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Monday, 07 March


Head Space: Biocontrol using Designer Pathogenic Microbes, Mutant Viruses, Nanorobotics and Drugs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Food borne bacteria exist in all forms of foods humans consume on a daily basis. The control of bacterial pathogens present on fresh fruit and vegetables and ready to eat foods are of major concern since these foods do not generally undergo any further processing or cooking that would kill pathogens before consumption [ O’Flaherty, […]


Earth First! Newswire: Chile: Six Arauco Forestry Trucks Torched, Route Blockaded "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Pais Mapuche / Metiendo Ruido

translated by Earth First! Journal


A sabotage was reported on Wednesday morning against a caravan of trucks that lend their services to Forestal Arauco [the Forestry Service of the Arauco forests, home to thousand-year-old trees, and countless other beings] on Route P-150 in the Tirúa commune; this corresponds to the new wave of resistance against forestry companies invested in the zone.

This occurred in the cross of La Campana de Tirúa, where an unknown group of Weichaf/Mapuche blocked the caravan’s path, blocking 15 trucks belonging to corporations Transvía and Transtelco. They made the drivers get down from the vehicles before proce...


Wake Up World: Is Life Just a Gaming Experience? "IndyWatch Feed National"

7th March 2016 By Ian Brown Guest Writer for Wake Up World When walking a spiritual path through life, it becomes apparent that this reality is not as âŹÜrealâŹ" as it once appeared. Have you ever considered that life in this dimension is a hologram, a matrix, or some type of game? Is that really possible? ...Continue Reading - Is Life Just a Gaming Experience?


Wake Up World: America – The Great Illusion "IndyWatch Feed National"

7th March 2016 By Tim Bryant Guest Writer for Wake Up World “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein Life is the greatest gift in the known universe. It is incredibly precious, vastly diverse in its scope, and without judgement or prejudice – it just happens. One does ...Continue Reading - America ⏠The Great Illusion


Fire Earth: Members Notice – March 6, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ Members Program in progress on FIRE-EARTH Channels… For details of program and the Q & A session, tune in to your local channels. Starting March 6, 2016 at 16:32 UTC Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 6 March 2016, CJ Members, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH Program, Members Notice, News Alert, Q & A


North Coast Voices: Liberal MP for Warringah Tony Abbott on the subject of 'what a great man I am' "IndyWatch Feed"

This was former prime minister and MP for Warringah Tony Abbott donning his ‘journalist’ hat in The Australian on 27 February 2016 in order to trot out an increasingly tired old defence of his failed leadership.

We have courageous Tony, strong Tony, honest Tony, reforming Tony, fiscally responsible Tony, union busting Tony, tax killing Tony, boat stopping Tony, free trade Tony, war leader Tony, I'm better than Mal Tony,  et cetera, et cetera, et cetera…..

“The first law of governing is that you can’t spend what you can’t raise through taxes and borrowings; and the second law is that today’s borrowings have to be paid for — with interest — by tomorrow’s taxes. Governments, like households and businesses, have to live within their means.

With more than $250 billion of cumulative deficits under the former Labor government, the need for budget repair was the constant refrain of the Abbott opposition and the task of budget repair was the most important work of the Abbott government. We were far from fully succ...


North Coast Voices: Australian Federal Election 2016: one for the FFS! file "IndyWatch Feed"

Cory Bernardi going to the United Nations and staying on script? *shakes head*

The Advertiser, 1 March 2016:

SENATOR Cory Bernardi’s colleagues have voted to send him to Siberia for three months.
‘Siberia’ being the rarefied air of the United Nations in New York.
The Advertiser understands the firebrand’s mates were keen to give him the opportunity, but it took a few frenemies who wanted to see the back of him to give him the votes needed.
Senator Bernardi has been front and centre in recent weeks as the conservatives rock Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s boat.
Now he’ll disappear overseas for three months, just as speculation mounts about...


Earth First! Newswire: Spain, March 11: Anti-Circus Protest Organized by Anti-Speciesists "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from La Rebelión de las Palabras

translated by Earth First! Journal

Gathering: Let's Make Circuses with Animals a Thing of the Past; Friday March 11, 7pm, In Front of Global Circus. Invoked by Anti-Speciesist Assembly of Madrid

Gathering: Let’s Make Circuses with Animals a Thing of the Past; Friday, March 11, 7pm, In Front of Global Circus. Invoked by Anti-Speciesist Assembly of Madrid

Folks from the Anti-Speciesist Assembly of Madrid are calling for new resistance to the circuses that use non-human animals as attractions in their spectacle.

Because neither caging nor slavery are fun!

Just when we were thinking that the age of the circus had come to its end, the Circo Mundial [Global Circus] requested, and is installing in, the Sales Plaza until the 13th of March…

For that reason, we decided last minute to expand our resistance calendar; we would like to inspire you to participate in the protest we have planned for Friday March, 11, at 7:00 PM. W...


new illuminati: Evidence of the Great Flood: Real, or a Myth? "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Sunday, 06 March


Head Space: Geo-Space Environment: Atmospheric Radiation Experiments, Eclipses, etc. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION EXPERIMENT IN PROGRESS: Today, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus are flying from Los Angeles to Indonesia to observe the March 9th solar eclipse. Among other things, they are carrying a cosmic ray balloon payload with GPS tracking and 4 radiation sensors. This allows them to measure radiation inside the airplane. Scroll […]


Peter Martin: Negative gearing. Confused by the economic modelling? That's the whole idea "IndyWatch Feed"

Politics is about trust.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been claiming for weeks that Labor's plans for negative gearing would smash house prices.

"The 70 per cent of Australians who own houses will see the value of their single most important asset smashed to fulfil an ideological crusade," he told parliament.

His Attorney-General George Brandis​ has made it sound even worse. "There is one thing we know about the negative-gearing debate," he told us. "If the Labor Party were to implement its policy, the value of most Australians' homes would collapse".

His assistant treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer​ briefly said the opposite. Labor's policy would "increase the cost of housing for all Australians; for those people who currently own a home and for those people who would like to get into the housing market".

