY 14th JANUARY

– Roller Jam: Djs Stephen Allkins, Misbehaviour (US) – 2 til 6PM. Also next three Saturdays –  Roller skating / DJs – Hyde Park Fountain – FREE
– The Brutal Poodles – 4 til 7PM – The Bearded Tit  – FREE
– World’s Longest Double Bass Solo Attempt: Clayton Thomas – MONA – Benefit for the Now Now Festival
– Moses Sumney (US)  – Presented by FBi. Sold out  – St Stephen’s Uniting Church
– Long String Instrument (US): Ellen Fullman with Theresa Wong, Okkyung Lee (KOR) – Sydney Town Hall
– Gooch Palms – Oxford Art Factory
– Michael Avgenicos, Zela Margossian – Sound Lounge
Donny Benet, You Beauty  – 12″ launch – Newtown Social Club
–...

19:26

No Planes Over Antarctica and Admiral.Byrd Mason Working for Rockefeller "IndyWatch Feed National"


22. Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2/2)

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

This page contains the second half of the post that was started in Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1/2), and it is thus strongly recommended that you read Part 1 before continuing here.

We ended Part 1 by discussing the circumnavigation of albatross, and we’re going to continue on the theme of air travel by taking a look at airline flights in the Southern hemisphere.

Air Travel in the Southern Hemisphere

South America to Australia


Do you want to join me on a flight from Santiago, Chile to Sydney, Australia?



There’s just one catch, our journey will have to go via North America…





Why is that then?

… Surely it should be quicker to fly straight there, over the Antarctic region…



Well, the reason why we have to fly via North America is because all flights between Sydney and Santiago go via North America, as you can see below…


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https://thenarrowgateweb.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/22-another-brick-in-the-wall-part-22/

18:34

Everything’s amazing but…is Byron Bay too much of a good thing? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Along with thousands of other residents and holiday makers, I went to the beach in Byron Bay  on a heaven on a stick summer’s day in early January.  As we’ve done for the past 8 years most summer Sundays, we take our daughters to ‘Nippers’,  run by Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club. For the uninitiated, it’s beach and water safety education for kids. It’s an inspired way to begin Sunday: wake up with a swim, watch your kids build confidence and have fun in the ocean. If you’re civic minded, you can help out with the sausage sizzle, in the canteen or sport an orange rashie on water safety duty. (This is my personal fave,  as it comes with the benefit of being able to commandeer a rescue ski and watch proceedings from waterside with an air of assumed authority).

I don’t like Byron Bay’s traffic much though.  The town has diabolic traffic issues. Byron Shire Council introduced paid parking in Byron Bay’s CBD streets in January 2015   It’s  an expense that we’re grudgingly getting used to. Despite contributing through work, volunteerism and play to Byron Shire’s economy several days a week, as residents of a neighbouring council we don’t qualify for a resident’s parking permit.  I understand the rationale for its introduction; The town is the epicentre of the region’s tourism economy, but has a small rate payer base  (about 32,000across the entire shire) compared to about 1 million annual visitors.  Council needs ways to raise revenue and discourage people from driving their cars to Byron Bay and hogging the free parking.  No doubt it’s been a very effective and immediate way to raise revenue, but clearly its done nothing to curb traffic.

I don’t really mind the obligation to pay for parking.  But if there’s a policy of replacing cars with alternative, accessibleand regular means to mobility like shuttles buses and bike hire, its not in evidence. The combined fear of copping a fine for overstaying, the black comedy of gridlock in a country town, and the palpable sense of self-interest among road-users jostling for a prime spot to park their car and maximise the beach time they’re entitled to by virtue of payment leaves a sour taste.

Byron Bay’s honeypot gets stickier and stickier each year. Blessed with stunning natural beauty (botanic, marine and human) and a gravitas that draws families, honeymooners, international travellers, surfers, artists, musicians, gurus and real estate agents in droves, its evergreen reputation seems to know no bounds.

Lonely Planet describes  it as “one g...

18:26

Spectacular rare 'morning glory' roll cloud photographed over Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

ONE of the world's most spectacular cloud formations has amazed hundreds of passengers on an Australian jet. Virgin Australia tweeted an image of almost perfectly straight, serried rows of white clouds laid out below a plane flying across the Great Australian Bight. "Flying above the clouds has never looked this good!" read the tweet. "These incredible cloud formations were seen on board VA714 from Perth to Adelaide. The mysterious white fluffy rows are examples of wave clouds, the most famous of which — the Morning Glory — is found only in Northern Australia. While these invisible waves in the sky occur elsewhere, it's the cloud accompanying it which is so rare. Their distinctive fat sausage shape is due to water vapour rising to form the cloud then evaporating back again to the ground. "Wave clouds can form anywhere on the continent but they are only called the Morning Glory when they form across the Gulf of Carpentaria, Neil Bennett, a Western Australian spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology told news.com.au.

18:07

How many federal electorates have you visited? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When I travel outside my home state I like to pay attention to which federal electorates I'm in at the time.  A few months back I thought it might be fun to try to work out how many federal divisions I had actually visited.  Because I live in Tasmania and do not drive, my score is not as high as it might otherwise be - indeed for a nine-year period covering most of the 1990s I didn't leave Tasmania at all.


For this task I set a couple of ground rules.

Firstly I imposed an age limit - anywhere I went before I turned fifteen doesn't count.  15 is the age from which my travel decisions were generally independent.  Before age ten I travelled around Brisbane and up and down the eastern seaboard with my family a lot, which would add many electorates to this list, but there's no hope of me remembering everywhere I went.  

Secondly, I exclude any electorate I was just passing through (or over) for travel purposes between points outside that electorate and without staying overnight in the process.  Last year I spent three hours in Moscow airport because flying from Baku to Dubai via Moscow was much cheaper than flying there direct and didn't get me home any later, but that doesn't really count as having "been to Russia".  

Applying this second standard gets slipperier than a minister's travel entitlements but the rule I've applied here is to count any marginal cases.  Some people might deliberately drive from A to C through B with the partial aim of enjoying the scenery in B along the drive, and in that case B could be counted.  In my case the view is never much of my reason for going a certain way, so I don't count those examples. (In total there are at least 21 electorates I have passed through for purely travel purposes, which I didn't count.)

On this basis, I count 57 electorates I have visited since age 15.  (If I think of any I have missed I will edit them in):

ACT (2/2): Canberra, Fenner

NSW (19/47): Bennelong, Berowra, Calare, Cook, Grayndler, Hughes, Hume, Kingsford-Smith, Macquarie, Mitchell, New England, North Sydney,  Richmond, Riverina, Page, Sydney, Warringah, Wentworth, Whitlam

NT (0/2): (I will go there someday!)

Qld (7/30): Brisbane, Fairfax, Fisher, Griffith, Kennedy, Leichhardt, McPherson

SA (3/11): Adelaide, Mayo, Sturt

TA...

17:33

How To Change The World, One Person At A Time "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article is original copyrighted material belonging to Global Freedom Movement. It may be re-posted in full with proper (clickable) attribution, with all hyperlinks, author bio, and this copyright statement intact.

how to change the world global freedom movement aimee devlin

Find someone passionate about a recent conscious change they’ve made in their life, and I guarantee you they feel great about creating massive change in the world. They also might want to tell you all about it.

