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Murray Goulburn: Chinas Fuyang Farming weighs MG bid "IndyWatch Feed"

INNER Mongolia Fuyang Farming is believed to be the latest Chinese party weighing a bid for embattled milk producer Murray Goulburn, joining other such as the listed a2 in the contest.

Another company understood to be interested is China Resources, which already owns a stake in the company, The Australian reports.

Speculation emerged almost two months ago that Chinese parties and private equity firms were making inquiries with financiers about securing a loan to buy the business.

Only weeks ago, Murray Goulburns adviser Deutsche Bank began knocking on the door of prospective suitors, and now a sale of the dairy co-op is in full swing.

Bids are due on September 15 and flyer documents are now out circulating in the market.

Fuyang Farming is a 79 per cent shareholder in Victorias Burra Foods.



BlackBerry abandoning its users riding on its success of yesteryear "IndyWatch Feed National"

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In the rapidly changing world of Information and Communications Technology, companies can come and go without even a ripple, invent technologies to be bought out by others and even reach stratospheric heights only to wilt away to a minuscule shadow of their former glory, like Nokia.

It seems that BlackBerry is going down this inevitable path too.

BlackBerry used to be a name synonymous with secure handsets together with a secure server communications platform.

Just because this may have been the case with BlackBerry a decade ago does not mean this is also the case today.

On the success of its (allegedly) secure proprietary device operating system (combined with the server email platform), BlackBerry abandoned its BlackBerry Operating System user base to create  Google's Android Operating System base mobil...


Joe's Market Garden "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Mick Power Trio play Joe's Market Garden

Saturday 16th 10:30am - Free
34 Edna Grove, Coburg

Local band will be gracing the garden with their jazz tunes from the heart. 

Joe's Market Garden has a farm gate every Saturday. Veggies & bread for sale and a pop-up cafe with pastries, coffee & chai.

Market from 9am-1pm

See you there!


You cannot make people love & accept you: so stop trying "IndyWatch Feed National"

British people often react with incomprehension at how compulsory voting changes the way Australians approach elections. The ABS postal survey on same-sex marriage is a reminder of just how different Australias usual voting procedure is from that in most other developed democracies: people are running the campaign as though it were compulsory, you see, and theyre screwing it up royally on all sides.

I wrote about this (and other, related) issues in this weeks Spectator, which you should absolutely go & buy from your local newsagent.

When I was a girl, my mother used to say she didnt like standing on the moral high ground because she didnt have a head for heights.

News that a significant percentage of those who support same-sex marriage plan to boycott the postal plebiscite (or survey, or opinion poll, or plebishite as my partner calls it) has even reached Blighty. It represents a concerted attempt to climb a particular moral hill and then die on it. I have no desire to die on this particular hill and am becoming rather tired of campaigners purporting to represent my interests making the perfect the enemy of the good.

Yes, its true that a popular vote of any sort is not how we make legal change in Westminster systems a point LNP Senator Dean Smith makes eloquently. I get that. Yes, voting on other peoples rights in any sort of liberal democracy even when constitutional arrangements permit it is improper. There is a reason women were not enfranchised in otherwise liberal Switzerland until 1971. Yes, responding to the Senates intransigence in blocking a compulsory plebiscite by disrespecting the institution itself is pretty pitiful. To borrow an Americanism, there should be no end runs around the Constitution. They do no-one any credit. And the campaign even at this early stage is already showing all the bits of Australia not for export.

Read the whole thing, as they say.




Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Queensland. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times In Queensland and Perth, Australia. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. I know where he lives but are afraid he might get bashed up if I tell people where to find him. 

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light ministries, Perth, Western Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland motel rooms.



Friends of Edgar's Creek "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hello again FoEC'ers and Friends,

Well we're about to put another planting season behind us! Go FoEC.

This Sunday we are hosting our annual "Christmas in September" with a planting and follow-up celebration of another great years work (though I hasten to add that we still have two maintenance activities scheduled for 2017).

The site will be easily accessed this time around; forecast is a 'pearla' with sunny and 16 degrees forecast. Hopefully the forecast is spot on this week because if it is we will have a wet week ahead with the weekend becoming fine for Sundays sunshine. I'm going to recommend sun protection to all - the kids have the spring hat rule at school and based on my nose getting burnt on Sunday when I was drilling holes; hats and sunscreen please. 

