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Friday, 12 February


Indian Country Headline News: Tribal Housing Needs Far Outstrip Federal Allocations "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The extra $50 million the Obama Administration wants to go towards tribal housing in fiscal 2017 looks to be just a dro...

The Watchers » Latest articles: Deadly rockslide in southern China under investigation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A large rockslide at Fude village in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, in southern China, occurred on the morning of February 8, 2016 (local time). 6 people died when a two-storey building collapsed, Xinhua reported. All the deaths occurred in a building which was...... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: Tropical Cyclones "11P" and "12P" (Winston and Tatiana) lurking in the waters of southern Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Two tropical cyclones are currently lurking over the warm waters of southern Pacific Ocean. Tropical Cyclone "11P" (Winston) is expected to affect Fiji islands with heavy rainfalls and strong winds while 12P, also known as Tatiana, will most likely remain...... Read more »


EcoWatch: Why Midwest Floods Are Critical to the Restoration of the Louisiana Coast "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Every hour, Louisiana continues, on average, to lose a football field of ...


American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): THE CROW'S TALE by Naomi Howarth "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Crow's Tale by Naomi Howarth came out last year (2015) from Frances Lincoln Children's Books. That's a publisher in London.

The complete title of Howarth's book is The Crow's Tale: A Lenni Lenape Native American Legend. 

In her "About the story" note, Howarth writes:

The Rainbow Crow -- a Pennsylvania Lenni Lenape Indian legend--is the perfect example of a story that was first told to explain the mysteries of the natural world. When I came across this beautiful tale, my imagination was immediately soaring with Rainbow Crow across wide winter skies and landscapes. The tale has been passed down through generations of Lenni Lenape Indians, mostly orally, and I have tried to remain true to the narrative, although I have visualized the Creator as the Sun, as I wanted to make the Sun a character in his own right.

On her website page for the book, I see this:
Inspired by a Lenape Native American myth, this beautiful debut picture book shows how courage and kindness are what really matter.

Yes, courage and kindness matter, but so do other things. Clearly Howarth felt that she was doing a good thing with this story.

I have several questions.

What is the source Howarth used for this story? She doesn't tell us, which means we can't tell if her source is legitimate, or, if it is amongst the too-many-made-up stories attributed to Native peoples. Without that information, teachers are in a bind. Can they use this book to teach students about Lenni Lenape people and culture?

Is Howarth's story a Lenni Lenape one if she changed a key part of it? She tells us that she visualized Creator as the sun. Could she (or anyone) do that--say--with the Christian God and still call that story a Christian one? Maybe, but I think most people would say that doing so would be tampering with a reli...


EcoWatch: Cities Unleash Secret Underground Weapon to Become Clean Energy Powerhouses "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Companies are tapping into cities' underground networks of steam pipes as a source of...


Illegal Logging Portal: Forests for the Future – New Forests for Africa Working Conference "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

2016-03-16 09:00
Accra, Ghana

Reforestation and landscape restoration as means of combating climate change are now high on the agenda of many governments and organizations, especially in the wake of COP21 in Paris. Close cooperation between businesses and investors is needed to meet this challenge and to develop plantation forestry into a stable and sustainable business that will be beneficial to all involved. The opportunities for all stakeholders are huge.

A number of projects are already in place, and initiatives such as AFR100 are demonstrating a strong commitment, but the pace and scale of operations is still far too low to reverse forest loss.

The successful creation of new forests requires close, long-term commitment and cooperation between all parties. It is for this reason that we have set up a working conference on March 16 and 17, 2016 in Accra, Ghana.

The challenge of reforestation goes far beyond simply planting trees. Its impact on the planet and its inhabitants is far greater. The far-reaching implications of the topic under discussion will be reflected in the conference program and a number of best practices in reforestation will be shown and discussed. We are proud to announce that one of our keynote speakers will be the Honorable Mr. Kofi Annan, Chairman of the Kofi Annan...


Fire Earth: Genocide in Syria: 11.5% of the Population Killed or Injured, 45% Displaced "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

More than one in 9 Syrians killed or injured, nearly one in two displaced: Report “The fragmentation in Syria has become a black hole that turns local and international human and material resources to sabotage and chaos engines,” says a new report published by the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR). “Fragmentation, as the process […]


EcoWatch: Are You Ready to Power Your Car With the Sun? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Are you ready to power your car by the sun? If so, you need to...


Wake Up World: No One Escapes the Shift "IndyWatch Feed National"

12th February 2016 By Zen Gardner Contributing Writer for Wake Up World ItâŹ"s such a remarkable time weâŹ"re living in right now. All of this going on both within and without us is happening almost before we can even begin to identify what it is weâŹ"re going through or where weâŹ"re headed. ItâŹ"s very much like ...Continue Reading - No One Escapes the Shift


Wake Up World: Share The Love With These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites! (Yummy Vegan Wheat-Free Recipe) "IndyWatch Feed National"

12th February 2016 By Elisha McFarland Guest Writer for Wake Up World ValentineâŹ"s Day is coming and for many that means chocolate. I admit that I do have a serious sweet tooth and try to temper it, by making desserts that are not overly sweet. This dessert fits the bill. I love the crunch of ...Continue Reading - Share The Love With These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites! (Yummy Vegan Wheat-Free Recipe)


CounterAct: Getting in the way – to #LetThemStay "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is an incredible time right now with significant movement momentum gathering around the call to #LetThemStay in relation to the 267 refugees at risk of being deported to Nauru after a recent high court case was unsuccessful in challenging offshore detention.

The response across Australia has been phenomenal – from all sectors of civil society, calling on a need for a moral response, rather than a legal one. Civil disobedience and non-cooperation has hit the mainstream with churches offering sanctuary, and other institutions such as trade hall, and individuals joining that offer as well. Teachers and healthcare workers have been speaking out in recent months, risking possible charges under the controversial Border Force act, and many thousands of everyday folks have hit the streets, brought cities to a standstill and expressed powerful support in taking further steps of direct action to “get in the way, to let them stay”.freeway

Despite the huge interest at the moment around asylum seekers and refugee rights issues there is an ongoing problem of overstretched grassroots activists struggling to facilitate actions, and conservative organisations who aren’t ready to step into nonviolent direct action.

Some people are taking matters into their own hands… Yesterday two...


North Coast Voices: Setting the record straight on one of Tony Abbott's phantasies in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed"

Malcolm Turnbull’s first official visit to the U.S. since becoming Australian Prime Minister occurred this year. He met with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington DC on 19 January 2016.

The occasion was attended by an obligatory White House press release and photo opportunities:

At the end of January sacked former prime minister Tony Abbott hotfooted it to Washington and then briefed News Corp to the effect that on 30 January he attended...


Catallaxy Files: Donald Trump in 2013 "IndyWatch Feed"

This is Donald Trump receiving an award from the American Spectator in 2013, long before he was running for President. Listen to not just what he says – which are themes he has been discussing since entering the race – but also how he says it – which is temperate, balanced and filled with common sense. And he knows a thing or two about budgets, deficits and getting value for money. There is no doubt in listening to this that he is not a Democrat and is a Republican, but of a kind not hitherto seen. From this point on, for me it is Donald Trump for President. America’s problems may be too large to fix, but if they can be fixed, he is the only person in public life who has the potential to do it.

00:16 Responses of Officials and Popular Academics to Disaster Victims after TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On Fukushima Prefecture and Hiroshi Kainuma: How Officials and Popular Academics Have Responded to Disaster Victims in the Wake of the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Originally published by Japan: Fissures in the Planetary Apparatus, February 4, 2016. Published here with permission. By Toshinori Shishido About the author […]

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North Coast Voices: Minister for Human Services & Minister for Veterans' Affairs showing his contempt for the Australian electorate "IndyWatch Feed"

Liberal MP, Minister for Human Services & Minister for Veterans' Affairs, lobbyist and professional investor, Stuart Robert, elevates the non-answer to an art form in an effort to keep the Labor Opposition, mainstream media and voters in the dark – as evidenced by these examples of his answers to questions without notice in the House of Representatives.

Question Time, House of Representatives Hansard 9 February 2016:

Mr DREYFUS: My question is to the Minister for Human Services. I refer to the minister's trip to China in August 2014 and the statement from the minister's office in The Courier Mail:
Mr Robert was on approved leave and attended in a private capacity.
Minister, is this accurate?



EcoWatch: Imports of Genetically Engineered Salmon Blocked Until Labeling Requirements Are Established "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


“This GE salmon should not have been approved in the first place. But thanks to the efforts of...


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Fire Earth: Crop Disasters Declared in the U.S. States of North Carolina and Virginia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

USDA Designates Multiple Counties in Two States as Crop Disaster Areas Crop Disaster Designation #1 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated eight counties in North Carolina as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Sept. 24, 2015, and continues. Those counties are Granville, […]


(We) can do better: Lateline interviews Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, Syrian President Bashar al Assad's top adviser, 11 Feb 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Shaaban says UN Report claiming to uncover torture and murder by the Syrian government has no more credibility than the 'weapons of mass destruction' that the US used as an excuse to invade Iraq and which were later shown not to exist. "Everybody who is carrying arms against civilian and against the Government is a terrorist. The Russians are here according in response to the requests of the Syrian Government. The Russians are coordinating with us every single step and they are only fighting terrorists"; "The Security Council Resolution 2254 asked for one broad delegation from the opposition to represent the opposition in Geneva. Let us wait to see when that delegation is going to be made. The reality, Tony, again, is that these oppositions are paid by Turkey, by Saudi Arabia, by Qatar. [They] represent the countries who are paying them, but they do not represent the Syrian people. However, we are ready to sit with them whenever they are ready for a dialogue as Security Council resolution say"; "President Assad has been elected by the Syrian people and it is the Syrian people who decide [whether he will go"; Transcript and link to videoed interview inside article.

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(We) can do better: Frankston bandicoot expert, Hans Brunner, features in ABC documentary Sunday 11 February 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ABC has interviewed Hans Brunner about the problems of bandicoots in Victoria. The interview will be screened on Sunday 14 February 2016. Further details are not yet available. Hans Brunner is well-known to professional ecologists and wildlife enthusiasts in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, where he has continually championed the rights of bandicoots to safe habitat in the face of ever-increasing obstacles and stone-walling by government. Hans continues to be involved in the defense of preserving a full natural ecology in Frankston.

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American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie on Winning the American Indian Library Association's 2016 Youth Literature Honor Award for Young Adults "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

I'm pleased to share Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie's response to the news that Her Land, Her Love had been selected by the American Indian Library Association for one of its honors.


Evangeline said:

On Friday February 5th, when I was first told by my publisher, Eric Lockard of Salina Bookshelf, Inc., that my novel had been selected by the American Indian Library Association as an Honor Book in the Young Adult category, I held my breath and asked Eric to repeat the news to me.  I wanted to hear the news several more times but my memory has been doing that for me.  

A heart-felt appreciation and deep gratitude is what I feel toward the awards committee who selected my novel, Her Land, Her Love as an Honor Book. I am still in awe of the the beautiful blessing that the people on the commit...


No Fibs: Young women and @HillaryClinton, what’s it all about? @Gay_Alcorn comments "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright’s interventions just before New Hampshire were not just wrong-headed, they were politically disastrous. Oh young Americans, and young women in particular, what have you done? More than 80 per cent of voters under 30 in the New Hampshire Democratic primary voted for an old man who wants a revolution. And women, presented […]

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Gay is the Melbourne editor for Guardian Australia. Politics, books, culture and whatever you want to talk about. She was United States correspondent for Fairfax during the election of George Bush as President.


slackbastard: antifa notes (february 11, 2016) : PEGIDA, United Patriots Front, Aryan Nations "IndyWatch Feed National"

PEGIDA Goes to Canberra Above : Neo-Nazi Blair Cottrell (UPF/Fortitude) and Christian fundamentalist Rosalie Crestani (Rise Up Australia Party). On Saturday February 6 a number of nationalist, patriotic and religious groups held a rally in Canberra outside Parliament House in … Continue reading


The Ecologist: Beware the GMO Trojan horse! Indian food and farming are under attack "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Global oilseed, agribusiness and biotech corporations are engaged in a long term attack on India's local cooking oil producers, writes Colin Todhunter. In just 20 years they have reduced India from self-sufficiency in cooking oil to importing half its needs. Now the government's unlawful attempts to impose GM mustard seed threaten to wipe out a crop at the root of Indian food and farming traditions.


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Fiji: Report on Bua bauxite mining presented in Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Semi Turaga | Fiji village 10/02/2016

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Joeli Cawaki.

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Joeli Cawaki.

A parliamentary report of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources has concluded that landowners of Nawailevu in Bua have received the full payment and fair share of royalties for the mining of the bauxite in their area.

These landowners had claimed in a petition presented to parliament last year that they were not receiving full payments.

The bauxite mining license in Nawailevu, Bua was awarded to Aurum Exploration Fiji Limited.

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Joeli Cawaki told parliament that a future generation fund of $600,000 has been paid to the landowners.

Cawaki says it is the fair share of royalties formula that is yet to be finalised by the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources.

The report has been tabled in parliament and will be debated at a later date.