Granted, you may not be interested and your first instinct might be to fake an important appointment you must attend immediately, but this is likely because they’ll also swear that the change they’ve made is the most important thing YOU can do to make everything better in your life too.

I’m sure you’ve come across this situation more than once.

Whether it’s the newly-turned vegan, the plastic-slaying environmentalist, or the Ayahuasca-drinking shamanesse – they have one thing in common. They’re right.

Making a change in our own life is the only way we can change the world. Lead by example. The ripple effect. The butterfly effect. It’s been said so many times in so many ways it’s now a vomit-worthy cliché, but it’s true. No matter how defiantly you ignore that fact, it remains there to haunt you. Worse still, you ignore it, and you commit the sin of wilful ignorance. Which is certainly a behaviour the world does not need more of.

What’s right about these above examples is not that you need become a plastic-slaying, Ayahuasca-drinking vegan; but that you (and the world) will benefit greatly from you making conscious decisions daily. That is, if you start thinking about and feeling into wh...

17:03

National Welfare Rights Network changes its name "IndyWatch Feed National"

12th January 2017

The National Welfare Rights Network has changed its name to the National Social Security Rights Network.  We will update the website as s

16:18

Australian material in Project Blue Book files "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

Readers will have noticed that I have been busy going through digitised issues of the Flying Saucer Review; NICAP's the UFO Investigator; the MUFON Journal, and the APRO Bulletin, in order to document Australian material in these overseas periodicals. Having Excel spreadsheet indexes of this material, makes it so much easier, when I am answering email from people, asking me about Australian sightings.

My latest small project was examining online resources, which contain files relating to the former USAF Project Blue Book, and checking these for Australian material. In all, I found 20 Australian sightings in these Blue Book files.


The best reference source I found, was Fold3. However, simply typing in such keywords as 'Australia;' Tasmania (as many Americans refer to Tasmania as if it were a separate country to Australia, whereas it is one Australian state); New Guinea etc., may not have revealed the full extent of Australian material. There may be additional sightings listed in other ways. I also found that you need to look at each page listed, as, for example, there were three reports for Melbourne, Victoria, dated 1 January, 14 January and 15 January 1954, all contained in the file dated 1 January 1954, Melbourne.  In addition, I found pages about non Australian sightings, attached as part of an Australian sighting file.

All in all, I found a total of 104 pages for the 20 sightings. Many of these sightings had Project Blue Book evaluations, e.g. Condamine, Queensland, dated 2 February 1951 was said to be a meteor; while the 20 August 1963 Turner River Station, Western Australia was listed as a satellite observation.

One example will illustrate the path these sightings took. On 12 June 1961 there was an observation by two residents of the Azerita Plantation, Papua New Guinea, at 0400hrs local time. Over a fifteen minute period the observers saw a shiny object w...

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Japandroids compare Sydney’s recent challenges to Vancouver, and share new album details "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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  • Japandroids :: Interview on Arvos with Darren Lesaguis (14.12.16)

 

Three years since their last record, Japandroids returned in 2016 with new music, the promise of a new album and a string of Australian shows. The punk rock duo, Dave Prowse and Brian King, had a chat with Darren Lesaguis on Arvos at the end of the tour in December.

Returning to our shores for Meredith and Fairgrounds festivals, Japandroids snuck in a few headline gigs at some surprisingly intimate venues while they were here. Sydney was the final stop, with a sweaty, sold-out show at Marrickville’s Red Rattler – a venue that made a strong impression on the duo.

“It reminded me of some of the spaces we’d play at in Vancouver when we first started out. A lot of those spaces are gone now, but that DIY kind of ‘collective’ thing is a big thing in Vancouver.

“I know Sydney’s been having some issues recently with venues getting shut down and new laws surrounding bars and stuff like that. Vancouver went through that too, we had lots of venues close over the years. But it was really cool to be in a space like that [at Red Rattler] and see it still thriving, despite all the current challenges that this city seems to be facing.”

Comparing the cultural challenges that Sydney faces at the moment to recent developments in their hometown, they shared their thoughts on how Vancouver has managed to pull through.

“Some of it’s just resilience. Some of it is just the fact that there are people who love music. And they’re going to make it work however they make it work. One venue will close down and somebody will open a new one…

“[In Vancouver] there’s a big problem where there’ll be condos coming in next to a club, and then all of a sudden the people who just bought a condo don’t like the loud music. They were clamping down on that for a while, but the...

15:35

How The Other Half Lives: Welfare Torts Vs Travel Rorts "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Turnbull government is in chaos, and we’re not even halfway through January, writes Ben Eltham.

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge finally returned from his summer holidays this week.

While he was away, the Department he oversees was melting down. Centrelink was sending out tens of thousands of threatening letters to innocent Australians, falsely accusing them of welfare fraud.

As we detailed last week, it was a fiasco entirely of the government’s own making. The “robo-debt” letters were generated despite obvious and glaring failures to match up elementary information. Centrelink and the Department knew that the robo-debt system was fatally flawed. They went ahead anyway.

So what did Minister Tudge do when returning to the smoking ruins of his portfolio? Nothing. Nothing at all.

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge, on ABC's Lateline program.Human Services Minister Alan Tudge, on ABC’s Lateline program.

Tudge finally fronted the media on Wednesday morning, talking to the ABC’s Hamish Macdonald. Macdonald asked him whether the government would scrap the robo-dobt algorithm.

“No we won’t be,” Tudge replied.

There’s an important principle here, Hamish, that we’re trying to implement and that is to ensure that there is great integrity in the welfare system because after all the welfare system constitutes a third of the budget.

We want to make sure that people get the welfare entitlements that they’re entitled to and no more and no less. Consequently we do have a robust compliance system in place and in the last six months alone, we’ve recovered over $300 million to the taxpayer through that process. So the system is working and we will continue with that system.

It’s a measure of how out of touch this government is that Tudge thinks the “system is working.” Centrelink has sent out more than 232,000 robo-debt letters since July 2016. Many of those letters, perhaps a majority, are wrong.

Centrelink itself is in melt-down; staff are taking industrial action; there are massive queues at offices;...

15:06

Why reward illegals with $10K starter packs when a veteran pays $7,000 visa fee for his wife "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'll let you know how Ralph and Ruby's Visa application is progressing through the normal channels. I don't think it's fair that a man who volunteered for active service, who is now a TPI war veteran, who wrote out a cheque up to the value of his life made payable...

14:52

Sydney: Anti-WestConnex protesters clash with police "IndyWatch Feed National"

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11 Jan – Protesters have clashed with police in Sydney Park, in the city’s inner-west, as workers begin lopping trees to make way for the construction of the WestConnex interchange.

Some protesters are climbing trees in a bid to disrupt the work at St Peters and several have been forcibly removed by police.

The protesters, who have set up a camp four months ago in Sydney Park, are angry at what they estimate will be the removal of more than 800 trees to make way for the interchange.

Among the protesters was Jennifer Killen who has lived in St Peters for more than 30 years.

“I’ve lived here since before this park was built and it’s made an enormous difference to local people,” she said.

“It’s very distressing to see it destroyed like this.”

Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the trees in Sydney Park were not actually in Sydney Park park at all.

“Those trees are on a road reserve,” he said.

“A reserve dedicated in the 1950s for the widening of Euston Road.”

