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Thursday, 31 December


Earth First! Newswire: Red Lake Nation Agrees to $18.5 Million Settlement with Enbridge "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Native News Online

RLBmap-600x292On December 22, 2015, the Red Lake Nation Tribal Council voted to accept an $18.5 million offer from Enbridge to end an ongoing dispute over a oil line going through the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota.

On December 18, 2015, Enbridge officials met with the Red Lake Nation Tribal Council. After several rounds of negotiation, Enbridge agreed to pay $18.5 million, more than three and a half times its previous officer in November, and only $2.5 million less than Red Lake’s demand.

The six-to-four Tribal Council vote allows for the exchange of land for the trespass at the Four Legged Lake property on the reservation.

The Red Lake Nation issued a statement that reads, in part:

In exchange, the Band will designate one or more parcels of land within the 1863 treaty area/1889 agreement for Enbridge to purchase on behalf of the Band and will begin the fee to trust land exchange. Red Lake’s constitution and federal...


DUCK POND: Dog Blog: Another Double Entry "IndyWatch Feed"

Hard to believe now that it was Christmas Eve this time last week. While Dexter and Hannah are going out, I am not keeping up a weekly report.

This is more reflective. I have to try and remember what happened two weeks ago. Let me see if these photos will generate any memories. Kevin MacLeod is somewhat upbeat with “Lachaim”:

So I guess we just looked around.

Last week, I forwent the collages and added sleep inducing music. Was Christmas Week an improvement? The music is again by Kevin MacLeod and is called “Infinite Perspectives”. I thought by having a longer video, I would have more and better music choices.

So that sounds a bit like a Gregorian Chant to me (if music is used), I thought I would continue the theme with Kate Wolf singing Medicine Wheel – indigenous North American spiritual activity:



DUCK POND: El Nino and Rain in South America "IndyWatch Feed"

It was a puzzle to me as how El Nino would be attributed as the cause for the heavy rain and flooding in Northern Argentina, Southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. So I posed the question at Skeptical Science with responses: How did El Nino bring on these heavy rains?.

According Maps of the World:

A unique feature of South America Climate is the El Nino. Every two to seven years the cold dry Peru Current weakens and warm waters from the south rush along the coast in a southward direction. The El Nion affects the Climate of South America and causes heavyrainfall in the dry parts of South America.

Acknowledging that South America lies between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, given the barrier presented by the Andes, it both surprises and is contrary to my expectations that El Nino would exert such as effect as to cause torrential rain in South East portion of the continent. I would expect that the Atlantic would be exerting the major influence. The interaction and interrelationship between ocean and atmosphere and the transport of moisture in the upper atmosphere leaves me non nonplussed, and general explanations are not readily given, such as the potential of jet streams to divide and direct air flows with consequential weather and climate effects.

The Bureau of Meteorology reports:

El Niño remains near its peak, with the tropical Pacific Ocean and overlying atmosphere consistent with a strong event. Models suggest the event will start to decline in 2016, but a return to ENSO-neutral......


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Nimbin HEMP: Ice War Or Culture War? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Whoever decided the main weapon in the NSW war on ice is to be a trebling of roadside saliva testing may actually be encouraging its use.

I’ve always been a big believer in forgiveness, as ‘they know not what they do’, but that’s hardly good enough in these never been seen before times when knowledge is at everyone’s fingertips. Anyone involved in this war on (some) drugs must have heard by now that Cannabis stays in your blood for weeks or even months after inhaling because it is fat soluble, unlike all other illegals.

For the police hunting scalps on the north coast, and especially the roads into Nimbin, it’s like catching fish trapped in a barrel. The Monday we protested outside Lismore Court there was 53 saliva charges which is not the highest. Mostly Cannabis of course. Taking up hours of court time and stuffing peoples lives up majorly. It’s disproportionately punishing people by taking away their licence. Compared to a caution for fifteen grams it’s ridiculous.

Your saliva can light up the machine from a toke on a joint the night before, or the night before that. Or just hanging around a mate having a toke. Or eating hempseed in your muesli for brekky. The police have kept hemp seed illegal because they believe it can interfere with their saliva tests. There’s absolutely no evidence of this and we are the only country on Earth not allowed to eat it.

These tests are nothing to do with driving impairment. It’s solely about detecting...


: Julian Assange and Collateral Murder – part 1 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange remains in wait within London’s Ecuadorean Embassy, notoriously hounded despite his courage to tell the truth. He has committed no crime against humanity. He has murdered no-one. He is hounded as if he has. But the murderers and their keepers of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrikes by US forces where air to ground […]


: Flowers from Guantanamo "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here in Kabul, young friends with the Afghan Peace Volunteers look forward to learning more about “The Tea Project” in late December, when Aaron Hughes arrives, an artist, a U.S. military veteran, and a core member of Iraq Veterans Against War. He’ll carry with him 20 plaster replicas of a standard-issue, factory-made Styrofoam cup. They’re […]


Earthworker Cooperative: Year in review: Looking back on 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Just Transitions Tour, Christiana Figueres endorsement, Everlast factory buyout & establishment of Eureka’s Future Workers Cooperative, and the #GiveTanks crowdfund campaign made 2015 an action packed year!

We take a look back at the year that was.


Just Transitions Tour makes a stop in Morwell

By Dan Musil, February 2015

Just Transitions Australia Beyond Fossil Fuels

International economist Bob Massie spoke with community members about a ‘Just Transition’ for the Latrobe Valley at a public forum in Morwell.

One year on from the Hazelwood mine fire disaster, there are growing calls to diversify the local economy, and to create new industries and employment opportunities that pose less health risks to residents.

The public forum, ‘A Just Transition for the Latrobe Valley?’, examined the opportunities and barriers that the Latrobe Valley community faces in ensuring ongoing livelihoods and a healthy environment.

Local speakers included representatives from Voices of the Valley, the Earthworker Cooperative and other community organisations – discussed concerns and potential options for the Latrobe Valley, including manufacturing, mine rehabilitation and community health. A Latrobe City Council speaker has also been invited.

As Australia nears the end of the mining boom, as older coal power stations reach the end of their lives, and with the massive uptake of solar energy, there is increasing attention on how regional communities across the cou...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Cutest Moments of 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As we count down to 2016 we thought we would celebrate by reliving some of our cutest moments of 2015!

Click here to view the embedded video.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: 250,000 likes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


By golly we’ve actually done it! The heat was on, literally on this 35-degree day, to reach a hefty goal before the clock ticks over into 2016.

We now have 250,000 Facebook friends and counting, thank you so much for sharing our posts and joining us on this journey. Together we’re making the world a kinder place for animals.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Community in Flux |Move: Fall Winter 2015 | Magazine | Oregon Humanities "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Community in Flux |Move: Fall Winter 2015 | Magazine | Oregon Humanities: The Oregon Journal reported that, encouraged by police, the Roma—described as “the gaily dressed wanderers”—asked for assistance to return to Texas and New Mexico because Portland was “too cold” for them. Mayor Riley persuaded the US Office of Price Administration (OPA), the federal bureau in charge of rationing, to issue special gas rations to the Roma so they could make the drive south.

The Oregonian considered this a “notable feat” by the mayor, not only because the OPA’s rationing of items like gas, rubber, sugar, and butter was so strict, but also because Riley was “getting rid of at least half the gypsies [who] have been afflicting the city.”

“We are right proud of our mayor,” the paper wrote.


Corporate Australia: Thousands of Victorians go to court over unlawful 'fines' "IndyWatch Feed National"

More and more Victorians are waking up to the fact that parking and traffic fines are unlawful.

Whether it be:

  • a parking fine issued from an (alleged) 'authorised' officer (which they are not) from the 'city council' or 
  • a fine generated from a parked car sporting a hidden camera, which is operated by a private business or 
  • a fine generated by a speed / red light camera mounted on a pole at an intersection or
  • a fine from 'Citylink'

the general populous are waking up to this scam which is perpetuated by Victoria Police, as a  result, challenging the unlawful fines in court.

The (alleged) offence starts out as an "Infringement Notice - to The Operator" from Victoria Police, and this is where the fraud begins. See illustration below:

If no action is taken is culminated with actions from Victoria's unlawfully appointed sheriff - Brendan Facey, where he gets his alleged authority from that being the Sheriff Act 2009, which is also unlawfully put into action.

Please Note: just because the information is available on the internet via various social netoworks, the corporation conglomerate (read government) is not going to say "oh, you busted us... okay okay, we'll stop".

They WILL continue to defraud the masses hundreds of millions annually and as a result:

In reality every single fine a motorists receives must be challenged in a place of business/trading/commer...


Catallaxy Files: More bon mots from Wayne M "IndyWatch Feed"

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison says confidence is driven by business conditions, and he's focused on the balance sheets of companies.

Let’s face it, our current Treasurer, Wayne Morrison, is just softening us for being a big spending/big taxing government that he and his leader Maocolm want.  It is simply not in their DNA to cut spending and so their quest is to impose higher taxes while telling us they are not.  (Don’t believe them.)

All this tosh about a surplus doesn’t matter, timing is not important, a deficit below the long run average of the ratio to GDP is pretty good … it’s all just code for we love spending other people’ money as much as Labor.

According to Wayne M, why bother pursuing government spending cuts of $20 or $30 billion because they would have “disastrous effect on the economy”  (who is telling him this drivel or is he just making it up?) and wouldn’t make any difference to government debt.

Here’s a tip, maate: it would be good start.

Obviously, no one has given him lessons on Ricardian equivalence (consumers reduce their spending as the government deficit and debt increases because they rationally view these outcomes as the equivalent of future tax rises).  And what about crowding out private investment – that’s an idea that has crossed his mind?

Nor has anyone pointed out that cutting government spending where the costs are higher than the benefits (and how many examples can we think of ) will make us better off –  and not have a disastrous effect on the economy.

He really is worse than the real Wayne.

And someone should give him a lesson about t...


The Extinction Protocol: Increase in activity, strombolian explosions, pyroclastic flows reported at Guatemala’s Fuego volcano "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Fuego Volcano
December 2015GUATEMALAThe activity at Fuego might be picking up towards a new paroxysm (eruptive phase with strongly increased effusion rate, resulting in lava fountaining and lava flows). We camped on the SW side of the volcano last night, and observed mild to strong strombolian explosions that occurred at intervals between 1 and 10 minutes. The strongest explosions sent incandescent material to heights of up to approx. 500 m and similar distances. One particularly intense explosion was accompanied by a very strong shock wave.
Although not seen directly from our location, a pyroclastic flow occurred around 10:15 (local time): we observed the co-ignimbrite ash plume rising from what was likely a collapse of a new lava flow on the southern slope. According to staff at the Panimache volcano observatory, who confirmed our observation, the pyroclastic flow could have reached a length of 7 km and seems to herald the start of the 14th paroxysm of Fuego in 2015… Following the initial sighting of the brownish ash plume, it gradually spread around the whole southern slopes and caused fine ash fall in the area lasting about 2 hours, graying all vegetation. –Volcano Discovery



The Extinction Protocol: Freak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal to melting point "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

North Pole Storm
December 2015CLIMATEA powerful winter cyclone — the same storm that led to two tornado outbreaks in the United States and disastrous river flooding — has driven the North Pole to the freezing point this week, 50 degrees above average for this time of year. From Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning, a mind-boggling pressure drop was recorded in Iceland: 54 millibars in just 18 hours. This triples the criteria for “bomb” cyclogenesis, which meteorologists use to describe a rapidly intensifying mid-latitude storm. A “bomb” cyclone is defined as dropping one millibar per hour for 24 hours. NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center said the storm’s minimum pressure dropped to 928 millibars around 1 a.m. Eastern time, which likely places it in the top five strongest storms on record in this region.
“According to the center’s records, the all-time strongest storm in this area occurred on Dec. 15, 1986, and that had a minimum central pressure of 900 millibars,” Mashable’s Andrew Freedman reported on Tuesday. “The second-strongest storm occurred in January 1993, with a pressure of 916 millibars.” As this storm churns north, it’s forcing warm air into the Arctic Circle. Over the North Sea, sustained winds from the south are blasting at 70 mph, and gusting to well above 100 mph, drawing heat from south to north. Although there are no permanent weather stations at the North Pole (or really anywhere in the Arctic Ocean), we can use weather forecast models, which ingest data from satellites and surrounding surface observations, to estimate conditions at Earth’s most northern location.


Sustainable Gardening Australia: January In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed National"

January is here! Wondering what to do in the garden? What vegetables and herbs should you plant? It’s the start of the New Year and whether it’s time for a little rest and relaxation after a manic December; or you have a New Year’s resolution to spend some quality time with your garden; it’s  time to get out in your patch!  While we have been distracted with festive things, our patches have probably suffered a little and are in need of some serious loving right now. We have loads of  tips that will encourage your garden to flourish in the sunshine of Summer.

Warm Areas

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

It’s pretty hot out there at the moment, and it definitely isn’t the ideal time to be planting much. That said, you can try eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, capsicum, chillies and tomatoes; towards the end of the month.

