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22:04

New Dawn : The World's Most Unusual Magazine: What is Alchemy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By RICHARD SMOLEY

It is a remote location in China in the early 1960s. A young man, Wang Liping, is studying with three Taoist masters. After preliminary training, they give him a grain of “gold elixir.”

Wang sits in a cross-legged position. The masters tie up his legs so that he will stay seated. He then goes into a deep state of trance. On the first day, he feels as if his insides are burning, and he passes out. But thanks to the ropes, he remains immovable in the cross-legged position.

On the second day, Wang’s skin changes colour from sallow to ruddy to dark. The masters judge that the toxins in his body have been pushed to the surface.

At this point he has been pushed to the limits of his endurance, but he keeps on meditating. His skin experiences all kinds of sensations from burning to itching and aching.

Finally on the third day, Wang’s body becomes comfortable again. His skin colour has changed to a healthy rosy white and glistens. The gold elixir has been completely expelled from his body. The operation is a success.

This account, taken from a book called Opening the Dragon Gate, describes Wang Liping’s training as a Taoist master. Its mention of a gold elixir – which the text does not otherwise describe – evokes images of alchemy. It leads one to wonder exactly what alchemy is.

Superficially, everyone knows what alchemy is. It is an outmoded practice for changing base metal to gold. Although it was in its way an important precursor to present-day chemistry, today it is little more than a discarded superstition.

Accounts like Wang’s tell another story. They suggest there a.....

21:43

The Ecologist: Dairy farmers' uprisings lead the way to a democratic world food system "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The increasingly militant protests by dairy farmers against low prices forced on them by the corporate 'free market' represent serious and effective resistance against the 'free trade' agenda being forced on the world by neoliberal governments, writes David Miller. They are the first steps to building a new global food system that respects food, people, culture and environment.

20:32

Learn - Idle No More: Indigenous Peoples & Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

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Indigenous Peoples & Climate Change

With Arthur Manuel & Naomi Klein

February 17 & 18, 2016

 

19:30

Independent Australia: Nuclear Royal Commission: What's Scarce in Kevin's Report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Nuclear Royal Commission: What's Scarce in Kevin's ReportThe Scarce Report recommends South Australia being storing the world's nuclear waste, opening the door for nuclear power generation in Australia in the future, writes Noel Wauchope. read now...

18:16

The Watchers » Latest articles: Air pollution causing over 5.5 million deaths every year "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New research shows that more than 5.5 million people die prematurely every year due to household and outdoor air pollution. More than half of deaths occur in two of the world’s fastest growing economies, China, and India. Power plants, industrial...... Read more »

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18:02

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Man charged with Kyogle gun theft "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man will face court next month after he was charged in relation to the theft of firearms and other items from a property in Kyogle.

On 31 December 2015 a number of firearms were stolen from a property on Summerland Way, as well as a motorcycle, quad bike, trailer and other personal property .

Following  inquiries  police raided a house in Fairy Hill where they arrested and charged a 41-year-old man with a number of offences including steal firearm, steal motor vehicle and possess unauthorised firearm.

He was refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday, March 22.

Inquiries continue.

 

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17:56

slackbastard: antifa notes (february 17, 2016) : Neil Erikson ~versus~ Nationalist Alternative, United Patriots Front Etc. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hell hath no fury like a neo-Nazi scorned amirite? Neil ‘Nazi Boy’ Erikson has been busy over the last few days exposing local neo-Nazi elements in the patriotik milieu. Much of what he’s stated — Nationalist Alternative (NAlt) is a … Continue reading

17:53

Bill Mitchell – billy blog: The impossibility theorem that beguiles the Left "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Some years ago (June 27, 2007), Harvard economist Dani Rodrik outlined what he called his “impossibility theorem”, which said that “democracy, national sovereignty and global economic integration are mutually incompatible: we can combine any two of the three, but never have all three simultaneously and in full”. In his brief article – The inescapable trilemma of the world economy – he made the case that “deep economic integration required we eliminate all transaction costs … in … cross-border dealings” and that “Nation-states are a fundamental source of such transaction costs”. Ergo, if you want ‘deep’ integration then the Nation-state has to surrender. His “trilemma” guides his view of how the “international economic system” should be reformed. He think that if “want more globalization, we must either give up some democracy or some national sovereignty”. This view has been adopted by political parties as if the conceptual framework is in some way binding. The trilemma has been skillfully sold as a narrative by right-wing think tanks and others who serve the interests of capital. The so-called progressive politicians have fallen into the trap and have shifted their political parties closer and closer to their right-wing opponents, such that now it is hard to distinguish between the major parties in most nations. The reality is that while the impossibility theorem beguiles the Left – its applicability as a binding constraint on government is limited. It is as vapid as the statements made by these career politicians on both sides of politics that they serve the people.

The UK Guardian article (February 16, 2016) –...

16:36

"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": cairnsnews.org: Burrumbuttock Hay Runners organiser wants drought-affected farmers prioritised over Syrian humanitarian crisis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


 Brendan Farrell, the man behind a mercy mission that saw 4500 bales of hay donated to Queensland farmers in need, has taken to Facebook to criticise Australia’s pledge of $25 million in foreign aid to Syria and Iraq.

 

Brendan Farrell, the man behind a mercy mission that saw 4500 bales of hay donated to Queensland farmers in need, has taken to Facebook to criticise Australia’s pledge of $25 million in foreign aid to Syria and Iraq.

A video of the Riverina resident’s attack on Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and her department was posted to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners page today, where it has received more than 1220 likes and 1670 shares.

In it, Mr Farrell questions what he has described as Australia looking after its “next door neighbour” at the expense of drought-affected farmers across the country.

 “We’re doing these hay runs and raising money and for truck drivers and truck companies to probably get $1500 in fuel each to drive, 1800km to drop hay off to farmers in dire straits,” he said.

“But then I see we’ve just spent – or Julia Bishop [sic] or whatever her name is – has just decided to give another $25 million to Syria.

“That is taxpayer’s money that’s going overseas.

“I think it’s about time that we had a bit of a say where this money go...

16:34

DiaNuke.org: Axiomatizing the Atom: Implications for US-Japan Relations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Axiomatizing the Atom: Implications for US-Japan Relations by Yuki Natsui February 17, 2016 on Dianuke.org, published previously by the author at: http://unificity.blogspot.jp/ 日本語版 (A Japanese summary of this article is available at this link):「原子の公理化: 日米関係の裏の意味」 This article can be republished with proper credit and citation of the author and Dianuke.org. Do […]

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16:21

Senator Jacqui Lambie - PUTTING TASMANIA FIRST: Liberals can’t be trusted with the GST: Lambie "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has released two short 30 sec YouTube videos which show her talking with JLN Victorian Candidates Hugh Dolan and Matt Timson about the Liberals proposed increase in the GST.

“ Matt and Hugh like most Australian’s – have seen through the Liberal’s lies on their GST policy.  The Prime Minister says they won’t take a GST to the election, but what about after the next election?

It’s clear that the Liberals will break their promise not to increase the GST, should they win the next election.

Every JLN Senate Candidate if elected, will oppose any increase in Australia’s GST.  There are much better ways of raising funds and repairing the budget without taking money away from Australia’s poor,” said Senator Lambie.


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15:58

"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": tyto tony: Apostles answer birder's prayers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Out west in dry country beyond Mt Fox yesterday praying for something to turn up and down from on high come two Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea).

The birds appeared intrigued by the Troopy and keen on sharing strange sounds with the driver. No sign of others in the area but nearby were Pale-headed Rosellas, Magpies and Noisy Miners. Earlier, on drive up to Mt Fox the birds included rainforest Wompoo Pigeons and Noisy Pittas. Land of contrasts!

15:51

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": The Witches Kitchen: Braised Figs on Toast for Breakfast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

braised figs on toast

Still on figs, and this is just the white figs, the first to come into season.  The brown figs are still to come. This white fig tree was pruned last winter, not too heavily, and this year has been such a good crop I’m thinking that pruning might become much more regular.  Figs are deciduous and this one is on the west-south-west side of the house.  In winter it lets sun and breeze through onto the verandah where we hang washing in uncertain weather. In summer it’s a thick green curtain.

Hardly worth a recipe, but this has been so regular a breakfast, I thought it worth sharing with you: my 11 Grain Sourdough toast with feta cheese and braised figs.

The figs are simply roughly chopped and cooked for a few minutes with a little water just to start them off, till they are soft and the juice reduced to a syrup. You can add a little honey if you have a sweet tooth.

This is why I don’t bother with jam much these days.  By the time the figs finish, the guavas and persimmons will be on, and then the citrus will start, and still have kumquat marmalade on the shelf from last year!

14:56

Renew Economy: Redback teams with UQ to accelerate solar + storage system roll-out "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Redback Technologies signs research partnership agreement with University of Queensland, to speed up commercialisation of its hybrid solar + storage units.

14:50

Renew Economy: Shale gas legacy: US accounts for most of global methane growth "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

There was a huge global spike in one of the most potent greenhouse gases driving climate change over the last decade, and the U.S. may be the biggest culprit.

14:49

Renew Economy: Australian charging firm Tritium to triple production of Veefil EV fast chargers "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Tritium moves to bigger factory in Brisbane to meet growing international demand for its Veefil fast chargers.

14:07

Fire Earth: Significant Earthquakes Strike California "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

M4.8 quake strikes near Big Pine, California Centered at 37.202°N, 118.400°W the event occurred at a depth of 15.8 km (9.8 mi), reported USGS/EHP. EQ Details Magnitude: 4.8Mw Location: 37.202°N 118.400°W; depth=15.8 km Time: 2016-02-16 23:04:26 (UTC) Nearby Cities: 10km (6mi) WNW of Big Pine, California 114km (71mi) NE of Dinuba, California 115km (71mi) NE […]

13:51

Catallaxy Files: The Sound of Economic Credibility Evaporating "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

As just reported in the AFR, following the Treasurer’s speech at the National Press Club ….

Since the ill-fated 2014 budget, the Coalition has overseen a series of decisions that have increased spending by around $19.6 billion at a time when underlying revenue has collapsed.

This is nothing to do with revenue or the net impact on the budget.  This is just additional spending.

Given the definitions in the New Canberra Dictionary, where a “save” is tax increase, would it follow that a spending increase is a “programatic specific”?  Or might it be a “massage”?

A blow out in spending by this Liberal National Government – knock me over.  I guess my children will have to work a few more years to pay for this.

To be fair, some of these spending increases are the reversal of blocked savings measures (or in the Canberra Dictionary, potatoes).  But what about the policy that all spending increases must be matched by other spending decreases.

Here is the link to the full AFR article.

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13:16

Catallaxy Files: The Donald Pro and Con "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

There is little doubt that Donald Trump is a high-risk choice for president, but there is equally little doubt that the American enterprise is at a very dangerous crossroads. He’s not the obvious choice that Romney was in 2012, although to hear the story told today you would think Romney was about on par with Obama in his negatives. So let us do a bit of weighing up the two sides of the question.

Pro

  • His central slogan is “Make America Great Again”, the very antithesis of the Obama creed.
  • He wants to protect the integrity of America’s borders.
  • He wants to strengthen America’s national defence.
  • He understands that not all potential migrants are equal.
  • He understands the importance of balancing the books and is more likely than any other candidate to bring fiscal sanity back into the American economy.
  • He is non-politically correct and is unafraid to say things no one else will say.
  • He is unafraid of the media and gives back better than they dish it out to him.
  • He can do through force of personality things that no one else could do in his place.

