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Monday, 18 January


North Coast Voices: Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull's NBN Broadband: Noely tells it like it is "IndyWatch Feed"

Excerpt from My Broadband v Reality, Punters don’t know any better and that is just the way PM Turnbull likes it, 14 January 2016…….

For those of you who think the NBN has nothing to do with you, think about these scenarios:

How will you feel watching your child wait in emergency at the rural hospital for the specialist in the closest capital city to look at the scans and advise the local doctors what to do? Waiting, waiting, waiting... Not because the specialist is not around, but because the scans have failed to send over the line a few times because the weather is really bad? I have been in this scenario and don’t wish it upon any...


North Coast Voices: Lawrence James "Larry" Anthony : A memory jog for voters in the NSW Northern Rivers federal electorate of Richmond "IndyWatch Feed"

Now that it appears former Howard Government minister and Nationals MP Larry Anthony may be contemplating a return to politics perhaps it is also time to recall a little of his history.......

Lawrence James “Larry” Anthony 
(aged 54 years)
Professional company director

Photograph from The Guardian 13 September 2015...


new illuminati: The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Sunday, 17 January


Fire Earth: Federal Emergency Declared in Michigan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Affected Flint residents to receive water, water filters, water filter cartridges, water test kits… Michigan Contaminated Water (EM-3375) Incident period: April 25, 2014 – continues… Emergency Declaration declared on January 16, 2016 The White House has declared that an emergency exists in the State of Michigan in the area affected by contaminated water. Federal Emergency […]


No Fibs: Occupation of #Santos #Pilliga #CSG site by traditional owners, local farmers reports @takvera "IndyWatch Feed National"

Santos plans for a Coal seam gas field in the Pilliga region of western NSW has met stiff opposition from local farmers and traditional owners. A Santos test site was occupied today by 120 people in a mass civil disobedience action. 120 people joined traditional owners from the Gamilaraay / Gomeroi mob in occupying the […]

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John Englart

Citizen journalist at No Fibs

John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.


Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research: Four complex, Victorian, vehicular close encounter cases "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,


There are certain categories of UAP reports that do not seem to be occurring today, in the numbers of former years. One of these, is the close encounter between individuals in a motor vehicle and UAP. Undertaking a review of such Victorian reports, I noticed three such incidents happened in the years 1993 and 1994.

January 1993. Mansfield, Victoria. 2300hrs
Four people travelling by car noticed two lights in the distance which approached them. They got out of the car for a better look and saw a large horizontal cylindrical shaped object pass over the vehicle. They got back in the car and left the area. For more details click here.

8 August 1993. Belgrave, Melbourne, Victoria. 0000hrs.
The Kelly Cahill abduction case. A couple in a car saw an object descend into a paddock. A group of tall entities approached them. For further details click here.

Image courtesy Amazon Books.

24 July 1994. 60kms NW of Melbourne, Victoria. 0430hrs
Four people in a car saw a large, orange coloured light close t...


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disaccords: Melbourne: Two off-duty Vic Polic e officers bashed on NYE "IndyWatch Feed National"

31 Dec – Two off-duty police officers were seriously assaulted after they tried to stop a group of people letting off illegal fireworks in Melbourne on New Year’s Eve.

THE two female officers approached the group in Brunswick just before midnight on New Year’s Eve after they noticed them using illegal fireworks, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

A fight then broke out in a nearby alley and one of the officers was knocked unconscious while the other suffered serious facial injuries. Both were taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition, but they have since been released. Police are investigating the incident which is believed to have involved local residents.


Fire Earth: Baby Born with Brain Damage in Hawaii Infected by Zika Virus "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CDC confirms baby born in Hawaii with microcephaly A baby born with birth defect in an Oahu hospital has tested positive for the Zika virus (ZKIV), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed. The infant suffers from microcephaly, a rare condition that affects the brain, retarding its growth and leaving the […]


Vickie Roach: And, this is how the blue-gang rolls… "IndyWatch Feed National"

A little earlier tonight a video came across my fb feed showing a qld chapter of the blue-gang entering a woman’s home in order to abduct her 17 year old son because of some vague report of ‘domestic violence’. There was an extraordinary number of blue-gang for the household of three people.

Several blue-gang, in a needlessly violent manner, restrained a 17 year old young man against the kitchen wall of the premises as he cried out in pain. His mother tried to intervene and plead for humane treatment for her son. A blue-gang member repeatedly shoved her away, hitting her in the throat, escalating the severity and violence with each strike. She eventually went to her mother and cried in the background as they removed her son from the premises.

A number of blue-gang returned to the room and belligerently insisted the mother sit down in a specific spot they directed her to. When she told them to get out and that it was her house and they had what they came for, ‘macho-balls’, the presumed president of that local chapter of the blue-gang, ordered the mother arrested.

The video and all comments made on it have since been removed from facebook… which is why I’m writing this blog!



Renew Economy: New low for wind energy costs: Morocco tender averages $US30/MWh "IndyWatch Feed"

Morocco attracts average bids of $US30/MWh from tender for 850MW wind energy tender, with one project at record low of around $US25/MWh.


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Trump and Cruz favoured to become Presidential nominees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

News Updates from CLG
16 January 2016

Breaking:Iran Complies With Nuclear Deal; Sanctions Are Lifted | 16 Jan 2016 | International inspectors confirmed Saturday that Iran had dismantled large sections of its nuclear program, as agreed in a historic accord last summer, paving the way for the lifting of oil and financial sanctions by the United States and other world powers. The announcement came just hours after Iran said it had released four Americans, including The Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, as part of a prisoner swap with the United States…In a statement, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said that "agency inspectors on the ground verified that Iran has carried out all measures required under the JCPOA, to enable implementation day to occur," using the acronym for the accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Republicans now see a Trump-Cruz race, with time for a shift running out | 16 Jan 2016 | As the presidential primary moves into a more urgent and combative phase, there is growing acceptance among Republicans, including the Washington and financial elite, that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are the two candidates most likely to become the party’s nominee. Their commanding performances at the sixth debate – along with their continued dominance in national and early state polls – has solidified the conclusion of many Republicans that the campaign is becomi...


(We) can do better: Letter to Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Minister Dutton.
Australians are sick of your government's excessive and irresponsible immigration rate and 457 Visa intake levels. This is clear by studying recent polls, Mark O'Connor's book Overloading Australia, and monitoring social media. Of particular concern is the dreadful impact that the your resulting unsustainable and damaging population growth rate is having on our local urban and natural environments.

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No Place For Sheep: Dogs. Mountains. And Writing. "IndyWatch Feed"

  I emerged from my cave around eleven this morning, after spending the hours from dawn wrangling language and discovering to my immense satisfaction that I’m some 25,000 plus words  into the book I’m writing. The household was in disarray. Three dogs were lined up outside the glass door that opens onto the verandah, gazing […]


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": A Snail's Eye View: Nature Photo Challenge #1: Grey-headed Robin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A friend tagged me on Facebook in a nature photo a day challenge, so I thought I'd share those photos here.

Today's pic is of a grey-headed robin sunbathing in the garden. Endemic to north-east Queensland, grey-headed robins are common and conspicuous residents of upland rainforests.

Despite the common name, they are not related to European robins, but they do have grey heads, so well done whoever settled on that epithet*.

They might hop around the garden looking all cuddly and winsome, but grey-headed robins are keen enforcers of the bird bath pecking order and ferocious predators of small insects. Given the chance, they will also clean up dropped crumbs, because who knows where the next meal is coming from? It's a jungle out there.

Although they are usually quiet birds, even when shouldering others out of the bird bath, they have a distinctive call. Their peep-peep-peep-peep-peeps are as much a part of the dawn and dusk choruses as the yowls of spotted catbirds and the seamless duets of eastern whipbirds. You can hear the call in this lovely video from Crater Lakes Cottages (near Lake Eacham). 

Another Nature Photo Challenge pic tomorrow.

* Don't get me started on common names.


thekooriwoman: Justice? "IndyWatch Feed National"

I am a parent of two Aboriginal boys. When they were 12 or so I sat them down and had the talk with them. Not the birds and the bees talk, the interacting with police talk. I am probably not the only parent of black children to have this talk with their children, and nor will I be the last.

This talk consisted of how to behave, not to let the police anatagonise them into anger, call me immediately if they were taken by the police and above all else, not to talk to them without me present.

If you are reading this you may be assuming the police would only be speaking to my children if they have done something wrong. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Because of racial profiling (refers to the discriminatory practice by law enforcement officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual’s race, ethnicity, religion or national origin) my children everyday become targets for police.

I am not over reacting; the statistics of Aboriginal imprisonment rates are a major factor in me telling my children to use the utmost caution around the police. Below are the statistics of young people in prison 2013 – 2014.

It is incredibly hard to look at these charts and not infer racial profiling from the results.

When if you are an Aboriginal person standing in front of a jusdge, you are 12 – 29 percent more likely to receive a custodial sentence than a non Aboriginal person for the exact same offense?

prison stats

As of June 30 There were 9,885 adult prisoners in Australian prisons who identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, a 7% increase (620 prisoners) from 30 June 2014 (9,265 prisoners).

Mick Gooda, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, who wrote the foreward on Aboriginal justice i...


The Watchers » Latest articles: Moderately strong eruption took place at Ubinas volcano, Peru "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Peru's INGEMMET reports a moderately strong eruption took place at Ubinas volcano at 17:53 UTC on January 15, 2016. An ash plume rose to about 3 km (9 842 feet) above the summit and drifted to the southeast. This is about 8 672 m (28 450 feet) above the sea...... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: Severe erosion devastates the beach in Hallands overnight, UK "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Series of damaging storms that battered the UK over the last few weeks triggered a rapid erosion of the beaches along Devonshire coast. The beach in Hallands disappeared overnight as thousands of tons of sand, and small pebbles were washed away, leaving behind only...... Read more »


(We) can do better: Demonizing Dingoes on Fraser Island is criminal – Hans Brunner "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fraser Island provides the last opportunity to secure the protection of purebred Dingoes. It is therefore our obligation to look after them as we look after elephants, tigers, lions, rhinos,monkeys etc.
(dingo searching for food on Fraser Island- Jennifer Parkhurst photographer)

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Independent Australia: Saving the Great Barrier Reef: One picture at a time "IndyWatch Feed"

Saving the Great Barrier Reef: One picture at a timeLachlan Barker fights the lunacy of mining our Great Barrier Reef with a new approach: the spirit-soaring beauty of the Reef itself. read now...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: The Prez and Chomsky: Turkey, Terrorism and the Kurds | The Erimtan Angle "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Prez and Chomsky: Turkey, Terrorism and the Kurds | The Erimtan Angle: Weaver then concludes his piece as follows: “[i]n his email to the Guardian, Chomsky accused Erdoğan of hypocrisy. He said: ‘Turkey blamed Isis [for the attack on Istanbul], which Erdoğan has been aiding in many ways, while also supporting the al-Nusra Front, which is hardly different. He then launched a tirade against those who condemn his crimes against Kurds – who happen to be the main ground force opposing Isis in both Syria and Iraq. Is there any need for further comment?'”.[6]


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Romanian village blocks Canadian firm from mining for gold "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Rosia Montana declared site of historical interest, granting it protection from Gabriel Resources, which has tried for 15 years to extract 300 tonnes of gold

A church was drowned by the tailing pond located a few kilometres from Rosia Montana village, where Canada’s Gabriel Resources wants to extract gold from an open-cast mine.