Fire Earth: ‘Evidence of Zika Virus Infection in Brain and Placental Tissues’ "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Evidence of Zika Virus Infection in Brain and Placental Tissues from Two Congenitally Infected Newborns and Two Fetal Losses — Brazil, 2015 The following are field notes from Brazil on ZIKV infection posted in the latest issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Zika virus is a mosquito-borne […]


No Place For Sheep: The Assange Case: won’t somebody think of the women "IndyWatch Feed"

  Julian Assange first expressed his willingness to be interviewed by Swedish prosecutors, who were investigating allegations of rape and sexual molestation made by two women against the Wikileaks founder, in London in November 2010, as this BBC time line demonstrates. It is common practice for Swedish prosecutors to interview persons of interest in countries […]


Edo QLD » News: Why is Noel battling the Acland coal mine expansion? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Read Noel’s story and why he is battling the expansion of the New Acland mine

Noel Wieck has spent his life working on national-award winning dairy farm ‘Chelmonte’, which has been in his family for almost a century.

The 70-year-old now lives on an adjoining property with his wife, Fay, while one of his two sons, Grant, wife Kylie and their five children have taken on the family home at Chelmonte.

Noel is deeply concerned the New Acland Coal (NAC) mine expansion might destroy both his farming business and his home, which he had hoped to pass on to future generations of his family.

“I see this project as being short term greed for long term pain for future generations,” Noel says.

Noel is one of more than 30 community objectors opposing the state approvals of NAC’s expansion in Queensland’s Land Court.

Farmers are proud people, they don’t like asking for help. But this is one battle Noel can’t fight alone. Please, will you help by making a donation to the court case.

17:09 Koodankulam is NOT working. Has tripped 20 times, and has been off-grid mostly since commissioning. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Koodankulam South India Map

The first reactor at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP-1), built jointly by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and Russia’s Atomstroyexport (ASE) is the only operating Generation-III pressurized water reactor (VVER-1000) in the world. During the 840 days of its grid connection since 22 October 2013, the reactor worked for 372 days, tripped (forced outage) for 20 times and was off-grid for 468 days and its capacity factor has been less than 25%.

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Independent Australia: Telstra takes on energy utilities with home solar and storage plan "IndyWatch Feed"

Telstra takes on energy utilities with home solar and storage planTelstra's rollout of solar and battery storage looks to be a game-changer in the home energy market. RenewEconomy's Giles Parkinson reports.  read now...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Sewage overload "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I have written several letters over the past years concerning Byron Shire Council, including my concerns about the level of infiltration occurring during high rainfall into the gravity sewer mains in Mullumbimby. The previous director of water and recycling and his engineering staff submitted to council in 2011 that the infiltration of the Mullumbimby gravity mains had been resolved. The evidence used to support this was a reduction in sewer-pump run hours. What the director failed to add was that this had been done by replacing the existing pumps with substantially larger pumps. This meant that pump-run hours would be reduced.

There was a consultant’s report supplied to the then Brunswick Waste Water Steering Committee in 2006. That report in part stated that unless the Mullumbimby infiltration was stopped Vallances Road STP would be hydraulically overloaded within four years.

The Vallances Road Sewage Treatment Plant was commissioned in 2011 and the Clause 45 ‘Sewerage Moratorium’ was lifted.

There have been reports of biosolids being dumped on the riverbank from the Vallances Road STP during high rainfall that are extremely offensive in odour. This is a sign that a plant of this design is showing signs of being hydraulically overloaded.

The only way to substantiate that the infiltration had been stopped would be to examine the daily inflow and daily rainfall figures recorded by the operator in charge on the operational sheet at the Vallances Road plant to see if there are larger inflows during rain periods in Mullumbimby. This data recording is required by government authorities.

If the data confirm that infiltration problems exist then the information given to the elected Council by BSC’s sewer management should be re-examined.

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads


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"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Shepparton Interfaith Network: Leadership Victoria Course for Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Shepparton Interfaith Network is a partner in the forthcoming New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program to be conducted in Shepparton. The New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program (NECLP) provides an outstanding opportunity for potential and current leaders from new and emerging communities across Victoria to build their leadership skills and capacity in order to contribute ... Read more...


Renew Economy: Climate politics ‘more like religion’, says CSIRO boss "IndyWatch Feed"

CSIRO chief provides echo chamber for climate denialists: "It almost sounds more like religion than science to me."


Renew Economy: Tesla dominates large luxury car market in US "IndyWatch Feed"

New data shows Tesla crushed the competition in the large luxury car market in 2015.


Renew Economy: Victorian climate review calls for 1.5°C long-term emissions target "IndyWatch Feed"

Independent review of Victoria's Climate Change Act recommends a 1.5°C long-term emissions target for the state that hosts Australia's large brown coal generators. It also calls for greater regulatory power for the EPA.


Renew Economy: Residential solar passes grid parity in 20 US states, to reach 42 by 2020 "IndyWatch Feed"

California, Hawaii and Massachusetts lead the nation for the economic competitiveness of solar PV.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": jacksjottings: All Surfing is Good. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It is all out there.

It is all out there.

Give me a Wave.

Go for it.

Go for it.

To navigate through the World Wide Web, is called ‘surfing the web’ or spending time on the Internet. Cyberspace is like a vast ocean. So surfing the net is an appropriate metaphor. Surfing the ocean waves is physically good for you and surfing the Webb is a good mental exercise. Surfing the web is mentally surfing invisible waves.

Go for it in the library on the computer or real ocean waves.

Go for it in the library on the computer or real ocean waves.

To learn I read mostly nonfiction. Educational, do it yourself type books I struggled with what I called ‘heavy books’ they were like trying to read a foreign language. I found a dictionary helpful but the going was a tedious slog.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: And the award goes to… "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bluesfest director Peter Noble. Photo Eve Jeffery

Bluesfest director Peter Noble. Photo Eve Jeffery

The Countdown is now on to the 27th Byron Bay Bluesfest. On 26 January festival director Peter Noble, who ironically describes himself as ‘an old angry motherfucker!’ was awarded the very prestigious OAM – Order of Australia medal for his services to the music industry.

With fifty years plus in the industry the man and his event have garnered a lot of awards. You’d need a trailer to move them.

Just last year there was the Best Major Event for North Coast Tourism and Festival of the Year at the Pan Australasian Award. There have been not one, or even two, but four Helpmann Awards for Best Contemporary Music Festival, a Rolling Stone award  back in 2007 for Contribution to Australian music and even a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album for Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience. Something like 28 awards in fact, and numerous nominations, the most impressive being on the global stage alongside festivals such as Glastonbury for International Festival of the Year Pollstar Awards.

So how does an ‘angry old motherfucker’ celebrate his OAM?

‘Annika [his partner] went to the opening of Elements the night before so my family celebration in the morning didn’t happen because they couldn’t get out of bed! Must have been a good opening! So I went down to...


The Stringer: DiEM 25: A movement to take Europe back from authoritarianism, corporate rule and austerity "IndyWatch Feed National"

2015 saw a surge of  leftist and radical movements and the rise of anti-austerity forces across Europe. So it is interesting to see this week’s launch of DiEM 25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025), a new left-wing cross-European progressive movement to democratise Europe and present alternatives to austerity and authoritarianism. The purpose of DiEM is to act as […]


Head Space: Nuclear Event – Potential Uncontrolled Radiation Release: Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Illinois "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Technological Hazard –  Potential Uncontrolled Radiation Release North America – USA | State of Illinois – Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Unit 3 Location: 41°23’23.0″N 88°16’05.0″W Present Operational Age: ~55 years Event: POT UNCNTRL RAD REL Nuclear Event in USA on Tuesday, 09 February, 2016 at 21:42 [CST] SECONDARY CONTAINMENT INOPERABLE “At 2142 [CST] on February 9, 2016, […]


political geometry: Assange takes the long view "IndyWatch Feed"

The Julian Assange of a few years ago looks into the far distance from a small room, contemplating his, and our,  future


Head Space: Totalitarian ideology is able to blackmail the people through their inner cowardice. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Amor fati – Arbeit macht frei The New Courage Philosophy and psychology have made us aware of new challenges and new courage. Socrates, over two thousand years ago, considered bravery a spiritual courage, which goes far beyond the courage of physical battle. A soldier can be aggressive and have contempt for death without being brave. […]


Catallaxy Files: “Say’s Law needs to be revived, pronto, if we are ever to recover from the Great Recession” "IndyWatch Feed"

j.-b. say

What might interest you more than the words is that I didn’t write them, although I do, of course, agree with them completely. They are from an article in The American Spectator, Demand for Economic Growth by Bob Luddy.

Jean-Baptiste Say theorized that the growth of economies is not demand-driven, but growth is created by new and lower cost products and services. McDonald’s created huge demand in 1955 with a 15-cent hamburger, and now dominates fast food worldwide. As a result, a new, trillion-dollar industry has been created — eating away from home. We eat at grocery stores, fast food restaurants, at work, and from food trucks.

In 1925, Bell Labs made enormous investments in telephone technologies, resulting in international phone service at a modest cost. Today, electronics have improved service and lower costs, so virtually anyone can communicate worldwide.

Casual observation helps us validate Say’s Law. The big-box retailers have provided low-cost goods, stimulating demand for all types of consumer goods. We now have on-line vendors offering every product imaginable at even lower cost, delivered to your door by none other than FedEx, which did not exist when I was in college.

America has the opportunity to take full advantage of Say’s Law, and to create new demand and growth from investment and innovation. The requisites are: lower taxes, reduced regulation, and leaders to innovate. We must also focus on education, as innovators must have enormous knowledge to create the future world of ideas.

Small business, which creates the majority of new jobs, is especially challenged by government regulation, bec...



Renew Economy: Tasmania urged to add more wind and solar amid energy crisis "IndyWatch Feed"

Tasmania urged to encourage more wind and solar generation as it struggles with depleting hydro levels and lost connection to mainland grid.


Indian Country Headline News: A Comprehensive Report on MMIW: The Curiously Different Tales of Violence against Indigenous Women On Both Sides of Turtle Island "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Editor’s Note: Though the figures are not definite, currently there are an estimated 1,200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada....

The Watchers » Latest articles: Frequent ash emissions in progress at Karymsky volcano, Russia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The moderate eruptive activity of Karymsky volcano, Kamchatka continues, KVERT reported. Ash plume was observed rising about 1 km (3 280 feet) above the sea level and drifting 111 km (69 miles) NE from the volcano on February 6, 2016. Tokyo's Volcanic Ash...... Read more »


No Right Turn: Another starving watchdog "IndyWatch Feed"

What is it with National and starving watchdogs? First, they under-funded the Ombudsman, meaning a huge increase in the amount of time it took for OIA complaints to be resolved. And now they're underfunding the Independent Police Conduct Authority, with predictable results:

Allegations of excessive force by police are going uninvestigated by the country's independent watchdog, due to financial pressures on the organisation.


The authority had been forced to abandon plans in some areas, such as assessing the standard of detention facilities and shifting its focus from "just blaming" to prevention.

While the IPCA could cut costs by reducing its investigations, Carruthers said that was not a desirable solution.

"We'll never be short of money because we can always decline to investigate independently, as we think fit ... but there comes a time when we then don't feel comfortable about actually doing the job that we're there for."

Speaking after the meeting, IPCA operations group manager Warren Young confirmed the authority had already passed up independently investigating some cases, instead referring them back to police to check themselves, because it was "beyond our resource".

"There have been occasionally matters that we've referred back to the police where if we'd had the resource, we might have investigated, including, for example, excessive force cases."

Which means the police are investigating their own (and of course finding nothing) - exactly the problem the IPCA was set up to solve in the first place. Either they need to be funded to do the job properly, or we should end this charade of independent oversight.

OTOH, given that the police...


Catallaxy Files: The first Trump-Sanders debate "IndyWatch Feed"

trump v sanders

Ifill: Now to our closing statements. Sen. Sanders, you are up first.

Sanders: This has been a very illuminating debate. We’ve seen firsthand the anger, the aggression, the last gasps of the 1 percent. They see a revolution coming. We are going to seize the tools of the state and bring prosperity to millions of Americans who have been oppressed for so long.

Trump: Bye-bye, Santa. Bye-bye, Jesus. Bye-bye, Easter.

Ifill: Sen. Sanders, please finish your statement, sir.

Sanders: The system is rigged, folks. That’s it. Thank you.

Ifill: Mr. Trump?

Trump: We are going to make America great again. I’ve said this many, many times throughout this campaign and people nod their heads. I don’t know—I guess no one’s ever said something like this to them before. We don’t think America can be great anymore. But we can be. I see...



loon pond: The pond must do a double take rather than take a break, thanks be unto the Terrorists ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The pond was going to take a break, and then the Daily Terrorists served up this front page.

Any time someone manages to work 'baffling' and 'Catholic' into a front page splash, the pond has to step back, and offer admiration and awe.

So a belief in talking snakes isn't baffling?

So an acceptance of walking on water, and water into wine, and sourdough loaves just right for Paul Sheehan, and virgin births, and multiplication of fishes, and saints and statues in abundance isn't baffling?

Forget about limbo, the Catholics did, and go searching through the bible for purgatory and let the pond know the result of your research. No, Maccabees isn't allowed. Just get baffled with the bull ...

Then there's the mystical nonsense of three in one, with the Holy Ghost allowed to go around spreading his seed like a randy old camel-herding goat or spirit.

And then there's the angels you couldn't fit on a pin head.

But the capper for the pond, always, is transubstantiation.



Renew Economy: Why the Renewable Energy Target won’t be met in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

More than 1,000MW of large-scale renewables projects will likely be committed this year, but we’ll still fall short of the RET in 2018. The problem lies with financier confidence, not a lack of economically viable projects.