Con

  • He is half (three-quarters?) crazy.
  • He is vulgar and intemperate.
  • He knows little history.
  • He is unanchored to the Republican Party.
  • He has had no experience in dealing with foreign policy issues.
  • No one knows, least of all him, what he would really do if he won.
  • His background is in business which is among the worst places for anyone in politics to try to learn the trade.
  • He may make either Hillary or Bernie more electable than they otherwise would be.

You would prefer that he were more like a Tony Abbott or a Stephen Harper, but then again, where are they now, pushed aside as they were by flea-weights.

13:12

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Sewage problem leaves a bad smell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The letter from Alan Dickens, Sewage overload, is a timely warning that all has not been well in Byron’s sewage management for a long time. As a councillor-member of the sewage and wastewater committee for many years I can endorse Alan Dickens’s claims.

We knew the Mullumbimby sewer mains were polluting the river and were in urgent need of replacement but we did not have the money. Some token repairs to pipes were made and a few residents were forced to repair faulty drains. This had no appreciable effect on overflow.

The new Vallances Road STP gave the opportunity for bigger pumps, which moved the problem from the river to Vallances Road and reduced pump hours. STPs have a limited capacity to handle water and overload results in partial failure like the reports of noxious sludge being produced.

Also, despite claims of available capacity at the West Byron works, there continues to be excess outflow onto farmland and the estuary as well as reports of operational problems with internal processing.

Most councillors could not tell activated sludge from porridge and are happy to accept staff assurances as long as it suits their agenda but it is highly unlikely that the big developments along Ewingsdale Road can be safely accommodated.

Tom Tabart, Bangalow

 

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13:06

No Right Turn: Austerity kills "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The British government has been slashing social services budgets, throwing the disabled off benefits, cutting health funding and cutting meals on wheels to the elderly, all in a mad pursuit of austerity. And its had the expected results: once-falling death rates are now rising, as the poor are starved to death or humiliated into suicide:

Government cuts to social services could be the “largest factor” in the biggest annual rise in deaths in England and Wales for nearly half a century, according to an adviser to Public Health England.

The new preliminary figures, from the Office for National Statistics, claim that mortality rates last year rose by 5.4 per cent compared with 2014 – equivalent to almost 27,000 extra deaths. The increase is the highest since 1968 and took the total number of deaths in 2015 to 528,340.

Death rates in England and Wales have been steadily falling since the 1970s but this trend has been reversed since 2011.


This of course was an obvious outcome of the cuts, but the Tories went ahead and did it anyway. There's a name for knowingly pursuing a course of action which will kill people: its called "murder". And it sounds like the Chancellor of the Exchequer should be charged with 27,000 counts of it.

13:05

Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research: New (older) book alert - "Mutants & Mystics." "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

Jeffrey J Kripal 

Jeffrey J Kripal is J Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and religious thought at Rice University, Houston, Texas. I last reviewed a book of his, "Authors of the Impossible" in a blog post dated 16 January 2011.

Image courtesy of Amazon Books

I recently came across a 2015 paperback edition of another of his books "Mutants & Mystics: Science Fiction, superhero comics, and the paranormal," which was originally published in 2011. Both editions are published by the University of Chicago Press; ISBN is 978-0-226-45383-5.

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Image courtesy of Amazon books

13:02

Renew Economy: This battery storage revolution could happen quicker than we thought "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Interest in battery storage is even stronger than the energy industry expected, helped along by the marketing power of Tesla, and interest from popular programs such as Catalyst. And consumers don't seem to care about details such as returns on investment.

12:39

Prosper Australia: Treasury Secretary falls for Gearing Myth "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Recently the Treasury Secretary John Fraser was found wanting in the Senate Economics committee on the most controversial tax in the country. When asked by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson what would happen to rents if Negative Gearing was removed, he provided the following answer: Treasury Secretary John Fraser: Uh… I’m testing my memory and I’m looking… […]

12:15

Catallaxy Files: Craig Kelly – Member for Hughes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Here, for a change, Malcolm and Tony find themselves on the same side: Challenge to Malcolm Turnbull’s authority on Craig Kelly. This is from Tony:

“Craig Kelly is an outstanding local MP and a fine contributor to the partyroom in Canberra,” Mr Abbott told The Australian. “Craig took a seat which was touch-and-go and turned it into a safe seat with a margin of 10 per cent. I’m really pleased the Prime Minister has put his personal authority on the line to support Craig.”

And while I don’t pay attention to most of the backbench, Kelly is so outstanding in his sense and hard work that it would be insane, especially after Tony’s comments, to return this seat to the 50-50 proposition it once was by bringing in some left troll in his place (see Andrew Bolt for a bit more). If you would like to see why Kelly appeals to me, and should appeal to you, here is a bit of transcript from Glenn Steven’s testimony to a Parliamentary committee:

Mr CRAIG KELLY: There was an article published earlier this week in The American Spectator. If I just quote a few passages from it, you might like to comment. It said:

“America is languishing from historically low growth rates for the past ten years … In the fourth quarter of 2015, our growth rate was less than 1% at .70%.”

It goes on to talk about Japan. It says:

“Japan has followed this same pattern of high tax rates, lower interest rates, and endless government spending for the past 25 years. The result is massive federal debt, a slow growth economy, and reduced intern...

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12:00

Independent Australia: Climate science denier Mark Steyn in Australia ... and other reptilian weirdness "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Climate science denier Mark Steyn in Australia ... and other reptilian weirdnessRightwing commentator Mark Steyn is touring Australia for the IPA at the same time as that other famous climate science denying conspiracy theorist, David Icke. read now...

11:30

Renew Economy: NSW to rush through bills to address solar charges and bottlenecks "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

NSW proposes new legislation seeking to avoid the potential of a consumer revolt around arrangements for the end of the solar bonus scheme later this year.

11:12

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Shepparton Interfaith Network: The Challenge of Compassion and the Global Age: Bendigo Interfaith Council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Bendigo Interfaith Council along with Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services invite you to a Multi-faith Dinner/Forum: The Challenge of Compassion and the Global Age on Friday, 18 March 2016 The Bendigo Interfaith Council along with Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services invite you to a Multi-faith Dinner/Forum: The Challenge of Compassion and the Global Age. Keynote Speaker: ... Read more...

11:02

No Right Turn: OIA charging: Who charges for OIA requests? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Back in January, the Reserve Bank announced a new policy of charging for OIA requests. This focused attention on the anti-democratic practice of charging, especially given an upcoming review of the charging regime by the Ministry of Justice and former Chief Ombudsman Beverley Wakem's suggestion that more agencies charge, so I thought I should gather some data to establish a baseline. As a result, I submitted OIA requests to every public service department seeking information on the number of requests they received, the number of times the demanded charges, the number of times they paid, and the amount collected.

Responses were due back on Monday and are collected here. The short version:

  • Out of 7,991 OIA requests made to 26 responding agencies, at least 30 attracted charges, a rate of about 0.4%. When Customs is excluded, because they are definitely an outlier, the rate is at least 4 out of 7373, or 0.05%.
  • Two agencies - the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Department of Conservation - claimed that they had no idea how often they charged, and that they would have to look through every OIA request to find out. This is indicative of poor record keeping and poor financial control procedures.
  • Two agencies - Corrections and the Ministry for the Environment - did not respond at all. Complaints have been lodged with the Ombudsman, and hopefully I'll be hearing from them soon.
  • 30% of agencies responded more or less immediately, within 5...

10:59

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bluesfest headliner sweeps Grammy awards "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bluesfest 2016 headliner Kendrick Lamar performing at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Bluesfest 2016 headliner Kendrick Lamar performing at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Bluesfest is revelling in the outcome of this year’s Grammy awards, with festival acts netting nine awards and headliner Kendrick Lamar scooping five on his own.

Closer to home, former Lismore musician and SCU graduate Joshua Blair was part of the team of musicians, producers and engineers who helped secure Record of the Year for Mark Ronson.

Eight Bluesfest 2016 Artists were nominated for a total of 22 Grammys and won a total of nine Grammy Awards between them.

Bluesfest headliner Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album release To Pimp A Butterfly, which incorporates elements of jazz, funk, soul, spoken word, and hip hop, saw him take out all four rap categories he was nominated in.

Kendrick’s win for Best Rap Album saw him nominated against Dr. Dre, Drake, Nicki Minaj and J. Cole and according to Rolling Stone the win makes Kendrick the first LA Rapper to win Best Rap Album in Grammys history.

D’Angelo won two Gramm...

10:44

The Tally Room: Refuting self-interested garbage in the SMH "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

In yesterday’s Herald, Heath Aston ran an ‘exclusive‘ publishing supposed modelling from a couple of so-called “veteran players in minor party preference negotiations” claiming that Senate GVT reform would deliver the Coalition a majority in the Senate.

There’s a lot of massive problems with this prediction, and I’ll try to lay them out.

At the end I will apply some of the same logic, but using real polling data and come up with my own less sensationalised conclusion, which suggests a Coalition win would lead to Xenophon balance of power, but if Labor recovered to a winnable position then the Greens would likely win the balance of power.

Firstly, sensible people should know not to trust the predictions of two people who are active participants in a system which Senate reform would abolish, particularly when they don’t provide the data or assumptions they used to come to their conclusions.

Firstly, it’s amusing how confident they are in their conclusions. Any sensible analyst would need to build in a high degree of uncertainty, due to polling, but also because we don’t know for certain how a new system will play out – how much preferences will flow, and how well the microparties will be able to cooperate.

We have no idea how much preferences will flow under a minimum-six-preference system. Will 5% exhaust? 20%? 50%? That makes a big difference, and in part will depend on how parties act.

It’s silly how confident these analysts are in predicting that the Greens would only win a single senator in WA, SA and NSW.

According to PollBludger’s quarterly state breakdowns of his BludgerTrack polling average, the Greens are currently sitting...

10:43

Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Egypt: Investigator in Italian Student's Death Previously Tied to Torture, Killing | Democracy Now! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Egypt: Investigator in Italian Student's Death Previously Tied to Torture, Killing | Democracy Now!: In Egypt, newly released documents show the senior police officer investigating the death of Italian student Giulio Regeni has a prior conviction related to the torture and killing of a detainee. Regeni, who wrote about Egyptian labor unions for an Italian newspaper, was found by the side of the highway, naked from the waist down, his body showing signs of horrific torture. Reuters reports Khaled Shalaby, who is investigating Regeni’s death, was one of four people charged in 2000 over the torture and killing of another person at an Alexandria police station.

10:23

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Doug digs his rainforest trees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Doug Blythe uses his day's off work to plant rainforest trees. (supplied)

Doug Blythe uses his day’s off work to plant rainforest trees. (supplied)

A tiny pocket of ‘Big Scrub’ rainforest has been painstakingly reintroduced alongside Youngman’s Creek at Alpine Nurseries Alstonville thanks to the pioneering efforts of employee, Doug Blythe.

Working on days off for almost four years, Doug has successfully restored the former weed infested creek and planted over 6,500 local species to lay the foundations for a lush new rainforest.

Described by employer Peter Knox as a ‘much loved and authentic’ individual, Doug is passionate about regenerating and restoring bushland with plants that are indigenous to the area.

“Doug has really made the creek zone his own, and we are delighted with the result and the way it’s been done. We now have a beautiful area within the nursery that has been restored with biodiversity in mind for the enjoyment of future generations,” Peter said.

“Youngman’s Creek now flows properly during a rain event, with the concurrent construction of wetland zones helping to filter water run off before it enters the creek, which further protects the rainforest,” he said.