  • Lettuce can be grown at the tail end of January, but consider popping them under a shade cloth tent.
  • Try Lemongrass if you haven’t already. Its woody nature helps prevent too much damage from the heat. Though wait until things cool down for any other herbs.
  • Still time to pop in some asparagus, just find a cooler spot in the patch.
  • It’s not too late for watermelon, rockmelon and pineapple. Mangos can go in this time of year also.
  • Plants feel the need for a feed at this time of year. A seaweed tea or low environmental impact liquid fertiliser is perfect. Throughout the growing period diluted worm teas can be added to your garden every couple of weeks. This will help keep up the growth and fruiting capabilities of your plants. Apply to the soil early in the morning, in the concentrations mentioned on the...


Sustainable Gardening Australia: Pear and Cherry Slug "IndyWatch Feed National"

pearcherryslugWhile most babies are cute, cuddly and adorable, this is definitely not the case for the offspring of the Black Sawfly Caliroa cerasi. The larvae, known to us as Pear and Cherry Slugs, are possibly the ugliest of all pests, and the mess they make to some of our favourite fruit trees is pretty unattractive as well!Description: A beautiful deep, glossy black with a lighter coloured head, the Pear and Cherry slug grows to only 1cm in length and about .5cm wide. Mum is a Black Sawfly, a small, shiny, black wasp with a wingspan of 1 cm and a saw-like appendage with which she cuts leaves of the host plant to deposit her eggs.

Plant Damage: The female sawfly deposits her eggs in a small slit in the leaves of her favourite trees in spring. After about 2 weeks, the slug-like larvae emerge, munching the leaves to a skeleton. Heavy infestations of slugs can cause serious defoliation, and result in incredibly unattractive and unproductive trees. They drop to the ground where they go through the pupal stage allowing another generation of flies to develop. Slugs will appear in early summer, and, after the next lot of pupae have spent winter in the soil, again the following spring.

Plants Affected: Pears (incl. ornamentals), cherries (incl. ornamentals), plums, quinces, apples, hawthorns and crabapples.

 What to Do:

  • Blast them off the leaves with a strong jet of water...


Sustainable Gardening Australia: Globe Artichoke "IndyWatch Feed National"


There are two unrelated plants called artichoke – Globe Artichokes – Cynara scolymus and Jerusalem Artichokes – Helianthus tuberosus. Different parts of the two plants are eaten. The Globe Artichoke is a member of the Asteraceae family, is a thistle and the flower bud is eaten. The Jerusalem Artichoke is a sunflower and the tuber is the edible part. As well as providing food, globe artichokes are attractive plants in the garden.

They originated in Mediterranean regions and Central Asia so will grow in many parts of Australia. Because they are extremely hardy and perennial, they are a useful addition to gardens where you want minimal chemical inputs. Warmer sub-tropical and tropical climates result in decreased flower size.

Growing to 1 – 1.5 metres in height and width, they make a stately feature and because they are perennial, a spot needs to be chosen that allows full advantage to be taken of the appearance of their graceful arching leaves. Buds grow on the ends of long flower stalks and may be green, bronze or purple according to the variety.

Planting schedule

Warm: August – November
Temperate: August – November
Cool to cold: September – November


They prefer a sunny spot with plenty of space and well-drained soil. Because they produce 4 – 6 flower heads in their first year and 10 – 12 in the second year if grown...


Sustainable Gardening Australia: Roses, Salvias and Sustainability "IndyWatch Feed National"

Terry FB2 (640x430)In Glen Waverley, Melbourne, a committed gardener has created what many might view as a fairly traditional garden – white picket fence and roses – that is lovingly cared for using sustainable practices. It is now a show garden which has been open to the public in SGA’s Open Gardens and Tours program and previously with Open Gardens Australia. It is also a destination for the Victorian Salvia Study Group and the Heritage Rose Society of Victoria. It is insect and bird friendly as well as containing many edible plants. When Terry moved into her house 21 years ago, there was lawn in both front and back areas, the inevitable Hills Hoist, dead trees, blackberries, plum, lemon and apricot trees. The lemon tree, Japonica camellias, a rhododendron and a flowering Prunus remain with the lemon tree producing admirable 500 lemons per year. In the front garden all that remain are a Callistemon viminalis and a flowering cherry. A new apricot and other fruit trees have since been planted. Tall ornamental pear trees help provide summer shade on the north of the house and the lawn has disappeared.


15:39 Boomers Turn 70 & Green "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On New Year's Day, the first baby boomers will turn 70.

From Jan. 1, 1946, through the end of 1964, 76 million babies were born in the U.S., more humans than lived in this country in 1900.

With a little help from LSD and our friends, we've won a cultural and technological revolution.

But our earthly survival depends on beating the lethal cancer of corporate domination-and the outcome is in doubt.

The GIs coming back from World War II kicked Rosie the Riveter out of the factories and into the suburbs.

read more


Bill Mitchell – billy blog: Bernie Sanders on the right track but need to address the main game "IndyWatch Feed"

On December 23, 2015, the Democrat Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders published an Op Ed – Bernie Sanders: To Rein In Wall Street, Fix the Fed – which, correctly, in my view, concluded that Wall Street (taken to be the collective of banksters wherever they might be located) “is still out of control” and policy reform has done little to alter the “too big to fail” problem that was identified in the early days of the GFC as one bank after another lined up for government assistance. Larry Summers replied to the Op Ed in his blog – The Fed and Financial Reform – Reflections on Sen. Sanders op-Ed – challenging several of the proposals advanced by Sanders. The problem is that the progressive voice of Bernie Sanders labours under some basic misconceptions about how the monetary system operates and therefore plays into the hands of those who have created the mess. Conversely, Summers clearly understands basic elements of the monetary system but continues to advocate policies which avoid addressing the main issue – the power of the financial markets.

Bernie Sanders got off on the wrong foot by suggesting that if any of the big financial institutions:

… were to fail again, taxpayers could be on the hook for another bailout, perhaps a larger one this time.

We, of course, know that taxpayers did not fund the last bailouts, the currency-issuing capacity of the consolidated US government provided the cash injections to ensure that any financial institution it desired to remain solvent did so.

I think it is essential that would-be progressives cease to use these loaded terms such as ‘taxpayer funds’ etc and instead promote new understandings which...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Indigo Evolution festival organisers threatened with court action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A planned three day music festival two hours from Byron Bay is in doubt after Richmond Valley Council obtained court orders prohibiting the event.

Richmond Valley Council chief executive John Walker said the council had obtained NSW Land & Environment Court orders prohibiting the planned three day “Indigo Evolution New Year’s Eve Arts & Music Festival” from being held at Busbys Flat.

Mr Walker said in a statement: “We are concerned for the health and safety of the party goers and for road users in our local area if this event goes ahead’.

‘The organisers have neither sought nor obtained approval from Council and the police have raised safety concerns in regards to a dam that has been constructed on the property’.

Mr Walker said a previous application for an event at the property was refused ‘due to the high risk posed from bush fires and concerns from the police. Unfortunately that event went ahead and police arrested a substantial number of party goers for drug driving’.

‘Council is not opposed to music festivals but need to be confident they are going to be conducted in a safe manner,’ he said.

Mr Walker warned that people attending the festival may be in breach of the court orders and in contempt of court.

‘Council intends to follow through with court action should the event occur,’ he said.


The post Indigo Evolution festival organisers threatened with court action appeared first on Echonetdaily.


John Quiggin: What about the iceberg ? "IndyWatch Feed"

The Trade Unions Royal Commission report, released in the dead news time between Christmas and New Year has had an extraordinarily soft reception from the media. After spending tens of millions of dollars of public money (not to mention the amount witnesses would have had to spend on legal representation) Dyson Heydon has come up with about a dozen allegations of criminal corruption. By far the largest is one involving his own former star witness, Kathy Jackson. Most of the others are for small amounts, some as minor as using the union credit card to get a tattoo.

Of course, it’s deplorable that the funds of union members should be misused for private purposes, and if the allegations turn out to be true, those involved should face the appropriate penalties. But compare these allegations to the routine behavior of members of Parliament. Under the “Minchin rule”, they can charge almost anything they like, with no penalty greater than being required to repay expenditures found to be unjustified. Even while Heydon’s inquiry was running, we saw revelations of misuse of public funds on both sides of politics, notably including senior figures in the government that launched this inquiry. And the situation in the business sector is no different.

Heydon’s other allegations are directed against union officials for the way they do their job. In this respect, the unions can’t win: the AWU gets hit for sweetheart deals, and the CFMEU for going too far in the opposite direction, with allegations of intimidation and blackmail. It’s important to remember these are only allegations. On past experience, most will...


Earth First! Newswire: Freak Storm Pushes North Pole 50 Degrees Above Normal to Melting Point "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This storm in the far North Atlantic is the same storm that caused two tornado outbreaks and widespread flooding in the United States. Now, it’s pushing temperatures at the North Pole well above average. (

This storm in the far North Atlantic is the same storm that caused two tornado outbreaks and widespread flooding in the United States. Now, it’s pushing temperatures at the North Pole well above average. (

by Angela Fritz / Washington Post

This story has been updated to include buoy measurements that confirm the North Pole temperature climbed a...


: “Leave the homeless alone” and we’ll help them – homeless baby, four sisters, mum housed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Perth’s Heirisson Island has sheltered homeless families since March. Despite nine police escorted City of Perth raids on the homeless camp, some of the homeless families kept on coming to the island refuge. Some of these homeless families have had houses found for them by my partner and colleague, Jennifer Kaeshagen who coordinates the volunteer […]


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Castlemaine Art Gallery: NGV Kids on Tour 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


We’re teaming up with our friends at Castlemaine Library to bring the National Gallery of Victoria’s amazing Kids on Tour program to Castlemaine in 2016!

Celebrating its third year, the 2016 NGV Kids on Tour program shares with children contemporary art and summer exhibitions on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, including Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, and Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids.

From artists Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei’s shared love of cats to the local landscapes of the Hermannsburg Potters, children will be inspired to unleash their creativity in this range of FREE activities available for children at Castlemaine Library and Castlemaine Art Gallery during NGV Kids on Tour.

Coinciding with the NGV Kids Summer Festival from Saturday 16 January to Tuesday 26 January, NGV Kids on Tour 2016 is an initiative that allows children and families throughout regional Victoria to engage with contemporary art and design through hands-on activities developed with artists and designers.

Children and families can take part in NGV Kids on Tour 2016 at Castlemaine Art Gallery, January 20-21 this summer with FREE and fun activities!

Book online here:


NGV Flyer Web


CAAMA: Chooky Dancers Christmas Song "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers) celebrate Christmas in their quirky style! Mad ones!!


Independent Australia: After TURC: Where to now for Labor? "IndyWatch Feed"

After TURC: Where to now for Labor?With a PM in a seemingly perpetual honeymoon and the Trade Union Royal Commission scathing about the union movement, the Opposition has some major obstacles ahead if they want to win the next election, write Peter Wicks. read now...


: 2,000 photos of torture by the US military in Iraq, Afghanistan just the tip of the iceberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

Abu Ghraib was both set up by and an indictment of the darkest dwells of inhumanity. It was set up to ‘justify’ the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, to signify ‘American anger’ at ‘terrorists’. But most right-minded people know that the wars were long planned. The circumstances that our world finds itself in today were […]


Earth First! Newswire: Racist Counterprotester who Heckled Fracktivists Fired from Job "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

[Trigger alert for highly racist language in video]

from PNAC

A man with no shame about his racist beliefs allowed himself to be recorded while he was insulting a group of activists in Pennsylvania, calling the black videographer [racist empithets] and making monkey sounds to further berate him.

Neither the videographer, Tom Jefferson, nor the other activists, allowed themselves to be sucked into a physical confrontation with the man, which seems to have been his goal.

They just allowed him to make the fool of himself. The video, posted by Jefferson, has more than 82,000 views on YouTube as of this writing.

The incident took place Sunday in Butler where the activists were protesting against Rex Energy and how they’ve been drilling for gas near schools.

The activists are made up of white grandparents in rocking chairs, if that makes any difference.

At issue with the grandparents protesting Monday; the proximity of the drilling to nearby schools.

“We oppose this activity completely; f...


Earth First! Newswire: Militiamen Flock to Eastern Oregon to Defend Rancher "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ryan Payne, an Amry veteran and electrician, practices with his gun outside his Montana home in 2014. He recently moved to Harney County in Oregon to join other militiamen to protest the imprisonment of two prominent ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven. Payne and others want a local sanctuary created to shield the men from surrendering for federal prison, a move the Hammonds don't support. (Cathrine L. Waters, Special to The Oregonian/OregonLive)

Ryan Payne, an Amry veteran and electrician, practices with his gun outside his Montana home in 2014. He recently moved to Harney County in Oregon to join other militiamen to protest the imprisonment of two prominent ranchers, Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven. Payne and others want a local sanctuary created to shield the men from surrendering for federal prison, a move the Hammonds don’t support. (Cathrine L. Waters, Special to The Oregonian/OregonLive)

by Les Zaitz / OregonLive

The strangers...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Greens siding with Coalition won’t save the planet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Pursuing a localisation agenda is a great policy initiative as outlined in the Echo’s article, ‘Climate change or system change? The real challenge’. This is a policy direction I along with many in this region heartedly support.

