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Wednesday, 08 August


Softball-sized hail hits Colorado Springs, 8 people injured, extensive damage to more than 400 cars and homes "IndyWatch Feed National"

A violent thunderstorm moved through parts of Colorado on Monday afternoon, August 6, 2018, dropping very large hail and heavy rainfall. NWS said the storm moved through Fountain, Security and Falcon with wind gusts up to 96 km/h (60 mph). The largest hailstones,...... Read more


Great Barrier Reef Foundation: waiting for the inevitable crash "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mainstream media reports that Australian Prime Minister & Liberal MP for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull (former director Goldman Sachs), Minister for Environment and Energy & Liberal MP for Kooyong Josh Frydenberg (former Director Deutsche Bank Australia) and Chair of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation & Member of the Business Council of Australia John Schubert (former Chair Commonwealth Bank) met on 9 April 2018 to discuss the allocation of a grant valued at in excess of AU$4866.6 million to the foundation.

It was also reported that no officials from the Department of the Environment and Energy were present at that meeting when the grant offer was made and apparently accepted.

Less than ten weeks later the grant was formally approved without meeting all relevant provisions in the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines 2017.

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation with a staff of only six full-time employees now has no more than 6 financial years to spend this large sum, which represents est. 69.66 per cent of funds held in the federal government operated Reef Trust since 2014 and 97.52 per cent of additional funds received by the trust on 29 April 2018.



Stopping coal expansions in NSW that are bigger than Adani's proposed Carmichael Mine complex "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Tuesday, 07 August


Slow and steady wins the race "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Our Help Centre of Ecological Learning survive and thrive campaign has raised $9160 so far.can you help us reach $10,000 by the end of August? We have a few lovely incentives for our generous donors All donors will be recognised on our virtual Wall of Gratitude (if they choose to be). For all donations of $50 or more, [...] full article 


Instead of Making Salacious Accusations- I Have Consisntly, for Close to Two Decades, Have Focused on My Family and Their Involvement with Child Trafficking in Omaha "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have blog, a book, have done countless interviews- and never once- in all of these years- has my story ever once changed nor have I contradicted myself.

My detractors will claim I was discredited by my John B. wells show when I spoke about Jacob Wetterling- but I would like to point out that a 28 yr cold case which remained unsolved was solved with a perp, a confession, and a body LESS than TWO WEEKS after this interview

Since then, it has been used continuously to try and discredit me, although they wont release ANY of the documents concerning this case.

My detractors ridicule me when I say that Franklin Credit- and my family- were protected by some incredibly powerful people very connected to our government.

This includes our CIA- who can do anything they want and are always shrouded in secrecy.

But again- if I was lying I could not have remained as consistent as I have through these many years without at least contradicting myself a few times- and this has NEVER happened.

As a result of my efforts- I have been attacked constantly, my Gmail account DavidShurter1 has been hacked which prevents me from posting YouTube videos, and I have myriads of articles and comments from the same group trying to discredit me and prevent people from listening to me.

Would this be the case if I was lying and they werent concerned with people listening to what I had to say?

I have gone to the police- including Nebraska State Patrol cold case detective John Pankonin who I had take my DNA- the FBI- and I have contacted the Dept of Justice- REPEATEDLY to absolutely no avail. So the reason why there is no evidence is because our law officials continuously and ALWAYS refuse to look into my allegations.

There is little else I can do. Ive tried everything and nothing has worked. But the main issue to this is that I have never changed my story nor have I EVER contradicted myself.

That is impossible unless I am telling the truth- which I am.


2018 Sustainable Communities National Summit "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Tuesday, 18 Sep to Wednesday, 19 Sep. ] Community Sustainability: the future imperative The need to grow social cohesion, connectivity and resilience: community, food, energy Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 September 2018 Angliss Conference Centre, Melbourne Convened by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) in association with Village Well, Sustain and Transition Australia Suitable for councillors, council officers, members of Transition and Sustainability groups, as well as stakeholders [...] full article 


Windows 10 Pay As You Go con job? "IndyWatch Feed National"

You may have heard the sayings;

- If it's too good to be true, it probably is.
- Nothing is for free.

It seems that Microsoft has mislead its customers that the upgrade to Windows 10 is for free.

In reality Microsoft should be sued, for that action alone.

So, when was the best time to ditch Microsoft Windows?

At least 10 years ago.

There is no reason for any person to use the Windows operating system today, as there are plenty of other mature operating systems available which also include the 'Office' suite of programs.

Read the article from 4 Aug 2018 by of the headline:

Windows 10 Leak Exposes Microsoft's New Monthly Charge

Ever since its creation, Microsoft MSFT +0.11% has described Windows 10 as a service. The fear has always been that this meant Microsoft would start charging users a monthly fee to maintain the operating system, and now a new leak has confirmed this is exactly what will happen 

In a new report, CNets well connected Microsoft specialist Mary Jo Foley reports the company will soon launch Microsoft Managed Desktop which will charge a monthly fee to configure computers running Windows 10 and keep them running smoothly as new updates are released. ...


What Is Jordan B. Peterson Really Saying? "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you are an English speaker and have had access to the Internet, television, radio, or newspapers anytime within the last few months, odds are you have heard the name Jordan B. Peterson. A year or so ago you might have shaken your head in ignorance and muttered an innocent who? at the mention of Peterson and not been accused of cultural illiteracy. But not anymore. With the release of his book, 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos, at the start of 2018, Peterson shot to the top of the bestselling lists in Canada his native land the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia practically overnight, and is maintaining his dominance, an important word for Peterson, even as I write, with successful book tours and sold-out audiences. Before this he was a prestigious but relatively little-known Canadian professor and psychologist who did important work at Harvard in studying the links between aggression and drug and alcohol abuse and who had a long and passionate obsession with the place of evil and suffering in human existence.

This obsession with what C.G. Jung, a central influence on Peterson, called the shadow in the human psyche gave rise to a fascination in him with totalitarian ideologies and the question of how human beings can be so enamoured of their belief systems that they were willing to engage in global conflict even annihilation rather than abandon them. Nightmares of nuclear catastrophe and nihilistic dread informed much of Petersons early years.

Petersons research material was ready to hand: the Cold War that he had lived under since his birth in 1962 in Fairview, Alberta until the fall of the Soviet Union, the Stalin purges that preceded it and the atrocities of National Socialism that hit a high water mark for human inhumanity. His first book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief (1999) was an ambitious if not entirely successful attempt to come to grips with how human beings generate meaning how we create order out of chaos, a central theme for Peterson with the help of behavioural psychology, ancient myths, and healthy doses of then current neuroscience. It took Peterson thirteen years to write and it had its readers. Not as many as 12 Rules for Life, although the success of his second-born is benefiting his first. His publishers, keen to capitalise on Petersonmania, are bringing out a new edition of the work. This is not sheer opportunism. The 12 rules for life Peterson sets his new readers to follow are anchored in the insights of his earlier book, and adventurous readers of his later work may want to follow his ideas to their roots.

What took Peterson out of relative academic obscurity and into the media spotlight was controversy. In 2016 he came to public attention, at first in Canada then farther afield, when he refused to comply with rules of compelled speech his term that wou...


The mysterious relationship between the boab tree of Australia and the Baobab tree of Africa "IndyWatch Feed National"

They are striking, fat-trunked trees unique to parts of the Kimberley and a small section of the Top End, but two scientists studying how they came from Africa or Madagascar have widely different explanations. If you've ever seen a boab tree you don't need to be a botanist to realise something strange is going on. Their trunks are swollen and wrinkly - as if someone has planted an elephant which has sprouted into a tree. They are so unlike any other Australian tree that you can't help but wonder where they came from. But if you see an African or Madagascan baobab then it's immediately apparent there has got to be a connection there.


Opinion: The Australian government doesnt care about our farmers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malcolm stepping over the cracks in his narrative. Photo: The West



Farming and agriculture has been at the forefront of Australias development as a nation since the very beginning, feeding our growing population and providing an underlying economic lynchpin that has been vital to our prosperity. Read More


'This isn't censorship': Sky News and social media giants block showing of interview with Australian anti-immigration activist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sky News Australia Political Editor David Speers says the outlet's ban on an anti-immigration commentator is not censorship but about taking a platform away from "a self-confessed neo-Nazi." Blair Cottrell appeared on a segment of The Adam Giles Show on Sunday evening. Chairperson of the United Patriots Front, a nationalist street movement, Cottrell is a controversial figure in Australia. His interview for Sky New Australia's current affairs program was broadcast live on Sunday but the station has now washed its hands of it. In a statement, the channel's CEO Angelos Frangopoulos said the interview was "an error of judgement." He said The Adam Giles Show has now been suspended pending a structural change.


What Makes A Place Walkable "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Walkability" is a word urbanists throw around, often with different ideas as to what it really means, or why we care about it. As a literal descriptor, being walkable simply means a place can be walked, in the same sense that readable means it can be read. There are different levels of walkability just as how asentencewithoutspaces is still readable, just less readable than a sentence with spaces.

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We care about walking because it is the most natural, cheapest, energy efficient, space efficient, and accessible way to get around. Cities are the colonies of humans, so we should build them for humans, because what else would we build them for?

 Newly built suburb in Australia. The trip to your neighbors house is walkable, but nowhere else.

Newly built suburb in Australia. The trip to your neighbors house is walkable, but nowhere else.

If you want to measure walkability, the first thing you need to ask is where you want to walk to. If your answer is to my neighbors house who lives next door, then every suburb can call itself walkable. What about to work? Or to your favorite place to eat? Calling a place walkable is mostly a matter of saying you can get everywhere you want to go on foot. Since we all have different needs, we can generalize and say that a place is walkable for tourists (all the hotels and attractions can be reached via foot), is walkable for college students (the colleges, accommodations, entertainment, and other attractions that appeal to students are reachable via foot), is walkable for families, etc.

Asking, Where do you want to talk? is the important question. For a place to call itself walkable, there needs to be enough within your walkshed that you c...


Opinion: The Australian government doesnt care about our farmers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on TOTT News:
Malcolm stepping over the cracks in his narrative. Photo: The West Farming and agriculture has been at the forefront of Australia"s development as a nation since the very beginning, feeding our growing population and providing an underlying economic lynchpin that has been vital to our prosperity. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull


Listings down in dry July "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Listings decline

Residential listings fell across the board in seasonally quiet July, driving national listings 5 per cent lower to 314,229 (about 1 per cent lower than the 316,748 recorded a year earlier), according to the latest SQM Research figures. 