A church was drowned by the tailing pond located a few kilometres from Rosia Montana village, where Canada’s Gabriel Resources wants to extract gold from an open-cast mine.

The Guardian

A Romanian village where a Canadian firm is planning a controversial open-cast goldmine has been declared a site of historical interest, granting it protection from mining activity.

“Rosia Montana village has been designated a place of historic site of national interest which has a radius of two kilometres [just over a mile],” said Adrian Balteanu, the Romanian culture ministry’s adviser on cultural heritage.

“At such a site, all mining activity is prohibited,” he said on Thursday.

The step is a new blow for Canada’s Gabriel Resources which has been trying for 15 years to get an environment ministry permit to extract 300 tonnes of gold from the picturesque village in a project it claims would create hundreds of jobs and boost Romania’s economy.



Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Indonesia slammed for banning journalist from Papua | Radio New Zealand News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Indonesia slammed for banning journalist from Papua | Radio New Zealand News: The Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, who pledged to open up the restive provinces to foreign media, summoned the French ambassador.

Mr Payen, who lives in Thailand, has had his request for a new visa revoked.

The head of Reporters Without Borders' Asia-Pacific desk, Benjamin Ismail, said in a statement that he condemns such a flagrant violation of media freedom.

Mr Ismail says Mr Widodo's promise to open up the provinces to international media was deceptive.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Caravan of Civil Observation and Solidarity for Chimalapas | dorset chiapas solidarity "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Caravan of Civil Observation and Solidarity for Chimalapas | dorset chiapas solidarity: Based on what they observed, the visitors asked the Federal Government and the state governments of Oaxaca and Chiapas to: carry out immediate joint peaceful operations to vacate the three locations currently invaded (Reforma-Pescaditos, Arroyo la Gringa-Emanuel I and Arroyo Zapote-Emanuel II); ensure that David Vega, indicated as the material and intellectual author of the kidnapping and disappearance of the comunero Pablo Escobedo be brought to justice; make a thorough investigation to locate the whereabouts of the remains of said comunero; and enable permanent federal supervision and surveillance “to prevent and avoid new invasions and looting of communal territory, as well as any acts of harassment, provocation or violence.”


Corporate Australia: Are speed cameras killing us? The stats say yes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Speed kills. Speed cameras save lives. We have heard it all before. But, two-hundred and forty-nine people people died in fatal traffic accidents on Victoria’s roads last year — a 2.5 per cent increase from 2013’s figure.

This is despite a record number of fixed and mobile speed cameras deployed on roads in Victoria and around Australia.

For years, the government has been claiming that speed cameras save lives and that speed is the greatest common factor in fatal car accidents.

But with road deaths on the rise, could it be that speed cameras actually don’t save lives and in fact are contributing to our road toll by breeding poor driving practises?

Since Saab introduced seat belts as standard in 1958, occupant safety has been improving every year, and the sedans, wagons, utes and SUVs we drive today are safer than ever. And safer cars will undoubtedly go further in reducing the road toll than speed cameras.

Speed cameras certainly have their place in society, but with the draconian enforcement of low-level speeding and covert tactics, such as hiding in bushes and unmarked mobile speed cameras (in Victoria, at least), more needs to be done.

The proof is in the numbers. People are still crashing, they are just safer doing so.

The TAC (Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission, which is responsible for paying benefits to people injured in road accidents) records the number of people injured...


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Bougainville Hardliners query PM move "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

no go zone

Aloysius Laukai | New Dawn

The so called BOUGAINVILLE NO GO ZONE HARDLINERS have also questioned the motive by the Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill to appoint himself as the Minister for Bougainville Affairs.

Hardliners Chairman, James Onato said from Arawa that they were concerned a lot of activities were happening which requires the Prime Minister to explain to the people of Papua New Guinea.

Mr. Onato said that they were concerned at the recent landing of the Government Jet, Kumul on Christmas Day, Talk about PNG Paying of Rio Tinto Shares and now the Ministerial reshuffle.

Mr. Onato said that his group will not allow any intrusion by outsiders into the NO GO ZONE areas.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Thousands in Germany protest racism, attacks on refugees | News | DW.COM | 16.01.2016 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Thousands in Germany protest racism, attacks on refugees | News | DW.COM | 16.01.2016: Debates on refugees in Germany have intensified after a group of around 1,000 North African and Arab-looking men sexually harassed hundreds of women in Cologne's main railway station on New Year's Eve.

Similar cases, though on a smaller scale, were reported from Hamburg and Stuttgart. Reports of incidents of sexual violence by refugee men have been coming in, causing a lot of resentment among the local population.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: We Can—and Should—Scan the Brains of Police Officers for Racist Attitudes "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

We Can—and Should—Scan the Brains of Police Officers for Racist Attitudes: [] The current trend in mapping involves visualizing what the subject is thinking. For example, a University of California–Berkeley news report titled, “Scientists use brain imaging to reveal the movies in our mind,” begins: “Imagine tapping into the mind of a coma patient, or watching one’s own dream on YouTube.”

“This is a major leap toward reconstructing internal imagery,” said Professor Jack Gallant, a UC–Berkeley neuroscientist, in the report.

Now we have to applaud the military for the move toward using fMRI on its recruits. I would advocate that all law enforcement be proactive in following this example.

There are too many half-hearted efforts to reform law enforcement. So when the military says it plans on using this technology to screen troops, to me this is a big deal.

Many studies have tested these technologies as predictive tools for crime and the war on terrorism. And if we’ve learned anything from the National Security Agency (NSA) fiasco, should we count on those working within the justice system to self-regulate?


loon pond: On the other hand, we can always find another unagile Josh ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Who else would bother, on a meditative Sunday, to provide a link to Angry Sydney Anglicans arguing for the right to go on poofer bashing and demeaning teh gays?

Though it's naturally dressed up in high sounding, rhetorical garb as Preserve freedoms in marriage debate, complete with that first refuge of the vile patriotic bigot, a bit of flag-waving ...

Oh the jingoism, the devious wretched mixing of god and country ... but since we're on about preserving freedoms, how does that sit with Anglican communion to restrict US Church over gay marriage ...?

Well, you see Virginia, there's freedom and then there's Anglican freedom, and there's Christ banging on about hypocr...


Catallaxy Files: Here we go again: groan "IndyWatch Feed"

Why does Industry Super Australia, the vociferous lobby group for the union industry super funds, have a chief economist?  Buggered if, I know.  Yet another example of members’ contributions being wasted, I guess.

The answer probably is that he feels inclined to make stupid comments such as:

“[The government] should remove the ephemera, the noise; crazy stuff like beating up on unions or creating disputes over television programs. It should remove impediments and instil confidence.”

And don’t you just love it? Saul Eslake telling us to overdo it again – going early, hard and households.  Because if we overdo it, we can just wind it back.  I guess because that worked out so well last time.

And who cares if we lose our AAA credit rating?  That shouldn’t do anything to the cost of servicing our burgeoning debt, particularly if the world goes to hell in hand basket.

Read it and weep:

A further downturn in China would leave Australia exposed, without sufficient tools to avoid a recession, one of Australia’s leading forecasters says.

Stephen Anthony is a former BusinessDay forecaster of the year. In 2015 he took up a role as the chief economist for Industry Super Australia after having run his own economic consultancy and worked on forecasting in both the Treasury and Department of Finance.

“I think the risk of a recession is higher than most people would price it,” he told Fairfax Media. “Most people are talking about a less than 30 per cent chance this year. I think it is higher.”




Independent Australia: Campbell’s will label GMOs — and the sky will not fall "IndyWatch Feed"

Campbell’s will label GMOs — and the sky will not fallAs debate rages in the U.S. over labelling of GMO's, one major food company has broken ranks with the biotech industry to label their products ahead of proposed regulatory changes. Katherine Paul of the Organic Consumers Association debunks the myths surrounding the fallout. read now...


loon pond: In which the pond makes the mistake of reading Oz correspondence ... "IndyWatch Feed"

So there you go, the senile randy old goat has spoken, and teh hair it is ... united by horror of Hillary, as if the horror of Trumpism is no horror at all ...let alone the Canadian uniqueness of Cruz, the slimiest and most sinister politician since the good old days of Joe McCarthy ...

Of course it all makes for great fun for those catching up with Colbert in pre-packaged YouTube form ... what with turtles and JEB! and "born in the USA" and New York values and a special tribute to the fecal man himself, Rick Santorum, and so on, in existentially absurd ways not even Monty Python could imagine ...



Indian Country Headline News: Hard-Won Victories in Indian Housing "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A traveler in Indian country 20 years ago would have been hard-pressed to see any evidence of private mortgage lending...

The Watchers » Latest articles: Ben Davidson: Does the Sun trigger large earthquakes? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Using more than 35 years of data from the Wilcox Solar Observatory at Stanford University and from the United States Geological Survey, a model was constructed using patterns discerned in the polar magnetic fields of the sun. These patterns in solar magnetism were...... Read more »


DUCK POND: Dog Blog: January Jaunts "IndyWatch Feed"

I was in a newsagent, buying the Saturday paper, and made a general comment regarding the recent usual weather. I was surprised by the response, implicitly of climate change denial. The weather is not a subject for small talk any more.