Renew Economy: Greg Hunt ‘World’s Best Minister’ inspires new level of satire "IndyWatch Feed"

How did Greg Hunt win an award that Greens deputy leader Scott Ludlam says "sounds like something his mum made up"? As the satire ramps up, confusion emerges about exactly who was responsible.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Terrific Talking Twats! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Zenith Virago at the 2015 V-Day celebrations on Byron's Main Beach. Photo Tree Faerie.

Zenith Virago at the 2015 V-Day celebrations on Byron’s Main Beach. Photo Tree Faerie.

This Sunday is Valentines Day. And before you think it’s all wine and roses and corny cards about true love, remember that it’s also V Day – part of a global revolution to protest against violence against women and children around the world…

Starting at 7.30am on Main Beach with a flashmob (wear red!) and culminating in a powerful contemporary show created by local women: Vagina Conversations at the Byron Theatre in the evening.
Organiser and event MC Zenith Virago spoke with The Echo.

Tell me about the concept of Vagina Conversations.

Having been involved as MC in the Vagina Monologues productions for the past two years here, and for another production which you were also part of some years ago, it is always abundantly clear that women want to talk about, listen about, laugh and cry and shout about their vaginas.

I have been thinking for a while that we need to tell new, more contemporary, evolved stories. Our stories. ...


Renew Economy: Coal reality: Global energy transition occurring faster than expected "IndyWatch Feed"

What does it say that Indian coal imports fell 28.6% year over year in January 2016 and US coal production was down record 32.4%?


Renew Economy: Why Top Gear may be the most dangerous TV program on the planet "IndyWatch Feed"

It’s time to ask a few questions about the BBC’s re-launch of Top Gear in a post-COP21 world.


No Right Turn: Failure "IndyWatch Feed"

Why does inequality matter? Just look at the consequences:

Children living in poverty in New Zealand are at least six times more likely to struggle with maths than students from wealthy backgrounds, a new report has found.

The ranking was one of the worst in the developed world, with only Ireland, Israel and Poland doing worse.

The report from the OECD, Low-Performing Students: Why they fall behind and how to help them succeed found students from the poorest 25 per cent of households in New Zealand were more than six times more likely to be low performers in maths compared with those in the top 25 per cent.

Our figure was five times that of Australia.

And what that bland statistic means is poorer life chances, kids hobbled from birth by the economic status of their parents. Which means worse jobs and higher costs later on. It is profoundly unfair, an affront to our values.

Our education system is supposed to correct for economic inequality somewhat, to give every kid a good start in life. That's clearly not working. And with National talking of "reforming" the decile funding system to take money from the poor and give it to rich schools that their rich mates send their kids to, its unlikely to get any better. The other alternative, of course, is that we tackle the root cause: poverty. But National is even less likely to do anything about that.


(We) can do better: Direct from Aleppo: Reaction to UN anti-Syrian Government, Anti-Russian propaganda "IndyWatch Feed National"

ALEPPO, SYRIA, 11 Feb 2016: Our correspondent writes: "President Assad is not exterminating his people. I'm still alive, and no one said a word to me. If something bad happened to me in the near future, it would be because of the terrorists' policy of extermination. I'm living happily because there are Syrian soldiers who are defending us in hot summers and cold winters. The UN is lying as usual in their reports about Aleppo and Syria in general."

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Music Roundup – February 11, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

daveraw_img02_hiresThe Music of the Machine

2015 Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement for Songwriting award winners

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have made their long-awaited return to Australia with two very special shows at the Bangalow A&I Hall this weekend.

‘We are very excited, once again, to be bringing our songs and ourselves, and a few of our good friends, all the way from Tennessee to the land of Australia way down under.

‘We will be driving the wild back roads from Perth to Melbourne, Sydney to Brisbane… come out and say howdy when we roll in to town!’

– Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.

The dynamic duo were last here a long 11 years ago in 2004. No-one had quite expected the sublime beauty and simple complexity of their voices and instruments in their live shows. From the grandious Forum Theatre in Melbourne to the tiny Meeniyan Town Hall, they slayed ’em all in shows.

Dave Rawlings Machine play in support of the recently released and critically acclaimed album Nashville Obsolete, which features seven original compositions written by Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. The Machine live band will feature Dave and Gillian, a...


Independent Australia: Ordinary Americans fought Big Money and won in 2015 "IndyWatch Feed"

Ordinary Americans fought Big Money and won in 2015Like the U.S., our democracy is threatened by powerful corporations who control the levers of power in Canberra. But Americans are now "as mad as hell" and are reclaiming theirs. Jessica Mason from PRWatch reports. read now...


Renew Economy: Transformational or incremental? Victoria’s energy efficiency and productivity challenge "IndyWatch Feed"

We all know that energy efficiency is the lowest cost, highest benefit, biggest no-brainer when it comes to reducing pollution across our economy. But will government's embrace it?


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Lismore woman a finalist in regional woman of the year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jodie McRae, who won the Lismore Citizen of the Year is now in the running for the NSW Regional Woman of the Year. (Facebook)

Jodie McRae, who won the Lismore Citizen of the Year is now in the running for the NSW Regional Woman of the Year. (Facebook)

Jodie McRae of Lismore has been named a finalist for the 2016 Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year Award.

Mrs McRae, who has been battling cancer, founded ‘Jodie’s Inspiration’ , a non-profit organization which raised more than $100,000.

The money was used to buy two cold cap therapy machines for a local oncology unit that help people retain their hair during chemotherapy.

Lismore MP Thomas George said Mrs McRae had been chosen from a field of almost 250 nominees.

‘She is truly an inspiration and a role model for us all,’ Mr George said.

The 2016 NSW Women of the Year Awards are a chance for the NSW Government and the community to officially recognise the outstanding contribution of exceptional women in NSW.

Nominees for the 2016 NSW Women of the Year fall into five categories – the Premier’s Award for Women of the Year, Harvey Norman Young Women of the Year, A.H. Beard Community Hero, REX Airlines Regional Woman of the Year and NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.

Mr George said too often successful women don’t get the recognition that they deserve, particularly for those in the field of volunteering.

‘These awards are our chance to honour some of the many women, like Jodie, who have contributed so much to this state and to their local community,” Mr George said.

‘I urge everyone in the local communi...


The Watchers » Latest articles: Perth in a firm grip of an intense heat wave after 83 years, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong heat wave has been holding a firm grip on Perth in Western Australia over the last couple of days. Temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F) were measured for the fourth day in a row on February 10, 2016. Such weather conditions were only recorded 83 years...... Read more »


DISACCORDS: NZ: Government minister Anne Tolley’s office firebombed "IndyWatch Feed National"

The smashed door glass shows where the firebomb entered Tolley's Whakatane office.

5 Feb – Molotov cocktails were thrown into Government minister Anne Tolley’s Whakatane office overnight and anti-TPPA graffiti was scrawled on a wall outside.

Police said Tolley’s office was under police guard following the attack, which comes at a time of high tensions over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

The attempted firebombing comes after vandals broke into Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee’s Christchurch office on Monday morning and poured fuel in a room before leaving.

“When the police tell you that it’s a pretty determined effort, it does shake you up a bit – they went to a lot of trouble to try and burn my office down, so it’s a bit scary, and pretty tough on the staff.”

“I think the police patrol caught it quite early on…if it had been on carpet or something that could have caught alight quickly.”

Tolley said she hadn’t expected any attacks on her office, with anti-TPPA marches in her electorate run in a “well-organised and well-contained” manner.

“Some people get quite aggressive when they’re talking to you, but generally people are quite reasonable – they’re passionate, but violence is an extreme reaction.”

The office would be closed over the weekend while police finished their work and damage was dealt with, Tolley said.

In a s...


DISACCORDS: Auckland: Rowdy demo against TPP shuts down city streets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anti TPP protesters outside TVNZ

5 Feb – The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement was signed at Sky City in Auckland this morning, amid large protests in the central city.

Detective Superintendent Richard Chambers has spoken about the large police operation in central Auckland.

He said there were no arrests made and several hundred officers were involved in the operation.

He is aware of images circulating of protesters potentially being treated with a heavy hand by officers but says he is confident they operated appropriately to stop people from running onto on-ramps and putting themselves and others at risk.

Protesters and police stand off at the Hobson Street motoway entrance.

“There have been thousands of people in the city, many of those people were there to voice their thoughts on TPP,” he said.

“I’m very disappointed there were a group among them who chose to disrupt traffic.”

He says officers were abused, had their clothing and hats pulled, but displayed “outstanding professionalism”.

A massive group of protesters had gathered at the intersections of Victoria West St and Hobson St, while a steady stream of protesters also made their way down Nelson Street, parallel to Hobson Street, while chanting profanities directed at police.

A large number of people from several iwi groups had gathered at Victori...


No Right Turn: Open Government: Learned nothing "IndyWatch Feed"

The government has finally released its Open Government Partnership Mid-term Self-assessment Report, just four months after it was supposed to. They're so proud of it that they didn't even issue a press release on it - just a quiet change to the heading of a web-page. The major change? The addition of the promised "statement from the Stakeholder Advisory Group" on the Action Plan and contents. Which, stripped of its waffle, comes down to one sentence:

Because of the brevity of time since the Stakeholder Advisory Group was formed, it is [sic] not been able to provide collective detailed comments on the particulars of the actions.

This is dated "September 2015" - from before the draft was published. Which makes you wonder why it wasn't in the draft in the first place, and why it took them four fucking months to produce the final one.

But the SAG is "look[ing] forward to providing practical advice and leadership" on the development of the new Action Plan, and to "be[ing] transformational and to ensur[ing] civil society is actively engaged". So how's that working out for them? Likewise, how is the government's promises of learning the lessons of their disastrous first action plan and starting consultation sooner working out?

Badly. It appears they've learned absolutely nothing (or at least nothing they're willing to take on board), and gearing up to repeat the same mistakes they made last time.

The central problem is time: the second National Action Plan is due on June 30. But the SAG is only just meeting today to discuss it. Which means they're running on pretty much the same timeline as they were last time - the one which...

10:54 With Regards To Murdering Children…Best to Begin Looking in Your Own Direction "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was taught all about the occult. How to cast spells and curses and almost all of my training was focused on psychic energy manipulation. Practicing magic was the primary focus with my training- that, and communing with demons. Now I know this opposition group will jump on this and try to discredit me for saying this- but the fact is, I have long since realized that what I am saying is not dependent on public opinion. Whether people believe me or not doesn’t negate the fact that I am just saying WHAT IS, and what anyone thinks or doesn’t think in no way negates the truth of it.

This opposition keeps looking to expose a dark side of me that they are sure exists, and they are correct, it most certainly does. So let me expound about that.

My childhood was horrific and I spent many years consumed in hatred because of it. Angry at God, angry at those who had hurt me, and angry at myself for not being able to do anything about it,...


DISACCORDS: Thailand: Vendors Shut Down Police Counterfeit Crackdown "IndyWatch Feed National"

Angry vendors went on a rampage Wednesday when officers arrived to seize counterfeit products being sold in Sa Kaeo province near the border with Cambodia.

3 Feb — Police are licking their wounds after an enraged mob of vendors chased them away when they tried to seize fake goods at a market near the Cambodian border.

Twelve officers were injured Wednesday when police and French Embassy observers went to the Rong Kluea market at Aranyaprathet in Sa Kaeo province to seize items such as fake perfume that violate intellectual property law, according to the Department of Special Investigation.

A DSI statement said about 400 Cambodian laborers surrounded the officers, pelted them with rocks and bottles and pushed over a police pickup truck. It said the police were withdrawn to ease tensions.



DISACCORDS: Kampong Speu: villagers block road they say companies damaged "IndyWatch Feed National"

Villagers block a road in Kampong Speu province on Monday during a protest against quarry trucks using the road. Photo supplied

Villagers block a road in Kampong Speu province on Monday during a protest against quarry trucks using the road

3 Feb – A hundred people from 10 villages in Kampong Speu on Monday blocked a road to a mountain where construction supply companies operate rock quarries.

Villagers had complained for years that three companies damaged the road with their trucks but avoided paying compensation despite promises.

Two of the companies, HTTK and Khmer ISS, belong to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s nephew, Hun To. The third is a Chinese company whose name the activists and local authorities said they didn’t know.

“We have been waiting for [them to keep] their promise but we don’t see them taking any action,” said Kong Sameurn, a farmer in Phnom Sruoch district.

The villagers requested that all three companies set a timetable to fix the road and pay compensation.

Hun To defended himself yesterday, saying his companies are just two out of six or seven that are active in the area.

“Do not blame me just because I have relatives or connections with the government,” he said. “My companies have the legal right to work here.”

Sam Tith Seyha, a human rights monitor for rights group LICADHO, said that villagers would continue to block the road until the companies agree to negotiate.

Previous complaints by villa...


DISACCORDS: NZ: Vandals attack MP Gerry Brownlee’s Christchurch office "IndyWatch Feed National"

A window was smashed and fuel found inside Gerry Brownlee's Ilam office on Monday morning.

1 Feb – Vandals have smashed a window and poured or thrown fuel inside MP Gerry Brownlee’s Christchurch office.

Police were called to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister’s office in Greers Rd, Ilam, on Monday morning after staff discovered the building had been damaged.

Detective inspector Greg Murton said CCTV footage showed two men breaking a window to gain access to the Earthquake Recovery Minister’s Greers Rd office just after 3am.

They poured accelerant in a ground floor room, then left shortly after.

