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Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" makes landfall near Wallal Downs, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" made landfall near Eighty Mile Beach, west of Wallal Downs in Western Australia just before 10:00 UTC on January 12, 2018 as Category 1 cyclone on the Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale. The system is expected to continue...... Read more


MACKAY Chef charged with sexually grooming child online "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Chef charged with sexually grooming child online

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AN apprentice chef has faced a Mackay court accused of grooming a child and engaging in sexual activity over the internet. Kyle Ronnie Gypsie Wallace, 19, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, facing four charges dated to August 19, 2017 at South Mackay. That includes engaging in

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Claire McCaskill Stumbles Over Just Crazy Facts In Revealing Medicare Hearing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Congressional hearings often serve as elaborate theatrical productions. Members ask pre-written questions, receive formulaic answers, and in many cases use witnesses as props to engage in rhetorical grandstanding. The grandstanding element was on full display Tuesday during the confirmation hearing for Alex Azar, the Health and Human Services Secretary-designee. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wanted to beat up on evil drug companies, and she wasnt going to let facts get in her way.

McCaskill spent two minutes attacking pharmaceutical advertisements, including a reference to the one for erectile dysfunction where they have them in two bathtubs, before she tackled the issue of Medicare negotiating prices with drug companies. At this point she demonstrated ignorance on several issues.

First, she confused the difference between list prices, or the prices that pharmaceutical companies post publicly, and net prices, which are the net price for payors, based on negotiations with pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs). Azar admitted that drug companies have no economic incentive to lower list prices, but that negotiations with PBMs do put downward pressure on the net prices. One can question whether PBMs pass on their savings from negotiating rebates some have done just that  but their negotiating power does keep net prices in check.

Second, McCaskill failed to grasp that Medicare drug plans already negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, and that the discounts they obtain have helped keep overall premiums for the prescription drug Part D plan low. It may sound radical to McCaskill, who has spent practically her entire adult life working in government, but the private sector can negotiate just like the government, and probably do so more effectively than a government entity.

Third, McCaskill refused to believe that getting the government involved in negotiating drug prices would not save money. When Azar explained that removing a provision prohibiting federal bureaucrats from negotiating prices wouldnt save money, McCaskill called his explanation just crazy and nuts.

It isnt nuts, its economics. Even though McCaskill tried to lecture Azar on economics and markets at the beginning of her questioning, her queries themselves showed very little understanding of either concept. In a negotiation, the ability to drive a hard bargain ultimately derives from the ability to seek out other options. If Medicare must cover all or most prescription drugs, such that it cant walk away from the proverbial bargaining table, it will by definition be limited in its ability to put downward pressure on....


Woman stabbed 13 times by Palestinian jihadis asks: Is the UK funding the terrorists who tried to murder me? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The answer to the question is Yes, of course. The Palestinian Authority spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year in stipends and other benefits to jailed terrorists and their families. According to data collected by Israels Defense Ministry, the PA spent a total of 1.237 billion shekels ($358 million), or about 7% of the []


Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, January 13, 2018 Many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 310

Image may contain: one or more people and people sitting

Art: Many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples

Reading 1  1 SM 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1

There was a stalwart man from Benjamin named Kish,
who was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror,
son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite.
He had a son named Saul, who was a handsome young man.
There was no other child of Israel more handsome than Saul;
he stood head and shoulders above the people.

Now the asses of Sauls father, Kish, had wandered off.
Kish said to his son Saul, Take one of the servants with you
and go out and hunt for the asses.
Accordingly they went through the hill country of Ephraim,
and through the land of Shalishah.
Not finding them there,
they continued through the land of Shaalim without success.
They also went through the land of Benjamin,
but they failed to find the animals.

When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the LORD assured him,
This is the man of whom I told you; he is to govern my people.

Saul met Samuel in the gateway and said,
Please tell me where the seer lives.
Samuel answered Saul: I am the seer.
Go up ahead of me to the high place and eat with me today.
In the morning, before dismissing you,
I will tell you whatever you wish.

Then, from a flask he had with him, Samuel poured oil on Sauls head;
he also kissed him, saying:
The LORD anoints you commander over his heritage.
You are to govern the LORDs people Israel,
and to save them from the grasp of their enemies roundabout.

This will be the sign for you
that the LORD has anointed you commander over his heritage.



Australian Open: Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed despite friendship with tennis great "IndyWatch Feed National"

American tennis great Billie Jean King has joined calls for Margaret Courts name to be stripped from the arena at Melbourne Park due to the Australian champions vocal campaign against homosexuality.

There has been a campaign to change the name of Margaret Court Arena over the former players comments surrounding homosexuality and plan to boycott Qantas for its same-sex marriage stance.

ABC Australia

So its all good and Ok to be a homosexual or lesbian and be as outspoken as you like about your sexuality, and Christians are not allowed to express their solid Biblical opinions.

Removing names from stadiums, black-bansthese are the tactics of the left-wingers, who proclaim freedom of speech and freedom of personal expression.


ABC Australia

Australian Open: Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed despite friendship with tennis great

American tennis great Billie Jean King has joined calls for Margaret Courts name to be stripped from the arena at Melbourne Park due to the Australian champions vocal campaign against homosexuality.

There has been a campaign to change the name of Margaret Court Arena over the former players comments surrounding homosexuality and plan to boycott Qantas for its same-sex marriage stance.

The former 64-time major winner, who is now a pastor at Victory Life Church in Perth, also once wrote a letter to the West Australian to express sadness that Casey Dellacquas newborn child would be deprived of his father.

King said she had once supported Courts name adorning one of the stadiums, after Rod Laver was honoured with an arena.

However, she said comments from her f...


Word Salad is Not Disorganized Thought and Speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

This piece for Holistic Elephants discusses the role of social context and environment in our perception and construction of word salad, a common symptom of psychosis and extreme states.

So then the class explored instead: what this word salad might have actually been DOING to the psychologist, what did it DO within the social context of this interview and relationship, how did it function? The patient was breaking all of Grices Maxims of polite conversation, wrecking all the polite adjacency pairs, and presenting abstract and obfuscating answers to deflect inquiries, challenges, normal conversation, and relationship building. And the person did this perfectly by talking word salad, which makes sense when you put it in context; that is, when you think about what this language is doing in the situation and not analyse what it means, expresses, communicates, refers to, or represents. In a functional sense, this was not disorganized at all!


Look at Hoddle Street now: "streamlined " as opposed to "tree -lined" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hoddle Street is a very long road in Melbourne, Victoria. Congestion in Melbourne is reaching ludicrous and unforgivable proportions. The treelined part of Hoddle Street is apparently being sacrificed without public consultation for the no-win race of government-engineered population growth.

Ian Hundley, of Protectors of Public Land, took these photos yesterday of the before an after tree removal for lane widening in Hoddle street Melbourne. He wrote:

"I checked out the Hoddle Street capacity road works today. See photos taken from the Vere Steet footbridge (near Collingwood Town Hall) to the south which shows trees retained and to the north which shows where trees have been removed from the median. Also one of the signs which declares this is a project to connect communities. We must try to contain the mirth on that one - if they pull it off it will be the first traffic sewer to have brought communities together."

The sign Ian refers to reads, "Streamlining Hoddle Street-Connecting our communities." How complexity facile. It must have been coined on a morning tea break without realisation that "streamlining " means de-tree lining!

All this destruction is to help accommodate the additional 100,000 cars each year in Melbourne. The only way to widen a long established street like Hoddle Street is to either knock down houses and appropriate land or remove anything not absolutely necessary, that won't cost the government money, and for which the voices of complaint, from the avian inhabitants and the long-suffering public will not be heard.

I did not hear any public announcement of the removal of these trees. They are just gone. What difference will the additional traffic and the absence of the trees make in the im......


Hundreds of dead fish mysteriously wash up on beach in Adelaide, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of dead fish have mysteriously washed up on an Adelaide beach as authorities warn swimming is off limits. Locals were shocked to find fish including mullet, trevally, bream and snapper washing up at West Lakes this week, 7 News reported. One woman said she saw over 50 stranded on a concrete pillar. Another said: 'We have a lot of people that come down here to do local fishing and they might be poisoning their children if they take the fish home.'


Germany Allows Iranian Mass Murderer To Leave The Country "IndyWatch Feed National"

 JANUARY 11, 2018 18:08

Iranian dissidents protest at Hamburg airport.

Mahmoud Shahroudi

Mahmoud Shahroudi in 2007. (photo credit: REUTERS/RAHEB HOMAVANDI)

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi considered a successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei fled Germany on Thursday for Iran amid criminal complaints filed against him for crimes against humanity, after the cleric received medical treatment for a brain tumor.

Critics accuse Shahroudi, the who headed Irans judiciary system from 1999 to 2009, of imposing executions on 2,000 people, including adolescents.

Germany has a choice, Dr. Michael Rubin, an Iran expert with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. Does it want to be a safe haven for terrorists and mass murderers? Alas, for Sigmar Gabriel [Germanys foreign minister], it seems that the answer was and is yes. But why should principle matter if German businesses can make an extra million euros?

Shahroudis presence in Hanover prompted protests and widespread calls on social media for Germanys government to arrest and prosecute the religious leader.......


Issue of Judge Loyas Death a Serious Matter: SC "IndyWatch Feed National"

The bench posted the matter for further hearing on January 15.

Loya was a CBI judge probing Amit Shahs involvement in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today termed as a serious matter the issue of alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B.H. Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, and sought a response from the Maharashtra government on pleas seeking an independent probe into it.

The top court said, This matter requires bi-party hearing rather than exparte.

A bench of justices Arun Mishra and M.M. Shantanagoudar asked Maharashtra government counsel Nishant R Katneshwarkar to file a reply by January 15.

At the outset, senior advocate Dushyant Dave, representing Bombay lawyers association, said the high court is seized of the matter and the apex court should not hear the pleas.

The Bombay High Court is seized of the matter and in my opinion, the Supreme Court should not hear this matter. If the court goes ahead with the hearing, it may have implications before the high court, Dave said.

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for one of the petitioners Maharashtra-based journalist B.R. Lone, said that s...


US, India Can Announce Major Deals in Intelligence, Fighter Aircraft "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cooperation with India on defence and counter-terrorism to enhance the long-term stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region is a key pillar, Ambassador Kenneth Juster said.

In his inaugural policy speech on US-India relations, Juster said that the US expects India to join export control regime Australia Group very soon. Credit: Twitter

In his inaugural policy speech on US-India relations, Juster said that the US expects India to join export control regime Australia Group very soon. Credit: Twitter

New Delhi: The United States is more than just another defence equipment supplier to India and the two sides can announce major pacts in areas such as intelligence, surveillance and fighter aircraft production next year, newly appointed Ambassador Kenneth Juster said on Thursday.

Cooperation with India on defence and counter-terrorism to enhance the long-term stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region is a key pillar, he said.

In his first public speech after taking over as the ambassador in November, he said an equally important objective is to continue support to India as a net provider of regional security, capable of...


A Grand Plan to Do Nothing "IndyWatch Feed National"

The governments 25 Year Environment Plan is a work of cowardice

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th January 2018

Its as if it were written with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. In terms of rhetoric, the 25 Year Environment Plan is in some respects the best government document Ive ever read. In terms of policy, it ranges from the pallid to the pathetic.

Those who wrote it are aware of the multiple crises we face. But, having laid out the depth and breadth of our predicaments, they propose to do almost nothing about them. Reading the plan, I can almost hear the internal dialogue: Yes, lets change the world! Hang on a minute, what about our commitment to slashing regulations? What about maximising economic growth? What would the Conservatives major funders have to say about it? Oh all right, lets wave our hands around instead.

For example, it makes bold and stirring statements about the need to keep the soil on the land (its compacting and eroding at horrendous rates in the UK), then proposes only working with the industry to update the 2001 guidance, spending 200,000 on developing new metrics and investigating the potential for research and monitoring. It would have been more honest to say we propose to nod sagely and look very serious.

The plan acknowledges that our trees and other plants are severely threatened by introduced pests and diseases, from a cross-border trade that creates far less income and employment than the industries it jeopardises. The obvious and perhaps only answer is to ban the import of live plants not propagated from tissue culture. But the ideology to which the government subscribes requires a total ban on banning. So instead the plan proposes to work with partners to raise awareness and to encourage the development of better biosecurity. Working with industry and asking nicely are fine in some circumstances. In others, you just have to say stop.

The plan writes touchingly about the benefits of re-engaging children with nature. It somehow forgets to mention that, due to government cuts, most local authority funding for adventure learning and outdoor education has been cut. It proposes to spend 10 million a tiny fraction of the money that has disappeared in recent years on introducing children to the alien world beyond the blackboard and the screen. This might be enough to reach about 1% of o...


"8 Reasons Why You Act Against Your Own Better Judgment" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"8 Reasons Why You Act Against 
Your Own Better Judgment"
by Mark Sisson

"We all make poor choices against our better judgment. Its kind of what makes us human the tendency to actively and willfully make decisions that will result in unfavorable outcomes. Sure, the candy bar tastes good, but you know youll feel awful after eating it. Yeah, that blog is fun to read, but you know youd be much happier if you finished that essay for class first. And yet five minutes later, a candy bar wrapper sits, emptied of its contents; your molars house fragments of nougat and sport a caramel sheen; light nausea approaches; and you find yourself wading knee deep through comment sections, MS Word window minimized. What just happened? Why did you do those things that you told yourself you wouldnt, that you warned yourself against, and whose negative ramifications are already coming to fruition just as you predicted?

Last week, we began the dialog with my introductory post on akrasia the act of knowingly working against ones own interests but we didnt get into any details. Today, Im going to try to provide a few answers. Im going to delve into the reasons for...


The Weekend Quiz January 13-14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

1. The net worth of the non-government sector rises immediately as a result of the government issuing bonds to exactly match ($-for-$) the increase in net public spending.

2. Assume that a national is continuously running an external deficit of 2 per cent of GDP. In this economy, if the private domestic sector successfully saves overall, we would always find:

3. At present inflation and nominal interest rates are low and constant (so for this question, assume they are both zero and constant). Consider a country with a public debt to GDP ratio of 100 per cent, which the mainstream economists consider to be dangerously high. The mainstream prescription is to run primary fiscal surpluses to stabilise an...


Can my wife carry a specialty vehicle knife in her 4WD? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Subject : Specialty vehicle knives. Are they legal to carry?
Enter your comments in this box: : My wife has been given a specialty vehicle knife to carry in her 4WD. It is a clasp knife with a short blade, a seat belt cutter & a window breaker. We live on our property, but my wife makes frequent trips to town. The roads are often flooded as are the creeks.
Is it legal for my wife to carry this vehicle knife in her 4WD?
Thank you for your assistance.
Thanks for contacting NSW Police Customer Assistance Unit. Please see below email in relation acceptable reasons for having a knife in a PUBLIC PLACE or SCHOOL.

With reference to 11C (2) of the Summary Offences Act, what is included as being reasonably necessary for a person to have custody of a knife?
The lawful pursuit of the persons occupation, education or training
The preparation or consumption of food or drink
The participation in lawful entertainment, recreation or sport
The exhibition of knives for retail or other trade purposes


Another idiotic housing affordability solution emerges - Article by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leading real estate rent-seeker, the Property Council of Australia (PCA), is pushing for another idiotic policy solution to fix Australias housing affordability woes: offering a government-backed low deposit home loan scheme.

From The Australian:

"A government-backed low-deposit home loan scheme could help address housing affordability by getting more buyers into the market and adding to the housing stock, according to the Property Council of Australia

The PCA highlighted the Keystart program in Western Australia, where buyers can purchase a home with a 2 per cent deposit in Perth and up to 7 per cent in regional areas without paying lenders mortgage insurance

PCA chief of policy Glenn Byres said the program had been useful in helping to drive supply and had helped buyers who would otherwise be locked out.

The big challenge right now is the deposit gap and people having to save sufficiently to meet the deposit requirements of lenders, Mr Byres told The Australian

BIS Oxford Economics senior manager for residential property Angie Zigomanis said any rollout of such a scheme might encourage some borrowers to buy better properties than they could otherwise afford, which could drive up prices for more affordable homes

Digital Finance Analytics principal Martin North echoed concerns about pressure on pricing, saying that when similar programs had been introduced around the world it tends to lift property prices higher.

Earth to PCA: you dont fix housing affordability by sucking sub-prime buyers into the market and raising demand. You fix it by implementing policies that lower demand and boost supply. You know, things like:

  • Normalising Australias immigration program by returning the permanent intake back to the level that existed before John Howard ramped-up it up in the early-2000s i.e. below 100,000 from over 200,000 currently [reduces demand];
  • Undertaking tax reforms like unwinding negative gearing and the CGT discount [reduces speculative dema...


January 12 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1807 - At Cockle Bay, Sydney Harbour, a chap managed to survive a shark attack.