Sydney recorded a sharp 7 per cent drop as some potential vendors elected to sit tight. 

Despite this drop Sydney listings remain 23.5 per cent higher than a year earlier, after nearly half a decade of low stock listings. 

Interestingly asking prices in Sydney remain higher year-on-year, especially for apartments, so some vendors clearly still have lofty expectations in the face of a weaker market (or perhaps in the upper price deciles are selling more slowly). 

In Hobart there are now fewer than 2,000 listings, with stock on market plunging by a quarter year-on-year. 

Not a whole lot of fun for prospective buyers in the Tasmanian capital right now!

Spring selling season will be one to watch with interest this year...


Chairman Mal has farmers backs - and he somehow thinks this email and video proves it "IndyWatch Feed National"

Not for the first time - no words. *consistent with our longstanding practice, the Turnbull salutation to his adoring audience may have been digitally altered to protect the innocent recipient.


Rainfall records tumble as wild weather lashes Adelaide, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A wild storm front has caused flooding as record rain and hail fell across Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills. The rough weather saw a number of homes come under threat from rising waters and also made for dangerous conditions on the roads. Residents across the state woke to the sound of hail as much of Adelaide was covered in an icy white blanket. From 9am yesterday to 5.30pm today Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills had received 81mm, setting a new August rainfall record for the town. Seventy-three mm fell at Lobethal, and 63mm at Bridgewater. In the city, 23mm fell, while at Belair the rainfall total was close to 50mm. "We've been dry all winter and now the rain has come," Collinswood resident Andrea Shipard said.


Chairman Mal says "Everyone thinks climate change is increasing droughts" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Meanwhile, the prime minister has been dragged back into debate over the impact of climate change on drought. "I think everyone agrees that we're seeing rainfall that is, if you like, more erratic, droughts that are more frequent and seasons that are hotter," he told the ABC. Mr Turnbull has...


Turnbull corruption and Murdoch "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Malcolm Turnbulls latest scandal, exposing connection to a $12 million share in a scam run by an outfit called the United States Studies Centre, shouldnt be a shock to anyone.

The cash went into the hands of his wife and son in law James Brown. More important still is that the Murdoch family, through Ruperts nephew, Matt Handbury, were also involved in the action.

This is yet one more piece of the jigsaw that illustrates the close relationship between the media tycoon and the Turnbull government.

The United States Centre is a foreign policy think tank, owned by the Turnbull and Murdoch families. It is based at Sydney University, and operates with the American Australian Association, and aims to extend influence across Australian universities.

We would have been none the wiser, were it not for an article published by the Financial Review (23 July 2018), which has brought the affair into public view.

Generosity of this sort is carefully kept away from public view. There is no transparency and the usual tendering processes are bypassed.

Its not the first time this has happened though. Back in 2007, $11 million were handed over to Australian Rain Corporation, then headed by Matt Handbury. Then Foxtel got $30 million. There is a pattern here.

If anyone ever doubted that Turnbull is a Murdoch creature, this should lay that to rest.

Back to the think tank.

The financial review reported that:

The grant, which was announced on Sunday, will be provided through the AAA, which was co-founded by Rupert Murdochs father, Sir Keith Murdoch. Part of the money will go to US Asia Centre, which is the US Study Centres sister organisation located at the University of Western Australia

Minister Malcolm Turnbulls wife, Lucy Turnbull, is the United States Studies Centres patron

The grant is an example of how politically connected organisations are often effective at lobbying governments for funding.

Their son-in-law, James Brown, was the think tanks research director from 2015 until a few months ago

This is going to chip away more of Malcolm Turnbulls credibility, at a time of increasing public questioning about the connections between leading politicians and big business, and a perception that corruption is beginning to spiral out of control.

When the prime minister gets caught with his own hands in the till, whether directly or indirectly, it doesnt exactly lift the standing of Australias politicians and political institutions. And the longer he remains in office, the more tarnished they get.

For those who can see a little...


Melbourne bursts its seams as Australia's population hits 25m - aerial photos "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Victorian branch of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) expresses deep concern that Australia will reach 25 million people this week. In anticipation of this milestone, SPA literally took to the sky on the issue by flying a small plane over Melbourne to see first hand whether bigger means better.

In an ex-military Cessna Birddog ideal for photography, SPA member Dr. Graeme Dennerstein and professional photographer Tanya Fry flew over Melbourne during a morning week-day rush hour to investigate the magnitude of traffic congestion, urban sprawl and high-rise development which are progressively impacting the people of Melbourne as the city reaches a population of 5 million this year.

Photographer Tanya Fry said of her experience:

We flew over Melbourne city all the way to Kerang. Camera in hand I thought I knew what I was about to see. The sights I saw from the tiny plane both shocked and saddened me. I expected a long urban sprawl and traffic jams of course but nothing like the scale I saw. The urban sprawl went on and on as far as the eye could see. Every freeway was at a standstill.

When we finally did reach the outer parts it was the treeless paddocks all the way to Kerang that was so surprising. Where have all the trees gone? What is wrong with us humans.

From up in the air high above you see what we are doing to this great land of ours. If only there was more respect and more consciousness about how much we are thoughtlessly destroying.

SPA Victorian/Tasmanian Branch president, Michael Bayliss, said: It is impossible to imagine what Melbourne will look like from the air if the forecasts are true, if the citys population reaches 8 million in 35 years time by 2050.

Our country, our capital cities and our regional centres are growing much faster than expected and this cant go on indefinitely. Already our infrastructure is struggling to keep pace as we continue to build new suburbs over our precious food bowl, green space and wildlife habitats. We...


What happened to sci-fi? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sci-fi has depoliticised. Spectacle has replaced critique. Most sci-fi today just isnt about very much, nor does it have much feeling to it: the feeling of not knowing who you are, like Deckard and Rachel in Blade Runner; of longing for someone youve lost, like Kris Kelvin in Solaris; the feeling of fear for your life, as in Alien; of pure awe and wonder as in Close Encounters with the Third Kind.


The Lasting Condition: Drought in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Humans are a funny species.  They create settlements along fault lines that, on moving, can create catastrophe, killing thousands.  They construct homes facing rivers that will, at some point, break their banks, carrying of their precious property.  Importantly, they return in the aftermath.  Existence continues.

The same follows certain settlements of parts of the planet where hostile, environmental conditions discourage rather than endorse a certain form of living.  Changes in weather have been vicious catalysts for the collapse of civilisations; extreme climactic variations prevent and retard stable and sustainable agriculture.

The flourishing of human civilisation from about 10,000 years ago, and in particular from 7,000 years ago, notes earth and paleo-climate scientist Andrew Glikson, critically depended on stabilisation of climate conditions.  This had its due results: planting and harvesting of seed; cultivation of crops; the growth of villages and towns.

Australia, the second driest continent on the planet, has never been exempt from such patterns of disruption, and those stubborn, pluckily foolish farmers who persist in the notion that they can make a living in parts of it risk going the same way.

Australias agrarian purveyors have certainly been persistent, hopeful as pilgrims in search of holy land.  Disasters have not discouraged.  A sense of a certain attendant fatalism can be found in the scribbles of Nancy Fotheringham Catos Mallee Farmer:

You cleared the mallee and the sand blew over
Fence and road to the slow green river;
You prayed for rain but the sky breathed dust
Of long dead farmers and soils red rust.
You ploughed up the paddocks with a stump jump plough
But the gates were open and the drought walked through.

The Settlement Drought (1790-1793) threatened but did not overwhelm early European settlers. The Goyder Line Drought (1861-5) savaged but did not kill farming in parts of South Australia.  The recent Millennium drought (1997-2009) was spectacularly ruinous, but Australian agriculture moaned and stuttered along.

Farming in Australia remains precarious, an occupation of permanent contingency.  Droughts ravage, kill and annihilate.  Crops and livestock perish with gruesome ease.  But the Australian farmer, rather than being portrayed as a dinosaur awaiting extinction, is seen as resilient, durable and innovative.  Yet each drought brings a certain narrative.

One aspect of that narrative is the sense of s...


Why do we need an ABC when it produces crap like this? "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'd heard rumblings about Their ABC's new lifestyle website and I expected it to be bad. Boy was I wrong. It's beyond the outer reaches of belief. $1BN per year in taxpayer money for this.


Ballina Council wins communication award for waterway campaign "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ballina Council has won a local government communication award for a project encouraging residents to look after their waterways.

The councils project team received the award for the Love it or Lose it campaign, which features three animations that highlight how everyday habits are affecting
local waterways.

Ballina Shire Council, Kyogle Council, Lismore City Council, Richmond Valley Council, Rous County Council and North Coast Local Land Services worked together on the project.

The Love it or Lose it project was a team effort and brought together councils from across the Richmond River catchment, Ballina Councils Environmental Health Officer, Kristy Bell said.

The collaboration with other local councils allowed us to reach a wider audience and address waterway issues occurring across the catchment, she said.

The ongoing project encourages residents to make positive changes in their backyard, business or on the land.

The award was among the RH Dougherty Awards which specifically recognise and encourage greater understanding and communication by councils to their local communities

It was presented on 2 August at the Local Government Week Awards.

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Report into metropolitan shark net program shows extent of marine life culling "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Shark nets should be hauled up for good following the release of results from the governments metropolitan net program, the NSW Greens say.

Data from the programs annual report shows that 403 marine creatures including dolphins, rays and endangered turtles were caught or killed by shark nets deployed along the NSW coast from Wollongong to Newcastle during 2017/2018.

The report also showed that 295 (0r 55 per cent) of the marine animals caught were killed in the nets and that there were a total of 34 target sharks and 369 non-target animals caught.

We now have ample evidence that the shark netting program in NSW is really a culling program and primarily it is culling rays, turtles, and non-threatening sharks, Greens Marine Spokesperson Justin Field said.

Im calling on NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair to abandon the shark net program on the NSW North Coast and across Sydneys beaches and to redirect those resources into more effective, non-lethal technologies, including the targeted use of SMART drumlines.

The next season of the shark meshing program off Sydney beaches is due to start in September, the NSW Government should leave the nets out of the water and engage with the community to put in place an alternative plan now.

