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Friday, 13 January

02:30

Australia Day Lamb Video has jumped the shark. "IndyWatch Feed National"

For the first time in 10 years I'm not running the lamb video. It's just boring. If you want to see it in all its forced cliche try-hardness you'll find it here. Interesting that comments are disabled. Meanwhile Henry Winkler nails it.

01:00

Ten things you need to know about TiSA "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

While global attention has been focused on other trade deals, such as the failed TPP, governments and corporations have been working hard to push through the Trade in Services Agreement” (TiSA).

Negotiations have been shrouded in secrecy but leaked documents show that global services corporations and some governments are using the deal to push a deregulation and privatisation agenda.

A deal could be reached as soon as early 2017. Here’s what you need to know.

1. It's massive, but excludes most low income countries

All 28 EU member states, as well as the United States, Australia and 20 other mostly high income countries* are involved in TiSA negotiations, meaning the deal will cover around 70 per cent of global trade in services.

Emerging economies like Brazil, India, China, Russia, and over 100 developing country WTO members are not included in making the rules, but would be pressured to join later.

2. Negotiations are secret

TiSA negotiations are held behind closed doors, with very little public consultation and no public access to negotiating texts. But ‘corporate advisors’ representing global services companies have access to negotiators to push their deregulation and privatisation agendas.

3. Almost all services will be affected

TiSA could set rules affecting almost all service provision including education, healthcare, transport, water, telecommunications, postal services, aged care, child care, energy, retail and banking services. These are services which many of us use each day. It’s claimed that “public services” are not included in the negotiations but the TiSA definition of what constitutes a public service is very ambiguous.

4. De-regulation is the aim

Instead of reducing tariffs on goods, TiSA aims to reduce government regulation on services, by freezing regulation at current levels and reducing it over time. This suits global services corporations but not peoples’ needs.

Many services require regulation or pu...

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Thursday, 12 January

23:18

Moderators who had to view child abuse content sue Microsoft, claiming PTSD "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Microsoft workers on the “online safety team” were forced to view photos and videos of “indescribable sexual assaults”, “horrible brutality”, murder and child abuse, resulting in severe post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a lawsuit.

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21:12

What Palestine Ltd tells us about disaster capitalism in Palestine/Israel "IndyWatch Feed National"

My following review appears in the US publication Mondoweiss:

Palestine Ltd: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory (I.B. Taurus), by Toufic Haddad

The Israeli media barely covers Palestine. Although many local, corporate outlets have “Arab affairs” correspondents, a faintly colonial position that reeks of paternalism, 99.9 percent of Jewish journalists live in Israel proper (or the occupied, Palestinian territories) and barely spend any serious time in Palestine (except when serving in the IDF). The lack of Palestinian perspectives is striking considering the geographic closeness of the two peoples.

With notable exceptions such as Haaretz journalists Amira Hass and Gideon Levy who live in the West Bank or constantly visit it, as well as 972 Magazine, the inevitable outcome is that most Israelis view Palestinians through a security framework. The media reinforces this inherent bias. Palestinians are seen as a foreign threat to be feared or loathed, unless proven otherwise. It’s therefore unsurprising that contact between Israeli Jews and Palestinians is increasingly rare unless occurring at a military checkpoint or Israeli-run, industrial park in the West Bank.

These issues go beyond the Israeli press. I’ve long believed that the more international journalists who live in a city or country the worse the reporting will be. This may be a strange conclusion and counter-factual. Surely the more eyes and ears in one place will improve coverage? In fact, the opposite happens because a herd mentality quickly develops and few journalists, despite convincing themselves otherwise, want to stand out. Think of London, Washington, Canberra and Jerusalem and the lack of distinctive voices emanating from these locations. Too many reporters live and breathe the same air, speak to the same sources, dine in the same places and socialise with the same people. I’m not immune, being a journalist myself, but I’ve spent my professional life rejecting the comforting embrace of stenography reporti...

18:25

The Obama legacy "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

I heard some of President Obama’s Farewell Address on the radio yesterday and read the transcript later. Early on, the crowd started chanting “Four More Years” and at that point I concluded they were blind too the reality before them. Obama’s legacy and the legacy of the Democratic period in office is Donald Trump. But it is much more than that. It was full of American exceptionalism, which those from the outside just brush off as the usual hype from a nation that is close to being a failed state but just has more guns and ammunition than anyone else. Press those E-mail send buttons now, I have the full fire suit on – as always. I get more hate E-mails from Americans who profess to love freedom and liberty than any other nation. At any rate, if I was departing what has been a failed Presidency when judged in progressive terms, I would have gone quietly. The ultimate Obama legacy is the Trump presidency. The embrace of the Clinton divine right to rule helped get Trump across the line but the damage was done earlier and Obama only consolidated the failure of Democratic party to offer an alternative to the rabid neo-liberalism of its opponents. The first problem is that the Democratic Party has long ceased being a voice for progressive policies. It masquerades as a progressive party. Obama adopted that masquerade and when one puts together a report card, he gets a failing grade on so many fronts, a few of which lie within my expertise, that I discuss below.

President Obama told the audience that:

If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history … [other boasts here about Cuba, Iran, health insurance, etc] … if I had told you all that, you might have said our sights were set a little too high.

But that’s what we did.

If I had overseen the developments in the US labour market since November 4, 2008 (when he was elected) I would not be boasting too much. I would feel very disappointed that I had failed.

Consider his claim about the automotive industry.

In December 2008, just before he left office George W. Bush took $US17.6 billion from the TARP funding and provided General Motors and Chrysler, then on the brink of collapse, with short-term bridging loans.

When Obama took office he forced the two companies through a bankruptcy process as the cost for getting more federal assistance. The bankruptcy adjustment process saw them scrap 16 plants and abandon dealership franchises.

The companies also shifted their health care obligations to retired workers to a third-part...

17:03

National Welfare Rights Network changes its name "IndyWatch Feed National"

12th January 2017

The National Welfare Rights Network has changed its name to the National Social Security Rights Network.  We will update the website as s

16:18

Australian material in Project Blue Book files "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

Readers will have noticed that I have been busy going through digitised issues of the Flying Saucer Review; NICAP's the UFO Investigator; the MUFON Journal, and the APRO Bulletin, in order to document Australian material in these overseas periodicals. Having Excel spreadsheet indexes of this material, makes it so much easier, when I am answering email from people, asking me about Australian sightings.

My latest small project was examining online resources, which contain files relating to the former USAF Project Blue Book, and checking these for Australian material. In all, I found 20 Australian sightings in these Blue Book files.


The best reference source I found, was Fold3. However, simply typing in such keywords as 'Australia;' Tasmania (as many Americans refer to Tasmania as if it were a separate country to Australia, whereas it is one Australian state); New Guinea etc., may not have revealed the full extent of Australian material. There may be additional sightings listed in other ways. I also found that you need to look at each page listed, as, for example, there were three reports for Melbourne, Victoria, dated 1 January, 14 January and 15 January 1954, all contained in the file dated 1 January 1954, Melbourne.  In addition, I found pages about non Australian sightings, attached as part of an Australian sighting file.

All in all, I found a total of 104 pages for the 20 sightings. Many of these sightings had Project Blue Book evaluations, e.g. Condamine, Queensland, dated 2 February 1951 was said to be a meteor; while the 20 August 1963 Turner River Station, Western Australia was listed as a satellite observation.

One example will illustrate the path these sightings took. On 12 June 1961 there was an observation by two residents of the Azerita Plantation, Papua New Guinea, at 0400hrs local time. Over a fifteen minute period the observers saw a shiny object w...

15:35

How The Other Half Lives: Welfare Torts Vs Travel Rorts "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Turnbull government is in chaos, and we’re not even halfway through January, writes Ben Eltham.

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge finally returned from his summer holidays this week.

While he was away, the Department he oversees was melting down. Centrelink was sending out tens of thousands of threatening letters to innocent Australians, falsely accusing them of welfare fraud.

As we detailed last week, it was a fiasco entirely of the government’s own making. The “robo-debt” letters were generated despite obvious and glaring failures to match up elementary information. Centrelink and the Department knew that the robo-debt system was fatally flawed. They went ahead anyway.

So what did Minister Tudge do when returning to the smoking ruins of his portfolio? Nothing. Nothing at all.

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge, on ABC's Lateline program.Human Services Minister Alan Tudge, on ABC’s Lateline program.

Tudge finally fronted the media on Wednesday morning, talking to the ABC’s Hamish Macdonald. Macdonald asked him whether the government would scrap the robo-dobt algorithm.

“No we won’t be,” Tudge replied.

There’s an important principle here, Hamish, that we’re trying to implement and that is to ensure that there is great integrity in the welfare system because after all the welfare system constitutes a third of the budget.

We want to make sure that people get the welfare entitlements that they’re entitled to and no more and no less. Consequently we do have a robust compliance system in place and in the last six months alone, we’ve recovered over $300 million to the taxpayer through that process. So the system is working and we will continue with that system.

It’s a measure of how out of touch this government is that Tudge thinks the “system is working.” Centrelink has sent out more than 169,000 robo-debt letters since September 2016. Many of those letters, perhaps a majority, are wrong.

Centrelink itself is in melt-down; staff are taking industrial action; there are massive queues at offices;...

15:06

Why reward illegals with $10K starter packs when a veteran pays $7,000 visa fee for his wife "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'll let you know how Ralph and Ruby's Visa application is progressing through the normal channels. I don't think it's fair that a man who volunteered for active service, who is now a TPI war veteran, who wrote out a cheque up to the value of his life made payable...

14:00

The One Thing Team Trump Will Fight Hardest to Prevent "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Our hypothesis is that the economic policies of the Trump team — whatever they turn out to be — will turn out no better than the attack on Fort Sumter. They will not create a healthy, growing economy.

The post The One Thing Team Trump Will Fight Hardest to Prevent appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.

13:57

Metal Market Imbalances Make a Bullish Environment for Investors "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

These people are well-connected with users and supply chains across the globe, and they think that the world is ready for a breakout in basic materials.

The post Metal Market Imbalances Make a Bullish Environment for Investors appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.

13:55

The Privacyless, Freedomless Smart City of 2030 the Elite Are Engineering "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Well here’s a fat bag of crazy for you, courtesy of the elites over at Davos ahead of their 2017 meeting.… Read More

13:42

Why it’s Easier Than you Probably Think to Predict the US Fed’s Moves "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Fed forecasting is surprisingly easy. It’s a matter of considering what we know and what we don’t know, and observing the indications and warnings.

The post Why it’s Easier Than you Probably Think to Predict the US Fed’s Moves appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.

13:21

Turnbull's Sheik Shady dinner cost $33,000 - the insult to Australia will last forever "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here are the financial costs of Turnbull's dinner with the death-cult Sheik and Mufti. The damage to Australia is priceless. The Mufti's support for the Sheik stands. The Mufti's repudiation of Australia's PM stands. Turnbull's failure to condemn the Mufti condemns Turnbull. $5,800 for Turnbull's staff to fly in and...

12:48

Opening Pandora’s Box: Metadata in civil procedings "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last night Open Knowledge Australia (Melbourne) hosted the first of what will be two events on the issue of the plans by government to open retained metadata to civil proceedings. It was a very interesting event with a strong turn out of around 50 very informed people, most of whom had something to add to discussion throughout the night.

For a bit of background, the Attorney-General and Communications Portfolios are running a departmental Inquiry seeking submissions into whether metadata collected by Australian ISP’s should be used not only for investigating us under criminal law but also for civil cases. Jon Lawrence from Electronic Frontiers Australia provided much-needed background looking back on...

12:46

10 years of the intervention is too long "IndyWatch Feed National"

After 10 years of the intervention there are more people unemployed, more people incarcerated, and more children being taken away. Overcrowded housing persists. Land has been acquired through intergenerational leases by the government, and the basics card has been rolled out into the wider community. Barb Shaw is calling out to people to come together for a convergence in Alice Springs 24 – 26 June 2017 to discuss these and strategise together.

See her call out here:


12:32

Redirecting Royalties to the Rural Rump – The Nationals go vote-harvesting "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The Western Australian election 11 March will be a furious battle, but don’t bother with the popcorn – the ALP led by Mark McGowan is set to win easily and the fireworks of One Nation will prove a damp squib. Facing certain defeat, the Liberal–National Coalition are playing hard-ball to minimise their losses. The close […]

11:58

Inglourious Basterds "IndyWatch Feed National"

John Howard, the former politician, author, public speaker and Iraq war criminal, is still being lionised by Australian media, particularly at the ABC. Lawyer and human rights activist Kellie Tranter takes aim.

In 2013, Professor Stuart Rees, Founder and Chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation, wrote in an article John Howard’s Iraq War Fantasy that, “The arrogance of western warmongers enables them to behave as though they are not accountable to international law. Not only that, they can also make small fortunes from writing books and giving lectures about their conduct.”

After Howard’s inglorious personal demise in the 2007 federal election – only the second prime minister in history to lose his seat while in The Lodge – he followed that path exactly, joining the lucrative speaker’s circuit, writing his autobiography and receiving an honorary doctorate from Sydney University.

In 2014, John Howard published his book ‘The Menzies Era’ which was developed into the series Howard on Menzies: Building Modern Australia and which aired on the public broadcaster last year.

In response to a Freedom of Information request attempting to ascertain who was responsible for nominating John Howard as the presenter, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) responded as follows:

“The Director of Television has confirmed that the idea for series Howard on Menzies: Building Modern Australia was developed internally. He advised that ABC TV had wanted to do a documentary on Menzies for some time, and when John Howard’s book was published, this was identified as useful source material for that documentary. A creative decision was made that John Howard would be a good choice to present the documentary, as the most authentic voice in the circumstances. ABC TV approached production company Smith and Nasht and commissioned them to make the series…”

In a further email received in December last year the ABC confirmed that “the Director of Television made this conceptual decision in collaboration with the Head of Production.”

Since the Iraq war it is no doubt difficult for many to accept that John Howard is considered an ‘authentic voice’ on any issue. But the reality is that John Howard won’t be held to account by international law, and will continue to be treated as a statesman instead of a war criminal because his crime of aggression occurred at an historical moment where no crime existed.

An American chopper patrols over the skies of Baghdad. (DVIDSHUB, Flickr)An American chopper patrols over the skies of Baghdad. (DVIDSHUB, Flickr)...

11:33

Orville Wright, Three Museums and one Recurring Casualty "IndyWatch Feed National"

Orville Wright, Three Museums and one Recurring Casualty

By Steven & Evan Strong

My time with keyboards and screens is always a reluctant engagement, all planning and general writing takes place outside on the farm beside the rainforest during the day. Using the computer as a typewriter is the full extent of my liking or empathy for any screen with attachments and aps (whatever that means). Once my wife goes to bed my right index finger spends three to four hours pushing buttons, and it is nearly always to the accompaniment of background music. Most of the content on mainstream TV is shamefully numbing, exploitative and fearful, and even if it is just humming in the background, that alone hinders the process and necessitates the off switch.

This time around should have been a repeat dose of alternatives that soothe, and as Del was making her way down the hall towards the bedroom, I rose with every intention to switch the setting on the amplifier to a mixed bag of music from Double Jay. I was within a metre of the remote when first hearing Wilbur WrightâŹ"s name. I had very little to offer on this topic outside his brother Orville, and a flimsy piece of sticks and cloth cobbled together called the âŹÜKittyhawkâŹ" that flew a few feet in the air, that was the sum total personally known on what the commentator declared to be a seminal moment in history. Claims like that are so cheap and ready, but yes in this case this proclamation of brilliance has substance. Moreover, as I knew virtually nothing about this historic discovery, a break in routine was taken as I did something quite unusual, which I knew from the time of changing tact was heavily laced in irony. My hope was to find out what really happened and how great these two men were, via a mainstream media outlet.

As the documentary began, having no program, review or preview to sway or prepare, I assumed this was all about Wilbur and Orville as children jumping off hills while holding wings of fabric and wood, their discovery of an elemental truth in aerodynamics all the way through and past the first officially recorded fli...

11:30

How to make cricket bats, 1962. Once were craftsmen. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Raise your hand if you remember your first pot of linseed oil. When I was a boy my family held craftsmen like this in the highest esteem. My father spoke of older tradesmen he worked with in almost reverential terms. Now we have Malcolm and innovation. Why make things when...

11:28

Curtain And The Case For Freedom: How Many Indigenous Prisoners In Australia Are Innocent? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Amy McQuire has been investigating the jailing of an Aboriginal man in Queensland for over a year. Here she details at the case, and the broader reality of wrongful convictions in Australia.

In 1991, an Aboriginal woman named Lynda tragically lost her life on the banks of the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton, Central Queensland. She as found by a fisherman, early on a Sunday morning. A police investigation was immediately called into her death, and the next year, four people were convicted in relation to her death.