The vagaries of weather, regardless of underlying significance has affected our activities this past week. The weather may be subjective and emotional, but it is hard to remember when we last experienced too storms in one week. On Monday there was hail and thunder storm in the afternoon that lasted about an hour. The actual  hail stones, fortunately, were very small, but they covered the grass and hit up against the front windows. There was thunder, but not close. The rain was intense. It could be seen bouncing off the road to about one metre about the surface. Then on Thursday there was another storm that brought down trees in some Sydney suburbs. The temperature fell rapidly from the low 30 degree Celsius to just over 20 degrees Celsius. Unless observations are made over time, memory is an unreliable guide. After Monday, I was surprised to see the brown in the creek, something I have not previously noticed. I suppose that observation is consistent with the intensity and volume of the rain compared to the normal run off pattern.

Otherwise, this week has been eventful for Dexter – and the rest of us. The vet advised an operation for his aural haematoma – bleeding within the ear caused by a rupture to the ear cartilage. He was taken to the vet hospital on Tuesday and was required to stay overnight. Since then he has been wearing a plastic helmet to protect his ear and allow him to crash into most things in his path. He somehow survived the night in the cage. I did not recognize him when he emerged. I was s......


North Coast Voices: Natural Gas & Coal Seam Gas: A lesson in consequences for Australian federal and state governments "IndyWatch Feed"

When gas mining went wrong on a large scale in America..........

LA Times, 6 January 2016:

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered new regulations, including stepped-up inspections and safety measures, for all natural gas storage facilities in California in response to the continuing leak that has displaced thousands of people in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The emergency regulations would require Southern California Gas Co. and other operators of gas storage facilities to conduct daily inspections of wellheads using infrared leak-detection technology, verify the mechanical integrity of wells, measure gas flow and pressure and regularly test safety valves, among other steps.



Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Aruna Roy's Group Says BJP Lawmaker, Mob, Attacked Activists In Rajasthan "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Aruna Roy's Group Says BJP Lawmaker, Mob, Attacked Activists In Rajasthan: [] The group of activists were attacked in Aklera town of Jhalawar district which is in Chief Minister Vasundhara's Raje's son Dushyant Singh's Lok Sabha constituency, members of the Soochna Evam Rozgar Manch alleged.

The group, an off-shoot organisation of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan or MKKS founded by Magasaysay award-winner Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey, had started a drive last month to spread awareness about government accountability and had been travelling through various districts of Rajasthan.

Through puppet shows and songs, the campaign has been asking people about their problems and informing them about various mechanisms available to seek redress from the government, the group said.


The Ecologist: Damming the Mekong - the myth of 'sustainable hydropower' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dam builders have a new mantra, writes Tom Fawthrop: 'sustainable hydropower'. Repeated at every opportunity, it is based on the unproven idea that large dams can be made 'sustainable' by promising future 'mitigation'. And so it is at the Don Sahong dam in Laos which is about to devastate the mighty Mekong and the 60 million people who depend on it for food and livelihood.


Geoengineering Watch: Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, January 16, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

31Dane Wigington Environmental collapse and economic collapse are both advancing, the dominos are falling and the momentum will increase rapidly from here on out. The human race has backed itself into a corner and the power structure is rapidly preparing for what is to come. "We have no democracy in the US", this is the latest conclusion

03:19 Regarding The Claim That Fiona Barnett and I Are Government Agents "IndyWatch Feed National"

First there is this claim that I am just some guy sitting at my computer- now I am a government agent who has become Fiona Barnett’s handler. The stories keep changing to suit the opposition’s needs. But let me point a few things out.

If I was a government agent, wouldn’t it be logical that I would have a mass of people working beside me and supporting me? But I don’t. That would be the OTHER SIDE. It seems now that the Hampstead folks are in league with the Australian folks and the little group of Satanists I have been fighting for years. They have all joined forces in order to do their best to discredit and trash Fiona Barnett and myself. THIS seems like a government group as there are WAY MORE of them than those who are behind Fiona Barnett and myself. And they are all working in league with each other.

Also, let me point something out. Fiona Barnett is MUCH stronger than I am, and yet claims are being made that I am her handler. Truth be told, it would be more logical to believe she is mine. We just met and started working together 5 weeks ago, so believing that I have been behind her every move is silly- esp. When you consider that I live in the US and she lives in Australia. I am not hers or anyone else’s handler. This group, who are all working in CONJUNCTION with each other has no basis or proof for their claims- like saying that Fiona and I are sending out death threats- but that doesn’t stop them from shouting their accusations from the rooftops. ALL OF THEM TOGETHER, I might add.

When you look at all of this as a whole, it is easy to see that Fiona and I have been working to expose this large, organized, and well-funded pedophile child trafficking ring alone for a long time now. Not even with each other. But our opposition- they are all working in conjunction with each other. They now have stopped fighting their own little cases to join together and fight for each other all aroun...


Head Space: Criminal fantasy prefers to accuse other people. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Effect of Fear and Terror Observation and analysis of the psychology of witnesses before the court teach us that in moments of emotional tension all objectivity is lost. How distorted the reports on a minor accident can be… In a fearful state, every peculiar event is interpreted as an omen, and even the most […]


EcoWatch: Viral Video Shows a Tiny Koala Getting Kicked Out of a Tree, Find Out Why "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


This video, which has more than 2 million views, shows what happens when...


Earth First! Newswire: “Coming to a Planet Near You!”- by Marius Mason "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Support Marius Mason

comingtoaplanetnearyoummMarius’ artwork is frequently featured in Fifth Estate Magazine.  Recently, a few of his pieces were on display at the Fifth Estate 50th Anniversary Museum Exhibition.

More information about the exhibition can be found here:

MOCAD’s ‘Fifth Estate’ 50th anniversary exhibition closes Sunday


Earth First! Newswire: Coal Ash Wastewater Will Be Dumped Into Virginia Rivers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Alejandro Davila Fragoso / Think Progress


Millions of gallons of treated wastewater from coal ash ponds can be disposed in two major Virginia rivers — one a tributary of the Potomac River — the Virginia Water Control Board ruled Thursday.

The decision comes as some residents and environmentalists questioned the stringency of permits that allow Dominion Virginia Power to release wastewater with some levels of arsenic, lead, copper, and other substances into nearby waterways rich in wildlife. Wastewater will come from the Possum Point Power Plant located by Quantico Creek, and the Bremo Power Plant located by the James River.

“The public should be heartened by the fact that n...


EcoWatch: 3 Reasons Big Coal Had a Bad Week "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


"One-third of the nation’s coal plants are slated for retirement due to...


Mongabay Environmental News: Brazilian court suspends operating license for Belo Monte dam "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

[caption id="attachment_174764" align="alignleft" width="768"] The Belo Monte dam under construction. Photo courtesy of Lalo de Almeida/Folhapress.[/caption] [dropcap type="4"]T[/dropcap]he gigantic Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, located on the Xingu River in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, stood just weeks away from beginning operation this week — but the controversial mega-dam, the third largest on earth, has now been blocked from generating electricity by the Brazilian court system until its builders and the government meet previous commitments made to the region’s indigenous people. Federal court judge Maria Carolina Valente do Carmo in the city of Altamira, in the state of Pará where the dam is located, has suspended the dam’s operating license. It will not be reinstated, she decided, until the dam’s owner Norte Energia SA, along with Brazil’s government, meet a 2014 court-ordered licensing requirement to reorganize the regional office of Funai, the national agency that protects Brazil’s indigenous groups. Judge Valente do Carmo has fined the government and company R$900,000 (US$225,000) for non-compliance with the Funai requirement, a provision included in the rules governing Belo Monte when the project was given its preliminary license in 2010. This is the latest in a series of snafus that have plagued the dam’s construction. Licensing of the project was delayed last September by Brazil’s environmental agency IBAMA, due to a failure to complete agreed to provisions to mitigate the impacts of inundating thousands of acres of Amazon rain forest — flooding that could displace 20,000 people. [caption id="attachment_174772" align="alignleft" width="768"] Indigenous village near the Xingu…


Wake Up World: Science: Behind the Magic "IndyWatch Feed National"

15th January 2016 By Ăine Sands Guest Writer for Wake Up World The word “science” can mean different things to different people. In general, itâŹ"s understood as a systematic construction of testable knowledge and information. It provides us with explanations and understandings of nature, ourselves and reality in general. Yet, it canâŹ"t explain absolutely everything ...Continue Reading - Science: Behind the Magic


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Did Germany really make a serious peace proposal in Dec 1916? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I am very grateful to Britain At War, Illustrated History of the Third Year of the Great War: 1916, without which I would not have sought out, and found the speech offering Germany’s peace proposal in Dec 1916. Thanks to Imperial Germany and the Great War, 1914–1918 by R Chickering.

The intolerable strains of the war showed on all sides. Britain, the only major nation that had been at war without conscription, introd­uced it in early 1916. Depleted manpower resources forced governments throughout Europe to begin deploying women in various hitherto male-only jobs on the home front. Signs of popular disillusionment with the ongoing conflict, such as labour unrest and food riots, were more common. By 1916 End-The-War voices had been everywhere.

Although their armies were killing each other’s young men by the mil­lions, the warring sides in WW1 remained in almost constant diplomat­ic contact. How bizarre! As early as Feb 1916, newspapers were des­crib­ing an attempt by German chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg to make a peace proposal through Pope Benedict XV. His proposal and its stipulations were further explained by Count Julius Andrassy in Budapest in April, but the Allies dismissed it out of hand because of it was fundamentally calling for a return to pre-war boundaries, leaving only the fate of Germany’s overseas possessions in dispute.

In Nov the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne circ­ulated a letter calling for a negotiated peace in the name of saving civil­is­ation, but it was loudly damned by most British statesmen. One other proposal followed the death of Austrian Kaiser Franz Josef I in Nov 1916, when Kaiser Charles I took over. The new Emp­er­or’s offer interested American President Woodrow Wilson enough to remain strictly neutral until April 1917, when it became clear that Austria-Hungary would not break its alliance with Germa......


Wake Up World: Alcohol Overload? How to Minimise the Harmful Effects of Excess Drinking "IndyWatch Feed National"

17th January 2016 By Christina Lavers Contributing Writer for Wake Up World “It only takes one drink to get me drunk, but I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or fourteenth.” ~ George Burns (1896 – 1996) Excessive alcohol consumption is often considered a central part of being social and having a good time. One of the ...Continue Reading - Alcohol Overload? How to Minimise the Harmful Effects of Excess Drinking


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Conservative ideologues, bankers and employers determined to have their way on wages, unions & industry not-for-profit super funds "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian unions, the successful not-for-profit super funds they administer and enterprise agreements are all well and truly in the firing line as Australia enters the 2016 election year.

