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Tuesday, 26 January


Indian Country Headline News: Mighty Native Women Warriors Honored in Oklahoma "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

When the city council in Oklahoma’s capital and largest city – Oklahoma City – decided last fall to vote down a resolut...

The Watchers » Latest articles: Zika virus spreads to Americas, 3 cases reported in the UK "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Zika, a mosquito-borne virus first isolated from a monkey in Zika Forest, Uganda in 1947, spread to 21 countries and territories of the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on January 23, 2016. The virus will continue to spread and probably reach...... Read more »


EcoWatch: Canada’s Trudeau to DiCaprio: Tone Down ‘Inflammatory Rhetoric’ on Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Leonardo DiCaprio to tone down his...


EcoWatch: 5 Reasons Ted Cruz Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Donald Trump is a bully and bigot but doesn’t hew to any sharp ideological line like...


EcoWatch: Record-Breaking Snowfall Dumps on East Coast "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Millions of people in the nation’s most densely populated urban corridor saw snowfall amounts that ...


EcoWatch: World’s Top Carbon Reserves That Must Be Kept in the Ground to Prevent Climate Chaos "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


“Climate change is already bringing flood waters and wildfires right to our...


Fire Earth: M6.3 Earthquake Strikes Strait of Gibraltar "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Alboran Sea rippled by strong earthquake, significant aftershocks Centered at 35.70ºN, 3.71°W (56 km NE of Tirhanimîne, Morocco) the strong quake occurred at a depth of 10km, reported Euro-Med earthquakes. Magnitude:  6.3Mw Location: 35.70ºN, 3.71°W Depth: 10km Region: STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR Date/time: 2016-01-25 04:22:02.6 UTC Distances: 156 km E of Gibraltar, Gibraltar [pop: 26,544] 83 […]


EcoWatch: 4 Must-See Films at Sundance "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Sundance is well known for its outstanding films, and this year...


Wake Up World: Keep An Even Keel and Your Hand Upon the Wheel "IndyWatch Feed National"

26th January 2016 By Zen Gardner Contributing Writer for Wake Up World ItâŹ"s a pretty difficult time to navigate that weâŹ"re in. The news, views and constant spews are bad enough, but the underlying energetic changes that are hitting us are enormous. No doubt your personal life is under re-examination. ThatâŹ"s good. No doubt your course ...Continue Reading - Keep An Even Keel and Your Hand Upon the Wheel


Wake Up World: The Bliss Instinct – The Primary Rule "IndyWatch Feed National"

26th January 2016 By Indra Contributing Writer for Wake Up World We seek bliss continually, constantly craving and desiring, because we ⏠with our coming into existence on this gorgeous blue planet ⏠inherit a programming of our minds that leads us to believe that we have to leave our natural, universal connection, and plug ...Continue Reading - The Bliss Instinct ⏠The Primary Rule


North Coast Voices: Are federal Liberal-Nationals MPs and senators about to do to environmental protections what they did to the NBN? "IndyWatch Feed"

“For the first time in Australian history, a Commonwealth Government has undertaken a thorough and accurate stocktake of all federal regulatory costs and is consistently measuring and reducing the cost of Commonwealth government red tape on Australian businesses, organisations, families and individuals,”….
“Now, for the first time, a Commonwealth government has, with a very high degree of accuracy, publicly reported to Parliament a downturn in the total amount and cost of federal regulation. [Kevin Hogan, Nationals MP for Page, Media Release, Coalition decisions to cut red tape now total $2.45 billion, 19 March 2015]

A news article in ...


North Coast Voices: Brough's small target strategy at work? "IndyWatch Feed"

The Guvmin Gazette on 6 December 2015 attempted to put the best spin possible on what MP for Fisher Mal Brough was required by precedent to do:

Special Minister of State Mal Brough has asked for a $108,000 pay cut and to move from a ministerial suite to a backbench office as he stands aside from his post while the Australian Federal Police ­investigate him for any wrong­doing in the Peter Slipper affair.
Malcolm Turnbull announced last week, on the same day as junior minister Jamie Briggs’s resignation, that Mr Brough would step aside from his ministerial ­duties pending police inquiries into the alleged 2012 illegal copying of the official diaries of the then Speaker Mr Slipper.
Mr Brough wrote to Spe...


new illuminati: How to Access Your Psychic Ability to Read Minds "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Monday, 25 January


North Coast Voices: Moggy Musings [Archived material from Boy the Wonder Cat] "IndyWatch Feed"

A doin' a donges musing: In Clarence Valley Council's May 2015 CG&W business paper a favourite ploy has been brought into play by a management eager to get its own way - summarise the 48 submissions received regarding the Coldstream-Yamba intersection roundabout so that the authentic voice of Yamba residents is not entered into the public record. Tsk, tsk.

A taken to the court again musing: In April 2015 it was Kerry Maree Durrington v Clarence Valley Council in the District Court at Coffs Ha...


The Watchers » Latest articles: Extremely cold air mass brings heavy snowfall to Japan, China and Taiwan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An extremely cold weather system brought chilly temperatures and record amounts of snowfall across parts of China, Taiwan and Japan over the weekend of January 23, 2016. 2 people died and Japan and 85 in Taiwan due to severe weather conditions. Record-breaking...... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: Very shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the coast of Morocco "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.2 hit near the coast of Morocco at 04:22 UTC on January 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (62 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at the same depth. According to the USGS, the epicenter was...... Read more »


American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): "What will they say..." Or, Master Narratives of Smiling Slaves and Smiling Indians "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Eds. Note: Please scroll to the bottom of this post to see links to discussions of A Birthday Cake for George Washington. The links are in two sets. The first is to items upon the release of the book. The second set is to items following Scholastic's decision to withdraw the book. 

Back in November or December, I started to hear that people in children's literature were wondering what we (by we, I mean people who objected to the treatment of slavery in A Fine Dessert) would say about the smiling slaves in a book due out this year. That book, A Birthday Cake for George Washington, is out now.

It felt, then and now, too, like the people who think A Fine Dessert is ok were waiting to pounce on us. The line of reasoning is this: if the smiling slaves in A Fine Dessert were not ok, then, the smiling slaves in A Birthday Cake for George can't be ok, either. It seemed--and seems--that a test is being put forth. If we don't slam A Birthday Cake, then, our critiques of A Fine Dessert can be ignored.

That situation is disgusting.

A predominantly white institution filled with predominantly white people with hundreds of years of power to determine what gets published is waiting to pounce on people of color if they don't pounce on other people of color.

I ordered A Birthday Cake for George today. I'll study it. I may--or I may not--write about it.

What I want to focus on right now is power and the investment in that white narrative of the US and its history.

Smiling slaves in picture books that, in some way, depict slavery are a parallel to the smiling Indians in picture books set in colonial periods. Those smiles sell. They tell kids things weren't all that bad for those who lived in slavery or those whose communities were being attacked and decimated by those who wanted their land--in many instances--so they could turn...


Earth First! Newswire: Finland: Direct Action Against Fennovoima-Rosatom’s Nuclear Plant Construction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Fennovoima No


UPDATE 1PM: The police arrived to the site from 10 AM on. Approximately 10.15 AM a selection of more high-ranking Fennovoima-Rosatom boss [representatives] arrived: white helmets and sparkling clean high-vis clothes that haven’t seen a day of work gathered [] with the police. At 10.30 AM a humly saying expensive looking SUV arrived, spitting out a grumpy and confusing fella with civi clothes and a big “ROSATOM” -text at the back of his jacket: maybe he was just confused that protestors are not simply being shot or taken out by proper OMON troops?

10.30 AM police had detained both of our photographers from the scene. One was following the unrolling event from the forest side of things and another about 50 metres away from the event site, standing at a side of a public bicyckling road. Conclusion: they do like cencorship in here, and they do not like to end up in social media.

11.30 AM more police cars and another cherry picker were brought in. Soon after the protestor sitting on top of a truck was taken down and detained.

At 12.30 PM one protestor is still at it. He has lingered into the structures of the crane vehicle and refuses to come out. Around 11 AM police gave an ultimatum: “come out voluntarely or we will have to hurt you”. They started driving the vehicle on walking speed to a parking spot at the roadside and killed the engine. Police has gr...


Earth First! Newswire: Canada: Once Again, Enbridge Line 9 Shut Off, Line 7 Valve Tampered With "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Toronto Media Coop


our hearts were bursting with love and cheer after hearing of the many times our friends have courageously shut down pipelines in recent months.

so in the early hours of january 25,2016 we found our own courage and took action against enbridge and their line 9. slipping in to a valve station located on traditional Haudenosaunee Territory (in hamilton, ontario) we successfully operated an electronic valve to shut off the flow of tarsands crude. a line 7 valve, also an enbridge tarsands pipeline, was also tampered with and closed part way. we then disappeared back into the night.

we took this action to stand in unity with all those who have defended the land before us, and for those who decide to take action after us. we take it to fight against an industry that puts us at risk every day and subjects frontline communities to violence upon their bodies, communities and cultures – for profit.

we believe that’s worth fighting against; that those people and communities are worth fighting for.

so call us what you will, but we only do what is both nece...


CHANGING TIMES: Aceh citizens launch class-action lawsuit to protect Sumatran rainforest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An aerial view of the Leuser Ecosystem, 19th November 2013. Photo: Paul HiltonConcerned citizens have launched a civil lawsuit against Indonesia’s ministry of home affairs in a bid to protect the Leuser Ecosystem – the last place on Earth where orangutans, rhinos, tigers, and elephants can be found living together in the wild.

The Ecosystem covers 2.6 million hectares and straddles the border of Aceh and the neighbouring province of North Sumatra. It has been listed as one of the world’s most irreplaceable areas.

It includes the Gunung Leuser National Park, which is listed as a World Heritage Site.

The class action plaintiffs are demanding a cancellation of the current spatial plan for Aceh and “a thorough and comprehensive revision” of its proposals, which they say must include the recognition of the Ecosytem’s special status.

The new spatial plan for Aceh would open up swathes of the Ecosystem for roads, mining, and palm oil and timber concessions. It threatens to destroy the area’s biodiversity and increase the risk of flooding and landslides.

There has already been extensive illegal burning of land in the area and there is large-scale encroachment for illegal logging and plantations. Environmentalists say the new spatial plan would effectively dissolve protection of much of Aceh’s remaining tropical rainforest.


The class-action lawsuit is the latest development in a two-year fight by an alliance of concerned citizens – Gerakan Rakyat Aceh Menggugat (GeRAM) – against the spatial plan.

One of the plaintiffs, Farwiza Farhan, says...


Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research: Project Newsprint - Stage 2 - Victoria - concludes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

Stage one

Project Newsprint commenced in September 2015. Its main aim is to seek any previously unknown, past or current sightings, from remote and regional Australia, outside of the capital cities, by forwarding letters to the editors of newspapers.

Stage one was conducted in Western Australia, and the final stage one report may be read here. Some fascinating, older close encounter cases came to light.

Stage two

The second state in which I chose to run Project Newsprint, was Victoria. I submitted 100 plus emails directly to the editors of rural and regional newspapers, plus posted on their respective newspaper run Facebook pages. I advised that I was collecting sightings from their local area and that I would like to hear from readers about their experiences.

Image courtesy Google Maps
Detailed articles about the Project were carried by a number of papers, including the Mildura "Sunraysia Daily";  (two articles) the "Swan Hill Guardian"; the "Wangaratta Chronicle"; the "Mansfield Courier" and t...