Details for Sunday are as follows - 



Thanks to the bee-ers, plus plans for a BD spray on Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Thanks to everyone who came on Sunday, or called by. Not only a glorious sunny morning; we also got quite a bit done. Thanks too, to the mens shed who willingly cut down our Aust. Cypress (termite resistant) hose reel posts to size and then drilled holes in them for the tyre rim hose holders. Continue reading Thanks to the bee-ers, plus plans for a BD spray on Wednesday


The feminist art of victimhood "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kasey Edwards is a Melbourne feminist who has published yet another newspaper column complaining about the pay gap between men and women. She blames the focus on merit for the gap:

Her column is written in the usual spirit of grievance that seems to animate all of her output. Ordinarily I would take the trouble to carefully answer her claims about the "injustice" of female pay and if readers are interested they can click on the labels beneath the post or else read a brief statement on the issue here.

But in this case there is a better way to answer Kasey Edwards' claims. Back in 2009 Kasey Edwards had a book published titled Thirty Something & Over It. In the book she details how privileged she was when it came to her pay:

In my second year in the workforce, I was earning as much as my mother, who is a schoolteacher. In my fourth year, I was earning more than my parents combined. My dad is a teacher-in-charge of a school. People raise whole families on what I get as a bonus payment....

And what did she do with all this money? Did she use it to support a family of her own? Well, no:
I eat out all the time. It isn't unusual for me to eat out all three meals in a day...I've stopped looking at the prices on the menu, too...Each year, Emma and I go on a tropical holiday friends are just the same. I recently went shopping with a friend who bought five handbags on impulse, which came to a grand total of $4000.

So what happened? Kasey Edwards felt unfulfilled in corporate life and wanted to do something more creative, so she opted out of the "fast track". She was curious as to why the women she knew shared her dissatisfaction but the men seemed to cheerfully soldier on. So she asked a male colleague about it:
I decide to speak to one of my male friends and colleagues to get his perspective on whether men are over it too. Jame is also a management consultant, working in the IT industry. He's driven, enthusiastic and committed. I envy the way he seems to wholeheartedly throw himself ito work. He seems to care about it and enjoy it. I want to know his secret.



What can I do to have you love me? "IndyWatch Feed National"


I have two daughters. It occurred to me early on that my behavior, especially towards my wife, would become a reference point for normalcy that would stick with them throughout their lives. I would define, with my actions, their expectations for what a spouse should be. That freaked me out and still does, especially as I struggle every day to be the parent that I think I should be for them.

As they've gotten older -- my oldest turned 13 last month and the other is 10 -- something else has started to dawn on me. My influence as a measuring stick for their future spouse is waning and their own decision-making and options are expanding. They're not at dating age yet, but from this point forward, the happiness and fulfillment of their future relationships is going to be far more dependent on who they are than what I am.

What kind of person will be attracted to them? Will it be someone who is intimidated by a confident, intelligent woman or someone who is drawn to such people? Will they want someone who thinks independently or will they be someone who preys on the submissive and needy? Will they be superficial or have great emotional depth?

The answer to those questions will depend on who my daughters become. If they are confident and assertive they will tend to attract people who love to be with confident and assertive people. If they are thoughtful and well-read, they will be more likely to attract someone who appreciates their intelligence. In other words, as I think about their future happiness, the best thing I can do for them is to help them become the kind of women that attract good people. The kind of future adults that command respect, invite kindness and seek to surround themselves with thoughtful, generous and loving people.

My greatest hope for my daughters is that they grow to be strong people.

Last week, Amazon announced that it plans to open a second headquarters -- to court a second city, as it were. They issued an RFP and invited cities to submit marriage proposals. Suddenly, Amazon -- one of the country's hottest company's -- is also its most eligible bachelor.

To Amazon's surprise, they are finding out that's not how things work in America. American cities are strong. They're confident. They have a swagger that cannot be denied. When we look...





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PERTH Man to appear in court after Armadale home invasion and robbery "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man to appear in court after Armadale home invasion and robbery .

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Denzel Lee Winmar faced Perth Magistrates Court on Sunday, charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, stealing a car and reckless .


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BATR: The Meaning of 911 Fifteen Years After "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Meaning of 911 Fifteen Years After

What kind of an American are you? Will you mourn the dead or will you celebrate the government as protector of national security? For thoughtful and historically balanced realists the correct reaction is that the last remnants of the Republic collapsed with the twin towers and burned with the response from the Pentagon fire. Most docile and obedient subjects of the despotic regime that have morphed into outright tyranny still believe the official report from The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, provides the definitive details on the 911 investigation.