And then his treasurer Scott Morrison latched on to a "credible report" that said Labor's policy would have "a significant impact on property values".

He latched on too quickly. The report, by BIS Shrapnel, said no such thing. Prices would continue to rise in all but two of the next 10 years under the scenario it modelled, just as they would if negative gearing was maintained. After a decade, they would have climbed 15 per cent. That's less than with full negative gearing, but its still an increase.

The report explained that house prices are typically "sticky in a downwards direction," unable to fall lower than the cost of construction plus a markup. When new attempts at negative gea...


The Watchers » Latest articles: Heavy rain, strong winds and flash floods hit drought-stricken California "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

​A series of storm systems have begun soaking California and other parts of the West Coast, US this weekend. The weather is accompanied by the atmospheric river, a narrow corridor of moisture and moisture transport in the atmosphere, unleashing short periods of...... Read more »


No Place For Sheep: Why Abbott’s sex life is my business "IndyWatch Feed"

  There’s only one circumstance in which I consider the sexual lives of politicians to be my business, and that’s when they legislate about what goes on in other citizens’ sexual lives. Failed Prime Minister Tony Abbott operates from a platform that is largely based on his personal morality, drawn from Catholic dogma. This morality advocates […]


Head Space: New History for Old! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This attached image was censored, Did WordPress censor it?  If this is occurring, it explains much about how media works today in America. Our site is being censored on several fronts.  Be aware of this new fascist approach to free expression and fight it.  Speak out, lovers of Truth, Liberty, and Freedom. Your freedom of […]


Catallaxy Files: Breaking News: James Paterson goes to Canberra "IndyWatch Feed"

James Paterson just won the number 1 spot on the Liberal Senate ticket 210 – 188.


Senator Jacqui Lambie - PUTTING TASMANIA FIRST: Australian workers replaced with foreign labour using Liberal’s 457visa scam "IndyWatch Feed"

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has called on the Liberal / National government to stop their 457 visa scam – which now means Australian workers’ jobs are being taken by foreign Labour.

“ After talking to two Maritime Engineers (see above YouTube Link) who are about to lose their jobs to foreign workers – it’s time that all Australians stood up and said No to the conservative government’s 457 visa scam,” said Senator Lambie.

“457 visas are only supposed to be used when there are no skilled Australian workers to do the job.  It’s clear after talking with Maritime Engineers Ralph Nicholson and Garry Trotter, there are plenty of skilled Australian professionals who can service and run refueling vessels in the Melbourne Port.

And the fact that this Liberal / National government is happy to hand out 457 visas to overseas Maritime Engineers while there is an oversupply of Australian Maritime Engineers is a national shame – and further evidence of corrupt political behavior,” said Senator Lambie

How can this Turnbull / Joyce government stand silent while an Australian registered, domestic refueling vessel with its Australian crew be replaced with an overseas registered vessel and foreign crew?” said Senator Lambie.

“It’s time that all Australians took notice and protested.  Today it may be the maritime workers, but tomorrow if the Liberals and National parties are allowed to continue their 457 visa scam, no Australian job will be safe from overseas workers.” said Senator Lambie.

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Head Space: “The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Despite initial ruling, Venezuela seeks to silence U.S. website “The allegation that the mere publication of an exchange rate in the U.S. causes inflation in Venezuela — it’s pretty far-fetched” The International Monetary Fund is predicting Venezuela’s inflation could hit 720 percent this year. And the shortage of even basic goods is raising tensions in […]


Mongabay Environmental News: Award-winning Colombian film, “The Embrace of the Serpent”, is not sitting well with a local indigenous community "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Colombian production has won most of the biggest international film awards, among them the Art Cinema Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and recently, it was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. It marks the first time that a Colombian movie receives such an honor, and its among the few films that have made indigenous peoples and the Amazon its central focus on the big screen. For seven weeks, the film crew worked in the jungle, in the provinces of Vaupés and Guainía, deep in Colombia's Amazon region. The story is based on a historical event: the script was inspired by the expedition notes taken in the early 20th century voyage led by Theodor Koch-Grünberg, a German explorer who made one of the greatest contributions to the study of indigenous peoples in South America, particularly in Brazil and Venezuela. In the movie, the protagonist is a shaman called Karamakate, --played by the actor Miguel Dionisio Ramos, of ticuna ethnic background-- the last of his tribe still alive. Alongside Theodor Koch-Grünberg and the American scientist, Richard Evans Schultes, Karamakate goes out on an expedition in search of a sacred plant known as delyakruna. The three men's adventures, and the dynamic that plays out between Karamakate and the two foreigners interested in his culture, are at the core of this story. Jessica Kiang, writing for the Indieware blog, described Karamakate's character as "an immaculate portrait of the unfathomable loneliness and crushing survivor's guilt that comes with being the last of one's kind." It may be that critics and audiences around the world are in love with The Embrace of the Serpent,…


Head Space: Remember these … Where are they now? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CD V-700 Survey Meter Top row, Left to Right, Model 1 Nuclear Measurements GS-3CD, Model 2 Victoreen Vico 661, Model 3 International Pump and Machine Works IP-700, Model 3 Chatham CH-700, Model 4 Universal Atomics, Model 5 Anton Electronic Labs. Bottom row, Left to Right, Model 6 Anton Electronic Labs, Model 6 Victoreen Inst. Co., […]


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Trainee firefighter to brighten up your day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A firefighter was working on the engine outside the Station, when he noticed
a little girl nearby in a little red wagon with tiny ladders hung off the sides and a garden hose tightly coiled in the middle.

The girl was wearing a firefighter’s helmet.

The wagon was being pulled by her dog and her cat.

The firefighter walked over to take a closer look.
‘That sure is a nice fire truck,’ the firefighter said with admiration.

‘Thanks,’ the girl replied. The firefighter looked a little closer. The girl had
tied the wagon to her dog’s collar and to the cat’s testicles.