While news of her death originally made the front pages of the local paper, by the time the trial rolled around the next year, the story was consigned to the middle sections. Now, 25 years on, few remember her name or the specifics of her death.

But there are reasons we must remember, because for the past quarter of a century, rumours of a grave miscarriage of justice perpetrated against Lynda have persisted.

It revolves around the person who received a life sentence for her death – an Aboriginal man by the name of Kevin Henry, or as he is more widely known, ‘Curtain’. Kevin Henry was picked up by police and charged with Lynda’s death within the same week she was found.

Curtain has always maintained his innocence but his pleas have fell on deaf ears. For Aboriginal people who already have the justice system stacked against them, the avenues to protest a guilty verdict are limited, and it is unlikely you will be believed.

Wrongful convictions in Australia are relatively rare, especially when compared to countries like the United States. In 2015, a new record was set in the US, according to the University of Michigan Law School, which counted 149 exonerations in that year alone.

San Quentin Prison, in the United States. (IMAGE: telmo32, Flickr)San Quentin Prison, in the United States. (IMAGE: telmo32, Flickr)

A large proportion of these people had actually plead guilty even though they were innocent, 27 of them had given false confessions, 75 per cent of homicide cases reported official misconduct, and in 75 of the cases, there had been no actual crime committed.

There have been high profile cases of wrongful conviction in Australia – like Andrew Mallard in Perth, and more recently, Henry Keogh in South Australia, who was exonerated after it was found flawed forensic evidence was presented at his trial.

But these cases are seen as exceptions, rather than a symptom of the deep-rooted flaws within our own legal system.

However, if these two white men could be wrongfully conv...

11:22

50,000 years of story "IndyWatch Feed National"

Troowolway man Nathan Maynard’s play The Season, premiering this week at the Sydney Opera House as part of the 2017 Sydney Festival, has been a long time in the making. In some ways, it began at an Indigenous scriptwriting program a couple of years ago, but it’s also been guided to realisation from a lot further back by family mentors. There are stories threaded throughout from Maynard’s childhood in northern Tasmania, and older stories still – traditional stories that have carried over millennia. The play is hotly tipped to be a festival standout.

11:06

Stu of NT - Goin' Rortin'. "IndyWatch Feed National"

But fear not. Here are the keepers of the standards and guardians of the treasury.

10:51

Calls by Vic kids in crisis go unanswered "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Michael C. Irving’s Child Abuse Monument 7. Photo Harvey K flickr.com/photos/theharv58/

MELBOURNE AAP

Victoria’s child abuse hotline reportedly failed to answer 20,000 calls for help in an 18-month period with some people waiting two hours to speak with an operator.

Freedom of information documents obtained by News Corp suggest almost 57,000 calls to the Child Protection Crisis Line were not responded to between mid-2010 and late 2015.

Children Minister Jenny Mikakos insists the Andrews government has increased funding to the service ‘after years of neglect by the previous government’.

‘Labor has increased funding, resulting in a decrease in the number of abandoned calls and a significant reduction in waiting times,’ the minister says in a statement on Thursday.

The government says in the last six months of 2016 the percentage of abandoned calls dropped to six per cent, with the average waiting time cut to one minute and 11 seconds.

The post Calls by Vic kids in crisis go unanswered appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:47

Replacement for Culleton unknown "IndyWatch Feed National"

Senator Rod Culleton leaves the Federal Court in Perth, Dec. 2016 after a Federal Court judge has declared him bankrupt. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

Senator Rod Culleton leaves the Federal Court in Perth, Dec. 2016 after a Federal Court judge declared him bankrupt. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

PERTH AAP

A replacement for dumped senator Rod Culleton remains unknown but it could be the second person on the One Nation ticket – his brother-in-law Peter Georgiou.

The independent senator lost his spot on Wednesday after he was declared bankrupt by a Federal Court judge.

Senate president Stephen Parry said in a statement that he had informed Mr Culleton and WA governor Kerry Sanderson there was a vacancy because the former One Nation member had been disqualified from the position as he was an ‘undischarged bankrupt’.

Senator Parry also advised party leaders and independent senators of the development.

But the Court of Disputed Returns is yet to determine whether Mr Culleton was ever eligible to be selected as a senator as he had been convicted of a larceny charge, which was later annulled, at the time of the federal election in July.

‘It will be necessary for the Court of Disputed Returns to deliver its answers to the referred questions before it will become apparent how the vacancy may be filled,’ Senator Parry said.

It will be reported to the Senate when it meets on February 7.

Depending on the court’s decision, the vacancy will be filled by either Mr Georgiou, or the party can nominate a replacement.

‘If a casual vacancy is declared because of Rod Culleton’s disqualification I have already chosen a great person to replace him in the Senate,’ One Nation leader Pauline Hanson tweeted on Wednesday night.

Mr Culleton had been ordered to pay former Wesfarmers director Dick Lester $205,536 in 2013 – which has since increased to $280,000 – over unpaid rent relating to a $13.2 million 2009 pro...

08:18

Rolf Harris accused of ‘unwanted groping’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

Entertainer Rolf Harris arriving for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London 2014 file photo

Entertainer Rolf Harris arriving for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London 2014 file photo

LONDON AAP

Rolf Harris has a proven propensity for indecently assaulting young females and is guilty of further offences of ‘unwanted groping’, the prosecution has told a London jury in his new trial.

The 86-year-old entertainer is facing a six-week trial in Southwark Crown Court on seven charges of indecent assault against women and girls and one alternative charge of sexual assault.

The charges relate to alleged offences committed between 1971 and 2004 against complainants aged between 12 and 42 at the time and when Harris was aged between 41 and 74.

Prosecuting lawyer Jonathan Rees on Wednesday told the jury of seven women and six men that they would recognise Harris as someone who had been an artist, musician, popular entertainer and television personality of international standing for over 50 years.

But he said that in July 2014 Harris had been convicted of 12 offences of indecent assault against four female victims aged between 8 and 19 at the time of the offences between 1969 and 1986.

Harris is now serving a sentence of nearly six years on those charges and has been granted leave to appear at his new trial by videolink from Stafford Prison due to his age and state of health.

Mr Rees told the jury that none of the alleged assaults in the new trial involved sexual penetration of any kind.

‘Most of the behaviour complained of falls into a broad category that might be described as unwanted groping, and includes, for example, grabbing or touching breasts over clothing, and slipping a hand up or into a skirt to touch the vaginal area,’ he said.

Mr Rees said that a notable feature of the offending was it all occurred in public settings when there were other people in the near vicinity.

He said the prosecution would argue that, despite Harris sa...

07:13

Stop Taxpayer's Money Funding Adani !!! "IndyWatch Feed National"


Adani could get be about to get their its hands on $1 billion dollars of Australian taxpayer money.
Right now the Turnbull Government is preparing to subsidise the destruction of our Reef and climate with a public handout for Adani's rail line to its monstrous Carmichael coal mine.
The government body that could provide Adani with this outrageous taxpayer handout is the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).
The board of NAIF are considering Adani's application right now and most of the board have extremely close ties to the coal industry. You can bet they'll be under immense pressure from their mates in the coal lobby to make sure Adani get their handout.
Can you contact the board of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and tell them why you oppose a handout for Adani?

00:16

Hollywood speaking truth to power in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Publicly saying your piece before neo-McCarthyism hits Hollywood - replacing the 1940s & 50s persecution of alleged Reds Under Beds with Let's Get People Who Don’t Agree With Trump in 2017.

00:15

First measles alert of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Given that at this time of year so many holidaying people are still on the move, this is a health alert that should not be ignored.

NSW Health, Media Release, 5 January 2017:
Measles warning following contraction by international traveller NSW Health is warning the public to be alert to the symptoms of measles after a passenger travelled on an international flight to Sydney while infectious.
The young woman travelled on Virgin Australia Airlines flight VA 70 from Denpasar, Bali to Sydney, arriving at 7:40 am on 1 January. The woman also visited the Sutherland Hospital Emergency Department in the late morning of 4 January while infectious and the hospital is contacting people who may have been exposed during this visit.
This case is not linked to the cluster of four cases reported in December last year.
Dr Sean Tobin, Acting Director, Communicable Diseases Branch, NSW Health, said fellow travellers and other people who may have been in contact with this case should be alert to the symptoms of measles in the coming days and weeks.
Measles is very infectious. Symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash spreading from the head and neck to the rest of the body. Measles can have serious complications, particularly for young children.
Children or adults born during or since 1966 who do n...

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22:00

Did Julian Assange Just Use the Bitcoin Blockchain to Prove He Is Alive? "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, read yesterday the bitcoin blockchain hash of block 447506 during a recorded video. At the time, it represented the most recent bitcoin block published to the blockchain. Experts contend this is proof that Mr. Assange is alive – or at least that the video, in which the whistleblower appears uncoerced, was not pre-recorded.

Also Read: WikiLeaks Has Raised 4,000+ BTC Since 2011

Bitcoin’s Blockchain is Public and Immutable

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There had been some speculation that Mr. Assange was dead or lost control of his online identity. Instead of holding up today’s newspaper, as might have happened historically, the Australia-native used the blockchain technology to prove he is alive, contained at the Ecuadorian embassy.

As a public cryptographic ledger, the bitcoin blockchain allows anyone to “mine” and add pieces of information (known as ‘blocks’) to the blockchain, but only upon completing a computer process known as “proof of work”.

Bitcoin’s hash algorithm, known as SHA256, scrambles data stored in the blocks (in the case of bitcoin, mostly transaction data) into a string of letters and numbers referred to as a hash. Knowing what data went into creating a hash is very hard. However, it is very easy to determine the hash of a particular piece of data.

A bitcoin block hash represents a random group of letters and number virtually impossible to predict. Once distributed via the blockchain, however, the hash is widely available and cannot be altered. By reading the most recently published block hash, Mr. Assange could prove today’s interview had not been pre-recorded.

Bitcoin Removes Financial Blockades

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21:50

Mainstream Media Cynically Attacks Social Media Over Fake News "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Recently, since the election of Donald Trump as the next US president, stories of “fake news” in the social media has been widely reported in the main stream news media accusing it of altering the election results. Similar stories occurred in Australia during the last election.  However, targeting social media by the main stream news is a little like the pot calling the kettle black. Fake news is widely spread throughout the news media throughout the world whether it is the social media or the main stream TV, newspapers and magazines.

The difference is that people on social media can quickly spread stories that they like, feel important or believe to be true to their friends on the social media and this concerns politicians especially during the run up to elections as they fear it may alter peoples’ perception of political parties and their voting intentions.

The truth of course is that fake news been used for decades in the USA, UK and Australia by the Murdoch media empire to distribute political propaganda aimed at directing public discussion and thought in a direction desired by the government of the day and blocking thought in a direction that might be opposite or inconvenient to the government of the day. Some call this mind control and it’s common in every country.

Let’s be quite honest for a moment, fake news are lies spread by malevolent people to deceive and confuse you and your friends into having false beliefs and making poor or incorrect decisions that may cost you money or endanger your health or even your life.  The real problem is that many people choos...

21:14

Dear 2017, Please Be Kind "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fuck, I go. I think this is the future.

It’s 2017, and the Old World slips away from us more and more every day. Fidel Castro and David Bowie are dead.  Our phones control our lives. My local mall has a giant billboard suspended from the ceiling, with holographic advertisements on it, that looks exactly like the one in The Hunger Games Arena. You can get hamburgers out of the wall in Amsterdam.

2017 is a new year, new you, new president-elect. Everything’s coming up Milhouse. Obama’s last days in Washington are putting dough in all the meme doctors’ pockets. The planet mourns what’s passed, while scuttling around in this strange limbo that follows New Year’s and the silly season, all of us feeling shit-scared of what lies ahead. The new year yawns ahead of us like a clinical futuristic chasm, and I for one have genuinely no idea what to expect. It feels like the world has gone mad.

But then, wham, bang, bam. Meryl Streep’s Lifetime Achievement Speech at the Golden Globes. Straight up beautiful. A calm island in our overheated sea. That woman is a wizard. We are all muggles. Meryl stood up on that stage, and under the fake lights and mammoth camera lenses, under the vapid eyes of Hollywood big guns, beneath the botoxed lips and repulsively extravagant displays of wealth, she said a few things that were dead-set real.

Hollywood is notorious for being anything but. They, the red-hot centre of Western culture, have made us want happy-ever-after Marriages and yellow backless evening dresses and brooding dark men for the past 60 years, all set to a jaunty backing track that prohibits sadness or indignity. Formulaic and contrived, they shape our advertisements and our lives. They are responsible for the 21st-century curse of constant dissatisfaction and consumption.

But Meryl talked about the fat orange man in a suit who is probably, as we speak, cackling evilly while rubbing his hands together over a rotating globe model. She talked about the importance of art in dark times. She talked about integrity and compassion. She talked about Love.

It was a super unexpected, seeing a speech that seemed Resistance-like in nature, a call to action, a call to arms, in a context that is so usually synonymous with conformity and consumerism. She was basically telling us to fight back.

We sit on an uncertain precipice, with the realisation dawning on us babies fr...

21:09

In America, State renewable energy policies are working. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

text-cat-questionWhy can’t Australia’s States succeed in renewable energy, by-passing our climate denying federal government?

Report: Benefits of state renewable energy policies far outweigh text-relevant...

21:02

Nuclear – a dying industry "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

terminal-nuclear-industryPaul Waldon, Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 10 Jan 17 There are over 20 companies trying to produce the best solar paint, they say the product is a reality. I received a email asking if I would like to invest, but poverty stops me.

But I have to ask has anybody ever received requests if they would like to invest in a nuclear waste machine that has a byproduct called electricity.

Nuclear can NOT get investors, it relies on government handouts and other support. Wall Street won’t invest in the game, the Chemical Bank of New York went belly up investing in nuclear, and if you remove the liability cap from nuclear power generation the utilities that operate the reactors won’t want to have anything to do with the businesses, if there was a accident in a NPP IN America the utility will only have to pay about $75 million which is about 1% of what the government will spend.

‘Nuclear is death and it’s a dying industry that can’t be buried and from past history of any offers of compensation by the government...

21:00

W.A. govt approves Toro Energy’s Wiluna uranium mine, as uranium prices continue to decrease "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

text-uranium-hypeToro Energy’s Wiluna uranium mine in Goldfields gets green light from WA Government, ABC News, By Jarrod Lucas, 9 Jan 17, Western Australia’s first uranium mine is a step closer after the state’s Environment Minister Albert Jacob granted approval for a project at Wiluna in the northern Goldfields.

The owners of the proposed mine, Toro Energy, still need the green light from Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.

Toro told the stock market on Monday afternoon it hoped federal approval would be granted by March…..

, uranium miners rushing to get approvals in place before March’s state election were thwarted in their bid for a hat-trick when Canadian giant Cameco’s proposed Yeelirrie mine was knocked back on environmental grounds last year……

Drop in Australian uranium production predicted

Uranium prices remain near historic lows, depressed since the 2011 Japanese tsunami sent the Fukushima plant into multiple meltdowns.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science today released its Resources and Energy Quarterly which forecast Australian uranium production to decrease by 6.8 per cent this financial year to 7,141 tonnes……...

20:56

Geoengineering and Weather Modification Patents-Chemtrails, Calmatives, and Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Geoengineering Weather Modification Patent

 

This listing of geoengineering and weather modification patents is far from complete and will be updated occasionally.

Please submit patents by leaving a comment on this page or contacting me via one of the social media links on my page:  The ResoNation

This article is part of our series: Geoengineering and Weather Modification Exposed

Also see our Weather Control timeline and maps! Read More

20:46

Cross Post: Terry Barnes Every cloud has a silver lining "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Notwithstanding investigations under way into stood-aside Health minister Sussan Ley’s touching fondness for the Gold Coast, it now appears she has crossed the line on survivability.

Yesterday’s revelation by Fairfax reporters that Ley spent more than $13,000 of our money to self-pilot charter planes on mainline air routes, instead of taking far cheaper commercial flights, is utterly unjustifiable.  It crosses the line of credibility.

As the evidence of Ley’s travel splurging mounts, and the questions around it multiply, she shouldn’t wait for the secretary of the Prime Minister’s department to report: she should accept the inevitable and resign.

But if she does, it’s a blessing in disguise for the Turnbull government. Ley was the Minister for Mediscare.  Having achieved what she was put there for in early 2015, kill off the 2014 budget’s GP co-payment, rebuild burnt bridges with the AMA and take health off the front pages – all of which she did to some degree – Ley hit the ground reviewing but did little else. As a result, the Coalition has had no coherent health policy agenda for two years.

The blatant lies of Bill Shorten’s Mediscare worked for Labor because there was a policy vacuum on the Government’s side: the Coalition had no credible counter because it had no coherent health policy narrative of its own.