Fifteen years later, fewer and fewer people reflect on what actually occurred and the profound significance that transformed the country into a permanent belligerent in international affairs and a domestic police state. With the passage of The Patriot Act and The National Defense Authorization Act, the fundamental principles of our constitutional republic were betrayed to the very core of the bone marrow and essence of the nation.

Still, there is another reaction with the passage of the years. As the population becomes more detached to reality and people become immersed into a culture of trivia, self-absorption and detraction; the entire society moves even further into a fatal resignation that government is all powerful and cannot be challenged.

The simple question begs a different answer. Is America safer since the War on Terror was invoked? Surely, no intelligent person could believe we are the Land of the Free. Lamenting the lack of outrage, replaced with a condition of surrender that the evidence found on 911 a saga of deceit and lies is not important, is the greatest legacy of the insidious and planned plot to transfer the United States into a globalist gulag of subjugation to the New World Order.

Frankly, it gets old when the public keeps dismissing the dire state of the existential demise that America faces not from foreign threats, but from internal betrayal and treason coming out of the very officials and power elites that impose the ridiculous narrative spun straight out of the falsehoods that the establishment accepts as gospel articles of faith.


The Ramifications of Blocking Lee Wanta's Access to his Money "IndyWatch Feed National"

The serious ramifications of blocking Lee Wantas access to his money

Source: Veterans Today | By Preston James, Ph.D on September 9, 2017

Had Bush1 and Cheney had not prevented Lee Wanta from access to his vast fortune, the US Maglev Railroad System would have been built and folks in Texas and now Florida would have easily been able to evacuate.

Its a simple fact, The Bush Crime Cabal (BCC) which hijacked the CIA, has continued to block Lee Wanta from access to his vast 27 Trillion dollar fortune (before interest earned).

The estimated value is now in excess of 32 Trillion USD.

Despite the fact this is Wantas money that he earned through honest money speculation; despite the fact he has offered to pay all taxes due and use the money to build a huge state-of-the art high speed Maglev railroad connecting most large US Cities; and despite the fact that Wanta promised President Reagan he would use this vast fortune made through Operation Stillpoint that he ran to get rid of the US National Debt; the BCC (using the CIA) continues to prevent Lee Wanta from accessing his rightfully owned funds now kept in a trust illegally.

All the claims and gross misinformation that Wanta was lying or fabricating this story evaporated when the Puppetmasters mistakenly left a message on his phone answering service during their conference....


Centre for Independent Studies Policy magazine "IndyWatch Feed"

The latest CIS Policy is now available.

More about CIS.

A blast from the past which may interest the plain packaging warriors. Banning cigarette ads does not work.

Trawling the Policy archive, Roger Douglas on the politics of structural reform. Those were the days!

Britain and the European Union. A view from 1990.

The late great Bruce Davidson on land use planning versus free enterprise and the good sense of farmers.

Ed West on the rise of free public education.


So What Did Happen to That ISIS Convoy? "IndyWatch Feed"

A Syrian pro-government forces member gestures to the camera from a tank in the Salamiyah city, some 33 kilometres southeast of Hama, on August 19, 2017, during an offensive against Islaimc State (IS) group fighters.A Syrian pro-government forces member gestures to the camera from a tank in the Salamiyah city, some 33 kilometres southeast of Hama, on August 19, 2017, during an offensive against Islaimc State (IS) group fighters. (Photo: STRINGER / AFP / Getty Images)


Last week we asked you what should be done with a convoy of hundreds of ISIS fighters and their families that fled fighting and was stuck in the Syrian desert, halted by the U.S.-led coalition.

Below we tell you what happened in reality but first here are you answers and comments:

  • 1.5% said they should be allowed to disperse after questioning.
  • 19.9% were of the opinion women and children should be free to go but all men arrested.
  • 32.5% maintained the entire group should stand trial.
  • 29.1% said the entire group should be incarcerated without trial.
  • 17% said its nothing to do with the West. Let the Syrians sort this out themselves.


And now to some of your comments:

  • As the terrorists have said, Its blood for blood.'
  • They acted as a group. They should be tried as a group.
  • Let the country deal with it under their laws which they understand.
  • They should all be detained and treated humanely until an investigation is completed and charges land.
  • The Syrians will kill them all.
  • Forever in the worst prison conditions!
  • These are the enemy. You eliminate them!


