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Friday, 16 February

00:38

Webs under water: The really bizarre lives of intertidal spiders "IndyWatch Feed National"

Spiders are one of the most ubiquitous creatures on Earth, found on every continent except Antarctica. Whether in underground caves in the Amazon or the icy climes of Mount Everest, there is a species of spider that has moved into practically every land habitat. But some arachnids are determined to not even let the oceans stand in their way and scientists have just discovered a new one. A spider named for the late reggae legend Bob Marley is the newest member of the 15 known species of so-called intertidal spiders. These weird spiders inhabit the intertidal zone: a stretch of land that is submerged during high tide and exposed during low. Scientists from Australias Queensland Museum and the Zoological Museum at the University of Hamburg, Germany, first found Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi) in 2009 and described it last December. A male Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi), discovered in Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. Photo by Robert Raven The connection to Bob Marley was first through his song high tide [or] low tide as these spiders live in the high tide low tide zone, said Barbara Baehr, a research scientist from the Queensland Museum and the lead author of the paper. The mix of land and sea in the intertidal zone supports a wildly diverse set of habitats. For instance, Baehr found Bob Marleys spider on brain corals in shallow reefs on the rocky Queensland coast. But another intertidal species, Desis formidablis, or the formidable spider, lives under boulders

00:16

A brief history lesson from Labor on the subject of Barnaby Joyce's performance as a federal minister "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Labor MP for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon on his feet in the House of Representatives, listing some of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for  & Nationals MP for New England Barnaby Joyce's many failings.

Hansard, 14 February 2018:

I want to quickly take us to the member for New England's performance. I'm going to read this as quickly as I can. There are so many to talk about. He forcibly relocated the APVMA to his own electoratea disaster for Australian agriculture. He abolished the COAG committee, which was doing so much work to bring the states and the Commonwealth together. He sacked his departmental head, destroying the culture, trust and motivation of those who work in the department. He doctored his Hansard. He ditched drought assistance. He tried to move the Regional Investment Corporation to Orange without any governance, giving him full flight to do whatever he wanted with his pork-barrelling exercise. He's destroyed trust in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, a real threat on the water front and in our food bowl. Biosecurity has been a disaster. He tried to abolish the Inspector-General of Biosecurity. It was only our resistance that prevented that from happening. 

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00:15

Failed coal seam gas mining company Linc Energy's 9 week trial underway in Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


As the story unfolded.........

ABC News, 16 April 2016:

Oil and gas company Linc Energy has been placed into administration in a bid to avoid penalties for polluting the environment, a Queensland green group says.

It was announced late Friday that administrators PPB Advisory had been called in to work with Linc's management on options including a possible restructure.

In a statement to the ASX, the company said after receiving legal and financial advice and considering commercial prospects the board decided it was in the best interests of the company to make the move.

It comes one month after the company was committed to stand trial on five charges relating to breaches in Queensland's environmental laws at its underground coal gasification site.

The state's environment department accused the company of wilfully causing serious harm at its trial site near Chinchilla on the Darling Downs.

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Thursday, 15 February

22:41

According to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children- A Child Disappears Every 27 Seconds and Yet No One Will Admit There is a Problem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Society is more apt to claim victims as liars rather than admit something evil is going on. Almost 800,000 children go missing a year but people just want to look away. Why? Because it makes them feel more comfortable.

We dont want to admit our system is so evil. But even our CPS has admitted to losing over 80,000 children.

But the population would rather call these facts lies as they did in the 80s when parents started speaking about their children being raped and abused in their childrens day cares. We let ourselves be convinced all those parents were crazy liars- being duped by a satanic panic rather than believing what was being said.

Even though it was happening not only in the US but also in the UK and Australia- at a time when the internet did not exist. It makes little sense.

Turning away is to be okay and accept evil. Tell yourselves whatever you need to feel comfortable- but this is the truth.

And in the end we will all be held accountable.

21:47

Taoist Cosmic Healing: Energetic Medicine for Health & Spirit "IndyWatch Feed National"

By MANTAK CHIA

The word Tao means way, or path. In Chinese thought, Tao includes both meanings. On the cosmic level, the Tao means the war of Nature, the subtle laws and forces animating the patterns of change in the universe. On the human level, Tao is the path or war of life that we must follow in order to discover the universal laws and to live in accord with them. Then we can live our lives in balance and harmony with Nature, with ourselves, and with society.

Those who seek to incorporate the cosmic laws into the microcosm of their own lives are called Taoists. I have studied the Tao under many great masters. Through my studies I discovered that out of all the methods in the Tao, ranging from meditation, Chinese Medicine and Chi Kung to the martial arts, successful practice all comes down to one thing: understanding Chi. Out of this understanding, I have created a straightforward and systematic approach to working with Chi that I have named Universal Tao.

What is Chi?

Chi is the force that moves everything in the universe. Chi is energy. In humans, it is our life force energy, that which enables us to see and hear, to walk, to work, to think, and to feel. Thus, Chi is not just some philosophical idea; it is the essence of our everyday life.

When we get angry, its angry Chi. When we feel love and when we make love, its sexual Chi. The stars, the Sun, the Moon, and the wind, the ocean are all Chi, but it is energy with no intelligence.

Living things have the intelligence to take in the Chi of the Universe and combine it within themselves to create a living Chi, one that can create and build things.

How We Come into this World

Our Chi is intimately connected with the Chi of the Universe. When our parents made love, the Yang Chi of our father in his sperm met the Yin Chi of our mother. The two became one; the meeting of their sexual energy formed a new cell called a zygote, our first cell. The Chi of this cell is our Original Chi, the Chi that we inherited from our parents.

Our Original Chi then drew in from the Universal energies, the Chi of Earth and Heaven, our Cosmic Mother and Father. Out of this meeting and blending of Heaven Chi, Earth Chi, and Human Chi, came the power to make that original cell divide and subdivide trillions of times until it eventually formed into a fully grown human being.

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21:47

Living Chi & Feng Shui "IndyWatch Feed National"

By GRANDMASTER GARY KHOR

The ancient Chinese knew that connection with the living Chi (also spelled Ki or Qi) around them can help them find their place, meaning and purpose in a dynamic, ever changing world. In these modern times we can also stay whole despite the fractured times. We do have a saving grace, in the Chinese Taoist concept that Life is full of immense possibilities. The Taoists were devoted to the spiritual holistic world view in the essential nature of things and the Way of Nature.

30 years ago the thought of sticking needles in certain parts of the body to help it heal and repair itself was considered laughable in the West. Now you can get a medical refund for acupuncture services. Any skeptics who try to explain its benefits away on the basis of a placebo effect are hard put to explain why acupuncture is enjoying equal success in the veterinary field. After all, why should an animal believe that it should get better because someone has gone to the trouble of sticking a needle in a particular point?

Other Chinese practices such as acupressure and exercise systems such as Tai Chi have also become mainstream activities. All of these practices have one thing in common: they are based on the harmonisation and regulation of Chi energy.

Chi is often referred to as life energy, which can be somewhat misleading as one could then think this energy is only involved with living things. The term animating energy is much better as the Chinese maintain that all movement and transformation that occurs within the universe requires Chi.

In a sense Chi is the Chinese solution to the Grand Unified Theory that we are searching for in the West. It is the name given by the Chinese to the primal energy that underlies all activity and change. We can experience the effects of this energy in various ways which we describe as heat, light, sound, gravity, time, electricity, magnetism, etc.

Chi lies at the heart of another Chinese practice that is becoming more and more popular in the West Feng Shui. (Feng means wind, Shui means water in Chinese terms wind carries and disperses energy while water attracts and collects it). Whereas acupuncture, Tai Chi and the Chinese practices referred to above deal with the attempt to read, understand and regulate Chi within the human body, Feng Shui is the complementary practice dealing with the reading, understanding and regulation of Chi with...

21:36

Gig: Mama's broke, Holy locust, Whoa mule, Frogwash "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 -
7:00pm to 11:00pm

As part of their Australian tour, Mama's broke and Holy locust will play Jura, with local supports Whoa mule and Frogwash. 7-11pm, Wednesday 28th February.

Facebook event

 

21:33

Disability and Accessibility: Practical and Political Considerations. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018 -
11:00am to 1:00pm

Discussion facilitated by disabled radical Saz, 11am Sat 31st March at the Rattler
11am-1pm Saturday 31st March at the Red Rattler Theater, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville. All welcome.

Jura is pleased to be opening up a space for discussion about the politics and practical considerations of disability and accessibility, with a particular focus on concrete ways we can improve our own accessibility at Jura and across radical meeting spaces. We are very grateful to Saz for volunteering to provide resources and to facilitate. We are also grateful to the Red Rattler for allowing us to use their space for this discussion; they are recognised as a radical community space which has had some real successes in terms of making themselves accessible. Information about their venues accessibility can be found here.

This discussion aims to be a starting point on understanding the ways in which Disability Justice fits into anti-capitalist work. It will attempt to lay out some ground work on the specificity of ableist oppression and how it is interwoven through Western capitalist societies, as well as its immediate manifestations within the contexts surrounding us. By drawing lines of connection between the structural and the imminent components, it will seek to push people to consider both what is immediately possible and the scope of work to come.

We want to work out how Jura can begin to invest energy into developing a consciousness around accessibility and a more developed praxis, do solidarity work, and help facilitate the opening of other radical spaces which do meet more accessibility requirements.

This discussion comes partly in response to public criticism made of Jura last year, but also because of our ongoing commitment to making our shop, library and events as accessible as possible, to as wide a range of people as possible, including people with disabilities. We try to have an intersectional approach to anarchism, and this means working towards ending all forms of...

21:00

Ecocide by Design? Under Modi, Vacancies At National Green Tribunal Reach 70% "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to political apathy, the NGT has not been provided with the infrastructure, staff or resources to properly function.

The tribunal has not been provided with the infrastructure, staff or resources to properly function. Credit: PTI

The tribunal has not been provided with the infrastructure, staff or resources to properly function. Credit: PTI

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) was constituted in October 2010 to speed up the adjudication of environmental litigations, and also to address the environmental problem from multiple perspectives by involving both judicial and expert members in the decision-making process. At present, the NGT has four zonal benches in Kolkata, Pune, Chennai and Bhopal, and a principal bench in New Delhi.

With the establishment of the NGT, India became the third country in the world to set up a specialised environmental tribunal, only after Australia and New Zealand, and the first developing country to do so. While the establishment of the tribunal and its performance over the last seven years has been lauded by petitioners, lawyers and civil society groups, the journey so far has been far from smooth. And the future of the NGT looks bleak and hopeless due to the indifferent approach of the political regime.

Political apathy in allowing the NGT to function as an effective body started from its inception, but the scale and form of it have intensified in the recent...

20:38

Kung he fat soy, Otago, 1884 "IndyWatch Feed National"

This year Ill be heading to New Zealand, to the archives in Wellington and Dunedin, to research the history of Chinese naturalisation there. With that in mind, heres a report from 1884 on Chinese New Year celebrations on the Otago goldfields. Happy New Year, or kung he fat soy to you all! Chinese Festivities Thames Star,

20:10

Israeli Police Name Ratan Tata in Case Against Benjamin Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tatas office has dismissed the Israeli media report, that says his name figures, as grossly incorrect in its references to him.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), industrialist Rata Tata. Credit: Reuters

Jerusalem: The name of Ratan Tata figures in the Israeli police recommendations seeking to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on graft charges, according to an Israeli media report, which was on Wednesday dismissed by the Indian industrialists office as grossly incorrect in its references about him.

In the so-called Case 1000, in which Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors, Israeli-born Hollywood producer Milchan and Australian resort owner James Packer, the Indian industrialist is also said to be a part of a project that Netanyahu tried to push forward to help Milchan.

According to the police, the most glaring example of Netanyahu working against Israels interests to benefit Milchan was his efforts (to) promote a free trade zone on the Israel-Jordan border, a project the Hollywood producer sought to promote as part of his partnership with Indian Industrialist Ratan Naval Tata, Ynetnews reported.

The project, which police noted went against the recommendations of the defence establishment, would have generated Milchan and Tata...

19:55

How secure is your encrypted data in Google's cloud? "IndyWatch Feed National"


Corporations are waging a War on (your) Privacy.

You are being coerced / enticed / conned / forced / limited to storing your private and confidential data in various corporation's servers called the 'cloud'.

A quite legitimate question could be how safe or secure is your data in that company's server 'farm'.

All these terms with reference to nature could be an illusion to make one feel at ease and harmony with those services.


So how safe is that data really?

See top secret classified information obtained by Edward Snowden from a division of the NSA, called Special Source Operations (almost makes one want to purchase a burger, just by saying that division's name, cheeky buggers!), contained within the illustration below:


As you can see from the above illustration your data travels in clear text, i.e. VERY not secure!

If you choose to use those services, you are a contributing factor to the loss of your own privacy.

Now, Now, let's not start a meme with the words "Nothing to hide, nothing to fear.. "

19:34

Malcolm Turnbull bans ministers from sex with staffers, but resists calls to ask Barnaby Joyce to resign "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are three interesting videos in the article on-line.

 

ABC News Australia

Malcolm Turnbull bans ministers from sex with staffers, but resists calls to ask Barnaby Joyce to resign

Ministers will be banned from having sexual relationships with staffers under a rethink of the code of conduct announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today.

Key points:

  • Sex between ministers and their staff is banned under the code of conduct from today
  • PM made it clear he was angry with Barnaby Joyce about the affair but did not ask for his resignation
  • Described Mr Joyces affair with a staffer as shocking error of judgement

The announcement comes amid intensifying pressure on Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyceover an affair with his former media adviser Vikki Campion.

Mr Turnbull resisted calls for him to ask his deputy to resign, but described Mr Joyces behaviour as, a shocking error of judgement that set off a world of woe.

He spoke of the terrible hurt and humiliation that Barnaby, by his conduct, has visited on his wife Natalie and their daughters and indeed his new partner.

Barnaby made a shocking error of judgement in having an affair with a young woman working in his office.

In doing so he has set off a world of woe for those women, and appalled all of us.

Our hearts go out to them.

Mr...

19:29

South Africas New Hope But Can Cyril Ramaphosa Clean the Swamp Sludge from His Boots? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) President Jacob Zuma and (R) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during the Womens Day celebration held, 9/8/2015 (Photo Daily Maverick)

by Dee McLachlan

Twenty-three years after the end of the repressive apartheid regime, South Africa (RSA), a country with enormous resources and wealth, still has poverty, inequality and corruption.

The corruption there seems to be more blatant &#821...

18:11

MACKAY Man who breached DV order avoids recorded conviction "IndyWatch Feed National"

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18:03

Fresh Twist: ABC Reports Charles Waterstreet Has Launched Defamation Action, Amid Q&A Meltdown "IndyWatch Feed National"

The circus that surrounds New Matildas ongoing investigation into Charles Waterstreet just added another ring. Chris Graham reports.

In the space of just a day, Charles Waterstreet has pulled out of a planned and highly controversial appearance on ABCs Q&A program; the NSW Bar Association has issued an extraordinary public statement on the issue; and the ABC is now reporting that Mr Waterstreet has launched legal proceedings against one of his accused, 21-year-old law student Tina Huang, the original whistleblower in the Waterstreet investigation.

Tina Huang, a 21-year-old law student who led the call out of Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet.

Ms Huang is one of three women who have publicly alleged serious sexual harassment by Mr Waterstreet in the workplace 20 minutes into a job interview with the Sydney criminal barrister, Ms Huang says she was shown a video by Mr Waterstreet (from his phone) of him being masturbated by two sex-workers.

Genevieve Wilks, who worked for Mr Waterstreet for 10 months, has made a series of detailed allegations around sexual harassment the full story is available here.

Genevieve Wilks, aged 26, who served as a paralegal for Charles Waterstreet for 10 months.

A third woman, Anita* (not her real name she has asked for it to be suppressed) says she was also sexually harassed by Mr Waterstreet during a job in...

16:07

Arts Thursday 15 February Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Presented by Bronwyn Rennex

On Arts Thursday this week I speak to Isobel Parker Philip, Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of New South Wales about the Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium.

The exhibition celebrates one of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century, an artist who understood the mediums ability to alter perceptions and push boundaries.

This comprehensive survey of Robert Mapplethorpes career features over 200 works, including floral still lifes, portraits, figure studies and erotic imagery that charts his involvement in New Yorks gay scene, as well as a selection of archival material providing insights into his working methods and life.

It was great to have the chance to talk at length about Mapplethorpes process, his preoccupations and his incredible legacy.

Robert Mapplethorpe Self-portrait 1980, jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The J Paul Getty Trust; partial gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, partial purchase with funds provided by The J Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

The exhibition runs until 4 March 2018.