John Quiggin: Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.


Head Space: Biological Health Hazard – Influenza A (H1N1) Virus [Swine Flu]: Egypt "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pandemic Hazard –  H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu) Disease Outbreak INFLUENZA (07): EGYPT (BEHEIRA) H1N1 ************************************ Published Date: 2016-01-24 17:15:59 Subject: PRO/EDR> Influenza (07): Egypt (BH) H1N1 Archive Number: 20160124.3962173 Date: 24 Jan 2016 Source: Egypt Independent [edited] 2 more people died of swine flu 3 days ago in Beheira, raising the total number of deaths […]


Head Space: M6.1 Seismic Event: Strait of Gibraltar near Al Hoceima, Morocco "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The earthquake occurred in the Mediterranean, Alboran Sea Region of Eastern Morocco, (population 2,037,871) . The nearest places are Al Hoceïma and Melilla. The maximum altitude nearby is 2004m . USGS Interactive map Natural Hazard – Seismic Event  Europe –  Morocco | Mediterranean, Alboran Sea Region, Strait of Gibraltar near Al Hoceima, Morocco Location: 62km NNE […]


Catallaxy Files: Saving the Third World with King Coal "IndyWatch Feed"

There is a good piece by the dreaded Bjorn Lomborg inside the back cover of the Fin today. Coal will lift Africa out of poverty. (I think it is poverty, had to photograph the piece in sections and missed some of the byline). It is a discussion of the role of renewables versus king coal for the downtrodden of the earth. The greens must be very proud of their African brethren who obtain no less than 80% of their energy from renewable, mostly wood and also animal dung and crop residues. Pity about deforestation and lethal indoor air pollution.

Westerners use 11,000 kW-hours per person per annum while the number in the sub-Sahara is 137, enough to run your household refrigerator for 4 months. 600,000 have no electricity at all.

The International Energy Agency says by 2040 solar in the sub-Sahara will provide 14 kW h per person per annum, almost sustaining a 2-watt LED globe. So it will charge mobile phones and virtually nothing else. That is an extreme form of energy poverty and there is no way to overcome it without using fossil fuels, nuclear power and some hydro where possible.

The IEA has a scenario for the “African Century” which calls for $US 450 billion invested in energy, mostly fossil fuels, replacing the deadly renewables, giving power to 250 million more people and providing 2 billion with an increase in GDP of 30% or almost $US 1000 per person per year.

Of course there is a downside from the green point of view. All that extra carbon and air pollution as well! Those of us who have got over the war on CO2 will not be concerned about the carbon. He cites the estimated cost of the standard “old fashioned” air pollution at $30 billion, which is trivial compared with the overall investment and the benefit...


Muslims In Australia Since the 1600s: Top Ten Things You May Not Have Known About the Qur’an "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Sheikh Furqan Jabbar

1) According to Islamic belief, the Qur’an is the verbatim word of God. This statement might be something you would think could be also be applied to the Bible as well, the difference however is that the Bible is a text which has been divinely inspired by God [1] whereas the Qur’an is the literal words used by God to convey a message to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as well as the rest of mankind via the angel Gabriel.

Seeing as this is the manner in which Muslims theologically view the Qur’an, one could understand how a fair deal of angst or offence is taken when there is talk of Qur’an-burning or Qur’an-defiling (for such behaviour is not only an affront on a religion, culture and people but also God himself). It is also for this reason that religiously or politically motivated bigots will not hesitate to make use of such things in order to drum up attention [2] to either themselves or their causes.

2) The very text of the Qur’an is believed to be so blessed that each letter of the Qur’an uttered in its original Arabic entails a good deed. [3] These good deeds will not only counted by the angels but will also be brought forth by them as evidence of good life on the Day of Judgement (Yawm Al-Qiyamah). In a prophetic tradition found in the collection of Imam Muslim, the Qur’an itself (by virtue of the blessings it has been endowed with) will gain a form of sentience during this time in order to intercede [4] for those who recited it and lived their lives by it. It is for this reason that pious Muslims regularly attempt to recite the Qur’an, some attempting to do so from beginning to end whilst others a special effort to do so during the month of Ramadan.

3) As Muslims believe in the existence of devils, demonic possessions, the evil eye and sorcery, the Qur’an is also used as a tool to ward off the ill-effects of any one of these supernatura......


Bill Mitchell – billy blog: Exchange rate movements and exports "IndyWatch Feed"

There was an article a few weeks ago purporting to show that public deficit expansion (increased net public spending) has never worked. I won’t link to the article because I would not want the magazine to get any advertising revenue via my blog and also because, frankly, the article is one of those reinvent history efforts – along the lines of when the facts do not align with theory the way forward is to just make up some new facts and deny what actually happened. But one of the examples use to justify the claim “Keynesian deficit spending … over and over again … has not worked” is the Ireland and Denmark experience in the 1980s when these nations “reduced their government budget deficits, which according to Keynesian theory should have depressed the economy. But on the contrary, the economies did particularly well”. This example is often used these days to justify the claim that deficit spending does not promote growth and fiscal austerity does not damage growth. However, no ‘Keynesian’ theory I know suggests that cutting the fiscal deficit will ‘depress’ the economy. It all depends … and that is what this article (like all the others that use this example) fails to recognise or admit. It bears also on current events in Canada and Argentina, which are demonstrating some other interesting facets of macroeconomics.

The conservative use of Denmark and Ireland in the early 1980s is like a record that has stuck in its groove. The case was initially made in a US NBER paper – Can Severe Fiscal Contractions Be Expansionary? – published by Francesco Giavazzi and Marco Pagano in 1990.

In that paper, they claim Denmark and Ireland were extreme examples. In Denmark “The ratio of public spending to potential output fell dramatically in 1983-84, but private domestic demand grew v...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Save Lelu Island and Skeena salmon from LNG "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Save Lelu Island and Skeena salmon from LNG: - [] - The health and abundance of wild salmon depend on intact fresh and saltwater habitats.

The proposed Petronas Pacific NorthWest LNG development on Lelu Island, on the estuary of the Skeena River, would interfere with the delicate balance of Flora Bank and the natural processes that hold it in place. Flora Bank has been identified as critical to the health and abundance of Skeena salmon.

A study by the federal government in 1973, as well as recent science, confirms that altering or destroying these habitats will significantly damage the abundance and health of Skeena salmon.

This site was selected for industrial development without consultation with First Nations and Skeena communities.

We, the undersigned, share a deep and abiding interest in the continued health and abundance of wild Skeena salmon. Therefore, we declare the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project cannot proceed.

SEE: 'The Lelu Island Declaration' - PDF []


North Coast Voices: The only way Tony Abbott will leave the Australian Parliament is if the voters of Warringah kick him out "IndyWatch Feed"

Apparently desperate to hang on to his seat, parliamentary salary and entitlements, as well as intent on regaining the prime ministerial position he now recalls he ‘left’ rather than was sacked from – far-right politician Anthony John “Tony” Abbott is renominating in the Warringah electorate as a candidate in the 2016 federal general election.


Independent Australia: Does Scott Morrison really have a clue? "IndyWatch Feed"

Does Scott Morrison really have a clue?Alan Austin analyses the Turnbull Government's economic performance since Scott Morrison took over the reins as Treasurer and concludes that rather than improving, things really are "spiralling out of control". read now...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Afro-led government to probe Guyana death squad killings | New York Amsterdam News: The new Black view "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Afro-led government to probe Guyana death squad killings | New York Amsterdam News: The new Black view: Official inquests into unsolved deaths have been sparse in recent decades, especially during the 23-year rule of the Indo-dominated People’s Progressive Party, which ended at general elections last May. Now Attorney General Basil Williams says the way is being cleared not only to stage judicial investigations into murders but also to help families obtain closure.

Not surprisingly, the PPP opposed the passage of the bill, suggesting instead that it should have been sent to a bipartisan select committee for line-by-line scrutiny. The government side said it is afraid of what might emerge from inquests in the coming months as it is determined to hold those responsible for the primarily drive-by executions or abduction deaths accountable.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": The Witches Kitchen: Midsummer Planting and My New Beans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

washing machine beans

We bought a second hand washing machine a little while ago, just by chance from a couple who had retired to Lennox Head leaving a family home with a great big garden to move into a beach house with a tiny garden. They were doing spectacular things in a tiny space and we talked gardens over tea for so long we nearly forgot why we came.  As we were leaving we were offered a packet of bean seeds, a variety that had been passed down to this great grandfather from his grandfather, passed down through at least six generations and who knows before that.

They are really long, flat beans with a dark reddish brown seed, so sweet that two-year-old Teo comes out to “help” me pick.  He’s not tall enough to reach them but he knows he will be able to raid them straight out of the basket (and that’s called “helping” in Grandma’s garden). They are stringless and delicious lightly steamed too, and they’ve survived the run of 40°C  days this last week (104°F for friends in USA).  My new favourite beans.  Washing machine beans.

My established garden all survived the heat wave – tomatoes and cucumbers, beans and snake beans, pumpkins and squash, zucchini and tromboncino, eggplants and capsicums, basil and spring onions, leeks and Molokhia, rocket and carrots, and all the perennial and semi-perennials.  But anything I had planted in the last few weeks that hadn’t had time to get roots down deep and wide enough suffered despite all my Frizzle Weather strategies. I had planted out some well advanced beetroot seedli...


Renew Economy: Tasmania grid struggles with drought, bushfires, lost connection "IndyWatch Feed"

Tasmania's hydro water storage at near record low levels, with bushfires forcing power station closures, and the link cut to the mainland.


Renew Economy: Future is hi-tech, high value-added and non-energy-intensive "IndyWatch Feed"

Despite the overall bear market in 2015, high tech virtual companies have boomed. So what are the implications of this for the energy sector?


Renew Economy: Dubbo mayor drives fully electric Nissan Leaf, powered by the sun "IndyWatch Feed"

NSW city of Dubbo claims to have "Australia's first" fully electric mayoral vehicle, a Nissan Leaf that is charged daily by the mayor's home solar system.


(We) can do better: Australia Day ambivalence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Back in 1788 on 26th January, the First Fleet of British Ships arrived at Port Jackson, New South Wales, having landed a few days earlier at Botany Bay. The British flag was raised right there at Port Jackson by Governor Arthur Phillip and the previous inhabitants were summarily and officially dispossessed. The First Fleet comprised six convict ships lead by two Royal Navy escort ships. There are varying accounts of the number of convicts who arrived in the First Fleet but I conclude after looking at a number of relevant sites that over 700 convicts arrived of whom about a quarter were female.

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loon pond: It's time for watching the media watchers watching the media, aka dog bothering, drivelling nativist navel fluff viewing time ... "IndyWatch Feed"

(Above: more amazing headlines. Amazing, that is, that the Currish Snail could rustle up 2% and boast about it).

Now at some time or another we will all have our difficulties with the ABC.

On the pond's part, there's the many occasions when the pond has been advised that something is fairly or pretty unique...

And then yesterday as the pond settled in to listening to Gerswhin's Rhapsody in Blue in celebration of ABC FM's fortieth birthday, there came a few notes and then the ABC news crashing through the melody ...

Oh they did their best to apologise after they'd canned the news and allowed the piece to play out, but the damage was done ...

