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Monday, 01 February

01:14 How Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Are Treated Globally- the Case of Dean Henry in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has always been a strong push to quiet victims of child abuse- esp. when that abuse is linked to a large, well organized, and well-funded group of elite pedophiles. They will do just about anything they can to stop victims from coming out and telling their stories, and this elite group of pedophiles do not like their names being called out. We are seeing this as a global phenomenon as we can see from the examples in America, the UK, and Australia. This elite group of pedophiles will use their incredible influence and vast resources to keep victims from talking and having their names called out.

The new push is to keep only those accused who are dead being named, giving the impression that no one alive is doing this- although people like Jimmy Saville and Lord Janner obviously didn’t work alone when committing and covering up their crimes. This group of elite pedophiles wants everyone to think that these types of situations are historic and certainly not ongoing in order to distract from the fact that this situation of selling and raping children is rampant everywhere in the world is ONGOING and still happening today.

I received what I am about to post from a third party who wanted to show me the issues that victims in Australia are dealing with if they come out and speak about being abused as children. This case deals with Dean Henry- who was horribly abused in a boys home in Australia and shows just what victims have to face when they come forward and tell people about their abuse. It is representative of what EVERY victim faces when they come forward, and this is GLOBALLY. If there wasn’t a cover-up being enacted with this, one would think that victims of childhood abuse would be welcomed to tell their story in order to prevent other children from experiencing the same fate- but the fact that these horror stories are WAY TO PERVASIVE with EVERY victim who comes forward- it shows that a cover-up to hide these situations and protect the...


Wake Up World: The Big “If†– What If Marijuana and Hemp Had Never Been Prohibited? "IndyWatch Feed National"

1st February 2016 By Ethan Indigo Smith Contributing Writer for Wake Up World The Big âŹSIf⏠The history of marijuana and hemp prohibition is a dark and shady story with all the makings of a diabolical thriller. In a dystopian world, shady oligarchs institute prohibition in order to benefit their institutions in the short term, leading to the ...Continue Reading - The Big âŹSIf⏠⏠What If Marijuana and Hemp Had Never Been Prohibited?


Wake Up World: The Oil-igarchy: How Big Oil Conquered The World "IndyWatch Feed National"

1st February 2016 By James Corbett Guest Writer for Wake Up World This is the story of how the oil-igarchy is on the verge of monopolizing life itself. Oil. From farm to pharmaceutical, diesel truck to dinner plate, pipeline to plastic product, it is impossible to think of an area of our modern-day lives that ...Continue Reading - The Oil-igarchy: How Big Oil Conquered The World


North Coast Voices: Former Australian defence minister Kevin Andrews skips first week of parliament to address Koch Brothers' funded U.S. Heritage Foundation event "IndyWatch Feed"

Former prime minister Tony Abbott was a guest speaker at an Alliance Defending Freedom dinner on 28 January 2016 and now his political ally former defence minister Kevin Andrews is scheduled to deliver a speech at a Heritage Foundation event being held in the Allison Auditorium, Washington DC.

This speech can be watched live online from 3am AEDT (Sydney) on 3 February 2016 at .

Like Alliance Defending Freedom, the Heritage Foundation is a far-right American organisation which seeks to influence federal and state elections, as well as politicians and government policy.

It is a pro-gun, pro-coal, pro-deregulation, anti-universal health care, anti-gay marri...


North Coast Voices: In the hope of winning back the highest political office in the land is Tony Abbott committing a cardinal sin against gender equality and Australian democracy? "IndyWatch Feed"

Did anyone really think that American hard-right religious extremism was confined to U.S. shores and missionary outposts in third world countries?

Does anyone really believe that former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is currently courting the misogynistic, homophobic, religious extremist group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) simply to support the notion of Christian family ideals?

The reality is very different.

Religious extremism USA-style is already in this country and it appears that Tony Abbott may be intent on tapping its influence and money in order to rebuild his personal political power.

Indeed, in The Guardian on 27 January 2016, a phone conversation between a journalist and an ADF representative is quoted which seems to indicate that Abbott may be doing just that:



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Sunday, 31 January


(We) can do better: Video Interview: Danish Parliament member recommends Australian refugee processing system "IndyWatch Feed National"

A frank discussion about the consequences of Merkel's open borders on Denmark, with a number of references to the Australian system for processing refugees. Note, however, that refugees do not usually achieve permanent resettlement in Europe, whereas they usually do in Australia. When European governments talk about taking in refugees, they are talking about a temporary situation. In this interview Oksana Boyko of RT asks Ft. Anders Vistisen about the Danish plan to confiscate valuables from refugee applicants to pay for their costs and how many more refugees can Denmark accept. Why is Denmark moving refugees to rural camps? Won't that detract from their integration?

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Catallaxy Files: Guest Post: John Comnenus – An Open Letter to the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP "IndyWatch Feed"

Dear Barnaby,

There has been some chatter that you might soon become the National Party leader. If so, allow me make a suggestion to more effectively use the electoral power of the National Party and to wrench policy back in a more conservative direction.

Upon becoming the Nationals leader you should immediately go to Bill Shorten and ask him what the ALP is happy to offer the Nationals if it were a junior Coalition parter. Think about the potential power of such a move.

The biggest threats to Bill Shorten’s leadership are Albanese and Plibersek who are both from the Left and in seats vulnerable to the Greens. The biggest block to the ALP being more centrist and electorally popular is the need to placate the Green leaning voters in a handfull of inner city seats in the major cities.

Shorten might be happy to lose a couple of inner city seats if it means he disposes of his leadership rivals and can regain some more centrist outer suburban and regional seats that are currently held by the Liberals. These types of seats in places like Surfers, the Central Coast, Mandurah and the like might vote ALP if they knew Labor will be moderated by the Nationals as a junior partner.

After speaking with Shorten you should speak with Malcolm Turnbull and advise him that the Nationals are no longer going to be a doormat for a left wing Liberal party. Advise him that the Nationals will decide who forms Government after the next election and that the support from the Nationals is up for grabs. Let him know that you have already spoken to Shorten and are expecting the ALP’s pitch. Let him know you will compare offers, put it to a vote of the National Party room and act accordingly.

You might just get Turnbull to actually take conservatives seriously. Of course if you are not supporting the Liberals you can contest a number of three cornered contest, get ALP preferences to win a swag of regional seats off the Liberals. You would m...


Kangaroo Court of Australia: Justice David Davies confirms $2.2mill Mafia bribe & systemic corruption in NSW Supreme Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no evidence more powerful that a crime took place then when a criminal confesses to committing a crime. In December 2015 Justice David Davies of the NSW Supreme Court confirmed that NSW judges had been bribed $2.2 million by the Mafia and also confirmed systemic corruption with NSW Judges refusing to publish reasons […]


Catallaxy Files: Is Trump a “conservative”? "IndyWatch Feed"

I don’t vote according to labels but there is no doubt that so far as modern political labels go, conservative is the closest it gets. This is from an article on Why I Support Donald Trump and Not Ted Cruz which begins by addressing what does it mean to be a “conservative”:

“Conservatism,” as [Russell] Kirk explained it, encompassed an inherent distrust of liberal democracy, staunch opposition to egalitarianism, and an extreme reluctance to commit the United States to global “crusades” to impose American “values” on “unenlightened” countries around the world. Conservatives should celebrate local traditions, customs, and the inherited legacies of other peoples, and not attempt to destroy them. America, Kirk insisted, was not founded on a democratic, hegemonic ideology, but as an expression and continuation of European traditions and strong localist, familial and religious belief. Indeed, Kirk authored a profound biography of Senator Robert Taft, “Mr. Conservative,” who embodied those principles.

