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Saturday, 17 February

02:40

I Often Get Asked What People Can Do- Here is My Suggestion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pray that love finds its way into their hearts.

Prayer has power- and it works. And these people are motivated by the lack of love they feel for others- let alone for themselves.

No one who has love in their hearts act the way they do and say what they say. It doesnt work that way. And it is impossible to combat anger, strife, and hatred effectively with more anger, strife, and hate.

Those who hurt children- or anyone for that matter- do so because of a lack of power within themselves. Sex abuse is not about sex but power- they are seeking power outside themselves by trying to take it from others.

The Word requires us to love- despite everything. That esp. Includes those who would work at nothing but our destruction. What they are doing never works- which is why they go from one person to the next- because their sense of power is never fullfilled.

They are not to be hated but rather we should feel pity for them- as they will never reach a point of fulfillment. They need love most of all.

So when wondering what to do- pray that love finds their hearts and minds that opens their eyes. We are commanded to follow the Word- and that Word is love- and it was commanded without any exceptions- so pray for those who hate, as it is the best gift you can give to God- to them- and most importantly- yourself.

00:15

Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


"And so it turns out that not only is Barnaby Joyce a shocking hypocrite, he's also a repulsive cliche."  [Journalist Clementine Ford describing Australian Deputy Prime Minister and MP for New England Barnaby Joyce, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 2018]


Barnaby Joyce has a history of screwing over women.  [Journalist Kasey Edwards writing about Australias deputy prime minister in The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 2018]


"During the 2016 presidential campaign and into the White House, Trump and his aides have defended a male aide accused of domestic violence, a male Senate candidate accused of pursuing inappropriate relationships with teens and a male campaign manager accused of assaulting a reporter. In each case, Trump and his top staffers used strikingly similar language to defend the accused, noting that he had denied it, defending his integrity and casting doubt on the women's claims."  [Journalist Ryan Teague Beckwith writing in Time magazine, 8 February 2018]

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Friday, 16 February

23:40

Less than One Week to the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival is officially less than one week away, and weve still only scratched the surface of whats happening!! Sit back, grab a coffee or beer, and lets take a deeper look into some of this years evening events!

Peter Crawford Exhibition
Presented by Fallen Broken Street
Wednesday 21st Feb 6-9pm
A Spot Of Genius
(7 Marvell street, Byron Bay)

Photos by legendary Photographer & Surfer Peter Crawford. See rare and some of the most popular and iconic images from surfings early 70s and 80s period. Hosted by one of Peters two sons, photographer and FallenBrokenStreet founder, Justin Crawford.

Byron Bay Surf Festival, 22-25 Feb. For further information visit www.byronbaysurffestival.com.au.

The post Less than One Week to the 2018 Byron Bay Surf Festival appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

22:58

From Gibraltar to Australia: How Countries Approach ICOs "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the boom in ICOs over the last year or so, there has been an increased need for regulation, however, with no global standard, different countries are taking different approaches. #INFOGRAPHICS

21:34

Australian venomous spiders, new research "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2015 video says about itself:

Australian hospitals are in desperate need of live funnel web spiders to make anti-venom. Spider expert Stacey Denovan shows the safest way to catch them.

From San Diego State University in the USA:

Worlds most venomous spiders are actually cousins

Study finds the deadly Australian funnel-web spiders and mouse spiders are more closely related than previously thought

February 15, 2018

Two groups of highly venomous spiders might be seeing more of each other at family reunions. A new study led by San Diego State University biologist Marshal Hedin has found that two lineages of dangerous arachnids found in Australia long classified as distantly related in the official taxonomy are, in fact, relatively close evolutionary cousins. The findings could help in the development of novel antivenoms, as well as point to new forms of insecticides.

The spiders in question are those from the families Atracinae and Actinopodidae and include Australian funnel-web spiders and eastern Australian mouse spiders, respectively. One member of Atracinae, Atrax robustus, is considered by many to be the most venomous spider in the world.

A reasonable number of people get bitten every year, but basically nobody dies from it anymore because of the wide availability of antivenom, Hedin said.

Historically, the spiders were thought to have diverged from a common ancestor more than 200 million years ago and therefore were only distantly related. Based on their anatomy and other traits, funnel-web spiders and mouse spiders closely resemble other species of spiders known to be distantly related. Yet based on their highly similar venom the same antivenom can treat bites from both Atricinae and Actinopodidae many biologists suspected these spider groups might be more closely related than previously thought.

The funnel-webs always were an uncomfortable fit in their taxonomic place, Hedin said. I could see the writing on the wall.

So he and colleagues, with help from biologists in New Zealand and Argentina, collected new spiders from both branches throughout Australia, sought out museum specimens...

21:32

Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mamamia

Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders.

Why do we rarely hear about female sex offenders.

This week Australian TV star Maggie Kirkpatrick was convicted of child sex offences. Today, the court sentenced her to 100 hours of community service.

The 74-year-old actor, best known for her work on Prisoner and more recently for her on-stage work in Wicked, was charged by Victoria Police with two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a person under 16. In his sentencing remarks, the judge said that the victim was a 14 year old psychiatric patient who was taken back to Kirkpatricks home in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and assaulted.

Read more about those charges here.

For many people, the news of Kirkpatricks conviction was shocking. Not just because Kirkpatrick was a much-loved entertainer of the 80s, but because of her gender: We rarely hear of female sex offenders (or in Kirkpatricks case, alleged sex offenders). Indeed, an incredibly small percentage of child sex charges are levelled at women.

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21:23

Malka Leifer One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Toronto Sun

One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel

Former school principal Malka Leifer has been arrested in Israel. She has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting 16 girls.POLICE HANDOUT

She may be one of the worst female pedophiles on record.

Now, an Australian school teacher who fled to Israel in 2008 has finally been arrested.

Cops say Malka Leifer accused of 74 counts of rape and sexual abuse against children had long argued she was too mentally ill to be extradited from Israel.

It was at times frequent abuse, daily abuse and also at times not that frequent, lawyer David Seeman alleged to ABC.

He is representing survivors in a class action lawsuit.

It was conducted at the school, it occurred at Leifers home, it occurred on camps, he said. It was made up of what you might regard as abuse low on the scale of severity, all the way up to the most serious horrific abuse.

Its believed 16 girls were victimized by Leifer.

Leifer is accused of sexually abusing her female students at the Adass Israel School in Melbourne. She was principal of the conservative school at the time.

But on  Wednesday, Israeli investigators arrested the 50-something accused s...

20:12

Fast Europe Open: UK retail sales, Czech Republic GDP "IndyWatch Feed National"

View From Hong kong

Financial Times (FT)

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Alice Woodhouse in Hong Kong 0800 GMT, February 16, 2018

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Beware the pollutants in your bathroom cabinet.

Volatile chemicals from everyday consumer items such as cleaning products, aerosols and even perfumes now rival vehicle emissions as a cause of air pollution.

A research team led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reached the surprising conclusion after assessing the source of chemicals that reacted in the air to form fine particles and other lung-damaging pollutants in the US city of Los Angeles.

As transportation gets cleaner, those other sources become more and more important, said Brian McDonald, the project leader. The stuff we use in our everyday lives can impact air pollution.