With the Prime Minister, Ley must take responsibility for her outstanding contribution to the Coalition’s near-loss, and for the fact that since the election the Government has shown little indication it’s heard the electorate’s message.

In her time as health minister, Ley administered but did not lead.  Unlike her unfairly-maligned predecessor Peter Dutton, she did not push hard enough against powerful vested interests like the AMA or the Pharmacy Guild to achieve better deals for Australian taxpayers.  Under Ley, those vested interests have defined the healthcare agenda, not the minister.

Ley’s much-hyped reforms of private health insurance amount to little more than a fluffy colour chart of policies based on their restrictions and exclusions, while leaving untouched the doctors, hospitals and other price-gouging providers whose avarice drives exclusions and spiraling premiums.  And her important expert review of the Medicare schedule has been strung out to give the appearance of doing something, while not confronting the AMA and other Medicare rent-seekers with actual decisions.

Ley and her office were seen by the healthcare sector and industry analysts as insular and out of touch.  Especially after the success of Mediscare, respect for them already was low, and if she does somehow survive th...

20:30

The World of Zadie Smith: Mixed-Race People and Polychromatic Dreams "IndyWatch Feed National"

Swing Time like its predecessors is intensely curious about race, but it is also curious about so much more than race, such as Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ali Baba Goes to Town and Michael Jackson.

Zadie Smith. Credit: Youtube screenshot

Zadie Smith. Credit: Youtube screenshot

Cool Britannia, slickly marketed by Tony Blair’s Labour government, was hardly a monochromatic one. The London of Alexander McQueen, Oasis, Blur, Damien Hurst and the Spice Girls was a pastiche of the preceding Conservative regimes and a variegated motif of multiculturalism. White Teeth, that rollicking sketch of the post-colonial migrant experience, that comical world of inter-locking narratives – a genre that James Wood compellingly defined as ‘hysterical realism’ – landed amidst the boisterous icons of Cool Britannia in 2000, announcing the arrival of Zadie Smith – young, black, British, freckled, high cheek-boned.

White Teeth, an ostensibly hilarious examination of the vagaries of racially mixed friendships, is perhaps the loudest testimony to what Smith does best – bring the Joneses, the Iqbals and the Chalfens together in the hybrid topography of Willesden in north-west London. The book is, as described by Smith herself, in an interview, “…a kind of mishmash, as first novels tend to be”. Swing Time, Smith’s newest fiction, published in November 2016, is an evocation of that very universe – a hotchpotch of people and places, a medley of sights and sounds and smells. It is also a deeper and somewhat quieter rumination on race.

Wistful love letter to friendship

Two seven-year-old girls, the unnamed narrator and Tracey, meet for the first time in a churchyard, on their way to a community dance class. “Our shade of brown was exactly the same – as if one piece of tan material had been cut to make us both – and our freckles gathered in the same areas, we were of the same height”. Tracey, from the very beginning, cuts a glamorous figure: “…she looked like a darker Shirley Temple…” She wore her hair in two long plaits that reached her backside and were tied with yellow satin bows. “Satin yellow bows were a phenomenon unknown to my mother,” declares the narrator, whose mother is a “feminist” who “never wore make-up and dressed us both as plainly as possible”.

Told in retrospect by the biracial narrator, Swing Time is a wistful love letter to this friendship. The girls, who live in housing estates in London, follow divergent trajectories as they grow up – the narrator becomes the assistant....

20:21

Trump puts RFK Jr – who has railed against a vaccine ‘holocaust’ – in charge of new commission on vaccine safety "IndyWatch Feed National"

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  • President-elect Donald Trump invited Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to meet at Trump Tower
  • He is placing Kennedy, the son of RFK and nephew of President Kennedy, in charge of a new commission on ‘vaccine safety and scientific integrity’
  • Says he is ‘very pro-vaccine’ but wants to make sure they are ‘as safe as they possibly can be’
  • Kennedy has spoken of an unproven link between vaccines and autism 
  • Trump has repeatedly linked vaccines to autism in his remarks and tweets
  • RFK becomes the first Democrat to accept a Trump-appointed role 

20:19

Organspende - Die verschwiegene Wahrheit - Werner Hanne bei SteinZeit "IndyWatch Feed National"

 


Beim Thema Organspende geht es regelmäßig um den Organspender, d. h. um einen Menschen, dem Organe entnommen werden können, weil er
a) für hirntot erklärt wurde und
b) er selbst oder seine Angehörigen einer Organentnahme zugestimmt hatten.

Selten wird jedoch beschrieben, wie die Situation bei den Organempfängern aussieht, d. h. bei den Menschen, denen dann die Organe eingepflanzt (transplantiert) werden. Warum wohl? Dieses Thema ist der Schwerpunkt in dem Gespräch mit Werner Hanne.

Darin geht es zunächst um Zeitpunkt des Beginns der Transplantations-Manie und warum der Hirntod erfunden werden musste. Danach wird die fast nicht zu glaubende Vorgehensweise bei einer Organentnahme beschrieben und was danach mit dem ausgebeinten Körper geschieht.
Im Hauptthema wird jedoch von den Auswirkungen berichtet, denen sich regelmäßig der Or-ganempfänger ausgesetzt sieht und die der Öffentlichkeit verschwiegen werden:
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19:54

how to wean your toddler "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I didn’t plan to breastfeed Percy for as long as I have but here we are.

I knew that weaning him wasn’t going to be as straight forward as it was with Che and Poet. Percy’s birth was challenging, his first few months were very unsettled and now he’s asserting himself with a defiance that is both admirable and confronting. It’s safe to say that birthing and parenting him has been an entirely new experience for me. Weaning him has been much the same.

Just before we went overseas I decided that I would wean as soon as we returned. I wanted to feed him in Bali to keep his immunity boosted and to ensure he was settled on the plane trips. My plan worked. But what I didn’t anticipate was that the new environment and humidity would have him feeding like a newborn. He really was on me all. day. long and I was exhausted as a result.

A few Balinese women suggested I put something bitter on my nipples to deter him. Turns out that was the only thing that would work.

As soon as we returned I lazily attempted to wean him but he wasn’t having a bar of it. And then I discovered I was pregnant and predicted that my milk would change flavour and he would wean on his own accord.

Not a chance.

And then the exhaustion of the first trimester took hold and feeding him meant fifteen minutes of peace and the opportunity to lie down. So I took it, gratefully, all the while knowing that I had to wean him…and soon.

But then one day I just decided that enough was enough. I needed sleep, energy and a few months break between breastfeeding my toddler and my newborn.

And just like that I discovered an abundance of patience and with Daniel on board, we embarked on the weaning process.

Years ago someone told me that it only takes a baby three days to make or break a habit. With that in mind, we persevered.

I’m not going to tell you it’s been easy because it most definitely hasn’t been. It’s been tough. Late, unsettled nights punctuated by persistent screaming, 3am wakes with more screaming and consistent requests for milk.

The first thing I did was put apple cider vinegar on my nipples. “Yuck,” he said. And yet he still asked for it…for days.

And so I kept refusing and Daniel would pour him a cup of water or milk to distract him. And then he’d take him for a walk or play with his trains or read him a story. Watching them form a new relationship – where I’m not required – is the silver lining of this experience.

We let him stay up well past his b...

19:44

Arts Thursday 12 January 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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MARGARET OLLEY

This Arts Thursday, celebrate the life and contribution of the beloved Australian artist Margaret Olley.

Margaret Olley: Painter, Peer, Mentor and Muse on exhibition at the SH Ervin Gallery tells of Olley’s life not only as an accomplished artist herself but also as a friend and supporter of many of her own contemporaries and a younger generation of painters such as Nicholas Harding, Robert Barnes, Cressida Campbell, Criss Canning and Ben Quilty.

Her championing of her own mentors, such as Jean Bellette ensured that their work was not forgotten and her own distinctive persona inspired some remarkable portraits, including the award-winning Archibald portraits by William Dobell and Ben Quilty.

Jane Watters the Director of the SH Ervin Gallery speaks to Maisy Stapleton about the exhibition and her own memories of the artist .

kitchen-2In addition, there will be a part-reprise of an interview with Christine France, one of Margaret Olley’s close friends, her executor and a member of the Margaret Olley Art Trust, who gave Maisy Stapleton a tour of the artist’s extraordinary house in early 2012 – and simultaneously, revealed Olley’s remarkable character – before the house’s contents were packed up to be reinstalled at the Tweed Regional Gallery at Murwillumbah.

Tune into Arts Thursday to share the conversations and insights into a remarkable life, lived joyously and with gusto, for art....

19:37

SES Open Day January 15th. Clayton Park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Come along to Clayton Park on Sunday January 15th for a great display by Bribie Island State Emergency Service, which is working with us here in Beachmere to create our own SES team to help out in the event of local emergencies.
Clayton Park
Sunday January 15th, 9-12
Displays. Vehicles. Community Education.
Lips and Latte's Coffee Van will be at the park, so come along and see what the SES has to offer our community.
...and maybe think about volunteering.

More info on SES. 
The State Emergency Service (SES) is a volunteer emergency and rescue service operating within the department of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. The SES service is dedicated to helping the community in times of disaster, responding to thousands of calls for help every year.

19:05

The Donald J. Coyote syndrome "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Wile E. Coyote must have eaten quite a lot of roadrunners in his time, even if not that roadrunner. Sylvester has to have eaten his fair share of birds, even if he never quite gets to Tweety. The big bad wolf may not have eaten those three little pigs, the ones with the clever oldest brother who built his house of brick, but he has certainly eaten his fair share of others. These are all extremely robust animals, whose fame rests on their role in never actually finally despatching their movie co-stars before the camera. But each looks very well fed and each is strictly a carnivore.

But these are just cartoons, right? Unfortunately it is a mentality that goes far wider that has helped to infantise the American public. The rest of this is a reflection on a movie we have just seen. No spoilers here, since I have now deleted the title having seen that knowing which film it is doesn’t affect what I want to say. Although this one is at the extreme end, there are many examples now showing from which you can learn that harm that shallow sentimentality has caused political judgement.
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But this is not a movie review; this is a discussion of the American left as represented by its insistence that all film endings be Hollywood endings. In a Hollywood ending, whatever might be the set up, everything works out fine. Probabilities and reality have nothing to do with plot lines. Audiences must have endings that do not upset them. Reality must never intrude. No lamb is ever torn to bits by wolves. No bird is ever devoured by cats. No chicken is ever eaten by a fox. No one is ever harmed by members of protected minority groups.

You might say that movies are movies and the real world is something else. Everyone knows the difference and movies are just for escapism, right? Except that politics as presented by the media has now become a form of escapism as well, and the editors of our media organisations understand the kinds of news that must never be reported since it would upset the delicate fake news narratives in which everyone is classified as either victims or villains. Some groups are Wile E. Coyote and others are their victims, and if you are the first, everything you do is bad, and if you are one of the second, then you are presented in the most positive way possible.

It may well be that humankind cannot bear very much reality, but the left cannot, it seems to me, bear almost any at all. The left, in their delusion that they are making a better world, are the creators of a large measure of the political evil we find, but even so, demand that they are never presented with an accounting for the horrors they have helped to create through their passive acquiescence. They are determined never to have to confront the evidence and consequences of their misjudgements, and the mainstream media fully intend to conspire with them in ensuring the problems...

18:58

George Soros "didn't want anything" for donations, he was 'just giving back' "IndyWatch Feed National"

This email is from Rob Wolfe - the proprietor of one of the legions of consultancies the Clintons use to tell them what to say. The time frame - this email was sent on 10 March 2016. You'll see Hillary in the video taken on the following Super Tuesday, 15...

18:55

Killing Sprees Done Under Mind Control? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Danny Guest Editor’s Note: This is reprinted from The Daily Sheeple The latest official gunman is Esteban Santiago the alleged killer of 5 people at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in January of 2017. “In November 2016, Esteban Santiago walked into the Anchorage FBI Field Office to report that his mind was being controlled […]

18:28

1) Detainment of four Papuan students for alleged treason extended "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Defense Ministry upholds training for Islam Defenders Front
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1) Detainment of four Papuan students for alleged treason extended

Lita Aruperes The Jakarta Post
Manado | Wed, January 11, 2017 | 11:10 am



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18:03

Nuclear watchdog questions Environment Ministry’s plan to reuse radioactive soil "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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Bags containing contaminated soil and other materials produced through decontamination work are seen at a provisional storage site in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has raised questions about the Environment Ministry’s proposal to reuse radioactive soil resulting from decontamination work around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant due to the insufficiency of information on how such material would be managed, it has been learned.
As the ministry has not provided a sufficient amount of information, the nuclear watchdog has not allowed the ministry to seek advice from its Radiation Council — a necessary step in determining standards for radiation exposure associated with the reuse of contaminated materials.

The Ministry of the Environment discussed the reuse of contaminated soil in closed-door meetings with radiation experts between January and May last year. The standard for the reuse of such materials as metal produced in the process of…

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18:01

Antarctica is About to Lose a 2,000 Square Mile Chunk of Ice — And it Could Mean the End of the Larsen C Ice Shelf "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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It’s happened before. Ice shelves on the northern Antarctic Peninsula released large chunks of ice into the Southern Ocean as the world warmed up. They developed a concave shape which became unstable. Then they collapsed.

The ultimate collapse of Larsen A occurred in 1995. In 2002, further up the Antarctic Peninsula, the larger Larsen B Ice Shelf succumbed to the same fate. And it is thought that such losses haven’t happened to this section of Antarctica in at least 11,000 years and possibly as long ago as 100,000 years.

(NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory provides this narrative describing the collapse of the Larsen B Ice Shelf in 2002. Video source: JPL.)

But in the present world, one where human fossil fuel emissions have forced global temperatures above 1 C hotter than 1880s averages, the stability of many of the great great ice shelves is now endangered.

Larsen C Ice Shelf…

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18:00

The Small Plutonium Dust in the Lung "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

https://blogs.mediapart.fr/ano/blog/221216/la-petite-poussiere-de-plutonium-melox-astrid

Translation from french by Hervé Courtois (Dun Renard)

1, What does a small grain of invisible dust of plutonium arrived in a lung?

2) Why are the lungs of French people at risk?

3) and their wallets?

The small grain of plutonium in a lung

The following text * was written by Maurice Eugène ANDRÉ, commandant, honorary instructor in NBCR, Nuclear, Biological, Chemical and Radiological, of the Royal Air Force of Belgium.

He made a great effort of pedagogy:

“The technical aspect developed below shows that a plutonium dust with a diameter of the order of a micron (millionth of a meter) kills by simply lodging in a lung: this dust in fact delivers more than 100 000 rad [see at the end the notes about units] in one year to a lung area surrounding the dust, a very small area delimited by a sphere with a…

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17:57

What’s the deal with transport emissions? #auspol "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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While greenhouse gas emissions from Australia’s electricity sector have received significant media and political attention in recent years, the transport sector – a large and growing source of emissions – has largely escaped the spotlight.
Here we outline the problem of transport emissions and key climate solutions: in an infographic, and then in more detail below.


Transport: third largest emitter, highest emissions growth
Transport – cars, trucks, public transport, domestic flights and shipping – is Australia’s third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (93MtCO2e in 2015, 18% of total emissions).
Transport emissions have the highest rate of growth, and if no action is taken, are projected to keep climbing to double 1990 levels (120 MtCO2e) by 2035.
The major source of the problem is cars, responsible for roughly half of all transport emissions. In fact, Australian cars emit roughly the same per year (43MtCO2e) as Queensland’s entire coal and gas…

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17:55

What Was Dumped in and Cemented West of Reactor #1? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

1479135_10202845215594748_1791438227_n.jpgCitizen scientists at work! This is what we can all do to ensure the truth remains clear, in spite of the barrage of corporate propaganda. Thanks Ray Masalas

Ray Masalas found this early picture in his files {May 8th 2011 still a road west of reactor #1} and of course the later {Late July 2011} below picture showing the huge concrete pour west of reactor #1.

You can guess what got dumped in there and cemented over? No wonder the aquifer is hot. Anyway, at least we have a timeline on the mysterious boat shaped, concrete pour. By Aug. 2011 it became covered with sand and they pretended they were just regrading the road.