It’s a long article and well worth reading through. Here, however, is the core point on why Trump is preferred to Cruz:

What is needed in this nation now is dramatic, even radical change. What is needed is not someone who will simply raise Hell, but someone who will be more like a bull loosed in a terrified china shop. Half measures and regular politicians, “mainstream conservatives” like Ted Cruz, I don’t think can pull it off. Trump, I believe, just maybe can.

“Just maybe can” is a better probability statement than is attached to any other candidate at the present time. Interestingly, and by no means a coincidence since this is a central issue in this election, Byron York has asked Trump...


Catallaxy Files: Don’t just watch; listen and learn. "IndyWatch Feed"

Paul Kelly in the Weekend Australian:

Turnbull needs to watch the populists and intellectuals on the Right. They dispute his strategy, oppose GST reform and demand deeper and faster spending cuts, a stance unlikely to translate into a viable position for the election year.


Fire Earth: Severe Weather Events Plague Australian Continent "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Australia battered by strong winds, heavy precipitation, deadly flooding, a cyclone, mini-tornado, wildfires… and  country-wide rainfall Severe weather systems are pummeling multiple regions of Australia, with deadly  flash-flooding in Queensland, a destructive “mini-tornado” in New South Wales, ex-cyclone STAN in Western Australia, damaging heavy rain and flooding in eastern Tasmania, while up to 100 wildfires […]


No Place For Sheep: Family violence and the middle class "IndyWatch Feed"

  I’ve just read yet another white, middle-class journalist, female this time, assert that there are forces other than misogyny and gender inequality that are accountable for family violence, and that this type of violence is perpetrated in predominantly low-income families. This view is also held by Miranda Devine. I wrote about this last year when […]


Catallaxy Files: From Zero Hedge – Some of the Crazy Laws on the Books in US "IndyWatch Feed"

Granted these are “odd”, but I venture there are some equally odd laws in the books in Australia.

My personal favourite is Minnesota where it is illegal to cross the state line with a duck atop your head.

Close second, Alabama where it is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in a church.

If you think these are crazy, I can imagine what might happen if the Greens are ever given a legislative mandate …



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Depopulation advocate billionaire George Soros investing in gun manufacturers to shut them down "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Now Among Largest Firearms Investors, Soros In Gun Control Scheme To Dump Stocks

soros_davosBy Mac Slavo –

Do you see the puppet strings?

The plot to disarm Americans and suspend the 2nd Amendment is working with furious pace. But it is anything but head on.

The 2nd Amendment makes gun ownership an inalienable right and guarantees armed and formidable populace. The NRA and other lobbies have gun rights firmly entrenched in the Republican party.

So the other side works the back door. Infiltration, is that what is happening?

By all appearances, Soros, the elite wolf in sheep’s clothing has been investing in firearms companies not to profit from them, but to destroy them, and destroy the access of people to guns and ammunition.

Via the ...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": 8 Muslim men attack decorated Australian veteran and his wife on Victorian beach, Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Michael Smith writes:

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“Whilst in Baghdad, I was fortunate to spend some time with SECDET IX, the detachment charged with the responsibility of the security of the Australian Embassy Staff. It was made up of Military Policemen, Infantry from 3rd Battalion (Airborne), Royal Australian Regiment and the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment, Queensland Mounted Infantry as well as support personnel from other corps such as Royal Australian Signals Corps, Royal Australian Intelligence Corps and Royal Australian Army Catering Corps.”

“Commanding the detachment was 38 year old Major Kyle Tyrell. Major Tyrell grew up in Essendon in Victoria and spent over a decade in the Army serving in 1 RAR, 2 RAR, 3 RAR, 6 RAR, 2 Commando Company, 8/7 Battalion, Royal Victorian Rifles, the Combat Training Centre and Army Headquarters. During this time, he took five years off and returned to civilian life where he had a complete change of pace and completed a Masters of Business Administration. He worked as a management consultant and owned his own company building yachts. He spent time sailing around the world with his wife.

“After returning to the Army, he served in the Solomon Islands and then in Iraq in 2006 as SECDET Commander, a role for which he received a Commendation for Distinguished Service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for outstanding leadership in action.”

You can read more about Colo...


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Mine executives escape responsibility for deaths in Hungary "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A man walks next to his destroyed house in the flooded village of Kolontar, Hungary October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

A man walks next to his destroyed house in the flooded village of Kolontar, Hungary October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Hungary court acquits leaders of firm behind toxic spill

Marton Duna | Reuters

Fifteen people tried in connection with a toxic spill from an alumina reservoir in western Hungary that killed 10 people in 2010 were acquitted on Thursday, an outcome a local mayor said would only serve to further traumatize and anger residents.

The spill was one of Hungary’s worst environmental disasters. Toxic red mud flowing from the reservoir destroyed hundreds of homes across three towns, covered the countryside and seeped into rivers as far downstream as the Danube.

It took years to clean up at a cost of about 40 billion forints ($140 million).

MAL Corp, the aluminum smelting company that owned the faulty alumina reservoir was subsequently taken over by the government, which declared it responsible for the incident and began to close it down. It is still under liquidation.

But in a first instance ruling, the court in the western town of Veszprem said executives and top employees of MAL had not been criminally negligent, nor had they committed other crimes they were charged with during the 40-month legal procedure.

“The defendants had no realistic and objective opportun...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": A lot of Anzackery going on and increasing- awesome video "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fellow proud Australians and others… Turn your speakers up and view this video clip commemorating our hero’s ‘men & women’. Watch the integration of old footage with modern day.

I’m honoured to share with you this incredibly special music video for ‘Spirit of the Anzacs’ featuring Lee Kernaghan, Guy Sebastian, Sheppard, Jon Stevens, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll and Megan Washington.

This is what we need to live up to and start having pride in what we are


Catallaxy Files: Green economic vandalism throttling farming "IndyWatch Feed"

As a result of irrigation, the Murray Darling Basin became Australia’s premier agricultural province – accounting for up to 40 per cent of the nation’s farm output.  It did so while making the river system more pleasing and safer by creating a placid, ever-flowing river.

The farming benefits of the river having been achieved, green groups led by the ACF and acting under the umbrella of the “Wentworth Group” (founded in 2002 and named after the posh Sydney hotel where they met) started campaigning to suppress irrigation in the area.  The group contained the usual suspects, including David Karoly, Tim Flannery, Martjin Wilder, Peter Cullin, Peter Cosier and were bankrolled by the heir to the Clyde Industries fortune, Robert Purves.

In attacking irrigation as the key to commercial farming on the Murray, the Wentworth group first claimed it was creating salinity and we had a stream of ABC programs (e.g here, here and here) purporting to demonstrate this.  That furphy was unfounded and we hear little of it now.  Salt was never a problem (the Darling is naturally salty) and it is easily remedied.

But economic vandalism gained a whole new focus with the greenhouse scare.  This, coupled with the Millennium drought 1995-2009, brought intensified calls for reducing irrigation – The Garnaut Report even maintained that irrigated agriculture in the area would need to cease by 2050.  The drought having broken, analysis of rainfall records shows it was just another episode in the endless volatility of the rainfall over much of Australia.

In addition to these claims about the need to cease irrigated agriculture and revert to nature there was a third rat...

16:06 A nuclear ‘Make in India’ will be a disaster: former AERB Chief "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


A vivid example on how not to ‘Make-in-India’ even a well-established foreign reactors is seen in the continuing problems the Kudankulam VVER reactor Unit-1 is experiencing.