And now to a fresh crisis. In view of recent turbulence involving Miranda the Devine, should the pond keep calling the dog botherer the dog botherer?

The pond would of course like to call the Devine a fright bat, as experienced hands at the Daily Terror are wont to do, but is it fair to draw attention to the way that the Kenny lad keeps sniffing around the ABC like an Adelaide poodle on heat.

In lieu of alternatives, and given the pond's family friendly tone, dog botherer it must be, though no slur is intended for dogs or dog handlers.

Of course the pond could ignore the dog botherer, but it seems there's an insatiable, perhaps unquenchable thirst for the dog botherer's thoughts.

It's easy to understand why. Here, like a devout member of Opus Dei, is a man who willingly dons a hair shirt during the week so that each Monday he might scribble of the pain of the hair, a...


Renew Economy: Graph of the Day: Global solar PV demand up 34% in 2015 "IndyWatch Feed"

GTM Research report says 59GW solar PV installed in 2015, a 34% increase on 2014 thanks to "huge upswing" driven by US government support.


Renew Economy: UK planning for 1 GW of storage by 2020 "IndyWatch Feed"

The UK's energy storage market is gathering pace, expecting to repeat the recent solar PV success albeit in totally different terms.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Flint Residents Told That Their Children Could Be Taken Away If They Don’t Pay For City’s Poison Water | The Free Thought Project "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Flint Residents Told That Their Children Could Be Taken Away If They Don’t Pay For City’s Poison Water | The Free Thought Project: Flint residents have recently filed two class action lawsuits calling for all water bills since April of 2014 to be considered null and void because of the fact that the water was poisonous.

“We are seeking for the court to declare that all the bills that have been issued for usage of water invalid because the water has not been fit for its intended purpose,” said Trachelle Young, one of the attorneys bringing the lawsuit said in court.

“Essentially, the residents have been getting billed for water that they cannot use. Because of that, we do not feel that is a fair way to treat the residents,” Young added.

Recent estimates have indicated that it could take up to 15 years and over $60 million to fix the problem, and the residents will be essentially forced to live there until the problem is solved. Despite the fact that the issue is obviously the government’s responsibility, they have made it illegal for people to sell their homes because of the fact that they are known to carry contaminated water. Meanwhile, residents are still left to purchase bottled water on their own, in addition to paying their water bill.


Renew Economy: China overtakes Germany to become world’s leading solar PV country "IndyWatch Feed"

China has overtaken Germany in 2015 in terms of solar PV capacity, according to data from China’s Photovoltaic Industry Association.


Renew Economy: Germany says solar and wind have won technology race "IndyWatch Feed"

The architect of Germany's Energiewende says it is clear which technologies are winners of energy transition. The task now for Germany is to focus on solar and wind integration, 'digitising” the grid, and energy storage and efficiency. "There is no going back," he says.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: ‘No criminality established’: Probes into 57 unlawful killings in Iraq by UK soldiers dropped — RT UK "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

‘No criminality established’: Probes into 57 unlawful killings in Iraq by UK soldiers dropped — RT UK: The decision comes after UK Prime Minister David Cameron urged ministers to draw up plans to curb claims regarding troops coming back from Iraq which he described as “spurious.” He demanded that returning soldiers be protected from “being hounded by lawyers over claims that are totally without foundation.”

Cameron has tasked the National Security Council with finding a way to clamp down on lawyers exploiting a “no win, no fee” system that may soon be banned while the government’s investigative powers may get a boost.

However, some lawyers argue that every person must obey the law and many cases of abuse have actually been proven while the Prime Minister noted that the “industry” is merely trying to make a profit out of servicemen.

The army’s former chief legal adviser in Iraq, Nicholas Mercer, said that the fact that British taxpayers had already paid out almost �20mn ($29mn) in compensations to settle hundreds of cases of abuses and violations against Iraqi civilians shows that the problem is widespread.


Senator Jacqui Lambie - PUTTING TASMANIA FIRST: Changes to Tasmanian definition of Aboriginal welcome – but independent investigation into the management of hundreds of millions is also needed: Lambie "IndyWatch Feed"

Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie has welcomed the Tasmanian State Government’s policy change, which overhauls how Aboriginal eligibility is determined but has called for a forensic audit into the management of Tasmania’s public funds for Indigenous people.

Senator Lambie has placed her call on YouTube:

“ I want a forensic audit of at least a decade’s worth of state and federal financial records relating to Tasmanian indigenous affairs.  If money has gone missing or been misappropriated, I want the guilty to be held accountable,” said Senator Lambie.

“I welcome the Tasmanian State Government’s policy change, which adjusts how Aboriginal eligibility is determined.  It’s something I’ve been calling for since I was elected.  I believe that Premier Hodgman didn’t have much of a choice – because the Tasmanian law is in conflict with the Federal law and the Federal Racial Discrimination Act.

Tasmania should have the same rules that the Commonwealth has for determining who is – or who is not an Aboriginal person.  How did we get to a situation where the Federal government said there were 18,000 Aboriginal people in Tasmania – and the State government said there were only 6000 people who were indigenous?” said Senator Lambie.

Premier Will Hodgman’s announcement that his government will scrap the current eligibility policy and replace it with one consistent with the Federal eligibility process, is vindication for the indigenous whistleblowers who asked for my help and an independent voice in the Senate,” said Senator Lambie.

“The speech I delivered in the Senate on Tuesday, 23 September 2014:

See here

… where I raised the alarm about the i...


Senator Jacqui Lambie - PUTTING TASMANIA FIRST: Independent Research indicates Liberal’s cuts to Medicare Pathology Bulk Billing Incentive Rates may be bigger than Health Minister is letting on: Lambie "IndyWatch Feed"

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has called on Liberal Minister Sussan Ley to disclose all Health Department figures relating to the Government’s proposed MEYFO cuts to Medicare Pathology Bulk Billing incentive rates.

Senator Lambie’s call comes after she received an independent Parliamentary Library report on the matter and then interviewed Tasmanian medical scientist Richard Hanlon who is practice manager of one of the State’s biggest pathology testing businesses.

Click below to view Senator Lambie’s interview with Tasmanian Medical Scientist Richard Hanlon the Practice Manager of Sonic Health Care.

“The Parliamentary Library study I commissioned (See here) clearly describes what bulk billing incentive payments will be affected by the Liberal’s cuts to Medicare.  In addition to the Health Minister’s announced cuts of $1.40 to $3.40 to tests like women’s pap smears – the independent study states:

“A bulk billing incentive payment of $6.00 is currently payable to pathology providers who bulk bill certain patients, specifically, children and concession card holders.  A higher payment of $9.10 is available if the provider who delivers the service to the child or concession card holder is located in a designated outer metropolitan or rural area, or in Tasmania.”


“The Government will achieve savings of $650.4 million over four years from 2015-16 by removing bulk billing incentives for pathology services….”

“So it’s now up to Minister Ley to be honest w...


Earth First! Newswire: Philippines: Highway Blockade in Protest of Nickel Mine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Patrick Roxas / Manila Times


SANTA CRUZ, Zambales: Residents continue to defy efforts by authorities to break their barricade long the national highway here stopping hauling trucks of a mining firm from transporting nickel.

According to Concerned Citizens of Santa Cruz (CCOS) Chairman Dr. Benito Molino, residents of Barangay Bayto and people from other barangays are on their third day blockade preventing haulers of Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation/ DM Consunji Inc. (ZDMC/DMCI) from leaving the quarry site.

CCOS is a non-governmental organization group opposed to mining operations in the province.

Molino said policemen were deployed in the area since Tuesday to maintain order about 200 residents refused to disperse.

A dialogue between the residents and the mining firm with the local officials scheduled on Wednesday night did not push through after the manager of ZDMC/DMCI failed to attend.

He added that former tow...


Independent Australia: Gregalitopia: A new Aussie anthem "IndyWatch Feed"

Gregalitopia: A new Aussie anthemDermot Daley offers a new national anthem and throws in his free blueprint for a democratic, independent, neutral and secular Republic of Australia. read now...


Speak Up For The Voiceless – International Animal Rescue Foundation – Environmental News and Media: Endangered Species Monday: Leptobrachium leucops | Yin and Yang "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Endangered Species Monday: Leptobrachium leucops

This Monday’s (E.S.P) Endangered Species watch Post I document on this utterly stunning species of Asiatic toad, which some people believe is possibly a frog. Before reading any further, please check out this toads amazing eyes, stunning don’t you think? The species was “allegedly identified back in 2011” by an environmentalist identified only as Dr Stuart Rowley. Welcome to the Yin and Yang Frog.

Evidence tracking shows that a “Dr John Stuart Rowley, 1907-1968 whom I believe was an ornithologist from the United States, may have been the primary ‘herpetologist that located and documented on the species above’, however I believe that I am still slightly wrong on this and that Dr Jodi Rowley can shed more information on this amazing reptilian. Image credit: Mme Dr Jodi Rowley.

Listed as vulnerable due to the species living within a small habitat estimated to be 7,617 km2, the L. leucops is endemic to Viet Nam, South East Asia, furthermore there are no records that prove the species is used within the Asiatic medicine trade known as (TCM), Traditional Chinese Medicine. Populations are now kn...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Thus Spake Mungo: Mr Turnbull goes to Washington "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Mungo MacCallum

Malcolm Turnbull’s ritual pilgrimage to his great and powerful friend went very much according to plan.

Some worried that the handshakes were not quite as effusive that they might have been, but there was no doubting the mutual protestations of undying loyalty.

Our Prime Minister acclaimed America as powerful, effective, a leader in every sphere; he was every bit as compliant and indeed subservient as even his sternest critic (Greg Sheridan, The Australian’s Yankophile foreign editor) expected and demanded.

There had been the merest whisper that Turnbull might be (shock, horror) a touch bolshie – he might display as modicum of independence. After all, his Defence Minister Marise Payne had actually knocked back, in the politest possible way, a suggestion by her American counterpart Ash Carter that Australia might actually increase its grounds forces in Iraq and Syria.

But it turned out that there was no problem at all: Carter, Barack Obama and indeed everyone anyone who could get a word in assured Turnbull that all was well; Australia was doing just as required by the alliance (well, hegemony actually, but we don’t call it that) and was in fact contributing to the cause second only to the United States itself – what could be fairer than that?

It turned out that the Carter request had not been a personal plea, but more in the nature of a form letter to whom it may concern. The Pentagon was keen for everyone, but more particularly the Europeans and the Middle Eastern nations, to lift their game – be in it, you slackers. The exhortation was not aimed at Canberra — heaven forbid. In the circumstances it might have been more tactful to have said so earlier, but no real harm done. The relationship, the partnership as we call it for reasons of diplomacy, was as sound as ever.

And of course, when Liberal Prime Ministers have been involved, it was ever thus. From the days when Rob...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Stan Grant's speech on racism and the Australian dream goes viral | Australia news | The Guardian "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Stan Grant's speech on racism and the Australian dream goes viral | Australia news | The Guardian: As part of the IQ2 debate series held by the Ethics Centre, Grant joined immigration lawyer Pallavi Sinha, Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi and Australian actor Jack Thompson to argue for or against the topic “Racism is destroying the Australian dream”. The event was held last year, but the Ethics Centre only released the video online on Friday.

In his opening address, Grant, who is also Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor, argued that racism was at “the foundation of the Australian dream”.