“Originally, the creek was overgrown with two metre high Setaria Grass, African Coral Trees and Camphor Laurels. After clearing, we replanted with s...

10:21

No Right Turn: PR-driven policy doesn't solve homelessness "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Back in September, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett promised she would end Auckland's homelessness crisis by spending an extra $2 million on emergency housing. Six months on has she done it? Of course not:

Government funding aimed at injecting more money into emergency housing and making more homes come available in January is still yet to be spent.

Social housing minister Paula Bennett said back in September that the Government would invest $2 million in non-government organisations for short-term emergency housing.

However, a tender process was being followed and requests for proposals had been submitted, the minister's office confirmed.

Negotiations were underway with social housing providers and support services. A decision would then be made as to where the money should go to.


Meanwhile, while she's faffing about, people are sleeping in cars and in parks. In a decent human being, that would be a cause for urgency, to solve this crisis as quickly as possible. But Bennett clearly doesn't see it as urgent, or a crisis. Instead, like so many other National policies, it seems to have been driven solely by PR considerations. The goal of the policy isn't the outcome, but the announcement; to create the perception of action rather than actually acting. But that only works as long as no-one looks behind the curtain to check up on whether it gets followed through. And now that the inaction has been exposed, we should be a lot more cynical about such announcements in future.

10:05

National Council for Single Mothers and their Children: Family Payments – Critical Support not a Cost Saving Measure "IndyWatch Feed National"

Submission NCSMC welcomes the opportunity to present a submission to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2015.  It is our hope that the voices of those who vehemently oppose this Legislation will be heard.   The submission will convey that this measure cannot be viewed in [...]

10:00

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Greens back pill testing at festivals to save lives "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Greens want the NSW Government to rethink its approach to pill testing at festivals. (file pic)

The Greens want the NSW Government to rethink its approach to pill testing at festivals. (file pic)

The NSW Greens have called on the premier Mike Baird and police commissioner Andrew Scipione to allow pills to be tested at festivals to prevent overdoses.

Police with sniffer dogs are a constant presence at music festivals around the northern rivers region, and elsewhere in the state.

Critics argue that young people using drugs are likely to consume what they have if they see police testing, and are also often unaware of the potency of the drugs they are consuming.

The Greens call follows a Four Corners episode this week indicating that heavy handed policing and a zero tolerance approach has no deterrent effect on drug taking.

Greens MP David Shoebridge....

09:55

No Right Turn: Open Government: Someone worse than us "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

One of the highlights of my poking into New Zealand's participation in the Open Government Partnership has been having to go to the Ombudsman to gain access to documents SSC should have released publicly to build trust in the process. But it could be worse: in Spain, they're having to go to court to see the results:

The Spanish government has launched a court case against Spain’s Transparency Council to challenge a decision that it should release documents relating to the implementation of Spain’s two Open Government Partnership action plans.

In November 2015, Helen Darbishire, Executive Director of Access Info Europe, secured a ruling from the Transparency Council that the Ministry of the Presidency should make public reports from Ministries about progress being made on Open Government Partnership commitments.

In its ruling, the Transparency Council argued that documents about Spain’s open government activities cannot be exempted as being “internal” because they are being used as the basis for taking decisions and hence are central to ensuring accountability.

The Ministry of Presidency launched the court case to challenge this and to keep the OGP-related documents secret in January 2016. The Transparency Council will defend the case and Access Info will participate as an interested party.


Spain is on the same OGP calendar as us, so getting those reports would have been part of checking their Mid-Term Self-Assessment. And going to court to cover them up speaks volumes about Spain's attitude to open government and its commitment to transparency.

Meanwhile, the OGP Independent Reporting Mechanism's review of New Zealand's OG...

09:47

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Koalas in highway’s path ‘dying anyway’, says RMS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Koalas are known to have been killed by being thrown out of trees during highway clearing. Photo Friends of Ironbark Forests

Koalas are known to have been killed by being thrown out of trees during highway clearing as happened on work for the T2E upgrade. Photo Friends of Ironbark Forests

Chris Dobney

NSW Roads and Maritime Services has released its long awaited koala plan of management for the remainder of the colony it plans to route the Pacific Highway through south of Ballina.

The plan has drawn the ire of supporters of the endangered marsupial, who say that it is a recipe for managing the local colony into extinction.

They add the authority has ignored an opportunity to reroute the highway through flatter, existing farmland that would have left the colony intact.

But, in a startling irony, the RMS argues that as the colony is already in decline its plan to fence in the sections adjoining the new freeway and provide a series overpasses to prevent total isolation of the animals will benefit them, despite swathes of their range being clear-felled.

Pacific Highway general manager Bob Higgins said the Ballina Koala Plan and Population Viability Analysis (PVA) prepared for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade has been endorsed by the Koala Expert Advisory Committee and submitted to federal environment minister Greg Hunt for approval.

Mitigation measures

‘The PVA found extra mitigation measures on existing roads near the project would offset any impact of the upgrade on the local koala population and furth...

09:12

The Watchers » Latest articles: Eruptions of Telica and Momotombo prompt emergency preparations in Nicaragua "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Both Momotombo and Telica volcanoes in Nicaragua reported explosions on February 13, 2016. In response, the local authorities activated emergency plans to provide a rapid response if the communities become threatened. No injuries have been reported, but several...... Read more »

09:09

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Former UN chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali dies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former UN chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died. (AAP)

Former UN chief Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died. (AAP)

Former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, whose term was marked by war in the former Yugoslavia, famine and genocide in Africa and confrontation with the United States, has died aged 93.

He died at Al Salam Hospital in Cairo on Tuesday, an official at the hospital said.

An Egyptian, Boutros-Ghali served as UN chief from 1992 to 1996, and was the first secretary-general from Africa.

Boutros-Ghali associated himself with the famine in Somalia and organised the first massive UN relief operation in the Horn of Africa nation.

But success eluded him there and elsewhere as the UN tottered in an increasingly disorderly post-communist world, with the world body and the big Security Council powers underestimating the deep animosity behind many conflicts.

Boutros-Ghali, who had a reputation for being proud and prickly, took on the daunting task of reorganising the UN bureaucracy by slashing posts and demoting officials at a pace that earned him the nickname “the pharaoh.”

But Washington had wanted him to do more to reform and the US would not pay more than $US1 billion ($A1.4 billion) in back dues while he rema...

09:04

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Lifestyle terror "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The police are still drug testing, knowing that they are not looking for impairment in your driving abilities, and the judges are still disqualifying drivers from driving, which might cause you to lose your job, impacting on families and the development of children, etc. I call that lifestyle terror.

How can anybody with a real brain be part of this criminal behaviour?

‘In June 2011 a prestigious Global Commission stated that the 40-year “War on Drugs” has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. It urged all countries to look at the issue anew.’ – quote from www.australia21.org.au and their report ‘The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are all letting it happen’.

In January 2012, Australia 21 convened a meeting of 24 former senior Australian politicians and experts on drug policy, a former senior prosecutor, a former head of the Australian Federal Police, etc. Is anyone listening to their conclusions? Please have a read!

We are moving further backwards on this issue, even further behind Howard’s ‘Tough on drugs’ policy. How can we call ourselves a Christian society while we are trying to criminalise more and more people with a drug test based on minuscule amounts?

We are presently in the midst of a jail crisis with nothing short of criminal conditions in our prison system. Suspending drivers’ licences for up to 12 months or handing out three-year good behaviour bonds is simply insane if there is no proof that the driver was impaired by drugs.

Is there a Christian conspiracy happening to clean up humanity in NSW? Where is the test for cocaine or on-medication cocktails?

Please sign the petition on change.org.

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock

 

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08:57

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Australia violated Hicks’ rights: UN panel "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A May 2011 photo of David Hicks with his supportive father Terry Hicks. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

A May 2011 photo of David Hicks with his supportive father Terry Hicks. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

The Australian government violated the rights of former Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks by keeping him in jail for months under a transfer deal with the US, UN human rights experts say.

The jailing was despite the fact the sentence imposed on him as the result of a “flagrant denial of justice”, Fabian Salvioli, chair of the UN Human Rights Committee, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The findings by the committee, which is composed of 18 independent experts, came after considering a complaint brought by Hicks specifically regarding his treatment by Australia.

It found a violation had occurred but ruled that the Australia government was not obliged to make reparation payments to Hicks.

“Transfer agreements are important because they allow prisoners convicted abroad to serve their sentences in their own country.

“But states should not carry out a sentence if there is ample evidence that the trial clearly violated the defendant’s rights, as was the case with Mr Hicks,” Salvioli said.

The decision to continue to jail Hicks as a result of the transfer deal “constituted a disproportionate restriction of the right to liberty” in vio...

08:53

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cells may protect against cancer for life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new study raises the prospect of vaccine-like treatments that protect against cancer for life.

Scientists have identified and tracked rare immune system cells that could be programmed to keep cancer at bay over a period of many years.

The “stem memory” T-cells would keep patrolling the body looking out for enemy tumour cells.

When any are encountered, they would be recognised and attacked.

Lead researcher Professor Chiara Bonini, from the University of Milan in Italy, said: “T-cells are a living drug, and in particular they have the potential to persist in our body for our whole lives.

‘Some of these memory T-cells will persist through the entire life of the organism … Imagine translating this to cancer immunotherapy, to have memory T-cells that remember the cancer and are ready for it when it comes back.’

For such an approach to work, the memory T-cells would have to be primed by genetic modification to attack the target cancer.

But the first step is to single out those cells with the ability to persist for a long time.

Bonini’s team studied 10 cancer patients who underwent bone marrow transplants and were infused with T-cells that were tagged so they could be tracked.

Small numbers of the cells were still found to be circulating in the patients’ blood streams after 14 years.

The research was described at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science taking place in Washington DC.

Commenting on the study, British immunologist Professor Daniel Davis, from the University of Manchester, said: “These T-cells, the stem memory T-cells first identified in 2011, have stem cell-like properties and are thought to be important for long-lived immune responses.

‘The implication is that infusing genetically modified versions of these particular T-cells … could provide a long-lasting immune response against a pers...

08:47

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Crowdfunding helps victims to hear Pell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Victims are heartened a crowdfunding effort has already raised $30,000 to get them to Rome for Cardinal George Pell’s evidence about the Catholic Church’s handling of child sex abuse by clergy.

Whether representatives of Ballarat abuse survivors go depends on the Rome venue being open to the public when Cardinal Pell gives evidence via videolink to the child abuse royal commission.

The Ballarat and District Child Abuse Survivors group says the nation’s most senior Catholic should still be subjected to a courtroom-style setting even though he is not returning to Australia, meaning interested parties should be able to be there with him.

Cardinal George Pell at a press conference on March 31, 2014, in the Vatican. AFP Photo/Andreas Solaro

Cardinal George Pell at a press conference on March 31, 2014, in the Vatican. AFP Photo/Andreas Solaro

Spokesman David Ridsdale said the community support had given so much hope to so many survivors who just wanted to be heard.

‘It’s just given hope – not the fact that we might go to Rome, just that so many people care,’ he told AAP.

A crowdfunding effort on Go Fund Me had raised $30,000 by 6.30pm on Tuesday.

The fundraisers ar...

08:42

Antony Loewenstein: Review and interview about Disaster Capitalism with US magazine Salon "IndyWatch Feed National"

A review of my book Disaster Capitalism in US magazine Salon followed by an interview with its journalist Ben Norton:

“The corporation is now fundamentally more powerful than the nation-state,” writes journalist Antony Loewenstein in his new book “Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe.”