The extent of the tree removal was revealed for the first time in a report released by WestConnex on Friday afternoon.

The assessment earmarked 827 trees for removal.

But the WestConnex Action Group says a further 200 trees are “at risk from the project unless there are redesigned or careful protection measures taken”.

Action Group Spokeswoman Reah Liebmann said she was not reassured by a Government promise that more trees will be planted to replace those being lopped.

“It’ll take decades to re-establish the canopy that’s there now and all of the undergrowth which will allow animals and wildlife and birds to come back,” she said.

Protester Chris Nash said today’s action was not just about the loss of the trees.

“The reason they’ve [the trees] been scheduled for destruction is they want to put seven lanes along two sides of the park and that’s going to pump an extra 60,000 vehicles a day into these suburbs,” he said.

The Minister questioned the motives of some of the protesters.

“We don’t listen to people that are just against things for the sake of being against it,” Mr Gay said.

“Where people have genuine concerns an...

14:47

Wulagi: Seven teens in custody after Primary School vandalised "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Wulagi Primary School in Darwin

11 Jan – Seven teenagers are in police custody after allegedly breaking into Wulagi Primary School in an attack that saw computers damaged, shelves overturned and fire extinguishers let off.

Most of the destruction was in a shared library and technology hub.

Sensors in the library were activated about 11:30pm, which notified a security officer who called police after he went to the school and could hear the group inside.

Police used specialist units and dogs to catch the alleged vandals.

“We sent all of our available units who cordoned off the school with dogs and eventually we located and arrested the seven youths,” Duty Superintendent Rob Burgoyne said.

It is understood six of the seven children arrested have collectively had more than 300 involvements with police in the past.

Teachers and staff from the Northern Territory Education Department were on site today to assess the damage and assured the school community that they would make sure the area was ready before school returned on January 30.

“It’s an absolute disappointment for the students and staff who work hard in this school community,” chief executive of the NT Education Department Vicki Baylis said.

She said it would be frustrating for staff to again have to prepare the school for the start of the academic year.

“We’ve got a lot of paint everywhere, tagging, a lot of broken glass with clear intent of just breaking things,” she said.

“All of the fire extinguishers have been let off and pushed throughout the rooms, attempts to break into cabinets and secure areas, broken TV screens, computer screens that we will have to work to clean up now,” Ms Baylis said.

She said the Wulagi school community wanted the alleged offenders to come back to the school for community service.


14:13

The Jezabels Hayley Mary On Inflated Egos And The Dark Side Of Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Jezabels Hayley Mary On Inflated Egos And The Dark Side Of Byron Bay

It’s late afternoon on Day two of Falls, and the sun shows no signs of going anywhere as the vocalist uses her leopard print blouse to crank open our beers backstage.

While Hayley Mary admits that the Sydney-based indie quartet “kind of went off the road and just wandered” for some much needed time off last year, she’s glad to see the quality of Aussie music has only soared.

“There’s always been amazing music, but it feels next level at the moment, and Ali Barter is a perfect example,” the singer relates, looking back on the main support act on The Jezabels’ tour last October. “Amazing songwriting, topical, great performance… I think she came into her own through that tour as well, which is really good to see.”

“I don’t like mentioning the fact that it’s women and all that stuff, but it still is valid, and it’s really nice to see great songwriting about what it’s like to be a girl.”

That relatable storytelling with a female voice harks back to The Jezabels’ own music, particularly latest album Synthia (2016), a dark, reflective record delving into the reality of catcalling on ‘Smile’ and female empowerment on ‘My Love Is My Disease’.

On a lighter note, our chat naturally moves to the four-piece’s dynamic set on the Valley stage just an hour ago, as Mary considers the funniest thing that’ve gone wrong at festival gigs. With a sly grin she replies, “Probably today when I nearly told a joke about paedophilia.”

“We had a technical problem and everyone was like, ‘Tell a joke, tell a joke’, and I only remember really fucked up ones. It was that bad that I couldn’t, and the band knew and were looking at me while they were trying to fix the laptop. The heat was so bad onstage that in the second or third song, it burnt the laptop out, and I was like ‘Fuck, I’ve got to be a fun person and fill the gap’ and just had nothing.

“Luckily a member of the crowd came to my aid and whispered a joke in my ear, and I was able to tell that one which was: ‘Why does Cinderella always lose a football match? – Because she keeps running from the ball’. The brilliance of it is that it’s clean, and what I was going to tell was super not okay.

“He saved my life.”

Mary’s flood of memories continues as she takes a swig of beer, completely relaxed, and thinks back to a moment in Lorne.

“I went out into the crowd because it wasn’t as hot as today,” she begins, “and a guy who was on someone...

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QOTSA’s Troy Van Leeuwen Chats Gone Is Gone, ‘Echolocation’, And His Struggle With Iggy Pop "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QOTSA’s Troy Van Leeuwen Chats Gone Is Gone, ‘Echolocation’, And His Struggle With Iggy Pop

It really does feel like we’re on opposite sides of the world, with guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age) bringing the sunny LA vibes to a dull, rainy day in Sydney.

What’s also bringing the energy is the fast approaching release of the group’s debut LP Echolocation, recorded at Sencit Studios and mixed by the legendary Ken Andrews (Beck, A Perfect Circle).

While Leeuwen’s excitement for the album is palpable, he also says wisely, “You never know what you’re going to end up with when you embark on a project until all’s said and done.”

“The cool thing about this project is that we only have a short amount of time to dedicate to it, and everyone’s in these other really awesome bands (laughs)… But the great thing is that in that little time we get together, a lot of inspiration happens. So from where you heard the EP, the LP spreads its wings a little more and shows more depth.

“There’s a lot more music even beyond this, so it’s a cool project to dig our heels into in a short amount of time and try not to think about too much. So then we ended up with our full-length record, which I’m really happy with.”

The band was initially formed last year by founder of Sencit Music Mike Zarin and At the Drive-In’s Tony Hajjar (drums), previously working together on film trailers for hit TV series including Stranger Things and Game of Thrones. Yet it was the addition of Leeuwen and later Mastodon’s bassist and co-vocalist Troy Sanders which really completed the package.

As characterised by Zarin, the group has been laying the groundwork to try out new sounds and textures. Reflecting on the depth of sound design that goes into the process, Leeuwen asserts, “Mike is a big part of that.”

“I think everyone has their spot. Troy has this undeniable presence with his voice, he’s got a very wide range. Tony’s an amazing drummer, and one of the guys that’s been doing sound design for a while with Mike. But really, the guy who’s surprised me the most is Mike. He’s the new guy that nobody knows about, so he’s really pushed some envelopes sonically, and I think it’s made me play a little different. I like that, and welcome that kind of change.”

“Musically I take a lot of cues from him because for me it’s got to sound different from what I normally do. So a lot of effects pedals get pushed (chuckles), and experimenting is always welcome. There’s a lot of f...

13:55

The Privacyless, Freedomless Smart City of 2030 the Elite Are Engineering "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Well here’s a fat bag of crazy for you, courtesy of the elites over at Davos ahead of their 2017 meeting.… Read More

13:21

Turnbull's Sheik Shady dinner cost $33,000 - the insult to Australia will last forever "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here are the financial costs of Turnbull's dinner with the death-cult Sheik and Mufti. The damage to Australia is priceless. The Mufti's support for the Sheik stands. The Mufti's repudiation of Australia's PM stands. Turnbull's failure to condemn the Mufti condemns Turnbull. $5,800 for Turnbull's staff to fly in and...