“The Australian dream,” Grant said. “We sing of it and we recite it in verse; ‘Australians all let us rejoice for we are young and free’.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: La Loche Shooting: Victim's Family Tells Canada To Stop And Listen "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

La Loche Shooting: Victim's Family Tells Canada To Stop And Listen: In its statement, the family says the leaders of the village need to be listened to prevent similar losses in the future.

"Rather than looking for someone to blame, or coming up with outsider opinions of reasons why this occurred, we must stop and listen to the voices of La Loche. The leaders and members of the community know what types of support and changes are needed. Our responsibility as a nation is to listen and respond to create lasting systemic change.''


Indian Country Headline News: The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, January 24, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A school shooting in remote Saskatchewan, Hollywood debuts, and a tragic trophy killing were highlights this week in Indian country, with the release of The Revenant, t...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed Hospital ‘under siege’ from ice patients "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Staff and medics at The Tweed Hospital are under siege from people under the influence of ice with hundreds of assaults taking place in there past year, according to the state nurses union.

The hospital at times resembles a battlefield with the violence, and riot police were recently called there to restrain a drug-affected man who had broken the hospital’s safe room window with his head.

The news comes as the coalition government defends last week’s revelation that Tweed Hospital was one of seven hospitals statewide at which infants were given to the wrong mothers for breastfeeding, exposing them to serious health risks.

NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is calling on the state government to increase staff security at the hospital after more than 2,000 incidents of aggression at the hospital in the past year.

Sheila O’Meara told the ABC this morning that violent episodes usually start in the emergency department and continue in the wards, and that up to five members were off on workers compensation due to attacks.

Ms O’Meara said the union was pushing for protocols to be changed so contracted hospital security staff were able to help restrain drug-affected for violent patients.

NSW Labor says the Baird government has been too slow in responding to the scourge of ice and failed to provide enough treatment beds for ice (methamphetamine) affected patients.

But Tweed MP Geoff Provest says he was assured during a visit on Friday to the hospital that efforts to curb violence there was being improved, ‘bearing in mind’ annual emergency-unit admissions a year of 48,000 was double the average for north coast hospitals.

The Labor Opposition said it will offer its bipartisan support to ‘any sensible proposal’ to respond to the violence when parliament resumes next month.

Labor’s health spokesman Walt Secord said the issue of violence and ice, particularly in rural and coastal areas. was urgent with....


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron youth homelessness not a ‘gypsy lifestyle’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo Rudiger Wasser. For more visit

Homeless youth in Byron shire do not ‘choose’ a ‘gypsy’ lifestyle, argues Byron Bay youth worker Nicqui Yazdi. Photo Rudiger Wasser. For more visit

A long-time Byron shire youth worker has accused the writer of an article on homeless youth camps in Byron Bay of glossing over the ‘shameful’ truth.

The article Life in Byron’s Squatter Camps appeared in last week’s Byron Shire Echo and Echonetdaily.

It quoted a local former homeless resident Terry as saying, the squatters could be divided into two groups: ‘ones who choose that lifestyle, and ones who can’t genuinely find a place.’

A second commenter, Charlie, suggested, ‘Some are [drugs] them recreationally and for spiritual reasons, like taking magic mushrooms. They’re not just getting out of their heads. They’re making a connection with the infinite.’

But youth worker Niqui Yazdi said the article, by Bay FM journalist Anna James, ‘does Byron’s homeless no good whatsoever. It is flowery and fluffy and makes no point at all’.

‘Homelessness is not a “gypsy” lifestyle. There are no gyspy kids in Byron,’ Ms Yazdi wrote in a letter to the editor published today, ‘but there are a shitload of seriously impoverished young people, w...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Gov. Snyder lied: Flint water switch was not about saving money, records show | Motor City Muckraker "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Gov. Snyder lied: Flint water switch was not about saving money, records show | Motor City Muckraker: But it turns out, DWSD offered the state-controlled city a deal that would have saved Flint more money by staying with Detroit.

An e-mail obtained by Motor City Muckraker shows the deal would have saved the city $800 million over 30 years, which was 20% more inexpensive than switching to the Karegnondi Water Authority.

A high-ranking DWSD official told us today that Detroit offered a 50% reduction over what Flint had been paying Detroit. In fact, documents show that DWSD made at least six proposals to Flint, saying “the KWA pipeline can only be attributed to a ‘political’ objective that has nothing to do with the delivery – or the price – of water.”


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Dire plight of Byron’s homeless "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I’m writing in response to the article published in  Echonetdaily: Life in Byron’s Squatter Camps, by Anna James.

I was alerted to this article by one of Byron’s local youth, who wanted to know my opinion on the article.

I struggle to understand the point of this article and how anyone thought it was even important enough to publish. Contrary to what this article says, I would say that very few of those who are homeless and under 25 would be on any kind of ‘spiritual journey’, most have had either long-term issues with family, drugs, alcohol, or mental illness and if they didn’t start out that way, then often these things end up a part of their homeless ‘journey’, as yes, lots of them find their way into little groups, often more so because they feel safer like this, but then, as a group, it also sometimes encourages drug and alcohol-misuse. Homelessness is not a ‘gypsy’ lifestyle, and in fact, I’ve never heard anyone refer to them as the ‘gypsy kids’, including themselves.

Over the years, I’ve seen terrible situations with Byron’s homeless, of all ages, but particularly those who are young and those who are elderly. I’ve seen 14-year-olds, who, even though they are homeless, still try to struggle with going to school, in fact, I’ve personally known many kids who did everything in their power to try to keep learning, some even attending the BCC school at the YAC, yet living in the bush close by. The young people that find their way into learning programs at the YAC are the lucky ones, but even then, there’s only so much that can be done for them, and even trying to get any young people into housing or emergency housing, is so hard, with so many restrictions and so few options, that for most, there are no options. And if they have a drug addiction, or...


Catallaxy Files: Throw another Republican on the barbie "IndyWatch Feed"

As Henry says – it’s the silly season; that time of year when stupidity strikes. Easy to understand, after a long break and the Christmas leftovers are fermenting in the fridge and facing the prospect of returning to work, the politicians have to have something for show and tell. Scott Morrison kicked off yesterday with a very poor showing on Sky News. This morning the State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers were on about The Republic.

All but one state and territory leader has declared support for an Australian head of state as republicans ramp up their push for the question to be put to voters by 2020.

Only West Australian Premier Colin Barnett declined to sign the declaration, despite supporting a republic.

The Australian Republican Movement dubbed the document, in which the leaders ­affirm their belief Australia should have an Australian head of state, as a “declaration of desired independence”.

As if Australia isn’t already independent – We can quibble about gory details but Australia has been an independent nation since the 1931 Statute of Westminster. That the Australian Republican Movement has so little understanding of constitutional history reflects poorly on them. But I digress …

The more interesting thing is that there is nothing stopping any of the States (I’m not sure about the Territories) from immediately severing their ties with the Australian Crown and establishing their own Republics within the Commonwealth. So let them lead by example.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: #AntiFa: Nuit de violences fascistes à Quimper / Night of fascist violence in Quimper "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Indymedia Nantes | Articles | Show | Nuit de violences fascistes à Quimper - Cette lourde défaite stratégique d'Adsav n'a pas plu à ses militants, qui se sont vengés en commettant plusieurs agressions dans le centre-ville en début de soirée. Vers 18h, 30 à 40 néo-nazis rôdaient toujours dans les rues après avoir assiegé un bar près de la gare. La clientèle et le personnel sont parvenus à se barricader à l'intérieur de l'établissement. Rue Jean Jaurès, des véhicules ornés de certains autocollants (soutien à la ZAD, etc.) ont été pris pour cibles. Au parking de la Résistance, des pneus ont été crevés, à priori pour tendre des embuscades. Des groupes violents très mobiles ont méthodiquement traqué les personnes ayant participé à la manif "Bretagne Ouverte & Solidaire". Totalement humiliée par une mobilisation antifasciste 9 fois plus importante en nombre, désemparée, l'extrême-droite a une fois de plus révélé sa véritable nature. L'heure n'est plus à se demander si ce sont bien des racistes et des fascistes qui s'en prennent à nous, cela ne fait aucun doute. La violence, voila tout ce qu'ils comprennent... Nous lançons un appel à témoin pour les personnes ayant subit ou assisté à ces violences afin d'établir un compte-rendu des dégâts. Pour nous contacter: antifa.kemper[at]
This major strategic defeat of Adsav did not please its militants, who retaliated by committing several attacks in the city in the early evening. Around 18h, 30-40 neo-Nazis still roamed the streets after being besieged at a bar near the station. Customer and staff managed to barricade themselves inside the building. Rue Jean Jaures, vehicles adorned with some stickers (ZAD support, etc.) have been targeted. The car park of the Resistance, tires were slashed, presumably for ambushes. Highly mobile groups have methodically hunted violent individuals who participated in the protest "British Open
We make...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Why is RMS stalling on koala highway FOI? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last week Bob Higgins, project manager of the Pacific Highway Upgrade told us via the ABC that the peer review process was the reason for the delay in releasing the Ballina Koala Plan.

All very well, but the material requested by Friends of the Koala under freedom of information was significantly more than the Plan. Amongst other things we asked for the Biolink/Ecosure baseline koala study, the Australian Museum’s genetic study, minutes of the expert panel’s meetings and correspondence between the various parties involved with these studies.

Mr Higgins also said that the Ballina Koala Plan ‘should be completed in the coming weeks’. We assume then that peer review of the baseline studies was completed months ago. Correspondence and minutes of course fall outside peer review.

Following three months of argy-bargy from RMS regarding what we could expect them to release to us, Friends of the Koala instructed EDO on December 8, 2015 to ask for any material not subject to third party consultation, with the rest to come in mid-January 2016. RMS denied that request.

A RMS spokesperson told The Echo that the Plan will be released publicly ‘after it has been submitted [to federal environment minister, Greg Hunt] and the project team will meet with key stakeholders, including Friends of the Koala to brief them on the outcomes’.

Our question is when is ‘after’? Is it the same day as submission? The following day? A week? A month? After briefing? Perhaps after Greg Hunt’s determination?

Come on Bob, Friends of the Koala has shared its data and samples with RMS’s consultants, at least give us the baseline reports and the expert panel minutes. What is there to fear?

Lorraine Vass, president, Friends of the Koala, Inc.

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Aboriginal News Group Newswire: How a Minnesota Activist Exposed a Cop Troll Encouraging Murder, Leading to the Cop's Suspension - PINAC News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

How a Minnesota Activist Exposed a Cop Troll Encouraging Murder, Leading to the Cop's Suspension - PINAC News: And now the story has gone viral with media outlets such as Good Morning America, CNN, New York Times and Washington Post, among others, reporting on it, revealing a dark side about police culture that has nothing but contempt for protesters.

Henderson said he has long had his eye on the trolling cop, saying he has had previous flame wars with JM Roth on the Facebook page, Minnesota Cop Block, which is an administrator.

The group page currently has 3,296 members and seeks to hold police accountable by video recording police encounters.

Henderson was already familiar with the account and stated that Rothecker would often troll the group with comments such as, “you don’t have the balls to do what I do” and calling them “armchair quarterbacks” or “flipping idiots”.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: PRESS RELEASE #ReclaimDenver: “Cops Are Killing Us For Sport." "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

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Email: Twitter: @ReclaimDenver

PRESS RELEASE #ReclaimDenver: “Cops Are Killing Us For Sport.”