‘Little partner,’ the firefighter said, ‘I don’t want to tell you how to run your
rig, but if you were to tie that rope around the cat’s collar, I think you could go
faster. ‘

The little girl replied thoughtfully, ‘You’re probably right, but
then I wouldn’t have a siren.’



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": The Witches Kitchen: A bathroom worth the 30 year wait "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I cleaned my bathroom for this photo.

I weeded the fig in the pot.  I hung the maroon towels because they look much prettier against the dark aqua wall than the torn barbie doll beach towel.  I threw out the old luffa. Cleaning done.

Oh how I love love love having a bathroom you don’t have to clean.  The moss growing in the corner of the shower is supposed to be there.  The floor never needs mopping.   I put dirt in little crevices in the rock walls to plant ferns and tree orchids.  The late afternoon sun even has an angle that directly hits the towels hanging on the wall so they smell like they’ve just come off the clothes line.

Free hot water, orchids and maidenhair, a fat green frog, a bath that stays warm for hours with a view of the stars, candlelight playing on rocks, and plugholes that take the water out to bananas and mulberries. But really high up on even this list is that I finally, after all these years, have a bathroom that isn’t just not cleaned, it’s not in need of cleaning.


This is one of the two kinds of orchids in flower now, misted with overspray from the shower. I’ve never grown orchids before.

There’s a problem with bathrooms. They are one person rooms, which tends to mean small. They are private, which tends to mean lack of  sun or air. People are naked in them, which tends to...


Corporate Australia: Phones to be blocked in a bid to save lives "IndyWatch Feed National"

In another bid for the 'wardens' to monitor and control the movement of the population on this prison isle, under whatever pretext, this time 'to save lives' the authorities will be committing criminal activity.

The 'authorities' (read corporation conglomerate) will be hacking into your phone and 'blanking out' your screen if you are a multitasking pedestrian.

As one should be aware unauthorised access to one's personal computer equipment is a criminal offence.

See article on 4 Mar 2016 from


Independent Australia: East Timor and the Emperor's "old" clothes (Part 2) "IndyWatch Feed"

East Timor and the Emperor's Dr Adam Henry continues his insights into newly released documents exposing self-righteous and dispassionate attitudes by Australian diplomats during the invasion of 1970s East Timor. read now...


The Stringer: Talking to my Country – The book that every Australian should read "IndyWatch Feed National"

For a long time I have wondered about Stan Grant and his recent profile in respect of Indigenous issues and matters of race. My feeling was (and it appears that of a number of friends of mine) that this was somehow a recent phenomenon that we were witnessing. How wrong we were. I have just […]


The Political Sword: Let’s talk about tax "IndyWatch Feed"

Taxes are the things that provide services to the community. They provide transport, social security, defence, education, parks, rubbish removal and so on.

While state and local government provide most of the services we Australians consume on a daily basis, the federal government is the level of government with the majority of the powers to enable taxation to be collected to provide those services. So state governments have to go to the federal government to ask for money, and local governments rely on grants from the state government (because local governments are prevented by the constitution to go directly to the federal government). Yup — it’s as clear as mud but that’s the system as it currently operates. How it works is complicated. You may remember when the Victorian state government changed in 2014 and the new premier Daniel Andrews wished to replace a road tunnel under central Melbourne with a train tunnel. Then PM Abbott, who admitted he wasn’t a fan of public transport, wanted his road-tunnel funding back. Current PM Turnbull, who posts selfies on buses and train stations, is in the process of returning the funding taken from Victoria. Clearly, the higher level of government can impose its will over the subordinate levels.

It seems that when Mike Baird (Premier of NSW) suggested he would look favourably at a GST increase during 2015, he started (either consciously or unconsciously) the great tax debate of 2016. Baird’s rationale for the comments about a GST increase was that the federal government was planning to rip $80 billion from the grants given to the states to run...


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Hearing in London High Court in claim by Peruvians against mining firm "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Peruvian community take one of the world’s leading mining companies to the High Court in London claiming it is responsible for the killing and injuring of protesters near a mine in Peru in 2012 


Leigh Day | 24 February 2016

Members of a local community in Peru are taking one of the world’s leading mining companies to the High Court in London claiming it is responsible for the killing, injury and unlawful detention of protestors demonstrating near the Tintaya mine in the Espinar Province of Peru during a disturbance there in May 2012.

At the time the mine was owned by Xstrata Tintaya S.A. (renamed Companía Minera Antapaccay) a subsidiary of the London-based Xstrata Limited, which became part of Glencore Xstrata plc in 2013.

Xstrata denies responsibility, saying in a statement at the time that it “deeply regretted the violent events that resulted in the loss of human lives”, and is robustly defending the legal action. In its Defence it states that whilst it paid a large fee to the Peruvian National Police (‘PNP’) and gave accommodation, food and drink to some of the 1,500 officers who were policing the protests, it nevertheless bears no responsibility for the actions of the PNP.

A preliminary hearing will take place on 25 February. The three-week trial, due to take place in June 2016, will hear claims that on 28 May 2012 following days of protest the PNP shot at protestors, killing and injuring many of them as they legally demonstrated near the mine. The Claimants say that the PNP were operating under the instruction and control of the mine company’s managemen...


Head Space: Of Mountains and molehills "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All. So what’s the problem again? “Conscientious scruples?”Filed under: Education, Political View Points, Randomness Tagged: America, brainwashing, Communist infiltration, fatal liberalism, Government disgust, History, mind-control, psycho-politics, social engineering, Tyranny


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: An Instance Of Failure To Contact Civil Authorities In Relation To Allegations Of Child Sexual Abuse In Ballarat, Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The subject of child sexual abuse is always distressing and nevermore so than during the four days in February-March 2016 when Cardinal Prefect George Pell gave evidence from Rome to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Below is a brief background of one of the convicted paedophiles, excerpts from Cardinal Pell's evidence with regard to this former Christian Brother and the Vatican response to the evidence.

This is not the only recorded instance where Cardinal Pell and the Catholic Church failed to contact civil authorities after it was discovered that schoolchildren were being sexually abused.