The post A nuclear ‘Make in India’ will be a disaster: former AERB Chief appeared first on


Head Space: Biological Health Hazard – Hepatitis B (HBV) Outbreak: USA (KY, WV, TN) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

HEPATITIS B – USA: (KENTUCKY, WEST VIRGINIA, TENNESSEE) INTRAVENOUS DRUG USE **************************************** Published Date: 2016-01-30 19:20:18 Subject: PRO/EDR> Hepatitis B – USA: (KY, WV, TN) injection drug use Archive Number: 20160130.3980173 Date: Thu 28 Jan 2016 Source: Courier-Journal [edited] Kentucky and 2 other Appalachian states have seen a huge surge in the potentially serious liver […]


Head Space: Biological Hazard – Poliomyelitis (vaccine-derived polio virus (cVDPV): Pakistan, Laos (cVDPV1), global (Update) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

POLIOMYELITIS UPDATE (03): PAKISTAN, LAOS (CIRCULATING VACCINE DERIVED POLIOVIRUS TYPE 1), GLOBAL, WHO, REQUEST FOR INFORMATION *********************************************** Published Date: 2016-01-29 23:36:36 Subject: PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (03): Pakistan, Laos (cVDPV1), global, WHO, RFI Archive Number: 20160129.3976923 In this update: [1] Pakistan [2] Laos, cVDPV1 – WHO, RFI [3] Global update – Polio eradication initiative, RFI ****** […]


Mongabay Environmental News: Sri Lanka crushes and destroys over 350 ivory tusks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In May 2012, customs authorities at the Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka seized a shipment of 359 African elephant tusks. The ivory shipment, weighing around 1.5 tons, was being moved from Kenya to Dubai, with Sri Lanka as a transit point. Hundreds of elephants in Africa, including juveniles, are believed to have been slaughtered for these tusks. Today, these 359 ivory tusks -- Sri Lanka’s biggest-ever haul and the country’s entire ivory stockpile -- are being crushed and destroyed at the Galle Face Green in Colombo, an act that is meant to demonstrate the country’s intolerance for wildlife crime. Later, the ivory will be burned in an incinerator, according to National Geographic news. This is the first time a South Asian country is destroying its illegal ivory stockpile. Globally, Sri Lanka is the sixteenth country to destroy its ivory, joining countries like the U.S., Kenya, Belgium, Chad, China, Thailand, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique, France, Gabon, Zambia, Hong Kong SAR China, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates. Today’s ivory crush began with a religious ceremony performed by Buddhist monks, and Hindu, Muslim and Christian representatives, who prayed for elephants that were butchered for the tusks. [caption id="attachment_176091" align="aligncenter" width="1068"] Sri Lanka crushed more than 300 ivory tusks to demonstrate its intolerance for wildlife crime. Photo courtesy of Vikalpa, CC by 2.0 license ([/caption] Scientists estimate that between 2010 and 2012, poachers have killed over 100,000 African elephants. But whether the destruction of ivory stockpiles actually reduces elephant poaching…


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": All the seats are taken in our parliament of fools "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There are 226 members of Australia’s federal parliament with the exception of but a few very smart manipulators you are about to hear some home truth.













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Head Space: Biological Health Threat – Guillain-Barre syndrome/(EV-D68) Disease Outbreak: UK, (Wales) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME – UK: (WALES) ASSOCIATION WITH ENTEROVIRUS-D68 ********************************************************************** Published Date: 2016-01-29 23:43:51 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Guillain-Barre syndrome – UK: (Wales) association with EV-D68 Archive Number: 20160129.3978127 Date: Thu 28 Jan 2016 Source: Eurosurveillance [edited] Citation: Williams C, Thomas R, Pickersgill T, et al. Cluster of atypical adult Guillain-Barre syndrome temporally associated with neurological illness due […]





In this moment the first civil court case in Ecuador and the world in defense of Nature is in process. In this case Nature is a subject of rights. She presents her demands together with us, two ancestral communities: the Afro-Ecuadorian community of La Chiquita and the Awá Indigenous community of Guadualito. Our communities are located in the Ecuadorian-Colombian border—Canton San Lorenzo (Esmeraldas Province)—located in the northwest region of the Ecuadorian coast.

With your signatures you join a collective appeal to the pertinent authorities of the Ecuadorian State, that through their administration of justice, the verdict constitutes a true paradigm shift in favor of the Rights of Nature and guarantees the future of the children and grandchildren of our communities.

In Solidarity and with Hope,

  • The members of t...


Independent Australia: Corruption under Turnbull: An international embarrassment "IndyWatch Feed"

Corruption under Turnbull: An international embarrassmentJanuary has been another bad month for corruption in Australia. Alan Austin reports, in what is now becoming an embarrassingly regular series. read now...


Independent Australia: Turning up the heat on climate denialists "IndyWatch Feed"

Turning up the heat on climate denialistsWith ten of the hottest years on record occurring in only the last 18 years, DeSmogBlog's Graham Readfearn says the chances of this not being due to manmade greenhouse gases are 'vanishingly slim'. read now...


Catallaxy Files: Be warned of “self-determination” and Constitutional reform "IndyWatch Feed"

The shape of things to come in Australia? Winston Peters warns of the tribalization of NZ.

Under the new bill, every council in New Zealand will be required by law, to invite the local iwi to “discuss, agree and record ways in which tangata whenua” through iwi authorities, can participate in the formulation of policy plans, including water management plans,he said…

The proposed changes to the RMA are a signal flare to the entire country that the two parties are taking us down the track of separatism. We are no longer one people. We are moving towards two separate groups with separate rights.

Beware of the push for “self-determination” of national, racial and ethnic groups. The principle, in its pure form, amounts to the demand that each state should be a nation-state: that it should be confined within a natural border, and that this border should coincide with the location of an ethnic group.

However apart from the possible example of Iceland there are virtually no nation states of that kind and the attempt to realise that state of affairs has caused endless conflict and strife when ethnic minorities demanded that they be allowed to break away or join an adjacent state where they would be the majority. For example Czechoslovakia was formed under the principle of national self-determination but as soon as it was formed the Slovaks demanded t be free (in the name of the same principle), and finally it was destroyed by the German minority, in the name of the same principle. The latest example of this principle is the demand for a Palestinian nation state which is used as a rationale for waging war on Israel.

From “The History of our time, an optimist...


The Political Sword: Still more on framing the political debate - the key to winning "IndyWatch Feed"

I began this short series on political framing with the image above, and illustrated the concept with some overseas examples. In the second part I used examples from the contemporary federal political scene, pointed out the dangers of accepting political opponents’ framing, and examined ways of countering that framing. In this final part, I will further illustrate framing with some very contemporary political framing.

I hope that these pieces will convince you of the continuing reality of framing in our political scene and the power of a strong and plausible frame in setting the political agenda. I hope too it will offer some hints to Labor leaders as they seek to counter and match the Coalition’s skill at framing.

Abbott was a master at framing. He’s gone now from the top job, or we hope he has, but his legacy persists.

Take the ‘Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption’. If the title had not included ‘and Corruption’, it might have been seen as a neutral body assigned the task of examining how unions are managed and governed. But Abbott was determined to frame the Commission’s task as a legal investigation into what he asserted was widespread union corruption. His framing prejudged the outcome. Now that the Commission’s findings are public, Abbott will not be disappointed.

He could have achieved his purpose had the Commission been simply into trade union governance; the terms of reference would have defined the scope of the inquiry. But typically Abbott has...


Real News Australia: The Truth behind vaccinations!!!! YOU NEED TO READ THIS! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Beautiful By Laire Lightner:
Vaccinations are not safe on the contrary they are very dangerous. Before becoming a mom to my 2 girls, I worked in the medical field since 05. I worked with a bright Dr who had been a medical researcher. He did extensive research on this matter and the…


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": FBI Releases Fatal Shooting Video of Oregon Rancher | The Daily Sheeple "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"




The FBI has released video from a surveillance plane of the shooting death of rancher Oregon rancher LaVoy Finicum. Finicum is seen with his hands up, then according to the FBI, he reached for his weapon.