Ms Field said recent results from the NSW North Coast revealed smart drumlines snared eight times more target sharks than nets between November and May in a trial at five north coast beaches with virtually no by-catch compared to shark nets.

But ultimately, the best long-term solution is to move away entirely from lethal options like shark nets to community based observers programs, better resourcing volunteer and professional life guarding services, drone surveillance technology and community awareness of the importance of healthy shark populations and how to avoid shark risks.

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FixedIt: The only person who causes rape is a rapist "IndyWatch Feed National"

News Mail reported on the trial of a woman who was accused of providing information to help a man who wanted to rob the hotel where she worked. During the robbery another man made the choice to rape a woman who also worked at the hotel.

The court will determine whether the woman provided the information to one of the men who committed the robbery and whether this means she is guilty of a crime. But the rape was not her fault, nothing she did could lead to rape. Rape is a choice made by a rapist.

Recent research in Australia identified directly and indirectly shifting blame from male perpetrators of violence and assigning responsibility for violence to women by focusing on the behaviour of women and their role in the violence as one of the key ways in which media fails to report mens violence against women accurately. This is pretty much a text book example of what that research was talking about.

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Byron guitar festival to celebrate virtuosic women in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Organisers of the Byron Bay Guitar Festival have announced they will place particular focus on women in music at this years event.

The annual celebration of the six-string, taking place on October 6 and 7 at the Byron Bay Brewery, will feature a stellar line-up of female talent, including Dallas Frasca, Hussy Hicks, Minnie Marks and Legs Electric.

Festival Director Nick Sergi said diversity in the workplace was paramount across all industries and music was no exception.

It is finally being recognised in the mainstream conversation that women deserve their place on and off stage and deserve to be recognised for their talents and hard work, Mr Sergi said.

Half our festival crew are women, half our population is female, its pretty obvious that we should be working toward a larger representation of our population on stage.

Historically, it is rare for women to be celebrated for their guitar playing.

Countless women have been and are brilliant players, but just not recognised for it, Mr Sergi said.

Guitar has traditionally been seen as a mans instrument. If you Google 100 Best guitarists of all time, I think theres only two women on the list, which is ridiculous.

If our festival can be a platform, however small, to help shift that perception and change the conversation a bit, then Im very happy to do that.

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Nimbin locals search dense, treacherous bushland for missing dad "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Residents living near Blue Knob in Nimbin are anxiously searching for a local father who went missing during a camping trip on the local landmark last week.

Damien Roadley, 38, was last heard from when he made a number of phone calls from the summit on August 1.

It is understood that a bushfire started at the location during Mr Roadleys camping trip.

He made several calls to his family over the ensuing hours updating them on his struggles to escape the fire but he has not been heard from since the night of August 1.

An initial police search revealed no trace of the man, leading to concerns that he may have perished in the blaze.

However, friends and neighbours say that once the fire was out the mans body was not found, raising hopes that he may have escaped and could now be lost in dense bushland.

We are still searching for Damien, Mr Roadleys brother, Kim Roadley said.

Its rugged terrain and so the safety of those searching is concern, as well as Damiens safety obviously.

Police conducted an initial search effort involving ground crews with a  fly over with a rescue helicopter on Saturday August 4.

It is understood SES and police rescue have also absailed parts of the western cliff.
However, in an email to The Echo a number of Mr Roadleys friends claimed that police had not conducted an organised, thorough search of the area and were baffled as to why more wasnt being done.

We concede that, yes, the terrain is treacherous in places but it is by no means impenetrable, as groups of self-organised locals have been scouring the area for days with intermittent signs of the authorities, Mr Roadleys friends said in the email.

It is believed that the authoritys are of the opinion the man may have perished although family and friends have not been provided with any proof of this, so until proven as fact, locals, his friends and family all emplore that more be done to ramp up the efforts to find this young man and are very thankful grateful for the community support and the effort they have made to find him, they said in the email.

NSW Police have been contacted for a response to this story.

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Australian Military Bans Gender-Specific Pronouns "IndyWatch Feed National"

Members of the Australian military are being ordered to avoid using gender-specific pronouns such as he and she according to new anti-discrimination protocols.  The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) issued a manual ordering recruits not to [...]

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Extra vigilance needed from drivers, dog owners as Koala breeding starts early "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Friends of the Koala (FOK) is asking residents to take extra care on the roads and with their dogs due to the early start of the koala breeding season.

The organisation says the premature start, brought about by unseasonably warm weather, means many male koalas are moving around, particularly juvenile male joeys that have been kicked out of their colonies.

This means theyre on the ground and therefore more vulnerable to dogs and being hit by vehicles.

Friends of the Koala rescued 37 koalas in July, of which 16 were juveniles.

Of those juveniles, seven were hit by cars, three were attacked by dogs, five were diseased and one was in an unsuitable and unsafe environment.

Half of those rescued survived and have either been released or are still in care.

Its always sad when koalas weve rescued either die or have to be euthanased. FOK President Ros Irwin said.

But in the case of juvenile joeys its particularly sad as these animals are so important for the survival of koalas into the future.

Care Coordinator Susannah Keogh said the group was very appreciative locals who not only called when they spotted a koala in trouble, but stayed with
the animal until they got a rescuer there.

We all love dogs, but unfortunately they dont mix well with koalas. Its perfectly natural for any dog to chase and bite an intruder on their property. However, if
just one tooth pierces the koalas skin it can start an infection which, if not treated within 12 hours, can kill the animal.

So the sooner we can rescue the animal the better chance it has of surviving.

For more information, visit

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Record August rain and heavy hail hit Adelaide as cold front moves over South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A cold front passed over Adelaide, the capital city of the state of South Australia, on August 6, 2018, dropping record August rainfall and heavy hail. From 09:00 local time, August 5 to 17:30, August 6, the town of Lenswood in Adelaide Hills received 81 mm (3.18...... Read more


Exchanges Round-Up: Coinjar Launches Aussie Crypto Fund, Square Trades OTC "IndyWatch Feed National"

Exchanges Round-Up: Coinjar Launches Aussie Crypto Fund, Square Trades OTC

In recent news pertaining to virtual currency exchanges, Coinjar has launched Australias first cryptocurrency index fund; Squares latest quarterly report has revealed that company is executing its crypto trades via the over-the-counter (OTC) markets rather than public cryptocurrency exchanges; and Poloniex has launched EOS pairings.

Also Read: SEC Has No Jurisdiction to Look at Bitcoin for ETF Decision, Admits Commissioner

Coinjar Launches Australias First Crypto Index Fund

Coinjar, a financial and cryptocurrency services company based in Australia and the United Kingdom that claims to have processed over $1.2 billion in virtual currency transactions, has announced the launch of Australias first cryptocurrency index fund.

The Coinjar Digital Currency Fund is an index fund targeting wholesale investors. Eligible investors must have net assets of at leas...


Mothers fight for justice: Changing laws for elderly drivers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Most Saturday mornings Susan Jenkins can be found sitting in front of the Bunnings at South Tweed Heads asking locals to sign a petition that goes to the very core of her being.

In October 2016 Mrs Jenkins lost her 22-year-old son, Dann, when an elderly man ploughed into the motorbike he was riding.

Despite having recently been cleared by an optometrist to drive without glasses, the 87-year-old driver, Edwin Jessop, did not see the young man coming on a relatively clear stretch of road.

It was later found that the octogenarian did indeed need assistance with his vision.

Mr Jessop was convicted of negligent driving occasioning death and received a nine-month suspended sentence (due to his age) and a three-year driving suspension.

Ms Jenkins and Danns father Gary Jenkins were not satisfied with the sentence.

But they were far more dissatisfied with the laws which allowed Mr Jessop to be driving without glasses in the first place.  

This has got to stop, Ms Jenkins said.

The systems in both NSW and Queensland are inadequate. Even in NSW [the state with the toughest elderly driving laws] theyre not driver tested in NSW until theyre 85 I mean, by the age of 85 Elvis has left the building.

She is calling for drivers over 75 to undertake a mandatory simulator test to ensure their reaction and response times are up to scratch.

We also want an eye test conducted by an optometrist not just an eye-chart on a doctors wall.  And it needs to test peripheral vision, she said.

And we also want a test for dementia. Currently people with alzheimers can drive.  

There are currently more than a million drivers in Australia over the age of 75 and that figure is set to increase dramatically as the population ages.

Recent figures show older people are involved in one fifth of all deadly crashes, and that proportion is increasing.

In 2016 there were 215 fatal accidents where one driver was over the age of 65, 30 crashes more than in 2008, according to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.



'Big call': minister refuses to link drought to climate change on Q&A "IndyWatch Feed National"

Agriculture minister David Littleproud tells ABC audience he doesn't give a rats' whether climate change is man-madeThe agriculture minister says linking the drought affecting much of Australia to man-made climate change is a big call and he does not give a rats if it's man-made or not.David Littleproud made the comment on the ABC's Q&A program on Monday, which was filmed in Lismore in the northern rivers region of New South Wales. His comment was booed by the audience. [...]


Australians want more renewables and lower power prices "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

A recent ReachTell poll commissioned and released by Greenpeace, indicates that more than 70 percent of Australians want the government to boost renewable energy sources and believe this can be used to lower power prices.

This may not be the last word on the matter. But it does back and quantify other indicators of the growing popularity of renewables, and rising complaints about the escalating cost of energy.

Armed with the new evidence, Greenpeace is set to escalate its part in the campaign of many organisations, to pressure the Australian government to significantly lift its renewables targes. Part of this is to pressure the Victorian and Queensland governments, to block the National Energy Guarantee (NEG).

The problem with the Australian government plan, is that it sets what widely regarded as a far too low emissions reduction target, in line with what some business groups, the Business Council of Australia, Australian Industry Group, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and National Farmers Federation, have been calling for.

They were backed over the last weekend by former Liberal prime minister John Howard.

On the other hand, failure to progress on renewables and emissions control has pushed Coalition conservatives have threatened to vote against the NEG in the parliament.

Final modelling by the Energy Security Board found that the national energy guarantee, will drive some increase in the share of renewables in the electricity market, and  suggests that by 2029-30 the share would be 36 percent, compared to the present 17 percent. This hardly enough compared the sciences call for a complete change.

Energy market analyst Reputex found that more renewables in the energy mix lowers electricity prices,

Supporters of the NEG insist that the main need is to assert certainty and stability in the energy sector. This does not necessarily mean that the NEG should be supported.

