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Thursday, 31 December


Julian Assange and Collateral Murder – part 1

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

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 […]


Year in review: Looking back on 2015 Earthworker Cooperative

Just Transitions Tour, Christiana Figueres endorsement, Everlast factory buyout & establishment of EurekaâŹ"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...


Thousands of Victorians go to court over unlawful 'fines' Corporate Australia

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...


January In Your Patch Sustainable Gardening Australia

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...


Pear and Cherry Slug Sustainable Gardening Australia

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...


Globe Artichoke Sustainable Gardening Australia


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...


Roses, Salvias and Sustainability Sustainable Gardening Australia

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.



“Leave the homeless alone” and we’ll help them – homeless baby, four sisters, mum housed

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 […]


2,000 photos of torture by the US military in Iraq, Afghanistan just the tip of the iceberg

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 […]

Wednesday, 30 December


A new Camel for Snoopy A.E.Brain

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?

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 […]

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