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Thursday, 05 July


Preservation of Food - from Garden to Kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Southern Australias unique environment enables us to grow plant varieties which provide long seasons of fresh food from almost any  species we choose but even the best planned garden or orchard produces the occasional glut. And anyway there are so many types of food that we would love to have out of season; pickled olives, dried fruit, frozen sweetcorn and delicious nuts sound pretty inviting in the middle of winter.

Preserving is the answer and this course will teach you the secrets of small scale, natural food preparation, preservation and storage.

Learn about when to harvest, freezing, drying, storing successfully, combating pests, keeping the vitality in stored food, pickling, fermenting, home milling, food hygiene, packaging, small scale marketing and self sufficiency.

This one day intensive course will involve food quality tasting, the hands-on operation of small scale food processing equipment and the sharing of treasured recipes and techniques from different countries.

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Wednesday, 26 July


RACQ-Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) Bell 412EP VH-EPR "Rescue 300" Returns to Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Welcome back!

After departing the area in April, the RACQ-Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) (Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia) Bell 412EP VH-EPR has returned to Rockhampton Airport on Friday 21 July.  It was noted touching down from Coffs Harbour and the Sunshine Coast.

On Monday 24 July, VH-EPR was noted returning to service with Cap Rescue, completing a med-evac flight to Woorabinda and back to Rockhampton Base Hospital as "Rescue 300".

Also on Monday 24 July, fellow Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia Bell 412EP VH-VAU, which has been flying as "Rescue 300" since April, departed Rocky for Mackay. Townsville and Cairns Airports.

Finally, construction of the RACQ-Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service's new $4.7 million facility which will house both the services primary and backup rescue helicopters with additional room for future expansion is progressing well with hangar doors added over the last week or so.


Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-ESH Flys North via Gladstone and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Saturday 22 July, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-ESH was noted ferrying North from Archerfield via Gladstone and Mackay Airports to Townsville.

VH-ESH at Mackay Airport in 2016  (File photo)

Of interest, VH-ESH has since began operating out of Townsville Airport as "Rescue 520".

It seems that the two locally-based QGAir Rescue Bell 412 helicopters at Townsville may not be operational at the present time.

Photo taken by 'AC'  


Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - RAAF Search and Rescue Sikorsky S-76A Helicopter VH-LAI Departs Rockhampton Airport For Good "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Saturday 22 July, the departure of aircraft and helicopters following the completion of joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17) continued as Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-LAI departed Rockhampton Airport for Toowoomba as "Choppa 22".

It had arrived around a fortnight prior and completed several flights from Rockhampton Airport around the local area.

VH-LAI was noted continuing from Toowoomba to Armidale before finishing its journey at RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales.

VH-LAI is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia, and is one of a number of choppers used for RAAF Search and Rescue jobs.

Meanwhile, fellow RAAF Search and Rescue Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 27" looked to complete a med-evac flight into Rockhampton Airport from and back to Shoalwater Bay late on Saturday 22 July.

UPDATE!  VH-SYJ "Choppa 27" completed another med-evac flight into Rocky on Sunday 23 July.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter 'IAD' for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  


Ex Talisman Saber 2017 Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH90 Helicopter NZ3306 Spotted at Rockhampton Airport Plus More Chopper Action from the Last Couple of Days! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Late on Friday 21 July, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH Industries NH90 helicopter NZ3306 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWTBA).  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of Warrior 06.  NZ3306 departed a little later to Williamson Airfield in Shoalwater Bay.

NZ3306 was then spotted returning to Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 22 July but using the different callsign of Patu 06.

It looked to complete return flights in and out of Rockhampton Airport presumably from and back to Shoalwater Bay.

Meanwhile, other helicopter action around Rockhampton on Friday 21 July included the return of United States Army (US Army) Sikorsky UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter 12-20435 from Shoalwater Bay to Camp Rocky as Wolfpack 11.

It looked to return to the Bay and then return to Rocky and head back to the Bay a further two times.

Also on Friday 21 July, Australian Army Boeing CH-47F Foxtrot Chinook helicopter A15-303 popped into Rockhampton Airport from Shoalwater Bay.  It departed to Mackay Airport and then Townsville.  It was heard using the radio callsign of Brahman 303.

While also calling into 'Camp Rocky' - the Australian Army Defence Support Group (DSG) camp adjacent to Rockhampton Airport - was Australian Army MRH-90 as Destrier 11.

Then on Saturday 22 July...


Yami Lester is mourned: his daughters carry on the anti nuclear fight "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We mourn the passing of Yankunytjatjara elder Yami Lester OAM, who was blinded by the Totem 1 nuclear test of 1953 but never gave up fighting for his country and people. Yami played a vital role in exposing the terrible impacts of the British nuclear testing program, suffered largely by Aboriginal people whose lands were contaminated.

Yamis daughters Rosemary and Karina are carrying on the fight. Rosemary recently spoke at the Womens March to Ban the Bomb in Sydney, and Karina addressed the ban treaty negotiating conference at the UN on behalf of 35 Indigenous groups worldwide. The Treaty acknowledges the disproportionate impact of nuclear-weapon activities on indigenous peoples.

We are glad that the international community banned nuclear weapons within Yamis lifetime.

You can leave a tribute message for the Lester family via the No Dump Alliance website.


Accused of abuse, Pell maintains innocence in first court appearance- National Catholic Reporter "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

National Catholic Reporter


Accused of abuse, Pell maintains innocence in first court appearance



The circus as the media have been calling it began around 5 a.m.* when a large CNN crew arrived outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court, though the mass-circulation Herald-Sun already had reporters there to notice that.

By 6 a.m. dozens of local and international media had arrived, followed by supporters of clergy abuse survivors about 7 a.m. They were all hoping to be in Courtroom 2, which has just 37 seats for public and press, at 10 a.m. Security guards had reportedly been there since 9:30 the night before.

Just before 9 the focus of all the attention arrived at court, Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranked Catholic prelate to face sexual abuse charges. He was flanked by his legal team including Robert Richter, one of Australias leading, and most expensive, barristers and enclosed by a phalanx of about a dozen police.

At this point the inaccuracy of the epithet circus became apparent, for a circus is usually a highly choreographed and well-organised affair, and this was simply a heaving, shouting scrum. The cardinal, in a heavy black overcoat, remained silent as journalists fired a barrage of questions.

It was worse when the calm but grim-faced Pell left the court, with about 200 journalists, plus survivors and people vocall...


A First: Cardinal Pell Appears in Australian Court on Sexual Charges- New York Times "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Cardinal George Pell leaving Melbourne Magistrates Court in Australia on Wednesday. 

MELBOURNE, Australia Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis top advisers, made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday after becoming the highest-ranking Roman Catholic prelate to be formally charged with sexual offenses.

Cardinal Pell, 76, was flanked by police officers as he entered Melbourne Magistrates Court through a thicket of camera crews, reporters and photographers.

He said nothing during the filing hearing, which lasted about six minutes.

One of the cardinals lawyers, Robert Richter, told the court that his client would plead not guilty to all charges and vehemently maintained his innocence. Magistrate Duncan Reynolds set the next court proceeding for Oct. 6.

Journalists from around the world started lining up outside the court as early as 5 a.m. to get a seat at the hearing, which was purely administrative in nature and allowed the magistrate to set dates for future hearings.



TAS Northern Police Operation Lockdown "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Friday, 5 June 2015 9:05 am.

In the Early Hours of Friday morning over 60 members of Tasmania Police conducted an operation aimed at disrupting crime and enforcing traffic laws on rural roads in Northern Tasmania. The operation involved both high visibility and covert patrols in over 20 rural locations spread across the state.

Detective Inspector John King said a range of offences were detected throughout the early morning including drink & drug drivers. Of particular concern was a 33 year old George Town man who was apprehended after he failed to stop at the direction of police and had to have his tires spiked. He was charged with evading police, negligent driving, driving whilst suspended and possessing a substance believed to be methamphetamine.

The offender was detained in police custody to appear before the Launceston Court of Petty sessions due to currently being on bail for 10 alleged drug driving charges. He was also driving and unregistered vehicle and was on current bail conditions prohibiting him from driving or being behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

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Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASECLOSURE THREATS STEPPED-UP ON MANUS ISLAND PNG Immigration has announced its intention to close Foxtrot Compound inside the Manus detention centre as of today, 26 July. The notice (attached) is the latest in the campaign of Border Force and PNG immigration to force asylum seekers and refugees out of the detention(...)


Forever French with a Queen Kaf Touch + win movie tickets + dogs + call out for Artists. 26/07/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Forever French QK Show 003 || Wednesday 26 July 2017 || (8-9:30pm)


On todays show, radio producer and host Stphanie Denizard from Queen Kaf will be hosting forever french. Tune in to Forever French from 8-9:30pm for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see the movie Paris Can Wait by Director/Writer Eleanor Coppola. Discover music from French speaking countries that means classic French songs, world and some electronica. For all dogs owners and lovers, if you would like to enjoy an art exhibition with your pet, EVERY DOG WILL HAVE ITS DAY might be a good stop for you at Casula Power House. Are you a French artists or an Australian artist with French inspired works, if the answer is yes, well you can have a one month exhibition here in Sydney so stay tune to know all the details. Thats all tonight on Forever French (Eastside FM 89.7)!

If you love #Jazz #FrenchMusic #FrenchSingers #World #ElectroMusic, tune in every Wednesday from 8-9:30pm (Sydney time). You can stream live or listen on demand here

Anne (Diane Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to successful but inattentive movie producer Michael (Alec Baldwin), she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humour, wisdom and romance, reawakening Annes senses and giving her a new lust for life.

If you are a proud supporter of Eastside Radio 89.7FM call 9331 3000 on Wednesday 26th for your chance to escape in France.

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A Proposed Meaning for Human Life "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Having now completed my allotted span of three-score years and ten, Ive undertaken to create at least for my own satisfaction an answer to the query once posed by the main character in a popular 1966 British movie. Played by the actor Michael Caine, he asks himself plaintively, Whats it all about, Alfie? In old age, I ask myself the same question, though it is rooted in a far broader perspective than is Alfies questioning about his tawdry love life.

Before its too late, I want to try to establish for myselfperhaps in living proof of Freuds theory regarding sublimation of the sexual instincta plausible conception of the meaning of human life as a whole: not only for my own life now well into its homestretch, but for the endless others that are still to be lived out. After considerable reflection, I think a good case for that meaning can be based on the evidence of nature itself, whose single function, at both the cosmic and biological levels, is a continual act of indiscriminate creation. It inheres ultimately, however, in the unique human capacity for conscious design, by which, unlike the forces of nature, it can bring mankind together in the joys of a collaborative creativity that, by continually producing harmony from diversity or disorder, adds genuine value to the world and meets real human needs.

No Designer God Is Shaping the Universe or Giving Meaning to Human Life

To open-minded people, it can no longer be a matter of dispute that the universe disclosed by science in ever greater detail and breadth is not the finished product of a comprehensive design originating in the mind of an omniscient creator. Logic surely suggests that an all-powerful Designer God capable of creating a universe from nothing would produce it as a finished orderly system dedicated to specific, probably moral and spiritual, ends. As modern cosmology has shown, however, cosmic creation is hardly orderly. The universe is full of phenomena like supernovas, black holes, and quasars that are supremely destructive and disruptive of any conceivable ends tied to a comprehensive design.

Creation at the cosmic level is, in fact, the ever-unfolding product of violent, uncontrolled forces whose effects are unpredictable. Although the forces are themselves governed by universal laws of physics and chemistry, they interact in ways that are both integrative and disintegrative, displaying an evident absence of creation to design. Over eons of time, however, the same forces have produced new cosmic bodies and structures of various types, forms, and sizes. Among them are systems of star-orbiting planets that feature a wide variety of environmental conditions. A small minority of those planets besides our own, science now believes, have the potential to give rise to, and support, living organisms, including in some cases even intelligent beings*....


Vaxxed Tour Down Under Continues to Draw Crowds "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Vaxxed From Cover-up to Catastrophe Australian tour is making a huge impact and the establishment is not happy about it. By General Maddox. From the Sunshine Coast down the East coast and across to Adelaide the Vaxxed tour is drawing huge crowds and making a massive impact. RNA was present at the Brisbane screening []


Australia to Accept Several Dozen Central American Refugees Under US Deal "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

FILE PHOTO: Detainees walk around the compound among water bottles inside the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, February 11, 2017. Credit: Behrouz Boochani/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Detainees walk around the compound among water bottles inside the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea, February 11, 2017. Credit: Behrouz Boochani/Handout via Reuters/File Photo

SydneyAustralia will accept several dozen Central American refugees within the next few months, two sources...


HOBOFOPO Returns With First 12 Acts for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Image Courtesy of AJJ Last year saw the successful birth of Australias premiere folk-punk festival HOBOFOPO (HOBarts Original FOlk Punk Orgy) in Tasmania thanks to the talented folks behind Folk Til Ya Punk Records. This year HOBOFOPO is set to return to Hobart on the 5th to 8th October and this time the best in []


Sexual assault: Top Vatican Cardinal will plead not guilty "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

  Cardinal George Pell will plead not guilty to all accusations of sexual assault against him, his lawyer has told a Melbourne court. The Vatican treasurer, 76, appeared in person for the brief administrative hearing on Wednesday. Cardinal Pell is accused of historical assaults involving multiple complainants, police said last month. The senior Catholic Church []

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The Madistones "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Madistones debut single Big Time is a rock anthem: big, ballsy and driving with a catchy hook. Low female vocals growl snarl through the verse and then jump the octave for the chorus. Slide guitar action in the choruses, a driving bass line and drums that smack you in the face. Big Time has been getting plenty of spins on community radio throughout Australia since its release in June this year. Their debut EP was recorded in Brisbane, with Landings Liam Quinn and mixed by Aria-award winning Brisbane producer Magoo.

Listen on iTunes:

Joining The Madistones for their EP launch party on August 3rd will be award winning singer songwriter and founder of the I Heart Songwriting club Francesca de Valence; the rocking Ellie Jane and The Forces of Destiny and up and coming indie surf rockers Video Avenue. Come to the party!

Set Times:

7.10pm 7.50pm Francesca de Valence
8.05pm 8.35pm Ellie Jane and The Forces of Destiny
8.50pm 9.15 pm Video Avenue
9.30pm 10.15pm The Madistones.

Tickets $10+booking fee online bookings available now!

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Should You Microwave Your Underwear? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Dr. Mercola

Washing your clothes may not be as harmless as you might imagine. Detergents deposit toxic chemicals in your washing machine, on your clothes and into the environment. However, on the opposite side, wearing clothing riddled with bacteria and soaked in sweat is not a healthy answer either.

Past studies have demonstrated microwave ovens may kill bacteria associated with the kitchen, often found on sponges and other cleaning utensils.1 However, microwaving foods doesnt appear to have the same effect. Not only does the process change the chemical structure of the food, but the microwave has a poor track record for killing bacteria that may be responsible for food poisoning.2

The ability of a microwave oven to kill yeast in your undergarments has been demonstrated through research. While the suggestion that microwaving recently laundered and still damp undergarments to sterilize against Candida albicans,3 the yeast often responsible for vaginal yeast infections, may be quick and easy,4 the consequences are not.

Your Underwear May Need To Be Sanitized After an Infection

Candida albicans, the yeast that causes vaginal yeast infections, is usually found living in your vaginal area in small numbers.5 However, given the right circumstances, these yeast may multiply quickly, increasing your risk of developing a vaginal infection, and the irritating and uncomfortable symptoms associated with it.

Yeast enjoys living in a warm, moist environment, so even just a few drops of urinary incontinence or continuing to wear underwear in which you had been sweating may be enough to trigger an infection or keep a current infection growing. Unfortunately, just washing your underwear in the washing machine, even with hot water, may not be enough to kill those pesky bacteria and yeast.

One of the risks i...


TAS 1978 Disappearance Investigation update "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Friday, 29 May 2015 4:30 pm.

Police receive information in 1978 cold case disappearance.

Detectives investigating the circumstances surrounding the 1978 disappearance of Darlene Avis Geertsemas have received a pleasing response from the public following the release of photographs of Ms Geertsema and her red Holden Torana Sunbird on Friday.

Ms Geertsema was last seen leaving her family home in Devonport on Monday 23 October 1978 at around 10.30pm in her 1977 red Holden Sunbird registration AS4119. Police now believe it is unlikely Ms Geertsemas disappearance was voluntary and it cannot be ruled out that she may have been the victim of a crime.

Detective Senior Constable Felicity BOYD from the Devonport Criminal Investigation Branch stated We appreciate the information provided by the public, particularly in relation to Ms Geertsemas vehicle and we will be pursuing every line of enquiry.

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Police have recently re-interviewed a number of people who were involved in Ms Geertsemas life, including a 67 year old man from Westbury who was in a significant relationship with Ms Geertsema at the time of her disappearance.

Police encourage anyone who has information relating to the disappearance of Ms Geertsema or about her vehicle to contact Devonport CIB on 64784036 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Percussion with Mark Robinson "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Over the course of June and July 2017, Sylvia recorded 6 episodes with Assistant Principal Timpani and Percussionist with Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Episodes were recorded in the Conservatorium, in the bowels of the Sydney Opera House and for 2 memorable episodes from the stage of the Sydney Opera House. Episodes range from the big bass drum down to tiny whistles and everything in between. Listen to the six episodes below:

That was the introduction to the series. Now for Part 2, the first of 2 episodes where Mark talks about pitched percussion:


This is the second of the 2 episodes talking about pitched percussion:

And now for Part 4, the first of two episodes we recorded on the stage of the  Sydney Opera House. This one demonstrates drums:

Here is Part 5, the second recorded on stage at the Sydney Opera House and Mark demonstrates timpani:

And now for Part 6, the finale of the series and we explore everything else: a selection from the variety of instruments percussionists are required to play:





Chris McNulty

Chris McNulty                                              (Image: M. Montgomery)


Chris McNulty Trio (Australia/US), The Jazzlab,
Friday 4 August and Saturday 5 August, 8pm

Australian-American jazz vocalist Chris McNulty is giving two back-to-back performances in Melbourne next month before embarking on a world tour.

The award-winning singer/composer will introduce her new trio Darrin Archer piano, Hiroki Shinn Hoshino bass and Aaron McCoullough drums to Melbourne audiences in two concerts at Melbournes newest jazz club, The Jazzlab.

McNulty premiered her singing with the trio to great acclaim earlier this year at the Mansfield Art gallery now run by Miriam Zolin of extempore fame.

Melbourne-born Ms McNulty moved to the United States in 1988 and has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene for almost three decades. She worked with American jazz musicians such as pianists Mulgrew Miller and John Hicks, saxophonists Gary Bartz and Gary Thomas, drummers Billy Hart...


Verse by Verse, Whales Learn Songs Like Humans "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Humpback whales learn songs in segments like the verses of a human song and can remix them, a new study involving University of Queensland research has found.

The study featured data from Associate Professor Michael Noad of the UQ School of Veterinary Science's Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory (CEAL).

Research indicated that whale songs appeared to be learnt a similar way to how humans acquire language skills, or a bird learns its warble.

"All the males in a population sing the same complex song, but the pattern of song changes with time, sometimes quite rapidly, across the population," Dr Noad said.

"Learning new songs is a form of what's known as 'social learning', which is where individual animals learn behaviours from each other rather than having them passed on from one generation to another genetically.

"Although we know that whales change their songs over time, we don't know about how they learn the new songs.

"The rate of change though shows that they are constantly learning and updating their songs rapidly."

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TAS Darlene Geertsema Disappearance "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Friday, 29 May 2015 11:01 am.

Detectives reviewing an investigation into a long-term missing person Darlene Avis Geertsema, of Devonport, have identified a person of interest in her disappearance. While the case was always treated as a missing person investigation, police now believe it is unlikely Ms Geertsemas disappearance was voluntary and it is possible that she was the victim of a crime.

As part of the investigation police are working to gain information on what may have become of Ms Geertsemas red Holden Sunbird vehicle. The last known information about the vehicle is that it was sold to an unknown person by a car yard in Launceston in 1984. It was de-registered in 1987.

The missing persons report made in October 1978 stated that Ms Geertsema was last seen leaving her family home in Devonport on Monday 23 October 1978 at around 10.30pm in her 1977 red Holden Sunbird registration AS4119. Ms Geertsema was aged 31 and has not been seen or heard from since. Her 5-year-old son, 8-year-old daughter and then partner were in the flat before she disappeared.

Her vehicle was located in a car park off Victoria Parade in the vicinity of the Devonport Oval on Wednesday 25 October 1978, however, information received at the time confirmed the vehicle was in this position at 7:30am Tuesday morning, the day after her disappearance.

Police have recently re-interviewed a number of persons who were involved in Ms Geertsemas life, including the person of interest.

Investigating officer, Inspector Kim Steven said: The disappearance of a friend or neighbour is a significant event and its likely that people who were in her life at the time would still have strong memories, even so many years afterwards.

Were particularly keen to speak to anyone who knew Ms Geertsema or her partner at that time but was never asked to provide a statement to police.

The vehicle may also provide opportunities for forensic analysis and we are seeking information on what may have happened to it after it was sold from the Launceston car yard.

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Police would like to hear from anyone who has information relating to the disappearance of Ms Geertsema or about her vehicle and encourage the public to contact Devonport Criminal Investigation Branch on 64784036 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000

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TAS Active shoplifter apprehended "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:11 am.

On Monday 26 May 2015, Uniform police, targeting anti-social behaviour in the Launceston central business district, apprehended a 44 year old woman, from Brighton.

She was arrested, interviewed, charged and bailed after Police were alerted by retailers, that she had been shoplifting from businesses in the Mall, Launceston.

The vehicle being used by the woman was impounded by police.

Police located a significant number of items, including clothing and baby items, valued at approximately $3000, believed to be stolen from a number of stores around Launceston and Hobart, in the vehicle.

Some illicit drugs were also located.

All items will be returned to the retailers. There will be further investigation in regard to all matters.

If there is any further information in regard to a red Hyundai sedan, registration number E08CI, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Launceston Police Station on 131 444.

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Poll Roundup: Are Malcolm's Newspolls Worse Than Tony's? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

2PP Aggregate: 53.2 to ALP (-0.2 since last week)
ALP would easily win election "held now"

Five weeks since the last Poll Roundup, things have not improved for the Turnbull government in opinion-poll horse-racing land. If anything, things have got worse.  We've had twin 53-47s to Labor from Newspoll and an Essential run of 52-53-54-54-53.  Closer 2PP readings from ReachTEL (52 then 51 for ALP) have arisen only because of the use of respondent preferences, and new entrant YouGov has produced a 49-51 followed by a 52-48 lead by a new respondent preferencing method off primaries that offer the government no more joy than the others.  (More on that later).  I'm not aggregating YouGov until later this week after its third poll has arrived, but my overall read of the others comes out at 53.2 to Labor this week.  Here's the smoothed aggregate:

The rot looks increasingly set in, with no large or lasting movement away from 53-47 since the start of the year.  As with the Gillard government, voters so far do not give this government credit for passing legislation or policy announcements. In polling terms, everything the government sends out comes back dead.  History doesn't say this position can't be won from, but it will probably need something large and unexpected to rebound in the government's favour.

I won't go into detail on leadership ratings and so on this time, as there is really not much to see, and I want to devote more space here to the metrics of the Turnbull Newspoll clock.  Since Turnbull used "We have lost thirty Newspolls in a row" as a justification for removing Tony Abbott, focus on how many Newspolls Turnbull has lost in a row and by how much has been intense.

Turnbull Vs Abbott Newspolls

As the self-inflicted "clock" strikes sixteen straight two-party preferred defeats,  some commentators and/or agitators have decided that April or so next year is too long to wait for Turnbull to lose another fourteen for his fate to be declared.  They've said Turnbull has already lost enough polls to be toast (Newspoll: Turnbull Has Reache...


TAS Footpath Robbery at New Norfolk "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Friday, 22 May 2015 10:02 am.

Detectives from Bridgewater CIB are investigating a robbery against a man which occurred in New Norfolk last night.

A 21 year old man was walking along the Scenic Track at about 7:00pm between Humphrey Street and The Avenue in New Norfolk when he was approached by three young male offenders while another two young men watched on.

One of the young offenders assaulted the man by striking him with what was believed to be a metal star picket.

As a result, the man fell over and the offenders were able to remove $250.00 from the mans wallet.

The young male offenders then fled the area in the direction of The Avenue and Lower Road.

Detectives and local police resources searched the immediate area but were unable to locate the offenders.

The offenders are described as being about 15-17 years old, small builds, and wearing mostly black clothing. The offender responsible for assaulting the man was wearing a black hoodie style jumper with a skull on the front face of the hood.

The offenders are believed to have left on foot and may have been observed in the general area surrounding The Avenue at New Norfolk around 7:00pm on Thursday evening.

Anyone with information relating to this matter is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 referencing OR: 513535.

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Hervey Bay Stallholder Profile for Elizabeth Hersey Sculpture "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for Elizabeth Hersey Sculpture

Your name: Elizabeth Hersey

Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Elizabeth Hersey Sculpture

The suburb/town you live in now: Hervey Bay

What is it that you make?: Limited edition bronze wildlife sculptures.

What inspired you to start your business?: A love of sculpture and wildlife.

How long have you been creating?:Bronze 5ys  Art a lifetime

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Dr. Copper heal thyself "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Copper rally

Well it's been a long time coming, but the copper spot price has rallied hard to a 2-year high.

The price of copper is often taken to be a predictor of turning points in the global economy. 

This move likely signifies strong expected demand, particularly from China, and possibly tighter supply in China too. 

Meanwhile, the iron ore price is up 22 per cent year-on-year after a rollercoaster ride, which is helping Western Australia's recovery along. 

And the commodities news is better still for Queensland:

CPI to come

So that's a tidy little cluster of positive news ahead of today's inflation report at 11.30am.

While forecasts expect headline inflation to levitate some way into the target 2 to 3 per cent range, the more important core readings of inflation are forecast to remain just below 2 per cent. 


Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program: Evaluation report "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt AM said the findings from a new report on the preliminary evaluation of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking program were encouraging.

"The report found the program is operating effectively, using proven approaches to change smoking behaviours, and delivering evidence based local tobacco health promotion activities. I am pleased the report recommends it continues," Minister Wyatt said.

"Smoking is the most preventable cause of disease and early death among Aboriginal people and accounts for almost one-quarter of the difference in average health outcomes between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

"The program provides grants in 37 urban, rural, regional and remote areas to assist local communities to develop localised anti-smoking campaigns and offer intervention training for frontline community and health workers."

The preliminary report is available from :

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50 Cent to tour Australia for Get Rich Or Die Trying anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

50 Cent is celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of his debut album Get Rich Or Die Trying with two stadium shows in Australia.

The gigs, in Sydney and Melbourne next February, will mark the first time Fiddy as we call him will have been in our country for over a decade, and considering this tour is hinged around one of the biggest hip hop records of all time, we cant imagine tickets will last too long.

They go on sale August 3, with an exclusive pre-release from July 28. Details below this hit.






POLITICAL NOTES: Unusual blend "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

FELIX NWANERI Should religious leaders play active role in politics or refrain from stepping into the political sphere? This is one question that has defied a definite answer over the years, perhaps, because Nigeria is a country made up of diverse religions. While it is the right of every citizen as provided in Section 40 []

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TAS Doorstep Robbery in Howrah "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Thursday, 21 May 2015 9:52 am.

Detectives from Bellerive CIB are investigating a robbery against a woman at her home in Howrah yesterday morning.

A 56-year-old woman went to leave her home, on Merindah Street, at about 11.20am and when she opened the door a young man unknown to her was standing at her doorway.

The man grabbed at her handbag and assaulted the woman by punching her to the face. The victim was not carrying any cash and the offender dumped the bag and left.

Detectives searched the immediate area up towards Glebe Hill but were unable to locate the offender.

The offender is described as approximately 18 years of age, wearing dark pants and a dark blue windcheater. He has dark brown hair with a thick long fringe covering part of his face.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the assault. Did you see anyone or do you know anyone matching this description?

The offender is believed to have left the area on foot and may have been walking near the intersection of South Arm Highway and Oceana Drive and Merindah Street at approximately 11.20am yesterday.

