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00:17

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Solomon Islands "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit near the coast of Makira (San Cristobal), Solomon Islands at 23:04 UTC on January 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 29.9 km (18.6 km). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.8 at a depth of...... Read more »

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Friday, 20 January

22:25

Newly received RAAF file contains photos of an unidentified object "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

I have just obtained a copy of a previously unseen RAAF file from the National Archives of Australia. File series J229, control symbol 5/13/Air, barcode 21290309 has a date range of 1956-1966, and is titled 'Sighting of unidentified objects.' It originated from 10 (MR) Squadron RAAF, based at Townsville, Queensland, Australia. It is 130 pages in digital format.



Among reports of a probable meteor (Townsville 13 Oct 1956); probable lightning flashes (Townsville 20 Jul 1957); a probable submarine intruder (during exercise Tuckerbox II, 12 Sep 1962 at 1922S, 15450E); another probable submarine sighting ( 27 Sep 1963 in the Torres Strait), is a much more intriguing set of photographs.


Unidentified object

On 16 May 1958, a Lincoln aircraft A73-60 photographed Cartier Island, at 0220Zulu, while flying at 1500 feet, using a 5 inch lens.



A memo from the Squadron photographic officer to the commanding officer, 10 Squadron, dated 29 May 1958, states in part:

'After normal processing film was numbered and assessed  for printing during which time object was discovered.'

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The object

22:15

Melbourne CBD killer Dimitrious Gargasoulas social media post "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a message that was posted by Melbourne CBD killer Dimitrious Gargasoulas from his social media account.

Source: Supplied

21:36

Regarding Yesterday’s Post on Mike Pence "IndyWatch Feed National"

I posted a couple videos made by some guy named Tori without watching them first and I now regret that decision. I was out of sorts yesterday and was seriously considering giving up on this mess- and I didn’t bother viewing the videos I was sent.

I DON’T believe in reptilians or aliens or any of the other stupid shit this guy said. I DO believe Pence is a closeted gay- and I DO believe Trump is a pedophile (as we have seen with Jeffery Epstein he both hangs out with AND DEFENDS pedophiles) and I ALSO BELIEVE chances are Pence is of the same cut of cloth- considering that ” birds of a feather flock together”. But this dude Tori- now that I actually listened what he had to say- sounds like a fricking wacko.

I am sorry for posting this without vetting it first. But I am human and make mistakes- just like everyone else.

19:53

Protests in Sri Lanka, UK and Australia Over Jallikattu "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Competitors try to tame a bull during Jallikattu organised as a part of Pongal celebrations at Alanganallore village in Madurai. Credit: PTI

London/Colombo: Protests demanding a reversal on the ban on the bull-taming sport Jallikattu have spread beyond India, with the Tamil diaspora in Sri Lanka, UK and Australia holding demonstrations.

Hundreds of UK based Indian Tamils have come together to organise a series of protests in favour of Jallikattu this week in London and across the UK.

The protest group includes London Tamil Sangam, World Tamil Organisation and British South Indians. They held protests outside the Indian high commission in London on January 17 and January 18. Further protests are being planned in the city of Leeds in UK and Dublin in Ireland.

“Hundreds have been turning out to highlight that Jallikattu is part of our tradition and identity. We are also working on a major hunger-strike this weekend to raise awareness around the issue in the UK. We are expecting over 1,000 people to join that protest,” a spokesperson for the protest group told PTI.

Protesters have been carrying placards and chanting slogans in Tamil that say, ‘We need Jallikattu’ and ‘Jallikattu is our identity’.

The group has also prepared a petition for the Indian high commission, which reads, “We, Indians living in the UK, have consistently shown our support to the conduct of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. We are gathered here to morally support our brothers and sisters that are leading the peaceful protestations in Alanganallur, Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.”

Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka, a protest was held in the Tamil dominated northern capital of Jaffna, yesterday.

Hundreds of people held placards saying ‘Why ban it when it is our culture’ and ‘This is a valued tradition lets permit it’.

The Australian Tamil community has also joined the ongoing protest against the ban on Jallikattu by holding peaceful demonstrations in Melbourne and Sydney, while further protests are being planned.

“Jallikattu is an ancient and traditional Tamil sport. The seals of the Indus Valley civilisation depict it, which is proof that this sport was in vogue more than five, six thousand years ago – why ban it now? It is like taking away a part...

19:52

Part 40 (D). Australia’s “irrelevant” crimes against humanity. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia’s “irrelevant” crimes against humanity are happening because Australian Government Service lawyers are not heeding the advice of Commissioner Ian Hanger and advising government Ministers of the “negative” aspects and ‘risks’ inherent in welfare policies and practices.

Note: The short link URL for this site is: http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-Kd

below the line is the text of an email to Mr.Tim Begbie, is a Senior Legal Counsel for the federal government. Welfare recipients how get slugged with one of the Tudge Fudge Fraud demands should copy this email text and include it any rebuttal of Centrelink’s demands. ————————————————

To:    Tim Begbie
Senior General Counsel
T 02 6253 7521
tim.begbie@ags.gov.au

Dear Mr. Begbie,

Re: Violation of the constitution – s.42C of the Social Security (Administration) Act (1991).

As a senior AGS lawyer, I should not have to remind you that the constitution is the ultimate law in Australia as even the high Court and the Parliament are bound by it. However, as the Parliament demonstrated on 4th August 2011, if politicians believe that they can get their own way by undermining the jurisdiction of the courts, they will give it a try. The High Court is well aware of this political reality and the rejection of the retrospective legislation put through the Parliament on 4th August 2011 was most emphatic:

 On the Director’s construction, s 66A creates a statutory fiction with the effect of attaching criminal liability to the defendant for her failure to advise the Department of an event within 14 days of its occurrence. This is so notwithstanding that at the time of the failure she was not required by law to inform the Department of the event (putting to one side receipt of any information notice) and that the duty is incapable of discharge.

  1. A clear statement of legislative intention is required before the courts will find that liability for a serious Commonwealth offence is imposed by means of a statutory fiction. The ascertainment of such an intention proceeds by the application of well-understood principles. In issue is proof of an offence under the Code. This directs attention to the law creating the offence and to the general principles of criminal responsibility under the Code. To observe that s 66A of the...

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18:11

Melbourne: Car Deliberately Strikes Pedestrians Killing Three and Hurting Many "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police and emergency services gather at the scene after a car is believed to have hit pedestrians in Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Several pedestrians were injured after being struck by a car in Australia's second-largest city on Friday, prompting a major police operation as officials told the public to stay away from the area. (Luke Costin/AAP via AP)

Police and emergency services gather at the scene after a car is believed to have hit pedestrians in Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, January. 20, 2017. Credit: AP

Sydney: A man deliberately drove into a street crowded with pedestrians in Australia’s second-largest city on Friday, killing at least three people and injuring 20 others, police said. Officials said the incident had no links to terrorism.

The chaos began in the early afternoon, after a man was seen driving in erratic circles in the middle of a major intersection in downtown Melbourne. The driver then turned onto the Bourke Street Mall, a pedestrian-only road, deliberately colliding with pedestrians before continuing onto a sidewalk and hitting several other people, Victoria state police acting commander Stuart Bateson said.

The man was arrested at the scene and there was no further threat to the public, Bateson said. Police believe the incident is somehow connected to a stabbing that had occurred in the city earlier in the day.

The incident comes amid global concern over extremists using vehicles to strike crowds, following truck attacks in Berlin and Nice, France last year. Bateson said the Melbourne incident had no links to terrorism.

“At this present stage, we ask the public to avoid the city,” Bateson told reporters. “It is going to take us a really long time to process this scene. Our priority at the moment is with the injured, and it must be that we give them our attention.”

Paramedics were assessing 20 people at the scene, several of whom had serious injuries, Ambulance Victoria said in a statement.

Video footage shot from a news helicopter overhead showed several heavily armed police officers standing near the area where the incident occurred. Several officers could be seen standing over a man lying on the sidewalk, clad only in his underwear, his hands apparently handcuffed behind his back. Police could also be seen examining a heavily damaged red car at the scene.

A video posted on social media captured the moment the car began driving in circles in the intersection before continuing on toward B...

18:00

Update on the John Finch Situation (Targeted Individuals) "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB Readers of Gumshoe know that certain things happen to targeted individuals. To name two of the individuals: John Finch of Melbourne and Janine Jones of Rotorua, NZ. A typical dose of torture consists of being hit with an electromagnetic wave. But there are others forms of targeting an individual, […]

17:44

Engineers Australia : New lab-made diamond at mining’s cutting-edge "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australia getting their QC production lines ready with this advancement. BTW — get ready as the printers are coming soon.


The Australian National University (ANU) has led an international team to create a nano-sized diamond that’s harder than the natural gem and which will be useful for cutting through super-hard mining materials.

ANU Associate Professor Jodie Bradby said her team, including ANU PhD student Thomas Shiell and experts from RMIT, the University of Sydney and the United States, fabricated nano-sized Lonsdaleite, which is a hexagonal diamond only found in nature at meteorite impact sites, such as in Arizona’s Canyon Diablo.

‘This new diamond is not going to be on any engagement rings. You’ll more likely find it on a mining site, but I still think that diamonds are a scientist’s best friend,’ said Assoc Prof Bradby from the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering.

17:00

The Weekend Quiz – January 21-22, 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. A program of fiscal austerity which yields a fiscal surplus will always undermine attempts by the private domestic sector to save overall when the nation's exports are less than the sum of their imports and net income flows.



2. The more funds that commercial banks have on account with the central bank the greater is their capacity to provide loans to customers.



3. If governments sought funding from the central bank for their net spending (deficits) rather than private bond markets then the inflation risk of such spending would remain unchanged.


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16:22

Former Newspaper Editor Who Exposed CIA Found Dead "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former editor of largest newspaper in Germany revealed the CIA pays journalists in Germany, France, Britain, Australia and New Zealand to plant fake stories – and the CIA is trying to bring war to Russia .  January 15, 2017 by Baxter Dmitry Dr Udo Ulfkotte, the former German newspaper editor whose bestselling book exposed how … Continue reading Former Newspaper Editor Who Exposed CIA Found Dead

15:44

Car rams into pedestrians, 3 dead, 20 injured in Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

At least 3 people have been killed and 20 more injured after a vehicle was driven into a crowd of people in the center of Australia's second largest city Melbourne. The incident happened at about 1:30pm local time near Bourke and Elizabeth streets in Melbourne's city centre emergency services said. An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman confirmed that several people were struck by a car while Victoria Police said a number of people had been injured in the incident.

15:33

New Online University Revolutionises Adult Education "IndyWatch Feed National"

ONLINE UNIVERSITY REVOLUTIONISES ADULT EDUCATION global freedom movement

It’s time to build the definitive truthseeker university.

A new online education initiative promises to shake up the way we learn, teaching everything we didn’t learn at school.

Global Freedom University (GFU) is a truly independent community-based online learning hub that will provide the leading-edge and “controversial” information that is left out of mainstream education and general public discourse. The 12 faculties of the new “truthiversity” will feature this diverse material in multimedia formatting to cater to all learning styles.

“Put simply, our mission is to un-slave humanity and provide the information and know-how to people such that they can know who and what they are, and be the authors of their own destiny. We want to remove the Orwellian boot from the face of humankind and replace it with the light of truth and freedom.

We realised people’s need for a more cogent, organised, directed, and efficient way to get the best and most essential information and action steps, so we are creating the GFU to serve that exact purpose.” Global Freedom Movement co-founders Brendan D. Murphy and Aimee Devlin

The crowdfunding campaign to raise $7,000 in much needed funds for Global Freedom University will run for 45 days from January 15th, during which time all contributors will earn their place on the Honour Roll as GFU Founders, and have the opportunity to receive rewards packages corresponding to their investment.

For additional information, please contact Global Freedom Movement here.

15:32

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th January "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – Sydney bluegrass band The Morrisons announced an east coast tour to support their upcoming album. Details here – We posted the full lineup for this year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival including Willie Watson, Melody Pool, Lior, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, […]

15:29

Witness says Melbourne driver yelling 'Allah uh-Akhbar' while ploughing into people "IndyWatch Feed National"

This witness, Stefano, describes the driver screaming at people on the street.@theheraldsun pic.twitter.com/vlJYw6h0iW — Andrea Hamblin (@AndieHamblin) January 20, 2017 BREAKING: police say 3 dead after cars sped into pedestrians in #Melbourne. "Not a counter-terrorism related event." pic.twitter.com/4iIpD0zfu5 — Hugh Riminton (@hughriminton) January 20, 2017 Footage from Melbourne of car...

15:23

Benutzt hier jemand ein Android mit Opus-Support? Hoffentlich ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Benutzt hier jemand ein Android mit Opus-Support? Hoffentlich kriegt ihr dafür Updates.

Das Problem in Mediaserver, das sie da herausheben, der Einzeiler-Patch (das ist übrigens nicht ungewöhnlich) ist im libopus-Repository seit einem halben Jahr gefixt. Wieso hat Google so lange gebraucht?

Der Einsender meint, er habe mal bei Firefox geguckt, und da ist das auch noch ungefixt im aktuellen 51er-Prerelease. Wieso braucht Firefox eigentlich so lange?

Wieso liefern diese ganzen Idioten eigentlich überhaupt eigene Kopien von Upstream-Repositories aus?! Das ist ein völlig sinnloser Angriffsvektor.

Zu ihrer Verteidigung muss man allerdings auch vorbringen, dass Opus das nicht als Security-Fix gekennzeichnet hatte, und mit dem nächsten Release bis vor ein paar Tagen gewartet haben.

And this is why we cannot have nice things.

Update: Man muss auch dazusagen, dass dieser Patch jetzt nicht so dramatisch aussieht. Das eigentliche Problem ist also vermutlich ein Folgefehler von dieser Zeile.

15:00

German Inflation Anxiety Could Bring an Election Shock in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The ECB’s increasingly shrill mantra that it makes policy for the monetary union as a whole and not for its largest member (Germany) could well cause a black swan to appear — in the form of a German political shock this autumn. The Frankfurt-based officials have been ignoring the historical observation of Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Mundell that central banks of federal unions are intuitively alert to symptoms of monetary instability in their dominant economic member — for example: Ontario in Canada and New South Wales in Australia. (California, at around 13% of the US economy does not qualify as “dominant.”)

The German economy is now emitting signals of serious euro-monetary disorder even though these become muffled in the various statistical averages across the euro-area as a whole which register on the dashboards of the Frankfurt monetary bureaucracies. Chancellor Merkel, the modern-day Metternich, fighting desperately to sustain the European status quo, apparently does not hear or see any of the alarm signals. These include a climbing inflation rate (already at 1.7% year-on-year in December — equivalent to 2.5% if as in the US imputed rents of owner-occupied dwellings were included — and widely forecast to be substantially higher in coming quarters). Als...