The Australian, 11 January 2016:

A new clash is looming over rules that can ban millions of workers from choosing their own retirement fund as the government tries to increase choice in the $2 trillion superannuation industry.
Despite fears it will be accused of running an “ideological” campaign against funds that are backed by unions, the Coalition will move to scrap a key part of the industrial relations regime that gives unions and employers the right to limit fund choice for up to 4.7 million workers.
The push sets up a new fight in the Senate after parliament resumes within weeks, but armed with a warning from trade union royal commissioner Dyson Heydon against the “tyranny of the majority” being allowed to dictate where workers put their retirement savings, the governm...

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Renew Economy: Doubling of renewables will add $A1.9 trillion to global economy by 2030 "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia could be among major beneficiaries of doubling of renewable energy that could deliver $A1.9 trillion in added economic growth by 2030. Renewables would also boost jobs, cut pollution, increase energy security, reduce costs and save water.


Catallaxy Files: Keynesian policy explained in pictures "IndyWatch Feed"

It’s my birthday, and my younger son has given me a present. You can see whose house he was brought up in. And while it may spoil the joke a bit by adding some commentary, you never know in this day and age what others will and will not see. The first picture is straightforward, however. You hear the equivalent said all the time in every economy.

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The second is the subtle one. The government has chosen projects that will never repay their costs which means that the economy, so far as these expenditures go, will end up less well off at the end than it was before. Other projects, almost invariably from the private sector, will usually make up for this loss. But non-value-adding projects pull an economy backwards. If you are getting fewer units of output back compared with the number of units used up in production, living standards must contract. But as the picture shows, lots of people are employed. They are just not employed in projects that create net wealth, which includes those employed in industries supplying inputs.

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Because Keynesian economics is all aggregates, the structural problems created by this expenditure is invisible both in theory and in relation to the actual circumstances of the economy. People are, to all appearances, working and producing. The problem remains that what is produced has less value than the resources used up. One day, as the debts pile up an...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": nellibellingen: Bellingen Seed Savers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We are a group of like-minded growers of useful heritage plant varieties in the Bellingen area of northeast New South Wales, Australia.Our climate varies from frost-free coastal areas to inland river valleys and highlands with frosts. Bellingen has an average annual rainfall of 1507ml.

Source: Bellingen Seed Savers

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"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed": Peteskibreen's Blog: Aussie Art – Double its investment in art, halve its investment in art managers. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Here’s something someone sent me this week. Natalie Thomas speaks from the hip about the inequities that exist in the arts. Most of my time at Jugglers Art Space Inc is caught up with administration, applying for funding, ticking boxes and hoping we can stay ahead of the red line.  A small group of us took a mortgage on our building in 2003 to offer studios and exhibition spaces for emerging mid career artists and we have made a small vision a reality and have seen the arts practice of hundreds of artists and musicians  get some traction, at least for a while post graduation. As the co-founder of this small artist run organisation passionately committed to seeing artists grow and flourish, THE one thing that is almost debilitating is the growth in arts administration over the past 5 years. Doing battle at this level does affect vision and creative momentum. It hasn’t destroyed hope or growth or sustainability but neither has it enhanced my own arts practice or desire for a slow down, research and actual art.   Natalie makes sense.

Peter Breen.

What Australian art needs in 2016

by Natalie Thomas  |  Posted 13 Jan 2016

Australian art needs a total makeover, starting with more artistic and curatorial bravery and less pandering to money and power. We must resist the rapid privatisation of our culture. If culture is open only to those who can afford it, we’ll all be the poorer.

We need fewer sycophants and more punks, less fashion but more dressing up. More nudity, but fewer dressing-downs. More substance and less abuse. We need to identify and nurture artists who take a position in their work because everything is political. Everything.

Australian art needs to be less conservative. We need more experience and less youth. I love optimism too, but it looks as if Australian art is feeding off the young like Brad Pitt fed off Kirsten Dunst in Interview wit...


Catallaxy Files: Gains from agility. From the “you couldn’t make it up” file "IndyWatch Feed"

h/t Grace Collier today. Pity about the paywall, but read on.

Punch the words “Australia Business Financing Centre” into your browser and your mind will boggle at the possibilities. The Australia Business Financing Centre, in its headline, says “Australian Government Money May Be Available For Your Small Business” and a button is there to click, “Go Grant Finder”. A quick questionnaire will tell you how much you can get. It asked did I have a job, was I female, Aboriginal, in business with an Aboriginal? Would I employ a disabled person, a Defence Force member? I said I was an unemployed woman in business with an indigenous Australian and prepared to employ a disabled person and a Defence Force member. The results said 13 different government programs and $1,070,000 in total possible funding was available, just for me. Would I like to call now and get started on the forms?

It seemed too good to be true. I clicked on the “Grant Recipients” link and a long list appeared. To pick a few at random: Catch a Bunyip Pty Ltd received $13,260 for “start up and marketing costs”, City Golf Practice in Hobart received $19,000 for “Operating capital, equipment purchases” and The Next Cartel Pty Ltd received $22,480 for “Product research and development, and prototyping”. Scougall Prestige Tiling received $20,000 to receive “Business advice from the Western Australia Small Business Development Corporations to expand into the commercial tiling market” and Mememe Productions Pty Ltd received $50,000 to “develop an interactive gardening app for children”.

Before I could take a breath, a giant pop up, in the shape....


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Suzuki safety recall on 10 models "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Suzuki Hayabusa sportsbike recall models

Suzuki Hayabusa recalled

Suzuki Australia has issued a safety recall notice on 10 models of scooter, cruiser, sports bikes, adventurers and naked bikes over a regulator fault.

Models affected are: AN400K8-L2 Burgman scooter, DL1000 K8-L2 V-Strom, GSF1250K7-L0 Bandit, GSX1300BK K8-L0 B-King, GSX1300R K8-L2 Hayabusa, GSX-R600 K8-L0 supersport, GSX-R750 K8-L0 sportsbike, SFV650 K9-L2 F Gladius, and VLR1800 K8-L1 and VZ1500 K9 & L0 cruisers with various VIN numbers.

The recall notice says the regulator/rectifier power module circuit board may have absorbed moisture during storage in highly humid conditions.

“This may have reduced the strength of the adhesive used to affix the circuit board to the aluminium case. The heat generated from the power module can cause the power module to lift from the case,” the notice says.

“This condition can cause excessive heat on the module, which can result in insufficient charge current being provided to the battery. This may cause discharging of the battery and can lead to engine stalling or non start condition. This may pose a hazard to the rider or other road users.”



Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Petition · Killing Indigenous Australians is not a game! · "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Petition · Killing Indigenous Australians is not a game! · - The game shamelessly promotes the fact that you will “have to fight with aboriginals” and uses warning messages like, “Beware of Aborigines!” when Indigenous people appear on screen. The game portrays Indigenous Australian’s as violent and aggressive. As well as trying to promote the Indigenous characters as authentic representations of a diverse culture through the description phrasing, “Meet real aboriginals”.

Indigenous Australians face daily racism and discrimination. Indigenous Australians are over policed and continue to die at the hands of the state. This app further perpetuates the denial of Indigenous Australians humanity. It associates us with flora and fauna of the Australian landscape.


John Quiggin: Provocation "IndyWatch Feed"

We’ve had a series of fatal and near-fatal one-punch assaults in Queensland recently, several captured on CCTV. An even worse case, except that by pure luck the victim managed to put out his hands and avoid a severe head impact was shown recently. One attacker holds the victim to let a second punch him, after which the first (much bigger) attacker delivers a “king hit” and walks off.

What shocked me about this was the alleged attacker’s lawyer, who claimed that he might have a defence of “provocation”. This medieval defence was scaled back after it was used, successfully, by a man who beat his girlfriend to death with a steering wheel lock in 2005 as a result of jealousy, but it apparently remains available to street thugs whose attacks don’t cause grievous bodily harm.

When combined with recent “one-punch” laws, the result is an absurdity. A thug who throws a punch in response to an insult* can’t predict what will happen next. If the victim falls the wrong way and dies, it’s a mandatory 15-year minimum. But if the victim is lucky, so is the thug – he can get off scot-free, or nearly so, with a defence of provocation.

Regrettably, but predictably, the Queensland Law Society has sought to maintain this barbaric defence at every stage. The Law Society’s determination to keep every possible defence open, no matter how anachronistic, undermines more reasonable concerns they have raised with respect to issues such as mandatory minimum sentences.

* Actual or claimed


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Bludgeon To Death An ‘Aborigine’: The Virtual Apple iPhone Game The Whole Family Can Play - New Matilda "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Bludgeon To Death An ‘Aborigine’: The Virtual Apple iPhone Game The Whole Family Can Play - New Matilda: Called Survival Island 3 – Australia Story 3D – the app, by developer Kristina Fedenkova, was released last month, and retails for $4.49.

The theme of the game is to survive in Australia, by hunting and building a home. The developer explains, “Your goal is to survive. Beware of angry animals, especially if you don’t have any weapon. At nights, there is really dangerous, (sic) try to hide somewhere…. Hunt animals or grow plants – you have to eat something. You also have to fight with aboriginals (sic) – you invaded their home!”

One of the screencaps promoting the game on the Apple iTunes store includes a screamer across the page which reads, ‘Beware of Aborigines!’


Independent Australia: Essendon players and the fight for justice "IndyWatch Feed"

Essendon players and the fight for justiceJohn Passant explores the commodification of the AFL and proposes the Essendon doping saga should be treated as a workplace relations incident in which the players have the same rights as regular employees. read now...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Militia Sit-Com: America's Favorite Dysfunctional Family, the Nutty Bundys - "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Militia Sit-Com: America's Favorite Dysfunctional Family, the Nutty Bundys - There is so much to follow in this reality sit-com of ‘Merica’s favorite dysfunctional family (after the Kar-cash-ians), and it’s being carried all over the inter-webs so you can follow reality mixed with fantasy, conservative denials and liberal faux rage. 40 million birders (ie: birdwatchers) are already organized to #takebackmalheur and they are pissed and they have cameras to document everything. But remember if they say it’s not terror because nobody has died then Native Americans become experts in such textbook definitions of genocide, ethnic cleansing and terrorism. The experts also say that just because a few of Donald Trump’s “Brown Shirts” may beat a few protesters does not signal a full on Fascist Social Movement. Not yet, anyway. That tragi-com has new episodes coming up this political season.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": sunshinecoastbirds: A Feast of Feathers: Seeing All the World's 234 Bird Families "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hypocolius - Greater Rann of Kutch, India: Family Hypocolius (1 spp)
It didn't exactly take the breath away, but there it was. A drab, olive-green bird sitting motionless in a heavily forested gully in Darien National Park, in the far south of Panama. The bird was a Sapayoa, an enigmatic bird with a family of its own, and the only one of the world's 234 bird families that until that moment in October 2015, I had not seen.