Ray Masalas guesses the blob from the north wall of reactor #4 and a pile of blown out fuel rod chunks went in there. He really wishes he had a picture of how deep they dug…

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17:32

Darcy Fox will be 'Live at Spectrum' to help kickstart season 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After an outstanding debut season in 2016, the online TV show about Gippsland music will be back soon.Live at Spectrumwill commence its 2017 season at 7.30pm on Sunday 5 February and continue monthly through the year.
Getting the season off to a great start is Moe singer/songwriter Darcy Fox, live in the Spectrum studio in Traralgon.  From the age of 15 Darcy has been strumming out sweet country, folk and, more recently, pop music using just her voice, guitar and loop pedal - direct from her soul to your ears.
Darcy became the first and only soloist to win the Freeza Push Start battle of the bands in 2014, beating more than 350 other entrants.
Also in the studio will be 16 year old Riley Walsh from Bairnsdale, who is joining the music program at Bairnsdale Secondary College, coordinated by well known musician Gerry Ciavarella.When he was seven, Riley began singing under the tutelage of Yvonne Vandelden, gaining success at Eisteddfods across Gippsland. Then at ten he was accepted by Gondwana Choirs in Sydney, well known for their earlier rendition of “I Still Call Australia Home” for Qantas.
Live at Spectrum will also have a couple of stories, including a look back on the career of local music legend Sandy Clark.  They will also be filming at this Friday's Summer Nights Festival in Traralgon, so look out for them and say hi to the camera.
You'll be able to watch the show live on 5 February through your device or computer or, better still, be in the audience.   Check out the details here, as well as previous episodes:www.liveatspectrum.com.auwww.facebook/liveatspectrumwww.youtube.com/liveatspectrum

17:29

The Left lacks courage and is riddled with inferiority complexes "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

When the British people voted to leave the dysfunctional European Union on June 23, 2016, I saw it as a massive opportunity for progressive forces to shed the neo-liberal chains that they have become enslaved by and narrate a new, inclusive manifesto for the future. The Brexit referendum was really a fork in the road for progressives – they could go one way and stay irrelevant and cede legitimacy to the rabid Right, or, go the other route, and reinvent themselves as the force of the future. The signs are they have opted to remain irrelevant. In doing so they have essentially conflated financial responsibility and competence with neo-liberal principles relating to the conduct of fiscal surpluses and the role of government in mediating the conflict between workers and capital. In the former sense, they have bought into the myths such as the need to run fiscal surpluses etc. In doing so, in relation to the latter, they have supported policy environments that are heavily biased in favour of capital and undermine the prospects for workers. And when the workers revolt, and, for example, use the Brexit referendum as a voice amidst their powerlessness, the progressives have turned on them accusing them of being ignorant and racist. The reality is that the lack of leadership within the political Left and their deep sense of inferiority (in the face the so-called mainstream economics experts who they mimic to sound smart) has left the door open for the Right to harness the working class anxiety and steer it in a very retrogressive direction.

The UK Guardian seems to be conducting a daily war against the Brexit outcome with its onslaught of articles each day about the doom that Britain faces if they do not reverse the decision.

In today’s edition, there are several anti-Brexit articles and in recent days we have seen predictions of that “Hard Brexit threatens global financial system”, “global economic growth at risk”, “brace for further Brexit price rises”, “UK at risk fo Brexit ‘catastrophe'” and so it goes.

The latest article (January 10, 2016) – The Brexit resistance: ‘It’s getting bigger all the time’ – is a pathetic, bleating story about Europeans who are worried they will be kicked out of Britain.

One German citizen, who has been in the UK for 10 years, didn’t take out English residency status, is now worried they will have to leave. She apparently loves England but “if the government starts throwing out EU citizens, I don’t want to live in this country any more”.

Which is a curious sort of reasoning. If the UK does act like that then what was there to love in the first place? But that is not the point anyway.

The article also que...

17:22

Yabun Festival Program is OUT! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hot off the press the program for this year’s Yabun Festival is available by clicking here. It’s packed with all the important info you need so you don’t miss a beat – including the times and the line-ups for the Main stage, Corroboree Ground, Young Black and Deadly stage, Jarjums Zone, Elders Tent and the Speak Out Tent.

There’s also a site map with information about the location, access and amenities.

17:00

Lions Rd closed for six months "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bad news for motorcyclists in South East Queensland and Northern NSW with the famous Lions Rd now closed to traffic for six months and then open to heavy traffic.

Not only will riders be unable to use the road, but the picturesque wooden bridges – some single lane – will be replaced by modern, two-lane, concrete bridges. They will have no load limits, allowing trucks and caravans to use the route.

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While the work will help keep the road open in flood times, it may become a slower trip with riders hindered by slow-moving trucks and caravans using the shorter route.

Kyogle Council says the new bridges will help the local timber and beef industries, so we can expect logging trucks and cattle transports on the road.

The alternative route along the Mt Lindesay Highway and Summerland Way almost to Woodenbong is 24.3km longer, so we can expect many other interstate trucks and grey nomads to also start choosing the hilly Lions Rd.

Council says the bridges will help the tourism industry, but it certainly won’t help motorcycle tourism if the road is open to big trucks and caravanners.

Lions TTLions Rd closed for six monthsLions Rd scenery

Emergency access

Kyogle Council says the two-lane concrete bridges will mean faster and easier access for emergency vehicles.

Let’s hope that the improved road does not also come down with a dose of “white-line fever” with solid white and double-white lines painted along its leng...

16:38

Mother’s Ruin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

Sylvia’s guest on Arts Wednesday 11 January 2017 was ginstress, Elly Baxter, co author and researcher for Mother’s Ruin, a cabaret being performed for a short season for this year’s Sydney Festival. Listen to the conversation here:

That was Part 1 and here is Part 2:

mothersruin

The post Mother’s Ruin appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

16:30

Politicians need a dose of reality because Australians have had a gutful "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Politicians need a dose of reality because Australians have had a gutfulIf we want representative government, we need to screech like banshees when politicians abuse their power. read now...

16:01

9 INDIGENOUS-MADE FILMS TO PREMIERE AT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sami Blood

Published January 11, 2017

From Sundance Institute

Rooted in the recognition of the rich storytelling cultures and inherent sovereignty of Native American nations, Sundance Institute has held a commitment to Native artists since its founding. Mandated by our Founder Robert Redford, the Institute has nurtured and supported Native filmmakers going back to a time when almost none existed. Since then, the Institute has supported three generations of Native filmmakers, creating a global community and providing a space for that community with the Native Program and a gathering place at the Sundance Film Festival. Today, there are more Native filmmakers working than ever before, and the Institute is bringing forward a fourth generation of Native filmmakers and solidifying a pipeline of artists whose voices will have an important impact on American and global cinema and culture.

In the spirit of this support, we’re highlighting the titles of the Indigenous-made films that will be premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and introducing the Native Program’s filmmaker Fellows. These films competed against a pool of 13,782 submissions, to be selected among the 122 feature films and 71 short films playing at the Festival.

FEATURE FILMS

Deidra & Laney Rob a Train / U.S.A. (Director: Sydney Freeland, Diné)

Two teenage sisters start robbing trains to make ends meet after their single mother’s emotional meltdown in an electronics store lands her in jail. Category: NEXT

Dolores / U.S.A. (Director: Peter Bratt, Quechua)

Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by co-founding the country’s first farmworkers’ union. Wrestling with raising 11 children, gender bias, union defeat and victory, and nearly dying after a San Francisco P...

14:52

Important Ombudsman Report "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Commonwealth Ombudsman Report Department of Immigration and Border Protection The administration of people who have had their bridging visa cancelled due to criminal charges or convictions and are held in immigration detention. December 2016 The Ombudsman's Office is concerned about the people on bridging visas who are detained based on allegations that lead to criminal charges and also those who are not released once the criminal charges against them have been resolved.

14:47

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl on Tour "IndyWatch Feed National"

Manic Pixie Dream Girl: “that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.”
Nathan Rabin, film and music critic, and the man that (regrettably) coined the MPDG label

At some stage in our lives, all of us fell in love with a doe-eyed, fictionalised character and her dorky-but-cute idiosyncrasies. In fact, most of us are still in love with her (here’s looking at you Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Natalie Portman in Garden State, Kirsten Dunst in Elizabeth Town and Zooey Deschanel in, well, everything).

This trope is not, however, limited to the constraints of film and literature. It is also manifested in the eccentric solo traveler and her Instagram account. Donning macramé bracelets and small tattoos, the wanderluster embodies liberation, spontaneity, intelligence and autonomy. She seeks wisdom and understanding in a world consumed by greed and technology. She’s creative, quirky and perfectly imperfect. She can craft a facade of emotional depth on social media that lures the lonely boy who dreams of independence and freedom.

It is not until the female traveller returns from her wanderings that she is confronted by the reality of her MPDG title. “Oh you’re SO adventurous and free spirited!” Lonely Boy groans. “I’ve been lurking all your photos for the longest time! Have you seen Into The Wild? It’s my FAVOURITE movie.”

He proceeds to plan a picnic by a waterfall, buys a copy of Kerouac’s On The Road and picks up a Contiki tour brochure at the local travel agent with a beaming smile on his face. Suddenly, the MPDG becomes a catalyst for him to discover how to embrace life in a true and authentic way.

According to Hugo Schwyzer, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl “knows him better than he knows himself, or so he believes. This convenient assumption allows the young man both to adore the MPDG and to avoid any responsibility for reciprocity. How can he be expected to give anything back when she has this magical intuition about the world that so vastly exceeds his own?”

But every so often, as any woman who has had the MPDG thrust upon her knows all too well, Lo...

14:44

The East Pointers Announce Massive Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The East Pointers Canadian trad trio The East Pointers were by far one of my favourite bands to visit Australia in 2015 and 2016 so I got understandably excited when they were announced for this year’s WOMADelaide festival. But I didn’t get my hopes up for a tour off the back of […]

14:36

Ralph Blewitt's preparations to return to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The stumbling block for Ralph and Ruby had been the $7,000 application fee for the Australian Government to consider Ruby's spousal visa application. Right now Ralph's waiting to see if there is any provision for a TPI war veteran on a DVA pension to have the fee waived. We'll keep...

14:35

Former Gitmo Detainee Charged with Assault in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, Australian David Hicks, the first Guantanamo prisoner to be convicted of war crimes, speaks to the media at a press conference in Sydney, Australia. The former Guantanamo prisoner won a legal challenge on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 to his terrorism conviction before a military court. The U.S. Court of Military Commission Review struck down the March 2007 conviction of David Hicks in a unanimous ruling that reverses what had been one of the government’s few successes in prosecuting prisoners at Guantanamo. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

14:00

Cross Post: John Adams The coming storm "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The election of Donald Trump has increased Australia’s strategic vulnerability in the Asia-Pacific region.

Trump’s policy of ‘America first’ and his doctrine of policy unpredictability has caused significant alarm among America’s traditional allies who rely on America for military protection and to guarantee global stability.

This includes Australia which has relied on America since Churchill left Australia to the fate of Japan in 1942 after the fall of Singapore.

In particular, Trump has publicly criticised America’s open ended protection of Japan and South Korea suggesting either a request for additional financial compensation or a military withdrawal from the region.

Trump has also provoked China both diplomatically through initiating direct communications with Taiwan as well as economically through a confrontational trade agenda and the appointment of aggressive trade representatives.

As a result of increased economic and military regional uncertainty, Paul Keating and Penny Wong have called for a rethink of the American alliance and a shift towards greater economic and diplomatic engagement in Asia.

However, the rise of Chinese power and their quest for regional hegemony coupled with the decline of America’s global presence has been entirely predictable for years.

As a policy advisor to Senator Sinodinos (now Cabinet Secretary) in 2012-13, Sinodinos and I had several conversations regarding the US Government’s disastrous financial position and the unsustainability of its global military footprint.

Much like the Roman and British empires or the Soviet Union, an over extended government will ultimately collapse financially or cede large swaths of territory in a protracted military confrontation.

Obama and the US Congress have left the American economy weak and the federal government in financial ruins.

For example, under Obama, the American economy grew at a paltry 1.46% per annum against a long‑term average of 3.35% (1930 – 2015).

Moreover, according to the US Congressional Budget Office, the US Government, under Obama, has doubled its gross debt to $US 19.9 trillion and is budgeted to deliver 10 years of future deficits. Gross federal debt is projected to reach $US 28.2 trillion in 2026.

Obama’s debt and deficits were financially possible through controversial ultra-low interest rates and three rounds of quantitative easing, resulting in the US Federal Reserve and other government agencies now holding $US 5.49 trillion of US Treasury Bonds.

Yet despite these extraordinary monetary interventions, the US Government was still required to pay $US 433 billion in interest expenses in FY 2015-16.

Given this situation, Trum...

13:37

The Man Who Could Have Stopped the Bubble "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The man who knew? Greenspan didn’t seem to know that the biggest bubble in history was created right under his nose.

The post The Man Who Could Have Stopped the Bubble appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.

13:36

This Stock Will Warn of the Next Credit Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The rationale is that if another credit crisis is REALLY brewing, you’ll see the evidence surface in certain companies’ share prices first.

The post This Stock Will Warn of the Next Credit Crisis appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.

13:34

Are You Prepared for ‘Unencumbered’ Interest Rate Policy? "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Goodfriend’s focus was to promote ‘unencumbered’ negative interest rate policy, which means getting rid of things standing in your way.

The post Are You Prepared for ‘Unencumbered’ Interest Rate Policy? appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.

13:30

In which the pond does the Trump yards and meets ... there can be no other way to say it ... a bubble-headed bimbo ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Big things are happening in the world of the Donald - almost every outlet has this breaking, as at the Graudian here, and BuzzFeed put the report up here,  and a pdf of the report could be found for personal amusement and email transmission here.

But the pond can't be concerned with matters of moment, because the pond's beat is the Daily Terror, which started off this day with a celebrity smack-down ...


It is, of course, incredibly silly. A black marching band? Marching bands in the United States are a dime a dozen ... how desperate are things getting?


...

13:03

Permaculture Design Course – Begins Feb 9, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

permaculture-design-course[1]Back by very popular demand our PDC.  This is a 16 week course run by experts in the field and includes regular field trips, design theory, ethics and lots more. This course is in demand so book early for this one. More details here.

12:19

Calls for prosecution of authorities involved in Ms Dhu’s death "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABORIGINAL leaders, including from the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, want Western Australian authorities involved in the death of Ms Dhu prosecuted. The WA Coroner found the 22-year-old Aboriginal woman was treated inhumanely by police and her death could have been prevented. Ms Dhu died two days after being locked up at South Hedland Police Station in August 2014 for unpaid fines totalling $3622. Coroner Ros Fogliani found Ms Dhu’s death could have been prevented if her illness had been diagnosed earlier and she had been given antibiotics. National Congress co-chair Jackie Huggins says there should be prosecutions. “Whilst Congress cautiously welcomes the recommendations from Coroner Fogliani, we strongly believe that the findings fall short and should recommend prosecution for those whose negligence and racism (whether unconscious or conscious) resulted in the death of a young Yamatji Nanda/Bunjima woman,” she said.

12:18

Premiere: Hard Rock Duo The Hunted Crows Drop Their Cracking EP ‘Young Man’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Premiere: Hard Rock Duo The Hunted Crows Drop Their Cracking EP ‘Young Man’

Melbourne hard rock duo The Hunted Crows have just dropped a bomb on us to start the year off in the form of their new EP, Young Man.

Only their second recorded effort, they’ve already developed their sound into a raucous beast since their self-titled debut back in 2014. Young Man tears back and forth at a satisfyingly frantic pace, pausing for breath occasionally for fun interjections like Hollie Joyce’s sardonic “coochie yah yah”s on ‘Blah Blah’.

Production by Julian Schweitzer picks the polish up significantly from their earlier efforts, and it’s a great effort all-round that gets the balance just right between chunky, ball-tearing riffs and ear-worm vocal hooks.

You can give this crunchy effort a spin below as well as on the band’s site, and if you like what you hear, you’ll be able to see them live when they shred their way across the country his month – dates below.

THE HUNTED CROWS ‘YOUNG MAN TOUR’

Sydney: 18th January – Frankie’s Pizza

Sunshine Coast: 20th January – V Room

Brisbane: 22nd January – Sonny’s House of Blues

Port Macquarie: 25th January – The Pier

Newcastle: 28th January – Stag & Hunter

Melbourne: 10th February – Cherry Bar

Ballarat: 11th February – Karova Lounge

Adelaide: 17th February – Edinburgh Castle

Hobart: 24th February – Brisbane Hotel

12:18

Parliamentary Reforms "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Hot on this heals of his proposal to ratchet up taxation, former ASX CEO Elmer Funke Kupper has offered his ideas on improving political governance in Australia.

Funke Kupper offers 3 ideas:

  1. Abolish the senate
  2. Increase parliamentary terms from 3 years to 4 years
  3. Setting minimum thresholds of primary votes thus making it harder for independents to get elected

He does not detail how these reforms are to be implemented, but waves his hand and say “make it so”.

Putting aside little things like the constitution, and ignoring the history of why Australia has a senate ( states’ house) in the first place, Funke Kupper notes that:

The productivity improvements alone would be material. More importantly, reforms would have a better chance of being implemented.