What was not so clearly articulated was the necessary and complimentary policies that need to exist beside localisation if we are to have any hope of saving the planet and ourselves along with it. As Naomi Klein so clearly articulated in her recent writings and at this years Festival of Dangerous Ideas: ‘We do know that responses to climate change that continue to put the entire burden on individual consumers are doomed to fail.’

And here in lies the rub for Australian politics.

Back in 2009 the Greens voted with the then opposition Liberal and National parties to defeat Labor’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. This effectively put big picture environmental protection in Australia back a decade. A decade we could not afford to waste.

Now in 2015 the Greens have once again voted with the Liberal and National parties against tax transparency measures that will continue the gross inequality between what ordinary folk pay in taxes as compared to the large corporations.

People will only support measures that limit carbon production if they know it is balanced with policies of equality and fairness. Those with less wealth should not be asked to carry the biggest burden.

My real concern is that the Greens will now support the Liberal and National parties in lifting the GST.

If we are to have any hope of saving our lifestyles and our planet we must ensure we not only act locally we must act nationally and globally. A fairer and just world will save the planet not good intentions or localisation slogans.

The Greens need to wise up. They need to stop being a party of convenience.

They need to work with Labor to support good policy on the big picture issues (as well as w.........


The Watchers » Latest articles: Synthesis: NASA data visualizations in Ultra-HD "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Our senses tell us about the natural world, but our senses cannot tell us everything. That’s why we use tools, and NASA develops some of the most sophisticated, most exciting tools of all. Designed to reveal aspects of the Earth, the Sun, The Moon, these tools gat... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: CME hits Earth, G3 Strong geomagnetic storming expected "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The December 28th coronal mass ejection (CME) produced by the long duration M1.8 solar flare passed the ACE spacecraft at 00:02 UTC on December 31 and reached our planet at 00:51 UTC. Geomagnetic K-index of 4 threshold was reached at 01:05 UTC. The impact is expected to... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: Explosive cyclogenesis with intense low passing through Iceland at peak intensity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very strong low pressure system developed over the past couple of days in the North Atlantic. It deepened to a very intense central pressure of 928 hPa at 06:00 UTC on December 30, 2015, and is one of the strongest systems to have impacted the Atlantic in recorded his... Read more »

Independent Australia: Corruption and incompetence escalate on Turnbull’s watch "IndyWatch Feed"

Corruption and incompetence escalate on Turnbull’s watchThe pile of evidence of corruption and incompetence infecting the Coalition parties has continued to rise through December. Alan Austin updates the shame files. read now...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: US Government Program Forced Sterilization Of Hispanic Women "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

US Government Program Forced Sterilization Of Hispanic Women: [mintpressnews] A class action lawsuit was brought against Los Angeles County Hospital, where the sterilizations took place, but lost when it was heard in court.

The Judge sided with the hospital, citing that it was not objectionable if a physician believed that a tubal ligation could improve a perceived overpopulation problem, as long as said physician did not to try to “overpower the will of his patients.”

The case did have a positive effect however, resulting in the availability of medical forms in multiple languages so that patients can understand what they are signing, and the requirement for patients under the age of 21 to have 72 hours to consider their decision, as well as not terminating welfare benefits for those who do not sign.


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: China mine survivors detected by infrared cameras in Shandong "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

China’s mines are the world’s deadliest

931 people died last year in mine accidents

China owns the Ramu nickel mine in PNG, 50% of Porgera and wants to open the Frieda river and Yandera mines…

BBC News

Rescue workers detected the eight survivors using infrared cameras

Rescue workers detected the eight survivors using infrared cameras

Eight miners trapped for five days after a mine in China caved in have been found alive, state media say.

Reports say rescue teams have not yet been able to free the survivors, but have made contact and sent in supplies.

The rock fall at the gypsum mine, in the eastern province of Shandong, was so violent that it registered at China’s earthquake monitoring centre.

Nine miners are still missing. Seven have already been rescued and one is known to have died.

Rescuers used infrared cameras to peer into darkness at the wrecked mine. The cameras detected the surviving miners waving their hands.

The workers were weak with hunger but otherwise were in good health, state media reported. They told rescuers they were in passages underground that were intact.

Ma Congbo, the chairman of Yurong company which owns the mine, drowned himself by jumping into a mine well early on Sunday, China’s Xinhua news agency said.

His motive was not clea...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Rainbow afternoon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Rainbow Bee-eaters are certainly enjoying conditions along the Loddon River at the moment. I hope you enjoy these photographs of their antics.


Rainbow Bee-eater, Loddon River @ Newstead, 28th December 2015.









Aboriginal News Group Newswire: "Groundbreaking" Expos� Shows Pentagon Thwarting Obama's Bid to Transfer Guant�namo Prisoners | Democracy Now! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

"Groundbreaking" Expos� Shows Pentagon Thwarting Obama's Bid to Transfer Guant�namo Prisoners | Democracy Now!: In the nearly seven years since President Obama ordered Guant�namo’s closure, Republicans have blocked him at every turn. Now a new report sheds light on another obstacle in Obama’s way: his own Pentagon. According to Reuters, military brass have imposed bureaucratic hurdles to keep prisoners locked up and prevent foreign governments from taking them in. Scores of prisoners cleared for release have remained imprisoned for years as a result. We are joined by two guests: Charles Levinson, the Reuters reporter who broke this story, and Omar Farah, the lawyer for a Yemeni prisoner who was cleared for release five years ago but remains behind bars due to Pentagon interference.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: 16000 expected at Byron’s Falls Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The crowd going wild at a previous Falls Festival in Byron. Photo Jeff Dawson

The crowd going wild at a previous Falls Festival in Byron. Photo Jeff Dawson

Organisers are expecting at least 16,000 to be celebrating the new year at the Falls Festival at North Byron Parklands over coming days.

With free camping, and people allowed to camp in their cars, the Parklands site will be one of the largest gatherings in northern New South Wales.

Organisers are promising the ‘finest contemporary tunes from across the globe with interactive arts, sustainable initiatives, yummy food and good people’.

Two and three day tickets for the festival are still available.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell takes to the annual Tropical Fruits parade in style in the company of Miss South Lismore. Photo Tropical Fruits

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell takes to the annual Tropical Fruits parade in style in the company of Miss South Lismore. Photo Tropical Fruits

Meanwhile, the Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve party at the Lismore showgrounds is also gearing up for a massive party.

The annual dance party, which attracts gay men, lesbians, bi, trans, queer folk and their friends,  has already sold more than $400,000 worth of tic...


Catallaxy Files: A libertarian view of radical Islam "IndyWatch Feed"

This is part of an email highlighting some of the events that have already been brought together for Freedomfest 2016 which will be held in Las Vegas July 13-16. There is nothing else like it. Mark Skousen over the course of four days brings together every group on the conservative/libertarian side of the political divide. And this will be just before what may be one of the most important elections in American history. You should go to the link and you should think about being there yourself. There really is nothing else like it.



In response to the growing threat of radical Islamic terrorism both here and abroad, FreedomFest will host Dr. Tawfik Hamid, one-time Islamic extremist from Egypt, former member of Al-Qaeda, and author of the bestseller, “Inside Islam.” A physician from Egypt, he has appeared on CNN and Fox News, and has written op-eds for The Wall Street Journal. He has lectured at the Pentagon and the FBI on his strategic plan to defeat radical Islam.

radical jihad

Hamid will speak on “How Radical Islam Works. Why It Should Terrify Us, and How to Defeat It.”

Dr. Hamid will also participate in an important de...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Man, 26, refused bail after Lismore stabbing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 26-year-old man accused of stabbing another man in Lismore on Tuesday was refused bail in the Lismore Local Court yesterday.

The man, Shane Ohia, is charged with wound with intent and will appear in court again on January 4,  2016.

The alleged victim, a 52-year-old Lismore man, remains in Lismore Base Hospital after being treated for a wound to his leg.

Police allege the 52-year-old man was walking along Dalziell St in Lismore when ambulance officers driving past saw he had a large cut in his right leg and took him to hospital.

Richmond Local Area Command Inspector Bill McKenna said shortly after the older man was admitted, a 26-year-old man visited the hospital with unrelated injuries.

He was admitted, assessed and later arrested and conveyed to Lismore Police Station where he was charged.

Insp McKenna said police executed a search warrant of an address in Dalziell St and found a knife and crime scene.

Police allege the older man went to the address where an altercation broke out about 12.30pm on Tuesday, resulting in the victim receiving the injury to his leg.

The accused was refused bail and remains in custody.




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Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Petromin unaware of PNG Government’s talks with Rio Tinto over Bougainville Copper Ltd "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


petrominPETROMIN says it has no knowledge of any “discussion” between PNG Government and Rio Tinto over the Bougainville Copper Ltd.

But managing director Thomas Abe said the government had the prerogative to enter into such discussion.

He was asked whether the State-owned mineral company Petromin was aware of a reported discussion between Rio Tinto and the Government for the latter to buy the State’s 53.83 per cent share in the Bougainville Copper Ltd for $100 million.

“I am not aware of any discussions between Rio Tinto and the PNG Government,” Abe told The National.

“That is the prerogative of the National Government.

“We are currently operating as Petromin.

“The successor company, Kumul Minerals, formally commences operations by the end of June 2016.”

ABG President Dr John Momis has recently spoken regarding the discussion between the Government and Rio Tinto.

Momis when addressing the ABG House of Representatives said that he had been approached by several senior government officials including Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to discuss the matter.

Petromin chairman Sir Brown Bai said the company was usually invited by the Government to become party to such discussions.

But he said he had no knowledge of the discussion.

Attempts to get comments from the Department of Mineral Policy and Geo Hazards Managements were unsuccessful.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Gathering in the Garden "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


DJ Daniel Webber is one of the masterminds of Bizarre Garden, an electronic music event happening 5–7 February 2016.  He gave Seven the lowdown on this gathering of EDM lovers.

Where is the Bizarre Garden? How is is situated for camping – showers and access to water etc?

Bizarre Garden is 1.5 hours west of Byron Bay; this will remain a mystery until closer to the date.

Yes, there is adequate space and facilities for camping and there will be hot showers, drinking water, local food and clothing stalls, and workshops – not to mention loads of fresh coconuts!

Who are Essential Intentions and what is their vision for the event?

Essential Intentions is an event company focused on good vibes and quality electronic music. The commercial EDM scene has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. We aim to provide patrons with something different – showcasing world-class forward-thinking house and techno artists from around the globe with local purveyors of the best sound, production and decor in the country creating a unique energy and visual enhancement that has helped put Byron Bay on the map as a hot spot within the Australian dance music community.

What is at the core of  gatherings like this?

No bullshit, just good times with good people.

What is a typical day l.....


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: IS issues ruling on sex with slaves "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ISIS flag. The text reads: 'There is no god but Allah; Mohammed is his messenger'.

ISIS flag. The text reads: ‘There is no god but Allah; Mohammed is his messenger’.

Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when “owners” of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females.

The ruling or fatwa has the force of law and appears to go beyond the Islamic State’s previous known utterances on slavery, said Cole Bunzel, a leading IS expert at Princeton University.

It sheds new light on how the group is trying to reinterpret centuries-old teachings to justify the rape of women in the swaths of Syria and Iraq it controls.

For a US government translation of the fatwa click

The fatwa was among a huge trove of documents captured by US Special Operations Forces during a raid targeting a top Islamic State official in Syria in May.

The news agency Reuters has reviewed the document, which has not been previously published, but couldn’t independently confirm its authenticity.

Among the fatwa’s injunctions are bans on a father and son having sex with the same female slave; and the owner of a mother and daughter having sex with both.

Joint owners of a female captive are similarly enjoined from intercourse because she is viewed as “part of a joint ownership.”

The United Nations and human rights groups have accused the Islamic State of the systematic...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: E-cigarette vapour ‘can kill human cells’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AFP Photo/Kenzo Tribouillard

AFP Photo/Kenzo Tribouillard

E-cigarettes could be “no better” than smoking regular cigarettes and may even cause cancer, scientists warn.

According to new research, the vapour from the electronic devices was shown to damage or even kill human cells during lab tests.

The finding comes as UK public health officials and Prime Minister David Cameron back the use of e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking.

An estimated 2.6 million people in the UK use e-cigarettes. They are to be licensed and regulated as an aid to quit smoking from 2016.

But Dr Jessica Wang-Rodriguez, co-author of the study, said: “Based on the evidence to date I believe they are no better than smoking regular cigarettes.”

The scientists treated cells in Petri dishes with vapour from a nicotine-based e-cigarette and a nicotine-free variety and found that the cells which had been exposed to the vapour were more likely to become damaged or die than those that had not.

Those containing nicotine were also said to be more harmful than those that did not, although the authors said it may not be as a result of the addictive substance.

Dr Wang-Rodriguez, chief of pathology at the San Diego branch of the US Department of Veteran Affairs, added: “There have been many studies showing that nicotine can damage cells. But we found that other variables can do damage as well. It’s not that the nicotine is completely innocent in the mix, but it looks like the amount of nicotine that the cells are exposed to by e-cigarettes is not sufficient by itself to caus...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Australia prepares to welcome new year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fireworks will be a feature of many New Year's Eve celebrations around the country. (file pic)

Fireworks will be a feature of many New Year’s Eve celebrations around the country. (file pic)

The countdown is on for revellers keen to farewell 2015 and ring in the new year.