13:01

This Australian Diver’s Good Friend Is A 6-Foot-Long Shark "IndyWatch Feed National"

Credit: Rick Anderson

To what lengths would you venture to visit a good friend? For diver Nick Anderson, he’s willing to don scuba diving gear, breathe through a regulator, and descend deep into the ocean to visit a very special Port Jackson shark.

Though the marine animal doesn’t have a name, she and Anderson have been friends for a long time. The 6-foot female lives off the coast of Nobbys Beach in New South Wales, Australia, and is easily identified by her marking. Of course, it helps that she also recognizes Nick when he dives sto visit her.

Credit: Rick Anderson

Anderson, who’s been scuba diving for 27 years and runs a dive school, told The Dodo:

“I started playing with her about seven years ago when she was just a pup about 6 inches long. I approached her carefully so as not to spook her, then began to gently pat her. Once she got used to me, I would cradle her in my hand and talk soothingly to her through my regulator.”

Credit: Rick Anderson

“I did this each time in t...

12:48

Opening Pandora’s Box: Metadata in civil procedings "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last night Open Knowledge Australia (Melbourne) hosted the first of what will be two events on the issue of the plans by government to open retained metadata to civil proceedings. It was a very interesting event with a strong turn out of around 50 very informed people, most of whom had something to add to discussion throughout the night.

For a bit of background, the Attorney-General and Communications Portfolios are running a departmental Inquiry seeking submissions into whether metadata collected by Australian ISP’s should be used not only for investigating us under criminal law but also for civil cases. Jon Lawrence from Electronic Frontiers Australia provided much-needed background looking back on...

12:46

10 years of the intervention is too long "IndyWatch Feed National"

After 10 years of the intervention there are more people unemployed, more people incarcerated, and more children being taken away. Overcrowded housing persists. Land has been acquired through intergenerational leases by the government, and the basics card has been rolled out into the wider community. Barb Shaw is calling out to people to come together for a convergence in Alice Springs 24 – 26 June 2017 to discuss these and strategise together.

See her call out here:


12:29

Moses Sumney talks masculinity, vulnerability and the power of being emo "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Ethereal, electric and expansive, Moses Sumney is an artist not to be ignored.

After taking the rest of the world by storm at various festivals and showcases, he makes his Australian debut this weekend as part of Sydney Festival. In the lead up, Moses had a chat with FBi’s Samantha Groth, talking identity, vulnerability and the power of being ’emo’.

His latest EP, Lamentations, is the first longer release from Sumney in a while and shows that being thrust into the spotlight has not stopped his experimentation. Explaining what the body of work meant to him, Sumney said he “needed a few tracks to express to people how the music has been growing and changing, and needed to show a dynamic body of work” with the release.

Not constrained by genre, acoustics or musical methods, Lamentations also couldn’t be constrained by format – with powerful visual accompaniments released alongside the music. Sumney worked closely with directors Allie Avital (‘Worth It’) and Sam Cannon (‘Lonely World’) on the EP’s videos. 

“For the first video [‘Worth It’], it was me and the director Allie Avital pretty much brainstorming the concept from the ground up. She came to the table with a lot of brilliant, brilliant ideas and then helped developed some of my ideas.”

 

“One thing that both me and the director felt strongly about was that it would be more interesting if the gender of the person wasn’t obvious, and then you get to the end and it’s a little more obvious that it’s a woman – that we saw at least. I felt like it was an interesting way to portray strength… The woman who danced in the video possesses a bodily strength that is usually associated with maleness or masculinity, and the musculature of her back was so amazing that I felt it would be interesting to kind of play with people’s minds a little bit. But a lot of it just happened naturally as well.

“I like that it becomes a thing where you’re just like: Oh, I thought this was a man. But then I want people to question like, why did I think that was a man? Like, why couldn’t it be a woman? Or what does it mean to be either of those things, or neither of those...

11:58

Inglourious Basterds "IndyWatch Feed National"

John Howard, the former politician, author, public speaker and Iraq war criminal, is still being lionised by Australian media, particularly at the ABC. Lawyer and human rights activist Kellie Tranter takes aim.

In 2013, Professor Stuart Rees, Founder and Chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation, wrote in an article John Howard’s Iraq War Fantasy that, “The arrogance of western warmongers enables them to behave as though they are not accountable to international law. Not only that, they can also make small fortunes from writing books and giving lectures about their conduct.”

After Howard’s inglorious personal demise in the 2007 federal election – only the second prime minister in history to lose his seat while in The Lodge – he followed that path exactly, joining the lucrative speaker’s circuit, writing his autobiography and receiving an honorary doctorate from Sydney University.

In 2014, John Howard published his book ‘The Menzies Era’ which was developed into the series Howard on Menzies: Building Modern Australia and which aired on the public broadcaster last year.

In response to a Freedom of Information request attempting to ascertain who was responsible for nominating John Howard as the presenter, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) responded as follows:

“The Director of Television has confirmed that the idea for series Howard on Menzies: Building Modern Australia was developed internally. He advised that ABC TV had wanted to do a documentary on Menzies for some time, and when John Howard’s book was published, this was identified as useful source material for that documentary. A creative decision was made that John Howard would be a good choice to present the documentary, as the most authentic voice in the circumstances. ABC TV approached production company Smith and Nasht and commissioned them to make the series…”

In a further email received in December last year the ABC confirmed that “the Director of Television made this conceptual decision in collaboration with the Head of Production.”

Since the Iraq war it is no doubt difficult for many to accept that John Howard is considered an ‘authentic voice’ on any issue. But the reality is that John Howard won’t be held to account by international law, and will continue to be treated as a statesman instead of a war criminal because his crime of aggression occurred at an historical moment where no crime existed.

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11:46

Mullum locals dive in to help save Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Josh Scott-Jouir, organiser of the first Great Barrier Reef swimathon. Photo Simon Haslam

Josh Scott-Jouir, organiser of the first Great Barrier Reef swimathon. Photo Simon Haslam

Are you ready to swim the length of the Great Barrier Reef? Raising money to help protect the reef, local metal work and mathematics teacher, Josh Scott-Jouir is joining the annual swimathon, held by environmental lawyers for the community EDO Qld to raise funds for vital legal work to protect the Reef. This will be the first swimathon held for the reef at Mullumbimby Pool taking place from 11:30am – 2:30pm on Saturday 21st January.

‘There is no denying the Great Barrier Reef has had a terrible year, between the worst mass coral bleaching in its history to the approval of projects that pose further enormous risk to its future,’ EDO Qld CEO Jo Bragg said.

‘We are hosting Swim for the Reef to raise much-needed funds and awareness to fight for stronger laws to protect the Reef including meaningful community rights.

‘As non-profit lawyers for the community, we want to increase our impact future-proofing this great natural wonder and the thousands of livelihoods dependent upon its good health.’

Last year 150 swimmers from Brisbane, Bundaberg and Germany swam 285km, equivalent to swimming from the northern tip of Fraser Island to Innamincka Shoal. The EDO is hoping to double the distance swum this year with the ultimate goal being to swim the full length of the Great Barrier Reef – a whooping 2,300km or the length of 46,000 Olympic swimming pools.