Black-lored Parrot - Buru, Indonesia: Family Old Wo...


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Environment East Gippsland Inc: When backburns backfire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Friday, January 15, 2016

Leaked documents and The Age’s excellent exposé on the disastrous decisions by DELWP fire managers before Christmas, again highlights this culture of gung-ho-ness which is causing so many losses – personal, social and environmental.

There was more fire-excitement, more bad decisions, more escaped government burns, more homes lost, more wildlife killed, more heartache and angst. We will see yet another enquiry that will recommend exactly the same  - fire management needs to improve. This DELWP created disaster happened just weeks after the Lancefield escape burn report and recommendations came out. It repeated what the last enquiry said, and the one before that and so on.

Basically, rather than throwing resources at putting a lightning strike out on the 19th December DELWP managers chose to light more fire. Despite the army of water bombers the state now claims it has, despite the known effectiveness of their ground attacks on smaller fires like this one was, the Department’s fire boys decided to increase the fire perimeter just when they knew bad fire weather was coming. Hey Presto – 115 homes destroyed! (Oh whoops).


Drag0nista's Blog: Lettuce rejoice: Shorten finds new cause for hope "IndyWatch Feed"

The Political Weekly: The Opposition Leader found a new way to help boost flagging poll ratings, but unforeseen circumstances threatened to derail his progress.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": in the garden: Garlicking "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Come and visit us at Newstead Live! to get your good tasting garlic and help us raise the funds needed to pay for our community garden water bill. We’ll be set up in Panmure Street, outside the Anglican church (in front of the garden) all day on Saturday January 23. Well, until 6pm. Thanks to […]


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Beachmere Blog: Seeking Local Artists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Beachmere Area Network Group (BANG) is seeking expressions of interest from local artists for two possible projects in the area.
  • Water Tower Project. Discussions have been held with group Artrageous and Unitywater about decorating the Water Tower. Shortly there will be a series of community polls/meetings to determine what the local community would like to see on the water tower.
  • Art Exhibition. BANG has applied for funding for an art exhibition to feature local women artists (condition of the grant), and would like to hear from any local artists who would be interested in being involved with the project – as volunteers, and/or contributing to the exhibition with their art works. It will be a couple of weeks before we learn if we have been successful with the grant, however, we are keen to do it even if we do not receive the grant. If you are interested, could you send an email to...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": MLUG - Melbourne Linux Users Group: start "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Address PlaceThe Dan O’Connell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502Email TOPIC: General geeky discussions on open source, system admin and programming.


Independent Australia: World's top 6 wind energy stories: Cost down 60% since 2009 "IndyWatch Feed"

World's top 6 wind energy stories: Cost down 60% since 2009The rest of the world is powering ahead with wind, according to Professor Juan Cole. Sadly, not so Australia where investment in renewables has slumped to half of what it was under Labor and Turnbull has donned Abbott's tin foil hat with appointment of a Wind Commissioner to control 'infrasound'. read now...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": The Witches Kitchen: Turmeric Dusted Whiting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

turmeric dusted whiting

Turmeric likes my subtropical climate, which is very lucky because fresh turmeric is one of my all-time favourite spices and hugely healthy.  I have a patch of it that takes absolutely no attention.  All I do with it is dig up a rhizome when I want it for curries or stir fries or to add a touch of spiciness to just about anything.  .

This time of year, I also dry a bit for recipes like this one.  It’s very easy – just peel and slice very thin, leave in the sun for a few hours on a hot day, then blend to a powder.

Whiting are still listed as sustainable, and there are very few ways to improve on just frying fresh whiting fillets.  But this turmeric dusting adds a crispy, mildly spicy coating that is very addictive.

You want about one part in ten turmeric powder to plain flour for dusting for this recipe.  So for 500 grams of whiting fillets, I use one teaspoon of turmeric powder and ten teaspoons (or three good dessertspoons) of flour.  Plus a pinch of salt.  An easy way to do it is to put the turmeric, flour and salt in a container with a lid and shake together, then add the whiting fillets and shake again to coat.

Then just heat a heavy frypan with a little olive oil till it is very hot but not smoking.  Fry the dusted fish quickly, just a minute or so each side, till they are golden.  Serve with a crisp green salad, or lightly steamed beans or broccolini or snow peas, and a wedge of lemon. Or just put them on a platter to share, and eat them in your fingers...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Che and McQueen in our motorbike quiz "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Scene from The Motorcycle Diaries depicting Che Guevara’s ride across South America

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Muslims In Australia Since the 1600s: Press Release: Turkish President and Government applauded by Australian Community Organisations "IndyWatch Feed National"


A delegation representing 21 Australian community organisations visited the Melbourne Consul-General for Turkey, Mr Mehmet Kucuksakalli, to hand deliver a letter addressed to Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The letter signatories are a representation of the large and diverse Muslim communities in Australia who have felt the need to express solidarity with Turkey, particularly after last Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Instanbul.

The letter and the delegation expressed solidarity with the people, leadership and the nation of Turkey. They offered their condolences to the Consul General and expressed that they genuinely saw a unique model of moral leadership in the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and its current government. A model of leadership that offered inspiration and hope to millions in Turkey and across the globe.

The delegation specifically highlighted the courageous stance for justice in Syria and Egypt as examples of this moral based leadership.

The spokesman for the delegation, Mr Almir Colan, said “At a personal level, the president’s genuine care for the vulnerable has touched many so deeply.” He added, “We pray for Turkey, its people and its leadership to continue to prosper, remain resolve against terrorism and grow in its role as a global role model.”

(Read full letter below)



"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: West End Street Art Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For more West End Street Art see the public Facebook site Click on any image to view as gallery

The post West End Street Art Gallery appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Human Zoo: For Centuries, Indigenous Peoples Were Displayed as Novelties - "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Human Zoo: For Centuries, Indigenous Peoples Were Displayed as Novelties - In 1893 a group of indigenous Aymara Bolivian men traveled to the United States so that they could be put on display at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair Columbian Exposition, which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. While researching their story, Nancy Egan, a doctoral student in Latin American history at the University of California, San Diego, delved into the history of indigenous people brought to the United States and Europe and put on display in what she calls “human zoos.”


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed": Bondville: Bondville 6 year old Puppy Party "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We usually only have a day to pull together our youngest's birthday party each year as it's just after the festive season, but that is a great excuse to keep things sweet and simple which to me is perfect. Miss Six loves all things puppy, cuddly, and animal-related, so we found this super-cute invitation by Meg Bartholomy, and emailed it out over the holidays. I used the chocolate, pink and orange colours from the invites as the basis for the party decorations and food. I had also spotted fun puppy cakes in BreadTop, but on my small budget I decided I could make them myself, and with the flavours I wanted. Read on for all my tips for creating a sweet puppy/animal party on a budget!

Party: Our six year old's birthday party
Organised by: Me! (Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville)
Location: at home in Sydney
Theme: Loosely puppy/animal themed - based on this invitation

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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: The domino effect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The domino effect is best described as a chain reaction of events started from a single action. The time between these cumulative events is usually very small and shows a similar cause and effect (although often magnified). The expression is so named after the falling of strategically placed dominoes—you know, those small black tiles with little white dots. And the domino effect was certainly in place the day a little black and white goat found herself all alone and loveless in an inner Melbourne suburb. Setting off a chain reaction of kindness was the burly police officer who offered his outstretched hand and heart to the frightened creature. Although somewhat reluctantly accepting this gesture, the young kid was taken to a nearby veterinary clinic. She was handed over along with the words, “Can you please see if she can go to Edgar’s Mission?”


And the kindness continued as the vet nurse set about comforting the tiny waif with one hand while reaching for the phone with the other. Not long thereafter, our kindness van was seen heading out our front gate and southward bound. Returning some hours later with our new friend, Domino, the change reaction of kindness was almost complete. After a thorough veterinary examination, including standard parasite control and health checks, little Domino was introduced to three other baby goats who too had recently found sanctuary within our bounds. Whilst the cheeky Pee Wee had to be reminded that “our mission is kindness, and only friendly head butts are allowed”, Domino quickly recognised her own kind and her rehabilitation was underway.


09:07 Fiona Barnett and I Are Being Accused of Blackmail and Sending out Death Threats "IndyWatch Feed National"

This came through on my google + account today…

of course- if they have death threats from either Fiona or I- surely they won’t have a problem taking a screen shot and sharing these as proof. I mean- it is pretty easy- I do it all the time. They give US death threats and then claim that THEY have gotten them from us- but they don’t offer any proof. They just expect everyone to just take their word for it.



Catallaxy Files: The China syndrome: China poses a risk to the world economy "IndyWatch Feed"

In The Australian today

China’s leaders may not have a clue as to where they are going, but they seem determined to get there as soon as possible. The question is how much damage will be done to the world economy along the way. With world stockmarkets alternating between precipitous falls and short-lived rallies, commodity prices tumbling and economic growth forecasts slashed, the answer seems to be plenty.


Catallaxy Files: How that’s postal service going Mr Fahour? "IndyWatch Feed"

I’m sure our 100% Government-owned Australia Post CEO, Ahmed Fahour (2013 remuneration about $4.8 million) would appreciate feedback on service standards.

On Wednesday 6 January in the morning using the new $1 stamp I posted a letter at the Canberra GPO bound for the Sydney GPO. It was delivered to my correspondent on Thursday 14 January.  That’s 7 business days. I wasn’t posting my letter from Onslow, WA, to Perisher Valley, NSW.

On the same day I ordered a book from It arrived on Monday 11 January, being delivered from the United Kingdom.

The delivery time for my letter was longer than when I was asked to lay down my plough, take the dictatorship, assemble my legion, defeat the Aequi, lay down my office and return to my plough.

In the Roman Empire, one could send a letter from Rome to Athens in far less time than from Canberra to Sydney under Mr Fahour’s Australia Post. The Cobb & Co service from Sydney to Yass was also quicker.