In markets, Japanese stocks rallied as the rebound in global equities showed little sign of slowing following the sharp sell off last week. The Topix was 1.2 per cent higher although Australias S&P/ASX 200 dipped 0.1 per cent. Markets in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam were closed for the lunar new year.

Meanwhile, the dollar resumed its downward trajectory with the dollar index, a measure of the greenback against a basket of peers, falling 0.3 per cent to 88.305, a three-year low. The yen strengthened further to 105.75, a 15-month high.

Futures tip the FTSE 100 to open 0.5 per cent higher, while the S&P 500 is set to open up 0.2 per cent.

Corporate earnings and updates for Friday include Air France, EDF, Danone, Renault and Allianz. The economic calendar believes three is the magic number (all times London):

08.00: Czech Republic Q4 gross domestic product
08.20: European Central Banks Benoit Coeure speaks in Macedonia
09.30: UK retail sales

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Czech Republic

The economy had a strong showing in 2017: Growth picked up pace in three consecutive quarters, and indicators suggest the momentum carried over into the....

20:00

Remembering Fallujah: War Crimes Committed Under Jim Mattis and Jim Molan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bagdhad (AHT) Ross Caputi, a former Marine who was witness and accomplice to the atrocities committed in Fallujah in November 2004 during Operation Phantom Fury, wrote this about his units entry into the city:

Perhaps it was just too painful of a realization for many of us to make, because we saw ourselves as the liberators, the good guys, and to admit that we were hurting innocent people would have contradicted everything that we claimed to stand for. I can only speculate about what the motives were for the people who dreamed up that mission and decided to make the people of Fallujah flee into the desert. Was it also too painful for the decision makers to admit to themselves that we were hurting innocent people? Or were they so evil that they just did not care who we were hurting? Whatever their reasons for doing it were, the fact of the matter is that our entire command was aware that we had forced the majority of the citys population, about 200,000 people, into refugee status, but nobody took responsibility for their wellbeing, as international law required of us.

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Central to that command was Major General Andrew Jim Molan, an Australian who was seconded to the US military in 2004 and took overall command of US coalition forces in Iraq, alongside the current US defense secretary Jim Mattis.

What happened in the so-called second battle of Falluja however, went far beyond a failure to attend to the needs of the civilian population who were able to flee...

18:27

The dissident right and the race thing "IndyWatch Feed National"

The blogger Zman provides a very useful summary of the dissident right:

If you were trying to reduce the main points of the Dissident Right with a few bullet points, it would be:

  • The people in charge have dangerous fantasies about the future of society and the nature of man
  • The mass media is just propaganda for those fantasies and can never be taken at face value
  • Race is real, ethnicity is real and evolution is real. In the main, humans prefer to live with their own kind. Diversity leads to conflict.

There is a more to it, but those are the three main items that come up over and over among writers in the Dissident Right. The people in charge, of course, dispute these and consider them to be ignorant, paranoid and immoral. Question the browning of America and youre a dumb racist. Notice that mass media often looks like a coordinated public relations campaign and youre branded as a paranoid. Of course, anyone mentioning the realities of race and sex is the branded a Nazi or white supremacist.

A useful summary, because pithy summaries of positions from the inside are almost always a helpful addition to understanding and debate. One of the ways, for example, you can tell that much academic writing about neoliberalism is worthless is the lack of forensic analysis of what alleged neoliberals write.

Pithy summaries tend not to be the places for nuance. But what I found useful in Zmans summary is it pinpointed for me why I read a lot of dissident right stuff but do not identify with it.

I read a lot of it in part because they often are willing to consider facts and concerns which conflict with the progressivist piety display politics that dominate so much of the media and elsewhere (and help provide strong coordinating effects). Also because I do think said politics include some dangerous fantasies about the future of society and human nature. And because I do think that ethnicity is real and evolution is real.

Agains...

18:02

The Turnbull Government should show leadership and help the NT Government replace the notorious Don Dale youth prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Northern Territory Government today announced it will close Don Dale the youth prison renowned for the systemic abuse and mistreatment of Territory children.

Shahleena Musk, a Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the closure couldnt come soon enough and urged the Turnbull Government to help fund the creation of safe, home-like facilities built for children.

Were talking about kids at the crossroads. We need to do all we can to help them get their lives back on track. It is well and truly time we closed the dark chapter of Don Dale. But to do this we need both the NT and Turnbull Governments to do everything they can to ensure no child is ever consigned to such a brutal environment again, said Ms Musk.

A Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory was held last year following the ABCs Four Corners revelations of children at the Don Dale youth prison being hooded and tied to chairs, stripped naked and tear-gassed.

In its response last week, the Turnbull Government failed to provide the national leadership and funding required to fix all states and territories broken youth justice systems.

Rather than passing the buck, Prime Minister Turnbull should support the Northern Territory to do what actually works to help rebuild children's lives. Were talking about small, home like facilities close to families and communities - facilities that help children develop and thrive. The Turnbull Government needs to put its money where its mouth is, said Ms Musk. 

The recommendations of the Royal Commission into the Detention and Protection of Children are relevant to all states and territories because they detail how to prevent abuses and modernise youth justice systems so that they serve a positive purpose by helping children to succeed in life.

We owe it to the kids that were abused to get this right and make sure history is not repeated. All states and territories should be following the NT's lead by closing their super-max youth jails and replace them with small age-appropriate facilities. The only thing more horrifying than the abuses we saw in Don Dale would be a failure by governments across Australia to do everything they could to ensure these atrocities never happened again, said Ms Musk.

 

For interviews or further information please call:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

17:00

The Weekend Quiz February 17-18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

1. If the growth in wages (the money you get paid) keeps pace with inflation which is accelerating at the same rate as labour productivity is growing then the profit share in GDP remains constant.




2. The expansionary impact of deficit spending on aggregate demand is lower when the government matches the deficit with debt-issuance because then excess reserves are drained and the purchasing power is taken out of the monetary system.



3. A government is choosing between a tax cut that will reduce tax revenue at the current level of national income by $x (that is, increase private domestic disposable income by $x) and a public spending increase of $x. Which policy option will have the greater initial impact on aggregate spending?

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16:32

Introducing No Mono: Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdons new project "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

  • No Mono :: Interview with Maia Bilyk
  • No Mono :: Butterflies (Live)

 

Ahead of two sold out Sydney shows, No Mono debuted their live performance on Lunch with Maia Bilyk. Together, Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdon reveal where the name No Mono comes from and how making music for them is all about the feeling.

 

Tom Snowdon: Its less of a thought thing and more of an intuitive or feeling thing that drives the project Were both curious about messing with songs a bit and how we can make them sound really effective in a particular way. So we spend a lot of time making sounds and reinventing our songs and experimenting with things.

 

The two met when Snowdons band, Low Lakes, supported Ianseks band Big Scary a couple years ago. A quick friendship turned into musical chemistry when Iansek emailed Snowdon the piano line to what would become Return To by #1 Dads. That was the first taste of what would turn into No Mono, and one of biggest hits for one of Ianseks many projects.

The experience was enough for the Toms to know they wanted to make something more. Although there was uncertainty around what they would create exactly, or that what they would become was made up of just the two of them, the feeling of getting lost in the music was enough for them.

 

Tom Iansek: Theres a lot we have to say musically and theres a large volume of songs. I just love making stuff, I love to make as much stuff as possible.