14:54

Boy Nearly Decapitated While Using THIS Popular Cell Phone Accessory "IndyWatch Feed National"

16-year-old Bradley Willoughby from Queensland, Australia, was nearly decapitated by the most unlikely of cell phone accessories while motorbiking on his parents’ farm. Even though he had taken all the  Full Article »

13:00

The poison of prohibition "IndyWatch Feed National"

‘We should not underestimate the harm that illicit drugs do everyday every day in our community,’ he has stated. A crucial aspect that Dr Gannon ignores is that harm can be significantly heightened through the very act of prohibition. Take for example the prohibition era of America in which alcohol was banned. Alcohol poisoning became more prevalent among drinkers due to two main reasons.

12:47

Donald Trump’s confused thoughts about nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Donald Trump’s very confusing thoughts on nuclear weapons, explained

12:23

Part 40 (C). Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against Humanity. The role of the Australian Law Society in the Tudge Fudge fraud. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against Humanity would not be happening, e.g. the current Tudge Fudge Fraud, if the Australian Law Society practiced what it preaches. If Australian lawyers lived up to their professional standards, neither the “irrelevant” crimes against humanity nor the Tudge Fudge Fraud would be happening.

NOTE: the short link for this URL is: http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-JW

Below is a copy of yet another use of the ‘FORWARD’ button in my Microsoft email program to forward the AFP and UNHRC emails that are shown in parts 40 and 40(B) of this extended posting

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Attention: President or Chief Executive.

Australian Law Society

19th January 2017

There are no “fence sitters” in a humanitarian disaster of holocaust proportions.

I strongly recommend that you follow the advice that I am providing to everyone else, i.e. steps 1 to 10 in the email below to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Commissioner Al Hussein.

With an undisclosed, state sanctioned death toll that could easily be around the 100,000 mark, it is gross hypocrisy for ALS lawyers on both sides of a criminal prosecution to ignore the fact that the AFP, the ACC, SAPOL and the NSW Police, and every state and territory coroner in the nation, refused to acknowledge the persecution and murder of welfare recipients on a scale that under articles 6 & 7 of the Rome Statute, legally justifies the use of the terms “Genocide” and Crimes against humanity.”

The public silence of the ALS on these issues  means that, by act of omission, the ALS is a silent partner in these crimes, i.e. the ALS is giving 21st century meaning to Ella Wheeler Wilcox’s famous quotation, To sin by silence, when we should protest, Makes cowards out of men.

 Please, totally ignore my opinions and consider the Matters of facts and the Questions of Law raised by those facts. When you do this, please remember your own code of conduct:

“Fundamental duties of Solicitors”:

Section 3: “Paramount duty of the court and the administration of justice”.

Sub-section 3.1. “A solicitor’s duty of the court and the administration of justice is paramount and prevails to the extent of inconsistency with any other duty.”

Sub-section 4, “Other fundamental ethical duties- 4.1.4 “avoid any compromise to their integrity and professional independence.

By failing to uphold your own professio...

12:11

Review: Cash Savage & The Last Drinks at Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent (Sydney Festival) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney - January 18, 2017: Cash Savage and The Last Drinks perform during the 2017 Sydney Festival (photo by Jamie Williams/Sydney Festival)

All photos: Jamie Williams/Sydney Festival 

When you mix in equal parts the first two Velvet Underground albums, add some Beasts Of Bourbon and bits of the Cramps, Gun Club and Nick Cave, out comes the not-like-any-of-them-but-inspired-by-them-all Cash Savage & The Last Drinks.

They were simply magnificent – and then some – in the Spiegeltent as part of Sydney Festival. Great songs and a totally in-the-moment band – and then there’s Cash Savage, a true force of nature with (endearing) swagger’n’attitude to burn.

The first and only time I’d seen Cash and her band prior to this show was a lunchtime show at a Melbourne record shop. They were as good as you can be at lunchtime in a Melbourne record shop: okay, but not life changing. In between, I’d been mesmerised and rather obsessed by their most recent album, One Of Us – a significant leap forward from their previous record, which in itself was pretty damn good.

But it’s live that Savage and her Last Drinks come into their own. This was one hell of a powerful, confident and intense show. Just over an hour in length, it drew mainly from the current record, with highlights including ‘Sunday Morning’, ‘Run With The Dogs’ and a storming rendition of their ‘Rat-A-Tat-Tat’.

During the performance, Savage prowled the stage, alternating between playing guitar and simply singing. The Last Drinks themselves were always totally there – right, right there – and frequently breathtaking. Joe White is a mighty fine guitar player, Rene Mancuso plays the thundering rhythms that are so essential to this band’s sound, Chris Lichti is a versatile bass player. And then there was the inspired craziness and passion of Brett Marshall on banjo and Kat Mear’s searing and uplifting violin playing.

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12:05

Part 40 (B). Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against Humanity.’FORWARD’ to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against Humanity could be stopped by the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Al Hussein. Unfortunately, this agency appears to be on an extended Christian break and so the Tudge Fudge Fraud rolls on unhindered by the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

Note: the short link URL for this posting is: http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-Jv

I used the ‘Forward” button in Microsoft Mail to forward the email to the Federal Police that is in my last posting (Part 40) to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Although the plain text email formatting is altered to suit this web page, the text of the to Mr. Al Hussein email is shown below the line is accurate in content:

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hc_al_hussein_largeCommissioner Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Per ...

12:04

Magnitude 6.5 – 67km W of Kirakira, Solomon Islands – January 19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

USGS Event Page
2017-01-19 23:04:20 UTC
Magnitude 6.5
67km W of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
-10.386°S   161.308°E
29.9 km depth

Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate

USGS “The eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates.”
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11:43

Three Silk Road Vendors Convicted for Online Drug Distribution "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A federal jury in Orlando, Florida, found Julian Villa-Gomez Lemus, a 31-year-old from Visalia, CA, guilty of selling drugs via the darknet. Previously—or very shortly before but within the same week—Julian Villa-Gomez Lemus watched his conspirators plead guilty for the same or very similar crimes. All of the defendants shared a conviction: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. However, the degree of each charge varied amongst the men.

According to the indictment, Julian Villa-Gomez, Fadhle Muqbel Saeed, and Alfonso Bojorquez-Vazquez involved themselves in said drug dealing conspiracy. The six-count indictment, only recently unsealed, charged the three with conspiracy to distribute several drugs: marijuana, methamphetamine, and hydrocodone. In addition to the conspiracy charges, the indictment accused the men of aiding and abetting each other and those both “known and unknown to the jury.”


The entire case raised questions online—specifically /r/darknetmarkets—based on the number of aliases involved. For instance, Saeed went by darkexpresso, bonappetit, and Damien Darko. The list of associated cases for some of the men took a decent amount of time to read through. Reddit users questioned why the government waited so long to make the arrests.

The indictment itself only accused the group with marijuana, methamphetamine, and hydrocodone distribution. However, the recent announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida mentions those substances, along with additional ones. According to the announcement mentioned above, the group sold cocaine and steroids as well. “The drugs were sent to purchasers throughout the United States and Australia,” the announcement stated.

During the hearing, according to the DEA, the courtroom heard the classic spiel on how to buy from the darknet, how to buy bitcoins, etc. The group, including known and possibly unknown individuals, conducted 1,300 transactions on Silk Road 2. The gross proceeds of those sales amounted to more than $1.9m—all of which must be forfeited.


The indictment revealed that the group sold starting as earl...

11:36

Groundswell anger over Tweed Valley’s ‘water mining’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Water, water everywhere (and every drop for drink): 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.

Water, water everywhere (and every drop for sale): 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.

By Luis Feliu

A public meeting at the Uki last night revealed a groundswell of widespread discontent around the Tweed Valley over proposals for large-scale extraction of water from bores and bottling for sale.

Uki Hall was packed with around 200 people from around the Tweed vocally against a controversial plan by a former state-government minister to extract water from a bore on his property to sell to a bottling company.

But locals from Dungay, Bilambil and Urliup also vented their anger at plans currently before Tweed Shire Council for contentious major water extraction in their neck of the woods.

Many at the meeting let several Tweed shire councillors attended that underground water supplies belonged to the whole community and should not be sold.

Late last year Uki locals rallied at a similar meeting when it was revealed that Rowlands Creek Road property owner Jack Hallam had lodged the plan to extract 24 megalitres of water a year from the bore on his property to sell it to the bottling plant.

Soon after, Mr Hallam withdrew the plan, but  in October last year he then quietly re-submitted  the proposal for ‘bulk loading and delivery of extracted water’, once again raising the ire of neighbours and Uki locals who called last night’s meeting.

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.

The bore is licensed by the NSW Office of Water for 25-megalitre extraction.

Opponents have expressed concerns abou...

11:21

Patti Smith Announces Her Last Ever Australian Show "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Patti Smith Announces Her Last Ever Australian Show

With six dates across Sydney and Melbourne almost entirely sold out, it’s clear there’s just a bit of demand to see Patti Smith and Her Band when they roll into our country for Bluesfest this year.

Despite the clear love for her here (and everywhere), Bluesfest have today announced that her newly-announced show will be her last ever in the country, and that she’ll be joined by a very special guest.

Singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has received the honour of supporting the legendary songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer at the April 20 show, which will take place at the classic Festival Hall in Melbourne.

These shows were already in high demand, being her first in the country in eight years, but now carry even more weight to them in the wake of the announcement. You now have just one final opportunity in both Sydney and Melbourne to grab a spot, and tickets for the final show are on sale Monday January 23 through Ticketmaster.

Patti Smith and Her Band Final Australian Shows

State Theatre, Sydney NSW – SUN 9 APRIL 2017 – SOLD OUT
State Theatre, Sydney NSW – MON 10 APRIL 2017 – SOLD OUT
State Theatre, Sydney NSW – TUES 11 APRIL 2017
Bluesfest Byron Bay – THU 13 APRIL 2017
Bluesfest Byron Bay – FRI 14 APRIL 2017
Hamer Hall, Melbourne VIC – SUN 16 APRIL 2017 – SOLD OUT
Hamer Hall, Melbourne VIC – MON 17 APRIL 2017 – SOLD OUT
State Theatre, Melbourne VIC – TUE 18 APRIL 2017 – SOLD OUT
Festival Hall, Melbourne VIC – THU 20 APRIL 2017 – on sale Monday January 23rd 10am AEDT

11:05

Knitting Nannas: ‘Are you OUTRAGED?’ "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Lismore KNAG will take their box and their pussies to the streets on Saturday to stand up and sit and knit for a better future for the kiddies. Photo Judi Summers.

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The local loop of Knitting Nannas Against Gas are readying their box and their pussies for a placid protest of the loud and partially pink kind this weekend in preparation for the tough times ahead, and the inauguration of Donald Trump in the US tomorrow our time.

Nanna Jally is a little bit outraged. Photo Judi Summers.

Nanna Jally is a little bit outraged. Photo Judi Summers.

The Nannas have just one question: ‘Are you outraged?’

If you’re as mad as hell and you’re not going to take it any more, if you are fed up with the way our country’s ‘leaders’ deal with the environment, centrelink, health, education, pensions, politicians’ perks, sovereignty, police, the courts, privatisation, climate change, sexism, racism, unionism, taxation, asylum seekers, refugees and anything else that you find incomprehensible, then the Nannas are inviting you to be part of the community to stand up and have your say on the box.

Nanna-Lou-Photo-Judi-Summers-DSCN3656The forum will literally pop-up at 10.30am, tomorrow Saturday 21 January on the corner of Molesworth an...

10:52

preparing for school mornings "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Needless to say, we are well and truly out of the school morning routine.

Dawdling is our preferred pace of late, peppered with a fair bit of disorganisation. We struggle to get out the door before 10am and when we do it’s a bit of a palaver.

This year I’m getting two kids ready for school and while excitement levels are high, I’m well aware that excitement can be distracting.

And then there’s me; just emerging from the first trimester and well and truly out of routine. I definitely need a bit of practice.

And so, come Monday, we’ll be doing a bit of a trial run. It won’t involve school uniforms or the like but I will be up by 6:30am and rousing the kids by seven. And then we’ll do breakfast and dishes and washing out and clothes on and teeth brushed and shoes located.

And we’ll attempt to be in the car with minimal shouting by 8:30am.

And then I’ll drive to the beach or the coffee shop and relish in the fact that I have a whole week till the school run officially begins again.

I’m no expert at super-organised school mornings that flow easily. However, I know that there are a few things that always, without fail, ensure an easier morning routine.

  • create a designated place for school bags and shoes : ours is in the entryway so as soon as we get home of an afternoon the bags are placed beside the desk, unpacked and there they stay till the next morning.
  • pack lunch boxes at night : I never used to do this but last year I was converted. It saves a good twenty minutes in the morning and is particularly helpful if you’ve had an unsettled night with a baby or toddler.
  • encourage your kids to lay out their uniform for the following day : yes, they are capable! And if you don’t do this, you might have to utilise the 15minutes super quick cycle on your washing machine + dryer before school (and that’s never a great start to the day).
  • give the kids a ten minute warning : the key to this being successful is that you need to give it to them when you’ve got twenty minutes spare. A reader shared this trick with me a few years ago and it works a charm. I encourage the kids to sit at the door with bags on their backs and there they wait till I’m ready to leave. It’s incredibly satisfying.

Before school commences I would also encourage you to clear the front of your fridge because the notes that will come home in those first few weeks are of epic proportions (and all very important!).

How are you feeling about the kids going back to school?

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10:44

Interview: glaciologist Jason Roberts in Antarctica – video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Each day glaciologist Jason Roberts flies planes over Antarctica to map the terrain under the ice, trying to discover how climate change will affect sea level rise. Roberts, who works for the Australian Antarctic Division, says the point of his work is to look for the ‘canary in the coalmine', identifying hotspots where warm water is interacting with the east Antarctic ice shelf, making it vulnerable to changing climate conditions that could have drastic implications Continue reading...

10:42

Powerful 6.8 quake strikes near Solomon Islands "IndyWatch Feed National"

An earthquake measuring 6.8 magnitude on the Richter scale has struck west of Solomon Islands at a depth of 33km, according to the US Geologic Survey. The earthquake's epicenter was located some 71 kilometers from the town of Kirakira, the capital of Makira-Ulawa Province in the Solomon Islands. No Tsunami warning has been issued by either the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center or the emergency services of Australia and New Zealand.

10:25

Sparks fly at Wollongbar TAFE "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At just 11 years of age, George tavelled from Queensland but to get his hands and his eyes on some virtual reality gear to see just where his future lies. Photo Tree Faerie.

At just 11 years of age, George traveled from Queensland to get his hands and his eyes on some virtual reality gear to see just where his future lies. Photo Tree Faerie.

Eve Jeffery

The sparks were flying, and building, and discovering and creating this week at Wollongbar as the TAFE hosted its annual Bright Sparks program, a free, three-day science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics event preparing young students and school leavers for jobs of the future.

This event which brings bright sparks and future thinkers together from schools, university and community across the Northern Rivers, is designed for students and their families to take a peek inside the classrooms of the future and get an understanding of the careers that we can expect to emerge.

North Coast TAFE Innovation Consultant Peter Smith said in his introduction to the workshops that our future workforce is undergoing a significant transformation with almost fifty per cent of the current careers likely to change over the next ten years.