More than once, it has been asserted that the source of uncertainty.

No evidence has...


Is Sky News Autralia fast becoming national propaganda central for extreme world views? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

This is an excerpt from the book Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988) by  Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky.

That these observations have a basis in fact can sadly be borne out by mainstream and social media in 2018.

Take this most recent example....

The United Patriots Front (UPF) is a far-right Australian white supremacists group.

In September 2017 admirer of Adolf Hitler, UPF founder & sometime leader Blair Cottrell and two supporters were each convicted under Victorias Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001and fined $2,000 plus $79.50 in statutory costs for ...


Australian Digital Health Agency is considering adding DNA data to My Health Record "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast", 6 April 2018:


The federal governments controversial My Health Record program is capable of storing genomic data, such as cancer risks, using technology that both has huge research applications and highlights privacy and security concerns.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that genome-sequencing company Genome.One, which can track genetic variations and therefore disease risks, has built necessary infrastructure for uploading sensitive genomic data into the opt-out system.

University of Canberra privacy expert Bruce Arnold has criticised the inherent risks of DNA-tracking technology and, just a week after the government backdown on police access to My Health Records, todays news as again demonstrating a lack public consultation.



At Least One Member of Congress Owns as Much as $80,000 in Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed National"

As per new rules requiring members of Congress to disclose cryptocurrency holdings, at least one of the House is now known to have invested in digital assets.

How Many in Congress are Hoarding Cryptos?

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) is reported to have stated that he owns amounts of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum.

The rules requiring the disclosure of digital assets were passed in late June of this year by the U.S. House Ethics Committee. They state that all members of the House must report their cryptocurrency holdings in much the same way that they do any other financial assets.

This makes the U.S. system similar to that of Australia. There, the register of members interests requires that cryptocurrency holdings are declared by those serving in government.

In addition, the new U.S. rule change requires members to report transactions using digital currencies within 45 days. This is consistent with the laws governing the disclosure of any other transactions made by members of Congress.

According to a report in news publication Sludge, Goodlatte is the only member of the U.S. government who has come forward about his digital currency investments. He holds somewhere between $17,000 and $80,000 worth of cryptocurrency. The disclosure of his digital currency holdings was actually made before the new rules came into force. It states that he mostly owns Bitcoin, but also has smaller amounts of both Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum.

Its likely that Goodlattes decision to buy digital assets was inspired by his son, Bobby Goodlatte Jr. He has previously invested in the massive crypto brokerage Coinbase and has engaged in bullish price speculation in the past too. However, precise details of this investment or whether he discussed the topic of cryptocurrencies with his father at all are unclear.

Even though Goodlatte is the only confirmed member of Congress to own cryptocurrencies, more are expected to disclose their holdings in the near future.

Several members are thought likely to have invested in the space. Th...


MACKAY No sophistication to theft by bottle shop employee "IndyWatch Feed National"

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MACKAY Large altercation results in multiple charges, Mackay city "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY August 06, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

Large altercation results in multiple charges, Mackay city

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obstructing police in the performance of their duties and will be appearing in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 21, to have the matter heard.

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Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, NEO, and XRP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Despite our bullish assertions, odds are we might see confirmations of last week bears especially if key support lines fail to hold. For Bitcoin (BTC)-as an influential and most valuable coin, $6,000 is a vital support line. That"s our trading []

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PERTH Man charged after police chase through Tuart Hill "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A 26-year-old Cloverdale man will appear in Perth Magistrates Court today after a police chase in Tuart Hill yesterday. Police spotted a silver Holden .



Neo-Nazi Blair Cottrell & Useful Idiots Adam Giles & Sky News Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE (August 8, 2018) : 1) American Express has temporarily withdrawn advertising from Sky News Australia, but QANTAS and numerous other corporations have Murdochs back (American Express pulls advertising from Sky News after far-right extremist interview, Naaman Zhou, The Guardian, Continue reading


Do yourself a favour - listen to Blair Cottrell about Sky News "IndyWatch Feed National"

You don't have to agree with him. You won't catch something by clicking on PLAY. You might learn something.

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Pamela Anderson opens up about 'romantic connection' with WikiLeaks founder "IndyWatch Feed National"

Playboy model-turned-activist Pamela Anderson has described her relationship with Julian Assange as having a "romantic" element, and explained how she bonded with the WikiLeaks founder over vegan food. Anderson, who garnered global attention in the '90s through her modeling career and role in the TV series 'Baywatch,' has been a vocal supporter of the WikiLeaks editor. She previously suggested that Assange's exile in London's Ecuadorian embassy was tantamount to authorities "trying to kill him." Appearing on Fox News OBJECTified, the star lionized Assange as "one of the most important people living," and praised the Australian for "exposing people to the truth." "I brought him some vegan food and now it's a tradition that I bring him vegan food every time I see him. I see him a lot. I just saw him last week," she explained.


The worlds largest adventure travel company is now a 100% carbon-neutral B-corporation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Intrepid Travel joins the ranks of Patagonia and Ben & Jerrys as a corporation determined to grow with a purpose beyond profit

Intrepid Travel has been sending people around the world since 1988. They guide travelers cycling through Rajasthan, sailing to Phuket, hiking along the Inca trail, or scrabbling through the Australian outback. Over the past two years, though, Intrepid has been on a journey of its own. The worlds largest adventure travel company has just been certified as a so-called Benefit Corporation, or B-Corp, a for-profit company that works a bit like a nonprofit, meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The new certification puts them in line with companies like Patagonia, Ben & Jerrys, Seventh Generation, and other businesses that are defined by their social mission as much as by their products. The certification lets Intrepid operate with a purpose beyond profit, according to its CEO, James Thornton, allowing them to grow the market for sustainable experience-rich travel.

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Volvox the restaurant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Volvox Restaurant logo

I learned about this through a tweet from Kirsty Wan:

Its unlikely that Ill be visiting Wrzburg any time soon, but I have recruited a volunteer to check it out. Ill report back with her impressions once shes had a chance to visit.

Volvox is a popular name, for example:

and now Volvox the restaurant.


Unlawfully fined for holding an unopened alcoholic beverage "IndyWatch Feed National"

So let's get one basic fundamental out of the way as to what a law is, at state level.

A law is a booklet or collection of papers (or a pdf for the Millennials) that is called an Act.

This 'Act' MUST come out of the state's parliament, with all the checks and balances in place, obviously.

If your person has been 'fined' it must be defined within an Act passed by the parliament of the state you allegedly commented the offence in.

The corporation aggregate called Australian Government is now 'advertising' that there are 3 (three) tiers of government, that being federal, state and now 'local government', where in fact there are only two lawful bodies that can make laws in Australia, that being the federal and state / territory parliaments, where these Acts must be subject to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK).

To get this message the government 'advertises'  across to the uneducated population, where Victoria Police is part of the fraud, unlawfully issuing fines according to the "Benalla Community Local Law 2017"

 See document:


What lawfully enacted Act have you been fined under?

Can you really trust a Victorian police officer issuing your person this sort of 'fine'?

It looks like it's the police state in full swing, down in Victoria, Australia.

See text from 1 Aug 2018 by the Benalla Ensign of the headline:

Little-known law confounds

By Simon Ruppert
Have you ever walked home after 11.30pm with some unopened tinnies in your bag?

Bought a bottle of red, popped it in the boot and driven home later, again after 11.30pm?

If y...


Unemployment to keep falling (from 5-year lows) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jobs ads bounce back

ANZ job ads were up by 1.5 per cent in July to a seasonally adjusted 178,322, following on from a decline in the preceding month. 

Advertisements are 7.3 per cent higher than they were a year ago. 

There has clearly been some loss of momentum lately, and not only on this index. 

However ANZ see the result as consistent with further declines in the unemployment rate:

"Business conditions, while down from record levels, remain well above long term averages. 

Capacity utilization and profitability also remain at high levels. 

As such we expect employment growth to continue at a pace consistent with a gradual decrease in the unemployment rate." 

The unemployment rate is already at the lowest level since 2012, with Sydney's unemployment rate falling to below 4.1 per cent



Multi Billion-Dollar Idea: Australian Tech Entrepreneur Plans Crypto Bank Launch "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fred Schebesta, a 26-year old entrepreneur who co-founded comparison website, wants to open a crypto bank in Australia. Schebesta believes that interest in cryptocurrency is growing and soon people will need an institution which can fulfill their crypto needs. Bitcoin is Not a Bubble In an interview with Australian news website, Schebesta said that Continued

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Earth Changes Accelerate: What Is Causing These Record Heatwaves, Massive Firenadoes, Giant Dust Storms And Large Earthquakes? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Major changes are happening to our planet, and the experts are groping for answers.  In recent days some have suggested that what we are witnessing is the natural progression of man-made climate change, but that explanation has generally been received with a lot of skepticism.  Something truly dramatic appears to be happening to the globe, and it isnt just because the amount of carbon dioxide in the air suddenly reached some sort of magical tipping point.  But without a doubt, temperatures are getting warmer.  In July, Death Valley experienced the hottest month ever recorded on the planet.  Over in Europe, Saturday was being billed as Europes hottest day ever, and temperatures in Lisbon, Portugal were expected to top 107 degrees both Saturday and Sunday.  On the other side of the planet, the crippling drought in Australia is devastating farms like a cancer, and things are so hot in North Korea that the government has declared an unprecedented natural disaster

This week, the North Korean government called record-high temperatures in the country an unprecedented natural disaster and said that country was working together to fight the problem.

An editorial published Thursday in Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling party, highlighted the difficult...


Studies Point to Zones Where Heat and Humidity Might Become Deadly "IndyWatch Feed National"

By the close of the century, the two-fisted assault of extreme heat and humidity could make the North China plain a deadly zone.

As water vapour rises from irrigated farmland, in heat extremes which are likely if humans go on burning ever-greater quantities of fossil fuels, then air temperatures and moisture conditions could become such that outdoor workers could no longer cool by perspiration.

In such circumstances no normal healthy person could survive more than six hours. And since 400 million people already live on the North China plain, by 2070 the consequences of ever-greater temperatures could be devastating, according to new research in the journal Nature Communications.

Simultaneously, a second study in a separate journal confirms that by 2080 excess deaths from extremes of heat will have risen in the tropics, subtropics and even the temperate zones.

In three of Australias great cities, deaths from heat waves will have risen by more than 470%.