Anyone with information relative to this matter is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 referencing OR513425

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Queues, security for Pell court appearance "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Cardinal George Pell is due in court today. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

Cardinal George Pell is due in court today. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

The media and spectators are already lining up to ensure a seat in the Melbourne court room where Cardinal George Pell is expected to appear later on Wednesday.

Security has also been stepped up outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court, hours before Pell is scheduled to appear for a filing hearing.

The queue started forming before 7am, more than three hours before Pells scheduled 10am hearing.

The court has made no special arrangements for the appearance despite Pells high profile and the intense worldwide media attention.

More than 70 media, including many from international organisations like CCN and The Telegraph in London, are already in place outside the court in central Melbourne and have spilled onto the roadway.

Members of the public are also in the line up to see Pell appear.

Julie Cameron told AAP she was there to support the victims and survivors of abuse.

She had a large painting of Mary and Jesus which she hoped she could take inside.

If they would let me, its just to bring the positive of Mary and Jesus into the court room, she said.

The court will operate on a business as usual basis, with Pell expected to line up and clear security screening as he enters the court building.

Victoria Police say they have been liaising with the court about appropriate arrangements for the day, but wont comment further.

Security guards, wearing hi-vis vests, have been stationed on the court steps since very early on Wednesday.

Pell, 76, will face court for the first time since being charged with multiple, historical sex abuse charges making him the highest-ranking Catholic official to face such charges.


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Sloppiness catches out another senator "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Matt Canavan

Matt Canavan

A colleague of one of the governments rising stars says its sloppy Matt Canavan didnt know he was a dual-citizen when he ran for federal parliament.

The Queensland senator resigned as resources minister on Tuesday night, amid concerns he may be ineligible to have run for office coming hot on the heels of the resignation of two Greens senators.

While he was born in Australia and has never been to Italy, Senator Canavans mother registered herself and members of her family as an Italian resident abroad a form of citizenship with the Italian consulate in Brisbane in 2006.

He was 25 at the time but did not authorise it nor did he know about it.

Until last week, I had no suspicion that I could possibly be an Italian citizen, the senator said.

The Turnbull government is seeking legal advice, but its preliminary view is that he is not in breach of section 44 of the constitution, which bars people with dual or plural citizenship from sitting in parliament.

As such, Senator Canavan has not resigned from the upper house only as the minister for resources and northern Australia until the matter is resolved.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said nobody believed this would happen when the matter was first raised about a week ago.

One would presume that if something happens without your knowledge, and without your consent, then its probably an invalid process, he told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

This was something that, two days ago, took us all by surprise when we found out that he was registered as an Italian citizen.
He described his close friend and former chief of staff as an incredibly decent person.

Malcolm Turnbull last week hit out at the Greens bungles, saying they showed incredible sloppiness.

Senator Canavans Queensland colleague Ken ODowd admits the same can be said of the resigned-resources minister.

The prime minister said it and whether he said it to the Greens or said it to anyone else its sloppy, he told ABC radio on Wednesday.

I dont think theres much of an excuse anyone can offer.

Senator Canavan was promoted to cabinet in 2016, after just two years in parliament and two months as the minister for Northern Australia.

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Trumps past light cone "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When Trump was elected, and for many months following, people kept on talking about why he was elected. What caused it? This conversation irritates me deeply, because people lack a base-level understanding of what causation is. But Ive waited to say anything because I thought it might be too crass to insert a philosophical discussion into a political one, at least while it was still hot.

Cause and effect is often thought to be a fundamental part of the way the world works, but I and other physicists understand that it is not. For a brief explanation, I recommend this video by Sean Carroll. It is better to think of causality as an emergent property, more in the realm of philosophy than physics.

What does physics have to say about the cause of Trumps election? Its everything in Trumps past lightcone! It was the DNC, it was Clinton, it was Comey, it was Russia, it was neoliberalism, it was identity politics, it was ancient supernovae. This answer is rather naive, but what did you expect from us? Physics cant provide all the answers.

When we talk about causes, were typically just selecting a few things from the past lightcone, and highlighting those things as important. In philosophy, this is known as causal selection. Sean Carroll talks a little bit about causal selection. He says that one way of thinking about it is that a cause is something that has great leverage over the future. But thats just one way we might think about it.

One of the respectable arguments about causal selection is the argument from caprice: Causes are selected so capriciously, that causal selection is groundless. While I do not think this argument is entirely correct, it is easy to see that causes are indeed selected capriciously, often to suit both the context and goals of the speaker. For example, in one context, Carl Sagan may say, Were made of star stuff, which selects ancient supernovae as the proper cause of Trumps election. In another context, a person might say, butter e-mails, which selects Clintons most buttery males as the proper cause.

In these arguments about Trump, they mostly follow this structure:

1. If it were not for the excessive focus on identity politics, Trump would have lost.
2. Therefore, excessive focus on identity politics caused Trump to win.
3. Therefore, we should focus less on identity politics.

The problem with this argument is that it equivocates two inequivalent notions of causation. #1 describes what legal scholars call but-for causation: if not for the cause, then the effect wouldnt have happened. #3 describes a mora...


Nations greatest voice Yunupingu dies "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

AAA gurrumulAustralia is mourning the loss of its most prominent indigenous musician, Dr G Yunupingu, whose exquisite, ethereal voice propelled him onto the world stage.

Tributes are flowing for the 46-year-old who has died in Darwin.

Hed suffered years of ill health, having contracted Hepatitis B as a child, leaving him with liver and kidney disease.

Born blind, Dr Yunupingu first picked up a guitar at the age of six, learning to play it upside down because he was left handed.

His unique voice spawned a career that saw him sell more than half a million albums, recorded in his native Yolngu tongue, and perform for audiences that included the Queen and former US President Barack Obama.

Friend Vaughan Williams took the artist to hospital last week, amid concerns he may not have been receiving renal treatment. He died in the Royal Darwin Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

He was a musical genius who could do rock, gospel, soul. He could do it all, Mr Williams has told the ABC, saying his death was all the more crushing because he felt it was preventable.

I feel he was trapped in the same cycle of bad health that so many indigenous people are trapped in, he said.

Prominent Australians have offered tributes, including Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young who tweeted: A true musical genius. A stark reminder why we must close the gap of life expectancy for indigenous ppl.

Midnight Oil frontman and former federal government minister Peter Garrett also took to Twitter to mourn the loss.

My dear friend Dr Yunupingu a truly great musician is gone, he posted.

Very sad news. Too young, so much left to give. Heart goes out to family.

Dr Yunupingus soulful and emotive voice came to the fore in 2008 with the release of his debut album, which peaked at No.3 on the ARIA charts and went triple platinum.

Sydney Morning Herald critic Bruce Elder has described him as possessing the greatest voice this continent has ever recorded.

In 2012 he was forced to cancel a number of European performances due to illness, including performing at the London Olympic Games. He had found substantial success there, with his debut album hitting the top 10 in both Switzerland and Germany.

Prior to his solo success Dr Yunupingu had been a member of the legendary indigeno...


Heartburn Drugs Increase Mortality How to Safely Address Indigestion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The diagnosis Heartburn written on a clipboard

by Dr. Mercola

If you suffer from frequent heartburn, chances are youve been prescribed a proton pump inhibitor (PPIs) such as Prilosec, Prevacid or Nexium to inhibit acid production. This, despite the fact they were never intended to treat heartburn in the first place.

PPI drugs were originally designed to treat a very limited range of severe problems, [1] including bleeding ulcers, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (a rare condition in which tumors in the pancreas cause your stomach to produce excess acid) and severe acid reflux concomitant with esophageal damage. But that hasnt stopped them from becoming the go-to solution for everyday indigestion.

Research clearly shows PPIs are outrageously overprescribed and misused, and do far more harm than good. [2,3,4,5,6,7] There are many alternative treatment strategies that can help ease this painful problem without the serious side effects associated with PPIs, which include kidney disease, pneumonia, osteoporosis, hip fractures, dementia and an increased risk for heart disease, [8] heart attacks [9] and premature death. [10]

The long-term answer to heartburn and acid indigestion is to restore your natural gastric balance and function. The most important step is to eat real food, as processed foods and sugars are a surefire way to exacerbate acid reflux. Reseeding your gut with beneficial bacteria, either from traditionally fermented foods or a high-quality probiotic supplement, is also important. Aside from that, there are a number of natural substances that can help address the root of the problem.

What Causes Heartburn?

Digestion o...


New Brunswick, Canada: First Nations Protest Camp Built on Proposed Mining Site "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

by Shane Fowler / CBC News

Members of Maliseet First Nations have started to build a protest camp at the proposed site of the Sisson mine near Napadogan.

Tents, campers, and other homemade structures have been set up in hopes of deterring future development of a proposed tungsten and molybdenum mine.

I am a Wulustukyik grandmother and I am here defending the land, said Terry Sappier, who has been living in the camp most of the time since it was built July 2.

Terry Sappier of the Wulustukyik (Maliseet) Nation Grandmothers and Mothers group intends to live in the protest encampment theyve built until the Sisson Mine project is halted completely. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

Im defending it for our future generations.

On Monday afternoon, there were a half dozen men, woman and children at the campsite as part of the Wulustukyik Nation Grandmothers and Mothers group.

Many were working to build additional structures, including a shower station, as the group plans to live in the remote location for as long as it takes.

Theres nothing that would make us approve this mine, said Sappier, the only person at the camp who would speak on camera. If I agree to the project then Im denying the next seven generations the right to use this land, and I would be taking away their inherent right that they are born with.



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Get Smarter With Your Data National Consumer Fraud Week (18-24 May 2015) Tasmania Police

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 10:55 am.

Are you leaving your personal data wide open for scammers to find and use for fraudulent purposes? Sadly, identity theft is now one of the most common crimes in Australia, and can lead to all sorts of associated illegal activities.

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How Unequal Should US Incomes Be? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The debate over income inequality in the United States is dogged by an unanswered question: How unequal should incomes be? A ballpark answer to this question is sketched with the aid of the statistical concept of the standard deviation.


Elijahs death was murder "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This moving article by Gerry Georgatos  (The Stringer Independent News 23 July 2017) details the relationship between racism in Western Australia and the death of indigenous Australians, including Elijah Doughty, at the hands of police and the systemic failure to bring the killers to justice.

I had not written a single word about 14-year-old Elijah Doughtys death. I have been supporting family members, since soon after this boys tragic death.

Despite my calling his death a murder I beg that no one uses this to rage to the point of violence or in doing anything that will get one arrested.

Protests are one thing, but rage that leads to confrontation, to violence is another thing, and more often than not derails the ways forward. However, it has to be called for what it is; murderous rage led to this boys death.

Kalgoorlie-Boulder is a diabolical place for the majority of Black people for Aboriginal peoples. Its a regional town steeped in various racism, in divides so deep that at the funerals of children who have been lost to suicide there is barely a White presence in the sea of Black.

On September 28, 1983, Roebourne became to Western Australia what two decades earlier Birmingham had become to Alabama; burning racism. The death of 16-year-old John Pat, bashed to death by an inebriated police officer put Roebourne on the map for all the wrong reasons.

In 1986 an all-White jury acquitted the police officers. But the fact is that John Pat was bashed to death, he was killed by murderous rage. So too was 14-year-old Elijah Doughty. Dangerous driving leading to death is crap, it is reductionist, minimalist.

34 years ago, an off-duty police officer, alcohol drunk let his racism play out in killing 16-year-old Yindjibarndi John Pat. John died because he was Black, because of the colour of his skin. Four off-duty police officers and an off-duty police aide laid into half a dozen of Roebournes Yindjibarndi youth.

Only a little while earlier one of the youth, Ashley James was trying to score alcohol at the hotel. Ashley dished cheek to the one of the off-duty police officers who was there too. The copper yelled at Ashley, Well get you, Black cunt. He followed him out of the Victoria Hotel and laid into him, leading to a brawl between Yindjibarndi youth and the inebriated police. John Pat stepped in to pull away his mate Ashley. The rage filled copper laid into John.

It was claimed that John Pat died some time later in a police cell but I dont believe this. He died outside the Victoria Hotel, soon after the punches laid him hard to the earth. His aorta torn, bones broken, his body battered, he fell backwards to the hard red earth. In those minutes Roebourne became to Western Austr...



RAWAs Amena Shams was in Australia, speaking at many forums across the country. For all those who were fortunate enough to attend one of Amenas many events, it was a great opportunity to reconnect directly with RAWA, to be inspired by news of RAWAs ongoing work and to receive accurate, current information of the situation for Afghan women. For this 2005 tour events were organised in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Lismore and Brisbane by a wide range of organisations including the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, the Boite, the International Womens Development Agency, Immigrant Womens Support Service, Melbourne University, Flinders University, Amnesty International, the Australian Peace Committee, WILPF, Darebin City Council, several private and government schools as well as many RAWA supporter groups and individuals.

Der Al-Aksa-Moschee-Konflikt eskaliert weiter:Israel ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Der Al-Aksa-Moschee-Konflikt eskaliert weiter:

Israel banned Muslim men under the age of 50 from a contested Jerusalem shrine Friday and deployed about 3,000 police nearby, ahead of expected Muslim protests over the installation of metal detectors at the holy site.

The age restrictions and police deployment came hours after Israels security Cabinet decided not to overrule an earlier police decision to install metal detectors at the gates to the walled compound.

Ist ja eigentlich schon bemerkenswert, dass die nur alte Mnner zulassen wollen, um Selbstmordattentate abzuwehren. Rein intuitiv wrde man ja denken, dass eher alte Mnner, die schon alles hinter sich haben und nichts mehr zu verlieren haben, zu Selbstmordattentaten neigen, aber das ist ja berhaupt nicht so in der Praxis.


Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to 11 nominees! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you dont have time; or dont accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated...


The Neoliberal Wolf as the Good Shepherd of Mass Immigration "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Democratic societies prove their credentials by the worth of their public debate. But for over a decade the bipartisan plans to accelerate our immigration intake have been pursued without so much as a murmur of consultation with the electorate. Australia now has one of the fastest rates of population growth among all developed countries. Population growth produces a worsening outlook for our sustainable use of resources in virtually every way. Yet most of us have compliantly tiptoed around even some of the more obvious indicators of unplanned growth such as declining living standards in our major cities due to the lack of corresponding infrastructure investment William Bourke in Comments: The big Australia agenda is indeed driven by corporate/consumption objectives rather than any overriding altruistic motive Christopher Eastman-Nagle in Comments: Thanks Doc for standing up to the pricks.


ACCC Chairman critical of market share of Qld State-owned power generators "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Yesterday morning, in one of the best interviews of a public official I have ever heard, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims gave frank and informative replies to ABC Brisbanes Steve Austin on the state of the electricity sector and the inquiry into electricity prices the Commission is currently running. As Chairman Sims noted in his introduction to an inquiry forum held at Brisbanes Hotel Urban on Wickham Terrace last night, broadly speaking, power prices have doubled in real terms over the last decade on Australias east coast. This is of great concern to households and a wide variety of businesses, some of which are experiencing power price increases that are making their businesses unviable or forcing them to curtail operations and shed staff. It was good to see that Queensland industry was represented at Hotel Urban last night. Notably, a representative from Bundaberg Rum attended and addressed the forum regarding his concerns.

On both the radio and at the forum, Chairman Sims made it clear that the Queensland power generation industry is too heavily concentrated: two State-owned generation companies, Stanwell and CS Energy, control two-thirds of the generation capacity. As the companies asserted their market power earlier this year, by bidding high prices to supply electricity at times of shortages in the national electricity market, wholesale power prices in Queensland soared. In June, former Energy Minister Mark Bailey had to direct Stanwell, obviously the main culprit, not to take advantage of its market power, and wholesale prices have since dropped (see this ABC News report).

Nonetheless, Chairman Sims appears concerned that the underlying problem of market concentration in Queensland power generation remains. After Chairman Simss comments, the State Government really has no choice but to break up Stanwell and CS Energy, which operate multiple coal, gas, hydro and diesel plants, into a number of smaller generators, and to ideally privatise them (although dealing with the market concentration issue is the major concern). As part of its recent Powering Queensland plan, the State Government has announced it is investigating the restructure of Government owned generators and the establishment of a CleanCo. After Chairman Sims unequivocal comments on market concentration, that restructure will need to feature a major break up of the generation companies.

Also, see Steven Wardills article in todays Courier-Mail:



Study Shows: Smart People Are Far Happier Being Alone "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Do you oftentimes find yourself lonely but incapable of engaging in small talk with others? Do you long to have hoards of friends, yet at the same time cant stomach pretending to fit in with society? If youve answered yes to both questions, dont despair. While the reality might seem like a tortuous fate, its actually good news. Dont believe us? Read on

According to research which was published in the British Journal of Psychology in 2016, smarter people are actually happier being alone. The finding is traced back to the savanna theory of happiness. For the study, researchers analyzed the statistics and demographics of a survey which 15,000 adults willingly took. The findings revealed that individuals who lived in areas with more people per unit were less happy than those in the opposite situation.

The abstract reads, the main associations of life satisfaction with population density and socialization with friends significantly interact with intelligence, and, in the latter case, the main association is reversed among the extremely intelligent. More intelligent individuals experience lower life satisfaction with more frequent socialization with friends.

It turns out that more intelligent individuals tend to be less happy interacting with their friends more frequently than they normally would. Theories as to why this is include that smart people are aware of habits and situations which make them happy, have a low tolerance for small talk and are also able to adapt to new situations and things, therefore, they find little comfort in routine habits and get-togethers.

As EducateInspireChange points out, this finding is sourced from a survey so it is far from conclusive. However, it does provide some interesting food for thought. Are loner...


Netanyahu warmly welcomes the terrorist who shot a 16-year old Jordanian "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When will they stop teaching and practicing hate? Who will change their curricula?


Eleven Global Cities to Participate in Bitcoin Airdrop 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Eleven Global Cities Announce Participation in Bitcoin Airdrop 2017

The Blockchain Education Network (BEN), a global network of blockchain communities, has announced a global Bitcoin Airdrop powered by bitJob to begin this new school year. Fintech communities and universities in 11 regions have agreed to participate including McGill University and the Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada; UC Berkeley, Wake Forest University and St. Petersburg in the United States; University of Queensland in Australia; Trivandrum and Bangalore in India; St. Petersburg in Russia; and Puerto Rico and Colombia.

The first airdrop event begins on August 11 in Colombia, where Jorge Prez, the director of BEN Colombia, is hosting a meeting at a restaurant. The airdrop then moves to St. Petersburg in Russia on August 16, where the giveaway is being held in unison with the ICO-Hypethon, an ICO-focused hackathon where blockchain developers will build infrastructure around ICOs to pitch to investors. The airdrop will continue on to other campuses and cities until the network has distributed the entire amount of donations.

Rodion Mikhalev, the director of BEN Russia and one of the organizers of the ICO-Hypethon, explained in a statement that the Hypethon is a mix between a hackathon [and] an accelerator. Its a 48-hour event hosted by Crypto Friends, where Eberhard Lindfordt will screen the top 20 projects out of hundreds of applicants. Teams chosen will receive help from experienced [b]lockchain experts which will help them finalize their business and lead them into successful ICO launches.

There will also be ICO angels ready to invest their money into projects on the spot and whom will receive additional bonus coins if done so at the event. This is the perfect event in Russia to host the airdrop and to distribute bitcoins to the hundreds of innovators who will pass by in the 48-hour window, and we are excited to participate in it! This is a very rare and exciting opportunity which will attract some of Russias best talent and will pave the way to a better future worldwide.

Alberto Jauregui, the director of growth of the Blockchain Education Network, said in a statement that he believes the Bitcoin Airdrop serves as an engine to introduce students to the disruptive blockchain industry and incentivize them to band together to form new BEN chapters or regions.

Last year, Jauregui hosted a small airdrop outside the main library at the University of South Florida and hid paper wallets throughout the campus. This...


BullionCoin: The New Gold Backed Cryptocurrency "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

BullionCoin: The New Gold Backed Cryptocurrency

By Larry White

We have been following the somewhat cryptic comments that London metals trader Andrew Maguire has made about an event coming in the gold market that he suggests will be significant. We submitted a brief written set of questions to his representative to get more details, but have not heard back yet. We believe Mr. Maguire has probably been traveling and perhaps working on activities related to the launch of the new gold backed product he has tweeted about. If he does get time to reply, we will publish his answers to the questions.

Meanwhile, we did a little sleuthing and actually have found quite a bit of information about this new gold backed cryptocurrency. David Gibson of confirmed by email that this is the new product Andrew was talking about. It will be called BullionCoin. Here is quite a bit more detail about it. Below are some key bullet points from the web site on how it will work and then a few added comments.


The following is a simple overview of the whole BCX and BullionCoin process:

  1. Primary market participants buy physical precious metals at the wholesale contract rates & hold Title of Ownership to it
  2. Those participants then authorise for BullionCoins to be created/minted against their precious metals
  3. Minting / creating BullionCoins is just a process of digitisation of the Title of Ownership to that metal
  4. Primary market participants then sell those digital coins into the secondary (retail) market
  5. That sale, is the selling of the Title of Ownership from the primary market participant to multiple retail investors
  6. The digital coins that those investors now hold, act as an electronic Bearers Title to the physical gold & silver thats backing it
  7. Coin holders can use them in transactions and trades, in the same way that you use fiat currency
  8. As the coins are electronic Bearers Titles to the physical precious metals backing them,...


Australasian bitterns in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This video from Western Australia is called Australasian Bitterns.

From BirdLife:

24 Jul 2017

Seeking the elusive Swamp Boomers of New Zealand

On a small lake in central Hawkes Bay, the quest is on to find one of New Zealands least understood species before it vanishes forever.

By Lauren Buchholz

The first boom came as a surprise. As I navigated my kayak through the marshy northern reaches of Lake Whatuma, I could hear the whistling of dried raup plants, the slap of water against the kayaks hull, the high, eerie calls of black swans. Then, in a pitch so low I could almost feel it, a boom reverberated from the reeds. It was the throaty call of a male Australasian Bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus.

A few metres from my boat, bittern scientist Dr Emma Williams steered her kayak towards the sound. A sleek black Labrador-cross was in the bow of the boat, tail wagging beneath her fluorescent Conservation Dogs coat. Good girl, Kimi, says Williams, pushing reeds aside as the pair disappeared into the raup.

Williams, a wetland bird expert, is at the forefront of Australasian Bittern research in New Zealand. Known as matuku to Mori, these heron-sized birds sport striped plumage that mimics the raup-filled wetlands in which they live.

Bitterns will freeze rather than fly on being discovered, pointing their long, thin beaks skyward and swaying for better camouflage. Spotting a bittern can feel like searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack if the needle were the colour of straw.

The team of volunteers accompanying Williams search at Lake Whatuma was prepared for the chal...


Combining These Two Activities Is The Most Effective Way to Fight Depression, Scientists Say "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Depression affects over 15 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S population each year. And with depression being so difficult to treat, psychologists and psychiatrists continue to study various new treatments in search of an effective answer.

And in a recent study, scientists endeavored to do just that.

To begin their groundbreaking study, researchers recruited depressed and nondepressed volunteers, according to Business Insider. They based the study on the theory that depression and the creation of new nerves in the brain are connected. Basically, it has been theorized that depression is caused by the lack of creation of new nerves.

52 students were included in the study, 22 of which had been diagnosed with major depressive disorder. The remaining were not depressed. Brain scans were conducted on all of the students, and afterward, they were tasked with 30 minutes of focused meditation and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity.

Then, the students continued to carry out the tasks for 8 weeks.
What they discovered could change everything. While various studies have concluded that meditation or aerobics alone were conducive to curing depression, until this most recent study, the two had never been studied together. At the beginning of the study, those that were depressed had signs of poor concentration and focus, as a byproduct of their depression.

Of course, in turn, they dwelled on bad thoughts.

However, after just 8 weeks, the depressed group saw a 40% reduction in depression symptoms. They also saw improvements in their concentration and focus. The non-depressed group even reported feeling better after the 8-week routine. The leading doctor over the study, Dr. Alderman believes that this is most likely due to the fact that exercise and meditation both improve the part of the brain that improves focus. He also believes that meditation keeps the neurons alive that have been produced, thus keeping the brain from becoming depressed.


Tricked again! Sensational report says Putin ordered Russiagate hoax to make us look dumb (Satire warning!) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By the Washington Post's Russiagate correspondent, Russell O'Phobe (Warning: This piece may contain traces of satire) For almost a year, Russia's meddling in last year's election, along with collusion with the Trump campaign, have dominated the political and media landscape. But an explosive new classified report produced by US intelligence may be about to blow apart the narrative, and reveal an even bigger story that has been missed in all the commentary so far. The report was set up to try to answer two questions: firstly, why is it that after nearly a year, there still hasn't been a single piece of hard evidence to prove either the hacking or the collusion? And secondly, given this lack of credible evidence, how is it that the US media and political classes have been talking about nothing else for months and months without any sign of letting it go, to the point of giving the impression of being obsessed with the issue?


US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel USS Thunderbolt Encounter With Iranian Revolutionary Guard "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


A US Navy patrol ship fired warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel in the Persian Gulf Tuesday after it approached within 150 yards (137 meters), a US defense official said.

The IRGCN boat was coming in at a high rate of speed. It did not respond to any signals, they did not respond to any bridge-to-bridge calls, they felt there was no choice except to fire the warning shots, the defense official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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USS Thunderbolt

The incident occurred at about 3:00 a.m. local time (0000 GMT) in the northern Persian Gulf, when the Iranian vessel began to approach the USS Thunderbolt.

After the US ship fired the warning shots, the Iranian vessel stopped, the official said, at which point the USS Thunderbolt continued on her way.

The episode marks the latest in a series of close encounters between US ships and Iranian naval vessels.

In January, the USS Mahan destroyer fired warning shots at four Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels that approached at high speed in the Strait of Hormuz.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards are a paramilitary force that answers directly to the Islamic republics supreme leader.


Aussie Astronomer Captures Rare Footage of Upside Down Lightning Sprites "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An amateur Australian astronomer has recorded rare flashes of space lightning in the skies above New South Wales. David Finlay, 44, from Kiama in Australias south western state, captured the  Full Article


You Can Opt Out Of Vaccines In All Fifty States "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dr. Ed Group joins Alex Jones in studio to answer questions regarding vaccine safety and how to opt out for your children. Help us spread the word about the liberty movement, were reaching millions help...

The post You Can Opt Out Of Vaccines In All Fifty States appeared first on Vaxxter.


Trump Encourages 35,000 Boy Scouts to Boo Obama at National Jamboree "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Continuing his Obama fixation, President Trump needed an ego boost from high school boys, so he tried to get about 35,000 boy scouts to boo the former president. That is how Trump makes himself feel more important, by insulting others and getting other people to boo and insult others.

During a rambling keynote address to the Boy Scouts of Americas National Jamboree in Glen Jean, West Virginia, our esteemed leader goaded the group to boo his predecessor, modeling the epitome of class for the more than 35,000 young men gathered, reported The Root.

Trying to boost his ego by getting other people to think badly about another person, Trump, who was never a cub scout or boy scout himself, addressed the boys.

By the way, just a question. Did President Obama ever come to a jamboree? Trump asked the crowd, some of whom booed in response.

The answer is no, but well be back, Trump said.

Trump also touched on the value of loyalty, seemingly suggesting that Americans are not loyal to him.

As the Scout law says, a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, Trump said, pausing dramatically. We could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that.

Of course the President quickly forgot his lack of loyalty to the Constitution of the U.S.

The speech, supposedly for the kids, always came back to Trumps favorite subjecthimself. As the Daily Beast notes, Trump has continued to relive the moment he won the election, with the news site reporting the following exchange:

Do you remember that famous night on television, November 8th? Trump asked the crowd at one point,...


Nightmare Continues for Daughters of Couple Killed During Amazon River Cruise "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Amazon River CruiseA local news station reports on the continued efforts of the children of Christy and Larry Hammer to find out why their parents died in a fire aboard a luxury river cruise ship operated by Alabama-based International Expeditions. The article is entitled Sisters who lost parents in cruise ship tragedy say company is blocking them from getting answers.

The Hammers were asleep in their cabin on La Estrella Amazonica, on the Peruvian Amazon, when a fire broke out in their cabin. (After the deadly fire, International Expeditions re-named the cruise ship the Amazon Star.)