The program delivered a wide range of workshops including Clean Energy For Now and Into The Future 3D Life; Next Gen Pilots – Drones; 3D Printing A New Path Forward; The Home: An Alternate Design; Energy: Powering Our Future; Step Into Virtual Reality; Biodynamic Farming & Understanding Soil Quality; Using Human Energy To Brighten Your Day; Coding & Robotics and Scientist Automotive & Science Biodiesel – Fuelling Cars From Kitchen Scraps.

Experts in their fields including Simon Jardine, Brian Forbes, James Novak Mirabai Nicholson, Dale Lindley, Will Gammon and Ronny Matzat were on hand to take questions and tempt visitors with amazing career choice opportunities.

Organisers were very excited that the event had capacity students from as young as ten right up to senior students hungry for information to take their lives and careers into the future.

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10:02

Wordsmiths will be welcomed at Lennox Head Poetry Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The first ever Lennox Head Poetry Festival begins today.

The first ever Lennox Head Poetry Festival begins today.

The very first Lennox Head Poetry Festival kicks off with “Poet’s Pot Luck” this evening at Lennox Bookmark, 2/66 Ballina St, Lennox Head from 5pm to 7pm.

The festival is presented free to the public by the Lennox Arts Board (LAB) and curated by poet and Curtin University academic Susan Bradley Smith.

LAB President Martin Chatterton will open the festival, and Southern Cross University students and staff will perform an interactive, themed reading.

This features local poets Stevi-Lee Alver, Sharon Fearnside, Andrew Woods, Lynda Hawryluk, and Moya Costello.

The free event marks the opening of the festival and organisers said everyone was welcome.

Tomorrow a  “Saturday Night Poetry Fever” will be hosted by Club Lennox from 6pm.

Susan Bradley Smith’s latest book ‘The Screaming Middle’—largely set in Lennox—will be launched. This will be followed by poetry readings from some great poets, and an open mic. Bring along your poems and step up to the mic: prizes are involved and everyone is welcome to read.

A weekend writing workshop “Brave New Voices” with Lana Woolf is also on offer.  The workshop is limited to 16 participants and payment is by donation to the poet.

Email susan.bradleysmith@curtin.edu.au if you’d like to enrol. This is a two day workshop and it is essential that participants attend both Saturday and Sunday.

Poet Lana Woolf will introduce you to biomythography using a series of creative principles t...

09:51

Petition rejects rate rise for Byron residents "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron residents should not be slugged with a 60 per cent increase in rates, according to Byron Labor. (file pic)

Byron residents should not be slugged with a 60 per cent increase in rates, according to Byron Labor. (file pic)

The operators of holiday-let houses and the tourists that visit them should be the ones helping to pay for local infrastructure not local residents, according to a petition being circulated by Byron Labor.

The political group is accusing the Greens Party of pushing for a 60 per cent rate rise instead of looking at other options.

Byron Labor acting secretary Asren Pugh said the proposed rate rise was a lazy and unimaginative response from council leadership ‘and it’s just not good enough’.

‘We have had over 12 years of a Greens Party-led council and our local infrastructure is crumbling, our roads are a mess and the only solution that our Mayor can come up with is a 60 per cent rate rise for local residents” Mr Pugh said.

‘Nearly 30 per cent of council expenditure is spent on looking after tourists. It’s time to make them pay, not slug residents with a massive new bill.

‘The council should be looking at all other options before raising residential rates. Byron Labor has called for the businesses that benefit from tourists to bear the burden of any increased rate rise.

‘We already have the lowest business rates in the region with businesses in places like the Lismore CBD paying double Byrons business rate. The millionaire commercial landlords of Byron Bay can afford to contribute a little more.

‘We also have up to an estimated 1000 holiday let houses across the shire that are taking housing from local people and profiting from tourists.

‘These properties should be helping fund our local infrastructure and they should pay the increased business rates. If a property is holiday let and AirBnb for over 3 months of the year, it is a business, not residential.

‘This would act as a defacto bed tax and mean local accommodation providers are paying something to support the tourists they profit from.

There are other opportunities that should be looked at by council, such as increasing parking fees, particularly at popular tourist hotspots like Main Beach and Wategoes, that would take the pressure off local residents.

Residents can go to...

09:32

NSW Police Are Taking Keep Sydney Open To Court To Stop Their Protest Rally "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

NSW Police Are Taking Keep Sydney Open To Court To Stop Their Protest Rally

The New South Wales Police Commissioner has launched legal proceedings to prevent Keep Sydney Open from hosting a rally in Kings Cross this Saturday night, January 21.

The protest march was announced earlier this week, and is due to include a DJ set by Sydney dance legends Flight Facilities, who themselves got started on the dancefloors of the Cross.

According to Keep Sydney Open’s Facebook statement, the Crown received notice of the rally 11 days ago, on Monday January 9, but the legal action was only launched at 4pm yesterday, Thursday January 19.

These developments follow NSW Premier Mike Baird’s shock announcement of his resignation yesterday, in news that was met with a mix of joy and disdain by anti-lockout campaigners.

This article was originally published on The Brag – follow them on Facebook for more Sydney arts, music and entertainment news.

09:27

Premier Baird was an ‘environmental destroyer’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

The government's anti-protest laws will be discussed at a Mullumbimby pub next week. /Joel Carrett

The government’s controversial anti-protest laws were the centre of discussion last year in Mullumbimby. Photo Joel Carrett

The conservation movement will remember Mike Baird as the premier who repealed some of the state’s most important conservation laws, according to the Nature Conservation Council.

‘Mike Baird might hope to be remembered as a builder, but the NSW conservation movement will remember him as a great destroyer’, Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said.

‘Mr Baird was premier for only a few years but the harm of his backward environmental policies will be felt by our native wildlife, bushland and communities for many years to come,’ Ms Smolski said.

‘On his watch, the Liberal-National government repealed some of the state’s most important nature conservation laws, including the Native Vegetation Act and the Threatened Species Conservation Act, and put in place significantly weaker environmental protections.

‘His legacy is a system of laws that will accelerate land clearing and habitat destruction, and add extinction pressure to the state’s 1000 threatened species.

‘We recognise the Baird government has set a target of net zero carbon emissions, which is a positive signal that carbon pollution and climate change are higher on the Coalition government’s agenda.

‘However, the continued expansion of coal mines in NSW, including in Sydney’s drinking water catchment, and the lack of action on renewables undermines these efforts.

‘We sincerely hope the incoming premier takes a genuine interest in the protection of the astonishing natural beauty and wildlife that is the common legacy of all people in NSW,’ Ms Smolski said.

 

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08:50

Maules Creek CWA Submission to NSW EPA re Air Quality "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

From our own observations, both locally and in the Hunter Valley we have visibly seen the increase in particulate    pollution. The Maules Creek CWA’s  submission here.

 

08:47

Berejiklian frontrunner for Baird’s job "IndyWatch Feed National"

A June 21, 2016 file photo of NSW treasurer Gladys Berejiklian delivers her the 2016-17 budget to the Legislative Assembly in June 2016. AAP Image/Paul Miller

NSW treasurer Gladys Berejiklian delivers her the 2016-17 budget to the Legislative Assembly in June 2016. AAP Image/Paul Miller

SYDNEY [AAP]

Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian is the frontrunner to take over the leadership after Mike Baird’s shock resignation from the state’s top job.

The premier revealed his planned exit via social media on Thursday morning, citing serious health challenges his parents and sister are facing.

Mr Baird’s reign ends next week after being in the top job for two years and nine months.

A party room meeting is planned for Monday and a leadership spill is expected to happen on Tuesday.

Ms Berejiklian, a seasoned and scandal-free politician, confirmed on Thursday she would be would be standing for the role of 45th premier of NSW.

It’s not known if she will have any competitors but it’s believed transport minister Andrew Constance was sounding out support for a tilt.

Another possible contender, planning minister Rob Stokes, who was overseas when the announcement was made, won’t run for the leadership, according to the ABC on Friday.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Ms Berejiklian said she was saddened by Mr Baird’s decision to leave politics and that he was an ‘inspiring leader’ and a ‘man of enormous integrity’.

She also said Mr Baird was a friend and that his leadership had made ‘NSW the economic and infrastructure powerhouse of the nation’.

The state’s deputy premier and Nationals leader John Barilaro, who also learnt about Mr Baird’s retirement plans through the media, said Ms Berejiklian would make a fantastic premier.

Mr Baird has said Ms Berejiklian would be ‘outstanding’ but said he hasn’t backed a...

08:41

Croc sightings on the rise in Qld "IndyWatch Feed National"

Crocodile in northern Queensland. Photo Christian Haugen flickr.com/photos/christianhaugen

Crocodile in northern Queensland. Photo Christian Haugen flickr.com/photos/christianhaugen

Melissa Grant

BRISBANE [AAP]

Crocodiles are being removed from golf courses and suburban waterways as sightings of the reptile rise in Queensland.

Ranger croc call-outs and sightings of the animal were up in 2016, during which NSW woman Cindy Waldron was killed by a croc at a beach north of Cairns.

The biggest one captured was a 4.7 metre monster around the Townsville waterfront precinct, The Strand.

Two were also captured at the suburban St Crispins Lake in Port Douglas after several were spotted, including one basking in a resident’s yard.

Crocs were also removed from golf courses in Cairns and Townsville, while another was handed into Innisfail police after it was seen crossing the Bruce Highway.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection resolved 127 reports concerning crocodiles in 2016 compared with 87 the previous year.

There were 59 confirmed croc sightings, up from 32, and another 378 unconfirmed reports, which was 49 more than in 2015.

The numbers are considerably higher than in 2011 when the department resolved eight reports of concerning crocodiles and there were 56 confirmed sightings plus 270 unconfirmed ones.

Cairns mayor Bob Manning said it was clear crocodile numbers were rising and the problem could not be ignored any longer.

‘All the public want is to know that their children are safe, they want their swimming holes back and they want to be able to feel safe at beaches,’ he told AAP.

‘If crocodiles were starting to find their way south … politicians may pay attention then.’

There have been renewed calls for a crocodile cull, with federal MP Bob Katter leading the charge by calling for...

08:38

Vic group nick flock of chooks: police "IndyWatch Feed National"

Free range chooks near Mullumbimby, NSW. Photo Good Goog Facebook page

Free range chooks near Mullumbimby, NSW. Photo Good Goog Facebook page

Christopher Talbot

MELBOURNE [AAP]

Police pulled over a van in regional Victoria and found five people laying in the back and 42 allegedly stolen chickens.

The group, who are reportedly animal activists, allegedly took the chooks from a poultry farm in Drouin in West Gippsland on Friday morning.

Police say they have interviewed the van driver and his passengers and they were released pending summons.

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08:18

The 7 trade deals being negotiated in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Including the TiSA and RCEP there are seven trade deals AFTINET will be monitoring this year.

The others are:

  1. Australia-Indonesia FTA: This is now a main priority for government with the aim to finish mid-late 2017. Key issues include ISDS, movement of temporary workers and stronger medicine monopolies. Read more.
  2. PACER-Plus: The 2016 deadline for completion was missed after PNG withdrew from the negotiations and Fiji announced that it does not agree with the final text. We are concerned about the deal having negative impacts for Pacific Islands on local employment, government revenue, access to services, health outcomes and food security. Read more.
  3. Australia-India FTA: Negotiations remain on hold but may resume this year. Major issues include ISDS and temporary migrant workers. Read more.
  4. Australia-EU FTA: Talks will begin in 2017 towards an FTA with the EU. A possible separate FTA with Britain cannot begin until Brexit is complete. Read more.
  5. Three ongoing WTO negotiations: Negotiations are ongoing at the WTO for the Information Technology Agreement and Environmental Goods Agreement. Australia is also seeking to join the WTO Government Procurement Agreement, which would lock in restrictions on local content. Read more.

07:57

Mental Health First Aid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Glen Capitalism is a system that can make you sick. Unsafe working conditions, lack of regulations of chemicals, etc., not to mention the...

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07:53

491 reports of dog attacks in 2016 reported across Mackay, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of dog attacks were reported across Mackay Regional Council area last year, despite rules around dangerous dog ownership. The council's health and regulatory services manager, Craig Shepherd, said there was 491 reports of attacks from January 1 to December 31 last year. Reports "varied from barking and growling to biting", Mr Shepherd said. The council investigates all dog attack reports, however there has been "very few instances" where dogs have been euthanased immediately, he added.

07:40

Homelessness needs practical solutions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly Homeless is a problem for a rapidly increasing number of people. It is brought about by the extreme rise in rentals and...

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07:33

From Truman to Trump (Extra War, Hold the Peace) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seventy years ago president Harry Truman signed the National Security Act into law, a decision even he came to regret. We could say the rest is history, except that it is decidedly not. With a new White House occupant in place, Aussie writer Greg Maybury explores herein why this isn't the case.

07:30

Recognising local Widjabul‐Wyabul artists "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo Artwork by Oral Roberts. Supplied by Arts Northern Rivers

Photo Artwork by Oral Roberts. Supplied by Arts Northern Rivers

Widjabul‐Wyabul (or Bundjalung) artists are being sought to create a new work of art in the Lismore quadrangle to be the focal point for the entrance to the new Lismore Regional Gallery. Located off Keen Street the new gallery will also house Arts Northern Rivers who will act as advocates for local artists on site.

The proposed art work will need to be created by drawing or painting, no sculpture is permitted, and aims ‘to provide strong recognition of the original custodians on which the Gallery will be sitting,’ according to the Lismore Council press release. The projects canvas is the existing brick wall adjacent to the car park, leading from Keen Street and is two storeys high. A number of existing feature also need to be incorporated into the project including air‐conditioning units, windows, and exhaust fans.

Mark Cora, the indigenous arts development officer from Arts Northern Rivers, said they are looking for local artists ‘who have the stories and understanding of the local area.’ This is an opportunity for the Bundjalung people to tell their stories and create a sense of ownership at the site.

Artists are being invited to submit an expression of interest that outlines their ideas – not the full design – about how they would approach the project. Three artists will be shortlisted and receive $500 to develop their ideas into a final concept over a two month period.

Projects can be designed by the commissioned artist and executed by contractors as well as including community participation. ‘Projects that utilise community participation, particularly with young Aboriginal people are also permissible,’ said the press release.

The budget for the commission is $38,000 including all costs associated with the piece. Expressions of interest can be submitted until February 10. For more information on submitting a proposal see Lism...

07:11

Centrelink whistleblower reveals massive fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reproduced here is a clarified summary of the whistleblower’s document, courtesy of GetUp Introduction & Summary of Errors Direct Quotes from Introduction “I am a...

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06:51

Byron Writer’s Festival StoryBoard Program Receives $300,000 Catalyst Funding "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A substantial Federal government grant will see StoryBoard – Byron Writers Festival’s free creative writing program– introduced to over 100 Northern Rivers schools every year for the next three years.

The Australian Government’s Catalyst program has granted Byron Writers’ Festival $300,000 over three years to expand the reach of the StoryBoard initiative, first piloted in 2016. The successful 2016 trial saw authors Tristan Bancks and Samantha Turnbull visit more than 20 local regional schools.

Byron Writers Festival Director Edwina Johnson says the grant opens up exciting opportunities for primary and high school students at the 100-plus schools in the region.