The warning for China which already emits more greenhouse gases than any other nation is based on what meteorologists call wet bulb temperature, the combination of heat and humidity. When this climbs towards the natural body temperatures of humans and other mammals, conditions become dangerous. The North China plain covers 400,000 square kilometres of fertile floodplain irrigated by three great rivers.

The alarm is sounded by Elfatih Eltahir and a colleague at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.

Professor Eltahir first identified the additional hazard of humidity in extremes of heat with a simulation of close-of-the-century temperatures that pinpointed the Gulf region, between Iran and the Arabian peninsula, as the zone where temperatures could become lethal. But the worst extremes would be over water.

A second examination of likely conditions under what climate scientists call the business-as-usual scenario, in which nations go on burning fossil fuels and emitting greenhouse gases in ever-increasing quantities, pinpointed Asia as the continent most at risk of lethal heat extremes for the greatest numbers of people.

The latest study is a refinement of the projections, and is based on evidence from the most recent three decades. Warming in the North China region has been double the global average 0.24C [0.43 F]...


Opinions on siting a nuclear waste dump at Kimba or Hawker, South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"   Resources Minister Matt Canavan announced ( THE AUSTRALIAN, 18/6/18) that on 20 August, there will be a ballot to gauge community support for a federal nuclear waste dump near one of the small towns of Kimba or Hawker, about 450km north of Adelaide. The vote will be confined to the residents in the immediate local area.The decision will be made in the second half of this year said Canavan We do not want this overlapping with a federal election.

A Senate Inquiry will report on this on 14 August, possibly too late to make a difference. However, many people are taking this Inquiry very seriously, and have sent in 109 submissions, nearly all of which can be read at the Senate Committees website.

As Ive been going through 98 published submissions to this Senate Inquiry on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia, Ive been able to learn some of the reasons why people support or oppose the idea of the nuclear waste dump. 

The division of opinion was clear in the answers to the 5 main Terms of Reference, asking whether the following aspects were satisfactory: financial compensation for land, community support, indigenous support, Community Benefit Program, and confining consultation to the local community. Answers were consistently Yes in submissions supporting the plan, and No in those opposing it.



Deadly Quake Leaves Thousands Homeless on Indonesian Island "IndyWatch Feed National"

SENGGIGI, IndonesiaThousands left homeless by a powerful quake that ruptured roads and flattened buildings on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok sheltered Monday night in makeshift tents as authorities said rescuers hadnt yet reached all devastated areas and expect the toll of 98 dead to climb.

It was the second deadly quake in a week to hit Lombok, a less-developed island compared with its more famous neighbor Bali, where the strong tremors caused panic and damaged buildings.

A July 29 quake killed 16 people and damaged hundreds of houses on Lombok, some of which collapsed in Sunday evenings quake, measured at magnitude 7.0 by Indonesian authorities and 6.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Damage was massive in mountainous northern Lombok, where the quake was centered, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. In several districts, more than half the homes were destroyed or severely damaged.

A large mosque collapsed on worshippers in northern Lomboks Lading-Lading village, and rescuers used a backhoe to search the debris. The number of victims was unknown.

Some areas still hadnt been reached 24 hours after the quake because of collapsed bridges, blocked and ruptured roads and the loss of power and communications.

Nugroho said the death toll had risen to 98 and warned it will continue to increase. All but two of were killed on Lombok; the others died on Bali.

More than 230 people were seriously injured. Thousands of homes and buildings were damaged and those displaced camped wherever they could in sports fields and on roadsides, cobbling together ramshackle shelters and building campfires for warmth.

Sahril, who uses one name, said he escaped his collapsing house in North Lombok with his immediate family, but his older brother is buried in his flattened home in the village of Cubek.

He was serving customers when the earthquake happened. The customers managed to escape, but he himself didnt, Sahril said. His two-story house collapsed and buried him. He had no chance to scream (for) help.

The quake struck at a shallow depth of 10.5 kilometers (6 miles). Shallow quakes tend to cause more damage than deeper ones.

We were sitting there having dinner at about 7 oclock last night, we just felt a really big sort of shaking and the lights went off and everyone just ran, Australian tourist Kim Liebelt said as he waited with other travelers for a flight out at Lomboks international airport.

And then the roof started falling down on us, rocks and rubble and then just everyone running to get away, he said.

Videos showed screaming people running in panic from a shopping mall and a neighborhood in Bali wh...


Mr Harbourside Mansion pretending to feel farmers pain "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is pathetic PR crap at its worst. Have a look at our previous post on Turnbull - trotted out by the spinmeisters for Kochie on Sunrise. For a farmer with 68 cents in the bank, a $12K cheque might be handy - NOW! I felt like doing an Elvis...


Hakuba: Climb Shirouma-dake (or Hang in the Carpark) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get There: Drive to the end of Route 322 and park in the carpark about 20 minutes from central Hakuba.

At the very windy end of Route 322 is the rather thrilling Sarukura carpark. We say thrilling because, unlike most expanses of concrete, this one is a pleasure to be in thanks to the phenomenal power and beauty of the manmade waterfalls that surge alongside it.

If youre just as into climbing as you are carparks, this wont even be the end of your adventure, as Sarukura actually marks the beginning of the trek to Shirouma-dake. This is Hakubas highest mountain, and one of few in Japan that boast snowfields all year round.

An avalanche in July 2008 tragically proved deadly for a couple of hikers and rockfalls are not uncommon, so its worth enquiring at Hakubajiri Lodge an hour into the trek and just before the Daisekkei snowfields about the days conditions and risks. You may want proper gear to attempt the Daisekki, including crampons and a helmet, but the former can be purchased at the hut, and as long as youre not walking in knockoff Nikes, you should be sweet.

The ridge takes between two and four hours to reach from the beginning of the snowfields, and provides unreal views. There are two lodges up there, as well as a campsite, with the usual thing to do either being to continue to the summit in time for sunset and stay the night, or wake up at 3:30am and catch the sunrise from the top.

From there, you have a couple of choices depending on how hardcore you are. Either you can return to Sarukura, continue south to other peaks, or keep going to Yarigatake, which has one of the highest onsen in the country, before finishing where you started back at the carpark.

Back to Hakuba


Why You Should Add Hakuba to Your Summer-in-Japan Itinerary "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians love Japan. We crave its sushi, we embrace getting pissed at karaoke, we marvel at the novelty of being naked in a public bathhouse. We also love to shred the powder that coats the mountains of the countrys many ski destinations. This is especially true of Hakuba, one of the most accessible snow resorts from the capital, just a few hours train or bus ride away from Tokyo. But underneath all of its melted snow, Hakuba is just as great, and most definitely worth adding to your itinerary in the warmer months. Heres why.

Hike Karamatsu-Dake

Theres nothing more wholesome than scaling a snow-peaked mountain covered in alpine wildflowers. Though in winter you can ski and board down Karamatsu-Dake, in the warmer months, its a spectacular place to go for a stroll.

The walk officially begins a fair way up the mountain, which you reach by way of gondola and chair, and like everywhere else in Japan, is dotted with snack and souvenir shops. The best part is that the lifts are actually lowered for the green season, meaning your feet literally skim through fields of lilies on your way up. Though the path is clearly marked with occasional staircases, its super rocky and steep in places and surprisingly not that well maintained, so watch your feet....


Coinbase Seeks Online Merchant Crypto Adoption by the Millions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coinbase Seeks Online Merchant Crypto Adoption by the Millions

Adoption news keeps flowing this week, from Wall Street to Australia, and now San Francisco. The United States largest cryptocurrency bank, Coinbase, announced it is expanding its commerce section to include Woo Commerce via a plugin downloadable from Github. It could be just what more online merchants need to get comfortable with cryptocurrency.

Also read: Bitcoiners Hope to Have a Friend in Top US Regulator Jay Clayton

Coinbase Seeks Online Merchant Crypto Adoption by the Millions

More than a quarter of all online merchants use Woo Commerce. Its easily one of the most popular payment platforms around. This week, Coinbase announced it is releasing a Woo Commerce plugin as part of its proprietary Coinbase Commerce offering which can be downloaded from Github.

Coinbase Seeks Online Merchant Crypto Adoption by the Millions

Coinbase Commerce is itself a payment solution focusing...


Australia 25 million "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

25 million

Australia's population clock will tick past 25 million tomorrow night at 11pm.

It's interesting to look back at the increase in the population over the years and how it has changed. 

In 1981 the population of Australia passed 15 million and was ticking along fairly consistently in absolute terms, until it began to accelerate through the resources boom from around 2005 onwards. 

And that growth has continued over the past half decade in absolute terms, although the construction phase of the resources boom has long since passed.

And in percentage terms population growth has slowed from above 2 per cent in 2008/9 to about 1.6 per cent today.. 

The composition of the population growth has changed too.

Immigration remains a major contributor, but whereas the resources states previously took a big chunk of population growth, today it's heavily focused on Greater Sydney, Greater Melbourne, and then south-east Queensland.

Since 1981 the three most populous states have accounted for a very similar share of total population growth, with New South Wales (27.3 per cent), Queensland (26.8 per cent), and Victoria (24.8 per cent) each recording strong growth. 

Indeed, for years Queensland's population growth comfortably outpaced that of Victoria due to its resources prowess - for some time being the state accounting for the highest population growth in the country.

That title is now well and truly held by Victoria as Melbourne and Geelong expand rapidly. 



Pip Permie awards and Pip Project awards 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

We had a wonderful response to our Pip Permie awards for individuals and projects to celebrate dedicated people making change in the world with permaculture.

Here is the list of nominees, finalists and our winners. Full profiles on our winners and finalists will be in the Pip issue 12, coming out mid June 2018.

Congratulations to all those nominated, they are all deserving.

The post Pip Permie awards and Pip Project awards 2018 appeared first on Pip Magazine - Australian Permaculture.


Julie Bishop's Saudi head-lopping mates expel Canadian Ambassador & recall their own "IndyWatch Feed National"

Open the Tweet below in Twitter to see the whole escalating chain. The next step is at Trudeau's feet (clumsy I know, I was gonna say in his hands or something to do with balls and his court but it'd be mixing metaphors). #Statement | The negative and surprising attitude...