BACKGROUND - Edward Vernon "Ted" Dowlan



Independent Australia: East Timor and the Emperor's "old" clothes (Part 1) "IndyWatch Feed"

East Timor and the Emperor's Dr Adam Henry discusses newly released documents exposing self-righteous and dispassionate attitudes of Australian diplomats during the war in 1970s East Timor. read now...


Catallaxy Files: Roundup 6 March "IndyWatch Feed"

Spiked on line, a prickly libertarian view from Britain. Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog. The Spectator Culture House.

Killing Greece by kindness to moochers, cronies and regulators. How far are Australia and the US down this road? The illusion of recovery in the US. Get with the Foundation for Economic Education, FEE. Americans today are better off than John D Rockefeller. How John Dewey wrecked American education. Negative interest rates.

Weather. Science on the rack. Pervasive falsehoods in scientific publications. Pseudoscience vs John Christy.

Pictures. WW2 Lancaster over the Niagr...


loon pond: How to fetche an heretike ouer the coles, or at least make a fuss over a tie ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The Sunday Terrorists are all agush and aglow this day, and who can blame them? Such happy days, such a glowing, gushing couple ...

The pond felt a rush of affection almost as deep as Rowe's (and more Rowe here):

Being of an age, you won't find the pond joining in any cheap shots at the elderly.

There's something deeply romantic about a man so infatuated that he would foreswear and abjure twitter, leaving us with just a few final thoughts ...

Ten whole days at least! And yes, he's a Trump man now, so that the wall paid for by Mexicans and a ban on all perfidious Islamics, and sundry forms of torture might flourish in the land.

And happily the Sunday Terrorists were in peak wedding party form ...



EcoWatch: Why Is Glyphosate Sprayed on Crops Right Before Harvest? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


As safety concerns about glyphosate herbicide mount, the practice of desiccating is...


The Watchers » Latest articles: Lava lake activity in Masaya's Santiago crater increasing, Nicaragua "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The activity of the lava lakes in Masaya's Santiago crater is increasing. According to INETER, volcanic tremor remained high and Real-time Seismic Amplitude Measurement (RSAM) values were at high to very high levels during February 20 - March 1, 2016. On...... Read more »


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: The "Bob Jelly Gazette" has its say on an Iluka development application "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Below is a copy of an excerpt from the March 2016 newsletter put out by Iluka resident, Graeme Lynn and his small group of predominately enthusiastic pro-development fellow travellers calling themselves the Ratepayers Association of Iluka Inc.

Mr. Lynn, who besides being president of this particular ratepayers association and president of the Iluka Golf Club, is also a real estate agent.  

Readers may him remember from this premature online advertising of the proposed 162 lot subdivision at Lot 99 Hickey Street:



EcoWatch: 5 Apps Revolutionizing How We Use Energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


It is becoming much easier to save energy using "smart" technology to switch off at peak times and...


Fire Earth: Major Disaster Declarations for DC and Maryland "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

DC and Maryland Declared Federal Disaster Areas District of Columbia Snowstorm (DR-4260) Maryland Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm (DR-4261) Incident period: January 22, 2016 to January 23, 2016 Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 04, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the District of Columbia in the area affected by […]


Geoengineering Watch: Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, March 5, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

665The darkening horizon is fueling ever more desperate denial in populations around the globe. The majority of the masses are clinging tenaciously to a reality that was never sustainable and is rapidly unraveling. If one chose to accept the stated goal of climate engineering/solar radiation management at face value, to save the planet, what a profound


EcoWatch: Bike Washing Machine Gives Whole New Meaning to ‘Spin Cycle’ "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


We’re dreaming of spin class rooms filled with these, where patrons get a...


Fire Earth: Arctic Sea Ice for February at Record Low for Second Consecutive Month "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Arctic Sea ice reformed or refroze up to 60 days later than average in 2015 Arctic sea ice extent for February was the lowest extent in the satellite record for the month.  Averaging 14.22 million km², it was 1.16 million km² below the 1981 to 2010 long-term average of 15.4 million km², breaking the previous […]


EcoWatch: Why This City of 21 Million People Is Sinking 3 Feet Every Year "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Mexico City is sinking. Home to 21 million people, who consume nearly 287 billion gallons of...


EcoWatch: 5 Years After Fukushima, ‘No End in Sight’ to Ecological Fallout "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


The environmental impacts of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster are already becoming...


EcoWatch: Iowa Grannies Plant Seed for Solar Tree "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


As a game-changing "solar tree" public art initiative, the 100 Grannies for a Livable Future are...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Startling new information proves Port Arthur massacre was planned by government "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Cairns News special presentation

A senator has refused to comment about allegations he had prior knowledge of the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 when 35 innocent people were killed in a precision shooting operation.

Another 23 men, women and children were wounded by a trained and methodical gunman with long blond hair.

Revelations by Austrian-based author and researcher, Keith Noble, that Senator Stephen Parry had prior knowledge of the shootings, have not been refuted.

Parry at the time was a qualified embalmer and a former member of Tasmania Police who led a team of embalmers which handled the bodies in 1996.

An Australian, Mr Noble is leading a campaign to free accused shooter Martin Bryant from Risdon Gaol in Tasmania.

A paper written and presented in 1997 by Stephen Parry entitled ‘Port Arthur Massacre – AFDA National Embalming Team – Detailed Report’, that appears in a little-known book entitled ‘PORT ARTHUR SEMINAR PAPERS: A record of the Port Arthur Seminar’, 11-12 March, 1997, Melbourne, Victoria (ISBN 0642271364) clearly shows the incident that rocked a nation was planned.

In his 16 page, disturbing 1997 paper, Senator Parry stated in the following passage :

“I was particularly impressed by the quick response and initiatives by some of the team members in packaging and collecting equipment.

The response time and the amount of equipment quickly relocated was fantastic. One firm in particular, Nelson Brothers, had organised for an embalming machine box and a special large equipment case to be manufactured ready for the incident. These two containers were the envy of all embalmers and worked extremely well.

I would suggest that design specifications may be available from this firm for any fut...