“Many ongoing crises seem to have been sustained by businesses to fuel industries in which they have a financial stake,” he explains. “Companies that entrench a crisis and then sell themselves as the only ones who can resolve it.”

Loewenstein, a columnist for the Guardian, traveled the world in order to understand just how multinational corporations profit off of such chaos. The Australian-born yet decidedly cosmopolitan journalist devotes the meticulous and daring tome to reporting on the foreign exploitation he witnessed in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and the destructive mining boom in Papua New Guinea, along with seemingly dystopian prison privatization in the U.S., predatory for-profit detention centers for refugees in Australia and ruthless austerity in Greece.

In the book, Loewenstein expertly shows how corporate control of not just the domestic, but also the global political system has led to a drastic “erosion of democracy.”

A quote he chooses as the overture sets the tone for the ensuing pages. “It is profitable to let the world go to hell,” warns scholar Jørgen Randers, a professor of climate strategy at Norwegian Business School, while railing against “the tyranny of the short term.” This quote succinctly summarizes exactly how disaster capitalism oper...

08:31

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Greenpeace hits Coke in NSW recycling push "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Greenpeace has has released a video targeting the soft drink giant Coca-Cola Amatil, urging

Greenpeace has has released a video targeting the soft drink giant Coca-Cola Amatil, urging “Don’t recycle in the Coke way”. (AAP)

Greenpeace is urging the NSW government to keep its promise to deliver a can recycling scheme the state deserves, and not give in to lobby group pressure.

The environmental group has released a video targeting the soft drink giant Coca-Cola Amatil, urging “Don’t recycle in the Coke way”.

Greenpeace says it’s time NSW had an effective drink container return scheme such as that used in South Australia, where 10 cents is returned for every bottle or can recycled.

‘If (NSW Premier) Mike Baird breaks his promise it will be because the government put Coca-Cola before the community and before clean beaches and parks,’ Greenpeace Australia Pacific campaigner Nathaniel Pelle told AAP.

The video starts like many signature Coke ad campaigns but takes a dark twist as beachgoers lie down surrounded by discarded bottles, and a dead bird falls from the sky.

Mr Pelle said drinking containers made up 44 per cent of all litter in NSW.

The beverage industry’s proposed recycling scheme – called Thirst for Good – was...

08:30

Independent Australia: Theoretical Malcolm and the 'consequences' of refugees: #LetThemStay "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Theoretical Malcolm and the 'consequences' of refugees: #LetThemStayMalcolm Turnbull's assertion that showing any compassion will result in adverse consequences for the nation is unsupported by the evidence, writes Jay Holstrom, dispelling some myths. read now...

08:29

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Koalas hit by mass land clearing: WWF "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Koalas have been hit by mass land clearing in Queensland.

Koalas have been hit by mass land clearing in Queensland.

More than 40,000 hectares of koala habitat in Queensland has disappeared since the state’s land clearing controls were weakened, a conservation group says.

World Wide Fund (WWF) Australia has warned the vulnerable species will continue to decline unless the controls are strengthened as soon as possible.
The group’s scientist,

Dr Martin Taylor, said his mapping of koala habitat loss illustrated what was a “cruel blow” for the species.

He said his analysis showed 40,312 of habitat disappeared between the Newman government’s weakening of land clearing controls in 2012 and 2014.

“The area is the equivalent of nearly one million house blocks – gone in just two years,” he said.

“That’s more than 1300 house blocks per day of koala habitat being bulldozed.”

He said 200 threatened animals, including the Greater Bilby and Northern Quoll, and plants lost 211,820 hectares of habitat following the reduction in tree clearing controls.

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08:10

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cannabis cops seize Mullumbimby Showgrounds "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)

Hans Lovejoy

As part of the NSW government’s seemingly endless war on a plant with proven medicinal benefits, NSW police took control of the Mullumbimby Showgrounds on Thursday and Friday. The police based a helicopter on the grounds, along with personnel for the Byron Shire annual ‘cannabis eradication’ festivity.

Harry, the Mullumbimby Showgrounds manager, told The Echo that police did not previously advise of their intention, or ask if they could use the grounds.

$1.5m plants seized

While costings on the operation are unavailable, police claim that more than $1.5 million worth of cannabis plants were seized. They say a total of 759 plants were found, with a potential street value of $1,518,000. That values each plant at $2,000, regardless of its size.

Additionally, no one was charged. Police say the helicopter searched Main Arm, Skyline Road, Palmwoods, Mullumbimby and Koonyum Ranges.

And while police say the plants were destroyed on Friday, February 12, there is no confirmation of that claim from an independent body.

The Echo ask...

07:59

EcoWatch: 10,000 Sharks Swarm Florida Coast Beaches "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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More than 10,000 blacktip sharks are swimming off the coast of some popular beach towns in...

07:54

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Building of Ocean Shores sportsfield set to start "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Artist's impression of the new Ocean Shores Sportsfield building. Image Byron Shire Council

Artist’s impression of the new Ocean Shores Sportsfield and building. Image Byron Shire Council

Families and sport lovers in north Byron Shire will soon see a start to construction of the long-awaited sportsfield on Shara Boulevard, according to Byron Shire Council. Council yesterday announced last week it was ‘full steam ahead’ for building the new facility, with a start set for later this month.

Mayor Simon Richardson welcomed the tender being awarded for the building of the sportsfield and said there would be some very happy residents in the north of Byron Shire.

‘The community has been waiting a long time for this project and we are on the way to delivering the new facility,’ Cr Richardson said. ‘It’s fully funded and will become a central hub for the many families who support healthy lifestyles and outdoor activities.

‘Site establishment has been completed and we’re looking forward to the kick-off later in the year.’

The tender has been awarded to Brisbane company Main Constructions Pty Ltd, a contractor experienced in the delivery of sporting fields and facilities.

Council’s director of infrastructure services Phil Holloway said construction was due for completion in August this year.

Mr Holloway said that subject to favourable weather, the amenities building, carpark and associated infrastructure were planned to be completed by June, with the field being playable by August following the required turf establishment and maintenance period.

President of th........

07:46

EcoWatch: Second Review of EPA’s Fracking Study Urges Revisions to Major Statements in Executive Summary "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

frackstudyfi

This second draft report is still very critical of the EPA’s top line claim of...

07:33

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bruns life savers rescue woman during competition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brunssurf rescue

Last Saturday, while hosting the Masters Surf Lifesaving competition, Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club was called by police to help search for a young woman missing overnight and who was last seen along the western shore of Marshalls Creek.

Having been briefed by police, club president Craig Reid gave the go ahead for the inflatable rescue boat (IRB) to be launched in heavy surf off the beach while he launched the rescue watercraft (jet ski) into the river at the Brunswick boat ramp.

Braeden McHugh, the club’s vice-president, powered upstream on the jet ski while David Griffiths and Sam Atkins negotiated the challenging swell at the mouth of the river in the IRB and headed up Marshalls Creek. With the tide ebbing, the IRB had limited time to search the shallow estuary.

Braeden completed his sweep upstream and joined the search along Marshalls Creek just as David and Sam delivered the missing young woman to the waiting ambulance at the head of the creek.

Following the successful search both crews returned to Brunswick beach to continue their voluntary patrols.

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07:33

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Woman runs over girl getting off school bus "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A woman has been charged after she was allegedly driving a vehicle that collided with a young girl at Cumbalum, near Ballina, on Monday.

Just after 4pm (February 15), a 9-year-old girl got off a school bus that had stopped on The Ridgeway.

The girl attempted to cross the road but was struck by a vehicle travelling east on The Ridgeway, being driven by a 55-year-old woman.

The girl suffered head and chest injuries and remains in Lismore Base Hospital.

The driver submitted to a roadside breath test which allegedly provided a positive reading.

The woman was arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station where she was submitted to a breath analysis that allegedly provided a mid-range reading of 0.103.

The woman has been charged with mid-range PCA, and has had her licence suspended.

She was given conditional bail and will appear in Ballina Local Court on 31 March 2016.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to these incidents to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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07:28

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bangalow bandstand to open with a splash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lynn Smith and Terry Bleakley of the Bangalow Parklands team get in the mood for Sunday’s musical launch of the bandstand. Photo Jeff ‘Banned Headstand’ Dawson

Lynn Smith and Terry Bleakley of the Bangalow Parklands team get in the mood for Sunday’s musical launch of the bandstand. Photo Jeff ‘Banned Headstand’ Dawson

The Bangalow Parklands team has announced that The Waterfront bandstand building will be officially opened by Ballina MP Tamara Smith and Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson at a family fun day from 11.30am on Sunday February 21.

‘We’re very happy to have our old friend, journalist and raconteur Mick O’Regan, to be master of ceremonies at our launch event,’ said Christobel Munson from the Bangalow Parklands team. ‘Included in the program are several live acts to illustrate how the bandstand can be used.’

‘Acapella group Choir Baby, rock and roll dancers, classical guitarist Nick Repin and flautist Loani McRae will all be performing, with the Welcome to Country to be given by Delta Kay. We’re suggesting anyone wanting to come along could BYO picnic, but if that’s not possible, no one need go hungry as Bangalow Historical Society’s Museum and Tearooms will be holding a barbecue’.

The Waterfront bandstand was built thanks to a Community B...

07:18

loon pond: In which the pond has a bad hair day, thanks to blonde television and Mal Turn up the 'Joh' Bull feeding the chooks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

(Above: and more Wilcox here).

Indeed, indeed, but the pond knew that after yesterday's high would come the downer, and unfortunately the bummer dude downer doesn't come with pouting lips and fishnet stockings and high heels and lavish lunches in London ...

Nobody told the pond there'd be days like those it enjoyed yesterday ... Moorice trying out for a role as a neighbour in Here come the Habibs and doing a splendid audition, the Caterists in top bien pensant form, and the tax-dodging reptiles explaining the suffering of taxed workers ...

So today comes the sackcloth and ashes, the existential sense of ennui, the deja vu of being caught in a time loop and all that's playing is reptile Sonny and lizard Cher...

Oh sure, there are distractions.

The cat fight that's been going on for days shows no signs of abating because of its click baiting, trolling potential, with the latest Fairfax outing Armytage 'failed to land a job at ABC', which reports the bubble-headed booby Richard Glover has joined the fray (naturally with forced video, whi...

06:57

Truth Seekers Musings: Where are the real headlines??? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Where are the real headlines??? If there was ever a valid argument for MSM bias, this last few months has cemented that argument in the minds of many, and should be a big wakeup call to many more that we … Continue reading

06:48

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Culture Roundup: Wednesday 17 February, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

fred-langFred Lang at the Big Gig

A comedian’s material is only ever as good as her or his insights.

Comedian Fred Lang has led an interesting life. Couple this with a strong sense of the ironic and you have comedy gold. Fred draws his material from those everyday experiences, whether it’s his interest in immigration (both his parents escaped from eastern Europe after WWII). Or his belief that youth gets its way too easily nowadays. (He has no children, automatically making him an authority!)

Fred’s comedy is, and always will be, pertinent, insightful, clever and funny.

His humour has been described as: ‘Forged in the furnace of current affairs and sharpened nightly against the steel of public opinion, Fred’s irreverence is razor sharp. Before your very eyes, Fred masterfully sews into the complacent and contented cloth of public life a thread of colour bright enough to light the way to the nearest psychiatric ward!’ Storyteller, comedian, raconteur, Fred Lang is in demand for sportsmen’s luncheons around the country and even old Kevin Rudd couldn’t resist his charms: ‘Your performance was the perfect way to end the speeches of what has been a successful evening’.