The Peruvian Navy investigated the fire and concluded that the owner of the river cruise ship ignored basic safety regulations. The Peruvian Navy concluded that the fire was caused by a short circuit in a power strip which International Expeditions provided to the Hammers to be used in their cabins. 

But this does not provide answers to why the Hammers were trapped and died in their cabin, and why they were not timely rescued as smoke billowed from their cabin.

The news station reports that a passenger on that same cruise said that the cabin doors locked from the inside and required a key to open and even with a key were difficult to unlock.

Meanwhile, International Expeditions is continuing to keep the sisters in the dark. The news station reports that one of the daughters, Kelly Lankford, said that "They have systematically tried to road block us trying to find out answers.

Peru fined the river boat $19,000. International Expeditions is appealing the the fine.

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Read our other articles on this case for more information:

Cruise Operators Continue to Hide Behind the Death on the High Seas Act.

Deadly Amazon River Fire Update: International Expeditions' La Estrella Amazonica.

Fire, Bandits Plague Amazon River Cruises in Peru.

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Were Another Step Closer to Growing Replacement Body Organs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Were Another Step Closer to Growing Replacement Body Organs 

By Alexa Erickson

According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list. OPTN also reports that 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant.

With the supply of organs available for transplantation already far smaller than the demand, the need for technologies to step in is imperative.

Scientists have now made a major step forward in the goal of growing replacement organs, having identified a protein called Meox1 found in stem cells. The protein drives muscle growth.

The team of researchers, from Monash University in Australia, found the link studying zebrafish. Zebrafish are native to Southeast Asia, and are important and widely used vertebrate as a model organism in scientific research.

Like humans, zebrafish have two eyes, a mouth, brain, muscles, blood, bones, teeth, as well as a kidney and heart, among other of the same organs. Zebrafish also contain 70 percent human genes. Such closeness is incredibly hopeful given the results of the study.

Prior to our work in this field, we didnt even know that these growth-specific stem cells existed or how they were used, says lead researcher Peter Currie. Just knowing that they exist leads us to the possibility of orchestrating them, controlling them, or reactivating them to regrow damaged tissue.

With the knowledge that organs are desperately needed for transplants, scientists have been studying organ growth in lab conditions for quite some time. However, because there is no knowledge of how stem cells produce so much living tissue in the body, it has made growing our own replacement organs impossible.

The study could provide answers, having found evidence of clonal drift in zebrafish, in which stem cells werent splitting apart and growing at random, but rather producing a small number of cloned stem cells to help muscles grow. Only a few stem cells are actually being used to grow most of the required organ tissue, and Meox1 is helping to pick those cells.

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Modi Government Using Manmohan-Era Data on Distressed Agriculture Sector "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Data from 2013 and even 2011 before the Modi government was in power was referenced in a Lok Sabha session to answer queries on the current issues in the agriculture sector.

The data that was referenced is from the time when the Manmohan Singh government was still in power. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: Farmers across the country are facing distress and committing suicide due to failed crops, low procurement prices and mounting debt, but the Narendra Modi government does not even have updated data on the issue, government replies in the current Lok Sabha session have shown.

In response to a query on whether the Centre has carried out any inspection or survey on the problems faced by the agriculture sector and the farmers, S.S. Ahluwalia, minister of state for agriculture, submitted data from 2013 when the Modi government had not even come to power.

He said, With a view to have a comprehensive assessment of the situation of farmers in the country, government conducts a situation assessment survey of farmers from time to time. The survey was last conducted by the NSSO [National Sample Survey Office] during its 70th round (January-December 2013).

Manmohan era data still being used 

The data being used is from the time when the Manmohan Singh government was still in power. The an...


Australian Baptist pastor calls Islam 'a virus, a cancer we must destroy' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An Australian Baptist church that provides scripture to government schools has come under fire after a video surfaced of its pastor describing Islam as "a cancer we must destroy." Keith Piper, the pastor of Liberty Baptist Church, based in the Sydney suburb of Cherrybrook, uploaded a video of one of his sermons on his YouTube channel last year. The video has recently resurfaced in the Australian media, prompting calls for an investigation. In the video, Piper described the Koran as "a virus infecting the brains [of Muslims]" and he said Islam is "culturally incompatible with western Christian values." He also said that Australian schools were rejecting western values and teaching "sodomy." "Ungodly, leftist western leaders are afraid to teach the Bible, salvation and Christian values in state schools," he said. "Instead they teach sodomy and how to become a weirdo. "Islam and Qur'an-practising Muslims are culturally incompatible with western and Christian values ... Islamism is a cancer [and] we must destroy that cancer."


UK Unemployment So Low Its in Danger of Exposing the Lie Used to Create the Numbers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Via: Business Insider: So whats going on? Why does Britain have no wage inflation, if the labour market is so tight? The answer is that unemployment is not really that low. In reality, about 21.5% of British workers are either officially unemployed, inactive, or employed part time even though they really want full-time work.


Madras HC Says Vande Mataram Must Be Sung Twice a Week in All Tamil Nadu Schools "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Madras high court. Credit: PTI

Madras high court. Credit: PTI

Chennai: The Madras high court today made the singing of Vande Mataram mandatory in schools across Tamil Nadu, at least twice a week.

Private and government schools in the state should ensure that their students sing the national song at least twice a week, preferably on Monday and Friday, Justice M.V. Muralidharan said in the order.

Noting that the song can also be played in other government and private establishments at least once in a month, the judge said, If people feel it is difficult to sing the song in Bengali or in Sanskrit, steps can be taken to translate the song in Tamil.

However, the judge said in the event that any person or organisation has difficulty in singing or playing the song, they shall not be compelled or forced to sing it, provided there are valid reasons for not doing so.

The judge said the youth of this country are the future of tomorrow and the court hopes and trusts that this order shall be taken in the right spirit and also implemented in letter and spirit by the citizenry of this great nation.

The matter relates to a petition moved by K. Veeramani, who failed to clear the written test for the post of BT assistant as he answered that the song was written in Bengali.

He had moved the court after his answer Bengali to the objective type question was declared wrong by the board. He was awarded 89 marks against the minimum 90 to be eligible for appointment.

Claiming that he had missed recruitment to...


Find a Holistic Doctor in the United States or Canada "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(Note from Erin: We get thousands of emails a year asking us how to find a natural or holistic doctor and also which ones we recommend. While we would love to be able to know all the answers to your questions and answer them all- we simply dont have the manpower. But, this is a


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Racist Tweet by Talk Radio 702 Raises Questions About the Institutionalised Attitudes of Corporate Commercial Media and the Primedia Newsroom Culture
The Congress of South African Trade Unions expresses deep disapproval of the racist tweet by Talk Radio station 702 that compared black kids with dogs. We also decline and reject their half hearted apology. Their radio station CEO Omar Essack is treating this matter as public relations problem instead of dealing with the underlying issues that this tweet raises.

The federation is calling on the sponsors of the 702 Walk the Talk event and advertisers in the radio station to take a stand against racism as represented by this tweet.

For us as a federation of workers that represent the most exploited workers; this is not a just a breach of taste and a public relations gaffe as Talk Radio 702 seems to think. Everyday thousands of poor black man and women are forced to eke out a living as domestic workers and on many occasions they are forced to walk the dogs of mostly white people, so that they can feed and clothe their families.

This unfortunate comparison is both demeaning and insulting to those workers and the black people in general.

For an organisation that likes to pontificate about defending freedom and the Constitution; this tweet exposes the troubling newsroom culture and institutionalised attitudes that inform their editorial posture.

It is tempting to now conclude that their sometimes demonstrative and histrionic coverage of issues that affect black leaders is not always motivated by noble and innocent motives.

They cannot use staff negligence as their get out clause. They are giving themselves a social licence to offend millions of black people and then are also prepared to throw junior employees under the bus to save themselves. COSATU finds this distasteful and hypocritical.

COSATU argues that this matter cannot just be treated as an unfortunate lapse of common sense but it should be used to answer difficult questions of the South Africa that Radio Talk 702 imagines and represents.

Sizwe Pamla (Cosatu National Spokesperson)

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The Wests Vision Of The Noble Death Has Become Dark And Sinister "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dutch politicians are considering changing euthanasia laws so that healthy people can die whenever they want. In an interview, the leader of the political party that introduced the bill said, You didnt ask to be brought into the world, and explained that his partys goal is to make euthanasia freely available to all.

The idea that death is a human right is gaining traction in the U.S., too. In fact, arguments that we should kill terminally ill infants are respectable enough for the New York Times.

Christians realize that the way a culture looks at death is inextricably tied to the way it sees life. How do we talk to our neighbors about eternal life when we are living in a culture of death?

Odd as it may sound, I think it is helpful to consider the contrast between the deaths that are promoted today by political activists and the deaths that were admired throughout most of the history of our country. Thats because interest in death is nothing newits simply the kind of death we admire that has changed.

In The Past, Americans Looked Up To Heroes And Martyrs

In 1911, Robert F. Scott and Roald Amundsen set out to lead rival expeditions in a race to the South Pole. Amundsen reached the destination first and returned safely home. In contrast, Scott and his four companions died. Guess which leader immediately became a famous, romanticized figure in the English-speaking world? It wasnt just that Scott was English, but that the English-speaking world liked people who died in pursuit of noble goals.

After all, generations of British and American schoolchildren were reared on stories of the Spartans at Thermopylae, Joan of Arc, Nathaniel Hale, and, later, Martin Luther King Jr. Children were expected to learn virtue by seeing that courage transcends death, and that material prosperity is a poor fig in comparison to patriotism, faith, and self-sacrifice.

Yes, those educators of the nineteenth and early twentiety centuries sometimes demonstrated a weakness for sappy moralism. At the same time, however, they understood that the way we view death shapes the way we view life.

Those schoolchildren who read about Nathaniel Hale lived in an era in which disease, infection, and accidents took a higher toll than today. Death was not exotic. Yet society reached for a way to understand death that would demonstrate the meaning of life. They wanted death to define the question of what makes a good life. They found that answer in the idea that spiritual thingsvirtue, truth, God,....


Why We Should Fight About Grover Cleveland Instead Of Everything Else On The Planet "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I dont want to get too sophisticated with my analogies here, but it seems that America is currently undergoing a 320-million-man, no-holds-barred political battle royale. Gone are the days of refereed one-on-one matches where Republicans and Democrats suplexed each other over taxes then played nice over religious freedom. Now, its an every-man-for-himself melee where we all beat and bludgeon each other without reprieve or rules.

Democrats vs. Republicans. Right Wingers vs Alt-Right Wingers. Liberals vs Insufficiently Liberal Liberals. Neo-Cons vs. Whatever Rand Paul Is. Trump vs. Anti-Trump. Anti-Trump vs. Anti-Anti-Trump. And, of course, Anti-Anti-Trump vs. Spam-Spam-Spam-Anti-Trump-Spam-Spam-Spam-and-Spam. Everyone gouges some eyeballs. Everybody swings the folding chair. And nobody is happy.

Theres a better way. This barbaric hatred is beneath us, and call me a Pollyanna, but I truly believe its not too late for us to start hating each other like civilized human beings again. And if we want to do that, theres one quick and easy way to make it happen. My fellow Americans, its time for us to fight about Grover Cleveland.

Yes, Grover Cleveland

Why Grover Cleveland, you ask? The answer is simple. Its clear that we have to unleash our hatred on each other, but its also clear that doing so over critical issues only poisons our political discourse and further divides us. So the least destructive way for us to vent our hostility is to fight about something that doesnt matter and that none of us actually cares about. If we waste our most heartless accusations in a pointless debate, well only have respectful words left when its time to argue over important stuff. And if we want to find the perfect unimportant political issue to kill each other over, Grover Cleveland gives us exactly what we need.

We say that Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States, but hes only the 44th man to occupy that office, and we have Grover Cleveland to thank for the inconsistency. First elected in 1884, Cleveland barely lost his bid for reelection to Benjamin Harrison in 1888. Harrisons economic policies, however, were unpopular eno...


Ex Talisman Saber 2017 And a Pair of RAAF KC-30A MRTT Transport Aircraft Also pop into Rockhampton Airport - A39-003 & A39-001 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It turned out to be a busy day at Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 22 July with a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-203 / KC-30A (MRTT) Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft also calling in.

First to arrive (a little unexpectedly!) was A39-003 which touched down from RAAF Base Amberley as Dragon 21.

After being loaded with personnel and their bags, it departed to Perth.

Then later in the afternoon, fellow KC-30A A39-001 touched down at Rocky also from Amberley but as Dragon 30.


Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - All Six Australian Army Blackhawk Helicopters Depart Rockhampton and are Spotted at Bundaberg Airport! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Wednesday 19 July, exactly two weeks after they arrived on deployment to participate in joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17), all six of the Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters have departed Rockhampton Airport, heading South on returned to their home base.

It seems that A25-225 departed Rocky first, heading to Bundaberg Airport as "Nemesis 225".

It was soon joined in the air by the five remaining Blackhawks which all took to the air in formation flying as "Nemesis".  On arrival into Bundy, local plane spotter Micah S was one of many on hand and he captured some great photos as they made a spectacular arrival onto Runway 14 at Bundaberg Airport.


The System is Broken "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Its been 12 months today since the ABCs Four Corners program shocked the nation when it shone light on the horrific abuse of children at the NTs Don Dale youth detention centre.

Few people would forget the sickening image of a young Aboriginal child Dylan Voller hooded and shackled to a chair at Don Dale.

Thousands of our supporters took action over a 24 hour period which helped force the federal government to establish the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

The interim report of the Royal Commission uncovered further cases of abuse in the NT, but as we said when the Royal Commission was announced, the locking up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids - at 24 times the rate of other Australian children - is a national shame requiring a national response.

In the last 12 months weve seen and heard distressing allegations of physical and sexual abuse in Cleveland Detention centre in Queensland, Barwon prison in Victoria, Bimberi detention centre in the ACT and Reiby detention centre in NSW.

And these are only the cases that make it into the public arena.

This is a natio...


Timeline Fractures And Etheric Parasites With Eric Raines "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Timeline Fractures And Etheric Parasites With Eric Raines

In this episode of the Cosmic Awakening Show, host Michelle Walling interviews returning guest Eric Raines.

After an intense energetic activation in 2012, Eric Raines became aware of the implantation and parasitic construct in a very real way. His subsequent search for answers about this experience, led him on a journey to self discovery. This discovery, coupled with more and more real world practice, allowed him to gain a deep understanding of how this other system works, how to identify the interferences and constructs, how to promote self protection through daily practices, and most importantly, how to remove these false constructs from himself as well as others.

Topics discussed in this show are:

  • Erics upcoming Golden Frequency Immersion Retreat Aug 28-Sept.4, 2017, and speaking at the Eclipse of Disclosure Event August 18-22.
  • Proof of time travel
  • Timeline fractures, alternate realities, and void spaces
  • Reality overlays
  • Etheric parasites and how they attach
  • The importance of chi energy flow
    -Michelles upcoming Sarasota Conference October 7, 2017 and the importance of anchoring the light meditations
  • Michelle working with Rev. Sharon-Elizabeth James at the Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light in Sarasota, FL (upcoming announcements soon)
  • 10th dimensional connection and the new 12th dimensional Universe
  • How everyone is creating their own reality, so no one is actually wrong
  • Facing the shadow self, depression, anxiety, and heart palpitations
  • The importance of unity and standing in your sovereignty
  • How team light is helping
  • What we can do right now to shift to a new reality

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Introducing Quiet Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Id like to introduce you to my new love project, Quiet Sydney: a dedication to the forgotten rituals of rest and simple living.

Translating my subtle and delicate illustrative style into a collection of soft, feminine loungewear; I have designed pieces that yearn to dissolve the boundaries of sleepwear and everyday fashion, and are a reflection of my commitment (and the ethos of Quiet Sydney) to the slow, creative way of life.

After many years collaborating with large global fashion brands, I have sought to create a counterpoint to the culture of fast, disposable fashion. In prioritising local craftsmanship and conscious, ethical production, the pieces are proudly made here in Sydney, Australia, using only naturally luxurious and sustainable materials for every detail possible.

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From our first Quiet Sydney shoot



Q & A: The National Constituent Assembly in Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Venezuela Solidarity Campaign | Venezuelanalysis | July 24, 2017 Elections for a National Constituent Assembly are being held in Venezuela on July 30th. Here are some common questions with the answers that are being asked about the Assembly. (21/07/17) What is a National Constituent Assembly (ANC), under Venezuelan law? A National Constituent Assembly is []


Ex Talisman Saber 2017 A Pair of USAF C-17A Globemaster III Transport Aircraft on the Ground at Rockhampton Airport - 05-5153 & 00-0185 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

An exciting start to the aircraft action at Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 22 July with United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 00-0185 making an early morning arrival.

It arrived from the North as Trek 51 and was parked on the Northern Military Hardstand.  It looked to be spending some time parked on the ground as it was closed up and pitot tube covers were put in place.

00-0185 is flown by The 517th Airlift Squadron (517 AS) which is part of the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.

Meanwhile, after arriving late in the afternoon on Friday 21 July see Blog post below fellow USAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 05-5153 was photographed departing Rockhampton Airport on Saturday 22 July for Pago Pago but as Trek 40.



What Happens To A Nation if You Shave a Few IQ Points off Its Children? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Anne Dachel I talked to Andy Wakefield recently on Skype. I recorded his answers to seven questions regarding whats happening to schools both here and in the UK. I wanted to share this one because the topic is so...


Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - Some Photos of Other Australian Defence Force & New Zealand Defence Force Helicopters Around Rockhampton on Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

As well as the two Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopter movements outlined in the Blog posts below, on Thursday 20 July, and over the earlier parts of the week, there have been numerous other ADF and other helicopters to call into Rockhampton Airport and 'Camp Rocky' adjacent to the Airport.

Early on Thursday, a pair of NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters - A40-027 (wearing Royal Australian Navy titles) and A40-024 (wearing Australian Army titles) - were heard flying into the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) from the Oakey Army Aviation Centre using the radio callsign "Crusader" which is of the School of Army Aviation.  Later, local plane spotter Kayanne H was at the right place at the right time as they both called into Rockhampton Airport again as "Crusader".


Slaying in Minneapolis: Justine Damond, Shooting Cultures and Race "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It plays out as a horror story of law enforcement. A distress call to the Minneapolis police about activity taking place behind the house on Washburn Avenue, possibly a sound of intercourse, distress, or both, taking place after 11 during the night of July 15.  Hi, Im, I can hear someone out back and I, Im not sure if shes having sex or being raped.

The caller, Justine Damond, had been spooked by the commotion. She had called her fianc in Las Vegas who had, in turn, insisted she call the police.  When the officers arrived, an unsuspecting Damond approached the police vehicle, came up to the open window of the driver, Officer Matthew Harrity, and was shot by his partner, Officer Mohamed Noor.

The unfurling story supplied commentators with a different combination from the usual anatomy of an American police shooting.  Characters tend to be slotted along defined racial and demographic lines: the indigent black youth butchered in cold blood by a nerve wracked white officer who finds in his gun the most persuasive form of conciliation.

Not so on this occasion.  The individual who is said to have pulled the trigger was a black Somali-American, whose hiring by the police department supplied politically correct, multi-culti gold.  Similarly, the victim was atypical for the cultural optics, a white Australian woman from Sydney involved in the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, all-healing, all ashram, all therapeutic.

With the reverse racial splash evident in this incident, comparisons were inevitably drawn.   Now, it was time for the Somali-American community to lament.  Minneapolis City Council member Abdi Warsame specifically noted remarks made by US Rep. Michele Bachmann that Noor may have had cultural reasons for gunning down Damond. What we are seeing is a lot of rhetoric in the media where this is a Somali issue, where this person is a Somali officer.

Bachmann sports her own extensive laundry list of laments, specifically about Minnesotas shifting demographics. Minnesota is a state that now has a reputation for terrorism.  Politically correct brigades were attempting to muzzle those afraid of being called racist, bigots, Islamaphobe.  Fearing nothing of the sort, Bachmann described Noor as an affirmative-action hire by the hijab-wearing mayor of Minneapolis, Betsy Hodges.

In the US, logistical matters were picked through with a procedural attention that has become common in these casual civilian executions.  The officer, it was noted, had failed to turn on his body...


Calls made in Tasmania for changes to Centrelink payments "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Centrelinks cruelty is being felt in Tasmania too. Lucy Stone (The Examiner 21 July 2017) writes that this has prompted Anglicare, a key welfare provider,  to speak out.

It costs more to be poor: thats a hard fact Anglicare Tasmania points to as a strong reason to overhaul government welfare payments.

When you live from week to week with nothing to spare you cant take advantage of things that would save you money, Anglicare Tasmanias Meg Webb said.

People on income support payments often have to spend up to 70% of their income on rent.

In Fridays The Examiner, Bianca* spoke about the challenges of living on a $647 fortnightly Centrelink payment with no other income.

Locked into expensive rental and phone contracts, facing health issues, Bianca said she would be homeless without support from her family and social services.

The support sector has long been pushing for increases in welfare payments to keep people out of poverty.

Centrelink payments do not come close to the minimum income needed to support an individual or family and this can cause extreme stress, especially in winter when choices must be made between keeping your family warm or feeding them, TasCOSS acting chief executive Jo Flanagan said.

A young person aged between 16-24, living away from home, can receive a maximum $437.50 per fortnight, not including rent assistance.

The average rent in Launceston, as reported by Domain, is $185 for a one-bedroom unit or $295 for a two-bedroom house per week.

Centrelink payments do not come close to the minimum income needed.

Anglicares most recent rental affordability snapshot, released in April, showed that those who have least access to properties in the North are those on Youth Allowance, with just 10-12 per cent access, single adults on Newstart, and single parents on Newstart (16-17 per cent).

The high costs of living can push many people into extreme rental stress with more than 50 per cent of their income going to rent.

In the current job market, with people on Newstart outnumbering available jobs by five to one, we are seeing people becoming entrenched in poverty due to the inadequate level of payments, Ms Webb said.

The system makes people exhaust all their savings before getting support and then they have nothing left for a rainy day.

Our welfare safety net should be there to support people while they find work an...


The scale of this water heist is unfathomable "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

From the Australian Conservation Foundation

Reaction against the ABCs Four Corners revelation0over what looks like the most outrageous river water theft in Australias history has been swift.

The Australian Conservation Foundation has become involved and called on people to sign a petition to put a stop to it.

This is what the pro-environment organisation had to say.

If allegations raised are accurate, several rogue irrigators in NSW are stealing billions of litres of water from the Murray-Darling Basin.

And despite clear evidence of illegal activity, people at the highest levels of the NSW government appear to have done nothing to stop them.

Will you send a quick email to demand an immediate and thorough Senate Inquiry into this greed, mismanagement and plunder?

Weve drafted a sample email. Make it more powerful by adding a few sentences about why you care!

The evidence ACF, the Environment Defenders Office and 4 Corners have unearthed over the past year is alarming. Illegal pumps so powerful, they make the river flow upstream. Massive hidden dams. Top government officials apparently shutting down active investigations, leaking confidential documents and helping irrigators find loopholes to abuse the rules. And more.

Meanwhile, the rivers fragile ecosystem and communities downstream are desperate for a proper drink.

Winding across five states, the Murray-Darling Basin nourishes ancient river red gums. Its creeks and wetlands are nurseries for fish, frogs and turtles. Theyre the last refuge for many threatened species and a place for birds migrating from as far away as the Arctic to rest.

And they sustain 20,000 farms, towns, cities and millions of people.

As last nights report shows, while this handful of giant rogue irrigators appear to get richer and richer stealing river water, towns like Broken Hill have nearly run dry.

There must be an independent investigation and consequences.


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Australian Army Eurocopter (ARH) Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter A38-013 Spotted at Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Thursday 20 July, Australian Army Eurocopter (ARH) Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter A38-013 was spotted on the ground at Longreach Airport.

Sadly, its exact movements are not fully known.

Photos taken by 'AC'  


Pastor Neville Johnson of Academy of Light Queensland. Liked blow jobs (oral sex) from three female church secretaries, false prophet and scams people in Ponzi Schemes. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Neville Johnson

A younger Pastor Neville Johnson in New Zealand in the 1970s to 1980s. Liked blow jobs (oral sex) from three young church secretaries.


A 65,000 Year old axe: Over to you Jim Bowler "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A 65,000 Year old axe: Over to you Jim Bowler

By Steven & Evan Strong

The discovery of a grounded and polished stone-axe, dated to be no less than 65,000 years old certainly upset mainstream narratives and numbers. A report on the archaeology published in the Sydney Morning Herald (July 20, 2017 pages 1 and 2) compiled by Tony Wright focused on the unexpected repercussions of this research, conceding that SAboriginal people have lived in Australia for a minimum of 65,000 years 18,000 years longer than had been proved previously and at least 5,000 years longer than had been speculated by the most optimistic researchers.(1)

The central point that has still not been understood relates to the discovery of Sthe world"s oldest stone axes with polished and sharpened edges,(2) and in particular, the contextual implications of the fact that Sno other culture had such axes for another 20,000 years.(3) Not only is this advanced technology exclusive to Australia, Sone of the most striking finds was the huge quantity of ground ochre, right from the oldest layers(4) which as the researchers correctly observed meant that these people Swere already enthusiastic artists, and had continued to be so in an area known for its spectacular rock art.(5) If they are correct, this is now the earliest found use of ochre used for art, which means not only are these people the first to invent the axe they were also the first artists.

This middle level date also puts to rest the incorrect allegation that the arrival of humans in Australia led to an immediate drop in the numbers of all mega-fauna species through opportunistic hunting of the largest sources of meat. Now agreed to be together for no less than tens of thousands of years, before the numbers began to decline as the climate changed, this assumption now has a much weaker and illogical base and was always incorrect.

Despite the shortcomings and endemic narrow focus there is one aspect of this research that is one small step in the right direction, as it is now agreed that the Sarchaeologists will have to recalibrate previous assumptions about the journey out of Africa.(6) Granted they are still attached to the mistaken idea modern humans originated in Africa, but as the arrival date was 40,000 years, then 50,000 years, recently overtaken by 60,000 years and now we have no less than another 5,000 years to add on top of this ever-expanding algorism, it is becomes increasingly difficult to believe these numbers will not change again.


"The Elites Are Privately Warning About a Crash" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"Revealed: The Date When the Liquidity Starts Drying Up"
by Brian Maher

"We heaved up evidence last Wednesday that foreign central banks could be the true source of liquidity floating stocks to record heights. While the Federal Reserve is goosing rates and preparing to tuck into its $4.5 trillion balance sheet... Foreign central banks have flooded markets with a record $1.5 trillion of liquidity so far this year. Bank of America terms it a supernova of liquidity and the flow that conquers all.

But if stocks have risen on the cresting waters, atop the flow that conquers all, mustnt they fall when the flooding recedes? That is, when central banks start draining liquidity out the sluices it seems stocks should wash away with it. Ah, but when when does the liquidity start draining away? We have the all-important answer, revealed shortly.


You Can Only Fit Into 1 of These 5 Personality Types "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We are all different but when it comes down to our core we are one of these 5 personality types. Sure, our individuality sets us apart from everyone else, but we all are similar in one way or another.

The 5 main personality types I am referring to are as follows:

  • Intelligent (Smart and to the point)

  • Emotional (Always takes things too hard)

  • Introvert (Shy and reserved.

  • Extrovert (Outgoing and super explorative)

  • Creative (Understanding of the world and the beauty that it holds)

While off the top of your head you may assume you know which of these you are, but the truth is you really dont know. There could be another personality type of which you are a better match. To gain a better understanding of your own mind work through the questions in the quiz below.

The answers you give us to each question will help us to determine exactly what personality type you fit into best. Remember to give each question some real thought and take dont rush yourself. Enjoy!


TAS Counterfeit bank notes in circulation "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 4:27 pm.


Police have again received numerous reports of counterfeit fifty dollar and ten dollar notes being circulated along the North West Coast.

Business owners should be cautious and ensure that staff are alerted to check any notes that may be presented.

If anyone has any bank note in their possession that they may have concerns about the authenticity about they should immediately contact police.

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Further information regarding counterfeit detection information can be found on the Reserve Bank of Australia website

Anyone who has information regarding the production of counterfeit notes is asked to contact Burnie CIB on 64777291 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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Can This Deer Disease Be Transmitted to Humans? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Dr. Mercola

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a contagious neurological disease that is part of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) disease family the most notable member of which is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease. Unlike BSE, which infects cattle, CWD affects deer, elk and moose.