Wake Up World: Dream On! Lucid Dreaming Improves Self Awareness and Metacognition "IndyWatch Feed National"

  6th March 2016 By Christina Lavers Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Dreams, a series of images, emotions and sensations that flow from the unconscious during sleep, belong to the mysterious, unquantifiable side of life. We all experience them, yet for many they are quickly forgotten or disregarded. However, for those who bother to pay ...Continue Reading - Dream On! Lucid Dreaming Improves Self Awareness and Metacognition


Earth First! Newswire: France: Demo Against State of Emergency in Solidarity with ZAD "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Squat!net


No injuries, nor arrests; instead, numerous facades revisited!

Nearly 400 people marched in Nantes in the context of the week of resistance. The lead banner, decorated with the cartoon bird “the king and the mocking bird”, called for resistance against the states of emergency, whilst referencing Kobane to Kurdistan, Ferguson to the United States, and Notre-Dame-des-Landes in France.

300 police offices were supposed to prevent access to certain areas but they couldn’t prevent the redesigning of facades of some public buildings, banks, estate agencies and the Socialist Party office located on the path of the demonstration.

Demonstrators dressed in black, masked, and some with gas masks – with fire-extinguishers, paint, and egg bombs – were able to indulge in paint and political graffiti on the walls of the city.

The police used several tear gas grenades following throws of projectiles, but the procession continued its course despi...

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Saturday, 05 March


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Melbourne Jeweller: Norway "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I’m not in Munich for the jewellery extravaganza. Instead I’m on a ship traveling up, and then down, the coast of Norway. It’s not a bad alternative. The sky is white. The rock is so dark.Filed under: Norway_2016, Travel


Kangaroo Court of Australia: Lies & crimes of Australian media. Channel Ten & Adam Walters take a bribe to attack ICAC "IndyWatch Feed National"

It has been a huge week for the corrupt, criminal and scandalous conduct of the Australian mainstream media being exposed. This has led to Channel 10 issuing an apology to former ICAC commissioner David Ipp, Fairfax Media suspending Paul Sheehan who is one of their senior journalists and News Corp’s Andrew Bolt doing a double […]


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Pill Testing with Will Tregoning "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last weekend Alex Wodak, David Caldicott and Will Tregoning announced that they intended to start pill testing at festivals.

The trio have lengthy experience and expertise in drug policy – Alex Wodak helped establish the safe injecting room in Kings Cross back in 1999, before it was technically legal. David Caldicott is an emergency medicine specialist and Will Tregoning is the founder of Unharm, a drug law reform organisation.

Will joined us to talk about pill testing.


The post Pill Testing with Will Tregoning appeared first on FBi Radio.


Head Space: In Perspective: Politicized Propaganda – induced criminality… "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Mass Murders That Dare Not Speak Their Name Pity the late Cedric Ford. If he had understood the way the media worked, he might not have gone on the horrific shooting spree in central Kansas on Thursday that cost three people their lives and fourteen people their health. But alas, once the major media […]


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: News in Brief – March 5 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

bish kara news in brief

Kara and Bish join us for the latest instalment of News in Brief.



The post News in Brief – March 5 appeared first on FBi Radio.


Head Space: Biological Health Hazard – Highly Contagious Pertussis Outbreak (vaccine shortage): New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

PERTUSSIS – AUSTRALIA (02): (NEW SOUTH WALES) VACCINE SHORTAGE ********************************* Published Date: 2016-03-04 11:32:13 Subject: PRO/EDR> Pertussis – Australia (02): (NS) vaccine shortage Archive Number: 20160304.4068067 Date: Thu 3 Mar 2016 Source: Newcastle Herald [edited] As reported cases of whooping cough [pertussis] continue to rise in the Hunter [region, New South Wales], the region is […]


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Garry Wotherspoon joins to talk about the history of Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Garry Wotherspoon

Garry Wotherspoon is one of a group of people known as the 78ers, who marched in the very first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras back in 1978. Many of them were arrested and suffered violence at the hands of police

In the past few weeks, there have been official apologies for the conduct they faced. These came from NSW Parliament, from a representative of NSW Police force, and from the Sydney Morning Herald, who in 1978 published the full names, and occupations of those arrested. That outed many of them to friends, families and employers.



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"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Police patrol with unmarked Hayabusa "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queensland Police Service unmarked Suzuki Hayabusa patrol bikeYou won’t know you’ve been caught by this Queensland Police Suzuki Hayabusa unmarked patrol bike until it’s too late.

It’s one of two unmarked police bikes with more to come.

Rider Sergeant Dave Nelson says he can scan a motorist’s speed up to 1km away.



"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: No Pride In Detention: Mardi Gras and Asylum Seekers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

No Pride in Detention

A new float in the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is attempting to draw attention to the treatment of LGBTI refugees. Intentionally political, those marching are hoping to provoke a broader conversation about the way Australia treats refugees. Produced by Max Chalmers.



For more info on the No Pride in Detention float:


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No Place For Sheep: She fed him tenderly, as if he were a baby bird "IndyWatch Feed"

In Nikki Savva’s EXPLOSIVE NEW BOOK the author describes a dinner at which then Prime Minister Tony Abbott was observed being fed food from a fork by his then chief of staff, Peta Credlin. Ms Credlin, it’s reported, took the food from her own plate. Obviously the two of them had a pretty interesting thing […]


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

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

Question 1:

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.

The answer is False.

Mainstream macroeconomics textbooks provide an incorrect depiction of the monetary system when they discuss the credit-creation capacity of commercial banks. The concept of the money multiplier is at the centre of this analysis and posits that the multiplier m transmits changes in the so-called monetary base (MB) (the sum of bank reserves and currency at issue) into changes in the money supply (M). The chapters on money usually present some arcane algebra which is deliberately designed to impart a sense of gravitas or authority to the students who then mindlessly ape what is in the textbook.

They rehearse the argument in their undergraduate courses (introductory and intermediate macroeconomics; money and banking; monetary economics etc) that the money multiplier is usually expressed as the inverse of the required reserve ratio plus some other novelties relating to preferences for cash versus deposits by the public.