Fred Lang is the feature comedian at the monthly cult comedy event The Big Gig at the Ballina RSL.

With Paul McMahon as MC and Nick Penn as support this is sure to be a night of mirth and merriment!

(Mandy Nolan will be in Adelaide at the Fringe Festival with Ellen Briggs but...

06:40

The Watchers » Latest articles: Ev Cochrane: Planetary catastrophe, ancient myths & modern science "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The preponderance of evidence from the earliest written texts testifies to a radically different solar system in relatively recent times. In fact, it is possible to document that globally attested traditions of previous World Ages, lost “suns,” and...... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: Coronal hole causes G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A geomagnetic storm reaching G1 - Minor levels is currently in progress due to the arrival of the co-rotating interaction region (CIR) associated with coronal hole 55. The proton flux might reach S1 - Minor levels in the period between February 16 and 18 due to the...... Read more »

06:38

EcoWatch: French Ecology Minister Calls for Ban on Glyphosate Formulations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ségolène Royal fi

France’s minister of ecology has called for a ban on glyphosate mixed with...

06:05

Aboriginal News Group Newswire: The Refugee Crisis as a Global Humanitarian Challenge | European Council on Foreign Relations "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Refugee Crisis as a Global Humanitarian Challenge | European Council on Foreign Relations: The EU has struggled and largely failed to develop an appropriate humanitarian response to the refugee crisis. The search and rescue operation Mare Nostrum carried out by Italy in 2013 and 2014 was replaced by the smaller Frontex border protection operation Triton in late 2014. By 2015, the escalating number of drowning refugees and migrants began to cause public uproar. There has also been considerable foot dragging and policy failure on resettlement. The European Migration Agenda adopted by the European Commission in May 2015 made no mention of the EU’s 2001 temporary protection directive, which could have been deployed to provide protection for Syrian refugees. It is indicative of the EU’s policy failure that the agenda did include a costly scheme for emergency intra-EU relocation of refugees, which by January 2016 had succeeded in resettling 272 out of an intended 160,000 refugees.

06:03

04:25

Earth First! Newswire: Chile: CAM Continues Acts of Sabotage Against Forestry Companies "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu

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The Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Communities in Conflict (CAM) communicate the following to the Mapuche Nation and public opnion:

Kiñe: We, as the Williche Kalfulikan Organization of Territorial Resistance ORT– CAM, claim the action against forestry equipment belonging to Arauco Forestry Inc., which was carried out on the mourning of February 9th at the Lo Suarez estate in the township of Lanco.

Epu: At the same time, we claim another action of sabotage by the Nagche Pelentaro ORT-Cam against the forestry companies of the area of Capitan Pastene, Lumaco, which extracted lumber from the Choque estate exiting in the area of Relum.

Kula: These actions are under the firm conviction of our political and strategic project in the form of action and resistance, respectin...

04:04

Earth First! Newswire: A Louisiana Tribe is Now Officially a Community of Climate Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Chris D’Angelo / Huffington Post

Karen Apricot New Orleans/Flickr A photo from Isle De Jean Charles in southern Louisiana. A federal grant will allow the Native American community there to resettle on higher ground.

Deep in the bayous of Louisiana, about 80 miles southwest of New Orleans, lies the Isle de Jean Charles, a tiny swath of land that’s all but vanished into the Gulf of Mexico.

Over the last half-century or so, the island has fallen victim to irresponsible oil and gas extraction practices and the effects of climate change. Many of its residents — members of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Native Americans — have been forced to flee.

“What you see of the island now is just a skeleton of what it used to be,” Chris Brunet, a tribal council member and lifelong island resident, told The New York Times in a mini-documentary called Vanishing Island in 2014....

03:53

Global Justice Ecology Project: Carbonballs: How Carbon Neutral Investments made Newcastle United “carbon positive” "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Chris Lang Last week, REDD-Monitor wrote about the closure of 19 companies in the High Court in London. The companies sold more than 5 million carbon credits to retail investors, for more than £36 million. Hundreds of... Read More

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03:47

Indian Country Headline News: Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts, Choctaw, On ‘Rapidly Changing Community’ "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Chris Roberts, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, was elected mayor of Shoreline, Washington, in January by his colle...

The Watchers » Latest articles: Unpredictable Tropical Cyclone "Winston" to intensify and become quasi-stationary in South Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Cyclone "Winston" formed over the warm waters of South Pacific Ocean between Vanuatu and Fiji on February 11, 2016, and passed east of Tafea Province (Vanuatu) on February 12, as an Intense Tropical Cyclone. The system will intensify into a...... Read more »

03:22

Rising Tide North America: BREAKING: Climate activists launch daring occupation of the California PUC, calling for agency to shut down all gas storage facilities "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

SAN FRANCISCO – Two Bay Area residents have occupied the ledge above the entrance to the headquarters of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) today to protest the PUC’s failure to protect the Golden State from the climate and health impacts of methane from underground natural gas storage facilities.
A well blew out at SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon facility near Porter Ranch on October 23, 2015. Since then, 96,000 metric tons of methane have escaped into the atmosphere, the equivalent of an additional 505,000 cars on the road for a year. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 86 times more climate-intensive than carbon dioxide. While SoCalGas reported last week that the leak had been plugged, the Aliso Canyon leak has been responsible for 25% of the state’s daily greenhouse gas emissions.
Aliso Canyon is one of 12 underground natural gas storage facilities in California, and one of 326 nationwide that use depleted oil and gas wells for storage for urban customers.
“While plugging the leak at Aliso Canyon has been a good step, today we are demanding that the PUC shut down all gas storage facilities; until they do, we are occupying the PUC,” said Christy Tennery-Spalding from Diablo Rising Tide, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Rising Tide North America.
The PUC is one of two agencies responsible for oversight of underground natural gas storage facilities. The leaking well had not been inspected since 1976. The CEO of SoCalGas reported to the LA Weekly that a safety valve on the well had been removed in 1979.
“It is unconscionable that these regulators are putting people at risk while giving companies a pass. The last time Aliso Canyon was inspected by the PUC was the last time Jerry Brown was governor,” said Kelsey Baker, from Occupy San Francisco Environmental Justice, currently occupying the ledge over the PUC’s headquarters entrance.
SoCalGas is a division of Sempra Energy and uses the Aliso Canyon facility to store nat...

02:45

EcoWatch: Farmers Key to Bringing Monarch Butterflies Back From the Brink of Extinction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

monarch_FI

With an unlikely ally on board, new solutions are emerging with the potential to...

02:31

The Ecologist: No coal, no fracking: end fossil fuel production on UK soil by 2020! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The government makes bold claims about tackling climate change and phasing out coal power stations, writes Guy Shrubsole. Yet it's 'relaxed' about two huge new coal mines that would produce ten million tonnes of coal, blighting landscapes and afflicting the health of vulnerable communities. It's time to say no to all onshore fossil fuel production.

02:23

EcoWatch: Fiji Becomes World’s First Country to Ratify Paris Agreement "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Fiji is the first country in the world to formally approve the...

02:21

The Ecologist: Fossil fuels a bad bet due to market changes, investors warned "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The ever-falling cost of renewable energy could leave investors in coal, gas and oil seriously out of pocket as demand for fossil fuels falls away, writes Paul Brown. In the wake of the Paris Agreement and shrinking markets in major importing countries, the smart money is moving into renewables.

02:05

EcoWatch: Roofs of Big Box Stores Key to Shifting America to a 100% Renewable Energy Future "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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The rooftops of America’s big box stores and shopping centers could host...

02:00

Fire Earth: Notice to Members "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ Members Program in progress on FIRE-EARTH Channels… For details of program and the Q & A session, tune in to your local channels. Starting Feb. 16, 2016 at 15:00 – 21:00, and 22:00 – 04:00 UTC  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: CJ Members, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH Program, Notice to Members, Q & A

01:38

EcoWatch: Earth Institute Students Help an Urban Farm Rethink Its Future "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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A team of students in the Earth Institute’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management program traveled to...

01:16

EcoWatch: 3 Reasons Flint’s Water Is Poisoned "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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The catastrophic lead poisoning of the water supply in Flint is an appalling condemnation of...

01:00

Wake Up World: Setting Intention, Divine Manifestation and Navigating the Quantum Soup "IndyWatch Feed National"

17th February 2016 By Open Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Humanity has discovered an important phenomenon about reality: that it is not fixed and solid, but more a moving flow of ever-adapting consciousness — the “Quantum Soup” — and most importantly, that the observer affects reality by what you focus on. So it’s become a ...Continue Reading - Setting Intention, Divine Manifestation and Navigating the Quantum Soup

01:00

Wake Up World: Learning to Trust "IndyWatch Feed National"

17th February 2016 By Michael Roads Guest Writer for Wake Up World During my world tour each year as a spiritual teacher, I spend plenty of time talking with people who are on their spiritual path. They often mention to me that they are learning to trust. I usually ask them if they actually know what ...Continue Reading - Learning to Trust

00:40

EcoWatch: What Is Nutrient Timing and Why Does It Matter? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Nutrient timing involves eating foods at strategic times in order to...

00:32

EcoWatch: World’s First Vegan Supermarket Chain to Open in Portland "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Veganz, the world's largest vegan grocery store chain, will open in...

00:23

Earth First! Newswire: Message from Mumia Abu-Jamal on Flint Water Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Mumia Abu Jamal / Counter Punch

flint-water-crisis“The state’s emergency manager created an emergency.”

If ever one wondered about the efficacy of a state government agency imposing officials on local governments, Flint has answered that question forever.

In April, 2014, the state-appointed emergency manager, in order to save money, ordered that the city’s water source be changed from Lake Huron to the notoriously polluted Flint River.

The switch unleashed a citywide disaster of disease, destruction, and death. Flint was a toxic river, rich in lead, a major pollutant that has devastating effects on brain development, speech and I.Q. levels in children. As soon as it was pumped into municipal water systems, the corrosive waters leached lead from the old pipes, and sped it to some 90,000 homes into the city.

Flint is now a poisoned city, because of its toxic water.

It also illustrates how officials from afar can cause a catastrophe at home. Now, tens of thousands of children who drank the water, and were bathed in the water, may suffer...

00:16

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Job losses on NSW North Coast signals Essential Energy privatisation move by Baird Government? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Even though Essential Energy was not included in Baird Government plans to privatize state electricity supply assets, the company's decision to cut its workforce and enter into an enterprise agreement which pares down its wages bill is looking less like a response to changed financial circumstances and more like an effort to make this business a more attractive privatization prize should the NSW government change its mind.

The Daily Examiner 15 February 2016:

ELECTRICITY provider Essential Energy wants to cut 800 jobs from regional New South Wales by 2018 under a draft workplace agreement.

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00:15

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: As Malcolm Turnbull faces his first national budget as prime minister the right-wing nutters start to crawl out of the woodwork "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


First cab off the rank is the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry with a Let’s Make Aged Pensions Repayable Loans! statement on 14 February 2016:

The Federal Government must use May’s Budget to demonstrate it remains committed to reducing government spending as a share of the economy or else we risk consigning future generations to the painful readjustments that have taken place in southern Europe, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today.

The Australian Chamber has released its Pre-Budget Submission, which outlines a series of reforms that can curb runaway spending in areas including the age pension, family tax benefits and childcare.

Kate Carnell AO, CEO of the Australian Chamber, said: “Unless public spending is brought under control, the Australian economy will gradually be...