Thousands are expected to flock to fireworks displays around the country but the message for everyone is to stay safe.

‘Look after your mates, it’s important we can finish the night on a high and that can only be done if you protect your friends,’ NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller said.

Similar messages are being spread by police forces around the nation who have warned there will be extra patrols to deal with those breaking the law.

With warm weather forecast paramedics are also gearing up for their busiest night of the year.

‘We’ve got a combination of heat and unfortunately alcohol and they are a lethal mix,’ Ambulance Victoria state health commander Paul Holman said.

Temperatures are expected to hit 40C in Melbourne where 10 tonnes of fireworks will be set off in what Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has predicted will be the “biggest and best ever”.

But it will be a mellower welcome for 2016 in fire-ravaged parts of Victoria where fireworks displays have been cancelled.

A Total Fire Ban has been declared as an out of control bushfire is still burning in the state’s southwest where residents have been told to leave before it’s too late.

For the young revellers and those unable to stay awake for t...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: 60 NSW shark sightings in 48 hours "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

File photo of a Great White Shark. (AAP)

File photo of a Great White Shark. (AAP)

More than 60 sharks have been spotted near popular swimming spots on the NSW coast in the past two days.

Swimmers were kept out of the water at Jervis Bay when more than 30 sharks, believed to be bronze whalers, were seen in the shallows.

The sharks were estimated to be between 2.5 and 3.5 metres long.

A surfer also reported a shark sighting at Port Kembla Beach on Tuesday afternoon.

When the Aerial Patrol responded minutes later it spotted a hammerhead shark in the beach area, and another five sharks nearby.

Windang Beach was closed while beachgoers waited for a number of sharks to move offshore, while five hammerheads were also spotted at Warilla.

The Aerial Patrol is providing daily beach surveillance until the end of January.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Conman Peter Foster denies hiring a hit man "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Peter Foster. (AAP)

Peter Foster. (AAP)

Notorious Australian conman Peter Foster, who was arrested last year while hiding out at Ewingsdale near Byron Bay, says claims he tried to hire a hit man to murder a private investigator are a complete hoax.

Queensland Police confirmed on Wednesday the 53-year-old was being investigated, with media reports alleging he attempted to arrange the murder of private investigator Ken Gamble in the Philippines.

Fairfax Media has reported detectives obtained an audio recording in which the convicted fraudster allegedly offered $80,000 to have Mr Gamble killed.

However, Foster strongly denies the claims, saying some “rather devious people” in the Philippines had made the recordings.

‘The alleged conversations never took place and are a total fabrication,’ he told AAP on Wednesday night.

‘These alleged recordings have clearly not been scientifically and forensically tested by the police. When they are they will be proven to be a hoax.’

When asked why someone would fabricate the recordings, he said he couldn’t comment on legal grounds.

Detectives raided a home at Ewingsdale and another in Queensland linked to Mr Foster earlier this week, but no arrests were made.

Mr Gamble works as a private detective for more than 100 investors of a failed online gambling firm allegedly run by Mr Foster while he was on the run from police.

Nine’s A Current Affair has reported Foster fleeced investors of more than $10 million through the ponzi scheme called the Sports Trading Club.

Two years ago he was...


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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Fatal crash driver charged with drug driving "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man will appear in Lismore Court next year to face charges related to a fatal crash at Broadwater. Photo supplied

A man will appear in Lismore Court next year to face charges related to a fatal crash at Broadwater. Photo supplied

A man has been charged with drug driving following a fatal crash at Broadwater earlier this year.

At the time, police allege the driver was under the influence of methylamphetamine and cannabis-type substances.

Police and emergency services were called to a section of the Pacific Highway in Broadwater around 9.30am on Tuesday, 7 July, after a southbound white Isuzu D-Max and a northbound white Toyota Kluger collided head-on.

Of the five people travelling in the Toyota, a woman, aged in her late 60s, was found dead in the rear of the vehicle.

A 46-year-old man and two children – a seven-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl – were released from the car suffering minor injuries, while a 41-year-old woman, who had been driving the car, was air-lifted to hospital for the treatment of serious injuries.

Both were released by emergency services and taken to hospital for the treatment of serious injuries.

The 31-year-old man driving the Isuzu was also taken to hospital with fractures to both feet.

Police conducted an investigation into the incident and have now issued the 31-year-old Isuzu driver, from Bellbird in Queensland, with a future court attendance notice for numerous offences.

The charges include:

– Dangerous driving occasioning death while under the influence of drugs;

– Dangerous driving occasioning grievo...


Indian Country Headline News: Wounded Knee SOLD? Tim Giago Has Plans to Buy It for $3.9 Million "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Tim Giago, Lakota, renowned journalist, publisher and founder of publications such as the Lakota Times, Native Sun News and Indian Country Today, has told ICTMN ...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Red Lake Nation Agrees to $18.5 Million Settlement with Enbridge - Native News Online "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Red Lake Nation Agrees to $18.5 Million Settlement with Enbridge - Native News Online: In exchange, the Band will designate one or more parcels of land within the 1863 treaty area/1889 agreement for Enbridge to purchase on behalf of the Band and will begin the fee to trust land exchange. Red Lake’s constitution and federal regulations require that the land coming into trust must be of equal or more value than the land coming out of trust. Once the land exchange is complete, the Band will take possession of the total value in the escrow account including any interest.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Quintonio LeGrier, Bettie Jones, and the Paranoid Style of American Policing - The Atlantic "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Quintonio LeGrier, Bettie Jones, and the Paranoid Style of American Policing - The Atlantic: It will not do to note that 99 percent of the time the police mediate conflicts without killing people anymore than it will do for a restaurant to note that 99 percent of the time rats don’t run through the dining room. Nor will it do to point out that most black citizens are killed by other black citizens, not police officers, anymore than it will do to point out that most American citizens are killed by other American citizens, not terrorists. If officers cannot be expected to act any better than ordinary citizens, why call them in the first place? Why invest them with any more power?


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cinema Review: The Good Dinosaur "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs to start with? They have fascinated little brains for time out of mind, so the concept of their surviving instead of becoming extinct as a result of an asteroid’s collision with Earth is a delicious one to conjure with (the shot of the asteroid soaring by as the mighty creatures graze is strangely moving). Because Disney/Pixar animations have been a constant source of enjoyment and stimulation for me over the years, my disappointment with this was probably even more pronounced than it might otherwise have been. Had I noticed it beforehand, the PG rating would have provided a clue, for this is a film of confronting and discomforting imagery – it’s joyless in a way that you don’t expect (or maybe I’d over-indulged in the De Bortoli and tiramisu the night before). There is more darkness and danger – savagery, even – than most parents might normally want their ankle-biters to deal with and, for all its clear-stated elevation of companionship and home, it never really delivers the feel-good finale, notwithstanding Jeff and Mychael Danna’s typically heartbooming score.

It’s a big bad world out there, so it could be argued that exposing children to life’s tougher side is doing them a service, but if the subdued mood in the cinema at the session I attended is anything to go by, the lesson is proving to be a bitter pill to swallow. Arlo, the green Apatosaurus, after losing his father in harrowing circumstances, is befriended by Spot, an orphaned caveboy in the Mowgli mould, who helps Arlo find his way back to his family. The animation of the environment in which the action takes place is gorgeous, but the drawing of Arlo is decidedly unoriginal, as are th.....


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Live Music Roundup – Thursday 31 December, 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Johnny Cash The Legend – I Hear that Train a-Comin’ – Saturday at the Ballina RSL

Johnny Cash The Legend – I Hear that Train a-Comin’ – Saturday at the Ballina RSL

The Cash man cometh

Dr Baz Ferrier and vivacious songstress Ilona Harker present a journey through the life and songs of Johnny Cash – a musical tribute to the legendary country superstar Johnny Cash, his epic life story and love affair with partner June Carter, threaded through with a tongue-in-cheek look at Johnny Cash’s wild side and their stormy offstage and onstage relationship.

The show captures Johnny’s looking back on his rise from humble conditions as a child on a poor cotton farm soaking up gospel and country music to tough times on work gangs, enlistment during the Korean war as a US airman, which got him to the honky tonks of Germany where he began to hone his characteristic style and began writing his unique songs, and on to his rise as a music sensation and a recording artist for the legendary Sun records alongside Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis.

The show strings together all Johnny Cash’s great hits and signature tunes as the story unfolds, and woven through this rich musical journey is a fascinating glimpse into the darker side of his life, his outlaw image and the prison concerts, and the epic love story with lifetime soulmate June Carter, a child star and golden-haired girl of the famous country music icons The Carter Family. Looking back on his tough origins, his rise to fame, and his drug addiction, they laugh, they joke, they fight and they harmonise, as they bring so many great son...


Fire Earth: Historic Flooding: MO Gov. Activates National Guard "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

DISASTER DIARY – DECEMBER 30, 2015 State of Missouri devastated by heavy rains, historic flooding Extreme weather has devastated the State of Missouri killing at least 13 people, with the death toll exceeding 50 across southern and central U.S. In response to historic flooding in parts of Missouri, Gov. Nixon has  activated the Missouri National […]


Latest News: Bill to End Dolphin and Whale Captivity Reintroduced In Canada "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

If passed, legislation would prohibit acquisition and captive breeding of cetaceans


Geoengineering Watch: The Storm That Will Unfreeze the North Pole "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

lead_960Source: The Atlantic It caps off a month—and year—of weird weather. The sun has not risen above the North Pole since mid-September. The sea ice—flat, landlike, windswept, and stretching as far as the eye can see—has been bathed in darkness for months. But later this week, something extraordinary will happen: Air temperatures at the Earth’s


Indian Country Headline News: Record-Breaking Floods Inundate Parts of Cherokee Nation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Cherokee Nation Emergency Management Services were on full alert after rivers and creeks in Northeastern Oklahoma swelled out of their banks for the second time this year....

Indian Country Headline News: Returning the Gift 2015: Native America’s Indigenous Storytelling and Literary Festival "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

You can take The Road Back to Sweetgrass or The Mourning Road to Thanksgiving and probably meet up with Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and a lot of other in...

Indian Country Headline News: Tribal Veterans See Slow Yet Steady Improvements Through 2015 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Veteran issues in Indian country saw an emphasis in 2015 on housing, in particular with homes on tribal land and wi...


EcoWatch: 10 Coolest Eco Products of 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


From solar powered electric bikes to shoes made out of recycled...


EcoWatch: 5 Helpful Tips to Becoming a Successful Locavore "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


With just one month left of the 100 miles in 100 days challenge, I wanted to share...


Earth First! Newswire: Rewilding the Northwest: Pacific Fishers Reintroduced in Washington State "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Ben Goldfarb / High Country News


These are thrilling times to be a wildlife aficionado in the Pacific Northwest, a region whose ecosystems grow richer with each passing day. Wolverines have been trickling into northern Washington for years; biologists are dumping bull trout into Oregon’s Clackamas River; wolves are steadily gaining ground in both states. The grizzly bear, a candidate for reintroduction in the North Cascades, looms on the rugged horizon.

Meanwhile, a less heralded creature is also experiencing a quiet revival: the Pacific fisher, a cat-sized mammal that’s kin to weasels, marten, and otters. Unlike its cousin, the wolverine, f...


Earth First! Newswire: Geneva, Switzerland: Burying the Airport of Notre-Dame-Des-Landes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from contra info


In these days of celebrations, we wanted to also extend our wishes to the French government. Death wishes where the Notre-Dame-Des-Landes project is buried once and for all.

Faced with the growing ZAD eviction threats, a small team of artist-apprentices in the night of December 25th to 26th went to decorate the French consulate in Geneva, to thereby also mark down the resistance in Switzerland.

Since 2008, the prospective airport land has been occupied by several hundred inhabitants. Thousands of people line the streets in every support demonstration. Hundreds of defence committees exist in France and elsewhere. But the French government, with [Manuel] Valls leading, insists on passing the project by force, ignoring popular request demanding the airport’s abandonment.

Nevertheless we are determined and the airport won’t happen. The resistance is organising, in Switzerland as in Nantes, like everywhere opposing any projects aimed at perpetuating an alienating and iniquitous capitalist system. And if they use force, we, the militants, will reduplicate creativity.

So go on then, Merry Christmas and choke yourself in y...


The Ecologist: Claiming to represent 'science', the global GMO industry is built on fear, fraud and corruption "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The more the GM industry claims to enjoy the support of 'science', the more it resorts to emotive attack and insult against its opponents, while doing its best to suppress the many scientific truths that are not to its liking, writes Colin Todhunter. In truth it is driven by profit, politics and ideology, and is based on fraud and the capture and corruption of governments and regulators.


Earth First! Newswire: Letter from UK Environmental Activist and Anarchist Prisoner Em Sheppard on Release and Probation Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Em Sheppard / Earth First! UK

Please note it is important that this is not reposted after 30 December 2015 as this will be in breach of licensing conditions.

[Em Sheppard was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment last February for disabling police cars. See these links for more background: The action that lead to Sheppard’s arrest / Letter in response to sentencing / Support page]


In October my probation officer said I could go back to Bristol. Now it transpires I have been a MAPPA (multi-Agency Protection) for my whole sentence, though no one thought to tell me (I always thought it was strange I wasn’t). The police met in November about me and to draw up my licence conditions, but (as is common practice) have only told me now. The licence is so restrictive that ironically I will have had more freedom in jail in some ways. I’m not sure what’s worse –...