 

Their drive to amplify this feeli...

16:02

Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene film with microscopic nano-channels that lets water pass through, but stops pollutants. The process, called Graphair, is so effective that water samples from Sydney Harbor were safe to drink after being treated.

And while the film hails from graphene, Graphair is comparatively cheaper, faster and more environmentally-friendly to make, as its primary component is renewable soybean oil, which also helps maximise the efficiency of the purifying techniques filter counterpart. Over time, oil-based pollutants can impede water filters, so contaminants have to be removed before filtering can even begin, but using Graphair removes these pollutants faster than any other method.

Water purification usually involves a complex process of several steps, so this breakthrough could have a significant impact on the some 2.1 billion people who dont have clean, safe drinking water. All thats needed is heat, our graphene, a membrane filter and a small water pump. Were hoping to commence field trials in a developing world community next year, said lead author Dr Dong Han Seo, who added that the team is looking for industry partners to help scale up the technology, and is also working on other applications for Graphair, such as seawater and industrial effluents.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.25 AUD
Converter

15:00

whats the point of even having staff? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$10000
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 8 January 2018
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Abstudy
Appealing Debt?: 
Unknown
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

The debt claim happened in the middle of an exam period, and no job.

It resulted in my partner and I splitting up and I was forced to move back to QLD and live at home with my Dad.

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

It was very anxiety inducing and they aren't very efficient at processing these claims so they come out of nowhere at the most unexpected time.

I really don't understand why they have a 1 shoe size fits all approach, if you don't fill a certain criterium to x value, they are unable to use discretion or common sense when trying to understand your concerns.
Which makes me wonder why they don't just replace every...

14:37

#BarnabyJoyce does not own #NewEngland: @burgewords comments on #auspolbarnaby "IndyWatch Feed National"

The man who once had a home base at Tamworth, but now seems to belong nowhere. AS I approached the polling station at the Tenterfield Memorial Hall on by-election day in December 2017, I suspected Barnaby Joyce would put in an early appearance. If Mr Joyce was going to cover New England glad-handing and holding babies, finishing in triumph at Tamworth, hed have to start early in this town at the far reaches of the electorate that had recently been stripped of its sitting member.  Despite being a local boy, Mr Joyce had been found by the High Court to be a dual citizen of New Zealand and dumped from parliament under the []

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Michael is an author and journalist who lives on Ngarabal country in the NSW Northern Tablelands. He has had enough of writing about marriage equality.

14:26

Nuclear waste dump? A new abuse for Brewarrinas Aboriginal people? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Brewarrina, or Bre as it is known, is an historic and fascinating town on the Barwon-Darling River. New South Wales.With 68% of the local population identifying as indigenous it is essentially an Aboriginal town. .
It is hard to underestimate the importance of the Aboriginal stone fish traps which, at 40,000 years old, may be the oldest man-made structures on the planet.

Brewarrina was the scene of a huge massacre of Aboriginals. They rounded them up like cattle, old and young, on the Quantambone plain, and shot them. It is said that there were about 400 and that was how Hospital Creek got its name

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14:24

Diver Was Just About To Surface When She Spotted The Rarest Thing "IndyWatch Feed National"

People used to think that there were only a couple dozen individuals left of the red handfish, considered one of the rarest fish in the world.

Scientists thought that this critically endangered fish a distinctive-looking fish whose fins, shaped like hands, walk along the ocean floor lived in just one little nook of the sea, Frederick Henry Bay, off the southeast coast of Tasmania, Australia. But what divers discovered on a plunge late last month surprised everyone. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a person off the coast of Tasmania thought he glimpsed the rare fish, a team of divers from the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Reef Life Survey (RLS) went looking to see if this sighting was fact or fiction. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a while searching the water, there was no sign of the colorful fish. And the divers were just about to give up. 

We were diving for approximately three and a half hours and at about the two hour mark we were all looking at each other thinking this is not looking promising, Antonia Cooper, IMAS technical officer, said. My dive partner went to tell the other divers...

13:08

Former Queensland cop who exposed beating defeats misconduct charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

Former Queensland police Sergeant Rick Flori has been found not guilty of misconduct in a trial by jury.

The charge against him chad come about, because in 2012 he had leaked footage of police officers bating up a handcuffed man at a Gold Coast police station basement. The department argued that Flori had been motivated by anger over being overlooked for a promotion.

He denied this in his defense, and was assisted in court by social justice advocate Renee Eaves.

But what about the man who was beaten? Apparently, this accounts for noting. One of the assaulters (Ben Lamb), who was clearly identified kicking the victim, was merely given a suspended dismissal. Basically, a slap on the wrist. Lamb was able to continue in his role as a Queensland police officer.

Anyone who has ever lived in the state knows that beatings are routine and have been so for a long time. For Indigenous Australians it is more frequent.

Flori hander over his footage to a journalist and the story became a significant media news, which cast spotlight on what is going on in the Queensland police force.

After this, Ben Flori left the police.

Whistle blowers need protection. When they pass on information about wrongdoing, they do us all a favour. In this case the use of unwarranted violence in the Queensland police force is something that needs to be cleaned up.

Instead of being punished, he should have received a commendation from the brass. That they chose to go after his hide, shows that the culture of cover up, closing the ranks and punishing the messenger  is rife, right to the top.

Ben Flori is made of different stuff. He witnessed something that was wrong, and he had the courage to do something about it. Without people like him, we would all be much worse off and

many people will appreciate his contribution.

 

 

The post Former Queensland cop who exposed beating defeats misconduct charge appeared first on The Pen.

12:53

(Video) Mike Pence, a Snitch for Mueller -- Treason? "IndyWatch Feed National"



Published on Jan 26, 2018

BREAKING: WATCH THE REPORT FIRST BEFORE COMMENTING! We have always been a fan of Mike & Karen Pence but over time, the words & actions of the Vice President have caused us to question his ultimate loyalty to our Commander in Chief. Become an InspoNews partner @ PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/insponews SUPPORT InspoNews & DONATE - CLICK ON THIS LINK: https://goo.gl/Ap4j9s (Square) This Special, in depth report concerning Mike pence is not a dark News, tabloid fabrication. Some black list news channels up here have falsely slandered Mike Pence with unfair innuendo with zero empirical evidence to back their sensational & salacious claims. But there is in reality, enough evidence to show duplicity in the hearts of the Pence's toward this President. Frankly, Donald J.Trump is the greatest President since the founding of this Republic. Our loyalty is to the US Constitution & President Trump alone - NOT Mike Pence. We believe he has leaked to Bob Mueller as well as to members of his team of GOP RINOs & DNC globalist legal hacks. Being an Islamic sympathizer, he was instrumental in convincing Rex Tillerson at State and others to allow for more Muslims to enter the US than ever before - even higher numbers than under the George Soros "Open Society" mandates of the Obama administration.He called President's Islam migration policy "dumb" & worked to get the thousands of Middle Eastern, Syrian Muslim men & ISIS "refugees" that Australia did not want - brought to the USA - against the President's desires. A VERY BAD DEAL for the safety of the american people. He betrayed the closest ally of the President & intelligence expert General Mike Flynn and along with Susan Rice & Bob Mueller, entrapped the nationalist General on a technicality, opening the door for Mueller to be picked by Rod Rosenstein. Andy McCabe, Hillary and Comey whole impeach Trump strategy was alway the " F Flynn and F Trump." MO. General Flynn -would have totally protected the President from any fake Mueller probe. He is a MAGA nationalist & loyalist in the DOD for the president. He had to be removed - so Mike Pence fired him on a mere "process" violation- failing to answer 2 questions on a security clearance form - totally by omission and mistake. Yet it was Mike Pence who thrust the knife into Flynn and this opened the door for the entire Mueller Investigation. Horrendous. Add to this Karen Pence's holier than thou and condescending private despising of Donald & Melania Trump & there was already a natural propensity to work privately...