"It causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death," The Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance reports.1 The symptoms are similar to those of mad cow disease, scrapie (a similar disease found in sheep and goats) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans. The infectious agent thought to cause CWD and other TSEs is prions an infectious type of protein known to cause neurodegeneration.

The question then, as CWD continues to spread across the U.S., is whether this disease may also jump to humans and the Canadian government has recently issued a warning based on new research suggesting the answer is yes.

Canadian Government Warns Chronic Wasting Disease May Jump to Humans

The Canadian Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) issued an advisory in April 2017 warning of "potential human health risks from chronic wasting disease." The disease has been detected in cervids (mammals belonging to the deer family) in 24 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces to date, including in farmed elk and wild mule deer. The advisory states:4

"While extensive disease surveillance in Canada and elsewhere has not provided any direct evidence that CWD has infected humans, the potential for CWD to be transmitted to humans cannot be excluded. In exercising precaution, HPFB continues to...


Queensland chief scientist Professor Suzanne Miller sidelined over fraud charges "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Breaking News: From the trust me, Im a scientist department comes this story from soon-to-be-50%-renewables Queensland.  By Peter Campion Photo: Professor Miller was appointed to the role of chief scientist in December 2016. (Supplied: Tom Greenard) The Australian ABC is reporting that Professor Suzanne Miller has been stood aside as Queenslands chief scientist after being


Charm of Finches Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of Their Debut Album "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Charm of Finches A year ago Melbourne sister duo Charm of Finches released their celebrated debut album Staring at the Starry Ceiling and since then they gone from strength to strength. After numerous festival appearances, high profile support slots and headline shows Charm of Finches have announced plans to celebrate the one []


TAS Murder Charges for Risdon Road Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Friday, 15 May 2015 10:37 am.

A 73 year old man from the Huon Valley will appear in court tomorrow charged with the murder of a 37 year old woman at Risdon Road, New Town. The deceased woman is the estranged partner of the alleged offender.

The woman was rushed to the Royal Hobart Hospital by ambulance but later died as a result of her injuries.

Police allege the man confronted the woman yesterday afternoon after stopping her car on Risdon Road and fired several shots.

A 53 year old woman who was a passenger in the car was also injured and is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

A passing motorist restrained the man until police arrived. The man was arrested and taken to Hobart Police Station where he was interviewed by Detectives.

The man will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court on Friday 15 May 2015.

Anyone who may have any information about the shooting in New Town yesterday is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Glenorchy home ransacked "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 3:12 pm.

Glenorchy home ransacked: Vehicle and Ornamental Weapons Stolen.

Detectives from Glenorchy Criminal Investigation Branch are seeking witnesses after a house was entered and ransacked in Vieste Drive, Glenorchy last night.

The offender or offenders broke into the home sometime between 6.50pm and 8.15pm while the residents were out for dinner.

A number of ornamental weapons were stolen including 18 collectable knives and a display case containing three ornamental hand guns. The guns were mounted in frames and not able to be fired.

A white Mitsubishi Triton dual cab utility was also stolen and later recovered in Salier St, Bridgewater.

Other items stolen include two iPads and a laptop computer.

The replica firearms are described as silver in colour and early to mid-1900s vintage handguns. The replica firearms are sawn in half.

Some of the knives are described as featuring American Wild West images on the handles and some as featuring militarystyle images. They do not have any significant monetary value.

Anyone who saw the white Mitsubishi Triton utility with registration EK 0050 or who is offered unusual knives, a laptop or iPad for sale is asked to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 quoting offence report number 512873.

Police would like to remind homeowners to be vigilant with their security by locking doors, making sure keys and other valuables are not left in plain sight and to consider improved security measures.

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Arts Queensland announce 2017 global music scholarship "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Nominations for the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship are now open, which means one lucky Queensland artist could soon see themselves travelling overseas to immerse themselves in the music scene of either London, Berlin or New York. Founded in 2007 in honour of the late Go-Betweens front-man Grant McLennan, the Grant McLennan Fellowship is intended to expose the awardee to the cultural []

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Tash Sultana announces her last Aussie tour for the year "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

After an incredible run of sold-out tours across Europe and the U.S., meteoric talent Tash Sultana is returning home to play her last Australian tour for the year before setting to work on her debut album.

Even taking into account the stack of local festivals shes played in the wake of her breakout 2016, these will be some of her largest shows yet, taking in arenas in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, as well as smaller venues elsewhere, with support from busking mates the Pierce Brothers and electronic duo Willow Beats.

Anyone who cant make it to the shows (or misses out on tickets once again) can also catch Tash playing at Canberras Spilt Milk Festival alongside Lorde in November, as well as NSW bash Vanfest with Dune Rats in December.

Tash recently took a moment out of her hectic touring schedule to share a personal moment with fans and reflect on a year that saw her shoot from being a relative unknown, to taking out the #3 spot on the triple j Hottest 100 and grabbing a top-10 spot on the ARIA chart with her debut EP Notion.

Presale tickets are available from 10am local time Thursday July 27, so sign up there or try your luck in the general sale from 10am local time on the Friday.

Tash Sultanas homecoming tour 2017

Presale tickets via Secret Sounds from 10am Thursday July 27

w/ Pierce Brothers and Willow Beats

Saturday November 18 Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide SA

Friday December 1 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney NSW

Thursday December 7 Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle WA

Saturday December 9 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River WA

Thursday December 14 Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne VIC

Saturday December 16 Noosa AFL Grounds, Noosa QLD


Fishy Prospects In The Seat Of Lyons "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

ReachTEL Lyons: Lib 42 Labor 30.4 Green 12.4 Lambie Network 10 SF+F 2.7 Others 2.5
ReachTEL polls in Tasmania have in the past skewed against Labor and to the Greens
Seats that would be won based on this poll: Liberal 3 Labor 2 (status quo)

The Australia Institute has released a large-sample ReachTEL of the state seat of Lyons.  Lyons has long looked like the most crucial seat in determining whether the Hodgman Government can maintain a majority at the next state election, as on a more or less uniform swing to Labor, the third Lyons seat is the third to fall.  Polling has long appeared touch-and-go as to whether the party is likely to hold three seats there or lose one to the Greens or maybe someone else.

The commissioned ReachTEL also covers fish farms, which are seen as a significant environmental issue in the leadup to the next election.  I am satisfied that the poll has not been selectively released and also that ReachTEL have a good record in not letting commissioning sources tweak the primary vote polling design.  So while all commissioned polls are to be treated with some caution, and all seat polls always require special care, I'll have a look at what the data from this poll suggest.

As usual with ReachTEL the data require a lot of unpacking.  ReachTEL use a different format to most other polls, by initially giving voters a set of options that includes "undecided", and then allowing those who are "undecided" to say which party they are leaning to.  However the "undecided" in ReachTEL polls would be included in other polls' headline figures, while the truly undecided voters (those not even leaning to any party) are excluded, as they are by other pollsters.

With the ReachTEL-undecideds ("soft undecideds") reallocated, the results of this poll are Liberal 42, Labor 30.4 Green 12.4 Jacqui Lambie Network 10 "Shooters and Fishers" 2.7 Ind/Other a mere 2.5.  I put quotes around Shooters and Fishers because that party should actually contest as Shooters, Fishers and Farmers following a name change.  On these figures the Greens (0.74 quotas) would seem to have good prospects of holding off the Liberals (2.52 quotas) and the Lambie Network (0.60).  However, an even enough split of votes between the three Liberal MPs Hidding, Shelton and Barnett, or a good flow of preferences from minor parties, could still see them all retain.  None of these MPs have been stellar performers for the government but none have been consistently awful either, so it may well be the party can hold a similarly even spread between the three to last time.

However, ReachTEL polls in Tasmania have had noticeable house effects at the last two federa...


Scott Ludlam Mess Scores Four Bob Days Out Of Five "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Well here we go again.  After the departures of Senators-who-sort-of-never-were Rod Culleton and Bob Day we've lost another one.  After nine years in the Senate, one of the sharper minds in the place, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, has suddenly realised he has been a dual New Zealand citizen all along and was never validly elected in the first place.  That sound you heard all afternoon was at least 200,000 Greens supporters banging their heads on the nearest available tree in disbelief.  As for me, I was so distracted by this situation that I needlessly got off a bus in the middle of Hobart city, forgetting it continued past a common stopping point to much closer to home.  No problem though, since I then managed to beat the bus to its next stop on foot and catch the same bus again.  Ludlam's path to getting his seat back, should he want to, would be rather less straightforward.

For the most part this one is a familiar situation.  Although Ludlam has resigned, the fact that he has raised eligibility issues as his reason for doing so should prompt an immediate referral to the Court of Disputed Returns (the High Court in theory though it may well get kicked downstairs to the Federal Court if there are no new legal issues) to determine whether Ludlam was validly elected in the first place (to which the answer is evidently no) and to supervise the filling of the vacancy.  The vacancy will be filled by a recount (called a "special count") as with the vacancies for Day and Culleton.  The Greens won two seats in the original election and in the Culleton recount, beating the WA Nationals' Kado Muir by 25175 votes in both cases.  The recount could shave a few thousand off this (about 2800 personal votes for Ludlam leak out of the Greens ticket based on the original counts) but there's no doubt the Greens would keep two seats.  One of these will be their other existing Senator, Rachel Siewert, and the other will be the third candidate on the original ticket, Jordon Steele-John.

However this recount does raise some new ground. Firstly it's the first time a state will have had to be recounted for two disqualifications from the same election, meaning that the new count will be without both Culleton and Ludlam. Secondly and more interestingly, it creates previously unseen complications with the original allocation of three and six year terms. Scott Ludlam was elected third in 2016 with Rachel Siewert elected 12th.  In the special count to replace Ludlam, Siewert will be elected third and Steele-John will be elected 12th.  So if Steele-John replaces Ludlam and serves out Ludlam's term, then this will create a bizarre situation of the candidate second on the Greens...


BMW G 310 to be top seller in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

BMWs learner-approved G 310 R and G 310 GS are set to become the Bavarian brands biggest seller here, says BMW Motorrad Australia boss Andreas Lundgren.

The G 310 R was launched at Airlie Beach, North Queensland, last week after an eight-month delay.


Andreas says the delay was sparked by BMW sorting out quality control issues with some components at the TVS factory in India where the bike is made in a joint partnership.

Andreas with G 310 R

Top seller

Currently, the top seller in Australia is the R 1200 GS and GSA selling 375 in the first half of this year.

Andreas says the GS brand is very popular in Australia and he expects the G 310 GS to outsell the naked version, while the combined models are likely to be their top seller.

BMW G 310 GS sellerBMW G 310 GS

This is a segment where we havent been operating before, he says.

While BMW had the G 650 learner-approved bike, Andreas says it never attracted young, novice riders.

It was just an accident that the G 650 was a LAMS bike. It attracted returned riders, not young riders.

This is our first stab at it....


Vic govt accepts assisted dying advice "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Assisted dying laws will be introduced into Victorias parliament soon and could be voted on by the end of the year after the government accepted all of the recommendations of an expert panel.

The panel investigated laws that will allow terminally ill patients to choose to die and made 66 recommendations.

Soon well bring a bill to the parliament for voluntary assisted dying, Premier Daniel Andrews said in a Facebook video on Tuesday.

The regime will be the safest in the world, with rigorous checks and balances, Mr Andrews said.

This is about dignity, choice and giving Victorians the support and care they deserve in their final moments, he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Andrews told ABC radio he hoped the debate and vote on the laws would be done by the end of the year, saying: The time has come to make some profound change.

Mr Andrews anticipated a long debate on the laws, saying the model put forward was conservative and did not go far enough for some but would be too far for others.

I think the balance has been struck in the right place here and well accept all those recommendations for a voluntary system, an informed system where you need to make enduring choices with all the appropriate safeguards, he said.

Mr Andrews changed his mind on the practice after his fathers death from cancer.

A ministerial advisory panel on Friday revealed its recommended guidelines, including that a patient would need to be expected to die within 12 months, show sufficient mental capacity to make the decision, and be a Victorian resident at least 18 years old.

The medication, which is yet to be finalised, would be dispensed in a lockable box by a pharmacist.

The panel also suggested safeguards including offences for inducing a patient to request assisted dying, proposed offences for falsifying assisted-dying records and administering medication to someone who lacked the sufficient decision-making capacity.If the laws are passed by the end of the year, it could be in practice by 2019.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy said Labor MPs would have a conscience vote on the bill.

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Management Committee Job Descriptions "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Four of the management committee positions are voted on according to the capabilities to carry out the duties of those positions. The job descriptions can be dowloaded here by clicking on the position title: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary


Hand-drawn review: Portraits of Men at Verge Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Illustration by Emerald Dunn Frost 

The power politics of portraiture are laid bare (in more ways than one) in this exhibition at the University of Sydney.

Very Important White Men are stripped nude (conceptually) at Verge Gallerys current exhibition, Portraits of Men.

Works by artists Abdul Abdullah, Cherine Fahd, Shannon Field, Vincent Namatjira, Joan Ross as well as portraits from the USU Art Collection, Sydney University Archives and Sydney University Museums all coalesce in a space bursting with questions of power, patriarchy, collecting and portraiture. Curator Sin McIntyre utilises unconventional modes of hanging and presentation to achieve this affect; in one case hanging the portrait of a Very Important White Man so that its subjects gaze meets the eye level of the average Australian woman. Through these careful subversions, the power of such portraits is artfully undressed, leaving their authority bare (and bare-bottomed).

The show will close on July 29, so go see it(s bits) before it closes.


WHAT: Portraits of Men
WHERE: Verge Gallery, University of Sydney
WHEN: Until July 29
HOW MUCH: Free! Find out more here.


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Amazon: Smarter, Faster and Here NOW "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

You better look now.

We finished last weeks Reckoning with a simple question: who makes money off Amazon?

You had one night to sleep on it before the first answer came: the Pellicano family.

They own a 24,387 square metre distribution centre in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong.

I found out on Saturday that Amazon has agreed to lease the place to begin its assault on Australia. The Pellicanos could be up for $1.8 million in annual rent. Nice.

That kind of cash is not going is not going to make Myer shareholders feel any better.

Last week the stock fell another 10% after the retailer issued a profit downgrade. It closed the week at 74 cents.

Myer traded around $1.40 in August last year.

analysts continue to fret, according to The Australian, over further earnings headwinds facing the retailer and the looming arrival of Amazon.

Myer is now down 47% for 2017, and the worst performing stock in the ASX 200 index.

Do yourself a favour and dont go bargain hunting on that one. Every Myer shareholder would love nothing more than to flog off such a dud holding. Dont let it be your money. Myer stock could be in the doghouse for a long time yet.

And no wonder

Artificial intelligence
upends pricing strategies worldwide

You only have to look at the power of artificial intelligence to see why Amazon is such a ferocious competitor.

There is now a clear trend in ecommerce for personalised pricing. This means using time of day, your location and your customer profile to arrive at the highest price retailers think you will pay.

This is how theyre trying to maximise the revenue they can win from you.

For example, if you live in an expensive suburb, you may be charged much more for the same item than someone you lives in a poor suburb. This is especially so if your search history reveals you dont bother comparing prices, or some other behavioural trait that kicks in to the equation.

Alternatively, you might get heavy discounts if you show hesitation or look over the same product more than once without buying.

The aim is to make sure the sale is closed and yields as much profit per transaction as possible.

Its actually amazing how much variance there can be on the same item for different people in terms of the cost.

I used to sell cameras and photography gear. The price of that kind of equipment can get pretty heavy once you start dealing in the high-end stuff.



Government publishes updated Reserve Estate figures; proves Barnett wrong "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 - 10:30am

The Tasmanian Governments Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE) has recently published updated figures on the Tasmanian Reserve Estate that prove forestry Minister Guy Barnett is completely wrong when he tries to argue that the 356,000ha of high conservation value forests in Future Potential Production Forest (FPPF) tenure are not reserves.

This data, updated at the end of last financial year, confirms that over 50% of Tasmania is in some kind of reserve tenure aimed at protecting conservation valuessee table here from the DPIPWE website*. The FPPF forests Mr Barnett wants to log include the takayna/Tarkine, Bruny Island, Douglas-Apsley and Ben Lomond, and are officially listed as Informal Reserves and part of the Tasmanian Reserve Estate.

"Tasmania is renowned for its conservation reserves and the story of community campaigns to have them protected," said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society.

"This data demonstrates that the high conservation value forests Premier Will Hodgman wants to log are indeed reserves, are part of the official Tasmanian Reserve Estate and part of the 50% of Tasmania that is celebrated as being protected.

"Above all, this data demonstrates Minister Guy Barnett does not understand the status of the forests he has sought to log and has misled the public and the Parliament in the debate over his divisive legislation.

"Logging reserved forests like the takayna/Tarkine, Blue Tier or Wielangta would be a backward step for Tasmania and a black stain on our brand. It would damage the image of both our tourism and timber industries and lead to ongoing conflict and contention in the community and timber markets.

"While the fact that Tasmania has 50% of its land area protected is celebrated as a major conservation achievement and it underpins our international identity and brand, it must be remembered that the Hodgman Government is seeking to allow rainforest logging in Regional Reserves and Conservation Areas, as well as the FPPF land.

"These areas need to be upgraded to a tenure that precludes logging and mining and creates new conservation icons across regional Tasmania. National parks are delivering immense benefits for Tasmania and upgrading the reserve status of these threatened areas to national park will build on this base."



Walk to save St Kilda Rd trees and parklands Sunday 30 July 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Save the date: Sunday 30 July 2017. Walk in St Kilda Road and Environs for National Tree Day. Walk in St Kilda Road grand boulevard on Sunday 30 July 2017 or join an information walk in St Kilda Road and Environs. There will be information meeting points along St Kilda Road, from opposite Victoria Barracks down to near the intersection of Toorak Road and St Kilda Road, manned at least from 1.00pm to 4.00pm., and planners, engineers, politicians, arborists, heritage consultants and others will be invited and available for information and discussion on St Kilda Road and Environs. Video inside explains what is at stake.

This is an event for National Tree Day, Planet Arks National event, as a community tree and naturecare event for St Kilda Road and Environs and its trees, environment, habitats.

- fostering a love of nature and creating positive environmental attitudes and change
- education and awareness
- for the protection and preservation of St Kilda Road and Environs, including the tree canopies of elm and London plane trees in the grand heritage boulevard St Kilda Road, and Domain Parklands.

In the Community

Each year thousands of families, businesses and groups across Australia take part in National Tree Day, which in 2017 will be on Sunday July 30th, although events can be held at any time during the year. National Tree Day is a great opportunity for community and organisations to engage members, recruit new participants or just have a great day out. It can mark the beginning of a long term environmental program or be used to demonstrate the great work you're already doing. Whatever the case is - National Tree Day is a much loved event that will sit nicely on your social calendar. (Planet Ark: National Tree Day)

We are organizing a nature care and awareness/information event, promoting the trees and natural environment of St Kilda Road and Environs, on the Australian Heritage Register since February 2017 for emergency protection, and drawing awareness to its habitats and the urgent need for its protection and preservation.

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Camping at Murphy's Creek, Crows Nest, Blackbutt "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Red-rumped Parrot
We've returned from a 5-day camping trip through the Upper Lockyer and South Burnett regions of south-east Queensland. We had 2 nights at Murphy's Creek Escape, a pleasant place amid rocky terrain in open forest below Toowoomba; 1 night in Crow's Nest Falls National Park, where fine scenery is worth a visit; and 2 nights in the spacious and pleasant showgrounds in Blackbutt.

Murphy's Creek
Honeyeaters were the go at Murphy's Creek and along the back roads to nearby Helidon. Three species of Melithreptus were together here - White-throated, White-naped and Brown-headed.



Will Trump Hold Off Sending More Troops to Afghanistan? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


During a visit to the Pentagon last week, President Trump said he may not send additional soldiers to Afghanistan, in spite of consistent reports to the contrary.

Asked whether or not he would make the deployment, Trump answered Well see. And were doing very well against ISIS. ISIS is falling fast, according to the Washington Post.

While Trump already delegated the authority to Defense Secretary James Mattis to send up to 3,900 additional troops to Afghanistan more than a month ago, the presidents recent remarks are sending mixed signals regarding his stance on the deployment.

Just last week, Mattis made the rounds on Capitol Hill with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford briefing lawmakers on the White Houses strategy for Afghanistan. That strategy has been widely reported to include the deployment of several thousand new troops to the war-torn country. The administration was expected to make an announcement for the deployment weeks ago, but it has yet to come.

Some analysts have argued the 3,900 troop cap put in place by the White House should be temporary, a measure to get breathing room for the policy until something more long-term can be nailed down.

It is a stopgap until we can come up with a complete strategy. It is not a permanent cap, said Bill Roggio, an adjunct fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a hawkish neoconservative think tank.

Sen. John McCain last month told Mattis and Dunford that the administration was putting him and other lawmakers in a dilemma the longer it held off presenting its Afghan strategy, highlighting the eagerness of some Senators and Congressmen to again ramp up the war, now the longest...


Azalina: Allegation of govt cover-up of 1MDB utterly baseless "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Azalina Othman Said today described the latest accusations levelled by the opposition that the government was trying to cover up the 1MDB scandal as utterly baseless. In a statement, Azalina, who is in charge of parliamentary affairs, said allegations that none of the 1MDB-related questions was answered in Dewan []


Reply to Hadi Awangs open letter "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dear PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, This is my response to your open letter to Malaysians. Truth be told it was either responding to your open letter or answering Fa Abduls question as to why people have sex in public. The more I thought about it your open letter that is and not Fa Abduls question the []


Creamfields is the latest massive EDM festival to return to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Another big name in the international festival scene, Creamfields, is about to return to Australia, and the timing is very interesting indeed.

Heading back for its first event in five years, its return will come alongside the first ever appearance Australian appearance of Dutch EDM monster Sensation with Deadmau5 headlining this November, as well as Ultra Music Festivals long-awaited Aussie debut next year.

Creamfields, meanwhile, is heading to Melbourne in November just in time to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and promises the biggest and best DJs and electronic artists. The festival previously came to Australia from 2010-2012, bringing names like Skrillex and Deadmau5 with it, but Australia has seen an EDM festival drought in the years since with mainstay Stereosonic also being cancelled soon afterwards.

No firm date or venue have been announced for Creamfields return, but we can expect more details and the first lineup announcement soon, and you can register for first access to tickets at the Creamfields website.

Guess its time to start saving for one very busy festival season!

Footage of the first Creamfields Australia show in Sydney, 2010


Spies in Fridges "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart claims that fridges could be used by the police as surveillance devices.

Minister Caught Swearing at Staff
Queenslands agriculture minister Bill Bryne has been caught swearing at his staff, causing his chief of staff Tim Grau to resign.

Mr Bryne apologised for his actions and said his use of inappropriate language was due to his long career in the army.

He has been reprimanded by the Premier for his behaviour.

Tasmanian Devils Help with Cancer Research

Tasmanian devil facial tumor study may assist understanding of human cancers


UFO resources of the State Library of Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


As part of a Project to gather together digitised copies of Australian UAP periodicals, I have been researching the holdings of various state libraries. Today, I present the holdings of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ). Brisbane blog readers are encouraged to visit the SLQ to at least read these fascinating publications. I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who does visit the SLQ for this purpose.

A listing

1. Light-  Queensland Flying Saucer Research Bureau - Mar 1957- Jan/Mar 1960.

2. QUFO - Queensland Flying Saucer Research Bureau - 1963-1964 (imperfect run.)

3. The Australian Flying Saucer Digest - Allied UFO Groups of Australia - Jan/Dec 1965.

4. Newsletter (QFSRB) - Jan/Feb 1966 - May/Jun 1973.

5. Contact -QFSRB - Issues from Jul/Dec 1973.

6. UFO Encounter - UFO Research (Queensland) - Oct/Nov 1977 onwards.

7. UFO Connection: We are not alone - UFO Investigation Network (Loganlea) Dec 1992/Feb 1993.

8. UFOlogist - UFO Investigation Centre Qld Jan/Mar 1997 onwards.

A note

A number of digitised copies of UFO Encounter have been uploaded by UFO Research (Qld) to the ISSUU website, namely issues 249-270; 275; 278; 279. Sheryl Gottschall of UFOR (Qld) advises me they are planning to slowly upload additional issues.


Two girls found with drugs at schoolies | SBS News @TEST10105 @KK10105 @DROP "IndyWatch Feed Tas"… report error

Two girls found with drugs at schoolies | SBS News

Two teenagers have been charged with drug offences at schoolies.

The girls, both 17, were charged after police allege they found ecstasy while searching a Surfers Paradise hotel room.

Both were charged with possessing a dangerous drug and one was also charged with supplying a dangerous drug.

They are due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on December 8.

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FixedIt: 52 year old men cannot have sex with 10 year olds "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

52 year old Casper Hauaiembe was convicted of grooming children for sexual abuse. Luckily, in this case, he was caught before anything happened, but not every child is this lucky.

As an aside, the article describes the Tasmanian Judge in this case as saying Hauaiembe faced a fall from grace as he is highly respected in Papua New Guinea due to his work in social services. Attempting to rape children is not a fall from grace, it is a horrific crime and no amount of work in social services makes someone who tries to commit such a crime highly respected.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuriessuffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

That word choice is the key. Sex is a choice made by every person involved. Rape and abuse are a ch...


Tostee free on bail, but cant use Tinder | SBS News @TEST10101 @KK10101 @DROP "IndyWatch Feed Qld"… report error

Tostee free on bail, but cant use Tinder | SBS News

Gold Coast man Gable Tostee has been ordered not to pick up any new women on social media after he was granted bail over the murder of a tourist he met on the dating app Tinder.

Tostee has been in jail since he was charged with murdering New Zealand woman Warriena Wright in August.

Ms Wright plunged to her death from Tostees 14th-floor apartment balcony in Surfers Paradise after the pair met on Tinder and spent the evening drinking and having sex.

In the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Justice Debra Mullins granted the 28-year-old bail on strict conditions, including banning him from using Tinder or any other form of social media to meet women.

If he breaches the order hes likely to end up back behind bars.

"Apart from refraining from using Tinder, the applicant must also refrain from using social media forums to arrange meetings with any women whom he has not been acquainted or met previously at the time of the making of this bail order," she said.

Tostee is also banned from drinking alcohol, has to attend alcohol rehabilitation programs and will be subject to random breath tests.

Hell have to live with his parents, who had put up a $200,000 surety to secure his release.

Justice Mullins accepted Tostees legal teams argument that he would not try to flee because his high public profile would ensure he wouldnt be able to hide from authorities.

Prosecutors had argued the threat of a 20-year jail term would be incentive enough for Tostee to run but Justice Mullins said the case against Tostee wasnt straightforward.

"I am satisfied the applicant has shown cause as to why his detention in custody is not justified," Justice Mullins said.

Tostee was not in court for the ruling, but will be released from Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre on Wednesday.

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Back in studio: Homeopathic dilution, Metformin, heavy metals, GTF Chromium, dementia. Tiny vaccine needles, cancer is a lifestyle disease, Dr. Buttars Advanced Medicine and more! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

July, 24 2017, 7-9PM EDT

Monday on The Robert Scott Bell Show: 

10 Ways to prevent your doctor from killing you or your family.

Could there be fewer, or at least smaller, needles in our future? Some companies and academic labs are working to make those things happen. Theyre refining technologies that involve tiny needles, less than a millimeter long, and needle-free injectors that can send a dose of vaccine through your skin in a fraction of a second.


Hi Robert Scott Bell and everyone that makes your show so addicting! Thank you for the heavy metal/methylation/oglioscan answer.
Everywhere I seem to go there is something new with someone. Lewy body dementia, no one knows the cause but Im certain our Doctor Buttar would beg to differ. Can this gentleman be helped? Could a form of cbd help? I love your passion, all of you to share the wealth of knowledge youve learned over the years so I can pass it onto others. Ewe all!
Ps it would be great to have you all to speak on this island off of Massachusetts and deliver your message,so many islanders would be on board!

Hello Robert;
I am a type II diabetic and watched your YouTube. I am using Metformin glimepiride 2mgs in the morning and metformin 1000 mgs dose one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Would you think I use the product you mentioned in your video. if so would you please send me the product as I couldnt see it clearly in the show.