EcoWatch: 4 Non-Toxic Ways to Protect Your Skin During Cold Winter Months "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


We slather on moisturizing creams and lotions for relief, but most of these products are...


Geoengineering Watch: “Full Spectrum Dominance”, The Creed Of Those Who Currently Run The World "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

34What is the real role of the US military around the world? What is really the agenda behind the ongoing perpetual wars being waged all over the globe? All too often in the name of "freedom and democracy"? Americans must awaken from the programming and lies that have been pumped into them by the power


EcoWatch: The Down-to-Earth Solution to Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


The only thing we can do and absolutely must do is to take CO2 out of the...


Independent Australia: Can the ASEAN Economic Community be a success? "IndyWatch Feed"

Can the ASEAN Economic Community be a success?You probably haven't heard of it, but Asia's answer to the EU will be proclaimed today — 31 December 2015. Murray Hunter sees problems ahead. read now...


EcoWatch: Michael Pollan: What You Should Eat to Be Healthy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


A new documentary based on Michael Pollan’s bestselling book, In Defense of Food, helps consumers...


EcoWatch: Greenhouses: The Solution for Year-Round Local Food? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


In colder climates, greenhouses and hoop houses are crucial to...


The Extinction Protocol: Winter hits Chihuahua with 25cm of snow – climate change blamed for series of winter storms "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Mexico Snow
December 2015MEXICOWinter struck the state of Chihuahua with a vengeance Saturday, leaving snow up to 25 centimeters deep and temperatures as low as -17 C in the mountain region of Tarahumara. It was either cold or very cold throughout the state, said Civil Protection operations director Virgilio Cepeda, with average snow accumulation measuring 15 centimeters in 52 of the state’s 67 municipalities. The snow began falling Saturday night and continued for some 16 hours.
Seven flights were canceled at the Ciudad Juárez airport and parts of many highways were temporarily closed. Three-hundred emergency shelters were opened. One fatality has been reported as a result of a motor vehicle accident on the Chihuahua-Parral highway. Civil Protection coordinator Luis de Jesús Luján Peña said the fifth winter storm of the season was a result of the conjunction of cold front No. 24, maritime air and a jet stream, and a consequence of climate change. The winter storm also struck Sonora, where four municipalities reported low temperatures. Lowest was recorded in Yécora, where the mercury dropped to -9.5 C. –Mexico News Daily
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Chesapeake Climate Action Network: Match alert: Give now and double your impact! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

2015 is certain to be the hottest year on record. It’s also the year that I’ve felt more hope for the global climate movement than I have in a very long time. And I’m not alone.

In these final 48 hours of 2015, a group of generous CCAN donors has offered to match dollar-for-dollar every gift to CCAN — up to $7,000.

That means your year-end gift can have double the impact for CCAN and the campaigns you care about!

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We have every intention of making 2016 a year for groundbreaking results. For every effort we undertake, we build as big a coalition as possible and never, ever, ever give up. Here’s why giving to CCAN is critical for the planet:

  • We win. Your donation will ensure that we keep Maryland in the lead for envelope-pushing state clean energy policies. We have broader support than we’ve ever had heading into the 2016 General Assembly for our priorities to renew our landmark carbon cap bill and expand our clean electricity standard to 25% by 2020.
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We are so thankful for your support — because none of these campaigns...


The Ecologist: Time to bring back Nature's flood management engineer - the beaver "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As climate change brings more rain, Britain is suffering from the extinction here of our native flood engineer - the beaver. Louise Ramsay says it's high time to re-introduce these charismatic rodents all over Britain.


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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: S Sorrensen’s Here & Now #138: On the road "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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S Sorrensen

Caloundra. Friday, 9.45am

I haven’t lost my scooter skills. No way. Even my dodgy knee is keeping up. Yeah, I was born for two wheels.

I’m scooting around the end of the suburban street, as smug as a pollie, as I lean into a tight right-hander, right foot grazing the bitumen. Cool.

‘Follow me, Grandpa,’ says Granddaughter and does a neat figure eight on her new scooter, swerving elegantly. I can do that, and I follow her on her brother’s scooter, swerving maybe a tad more elephantly than elegantly.

We are a gang, we two. Scooter rebels. But as we are in Queensland, she has a brother posted on the corner as a lookout for cops, and I have a lawyer’s phone number in my pocket.

These scooters are different to the ones of my youth. They are smaller and seem more flimsy. The smallness is a reality – the wheels are tiny, like runners on a shower screen – but the flimsiness may be illusory due to the high-tech construction material. Or maybe they’re just flimsy due to the profit imperative.

I’ve always loved being on two wheels.

I had a scooter as a kid. It was made from Australian metal and its wheels were big. I also had a pushbike, a birthday gift from my parents. It had 28″ wheels, three gears and red plastic streamers attached to the ends of the handlebars. Living in hilly Gympie, gears were a good idea. But, as I found out, the streamers were a bad idea.

On my first ride, I was surrounded by a gang of cool boys on their b...


Earth First! Newswire: Brazil: Incendiary Attack Against Bank by Marie [sic] Mason Cell / M.I.A for Black December "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Anarchist News

panfleto[Editor’s Note: Marius Mason is the name of the prisoner that the title refers to. For more information about Marius, check out his website.]

Manifesto of M.I.A – Movimento Insurgente Anarquista (Insurgent Anarchist Movement) Marie Mason Cell

Between the end of November and the beginning of December, two ancient trees were cut down in the square outside the Our Lady of Remedies church at the behest of the Osasco-Sao Paulo municipal authorities.

And, in August 2015, the armed branches of government assassinated more than 20 people in one night in the regions of Osasco, Barueri, Carapicuiba and Itapevi. All the people who were assassinated came from the favelas and the barrios away from the center of these fascist states.

In response to these assassinations, we have brought our fire to one of the veins that keeps this oppressive system alive. Even though it w...


Earth First! Newswire: Amerindians in Guyana Leery of Emerging Oil Economy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Neil Anthony Giardino / Inter Continental Cry


This September Lenox Shuman and fellow Arawak Amerindians marched to the Prime Minister’s office in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, wearing war paint and clutching bows and arrows. It was a display of cultural identity that ended in a pledge to defend the country against neighboring Venezuela, who has laid claim to more than half of this small South American nation for more than a century. The territorial feud intensified this May after Exxon Mobil, under contract from the Guyanese government, announced the discovery of vast amounts of oil in the disputed Essequibo region. The finding could be worth more than 10 times Guyana’s current economic output. But Amerindian communities in the country, often the casualties of extractive industries like logging and mining, are less optimistic about an emerging oil economy.
Shuman, who is Toshao, or chief, of a village called...


A.E.Brain: A new Camel for Snoopy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Because I gave the other one away to someone whose need was greater than mine. This one's lighter, and made of stiff card reinforced with matchsticks and an internal PVA coat.

His opponent is not the Red Baron Manfred Von Richthofen, (despite the colouring) but Austrian ace Godwin von Brumowski.


: What is the Western Australian Government’s problem? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Had the Western Australian Government moved with a sense of urgency and implemented the Custody Notification Service which it is signalling will eventually be the case then Djabera Djabera Bardi man Haji-Noor could still be alive. The tragedy of Ms Dhu is with us all – the young woman spent the last 48 hours of […]


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": tyto tony: Let's give more credit to a great survivor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What's wrong with this picture? (Apart from the freak-of-the-sun huge catchlight in the cow's eye).

Here's a little clue. One of 5-6 similar 60cm clues in the long grass.

Slightly bigger, 90cm, clue floating in the shallow water.

What's wrong? No Big Momma on show. She's hiding a very broad 3.5m frame under the water close to her presumed progeny sunning on the mud. Scientists recently added 2hrs to Saltwater Crocodiles underwater capabilities, making it about 7hrs lying motionless.

What's wrong? The cow isn't scared. It doesn't know just 2kms upstream a large cow had to be destroyed recently after a big male croc grabbed her head.

What's wrong? Perhaps even people who...


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": On The Convict Trail: Falls Of Clyde Inn, Bothwell "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The house was constructed in 1831 for Sandy Denholm, a blacksmith. It is a two storey brick and stucco Georgian building with a stone rear section, It was first licensed in 1836 as The Falls Of Clyde, later called The Young Queen from 1851 – 1877 and still later it was known as Maskell’s Hotel. By the late 1800’s the building was known as The Coffee Palace, a coffee house hosting accommodation forming part of the temperance movement from the mid 19th century.

A d...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Noosa Community Radio 101.3FM: Jazz Plus playlist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hello, this is Al Hensley. Wayne Carlson and I alternate with one another week about presenting the Jazz Plus program heard every Wednesday at 2PM. Each week I post the program’s playlist in case you’d like to track down any of the new releases or classic sides featured. To see what I played this week click here

The following tracks were played on Jazz Plus” on 30 December 2015.
  1. PEREZ PATITUCCI BLADE ‘Light Echo/Dolores’ Children Of The Light
  2. GARY BURTON/PAUL MCCANDLESS & THE SWR BIG BAND ‘Turbingen’ Hommage A Eberhard Weber
  3. AARON DIEHL ‘Stop And Go’ The Bespoke Man’s Narrative
  4. JAZZGROOVE MOTHERSHIP ORCHESTRA ‘Floating Cloud, Flowing Water’ JMO Plays The Music Of Mike Nock
  5. KRISTIN BERARDI ‘Born To Be Blue’ Where Or When
  6. CHICK COREA ‘Samba Yantra’ Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
  7. JOHN SURMAN ‘Hilltop Dancer’ Brewster’s Rooster
  8. DIANA KRALL ‘Straighten Up And Fly Right’ Stepping Out
  9. SAMMY FIGUEROA ‘Cuidado’ Imaginary World
  10. RALPH TOWNER ‘New Moon’ Works
  11. BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO ‘Brownie Speaks’ Where Do You Start
  12. ERNESTINE ANDERSON ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’ Ernestine Anderson Swings The Penthouse
  13. DRIFTER ‘Vagabond’ Flow
  14. MIKE LEDONNE ‘Let It Go’ AwwlRIGHT!
  15. CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT ‘I Didn’t Know What Time It Was’ WomanChild
  16. DAVID ‘FATHEAD’ NEWMAN & THE TILDEN WEBB TRIO ‘The Cookie’ Cellar Groove
  17. ART FARMER ‘Isfahan’ Soul Eyes


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed": Fluidicthought: 2015 in review "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

2015 Stats

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,500 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.



(We) can do better: Put out the Otways fires now using aerial water bombing planes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wildlife and people who live in and love the Otways need us all to place pressure on the Victorian government to use effective fire-fighting, in the form of aerial water-bombing, instead of allowing these fires to burn themselves out whilst consuming our remaining forests and wildlife. Parks Victoria, CFA and DELWP (said DELWOP) use labour hire and equipment companies, and create an emergency bureaucracy and pay themselves massive bonuses during fires giving them a direct incentive to keep them burning - almost invariably making the future landscape more flammable - deprived of the insects and animals that break down flammable fuels. Like children with matches (an a financial incentive) they cannot help themselves and consider wiping parks, wildlife, homes and businesses and tourism out when people are not killed a success!

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: Generations yet to be born will be lost to the prison system & to suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Generations of children are growing up without any parenting, set adrift by the impoverishment that led their parents to low level offending, by a shallow system bent on retribution. Many Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children are growing up with at least one parent in jail. These children are hit by the trauma, but their […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Dogs don’t have to encounter wildlife to endanger it "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I am writing (not for the first time) to defend the rights of the echidnas, wallabies, snakes and goannas who live in the Nature Reserve in Brunswick Heads. This is a protected place – a haven in a fiercely intrusive world – where horses and dogs and other introduced animals are not allowed. Especially dogs.

For walkers into this safe space, please keep in mind that animals communicate by a sense of smell more than by sight. Your dog may be a member of the family, may never hurt another being, but dog’s urine and poo are definite forms of communication, ‘I am here!’ and being carnivorous, their scent indubitably more assertive than herbivores, pronouncing them to be predators.

Some of our native animals, cute, threatened, diminishing, are so gentle they may be incurably affected by fear. A wildlife carers manual (Dooley, C. Macropology, 2004, p. 19) states “Stress is a macropod’s number one enemy and the thing that causes most macropods to die. ‘The causes of fear are numerous’, but  ‘Closeness to things their instincts tell them are predators eg dogs’ is one within everyone’s ability to reduce. Echidnas and other native animals in reserves may suffer similar effects from fear, or internal injuries from a ‘play’ with a friendly dog.

So, even though Fido or Rover or cute little Cinnamon may not dig up an echidna’s burrow (even though it is in dog’s nature to be a dog), even though your one, two or even three dogs (three dogs!) may be on leads and never encounter a native animal face to face, be aware, be sensitive, be a custodian, our undefended natives may not need to meet them face to face to be permanently affected.

Keep your dogs and horses to the allocated areas. Please.

Teeya Blatt, Long-time Brunswick Heads resident and lover of native wildlife.





"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Bone conduction music for motorcyclists "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

BAE Systems bone conduction hel,met

BAE Systems bone conduction helmet

Could bone conduction make better helmet speakers for riders than conventional systems? Even the army looks like using it to hear over loud battle noises.