To listen online go to;

 LATEST EPISODE :: 10:30am Thursday 15th February, 2018

The post Arts Thursday 15 February Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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15:26

Two men charged with drug offences Tweed Heads South "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men have been charged with drug offences in Tweed Heads South yesterday.

About 8.45am on Wednesday 14 February 2018, police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command with assistance from the dog unit, executed a search warrant at a unit on William Street, Tweed Heads South.

Two men were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads police station.

Police located and seized prohibited drugs believed to be methylamphetamine (ice), MDMA (ecstasy) and cannabis.

Items including an amount of cash and a prohibited weapon were also seized.

A 54-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug (x3) and possess prohibited weapon without licence.

He was granted conditional bail and will appear at Tweed Heads local court on Monday, 12 March.

A 24-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug (x2), possess prohibited drug (x3), deal with proceeds of crime and carry weapon upon apprehension.

He was refused bail and will appear at Byron Bay Local Court today (Thursday 15 February 2018).

The post Two men charged with drug offences Tweed Heads South  appeared first on Echonetdaily.

15:00

Beyond hospitals - who will keep our community heathy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 1 March 2018 - 5:30pm

SACOSS partners with prominent public health advocates the Australian Health Promotion Association, Anti-Poverty Network SA, People's Health Movement and the Public Health Association to present a pre-election forum on the health and wellbeing of South Australians.

Register online

 

14:50

Terrified of Bitcoin, banks forced to innovate for the first time in 40+ years "IndyWatch Feed National"

Terrified of Bitcoin, banks forced to innovate for the first time in 40+ years by Simon Black Sovereign Man Yesterday morning, several banks in Australia started rolling out a new payment system theyre calling NPP, or New Payments Platform....

The post Terrified of Bitcoin, banks forced to innovate for the first time in 40+ years appeared first on The Daily Coin.

14:16

Charles Waterstreet Forgives The Women He Sexually Harassed Amid Growing Q&A Row "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE: Charles Waterstreet has pulled out of tonights Q&A. See end of story for details.

Tonight, Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet will appear on a special #metoo episode of ABCs Q&A program. One of the panellists might like to ask him about forgiveness. Chris Graham reports. It takes a certain kind of man to play a video of yourself getting a handjob 20 minutes into a job interview with a young law student applying for a job as a paralegal in your office.

So perhaps we shouldnt be all that surprised that that man Charles Waterstreet, one of Sydneys most prominent criminal barristers and the real-life inspiration for the popular ABC television series Rake thinks that the women he has sexually harassed need to be forgiven.

Over the Australia Day long weekend, in a long, rambling post on his Facebook page, Waterstreet offered up this:

[A] stripper told me at a Mind, Spirit Body Conference that I sexualise everything, her criticism was right, I will do better

As #metoo apologies go, its a start. Its also where Waterstreet should have stopped. Unfortunately he didnt.

Whatever grief I caused others, I apologise, Any grievance anyone has for me, I forgive you and ask your forgiveness, I embrace myself sinner and sin eater and part time Saint.

Setting aside the thought of Waterstreet embracing himself publicly any more than he already has, its nice to know that hes been able to find forgiveness in his heart towards the women to whom he showed his beautiful penis, uninvited.

And on that front, theres been a few. Theres Tina Huang, the young paralegal who attended a job interview with Waterstreet, won the job and then resigned a few hours in. Huang didnt get to watch him embrace himself per se instead she got to watch his beautiful penis being stroked by two sex workers in a video on Waterstreets phone.

Tina Huang, a 21-year-old law student who led the call out of Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet.

And then theres people like Genevieve Wilks, the paralegal (now lawyer) who worked for Waterstreet for 10 months, and was subjected to extreme workp...

14:14

What's on this week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Whats On in Nimbin

Mon 19 Sun 25 Feb

  

Nimbin street drummersevery Friday night from 7.30pm

 

Nimbin Hotel...Wed 21 Trivia Night Thurs 22 David Barbara /

Fri 23 Adam Hole Band/ Sat 24 TBA

 

Nimbin Fashion Show...Sat 24...School of Arts....featuring designs by Pol, Poppie Rose, Von-We Felted Fashion, Pangaia, The Velvet Wren & The Gypsy Wagon, Maya Krasna, Tree Rivaa & more...tickets $35 (Greenbank, Mad Hattery & Daizy's or online www.eventbrite.com.au

 

Bush Theatre...Fri 23...Dinner Under the Stars with Milton Man Gogh  at 7pm entry by donation

...Sat 24...Entropixx 1pm

...Sun 25...Sonic Bliss 10am/ Sarah Stando 1pm

 

Blue Knob Hall Gallery & Caf (66897449)

Exhibition The Artists Choicegallery open Thurs-Sun

 

Weekly Markets:

Wednesday Farmers Market Wed 21 from 3pmThe Green Bank

Farmers MarketSat 24 from 8amBlue Knob Hall

 

 

Coming events:

 

Blue Moon Cabaret...Sat 17 March...School of Arts...featuring  Shelly Brown & Justin Bannistaer, Mrs Miyagi, 'The Runner Up', Deryn Evans, Paul McMahon, Nicole Brophy, Khan & Kiara, Tr...

14:01

Mobile Hairdressing Inner West Sydneys Original Mobile Hairdresser "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:00

Discovering the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial Control System "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian contactee George Kavassilas is interviewed about his lifelong experiences with different extraterrestrial civilizations and shadow government operatives. In this first installment of a two part Exonews TV interview conducted in Australias Gold Coast, George explains how his contacts began, how these evolved over the years involving several different groups, and the torture he received at the hands of shadow government authorities attempting to suppress his experiences and silence him. Finally, he describes a global control system comprising the planet Saturn, the Moon and extraterrestrials that has resulted in a Matrix-like illusory reality that manipulates humanity. He asserts that discovery of the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial control system is the first step to human freedom.

Part 1  Discovering the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial Control System (S06E01)

In part two of this Exonews TV interview conducted in Australias Gold Coast, George Kavassilas explains the key components of a Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial control matrix used to limit human potential and growth. In particular, he identifies the roles of the chakra system and the pineal gland in creating false synthetic light experiences that entrap many individuals. He asserts the creation of synthetic light experiences is the favored manipulation technique used by unscrupulous extraterrestrials and higher dimensionals. He outlines his Heart -Centric/Core-Self method of how to overcome the global control system that creates a Matrix-like illusory reality that continues to manipulate most of humanity. He insists that overcoming the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial control system is the necessary step we all have to take in attaining human freedom and achieving our highest potential as universal beings having a physical experience.

Part 2  Overcoming the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial Control System (S06E02)

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13:58

FixedIt: heres the rest of the story "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Daily Mercury reported that John Rex Palmer, 34, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for an assault against his now deceased partner and the neighbour who tried to help her. The assault occurred while she was ill and in front of her young children. Not only is none of this information in the headline, Palmer himself isnt there.

Once again, the man who committed crimes against a woman is erased from the headlines.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

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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13:42

FixedIt: She wasnt stabbed by a location, she was stabbed by a man "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Gold Coast Bulletin reported on a man who was charged with stabbing a woman in the neck in a domestic violence attack. The woman in now in hospital in a serious condition and the 77 year old man will be in court this morning.

Once again, the man charged with crimes against a woman is erased from the headlines.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

 

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victi...

13:36

On sickness as present tense "IndyWatch Feed National"

The problem with illness is that it robs you of pleasure. Young people are supposed to live in the moment, take risks, be spontaneous. But life in a hospital is a boring and cruel simulacra of life, with the minutiae of your body ticking like a machine being the best and only thing to focus on. In other words, you become self-obsessed, but not with gaining pleasure, more in avoiding pain.

13:31

NSW Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pharmaceutical/Pages/nsw-cmas.aspx

The NSW Cannabis Medicines Advisory Service provides expert clinical guidance and support to NSW doctors considering prescribing a cannabis medicine for their patient.Based at John Hunter Hospital at Hunter New England Local Health District, the Service offers expert clinical advice to NSW doctors on whether cannabinoids may be an appropriate treatment option for their patient, available clinical evidence, known contraindications and risks, available products, and monitoring requirements.


The Service is part of the NSW Government $21 million commitment to advance our understanding for the safe and appropriate use of cannabis medicines to treat serious and debilitating symptoms. It is available to NSW doctors and health care professionals. It is operational Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm snd can be contacted by email HNELHD-CMAS@hnehealth.nsw.gov.auHNELHD-CMAS@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au> or by telephone (02) 4923 6200.



The Service can assist with:

* understanding the latest evidence around cannabis medicines
* understanding the regulatory requirements for cannabis prescription
* considering tools to monitor a patient's progress whilst using cannabis medicines
* provision of protocols to facilitate cannabis medicine prescribing
* information about dosing and titration in individual patients

12:41

Black Rheno "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Black Rheno  
The Final Cut Tour

Supported by:
Lavidius, Dirty Brew, F.U.C & The Royal Attillery

This March catch Black Rheno taking on their most ambitious headline tour to date with a massive
national tour hitting all major capitols plus a few extra towns in between. As the tour name suggests, this
is the final Black Rheno tour off their debut EP release Lets Start A Cult before the band comes out swinging with their first ever long player later in the year.

With 2017 seeing the guys share stages with a host of heavyweight national and international acts such as
Napalm Death, King Parrot, Iron Regan, Psycroptic, Darkest Hour, Brujeria, Lock Up & Ringworm the
guys are not slowing down heading into 2018 with this huge run of shows and an album in the works.
Black Rheno have certainly made a name for themselves in the two years since the bands incarnation,
packing an undeniably huge wall of sludging grinding grooving sounds from the Sydney 3 piece.
Combined with one hell-raising live show as the band takes to the stage tearing everything to bits while
their frontman craws his way across the stage and in and out of the crowds, its completely confrontational
yet somehow insanely engagingly funny at the same time. Its this mix of a hell for leather and good times
approach that has given Black Rheno such a strong following in such a short period in the Australian metal scene.

 

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11:56

Luca Brasi have announced an intimate run of east coast Australian shows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hot from the stages of Falls and Splendour In The Grass, Australias champs of all things ultra-emotive punk Luca Brasi are heading back down the east coast for an intimate run of shows.

The Let It Slip tour band will take their sweaty singalongs and nostalgic Aus-punk riffs to small venues like Sydneys Lansdowne to give their dedicated fanbase a taste of what they could be treated to in the latter half of 2018.

Joining Tassies finest will be fellow statesmen, garage punk outfit A Swayze & The Ghosts and singer/songwriter Isla Ka to warm up crowds for a night of heart-on-your-sleeve jams.

Luca Brasi last released the single Got To Give, with a video that summed up their last year of international touring.

Check it out below:

LUCA BRASI THE LET IT SLIP TOUR

with special guests
A.SWAYZE AND THE GHOSTS & ISLA KA

Saturday 17th March Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney

Thursday 22nd March Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Friday 23rd March The Tote, Melbourne lucabrasi.com.au

Tickets via lucabrasi.com.au

11:45

Screamfeeder "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SCREAMFEEDER

With special guests:
DEAFCULT & Lexicon

 

Theyre the band you grew up with, whose songs are imprinted into the DNA of every music-lover who came of age in the 90s and 00s. A band of eternally-youthful fuzz-pop darlings who, however improbably, have continued to play together for over 25 years and somehow have not only gotten better, but have become even more loved. A band that combines loud with beautiful, intense with joyous, chaotic with precise and pulls it all together in a way that very few acts ever manage.

 

2017s surprise comeback album, Pop Guilt, was rapturously received by fans and hailed by critics as one of the bands best; it made ripples around the world, the new songs reconnecting people with the bands peerless back catalogue. Rolling Stone summed it up thusly: 25 years into their career, Screamfeeder are still killing it.. (they) pour a lifetime of indie-rock experience into this collection of blissed-out punk songs.  

 

Theyve toured Australia too many times to count, as well as the US, the UK, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain, taking audiences on the ride that is uniquely Screamfeeder. Live, theyre a non-stop whirlwind of high-energy heavy riffs, caterwauling feedback and pulse-racing bass, Tim and Kellie entwining their vocals around the music, all anchored with the explosive power of Deans drumming. This band can give anyone in the world a run for their money theyre raw, grungy, fiery, effortlessly skilful yet loose at the same time, an exuberant and joyful wave of music filling every room with pure radiant youth, and theyll be doing it all over again as they hit Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Hunter Valley in 2018.

 

Theres more news to come about Screamfeeder in 2018. Watch this space

 

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11:12

MACKAY Thiefs record includes dozens of burglaries, car thefts "IndyWatch Feed National"

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10:48

Historic environmental protests remembered "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Terania rainforest logging protests preceded the famous Franklin River protests in Tasmania. Photo supplied

Trevor Reece

With the 40th anniversary of the historic 1979 Terania rainforest logging protests soon to be celebrated, a project is being launched to commemorate the historic event.

The Terania and Mount Nardi protests resulted in the creation of Nightcap National Park, and hence the naming of the beautiful Protesters Falls within the park. 

The protests changed the environmental and forest protection Australian landscape and preceded the famous Tasmanian Franklin River protests.

The Brunswick Valley Historical Society, the Mullumbimby Museum and Southern Cross University have all put their support behind the Nightcap Monuments Project. 

Many community groups have also indicated support for the project and the legacy created by these historic environmental protection actions.

The Nightcap Monuments Project is aiming to raise funds for some permanent regional monuments to the historic environmental protests and their environmental legacy.

In the coming months, regional sculpture artists will be invited to engage with the project. The project also seeks to gather and consolidate much of the fragmented historical information, surviving images and data surrounding the historic protest period.

At the time of the protests, many people travelled from the Mullumbimby region to support the protests.

Today, a number of the protest campaign veterans have also settled in the Mullumbimby region.

During the Saturday market in March, the Museum and the Monuments Project will have a special gazebo tent with a photographic poster display of scenes from the protest days.

Meeting Feb 22

For those interested in assisting or possibly supporting the pro...

10:42

NSW Mothers and Babies Report 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This nineteenth annual report documents findings on the number of births across NSW and provides information on recent trends in the health of mothers and babies in NSW, maternity services provided by hospitals, clinical indicators and the health of Aboriginal mothers and babies.

10:42

Stench By Association The Nunes Memo Game in Washington "IndyWatch Feed National"

Devin Nunes (R-CA), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

by G5

The Memo Game of February, 2018, was to build up and focus the attention of those still locked onto the diversions of: The Russian Collusion Lie, Celebrity Anti-Tump Stupidities, and concoctions of Sexism and Racism, away from their realities.

The scenario has played out well. More are beginning to question The Democratic Party Foundations (pro-slavery, anti-black (formed The KKK), pro-war, pro Central Bank, pro Deep State, pro-corruption, murdered its own President) and the corruption that is the DOJ-FBI. The stench by association is also now transferred to the horrendously over-empowered FISA Court. Which must now also be addressed.

From the days o...

10:33

Food Box celebrates fifth birthday today "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Moyna Reay, Barry Lomath, Noelene Ceglinski and the new Executive General Manager of Food Bank NSW, former NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson. Photo supplied.

Turning five often heralds new horizons and the start of exciting times.

And that certainly seems to be the case for the Mullumbimby Food Box.

As the local food charity celebrates its fifth birthday, it is exploring a possible partnership with Qld food distributor Aratara Distributions.

The co-ordinator of Food Box, Gil Lomath, said she and others had recently visited one of Arataras outlets at Loganholme in Qld, with the company expressing the desire to lend a helping hand.

The outlet is very accessible from the motorway and now were looking at how to best freight the goods from there, Ms Lomath said.

We could then tap into some refrigerated items that would be available if suitable transport could be found.

The Food Box also recently hosted the new executive general manager of Food Bank NSW, former NSW Opposition leader John Robertson.

Johns visit was a hands-on look at how together we can maintain a regular supply of essential food items and how we can best support Food Banks breakfast in schools program.

Ms Lomath and the Food Box team hope Mr Robertson will return on February 15 to take part in their fifth birthday celebrations.

The festivities, to be held at the Mullumbimby Uniting Church from 9am till 11am, will include guest musicians including members of the Dustyesky mens choir, morning tea and a sausage sizzle.

Groceries, free bread and vegetables will be available as usual.

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10:32

Police discover 58 cannabis plants in Tyagarah Nature Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police removed 58 cannabis plants from a national park near Byron Bay yesterday.

Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command with assistance from the Dog Unit, attended bushland adjacent to Grays Lane, in the Tyagarah Nature Reserve about 1pm yesterday.

Police located and removed 58 cannabis plants and a camera from the area.

Police said the estimated potential street value of the plants was $250,000.

Investigations into the plants have commenced and inquiries continue.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers immediately.