We now have the highest paid postal service CEO, the most expensive postal stamps for standard letters and the slowest delivery time in the OECD.

Congratulations Mr Fahour.


Independent Australia: Sam Harris takes Noam Chomsky to task for equating Western crimes with 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed"

Sam Harris takes Noam Chomsky to task for equating Western crimes with 9/11Sam Harris, author of best-seller The End of Faith, took Noam Chomsky to task for equating Western crimes with 9/11, in particular the Clinton administration’s bombing of pharmaceuticals plant in Sudan in 1998. The Daily Banter's editor, Ben Cohen, analysed the email spat that followed. With Harris' visit to Australia scheduled next week, IA thought it timely to republish the article. read now...


loon pond: The fact is, so many reptiles are slaves to intellectual fashion, and intellectually are not dissimilar to Oscar the Grouch ... "IndyWatch Feed"

(Above: a lovely tribute and a malediction from Pope this day, and more of the truly essential Papist here, much better than the pious proverbial hope that Malware might live in interesting times).

It was hardly unexpected that the Nick Ross matter would run dead in the mainstream media.

The reptiles of Oz, much given to ABC bashing, did nothing but reprint, at length, an ABC denial.

Oh sure the story bobbed up in the Murdochian empire's attempt at a liberal feint,, as Former ABC journalist claims the public broadcaster gagged him to not upset Malcolm Turnbull. And it turned up in a few foreign locations, as in the Daily Snail, Journalist claims ABC 'gagged' him because of his support for the National Broadband Network, and in the Huffing and Puffing Post as ...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Electoral redistribution in federal seats and what it might mean on NSW Far North Coast in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), Proposed redistribution of New South Wales into electoral divisions, October 2015:

A total of 944,592 electors or 19.42 per cent of electors in NSW would change from their current federal electoral division under the proposed redistribution. Once a redistribution is final, the AEC automatically transfers existing elector enrolments, where required, to the correct electoral division.

The augmented Electoral Commission has adopted boundary changes* in the Cowper,Page, and Richmond electorates proposed by the Redistribution Committee for New South Wales.

Electoral boundary changes on NSW Far North Coast according to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC):


07:01 Why I Have No Reason to Fear "IndyWatch Feed National"

This little Luciferian group has been planning this ” war with Heaven” for a long time. They believe we are now at the time- and they are right. But it isn’t going to work the way they thought. Heaven IS on the offensive and I was told weeks ago in a shamanic journey that whatever offensive Heaven is getting ready to wage- I get to lead it. So I am going to continue with what I have been doing until my time here is up. When that happens, the game is over. I will simply take my place on the other side and help Heaven with it’s intentions. These Luciferians have forgotten God has wrath, and they are just about to discover how bad that wrath can be. Shit here is finished- everything is dying- and God is calling all of us back. But some- and you know who you are- are SERIOUSLY FUCKED.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: “Kill the Indian in the Child” Theme of Royal Winnipeg Ballet Tour - "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

“Kill the Indian in the Child” Theme of Royal Winnipeg Ballet Tour - The production was developed with the support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and is presented in memory of the late Cree Elder and Activist Mary Richard (Ah Kha Ko cheesh). Richard conceived the piece in 2004 with long-time RWB Artistic Director Andr� Lewis who wished to create an authentic, indigenous ballet as a successor to the ground-breaking 1971 Indigenous-themed play-turned-RWB ballet The Ecstasy of Rita Joe.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was established in 2008 to tell Canadians about the history of Indian Residential Schools and the impacts it has had on Indigenous children who were sent to the schools by the Canadian government and to guide a process of reconciliation between and within Indigenous families, communities, churches, governments and Canadians.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Toby Price nears historic Dakar Rally win "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Toby Price nears historic first win in the Dakar Rally for an AustralianDakarToby Price looks set to score an historic first win for an Australian in the world’s most gruelling motorsport event, the Dakar Rally, with a 37:39 minute lead going into the final processional stage tomorrow.

No competitor has ever lost the race with a lead of this length on the final day as the special stage is too short.

Cheer on Toby by sending a message of support to his official Facebook page.

Toby scored second place in stage 12 today, the longest stage of the two-week rally at a staggering 930km with a 481 special.

He was 7:32 minutes behind Yamaha rider Helder R0drigues of Portugal, but importantly two minutes ahead of overall second-placed Stefan Svitko (Portugal KTM) who finished fourth today.

“This was a long stage with 480km,” Toby said. “It was on really sharp shale-like rock. It was really sketchy, really skatey and it felt like I was riding on ice. We had a couple of excursions off the track a couple of times so we thought we’d whack it down and make sure that we get to the finish.”



Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Price of renting Airbnb on illegal Israeli settlements - Al Jazeera English "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Price of renting Airbnb on illegal Israeli settlements - Al Jazeera English: Anyone staying in an Airbnb-listed settlement property "facilitates the commission of the crime of establishing settlements and therefore aids and abets the crime," said John Dugard, professor of international law, and a former Special Rapporteur to the UN on Palestine.
Head to Head - Israeli settlers: Patriots or invaders?

"The same applies to making money from property built on illegal settlements." Airbnb takes a commission on property rentals, and so is profiting from Israel's colonisation of Palestine.

Hosts who list properties via the company are required to provide accurate locations. As such, stating that settlements are located in Israel - when they are in fact illegal under international law because they are built on occupied territory - is a violation of the company's terms.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: 4,000 artifacts stored at Oregon refuge held by armed group - Yahoo News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

4,000 artifacts stored at Oregon refuge held by armed group - Yahoo News: Ryan Bundy, one of the leaders of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon, says they have no real interest in the antiquities. Still, their access to the artifacts and maps has some worried that looters could take advantage of the situation.

"There's a huge market for artifacts, especially artifacts that have provenance, where you can identify where they came from," said Carla Burnside, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's refuge archeologist.

More than 300 recorded prehistoric sites are scattered across the refuge, including burial grounds, ancient villages and petroglyphs. Some of the artifacts — including spears, stone tools, woven baskets and beads — date back 9,800 years.


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Cathar history, Cathar architecture "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

11th century records from the Roman Catholic Church described how Catholic theologians were debating amongst themselves whether Cathars were Christian heretics or whether they were not Christians at all.  As Dualists, Cathars believed in two principles, a good creator God and his evil adversary Satan. These Good Christians maintained a Church hierarchy and practised religious ceremonies, but rejected the idea of priesthood. Vegetarians, the Cathars led very ascetic lives, working for their living in itinerant manual trades like weaving. They were strict and literal about biblical injunctions.

In the Languedoc, known at the time for its high culture, tolerance and liberalism, the Cathar religion took root and bloomed during the C12th. By the early C13th Catharism was probably the majority religion in the area, supported by the nobility as well as commoners. This was yet another annoyance to the Roman Church which considered the feudal system to be divinely ordained as the Natural Order.

In open debates, the Cathars character­ised the Catholic Church as the Church of Wolves. On the other side, Catholics acc­us­ed Cathars of heresy and said they belonged to the Syn­agogue of Satan - the Cathars seemed to have come out on top! As a result, a number of theologic­al­ly literate Catholic priests become Cathar adherents. The Catholic Church and its richest bejewelled men were being ridiculed! Worst, Cathars declined to pay tithes to the Catholic Church.

As a result the Catholic side created striking propaganda and when the propaganda failed, there was only option left - the Albigensian Crusade. Pope Innocent III called a formal Crusade against the Cathars of the Languedoc, appointing a series of military leaders to head his Holy Army, including Simon de Monfort. This Languedoc Crusade continued for two generations. In time, the Kings of France took over as leaders of what had now become a "royal" crusade....


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Lapoinya: The Bulldozers set to move in ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dear Friends of Lapoinya, The bulldozers are arriving on Monday 18th January to start the roading that will enable the destruction of this unique habitat and wildlife corridor. • Anne in Comments: The people of Lapoinya plan as a community to fight, directly if necessary, for as long as possible. They still need our help though.  At the moment XXXX (is) running Peaceful Community Protest training. We have trained around 40 Lapoinya locals, and are planning more training days in Launceston, Hobart and at the Rainbow Gathering currently at Wilmot. If anyone has any experience at all in this training and would be willing to help, please let me know. As well as Direct Action, initially by locals and as things continue by anyone willing to support their stand, there will also be vigils on private land along Nelsons Rd.  These vigils will be peaceful, non arrestible, colourful and continual.  Any help manning these vigils, even a day visit, would be gratefully appreciated by FLAG … • Pete Godfrey in Comments: #13 Will Hodgman, you may like to tell us something. You state that FT have gone to great lengths to engage with the community. I have a few questions ... • Brenda Rosser in Comments: A message to all the individuals involved in the destruction of forests:  If you really believe that profits are more important than our home (our living environment) then hold your breath while you count your money. We have a complete breakdown of governance in Tasmania.  To promote this destruction in the context of our abrupt climate change, which now appears to be runaway in its nature….  I believe that those responsible for such decisions are the embodiment of pure evil. If there’s any hope left, here’s how we can have forestry and agriculture and a healthy environment: • Anne Layton-Bennett in Comments: Dear Will, Thanks for your email in reply to mine expressing concerns about the decisio...


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Tasmania’s Power Crisis ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

JANUARY 16, 2016 Ed: It’s time to revisit this ... Sacked staff have been hired and the plant taken out of mothballs in order to restart the Tamar Valley Power Station. I believe we have been and/or still are paying for Take or Pay contracts for the gas even when the power station is closed; the contracts being protected under commercial-in-confidence legislation. Will the Premier elucidate? At least with the reopening of the power station we will now use the gas we pay for. How did the Bass Link Cable get damaged? It has been suggested in jest to me that it was ripped up by the factory freezer trawler? Well, the depth of Bass Strait is just a very shallow 50m, so it is very possible. Now that would be an Act of God ... A God who exerts his vengeance on Tasmania for wreaking havoc over the land, sea and air in this most beautiful realm! • Robert Mallett in Comments HERE: Tasmanian Small Business Council calls for commitment to Tamar Valley Power Station • ABC: Tasmanian Government examines long-term green energy options after power woes • Mercury Editorial: Double crisis pushes limits • Richard Barton in Comments: The state of Tasmania can now be seen in the Examiner’s article on government salaries ( HERE: Sky-high incomes just don’t add up ). We are clearly being ripped off by third rate bureaucrats and politicians who don’t have the capability to assure security of basics like power, water, food, medical services, education and transport. We’re all working harder to sustain incompetent governors and managers and to pay even more to help recover from their hopeless efforts. JANUARY 7, 2014 ... • Gilmour ... have you heard about a Tamar Valley power station? In Sunday’s Examiner Martin Gilmour, aka the Whistle Blower, continued his anti-Green rants — this time over electricity prices. • Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Just a short list of bad decisions: Selling - Royal Derwent Hospital for $350 thousand when it was valued a...