Hello RSB! Would you be able to explain homeopathic dilutions? Several products are marked 6x and 30x. Others use a C. Thanks.



Inspired by previous publishing stings, I wanted to test whether predatory journals would publish an obviously absurd paper. So I created a spoof manuscript about midi-chlor...


How wealthy donors fund the national party by giving to the states "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On September 30, 2016, Barry and Trudy Silverstein each gave $416,100 to the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee. The Victory Fund was a federal committee so contribution limits supposedly apply raising money for the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign, and 38 state Democratic party committees. Each donor could write one check that included the maximum contribution to each of the participants: $5,400 directly to the Clinton campaign $2,700 each for the primary and the general $33,400 to the DNC and $10,000 to each of the state parties for a total of $418,800. (The Silversteins had already given to Clinton during the primary, which is why they gave less than the maximum.)

Clearly the Silversteins felt very strongly about supporting Hillary Clinton, and they werent alone. At least 40 individuals made single contributions of $400,000 or more, and 125 people made a donation of at least $300,000 to Hillary Victory. It may be a surprise, though, that some of this support trickled down to Democratic party committees in states where Clinton was never expected to be competitive. That included Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming and West Virginia states in which President Trump received more than 60 percent of the popular vote.

Why would the largest donors be willing to invest in states that were generally thought to be hopeless? The answer lies in the fact that party committees are permitted to make unlimited transfers of funds among themselves. That means that a state party committee in, say, Wyoming is free to transfer unlimited sums to the DNC, so long as the original source of the funds complied with federal contribution limits.

The vast majority of the money these donors gave to state parties through Hillary Victory was never intended to be spent in the states. Rather, much of it spent very little time in the state party accounts before being transferred back to the DNC. Of the $112.4 million that Hillary Victory transferred to state parties, $88.3 millionor 78.5 percentwas sent back to the DNC.



Truth of Ukraine War revealed: Watchdog Media releases definitive chronological timeline video of Ukrainian War from Euromaidan to MH-17 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On the three year commemoration of the tragic shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17, Brisbane, Australia based Watchdog Media has released the most thorough and accurate chronological portrayal of events occurring between the start of Ukraine's Euromaidan in November 2013 and the tragic destruction of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 on July 17, 2014. Between 2013 and 2017, the Watch Dog Media Institute compiled and archived the largest known video volumes of first-person video related to the Ukraine war, as well as the largest and most substantial amount of all mainstream media footage related to such. These volumes have been aptly and poetically titled Roses Have Thorns, and are accessible at the Watchdog Media You Tube page linked below. These chronological video volumes include 17 videos totaling over 32 hours of first-person and MSM video clips related to the war. This downloaded and archived footage has been thoroughly sorted over the past two years and placed into a 5 hour video timeline that reveals the true and terrible nature of the Ukraine war and its horrific effects on the civilian population. This is the most revealing video in existence highlighting what actually took place in Ukraine.


Lihir to get Newcrest on target "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An overall view of the Cadia mine in Orange, NSW.

Paul Garvey | The Australian | 25 July 2017

For much of its recent history, Newcrest Mining has been relying on its Cadia mine in NSW to make up for the problems at its Lihir mine in Papua New Guinea. Now, the roles are being reversed.

With Cadia out of action following an earthquake earlier this year, it was a record quarter from the oft-maligned Lihir that helped the Melbourne-based miner reach its annual production guidance.

Lihir produced 276,230 ounces of gold during the June quarter, up 20.3 per cent for the period in what was a record quarter for the operation.

The strong performance of Lihir which had historically been the cause of several operational headaches during its early years under Newcrest ownership helped make up for the sharp decrease in output at Cadia, which was hit by an earthquake in mid-April.

One of two panel caves at Cadia has since restarted production, with the outstanding panel scheduled to come back into operation during the Sept...


Insolvent Greece goes to market 2.0 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Why do I refuse to be impressed by the news of Greeces return to the markets?

It is because the Greek state and the Greek banks remain deeply insolvent. And, their return to the money markets is a harbinger of the next terrible phase of Greeces crisis, rather than a cause for celebration.

The above was my answer in a BBC interview on 9th April 2014! It is also the only answer that fits todays announcement of Greeces new bond issue.

Indeed, why script a new article, when that old post offers a most helpful response to the question: What should the world think of Greeces new bond issue? (See also this article on the 2014 bond issue plus this tv interview from 16th April 2014.)

The only thing I need to add to these circa 2014 posts is this:

  • The Tsipras government today is simply rolling over precisely the same bond that the Samaras-Venizelos-Stournaras government issued in 2014 the subject matter of my criticism above. This is a remarkable U-turn by Mr Tsipras and his ministers.
  • In 2014 they had sided entirely with my criticism of the then governments argument that Greeces return to the markets, with the issue of that one bond, was a sign the country was achieving escape velocity from the gravitational pull of its debt-deflationary crisis. Now, they are not only parroting the same arguments as Samaras-Venizelos-Stournaras but they are, lo and behold, rolling over the same bond!

I rest my case.


A good Canadian friend with decades of experience in the money markets sent me the following email just now upon reading the news of the bond issue. I copy it here without comment:

They could barely get the ink dry on the prospectus and Greece is issuing new paper. Of course, this is being hailed in the press as a sign that Greece is normalising. Nothing of the sort Optics. Its a switch offer, only works if peopl...


Cassie Jaye's 'Red Pill' documentary too truthful for feminists to tolerate "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

'The Red Pill: The movie about men that feminists didn't want you to see.' This was the provocative headline that ran in Britain's The Telegraph last November, a teaser for a documentary made by a feminist filmmaker who planned to take on men's rights activists but was won over and crossed to the dark side to take up their cause. Despite a ferocious campaign to stop the movie being made, it's finally been released and the Australian screening was due next week in Melbourne. However, the gender warriors have struck again, using a petition to persuade Palace Cinemas to cancel the booking. Palace took the decision after being told the movie would offend many in its core audience but by yesterday 8000 had signed petitions protesting the ban. Organisers are now scrambling to find another venue.


TAS Series of Business burglaries and stolen motor vehicle "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:42 am.

Overnight three businesses in the greater Launceston area have been targeted by thieves.

At approximately 1am this morning police were notified of a burglary in progress at the Evandale IGA Supermarket, Russell Street, Evandale.

It is believed the offenders are a group of men who have forced entry to the premises and stolen a quantity of cigarettes and confectionary items.

Witnesses have reported seeing a white Toyota Camry fleeing the scene.

A second report of a burglary in progress at the IGA Supermarket, Brougham Street, West Launceston, was received at approximately 1.40am.

The cash tills in this premises have been removed and an unsuccessful attempt to open the store ATM has been made.

The offenders have fled the scene in a white vehicle which has been reversed into the supermarket doors causing extensive damage, in the process of fleeing.

About an hour later police received reports of a third burglary, at the Southside Supermarket, Hobart Road Youngtown. It is believed the offenders have attempted to use the vehicle to crash through the front glass doors of the premises.

Entry was not gained however the vehicle has caught fire, completely destroying the vehicle and causing substantial fire damage to the store.

It is believed that a group of between 3 to 5 men are responsible for these burglaries and they were utilising a vehicle stolen from a Mowbray residence on Monday.

The previous night three additional business burglaries occurred that are also believed to be linked.

The Norwood IGA, where a quantity of soft drink was stolen and attempts were made to open a safe; Roadside Products in St Leonards where a quantity of cash and some electronic items were stolen and The Kings Bridge Bar in Paterson St where a safe was entered and a quantity of cash stolen.

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Police urge business owners to refrain from storing cash on premises overnight and bank daily takings whenever possible.

Anyone who witnessed or has information in relation to these incidents, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Launceston Police on 67773911.

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NATION: Turnbulls super-ministry ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

A PM who truly cares about national security would look within. The war on terror is a hoax. The governments capture by business, mining and banking has led it to inflict injustice and indignity including the cruel trickle-down fraud of $65 billion dollar tax breaks for business in the pretence of prosperity for all. Forget the war on terror, Prime Minister. Spare us the weird theatricals. Look at rampant inequality fostered by your neoliberal economic policies. If you want better security, cease your war on the poor and the vulnerable, the cutting benefits and penalty rates. Address underemployment. Get real about enforcing working conditions and pay rates. Ensure that businesses pay a fair rate of tax Guardian: Alan Tudge waves his wand and turns welfare debate upside down Ross Gittins, Fairfax: Big business influence wanes as public rejects bizonomics Guardian: Burst your bubble Australia: conservatives struggle with disunity


TAS Theft of Black Ford F150 Utility "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:59 am.

Between the 1st and 2nd May 2015, a black 1992 Ford F150 extra cab utility was stolen from Henty Close in Old Beach.

The vehicle has not yet been recovered and information is sought as to the vehicles current whereabouts and/or the person(s) involved in its theft.

The utility is quite distinctive, described as having a silver stripe running down both drivers and passenger sides, tinted windows and has mag wheels attached. The registration plate attached to the vehicle at the time of the theft was C93HN.

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Any information in relation to this matter can be provided to Bridgewater CIB on 62684106 or anonymously reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and reference OR 512129

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TAS Assault complaint investigation "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:34 am.

Tasmania Police are investigating a complaint received last night in relation to an alleged assault at Blundstone Arena on 9 May 2015 during the match between North Melbourne and Richmond.

The incident occurred around 2.35pm and involved a man who was working as a security guard and a person believed to be a North Melbourne official.

Police encourage anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Baby Tasmanian Devil Is So Fond Of His Caretaker, He Follows Him Everywhere [Video] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tasmanian Devils are rarely talked about on the news, but definitely should be. Why? Because the marsupials are considered endangered and need protection to ensure their species survives. Fortunately for dozens of Tasmanian Devils in Australia, they have a caretaker named Tim Faulkner who will go to great lengths to ensure they thrive.

Faulkner, who is a Tasmanian Devil caretaker, absolutely loves his job. And why wouldnt he?! The marsupials, which are great swimmers and excellent tree climbers, are capable of forming exceptional bonds with the humans in their lives. In fact, one baby Tasmanian Devil is so attached to Faulkner, he follows his keeper everywhere! In return, the baby receives plenty of cuddles and satisfying belly rubs.

According to Bored Panda, the Devil Arks free-range facilities in New South Wales, Tomalia, cares for approximately 150 Tasmanian Devils. It opened in 2011 with just 44 Tasmanians and since then, has flourished. The sanctuary has had 5 successful breeding seasons and, in turn, has celebrated 180 healthy joeys being born.

Watch the baby Tasmanian Devil follow his favorite keeper everywhere:


Devil Ark is almost there! I wish I could thank you all individually for the support! We're now at 80% of the way to our goal but we still need your help! Bring us home and show our Tasmani...


This Foul-Mouthed Cockatoo is the Most Australian Pet Youll Ever See "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Eric is a naughty boy.

This beautiful white-crested cockatoo has won hearts around the world with his potty mouth and abusive, aggressive nature. He resides in Tasmania and his owners have taught him some very bad habits and swear words which the YouTube community delights in observing.

Credit: Daily Mail

Credit: Daily Mail

Cockatoos are known for their ability to parrot human speech and other sounds pretty well. Even though Eric has a bit of a raspy voice, his accent is uniquely Occa and hed be great to have behind you to talk some trash with your mates.

If you feel youd like your own foul-mouthed feathered friend. A Cockatoo can cost anywhere from $500 $1500. Youd better be in it for the long haul too, as the birds can live for up to 60 years in captivity. Some species of parrot and macaw can live up to a century.

Credit: YouTube

Credit: YouTube

Eric is a self-described f*ckin legend and goes by the YouTube name, Eric the Legend. His channel boasts 64 videos of his doing everything from swearing at other Bastard birds in the backyard, to throwing his dinner of steamed broccoli on the floor in protest. Currently boasting over 26,000 followers, the plucky cocky has got plenty of spunk and is a hell of an entertaining bird.


The below video shows some of Erics best work as he play-fights with the familys Jack Russell.
Check out the classic Vegemite Blanket draped over the back of the couch, it doesnt get much more Aussie than that!

Eric spits at the dog and get elicits a retaliatory response. After being nipped at, Eric responds with some class-A abuse. But...


TAS Aggravated Armed Robbery at Wellington Street "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 4:49 pm.

On Monday 11 May 2015, at approximately 3:30pm two men approached the front door of a unit in the upper end of Wellington Street, South Launceston.

The men forced their way into the unit; wearing balaclavas and armed with an axe and firearm and they demanded that the three occupants hand over property.

No one was injured in the incident.

The victims did not know the offenders, and described them as wearing balaclavas, dark hooded tops and jeans. The exposed skin on the wrists of both offenders appeared dark in colour.

Detectives from Launceston Criminal Investigation Branch are following a specific line of enquiry and would like to speak to witnesses who may have seen the men around the upper end of Wellington Street on Monday afternoon.

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Ron Paul: Heres Why Trump Should Veto New Sanctions Bill "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(RPIThis weeks expected House vote to add more sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea is a prime example of how little thought goes into US foreign policy. Sanctions have become kind of an automatic action the US government takes when it simply doesnt know what else to do.

No matter what the problem, no matter where on earth it occurs, the answer from Washington is always sanctions. Sanctions are supposed to force governments to change policies and do what Washington tells them or face the wrath of their people. So the goal of sanctions is to make life as miserable as possible for civilians so they will try to overthrow their governments. Foreign leaders and the elites do not suffer under sanctions. This policy would be immoral even if it did work, but it does not.

Why is Congress so eager for more sanctions on Russia? The neocons and the media have designated Russia as the official enemy and the military industrial complex and other special interests want to continue getting rich terrifying Americans into believing the propaganda.

Why, just weeks after the White House affirmed that Iran is abiding by its obligations under the nuclear treaty, does Congress pass additional sanctions anyway? Washington blames Iran for destabilizing Syria and Iraq by helping them fight ISIS and al-Qaeda. Does this make any sense at all?

When is the last time Iran committed a terrorist act on our soil? It hasnt. Yet we learned from the declassified 28 pages of the Congressional 9/11 report that Saudi Arabia was deeply involved in the 2001 attacks against Washington and New York. Who has funded al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria for years? Saudi Arabia. Yet no one is talking about sanctions against that country. This is because sanctions are not about our security. They are about politics and special interests.

Why is Congress poised to add yet more sanctions on North Korea? Do they want the North Korean people to suffer more than they are already suffering? North Koreas GDP is half that of Vermont the US state with the lowest GDP! Does anyone believe they are about to invade us? There is much talk about North Koreas ballistic missile program, but little talk about 30,000 US troops and weapons on North Koreas border. For Washington, its never a threat if we do it to the other guy.

Heres an alternative to doing the same thing over and over: Lets take US troops out of North Korea after 70 years. The new South Korean president has proposed military talks with North Korea to try and reduce tensions. We should get out of the way and let them solve their own problems. If Iran and Russia want to fight ISIS and al-Qaeda at the....


Sustainable Timber Tasmania and the logging near Styx road ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This is a popular tourist drive which Forestry Tasmania has logged right next to the tourist road to the Styx valley


TAS 57 year old Invermay man charged with drug trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Thursday, 7 May 2015 9:44 am.

A man was charged with drug trafficking and more than $15,000 worth of cannabis was seized from an Invermay residence yesterday after police acted on information provided by the public.

Officers from the Ravenswood, Newnham and Launceston police stations searched the residence and seized 1.6kg of cannabis.

The man (aged 57) was charged with several offences including, possessing, using and cultivating a controlled plant and trafficking in a controlled substance.

He was bailed to appear at the Launceston Magistrates Court on June 17, 2015.

Police would like to thank members of the public for the information provided and encourage anyone who sees suspicious behaviour or who has information about drug dealing to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Q & A: The National Constituent Assembly in Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Venezuela Solidarity Campaign
The Venezuela Solidarity Campaign answers common questions on the National Constituent Assembly, called by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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Study Finds the Party Drug Ketamine Can Provide Fast Relief For Depression "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Experts have long been searching for a drug that can quickly provide sustained and safe relief for people who suffer from depression.

Who would have thought the answer would come in a controversial party drug?

The findings of a new study add to the growing body of evidence that ketamine may be the answer those experts (and those who suffer from depression) have been looking for.

Ketamine, which is also known as the recreational drug Special K, is an anesthetic that was developed in the early 1960s. It is one of the most widely used drugs in modern medicine, and is on the World Health Organizations List of Essential Medicines. In the US, ketamine is classified as a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Schedule III drug, which means it is believed to have moderate to low potential for physical and psychological dependence.

Using ketamine to treat depression is not a new idea; in the late 1990s, Yale researchers at the Connecticut Mental Health Center observed that ketamine helped depressed patients feel better.

Gerard Sanacora MD, PhD, director of the Yale Depression Research Program, recalls the discovery:

Unexpectedly, a single dose of ketamine produced a rapid, robust antidepressant response in several patients. It started as early as a few hours after the drug was given and lasted for days, or even weeks.

Research on ketamine at Yale  and elsewhere  is ongoing.

Today, the findings of the worlds first randomized control trial on ketamines efficacy and safety as a tr...


TAS Moonah man to appear on drug trafficking charges "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Thursday, 7 May 2015 9:42 am.

A 25-year-old Moonah man will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court today charged with drug offences.

A search of a Moonah premises last night found some 60 deal bags containing a white crystalline substance, believed to be crystal methamphetamine (ICE).

He is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and five counts of common assault.

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Linking the Microbiome, Diet, the Brain and Mental Health "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Mounting evidence supports the concept that our gut is indeed the brain outside the brain, with continued exploration of the gut-brain axis and relationships between the gut microbiome and brain function


More motorcycle parking bays available "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Some motorcycle parking bays have been narrowed to fit in more spaces as Brisbane City Council struggles to replace parking lost to the Queens Wharf redevelopment.

The latest additions are in the Ann Street motorcycle parking zone under the Riverside Expressway ramp between North Quay and George Street.

Council traffic and transport engineer Anthony Burke Says their investigations found the area had wide bays.


parkin baysCould be worse check out this motorcycle parking bay in Cairns!

The existing area had marked 48 motorcycle bays at 1.2m width and the works completed (Thursday) night provided an additional 17 motorcycle bays, totalling 65 motorcycle bays, he says.

This provides a total of 82 spaces replaced of the 90 spaces lost within the Queens Wharf Brisbane area.

He says more spaces may be available in the next few weeks on State-owned land at Kurilpa Point (24 spaces) and North Quay (12).

Some 200 motorcycle parking spots were reported lost on January 1 when the Casino redevelopment project began: 60 parking bays permanently lost in Alice Street, William Street and Queens Wharf Road and 140 more temporarily closed during construction of the boardwalk, bikeway and foreshore works.

Fight on for lost motorcycle parking activists flexible baysLost Brisbane CBD spaces

However, Brisbane City Council said the number of temporary spaces lost during redevelopment was 90, not 140.

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The Perfect Tourist Techno-Cap "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How many times are you out on vacation and neglect to take pictures to document it all for the folks back at home? Or maybe you forgot just exactly where that awesome waterfall was. [Mark Williams] has made a Raspberry Pi Zero enabled cap that can take photos and geotag them with the location as well as the attitude of the camera.

The idea is to enable the reconstruction of a trip photographically. The hardware consists of a Raspberry Pi Zero W coupled with a Raspberry Camera V2 and a BerryGPS-IMU. Once activated, the system starts taking photos every two minutes. Within each photograph, the location of the photographer is recorded like most GPS enabled camera.

An additional set of data including yaw, pitch, and roll along with direction is also captured to understand where the camera is pointing when the image was taken. Even if hes tilting his head at the time the photo was taken, the metadata allows it to be straightened out in software later.

This information is decoded using GeoSetter which puts the images on a map along with the field of view. Take a peek at the video below for the result of a trip around Sydney Harbour and the system in action. The Raspberry Pi Zero and camera combo are useful for a lot of things including this soldering microscope. Hopefully, we will be seeing some DIY VR gear with stereo cameras in the near future.

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The Stage Is Set in Stanford for the Next Scaling Bitcoin Workshops "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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The Scaling Bitcoin Workshops will land in Stanford come November.

Scaling Bitcoin, the conference where innovations like Segregated Witness and TumbleBit made their public debut, has quickly grown to become a central stage for Bitcoins global academic and engineering communities. After editions in Montreal, Hong Kong and Milan, Stanford University will host the fourth edition of the Scaling Bitcoin Workshops on the 4th and 5th of November of this year.

We want to aid the technical consensus-building process, in a domain where performance and security are crucial trade-offs, Ferdinando M. Ametrano, a Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology professor at Politecnico di Milano and Scaling Bitcoin Planning Committee member, told Bitcoin Magazine.

Born out of the early days of Bitcoins very public scaling debate, the first two Scaling Bitcoin conferences or workshops were organized shortly after one another in Montreal and Hong Kong in the second half of 2015. It was here that many developers actually met face to face for the first time, and the workshops resulted in the well-known scaling roadmap supported by the Bitcoin Core development team.

A third edition of Scaling Bitcoin was organised in Milan in October 2016. That time around, the workshops increased in scope from scaling-only to also include privacy and fungibility improvements, as well as broader technical development.

This line will be continued in Stanford, where the theme of the event has been dubbed Scaling the Edge. While the exact agenda is yet to be established by a dedicated committee, overlapping topics for the Stanford edition should once again include fungibility, and there should also be increased focus on simulations and tests.

Plus, as a relatively new topic of interest, Scalin...


Greater use of Gold Coast beaches by restaurants & cafes would boost tourism "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Aerial view of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Mike Winlaw, CEO of the Surfers Paradise Alliance, a business chamber, has suggested the Gold Coast take inspiration from Bali and allow commercial operators greater access to the beachfront. The Gold Coast Bulletin reports that Mr Winlaw said:

Many tourism destinations have successfully differentiated themselves by offering an exceptional beachside experience combining entertainment and dining, right by the waters edge.

With our spectacularly wide coastline, I believe this is an opportunity the Gold Coast needs to seize and one which, if done right, would add much value to the regions tourism offering by activating that differentiating experience for our own beautiful beaches.



VIC Publican allegedly hunted down and bashed his own chef "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

09 Apr 2015, 8:16 p.m.

A publican allegedly hunted down and viciously assaulted an employee because he believed the man owed him $2000, a court has heard.

Battlers Tavern owner Robert Biggs, 58, is accused of unleashing a volley of punches on a chef at the Bakery Hill hotel, leaving him with a small depressed skull fracture.

Crown prosecutor Raelene Maxwell on Thursday told Ballarat Magistrates Court Biggs confronted the victim over a debt in September 2014 after believing the victim had been leasing the hotels kitchen from him. The victim, noticing Biggs agitated state, left the hotel and went back to a Wendouree property where he was staying with a friend.

The court heard the victims friend had organised to meet Biggs on September 6 after repeated phone calls from the accused..

Ms Maxwell alleged that after seeing the victim through a locked screen door, Biggs broke the door, grabbed the victim from inside the house and began punching him in the head as he lay, curled up protecting himself, on the front lawn.

Biggs is then alleged to have said Im going to kill you (expletive), as he was striking the victim.

The court heard Biggs, as he was leaving the Wendouree property, allegedly apologised to the victims friend, whose screen door he is accused of breaking.

Im sorry love, Ill get someone to fix the door, Biggs is alleged to have said.

The court heard the victim was left with a small depressed fracture of the skull and bruising to the chest, face and abdomen.

Biggs, charged with recklessly causing injury, making threats to kill and criminal damage, appeared agitated throughout the hearing and later told the court: Im sick of this. If I go to jail for this its a joke.

Magistrate Michelle Hodgson adjourned the matters to May 5.


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VIC Woman suffered cardiac arrest after being targeted in prison "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

25 Nov 2014, 12:19 a.m.

A prisoner with a banana allergy suffered a cardiac arrest after inmates bombarded her with fruit, a court has heard.

A woman with a banana allergy suffered a cardiac arrest in prison after inmates bombarded her cell with the fruit, a court has heard.

Rebecca Ford, 25, also had a miscarriage after experiencing an ectopic pregnancy while serving 54 days in the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre for a string of dangerous driving offences.

Its like putting weapons in the hands of inmates Defence lawyer Amanda Hurst

Fords defence lawyer Amanda Hurst told The Courier she couldnt believe a sign had been put on Fords cell alerting inmates to her allergy.

Its like putting weapons in the hands of inmates, she said.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Libby Rule said a prisoner with a life-threatening allergy would have to agree to have medical information made available to staff and prisoners.

Ford, of Wendouree, appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Monday for sentencing after pleading guilty in October to a number of charges, including dangerous driving while under police pursuit, driving while disqualified and theft of a motor vehicle.

Ms Hurst told the court after being notified of Fords allergy, inmates proceeded to hide bananas in her living quarters.

The court heard on one occasion, Ford suffered a cardiac arrest after reacting to the fruit and was transported to hospital.

Shes found it (prison life) very difficult to deal with .. she needs to be released as soon as possible, Ms Hurst said.

Ms Hurst said her client also suffered from an acquired brain injury after being kicked in the head during a car-jacking in 2013.

Magistrate Cynthia Toose was aghast that a young woman with no prior convictions would come before the court on such serious charges.

Something was going on with you and I dont know what it was, Ms Toose said.

In evading police in October, Ford reached speeds of 200km/h on the Western Freeway and 170km/h in more built-up areas.

Ms Toose sentenced Ford to 54 days in prison for the dangerous driving while under police pursuit, which have been served.

Ford was placed on a community corrections order for 18 months for the theft charges and also had her drivers licence suspended for 12 months.


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Mr Tsipras insightful incoherence my reply in The Guardian, 24th July 20176 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Given that I presented my plans to Mr Tsipras for deterring the troikas aggression and responding to a potential impasse (and any move by the troika to evict Greecefrom the eurozone) before we won the election of January 2015, and I was chosen by him as finance minister (one presumes) on the basis of their merit, his answer reflects a deep incoherence.

Either I was the right choice to spearhead the collision with the troika of Greeces lenders because my plans were convincing, or my plans were not convincing and, thus, I was the wrong choice as his first finance minister.

Arguing, as Mr Tsipras does, that I was both the right choice for the initial confrontation and that my plan B was so vague it wasnt worth the trouble of even talking about is disingenuous, albeit insightful, for it reveals the impossibility of maintaining a radical critique of his predecessors while adopting the Tina (There Is No Alternative) doctrine.

As my account of the events of 2015 is on the record (see my recent book, Adults in the Room), I wish to add nothing further here about that period. What matters now is the task of ending Greeces desertification, which is proceeding at a harrowing pace under the provisions of the third bailout, its new unsustainable loans and its growth-d...


This Math Problem Has The Internet Stumped. Do You Know The Right Answer? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

To say there is no right answer when it comes to math, to some, is akin to heresy. More than that, some might say its illogical and completely erroneous. Math  Full Article


"Because..." "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"There is much asked and only so much I think I can or should answer, and so, in this post I would like to give a few thoughts on what seemed to be the overwhelming question: "WHY?" And here is the best answer I can give: Because. Because sometimes, life is damned unfair. Because sometimes, we lose people we love and it hurts deeply. Because sometimes there aren't really answers to our questions except for what we discover, the meaning we assign them over time. Because acceptance is yet another of life's "here's a side of hurt" lessons and it is never truly acceptance unless it has cost us something to arrive there. Why, you ask? Because, I answer. Inadequate yet true."
- Libba Bray


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A PUBLICAN allegedly hunted down and viciously assaulted an employee because he believed the man owed him $2000, a court has heard.

Battlers Tavern owner Robert Biggs, 58, is accused of unleashing a volley of punches on a chef at the Bakery Hill hotel, leaving him with a small depressed skull fracture.

Crown prosecutor Raelene Maxwell on Thursday told Ballarat Magistrates Court Biggs confronted the victim over a debt in September 2014 after believing the victim had been leasing the hotels kitchen from him. The victim, noticing Biggs agitated state, left the hotel and went back to a Wendouree property where he was staying with a friend.

The court heard the victims friend had organised to meet Biggs on September 6 after repeated phone calls from the acc...


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25 Nov 2014, 12:19 a.m.

A PRISONER with a banana allergy suffered a cardiac arrest after inmates bombarded her with fruit, a court has heard.

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A WOMAN with a banana allergy suffered a cardiac arrest in prison after inmates bombarded her cell with the fruit, a court has heard.