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10:19

The UKs hidden hand in Julian Assanges detention "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jonathan Cook writes (Counterpunch 13 February 2018) that Julian Assanges refuge in the embassy of Ecuador, is based on a pretence that he was wanted by Sweden. But this has not been true since 2013 and the British government has deliberately suppressed the fact, and went for Assange anyway.

It now emerges that the last four years of Julian Assanges effective imprisonment in the Ecuadorean embassy in London have been entirely unnecessary. In fact, they depended on a legal charade.

Behind the scenes, Sweden wanted to drop the extradition case against Assange back in 2013. Why was this not made public? Because Britain persuaded Sweden to pretend that they still wished to pursue the case.

In other words, for more than four years Assange has been holed up in a tiny room, policed at great cost to British taxpayers, not because of any allegations in Sweden but because the British authorities wanted him to remain there. On what possible grounds could that be, one has to wonder? Might it have something to do with his work as the head of Wikileaks, publishing information from whistleblowers that has severely embarrassed the United States and the UK.

In fact, Assange should have walked free years ago if this was really about an investigation  a sham one at that into an alleged sexual assault in Sweden. Instead, as Assange has long warned, there is a very different agenda at work: efforts to extradite him onwards to the US, where he could be locked away for good. That was why UN experts argued two years ago that he was being arbitrarily detained for political crimes not unlike the situation of dissidents in other parts of the world that win the support of western liberals and leftists.

According to a new, limited release of emails between officials, the Swedish director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, wrote to Britains Crown Prosecution Service on 18 October 2013, warning that Swedish law would not allow the case for extradition to be continued. This was, remember, after Sweden had repeatedly failed to take up an offer from Assange to interview him in London, as had happened in 44 other extraditi...

10:15

Delegated authority now implied "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Former Greens mayor and MLC Jan Barham says prior to 2012, Council operated with a greater degree of transparency and a focus on legal matters.

Aslan Shand

Former Byron Shire general manager Ken Gainger has been critcised for not seeking specific approval from councillors before continuing to defend, at great cost, the Butler Street bypass case that was brought by residents.

Prior to his departure, The Echo asked Mr Gainger, Did the GM have the delegated authority to spend $450$500,000 defending the Butler Street bypass case brought by residents without referring it to Council at the time he made that decision? 

Mr Gainger replied that The delegated authority was provided by the council by resolution.

He went on to say that the decision to defend the legal action was based on a series of Council resolutions supporting a bypass constructed on the Butler Street alignment and that councillors had been kept up-to-date about the case and its growing legal costs.

However, it has now emerged that there was no specific delegated authority provided by councillors to pursue that case to that level of expenditure.

Council staff have confirmed that With respect to legal proceedings for the Butler Street bypass, the general manager acted under general authority delegated by Council. There was not a separate delegated authority specifically for the Butler Street case.

According to Councils delegated authority document, the GM is able to spend up to $50,000 on commencing a case without seeking further Council approval.

When asked if the delegated authority to defend the Butler Street bypass court case was implied, Mr James agreed.

He said the GM relied on a series of approvals and resolutions to commence proceedings.

They include Councils approval of the development application, resolutions to progress with the bypass and the setting aside of land for biobanking. Th...

10:11

Community Billboard 14th February 20th February "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

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10:07

Growing corruption scandal around Netanyahu and weird connection with James Packer "IndyWatch Feed National"

My story in todays Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age:

Israels Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is in trouble, and it partly stems from his close relationship with Australias most recognisable billionaire, James Packer.

The countrys second longest-serving Prime Minister is facing potential charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust after an extensive investigation by Israeli police. They accuse Netanyahu of accepting nearly $US300,000 ($A380,000) in gifts over 10 years.

Case 1000 which is also known as Cigars and Champagne, revolves around alleged bribery and paying for favours. Packer, along with Hollywood producer and former secret Israeli agent Arnon Milchan, are alleged to be those behind the payments.

Its now up to the countrys Attorney General, Avichai Mendelblit, to decide whether the police evidence is strong enough to indict the Prime Minister.

Netanyahu does not deny accepting huge gifts from both men, but refutes allegations that he granted them any favours.

Milchans personal assistant, Hadas Klein, told Israeli police in November that, there was an understanding that Arnon had to supply the Netanyahu couple with whatever they wanted. The cigars were requested by Netanyahu personally.

The Prime Minister alleges that pink champagne and expensive jewellery requested by Netanyahus wife, Sara, were tokens of good friendship with Milchan.

Israeli police claim that Netanyahu pushed for the Milchan law, cutting taxes for returning Israelis who have spent time overseas, helped Milchan get a 10-year US visa and assisted the producer in furthering his film work. Israeli police have also recommended charging Milchan.

Packers relationship with the Netanyahu family is also under scrutiny (though he is not facing charges). According to testimony released by Israels Channel 10 in late 2017 after Packer spoke to Australian Federal Police agents in Australia on behalf of Israeli investigators, the casino mogul said: I admire Prime Minister Netanyahu and am happy that I was given the opportunity to be his friend. I was happy to give him presents, many times at his request and his wife Saras request.

At the time of the interview, a spokesman for Mr Packers Crown Resorts said: There is no allegation of wrongdoing on Mr Packers behalf The Israeli and Australian police have confirmed that he was interviewed as a witness, not a suspect....

10:02

Railway supporters to rally at Tweed council meeting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NRRAG at the Murwillumbah station. Photo supplied.

Railway supporters will today demand that the Tweed Shire Council refrain from making any decisions regarding a rail trail that would result in the ripping up of railway tracks.

Members of Reinstall Murwillumbah Rail and the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRAG) will meet at 3pm to march from Murwillumbah railway station to the Tweed Shire Council public access at 4pm.

The Tweed Council has received $13 million in funding for a rail trail.

NRRG spokesperson Beth Shelley said the community wanted any rail trail to run beside the railway instead of ripping up the railway tracks and losing the option of trains in the future.

This rally will demonstrate that the community questions the need to close the railway in order to develop a cycling and walking tourist attraction. If the funding was used to build the path beside the track then we could see if it actually does draw tourism to the area without risking the loss of future rail options, Ms Shelley said.

Since the closure of the Casino to Murwillumbah line Trains On Our Tracks (TOOT) and NRRAG have collected over 18 thousand signatures demanding reinstatement of train services. The groups argue there is no social licence to create a recreational bike track which causes the destruction of local rail infrastructure.

Tweed Daily News (Council could derail trail project, 12th Feb) states that Tweed Shire Council asked in September last year for a report into community consultation about the divisive project and the issue was set down for debate at this Thursdays council meeting. Previous councillor Barry Longland was quoted as saying that the costs of returning trains to the line priced at almost $1 billion would be prohibitive.

Ms Shelley refuted that claim saying the  figure of $1 billion was to be found in a report by the Arup group who a month ago was subjected to a $2.2 billion lawsuit.

In an article from the Financial Review (Dec 27 A stretch too far: how Arup was brought to the brink by Airport Link) it states Arup was sued for misleading and deceptive conduct,...

10:00

Peak hour traffic jams at Uncle Toms caused by road works "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Traffic was highly congested this morning coming into and out of Mullumbimby as two sets of road work collided reminding locals of what it used to be like getting in and out of the Uncle Toms turn off before the Pacific Highway upgrade. Photo supplied.

Traffic is currently backed up both coming into and leaving Mullumbimby at the Uncle Toms turn off. Traffic is back up at least two kilometres heading out from Mullumbimby to the Uncle Toms while it is backed up about half a kilometre as you come towards the Uncle Toms turn off from Brunswick and is also slow as you approach froth Byron direction according to road users.

There are two sets of road works one between Uncle Toms and Mullumbimby  and the other between Uncle Toms and Brunswick Heads that is reducing the traffic to one lane, said one road user.

The biggest problem is that the two back ups have collided so anyone trying to exit in either direction, to Brunswick or Byron, from the Uncle Toms turn off have very little opportunity to turn.

There was a significant amount of traffic coming into Mullum and leaving Mullum for work and the combination of the two sets of road work created significant delays. I would have though it would be better to schedule these road works for a less busy time of day.

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09:58

CRIME CULTURE: Den of Thieves "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the first instalment of a new regular series from True Crime News Weekly looking at crime in the media and across pop culture. Well investigate how realistic it is, how accurate it is, and how good it is. The first to come under our gaze is the newly released American heist film, Den

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09:48

Crooners Uke Night Club Mullum Thu 22 Feb from 6:30pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Miss Amber and Stukulele are back at Club Mullum on Thursday 22 Feb from 6:30 with a tribute to the great crooners.

Expect tunes made famous by Old Blue Eyes, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Nat King Col, The Carpenters and heaps more.

Always a great nights entertainment and you can strum your uke and sing along or just enjoy the loving vibes.

Come on Monday nights to the Mullum Uke Club in the ex-services to learn and practice the tunes. Join the mailing list at www.ukemullum.com for the monthly songbook. Entry Adult $12.50 kids under 16 $2.50

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09:39

Opponents say NBN tower construction has unearthed Aboriginal artefacts "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An NBN tower at another location. Photo Marie Cameron

Bundjalung Elders Council chairman Mickey Ryan will today examine what has been claimed to be Aboriginal artefacts unearthed during the construction of a wifi tower at Stoney Chute, near Nimbin.

A fixed wireless Telstra 45 meter monopole tower Radio Base Station with Antennas and a dish is currently being constructed at 1 Stangers Road, Stoney Chute.

Indigenous Justice Advocacy Network spokesman Al Oshlack contacted the contractor yesterday requesting that all work stop until todays inspection takes place.

Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan. (supplied)

The Elders have received a report that Aboriginal artefacts have been disturbed on the proposed NBN tower site on Stangers Road via Nimbin NSW, Mr Oshlack said.

The report states that an area of approx 500 square meters has been cleared with the topsoil being stockpiled. Additionally, the report indicates that following the clearing, a number of subsurface artefacts have been exposed.

The Elders Council Chairperson and Secretary have informed me they are visiting the site for an inspection on Thursday 15th February in the afternoon following a funeral they are attending in Lismore.

In consideration of the above and the statutory requirements under the National Parks and Wildlife Act we request that no further work on the site be undertaken until such time the Elders have carried out their inspection.

Meanwhile, Nimbin area resident Rusty Harris said a group of people opposed to the construction of NBN towers in the area would be gathering at the proposed tower site at Lilyfield near Lillian Rocks on Saturday.

Mr Harris said they planned to release a series of attached balloons to illustrate just how big the proposed tower would be.

Opponents of the towers have spoken out against the visual impacts and possible health risks associated with wifi.

 

 

 ...

09:20

Video: Strathbogie takes practical measures to counter excessive power bills "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Strathbogie is A town in East Victoria, where the locals got sick of paying too much for their power bills decided to do something about it. By resorting to bulk buying of alternative energy sources, they have cut down the bills and reduced their carbon footprint.

 

Video form the Climate Council

&

Guess how this little town beat their big electricity bills?

Posted by The Climate Council on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

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09:17

Drones enable fast, accurate wildlife counts, study shows "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jarrod Hodgson is one of very few scientists who have used rubber ducks as part of their Ph.D. research. Hodgson and colleagues at the University of Adelaide compared the accuracy of counts of birds on an Australian beach from images taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to counts by ground observers. They brought in the ducks to serve as faux seabird colonies, each with a known number of individuals. The University of Adelaide research teams experimental site, filmed from the UAV. A colony of rubber ducks, posing as greater crested terns, is in the foreground at left. Ground counters, researchers, and other volunteers are scattered behind. Copyright: Jarrod Hodgson Their findings, published this week in the journal Methods of Ecology and Evolution, suggest that aerial imagery can offer scientists more accurate counts of at least some species than even experienced observers on the ground. Image vs. in-person observations UAV-derived imagery is increasingly being used to survey and monitor wildlife, including detecting and monitoring individual koalas and surveying orangutan and chimpanzee nests, but few researchers have tested the accuracy of UAV-based data collection relative to other, traditional methods. Counting birds and other colonial species from the ground is liable to miss some animals and double-count others. It also requires experts to invest time visiting a site, sometimes repeatedly, to collect the data, and their presence may scare or alter the behavior of the animals they are trying to study. Thus the drones and the ducks. The researchers simulated 10 breeding

09:11

Joyce survives but faces Labor grilling "IndyWatch Feed National"

Labor is seeking to ramp up pressure on Barnaby Joyce as the deputy prime minister appears to have warded off a push by a small number of Nationals to oust him.

The Nationals leaders relationship with his pregnant partner Vikki Campion raised concerns about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds, after she was shuffled around jobs in other senior MPs offices.

A rent-free townhouse provided to him by a businessman friend also became the subject of Labor questions in parliament on Wednesday.

And Labor has demanded to see the details of taxpayer-funded flights Mr Joyce and Ms Campion took in 2017 setting a deadline of 5pm Thursday for the release of documents.

Malcolm Turnbull and senior Nationals on Wednesday expressed confidence in Mr Joyce, despite a handful of Nationals MPs agitating for him to consider his future.

The prime minister reaffirmed his deputy would act for him while he visited the White House next week.While Nationals deputy Bridget Mackenzie was also giving Mr Joyce her whole-hearted backing.

Ill give you my solid, rolled-gold guarantee here that come tomorrow, come Friday, Barnaby Joyce will be leading the National party, Senator McKenzie told Sky News on Wednesday.

Nationals whip Michelle Landry said the party room sorted out their issues in a get-together on Tuesday night.

Obviously some of the guys were upset with what has happened but theyre prepared to give him another chance, she told ABC radio.

Mr Joyce has denied breaching the ministerial code of conduct, which says frontbenchers cannot employ close relatives or partners or get them work in other ministerial offices without the prime ministers express approval.

He argues Ms Campion was not his partner when she worked in his and Matt Canavans office.

Damian Drum was not a minister when she transferred to his office.

Labor also attacked Mr Joyce, who once said city-dwellers should move to Armidale because houses were cheaper there, for living rent-free for six months in an Armidale townhouse belonging to his friend, multi-millionaire businessman Greg Maguire.

Mr Joyce declared the townhouse rent on his members interests register even though he said he did not need to do so.

Labor senator Kimberley Kitching on Wednesday tabled a notice of motion calling for the details of Mr Joyce and Ms Campions special purpose travel and any international flights.

Senator Canavan was also grilled over whether he or his office recommended Ms Campion for departmental jobs.

Ms Campion is due to give birth in mid-April.Mr Joyce late last year separated from his wife Natalie after 24 years of marriage....

09:09

Labor moves to force councils to fluoridate water "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Shadow minister for health and the north coast Walt Secord. Photo AAP Image/Mark Graham

On Tuesday (February 13), Labor introduced legislation in the NSW Parliament to create tough new fluoride laws it claims would override the anti-fluoride movement and effectively force councils like Byron Shire to fluoridate their water.

The laws would give the NSW health minister additional powers to direct local councils and water authorities to add fluoride to their drinking water supply.

It would enable the health minister to direct a water supply authority to add fluorine to its public water supply, increasing tenfold the maximum penalties for failure to do so (from $5,500 to $50,000).

Like anti-vaxxers

NSW shadow health minister Walt Secord, who introduced the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies Amendment (Community Water Protection) Bill 2018 into the NSW Parliaments Legislative Council, has likened the resistance to water fluoridation to the anti-vaxxer movement

Of 53 non-fluoridated water supply systems in NSW with a population of at least 500 people, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby are among the top 10.

Mr Secord cites the World Health Organisation, the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Dental Association together with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as supporting fluoridation.

But he claims local councils and local water authorities are becoming reluctant to combat or confront the anti-fluoride activists.

Fluoride is one of the great public health achievements, he said, adding, it is mind boggling that any group would oppose its introduction.

We are seeing a repeat of the same tactics being used by the anti-vaxxer movement now occurring in the area of fluoride. They are irresponsible and irrational views.

Communities want fluoride

The proposed new laws are sensible and give the health minister the power to direct a recalcitrant local water authority to put fluoride into the communitys drinking water.

The communitys views are very clear on this issue. They want fluoride in their drinking water and a tiny group of conspiracy theories should not hold the whole community to ransom.

Fluoride protects our teeth and overall dental health leads to a healthier overall person.

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09:08

Battery boom backing Australias power "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians are in love with batteries and the bond of storage is only expected to grow stronger over coming years.

A new report from the Climate Council finds the market for household batteries tripled in 2017, with more than 20,000 new installations.

The year before, just 6750 households put in batteries.

As well, South Australia installed the high-profile Tesla mega battery and now Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory are following suit, while the federal, Queensland and Tasmanian governments are considering developing pumped hydro storage projects.

The council expects the storage boom to continue as prices drop.

The cost of lithium-ion batteries has fallen by 80 per cent over the past seven years and is predicted to at least halve again by 2025.