‘I’m super passionate about climate change,’ said Josh who is organising the Mullumbimby event. ‘Climate change is the number one issue for the whole world. We need to leave the coal in the ground.’

Money raised from the event goes directly towards work the EDO is doing including education of community groups on the laws and their rights as well as assisting in court cases that help protect the reef.

Bring along a crazy team of swimmers and see if you can swim more laps than Josh’s...

11:33

Orville Wright, Three Museums and one Recurring Casualty "IndyWatch Feed National"

Orville Wright, Three Museums and one Recurring Casualty

By Steven & Evan Strong

My time with keyboards and screens is always a reluctant engagement, all planning and general writing takes place outside on the farm beside the rainforest during the day. Using the computer as a typewriter is the full extent of my liking or empathy for any screen with attachments and aps (whatever that means). Once my wife goes to bed my right index finger spends three to four hours pushing buttons, and it is nearly always to the accompaniment of background music. Most of the content on mainstream TV is shamefully numbing, exploitative and fearful, and even if it is just humming in the background, that alone hinders the process and necessitates the off switch.

This time around should have been a repeat dose of alternatives that soothe, and as Del was making her way down the hall towards the bedroom, I rose with every intention to switch the setting on the amplifier to a mixed bag of music from Double Jay. I was within a metre of the remote when first hearing Wilbur WrightâŹ"s name. I had very little to offer on this topic outside his brother Orville, and a flimsy piece of sticks and cloth cobbled together called the âŹÜKittyhawkâŹ" that flew a few feet in the air, that was the sum total personally known on what the commentator declared to be a seminal moment in history. Claims like that are so cheap and ready, but yes in this case this proclamation of brilliance has substance. Moreover, as I knew virtually nothing about this historic discovery, a break in routine was taken as I did something quite unusual, which I knew from the time of changing tact was heavily laced in irony. My hope was to find out what really happened and how great these two men were, via a mainstream media outlet.

As the documentary began, having no program, review or preview to sway or prepare, I assumed this was all about Wilbur and Orville as children jumping off hills while holding wings of fabric and wood, their discovery of an elemental truth in aerodynamics all the way through and past the first officially recorded fli...

11:32

Two charged with Byron beach thefts "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man and a woman will face court today on 15 larceny charges following several stealing incidents at Main Beach, Byron Bay.

Police said  a number of people had reported their personal items had been stolen from Main Beach, Byron Bay, from 2 January to 11 January.

Following the reports, officers attached to Tweed/Byron Local Area Command commenced an investigation and located the people believed to be responsible at Shirley Street, Byron Bay just before 5pm on Wednesday (11 January 2017).

Police arrested a 39-year-old man at the scene, and shortly afterwards, a 28-year-old woman was also arrested. They were both taken to Byron Bay police station.

The woman was charged with eight counts of larceny, four counts of dishonestly obtain property by deception, three counts of posses prohibited drug, shoplifting, and goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen.

The man was charged with seven counts of larceny, three counts dishonestly obtain property by deception, shoplifting, and goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen.

Both were refused bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court today

The post Two charged with Byron beach thefts appeared first on Echonetdaily.

11:30

How to make cricket bats, 1962. Once were craftsmen. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Raise your hand if you remember your first pot of linseed oil. When I was a boy my family held craftsmen like this in the highest esteem. My father spoke of older tradesmen he worked with in almost reverential terms. Now we have Malcolm and innovation. Why make things when...

11:29

Community Billboard 13 January – 20 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 13 January – 20 January appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

11:28

Curtain And The Case For Freedom: How Many Indigenous Prisoners In Australia Are Innocent? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Amy McQuire has been investigating the jailing of an Aboriginal man in Queensland for over a year. Here she details at the case, and the broader reality of wrongful convictions in Australia.

In 1991, an Aboriginal woman named Lynda tragically lost her life on the banks of the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton, Central Queensland. She as found by a fisherman, early on a Sunday morning. A police investigation was immediately called into her death, and the next year, four people were convicted in relation to her death.

While news of her death originally made the front pages of the local paper, by the time the trial rolled around the next year, the story was consigned to the middle sections. Now, 25 years on, few remember her name or the specifics of her death.

But there are reasons we must remember, because for the past quarter of a century, rumours of a grave miscarriage of justice perpetrated against Lynda have persisted.

It revolves around the person who received a life sentence for her death – an Aboriginal man by the name of Kevin Henry, or as he is more widely known, ‘Curtain’. Kevin Henry was picked up by police and charged with Lynda’s death within the same week she was found.

Curtain has always maintained his innocence but his pleas have fell on deaf ears. For Aboriginal people who already have the justice system stacked against them, the avenues to protest a guilty verdict are limited, and it is unlikely you will be believed.

Wrongful convictions in Australia are relatively rare, especially when compared to countries like the United States. In 2015, a new record was set in the US, according to the University of Michigan Law School, which counted 149 exonerations in that year alone.

San Quentin Prison, in the United States. (IMAGE: telmo32, Flickr)San Quentin Prison, in the United States. (IMAGE: telmo32, Flickr)

A large proportion of these people had actually plead guilty even though they were innocent, 27 of them had given false confessions, 75 per cent of homicide cases reported official misconduct, and in 75 of the cases, there had been no actual crime committed.

There have been high profile cases of wrongful conviction in Australia – like Andrew Mallard in Perth, and more recently, Henry Keogh in South Australia, who was exonerated after it was found flawed forensic evidence was presented at his trial.

But these cases are seen as exceptions, rather than a symptom of the deep-rooted flaws within our own legal system.

However, if these two white men could be wrongfully conv...

11:22

50,000 years of story "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are stories threaded throughout from Maynard’s childhood in northern Tasmania, and older stories still – traditional stories that have carried over millennia. The play is hotly tipped to be a festival standout; it’s a decidedly more direct path to recognition than is usual for a first-time playwright, particularly a young Aboriginal one.

11:06

Stu of NT - Goin' Rortin'. "IndyWatch Feed National"

But fear not. Here are the keepers of the standards and guardians of the treasury.

11:00

Eaten Fish "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cartoonist Eaten Fish, imprisoned by Australia on Manus Island, will be sent back to Iran, where he faces imprisonment or execution.

Sea turtles "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian volunteers tag and measure the loggerhead sea turtles every year as they lay eggs on the beach. They rarely find a mature turtle they had not already tagged, which indicates the species is dying.

Irukandji jellyfish "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tiny irukandji jellyfish, whose sting can kill a human, are spreading along the Australian coast, far beyond the equatorial areas where they have lived in the past.

Global heating is cause of this, as well as so many larger dangers.

10:51

Calls by Vic kids in crisis go unanswered "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michael C. Irving’s Child Abuse Monument 7. Photo Harvey K flickr.com/photos/theharv58/

Michael C. Irving’s Child Abuse Monument 7. Photo Harvey K flickr.com/photos/theharv58/

MELBOURNE AAP

Victoria’s child abuse hotline reportedly failed to answer 20,000 calls for help in an 18-month period with some people waiting two hours to speak with an operator.

Freedom of information documents obtained by News Corp suggest almost 57,000 calls to the Child Protection Crisis Line were not responded to between mid-2010 and late 2015.