On this, he is absolutely correct.  The productivity of parliament would be improved and the speed with which parliament can draft and pass legislation would be materially improved.  Legislation such a carbon tax, increased GST and mining tax would quickly breeze through the parliament.

And with longer parliamentary terms, the second government of Kevin Rudd could have run for 15 months rather than the 3 months that it did.

Keep your eyes open.  I believe Funke Kupper’s next contribution to the public debate will be an homage to the tooth fairy and the recipe for turning lead into gold.

11:36

Telescope to enhance search for distant planets and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of the world’s largest telescopes will be altered to allow it to search for habitable planets in the nearest star system. (Image Source: Flickr)

The European Space Observatory’s telescope in Chile will now be able to more effectively search for planets in Alpha Centauri.

The changes will permit the telescope to drown out stellar light that affects the visibility of dimmer planets, increasing their visibility from Earth.

Further advancements planned for the 2020’s will enhance astronomers’ understanding on the nature of the star system.

Wall Collapses at Brisbane School

11:30

Directors have little to fear as toothless tiger ASIC loses again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Directors have little to fear as toothless tiger ASIC loses againASIC's latest loss against funds manager Peter Drake means defrauded investors are left in the lurch and financial scammers get a green light, writes Michael West. read now...

11:22

Watch the New Video From The Campervan Dancers “St⭐️rlight (Pickin’ Pears)” "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Campervan Dancers After successfully crowd funding early last year indie-folk duo The Campervan Dancers have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on their upcoming five-track EP. To give us a taster the duo have released their new single and video “St⭐️rlight (Pickin’ Pears)” which was written all the way […]

11:21

Anyone for polo? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Politicians must think we came down with the last shower if they imagine we accept the lame excuses of being “within the rules” and undertaking official ministerial business when it comes to these private jaunts that politicians are so fond of.

What possible official ministerial business is being undertaken when foreign minister, Julie Bishop, and her perennially tanned boyfriend attend the elite polo event in Portsea?  Give us a break.

The reality is she, along with others, take every opportunity to mix freebies in their private lives with ”official” business so they can sting the taxpayer for the costs of travel to and from these events.  If it’s not polo, it’s the football or the racing or New Year Eve’s parties or weddings.

And undertaking personal financial transactions, why not get the taxpayer to fund the trips?  A bit of “stakeholder consultation” should do it to justify the taxpayer paying the costs (which would be tax-deductible if undertaken privately).

What really gets my goat is the use of taxpayer monies to fund family holidays – come on down Chris Bowen, Tony Burke, Christopher Pyne, Bill Shorten, Brendan O’Connor and who knows who else?

Seriously?  If family members have to be reunited with parliamentarians (a pretty dubious justification), let them travel to Canberra for the joy of it all.

But we should not think this gaming of the system is confined to politicians. Statutory office holders and DFAT staffers (and seconded officers from other departments including Treasury and Defence) are adept at maximizing private financial gains and pleasures while sending the bill to the taxpayer.

It is a ironic in fact that Julie Bishop has ordered a review of the expenses of DFAT staff when overseas.  The perks, depending on the level, include:

  • Driver, cook and housekeeper are often included in the package;
  • Car provided;
  • Highly subsidised accommodation;
  • Top level health and dental expenses are all covered;
  • Regular trips back to Australia for the whole family (business class, of course);
  • Boarding school fees depending on the age of children;
  • Representation allowance;
  • Free communications, including for private needs.

DFAT staff game this system to an inch of its life having teeth capped while overseas, children’s orthodontic needs met, the timing of...

11:07

THe identity of Cryptopodia spatulifrons Miers, 1879, and description of a new species, Cryptopodia fistulosa from Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

THe identity of Cryptopodia spatulifrons Miers, 1879, and description of a new species, Cryptopodia fistulosa from Australia

11:03

Banks create money from nothing "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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http://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2017/01/03/how-banks-create-money/

Richard Werner, the German professor famous for inventing the term ‘quantitative easing’, says the world is finally waking up to the fact that “banks create money out of nothing” – but warns this realisation has given rise to a new “Orwellian” threat.

In an exclusive interview with The New Daily, Professor Werner says the recent campaigns around the world, including in India andAustralia, to get rid of cash are coordinated attempts by central bankers to monopolise money creation.

“This sudden global talk by the usual suspects about the ‘need to get rid of cash’, ostensibly to fight tax evasion etc, has been so coordinated that it cannot but be part of another plan by central bankers, this time to stay in charge of any emerging reform agenda, by trying to control, and themselves run, the ‘opposition’,” he says.

“Essentially, the Bank of England and others are...

11:01

MARA Inc sells office building in Melbourne for RM76.75m "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mara Incorporated Sdn Bhd (MARA Inc), a subsidiary of Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), has completed the sale of its commercial office building on 51 Queen Street in Melbourne, Australia, for RM76.75 million. The sale was via an open tender. MARA Chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the tender exercise was completed in August 2016 and […]

10:58

Ex-minister resubmits Uki water extraction plan "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former NSW agriculture minister Jack Hallam pictured some years ago at his Uki property where he plans to establish a bore-water extraction facility for bulk transport to a giant soft-drinks bottler. (file pic)

Former NSW agriculture minister Jack Hallam pictured some years ago at his Uki property where he plans to establish a bore-water extraction facility for bulk transport to a giant soft-drinks bottler. (file pic)

A  former state agriculture minister has re-submitted a plan to extract 24 megalitres of water a year from a licensed bore on his Uki property and sell it to a global soft-drinks giant’s bottling plant.

Jack Hallam, who was agriculture minister under the Wran Labor government in the 1980s, retired to his ten-acre property a few kilometres from Uki over a decade ago.

In October his consultant lodged a plan to use the existing 25-megalitere a year licence from the NSW Office of Water on the property for ‘bulk loading and delivery of extracted water’.

The plan involves taking a maximum of 24 megalitres of water from the existing bore by large semi-trailer tankers (2.5-metre wide, 28,500-litre capacity) to the commercial bottler and distributor, believed to be linked to the Coca Cola company.

The proposal is for up to three loads a day (six trips), six days a week from 7am to 6pm.

The development application was withdrawn from Tweed Shire Council on 1 December 2017 after neighbours met on 29 November to organise their opposition to the plan.

According to Tweed Shire Council’s DA tracker, the proposal was re-lodged on 21 December, just days before Christmas.

Neighbours have previously expressed concerns regarding the potential impacts on the area’s underground water supply and the impact of heavy truck movements on the rural road.

 

 

 

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10:58

Former Byron councillor offers new team some advice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Shire Cr Duncan Dey wants council to back the Mullumbimby Hospital Action Group in its bid to keep the hospital land for aged-care related and community services.

Former Byron Shire Cr Duncan Dey offers some tips for the new crop of incoming councillors. File photo

Aslan Shand

Owing to his wealth of council knowledge, The Echo asked recently retired two-term Greens councillor Duncan Dey his thoughts on some of the big issues facing the Shire.

Raising rates via a special rates variation (SRV) has been looming over the Byron Shire Council since the state government threatened all NSW councils with amalgamation if they weren’t financially Fit For the Future (FFF).

The biggest hurdle for Council is its failing roads.

Roads are one asset that will always cost the council money and the more people using them the faster they degrade.

Dey says, ‘You need to maintain them. There are large amounts of traffic both from tourists and the large amount of unapproved accommodation that has been created over the years.

‘Roads are deteriorating at a much higher rate than other assets because of the large and increasing resident numbers, tourists because there is no public transport – to live in the Shire you must own your own car.’

Having served as a councillor from 2002 to 2004 and a second term from 2012 to 2016, Dey has had plenty of experience working out where Council spends its finite pool of money.

‘As far as I understand it from Council staff, historically the quality of the roads has deteriorated because from the small amount of money the Shire has to spend it has also diminished the portion being spent on roads.

‘Maintaining a new road is far cheaper than an old one.

‘This fact combined with the level of traffic on a road will determine where it stands in the queue for repairs.

‘Currently the council is working towards an asset management system that rates the roads from a high asset, in good condition, to a low asset.......

10:51

Music Playgroup – Looking for a facilitator! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

musicplaygroup4-150x150CCH have been running MPG for more than 25 years. We are thankful to all the volunteers that have help keep this wonderful program afloat over the years. We are currently looking for someone that would like to lead the group either every Tuesday 11.15am-12pm during school term or work with one or two others to help keep the program going. You dont need any musical experience – only a willingness to turn up each tuesday and distribute the instrument we have for the children and encourage group singalongs. Please get in contact if you’re interested. It would sad to see this flagship of the community disappear.

10:47

Heatwave prompts lifesavers’ safety call "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

More than 50 lifeguards will be patrolling beaches along the north coast during coming days, with seas predicted to be quite rough. (Pic: sls.com.au)

As well as taking care in the surf, lifesavers and lifeguards are warning beachgoers to take precautions against heat stress, particularly over the next few hot days. (Pic: sls.com.au)

With temperatures set to spike well into the 30s in parts of the northern rivers over the next few days, Surf Life Saving NSW has issued a warning to beachgoers – and it’s not only about safety in the surf.

Heat stress is a very real risk for the thousands of people expected to descend on the coast over the next few days.

Some of its common symptoms include dizziness, fatigue and headaches as well as confusion, cramps, nausea, and vomiting in more advanced cases.

If left untreated it can lead to the more serious condition of heat stroke so it is important to take immediate steps if you start to experience distress from the heat and to closely watch family members and friends.

Around the region, Lismore is set for a top of 37 today, with Byron Bay on 30, Tweed Heads on 28 and Ballina on 27.

NSW lifesaving manager Andy Kent said the combination of hot weather and school holidays means more people will head to the beach to try and cool off.

‘This could put pressure on lifeguards who are on patrol weekdays across the state and our volunteer lifesavers as we move into the weekend,’ said Mr Kent.

‘Lifeguards and lifesavers have been extremely busy over the last few weeks and we are urging the public to do what they can to help lessen the load by taking some responsibility for their own safety.

‘Some practical ways people can protect themselves and their family are to swim at a patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags, watch out for children around any body of water and stay alert to the early signs of heat stress.’

It has been a challenging month for the lifesaving community with 22 drownings (including nine coastal drowning deaths) since Christmas Day.

Tips For Beating The Heat

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
    • Avoid the diuretic effects of alcohol
    • Bring a long sleeve shirt to cover up after spending time in the sun
    • Stay out of direct sunlight where possible during the hottest parts of the day
    • Apply plen...

10:40

Over 4,000 help see through the New Year in Mooroopna "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Over 4,000 help see through the New Year in Mooroopna

SUCCESSFUL FESTIVAL… The Mooroopna New Year’s Eve Festival was seen by organisers as successful, with over 4,000 helping see in 2017. Photo: Eyewatch – Greater Shepparton Police Service Area Facebook page.

ORGANISERS of the Mooroopna New Year’s Eve Festival and local police have expressed their gratitude to the community for another successful Mooroopna New Year’s Eve Festival event, with over 4,000 helping see the New Year in.

Rotary Club of Mooroopna member, Ken Faulkner said, “It was a great night. The crowd picked up by the end of the night and all were very well behaved.

“The entertainment was fantastic and our guest performer, Andrew Wishart, entertained the audience brilliantly along with SMAC and we have had a lot of positive feedback from it.

“Our Kia PE Cerato S draw was won by Don Kendall from Numurkah.

“This year saw another great fireworks display and all in all the club is very happy with the outcome of the evening.”

Greater Shepparton police who were in attendance have applauded the crowd’s behaviour on the evening, with no anti-social behaviour detected and no reported incidents.

10:40

Mindfulness and Meditation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

images6Learn easy meditation techniques to boost your energy and help reduce stress levels and symptoms of anxiety and depression in our introductory workshop. We will also be running guided meditation classes throughout the term. More details

10:39

Hundreds spend Christmas together "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hundreds spend Christmas together

SHARING THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS… There is nothing like spending Christmas Day in the company of others, and that’s what 200 people did for the 2016 Christmas for Those Alone luncheon. Photo: Supplied.

TWO hundred people from across all backgrounds came together for Christmas Day to celebrate the festive season at the 2016 Christmas for Those Alone luncheon.

Christmas for Those Alone Inc. president, Linda Davidson said, “There was such a fantastic atmosphere at the event. It was very lively with great music.

“The venue was very colourful and beautifully decorated, which helped to bring out the Christmas atmosphere.

“This luncheon is important because it’s a special occasion. Whether you celebrate it for religious reasons or not, people like to get together for the holidays. We get such a mix of people and they all just love it.

“For me, the highlight was how beautiful the room looked. One of the other volunteers said their highlight was the delight on someone’s face when they got their meal.”

Volunteer, Graeme Jackson said, “My wife, Terri, and I volunteered two years ago and then again last year. We get a lot of enjoyment out of it because you have all kinds of people there and it’s marvellous.

“Among many others, we had about 40 backpackers from all over the world last year and they were astonished and grateful because it doesn’t happen in their countries.

“It’s a joyous occasion for everybody, from the volunteers to those enjoying the meal.”

10:38

Facelift imminent for St Georges Road "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ST GEORGES Road is set to get a facelift, after Greater Shepparton City Council received $210,000 from the Victorian Government’s Public Safety Infrastructure Fund to improve the road’s streetscape.

Planned for completion in 2018, the total cost of the project comes to $358,000, with council contributing $149,000.

The project involves the redesign of the streetscape to increase lighting to encourage safe use of the precinct after dark, the addition of more on-street parking designed to slow traffic and encourage safe pedestrian movement and increase mixed use as a response to recent crime statistics and feedback from residents concerned about their safety.

Greater Shepparton City Council Director Community, Kaye Thomson said,

“Improving the streetscape was one of the action points in the St Georges Road community plan, which was developed throughout 2015,” Ms Thomson said.

St Georges Road Community Plan Group member, Kamal Singh said the group has been pursuing this project for a long time and the news comes as a great Christmas gift for the local community.

“The works and overall improved amenity will be fantastic for St Georges Road businesses and residents as it will attract more people to the area to shop and for different events,” Mr Singh said.

10:38

Warabrook Garden "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I found this tiny little painting of my parents' garden that I'd started a year or 2 agoand finished it off. I'll try to add a link to the earlier versions later

10:37

Five top designs for new SAM go on display "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE winning architectural design for the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) will be announced in April this year, with the five top shortlisted designs going on display in the Eastbank Centre foyer from Monday afternoon next week.

The architecture competition for a new SAM attracted 88 applications through Greater Shepparton City Council’s tendering process, with Denton Corker Marshall Pty Ltd, John Wardle Architects, Kerstin Thompson Architects, Lyons and MvS Architects announced as the five finalists.

The five finalists were chosen to develop concept designs for the second stage of a two-stage competition endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects to select an architectural design for the new museum. A seven member jury assessed the applications and shortlisted to the five designs.

The five final architectural teams have provided display ready drawings of their concepts, which will be on public display until February 17, 2017, with the final design set to be chosen by the seven member jury and the winner announced on April 27, 2017. The selected winner will be appointed to develop a detailed design.

10:37

Make rest stops part of your holiday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Make rest stops part of your holiday

TAKE IT EASY… With the first death of the year in Greater Shepparton happening last week, and many people using the roads during the school holidays, the community is being urged to take it easy and plan rest stops as part of their journey. Photo: David Lee.

292 lives lost on Victorian roads last year

VICTORIA witnessed an increase in the number of fatalities on its roads in 2016, with 292 lives lost, an increase of 15.9 percent when compared to 2015. Out of that 292, eight lives were lost on Greater Shepparton’s roads last year and with the first life lost on our roads taking place on Thursday last week and many people still on holidays and on the roads, it is important to remember to take steps to ensure that your trip is a safe one.

As a way to do so, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) is asking motorists to consider turning the road trip to their destination into part of their holiday.

The call aims to prevent fatigue-related crashes, accounting for about one-in-four fatalities on the state’s roads.

TAC road safety manager, Samantha Buckis is encouraging drivers to research the route to their holiday destination and pencil in stops at attractions along the way.

“Every safe road trip starts with a good night’s sleep and a plan and if you’re going to be covering a fair bit of ground, you need to take a rest from driving every two hours,” Ms Buckis said.

“Victoria is a beautiful part of the world so it makes sense to research the attractions you can stop at on the way. As well as making the trip more enjoyable and seeing some great sights, it’s an opportunity to get out of the car, freshen up and swap drivers if possible.”

Ms Buckis said that while it was important to stop and rest, drivers still needed to be mindful of the total amount of time they would be spending on the roads.

“Drowsiness is a sign that your body is falling asleep and if you do start to feel drowsy, the only safe option is to pull over,” Ms Buckis said.

“Sleep results from a chemical process and when drowsiness sets in, it’s a sign that you are heading towards a point where no amount of coffee or winding the window down will stop you from falling asleep.