So, what happened in reality? Well, one of the options Clarion presented you with last week is what actually happened. 17% of you said the Syrians should sort this out themsel...


MACKAY Two men prepare to fight sword murder allegations "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Ryan International School Case Highlights All the Things Schools Arent Doing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It is time school staff go back to being educators, rather than business professionals devoted to increasing profits at the cost of childrens education and security.

Police teams arrive to investigate after the murder of a student of Ryan International School in Gurugram on Friday. Credit: PTI

Police teams arrive to investigate after the murder of a student of Ryan International School in Gurugram on Friday. Credit: PTI

The horrific incident of a seven-year-old child being done to death within what one would consider the safe haven of a school has left parents across the country worried about the safety of their wards.

The Ryan International School case is in the headlines because of the murder, but there are several cases of sexual abuse across schools that are never revealed for fear of public embarrassment. Incidents of seniors abusing juniors inside school toilets are spoken of in hushed tones but rarely exposed, leaving the victims scarred for life.

Public anger is justified because Ryan International cannot escape responsibility for the murder of a young student on its premises. It must answer how it allowed the school bus conductor the man charged with the...


1) Indonesian officials response to Apia protest arrogant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


1) Indonesian officials response to Apia protest arrogant
4:40 pm today 

Indonesian officials have been criticised for the manner of their condemnation of a West Papua protest during the Pacific Forum summit in Apia.

protest in support of West Papua's independence movement was held outside the venue of the Pacific Island Forum Leaders summit in Samoa's capital last week.
Subsequently, Indonesia's Ambassador to New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga, Tantowi Yahya, condemned the protest in a heated press conference.


Kids Writers Talk About Reading Oh, The Places Well Go! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Best-selling kids author Kate DiCamillo says that learning to read was like being given wings to fly with. What do other writers for children remember about becoming readers? In this 10-part series, Australian authors Mem Fox, Andy Griffiths, Nick Earls and others share their early reading experiences with Eastside Radios Sally Zwartz. Guests talk about the books that mattered to them, and read from one that still does. And they offer their thoughts on helping todays kids discover the pleasures of reading.

In this episode, Sally speaks with Andy Griffiths.

Australian author Andy Griffiths, most notable for his Just! book series.

Australian author Andy Griffiths, most notable for his Just! book series.

In this episode, Sally talks with Kate DiCamillo.

American author Kate DiCamillo, most famous for

American author Kate DiCamillo, most famous for The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie.

Eight of the episodes feature a writer for kids talking about their first encounters with story, and with books; about learning to read, the pleasure of books and how to share that with kids today. The final two episodes turn to some of those kids of today for their thoughts on books...



Melbourne's iconic Forum Theatre has had a facelift. Her bones have always been good and now she is looking mighty fine.



UK Against Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Josh Sigurdson talks with Todd McDougall of Winnipeg Alternative Media about the 4 and a half year fight at WAM against the fluoridation of the tap water.
WAM launched at an anti-fluoride fundraiser and championed the cause in Winnipeg, Canada for years. A class action lawsuit was launched in 2013 where tons of people came out to support us in our work against the forced medication of fluoride.
Over time the opposition to this terrible practice teetered off. But the fight must be pushed to the forefront of public conversation once more!

Hydrofluosilicic acid is not medical grade fluoride, it's industrial fluoride and it's the byproduct of alluminum and phosphate mining and smelting. It's incredibly hazardous to your health.
You can't avoid it by simply not drinking it. If you take a shower or a bath, you're taking in industrial fluoride through your pores. Boiling it will simply concentrate it and fluoride filters cost hundreds of dollars and still don't even take all of it out.
The certified toxic waste can actually eat away at concrete. But yet it's put in our tap water in order to "stop cavities" despite cavities being worse statistically in places WITH fluoride than those without like Vancouver or Calgary.

Todd McDougall put forward a human rights complaint alongside Trevor Adams to the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, including a stack of paperwork/studies into fluoride by top professionals worldwide, including studies by Harvard.
The Manitoba Human Rights Commission simply wrote back saying it wasn't a human rights infringement and that no more complaints can be made by McDougall of Adams.

If this doesn't disgust you, what will? This is force medication with toxic waste.

So the answer to this horrible attack on individual liberty? Well, individuals in Winnipeg have to come together once again and fight harder for a couple months in order to permanently get fluoride taken out of the tap water. It's as simple as that!