Accordingly, the students learn that if the central bank told private banks that they had to keep 10 per cent of total deposits as reserves then the required reserve ratio (RRR) would be 0.10 and m would equal 1/0.10.....


Independent Australia: Safe schools and marriage equality: An open letter to John Howard "IndyWatch Feed"

Safe schools and marriage equality: An open letter to John HowardJohn Haly writes an open letter to John Howard, calling out the former PM on his recent dismissive comments about the Safe School initiative and the same sex marriage bill. read now...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: TOGS show up and running "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

hi res large poster with border 2

Click to enlarge.

In mounting this exhibition we wish to pay tribute to our founding President,
Doug Ralph (1948-2015), bushman, conservationist and champion of our trees.

Doug photo low res Bush reflections copy

Doug was a keen photographer in the last decade of his life. The photo above showing the bush reflected in water trapped in leaves was a favourite subject of his.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Take Care: NEW MAIL ORDER SITE COMING SOON! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Yeah we do more costume changes than Lady Diana…

We’ve deleted our BigCartel mail order site as it was getting a bit expensive for our needs. But we have a brand new site under construction, and we’ll share the URL just as soon as its looking presentable.

In the meantime you can catch us at the Noted Independent Publishing Fair in Canberra in a couple of weeks!

Sunday 20 March

Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon ACT

10AM – 3PM


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: VEFN survey "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Victorian Environment Friends Network (VEFN) exists to help represent the common interests of all Friends groups in Victoria. They are currently undertaking a re-assessment of the the organisation and as part of this process they are inviting interested people and organisations to complete a survey. All the information including a link to the survey can be found here.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Free Spiritual Awakening Magazine: 7 Step Written Meditation Script For Relaxation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Learn total relaxation with this written guided meditation script, free ! with various meditation techniques for you to wow your next meditation group. by psychic medium Ian Scott.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Sunshine Coast Birdlife Australia Blog: Baroon Pocket Dam [ aka Kondalilla Falls NP] "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lake Baroon--Narrows Rd, Queensland, AU
Mar 5, 2016 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 kilometer(s)
64 species

Australian Wood Duck  10
Pacific Black Duck  8
Hardhead  1
Australian Brushturkey  1
Australasian Grebe  1
Little Black Cormorant  14
Great Cormorant  7
Pied Cormorant  1
Australian Pelican  1
Great Egret  2
Intermediate Egret  2
White-faced Heron  4
Osprey  1
White-bellied Sea-Eagle  1
Dusky Moorhen  1
Masked Lapwing  2
White-headed Pigeon  1
Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Australian)  2
Wonga Pigeon  1
Peaceful Dove  1
Bar-shouldered Dove  6
Wompoo Fruit-Dove  4
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove  1
Azure Kingfisher  1


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Sonic Stew "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

7-8pm Sonic Stew
Girls! Or specifically, song titles featuring female names – there’s no shortage of them and tonight on Sonic Stew I’ll be playing a full hour of songs dedicated to girls


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Midday Jazz "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

12 – 2pm Midday Jazz
Midday Jazz will be a surprise grab-bag of items selected
from random CD’s with a pin blindfolded. They will however be detailed beforehand on the website.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": the independent: Vicki Howard sidesteps our questions yet again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TOP: A sample of Brisbane City Council's official branding "cleat" that council rules strictly say must not be used for political purposes. ABOVE: Team Quirk footpath signs in  2012.   NEWS Central Ward councillor Vicki Howard – the woman who worked so very, very hard at the 2012 poll to look like she had already been elected – has hidden behind a short, stock-standard LNP


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Queensland tree growth increases 437,000 hectares, Schneiders is lying "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Agforce dispels lies and misinformation from WWF and its discredited spokesman Lyndon Schneiders, a puppet of the UN’s Agenda 21 now upgraded to Agenda 30.

Agenda 21 can be found with a google search.

Tree coverage in Queensland has increased by almost twice the size of the ACT in just three years as farmers battle to meet a growing demand for local high-quality food and fibre.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said a study by farmers showed State Government Ministers and green groups were ignoring data behind vegetation management.

"The fact is that trees grow, and right now they are re-growing at a much faster rate than they are being managed," Mr Maudsley said.

"The State Government’s own data, shows that tree coverage in Queensland increased by 437,000 hectares between 2012-to-2014.

"Moves by the State Government to reject simple data and repeal the current vegetation management laws are the biggest threat to Queensland farmers since the Gillard Government smashed the cattle export trade in 2011.

"The results for Queensland consumers will be more expensive fresh produce and loss of jobs. Meat processors have already started putting off staff because of a slow-down in domestic cattle supply as Australia’s cattle herd hits a 20-year low."

The Statewide Landcover and Trees Study shows clearing rates increased to 296,000 hectares in 2013-14. Despite the clearing, the amount of tree coverage still increased by 437,000 hectares.

The study also shows that retained woody vegetation cover has increased fro...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Little Miss Sunshine

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo

On this day two years ago a plucky and personable little hen did exactly that as she travelled to Sydney in style and did a little spot of sightseeing along the way. As the undeniable star of the ‘That ain’t no way to treat a lady’ campaign, Little Miss Sunshine not only won hearts and minds across the country, she rubbed shoulders with some of our nation’s finest funny men and won herself a few admirers along the way. Never once stopping to consider that a world of adventure, pampering and being treated like a queen were never meant for a one time battery laying hen like herself, Little Miss Sunshine fluttered on into Sydney with her human minders like the star she was, stopping along the way at the Dog on the Tuckerbox with a few obligatory photos with fans old and new. From there, it was onto the set of the ad campaign before venturing further to explore the beauty of the botanical gardens, admiring the marvel that is the Sydney Harbor Bridge and even stepping foot inside the Sydney Opera House! What a lady indeed!