“Research shows that being awake for 17 hours has the same effe...

10:36

Visions for mall put forward "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Visions for mall put forward

THE CONSULTATION process on the future of the Maude Street Mall came to a close on Monday, and among the many submissions received by Greater Shepparton City Council is local businessman, Peter Copulos’s, which would see the mall transformed into a greener area.

The concept plan, which was originally presented to Greater Shepparton City Council 18 years ago but was rejected, includes parking for over 100 cars, which was estimated to pull in over $100,000 of income for parking annually. The plan also displays safe through traffic, landscaping with trees, gardens and generous pedestrian access, a taxi rank with a shelter and a large town square in the centre to accommodate for entertainment, market days and other special occasions.

At the time of submission in October 1998, the total cost associated with the project was estimated to come to $800,000, with members of the committee who submitted it proposing to cover $200,000 of the cost.

Within the proposal, Mr Copulos wrote that he proposes to rename the mall “Garden City Mall” with special attention to be placed on landscaping and garden areas.

“If the stakeholders in the CBD and council agree with my vision, subject to any adjustments, I would be prepared to consider redeveloping the mall with a leaseback to council for 25 years, after which time it reverts back to council,” Mr Copulos wrote.

“I feel strongly about this issue. My very first development in my property and retailing career was building nine shops on the corner of High and Maude Streets in 1960. That’s over 56 years ago and I genuinely lament the decline in our CBD since the creation of the Maude Street Mall.”

At the time of publication, more than 410 submissions had been received by Greater Shepparton City Council, with data now set to be collated and analysed and a report written that will be presented at a council briefing.

10:31

Fun with the chance to win "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fun with the chance to win

SUMMER TIME FUN… Fun City activities supervisor, Tom Diamond with one of the motion thrill simulators. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

WHEN summer hits, most people think of the beach, and one of the best places in Australia to visit the beach is in Queensland. If you are aching to get there, Fun City in Shepparton can help, through a competition that could see you win a trip for four nights accommodation on the Gold Coast, including 2 economy return air fares from Melbourne.

To enter, it’s simple. All you need to do is drop into Fun City Shepparton until the end of January and purchase a ‘Blast Pass’ for just $25 per person or $75 for a family of four and you’re in the draw.

What is a Blast Pass you ask? Well, it allows you to play two games of Darkzone laser tag plus your choice of a round in either balladium ball blaster, bungee run, haunted house, glow in the dark mini golf, the motion thrill simulator, rock wall climbing, HTC Vive virtual reality or in the kidz city playground.

Co-owner, Darren Shaw said, “We’re all about giving people the chance to have a great time, and what better way to do that than by giving them the chance to win a holiday.

“The best part is, they can have hours of fun with the Blast Pass and walk away knowing they might be flying off to Queensland for doing it.”

For your chance to win a trip to Queensland and have fun while doing it, head to Fun City at Riverside Plaza, Melbourne Road, Kialla or phone 5823 1224.

10:30

Thousands of locals to be effected by Medicare rebate removal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CUTTING the Medicare rebate for after-hours doctor home visits is set to impact more than 4,324 patients in the federal electorate of Murray who have used the National Home Doctor Service in the past financial year.

A decade after John Howard introduced after-hours doctor home visits to Medicare, the service is now being put under threat with calls for the Medicare rebate to be removed in the government’s current Medicare Benefit Schedule review.

National Home Doctor Service chief medical officer, Dr Umberto Russo said,

“Doctor home visits are an essential Medicare service which are vital for the most vulnerable people in our community, such as children and the elderly.

“In the federal electorate of Murray, more than one third of home visit patients were children under 15 years, and a quarter of patients were aged over 64 years.

“Children and elderly family members can fall sick at any time of the day or night – not just in business hours when general practitioner clinics are open.

“If home visits weren’t available, more families would go to emergency departments for health problems that are not emergencies but cannot wait for treatment until business hours.

“For regional communities like those in the electorate of Murray, getting health services when you need it is hard enough, but any cuts to this service will make things even harder.”

“The cost to the health system of a doctor home visit is $128, while the cost to the health system of patients being treated in an emergency department is $368 on average, and much more when an ambulance is called,” Dr Russo said.

10:29

See what’s on at SAM in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

See what’s on at SAM in 2017

A RANGE OF EXHIBITS… The 2017 January to April Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) Program has been launched. Pick up a copy to see what’s on at SAM. Image: Supplied.

SHEPPARTON Art Museum (SAM) has launched the SAM Program for January to April, which showcases four jam-packed months ahead. The SAM Program outlines temporary exhibitions, upcoming workshops, talks and other special events, as well as everyday offerings for all to enjoy.

Later this month, SAM will be presenting the collaborative work of Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg in the exhibition ‘Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015’ developed by Artspace, Sydney and touring nationally in partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW. In addition, SAM will present Tracey Moffatt’s ‘First Jobs Series, 2008.’

In early March, SAM will celebrate the launch of its biggest collection publication since 1987, ‘Eighty Years of SAM – The Collection.’

Currently showing until March 19 is ‘Some of the Things I Like (2016)’ by the artist simply known as Nell.

The third successful year of SAM’s Showcase will initially see artists, Andrei Davidoff and Leah Jackson present their work in the display cabinet behind SAM’s Shop.

To kick off the year, SAM will present its popular Summer Holiday Program of art-making for people of all ages and skill-levels from January 17 to 25. Families should especially look out for the free weekend program presented by the National Gallery of Victoria, Kids on Tour, on January 24 to 25 from 10:30am to noon.

To view the SAM Program January to April 2017 visit www.sheppartonartmuseum.com.au/programs-and-events

Free hard copies are available from the SAM Shop (70 Welsford Street, Shepparton).

SAM is open 7 days from 10am to 4pm (public holidays 1pm to 4pm).

For general SAM enquiries and bookings, phone 5832 9861, email art.museum@shepparton.vic.gov.au, or visit www.sheppartonartmuseum.com.au

10:28

‘Cellarbrate’ summer and Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

‘Cellarbrate’ summer and Australia Day

SPECIALS IN-STORE… Cellarbrations Mooroopna liquor manager, Geoff Thomson is inviting the community to drop in and take advantage of a range of specials in-store now. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

THERE really is something special about sitting back on a warm summer’s day with a nice cold drink, or celebrating Australian culture by cranking up the barbeque and cracking open a cold one.

Right now, Cellarbrations in Mooroopna has a range of great, unmissable specials from a carton of 24 Carlton Draught stubbies or cans for just $43, a carton of 24 Carlton Dry stubbies and cans for $43, a carton of 24 Great Northern stubbies or cans for $42, a 10 pack of Cougar and cola cans for just $28, 700mL bottle of Jim Beam or Black Douglas for only $35.

Cellarbrations Mooroopna liquor manager, Geoff Thomson said, “We have a great range available at Cellabrations in Mooroopna.

“No matter whether it’s for a celebration such as a birthday or Australia Day or just to help take the heat away with a refreshingly cool drink, we can help.”

Drop in to Cellarbrations at 94-96 McLennan Street, Mooroopna for some excellent value, or phone 5825 2266.

10:13

WASTED AWAY IN BYRON BAY… BLUESFEST SCORES EXCLUSIVE AUSTRALIAN JIMMY BUFFETT AND THE CORAL REEFERS PERFORMANCE FOR 2017! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bluesfest is thrilled to be starting the New Year on a high note by announcing the King of Margaritaville himself, Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefers will be performing exclusively in Australia at Bluesfest in 2017. Could there be a location more perfect for an artist famous for hits such as ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise’, ‘Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes’ and of course the classic Margaritaville? Bluesfest can’t wait for his fans to enjoy these songs plus many more just outside of idyllic Byron Bay.

For the few that are uninitiated, singer/songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett has become a legend of popular culture. He has recorded over fifty albums, most of which have gone gold, platinum or multi-platinum. His sold-out concert tours are an annual rite of summer for his legions of fans, affectionately known as Parrotheads, many of whom are professionals by day and who dress in spectacular and outrageous tropical outfits and headwear when Jimmy comes to town. In 2016 the song ‘Margaritaville’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for its cultural and historic significance. Only those recordings that have influenced and inspired both music creators and fans for generations are considered for this most special honour. Bluesfest is very happy to be making the dreams of the many Parrotheads around Australia come true this Easter.

Music lovers from across Australia will visit the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 13th to Monday 17th of April 2017) for Bluesfest. During the festival they will enjoy 12 hours of music each day on multiple stages, a range of onsite camping options, as well as incredible food and market stalls.

Learn more at www.bluesfest.com.au.

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09:55

Delays as koala fences installed along highway "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Motorists can expect delays on the Pacific Highway today.

Motorists can expect delays on the Pacific Highway today.

Drivers beware: Work has begun installing temporary koala fencing and survey equipment in preparation for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

The speed limit between River Drive and Coolgardie Road at Pimlico has been reduced this week for the safety of workers and road users. The lower speeds apply from 6.30am to 5.30pm.

Further south, day work is being carried out this week between Farlows Flats and south of the Yamba turn-off.

Line-marking in this section will take place between 6am and 6pm, with the speed limit reduced to between 40km/h and 60km/h.

The Roads and Maritime Services has also advised that work is continuing at Tyndale for the site access gate at the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Tucabia-Tyndale Road, about 500m south of Coldstream Road.

Between 7am and 6pm there will be the need to stop traffic in both directions for up to five minutes at a time to allow project vehicles to enter and exit the site safely. Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time for their journeys.

Other temporary traffic changes include traffic control on local roads and access roads where haulage along the project route is taking place or deliveries to project sites are required.

The RMS said reduced speed limits and lane closures may be in place for access and may affect travel times.

‘Reduced speed limits are required due to changes to line marking, concrete road barriers in place and other changed traffic conditions which road users may be unfamiliar with,’ an RMS spokesperson said.

‘Motorists should keep to speed limits and follow the direction of traffic controllers and signs at all times.’

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09:51

Captain Darling "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A shout out for this hair cutter in Gilbert Road, just past Bell St heading toward the city. I got a great haircut - exactly what I asked for (how often do you hear someone say that!) And it was only $35.

09:47

Safety concerns prompt closure of Tweed Museum "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tweed Regional Museum Director Judy Kean receives the keys from Ware Building representative Matthew Ware (centre), watched by Council General Manager Troy Green.

Tweed Regional Museum at its reopening in 2014. R to L: director Judy Kean, Ware Building representative Matthew Ware and Tweed Council GM Troy Green. The building has been temporarily closed due an air conditioning fault.

Less than three years after it was reopened following a major refurbishment Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah has had to be temporarily closed to the public this week as a safety precaution.

The closure, which comes during the middle of the school holidays, was deemed necessary after a piece of the air conditioner ceiling ducting became loose last week, prompting concerns about public safety.

The council says a solution to secure the ducting, to protect the safety of visitors and staff, has been identified and can be put in place by Monday as an interim measure until full repairs to the air conditioning system can be completed.

As a result, the museum will be closed until Tuesday January 17.

The move comes just weeks after it was revealed the Tweed Heads Public Library would be closed for up to eight months while a major refurbishment takes place there.

Tweed Shire Council’s director of community and natural resources, Tracey Stinson, said council was ‘conscious of the inconvenience to residents and visitors’ caused by the closure of the museum, ‘particularly during the school holiday period’, and was ‘keen to ensure it could be safely reopened as soon as possible.’

In the meantime, the council says it is liaising with suppliers who installed the air conditioning system during the museum’s major upgrade in 2014.

For further information and updates, visit the museum’s website.

 

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09:46

Watch the New William Crighton Video “Jesus Blues” "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of William Crighton Last month Americana singer-songwriter William Crighton released his new video “Jesus Blues” and we figured it was about time for us to share it. William Crighton has been getting all sorts of buzz recently and with songs like “Jesus Blues” it’s easy to see why – check out the video […]

09:38

You Blinked and You Missed It "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

I suspect very few people noticed, but 26 December 2016 was the 25th anniversary of the end of the cold war.  On that day, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was dissolved by resolution of the Supreme Soviet.

That day went past with barely a whimper and notice.

Every November 11, the end of World War 1 is noted.  VE day (Victory in Europe) is noted every 8 May.  26 December?  Isn’t that boxing day?

It might be argued that the cancer that is socialism and communism never died because, unlike Nazism, Fascism and Imperialism, its costs and consequences are not taught in schools, and victory over is not celebrated.  Like the plague infested rats in the sewers waiting to come to the surface when the environment is hospitable, the ideas of socialism and communism were never property eradicated.

Many more people died under Stalin and Mao than died in WW1 or WW2, but many millennials would not know that.  By some estimates, between 49 and 78 million died under Mao Zedong and 23 million under Josef Stalin.  This compared to 17 million under Adolf Hitler.

Instead, we have Marxism and Socialism advocated in schools and universities (arts faculties of course) and representatives in our Commonwealth Parliament advocating poison like this.

The shame and the disgrace.

09:36

Sussan Ley is refusing to explain travel records and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Health Minister Sussan Ley is refusing to explain why she spent $13 000 taxpayer dollars to pilot private charter planes when she could have used commercial airlines. (image source: wikimedia)

Travel records revealed yesterday that Ms Ley was conducting ministerial business when she chartered plans for childcare policy meetings in 2014, and talks with GPs in 2015.

Ministerial guidelines say charters may only be piloted under special circumstances such as an absence of commercial services or significant delays.
Ms Ley is yet to announce whether her travel arrangements meet these criteria.
Queensland set for week of extremes

09:28

ALIENS, UFOS and The Close encounters conference Jan 15 & 16 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Is there intelligent life on other planets?  Is non-human intelligence visiting Earth?
Are aliens walking amongst us?

Organisers of Australia’s largest national ET/UFO conference aiming to remove the taboo nature of ETs and UFOs, out on the streets to discuss real-life X-files

+The Close Encounters Conference is being held in Byron Bay, 15 &16 January 2017 bringing together experts to answer these and other questions

+Keynote speakers: Mary Rodwell (AUS) – Founder of Australian Close Encounter Resource Network, Dr. Bob Davis (USA) –  neuroscientist and author; and Rosemary Ellen Guiley (USA) – researcher and author on paranormal subjects – all members of the Dr. Edgar Mitchell Foundation into Extraterrestrial Research.

Sydney residents, conference organisers Mick Turner and Kathryn Hand, have been out on the streets, gauging reactions from people on the subject of extraterrestrial life.  With the movie ARRIVAL, having made it to No. 2 at the Aussie box office, it made them realise people are clearly interested in alien life forms visiting Earth.

Together with 2 life-sized, realistic Zeta grey alien models, they enjoyed some light-hearted information gathering dressed as MIB agents and introducing the public to their Conference mascots, Zharn and Torah.

“Although we are having a bit of fun dressing up and getting lots of attention from people wanting their photos taken with us and the aliens, we do take the subject very seriously”, says Kathryn.

Mick adds “Since launching this conference the number of people contacting us wanting to share their story has been incredible.  They are often too scared to let their friends and family know for fear of being ridiculed.  It’s still a taboo subject.  But people should be able to talk about it openly.”

Amongst other speakers, they have 3 Board members from the Dr Edgar Mitchell Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters (FREE) revealing findings from the largest study ever undertaken on ET encounters....

08:58

Centrelink system is working: Tudge "IndyWatch Feed National"

centrelinkThe federal government is standing by its controversial Centrelink debt recovery system despite widespread criticism.

Human Services Minister Alan Tudge insists the automated process is not flawed, saying more than $300 million worth of overpayments has been recouped.

‘The system is working and we will continue with that system,’ he told ABC radio on Wednesday.

The system has produced about 170,000 debt notices since July based on data from the tax office and that given to Centrelink.

But there have been numerous reports from welfare recipients that they’ve been mistakenly targeted, causing distress.

It’s led to calls from Labor and the Greens to scrap the scheme, which is being investigated by the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Mr Tudge, however, said he wasn’t aware of anyone who was completely convinced they don’t owe money but have been given a debt notice.

‘There are three opportunities for individuals to update their records if a discrepancy is identified,’ he said.

He denied reports a man had to call Centrelink 350 time to try resolve his matter, but acknowledged wait times can be long on occasions.

‘Yes, sometimes people do have to wait longer than what they would like to wait. We simply ask them to be patient, that they will get through or they can go into a Centrelink office.’

Mr Tudge reiterated that if someone has deliberately defrauded the welfare system, they would be tracked down and could face jail time.

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08:54

Qld govt rules out daylight saving change "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

daylight-saving-400Queensland government minister Bill Byrne has ruled out any changes to daylight saving in the state, despite a new poll showing strong public support for the switch.

Deputy Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner is advocating for the move, saying it would boost the economy, pointing to an online poll he conducted showing 88 per cent support from the public.