People can email or message them on Facebook if you're willing to help fight against this corporatist attack on free will by the state and their partner aluminum corporations. We can ensure far greater health for so many in the future who are unwittingly drinking and taking in toxic waste which has historically lead to neurological problems like Alzheimer's, bone cancer, decalcification of the pineal gland and for the environmentalists out there, ends up thrown in rivers and lakes killing massive amounts of fish.


Zero G - 11 September 2017 Episode 1150 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ZERO-G #1150 Title:Game of Groans

Podcast Title: Starkers 1150

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: John-Luke Roberts and Ross Spain come in to talk about Graeme of Thrones coming to the Melbourne Fringe Festival

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST


The Chomsky Condition "IndyWatch Feed"

The definition of the Chomsky Condition is the practice of persons with some knowledge or expertise in one area, to claim expertise and authority in every other area they choose to speak.  The Chomsky Condition is named for Noam Chomsky who is a linguist, philosopher and cognitive scientist.  According to Wikipedia, Chomsky is:

sometimes described as the father of modern linguistics, Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science.

Notwithstanding, Chomsky speaks with great authority, the authority of an expert, in matters far and wide including foreign policy, economics and the US healthcare system.

Sadly, the Chomsky condition is not confined to university academics in the North East of the United States*.  Australia its fair share, and too many sufferers of the Chomsky Condition in Australia claim authority and expertise in climate science and climate policy.

Who can forget Tim Flannerys claim about rain fall and dams despite Flannerys expertise being in mammalogy and paleontology.   How about The Guardians Katherine Murphy who espouses her climate expertise regularly in The Guardian and every 3-4 weeks or so on the Insiders couch.

But making his return to the stage today is Elmer Funke Kupper.  Mr Funke Kupper is

a private investor. He was previous chief executive of the ASX and a director of the Business Council of Australia.

Mr Funke Kuppers expertise is as a former business CEO and McKinsey consultant.  His last executive role was that of CEO of ASX Limited, a $3.5 million per year position from which he resigned:

over allegations that he knew of a $200,000 payment to the family of Cambodian strongman prime minister Hun Sen.

The $200,000 payment was made when Mr Funke Kupper was chief executive of gaming giant Tabcorp and is now the focus of an international anti-bribery investigation...


Tiny Lamb "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Dwarfed by the horses who surrounded him, things were not looking good for the day-old tiny lamb. Adding to the wee chaps woes were severely contracted tendons in his front legs, which caused him to buckle over and fall. By what circumstance this little lamb arrived in such a dire situation, we will never know, but what we do know is that it is to the good heart of a wildlife carer that he owes his life. Alerted to the plight of the orphan amidst the equines, she swung into geara phone call later and the aptly named Tiny Lamb was hoofing his way to Edgars Mission.


Tipping the scales at just 2 kg, Tiny Lamb threw both those crippled legs into the ring for the fight of his life. With our laser unit on hand, we set to work on his little legs, and he set to work melting our hearts. Whilst he achieved his goal instantly, we are still working on ours :)

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Once a jolly Swagman "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


While little Swagman may well have once been a jolly little lamb as he gambolled beside his dear mum, he was certainly anything but the first time we met him.  And it was not only a broken leg that was ailing him, but two mercilessly placed rubber rings.  One on his tail and the other on his scrotum, so thoughtlessly and no doubt hurriedly placed the latter had too taken prisoner one of Swagmans nipples.  The sum total of this painful assault on such a vulnerable and immune compromised baby was almost too much for little Swagman to bear. With his pain levels running into overdrive his interest in life and his bottle had started to wan. Wrapping little Swagman in both a blanket and our love we whispered in his little lambie ear, youre safe now, youre going to Edgars Mission.


And safe indeed is Swagman, with his broken leg now on the mend and surgical intervention undertaken to fix the botched and crude job of castration and tail amputation that he had been subjected to prior to coming into our care.  Jolly is he as he daily enjoys everything life has to offer him in the company of his buddies, Tiny Lamb, Pottsy and Patsy.



Fires and misfires 1: how does a planned burn happen? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

DELWP fire officers had two info sessions in this region last month to brief residents about the upcoming fire season, and planned burning operations. To see where these burns are taking place on the Department of Environments interactive map, click here.

Its not the friendliest map, but a bit of persistence will give you a detailed look at where burns are planned for the next three years.