1808 - The ship City of Edinburgh arrived at Port Jackson with a cargo of 100,000 litres of whiskey. Part owner Alexander Berry is on board.

1809 - Gnung-a Gnung-a Mur-re-mur-gan, the first Australian Aboriginal to visit America ( in 1793), was found dead in present day Sirius Park, Sydney ; his death was thought to be related to old injuries inflicted by warrior Pemulwuy.

1810 - Governor Lachlan Macquarie appointed emancipist Andrew Thompson a Justice of the Peace and Chief Magistrate at the Hawkesbury. He was the first emancipist magistrate appointed.

1814 - Nurragingy (Creek Jemmy), chief of South Creek, and Mary-Mary, chief of the Mulgoa clan, with their families, totalling 51 men, women and children, visited Governor Macquarie at Parramatta. They were given breakfast and dinner (midday meal) in the Government Domain (Parramatta Park). Narrang Jack, a previously hostile Aborigine, came to give himself up.

1823 - In an effort to shape up those shocking convicts who sat around knitting all day, Rev Archibald MacArthur held the first Presbyterian service in Hobart.

1824 - Governor George Arthur, hearing about the fine woollen garments those convicts were spinning with their yarns in Tassie, dropped by for a look-see.

1826 - The Hobart Town Gazette reported the visit to Launceston by 200 Aborigines;
 When crossing Patersons Plains they were wantonly fired on by the whites, and in their return some of their women were treated with indescribable brutality. When they reached the Lake River, two sawyers, who had never before suffered molestation, were wounded with their spears.

1830 - The first large grant of the year was allotted on this day to Mr. Thomas Peel, who selected 250,000 acres, described as in Cockburn Sound.

1835 - Rev. Henry Carmichael established the Normal Institution to train teachers for system of national schools in NSW,  situated near Hyde Park it opened for the admission of boarders and pupils on this day.

1835 - A collision occurred between the first paddle steamer to operate in NSW coastal waters, Sophia Jane, and  the steam tug Tamar.

1836 - Charlie Darwin popped his head in at Sydney to make our acquaintance while he was parked on board HMS Beagle.

1837 - The ship Coromandel anchored in Holdfast Bay, South Oz, where ten of the crew deserted and could not sail without more crew. Governor Hindmarsh offered a reward of 5 per head, or 50 for the ringleader, for information leading to their apprehension.
The deserters headed for the hills, then came to a lovely valley which they named after their ship, Coromandel., where some of them settled.

1838 - Mudgee, NSW,...


Immigration hype and immigration reality - enforced by the bulldozer "IndyWatch Feed National"

St Kilda Road and Hoddle Street widening to accommodate larger volumes of road traffic in Melbourne means bulldozing hundreds of beautiful, mature trees, cultivated in a time when people appreciated the importance of natural shade and beauty. This vandalism is caused by willful promotion of overpopulation by the Victorian State government. Furtively supported by an equally venal Opposition, invited economic mass immigration-caused population growth marches on like an invasion preceded by bulldozers, jack hammers and all manner of violence towards our environment and display of might by state governments. Australia grew by over half a million people between July 2016 and July 2017, although natural increase actually declined, almost certainly due to rising costs affecting Australia's fertility opportunity.[1]

Swamped by the numbers

Excuse me, but it seems that Pauline Hanson was right, at least on the numbers: We are being 'swamped' - at a rate of Overseas immigrants 63.0 : Australian citizens and residents 36.8 - by the numbers - wherever they come from. These latest growth figures were due 63% to overseas immigration; only 36.8% from natural increase between July 2016 and July 2017. (See the latest ABS graph and details below.) It doesn't matter where they come from; the point is that accommodating these numbers is overwhelming our native animal habitat, our infrastructure, our social organisation, our legal and planning system (which is changing to remove public...


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COUNTERPARTY RISK "IndyWatch Feed National"


QUESTION:  In regard to counterparty risk when purchasing exchange traded funds or notes: With European banks being under capitalised due to the excessive risk undertaken due to the EU regulations regarding bailouts, how can we measure the threat of each counterparty which has backed each ETF. Would it be safer to consider only ETFs with US counterparties, or is just another risk we have to take on board. Do we avoid these types of instruments in favour of choice companies.


ANSWER: If you wish to use ETFs, as they are extremely cheap and liquid, the large US names such as Vanguard, State Street etc. are available. We often write to hold the physical share certificate as the same as holding tangible assets but realize it is very difficult to take delivery.

The flow of capital to the US will obviously support US names at the expense of European. However, because of the size of the issue and Europe being the second largest economy on the planet, no-region will be without risk. CDS for the USA traded from 6 cents to 52 cents during the financial crisis, not because of potential default, simply because it was re-priced against every other sovereign! Simply holding US Dollars or considering a basket of currencies is another way of limiting risk from your core currency.
Please be aware that Armstrong Economics cannot provide personal guidance and all investment decisions should be undertaken using of an independent financial advisor.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.80 AUD


Bundjalung mural unveiled by artists in Peace Park, Nimbin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jan 12: Bundjalung artists Oral Roberts, Gilbert Laurie and Lewis Walker have unveiled their new mural in Nimbin, northern NSW. The artwork, in Peace Park, tells Bundjalung creation stories and displays important symbols and totems. Laurie said they started painting the mural in October. It tells the story of our country, he said. How we connect with country and how it was made.


Champagne: Four Founding Myths of a Global Icon "IndyWatch Feed National"

While champagne seems eternal and unchanging, its fame is in fact the product of four founding myths.

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How did champagne, against all expectations, acquire such a prestige, becoming the ultimate sign of celebrations world-wide? Credit: Yi Wang/Flickr

What made a simple wine grown in a fairly mediocre wine-growing region one of the most prominent and enchanting icons in the world today? How did champagne, against all expectations, acquire such a prestige, becoming the ultimate sign of celebrations world-wide? No wedding, business deal, sporting event or art exhibition would be complete without it. Champagnes success cannot be explained by its intriguing bubbles alone, so how did it become the ultimate symbol of celebration worldwide?

Looking for answers, I decided to examine the past 250 years of champagne marketing to discover what it can teach us about the ever-changing image of champagne and its place in consumer culture.

Champagnes undying fame is, in fact, the product of four founding myths. These have shaped its identity and the images now associated with its consumption. The marvellous history demonstrates the power of collective myth-making in knitting and reknitting brands into the cultural fabric of society.

A view from Hautvilliers, in the Champagne region. Credit: Dan Dickinson/Flickr

The origin myth

Initially, the Champagne region of France was better known for its wool than its wine. The most northern wine-growing region in France, it was not considered appropriate for producing high-quality wines. In fact, local wines were often given as a promotional gift to customers of the wool trade.

It was t...


MACKAY Facing 28 charges, including stealing, attempted car theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Facing 28 charges, including stealing, attempted car theft

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A MACKAY region woman faces more than two dozen accusations against her, including stealing and attempted vehicle theft. Krystal Rose Marie Johnson, 26, appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday on 28 charges. Johnson is facing 12 counts of stealing, four counts of contravening

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MACKAY Public nuisance arrest, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Public nuisance arrest, Mackay

January 12, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

He was quickly arrested after the arrival of police and will be appearing at the Mackay Magistrates Court on January 30 to have the charge heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about

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MACKAY I was at the pub: Mackay mans alibi for alleged offence "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 12, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

I was at the pub: Mackay mans alibi for alleged offence

January 12, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

Though, whether thats the case or not, the 37-year-old will stay locked up for now after he was refused bail in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday. Shaun Daniel Mccamley appeared in the court in custody, charged with failing to stop a vehicle for police, driving without a licence as a repeat offender

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Mariam Abou Zahabs Journey Into Various Jihads "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mariam Abou Zahab was an unconventional teacher who never tired of guiding policymakers, journalists and students through the maze of Pakistani and Afghan politics.

 Mariam Abou Zahab on one of her missions in southern Afghanistan for French humanitarian NGO, Afrane, during the mid-1980s | Credit: Laurent Gayer

Mariam Abou Zahab on one of her missions in southern Afghanistan for French humanitarian NGO, Afrane, during the mid-1980s. Credit: Laurent Gayer

In 2008, French scholar Mariam Abou Zahab met Abdullah Anas, a known Algerian Islamist and veteran of the Afghan Jihad, over dinner on the sidelines of a conference in London. At some point, the conversation turned to Afghanistan. Mariam Abou Zahab, who was conversing in Arabic, mentioned how dear the country was to her heart. Anas interest was piqued and he asked her if she had travelled to the war-torn country during the 1980s. She replied that she had indeed spent a considerable amount of time there. But what were you doing in Afghanistan? Were you a journalist? asked Anas, only to see his interlocutor shake her head in denial. A few more questions followed as he tried to further probe this enigmatic French woman. Was she an aid worker there, or a scholar? he asked. She was visibly amused and kept on answering in the negative. So what were you doing in Afghanistan? he asked in desperation. Jihad, replied the middle-aged woman with a smile.

According to a witness of this exchange, her laconic answer petrified Anas who was still struggling with the stigma of his militant past. He was so shocked that he did not dare ask for precise details. He just clung to his chair and waited for the conversation to move on, the witness recalled. All those present were left to wonder what she could have meant by her ambiguous statement.

This was not the first time that Mariam Jan, as her Afghan friends affectionately called her, had left her audience high and dry after arousing its curiosity. Not that she was secretive she just had a gift for dissuading others from enquiring further about her past lives. Because, like a cat, she lived several lives until cancer took her away on November 1, 2017, in Paris.

Longing for new horizons

Mariam Abou Zahab was born Marie-Pierre Walquemanne in 1952 in Hon-Hergies, a village in northern France. She came from a family of small industrialists and grew up in a Catholic environment. Feeling somewhat suppressed in her original milieu, she manifested a desire for new horizons early on. Moving to Paris was a first step in this direct...


SDN Annual Workshop Uralla 1721 Jan 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Wednesday, 17 Jan to Sunday, 21 Jan. ] We are looking forward to seeing you at the workshop. The 2018 annual Social Developers' Network (SDN) workshop will be held at Uralla, New England NSW, from the evening of Wednesday the 17th to Sunday night the 21st of January 2018. Since Ned died in 2015, SDN workshops have taken on a new invigoration, which is exactly [...] full article 


Natural World Heritage Sites in trouble, especially in the Tropics "IndyWatch Feed National"

Elephants in Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by ENOUGH Project on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND More than a third of United Nations World Heritages sites with natural Outstanding Universal Value are under threat, according to a recent report by the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The first assessment of all 241 natural World Heritage sites globally found that 29 percent are of significant conservation concern, while a further 7 percent are worse off, with critical concerns. Famous heritage sites evaluated to be at risk include Indonesias Komodo National Park, Ecuadors Galapagos Islands, Australias Great Barrier Reef, and Perus Machu Picchu. The report found tropical sites to be among the most critically threatened, especially in Africa, where developing nations often lack the funds to properly protect the preserves. World Heritage Sites are chosen by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for having exceptional cultural, historical, scientific or other significance, and the sites are legally protected by international treaties. Of these, 241 sites were selected for their natural outstanding universal value, covering 293 million of land and sea across 107 countries. The United States under Donald Trump withdrew from UNESCO this year, after not paying its UNESCO dues since 2011, a total of more than $550 million in arrears payments. Natural World Heritage sites are granted unique international recognition and should be models of conservation, says Peter Shadie, Senior Adviser for the IUCNs World Heritage Programme and co-author of the report. But


Queensland scraps GENDERS from its drivers licences after receiving complaints from the LGBTI community "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Queensland Government has scrapped a requirement for gender to be shown on all driver's licences, after complaints from the LGBTI community (pictured: sample photo of old licences with gender identified)

Note: It did not take the LGBTIQ thugs long to start implementing their twisted agenda into everyday life. This comes with your YES vote Australia so buckle up because its going to get a lot worse.
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Chinese Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Establishes Branch in Zug, Switzerland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chinese Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Establishes Branch in Zug, Switzerland

For centuries Switzerland was known around the world for its tradition of banking secrecy, but now a new financial industry is taking root in the country. Local leaders tried to establish a cryptocurrency hub, and their latest catch is Chinese bitcoin mining giant Bitmain, which expanded to a new location in the picturesque Swiss canton of Zug.

Also Read: Australian Taxation Office Creates Task Force to Go After Bitcoin Traders

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Chinese Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Establishes Branch in Zug, Switzerland...


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Armidale Farmers Market "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Sunday, 21 Jan; 8:00 am; Sunday, 4 Feb; 8:00 am; Sunday, 18 Feb; 8:00 am; Sunday, 4 Mar; 8:00 am; Sunday, 18 Mar; 8:00 am; Sunday, 1 Apr; 8:00 am; Sunday, 15 Apr; 8:00 am; Sunday, 6 May; 8:00 am; Sunday, 20 May; 8:00 am; Sunday, 3 Jun; 8:00 am; Sunday, 17 Jun; 8:00 am; Sunday, 1 Jul; 8:00 am; Sunday, 15 Jul; 8:00 am; Sunday, 5 Aug; 8:00 am; Sunday, 19 Aug; 8:00 am; Sunday, 2 Sep; 8:00 am; Sunday, 16 Sep; 8:00 am; Sunday, 7 Oct; 8:00 am; Sunday, 21 Oct; 8:00 am; Sunday, 4 Nov; 8:00 am; Sunday, 18 Nov; 8:00 am; Sunday, 2 Dec; 8:00 am; Sunday, 16 Dec; 8:00 am; ] The Armidale Farmers' Market is on first and third Sundays of the month at Curtis Park kicking off at around 8am and going through to lunch. If you are a paid up member of Sustainable Living Armidale you are welcome to sell produce at the Armidale Local Food stall with a slice of profits going [...] full article 


Tradecraft: Ten Survival Tactics Used by the Military "IndyWatch Feed National"

(SurvivalSullivan) The prepping community is full of advice, some good and some bad. Sadly, most advice from experts out there, is nothing but poorly-researched garbage. Theres a lot of scam artists in the prepping community, making money off innocent people just wanting to learn to survive should a disaster strike.

I take this personally, and it infuriates me. How many times have you seen an article with this title? The answer is most likely a lot, but can you trust the writer to input legitimate military views every time?

There are so many military experts claiming to know the ins and outs of the military world, and how they can help you survive. I would dare say about 80% of the time, theyre either people who served in a non-combat job in their respective branch. Either that, or they never served and did extensive research. The biggest problem with this, is how can we know if their research wasnt from another writer who falls into the two categories I just listed?

Before we get carried away, just know that Ill never disclose sensitive information regarding the military, and our tactics. First off, that puts our military at risk. Secondly, you can learn plenty off of information that is available to the general public.

You may be thinking, why cant I just research the public information myself, then?. The answer is simple: nobody has the time to look around for genuine accurate information. Thats why Im here, to help my fellow Americans survive if their life depends on it.

The United States Military is the best military in the world, and weve only been around for less than 300 years. Weve revolutionized tactics that have proven to be battlefield effective, so you can see why the public information can be very useful. Before you get defensive, trying to justify other countrys militaries, know that the facts dont lie. Enough of my biased view, lets get into some legitimate information that you as a prepper can use to help you survive should SHTF.

#1. Concealment is Key

Why risk getting into a firefight if you dont have to? Having the skill to conceal yourself, and your equipment is a major asset for preppers who need to get from one place to another should SHTF. This necessary skill greatly reduces the chances of being detected by people who might have a violent agenda if theyre desperate for supplies after SHTF.

Think about it, if you are by yourself when you bug out, do you think youll really stand a chance against three or four looters looking for anyone who they can exploit? If you answered yes, you need to reconsider your thought process, because that will get you killed.

Never engage in a fight that doesnt have 3:1 odds in your favor, unle...


Local man killed dog to protect children court told "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A local homeless man who killed his dog at Brunswick Heads believed he had no choice because the animal had bitten two children, Byron Local Court has heard.

But the magistrate found that Robert Kim Mitchell should have found a more humane way of putting the animal down, and forbade him from owning another pet for 10 years.

Mitchell, 53, had pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty over the death of the dog on November 28.

But Byron Local Court heard on January 11 that he did not resile from his reasons for acting as he did.

Mitchells solicitor, Rebecca McIlveen, told the court that the dog had bitten two children in the space of two days.

The first was a little girl aged around six or seven who was running across the grass outside the community centre, Ms McIlveen said.

The next day the dog bit a young male child.

Ms McIlveen told the court that Mitchell could not afford to take his dog to the vet to be put down, and that he did not want to wait for a council ranger to arrive because it would take too long.

It had not occurred to Mitchell to contact the RSPCA, the court heard.

He accepts that the way he dealt with the dog was well below community expectations, but he did it to protect young children, Ms McIlveen said.

Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy said the 53-year-old should have found another way.

While on one view your motivation might be seen as noble, that is, to protect children, there are far more appropriate ways to deal with such an issue, his honour said.