Clergy and Concerned Coloradans deploy prominent banner near Denver
Broncos football stadium before kick-of of the NFL AFC Championship

Denver, CO. January 24, 2016: In a courageous display of solidarity and
in the true spirit of community,
clergy and concerned Coloradans unveiled a banner reminding game-goers
and attendant media that
“Cops Are Killing Us For Sport” ahead of the 1:05pm MST kick-off of the
National Football League (NFL)
American Football Conference (AFC) championship game, to stand against
racist policing and systemic violence.

#ReclaimDenver unveiled the banner on the north face of Highland Bridge
during the rush of pre-game tailgating
traffic as a show of resistance against systemic unrepentant oppression
of Black, Brown, Indigenous, Queer, Poor,
and other marginalized people throughout greater Denver.

Today, #ReclaimDenver did what Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock refuses to
do: took action to protect the people
of Denver from police terror. People and vehicles came to a stop,
witnessing the demand for a stop to state
violence in Denver and beyond. Interested persons can follow updates via
Twitter: @ReclaimDenver.

Far bigger than Broncos vs. Patriots is a fight for survival:
marginalized people versus institutionalized
racism. In the shadow of Mile High Stadium are Denver communities
ravaged by rampant gentrification, families
devastated by lethal police brutality. A Sunday that should be
celebratory is instead marred...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: New York travel ban lifted after storm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

People work on digging out their cars following the recent snow storm in Brooklyn, New York. Photo EPA/Justin Lane

People work on digging out their cars following the recent snow storm in Brooklyn, New York. Photo EPA/Justin Lane

New York [RAW]

A travel ban for the New York area has been lifted but Washington is still at a standstill after a blizzard paralysed the northeastern United States, killing at least 19 people.

The storm was the second-biggest in New York history with 68 centimetres of snow in Central Park by midnight on Saturday, just shy of the record 68.33cm set in 2006, the National Weather Service said.

Thirteen people were killed in weather-related car crashes in Arkansas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia on Saturday.

One person died in Maryland and three in New York while shovelling snow. Two died of hypothermia in Virginia, officials said.

By early on Sunday the storm had moved off the coast, with remnants trailing over parts of Long Island and Cape Cod.

Much of the northeast was expected to see a mix of sun and clouds on Sunday with temperatures just above freezing.

Washington streets were...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Thai co-operation vital on terror: Keenan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Minister of Justice Michael Keenan (L) talks to Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan (R) during a meeting at the Ministry of Defence in Bangkok on January 22. Photo EPA/Narong Sangnak

Australian Minister of Justice Michael Keenan (L) talks to Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan (R) during a meeting at the Ministry of Defence in Bangkok on January 22. Photo EPA/Narong Sangnak

Ron Corben, AAP

The Asia Pacific faces a long-term threat posed by terrorist networks supporting Islamic State, the ‘menace stalking the region’, Australian justice minister Michael Keenan said.

Mr Keenan, in Thailand for talks with local government ministers and police officials, said stepping up regional co-operation was ‘vitally important’ to meet the increasing security challenges.

‘We know we’ve got a big regional challenge – that’s been brought home to us with the [January 14] attacks in Jakarta over the past fortnight,’ he said in an interview with AAP.

The attack in the central business district of the Indonesian capital left eight people dead – including the four attackers – and 20 wounded.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cinema Review : Goosebumps "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By John campbell

Unless you’re lucky enough to have a reviewer’s comp, paying to see a flick on the big screen (which is the way filmmakers always want their work to be seen) is a bit of a wallet-gouge (especially when you factor in a couple of mandatory choc-tops). Understandably, you become selective in your visits to the cinema, waiting for Judi or Meryl, gorgeous George or jokey Johnny, or, if you’re into the cult of the director, Quentin, the Coens or some unpronounceable Euro or Korean master. Meaning that a lot of unpretentious but clever and highly entertaining movies pass you by until you catch them on late-night, slug-out, free-to-air TV. This is one such semi-precious gem that you might enjoy in the dim and distant future…

Teenaged Zach (Dylan Minnette) has just moved to a daggy town in Delaware where he will attend the high school at which his recently widowed mum has been appointed deputy principal. Next door, behind a high-picketed fence, cute Hannah lives with her bad-tempered, mysterious dad (Jack Black), who happens to be the reclusive horror author, RL Stine.

Inadvertently, Zach opens a book in their library and scary creatures come alive from the pages. It’s a neat idea that trades on kids’ love of fantasy. Following a standard, easily comprehended intro of who/what/where, director Rob Letterman plays his first fright card with the sudden appearance of an eye-catching and remarkably life-like Abominable Snowman. Letterman, however, is cluey enough to appreciate that it’s the ventriloquist’s dummy, the pointy-hatted gnomes and the bad-trip clowns that send the iciest shivers down the spine. Pretty soon, all of Stine’s creations are free...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: UK knew of Guantanamo torture: ex-spy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Prisoners kneel under the watchful eyes of Military Police at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, in January 2002. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st class Shane T McCoy, US Navy.

Prisoners kneel under the watchful eyes of Military Police at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, in January 2002. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st class Shane T McCoy, US Navy.

London [RAW]

A former senior British intelligence officer wants to give evidence that the country’s security services knew about the torture of inmates at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, a newspaper reported.

The former officer is seeking permission to present evidence to a forthcoming parliamentary inquiry that British officials saw detainees being tortured in December 2002, the Sunday Times said, quoting senior security sources.

Details of torture were disclosed during meetings held at the London headquarters of Britain’s MI5 in 2002 and the evidence is believed to include claims that British officials witnessed inmates being chained, hooded, waterboarded and subjected to mental abuse by CIA officials, the report said.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Palmer out on his ear: poll "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer in full voice during Question Time in October 2015. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer in full voice during Question Time in October 2015. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Brisbane [AAP]

A new poll suggests Clive Palmer shouldn’t bother trying to keep his Sunshine Coast seat.

A new Galaxy poll published in The Courier-Mail shows voters in his seat of Fairfax are ready to dump him, amid anger over the axing of 237 jobs at his nickel refinery.

Mr Palmer’s primary support is sitting at just two per cent – down from 26.5 per cent when he narrowly won the federal seat on preferences at the 2013 election.

The poll shows 83 per cent of voters are dissatisfied with his performance and just 7 per cent believe he’s doing a satisfactory job.

Galaxy polled 506 Fairfax voters on January 21, six days after Mr Palmer’s company Queensland Nickel sacked 237 workers at its Yabulu refinery near Townsville.

He’s since had to defend more than $20 million in donations the company made to bankroll his Palmer United Party, and the company is now in voluntary administration as wor...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed Hospital welcomes trainee doctors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The intern group with Tweed MP Geoff Provest. Photo supplied.

The intern group with Tweed MP Geoff Provest. Photo supplied.

Tweed Hospital has 18 new trainee doctors walking its corridors.

The 18 medical graduates began their internships at the hospital last Monday and were welcomed by Tweed MP Geoff Provest, on Friday on a visit there to meet them.

The MP wished them well ‘as they begin of their journey as doctors’.

Mr Provest said NSW was the only state to offer two-year employment contracts to medical graduates undertaking their internship.

with Dr GeneOver the two years, the junior doctors rotate through a network which includes metropolitan, rural and regional hospitals training in medicine, surgery and emergency treatment.

He said t...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Qld domestic violence order breaches rise "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Queensland crisis service DV Connect also runs a hotline for men.

Queensland crisis service DV Connect also runs a hotline for men.

Alexandra Patrikios, AAP

Court orders to protect victims of domestic violence in Queensland were breached almost as many times as police applied for them in 2015.

Statistics obtained by AAP show police made a total of 19,708 applications for domestic violence protection orders last year.

But in the same period, there were almost as many breaches of orders sought by police and private applicants granted by the courts – a total of 19,405 contraventions.

Since January 2013, the number of both applications and violations of protection orders has climbed steadily by thousands each year.

DV Connect chief executive Di Mangan concedes the figures raise the question of what else can be done to protect victims of family violence.

‘Many women are protected by those orders,’ she told AAP.

‘But some men won’t take notice of those orders because their sense of entitlement won’t abide by any law.’

If anything, she said the data drives hom...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Republic ‘inevitable’, FitzSimons says "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Peter FitzSimons pushes for a republic on his Twitter page.

Peter FitzSimons pushes for a republic on his Twitter page.

Canberra [AAP & other sources]

The head of the Australian Republican Movement believes there is widespread support for a republic, calling on prime minister Malcolm Turnbull to ‘seize this moment’.

‘We could actually do this now,’ Peter FitzSimons told ABC TV on Monday.

It comes after seven out of eight state and territory leaders signed a declaration calling for an Australian head of state.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a supporting statement, ‘I firmly believe Australia is ready to have an Australian as our head of state. We lead the world in so many areas, it’s about time our country is led by one of our own.’

Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Adam Giles said, ‘There is a lot to be said for tradition, but there is even more to be said for progress.

‘Isn’t it time we said to Indigenous Australians “we’re proud of you” in the Constitution? Isn’t it time we said to Territorians “yes, you live in your own State”?

‘Isn’t it time we say to our children “yes, you could be President of Australia when you grow up?”’

The petition in favour of a republic is at...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Shark patrols to continue until Easter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

North coast aerial shark patrols, which were due to finish after Australia Day, will now continue up until Easter, according to parliamentary secretary for the north coast, Chris Gulaptis.

The patrols will, however, only be conducted over the weekends.

But shark ‘eco-barriers’ (new generation shark nets) that were meant to be in place at two Ballina beaches soon have been delayed by a month.

‘Recent aerial surveillance programs conducted in our region have shown to be an enormous success, helping alert authorities and the general public when a shark is posing danger to swimmers or surfers,’ Mr Gulaptis said.

‘Having that extra eye in the sky over our beaches during this time will give swimmers and surfers extra confidence when hitting the water,’ he added.

Surveillance flights will continue from Byron Bay to Evans Head, as well as in areas further south.

Mr Gulaptis said a delay in the completion to the eco-barriers had contributed to the extension of the flights.

‘The eco-nets have been specifically made – it’s not a one-size fits all, clearly – and every beach is different,’ he told ABC.

The nets will cover Lighthouse Beach at Ballina and Lennox Head.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron Bay girl killed in Thai motorbike accident "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sonya Davis (pictured) was killed in a motorbike accident in Thailand on January 18. The family have started a crowdfunding campaign to return her remains to Australia. Photo contributed

Sonya Davis (pictured) was killed in a motorbike accident in Thailand on January 18. The family have started a crowdfunding campaign to return her remains to Australia. Photo contributed

Christine Willmott

The enjoyment of a holiday in rural Thailand was tragically cut short for a Byron Bay family of four when their youngest child Sonya, aged five, was involved in a motorcycle accident on January 18.

George and Somepong Davis and their children, Justin, six, and Sonya, five, had been experiencing Thai village life while staying on Somepong’s parents’ farm in Northern Thailand.

On the morning of the day they were due to fly back to Australia, Sonya accompanied her Thai grandmother to the local market on the family motorbike when they were struck by a car travelling at speed from behind. Sonya’s grandma died on impact.

Sonya survived the crash but was critically injured and was put on life support. She died five days later on January 22.

Her mother, father and older brother, Justin are utterly devastated. Somepong’s grief is doubled, having lost both her mother and daughter in the tragic accident.