00:14

EcoWatch: Obama’s Shortlist to Replace Antonin Scalia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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23:51

"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Bellarine Bayside: Bellarine sunset run – race recap "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A recap of the recent Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run….proud to be a partner in such a great event! Special thanks to Dion & Liberty for a fantastic event that was extremely well-organised and to all our staff who maintain such a wonderful coastal trail for everyone to enjoy!

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I’m not normally a big fan of late starting events so it shows the power of persuasion that my running friends hold over me that saw me sign up for the Bellarine sunset 10km run which we ran yesterday.

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I headed down to the staging area to pick up my bib and meet up with the crew. Most of them were running the half marathon option but, as it had turned out quite warm, I was glad to have chosen the 10km. They all started at 5.30pm so I waved them off for their briefing, cheered them over the start line then waited for the bus to take me to the start of the 10km in St Leonards. We were greeted aboard the bus by a pirate – you don’t get a better start to an event than that!

The bus trip was great, taking in the course that we’d…

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23:34

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Radio 2RDJ FM 88.1: Swinging The Blues Playlist 15.02.2015 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Track Title Artist Album Title
Jumpin’ From 6 To 6 Lemon Squeezin’ Daddies Jumpin’ From 6 To 6 (EP)   (new)
Long Time Coming The Vibrolators The Vibrolators featuring
Miss Peta Lee   (new)
Bloodless The Fumes Bloodless   (new)
Alone Blue Eyes Cry Pull Me In
Dirt Road To Paradise Lloyd Spiegel Double Live Set
King With No Crown Lloyd Spiegel Double Live Set
Sally Mae Greg Dodd &
The Hoodoo Men
Movin’ On
Tired Of My Tears Kate Lush ( self-titled )
Set It Off Jesse Valach Presents… Blues Mountain
Down To The River Hall and Dow Hard Working Man Blues
Don’t Run Don...

22:59

"IndyWatch Feed Vic": Refugee Action Collective (Vic): 6pm Fri 19 Feb | Speak out in solidarity with Lady Cilento hospital workers. Let baby Asha stay. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Speak out in solidarity with Lady Cilento hospital workers. Let baby Asha stay. When: 6pm Friday 19 February Where: Bourke St Mall, Melbourne Brisbane hospital staff continue to refuse to discharge baby Asha to be returned to Nauru. Join the Refugee Action Collective and the Melb Uni Campus Refugee Rights Club at a speak out(...)

22:32

"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Gap Year and Beyond: Frogmouth, Whipbirds and a Pure White Raptor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Whenever I visit Mallacoota I try to get to the Double Creek area several times a day. There is always a good variety of bird species (local and migrating through) and several vegetation types to explore from creek side vegetation, wetlands, woodlands, rain-forest and ridge-lines with tall forests. It is a compact site with four paths to wander down.

Along one of the creek sides I found a pair of Leaden Flycatchers singing away declaring their territory while above I spotted a white morph Grey Goshawk. The white/grey Goshawk is the only pure white raptor in the world. I knew that a raptor was cruising above by the danger calls of all the nearby birds. The bird alarm gave me just enough time to get the camera pointed skywards and set for a bright sky. The Goshawk cruised just above the trees.

Male Leaden Flycatcher, Double Creek Nature walk, Mallacoota

Male Leaden Flycatcher, Double Creek Nature walk, Mallacoota

Female Leaden Flycatcher, Double Creek Nature walk, Mallacoota

Female Leaden Flycatcher

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21:59

"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": onlymelbourne: Melbourne Newsletter No.476 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

View Online What's On this Week | 16 - 22 February 2016 Dining ák Under The Stars | Sidney Myer Free Concert Into The Mystic The Music of Van Morrison | Thornbury Theatre Sale Maldon Antique & Collectables Fair 2016 View Shopping & Business | View Shopping Channel Sport Black Caviar Lightning Day Jeep Ladies’ Day at the Polo Melbourne City v Central Coast Mariners Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United Theatre Ghost | The Musical View By Date | View All Shows | Theatre Restaurants Markets This Weekend 4 Computer Markets 75 Garage Sales Baby & Kids Market | Malvern Beachcombers Pop Up Market | Frankston Bohemian Bulla Market Bruthen Village Market Flemington Racecourse Market Makers Market Abbotsford Melbourne Frock Swap Fashion Market View Markets Calendar Trending Events Open Garden | Melbourne Club Run for Hope | supports women with breast and ovarian cancer Tomato Battle 2016 | Southbank Coming Soon The Royal Melbourne Hospital Royal Walk & Fun Run 2016 4.5km or 9km walk or run fundraiser towards critical areas of need within The Royal Melbourne Hospital. When: Sunday 6 March 2016 Where: Princes Park Links: Register | Desktop | Smart Phone Featured Business CTRL I.T. | I.T. Support Melbourne Herbalife | International Independent Member Discerning Daters | over 35's events Quick Links SmartPhone Newsletter Last Week's Newsletter Subscribe | UnSubscribe Melbourne Calendar Garage Sales Advertising Short All Content Copyright © 2013 OnlyMelbourne. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Advertising | Contact Us

21:36

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Shell Oil Company (Shell Aviation) Dassault Falcon 7X Bizjet VQ-BSN Pops into Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Another nice bizjet has called into Central Queensland with Shell Oil Company (Shell Aviation) Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VQ-BSN visiting Gladstone Airport on Tuesday 16 February.


Using the flight number and callsign 'SHE961', VQ-BSN touched down from Brisbane just after lunch time before eventually returning to the capital later in the afternoon.



Of interest, VQ-BSN is noted to have flown from Perth to Brisbane on Monday 15 February after arriving from Don Muang Int'l (Old Bangkok Int'l) in Thailand the previous day.

All photos supplied by Col  ©

21:25

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: A Visit by the Prime Minister Brings RAAF Bizjets to Mackay and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has embarked on a tour of North and Central Queensland and on Monday 15 February a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) bizjets of the RAAF's VIP 34 Squadron in Canberra were noted at Mackay and Rockhampton Airports.


Prime Minister Turnbull was believed to have initially arrived at Cairns Airport late on Sunday 14 February from Sydney on board RAAF Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 which flew in as "Consort 36". It appears he then flew South on Monday 15 February to Townsville, Mackay and the Rockhampton on board fellow RAAF Boeing B737-7DT(BBJ) A36-001 - which also used the radio callsign of "Consort 36".  A36-001 was due to remain at Rockhampton Airport for the night.



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21:24

"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Dr Kevin Bonham: Poll Roundup: Return Of The February Wobbles "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

2PP Aggregate: 53.0 to Coalition (-0.3 this week, lowest since early November)
Coalition would comfortably win election "held now", but could lose some seats

Last week, the Coalition government under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was forced to reshuffle its ministry.  This became necessary following the loss of Human Services minister Stuart Robert to concerns regarding an "unofficial" trip to China, the delayed resignation from the ministry of Mal Brough (under police investigation) and the announced retirements at the next election of Warren Truss and Andrew Robb.  While hardly the worst week a sitting government has endured, it's not something they'd want to repeat. The loss of three ministers to scandals since Mr Turnbull took over hardly helps create an image of post-coup stability, let alone the mirage of "good government".  Admittedly, none of them were major figures.  A second problem for the government has been a perception of planlessness in the conversation it started about tax reform.

The four polls in the last week have all suggested the government has come down a little from the cloud that it started the year on.  This week's Ipsos has only 52:48 to the Coalition, down from 56:44 in November.  ReachTEL has 54:46, down from 55:45 a few weeks ago; Morgan is down from 54 to 52.5 by last-election preferences, and Essential is stable at 51 but off marginally worse primaries.

The Ipsos figure is by "overall preference flow" (treating Greens and Others as a single block).  At the last election, Green votes were 41% of all non-major-party votes but in this Ipsos they are 60% of the non-major vote.  On this basis the last-election preference flow of Ipsos' figures with Greens and Others subdivided would be about a point lower than their calculation, so there's a case for treating the Ipsos as 51:49 (if you really believe 15% f...

21:16

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Two More Beaut Bizjets and Alliance Fokker 100 VH-XWS Call into Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Monday 15 February, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWS operated a flight into Hamilton Island Airport on behalf of QantasLink flying the morning return service from and back to Cairns as UTY2600/2601.  The QantasLink Dash-8-Q400 that normal operates this flight was cancelled.


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A little later on Monday 15 February, Business Aviation Solutions Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-BLM also called into Hamilton Island Airport from its Gold Coast base.  It later departed to Sydney.

Another Challenger 604 bizjet visiting Hamilton Island - 75 Express Inc. Bombardier CL-600-2B16 N75KH which arrived the previous day - also departed on Monday 15 February but to the Gold Coast.

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21:00

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20:49

Catallaxy Files: Health Department now refusing to provide accurate information on Plain Packaging "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

From the Hansard:

Senator LEYONHJELM: I think ‘caution’ is the appropriate word. It is a short period of time, I quite agree, except that some amazing conclusions are being drawn from what seems to be a very flimsy statistical base. Speaking of short terms and flimsy statistics, today I received a reply to a question on notice from Treasury which advised that in period of the 12 months ended November 2013 and the 12 months ended 30 November 2012 there was a 0.8 per cent decline in tobacco clearances, excluding tobacco refund scheme refunds. This is 0.8 per cent in the period of 12 months immediately before plain packaging and 12 months immediately post plain packaging. Your website refers to this as 3.4 per cent. There is an extra month included in your calculation of 2012 and an extra month in your calculation of 2013, the difference being that plain packaging started in that extra month in 2012 and, in 2013, there was an excise increase. So, comparing like with like, and Treasury has confirmed this, the accurate figure of pre and post tobacco clearances was a reduction of 0.8 per cent. Have you looked at that? Are you aware of that calculation? I understand Treasury consulted you in preparing that answer for us.

Ms Davies: Yes. The information on our website, which is quite old now, was in direct response to an article that appeared in The Australian some time ago which quoted a particular figure for the 2012 calendar year. We, at the time, engaged with Treasury and they provided the 3.4 per cent figure as the calendar year response. So that information is directly referable and responsive to an article that was in The Australian......

20:43

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Bundaberg Based Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron N298WA Spotted at Cairns Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Locally-based Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron N298WA was noted departing Bundaberg Airport on Monday 15 February for Cairns where the fantastic Far North Queensland Skies Blog captured its arrival.

Photo taken by Far North Queensland Skies Blog  ©

N298WA seems to be based at Bundy but often spends time across the ditch in New Zealand.

Thanks to the Far North Queensland Skies Blog for sharing their great photo!

20:29

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Australian Helicopters Bell 412EP VH-PXY Passes Through CQ Airports on Flight from Horn Island to Redcliffe "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Over the course of Sunday 14 February and Monday 15 February, Australian Helicopters Bell 412EP VH-PXY was noted transiting several central Queensland Airports while on a flight from Horn Island in Far North Queensland all the way South to Redcliffe in the south-east corner of Queensland.

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At the end of a big day of flying on Sunday, VH-PXY made it to Mackay Airport where it stayed for the night.  Then on Monday, VH-PXY continued South to Rockhampton and Bundaberg before continuing to Redcliffe.

20:09

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": The Handmade Expo Market: Stallholder Profile Simmply T's Accessories "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile today is Simply T's Accessories


Your name: Natasha Dimitrijevic

Your Business name:
Simply T’s Accessories


The suburb/town you live in now:
Moggill

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19:14

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Australian Police News: Rough justice in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Why can't the slime at ICAC make a public apology and offer compensation?  They just cannot admit that they got it wrong

He was once  one of the highest-ranking and most respected emergency managers in the state. He has more than 30 years' crisis and fire rescue management experience and has overseen the response to some of the biggest disasters in the state.