He sentenced the 53-year-old to a good behaviour bond and made an order forbidding him from owning another pet for 10 years.

In reaching his decision, Mr Dunlevy took into account that Mitchell had spent three weeks in custody while on remand and that, once released, he had been required to report to Brunswick Heads police every day.  

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February Special Forum: Sustainable Living by Design "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 1 Feb; 6:00 pm; ] Sustainable Living Armidale is beginning 2018 with a very special forum at a special location and earlier time. When: Thursday 1st February Time: 6pm Where: 93 Brown St, Armidale come down the driveway and around the front to the deck While having an eco house goes a long way to living sustainably, theres more to [...] full article 


USA-DPRK: Finding the answer to a riddle shrouded in a mystery (Pepe Escobar ) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

11/01/2018 - The art of the non-deal might be the only way out of the stand-off between the US and North Korea High-level inter-Korean talks at the border village of Panmunjeom not only represent a vital step in ...


Jacksonville City Council President and Local Public Defender Call for Suspension of Pedestrian Ticket Writing "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Jacksonville City Council president and other local lawmakers have called for suspending the issuing of pedestrian tickets in the wake of a state attorneys office bulletin, the substance of which suggests that hundreds of tickets had been issued in error in recent years.

Jacksonville Assistant State Attorney Andrew Kantor on Tuesday issued a bulletin to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office detailing the proper enforcement of Floridas pedestrian statutes a document that supports a recent Times-Union/ProPublica analysis showing police have been issuing certain crosswalk violations in error, ticketing hundreds of pedestrians for failing to cross at formal intersections even when no such option was readily available.

Id like to make sure that we are enforcing the laws appropriately, City Council President Anna Brosche said shortly after being made aware of the state attorneys bulletin. I do support a pause to make sure that everything is being enforced that should be.

The Times-Union/ProPublica analysis published late last year found that more than 300 tickets over the last five years for pedestrians crossing streets outside a crosswalk resulted from mistaken interpretations of the applicable statute errors that resulted in unwarranted fines and suspensions of peoples drivers licenses.

While the statute bars pedestrians from crossing streets outside formal crosswalks when they are between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, officers nonetheless issued scores of tickets to people who had no reasonable access to such intersections. In short, people were being punished for failing to avail themselves of safety features that werent easily accessible.

During the Times-Union and ProPublicas reporting on the tickets last fall, the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office said it would seek guidance on pedestrian statute enforcement from the local state attorney. Kantors bulletin was his answer to the sheriffs request. The office did not examine the tickets identified by the Times-Union and ProPublica, and the bulletin does not refer to the Times-Union/ProPublica findings.

It is unclear what, if any, steps Sheriff Mike Williams will now take. In an interview Thursday evening, Patrick Ivey, the sheriffs office second in command, maintained that the state attorneys position was not a legally binding opinion. Ivey added that the state attorneys review would not retroactively apply to tickets already issued by sheriffs officers.

Brosches call to temporarily halt all pedestrian ticket writing echoed similar calls by several other coun...


The Hobo Guide to Maintaining your Lady-like Composure "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every hobo-chick I know has had that moment, somewhere between using a razor you found in the hostel bathroom only to up your chances of hooking up with the new British arrival and being pretty effortlessly convinced into eating nothing but liquor ball sandwiches for a whole day, where it occurs to you that perhaps you are not the picture of a well-bred, genteel lady that your teachers and parents may have wanted for you.

And besides the fact that you dont want to be, you also never will be. That option left you the moment you proposed a rock-off to drink a litre of Sangria out of a shoe, then lost. Your rights to it were forfeited when you turned your underwear inside out so they would last a few days longer, and when you passed out drunk in a monkey onesie on the steps of the Canadian Consulate in Paris. So youll just have to get that idea out of your head.

This is a modern world chicks travel alone all the time; pretty soon we may even be able to vote! Being a hobo-lady is a refined and tricky art that we have all mastered, and lets face it, as crazed and unwashed as we may be homegirls still getting laid, right? So it isnt a bad thing to be a cultured bird with questionable views on personal hygiene and a fleeting sense of moral responsibility, and even if it were, I dont think any of us will be changing any time soon.  So, much like the photos of us getting fingered in Razzmatazz last night, we glorify and celebrate it.

Albeit sometimes a little dangerous, being a chick in this modern world has a lot of advantages while travelling: you are less likely to get arrested carrying that 12-inch hunting blade youve been using as a fork and mirror, you get into clubs first, and, generally speaking, people arent expecting you to be as much of a vagrant as you are. But youre also more likely to get raped than your male friend.

  1. Keep a harem

Now Im not sure if I am using that word correctly, but I dont give a fuck. Hunt in packs. Keeping a small posse of like-minded chicks where you can find them can bring you to some awesome and deeply disturbing places, besides being a good way not to drunkenly hook up with that sleazy ginger drug dealer you keep going to the bathroom with. If you are unsure of who these women are, try to engage them in a rock paper scissors battle for who will drink all the halfies on the hostel counter at 9 am. If they are already doing that without prompting, join them.

  1. Keep some basic hygiene product...


The Fatal Flaw in the Brain-Computer Interface "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jon Rappoport, Guest
Waking Times

There is a great deal of utopian research going on in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) merging with the brain.

Exuberant cheerleaders like Ray Kurzweil are quite confident we are approaching a moment when a computer will exhibit all the power of the human brain. And more.

Kurzweil and others are also sure were about to uncover the algorithm that underlies all brain activity.

They couldnt be more wrong. Neuroscience has barely scratched the surface of understanding how the brain operates. Cracking the code is not on the horizon.

Most importantly: how would a brain-computer interface work? Hook up your brain to a super-computer, and how does your brain absorb the computers data, and how does it make the data known to YOU, the user?

We arent talking about a quiz show where you ask a computer a question and it spits out an answer. And we arent talking about crude signals to the brain that can provoke physical reactions. This is about the transmission of detailed information.

There is another problem, even assuming a computer could magically fill your consciousness with usable data.

A human-computer interface, endowed with access to a hundred galaxies of stored data, would run up against the problem of vast chronic misinformation in those cosmic warehouses.

This is not something that can be deleted with a program or a committee tasked with making corrective changes.

For example, and here is just one area, medical science is rife with fraud, at many levels, as Ive demonstrated over and over again for the past 30 years. AI wouldnt even know where or how to begin analyzing this problem, becausewho would set the parameters of such an investigation? Who would even believe such an investigation is necessary?

There is an inherent self-limiting function in AI. It uses, accesses, collates, and calculates with, false information. Not just here and there or now and then, but on a continuous basis.



Is Cryptocurrency the Future or the Future New World Order Currency? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ryan Cristin, Guest
Waking Times

There is a lot of debate around the intentions behind cryptocurrency, and in particular, Bitcoin itself. Some say that it is the answer we have been waiting for; the very thing that will allow us the freedom to finally side-step the centralized control of the State. While others feel that this is just another long-con deception by the very entities and institutions that never cease in their tireless plots to acquire more control and more power over the average individual.

However, regardless of the intentions behind the Internets creation, it is plain for all to see that it has become quite literally the most important and valuable tool in the battle for the minds of everyone in the US, and the world for that matter. Even if it was designed as a setup, as a mechanism of deception for the unwitting citizen to willingly hand over their personal information (or however one wishes to imagine it) as some still maintain, it has also been used as a powerful tool for good, and that can not be overstated. I also tend to believe that these individuals of malicious intent behind the scenes, just could not...


Mother pleads guilty to locking child in car "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A woman has admitted that she locked her seven-year-old son in a car at Brunswick Heads after the boy was allegedly assaulted by a man.

The 45-year-old cried quietly in Byron Local Court on January 11 as she pleaded guilty to charges of leaving a child in a vehicle causing emotional distress, and leaving a child in a vehicle impairing health.

Police say they found the distressed child locked in the car on December 27. He was allegedly suffering from a number of injuries and had to be hospitalised.

Witnesses told police that, shortly before he was locked in the car, the boy was dragged and kicked by a man, causing him to fall to the ground.

The man, 43, and the 45-year-old woman both from Boorowa in southern NSW were arrested shortly after.

The man was subsequently charged with two counts of assault, stalking, and leaving a child in a motor vehicle causing emotional distress and impairing health.

Byron Local Court heard that the woman is now staying at a womens refuge in the town of Young, and has an AVO against the man.

The child has been taken from his mother and is in emergency accommodation.

The woman will be sentenced in Young Local Court on Fenraury 2.

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Gold & Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gold & Blockchain by Kevin Vecmanis, P.Eng VanAUrumTech Gold never changes only the world changes around it. I cant remember where I heard this quote, but Ive been thinking about it a lot lately.  Gold, as an asset class,...

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Ballina under siege in shark nets campaign "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dean Jefferys at the Quicksilver Pro Surfing competition at Coolangatta in 2016. Photo supplied.

A coalition of marine groups are planning an international social media campaign to highlight the deadly impact of shark nets on non-target marine life.

The campaign will encourage locals and overseas tourist to visit and spend their money at non netted beaches.

The skipper of marine conservation yacht, Migaloo 2, Dean Jefferys said the release this week of monthly data from the Department of Primary Industries showed 36 marine creatures where caught in shark nets off Ballina over the month of December.

Just under half of them, 16, died, including 2 endangered Great Hammerhead sharks caught in the Lennox Head shark nets. One critically endangered grey nurse shark was also caught in a shark net, Mr Jefferys said.

A dead Great Hammerhead Shark discovered in a shark net on the Gold Coast. (supplied)

In the report the DPI did not say if the sharks were caught on the inside of the nets, (as around half are) yet Sea Shepherd recently said a drone operated by the surf club at Lennox saw a shark on the beach side of the nets.

A siren alerted the people of the sharks presence and people were cleared from the water.

This shows once again that nets dont protect people they just kill endangered marine creatures and it is the non lethal alternative technology like drones and spotting that offer the real protection.

Humane Soc...


William Guy Carrs 1958 Book and Lecture Pawns in the Game "IndyWatch Feed National"

William Guy Carr

by Dee McLachlan

A decade before Dr Richard Days lecture in 1969, William James Guy Carr (1895 1959) had been giving countless lectures on his discovery of the Illuminati. He was a Canadian naval officer, and then turned to writing about a vast conspiracy theory which he alleged to have uncovered.

In 1958 he gave an extraordinary lecture, based on his book, describing the diabolic plot against humanity. The recording is below.

In an introduction to his book, Carr writes:

If what I reveal surprises and shocks the reader, please dont develop an inferiority complex because I am frank to admit that although I have worked since 1911, trying to find out why the Human Race cant live in peace and enjoy the bounties and blessing God provides for our use and benefit in such abundance? It was 1950 before I penetrated the secret that the wars and revolutions which scourge our lives, and the chaotic conditions that...


Activists target barbaric rodeo on Tweed Coast "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Man insulting the protesters is led away by police.

Animal rights activists targeted an annual rodeo on the Tweed Coast last weekend, describing the event a cruel and barbaric sport.

Up to 40 people from around the northern rivers under the banner of the Rainbow Animal Rights Activists (RaRa), took on the Cabarita Bull and Bronc Rodeo at Cabarita Beach Pony Club (see pictures).

The protest aimed to raise awareness about the mistreatment on the animals used in the rodeo, which includes electric prods, and genital flank straps to provoke them to entertain.

And it seems the message got through to some locals, with two families deciding against seeing the show after hearing what the protesters had to say.

An organiser said further similar protests against such events would be held this year and urged concerned people to get on board.

Nicole Tuhou said it was a very successful action with protesters activists from Byron shire to the Sunshine Coast came to show their concerns about the cruel sport that is the rodeo.

The mission of Rainbow Animal Rights Activists (RaRa) is to spread the message of kindness and compassion to all living being...


Cher to perform at Sydney Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cher will be the headline act at this years Mardi Gras in Sydney. (wikipedia)

International superstar Cher will perform at Sydneys annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in March, with the state government confirming one of the citys worst kept secrets.

The 71-year-old hinted she was coming Down Under in a cryptic emoji-laden tweet in December: OK.. YOU BOYS KNOW WHERE ILL IN MARCH #PutSomeShrimpOmTheBar[bie].

The NSW government on Friday announced Cher had been locked into performing at the Mardi Gras Party, when the city marks the annual parades 40th anniversary.

It will be the first since same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.

When it comes to international recording artists, they dont get much bigger than Cher and as one of the LGBTQI communitys most vocal advocates, she is the perfect person to help celebrate Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said in a statement.

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Man dead in Tamworth after snake bite "IndyWatch Feed National"

Be wary. Brown snakes come in different shades and dont always even look brown, warn snake handlers. AAP Image/North Queensland Wildlife Care, Trish Prendergast

A man has died in NSWs New England region as the result of a suspected brown snake bite.

The 24-year-old was rushed to hospital but died within an hour of being bitten on the finger in a backyard at West Tamworth on Wednesday night, according to Fairfax Media.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner, a spokeswoman for NSW Police told AAP on Friday.

Its believed the man was bitten by the snake as he tried to move it away from a family pet.

Brown snake venom is among the most potent in the world and the reptile is responsible for more than 60 per cent of snake-bite deaths in Australia, according to the University of Melbourne.

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As Syria cleans up Idlib, the US goes for broke against Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The U.S. foreign policy establishment will not go gently into that good night in Syria. For weeks I've been keeping only half an eye on the situation there waiting for confirmation of U.S. intentions now that the bulk of the country has been returned to government control. And with the attack on the Khmeimim air base at in Latakia we now have our answer. On January 6th the so-called moderate rebels - who have been getting routed by the Syrian Arab Army - launched a major offensive on the air base using more than a dozen drones dropping mortar shells. The Russian air defense systems thwarted the attack with damage to a couple of planes. The Russians are convinced (and said publicly) that this attack could only have been pulled off with assistance from a technologically-advanced state. This is the Russian way of saying that the U.S. was behind the attack. This report from Southfront has one of our Boeing P-8 Spy planes in the area during the attack. The U.S., of course, denies this saying that the technology is available on the open market. Yes, but so what? It takes a little more than buying these drones to put them in the air and coordinate an attack with them. In effect, this was not a denial.


The Birdmann: FINALE "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

7pm,  Wednesday 24 January at the Brunswick Picture House

In a 25th anniversary show, the man like no man, the internationally infamous, award-winning comic legend, The Birdmann presents the finest collection of classic comedy variety hits in the world! Following ten world tours and a star from the Australian National Circus Festival to the Glastonbury Music Festival, witness the winner of Best Circus at the Melbourne Fringe and nominee for Most Original Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Be wowed by absurd acts like plastic bag juggling, interpretive high heel dancing, interactive origami extravaganzas, bicycle chin balancing, climbing inside a giant balloon and all accompanied by the original music of Egg. For one night only join The Birdmann in FINALE and enjoy the weird, the wonderful and fly to the future in a fantastically fun evening of entertainment!

With very special guest act The Space Cowboy!
And as an added bonus, we officially launch The Birdmann LIVE film!

SEE IT. DONT MISS IT! The Birdmann creates a unique, quirky world. Its 21st century vaudeville with a Post Modern twist. Hes one-of-a-kind and the show is what every performer in this particular genre aspires to. A huge reveal at the end will fill you with joy and laughter. Id see it twice but would feel greedy depriving someone else of the great pleasure. Oh, what the heck, Im going to see it again!  Vancouver Courier

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Trump China probe sparked by Aust concerns "IndyWatch Feed National"

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping. Photo Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP

Australias concerns about Chinese meddling in national affairs has prompted US President Donald Trumps administration to open an interagency probe into Chinese covert influence in America.

A US National Security Council interagency group is examining the grey area of Chinese covert influence operations rather than traditional espionage, The Washington Post reported.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared in December Australia will stand up to Chinese meddling and ASIOs director-general Duncan Lewis warned in October foreign powers were clandestinely seeking to shape the opinions of members of the Australian public, media organisations and government officials in order to advance their countrys own political objectives.

A catalyst for the Trump administrations probe was an investigation in Australia, which revealed what that countrys security chief called unprecedented foreign meddling that could damage Australias sovereignty,Washington Post columnist David Ignatius wrote this week.

Mr Trump released a National Security Strategy paper last month highlighting concerns about China and other rival nations covert meddling

.Americas competitors weaponise information to attack the values and institutions that underpin free societies, while shielding themselves from outside information, the strategy paper states.

Australia is praised in the document for its ability to reinforce economic and security arrangements that support our shared interests and safeguard democratic values across the (Indo-Pacific) region.

A White House official offered examples of where China applied pressure on US institutions, including universities, Hollywood studios, think tanks and news organisations.

US universities host more than 350,000 Chinese students, about one third of all foreign students in the US, and Hollywood studios increasingly rely on revenues from the booming Chinese box office so are sensitive to upsetting Beijing.

Think tanks are keen to travel to and study China, but often need funding to make the trip...