04:26 Now I am Getting FULL OUT THREATS "IndyWatch Feed National"

People supporting Amanda Prosser are now directly threatening me- telling me I will know who they are by the time I go to sleep tomorrow.


AND THIS ONE CAME LATER = FROM ALAN ALANSON- WHO I HAVE DEALT WITH BEFORE IN THESE ENTRIES… Alan Alanson Just Clued Me In that the Distiguishing Marks and Tattoos with Concern Regarding the Hampstead Child Abuse Case Aren’t Real The Games Being Played Concerning the Hampstead Case- A Detailed Explanation



Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Statement of collective Anarchist Black Cross - Moscow: anti-fascist and anarchist Serebrennikov Oleg needs your help and solidarity! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Statement of collective Anarchist Black Cross - Moscow: anti-fascist and anarchist Serebrennikov Oleg needs your help and solidarity! | Автономное Действие - анархисты, либертарные коммунисты, антифа: �Hello, my name is Oleg Serebrennikov. I'm 33 years old and I’ve been anti-fascist and socialist over the last 15 years, so I am one of the few people who was at the origin of the anti-fascist movement in Izhevsk.

During all that time, the Nazis and the police have been preventing me from leaving a normal life; there were many attacks, threats and acts of intimidation from the neo-Nazis. Apart of that, the local police was trying to initiate criminal proceedings etc.

From 2001 to 12 years, I have actively participated in the anarchist and anti-fascist movement in Izhevsk and Russia. It consisted in the movement "Autonomous Action" (2005-12), for many years was a regional coordinator Autonomous action-Izhevsk. Participated in many libertarian and anti-fascist meetings and conferences.

I was a member of the Russian Social Forum in 2005, helped in organizing seminars on counter forum against the Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg, 2006. In the years 2005-09 organized and participated in the student union and the campaign against the privatization of education in Izhevsk. It is also actively involved in the meetings and social protests held in Izhevsk on the problems of housing and communal services, travel documents on public transport, point construction and other problems.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: AFMA Continues to Shield Super Trawler From Community Consultation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Conservation and recreational fishing groups are outraged by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s latest ploy to shield the Small Pelagic Fishery, in which the super trawler Geelong Star operates, from genuine community consultation, by holding a three-week public consultation period over the Christmas holidays.


03:23 A Timeline Concerning Fiona Barnett- Myself, David Shurter- and All the Rest Who Want to Claim THEY Are the Ones "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is pretty easy to figure out- let’s take Fiona Barnett first. She has been trying to expose this elite pedophile ring for about two decades now. She was the one who got charges brought up on Anthony Kidman- Nicole Kidman’s father- which caused him to kill himself. She NOW has successfully started an investigation into 8 government homes for boys- and has continued to push this whole thing to come out in the open. She has been at this for TWO DECADES.

Now some woman named Amanda Prosser has come forward claiming SHE is the real advocate- but she has not been involved with any of this except for ONE YEAR. She has come AFTER the whole Anthony Kidman case- AFTER the Royal Commission failed to investigate in their Wood Royal Commission, but appeared RIGHT AFTER things started to work for Fiona. What she has done is wage a semi successful media campaign- but her focus has not been getting victims claims investigated but rather- SHE HAS GONE AFTER FIONA BARNETT, calling her out as a fraud. Now you can see by what Fiona has done that she has the right intentions- but this Prosser- she seems hell bent on silencing Fiona and discrediting her. Prosser has not gotten ANYTHING investigated- she hasn’t called ANYONE out as being involved in all of this- all she has done is do her best to trash Fiona and the work Fiona has done for two decades. Hmmmm- I guess it all comes down to knowing a tree by the fruit it bears.

Now take the Hampstead case. This case came AFTER 18 other cases- like the Hollie Greig case, the Melanie Shaw case, and 17 others. It also came AFTER it was determined that the UK was involved with a huge cover-up involving a wide spread pedophile ring. And this is the case that everyone involved with it wants to DEFINE all the rest. It came LAST and yet it is being used as a determining factor for all the rest. And what is the goal? To discredit and dismiss all the other cases and get people to ignore the whole cover-up in the 80’s...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Wave: HEMP Embassy Headlines 185 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Drug War crimes are coming to your street

Drive by law enforcement with fire power and roadside law enforcers with swab testers. Police are forgetting about evidence, impairment or justice and continuing to cause more harm than good old Cannabis.

The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.

‘I’m growing something that is helping people’: Meet the man who is risking jail by supplying marijuana to the critically ill. [dailymail]

‘And mate, there are two blokes who both have daughters with childhood epilepsy and they have only good things to say about the effect it has had on their kids, so I will keep doing it.’ One of those ‘blokes’ is Peter Rule. His three-year-old daughter, Larisa, suffered brain damage at birth, leaving her partially blind and deaf, and with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Nimbin HEMP: HEMP Embassy Headlines 185 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

drug wars

Drug War crimes are coming to your street

Drive by law enforcement with fire power and roadside law enforcers with swab testers. Police are forgetting about evidence, impairment or justice and continuing to cause more harm than good old Cannabis. 

The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.

‘I’m growing something that is helping people’: Meet the man who is risking jail by supplying marijuana to the critically ill. [dailymail]

‘And mate, there are two blokes who both have daughters with childhood epilepsy and they have only good things to say about the effect it has had on their kids, so I will keep doing it.’ One of those ‘blokes’ is Peter Rule. His three-year-old daughter, Larisa, suffered brain damage at birth, leaving her partially blind and deaf, and with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.



Wake Up World: The Fracking Industry’s Answer to Toxic Wastewater: Spray It On Public Roadways "IndyWatch Feed National"

16th January 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Just when we thought it couldnâŹ"t get much worse on the fracking front ⏠polluted groundwater, poisoned environment, destroyed ecosystems ⏠a dangerous new practice for âŹÜdisposingâŹ" of fracking wastewater has been put into action: spread it onto roadways for ice and dust management. ...Continue Reading - The Fracking IndustryâŹ"s Answer to Toxic Wastewater: Spray It On Public Roadways


Wake Up World: Radical Simplicity – Making Space to Thrive "IndyWatch Feed National"

16th January 2016 By Jack Adam Weber Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Complexity and busyness characterize our times. Most of us donâŹ"t have enough time to do the things that matter most. If we donâŹ"t have a way to digest and simplify, we can easily feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Thus the great de-cluttering ...Continue Reading - Radical Simplicity ⏠Making Space to Thrive


No Fibs: Qld Employment Minister Grace Grace hits back at Courier Mail accusations she’s given up: @Qldaah #qldpol "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland’s new Employment Minister Grace Grace has denied claims by The Courier Mail that she has given up on youth unemployment across the state. In a Tweet published on Friday night, a defiant Ms Grace said, “I will never give up on jobs for Qld young unemployed.” Ms Grace also stated that she was, “completely quoted out of context”. Completely […]

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The Diplomat » Pacific Money: Jakarta Attacks Hit Vulnerable Target "IndyWatch Feed"

Thursday’s attacks could have some significant economic implications.

Friday, 15 January


: Derision over multi-faith prayer rooms in sporting facilities "IndyWatch Feed National"

We feel His presence wherever we go, in whatever we do…because God is everywhere. Those of you who live here in Western Australia or who access The West Australian Newspaper online would have seen this story, (here) which ran last week. Unfortunately, I was away in Melbourne and Geelong and was unable to read the […]


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Lake Parramatta Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Be active these school holidays and enjoy the walks in Lake Parramatta Reserve There are three well-signposted walks in the reserve, one being the 4.2km Lake Circuit which takes 60-90 minutes passing beautiful eucalypts, wildflowers, sandstone steps and rock caves. (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Australia Day 2016 at Holroyd City "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PROGRAM Join Holroyd for the most celebrated event of the year – Australia Day 2016! We are pulling out all stops to deliver an exciting line-up of live performances, fun activities, free amusements for the kids and a spectacular fireworks (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Wanderland comes to Eat Street "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal" When: 16th Jan 2016 5:00pm-7:30pm Where: Eat St (Church St) Parramatta Contact: Major Events on 9806 5050 Cost: Free Description Come along to Eat Street and support the Western Sydney Wanderers FC as they take on Sydney FC at Pirtek (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Young Men’s Health Forum "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Conviction group is a not-for-profit organization which aims to break the stigma around young men’s health. Based in the Hills district, Conviction runs a Young Men’s Health Forum in conjunction with the Castle Hill RSL. Last year 300 boys from (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Queensland Government Super King Air VH-SGQ Also Did Airwork on Thursday but at Bundaberg and Gladstone Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It was interesting to note that on Thursday 14 January, the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon B300 Super King Air VH-SGQ also completed airwork in CQ, flying North from Brisbane to Bundaberg Airport and then on to Gladstone Airport.

File photo taken by Tom Houghton  ©

Whether the Super King Air landed at either Airport is not known as flight tracking websites indicate that VH-SGQ completed at least one missed approach at both Bundy and Gladstone.

VH-SGQ later returned to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, Gold Coast-based Cessna 210 VH-DTG also called into Bundaberg Airport on Thursday 14 January.  It spent most of the day at Bundy before returning to the Gold Coast later in the day.  It is the second time in a week that the Centurion has called into Bundy.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: A Couple of Interesting Light GA Aircraft at Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Over the last couple of days, I've noted a few interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft to call into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.  Perhaps the nicest arrival has been Broome Air Services Cessna 208B Caravan VH-CRN which touched down from Cairns on Thursday 14 January.

VH-CRN in Broome in 2011  (

Another Cessna 208B in the form of Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Caravan VH-VCW was also due to call into Hervey Bay from Redcliffe also on Thursday 14 January.  VH-VCW is usually one of three or four Seair Caravans that fly from the Gold Coast and other places in the South-East corner to the Fraser Coast and specifically Lady Elliot Island.