This makes batteries and other forms of storage increasingly competitive with peaking gas plants especially with gas prices soaring for underpinning renewable energy generation.

Australias renewables and battery storage boom will keep the nations power grid fully charged, especially during extreme weather events, such as summer heatwaves, climate councillor Andrew Stock said on Wednesday.

We live in one of the sunniest and windiest countries in the world, so pairing affordable renewables with energy storage like batteries, pumped hydro and heat storage just makes economic sense.

Polling in the report finds three-quarters of Australians expect household batteries to become commonplace during the next decade.

The post Battery boom backing Australias power appeared first on Echonetdaily.

09:02

Abbott marries rower beau in registry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frances Abbott, the body-building daughter of former prime minister Tony Abbott, has wed her Olympic rower boyfriend, Sam Loch after a three-month engagement.

The 26-year-old, who celebrated the marriage equality win by getting engaged, married Loch on Valentines Day.She announced the news in a post on Instagram, showing her kissing Loch in what appeared to be a registry.

Happy Valentines Day [Sam Loch] Always and forever, she captioned the image, with the hashtags, locheddown, youmaynowkissthebride, and f**kyes.

The happy groom also posted a photo of the couple, showing the bride in a simple, strapless white cocktail dress, and him in a white shirt and grey trousers with no tie.

The celebratory component isnt for a couple of months, but we made it official in the eyes of the law today, he said on Instagram.

Were the motherf**king Mighty Morphin Power Rangers of love.

Abbott is a fitness blogger and recently competed in a body-building competition, while Loch, 34, is a weightlifter who competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

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09:00

The 2018 Bluesfest line up has been rounded out with the last-minute additions "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The 2018 Bluesfest line up has been rounded out with the last-minute addition of celebrated Soul singer Leon Bridges and a handful of other gifted artists.

LEON BRIDGES
RYAN MCMULLAN
PLAYING FOR CHANGE PRESENTS THE CLARENCE BEKKER BAND
TAY OSKEE
MOLLY MILLINGTON

Since arriving on the scene with his Grammy nominated album Coming Home in 2015, Bridges has become one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed singers of his generation. With two sold out Australian tours under his belt, there is no doubt audiences here are hungry for more of his incredible talent.

Hes an up and coming rock star with the voice of an angel, who counts Ed Sheeran among his biggest fans, so its with great excitement that Bluesfest welcomes Ryan McMullan to the festival in 2018.

The huge voice of Clarence Bekker is heading back to Bluesfest in 2018! Bekker is a singer and songwriter of Soul and Reggae music; and a vocalist in Playing for Change. From 2009, he had toured the world with a message of peace through music in more than 300 concerts, including many celebrated performances at Bluesfest.

Tay Oskee won the Byron Bay Busking comp in 2017, so organisers are delighted to welcome him back with a spot on their line up in 2018. Tay is a multi-instrumentalist playing a variety of guitars, banjo, harmonica and percussion. With a musical style that is wide and varied Tay can take you on a journey from chilled beach tunes to punchy riff driven roots music with distinctive multicultural influences.

She wowed everyone who saw her Busking Comp sets and went on to take the Grommet Busking Prize home in 2017, there is no doubt Molly Millington is a force to be reckoned with! Molly fuses country and folk with a little quirky pop to create dark, yet playful tunes

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM on the festivals most recent announcement

Here goes. Today is a special day we are having another Bluesfest announcement.
This has become such a special year full of amazing artists, Grammy Winners past and present plenty of great female artists, like Ms. Lauryn Hill, Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, First Aid Kit AND Australias wunderkind Tash Sultana just to name a few.

We have got it covered from the Legends to the latest contemporary artists Lionel Richie and Robert Plant to the John Butler Trio and Ms. Lauryn Hill from Boomerang, our indigenous festival within a festival, to just about the best artist bill we have had so far. Its not hard to see why we have been nominated Best International Music Festival by the American Pollstar Awards SIX TIMES IN A ROW.

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08:52

[$] DIY biology "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A scientist with a rather unusual name, Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow, gave a talk at linux.conf.au 2018 about the current trends in "do it yourself" (DIY) biology or "biohacking". He is perhaps most famous for being prosecuted for implanting an Opal card RFID chip into his hand; the Opal card is used for public transportation fares in Sydney. He gave more details about his implant as well as describing some other biohacking projects in an engaging presentation.

08:50

Behind Bars: Australias Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities "IndyWatch Feed National"

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In this special three part series for New Matilda, Michael Brull profiles the shocking revelations uncovered in a report written by Human Rights Watch.

For years, there has been considerable evidence of the significant discrimination visited upon Aboriginal people with disabilities in the criminal justice system. Research into this important issue is developing, and is shocking. It should be a national scandal, akin to the Don Dale revelations.

In late 2011, media attention began to grow in relation to Marlon Noble. Marlon is an Aboriginal man, who was imprisoned in Western Australia for 10 years for crimes there is no evidence he committed. The reason he was imprisoned that long is because the legal system provided for indefinite detention of people with mental disabilities, who were judged unfit to stand trial.

In 2012, a report by the Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign (ADJC) explored the broader scale of the indefinite detention without trial of Aboriginal people. The ADJC found there were at least 30 Aboriginal people being detained without trial on this basis. This was based on their own research, as the government hasnt provided statistics on this issue.

After news broke of the torture of Dylan Voller at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, I spoke to Patrick McGee, the coordinator of the Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign. He explained that a young Arrente man, KA, had a severe mental disability and was imprisoned after allegedly killing his uncle.

A screencap from the July 25 Four Corners program, showing Dylan Voller restrained in a chair, wearing a spit hood.

KA repeatedly banged his head against cell bars and walls. The prison responded by putting him in a restraint chair, and using chemical restraints on him. The prison doesnt disclose to Patrick, the guardian of KA, when those restraints are used. He has to find out by carefully reading reports by the Department of Corrections submitted to the Northern Territorys Supreme Court.

The restraint chair was used on KA at lea...

08:47

Govt misleading the public over koala feed tree planting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A sign claiming koala feed tree planting was in process, with no feed trees in sight. Photo Sue Arnold

An animal activist has accused two National Party MPs of misleading the public over claims the RMS has revegetated more than a hundred hectares of land along the Pacific Highway Ballina upgrade route with tens of thousands of koala feed trees.

In recent weeks both roads minister Melinda Pavey and north coast MLC Ben Franklin have made public statements regarding the re-vegetation of koala habitat at Meerschaum Vale to compensate for the damage caused by the highway upgrade construction.

On February 3, Minister Pavey said in a press release that the government had re-vegetated 130 hectares of land with 95,000 koala feed trees.

Then on February 9, Mr Franklin said that about 110 hectares, equating to 80,000 koala food trees had so far been planted and there were plans to plant another 20 hectares as part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade.

Empty paddock

But co-ordinator of Australians For Animals, Sue Arnold, told Echonetdaily she took a field trip to the re-vegetation site earlier this week, which revealed an empty paddock with no koala feed trees planted in spite of a sign indicating that the planting was part of a 130 hectares of Koala Food Trees planted.

Ms Arnold said she was unable to find any other planting sites in the vicinity.

An area along the new Pacific Highway route south of Ballina supposedly set aside for koala feed trees showing none in the ground. Photo Sue Arnold

Tubestock

Not only has the public been mislead over the supposed re-vegetation, but the minister and Mr Franklin have failed to indicate that any planting is comprised of tube stock and that it takes seven years before any surviving tube stock is suitable as a feed tree, Ms Arnold said.

In the very hot summer were experiencing, tube stock needs to be regularly...

08:33

Sydney Fox & Dingo Rescue "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

https://www.chuffed.org/project/sydneyfoxanddingorescue MerJa Media http://merjamedia.com.au

08:33

XANEMR - MEVANIM "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

08:33

Frederike Geerdink - Rojava - the most feminist revolution in history "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

International guest speaker: Frederike Geerdink, Dutch journalist, was based in Turkey from 2006. In 2015, while reporting on the war between the Turkish army and the Kurdish resistance forces, Geerdink was detained by the Turkish police and then expelled. Kurdish women gained international prominence during the siege of the north Syrian town of Koban in 2014-15. Their heroic frontline role in the resistance to the brutal, women-hating Islamic State gangs produced both widespread admiration and curiosity which has continued to this day. But as necessary and attention grabbing as the military struggle is, it is not the most important thing. In the liberated zones of northern Syria, women are playing a leading role in building a new kind of society one which is marked by a radical grassroots democracy, ethnic and religious inclusivity, and by an unprecedented effort to empower women. Arguably this is the most feminist revolution in history. For all those interested in womens rights, jineology and progressive social change, this experience is worthy of both serious study and our practical solidarity and support. Organised by Sydney University Resistance Club, Rojava Solidarity (Sydney), Democratic Kurdish Community Centre of NSW, Sydney University Wom*ens Committee, Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association

08:33

Andrew Blanch Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Promotional video for classical guitarist Andrew Blanch. Featured on Sydney Opera House Website.

08:11

NSW government presses on with WestConnex despite public opposition "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from New South Wales

As Sydneys population rises and the roads become more congested, the new South Wales government continues to build the WestConnex project. It is now pushing Stage 3.

Meanwhile, the public transport system goes from bad to worse. The fiasco in the underfunded, overcrowded and unreliable rail network is testimony to this. While most other cities around the world have discovered that the only effective way to meet the growing demand for transport and have a clean city, is to rely on the building of public transport and reducing road traffic, the New South Wales government marches in the opposite direction.

For instance, Shanghai, a city of some 23 million inhabitants, now enjoys an extensive rail, trolleybus tram, bus and taxi system. Free rail travel is now going to be introduced. The plan is to markedly reduce the use of fossil fuel driven vehicles to clean up the air. Bus , taxi fleets and vehicles in general, are been transferred to electric power. Other cities around the world are also making positive changes and this includes Amsterdam. London and New York,which are also extending to make public transport faster and more reliable, and  shifting to electric power.

Although the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has raised serious concerns about the level of pollution that will be emitted close to schools and populated areas, Gladys Berejiklian and her government, remain bent on pushing through stage 3.

The NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has ignored 13,000 objections to the WestConnex Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Anthony Roberts, the Minister for Planning, has gone along with this.

At least $17 billion has been tied up with building WestConnex. Much of this money, which could be put to much better use, is coming from taxpayers. A part of it will be raised through the imposition of tolls.

So far, the project has failed to reduce congestion and its continuation is unlikely to make any improvement. Commuters seeking to avoid tolls are crowding alternative routes.

Stage 3 is the most destructive part of the project. Its purpose is build a new link between the first stages (M$ and M5). Construction will cause major damage through the North Shore and South Coast.

But the government faces a formidable list of community groups that are fighting back. The WestConnex Action Group...

08:00

February 15 On This Day In Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1795 - HMS Reliance and HMS Supply set sail from Portmouth for Sydney. On board were Capt John Hunter to take up his appointment as Governor of NSW, Master's Mate Matthew Flinders, Surgeon George Bass, with his boat, Tom Thumb, and  Bennelong.

1796 - John "Black" Caesar, the first bushranger and escaped convict, was shot by a settler at Liberty Plains (Strathfield).

1802 - Twenty crew of the brig Lady Nelson, the first ship to enter Port Phillip Bay, met five Boon wurrung men on the beach near Arthurs Seat. They exchanged greetings and danced, but that afternoon violence erupted and contacts ceased.

1804 - David Collins and his party for a 3 course sit down bang up meal, arrived at the Derwent River in Tassie after a sailing jaunt from Port Phillip.

1823 - Keeping more than his hair under his hat, surveyor James McBrien found that glittery gold stuff at Fish Creek but shhhhh....it wasn't made public.

1836 - Robert Duffy was Hanged at Sydney for the stabbing murder of his wife Mary Duffy in Phillip St.

1837 - Andrew Gillies wasHanged at Sydney for the murder of James Kelly near Yass.

1840 - Strzelecki went for a wander after a heavy lunch and climbed a hill he then dubbed Mount Kosciusko.

1841 - Edward John Eyre, with John Baxter and three Aborigines, did a bunk from Fowlers Bay, SA, in an attempt to cross the Nullarbor Plain to King George Sound, WA.

1855 - The Iron Age ( a ship in this case, not how old your author feels) was tripping the light vesper fantastics from Liverpool to Portland with a general cargo when she was blown ashore near Cape Banks, SA. Running before the wind she ploughed across a reef and remained intact long enough to enable the crew to reach safety. Divers who visit the wrecksite have recovered bricks from her cargo and a few fittings.

1860 - Keen to keep the yoof off their skateboards, a volunteer militia corps was cobbled together in Qld.

1872 - Charcoal was Hanged for the murder of Samuel Wells Lazenby at Port Walcott.

1872 - Tommy was Hanged for the murder of Samuel Wells Lazenby at Port Walcott.

1873 - The colonies agreed to a Border Customs Treaty.

1876 - The railway line from Ararat to Scallan's Hill (1.6kms east of Stawell) opened.

1884 - The railway line from Branxholme to Henty, a hearty 37.5kms, was opened.

1907 - Queensland allowed Italian migrants to replace (kidnapped) Kanaka labour (called slaves in any other language) on sugar plantations.

1930 - One poor bugger had a shit of a day when he was taken by a shark whilst he was diving off the Middle Brighton Pier and treading water.

1933 - A Torres Strait Islander was lucky to rea...

07:59

Gas industry finally admits that its lobbying spin contains untruths? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Tucked into the wall-to-wall spin of this media release is a tacit admission that safe aquifer recharge with treated water is little more than a convenient deception offered up to governments and citizens in the gas industry's drive to create more gasfields and extract more water from the natural environment in the mining process.
Research into the effects of the Coal Seam Gas industry on groundwater is continuously improving our understanding about underground water movements and implications for coal seam development.
Scientists from Queensland's independent Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) and the University of Queensland Centre for Coal Seam Gas have been wading through an enormous amount of data being contributed by landholders, government, industry and other research projects to build up a better understanding of groundwater movements.
Early studies suggest that the recharge of underground aquifers may not be as effective as once thought and recharge flow paths may not be what we first thought.
Research indicates that much of the rain recharging the Hutton and Precipice Sandstone aquifers in the North-East Surat Basin is discharging into the local low topography of the Dawson River.
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07:54

Well its definitely on the record now, Barnaby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


A wander through mainstream media reports - on a subject Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals MP for New England Barnaby Joyce had been determined to hide from the national electorate.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 2018:

A senior adviser to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was warned that Barnaby Joyce had allegedly misbehaved at an awards night, according to a series of text messages seen by Fairfax Media.
The text message warnings came from John Clements, a former chief adviser to Tony Windsor, the former independent MP and Mr Joyce's political enemy.
They were sent on December 30, 2015, to Sally Cray, who serves as Mr Turnbull's principal private secretary.
Fairfax Media has been told the "Qld senator" referred to in the text exchange was Mr Joyce. Fairfax Media also understands the texts related to alleged misconduct at a 2011 Rural Women's Award dinner.
"I might add he was reminded of his behaviour the following year in a speech," Mr Clements said in one message. He also described Mr Joyce as having been in "full flight"...

07:32

Malaysia Central Bank to Let Public Decide Cryptos Fate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malaysia Central Bank to Let Public Decide Cryptos Fate

Malaysias central bank, Bank Negara, is set to release a concept paper, calling for the public to decide the fate of cryptocurrencies in the country, according to a recent report. Bank Negara governor Muhammad Ibrahim is said to have assured the bank will neither ban nor recognize cryptocurrency, and that the paper will be finalized in February.

Also read: Internet Pioneer Who Influenced Assange & Snowden Dead at 70

Malaysia Lets Public Decide

At the 40th anniversary dinner of Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia, Bank Negara governor Muhammad Ibrahim said, Basically, we will let the cryptocurrency promoters including bitcoin, ethereum and ripple to be more transparent, the methods to be more transparent and people behind the scene are to be more transparent too. By doing so, the public can decide on its own if they want to invest in cryptocurrencies.

Malaysia in recent years has been an economic tiger, its economy growing faster than more powerful regional cousins South Korea, and even outpacing France and Australia. Its government is unusually paternalistic with regard to the economy, however, though less so as it has developed. Politically it occupies an odd space in Southeast Asia as a federal constitutional elective monarchy. Something akin to the Westminster system, the king is chosen in rotation by hereditary families, and he acts as ceremonial head of state, appointing upper parliament house members and mi...

05:25

Strong windstorm hits Victoria and Tasmania, leaving 71 000 homes without power "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong cold front hit the Australian states of Victoria and Tasmania on February 14, 2018, producing damaging wind gusts and lifting up some dust. At least one person was injured in Victoria and more than 50 000 homes were left without power. In Tasmania, the...... Read more

03:06

Malka Leifer Israeli court orders psychiatric evaluation for Australian teacher "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Israeli police arrest ex-principal, alleged child abuser Malka Leifer

 

The woman concerned is Malka Leifer, whose name cant be published in Israel due to a court suppression order.