BREAKING: Julian Assange Granted Ecuadorian Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange

Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after more than five years of living in asylum at the nations embassy in London, officials announced Thursday. Assange is almost equally hated by both Republicans and Democrats because he dared to reveal the truth about the United States government and those who profit off of the oppression of others.

According to ABC News, Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said officials accepted Assanges request for naturalization in December, and they continue to look for a long-term resolution to a situation that has vexed officials since 2012. What naturalization does is provide the asylum seeker another layer of protection, Espinosa said.

Ecuador gave Australian-born Assange asylum after he sought refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden for investigation of sex-related claims. Sweden dropped the case, but Assange has remained in the embassy because he is still subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail. He also fears a possible U.S. extradition request based on his leaking of classified State Department documents.

Those documents that have been a thorn in the side of many high-ranking and powerful Democrats have come back to bite the government in the behind. Because of that, it isnt really surprising that that same government would want to extradite Assange.

Britains Foreign Office is not forgiving Assange for his crimes against governments. It said earlier Thursday it has rejected Ecuadors request to grant him diplomatic status in the U.K. Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice, the office said.

Assange has been warned many times by many government officials to stop releasing information that makes them look bad. But hopefully, for the sake of all...


Falkholt critical, life support turned off "IndyWatch Feed National"

TV actress Jessica Falkholts remains in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital with reports her life support was switched off overnight, more than a fortnight after a horror crash that killed her parents and younger sister,

The 29-year-old has been fighting for her life in St George Hospital since she was pulled from the wreckage, along with her sister Annabelle, 21, on December 26 near Ulladulla.

She remains in a critical condition, a spokeswoman for St George Hospital told AAP on Friday.

Jessicas life support was turned off on Thursday night, media reports, a day after her family was farewelled at a funeral at St Marys Catholic Church in Concord.

The Falkholts family car was hit by a four-wheel drive on Boxing Day, with the sisters pulled from the wreckage before it erupted in flames with the bodies of their parents inside.

Annabelle died as a result of her injuries three days after the smash.

Jessica has reportedly undergone several surgeries, including the removal of a kidney and part of her skull, and has been in a coma.

Following reports Jessicas life support had been turned off, TV show Home and Away, on which she had her break-out role, tweeted: Rest in peace, beautiful Jessica Falkholt.

Home and Away star James Stewart tweeted: RIP Falkholt family late Thursday night.

The driver of the four-wheel-drive, 50-year-old Craig Whitall, was reportedly travelling home from a Nowra methadone clinic when he was also killed in the collision.

Whitall was a habitual traffic offender with more than 60 convictions to his name, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Falkholt family was remembered as an inseparable, radiant group.

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Plea to parents after NSW vaccine study "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Parents are being urged to vaccinate. their children. . Photo from International Business Times

An updated study of vaccine-preventable child deaths in NSW is a reminder for parents to take advantage of shots for influenza and other diseases, the states top doctor says.

There were 23 deaths in the decade to 2014 which researchers considered preventable or potentially preventable by vaccination.Influenza accounted for nearly half the cases and there were five caused by meningococcal.

We are using this as an urge to the community to take up influenza vaccination, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant told AAP on Thursday.

Its always important to remind us that children still die from diseases that vaccines could easily prevent and we have to do all we can to stop that happening.

The study also concluded 15 of the deaths might have been avoided under changes to immunisation recommendations that were introduced in August 2016, including maternal vaccination.

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Art of the non-deal: Finding the answer to a riddle shrouded in a mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

The art of the non-deal might be the only way out of the stand-off between the US and North Korea High-level inter-Korean talks at the border village of Panmunjeom not only represent a vital step in Winter Olympics' diplomacy but also offer a tantalizing chance of a breakthrough in stalled six-party discussions. In stark contrast with the usual tweet barrage, United States President Donald Trump even told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the meeting could yield a positive outcome. Among the possibilities are that Seoul and Pyongyang could resume civilian exchanges. The hotline between South and North Korea could reopen along with the joint Kaesong Industrial Region, which was closed in 2016. The potential of reinvigorating the sidelined six-party talks, involving China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, the US and North Korea, is another possibility. Beyond the Winter Olympics, the fierce divide between North and South, of course, will not be breached, even though North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has stressed that his country will not go nuclear unless "hostile forces" attack his regime. He appears confident that there will not be a preemptive US nuclear strike because of the North's deterrent. So, the question now is where will China position itself after the Panmunjeon talks?


Coachella Announces Cannabis Still Banned At Festival Even Though Its Legal Now "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cannabis was recently legalized for recreational use in the state of California, but one of the largest music festivals in the state just announced that the changing laws would not affect their policy on the substance, and that cannabis use will be prohibited at this years event.

A notice on the FAQ portion of their website answered the question, Hey since Marijuana is legal now, that means I can use it at Coachella right? With the cringeworthy reply of, Sorry bro. Marijuana or marijuana products arent allowed inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Even in 2018 and beyond.  If that changes we will update this answer.

The page linked to an article at where Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall explained that this was a decision that the promoters made.

The promoter has a standing right to the property, and they can determine what can and cannot be brought onto the premises, (for instance) you have the right to bear arms, but you dont have the right to bear arms in my house, Marshall said.

According to Digital Music News, even medical marijuana patients will not be able to use their medicine at the festival but will be forced to leave it in a box for the duration of the event. Interestingly enough, the festival will continue to serve alcohol, and be sponsored by alcohol companies, while it is now a generally accepted fact that alcohol is far more dangerous and harmful than cannabis.

The owner of the corporation responsible for the festival, Philip Anschutz, is a very controversial figure who has been rumored to make large contributions to prohibitionist and anti-LGBT organizations. Anschutz vehemently denied these claims in a recent statement, saying that Recent claims published in the media that I am anti-LGBTQ are nothing more than fake news it is all garbage. I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation. We are fortunate to employ a wealth of diverse individuals throughout our family of c...


Tread lightly on the dunes this summer "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Spinifex planting at New Brighton. Photo supplied.

Plantings and seeding work has been undertaken by Byron Shire Council recently in the New Brighton dunes following beach scraping works earlier this year.

Visitors and locals are being reminded to stick to the formal beach access paths to avoid trampling new plantings and damaging the dunes.

It takes time and a huge community effort to regenerate coastal dunes and so were reminding everyone to respect the dune environment while theyre out and about enjoying our beautiful beaches, Councils Coastal Biodiversity Coordinator Chloe Dowsett said.

Council recently engaged Bushland Restoration to undertake planting and seeding work that consisted of collecting plant material such as Spinifex, Goats Foot and Pigface cuttings and planting across the entire 1.3km length of the New Brighton dune.

The establishment of vegetation in a dune system helps to keep the dune intact and aids in combating coastal hazards and storms, pointed out Ms Dowsett.

We want to ensure that all this hard work and effort is not undone by beach users trampling new plants, dumping garden waste or introducing invasive weeds on their shoes.

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Your chance to become a firefighter "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

From the Left: D/Capt Mellissa Madden, Captain Andrew Hill, RFF (Retained Fire Fighter) Steve Martin and RFF Ben  Rogers. Photo supplied.

Have you ever wanted to be a firefighter? Well now is your chance the Bangalow fire station is currently looking for two retained (on call) firefighters to be on call from home or work to respond to fires and other emergencies at Bangalow fire station.

Retained firefighters are trained and equipped to deal with the same emergencies as permanent firefighters. They not only fight fires they respond to a wide range of emergencies, as well as educate school children, seniors, business people

and the wider community about fire safety.

An information session is being held Wednesday, January 24 at 6pm at Bangalow Fire Station, Byron Street, Bangalow.

The majority of retained firefighters have other jobs and community minded employers are usually supportive for them to leave work to attend call outs, said D/c Melissa Madden.

Retained firefighters are paid a fortnightly payment for being on call and receive an hourly rate for attending incidents, training sessions and other activities.

For information about becoming a retained firefighter with Bangalow Fire Station, phone Captain Andrew Hill 0407 224 724 D/c Mellissa Madden 0427 872 984 Regional North Zone Office 02 6681 1847 or click here. Applications close Sunday, February 4.

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Renew Fest returns for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

RENEW Fest 2017. Photo Ingrid Pullen.

Renew Fest will celebrate its third anniversary this May, and earlybird tickets are available from January 8 until February 14.

The grassroots festival, to be held May 19 and 20 at the Mullum Showgrounds, is a celebration of collaborative action and the power of community for innovative sustainability projects.

This years theme will be Deep listening.

Festival director Ella Rose Goninan says, With deep listening as our overarching theme this year, we are bringing care to all facets of the program to support a collective listening experience.

As the guiding motive of Renew Fest is to give rise and celebration to collaborative actions of regenerative change, this years festival will be exploring the importance and place of deeply listening to life as we seek to bring renewal to the story of our environmental humanity.

Last years festival patron and internationally acclaimed heart-to-heart parenting advocate Robin Grille is thrilled to be returning once again for Renew Fest 2018.

Warm and uplifting

Mr Grille says, I found Renew Fest 2017 to be a heart-warming and uplifting experience; in which we could see a truly new world clearly starting to take shape, with love, with excitement and with grounded possibility. The festival is a place to be recharged, to discover how powerful we are when we join together in vision for a transformed world.

I love Renew Fest for its can do energy, and for the sheer abundance and variety of how tos.

I am thrilled to be invited back to participate in this dynamic, nourishing and colourful festival in 2018.

And, most interestingly, the theme and emphasis of this years Renew Fest will have a surprising brand new twist



7 Effective Ways to Handle a Narcissist By Putting them in Their Place "IndyWatch Feed National"

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. Oscar Wilde

Studies have found that the number of narcissists in the United States may be as high as 30%, a number that experts report has been on the rise. We live in a self-centered society, encouraging people to embrace a me, me, me approach to life. This culture is further encouraged by the influence of social media and reality television.

Jim Taylor, PhD., an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco and the Wright Institute in Berkeley discussed this increase in narcissism in an article for Psychology Today. Breaking down the various theories as to why this is occurring, he stated, The answer that came most readily to my mind, and an apocryphal one at that, is a gradual, yet inexorable, tear in the fabric of our society. Think of all the qualities that enable us to form a functioning and vital nation respect, compassion, tolerance, selflessness and you will see that they dont exist in the narcissistic personality (or culture).

Source: Odonata Wellnesscenter | Pexels


Not only do we see an absence of these vital, positive personality traits, but Taylor also highlighted the prevalence of a different shift in our society today. The indifference, egotism, disrespect, and lack of consideration that are central to narcissism are also reflective of the increasingly polarized and vitriolic tone of our current body politic, recent unethical corporate behavior, the rise in cheating among students in school, and the gamut of bad behavior among professional athletes, he explained. When you really consider the state of our society today, his explanation makes sense!

Narcissists are everywhere. Often they move among us completely undetected ...


'Cruel mongrels': Authorities search for suspects who nailed koala to wooden post "IndyWatch Feed National"

The discovery of a dead koala found screwed to a wooden post in a park in Queensland, Australia, has sparked outrage and a hunt for the perpetrator. The animal's corpse was found screwed to a gazebo in Brooloo park, north of Brisbane, by Koala Rescue Queensland on Wednesday. The group said that, because of the amount of blood present at the scene, it believes the koala was alive when it was attached to the wooden post. It posted a photo of the dead animal on Facebook in an effort to catch those responsible. An autopsy will take place to determine the cause of death. "When he is brought in for post mortem, he will be given a name and treated with the respect he deserves. I wish we could have been there for him when it mattered," the animal rescue group said.


Victoria's Secret - To have gangs, or not to have gangs, that is the question. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Mr Ashton - for clarity, you have set up a task force to combat gangs that you said dont exist? #Melbourne Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) January 11, 2018


Small dinosaur discovered in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2016 video is called Dinosaurs from Cretaceous Australia.

From PeerJ:

Turkey-sized dinosaur from Australia preserved in an ancient log-jam

New fossil gives fresh insight into the evolution and diversity of the dinosaurs that once inhabited the Australian-Antarctic rift valley 113 million years ago

January 11, 2018

The partial skeleton of a new species of turkey-sized herbivorous dinosaur has been discovered in 113 million year old rocks in southeastern Australia. As reported in open access journal PeerJ, the fossilized tail and foot bones give new insight into the diversity of the small, bipedal herbivorous dinosaurs called ornithopods that roamed the great rift valley that once existed between Australia and Antarctica. The new dinosaur has been named Diluvicursor pickeringi, which means Pickerings Flood-Running dinosaur.

Lower Cretaceous rocks of the deep sedimentary basins that formed within the Australian-Antarctic rift are now exposed as wave-cut rock platforms and sea-cliffs along the south coast of Victoria. The skeleton of Diluvicursor pickeringi was discovered in 2005 by volunteer prospector George Caspar, eroding from such a rock platform at a locality called Eric the Red West, near Cape Otway.

Diluvicursor shows for the first time that there were at least two distinct body-types among closely related ornithopods in this part of Australia, Dr Matt Herne, lead author of the new study said.

One was lightly built with an extraordinarily long tail, while the other, Diluvicursor, was more solidly built, with a far shorter tail. Our preliminary reconstruction of the tail musculature of Diluvicursor suggests this dinosaur was a good runner, with powerful leg retracting muscles, Dr Herne said.

Understanding the ecology of these dino...


MACKAY Dodged arrest while driving stolen ute, police allege "IndyWatch Feed National"

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US Army wants new AI tool for social media surveillance and analysis "IndyWatch Feed National"

The US Army wants a new intelligence tool able to understand social media posts in languages including Russian, Arabic and French. It must also be able to answer on its own - just like those pesky "Kremlin bots" we hear about. The description of what the US military wants from the future software is outlined in a request for the submission of white papers published on the Federal Business Opportunities website on Wednesday. The self-improving AI tool is meant to work with text, voice, images and other content on social media in Arabic, French, Pashtu, Farsi, Urdu, Russian and Korean. It should understand colloquial phrasing, spelling variations, social media brevity codes and emojis, and also recognize various dialects. The content will be automatically analyzed for sentiment - at minimum distinguish positive, neutral and negative emotions and preferably tell anger, pleasure, sadness and excitement. It should also have the "capability to suggest whether specific audiences could be influenced based on derived sentiment."


Outrage after dead koala found screwed to pole at Australian picnic area "IndyWatch Feed National"

A dead koala has been found screwed to a pole in Australia in a "sickening" act that sparked outrage Thursday on social media. Koala Rescue Queensland (KRQ) responded to a report of one of the furry animals climbing a picnic shelter at Brooloo Park Lookout near Gympie, 175 kilometres (around 100 miles) north of Brisbane, on Wednesday. But on closer inspection it was found to be dead and screwed in place. "This poor koala has been screwed to the pole with building screws," it said on Facebook "He is deceased, but whether or not he was when cruelly attached to the structure is unknown."


Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic speaks at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic

Below is the transcript of a lecture Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic, gave at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia in 2004.

Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia, like St Johns Presbyterian Church in central Wellington, New Zealand, has for many decades been a liberal theological church.

I was lectured by Lloyd Geering in Religious Studies at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand in the late 1970s.

Although I was a young Holy Spirit-baptised Christian, I still topped Lloyd  Geerings classes. I also topped his associate, Professor Jim Veitchs classes. Both Lloyd Gerring and Jim Veitch are New Zealand Presbyterian clergy, as was my father Rev Reuben Donald Elley, known as Rev Don Elley.

My father was one of the large group of clergy and lay leaders who tried to have Lloyd Geering tried for heresy in the 1967. They should have removed him instantly, and the New Zealand Presbyterian Church would be in a much better place today, if this has happened.

It is a misnomer to say that there were few clergy in favour of removing him. In fact, the vote was very close at the national conference of the New Zealand Presbyterian church.

My father told me about it as it was happening, and I can remember dad being very upset about Lloyd Geering.

Until dad...


A breakthrough against Israeli apartheid at the New York Times "IndyWatch Feed National"

The growing worldwide support for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement to pressure Israel over its treatment of Palestinians has led the Israeli government to ban 20 organizations that support BDS from entering Israel. The list includes Codepink, American Friends Service Committee, and Jewish Voice for Peace. The Israel lobby in the US has also used its clout to try and silence voices that support Palestinian rights and BDS.

Israel has powerful friends in the US government, the media, and academia but cracks are appearing in that wall of solidarity. For example, the New York Times has long turned a blind eye to the plight of Palestinians under Israeli occupation. It gives copious amounts of space to apologists for Israels behavior while giving scant attention to the cruelty of that governments actions. This has been most obvious in its editorial pages where rarely would any of its regular columnists make any criticisms of Israeli government and military actions except in the most egregious of cases and these would quickly disappear from view. But the global awareness of the awful conditions that Israel imposes on Palestinians that have evoked strong comparisons with the period of apartheid in South Africa can no longer be ignored by the major newspaper in the US.

