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Saturday, 05 March


Indian Country Headline News: Healing Through the Art of Birch Bark Biting "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

“I see the design through my eye teeth,” said Denise Lajimodiere, Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe....

The Watchers » Latest articles: Atoyac River disappears overnight after large sinkhole opens up, Mexico "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Atoyac River, located in the central mountainous area of the Mexican state of Veracruz, has disappeared after a large sinkhole opened up on Sunday, February 28, 2016. In less than 48 hours, the river completely dried out. The hole, which now crosses the Atoyac...... Read more »


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Indigenous role seen in FARC demobilization | World War 4 Report "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Indigenous role seen in FARC demobilization | World War 4 Report - Speaking to right-wing fears of territory being turned over to the FARC, Cristo assured: "We are not going to tolerate a Caguán, nor even a Ralito." (El Tiempo, March 1) This is a reference to San Vicente del Caguán municipality in Caquetá department, which was under FARC control as a "demilitarized zone" between 1998 and 2002 as part of a failed peace process; and Santa Fe de Ralito in Córdoba, where the AUC paramilitary network gathered for official demobilization between 2004 and 2006.


EcoWatch: Supreme Court Backs EPA, Refuses to Block Mercury Emissions Rule "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


A month after issuing a stay on the Clean Power Plan, the Supreme Court rejected...


EcoWatch: Fossil Fuel Donations Fuel Presidential Super PACs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Fossil fuel heavy hitters pumped more than $100 million into...


EcoWatch: Feds Refer Exxon Climate Investigation to FBI "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


The DOJ's referral to the FBI comes as a response to growing evidence that...


Earth First! Newswire: ZAD: Difficult to Advance for Vinci "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Posted on February 12, 2016 by Attaque

Translated by Act for freedom now!

zad taggedSud Ouest / February 12, 2016

Technopôle Agen-Garonne : works stopped by the zadistes again. They are still there this Friday morning at Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois. The site is already a week behind. On the construction site of the remediation of the future Technopole Agen-Garonne, on the D 296 and begun there a little over three weeks ago, the days follow one after the other in the same way.

Thursday at noon, about a dozen zadistes came to peacefully occupy the area in order to stop the construction machinery. Successful operation, as the workers cut off the current to the machines before leaving the site. Same scenario this Friday morning: entrepreneurs were forced to leave as soon as they arrived. The work already is a week behind.

Already last Friday, the zadistes had expressed their opposition to this work and on Monday morning, a dozen of them had taken possession of the premises, blocking any movement of the workers. After they left, around 14 hours, two mechanical shovels were found vandalized. [see below;...


Wake Up World: The Exponential Revelation of Truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

5th March 2016 By Zen Gardner Contributing Writer for Wake Up World There are many encouraging manifestations that the truth is currently flooding in to human consciousness. They that have eyes let them see, but this is a subject worth exploring and a wellspring of encouragement to those on the path less traveled trying to help ...Continue Reading - The Exponential Revelation of Truth


Wake Up World: Scientific Proof of Jedi Powers … and How to Develop Them "IndyWatch Feed National"

5th March 2016 By Brendan D. Murphy Guest Writer for Wake Up World âŹSRepeated ignorant or stubborn denial of the existence of certain powers does not keep them from existingâŹexcept for us!⏠âŹÂ Harold M. Sherman, psychic Everyone has some level of innate intuitive capability, a.k.a., Jedi powers, and this has been demonstrated repeatedly over several decades ...Continue Reading - Scientific Proof of Jedi Powers ... and How to Develop Them


Earth First! Newswire: Trees Cut as Maple Syrup Farmers Lose Eminent Domain Battle Over Constitution Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Energy Justice Network via EcoWatch

This article re-posted with permission from EcoWatch

Guarded by heavily armed U.S. marshals, a Constitution Pipeline tree crew began felling trees in the Holleran family’s maple sugaring stand Tuesday while upset landowners and protesters looked on.

Megan Holleran stands in front of the trees that were cut on her property Tuesday. The Hollerans lost their court battle to save their maple trees from eminent domain to make way for the Constitution Pipeline.

Megan Holleran stands in front of the trees that were cut on her property Tuesday. The Hollerans lost their court battle to save their maple trees from eminent domain to make way for the Constitution Pipeline.

The cutting began 11 days after Federal Judge Malachy Mannion dismissed charges of contempt against the landowners for...


Learn - Idle No More: Solidarity with the People of Honduras "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Idle No More Stands in Solidarity with the People of Honduras

Honduran Indigenous, environmental rights campaigner and co-founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her La Esperanza home. Telesur correspondent, Gilda Silvestruci confirmed that the Honduran leader was killed at 0100 local central standard time, on Thursday March 3rd.

2015_BertaCaceres_04.jpgIdle No More organizers stand in solidarity with the family of Berta Cáceres, the Lenca people, and the people of Honduras. We extend our deepest condolences for the irreplaceable loss that is felt worldwide.


North Coast Voices: Fire on contentious Iluka development application site "IndyWatch Feed"

This instance brings to mind certain Lower Clarence Valley fires (and other attempts at illegal land clearing over the last twenty years) which have sprung up on subdivision lands containing either koala habitat or tree/plant biodiversity considered worth p...


North Coast Voices: Say cheese! "IndyWatch Feed"

Green tree frogs image by Michael Snedic, Australian wildlife and nature photographer, whose galleries can be found at


North Coast Voices: Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed"

Ms Furness assisting the Royal Commission: And human beings talk among themselves about their colleagues, don't they, Cardinal?
Cardinal-Prefect George Pell: Human beings in different categories have very different approaches to these matters. We work within a framework of Christian moral teaching. {Loud burst of laughter from people in Rome interview room} Pardon?
Ms.Furness: And what does that mean –
Cardinal Pell: Wo...


new illuminati: Deathbed Visions, Reincarnation and the Afterlife "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Friday, 04 March


No Fibs: Is poor funding of climate and health research by NHMRC political bias? asks @takvera #Auspol "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is there a funding bias with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) when it comes to climate change and health? and particularly extreme heat and population health? Some climate and health researchers say there is a definite bias, over a number of years, against funding health and climate change related research projects. One […]

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


Head Space: Biological Health Hazard – Elizabethkingia anophelis (fatal): Wisconsin "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ELIZABETHKINGIA ANOPHELIS – USA: (WISCONSIN) FATALITIES, COMMUNITY ACQUIRED, REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ************************ Published Date: 2016-03-03 19:57:24 Subject: PRO/EDR> Elizabethkingia anophelis – USA: (WI) fatalities, community acquired, RFI Archive Number: 20160303.4067424 Date: Thu 3 Mar 2016 Source: Wisconsin State Journal [edited] Health officials are testing water, skin care products and over-the-counter medications, and interviewing patients and […]


The Watchers » Latest articles: Indonesia's tsunami warning buoys not working when M7.8 quake struck on March 2 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Indonesia's officials said a series of country's early-warning tsunami buoys were not working when a major M7.8 earthquake hit southwest of Sumatra on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The buoys, deployed after a huge 2004 tsunami, are a part of sophisticated,...... Read more »


Latest News: The Cradle of Conservation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Envisioning a new type of conservation in North Dakota’s broken badlands


Head Space: Gather around comrades… "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It’s time for an Orwellian recess We have always been at war with America!Filed under: Education, Political View Points, Randomness Tagged: a.k.a. Barack Hussein Obama, brainwashing, Communist infiltration, disastrous consequences, Government disgust, History, Manchurian Candidate, mind-control, Obama Administration, psycho-politics, Tyranny, Valerie Jarrett, White House


Head Space: The ghosts of spaces destroyed and violent extremism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Obama, FBI director spar over the ‘Ferguson Effect’ on police UNCLASSIFIED The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century “Don’t Be a Puppet” (Video) Filed under: Education, News and politics, Political View Points Tagged: America, Animal Grievance Industry, Asian Grievance Industry, Black Grievance Industry, brainwashing, Caucasian Grievance Industry, disastrous consequences, Ferguson Effect, Homosexual Grievance Industry, […]


Head Space: Synchronicity – The Illusion of Choice: “There is no such thing as coincidence…” "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

“Only when we stop being afraid, can we even begin to imagine what it means to truly be free.” or so it’s been said.  Fact is, the control and slavery system is about limitation of Free Will through the destruction of possibility.  See: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations […]


North Coast Voices: Will the Turnbull Government finally move against Abbott's boy? "IndyWatch Feed"

It has been over-long in coming and, probably wouldn’t be contemplated now by the political mates' club if this wasn’t a federal election year, but it finally looks as though another Tony Abbott appointee is about to leave the stage.

The Australian, 26 February 2016:

Fair Work Commission vice-president Michael Lawler could face unprecedented action to ­remove him from office within weeks after taking almost a year of sick leave on full pay of $435,000 a year.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said yesterday that she had received an independent report on February 15 into a complaint against Mr Lawler.

The report, written by barrister and former Federal Court judge Peter Heerey followed a four-month investigation.

The report deadline was ­extended by t...


Head Space: “The most common characteristic of all police states is intimidation by surveillance. Citizens know they are being watched and overheard. Their mail is being examined. Their homes can be invaded.” "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

— A quote by Vance Packard from The People Shapers (1977). Thomas Nelson (Australia), West Melbourne, VicFiled under: Computers and Internet, Education, Political View Points, Science, Technology Tagged: bioethics, Censorship, Cultural Marxism, justifiable paranoia, mass psychology, Police State, Surveillance


Wild Idaho Rising Tide: Friday: Tell Idaho Representatives to Vote No on Senate Bill 1339! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On Friday, March 4, at an unknown time, the full Idaho House of Representatives will hold the final vote on Senate Bill 1339 (S1339) [1, 2]. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee passed S1339 to the Senate floor on Friday, February 19, after an Alta Mesa oil and gas company attorney pushed for bill hearing closure, before all of the subsequently angry citizens present could testify.  Only Democrat committee member Michelle Stennett voted against this bill that, if passed by the Idaho Legislature and codified as an emergency law by Governor Otter’s signature, would expedite Idaho oil and gas development permitting procedures and further severely limit due process, associated public input and appeals, and information available to citizens, some forced to develop their mineral interests and most concerned about fossil fuel project impacts to private and public lands, water, air, and property rights [3-5].

According to Betsy Russell’s Eye on Boise, “after a two-hour debate, the Idaho Senate voted 31-4 in favor of SB 1339, a controversial proposal to streamline the process for issuing permits for oil and gas wells. The bill drew close to 100 people to an earlier hearing, most of them opposed…The bill now moves to the House side.  The Senate vote came just after 6:30 p.m. Boise time, half an hour after the Senate had been scheduled to conclude its late-afternoon session, which started at 4:30.  It was the only bill taken up.” [6]  On Tuesday, March 1, the Idaho House Resources and Conservation Committee held a hearing on this industry-promoted bill and passed S1339 on a two-to-one ratio [7].  Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) emailed letters of opposition to both Senate and House committees.

Meanwhile, on Monday, February 22, over 150 citizens participated in a rally on the Capitol steps in Boise, protesting the bill and oil and gas industry and infrastructure abuses of Idaho citizen health, private property rights, and essential air, water, an......


Head Space: Radioactive/Environmental Hazard – Radiation Hazard: Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Vermont Yankee has as much as 10 times the amount of spent fuel rods than any of the individual Fukushima reactors North America – USA | State of Vermont, Vernon, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station Location: 42°45’43.3″N 72°30’48.3″W Present Operational Age: >40 years Decommissioned: 2014 Estimated Date For Closure: 2073 (60 yrs) Output: 510 MWe; Type: General […]


Frack Off: Underground Coal Gasification Collapse Shows Fragility Of Fracking "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

  • Newcastle based UCG company collapses
  • Despite £1 billion in loan guarantees
  • Could not find backers after 8 years
  • Big victory for communities UK-wide
  • Made UCG brand as toxic as its reality
  • Rebrand as “deep gas winning” failed
  • Licences will be picked up by others
  • But sets precedent, industry can be beaten
  • Shows fragility of fracking industry
  • Shale industry in US also in chaos
  • Fracking can be starved of investment
  • Community resistance key to success


Head Space: There is a formula for proof – Freedom of Speech for thee, but not for me? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

There’s no such thing as a coincidence… “Mass delusion is an important tool of oppressors because they can’t survive free expression. “ “Only when we stop being afraid, can we even begin to imagine what it means to truly be free.” “The most common characteristic of all police states is intimidation by surveillance. Citizens know […]


Fire Earth: Multiple Crop Disasters Declared in Nine U.S. States "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Extreme weather and climatic disasters destroy at least 30% of crops in 73 counties across nine states Drought Disasters The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 15 counties in California and Arizona as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: California.  Glenn, […]


Head Space: Previously Censored by thin-skinned trolls … "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

There’s no such thing as a coincidence… “Mass delusion is an important tool of oppressors because they can’t survive free expression. “ There is a formula for proof – “Mass delusion is an important tool of oppressors because they can’t survive free expression. “ “Only when we stop being afraid, can we even begin to […]


Head Space: Nuclear Event – Potential Uncontrolled Radiation Release: Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant, Pennsylvania "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

North America – USA | State of Pennsylvania, Berwick – Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant Location: 41°05’20.0″N 76°08’56.0″W Present Operational Age: ~34 years Emergency Level: POT UNCNTRL RAD REL Current Event Notification Report: Nuclear Event in USA on Wednesday, 02 March, 2016 at 13:30 [EST]. SECONDARY CONTAINMENT INOPERABLE “On March 2, 2016 at 1330 hrs. [EST], […]


Independent Australia: Lawler: A dead body and a resignation "IndyWatch Feed"

Lawler: A dead body and a resignationPeter Wicks discusses the resignation of Fair Work Commission vice president Michael Lawler, amidst the discovery of a dead body in his home, on the eve of the deadline to respond to parliament on his conduct.  read now...