Sonya was a sparky,...


Catallaxy Files: Robert Menzies has messages on how we should tax "IndyWatch Feed"

In The Australian today:
It happens every year. Just as the country has settled into the postprandial doze known as the ­Australian summer, swiftly and without warning, wrathfully and without mercy, stupidity strikes.


Independent Australia: Australia's day for secrets, flags and cowards "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia's day for secrets, flags and cowardsJohn Pilger writes about the significance of 26 January for Indigenous Australians — a history of theft, mass murder and dispossession. read now...


The Watchers » Latest articles: Recent discoveries provided more decisive evidence for the magnetic structure of matter "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Since the beginning of the space age, many observations sharply contradict the theories of a gravity-dominated Cosmos, yet recent observations have created even larger holes in those theories. Now it is impossible to cover these holes with any theoretical solution,...... Read more »


loon pond: Has it only been a year? That was a year of dropkicks and losers ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Has it only been a year?

It seems so long ago ...

But then came the good news ...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: ARENA considers another round of large-scale solar funding "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Big solar build-out at an AGL site. Photo AGL

Big solar build-out at an AGL site. Photo AGL

Giles Parkinson, RenewEconomy

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency may make another $100 million of grants available in a new round of funding for large-scale solar projects in Australia following the overwhelming response to its latest program.

ARENA has made $100 million available and attracted 77 large-scale project proposals across Australia, before narrowing that list down to 22 projects totalling some 767MW of capacity.

The $100 million it will make available is designed to be sufficient to get some 200MW of capacity under way. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is making a further $250 million of finance available, which might increase the capacity and the number of projects being built.

Now, it appears, ARENA is already considering a further round of a similar scope.

The Coalition government, ironically, has yet to withdraw legislation seeking to fold up the operations of ARENA, but environment minister Greg Hunt flagged the likely second round in an interview on Thursday after officiating at the opening of the 102MW solar plant at Nyngan, and the 53MW solar plant in Broken Hill.

‘We’ve got projects such as this, and then the new hundred million dollar round, and they (ARENA) have also been talking about a further equivalent round, simply because the uptake of demand is enormous,’ Hunt said.

A spokesperson for ARENA confirmed that discussions had taken place, although it was too early to talk about the scope....


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cr Longland joins Nats faction to foil Tweed mayor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It was revealed in the Tweed Shire Council meeting last week the mayor had been threatened for raising concerns over claims for councillor expenses which would see her delegation for approval of expenses removed.

In a pay back, the mayor had this delegation removed last week in a surprise amendment presented by Cr Longland to the payment of expenses policy supported by his three cohorts.

Following the mayor raising concerns of claimed expenses it was considered significant enough to reconsider the practices of the existing policy and seek advice from the Office of Local Government who also raised subsequent issues with the application of parts of the policy.

To ensure a thorough review of the policy was undertaken, an independent firm was engaged and included their facilitating a workshop with councillors in December.

Advice of the Office of Local Government and independent review resulted in a revised payment of expenses policy and amendments agreed to by councillors at the workshop, this presented to councillors in their business papers for last week’s meeting.

It was clearly evident at this meeting the mayor and deputy mayor had not been privy to the significant number of further changes to the revised policy until it was tabled on the night by Cr Longland but it did not matter as he had the numbers.

While guidelines are in place for such policies to be developed it is the role of each organisation to put practices in place that enhance public confidence, accountability and transparency, particularly when we see such outrageous rorting of the system in government.

The mayor is to be commended on her due diligence, conscience and consideration of proper accountability, however it is now unfortunate those qualities have been removed from the process simply for speaking up.

Lindy Smith, Tweed Heads


The post...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bluesfest koala claims not supported by science "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We note with alarm that there have been claims by Dr Phillips that ’…of 20 surveyed koalas initially found close to the site of the northern NSW festival in 2010, none were alive today’. He said ’the noise from the festival, which stressed the animals and forced them to move, was the main cause of the deaths.’

Phillips also said ’subsequent studies showed reports to council demonstrated the initial population had almost been wiped out’.

Dr Phillips further stated, of the seven koalas tracked with radio collars, that three who were close to where the amplified music occurred had moved outside of their usual home range.

Dr Phillips continued that two koalas died after the event. He says that their cause of death couldn’t be established, but that he thought it was caused by the music.

Management of Bluesfest are concerned by these statements, and feel the public has a right to know all the details so that they may form their own opinion. We say that there is no data that Dr Phillips can provide scientifically that backs up his statement. Artists who headlined Bluesfest 2010 and who’s music reportedly stressed koalas include Jack Johnson, Crowded House, Jessica Mauboy, John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club & The Gipsy Kings.

Dr Phillips group, Biolink did a study commissioned by Bluesfest in late 2009/early 2010 (the first full study done on the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm site) and submitted a scientific report which states the following;

  • 11 koalas were captured and collared. Further koalas were sighted but not captured, and so details were not logged for future information of those koalas, and identification could not be determined.
  • We note that this was the first ever koala study done on the land of this nature and that a high number of the koalas were found at the time of capture to be diseased. One previous study occurred a number of years prior to Bluesfest’s.......


Earth First! Newswire: First Nations Protest TransMountain Pipeline in Burnaby "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


from Castanet

First Nations representatives, environmental groups and others opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project, protested outside National Energy Board (NEB) hearings in Burnaby Saturday.

The demonstrators demanded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep his promise and scrap the flawed federal review process.

“Prime Minister Trudeau needs to hear the voices of the British Columbians whose health and safety are threatened by this project – the same people who he promised new hearings,” said Peter McCartney, Wilderness Committee spokesperson. “Railroading this project through the process over the united opposition of this region will not be forgotten.”

“The project would bring over 400 tar sands tankers each year to BC’s south coast, putting marine life and coastal communities at grave risk of a disastrous spill,” said Sven Biggs, a spokesperson for ForestEthics. “These ships would carry enough oil to release 100 megatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year – a larger climate impact than many countries.”

Indigenous voices from Co...


Earth First! Newswire: It’s Not Just Flint: Environmental Racism is Slowly Killing Blacks Across America "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


by Jaimee A. Swift / The Grio

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is more than just a natural disaster or a series of unfortunate, environmental events — it is an inexcusable, egregious human and health rights violation against a majority black city, where 56 percent of the population is African-American. With full cognizance of the hazardously, toxic water supply since 2014, Governor Snyder’s lack of political action on this issue fits perfectly into the narrative that not only was this intentional, but as Flint native Michael Moore has declared, it is a racial killing and genocide.

Unfortunately, Flint is not the only city where African-Americans and people of color are suffering from the onslaught of environmental racism and discrimination. Detroit schools are so heav...


The Ecologist: Climate Justice activists to EPA: make Clean Power Plan work for fossil fuel afflicted communities! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

While the fossil fuel industry and Republican states and senators step up legal and political challenges to Obama's Clean Power Plan, protests have also been flooding in to the EPA's ten regional offices from climate activists - demanding that it cut out dirty biofuels and 'carbon trading' loopholes, and protect vulnerable communities from fossil fuel pollution.


Earth First! Newswire: Malaysian Rally Denounces TPP "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A protester wearing a face mask bearing an anti-TPP message joins the rally in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. (EPA Photo)

A protester wearing a face mask bearing an anti-TPP message joins the rally in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. (EPA Photo)

from Bangkok Post

Thousands of protesters gathered in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to denounce the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade alliance, demanding the government reject the accord in a parliamentary debate next week.

The peaceful protest, involving various activist groups and opposition parties, featured scores of people wearing anti-TPP T-shirts and holding placards warning against the mammoth trade deal.

While a few hundred gathered near Independence Square, around 3,000 others, mainly supporters of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, marched to a nearby field to listen to speeches given by critics of the agreement.

Prominent Malaysian opposition figure Chua Tian Chang, better known as Tian Chua, told the crowd that the TPP will affec...


Indian Country Headline News: First Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru Created "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Wampis people of Peru recently created the nation’s first Autonomous Indigenous Government, which does not seek ind...


Head Space: Strong M7.1 Seismic Event: Cook Inlet Region, Alaska "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Seismic Hazard – Strong Earthquake Event Magnitude 7.1 – 17 miles N of Augustine Volcano A damaging magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred at 1:30am Sunday, 60 miles west of Homer. So far there are no reports of injuries. According to KTUU, gas leaks on Lilac Lane in Kenai resulted in one house fire and the evacuation of […]


DUCK POND: Dog Blog: Small Steps "IndyWatch Feed"

After his operation relating to his Aural Haematoma, Dexter is required to wear what our friend Ursula calls “an Elizabethan Collar”.

I started by taking him out separately for a short walk down the street (and back across my neighbours backyard, since he was on holiday). Hannah would not be happy to be left alone. So I took both of them as far as the look out. Admittedly, Dexter in his crash collar bumps into everything along the way, which is not desirable since it too easy to injure his ear. I take more chances than I should. So we then went to the next step and engaged the full circuit.

While it was raining, Hannah might be judiciously allowed off the lead. Otherwise, she is likely to have to contend with other dogs and possibly motor bikes. Most of the time it is better to take the safe option. It does not follow that everyone has the experience or aptitude to deal with dogs.

Dogs, like lambs (a reference to Invasion Day) are sentient beings, and it is not surprising that they can recognize emotions. Next, it will be alleged they are not conscious. We assume that human consciousness is necessarily superior in realization as distinct from potential.The odd feature, as can be observed, is that humans not only cling to delusions of reality, but strive for that state. The Invaders never gave any credit to the continuity of culture of the landowners they murdered or otherwise killed.

Small steps can take us in one direction or another. Dexter seems to be coping. Durin......


Fire Earth: Extreme Weather Events Destroy Crops in Georgia & the Carolinas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Crop disasters declared in 37 counties across three U.S. states Lingering excessive heat, excessive rain and moisture have destroyed or damaged crops in at least 37 counties across three states: Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 20 counties in Georgia as crop disaster area due to damages and […]


EcoWatch: 4 Foods That Age You Faster "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Here are 4 foods to avoid that speed up aging on a cellular level...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Make America Great Again! | Donald J Trump for President "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For our USA readers that have had enough of being controlled by government, here is the link to assist Donald Trump across the line on election day –


Wake Up World: Shedding Light – Child Abuse Whistleblower Takes a Stand "IndyWatch Feed National"

25th January 2016 By Amanda Prosser Guest Writer for Wake Up World Why isn’t Child Abuse front and centre in all media publications and broadcasts? Our global society is awakening and becoming well aware of the systemic, epidemic and pandemic issues that surround all matters relative to Child Abuse, paedophiles and predators and the issues ...Continue Reading - Shedding Light ⏠Child Abuse Whistleblower Takes a Stand


Wake Up World: Pilgrimage: Stepping Into the Blessed Unknown "IndyWatch Feed National"

25th January 2016 By Jack Adam Weber Contributing Writer for Wake Up World “Pilgrims are persons in motion passing through territories not their own, seeking something called completion, or perhaps the word clarity will do as well, a goal to which only the spirit’s compass point’s the way.” ~ H. Richard Niebuhr Life is a pilgrimage, whose ...Continue Reading - Pilgrimage: Stepping Into the Blessed Unknown


The Ecologist: Outside the EU, the UK could again be the ‘dirty man of Europe' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When the UK joined the EU in 1973, it was dubbed the 'dirty man of Europe' thanks to its out of control pollution, writes Craig Bennett. Since then EU laws have forced us to clean up our act. But if we leave, all that may go into the reverse, with terrible impacts on our air, water, health, and wildlife.