Police are appealing to the public to help identify these two vandals who broke into MP Gerry Brownlee's office early Monday morning.

“They appear to have approached the property heading south-west along Greers Road and have left the scene in the opposite direction heading north-east,” Murton said in a statement.

It was believed the two men arrived and left on motorcycles, wearing identical clothing and “distinctive trainers”.

A scene examination was carried out on Monday, and police were working with Brownlee’s office, Murton said.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Environmentalists celebrate end of ‘dead koala’ power plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The North Coast Environment Council (NCEC) has congratulated the Labor opposition for refusing to allow woodchipping of north-coast native forests for energy generation. Photo NCEC

The North Coast Environment Council (NCEC) has congratulated the Labor opposition for refusing to allow woodchipping of north-coast native forests for energy generation. Photo NCEC

North coast environment groups have praised the state opposition for ruling a line through the government’s plan to use woodchips from local forests to fuel furnaces in the pursuit of so-called renewable energy.

Susie Russell, vice-president of the North Coast Environment Council (NCEC), who travelled to Sydney for a meeting with opposition leader Luke Foley and shadow environment minister Penny Sharpe MLC yesterday, said their commitment not to allow forests to be burnt in power stations, would see the industry ‘dead before it gets off the ground’.

‘We are heartened that Luke Foley has given a categorical undertaking to not allow forest wood to be substituted for coal, or for stand-alone forest fired power stations to be part of the energy mix in NSW,’ Ms Russell said.

‘We know that the government-run Forestry Corporation is pinning its hopes on a new woodchip industry to try and...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cattle spooked by chopper searching for cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A police officer with cannabis photographed during a previous northern rivers raid. (supplied)

A police officer with cannabis photographed during a previous northern rivers raid. (supplied)

Darren Coyne

Growers (and farmers) beware … the choppers are in the air.

The police helicopter and its ground troops were spotted out Uki way earlier this week, with reports that their low-level surveillance for cannabis was again scaring livestock and children in the area.

A property owner along Blue Knob Road received a call while she was at work in Nimbin that almost 30 of her cattle had ended up on the road.

The cattle reportedly escaped through a barbed wire fence after being spooked by the choppers, with a number of the animals receiving injuries.

This morning, an Echonetdaily source has reported a large contingent of police – dressed in black t-shirts with ‘Police’ on the back – were congregating at Durrumbul Hall near Mullumbimby.

Further social media posts indicate properties in the Main Arm area were being buzzed mid-morning.

Tweed Byron Local Area Command has been contacted about the sighting but had not responded to a request for information prior to deadline.

Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said the annual cannabis eradication pr...


DISACCORDS: Cambodia: Residents protest land clearing on Chroy Changvar peninsula "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation uses bulldozers to clear land on Phnom Penh's Chroy Changvar peninsula yesterday.

Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation uses bulldozers to clear land on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula

26 Jan – Several families yesterday burned tyres to protest the bulldozing of their land to make way for a road that will run next to a billion-dollar satellite city project on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula.

Built by City Hall, the road will be set 100 metres west of National Road 6A. It will run alongside the Chroy Changva Satellite City, planned by tycoon Pung Khieu Se’s Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation, which is embroiled in a land dispute with six communities living on the site.

As four bulldozers levelled plots they claim belong to them and security guards watched on, the families said they were offered inadequate compensation in exchange for about a third of their holdings.

“We are not against building the road, but the company and authorities should compensate us . . . in advance; don’t just come and clear our land like this,” said Uy Phary, who claimed she was offered $15 per square metre for land which she...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Ewingsdale siege "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There are moves afoot, well underway, to have the Byron Shire LEP amended to suit developers of the site known as Lot 101, being the property next to the new hospital. In order for this mega development (under the pretentious name of ‘senior housing’) to proceed, the LEP needs to be adjusted.

Why do we have an LEP in the first place if anybody can come along and get it changed?

Ewingsdale has been and still is a rural residential subdivision. When we bought there, over 20 years ago, we bought for that reason. We wanted space around us. We didn’t want to chop up our garden to make a profit. We enjoyed having certain amounts of privacy and freedom. We also expected this to last.

Is it ‘selfish’ to want what we were promised to remain that way? Is it unreasonable to expect the councillors that represent the people of Byron Shire to do the job they are paid to do and look after the interest of the people and not kowtow to outside developers with their over-the-top plans to denude and destroy our way of life with the stroke of a pen?

If this development goes ahead, including a shopping centre the size of the IGA complex, it will forever change the gateway to Byron Bay. No matter what the architects tell us they intend to do with their fancy words and modern ideas, it will be a sprawling blight in the Byron Shire.

This is all about money and profit, not caring for the elderly, and I assure you that if this goes ahead we will all look back and wonder ‘How did we let this happen?’

Jenny Gordon, Ewingsdale


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"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Government slips another $25m to Syria and Iraq while food producers and regional towns struggle to survive "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Does this make you proud Julie and Malcolm you are both a bloody disgrace

Federal Government creates emergency relief fund for Indo-Pacific region yet leaves our farmers and small business in regional areas to cope with predatory banks and their dodgy receivers selling off farms and closing businesses. Where is the Labor Party Opposition?

The federal government has announced it will provide a further $25 million in funding towards aid in Syria and Iraq.

The funding will be drawn out of Australia’s emergency relief fund, which is usually provided to disaster-stricken areas in the Indo-Pacific region. There is no relief fund set up by government for Australian disasters to draw from.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced the funding at the Syria Donors Conference in London on Thursday. It brings Australia’s total assistance to Iraq and Syria to $258 million since 2011.

On Tuesday, Bishop met with a small group of foreign ministers, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Syria and how they can combat the Islamic State.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull congratulates Julie Bishop for donating yet another $25m to Syria as Australian farmers and regional towns struggle to survive bank foreclosures and s...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Death or injury ‘inevitable’ on Coolamon Scenic Drive "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Multiple wet-weather single-vehicle accidents are happening on the same stretch of Coolamon Scenic Drive. Photo Brad Garnham

Multiple wet-weather single-vehicle accidents are happening on the same stretch of Coolamon Scenic Drive. Photo Brad Garnham

A resident of the Byron Bay hinterland says Byron Shire Council has ‘dragged its feet for a year’ over a dangerous stretch of Coolamon Scenic Drive near St Helena hill.

The section of road is located about 100 metres past the house with the old petrol bowser out front.

Brad Garnham told The Echo that it is particularly dangerous owing to it being the first tight corner when travelling west from the highway.

‘The evidence of multiple and regular wet-weather single-vehicle accidents here should be more than ample motivation for the council to sort it out. It’s a disgrace that nothing has been done here’.

Mr Garnham says he followed up his initial contact with Council a few months later but no action has been taken. He said, ‘Disturbingly it’s been 12 months since I lodged the alert.’



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Putting a positive spin on helping needy kids "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Get fit and help needy kids by joining the annual Variety Cycle, which passes through Byron Bay.

Get fit and help needy kids by joining the annual Variety Cycle, which passes through Byron Bay.

In 2016, Australia’s most ‘spoketacular’ charity cycling event, the Variety Cycle is urging participants to challenge themselves for Aussie kids in need.

Now in its third year, the new route for 2016 will see cyclists take in the beautiful east coast of Australia, cycling from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef

Participants can take on the full 15 day ride, or choose their challenge with a range of one, two day and seven day routes, including Sydney to Byron Bay.

This life-changing journey will see a philanthropic peloton clip themselves in and travel through some of Australia’s most scenic regions from April 2nd to 16th. The Variety Cycle 2016 boasts a greater range of shorter cycles than ever before, making it the ideal adventure for everyone from novices through to elite athletes.

The range of options include the full 15 day Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef cycle (2002 kms), challenging seven day cycles from Sydney to Byron Bay route (1023 kms) or Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef (979 kms) as well as three choices of two day cycles (Sydney to Maitland (223kms), Brisbane to Noosa (229kms) or Bundaberg to the Great Barrier Reef (358kms) and the one day ride from Sydney to The Entrance (104kms).

‘The Variety Cycle is more than just a bike ride; it gives participants an exclusive insight into Variety’s vital work and how their fundraising supports Aussie kids in ne...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: NORPA’s Bundjalung Brothers funded "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Left to right: Mikael Smith - Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council (project partners) Mick Ryan - Bundjalung Elders Council (project partner) Mitch King - NORPA Trainee Associate Producer Julian Louis - Artistic Director NORPA & co-director/devisor 'Three Brothers' Thomas George MP - Member for Lismore

Left to right: Mikael Smith – Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council (project partners)
Mick Ryan – Bundjalung Elders Council (project partner)
Mitch King – NORPA Trainee Associate Producer
Julian Louis – Artistic Director NORPA & co-director/devisor ‘Three Brothers’
Thomas George MP – Member for Lismore

NORPA’s collaborative project Bundjalung Nghari – Three Brothers is the latest of the company’s locally created Generator productions to receive a Regional Partnerships grant from Arts NSW.


09:39 - english: Jail term for villagers opposing Bolloré/Socfin’s palm oil plantations in Sierra Leone as trial of French journalists starts in Paris "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A day before the start of yet another trial brought by the Bolloré Group against French journalists, organisations denounce the imprisonment of six local community leaders affected by the investments of Socfin Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Ltd (SAC), a subsidiary of Socfin, linked to Bolloré.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: WHO urges safe sex in Zika areas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

New generation condoms being developed by donations from Bill Gates will offer greater sexual pleasure, promoting their wider use.

Women in Zika infected areas are being encouraged by WHO to require their partners use condoms in an effort to halt the spread of the disease, even though regular sexual transmission has yet to be established.

GENEVA – [AAP] Women in areas with the Zika virus can protect themselves, especially during pregnancy, by covering up against mosquitoes and practising safe sex through the use of condoms, says the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The Geneva-based United Nations agency issued recommendations on Wednesday for women regarding microcephaly and other neurological disorders linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has been found in more than 30 countries including Brazil, where babies with birth defects have been reported.

It did not recommend travel restrictions, instead suggesting that women consult their doctors or authorities if travelling.

More evidence is needed to confirm whether sex commonly transmits the Zika virus, WHO said, noting that Zika has been found in semen and citing a report of sexual transmission in the United States.

There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika.

Pregnant women in general, including those who develop symptoms of Zika virus infection, should see their health care provider for close monitoring.

But WHO was also somewhat reassuring, declaring: ‘Most women in Zika-affected areas will give birth to normal infants.’

Microcephaly is a rare condition where a baby...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Greens, ALC want targets to Close the Gap "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW Aboriginal Land Council president Roy Ah See. Photo ABC Open

NSW Aboriginal Land Council president Roy Ah See. Photo ABC Open

The Greens and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) have said the Australian government needs to put teeth into its Close the Gap policy if it is to have any significant affect.

The NSWALC believes federal and state governments need to ‘close the knowledge gap’ and directly involve Aboriginal people in decision-making if they are serious about closing the gap on disadvantage.

NSWALC Chair Roy Ah-See welcomed prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s continued commitment to ‘closing the gap’ but warned progress would only be achieved by increasing Aboriginal participation in decision-making.

The Aboriginal-led Close the Gap Steering Committee has made nine detailed recommendations to Government about how the Closing the Gap strategy can be improved. These include the adoption of targets to reduce imprisonment and violence, improvements in data collection, more action on mental health and increased funding to tackle smoking.

‘NSWALC urges the Government to act on what the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experts in the field are telling it and adopt the Close the Gap Committee’s recommendations.

‘Aboriginal people must be front...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Suicide bombs kill more than 60 in Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Germany's President Joachim Gauck, left, greets woman and children during a visit to the camp of people displaced by Boko Haram extremists in recent years, on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Two female suicide bombers at a another camp in the town of Dikwa have been linked to the group. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga)

Germany’s President Joachim Gauck, left, greets woman and children during a visit to the camp of people displaced by Boko Haram extremists in recent years, on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Two female suicide bombers at a another camp in the town of Dikwa have been linked to the group. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga)

MAIDUGURI – [AAP] Two female suicide bombers have killed more than 60 people at a camp for people displaced by an insurgency of the jihadist Boko Haram group in the northeast Nigerian town of Dikwa.

The attack occurred 85km outside the capital of Borno state, centre of the seven-year insurgency, military officials said on Wednesday. It took place on Tuesday, but a breakdown in the telephone system prevented the incident being made public earlier.

The tw...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Mum of IS fighter widow ‘devastated’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Karen Nettleton. Photo ABC

Karen Nettleton. Photo ABC

CANBERRA – [AAP] The mother of an Australian woman who followed her Islamic State supporter husband to Syria is devastated at her death.

Tara Nettleton died of an infection – either kidney or appendix related – in the IS stronghold of Raqqa around September, according to The Australian and Fairfax Media.

‘I am devastated because I wasn’t able to be at my daughter’s side,’ her Sydney-based mother Karen Nettleton told The Australian.

Nettleton leaves behind her five children with IS fighter Khaled Sharrouf, as well as a baby granddaughter.

Sharrouf is believed to have been killed during the fighting last year, although this has never been officially confirmed and there’s been some speculation he might still be alive.

Information from inside Syria and Iraq on the fates of Australians who have joined IS is scant and difficult to substantiate due to the war being waged across both middle eastern countries.

Last year, it was revealed Tara Nettleton’s eldest daughter, Zaynab, 14, had been married to Sharrouf’s Australian mate and fellow IS fighter Mohamed Elomar.

