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Thursday, 05 July

01:00

Preservation of Food - from Garden to Kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Southern Australias unique environment enables us to grow plant varieties which provide long seasons of fresh food from almost any  species we choose but even the best planned garden or orchard produces the occasional glut. And anyway there are so many types of food that we would love to have out of season; pickled olives, dried fruit, frozen sweetcorn and delicious nuts sound pretty inviting in the middle of winter.

Preserving is the answer and this course will teach you the secrets of small scale, natural food preparation, preservation and storage.

Learn about when to harvest, freezing, drying, storing successfully, combating pests, keeping the vitality in stored food, pickling, fermenting, home milling, food hygiene, packaging, small scale marketing and self sufficiency.

This one day intensive course will involve food quality tasting, the hands-on operation of small scale food processing equipment and the sharing of treasured recipes and techniques from different countries.

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Thursday, 26 October

01:19

01:07

MACKAY Multiple charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 09:16AM ,

Multiple charges, Mackay

October 25, 2017 at 09:16AM ,

The 24 year old male is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later this morning to have the charges heard. If you have information for police,

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01:06

MACKAY Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 11:56AM ,

Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault

October 25, 2017 at 11:56AM ,

A man is expected to face Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon on a charge linked to an alleged assault at a South Mackay unit complex.

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01:05

MACKAY Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 03:03PM ,

Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest

October 25, 2017 at 03:03PM ,

A 24-year-old Mackay man was then arrested by City Insp Haughton and was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. It would be

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01:05

MACKAY Update: Assault, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 02:18PM ,

Update: Assault, South Mackay

October 25, 2017 at 02:18PM ,

A 22-year-old South Mackay man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon.

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Wednesday, 25 October

22:21

How My Four-Year-Old Helped Me Appreciate Good Music "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those who parent or spend much time around little children know that they are capable of teaching their elders valuable lessons. Its now clich. The Internet is full of reflections on how kids can teach us to be fearless, to be lighthearted, and to live in the moment, among many other exhortations stemming from the innocent, active characters and imaginations of youth.

This is all well and good, though usually a bit fluffy. A question my four-year-old often asks me suggests the lessons of youth can be far more intellectually stimulating and penetrating.

What is this song about, daddy? My daughter routinely asks me this when we listen to music driving in the car, while cooking dinner, or while relaxing on Sunday afternoons. If it is pop music, or any music with words that tell a story, the answer is pretty easy. Its about love. Its about a break-up. Its about something silly. Those three answers probably encapsulate the entirety of Taylor Swifts musical repertoire.

Yet when were listening to classical music, or other instrumental music like jazz or blues, the answer is a bit more complicated. What are J.S. Bachs violin concertos about? Or Ludwig von Beethovens Ninth Symphony? Or Frederic Chopins Polonaise N6 lheroique? Sometimes there is an answer. Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovskys Nutcracker Ballet tells a story, as does other instrumental music. In most cases, however, there is no simple answer as to what the composer or even the musician(s) playing the music is thinking or seeking to communicate.

Breadth Versus Narrowness In Music

What is music about? The very nature of the vast majority of popular music, with its lyrics, stories, and brevity, reduces songs to a fairly limited horizon. A pop musicians songs are fundamentally about him: his love life, his break-ups, his efforts to redefine himself. We can often relate to these things. Who hasnt been in love, had a bad break-up, and subsequently sought to revise ones image? But thats about the extent of it. One may connect such music to a particular location or moment in ones life, but it is still that place or time I connected with that pop song about _____.

Composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms created music that speaks much deeper to our souls, capable of elevating them to a million different vistas. This has been borne out by the research: studies have suggested that classical music expands the brain...

22:17

Botanical garden autumn leaves, flowers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oriental sweetgum, 22 October 2017

On 22 October 2017, to the botanical garden. Close to the entrance were these autumn leaves of an oriental sweetgum tree.

A ring-necked parakeet in a tree. Jays.

In the tropical hothouse, both adult and young giant prickly stick insects from Australia were still present. They lay many eggs here.

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20:46

Are you an atheist who used to believe in God? Take this survey! (Out of character) "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you used to believe in God, and have about 30 minutes to spare, you might want to take this survey by the Atheist Research Collaborative:

The study is open to those who are at least 18 years of age, and those who once believed in god(s) but do not now; this means you are not eligible to participate if you have always been an atheist/nonbeliever. The survey is a maximum of 76 questions, and a minimum of 64 questions.  On average, the survey should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, although individuals may find that it takes them more or less time than this, depending on their answers. The survey can be found here.

Joseph Langston ARC Affiliate/Web Admin

its not hard, but remember to keep an eye out for the trick questions.

19:38

antifa notes (october 25, 2017) : #lulz w Shayne Hunter + "IndyWatch Feed National"

Briefly: 1) In a BiZaRR0 interview with news dot com dot au, local comic Shayne Hunter has announced his retirement as CEO of ANTIFA (I established a terror movement in Australia, and I quit, Shayne Hunter, as told to Corrine Continue reading

19:14

CECs Explanation on Not Giving Up Gujarat Govt Accommodation Doesnt Match the Paper Trail "IndyWatch Feed National"

A.K. Joti has said that he vacated the Ahmedabad house in October 2016, but his clarifications still leave many questions unanswered about his own actions and those of the Gujarat government.

Chief election commissioner A.K. Joti. Credit: PTI

Chief election commissioner A.K. Joti. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The explanation that chief election commissioner A.K. Joti has provided to the Times of India in response to The Wires story on the retention of Gujarat government accommodation by him in Ahmedabad even after he had moved to the Election Commission in Delhi does not square with the official paper trail.

The Wire story noted the possible conflict of interest involved in an individual holding a critical constitutional position being obliged to a state government or political party for his personal accommodation.

I was allocated a house in Delhi only after one year of being appointed in the EC. I requested the Gujarat government to allow me to keep possession of the house in the Dafnala area of Ahmedabad as I could not have lived with my wife for a year in Delhis Gujarat Bhavan. I have paid the rent as per Gujarat government norms, he...

19:00

This Former Tesla Recruiters Most Revealing Interview Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

One candidates answer involved a motorcycle hed converted to be 100% electric. Anothers involved a plastic pen cap. Guess who did better.

In my five years as a recruiter at Tesla Motors, I interviewed over a thousand job candidates, many of them for competitive technical roles. But no matter what the position, there was always one simple question that would trip them up more than any other:

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18:31

Lebanon Faces France in Rugby League World Cup Debut "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup kicks off on October 27 and Lebanon will kick off his campaign against France at Canberra Stadium. The final game in the group stage will be against Australia, which marks the first time since the Cronulla riots that Lebanon and Australia have played one another in a major competitive match in Sydney.

Knowing that most of the players on the team are Australian-Lebanese, this is a historic opportunity to represent Lebanon and play together one last time, especially Robby Farah and Chris Saab. Heres an article by [TheGuardian] on the Lebanese team and the important of this World Cup to all the players.

Our current sporting systems are all politically based, he said. In soccer, all the teams are linked to political groups and sects, whereas Lebanese rugby league isnt. We are 100% sport we dont care what politics or religion you come from. Our president is a Muslim, our general secretary is an Armenian. All our players are mixed. Our motto is basically the best players should represent our country, regardless of what their background is. We want the strongest possible team out there to play for us.

I have no idea if BeIN or one of our local channels will be covering the games but heres the schedule for those interested.

18:08

Blockchain Explained: Bitcoin, Smart Contracts, Smarter Contracts "IndyWatch Feed National"

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If you have heard about Bitcoin, youll most likely have heard about Blockchain technology. In fact, every investor or trader worthy of the name would have heard about Bitcoin and its underlying Blockchain technology. You cant claim to be an investor/trader and be oblivious to the fact that Bitcoin has delivered more than 500% gain in the year-to-date period. However, the fact that people have heard about Bitcoin doesnt necessarily mean they understand how the underlying Blockchain technology works.

In fact, someone could have profited from the 500% gains in Bitcoin just because they were comfortable with taking speculative risk without necessarily being an adopter of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. This piece provides straightforward explainer on how Blockchain works. Ill also provide insights on the simplified everyday uses of Blockchain technology.

Blockchain explained

Query What is Blockchain? on Google and youll get at least 31.8 million hits explaining Blockchain technology. The problem however is that the answer to your query is buried in a maze of technical jargon that doesnt mean much to a guy that wants to beat the returns from the S&P 500 on Wall Street. Youll begin to see words like decentralized, distributed, retroactive, alteration and collusion of the network among others.

In simple terms, Blockchain is technology that you can use to maintain agreements automatically and without the efforts of a central authority. Now, lets assume that Peter, James, and John pledge $250, $150, and $100 respectively in a common purse for TGIF hangouts. They can have a ledger in which the amount deposited by each individual is recorded, Peter can be in charge of keeping the accounts.

If on Friday the three friends spend $253 on beer, Peter will need to note all the beer...

18:01

10 chores for school kids "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Heres a little something Ive gleaned over the past few years; toddlers and pre-schoolers love to help with chores around the home. School-aged kids? Not so much.

And yet generally its the school kids who have the skill and independence to do chores without a parent looking over their shoulder. Ironic that its when they have the ability to complete a task they no longer have the interest to start it in the first place.

Teaching my kids to do chores and encouraging them to complete them has never been my strong point as a parent.  But now that theres two kids very capable of contributing to the running of the house, Ive stepped up my parenting game.

For the past few months Ive spent a lot of time sitting on the lounge while I breastfeed. And its given me the perfect opportunity to encourage, direct and monitor the completion of chores, so much so that weve established some really strong expectations for the big kids.

Of course, when we suggest that perhaps its time to set to work, were often met with indignation. Its in these moments that we reinforce the fact that we all need to be responsible for the running of the house; theres six of us now, its essential that we all chip in.

Personally, I find it incredibly easy to forget what Ive asked of them and move onto something else. Ive learnt the hard way that the key to chores being completed is consistent checking-in and following-up.

So what do we expect from our big two? Heres 10 chores that can easily be completed by school-age children (even if they do need to be reminded and encouraged). Most of these are also great options to use with toddlers and pre-schoolers who are learning as they go:

  • recycling : make sure all lids are off bottles (and put into the regular rubbish) and carry the load to the recycling bin outside.
  • bin night : garbage/recycling/garden waste are wheeled out and brought back in the next morning.
  • washing : taken off the line and sorted into piles.
  • water plants : any water left in cups or water bottles goes straight into the plant pots.
  • set + clear the table : this is a great way to focus their attention during witching hour.
  • dishes : they usually dry and put away after Ive washed (we havent had a dishwasher for three yearson some days it does my head in). This doesnt work on weeknights but its a great one for weekends.
  • school lunch : its their responsibility to take their lunchboxes out of their bag and put them on the kitchen bench ready to be washed and packed for the following day.
  • beds : theyre encouraged to make them every morning although this doesnt always eventuate (working on it).
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16:46

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Europe We Can Believe In? Unbelievable
By Sun Keqin
Global Times
2017/10/24 21:47:03

The Paris Statement recently attracted attention inside and outside Europe. Written by 10 European conservative scholars and intellectuals, "A Europe We Can Believe In" demonstrated that some conservative members of the European elite and their Euroskeptic partners revel in populism. Beset by crises, Europe faces challenges of belief and theory. Debate over European integration has entered a crucial stage.

Though contradictory, opinions in the statement come from a clear basic standpoint. They negate two things: first, the achievement of European integration. They argue that "a false Europe threatens us," "it will confiscate our home." "The false Europe praises itself as the forerunner of a universal community that is neither universal nor a community," the statement reads.

Second, multiculturalism. "Multiculturalism is unworkable. They ignore, even repudiate the Christian roots of Europe. At the same time they take great care not to offend Muslims, who they imagine will cheerfully adopt their secular, multicultural outlook," these scholars state.

Next they put forward their own propositions for Europe: the hope of returning to the nation state, emphasizing a Christian spirit, opposing Muslim immigrants and showing sympathy for populism.

Europe's dilemma revealed in the Paris Statement has foundations. Globalization, the continuous extension of the EU, multicultural policies and the neoliberal governance pattern have challenged Europe. Western diplomacy aggravated these challenges. Populist Euroskepticism has gorged on the 2009 European debt crisis, the Ukraine crisis, the refugee crisis, terrorism, fragmentation of society, Brexit and the internal contradictions of EU members. Disagreement and arguments raged among European elites. In this context, the statement hardly surprises anyone at all.

It is easy to complain and rake up faults. To get out of a predicament and predict the way forward takes courage, tolerance and boldness of vision. The 10 intellectuals hoped to find answers in the old world, the nation state and the Christian order. This is their fatal flaw.

Europe can never go back, nor is it necessary.

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16:24

Jen Shyu Song of Silver Geese "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jen Shyu is a new kind of improviser-composer-ethnomusicologist hybrid: ground-breaking multilingual vocalist, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, 2016 Doris Duke Artist, and 2017 Downbeat Critics Poll Rising Star Female Vocalist. Jen will be performing at the Sydney International Womens Jazz Festival on Thursday, November 9, from 8 P.M. at the Seymour Centre.
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Born in Illinois, USA to Taiwanese and East Timorese parents, Jen has performed her own uncategorisable art music on prestigious world stages such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Blue Note, National Theathre of Korea and festivals worldwide.

She has performed with 2014 MacArthur Fellow saxophonist Steve Coleman since 2003 and collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Vijay Iyer and Bobby Previte. A Stanford University graduate in opera with classical violin and ballet training, Jen has studied traditional music and dance in Cuba, Taiwan, Brazil, China, South Korea, East Timor and Indonesia. Currently based in New York City, Jen has produced six albums as a leader and will release her seventh, Song of Silver Geese, this November.

WHO: Jen Shyu 
WHAT: Sydney International Womens Jazz Festival
WHEN: 8pm November 9th 
WHERE: Seymour Centre
TO FIND OUT MORE & TO BOOK ONLINE CLICK HERE
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16:07

Emma Pask at Town Hall "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The talented Australian Jazz vocalist, Emma Pask  will be performing at Town Hall on the Friday 17th November. She is well known for her work with Big Bands and her continuing collaboration with the multi instrumentalist James Morrison.

Award winning vocalist Emma Pask has firmly established herself as one of Australias favourite voices in Jazz. Recently nominated for an ARIA award for Best Jazz Album of the year Emma has toured to sell out shows nationally and internationally throughout 2016.

She learned to love jazz through her parents who played Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae, among others and her performances are reminiscent of the classic era of jazz, when swing was top of the charts. Her phrasing is supple and sophisticated, her dynamic variation astute and her diction exceptional.

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Emma will delight with her storytelling, swinging jazz standards, upbeat Latin rhythms and original material all wrapped up with some raucous grooving blues. Dont miss this amazing talent!

Who: Emma Pask

When: 7pm, Friday 17 NOVEMBER 2017

Where: Randwick Town Hall, 90 Avoca Street, Randwick

To Find Out More & To Book Online Click Here

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16:02

Hillarys What Happened She Lost & It Was Her Fault! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary is running around pitching her book What Happened. Of course, we all know the answer she lost. The problem is that she takes no blame for that and like a fool who buys the market at the top, they come up with conspiracy theories to blame everyone else for their failed investment.

The four people she is blaming all have to do with the leaked emails, none of which has she EVER claimed they were fake or altered. So her whole argument is that someone leaked the truth. Her own staff said she set up a private server so she could be free from a FOIA request. If she did not do that, Comey would not have had to investigate.

The last on the list is Richard Murdock. One member of the press who was against her when she had everyone else in her pocket from the New York Times to CNN, seems a bit absurd. The press was biased in her favor not Trumpss.

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16:01

Saudi Arabia in Search of Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: I read your blog about the Saudis potentially selling a large private equity position from China in Aramco rather than accessing the public markets. You have pointed out the need for the Saudis to modernize their economy to be less dependent on oil income and to monetize that resource for capital improvements/diversification, but how do they do that without giving away to much control over their oil resources to China?  Wouldnt a single significant stake by a private investor (country in this case) give up to much control over their single greatest resource (at least for the immediate future)?  Im thinking of the disaster that is Venezuela as an example of the poor employment of foreign investment.

 

ANSWER: I fully understand your point. However, the Saudis need money. They spent too much money expecting oil to be $200 forever. They are now starting to issue bonds. Saudi Arabia has peaked economically and looks at UAE and sees the diversification. Here is a picture I took on the beach in Abu Dhabi. They are tolerant of Western Culture. You cannot create a world economy without separation of church and state.