But Steven Pearce, highly decorated former deputy commissioner of the State Emergency Service, lost his position and had his life ruined during an investigation by the beleaguered anti-corruption watchdog ICAC - even though he has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Now he is seeking compensation and acknowledgement for the pain and suffering endured by him and his family.

"There has never been any public acknowledgement from ICAC or the government that all of the allegations of corruption made against me were intensively investigated, in four separate inquiries, and all found to be unsubstantiated," Mr Pearce told Fairfax Media.

"I also deserve a public apology that I have never done anything corrupt."

Mr Pearce was the subject of an ICAC inquiry after allegations that he had misused an SES credit card and inappropriately dealt with two contracts. The allegations were made against him by his then fellow SES deputy commissioner Tara McCarthy.

He was suspended from his position while the ICAC investigated; the ICAC eventually made no findings of corrupt conduct against Mr Pearce.

The ICAC referred the matter to the Public Service Commissioner, who cleared him of any corrupt conduct. Ms McCarthy was sacked in May 2013, sparking an ICAC investigation into then SES commissioner Murray Kear.

Mr Kear resigned after ICAC found him corrupt for sacking a whistleblower and allegedly failing to investigate corruption allegations against Mr Pearce.

Last week, he faced a committal hearing in...

19:04

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Australian Police News: Prosecution of man charged under bikie laws dropped and $30,000 awarded "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Queensland police withdraw charges against Glen Pitt after lawyers allege they fabricated conversations and coerced him into agreeing to a warrantless search

Another prosecution by Queensland police under controversial anti-association laws has collapsed, leading to a $30,000 costs order awarded to a man who faced up to two years’ jail for entering a mothballed bikie clubhouse.

Police withdrew charges against mine worker Glen Pitt after his lawyers, in a pre-trial hearing in the Brisbane magistrates court on Tuesday, alleged detectives had fabricated conversations with the accused Rebels motorcycle club member before he was charged 18 months ago.

Pitt’s lawyers also argued detectives had coerced and induced him into agreeing to a warrantless search by telling him they would stop him attending his daughter’s 21st birthday and that he faced only a fine for an offence bringing a minimum mandatory six months’ jail.

The case, which follows the withdrawal of charges in other high-profile prosecutions including of librarian Sally Kuether last year, marks more than two years without a single conviction under anti-association laws since their introduction in a government campaign against outlaw motorcycle gangs in 2013.

A taskforce led by former judge Alan Wilson is due next month to deliver its review of these and other laws to a Palaszczuk government that has flagged repealing and replacing them. Police and the Liberal National party opposition, which introduced laws in government in 2013, have called for them to remain.

Pitt, 44, whom police alleged was a Rebels member, was found by officers in the yard of a disused Rebels clubhouse in Virginia, in Brisbane’s north, in July 2014 after he noticed tradesmen dismantling a shed.

The property was among 43 clubhouses declared off limits to bikies, who risk a mandatory six months’ jail by setting foot in them.

Pitt was char...

19:02

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Rose coloured glasses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What an absolute disgrace wanting to put a seniors development near a hospital. Imagine how this will destroy the gateway to the Bay, what with its concrete plant, electricity substation and corrugated iron fence already beautifying the entrance.

Imagine having to look at landscaped housing and a small shopping complex – or is it all those old people we can’t look at? Maybe we could give everyone rose-coloured glasses as they drive in.

I’m pretty sure this development is not in anyone’s garden or space, so don’t worry – it won’t interfere with the studios that are springing up in backyards under the pretence of affordable housing.

The so-called outside developers have had interests in Byron Bay longer than most so-called locals have been here, so, no, they are not blow-ins. I think the NIMBYs need to look past their own agenda and see what could actually be good for the whole shire with jobs and facilities.

Or we can just say when you get to retirement age, ‘Fuck off’; we don’t want or need you any more.

Phil & Marie Boyd, Suffolk Park

 

 

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19:02

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Queensland Police -- A barrel with lots of bad apples "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Prosecution of man charged under bikie laws dropped and $30,000 awarded

Queensland police withdraw charges against Glen Pitt after lawyers allege they fabricated conversations and coerced him into agreeing to a warrantless search

Another prosecution by Queensland police under controversial anti-association laws has collapsed, leading to a $30,000 costs order awarded to a man who faced up to two years’ jail for entering a mothballed bikie clubhouse.

Police withdrew charges against mine worker Glen Pitt after his lawyers, in a pre-trial hearing in the Brisbane magistrates court on Tuesday, alleged detectives had fabricated conversations with the accused Rebels motorcycle club member before he was charged 18 months ago.

Pitt’s lawyers also argued detectives had coerced and induced him into agreeing to a warrantless search by telling him they would stop him attending his daughter’s 21st birthday and that he faced only a fine for an offence bringing a minimum mandatory six months’ jail.

The case, which follows the withdrawal of charges in other high-profile prosecutions including of librarian Sally Kuether last year, marks more than two years without a single conviction under anti-association laws since their introduction in a government campaign against outlaw motorcycle gangs in 2013.

A taskforce led by former judge Alan Wilson is due next month to deliver its review of these and other laws to a Palaszczuk government that has flagged repealing and replacing them. Police and the Liberal National party opposition, which introduced laws in government in 2013, have called for them to remain.

Pitt, 44, whom police alleged was a Rebels member, was found by officers in the yard of a disused Rebels clubhouse in Virginia, in Brisbane’s north, in July 2014 after he noticed tradesmen dismantling a shed.

The property was among 43 clubhouses declared off limits to bikie...

18:55

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Australian Police News: Police sexual assault not investigated "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Owner of 24 Hour Locksmiths Brisbane is siding with Tony Fitzgerald and Independent Commission Against Corruption, David Ipp, for the establishment of a federal anti-corruption agency with the powers of a standing royal commission after what he calls the most repugnant display of police abuse of powers against an employee of his 24 Hour locksmith business in Brisbane

On February 5 2015 one of our senior tradesmen locksmiths was doing a routine call to a customers home for a locksmith service. After completing the job in Keeling Street Coopers Plains, our locksmith was met by a police car screeching around the corner with lights flashing. Our locksmith was ordered to place his hands on his car and was searched.

His locksmith car was searched, but the officers on the scene were not happy at that! They called in more officers, and more officers and even more officers! They all came and searched the tradesman’s car in search of something? Our locksmith asked over and over, what they were doing and what they were looking for and got no response from Tamryn Ellingworth, the officer who appeared to be in charge. More then 7 officers were called in to search our locksmiths car!

This went on for over two hours out the front of our clients home. Our locksmith asked the police if this had anything to do with the client, which the police answered no.

The police called in a police dog and put it through our locksmith car! Our locksmith asked them not to put the dog in the car, but they didn’t listen.

The police took sensitive business records from the locksmiths car, still with no explanation. They then attempted to hack our locksmiths phone!

After this horrendous ordeal, they then called in another officer from the Mount Gravatt police station to sexually assault our locksmith! This happened in the middle of the street in suburban Coopers Plains.

After our locksmith had been raped, he was...

18:52

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Queensland Police -- A barrel with lots of bad apples "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Police sexual assault not investigated

Owner of 24 Hour Locksmiths Brisbane is siding with Tony Fitzgerald and Independent Commission Against Corruption, David Ipp, for the establishment of a federal anti-corruption agency with the powers of a standing royal commission after what he calls the most repugnant display of police abuse of powers against an employee of his 24 Hour locksmith business in Brisbane

On February 5 2015 one of our senior tradesmen locksmiths was doing a routine call to a customers home for a locksmith service. After completing the job in Keeling Street Coopers Plains, our locksmith was met by a police car screeching around the corner with lights flashing. Our locksmith was ordered to place his hands on his car and was searched.

His locksmith car was searched, but the officers on the scene were not happy at that! They called in more officers, and more officers and even more officers! They all came and searched the tradesman’s car in search of something? Our locksmith asked over and over, what they were doing and what they were looking for and got no response from Tamryn Ellingworth, the officer who appeared to be in charge. More then 7 officers were called in to search our locksmiths car!

This went on for over two hours out the front of our clients home. Our locksmith asked the police if this had anything to do with the client, which the police answered no.

The police called in a police dog and put it through our locksmith car! Our locksmith asked them not to put the dog in the car, but they didn’t listen.

The police took sensitive business records from the locksmiths car, still with no explanation. They then attempted to hack our locksmiths phone!

After this horrendous ordeal, they then called in another officer from the Mount Gravatt police station to sexually assault our locksmith! This happened in the middle of the street in suburban Coopers...

18:30

Independent Australia: The truth about negative gearing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The truth about negative gearingNegative gearing is a deeply flawed policy, because – amongst other things – it encourages risky debt driven speculation in an already overheated market. read now...

18:00

"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Brothers in Arms, WW1 - a book by Louise Wilson "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We know what the senior politicians and military men thought about WW1. But what did the ordinary Allied soldier think? Undoubtedly most British, Belgian and French soldiers saw the German threat as very real. For ordinary soldiers in 1914, few really thought that the war would be over quickly, at least after the first few months. Many served to protect their famil­ies, to show loyalty to their country or to earn a regular salary. But soon the soldiers began to despise the flag-wavers and white-feather brigade back home.

It was only with hindsight that Erich Maria Remarque and the war poets were proved correct. The horrors of the trench, rotting horseflesh, mud, poor food, shoddy weapons, poison gas and the sheer terror of waiting for death, these were the Big Lie futilities of the Great War. [Perhaps read How Did Soldiers Cope With War by Matthew Shaw at this point].

Ordinary soldiers were too cold, too hungry, shell shocked in trenches, too illiterate or too wounded to write detailed analyses. And in any case, mil­itary censorship would have deleted any proper information that soldiers wrote. Yet as Louise Wil­son wrote, many WW1 soldiers did send postcards home. What is diff­erent about her book, Brothers In Arms (BookPOD 2015) was that this long and literate set of letters from the Boulton brothers survived intact.

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17:52

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": The Vociferous Journalist: ACOSS says 2016 budget must reassess priorities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Council of Social Service, or ACOSS, released its submission to the Federal Budget on Tuesday morning, and is calling on the Government to set a new course. ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie says the government must realign its spending priorities and strengthen the tax base.

17:22

"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Rotunda Park – a place for birds and people "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Newstead locals and visitors alike have long enjoyed the tranquility and beauty of our Rotunda Park. It’s small area of public land situated on the eastern edge of town. Amongst numerous other important values it boasts a wonderful grassy woodland remnant … Alluvial-terraces Herb-rich Woodland/Creekline Grassy Woodland EVC is the technical term! It’s always been a fertile site for birds and I’ve compiled a handy list there over the years, including some notable local species such as Powerful Owl, White-browed Babbler, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail and Owlet Nightjar. The Mount Alexander Shire is currently seeking public comment on how the area should be managed and used into the future. To have your say click here.

It’s such a special area that I’ve decided to devote the rest of this week to a series of posts featuring some of the birds currently using the park.

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Rotunda Park Newstead, 13th February 2016

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Red-browed Firetail at Rotunda Park, 13th February 2016

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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: No Refunds #6 with Bed Wettin' Bad Boys and Point Being "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This week No Refunds pulls out another pearler with the stadium qualities of Bed Wettin' Bad Boys and the second to last show of Sydney's own candles in the wind Point Being.

Entry is zero dollars and there's really cheap food and booze. There really needn't be anymore coercing, this is an alarmingly generous event for people who enjoy music and drinking on a Thursday.