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The Watchers » Latest articles: Massive snowstorm hits Nova Scotia, Canada "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong winter storm brought heavy snowfall to Nova Scotia, Canada on January 29, 2016. 30 000 residents were left without power by the afternoon hours of January 30 (local time), and it could take another day to restore the power in all the homes, according to...... Read more »



Independent Australia: Deconstructing the closet "IndyWatch Feed"

Deconstructing the closetDarin Grace explores the relationship between the societal acceptance of terms such as “homophobia” and “coming out of the closet” with depression and suicide among non-heterosexual people. read now...


loon pond: Cat Stevens, Pellists, Jensenists, what have you got, because the pond's agin it, unless it happens to feature manly men in frocks ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The pond realises that it's been failing in its duties in relation to meditative Sundays ... we simply haven't been pounding the keyboard hard enough.

This came upon the pond while watching Spotlight last night.

It isn't a particularly good film. The reporters at the Boston Globe are each given haloes, and Mark Ruffalo is given an obligatory intense speech to ensure nominations, while good old Stanley Tucci acts the socks off him. And then there's the banality of the underscore, which frequently delivers bouts of "doing" music to accompany montages of activity (a Christmas carol also performs this duty).

And poor old Rachel McAdams is given the job of becoming a female beagle, such is the intensity of her winsome looks (punters will recall with affection that Anthony Lane awarded Ryan Gosling the title of male beagle when he noted a sure way for the local animal shelter's fund-raising leaflet to raise oodles of money was to have Gosling as the beagle on the cover. It never fails ...)

And yet the sheer enormity of what the Catholic church got up to in Boston, the cover-ups and the abuse, carried the pond through the movie, and made it wonder whether we will ever see the Pellists back in Australia ...



BC-ESP Seismograms: Magnitude 7.2 – 91km N of Yelizovo, Russia – January 30, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Russsian7.2 Jan2016Kamchatka_0113 Kamchatka_013016USGS Tectonic Summary

Time:  2016-01-30 03:25:10 UTC
Magnitude 7.2
91km (57mi) N of Yelizovo, Russia
Location:  54.007°N  158.506°E
Depth:  161.0 km


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: Six-Week Creative Writing Course with Candida Baker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Calling all women! Come on a six-week journey of creative self-discovery – kick-start your writing projects for 2016 in the insiprational environment of the Byron Bay hinterland with author, publisher and editor Candida Baker.

It’s the first time I’ve offered a writing course for women in some years,” says Candida, whose latest book, Belinda the Ninja Ballerina, was published in October. “I’m very excited to have created these courses for women, to help them on their writing journeys and to encourage them to tap into their full creative power.”

Candida, who started Verandah Magazine 18 months ago, is the author of numerous books including the non-fiction series Yacker, Australian Writers Talk About Their Work; two novels, The Hidden and Women and Horses; a book of short stories, The Powerful Owl, numerous anthologies and several children’s books.

“I see my whole life as being creative,” says Candida. “I love to take photographs, and also to paint, and I’m also a natural horsemanship practitioner. I’ve found that if I can simply allow the creativty to flow then projects unfold in the most amazing way. I’m currently working on my third novel, based on the life of photographer Eadweard Muybridge, and I’m looking forward to sharing my creative process with participants in the course.”

As a journalist Candida has been editor of The Weekend Australian Magazine, deputy editor of the Good Weekend; arts editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and a feature writer on The Age. She was Director of the 2011 Byron Bay Writers’ Festival, and since then she has run numerous events and workshops in the Byron Bay region.



The Watchers » Latest articles: Violent storms wreak havoc across parts of western Europe "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Intense storms wreaked havoc across parts of Europe over the last couple of days. A cargo vessel got stranded in the Bay of Biscay and rescue teams have only been able to reach it on January 29. 22 crew members were successfully evacuated a few days earlier. Video...... Read more »


Geoengineering Watch: Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, January 30, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

44Dane Wigington The anthropogenic assault on planet earth continues to accelerate on countless fronts, with climate engineering at the top of the list. The rapidly unfolding biosphere implosion is increasingly hindering industrialized civilization's futile attempt to perpetually expand on a finite planet with finite resources. The current paradigm is completely decimating the biosphere. The climate engineering interference


Antony Loewenstein: US radio show Majority Report interview on Disaster Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week I was interviewed from Berlin by the US radio program Majority Report with Sam Seder. We discussed my book, Disaster Capitalism, Haiti, the Clinton Foundation and Australia’s brutal refugee policies.


Fire Earth: Tropical Cyclone STAN: Red Alert Issued in WA "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Destructive winds, storm surges, flooding threaten towns as cyclone approaches Western Australia Tropical Cyclone STAN threatens northwest Pilbara region in Western Australia (WA) with potentially destructive wind gusts and heavy rain when the system makes landfall early on Sunday morning. The storm, currently a category 2 system, is forecast to intensify to category three cyclone […]


Indian Country Headline News: Juneau Kicks Off Campaign Breaking Fundraising Record "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Montana’s Denise Juneau has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars in eight weeks in her bid to represent the...


EcoWatch: 13 Herbs and Spices That Will Reduce Inflammation in Your Body "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


There are many different herbs that can help you reduce or prevent...


Earth First! Newswire: Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For February 2016 Is Now Available "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Prison Books Collective

prison solidarity

Hello Friends and Comrades,

  1. Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for February.(11″x17″ PDF, 838KB) Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night. Get together with some friends in your town to send birthday cards to these fighters in our struggle. It’s an easy way to help remind them that they aren’t forgotten. If you make one, remember—don’t use anything like white-out, stickers, tape or glitter on it. We also recommend that you put a return name and address and their name and prisoner number on the card, lest the authorities “lose” the envelope and forget where it is going. If you would like to add a birthday or sign up for our poster mailing list (not a listserv, one email per month), or if you would like to contribute in another way to increasing the profile of US political prisoners, email us at
  2. ...


Earth First! Newswire: Walter Bond: Becoming Muslim in the CMU "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"



In the summer of 2010 I was arrested for a series of arsons I had committed under the moniker of the Animal Liberation Front. A clandestine disorganization that breaks the law to save the lives of Animals and publicize the suffering they endure in the slaughterhouse industry, medical science and research, as well as entertainment and fashion. By the Summer of 2010 the ATF, FBI and Department of Homeland security as well as other local authorities across Colorado and Utah were closing in on me. I had spent the previous decade working peacefully and legally for Animal Rights but had lost patience with a system that will never care about Life in the same way it cares about production, economy and consumption. I took the law into my own hands and was about to reap the consequences.

It was in county jail in Golden, Colorado That I made an earnest prayer in my cell. I guess I should preface this by saying that it was not out of desperation that I made that prayer. My situation was definitely dire as my court cases became a circus of activity. On one side the activist communities were divided about their feelings over me, my crimes of arson and my personal views. And on the other side was the news media, United States government and victims of burnt out...


EcoWatch: Will Denmark Become the World’s First 100% Organic Country? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


The Danish government is working on drastically increasing the nation's supply of...


EcoWatch: 4 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Mushrooms "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Edible mushrooms are potent medicines and a delicious addition to a healthy...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Alsace's French and German history "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I have already noted that the most influential art historians during my under-graduate years at Melbourne University were Aby Warburg, Erwin Panofsky, EH Gombrich, Nikolaus Pevsner, Adolf Katzenellenbogen, Fritz Saxl and Rudolf Wittkower. All trained at German-speaking universities, these art historians went on to change Britain's scholarship.