Philip Weiss says that a recent column by Michelle Goldberg is a breakthrough, because she too thinks that the possibility of a two-state solution is dead. He quotes key passages from her piece.

Supporters of Israel hate it when people use the word apartheid to describe the country, but we dont have another term for a political system in which one ethnic group rules over another, confining it to small islands of territory and denying it full political representation.

If the Israelis insist now on finishing the process of killing the two-state solution, the only alternative we have as Palestinians is one fully democratic, one-state solution, [Mustafa] Barghouti says, in which everyone has totally equal rights.

Israels apologists will be left mimicking the argument that William F. Buckley once made about the Jim Crow South. In 1957, he asked rhetorically whether the white South was entitled to prevail politically and culturally, in areas in which it does not predominate numerically. The sobering answer, he concluded, was yes, given the white communitys superior civilization.

Its impossible to say how long Israel could sustain such a system. But the dream of liberal Zionism would be dead. Maybe, with the far right in power both here and there, it alre...


Community Horrified as Cops Kill Upstanding, Unarmed Citizen Traveling to Spiritual Retreat "IndyWatch Feed National"

Miller family

Community members are horrified and searching for answers after a beloved citizen of Hutchinson, Kansas, was shot and killed by a federal officer while traveling to a spiritual retreat.

Tyler Miller, 51, was driving on a curvy, mountain road in the Coconino National Forest in Arizona when he lost control of his pickup truck and hit a large rock, according to a report from KWCH News. However, the details regarding what happened between the time Miller crashed and the time a federal officer opened fire on him, are still largely unknown.

Attorney Matt Bretz confirmed that the Miller family is still awaiting more information from the FBI, which is currently investigating the shooting:

He was on his way to a spiritual retreat north of Sedona. The road is a bit curvy. He lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and hit a large rock, and then it becomes rather vague as to what happened, and the FBI hasnt been able to tell us or hasnt told us yet. At some point after the collision, Mr. Miller exited his vehicle, and was shot by a forest ranger.  

The Sedona Red Rock News reported that the shooting occurred around 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 5, and the U.S. Forest Service employee involved was female. The FBI was called to investigate the shooting because it happened on federal land.

A statement from the FBIs Phoenix office claimed that a U.S. Forest Service officer stopped to help Miller after he was involved in a wreck. However, the agency did not include details about what occurred when the officer approached Miller, how long the encounter lasted, or why it turned deadly.

The FBI did admit that Miller was not armed, and it claimed that all that is known about the incident right now is that after Miller got out of his crashed vehicle a U.S. Forest Service officer shot [Miller] near the scene of the accident.

The agency has also given conflicting reports concerning the status of the officer who killed Miller. While the initial report stated that a Forest Service law enforcement officer who was involved in the shooting was not injured, an update to the original story from KWCH claimed that the officer was also wounded in a subsequent alterca...


The fatal flaw in the brain-computer interface by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 11, 2018

There is a great deal of utopian research going on in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) merging with the brain.

Exuberant cheerleaders like Ray Kurzweil are quite confident we are approaching a moment when a computer will exhibit all the power of the human brain. And more.

Kurzweil and others are also sure were about to uncover the algorithm that underlies all brain activity.

They couldnt be more wrong. Neuroscience has barely scratched the surface of understanding how the brain operates. Cracking the code is not on the horizon.

Most importantly: how would a brain-computer interface work? Hook up your brain to a super-computer, and how does your brain absorb the computers data, and how does it make the data known to YOU, the user?

We arent talking about a quiz show where you ask a computer a question and it spits out an answer. And we arent talking about crude signals to the brain that can provoke physical reactions. This is about the transmission of detailed information.

There is another problem, even assuming a computer could magically fill your consciousness with usable data.

A human-computer interface, endowed with access to a hundred galaxies of stored data, would run up against the problem of vast chronic misinformation in those cosmic warehouses.

This is not something that can be deleted with a program or a committee tasked with making corrective changes.

For example, and here is just one area, medical science is rife with fraud, at many levels, as Ive demonstrated over and over again for the past 30 years. AI wouldnt even know where or how to begin analyzing this problem, becausewho would set the parameters of such an investigation? Who would even believe such an investigation is necessary?

There is an inherent self-limiting function in AI. It uses, accesses, collates, and calculates with, false information. Not just here and there or now and then, but on a continuous basis.

Think about all the entrenched institutions and monopolies in our society. Each one of them proliferates false information in cascades.

No machine can correct that. Indeed, AI machines are victims to it. They in turn emanate more falsities based on the information they are utilizing.

Each and every false datum generates a wider and wider stream of lies, and the streams, becoming rivers, overlap and produce oceans of contaminated information.

The oceans...


Traditional Pumpkin Soup Recipe "IndyWatch Feed National"

pumpkin soupIn the United States, pumpkin is most often used in sweet desserts, muffins and breads. Around the world, however, it is a popular vegetable for savory dishes such as pumpkin soup made with traditionally made bone broth.

My husband grew up in Australia where roasted pumpkin is a very popular choice as a side dish.


Is Cryptocurrency The Future? Or The Future Currency of The New World Order? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are we being steered toward a controlled, cashless economy? There is a lot of debate around the intentions behind cryptocurrency, and in particular, Bitcoin itself. Some say that it is the answer we have been waiting for; the very thing that will allow us the freedom to finally side-step the centralized control of the State. While others feel []


The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour 01.10.18 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tony Stanton, MD is a child and adult psychiatrist who has been in the field almost as long as I have, and like me from the beginning knew that drugs were not the answer.  For more than two decades, Tony ran a program in California that took the last resort children of the state, those who had failed everywhere else, often ...

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How to deal with a sheriff's warrant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many people's first contact with the "SHERIFF'S OFFICE VICTORIA" is in the form of a template letter stating that the "natural person" has outstanding warrants to a particular value.

As of this writing, the template letter has a scanned signature and a name of Brendan Facey, stating that he is the "Sheriff of Victoria".

In accordance with the law, specifically the Infringements Act 2006, S3 on "execution copy" states:

"execution copy", in relation to an infringement warrant, means the copy issued for the purposes of execution and includes an execution copy comprising a number of infringement warrants consolidated under section 86; 

as seen in the scanned document below:

Note: The burden of proof is on the accuser.

If you have obtained notification either verbal or in writing that the sheriff is stating that there are warrants in your person's name, demand that the sheriff produce;

1). Copies of the (alleged) warrants See: warrant form,
2). the "execution copy".

as required by law.

If the above documents are not produced and further action is carried out against your person, then the due process of law has not been followed, where your person has obtained financial damage, where you have a course of action against;

1). the (alleged) sheriff, Mr. Brendan Facey,
3), the issuing person from the court,

or other persons associated with your matter.

See also the hidden video:
Sheriff's warrants do not exist - verified on video


The fatal flaw in the brain-computer interface "IndyWatch Feed National"

The fatal flaw in the brain-computer interface

by Jon Rappoport

January 11, 2018

There is a great deal of utopian research going on in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) merging with the brain.

Exuberant cheerleaders like Ray Kurzweil are quite confident we are approaching a moment when a computer will exhibit all the power of the human brain. And more.

Kurzweil and others are also sure were about to uncover the algorithm that underlies all brain activity.

They couldnt be more wrong. Neuroscience has barely scratched the surface of understanding how the brain operates. Cracking the code is not on the horizon.

Most importantly: how would a brain-computer interface work? Hook up your brain to a super-computer, and how does your brain absorb the computers data, and how does it make the data known to YOU, the user?

We arent talking about a quiz show where you ask a computer a question and it spits out an answer. And we arent talking about crude signals to the brain that can provoke physical reactions. This is about the transmission of detailed information.

There is another problem, even assuming a computer could magically fill your consciousness with usable data.

A human-computer interface, endowed with access to a hundred galaxies of stored data, would run up against the problem of vast chronic misinformation in those cosmic warehouses.

This is not something that can be deleted with a program or a committee tasked with making corrective changes.

For example, and here is just one area, medical science is rife with fraud, at many levels, as Ive demonstrated over and over again for the past 30 years. AI wouldnt even know where or how to begin analyzing this problem, becausewho would set the parameters of such an investigation? Who would even believe such an investigation is necessary?

There is an inherent self-limiting function in AI. It uses, accesses, collates, and calculates with, false information. Not just here and there or now and then, but on a continuous basis.

Think about all the entrenched institutions and monopolies in our society. Each one of them proliferates false information in cascades.

No machine can correct that. Indeed, AI machines are victims to it. They in turn emanate more falsities based on the information they are utilizing.

Each and every false datum generates a wider and wider stream of lies, and the streams, becoming rivers, overlap and produce oceans of contaminated information.

The oceans of fals...


Working Towards Securing Indias Membership in Nuclear Suppliers Group: US Ambassador "IndyWatch Feed National"

Describing India as a leading power in the Indo-Pacific region, Washingtons envoy to New Delhi Kenneth Juster reaffirmed support for Indias NSG bid.

In his inaugural policy speech on US-India relations, Juster said that the US expects India to join export control regime Australia Group very soon. Credit: Twitter

In his inaugural policy speech on US-India relations, Juster said that the US expects India to join export control regime Australia Group very soon. Credit: Twitter

New Delhi: The United States sees India as a leading power in the Indo-Pacific region, Washingtons envoy to New Delhi Kenneth Juster said on January 11.

Now, India is celebrating its membership in two of the four multilateral export control regimes the Wassenaar Arrangement on dual-use items, which India just joined, and the Missile Technology Control Regime, he said. We also expect in the very near future for India to join the Australia Group on chemical and biological weapons. And we are working closely with India and our international partners to secure Indias membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

The Australia Group is an informal group of countries established in 1985 to help member countries to identify exports which need to be controlled so as not to contribute to the spread of chemical and biological weapons.

Juster said shared values and common interests inform the vision of New Delhi and Washington for the stra...


Prayer and Meditarion for Friday, January 12, 2018 The men who carried the paralytic cut a hole in the roof to lower him. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 309

Man with Palsy Lowered to Christ - James Tissot

Art by James Tissot

Art: Four men lowered the paralytic through the roof Going to any length to get it.

Reading 1 1 SM 8:4-7, 10-22A

All the elders of Israel came in a body to Samuel at Ramah
and said to him, Now that you are old,
and your sons do not follow your example,
appoint a king over us, as other nations have, to judge us.Samuel was displeased when they asked for a king to judge them.
He prayed to the LORD, however, who said in answer:
Grant the peoples every request.
It is not you they reject, they are rejecting me as their king.Samuel delivered the message of the LORD in full
to those who were asking him for a king.
He told them:
The rights of the king who will rule you will be as follows:
He will take your sons and assign them to his chariots and horses,
and they will run before his chariot.
He will also appoint from among them his commanders of groups
of a thousand and of a hundred soldiers.
He will set them to do his plowing and his harvesting,
and to make his impleme...


Understanding Prejudice: The Skewed Way Indians Still Think About Gender and Caste "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fifty percent of adults in India disapprove of women working and 40% of those in Delhi think Dalits marrying non-Dalits should be illegal, a new study has found.

In Rajasthan, more than 98% of Hindu woman said they practice ghunghat. Credit: Reuters

In Rajasthan, more than 98% of Hindu woman said they practice ghunghat. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: How much has Indian society really changed after independence? What are the prejudices that still exist, and who are they directed against?

New research, published last week in the Economic and Political Weekly, has a scary but not completely surprising answer to this question. In an article titled Explicit Prejudice: Evidence from a New Survey, Diane Coffey, Payal Hathi, Nidhi Khurana and Amit Thorat show just how much people hold on to certain prejudicial attitudes, particularly against Dalits and women.

The authors have based their analysis on data from the Social Attitudes Research, India, (SARI) a new phone survey conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The survey looked at explicit prejudice beliefs and behaviours to which people openly and readily admit that reinforce the lower social status of people in oppressed groups.

What women should do

That Indias female labour force participation rate is...


In, a Treasure Trove of Industry Secrets "IndyWatch Feed National"

An online database of corporate memos, meeting minutes, and letters related to a variety of toxic substances aims to augment public health and safety.

The historians Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner took notice when, in 2004, a colleague wrote a 41-page report lambasting their work. The two New York professors (Markowitz at the City University of New York and Rosner at Columbia University) had spent decades working together at the intersection of history and public health, and much of their research focused on the consequences of corporate wrongdoing, so attacks werent uncommon or even surprising.

This one, though, was particularly scathing.

The database is a rich new resource for researchers, journalists, and public health advocates.

Philip Scranton, a historian at Rutgers University, had taken aim at their book Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution and at Markowitz in particular. Scranton accused him of everything from overgeneralization and failure to corroborate to selectively appropriat[ing] information, among a list of other alleged misdeeds.

Rosner and Markowitzs peers quickly came to their defense, calling Scranton a hired gun for the chemical industry. (Scranton had in fact been hired by a group of companies to review two chapters in the book, along with a report Markowitz had prepared for a court case involving job-related chemical exposure.) But Rosner and Markowitz knew there would be more rounds to the stressful, time consuming, and seemingly never-ending fight.

We didnt know how to respond, said Rosner.

One of Rosners undergraduate students, Merlin Chowkwanyun, gave them the answer. Why not, he asked, just post all of their source documents secret company memos, the minutes of internal meetings, industry letters, and more online and let people decide for themselves? Rosner and Markowitz agreed. Together with Chowkwanyun, they started by creating a website and uploading the maligned chapters of Deceit and Denial, with each footnote linked to the original supporting documents in their entirety.

It was an incredibly liberating moment, Rosner recalls, adding that Chowkwanyun had taught two old guys t...


Basking in Trump Support, Israel Shuts Its Gates to Refugees and Disagreeable Jews Alike "IndyWatch Feed National"

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL Though the Israeli government is enjoying a time of nearly unprecedented cooperation with the current U.S. president and his administration, several recent stories have derailed its carefully honed image of a homeland for the Jewish people regardless of race, national origin or political persuasion.

Israel has long been a country that prides itself on welcoming all Jews and offering support to all refugees in conscience of the Jews own plight during the Second World War. But a series of damaging stories have shown the current government taking a hard turn against Israels heritage as such a haven.

First, Israel ordered the deportation last Tuesday of thousands of African migrants who have been termed infiltrators, not immigrants, by Israels Population and Immigration Authority. Based on concerns repeatedly voiced by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a major motivator for the edict was the fear that the unchecked influx of African migrants could present a threat to Israels social fabric and Jewish character.  Seemingly ignored is the fact that such an influx is now all but impossible, given the massive border wall Israel has constructed along its border with Egypt.

An Israeli government minister, speaking to this effect, called the migrants a cancer. Similar statements have been made of Israels Arab population, including Jewish Arabs.

The majority of the estimated 38,000 migrants are from Eritrea and Sudan, where they have fled war and persecution, and clearly meet the legal definition of a refugee according to the 1951 Refugee Convention, an agreement that Israel not only signed but reportedly helped to draft.

However, Israel has managed to avoid its legal obligations by leaving asylum requests unanswered, preventing the migrants from being recognized as refugees. Since 2015, Israel has granted only eight Eritreans and two Sudanese asylum from amongst tens of thousands of applications.


GM-free canola a winner says Gene Ethics "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On 22 August 2016, Australia submitted a report to the European Union (EU) presenting the results of calculations of greenhouse gas emissions from the cultivation of canola oilseed in Australia and in December 2017 the EU approved Australian canola for import as low greenhouse gas emission produce for bio-fuel, animal feed and food.

Gene Ethics, 3 January 2018:

GM-free canola a winner
A CSIRO researcher confirms that Australian farmers achieved a $100 million per year premium, with the extra $20-$40/tonne paid for their GM-free canola. Australia has favoured EU access for its GM-free canola, by meeting Europe's tough Renewable Energy Greenhouse Gas Savings Target. Our canola offers more options for the European supply chain, as residues from biofuel production can be used for animal feed and oil for human consumption. The vast majority of Australian canola is GM-free.

 GM-free Shopping List is here.


Australian Politics 2018: and you foolishly thought things might get better this year "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Well the democracy canary in the political coal mine fell senseless to the bottom of its cage this month when the Turnbull Government admitted that a high level of secrecy would surround its extra-parliamentary review of religious freedom in Australia.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 December 2017:

Public submissions to the Turnbull government's review of religious freedom in Australia will be kept secret, in a marked departure from normal processes, according to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's department.

The department, which has control of the inquiry, said it would not publish the submissions, which is in stark contrast to ordinary parliamentary inquiries, in which most submissions are automatically released.

"Submissions to the Expert Panel will not be published online," a department spokesman said in an emailed statement. "However, where individuals provide consent, submission extracts may be included in public materials."

Late on Tuesday, however, Mr Turnbull's media team sought to intervene by suggesting inquiry chairman Philip Ruddock would decide if submissions were published. The PM's office then instructed his own department to issue a new statement to that effect.