"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Namibia has some of the darkest nights visible from any continent. It is therefore home to some of the more spectacular skyscapes, a few of which have been captured in the below time-lapse video. We recommend watching this video at FULL SCREEN (1080p), with audio on. The night sky of Namibia is one of the best in the world, about the same quality of the deserts of Chile and Australia. 
Visible at the movie start are unusual quiver trees perched before a deep starfield highlighted by the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. This bright band of stars and gas appears to pivot around the celestial south pole as our Earth rotates. The remains of camel thorn trees are then seen against a sky that includes a fuzzy patch on the far right that is the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. A bright sunlight-reflecting satellite passes quickly overhead. Quiver trees appear again, now showing their unusual trunks, while the Small Magellanic Cloud becomes clearly visible in the background. Artificial lights illuminate a mist that surround camel thorn trees in Deadvlei. In the final sequence, natural Namibian stone arches are captured against the advancing shadows of the setting moon. This video incorporates over 16,000 images shot over two years, and won top honors among the 2012 Travel Photographer of the Year awards.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.95 AUD


I Thought I Would Die in a Bunk Bed in Hanoi "IndyWatch Feed National"

I land in Hanoi the second week of February.  Not winter, not summer, and not comparable to any other middle season in the rest of the world. Arriving from the coldest months of Europe, I expect some kind of warmish welcoming, but end up surprised at how much of an optimist I can sometimes be.

In the taxi from the airport to the hostel, I realise I dont have enough cash with me, and that I also forgot to check if my credit cards would work in Vietnamese ATMs. While the taxi driver yells all his frustration at me in his incomprehensible language, I feel guilty and stupid, but still somehow and respectfully find the situation funny.

He drops me at different ATMs, but none of them take my cards.

Im sorry, Im sorry, Im so sorry, I repeat.

He drives me to a little shop with walls green as beans straight out of a can, where a guy hands me an Eftpos machine. The unexpected swipe of victory eventually melts the tension between me and the driver, and leads to a sincere hug.

At the hostel, after calling my bank and fixing my card problem, I impatiently open my first Vietnamese beer and smoke a cigarette at the front. The cold breeze is persistent; soft acid rain textures the windows, romantic, sure, as the perpetually grey sky.

That night, sitting in a comfortable chair at a caf, I start coughing copiously. The waiters face is as surprised as mine when we both hear my, No, thanks, answering his kind proposal of another drink. That should have been an alarm bell. I go back to my bunk bed, pull the curtain after me and lay down. I feel tired and feeble, but do not know that it will be my crypt for the next three days.

I wake in the middle of the night shivering with a high fever. I reach for my backpack in the pitch dark of the room; my towel becomes an extra blanket. I miss the free breakfast included in the hostel price. Another bad sign, but I cant move. I cant read or watch a movie either, cause my eyes are burning. I just manage to take some flu meds and sleep again.

Its dark outside when I next wake up. Bravely, I go out. I am starving and, in my multiple experiences in Vietnam, Ive learned that theres nothing a warm, spicy bowl of pho cant cure. Sitting on this little red plastic chair, I order a rare beef one. Ive always eaten on the streets in South East Asia and have never been sick once, despite what blogs and my mum have told me. The looks I receive from the other customers are horrifying; I m...


Hundreds record long-lasting bright fireball over Australia, meteorites likely near Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A very bright fireball streaked across the night sky over New South Wales and Victoria, Australia around 08:30 UTC (18:30 local time) on August 4, 2018. The event lasted for more than 8 seconds and was recorded by hundreds of people. Astronomers said the object...... Read more


Early start to bird breeding season sees spike in WIRES calls "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Local WIRES services have received an unusually high number of calls for help in relation to baby birds this winter, as a result of the early start to the breeding season.

In the last couple of weeks WIRES has rescued numerous chicks, including a family of crested pigeons whose nest was disturbed when a tree was being pruned.

After initially being separated the siblings were reunited and their nest replaced in a nearby tree, said the publicity officer for Wires Northern Rivers, Renata Phelps.

The parents almost immediately attended to their chicks.

In another rescue, a little Noisy Minor fledgling was snatched by a cat when it left its Byron Bay nest for the first time.

Fortunately the fledgling was saved in time with no broken bones.

After five days in care, the fledgling was growing, putting on weight, fluttering his wings and after a week was almost ready to fly.

It was time to be reunited with its parents, but at first the WIRES carer was not entirely sure she had located the correct
family, Ms Phelps said.

After some time his parents started feeding him, and this little one was accepted back to his home.

It is also Barn Owl chick fledging time and the dry weather and lack of food has caused many young birds to get in trouble.

WIRES have also been involved in many more rescues of nestling and fledgling Barn owls than in previous years.

It is difficult to know why so many birds are choosing to breed earlier than usual, but perhaps it is due to the warm days, Ms Phelps said.

Normally breeding season wouldnt start for most birds until well into August, and so these early July chicks indicate an extending of the breeding season and may possibly lead to birds raising multiple clutches this year.

WIRES is always in need of more members and with Spring fast approaching, they are particularly in need of volunteers .

The local WIRES 24-hour hotline is for all rescue, advice or membership calls in the Northern Rivers call 6628 1898.

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Protecting the Lennox fig tree one chain at a time "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Gory sitting in the Lennox Head fig tree on Castle Drive this morning. Facebook.

Fighting for the life of the Lennox Head fig tree on Castle Drive this morning local fig protector Gory chained himself to the tree.

Since the ducks nest with seven eggs was was found on July 31 that led to a short suspension of the trees removal Ballina Council has proceeded to cut down the other half of the tree exposing the nest the elements, according to local, retired planner, John Sparks.

Mr Sparks understands that Ballina Council is currently in the process of applying to the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) for the right to destroy the wildlife that is in the tree and cut it down.

The council have also identified a beehive and WIRES have said that there will be other animals in the hollows of the tree but council wont let our WIRES representative in to identify the animals there.

Relocating the duck nest will mean they wont survive. If they just left the tree alone for 28 days the ducks and ducklings would leave the tree naturally.

Ballina Shire Council have told Echonetdaily that they are not working at the site today so they are not aware of anyone being chained to the tree.

We are here as guardians of the tree until it is listed as heritage and council no longer have the option of chopping it down, said Gory via a message on the Caste Drive Fig Protectors Facebook page.

Its been a peaceful day up the fig, the ducks flew out at 6.30am and the visitors soon started arriving. Theres been over 30 fig supporters so far, its been a revolving door of admirers and the birds are about keeping us company. So all good over here. Please come to the fig and share your concern, sign our petition and contact...


Free cost of living advice now available in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Residents in the Lismore area can now get help with accessing government rebates and savings with the towns NSW Service Centre now offering cost of living advice to locals.

The new service was launched on August 3, with locals now able to make a booking online or over the phone for an appointment with a specialist.

The appointments will focus on helping locals to access more than 40 NSW Government rebates and incentives, including potential savings on energy bills, transport and health costs.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said the service would be tailored to each individual or family who came through the door.

Families are key beneficiaries through programs such as Active Kids vouchers and the Family Energy Rebate, Mr Dominello said.

The process is simple and easy and can be done online, over the phone or face to face.

The service can be accessed by visiting:, calling 13 77 88 or making an appointment with a Cost of Living Specialist at the Lismore Service NSW Centre at 58 Ballina Road, Lismore.

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Finding your Mr Dependable Veg. The vegetable that grows easily in your garden and gives you a harvest all year. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I like to have one or two dependable vegetables in the garden all year.

Those veggies you can put in, take very little care and yet they will always give you a great harvest.

For me my top dependable is Broccoli. I dont know if it is my soil, the position of the garden or that I am I am in a cool climate or a combination of things, but I am able to grow it all year.

I regularly plant (about once a month) 6 to 12 plants. I use a no-dig system, which I top up with an organic all-purpose fertiliser and sugar cane mulch. I will give the seedlings a couple of liquid feeds of a high nitrogen fertiliser, such as a tea made from chook manure, to help get them established and growing well and that about all I do until harvest time.

I rarely water them, only in the height of summer and have very little problem with pests.

Yet they always develop into lovely healthy plants, produce good sized initial heads and then produce lots of side shoot for weeks after.

This gives me enough broccoli to have several feeds a week and plenty to give to friends and family.

It is a vegetable that is so reliable that if I have nothing else in the garden I can always pick enough broccoli for a feed.

Every garden needs at least one dependable veg growing in it for those times in between seasonal harvests or when you have miss-timed plantings and have nothing else to harvest.

So how to find that Mr Dependable Veg for your garden.


Look at what you and your family like to eat. What are the two or three vegetables you can eat several times a week and still enjoy?

Also, experiment- every garden is different.

Grow lots of different things at different times of the year, dont be tied to regional grow charts or what is available in punnets.

Dont be too fussy with them- prepare your soil well, water to establish and liquid feed occasionally and see what thrives.

If you have had success with something try planting it on and off all year and see what happens.

Record your results-

What did the family enjoy eating the most?

What was the easiest thing to grow? (ie what needed the least amount of care, was not b...


Fiona Barnett, Part 3: Hoping for an Interview with Dame Marie Bashir "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dame Marie Bashir waves to the crowd on Macquarie Street in Sydney on her retirement (photo ABC, Tracey Nearmy)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

It is natural and acceptable to call upon any member of the community to help us in times of dire need. Right now we are in dire need, thanks to the stuff that was begun when Fiona Barnett told Youtube (in 2015) that she had witnessed the multiple murder BY UPSTANDING PERSONAGES at Bathurst. This included a federal minister, a police commissioner, a law professor, and others.

I would like Dame Marie Bashir, the former governor of New South Wales (2001-2014) to be approached by some respectful citizen to see what she can offer by way of advice in this crisis. At the same time Her Excellency can be asked to provide insider information.

Just as the Commonwealth has a Governor-General as the stand-in for the Monarch, so each state of Australia has a vice-regal Governor. That governor is routinely informed by Parliamentary leaders of things going on in his/her state.



Applications open for local community grants program "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Community organisations across the Northern Rivers will be jostling a share of the $22.5m Stronger Communities Program after applications opened today.

Funded by the Federal Government, Stronger Communities has been set up to fund essential community equipment and infrastructure within local communities.

With each local electorate receiving just $150,000, local competition for grants is likely to be fierce given the lack of services in the region.

A maximum of 20 projects is to be funded per electorate, with interested organisations able to be approved for grants of between $2,500 and $20,000, covering up to 50 percent of a projects cost.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the program was aimed at funding projects that delivered social benefits.