But Mr Byrne said the Palaszczuk government’s position hasn’t changed, and they won’t be considering a change to daylight saving in Queensland during this term of government.

He said in addition to the political stance, he personally dislikes daylight saving as well.

“Having lived in a daylight saving state in the past, I remember with children under 5, where the sun doesn’t go down until 9 o’clock at night it’s a very difficult set of circumstances,” Mr Byrne told reporters on Tuesday.

The issue of daylight saving has been a yearly debate in Queensland since 1992, when a referendum saw the measure narrowly defeated.

The state stands with only Western Australia and the Northern Territory in not putting the clocks forward during spring and summer.

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08:53

In which the pond keeps track of the Broady boy ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The indefatigable Donners is back with a double dose of educational mayhem and malarkey, and right from the get go, he had the pond rolling jaffas down the aisle with his rather strange sense of humour ...

You see, as diligent students of Donners will remember, freedom and flexibility, close kissing cousins of agility and innovation, really mean ... rote learning and memorisation ...


It probably helps explain why the Donners repeats perhaps the most meretricious American nonsense about "choice" - as if everything is fixed by having a choice of 54 doughnut stylings ...

Choice is a preferred substitute for those who have no substance, weight, or gravitas ... and if the pond could banish one word from the language, choice would be it ...

Now deep in the silly season, the pond received a communication from someone claiming to be Donners. The pond's first reaction was deep sympathy, and memory of the first rule of the full to overflowing intertubes ... don't feed the troll ...

08:53

The price of fuel..: what is going on..? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Yesterday, I went to the big smoke for a medical appointment. I’m fine. But when I went to fill up to ensure I could make it home, I realised that the price of petrol had gone up by a whopping 20c/L in one hit. That’s a 14% increase……… in one day.Petrol price hike in Hobart

In the news, “Mr Moody (of the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania) said prices were being driven up by increases in the global oil price, but he said the price should level out in Tasmania at about $1.40 a litre in about a month.”

Except that when I investigated this, the price of oil had not skyrocketed, it was still around $52 a barrel. Last time petrol was this expensive, oil was at $147 a barrel….. so what’s going on?

My take on this is that the oil companies must be finding it harder and harder to pay their interest bills. If they can’t make profits with oil, they’ll have to find them upstream at the pump.  Furthermore, maybe Peak Oil is on the cusp of getting really serious, and this might be the tip of the iceberg……. Nafeez Ahmed has just written the following article about how dire the oil situation is becoming…….

Brace for the oil, food and financial crash of 2018

80% of the world’s oil has peaked, and the resulting oil crunch will flatten the economy

New scientific research suggests that the world faces an imminent oil crunch, which will trigger another financial crisis.

A report by HSBC shows that contrary to industry mythology, even amidst the glut of unconventional oil and gas, the vast bulk of the world’s oil production has already peaked and is now in decline; while European government scientists show that the value of energy produced by oil has declined by half within just the first 15 years of the 21st century.

The upshot? Welcome to a new age....

08:52

Expense scandal spreads to other ministers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Julie Bishop is the latest politician facing scrutiny over travel expense claims as calls for an overhaul of the entitlements system grow louder.

The foreign minister charged taxpayers more than $2700 to attend a polo event last year on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula as a guest of Peroni and Jeep.

Her office told the ABC Ms Bishop was there on official ministerial business in her capacity as foreign minister and deputy leader of the Liberal Party.

It’s also been revealed three others, including two government ministers, claimed thousands for a trip to the AFL grand final in 2013.

Among them was Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, whose department oversees politicians’ entitlements.

There are also reports cabinet minister Darren Chester settled on an investment property while on a taxpayer-funded trip to Melbourne, where he also attended the Australian Open tennis.

It follows the scandal around Sussan Ley, who was forced to stand aside as health minister pending investigations into trips she made to the Gold Coast.

On one of them, she bought an $800,000 apartment.

The federal government has vowed to make changes to the entitlements in the first half of 2017 based on recommendations from a review published early last year.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has reiterated calls for a national anti-corruption body that will in part scrutinise politicians’ expense claims.

Crossbencher Nick Xenophon also wants an independent watchdog, as well as real-time disclosure of claims and harsher penalties for those who exploit rules.

 

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08:50

Warnings as scorcher tipped for NSW "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW is in for a heatwave today.(file pic)

NSW is in for a heatwave today.(file pic)

NSW residents are being urged to drink plenty of water and swim safely as sweltering temperatures intensify.

The mercury is tipped to reach near or above 40C in many parts of the state on Wednesday, with temperatures in the northwest town of Bourke forecast to hit 45C.

Sydneysiders should experience a less extreme 38C, but temperatures in some western suburbs, such as Penrith and Liverpool, are expected to nudge over 40C.

A total fire ban has been declared for some areas, including the greater Sydney and greater Hunter regions.

‘The best way to reduce the risk of heat-related illness is to drink plenty of water and keep your body as cool as possible, and avoid prolonged sun exposure by staying indoors in cool or air-conditioned facilities,’ the Bureau of Meteorology said in a statement.

Surf lifesavers are urging those who head to the beach to watch themselves and loved ones for signs of heat stress, such as dizziness, fatigue and headaches.

They also want swimmers to stay between the flags.

‘Lifeguards and lifesavers have been extremely busy over the last few weeks and we are urging the public to do what they can to help lessen the load by taking some responsibility for their own safety,’ a Surf Lifesaving NSW statement said.

While a wind change is expected to bring relief to those in southern and central coastal parts of NSW on Thursday, the heat is tipped to build again on Friday.

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08:45

Kiwis among world’s top porn watchers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kiwis are known for punching above their weight.

This includes the country’s impressive medal haul at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the All Blacks’ record winning run.

But now New Zealanders’ porn habits have also become notable with Kiwis ranking fifth in the world for per capita visits to the Pornhub website.

Kiwis on average viewed 173 Pornhub pages each, the site’s 2016 year in review has revealed.

With global visitors watching around 91 billion videos during 23 billion visits in 2016, only the United States, Iceland, United Kingdom and Canada had more per capita visits.

That also means Kiwis are indulging more often than Australians, who ranked eighth for per capita visits.

‘New Zealander’s spend nearly half a minute longer on Pornhub than their Australian neighbours,’ the Pornhub report said.

New Zealand also stood out for how many women watch porn, with females accounting for 35 per cent of the country’s visits to the site, up on the world average of 26 per cent.

Lesbian was the most popular search term among Kiwis, while the third most searched term was Maori.
Worldwide, lesbian was also the most searched word, followed by stepmom and MILF.

Kim Kardashian was the most searched celebrity, followed by fellow Kardashian reality figure Kylie Jenner and Angelina Jolie.

Visitors most commonly browsed the site between 10pm and 1am with around 60 per cent aged between 18 and 34.

When it comes to the duration of visits, Filipinos spent longest on Pornhub, browsing for an average of 12 minutes 45 seconds, while Cubans went in for quickies lasting just under five minutes.

‘Collectively, that’s 4.6 billion hours of porn watching stuffed into just one year,’ Pornhub said.

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08:37

Civil society opposes stricter medicine monopolies in RCEP "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

11 January 2017: A new research paper in Third World Resurgence outlines key concerns that civil society groups, treatment providers and academics have regarding not only the intellectual property proposals but also the continuing lack of transparency in the RCEP negotiation process.

Report authors: 

  • Belinda Townsend is at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University, Australia.
  • Shailly Gupta is Deputy Head (India) of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Access Campaign.
  • Patricia Ranald is Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network.
  • Leena Menghaney is Head (South Asia) of the MSF Access Campaign.

Read the report: Civil society opposes stricter medicine monopolies at RCEP negotiations

08:18

Every kindness has great power "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Snoopy

Today is a good day to share a kind word, a kind gesture or a kind smile. No matter how small, every kindness has great power.

Snoopy is only a very small horse, but every kindness sent her way has been so well worth it. While we love her as she is, the selective breeding that has manipulated and shrunk the natural shape of a horse to fit the tastes of some is the cause of serious health problems for many a miniature horse. Snoopy’s complications are relatively mild, but we’re prepared to give her every care if the need arises.

Read more about Snoopy and miniature horse breeding here

08:10

How Byron Bay’s solar-driven train will work "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An image from the company's website showing a concept diagram of its proposed solar train.

An image from the company’s website showing a concept diagram of its proposed solar train.

Following community interest regarding the technical aspect of how Byron Bay’s new train service will operate with a solar conversion, development director Jeremy Holmes offered to explain how it would work.

The service is planned to commence in the coming months from near the Elements of Byron resort in Sunrise Beach into Byron’s CBD.

Holmes says that solar power will be collected from the roof of the train and from the roof of the train storage shed to charge sizeable batteries on the train.

‘Energy from these batteries will drive dual electric motors and be sufficient for a number of return trips between charges. Our calculations show that the combined solar panels and regenerative braking will generate the equivalent amount of power, required daily to run the train service.

Regenerative braking

Tim Elderton, managing director of Lithgow State Mine Railway explains, ‘In regards to the amount of solar panels and batteries required, critics fail to take into any consideration the effect of “regenerative braking” (known as regen for short). Any electric vehicle would be most inefficient without regen, as it recaptures up to half of the energy used during acceleration.

‘The electric traction motor wiring circuit is reversed, which turns the electric traction motor into a generator. The generation of electricity retards the train and the electricity generated goes back into the batteries for reuse. Regen has been used on electric trains for more than sixty years, and every modern electric truck and bus has it fitted. Electric solar traction systems are available off the shelf for retrofitting into buses and trucks, and because the railcar is basically a big bus, running on a short, flat, low-speed run, this technology is very well suited.’

A further statement from Byron Bay Railroad Company reads, ‘Our intention was to get the train up and running prior to the solar conversion; however, technology has developed rapidly in this area to the stage that it i...

08:05

More recycling options for Tweed residents "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At the CRC opening were (from left): Council's Tarra Martel, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Chris Cherry, North East Waste's Karen Rudkin, Councillor Ron Cooper, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest, Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne and EPA Senior Project Officer, Catherine Baird.

At the CRC opening were (from left): Tweed Council’s Tarra Martel, deputy mayor Chris Cherry, North East Waste’s Karen Rudkin, Cr Ron Cooper,  Tweed MP Geoff Provest, Tweed mayor Katie Milne and EPA senior project officer Catherine Baird.

Got some old tins of paint cluttering up the garage? The lid’s rusted on, the label’s peeled off and you painted over the colour years ago. But what to do with that can?

How about dead light bulbs, out-of date gas bottles or used batteries?

If you live in the Tweed, that problem’s been solved for you with the opening of the new Tweed Community Recycling Centre (CRC) yesterday, which allows householders to drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles and batteries for free.

It’s part of the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative and has been paid for by a grant $70,250 to tip operator North East Waste.

Tweed Shire Council contributed $33,000 towards the cost, as well as funding the facility’s ongoing management. It is one of a number of ongoing initiatives by Council to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest said that establishing facility would ‘greatly assist Council and the NSW Government in their efforts to keep problem wastes out of landfill.’

‘We want to encourage communities to recycle these problem wastes to help prevent contaminants from entering the environment.The centre will complement the community’s existing recycling services, minimise waste and increase recycling,’ he added.

The centre is part of a network of 100 facilities being established across NSW at a cost to the state government of $127 million.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne said the upgraded Waste Recovery Centre is ‘looking much better and is so easy to use, with great opening hours until 3.45pm every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday. ’

‘Tweed residents can drop off household quantities – up...

08:02

Government fends off adequately funding TAFE over breakfast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) imagined eating breakfast in state parliament. Photomontage

Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) imagined eating breakfast in state parliament. Photomontage

Hans Lovejoy

While Geoff Provest (Tweed Heads Nationals MP) stuffed his face in the NSW lower house (re-imagined, right), debate raged around him over the Technical and Further Education Commission Amendment (Funding Guarantee for TAFE) Bill 2016

The bill is an attempt by Labor’s Prue Car to guarantee that at least 70 per cent of vocational training funding in NSW goes to TAFE.

Recently the coalition government has diverted some TAFE funding to businesses to provide training.

Yet the ‘Smart and Skilled’ reforms have not entirely been a huge success – even Murdoch’s The Australian reported in July 2016 that the ‘scheme is partly to blame for a dramatic drop-off in publicly funded training.’

Will Labor’s bill succeed in restoring funding? No.

Government MPs in the lower house have the majority and defeated the second reading on November 17 last year by eight votes.

So let’s examine – post mortem – how our dearly elected rabble debated such an important issue.

Essential services

There are big questions around the merits of privatising essential services.

Not just education, but health and prisons, for example. Should the market determine and own everything?

Are our dearly elected so incompetent that they need to divest all their responsibilities? Reforming TAFE by the political elite appears to be really about making it into a factory to ‘get a real job’ and giving business the reigns, no matter the consequence.

The value art – or pursuing anything other than making money for its own sake – is something conservatives will never understand, let alone care about (art classes were some of the first to go after the government moved on TAFE).......

08:00

MMM, BEER "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2016 was a big year for beer and it looks like it's going to be a bigger one ahead. If you are into all things malty, this one is for you. Cookie is hosting a week long beer fest. Mmm, beer.

The post MMM, BEER appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

07:30

Trouble on Malcolm’s Farm: A neoliberal bedtime story "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Trouble on Malcolm’s Farm: A neoliberal bedtime story2016 may go down as the year of bad news but Mike Dowson lightens the new year mood with a good neoliberal bedtime story. read now...

07:14

1) HOW THE AUSTRALIAN SAS RAISED THE GHOSTS OF INDONESIA’S BRUTAL PAST "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Imparsial Criticizes Defense Program
3) Indonesia to issue new mining rules this week -minister
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A row over ‘offensive’ training materials that led to Jakarta briefly break

1) HOW THE AUSTRALIAN SAS RAISED THE GHOSTS OF INDONESIA’S BRUTAL PAST
A row over ‘offensive’ training materials that led to Jakarta briefly breaking military ties with Canberra highlights sensitivities regarding Indonesia’s secular ideology
...

07:11

THE MOST POWERFUL WOMAN IN PNG - "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 by POROLO PERIAP

Ru Lu aka Dora Lu graduated from university in Shanghai in English Literature. She went to work for a Chinese State cultural agency as a researcher in Taiwan Affairs. At the age of 23, she was seconded to a second Chinese State Agency to secure access to funding for the cultural agency. Unbeknownst to her, she was groomed to be the mistress of the head of her new employer. She lost her virginity to the head of the state agency, her former employer got access to all the funding it required.

In time, she married a man who was migrating to Australia as a way of escaping her circumstances. She bore a daughter, Catherine, who is now 8 years old. 

However she returned to China to beg the man to who she was once a mistress, to giver her work. This man is now a very powerful figure in the PRC Government. He directed all SOEs from the PRC with interests in Oceania, to use Dora Lu as their agent to facilitate and secure contracts in the region. 

Enter Nixon Duban in 2014. He met Dora in Brisbane and invited her to come to PNG to do business. In exchange for granting 3 petroleum prospecting licences, his wife Debbie Anne and child are permitted to reside in her house in Indooroopilly. She resides in Chapel Hill. She also owns property in the Brisbane suburb of North Lakes. Her office is located at Unit 1A Fort Lane in Milton. She helped Nixon Duban and Debbie to seek IVF treatment to conceive their first child. In the process, she developed a romantic attachment to Nixon Duban and became his mistress while the wife resided in Brisbane. 

When her husband found out that she was Minister's mistress and arranging card games and sex parties in Asia for rich public officials and company executives in PRC, he filed for divorce in Australia and obtained sole custody of their daughter. 

Nixon Duban took on a 3rd wife who Dora Lu, as the second wife, disparagingly refers to as 'the pole dancer'. While they have substantial business interests together and maintain their romance, Minister Duban and Dora discontinued having sex. This does not stop the Minister from regularly sending pictures of his penis to Dora Lu's phone - she does not h...

06:56

Man attacked by kangaroo while trying to protect daughters in Elderslie, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An Australian dad who shielded his kids from an angry kangaroo has had his ear torn and ribs broken. Matthew Chenhall was walking behind his two daughters along his rural NSW property when a hissing and growling kangaroo appeared, stopping the girls in their tracks. The two-metre kangaroo stood tall and acted aggressively, he said. Nine-year-old Amelia threw a sausage sandwich she was holding in an attempt to lure the animal away, but this only fuelled its aggressive behaviour, Chenhall said. He stood between the kangaroo and his girls, before the kangaroo got him in a headlock position, ripped his ear and broke his ribs.

06:05

'Ration days again': cashless welfare card ignites shame | Australia news | The Guardian "IndyWatch Feed National"

'Ration days again': cashless welfare card ignites shame | Australia news | The Guardian: Welfare recipients in the trial communities, most of whom are Indigenous, began receiving 80% of their welfare payments into a restricted debit card. It cannot be used to withdraw cash or buy alcohol or gambling products. Many members of the communities and political leaders say the card has led to a decline in people playing the pokies and being drunk on the streets and say, anecdotally, they see more people buying fresh food.