Bill Mitchell – billy blog: The Weekend Quiz – March 5-6, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz, which used to be known as the Saturday Quiz! The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention over the last seven days. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. The mainstream macroeconomics conception of the banking system characterised by the concept of the money multiplier posits that changes in the monetary base are driven by changes in the money supply.

2. If the nation is running a current account deficit which is accompanied by a government sector surplus of equal size,...


Head Space: Extreme Global Climate Change: Catastrophic Flood Basalts – from hell. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Not your typical Biblical Flood – No Humans to blame… The origins of these cataclysmic and hellacious magma floods are unclear. However, they are the result of the largest volcanic events in Earth’s history. All share the geochemical signatures of a primitive reservoir near the boundary of the mantle and core located about 1,800 miles (2,900 […]


(We) can do better: US wants Assad out for not backing Qatari pipeline: Kennedy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Washington’s intention to overthrow Syria's legitimate and democratically-elected President Bashar al-Assad results from his refusal to back a Qatari gas pipeline project, an attorney says. Article first published by Iranian Press TV at

According to an article published by Politico on Thursday, American attorney and nephew of US President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., wrote that the US decided to topple Assad after he declined to back a gas pipeline project of the Qatari government.  Article first published by Iranian Press TV at

The project was aimed at building a gas link from Qatar through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey to Europe.

The $10 billion pipeline project first surfaced in 2000 and the CIA went ahead with the plan until nine years later Assad announced that he would not support the pipeline initiative, a move that could grant Qatar direct access to European energy markets via terminals in Turkey.

“Soon after that the CIA began funding opposition groups in Syria," said Kennedy.

“If completed, the project would have had major geopolitical implications. Ankara would have profi...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: How Many More? | Global Witness "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

How Many More? | Global Witness: The case of Berta C�ceres is emblematic of the systematic targeting of environmental defenders in Honduras. Since 2013, three of her colleagues have been killed for resisting the Agua Zarca hydro-dam on the Gualcarque River, which threatens to cut off a vital water source for hundreds of indigenous Lenca people. Fabricated criminal charges have been filed against her, and two of her children have left Honduras out of concerns for their safety.

The true authors of these crimes – a powerful nexus of corporate and state interests – are escaping unpunished.


ANTaR: Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Join us March 17 for the
Annual National Close the Gap
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"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Martin Bryant show by Channel 7 Sunday Night will not tell the truth about Port Arthur "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"




Deception & Lies Presented to Australians



AUSTRALIANS will again be told lies about Port Arthur in Tasmania by

Channel 7 this Sunday 6th. Saying the shooting incident that took

place there in April 1996 is “Australia’s worst massacre” is absolute hype.

Many massacres in Australia have resulted in more people being killed.

The truth about the official killing at Port Arthur has been covered up

by complicit officials who have denied truth and justice to all the families,

relatives, and friends of the victims. It is the corrupt official narrative that

Channel 7 will broadcast again. Mainstream media deception continues.


_ In the supreme court on 22 APR 1994, two years before the Port Arthur

incident, Martin Bryant was placed under a guardianship order – he could

NOT manage his life. He was represented by Griffits & Jackson lawyers;

Martin Bryant is mentally handicapped. His IQ was/is(?) 66 (lowest 2%

of pop.) At best, he is an 11-year-old boy. He could NOT have premeditated,

planned, and perpetrated the incident over seven crime scenes;

_ Carleen Bryant relates the behaviour of her poor son Martin in her book

My Story. She describes how he could NOT operat...


ANTaR: Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANTaR will again be co-hosting the Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic with Close the Gap campaign partners National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and Oxfam Australia. This National Close the Gap Day we will be joined by City of Sydney through Redfern Community Centre. Come along and hear from Jackie Huggins, Close the Gap Campaign Co-chair, have a yarn with community members and plant a hand for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality. 


ANTaR: Annual National Close the Gap Day Picnic 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mar 17 2016

Come along and join ANTaR, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, Oxfam Australia and City of Sydney this National Close the Gap Day and plant a hand for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality. 

Date: March 17

Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm

Venue: Redfern Community Centre 



Renew Economy: WA’s Muja coal power station ready for “gold watch”, says Solar Council "IndyWatch Feed"

ASC and green groups present giant gold watch to "one of Australia’s oldest, most inefficient and polluting power stations", which they say is standing in the way of investment in solar and clean energy.


loon pond: A photo montage of unintelligible yelling, trending to the weirder than weird ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Speaking of unintelligible yelling, as the pond likes to do occasionally, will the man in the tent please come out?

Great snap, and now does he have anything to say?

He endorses the Turnbull government?

Why shucks pardner, that's right generous of you, purdy darn manly, mighty fine, jim dandy re...


The Watchers » Latest articles: Total solar eclipse of March 9, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A total solar eclipse will take place on March 9, 2016, with the greatest eclipse at 01:58 UTC. On the same day, the Moon will reach lunar perigee - its closest point to the Earth, supermoon - and will thus create a stronger effect on Earth's oceans. The eclipse...... Read more »


The Watchers » Latest articles: Average number of tornadoes during extreme weather outbreaks rising since 1954 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New research shows the average number of tornadoes occurring during severe weather outbreaks is rising since 1954. The cause for this upward trend is still unknown. Tornadoes occur during the outbreak of extreme weather conditions caused by the large-scale weather...... Read more »


Independent Australia: Turnbull, innovation and Chinese characters "IndyWatch Feed"

Turnbull, innovation and Chinese charactersThree months on from Malcolm Turnbull's talk of innovation, Nicholas Aitken asks whether the decline in Australian exports is being adequately addressed, particularly in relation to Chinese tourism. read now...


Renew Economy: US energy storage market grew 243% in 2015, largest year on record "IndyWatch Feed"

The annual U.S. energy storage market is projected to reach 1.7 gigawatts by 2020—with a value of $2.5 billion.


Renew Economy: Memo to Barnaby: If you want cheap electricity, nuclear is not the answer "IndyWatch Feed"

Barnaby Joyce, whose electorate is about to become a major renewable energy hub, tells Murdoch media nuclear is cheaper alternative. No, Barnaby, it isn't.


Renew Economy: Wind energy not to blame for South Australia power outage "IndyWatch Feed"

Market Operator investigation shows SA power outage caused by faulty line signals and the actions of gas generators, not renewables. Meanwhile, regulator slaps the market operator and fossil fuel generators over soaring grid stability costs.


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": tyto tony: A bird's gotta do what a bird's gotta do "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A nest-building Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton) tries to pick up every white feather it sees. Because the small soft ones are the ultimate in nesting comfort. And she who must be obeyed is fussy about what she'll accept for her coming clutch.
But it seems the birds lack much sense of timing or scale and can't discriminate between perfect bedding and impossibly large challenges. Eventually they find that some feathers just won't fly.

What's in a colour? Young Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) comes with bright orange bill and gape. Parents carry plain old dull dark grey. Presumably because no one is going to try to poke food into them while inside a dark cute nest shaped like baby's bootee. Possibly also the colour helps parents locate their you...


Renew Economy: CWP launches micro-grid business with investment in CIT Bruce "IndyWatch Feed"

CWP Renewables set to launch new micro-grid division with project taking Canberra Institute of Technology off grid using solar and storage.


Renew Economy: Coal won’t solve the energy poverty problem "IndyWatch Feed"

Times have changed, and old electricity-generation models don’t work anymore.


Renew Economy: What to know about February’s satellite temperature record "IndyWatch Feed"

Global warming also lurks in the atmosphere and new satellite data shows the incredible heat that’s building on the planet.


CounterAct: a beautiful mind "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the things we all often try to do early in the year is get some better habits to de-clutter our minds and our workplaces, as well as our lives.

Something we often don’t give facebook credit for is the brilliant ability to informally crowd source information. Whilst Zuckerberg might be able to profit from the data harvesting he does on us all, he also gives us the ability to harvest our own friend’s brains… (that sounds creepier than intended), and when you have an activist friends network that spans continents, and are connected to some of the busiest and smartest progressive people in the country it becomes a remarkably useful tool.

So, after doing a call out for hot tips and reviewing my productivity and sanity levels going into 2016 this is the advice I got, which was so good, I promised I would share… as it has been a busy start to the years it has taken me over a month to write this article, but better late than never… here is an assorted list of personal insights, crowd sourced wisdom and useful tips for productivity and making life easier…

To manage travel

Lots of love for Skyscanner and kayak, both for comparison of flights, and Kayak also for collating information on bookings.

Jetstar flight match is great money saver for those on budgets. Check it out here and use it to get some jetstar flights lower than tiger rates (but beware you want to be certain of your booking as change fees can be a killer)

Personal and contractor admin

Freshbooks and Xero got the love for tracking hours and invoicing. Eternity for time tracking (special shout to the mate who is so organised he actually tracks his social time to make sure his work/life balance is A-OK), as well as Expensify.



Aboriginal News Group Newswire: How Many More? | Global Witness "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

How Many More? | Global Witness: We found that at least 116 environmental activists were murdered in 2014 - that's almost double the number of journalists killed in the same period. A shocking 40 % of victims were indigenous, with most people dying amid disputes over hydropower, mining and agri-business. Nearly three-quarters of the deaths we found information on were in Central and South America.

Globally, it’s likely that the true death toll is higher. Many of the murders we know about occurred in remote villages or deep within the jungle, where communities lack access to communications and the media. It’s likely many more killings are escaping public records.


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Australia to become a Green Utopia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

by Viv Forbes, Science Writer

Making things does matter

Recent headlines exulted: “Real estate makes bigger profits than mining”.

This is an omen, not a signal to celebrate.

In peacetime, societies may survive without making “things” providing they have valued skills, assets to sell or barter, or savings in sound currencies. But during military or financial crises, “things” may not be available unless they are made locally. Then we must rely on the primary producers of new wealth – miners, farmers, foresters, fishermen, engineers, builders, tradesmen and skilled workers.

Back in war-torn 1943, Australia had ration cards for petrol, food and clothing, and insufficient copper to make cartridges for our own defence.

Now, because of the war on carbon, Australia will soon have no oil refineries to produce fuel and lubricants for our tractors, ships, tanks and cars. Mines and base-load power plants are closing. There are fewer smelters and refineries producing steel, copper, aluminium, lead or zinc, and no factories making engines, rifles, ships, planes, cars, trucks or dozers. Our children are more skilled in soft options and electronic gadgetry than in maths, science and engineering; too many despise trades, soldiering, farming and manual work.

This industrial decay will become obvious one still, dark, winter evening when wind turbines stand idle, solar panels have logged off, batteries are flat, and overloaded standby generators fail. There will be no power for trains, lifts, heaters, stoves, fridges, traffic lights, retail checkouts or electronic money. With every addition of intermittent electricity (wind/solar), and every closure of reliable base-load power (coal), this blackout danger increases.

Real estate speculation, bureaucracy, parliamentary debates, games, entertainment, and arts are froth on the river of basic industry where things are made.



No Right Turn: No freedom of religion in Russia "IndyWatch Feed"

Being able to state your religious beliefs and pointlessly argue about them with other people is something we take for granted in New Zealand. But apparently, you can't do that in Russia:

A man in southern Russia faces a potential jail sentence after he was charged with insulting the feelings of religious believers over an internet exchange in which he wrote that “there is no God”.