Children Minister Jenny Mikakos insists the Andrews government has increased funding to the service ‘after years of neglect by the previous government’.

‘Labor has increased funding, resulting in a decrease in the number of abandoned calls and a significant reduction in waiting times,’ the minister says in a statement on Thursday.

The government says in the last six months of 2016 the percentage of abandoned calls dropped to six per cent, with the average waiting time cut to one minute and 11 seconds.

The post Calls by Vic kids in crisis go unanswered appeared first on Echonetdaily.

10:27

Group says highway upgrade threatens Ballina koala population "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina's koalas will not be safe from the Pacific Highway upgrade, according to the Australians for Animals group. Photo: Todd Odegaard/Flickr

Ballina’s koalas will not be safe from the Pacific Highway upgrade, according to the Australians for Animals group. Photo: Todd Odegaard/Flickr

An animal rights group has blasted the state government’s announcement that it is set to proceed with building a koala fence prior to construction works along the Pacific Highway near Ballina saying it will not save the animals.

Australians for Animals coordinator Sue Arnold said the highway upgrade could sound the death-knell for eastern sub-population of koala living along the highway route.

‘Not only noise, but the massive disruption and clearing of critical koala feed and shelter trees at time when climate change is resulting in extremely high temperatures on the northern rivers will in itself be a major threat to koala survival,’ Ms Arnold said.

‘Koalas will be subjected to a bizarre experiment by the RMS. An experiment which has never been previously attempted . Koala feed trees will be ring barked and collars put around the base to prevent animals from accessing their food .

‘The assumption is that koalas will move to other areas although other areas are not identified.’

Ms Arnold said local ecologists had recorded the problems faced by koalas when their habitat was destroyed.

She pointed to a community submission to former Federal Environment minister Greg Hunt that warned of the dangers.

‘A real life example from Ballina’s koalas – one hectare of known koala trees were cleared which impacted seven koalas that used them,’ the submission said.

‘They tried to survive in two-year-old koala planting but they proceeded to die one at a time over approximately 6 months, including a mother and cub. They didn’t move out of their home range to look for other trees they went to the closest of the food tree species, and waited, we imagine, for their trees to reappear.’

Ms Arnold said the NSW Chief Scientist Mary O’Kane had claimed that the government was spending $10 million to protect koalas, but a report put together by a panel that included the RMS and Forestry Commission, Koalas in decline in NSW, barely mentioned the Ballina population.

She said the recent passing of the Baird government’s...

09:54

Public meeting to discuss Uki water extraction plan "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former NSW agriculture minister Jack Hallam pictured some years ago at his Uki property where he plans to establish a bore-water extraction facility for bulk transport to a giant soft-drinks bottler. (file pic)

Former NSW agriculture minister Jack Hallam pictured some years ago at his Uki property where he plans to establish a bore-water extraction facility for bulk transport to a giant soft-drinks bottler. (file pic)

A public meeting is being organised for local residents to discuss an application to extract water from a licensed bore at Uki, plus the broader implications of water extraction across the Tweed shire.

The meeting has been called in response to a former state agriculture minister re-submitting a plan to extract 24 megalitres of water a year from a bore on his Uki property to sell it to a bottling plant.

Jack Hallam, who was agriculture minister under the Wran Labor government in the 1980s, lodged a plan in October last year to use an existing 25-megalitere a year licence from the NSW Office of Water on the property for ‘bulk loading and delivery of extracted water’.

The plan involves taking a maximum of 24 megalitres of water from the existing bore by large semi-trailer tankers (2.5-metre wide, 28,500-litre capacity) to the commercial bottler and distributor. The proposal is for up to three loads a day (six trips), six days a week from 7am to 6pm.

Following an outcry from local residents, which involved a meeting that attracted about 60 people, the proposal was withdrawn but re-submitted just days before Christmas.

It’s understand at least 40 objections have been lodged against the plan with the Tweed Shire Council.

In response, local residents are again meeting next week to discuss the application.

They have invited Tweed Shire Council representatives to the meeting, which will be held at Uki Hall on 19 January at 7pm.

The closest neighbour to the proposed bore, Tess O’Toole, told Echonetdaily that residents were concerned about the impacts on the local road network and the water table.

‘I’m the closest property and the trucks will be going straight past my place,’ she said.

‘The road itself has four culverts … it’s crazy to be driving trucks along it.’

Ms O’Toole said it was not just the Rowlands Creek Road proposal that was...

09:14

Witnesses fail to show at Bali murder trial "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian national Sara Connor sits in a court room during her trial in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Connor and British man David Taylor are on trial for the murder of an Indonesian police officer in August. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Australian national Sara Connor sits in a court room during her trial in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Connor and British man David Taylor are on trial for the murder of an Indonesian police officer in August. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Byron Bay mother Sara Connor has expressed disappointment that key witnesses have so far failed to turn up to her murder trial in Bali despite being summoned numerous times.

Connor, whose trial resumes in Bali next Tuesday, has been charged with murder in relation to the death Bali police officer Wayan Sudarsa, whose bloodied body was discovered early on August 17 on Kuta Beach.

The 46-year-old mother of two from Byron Bay has maintained she did nothing but try to separate Mr Sudarsa from her British boyfriend, David Taylor, who is facing a separate murder trial in the Denpasar District Court.

Prosecutors told the court this week that a hotel security guard who witnessed part of the fight had failed to turn up.

Prosecutors said the security guard, Suryana, had since left his job in Bali and returned to Java and they could no longer contact him to have him appear at court.

Judges have said that he is a key witness against both Connor and Taylor and should appear to give evidence.

In his statement to police shortly after the murder Suryana reportedly said he went down to the beach after his boss heard noises and he saw people there fighting on the beach.

He observed for about 15 minutes before leaving, believing it was a bit of fun and not serious.

But on Tuesday, when Connor again faced the court, Suryana was one of ten key witnesses who did not turn up, leaving the mother of two expressing frustration at the slow pace of the trial.

And Connor’s lawyer, Erwin Siregar, shared her frustration, saying they wanted the case finished as soon as possible, according to reports in the Murdoch press.

He said while it was good for his client’s case if the main witness failed to turn up, the case was now dragging on.

‘I am so disappointed because there is enough time for the public...

08:47

Replacement for Culleton unknown "IndyWatch Feed National"

Senator Rod Culleton leaves the Federal Court in Perth, Dec. 2016 after a Federal Court judge has declared him bankrupt. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

Senator Rod Culleton leaves the Federal Court in Perth, Dec. 2016 after a Federal Court judge declared him bankrupt. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

PERTH AAP

A replacement for dumped senator Rod Culleton remains unknown but it could be the second person on the One Nation ticket – his brother-in-law Peter Georgiou.

The independent senator lost his spot on Wednesday after he was declared bankrupt by a Federal Court judge.

Senate president Stephen Parry said in a statement that he had informed Mr Culleton and WA governor Kerry Sanderson there was a vacancy because the former One Nation member had been disqualified from the position as he was an ‘undischarged bankrupt’.

Senator Parry also advised party leaders and independent senators of the development.

But the Court of Disputed Returns is yet to determine whether Mr Culleton was ever eligible to be selected as a senator as he had been convicted of a larceny charge, which was later annulled, at the time of the federal election in July.