“Encouraging active literacy in exciting and creative ways through StoryBoard is a game changer,” she says.

“According to the Northern Rivers Social Profile, our region has higher vulnerability rates than other parts of NSW for children’s social competence, communication skills and general knowledge. Many of our kids aren’t reaching literacy levels that allow them to fully participate in the world and create their futures.”

unnamed (1)The Pocket School

The StoryBoard program offers participating schools a free three-hour workshop with an award-winning author. The students brainstorm, imagine, and create their own short story, based on their lives. StoryBoard also offers support for students through volunteer tutors, and publishing opportunities for students and their stories.

StoryBoard was successful in attracting two other grants last year, enabling the program to purchase a vehicle to take authors and volunteer tutors out to schools. The StoryBoard bus – which will be a work of art in itself – and the workshop approach is configured to create the quirkiness to inspire children, teachers and schools.

Byron Writers Festival is lining up a stellar program of nationally renowned storytellers, ready to begin touring the region early in the 2017 school year.

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03:58

This study found a statistically significant association between the intracranial distribution of gliomas and the self-reported location of the phone. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Dec 1 ;184(11):818-828. Epub 2016 Nov 3. PMID: 27810856 Abstract Title:  The Intracranial Distribution of Gliomas in Relation to Exposure From Mobile Phones: Analyses From the INTERPHONE Study. Abstract:  When investigating the association between brain tumors and use of mobile telephones, accurate data on tumor position are essential, due to the highly localized absorption of energy in the human brain from the radio-frequency fields emitted. We used a point process model to investigate this association using information that included tumor localization data from the INTERPHONE Study (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom). Our main analysis included 792 regular mobile phone users diagnosed with a glioma between 2000 and 2004. Similar to earlier results, we found a statistically significant association between the intracranial distribution of gliomas and the self-reported location of the phone. When we accounted for the preferred side of the head not being exclusively used for all mobile phone calls, the results were similar. The association was independent of the cumulative call time and cumulative number of calls. However, our model used reported side of mobile phone use, which is potentially influenced by recall bias. The point process method provides an alternative to previously used epidemiologic research designs when one is including localization in the investigation of brain tumors and mobile phone use.

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03:44

If This is True- Mankind is Fucked "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trump is our messiah- he is going to SAVE us. There is NO ONE ON EARTH who is more honest- trustworthy- or loveable because he is JUST LIKE JESUS CHRIST. He is going to do what we won’t do for ourselves and will do all the work for us himself! Those bad politicians hate him because he is so great and is working directly with the right hand of God. He LOVES us and he wants to PROTECT us and HELP SAVE us- and he will because he is so genuine and caring! GO TRUMP- AND THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR MESSIAH!!!

And remember to do your part to help stop pedophilia by clicking on a like button on Facebook today!!

03:10

Adorable Red Panda Cub Can’t Stop Hugging Toy That Looks Just Like Her "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

red panda cub taronga zoo stuffed animal toy

As if Maiya—a recovering red panda cub living at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia—wasn’t already completely adorable, the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 2-month-old has recently been photographed with a cuddly new companion: a same-species stuffed animal.

In November, Amala, a beloved red panda at the zoo, gave birth to Maiya. At first, the little one was happy and healthy. Not long ago, however, she was traumatically injured while being carried in her mother’s mouth. “The mum was actually carrying the cub around by the scruff of the neck, which is a common way that red panda mothers do carry their babies,” Tamara Gillies, Maiya’s keeper, told ABC News. “Unfortunately, her saliva or something [got] into the skin folds [and] caused a wound on the cub’s neck.” After assessing the wound, veterinarians and zoo staff made the difficult decision to temporarily separate mom and baby, leaving Maiya with no other red pandas to snuggle up to—that is, until she made a particularly plushy little friend.

As evident in photographs (which are almost too cute to handle), Maiya has bonded with a twice-her-size stuffed red panda. She has become inseparable with the twinning toy, which acts as an improvised cuddle buddy during bottle feedings and snoozes. “The soft toy gives her something with a familiar scent to snuggle and play with,” Gillies explained. “It’s the same color as a real Red Panda and she clings to it using her claws and teeth as she would do with her mum.”

While the plaything has proven to be a sufficient substitute for Amala’s maternal care, the mother and cub will be reunited soon, as Maiya has shown excellent signs of improvement. “She’s definitely a little survivor,” Gillies said. “She’s guzzling down her milk formula, she’s gaining weight every day and the wound on her neck has almost completely healed.” Go Maiya!

Check out photos of the lovable red panda cub and her favorite toy below!

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02:33

Your Body is No Longer Yours: Australia Has Become The First Country To Microchip Its Citizens "IndyWatch Feed National"

You may not have noticed, but there are two kinds of countries in the world these days: Dictatorships led by authoritarians and democracies that are slowly being taken over by  Full Article »

01:55

People Are Knitting Giant Sweaters For Elephants To Keep Them Cozy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Credit: Wildlife SOS India

It’s estimated that within the next ten years, African elephants will go extinct. To protect the beautiful, wise, and intelligent creatures, activists have gone to great lengths to deter and capture poachers who are intent on killing them, as well as rhinos, in the wild. Now, a group of compassionate activists is knitting sweaters for the large land mammals in India to keep them cozy and to show love. 

According to Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center, a cold front is moving across northern India and everyone is beginning to feel the chill – including wildlife. To protect the sanctuary’s pachyderm residents, activists in the nation have volunteered to knit giant sweaters to keep the previously abused mammals warm and protected.

Credit: Wildlife SOS India

Local villagers were eager to collaborate and custom-knit large sweaters for the elephants and did so with a smile. Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, told The Dodo that it took about four weeks for them to complete one. However, that time frame didn’t stop them from quickly creating more.

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00:26

Centrelink's monumental clusterf*ck continues "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


As the Turnbull Government response grows more heavy-handed, community resistance grows......
Crikey, 19 January 2017:
Just as Australians were ringing in the new year and the public campaign against Centrelink's massively scaled-up debt recovery program was beginning to pick up steam, a legislative change removed a time limit that meant a certain number of welfare debts used to expire.
Previously, unlike other debts to the government, notably those owed to the Australian Taxation Office, welfare debts would lapse if no action was taken to recover them in six years.
Agencies like Centrelink could fairly easily restart the six-year limit, by taking a basic action like opening the client's record and doing a basic review, but nonetheless it resulted in some debts expiring because the agency did not have enough resources to pursue them all.
From January 1 it was removed entirely by the Budget Savings (Omnibus) Act, shortly after the government asked Centrelink to identify and recover hundreds of thousands more debts than it ever has before by significantly decreasing the amount of administrative effort spent on each one.
The various pieces of legislation amended by the act now say welfare debt recovery actions can take place "at any time" and according to the act's explanatory memorandum:
"This will align social welfare debt recovery with the arran...

00:16

#NotMyDebt: "Treating Australians like crap is going to get you crap poll results" "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The “false debt” disaster rolls on, with the Turnbull Government attempting some window dressing in the hope of reversing bad polling.

News.com.au, 16 January 2016:

AN Australian of the Year finalist has also become embroiled in the Centrelink debt recovery debacle, after being sent an incorrect debt notice due to the automatic debt recovery system.

Queensland medical researcher Dr Janet Hammill, who works voluntarily and lives off the age pension, was sent a debt notice for $7600, The Guardian reports.


The 76-year-old had reportedly received a $26,000 research over parts of 2011 and 2012, which she fully reported to Centrelink at the time.

But the system appears to have averaged the grant across 2012 and deemed her overpaid.

But Centrelink’s automated debt recovery system appears to have averaged the grant across all 26 fortnights of 2012, before deeming her to have been significantly overpaid.

Hammill said she had struggled to contact anyone at Centrelink.

“You feel so helpless, I mean for heaven’s sakes, you can look through my CV and see that I’m not helpless,” Hammill told The Guardian....

00:15

Want to know who the world can blame for what is occurring in America today? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Today at noon Washington DC time (4am Saturday 21 January Sydney time) this profoundly ignorant man, Donald John Trump, will be sworn in as 45th President of the United States of America.

Business Insider, 8 November 2016

This is occurring because one month previously on 19 December 2016 the U.S. Electoral College1 met to confirm Donald Trump by vote as the President2despite Trump losing the popular vote at the 8 November presidential election by over 2.8 million votes.

Electoral College places are allotted to states proportionate to each state's population, each place can only be filled by a person resident congressional district in that state and a person is barred from a place at the college if he/she holds an office of profit or trust in that state. Members generally hold a leadership position in their party or were chosen to recognize years of loyal service to the party. Throughout our [U.S.] history as a nation, more than 99 percent of Electors have voted as pledged.

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20:53

Huawei product designers arrested and charged with espionage for giving intel to LeEco "IndyWatch Feed National"


While it's not talked about often, industrial espionage is rampant in the mobile technology business. Competing fairly and sensibly can only get one so far in a field this challenging, saturated and fast-paced. So if one is to go about sneaking into their rival's backyeard, they best not forget the number one rule of espionage – which is "don't get caught!"

Sadly, it seems six product designers at Huawei forgot this most important rule while leaking confidential data to fellow Chinese firm LeEco. The latter has been making headlines with its efforts of selling its affordable smartphones in the U.S. at competitive prices while working on stuff like smart bycicles and electric cars, among many other things.

Huawei has already pressed charges against the alleged snitches. Meanwhile, LeEco denies receiving information from them and bounces the topic back to another pressing matter. Huawei insists that LeEco stole 2 technological patents for an antenna design and a children's smartwatch from them. The alleged informants' recent arrest is another drop of bad blood between the two.

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20:50

Campaigners back hijab-wearing girls in Australia Day advert row "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Far-right groups claimed that the original image misrepresented Australia Day

20:33

How Washington created disaster in Honduras "IndyWatch Feed National"

My investigation in US magazine Truthout (and my photos from Honduras are here):

Members of indigenous group Copinh protesting in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, July 2016. (Photo: Antony Loewenstein)

Members of Indigenous group COPINH protesting in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, July 2016. (Photo: Antony Loewenstein)

Armed men wearing ski masks suddenly appeared in the distance. On a dirt road in northern Honduras, between the city of Tocoa and the small village of Punta de Piedra, a massive drug raid was underway. Dozens of men in bulletproof vests with high-calibre weapons swarmed the area: members of the Honduran military and police as well as US-trained Tigres and Cobra forces. They burst forcefully into this area where drug trafficking was rampant.

I was travelling toward the Atlantic coast when I was stopped at a roadblock and ordered out of the car. My translator, my driver, a local Indigenous leader and I were all questioned by the masked police officer about our destination, profession and intentions. What’s happening here, my translator asked? “Too many traffickers, even during the day,” the policeman replied. We discovered that the raid’s purpose was to find a local drug kingpin and anybody working for him.

However, the absurdity of the mission was soon apparent. After arriving at the peaceful town of Iriona Puerta, no more than 15 minutes away from the raid, I was shown the house of the chased drug trafficker. It was a large wooden structure overlooking a calm river, with apparently nobody home, adjacent to the government’s municipal building and across the road from the main police station. The drug boss had little to fear, I was told by locals, because officials in the district protected him.

The house of a drug dealer in the northern Honduran town of Iriona Puerta, July 2016. (Photo: Antony Loewenstein)

The house of a drug dealer in the northern Honduran town...

19:30

Syria: The 'barrel bomb' farce - consign it to the propaganda graveyard "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Every time one of these barrels strikes, it is the seismological equivalent of a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, and it happens around 50 times a day. (In Syria)You can't dial 911. You can't dial the fire service. You can't call the local police department. They don't exist." ~ James Le Mesurier, British ex-military trainer of the NATO-state, multi-million-dollar-funded White Helmets, based in Gaziantep, Turkey. In an interview with CNN in May 2015, this is the claim made by British mercenary trainer of the White Helmets to Dr Sanjay Gupta. Again, in June 2015, Le Mesurier made a similar claim to an audience during a speech at The Performance Theatre, Lisbon entitled very grandly, "Act 1: Witnesses to history in the making". On the front page of the fraudulently named Syria Civil Defence aka the NATO state sponsored, White Helmets, there is the same claim made by the extensively discredited, Ammar Al Salmo, "leader" of the Syria Civil Defence in Aleppo: Al Salmo's "evidence" was pivotal to the US alliance claims that, on 21st September 2016, Russian jets had targeted a humanitarian convoy to the west of Aleppo - Urum al Kubra, causing international outcry and almost precipitating a terrifying escalation of the conflict between Russia and the US on Syrian soil. Claims that were universally debunked, as were so many before them. Syricide on Twitter produced a video that demonstrates the grave anomalies in the Al Salmo report, that was used to trigger international outrage against Russia and the Syrian government. In November 2016, Raed Saleh, president of the White Helmets and "humanitarian" poster boy for the international community supporting the terrorist support group, gave an acceptance speech for the Right Livelihood Award. During this speech, Saleh reinforced the barrel bomb/earthquake imagery and increased the magnitude to a whopping 8:0 Here is the segment of the speech in which Saleh presents the barrel bomb case. Just after the liberation of East Aleppo by the Syrian Arab Army and allies, BBC Radio 4 interviewed James Le Mesurier who trotted out the usual platitudes regarding his band of "selfless humanitarians", described, universally as "Nusra Front civil defence" by Syrian civilians freed from almost five years of Nusra Front-led terrorist and extremist imprisonment, supported by the interventionist alliance of the US, UK, EU, Gulf States, Turkey, Israel, Canada, Jordan & Australia & Co.

18:07

Meet the Girl Whose Cat is a Travel Blogger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Annie Yardhan has been travelling around the world for the past six months carrying her cat Mia in her backpack. Her blog IFollowMyCat.com and Instagram @Ifollowmycat  have received global attention and thousands of loyal followers after Buzzfeed wrote an article listicle about them last month. Annie and Mia have backpacked through 15 countries together, and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

N: How did you come up with the concept for the blog?

A:  It’s funny that you use the word ‘concept’. I don’t see my lifestyle as a concept at all. I fell in love with solo travel when I was twenty and did my first Contiki trip in America. The two and a half months I was there, I met such incredible people and grew as a person, but I wasn’t fully content. To be apart from my warm ball of fur, my best friend, was hard. A lot of people laugh at that, but I don’t care what they think. I knew when I travelled again I wanted to bring Mia along, so I did, and started sharing all our adventures and challenges with the world.

N: In your blog you write that when you’re stuck on which country to go to next, you open up a map and wherever Mia places her paw, you go. Is this true?

A: Yes! I don’t always travel based on the whims of a cat’s paw of course, but a few times I have done this and it has been awesome. After spending a month in Spain last summer, I felt overwhelmed with all Europe had to offer, so I left it to Mia’s spontaneity. I opened up a big paper map of Europe for Mia and straightaway she picked Serbia. I did some research to make sure it was feasible then off we went. If blogs consistently brag about travel that is ‘off the beaten track’, how much more hipster is my idea?

N: What have been the reactions of other people upon seeing you and Mia?