Bone conduction is a method of turning vibrations into sound that pass through the bones in your head and are considered more effective than headphones.

We don’t know of any motorcycle helmet using bone conduction yet, but Google Glass and some other sunglass manufacturers have been using the technology for a few years.

Buhel SG05 SoundGlasses Bluetooth headet

Buhel SG05 SoundGlasses with Bluetooth bone-conducting headset

Now, Beker has produced a light 34g, waterproof bone-conducting unit wi...


Deaths In Custody Watch Commitee WA blogs: Fine flouters face extra time in jail "IndyWatch Feed National"

People who flout fines could have to spend longer in jail to pay off their debt under options being explored to recoup an outstanding bill that has blown out to almost $362 million.

Attorney-General Michael Mischin is looking at reducing the $250-a-day “cut out” rate for time behind bars for fine defaulters, as well as scrapping regulations that allow offenders to clear their debts at the same time as they are in jail for unrelated offences.

Read the rest of the story at The West Australian, 21 December 2015.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group: VILLAWOOD Notes from an Immigration Detention Centre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

While there's been pretty widespread international and domestic disapproval of Australia's treatment of asylum seekers, there are very few stories, or images coming out of our notorious detention centres due to a strict closed doors policy. Sydney's Villawood Detention Centre has been the site of protest, hunger strikes and reported abuses but stories about the daily life of detainees have been hidden from the public eye. That experience is at the centre of a new web comic by Sydney artist and academic, Safdar Ahmed. Safdar is the founding director of the Refugee Art Project and his work takes you inside Villawood, detailing his personal experiences of the refugees inside.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": New England, Australia: Nathan Tinkler's Dartbrook coal play "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I hope that you had a happy and peaceful Christmas.

The proposed sale of the mothballed Dartbrook coal mine Anglo American plc to the Nathan Tinkler controlled Australia Pacific Coal (Stock Exchange ticker AQC) for a price of up to $A50 million (here, here, here) has been greeted with a degree of incredulity and indeed anger in some quarters.

Under the terms of the deal, AQC will acquire:
  • Anglo American's 83.33% interest in the Dartbrook JV
  • a 100% interest in Anglo Coal (Dartbrook Management) Pty Ltd, manager of the Dartbrook JV 
  • a 83.33% interest in Dartbrook Coal (Sales) Pty Ltd, marketing agent of the Dartbrook JV (
The consideration for the acquisition includes:
  • a A$25 million cash payment
  • a royalty over AQC’s share of coal from the Dartbrook joint venture at a rate of A$3.00 per tonne of coal sold or otherwise disposed of and A$0.25 per tonne of any third party coal processed through the Dartbrook infrastructure, but capped at A$25 million (subject to escalation in accordance with CPI). 
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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: School Holiday Activities in and Around Byron "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Local businesses have got school holiday activities for kids down pat over summer!
Whether you are looking for a creative craft activity, green-finger workshop, watersport, musical show, school holiday dance lesson, learn equestrian skills or you want to try your hand at some circus tricks and stunts… it’s all happening here!


You can even search for Fairy Houses by following the Fairy Trail in Brunswick Heads! Pick up a map in the Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre and get searching!

In terms of FREE events and activities, the libraries are offering various craft and science-based workshops including origami, kite-making, microscope art and gizmo’s and gadgets. Please note; bookings are essential! Circus Art is also holding free balloon twisting workshops every day at 1pm and Bunnings will be offering its free in-store Christmas and school holiday craft workshops.



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": A warning given to Tasmanian barristers about Martin Bryant and Port Arthur "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


John Avery-Barrister

29 DEC 2015


Andrew James Abbott SC, William Ayliffe, Greg Barns, Kim Laura Baumeler, Raymond J. Broomhall, Aneita Browning, Bernard Cairns, Dan Coombes, Tom Cox, Kate Cuthbertson, Matthew Goldberg, Caroline Graves, Philip John Gray, Bill Griffiths, Chris Gunson, Craig Hobbs, Philip Jackson, Todd Kovacic, Joseph Lee, Bruce McTaggert, Aziz Gregory Melick, David Mitchell, Kate Mooney, Michael O’Farrell SC, Garth O’Rafferty, Keyan A.M. Pitt QC, David Porter QC, Ken Read SC, Mark Rinaldi, Mary Anne Ryan, Cameron Scott, Julian P. Siggins, Rodney J. Skiller, Ken Stanton, Garth Stevens, Charles Sweeney QC, Sandra Taglieri, Philip Theobald, Andrew Walker, Jennifer Mary White, Andrew Wood, Justin Zeeman, Phillip Zeeman.

Cameron SCOTT,

On 21 DEC 2015 (copy below) and 22 NOV 2015 (available to all readers on request), emails were sent to you and your barristerial colleagues in Tasmania.



Martin Bryant

I have been asked why you were a focus in that 21 DEC 2015 email. Perhaps you have wondered, or perhaps you don’t...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Aussie hopes for historic Dakar Rally win "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Toby Price dakar rally

High-flying Toby on his KTM

Our hopes are pinned on NSW rider Toby Price to score the first victory by an Australian in the Dakar Rally which runs from January 2-16, 2016.

In January 2015, the 27-year old Hunter Valley rider achieved a stunning and significant third place in the world’s most gruelling motorsports event.

He was not only the top-placed rookie but also the equal highest-placed Aussie finisher in the event’s history after fellow rookie and privateer Andy Haydon placed third in 1998.

Now he has the hopes of a nation riding with him to ascend to the top step of the podium.

Toby Price dakar rally

There is a lot going for Toby’s chances:

  • He will carry the No.3 badge in the world’s most successful Red Bull KTM Factory team.
  • He’s also riding the most winning bike with KTM going for its 15th consecutive Dakar Rally victory.
  • Toby this year scored his fifth Australian Off-Road Championship, won the Hattah Desert Race and his fourth Finke Desert title.
  • And five-time winner Marc Coma is out of the wa...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Turnbull loses two ministers in one day "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Canberra, AAP – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s judgment is under fire following the loss of two ministers in one day and accusations he tried to bury the bad news.

Cities Minister Jamie Briggs quit the ministry on Tuesday over an ‘error of professional judgment’ involving a female public servant at a Hong Kong bar, while embattled frontbencher Mal Brough finally succumbed to mounting pressure over his involvement in the James Ashby affair.

Mr Briggs said he fell short of the standards required of a minister in the incident which offended the woman on a late night during an official visit to Hong Kong in November.

‘I’ve apologised directly to her but after careful reflection about the concerns she raised and the fact that I was at a bar late at night while on an overseas visit, I have concluded this behaviour has not met the particularly high standards for ministers,’ he said.

Mr Brough will stand aside as special minister of state and defence materiel minister pending police inquiries into the Ashby saga.

Mr Turnbull said he and Mr Brough had agreed he should step aside even though he stood by his scandal-plagued minister through weeks of Labor demands for his resignation in November.

Acting Labor leader Tanya Plibersek accused the prime minister of preparing for an early election by trying to ‘take out the trash’ during a time of year when most Australians weren’t paying attention.

Mr Turnbull must’ve known about Mr Briggs’ incident weeks ago, she said.

‘He saved up all the bad news for a day between Christmas and New Year when he thought no one was listening,’ she said in Sydney.

Mr Turnbull’s decision to appoint Mr Brough to the ministry despite ‘red lights flashing’ about his involvement in the...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: UK terrorist couple sought bomb-site suggestions on Twitter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This photo provided by Thames Valley Police shows Mohammed Rehman, left and his wife Sana Ahmed Khan. A husband and wife interested in helping Islamic State extremists have been convicted of planning a large-scale bombing of civilian targets in London to mark the 10th anniversary of the July 7, 2005, attacks on the city's transit system.

This photo provided by Thames Valley Police shows Mohammed Rehman, left and his wife Sana Ahmed Khan. A husband and wife interested in helping Islamic State extremists have been convicted of planning a large-scale bombing of civilian targets in London to mark the 10th anniversary of the July 7, 2005, attacks on the city’s transit system.

A British couple have been convicted of plotting an attack in London after the husband sent out tweets asking for advice on which targets he should hit, alerting police to a stockpile of chemicals at their home.

Mohammed Rehman, 25, and Sana Ahmed Khan, 24, were found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court of engaging in the preparation of terrorist acts, with a view to hitting either a large shopping centre in the capital or the London underground network.

‘Westfield shopping centre or London underground? Any advice would be appreciated greatly,’ Rehman said on Twitter, under the name ‘Silent Bomber’.

The couple, who denied the charges, are to be sentenced at a later date.

The British prosecutor said on Tuesday the two Britons had carried out detailed research into militant attacks, including searching the internet for videos related to the London transport bombings which k...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Total economic collapse is real in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Financial experts predict there is much worse to come. They say get prepared!

The banks and governments are now trying to devise a foolproof system for street people and the unemployed to allow them access to social security payments while living on the streets. The cashless economy is on the way. A recent example of the consequences of an electronically controlled society hit home at the far northern Queensland mining town of Weipa recently. A green initiative of Rio Tinto is to supplement the town’s diesel-driven power generator by switching over to electricity from a large solar installation the company constructed earlier this year.

When making the switchover the solar system failed and the normal power supply shut down. Woolworths, the only food outlet at Weipa, was forced to close its doors for nearly two hours. People already in the shop were asked to leave and the doors were shut behind them. The cash registers and barcode readers could not function, the refrigeration stopped working, the lights and air conditioning failed. This is how the governments of the future will control a cashless society. When the citizens object to more and more fascist policies of the ALP and LNP, the ‘government’ will force Woolworths, Coles and the banks to drop their security shutters’, turn off the power and without cash to buy produce direct from farmers, people will starve.

If the power is turned off across the city, no EFTPOS machines can work. No cash, no food!>



"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Karmai community celebrates "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE Korumburra community came together for a special Christmas celebration at Coleman Park, Korumburra recently. More than 130 children, their families and educators converged on the park to celebrate together a wonderful year. 

The occasion was also attended by a special visitor in red, arriving on the fire truck and handing out goodies and Christmas wishes to the children.

After Santa’s departure Bronwyn Beach, president of the board of Karmai Community Children’s Centre, gave a wonderful acknowledgement to more than 70 years of service by three inspiring educators. 

Bronwyn first spoke of both Lyn Stein and Julie Osmond, who gave 41 years service and 21 years respectively, educating the children of Korumburra.

What an amazing impact they have had on the children and families of the town.  

Lyn has even taught three generations of some families – an exceptional feat for anyone.

Lyn and Julie’s partnership has been one of synergy and Julie shared how, over the years, they have become so in tune they often finish each other’s sentences.

They are retiring to spend time with their families and explore the next adventures in their lives. 

Bronwyn also thanked Ebony Knox, who has been working at Karmai for 10 years. Ebony has also been an integral part of the Karmai family and is taking on a new adventure in the city for 2016.


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Sue’s opinion a winner "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


GIPPSLAND Southern Health Service encouraged everyone to provide feedback on their Annual Quality of Care Report this year.

As an incentive, everyone who provided feedback went into a draw to win a Christmas hamper.

All responses received are collated and help GSHS develop future reports that will incorporate suggestions for improvement.

Last year the health service only received three completed feedback forms and this year received 68.

The Quality of Care report is designed to increase community awareness about GSHS, and the approach it takes toward providing high quality care for patients, clients, carers, residents and their families.

The report demonstrates GSHS’s commitment to the delivery of safe care and includes commentary on the key quality improvement projects it has undertaken, along with stories from patients, consumers and staff to highlight some of the quality improvement efforts made during the year.

Whilst the competition has closed, GSHS is still welcoming feedback on the report which can be obtained at both the Korumburra and Leongatha hospitals.

The report may also be viewed, and the feedback form completed, online at

Christmas bonus: winner of Gippsland Southern Health Service’s raffle, Sue Wright, receives her hamper from CEO Mark Johnson.

Christmas bonus...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Queer community takes over Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell takes to the annual Tropical Fruits parade in style in the company of Miss South Lismore. Photo Tropical Fruits

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell takes to the annual Tropical Fruits parade in style in the company of Miss South Lismore. Photo Tropical Fruits

Hundreds of gay men, lesbians, bi, trans, queer folk and their friends turned out to the launch of the annual Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve festival in the streets of Lismore yesterday.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell Tweeted her excitement as she welcomed the ‘honorary Lismorons’ to the town.

A new addition to this year’s festival is a special NORPA production from the multi-talented actor and Broadway star Alan Cummings.

Last night’s opening night of Alan Cummings Sings Sappy Songs at Lismore City Hall was a sell-out success and, according NORPA there are just a handful of tickets left for tonight’s final performance.

Meanwhile The Glitta Supernova Experience presents Lets Get METAphysical by Pretty Peepers Cabaret at Byron Theatre for one night tonight (December 30).


But most of the excitement is over the main event, the annual Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve dance party at the Lismore Showgrounds, which annually attracts queer party-goers from all over the globe.

According to Tropical Fruits spokesperson Maddy, this year’s theme of Superfreaks has been well taken up, with some outfits already shown off at yesterday’s launch but hundreds more waiting for tomorrow night for the big reveal.

‘We’ve sold over $400,000 worth of tickets a........