Now let me think about France. In studying Paris’ most loved art dealers, gallery owners, academics and writers from 1870-1940, it occurred to me yet again that so many of them were born in Alsace or had Alsatian parents. Every one of my favourites had a German-sounding surname:

Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann (1809-91) was born in Paris, son of a family that came from Alsace. He became the most famous town-planner and renovator of Paris ever!

Captain Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935) was born and raised in Alsace. He was a rapidly rising military officer, until he was court martialled for spying for the Germans and expelled from France. He was later exonerated.

Berthe Weill (1865–1951), art dealer and modernist gallery owner, was born in Paris to an Alsace family.

Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (1884-1979) was born in Mannheim in Germany and went to Paris to become a fine art histor­ian, art collector and perhaps the leading French dealer of the 20th century.

Ernest Gimpel (1858-1907) was born and educated in Alsace but worked in art with the Wildensteins and the Duveens in Paris and New York. His son René Gimpel (1881-1945) married Lord Joseph Duveen’s sister and became a prominent French art dealer and patron in Paris.

Marc Bloch (1886–1944) was born into an academic family from Alsace. The son of the prof­es­sor of ancient hist­ory, Marc himself became a brilliant medieval historian in Paris.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Infinity in Hand: gameraboy: Via Cult of Weird: Underground shelters built in... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Via Cult of Weird:

Underground shelters built in fear of a nuclear attack were usually cramped spaces with just enough amenities to survive a few months. When wealthy recluse Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson built his Cold War bunker in 1978, he decided to ride out the end of the world in style.

The subterranean paradise at 3970 Spencer St. in Las Vegas was built 26 feet underground. At ground level a 2-bedroom caretaker house sits on the property. In the backyard, ventilation and air-conditioning units jut up from the dirt. Rocks conceal stairways and an eleva...



EcoWatch: Michael Moore: 10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy, But I Will "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Here are 10 things that you probably don’t know about this crisis because the media, having come to the story so late...


Wake Up World: Conscious Connection – Bridging Species Through Love "IndyWatch Feed National"

31st January 2016 By Michael J. Roads Guest Writer for Wake Up World Some months ago I had a book recommended to me, The Elephant Whisperer, by Lawrence Anthony. And as the author quickly states, the whisperer is the elephant! It is a very well written and truly inspiring book. Why I am mentioning this ...Continue Reading - Conscious Connection ⏠Bridging Species Through Love


Wake Up World: 10 Signs You’ve Bought ‘Spin’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

31st January 2016 By Christina Lavers Contributing Writer for Wake Up World We live in a world with an incredible imbalance of power. Whether you believe in âŹÜconspiraciesâŹ" or not, there is no doubt that a tiny fraction of the world population has the means to manipulate and sway public opinion in order to maintain a ...Continue Reading - 10 Signs YouâŹ"ve Bought âŹÜSpinâŹ"


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Did no-one on Australian Prime Minister Turnbull's staff check that 'homeless' app before he fronted media singing its praises? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

But there was Malcolm Turnbull, fresh from describing the latest initiative to help Australia's army of homeless as an "act of love", striding up what the well-heeled like to call the Paris end of Collins Street, Melbourne, where he discovered Mr Kerswell sitting on the footpath.
The Prime Minister stopped, squatted on his haunches and told Mr Kerswell about Ask Izzi, a new website designed to grant Australia's homeless instant access to an array of help, such as food, shelter and legal assistance. [The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 January 2016]...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: To Kill A Whooping Crane "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This is the beginning of a letter sent in relation to an 18 year-old Texan’s 11 January 2016 alleged killing of two Whooping Cranes protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Read the rest of this sad letter here.

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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Bendigo Community Farmers Market: SUCHE-GHOSTWRITER.DE – Top Effizient Aufsatz schreiben Lösung "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mein Vorname ist Lukas, ich bin der Studierender des vierten Studienjahres der Humboldt Universität. am Schluss des zweiten Studienhalbjahres brauchte ich eine Semesterarbeit in der Literaturwissenschaft. das Werk sollte 50 Seite betragen. Außer der Schularbeit anfertige ich noch und für Schreiben meiner Arbeit hatte ich keine Zeit. Ich habe meine Freundeum Beihilfegebeten und sie haben mir einen Serviceim Bereich desakademischen Schreibens angeraten. am Anfang habe ich eine Reihe Unsicherheit dazu, aber nach dem ersten Telefonat wird meine meine Unsicherheit nicht mehr aufgetaucht.

Papier Schriftlich Unterstützung

Der Service funktioniertim Bereich des fachwissenschaftlichen Schreibens schon mehr als 6 Jahren und hilft den Studenten beim Schreiben des akademischen Arbeiten. Hier steht zur Verfügung man eine große Listevon Angeboten und extra Sortimente an. Das Ziel dieser Hilfsquelle ist 100% ausgezeichneten, einzigartigen und nicht kopierten Fassungen zu schaffen. Ich möchte sagen, dass den Betrieb dem Ziel Tausendprozent entspricht. Meiner Arbeit war gut zu verstehen, fehlerfrei und richtig geschrieben, und alle meinen meinen Anweisungen entsprach. Der Kundendienst hat eine gute Wahrnehmung im Schreiben der fachwissenschaftlichen Semesterarbeiten.

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schau mal diese Leute

Nach meiner ersten Kenntnis der Kollektivarbeit mit, beordere ich regulär meinefachwissenschaftlichenArbeiten und bin dazu sehr froh. Ich habe keine Angst für Studium, weil ich ständig für Hilfe anbieten kann und sicher bin, dass ich 100% exzellenten und, was am wichtigsten ist, plagiatsfreien Texte bekommen wird. Dank diesem Kundendienst habe ich noch frei Zeit für Beruhigung und Arbeit. Ich habe verschiedenartige Texte bestellt, und bekam allemal nur guteResultat. Bei gibt es eine Chance von kleinen Artik.....


Head Space: M7.2 Seismic Event: Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The earthquake occurred in the Russian Federation , Region of Kamchatskaya oblast. The nearest places are Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Sharomy, Krasnoye Znamya, Upper-Kamchalka, D’yakonova, Pushino, Pushchino, and Ganaly. The maximum altitude nearby is 3266m . Natural Hazard – Seismic Event  Asia –  Russian Federation | Kamchatka Peninsula, Region of Kamchatskaya oblast near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Location: 91km N of […]


The Watchers » Latest articles: Very strong M7.2 earthquake hit Kamchatka, Russia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.2 hit Kamchatka, Russia at 03:25 UTC on January 30, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 161 km (100 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.2 at a depth of 158 km. CENC is reporting M7.0 at the same depth. According to...... Read more »


slackbastard: antifa notes (january 30, 2016) : Black Rose, UPF and moar "IndyWatch Feed National"

Black Rose On Thursday night in Newtown an altercation occurred outside of Black Rose anarchist infoshop involving Ralph Cerminara (Australian Defence League/Left Wing Bigots & Extremists Exposed Facebook page) and Dan Evans (Reclaim Australia and principal organiser of the February … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": All in the Name of Liberty: Martin Place, continued, again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



finished? almost anyway

Behind Rachel's place in Port Macquarie, a little landscape I started



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Turnbull’s choice of Australian of the Year angrily rejected by ex-servicemen "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Letters to the Editor

It is not surprising to read the numerous letters of disapproval of the selection of David Morrison as Australian of the year.

Here we were, the average Australian thinking this award was for achievement over and above the norm, instead we get a person who has by his actions in feminising the armed forces, totally polarised the community.

We have the left wing, latte sipping luvvies swooning with delight that he spent tax payers money funding the operation to turn a man into a woman on one side, and us ordinary folk that believe that the Australian of the year be someone that the whole community could respect.