Although the trial has been described as a success by the government and by the Ceduna mayor, Alan Suter, a visit to broader areas of Ceduna, including the north-west towns of Maralinga Tjarutja and Koonibba, reveals mixed responses.

04:57

Wondering why there are no horror stories flowing from the financial reassessment of Centrelink pension eligibility? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


There are many legitimate complaints and concerns being voiced over the Turnbull Government decision to change Centrelink’s debt recovery system to one which is fully automated, with no human oversight of initial debts raised for those certain individuals receiving welfare pensions, benefits and allowances.

However, there is little being said about the reassessment of asset and income limits for aged pension eligibility which came into effect on 1 January 2017.

Centrelink states:

If you have reached age pension age, Age Pension may help to support you. To qualify, you must first satisfy age and residence requirements. How much you can get depends on your income, assets and other circumstances.
If you are a self-funded retiree or still working, you may be able to get a part pension.

Centrelink further states that the current maximum basic age pension rate is $1,203.00 for a couple and $797.90 for a single person per fortnight.

This basic rate places any recipient who relies solely on a Centrelink pension for their retirement income firmly below the poverty line.

For those receiving additional income there is a reduction in this fortnightly basic rate of 50c for every dollar of additional income...

03:56

Tuesday assorted links "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1. Esther Duflo’s Ely lecture, “The economist as plumber.”

2. Disappearing markets in everything: the last disco ball maker (there is noisy sound at the link).  And how bad is authoritarianism really?  And David Brooks on Bannon vs. Trump, I am always happy to see actual analysis of the Trump administration.

3. The best economic history works in the last decade? (pt. I)

4. AI now wins in heads-up, no-limit Texas hold’em poker.  That is a game of asymmetric information.

5. The books some Australian guy is looking forward to.

6. If they had served this up as parody, I would have thought it too exaggerated.  Did Darwinian processes really produce this?  I guess so.

7. Long Piketty blog post on productivity in Germany and France.  It does seem he is now blogging in English (and French) for Le Monde.

The post Tuesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

03:46

Sussan Ley on what comes first at taxpayer funded Team Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the transcript of Sussan Ley's media conference a couple of days ago. WORD COUNT Sorry - nil Error - nil Mistake - nil Normal, community standards etc - all nil Apologise - one to Helen, a journalist, well into the Q and A after Ley's prepared statement. Ley...

03:45

Antarctica: Vostock — The Lake of Shadows "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Antarctica: Vostock — The Lake of Shadows

By Scott Corrales

The inspiration for this article began in the summer of 1996, when a series of email messages began to appear suggesting the possibility that “someone” or “something” was surreptitiously removing all recent maps of Antarctica.

The notion was so outrageous that even die-hard conspiracy theorists found themselves having to clarify the subject – it wasn’t that Big Brother and his henchmen were ripping map pages out of every World Almanac and atlas in the country, it had merely become harder to obtain recent maps on Antarctica.

Intrigued by the electronic statements, I placed a call to Penn-Oh-West Maps in Pittsburgh to check on the availability of Antarctic projections. The storeowner’s response was startling:

“Sorry, sir. All our new maps of South Pole are on back order. Must be some kind of problem with the USGS.”

The United States Geological Service, or USGS, produces the most detailed maps available, such as the 7.5-minute series topographic maps at a 1:20,000 scale.

Nor is the USGS planet-bound – their expertise extends to detailed maps of the Moon, Mars, and Venus.

Antarctica has nearly 90% of the ice and 70% of the fresh water on Earth. The third-largest continent, it is one and a half the size of the US. Nations including the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, France and Argentina carry out experiments at bases dotted across the continent.

ALH 84001 was found in Antarctica during the 1984-1985 Antarct...

02:38

Leaked Document Reveals Internet Trolls May be Government Agents "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Humans Are Free

Leaked Document Reveals Internet Trolls Are Government Agents

Glenn Greenwald is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, political commentator and best-selling author.

He’s perhaps best known for working with NSA document-leaker Edward Snowden to expose the sneaky surveillance tactics used by governments and government agencies.

And while the issues surrounding privacy and the government’s invasion of it have grabbed a lot of the spotlight, Snowden’s NSA document leak revealed another intriguing government hobby and tactic – Internet trolling.

The Five Eyes Alliance





The Five Eyes Alliance consists of intelligence agencies belonging to the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

It was Britain’s GCHQ that drew up the documents proposing that Internet trolls be employed to “control, infiltrate, manipulate and warp online discourse,” as Greenwald writes in his article aptly titled “...

02:28

Unprovoked, a bull shark charges and attacks spearfisherman in FNQ - video "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Danny Henricks, 35, told the ABC he was on holidays in Queensland on a spearfishing expedition, but was separated from the group when the incident occurred. (Facebook: Liquid Vision) "I was going to go for a deep dive, got halfway down ... I seen him [the shark] on edge of...

01:15

Video: GoldFish Report No. 67 -- Multi-Dimensional Physician Part 1-2 "IndyWatch Feed National"





On GoldFish Report No 67 Host Louisa Welcomes Multi-Dimensional Physician Maree Batchelor M.D. who describes how her DNA was activated after the tragic loss of her young son, and how this experience, and her journey of healing, transformed her practice of medicine and her life to treat people as the multi-dimensional beings that humans are and have always been. Maree describes how the Blue Ray Founder ET race assist her to energetically clear the blocks from past and current life vows and agreements, many of which she has found that humans were tricked into consenting to. Maree is a pioneer in medicine and energetic healing and is helping to lead humanity on the path to Ascension.She can be contacted at batchelormaree@gmail.com. Maree has also published a chapter in Mary Rodwell's new book "The New Human" which will be featured at this week's After Life Exploreer's Conference in Australia at this link https://consciousconsumernetwork.tv/m...

You can follow GoldFish Report on Twitter @ReportGoldfish, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thegoldfishr... , or on our blog at https://wordpress.com/stats/day/thego... or at www.thegoldfishreport.com.

00:15

Yes, it was hot last year and no, 2017 is not going to be much better "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), media release, 5 January 2016

2016 a year of extreme weather events

It was a year of extreme weather events, wetter than average overall, and the fourth-warmest on record for Australia, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Annual Climate Statement 2016 released today.
Assistant Director Climate Information Services, Neil Plummer, said 2016 was an eventful year with significant climate drivers affecting the country’s weather.

“The year started off very warm and dry, with bushfires in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia, and a nation-wide heatwave from late February to mid-March. We had our warmest autumn on record partly due to a very strong 2015–16 El Niño," Mr Plummer said.

“In May the El Niño broke down and the dry start was followed by record wet from May to September as a negative Indian Ocean Dipole developed, with ocean waters warming to the northwest of Australia.

“Widespread, drought-breaking rains led to flooding in multiple states. Even northern Australia saw widespread rainfall, during what is usually the dry season, greening regions that had been in drought for several years,” he said.
For Australia as a whole, annual rainfall was 17 per cent above average.

Notable events during the wet period included an East Coast Low in June, causing flooding down the east coast of Australia to Tasmania, and damaging coastal erosion in New South Wales. There were also significant storm and wind events which affected the southeast.
In the Murray–Darling Basin, already wet soils and full rivers meant rain caused flooding in many areas throughout September and October.
Australia was warmer than average in 2016, with a national mean temperature 0.87 °C above average, and it was the fourth-wa...

00:00

Black Bittern at Double Creek, Calliope, Dawson Hwy reported by Ted Wnorowski on 09-01-2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A great view of Black Bittern. It flew over Dawson Hwy and landed in the trees along Double Creek (5 km west of Calliope.

Tuesday, 10 January

23:35

Behind the Headlines interview on “fake news” and independent journalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Late last year I was interviewed from Jerusalem by veteran Australian journalist and campaigner Julie Macken, for her radio program Behind the Headlines, about “fake news” and my experiences as a journalist over the last decade in Israel/Palestine, South Sudan, Afghanistan and beyond. My interview begins around 15:50 (with a few scratchy sound issues via Skype):

23:26

William Shakespeare, new book "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from Australia says about itself:

Germaine Greer: Shakespeare The Radical

31 October 2016

By Thomas Metscher in Britain:

Simply good Bard guide

Tuesday 10th January 2017

Fear Not Shakespeare’s Tragedies: A Comprehensive Introduction by Jenny Farrell (Nuascealta, £10.88)

MORE than a mere introduction, Jenny Farrell’s book provides a comprehensive guide for all wishing to understand Shakespeare for pleasure or study and his impact on cinema, theatre and even opera.

Central to the interpretation of each text is a close reading, setting the plays in their historical context.

The opening chapter explores the early modern period as a time of momentous change, in which the beginning of bourgeois society and Renaissance and Tudor absolutism defined the epoch from which Shakespearean theatre originates.

That brief outline leads on to Shakespeare’s life, about which much has been written but little is really known.

The readings of the four plays consider plot, characters, themes, dramatic devices, endings and tragic content.

Unlike most mainstream academic research, Farrell does not approach the text with a preconceived thesis to be illustrated but is guided by the conflicts developed in the tragedies.

These are, according to her convincing interpretation, the expression of a fundamental collision of conflicting historical and ethical forces that emerged after the collapse of the mediaeval world and the rise of the early bourgeoisie.

On the one hand, there arose a self-liberating humanity whose values are peace, justice, the welfare of all and, ultimately, the idea of human equality.

On the other, the instinct for do...

23:07

Above Water "IndyWatch Feed National"

My breathing is choked and frantic as I struggle to get a handle on the anxiety attack that has suddenly latched itself to my core. I stumble into the aeroplane bathroom and slam the door behind me, falling against the wall for support. My head is aching and hot, sticky sweat begins to layer my face. I press tissues to my fiery cheeks and small pieces break off, clinging to my skin as I flush the rest. The overwhelming smell of blue chemicals wafts through my stinging nostrils, an injection straight into my throbbing head.

For most, planning a trip is thrilling: booking flights, scanning Hostelworld for party accommodation, scavenging the Instagram ‘explore’ page for the supposedly hidden gems of wherever you might be going. But what if planning a trip also meant you were pencilling in anxiety attacks, crashing lows, and gut-wrenching stomach aches that you knew all too well there was no escape from?

My anxiety truly took its darkest form when I saw that it wasn’t just me it was preventing from living, but it was the people I loved. When I was in third grade, I went to my first overnight ski camp. Three days in and I had barely eaten, the anxiety induced nausea seemed to be my only companion. My dad had to drive four hours to come pick me up, which of course only made me feel worse. When I was in middle school, my family planned a trip to Europe. I spent the weeks leading up to it hassling them to cancel and the trip locked in our hotel room.

I didn’t want to be the daughter that kept her family from travelling, the sister who sat with her brother at a pizza place in Italy not eating in silence, but it has never been something I could control. For me, arriving in an unfamiliar place felt like I had been pushed into a pool with a weight tied around my torso. Muffled sounds of voices and laughter echoed around me as I thrashed my arms wildly desperate to join them, but it was no use: I was drowning.

I grew tired of constantly regretting the things I could have done, but chose not to. I sat from the comfort of my room, scrolling through my friends’ Facebook pages as I looked wistfully at their photos abroad. Australia, Spain, South America… the jealousy was overwhelming.

 So I decided to push myself.

 It wasn’t until my third year in university that I actually gathered the courage to study abroad. The first week went as I expected it to: loss of appetite, surprise anxiety attacks that left me yearning for the quiet of my room, and a general lingering discomfort in my own skin.

...

23:00

Guest Post: kc r/K selection "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

I stumbled upon a concept so groundbreaking yesterday that I have spent hours in front of the screen digging deeper and trying to find flaws. It so fundamentally changes the way we should look at politics and the political spectrum, that, once understood, our constructs of left and right will never be the same again. I short, it is not their fault.

A theory developed and accepted in the 1950’s by Ecologists Robert MacArthur and E.O. Wilson in their works on Island Biogeography was titled the r/K Selection Theory. It was and remains uncontroversial in its application to the orgins of the species and fits neatly within the accepted Darwinian views and explains the social habits and basic constructs within the animal kingdoms.

The r/K Selection theory has recently been applied to politics in a book called ‘The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics” and this ground breaking work is buzzing through the internet and causing heads to explode on the left because it is so precise, so absolutely accurate and explains in undeniable terms the chasm between the left and right of politics. If the theory holds true Socialism Vs Conservativism is to a large degree genetic.

I quote in part from the book but in simple terms r being a rabbit and K being a wolf.

r being a socialist and K being a conservative

Why do people adopt different political ideologies? How can seemingly equal intellects, presented with the same facts and circumstances disagree so vehemently over how society should be structured? What psychological undercurrents guide people to adopt Conservative or Liberal political beliefs, and where did they come from?

The answer lies in a well-known concept in biology, termed r/K Selection Theory. r/K Theory examines how all populations tend to adopt one of two psychologies as a means of adapting their behavior to the presence or absence of environmental resources. The two strategies, termed r and K, each correlate perfectly with the psychologies underlying Liberalism and Conservatism.

22:23

Great Scott at The Sound Lounge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

‘Great Scott – The Music of Raymond Scott’ will offer you a remarkable night of music paying homage to the one of the great unsung American composers, musicians and pioneer of electronic music with an exceptional all star band. These days Raymond Scott has an almost cult following and is being rediscovered by a new generation of fans right throughout the world.
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Raymond Scott was among the unheralded pioneers of contemporary experimental music, a figure whose genius and influence have seeped almost subliminally into the mass cultural consciousness. As a visionary whose name is largely unknown but whose music is immediately recognizable, Scott’s was a career stuffed with contradictions: though his early work anticipated the breathless invention of bebop, his obsession with perfectionism and memorization was the very antithesis of jazz’s improvisational ethos.
Though his best-known compositions remain at large thanks to their endless recycling as soundtracks for cartoons, he never once wrote a note expressly for animated use, and though his later experiments with electronic music pioneered the ambient aesthetic, the ambient concept itself was not introduced until a decade after the release of his original recordings. His music is familiar to millions because of its adaptation by Carl Stalling in over 120 classic Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and other Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated shorts. Scott’s melodies may also be heard in contemporary shows like Ren and Stimpy, Duckman, The Simpsons, Animaniacs, The Oblongs and Batfink.
 The night will start with a performance of Peter Dasent, best known in Sydney as leader of The Umbrellas, and for those with preschoolers, as the resident pianist at Play School since 2000. In 2015 he released an album of his piano compositions Songs for Solo Piano, which was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios in London. In a 4.5 star review, John Shand wrote in the...

22:20

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #524 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online Newsletter | #524 | What's On this WeekTuesday 10th January 2017 to Monday 16th January 2017 Newsletter | #524 | What's On this Week Another event packed week in the world's most liveable city. 2017 Melbourne Festival Guide We start rvery year with the annual Melbourne Festival Guide.. Moomba Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, White Night Melbourne, Melbourne International Film Festival, Open House Melbourne, Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival, Royal Melbourne Show, Next Wave Festival, Run Melbourne, Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, Melbourne Day, Myrtleford Festival, Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Melbourne Festival, Lonsdale Street Greek Festival, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show View Melbourne Festival Guide LEGO Expo .nobrtable br { display: none } 14th and 15th January 2017 at the Royal Exhibition Building Brickvention LEGO Expo What's On This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Yarra Food Street Fest, Aladdin, Island Summer Carnival, Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Supper Market, Australia v Pakistan | Victoria Bitter One Day International, Bass Coast Agricultural Show, Frankston Waterfront Festival, Healesville Cup, Jeep Portsea Polo, Kooyong Classic, Portarlington Mussel Festival, Silvers Grand Magic Circus @ Rosebud, Slide The Square, So Frenchy So Chic, Field of Flavours | MCG Food Truck Market View Week's Events School Holiday Guide .nobrtable br { display: none } View Summer School Holiday Guide Kids fun December 2016 to January 2017 Markets This Weekend .nobrtable br { display: none } Art Craft and Produce Markets Markets Guide The Mellencamp Show .nobrtable br { display: none } Satellite Lounge, Wheelers Hill | Saturday the 28th of January 2017 Scarecrow - The Mellencamp Show | Book Online Australian Creedence Show .nobrtable br { display: none } Sat 21st Jan - Satellite Lounge & Sat 25th Feb - Musicland Fawkner Ramble Tamble - The Australian Creedence Show | Book Here Newsletter Read Online | SmartPhone Version | Last Week's Newsletter Calendar | Dining & Drink | Shopping | Things To Do Advertising | goo.gl | Privacy Policy | Contact Us All Content Copyright © 2016 RIPEFRUIT. All Rights Reserved.

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