Among the information available at the drop in sessions was a useful A4 sheet, How does a planned burn happen? The sheet is divided into four sections: Planning the burn; Before the burn; On burn day; and After the burn. It would be fair to say that the info on the

sheet is a bit idealised: FOBIF has had experience with burns which dont look quite as smoothly planned and implemented as the scenario on the sheet. In particular, the statement that firefighters rake around trees to protect animal habitat will ring rather hollow to readers of this website, familiar with the apparently relentless destruction of habitat trees in Department operations.

More seriously, its a pity there was no room on the document to explain what the Department does to assess the actual achievement of its burns. The After the burn section is restricted to showing how firefighters patrol the burns to make sure its safe. Theres nothing to say how the burn is assessed for its actual fuel reduction, medium to long term. Nor is there mention of a critical overview of the burn from the environmental point of view. Well, its a short document, and only the really important stuff would fit on it

And on the subject of whats important, and whats less important, readers may want to look at Alison Pouliots provocative article in the latest edition of the invaluable Wombat Forestcare Newsletter. She poses the question, has our bush been reduced in the public mind to fuel? And has it become, simply, the enemy? Summer is gone. Over. Finished. It is now officially the fire seasonNot only has summer become the enemy, but so has the forest.

Check it out.


Fires and misfires 2: dont be put off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In spite of these gloomy considerations, fire managers can point to some significant advances over past practices. Community consultation and information is certainly taken more seriously than it was 15 years ago. And the cautious reintroduction of indigenous burning to the region is to be welcomednot least because this kind of burning takes seriously the whole question of land health, and is not directed simplistically at narrow questions of safety.

But blips can happen. As readers of our original notice can see, not all the information dispensed at the drop in sessions is necessarily reliable, and sometimes persistence is needed to get the facts. In the case in question, a member of the public was told that a zone in the Maldon area would be slashed, not burned, and that this would take place in Autumn. Both these facts were wrong. A quick check of the map link above will show that the area, a reserve adjoining Rowes road, is a burn zone: and residents have already been informed by DELWP that the operation is to take place in spring.

Maldon Urban Landcare is currently negotiating a meeting with DELWP on the matter, and has already received an undertaking that phascogale habitat will not be burned during the spring breeding season. Endangered phascogales and sugar gliders frequent the area in question. Well see what comes out of the negotiation.

The moral of the story seems to be: look very hard at the documentary infoand dont be scared to persist if you think youre being dealt a wrong hand


Gardening for Wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Sunday 22 October a seminar on Gardening for Wildlife will be held in St Arnaud. Expert speakers including Castlemaine-based Cassia Read will discuss how to create habitat for native wildlife in home gardens. The event is free and you can find out all the details in this flyer.


Saving Bonnie and Clyde its a long shot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Message: Hi there, dont know if you folks can help him or not, but a poor sad looking sheep has been in the pound for a couple of weeks. This morning tore my heart out as I drove past on my way to work, he stood and watched the fully laden truck with hundreds of sheep skins leave the meat works. I had to pull over on the side of the road as I was sobbing so much I couldnt see to drive. I guess its a long shot, but maybe you folks can help him in some way. It was heart wrenching. 

And so the first steps were taken to save Clyde, a dear sheep who had, until that desperate email hit our inbox, been on the wrong side of kindness. But it was not only Clyde who was to get lucky from that heartfelt plea, as a sweet young ewe was to find her way into the pound as well. At least one of these sheep, we are led to believe, escaped the abattoir on the other side of the road. Finding solace in each other, the two quickly became inseparable and although they were more than comfortable in the company of each other, we have rarely witnessed sheep more terrified of humans.


The story of Bonnie and Clyde and their epic turn of fate speaks true to the notion of never giving up on a long shot, just as we promise to not give up on them. We hope that with time, Bonnie and Clyde will include we humans in their circle of friends. Only time will tell, though, on that score.



Columbia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Im not sure she is going to make it, were the first words we heard as little Columbia came into our world. Found barely clinging to life on a property with a very poor track record for caring for lambs, a kindly neighbour was able to secure the lifeline little Columbia needed to give her a chance at lifebut had help come too late? Fears were heightened as the thermometer gave us little incentive for hope, but a shot of glucose, warmth and love most certainly did, for not long thereafter Columbia stood and baaed out, Whats all the fuss about folks? and the little mite hasnt looked back since!