Saudi Arabia is introducing a free zone like UAE. They are introducing an Industrial section by the Red Sea. So they are trying to move forward away from just oil.

Venezuela has always been a ruthless dictatorship. The wealth from oil never made it to the people.

15:51

Northwest Weather Believe It o Not! "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been a lot of precipitation during the past two weeks and the impacts may surprise you.

Question 1:  The cumulative precipitation at Seattle Tacoma Airport over the past six months has been:

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal

The answer, shown by the plot of cumulative precipitation, is ALMOST EXACTLY NORMAL.  Our spring was wetter than normal, then almost no precipitation in July and August, followed by roughly five inches since mid-October.

Question 2:  The cumulative precipitation at Yakima, WA for the past six months was:

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal

The answer is ALMOST EXACTLY NORMAL.
Question 3:  The precipitation for the past year at Seattle-Tacoma Airport was

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal
4.  Slightly above normal
5.  Moderately below normal

The answer:  slightly above normal.
The lesson in all this is that one can get drier and wetter than normal periods, but often it all comes out in the wash if one considers a long enough period.

Now you want want to see something that is really amazing?  Here is the upper level (500 hPa) map forecast for Thursday at 11 PM.  A HUGE ridge of high height (or pressure).  Expect temperatures i...

15:35

Bodies in Trouble: on sexual violence and the problem with hashtags "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year I was part of a process that detailed three incidents of sexual harassment perpetrated by a fellow poet. The incidents involved three women writers who all experienced similar harassment on the same night by the same man at a literary event. Had these incidents occurred in isolation and the four of us not spoken and mobilised, these incidents would not have been reported.

15:20

So-called Australia: First Edition of Anti-Prison Zine Paper Chained Now Available Online "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Note from Insurrection News: The first edition of Paper Chained is now available online to read or download, paper copies are also available upon request. Paper Chained is a journal of writings and artistic expressions from individuals who are facing or have faced incarceration.Paper Chained is compiled by the Running Wild anarchist collective from So-called Australia. Check it out!

25.10.17:  Its finally here! Click HERE to read the first Issue of Paper Chained online, or read below for other access options.

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15:03

Apparently you're a nutter if you think you're being watched by government "IndyWatch Feed National"


So it looks like the corporate media are on a government propaganda binge where anything outside of sanitised information  is a 'conspiracy theory' or even a character assassination on you where you're a tin foil hat wearer or nut case.

On the topic of surveillance, according to the mainstream media mutts, you've got some sort of newly classified (keeping psychiatrists in the job) e-Personality disorder.

So, according to bbc.com there were approximately  4 - 6 million CCTV cameras in 2015, in the United Kingdom alone.

The Australian government has been keeping all your (meta)data for a period of time, where it has been doing this since day dot, but only now it's been enshrined in statute law.

The Snowden leaks have exposed government policy of global mass surveillance, literally unfathomable to the layperson.

Every person's smartphone has data harvested  from it, unbeknown to the user.

Smart meters installed forcibly in people's homes monitor their movements

Smart air conditioners are now supported by government so that the electricity companies can switch off your appliance whenever it suits them under whatever pretext, e.g. not enough electricity supply.

It has been confirmed that Samsung's Smart TVs 'listen in' to you in the privacy of your own home.


So when one talks about "they're watching us" is that really paranoia or just being a realist?

14:47

Gardner fires in Ashes opener to help Australia win "IndyWatch Feed National"

ITS been a big month for Indigenous cricketer Ashleigh Gardner, with the allrounder starring for Australia in the opening Womens Ashes match against England and being named One to Watch award in the Health Women in Sport Awards. A thrilling cameo from Gardner carried Australia to an exciting win over England in the first one-day Ashes match at Allan Border Field, Brisbane. Gardner struck two thrilling sixes in her 18-ball innings of 27. Australia won with five balls to spare.

14:39

SHOCKING! Australias Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce alleged to have stalked & molested teen girl and young woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from revelations that Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has been hypocritically conducting a sexual affair with a junior employee for close to a year despite being married and claiming to uphold 'traditional family values', True Crime News Weekly can now reveal that Mr Joyce is at the centre of serious sexual harassment and molestation claims dating back to 2012 and involving multiple women, including a 17-year-old teenage girl.

14:24

Teen Reports Chilis Manager For Sexual Harassment And Receives Horrible Response "IndyWatch Feed National"

Emily Houser was 16 when she started working at the Chilis restaurant in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Her manager, Josh Davidson, 24 at the time, immediately took interest in her. During the years that followed, Davidson relentlessly pursued Houser, refusing to take no for an answer.

Over a two-year period, it just kind of escalated into him providing me with gifts of significance and money and flowers and cards and things that I wasnt really accepting of, things that made me extremely uncomfortable because I was not sure what he expected of me from these gifts, Houser told Buzzfeed News.

His abuse hit a peak on her 18th birthday, when he showed up at her school and asked her to officially be his girlfriend, in front of a group of students.  I said no, and he replied in a very pompous way, saying he didnt care if he got fired if we were together, and he didnt care if he lost his job because he just wanted to be with me.

In the months that followed, Davidson reportedly switched his focus to another new young Chilis employee. It was at this point that Houser decided to put in her two weeks notice and report Davidson officially, to prevent another teen girl from suffering his abuse. Considering her report, Chilis upper management decided to transfer Davidson to a restaurant in another city.

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14:18

Premiere: Georgia June drop Broke, a powerful ode to finances "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Georgia June have been enjoying plenty of success lately in the wake of their debut single Cool. Now, the Sydney-based quintet can prepare for even more critical acclaim as they release their punchy new single, Broke.

Having spent lived in New York City for a period of time last year, frontwoman Georgia spent this time crafting an array of tracks under the mentorship of Billboard Magazine, allowing her to fully embrace the professional songwriting experience. After having returned to Sydney and forming a band, Georgia June began to kick off their career in a big way.

The bands second single, Broke, is a witty, resonant tale about the struggles of being money-poor in todays society. Delivered in a punked-up manner, resembling the likes of Joan Jett and Blondie, with an affable style of storytelling, reminiscent of bands such as the Talking Heads, Broke is easily one of the most relatable tracks youll hear all year.

I feel as though the song really speaks for itself in this one, Georgia says of the tune. It was written when I literally had no money, wandering aimlessly around New York, and I just wrote it as a joke on how broke I was.

It was comical, I remember going in stores and trying things on and not being able to afford it, but still wanting it and telling my rents I was fine because I was in denial. Its a song which I feel a lot of people can relate to at some point and just laugh about it.

With Broke set for release on Friday, October 27th, the group are also heading out to play some shows in support of the new tune as well. With a performance at the Oxford Art Gallery for the Rare Finds single launch this Friday night, and a spot during the Australian Music Week celebrations, Georgia June are set to officially launch Broke at Marrickvilles Red Rattler on Friday, November 10th.

With the group showing off a brand new style of storytelling and a raucous style of performing, these will definitely be some shows you wont want to miss.

Check out Georgia Junes Broke, below.

Georgia June Aussie Tour

Friday, October 27th
Rare...

14:16

I Was Workplace Bullied at an Australian Radio Station "IndyWatch Feed National"

I want you to fuck off and never come back.

These were my male superiors last words to me.

I always knew workplace bullying existed, but I assumed adults would not resemble those bigger kids who pick on the small kids in the school garden. Turns out I was wrong. It was exactly the same, except without the swings and slides.

It was the day I finished university, and I can still remember the jitters of hearing the words: Youre hired! Flying from Melbourne to a country town in a different state did not seem like a varied transition in the beginning, but I left the job feeling mentally and emotionally broken in just three months from workplace bullying.

When I touched down in what was to be my new home, it was freezing, mid-June; the air was frosty, but clearer than home. The first few weeks as a radio producer seemed like a dream: calling the Prime Minister for interviews, speaking to media advisors and getting to know the locals.

Six weeks in, I made my first error, which would be the beginning of my downfall. Footsteps pounded down the hallway and stopped right outside my studio door.

Meeting! Now! my boss shouted, pointing at me.

There I found myself facing a jury of three stern, middle-aged males shaking their heads at me. I had made a spelling mistake in a social media story headline, which sparked some online controversy. My hostthe one harassing mewas the eldest of the three; he had squinty eyes that were magnified through his clear-rimmed glasses and his wrinkly skin was a nasty shade of yellow. He puffed at his beloved e-cigarette and looked at me.

What do you have to say for yourself? my host snapped.

Im sorry I had to get the story out quickly and I missed that error. It wont happen again.

You know my reputation is on the line and you are fucking it up big time, was the response.

I nodded, but my lip trembled uncontrollably and I could feel my emotions rising to the surface.

Dont nod at me, he spat, saliva frothing at the creases of his mouth. You must think its easy not having your name plastered on the brand!

The power of his intimidation quickly ruptured my already...

14:00

Premiere: Sydneys Bad Pony deliver the soulful party-starter Half Blood "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydneys Bad Pony have been doing the round for a few years now, but now as we get closer and closer to the new year, the group have decided to gift fans with a brand new single, the exhilarating Half Blood.

Bad Pony have had a pretty stellar year so far, with showcases at Canadian Music Week, and shows in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City. Now with a brand new single behind them, the group are all set to head in 2018 with a bang, with Bad Pony already set to represent Australia at South By Southwest next year.

Bad Ponys new single, Half Blood, is another banger from the group. Filled with soulful vocals, tasty riffs, pounding drums, and a brilliant chorus that will definitely see the track quickly become a fan favourite at upcoming shows.

The tracks accompanying video manages to perfectly capture the sort of artists that Bad Pony are. Showing the group performing the track live, the video provides a snapshot of the ferocity, energy, and dedication that every single member of the band puts into their craft.

The way we play live is pretty unique and we have a shitload of fun doing it, said Jarred Young, the bands vocalist and drummer. We wanted to make sure that came across with Half Blood.

To add to the news of the brilliant single and video, the group have also just been named as recipients of the Australian Music Weeks 301 Music Prize. This of course means big things for Bad Pony, who are set to record a brand new single at Studios 301 as part of the prize.

Were really, really stoked, said Jarred excitedly. As a band that usually self-produces it will be a great experience to get into 301 with a producer for our next single too.

Bad Pony are set to head out on an east coast tour soon, giving fans a chance to devour their new single. Kicking things off at the Australian Music Week festivities next week, the band will hit up Tasmania, Victoria, and revisit New South Wales before the tour wraps up.

With the bands reputation for delivering an absolutely stunning live show, this is going to be one you wont want to miss.

Check out Bad Ponys brand new single, Half Blood, below.

Bad Pony Half Blood Tour

Thursday, November 2nd
Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW

Saturday, November 11th
Band Meeting Festi...

13:50

States foreclose more borrowing "IndyWatch Feed National"

FG, states, LGs share N558.082bn State governments yesterday, ruled out the option of seeking external borrowing to meet their pressing financial obligations. Instead, they elected to step up their Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR) and other sources at various states disposal to bridge their funding gaps. Chairman, States Commissioners of Finance Forum, who doubles as Adamawa State Commissioner of Finance, Mr Mahmood Yunusa, disclosed this to journalists yesterday during the question and answer session at the plenary session of monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee Meeting (FAAC) meeting. Responding to question...

The post States foreclose more borrowing appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

13:10

Mama Kin Spender Announce November Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Mama Kin Spender Mama Kin Spender, the collaboration between roots singer-songwriter Mama Kin and multi-instrumentalist/producer Spender, have announced plans to hit the road this November with a series of festival dates plus headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne. The project debuted at this years Bello Winter Festival and they have an album, []

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12:31

November In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed National"


Were always being told to eat more fruit and veggies and get more exercise with this diet or that exercise program. If the thought of donning the Lycra and heading to the gym has you reaching for the chocolate cake, what about green gym? Get out into your sustainable garden for your daily workout. Sustainable gardening is not only good for the planet; its good for your health. There are more and more people using their gardens and growing fruit and veggies to help manage chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Think about all the weeding, digging, mulching, planting, and raking you can do in your garden. Wow, what a workout. Not only that, your sustainable garden is a great mood booster, so its good for your mental health as well.

Make November your month to start your green gym in your patch!

Warm Areas

Frost free or occasional light frosts (North from about Coffs Harbour and all the way across to the west to Geraldton)

  • Herbs are not only great to grow, theyre great for you! Get out and plant some basil, parsley, coriander, thyme and rosemary. Dont forget to mulch them well. Good for your plants and helps you to burn some extra calories.
  • Get into the veggie patch and plant lettuce, silver beet, tatsoi, climbing beans, zucchini, pumpkin, carrot and beetroot. Dont forget theres still time to get your tomatoes in.
  • Garlic should be ready to harvest by now look for leaves yellowing and beginning to die off.
  • Need to eat more fruit? Plant passionfruit, pawpaw, pineapples and for a potassium hit, some bananas.
  • How about adding some pretties to the garden: marigolds, verbena, petunias, cosmos, sunflowers and dianthus. Theyll not only add colour and interest to your patch, the beneficial insects will love them.
  • Your patch looking a bit tired and worn out? A green manure crop could be the lift it needs. At this time of year, try millet, lablab, or cow pea. Your soil will be alive and nutritious, next seasons veggies will love you.
  • Another great job to give you and your patch a good workout, top up the mulch on all of your garden beds. Make sure you choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch, thatll enrich your soil as it breaks down.
  • How about making some shade cloth tents. They dont have to elaborate, just a simple, moveable structure that you can pop over the top of some of the sun sensitive veggies as it gets hotter. Think of it as slip, slop, slap fo...

12:30

Growing Little Learners The Benefits of Gardening with Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

We sometimes think of gardening as an adult activity, and sometimes especially for older people This can get reinforced when we give in to our childrens wishes to watch screens of some sort instead of being outdoors. But gardening is actually a wonderful way for children to have fun and, at the same time, gain important knowledge and skills.

Renowned Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, introduced the theory of unstructured, open-ended play based learning to the educational and social world. He promised that it held untold benefits for children, including:

The development of confidence and independence
The development of resilience
The development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Its often difficult to find space in education to allow children the freedom to truly play. We face a very structured curriculum that leads our children, often quite quickly, through a series of skills that dont often reflect their actual interests.

Offering children the chance to be involved in nature play, particularly in their own backyards, provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to allow time and space for this wonderful learning to take place.

How can my Garden become a Classroom?

Any outdoor space that you have be it a big backyard or an apartment balcony is the perfect breeding ground for learning.

Children are born curious. They love to learn about new concepts and approach the natural world with wonder and awe. Allowing them space in your home to garden, care for plants, learn about sustainability and take on new projects will both tap into this natural sense of wonder and instil in them the importance of caring for their environment.

Applying Vygotskian theory means that you will provide the parameters for learning and then allow children to take over. They will become so immersed in their project, and so full of spontaneous joy at creating and exploring, that their little minds will happily forge connections to extend their learning beyond the school classroom.

What are some Garden Projects I can do with my Child?

These ideas will depend, of course, on the age of your children, the amount of space you have and your budget.

You could
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12:29

7 Ideas for Designing and Landscaping a Backyard Naturescape Playground "IndyWatch Feed National"

The concepts of sustainability and providing a better future for our younger generations are intertwined with physical and mental health. We can design and landscape our gardens to be both sustainable and engaging for our children by creating a backyard naturescape playground. This can encourage your children to value, learn about and engage with their natural environment in their garden naturescape wonderland.
Article written by Dan Nitsche https://www.tradesmannow.com.au/landscapers/nsw-landscapers/landscaper

1. Child Friendly Design

The first step is getting your child involved in the design. Whether you hire a landscaper to do the work or you do it yourself, this is an opportunity to talk about the importance of sustainable concepts and how these can be incorporated into your design. You may like to have an overall vision of how the finished garden will look, but it is important to get your little ones to also give you ideas of how they want to use this outside space. They may like to have quiet areas for building an outdoor cubby house or a messy mud kitchen for creating some culinary master pieces. Part of the design is to also ensure that all aspects are accessible but that there is also an element of adventure. This means considering the height and depth of any raised garden beds and also ensuring that the design is flexible enough to let your childs imagination run wild. One day they could pretend they are captaining a tall ship, the next creating culinary masterpieces in their own outdoor kitchen. Letting your childs imagination run wild will show them that they can have even more fun engaging in unstructured play with natural elements than simply playing on plastic playground equipment. By including your childs design ideas they will be more likely to be intrinsically motivated to spend time playing, exploring and learning from the natural world. Fostering an appreciation of the natural world from an early age will lay the foundation for sustainable practices throughout your childs life.