Viktor Krasnov, 38, who appeared in court Wednesday, is being prosecuted under a controversial 2013 law that was introduced after punk art group Pussy Riots was jailed for a performance in Moscow’s main cathedral, his lawyer Andrei Sabinin told AFP.

The charges – which carry a maximum one-year jail sentence – centre on an internet exchange that Krasnov was involved in in 2014 on a humorous local website in his hometown of Stavropol.

“If I say that the collection of Jewish fairytales entitled the Bible is complete bullshit, that is that. At least for me,” Krasnov wrote, adding later “there is no God!”

One of the young people involved in the dispute with Krasnov then lodged a complaint against him accusing him of “offending the sentiments of Orthodox believers”.

As if prosecution wasn't enough, they tried to claim he was insane first (Russia having inherited the Soviet approach of politically abusing psychiatry). Because obviously, anyone who doesn't subscribe to legally enforced religious views must be mad. But if members of the dominant religion find the expression of dissent "offensive", it says more about their intolerance than anything else.

But before we feel too superior, remember: New Zealand still has a law against "blasphemous libel", which specifi...


Edo QLD » News: Have your say on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Submissions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) are open until 11 March 2016. We strongly encourage anyone concerned about the many impacts of the TPP to make a submission.

The Resolution of Appointment for the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) provide the Terms of Reference for this inquiry.

You can view a list of the submissions already made here.

For information on how to make a submission, check out the Parlimetary Inquiry page here.

Submissions for this inquiry can be lodged online here.


(We) can do better: Stop WA Gov growth plans to devour remaining rare cockatoo habitat "IndyWatch Feed National"

The globally unique and lovable Carnaby's Cockatoo exists only in the South West of WA. They are a totem for Noongar people and a part of our shared cultural and natural heritage. But the cockatoos are endangered and we are at risk of losing them forever.

Instead of helping the cockatoos to recover, the State Governments own analysis shows the Government's Green Growth Plan would further drastically reduce the population of these beautiful birds, intelligent, social and long-lived birds.. By locking in the clearing of thousands of hectares of bushland that the birds rely on, numbers of these already rare birds would be reduced by half and the long-term survival of the population would be placed in question.

While the State Government has hailed this Plan as a great environmental initiative, the grim reality is that it will result in the deaths of thousands of cockatoos through starvation as their vital food sources are bulldozed to make way for more unsustainable urban sprawl.

The public submission period for this plan is open now. Tell them to send it back to the drawing board.
See also an ABC report on the problems associated with this WA land-grab by a developer-government. "Carnaby's Black Cockatoos at risk if Perth-Peel land-use plan goes ahead, says leaked report." Note, however, that the ABC is part of this problem because it promotes the idea that mass immigration and population growth in Australia is inevitable.



No Right Turn: Our racist police "IndyWatch Feed"

Last year Police Commissioner Mike Bush admitted the police were racist against Maori. Turns out that Maori aren't the only victims of our police force's racism:

New Zealand's African minorities - many welcomed here as refugees - claim the police are targeting them unfairly and sometimes in a racist manner.

Young Africans have told AUT researcher Dr Camille Nakhid that police have stopped them on the streets or in cars for no apparent reason except their colour, beaten them, called them "n*****s", told them to "go back to your country" and even told them to go back to Mt Roskill when they visited the North Shore.

One young man said: "If they see you as a black man with a white woman in the car ... they pull the girls aside and ask, 'Are you OK?'"

Which goes well beyond the "unconscious" racism the police admit to. When you're calling people "niggers" and viewing inter-racial relationships as possible kidnappings, its not "unconscious", its explicit bigotry. And it has absolutely no place in our police force. If police officers can't refrain from acting like the National Front, then they should be fired.


Catallaxy Files: Parents don’t have to consent "IndyWatch Feed"

This morning the Australian newspaper is reporting:

Vulnerable teenagers as young as 14, including some who had ­suicidal thoughts, were secretly interviewed without parental knowledge about their gender and sexuality by a university ­research team with links to the Safe Schools program.

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and ­Society, run out of La Trobe Univer­sity, went to significant lengths to ensure its interviews with underage participants took place without parental consent when researching its report, From Blues to Rainbows.

The report funded by beyond blue can be accessed here.

Firstly, this report would not have been possible if it were not for beyondblue recognising the need for this research and providing the funding to undertake it.

Okay – but this part of the Australian report is wrong:

While the project was ­approved by La Trobe University’s ethics committee, the methodology appears to go against the National Health and Medical ­Research Council’s guidelines pertaining to the ethical conduct of research involving minors, which recommends that parental consent be obtained when dealing with “children and young people”.

No – the the National Health and Medical ­Research Council’s ethics rules state at pages 51 – 52:

A review body may also approve research to which only the young person......


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed invites all to celebrate the great outdoors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Free Day in the Park on Sunday features storytelling.

The Free Day in the Park on Sunday features storytelling.

To celebrate the great outdoors and natural beauty abounding in the Tweed Valley as part of Park Week 2016, a free skateboard workshop for beginners, plus yoga and story-telling, are among a number of activities offered at Murwillumbah’s Knox Park on Sunday.

The inaugural Free Day in the Park will be held at the Nullum Street park from 10am to 12.30pm and also includes arts and crafts, drumming and a free barbecue for participants.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne has invited ‘everyone’ to the community event ‘to celebrate our great outdoors’.

‘We hope to see the park packed out with people having fun, trying out all the different activities, enjoying the park’s fantastic new facilities, and catching up with friends and locals’, Cr Milne said.

Council’s director of community and natural resources, Tracey Stinson, said there would be activities for people of all ages, to ‘celebrate the Tweed’s wonderful outdoor spaces’.

‘Tweed residents are particularly passionate about ou...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Police crack down on heavy-vehicles in Richmond Valley "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police conducted a joint operation targeting heavy vehicle compliance in the Richmond Valley area this week.

The operation, conducted at the Pacific Highway and Bruxner Highway interchange at West Ballina, saw nearly 50 vehicles inspected from 5pm on Wednesday.

A total of 18 defects were issued by RMS Inspectors, eight of which pertained to major defects regarding faulty brakes.

Two of the vehicle issued major defects were also grounded.

In addition, two drivers were directed to cease work for a 24-hour period for failing to keep proper driving records.

Police issued 18 infringements notices in relation to the operation.

They also conducted 48 random breath tests as well as numerous vehicle searches.

One driver, a 32-year-old Grafton man, was charged with driving under the influence and possessing a prohibited drug.

His vehicle was also grounded regarding faulty brakes and he was directed to cease work for not maintaining an accurate driving log.

Local police were helped in the operation by Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, as well as inspectors from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and Ballina Shire Council.

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Catallaxy Files: Almost as bad as the hockey stick "IndyWatch Feed"

The Post-Implementation Review of Plain Packaging has a dodgy trend line graph.


So smoking prevalence data has been summarised from Roy Morgan Survey data, graphed and two trend lines inserted into the graph. The way the two trend lines have been inserted make it appear as if there is a break in the data just as the plain packaging legislation was implemented in Australia.

But if you look closely at the blue trend line it is a bit dodgy – there are few observations above that line after about 2011. To my mind that suggests it isn’t the best trend line that could have been estimated – rather it is a random line that has been inserted into the data and labelled a “trend line”.

Unfortunately I don’t have access to the underlying data so I can’t test my suspicions relating to the trend line and the very dodgy econometrics that we have discussed before.

But I can do an approximation – using the Get Data Digitiser I was able to capture the underlyig data from the graph – but only at a very high level meaning that I have a lot more x-axis points than the original. The screen shot shows what was captured. If anyone has better capture software and can provide more accurate data I’d be very grateful to receive it.

Get data replication

Of course looking at the PIR graph is it easy to observe where plain packaging was introduced – not only is there a great big red line showing us the introduction, there is a nice spike...


The Watchers » Latest articles: Massive lava flow released 3.5 billion years ago tilted Mars "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A group of scientists discovered Mars' north and south pole were displaced after a huge volcano spewed massive amount of lava 3.5 billion years ago. The weight of the lava had caused the planet's outer layers to become displaced. The study explained the...... Read more »


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Iron Gates opponents accuse NSW Planning Department of bias "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The site of the proposed Iron Gates development. (supplied)

The site of the proposed Iron Gates development. (supplied)

Opponents of the proposed Iron Gates development at Evans Head have accused the NSW Department of Planning of bias.

In an objection letter to the Iron Gates masterplan, Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Committee president Dr Richard Gates said the government had no choice but to reject the master plan.

The draft master plan for the subdivision would allow for 176 residential lots and four public reserves with fire trails.

DoPE says the land to be developed for residential purposes is ‘already zoned as general residential land by the Richmond Valley LEP’ and that ‘no additional residential land is proposed on the site’.

A DoPE spokesperson said the department recognised ‘the environmental and cultural value of the Evans Head site, including its location on the Evans River, its native vegetation, wetlands and rainforest, as well as the places of Aboriginal cultural significance present on the land.’

Dr Gates said the Department, in a media release issued on 24 February, had stated that it would be ‘taking into consideration he NSW Government’s proposed coastal reforms, which aim to make the management of NSW coastal areas simpler and more strategic’.

‘The Department is clearly stating that it is going to assess the Iron Gates case on other than its ‘le...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed locals fear more noise if airport curfew lifted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tweed residents under or near the Gold Coast Airport flight path fear a review of existing curfews will  lead to more night flights and are calling on the government to rule them out.

Fresh on the heels of federal approval for the airport’s controversial runway expansion into the Cobaki wetlands across the border in NSW, the news of the review has taken many by surprise.

Greens candidate for the federal seat of Richmond, Dawn Walker, says community groups are concerned that lifting the curfew will bring more noise from increased night use of the airport.

Ms Walker said locals were suspicious about the intentions of the curfew review, given the proposed destruction of the ecologically-sensitive NSW wetland to make way for the runway expansion and a new landing system.

‘Since approving the controversial Project Lift and ILS expansion into NSW Crown land, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has now announced it is conducting an internal review of airport curfew administration arrangements at the Gold Coast Airport,’ she said.

‘The review will “examine opportunities for increasing industry productivity through refinements to current regulatory controls and administrative arrangements”, and is expected to be completed by June.

‘I’m concerned to see that on top of the unwanted runway expansion into sensitive wetlands, the Gold Coast Airport curfew arrangements are now under review.

‘This curfew review was not mentioned at last week’s Aircraft Noise Abatement Consultative Committee. (see

‘You have to question the Gold Coast Airport’s commitment to consulting the community when this curfew review was not mentioned at last week’s Aircraft Noise Abatement Consultative Committee which is attended by community representatives from the Tweed and Gold Coast.

‘When the previous federal government approved the Gold Coast Airport’s current master plan, the a...


Renew Economy: CWP wins ACT auction, to press go on 260MW wind project and micro-grids "IndyWatch Feed"

CWP renewables to build 260MW and invest in micro-grids after winning ACT wind energy auction.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Magistrate questions 12-hour drug driving advice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Lismore magistrate has again questioned the state government's drug driving laws.

A Lismore magistrate has again questioned the state government’s drug driving laws.

Lismore magistrate David Heilpern has questioned the NSW Government’s claim that cannabis can only be detected in a person’s saliva up to 12 hours.

With local court lists featuring an average of 50 people on a list day, Mr Heilpern said he had heard from hundreds of drivers over the past few months who claimed to have waited days, if not weeks, before driving after using cannabis.

The NSW Government Centre for Road Safety website advises motorists that a saliva test would ‘typically’ detect THC for up to 12 hours after use.

According to the ABC, Mr Heilpern on Monday noted that the word ‘typically’ had been added after his recent decision to acquit of a man of a drug driving charge because he claimed to have not smoked for nine days before testing positive.

Joseph Ross Carrall was found not guilty of driving with an illicit drug in his blood because he mistakenly believed he would no longer test positive for the drug.

On Monday, Mr Heilpern said when the Road Transport Legislation Bill was introduced in 2006, “Parliament did not intend to stop people from driving or take away their licences three days or six days after they had consumed cannabis”.

‘It is clear … ministers had in mind that it would be drugs that were ‘active’ and ‘affect the skills’ that were the mischief,’ he said.

He made the comments while placing two men on two...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron council singles out Palestine friends "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Referring to my previous correspondence on this issue it does appear that Byron Shire Council rangers discriminate against Byron Friends of Palestine (BFOP) because our unattached trailer carrying pro-Palestine messages was very quickly pounced upon with threats that unless it was immediately moved it would be impounded.