12:40

Ode to the bin chicken "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ancient Egyptians venerated the ibis. Followers of ibis cults would visit temples and purchase mummified ibises for use in votive offerings. The ibis was a sacred bird associated with creation and fertility and knowledge and learning. The ibis cults became so wildly popular that priests began breeding and rearing the birds onsite, specially for mummification.

12:00

How human are you? On dystopia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Political theorist Hannah Arendt, in her 1963 book On Revolution, surmises that hypocrisy is the worst of all vices since it destroys integrity, the only thing that allows the individual to reclaim their incorruptible self: Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil, but only the hypocrite is rotten to the core.

11:47

Ballinas deputy mayor shocked by residents distress "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Keith Williams with residents Sue Whiteman and Deb Clemonce.

Deputy mayor of Ballina Keith Williams is the latest politician to go into bat for Meerschaum Vale residents whose properties are along the route of the Pacific Highway upgrade.

Cr Williams has echoed their call for a low noise pavement to be built to allow residents along the route some relief from the beast.

Residents have been lobbying the RMS for years on issues such as dust, a lack of consultation, noise impacts and a loss of amenity in the area, as well as the impacts on local wildlife.

Sue Whiteman, who owns a property adjacent to the proposed route that runs west of Wardell, has been leading the campaign to raise awareness about those issues.

She said the time spent by Cr Williams with residents was the most any politician had spent in her 13 years of lobbying.

He got to see firsthand how intimidated and bullied I am, she said.

Cr Williams said he was shocked to discover deeply traumatised people living in fear of the RMS and the contractors that are pushing the Pacific Highway through their little village.

I expected angry people, but what I saw and heard was people throughout the area pushed to the brink. There were more tears than harsh words spoken, he said.

This goes way beyond callous indifference, what I witnessed more resembled systemic intimidation, being watched every time you left your house, your movements tracked by radio, who were you talking to, whos house did you visit.

Imagine you had the temerity to speak out, then to lose road access to your house, not just for a week or two, but four months. Forced to walk 6kms from the nearest safe parking area. Always promised, itll be done today.

And the artworks of your recently deceased partner, lovingly displayed on your boundary fence. Removed. Never to be seen again. The kind of thing that hurts way more than insults. The kind of things that encourage others to keep their mouth shut.

Cr Williams heard that, in less than a year, there have been three different community engagement officers. With each one, the problems recited yet again. Residents unable to drink their rain water due to dust contamination. The bi...

11:39

Splendour festival-site plan a major intensification "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

By Luis Feliu

Tweed Shire Council has raised concerns to the state government over noise issues and the hike in patron numbers under a $46 million plan for the permanent use of the North Byron Parklands cultural-events site at Yelgun for events catering up to 50,000 people.

Councillors last night endorsed council staffs submission to the state planning department, as the development application (DA) for the Splendour in the Grass and other festivals site involves use of Tweed roads surrounding it.

Byron Shire Council has already invited NSW Department of Planning and Environment staff to brief staff and councillors about the DA, classed as a State Significant Development by the government, and which is currently on exhibition for public comment. (See our previous story at https://www.echo.net.au/2018/01/byron-shire-wants-briefing-46m-splendour-plan/)

In Tweed submission, council chief planner Vince Connell says the total number of people attending the events is a concern in terms of overall management of the various events and considerations for emergency evacuation etc.

Mr Connell said the trial events were limited to 35,000 patrons per day for large events but questioned the definition of patron which could mean anyone who holds a ticket to attend an outdoor event and as such patron numbers at proposed events will not include other people on site such as performers, volunteers and workers.

Although the SSD [state significant development] does acknowledge additional people for events (i.e. maximum 57,850 people on site for a 50,000 patron event), it is unclear as to whether the assessment and associated management plans/reports have taken into consideration that additional people will be on site and factored these increased figures traffic assessments or flooding/evacuation planning.

In addition, it is unclear as to whether free ticket holders have been included into any assessment, given they are technically not purchasing a ticket and therefore not considered as a patron, nor are they identified in the SSD as potential other people on site for events.

Noise impacts

On the issue of noise, Mr Connell said the proposed use is a significant intensification when compared to the trial period, which was complicated by non-compliances, community concerns and ongoing mitigation after monitoring events undertaken during the trial.

He said event noise monitoring was undertaken during the trial on only three events.

Maximum patronage during the trial period was only 32,500. The proposed maximum patronage is 35,000 with future expansion to 42,500 and 50,...

10:42

More Selectivity from our Mainstream Media "IndyWatch Feed National"

Halbe Zijlstra (jumping) resigned as minister of foreign affairs after he lied about his presence at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (adapted photo from Trouw)

by James ONeill*

On 18 December last year Gumshoe News published an article of mine on the continuing bias of the Australian mainstream media. It was suggested that this bias, which takes two major forms, was a potential threat to Australias national security.

The two major forms were firstly, wilful misreporting of events, as in the ongoing wars in Afghanistan, in Iraq and Syria where there is a constant misrepresentation of facts on the ground. This has potentially serious implications as Australia is involved in e...

10:07

Our Bidentity Crisis "IndyWatch Feed National"

You cant be into surfing because youre Asian.

 Oh yes, you got me. Everything I do must actually fit your racist stereotype of what an Asian girl must do. It doesnt matter that you dont know me at all. That I am allowed to be, and am, into surfing. No, Im just Asian.

Growing up in a mainly white Sydney neighbourhood meant that any difference from that profile stood out. As a biracial kid, I was no exception, despite looking more Caucasian than I do Japanese.Little incidents and complications brought about by high school politics made me feel that even though I saw myself as Australian, I would never be socially validated as such because of my heritage.

For those biculture kids Ive talked to, while our experiences have all differed in some regards, weve all had to grapple with the polarity of our cultures. For someone who has parents that intersected from completely separate worlds, the end result is a young adult questioning which one they want to belong to, and what they are giving up if they identify with one more than the other.

During my teen years, I didnt really tell people that I was half-Japanese. I didnt want to be seen as an outsider of sorts. For Jasmine Higgins, a 20-year-old from Sydneys Shire, being Australian-Chinese, her experience was similar. High school for her brought on a brief period of bullying, where she reflects that it only took one person to say something to realise I was different.

This blending in strategy was also relevant to Megumi Wynne Koiwai, a 25-year-old American-Japanese who, on the other side of coin, has lived in Tokyo her entire life.  Her experience of being biracial in Japan was one where kids would bully her for having a sandwich and granola bar for lunch, yet in high school, she would be used for her biracial uniqueness.