Rebecca Ford, 25, also had a miscarriage after experiencing an ectopic pregnancy while serving 54 days in the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre for a string of dangerous driving offences.

Its like putting weapons in the hands of inmates" Defence lawyer Amanda Hurst

Fords defence lawyer Amanda Hurst told The Courier she couldnt believe a sign had been put on Fords cell alerting inmates to her allergy.

Its like putting weapons in the hands of inmates, she said.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Libby Rule said a prisoner with a life-threatening allergy would have to agree to have medical information made available to staff and prisoners.

Ford, of Wendouree, appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Monday for sentencing after pleading guilty in October to a numb...


Citizens Begin Reclaiming Coal Country After Decades Of Corporate Land Grabs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Emma Eisenberg for Yes! Magazine - Land is the most important thing to us, yet its not clear at all who owns it, says Karen Rignall, assistant professor of community and leadership development at the University of Kentucky. Without broad-scale knowledge of the patterns of land ownership this region cannot work together to move forward. But who owns it on paper is not always who owns it in actuality. That takes time and money to find out. The coal industry of central Appalachia has been on the decline for more than 30 years, with West Virginia and Kentucky losing more than 38,000 coal jobs in that time. As coal companies pulled out, they took with them the dollars that small towns used to use to fund their schools and infrastructure, and left behind abandoned mines, polluted rivers and vast swaths of vacant land. All over Appalachia, communities and organizations are working around the clock to come up with a way to justly transition the Appalachian economy to whatever comes next. Rignall and postdoctoral researcher Lindsay Shade are collaborating with a growing group of citizens that think a part of the answer to a post-coal economy may lie with an old land ownership studyand have been inspired by it to do a new one.


Dr Michelle Maloney on the New Economy Network and upcoming conference "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Karun Cowper speaks to Dr Michelle Maloney of the New Economy Network Australian about the upcoming Building a New Economy for Australia which is being held from 1-3 September 2017 in Brisbane. Building on the inaugural 2016 conference held in Sydney, the 2017 gathering invites people to come together to share stories of success, address []


'We were inspired by Pope Francis,' say men who vandalized Australian war memorial "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Four Australians who were found guilty of vandalism for removing a brass sword from a war memorial told a court that their actions were inspired by Pope Francis, referencing a message in which the pontiff said that religion cannot be used to justify war. The men were convicted on Monday of vandalizing the memorial - which consists of a stone crucifix and a brass "sword of sacrifice" - in Brisbane's Toowong cemetery on Ash Wednesday, March 1. One of the defendants, 61-year-old James Joseph Dowling, told the Brisbane magistrates court ahead of the Monday ruling that Pope Francis had "influenced" them to remove the sword from the monument. "We were influenced by Pope Francis's words...where he said religion can never be used to justify war, and peace alone is holy," Dowling said, as quoted by the Australian Associated Press.


The Latest In DARPA Mass Mind Control Technology- CSS HR 1- Josh Coy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



What is the latest in DARPA mind control technology? The answer is stunning and frightening at the same time.

What is the latest in DARPA mind control technology? The answer is stunning and frightening at the same time.

Former President Obama made signficiant investments in the BRAIN Initiative a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimers, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or BRAIN, as the project is now called, aims to reconstruct the activity of every single neuron as they fire simultaneously in different brain circuits, or perhaps even whole brains.

The next great American project, as Obama called it, could help neuroscientists understand the origins of cognition, perception, and other enigmatic brain activities, which may lead to new, more effective treatments for conditions like autism or mood disorders and could help veterans suffering from brain injuries.


The Noah Factor

If one knew that the human race and all other species were going to go extinct through natural consequences, or were going to be wiped out, a Noahs arc would likely be built in order to reconstruct the planet in someones, certainly not Gods, image. If one can read through the lines, the following quote from the project speaks to this possibility.

The BRAIN initiative proposes to develop new technologies that can record the activ...


How Hummingbirds Work. WOW. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hummingbirds often brave downpours to gather the nectar needed to avoid starvation. This Annas hummingbird shakes off rain as a wet dog does, with an oscillation of its head and body. According to researchers at UC Berkeley, each twist lasts four-hundredths of a second and subjects the birds head to 34 times the force of gravity. Even more remarkable: Hummingbirds can do this in flight as well as when perched.
SOURCES: VICTOR ORTEGA-JIMENEZ AND ROBERT DUDLEY. Photographs by Anand Varma / National Geographic.

I am just filled with awe after watching this:

Space may be the final frontier, but scientists have found plenty of head-scratchers right here on one of Earths zippiest creatures, the humble hummingbird. The July issue of National Geographic Magazine includes stunning photography by Anand Varma of ornithologist Christopher Clarks experiments studying how the Annas hummingbird sees, moves, and eats.

Clark recreated studies from UC Berkeley and the University of British Colombia that use smoke, optical illusions, and specially-created tools in conjunction with high-speed cameras to reveal hummingbirds strange body parts. For example, the reason they can hover is because their unique bone structure allows them to create lift on the upswing, as well as the downswing of their wings.

You can see and read more about this at The Creators Project. I might have to put that video on a loop.


Netanyahu doesnt have a vision for peace, Gillibrand says at town hall aroused by boycott bill "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This past Saturday morning, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New Yorks junior senator, held her first Town Hall of the Congressional Summer recess at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.  She reported briefly on what is happening in Washington, particularly on health care, expressed her support for a single-payer health system, and then answered questions.

Gillibrand was, at last count, one of 14 Democratic and 31 Republican Senatorial sponsors of the AIPAC-generated Anti-Israel Boycott Act, which would penalize, and in some cases criminalize, individual and corporate advocacy in support of boycotts of Israel for its violation of Palestinian rights, including its occupation of, and expansion of settlements in, the West Bank.

The bill has reportedly been around since March in stealth mode, its proponents garnering 45 co-sponsoring Senators and an absolute majority of 234 co-sponsors in the House, 63 Democrats and 174 Republicans.  When the Intercept sounded the alarm last week, the Westchester chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) called Gillibrands office and, hearing of the coming Town Hall, mobilized on short notice to appear there, joined by WESPAC (the Westchester Peace Action Coalition), Adalah-NY and Jews Say No!

In order to go to a Gillibrand Town Hall, one must RSVP.  She also uses a lottery system for questions.  Each cost-free ticket has a numbered stub which is detached and surrendered when checking in if one wishes to ask a question. All stubs go into one big bowl. Those whose numbers are selected then go to microphones in the aisles.  Gillibrand estimated the crowd in the Hostos auditorium at 600.  There were only about 12-15 questions asked in the 45 minutes allotted to questions, so the chances of being selected were not large for those in attendance interested in asking Sen. Gillibrand why a good progressive like her wanted to jail those exercising their constitutional right to political boycott.

Arriving early, Steve Siegelbaum of JVP had a chance to engage others in surrounding seats on the issue.  When one of those sitting behind Siegelbaum won the right to ask one of the first questions, he tapped Siegelbaum on the shoulder and handed him his ticket, saying I like what you had to say just now.  Siegelbaum made the most of his opportunity.  His statement and Gillibrands response is transcribed below.



Australian Fitness Instructor Makes $1 Million from $2K "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A man from Melbourne has recently made headlines after investing $2,000 in Ethereum and discovering a return of over $1 mln.

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Australian Fitness Instructor Makes $1 Million from $2K "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A man from Melbourne has recently made headlines after investing $2,000 in Ethereum and discovering a return of over $1 mln.

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Who Are Indias Urban Poor? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Gayatri Jayaramans Who me, Poor? How Indias Youth is Living in Urban Poverty to Make it Big fails to understand that the difference between the urban poor she talks of and the real urban poor is that the former have a choice.

Gayatri Jayaraman's book Who me, poor

Gayatri Jayaramans Who me, Poor? talks of the pressures the urban youth face to live a certain way. Credit: Pixabay

Gayatri Jayaraman has written about a set of young people, mostly in their mid-20s, who move cities in pursuit of a better life. We know these people. We may have even been these people constantly trying to juggle the challenges of rent, figuring out food, spending far too much on socialising for fear that they may be left out or not leave a good impression.

Those transitioning from small towns face even greater difficulties because they have to first understand the big city game. Or as one person in Jayaramans book tells us, they dont even know what a cappuccino is.

It is easy to understand the fears of a young person, out with their cool office crowd, not knowing the answer to whether they want a cappuccino or a latte. It is also interesting to read about their concerns and get a glimpse into the minds of millennials. In that way, Who Me, Poor? is readable.

The problems of the book are real and need to be highlighted. Our brightest young minds are under tremendous pressure, created by corporates selling them a skewed concept of an ideal life. I con...

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Truth of Ukraine War Revealed: Watchdog Media Releases Timeline Video of Ukrainian War From Euromaidan to MH-17 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On the three year commemoration of the tragic shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17, Brisbane, Australia based Watchdog Media has released the most thorough and accurate chronological portrayal of events occurring between the start of Ukraines Euromaidan in November 2013


UNHCR Says Australia Backtracked on Asylum Seeker Deal "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A protester holds a placard in Sydney, Australia, February 4, 2017 during one of several rallies across Australia condemning U.S. President Donald Trump's order temporarily barring refugees and nationals from seven countries and demanding an end to Australia's offshore detention of asylum seekers. Credit: Reuters/David Gray

A protester holds a placard in Sydney, Australia, February 4, 2017 during one of several rallies across Australia condemning US President Donald Trumps order temporarily barring refugees and nationals from seven countries and demanding an end to Australias offshore detention...



Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE MANUS HUMAN RIGHTS TRASHED AS REFUGEES FORCED TO MOVE Charlie Compound, where ten Rohingya, Pakistani and Afghan refugees have been living for a month has been demolished after power and water was cut off and the refugees were evicted by PNG police and immigration officials last week. (Photos attached.) The(...)


New Species of Flower Found in the Daintree Rainforest "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

from Australian Geographic

A NEW FLOWER, Geosiris australiensis, was discovered by amateur botanists Tim Hawkes and Tony de Groot in the Daintree Rainforest.

Geosiris australiensis was native to the Gondwana Rainforests the ancient super continent that formed 250 million years ago, before the land mass then broke up into the continents we know today.

Botanists say that the new discovery demonstrates how little we know about the ancient rainforest, situated in the north east coast of Queensland.

The Daintree is living up to its name of being a very, very old piece of rainforest, Bruce Gray, a researcher from the Australian Tropical Herbarium, who formally identified the flower as a new species, told the Cairns Post.

Obviously these flowers were growing here a long time ago, before the separation of the continents.

Amateurs, Tim and Tony discovered Geosiris australiensis after catching the flowers white petals peaking above the leaf litter at Cooper Creek.

We were looking for another plant, which myself and a friend found in Mossman Gorge a year earlier, Tim explained.

We were looking at other potential spots where this plant could be, so decided to go up into the rainforest, to see whether it was on the other side of the Daintree River.

We found this plant, which is virtually a stem and nothing else, which...


Plans to privatise Lindeman Island National Park land, Chinese developers to build accommodation exclusive for wealthy tourist "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

NEARLY 37 hectares of Lindeman Island National Park will be privatised if the recommendations of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released this afternoon are approved.

The EIS details plans to privatise Lindeman Island National Park and place it in the hands of Chinese company, Whitehorse Developments, which will create exclusive accommodation for wealthy tourists.

The EIS says that 9.5 of the 37 hectares on the western coastline will be used for an upmarket commercial camping facility or "glamping structures.

This area is part of the existing national park.

Lindeman Island National Park has a history of privatisation proposals dating back to the corrupt Bjelke-Petersen Government's attempt to sell it off to private interests in 1986.

According to Mackay Conservation Group (MCG), Mackay locals stood up against that privatisation proposal back in those days, and believe they will again in this matter.
"National parks are established because they possess exceptional scientific, heritage, ecological and recreational values, A MCG spokesperson said.

An Artist's impression of the redeveloped Lindeman Island resort.

"There is no higher land use than national park.
"It makes no sense to sell off the heritage of future generations of Queenslanders in order to gain a few dollars today.
The group set up a petition on their website addressed to the Queensland Premier and Environment Minister, stating they want Lindeman Island retained as a National Park.
Mackay Conservation Group and conservation organisations across Queensland first started campaigning for Lindeman Island to be protected from privatisation in the 1980s.
In March 1986 a huge community meeting packed the Uniting Church hall in Macalister St to overflowing demand that the national park not be revoked for an earlier tourism proposal.

A map of the planned developments on Lindeman Island.

It was clear at the time that the community wanted the whole island to be retained as national park and that selling of the park to private developers was not in the interest of the community of Queensland.
The MCG said the current proposal is yet another attempt by private interests to erode the values of Queensland's national parks.
"It is also another attempt to benefit financially from land that has been set aside for all future generations to....


Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - Both United States Air Force (USAF) Special Operations Squadron Lockheed MC-130J Hercules Depart Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

After being based at Rockhampton Airport during joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17), the two remaining United States Air Force (USAF) Special Operations Squadron Lockheed MC-130J Hercules transport aircraft were both noted departing for Guam on Friday 21 July.

File photo

In all there were three of the MC-130J aircraft that were deployed to Rocky and on Friday, 13-5775 was noted departing as "Spock 43" while 12-5761 was noted departing as "Spock 42".  The other USAF MC-130J that spent some time at Rockhampton Airport during TS17 was 13-5777.

All three Hercs completed several sorties from and back to Rockhampton Airport.  It is believed they also completed parachute drops of troops within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

Designated as a MC-130J Commando II, all three Hercs are flown by the 17th Special Operations Squadron (17 SOS) which is part of the 353rd Special Operations Group at Kadena Air Base in Japan.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  


Is Xanax Really the Bad Guy? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, Juliet proclaimed. However, if Juliet had been born today she might have said, Xanax by any other name is still Xanax. This concept, unfortunately, seems to elude legislators, the media and medical professionals alike. All the buzz these days seems to be about Xanax (alprazolam). Havent you heard about all the college students abusing Xanax? Isnt it terrible how often Xanax is involved in all those overdose deaths? Some places are even taking legislative action against Xanax. In Alabama, for instance, the board of Medical Examiners has requested to have Xanax changed from a Schedule IV controlled substance to a Schedule II, alongside such substances as Morphine, Fentanyl and Adderall.  

Why does Xanax get all the glory? Is it because Xanax is more dangerous and addictive than its fellow benzodiazepines Ativan (lorazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam), etc? There doesnt seem to be any scientific evidence to support the idea. Perhaps its simply because Xanax is prescribed more frequently than its lesser known counterparts. This may be due in part to doctor preference or due to the short half life of Xanax which requires more frequent dosing. It could also be due to the celebrity of the drug itself. I challenge you to watch the latest blockbuster film or reality TV show without hearing some reference to Xanax or Xannies.  Even daytime TV darling Kelly Ripa glibly announced that she took half a Xanax to help her deliver her acceptance speech at the GLAAD Awards, a statement which was was met with raucous applause by the audience.   

While any effort to generate awareness and potentially curb the benzodiazepine epidemic is commendable, we have to ask ourselves, is Xanax just the scapegoat in this situation? Will legislative action and media attention for only one benzodiazepine out of so many make any difference?

If we look at the history of this problem, we see that the answer to that question is a resounding NO. Remember Valium? Mothers little helper (as it was endearingly termed by the Rolling Stones) was once the most prescribed drug in the US with more than 2.3 billion pill...


Australian Fitness Instructor Makes $1 Million from $2K "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A man from Melbourne has recently made headlines after investing $2,000 in Ethereum and discovering a return of over $1 mln.


Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - US Navy Lockheed KC-130T Hercules 163591 and Boeing C-40A Clipper (B737-7AFC) 166693 Both Call into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A couple of nice United States Navy (USN) aircraft were spotted arriving and departing at Rockhampton Airport on Friday 21 July in association with joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17).

Initially touching down from the South was Lockheed KC-130T Hercules (L-382) 163591.

The Hercules - serial 163591 - coded RU-591 - is of the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 55 (VR-55) 'Minutemen'.  After a short time on the ground, it departed to Guam.  163591 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Convoy 7361".

The other nice US Navy aircraft to arrive into Rockhampton Airport later on Friday 21 July was Boeing C-40A Clipper (B737-7AFC) 166693 / 693.  It was the second visit of this aircraft into Rocky during Talisman Saber 2017, however on this occasion, its exact movements are not fully known.



Coming Soon: Special Cobra and Corey Goode Joint Interview Submit Your Questions! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Coming Soon: Special Cobra and Corey Goode Joint Interview Submit Your Questions!

By Lynn (AKA Angel Eyes ~**~)

This is a shout out to all readers/listeners of our Cobra interviews. I will be joined by Justin Deschamps as co-host of this special interview. Prepare For Change is joining forces with Corey Goode and Justin Deschampsto promote a special meditation to be held on the day of the eclipse: August 21st, 2017.

For the next 4 days onlyI am seeking questions on meditation and other topics of interest appropriate for this joint interview. This is our chance to advance as a united people, to stand in solidarity for a common cause. We are all desiring a new society, free of debt slavery, where people can follow the path of the heart, be engaged in work that is joyful and fulfilling. Now is our chance to join with a larger community to create what it is we desire. It is through peaceful means, that we will overtake the dark and create our new society. It is by love that we will win.

Corey Goode will be answering questions alongside of Cobra. They each come from a different experience but the goal is the same: to create unity in the community. Please submit meditation oriented questions and other topics appropriate for this special interview. The days for these questions are July 22nd through 25th.

Please place these questions on the normal Cobra Questions link of the website:

Please use the Cobra Interview FAQ page under meditation to check that your question has not been already answered:


The Fight is on in Ireland "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Fight is on in Ireland Autism/special ed numbers are exploding in Irish schools. Costs are enormous. Officials are scrambling for answers, but what theyre telling us is the same old, same old. Good luck with that. Reporter Carl OBrien,...


MACKAY Charges follow licensed venue assault, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY July 24, 2017 at 04:22PM ,

Charges follow licensed venue assault, Mackay

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Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 05-5147 Touches Down at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

But it wasn't only the helicopters that were the highlights during a great day of military aircraft action on Thursday 20 July as arriving into Rockhampton Airport just as the sun was setting was the welcome sight of United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 05-5147.  The massive transport aircraft touched down from the North as "Trek 951" and soon after was parked on Gate 6 on the Southern end of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron where it was promptly unloaded.


Better and different! Transforming food systems through agroecology "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

For over half a century the struggle against poverty has been a focus of global rhetoric. Rarely, however, do people ask the most important question: Who is going to fight poverty? The World Bank and many governments have their answer: outside experts, donors and corporations will alleviate poverty. This perspective more or less reduces the struggle against poverty to an investment programme. Civil society organisations and social movements, in contrast, have a very different answer. In their view, the poor need to free themselves from poverty. This will require broadening their scope for action and strengthening their rights, and involves a programme of empowerment aimed at both more encompassing as well as piecemeal shifts in the balance of power. The poor are not needy recipients of aid; they only have their hands bound.

This is where the concept of agroecology, the focus of this brochure, plays in.


Father John Misty has already got a new album in the works "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Father John Mistys Australian visit isnt even over yet, but in addition to stunning crowds at Splendour In The Grass, in Sydney, and in Melbourne tonight, hes managed to drop some bombshell news that hes got a new album coming out next year, and hes even mixing it as soon as next week.

During his show at Sydneys Metro Theatre last night, Father John Misty responded to an audience member who asked when his next record was coming out. Whens my next album? Next year, Misty responded to the fan. Im mixing it next week. Its called Pure Comedy 2.

While were pretty certain that the title is a joke, this is still pretty exciting news. Considering that Father John Misty, whose real name is Josh Tillman, released his most recent record, Pure Comedy, back in April, this would be a remarkable turnaround for the prolific indie rocker. While hes already hinted at a return tour, lets hope hell be bringing some tunes from Pure Comedy 2 along with him.

Check out a video of the exchange below.


Zero G - 17 July 2017 Episode 1143 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ZERO-G #1143

Title: Bye

Podcast Title:
Podder-Man For A Six 1143

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Director Jon Watts hits Spider-Man: Homecoming for a solid six, we linger all too briefly over Dunkirk because we had to dogfight Nazis over the Channel, and farewell genre Maestro George A. Romero.

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST


More resources needed to combat the hepatitis epidemic within Victorias diverse communities "IndyWatch Feed Vic"




Monday July 24, 2017


The strategy to eliminate hepatitis by 2030 was declared at todays summit Diverse communities and the hepatitis challenge towards elimination presented in partnership by Hepatitis Victoria and Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV). The chair of ECCV, Mr. Eddie Micallef proposed that as there is a disproportionately higher rate of infections of hepatitis within culturally diverse communities, we therefore should have disproportionately higher resources.

The need to raise awareness resonated through todays summit. ECCV believes community members can increase awareness by simply starting a conversation with your communities. We urge leaders to increase community awareness on issues relating to healthcare including growing awareness about how the Victorians healthcare system works. ECCV encourages Victorians to have a hepatitis check; it is free under the Medicare scheme.

We need a healthcare system that supports health literacy. Specialised resources that are culturally responsive, target ethnic communities and focus on eliminating hepatitis infection rates within Victoria and Australia is essential in saving lives, says Eddie Micallef, ECCV Chair. 

Victoria is the most ethnically diverse state within Australia, which is the most ethnically country within the world, ECCV believes the Victorian healthcare system should have adequate supports in place to deliver culturally responsive health care.

 The ability to access health services and information is vital for culturally diverse consumers to live a high quality of life. However, low English proficiency, and lower levels of health literacy within multicultural communities lead to poorer health outcomes, more hospitalisations and other inequalities.  Mr. Micallef says in ECCV discussion paper, Our Stories, Our Voices: Culturally diverse consumer perspectives on the role of accredited interpreters in Victorias health services.

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, ECCV Communications & Media Officer via


Pastor John MacArthur Stuns With Answer To Gays Getting Into Heaven "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I am generally loath to dive into this topic as you may imagine.  However i do want to share one very important assertion.  It is that we shed all sexuality upon returning to the other side as spirit. This means that everything about sexuality is a construct of our physical existence and may have little spiritual import except in how we conduct ourselves towards others.

What still makes the whole topic problematic is simply the libertine aspect of much of our sexual culture.  Homosexual bathhouses do not represent the majority of homosexual sharing just as wife swapping clubs do not represent the majority of male female sexuality either.

There is probably something seriously flawed in these excessive expressions of human sexuality and what is happening out there is really an experiment whose outcome needs to be better quantified.

I do suspect that we need to correctly re-engineer out sexual culture in its entirety as what we have is way too susceptible to throwing off deviants.  We surely can do better, particularly through puberty and the first decade of sexual maturation after which it barely matters.

Pastor John MacArthur Stuns With Answer To Gays Getting Into Heaven

JULY 06, 2017


Coral: Art, Science, Life "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jenny Pollak, 1 Degree of Separation, 2011, courtesy the artist and the Macleay Museum, Sydney

Jenny Pollak, 1 Degree of Separation, 2011, courtesy the artist

Art Mondays Jane Raffan delves into the fascinating and fragile world of coral in interviews with the Macleay Museums Dr Jude Philp, centred on an exhibition called Coral: Art, Science, Life.

In Coral: art, four artists exhibit works that explore our relationship with this fragile waterscape.

In Coral: science, the work of four University scientists demonstrates the importance of research for understanding the reefs and their future.

In Coral: life, two schools in the Torres Strait share their vision of living on the reefs of the Coral Sea.

Interview I

Interview II

Interview III

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TAS Hobart man on car theft charges "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 10:39 am.

Hobart man on $300,000 car theft charges.

A 24-year-old Hobart man will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court today charged with 12 motor vehicle theft offences.

The vehicles were stolen from the Greater Hobart area.

This is in addition to eight existing charges of motor vehicle theft against him that are currently before the courts.

The combined value of the vehicles he is charged with stealing is more than $300,000.

The arrest is as a result of Operation Branch which has been ongoing since January 2014.

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TAS More trafficking charges "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tuesday, 5 May 2015 4:34 pm.


As part of an ongoing operation into the distribution of methylamphetamine in the Hobart area, members from Southern Drug Investigation Services have today arrested and charged a 28 year old woman from Mornington with trafficking a controlled substance. This follows the arrest of two men from Rokeby on the 30th of April 2015.

As part of the arrest, search warrants were executed on two residences in Mornington and a business in Risdon Vale.

The woman will appear in an out of hours court later tonight.

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TAS Drug Trafficking Charges "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Friday, 1 May 2015 11:26 am.

On Thursday 30 April 2015 members of Tasmania Police Southern Drug Investigation Services arrested and charged a 42 year old man and a 25 year old man, both from Rokeby with trafficking in a controlled substance.

The arrests followed a targeted police operation into the distribution of crystal methylamphetamine (ICE) and cocaine.

Ice with an approximate street value of $155 000 and cocaine with an approximate street value of $65 000 was recovered following the arrests and searches of two private residences in Rokeby and Sandy Bay and a licenced premises in Hobart.

A 60 year old man from Sandy Bay was also charged in relation to the possession, use and sale of a controlled drug and was bailed to appear in court at a later date.

Detective Inspector Jason Elmer of Southern Drug Investigation Services stated, Illicit drugs, particularly ICE, have a significant impact upon the community and these latest arrests demonstrate that Tasmania Police will continue to dedicate resources to investigate and bring those responsible for the manufacture or distribution of illicit drugs before the courts.

The men charged with trafficking will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court on Friday 1 May 2015.

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China A Different Central Bank Altogether "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I believe you once said at your conference that you were surprised when you were asked to fly to Beijing to meet with the central bank because you were not an academic, but a trader. I think you said when you got there they were traders working in the bank, not academics. Did I recall that story correctly?

ANSWER: Yes. The central bank had sent staff to work on trading desks around the world in Tokyo, New York, and London. They then returned to run the bank. When the 1997 Asian Currency Crisis hit, I was very surprised that they asked me to come and not some academic. When I got there, I discovered that they were traders and we spoke the same language.

When I returned to the States, people I knew in the Fed and in Treasury called to ask me my opinion after these meetings with the Chinese government. I responded: It was great. They only hired people with experience!

I understand so many people think China does whatever I say. I think the real story is they may take what I say, but they see it through the eyes of a trader rather than an academic. Hence, they adopt it quickly but never blindly. They have a good nose for trends themselves.


Does CNN Really Have the Right to Freedom of Speech? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I read your article on CNN imposing a fiduciary duty upon the directors as a public corporation. I tried to search if corporations truly have constitutional rights. It seems that there is a conflict on that subject and they may not have such rights at the end of the day. Would you care to explain this matter?

Thank you for your financial and legal expertise.


ANSWER: You are correct. There is a tremendous conflict of laws when it comes to constitutional rights and corporations. My own case of contempt illustrated that conflict. I was never actually held in contempt P E R S O N A L L Y. I the individual was never held for 7 years. It was only the corporate officer since the Supreme Court deemed in 1988 that the 5th Amendment Privilege does not apply to corporate officers. Braswell v United States 487 US 99 (1988)  held The custodian of corporate records may not resist a subpoena for such records on the ground that the act of production will incriminate him in violation of the Fifth Amendment.

Then you have the decision in Citizens United, where the Supreme Courts 2010 ruling allowed unlimited corporate and union spending on political issues under the First Amendment. Corporations have the right to enter into contracts with other parties and to sue or be sued in court in the same manner as individuals. Yet there is a great deal of conflict of laws regarding various rights. Chief Justice Roberts wrote in Riley v. California (1914)  that Corporations cannot be arrested and do not have bodies to be searched under the Fourth Amendment.

Arthur Andersen used to be one of the big five accounting firms. The government criminally charged it and put the firm out of business back in 2002 when companies were not too big to prosecute.  In 2002, the firm voluntarily surrendered its licenses to practice as Certified Public Accounta...


100th Anniversary of the 1917 Great Strike: Civil Disobedience and Unity "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Stonemason's Banner Celebrating the 8 Hour Day Victory (depicting the AGNSW, left, and the Sydney Uni edifice, right), courtesy Sydney Trades Hall.

Stonemasons Banner Celebrating the 8 Hour Day Victory (depicting the AGNSW, left, and the Sydney Uni edifice, right), courtesy Sydney Trades Hall.

2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Great Strike. Are you looking forward to the next public holiday coming up? Do you know why we celebrate a Labour Day public holiday? Arts Mondays Jane Raffan takes us on a potted history of Australias union movement 1850-1950 with Neale Towart, Heritage Officer for Sydney Trades Hall and Research Librarian for Unions NSW.