2. Construct with the Kids

Once a design developed, its time to get constructing. Getting your children involved in this will give them greater understanding of sustainable building materials such as recycled timbers, straw bales, recycled and repurposed plastics as well as fallen branches and leaves from already established plants and tree...

12:28

Lawn Alternatives "IndyWatch Feed National"

Escape the mundane uniformity of an artificial vegetative mat and enjoy some of the visual and aromatic delights the natural world has on offer!

Less maintenance

Mowing, edging, fertilising and weeding of a lawn requires more time and maintenance than well chosen ground covers or garden beds / pavers.

A well selected group of ground covers are less prone to pest attack and diseases than a single lawn species.

Less water

A mulched garden bed with well chosen plants requires less water to look good year round than even the toughest lawn species.

Increase biodiversity

Larger garden beds allow for tiered plantings of increasing heights, which in turn creates a greater sense of depth and space to a garden.

Attract native wildlife into your garden with many butterfly, bird and insect attracting varieties available.

Reasons you may not need a lawn at all

  • Shady dry areas under trees
  • Areas unlikely to be walked over
  • Small or awkward areas
  • Areas with significant slopes

Lawn Alternatives

If you like the open feel of a lawn but dont want the maintenance or water requirements. Consider the following options

No Traffic

No traffic open spaces allow for some of the greatest flexibility in style and plant choices. Areas that are traditionally difficult to establish lawn perform well with many alternatives. Regions such as under large trees of near eves can be given a new lease of life with the addition of low water and light requiring lawn alternatives.

Light Traffic

In areas of light traffic it is necessary to choose plants that are tolerant of small levels of disturbance. Plants that are used should be flexible low lying. This will allow them to bounce back when trodden on. For Heavy Traffic use the same varieties as those for areas with light traffic, but with the addition of stepping stones.

Meadow Lawn areas

A mixture of grass, lilies, wildflowers and ground covers. Dont mow often. To encourage flowering and growth of the meadow it is recommended that the area be cut twice a year using a brush cutter. The optimal times to cut the meadow is in early summer after spring flowering and late autumn. The cut material should then be removed and composted.

No Traffic

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12:25

"Very Few Beings..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, 
few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the 
answers they have already shaped in their own minds."
- Anne Rice

12:16

Dont Call the Cops If Youre Autistic, Deaf, Mentally Ill, Disabled or Old "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anyone who cares for someone with a developmental disability, as well as for disabled people themselves [lives] every day in fear that their behavior will be misconstrued as suspicious, intoxicated or hostile by law enforcement.

Steve Silberman, The New York Times

Life in the American police state is an endless series of donts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: dont talk back to police officers, dont even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), dont run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken for a fleeing criminal, dont carry a cane lest it be mistaken for a gun, dont expect privacy in public, dont let your kids walk to the playground alone, dont engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass, dont try to grow vegetables in your front yard, dont play music for tips in a metro station, dont feed whales, and on and on.

Heres another dont to the add the growing list of things that could get you or a loved one tasered, shot or killed, especially if you are autistic, hearing impaired, mentally ill, elderly, suffer from dementia, disabled or have any other condition that might hinder your ability to understand, communicate or immediately comply with an order: dont call the cops.

Sometimes its dangerous enough calling the cops when youre not contending with a disability.

For instance, Justine Damond called 911 to report a disturbance and ended up dead after police dispatched to investigate instead shot the 40-year-old yoga instructor. Likewise, Carl Williams called 911 to report a robbery and ended up being shot by police, who mistook him for a robber in his own home.

Unfortunately, the risks just skyrocket when a disability is involved.

Nancy Schrock called 911 for help after her husband, Tom, who suffered with mental health issues, started stalking around the backyard, upending chairs and screaming about demons. Several times before, police had transported Tom to the hospital, where he was medicated and sent home after 72 hours. This time, Tom was tasered twice. He collapsed, lost consciousness and died.

The Schrocks are not alone in this experience.

Indeed, disab...

12:00

Todd Fernando: As Indigenous people we exist outside of sporting arenas and welfare dependency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most Australians, and our international visitors, first learn about Indigenous people through conversations that are often grounded in disadvantage Photograph: IndigenousX Most Australians, and our international visitors, first learn about Indigenous people through conversations that are often grounded in disadvantage Photograph: IndigenousX Share this Post Indigenous and mainstream Australians often have very different ideas about the concept of success. For ...

11:10

Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin from Schiff Gold Australia is moving toward regulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum under new anti-money laundering legislation. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Parliament will vote on the measure this week....

The post Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin appeared first on The Daily Coin.

10:56

Bitcoin Digits Coming Under Strict Regulation In Australia: Getting Off The Ship While You Still Can "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is moving toward regulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum under new anti-money laundering legislation. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Parliament will vote on the measure this week. If it passes, it will place Bitcoin and other cryptos under the auspices of Australias financial regulatory agency. If the new laws are passed, the financial []

10:39

Group critical of SES bosss Lismore flood response "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A flooded Lismore received a drenching from the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

A flooded Lismore received a drenching from the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

A group formed to evaluate the response to the flood that inundated Lismore has criticised the response to its review by the NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst.

The Lismore Citizens Review group has accused Commissioner Smethurst of making fictitious claims and shooting the messenger.

The group was made up of former mayor Ros Irwin, Keith Alcock, who headed the SES during the 1974 flood, Tony Madden, a former regional emergency welfare coordinator, Peter Thorpe, an engineer who constructed sections of the Lismore levee and Beth Trevan, a South Lismore business woman.

Group coordinator Beth Trevan said the review had proposed a zero-cost solution that had been effective in the early warning and prevention (of floods) over more than 50 years but inclusion of local information in early warning is now considered by the Commissioner to be outdated practice.

Everything we have heard out of Wollongong convinces us that NSW SES headquarters have learnt nothing from their experience, Mrs Trevan wrote in her response to the Commissioners comments.

The Commissioner admits to making some mistakes, all of which were made at Regional and State level and cost Lismore businesses tens of millions of dollars in avoidable damage.

And the salaried members of the NSW SES organisation who made the damaging decisions have allowed the volunteer local Lismore City SES Unit members to bear the brunt of public anger and disgust at the way the event was managed.

Mrs Trevan said the Commissioners own statement that  NSW SES received 11,579 calls from the public generating 3,412 Requests for Assistance demonstrates a massive failure in the area of information and communication.

She said the critical issue raised by the Group, and the community, was that the earliest possible warning needed to be given and followed by regular updates, preferably hourly, so that residents and businesses are giving the maximum time to possible to pack up.

This issue has not been resolved and never will be whilst the NSW SES continues...

09:53

Byron market stallholders call for location certainty "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

The future of Byron Bay markets at Butler Street Reserve is under a cloud after the council has announced a plan to build a bus interchange there. Photo contributed

Butler Street bus interchange to be built in 2018

Byron market stallholders are up in arms over what they say is a lack of engagement or articulated plans for Butler Street Reserve after Byron Shire Council announced on behalf of the state government that a bus interchange will be built on the location.

A press release on Monday from council GM Ken Gainger says it will be significant for the community, because it will take large passenger buses out of Jonson Street, a key target in the Byron Bay Masterplan, which is aimed at progressively making the town centre more pedestrian and cycle friendly.

While no plans or costings were provided, Gainger says the project will be undertaken by Transport for NSW, who are developing plans which will be shared with the community when they are completed.

Gainger says the Masterplan identified improved pedestrian access and movement as priorities, and this involves getting traffic out of the central business area and reclaiming it for locals and visitors.

He says, Council sees the markets as valuable contributors to the economic and social fabric of the Byron Shire and is committed to finding alternative venues for them while the bus interchange is being built.

Meetings with market operators and stallholders have been held, he says, and we are working together to activate the rail corridor and surrounding areas as potential interim market venues.

But stallholder representative Gyan Moyes is yet to be convinced; he said, the only proposal from council is spreading the market over the area of the disused railway tracks, adjacent car park, Railway Park, the carpark behind The Railway Hotel and more unspecified areas on the main streets of Byron.

He said, The proposal lacks any permanence, as most of the area will remain a transport corridor and as such it can be reclaime...

09:33

Cocaine vying with cannabis as the drug of choice in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron had the fifth-highest rate of cocaine convictions in NSW last financial year, according to BOCSAR.

Byron had the fifth-highest rate of cocaine convictions in NSW last financial year, according to BOCSAR.

Paul Bibby

Convictions for cocaine possession in the Byron Shire reached a 22-year high last financial year, in what some see as a reflection of the regions changing drug habits.

The latest figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) show that the cocaine conviction rate for the region reached 94.7 (per 100,000 people) in the 12 months to July.

This is the highest conviction rate for cocaine since the BOCSAR began recording convictions for different drugs by local government area back in 1995.

The figures show that Byron had the fifth-highest rate of cocaine convictions in NSW last financial year. 

The conviction rate was triple the state average and puts the shire up with some of the traditional cocaine hotspots in Sydneys eastern suburbs.

And the figures are not an anomaly the region has seen a significant increase in cocaine convictions over the past five years.

The head of the Butterys INTRA community outreach program, Krystian Gruft, said cocaine was a substance of concern for a significant number of locals presenting to his program.

Cocaine is often peoples second drug of concern, Gruft said.

I think there are some people in the community who have the money to buy, so its market driven.

And from what Ive heard, it is around at the moment.

Coke rivals meth

The conviction rate for cocaine possession among locals is now getting close to that for methamphetamine, casting doubt on media claims that the region is in the grip of an ice epidemic.

The conviction rate of 110 (per 100,000 people) for meth is well outside the ten wo...

09:07

Trade for the People a new video "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 25, 2017: IBON International has released a powerful new video, Trade for the People, which looks at how the neoliberal trade regime has delivered for transnational corporations at the expense of the global South. From agreements brokered at the World Trade Organisation to free trade agreements (FTAs) like the TPP and RCEP, industrialised countries and global corporations have pursued their interests at the expense of human rights and genuine development. 

'What is important is to make sure that trade is for the benefit of the people and their development Antonio Tujan Jr, Director IBON International

 

08:51

Grocons construction licence cancelled in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Melbourne based developer, Grocon, has just taken a hit in Queensland, with its licence suspended by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), as an investigation into its finances continues.

It seems that the company has made a big loss on the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and apparently, they are $16.7 million in the red over two other projects, valued at more than $1 billion. The QBCC is not satisfied that the business is viable enough to merit taking on more jobs.

The political establishment has reacted to this with a wall of silence. If it had been anyone else, especially unions in the industry, the resulting condemnations would have driven many of them  hoarse within hours. In this case, the apparent laryngitis, comes from the habit of harbouring this and some other similar construction companies as allies.

Construction companies donate significant amounts to political parties and have therefore established useful political links. Grocon has relied quit a lot on building its links through a war against construction unions., which has germinated into a cosy alliance with the federal and state governments. Canberras industry code brought benefits, in terms of legal assistance to push down wages and conditions, punish workers and unions acting on this and providing government contract rewards, through the building industry code measures that a that bars employers reaching better agreements with their own workforce.  Industry  safety conditions  and public safety have been  major casualties.

Grocon has a track record in cutting corners and this has more than once exacted a heavy price on others. In August this year VicRoads sued for damage caused in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne. In 2013 there was the Swanston Street wall collapse that killed three young pedestrians, over which it faced criminal charges.

These are two examples of cases of a long list of cases that have attracted a slap on the wrist at most.  Will it be the same for the Elizabeth Street incident? This was...

08:49

Motorbike recovered, 30 cannabis plants discovered in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police searching for a stolen motorbike also found 30 cannabis plants growing under lights when they raided a Lismore Heights address yesterday.

As a result, a 29-year-old Lismore man will appear in court today charged with Break enter and Steal, Goods In Custody, Cultivate Prohibited Drug, two counts of Possess Prohibited Drug, Possess Prohibited Weapon and Possess Housebreaking Implements.

Police allege the motorbike was stolen from a Lismore Heights address on 7 October 2013.

A search warrant was executed yesterday at  a Pendara Crescent Lismore Heights address.

Police located cannabis, knuckle dusters, lock picking tools and items related to the cultivation of cannabis. In a bedroom police located 30 cannabis plants growing under two lights. In the garage police located the stolen motorbike.

Police then attended an address on Wyrallah road Lismore and arrested a 29 year old Lismore Heights man.

He was taken to Lismore Police station to be charged and was refused bail to appear today.

The post Motorbike recovered, 30 cannabis plants discovered in Lismore appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:48

BREAKING: FBI Releases Docs On Sandy Hook Showing Feds Visited Shooter BEFORE Massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

sandy hook

On December 14, 2012, the world watched the news with horror as they heard the story of 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shooting 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Since that fateful day, conspiracy theories have abounded from whether or not the shooting actually took place to what Lanzas motive was.

Adam Lanza is believed to have shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, in the head at her home in Newtown, Connecticut, around 9 a.m. on December 14, before taking her car and driving approximately five miles to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he would slaughter the children and teachers.

According to reports, most of the shooting occurred in two of the schools first-grade classrooms; 14 students in one classroom, and six in the other, were murdered. Only two of the victims who were shot by Lanzaboth teacherssurvived the attack.

Now, the documents which could lay to rest many of these conspiracy theories have been released by the FBI. At 10:00 AM EST, on Tuesday, the FBI, without any notice, took to Twitter to post the link to over 1,500 pages of documents from their investigation and subsequent findings.

In general, the FBI does not comment on the content of the files released through [Freedom of Information Act], and lets the information contained in the files speak for itself, said Charles Grady, a community outreach specialist for the FBI based in New Haven. This is a routine FOIA release nothing more, nothing less.

While we would expect that the names, addresses, and contact information be redacted throughout the documents, it appears that entire pages were wiped out.

Just as Americans thought they may be getting some answers as to why this 20-year-old went on a shooting rampage, killing innocent children, it appears we may now have more questions than answers.

One such question that arises from our brief combing of the documents is how Lanza, who only weighed 85 lbs, according to the report, was able to carry such heavy weaponry and ammo and shoot with such deadly accuracy.

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08:41

Trust ignoring measures to protect 400-year-old trees in Brunswick Heads "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Terrace Reserve camping which, residents say has contributed to the protected trees dying off. Photo Sean OMeara

Terrace Reserve camping which, residents say has contributed to the protected trees dying off. Photo Sean OMeara

Recommendations by an ecologist to save deteriorating trees in a Brunswick Heads holiday park some thought to be 400 years old are unlikely to be adopted by managers NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT).

The Byron Shire Council-commissioned report by Dr Robert Kooyman will be tabled at this Thursdays council meeting and supports what residents have said over many years about the Coastal Cypress pine trees in the southern end of the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park: specifically, that camping in the area degrades the vulnerable species and they should be left alone to recover.

Dr Kooyman says to ensure the long-term survival of the trees and protection of their heritage values, all camping should cease and infrastructure be removed.

But a Greens-led decision at councils September meeting supported the NSWCHPTs intention to allow existing camping and developing the area for further camping.

Council staff have recommended in the upcoming agenda that council discuss the report with NSWCHPT with a view to achieving their agreement to implement [the recommendation]. Yet that appears unlikely; when asked by The Echo, NSWCHPT CEO Steve Edmonds only referred to their vegetation-management plan that prescribes the required actions which the Trust have implemented and continue[s] to do so.

One of the cypress tree's lower branches recently removed, making more tent room in the process.

One of the cypress trees lower branches recently removed, making more tent room in the process.

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08:39

Message to Mr Wolfgang Schuble "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Dear Wolfgang,

I read carefully and listened your recent statements in response to journalistic questions emanating from my recent book Adults in the Room relating to our conversations during the first half of 2015.

I have a proposal for you. Instead of vague statements and personal put down lines, I invite you to point out specific pages and paragraphs in my book where I misrepresented something that you told me during that period (e.g. your expressed view that the 3rd Greek Loan and accompanying Memorandum of Understanding that I refused to sign, and which was signed after my resignation, would be bad for Greece; or, even more strongly, your view that, had I signed it, I would have to answer to my people).