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: St Joseph’s students wow audience "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

STUDENTS from Korumburra’s St Joseph’s Primary School lit up the stage with their school production recently.

Performing at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College, they gave a whole school production of The Samaritan Within with a modern twist.

“We stayed true to the original parable but each class performed their own dance,” director Laura Muranty said.

“The parable cast was of 18 students from grades 3 to 6, with the school choir also performing.”

The message of the production was to show faith and love in God, and for people to be heroes in their own right.

Committing to a semester of practicing and work, the students enjoyed having the opportunity to perform in front of parents and friends on the stage to see the school year out.

Colourful wings: from left, Milla, Claudia, Lucy, Brooke, Heidi and Carter dressed up as butterflies for the St Joseph’s Primary School production.

Colourful wings: from left, Milla, Claudia, Lucy, Brooke, Heidi and Carter dressed up as butterflies for the St Joseph’s Primary School production.


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Volunteers rewarded by council "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

COMMUNITY groups across the region received $142,180 from South Gippsland Shire Council at the presentation of Community Grants recently.

The program supports community initiatives that enhance the quality of life, heritage, recreation and cultural opportunities in the shire.

Groups wishing to apply for funding under round two of the Community Grants have until March 31, 2016 to apply through council’s website.

The recent presentation was held in the Leongatha council chamber.

Grand plan: the Toora Recreation Reserve’s Shane Corrie (left) and Andrew Pattie received $10,000 from Cr Jeanette Harding to build a new machinery shed.

Grand plan: the Toora Recreation Reserve’s Shane Corrie (left) and Andrew Pattie received $10,000 from Cr Jeanette Harding to build a new machinery shed.


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": The Network: Women's history: skillbuilding, work experience and a lifetime with shorthand - Pitman's and Gregg's "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I am publishing this post because it is a look back into women's history and experience.
It has had thousands of views.

Do you remember learning pitmans shorthand?
Posted by Starts at 60 on Monday, 28 December 2015


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Marriotts has it all "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

CLEAN up and protect yourself this summer with help from the friendly staff with expert knowledge at Marriotts Motorcycles and Power Equipment in Leongatha.
Tim Marriott and the team can help you clean up with a great range of Stihl brushcutters or take care of some serious situations with Deuscher and Greenfield walk behind slashers.
Look after yourself with their fantastic range of firefighting equipment including fire pumps, trailers and firefighting units, with many brands available in store including: Silvan, TTI, Honda, Subaru, Yanmar, and Briggs and Stratton.
Marriotts MPE also stocks tree watering equipment, so get on in and don’t get caught short this

First response: Tim Marriott of Marriotts MPE with some of the fantastic products available instore now for your firefighting requirements.  He can offer the best in reliable firefighting pumps and knapsacks from a great range of brands.

First response: Tim Marriott of Marriotts MPE with some of the fantastic products available instore now for your firefighting requirements.  He can offer the best in reliable firefighting pumps and knapsacks from a great range of brands.


The Watchers » Latest articles: Missouri in a state of emergency, major to historic river flooding expected "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

December 2015 is one of the worst months of weather on records for the United States, with some areas not seeing a break in rainfall for several weeks. Currently, 17 million people are living in areas with flood warnings. Although the storms are now gone, the rivers... Read more »


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Discover Antarctica at Phillip Island "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

IN AN Australian-first, WWF-Australia and Phillip Island Nature Parks launched a fully-immersive ‘Antarctic Journey’ attraction at Phillip Island last Wednesday, December 23.
The new visitor experience is located at the Nobbies Centre and complements the range of visitor experiences at Phillip Island Nature Parks, including the nearby world famous Penguin Parade.
The exhibition tells a powerful story of the magnificent landscapes and wildlife along the journey from Phillip Island to Antarctica via the Southern Ocean, providing guests with a rare opportunity to experience up close one of the world’s last untouched wildernesses.
Large, breathtaking images and video footage of key iconic wildlife including whales, penguins, albatross and seals guide visitors through the interactive exhibit.
A highlight of the experience is the world-class ‘Augmented Reality’ area, where technology allows visitors to stand on the ice in a virtual reality Antarctic environment. They can then ‘interact’ with key wildlife species and be amazed by their size and beauty.
The ‘Antarctic Journey’ is a permanent exhibition and is open seven days a week. More info at
Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Anthony Carbines said, “I hope the exhibit will inspire guests to learn more about the awe-inspiring wilderness of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.
“Antarctica is under serious threat from climate change. Experiencing the Antarctic landscape through the new exhibit will undoubtedly highlight to visitors why we must take action to protect this unique natural landscape for future generations.”
“I’m excited by the partnership between WWF and Phillip Island Nature Parks, and it is this type of collaborative approach to conservation that is making a positive difference to our natural environment.”



"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Work of windmill art "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

GRANT Flather has taken something ordinary and turned it into a piece of extraordinary art.

Mr Flather came across a tilted windmill on a South Gippsland property and chose to resurrect it into a piece of art.

“To me, it looked like the windmill was looking at something on the ground near its base. It got me thinking what if these old machines were actually alive?” he said.

Mr Flathers went on to construct A Meeting of Minds, a sculpture that depicts the windmill leaning over a young child who is holding a miniature fairground windmill.

The child is constructed with pieces of old machinery and represents a youth from the future with an appreciation for traditional farm mechanics like windmills.

“People would be surprised to hear at one stage there were over 90 windmills in Yanakie alone. Farmers relied solely on the windmills to transfer water from underground or from dams across their farms,” he said.

“A single windmill could draw water from 200 feet underground and push the water over a kilometre along pipes. It’s a shame the windmills are disappearing. I think they are quite beautiful,” Mr Grant said.

“It is quite a subtle piece really. The idea came very early on. I sketched it very quickly.”

The sculpture can be viewed at Lucinda Estate in Leongatha until the end of January.


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Jo Fennell farewells pharmacy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE New Year will ring in the changes for Jo Fennell of Nagel’s Pharmacy.
After working at the Leongatha pharmacy for a total of 30 years, Jo is about to call it a day. Her last day at the pharmacy will be New Year’s Eve, this Thursday, December 31.
For the last 17 years, Mrs Fennell has been the face behind the Estee Lauder counter but her job description has extended far beyond that.
She started back in 1967 where she did a 10 year stint under then owner, the late Lindsay Smith.
“I started with Lindsay Smith when I finished school. Back then I used to run the mail to the post office, wash the windows and lino floors as well as be a sales assistant,” Mrs Fennell recalled.
The job has been varied and at different times Mrs Fennell could be selling a knee brace, nose drops, a tube of toothpaste or helping at the dispensary.
In the early 1970s, Mrs Fennell was appointed store manager before taking a break to have children from 1977.
In 1995 she returned and worked for a few years under owners Brian Smith and Brett Nagel until Mr Nagel purchased the remainder of the business.
In 1998 Mrs Fennell became the counter manager for Estee Lauder. One of her favourite jobs was to apply make-up.
In fact, one of the last jobs she will undertake on Thursday will be to do the make-up for three people for a New Year’s Eve wedding.
In her time at the pharmacy she has met “so many beautiful people”.
“It is a lovely place to work in and Brett is a great boss,” Mrs Fennell said.
There will be plenty of pursuits for Mrs Fennell as she heads into retirement.
For a start there are the seven grandchildren, helping out her daughter (Krisha) and son-in-law (Michael) at the Rusty Windmill Cafe, the odd game of golf at Woorayl, plus her work as a civil celebrant.
Husband Greg is timing his retirement after 42 years as a bricklayer to coincide with his wife’s, which will mean more time to spend together....


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Speak out on autism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


THE accessibility of services across health, education, disability, housing, sport and employment available to people living with autism will be examined by a parliamentary inquiry, The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath announced recently.

Ms Bath said the inquiry would enable local families, teachers and community groups to have their say on important issues that affected the lives of those living with autism spectrum disorders.

“The Parliament’s Family and Community Development Committee will consider the adequacy of existing services as well as those that will be provided through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS),” Ms Bath said.

“The committee also wants to find out the projected demand for services across a range of areas.”

Ms Bath said once the committee has completed the inquiry, its report would provide the parliament with up to date information in a range of areas, including:

  • prevalence of autism spectrum disorder in Victoria;
  • the availability and adequacy of services provided by the commonwealth, state and local governments across health, education, disability, housing, sport and employment services;
  • the adequacy of services to be provided under the National Disability Insurance Scheme;
  • evidence of the social and economic cost of failing to provide adequate services; and
  • the projected demand for services in Victoria.

The Nationals’ Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien urged Gippslanders to take part and make submissions to the inquiry.

“It’s important the committee hears a wide range of views through public hearings and submissions, to gain an in-depth understanding of the issues and how services could be improved,” he said.

“The committee will hold public hearings in Melbourne and across regional Victoria, with a schedule to be finalised shortly.”

Mr O’Brien said all submissions would be treated.........


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Beach rubbish tip "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


BASS Coast Shire Council will finally clean up an eyesore along Inverloch’s foreshore after lobbying by agitated residents.

Concrete rubble, include slabs with steel reinforcing protruding and broken pipes, are now sitting on the beach below the boat ramp overflow carpark.

The ugly sight has infuriated residents who believe the mess is a blight on the town’s reputation as a holiday destination and spoiling Inverloch’s inlet beach.

Rubble has even been washed further down the beach and visitors have even cut their feet on the sharp rock.

Council will finally act to clean up the mess, despite some residents calling for action for a long time.

Resident Henry Sedelies was furious.

“I’m aware this is called the new Inverloch tip which is exactly what it is,” he said.

“They used to dump bricks and rubbish there four years ago. It should be cleaned up.”

Another resident, Kathleen Roberts, was also incensed.

“If I did this (dumped rubbish) I would be fined severely,” she said.

“It’s worse than ugly now because it will break down and ruin the beach.”

Her husband David Roberts said, “They have to put bluestone in there like they used to.”

Council’s manager of sustainable environment Deirdre Griepsma said, “Council acknowledges the area looks unsightly and requires attention.

“Council has been seeking funds for some time to improve revetment walls in the area, and has had ongoing discussions with Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) regarding funding to undertake works.

“Council has allocated funds to construct a rock revetment wall at the site which has been subject to wave erosion. Council is currently designing this wall and will then seek necessary approvals, including consent from the DELWP.”

Council expects construction works will start in early 2016 after the holiday period.

“This will include removal of unsightly rubble........


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: New tour bus for the Bay "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The double-decker sister of Byron's Magic Bus will run a regular hop-on, hop-off route around the town. Image supplied

The double-decker sister of Byron’s Magic Bus will run a regular hop-on, hop-off route around the town. Image supplied

The Magic Bus is a local iconic transporter which has now become a part of the Byron Shire landscape. The double-decker will see its sister act born next month when a hop-on-hop-off tour service is launched in Byron Bay.

The new tour bus is an open-top red double-decker bus, restored to its former beauty. The bus tour, run by the same local family who run the psychedelic Magic Bus charter service, is a one-hour circuit of Byron Bay’s most scenic attractions that lets passengers hop off and back on at a later stage, to enjoy the Bay’s walks, beaches and lookouts, before finishing off the circuit.

The tours begin next Tuesday January 5. For more in formation visit

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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron residents face a year of ‘zero internet’ "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Not happy, NBN. Sunrise residents make their point. Photo Eve Jeffery

Not happy, NBN. Sunrise residents make their point. Photo Eve Jeffery

Eve Jeffery

Residents of the Byron suburb of Sunrise face more than a year without internet access when their neighbourhood becomes a dead spot after north coast internet service provider Linknet closes on January 31.

The federal government has left Linknet without compensation after NBN Co took over local services. Unfortunately the NBN service does not cover all local residential and business customers.

Spokesperson for the Sunrise Residents Group Robyn Wilcox said the loss of internet service to the area has terrible implications for children still at school, for home businesses and activities such as banking online.

‘It has come as a shock to many families and business people who study or work from home in Sunrise and other parts of Byron Shire, as well as businesses in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate, that they will have zero internet access in just over four weeks’ time’, she said.

Forced out

Ms Wilcox said that for most of Sunrise there has never been ADSL. ‘We don’t have line-of-sight for fixed wireless to any of the towers on St Helena or elsewhere’, she said.

‘We can’t get 4G, cable or satellite. Our saviour was Linknet. Now they have been forced out.

‘We have watched this happen over the last couple of years, but we still hoped this day would not dawn.’

Ms Wilcox says the resident group has contacted local......


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: Cornelis leaps at opportunity "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Blake Cornelis soars for a save as goalkeeper for Gippsland FC this season.

Blake Cornelis soars for a save as goalkeeper for Gippsland FC this season.