The only word that comes to mind about the 2016 recipient is a good old Australian colloquialism that rhymes with tanker.

Peter Jacobsen

Kangaroo Point Q 4169


Much derided Australian of the Year, David Morrison rejected by diggers

Start at the bottom on your right. The first three are bullshit foreign awards for deliver speeches in the respective countries. The last on the bottom is the Australian Service Medal that was issued to anyone who served in the Australian defence forces. The first of the top is yet another Australian Service Medal issued to those who served in the services during then to now. Then we have the East Timor Medal which was given to all that served in East Timor. The next is an Australian Active Service Medal which is bullshit because this bloke never heard a shot fired in anger and spent all of his time well away from any hint of action in Headquarters as a coordinator or some such bullshit. The last one is another joke, it is the Order Of Australia Medal OAM and...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": The Bulli Times: Survey shows merger opposition "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

WOLLONGONG City Council received the preliminary results from a Merger Proposal Community Opinion Poll on Friday.
The poll, conducted by IRIS, showed 77.5 per cent of those contacted were aware of the State Government’s proposal to merge Wollongong City Council with Shellharbour City Council.
It also found 44.5 per cent of people agreed with merger proposal while 55.5 per cent did not, and 49.7 per cent said the merger proposal was an important issue while 50.3 per cent said it was not.
“While these are the preliminary results, they do provide Wollongong’s Councillors with valuable information about the community’s thoughts on this merger proposal,’’ Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
“The full report will be tabled at the Council meeting on Monday night, and will form an integral part of discussions as we work towards a Council resolution on the State Government’s merger proposal.’’
Council resolved at its Extraordinary Council Meeting on Monday 18 January to carry out a public opinion poll on the proposed amalgamation.

Preliminary Community Opinion Poll (IRIS) Results 29 January 2016



"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog: NOOSA PARKS ASSOCIATION 2016 PLANS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Noosa Parks Association Inc.


  All Sunday outings commence at 8am.  Friday morning’s guest speakers will form part of the  Friday Environment Forum (on the given days).  A quarterly meeting will be held at the        Environment Centre to deal with bird-related matters.  All members are welcome to attend.

 An Interpretive Birding Walktakes place every Friday before the Friday Environment  Forum.  Meet in the Environment Centre car park at Wallace Park, Eumundi Road, Noosaville   beside the Library at 8:30am.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Review: Josh Pyke, Twilight at Taronga, Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Josh Pyke with Winterbourne Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW Friday 29th January, 2016 I can’t believe that Twilight at Taronga has been running for more years than I have lived in Sydney for, yet it took until 2016 for me to make it to one of the famed summer series concerts. With the city reeling from an afternoon […]


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Record US crossing pales against Aussies "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A video documentary is being made of last year’s record-breaking 38:48-hour crossing of America on a BMW K 1600 GT motorcycle – but it’s nothing compared with crossing Australia.

The new Guinness World Record for the 2829-mile (4552km) LA-to-NYC crossing now belongs to Californian Carl Reese who also set six other records in seven months last year.

The above trailer for the documentary shows the emoltional and physical stresses, dramas, police incidences, and tyre and mechanical problems that can plague such a record attempt.

From the teaser video, it looks like he also broke some speed limits.

Carl Reese sets record for US crossing

Carl Reese sets record for US crossing

Mind you, it’s a bit easier than crossing Australia as the American crossing is all tarred roads, mainly highways.

Reese may have been riding solo, but he also had a back-up team in cars, people monitoring his progress via GPS tracking, communications with a BMW mechanical support team, plus a film crew.



Bill Mitchell – billy blog: The Weekend Quiz – January 30, 2016 – answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed"

Here are the answers with discussion for the Weekend quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you haven’t already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

Workers can enjoy a stable share of national income over time if they secure wage and salary increases in line with the growth in their contribution to production (labour productivity).

The answer is False.

The share the workers get of GDP (National Income) is called the “wage share”. Their contribution to production is labour productivity.

The wage share in nominal GDP is expressed as the total wage bill as a percentage of nominal GDP. Economists differentiate between nominal GDP ($GDP), which is total output produced at market prices and real GDP (GDP), which is the actual physical equivalent of the nominal GDP. We will come back to that distinction soon.

To compute the wage share we need to consider total labour costs in production and the flow of production ($GDP) each period.

Employment (L) is a stock and is measured in persons (averaged over some period like a month or a quarter or a year.

The wage bill is a flow and is the product of total employment (L) and the average wage (w) prevailing at any point in time. Stocks (L) become flows if it is multiplied by a flow variable (W). So the wage bill is the total labour costs in production per period.

So the wage bill = W.L

The wage share is just the total labour costs expressed as a proportion of $GDP – (W.L)/$GDP in nominal terms, usually expressed as a percentage. We can actually break this do...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog: Park Lakes Bli Bli "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Many have commented about the recent developments at Park Lakes Wetland at Bli Bli. The developers have seen fit to replace what was initialy an outstanding example of what could be achieved ecologically within a residential development - specifically a wetland with a variety of zones from mud edge to reed beds to open water - with an ecologicaly dead duck pond!!

Greg Roberts has written more on the subject at his blog which can be found here;

I have written to the developers and if you wish to lend your voice to a protest you can do so via;


Catallaxy Files: How can it still be possible for Hillary Clinton to become president? "IndyWatch Feed"

That there has been more controversy around Donald Trump than around Hillary Clinton is further evidence, if more were needed, of the deeply corrupt nature of the media, and the American media in particular. Hillary should go to jail. She illegally used a personal server for her correspondence as Secretary of State because in this way nothing she wrote could be subpoenaed by the American Congress. Instead, every email she sent could be read by governments around the world. Just think of this:

The ex-CIA official said there is “zero ambiguity — none” about the impropriety of SAP-level intelligence being housed on an unsecure private email server. Faddis added that the very existence of that information on her server means that highly classified information must have been moved off of a “completely separate channel” under a process that is “specifically forbidden.” If you had done this while working at the CIA, Hemmer asked, what would’ve happened to you? Faddis’ response: “My career’s over, I lose my clearance, I lose my job, and then I go to prison, probably for a very long time.” Faddis explained that the “consequences are enormous” when information at this level of secrecy is made vulnerable to foreign penetration. “The reason this stuff is in this channel is because it’s going to do incredible damage to US national security if it gets out in the open. That’s why we protect it this way.” When Hemmer inquired whether Hillary’s conduct could have cost lives, Faddis didn’t hesitate. “Absolutely. Without question,” he asserted.

That she protected her husband from harassment charges and highly plausible accusations of rape in order to protect Bill’s presidency and her own political prospects is...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Are Cardinal George Pell & the Vatican flipping the bird at Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Is Cardinal George Pell really so ill he genuinely cannot travel? Or is it a smoke screen allowing him to hide from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse?

Only his doctors would know with any certainty, because his very active life in Rome gives no indication.

What Pell and the Vatican are saying.....

The Guardian, 28 January 2016:

Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, is still too unwell to fly and will address a philanthropic Catholic organisation in the US on Thursday via video link from Rome.

It comes days before Australia’s royal commission into institutional responses into child sexual abuse is d...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Gap Year and Beyond: Observing the little master fisherman… "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Gypsy Point, on the Genoa River, north of Mallacoota, is a small quiet village visited by people interested in nature and those wanting to get away from it all. I visited a few times during my recent stay in Mallacoota. Not only is it a good location for Sea-eagles it is also well known for a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles. While photographing the Sea-eagles from the small cruise boat, we came across a tiny Azure Kingfisher – a stunning looking little ambush hunter that works its way along the water’s edge, diving from an over-hanging tree branch down into the shallow water and taking small fish, frogs and aquatic insects.
The Kingfisher photographed below was not overly bothered by the boat and kept hunting along the river’s edge while the Captain tried to ease up and allow me a closer view.