The program will fund small capital projects in each of the 150 federal electorates, which can range from upgrading the local community hall or sporting facility, building new bike paths, or providing essential equipment for the local SES,  Dr McVeigh said.

These are the sorts of vital projects that bring our communities together, strengthen our social connections, build community participation and create vibrant and viable communities into the future.

Further information on grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and the application process can be found at

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ADF Statement regarding the use of gender-neutral language "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the weekend News Limited followed by other media ran stories like these: This morning, the ADF issued a statement that starts "Reports regarding Defence requiring the use of gender-neutral language are wrong". So who's right and who's wrong? I know that you come to this website because you like...


Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities: guidelines for researchers and stakeholders "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This guide from the National Health and Medical Research Council provides a set of principles to ensure research is safe, respectful, responsible, high quality and of benefit to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

The health, wellbeing and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples continue to be the focus of much research to promote positive outcomes. Over the years, research has contributed to positive outcomes and benefits in, for example, health, medicine and education, and in preserving the languages, stories and songs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities in culturally appropriate ways.

However, not all research has been of benefit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities. This absence of benefit can often be understood in the context of ethical considerations related to human research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.Ethical research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities should:
  • improve the way all researchers work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities
  • develop and/or strengthen research capabilities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities
  • enhance the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as researchers, research partners, collaborators and participants in research

Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities: guidelines for researchers and stakeholders


Ensuring students can achieve their best "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Jacinta Greenup had been hooked on surfing the moment she rode her first wave as a kid near her Cabarita Beach home. Photo supplied.

University costs continue to rise and students are either deciding to not go to university or are required to compromise their studies as they work to support themselves paying fees and living costs. Recognising the increasing pressure on students the Southern Cross University and its donor partners have now been supporting students financially through their Rising Stars Scholarship program for 16 years.

Jacinta Greenup had been hooked on surfing the moment she rode her first wave as a kid near her Cabarita Beach home and competed World Qualifying Series, alongside her Year 12 studies, in 2015. Though she decided to put aside her surfing while she completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy receiving a scholarship as part of the Rising Stars Scholarship program from Twin Towns Services Club, awarded for sporting and academic excellence as well as community involvement, paired with being selected for the Universitys Elite Student Athlete Program, Jacinta is bringing both her dreams to life at the same time.

The 20-year-old has competed in the same competition league as big name surfers Steph Gilmore, Tyler Wright and Coco Ho, and plans to re-enter the world of surfing when she completes her degree next year. Jacinta will be the first in her family to complete tertiary study.

I am so grateful for how much Twin Towns has helped me out, said Jacinta, who was first awarded the scholarship after completing Year 12 at Kingscliff High School.

Ive been able to use the money to pay for accommodation to complete my Occupational Therapy professional placements this year and also to travel and compete in surfing competitions in America including the Supergirl Pro during the first two years of my degree.

Its been easy to focus on uni without the pressure of also having a part-time job while training and competing and Ive been able to consistently achieve good grades in the degree that I love studying. I want to get my degree first and then travel to pursue my surfing.

Southern Cross University Pro Vice Chancellor of Engagement Ben Roche said th...


Cost of living pressures bite hardest on unemployed: Report asks Steven Marshall to call for increase to Newstart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 6 August 2018
SACOSSs latest Cost of Living Report released today focuses on the struggle of South Australians living on the Newstart and other basic income support payments, and calls on SA Premier Steven Marshall to add the state governments voice to the chorus of calls to increase these inadequate social security payments.
The SACOSS report, which includes examples of household budgets of five people trying to live on Newstart, finds that: 


Palestine Burns While Australia Cuts Aid And Trump Threatens Deal Of The Century "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its hard to imagine things getting worse for Palestine, a nation ravaged by Israel and international indifference. But Senator Lee Rhiannon fears thats exactly what will transpire under a US Trump administration, with help from Australia.

It is said to be days away the grand unveiling of Trumps plan for peace between Palestinians and the Israelis.  

Confident of a free hand under the Trump administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already begun to increase Israels hold over Jerusalem, the West Bank and the besieged Gaza strip. His hubris, and that of his government, is evident in the passing of the new Israel Nation State law which enshrines exclusive rights to Jewish Israelis at the expense of equality for all citizens.  

Meanwhile US President Donald Trump is working to ensure that Palestinian demands and national rights are eliminated. 

There has been almost 30 years of failed negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis. At every attempt the Palestinians have maintained a minimum set of demands recognised by international law: the rights of Palestinian refugees and the establishment of a capital in East Jerusalem.  

And the Israelis? They have refused to accept a divided Jerusalem, to resolve the refugee issue and accelerated the expansion of illegal settlements. Then came the dawn of Trump and his deal of the century with promises of success where others have stumbled. 

US president Donald Trump. (IMAGE: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)



No. 35, June Qtr 2018: Newstart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 6 August 2018

Summary of cost of living changes in the June Quarter 2018. This Update features an in depth look at the cost of living for those on Newstart and other base level social security payments, including budgets from 5 social security recipients. The statistical analysis shows the value of Newstart has declined over 20 years, both in real terms and in comparison with the income of most households in South Australia, while the budgets show how difficult (impossible) it is to make ends meets on Newstart.


The rebirth of the North Coast Womens Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The North Coast Womens Festival was held annually on international womens day for six years. It encouraged women to participate in community through cultural and artistic events in a supportive environment. Photo supplied.

In the late 90s and early noughties A festival of Women flourished in Byron Shire. The North Coast Womens Festival was held annually on international womens day for six years encouraging women to participate in community through cultural and artistic events in a supportive environment.

With the coming together of women, challenges were understood and bonds strengthened to nourish and inspire healing of ourselves and others, said one of the original organisers Ayla Garlick.

It was loved and appreciated by the whole community women, men and children, for the six years that it flourished. The festivals had a direct effect on peoples lives, enhancing self-empowerment and bringing into awareness the social issues affecting women of the 90s about to enter the millennium.

Features of the festival included Womens Performances, The Writers Caf, Feminenergy Art Exhibition, Wearable Art, Dance night, Womens Film Festival, Womens Health panel, Forums, Workshops, Yarning circles and keynote speakers with traditional owners, Community Services program information and networking, Craft Market and Foodstalls.

The North Coast Womens Festival was held annually on international womens day. Photo supplied.

Invitation to reinvigorate

Like Persephone, the festival has been hibernating and resting underground, gat...


Queensland, Australia Invests Portion of its $6.1Mil Ignite Ideas Fund in Crypto Startup "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland, Australia Invests Portion of its $6.1Mil Ignite Ideas Fund in Crypto Startup

Queensland, Australia is giving away millions with its Ignite Ideas fund. This week, it posted details regarding the AUD$8.3 million grant ($6.1 million USD). Something like 70 regional companies shared the bounty, including a cryptocurrency startup, Travelbybit, which managed to snag AUD$100,000 on its way to promoting tourism using crypto. 

Also read: Bitcoiners Hope to Have a Friend in Top US Regulator Jay Clayton

Part of Queensland, Australias $6.1Mil Goes to Travelbybit

Tourism is one of Queenslands most important industries, Innovation Minister Kate Jones announced. Travelbybit has devised a clever way to make it easier for visitors to our state to pay for their purchases with a growing number of local businesses accepting cryptocurrency payments. The company was chosen as part of a larger government initiative, the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas funding.

Minister Jones continues, Ignite Ideas was about supporting entrepreneurs from across Queensland to grow their businesses and employ more staff. I understand TravelbyBit is specifically targeting places like Bundaberg using cryptocurrency to make it easier for tourists to book holidays. Thats why weve invested to help them scale-up their operation and ultimately create more jobs in Queensland.



FixedIt: what evidence makes a headline? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Channel 9 News published an AAP report on the progress of Warren Francis Rogerss trial for murdering his wife, Anne Rogers. The same report was published by Channel 7, The Newcastle Herald, Campaspe News, South Riverina News, among others. All of them carried the same headlines, presumably sourced from AAP.

I wrote about this trial last week, and the risk of fixing the appalling headlines coming out about a trial still underway in the court. That risk still exists and any headline that states he is guilty before the court has reached a verdict is dangerous and irresponsible. As is any headline creating sympathy for the accused.

This one is slightly different to the ones I was talking about last week, in that it is using a quote from the evidence presented to the court as the basis of a headline.

According to the AAP report In the NSW Supreme Court on Wednesday, crown prosecutor Nanette Williams called forensic psychiatrist Dr Adam Martin to give evidence about his interview with Rogers in custody in August 2017.

Dr Martin gave evidence on a number of things Warren Rogers told him about his wife and their relationship. He also stated his opinion on Warren Rogers state of mind.

Dr Martin said he is not confident the accused was suffering from a major depressive disorder at the time.

My view is that the actions were deliberate and purposeful, he said.

I dont think theres much evidence to say that he completely lost control.

I think the question for the court is the degree of how impaired he was.'

Its not just fair for court reporters to relate all the evidence presented to the court, it is in fact their job. So there is no issue in them describing Dr Martins evidence about Warren Rogers saying he was heartbroken.

It is interesting, however, that they chose this word for the headline.

Heartbroken by wife. This is how they hea......


Father with Huntingtons disease denied NDIS support "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

The story of Brett Kelly, a 46-year-old former Brisbane security guard and father of three, with terminal Huntingtons disease, should move the most unfeeling of us. But it is the treatment he has received over his application for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support that should make our blood boil.

Brett suffers from continuous involuntary movements, cognitive issues, tremors, depression, and anxiety, and his symptoms will become more pronounced, over the little time he has left. He is no longer Capable of working, and his three children have a 50 percent chance of developing the same illness. Brett has a lot to deal with.

He now survives on Newstart and this forces him to attend regular job interviews and carry out other mandated obligations, despite the difficulties he faces.

Letters he has received in relation to his application have told him, that he does not meet the criteria to get the support pension. He is appealing against the decision.

Huntingtons Queensland CEO Jan Samuels said it was a devastating illness for sufferers.

Its often described as being a cross between dementia, Parkinsons disease and motor neurone disease all at once, so its a pretty nasty condition.

The sticking point is that an application for NDIS help is dependent on the criteria established through Centrelink. A disability is measured up against an inflexible table, designed around percentage application of parts of the body, the level of cognitive capacity and and ability to carry out daily self care needs. In effect, those whose condition effects the whole body and not concentrated in specific parts are at a disadvantage. Decisions on whether to give or deny support are not made based on capacity to work.