A: Mia is very sociable and having her around is the best way to make friends. She really helps to ease my nerves when I am in a new country and don’t know the language because locals always want to help the girl with the cat in her backpack. When I was shopping at a local market in Azerbaijan Mia somehow managed to wiggle out of my backpack. I was so panicked when I couldn’t find her for twenty minutes, then suddenly I heard a loud burst of laughter. I found Mia being stroked by an old moustached shopkeeper while his little son fed her some fresh tuna. The shopkeeper ended up inviting us to lunch at his house (entirely through sign language) and w...

18:02

Online compliance system is fundamentally flawed and must be abandoned "IndyWatch Feed National"

19th January 2017

The National Social Security Rights Network has been working since last year to help people respond to debts raised by Centrelink's new o

17:35

Review: Football collides with contemporary dance in ‘Champions’ (Sydney Festival) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Champions (5) - photo by Heidrun Lohr

All images by Heidrun Lohr 

Champions is the football equivalent of that scene in Honey where Jessica Alba choreographs a dance inspired by the movements of basketball players. For this production, FORM Dance Projects have worked with the Western Sydney Football Club to create a piece that playfully tackles the similarities and differences between their two disciplines. The resulting performance is warm, cheeky and captivating.

The amount of people who watch the Soccer World Cup each year might outnumber the audience at Carriageworks significantly, but you still walk away from Champions with a sense that the elegance of sport and the athleticism of dance are comparable.

Champions (2) - photo by Heidrun Lohr

Walking into Bay 17, the atmosphere of a grand final match is palpable. It is in everything from the balloon-arched entrance to the delightfully comical mascot, following through to the tension in the dancers’ movements. It’s so real at times that the audience yell out whoops of encouragement from the ‘stands’.

Champions tows the line between sport and dance in an attempt to bring non-dance fans on side. It achieves this by being charmingly self-deprecating. In a pre-recorded ‘half-time interview’ with Channel 7 sports commentator Mel McLaughlin, dancer Cloe Fournier jokes; “You wouldn’t be the first person baffled by contemporary dance.”

Champions (1) - photo by Heidrun Lohr

But Champions does more than just mimic the movement of a football match. By poking fun at the classic tropes of sports commentary, the show leads you through the careers and personal stories of each of the dancers complete with the kinds of...

17:26

Keep Sydney Open Slam ‘Out Of Touch’ And ‘Gutless’ Baird For Ruining The City "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Keep Sydney Open Slam ‘Out Of Touch’ And ‘Gutless’ Baird For Ruining The City

Keep Sydney Open have released a public statement on the resignation of Mike Baird, wishing him well, while highlighting his many failures, and the fact that he is out of touch.

“We wish the Premier well”, Tyson Koh said in the statement. “His commitment to the job during health crises in the Baird family is admirable and we wish only the best for them.

“We never hoped for Premier Baird’s resignation, instead we hoped he would be a constructive partner who’d pursue smart policy that could make Sydney both vibrant and safe.

“Mike Baird never pursued that goal. While the greatest cities in the world continue to respect nightlife and enjoy innovative night time safety strategies, Mike Baird refused to consider these examples and instead believed only in the blunt instrument of a curfew.

“The Premier’s statement today reflected on the successes of Andrew Stoner, Troy Grant, John Barilaro and himself. We reflect on their failure to address Sydney’s night time economy. They proved themselves to be out of touch and not listening. Many people and businesses are suffering but they’re too removed to see it. Their lack of leadership failed the community.

“Now the NSW government has a remarkable opportunity before it, Sydney is ready to be revitalised with smart solutions to guarantee fun, culture, economic opportunity and safety for all Sydneysiders. We are ready to work with the new leader of the government to achieve all of these results.

“Keep Sydney Open’s role in NSW will not be ending with the political career of Mike Baird,”said Koh. “Keep Sydney Open is ready to defend the vibrancy, colour and small businesses of our community against any lawmakers who unfairly target them.”

Koh was less diplomatic when speaking to The Music earlier in the day, stating: “He’s taken a wrecking ball to much of the city and now doesn’t have to face the consequences of his actions. It’s quite gutless, really.

“Keep Sydney Open will keep up the pressure on the new Premier, who we hope will work with us to restore Sydney’s nightlife and confidence as a music destination.”

17:01

The Bush Music Club "Songs from the Shearing Sheds" Mono LP 1966 Re-issue "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Another welcome offering from the Victorian Bush Folkie.

The Bush Music Club was inaugurated in Sydney in 1954 and is still very active today. The renowned collector, John Meredith, was one of the founders and is also featured is a lead singer on this album.

This album was originally released in about 1959 under the title "Songs of the Swaggies" and then released in about 1966 as "Songs from the Shearing Sheds". Both titles are equally misleading.

The LP itself has cleaned up fairly well. The recording and editing was of a reasonable standard for 1959 especially considering that it was almost certainly a budget production leading to some distortion.

But we do need to recognise that the context is that the performers were a group of ardent enthusiasts seeking to generate greater interest in Australia's folk music legacy (these were very early days in the folk music revival period and Australian folk music was being swamped by American influences in the popular music scene).

Frankly, the performances are, IMHO, pretty ordinary especially in respect to instrumental backing  The percussion is often overdone and discordant and the tin whistle is quite shrill at times. For me, it is a pretty disappointing album but that should not distract from the significant contribution that these people made to the early popularising of Australian folk music.

The download file is small because it is mono.

Tracklist
1. Charlie Mopps (First time I have heard that one for many years - great song)
2. The Ballad of Catalpa
3. To the Shores of Botany Bay.
4. Dennis O'Reilly
5. Paddy Fagan
6. 16000 miles from Home
7. Nine miles from Gundagai
8. The Ryebuck Shearer
9. The Drover's Dream
10. The Ram of Dalby
11. The Flash Stockman
12. Jog along till Shearing

Click here to download album as MP3 224-256 VBR mono. 23MB
You will need to decompress the downloaded file. Let me know if the link fails at mr.stockman@gmail.com.

16:59

Gallery: Winners and grinners at the 2016 FBi SMAC Awards "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photography Tim da-Rin | www.timdarin.com | @timdarin

Sydney, you stunners.

On Tuesday 17 January, the FBi SMAC Awards ceremony took place at Carriageworks, celebrating the best of Sydney music, arts and culture in 2016. Broadcast live on FBi 94.5fm, the night was hosted by our own Friday Arvos dream duo, Sweetie and Al, and featured live performances from Julia Jacklin, L-Fresh The Lion and Middle Kids.

See the full list of 2016 winners here.

Big thankyou to Diabolique, Tim Da-Rin and Yaya Stempler for these photos.

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16:55

Community Billboard 20 January – 27 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 20 January – 27 January appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

16:35

Listen to Trent Williams’ New Single “What Do You Call a Man” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Trent Williams Sydney based singer-songwriter Trent Williams has just released his new single “What Do You Call a Man” and it’s really really good. The track is taken from his upcoming debut EP Stories From Our Times which is due for release imminently. Take a listen to “What Do You Call a […]

16:29

Goodbye Baird, Koalas, Leonard Cohen….? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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We wanted to ask Mike Baird if he could imagine Australia without koalas? But he made a tactical retreat from politics this week by resigning – some would say NSW just got too hot for the Premier whose popularity has been severely dinted in the past 12 months by community opposition to his government’s controversial public works projects, such as WestConnex and the Eastern Suburbs Light Rail.  Thousands of trees have been lost on Baird’s watch, taking with them countless owls, bats, possoms, sugar gliders, birds, insect pollinators and other unique Australian fauna and flora.  This has upset the electorate. So it’s back to banking for Mr Baird…

But concerning koalas specifically – we whacked on a bit of Leonard Cohen (The Future from the album named the same) and called Dr Oisin Sweeney, the senior ecologist from National Parks Association of NSW.  While Leonard intoned these rather pessimistic lyrics – “Take the only tree that’s left, And stuff it up the hole, In your culture…” Oisin said he is hopeful that these unique Australian mammals will be around in another 50 years, but only if we stop destroying their habitat.  “Australia is one of the worst performing countries” in terms of protecting its ecosystems, he told us, and the temperate forests which house koalas are disappearing. In 1924 over 2 million koala pelts were exported from Eastern Australia to the world. Today we don’t skin them, but the koala population in NSW has plummeted to about 36,000 as their eucalyptus homes are razed to make way for more housing estates, roads and coal mines, leaving them prey to dogs, cars and disease.

Many facebook feeds this week showed pics of thirsty koalas being watered by garden hoses as temperatures hit the 40s across the state. If you want to do more to help them,...

16:23

World has hottest year on record "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian mean temperature deciles from January 1 to December 31, 2016. Australians endured unusually warm and wet conditions in 2016, with the year punctuated by extreme weather events including fierce fires and damaging floods, according to an annual climate statement released by the Bureau of Meteorology on Thursday. AAP Image/Bureau of Meteorology

Australian mean temperature deciles from January 1 to December 31, 2016. Australians endured unusually warm and wet conditions in 2016, with the year punctuated by extreme weather events including fierce fires and damaging floods, according to an annual climate statement released by the Bureau of Meteorology on Thursday. AAP Image/Bureau of Meteorology

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The world endured its hottest year ever in 2016 prompting calls for Australia and other countries to move quicker to cut greenhouse gas emissions to halt global warming.

The World Meteorological Organisation says global average temperatures were 0.07C warmer than the previous hottest year in 2015 and 1.1C higher than during the pre-industrial period.

The Climate Council says the latest data shows that the window of opportunity to avoid the most damaging impacts of climate change is almost closed.

While scientists have urged more rapid and drastic cuts to greenhouse emissions to limit global warming to the two degrees proposed in the Paris agreement.

‘Month after month, year after year, we are seeing records fall and every year without effective action makes the task of applying the brakes on the long-term trend more difficult,’ the Climate Council’s Professor Will Steffen said.

‘We aren’t moving nearly fast enough on emission reductions.’

Without action the record-breaking temperatures experienced in 2016 would soon become the norm, Australian National University climate scientist Sophie Lewis said.

‘Within just a decade or two, we can expect these record hot temperatures to become average or even cool year...

16:23

Mobiles, metadata and the meaning of ‘personal information’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Federal Court has today determined not to resolve the great privacy question leftover like a bad hangover from 2013: When is information ‘about’ Ben, and when is it ‘about’ a device or a network?

While at first glance you might think that the Privacy Commissioner losing an appeal would be bad news for privacy, the decision in Privacy Commissioner v Telstra Corporation Limited [2017] FCAFC 4 is not quite the train wreck that some have suggested.  It has not gutted the definition of ‘personal information’, nor has it said that metadata from telecoms is not protected by the Privacy Act.  It simply clarified that the word ‘about’ is an important element in the definition of ‘personal information’.

That might not sound like something worth arguing about, but understanding this little word ‘about’ has been critical in the on-going case involving Telstra and the definition of ‘personal information’ – upon which all our legislated privacy principles rely.

First, the background. When the Australian Government was preparing in 2013 to introduce its mandatory data retention laws, to require telcos to keep ‘metadata’ on their customers for two years in case law enforcement types needed it later, tech journo Ben Grubb was curious as to what metadata, such as the geolocation data collected from mobile phones, would actually show. He wanted to replicate the efforts of a German politician, to illustrate the power of geolocation data to reveal insights into not only our movements, but our behaviour, intimate relationships, health concerns or political interests.

While much fun was had replaying the video of the Attorney General’s laughable attempt to explain what metadata actually is, Ben also worked on a seemingly simple premise: “the government can access my Telstra metadata, so why can’t I?

Exercising his rights under what was then National Privacy Principle (NPP) 6.1, Ben sought access from his mobile phone service provider, Telstra, to his person...

16:13

Mardi Gras Film Festival 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Mardi Gras Film Festival 2017

2SER is a proud Media Partner of Mardi Gras Film Festival 2017

Welcome to the 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival.

Queer Screen are proud to have almost 100 screenings across Sydney, Canberra and regional NSW. Check out some of the highlights or browse the full program to find some of your new favourite LGBTIQ films.

More info and tickets HERE

16:05

El Guincho - at Oxford Art Factory "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

El Guincho - at Oxford Art Factory

Mistletone & 2SER Present El Guincho at Oxford Art Factory February 15

The great El Guincho of "Bombay" fame brings his kaleidoscopic Spanish fireworks back to Sydney for the first time in 5 years for a full band performance with special dreamboat guest Donny Benet.

A favourite with Australian audiences, El Guincho has transformed huge crowds into ecstatic tropical dance parties at Meredith Music Festival and Laneway. Emerging from a five year break, Canary Islands-born Pablo D az-Reixa - or El Guincho, as he is known and loved - shared a new album, HiperAsia, earlier this year.

Released locally via Mistletone, HiperAsia is another enormous musical leap for El Guincho, recorded in the Canary Islands, Barcelona and Madrid, in a chaotic period for Southern Europe. The music that has emerged is immediately disconcerting; prickly, bright and uncompromising and demanding, it has resonated with a whole new audience of El Guincho fans.

El Guincho changed the face of music videos with his viral hit "Bombay" (over 2.3 million hits), which echoes in his wild new videos for "Comix" and "Pizza" (see bel0w). He has recently been nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video for "Comix".

Ever the innovator, El Guincho is reinventing music distribution, having launched his HiperAsia collection with wearable tech which comes with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology and an animated Vaporwave short film.

"El Guincho's most resolutely electronic work yet, Hiperasia buzzes like an ice-cream headache (and) reaches frequencies most indie-electronic fusions never knew existed" - PITCHFORK

"A vivid, feverish soundworld of Auto-Tuned vocals, idyllic electronics and machine beats solid enough to stand alongside the best US R&B currently has to offer" - THE WIRE

More info and tickets HERE

15:36

#Solar to power Melbourne trams as Australia’s GHG emissions rise reports @takvera "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lily D’Ambrosio, the Victorian Energy and Environment Minister, stepped forward today to announce that Melbourne’s tram network will be powered by 100 per cent Solar. Not directly of course. But the government will issue a tender for a new 75MW capacity large scale solar farm to supply the equivalent power needed for the tram network […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

15:36

Brace Yourself: Hitler, Churchill And Thatcher Reborn In Australian Theatre Tour "IndyWatch Feed National"

ADVERTORIAL: Award winning British actor and playwright Pip Utton makes his Australian debut touring three of his most ground breaking  plays, illustrating history’s most notorious leaders.

“Terrifying, Searing, Transfixing. It is impossible to be anything other than totally absorbed” – The Scotsman

Utton’s award winning one-man-performances offer five-star theatrical portraits of German dictator Adolf Hitler and British prime ministers Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.

A scene from Pip Utton's Churchill.A scene from Pip Utton’s Churchill.

Adolf is live theatre at its best, with themes and subjects that touch us all. It is powerful, dramatic challenging, divisive, illustrative and educational. It is utterly provocative and totally necessary. This production comes with a sting in its tail so powerful that it forces you to look within your own self as it plummets to the very source of racism and exposes how its influence lurks just below the surface of our own lives.

The tension rises in Playing Maggie as The Iron Lady steps aside from her lectern and addresses you directly. Now it is your turn. The real reason you have come to watch this show. Raise your hand and ask the questions that have burned you for years. Some answers will make your blood boil. Some will make you laugh. But every single answer will portray a level of honestly you won’t be able to escape.