The Boot Camp trailer on the other hand has remained unmolested and, as usual, is currently parked on Tennyson Street.

I am therefore going to park our Palestinian support trailer in the near vicinity of Boot Camp’s and I do not expect to be harassed by rangers.  It is intolerable that Council responds with alacrity to any Zionist complaint about our stalls or trailer but then turns a blind eye to the many other infringements of the rules, for example, real estate agency signs on footpaths and nature strip ‘garage sales’.

The brutal occupation of Palestine and the dramatic expansion of Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land is an outrage.

Councillors may be excused for being ignorant of the details of Israel’s colonisation of Palestine because our media and government are complicit in Israel’s crimes.

For example, war criminal General Benny Gantz, the mastermind of Operation Protective Edge which killed 2,310, injured 10,626 and made 100,000 homeless, is currently in Australia having met with no entry problems.

BFOP will continue to speak out against Israel’s infamy and we expect our Rainbow Region/Byron to continue its long tradition of resisting environmental and human rights tyranny and to be 100 per cent supportive of the long suffering Palestinians.

Gareth Smith, Byron Friends of Palestine


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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Aust ignoring border dispute: Timor MPs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Trainee doctors at the Comoro Health Centre welcome Australian governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove in Dili on Wednesday. AAP Image/Neda Vanovac

Trainee doctors at the Comoro Health Centre welcome Australian governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove in Dili on Wednesday. AAP Image/Neda Vanovac

Neda Vanovac, AAP

Australia took advantage of East Timor’s weakness and is now dodging its international obligations over the disputed marine border, a Timorese MP says.

During a special session of parliament in Dili on Thursday, the heads of all four major political parties entreated Australian governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove to ask the Australian government to come to the negotiating table over the disputed marine border between the countries.

Since 2002 there has been uncertainty over the exact parameters of the border because Australia is ignoring the issue, said Natalino dos Santos Nascimento, of the CNRT party.

‘The Australian government did everything to prevent an agreement for the sea and made sure we had no other choice than to accept their proposal,’ he said via an interpreter.

‘That was a very difficult choice for us because we were a very weak country;...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Indonesia’s tsunami warning buoys inoperable "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man pushes a relative on a bed after they were told to leave the hospital following an earthquake in Padang, West Sumatra, on Wednesday. AP Photo/Rivo Andries

A man pushes a relative on a bed after they were told to leave the hospital following an earthquake in Padang, West Sumatra, on Wednesday. AP Photo/Rivo Andries

Jakarta [RAW]

All 22 of the early-warning buoys Indonesia deployed after the 2004 tsunami disaster were inoperable when a massive undersea earthquake struck off the coast on Wednesday, a National Disaster Mitigation Agency official says.

The 7.8-magnitude quake did not trigger a tsunami, and there were no deaths and no major damage, but it did expose gaps in the systems put in place to prevent a disaster similar to the Indian Ocean quake that killed more than 200,000 people 11 years ago.

In addition to the malfunctioning of buoys designed to warn of massive waves, authorities said there were not enough evacuation routes or shelters in Padang, a Sumatra island port city of around one million people that felt the quake.

‘There was definitely panic last night, that cannot be denied,’ said Zulfiatno, the head of the disaster management agency in Padang who...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Work begins on Lismore’s big new office tower "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The construction site for the new CBD office block.

The construction site for the new CBD office block.

Construction on Lismore’s biggest commercial development in over a decade begins next week when the Bennett Constructions multi-million-dollar office block gets underway in Molesworth Street.

This morning (Friday) at 10am, Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Bennett Constructions director Darryl Piper will officially turn the first sod of the new development to mark the occasion.

The four-storey, 16-metre high office building will be built at a cost of around $9 million and will house three floors of commercial office space and a ground-floor carpark and café.

The Molesworth Street block has been vacant for more than 50 years and mayor Jenny Dowell said the development would provide huge economic stimulus for the CBD.

‘This is the first development of its kind in 15 years, and we are thrilled to see work begin’, she said.

‘This block has been an eyesore for many years, and instead we will now have modern commercial office space, improving the city’s streetscape and bringing hundreds of workers into the CBD.’

Council’s executive director sustainable development, Brent McAlister, said the new development was positive for the CBD and reflected council’s desire to facilitate new development wherever...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: New drug routes opening in Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Indonesian police after a large drug bust in November 2015. A wide array of contraband is on display, reportedly including 12kg of methamphetamine and 37,000 ecstasy pills. AAP Image/NewZulu/Ahmad Ridwan Nasution

Indonesian police after a large drug bust in November 2015. A wide array of contraband is on display, reportedly including 12kg of methamphetamine and 37,000 ecstasy pills. AAP Image/NewZulu/Ahmad Ridwan Nasution

Jakarta [AAP]

The growing amount of methamphetamine being trafficked into Southeast Asia suggests crime syndicates have set up new routes within the region and are linking previously unconnected markets, the UN has warned.

Collie Brown, Country Manager at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Thursday that it is believed these crime syndicates are using these new routes to move not only drugs, but also migrants and weapons.

‘People are not just dealing in one thing. We haven’t seen clear connections between drug smuggling and migrant smuggling yet but we have seen some areas where the routes look almost the same.’

He said it was imperative that law enforcement agencies within the region work together to share information so they can better police these r...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Pell ‘wasn’t asked to act’ on abuse claims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anthony Foster, member of the Australian group of relatives and victims of priestly sex abuses, shows reporters the photo of his two daughters, who were both abused by the same priest and one of them later committed suicide, outside of the Quirinale hotel after their meeting with Australian cardinal George Pell. AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca

Anthony Foster, member of the Australian group of relatives and victims of priestly sex abuses, shows reporters the photo of his two daughters, who were both abused by the same priest and one of them later committed suicide, outside of the Quirinale hotel after their meeting with Australian cardinal George Pell. AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca

Peter Trute, AAP

Cardinal George Pell was told over four decades ago that a pedophile Christian Brother was ‘misbehaving with boys’.

Asked in the child abuse royal commission on Thursday what he did with this very serious matter, Cardinal Pell replied: ‘I didn’t do anything about it.’

‘The boy wasn’t asking me to do anything about it, but just lamenting and mentioning it,’ Cardinal Pell told Commissioner Peter McClellan.

With the experience of the intervening 40 years since that 1973 conversation, Cardinal Pell ac...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: New pollution fears for Sydney Harbour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The iconic Sydney Harbour. Photo David Lam

The iconic Sydney Harbour. Photo David Lam

Miranda Foster, AAP

Sydney Harbour is in line for a ‘pollution injection’ under a plan to funnel more sewage overflow into its waters during heavy storms, residents are being warned.

Plans are under way for more than a dozen new overflow pipes designed to release stormwater mixed with untreated waste water directly into Sydney Harbour and other NSW waterways during extreme rainfall.

The pipes are designed to stop wastewater flowing back into people’s homes at times when the city’s sewage pipes flood, on average twice per year.

Sydney Water says there are already 3,000 in the network, and the overflow released is more than 99 per cent water.

However, environmentalists and the NSW opposition have slammed the plan as a dirty, cheap and old-fashioned fix, and called for greener alternatives.

Conservationist Jeff Angel from the Total Environment Centre said overflow water contained a hazardous mix of chemicals, microplastics and street runoff that created a ‘toxic plume’ in Sydney’s wa...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Pyne defends Abbott over leak claims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Anthony Alabanese compared the Liberals’ internal conflicts to the movie Sharknado. Image Syfy Films

Anthony Albanese compared the Liberals’ internal conflicts to the movie Sharknado. Image Syfy Films

Canberra [AAP]

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne has defended former prime minister Tony Abbott over a damaging security leak.

Mr Pyne says he doesn’t believe Mr Abbott is destabilising the Turnbull government and he doesn’t assume Mr Abbott is responsible for a national security leak being investigated by the Australian Federal Police.

‘I wouldn’t raise matters like the leak with Mr Abbott because I wouldn’t immediately assume it was him,’ Mr Pyne told the Nine Network on Friday.

Meanwhile, Labor has seized on the signs of internal tensions in the Turnbull government by comparing it to a horror movie.

Frontbencher Anthony Albanese told the Nine Network watching the Liberal party was like a movie where it rains sharks.

‘Another week of conflict, this is like watching the Sharknado movie as they eat each other on the other side,’ he said.

Liberal backbencher Dennis Jensen believes the story is a media beat-up and journalists were going ‘way...


Independent Australia: Cardinal Pell: Cut from a different cloth "IndyWatch Feed"

Cardinal Pell: Cut from a different clothThe lack of accountability in Cardinal Pell's evidence before the Royal Commission is more indicative of a politician than a priest, writes Alex McKean. read now...


No Place For Sheep: In which Pell crosses to the other side of the road "IndyWatch Feed"

He Qi: The Good Samaritan   Over the last few days of his questioning at the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse, Cardinal George Pell demonstrated the opposite of what his saviour, Jesus Christ, taught about helping those in need. Pell has proved himself to be about as far from the Good Samaritan as it […]

07:55 - english: The assassination of our sister in in struggle: Bertha Cáceres "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The assassination of Bertha Cáceres took place in her home, while she was resting, which drastically increases the risk to women and men defenders, to the indigenous peoples who resist in communities, and to members of popular and social movement organizations who have taken up our legitimate struggle. A statement and call to action from La Via Campesina
In response to the assassination of our sister in in struggle: Bertha Cáceres


loon pond: When leakers leak, expect the fearsome squid, courtesy of the bromancer and Rowe, to take nattering negativity to new levels ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Oh dear, Chairman, please, bring Mitt into line. The indignity being attacked by a wet lettuce leaf.

The entire world would be mad not to unify behind a proto-neo-fascist.

Who else could make the trains run on time, except for the founder of Trump University ...

Besides, what would the likes of Colbert do for comedy items?

Meanwhile, today's missives offer many op...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Infiltration problems of Brunswick Valley sewer system "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Following Mr Rees’ response to an analysis of data on inflow to the Brunswick Valley STP given to Byron Shire Council and councillors, I can report that the infiltration problem into the collection system during wet weather events continues, and has been a ‘standing problem with Council reports going back to 1973.’

But it has been the analysis of the data, for which I take responsibility, that signals the magnitude of the problem.

Whilst Mr Rees has yet to disclose the data on which he states that average dry weather flow into the STP is between 1,300-1,500kL/day, he does concede that recorded inflow has been 19,599kL/day in wet weather in the licensing period 27 September to 26 April 2015.

This means infiltration has been recorded at 1,407.62 per cent above dry weather of 1,300kL/day. Furthermore, of the 211 days for which inflow data was collected, 138 days or 65.4 per cent had above average dry weather flow of 1,300kL/day.

Mr Rees states that ‘The Brunswick Valley STP has been operated successfully for 5 years. The high flows due to stormwater ingress present operating challenges for staff but are manageable’.

Households within the catchment area of the Brunswick Valley STP, one of the wettest areas in NSW, should not be confident of this position.

Inadequately treated bio-solids have been spread signalling a plant that is hydraulically overloaded during wet weather.

Infiltration into the collection system, because of its degraded state, cannot be solved unless it is replaced.

The alternative is to shorten the life expectancy and standard of performance of the $30 million STP by continuing to work it beyond what it was designed.

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads

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Aboriginal News Group Newswire: SOA graduate involved in criminalization of Indigenous leader Berta Caceres | SOA Watch: Close the School of the Americas "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

SOA graduate involved in criminalization of Indigenous leader Berta Caceres | SOA Watch: Close the School of the Americas: On Friday, May 24, Berta Caceres, the General Coordinator of the Indigenous Lenca organization COPINH, and Tomas Gomez of COPINH’s community radio station, were traveling on rural dirt roads to reach the Indigenous Lenca community of Rio Blanco when they were stopped by 15-20 soldiers. The whole area had been militarized just two weeks before in response to the area-wide mobilization against a hydroelectric dam being illegally built in the Indigenous Lenca community of Rio Blanco. The First Battalion of Engineers, commanded by an SOA graduate, occupied the area to protect the interests of the company and enable dam construction to continue in direct violation of ILO Convention 169 and the will of the communities in the area.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cr Longland and Tweed Coast koalas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If anyone wants an insight into Tweed shire Cr Barry Longland, they should read his letter to Echonetdaily of  22 February.

Why is Barry surprised that a petition is directed to him, when he has done more to threaten the Tweed Coast koala colonies than any other councillor?