The Times of Israel

Israeli court orders psychiatric evaluation for Australian teacher

Move comes after police express concern the woman, wanted for 74 charges of sex abuse against girls, was faking mental illness to avoid extradition

Feb 15 2018

02:55

Australia/ Israel & Jewish Affairs Council AIJAC statement on the arrest of Malka Leifer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia/ Israel & Jewish Affairs Council

AIJAC statement on the arrest of Malka Leifer

 FEB 14 2018
Malka Leifer

Media Release

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council is very pleased to see the arrest of former Melbourne school principal and accused sexual abuser Malka Leifer by Israeli police yesterday, and the subsequent court hearing alleging she had faked mental illness to avoid extradition back to Australia.

This is a matter which AIJAC has pursued with Israeli authorities for some time, with National Chairman Mark Leibler twice meeting with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to discuss this case. AIJAC has called on Israeli authorities to do their utmost, consistent with the rule of law, to fully investigate Ms Leifers claim of being too ill to stand trial and appreciates that they have done so. Mark Leibler will again be seeking to discuss what can be done expedite Ms. Leifers extradition with Israeli authorities during his visit to Israel next week.

AIJAC is hopeful that these latest developments will lead to Ms. Leifers speedy extradition back to Australia to face a long-overdue trial at last bringing some measure of closure and justice to her alleged victims.

Mark Leibler, AC
National Chairman

Colin Rubenstein, AM
Executive Director

 

02:52

Malka Leifer Former Melbourne Jewish school principal wanted on child sex abuse charges kept in custody in Israel, will face new psychiatric test "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Former principal wanted on child sex abuse charges kept in custody in Israel, will face new psychiatric test

15 February 2018

RELATED STORY: Alleged Melbourne sex offender who faked mental illness re-arrested in Israel

Malka Leifer, a Melbourne school principal wanted on 74 charges of child sexual abuse, has been sent for a new psychiatric examination after Israeli police accused her of faking mental illness in order to avoid extradition.

Key points:

  • Malka Leifers will undergo tests to determine her mental state as prosecutors argue her illness was faked
  • The judge acknowledged Ms Leifer had never attempted to run away or depart the country
  • The court will decide whether Ms Leifer was too ill to be extradited to Australia

After three years of avoiding extradition hearings, Ms Leifer appeared in the Jerusalem district court on Wednesday morning, her second court appearance in just two days.

Australia has been trying to extradite the woman since 2013, but the 54-year-old has refused to front court, with her lawyers claiming she has panic attacks, anxiety and is too unwell to face extradition hearings.

Israeli police re-arrested her on Monday, accusing her of faking a mental illness to avoid extradition.

Prosecutor Matan...

01:20

Former CIA whistleblower now living in New Zealand with plenty to say about the Clintons, crime and corruption "IndyWatch Feed National"

Major failure by New Zealands media. As reported in multiple previous press releases, Harmon Wilfred, a CIA whistleblower in possession of testimony against Bill and Hillary Clinton that should have had significant influence on NZ foreign policy, has been living in New Zealand since 2001. He has been stateless, without...

01:11

India in the Race for Military Bases "IndyWatch Feed National"

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In late January 2018, the media reported that India is finalizing a document with France (apparently it would become official in early March during a visit by French President E. Macron to Delhi) on military logistics similar to the USA of August 2016, according to which the Indian fleet can use military installations in both Diego Garcia and Guam, as well as other bases in different regions of the world. It was signed after 10 years of difficult negotiations. And it seems to be contagious the agreements with Paris will also open doors of French bases to the Navy ships of the Republic, especially in the Indian Ocean.

But admittedly, this decision of the French side is not so genuine. A few months after the signing of the agreement between Washington and Delhi in April 2017, India received a similar proposal from Australia, which even presented a draft of a future document and has an accumulated long-term experience of implementing such agreement with the United States. Today, this step was prompted by the growing concern over the marked intensification of the Chinese fleet in the Pacific and Indian oceans, especially at their junction, and in waters near the fifth continent.

Thus, the Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) Peter Jennings drew the attention of experts to the appearance of not individual Chinese diesel submarines, but several flotillas with different types of military vessels. This fact was confirmed by air photographs taken on January 2, 2017. And the senior analyst of the same institute, E. Berger, noted that the Chinese, having opened a first full-scale overseas base in Djibouti in August 2017, intends to create the same near the modernized port of Gwadar soon, which can also be easily transformed into a military base that is logical in connection with the objectives of the One Belt, One Road Initiative.

Controversy is evoked concerning active collection of intelligence on the possibilities of participants in various sea maneuvers (e.g. RIMPAC), which is carried out not only by Chinese warships but also by the research vessels. The latter are increasingly dispatched by Beijing to study the bottom of Antarctica as well. And this could mean the close coordination of the Chinese military with the State Oceanic Administration, as well as their greater involvement in the Antarctic, a seemingly peaceful program.

Apparently, a lengthy discussion, not de...

00:09

The UK Signals That World War III Is Here "IndyWatch Feed National"

North Korea does not sneeze without permission from China. Every North Korean provocation is the direct result Beijings master plan to unseat America as the dominant trading power in Asia. If the United States goes to war with North Korea, it will also go to war with China.


Good morning, welcome to World War III. It is one thing for two nations to enter into a dispute, however, when the allies get involved, conflict is certainly only a stones throw away.

The UKs Line In the Sand

In a clear case of supoosting Americas position in maintaining freedom of the seas in international waters, the UK has decided to take very decisive action toward China within their own backyard.

From Press TV:

British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson told The Australiannewspaper on Tuesday HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 frigate, will travel through the key trading lane after concluding a visit to Australia.

If Britain went ahead with its plan, it would become what is believed to be only the second country after the United States to assert what it calls freedom of navigation rights in waters, which China controls.

Beijing has, on different occasions, asserted its sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea, which serves as a crossing for more $ 5 trillion worth of maritime trade annually. The sea is also claimed in part by the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan.

The US has accused China of implementing what it calls a land reclamation program in the South China Sea by building artificial islands in the disputed areas.

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23:45

Police call for PM Netanyahu to be indicted "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israeli police announced Tuesday night that they have collected sufficient evidence to try Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in both the Case 1000 and Case 2000 investigations, involving allegations of the receipt of gifts from wealthy businessmen and charges of collusion with a newspaper publisher.

The police department has recommended that Netanyahu be charged with receiving bribes and breach of trust in connection with the Case 1000 investigation into alleged gifts received from a Hollywood filmmaker. Investigators also say they have sufficient evidence to charge the Prime Minister with receiving bribes in the Case 2000 investigation, and to try the publisher of the Yediot Aharonot newspaper for offering bribes.

Following the police recommendation, the two cases now go to the Attorney General, who will determine whether either case has sufficient grounds to merit an indictment. The decision is expected to take at least several weeks.

Upon conclusion of the investigation, Case 1000, [Israel] Police have concluded that there is sufficient evidence against the PM on suspicions for the offense of accepting bribes, fraud, and breach of trust regarding his connection with businessman Arnon Milchan, and fraud and breach of trust In connection with the Australian businessman James Packer, police said in a statement Tuesday.

Police revealed Tuesday that the total value of the gifts given to the Netanyahus was approximately one million shekels ($283,000). Authorities also revealed that former Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) was a key witness in the investigation.

According to testimony Milchan gave to Israeli authorities in December 2016, he gave the Netanyahus boxes of cigars, bottles champagne, and jewelry at their request.

The Prime Ministers attorney, Jacob Weinroth, denied there was any criminal wrongdoing in receiving the gifts.

Any intelligent person knows that if a friend or someone close to you gives a friend cigars as a gift, there is not and cannot be anything prohibited about that no shred of a criminal act, said Weinroth.

But on Tuesday, Israeli police reported that they had collected evidence proving criminal wrongdoing by both Netanyahu and Milchan in the case.

In a separate parallel investigation, dubbed Case 2000, police probed allegations that Netanyahu conspired with the publisher of the Yediot Aharonotnewspaper against Israel Hayom  a competing Hebrew daily distributed for free in Israel.

The case centers around claims that Netanyahu agreed to pass legislation, dubbed the Israel Hayom Law, banning the free distribution of newspapers, in exchan...

22:00

Australian Labor MP: "I'd Choose Autism" "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Anne Dachel A story from Australia makes it clear that vaccines will maintain the sacred place in medicine with our children as the sacrificial lambs. Feb 12, 2018, Australia SBS News: I'd choose autism: Labor MP backs vaccines Labor...

20:37

Five arrested in operation targeting ice in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police have arrested five people yesterday as part of Strike Force Junor, targeting Ice distribution in Lismore.

In September of 2017 police from Richmond Local Area Command established Strike Force Junor to investigate the supply of Ice within the Lismore precinct.

During the past five months, police have identified several people allegedly involved in the supply of drugs.

Police attached to Strike Force Junor arrested five people as part of their operation earlier this morning in South Lismore.

On Monday, February 5, a 31-year-old man was arrested and charged with two counts of supply of prohibited drug and possess unregistered replica pistol.

He appeared at Lismore Local Court on Tuesday, February 6 and was refused bail to appear at the same court on Tuesday, April 3.

On Wednesday, February 14, officers arrested four people, three men and a woman, as part of their operation in relation to the supply of ice and various other offences.

Police will allege during a search of a property at South Lismore in November 2017, police located and seized methamphetamine, instructions for manufacturing various prohibited drugs, a paintball firearm with ammunition holder, a stun gun, seven cannabis plants, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a turtle.

A 37-year-old man was charged with supplying a prohibited drug, possessing or using a prohibited weapon, possessing an unauthorised firearm, dealing with the proceeds of crime, possessing instructions for manufacture, cultivate prohibited plant, goods in custody, and hinder/resist police.

The man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Thursday (February 15).

A 26-year-old woman was charged with supplying a prohibited drug and intending to pervert the cause of justice.

She appeared at Lismore Local Court on Wednesday and was refused bail to appear at the same court on Tuesday, March 20.

A 34-year-old man was charged with supplying a prohibited drug and participating in criminal group.

A 26-year-old man was charged with three counts of supplying a prohibited drug.

Both these men were granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday 5 March 2018.

Strike Force Junor and Strike Force Fourter continue with their inquiries and operations. Further arrests are anticipated.

Richmond Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Acting Inspector Russell Ewing, said that the operation removed a significant amount of drugs from the area.

We will not be changing our focus from targeting drug dealers, he said.

With the assistance of the community police will continue to target a...

20:27

Australian Bank CBA Bars Cryptocurrency Buying on Credit Cards "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Australian Bank CBA Bars Cryptocurrency Buying on Credit Cards appeared first on CCN

Australias largest bank has banned its customers from buying cryptocurrencies like bitcoin using its credit cards, starting today. Citing a lack of regulation and high volatility of cryptocurrencies, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has discontinued credit card purchases of cryptocurrencies. The curb will also extend to Perth-based Bankwest, a bank fully acquired by the

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20:18

Global shares mostly higher ahead of US inflation data "IndyWatch Feed National"

TOKYO (AP) Global shares were mostly higher Wednesday as investors awaited the release of U.S. inflation data. Trading was winding down in China ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays.

KEEPING SCORE: Frances CAC 40 added 0.6 percent to 5,140.46, while Germanys DAX rose 0.8 percent to 12,293.65. Britains FTSE 100 was up 0.7 percent at 7,216.32. U.S. shares were set for gains with Dow futures up 0.6 percent at 24,775 and S&P 500 futures 0.5 percent higher at 2,674.70.

U.S. INFLATION: Market players are awaiting the U.S. Labor Departments monthly report on consumer prices, due later in the day. The report takes on added importance since recent swings in financial markets were touched off by worries that inflation might rise too quickly, prompting the Federal Reserve to accelerate monetary tightening.

THE QUOTE: It certainly feels like the proverbial calm before the storm and rightly so as there are plenty of reasons to be cautious, but whether it warrants the present sense of foreboding in the markets or not, equity investors seem undeterred by the possibility of higher yields, Stephen Innes of OANDA said in a commentary.

JAPAN GDP: Japans economy grew at a slower than expected 0.5 percent annual pace in the October-December quarter, the eighth straight quarter of expansion. Growth for the entire calendar year was 1.6 percent, up from 0.9 percent in 2016. The preliminary data released Wednesday buttressed economists expectations that growth will slow in the coming year.

ASIAS DAY: Japans benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.4 percent to finish at 21,154.17, while Australias S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.3 percent to 5,841.20. South Koreas Kospi gained 1.1 percent at 2,421.83. Hong Kongs Hang Seng rose 2.3 percent to 30,515.60, while the Shanghai Composite index added 0.5 percent to 3,199.16. Markets in Southeast Asia were mixed.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 20 cents to $58.99 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell 10 cents to $59.19 a barrel in New York Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 31 cents to $62.40 a barrel in London.

CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 107.31 yen from 107.55 yen. The euro climbed to $1.2364 from $1.2351.

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20:01

Australia - Bega Valley targeted in NSW Labor's Fluoridation Bill "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anti-fluoride groups have been placed in the crosshairs of potential State Parliament legislation that aims to give additional powers to the NSW Health Minister.
Shadow health spokesman Walt Secord introduced legislation on Tuesday, February 13, which, if passed, would give the minister additional powers to direct local councils and water authorities to add fluoride to their drinking water supply.
Mr Secord said the legislation would create tough new fluoride laws to over-ride the anti-fluoride movement, which is surfacing in NSW.
He cites Bega Valley as one of the areas where a vocal minority are using tactics similar to the anti-vaxxer movement.
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19:51

Chinese paper says UK trying to grab attention with South China Sea mission Hints That UK Is No Longer Relevant Faded former world power "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

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The fight by big miners to keep burning coal is even impacting on our oceans, writes Erin Foster.

This week, dangerous seismic testing is occurring just off Victorias coastline along the pristine 90 Mile Beach at Golden Beach. The seismic survey, funded by the state and federal governments, is being conducted to determine if the area is suitable for carbon capture and storage (CCS), threatening marine biodiversity in the region and impacting local businesses.

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Religious freedom review should not wind back the clock on equality for LGBTI Australians "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian laws need a shake up to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people from discrimination by religious groups and better balance competing rights, the Human Rights Law Centre said today in its submission to the inquiry into religious freedom. 

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said, "Last year Australians voted for equality and fairness, not new forms of discrimination. There is no price to be paid for equality, we reject outright that religious freedom is now under threat simply because two people who love each other can marry."

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"People are largely free to observe and practice their faith in Australia. We actually need to narrow broad exemptions for religious bodies in discrimination law that prevent vulnerable people, including LGBTI people, from accessing critical services. This inquiry is an opportunity to get the balance right," said Ms Brown.

The submission outlines how existing permanent religious exemptions go too far and highlight cases where LGBTI people have experienced problems at religious schools or other faith based settings.

"Religious exemptions already act as a barrier to vulnerable and marginalised Australians accessing the support services they need. We have spoken to lesbian, gay and transgender people who have been discriminated against when seeking help, and they are afraid to speak out or seek assistance from other religious charities. We need strong discrimination laws but blanket exemptions that bow to the interests of certain groups over other Australians must be avoided," said Ms Brown.

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Lismore council to push ahead with North Lismore Plateau plans "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A view of the North Lismore Plateau. (Darren Coyne)

Two draft Voluntary Planning Agreements between the Lismore City Council and the Winten Group, one of the two developer groups hoping to build houses on the North Lismore Plateau, is set to be placed on public exhibition.

But numerous councillors last night expressed their disappointment that the second development group, known at the The Plateau North Group, had not yet signed up to VPAs or lodged a development application.

TPNG representative Andrew Purtle told the council meeting that the group was till waiting for reports to be finalised and was not in favour of the council compulsorily acquiring land for easements through the property to service land owned by the Winten Group.

TPNG solicitors had informed council staff that while the group was willing to continue negotiations over VPAs, it was not in a position to lodge a development application until mid April. The groups planning timeline had been disrupted by the need to amend its plan following the receipt of an updated ecologists report.

Winten Group representative Jim Punch told the meeting that his group was ready to go.

Mr Punch said it had come as a shock when they lodged their DA to learn that the TPNG was requesting more time.

We have already spent $2 million and we have $10 million to spend on stage one and we are ready to push ahead but we cant if dont have a water supply, he said.

Cr Gianpiero Battista said the community had spent $24 million building water and sewerage infrastructure to service developments on the plateau and expected a return.

We have built infrastructure for them to make blocks and make money. Our community has spent $24 million to get these gentlemen, or groups, to come together and sort this out, he said.