A scene from Pip Utton's Playing Maggie.A scene from Pip Utton’s Playing Maggie.

A moment of magic is shared in Churchill as Big Ben chimes and strikes 13, a time when once a year for just over an hour, the statues of the greatest statesmen in Parliament Square, London, come to life once again.

In the current political climate, there’s been no better time to look back at history’s leaders – both good and bad – and see what their legacy has created.

This is the kind of theatre people talk about – it causes controversy everywhere it goes, and it is important that it is seen.

For tickets and venue details, click here.

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15:18

Dismay Over Democracy: Alternative Policies For 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has sunk to many new lows in recent years. Professor Stuart Rees outlines some ideas for a kinder, fair go nation.

In the wake of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the prospect of right wing successes in European elections and, in Australia, the rudderless Turnbull government, social analysts insist that citizens have lost faith in democracy.

In response to public dismay about capitalism and democracy, plus major political parties’ fear of an angry populism, Professor John Hewson has argued that the status quo should be thrown out and replaced by a complete policy re-think. I wrote a re-think analysis and submitted it to the Sydney Morning Herald who replied that they would not publish me, their disinterest seeming to reflect the assumption of mainstream press that the public is seldom interested in serious analyses.

Nevertheless, here for another readership is the re-think. It requires a reversal of the market-oriented convention that tinkering with an economy must precede efforts to build a just society: economy first, society later. A reversal of that way of thinking begins by emphasizing commitments to human rights and to social justice as catalysts for a vibrant economy.

 

The Consequences of Injustice

Sir Michael Marmot’s 2016 Boyer Lectures stressed the social and financial costs of injustice as illustrated by the links between ill health and crime, by the negative effects of poverty on early child development and by the formula – the fewer the years of education, the higher the risks of early death.

His perspectives on inequalities produce two policy priorities: the need to promote equal educational opportunities, hence the value of Gonski-type funding; and the need to defend and extend Medicare, not least by paying belated attention to mental and dental services.

Sir Michael repeated his concern about the limited life expectancy of Aboriginal people, the country-wide rates of youth suicide and the obscene rates of incarceration of Indigenous citizens. Each of those outcomes expresses violence. It is a violence defined by evidence of physical force, but also by a stifling of individuals’ opportunities for development.

Elder Kingie Ross, pictured in his humpy in the remote Utopian outstation of Irrultja.Elder Kingie Ross, pictured in his humpy in the remote Utopian outstation of Irrultja.

Australian politicians acknowledge the consequences of domestic violence and have supported the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sexual abuse of children, but there’s little evidence of thinking of Australia as a non-violent...

15:04

The New Australian Order: Moving Power From The Courts To Peter Dutton Doesn’t Just Harm Asylum Seekers "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new report shines a light on the growing powers of the Minister. When norms like the presumption of innocence are challenged, we all lose, writes Max Chalmers.

Imagine a neighbour accuses you of a crime. The police investigate and file charges. It’s a minor crime, the neighbour says you stole a lawnmower, but their anger spurs police to push ahead. Before the case is complete the police drop the charges; the lawnmower turns up at the back of the neighbour’s shed.

For an Australian citizen, that would be the end of the matter. For an asylum seeker living in the community as their application is processed, the same encounter could well result in an indefinite period behind bars.

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Since the Coalition government decided to start turning boats of asylum seekers back to sea – more or less regardless of the age, condition, or experiences of those on board – the composition of Australia’s onshore detention centres has changed.

New Zealanders are now the largest cohort in detention, mostly people who have fallen foul of Section 501 of the Migration Act, which allows the Minister for Immigration to cancel a visa on the basis of that elusive trait, “character”.

With people who have lived most of their lives in Australia being deported in significant numbers, the Minister’s discretion has drawn consistent attention and criticism. But far less discussed has been the impact of a law allowing the Minister to effectively preside over the lives of asylum seekers like an absent judge, second-guessing the actual judiciary.

new matilda, refugeeAsylum seekers, as captured in the documentary film ‘Chasing Asylum’.

The powers relate to people on bridging visas, those who arrived by boat and are now living in the community while waiting for their refugee claims to be assessed. When somebody in this position is charged with a crime, the Minister has the power to return them to detention as soon as the charges are laid.

That may sound benign, but thanks to a recent report from the Commonwealth Ombudsman, as well as the work of the volunteers and advocates who visit our detention centres, we know just how fraught, unfair, and ca...

15:03

To all 33rd class Australian Army Apprentices - 40th year since enlistment commences now! "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week marks the fortieth year since the 33rd class of Australian Army Apprentices marched in to Balcolmbe Barracks. Looking back at old mates and memories it's pretty clear that the Army Apprentices School really was home to the cream of Australia's youth. Trained hard, worked hard, played hard, done...

15:00

Droudis Trial, Part 8: My Eight Complaints "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Ayatollah (L), striking a pose by Mary W Maxwell, LLB I doubt very much if Amirah Droudis committed the crime. My guess is that a professional killer did it. For an amateur to have done it, it would surely have been courting immediate arrest. I feel really bad about criticizing this judge. Either I […]

14:44

The National Hoax: How Did Queensland Ever Fall For Australia Day? "IndyWatch Feed National"

We’ll never have unity around January 26, argues Jeff McMullen. So it’s time to start talking about a new national day.

There is something absurd about celebrating Australia Day on January 26th. It’s even crazier in this important year when there is intense national debate about Treaties, Sovereignty and how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people want to be recognised.

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We pretend as a nation to care what our First People say and want, but since 1938 when Pearl Gibbs, Jack Patton, William Cooper and Bill Ferguson led the first Day of Mourning by Aboriginal people, it has been perfectly clear that most cannot and will not joyfully celebrate a day of dispossession.

The whole thing is a tragic hoax that began when Sydney wanted to assert its superiority over the rest of the country by commemorating the day the English fleet sailed through the Heads. I am surprised Queenslanders fell for it.

Eddie Mabo, photographed during his time in Townsville. In 1981 a land rights conference was held and Mr. Mabo made a speech to the audience where he explained the land inheritance system on Murray Island. This speech lead to a 10 year process which resulted in the High Court's historic decision to overturn the legal doctrine of Eddie Mabo, photographed during his time in Townsville. In 1981 a land rights conference was held and Mr. Mabo made a speech to the audience where he explained the land inheritance system on Murray Island. This speech lead to a 10 year process which resulted in the High Court’s historic decision to overturn the legal doctrine of “terra nullius”. Ca. 1970 (IMAGE: City Libraries Townsville, Local History Collection, Flickr)

Most of the country showed common sense for years by ignoring January 26th and it was not until 1994 that the whole country joined in this phony national holiday.

To choreograph a shallow display of unity and nationalism, somehow expecting the First People of this land to ignore the history and the enormous injustice, shows we have not yet matured. We need to set a lot of things right and be serious about unity.

Most of the First Peoples have long said that they want something better, a recognition of the land and its people, a history that is at least 2,000 generations old, not the few hundred years since the English Fleet.

Joy...

13:44

Barty powers into third round at Australian Open "IndyWatch Feed National"

ASHLEIGH Barty’s return to tennis is already a screaming success, last night sweeping into the third round of a grand slam for the first time. Barty set up her Australian Open round-three appearance with a convincing 7-5 6-1 win on over American Shelby Rogers. And she has a golden chance to make it into the fourth round, next facing German qualifier Mona Barthel, who upset Olympian champion Monica Puig. Barty returned to tennis early last year after a stint playing professional cricket, with the Australian Open her first major campaign since the 2014 US Open.

13:31

What Is a Successful Society? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Plato, Hegel, Aristotle, You and Me

It’s like clockwork.

I say: “these societies are successful”. Instantly, a coterie of people appears and raises two objections. One: “that society is not successful! It’s not perfect!”. Two: “that society is not successful! No society can be!”.

Let’s unpack these for a minute, because it will teach us something interesting.

There are three ways to judge a thing. The first is the Platonic way: we compare it to an ideal. We do this with people — and it poisons our relationships. We do it with societies — and this is the leftist objection: no society lives up to my Platonic ideal, thus no society can be successful.

The second way is the Hegelian way: we compare a thing to it’s antithesis. We do this with ourselves — and it damages our sense of self-worth: I am not as good as them, they are the opposite of me, rich, pretty, handsome, famous, and so on. We do it with societies, too. This is the rightist objection: no society is as good as it could be if it was something else, a kingdom, a jungle, a family, some kind of antithesis of a society, therefore no society can be successful.

Do you see the illogic of both these positions? The leftist compares society to a Platonic ideal, and finds it ever wanting. The rightist compares society to a Hegelian antithesis, and finds it ever wanting. They are answering the questions “is a society perfect?” or “is a society better off being something else?”. But neither of these questions are relevant to “is a society successful?”. What is the right way to answer that question?

The third way to judge a thing is neither Platonic nor Hegelian but Aristotelian. Not to compare it to an ideal, or to an antithesis, but to understand if it is fully realizing itself. How are we to do that for a society? How can we say a society is successful at being a society? Not a jungle, an airplane, or an eclair, but a society.

We must look at reality to see if a thing is successful at being itself. Not at ideals or ideas or theories, which cannot tell us anything about that, but reality. But which reality should we look at? Can we say there is such a thing as objective reality, socially speaking? Sure we can. Some societies are indeed objectively more successful than others: we can say this with empirical confidence. Do not take my word for it: take the facts.

The facts are simple. Societies like Sweden, Canada, and Australia are more successful than societies like the US. At what? At being societies. No: not perfect. But more successful at what societies exist to do: deliver social goods, t...

13:22

Why do the Left hate Trump so much? His song should be music to their ears. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The bloated elites of The Left and their banker/corporate parasites thrive on the status quo. Clinton/Gillard/Rudd/Obamas need an under-class. It's an awful truth, but with no victims to exploit, there's no role for them. Japan (a generation or two ago) and China have been ruthlessly efficient in educating and building...

12:47

Psyfari Festival Council and essential service debriefing notes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This debrief information can be used to assist in assessment of future development applications and organisation of any future events.

Council Meeting October 2016
31 October 2016 AGENDA – ORDINARY MEETING OF COUNCIL Page 29 ITEM-9 ENVIRO - 31/10/16 - DA154/16 PSYFARI 5 DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 DEBREIF OF EVENT REPORT BY: J NICHOLS – ACTING GROUP MANAGER ENVIRONMENT & DEVELOPMENT REFERENCE Min No 16-199: Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 8 August 2016 SUMMARY To update Council on matters raised through the debrief meeting for the 2016, 5 day Psyfari Music Festival at Eurella, Upper Nile Road, Glen Alice.
  COMMENTARY On the 8 August 2016, Council considered DA154/16 a 5 day music festival at Lots 11, 12 & 3 DP755796, 602 Upper Nile Road, Glen Alice and resolved to approve the development proposal subject to conditions of consent.
 Summary of Event: The event was held from 25 August to 29 August 2016 for a maximum of 5000 patrons and 1000 crew, volunteers and artists. The event achieved a patron number of 3700 and staff number of 900. The festival was open to all ages and includes: cooking facilities, restaurants, food and merchandise stalls, workshops, kids’ zone, cinema, art gallery/exhibition spaces and games areas.
 There were a number of structures onsite including scaffolding, marquees, caravans and similar temporary structures and three main stage structures. The gates were open from 9am on the Thursday and performances starting at 12pm (with only two stages) and the event was in full operation from Friday night until 6pm Sunday. Attendees and performers were permitted to stay onsite until 12:00pm on Monday to allow a rest period.
 The event was BYO alcohol, as no licenced premises were onsite and no glass was permitted on the site. Toilets, water, food, and camp fires were provided for patrons’ onsite. The festival was powered by the use of generators, with lights, sound systems and food vendors using generators for the five days of the festival.
 Discussion:
The following condition of consent was imposed on DA154/16:
 76. Within two months after each music festival, the applicant is to arrange a meeting with government organisations including Lithgow City Council, NSW Police and Roads and Maritime Services. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the previous music festival, measures employed to address traffic and safety impacts and future Psyfari music festivals.

Therefore, the event co...

12:20

Dole-bludgers, leaners and other neoliberal fantasies "IndyWatch Feed National"

These cuts are usually defended by the cultural construction of the ‘bludger’: a largely mythological figure who prefers a life on welfare over working and who needs to be discouraged from their idleness by the formulation of harsh laws surrounding the eligibility of Centrelink recipients, already struggling, in financial and emotional distress, far below the poverty line.

11:52

Wildlife suffering in the heat "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A kookaburra chick in care with WIRES gets relief in a makeshift bath. Don't forget – when you think it's too hot for yourself, put out extra water for our wildlife.

A kookaburra chick in care with WIRES gets relief in a makeshift bath. Don’t forget – when you think it’s too hot for yourself, put out extra water for our wildlife.

Hot days are the norm for this time of year and it is important not to forget that the local wildlife are just as affected by the heat as we are. To help your local wildlife you can put water around your property to keep them hydrated in the hot weather. It can save their lives.

‘Place water containers high up in trees for birds so that they don’t become prey,’ said Muriel Kinson from WIRES.

Shallow dishes of water placed near trees and bushes so that animals have a chance to escape if a predator appears as well as remembering to put the water in the shade all helps. ‘If you have a large or deep container of water make sure you put a stick in it in case some of the smaller animals fall in,’ continued Kinson. ‘It gives them a chance to get out.’

Remember to place the water away from the house and areas of high human use as you don’t want to draw the animals into your living areas or onto your verandah.

If you are interested in getting involved in WIRES or learning more about wildlife rescue get involve in the next WIRES training coming in February. You can call the hotline on 6628 1898 for more information.

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11:24

DA submissions in Byron Shire up 100 per cent "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The number of development applications (DAs) that Council assess – be that lopping a tree, a house or a large development – has doubled in the past year according to staff.

Responding to claims of long processing times by former Greens councillor Tom Tabart (see earlier story), Sustainable Environment and Economy director Shannon Burt says, ‘Over the last 12 months, DAs received by Council have increased to around 100 per month (where historically they have been around 50) and many of these continue to be for significant/complex developments.’

‘As stated below on average the current determination time for a development application is around 52 days. However, this can vary depending on the nature of development proposed, the application detail submitted and the determination authority.

‘Notwithstanding the above, in an effort to improve our customer service, and further reduce DA processing times, a lot of work in re-organising DA support staff (admin support for the planners) has occurred to streamline many of the DA administrative and assessment referral and determination processes through automation and online capability.

‘We also introduced last year (for the first time) three tiers of customer support for planning matters and development applications including a routine pre-lodgement service, formal meeting with technical staff, and also a development assessment panel for more complicated proposals (www.byron.nsw.gov.au/publications/development-fact-sheet-development-support-services).

A further new initiative, just commenced, is the optional Development Application (DA) lodgement service. This service is aimed at reducing waiting times and assisting applicants in ensuring all required information is submitted at the beginning of the development process so it can be assessed as quickly and efficiently as possible. This service is available to all development applications lodged from January 1, 2017.

The service enables Council staff to undertake a formal review of documentation before accepting the application for assessment and determination. This will help avoid delays at a later stage as all relevant information and documentation is provided up front rather than being followed up during the assessment of the application. This service is aimed at reducing assessment times further for all. (www.byron.nsw.gov.au/newsletters/2016/12/19/preda-review-service).