I know most of these negative experiences can be pinned down to immaturity and ignorance. But the way in which people receive you does have an impact. This is especially true when youre young and just as confused as they are about what category you fit into.

...

10:06

No bus terminal for Byron market site "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay market at Butler Street Reserve. Photo contributed

The Byron Bay Community Association has welcomed a state government announcement that there will not be a bus transit centre built on the Butler Street Reserve.

BBCA general manager Paul Spooner has called on the Byron Shire Council to confirm its ongoing commitment to maintaining Butler Street as the site of the iconic markets.

Council now needs to confirm that the Butler Street site is the official ongoing site of the iconic Byron Bay Market, Mr Spooner said.

Echonetdaily has contacted the council for comment.

Byron Bay Community Association general manager Paul Spooner. Photo supplied

Its understood the State Government decided not to go ahead with building a bus terminal on the site because of the construction costs involved in building on the site, which was a former tip.

Mr Spooner said now the decision had been made, the safety of market patrons, stallholders and market staff is very important moving forward.

The council needs to be totally transparent about any potential ground issues that need to be addressed at the site to make it safe and usable, he said.

BBCA calls on council to work with market managers, stallholders and the community to ensure that the Butler Street Reserve is an appropriate site for markets and other low key recreational activities to occur into the future.

I believe council needs to commit to ensuring the site is safe and well looked after. It is now evident that no buildings or carparks will be possible to construct on the site due to the massive expense req...

09:51

Judith Wright Poetry Prize: the 2017 shortlist "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 2017 judges, poet Ali Cobby Eckermann and Overland poetry editor Toby Fitch, have finished blind judging the competition and, after deliberation, have selected a shortlist of nine poems.

09:34

Joyce affair reveals Australias corrupt and crony political culture "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

In many ways, the controversy over Barnaby Joyces affair is a distraction. The focus on the personal affair with a former journalist, who became a staffer in the media has the flavour of tabloid journalism about it. Personal relationships are much more complex and only those involved really know what is going on. Besides, he has done much worse then get his girlfriend pregnant and this is what the focus should be on.

Joyce has consistently been in the front line, attacking those on Centrelink benefits as welfare cheat.  her has played a leading role in  bringing in a list of measures, engineered to make life more difficult for the most vulnerable Australians.

While doing this, he has not been too shy to dip his own hands into the governments coffers.And he is accused of using public funds to cultivate an extramarital affair. And when he finally leaves Canberra, there will be no guilt about walking away with a bag of life-long perks and a pension that would provide a comfortable life for a whole bunch of other pensioners. You can bet he wont be calling himself a welfare cheat, even if this comes on top of his reputed wealth of around $18 million.

Time and time again, Barnaby Joyce has betrayed the ranks of the National Party, siding with Tony Abbott and then Malcolm Turnbull, to champion cut backs in services and privatisations. He once claimed to stand against this. No wonder that some in the National Party took to calling him Turncoat Barnaby. This has contributed to the shifting of a section of the partys base of support to One Nation.

Many more sins could be written about. At every turn, when a new measure that hurt ordinary Australians came, Barnaby was there, playing the role of the most reliable sycophant of a brutal  government without compassion and prepared to do anything to serve its own interests. .

If there is one positive thing to come out of the present affair, it is that it has given us a glimpse of the murky waters of the embedded culture of corruption and cronyism that envelopes Canberra.

This  is the most pressing political issue of our times. Corruption and cronyism is what is determining the type of government that we have and what lies behind so many measures are being put in place, which are hurting ordinary Australians.

The flip side is that  this situation has plunged trust in the political system to the lowest level ever. Before the Barnaby Joyce affair broke out, not many had any great trust in parliament, leading politicians and the big parties.  But now, the stocks have sunk even lower, and this has mainly goner...

09:24

EPA refuses to act on logging breaches at Limpinwood "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has refused to act on breaches by a landowner at Limpinwood in the Tweed Valley who has cleared large tracts of old-growth forest under a controversial policy, according to anti-logging campaigners.

Environmental activists and neighbours say unauthorised logging and road works by Hewittville Pty Ltd, whose property on Boormans Road borders World Heritage forests, have gone unpunished.

The landowners actions have been subject to recent protests and Tweed Shire Council scrutiny, but because the logging operation was approved under a state-sanctioned Private Native Forestry Agreement, the government has control over logging there.

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) says its dismayed by the EPAs refusal to do anything about the breaches, despite the authority confirming they had occurred.

The EPA found that in breach of five conditions of the Private Native Forestry Code of Practice trees were felled across streams, a log dump was constructed too close to a stream, and that snig tracks and roads were inadequately drained to reduce erosion, NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.

It is disturbing that the EPA were not concerned that the roading and logging had occurred across some 18 hectares of an Environmental Protection Zone without consent, Mr Pugh said.

Its worrying that the EPA can claim that here was no harm to the environment from these breaches when it is evident that they did not investigate the full extent of breaches and made no attempt to assess how much sediment had entered the streams and what effect it has had.

This is the EPAs standard response to all NEFAs complaints, no matter how serious, the EPA always claim no environmental harm even when it is obvious that there has been.

It is clear that the EPA does not enforce environmental laws because they dont believe breaching them has any effect what-so-ever. The best we can expect from the EPA these days are meaningless warning letters.

The EPA confirmed the two Koala High Use Trees that NEFA had reported, though thought nothing of the fact that one had a road excavated up to its base or that they could find no evidence of any koalas remaining in that vicinity.

We wonder where the koalas are now, and what fate awaits them, the EPA obviously dont care, Mr Pugh said.

A neighbouring landowner, Susie Hearder, sid that she had been reporting significant pollution events coming from the property to the EPA since 2013.

Yet the EPA only bothered to come for a token look on Tuesday, Ms Hearder told Echonetdaily.

On showing them one-metre deep mud in a rainforest gully they werent even interested in pursuing the sedimen...

09:23

Australian Constitution Fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

Putting aside the Barnaby Joyce affair, the people in the Australian Government have a much more serious issue that is not on a domestic scale but rather has global ramifications, that being a "Constitutional Crisis" that is (deliberately?) hidden in plain sight.

Please also note that a book from 1999 called AUSTRALIA The Concealed colony  by F.J. Coningham Ph.D. has been removed from bookshelves.  

From the video below (6m50s), these are the topics mentioned;


  • Australia is a colony as defined within the Constitution, therefore cannot have a matter in the International Court of Justice.

  • Royal signature (of QEII) a must for any law to be valid, where the signature is given by the Vice-Regal representative -> Governor-General.

  • A passport can only be issued by a nation and not a colony of the U.K.
  • No action has been taken by the Australian government on the Stern Hu matter as this could expose Australia's Constitutional issues.

  • In the 1990's Australia's Governor-General was appointed from a forged document.
  • U.K. chancellor Baron Falconer confirmed signature was a forgery,
  • Date of the document is after the design of the Royal Seal was changed.
  • Custody of the Royal Seal
  • The Australian people are governed in secrecy.
  • Australia given vast territories in the Antarctic by the United Nations.
  • The U.S. has bases on Australian territories searching for resources.
  • The Japanese are whaling in Australian territories as they comprehend that if the matter was to play out publicly in the international courts where it would be exposed that the U.N. cannot give territories to a colony.
The people in government will not do anything about this, due to the cushy government entitlements, where they'd rather keep the masses in the dark.