See more photos of her adventure here.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": bluelotus "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NEW NOVELSeptember 2016 Publication FAMILY SKELETONA novel of manners set in Toorak. What is going on when a relative visiting from Florida goes missing? To be published by University of Western Australia Press. This is NOT the cover the book will have, but it will do for now.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Notes on the Syrian exodus: ‘Epic in scale, inconceivable until you witness it’ "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Booker prize winner Richard Flanagan visits Lebanon, Greece and Serbia to report on the plight of the 5 million Syrians fleeing their country. ‘Forced to choose between life and death,’ he writes, ‘they choose life’ • Richard Flanagan travelled with artist Ben Quilty ... HERE are his haunting images ...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: In the firewood coupe "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

If you continue north along Mia Mia Track you’ll note the large firewood coupe on the east side on the approach to Bell’s Lane Track. It can be a good area for birds – Chestnut-rumped Hylacolas use the fallen timber as foraging habitat and there are some remaining large, old trees that Galahs enjoy. The Hylacolas still prefer the intact, shrubby areas nearby but make short forays into the firewood area to feed. The recent storm has sent rafts of debris along the drainage line – one small waterhole remains in the gully but it will be dry in a few days. As I watched on Yellow-tufted and Fuscous Honeyeaters came in to drink, along with a family of Crested Shrike-tits. Alas they were too elusive for a photograph!


Galahs, Bell’s Lane, 3rd March 2016


The female – with red iris – at right


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Diary of Death :: 5 – 11 Mar 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Diary 7_20152

A life-threatening list of recommended events happening in Sydney and surrounds this week. 



– Mardi Gras Party: Dirty Pop (USA), Rado (NL), Ben Manson (FR), Tracy Young (USA), Mark Picchiotti (USA), Buck Naked, Mark Alsop, Victoria Anthony, Kitty Glitter, Maze & Masters, Colin Gaff, Seismic Vs Tanner Derrby, Yo! Mafia (AUS), Haylenise (AUS) – Hordern Pavillion – 10PM til 8AM
Hoodoo Gurus, Violent Femmes (US), Sunnyboys, Died Pretty, Ratcat – Bimbagen Winery, Hunter Valley
Saskwatch, Cub Sport – Small Ballroom, Newcastle
Divine Times: The Jesus and Mary Chain (UK), Seekae, Alvvays (CAN), U.S. Girls (US), Jonathan Boulet – The Domain – 5 til 11PM
Audiocraft: Joel Werner, Sherre DeLys, Jaye Kranz, Timothy Nicastri, Bec Fary, Jon Tjhia – 107 Projects – 10AM. – Presented by FBi – Conference
The Fumes – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle – FREE
Flowertruck – Botany View – FREE
Shining Bird – Chippendale Hotel


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) ULMWP Leader Calls for Open Discussion With Govt on Papua "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Convicted Papua Money Launderer Labora Sitars Escapes Yet Again


1) ULMWP Leader Calls for Open Discussion With Govt on Papua


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: Harvest Café & Three Blue Ducks Present: Ja Nghari "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In a surprise collaboration, two of the most celebrated establishments in the Byron Shire, HARVEST CAFÉ, and THE THREE BLUE DUCKS, have come together to raise funds for BOOMERANG FESTIVAL, in a unique and exciting dining experience unlike any seen in our region before.

On Friday 18th March at Coorabell Hall, in the magnificent Byron hinterland, together, ‘The Ducks’ & Harvest teams will present JA NGHALI (Bundjalung for ‘Food Gathering’) – A celebration of food, country and culture – with a special focus on Indigenous culture.

Knowing these two restaurants, this will be a night of utmost quality and style, as well as an eye-opening and uplifting program of shared stories from our local Indigenous community.

Ja Nghari will include canapés on arrival, and a three course menu inspired by local native ingredients personally foraged by the chefs themselves (lead by Australia’s only Indigenous hatted chef and Bundjalung man, Clayton Donovan (Wild Kitchen, SBS). Guests will be treated to a unique culinary journey, and a culturally rich program featuring a multi-media introduction to the menu by head chefs Darren Robertson and Bret Cameron, and an In Conversation session with Boomerang Festival Director Rhoda Roberts, Tweed Shire Council Aboriginal, Community and Natural Resources Manager, Rob Appo, Darren Robertson & Bret Cameron, followed by a feature musical performance from East Journey (Arnhem Land).

The evening will be hosted by leading food and lifestyle journalist Magdalena Roze (Channel Ten, Delicious Magazine). 2016 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year Delta Kay will welcome guests to Country, and local performer Dhinawan will treat guests on arrival to a didgeridoo performance.

BOOMERANG FESTIVAL is a Northern NSW first: A global indigenous arts & culture festival that provides cross-cultural exchange through artistic celebration and one-on-one interactions, unlike any other event. Festival Director, Rhoda Robert...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Test your motorbike trivia and win neck socks "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Oxford neck socks

Oxford neck socks

You could win a set of all-seasons Oxford neck socks in our weekly motorcycle trivia quiz, but you better be quick.

Since we’ve been offering prizes in our weekly quiz, the pundits have got in early and scored perfect 10/10 results.

Go to the motorbike trivia quiz at the end of this article and have a go!

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

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

To prove your score, take a screen shot of your result and email it to us, post it on the Motorbike Writer Facebook page or simply leave it in the comments section below. First in wins a set of Oxford neck socks!


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Famous authors - their lives and awful deaths "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jim Bernhard’s book Final Chapters: How Famous Authors Died started with the view that inevitable as it may be, death was unpredictable for most people. This quality infused death with a suspenseful frisson, guaranteeing that all humans thought about it from time to time. And it is a reasonable assumption to say that famous authors also knew that one day they would die. They may have even written about death and dying in their novels, poetry and plays.

The writers’ views about life and death were shaped by their own religious and philosophical beliefs, which ranged from polytheism and Stoicism in ancient Greece, to Christianity and Judaism, to agnosticism. Final Chapters told of a hundred famous writers’ acceptance or rejection of their families’ religion and spirituality while alive. And then described how the same authors prepared for their own deaths: with fear, uncertainty or calm acceptance.