The teenager later gave birth to a daughter, now believed to be about eight weeks old.

But Elomar was already dead,...


Independent Australia: Ruddock's retirement gig a Captain's Call? "IndyWatch Feed"

Ruddock's retirement gig a Captain's Call?The Australian public is gobsmacked: Ruddock as a defender of human rights? Is this Turnbull's 'Captain's Call' or a calculated snub to the UN? David Tyler reports. read now...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Life in jail recommended for former Chad dictator "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre (C) is escorted in to stand trial at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal, 20 July 2015. This is the first universal jurisdiction case to proceed to trial in Africa. EPA/STR

Former Chadian leader Hissene Habre (C) is escorted in to stand trial at the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal, 20 July 2015. This is the first universal jurisdiction case to proceed to trial in Africa. EPA/STR


Prosecutors in the landmark human rights trial of former Chad ruler Hissene Habre recommended life in prison if he is convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture, according to Senegal state radio.

Habre, who ruled Chad from 1982 to 1990, went on trial in the Senegalese capital last July and a verdict is expected this year. It is the first time a domestic court system in one country has tried a former leader of another on rights charges.

Rights advocates say the case offers an alternative avenue for justice to the International Criminal Court based in The Hague. Many African leaders have voiced scepticism about the ICC on the grounds that it has investigated abuses mainly in Africa.

Habre was deposed in a coup in 1990 and fled into exile in Senegal. He was detained in 2000 and in 2012 a Belgian judge obtained a ruling f...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Truss tipped to follow Robb and retire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Deputy prime minister Warren Truss. Photo AAP

CANBERRA –  [AAP] Deputy prime minister Warren Truss is expected to reveal his retirement from politics one day after trade minister Andrew Robb confirmed he was calling it quits.

Mr Robb on Wednesday announced he won’t contest the next election, saying he felt the time was right to leave politics and hand over the baton to the next generation in the Liberal Party.

He believes the Turnbull government is in ‘great shape’ and no longer requires his assistance.

His announcement came amid reports Mr Truss was expected to make his retirement intentions clear on Thursday.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull hailed Mr Robb the most successful trade minister in the country’s history, noting three ‘enormous’ free trade deals with China, Japan and Korea signed on his watch.

The prime minister also pointed to his work securing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a historic trade agreement between 11 countries including the United States and China.

Mr Robb, 64, has ambitions to work in the private sector and mental health and doesn’t want to leave it too late.

‘I’d be 68, 69 after the next term, and I felt that was leaving it too late,’ he told ABC’s 730 on Wednesday evening.

But he won’t be leaving the ministry in a hurry, confirming the prime minister wanted him to stay on potentially fo...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: NATO to ‘deter’ Russia on Europe attacks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas. EPA/Wojciech Pacewicz

Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas. EPA/Wojciech Pacewicz

BRUSSELS –  [RAW] NATO has agreed to its boldest steps yet to deter Russia from any attack in the Baltics or eastern Europe, setting out ways to rapidly deploy air, naval and ground forces without resorting to Cold War-era military bases.

In an effort to dissuade Moscow after its 2014 annexation of Crimea, NATO defence ministers decided to rely on a network of new alliance outposts, forces on rotation, warehoused equipment and regular war games, all backed by a rapid-reaction force.

‘Russia is a threat,’ Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas told Reuters on Wednesday at an alliance meeting in Brussels.

‘It is Moscow’s actions in Crimea, their support for separatists in Ukraine and their snap exercises that concern us’.

The measures, which British Defence Minister Michael Fallon said proved that ‘NATO means what it says’, showed a unity the West has not been able to muster against Russia in Syria, where the United States faces criticism for not stopping the Russian-backed assaults on reb...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Focus On Fauna: To Bee or not to bee? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In a recent photo competition run by the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network one of the most popular subjects was the Blue-banded Bee (Amegilla cingulate), pictured above. Speaking to the photographers it appeared that this was the first time that they had seen these striking insects in their respective localities. Indeed a blog on this very […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Dietary control of diabetes could save millions: CSIRO "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CSIRO associate professor Grant Brinkworth. Photo TheConversation

CSIRO associate professor Grant Brinkworth. Photo TheConversation

Adelaide researchers have developed a diet and exercise program which has proven to be highly effective in reducing the burden of type 2 diabetes, with an average 40 per cent reduction in medication levels.

The diet incorporates an eating pattern that is very low in carbohydrates and higher in protein and unsaturated fats. The program is based on the findings from a $1.3 million National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) funded study, which compared the low carbohydrate eating pattern with the current best practice approach of managing type 2 diabetes with a high-unrefined carbohydrate, low fat diet.

‘The research results are ground breaking,’ Associate Professor Grant Brinkworth, principal research scientist at the CSIRO said.

‘Health professionals have been divided over the best dietary approach for managing type 2 diabetes, and the ongoing uncertainty is a hotly debated topic amongst clinicians and researchers.

‘The most amazing benefit of the low carbohydrate diet was the reduction in the patient’s medication levels, which was more than double the amount than the volunteers following the lifestyle program with the high-carbohydrate diet plan.

‘Some of the participa...


Wild Idaho Rising Tide: Climate Justice Forum: Delta 5 Oil Train Blockader Abby Brockway 2-10-16 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Delta 5 oil-by-rail blockader and climate activist Abby Brockway, who locked down to the top of a tripod in an Everett, Washington rail yard all day on September 2, 2014.  Abby will talk about her background and motivations for her heroic direct action, the roles of citizens and jurors in our democracy and in her precedent-setting, week-long, jury trial, and how grassroots, frontline residents can protest climate-wrecking, life-threatening, Northwest fossil fuel corridors.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

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Indian Country Headline News: Cop Shoots, Kills Native Woman; Family Disputes Police Version "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A Tacoma police officer fatally shot Puyallup tribal member Jacqueline Salyers just before midnight on January 28....


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": the food eXchange radio show: 5 February 2016 food eXchange radio show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From kale to kohlrabi or taters to tommies, whether its stick or carrot, it’s time to veg out with Farmer Robbie from Somerset Heritage Produce on episode 5/2/16 of the food eXchange radio show. Podcast avaiable at or on ‪#‎iTunes‬


Geoengineering Watch: Climate Engineers Continue To Disrupt Global Weather As US Military Conducts Climate Change War Games "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

4Dane Wigington The vast majority of global populations are unfortunately not yet willing to face the fact that Earth's climate and life support systems are being totally disrupted and derailed by a global power structure that is inarguably insane and completely out of control. "US military planners have been ordered to war game climate change


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": the food eXchange radio show: 29 January 2016 food eXchange radio show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We find out what’s cookin’ in the Seymour Salvos Community Kitchen with special guests Heather Stamp & Rachael McCracken. We also check what’s in store at this year’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo Paddock to Plate on episode 29/1/16 of the food eXchange radio show. Podcast avaiable at


We All Live Downstream: Methane in the Membrane: The Oil and Gas Industry’s Invisible Threat "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Burning oil gas flaresBy John Noël, National Oil and Gas Coordinator – On Twitter: @Noel_Johnny

What we can’t see is hurting us.

The oil and gas boom is playing out in dozens of states across the country. Yet years later we are still struggling to fully understand the devastating impacts it’s having on our environment and public health. The industry’s impacts are local, often severe and likely to unfold over decades. First, we see changes in our groundwater. Then local surface water is impacted. Then we realize the entire lifecycle of water used in oil and gas operations is vulnerable to contamination. Worse yet it’s the smog-forming pollutants and other air toxics that threaten our health, especially for children. Finally, some are forced to conclude that oil and gas development is an “assault” on their way of life. Now it’s methane pollution that promises to kick climate change into overdrive....


EcoWatch: Nation’s First Regenerative Farm Certification Bill Introduced in Vermont "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


This is the first piece of legislation specific to regenerative agriculture in the U.S. and...


EcoWatch: How Money in Politics Is Killing Rooftop Solar in Nevada "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


You may have noticed that the influence of corporate money in politics has ...


EcoWatch: Extreme Inequality = Economic Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Why should we care about such gross economic inequality? After all...


The Ecologist: Argentine and Brazilian doctors suspect mosquito insecticide as cause of microcephaly "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

With the proposed connection between the Zika virus and Brazil's outbreak of microcephaly in new born babies looking increasingly tenuous, Latin American doctors are proposing another possible cause: Pyriproxyfen, a pesticide used in Brazil since 2014 to arrest the development of mosquito larvae in drinking water tanks. Might the 'cure' in fact be the poison?


EcoWatch: Fighting Fracking in Brazil: Images From an Ongoing Struggle "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


The anti-fracking movement celebrated an important victory in Brazil when a...


Indian Country Headline News: Across the Board Increases for Obama’s Indian Country Budget "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

President Barack Obama submitted his Fiscal Year 2017 proposal to Congress yesterday, and the budget has increased fund...

The Watchers » Latest articles: Third paroxysm of the year in progress at Fuego volcano, Guatemala "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A third paroxysm of the year is in progress at the Fuego volcano in Guatemala on February 10, 2016. Pulsating lava fountains and well-alimented lava flows followed the strombolian and effusive activity unfolding over the last couple of days. The lava flows are...... Read more »


Head Space: “Humans yield primarily because at some point they are overwhelmed by their unconscious conflicts.” "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From old to new courage who resists longer and why What can give a person the strength to resist a menticidal assault? What makes it possible for so many thousands to survive mentally and physically the horrors of totalitarian environments like the concentration, prison, or interment camp? The answer is essentially simple. Humans yield primarily […]


EcoWatch: Noam Chomsky: The Biggest Problem We Face, Destruction of the Environment "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Watch Noam Chomsky's interview with Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera as they talk about...


Wake Up World: Primary Water: A Solution to Drought, Famine and Social Unrest? "IndyWatch Feed National"

11th February 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing Writer for Wake Up World While some regions are breathing a sigh of relief with the arrival of El Niùo this year, other areas are still faced with ongoing historic drought without an end in sight. Dry conditions have eased in places like the western United States and the United Kingdom. ...Continue Reading - Primary Water: A Solution to Drought, Famine and Social Unrest?


Wake Up World: False Light and Traps of Agreement "IndyWatch Feed National"

11th February 2016 By Laura Leon Guest Writer for Wake Up World There is much healthy discussion taking place in determining the ways that manipulating forces have invaded, hijacked and concealed Light Truth. For those on such a quest in their awakening state, a far more sophisticated level of ensnaring is surfacing on account of ...Continue Reading - False Light and Traps of Agreement


(We) can do better: Kelvin Thomson objects to motion to disempower environmental groups "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article contains a speech by Kelvin Thomson, critical of a motion to change environmental law by George Christensen, Member for Dawson, Queensland. Monday, 8 February 2016, House of Representatives, Chamber Speech, page 22 Hansard proofs.

KELVIN THOMSON I do not support this motion by the member for Dawson. The environmental law is there to protect the environment and to protect endangered species. The member for Dawson's own party brought it in. All environmental groups ask is that mining companies, agribusiness and so on do not break the law, just as environment groups and ordinary citizens are expected to abide by the law.

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Andrew Bartlett: Teaching & schooling "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last year I did some high school teaching, which I found to be the most difficult paid work I’ve ever done. Definitely way harder than being a Senator – apart from anything else, Senators have staff to help them do what they need to do (& get paid 3 times the money of course). And there is of course also ready access to other resources – apart from anything else, when I was a Senator I didn’t need to go to Officeworks to make sure I had enough pens to do my job the next day, and I didn’t have to be worried if I was blowing the printing budget each time I clicked OK on extra copy of an exam sheet for my class.

Having said that, the teaching I’ve done was not as hard as some of the unpaid work – also known as volunteer work – that I’ve done, but I guess that’s a separate story. I should also emphasise that sometimes I found teaching to be very fulfilling and rewarding (in a non-financial sense), but there is still no doubt that to do it well, day after day – which of course is what every parent hopes/demands and our community needs – is bloody hard.

In any case, I think teaching is much harder than it needs to be because teachers are ridiculously underpaid and undervalued (despite all of the nice sounding words about how we have to invest in our children’s future, etc), and the expectations on what every teacher is meant to cover and be fully across as a matter of course verge on the ridiculous.

So even with my limited direct experience, I’m not surprised that the recent resignation statement of a Brisbane based school teacher of thirty+ years standing has got so much attention. Although this statement is from a primary school teacher, I think many aspects of it are als...


(We) can do better: Is ‘POPULATION’ a dirty word in the sustainability movement in Australia? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Population is a big issue happening in the world today, with our numbers having increased massively from around 1 billion in 1850 to what now looks like 11 billion at the end of the century. Right now, the numbers of the world’s poor increase by 80 million each year and the number of unwanted pregnancies are 210 million per annum. Considering that human population predicts 88% of impact to other animal and plant species (according to the International Union for the Conversation of Nature) human population remains a huge, yet very controversial concern. (This article was written by Michael Bayliss as part of an information booklet with Mark Allen (founder, Population Permaculture and Planning) entitled: 'Why We Need To Talk About Population.' This booklet is designed to engage with a younger, left leaning generation including environmentalists and activists. It will be available at the Sustainable Living Festival Big Weekend at Federation where Mark Allen will also present on town planning and population issues. To find out more, click here.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Australian international aid and community sector agencies united behind churches across the country who are opening their doors to asylum seekers facing removal back to Nauru & Manus "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Media Release, 4 Feb 2016:

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT: ACOSS, Australian Council for International Development, Anglicare Australia,Catholic Social Services, Mission Australia, Oxfam Australia, St Vincent de Paul Society, Save the Children, and World Vision.