09:18

Happy centenary Bill "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My grandfather would've been 100 this week and my family were sharing memories, so I wrote a few of mine

I wouldve been aged five or six when I first met my grandfather Dr William Buscombe.

I dont recall much, aside from the gift of a Crookes radiometer.

In the mid-1990s while studying at university I began emailing Bill. It mightve been 1996 and his replies would promptly arrive overnight, discussing largely mundane matters but clearly enjoying connecting and communicating from the other side of the world.

In 1999 at the end of my studies, I visited him in Evanston and appreciated the opportunity to accompany him on his walk from home to Northwestern University and observe him still checking his email.

By that point he was becoming increasingly frail but still following his routine and maintaining correspondence, as well as reviewing the next iteration of the star catalogue that had been a substantial part of his career as an astronomer.

One morning on that visit I asked him about his attitude toward death.

He replied that at age 79 hed lived beyond the average for a male and that each day is a gift.

It was a statement that consoled me and I remember relaying it to my mother when she later learned of his death.

Another highlight of that trip to Evanston was getting a sense of Bills relationship with my grandmother Royal.

One morning as Bill and I ate breakfast, Royal entered the room to join us and Bill stood while she sat at the table.

When he resumed sitting and eating I could see that hed now positioned his body to be slightly turned toward her.

After that Id notice how attentive Bill was to Royal and it was very sweet to see the subtle displays of his love.

That visit gave me an appreciation of Bills good-natured grace.

09:10

Driver crashed into two cars after speeding from police "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 27-year-old Goonellabah man will appear in court today after allegedly leading police on a car chase and then crashing into two cars.

Police allege that at 4pm they had reason to stop a Silver coloured Honda on Terania Street.

Police signaled for the Honda to pull over, which it did. As police left their vehicle to speak to the driver it accelerated away harshly.

A pursuit began and the Honda drove at speeds 60km/h over the limit. Due to the dangerous manner of driving police terminated the pursuit at the intersection of Keen and Conway Street.

Police said a short time later the Honda was observed driving northbound on Ballina Road,approaching the roundabout of Rotary Drive.

It then collided with a vehicle and kept driving. A short time later the Honda collided with another car, causing it to spin 180 degrees and come to a stop.

The driver, a 27-year-old Goonellabah man, then ran from the vehicle and was caught by police a short distance away.

He was searched and found to have 5 grams of cannabis in his underpants. A roadside drug test produced a positive detection to methamphetamine.

At Lismore Police station checks on his licence revealed he is disqualified from driving until 2029.

He was charged with Drive Whilst Disqualified 2nd+ Offence, two counts of not Give Particulars to Other Drivers, Drive Manner Dangerous, Police pursuit Drive Dangerously and Posses Prohibited Drug.

A further charge may be laid pending the result of his drug analysis. He was bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court this morning.

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08:52

Man charged over assault and robbery in Ballina street "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 23-year-old man was charged over the alleged assault and robbery of a man who had been walking along the main street of Ballina on Thursday night.

Police say that around 10.30pm, the victim, a 22-year-old man, was walking along River Street when he was allegedly pushed in the chest by a man walking towards him.

The man allegedly grabbed the 22-year-olds phone and started running down River Street.

The victim chased and caught the man and while trying to get his phone back, was assaulted.

Members of the public intervened and police were called, who arrested the alleged assailant.

He was taken to Ballina police station where he was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and robbery.

He appeared in Ballina Local Court yesterday and refused bail to re-appear in Lismore Local Court on Thursday 19 April.

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08:41

Retaliation feared for Sydney bikie hit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mahmoud Mick Hawi.

The brazen shooting murder of notorious former bikie boss Mahmoud Mick Hawi as he sat in the drivers seat of a luxury 4WD is feared to spark a new round of Sydney underworld revenge attacks.

The ex-leader of the Comancheros was shot multiple times outside a Fitness First gym in Rockdale in Sydneys south about midday on Thursday and later died in St George Hospital.

His 4WD was peppered with at least half a dozen bullets in the underworld hit.

Two men in dark clothing were captured on CCTV fleeing the scene after the attack.

Witnesses identified a man wearing a balaclava as the gunman.

Shortly afterwards, a Mercedes Benz station wagon was set alight on a nearby street.

Police described the daylight murder of the 37-year-old as a serious, brutal and callous.

This was a planned and targeted attack, Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon told reporters.

He said detectives are investigating Mr Hawis underworld links and who may wanted him dead, while full resources are also being deployed to prevent retribution for the murder.

Its essential, when we believe there could be links to organised crime, that we take action to prevent that, Mr Lanyon said.

Hawi served time in prison for his role in the killing of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas who was bashed with a bollard during a brawl between the rival clubs at Sydney Airport in 2009.

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08:36

Joyces slow, agonising spiral down "IndyWatch Feed National"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Hair by agonising hair, day by painful day, the bandaid was pulled off.

It didnt have to be this way.

Barnaby Joyce and coalition MPs had about 24 hours where they thought he had pulled out of a death spiral that began nine days ago.

Nationals MPs were lined up behind their leader.

The flood of revelations about his affair with staffer Vikki Campion had dried up.

His party didnt want him gone.

Joyce leads 21 Nationals MPs in parliament and they are the only ones who can remove him, not the prime minister.

They see him as an electoral asset, a man who bombastically stands up for the regions, delivering money and votes.

His style isnt for everyone, but it does just fine for many, many people in the country.

After a testy week, Joyce looked to have avoided the death spirals his colleagues had taken.

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop lasted 18 days before her inevitable resignation over taking a helicopter to a Liberal fundraiser.

Sussan Ley lasted 10 days before quitting the front bench over claiming travel expenses to buy a house on the Gold Coast.

Liberal MPs privately said they thought this scandal was going to end the same way, until Joyce appeared to pull it out of the fire on Wednesday.

Despite his mistakes, one MP summed up his worth to the coalition:Were better with him than without him.

Then Malcolm Turnbull pulled the bandaid off a bit further, ripping out some hairs with it.

He told parliament Joyce would be taking personal leave next week instead of being acting prime minister while Turnbull was in Washington.

Turnbull had not appeared fully confident in Joyce all week but that decision took him to the brink.

More questions then began to be raised about a rent-free townhouse Joyce was given to live in for six months, thanks to a rich business friend Greg Maguire.

Then there were questions about a function his department paid for at Maguires Armidale hotel.

And it was revealed Joyces push to move the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to Armidale meant taxpayers have spent almost $15,000 putting staff in that same hotel.

A passionate and strident Turnbull waited unt...

08:12

MACKAY Man found in middle of road after deliberately crashing car "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man found in middle of road after deliberately crashing car

February 16, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

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08:08

Australian fire beetles avoid heat "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 13 february 2018 video is called The impact of infrared radiation in flight control in the Australian fire beetle Merimna atrata.

From the University of Bonn in Germany:

Australian fire beetle avoids the heat: Its infrared organs warn the insect of hot surfaces

February 15, 2018

Summary: The Australian jewel beetle Merimna atrata has several heat sensors. Originally it was thought that it uses them to detect forest fires as the insect lays its eggs in the wood of burned eucalyptus trees. Researchers were finally able to refute this hypothesis. Instead, the beetle appears to need its heat sensors for a different purpose: to not burn its feet on landing.