Ms Burt also refuted the claim by Tabart that employing contract planners to cope with the load was not cost...

11:10

Community colleges: funding and role "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Further to last week’s comment piece on the government’s attitude towards funding public education providers such as TAFE, Byron Community College director Richard Vinycomb approached The Echo to explain how community colleges also rely on government funding, while often filling the gaps where TAFE and private providers are not present at the local level.

Vinycomb says, ‘Community Colleges (as community- governed enterprises) are a very good alternative vocational education provider in NSW to TAFE, and also another model of what sets us proudly apart from say QLD, which only has the TAFE or privately owned providers.

‘We have the capacity to offer some of the most relevant courses, even ones that TAFE does not offer at all.’

Vinycomb says that the Byron Community College qualifications came about in the late 90s after TAFE decided not to build a campus in Byron.

‘Then-mayor of Byron Shire, Ian Kingston, and two high school principals, upon hearing that North Coast Institute of TAFE would not build a campus in Byron, asked me if there was anything further we (then ACE) could do… so we added a range of qualifications to our scope of national registration, and started successfully running them ourselves.’

Diverted funding

While some of the overall bucket of funding was diverted last year to the Smart and Skilled scheme, a model that funds organisations to train students that includes TAFE, Vinycomb says that model also helps fund Byron Community College.

‘Colleges in Lismore and Ballina also offer their own locally relevant qualifications.

‘We are very efficient with administration, achieve great results, have very good student feedback, and are just as accountable for quality expenditure of taxpayer money as TAFE or private providers should be.

‘In addition, we integrate these funded vocational programs as part of the whole picture of what we do, linking with the other community education opportunities such as literacy and numeracy, support for disadvantaged learners, and quality-of-life courses.’

 

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10:37

Total & Utter Bullshit!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Don't believe a word of this, it will get you killed. By the time the police get there it will be too late!


Shooting them will change their plans!

10:28

Parents to share stories at Nimbin medical cannabis workshop "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tony Bower of Mullaways Medical Cannabis cultivating marijuna for his tincture. Mr Bower is a guest speaker at the workshop in Nimbin on Saturday. Photo Facebook/Tony Bower

Tony Bower of Mullaways Medical Cannabis cultivating marijuna for his tincture. Mr Bower is a guest speaker at the workshop in Nimbin on Saturday. Photo Facebook/Tony Bower

A medical cannabis workshop in Nimbin on Saturday will hear from a number of parents who are using cannabis to help their children battle debilitating illnesses.

The workshop, being organised by the Nimbin Hemp Embassy, will being at 11am in the Nimbin Town Hall.

HEMP president Michael Balderstone said a big crowd was expected at the workshop, which would be a bit different in that many medical cannabis users wanted time to tell their healing stories.

‘It is a good opportunity to ask questions and meet people who have been involved with mediweed for decades,’ Mr Balderstone said.

‘Dr Andrew Katelaris is coming up from Sydney again, Tony Bower from Mullaways Medical Cannabis will also be here and several other medicine makers happy to share their knowledge.”

‘We keep getting visitors who think medical cannabis is legal now as the media reports do sound like that. It is not and people continue to get busted daily…in fact more than ever before.

‘The government’s plan is to licence some growers and manufacturers and after a doctor has prescribed it you can get it from your local chemist. Sound familiar?

‘HEMP Party secretary Andrew Kavasilas will fill us in on the reality and latest from the government.”

‘A special guest is Michael Lambert who will be speaking about growing pot to stop his five-year-old daughters seizures.

‘Christine Sorensen will speak on treating her cerebral palsy daughter, Michele Robertson on treating chronic pain and several speakers on their successful treatment of cancer.

‘We’re discovering that cannabis has such strong anti-cancer properties that it makes total sense why the plant is illegal. It’s a major threat to Big Pharmas profit.

‘Our health should not be a competition over who get to make money from our pain relief.’

CBD Luke will be here again to teach us more about that specific cannabinoid and Radic Al will be teaching extraction methods. The cafe will be open with healthy he...

09:41

NSW coastline in for a ‘right rogering’ under planning changes "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Land clearing near the Evans Head Aerodrome site. (supplied)

Land clearing near the Evans Head Aerodrome site. (supplied)

 

The NSW coast is in for a ‘right rogering’ should the state government have its way and implement new coastal plans and policies, according to Dr Richard Gates from the Evans Head Residents for Sustainable Development group.

Dr  Gates said the new planning instruments would suit big developers and give lots of discretionary legislative ‘wiggle room’ for local and state governments to do as they please with the coast.

‘If this stuff goes through you can expect a bulldozer in your backyard anytime soon and high density development,’ he said.

‘We are on our way to a new Gold Coast. I have already seen plans for major developments which are being held back until the new legislation goes through.’

Consultation on the draft Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) and draft maps of the coastal management areas that make up the coastal zone closes on 20 January 2017 (for more detail see: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/CoastalReform ).

The community has an opportunity to have its say at: coastal@planning.nsw.gov.au

The new Coastal Management Act 2016, which is contingent on the mapping and other coastal planning instruments, was passed by Parliament on 31 May 2016 and will become operational following consultation on the draft Coastal Management SEPP government sources claim.

The new suite of instruments tears up former  NSW Coastal Policy and replaces three State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) with one.

Dr Richard Gates.

Dr Richard Gates.

Dr Gates said the problem was that the environmental maps on which the new instruments were based were not complete, do not exist, or are based on material that was defective when it was used back in the 1980s.

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09:33

Adding gelatin to an intermittent exercise program improves collagen synthesis and could play a beneficial role in injury prevention and tissue repair. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Jan ;105(1):136-143. Epub 2016 Nov 16. PMID: 27852613 Abstract Title:  Vitamin C-enriched gelatin supplementation before intermittent activity augments collagen synthesis. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common complaint in active populations. More than 50% of all injuries in sports can be classified as sprains, strains, ruptures, or breaks of musculoskeletal tissues. Nutritional and/or exercise interventions that increase collagen synthesis and strengthen these tissues could have an important effect on injury rates.OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to determine whether gelatin supplementation could increase collagen synthesis.DESIGN: Eight healthy male subjects completed a randomized, double-blinded, crossover-design study in which they consumed either 5 or 15 g of vitamin C-enriched gelatin or a placebo control. After the initial drink, blood was taken every 30 min to determine amino acid content in the blood. A larger blood sample was taken before and 1 h after consumption of gelatin for treatment of engineered ligaments. One hour after the initial supplement, the subjects completed 6 min of rope-skipping to stimulate collagen synthesis. This pattern of supplementation was repeated 3 times/d with≥6 h between exercise bouts for 3 d. Blood was drawn before and 4, 24, 48, and 72 h after the first exercise bout for determination of amino-terminal propeptide of collagen I content.RESULTS: Supplementation with increasing amounts of gelatin increased circulating glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and hydroxylysine, peaking 1 h after the supplement was given. Engineered ligaments treated for 6 d with serum from samples collected before or 1 h after subjects consumed a placebo or 5 or 15 g gelatin showed increased collagen content and improved mechanics. Subjects who took 15 g gelatin 1 h before exercise showed double the amino-terminal propeptide of collagen I in their blood, indicating increased collagen synthesis.CONCLUSION: These data suggest that adding gelatin to an intermittent exercise program improves collagen synthesis and could play a beneficial role in injury prevention and tissue repair. This trial was registered at the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry as ACTRN12616001092482.

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09:31

Perennial edibles for a 'warm temperate to subtropical' climate. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Bellingen Seed Savers also share plant material apart from seeds. Cuttings and plants of perennial edibles are distributed among our contacts.

Here is a variety of perennial edibles suitable for growing in the Bellinger River Valley. All have been grown by Bellingen Seed Savers members. Any of the fruits listed can be treated like vegetables. Can you suggest more perennials?

Katuk (Sauropus androgynus)

 'By now you should know Katuk is one of the most popular vegetable in the world, particularly in Borneo and my home in Florida. Now some information to keep the lawyers happy.....
 So, what does all this mean, beside don’t eat Katuk if you are taking something to open your blood vessels or lower your blood pressure? Enjoy Katuk as an addition to salads, a lawn-side nibble, and cooked in various dishes like you find in thousands of restaurants. Just don’t consume a half a pound of it a day raw for weeks or months and/or while taking an extract as well. I have been tossing a dozen leaves in my weekly salads for more than five years. I ain’t concerned.'  Eat the Weeds



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09:26

Mike Baird announces he will quit politics "IndyWatch Feed National"

NSW Premier Mike Baird. AAP Image/Joel Carrett

NSW Premier Mike Baird.
AAP Image/Joel Carrett

Mike Baird says the decision hasn’t been easy but it’s the right time for him to step down as the NSW premier.

‘It has taken a lot of deliberation – but I strongly believe it is the right decision. Really, there’s a couple of reasons for that. In my maiden speech, I spoke about wanting to come into public life to make a difference. I was frustrated by what I saw – a lack of action – and I was determined to try and get things done,’ said a visibly emotional Mr Baird.

‘After 10 years in public life, three years as Treasurer and three years as premier, I think now is the right time to do this,’ he told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

‘Secondly, there is a strong personal cost that comes in public life.’

Mr Baird announced via Twitter just after 9am on Thursday that he was retiring from politics.

‘It’s been an honour to serve you, NSW,’ he tweeted.

’There is a strong personal cost that comes in public life. I’ve probably felt that more than any other time in the past few months.

‘My father and my mother and my sister are going through a very serious health challenge and, to be honest, at times I have been in pain not being able to spend the time that I should.’

Mr Baird said is leaving behind a great team which is going to do many more great things for the state.

Mr Baird touched on the economy, infrastructure, education and social welfare as his key legacies to the state.

‘The economy – remember what New South Wales was like? It was a basket case. It now has the strongest economic growth, it has got the strongest jobs growth, it has got the strongest and highest housing approvals in the nation, and the lowest unemployment rate.

‘Things that don’t happen by chance, but with a lot of hard work, and we were proud to do that,’ he said.

Mr Baird said he spent the summer reflecting on his decision to quit.

Mr Baird, who became premier in April 2014, said it was time to hand over the reins to a new premier for the state.

A new premier will be appointed next week.

Mr Baird’s sudden resignation comes two months after the Orange by-election loss was la...

09:21

Uki residents to meet over 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 held this evening at the Uki Hall to discuss a proposal from an ex state government minister to extract water from a bore on his property to sell to a bottling company.

The meeting was called after it was revealed that property owner Jack Hallam had re-submitted a plan to extract 24 megalitres of water a year from a bore on his Uki property to sell it to the bottling plant.

Mr Hallam was agriculture minister under the Wran Labor government in the 1980s.

His consultants 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.

Organisers of the meeting this evening have confirmed that Tweed’s deputy mayor Chris Cherry would be attending, along with media.

Opponents of the plan have expressed concerns about the potential impacts on the area’s underground water supply, as well as the proposed heavy truck movements.

The meeting at the Uki Hall begins at 7pm.

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09:16

Australians want to take country back from the rich and powerful "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes The latest Ipsos survey corroborates the growing mountain of evidence that people are disillusioned with the existing political institutions and politicians...

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09:09

Evidence that humans and dinosaurs walked the earth…together! "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Ark Park and the yokels who visit it are made for each other. An article Louisville Magazine describes the awe and wonder the fake ark inspires in attendees.

Golly, someone said when the Ark came into view. Oh my goodness.

Four guys built that, another man said. Unbelievable, isn’t it?

Yep, sure is unbelievable. Here’s a photo of an early phase in the construction.

ark_crew

One, two, three, many. Yes sir, four people made it.

Then there’s the point where visitors explain that gravity doesn’t exist.

Gravity has never been proven, because gravity is a large object attracted to a smaller object, and it’s never been seen. If gravity existed, a BB and a bowling ball should bump into each other. So you see how guys like Newton get caught in their own lies.

So, if I held a BB near, say, a big rock with a diameter of about 13,000 km, they would just hang there and not bump into each other? ‘k.

The reporter asked Georgia Purdom a rather fundamental question: why?

“So why an Ark?” I said. “Why build it at all?”

We want people to see that the Bible is true, Purdom said. Just as there was a judgement in Noah’s day, there’s another judgment coming, and those who don’t know Jesus Christ as their personal savior will spend eternity in hell.

Such nice people.

But really, my favorite part is where he asked Andrew Snelling for evidence that dinosaurs and people lived at the same time. Easy, he claims.

Purdom introduced me to geologist Andrew Snelling, who followed Ken Ham to the U.S. from Australia and for the last nine years has been the director of research for Answers in Genesis. I said,
“There were dinosaurs on the Ark, right?” Snelling nodded. Right.
“Then why aren’t there dinosaurs today?”

Dinosaurs went extinct after they left the Ark. After the Flood, we had the Ice Age. We had a radically different world. Some creatures weren’t able to adapt. But most cultures in the world have some legend about dragons, and these dragons are actually a good description of dinosaurs. The Chinese, for example — their dragons are depicted on scr...

09:09

$1m funds switch to fix Woodburn-Coraki Road "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kevin Hogan

Kevin Hogan

A federal government grant of $1m to upgrade Richmond Terrace at Coraki will now be used to improve the heavily used Woodburn-Coraki Road following a request from the Richmond Valley Council.

Page MP Kevin Hogan said the council had initially nominated Richmond Terrace as part of a $2million package to fix a number of local roads across the northern rivers however the council asked late last year to re-allocate the funds to accelerate the repair of the Woodburn-Coraki road.

 

‘The council were concerned that given the large amount of construction traffic using this road during the duplication of the Pacific Highway, its condition, which is already poor, would quickly deteriorate even further,’ Mr Page said.

‘The safety of motorists is always my first concern and I agreed to take the issue up with the Minister, who agreed to re-allocate the funds.

‘The council has told me that they have an alternative plan to improve Richmond Terrace.’

The $1 million grant will be matched by Richmond Valley Council.

Meanwhile, Mr Hogan’s offices in Lismore and Grafton have been awarded The Electorate Office of the Year by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

‘I would like to congratulate my office staff. They work very hard to follow up on all requests made to the office. I thank and congratulate them on the award,’ Mr Hogan said.

He said the annual award was determined by how well an office responded to enquires from members of the community.

The Award also recognises the second electorate office in Grafton paid out of Mr Hogan’s salary, in addition to his Government-funded office in Lismore.

‘Page is an extremely large electorate so the first thing I did when I was elected in 2013 was to pay for a second office in Grafton myself,” he said.

‘I did this because I believe that members of our community should be fully represented and have easy access to myself and my staff no matter where they live.’

The post...