Sincerely

Yanis Varoufakis

08:29

Letters to the Editor: National gun amnesty By Ian Walmsley Glen Innes NSW. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The types of guns handed in with the National Amnesty shows what happens when honest citizens are declared criminals overnight by Politicians with knee-jerk reactions.

08:11

Power plant sale incompetent or worse "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Vales Point Power Station. (wikipedia)

The Vales Point Power Station. (wikipedia)

The sale of a state-owned power station for $1 million that went on to skyrocket in value in private hands smells of government incompetence or something worse, the NSW Opposition leader says.

The Vales Point power station was sold by the Baird government in November 2015 for $1 million but has now been revalued at $739 million by Sunset Power International.

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley on Tuesday accused the government of fleecing taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Youve got to assume its incompetence on a grand scale from Ms Berejiklian and her colleagues, or something worse, Mr Foley told reporters.

You couldnt find a privation deal more contrary to the public interest.

However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who was treasurer at the time of the sale, stood by the transaction, saying its benefits could not be quantified in cash returns.

I am confident that every decision weve taken is in the taxpayers best interest and weve reduced debt in all transactions, Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Tuesday.

You have to look at how its taken debt away from government which allows us to invest in hospitals and schools.

In 2015 Ms Berejiklian said the plant had been sold above its retention value, with the state no longer exposed to significant liabilities such as costs associated with decommissioning.

Sunset Power International, which trades as Delta Electricity, on Tuesday declined to comment.

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08:06

Energy costs to stoke inflation rate "IndyWatch Feed National"

New inflation figures are expected to show the biggest quarterly jump in almost four years as a result of rising energy costs.

If that happens it will be a harsh reminder for households already struggling with slow wage growth and high debt levels.

Treasury boss John Fraser and his department can expect to be grilled about price pressures and the economic outlook more generally when he faces a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

There are also likely to be questions about the Turnbull governments national energy guarantee, a plan that is being promoted as providing a reliable source of electricity while cutting household bills by as much as $115 a year.

No modelling to back such claims has been released.

Economists expect the consumer price index rose by around 0.8 per cent in the September quarter, the largest inflation rise since December 2013.

Such an increase would lift the annual rate to the bottom end of the Reserve Banks two to three per cent inflation target band from 1.9 per cent previously.

The more interest-rate sensitive underlying measures of inflation which smooth out volatile price swings are expected to average a rise of 0.5 per cent.

This would produce a 12-monthly rate of around two per cent and of little immediate threat to the interest rate outlook.

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08:04

Whale, calf freed from Gold Coast shark nets "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE: A whale and calf that were trapped in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach have been freed.

Seaworld experts helped free the mother and baby about 7.30am (AEST), roughly an hour after reports they had become ensnared about 200 metres off Nobby Beach.

Animal activists have again condemned the use of the shark nets, with World Animal Protection describing them as indiscriminate death traps.

ORIGINAL: A whale and a calf are trapped in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach and experts from Sea World will soon begin trying to free them.

The mother and her baby are stuck about 200 metres off Nobby Beach.

Marine rescue experts from Sea World will try to free them this morning.

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07:58

Aus must reply to Indonesian children case "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has been ordered to reply to a case involving Indonesian children allegedly locked up in Australian prisons, sparking hopes they will be forced to answer the case in a Jakarta court.

Australia has repeatedly maintained it is protected from the $103 million compensation claim because it has sovereign immunity, meaning its agencies are not subject to the jurisdiction of the Jakarta court.

But local lawyer Lisa Hiariej is pushing ahead with the suit on behalf of 115 Indonesians, who she says were children when they were held in Australian jails and detention centres between 2008 and 2011 for alleged people smuggling offences.

Last month the Australian government was ordered to enter mediation with Ms Hiariej but Central Jakarta District Court heard that the process had failed.

Chief Judge Ibnu Basuki Widodo ordered lawyers for the Australian government to return with a reply to the claim on November 14, warning them not to take more than three weeks to prepare their defence.

I feel that because the judges continue the matter, they feel there is a case to answer to, Ms Hiariej told AAP outside of court.

Muhammad Rasid, who was 15 when he was jailed at Sydneys Silverwater prison, said he was certainly very happy the matter was proceeding.

Im sorry I cant come to court on the 14th, I still need to work to earn money, the 23-year-old added.

The case has been launched against four Australian government agencies: the AFP, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney-Generals Department.

It comes off the back of a 2012 Australian Human Rights Commission report into Indonesian youths held in Australian adult correctional facilities, which found the use of X-rays to determine age; a disregard for the childrens testimony about their age; and inadequate steps to verify their date of births resulted in dozens of Indonesian children being locked up between 2008 to 2011.

Our demand is not something that has come from thin air. It was based on something clear, factual, undeniable and it was from Australian itself, from Australian Human Rights Commission that there was a violation against these kids, lawyer Hendra Kusuma Jaya said.

Lawyers for the Australian government would not comment.

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07:42

Music in the valley "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

07:31

Mullumbimby Show blazes ahead "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mullumbimby show's rural ambassadors becoming one with the country side. Photo Jeff 'Green Grass' Dawson.

Mullumbimby shows rural ambassadors becoming one with the country side. Photo Jeff Green Grass Dawson.

It was an agricultural adventure through fields of green with cows dotting the landscape in the distance as the Mullumbimby showgirls and showboys, now known as the Mullumbimby Show rural youth ambassadors, carefully stepped their way in their wellies through the fields of the Barlow dairy in Myocum. Accompanied by youth ambassador judges Hayley Walker and retired vet Neil Farquhar they linked arms for their first photoshoot of the season.

Then it was off to the Mullumbimby ex-services club for afternoon tea and cake where they were joined by the third judge Donna Jenner who hails from the Bangalow show society.

Donna was also the judge of the cakes section at the Lismore Show, said Jenelle Stanford, assistant treasurer of the Mullumbimby show society.

The judges of the youth ambassadors will be asking contestants a range of questions from current affairs, to agricultural issues such as climate change, water, drought, food shortages and types of farming.

The senior youth ambassadors were also given a question that they will have to answer on stage as part of the Mullumbimby Agricualtural Show society dinner on this Saturday, October 28. Tickets can be purchased online here until 5pm on Thursday, October 26.

The show dinner, to be held at the Mullumbimby ex-services club, will be a fin night of entertainment with MC Ellen Briggs chatting with the  local youth ambassadors on stage throughout the evening.

07:25

Escaping The Smart Grid: A Conversation with the InPower Movement "IndyWatch Feed National"

Max Igan Surviving the Matrix

Episode 311
American Voice Radio
October 6th, 2017

The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as its profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater. Frank Zappa

Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. Plato

I would rather have questions that cant be answered than answers that cant be questioned. Richard Feynman

I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. Ive been knocking from the inside. Rumi

Universal Law/sovereign law trumps all others.

1. No man or woman, in or out of government shall initiate force, threat of force or fraud against my life and property and, any and all contracts Im a party to not giving full disclosure to me whether signed by me or not are void at my discretion.

2. I may use force in self-defense against anyone that violates Law

3. There shall be no exceptions to Law 1 and 2.

TURN OFF YOUR TELEVISION! THROW AWAY YOUR SMART PHONE!

07:17

Byron Environment Centre rotunda under threat of removal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Environment Centre kiosk. Photo supplied

Byron Environment Centre kiosk. Photo supplied

A council plan to move the Byron Environment Centre (BEC) kiosk located in Byron Bays Railway Park by December 13 has sparked outrage from founding members.

Councils Project Officer said in an email on October 16 that Council had received community feedback via the Byron Bay Town Centre Master Plan Leadership Team that the BEC kiosk in Railway Square would best be located elsewhere.

The Project Officer said, Relocating the kiosk would improve community and visitor use of the park by increasing access and egress through the park and increasing visibility and community safety in line with CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) principles.

But Nino MacDonald says the reasons cited are petty and not insurmountable.

There is no evidence for this contention and the BEC would argue that quite the opposite is actually the case; that there would be strong support in the community to keep the Rotunda in its current location as part of the Master Plan.

Since its inception in the late 80s (former mayor Jan Barham being one of its founding members), the Environment Centre has represented the environmental aspirations and values of the Byron community, with a physical presence in locations including the Visitors Centre, at various shops in Byron Bay, the North Power building, the Mullum Railway Station and up to its present incarnation in Railway Park.

MacDonald says the rotunda is a tourist attract...

07:05

Gowdy enters the fray: Opens investigation into DOJ's exonerating Killary and other 2016 decisions "IndyWatch Feed National"

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte announced Tuesday morning they have officially opened a joint investigation into decisions made at the Obama Justice Department surrounding the FBI's criminal investigation into former Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They also want to know why the FBI kept quiet about ongoing investigations into members of the Trump campaign, like Paul Manafort, while publicly discussing the Clinton probe. "Our justice system is represented by a blind-folded woman holding a set of scales. Those scales do not tip to the right or the left; they do not recognize wealth, power, or social status. The impartiality of our justice system is the bedrock of our republic and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and evenhandedness. The law is the most equalizing force in this country. No entity or individual is exempt from oversight," Gowdy and Goodlatte released in a statement. "Decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 have led to a host of outstanding questions that must be answered."

07:00

David Bradbury premieres new documentary, America and Me "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A maced Earth Protector gets medical help at Standing Rock in the US last year. Photo Louis Fisher

A maced Earth Protector gets medical help at Standing Rock in the US last year. Photo Louis Fisher

America and Me is the latest film by local activist and twice Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Bradbury.

It will have its world premiere in Mullum at the Old Drill Hall November 8 from 7pm and former ABC journalist Kerry OBrien will host the screening, which includes a Q&A afterwards.

Bradbury says America and Mes premiere screening is timed for the first anniversary of the election of the worlds most powerful monarch, King Donald.

America and Me shows how 40 years of what is sometimes called globalisation, sometimes called neo-liberalism, has left the US morally and financially bankrupt.

But the film also shows hope because it highlights activists still fighting the good fight, standing up to power 40 years after Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher introduced the right-wing economic theories of Milton Freidman and his infamous Chicago Boys. 

Its a very personal film that gave me the chance to explore my relationship with the US and its reach, says Bradbury.

Im very excited to be showing it first locally before I take it back to the US at the end of November for coast-to-coast screenings.

Ill show it in the US to the anti-war activists, the Veterans for Peace, the homeless, the radical Christians I interviewed, the Earth Protectors at Standing Rock whom I made it with and about.

One year on, they need encouragement and emboldening to keep up the struggle in the face of Trumps election, Bradbury says. 

After facing an uncertain future here with the ABC and an SBS gutted by Canberra and running scared to show the sort of films I make, I went to the US last year hoping to find work with the new social media giants, Netflix, Amazon, St...

06:55

Turning on the tap to infinite, clean water "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Byron team of Dr Agatha Walczuk, Gheorghe Duta and Wes Walczuk with an Infinite Water filtration system. The system in their Byron office can produce 14,000 litres per day which can provide drinking water to around 700 homes. And thats all on one power point.

The Byron team of Dr Agatha Walczuk, Gheorghe Duta and Wes Walczuk with an Infinite Water filtration system. The system in their Byron office can produce 14,000 litres per day which can provide drinking water to around 700 homes. And thats all on one power point.

Hans Lovejoy

Undoubtedly one of the biggest issues facing humans on the planet is access to clean, drinkable water. 

Especially for those in developing countries, where even groundwater is becoming more and more polluted from ever-growing intense industrialisation.

The water contamination is also becoming highly complex with a multitude of pollutants now in water sources, including heavy metals, toxic chemicals and pathogens.

Yet one company, based in Byron Shire, say they have a revolutionary and affordable system that can treat a wide variety of contaminants to produce large quantities of clean drinkable water from different water sources simply and effectively.

And that even includes eliminating traditionally difficult heavy metals, such as arsenic, which is fast becoming a major contributor to extremely poor health and short life expectancy in developing countries.

Where Infinite Water differs from other water treatment systems, says managing director Dr Agatha Walczuk, is that it is an integrated technology whereby one core technology can treat a wide range of water from industrial wastewater through to drinking water. It has unlimited capacity, small size and low ongoing cost (up to 90 per cent less than other systems), she says.

Remarkably, Dr Walczuk says their filtration system can treat 100,000 litres of water a day using a single-phase household power point and recovers more than 95 per cent of the filtered water.

...

06:16

Whats Going On With Bob Corker, Steve Bannon, And The Virginia Governors Race? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alex Isenstadt, a national politics reporter at Politico, addresses the questions surrounding Senator Bob Corker, tax reform, and the anger coming from GOP donors on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour. Isenstadt and Domenech also discuss the Viriginia gubernatorial race and how Trump effects state elections.

Clearly, Corker is aligned with a broader, establishment wing of the Republican party that is really upset right now, not just with Trump, but Steve Bannon too, Isenstadt said.

What happens to Republican primary races as Mitch McConnells support shrinks, and Steve Bannons endorsements grow? Its easy to say I oppose Mitch McConnel. Its hard to answer Well who do you support instead? Domenech said.

Listen here:

06:12

Caitlin Reilly in Conversation with Andrew McDonald "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Join Caitlin Reilly in conversation with Andrew McDonald (Lone Goat Gallery) at 2pm on Saturday 28 October at Lone Goat Gallery as they discuss Caitlins art practise, with a particular focus on her extensive experience working in Shanghai, collaborative workshops, art therapy programs, and strategies for emerging artists.

Caitlin Reilly is an Australian born multi-disciplinary artist living in Byron Bay, Australia, and has exhibited widely throughout China and Australia.

Caitlins work has been exhibited at the Shanghai Museum of Art, the Xuhui Art Museum, the 1933 Historical Slaughterhouse in Shanghai, Asia Contemporary Art Hong Kong 2014/15/16, Singapore Art Fair, Faces & Traces retrospective at The Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, and the Taikang Community Gallery Songjiang, China.

In 2014-15 Caitlin undertook the Shokay Residency, travelling to Qinghai on the Tibetan plateau and to Chongming Island nearby Shanghai, working with the yak herding community, spinners and knitters.

Caitlins arts practice involves working in a broad range of media creating layering and textural history, with an extensive body of work exploring the development of surface rendering. Caitlins visual arts practice spans international platforms and is represented in collections throughout Australia, Europe, America, and China.

Caitlins exhibition Hymn to the Horizon is now showing at Lone Goat Gallery until November 8 2017. Hymn to the Horizon is a series of works rendered in oil paint, bitumen, dust and debris. Investigating abstract means and the simplicity of the horizontal line to explore surface rendering to access and communicate psychological states connected to lived and imagined terrains.

Lone Goat Gallery presents

ARTIST TALK

Caitlin Reilly in Conversation
with Andrew McDonald

Hymn to the Horizon

2-3pm Saturday 28 October 2017

Free

Caitlin Reillys exhibition Hymn to the Horizon is showing at Lone Goat Gallery Byron Bay until November 8 2017.

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06:07

Adani posts weird video to fend off Carmichael criticism "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

The following article by Michael Slezak and Nick Evershed (The Guardian 21 October 2017) is about Gautam Adani and his social media blitz to counter the massive opposition he is facing in Australia, over his controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

The Adani Group has promoted a bizarre video advertisement on Facebook, in which the Indian company responds to revelations its Australian coal operations face growing financial risks.

The video, targeting people in Melbourne, flashes up text on the screen, backed by fast and upbeat percussive music. It displays allegations, which are labelled as lies, followed by attempts to set the record straight. It also misspells Abbot point, its coal terminal.

The video was uploaded along with a long post that contains strange defenses of its operation, including the false claim that the entire allegations about the company are based on just one screenshot of random text.

The Facebook post had more than 580,000 views on the video statistics at the time of writing.

Tim Buckley, a financial analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, made many of the allegations Adani was attempting to refute. Aired in an episode of ABCs Four Corners program, the institute claimed Adanis operations in Australia were unprofitable and required the Carmichael mine to bail them out.

Buckley described the video as a desperate attempt to try and counter some of the facts with loud music and flashing lights and a sign that the campaign against Adani in Australia is having an impact.

In one respect it shows that Adani is taking it seriously, Buckley said. The whole campaign in Australia is doing enormous damage to the social license to operate of Adani.

Facebook ads are sponsored posts that an advertiser has paid to push into the news feed of a specifically targeted pool of people. Unless the ad appears in your feed, there is no easy way to determine that a post has been sponsored. This makes it difficult to keep track of political advertising on the social network.