The Australian fire beetle is attracted to freshly burnt wood. Experts also call this pyrophilia (love of fire). This behavior is not very common in insects. Merimna atrata however has a good reason for this. The dead wood provides plenty of food for the larvae of the beetle, so it uses the wood for oviposition.

But how does Merimna find a freshly burned area? For some time it has been known that the fire beetle has heat sensors with which it can detect infrared radiation. In a sense, it sees hot places in its environment against a cooler background. It was originally believed that the insects use this ability to detect forest fires.

However, the IR organs in Merimna atrata are relatively insensitive, Dr. Helmut Schmitz emphasizes. Schmitz is a lecturer at the Institute of Zoology at the University of Bonn; he has investigated thermo and infrared reception in the black insects for nearly two decades. This actually contradicts the assumption that the IR organs enable the beetle to detect fires from a greater distance.

Beetles on a pin

Together with his colleagues, Schmitz has now been able to demonstrate for the first time that these doubts are justified. The scientists designed an ingenious experiment fo...

08:00

February 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1804 David Collins became the first Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemens Land and voted to keep Sullivan Cove (Hobart) as a settlement site on the island.

1835 - William Phineas Bowles was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his wife Sarah in Bathurst St.

1839 - Those living in Kiama, NSW, moved up in the world when their plot of dirt was declared a town.

1858 - The first Governor-General of Oz, Sir Charles FitzRoy, did pop his clogs in a not-so-merry way when he fell off the perch.

1859 - John King was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Rebecca Hall at the Bull's Head, Goulburn Street.

1859 - Peter Haley ("Black Peter") Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - Daniel ("Wingy") Stewart Bushranger.was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent .

1859 - William Ferns (alias Flowers) Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - William Davis was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Andre Cassavant at Black River.

1864 - Robert McKavor wasHanged at Campbell Street Gaol for felonious assault and robbery.

1869 - Today saw Sir Henry Parkes (the Father of Federation) spouting off in his speech to the Legislative Assembly.
Go on, go read it.
You know it'll cure your insomnia...

1872 - The Evening Post was getting its knickers in a twist about something to do with the San Francisco mail service.
Can't be certain, I was snoring by the 3rd paragraph (the content, not the quality of the report) but Oz wouldn't play ball with NZ.
And we've continued that tradition with the underarm bowling incident...

1880 - The Hawke's Bay Herald trumpeted that Aussie butter was getting flogged for 120s cwt (120 shillings per carat centum weight* - which,as far as I can tell, is based on the measurement of the minimum requirement of milk fat) while 150 former colonists guts themselves silly onboard the Strathleven which had just succesfully transported the first shipment of frozen meat across the world.

1880 - Listen up, boys and girls, for here's a fairy story we'd never put any faith into happening today-
there was 17 kms of railway track opened from Trentham station to Carlsruhe station.

1887 ...And there they went again, madly opening another 4kms of train track from Parwan station to Bacchus Marsh station.

1892 - William Shiels became Premier of Victoria when James Munro did a bunk back to become an agent-general in London to escape his many creditors after the collapse of his Real Estate Bank.

1904 - The Taranaki Herald whispered about Dowie and the fact he "had a ho...

07:48

Byron Farmers Market turns 15 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dirtgirl, from dirtgirlworld and the get grubby TV will be on hand to help celebrate. Photo supplied.

March the first will see the Byron Farmers Market celebrate its 15th birthday at the Butler Street Reserve and there will be plenty of colour, creativity and cake said market organisers.

From 8 till 11am there will not only be the usual array of fresh, local produce direct from local farmers but therell also be entertainment, gifts, free food, and a special guest.

The Emmy award-winning dirtgirl (from dirtgirlworld and the get grubby TV programs) will be on hand to help us celebrate in style (farm style, that is), said market organiser Kylie McGregor.

Not only is she a favourite with kids both here in Australia and around the world but shes also a champion of sustainability, farmers and growing your own food. Our kinda gal.

There will also be free entertainment for the kids (big and little) with live music and roving acts, a cooking demo (and tastings) from Byron Farmers Market ambassador and chef extraordinaire Gavin Hughes (also Head Chef at the Byron at Byron), a kiddies corner where potential future farmers can get sowing and growing with DIY seedling pots, plus giveaways and finishing off with a cracking birthday cake.

Market organisers are asking everyone to come along and celebrate.

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05:09

Jeff Sessions Dog Whistle to White Supremacy: Sheriffs Guard Our Anglo-American Heritage "IndyWatch Feed National"

WASHINGTON U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed a meeting of the National Sheriffs Association on February 12 in Washington. As the nations chief law enforcer, Sessions was among friends and such an appearance should have been uneventful. What could possibly go wrong? Well it appears that the Attorney General may have improvised a bit in his speech, straying away from the prepared remarks he was supposed to have given.

Sessions praised the 20,000 members present, assuring them they had the support of both himself and the man at the top, President Donald Trump. Driving that point home, Sessions said, The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office.

Now, from a historical standpoint, Sessions is correct. As the National Sheriffs Association states on its website:

In England, the sheriff came into existence around the 9th century. This makes the sheriff the oldest continuing, non-military law enforcement entity in history The concept of sheriff, because of the vast British Empire, was exported to places such as Canada, Australia, India, and, of course, the American Colonies.

And yet, there is serious doubt as to whether Sessions brief history lesson was simply benign and innocent. To many, it sounded like yet another dog whistle to white supremacy.

 

Sheriffs picked up where slave patrols left off

A Duplin County Sheriffs Office special response team prepares to shatter a door, and presumably it's owners 4th Amendment rights, during a training exercise.

A Duplin County Sheriffs Office special response team prepares to shatter a door, and presumably its owners 4th Amendment rights, during a training exercise.

Many writers have opined that the cousins of the sheriffs here in the U.S., the police, have their origins rooted in slavery. As Time.coms Olivia Waxman noted last year, citing the work of Eastern Kentucky University Professor Gary Potter, while the protection of shipping interests gave rise to the police in the Northeast, in the South the slave patr...

04:18

Australian Ministers banned from sex with staffers as deputy PM gets adviser pregnant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's prime minister is imposing a ban on all sexual relationships between ministers and their staff after the deputy PM's affair with his adviser was exposed when she became pregnant. Malcolm Turnbull announced the ban following the scandal which erupted after the Sydney Daily Telegraph published a front-page photograph, essentially exposing Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce's relationship with his former media adviser Vikki Campion. Barnaby, who was also leader of the National Party and married for 24 years, made a "shocking error of judgment", created a "world of woe" for the women in his life and "appalled all of us," said Turnbull.

04:00

South Korea's Ahn Hee-Jung on coal trade: after Paris 'everything should change' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia sells South Korea $6bn of coal a year, so Canberra unease over the governor's anti-coal message is unsurprisingFor a South Korean presidential hopeful, Ahn Hee-Jung is not what you would expect. Related: Energy economics group says export market for Australian coal will decline Meeting South Korea's Governor An Hee-jung to discuss working together to meet regional challenges & #WinterOlympics2018 ~ pic.twitter.com/nnGrchOsSo Continue reading...