Jane and Neale discuss the cache of union banners cared for by Trades Hall and their place in the history of the union movement in Australia. That history won us the 8 hr day, the 40 hr week, holiday leave, long service leave and equal pay. And much more.

Join Jane and Neale for a look at some of the achievements of various unions leading up to the Cold War period and the symbolism in the banners, which have a long history themselves, and which were the subject of an exhibition and publication by Sydneys Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (now the Powerhouse Museum) in 1985, Badges of Honour, Banners of Pride.

Interview I

Interview II

Program blog: A program looking at Unity and Civil Disobedience: Workers Rights and Union Banners

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Life in Sydneys 2011 Postcode: Warren Faheys The Good Old Bad Old Days "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Snip20170717_6Arts Mondays Jane Raffan interviews Warren Fahely, AM, about his new social history of Sydneys vibrant 2011 postcode encompassing Potts Point, Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross, Rushcutters Bay and Elizabeth Bay.

Warren Fahey, AM, is a cultural historian, collector and performer of historic songs and stories, founder of Larrikin Records and Paddingtons beloved Folkways Music, and author of 30 plus books.

The Good Old Bad Old Days canvasses life in 2011 from colonial times through to contemporary times, and reveals the high life, the low life, and the very low life common to all precincts. Faheys ramble shows how the inner-east has been an entertainment destination for well over one -hundred years.

Interview I

Interview II

Interview III

Program blog:

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Mayor Claar tries to replace Trustee Jaskiewicz with an android (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Did Mayor Roger Claar offer to replace Trustee Robert Jaskiewicz with an android?  Some sources say yes.


Sure weve all heard the phrase, Rogers robots, said one of the sources.  But I never thought they were real until now.

The sources agree that Claar was upset after Jaskiewicz gave a speech criticizing Claar for refusing to put two items on the meeting agenda.  After the meeting had adjourned, Claar brought Jaskiewicz into his office.  Most of the sources said that Claar talked about the rumors that his trustees are androids.

According to the sources, Claar said the following:

You know residents have called my trustees robots, and the Babbler has reported on my android factory.  Theyre not telling the whole truth.  All of them are humans.  They have histories you can confirm.  The reality is that my trustees dont attend the meetings.  Their android doubles do.  Its a great arrangement.  They can spend more time with their families- and I get trustees who will always vote yes, and give public service announcements.  It also reduces meeting times, which save on our electric bills.

Next, Claar reportedly made an offer to Jaskiewicz:  Due to complicated agreements between the New World Order and the Illuminati, I cant remove you and replace you with an android.  But I can ask you to have an android sit in for you at the village board meetings.  Think about it.  Do you want to be bored at our meetings, or do you want to be home with your family?  Ill even let you decide which announcements it will make at the end of the meeting.

Jaskiewicz allegedly replied, The New World Order and the residents elected me so I could stand up to you.  Youre not going to replace me with one of your robots.

Claar allegedly answered, Then I vow to bore you to death so I will be able to replace a foe with a resident!

Jaskiewicz did not reply before the deadline.

A receptionist for Claar replied that he was busy with intern Charlene, and could not be disturbed.

In the background, a man who sounded like Claar said, So Charlene, I hear youre organizing an Internet counter-attack against Bob.

Yes.  Ive already written the viral articles.  What do you think of these headlines?  Based Mayor bashes bumbling trustee.  Awesome mayor destroys anarchist trustee. Smart mayor shreds stupid opponent. Why wont the liberal media report this?

I just adjourned the meeting after he ranted.  I didnt reply.

The article will mention that, but its the headline that counts.  No one reads the articles...


In the Footsteps of Rome: Is Renewal Possible? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Once the shared memories of these values are lost, the Empire ceases to exist; there is nothing left to reform or renew. Is renewal / recovery from systemic decline possible? The history of the Roman Empire is a potentially insightful place to start looking for answers. As long-time readers know, I've been studying both the Western and Eastern (Byzantine) Roman Empires over the past few years.


What I am planting this week 24th July. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Golden Shallots

Whilst we have had some cool morning in the past week, the days have been quite warm.
This type of weather always lulls me into a false sense of security and I start wanting to plant some warm season crops such as beans and carrots- but the ground is still too cold for these to germinate so I have to be patient.

I will be putting in a small patch of rocket and coriander this week to maintain my continual supply as well as a few Cos lettuce seedlings.

I also came across a bag of golden shallots from last seasons harvest that I did not realise were still in storage. I will use probably half in the kitchen but plant the rest.

They have become a staple in my kitchen as I love their subtle taste in cooking. This means I am using them more and more so need to plant plenty so I have enough to see me through the year.

They really should have been planted in June but I will put them in and see how they go. They will grow alright but the resulting bulbs may be a bit small. This is not a problem as any small ones I either keep for planting out next year or pickle them. They are quite delicious pickled, somewhat milder than onions, and fabulous with a ploughmans lunch or mezzie platter.

So if you can find some to plant, either from a nursery or a green grocer, why not pop some in. They love the same conditions as onions and require very little care.

Happy Gardening Kathy


We are hiring would you like to be part of the team? "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Quit Coal collective has successfully campaigned with local community groups to secure a total ban on unconventional gas mining, like fracking, in Victoria. We have also helped fight off new coal mines in Bacchus Marsh and Mirboo North and worked as part of a coalition to stop a new coal-fired power station being built []

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A delicous Spinach Salad "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

After picking a bunch of English spinach the other day I was looking for a new recipe to use it in and came across this recipe from Ocean Spray.

It looked stunning was easy to put together so why not.

As I rummaged through my cupboards and realised I did not have all the ingredients I improvised and came up with the following- my variations in italics.

8 ounces fresh spinach-my leaves were quite large and while they tasted great I think it would be better with baby spinach leaves. I also added a couple of hand full of herbs Rocket Coriander and a little mint.
1/2 cup feta or goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced-omitted this simply because I did not have one in the house
1/2 cup Craisins Original Dried Cranberries- Didnt have just craisin but used a couple of little snack packs of cranberries, blueberries and gogi berries
2 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds, optional- omitted these and used toasted pine nuts instead

1/2 cup bottled balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest, optional
Wash and clean spinach. Tear into bite size pieces and place in a serving bowl. Add half of the feta or goat cheese and onion; toss to combine.

Combine dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Top with dried cranberries and almonds. Serve immediately.

The finished product was delicious and looking at the ingredient now I realise how healthy it is so I am sure it will become a go to dish from now on, as I often have spinach in the garden.

Why not try it, even if you do not have spinach growing at the moment, just remember to try and source organic spinach as it is on the list of the top 12 chemically contaminated vegetables so you need to be a bit wary of shop bought stuff.

Then if it is something you like it will motivate you to pop some seed in so you will have your own supply.

Let me know if you make it and if you made any variations and if they worked.

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Happy Gardening Kathy


John Grimes on South Australias energy storage revolution "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

SAs energy revolution what it means for Australia 23 Jul 2017 The energy storage revolution has arrived with a bang. The recent announcement by the South Australian government that it will partner with Elon Musks Tesla to build the worlds biggest lithium-ion battery was a lightning bolt moment with profound implications for regional communities. The 100MW battery will provide stability for a wind farm, and emergency backup power. It will also provide badly needed jobs for regional towns in construction, operation and maintenance, as well as tourism from those flocking to see this technological wonder.

This project marks just the beginning. Both Victoria and Queensland are planning similar large-scale battery projects, and storage is also being rolled out in homes, businesses and regional communities across the country.

Australia has the highest rate of household solar use in the world, so it makes sense that families would look to batteries to store excess electricity (created during the day) to be used when they need it most (when returning home from work or school).

Around 20,000 families have solar batteries now, but as prices keep plummeting its not unreasonable to expect 500,000 Australians will have them by 2020....

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Culture Guide July 24 30: The Public Body 0.2, Two-Up + Iraqi Short Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Reachtel: It's All About Lyons "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Mercury ReachTEL Lib 43 ALP 32.9 Green 13.4 Other 10.7 (after redistributing "undecided")
Interpretation Lib 43 ALP 36.7 Green 10.7 Other 9.8
Most likely result right now based on this poll would be hung parliament (12-10-3) closely followed by narrow Liberal majority (13-10-2)
New aggregate of all polling: Liberal majority (13-10-2) with hung parliament (12-10-3) next most likely.

A Mercury ReachTEL of state voting intention is now out with a sample size of a whopping 2817 voters.  My initial comments on it will be very brief because I am playing in a chess tournament this weekend and also so that the Mercury get good commercial value for their polling data, which I expect can be found in full in the Sunday Tasmanian.  More detailed comments may be posted on Sunday night.  There was also a commissioned poll of Lyons this week - see Fishy Prospects In The Seat Of Lyons.

This new poll again presents a story that I have repeated so many times in state polling coverage over the last two years that presumably something entirely different will happen and it will all be wrong!  The overall picture of polling for some time has shown the Hodgman Government's majority hanging by a thread, given the virtually certain loss of a seat in Braddon and the likely loss of another in Franklin.  With the Greens struggling to hold their seat in Bass, the key question then is whether the Greens (or somebody) can knock off one of the three Liberal MPs in Lyons.  If that happens the majority goes, and it could be that the government goes with it.  There are a number of possible fourth-party/independent wildcards, but at this stage none of them are known to have their acts together.

Polling is consistently showing the Greens are ahead of the Liberals on raw quotas in the race for the last seat in Lyons, but that they are short of a quota themselves. On the raw numbers in this poll the Greens would win in Lyons anyway, but ReachTEL polling in Tasmania has typically had the Greens too high and Labor too low.  If this is the case again, the Green vote drops to the point where it is possible for three Liberals to beat them if the votes for the three main Liberal contenders are evenly spread.  As a typical example, suppose the Greens have 0.7 quotas and the Liberals have 2.4.  It seems the Greens would win easily, but if this Liberal vote ends up spread between three Liberals with, say, 0.85, 0.8 and 0.75 quotas each (after the preferences of their minor candidates), then the three Liberals win.  This is because Hare-Clark is about candidates not parties.

In this particular poll, the Liberals would really have to be lucky to get an even enough spread.  In theory given the house effect of.....


BATR: None Dare Call It Conspiracy! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

None Dare Call It Conspiracy!

"The Carl Sandburgs of the future will spend whole lifetimes trying to analyze the drama of this week and this scene. What it all comes down to - after the assassination of a president, the wounding of a governor, the slaying of a policeman, and the killing of a man nobody really knew - is little Jack Ruby." - Syndicated columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, February 1964

When Info Babes are all the rage, two that had the most, are not around to tell their tale. You don't have to swallow those stories of UFO's to know that Dorothy Kilgallen knew more than us. And who would question that Marilyn Monroe, had the inside track on the men from the top. So why should we reminisce upon their untimely demise, when we have such fond memories?

The Lie That Linked CIA to the Kennedy Assassination by Max Holland

Well, the CIA has on their site an account by Max Hollard that argues that Oliver Stone was reading from the disinformation file. Whether you agree with Mark Lane or accept the Warren Commission is strictly up to you. Consider what is known and draw your own conclusions, but there is one conclusion we all can agree upon, the country changed forever after the JFK assassination.

The significance of the Stone film, JFK, is demonstrated by the assault that the established order heaped upon his portrayal. Believe it or reject it, but investigate the questions that have never been answered. If logic has meaning, have Arlene Spector explain that magic bullet again. That 'Man X' was real - his name, colonel Fletcher Prouty, a true 'black bag' magician.

Oliver Stone Discusses His Film JFK and Introduces the Real "Man X"

But the more important aspect, questions the consequences if you believe that your government was involved with a coup d'etat that killed an American president. The reason it is so important to tar that ultimate kook mark, a 'conspiracy theorist', on anyone who approaches this topic is self evident. Silence works - dead women tell no tales.

Author Lee Israel is often quoted about the tragic death of Kilgallen. From her jailhouse interview with Jack Ruby, she learned that he was friends with the slain policeman, J.D. Tippit. Wonder why Dan Rather didn't report this little tidbit on the nightly news? That's right, he didn't get that job until years later . . . As she prepared to release the details that were going to break the whole JFK assassination mystery wide open, Dorothy was found dead.

When Norma Jeane left the scene, both Kennedy boys sighed a feeling of relief. "What did she know and when did she know it", doesn't apply any longer. But we have a different question to ask on the passi...


Monster festival Ultra has locked in its first Aussie date and venue "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ultra festival had already made its plans to return to Australia pretty clear earlier this year, but now weve got a confirmed venue and date for the mega-fests first local run.

As part of the Ultra Worldwide Expansion, Australia will be scoring new events from the Ultra team as soon as next year, starting with the single-stage one-dayer The Road to Ultra: Australia coming to Melbournes Sidney Myer Music Bowl on February 24.

Well then see a move to a full-blown multi-day Ultra: Australia across Melbourne and Sydney in 2019, and while lineups are yet to be announced, well be expecting some big names from one of the worlds largest music festivals.

Over the past few years, Ultra Worldwide has ventured to many locations across the globe, organisers say. We are thrilled to announce that Ultra Worldwide will now be expanding to Ibiza, China, India, and Australia!

The lack of a truly massive EDM event since the cancellation of Stereosonic several years back has left a gaping void in Australias festival landscape, but with Ultra on the way as well as the Deadmau5-headlined Sensation festival, were suddenly looking flush for large-scale festival events next year.


Delusional podcasters delve in natural climate solutions "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On 19 July 2017 in The Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse, we delve in natural and agricultural solutions to the climate change crisis. We have our regenerative studio phone lined up to Verity Morgan-Schmidt, the newly appointed CEO of Australian Farmers for Climate Action, and to natural sequence farming expert Peter Andrews.

We also talk farming solutions with Alan Broughton, a biological agriculture researcher and teacher, who has worked with Queensland beef producer Elena Garcia on writing the book Sustainable Agriculture Versus Corporate Greed.

Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 178 on 94.7 The Pulse:



Car makers refitting dodgy airbags: Choice "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Australian drivers could be sitting behind the wheel of ticking time bombs after car makers were found to be refitting vehicles with the same brand of potentially faulty airbags at the centre of a global recall.

Consumer watchdog Choice says Toyota, Mazda, Lexus, BMW and Subaru have been refitting recalled vehicles with Takata airbags the same brand linked to 18 deaths worldwide.

With 2.3 million vehicles in Australia requiring their potentially lethal Takata airbags to be replaced, its clear the car companies are under pressure to fulfil their obligations under Australian consumer law, Choice spokesperson Tom Godfrey said on Monday.

However, refitting vehicles with the same dangerous airbags still leaves people driving ticking time bombs.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is investigating the claims made by Choice.

About 100 million vehicles around the world have been recalled since 2009 amid safety concerns relating to dodgy Takata airbags, which can explode and launch metal shards that can puncture peoples eyes, face, neck, and chest.

More than 2.3 million vehicles in Australia were subject to the recall, with 850,000 already having had their airbags replaced.

A 58-year-old man who died in a crash in Sydney last Friday is suspected to be the 18th person to have lost their life as a result of a dodgy Takata airbag after he was struck in the neck by a small fragment.

A 21-year-old woman also suffered serious injuries when a faulty Takata airbag didnt deploy properly during a crash in Darwin in April.

Choice discovered car makers were refitting Takata airbags in recalled vehicles after questioning 14 manufacturers in Australia.

Many confirmed that a percentage of the vehicles were refitted with like-for-like repla...


Live Jazz Events in Sydney (this week) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Monday, 24 July 2017

Jazz & Latin Open Mic Jam hosted by Rinske: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, contact Host)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, SURRY HILLS (8.30pm, 0419-294755)

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Come & see our live event in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Money for Life Workshop

As noted earlier in the year, I'm only presenting at two live events in 2017.

For details of your last chance to see me, see here (or click the image below).

This high quality event features five experts in their respective fields combining their knowledge, skills, and experience, to deliver a powerful one-day workshop. 

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"I Pity You, Too..." "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"Said a philosopher to a street sweeper, I pity you. Yours is a hard and dirty task. And the street sweeper said, Thank you, sir. But tell me, what is your task? And the philosopher answered saying, I study man's mind, his deeds and his desires. Then the street sweeper went on with his sweeping and said with a smile, I pity you, too.
- Kahlil Gibran


Melbourne could begin to run short of water by 2028 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Contributed from Victoria

According to a Fairfax report (Adam Carey The Age 23 July 2017), Melbourne faces chronic water shortages in the next decade.

The existence of a desalination plant, even if working at full capacity will not be enough to turn the situation around.

The fault is a failure to carry out proper planning in the face of increasing demand in a fast growing city that is also facing a drier future.

It is expected that water consumption will rise by at least 75 percent over the next 40 years, as the population doubles from the present number and demand is expected to exceed supply by around 2043.

This is the scenario has been projected by the water providers, City West Water, Yarra Valley Water and South East Water.

A dry spell and the possibility of an emerging new drought has made the situation even worse. Last year water catchments were 72 percent full and have now gone down to 62 percent.

Global warming may be leading to a drier climate, as an ongoing feature of Melbournes permanent environment.

Victorias government is addressing the problem, mainly with a 155 litre campaign to limit individual consumption. It is not working and could never be sufficient on its own. A complete re-evaluation on how water is used and action to drastically reduce waste is needed.

Building new dams is not the answer, given that they would only collect from the same catchment. New water catchment would take from an already depleted environment and bring about bad environmental consequences.

Suggestions that the existing desalinisation plant be extended, or that new ones be built, miss the point that they have their own negative environmental impacts and should not be the first choice, when better alternatives exist to boost the water supply.

A large proportion of water use goes into maintaining the traditional suburban house with a large and thirsty garden. These soak up water that should be used for other purposes. Changing lifestyles, and shifting to multiple dwellings on land currently occupied by one house, is the answer.

Continuing sprawl on the fringes will further reduce the catchments.

Increasing the population density would not necessarily prevent greening of the city. But it would impose the need to carefully plan how this is done. Innovation could bring in a shift towards natives and the use of systems that recycle water, use less of it and minimise wastage.

As it stands, a great deal of the water goes down the drain.

Melbourne loses a lot of water through ru...


Queensland Trials Professional Foster Carer Program "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queensland is to trial a new professional foster carer program that hopes to improve the lives of young people with high support needs.

The program is costed at 3 million dollars, aimed at nurses and teachers and will run for 2 years as the government monitors its success.  

The professional foster carers will be paid up to sixty-five thousand a year and will also be trained in fields such as child development and counselling.


Artworks On Show in Brisbane

Brisbane colours will truly be flying this July as the city opens up its most popular public spaces in order to showcase world renowned works by local artists.


More Random Thoughts "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It's proving very difficult to focus on BBC bias at the moment. The time for posting is proving harder and harder to find, and without the time to do proper research it feels as if I'm dipping in - and I really don't like just dipping in. I like nailing things down, with hundreds and hundreds of nails and twenty varieties of hammer. I feel that only when you listen to every edition of a BBC programmes (like Mark Mardell's The World This Weekend or Dateline London) do you get to appreciate that it is possible to work out how BBC bias actually functions and, with enough time and energy, to prove it.

I've proved it (beyond doubt) to my own satisfaction and, maybe, to yours but why don't I feel that I've proved it beyond anyone's reasonable satisfaction. Why? Because I haven't systematised it enough probably. Timings for every Brexit-related segment showing the massive disparity I know there's been (on both The World This Weekend and Dateline London) between the time given for pro-Brexit voices and anti-Brexit voices would help. Listing every question put would also help. And, yes, counting interruptions would help too. As would focusing analytically on the words used. Anything else? 

Is nailing things down as tightly as possible actually necessary though? Why shouldn't just 'dipping in', saying it how you see it, be enough? Doing so might make more of an impact than timing and counting?

Answer (after blinding flash!): There's room for both. If only there were time for both. Or time for anything really.


Yolande Knell

There have been some horrible events in and around Israel in recent days. I've seen some of t...


Most Europeans Dont Believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Most Europeans Dont Believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming | climate-change | Environment Global Warming Fraud Special Interests World News

Among elitists there is a certain global consensus that seems to have been reached on the need to combat climate change. However, the jury is still out when it comes to how real human-driven global warming is and how responsibility for this alteration should be assigned.

A survey of 10,000 Europeans, published last week, shows that most of them understand  the minimal role of humans at the source of climate change.

Only 46% believe that the human hand is the main responsible for this global change, which is the explanation given by manipulated science. That is, science produced to fit the policy of global depopulation.

On the other hand, 51% believe that either the change is essentially due to a natural evolution, 8%, that it is a mixture of the two previous factors, 42%, or that the change does not exist, 1 %. The remaining 2% do not know what to answer.

The study, published in Frontiers in Marine Science, shows that only 18% of Europeans believe that global warming change is the biggest problem facing the world.

But perhaps the most interesting of their conclusions are the differences between countries and between demographic groups.

For example, Spain stands out as the country that allegedly best knows this problem: 60% of Spaniards say they know that climate change has a human origin, the highest of the ten countries surveyed. That contrasts, at the other extreme, with the 26% of Estonians.

Spanish citizens stand out for their conviction that climate change is due to human action, and their convictions to be adequately informed about climate change, their level of concern and awareness on this issue, and their willingness and support actions to address the causes of climate change, explains oceanographer Carlos Duarte, who is among the studys signatories.

The Spaniards also stand out among the citizens who trust scientists the most and among those who have less confidence in opinions about climate change from friends or relatives, he says.

However, Duarte clarifies, when deepening and asking questions about objective facts, such as rising temperature or sea leve...


Independent Artist Of The Week: Eilish Gilligan "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Eilish Gilligan

Eilish Gilligan hasnt been releasing music under her own name for long, but that hasnt stopped her from discovering how deeply devastating a lone voice and some synths can be.

Melbourne-based producer and singer-songwriter Eilish Gilligan is turning heads with her moving, synth-heavy ballads. Her music is deeply atmospheric, masterfully controlled and packed with feeling. Powerful and purposeful, her vocals remind you that the strongest emotions are best conveyed through a whisper, rather than a scream.

Having previously toured with dream pop outfit Frida and as part of Japanese Wallpapers band, Gilligan has cultivated her sonic craft over years of work. Evolving from band member to solo mode, shes already shared stages with Alex Lahey and Confidence Man.

Gilligans unique brand of warm, spectral pop continues to take shape, especially on new single The Feeling a call to stifle all-consuming emotions. Despite its title, the track doesnt refer to one feeling in particular, but to any feeling that successfully squeezes itself where it isnt wanted despondence, hopelessness, even feelings of love after you perhaps swore off the whole business.

Immerse yourself in Eilish Gilligans world, below.



WHO: Eilish Gilligan, Fake, Take Your Time & Alume
WHEN: Saturday September 2, 8:00pm
WHERE: The Gaelic Club, Surry Hills
HOW MUCH: $12 + bf, more details here


Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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New polling: Salmon governance failure bites for Hodgman. Bonham on separate poll ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

WEDNESDAY, July 26 ... Mercury: Glamorgan Spring Bay Council approves planning scheme change for Okehampton Bay foreshore TUESDAY, July 25 ... Environment Tasmania: Dont zone Tassies east coast industrial Tasmanias peak environment group will be attending the meeting of Glamorgan Spring Bay Council tonight to object to an application by salmon farming giant, Tassal, to have endangered whale calving habitat on Tasmanias east coast zoned industrial. 6000 Environment Tasmania supporters have written to Council objecting to rezoning of Environmental Management and Public Reserve land and water, to light industrial zoning with a variation to allow for industrial aquaculture operations New polling by Reachtel released today shows significant community concerns about outdated salmon farming practices and the influence of big salmon companies over the Hodgman Liberal Government in Tasmania The ReachTEL poll result is available HERE ABC: East coast mayor hoses down salmon farming as Tasmania election issue THE EXPERT Dr Kevin Bonham has today published on the implications of a separate ReachTEL poll done for Mercury ... Reachtel: Its all about Lyons Mercury: New polling reveals Labor Leader Rebecca White preferred Tasmanian premier over Will Hodgman


Investing for kids (Part 2) - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Quick recap: In Part 1, I explained why investment bonds make terrible investments for kids. Theyre the bad. Today, Im bringing you the good, but lets get ugly out of the way first.


Ludlam and Abetz: The Goose and the Gander ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Lindsay Tuffin: To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness - Oscar Wilde. To lose one Senator may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two Senators looks like carelessness - Guardian HERE. Larissa Waters announcement HERE The Guardian on the 16th of July ( HERE ) quotes the attorney general George Brandis stating that he has no sympathy for Scott Ludlam who he said had been extremely negligent when he ran for the Senate at three elections despite still being a New Zealand citizen Fairfax: Greens senator Larissa Waters resignation triggers wave of MPs declaring Australian allegiance 3AW: Derryn Hinch turns citizenship blowtorch on Liberal Senator ABC: Australian politicians born overseas jump to clarify citizenship after Waters, Ludlam bungles JOHN HAWKINS earlier articles challenging Eric Abetz ... PB in Comments: Here is the full text of Eric Abetzs statement to the Senate on 25 October 2010 in which he claims John Hawkins in Comments: Further I am willing to donate $10,000 to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery if Abetz can come up with a legal document obtained from the German Government applying for and then accepting his resignation of German citizenship in either 1992 or 1974. He has claimed possession of proof but so far no sighting. By failing as a barrister and solicitor to complete his 2010 nomination form correctly he knows it is invalid. I will double the amount if this is so and he is thrown out of Parliament on this technicality. Now editors of the Mercury and the Examiner that is a story ... Steve in Comments: With regard to Abetz, Im with John. He renounced his German nationality. How can you renounce something you dont have? If Abetz had been confident in his nationality he would have faced the challenge in court and killed it dead. The renouncing was an avoidance tactic based on a lack of confidence that the court would support his position. Had the court ruled Abetz ineligible, that would have open a very lively tin of worms; especially in light of Johns previous objections! Download John Hawkins Plea placed before the High Court in 2010 ... Final_JBH_vs_EA_10_Sep_2010.pdf FROM Bob Burtons article ( HERE ), published September 23, 2010 ... Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz is facing a High Court challenge over whether he was eligible to nominate for the 2010 election. Abetzs nomination form, which was submitted to the Australian Electoral Commission in July, has been released under the Freedom of Information Act. (Note: Abetzs home address and phone number have been blacked out by TT) Download ... Abetz_2010_nomination_form.pdf Independent Australia: Eric Abetz vs Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters: Why the s44 double standard? Why did Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters resign from Parliament over holding dual citizenship, but not Eric Abetz? Michael~John Shea...


When is an airbag not an airbag ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When it becomes a UED (unstable explosive device) Australias political leaders have seemed to ignore this information when dealing with the Takata airbag crisis. I believe both Federal and State laws and standard protocols governing explosive safety and classification have been (perhaps illegally) ignored by our most senior politicians who must have had to sanction Australias policy in dealing with this extremely dangerous crisis. Why?  BBC: Takata: Airbag-maker files for banktuptcy ABC: Driver likely killed by defective Takata airbag in Sydney crash, police say A man who died in a Sydney car crash last week was likely killed because of a defective airbag, police say. Police are linking the Takata airbag to the death of a 58-year-old man, who was driving a Honda CRV when it collided with a Toyota Celica in Cabramatta last Thursday ABC: Takata airbag recall process leaves drivers with ticking time-bombs, Choice says Marie Salvatore in Comments: Re AIRBAG RECALL my son has been telling friends and family about this problem for years people are now listening today, my self not taking it serious for a while was getting in a car with a faulty air bag but had it solved a while back, now there could be a problem as it could have been replaced with another faulty bag. We rang the car dealer Mitsubishi in Hobart today to check the type of airbag put in the car and was offered no help whats so ever after begging would they find out for me it was still to no avail in which I was very very disappointed,I then proceeded to ring another car company to find out re airbag, and could not have asked for better service ...


I am no longer a proud Australian ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Thoughts on the arms race Australia has its problems, in common with many other westernised countries, but in the larger world view I would said, until quite recently, that its still a good place to live in. Alas, no longer, not since Turnbull and Pyne stated that the government wants to help Australia to become a world player in the arms trade and a net exporter of arms


Deterioration in public psychiatry "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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The Killing Fields: How We Failed Elijah Doughty, And Countless Others "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Its official. Mowing down a 14-year-old boy is worth three years in jail. Almost. Chris Graham looks at the outcome in the trial of the man who killed Elijah Doughty, and the litany of justice system failures that preceded it. And a warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers, this story contains images of persons who are deceased.