An hour later, the department said decisions on releasing submissions would rest on "whether individuals have provided consent", but that appears impossible, because the online consent form assures people their submission "will not be published in its entirety".


Thursday, 11 January


South African bulk exports rose by 4.9% "IndyWatch Feed National"

Increase is despite y/y decline in the final two months of 2017

The record bulk exports confirm that the South African economy has exited recession, analysts say [Xinhua]

South African bulk export volumes rose by 4.9 per cent in 2017 to a new record of 171.3 million tons (Mt) after falling by 2.8 per cent in 2016 to 163.3 Mt, data from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) showed.

The record bulk exports confirm that the South African economy has exited recession and is on its way to surprising most economists with its renewed vigour.

The annual increase was despite a 5.0 per cent y/y drop in December and a 7.7 per cent y/y fall in November as it had been preceded by a 30.7 per cent y/y surge in October to a record monthly 16.7 Mt.

The October 2017 record was set despite a severe storm that disrupted port operations in KwaZulu-Natal.

Although Richards Bay exported more than half South Africas total bulk exports, 2017 was the second consecutive year of slippage. Bulk exports out of Richards Bay, which are mostly coal, eased by 1.8 per cent in 2017 to 88.8 Mt after slipping by 2.8 per cent in 2016 to 90.4 Mt and jumping by 8.2 per cent in 2015 to 93 Mt.

Operational improvements on the coal link to the Mpumalanga coal fields should push exports back above the 90 Mt level in 2018.

Economists wonder why Richards Bay cannot consistently export at the record monthly tonnage of 9.5 Mt achieved in November 2016, which is equivalent to an annual 114 Mt. Surely if you can achieve it once, then you can do so again and again.

The answer to this will be given in the IHS Markit South African Coal Export Conference in Cape Town from 31 January to 2 February. Now in its 13th year, the conference aims to address the issue of South Africa lagging behind its BRICS peer of Brazil, as well its other main bulk commodity exporter competitor, Australia.

Policy uncertainty and logistics constraints meant that South Africa lost out on the 2003 to 2008 commodity price boom with annual bulk exports increasing by a mere 2.8 Mt between those two years.

Since then there has been a marked turnaround due to better policy co-ordination between mining companies and state-owned Transnet, so that volumes have improved by 45 per cent or 52.3 Mt between 2008 and 2015, but policy uncertainty about mineral rights and share ownership is hampering capacity expansions.

To address these investor concerns the Minister of Mineral Resources,...........


SA State Election 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 11 January 2018

SACOSS State Election Campaign 2018

State elections are important moments to focus both public and political attention on the issues that effect vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

Check out the SACOSS 2018 State Election campaign.



Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" forms near Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" formed late January 10, 2018 (UTC), near the west Kimberly coast, Western Australia. The system is expected to intensify while moving in a S to SW direction. There is a risk of a severe tropical cyclone impacting the Pilbara or far...... Read more


Australian Taxation Office Creates Task Force to Go After Bitcoin Traders "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Taxation Office Creates Task Force to Go After Bitcoin Traders

Are you an Australian citizen and worried you might not be paying all the taxes you are due on your bitcoin investments? Well, worry no more because the government is here to help. A group of experts has been assembled to make sure no satoshi goes untaxed in the land down under.

Also Read: SEC Suspends Trading in Blockchain Firm With No Revenues and No Product

Australian Bitcoin Taxation Office

Australian Taxation Office Creates Task Force to Go After Bitcoin TradersThe Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the government agency and principal revenue collection body for the Australian government, has reportedly created a special task force to help it track and identify all cryptocurrency transactions in the country for tax collecting purposes. It is meant to help tax officials to explore common queries and practical issues involving cryptocurrency trading and tackle tax evasion,...


Exclusive: How the Threat of Exposure Killed Trumps Voter Fraud Commission "IndyWatch Feed National"

Was President Donald Trumps controversial election integrity commission shut down because its secret inner workings and true purpose were about to be exposed? In an exclusive interview with WhoWhatWhy, Matt Dunlap, one of the few Democrats on the commission and the man who successfully sued for internal documents to be released, says he believes the answer is yes.

Though Dunlap, Maines Secretary of State, was appointed to the commission, he was denied access to documents and kept in the dark about its work after he criticized the tactics of its vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach is an architect of many voter suppression measures and has perpetuated the myth that there is a voter fraud epidemic.

Shortly after Dunlap won a lawsuit on the issue, and a court ruled that he has a right to the information, Trump pulled the plug on the commission. The Department of Justice then notified Dunlap that, as a result, it would no longer provide him with access to the documents. Undeterred, Dunlap says hell continue fighting on behalf of the publics right to this information, even if it means heading back to court.

In a wide-ranging exclusive interview, Dunlap gives WhoWhatWhy the inside story of what went down behind the scenes and fuels the suspicion of election-integrity experts that the true purpose of the commission was a national voter suppression effort aimed to help Republicans.

While the shutdown of the commission was widely hailed as a victory over those like Kobach and former Federal Election Commission member Hans von Spakovsky, who want to put in place federal voting restrictions, the truth is more troubling.

The advisory panel may have been shuttered, but Trump has asked the Department of Homeland Security to continue its mission away from the prying eyes of the public.

We felt that Dunlaps account of what happened is so powerful and important that we decided to print it (with light edits for clarity) in its entirety. You will not want to miss reading it.

WWW: Before we get into whats next for you in your crusade for documents that would illuminate the activities of this commission, can you provide a little background for our readers? For instance, what justification if any did the commission give for denying you access to commission documents in the first place?

Dunlap: Well, they never really gave a justification. This kind of turned into a snowball pretty quickly. Going back to the formation of the commission of course, the commission was formed because the president claimed after the election that he would have won the popular vote if three-to-five million votes had not been cast illegally. So, [when] the President of the United States says something....


British armys deceptive recruiting "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2014 video from Briitain says about itself:

A Simple Question: Abuse in the British army

Four young recruits died in suspicious circumstances in Deepcut Army Barracks. This was a tale of inconsistencies and cover ups over these deaths, which many believe were murder.

In 1995, Private Cheryl James was found dead at her guard post in a training camp for new recruits in the South of England. The camp was called Deepcut Barracks, and her death was not an isolated incident.

In the subsequent days her parents were told that Cheryl had committed suicide. However, subsequent revelations suggested that anything but suicide may have been the cause of death. Three other young recruits also died at the barracks, and each time the parents were told that their children may have killed themselves.

British people are appalled that weve still not got to the truth almost two decades after these deaths began. As Britain wages war abroad, unanswered questions within the military establishment raise questions about integrity of those running the very fighting force sent abroad to enforce British values.

However, after a long campaign by parents and some MPs, evidence has come to light suggesting that these deaths may have in fact been murders. Almost two decades later, the parents of the dead recruits still dont really know why their children died, and how.

But their campaign has uncovered a culture of bullying and abuse in the British army which utterly contradicts their reason for fighting wars to uphold British values abroad. Its a story the Government has worked hard to conceal from the media and the British public.



Bulli Pass Armed robbery "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

police 2TWO armed men have forced entry to a home on Bulli Pass shortly after 5.30am on Tuesday.

The men were believed to have been armed with handguns when they entered the home and made demands of the residents, a 45-year-old man, 47-year-old woman and 10-year-old boy.

Police have appealed for information from the community after an aggravated break and entry when the men forced the front door of the premises.

The two men were believed to have been armed with handguns when they entered the home and made demands of the residents, a 45-year-old man, 47-year-old woman and 10-year-old male.

As the men ransacked the house, the woman and child escaped through a window to a neighbouring home, whilst the man barricaded himself in a room of the premises.

Both men fled from the premises in a silver coloured sedan. The men have only been described as wearing balaclavas and gloves.

No one was injured during the incident.



Antipsychotics, Restraints, and Seclusion Raising Concerns "IndyWatch Feed National"

From ABC Australia: Australias high rate of antipsychotic prescriptions, as well as the frequent usage of restraints and seclusion, has raised concerns among Australian mental health advocates, researchers, and professionals.



BYRON BIKE RACK PROJECT "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Create sculptural bike racks for the town of Byron Enter your designs in Byron Bike Rack Project competition

Calling all Northern Rivers artists, designers, artistic teams and bike riders!

Dream up a set of sculptural bike racks for the town of Byron and you could be funded $20k to bring the project to life and see them used in our town.

Byron Bike Rack Project is a community initiative by local independent brewery Stone & Wood, in partnership with the Byron Shire Council. Encouraging the locals of Byron Bay and its visitors to ride, rather than drive, the competition aims to create a set of public art installations that are functional and look good for the town of Byron!

Entries close: 22 January 2018

The designs will be judged in two rounds, the first round by a committee from Byron Shire Council Public Art Panel and the second round to be announced soon.

The winning artist(s) or designer(s) will need to be available from 4 March 30 April 2018 to create the sculptures. The final artwork must be delivered to the Byron Shire Council depot in Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay.

For further information visit the Byron Bike Rack Project webpage.

For all competition queries please contact:

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Australia"s Hard Choice Between China and US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has always believed that it doesnt have to choose between its economic relationship with China and its defense alliance with the United States. But 2018 is already shaping up to be the year of the hard choice.


PERTH Tuart Hill woman (31) to face drug charges after police allegedly find methamphetamine in car "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Tuart Hill woman (31) to face drug charges after police allegedly find methamphetamine in car .

January 11, 2018 at 03:37PM .

Police stopped and searched the Captiva, and it will be alleged the methamphetamine was found in the vehicle. The driver, a 31-year-old Tuart Hill woman, was arrested, and will face a charge of possessing the drug to sell or supply after she was bailed to appear at Perth Magistrates Court on February .


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PERTH High risk of re-offending: Notorious driving offender who fatally hit 10-year-old cyclist refused bail "IndyWatch Feed National"

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High risk of re-offending: Notorious driving offender who fatally hit 10-year-old cyclist refused bail .

January 10, 2018 at 09:59PM .

In bizarre scenes at Perth Magistrates Court, a friend of the accused man marched out while swearing at the media before Mr Huston demanded security officers bring him back and warned him he too would be charged with contempt if he did so again. Mitchell Walsh, now 33, swore angrily when he was .


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PERTH West Perth man (25) charged over alleged burglaries in North Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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West Perth man (25) charged over alleged burglaries in North Perth .

January 11, 2018 at 03:03PM .

A DEAD husbands watch is allegedly among the haul of an alleged 25-year-old West Perth burglar who stole from 92- and 65-year-old women in North Perth. It will be alleged he stole the 65-year-olds handbag, cash and credit cards at her home on Glendower Street home about 8.30am on January 5, .


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PERTH Steve Mason Mourish pleads guilty to charges over horrific Kewdale crash which killed friend Jack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Steve Mason Mourish pleads guilty to charges over horrific Kewdale crash which killed friend Jack .

January 11, 2018 at 03:53PM .

Steven Mason Mourish cried as he fronted the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday. As he raced down Abernethy Road in Kewdale, a 70km/h zone, he reached speeds of up to 155km/h and ran two red lights before smashing into a bus, rolling several times before eventually coming to a stop 80m away. .


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PERTH WA sprinter jailed over one-punch attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA sprinter jailed over one-punch attack .

January 11, 2018 at 06:15AM .

Magistrate Elizabeth Woods rejected Billingtons defence in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday that he thought his friend was in danger from Davis. She said there was no evidence of that and he had acted impulsively and unprovoked. However Ms Woods, who described his actions as a cowards .


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MACKAY Mackay man fined for ignoring precinct ban "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Mackay man fined for ignoring precinct ban

January 11, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

Magistrate Damien Dwyer gave the advice to Chase Dylan Marshman, while sentencing him for contravening a ban on entering Mackay Safe Night Precinct on December 23 last year. Marshman faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty. Barrister Phillip Moore said Marshman had

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MACKAY Drink driving, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Drink driving, Mackay

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He will be appearing in the Mackay Magistrates Court on January 30 at 8:30am to have the matter heard. While we are used to hearing stories of the occasional motorist driving with readings at similar levels occurring during late night hours it is unusual to see a reading such as this during the day.

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MACKAY Charges follow theft of car, Blacks Beach "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Charges follow theft of car, Blacks Beach

January 11, 2018 at 09:03AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court to have the matters heard later this morning. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered

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MACKAY Police cop it over delays in case of man accused of arson "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police cop it over delays in case of man accused of arson

January 11, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

A MAGISTRATE has criticised police over delays in the case of a Nebo man behind bars after allegedly torching a Koumala property in July last year. Curtis Phillip Meierts case was raised in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday by his solicitor, Chris Colwill. Meiert, 26, has been charged with arson,

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MACKAY Accused of stealing goods from supermarkets "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Accused of stealing goods from supermarkets

January 11, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

A MACKAY woman is facing accusations of loading up with goods from supermarkets and shops before leaving without paying. Simone Nina Emery-Grant faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday on four fresh charges, represented by defence barrister Phillip Moore. Magistrate Damien Dwyer

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Supreme Court to Hear Plea for Probe Into Judge Loyas Death Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed National"

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud today took note of the submission seeking urgent hearing on the plea for a probe into the case.

Judge Loya. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear a plea seeking an independent probe into the death of CBI Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya tomorrow. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud today took note of the submission seeking urgent hearing on the plea for a probe into the circumstances surrounding Loyas death.

Loya, who was presiding over the CBI court in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, passed away on December 1, 2014.

The plea was filed by Maharashtra-based journalist B.R. Lone. He submitted that a fair probe was needed into the death.

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Your Top 10 Crypto Questions Answered "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Heres the problem: Most people who know a lot about bitcoin can only speak tech.

I was at a conference recently. I was the keynote speaker but had zero talk prepared (as usual). It was a crowdfunding conference, so I crowdsourced my talk.

I told the audience: I can talk about entrepreneurship or I can take 15 minutes to explain bitcoin without using any technical jargon.

Clap for which one you want.

Almost 100% of the audience wanted to learn about bitcoin without the technical jargon.

People are hungry for this. They dont want to hear about crypto or blockchain.

They just want to know what all this bitcoin stuff is about.

Back in 2013, I thought bitcoin was a scam. I was wrong.

First, some credentials

In early 2013, I had my doubts. I started reading everything I could. Then I got my hands dirty.

Ive been a coder/programmer since 1985. I decided to code up a bitcoin-only store (maybe the first ever) and sell my book, Choose Yourself, on it before it was released on Amazon.

It was very hard. I had to develop the store from scratch since there were no easy tools to help me. There still arent (hint: business opportunity).

Once I launched it, quite a few people bought my book. I sold a PDF of my book for 0.1 bitcoin. Bitcoin was then $60, so I sold it for about $6 per PDF. Right now, its as if I sold each PDF for $1,600. I sold many copies.

I went on CNBC when they heard I was doing this. The anchor asked me, Did you just do this for publicity?

I said, Well, Im on national TV, so I guess it worked.

Another thing worth noting: Most of my customers came from one domain name (they had to submit their email addresses for me to process the sale): Make of that what you will.

A few months ago, I started writing about cryptocurrencies again. I saw so many people getting involved in scams, I wanted to help.

The other day I had an Uber driver who thanked me during the car ride for helping him get it.

And last night at a restaurant, at the end of the meal, the waiter shook my hand and thanked me for helping him finally begin to understand what bitcoin was about.

In order for cryptocurrencies to succeed, people need to understand at a basic level what they are. Nobody needs to learn complicated cryptography or blockchain.

Just understand why now. And why this is important for us as a society.

Below, I answer the top 10 questions Im often asked about cryptocurrencies. Is it too late to get aboard? What will be the...


Extreme heat causes mass deaths of keystone species "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On January 7, 2018 an extreme heatwave struck south eastern Australia. The wildlife of Sydney and surrounding areas and in particular areas of western Sydney experienced temperatures in excess of 45 degrees celsius. At temperatures above 42-43 degrees combined with high humidity flying-fox colonies are very vulnerable to heat stress.

As the temperatures reach these levels the bats start to move down the trees as they begin to have difficulty regulating their body temperature. The young pups will succumb first and begin falling from the trees to the ground where they will quickly de-hydrate and die. 

On January 7th this is what began to happen in the early afternoon. Local WIRES volunteers were monitoring colonies and in the early afternoon began to see the young pups dropping to the ground in their hundreds. This occurred at colonies in Campbelltown, Parramatta Park, Yarramundi, South Creek and Emu Plains.

Teams were mobilised at many sites and all our vaccinated rescuers who were available began to triage those who had a chance at survival. More than 40 young flying-fox pups were taken into critical care from the two camps and heartbreakingly some of those lives have also been lost despite the best care possible. Little 'Yoghurt' above is one of the lucky ones rescued and currently in care and at this stage doing OK. 

On the day many hundreds of young pups were able to be re-hydrated and reunited with parents and credit goes to our amazing volunteers who worked outside in the 45 degree heat to do what they could to help ensure more lives were not lost.