02:55

PERTH Three in court over Carlisle home invasion "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Three in court over Carlisle home invasion .

February 15, 2018 at 02:30PM .

They left after taking a number of items, police allege. Kensington Detectives yesterday searched a property in Kewdale and charged three men with aggravated burglary and other offences. The men two aged 19 and one aged 20 are due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today.

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02:55

PERTH Shire of Mundaring ordered to pay more than $30000 in legal costs to owners of dogs acquitted of "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Shire of Mundaring ordered to pay more than $30000 in legal costs to owners of dogs acquitted of .

February 15, 2018 at 10:56AM .

SHIRE of Mundaring has been ordered to pay more than $30,000 in legal costs to the owner of two dogs who were acquitted of killing and maiming 39 sheep in the Lakes in 2016. A three-day criminal trial in the Perth Magistrates Court on January 30 between the Shire and Simon Hey ruled the

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01:53

Barnaby, mate - this can't go on "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'm sitting in Bangkok International, one of 3 large airports I'll visit today. All around me people are on Facebook, video-calling family and looking at news online - as we do. A British bloke's been chatting with me while checked our screens - and he watched and listened to this....

01:45

Astronomer Dr. Eamonn Ansbro An Update on Quantum Experiment to Contact ET "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kerry Cassidy

I will be interviewed scientist and astronomer EAMONN ANSBRO about the status of his quantum experiment to contact ET.

Dr. Eamonn Ansbro has a Masters degree in Astronomy from University of Western Sydney, Australia, and an MPhil and PhD (ABD) degree in Astronomy from the Planetary Space Science Research Institute at Open University (UK).

He is director of Kingsland Observatory, one of 5 Observatory research centres in astronomy in Ireland. His main involvement for some years has been in Solar System studies and Instrumentation.

In recent years he has been involved in SETI . He founded SETI Kingsland which has been pioneering a fundamental new approach within SETI.

This new SETI approach has resulted in breakthrough technology for applying it to communications with extraterrestrial civilizations.

Visit Project Camelot to view the full 20 page PDF presentation.

Kerry Cassidy is the CEO/ Founder of Project Camelot. Kerry is a documentary filmmaker/investigative journalist and well known radio talk show host of Project Camelot Whistleblower Radio and Project Camelot TV broadcaster with a weekly live show on Youtube. Her website Project Camelot ( http://projectcamelot.tv aka projectcamelotportal.com ) is a leader in the alternative media sector, with a Youtube channel that has over 57 million unique viewers worldwide and over 185,000 sub...

01:29

UK points finger at Russia for malicious cyberattack that paralyzed global firms "IndyWatch Feed National"

The British government says Russia was behind the massive NotPetya cyberattack that crippled computer networks of global multinationals last summer. Moscow has denied the accusation.

We categorically reject such accusations, we consider them unsubstantiated and groundless. This is nothing more than the continuation of the Russophobic campaign lacking any evidence,presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Thursday.

With no specific evidence provided for the allegations, UK intelligence claimed that the Russian military was responsible for the attack, citing a statement by Britains Foreign Office. According to the document, the UK decided to publicly charge Russia to show neither London nor its allies will not tolerate malicious cyber activity.

The UKs National Cyber Security Centre assesses that the Russian military was almost certainly responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyber-attack of June 2017. Given this is the highest level of assessment and the broader context, the UK government has made the judgement that the Russian government was responsible for this cyber-attack, the statement says.

The NotPetya cyberattack devastated computer networks of major global corporations worldwide. Companies like the delivery service FedEx, container-ship giant Moeller-Maersk, pharmaceutical firm Merck, French construction firm Saint-Gobain, British advertising company WPP Group, and many others fell victims of the virus. Security experts said the worm appeared to stem from Ukrainian tax software.

The accusations by the UK Foreign Office represent the first time a Western government has publicly pointed the finger at Moscow. Earlier, only Ukraine accused the Kremlin. They also claimed that Ukraine bore the brunt of the attack.

British officials said the attack was aimed at Ukrainian financial, energy, and government sectors.

The attack masqueraded as a criminal enterprise but its purpose was principally to disrupt. Primary targets were Ukrainian financial, energy and government sectors. Its indiscriminate design caused it to spread further, affecting other European and Russian business, the UK Foreign....

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

00:25

Dust storm hits Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Incredible footage has emerged of a dust storm currently sweeping over Melbourne. A combination of Victoria's recent dry weather and Wednesday's strong winds have caused a significant amount of dust unearthed and displaced across the city. A severe weather warning has been issued due to a strong cold front which will cross Victoria this morning and early afternoon.

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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00:00

Beyond the Crossing: Remote Viewing the Planet X Binary and Trinary System "IndyWatch Feed National"

Interesting information and worth a listen. Discernment advised, as always. Ed.

In this segment, we cover the impending passage of the binary system, what to expect, Spiritual and physical preparation aspects, Laudas first hand experiencing of the Holographic construct, the role of 5G + agendas, remote viewing a high level celebrity briefed on the system, an Australian astrophysicist kin confirmation disclosure + more!

Part 1

Part 2

Continuing from Part 1, we further discuss aspects of the Binary passage effects, the New earth, the TransPlanting, the elements of the antiverse/anti-creation + more personal witnessing of relative events.

We must emphasize that the El-ites do not invest trillions of dollars over decades building and expanding deep underground base networks for hoax events, irregardless of what technologies they may themselves employ as part of end time events.

Biblical plagues really happened say scientists

This article omits much, though is a reference point for examining the scientific studied effects that led to exodus.- GL http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/scien

WORMWOOD.

This object goes by many names.. The Egyptians called it the Terrible Comet

The civilizations of South and Central American called it the Sky Serpent

The Hopi Indians called it Sasquasohah

The Babylonians called it Marduk

The Chinese called it The Red Dragon

The Sumerians called it Nibiru or Planet of the Crossing.

Other civilizations called it The Winged or Horned Disk, The Destroyer, The Death Comet among others.

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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...

21:09

Tarrawanna blaze "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

fire rescueEMERGENCY services were called to a home on Kendall Street, Tarrawanna after reports of a fire about 6pm on Wednesday.

Fire & Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze. No one was at home at the time.

Wollongong police established a crime scene and forensic examinations are being conducted. Investigations into the fire, including whether there are any suspicious circumstances, are continuing.

The resident later attended Wollongong Police Station to report a stolen vehicle.

The blue Ford Falcon sedan with the NSW registration BNF 58U was last seen at the property in the morning. About 1am today (Thursday), a 41-year-old man was arrested and the stolen vehicle was recovered. He has since been released pending further inquiries. It is not yet known whether the incidents are linked.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

 

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

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

UPDATE: Crikey has reported that Charles Waterstreet claims he has NOT launched defamation proceedings against Tina Huang. The original ABC article has a correction at the bottom of the piece which says the report was in error.

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.

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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"

1.00 AUD = 0.00008 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.30 AUD
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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"

yrplaceyrhair.com is Sydney's original mobile hairdresser. Trusted mobile hairdressing in Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, North Shore & Metro Sydney.

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.

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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

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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:

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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

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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.

The post Abbott marries rower beau in registry appeared first on Echonetdaily.

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

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...

07:32

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"

Malka Leifer 1b

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

 

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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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Wednesday, 14 February

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...

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