We all knew how Shrek the Donkey and Princess Fiona would vote from the time they were elected. Likewise with the other two (it was three… ).  Barry, on the other hand, conned everyone. He supposedly stood for reasonable, responsible development – which in part meant protecting our koalas and wider environment. But in practice, he seems to have just chased a favourable headline.

He claims to have been ‘associated’ with ‘many koala protection achievements’.

Really? We all remember the years of campaigning for koala protection at Kings Forest – in particular for it to have a dog ban. When the chance came in 2012 for council to support a ban Barry voted against the measure.

It took another year and intense community pressure for the dog-ban measure to be considered again. This time Barry flipped back and voted for it in an appeal to the federal government on Kings Forest. Too little too late. We know how that ends.

He claims to have ‘launched’ the Koala Connections program, but that had nothing to do with Barry.

Years of work went into this initiative by individuals who used to work in Tweed Shire Council’s Natural Resources Management Unit. Sally Jacka deserves the credit. The scheme was later expanded with federal funding. Barry issued a press release. Thanks Barry.

The bottom line is that Tweed Coast koala numbers are crashing. So how well does Barry appreciate the seriousness of the situation? Read his letter. It’s like watching words commit suicide.

He breezes over the pressing issue of koala survival in the Tweed with a statement that is at best complete fantasy: ‘Pri...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Common Ground North Coast: Secrets by the sea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

_M8A0016Hidden away in the hidden streets of Kingscliff’s new crown jewel, Salt Village, is a handful of five-star luxury abodes waiting for you to discover them.

It’s Thursday afternoon. The late summer sun douses the Northern NSW Coast in golden rays and a dense heat that lures visitor and denizen alike to its famous shores.

Half an hour north of its celebrity cousin, Byron Bay, and twenty easy minutes to cosmopolitanism-by-the-sea, and a major airport, Coolangatta, is the burgeoning new sea-side dream: Kingscliff.

There hasn’t been a more contemporary family holiday destination like this in years. Driving through the beach-side main street, you’ll meet an impressive surf beach, complete with a passionate surfing community, surf club, and an abundance of alfresco dining options. All in walking distance is Cudgen Creek, grass-lined banks decorated by water sports and activities for all ages, public covered BBQs, and dog-friendly, wide open spaces for ball games.

Drive only minutes through National Park, and you come to Salt Village, which raises the bar for family holidays from arrival. Located right on North Cassurina Beach, Salt melds upmarket beach living with community spirited holiday-making. There is a large park for outdoor activities and gatherings, as well as a choice of cafes, boutiques, and restaurants to suit all palettes.

Further into the village, a quiet, tree-lined suburban setting, are some magical holiday homes, just yours for the taking.
_M8A0080One such property is Corporate Boardies Beach Retreat; a beautifully lit, paradisiacal mansion with manicured gardens, tucked away, only minute.........


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cinema Review: 45 Years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


We all live in our own heads, do we not? Years of co-habitation, of deep and enduring love and friendship can still never fully erode the wall surrounding a secret enclave of indelible memory that is the author of our true, intensely personal story. Pop psychology insists that it all be let out, that everything be revealed, but maybe it goes against the grain to not keep a little something just to ourselves. As close now as they have always been, Kate and Geoff Mercer (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) are preparing for a party at which they will mark forty-five years of marriage. Kate is fully aware of the ill-fated relationship her husband had with a German girl, Katya, before she met him, and to Kate it is water under the bridge… until Geoff receives news in the mail that will send a tremor through the emotional bedrock of their life together. Katya had been killed when she and Geoff were hiking through the Swiss Alps and her body, after all this time, has been discovered frozen in a glacier. The result is to launch the elderly, childless couple on different trajectories of introspection and self-discovery. Set in the wintry Downs of Kent, details unravel bit by bit in the leadup to the weekend’s celebration. Geoff seems rejuvenated by the memory of Katya – he and Kate dance in their living room, they make love, and walk together with their German shepherd, Max. But Kate, increasingly uncertain of her own standing in the...


Latest News: Berta Cáceres, Honduran Indigenous Rights Leader, Murdered at Home "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Cáceres was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015 for her courageous opposition to mining and other mega-development projects


The Ecologist: Vets - rethink your support for English badger culls! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The British Veterinary Association has just launched its long-anticipated Animal Welfare Strategy, writes Mark Jones - and very welcome it is too. But it's also completely incompatible with the BVA's support for England's cruel and utterly unscientific badger culls. It's time for an urgent rethink.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Flashback to the 80s "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Strap on some shoulder pads, break out the big hair and dive into that blue eyeshadow! The 80s was a decade of being larger than life. The Absolutely 80s show features some of Australia’s favourite pop music icons – from Uncanny X Men’s Brian Mannix to Boom Crash Opera’s Dale Ryder and Scott Carne from Kids in the Kitchen. Scott Carne talks about the show, the concept and what it’s like playing those hits…

What do you think it is about the 80s that has such a timeless appeal? When I listen back to the music I often love how unselfconscious we seemed to be – even the fashion. Is that part of the appeal?

It’s the whole box and dice… 80s music was the birth of the garage band, where everybody was making it up as they went along: every fashion, videos, music and attitude!

What is your favourite memory of the 80s?

Countdown, drinkcards, hair-gel and when shoulder pads were hip and lunches were tax deductible…

What were the highlights for you in that era with Kids in the Kitchen?

Countdown, meeting Princess Di and Chuck, Andy Warhol and travelling the world… the list goes on!

Pretty much everyone watched...


Earth First! Newswire: Indigenous Activist Berta Caceres Killed in Honduras "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Berta Caceres. Photo Courtesy of

Berta Caceres. Photo Courtesy of

from GJEP

Berta Caceras of the Indigenous organization COPINH in Honduras was a long-time ally from before GJEP when we were working as ACERCA.  She was a powerful force and a tremendously effective organizer.  This is a horrible loss, and another example of the danger of being an Indigenous organizer taking on big companies and governments over destruction of Indigenous lands.

¡Berta Presente!

Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann

Global Justice Ecology Project



Antony Loewenstein: The UN on trial: debate at the London School of Economics "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week in London I was an expert witness at the London School of Economics during a fascinating event putting the UN on trial. 70 years old and always controversial, prosecution and defence lawyers tried the UN and asked both a jury and large audience if the UN should continue. A number of witnesses spoke on their experiences about the UN and I principally discussed my reporting and insights from Haiti, Afghanistan, South Sudan and beyond. My comments begin at 46:28:


EcoWatch: TED Talk: ‘It’s Not Too Late for Our Oceans’ "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


"For a long time, I thought I had to shock my audience out of their indifference with...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: ‘Canada failed terribly, the provinces failed terribly,’ Chiefs disappointed after climate talks with PM, Premiers� - APTN National NewsAPTN National News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

‘Canada failed terribly, the provinces failed terribly,’ Chiefs disappointed after climate talks with PM, Premiers� - APTN National NewsAPTN National News: According to Adam the meeting didn’t include any talks of taking care of mother earth, instead the focus was placed on economic development and transitioning to a green economy.

Adam whose community sits three hours north of the Alberta tar sands said he’s now prepping to take the federal and provincial governments to court.

“The time has come to say that we are done with this. We’ve had enough. We’re not going to stand around and wait for these guys to do what they’ve got to do. Alberta wants to develop more, well, we will be there to stand in the way. We will not sell out to corporations nor will we ever be silenced ever. That’s our right,” he said.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Breaking: Indigenous Activist Berta Cacares Has Been Killed - "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Breaking: Indigenous Activist Berta Cacares Has Been Killed - [] : Berta Caceres, the coordinator and co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras, or COPIHN, was killed by unknown assailants early Thursday morning. teleSUR correspondent in Honduras, Gilda Silvestruci, confirmed that Caceres was killed at 1:00 a.m. local time inside her home in La Esperanza in the western province of Intibuca. Caceres was leader of the Lenca Indigenous community and was a staunch human rights defender. She won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015.


We All Live Downstream: It is time to start talking about our hidden infrastructure (and unhiding some if it, too) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Photo Courtesy:

Johnathan Berard, Rhode Island State Director

For the last few months, all anyone has been able to talk about here in Rhode Island is infrastructure. It has been the unlikely topic du jour throughout the entire current legislative session, mainly because everyone from state leaders to nonpartisan think tanks has identified the state’s historic lack of investment in infrastructure as a barrier to economic growth.

Much of the brouhaha has stemmed from stark disagreements about how to pay for these desperately-needed infrastructure repairs and upgrades. The debate reached a fever pitch just a few weeks ago when the General Assembly quickly debated, passed, and sent to the governor’s desk a bill that would generate revenue for repairs to Rhode Island’s crumbling bridges and roads by levying tolls on large trucks that passed through the state.

Decisionmakers have touted the program as a win for Rhode Island’s economy—once we are able to address our infrastructure woes, the thinking is, we will be able to start growing again.

But roads and bridges are only half the story.

There is more to infrastructure than just the stuff we can see, and those hidden systems are just as critical to our way of life...


Geoengineering Watch: Climate Engineering Mayhem Continues To Take Its Toll "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

33wDane Wigington The unraveling of Earth's life support systems continues to accelerate all over the globe. Devastating droughts, highly destructive deluges, record forest fires, and completely engineered snowstorms, all are taking a horrific toll on the planet. Though academia and mainstream media still refuse to acknowledge the geoengineering atrocities, the damage related to these programs is mounting at


EcoWatch: Bankruptcy Filing Shows Arch Coal Funded Climate Denial Group "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


"It's very telling to confirm that E&E Legal has received Arch Coal funding since their attacks on...


EcoWatch: Are You Drinking Teflon Contaminated Water? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


The bad news about a toxic chemical used to make Teflon keeps getting ...


EcoWatch: Prize-Winning Activist Berta Cáceres Murdered in Honduras "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Berta Cáceres was murdered last night in her home. Reportedly, her assassins waited until...


The Watchers » Latest articles: Active volcanoes in the world: February 24 - March 1, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New activity was reported for 5 volcanoes between February 24 and March 1, 2016. Ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Alaid, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Telica, Nicaragua | Tungurahua, Ecuador. Ongoing activity:...... Read more »


EcoWatch: Do Artificial Sweeteners Affect Blood Sugar and Insulin? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Artificial sweeteners are synthetic chemicals that stimulate the sweet taste receptors on the tongue. They are often ...


EcoWatch: Victory: Alaska’s Polar Bears Win Their Day in Court "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Polar bears, the Obama administration and conservationists scored a major victory on ...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Wild BNE: Suburb Guide: Keperra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Chequered swallowtails are often found resting in long grass.

Featured areas: (1) Suburban Keperra, (2) Grovely Sports Ground,
(3) Kindlinen Place, (4) Keperra Bushland Reserve, and (5) Dash Street Park.
Image courtesy of Google Maps.
Located just 9km outside of the Brisbane CBD, Keperra is a busy suburb that has been fortunate enough to retain a decent amount of bushland. The reason behind this lies in the suburb's topography, as much of its southern region lies atop a sharply-rising escarpment. Alongside Kedron Brook, which forms the northern border of the suburb, the gentler inclines have allowed more development to occur. Once used as a military camp, the area underwent a ho...


Wake Up World: Noni Leaf Extract Superior To Chemotherapy for Lung Cancer (Preclinical Study) "IndyWatch Feed National"

4th March 2016 By Sayer Ji Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Tragically, 1.4 million die from lung cancer each year, with 1.6 million newly diagnosed. Could the humble noni leaf extract offer a more effective cancer treatment than a drug that can cost over 100,000 dollars, and improves lung cancer survival rates by only a ...Continue Reading - Noni Leaf Extract Superior To Chemotherapy for Lung Cancer (Preclinical Study)


Wake Up World: The Real Terrorists: The .01% "IndyWatch Feed National"

4th March 2016 By Paul Buchheit They consist of 16,000 individuals, about the size of a crowd at a professional basketball game. The inequality horror they’ve fomented is reaching far beyond the half of the American population that is in or near poverty, for it now impacts those well above the median — those in the second highest ...Continue Reading - The Real Terrorists: The .01%


AFTINET: TPP: Govt accused of "willful blindness" "IndyWatch Feed"

3 March 2016

Economics Editor for The Age Peter Martin has questioned whether Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - or anyone else for that matter - would mind if the TPP "fell over". 

He argues that economic modelling finds the benefits of the deal for Australia to be "almost non existent," criticises DFAT's National Interest Analysis for "merely summarising" the deal, and accuses leaders of "willful blindness." 