Cr Greg Bennett moved an unsuccessful motion calling on councillors to meet with TPNG, but staff indicated that any face-to-face meetings with the developers would breach the councils own policy on such matters.

Mayor Isaac Smith said there was an expectation that the development move forward.

The council decided to exhibit the Winten Groups VPAs and continue negotiations with TPNG.

 

 

 

 

 

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Byron Council seeks court precedent on holiday letting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Byron Shire Council is about to commence a major prosecution against an allegedly unauthorised short-term holiday-letting operation in the Land and Environment Court.

And in a media release issued today, Tweed Shire Council is considering similar action.

The councils legal services co-ordinator, Ralph James, told The Echo that officers had spent months gathering evidence against four separate properties where it is believed unauthorised letting had been taking place.

Mr James says the council was now almost ready to go and was only waiting on external legal advice about the strength of the evidence, so it could decide which of the four properties to prosecute.

We are very close to launching the prosecution, Mr James told The Echo. Im expecting advice any day that its ready to go.

Mr James said that the council had chosen to take one property owner to court rather than handing out fines to multiple property owners because it wanted the court to set a precedent.

The value of a precedent case is thats the courts judgment, then it applies to other properties with the same zoning, he said.

It is also valuable for the message that it sends to the community. It says that if you undertake unauthorised short-term letting this is what you can look forward to.

Mr James said that if the council won the case, the property owner in question could be fined up to $1 million, as this was the maximum penalty that the Land and Environment Court could impose for development without consent.

However, if it lost there would be no penalty and the case would set a precedent that supported the type of short-term letting involved.

To ensure the councils case could be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, officers had gone to great lengths to compile the briefs of evidence against the four properties.

Evidence gathering included trawling through short-term letting websites such as Airbnb and Stayz and watching suspect properties to see if there were cars with interstate number plates coming in and out.

Officers had also investigated unauthorised building work, and followed up complaints from neighbours. However, many neighbours had been unwilling to give formal written statements.

Youve got to be prepared to give evidence in court and thats where we often fall over, Mr James said.

I can understand why neighbours are reluctant they still have to live there. But if they dont go on the record then were trying to run the investigation with one arm tied behind our backs.

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The Sniffer Dogs Were Stood Down Sydney Hilton Bombing 1978 "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan

Yesterday, 40 years ago on 13 February 1978, there was a bombing.

Exploding Rubbish

The bomb exploded  at 12.40am just outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia, at the time of the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting (CHOGRM). Australia was host to twelve foreign leaders staying in the hotel.

At the time, Malcolm Fraser was the prime minister, and John Howard was the Treasurer. Fraser, who was staying at the hotel, immediately called out the Australian Army for the remainder of the CHOGRM meeting to act as protector.

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The Mainstream Media Then And Now

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Betrium, the worldwide bookmaker & betting exchange, has successfully raised 982 ETH so far in its pre-ICO, ending on February 14, 2018. Only a day left to get a chance to win the jackpot by participating in its on-going Betrium ICO and invest in the platforms further development. The pre-ICO will end on 14th February 2018 at 19:00 EST. It is the last call for interested participants to hurry up to be part of exciting opportunity.

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Betrium has already launched the desktop demo (MVP) of the sports betting platform, which is available on http://sport.patyplay.ga.

Betriums Upcoming Marketing & Promotion Activities

Betrium successfully sponsored a racing car on the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Middle East race in Abu Dhabi on 2nd of February 2018.  The platform has also made plans for full participation in different popular roadshows in March 2018 as a part of its marketing and promotion campaign. As per the companys recent announcement, the Betrium team is going to visit the following conferences as an exhibitor:

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In addition, Betrium will be an exhibitor and sponsor of APAC Blockchain Conference to be held in Melbourne, Australia from March 13 to 15 2018.

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Welfare overhaul will increase poverty and unemployment "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has warned that increasing the punishment of the unemployed, will result in worsening poverty and joblessness.

The governments welfare bill, which has already been presented in parliament, does just this. Its planned overhaul of the welfare system neglects a real strategy, to combat unemployment and is most likely effect will be to create a bigger reserve of desperate people, who can be pressured into underpaid and dangerous work, and with few rights on the job.

Newstart and the Youth Allowance  are already so low that they act as a barrier to employment, when  the expense involved in looking for a job cant be met.

Welfare advocacy groups have been mounting a final effort to convince Senate crossbenchers not to pass the harshest elements of the Coalitions social security legislation.

The bill introduces tougher punishments for jobseekers accused of a beech.  It also makes it take longer to start getting benefits, by delaying the commencement date for Newstart and Youth Allowance payments. The government claims that this will stop applicants from not keeping appointments and increase their preparedness to look for work.

Currently, those welfare payments begin when the recipient first meets with an employment services provider. Payments will no longer be backdated. but are back paid to the date a claim for welfare is first made.

Delaying this further, will make a bad situation even worse for those who do not have the means to feed themselves and maintain shelter. It will mean more people becoming homeless, a problem that has been growing around Australia.

The joint parliamentary committee on human rights last year raised concerns that the change may breach human rights, namely the right to social security and the right to an adequate standard of living.

ACOSS has called for a $75 per week increase to Newstart.

This has been rejected by the government.

 

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09:42

Demolition of Lismore Lake Pool put on hold "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Lismore Lake swimming pool as it was (file pic)

A community committee has been given until August to come up with a proposal to see the pool restored and maintained as a free community recreational facility.

The Lismore City Council last night voted to defer any decision to retain or demolish the pool until its ordinary meeting on 14 August.

At that meeting the Lismore Lake Incorporated Committee has been invited to present its plan to keep the pool operating.

The turnaround followed a notice of motion from Cr Greg Bennett, and submissions from LLIC member Big Rob, to retain the pool.

The Lake Pool at South Lismore was historically a free pool for the public that was constructed in the 1970s. The pool was closed in 2011.

And while staff had recommended that no further action be taken to reopen the pool, and indeed the council had set aside $450,000 to demolish this year, the community committee was last night given one last chance.

The Lismore Lake Pool is a sorry sight these days.

But not before mayor Isaac Smith expressed his doubts.

I voted to demolish the pool and remediate the Lake area. I am going to support this (motion to give the committee a chance) with some trepidation. This council did work with the previous save the pool groups and I hope this new group can consolidate our community, he said.

I havent seen a groundswell of support yet.

A consultancy firm indicated last year it would cost $2,751,000 to restore the pool and $123,308 each year to maintain it. Those figures were questioned last night by councillors and the community committee.

 

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09:23

Independent inquiry to be conducted over rough arrest "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Paul Bibby

The police watchdog will investigate the conduct of four police who forcibly arrested a disturbed 16-year-old in Byron Bay last month.

As locals plan further protest action over alleged police brutality in the Shire following a second forcible arrest incident this week, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) confirmed that it was going to review the January 11 incident.

The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) has received a number of complaints by members of the public about recent police events in Byron Bay which were reported in the media and has decided to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a young person on 11 January 2018, and the associated conduct of police officers, the commission said in a statement this morning.

It means that the incident will be the subject of a full, independent review rather than an internal review by senior officers from the Tweed Local Area Command as had previously been proposed by police.

The move suggests that either the LECC or NSW Police Minister Troy Grant have intervened in the case.

NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge had said that he and many members of the public had little confidence in an internal police investigation.

The forceful arrest of the youth came to public attention on February 6, when Channel 9s A Current Affair broadcast CCTV footage of the incident.

The footage shows an officer repeatedly striking the naked youth with a baton while three other police hold him down.

In a statement to the media, NSW Police said the officers had been called to the lane by residents at around 2.30am and arrived to find the youth, who appeared to be affected by drugs or alcohol, lying naked in street.

Became aggressive

Police said the teenager then became aggressive, necessitating the use of capsicum spray.

The youth then allegedly attempted to assault the officers and was tasered, police said.

The statement made no mention of the officers striking the youth with their batons.

A small group of locals conducted a protest action outside Byron Police Station in response to the incident last week.

One of the protesters, Caterina Bosco, said she was ashamed at the behaviour of the police, given that they were supposed to be protecting us and upholding the law.

Its a disgraceful, sickening exhibition of police brutality, said Ms Bosco, who has lived in the shire for 18 years.

Another protester, Adaja Black (pictured), said the community...

09:04

Assange surprised by UK ruling "IndyWatch Feed National"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photo WikiLeaks via AP

Julian Assange says hes surprised by a London judges decision to uphold the WikiLeaks founder long-standing arrest warrant, saying she made factual errors in her ruling and hinting at an appeal.

Assange has been fighting to have a British arrest warrant for breaching bail dropped, claiming he fears an extradition order from the US may be delivered if he were to leave his asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy to face the British courts.
The Australian had breached his bail when he sought refuge in the embassy while fighting a Sweden extradition order in 2012.
Last week at Westminster Magistrates Court, Judge Emma Arbuthnot dismissed Assanges argument that the arrest warrant was no longer valid because Swedish authorities had dropped an investigation into rape allegations against him.
Assanges lawyer Mark Summers QC then argued it was not in the public interest for the court to uphold the warrant.
However, Judge Arbuthnot rejected that argument in a damning ruling on Tuesday afternoon (early Wednesday AEDT).
In a tweet, Assange claimed Judge Arbuthnot had been mistaken in her ruling.
We are surprised. Judge went well outside what the parties presented in court. This seems to have led to many factual errors in the judgment. US DoJ [US Department of Justice] confirmed to Reuters again yesterday that its case is ongoing. There are 3 months to appeal judges decision.
Judge Arbuthnot rejected all of Assanges legal arguments, including dismissing claims by a UN working group that he had been arbitrarily detained.
Defendants on bail up and down the country, and requested persons facing extradition, come to court to face the consequences of their own choices, Judge Arbuthnot told the court as she delivered her judgment.
He should have the courage to do so too.
Assange has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than five years, claiming he cant leave because the US w...

09:03

Calls for a rethink on Byron paid parking revenue "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A long-time opponent of paid parking claims that Byron Shire Councils latest decision to allocate at least 50 per cent of paid parking revenue from Byron Bay to projects in the town doesnt go far enough.

Paul McCarthy says the issue is driving a wedge into the shire.

I dont want Byron Bay to be the cash cow for the entire area, he said.

We are the coalface to around two million annual visitors. Its not too late to turn this around and allocate all funds to Byron Bay.

Mr McCarthy points to the councils 201718 YTD Ordinary Rate Levies per locality, which indicates that 38.8 per cent of the Shires rates come from Byron Bay, while 10.2 per cent comes from Suffolk Park. The total figures include residential, business and farmland.

By comparison, Bangalow landowners contribute 5.4 per cent, Brunswick Heads 5.2 per cent, Mullumbimby 7.1 per cent and Ocean Shores 8.7 per cent.

While accepting that Byrons masterplan will significantly improve the town, McCarthy maintains that everyone should be treated equally.

Byron Bay should have had the same offer made to them as Brunswick Heads and Bangalow that promise was to allocate 100 per cent of the revenue for those towns.

Bangalow offer

Bangalow chamber of commerce president Jo Millar confirmed with The Echo that an offer was made by the council for all Bangalow revenue to be spent in the town, as was the case for Brunswick Heads.

She said, I have concerns that paid parking could be used to set the towns against each other, adding that there is great respect and recognition between us all.

I also support Byron Bay receiving all the revenue from their parking meters, she said, adding that theres no question that most visitors come to Byron Bay, and as a result Byrons infrastructure is affected.

According to a recent Byron News report, mayor Simon Richardson was not in favour of giving Byron Bay all of its paid parking revenue, as it would lead to parochialism.

 

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08:59

End Joyce saga today or tomorrow: Nats MP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce. AAP Image/Dan Peled

At least one Nationals MP wants the future of leader Barnaby Joyce settled in the next 24 hours.

The deputy prime minister is hanging on to his job despite some of his colleagues pushing him to resign following the public exposure of his extra marital affair.

The relationship with his now pregnant partner and former staffer Vikki Campion raised concerns about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds and has somewhat undermined his authority as party leader.

I hope this doesnt go on too much longer, Nationals backbencher Ken ODowd told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

Id hope to have it resolved today or tomorrow.

Mr ODowd does not think any his colleagues will move against Mr Joyce, 50, preferring instead to have a talk to him about his future.

Someone needs to tell him where the party stands at this stage and it will be a cordial meeting.

Mr Joyce told a meeting of coalition MPs meeting on Tuesday he was determined to get through this time of trial.

Ministerial colleague Michael McCormack, who has twice missed out on becoming deputy leader, denied having conversations with colleagues to replace Mr Joyce.

No I havent, he told reporters on Tuesday night.

Cabinet minister and Queensland MP David Littleproud told ABC radio that of course Mr Joyce had the support of most Nationals MPs.Backbencher Michelle Landry believes the party should give Mr Joyce a bit of personal time to sort this out.

As far as Im concerned everything is above board with the offices and hes there to stay, she told reporters.

I believe that Barnaby will remain our leader I think we need to give him a fair go with it.

AAP understands a group of about four or five Nationals MPs was trying to get Mr Joyce to resign, but didnt have the numbers in the 21-member party room to force a change.

Mr Joyce has denied breaching the ministerial code of conduct, which says frontbenchers cannot employ close relative...

08:54

Packer gifts land Israeli PM in hot water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ronen Zvulun, Pool via AP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus political future is under a cloud after police recommended he be indicted following a lengthy investigation into more than $US300,000 in gifts he allegedly accepted from billionaires including James Packer.

Israeli police recommended to Attorney-General Avihai Mendelblit Mr Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges.

Mr Netanyahu has rejected the bribery allegations being linked to $US71,000 worth of gifts he received from Mr Packer and another $US214,000 worth of gifts, including cigars and champagne, from Israeli billionaire and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

Mr Packer struck up a close friendship with Mr Netanyahu in 2014 after the pair were introduced by their mutual friend Mr Milchin, who is one of Israelis richest men and produced Hollywood hits including LA Confidential and 12 Years A Slave.

The Australian billionaire later bought a waterfront home next door to the Israeli prime ministers private home in Caesarea and was a special guest at speeches delivered by Mr Netanyahu to the US Congress and United Nations General Assembly in 2015.

Israeli police spent months trying to interview Mr Packer as they worked on their investigation. Australian Federal Police eventually questioned the casino mogul in Melbourne last December.

There are no allegations of any wrongdoing by Mr Packer, who attended the interview voluntarily.

Part of the police investigation focused on whether Mr Netanyahu tried to help Mr Packer gain residency in Israel.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri previously confirmed Mr Packers lawyer had asked him about the possibility of obtaining citizenship or residency in Israel, even though he is not Jewish.

In a statement, Israeli police said Mr Netanyahu had helped Mr Milchan with US visa matters, by legislating a tax break and connecting him with an Indian businessman.

While Mr Netanyahu and his family have not denied accepting gifts, they insist they werent bribes.

Israeli media previously reported Mr Milchan told police the gifts were handed over in response to demands from the Netanyahus.

Mr Packer reportedly corroborated Mr Milch...

08:54

The two written judgements from the Westminster Magistrates Court upholding Julian Assange's arrest warrant "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the judgement delivered yesterday against Julian Assange. Assange has been hiding out in the Ecuadorian Embassy for so long it's easy to forget why he's there. Read on........ 2nd Assange Ruling 13 Feb2018 by Michael Smith on Scribd 1st Assange Ruling - 6 February 2018 by Michael Smith...

08:54

A long walk for suicide awareness "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Andrew and Bobby will be walking to raise suicide awareness. Photo Jeff Dawson

It was October last year when Bobby Walkers mate took his own life and it moved Bobby to start a get-together locally to try to find ways to help people at risk.

Within four days the idea had snowballed into something very different and now Bobby is planning a walk from Noosa to Byron Bay to raise money for the suicide awareness charity Mindfull Aus (www.mindfullaus.org).

I began planning a walk to raise awareness, to encourage men to open up and to bring people of all walks together, said Bobby.

As soon as this started, my partner Andrew Fyffe jumped on board.

Starting on May 20 in Noosa, Bobby and Andrew are planning to walk the 310km to Byron doing approximately 52km per day to raise money and awareness around suicide.

Sponsors sought

Currently they are looking for sponsors and donations to help pay for the costs of the walk and supply the equipment.

We need everything from shoes and hats to a support vehicle, continued Bobby.

The last day will be the walk from South Wall in Brunswick to Byron along the beach and they are hoping lots of people will join them for this section of the walk.

The parents of my friend who committed suicide will be crossing the finish line with us, said Bobby.

If you would like to donate equipment or become a sponsor then contact Bobby at fortheboyss.info@gmail.com, or donate online via the everyday hero link www.give. everydayhero.com/au/noosato-byron-for-the-boys-1.