Facebook advertising is considered effective because it allows...

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05:30

The BBC apologises "IndyWatch Feed National"


The BBC has apologised for a breach of impartiality and accuracy on the Today programme.

BBC complaints director Colin Tregear wrote to one of the complainants saying, "I hope youll accept my apologies, on behalf of the BBC, for the breach of editorial standards you identified". 

So can you guess what the BBC is apologising for?

I won't spoil it for you by giving you the answer...cough, cough, Lord Lawson, climate change cough, cough...You'll have to click on this link to the Guardian to find out.

05:26

Founder Confesses: Soros Wanted Antifa More Dangerous Than ISIS "IndyWatch Feed National"

The founder of domestic terrorist organization Antifa has admitted that George Soros helped turn them into terrorists more dangerous than ISIS. Shayne Hunter, the founder of Antifa Australia, says he quit the radical far-left group [...]

05:25

Former Weinstein assistant breaks NDA to speak up about sexual harassment and assault cover ups "IndyWatch Feed National"

Zelda Perkins, who worked as Weinstein's assistant in Miramax's London office, claims in a new interview with Financial Times that her boss sexually harassed her and assaulted her female colleague, leading them to a settlement and strict NDA. Dozens of women have come forward in recent weeks with claims against Harvey Weinstein, accusing the veteran film mogul of sexual assault, harassment, misconduct and rape. Many of their stories carry the same details - from hotel rooms and manipulative behavior to intimidation tactics and aggressive cover-ups - while provoking the same questions: How much did his assistants know, how tightly wound were their non-disclosure agreements and where are they now? Zelda Perkins, who worked for Weinstein during his tenure running Miramax Films, has just answered all three in a bombshell of an interview with Financial Times. In doing so, Perkins becomes the first former staffer to come forward and publicly denounce an NDA, shedding light on how Weinstein relied on a network of lawyers to help prevent staffers from speaking out about his alleged bad behavior. She also claims that there were clauses in her contract that could have led to Weinstein's dismissal nearly two decades ago.

05:06

Kuwait emir warns of GCC collapse and crisis escalation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Al Jazeera

'History and the future generations of Arabs will not forget those who contributed to the escalation of the conflict and caused the destruction of the Gulf,' the emir cautioned [Getty Images]
History and the future generations of Arabs will not forget those who contributed to the escalation of the conflict and caused the destruction of the Gulf, the emir cautioned [Getty Images]
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Qatar-Gulf crisis: Your questions answered

The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, warned of the collapse of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) an alliance of Gulf countries should the crisis with Qatar remain unresolved.

In a statement at a Kuwaiti parliament session on Tuesday, the emir warned GCC leaders of the potential dangerous military and political interven...

04:56

Exodus! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Census findings

Further interesting news from the 2016 Census has been released.

Some of it is rather open to interpretation. For example, there was lower employment in the younger age bracket, comprising 15-24 year olds.

But, on the other hand, 22 per cent of the population now have a degree or higher level of qualification. 

That's up +3.2 per cent from 2006-2011, replicating the same percentage increase as five years earlier, according to ID, the population experts.

Employment opportunities were certainly curtailed by the financial crisis and resources downturn, but we're also studying longer, so it's a somewhat mixed picture.

Exodus!

Similarly, there's quite a bit been said on the apparent mass exodus from Sydney.

Again, there's a strong element truth to this story.

But it's equally important not to take away the wrong visual image from this. 

The fact is, New South Wales always loses people interstate, and it always will, largely to Brisbane, south east Queensland, and even to Melbourne.

In reality, though, the numbers leaving the state on a net basis were dramatically lower in the 2011-2016 Census period than they were in the preceding five years.

And they were much, much lower than they were in the five years before that, with net interstate migration tracking at way under the half the rate of seen from 2001 to 2006.

04:11

South China Sea Defense Chiefs want Freedom of Navigation, Rules-Based Approach in Resolving Conflict "IndyWatch Feed National"

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said none among ADMM Plus member-states Australia, China, India Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US as well as defense ministers from all ASEAN-member states, opposed the declaration. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File

MANILA, Philippines The South China Sea issue was highlighted at yesterdays ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus), with participating states declaring support for freedom of navigation and non-militarization as well as observance of a rules-based approach in resolving the conflict.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said none among ADMM Plus member-states Australia, China, India Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US as well as defense ministers from all ASEAN-member states, opposed the declaration.

A majority of countries declared to continue to use the South China Sea the waters and air as they have been using it in the past decades without interference from anybody, Lorenzana said, without naming these countries.

Even Beijing, Lorenzana said, did not oppose the position taken by participating ADMM Plus states.

Even China did not oppose all of those statements. So I think its OK for China because its supposed to be an open water, Lorenzana said.

With this development, the defense chief said its now u...

04:03

The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harveys aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name sacrifice zones.

Abby explores Houstons unique lack of zoning and regulations that maximized the impact of the storm, the fence-line communities deliberately put in harms way, inhumane treatment of incarcerated people in the disaster, and how the ownership of the city by Big Oil puts thousands of lives in peril.

Featuring interviews with Dr. Robert Bullard, professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University; Azzurra Crispino, co-founder of Prison Abolition Prisoner Support (PAPS); and Yvette Arellano of the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Series.

The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey

In the first installment in a series on Hurricane Harvey recovery, Abby Martin introduced viewers to a neighborhood ignored by both state and national officials during and after the hurricane. It quickly became clear that the neighborhoods Abby drew attention to, specifically Lake Forest Park, were home to working class Houston residents of a lower socioeconomic status, many of which are Black or Latino. Was it a simply a coincidence that these neighborhoods were affected by the deadly flooding more than others? Is it by chance that these neighborhoods are now receiving far less attention than those filled with middle to upper class white Houstonians?

According to the evidence presented in the second installment in the series on Hurricane Harvey, the answer is a very clear no there was no coincidence and nothing was left to chance. In fact, these very neighborhoods are referred to as sacrifice zones, having numerous shortcomings in addition to the tendency to flood.

Houston is unique in that it lacks zoning laws. It is also overrun with petrochemical corporations operating with few rules and regulations. Neither of these things lend to a safe and healthy city for those with few resources. Houston has a high amount of residential segregation and housing discrimination which forces residents seeking affordable housing into marginalized areas where they are exposed to higher amounts of pollutants, less access to amenities, and are often at a higher risk of flooding. Abby spoke with Dr. Robert Bullard, Professor of Urban Planning at Texas Southern University, about these issues including Houstons history, gentrific...

03:30

Coup DEtat in Catalonia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coup DEtat in Catalonia | Spain-Catalonia-independence-dictatorship-809267 | Special Interests World News

Self-determination is a universal right.

On Saturday, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy suspended Catalan self-governance extrajudicially, a coup by any standard, stripping the region of autonomy, annulling its executive and parliamentary powers, imposing fascist Madrid rule with full EU and US support and encouragement.

Sometime this week, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and parliamentarians will meet to discuss how theyll respond to Rajoys action, Puigdemont saying:

I ask the parliament to meet in a plenary session during which we, the representatives of the citizens sovereignty, will be able to decide over this attempt to liquidate our government and our democracy, and act in consequence.

Catalan institutions cannot accept this attack by SpainLong live Catalonia.

Regional parliament Speaker Carme Forcadell rejected Rajoys action, saying he wants the parliament of Catalonia to stop being a democratic parliament, and we will not allow this to happen.

One option is defying Madrid by declaring regional independence, announcing the formation of a new Catalan republic what should have happened straightaway after overwhelming October 1 referendum day voting, calling for separation from Spain.

Puigdemont pledged it within 48 hours. Its now 22 days later. His call for dialogue with Madrid fell on deaf ears. Brussels spurned him.

Last evening, he addressed hundreds of thousands of Catalans massed in Barcelona, protesting Madrids action, explaining his multiple calls for dialogue with Madrid got the same answer silence of repression.

He called imposition of direct rule over the region the worst attack on the institutions and the people of Catalonia since the decrees of the military dictator Francisco Franco.

Spain under Rajoy is a political dictatorship at war with its own people, exploiting and repressing them nationwide.

He acted to eliminate Catalan institutions, said Puigdemont, stressing if European values are at risk in Catalonia, they will also be at risk in Europe.

Rajoys action...

02:57

Project Censored 10.24.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Historian and author Andres Resendez speaks about the other slavery the enslavement  of millions of Native Americans from the time of Columbus to the 1900s, a subject often overlooked  in history curricula. Resendez spoke in Berkeley, CA in April 2017; Mickey Huff was the host of that event.  This program includes Resendez speech, and part of the question-and-answer period ...

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02:44

Elie Wiesel accused of groping woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, more and more women feel confident to come forward with their own stories of being sexually harassed, groped, and raped where once they chose to remain silent because their attackers were powerful people and they feared being shamed and retaliated against. Some of these things happened years ago. One of latest allegations comes from Jennifer Listman who is now an anthropological geneticist working at New York University. In a detailed blog post, she describes how in 1989, when she was 19 years of age, she was shocked when she was groped by Nobel peace prize winner Elie Wiesel during a photographing at a public charity event. Wiesel died in 2016 at the age of 87.

When I was nineteen years old, Elie Weisel grabbed my ass. It was a calculated act and worse than you think; he mistook me for an ultra-religious underage girl who was unlikely to tell anyone about it. In other words, he purposefully chose to molest someone who he assumed was a minor and who would be compelled into silence.
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The photographer was about to take the photo when Elie Wiesel yelled, Wait!!. He then lunged (this is not an exaggerationhe looked as if he was performing a fencing move) out of the middle of the arrangement, across the line of family members, towards his right, towards me. Pushing with his hands, he shoved me and my boyfriend apart, inserted himself between us, placed one arm over each of our shoulders, and then gave a nod to the photographer and said, Ok.

Weird.

The photographer re-focused his lens, which took some time. The hand on my right shoulder moved a few inches down my back to be on my shoulder blade. Maybe his hand had been uncomfortable in its original position. Although, how could it be more comfortable now that it was not resting on top of something? I didnt have an answer for myself. The hand moved lower. It moved again. This happened slowly, over a period of seconds; a physical impossibility that is possible under such circumstances. I was in disbelief.

That cant be what hes doing. That cant be what hes doing. That cant be what hes doing.

His hand is still in a normal position. It is still in a normal position, now. Even now, it is still in a normal position.

The photographer snapped the photo. Simultaneously, Elie Wiesels right hand had reached my right ass cheek, which he squeezed. The photo was over, the photographer leaned back from crouching over his camera, the group separated, smiling at ea...

01:42

Bombing of the US Marines barracks in Beirut "IndyWatch Feed National"

1) I read that Trump mentioned Hizbullah in this matter.  I asked once Hasan Nasrallah about that and he says that his party does not claim responsibility for the bombing and that the party had not formed by the time of the bombing and that it formed later.
2) Why does US media always refer to this bombing as a terrorist bombing when the target was a military target?  I remember once at a conference at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University,  I asked University of Chicago professor, Robert Pape about why he just referred to this bombing as a terrorist bombing when the target is a military one.  I will never forget his answer. He said: because everyone considers it a terrorist bombing.  I said: should we as academic not try harder?
3) Media never mentions what the US marines were doing in Lebanon and that their mission was the support of the right-wing death squads of the Phalanges who were installed in power by the Israelis.

01:38

Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury

Is the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims a fair forum? This is not a trivial question as it is the only forum in which parents may bring claims for vaccine injury to their children.

The post Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program appeared first on World Mercury Project.

01:00

Farmer Wants a Revolution: How Is This Not Genocide? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Farmer Wants a Revolution: How Is This Not Genocide? | plant-sprouting-1170x696 | Agriculture & Farming Special Interests

(THE GUARDIANHealth comes from the ground up, Charles Massy says yet chemicals used in agriculture are causing millions of deaths. Susan Chenery meets the writer intent on changing everything about the way we grow, eat and think about food

The kurrajong tree has scars in its wrinkled trunk, the healed wounds run long and vertical under its ancient bark. Standing in front of the homestead, it nestles in a dip on high tableland from which there is a clear view across miles and miles of rolling plains to the coastal range of south-east Australia.

Charles Massy grew up here, on the sweeping Monaro plateau that runs off the eastern flank of Mount Kosciuszko, an only child enveloped by the natural world, running barefoot, accompanied by dogs and orphaned lambs. Fifth generation, he has spent his adult life farming this tough, lean, tussock country; he is of this place and it of him. But when his friend and Aboriginal Ngarigo elder Rod Mason came to visit he discovered that a lifetime of intimately knowing the birds, trees and animals of this land wasnt significant at all.

The tree is probably a lot older than 400 years. Rod told him that when the old women walked their favourite songline tracks they carried seeds of their favourite food and resource plants, and sowed them at spirituality significant camping places. His front garden was one such ceremony place there would have been a grove planted, and the women had stripped the bark from the tree to make bags and material. This old tree represented a connection to country deeper than we can imagine, and linking us indivisibly with the natural wor...

00:16

Turnbull Government gets a lesson in 'Be Careful What You Wish For' "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Low wage growth means Australians aren't reaching into their pockets at the shops, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull believes. [Sky News, 6 October 2017]

For years Liberal and Nationals state and federal politicians, along with the business sector, have been insisting wages need to be kept low in the new economy.

They got their wish and then began to complain that consumers, who through their spending account for more than half of Australias GDP, werent spending with gusto anymore.

Apparently not one of these wage scrooges had stopped to consider that government economic policy leading to weaker consumer spending would impact on the national economy.

Now economists are beginning to point out the relationship between cause and effect.

Financial Review, 18 October 2017:

Australia's biggest domestic economic risk is a "skewed consumer cycle" and the government may need to step in with a policy on wages, Commonwealth Bank of Australia chief economist Michael Blythe says.

...

00:15

The NSW Governments Latest Attack On The Environment "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


How important is protection of the natural environment to the NSW Government? 
Many in the community believe that the Government gives it a very low priority.   There are even some who would assert that the NSW Coalition Government is conducting a war on the environment.
Concern about the Governments environmental attitudes is the inevitable result of a series of its policies and legislation over recent years.  A few examples are its original very strong support for CSG and unconventional gas mining[1], its weakening of land-clearing and biodiversity protection laws[2], its strong support of coal mine expansions despite community opposition[3], and more recently, its plan to change the law to enable Lithgows Springvale Mine to stay open despite its threat to Sydneys water catchment[4].
The latest major threat to the natural environment in NSW is the re-structure of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).  The National Parks and Wildlife Service, a part of the Office of Environment and Heritage,  manages more than 870 national parks and reserves covering over 7 million hectares of land  which is more than 9% of the states land area.
The restructure which is currently under way involves the amalgamation of administrative areas, and either the loss of experienced officers or their demotion to what will be little more than clerical roles with substantially reduced salaries.  In addition there are serious concerns about the effect of the changes on fire-fighting capacity as well as on pest management.
...

00:03

On the Mogollon Rim "IndyWatch Feed National"


Is it made from real wolves? Are girl scout cookies made from real girl scouts? You may have your answer.

I have never eaten wolf chili, but I'm sure that it's good since our fellow blogger, Juliette, recommended it.

After having kicked some rocks, tossed the runes and flicked some beads on the abacus, I think that I have a better grip on Phase 2 development at the White Wolf Mine. It will include a barn, solar panels, a green house and a well/pump room, and it will be on the Southern Property rather than there with the hovel. Once complete, I'll begin contemplating Phase 3.

No, excavation has not begun yet (wince), but you can see the stakes in the ground for the footings and for some digging that needs to take place (in the photos below).

Things have been going slower than anticipated because, as was pointed out to me, elk season is still underway. I saw two white tail deer on the property. A buck and a doe made an appearance. Arizona white tail deer are a subspecies, the Coues deer. I've seen mule deer up on the property, but the Coues deer are about half the size of a respectable mule deer. Larger than a German Shepherd, but not that much larger.

Elk season has driven some big horn sheep into the area. A neighbor complained that there were two dozen on his property last week. Big horn sheep are just one more wild species that is common to the Mogollon Rim area in the Arizona highlands.

The weather was spectacular with highs in the 70's. The night was chilly, but not cold.


......