A SWITCH from field player to goalkeeper has reaped dividends for Wonthaggi 12-year-old Blake Cornelis, after he was selected in the Under 13s Skilleroos soccer program recently.
The talented player started with Wonthaggi United at the age of six and quickly developed into a key player under coaches Adrian and Dietmar Ehmke.
This year he played with the Gippsland FC Under 13 side and was thrilled to be named in the Skilleroos squad – the best 31 Under 13 soccer players in Victoria.
The Wonthaggi Secondary College student will train three times per week in Melbourne and play matches on Sundays in the Victorian National Premier League.
Blake said it was a big surprise to be chosen in the talented squad.
“I’d been trialling for it for a few years and to finally hear that I’d made it was a pretty big relief,” he said.
“There was always that doubt that I wouldn’t make it because of my age, because that’s what set me back the last few years.”
Blake started as a midfielder for Wonthaggi United and later put his hand up to be goalkeeper when no one else wanted to.
The move to defence paid off when he began playing for Gippsland FC, according to coach Taner Tekin.
“I picked Blake as an on-field player at the time because he trialled as an on-field player,” he said.
“Then I said ‘look I’ve dropped my other goalkeeper, I’ve heard you’re pretty handy as a goalkeeper’. He said ‘Yeah I’ll play in goals if that’s what it...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: The best fourth rate flesh bag on the market "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Loved this Rolling Stone piece about the rise and rise and rise of Trump:

It started out as a joke: Donald Trump running for president! What better way to spoof the thinness of the Republican field than to shove a bombastic reality star with orange hair, a sixth-grade vocabulary and no behavioral filter onto the debate stage with the likes of Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker and Lindsey Graham? The only thing more perfect would have been to add a head of lettuce and Koko the signing gorilla to round out the candidate slate.

Trump seemed like a perfect foil in particular for Jeb Bush, a hesitating, gelatinous aristocrat who lacked the cocksure brainlessness the previous Bush used to sell himself as a "regular guy." In an era when Republican voters were more distrustful than ever of the Same Old Politics, stiff, birthright-bearing Jeb was exactly the wrong candidate for the party elders to back.

Totes worth reading the whole thing.

I'm torn between wanting him to win, so I can enjoy the trainwreck, and shuddering with sick fear at the end of civilisation he will surely bring down upon us. Still, it'd be a pretty awesome train wreck.


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: The tail tells the tale! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Both Shining and Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoos have been regular visitors to the home garden since their arrival in the spring. Their distinctive penetrating, mournful calls announce their presence, often causing a commotion among small birds such as wrens and thornbills that fall victim to the parasitic cuckoos. Both species are similar in appearance with a coppery sheen to the upperparts and a barred breast – this latter feature is incomplete in Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo.


Horsfields Bronze-cuckoo, Newstead, 28th December 2015.


The barring of the breast and flanks is less extensive in Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo – the long white eyebrow is another difference.


A Superb Fairy-wren (just out of frame) provoked an agitated reaction from the cuckoo.



"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: New rules mean trouble for koalas, say activists "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Changed forestry regulations would put further pressure on the north coast's endangered koala population, environment groups say. Photo

Changed forestry regulations would put further pressure on the north coast’s endangered koala population, environment groups say. Photo

North coast environment groups and the National Parks Association of NSW are calling on the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to abandon plans to overhaul logging regulations, which will dilute protections for koalas.

Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs) are the rules that regulate logging in NSW. The EPA is currently writing new IFOAs which are due for public consultation in early 2016.

Documents acquired by environment groups and EDO (the Environmental Defenders Office) under freedom of information laws show that the new rules will spell more trouble for already beleaguered koala populations.

The new IFOAs seek to replace on-ground surveys with habitat models to streamline pre-logging koala surveys. Models use expected predictors of koala occurrence such as plant community types and presence of feed trees to predict where koalas should be. The groups say this will not work.

Dr Oisín Sweeney, science officer with the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA), said, ‘The experts who reviewed the EPA’s models found that they can’t predict the occurrence of koalas because they don’t take into account either the social nature of koalas or past disturbance.

‘Basically koalas, like humans, like to stay close to their families. These social ties mean that habitat is not the sole driver...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: The Spirit of Falls "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Andrew-KidmanOver the past twenty years, Andrew Kidman has earned a dedicated following as a filmmaker and singer/songwriter.

Since the release of his 1996 debut Litmus: A Surfing Odyssey (acclaimed as ‘easily the finest surf film of its decade’), Kidman has continued to intertwine his love of surfing and music relentlessly and without compromise, inadvertently inspiring a whole generation of new riders and artists who have collectively contributed to what has been described as a ‘soul-surfing renaissance’. Kidman’s latest project is Spirit of Akasha, a sequel to the iconic 1972 surf film Morning of the Earth which was launched with a live soundtrack by Kidman’s band The Windy HIlls and guests at the Sydney Opera House as part of the 2014 Sydney Festival.

This Falls Festival, Uki-based Kidman brings it home with a screening and a live score by Windy Hills. It was an ambitious and breathtaking vision, realised in sumptuous simplicity. However, filming was a little more complex!

‘For Spirit of Akasha we had about 10 cameramen working on it,’ says Kidman. ‘Basically we were all giving our take on what we thought Albie (Falzon) did, whatever we were inspired to create; and the soundtrack was the same. The original soundtrack to Morning of the Earth was like a gold record; we just said to everyone involved, just let it inspire you, it’s a beautiful film.’

Morning of the Earth remains a touchstone for surfing culture. Kidman believes it’s owed largely to the power of the original sound.....

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: The rise and rise of Nattali Rize "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Blue King Brown frontwoman Nattali Rize just seems to grow more beautiful by the year – her face, her heart, her talent… it’s truly a force to be reckoned with.

The girl we first met on the streets busking with Carlo has gone a long way, and is quickly becoming an international musician in her own right. Nattali Rize returns ‘home’ to play the Hotel Brunswick on Sunday.

Tell me what has been happening with Notis on the solo project you have been completing in Jamaica…

Earlier this year Notis from Jamaica and I released our debut EP, New Era Frequency. It’s actually nine tracks in total including three dub mixes. I moved to Jamaica a couple of years ago after meeting Notis in Melbourne while they were on tour with Jimmy Cliff. We wrote and recorded our first single that night we met, so we decided to pursue that connection and embark on this collaboration project together… and after many days and nights writing and recording till the early hours in Kingston, we have created something we all feel is unique and fresh in terms of the cross-cultural collaboration and in terms of actual sounds that have come from out collective inspiration and creativity.

We have also realised a huge part of this dream, which was to tour this project. We’ve toured through the US and Canada this year as well as a couple of Jamaican shows, and we are all really excited to be bringing it back to Australia where it all began!

Why the move to Jamaica? Is this part of a push to a more inter.......


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Toad venom on filmmaker’s menu "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


North coast filmmaker and psychonaught Dean Jefferys is now raising funds for his film about a psychedelic toad, a relative of the notorious cane toad.

Jefferys is perhaps best known for his 2000 film Shamans of the Amazon and his activist work for protecting whales.

Jefferys describes his new film The God Molecule and the Shamanic Toad as ‘a personal journey into the mysterious shamanic and microscopic world of the most powerful entheogenic molecule known to man, 5-MeO-DMT or “The God Molecule” as many are now calling it.

‘Unlike its cousin N,N DMT, used in the ayahuasca brew, 5-MeO-DMT appears only in a few plants and in the Sonora Desert Toad from Mexico.’

The film follows a small group, including the filmmaker Dean Jefferys, as they travel around Central and South America to experience 5-MeO-DMT rituals with toad medicine shaman Dr Octavio Retig and the Piaroa and the Secoya tribes who ‘have an ancient culture of using 5-MeO-DMT’.

The Periwa Indians use the 5-MeO-DMT in their snuff and the Secoya add leaves containing 5-MeO-DMT to their ayahuasca brew.

Jefferys plans to film Dr Rettig in ritual with the initiates and then later hear from them of their experience. In January 2016 Dr Rettig will travel to the Amazon rainforest in Venezuela to experience the 5-MeO-DMT Yopo snuff ritual and share the toad medicine and stories with a Piaroa Yopo shaman.

Those interested in the film can see more at

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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Has your Christmas food hangover created an overhang? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Practising Nutritionist, Rachel Jeffery says that it’s hard to keep the momentum going on new year diets. Photo Tree Faerie.

Accredited Practising Dietitian Rachel Jeffery says that it’s hard to keep the momentum going on new year diets. Photo Tree Faerie.

Rachel Jeffery

Have you had a break from your sports over the festive season? Is it time to start thinking about your training and exercise plan for 2016? Are those few extras kilos that have crept on over Christmas, going to make you sluggish and not at your peak performance?

Every year, thousands upon thousands of people have good intentions to make this the year to lose weight or get their eating habits back on a healthier path. Like everyone else, sporting people have the same intentions and goals. But how many people really succeed? Will you be at your best come competition time?

Normally we all start off quite well, but it is hard to keep the momentum going and even harder to know the best foods to eat, with so much conflicting information in the media.

On a whole, it is reported Australians are becoming fatter and our eating habits are leaning more towards fast-and-fatty takeaway foods. In National records kept it is estimated that two-thirds of Australian adults and one-quarter of our children are now overweight and obese.

Weight gain occurs when you eat and drink too much while limiting p....


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Media’s most mentioned sporting folk "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Most-mentioned-sports-people-in-the-Australian-news-media-2015-1In another year that proved controversy is king, Nick Kyrgios was the sportsperson most mentioned in 2015 by Australian media.

According to Isentia Media Monitoring, a year of run-ins with tennis authorities and allegations of poor behaviour both on and off the court shadowed the young star’s rapid rise in the ATP rankings since he burst onto the scene at last year’s Wimbledon. As well as on-court sledging and claims of tanking, he was dropped from the Davis Cup team and had a verbal stoush with Dawn Fraser.

Meanwhile he finished the year at 30 in the ATP rankings.

Other notables are former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke is second on the list, with more than 220,000 mentions across the year.

He led Australia to a fifth Cricket World Cup win after defeating first-time finalists New Zealand at the MCG in March, but a disappointing Ashes tour to England followed, with Clarke announcing his retirement from all international cricket before the last Test, following Australia’s losing its fourth series in a row in England.

Former coach John Buchanan criticised Clarke’s captaincy style following his retirement, with extensive debate in the media about his legacy. Clarke and his wife Kyly announced the birth of their daughter Kelsey Lee in November.

The second tennis player in the top three, Bernard.........


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Derailed acid train still off limits "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Scene of a freight train derailment at Julia Creek, Qld. Police have established a 2km exclusion zone at the site after all 26 carriages of the train came off the tracks around 10.30am on Sunday, spilling diesel fuel and 200,000 litres of sulfuric acid. The area is remote and difficult to access due to road flooding. Photo Queensland Police

Scene of a freight train derailment at Julia Creek, Qld. Police have established a 2km exclusion zone at the site after all 26 carriages of the train came off the tracks around 10.30am on Sunday, spilling diesel fuel and 200,000 litres of sulfuric acid. The area is remote and difficult to access due to road flooding. Photo Queensland Police

Brisbane, AAP – It could be days before a derailed freight train which spilled tens of thousands of litres of sulfuric acid in northwest Queensland can be properly assessed.

All of the train’s 26 carriages overturned at the Quarrells site, 20km east of Julia Creek, on Sunday.

Police say it was carrying 819,000 litres of the highly corrosive acid of which 31,500 litres leaked from one carriage.

Heavy rain and muddy ground have hampered efforts to reach the train, roughly 100 metres from the nearest road.

Queensland Rail said staff had not been able to access the site with a police exclusion zone of two kilometres not expected to be lifted until at least Thursday.

A spokeswoman said it was too early to say ho...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: IS issues ruling on sex with slaves "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Washington, Reuters – Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when ‘owners’ of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females.

The ruling or fatwa has the force of law and appears to go beyond the Islamic State’s previous known utterances on slavery, said Cole Bunzel, a leading IS expert at Princeton University.

It sheds new light on how the group is trying to reinterpret centuries-old teachings to justify the rape of women in the swaths of Syria and Iraq it controls.

For a US government translation of the fatwa click

The fatwa was among a huge trove of documents captured by US Special Operations Forces during a raid targeting a top Islamic State official in Syria in May.

The news agency Reuters has reviewed the document, which has not been previously published, but couldn’t independently confirm its authenticity.

Among the fatwa’s injunctions are bans on a father and son having sex with the same female slave; and the owner of a mother and daughter having sex with both.

Joint owners of a female captive are similarly enjoined from intercourse because she is viewed as ‘part of a joint ownership.’

The United Nations and human rights groups have accused the Islamic State of the systematic abduction and rape of thousands of women and girls as young as 12, especially members of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq.

Many have been given to fighters as a reward or sold as sex slaves.

Far from trying to conceal the...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: National road toll rises to 25 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sydney, AAP – Three separate crashes in NSW and Victoria have brought the country’s national holiday road toll to 25.

In the first incident, two cars collided head-on in Whittingham, northwest of Newcastle, on Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the driver and only person in the first car, a woman, died at the scene.

Hours later, a 28-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash in Matraville, east Sydney.

Police say he was thought to have collided with a tree. He died in hospital shortly afterwards.

In Melbourne two people were killed after their car slammed into a tree and burst into flames.

The car was on its way to Geelong when it veered off the road at Altona on Tuesday night, hitting a tree, police said.

The driver and passenger died at the scene.

The deaths bring Victoria’s holiday road toll to seven, while NSW’s has reached nine.

Six people were killed in smashes on Boxing Day, making it the worst day so far.

The Northern Territory is the only state or territory not to have recorded any road deaths during the holiday toll period, which began last Wednesday.

* The national road toll period runs from 0001 December 23, 2015 to 2359 January 3, 2016 local times.

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