Australian international aid and community sector agencies today united behind churches across the country who are opening their doors to asylum seekers facing removal back
to offshore detention centres.

The groups, including ACOSS, Australian Council for International Development, Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services, Mission Australia, Oxfam Australia, St Vincent de Paul Society, Save the Children, and World Vision, urge the Australian
government to allow the families and their children to stay in Australia.

“The High Court of Australia may have ruled against the challenge to the legality of ou...


(We) can do better: Video: Former UK-Syria ambassador's disgust at Britain's role in fueling war and refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Going Underground's Afshin Rattansi interviews the former British Ambassador to Syria on the irony of London hosting a Syria conference to aid refugees while Cameron drops bombs to create more. "This week London hosted the Syrian Donor conference in an attempt to raise money for the people UK bombs continue to displace to the shores of Europe. But as Philip Hammond mulls sending guns to Libya to quell the rise of Isis - made possible by the British toppling of Gadaffi - should we really even believe his claims that Russia is helping ISIS/Daesh by bombing Cameron's supposedly 'moderate' rebels." (Afshin Rattansi) First published at

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group: Take ACTION! Write to your politician #LetThemStay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TAKE ACTION to help stop babies and families being returned to Nauru. Sample letters you and cut and paste to contact our politicians. Hints for contacting politicians and their contact details.
Start writing NOW.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Here & Now #144 I can’t fly "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image S Sorrensen

Image S Sorrensen

S Sorrensen

Fortress of Solitude. Sunday, 2.35am

Okay World. I’m coming out. Are you ready?

I’m going to tell you a truth that the more astute of you may have already guessed, but will shock the rest of you. Are you sitting down? Do you need a tea? Or a Valium? Maybe pop a Val in your Darjeeling…

I can’t pretend anymore. I’m worn out. Maintaining the deception has robbed me of just about everything. All I have left is a single truth:

There. I’ve said it. I am not Superman.

I don’t really have x-ray vision.

I’m sorry, grandkids, but I saw your dad walk up the path. (Saw him through the kitchen window.) That’s how I knew it was him when there was a knock at the door.

I can’t really see through things. I’m sorry, lovers, but, try as I might, I can’t see through the horror of Catholic abuse to the shining heart of love. I can’t love without looking over my shoulder, fearful that the devil (or Luthor) will appear; to find me out; to applaud me for the pleasure I feel.

Despite misappropriating a personal commitment to truth, justice and the sustainable way, l can’t see the way out of the mess we’re in. Things need to change – quickly. And, despite the Subaru, I’m not faster than the speeding bullets in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, US, France…

I can’t really fly. Not without Rex or Vietnam Airlines.

Sometimes, when I...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Don’t send the children back "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Following this week’s High Court decision on offshore detention on Nauru, the Greens have called on the prime minister to rule out sending children and their families back there. Sending children to Nauru would be child abuse and Malcolm Turnbull needs to decide whether he is willing to authorise that. The evidence is clear and it’s undeniable that Nauru is unsafe for women and children. This is a major test for the prime minister. Will he keep these children safe, where they can thrive and prosper, or will he dump them back on the prison island of Nauru?

I was so disappointed this week when the Labor and Liberal-National parties voted down a Greens motion calling on the Turnbull government to grant amnesty to these 267 vulnerable people, including 37 babies, so they don’t have to be sent to Nauru and Manus Island. The snap-rallies held around the country this week demonstrate Australians do not think this is fair or reasonable.

Dawn Walker, Greens candidate for Richmond


The post Don’t send the children back appeared first on Echonetdaily.


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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Simon Tedeschi : Kaleidoscope "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Simon Tedeschi is a Randwick City local, a gracious raconteur with a big smile and ‘one of the finest artists in the world’. He’ll be performing on the 4th of March at Randwick Town Hall


He is Australia’s most renowned and sought-after pianist, performing throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Simon makes a welcome return to Randwick Town Hall with ‘Kaleidoscope’ – a multi-coloured and continually shifting program which presents the piano in all its majesty and dynamism – from the heartbreaking lyricism of Schubert and the romance of Chopin, to the visionary dissonance of Prokofiev and the incandescent swing of Fats Waller.

‘True greatness.’ John Carmody, Sydney Morning Herald

Last year a capacity audience sat spellbound in Randwick Town Hall from the first ripple over the keyboard to the final reverberation. Don’t miss this wonderful performance.

The In-flight Bar & Diner will open one hour before the performance. So you can enjoy a drink and delicious snacks.

What : Simon Tedeschi : Kaleidoscope

When : 4th of March

Where : Randwick Town Hall

You can book using a credit card by calling Tickets 4 Me on 1300 306...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Australian Border Force (ABF) Cobham Aviation-operated Dash-8-200s VH-ZZC & VH-ZZJ Spotted at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Over the last couple of weeks, Surveillance Australia / Australian Border Force (ABF) Cobham Aviation-operated Dash-8-200 aircraft continue to operate in parts of Central Queensland and on Wednesday 10 February, local plane spotter 'IAD' captured VH-ZZJ parked on the Northern end of the Rockhampton Airport apron.

It had earlier arrived from a sortie using the new radio callsign of "Borderforce 88".

Meanwhile, back on Friday 29 January, 'IAD' captured fellow ABF Dash-8-200 VH-ZZC has it was on short finals to Runway 33 at Rocky as "Borderforce 33".

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is the Australian Government agency that is tasked with border protection and national security duties. It was established on in July 2015 after the merger of the Australian Customs and...


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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: H2O Water Bar by Janet Laurence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sydney’s latest must-visit tasting bar is serving something more precious than vintage French bubbles or Japanese whiskey: our natural water supply.

H2O: Water Bar is a reflective, glassy glistening installation by Janet Laurence that allows you to sample a variety of water sourced from diverse regions of Australia.

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Outfitted like an apothecary or laboratory, H2O: Water Bar is set amongst the heritage industrial space of the Paddington Reservoir Gardens’ inner chamber, opened to the public especially for this installation.

Australia’s identity is forever tied to our relationship with water, from the waterholes used as weapons during the colonial era, to the long droughts that affect our regional communities, and the environmental threats to the future of Australia’s ground water. By inviting you to experience the qualities of different Australian waters, H2O: Water Bar helps us to better understand the complexity and fragility of this vital resource.

Alongside the Water Bar is a series of diverse talks, discussions and performances for you to learn more about Water

The Family Program presented by Sydney Water runs each Saturday from 3pm – 5pm. Spaces are limited, booking essential.

The installation is created by Janet Laurence, a Sydney artist whose international practice examines our physical, cultural and conflicting relationship to the natural world. Janet is the Australian representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference exhibition.

H2O: Water Bar will be the hip new watering.....


News from Survival International: Survival International accuses WWF of involvement in violence and abuse "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Forced out of the forest, many Baka communities complain of a serious decline in their health. Living on the roadside, they are increasingly exposed to malaria and other diseases.
Forced out of the forest, many Baka communities complain of a serious decline in their health. Living on the roadside, they are increasingly exposed to malaria and other diseases.
© Survival International

Survival International has launched a formal complaint about the activities of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Cameroon.

This is the first time a conservation organization has been the subject of a complaint to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), using a procedure more normally invoked against multinational corporations.

The complaint charges WWF with involvement in violent abuse and land theft against Baka “Pygmies” in Cameroon, carried out by anti-poaching squads which it in part funds and equips.

Before beginning its work in Cameroon, WWF failed to consider what impact it would hav...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Nice Pair of Bizjets at Hamilton Island Airport Wednesday - Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy VH-VLT & Citation VII VH-DHN "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport on Wednesday 10 February was Marcplan Charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT.  It looked to call in from Sydney.

File photos taken by Col  ©

VH-VLT was later noted departing back towards the South.

Meanwhile, shortly after dark on Wednesday 10 February, Business Aviation Solutions Cessna 650 Citation VII bizjet VH-DHN also called into Hamilton Island Airport.  It arrived from and later departed back to its Gold Coast base.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Memories Of Mardi Gras 1978 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I recently had an email from someone interested in the oral history project I had been involved in back in 1998, celebrating twenty years since the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Although I have a copy somewhere in my extensive CD collection, I needed to touch base with my friends Glen and Greig who had been instrumental in putting the project together. They came up with the idea, they found the talent, and they made it happen. All I did was chat with a few people, and hopefully got them to tell their stories as well as they could, and create the audio. The premise for the project was simple: for Sydney Pride Centre, we would get together a bunch of people who had participated in the first Mardi Gras and ask them to tell their stories.

As I wrote in 2007,

I remember at the time of doing the interviews of being in awe of these people who had quite simply participated in something quite amazing, but who hadn’t really thought of it in those terms at the time. The aim of the project was to document in some way the experience of the many “ordinary people” who had taken part in the first parade and protest.

Thankfully Glen and Greig were able to find the original audio files, and so to make these more widely, here they are, hopefully never to be lost again.


Filed under: Blogging Tagged: gay, lesbian, sydney gay...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": The Bulli Times: Award winning author at Thirroul "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

NSW Premier’s Award winning author Babette Smith will give the author’s talk at Thirroul District Library and Community Centre on 17 February.

Ms Smith won the 2015 NSW Premier’s History Award for her book, The Luck of the Irish, which looks at the history of Irish immigrants to Australia. It is an original and sophisticated analysis of the Irish in parts of NSW during the 19th century. The book begins with the 1835 wreck of the ship, Hive, carrying convicts. Ms Smith contends that the convict Irish brought a culture with them that helped shape and reinforce Australian egalitarianism.

Ms Smith’s first book, A Cargo of Women: Susannah Watson & the Convicts of the Princess Royal, is a study of 100 female convicts transported to Australia.

Ms Smith will speak at Thirroul Library on Wednesday 17 February from 5pm. Bookings are essential or on 02 4227 8191.

The Author’s Talk is sponsored by the State Library of NSW and Wollongong City Council.
For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: New Australian Army MRH-90 Helicopter A40-034 Passes Through Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A nice visitor to Rockhampton Airport around lunch time on Wednesday 10 February was a fairly new Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter - serial A40-034.

It was captured arriving by local plane spotter 'IAD' and then again parked on the Rockhampton Airport apron by Kayanne H.



John Quiggin: Waist deep in the Big Muddy "IndyWatch Feed"

The sudden collapse of four for-profit vocational education enterprises including Aspire college is the latest in a string of scandals, failures and license revocations in the sector.

Meanwhile, in the US, the Apollo Education Group, owner of the “University” of Phoenix, has been taken private for $1 billion, a fraction of its peak market value. UoP pioneered the model of providing a bogus education to publicly funded students, ripping off both the students and the public purse. As the US has cleaned up the worst abuses, UoP and others have seen their profits shrink, to the point of bankruptcy in some cases.

The provision of public funds to for-profit operators has been a predictable, and predicted disaster. Of all the disasters perpetrated under the banner of microeconomic reform, education reform has probably been the worst.

In these circumstances, it would make sense for the national government, which has borne much of the cost, to take over the vocational education sector, properly fund the public TAFE system, and close down the for-profit sector, as was recently done in Chile.

The idea of a national takeover is, indeed, on the cards. But far from closing down the for-profit sector, it appears the Turnbull government plans to push the reform agenda even further.

Waist deep in the Big Muddy, and the big fool said, Carry On.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": The Bulli Times: Elderly woman robbed at Corrimal "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

police 8POLICE are appealing for public assistance after an elderly woman was robbed in Corrimal earlier this week.

About 12pm on Monday, a 73-year-old woman who was using a walking frame for assistance, was approached by a man as she used a footpath crossing on Railway Parade, near Corrimal Railway Station.

The man attempted to remove the woman’s handbag from her walking frame, before she fell to the ground during a scuffle. The man grabbed the handbag and ran towards a waiting vehicle with its engine running – believed to be a grey-coloured late model Holden Commodore SS utility – which was last seen driving west along Railway Parade.

The woman was treated by paramedics and taken to Wollongong Hospital suffering shock and for checks relating to a pre-existing medical condition.

Wollongong police were contacted and have launched an investigation into the incident.

Wollongong Local Area Commander, Superintendent Joseph Cassar said whilst all robberies are disturbing, the robbery of a 73-year-old woman using a walking frame is particularly abhorrent.

“My investigators are very keen to see this man brought before the courts quickly and are appealing for anyone with information about this incident to contact them,” he said.

Detectives are urging anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to contact Wollongong Police Station on (02) 4226 7899 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



"IndyWatch Feed Tas": On The Convict Trail: Bellevue, Bellerive "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This fine two storey sandstone mansion was originally constructed for Robert Hutchinson in 1890. Hutchinson was a native of Buckingham, England and had arrived in Sydney in 1849 at the tender age of 9 years old.

He went on to become an engineer and formed a consulting firm with his father in law which was called Huckson & Hutchinson. They were engaged by the Hobart Marine Board to design a wide range of structure including light houses, piers and Hobart's Victora Dock.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Beachmere Blog: SoulSteppers: urban soul line dancing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I've been running Soul Line Dancing sessions in Beachmere for several years at various venues. We've even danced weekly on Clayton  Park's basket ball court.

Soul Line Dancing is different from what folk usually assume is line dancing. The repertoire is taken from soul music, funk, disco, rhythm & blues and zydeco. It is popular among Afro American communities on the east coast  of the United States as well as in the states of Louisiana and Texas.