He is also critical of new Trade Minister Steve Ciobo's approach. He writes:

"Hillary Clinton is misguided. Her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership is based on "misinformation". Malcolm Turnbull's new trade minister says so.

The woman most likely to be the next US president, the former secretary of state who ran America's missions abroad, the woman who criss-crossed the world pressing flesh about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, knows less about it than Steven Ciobo."

Read the full article here


Press gallery reform: Quality control "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia has a two-party system, where the Labor Party and an established Coalition of parties contend to form government. Each of these parties (the Liberals in particular as the lead party in the Coalition) have a responsibility to choose candidates worthy of the responsibilities of government. It's easy to pick out examples where you don't like an MP and use that as an example of systematic failure, but the Coalition as the incumbent government have work to do in vetting candidates and drawing a line under unacceptable behaviour.

A need for intervention

Mal Brough helped the Coalition get rid of Peter Slipper, thus helping to hasten the end of the last Labor government. After all that effort it might have seemed unfair to exclude him from preselection for Fisher in 2013, but revolutions eat their own and the LNP should have waited until police processes had been exhausted. The reasons why he has chosen not to recontest in 2016 are the same as those for which a functioning party should have vetted him out of contention.

Looking at the LNP cohort in Federal Parliament, none of them are much chop. There are 22 LNP Members of the House of Reps (Queensland has 30 overall) and six Senators (of 12). Only Karen Andrews has a future. Six - Warren Truss, Bruce Scott, Warren Entsch, Teresa Gambaro, Ian Macfarlane, and now Brough — are waiting out their time. Stuart Robert will probably be a shadow minister next time the Coalition go back into Opposition. Brandis and Ciobo are floundering out of their depth. Dutton will probably lose his seat in a swing big enough to carry Labor into office, especially if he devotes too much time on punishing little injured children. Canavan is another culture warrior low on ammunition. Jane Prentice would make a perfectly nice Minister but the dolts will barge ahead of her.

The LNP have done a lousy job in talent selection, but then again they probably don't have much choice. Now that the central....


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: National Indigenous Times to be revived "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Newspaper History Group, Newsletter, No 86, February 2016:

86.1.9 Revival of National Indigenous Times to be attempted

Aboriginal businessman Wayne Bergmann has taken control of the collapsed National Indigenous Times, with the aim of transforming it into a newspaper that celebrates indigenous achievement in business, politics and sport. A company majority-owned by Bergmann has bought the paper from liquidators and is expected to relaunch it within weeks. Veteran Perth journalist Tony Barrass will become the editor of the publication, which will be resurrected online before a decision is made whether to resume in print. The old Times had enraged some aboriginal le...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights still not happy with the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Public Interest Advocates and Other Matters) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Excerpts from Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, Human rights scrutiny report, 25 February 2016:

2.33 Accessing telecommunications data relating to a journalist, or their employer, where the purpose is to identify a journalist's source, together with the journalist information warrant and PIA scheme, engages and may limit multiple rights, including:

* right to an effective remedy;
* right to a fair hearing;
* right to privacy; and
* right to freedom of expression.

2.35 The committee considered that the journalist information warrant and PIA schemes seek to better promote the protection of privacy and the right to freedom of expression by prescribing a warrant process for accessing journalists' information, but that the regulation may lack sufficie...

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Press gallery reform: On and off the table "IndyWatch Feed"

I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There's gotta be a little rain some time ...

- Lynn Anderson (I never promised you a) Rose garden
About a year ago I wrote a thing on on the prospect of Malcolm Turnbull becoming Prime Minister. With my record of crap prognostications, nobody is more surprised at how well it stands up.

By contrast, experienced press gallery journalists are expressing befuddlement and bewilderment (but not bemusement) that Turnbull hasn't been as organised or as moderate as they had been led to believe. The whole idea of being in the press gallery, and taking up space there for a while, is that you can see the players and the plays up close. It isn't fair to say that nothing should surprise such people, but it is fair to note how regularly press gallery journalists express shock and outrage at things they should be able to foresee and explain.

Australia should have a broad-ranging debate about tax. It should be more than a narrow technocratic argument by economists or lawyers or tax boffins. It shouldn't be "pragmatic" speculation by (discredited) political insiders on what might be achievable given available time and resources. A broad-ranging debate must include questions about what we are paying for when we fund the government (and who we mean by "we"), and what trade-offs exist in raising money this way and not that.

We've had debates before. The sound and fury rarely translates to action, which discourages both public participation and careful coverage.

Malcolm Turnbull can't conduct wide-ranging debates. To be fair to him, conducting and concluding a public debat...


Catallaxy Files: Thanks to Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Washington, Paine, Franklin et al "IndyWatch Feed"

My people were very concerned about absolute power. After the seventh king, Tarquinius Superbus, was deposed in 509 BC, we Romans became very concerned about vesting too much power in one person. Power tends to corrupt, as Lord Acton was inspired to remark.

So we divided the executive amongst two consuls, each serving one year. In extremis a dictator – like me – could be appointed for six months or less to deal with a threat to the Republic.

In due course our Constitution became a little cumbersome (although it remains in the oldest extant Republic – San Marino) and various civil wars led to a pseudo-dictatorship with a title such as princeps civitatis  (first citizen) or Pater Patriae (father of the country). When we had great Emperors like Augustus, Trajan, Marcus Aurelius, Hadrian, Vespasian, Antoninus Pius etc Rome did well. At other times under the likes of Caligula, Nero etc Rome suffered.

Our problem was to constrain an autocracy.

Then the founding fathers of the United States, building a new Rome, decided to establish a republic and fetter the chief executive. A strict division between the executive, legislature and judiciary was established, and between the US and its (now) 50 states.

When we think of a Trump presidency, thank God for the founding fathers. They will limit the damage that lunatic will inflict upon a great country.


A.E.Brain: Correcting a falsehood "IndyWatch Feed National"

The state’s Human Rights Commission wants to be clear: A new rule allowing transgender people to use restrooms that match their gender identity does not permit men to undress in women’s locker rooms. The agency sent out a news release Friday responding to a recent incident in which a man undressed in a women’s locker room in Seattle. According to the news release, the man refused to leave, citing the state’s new rule about transgender restroom access, but he never identified himself as transgender. State officials said the man’s behavior isn’t permitted under the recent regulation approved by the Human Rights Commission. The new rule, which took effect Dec. 26, says transgender people in Washington can’t be forced to use a restroom or locker room that is inconsistent with their gender identity. Opponents of the rule have said the policy threatens the privacy of women and children, while providing cover for sex offenders who might want to enter locker rooms to prey on members of the opposite sex. On Friday, the Human Rights Commission characterized the man’s actions in the Seattle locker room as an attempt “to make some kind of misguided point” about the new state rule and “to make the women and girls in the restroom upset and uncomfortable.” “His behavior is inexcusable and reprehensible. And it is absolutely not protected under the law,” said the news release from the commission’s executive director Sharon Ortiz. “Men cannot go into the women’s locker room, as this man claimed he had the right to do,” the news release said. “Only women – including transgender women – can go into the women’s locker room.”
News Tribune

They believe their own propaganda, you see.

A Seattle, Wash. community is in uproar after a man undressed in the women’s locker room at a local pool, seemingly to test a new rule that......


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": matthew schiavello: photos and words: Seminal works #10 110116If you are in Melbourne, Australia this... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Seminal works #10 110116

If you are in Melbourne, Australia this Friday, come along to my solo show!

The opening event- “Seminal and non-seminal works”

Balkon Art Incubator
Date: Friday 4th of March
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Location: 635 Plenty Rd, Preston (Near Tyler st).


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Living and Loving Hobart:: Peacock and Jones "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Peacock and Jones
There is something to be said for elegant, intimate dining. Whether it’s a romantic dinner or a business lunch, Peacock and Jones is classy and discreet.

The restaurant is in the heart of the tourist precinct – the Rocks of Hobart, at the eastern end of the IXL complex. It is the latest restaurant from the Federal Group.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: RAAF Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-003 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Thursday 3 March, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was noted performing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.

File photo taken by 'IAD'  ©

The Challenger, flown by the VIP 34 Squadron in Canberra, was seen on radar and heard to approach Rocky from RAAF Base Amberley as "Envoy 69".  After the missed approach, A37-003 continued North to Townsville.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": Practising Simplicity: a 1st birthday giveaway with lucas loves cars "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

First birthdays are synonymous with heirloom gifts so I've spent the past few months collecting a few treasured keepsakes for Percy.

If I'm being completely honest, Percy only cares for the dustpan and broom, crinkly paper and my wallet so I've bought gifts that will hopefully be adored when he's a little bigger. Instead of following my gift giving rule of something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read, I've opted for two special gifts that will last for years to come and are uniquely Percy's (rare considering he's the third child).

I enlisted the help of a talented quiltmaker to make him something that will be warm and comforting for years to come and I went on the hunt for a sweet wooden toy that was ha...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: A Possible Trio of Flight One (Archerfield) Charter and Training Aircraft at Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It was interesting to note that over the weekend it appeared that as many as three aircraft operated by Archerfield Airport-based Flight One Professional Charter and Flight Training services looked to fly into Longreach Airport at various times.

As shown above from their Facebook page ( it certainly appears that their Cirrus SR22 VH-FOH was at Longreach Airport over the weekend on what appeared to be a navigational exercise.

A well-known flight tracking website also indicates that Flight One's Beech B200 King Air VH-FON called into Longreach Airport on Monday 29 February.  It appears that VH-FON also called into Emerald Airport on Sunday 28 February before flying on to Mount Isa and Newcastle Waters in the Northern Territory.  VH-FON then returned to Archerfield on Monday.

Finally, Cessna 182 also of Flight One looked to possibly call into Longreach Airport on Saturday 27 February before departing to Roma.

To learn more about Flight One Professional Charter and Flight Training check out their website:


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: APLNG Meeting Brings Corporate and Chartered Aircraft Galore to Gladstone Airport on Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

What a busy day!

A reported Australia Pacific Liquefied Natural Gas (APLNG) meeting has brought a great variety of corporate and chartered aircraft to Gladstone Airport on Thursday 3 March.

The first arrival late on Wednesday 2 March was the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY which called into Gladstone from Mackay where it spent most of Wednesday after arriving earlier in the day from Brisbane.  VH-SGY remained at Gladstone for the night and departed mid-afternoon on Thursday.



"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": matthew schiavello: photos and words: A.K. and I were hanging/installing the work the other night... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A.K. and I were hanging/installing the work the other night (with much help from Monique, Jake and Christine) for Friday’s opening event: ‘Seminal and non-Seminal works’, at Balkon Art Incubator.

Photograph by Christine Georgiou.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: Lesser Crested Tern, Wandering Tattler at Mooloolaba Headland reported by Brandon Hewitt on 03-03-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Walking along the rocky section of Mooloolaba Beach (not a local, so don't know what it is known as) this morning. Wandering Tattler allowed an approach of <10m and Lesser Crested Tern seen flying up and down the beach; it flew past me 4 times... also Eastern Osprey and Whistling Kite in the vicinity.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": : Donation enable us to continue to work "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ellen White - founder of BSCFL and inventor of the Bitou Bush Crowning method - working with volunteer Terry Hamil

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare volunteers are passionate about implementing sustainable land management. We are currently working on 5 hectares of dunes at Brunswick Heads removing Bitou Bush and Glory Lily using very effective chemical free techniques. The results have been even more effective that we could have hoped for.

We are supported by Mullum S.E.E.D. inc. which also runs the award winning Mullumbimby Community Garden, but it is donations from local businesses and individuals that enable us to continue our work.

We would like to thank The Sunglass Fix for their recent donation. Did you know that you can replace a broken sunglasses lens? Sunglass Fix is a Byron Shire company manufacturing up to 42,000 Australian made lenses per day. They export any model of lens that you can think of, all around the world, for around 10% of the total cost of the original sunglasses. So check their web site and feel happy that you don’t need to buy new sunglasses, you can fix them. Very cool.

Your donation over $2 to BSCFL through Mullum S.E.E.D. is tax deductible, so if you can’t get to the dunes at Brunswick Heads to help us remove Bitou Bush, but you are like us and want to care for our country, you can donate to us online at Mullum Seed and choose our project from the list.

All donations given to BSCFL are used for the payments of tools, administration expenses and chemical-free bush regenerators.