Meanwhile also on Thursday 14 January, Rockhampton-based Peace Aviation Beech A36 Bonanza VH-MMB called into Hervey Bay from Rocky, while Beech F33A Bonanza VH-ZBZ touched down from Brisbane.

On Friday 15 January, Cirrus SR22 VH-YSH visited Hervey Bay from Archerfield.  Later, Brisbane-based Cessna 340 VH-LKM also touched down at Hervey Bay from Archerfield via Gladstone.  Both lighties - and Bonanza VH-ZBZ - all later departed to Archerfield.

Finally, a pair of Maroochy Air lighties were noted flying in and out of Hervey Bay on Friday 15 January...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: RAAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-206 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport Again on Friday! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-206 was back in the skies of Queensland on Friday 15 January and again completed airwork at Rockhampton Airport.

Local plane spotters Isaac M and 'IAD' were on hand to capture some great photos as the Globemaster - flying as "Stallion 20" - flew North from RAAF Base Amberley and then departed to the South West.



: Indigenous Suicide – White Comfort Politics and Survivorship "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few weeks ago I shared that I live with depression and anxiety. There have been periods in my life, several periods, where I would’ve been clinically diagnosed as suicidal; wanting to end my life. I’ve never ‘attempted’. At my most depressive times I’ve just wanted to lay down and go to sleep with the […]


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Pink Zinc all female surf patrol "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


A COMBINED Ocean Grove SLSC and Point Lonsdale SLSC all star female surf patrol took control of Point Lonsdale surf beach on Sunday 10 January.
The day dubbed ‘Pink Zinc Patrol’ was a first for both Bellarine Peninsula-based surf life saving clubs as up to 30 female lifesavers kindly volunteered their services to do surf patrol on the day.
“The aim of this patrol was to encourage and celebrate the female patrolling members of Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove SLSC’s and to promote female leadership within in these clubs and the Surf Life Saving community,” Pink Zinc Patrol Organiser, Simone White said.
State Labor Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville was a guest of honour on the day.

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Wightman wins at Lorne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


OCEAN Grove based gun middle distance runner Nick Wightman took out the prestigious Mountain to Surf 8km event on Friday 8 January.
The 31-year-old’s maiden win at Lorne followed his victory in the 10km Rip to River Classic, a race he has won five times from Point Lonsdale lighthouse to Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club on 2 January.
Wightman won the 8km race in a time of 23:48, less than a minute outside the race record held by Steve Moneghetti from 2006, 22:52.
“The Mountain to Surf I really wanted to win this year because it is one of the fun runs I had not won before – it sort of suits me that kind of run because I do a lot of cross country and mountain running,” Wightman said.
“I do like the course.”
FELLOW Ocean Grove local James Dalton claimed a personal best fourth place to finish in 25:12 in the 8km Mountain to Surf.
“I was pretty surprised with the result,” Dalton told the Voice.
FEDERAL Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson also competed in the Mountain to Surf 8km race.
IN the annual Pier to Pub swim held at Lorne on Saturday 9 January, a total of 41 Ocean Grove locals competed Some of the highlights included Ocean Grove’s Mark Graham second-place finish in the Senior Male category in 12:13 in the 1.2km event.
FORMER Ocean Grove SLSC competitor Harriet Brown won her fifth Pier to Pub 1.2km crown in the Open Female category in a time of 10:51.
In the Open Male category event won by six-time Pier to Pub winner Sam Sheppard in 10:02, Graham backed up with a highly credible 16th place to finish in 11:42.
IN the Veteran Male category Ocean Grove locals Robin Asher and Mark Stone finished fifth and eighth respectively.
BOTH Mountain to Surf run and Pier to Pub swim events attracted nearly 6000 competitors across two days.

The post Wightman win...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Fig Jam and Lime Cordial: Everyday Stories "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

“I wish I’d married someone compliant..”, I said. “Why? So that everyone would go along with your crazy plans?” he replied. It’s hard to believe that twenty-seven years have passed since this photo was taken. I can’t say that it’s been a doddle, but after all this time, he still finds me amusing and I still think […]


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Plastic Lions worth a penny "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Ocean Grove Barwon Heads Lions Club announced its final tally for its recent bushfire appeal last Friday – $7,000 in just two weeks.
Club president Lloyd Smith, who was at Bendigo Bank to count the donations, said it was a fantastic result.
“It weighs a ton,” he said, as he lifted a bucket of coins to tip into the money counter.
Lloyd was astounded by the generosity of locals, tourists and businesses alike.
“We are very appreciative of people putting their spare coins in,” he said.
“It was a tremendous result – we’ve had a few $50 bills, some twenties and plenty of fives.”
The club left plastic lions at businesses around Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads to collect money for victims of the recent Great Ocean Road fires.
Lloyd said the funds would go to the Lorne and Apollo Bay Lions Clubs to distribute to their local communities.
“They’ll know best who in the area has been affected by the fires,” he said.
“It will really go towards helping the residents living there.”
The club president thanked all the businesses involved in the appeal, as well as anyone who donated.

The post Plastic Lions worth a penny appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Dave, Dave and Des "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VICTORIAN comedy icons Dave “Hughesy” Hughes, Dave O’Neil and Des Dowling will return to Barwon Heads for a one-night show this Friday.
“It was so much fun last time and it’s a great drive down,” Hughesy said.
“It’s the perfect summer-time gig – people are all on holidays and relaxed.”
Dave said 400 people showed up for the gig last year. He even spotted Master Chef judge Matt Preston in the audience.
“We had a great response,” he said.
“We’ve each got three kids, so we’re happy to get out of the house.”
It’s the second time down for Hughesy, who’s famous for his stand-up comedy, work on The Footy Show and presenting for Nova FM.
Hughesy, now hosting Australia’s Got Talent, said he had no problem finding time for some stand-up comedy, saying his January was “quite free”.
“I love doing stand-up comedy,” he said.
“If I don’t do a gig for a week I think ‘Jesus, I’ve got to get on stage!’”
“I just organise the gigs – he’s just happy to come down and do them,” Dave added.
Hughesy grew up on the coast as a “Warrnambool boy” and loves getting down to the beach during summer.
“I was a boogie-boarder not surfer though, so I don’t have any credibility,” he said.
It’s the third time down for Dave, who’s now working at ABC 774 Melbourne.
“I’m getting a bit older so I’ve moved on to the ABC – the intellectual station,” Dave said.
Dave and Hughesy worked for years together on Nova FM as presenters.
“I met him when he was on the dole – back when he used to ask for my advice,” Dave said.
“He’s a good writer and he gets a lot of laughs.”
“Dave’s almost like family to me,” Hughesy said.
“I’ll never forget how he helped me when I started out.”
Both comedians have worked with Des Dowling, who made the unique transition from A Current Affair journalist to comedian.
“He’s a great guy,” Hughesy said.
“We’re all very tight-knit in th...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Bunnies will be busted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BELLARINE Landcare will launch a campaign to control rabbit populations next month, which a local expert says are nearing “plague proportions”.
Chairman of Bellarine Landcare’s Rabbit Action Committee, Geoff McFarlane, said Bellarine locals were not doing enough to control the pests.
“They’re a very destructive animal in terms of vegetation and pastures,” he said.
Geoff said rabbits were almost impossible to eradicate and at best their populations could be controlled.
“Even if you get the population down to two rabbits, you’ll have 184 in 18 months,” he said.
Geoff said Bellarine residents had to work together to control rabbits, with anything less than a 93 per cent kill rate being a “failure”.
Some of the main methods for killing rabbits include fumigation, ripping up warrens and Pindone, a poison hidden in oats.
“If you use one control measure alone you’ll be unsuccessful,” Geoff said.
Geoff said while farmers had worked hard to control rabbits, small blocks of land on the urban-rural fringe remained a major concern.
He said some of these landholders, who “moved for the country lifestyle”, have “rabbits hopping all over their front lawns”.
“A lot of people in urban areas would say they are lovely furry little things and that we shouldn’t harm them,” he said.
“But the amount of damage they do to our biodiversity is incredible.”
Geoff added that property owners were responsible for controlling pests on their land under Victorian legislation.
Landcare has about 25 cluster leaders to co-ordinate the control efforts of 10 or 15 landholders each.
Geoff hopes to sign up 30 or more, and map each warren in the Bellarine.
For information visit the Bellarine Landcare’s website.

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Cathy saddles up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


MOTHER of four Cathy Slevin is one of several Ocean Grove cyclists who will ride in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race this month.
Although Cathy’s a keen rider, it’s the first time she’s ridden in the event.
“I haven’t done anything like this before,” she said.
Cathy will ride in memory of her father Brian, who died a couple years ago at the age of 68.
Brian was riding enthusiast, competing when he was younger and volunteering for numerous cycling events.
He also competed at the Australian Masters Games.
“He would have been rapt that it goes through Barwon Heads and Geelong,” Cathy said.
“If he was alive he would have been so excited I was doing this.”
Cathy’s riding in the 68km Peoples Ride and has been training by riding roughly 20km a week, to the Barwon Heads Airport and 13th Beach Windmill.
“I’ve been trying to get out at least once a week but its hard juggling work and the kids,” she said.
Cathy hopes to see her family cheering her on during the race.
“They won’t be getting dinner if they don’t,” she joked.
“No – they are very excited.”

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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Our team at the fires "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


SEVERAL volunteer firefighters from Ocean Grove travelled to the Otways this summer to help fight bushfires that devastated the region.
First Lieutenant Steve Gibbs led a team of fire-fighters who travelled to Lorne, Wye River and Kennett River to reinforce houses against the oncoming blaze.
Steve remembers patrolling through the eerily deserted Wye River Caravan Park on 29 December.
“What would normally be a bustling caravan park was empty, as the whole town had been evacuated,” he said.
“The beach was deserted too.”
Steve said it was relief that police had already conducted doorknocks and evacuated the area.
He saw few people other than emergency services and praised the planning which prevented loss of life.
“It’s down to the planning by CFA, council and the community themselves,” he said.
“While there was a lot of financial loss, it certainly reduced the chance of it being worse.”
On 6 January Steve and a team of fire-fighters conducted ground observation in the burnt areas, seeing the devastation first-hand.
“It was very sobering to see what had once been a pristine area,” he said.
“Even as a fire-fighter it reinforces that message that fire is out there – you can prevent and control it, but it’s a force we all have to respect.”
Steve was also happy for the chance to “give back” by patrolling Kennett River Caravan Park, which he has visited since he was young.
Fortunately, the fires did not reach the caravan park.

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