Azure Kingfisher, Genoa River, Gypsy Pt

Azure Kingfisher, Genoa River, Gypsy Pt

Azure Kingfisher, Genoa River, Gypsy Pt

Looking for prey along the water’s edge



"IndyWatch Feed Tas": The Idiot Tax: American Express & NAB Velocity Points Doodah! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"The problem with being a slob is..." an introduction that could rip many ways. In this case it means starting blog posts, not finishing them, then having developments in the world render them...

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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: An real treasure trove "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Castlemaine Field Naturalist Club is renowned for the collective knowledge of natural history held by its members. The club was formed in 1976 and has produced regular monthly newsletters since its inception. These newsletters contain a record of club excursions, local flora and fauna observations and informative articles on the ecology and natural history of the Castlemaine district …. which of course includes Newstead!

Recently, one of the club’s members, Chris Timewell completed digitising the full set of newsletters. They are a wonderful resource, an absolute treasure trove of information that will prove extremely valuable in the future as we witness changes in our landscape resulting from natural and human induced events. I was particularly interested in observations of the Sandon area where our family lived from the mid-1980s until 2000. Suzanna Starr, a local resident of Sandon made regular contributions, with some notable records.


For example in October 1991, Suzanna recorded Hooded Robin (now rare at Sandon) and White-throated Gerygone (a rarely recorded summer migrant), while around the same time, members of the Maryborough FNC observed Australian Pratincoles on the Moolort Plains.


I’m planning to do some more systematic reading of this wonderful resource soon...


We All Live Downstream: The Invisible Epidemic: How Diesel Pollution is Suffocating American Families "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

zeroemissionsnowBy Ashley Flach, Clean Water Action, Follow on Twitter

Clean Water Action co-leads the Coalition for Healthy Ports NY/NJ and has joined the national Moving Forward Network urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to address global climate change caused by diesel emissions at our ports, warehouses, and highways across the country. Together, our goal is to gather hundreds of thousands of signatures to demand #ZeroEmissionsNow – sign the petition here.

Deadly Diesel Impacts Us All

Infant mortality, asthma, heart disease, lung and bladder cancer, and neurological disorders are just a few symptoms associated with exposure to diesel emissions. Nationally, more people are killed every year by diesel emissions than gun homicides or drunken driving accidents.

In New Jersey, 68,000 people are treated for asthma attacks and 1,000 premature deaths occur every year due to this lethal pollutant. Families that...


Indigenous Environmental Network: Southern Appalachian Labor School, West Virginia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

SASThe Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) was founded in 1981. Its board makeup represents the individuals and communities it serves: those facing health and economic crises, the disabled, and those affected by toxic wastes. Members include also civil rights activists, union members, and veterans. SALS is involved in community development, housing, and youth transformation.


Indigenous Environmental Network: Purpose Focused Alternative Learning Corporation, Arizona "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

img_purp_02Purpose Focused Alternative Learning Corporation was founded in 2008 in the State of Arizona and is also a registered Charitable Corporation on the Navajo Nation. The organization was developed around the concept of creating synergies between committed and engaged people to implement sustainable change in their communities. To accomplish their goal, Purpose Focus engages in incorporating Alternative Education in the Environmental Sciences, Advanced Remediation Technologies and Renewable Energies that will promote environmental, social and economic justice.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) Documentary Transforms Sydney Benefit Gig Into Global Event "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



4) Freeport’s Grasberg mine still working as export permit expires
5) Freeport’s export permit  suspended


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: Gold Coast Airport Welcomes Six Million Passengers In 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Gold Coast Airport has reached a historical milestone, welcoming in excess of six million passengers through the airport for the 2015 calendar year.

This marks the first time in its history that Gold Coast Airport has facilitated over six million passengers in a twelve month period.

Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the strong passenger growth in 2015 was the result of the desirability of Gold Coast and northern NSW as an inbound and outbound destination.

“We welcomed a number of new services in 2015, including Wuhan, Fiji, Avalon, Townsville, Rockhampton and Perth. In addition to that we also welcomed additional capacity on existing routes such as Melbourne.”

“These additions translated into an overall increase in total passengers for the year, driven by a 13.7% growth in long haul international passenger movements and 4.0% growth in domestic passenger movements,” Ms Charlton said.

“The Christmas holiday period is traditionally the busiest time of year for most airports, and as the premier tourist destination in Australia, Gold Coast Airport was no exception.”

“Extra capacity from our airline partners was added over the Christmas and New Year period to accommodate the influx of holiday makers,” Ms Charlton said.

The post Gold Coast Airport Welcomes Six Million Passengers In 2015 appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Hydro, Basslink ... Is it true ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We have been told by our Government that all will be well with the Power system in Tasmania, and that the Hydro Power will be able to cope until Basslink comes back online. Is this really true? • John Lawrence in Comments: Pete, those figures look pretty right. Except, part of AETV, a Rolls Royce 60 Mw machine, is overseas being repaired. Some say wind in Tassie operates at 40%. Shenhua supposedly did their figures on Woolnorth and Musselwroe at 38% but output hasn’t been quite to expectations? HT only has a minority (25%) interest in the joint venture, so it doesn’t disclose too many details in its Annual Report. Solar operates at around 15%. • Chris in Comments: How prudent was it to reduce the feed in tariffs to 5 cents per KWH thus turning people off installing household solar? Just imagine if 10,000 homes were to install say 5 KW units with some incentives, (like headwork gifts to developers) then there is a potential for a further 50MW to be added to the system … • Steve in Comments: #19; Mr Harriss; if you have been following this debate on TT, you would be aware that John Lawrence has done a detailed economic assessment which indicates that it’s very improbable that the logging of Lapoinya is going to turn a profit: HERE .You are obviously across the economics of the situation, as indicated by your costings of protest action. Please could you supply a rebuttal of John Lawrence’s analysis, indicating which of John’s assumptions are unreasonable, and why. As a tax payer, I’m concerned that fellow taxpayers, such as the residents of Lapoinya, are forced to suffer the destruction of an area that’s special to them, and all at a net cost to the State. It would be of great value to have the economics of the situation explained in detail. • Derbytas in Comments: … Tasmania has more than a Billion Dollars of Debt, from the building of these dams, still unpaid. The punters of Tasmania have been paying the interest on this debt...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Test your motorbike trivia in our quick quiz "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

KEEP CALM trivia quiz Harley-DavidsonKeep calm and try our Motorbike Writer trivia quiz to see if you can score 10 out of 10.

As you answer each question, the right answer will be highlighted with green and the wrong answer in red.

We trust you not to use Google, Wikipedia or to phone a friend.

When you’re finished, share your results with your followers on Facebook or Twitter and challenge them to beat you by clicking the relevant button at the end of the quiz.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Yamba Triathlon Festival and Yamba Colour Run, Saturday 27 February 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This annual triathlon caters for all ages. From 7-9 year old competitors in the miniman up to adults running in standard, enforcer, sprint and enticer distance events.

Details of race event locations and start times here:

A word from the sponsor Elite Energy:

Yamba is becoming NSW’s own North Coast festival with a difference and 2016 will be no exception with the ever popular triYamba returning to Yamba Bay.
With stylish village charm, pristine beaches, national parks and award winning restaurants, Yamba is a unique holiday or lifestyle experience for the family. Explore the myriad of waterways, stroll the uncrowded beaches, go swimming, fishing or surfing but most of all discover Y...