BC-ESP Seismograms: Magnitude 7.1 – 83km E of Old Iliamna, Alaska – January 24, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"




USGS Tectonic Summary

83km (52mi) E of Old Iliamna, Alaska
Magnitude 7.1
Time:  2016-01-24 10:30:30 UTC
Location:  59.658°N   -153.452°W
Depth:  127.8 km  (79.4 mi)


From, “Watching the Weather Using a Seismograph” by
Dr. John E. Ebel, Boston College, Weston Observatory:

“Seismologists have a name for natural background vibrations. We call them microseisms. Microseisms are observed at all frequencies on seismograms, although there are some frequencies at which they are especially strong. Microseisms at frequencies above about 1 Hz are generally associated with local weather conditions, while below 1 Hz they reflect regional weather and ocean conditions. For seismic stations near the ocean, a particularly strong microseismic signal at a frequency of about .17 Hz (6-second period) apparently is caused by movements of water offshore and against the shoreline.
Since microseisms are caused primarily by meteorological conditions, an analysis of microseismic patterns...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Port of Yamba Expansion Deconstructed*: Des Euen is running out of timetable very fast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This was Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson in February 2011, on his own initiative, endorsing the heavy industrialisation of the Port of Yamba:
Click on image to enlarge

This was the Mayor in March a year later when approached by a journalist from The Daily Examiner:

Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson was succinct in his opposition to the proposal.
"In the words of Darryl Kerrigan (in The Castle), 'tell 'em they're dreaming' - it's not going to happen," he said.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: On an official visit to Italy in May 2015 Australian Attorney-General George Brandis secretly met with Royal Commission witness Cardinal George Pell in Rome and still refuses to explain himself "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

No wonder Labor’s Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC MP decided to take Attorney-General Senator George Brandis QC to court in order to see his official diary containing the weekly agenda between 18 September 2013 and 12 May 2014 – appears it’s not just about an alleged lack of consultation over environmental legal agency and arts funding cuts.

The following also suggests more than one motive may lie behind the Attorney-General currently using taxpayer funds to appeal the Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision in the Federal Court, in order to continue to block Dreyfus from seeing his ministerial diary.

This is a snapshot of a 4 May 2015...


The Ecologist: Too much of a bad thing? World awash with waste plutonium "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As worldwide stocks of plutonium increase, lightly-armed British ships are about to carry an initial 330kg of the nuclear bomb metal for 'safekeeping' in the US, writes Paul Brown. But it's only the tip of a global 'plutonium mountain' of hundreds of tonnes nuclear power's most hazardous waste product.


The Watchers » Latest articles: Very strong M7.1 earthquake hits near Anchor Point, Alaska, US "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very strong earthquake, registered by the USGS as M7.1, hit near Anchor Point, Alaska, US at 10:27 UTC on January 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 127.8 km (79.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles). According to the USGS,...... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: The case of the missing electrons "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A new scientific study has proposed a new hypothesis for a long-standing mystery in atmospheric science. For many years, scientists have wondered why the concentration of electrons in Earth’s atmosphere suddenly drops in a region dozens of miles above the...... Read more »


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News from Survival International: BREAKING: Tribe attacked by gunmen in Brazil "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Gunmen attacking another Guarani community in Mato Grosso do Sul, 2014
Gunmen attacking another Guarani community in Mato Grosso do Sul, 2014
© Aty Guasu/Survival

A Brazilian tribal community is being attacked by a large number of gunmen in southern Brazil.

The gunmen, employed by local ranchers, arrived in around ten trucks and have been firing repeatedly at the Guarani village in Mato Grosso do Sul state. They have also reportedly set fire to several houses. The attacks are continuing on a nightly basis.

The ranchers are believed to be retaliating for a land reoccupation attempted by the Guarani last week. Although the Guarani have a right to their ancestral land under Brazilian and international law, it was stolen from them to make way for ranches and plantations. The ranchers frequently send gunmen to attack the Guarani and kill their leaders, in an attempt to keep them off the land.

On January 13th the Guarani marked the thirteenth anniversary of the murder of Marcos Veron, a tribal leader killed by ranchers in the same community, known as Takuara, where the attacks are taking place.

The DOF border security forces are present but have yet to step in to prevent the violence in this area, which th...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": matthew schiavello: photos and words: matthewschiavello: ‘Melbourne now #81: underneath it all,... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


‘Melbourne now #81: underneath it all, underneath all of the different colours that flesh comes in, we are all the same’


Something from 2013



Head Space: White matter matters, get over it… "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The subway of the brain – Why white matter matters. When we think of the brain, our first thought is of grey matter: the squishy yellowy-grey folded tissue that makes up the cortex. But what about the seemingly useless white matter lurking underneath, with its tougher exterior and long pale branches? There’s more to it […]


Catallaxy Files: Tim and Karl, separated at birth? "IndyWatch Feed"

Forget about bushfires and the budget for a moment and contemplate the remarkable resemblance between our colleague Tim Blair and our other late colleague Karl Popper (aged 28).

In a book about Michael Polanyi and his generation (Popper, Kuhn and others) there is a very clear head and shoulders pic of Karl in 1930. This caused some amusement among Tim’s close associates. Checking the Google page of Popper images there are a couple of Tim among a lot of others where there is no resemblance (yet).

A strange image on the page which heads a glowing reference to Popper by Herbert Gintis.

Herbert Gintis is a game theorist, and the author of what is, in my opinion, the best beginner-book on Game Theory out there: Game Theory Evolving. Interestingly, he is also the author of a boat-load of Amazon book reviews. Here’s one he wrote for the book, The Myth of the Framework, a collection of Karl Popper’s essays:

… Popper was the avowed and indefatigable enemy of Freudian psychology, Hegelian/Marxian philosophy and political theory, and other highly emotive and value-laden ideologies that appealed to True Believers but had no serious roots in the scientific method. If he were alive today, he would be launching his attacks on post-modernism, creationism, and other such drivel that has taken away the rationality of so many smart people in recent years. So, I Love Popper! I’m sure you will love Popper, too, unless you are among the decorticate folk who believe that some ideas are just too precious to be subjected to empirical testing.

“I may be wrong and you may be right,” says Popper, “and by an effort, we may get nearer to the truth.” (p...


Head Space: “The spirit enters the human being through the ear” "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Self-destruction We have spoken of the masses passively surrendering to their fate, of their hidden urge for destruction. What are the manifold psychological equivalents of this death instinct? Self-destruction is the final expression of power. It is the last way of maintaining a feeling of being valuable and potent. Think in this connection of all […]


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Gulf Aircraft Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign Bizjet VH-PYN Calls into Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Spotted making a brief visit to Gladstone Airport on Sunday 24 January was Gulf Aircraft Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-PYN.

I believe that it called in from Normanton and a short time later it departed to Archerfield.


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Fluoride is killing our kids in the north "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Letters to editor

Dear Sir,

water-tapI keep reading about the benefits of fluoride in water supplies and how it is supposed to be good for teeth. It is unusual that I often read this in the Cairns Post and the Courier Mail that are both Murdoch newspapers.  I wonder why they push fluoride and vaccines? It is easy to find scientific publications that say fluoride is killing us slowly and causing a lot of medical problems.  I have had a first hand experience with the problems related to toxic fluoride being added to drinking water. In 2004 when Mareeba had fluoride in the water, we had to send our son to primary school. He had been home schooled or on school of the air for most of his life on a cattle property and was drinking rainwater.

When he went to school in town he had to drink town water.

After being at school for about a year, we noticed his teeth were becoming quite motley with patches of white like staining and he complained of soreness. I asked a dentist what could be causing this and he said straight away, fluorosis!

He asked if we were giving him fluoride tablets which no sane parent would ever do. Of course we were not doing that.

Then I contacted the local council who told me the amount of the dose of fluoride going into the water, and when I checked it up it was quite high compared to other places like Townsville that I checked.

I also found out the fluoride the councils use is a very toxic by-product of aluminium production and comes from the refinery at Gladstone. It is not naturally occurring fluoride.

We then sent him to school with rainwater bottles and told him not to drink the tap water and put him on a course of anti-oxidant supplements.  A few months later the symptoms disappeared and his health improved.

His sister attended the same.......


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer now open "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Black Dog Ride

If you’d like to support the annual Black Dog Ride but can’t afford a week off work for the epic ride, then try the one-day ride in March.

Last year nearly 7000 Black Dog Riders nationwide hit the highways on one single day to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention.

Since April 2010, the Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer has raised more than $530,000 for mental health services and spread the message of depression and suicide prevention awareness.

Registrations for the 2016 Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer on Sunday, March 20, 2016 are now open.

To find your nearest Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer and register online, click HERE.

The annual Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre began in 2009 as a solo motorbike ride around Australia by Steve Andrews to raise awareness of depression.

BDR founder Steve Andrews Black Dog

BDR founder Steve Andrews



"IndyWatch Feed Tas": On The Convict Trail: Lake Frederick Inn, Oatlands "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Lake Frederick Inn was built by George Aitchison in 1833. Aitchison orginally came to Van Diemen's Land as a convict in 1819. He was a stonemason by trade. The Lake Frederick Inn was built from stone and 50.000 locally made bricks. By the time Aitchison began construction of the Inn in 1833, he had completed his convict sentence and was considered a fine "mechanic" as tradesmen were known at the time.

In fact, Oatlands owes much to George Aitchison as by 1829, he h...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 89.3 FM 2GLF: Pleasure Point Wharf Upgrade Proposed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Liverpool council is seeking feedback from residents on a proposal to upgrade the wharf at Pleasure Point.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 89.3 FM 2GLF: Training Update – Become a presenter or enhance your skills "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The first training course of 2016 will begin on Monday 1st February 2016 at 7pm it will be held at The Hilda Davis Centre, 185 Bigge Street Liverpool. Apply now to secure your place.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation: Urgent Letter to Malcolm Turnbull from Bob Brown "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hon. Malcolm Turnbull,

Prime Minister of Australia.


Dear Prime Minister,

The bushfire threat in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is extremely alarming. If between now and the end of April Tasmania experiences a heat wave with strong winds some of the most beautiful places on the high Central Plateau and in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and beyond will be incinerated. They would take centuries, if ever, to recover.

The heart of the Tarkine wilderness to the west of the World Heritage Area but containing its own World Heritage values is also alight and similarly threatened.

Urgent national assistance to douse the current fires before catastrophic conditions arise is warranted. Tasmania's resources are already stretched to the limit.

We urge you to take immediate action to send to Tasmania the necessary equipment - there is no shortage of water in these fires' localities - and personnel to bring the situation under control before it is too late.

Yours sincerely,

Bob Brown.

Pencil Pine at Lake Balmoral. Photo: Geoff Law

Here's how you can help!

Call or write to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Contact your local federal Coalition MP. Tell friends who have seen the glories of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area or Tarkine.

Thank you all,

Bob Brown.