08:56

Regular peanut consumption improved cerebrovascular and cognitive function. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Nutr Neurosci. 2016 Jul 7:1-8. Epub 2016 Jul 7. PMID: 27386745 Abstract Title:  Cerebrovascular and cognitive benefits of high-oleic peanut consumption in healthy overweight middle-aged adults. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: Peanuts contain bioactive nutrients beneficial for vascular function. This study investigated whether consumption of unsalted peanuts (with skins) would enhance cerebrovascular perfusion and cognitive performance.METHOD: In a randomized crossover trial, 61 volunteers (29 males/32 females, 65 ± 7 years, BMI 31 ± 4 kg/m(2)) consumed their habitual diet ± high-oleic peanuts (56-84 g/day), each for 12 weeks. Nutrient intakes, vascular and cognitive function were assessed at baseline and at the end of each 12-week phase. Differences between the ends of each phase were compared by general linear repeated measures ANOVA controlling for baseline. Pearson's correlation analyses determined relationships between differences in cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) and cognitive function.RESULTS: Intakes of bioactive nutrients increased during the peanut phase. CVR was 5% greater in the left middle cerebral artery (MCA) and 7% greater in the right MCA. Small artery elasticity was 10% greater after peanut consumption; large artery elasticity and blood pressure did not differ between phases. Measures of short-term memory, verbal fluency, and processing speed were also higher following the peanut phase; other cognitive measures did not change. Differences in CVR in the left MCA correlated with differences in delayed memory and recognition.DISCUSSION: Regular peanut consumption improved cerebrovascular and cognitive function; increased intakes of bioactive nutrients may have mediated these improvements. This clinical trial was registered with the Australian Clinical Trials Registry (ACTRN 12612000192886).

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08:38

Six in custody over huge $60m cocaine haul "IndyWatch Feed National"

$60 million worth of cocaine on display during a Victorian Joint Organised Crime Taskforce conference to announce the results of a major multi-agency operation, which has resulted in the arrest of six men in Melbourne and Queensland, at AFP Melbourne Office, Wednesday, Jan.18, 2017. Six men have been arrested in connection to an alleged plan to use an ex-Japanese whaling vessel to import more than $60 million worth of cocaine. (AAP Image)

$60 million worth of cocaine on display during a Victorian Joint Organised Crime Taskforce conference to announce the results of a major multi-agency operation, which has resulted in the arrest of six men in Melbourne and Queensland, at AFP Melbourne Office, Wednesday, Jan.18, 2017. Six men have been arrested in connection to an alleged plan to use an ex-Japanese whaling vessel to import more than $60 million worth of cocaine. (AAP Image)

Six men accused of trying to smuggle $60 million of cocaine into Australia in an ex-Japanese whaling vessel are behind bars after police raids in two states.

The six appeared in courts in Queensland and Melbourne on Wednesday after being arrested and accused of trying to import 186kg of cocaine that was seized from a 50-metre former commercial vessel on December 12.

The alleged syndicate had been under surveillance for around a year before the boat was intercepted in international waters near Hobart on December 12, police said.

Four of the accused, Omer Tok, 39, Mohamed Kaddour, 47, Christopher Peroulis, 48, and Youssif Tawfik, 25, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court charged with attempting to import a commercial quantity of cocaine and were remanded in custody until May.

The court was told they suffered a variety of ailments.

In Queensland, Vasilious (Bill) Triantafilopoulos appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court where an order was made to extradite him to Melbourne.
Moshey Youkhana will also be extradited to Melbourne after he faced the Southport Magistrates Court.

Ten men, who were found on board the boat, nine Chinese and one Singaporean, were charged last year over cocaine haul.

 

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07:48

Crowded Bilbao streets and the call for the repatriation of Basque political prisoners "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero I remember just a few years ago witnessing a  march for political prisoners in Bilbao. Marching were families and friends who...

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07:05

Conservation’s best kept secret (database) "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are only 200 southern warrus left. Warru is the wonderfully Australian name for the black-footed (or black-flanked) rock wallaby, whose southern subspecies – Petrogale lateralis lateralis – lies perilously close to extinction. Since 2011, conservationists working with the Monarto Zoo have successfully released 23 captive-born individuals back into the wild, giving the southern warru a chance for survival. But the success of this conservation mission has depended in part on an NGO thousands of miles away, in the U.S. state of Minnesota, that stores data collected on the warrus, including which wallaby should mate with which, given their low genetic diversity. [caption id="attachment_192486" align="alignright" width="396"] A curious warru, or black-footed rock-wallaby. Photo credit: Thomas Schoch, Wikipedia[/caption] Species360 is one of conservation’s best-kept secrets. Founded in 1974, this NGO runs an internet-based software known as ZIMS or Zoological Information Management Systems, which aggregates and shares data on animals in zoos and aquariums around the world. In all, the group – which recently changed its name from the International Species Information System, or ISIS, for obvious reasons – has hundreds of millions of records on 6.8 million animals in 21,000-plus species. “We don’t believe anyone else has even a fraction of this amount of data on wild or captive species,” Jim Guenter, the CEO of Species360, said. “Some of this data is very structured. Some of it is unstructured like images, notes and comments. Some of this data we are able to aggregate, assess, visualize and provide back to our members in very useful…

06:02

The Lennox Head Poetry Festival 20-22 January "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Lennox Head Poetry Festival is held annually over a subtropical summer January weekend, and is a Lennox Arts Board event.

All events are free or through voluntary donation. We have prizes too…so, get your poetry on!

For further information visit www.facebook.com/lennoxheadpoetryfestival

The post The Lennox Head Poetry Festival 20-22 January appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

04:35

Ray Hadley and Islam are direct threats to our implied right to freedom of speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 8 November 2016, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights was directed to enquire into whether the operation of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (including sections 18C and 18D) imposes unreasonable restrictions on freedom of speech - here are the full terms of reference. The...

03:41

The Doom of Donald Trump: fleshy man given to vulgarities and gauche behavior, boastful, thin-skinned, politically amoral, vengeful, unforgiving and, most important, considered an illegitimate president "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


New York Daily News, 16 January 2017:

Whether he knows it or not, the specter of Lyndon Baines Johnson haunts Donald John Trump. There are some jarring similarities -- two big fleshy men given to vulgarities and gauche behavior, boastful, thin-skinned, politically amoral, vengeful, unforgiving and, most important, considered illegitimate presidents. For Johnson that took some time to sink in; Trump is already there.

Johnson ascended to the presidency upon the death of John F. Kennedy and then won election in a landslide over Barry Goldwater. Nevertheless, an air of illegitimacy clung to him like an odor. It thickened as opposition to the Vietnam War became more and more furious and it peaked, in my estimation, with a hoax in 1967 by Paul Krassner in the counterculture magazine The Realist.

Tongue in cheek, it reported that Johnson had climbed into Kennedy's casket and there done unspeakable things. The story was abominable, tasteless and deserved any other insult you could throw at it, but some people believed it. I know. I heard it.

Jump now a half-century to the recent stories relating to Trump and alleged shenanigans in Russia at a time not all that distant. The accounts, unverified and as revolting as any concocted about Johnson, had a currency that can only be explained by Trump's own behavior -- a persona that seems so self-indulgent, so juvenile, that almost any sort of behavior seems credible. Trump called the report fake news and, as always, blamed the messenger (the media, the intelligence community, etc.) but he ought to have looked in the mirror and wondered why he looks so ugly to so many people.

Krassner is an obscure 1960s figure; Rep. John...

02:26

After 3 Years, MH370 Search Ends With No Plane, Few Answers "IndyWatch Feed National"

| 17 Jan 2017 | After nearly three years, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended in futility and frustration Tuesday, as crews completed their deep-sea search of a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean without finding a trace of the plane. The Joint Agency Coordination Center in Australia, which has helped lead the […]

02:17

CBS News Ben Swann Does a “Reality Check” on Pizzagate "IndyWatch Feed National"

His conclusion? JUST LIKE HAMPSTEAD- no real investigation into the allegations has EVER BEEN DONE. Just the accused and their supporters claiming the allegations are false. Of course, considering what we DO KNOW- we can pretty much assume that they are liars doing what EVERY criminal does- claim they are innocent while trying to cover their tracks…

01:20

Digital Asset’s New Challenger: DLT Disillusionment "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Digital Asset Holdings work with the Australian Securities Exchange resulted in some unhappy stakeholders, but it’s all just a part of the process, according to parties involved.

Source

from CoinDesk http://ift.tt/2jyL8Kf


01:18

Who needs men? Female shark reproduces without males after years alone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who needs men? A female shark separated from her long-term mate has developed the ability to have babies on her own. Leonie the zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) met her male partner at an aquarium in Townsville, Australia, in 1999. They had more than two dozen offspring together before he was moved to another tank in 2012. From then on, Leonie did not have any male contact. But in early 2016, she had three baby sharks. Intrigued, Christine Dudgeon at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and her colleagues began fishing for answers.

00:16

How Malcolm Turnbull's approval rating compares with seven other national leaders "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


OVERVIEW


The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer finds that two-thirds of the countries we survey are now "distrusters" (under 50 percent trust in the mainstream institutions of business, government, media and NGOs to do what is right), up from just over half in2016. This is a profound crisis in trust that has its origins in the Great Recession of2008. The aftershocks from the stunning meltdown of the global economy are still being felt today, with consequences yet unknown.

Like the second and third waves of a tsunami, ongoing globalization and technological change are now further weakening people's trust in global institutions, which they believe have failed to protect them from the negative eects of these forces. The celebrated benefits of free trade—affordable products for mass consumption and the raising of a billion people out of poverty—have suddenly been supplanted by concerns about the outsourcing of jobs to lower-cost markets. The impact of automation is being felt, especially in lower-skilled jobs, as driverless trucks and retail stores without cashiers become reality.

We have moved beyond the point of trust being simply a key factor in product purchase or selection of employment opportunity; it is now the deciding factor in whether a society can function. As trust...

00:15

The Australian Government doesn't only wreck asylum seeker lives on Manus and Nauru - it tosses away billions of taxpayer dollars in the process "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Turnbull Government (like the Abbott government before it) once again demonstrates why it is unfit to govern……

ABC News, 17 January 2017:

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been accused of mismanaging offshore detention centre contracts, with an independent audit alleging more than $1 billion was spent over the last four years without proper authorisation.

A report from Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) detailed "significant shortcomings" in the management of contracts for security and welfare services on Manus Island and Nauru.
It cited $2.3 billion in payments made between September 2012 and April 2016, which it stated were not authorised or recorded correctly.

"$1.1 billion was approved by DIBP officers who did not have the required authorisation and for the remaining $1.1 billion there was no departmental record of who authorised the payments," it stated.

The report further stated that contract variations totalling more than $1 billion were made without a documented assessment of value for money.

The Immigration Department disagreed with the claim that some payments were not appropriately authorised.

However, a response from Jenet Connell, the department's chief operating officer, acknowledged the lack of documentary evidence around the payments and cited plans to "further embed improvements"....

Wednesday, 18 January

23:30

The Women’s Suffrage March of 1913: The Parade That Overshadowed Another Presidential Inauguration a Century Ago "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On Friday, a person who has insulted, demeaned, and threatened tens of millions of the country’s citizens will take the oath of office for the presidency of the United States. That’s an extraordinary thing, and the reaction will also be extraordinary—a Women’s March the following day in Washington, DC expected to draw hundreds of thousands of every gender, race, creed, and orientation. Sister marches and protests will take place in every major city on the East and West Coast and everywhere in-between, as well as internationally in cities like London, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Calgary, Barcelona, Dar es Salaam… the list goes on and on and on.

Why Women’s Marches if these events are all-inclusive? In addition to responding to the public displays of contempt for women we’ve witnessed over and over in the past year, the events intend to reaffirm the rights of all people. The organizers succinctly state that “women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”


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A Rawlsian progressive notion, and also a “Kingian” one, a description the march applies to its nonviolent principles. What they don’t say is that there is also...

21:09

Woman plays dead to stop rogue kangaroo attack in Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A 54-year-old woman named Debbie Urquhart has shared that she needed to play dead to stop a rogue kangaroo from viciously attacking her. The animal attack took place while she was jogging along a running track in Melbourne's northeast at about 6AM on Jan.14. The incident happened just 500m from her Templestowe home in Melbourne's northeast. She has recalled that she was kicked by a kangaroo repeatedly. The woman said she was left with no other option but to fake her death. Urquhart managed to jog her way home after the attack. She was rushed to the hospital, where she received 35 stitches in her arm, shoulder and buttocks. Urquhart shared that the animal has ripped her to pieces. "I was trying to crawl away. He left me for a bit and I thought he was going to come back and kill me," she told Manningham Leader.

20:06

Sydney Is Getting A Sweet All-Day Street Party Next Month "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney Is Getting A Sweet All-Day Street Party Next Month

Apparently inspired by “kerbside parties from around the globe”, the brilliant LGBTIQ+ party-starters of Heaps Gay are throwing one hell of a gig, with a lineup that’d make plenty of mini-festivals jealous.

Having just picked up the FBi Radio SMAC award last night for ‘Best Live Event’, they’re wasting no time celebrating by announcing the party this arvo. Fellow SMAC-winner Ngaiire tops the impressive bill (curated by FBi Radio and Red Bull Sound Select), which also includes party-starters No Zu and Broadway Sounds, and a host of other live acts, DJS, artists and performers – including drag crew Gang of She.

It’s all being supported by the City of Marrickville and Southern Comfort, and should make for a great time as they all shut down the streets in colourful fashion. Having been to some of their gigs, including their recent night running the Melbourne Music Week HUB, we can definitely vouch for them – although their shiny new award probably does that for us!

It all goes down at Garden St Marrickville on Saturday Feb 12, so check out the full lineup below and grab your tix over at Heaps Gay.

Feature image by George Sandman Popov via Heaps Gay

Heaps Gay Street Party

Music

Ngaiire (live)
No Zu (live)
Broadway Sounds (live)
Ariane
Fascinator (live)
Gaff E (live)
Chanel
Tyson Koh (Keep Sydney Open)
Charlie Villas
Hip Hop Hoe
Jack Shit

...

18:21

Underwater Search for Missing Malaysian Flight Ends Without a Trace "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A family member of a passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which went missing in 2014 reacts during a protest outside the Chinese foreign ministry in Beijing, July 29, 2016. The hat reads

A family member of a passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which went missing in 2014 reacts during a protest outside the Chinese foreign ministry in Beijing, July 29, 2016. The hat reads “Pray for MH370.” Credit: Reuters

Sydney: The deep-sea search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended on Tuesday without any trace being found of the plane that vanished in 2014 with 239 people on board, the three countries involved in the search said.

The location of Flight MH370 has become one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries since the plane, a Boeing 777, disappeared en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

“Despite every effort using the best science available … the search has not been able to locate the aircraft,” Malaysian, Australian and Chinese authorities said in a statement.

“The decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness.”

The last search vessel left the area on Tuesday, the three countries said, after scouring the 120,000-sq-km (46,000-sq-mile) area of the Indian Ocean sea floor that has been the focus of the almost-three-year search.

Malaysia, Australia and China agreed in July to suspend the $145 million search if the plane was not found, or if new evidence that might offer a clue as to its whereabouts was not uncovered, once that area had been checked.

Australia last month dismissed an investigators’ recommendation to shift the search further north, saying that no new evidence had emerged to support that.

Since the crash, there have been competing theories over whether one, both or no pilots were in control, whether it was hijacked – or whether all aboard perished and the plane was not controlled at all when it hit th...

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