Choreography is shared via video but  new routines are developed from all over -- generating fresh moves to particular songs.  It's a very creative and generous collective choreography.

As far as we know, our little club, SoulSteppers, in Beachmere is the only one of its kind in Australia.

Not that we're great dancers.Soul Line dance is driven by shuffles and slides on the 4x4 beat...and we usually adapt routines to suit our shared skill level. Soul too is more about moving the hips rather than investing a lot of effort in foot work.

Its 'cool' rather than technical.

And since I run the sessions -- really you can dance how you like, just so long as you don't run anyone over. There are no prizes for getting it (supposedly) right...and no one cares one iota if you get any move very much 'wrong'.

At the moment we have a couple of vacancies in our line up -- so if anyone is interested in a weekly convivial d...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Bendigo Community Farmers Market: – Nizza Effektive Aufsatz Verlag Unternehmen "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mein Name ist Leon, ich bin der Hochschüler des vierten Studienjahres der Humboldt Universität. Am Ende des zweiten Studienhalbjahres habe Badarf ich eine Semesterarbeit in der Literaturwissenschaft. das Werk müsste 50 Seite stehen. Außer der Lehre arbeitete ich noch und für Fertigung meiner Arbeit hatte ich keine Zeit. Ich habe meine Kameradenum Beihilfegebeten und sie haben mir einen Serviceim Bereich desfachwissenschaftlichen Schreibens vorgeschlagen. am Anfang habe ich einige Zweifel dazu, aber nach dem ersten Telefongespräch wird meine meine Unsicherheit nicht mehr aufgetaucht.

Aufsatz Schriftlich Dienst

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Der Service funktioniertim Bereich des wissenschaftlichen Schreibens bereits mehr als 6 Jahren und beitragen den Studiker bei der Fertigung des akademischen Semesterarbeiten. Hier steht zur Verfügung man eine große Anordnungvon Offerten und besonders Angeboten an. Das Objektiv dieser Hilfsquelle ist 100% sehr wertvollen, speziellen und nicht kopierten Texten zu anfertigen. Ich möchte sagen, dass das Firma dem Ziel Tausendprozent entspricht. Meiner Semesterarbeit war dutlich, perfekt und korrekt geschrieben, und alle meinen meinen Anweisungen entsprach. Der Kundendienst hat eine gute Kenntnis in der Fertigung der studentischen Arbeiten.

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Nach meiner ersten Wahrnehmung der Kollektivarbeit mit, bestelle ich regelrecht meinewissenschaftlichenArbeiten und bin dazu sehr zufrieden. Ich habe keine Angst für Studium, weil ich immer für Hilfe anbieten kann und sicher bin, dass ich 100% hochwertigen und, was am wichtigsten ist, plagiatsfreien Texte bekommen wird. Dank diesem Service habe ich mehr freier Zeit für Beruhigung und Job. Ich habe differierende Texte bestellt, und bekam allezeit nur tapfereResultat. Bei gibt es eine Cha.....


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Sunshine Coast Environment Council: Minister defends National Parks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Agriculture and Environment Committee reported on the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 on 05 February.  

The report is available here

The restoration of fundamental provisions in the Act such as the cardinal principle which recognises National Parks as cornerstones for conservation was crucial to protecting the Kondalilla National Park from an inappropriate zip-line.

The Nature Conservation Act is also an integral part of the legislative framework  to protect our small, diverse conservation estate from potential commercial activities and intensive uses which would compromise the natural and amenity values of these special places.

Minister Steven Miles MP  issued the following statement on 09 February


Qld Parliament

Ministerial media release



Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: The Arts Spectrum "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Arts Thursday 11th February with Maisy Stapleton traverses theatre design, festivals and spectacular visual arts.

Stephen Curtis is one of our most respected designers for theatre and film and in the first of a two-part interview he’ll be discussing the ideas behind his Platform Paper The Designer: Decorator or Dramaturg?

Platform Papers are published by Currency House every quarter and explore ideas and issues in music, theatre, dance, arts and entertainment, film, television, cultural policy, advocacy. copyright and defamation, arts training and innovation, the creative economy, race relations, young people’s theatre, digital arts. They interrogate all aspects of the arts and are a marvelous contribution to arts thinking in this country.

Stephen Curtis’ paper is wide-ranging and it reveals the broad role of the designer; provides a brief history of theatre design in this country and demonstrates the pivotal role of a designer in conceptualizing a performance and giving both reality and meaning to the intentions of director, performers.

This week, in conversation with Maisy Stapleton, he will be discussing the need for a b...


Bill Mitchell – billy blog: Balance of payments constraints "IndyWatch Feed"

The late Canadian economist Harry Johnson, who came at the subject from the Monetarist persuasion, was correct when he wrote in 1969 (reference below) that “The adoption of flexible exchange rates would have the great advantage of freeing governments to use their instruments of domestic policy for the pursuit of domestic objectives, while at the same time removing the pressures to intervene in international trade and payments for balance-of-payments reasons.” How does this square with those who believe that even currency-issuing governments are constrained in their fiscal flexibility by an alleged balance of payments constraint. So-called progressive economists, particularly, are enamoured with the idea that Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is flawed because it doesn’t recognise the fiscal limits imposed by the need to maintain a stable external balance. In this blog, we trace the arguments.

While on Harry Johnson, he made an important point when countering the argument that flexible exchange rates would be “unstable … jumping wildly about from day to day” was that movements will only be (p.19):

… in response to such changes in demand and supply — including changes induced by changes in governmental policies — and normally will move only slowly and fairly predictably. Abnormally rapid and erratic movements will occur only in response to sharp and unexpected changes in circumstances; and such changes in a fixed exchange rate system would produce equally or more uncertainty- creating policy changes in the form of devaluation, deflation, or the imposition of new controls on trade and payments.

It is often forgotten that the fixed exchange rate system was ultimately derailed by speculative capital flows which threatened exhaustion of the foreign exchange and gold reserves of nations...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": TPP treaty opposed by alliance of crossbenchers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Bob Katter Peter Whish-Wilson Glenn Lazarus

A university in the United States has found that the much-heralded Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal will cost the American economy 448,000 jobs and significantly decrease their Gross Domestic Product.

One of 12 nations in the deal, Australia signed the agreement in New Zealand last week.

The Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University near Boston said President Obama’s promises of sweeping economic benefits are wrong and the treaty would actually harm America.

The analysis said U.S. jobs would be “hardest hit” of all the nations in the agreement.

Meanwhile the TPP along with the National Interest Analysis was tabled in the Australian House of Representatives today prompting the Member for Kennedy and leader of Katters Australian Party, Bob Katter to form a cross bench alliance, citing the TPP as the “greatest threat to Australia’s sovereignty in decades.”

Mr Katter, Senator Glenn Lazarus and Greens’ Trade Spokesman Senator Peter Whish-Wilson fronted a joint press conference at Parliament House to oppose the ratification of the TPP, which is expected within weeks.

Whilst full details of the TPP Agreement were laid before Parliament, all three attacked the Government’s own analysis of the Agreement – an analysis which is unlikely to highlight the real losses to Australian manufacturers and producers.

“There has been a hole a mile wide torn in the sovereignty of Aus...


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

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

The following tracks were played on Jazz Plus” on 10 February 2016
  1. RALPH TOWNER ‘Waterwheel’ Batik
  2. AARON DIEHL ‘Flux Capacitor’ Space Time Continuum
  3. JOHN SURMAN ‘Brewster’s Rooster’ Brewster’s Rooster
  4. CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO ‘Interlude’ Live At The Village Vanguard
  5. KRISTIN BERARDI ‘Cool Baby’ Where Or When
  6. ROY HARGROVE ‘Invitation’ Nothing Serious
  7. GARY BURTON & SWR BIG BAND ‘Touch’ Hommage A Eberhard Weber
  8. DIANA KRALL ‘Frim Fram Sauce’ Stepping Out
  9. HOUSTON PERSON ‘Teardrops From My Eyes’ Something Personal
  10. ROBERT GLASPER ‘Jelly’s Da Beener’ Canvas
  11. CARMEN MCRAE ‘Little Butterfly’ Carmen Sings Monk
  12. SAMMY FIGUEROA ‘Mysterious Energy’ Imaginary World
  13. MICHAEL WOLLNY TRIO ‘Ellen’ Nachtfahrten
  14. TORE BRUNBORG ‘Now’s The Time’ Slow Snow
  15. CASSANDRA WILSON ‘Fragile’ Glamoured
  16. BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO ‘Jam’ Where Do You Start
  17. WES MONTGOMERY ‘Sandu’ Movin’ Along
  18. ALAN BROADBENT & NDR BIG BAND ‘Between The Lines’ America The Beautiful


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Commonwealth Bank’s Brendan French. Is he Australia’s biggest bank fraudster? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Commonwealth Bank’s Brendan French. Is he Australia’s biggest bank fraudster?

by Shane Dowling

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s senior executive Brendan French, who is one of Australia’s biggest fraudsters, recently won a defamation case against a whistleblower. This is quite amazing given that it is French’s role at the Commonwealth Bank to cover-up multi-million-dollar fraud and theft by Commonwealth Bank staff and others and Brendan Fren...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Hundreds of crazed Islamics riot and injure police in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How many Australians outside of Sydney saw this Channel 10 news segment?


Hundreds of fanatical Islamics rioted in Sydney on September 9, 2015, claiming they were objecting to the release of an anti-Muslim film. Police were caught off guard and a number were seriously injured while trying to contain the mob surging through the CBD. Police were forced to shut down Market Street sending the rioters back to Hyde Park to regroup. There police dogs and capsicum spray were used to break up the crazed Muslims. The chanting, mindless mob took to police with missiles and boots hospitalising six officers.

The blame for these disgusting anti-Australian attacks on the majority of peaceful citizens by several hundred Muslim immigrants can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the Labor party, the Liberal Party and the equally crazed Greens.

North Queensland MP Bob Katter has called for an end to all immigration tying the annual 600,000 influx of immigrants to job availability. Until the nation can absorb existing immigrants and place them in meaningful jobs, Katter says from today no more, finished, don’t apply.

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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Common Ground North Coast: People to know – Nitsua "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

PhotoCredit_KirraPendergast-We are big fans of local artist Nitsua, he shared a little about himself with us this week after driving back from Melbourne where he was at Rainbow Serpent Festival and afterwards completed the amazing Bowie mural you will see below.

KP – Claim to fame/day job/hobby/what are you known for?

I’m mainly known for my street art / mural work & furniture design.

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KP – Is it your passion or just something you do?

Yes its my passion, I’ve come from being stuck behind a computer working as a Graphic Designer for 12 years of my life, which I find myself still doing occasionally otherwise I’d be one of those struggling artists!


KP – What is your greatest career achievement?

Signing a 4 year license agreement with Ken Done in the fashion industry.

KP – How do you give back to your community?

Through my street art, whoever takes it on, I inspire or just smiles when seeing my paintings I’ve just given back to. Also teaching local kids a thing or two on techniques, giving them confidence to really push there work and inspire them.
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"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: 2016 RAT and GS motorcycle rally dates "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Triumph RAT Rally

Triumph RAT Rally

Triumph Australia has announced the dates for the annual Rat Rally, while BMW Motorrad Australia has announced its 2016 dates for the GS and GS Enduro rallies.

The annual Triumph Rat Rally will be held in Australia’s best mountain roads from March 11-13, based at Jindabyne Station Resort.

Triumph claims it will be their biggest rally yet, with more rides scheduled each day, and more demo rides scheduled from Friday afternoon and all day Saturday including the opportunity to test the new Bonneville Street Twin and T120 range.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": Practising Simplicity: motherhood and the anxiety switch "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Tuesday morning Poet woke up with mosquito bites on her feet. This isn't particularly unusual during an Australian summer but considering I'd seen a red back spider the day before, I was a little concerned. I rubbed some lavender oil into her feet to stop the itching and I didn't think about it again till I picked her up from pre-school. I watched her put on her sandals on, saw the pinkish dots and all-of-a-sudden I was wracked with anxiety and ready to take her to the doctor, regardless of the fact that she wasn't complaining about itching or stinging. "They feel like nothing," she said.

I chatted to a few friends at the school gate and we all decided that she seemed fine and I was probably just worrying unnecessarily. And then we spoke about motherhood and worry and the fact that as soon as we birthed our firstborns it was like an anxiety switch went on. Even the most carefree and confident among us experiences some sort of motherhood-induced anxiety.

Today, after a somewhat sleepless night, I started thinking about my anxiety triggers; many of which are unavoidable at this stage of motherhood. Exhaustion is pretty powerful at setting off my switch, as is solo-parenting and a sudden influx of work. And when they all combine? Pass the rescue remedy!

Over the years I've come to notice the early, physical effects of anxiety and I understand the importance of working through it sooner rather than later. A few things that help:

- early nights : even if my sleep is broken, if I can get a few good hour...


Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research: Port Augusta, South Australia - "flying eggs" - 1947 - witness deceased "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

Thanks to an observant Adelaide individual, I have now found out that Ronald Ernest Ellis, the main witness of the pre Kenneth Arnold, "flying eggs", at Port Augusta in 1947, passed away on 15 July 2008, aged 87 years. He is buried in the Stirling North Garden Cemetery.

The same Adelaide man, also directed my attention to a photograph of Ellis, which I reproduce below.