‘It will be necessary for the Court of Disputed Returns to deliver its answers to the referred questions before it will become apparent how the vacancy may be filled,’ Senator Parry said.

It will be reported to the Senate when it meets on February 7.

Depending on the court’s decision, the vacancy will be filled by either Mr Georgiou, or the party can nominate a replacement.

‘If a casual vacancy is declared because of Rod Culleton’s disqualification I have already chosen a great person to replace him in the Senate,’ One Nation leader Pauline Hanson tweeted on Wednesday night.

Mr Culleton had been ordered to pay former Wesfarmers director Dick Lester $205,536 in 2013 – which has since increased to $280,000 – over unpaid rent relating to a $13.2 million 2009 pro...

08:18

Rolf Harris accused of ‘unwanted groping’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

Entertainer Rolf Harris arriving for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London 2014 file photo

Entertainer Rolf Harris arriving for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London 2014 file photo

LONDON AAP

Rolf Harris has a proven propensity for indecently assaulting young females and is guilty of further offences of ‘unwanted groping’, the prosecution has told a London jury in his new trial.

The 86-year-old entertainer is facing a six-week trial in Southwark Crown Court on seven charges of indecent assault against women and girls and one alternative charge of sexual assault.

The charges relate to alleged offences committed between 1971 and 2004 against complainants aged between 12 and 42 at the time and when Harris was aged between 41 and 74.

Prosecuting lawyer Jonathan Rees on Wednesday told the jury of seven women and six men that they would recognise Harris as someone who had been an artist, musician, popular entertainer and television personality of international standing for over 50 years.

But he said that in July 2014 Harris had been convicted of 12 offences of indecent assault against four female victims aged between 8 and 19 at the time of the offences between 1969 and 1986.

Harris is now serving a sentence of nearly six years on those charges and has been granted leave to appear at his new trial by videolink from Stafford Prison due to his age and state of health.

Mr Rees told the jury that none of the alleged assaults in the new trial involved sexual penetration of any kind.

‘Most of the behaviour complained of falls into a broad category that might be described as unwanted groping, and includes, for example, grabbing or touching breasts over clothing, and slipping a hand up or into a skirt to touch the vaginal area,’ he said.

Mr Rees said that a notable feature of the offending was it all occurred in public settings when there were other people in the near vicinity.

He said the prosecution would argue that, despite Harris sa...

07:13

Stop Taxpayer's Money Funding Adani !!! "IndyWatch Feed National"


Adani could get be about to get their its hands on $1 billion dollars of Australian taxpayer money.
Right now the Turnbull Government is preparing to subsidise the destruction of our Reef and climate with a public handout for Adani's rail line to its monstrous Carmichael coal mine.
The government body that could provide Adani with this outrageous taxpayer handout is the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).
The board of NAIF are considering Adani's application right now and most of the board have extremely close ties to the coal industry. You can bet they'll be under immense pressure from their mates in the coal lobby to make sure Adani get their handout.
Can you contact the board of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and tell them why you oppose a handout for Adani?

07:02

Medical Doctors Punished & Silenced for Giving “Unapproved” High Fat Dietary Advice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fettke-Noakes

Dr. Gary Fettke, MD (left, image source) and Professor Tim Noakes, MD (right, image source).

by John P. Thomas
Health Impact News

Dr. Gary Fettke, MD, of Australia and Professor Tim Noakes, MD, of South Africa are both being attacked for saving lives by promoting the low carbohydrate high fat diet.

In the case of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Fettke, his offence against the Australian medical establishment was to teach his patients how to use the low carb high fat (LCHF) diet to reverse their type 2 diabetes and avoid the amputation of their feet and legs. He and his wife Belinda Fettke established two clinics to help people adopt a low carb high fat eating lifestyle. The sanctions placed on him prevent him from recommending or speaking about the LCHF diet to anyone, anywhere, and at any time for the rest of his life. [1]

Dr. Fettke specifically showed how consumption of sugar and polyunsaturated oils destroys health. He recommended the LCHF diet to address the root cause of modern diseases. The list of 146 harmful effects of sugar that Belinda Fettke has posted on the No Fructose website is a must read for anyone who is concerned about their health. [2]

In the case of Professor Emeritus Dr. Noakes, his offence against the South African medical establishment was to show that a low carb high fat diet could reverse numerous diseases. His LCHF book The Real Meal Revolution, is the all-time top selling non-fiction book in South Africa with more than 200,000 copies sold in the last two years. Affiliated with the University of Cape Town, Professor Emeritus Dr. Noakes has distinguished himself as one of the world’s most famous sports scientists. His work has evoked considerable backlash from those who seek to enforce compliance with high carb low fat dietary dogma.

Dr. Noakes is refusing to yield to persecution by the trivial charge that was brought against him, and is using his trial to bring the science of the LCHF diet into public view in South Africa and around the world. [3, 4]

Together, Drs. Noakes and Fettke used d...

06:34

Continuing rebound in Qld private sector job vacancies at end of 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There was good news for the Queensland economy yesterday, with the ABS reporting a continuation of the rebound in private sector job vacancies in the final quarter of last year (see chart below). Private sector job vacancies have increased from a low of 19,900 in May to 30,500 in November 2016, bringing total vacancies to 33,600. Partly the strong performance in November would have been seasonal. As the Acting Treasurer Bill Byrne noted in a media release yesterday regarding the increase in vacancies:

“A significant proportion of this will be seasonal work in retail and also on farms with crops ripe for picking.”

I also suspect the strong performance of the Queensland tourism sector, largely related to the lower Australian dollar, made a major contribution to the private sector recovery in job vacancies over the second half of 2016.

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Queensland’s recovery in job vacancies stands in contrast to the performance of other States, in which vacancies were more-or-less stable (e.g. see chart comparing Queensland, NSW and Victoria below).

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03:01

Poor Quality Olive Oil Companies Revealed – The Brands to Avoid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rajie Kabli, Collective-Evolution
Waking Times Media

Olive oil is one the most widely used oils around the world, and said to be one of the healthiest. It is also, unfortunately, one of the most susceptible to fraud.

An investigation into the quality of olive oil revealed that seven of the major olive oil brands in the U.S. have been diluting their oil with cheaper alternatives like sunflower or canola to increase profits — at the cost of our health.

These lower quality vegetable oils can cause a number of adverse health effects and can often be genetically modified or pesticide laden.

Olive oil is a wonderful, healthy food and can be used effectively as a natural beauty product for skin and hair.  It contains healthy fats, tastes great, and works in a variety of recipes. But, it is also big business. A few cases have shed light on the sophisticated international ring of criminality that currently plagues the industry.

Corrupted Industry

For example, in 2008 over 400 Italian police officers participated in a major sting referred to as  “Operation Golden Oil.” They seized 85 oil farms that were adding chlorophyll to sunflower and canola oil and selling it as ‘extra virgin olive oil.’ The oil was mixed, perfumed, coloured, and then flavoured before being sold to the producer as extra virgin.

After this case, Australia took a much closer took into its olive oil producers and found that none of their products were pure. They did not issue any certificates that year. This and other olive oil scams prompted the University of California to carry out studies on 124 imported brands of extra virgin olive oil. Sadly, they found that over 70% of the samples failed the test. Some of these brands I have no doubt you will recognize.