These tall (gossip based) tales and true (well documented) of legendary deaths are worth reading. But keep an open mind. I am not sure whether the playwright Aeschylus was really killed by a turtle falling from the sky onto the unfortunate man’s skull.

For some of these well known writers, death was sometimes mundane and miserable; for others it came in startling and totally unexpected ways. Infections, strokes and cancers of course, but also suicides, murders, alcoholism and drugs. Naturally, since the book discussed only famous and somewhat eccentric writers, I have selected only the most bizarre examples of lives and deaths. 


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Geelong Visual Diary: Promoting Geelong "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What do you think of this little video promoting Geelong?
Go to view the full video here: 


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": The Network: There is still community in Millers Point in Sydney. People are still fighting. Rally to save Millers Point. Fight against consigning it to the wealthy only. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rally for Millers Point

Join the people of the Millers Point as they march to save their community.
Saturday 19th March 12.00 - 4.00 pm


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Forest follies "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As you might know by now, I really did appreciate the former Resources Minister Paul Harriss. I don’t know if anyone else who did but I’m prepared to go out on a limb, so to speak, not to bury but to praise him.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Turn it Off "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I watch very little television these days; I have sold my soul to Netflix (for which shows like Orange is the New Black and all the movies are worth it) and I catch up with one or two other shows on iView, but that’s it. I can’t tell you what’s happening on Home and Away or why the Habibs are coming, or even who they are. Really, I don’t care.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Gaming the system "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

… By contrast, the Liberal Party informed the Commission it opposed any disclosure of political gifts. Robin Gray, when referred by the Commission to a $100,000 secret gift to his party in 1989 “by a company registered in another state with business interests in this state”, professed ignorance of the donor’s identity but agreed that without this secrecy his party would have little public financial support. But the official reasons remain a matter of conjecture because the Liberal submission was never made public …


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: In Defence of Thoughtful Young People ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I’ve only just seen my old friend Charles Wooley’s piece “Deceptions and such pranks are fun”, which appeared in the Tasmanian Times last April ( HERE ). Charles is an amusing and at times eloquent writer and he was on form with this piece.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: The ‘disappointing’ Peter Rathjen ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

UNIVERSITY of Tasmania vice-chancellor Peter Rathjen, who earns over $855,000 a year ( Examiner HERE ), has racked up $50,000 travel expenses in less than six months,including three nights at the Sofitel in New York at a cost to the university of more than $1,100 a night. 


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Cr Mike Wilson’s Facebook page ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On February 27th at 8.16pm a “Facebook friend” of Cr Wilson posted a comment on Councillor Wilson’s Facebook page stating as follows


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Calling for help from a lawyer ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The legislation that determines pay rises for Tasmanian MPs has two sections that appear to contradict each other, leading to the situation where 32 out of 40 MPs can vote against the pay rise and yet it will still go ahead.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: The Apple Cart "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Oh Will Hodgman and his boys with their reckless aimless ploys, Are creating bigger hurdles in their quest to still inform us That all is well regardless of the situation that confronts us Of the broken underwater cables and loss of water levels.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Tasmania’s Energy Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

FRIDAY, March 14 ... • Guardian: Tasmanian power crisis reveals urgent need for more renewable energy With Tasmania’s hydropower plants idle due to low rainfall, and a faulty cable connecting the state to the mainland grid, it’s clear a better long-term solution is needed Feb 2016, at Great Lake: … A further source of energy is from the Loy Yang power station at Loy Yang, Victoria, which is transmitted via the Basslink cable. On December 20 of last year (2015) this cable developed a fault and ceased transmitting power to Tasmania. It remains [27 Feb 2016] out of service, and our Energy Minister, Matthew Groom, cannot tell us when it will be fixed ... … • John Lawrence’s blog, Tasfintalk, has several articles on Basslink ... HERE • ABC: Prospect of tapping Lake Pedder for water prompts calls for it to be restored to pre-flood state • Clive Stott in Comments: We were told we were going to be the food bowl, nobody told us we would be the dust bowl when they were going for it to deplete our water storages. The Bass Strait Triangle soap opera keeps going on, Submarine cables in this area have a habit of failing and we are foolishly even considering another one. Go figure. • Peter in Comments: ABC: Tasmanian dairy farmer fears power price hikes could put him out of business


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Poisoning Forests as a Remedy for Drought ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The forests of ancient Gondwana, New Zealand (shared with Tasmania), have been suffering die back and hillsides collapsing in great slips which have scarred the land for millions of years. If this is the case, what was the cause of these disasters before possum and deer came along?


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Letters to my grandchildren (7) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dear Chilliwops, Statistics show that women are under-represented in important positions in our society.  There are far fewer women in Government leadership positions (Cabinet Ministers for example), in the judiciary, as chief executive officers in business, as Ministers of religion and in every possible position of influence and power.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Australia’s dingo: Not a wolf, not a dog but a distinct species, says study "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Most people think of the dingo as some sort of wild dog. However, researchers led by the University of Sydney have finally found enough proof to classify the dingo as a separate species from the dog.

Friday, 04 March


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Art Month in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here are some photographs from activities around Art Month, launched last night in Sydney. It was a busy night, as Kate and I attended a book launch at Kinokuniya Sydney, an exhibition launch at UNSW (will return on Saturday for a proper look at the videos), and then stuff at the National Art School. After three hours or so, we got exhausted and had to go home. But there’s lots more happening, so check this out

Art Month in Sydney Art Month in Sydney Art Month in Sydney Art Month in Sydney ...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Daughter Short Film Premiere screening at St Kilda Town Hall "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

St Kilda Town Hall is the perfect venue for the premiere screening of Daughter, a short film and awareness project produced and shot in the City of Port Phillip in early September 2015, with the intention of capturing the true heart and soul of St Kilda while touching on important issues such as gender violence […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Social media and activism "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cr Serge Thomann, Deputy Mayor – City of Port Phillip   I just had a long conversation with one of the people trying to get more answers regarding the sky trains. It was with a lovely lady who did not know me but had done a bit of research on how to run campaigns and […]

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