In another previous post, I advised that I was aware that an Adelaide researcher, whose first name was Mishelle, managed to locate and interview Ellis in 2006. Although a preliminary report was available of this interview, no final report is known. I believe that Adelaide researcher Jeff Fausch, has now located Mishelle. Jeff is awaiting direct contact with Mishelle, to see if we can obtain a more detailed report of her interview with Ellis.

Update 10 February 2016.


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Lights, action, shears! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Shining the kindest light on two most dishevelled alpacas has unearthed one of the most dramatic makeovers not-for-profit animal sanctuary, Edgar’s Mission, has ever seen. Director Pam Ahern explains: “I was shocked beyond belief when I first saw the girls, although I couldn’t even determine what gender they were because of the overgrown fleece that burdened them. Not only was their matted fleece covered in sticks, twigs and leaves, but several pieces of barbed wire had become entangled as well.”

Alpaca Rescue

The Macedon Ranges Council had earlier discovered the two abandoned alpacas on council land. Fearing for their welfare, they contacted Edgar’s Mission to assist. Days later Grace Kelly and Lauren Bacall (as they have been christened) were whisked away to the safety of the local animal charity where a set of shears was on hand to greet them. Pam said: “The transformation has been dramatic and clearly shows the dire state into which they have fallen.”

Alpaca Rescue

“It is incomprehensible how anyone could allow this to happen to an animal, they rely on us for everything. Sadly we saw evidence that a third alpaca had died some time earlier. Their heavy fleece is a burden in so many ways and could well lead death.” Local alpaca shearer, John Tully, who expertly shore Grace and Lauren, trimmed their overgrown toenails and administered vaccinations and vitamin shots, estimates the alpacas had not been shorn for up to four......


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: St Kilda Festival: Plan smarter, party better "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Valentine’s Day Sunday 14 February 2016 St Kilda Festival is a celebration of community spirit, Australian music and the beautiful St Kilda Foreshore. It’s a day of fun in the sun, thrills on the beach and awesome sounds after dark. Just remember to come prepared and treat the ‘hood with utmost respect’. The Festival is […]


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: St Kilda Festival’s 2016 New Music Stage "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

St Kilda Festival’s 2016 New Music Stage line-up has been announced; a landmark event and exciting platform for Australia’s hottest new music aims to support emerging artists and the growth of the Australian music industry. This initiative offers the nation’s best emerging talent the opportunity to play at Australia’s largest music festival on Sunday 14 […]


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Barwon Blog: Making tracks: beside Yuille's Swamp "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

When gold was first discovered at Hiscock's Gully in August, 1851, the track from Geelong led to Buninyong. There was no town at Ballarat. At the time, the only European settlement in the area that would become Ballarat, was a squatting run. It was occupied in 1838 by 19 year old Scottish settler, William Cross Yuille and his cousin Archibald Buchanan Yuille who had left their earlier run on the Barwon River at Murgheboluc after coming into conflict with the local Wathaurong tribe.
In March, 1838 therefore, they selected 10,000 acres north west of Mt Buninyong on the shores of a swamp. This run which in today's terms included the inner suburbs of Ballarat and extended south as far as Sebastopol was known as "Ballaarat". When William Cross Yuille first arrived (shortly before his cousin), he camped on the edge of what was then known as Black Swamp. Soon it became known as Yuille's Swamp and today is recognised as Lake Wendouree.

A memorial erected in 1938 on the banks of Lake Wendouree
(near the end of Pleasant St) commemorating the arrival of
William C Yuille, the first European to live in the district
Whilst William remained only a short time in the district before heading to New Zealand in 1840, his cousin retained the lic...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: The Hanging: Video oediV "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Video Video

Angela Tiatia video work from Video Video at Campbelltown Arts Centre


There’s no doubt that we all enjoy moving image in some form – be it cinema, trashy TV, spiralling into a YouTube vortex, or watching Rage on a Saturday morning. Video art, however, still seems to be one medium that gallery-goers often struggle with. It requires a longer attention span, often has no narrative, and the darkened rooms that house these works are sometimes easily missed on the way to the gallery café.

With this in mind, Video oediV is one exhibition that you’ll be glad you devoted the extra time and attention to. Curated by Megan Monte, it’s an exhibition entirely comprised of video art, with works ranging from a few minutes to an hour and a half long.

It features new and commissioned works by fifteen Australian and international artists, all of who are female. Though feminism isn’t the crux of the show, there’s more than one work that leaves you with a sense of perverseness as a spectator, referencing the male gaze and exploring feminist and queer identities on screen.

The different ways the video works are displayed makes the show feel part installation, part sculpture, part interactive. There are huge projections, as you would expect to see when viewing video art. But there’s also a tiny iPad screen showing the work of Anne Hirsch, tucked away in an intimate corner that you can interact with. Then there are scrolling projections by Giselle Stanborough that circle all around you while you’re standing in an enclosed room, and there are bright blue banana chairs inviting you to sit back and relax while watching the work of Hissy Fit.

If you can dedicate ten hours to...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Chinese New Year "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Hands up if you would like to start 2016 all over again! The great news is with Chinese New Year is just around the corner, we all get a second chance on kicking off 2016. According to Chinese beliefs, there are some important customs one must follow in order to gain some good fortune! To […]


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Barely Standing debut EP Launch Party "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

EP Launch Party at Prince Bandroom on 24 Feb 2016 Barely standing is an up-rising Melbourne based duo that have been packing out venues with their high octane performances, up and down the east coast over the last 12 months. Originally from Byron Bay, they are heavily influenced by their barefoot, free-spirited, native town. With […]


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Gallery: FBi Presents Majical Cloudz at Newtown Social Club "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

FBi Presents Majical Cloudz at Newtown Social Club | Photo by Sunny Lei

Appropriately dressed in just stark black and white, Canadian duo Majical Cloudz enchanted the crowd with a sparse, emotional set at Newtown Social Club. Magical indeed!


Photos by Sunny Lei | 8.2.16

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"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Swipe right: 5 cities that are made for Australian solo travellers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Forget Tinder, it is time to swipe right for travelling solo! According to the recently released 2015 Visa Global Travel Intentions Study, nearly 25% of people travelled alone on their most recent international vacation. This is a significant increase from 15% in 2013. Solo travel is definitely “trending”. While holidays with loved ones are undeniably […]


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Review: Site Specifics by Bryden Williams "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Site Specific

Bryden Williams – ‘Outdoors’, 2016

In his solo show, ‘Site Specifics’, Bryden Williams reimagines the functions of industrial infrastructure to create landscapes where urban and rural wilderness blur.

A streetlamp extends from the trunk of a She-Oak. It arches over a still river, late at night, colouring the photograph in sepia tones. While such an image is not so out of place in an age of photoshop, Williams’ work differs, as the image acts as a document of a scene he built, rigging a disused high-pressure sodium streetlight to a tree on the banks of the Coxs river, not far from where he grew up in the Blue Mountains. Each work in ‘Site Specifics’ extends past the gallery space, gesturing towards a process of finding, constructing and reworking.

Humans are absent from the work in Site Specifics, leaving room to record subtle moments of action and reaction between different systems. The 3.5 metre streetlamp in the photograph is installed in the gallery, shining into the corner with a brightness that fades and increases depending on the surrounding light. A fire-sprinkler unit is bolted into the walls, supporting a video screen displaying the same sprinkler, assembled above an open fire in deep bush. At the moment of activation, water is pumped through the pipes from a river offscreen. Williams work presents an ecology of hijacked structures, bringing into question the way we occupy and manipulate space.

Site Specifics pin-points moments of control over our environment, claiming and rearranging them, to problematise the basis on which we deem spaces exterior and inte...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": News and Events - 2SER - Real Radio 107.3 FM - 2SER - Real Radio 107.3 FM: Around Town is a brand new segment on 2SER Breakfast! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Around Town is a brand new segment on 2SER Breakfast!

When the weekend is closing in, wouldn't it be great to have a friend to let us know what's going on so you don't miss out on anything?

With our new segment Around Town on 2SER Breakfast Thursdays your buddy Mitch will let you in on a few cool things you can check out around Sydney over the weekend each week!

Got a cool event or happening you'd like to let us know about? Email!


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Innovation Party "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last week The Echo highlighted the Online Comment of the Week, ‘Why would an innovation and engagement platform want to form a political party? Why not dedicate 100 per cent of your time … into inviting, developing and improving the innovation and engagement platform?’ – Jason.

I have dedicated 100 per cent of my time to improving the innovation and engagement platform during my 30-year career working as an inventor and innovator. I felt compelled to design a political party that is committed to bringing about improvement of function in all areas of governance. We aim to find greater efficiency, eliminate unnecessary waste and better serve the community by deeper engagement at a grassroots level.

The charter highlights this fact. Innovation is what is needed if we are to adequately meet the coming challenges of economic disruption and climate change. The principle of innovation can be practically applied in all areas; from a person learning a new vital skill to a system being created that enables greater community engagement. Our antiquated electoral process requires a mix of new technology and good old-fashioned education with values of transparency and integrity to guide its way.

I was surprised to see such a comment highlighted by a media organisation that prides itself on supporting community proactivity. The opportunity to clarify our intentions here is appreciated. I also acknowledge the back page mention of our efforts to provide an alternative political party and I can confirm that the party was launched on Australia Day – precisely.

Malcolm Robertson, public officer, Innovation Party


The post Innovation Party appeared first on Echonetdaily.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": The Bulli Times: Girl approached at Balgownie "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

POLICE are appealing for information after a girl was approached by a man in a vehicle at Balgownie on Tuesday afternoon.
About 3.30pm, a 12-year-old girl got off her school bus at Margaret Street, near the intersection of Foothills Road, and began to walk the short distance home.
A man driving a light-grey-coloured Toyota Corolla parked his vehicle nearby and offered the girl a lift home.
She refused and continued walking home, where she advised her family who contacted police.
Wollongong police have launched an investigation into the incident.
The male driver has been described as being about 80 years of age.
Investigators are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information that could assist police.
Anyone who can assist in relation to this incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": The Bulli Times: Man robbed at Bulli "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A MAN has been charged over the alleged robbery of a teen at Bulli last week.
Police will allege that around 8.30pm on Thursday February 4, a 15-year-old teen was robbed at knifepoint by a man he met on a train, near Spinners Way at Bulli.
The man allegedly stole the teen’s wallet, mobile phone and hat before punching him in the mouth and head.
The man left the scene, but the teen encountered him again a short time later along a bush path.
The man allegedly told the teen to run before chasing him along the path.
The teen was able to run home and alert his parents who contacted Wollongong police.
Following further inquiries, about 9am ON Tuesday, officers executed a search warrant at a home in Towradgi and seized several items allegedly connected with the incident.
An 18-year-old man was arrested shortly afterwards when he returned to the home. He was taken to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged with aggravated robbery.


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": Damn the Matrix: It’s all happening. Still. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

While working on those entangled branches for the past few days, I listen to podcasts on the ute radio that I’ve downloaded over the past 12 to 18 months.  It suddenly hit me that the three people whose work I follow and respect the most are women’s. I can’t help wondering why this is.  Could women be actually cleverer than men?  Are they most able to think into the future?

Susan Krumdieck is the engineer with more degrees than a thermometer plus a PhD, Nicole Foss whom I think can match Susan’s pedigree but has additional expertise in economic matters, and Gail Tverberg, the actuary with the uncanny ability to analyse what’s going on and explain it in a way most people should understand…… the only male standout for me is Chris Martenson, though I think his website is too much about how to stay rich in the collapse rather than how to survive it….

A couple of days ago, not one but two really good articles landed in my news feed commenting on how the collapse of the price of oil is going to cause mayhem this year, and is a clear sign of diminishing returns.  One was by Gail, the other quoted her….

Nicole has written a long article which was published in three parts over at the Automatic earth, I highly recommend it.

the effects of not having enough energy flows may spread more widely than the individual plant or animal that weakens and dies. If the reason a plant dies is because the plant is part of a forest that over time has grown so dense that the plants in the understory cannot get enough light, then there may be a bigger problem. The dying plant material may accumulate to the poin...

Tuesday, 09 February


Bill Mitchell – billy blog: Is exchange rate depreciation inflationary? "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the first things that conservatives (and most economists which is typically a highly overlapping set) raise when Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) proponents suggest that increased deficits are essential to reduce mass unemployment is the so-called balance of payments constraint. Accordingly, we are told that the capacity of a nation to increase domestic employment is limited by the external sector. And these constraints have become more severe in this age of multinational firms with their global supply chains and the increased volume of global capital flows. I will address the specific issue of a balance of payments constraint on real GDP growth (that is, the limits of fiscal stimulus) in a future blog. But today I want to consider the so-called Exchange Rate Pass-Through (ERPT) effects of that are part of the balance of payments constraint story. The mainstream narrative goes like this. Higher wage demands associated with full employment and/or stronger imports associated with higher fiscal deficits lead to external imbalances due to rising imports and loss of competitiveness in international markets (eroding export potential). In a system of flexible exchange rates, the currency begins to lose value relative to all other currencies and the rising import prices (in terms of the local currency) are passed-through to the domestic price level – with accelerating inflation being the result. If governments persist in pursuing domestic full employment policies the domestic inflation worsens and the hyperinflation is the result, with a chronically depreciated currency. Real standards of living fall and a general malaise overwhelms the nation and its citizens. I am sure you have heard that narrative before – it is almost a constant noise coming from the deficit phobes. Like most of the conservative economic claims and I include the austerity-lite Leftist parties in this group, it turns out that reality is a bit different. Here is some discussion on that i...

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