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08:32

Sunny Corner Farm "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

And there I was in my last post saying how out of habit I am posting on this blog and I was so right. Three weeks sped by and despite best intentions, I did not post a jot. I have of course been writing plenty but with real stationery.


 The hot and dry weather does not seem to have an end in sight and the garden and gardener are suffering. It's not the heat that bothers either of us but the dry.


I keep watering and the plants are grateful. I'm an optimist too so I am always planting something new and sowing seeds. I have my little greenhouse filled with seedlings for winter vegetables and they are growing well.

In the orchard, apples are ready. I have a new favourite variety, Worcester Permain. I hadn't had a good taste of it before because the cockatoos had beaten me to the fruit but the trees are well netted so the fruit is all mine. True to description, the Worcester Permain really does have a hint of strawberry flavour and is sweet and juicy. Delicious enough that I think I'll order another tree or two.
I'm a sucker for the heritage varieties with their quirky names.

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08:24

Exactly WHICH Americans Do You Think They Targeted? "IndyWatch Feed National"

And why after 12 years do you think these weapons are still secret?

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08:00

February 14 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1779 - Jimmy Cook aka Captain Cook met a sticky end at the end of a sharp stick aka spear on the Sandwich Islands aka Hawaii.

1788 - Norfolk Island was reserved for the Lt Gidley King party, who sailed off on this day on the ship Supply, to found a settlement between ordering the entrees and desserts.

1792 - The first shop in the NSW colony opened (to rip off the customers) for business.

1792 - The convict ship Pitt rocked up to purge its cargo of Lieutenant Governor Grose and the company of the NSW Corps.

1800 - Robert Campbell returned to Sydney from Calcutta and established a trading and importing business.

1802 - John Murray pottered, peered and prodded around Port Phillip.

1807 - Spoil-sport party-pooper Gov Bligh stamped his foot and imperiously declared the banning of the use of spirits to barter for food...clothing...rumpy-pumpy...and, the very odd case, of gaining a ball and chain (wife).

1827 - Frederick Tooth, Aussie brewer, was poured into the world.

1830 - Feeling all generous, magnanimous and with many digits crossed an experimental farm was established at York (West Oz).

1837 - A river boat was observed to sink shortly after leaving Birchs Bay, Tasmania, with a cargo of timber for Hobart, with her two crew drowned.  The incident was seen by timber splitters who made no attempt to rescue them, despite having two dinghies ; they later being strongly condemned in the press.

1840 - The ship, the Adam Lodge arrived from Cork with 272 government emigrants, having made the passage in three months and one day. They were described as ,
".... The people with a few exceptions were of a very inferior description, and were moreover burdened with large and useless families, consequently the greatest difficulty was experienced in disposing of them and many remained disengaged in the Barracks for a very long period...."
1841 - SA Police pursued the French ship Ville De Bordeaux for evasion of Customs regulations Glenelg and Pt. Adelaide. It was a major French / British diplomatic incident.

1843 - Foundation stone of the Australian Subscription Library's new building in Macquarie Street, Sydney, was laid by Alexander Macleay.

1846 - Start strutting your neck to knee costume, Myrtle!
Robinson Baths in Sydney's Domain played host to the first ever Aussie swimming championships with Mr Redman taking a very un-Olympic-like 8 mins and 43 seconds to win a 440 yard freestyle splash 'n' dash.

1858 - The first mass was celebrated in the newly completed St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne.

1879 - Ballina was a lovely old iron paddle steamer of the top drawer who was probably most embarrassed to have run her ample derrier...

07:59

Alleged bikie extradited on drugs, weapons charges "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has been extradited from Queensland over an outstanding warrant on the North Coast.

Police will allege the 35-year-old man is a member of the Rebels OMCG and was wanted in NSW for an outstanding warrant relating to drug and firearm offences.

Ballina detectives established Strike Force Belongil in 2014 to investigate criminal activity linked to the Rebels OMCG Ballina chapter.

After an appearance at Richlands Magistrate Court (February 7), the man was extradited to NSW.

Officers from Richmond Police charged the man with the warrant at Tweed Heads Police Station.

He appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday (February 12) and was refused bail. He is due to reappear on Wednesday, March 28.

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07:52

They Are Targeting Fiona Barnett As They Are Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

They threaten and harass and work with our families that were involved in order to silence us.

Our only crime was trying to expose this group that murders children. And it is never about what we reported but rather they focus on character assassination and threats against us.

As well as anyone who supports us.

And who do the police and the media support and encourage? Those who go out of their way to quiet and harass the victims of severe child abuse.

We live in an evil world and those who turn a blind eye are encouraging it. However- in the end- we will all be held accountable.

Foina had to go on the run to protect her family but I refuse to run from these devil loving pedophile assholes. Fuck them and fuck the darkness they so love. If I lose my life- which they dance around and laugh that it is going to happen- at least no one can say I was anything like them.

Can all of you say the same?

07:51

Rural Australians for refugees conference this April "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Gunela Astbrink, President of Ballina Region for Refugees and Marie Sellstrom, President of Rural Australians for Refugees. Photo supplied.

Supporting refugees through a homestay program facilitated by the Ballina Region for Refugees group has demonstrated a successful way to ensure that refugees feel welcome and that local hosts can learn about why people have become refugees, fleeing their own country.

In fact Gunela Astbrink, president of Ballina Region for Refugees, will be running a workshop on home hosting at the Rural Australians for Refugees National Conference in Albury/ Wadonga this April.

Over 70 refugees have stayed with local host families in the region and experienced a warm welcome. At the same time, local hosts have learned about the bravery of people who have fled danger to seek safety in Australia and to build a new future, said Gunela.

Five local refugee groups from Ballina, Lismore, Uki, Federal and Pottsville recently came together to hear from the president of the of Rural Australians for Refugees, Marie Sellstom talking about how to help refugee contribute towards Australian society.

Marie said there is growing concern in regional and rural Australia regarding refugee issues and the role Australia should play now and in the future. More and more concerned and committed individuals want to support refugees so that they in turn can contribute to the Australian community in future.

The national refugee conference in April will have keynote speakers Julian Burnside AO QC, Emeritus Professors Gillian Triggs, Stuart B. Hill and Sr Jan Barnett as well as a series of workshops for participants to learn more about helping refugees in Australia.

For more information on your local refugee groups and the national conference on refugees visit their webpage Rural Australians for Refugees.

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07:24

Music touches the soul at every age "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

 

Silent discos may be all the rage with Gen Y, but a new group of groovers is taking to the headphones in a groundbreaking program that is awakening long lost memories.

Feros Care has established silent discos a form of music therapy across its Byron Bay, Bangalow and Wommin Bay villages and it has had incredible results, particularly for those with dementia.

Residents were given a headset, which played popular music from their past, helping to tap into areas of their brain that other therapies could not.

Feros Care positive living coordinator Jennie Hewitt said We have residents who have not spoken a full sentence in years, but when the music comes on, they start to sing the words and it brings up memories for them they otherwise can not seem to access.

Music is increasingly being used in memory research, especially in the aged care sector. Research suggests the link between music and memory is particularly strong because it has the ability to activate large areas of the brain, including the auditory, motor and emotional regions.

The motor areas process the rhythm, the auditory areas the sound, while the limbic regions are associated with the emotions.

With the change in behaviour and sudden enjoyment we see once the music starts, there is definitely something going on there, said Ms Hewitt.

It does not take much for the residents to be up on their feet and dancing like they did when they were younger. Even those who can no longer walk sometimes stand-up out of their wheelchairs and get into the movement it is just amazing.

Its time to groove at Feros Care for Pat-Oleson, 77 and Nina Marzi 96.Photo supplied.

Ms Hewitt said, interestingly, the therapy did not end when the music stopped.

The greatest impact we have seen is on the people who are not able to commun...

07:11

MACKAY Pro crabber denies messing with fishing gear "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Pro crabber denies messing with fishing gear

February 14, 2018 at 05:41AM ,

Colin James Walters case was heard in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, before Magistrate Mark Nolan. Walters has been charged with 12 counts of unlawfully interfering with fishing apparatus between February 20, 2017 and September 11, 2017. The charges are linked to the waters of Nebo

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07:06

Its time to open their eyes about the threat to our oceans "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is appealing for support to help get action for the protection of our oceans.

As part of their campaign, Stars of internationally acclaimed Australian documentary BLUE including ocean legend Valerie Taylor are heading to Parliament House in Canberra to deliver a powerful message to MPs.

Our oceans are in peril, we must act to save them now, says the Society.

Australia is at a crossroads. Drastic cutbacks are proposed for our marine sanctuaries. Industrialisation is threatening our oceans, overseas fishing fleets risk our fish stocks, and our oceans are slowly filling up with plastic.

As Australians, we are responsible for the third largest area of ocean on Earth. Healthy oceans are essential to our economy, our global reputation, and our treasured way of life. Its time to show them the truth with this powerful message from our oceans.

BLUE shines a light on the challenges our marine life face, and the inspiring stories of those lighting the path ahead at this critical juncture.

The Turnbull Government is currently making important decisions that will either protect or devastate our marine life. We must make sure they choose the right path.

Sign the petition. Send in a letter. Together we can deliver a powerful message.

BLUE Trailer short from Blue The Film on Vimeo

 

BLUE will be in cinemas later this year.

 

 

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07:00

The US is Sending 1,000s of MarinesTo CHINA "IndyWatch Feed National"

China (RT) The Pentagon reportedly plans a major muscle movement from the Middle East to East China, with thousands of extra Marines to be deployed. The goal is to persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US and not China.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the US plans to boost its military presence in the East Pacific with rotating deployment of Marine Expeditionary Units, or MEUs. An MEU is a group of about 2,200 Marines who operate from amphibious assault ships and have their own aircraft, tanks, heavy weapons, and other resources. A typical deployment lasts for seven months and may involve missions on the shore like patrols or military-to-military training.

The report, citing military officials, does not say how many MEUs will be sent to the region. The US already has about 50,000 service members in Japan, almost 30,000 in South Korea, and 7,000 more in Guam.

In a related move, the Pentagon will expand the number of Marines deployed in Darwin, Australia. At the moment, 1,250 troops are stationed there in rotating training assignments lasting six months each year. The WSJ said it was not yet clear how large the number of additional troops in Australia will be.

The deployments will be made at the expense of the US military presence in the Middle East, and are in line with the new National Defense Strategy published earlier by the Trump administration, which sets countering Russia and China as a priority for the military. According to the report, the MEUs in East Asia will help the US persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US.

I believe the [National Defense Strategy] and other guidance requires us to adopt a more global posture and this will shape our future naval presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region, said Gen. Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps.

We have to be present and engaged to compete, he said. The new defense strategy will shape our future naval presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region.

The WSJ says the Pentagon sees the redeployment as aiming at a global resetting of forces rather than a buildup for war. The MEUs will be involved in patrols and training and be prepared to intervene...

06:05

Study provides evidence that the sea level rise is real and accelerating "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article from From DW (13 February 2018) concerns the release of the findings of a study by the National Academy of  Sciences (PNAS), which is based in the United States. This adds to the mountain of evidence that shows the planet is warming. The co-authors on the study came from the University of South Florida, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Old Dominion University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

 

A new report in the US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of  Sciences (PNAS) journal released Monday, says sea level rise is accelerating and could reach 66 centimeters (26 inches) by the end of the century.

The projected rise is in line with UN estimates and would be enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities.

According to the report, the past annual rate of sea level rise  about 3 millimeters (.1 inch) per year  may more than triple, to 10 millimeters per year by 2100.

This acceleration, driven mainly by accelerated melting in Greenland and Antarctica, has the potential to double the total sea level rise by 2100 as compared to projections that assume a constant rate  to more than 60 centimeters instead of about 30, said the author of the study, Steve Nerem.

Polar ice caps are melting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is almost certainly a conservative estimate, added Nerem, who is a professor of aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

The report, which is based on 25 years of satellite data, said the findings were roughly in agreement with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes 5th Assessment Report (AR5) model projections.

Anny Cazenave,...

02:55

PERTH Police catch alleged Daglish and Mosman Park burglar in a Redcliffe motel room "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police catch alleged Daglish and Mosman Park burglar in a Redcliffe motel room .

February 13, 2018 at 03:37PM .

A 41-year-old man in the hotel room was charged with two counts each of burglary and stealing. He was refused bail and remanded in custody to face a total of 16 changes, including those from other alleged burglaries in other suburbs, before reappearing at Perth Magistrates Court on February 19.

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PERTH Warning for WA village operators: retrospective fines now in force "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Warning for WA village operators: retrospective fines now in force .

February 13, 2018 at 10:11AM .

[The new wave of Consumer Advocacy] Following an action by the WA Governments Consumer Protection department, a WA retirement village owner has been fined $5,000 in the Perth Magistrates Court for failing to provide specific information to prospective residents prior to them signing contracts in

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00:18

Is Turnbull laying the groundwork to throw Joyce under a bus if it becomes neccessary? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


A very careful choice of words on the part of the Prime Minister leaves the door open to walk back support of his Deputy Prime Minister if Joyce is found to be telling the Australian Parliament untruths.

House of Representatives Hansard, excerpts, 13 February 2018:

Mr TURNBULL (WentworthPrime Minister) (14:25): The honourable member refers to some statements attributed to a spokesman of mine yesterday. Those statements, I'm advised, followed a background discussion. They were not authorised by me, but I will answer the question. As the Deputy Prime Minister confirmed in his statement of Saturday, 10 February, and again in his statement this morning, The Nationals are responsible for decisions relating to staffing the office of Nationals members. He confirmed that the Prime Minister's office has an administrative role in informing the Department of Finance of changes. All ministers are bound by the ministerial standards.

All ministers are bound by the ministerial standards. The Deputy Prime Minister has today explained his circumstances as it relates to the standards, and I refer you to that statement. I would add that whether somebody is a partner of another for the purposes of clause 2.23 is, of course, a question of fact. The facts of the relationship which you're referring to are, of course, known to the Deputy Prime Minister. It is his responsibility to address it and comply with the standards, and he addressed that in his statement today.  [my yellow highlighting]

00:16

Shock, Horror! A Liberal minister finally makes a stab at lessening gouging by payday lending and rent-as-you-buy companies and Liberal MPs have a conniption "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"




According to the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) this bill has merit.


2. We support the financial inclusion objectives of the Exposure Draft of the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contract and Consumer Lease Reforms) Bill 2017 (the Bill). The consumer harms that can be associated with payday loans and consumer leases are a longstanding and systemic feature of these sectors and often fall on financially vulnerable and disadvantaged consumers. We consider that the Bill will provide an effective suite of protections commensurable to the risk of harm to consumers from these products, balanced against the need to ensure that the industry can remain viable.

3 In particular, we support the level of the cap on costs for consumer leases proposed in the Bill. We expect a cap set at this level will address the excessive costs some lessors charge consumers, while still allowing a viable and sustainable consumer lease sector.

4 We also support the introduction of the Bills comprehensive anti-avoidance regime, which will benefit both consumers and compliant businesses...

00:15

Climate change sceptics started the ball rolling again in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


It would appear that climate change denial remains alive and well, but with the same hearing and comprehension problems it acquired at birth.........

The Daily Examiner and Townsville Bulletin, 10 January 2018:

In todays crazy world, western politicians are wasting billions of taxpayer dollars force-feeding costly unreliable green energy in the bizarre belief this will somehow change Earths climate.

Even more incredible, they fear global warmth and seem hellbent on creating global cooling. They should study climate history. It is snow and ice, cold dry air and carbon dioxide starvation we need to fear, not a warm, moist, fertile, bountiful atmosphere.
Climate change is natural and unstoppable. Just 20,000 years ago, Earth was in one of its recurring glacial phases.

A thick massive ice sheet smothered Canada, Alaska, Iceland, Greenland, North Asia and Europe as far south as present-day London.

Much of the animal and plant life of the previous warm era was extinguished. Even in warmer lands not covered by the ice sheet, plants suffered as the cold oceans removed moisture and carbon dioxide plant food from the atmosphere.