It is a system designed to exclude as many people as possible, and Brett Kelly is only one of the human faces of the discrimination and suffering it causes, showing the callous side of government policy.

People are hurt, when the government is enmeshed in an ongoing war to dismantle the welfare system. The first step in doing this, is to transform what was once considered a basic right, into a form of charity.  This is but a short step from here, to spread the assumption that most of those who come for help are malingerers. It justifies the cruel outcomes that occur, when people are presumed guilty until they prove they are innocent. Even then, many are still miss out.

Australia has gone through this progression.

According to a statement from Department of Human Services general manager Hank Jongen, 70 percent of applicants for disability support are accepted and less than 20 percent of appeals overturn the original decision. When you consider that there...


Australian pilots say they are overworked "IndyWatch Feed National"

You should love your job and shut your mouth: Inside Australias aviation industry

ON THE surface, it looks like the coolest jobs in Australia but underneath, pilots are exhausted, unhappy and broke.

IT SEEMS like the dream job: flying over the pristine Ningaloo Reef, weaving through vast canyons in the Kimberley and giving tourists an adventure they wont forget.

But underneath that scenic backdrop, general aviation pilots are crying out for help, saying they are overworked, underpaid and constantly fatigued due to long working hours.

The four pilots who spoke to chose not to have their names published because they believe speaking out about working conditions is a career-ending move in this tiny, high-risk game.

One pilot told Youre basically knifing yourself in the back.


Michael*, 33, worked as a helicopter pilot in the outback for six years.

Its like any job that you start out in, you have to go to some s**thole town or the middle of nowhere for a few years before you get lucky and get transferred out, he said.

For Michael, work in the Kimberley typically meant spending at least two months away from home, camping in the sweltering desert with no aircon, loved ones or entertainment.

He would work six days on, one day off, for two months straight which adds up to 56 days work and only six days rest.

They flew in food for us once a week and wed have a bit of power, a few solar panels and a generator but that went to light not to keeping yourself cool, Michael said.

King George Falls in the Kimberley, a popular tourist attraction for scenic flights.

King George Falls in the Kimberley, a popular tourist attraction for scenic flights.Source:Supplied

A general aviation licence can easily cost budding pilots $100,000 but a typical graduate struggles to earn $50,000.

The meagre salary, coupled with the huge hours, left pilots mentally and financially stressed, Michael said.

Youre away for two months at a time and getting paid $45,000 a year for working 12-hour days, so of course there are lots of mental health issues because youre so isolated and exhau...


Australia: Muslim teacher fired over charges of radicalizing students is back in the classroom "IndyWatch Feed National"

What could possibly go wrong? Anyone who objects is a racist, bigoted, Islamophobe. Right? Islamic convert principal dumped from a Muslim-majority high school over allegations he was radicalising students is back in the classroom, by Cait Kelly, Daily Mail Australia, August 4, 2018: A high school principal who was dumped amid allegations he refused to []


Ben Smee: Native title system 'embeds racism', Australia's first Indigenous silk says | Australia news | The Guardian "IndyWatch Feed National"

Native title system 'embeds racism', Australia's first Indigenous silk says | Australia news | The Guardian: If traditional owners cannot come to an agreement with a mining company about a proposal, it goes before the national native title tribunal. Traditional owners can demand compensation or royalties during negotiations, but these cannot be awarded by the tribunal. McAvoy said the tribunal, which must apply the native title act, only rarely rejects applications for mining leases.

What this means is if we object to a mine under the native title process, its very likely to go ahead and the normal benefits we might be able to negotiate, which include royalties, which include substantial compensation, well we cant get those if we dont agree, he said.

Therefore the system, the native tile system ... coerces Aboriginal people into an agreement. Its going to happen anyway. If we dont agree, the native title tribunal will let it go through, and we will lose our land and wont be compensated either. Thats the position were in.

McAvoy said the system embeds racism and is inconsistent with the United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples, which demands land not be dispossessed with free, prior and informed consent.


Making Australia Weak Again: Inside the gender equity policies of the Australian Defence Force "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is comprised of the three military services: the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, and the Royal Australian Air Force, all of which have been subject to increasing criticism in recent years for being dominated by straight white men. This, it is alleged, makes them, ipso facto, a petri dish for 'toxic masculinity.' That allegation has been lent apparent weight by the reporting of multiple gender-related scandals including the ADFA sex scandal, Jedi Council, various hazing rituals, death symbols, and HMAS Success, to name a few. Some of this criticism has been so strident that past and present military leaders have had no choice but to commission reports and inquiries into standards and practices within the ADF, and to implement various culture change initiatives including Pathway to Change, New Generation Navy, Adaptive Army, and New Horizon. All of these initiatives place significant emphasis on greater integration of women into the respective services but offer limited reasoning other than catch-phrases like 'diversity,' 'equity,' and 'modernising.' All three services are now working toward a target of female representation by 2023. The Navy and Air Force are working toward 25 percent, and the Army is working toward 15 percent. The progress toward these targets, among other commentary on gender issues in the ADF, is detailed in the annual "Women in the ADF" report. Over recent years, Australian media outlets have highlighted issues with the ADF's methods of achieving these quotas. As of this writing, the Defence Force Recruitment website advertises female-only incentives including the choice of where to work, when to enlist, shorter initial minimum periods of service, as well as preparation courses. A reduction in the initial minimum period of service makes applicable servicewomen eligible for the Australian Defence Medal years sooner than their male counterparts, and this has provoked resentment among veterans. Comment: What complete and utter morons. What a great way to foster 'inclusivity': promote even more resentment in the males in the military. How about this? Men dominate the military because the military is overwhelmingly a masculine institution. These identity-politics policies are only going to make things worse, but when has that ever stopped a 'progressive'?


Sky News says it was wrong to have Blair Cottrell on because "his views do not reflect ours" "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Sunday evening the former NT Chief Secretary Adam Giles interviewed Blair Cottrell on Sky News Australia. Here's an excerpt: It was a train crash. But what Sky did next is even worse. Blair Cottrell is not my cup of tea. He's a convicted felon who's done serious jail time....


'Too Dumb To Know That They Are Dumb': an unexpected explanation of why political extremism in Western democracies is as it is..... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A possible explanation for the continuing presence on the Australian political stage of Pauline Hanson, David  Leyonhjelm, Tim Wilson, Darren Hinch, Ian Macdonald, Barnaby Joyce, Michaelia Cash, Tony Abbott, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Christian Porter, Julie Bishop, Josh Frydenberg, Greg Hunt, Alan Tudge and Malcolm Turnbull - Rupert Murdoch suffers from the DunningKruger effect and has infected much of the mainstream media.

Ian G. Anson, Partisanship, Political Knowledge, and the DunningKruger Effect, April 2018:

A widely cited finding in social psychology holds that individuals with low levels of competence will judge themselves to be higher achieving than they really are. In the present study, I examine how the socalled Dunning...

Sunday, 05 August


Meteor fireball streaks through the night sky above Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney locals were left mystified after witnessing a meteor dash through the sky last night. The meteor was seen across the city at around 6.30pm, with some lucky witnesses managing to capture incredible footage of the rare phenomenon. Footage circulating on social media showed the fireball slowly growing larger and more visible as it streaked through the night sky. The moment only lasted for a few seconds before the flash of light was gone.


AngloZionist attack options against Iran "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Saker August 03, 2018 [This analysis was written for the Unz Review] In the past few days, the Internet has been flooded with a frankly silly rumor about the US soliciting Australias assistance in preparing an attack on Iran.  Needless to say, that report does not explain what capabilities Australia would possess which the USA would []


Bitcoin Magazines Week in Review: Challenging the Way Its Always Been Done "IndyWatch Feed National"

Week in Review

This past week, we talked to three security experts about how to design smarter and more secure smart contracts. Google is dipping its toe in the blockchain waters by introducing integrations for applications built with Ethereum and Hyperledger. The financial sector got some more love with the Digital Chamber of Commerces white paper to help cryptocurrency and ICO markets grow responsibly. Finally, 17 tons of almonds moved from Australia to Germany with real-time tracking and verification on the blockchain.

Featured stories by Jimmy Aki, Colin Harper, Marianne Lehnis and Nick Marinoff

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Audits and Quality Assurance: Patching the Holes in Smart Contract Security

In the most infamous smart contract hack in the industry to date, The DAO, a decentralized venture fund, lost 3.6 million ether in June of 2016, and the fallout of the attack saw Ethereum hard fork to recoup losses.

Bitcoin Magazine talks with security experts Hartej Sawhney, co-founder of Hosho, Dmytro Budorin, CEO of Hacken, and  believes that security can slip by the eye of software engineers because they dont have a quality assurance (QA) mindset. Dmytro Budorin, CEO of cybersecurity community Hacken, and Amy Wan, CEO and co-founder of Sagewise, about how comapnies can ensure the security and quality of their smart contracts, as well as the role of the community in holding those companies accountable.

Behlendorf: Google Can Benefit From High-Velocity Development on Fabric

Google is following a similar path taken by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and cloud-hosting services offered by Oracle, Huawei and IBM to offer ready-made templates for their blockchain as a service offerings.the latest tech giant to offer blockchain technology to its customers.

In an interview with Bitcoin Magazine, Hyperledgers executive director Brian Behlendorf spoke about Googles decision and how Hyperledgers Fabric open-source nature, maturity and flexibility fits in with Googles strategies......


AI Can Look Into Your Eyes And Predict Your Personality "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Kwame Oluwasomi 

Its said that our eyes are the windows to our soul. This was once a proverb, however, it appears now to be scientific fact. A study took place that employed artificial intelligence or deep neural network technology to track the eye movements of students and, from that data alone, determine their personality types.

Its said that curious individuals move their eyes around relatively often while neurotic people tend to blink faster and open-minded people tend to stare at abstract images, something that cannot be immediately understood or mutually agreed upon, for long periods of time. Interestingly enough, the pupils of conscientious people tend to dilate and contract more frequently than average.

The study was a joint project between the University of South Australia and the University of Stuttgart. 42 participants were placed in front of a video-based eye-tracker and the data the machines produced was cross-referenced with well known questionnaires which are designed to predict personality type. The A.I. was able to successfully determine whether someone was extraverted, conscientious, agreeable or neurotic.


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