If you have any questions please email


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Dick Smith, Bob Katter and Ian ‘Macca’ MacNamara oppose sale of Kidman to Chinese "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Selling Kidman pastoral empire to the Chinese is ‘complete madness’, says Dick Smith, Ian MacNamara and Bob Katter

Dick Smith says Australia’s agricultural land is becoming more valuable and should not be sold to foreign investors.

by Matthew Cranston AFR

Australian entrepreneur and aviator Dick Smith has called the imminent sale of Australia’s largest landholder S.Kidman & Co to a Chinese company an act of madness and says that with the value of agricultural land rising, Australian super funds should be competing to buy the cattle stations.

Speaking from his 1214 hectare property outside Canberra, Mr Smith, who funded the first major book on his “hero” Australia’s greatest pastoral king Sir Sidney Kidman back in 1987, said he was shocked that Australian investors could not compete with foreign investors.

“I am totally opposed to a sale to the Chinese. It’s complete madness,” Mr Smith told The Australian Financial Review.

“Farming land is going to be incredibly valuable – it is going to generate a lot of wealth into the future so you don’t want all that wealth creation to go overseas.”

Pengxin chief executive Andy McLeod and Gary Romano chief executive of Hunan Dakang Pasture Farming Co

S.Kidman & Co, which has cattle...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": darkly wise, rudely great: On the charge of 'obsolete' "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott: are his ideas obsolete or just false?
My recent Canberra Times column was on the charge of obsolescence: 'Saying something's obsolete doesn't make it so'.

I'm arguing that this notion is often ill-suited to ethical and political debate: it suggests finality where none exists; progress where only struggle exists. A sample:
I don't believe that history is somehow on my side; that we can stop arguing now, because of some inherent historical momentum. If we accept our ideas and values can triumph over others, we also recognise the opposite can occur: strife is our political and ethical condition, and it does not magically fade when my clan is victorious. 
Phones and floppy discs become obsolete – humans must endure less convenient categories of failure.


Bill Mitchell – billy blog: Japan – another week of humiliation for mainstream macroeconomics "IndyWatch Feed"

In September 2010, The Project Syndicate, which markets itself as providing the “Smartest Op-Ed Articles from the World’s Thought Leaders” gave space to Martin Feldstein – Japan’s Savings Crisis. Like a cracked record, Feldstein rehearsed his usual idiotic claims that interest rates in Japan would rise because “of the continuing decline in Japan’s household saving rate” and that “the higher interest rate would eventually raise the government’s interest bill by about 4% of GDP. And that would push a 7%-of-GDP fiscal deficit to 11%”. Then, so the story goes, “This vicious spiral of rising deficits and debt would be likely to push interest rates even higher, causing the spiral to accelerate”. At which point, Japan sinks slowly into the sea never to be seen again. It turns out that the real world is a little different to what students read about in mainstream macroeconomics textbooks. At the risk of understatement I should have said very (completely) different. Better rephrase that to say – what appears in mainstream macroeconomics textbooks bears little or no relation to the reality we all live in. Anyway, events over the last week in Japan have once again meant that this has been just another week of humiliation for mainstream macroeconomics – one of many.

One should note at the outset that the predictions of Harvard Professor Martin Feldstein should always be disregarded. Please read my blog – Martin Feldstein should be ignored – for more discussion on this point.

With the Eurozone crisis on-going, commentators have regularly suggested that any day now, Japan is likely to follow Greece down the path to bankruptcy.

On April 11, 2010, a Agence France journalist wrote...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: What is the future of smart helmets? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Smart helmets of the future may not only have integrated Bluetooth, GPS, communication, head-up display and noise-cancelling technology but also air pollution alerts!

The first four technologies are now being offered in the Skully helmet, while the upcoming Sena will feature noise-cancelling technology.

However, helmets seem to be capable of much more technology, according to iHelmet inventor Ganindu Nanayakkara, a young Sri Lankan engineer.


Catallaxy Files: An open letter to the Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed"

Yesterday morning an open letter to prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has delivered to each and every MP in Canberra.

The text of the open letter is here.

The author of the letter sets out a whole range of questions that need to be addressed. There are several, however, that I thought particularly noteworthy.

Did Sports Minister Sussan Ley, who is a member of the 12-man executive committee of WADA, fail to declare a major conflict of interest when ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt gave up to $US100,000 of Australian taxpayers’ money to WADA to appeal the not guilty verdict of the AFL tribunal? It is incomprehensible that Ley allowed an official who reports to her to give taxpayers’ money to her foreign based organisation so that she could prosecute Australian citizens who have already been found not guilty in the Australian system. The fact that you saw no wrong in this is cause for great concern and pessimism.

I have been able to establish that Ley is on the WADA board and that ASADA provided $100,000 to WADA to conduct its appeal.

It is simply astonishing that Ley did not instruct her subordinate the exhaust domestic legal remedies before him giving US$100,000 of taxpayer funds to an organisation where she sits on the board! My Canberra sources have tried to explain this away by suggesting that Ley is simply the Australian government appointee and that she derives no benefit from being on the WADA board. No – I am not buying that.

Then there is this:

62. How did ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt accept an offer from WADA of a free return airfare to Canada without making a single diary note or by sending an SMS or an email?
63. Did McD...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Under the Primal Influence: Recipe: Chocolate Orange Bisuicts "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last night I was in the mood for making some recipe ideas for my green banana flour ebook, but unfortunately I’d run out of eggs and since all the recipes I wanted to attempt needed eggs… I was kind of bummed (cue sad violin music). I really felt like cooking something, so I decided to throw together a few things and ended up making a really yummy batch of choc orange biccies! And with so few ingredients… that’s a huge win in my books!!

I really felt like cooking something, so I decided to throw together a few things and ended up making a really yummy batch of choc orange biccies! And with so few ingredients… that’s a huge win in my books!!

I didn’t use eggs, I didn’t use nuts, and what I did use was really basic stuff, so it’s a no-brainer I share this new recipe with you all!


orange choc biscuits 1


You’ll need:

2 tbsp chia seed meal (chia seeds ground down well in a good blender)

2 tbsp arrowroot flour

1/4 cup organic desiccated coconut

2 tbsp coconut oil (liquified)

2 tbsp pure organic cocoa powder

1/4 cup pure coconut milk (I use Ayam)

2 tbsp honey

Fresh orange zest, or dehydrated orange peel, or orange essential oil – to your liking

Optional: 2-3 tsp cacao nibs for crunch

Note: this made 10 small biscuits, double quantities to make larger batch

Do this:

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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Greening of Gavin: Wholesome Home Grown Dinners "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We’ve been eating simple fare of late, all unprocessed, wholesome, and mostly home grown dinners. Due to the crazy heat we’re having in March (which is actually supposed to be autumn), we have been serving salads from the newly repaired Vegtrug, with organic or free-range meats. However, last night was a special treat. During a lovely  [Continue Reading …]

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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The NORTHSIDER: RAINBOW SERPENT 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Having recently returned from Rainbow Serpent Festival, I feel compelled to share the best and the not so best bits of this stupendous event.

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"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation: Call for Rangers, Police in Tarkine – Bob Brown "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Media Release 3 March 2016


Environmentalist Bob Brown has called on Premier Hodgman to enforce the Federal Court ruling keeping part of the Tarkine coastline free of destructive off-road vehicles.

‘Rangers and police should uphold the Federal Court’s judgement, as with any other court decision. A dozen police were sent to enforce the Lapoinya logging, the same should apply in enforcing protection of the Tarkine rich Aboriginal and natural heritage.’ Bob Brown said.

‘The Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation’s call for more 4WD access is as illogical as its previous backing of failed mining ventures in the Tarkine, but I welcome any moves by them to appeal the Federal Court ruling,’ Brown said.

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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Summer Dance with Jeremy Underground (FRA), András, Sadar Bahar and Ariane "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Al fresco parties are the best and the Summer Dance team (Astral People, V Movement and National Art School) really know how to imbue a Sunday with day-to-night fever. These parties are like well-oiled friendly doofs, only remove the druggy dreads and add good quality music and National Art School's creamy sandstone. Have a geez at our glorious gallery from a coupla weekends ago for proof of the revelry.

This Sunday is their last one for the season and brings more international flair with France's Jeremy Underground along with local party classics, András, Sadar Bahar and Ariane. There's also food provided by the silver gilded burger flingers, Nighthawk Diner. It's a good line up for a celebratory sway after last week's Keep Sydney Open Rally, party wherever you want, this is your town.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Swagger Like Us with Big Dipper, davO, boy_friend, Kelly Lovemonster and more "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

San Francisco's insane queer hip hop party is back in Sydney for one night only. Lucky it goes until 2am because there's performances by Big Dipper, Bhenji Ra, davO, boy_friend, Kelly Lovemonster, Koco and heaps more. Prepare to wear little and sweat a lot as Red Rattler is transformed into one big killer grind fest.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: No Refunds #8 with Meat Tray and Jack T Wotton "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This week No Refunds pulls out another pearler with the effervescent purges of Meat Tray and the Right Said Fred vocal stylings of Jack T Wotton.

Entry is zero dollars and there's really cheap food and booze. This week also sees the addition of a literal meat tray raffle and nothing says glamour like carting a slab of raw steak down Paramatta road. There really needn't be anymore coercing, this is an alarmingly generous event for people who enjoy music and drinking on a Thursday.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Light+Shade: Foo Fighters post response to break-up rumours "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

And it’s pretty funny!! Watch it here. Even producer Butch Vig has got involved! Filed under: bands, music, video, youtube Tagged: break-up, Foo Fighters, split


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Simon Bernhardt, 'BDSM' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Adding to the celebratory sideshows of Mardi Gras, Simon Bernhardt turns an intimate lens to members of the BDSM community at Black Eye contemporary photography gallery. Presented in high contrast monochromes, the striking portrait series delves into the textural costumery and the essence of the people behind the masks. The exhibition is complemented by a catalogue of the photographs and accompanying personal stories.


Prosper Australia: Victoria thinks the unthinkable – land tax "IndyWatch Feed"

The Andrews government is flying a kite today in The Age to gauge public opinion on removing conveyancing Stamp Duty and using State Land Tax instead. This initiative deserves thunderous applause. With many young Victorians now excluded from home ownership and renting instead of building asset wealth in their own homes, the government can see […]


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Light+Shade: Mogwai returns with beautiful new single "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ether is the new single from Mogwai and has been shared by the Scottish post-rockers this week. You can check it out here. The track is part of the band’s upcoming new album Atomic, which is to be released on 1 April. It’s a slight departure from the full noise post-rock we’re used to from these guys,…Read more Mogwai returns with beautiful new single


Renew Economy: Market reform, not subsidies, needed to unlock “massive potential” of battery storage "IndyWatch Feed"

CEC says government-led initiatives like electricity market reform critical to drive battery storage "revolution" – not subsidies.


Renew Economy: What we’re reading: Policy vs industry, and the GOP’s climate vacuum "IndyWatch Feed"

UK report finds flaky government energy policy has chased off investors and added $A230 p.a. to household bills... it might also have spawned the UK's first unsubsidised wind farm. Plus: fact-checking Obama's claim that GOP primary candidates have not a climate plan between them.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Anna McMahon, 'On the Turning Point of Becoming and Returning' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Anna McMahon fuses ikebana and sports equipment into dreamy zeitgeist still lifes. The balanced combination of fresh wattle, palm fronds and plastic basketball hoops and neon have the uncanny head-spin of digital collage come to life and make you feel contemplative about floristry, philosophy and marketing trends. 'On the Turning Point of Becoming and Returning' provokes ideas of precarious life – the flowers and leaves will all perish quickly – making you evaluate material worth. It's sort of like that feeling of rubbing a flower petal in your hand; it feels sooo nice on our oafish human finger skin but you leave a brownish bruise on a delicate surface, Anna's installations evoke this same hovering of fragility, guilt and curious adoration.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Julia Johnson and Vorn Doolette Announce Joint House Concert Tour "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of Julia Johnson Julia Johnson (Julia and The Deep Sea Sirens) and Vorn Doolette are two folk singers who we’ve been following pretty much since the very beginning of Timber and Steel. So when we heard they’re getting together for an upcoming house concert tour. Both Johnson and Doolette have gone through a […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Lentil As Anything – The Radiohead of Restaurants "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Mantis Kane The systems of trade are in constant flux. Once the bartering of pig’s trotters for a basket of turnips was part of the banking practice. Then came coins – then notes – then coins again (Bitcoins). Now the transaction world is a shifting paradigm, a new zeitgeist of pay-what-you think is emerging. […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Steven Rhall | Blog: How are ya? I tried to find you on instagram but couldn't. Did you delete your account? What's happening? Hope you're well. X "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Afternoon fade at the moment! Otherwise really well. Doing all the right things I hope! Yes deleted the account which was part of a ‘performance’ of sorts where I had an IG account for a year. Might get back on there (in the normal sense) but I end up wasting a lot of time there… perhaps I should consider will power! Doing my art thing, Footscray still, just started a teaching job for Melb Uni which is a big learning curve. Maybe we have a chat about potentially getting you in as a guest lecturer one day, talking about your practice? This is the subject: Hoping you’re well too xx


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Community Billboard 3rd of March – 10th of March "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

City of Sydney

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydney’s Plan for the

future – Sydney 2030 – making our city more green, global and connected

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"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Calamity for Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Calamity for Shepparton

SHEPPARTON has been a thriving community for more than 155 years, and throughout that time many people and events have helped to shape the township into the community that it is today.