About 100 metres from my home on the edge of the Brisbane CBD is the corner of Boundary and Brereton Streets.

On November 7, 1993, Daniel Yock, an 18-year-old Aboriginal dancer died there. Or at least he was picked up there, by police.

Daniel probably died in the back of a police wagon, like some cattle do on their way to a slaughterhouse. In any event, he was certainly dead by the time he reached the police watchhouse, just a few kilometres from the scene of his arrest.

Daniel Yocks offence was to sit with his friends in nearby Musgrave Park and drink alcohol. Throughout the afternoon, police circled the block in a wagon. The boys feeling harassed and intimated contacted the manager of the local Aboriginal hostel they were staying at. He came down to meet the group, and they decided to head home before dark.

They were tailed by two police officers Constables Suzette Domrow and Scott Harris the whole way.

Constable Harris is captured on police radio recordings in the ensuing minutes before Daniels arrest.

Theres about 7 or 8 Aboriginal persons fairly, sort of giving us a few problems and calling us names. They are full of piss, wed like some persons to come down.

The recordings show car 591 responded immediately, but was unavailable.

Harris: Yeah, Ill just get another car. I just thought you might be around cause you love that sort of stuff.

Car 591: Yeah, wed like to but we cant.

Harris: You would have loved it. No worries. Thank you.

Alas, no sport today for Car 591.

A few minutes later, Harris called for back-up, and police from around the area swarmed. The group scattered, but Daniel didnt get far. He was crash tackled to the ground by police.

Multiple witnesses including white bystanders reported that after he was brought down, he didnt move. One of his friends, Glen Gray, could see foam coming from the mouth of a clearly unconscious Daniel Yock. He tried to get police to help. They pushed him back, ignored his pleas.

Yock was dragged unconscious to the paddy wagon, and dumped in the back. His hands were still cuffed behind his back. The police then drove around looking for anothe...


Episode 3 - MAP - save Scabby and other adventures "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Peter Dutton gets his very own secret police force, the department of immigration wants to replace workers with robots, BoM staff are going to strike, the Federal Court wants to deflate Scabby the Rat, and upcoming events in Melbourne. Show notes for Episode 3 of MAP, a Melbourne Anarchist Podcast, can be found at


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Charges-Devonport Crimes Tasmania Police

Friday, 5 June 2015 5:36 pm.

Detectives from Devonport CIB have charged two youths and a 24-year-old man from Devonport after several offences were reported to Tasmania Police earlier in the week. These offences occurred overnight between 1 and 2 June and related to four stolen motor vehicles, two aggravated burglaries, motor vehicle burglary and the stealing of 5 guitars valued at $11,000 from a residence. Four of these guitars were later located by police in the roof of a Devonport residence.

The outstanding guitar is a black ESP-SV (flying V). It is very unique in appearance and it is believed that it is the only one in the state. Police would like to hear from anyone who may have knowledge of where this guitar is. They can contact Devonport CIB on 6478 4041 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

Of concern to police is that the offenders specifically targeted unlocked vehicles and houses. All of the vehicles and residences were unlocked at the time and two of the stolen vehicles had the keys in the ignition. All vehicles that were stolen were parked off the street in the yard of the residence. Tasmania Police would like to take the opportunity to remind the public of the importance to ensure that they lock their vehicles and residences.

The 24-year-old man was charged with receiving stolen property, motor vehicle stealing and driving offences and was bailed to appear in court at a later date.

A 12-year-old youth has been charged with 3 counts of motor vehicle stealing, attempted motor vehicle stealing, attempted motor vehicle burglary, 2 counts of aggravated burglary, burglary, and 3 counts of stealing and driving offences.

A 15-year-old youth has been charged with 3 counts of motor vehicle stealing, attempted motor vehicle stealing, 2 counts of aggravated burglary, 2 counts of burglary, 4 counts of unlawfully tamper with a motor vehicle and 4 counts of stealing.

Both of the youths were detained....


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Concerns for Welfare Ben Plowright Tasmania Police

Friday, 5 June 2015 4:35 pm.

Missing Person Ben Plowright

Police are concerned for the welfare of Ben Wara Plowright (20yrs) of Launceston. Ben has been reported as a missing person by concerned friends and family and police are currently seeking information in relation to his whereabouts.

Ben was last seen leaving an address in Perth, Tasmania at around 9:00pm on Saturday 30 May 2015. Police do not believe that Ben has access to a vehicle and may have been trying to make his way back to Launceston.

Ben is described as 175cm tall, slim with brown hair. Ben has olive skin and is of Thai descent. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a grey hooded jumper, bright coloured converse shoes and wears glasses regularly.

Police would like anyone who has information in relation to the current whereabouts of Ben to contact either Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Launceston Police on 6336 3945.

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Northern Police Operation "Lockdown" Tasmania Police

Friday, 5 June 2015 9:05 am.

In the Early Hours of Friday morning over 60 members of Tasmania Police conducted an operation aimed at disrupting crime and enforcing traffic laws on rural roads in Northern Tasmania. The operation involved both high visibility and covert patrols in over 20 rural locations spread across the state.

Detective Inspector John King said a range of offences were detected throughout the early morning including drink & drug drivers. Of particular concern was a 33 year old George Town man who was apprehended after he failed to stop at the direction of police and had to have his tires spiked. He was charged with evading police, negligent driving, driving whilst suspended and possessing a substance believed to be methamphetamine.

The offender was detained in police custody to appear before the Launceston Court of Petty sessions due to currently being on bail for 10 alleged drug driving charges. He was also driving and unregistered vehicle and was on current bail conditions prohibiting him from driving or being behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

During the early morning rural road operation officers conducted over 200 vehicle checks on rural roads resulting in the following:

Drink Drivers 4

Drug Drivers 4

Drug Possession 3

Infringement notices 5

Random Breath Tests 200

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1978 Disappearance Investigation update Tasmania Police

Friday, 29 May 2015 4:30 pm.

Police receive information in 1978 cold case disappearance

Detectives investigating the circumstances surrounding the 1978 disappearance of Darlene Avis Geertsemas have received a pleasing response from the public following the release of photographs of Ms Geertsema and her red Holden Torana Sunbird on Friday.

Ms Geertsema was last seen leaving her family home in Devonport on Monday 23 October 1978 at around 10.30pm in her 1977 red Holden Sunbird registration AS4119. Police now believe it is unlikely Ms Geertsemas disappearance was voluntary and it cannot be ruled out that she may have been the victim of a crime.

Detective Senior Constable Felicity BOYD from the Devonport Criminal Investigation Branch stated We appreciate the information provided by the public, particularly in relation to Ms Geertsemas vehicle and we will be pursuing every line of enquiry.

Police have recently re-interviewed a number of people who were involved in Ms Geertsemas life, including a 67 year old man from Westbury who was in a significant relationship with Ms Geertsema at the time of her disappearance.

Police encourage anyone who has information relating to the disappearance of Ms Geertsema or about her vehicle to contact Devonport CIB on 6478 4036 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



Congratulations Tony Abbott, Jim Molan and democracy supporters in the Liberal Party "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The factions that Malcolm Turnbull argued don't exist have been stared down by Tony Abbott and team. And here's Malcolm Turnbull in the raw. Newly installed back-room-deal PM lectures NSW Libs about backroom deals. They laughed. Loudly. Saturday, 10 October 2015 In this short clip, newly installed Prime Minister Turnbull...


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Commissioner of Police appointed to Advisory Panel Tasmania Police

Monday, 18 May 2015 12:46 pm.

I am pleased to be to be part of the Advisory Panel to reduce violence against women, announced by the Prime Minister.

As Police Commissioner, a husband and father, and an ambassador for White Ribbon for the past 7 years, I am committed to reducing the impact of violence against women, their children and the community.

Family violence is an issue of national significance and the Taskforce is an opportunity to work together as a community to bring about a cultural shift in attitudes that accept violence against women and children.

It is never acceptable.

Every day, Police hear the excuses made for family violence. Violence is always unacceptable and it is never the victims fault.

I am passionate about making a contribution to changing those attitudes. It is police who are first responders, but as a community we are all responsible for putting a stop to family violence.

Particularly as male role models, we must encourage respectful behaviour and speak up against violent behaviour or attitudes that condone it.

If you or anyone you know is a victim of violence, talk to police or someone who can help. Its never too late to report and there are a number of agencies and services available which can provide you with assistance.

Darren Hine
Commissioner of Police

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Screenprinting at Raw Art "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"
Date: Sat August 5th
Time: 12.30-3.30

Have you ever wanted to learn the basics of screenprinting without having to watch every dodgy YouTube clip on the web?

During this very fast paced and enjoyable workshop you will learn how to screen print onto material, t shirts, bags and other items with your own designs. We will cut a fine re-usable stencil with a design that can be re-used many times. Learn about how to prepare and use a screen for printing, what inks and additives to use, how to print onto different backgrounds, and how to set and care for the prints so that they are washable. Everything provided, including patient answers to all your questions, your own design on a practical tote bag, and a delicious afternoon tea



TAS Police seek witnesses after George Town assault "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 3:44 pm.

George Town Police are seeking assistance from the public after a 48-year-old man was assaulted in George Town on Monday 27 April 2015.

George Town Police Constable Aaron Bonner said, The assault happened about 4pm in a car park at the intersection of Macquarie Street and Goulburn Street.

In particular we are interested in speaking to anyone who may have observed a red BMW in the car park around the time of the incident.

The man received only minor injuries and did not require any medical assistance.

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Any member of the public that may have information relating to the incident is asked to Contact Constable Bonner at George Town Police on 63824040 or 131 444, or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TAS Police Operation at Launceston "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Thursday, 30 April 2015 3:43 pm.

About 7:10 am this morning Launceston Police responded to reports of a home invasion at a Riverside address. Police were also advised that a firearm was possibly in the possession of the alleged offenders.

When police arrived at the address, the alleged offenders had left the scene with a stolen motorcycle and a stolen motor vehicle. Police subsequently recovered the motorcycle and conducted enquiries to locate the alleged offenders and the stolen motor vehicle.

The vehicle was sighted on a number of occasions but police were unable to intercept the vehicle.

About 9.10 am police located the vehicle at Pipers River Road travelling towards Launceston. Road spikes were deployed on Lilydale Road at Rocherlea and the vehicle was partially disabled.

There were two occupants in the vehicle, which continued towards Launceston, losing its front left tyre on the Northern Outlet near the Australian Maritime College. It was being driven in a dangerous manner, but at moderate speeds, and police continued to follow the vehicle through the edge of the CBD, into Newstead and Norwood.

At the roundabout at the eastern end of Quarantine Road, the stolen vehicle collided with a police vehicle. The stolen vehicle sustained damage but avoided the road block at that location.

The vehicle continued to be driven in a dangerous manner and the tyres were again spiked, on Hobart Road. A short distance along the road, Police were able to block the stolen vehicle into the side of the road and the two occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody.

Two police vehicles sustained moderate damage as a result of this incident but no person was injured during the incident.

The driver of the stolen motor vehicle has been subjected to an oral fluid test which returned a positive reading, and he has been taken to hospital for a blood sample to be obtained.

Enquiries are continuing into this incident and it is unlikely that formal charges will be laid for some time.

Police would like to thank members of the community for the very positive response to their actions, particularly in Kings Meadows where the alleged offenders were taken into custody.

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Tasmanian olive grower pays price for cheap imports "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

TONNES of olives are going to waste at one Tasmanian grove as consumers choose cheaper imported olive oils.
Christine Mann has owned the award-winning Glendale Olive Grove at White Hills since 2013.
The grove, planted in 2005, is the second biggest in Tasmania with 9000 trees on 15ha.
Despite an abundance of top-quality olives that make exceptional oil, Ms Mann said a lack of demand meant most of this years crop would be wasted.
At the moment there just isnt a big market here for Tasmanian olive oil and our cost of production is too high to compete with the large mainland companies, she said.
Even though the Tasmanian oil is a lot better quality, people just seem to prefer to go to the supermarket and buy the cheap stuff thats imported.
Ms Mann started harvesting last week. A small amount of her olives will be pressed and made into oil sold through specialist retail outlets and used in some of the states top restaurants.
However, Ms Mann estimates that this season about 50 tonnes of olives at her grove will be wasted.
Its a shame because it makes really good oil, but theres no point picking it if you dont have a market.
Ill only pick a few tonnes this year.

The grove was planted in a hedgerow system that would allow for mechanical harvesting if the equipment was available in the state and there was a suitable market for the oil.
Last year Glendale oil received a reserve champion award in the robust category at the Australian Olive Associations annual awards for extra virgin olive oil.
Ms Mann, who lives next door to the grove, said she decided to buy the business after watching the trees mature over a number of years.
The grove includes about seven different olive varieties.
Olive oil is really good for you and I think the recommended amount people should be having everyday is between 20ml and 40ml, she said.
The two biggest things which ruin the quality of the oil are sunlight and temperature. Thats why the olive oil in clear glass bottles thats imported is much lower quality. A lot of it is probably rancid before they even buy it.
While she enjoys working in the grove, the size of the operation presents challenges.
Its 12 months of the year and I cant prune all the trees every year, because with 9000 its a lot of pruning, she said.
Our climate here is fantastic for growing olives. Thats why the quality is so good, we have nice cool weather and they grow over a longer time.



TAS Stealing at Brooker Inn bottle shop "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 2:36 pm.

Police are investigating the stealing of a till from the Brooker Inn 9/11 bottleshop which occurred on Saturday evening, 25 April 2015.

At around 9.50 pm a black 1994 BMW pulled up in the driveway and two men entered the bottleshop. A third person remained in the vehicle. The two men immediately went behind the counter area and began forcibly removing the till tray from one of the registers. They left with one till tray and a 10 pack of pre-mix alcohol. The offenders left in the BMW, which was found alight in the grounds of Dominic College, Tolosa Street, Glenorchy, shortly after 10pm.

The two men were described as being between 170-175cm tall, and of medium to solid build. One was wearing a light coloured hooded top, with the hood pulled over his head and a balaclava or similar covering his face. The second man was wearing a darker hooded top, also with a balaclava covering his face. Both men were wearing similar dark coloured track suit bottoms.

Staff and customers were present at the time, but were not directly threatened nor were they harmed. No weapons were observed.

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Police would like to hear from anyone with information or knowledge in relation to this incident, or anyone who saw a black 1994 BMW 318i travelling in the Northern Suburbs on Saturday night 25 April 2015. The BMW was confirmed as stolen from the Newtown area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact either Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or Glenorchy CIB on 61732881.

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Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' Helicopter N48-011(911) Completes Airwork at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

During a spectacular day of military helicopter action around Rockhampton in association with joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17) on Thursday 20 July, local plane spotters Kayanne H and Daniel B were at the right place at the right time to capture a couple of distant photos as Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' helicopter N48-011 (Code 911) completed airwork at Rockhampton Airport, including several circuits onto the main Runway 15.


Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - Great Photos as RAAF Search and Rescue Sikorsky S-76A Helicopter VH-LAI Departs Rockhampton Airport to Emu Park as "Choppa 22" "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

This is our first of several posts from a spectacular day of military helicopter action around Rockhampton in association with joint Military Exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17) on Thursday 20 July.  Local plane spotters Kayanne H and Daniel B were both on hand as Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-LAI initially departed Rockhampton Airport for Emu Park as "Choppa 22".



Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - Some Photos of Thursday's RAAF C-130J Hercules Action at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Sorry!  We ran out of time last night to post these!  But also on Thursday 20 July, local plane spotters Kayanne H and Daniel B were on hand at Rockhampton Airport to capture some great photos as a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft came to and went from Rockhampton Airport on various sorties.

Firstly, A97-441 was spotted arriving from the North as "Trojan 06".  It parked on Gate 6 on the Southern end of the Rocky Airport parking apron.


Clearing our Koalas away: Damning Report of NSW Gov forest vandalism "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Clearing our Koalas Away is a damning new report by Dailan Pugh (North East Forest Alliance, July 2017) that puts together intensive logging maps recently obtained via Freedom of Information, and the EPAs new koala habitat model. [ Editor: This article is republished from The North East Forest Alliance site at There is also an article about this by Sue Arnold at Independent Australia: Koala extinction looms on NSW North Coast due to Government 'vandalism'.]

The principal findings of this review are that:

Within the 103 State Forest compartments currently being actively logged on public land in north east NSW there are 4,663 ha of modelled high quality Koala habitat and 357 Koala records.

The identified protection for Koalas in current logging entails 2 Koala High Use Areas totalling 1.2ha from which logging is excluded and the identification of 15% of the high quality habitat as "Intermediate Use Habitat" where 5 feed trees of any size are required to be retained per hectare. This is mere tokenism.

Thirteen of the 20 current logging areas with >17% high quality Koala habitat are being targeted for logging intensities (regeneration and heavy Single Tree Selection) involving up to 60-86% basal area removal in blatant contravention of the Integrated Forestry Operations Approval (IFOA's) limit of 40% basal area removal.

During the period when it was practiced from 2000-2010 over 10,000ha of forests in the Lower North East region were allocated to Australian Group Selection patch clearfelling, incorporating 6,460ha of high quality Koala habitat, despite a prohibition on the use of AGS in "intermediate" Koala habitat.

Since 2006 in the Lower North East region. the Forestry Corporation have subjected 74,906 ha to the unlawful logging practices of 'medium', 'heavy' and 'regeneration' Single Tree Selection involving 41-100% basal area removal. This is comprised of 23,742 ha (32%) of high quality Koala habitat and....


Reversing roles "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Amazing photographic exhibition by the people of Coen in Cape York, far North Queensland, Australia.

A group of chained men.

Photographer Greg Semu, and Kaantju traditional owner Naomi Hobson set out to explore their history by recreating brutal archival images.

But in Semus images the script has been flipped often the victims pose as abusers. And the entire Indigenous community of Coen was involved in the recreations.

Art therapy taking effect

Hobson explains that on the completion of the project, community members created a dance in respect for the work.

Now in discussions around the table they feel like they can talk freely about our history.

A group of men tied up

A group of men hold guns.


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Womans Islamophobic rant on Sydney bus caught on video "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

FOOTAGE has emerged of a woman going on an Islamophobic rant about Muslims on a bus before she is captured slapping the driver after he tells her to get off.

The incident took place on bus route 185 which was heading to Mona Vale from Wynyard on Saturday around 3pm.

Footage of the womans rant on a bus to Mona Vale from York Street, Wynard was captured on video. Source: Islamophobia Register.

Witnesses say the woman was shouting on the bus making remarks such as We cant let them come in they are going to bomb us all F**k them, they are going to kill us.

She is filmed saying Everyone who is Muslim has a chance to be radicalised before a passenger tells her they themselves are Muslim.

The video then shows the bus driver stepping in and saying: Could you please get off my bus, or I will get the police now.

The woman, who was asked to leave the bus, can then be seen slapping the driver.

The woman asks what she is doing wrong before beginning to walk off the bus.

She can then be seen slapping the bus driver across the face.

Officers from the Police Transport Command have confirmed they are investigating and have called for witnesses to the incident to come forward and assist.

Islamophobia Register Australia spokeswoman Mariam Veiszadeh said that they had been receiving an increase in reports about Islamophobic incidents and they were also becoming more serious and severe.




Pinoy Kitchen ~ Filipino & Doonside Festival "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We don't usually go in for neighbourhood festivals but somehow the idea of a Doonside festival struck a chord, a fine excuse to sniff around a suburb we've never snifftered before. We're a long way from the sea but on this perfect Sydney winter day the Doonside Festival has small coastal town sort of vibe, a multicultured happy battlerville with a country tinge. Or maybe it's the cheeky


No tightening bias in evidence "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Waiting for tonight

With its burgeoning tourism boom, gosh aren't Sydney hotels becoming rather expensive these days?

This week we looked into booking an 8-night stay in the harbour city for the first week of October and received one quote back from the Four Seasons at a somewhat ambitiously priced A$43,000.

One assumes that was for the penthouse suite.

As a mildly amusing aside my wife once encountered Latino pop diva Jennifer "J. Lo" Lopez in the elevator during one of our stays at Sydney's Sheraton on the Park (two young girl fans asked her for a hug, but alas Jenny from the block politely declined).

Like most people that aren't pop empresses, I will not be shelling out 43 grand for my short stay, although the website being perused still came back with a surprisingly punchy $4,000 quote for the Novotel at Darling Harbour.

Since virtually nobody pays hotel rack rates these days, I reckon the sojourn will end up being about three quarters of that price, but it's another indicator of a state capital economy that is humming along right now.

Housing markets firm

Following the introduction of new incentives there have been some early signs of a first home buyer reawakening in Sydney and Melbourne, thereby confirming that there are no meaningful price falls on the immediate horizon.

Indeed, the preliminary auction clearance rates reported on Saturday evening pitched in at the highest level in six weeks. 

There has also been a good deal of premature arousal about rising mortgage rates.

It's true that investor loans have seen rates tweaked higher, but generally speaking commentary has focused too much on standard variable rates and not enough on discounted rates.

The fact remains that - for all the talk or rising funding costs - depending on the loan-to-value ratio home loans can still be secured from 3.69 per cent.

Just like with hotel stays in Sydney, while some unassuming people will pay the advertised headline rate on mortgages, most will shop around and get considerably better deals. 

In the absence of much housing market excitement to write home about, all eyes will be turning to Wednesday's inflation figures, and in turn the trajectory of....

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Fatal two vehicle crash Bass Highway Deloraine Tasmania Police #17999 @TAZZTMP17999 @DROP "IndyWatch Feed Tas" report error

Fatal two vehicle crash Bass Highway Deloraine Tasmania Police

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 9:07 am.

On the evening of Monday the 15th June 2015, Police and Emergency services were called to a two vehicle crash on the Bass Highway, Deloraine.

It appears that a White Holden Utility, travelling west, has crossed onto the incorrect side of the road, colliding head on with a Mack Prime Mover attached to a laden trailer.

A Launceston man aged in his early 20s died at the scene and the 45 year old Truck driver was admitted to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The impact has caused the truck to crash into a tree and burst into flames.

Both vehicles were extensively damaged and the Bass Highway was closed to some time.

The matter is being investigated by Northern Crash Investigation Unit and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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Locations announced for permanent speed cameras Tasmania Police #17995 @TAZZTMP17995 @DROP "IndyWatch Feed Tas" report error

Locations announced for permanent speed cameras Tasmania Police

Monday, 15 June 2015 3:32 pm.

As part of a strategy to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads, Tasmania Police is today announcing the locations of eight fixed speed cameras that will come into operation in coming weeks.

They will be a permanent deterrent to speeding on higher risk roads.

The first of the fixed speed cameras has been installed on the Brooker Highway at Rosetta. It has been capturing test data since June 1 and will go live on Wednesday 17 June.

Already test data has been capturing an average of 62 speed detections a day. Infringement notices will be issued for offences from Wednesday.

The eight fixed camera sites will be spread throughout the State in locations that meet several criteria, including a high number of traffic crashes, a high speed limit and a high volume of traffic.

The locations are:

  • Southern Outlet at Tolmans Hill (South)
  • Tasman Highway at Cambridge park (South)
  • Brooker Highway at Queens Domain (South)
  • Brooker Highway at Rosetta (South)
  • Bass Highway at Round Hill (North-West)
  • Bass Highway at East Devonport (North-West)
  • East Tamar Highway at Invermay (North)
  • Midlands Hwy at Kings Meadows Link Road (North)

It will take several weeks for all cameras to be installed.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Mewis said:

In 2014 speed was the number one crash factor in fatal and serious injury crashes.

Fixed cameras are a proven deterrent to speeding and the locations have been chosen to maximise their impact.

These are visible cameras that will be there 24/7.

We want...


OperationUnification Tasmania Police #17990 @TAZZTMP17990 @DROP "IndyWatch Feed Tas" report error

OperationUnification Tasmania Police

This page was last published on June 15, 2015 by the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management.
Questions concerning its content can be sent by email to tasmania.police or by mail to GPO Box 308, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 7001.

You are directed to the disclaimer and copyright notice and a Personal Information Protection statement governing the information provided.

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Operation Unification Tasmania Police

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Questions concerning its content can be sent by email to tasmania.police or by mail to GPO Box 308, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 7001.

You are directed to the disclaimer and copyright notice and a Personal Information Protection statement governing the information provided.

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Operation Unification Tasmania Police

Monday, 15 June 2015 12:28 pm.

Tasmania Police is today launching Operation Unification to remove illegal and unauthorised firearms from circulation and stop them from ending up in the hands of criminals.

The Operation will culminate with mobile firearms amnesties all around the State where people can hand in their unwanted and unregistered firearms without penalty.

Anyone with an unregistered firearm or ammunition can hand it to a police officer for disposal without fear of prosecution for its possession.

The locations are:

  • Saturday 20 June, 9am-12pm Port Sorel Police Station
  • Saturday 20 June, 1pm-4pm Ulverstone Police Station
  • Saturday 20 June, 9am-5pm Hobart Cenotaph
  • Saturday 20 June, 9am-12pm Legana Shopping Centre

Sergeant Peter May said:

The mobile amnesties across the State this week are an opportunity for anyone to hand over an unauthorised or unwanted firearm without question.

Under Operation Unification well also be conducting inspections of firearms storage facilities and ensuring compliance with firearms legislation.

Most people who have an unregistered firearm are regular law-abiding people who are not intending to commit an offence.

Any gun handed in to us is a gun that cannot then be stolen or used by criminals.

611 firearms have been handed in at mobile firearms amnesties.

Police officers will also be available to provide advice about appropriate storage requirements.

People are reminded that there is a permanent amnesty for handing over unregistered and/or unwanted firearms at police stations.

Advice for anyone who wants to hand over a firearm or ammunition:

Ensure the firearm is unloaded before transport...


MISSING PERSON BEN PLOWRIGHT UPDATE 15/6/15 Tasmania Police #17985 @TAZZTMP17985 @DROP "IndyWatch Feed Tas" report error


Monday, 15 June 2015 10:42 am.

The search for missing Launceston man, Ben Plowright, will continue today.

Police will today concentrate their efforts on properties that were unable to be searched over the weekend to ensure that they are satisfied Ben is not in the immediate area.

Saturdays search consisted of over 250 people including police, SES, and volunteers. Over 1000 properties and yards were searched in the Perth area as well as roads, tracks, railway and rivers out to a 5km radius.

Resources used include the Search and Rescue Helicopter, remote control drones, trail bikes, quad bikes, horses and dogs.

In line with normal police procedure the investigation will be reviewed by the Northern CIB. Police do not believe that any criminal element is involved however all avenues must be explored.

A media conference will be held by Commander Brett Smith at Launceston Police Headquarters on Tuesday 16/6/15 at 3pm.

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Woman assaulted during burglary in Launceston Tasmania Police #17983 @TAZZTMP17983 @DROP "IndyWatch Feed Tas"… report error

Woman assaulted during burglary in Launceston Tasmania Police

Saturday, 13 June 2015 6:20 am.

Approximately 11am on Friday 12 June 2015 Tasmania Police attended an address in Rowland Crescent, Summerhill where a woman had been assaulted in her home after disturbing an intruder.

The 44 year old female victim was alerted to the presence of the offender when her dog barked inside the residence. The woman subsequently located an unknown man in her kitchen who was in the process of gathering property. The woman attempted to stop the man taking her property and was subsequently assaulted, causing her to fall to the ground and strike her head.

Prior to falling unconscious the woman managed to call for assistance. Tasmanian Ambulance Officers found the woman unconscious and conveyed her to the Launceston General Hospital for treatment.

Detectives from Launceston CIB wish to speak with members of the public who may have seen he male in the Rowland Street area wearing a black hoody, dark trousers possibly jeans, white shoes, a dark basesbal cap. He is also described as being 18-19 years old with a thin to medium build and sparse facial hair.

Member of the community with any information can contact Launceston CIB or Crime Stoppers.

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Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair 2017 : Saturday, August 12 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Just a quick note to let folks know that the seventh annual Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair is on again in three weeks. WHEN : 10am6pm, Saturday, August 12 WHERE : Brunswick Town Hall (233 Sydney Road, Brunswick) COST : Free The Continue reading


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