Get Real Olive Oil

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Wednesday, 11 January

23:37

The FDA Fails to Prevent Traveler’s Diarrhea "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I’ve been getting lots of vaccinations in preparation for my sabbatical in India. A Canadian friend recommended Dukoral. Dukoral is a vaccine for cholera, a very serious disease although one that’s rare for travelers even in undeveloped countries. (It’s roughly comparable in prevalence to Japanese encephalitis, however, which most travel physicians recommend vaccinating for.) As a side-effect, however, Dukoral is also quite effective (60%) against the most common cause of traveler’s diarrhea, that caused by enterotoxigenic E. coli.

Dukoral was approved in the European Union in 2004 but it has not been approved in the United States (a different cholera vaccine was approved late last year but it is not yet widely available). Moreover, Dukoral is available without a prescription in Canada (and also I believe in New Zealand). It’s a big seller in Canada and widely used by Canadians abroad.

It has long been my position that if a medical drug or device has been approved in another developed country then it ought to be approved in the United States. If it’s good enough for the Canadians then it’s good enough for me.

Never let it be said that I don’t follow through on my beliefs. I arranged for someone to buy me some Canadian Dukoral and ship it over the border. Unfortunately, my “connect” is not as practiced in the art of evading U.S. customs as would be ideal and in a fit of regrettable honesty wrote “gift, diarrhea medicine” on the package. The ever-vigilant U.S. Customs intercepted and confiscated my package, thus saving me from the dangers of FDA-unapproved medicine. So I am out $150 (2 doses) and will be less than fully protected on my trip.

If my son or I become “indisposed” in India, I will know who to blame.

The post The FDA Fails to Prevent Traveler’s Diarrhea appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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22:54

Hungary Cracks-Down on all Soros Funded NGOs "IndyWatch Feed National"

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George Soros and Viktor Orban: ( Image from: The Krasnals )

21st Century Wire says…

Extraordinary information has come to light that perhaps, goes some way to explaining the vicious EU and corporate media backlash against Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, for his “nationalist” policies regarding the influx of refugees from various nations that have been targeted by the predatory interventionist alliance of the US, EU, UK, Turkey, Gulf States, Israel, Canada, Australia, Jordan and other smaller players. 

“Hungary does not need a single migrant for the economy to work, or the population to sustain itself, or for the country to have a future,” he told a joint press conference in Budapest with Austrian chancellor Christian Kern.

“This is why there is no need for a common European migration policy: whoever needs migrants can take them, but don’t force them on us, we don’t need them,” Orban said.

The populist leader added that “every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk”.

“For us migration is not a solution but a problem … not medicine but a poison, we don’t need it and won’t swallow it,” he said. ~ The Guardian

Orban is also a keen Donald Trump supporter:

Mr. Orban, who has ordered border fences built to stop migrants, said that the ideas of the “upstanding American presidential candidate” about the need for the best intelligence services and his opposition to “democracy export” were also applicable in Europe.

Mr. Orban, whose speech was broadcast on Hungarian...

22:00

Did Julian Assange Just Use the Bitcoin Blockchain to Prove He Is Alive? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, read yesterday the bitcoin blockchain hash of block 447506 during a recorded video. At the time, it represented the most recent bitcoin block published to the blockchain. Experts contend this is proof that Mr. Assange is alive – or at least that the video, in which the whistleblower appears uncoerced, was not pre-recorded.

Also Read: WikiLeaks Has Raised 4,000+ BTC Since 2011

Bitcoin’s Blockchain is Public and Immutable

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There had been some speculation that Mr. Assange was dead or lost control of his online identity. Instead of holding up today’s newspaper, as might have happened historically, the Australia-native used the blockchain technology to prove he is alive, contained at the Ecuadorian embassy. He referred to it as “proof of life.”

As a public cryptographic ledger, the bitcoin blockchain allows anyone to “mine” and add pieces of information (known as ‘blocks’) to the blockchain, but only upon completing a computer process known as “proof of work”.

Bitcoin’s hash algorithm, known as SHA256, scrambles data stored in the blocks (in the case of bitcoin, mostly transaction data) into a string of letters and numbers referred to as a hash. Knowing what data went into creating a hash is very hard. However, it is very easy to determine the hash of a particular piece of data.

A bitcoin block hash represents a random group of letters and number virtually impossible to predict. Once distributed via the blockchain, however, the hash is widely available and cannot be altered. By reading the most recently published block hash, Mr. Assange could prove today’s interview had not been pre-recorded.

Bitcoin Removes Financial Blockades

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20:19

Organspende - Die verschwiegene Wahrheit - Werner Hanne bei SteinZeit "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 


Beim Thema Organspende geht es regelmäßig um den Organspender, d. h. um einen Menschen, dem Organe entnommen werden können, weil er
a) für hirntot erklärt wurde und
b) er selbst oder seine Angehörigen einer Organentnahme zugestimmt hatten.

Selten wird jedoch beschrieben, wie die Situation bei den Organempfängern aussieht, d. h. bei den Menschen, denen dann die Organe eingepflanzt (transplantiert) werden. Warum wohl? Dieses Thema ist der Schwerpunkt in dem Gespräch mit Werner Hanne.

Darin geht es zunächst um Zeitpunkt des Beginns der Transplantations-Manie und warum der Hirntod erfunden werden musste. Danach wird die fast nicht zu glaubende Vorgehensweise bei einer Organentnahme beschrieben und was danach mit dem ausgebeinten Körper geschieht.
Im Hauptthema wird jedoch von den Auswirkungen berichtet, denen sich regelmäßig der Or-ganempfänger ausgesetzt sieht und die der Öffentlichkeit verschwiegen werden:
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17:00

Lions Rd closed for six months "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bad news for motorcyclists in South East Queensland and Northern NSW with the famous Lions Rd now closed to traffic for six months and then open to heavy traffic.

Not only will riders be unable to use the road, but the picturesque wooden bridges – some single lane – will be replaced by modern, two-lane, concrete bridges. They will have no load limits, allowing trucks and caravans to use the route.

Lions Rd bridge closuresOld bridges to be replaced

While the work will help keep the road open in flood times, it may become a slower trip with riders hindered by slow-moving trucks and caravans using the shorter route.

Kyogle Council says the new bridges will help the local timber and beef industries, so we can expect logging trucks and cattle transports on the road.

The alternative route along the Mt Lindesay Highway and Summerland Way almost to Woodenbong is 24.3km longer, so we can expect many other interstate trucks and grey nomads to also start choosing the hilly Lions Rd.

Council says the bridges will help the tourism industry, but it certainly won’t help motorcycle tourism if the road is open to big trucks and caravanners.

Lions TTLions Rd closed for six monthsLions Rd scenery

Emergency access

Kyogle Council says the two-lane concrete bridges will mean faster and easier access for emergency vehicles.

Let’s hope that the improved road does not also come down with a dose of “white-line fever” with solid white and double-white lines painted along its leng...

16:38

Mother’s Ruin "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Sylvia’s guest on Arts Wednesday 11 January 2017 was ginstress, Elly Baxter, co author and researcher for Mother’s Ruin, a cabaret being performed for a short season for this year’s Sydney Festival. Listen to the conversation here:

That was Part 1 and here is Part 2:

mothersruin

The post Mother’s Ruin appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

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