Indigenous Environmental Network: Northwatch, Ontario "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

NorthwatchA founding member of Mining Watch Canada, Northwatch was founded in 1988 to provide a regional voice on environmental concerns in northeastern Ontario. Work over the last two decades has focused on mining, forestry, and energy issues, both at the policy and project level, as well as, successfully campaigning against a series of proposals to bring foreign wastes – solid waste, medical waste, toxic waste, and nuclear waste – for dumping in northeastern Ontario. Northwatch holds a seat on the Ontario Minister’s Mining Act Advisory Committee, and works with local groups and concerned residents, including trade unions and First Nations, in responding to mining-related projects.


Indigenous Environmental Network: Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, Minnesota "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

NMWorgNortheastern Minnesotans for Wilderness (NMW) was founded in 1996 by local citizens from wilderness-edge communities to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Today, NMW is the lead organization in a national coalition known as the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, which seeks to protect Boundary Waters, its watersheds, and Voyageurs National Park from proposed large-scale sulfide-ore copper mining projects in the Superior National Forest.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Government blindness spells doom for an ailing company "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

FRIDAY January 29 ... • Stewart Hoyt, convenor for Forests of Lapoinya Action Group (FLAG): Government Conducts Phoney Forest War ... Adrian’s letter to Joan Rylah: … You stated that you “strongly believe compassion for others is the glue that holds community together” in your maiden speech. If this is how you show compassion, by sticking it to the locals and sticking up for a foreign-owned company? Our small community is destined to go the way of Muenna. Low quality forestry plantations and maybe some dairy, soon after that, just low quality plantations. I wait somewhat apprehensively for your reply, and would very much appreciate a reply from you, not an automatic response or even better, call in for a cup of tea and a chat … • John Biggs in Comments: #19. “Every time a protester enters the coupe at Lapoinya, Forestry Tasmania has to suspend operations in order to protect the safety of workers, and the protester.” Mr Harriss, that is not true. FT doesn’t have to suspend operations. People standing by are not stopping anyone from working, they are not obstructing or damaging machinery. They only “prevent”: people from working because that is your edict. You and FT seem to be deliberately inflaming the issue. TUESDAY January 26 ... When representatives of industry, timber workers and the conservation movement signed an accord back in 2011, some of us hoped Tasmania’s crippling forest wars were over. … When a government is elected, it has a responsibility to govern for all. Will Hodgman should know that hostility towards portfolio stakeholders is no basis for a ministerial career. He should not have put Harriss in charge of forestry operations. But it was the blind leading the blind. The premier has for many years echoed Harriss’s extreme pronouncements. Held captive by their shared ideological spin, Paul Harriss and Will Hodgman have dug themselves a deep, dark hole, and it’s only getting deeper. • Mark Temby in Comments: A...


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Professor West and the Lone Soldiers of Lapoinya "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MONDAY, January 25 ... • Stewart Hoyt, 11.30am: At approximately 11 :30 AM Bob Brown and three others walked into the Lapoinya Forest exclusion zone.  Bob Brown and Roger Bradley from Sisters Creek were arrested, two others were escorted out by Tas Police incurring a fine. Bob Brown and Roger Bradley are currently on their way to the Burnie Police Station where they will be processed and bailed. • 8.30am: Stewart Hoyt: Lapoinya under Seige ... By 8:30 this morning, ten vehicles had entered the Lapoinya Forest Coupe. There are Forestry Tasmania reps, Tas Police and contractors. A grader was seen on Nelsons Road in an attempt to breakthrough to Broxhams road in the heart of the community here and turned back … • Paul Harriss in Comments: …Dr Brown is entitled to his day in court, but the law is clear: No protestor is entitled to interfere with the right of other Tasmanians to earn a living. • John Powell in Comments: Minister, you are a liar. FT did NOT compromise on the coupe for conservation reasons. The coupe clear felling area INCREASED from the original 38 ha to 49 ha AFTER community consultation. Of greater interest is why machinery was operating in Lapoinya on a day of Total Fire Ban. Is that not in contravention of FT protocol on such days. Why was that machinery not supporting Fire Tas? SATURDAY, January 23 ... Professor Jonathan West was Chairman of the Independent Verification Group of the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement. His report is on Tasmanian Times HERE. • Frank again, in Comments: John, Most people are ‘over it’, or we can call it cynical, sad, disappointed, deflated just sick of it all. The rape of the once “working” forests, the plunder and the wanton waste, the mining of the unique commercial, social and environmental forest values Tasmania still possessed when we moved here more than 28 years ago are history now. Right now the terrible fires in the NW in the Dip Falls / Pipel...


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Fires in the Wilderness - the Long Hot Summer Ahead "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tasmania’s precious World Heritage forests are currently facing the worst crisis in decades. • Bob Brown’s letter to Malcom Turnbull ... • Carol Rea in Comments: Why isn’t there an Aircrane deployed here. Two of these could have made all the difference a few days ago. Now there is a window of opportunity.  Greg Hunt and Malcolm Turnbull need to step up to protect our WH and Tarkine reainforests. There are 6 Aircranes in Australia - three in Victoria. The S64 Aircrane can drop 2,650 gallons (7,500 liters) of water on fires in a single pass. With specialized snorkels, the Aircrane can also refill the tank in nearby bodies of water in less than 30 seconds. Fire Aviation HERE • Guardian: World heritage forests burn as global tragedy unfolds in Tasmania A global tragedy is unfolding in Tasmania. World heritage forests are burning; 1,000-year-old trees and the hoary peat beneath are reduced to char. Fires have already taken stands of king billy and pencil pine – the last remaining fragments of an ecosystem that once spread across the supercontinent of Gondwana. Pockets of Australia’s only winter deciduous tree, the beloved nothofagus – whose direct kin shade the sides of the South American Andes – are now just a wind change away from eternity. Unlike Australia’s eucalyptus forests, which use fire to regenerate, these plants have not evolved to live within the natural cycle of conflagration and renewal. If burned, they die. To avoid this fate, they grow high up on the central plateau where it is too wet for the flames to take hold. But a desiccating spring and summer has turned even the wettest rainforest dells and high-altitude bogs into tinder. Last week a huge and uncharacteristically dry electrical storm flashed its way across the state, igniting the land. While these events have occurred in the past, says David Bowman, a professor of environmental change biology at the University of Tasmania, they were extremely rare, happening perhaps once in...


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Infrastructure Tasmania gives Hobart Rail the Green Light "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Hobart Northern Suburbs Rail Action Group welcomes the findings of Infrastructure Tasmania’s review of the Hobart Light Rail project. The review acknowledges deficiencies in the previous Government’s studies and makes two clear recommendations …


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Jakarta terrorism’s roots in oppressed Aceh "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

January’s Jakarta terrorist attacks have their roots in the oppression and unrest of Aceh’s hidden war.

Friday, 29 January


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Barwon Blog: Branching out - silting up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On 1st July, 1851 two things occurred which changed the face of the Barwon catchment forever. On that date, Victoria was declared a separate colony from New South Wales and gold was discovered at Clunes on Creswick Creek, a tributary of the Lodden River. Five days later, James Esmond arrived in Geelong with samples of the gold found by himself and his two companions. Two days after that, the Geelong Advertiser published the news. By the end of the month, the Victorian gold rush had begun.

The first gold discovery in the Barwon catchment occurred only weeks after the initial discovery at Clunes on 8th August.
Information board near the site of Hiscock's first gold
discovery, situated roughly opposite the Buninyong Cemetery.
On that day, Thomas Hiscock - a blacksmith who had migrated from England ten years before - discovered gold in a gully which now bears his name, in the Buninyong Ranges west of the town.
Like the many creeks and gullies in the area, Hiscock's Gully ultimately drains into the Yarrowee/Leigh River and empties into the Barwon River at Inverleigh.


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