00:03

Australia Expands Security Assistance to Philippines to Combat Islamist Militants "IndyWatch Feed National"

FILE PHOTO: Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne shakes hands with her Filipino counterpart Delfin Lorenzana, before their meeting to discuss military strategy and assistance in the Philippines' fight against Islamist militants in Marawi, at Villamor Air Base in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines, September 8, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Erik De Castro/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne shakes hands with her Filipino counterpart Delfin Lorenzana, before their meeting...

Tuesday, 24 October

23:56

Employee resignations rise to five-year high ! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Heres why

One in seven (15.5 per cent) employees resigned from the job in 2016, according to the latest data from XpertHR. Labour turnover statistics from 288 organisations show that the resignation rate has increased steadily since 2012, when it stood at 10.6 per cent.

The occupation groups with the highest numbers of employees that have resigned from their job are distribution at 12.4 per cent, publishing and events at 12.3 per cent, the voluntary sector at 8.8 per cent and HR at 8.2 per cent.

Using an alternative measure that tracks voluntary turnover at the midpoint or median, resignations have increased from 8.9 per cent to 13.1 per cent over the same period.

Trainers are often big~headed and not shy about coming out with really unreasonable conditions

another student said.

Total labour turnover (which covers all types of departures, including voluntary resignations, redundancies, dismissals and retirements) stands at an average 23 per cent and a median of 19.4 per cent, a modest increase from 2015 when the average was 21.5 per cent and the median 18.5 per cent.

For the different occupation groups, labour turnover is highest amongst staff working in publishing and events at 17.7 per cent, followed by distribution at 13.5 per cent, HR at 12 per cent and the housing sector at 11.6 per cent.

Staff turnover among employees with less than 12 months service

For the first time, XpertHR has also recorded turnover rates among employees with less than 12 months service. Monitoring resignation rates and total turnover among this group is important due to the high costs and implications of recruiting and onboarding.

The data shows that one in 10 (10 per cent) new starters resigned before completing a years service with total turnover for all reasons at 11.4 per cent.

Companies in the services sector had the highest rate of attrition among new starters. On average, 11.6 per cent new employees left voluntarily in their first year, with total labour turnover at 13.1 per cent.

Corporations and large companies are so demanding and one~sided offering low pay its made working for them worthless

said a recent graduate, who wanted to be anonymous

XpertHR senior HR practice editor Noelle Murphy, said:

Monitoring staff turnover is important for all organisations so that they can respond quickly when levels reach a point that is damaging to the business. Our data on turnover rates among those with less than 12 months service shows just how important it is for HR to look carefully a...

23:45

A Complete Detox Program To Cleanse Your Body, Help You Lose Weight & Boost Your Health "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Arjun Walia

Disease has been on the rise for multiple decades. It seems quite clear that things arent really getting any better, and with a growing population, the rate of chronic illness seems to be getting worse. On top of that, we have a medical industry full of good-hearted people who want to help people, and are helping people, thats plagued by fraud and deception. One that is not really interested in healing people, but rather, in profiting off of their sickness. There are countless instances of this. For example, a study that was published last week in the British Medical Journal by researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen showed that pharmaceutical companies were not disclosing all information regarding the results of their drug trials. You can read more about that and access the study here.

The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think its disgraceful. Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal

The above study is one of many examples, with various medications for various diseases. This is extremely concerning, especially given the fact that various experts estimate more than 100,000 people die every year in the United States alone from prescription drug use. (source)

There doesnt seem to be much attention paid to the environment we choose to surround ourselves with, the foods we eat, and detoxifying our bodies. The answer to everything from the world of medicine seems to come in the form of drugs, which is not always the best option depending on your situation.

Ask yourself: why are so many people getting sick all the time? Why is disease constantly on the rise? One explanation that many experts are putting forth is the environment. We live on a planet where si...

23:35

Environmental Protest in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Environment activists and watchers will be detaching themselves briefly from their various points of resistance to observe the implications of a High Court decision in Australia that was handed down last week. The decision found that various anti-protest provisions of

23:25

How Bitcoin Broke Australian Mans Debt Cycle, Liberated Him From Banks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Breaking the banks hold: how Australian man has liberated himself economically through Bitcoin

22:40

Ripples From Catalan Referendum Could Extend Beyond Spain "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Simon Tisdall for The Guardian - The Spanish governments attempted suppression of Catalonias independence referendum by brute force has raised urgent questions for fellow EU members about Spains adherence to democratic norms, 42 years after the death of the fascist dictator, Francisco Franco. Charles Michel, Belgiums prime minister, spoke for many in Europe when he tweeted: Violence can never be the answer! Madrids pugnacious stance, while widely condemned as a gross and shameful over-reaction, has nevertheless sent a problematic message to would-be secessionists everywhere. It is that peaceful campaigns in line with the UN charters universal right to self-determination, campaigns that eschew violence and rely on conventional political means, are ultimately doomed to fail. In other words, violence is the only answer. Sorry, Charles. Spains prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, did everything he could to derail a referendum that the courts had deemed illegal, but his pleas and threats were not persuasive. That is democracy. Rajoys subsequent choice to employ physical force to impose his will on civilians exercising a basic democratic right carried a chill echo of Spains past and a dire warning for the future. That is dictatorship. Surely no one believes the cause of Catalan independence will fade away after Sundays bloody confrontations that left hundreds injured.

22:31

Australia to train Philippines in urban warfare "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP

AFP | A military vehicle drives past destroyed buildings Marawi
CLARK (PHILIPPINES) (AFP)  Australia will train Filipino soldiers in urban warfare to combat the spread of Islamic extremism after months of fierce fighting against militants in the southern Philippines, it was announced Tuesday.

Canberra has since September been helping Manila battle local supporters of the Islamic State group in the southern city of Marawi, deploying two AP-3C Orion aircraft for surveillance while helping in information-gathering and analysis.

Defence chiefs in the Philippines on Monday declared victory after a five-month battle that claimed more than 1,100 lives and destroyed large parts of the city.

While the victory ended immediate fears that the Islamic State would establish a Southeast Asian base in Marawi, concerns remain about its longer-term intentions and capabilities for the region.

Australia has experience tackling the group in Iraq and Syria and Defence Minister Marise Payne said it was crucial the Philippines had the expertise to keep extremists at bay now that the key fight had been won.

She said Canberra would immediately send teams composed of 80 troops to provide urban warfare counter-terrorism training at Philippine military bases.

The practical training the Australian Defence Force will provide will ensure the Philippines defence force is better able to counter the brutal tactics being employed by terrorists, she told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Clark, a northern Philippine city.

Globally we have seen the effect of extremist ideology and terrorist threats on millions of civilians and it is alarming to see this disruption come to our region.

Payne said the spread of Islamic State-inspired terrorism was a direct threat to Australia and its interests, and Canberra was determined it cannot establish a geographic foothold in the region.

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana welcomed Australias invaluable support, saying the military would use the assistance to replicate the training locally.

While we need troops now to be trained on urban warfare, we also need to build our capacity to train our troops. Part of our programme that we are going to do in the near future is to build our urban (warfare training) centres, Lorenzana said.

The two...

22:07

5 Ways To Know If Weve Won The Culture War "IndyWatch Feed National"

After he forced something of a climbdown from the NFL on the national anthem protests, some were arguing that President Trump is winning the culture war.

But just because the other side is losing doesnt mean youre winning. Donald Trump versus the left strikes me as the Iran-Iraq culture war, in the sense captured by Henry Kissingers famous quote about both sides losing (which is, in fact, possible). Ben Domenech once described this as a post-apocalyptic culture war, in which Trump has been embraced by the increasingly large portion of evangelicals who believe the culture wars are over, and they lost. So instead of looking for someone who will set a positive example, theyll settle for an unprincipled blowhard who promises hes got your back on political correctness.

This may be a foolish and shortsighted approach, but it does raise an interesting question: what would winning in the culture war actually look like? The Rights embrace of Trump suggests they have lost sight of any such positive visionbut its hard to know whether youre winning or losing if you have no idea what winning would mean.

This isnt about everyone backing the particular political solutions I favor, because thats not what the culture war is about. Its a contest over broader and deeper issues that have, in many ways, a more direct effect on our happiness and wellbeingand establish the conditions for any kind of wide-ranging political victory. As Andrew Breitbart used to remind us, politics is downstream of culture.

Im not asking what it would mean to achieve a final victory in the culture war, because there is never a final victory. If we are no longer fighting a culture war over, say, gay marriage, I am sure we will be fighting over something else. But what would make us think that we were making progress?

I dont know what your answer to this question would be, and I suspect its different from mine. As a secular pro-free-marketer, I come from a unique perspective. But none of us can achieve anything in the culture war unless we know the direction we want to head. So here are my modest suggestions for the main points that would constitute progress in the culture war.

1. A Renaissance of Great Books Education

By the Great Books, I dont mean just a particular list of texts that convey important ideas. I m...

22:06

Trump Officials Luxe Travel Spending Makes Swamp-Draining Promises Look Like Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you given more to the economy than Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton? They pay more in taxes than you do, and sacrifice themselves for their country in ways you cant even imagine. Its a safe bet their taxes do more to help pay for government aircraft than yours do. If they want to use an Air Force jet to get around, they should be able to.

Reasonable, right? Linton certainly thought so!

The above excerpts a sensational Instagram reply in which the Treasury secretarys wife unleashed a torrent of condescension toward a commenter for questioning whether taxpayers should foot the bill for jet-powered Mnuchin getaways.

When Lintons comment began making waves, she turned her Instagram private, confirming that not even #tomford sunnieswhich were tagged in the postwere enough to block all the haters. But these are the Mnuchins. The others arent like them.

The Rules Are Different for People Like Us

Mnuchin, after all, repurposed a California bank as a foreclosure machine at the height of the housing collapse. A top-earning Goldman Sachs executive, Mnuchin also dabbled in producing Hollywood titles.

Prior to his confirmation as Treasury secretary, at an event in which he was asked about his movies, Mnuchin had the legal awareness to deflect those questions with this answer: Well, Im not allowed to promote anything that Im involved in. So I just want to have...

22:06

Is Your Kid A Cowboy For Halloween? Social Justice Warriors Already Hate Him "IndyWatch Feed National"

Americans celebrate a lot of holidays. Ever the wet-blankets, social justice warriors will take any opportunity to demonstrate their virtue and accuse others with tiresome, baseless epithets like racism, sexism, and cultural appropriation. As Halloween approaches, SJWs and professional nags will be on the attack.

One school in Walpole, Massachusetts has canceled its annual Halloween costume parade. The school principal said, the costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all students individual differences are respected.

The school will instead have an after-hours Orange and Black Spirit Day. How festive. What the principal isnt saying is that they dont want to deal with angry parents who complain about offensive costumes. Can you blame him? Unfortunately, the vague statement doesnt say what everyone is thinking: SJWs are stealing kids fun (and, most likely, candy).

You People Are Why We Cant Have Any Fun

Of course there have been instances of offensive costumes. Theyre almost always on a website and not actually worn by a child. A legitimate case can be made regarding the recent news of an Anne Frank Costume for Girls that was marketed on the European, Canadian, Australian, and British versions of the website HalloweenCostumes.com.

In the United States the costume was marketed as WWII Costume for Girls. After a link to the site circulated around Twitter and people registered their disbelief and outrage, the company put out the following statement:

We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays. We offer several types of historically accurate costumes from prominent figures to political figures, to television characters. We take feedback from costumers very seriously. We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time. We apologize for any offense it has caused, as thats never our intention. If you have additional questions or concerns, please let us know.

The company has a reasonable explanation for carrying the costume. Their decision to remove it is also reasonable. Unfortunately, this isnt the last of the discussion on outrageous costumes. Fox News reported recently that Party Citys The Wall costume also enraged Twitter users. One person called it directly racist. Another said If I see anyone wearing a The Wall costume, fair...

22:02

Classic Who: GHW Bush and the JFK Assassination "IndyWatch Feed National"

The highly anticipated release of long-withheld US government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is scheduled for this Thursday, October 26. In anticipation, the media has devoted more attention to this history-altering political murder than at any time since the hoopla surrounding Oliver Stones 1991 film JFK.

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted:

Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.

This sounds like good news, although it remains to be seen whether some files will continue to be withheld by the president.

As the main outlet probing this and other transformative cold cases,  WhoWhatWhy has pointed out that many questions remain unanswered and many key issues unresolved. Once the documents are released, well turn loose our crack team of document analysts and report back our findings.  

WhoWhatWhy Staff


What possible connection could there have been between George H.W. Bush and the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Or between the CIA and the assassination? Or between Bush in the 1960s and the CIA? For some people, apparently, making such connections was as dangerous as letting one live wire touch another. Here, in anticipation of the forthcoming final release of long-classified JFK assassination records, is an excerpt from WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Bakers bestseller, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, Americas Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. The story is a real-life thriller.

Note: Although these excerpts do not contain footnotes, the book itself is heavily footnoted and exhaustively sourced. This article first appeared 9/16/2013.


Poppys Secret

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When Joseph McBride came upon the document about George H. W. Bushs double life, he was not looking for it. It was 1985, and McBride, a former Daily Variety writer, was in the library of California State University San Bernardino, researching a book about the movie director Frank Capra. Like many good reporters, McBride took off on a slight, if time-consuming, tangent spending day after day poring....

20:20

the end of the fourth trimester "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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To celebrate the end of the fourth trimester, Marigold has started rolling and squawking and squealing and giggling.

Im not sure how we got here so fast birth, newborn, six weeks, three months; a beautiful blur.

This stage is always a bit tricky for me and these past few days have been an exhausting, slightly depleted mess of juggling and planning.

Because when the fourth trimester ends youre essentially in the depths of new motherhood without the newborn lifeboat to save you.

Life is well and truly back to normal except its a new kind of normal. Everything is leaping forward for me and Marigolds ready to get going; shes a little more wakeful, shes moving and demanding attention.

This new stage requires a new rhythm and Im still trying to figure it out. A decent sleep would help in this department but sleep is not in abundance at the moment. Ironically, Marigold is the only one sleeping. Last night we were calming a child who had dreams of giraffes looking in the window and explaining to a toddler that 3am is not a good time to paint his bed. Tonight? Lavender oil, happy bedtime stories, lullabies.

As spring creeps towards summer and the calendar fills with rehearsals, concerts, deadlines and end-of-year celebrations, Im wary of establishing some semblance of rhythm to carry me through the days. Creating fluid boundaries will make sure I dont fall apart.

So what does this rhythm look like?

Well, its

  • a load of washing on by 7am (I can load the machine and set the timer the night before)
  • ideally washing out before the school run b...

20:13

Iraqi PM slams US call for Iranian militias to quit Iraq Nobody has the right to interfere in Iraqi affairs. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Iraqi prime minister has challenged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over his comments on Iranian militias in Iraq. Tillerson had called on the militias to go home as the fight against IS was ending.

Fighters of the Popular Mobilization Forces (picture-alliance/dpa/C. Petit Tesson)

Fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), are Iraqis who have fought terrorism, defended their country and made sacrifices to defeat Islamic State, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for Iranian and Iran-backed Shiite militia in Iraq to either return to their
homes, integrate into the Iraqi army or leave the country, as the fight against the Islamic State (IS) was ending.

Those fighters need to go home, Tillerson said. Any foreign fighters need to go home.

Read more: Tillerson tries to undercut Iran in Saudi Arabia summit

The 60,000-strong Hashed al-Shaabi was cobbled together from Iranian-backed militias in 2014 after IS took over large parts of northern Iraq. It is answerable to the prime ministers office, and parliament has voted to integrate it into state forces.

Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tal Afar, Iraq in August REUTERS/StringerPMF fighters have taken on Islamic State militants in the battle to reclaim Iraqi territory

The Hashed is an institution that depends on the Iraqi state and the constitution does not allow the presence of armed groups outside the law, Abadi said. The cabinet added that nobody has the right to interfere in Iraqi affairs.

Critics allege that visits by Irans Major General Qassem Soleimani, a commander of Irans Revolutionary Guards who advises the PMF, re.....

19:44

Saving Australias endangered mountain pygmy possums "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2015 video is called Mountain Pygmy Possums Endangered Species Edit.

From the University of Melbourne in Australia:

Genetic rescue boosts recovery of Australias endangered mountain pygmy possums

October 23, 2017

For the first time, a breeding technique known as genetic rescue has been shown to increase population numbers and survival rates of the endangered mountain pygmy possum, now at their highest numbers since 1996.

The study was conducted by a team from the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, CESAR, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, and the University of New South Wales.