Meanwhile our volunteers continue to monitor the colonies and even on Wednesday - 3 days later more bodies were still being recovered as even more weakened animals succumb to ongoing stress. We estimate the number...


A marine biologist says a humpback whale protected her from a huge tiger shark while diving "IndyWatch Feed National"

An American marine biologist says footage of her swimming with a humpback whale shows the large mammal protecting her from a tiger shark. Nan Hauser, 63, president of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation and a Brunswick, Maine, resident, says she uploaded footage of her encounter Monday and it quickly spread across the internet. Hauser tells the Portland Press Herald she was in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific Ocean when she came face-to-face with a 23-tonne humpback whale, which approached her and began nudging her around the water. She says the whale also shielded her with a fin and even lifted her out of the water on one occasion.


Renew Fest returns for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo from a previous Renew Fest. Ingrid Pullen Photography

Renew Fest will celebrate its third anniversary this May, and earlybird tickets are available from January 8 until February 14.

The grassroots festival, to be held May 19 and 20 at the Mullum Showgrounds, is a celebration of collaborative action and the power of community for innovative sustainability projects.

This years theme will be Deep listening.

Festival director Ella Rose Goninan says, With deep listening as our overarching theme this year, we are bringing care to all facets of the program to support a collective listening experience.

As the guiding motive of Renew Fest is to give rise and celebration to collaborative actions of regenerative change, this years festival will be exploring the importance and place of deeply listening to life as we seek to bring renewal to the story of our environmental humanity.

Last years festival patron and internationally acclaimed heart-to-heart parenting advocate Robin Grille is thrilled to be returning once again for Renew Fest 2018.

Warm and uplifting

Mr Grille says, I found Renew Fest 2017 to be a heart-warming and uplifting experience; in which we could see a truly new world clearly starting to take shape, with love, with excitement and with grounded possibility. The festival is a place to be recharged, to discover how powerful we are when we join together in vision for a transformed world.

I love Renew Fest for its can do energy, and for the sheer abundance and variety of how tos.

I am thrilled to be invited back to participate in this dynamic, nourishing and colourful festival in 2018.

And, most interestingly, the theme and emphasis of this years Renew Fest will have a surprising brand new twist



Underwater Volcanoes Contribute to Warming Deep Water "IndyWatch Feed National"


QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I read your Maya Report and found it fascinating how volcanic eruptions in the ocean are polarized to where the North Pole is at that time. Now we have people trying to claim that the heat from global warming is being hidden stored deep in the oceans. It seems once more these people ignore the fact that there are underwater volcanoes erupting more so now than before. Is that a true statement?


ANSWER: Oh yes, that is correct. There have been attempts to measure the heat generated from underwater volcanic eruptions. They attempted that off the East Pacific Rise, which is a point in the ocean floor where continents move apart. This is where magma contained in the Earths core rises to the surface and pours from underwater volcanoes. This data was part of what was supplied to me to run through our model to determine the cyclical nature of how the poles flip. The volcanic activity underwater is rising and no doubt has an impact on the temperature. There have been attempts to link volcanism to tiny shifts in the Earths orbit around the sun, as well, that occur every 100,000 years or so. These shifts may trigger ice ages and warm periods, both of which affect global sea levels. That, in turn, would increase or suppress volcanic activity, or so that is what is believed.

Nevertheless, the Global Warming crowd claims the oceans are getting warmer down deep and that must be from mankind. Once more, they take the results and fit it to a predetermined conclusion. It seems that nothing happens on this planet that is not caused by humans just unbelievable arrogance.


8 Indigenous-Made Films Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival and a 20th Anniversary Screening of Smoke Signals "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Film Still: Mud

Published January 11, 2018

PARK CITY, UTAH  Following President and Founder Robert Redfords original vision, Sundance Institute has remained committed to supporting Native American artists throughout the Institutes history. This support has established a rich legacy of work and has supported more than 300 filmmakers through labs, grants, mentorships, public programs, and the platform of the Sundance Film Festival.

The Native American and Indigenous Program has a global focus and through its work strengthens Indigenous cinema. Filmmakers supported over the years include: Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muskogee), Taika Waititi (Te Whnau--Apanui), Billy Luther (Din/Hopi/Laguna Pueblo), Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Iupiaq), Aurora Guerrero (Xicana), Sydney Freeland (Din), Ciara Leinaala Lacy (Kanaka Maoli), Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr. (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians) and Shaandiin Tome (Din).

This year, eight Indigenous-made films will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, January 18-28, in Park City, Utah. In addition, there will be a special 20th Anniversary Archive Screening of Smoke Signals, directed by Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho) with the screenplay by Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur dAlene). This is also our opportunity to introduce the Native Programs filmmaker Fellows for the coming year.

Feature Films

World Cinema Documentary Competition

Genesis 2.0 / Switzerland, Directors: Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev(Yakut/Buryat), Producer: Christian Frei On the remote New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean, hunters search for tusks of extinct mammoths. When they discover a surprisingly well-preserved mammoth carcass, its resurrection will be the first manifestation of the next great technological revolution: genetics. It may well turn our world upside down.




Going Bankrupt from Abroad or Having Debts in Different Countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

Published January 11, 2018

LONDON There are so many questions to be answered about having debts in UK. What will it happen if you have debts in the UK and then move to a different country? Will they affect you abroad or not? What happens if you get back in the UK? What about the accounts you owe if you move abroad?

Its all very complicated, but we have the answers. Well, at least a part of them, since every country has a different law on collecting debts.

The debts could be collected even though you move from the UK. If, for example, you moved to Australia, the collectors dont have authority in Australia, so they cant collect your debt. But they can make you bankrupt in the UK, and as soon as you buy a property, they will take it in the bankruptcy, no matter its location.

Your Debts Can Be Sold

The bank you owe money to can sell your debts to a different collector, so, one day, you might get a phone call from a different collector.

It is quite confusing, especially when you get debts in other countries. If you move from the UK to America, the bank might sell your debts to an American collection firm, so you will be chased in order to pay, according to the law.

Of course, its not as harsh as its in Dubai, where if you dont pay your debts, you can go to jail.

Going Bankrupt in the UK from Abroad

You can go bankrupt in the UK from a different country, depending on the country you have moved to and how much time you spent there. If you move to a EU country in three months time since you left the UK, you can go bankrupt back in the UK. After those three months, you will need to go bankrupt in that new country you live some EU countries have harsher bankruptcy laws, while others dont have an actual form.

What Will It Happen If I Leave Unpaid Debts?

A we already mentioned, the bank might sell your debts to a collector from the country you moved. Coming back to the UK while still being in debt will not have you detained, stopped or questioned, if you are a citizen of the UK. Leaving behind debt or unpaid bills is not a crime. The same goes for non-UK citizens...


Trumps Conciliatory Pose Crumbles as Mueller Moves to Interrogate "IndyWatch Feed National"

United Front Against Austerity|Tax Wall Street Party American System Network|Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Defying GOP Cover-Up, Sen. Feinstein Publishes Testimony of Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson, Ending Republican Myth of How FBI Russiagate Probe Started; Investigation Triggered by Reports of Collusion from Britain, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Netherlands, France, and Australia; Thanks to GOP, Trump Inner [...]


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.70 AUD


SACOSS Disability & Essential Services Conference 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 14 May 2018 - 8:30am


SACOSS Essential Services and Consumers Living with Disability Conference 2018: Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Transport

Super early bird tickets on sale now! Don't miss out!


Coal activists facing trespass charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Natan Shlomo and Lilli Barto blocked the railway line for five hours.

Two protesters who blocked a coal railway near Bowen in Queensland for five hours on Tuesday are facing trespass charges.

The pair locked their arms inside a concrete barrel on a railway line used by Aurizon to transport coal to Adanis Abbot Point terminal.

Lilli Barto, a physics student, and Natan Shlomo, a youth worker, called on the Queensland Government to rule out funding for Aurizon.

Ms Barto said Queensland Labor said during the election campaign that they would veto any NAIF loan that would enable Adanis dirty coal project.

Funding Aurizon would be a back-door route to allow Adani to build the biggest coal mine in the southern hemisphere, she said.

Mr Shlomo said coal was fuelling catastrophic climate change.

We stand against the damage this would cause in the Galilee basin, he said.

If Labor continue to turn a blind eye to the devastating cost of coal mining  they are complicit, he said.

Tuesdays action was part of an ongoing campaign against the controversial Adani Carmichael mine, and followed on from last week when activists stopped a coal train heading for Adanis coal port.

The pair are facing are trespass on a railway, interfere with a railway and contravene direction or requirement.

The group, Front Line Action on Coal, said it was  committed to sustained action against the Adani project.




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Tourism Should Be Regulated Before Its Too Late "IndyWatch Feed National"

We cannot let 1.8 billion people wander in the world without introducing some global regulations on how to limit the negative aspects of tourism.

Residents of Venice hold a banner saying My future is Venice during a protest. Credit: Reuters

Rome: This year, we will have three million tourists each day wandering the world. This massive phenomenon is without precedent in human history and is happening (as usual), with only one consideration in mind: money. We should pause and take a look at its social, cultural and environmental impact and take remedial measures, because they are becoming seriously negative if things are left as they are.

Sameer Kapoor listed for Triphobo Trip Planner a list of 20 places that have been ruined due to excess of tourism. Antarctica is getting an alarming level of pollution. The famous Taj Mahal, a monument of love from the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to the memory of his wife, Mumtaz, has changed its shining milky white marble into a yellow shade. Mount Everest is strewn with trash from invading visitors. The Great Wall of China has been so mistreated by the massive invasion of tourists that it has begun to crumble in places. The famous beaches of Bali are littered with trash, traffic is in a gridlock and roads and footpaths are in a dangerous state of disrepair. Macchu Picchu has a such large number of visitors that archaeologists are worried about preservation of the site. Once there was a train to a small village, Aguas Calientes, to then continue by foot or mules. Now you can reach the enigmatic and sacred Inca citadel by air conditioned bus and Aguas Calientes is now a town of 4.000 people with five star hotels. The famous Australian Coral Reef Barrier has lost already one third of the corals. The Galapagos islands, where Charles D...


My anxiety levels are through the roof "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Period debt occurred: 
January 2011
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

This supposed debt dates back to 2011, when I was grieving for the loss of my best friend to suicide.

I have received a letter saying I have no debt, and to disregard any previous letters, then a phone call was received by me today from a Collection Agency!!
My anxiety levels are through the roof and I am even having suicidal thoughts once more.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 


Dr. Stephen Sinatra: Heart health benefits of coconut oil "IndyWatch Feed National"


January 11, 2018 | By Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Im often asked if the health benefits of coconut oil are good for your heart, and my answer is a resounding yes. The ordinary coconutknown for its sweet milk, great fiber and ability to conk people on the heads in Marx Brothers moviescan do your heart good, and a lot more.

Many people shun coconut oil because its high in saturated fat, which is true. But coconut oil is also the oil that is least vulnerable to oxidative stress and free radical formationin fact its probably the safest oil to use in all types of cooking.

Coconut Oil and Cholesterol

What about coconut oil and your cholesterol? Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA)not the long-chain fatty acids found in most oilsso its heart healthy. In fact, those MCFAs have an effect similar to omega-3 fatty acids, so they make blood platelets less sticky.

Researchers also demonstrated that coconuts MCFAs can neutralize and kill many microorganisms, bacteria and viruses that are responsible for periodontal disease, herpes and even bladder infections. Remember, oral bacteria that can cause dental disease can enter the bloodstream via the gum line, cause inflammation and eventually contribute to arthrosclerosis. Plus, research has shown that the health benefits of coconut oil can help to improve memory.

Incorporating the Health Benefits of Coconut Oil Into Your Diet

  • Use it for cooking. Just remember not to heat it to the point of smoking. Any oil, including coconut oil, can produce toxic byproducts when overheated.
  • Mix it with olive oil in your salad. You might even douse your steamed vegetables with a few teaspoons of it.
  • Eat coconut or other products like coconut milk. Coconut milk can be used to make shakes and smoothies. You can also use it in a hot or cold cereal, or pour it over seasonal organic blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. I like to bake fish in coconut milk to keep it moist and enhance the flavor.
  • Or try coconut water. I add it to my favorite fruit and veggie juice mix.

But if youre not nu...


Parties must relieve pressure on SA's struggling renters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

With South Australian renters continuing to grapple with high utility costs, a good move would be to reverse a legislative change which hit tenants with water supply charges, writes Ross Womersley, CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service

Cost of living issues are front and centre in the lead-up to the March state election. 

Yesterday the Government began sending out letters to 169,000 South Australian households inviting them to take up a deal they have negotiated with Origin Energy offering an 18% discount on supply and usage, plus no exit fee.

We believe this is a worthwhile deal. At the same time all parties will need to take further steps to help alleviate the pressure on low-income households and must pay particular attention to the needs of renters.


Free trade or womens rights? Analysis from Kate Lappin "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 11, 2017: Kate Lappin, regional coordinator of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, has written an article explaining how trade and investment agreements like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) can deepen gendered inequality and exploitation.

If enacted, the RCEP would entrench the power of multinational corporations and the wealthy few, via provisions on ISDS, agriculture, intellectual property and trade in services.

The RCEP chapter on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) would give corporations the ability to sue governments if changes to government laws or policies has harmed their profit. UN experts published a statement in 2015 stating that they believed governments would be less likely to pass regulations if they fear intrusive ISDS awards. Such regulations could  include increases to the minimum wage, affirmative action programmes for women and Indigenous people or efforts to protect the environment, food security and access to essential medicines.

RCEP would also open land and agriculture to foreign investors. This would pit women working on small-scale subsistence farms against giant agrobusiness monopolies. Expanding commercial agriculture of course means less communal land and resources, which again would disproportionately impact women.

The expansion of intellectual property protections would require states to sign up to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, which would allow patenting of seeds and would criminalise the saving and sharing of patented seeds, with exemptions only available to landowners. The majority of women farmers are not landowners, and may be faced with fines or prison terms for collecting seeds.

The provisions would also extend monopolies on medicines, delaying the availability of cheaper generic medicines. This increases profits for pharmaceutical companies, but  women will have  less access to affordable medicines. Patenting of traditional plants and medicines also put them out of reach of Indigenous women (who used them for hundreds of years before these corporations came along).

The trade in services proposals in the TPP and RCEP encourage privatisation of essential services (like education, health, water and energy) and relax regulations on these services (like environmental and health standards). They may prevent governments from re-regulating if privatisation fail...


"The Philosophy Of Being" "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "The Philosophy Of Being"
By E D Detetcheverrie   

"Outrageous to some, clarifying for others, 
a strange conversation meant to provoke further thought.

Now I know why they explain it in metaphors. The truth seems surreal. We are inadequate to describe it concisely. Ask not if you have strayed from the path; there is only one path, one way, and you are always on it...

Do they call it enlightenment because there is a light?
It is not mere photons, and light is only one part of it.
Who is in charge of it all?
Yes, we are.
Do the wicked receive their just reward?
We shall all, ultimately, resume our place in the light.
Is the simplistic lifestyle really the true way?
All ways are the pathway to the light.
So, you can do as you please and still gain entry to that Better Place?
This is the place. Every experience is a learning experience.
What are the rules we should live by in order to achieve true happiness?
Merely be the best person you can possibly be.
How do we resolve all the ills of the world?
Merely be the best person you can possibly be.
Who should we pray to?
Adoration is not necessary. Rather, pr...


E zones to be flexible for some land owners says Byron Council "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Section of e-zone map around Bangalow. Image Byron Shire Council

The implementation of E zones in the Byron Shire has generated significant concern by landowners over its implementation. Byron Shire Council has now talked to more than 300 people and received more than 600 submissions from land owners and and members of the public on the issue.

E zones are a zoning that can be placed on areas of land that are considered to have high environmental value.

E2 zoning relates to environmental conservation and primarily applies to areas of high ecological, scientific or cultural value that should be protected for environmental conservation purposes where commercial agricultural activities are not carried out

E3 environmental management and primarily applies to areas containing special ecological or cultural attributes that require careful consideration/management. This zone allows for a wider range of land use activities that are compatible with these attributes.

However, many land owners are concerned that after years of revegetating their land at their own cost their properties would be devalued and significant restrictions placed on how they could build on and manage their land in the future with the implementation of E zones. This was compared to the properties where land owners had kept the land in a degraded condition and was therefore not considered of high environmental value and therefore open to a wider range of activities.

Voluntary re-vegetation

Byron Shire Council has recently stated that Land that has been voluntarily re-vegetated by the current land owner, without public funding, will not have an E2 or E3 zone applied without agreement.

Some land owners were concerned that they would be disadvantaged because they had spent many years re-vegetating their properties at their own cost, and the consistent message from Council is that no new E zones will apply unles...


MP Justine Elliot questions sale of small incubator sites by NORTEC "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Richmond MP Justine Elliot.