"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: Hills Mobile Chemical Pick-up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Do you have unwanted household chemicals from the home, car or garage that need removing? The Hills Council is trialling a new service and will pick up solvents and household cleaners, car batteries, oils, fuel, paint, pesticides, poisons, pool chemicals (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: Making a splash for #SwimfortheReef "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Swim for the Reef held on Saturday 23 January was an ‘anything goes’ affair when it came to swimming styles, costumes, and floatation devices. Teams with names like Turterly Awesome, the Wobbegongs, and Deep C Divas, made up of approximately 100 swimmers in all, swam laps of Musgrave Park Pool from midday to midnight. Local swimmers were […]

The post Making a splash for #SwimfortheReef appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": Practising Simplicity: 4/52 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"A portrait of my youngest children, once a week, every week, in 2016."

Poet: late nights because it's too hot to sleep make for very tired morning eyes (ISO400, f2.8, 1/2000).

Percy: he helped me out with a photoshoot during the week and approved of his new cot location (ISO400, f2.8, 1/250).


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Alive 90.5: SYDNEY HILLS LUNAR FESTIVAL "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This FREE community event and will be held on Saturday 13 February 2016, from 3pm to 9pm at the North Rocks Park and Don Moore Community Centre. There will be face-painting, balloon twisting, craft, a pop-up library, photo booth, traditional (More...)


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Travelling north "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Rainbow Bee-eaters have left their breeding grounds and starting to gather in preparation for the annual trip north. At this time of year you’re likely to come across small flocks in the bush, hawking for insects from high perches. They are family groups, often comprising a number of pairs of adults and juveniles – the products of a successful summer nesting effort. While not always, the groups tend to be seen heading in a roughly northerly direction. By autumn many of these birds will have traversed the continent to arrive in northern Australia or even New Guinea. The stragglers are gone from the Newstead area by the end of February. Safe travels!


Rainbow Bee-eater (adult), Mia Mia Road, 21st January 2016.


Adult and juvenile.


This juvenile was chasing insects on the ground


Juvenile Rainbowbirds are much duller than the adults and lack tail streamers.



"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: King Quail at Great Sandy National Park reported by Paul Newman and Jean Newman on 22-01-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Pair flushed twice early morning then left for an hour. Male not seen again. Female returned to track and fed for 30 minutes, gradually working towards my position. Unfortunately I accidentally disturbed the bird and it was not seen again.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: King Quail at Great Sandy National Park reported by Paul Newman and Jean Newman on 23-01-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Following on from yesterday's sighting of the female, we returned to the site at dawn. A long and patient wait was rewarded with three sightings of the male dashing across the track at cartoon-like speeds. We probably missed other crossings! A short while later the bird appeared at the margins in a little more relaxed manner, but very vigilant. It retreated into cover several times when spooked by Peaceful Dove and Red-browed Finch. It gradually worked it's way toward my position while foraging but, despite using a longer lens than the previous day, it was not possible to get a better image than we achieved. This lifer was most rewarding and a delight to watch

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: Gould's Petrel at Offshore--Southport pelagic reported by Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge on 23-01-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The highlight of Saturday's trip was a single Gould's Petrel. Also c10-15 Tahiti Petrels, Wedge-tailed (many), Hutton's (a few) and a single Short-tailed Shearwater and a Common Noddy.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Thrive On News Spiritual Awakening Magazine: 3 Minute De-Stress At Work Meditation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A 3 minute meditation and music designed to relieve one quickly of stress at work in-between important tasks. Relax yourself into optimum performance. by psychic medium Ian Scott.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": The Vociferous Journalist: PM Turnbull asked to lobby US Congress re: TPP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The US Ambassador to Australia has asked Prime Minister Turnbull to lobby members of Congress in support of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) legislation to be considered by Congress later this year. Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network says if this surprising advice is followed, the PM will face an uphill battle to convince members of Congress to support the TPP.  


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Living and Loving Hobart:: Lunch with Mrs Smyth "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Two Girls Made This
Podcast is a smartphone app. Apart from that The Two Girls didn’t really have a clue. But that didn’t stop us from jumping at the chance to have a go at one.
Before we knew it, we had packed a two-course lunch for a day in the country and a stint in a home recording studio.
Mrs Smyth from Mrs Smyth Made This is a Tassie blogger from way back and a one time recording artist. More recently she’s taken to podcasts as a new blogging medium. Unsurprisingly, for someone unafraid of microphones, sound levels and editing software.



Please download this poster and promote The Freedom Ride. 
This event is significant 
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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) U.S. Ambassador discusses human rights with church leaders in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) National scene: Freeport  contributes to RI: US Ambassado
3) Islands in focus: Papua  Police probe cop’s alleged  suicide -


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": Planet Erland: metrocosmblog: Half of North Africa’s population lives in the... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Half of North Africa’s population lives in the grey areas, half lives in the red areas.

(North Africa = Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt)

For more population maps, click here


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Buell may be resurrected yet "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Buell customised by Ronin Motor Works

Buell 1150 customised by Ronin Motor Works

The continuing saga of American motorcycle manufacturer Erik Buell Racing (EBR) seems to have taken a new twist with hopes the brand may now survive.

In April 2015, the innovative bike builder ceased operations.

Since then, the company has gone to auction and been withdrawn on several occasions and there have been rumours of partial sell-offs to Indian manufacturers and to Polaris.

Then, the company was sold to a scrap merchant amid fears it would itself be scrapped.

Now Liquid Asset Partners (LAP) of Michigan has acquired the assets of the Wisconsin company.

While that may seem like another dead end for Buell, LAP plans to find a buyer to carry on manufacturing EBR bikes, then it will sell off any excess assets.

Erik Buell Racing EBR 1190 SX

EBR 1190 SX

LAP CEO is talking up EBR to potential buyers in the company’s latest pr...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": cityhippyfarmgirl: loving…shared local food and kindness "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Loving… shared local food and kindness. Wonderful and kind people, bringing shared and much appreciated food. A jar full of honey, an armload of fragrant basil, green tomato chutney, a bucket of red tomatoes, garlic, garlic garlic, a bowl of blackberries … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasfintalk: Forestry profitability "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Forestry Tasmania’s revenue from timber sales barely covers the costs of harvest and cartage let alone other costs.

The following short film discusses FT’s assertion that the Lapoinya coupe due to be logged now will be profitable.

What constitutes profitability?

The link is HERE .


The Ecologist: Cameron's 'sink estate' strategy - social cleansing by another name? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Demolishing 'sink' council estates is no way to solve social problems, writes Loretta Lees. All it does is force low income communities out of affordable housing, and open valuable urban sites up for profitable redevelopment. But then, maybe that's the point?


CHANGING TIMES: Malaysians rally against ‘back-door colonisation’ via the TPP "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Thousands of Malaysians turned out yesterday (Saturday) to protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is to be debated in the Malaysian parliament next week, and is scheduled to be signed off by all member countries in New Zealand on February 4.

In October last year, 12 Pacific Rim nations – the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam – reached an agreement to create the world’s largest free-trade zone. Negotations were conducted behind closed doors.

The TPP has been condemned worldwide, however. Critics say it is a geopolitical tool being used by the US in its trade battle with China.

Speakers at yesterday’s rally in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, were ardent in their condemnation of the agreement, which is also known as the TPPA. They pointed to the need to protect Malaysian sovereignty and the country’s economic future and demanded that the government reject the accord.

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The demonstrators were denied entry to the famous Merdeka Square in the city centre, which was cordoned off and guarded by police, so marched on to hold their rally on the nearby Padang Merbok sports field.

Amir Abdul Hadi from the human rights NGO Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Voice of the People, or SUARAM) was arrested under Section 105 of the  Criminal Procedure Code when leaving the rally, allegedly “to prevent a seizable offence”. Police alleged that he spoke during the protest, but he was not one of...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": pocitsoq: Bilingual contact, January 1788 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Whura - 'begone'

Whura – ‘begone’


My interest in naval pennants was piqued when I noticed that there was a naval pennant that has been used when a boat was trying to communicate ‘I am stopped’. I was further interested that this pennant resembled St Andrew’s cross, which is located in the corner of the Australian flag.

Another of the crosses in the same corner of the Australian flag is St Patrick’s cross. St Patrick’s prayer acknowledges Christ in the mouth ‘of friend and stranger’. In naval signal pennant language, St Patrick’s cross aims to communicate ‘I need help’.

I reflected further on the Australian flag. It is a ship’s flag. It is based on the blue ensign, which is the blue cloth with the Union Jack in the corner.

The use of the blue ensign was extended by the Colonial Defence Act of 1865, which allowed ‘all vessels belonging to, or permanently in, the service of the Colonies” to use this ensign, ‘with the Seal or Badge of the Colony in the Fly thereof’.

My view of this flag has changed significantly, recognizing this blend of four crosses on a flag of a vessel of the British Empire. It now reminds me of the threshold between life and death on the vast ocean beneath the vast sky, and people trying to communicate urgency, power and weakness without access to words.  The proliferation of Australian flags has become a way for me to secure and sustain an awareness of people who are in danger at sea.

Both Watkin Tench and Newton Fowell, of the First Fleet, made note of a common word in the days leading up to the 26...

Saturday, 23 January


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": All in the Name of Liberty: King St from the Martin Luther King mural "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Almost finished

A little painting I started today, the first for the year, next, cars and people and bits of trees, and, oh, possibly a blue sky - pink's good underneath tho


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Cloncurry Based PC-12 VH-MDH - Plus a Few Other Lighties - Also Call into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A couple of interesting light General Aviation (GA) aircraft have been noted calling into Rockhampton Airport over the last couple of days including Cloncurry-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-MDH which was spotted resting on the Rocky Airport GA Apron after arriving from Devencourt Station and Kierawonga Airport on Thursday 14 January.

On Friday 15 January VH-MDH departed back to Devencourt.

Meanwhile, also on Friday 15 January, Julia Creek-based Beech A36 Bonanza VH-BZY arrived at Rockhampton from Emerald, Consolidated Pastoral Company Beech 95-B55 VH-KET arrived from Tartrus before later departing to Archerfield, and Wolff Aviation Hawker Beechcraft C90GTi VH-VWG arrived from its Toowoomba base.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed": Bondville: Bondville does Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We're in Canberra this weekend! It's our first time here as a family (and my first since I was about 19) and we're having a ball seeing all the national buildings. 

So far we have had an amazing lunch at wholefood cafe Local Press, an afternoon  at the National Gallery of Art and sculpture garden, and Mr Papa Peruvian food truck for dinner. We're planning on the Arboretum and Questacon. See all our pics over on Instagram - @sbond.


No Fibs: Abbott handshake not enough to bring optical fibre to the bush: @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol "IndyWatch Feed National"

Out in Western Queensland a handshake is a done deal. In May 2015, the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott toured the shires of Barcoo and Diamantina in Western Queensland and inadvertently committed the Federal Government to a $16 million fibre optic project. It was sealed through a handshake with Diamantina Mayor Geoff Morton and Barcoo Mayor Julie Groves. Also present […]

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David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.


No Fibs: Keeping #MarriageEquality off the record: @burgewords comments on #NeverMarried "IndyWatch Feed National"

It felt like a cold label for what was a beautiful love affair. WHEN the South Australian government was caught out by the world’s media for its lax approach to recognising overseas same-sex marriages on death certificates, the justifiable outrage about Marco Bulmer-Rizzi being documented as “never married” to husband David resonated with many readers. One small voice of […]

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Michael is a writer, editor and journalist who lives on the beautiful island of Coochiemudlo. He is passionate about LGBTI equality and emergent forms of online publishing, marketing and access for writers and artists.

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