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"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Ocean Grove Voice: Council confident of Karingal sale process "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE City of Greater Geelong Council will tonight, Tuesday 16 February, vote on the proposed sale of 77-79 Draper Street, Ocean Grove, to Karingal for supported accommodation for people with disabilities.
Council’s CEO Kelvin Spiller says the council has followed all due process and is acting within its legal and community remit to consider the sale of the land, as recommended in tonight’s council meeting agenda.
“I am assured that the council has followed all required processes to investigate and report on this matter – including the implementation of an approved Expression of Interest Process (to establish) Community Based Support Accommodation, overseen by a probity plan and a probity advisor,” Mr Spiller explained.
“The council also has a Sale, Exchange, Transfer and Use of Council Land Policy that makes reference to land sales at ‘less than market value’ for ‘community benefit’.”
Mr Spiller said the council’s original resolution of 10 March last year to sell the Draper Street property fell under the above policy, by stating: ‘That Council, having considered all submissions made in response to the notice of intention to sell the land at 77-79 Draper Street (”the land”), Ocean Grove, offer the land for sale by expressions of interest at nil consideration to a provider of supported accommodation for people with disabilities’.
“I remain satisfied that the council has the power to dispose of the Draper Street land to Karingal, if it votes to do so.”
The council’s General Manager Community Life Linda Quinn also noted that the $10 million Sector Development Fund mentioned today in local media was established to meet the objectives of the Specialist Disability Accommodation Initiative, but that this funding was not available to NDIS trial sites – which includes areas in the Barwon Region.
“Our local media also referred to a pilot project to ‘fast track the development of innovative disability housing’,” Ms Quinn s...

17:06

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) 5000-PEOPLE ATTEND OPENING AN OFFICE IN Wamena ULMWP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) West Papuan Liberation movement opens office in Wamena

3) Impact of forest fires on Papua on climate change agenda

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17:00

"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Riders protest footpath parking ban "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Footpath Parking protest

Melbourne has been at the forefront of footpath parking for motorcycles, but now footpaths around St Kilda have been ruled out for a six-month trial ban even though it is the site of a popular annual motorcycle Toy Run.

Rider Darren Carson is organising a protest park in St Kilda for this Sunday, February 21.

He says the protest is to make a stand against the footpath parking ban becoming permanent and spreading across the city.




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16:58

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Picnic Social with FBi's Dance Class "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After you've decried a plague on the state government's decisions at the Keep Sydney Open rally you should then take your fiery passion to one of the many dance parties around town. Coz, what else are you fighting for if not the right to go party whenever you choose (oversimplification, but you know).

Picnic's weekly shindig lives on at Harpoon Harry and this round sees a roster of acts from FBi radio's female talent fostering program Dance Class. Featuring sets from the trainees Genie, Sports, Mirä Böru, Ellie Locke and Lauren Hansom alongside more stellar gal DJs, Andy Garvey, Valerie Yum, Adi Toohey and Kali.

16:51

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": The Vociferous Journalist: Gravitational waves: confirmed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Scientists and astronomers announced they have confirmed a prediction made nearly a century ago, regarding the very fabric of our universe. Researchers at the LIGO institute in the US observed ‘gravitational waves’ using two 4km long laser detectors. Alan Duffy, a theoretical astrophysicist and cosmologist, spoke about this discovery and what it means.

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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box: The ninth life "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

CatAngelToday I started crying in the cat-food aisle at Woolies. Not just a little bit. But those big gulping sobs that make your face screw up all weird and snot come out. John had said, ‘while you are out, grab some dog food’. The dog food is in the same aisle as the cat food. Usually I don’t cry over pet food. It’s just that today we’d had our scrappy old ginger euthanised. And not for scratching up the good couch like I’d threatened him once.

Over the past few months he’d started to waste away. Over the last two weeks he couldn’t eat or drink. He couldn’t clean himself. He couldn’t swallow. He had diarrhoea. I guessed that at 13 it wasn’t something he was going to get over. It looked terminal.

Turns out he had Cat AIDS. The diagnosis shocked me. There I was thinking he was just a big orange furball asleep on the lounge, but the moment my head was turned he was living his double life. Sweet cat by day, by night a promiscuous IV drug user. What else was he up to? Gambling? And there I was naively thinking lizards and birds were his weakness.

It was explained that he probably caught the virus in a fight with another cat. Being desexed and unable to load a syringe without assistance, any other form of transmission seemed unlikely. We decided to do it at home. The thought of putting it him in a box and taking him to the vet seemed a cruel end for a good cat. Ever since his three days of solitude in the neighbour’s downstairs cupboard h...

15:17

Renew Economy: Solar homes facing meter bill shock, delays as premium tariffs end "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Solar households are facing hefty bills to change their meters when their solar bonus tariffs end this year. Worse, they are facing long delays. It's a potential train crash that could deepen desire to add battery storage.

15:14

"IndyWatch Feed Vic": Public Transport Users Association (Victoria, Australia): PTUA Calls for Fairer Fines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has presented the results of a recent passenger survey on public transport fines. The survey results form the basis of the PTUA’s submission to the State Government review in Public Transport Enforcement Fares, which is currently underway.

PTUA President Dr Tony Morton said “we were overwhelmed with the response of almost 500 passengers providing their feedback over the month of January.

“The results showed that many people are trying to do the right thing, but often let down by system issues or simple errors and human mistakes.

“Passengers reported feeling Authorised officers and the Department officers reviewing their case had little sympathy for their situation and treated people as guilty until proven innocent.

“The PTUA believes that the focus should be on helping passengers to do the right thing, rather than scaring and intimidating them, or maximising the number of fines issued.

“The survey shows that 46% of passengers who contested their fines either had the matter eventually withdrawn by the Department or rejected by the Court. Only 2% of people surveyed having to pay the fine if they took the matter to court.

“Alarmingly a third of people felt pressured to pay the on-the-spot fine by Authorised officers and 19% of people surveyed said they received a fine due to issues with Myki equipment”, said Dr Morton.

15:10

"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Bendigo Sustainability Group: Bendigo Sustainability Fair @ PepperGreen Farm – 09 April "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The 2016 Bendigo Sustainability Fair is set to be held at PepperGreen Farm on the 09th of April. The fair is a celebration of all the wonderful sustainable things happening in the region. The fair will feature a sustainable living market with everything from Solar PV through to homemade soaps. There will be workshops and demonstrations throughout the day with plenty of activities for the kids. There is something fun for the whole family. So save the date in your diary!

 

 

15:04

Renew Economy: Redflow says will compete with lithium, lead batteries on cost "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Redflow says zinc bromine flow batteries will be cost-competitive with lithium-ion and lead acid rivals, with more cost reductions to come.

15:02

"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Freda's, OTIS and Yevu presents Sweet Echoes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As far as threesomes go, this one has it all. Join Freda's, OTIS and Yevu in Sweet Echoes. It's the aurally galvanising extravaganza that unites the traditional sounds of Ghana's Karifi Ensemble, Australia's mesmeric Prophets as well as the dancing disco vibes from Andy Webb & Jimmy Sing and 'Jon & Hugh.' Eargasms are a side to this main meal of awesome.

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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Inner West art and design market "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sure, the likes of Etsy and Big Cartel have made online shopping ever so eclectic and pleasantly artisanal. But, nothing beats a real live marketplace, where you can chat to creators as they reveal their unique talents and knowledge.

Spend your day of rest among local artists and artisans like Haus of Dizzy, Ellen Macintyre, Chloe Joyce and Tit 4 Tat. Pick up some handmade goodies and learn a crafty new skill with a badge workshop from I Heart Gallery.

14:44

Renew Economy: Connected Energy & Renault partner in second-life EV battery energy storage tech "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Connected Energy and Renault are partnering together for the creation of second-life electric vehicle battery energy storage technologies.

14:40

"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Innovation Day: From Little Things "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Innovation Day

To innovate means to change something which is already established, to come up with new ideas and ways of doing things. Once upon a time, communication only took place face to face, travel was by foot and bed rest was the remedy for all ailments. In Australia, centuries of innovations shared the world over have enhanced our lives far beyond the realm of any one person’s imagination.

Together, humankind has built the most amazing infrastructure and social systems to protect its citizens, especially the most vulnerable. Ambulances, hospitals, prosthetic limbs, spectacles and wheelchairs all transpired to give people the best chance at life, and an enhanced life worth living at that. Get to know some of our residents who are pushing the boundaries of innovation.

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We will never know when or how, but this brave and gentle old sheep had become blind and was abandoned on a property. With no place in this world to belong, he made his way to the refuge of Edgar’s Mission, where he will live out the rest of his golden years. Once given the clean bill of health, we then had to put on our thinking caps, how the Dickins were we to give him the happy life he deserved? Queue Joe Cocker: “I get by with a little help from my friends”.

We set up 64’s water and food bowls in his stall, they’re always put in the same place so he knows exactly where to find them. We then asked his friend Annabelle Sheep if she would mind wearing a bell on her collar, so that wherever she walked she would light a safe path of kindness for the sweet wether to follow, and she jumped at the chance to help her friend........

14:14

Speak Up For The Voiceless – International Animal Rescue Foundation – Environmental News and Media: HATE CRIMES: ANIMAL RIGHTS GONE BONKERS. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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CYBER TROLLING & HARASSMENT – WHEN WILL IT STOP?

PART I

Hi, my name is Dr Jose C. Depre. I run the International Animal Rescue Foundation, which is a self funded organisation founded by myself, and other [unnamed] environmentalists from around the globe. International Animal Rescue Foundation doesn’t ask for donations, however there are links upon our Facebook pages, and websites of which the public can send a donation. All donations go to good causes. Meanwhile, when or if we do urgently require donations, they are banked for anyone of the projects that we require urgent financial assistant for. Donations are then used for that particular [emergency animal or environmental project that we are trying our hardest to resolve], within some of the most hospitable regions on the planet.

Unfortunately even when we show evidence of expenditure, or projects that we have worked on to improve animal welfare past and present, we occasionally fall under some pretty nasty, and at times derogatory criticism from so called animal rights activists. The Vietnamese project of which we are still [self funding], and relying on public funding to establish this rescue has attracted some p...

09:50

The Tally Room: Fixed four year terms across Australia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

I’m currently working on my guide for the Brisbane City Council election, as well as updating my ward map of Queensland, both for the local government election on March 19.

On the same day as that election, Queenslanders will be voting in a constitutional referendum, which would fix state elections to be held on the same date, and extend the term from three years to four.

If this referendum is successful, the only remaining elected body in Australia running on three-year terms will be the federal Parliament, and all state and territory parliaments other than Tasmania will have put in place fixed four-terms in their state constitutions.

If I read the proposed change correctly, the first scheduled fixed-term election in Queensland would take place in October 2018, which would put the three biggest states in Australia on a schedule where all three would take place within five months from October to March every four years, starting in 2018/19. As someone who appreciates some lead-time before elections, I can’t say I’m looking forward to these three big elections basically happening simultaneously on a semi-permanent basis.

UPDATE: Thanks to Edward and Michael in comments who pointed out that the amendment would not take effect until after the next election, so if the election is in 2017 then future elections will be in 2020, 2024, 2028 etc, and if it’s in 2018 they’ll be in 2021, 2025, etc. Either way Queensland elections would be significantly separated from Victoria and New South Wales in time.

Thanks to these changes, we now have reasonably predictable timelines for all non-federal elections in Australia, and we can plot them out on a timetable which I’ve included below the fold.

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