Dr Andrew Weeks from the University of Melbourne led the project, published in the international journal Nature Communications.

Genetic rescue was used to introduce male mountain pygmy possums, Burramys parvus, from a healthy population at Mt Hotham, to a recipient group of females at Mt Buller. The two groups had become physically isolated from each other over 20,000 years.

This isolation had led to inbreeding and a lack of the genetic variation that is essential for overcoming disease and ensuring the ability to thrive.

Dr Weeks says that since the genetic rescue program began in 2011, the possum population has gone through rapid growth and is now larger than when the population was first discovered in 1996.

Before 2010, there was thought to be only a handful of individuals at Mt Buller, Dr Weeks...

19:20

Fat of the land "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Land prices soar

Land is arguably the most important part of any property investment.

It can't be removed, relocated, destroyed, or replaced. 

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) reported today that Australia's median lot value rose by +8.5 per cent in the 2017 financial year to a record high of $256,683.

This came in spite of about a 9 per cent year-on-year decline in turnover, suggesting that supply may still be struggling to keep up with demand. 


All land is not created equal, of course, even within cities.

It's considerably scarcer in 'landlocked' locations in the capital cities than it is out on the city fringe. 

In Melbourne the median lot value exploded by +19.6 per cent over the financial year. 

In Sydney the median price of vacant land also rose by +9.8 per cent. 

Sydney's lot sizes have been shrinking over the years, too.

Indeed, the price of vacant land per square metre in Sydney increased to beyond $1,000 for the first time.

At the national level, land values have increased by about 35 per cent since the 2012 financial year.

...

18:19

AWU statement after its offices were raided by Federal Police today "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Workers Union Statement Comment from Daniel Walton, AWU National Secretary This is an extraordinary abuse of police resources and taxpayer funds by a desperate government. It is clear the ROC has been established not to promote good governance, but to use taxpayer and police resources to muckrake through historic...

18:05

Haryana Governments Recruitment Exam Asks Candidates About Baba Ramdev, Other Babas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Defending the questions, BJP spokesperson says these are related to the social fabric of the state that should be known by the aspirants of government jobs.

Baba Ramdev

Baba Ramdev. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in Haryana in 2014, candidates aspiring for government jobs have had to spruce up their knowledge about Baba Ramdev and other such cult-like figures. Here are some sample questions that have figured in the general knowledge category of the states competitive exams for government recruitment:

  1. Where is the dera of Kali Kamali Baba located in Haryana? (For Shift Attendant, 2016)
    Answer: Kurukshetra
  2. Who is the guru of Baba Ramdev? (For Haryana Parwari Exam, 2016)
    Answer: Acharya Baldev
  3. On which part of the body is the ornament chalkada worn? (For Haryana Police Constable, 2016)
    Answer: Leg
  4. Which occasion is also know as Basodha? (For Police Constable, 2016)
    Answer: Nirjala Ekadashi
  5. Which place in Haryana is related to Kapil Muni? (For Haryana Statistical Assistant, 2016)
    Answer: Kalayat

Not surprisingly, candidates appearing for these exams, as well as social activists, are questioning the logic behind these questions.

Alok Kumar, who took the exam in the category of police constables and bus conductors this year said, We dont find some of these questions in any book. But after coming across such questions repeatedly in the...

18:00

Physicists send particles of light into the past, prove time travel is possible "IndyWatch Feed National"


It is good to see us progressing on this problem.  I actually suspect that it will be solved easily and much sooner than anyone anticipates.

The reason i say all that is because i do have reports that could only be of the end of a temporal wormhole and likely come from the near future.  The physical nature conformed to my informed expectations and were not identified as such in the reports.  These were robust structures as well.

Add in the very real expanded presence of UFOs that appear to be popping in and out of time as well and the future is spending a lot of time watching us and gathering data without actually incurring paradox problems.

Real progress though will demand working with my Cloud Cosmology..

Physicists send particles of light into the past, prove time travel is possible



https://www.topbuzz.com/article/i6473528439419699722


Scientists from the University of Queensland, Australia, have used single particles of light (photons) to simulate quantum particles travelling through time. They showed that one photon can pass through a wormhole and then interact with its older self. Their findings were published in Nature Communications.


The source of this time travel conundrum comes from what are called "closed time-like curves"(CTC). CTCs are used to simulate extremely powerful gravitational fields, like the ones produced by a spinning black hole, and could, theoretically (based on Einstein's theory of general relativity), warp the fabric of existence so that space-time bends back on itself - thus creating a CTC, almost like a path that could be used to travel back in time.


According to Scientific American, many physicists find CTCs "abhorrent, because any macroscopic object traveling through one would inevitably create paradoxes where cause and effect break down." 

Others disagree with this assessment, however; in 1991, physicist David Deutsch showed that these paradoxes (created by CTCs) could be avoided at the quantum scale because of the weird behavior of these fundamental particles that make up what we call matter.


It's well known that at the quantum scale, these particles do not follow the rules that govern classical mechanics, but behave in strange and unexpected ways that really shouldn't even be possible.


Welcome to the world of Quan...

17:45

Patrick Tomlinson v. Ben Shapiro, men attempt abortion logic "IndyWatch Feed National"

Charlie Rae weighs in on the conversation on abortion between Tomlinson and Shapiro.

Patrick Tomlinson, a sci-fi writer and a political conservative, posed a thought-experiment on twitter the other day to prove the point that anti-abortion campaigners do not consider an embryo equal to a child. To whittle it down, hes asking: if you had to choose between saving one child or a thousand or even a million embryos, which would you pick? He thinks that the answer is quite simple, and human instincts tell all of us to save the child. If someone thought that an embryo was the same as a child, it would be difficult for them to even answer this question.

Ben Shapiro, an anti-abortion conservative, disagrees that its an open and shut case. His argument was summed up on The Daily Wire:

Shapiro, who answers directly that he would and should save the 5-year-old childs life, lays out four reasons that Tomlinsons supposedly original thought experiment, while interesting, is ultimately worthless. Shapiro argues that 1) moral instinct does not always mean correct moral decisionmaking; 2) the pro-abortion thought experiment does not reveal the value of embryonic life; 3) most pro-lifers freely admit the supreme value of already-born human life, but that doesnt make prenatal life valueless; and 4) the whole thought experiment simply isnt reality: the case of pro-abortion advocates isnt a choice between a five-year-old and a thousand fetuses. Its a case of killing a fetus, by itself.

I think this response only frustrated Tomlinson, who feels that Shapiro both proved his point but completely missed it at the same time. He chose not to respond, and I dont blame him. Shapiro makes hearty attempts at logic, I will give him that, but he pre-empts them by calling his opponents douches and calling their thoughts worthless. But I thought I would step in and offer not only a female perspective but a more rigorously logical one as well.

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17:09

People happy with Turnbull's NBN failure "IndyWatch Feed National"



The government can hide plenty from the masses, but it's difficult to hide this huge failure called the NBN (National Broadband Network).

It seems that whatever the people in government touch becomes a failure, where it is clear that they are incompetent and incapable of making decisions that are of benefit to the community.

With all these obvious failures the community seems very happy with the actions of the people in government.

How can one deduce that the people are happy?
- Because they are not protesting in the streets that they are unhappy.
Remember; Silence is acquiescence?

With the advent of a government tool (the interwebs) seeping into the hands of the plebs, any drunk sitting in his outhouse in the back of a Queensland property in the 'sticks', can have access to Australia's  founding legal document called the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (Imp) or the 'Constitution' for short.

These serfs will quote the words "Whereas the people" (from the Constitution) implying that they have some sort of 'authority' probably also referring to a quote somewhere along the line of "The people are the ultimate authority of the land", forgetting that it was the landowners who had a say in the shaping of the Constitution.

Maybe the serfs do have a say, as according to the people in government, the mass population 'voted' (in reality responded to a survey) supporting homosexual marriage, but that topic is covered elsewhere in the blog.

Currently Australia, apparently a first world country, has an internet speed slower than a second world country, Kazakhstan and just above Guam (third world?).

It's seems that the all powerful herd population will change the marriage law (based upon a survey) with regards to homosexuals (you know poofs and lezzos) marrying, but...

16:21

Solving the Marathon Bomb Mystery, Part 8: What Can We Do Now? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dancing to Strauss Tales from the Vienna Woods

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

You wont believe me, but Lex semper dabit remedium. Yep, its true. The law will always furnish a remedy. In Part 7, which started with Sinners in the hand of an angry God, I consulted federal law in search of remedies. We saw various punishments meted out for the crimes of conspiring, murder, violence under color of law, obstruction of justice, treason, misprision (my fave), and terrorism.

Meted out? Well, the punishments exist on paper they only get meted out if something happens, like a grand jury indictment, a bench warrant, a box of matches, or a wrongful-death lawsuit. Where does justice reside? It can only reside in the human heart.  It is not a force out there.  Here in Part 8, the task is to inventory all available means for converting peoples sense of justice legally into consequences. American history is replete with examples of this being accomplished beautifully.

The context in which I am writing this is the context of the FBI having gotten away with many crimes related to the Marathon bombing, including probably the bombing itself.  (Note: even if they werent the bomber, they must have conspired with the bomber, and as we saw that makes them equ...

16:03

What Comes After the High "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty, we are living in Austria and we try to grasp what will come after the Dow reached the mid 30.000s or even the 40.000s in 2019/20 and the dollar went up too? what goes up must come down. it would be good to know how to prepare oneself for the everyday life as we cant do big jumps with our little money. what economic scenarios do we have to expect here in Europe around 2020/2021?

Reading your blog since 2015 every day and even started to read your older blogs too.

thanks very much for helping us small people with painting pictures of the future. so even we can prepare in some ways.

 

GB

 

ANSWER: Oh yes. What goes up must come down. However, that is the case ONLY when the currency remains equal! We are looking at a new monetary system. That is when the currencies are reset. They need to explain away the failure of Socialism the pension ponzi scam.

Some people also ask if the arrival of cryptos will be the reset. In order for the cryptos to make it past the DOT.COM Bubble syndrome, there has to be a major technological advance in society around the world. That is not likely.

This is why I just finished The Coming One-World Currency report. This deals with what is coming for the reset AFTER the chaos unfolds.

16:02

Go Fund Yourself "IndyWatch Feed National"

The past year or so, Ive seen an influx in my Facebook feed of people beseeching their friends to fund their various lifestyle activities. Shamelessly begging your social networks for money is speedily becoming normalised in todays society, with a plethora of causes being championed on the regular from overseas travel to university courses.

So is it really socially acceptable to outright ask your friends for money?

Theres no doubting that crowdfunding websites like GoFundMe have done wonderful things for many worthy recipients, such as cancer patients who cant afford treatment, parents who are struggling to provide medication for their sick children and travellers injured overseas without adequate insurance. Im not writing off the positives crowdfunding platforms can provide for communities to rally behind their own, but where do we draw the line?

Imploring for money to be donated so that you can travel the world is something I cannot endorse. I find it hard to believe that these leisure crowdfunders would feel comfortable asking their friends for money in a face-to-face situation. I know I couldnt even look a girlfriend in the eye if I was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy (mainly due to my obsession with avo on toast) and asking for even just $1! Why should she sacrifice being a buck short just so I can be a dollar closer to hashtagging #wanderlust at the top of Machu Picchu?

Crowdfunding forums give leisure beggars a shield to hide behind so they can pledge their causes to an online audience filled with family, friends, acquaintances and people they drunkenly added in the bathroom that one time. The thing is, if you are privileged enough to live in a developed country with wages as high as ours, your inability to save up for a trip overseas is most likely due to your personal lifestyle choice rather than any actual challenging circumstances. Grow some proverbial balls, suck it up and work to earn your own money like the rest us. Whatever you do, dont ask your online community which is full of people aware of how educated and able to work you are to earn your money for you.

Im not saying I dont understand the frustration that kicks in when your account hits minus and youre dreaming of sinking overpriced bevs whilst wearing sailor hats in Croatia. But before your trigger finger gets dangerously close to the share button on your GoFundMe, ask yourself: would I pester my mates for money in real life?

If the answer is no, its probably not something you should be doing on...

15:30

EXCLUSIVE! MARRIAGE HYPOCRITE! Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce cheats on wife with long sexual affair with staffer while lecturing public on gays ruining marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Embattled Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has been conducting a clandestine sexual affair with a female staffer for up to 10 months this year while at the same time grandiosely lecturing the Australian public about how gay people wanting to get married threatens the institution of marriage.

15:10

Is Communism Really dead? an Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jimmie Moglia After reading the Sakers article, I had to walk back and forth for some time, partly to digest its content, and partly to determine why I found

15:00

Australian health expenditure-demographics and diseases [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In 2012-13, hospital admitted patient expenditure was estimated at $45.0 billion, and accounted for almost one third (31%) of total health expenditure. Expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was estimated at $2.1 billion. Expenditure was highest in older age groups, but grew for all age groups from 2004-05 to 2012-13 (45.5%). Cardiovascular diseases were the largest disease contributor at $5.0 billion (11.1%), followed by injuries at $4.1 billion (9.0%).

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14:46

MACKAY Axe accused hurls foul abuse, calls magistrate maggot scum "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 24, 2017 at 05:53AM ,

Axe accused hurls foul abuse, calls magistrate maggot scum

October 24, 2017 at 05:53AM ,

TYRONE Joel Santo hurled abuse at Magistrate Damien Dwyer and his defence barrister Phillip Moore in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday.

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14:46

MACKAY Burglar left pool of blood at scene of business break-in "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 24, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

Burglar left pool of blood at scene of business break-in

October 24, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

He appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday with a heavily bandaged arm, having cut himself on the smashed glass on the way into the

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14:29

Ongoing saga "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$0
Date debt issued: 
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Period debt occurred: 
July 2011 to June 2016
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Austudy
Appealing Debt?: 
Unknown
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I got my thoughts together and read through all the inform...

14:00

Combined Art Societies Art Trail Exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Combined Art Societies of Sydney will stage their 6th CASS Art Direct Open Studio Art Trail throughout November. Visit exhibitions by local artists from Drummoyne Art Society at its Gallery, corner Wellbank Street & Clermont Avenue, Concord from Friday November 3 to Sunday November 26 between 10am and 4pm each day. Artwork on display will []

12:47

Hidden Danger of Ecological Collapse "IndyWatch Feed National"

A recent landmark study that investigated alarming loss of insects is leaving scientists dumbfounded, deeply troubled, potentially the biggest-ever existential threat, risking ecosystem collapse too soon for comfort.  In contrast to global warming, this may be much more imminently dangerous across-the-board to terrestrial life. An enormous loss of insect population, almost decimation in some parts of the world, threatens the life-giving structure of the ecosystem. This is a deadly serious problem!

If we lose the insects, then everything is going to collapse there has been some kind of horrific decline. (Prof Dave Goulson, Sussex University). According to the new study, insect abundance has fallen by 75% over the past 27 years.1

Horrific decline may serve as a gross understatement because any time a key component of life on Earth declines by 75% in less than three decades, big-time-huge trouble is right around the corner. Theres no other way to look at it. Hopefully, the study is flawed. Time will tell, assuming there is enough.

The study utilized carefully controlled scientific protocols, but consider this: Even anecdotal evidence for the Average Joe tells the story: It wasnt too many decades ago, 1950s-70s, that cross-country trips in the family car hit bugs, lots of em, squashed on windshields and lodged within front bumper grills. No more.  And, kids no longer frolic about chasing fireflies in back yards at night.

Insects make up about two-thirds of all life on Earth [but] there has been some kind of horrific decline, said Prof Dave Goulson of Sussex University, UK, and part of the team behind the new study. We appear to be making vast tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life and are currently on course for ecological Armageddon. If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.2

The loss of insects casts a very long dark shadow over the 21st century. Consider: First, global warming and now massive insect decline at a heart-stopping rate of decline. Is human society, en mass, committing suicide? The answer could be yes, humankind is committing harakari in the wide-ope...