With the help of former local, Marlene Kuhn, the team at Lost Shepparton and the wider community, The Adviser has decided to share some of those moments in time with you through a series of photographs.

If you have an old photograph of a local event or moment in time that you would love to see published, feel free to email the image to


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog: Mental health experts gather to talk about ice addictions, treatment and solutions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Drug treatment services are still waiting to receive the $241 million the Federal Government promised in response to the National Ice Taskforce's report. It's due to flow in the next couple of months.

While they wait, mental health experts are getting on with the job of helping users deal with the impact of the illicit drug. Some are meeting in Sydney today to learn about new treatments.

And as Lindy Kerin reports, they'll also hear a very personal story from a recovering addict about his treatment. See more at:


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Coppice exhibition opening at Verge Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

From the 3rd of March, an upcoming exhibition will be held by Siân McIntyre at Verge Gallery titled Coppice with University Art Gallery assistant curator Katrina Liberiou. The exhibition features new and recent works from Bonita Bub, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Aideen Doran, Deb Mansfield, Lena Nyadbi along with paintings and photographs from the University of Sydney Union collection by George Duncan, John D. Moore, David Stephenson and a selection of fungi models from the Macleay Collection.


Lena Nyadbi Untitled (2013) 90×90 cm Ochre and pigments on canvas

The exhibition opens this Thursday March 3 from 6-8pm and will be continuing to April 2 in conjunction with Art Month Sydney. 

On Saturday March 19 from 1-3pm we will be hosting a panel discussion at Verge Gallery owith exhibiting artists and academics from the University of Sydney and on Saturday April 3 from 1-3pm art crits and artist talks hosted by SCA postgraduate group Collective Club will take place in the gallery.

About the exhibition : 

Coppicing is an early forestry process that involves the cutting back or removing of part of a tree, shrub or plant in order to stimulate growth. This action of disrupting and interrupting natural growth in order to increase productivity is an English approach to agriculture, and could be used as a conceptual tool to discuss land, site, history, colonisation,...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Cornucopia opens at SAM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cornucopia opens at SAM

ENJOY SAM’S EXHIBITS… Australian commercial ceramics as part of the 2016 exhibition at the Shepparton Art Museum, Cornucopia, c.1930s -1960s, dimensions variable, Collection Shepparton Art Museum. Photo: Christopher Hawking.

THE Shepparton Art Museum’s (SAM) first major exhibition for the year, Cornucopia, was officially opened for public viewing on the weekend, showcasing a range of works by established and early career artists that utilise food and/or flora as an artistic medium or point of departure.

The exhibition explores the production, consumption and distribution of food, as well as its socio-cultural uses and religious significance.

SAM Director, Dr Rebecca Coates said, “Cornucopia complicates the art historic lineage of the still life by interrogating and raising questions around the ethics of food today. Located within the Greater Shepparton region, known as the ‘food bowl of Australia’, the show also celebrates the culinary traditions of regional Victoria.

“SAM welcomes the Shepparton icon, the Campbell’s Soup can in to the museum, with Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup II – Cheddar Cheese

(1969). The exhibition also includes Flooded McDonalds (2009) by SUPERFLEX and a specially designed vending machine, 31 Dinner Options While Waiting for the Last Train Home (2015) by Kenny Pittock.

“As part of the exhibition program SAM will also be running a series of diverse food related programs with the community.”

For further information on food related programs running throughout the exhibition, visit


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Truck rides the rainbow "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Truck rides the rainbow

COLOURFUL CURTAIN… From left, Fairleys SUPA IGA store manager, Craig Bramley, Hicks Transport Group CEO, Warren Hicks and Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation CEO, Allan Turner at the launch of the Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation truck curtain. Photo: Emma Hillier.

“IT’S a big step forward for Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation and I mean big,” Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation CEO, Allan Turner said during the launch of the Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation truck curtain billboard last week.

The Hicks Transport Group truck, which has been fitted with a curtain containing the all-important message of organ and tissue donation through Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, was brought about thanks to a $5,000 donation from Fairleys SUPA IGA Community Fund Grants program and a discounted cost passed on for the curtain.

Allan said, “We are very proud to have Hicks’ and IGA on board and offering their support.

“This is unique and a first of its kind in the way of promoting organ and tissue donation. You can’t miss it.

“This truck will travel over 200,000km per year, which when you add up the number of eyes that will see this truck per day, would run into the thousands and then into millions of eyes per year.”

Fairleys SUPA IGA General Manager, Craig Bramley said, “IGA is very supportive in all aspects of Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation and have been involved with them many times in the past.

“Organ and tissue donation is an important topic to draw attention to and this truck is a great way for that to be done.”

For more information, con...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: $6,000 to support local kids "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

$6,000 to support local kids

GENEROUS DONATION… From left, Telstra general administration staff member, Leanne Lester, field technician, Joan Hunter and GV Health Child and Adolescent Unit play therapist, Bronwyn Cole with Sophie Booth, 2, who is enjoying one of the four new iPads that the hospital was able to purchase for the Children’s Ward thanks to a $6,000 donation from Telstra. Photo: Emma Hillier.

KIDS in the GV Health Children’s Ward have benefited from a $6,000 donation from Telstra, with the funding being used to purchase four new iPads and part of it planned to go toward a sensory wall, which will be installed soon.

The donation was made as part of the Telstra Kids Fund, the Telstra Foundation’s $1M per year commitment to caring in local communities.

Telstra Country Wide Area Northern Victoria and Sunraysia general manager, Steve Tinker said the Telstra Kids Fund grants are about backing the little things that can make a big difference.

“All around Australia, kids are building on ideas, playing in a team, making music and creating art. But sometimes little projects, like the GV Health Kids Music and tactile wall, need a bit of a hand to get started.

“That’s why each year, the Telstra Kids Fund provides $1M in grants, on behalf of Telstra employees, for projects that help our kids play and learn.”

GV Health Foundation director, Carmel Johnson said, “We are incredibly appreciative for this support.

“GV Health and Telstra have always had a generous partnership and this is a further...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Dealerships awarded for excellence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dealerships awarded for excellence

DOUBLE DEALERSHIP AWARD… Local BMW and Renault dealer principal, Aaron Brain was pleased that the Shepparton BMW dealership was awarded Rural Dealer of the Year and the Shepparton Renault dealership was awarded the Managing Directors Award recently. Photo: Emma Hillier.

LOCAL BMW and Renault dealer principal, Aaron Brain says that it is because of customers that both the BMW and Renault dealerships were recently awarded during special presentations in Sydney.

At a presentation at the Sydney Opera House, the Shepparton BMW dealership went up against 15 other rural dealers from across Australia, but came out on top to be awarded Rural Dealer of the Year.

The local Shepparton Renault dealership also received recognition, recently taking out the Managing Directors Award and being the first dealership to ever win the award in their first year of operation.

Aaron said, “The BMW award’s criteria had a focus on customer satisfaction in sales and service, and we needed to have reached our new car sales target of 100 percent, which we beat by 19 percent. We make sure we are community-minded and that our customers are number one. We are a family owned business and when you join BMW, you become a part of the family.

“The Renault award is given to dealerships for general excellence across all areas of the business. We hold the highest in Australia customer satisfaction for service and sales and on top of that we reached 38 percent above our new car sales target, which is a great result f...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Shepparton Adviser: Drivers nabbed speeding after concerns raised "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Drivers nabbed speeding after concerns raised

“It is only a matter of time before there is an accident that will be regretted”

SPEEDING has long been an issue on our roads, but there is one local resident who is fed up with the reckless behaviour of some drivers along Channel Road. After urging local police to do something about it, Bryan Mitchell of Lifestyle Communities Shepparton, is now looking to VicRoads to make changes to the speed limit in the area.

Responding to Bryan’s concerns, the Shepparton Police Highway Patrol have been out to the stretch of road between Archer Street and Doyles Road two to three times a week since December, nabbing a number of speeding drivers in the area. VicRoads have also stated that they would be looking into a possible speed limit change in the future.

The Adviser witnessed first-hand the work that the Shepparton Police Highway Patrol are doing to help stem the speeding issue on Channel Road, observing Shepparton Police Highway Patrol, Leading Senior Constable Richard Ivory nabbing a speeding driver during an interview carried out along Channel Road last week.

Bryan said, “This area of Shepparton is expanding and I just question what has been done with regard to infrastructure looking toward the future.

“Lifestyle Communities will be finished by mid next year if not earlier, with an estimated 260 vehicles coming in and out of there, and that’s not taking into account Kensington Gardens across the road.

“There are also two new and d...


Catallaxy Files: Know thine enemy "IndyWatch Feed"

There is now a battle for the soul of conservatism, whether our Western way of life can be maintained, or whether we are going to be swamped by ideologues and profiteers at the cost of how we have lived. I keep using the image of progressive internationalists as the enemy, you know, the one-world, open-borders, the-nation-as-a-bus-depot sort of people. and it is a shared vision of both sides of politics, the Democrats more openly, with the Republicans the ones who shout, whatever you do, don’t throw us into the briar patch. Which is why we find How the GOP Insiders Plan to Steal the Nod from Trump.

Despite a growing string of victories in the Republican primaries, the DC-Wall Street cabal that has dominated the GOP since 1988 has no intention of letting the billionaire real estate mogul be nominated. None other than Karl Rove has insisted the stop-Trump effort is not too late and can succeed.

A new superPAC has dumped $10 million dollars into blistering negative TV ads against Trump in the last three days. The Koch brothers and their associates deny funding the effort but they denials are questionable at best. The New York Times reported Sunday that the Rubio and Kasich campaigns are now openly planning on a ‘brokered convention” to stop Trump in the back rooms in Cleveland. The New York Daily News reported that Barbara Bush has vowed revenge against Trump for ending the “low energy” campaign of her son Jeb, the anointed one and that the Bush clan is all-in in the effort to stop Trump. The News reported that Jeb may transfer the $25 to $30 million in SuperPAC funds he has left to an anti-Trump effort.

Trump thus no......

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No Fibs: The Silent Killer: #climatechange and Public Health. @takvera reports on #HeatHealth report launch "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Climate Council released it’s new report on climate change and heat health, on the impacts of extreme heat on public health. Nofibs reporter and climate activist John Englart was there at the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital to document the occasion. Key findings of the report include that: 1. Climate change is a serious health […]

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Ronald's space: Part 22: Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes Against Humanity – Insight into the bloody-mined role of the Administrative Appeal Tribunal. "IndyWatch Feed National"


On the 1st January 2016, the Department of Human Services, aka Centrelink, electronically sent “Account payable” notifications to 73,000 welfare recipients. Since Centrelink is a party to what is legally known as a Tort, a number of court decisions, and the constitution, underscore the fact that Centrelink cannot arbitrarily determine that the other party involved in the tort is at fault. As has been pointed in the last 3 or 4 Ronald’s space posting, the determination of “the primary facts of the matter” in Centrelink’s “Account payable” tort actions is a matter for the courts to decide.

 Fortunately for the 73,000 victims of the New Year’s day abuse of power, which I firmly believe was a criminal abuse of power under s 142 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act (1995), MS. TRACIE MITCHELL of Cowra in New South Wales spat-the-dummy and fought back by posting her plight on FaceBook. Inundated with a flood of responses by other people who were also hit with what I now call “Waivergate 2016”, Ms. Mitchell took these responses to the 7 network which investigated and blew the whistle on 7th January 2016. Hank Jongen, the chief spin doctor for Centrelink, then responded by claiming that the electronic “Accounts payable” messages to 73,000 was due to a computer “glitch.”

 BUNKUM! As stated above, it is my considered opinion that Waivergate 2016 was not a “glitch” but was actually a deliberate attempt to use Centrelink’s computer system to defraud 73,000 people who were unaware of their legal rights as set out in criminal law and case law decisions.


 I cannot emphasi...

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