Then, because of changing cycles in Earths orbit and tilt, reinforced by changing solar cycles, the sun warmed the frozen lands.
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Tuesday, 13 February

23:48

March social forum: Green drinks invitation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 1 Mar; 5:00 pm; ] This fun, social idea came out of the 10 year celebration/future forum last November We are inviting sustainability interest groups together for a social gathering called 'Green Drinks. To be honest the original idea was by Dave Carr organising similar get togethers for the enviro-sector in previous years. But what is original is the cool [...] full article 

23:30

This coming Thursday is D-Day for Leard Forest "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 15 Feb to Friday, 16 Feb. ] This coming Thursday is D-Day - i.e. destruction day, when the annual bulldozing period commences at the Leard State Forest. We do not have volunteers for the critical days of Thursday and Friday this week. We recognise that it is difficult for people to come here to the frontline, and I admit it is a challenging environment [...] full article 

22:45

The Pests That Make Cacao Productive "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Forcipomyia spp. pollinating a cacao flower. Goodman Cacao Estate, Killaloe, Australia, 2017. Credit: Samantha J. Forbes

This 12-minute primer on Soundcloud gives a reason to appreciate these otherwise very annoying pests:

Chocolate: Brought To You By Bugs

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22:43

Doug Mesner Now Claims He Was Posing As Micheal Aquino "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mesner uses the name Kilrush- as he gets a rush from killing. But all he is is Aquinos buttboy.

But it is nice he admits to fucking with me. And since it hasnt stopped- obviously he isnt bored with me.

EMF stands for electro magnetic frequency- the result of their DEW weapons- (directed energy weapons), the ones the air Force told Congress about in 2006 and said they were going to use on American citizens to show the rest of the world they were safe. Considering it is 2018 and they are still secret- obviously they arent safe.

But it isnt about how we die- it is about how we lived. And considering Mesner reportedly has AIDS- his time is no longer than mine. We just arent going to end up in the same place.

But this will be over soon- and those who just stood by and watched will be held accountable just as those who made this happen will- thus this whole there will be a great gnashing of teeth.

We are in a period of judgment and we can only be held accountable for that which we do. Whether we are honest about it or not.

22:42

Andrea Keller from saxophone to piano "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Pianist, composer and educator Andrea Keller has won just about every jazz award available in Australia. She has won three ARIA Awards, five Australian Jazz Bell Awards, two Art Music Awards, an APRA Professional Development Award, and fellowships from the Freedman Foundation and the Australia Council. She has performed in every format from solo piano to big bands. She has played with the absolute greats of Australian Jazz including Bernie McGann, Allan Browne and Ten Part Invention as well as with many international visitors. Originally from Sydney Andrea moved to Melbourne to study in the early 1990s. On September 17th she is back in Sydney to perform with long time collaborator Tim Wilson on saxophone and bassist Christopher Hale. Eastsides Mick Paddon has interviewed Andrea Keller for his show Time and Space talking about everything from how she first made her move from the saxophone section of a big band, to the piano stool, how she got into jazz, why she has been reluctant to call herself a jazz musician and what we can expect to hear from her Tim and Christopher when they perform at Foundry 616. She also selected two pieces of music which are important to her. You can hear the interview with Andrea on Time and Space at 2.30 on Wednesday February 14th. After that it will be posted on the Eastside Radio website as a podcast

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22:28

Another piece of good news renewable energy for much less than the wholesale electricity price! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The ambitious renewable energy-focused power retailer Powershop Australia has signed a huge deal for the output of a 200MW solar farm and two big wind farms, after being stunned by the low prices offered after it went to market for proposals last year. We have gotten an overwhelming response from the market, McManus told RenewEconomy. I cant [...] full article 

22:20

Expert report: Improve home energy standards or risk bigger bills, more emissions "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project is an industry-led initiative seeking improvements to the energy requirements in the National Construction Code. This Interim Report The Bottom Line household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building Code presents preliminary results, focusing on short-term improvements to residential requirements. Improved building energy performance presents a [...] full article 

22:17

A Hundred Thousand Year Old Civilisation? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By COLIN WILSON (1931-2013)

In 1999, I was engaged in pursuing an intriguing little problem. Charles Hapgood, best known as the author of Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings, had died as the result of a car accident that happened in December 1982. Two months earlier, he had written to a librarian named Rand Flem-Ath telling him that he had made recent exciting discoveries that had convinced him there had once been a hundred thousand year old civilisation with advanced levels of science. And since I had agreed to collaborate with Flem-Ath on a book about Atlantis, I set out to pursue Hapgoods contacts to see if I could find out what he meant.

Finally, through a tip-off from one of Hapgoods acquaintances, I found myself in touch with an archaeologist and science writer from New England, who staggered me when he declared that it was he who had given Hapgood this information. What he had told him, he said, was (a) that the Greek measure of distances proved that they knew the exact size of the Earth a millennium or so before Eratosthenes discovered it (around 250 BCE), and (b) that Neanderthal man had a remarkable degree of culture, and was studying the stars by 100,000 BCE or earlier.

Now I had already stumbled on the information about the Greeks in a book called Historical Metrology by A. E. Berriman (1953), to which the historical researcher Henry Lincoln had introduced me. And the second assertion had been made by my friend Stan Gooch in 1989, in a book called Cities of Dreams.

Gooch was arguing that Neanderthal man had possessed a complex civilisation, but that it was not a civilisation of bricks and mortar, but of dreams. That hardly seemed to make sense. Surely civilisation is our defence against nature? Dreams are not much use against a hurricane or a sabre tooth tiger.

Gooch launches his argument by comparing Neanderthal man with native Americans, pointing out that in spite of their complex culture, the latter had no written language and built no houses.

What would have happened, Gooch asks, if they had been exterminated by disease or some catastrophe, and had simply vanished? Archaeologists would find their skeletons and dismiss them as primitives, just as we dismiss Neanderthals.

Speaking of the Seven Sisters, Gooch remarks, The Pleiades are the only c...

22:13

Friends of the ABC (Armidale) AGM and public talk "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Thursday, 1 Mar; 6:00 pm; ] Armidale branch of the Friends of the ABC will be holding their Annual General Meeting Thursday, March 1 at 6 pm in Kent House (141 Faulkner Street, Armidale). We extend an invitation to all those who are interested in the importance of independent public broadcasting. Following the AGM, the NSW President of ABC Friends, Ed [...] full article 

22:05

Live or Let Die: Do We Want A Transhuman Future? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By NIGEL KERNER

Heres an interesting surmise for us all. Could it be that the alien phenomenon witnessed by so many reliable observers is the product of a technology developed at other locations in the universe and created by civilisations only a few small steps ahead of what we ourselves are now heading for? Could it be that the Grey entities reported in abduction scenarios are artificially intelligent probes sent to harvest information and gather resources by their creators who may themselves no longer be around to reap the benefits of their creation? Further, could it be that such artificial intelligence quite incidentally became a danger to naturally living intelligent life through its quest to relentlessly expand the horizons of its information.

First, recent evidence suggests that the existence of alien life forms in the universe is now beyond reasonable dispute. In January 2012 a report was published in Nature suggesting that around 10 billion stars out of the 100 billion that fill the Milky Way have planets in the habitable or Goldilocks zone.1
Professor Stephen Hawking and Professor Michio Kaku had already stated their opinion that alien life is highly likely to exist but they take that one step further and suggest it is also highly likely to be predatory. Hawking postulates that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldnt want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.2

In 2010 eminent scientists called for a world plan to deal with this potential threat. According to an extraterrestrial-themed edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society published in January 2010, world governments should prepare a co-ordinated action plan in case Earth is contacted...

21:54

The Man Who Conjured Hitler "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dietrich Eckart (1868-1923)

By MEHMET SABEHEDDIN

Follow Hitler. He will dance, but it is I who have written the music. Dont weep for me: I shall have had more influence on the course of history than any other German.
Dietrich Eckhart, on his deathbed, Christmas 1923

Dietrich Eckart (1868-1923) was a prominent figure in Germanys bohemian and occult subculture before World War I. A well-known playwright, poet and journalist, he was involved with the shadowy Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff and the secretive Thule Society in Munich.

After hearing Adolf Hitler speak at a political meeting in 1919, Eckart recognised Hitlers talent as a demagogue and an organiser. He saw in Hitler someone who could translate the occult worldview of the Thule into action. He quickly took Adolf Hitler under his wing and made him his protg.

Eckart popularised a central tenet of the Thule Society, the belief in the coming of a German Messiah who would redeem the nation from its defeat in World War I. Eckart expressed his anticipation in a poem he wrote months before he first met Hitler. In the poem, Eckart refers to the Great One, the Nameless One, Whom all can sense but no one saw. When Eckart met Hitler, Eckart was convinced that he had encountered the prophesied saviour.

Eckart introduced Hitler to Capt. Ernst Rohm, who had important links to senior officers in the German army. Rohm, an open homosexual later murdered on Hitlers orders, headed up the Thule Societys military wing. Other Thule initiates Eckart introduced to Hitler included Rudolf Hess (who would become Hitlers deputy) and Alfred Rosenberg (later to play an important role in the Third Reich).

Significantly, Eckart provided Hitler with funds and supported him in his rise within the German Workers Party (DAP), the Thule Societys political front group. Eckart had been one of the founders of the party which Hitler quickly transformed into the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). He was the original publisher of the party tabloid, the Vlkischer Beobachter, a Munich newspaper first bought by Rudolf von Sebottendorff in the name of the Thule Society. Eckart also wrote the lyrics of the quasi-mystical Nazi anthem Germany Awake.

Historians agree that Eckart exerted considerable and unequalled influence on Hitler. Without his patronage the young Austrian vetera...

21:49

Tennis ball sized hail, severe thunderstorms and a heatwave hit Queensland, Australia (PHOTO, VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was injured after a lightning hit nearby home. Heavy rain and winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) smashed Brisbane around 19:00 local time Sunday, accompanied by up to tennis ball-sized hail that caused extensive damage and blanketed fields. The temperature dropped by 10 C (18 F) as the storm hit, from up to 38 C (100.4 F) to 28 C (82.4 F). The storm downed numerous trees and more than 500 power lines at the height of the storm, leaving some 130 000 homes without power. On Monday morning, February 12, Logan City, south of Brisbane, still had more than 40 000 properties without electricity, Brisbane almost 7 000 and Redland City about 2 300.

21:48

Sir Isaac Newton & the Land Where Time Began "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sir Isaac Newton, colourised engraving after Enoch Seemans 1726 portrait of Newton.

By JOHN CHAMBERS (1939-2017)

The sixth-century BCE Greek philosopher-mystic Pythagoras was a man of spectacular achievement. Plutarch says that he taught an eagle to come at his command and stoop down to him in flight.1 He taught the doctrine of reincarnation and was thought to remember twenty-two of his past lives. He founded an order whose adherents strove to free themselves from the cycle of earthly incarnations through vegetarianism, silence, and contemplation of the ultimate reality of the universe.2

Up through the seventeenth century CE, scholars believed Pythagoras journeyed to Sidon, in Phoenicia, where he met the descendants of a man named Moschus (or Mochus) who had lived five hundred years before. Moschus was the Phoenician name for Moses, and his descendants gave Pythagoras esoteric doctrines passed down to them from their illustrious ancestor.3

Pythagoras returned to his home in the Greek colony of Crote in southern Italy to further develop his mystical philosophy which stated that the numerical relationships reflected in the relationships between musical chords are the bedrock of reality. Adding to this the secret doctrines of Moses, he discovered that the planets revolved around the sun. He also discovered the law of universal gravitation (including the inverse-square law of attraction), which he expressed allegorically as the divine music of the spheres holding the planets in thrall to the sun.

But, wait a minute! Didnt Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) discover the law of universal gravitation?

Yes, he did. But Sir Isaac didnt think his discoveries were original. He thought he was recovering parts of a body of primordial knowledge called the prisca sapientia (the pristine wisdom). Bits of this ancient knowledge had been transported through the Flood by Noah. It had caught the interest of the Egyptians, then the Jews, then the Phoenicians, until it emerged almost fully-blown in the philosophy of Pythagoras. It spread throughout the ancient world, meeting with resistance only when Aristotle insisted that the sun revolved around the earth and that many of the Pythagorean beliefs were irrat...

21:23

Australian High School to Host Educational Presentation on Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The soaring interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin in the mainstream has compelled one high school in Australia to reportedly host an information night on cryptocurrencies. In an email sent to students parents, Brisbane-based St. Laurences College said it intends to hold an educational presentation on cryptocurrencies after being made aware of senior students purchasing and Continued

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18:38

Barnaby Joyce, Sex and Finance "IndyWatch Feed National"

The insatiable appetite of Anglophone cultures for the prurient is of a different order to others.  But it is an appetite tinged by horror, squeamishness and concern.  Added to that such traditional markers, not to mention such markers as marriage, family and conservative values, and the whole thing becomes indigestible.

Australian politics is awash with only one story at the moment.  There are no grand schemes and visions, only the prospect of whether the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce did wrong by his family in impregnating a political staffer. (That now former staffer, Vikki Campion, is afforded various names in the relationship argot: partner, girlfriend, assistant, bun-in-oven carrier.)

The nature of this explosive interest, repeatedly advertised as a lack of interest (we dont have an interest in his private life) has a tinny quality to it, largely given the general awareness amongst government members, staffers and the Canberra press gallery about Mr. Joyces extra-marital pursuits. The Daily Telegraph, needing copy to fill certain, generally vapid columns, decided to break the tacit consensus.  Where there is sex, there is hypocrisy.

Any sex scandal immediately triggers a discussion about how the political figure operates in public, and the world of private endeavour.  Aristotle famously suggested a division between political pursuit and household matters.  The French continue to maintain a somewhat artificial distinction between the two, deeming the transgression of the personal as separate from the political.  As with everything else, this is a matter of degree and weight.  Privacy can be used as an unwarranted cover for abuse.

Parallels have bitten.  The interminably present Michelle Grattan, who knows Canberras press gallery circles with a cloying intimacy, compares the Joyce-Campion affair with that of Jim Cairns and staffer Junie Morosi. The latter, taking place in the torrid years of the Whitlam government, was different, claims Grattan, because Morosi was a political player, through her enormous influence on her boss.

Of Joyce-Campion, Grattan offered a different reading. No-one suggests Campion, who was deliberately transferred out of Joyces office nearly a year ago, was a political mover-and-shaker.  But Joyce had been, Grattan could sense with razor sharp intuition, more distracted and difficult, though his citizenship imbroglio was a factor too.

These observations are, at best, trite.  The exertion of sexual influence can spill over into other realms....

18:14

Newstart overpayments/load of shit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$2798
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 5 February 2018
Period debt occurred: 
July 2013 to October 2013
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
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: 

Currently working to earn a living unlike all the drugged up dole bludgers, paying off a mortgage, trying to live a decent honest life, this makes it very bloody difficult.

They won't be getting a cent off me!!

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 
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17:50

Standing Strong: How South Australians Won the Campaign Against an International High-level Nuclear Waste Dump "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three years ago today SA Premier Jay Weatherill announced a Royal Commission into the nuclear industry and a major community campaign against plans for an international high level radioactive waste dump began.

The post Standing Strong: How South Australians Won the Campaign Against an International High-level Nuclear Waste Dump appeared first on DiaNuke.org.

16:57

The website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dear readers,

I am running a couple of days late with this post, due to illness in the family. This week I am continuing my look at the websites of Australia's major UFO groups. Last time it was UFO Research (New South Wales) Incorporated and the UFO & Paranormal Research Society of Australia. Today it is the website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated. 

UFORQ for short, states on its website that it was established in 1956 and is Australia's oldest UFO Association. There are seven tabs on the home page, namely 'About Us;' 'Sightings;' 'Meetings;' 'Resources;' 'Shop;' 'Blog' and 'Join UFORQ.'

I started off by reading the history of the group under 'About Us.' I should say histories, as there is a short section titled 'History' and a much longer section titled 'A brief history.' I think someone needs to edit this section of the website.

Here we also find out some of the motivation of the group. '...we want to be there when the great body of hidden information is finally brought into the public domain...' Unfortunately, there is no definition provided of what exactly this 'hidden information' might be (I suppose its hidden after all!) Nor is there any indication of who the group thinks might hold this knowledge. It all reeks of conspiracy theory.

My main  interest is not in the body running a website, but in the quality (or otherwise) of the data on it. So I next took a look at the 'Sightings' tab. Here you can either report a sighting or take a look at sighting reports post 1997. This is disappointing as the groups' excellent research works of the 1950's and 1960's - the heyday for unknown Australian sightings, is not available to us here.

As with the sightings area for the websites of the previous two groups, there appears little to no analysis of the sightings. No attempt to provide mundane explanations for the 95% of UFO reports which are universally recognised to be explainable. This is a great disappointment to me.

As you would expect, the 'Meetings' area provides details of the group's regular public meetings. There seems a good spread of topics covered in these talks,....

16:03

Gallery: FBi Presents The War On Drugs at Enmore Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Two headline shows in Sydney and an Australian tour off the back of Laneway festival hasnt slowed down The War On Drugs. Packed with long-running jams, a support set from Sydney darlings Middle Kids, and more textures than you can find at Spotlight, their sold out time at The Enmore Theatre was truly ablaze.

Photos by Tim Da Rin
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