12:40

Senate scuttles sensible immigration motion - Article by Leith Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

"All sensible stuff [...]. No reference to irrelevant issues like race or culture. Just a sensible focus on Australias extreme immigration levels and their various deleterious impacts on ordinary Australians living standards. Sadly, while the speech reads like something that should have come from the Left, it instead came from One Nations Pauline Hanson. And because of this, it was blocked without debate by the Senate." (Article by Leith van Onselen)


On Thursday evening, the following motion was read in the Australian Senate:

I move:

That the Senate

(a) notes that Australia has the largest per capita immigration program in the world; and

(b) calls on the Government to address the extremely high, unsustainable immigration intake, including from both permanent and temporary residency visas, that:

(i) impacts on local, state and Federal Government delivery and planning for the supply of water, power and gas, and the protection of arable land for food production,

(ii) overburdens infrastructure, including roads and transport, telecommunications, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, sewerage, government welfare and services, and

(iii) has put a strain on available residential land, affordable housing, standard of living and employment prospects, including under-employment.

Notice given 18 October 2017

When it comes to immigration and population policy, the other parties are like drunken fools pouring petrol onto a bonfire. Unless we put a stop to this madness, it is going to blow up in our faces. It is time for the adults in the room to speak up and call them out because, otherwise, the idiots with the petrol can are going to burn the economy to the ground. Of course, it is difficult for anyone to question the level of immigration without being called a racist because it has always been seen as a legitimate tactic to label....

12:21

Documentary Just Released Online Blows Lid Off Hollywood Pedophilia: This Is The Tip of The Iceberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

As people try to wrap their minds around the horrid nature of rampant sex abuse in Hollywood, the accusations continue to flow but we are still left with little answers. However, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg has named names and delves into the systemic grooming of child actors in an eye-opening exposwhich includes a shocking []

11:57

Every child is our child Australias abomination, a crisis among children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three children together attempted to end their lives. Such was the despair they felt from a sense of hopelessness in an Australian community where no one completes school. Three children, aged six, eight and ten climbed a tree. Older children saw them and ran to them and held them up and saved their lives. What []

11:43

LIVE REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle + Joshua Hedley + The Sadies @ Factory Theatre, Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Justin Townes Earle, Joshua Hedley, The Sadies @ Factory Theatre, Sydney, Oct 17th, 2017 After the failure to get Melbournes Out On The Weekend Americana music festival up and running in Sydney, we should feel lucky we still get to experience all the acts playing their own sideshows here. It amounts to a week of treats Continue reading

11:37

Kooky comments made by my parents during this postal survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

From eradicating the sin to imminent human extinction these are just some of the conversations Ive had with my parents these past few weeks.

11:36

Tweed Council offices awash with bras "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Fern Gully by Linda Gleave

Fern Gully by Linda Gleave

If youre visiting Tweed Shire Council offices at Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads this month, be prepared for an unusual sight decorated bras of all shapes and sizes strung across the foyers.

Council staff have embraced Breast Cancer Awareness Month by decorating bras in the theme of iconic films and locations of the Tweed.

Sequins, foliage, ribbons, beads, pirate swords and flowers are just some of the materials used to decorate the bras while paying homage to films with links to the Tweed, such as Muriels Wedding, Fern Gully, Mermaids, Aquaman and Pirates of the Caribbean, just to name a few.

Members of the community are invited to join the fun at fundraising community morning teas in the offices on Wednesday (October 25) at Tweed Heads and Thursday (October 26) at Murwillumbah. Both morning teas are at 10am. There will be plenty of goodies baked by the staff for sale to raise funds for Pink Ribbon.

Mermaids and H20 by Ronelle Herbert

Mermaids and H20 by Ronelle Herbert

Councils corporate services director Liz Collyer said that while the friendly competition was great fun, there was a more serious message.

It is also a time to remember family, friends and colleagues we have lost and those who have survived breast cancer, Ms Collyer said.

Once again we have some incredibly creative entries, including our first all-male entry, from some of our engin...

11:30

Scientists: Geological evidence shows the Great Sphinx is 800,000 years old "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Ivan Petricevic

One of the most mysterious and enigmatic monuments on the surface of the planet is without a doubt the Great Sphinx at the Giza plateau in Egypt. It is an ancient construction that has baffled researchers ever since its discovery and until today, no one has been able to accurately date the Sphinx, since there are no written records or mentions in the past about it. Now, two Ukrainian researchers have proposed a new provocative theory where the two scientists propose that the Great Sphinx of Egypt is around 800,000 years old. A Revolutionary theory that is backed up by science.

The study was presented at the International Conference of Geoarchaeology and Archaeomineralogy held in Sofia titled: GEOLOGICAL ASPECT OF THE PROBLEM OF DATING THE GREAT EGYPTIAN SPHINX CONSTRUCTION.

The authors of this paper are scientists Manichev Vjacheslav I. (Institute of Environmental Geochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) and Alexander G. Parkhomenko (Institute of Geography of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine).

The starting point of these two experts is the paradigm shift initiated by West and Schoch, a debate intended to overcome the orthodox view of Egyptology referring to the possible remote origins of the Egyptian civilization and, on the other, physical evidence of water erosion present at the monuments of the Giza Plateau.

Sphinx

According to Manichev and Parkhomenko:

The problem of dating the Great Egyptian Sphinx construction is still valid, despite of the long-term history of its research. Geological approach in connection to other scientific-natural methods permits to answer the question about the relative age of the Sphinx. The conducted visual investigation of the Sphinx allowed the conclusion about the important role of water from large water bodies which partially...

11:28

LIVE REVIEW: Old Crow Medicine Show @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June @ Enmore Theatre, Oct 3rd 2017 House lights were dimmed and, apart from a white cowboy hat and some impressive beards, four unassuming band members walked on stage and kicked into the opening song before Valerie June strode onstage with dreadlocks bundled high, a shimmering gold sequinned outfit and turquoise Continue reading

11:18

Lismore Regional Gallery is opening its doors "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore Regional Gallery Director Brett Adlington. Photo supplied.

Lismore Regional Gallery Director Brett Adlington. Photo supplied.

The new Lismore Regional Gallery is opening it doors and is inviting the community to its grand opening on Saturday, 28 October.

Saturdays grand opening will be such an exciting day, said Gallery Director Brett Adlington.

There has been an enormous effort from so many individuals to get us to this point. Its overwhelming really it feels quite surreal to finally be here.

The $5.8 million Lismore Regional Gallery and Quadrangle project at the old Lismore High School site off Keen Street is now complete, and the doors are being thrown open to local residents, VIPs and visitors.

Brett Adlington said a gallery for Lismore was first mooted as far back as 1901 and in 1954, Lismore Council opened the previous gallery premises in Molesworth Street as a temporary gallery.

Following decades of discussion, funding applications and hard work, Brett said it was an incredible feeling to finally roll out the red carpet and open the doors to Lismores new permanent gallery.

It has certainly been a long time coming, he laughed.

The Lismore Regional Gallery is now a functional and modern facility that we can be proud of as a regional city. We have four times the space; a climate controlled, flood-free storage area for our permanent collection of more than 1000 pieces; and a friendly and welcoming environment for visitors and locals.

The new gallery was designed by Bangalow-based architect Dominic Finlay-Jones, who also designed the award-winning Lismore City Hall refurbishment.

Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith said the new Lismore Regional Gallery will see visitation of 55,000 people annu...

11:13

Police covering up premier's drink driving wife - FOI not in the public interest, really? "IndyWatch Feed National"


The people in government protect their brethren (or brethren's wives) by not informing their tax slave population of any criminal activities they have committed even though the public have a right to know meaning it is in the 'public interest'.

Victoria Police is an organisation that covers up criminal activities committed by people in government or their relatives.

Those who you see to have had action taken against them are there for show, so that others will be obedient.

This is just one example that has made it out into the public arena where Victoria Police has acted dishonestly, against their duties, protecting and covering up a drink driver the Premier Daniel Andrews' wife, Catherine Andrews.




It sure does pay to be in the 'brotherhood', but then you have to give back a percentage once you keel over.

The laws that apply to the residents of a (penal) colony do not apply to the administration.

STILL trust the police ???

See article from 23 Oct 2017 by news.com.au of the headline;

Victoria Police rejects FOI requests for information about car crash involving Premiers wife

VICTORIA Police has refused to release documents detailing an investigation into a collision involving Premier Daniel Andrews wife, claiming a freedom of information request was not in the public interest.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews with his wife Catherine Andrews. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
VICTORIA Police has refused to release documents detailing an investigation into a collision involving Premier Daniel Andrews wife, claiming a freedom of information request was not in the public interest.

It comes after revelations by Channel 9 News that an internal review into officers who did not perform a breath test on Catherine Andrews ended with the two police officers being let off with a warning.

The father of the 15-year-old cyclist injured in the crash confirmed to the Herald Sun that he was still waiting to hear from the Premier and his wif...

11:06

Creating positive mental health in the community "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ken Bright and other members of the Mullum Mens Shed and the Repair Cafe doing the mental health first aid (MHFA) training with Jane Conway, MHFA accredited trainer. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Ken Bright and other members of the Mullum Mens Shed and the Repair Cafe doing the mental health first aid (MHFA) training with Jane Conway, MHFA accredited trainer. Photo Jeff Dawson.

October is mental health month and the Mullum Mens Shed and the Repair Cafe have come together to work on positive mental health and completed the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course on Sunday.

Anxiety, depression and substance use problems are the three most common mental health issues, said MHFA accredited trainer Jane Conway.

It is estimated that twenty per cent of the population each year experience a mental health issue and that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their life time.

It has been an excellent experience doing the MHFA, said Ken Bright, president of Mulum Mens Shed and co-ordinator of the Repair Cafe in Mullumbimby.

It is like using first aid. You assess the situation, provide support and call for help. It is about people working together, you dont have to be a psychologist.

Going through the training gives people an insight not only into their only mental health but also helps to break down the myths and stigmas that surround mental health.

People get an understanding of the main mental health problems and issues and what the key signs and symptoms are and are able to be alerted to them, Jane said.

It can also really increase peoples confidence to have conversations about suicide, deal with psychotic episodes and anxiety and panic attacks.

Recovering from Cyclone Debbie

Ms Conway will also be running a MHFA for the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre (MDNC) who are still seeing the effect of Cyclone Debbie on peoples mental health six months on.

The MDNC is still seeing community member effected by the floods; assisting with DSS forms, helping people navigate strategies as insurance claims are reject, those who are only just coming t...

11:01

Vic MP conducts on poll on planned euthanasia law "IndyWatch Feed National"

MELBOURNE [AAP]

A Victorian upper house MP will take views of the public into account when voting for the states controversial assisted dying laws, even though he supports them.

The Labor governments bill is bound for further scrutiny in the Legislative Council after passing the lower house 47-37 on Friday, following more than 24 hours of debate over 141 unsuccessful amendments.

Western District MP James Purcell says its important for him to represent community views even though he supports the legislation.

I have started consulting with local constituents and medical professionals regarding this legislation and am now asking the broader community if they believe people who are terminally ill should have the right to die, he said in statement on Monday.

It is important that I take into consideration both sides of this incredibly sensitive issue before casting my vote.

Mr Purcells statement comes as two other upper house MPs reportedly decided against supporting the bill.

The Australian says Liberal Georgie Crozier and Nationals Luke OSullivan shifted their support for the bill after comments from former prime ministers Paul Keating and Tony Abbott.

Ive got huge concerns with the bill and wont be supporting it, Ms Crozier told the newspaper.

If the bill passes by the end of 2017, an 18-month implementation period means the scheme could be in place by mid-2019.

Victorias parliament sits again on October 31.

The post Vic MP conducts on poll on planned euthanasia law appeared first on Echonetdaily.

10:37

Will Tyagarah remain a clothes-optional beach? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Enjoying a bit of fun in the sun are some naturists relaxing at the clothes-optional beach, Tyagarah. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Enjoying a bit of fun in the sun are some naturists relaxing at the clothes-optional beach, Tyagarah. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Getting rid of sex pests and other inappropriate behaviour is the main issue for everyone including residents, councillors, naturists and other beach users at the clothes-optional beach in Tyagarah and the surrounding area including the tea-tree lakes. How to respond to the situation is being debated at the upcoming Byron Shire Council meeting this Thursday, October 26 where councillor Paul Spooners has put forward a notice of motion (NoM) to remove the status of the clothes-optional beach at Tyagarah.

Local Tyagarah resident of 21 years Gwen Gould supported the beach being declared clothes optional in 1998 and continues to today but recognises that there are many issues with the area.

I swim down there naked all the time, said Gwen.

Im 76 and I love to go down there and swim naked but I have been harassed so many times. So often you have to deal with theses aggressive, offensive people. Im really conflicted. I love the freedom but I hate the hassle.

Similar views can be heard from many of the other residents who have become so frustrated with the situation that many are now calling for the clothes-optional status of the beach to be removed.

What needs to be understood is that the nude status has created a vacuum attracting predominantly men attracted to the area with sexual expectations, said local resident Raphael Benn.

This is due to the fact that websites and blogs for both gay and heterosexual i.e. beat and dogging activities are advertised.

Resident Fabrizio Calafuri is strongly opposed to the maintaining the clothes-optional beach saying, It does not serve the purpose originally intended it now attracts unsavoury characters who behave inappropriately. Many display extreme forms of inappropriate behaviour.

By removing the clothes-o...

10:28

BEST OF THE WEB: Putin speech at Valdai 2017: "The biggest mistake Russia ever made was to trust the US" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard From all the speeches of Vladimir Putin that I had the opportunity to hear and see, I would call his speech at the Valdai forum, including the answers to questions, the most anti-American, or even anti-Western, one. Describing the history of Russia's relations with America in the 1990's, the Russian President shared a story - striking in its detail - about how, in the framework of two agreements on nuclear arms control, experts from the United States were allowed into the most secret Russian facilities and into the offices in which they established themselves: the tables were decorated with little American table flags. How did the Americans respond to our country's unprecedented level of openness? Vladimir Putin repeated several times that they considered it as a weakness. Russia started to burn weapons-grade plutonium in accordance with reached agreements, and the US, without letting us know, changed the obligations they undertook and refused to complete the construction of the plant for processing plutonium. It became known that they made a decision about its burial, which in general has no meaning, because it is always possible to dig up non-utilised plutonium from the burial ground and it will be again completely ready for use.

10:22

Volunteers needed for schoolies HUB "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Schoolies HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi with some of key volunteers who will help ensure a safe schoolies in November: James Wright, Ethan Berry and Kevin Stickl. Photo Jeff Old Time Zoolie Dawson

Schoolies HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi with some previous volunteers who helped ensure a safe schoolies.  James Wright, Ethan Berry and Kevin Stickl. Photo Jeff Old Time Zoolie Dawson

It is that time of year again and in less than a month Byron Bay will see the first bunch of schoolies rolling into town. Around 14,000 young school leavers will be in Byron Bay over the two and a half weeks from November 17 and lots of volunteers are needed to help out at the Byron Schoolies HUB said HUB coordinator Nicqui Yazdi.

No experience is needed to volunteer and people of all ages are encouraged to apply.

There is no specific experience needed, except for a sense of fun and a willingness to be a part of a great initiative that keeps both Byron and these young visitors safe and happy during their stay, said Nicqui.

Parents with teens who might like to experience volunteering together, as well as young people over 18, and volunteers of all ages are needed.

Volunteering in the HUB is fun, its not all hard work all the time. Volunteers choose their own shifts,

which run in four hour shifts 24 hours a day for the duration. The HUB never closes, so the hours will potentially suit everyone willing to get involved, continued Niquii.

Since the implementation of the Schoolies HUB in Main Beach Park in 2009 the Byron Schoolies Safety Response HUB has provided a safe zone for these young visitors to access assistance and information, first aid, water and many other needs, that help to make their stay in Byron, a safe and happy one.

The Red Frogs will once again join in the HUB activities and will be doing pancakes and chai in the park every night, as well as bringing their DJs to create a lively atmosphere in the park in the evenings, particularly for those schoolies under 18.

They will also have their 24 hour hotline running for walk-homes, pancakes, clean- ups and other help for the Schoolies.

The Byron Schoolies Safety Response need at least 100 local volunteers to be a part of this years H...

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Arts Wednesday 25 October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ed Lippmann joins us today for Sydney By Design, our second season for 2017 and this season we once again focus on Sydney. In todays segment Ed introduces us to what is to come over the next few weeks. This segment will go to air at 9:35 am.

At about 10 50am, my special guest is Elena Kats Chernin, acclaimed and greatly beloved composer. Elena turns 60 next month and our conversation looked back over her life and career. She is wonderfully exuberant and you will love listening to her.

The conversation is punctuated by some of Elenas music.

Do keep me company.

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