Justine Elliot, Labors federal member for Richmond has made urgent representation to the minister for jobs and innovation, Senator Michaelia Cash regarding NORTECs termination of leases for the small businesses at their three small business incubator sites at Mullumbimby, Goonellabah and Byron Bay. She has also raised concerns over the sale of the Byron Bay and Goonellabah sites.

NORTEC is an employment and training provider that receives government funding to run projects including NEIS programs, small business support and numeracy and literacy access programs. They have recently closed all three incubator sites and have listed the Byron Bay site for sale. The Mullumbimby site is not owned by NORTEC.

These incubator sites were developed from a local commitment to business growth and innovation. Im advised that they were handed to NORTEC in good faith with the understanding that they would be held in trust for the local community, said Ms Elliot in her letter to the minister.

Ive been further advised that all these incubators were funded by a combination of community assets and funding from State and Federal Governments.

Local entrepreneur and self-made millionaire George Lewin also contributed $125,000 towards both the Mullumbimby and the Goonellabah site during their development stages.

As you can appreciate there is widespread community concern firstly about the sudden closure of the business incubator sites and secondly that the government funded small incubator facilities are now being sold off, continued Elliot.

Can the Minister please urgently advise what action the Turnbull Government will be taking in terms of investigating the sale of these government funded sites and also what action the government will be taking to ensure the future provision of business incubator sites for our region.

The post...


Xmas Supporter Draw Prize Winners! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Many thanks to the hundreds of Eastside Listeners who signed up during our recent Xmas Supporter Drive. It was an incredible effort from everyone involved especially all our Prize donors. Special mention to our friends who also gave gifts on our behalf to the Children of Barnardos to help make this time just a little more special for these disadvantaged kids!

Congratulations to everyone below on winning one of our Major Prizes!

Major Prize Draw:

  1. WOMADelaide 2018 including 4 Day Full Festival Pass for 2 to WOMADelaide in March 2018 + return airfares!
Ralph Taylor Maroubra


  1. Album of the Week: A copy of every single Album of the Week for the past 12 months!
Anthony Don Monterey


  1. The Owl House A wonderful degustation dinner for two valued at $270 for The Owl House in East Sydney.
Alexandra Brown Marrickville


  1. City Recital HallFamily pass to see Puss In Boots in January at the

City Recital Hall


  1. Audio TechnicaAudio Technica ATH-UN1 headphones
Robyn Mitchinson Potts Point


Gold Supporter Prizes:

  1. Melbourne International Jazz Festival: 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival with tickets for two to a several premier concerts in the program + return airfares!
Sean & Sophie Catchlove Waverley


  1. Audio Technica Audio Technica ATH-UN1 headphones
Thomas Wh...


North Coast best place to view lunar trifecta "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A super red blue moon event will take place on 31 January. photo:

North Coast stargazers will be in for a treat on 31 January when a once-in-lifetime lunar event takes place.

That evening a blue moon, a blood moon and a supermoon will all converge on the same night, providing a lunar trifecta, and the NSW North Coast and Gold Coast will be the best places in the world to view it.

Southern Cross University geographer Professor Bill Boyd said the extremely unusual occurrence would be the first super red blue moon for at least 150 years.

The title super red blue moon sounds a bit peculiar, but it describes an event where three separate lunar conditions come together simultaneously, said Professor Boyd.

Each happens on its own time cycle, but this year they all happen at the same time. This is an extremely unusual occurrence it will be unlikely for all three celestial events to converge again within the next century.

Professor Boyd said a supermoon happens when the moon is at the closest point on its orbit around the Earth, some 25,000 km closer than on average. It appears 14 per cent larger than usual and 30 per cent brighter. This happens every 14 months or so.

Meanwhile, a lunar eclipse happens when the sun, the Earth and the moon are completely aligned, so that the moon travels through the Earths shadow. It occurs two to four times a year, though not usually a full eclipse.

Indeed, the January 31 lunar eclipse is the first total eclipse in 150 years.

Professor Boyd said as the moon passes through the earths shadow, people often assume it will go completely dark.

However, some of the sunlight entering the Earths atmosphere, notably the red spectrum, is scattered in a way that gently illuminates the moon.

This gives the moon its red glo...


Twilight Guitar with Bart Stenhouse @ Buckleys of Dunolly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fresh from his tour of India, Australian virtuosic guitarist Bart Stenhouse will be touring Victoria. Jazz fusion/ mandolinist and guitarist, Barts music brilliantly blends feiry flamenco with cool jazz and rollicking Indian rhythms to create a sound that leaves the listener energised and ready for more..

Bookings required for this limited seating special twilight event at Buckleys of Dunolly.

Seating is limited. Book with Rachel at 0427 275 006 or $25 goes directly to the artist.


Safety of Monsanto/Dows Newly Approved Frankenfood (RNAi Corn) Called Into Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

Safety of Monsanto/Dow's Newly Approved Frankenfood (RNAi Corn) Called Into Question | gmo_monsanto_dow_RNAi_corn | Environment General Health GMOs Medical & Health Science & Technology Special Interests

Another study confirms what activists and scientists alike have been warning: the next generation of RNA interference GM foods may seriously compromise the genetic integrity of our species. 

A new study titled, Detection of dietetically absorbed maize-derived microRNAs in pigs, adds fuel to the fire of the growing controversy surrounding the EPAs recent and conspiculously underreported approval of Monsanto/Dows RNA interference (RNAi) corn  a new type of genetically modified organism comprised of a multitude of genetically engineered traits (and therefore potential health risks) destined to make it to peoples dinner tables by the end of this decade.

The Biotech/Chemical industrys new RNAi corn was quietly rubber stamped by the EPA on June 15th of this year under the premature, and likely patently false assumption that the RNA interference molecules in the maize can not directly affect the gene expression of those animals or humans who eat it.

The ongoing controversy relates to a fundamental difference of opinion on the age old aphorism: you are what you eat. The GMO side answers NO, rejecting the idea. To them, food isnt imbued with any unique, biologically meaningful properties beyond the fact that it is...


Censored News: The Oxford Union Lecture by Kevin Annett that Didnt Happen, until now "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the subject: Is there any good in the Roman Catholic Church?

 (Soon to be broadcast on youtube)

The Oxford Union Lecture Hall and its shadow of censorship

Hello and welcome. Im Kevin Annett. Not too long ago I received a formal invitation from the oldest debating society in the world, the Oxford Union, to come there and debate the rather strange question of whether there is any good in the Roman Catholic church. Just a week before the scheduled debate, and as on so many other occasions, my invitation to speak was withdrawn without explanation. So here is the talk I planned to present at the Oxford Union debate.

 Good evening. Let me begin by saying what a pleasant surprise it is to be able to join you here tonight. The last time I tried to give a public talk in England, at a London rally to protest child trafficking by church and state, your privately-run UK Border Agency police saw fit to arrest, finger print and deport me from this country without giving a reason. But be that as it may, and it usually is, I especially thank you for having me here.

 Tonights topic for debate is framed rather tellingly: Is there any good in the Roman Catholic church? and assumedly in its holding company, the Vatican Incorporated. The very wording of this subject imples that no, there isnt any good, so lets search for some. Of course, trying to locate integrity in any corporation is like looking for love in a brothel. So perhaps the question of tonights debate has already been answered, my job is done and we can all go home.

 In any event, the title of the main event tonight is a bit confusing, beginning with the word good, which is after all a completely relative and morally ambiguous term.

 The Spanish Conquistadors and their slaughter-blessing catholic priests thought they were doing good when they wiped out millions of non-catholic peop...


Have your say on the future of Tweed rural land "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Tweed Shire once had more than 1,750 dairy farms. Photo Flickr/Glenda 8

Anyone with an interest in the future use of rural land in the Tweed shire are being urged to attend an information session on 1 February.

Organised by the Tweed Shire Council, the session will be the last chance to hear about the Draft Tweed Shire Rural Land Strategy, which is now on exhibition.

The strategy seeks to paint a picture of what rural land in Tweed Shire may look like in 20 years, how it might develop and how it will be managed to preserve the quality of the rural Tweed lifestyle.

Tweed Shire Council Senior Strategic Planner Stuart Russell, who has overseen preparation of the Draft Strategy and who will conduct the information session, said the rural Tweed landscape has changed significantly in recent decades.

During its heyday, it is believed that more than 1750 dairies operated in the Tweed and about 1150 pig farms, Mr Russell said.

Rural land in the Shire is now a complex mix of land uses ranging from arable land around Cudgen where much of the States sweet potatoes are grown and the extensive floodplains that produce around 30 per cent of the States sugar cane, to the rolling slopes where grazing is mixed with hobby farms and rural lifestyle properties, tourist accommodation, rural industries and the Shires rural villages.

The draft strategy proposes more than 140 actions aimed at balancing the competing uses for rural land, to protect agricultural land, the natural environment and rural landscape in a sustainable way.

Key policy directions and actions of the Draft Strategy pivot around meeting the housing needs of the Tweeds growing community and lifestyle preferences in harmony with rural industry, the diversification of value-adding opportunities to better support and promote Tweeds farming and produce sector, greater flexibility to respond and capitalise on emerging tourism markets and a range of other actions to assist the local Tweed economy and preservation of its natural environment on which so many industries rely.

Comments on the Draft Rural Land Strategy can be made up to close of business on Wednesday 28 February.

For more information and to download a copy of the Draft Rural Land Strategy visit



FixedIt: A man, not an app, was charged with rape "IndyWatch Feed National"

If a man and a woman meet on Tinder and the man later is accused of violence against the women, you can guarantee Tinder will be the first word in the headline of any article about that accusation.

Channel 9 News is not the only one and wont be the last one.

If they had met at a church group or a book shop or over cabbages in Coles, it wouldnt even rate a mention at the bottom of the article.

But Tinder creates a frenzy because violence is the expected consequence for women who actively and confidently pursue sex. Nice girls wait passively for men to want them, they are the objects of desire. Bad girls feel desire and act on it. And we all know what happens to bad girls.

Its an insidious and persistent form of victim blaming. It implies Tinder is the problem, not the men who commit violence against women (in this case allegedly his case has not yet been tried).

Tinder has nothing to do with the choices men make. How two people met is irrelevant to the violence men choose to commit against women.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron

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Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us! "IndyWatch Feed National"

The warlords of history are still kicking our heads in, and no one, not our fathers, not our Gods, is coming to save us. Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders.

Despite the fact that a 26-year-old man was gunned down by police who banged on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves as police, and then repeatedly shot and killed the innocent homeowner who answered the door while holding a gun in self-defense, the justices of the high court refused to intervene to address police misconduct.

Although 26-year-old Andrew Scott committed no crime and never fired a single bullet or lifted his firearm against police, only to be gunned down by police who were investigating a speeding incident by engaging in a middle-of-the-night knock and talk in Scotts apartment complex, the Supreme Court refused to balance the scales between justice and injustice.

Despite the fact that police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people nationwide for the third year in a row (many of whom were unarmed, mentally ill, minors or were shot merely because militarized police who were armed to the hilt feared for their safety), the Supreme Court will not act to right the wrongs being meted out by the American police state.

Although knock-and-talk policing has become a thinly veiled, warrantlesslethalexercise by which citizens are coerced and intimidated into talking with heavily armed police who knock on their doors in the middle of the night, the Supreme Court will not make the government play by the rules of the Constitution.

The lesson to be learned: the U.S. Supreme Court will not save us.

No one is coming to save us: not the courts, not the legislatures, and not the president.

According to journalist Michael Harriot:

More people died from police violence in 2017 than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in action......


Lose the name win the game Fact or Fiction? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some people may have heard the catch phrase;

"Lose the name win the game", where currently a search engine result points to 7,690,000 references.

In order to hold one accountable for one's actions the most important element in a court room, is the 'persons' name.

Without that there can be no case.

Many people should also be aware of the saying "knowledge is power" where today a researcher can obtain this with far less legwork than one did a generation ago, prior to the vast resources of the internet.

With that comes the fact that people are becoming more aware that (for example) fines are not being issued honestly by the Australian authorities.

As a result the authorities are responding, where now you do not know the name of your accuser as shown in the example of a fine or "Infringement Notice"

where in this case the Issuing Officer is the number 127.

The fundamental laws in this country give you the right to know the name of your accuser.

A right that has currently been taken away.

How does that saying go again? - "Nothing to hide nothing to fear", right?

Are these the actions of honest authorities?


FixedIt: how can you think child abuse is sex? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kevin Leslie Baker has been charged with dozens of crimes against children, including 24 counts of indecent treatment of boys under 14 years, five counts of indecent treatment of girls under 17 years, 14 counts of carnal knowledge and one count each of unlawful wounding and deprivation of liberty.

The Bulletin reported he was in court this week on a procedural matter and described his alleged crimes as child sex.

To be clear, his case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with his guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against him are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an...


Man dies after hitting a tree north of Grafton "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has died after a single-vehicle crash north of Grafton yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Iluka Road at Woombah, about 60 kilometres north of Grafton, just before 3.30pm, following reports a Volkswagen Amarok left the roadway and hit a tree.

The driver and sole occupant, a 66-year-old man, died at the scene.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command have established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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Transition Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

3-4 February at Sustainable Valley
Presented by Mind and Body Leadership Coach Erin Tetarenko (MSc)

Are you at a crossroads and looking for change? Maybe, youre yearning for a greater sense of purpose and meaning within your work?

If youre in the midst of change or planning to make the shift from whats comfortable to the unknown, join an inspiring community as we explore heart-centered and practical strategies to help you prepare for an empowered transition.

Within this 2-day workshop youll have some time to clarify whats really important and what gives your life a sense of purpose. Tap into powerful aspects of yourself while exploring your core values and intrinsic motivation. You will use this information to explore success on your own terms, identify pathways for positive change, and create strategies to prepare you for meaningful change.

Practical exercises are given to support you to build confidence and appropriate resources to overcome potential barriers and obstacles that prevent successful goal achievement. Participants will learn practical techniques and skills from current research in coaching and positive psychology, the science of human flourishing and optimal performance.


Saturday 3rd February (10am 4:30pm)

Sunday 4th February (10am 3:30pm)

Learn more at


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Injured woman winched from bottom of Minyon Falls "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A view of Minyon Falls from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. (supplied)

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has winched recovered a 37-year-old female walker who suffered injuries as a result of a fall onto rocks while walking on the track at the base of Minyon Falls.

The female walker was treated for injuries and flown to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

The winch recovery was conducted 200 metres from the base of the falls.

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MACKAY Road spikes used to stop drink-driver four times over limit "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY January 11, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Road spikes used to stop drink-driver four times over limit

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Manning faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop a motor vehicle. Magistrate Damien Dwyer warned Manning, who did not have a lawyer, that he could expect a huge fine and huge suspensions. Not that I can do anything

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Southbound Irukandji no issue for tourism "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Irukandji is heading south. (wikipedia)

The deadly Irukandji jellyfish is moving south along the coast of Queensland and with warming sea temperatures it may become a regular at beaches as far south as the Gold Coast.

Toxicologist, Associate Professor Jamie Seymour from James Cook University, has little doubt Irukandji will end up at the popular beach after a stinger was found at Fraser Island on Sunday.

Their southerly migration, Prof Seymour warned, would force beach closures and could collapse tourism.

But Queensland Tourism Industry chief Daniel Gschwind dismissed Prof Seymours concerns.

We are concerned about any potential risk but there is no need to be alarmed at this point, he said.

Fears about Irukandji come after one was caught on the western side of Fraser Island on Sunday, which prompted a warning for swimmers to stay out of the water.

There were 10 suspected Irukandji stings on the western side of Fraser Island between December 22, 2016, and January 5 last year, while a boy was stung on Mooloolaba Beach in early 2017.

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NSW power workers set to walk off job "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thousands of NSW Ausgrid workers have voted to strike next month in the peak of summer heat after negotiations over pay and career progression soured.

The Electrical Trades Union says after more than three years of pay freezes along with nearly 2000 job losses during the same period, workers have no choice but to take action.

Workers are seeking a pay rise of three per cent a year.

During this same time, Ausgrid executives awarded themselves pay increases averaging 5.3 per cent a year, while they also enjoyed average bonuses of more than $50,000 each in 2014, 2015 and 2016, ETU organiser Mark Buttigieg said in a statement on Thursday.

More than 93 per cent of about 2800 Ausgrid members, made up of four unions, supported industrial action including work stoppages, refusing to do overtime and callouts.

Workers will decide on what specific actions to take on January 31.In an official statement, Ausgrid, which is jointly owned by the NSW Government, Australian Super and IFM Investors, said it was disappointed at the proposed union action.

We believe we have achieved in principle agreement on virtually all of our proposal, Ausgrid CEO Richard Gross said in a statement.

If the unions elect to take industrial action, Ausgrid will ensure there is minimal impact on energy supply to our customers.

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