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Finding Dakota "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Whilst on the outside he may have seemed a tough blokey bloke, on the inside he had a heart of gold. And that was all little Dakota lamb needed to wrest her to the right side of living and sadly away from the side of her long-dead mum. Spied by a passing motorist, the wee lamb was desperately trying to feed from her mother, who would never again be able to fulfil her role. Sadly, such a tragic event occurs all too often in sheep paddocks across the country; devoid of meaningful animal protection legislation and human care to save them, so many little lambs, and indeed their mothers, just like Dakotas, slip from this world without even being noticed. But on this day, that did not happen, and to the blokey bloke who stepped in we give our thanks, not only for saving Dakotas life but also for reminding us that sometimes in life, finding a little lamb is also about discovering the goodness of the human heart.

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We have a dream "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Transcript of speech delivered at Melbourne chapter of the World Day to End Speciesism.

A wise woman once uttered the words: Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of ones time, for dreams are our realities in waiting. In dreams, we plant the seeds of our future.  

We have a dream. Each and every one of us here today has a dream, and we are here today because of our shared dream. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you all for gathering here on this remarkable day as we take that dream from the recesses of our hearts and minds and place it centre stage as we seek to make the world a kinder, more just place for all of her inhabitants.

Today we will make history, but before we move forward I want to take a look back at another historic day that occurred just under three score years ago, ironically enough too in late August. On the 28th of August to be exact, in 1963. On that day, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. stood before a crowd of dreamersthousands of people who had gathered in Washington to hear him speak. They too shared his dream that a kinder, more just world was not only possible, but was one whose time had come. His delivery of his famous I have dream speech stirred a nation into action. At the heart of Dr Kings poignant words was the idea that a persons worth should never be determined by the colour of their skin.

Today, 54 years on, we are gathered here to say that the worth of anyone should never be determined by their skin, or fur, or fleece, or feathers or fins. That species should never be a yardstick for determining the worth of anyone, and most importantly that animals should be included in that number, for they are indeed some ones and not some things.

Alice Walker said: The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.

Great thinkers, like Alice Walker and Dr Martin Luther King, have throughout history dared to follow their dreams and challenge systems that were anything but just. Although certainly not a great thinker...


Whether or not Trump is sane, Australia will follow him into nuclear war "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia is being dragged into US wars, Green Left  TONY ILTIS, September 9, 2017The threat of nuclear annihilation is closer than at any time since the end of the Cold War as two heads of state use nuclear weapons as props in what looks like a fight between two adolescent boys.

On one side is a narcissistic bully, born to inherit great power and with credible reports that his personal life includes indulging in acts of sadism, whose policies in government are driven by a combination of xenophobia, ego and whim and who is threatening nuclear Armageddon if he doesnt get his way.

On the other side is North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

In a situation where Russias belligerent President Vladimir Putin is able to play the role of a level-headed voice of sanity, some Western countries are distancing themselves from US President Donald Trump, or at least urging caution. But not Australia

Since the 1940s, Australian governments of both parties have been keen to promote Australia as Washingtons most loyal ally, regardless of the sanity of the incumbent US president. The policy is based on the premise that if Australia unquestioningly follows the US into any wa...


11 nuclear power plants lie in the path of Hurricane Irma "IndyWatch Feed"

What Lies In Irmas Path, Five Thirty Eight, By Rachael DottleRitchie King and Ella Koeze, Sep. 8, 2017 what lies in that path? We cant say for sure, but within the so-called cone of uncertainty for Irma, there are 11 nuclear power plants, hundreds of hospitals and a slew of hazardous waste containment sites that could become sources of environmental contamination.



Is the Federal Nuclear Waste Dump plan a TROJAN HORSE FOR AN INTERNATIONAL NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP? "IndyWatch Feed"


The Federal Government has released the shortlist of six sites for the location of a national radioactive waste dump.  Three of these sites are in South Australia.

Friends of the Earth Adelaide is cautious about the Federal Governments genuine commitment to a voluntary site nomination and selection process.

The test will be how the government handles community opposition, how inclusive and transparent the site selection process will be, and how it will handle the issue of existing South Australian legislation banning the establishment of a nuclear waste dump, said Nectaria Calan of Friends of the Earth Adelaide.

The National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012, the Act governing the site selection process, over-rides existing state legislation prohibiting the establishment of a nuclear waste dump.

Will the Federal Government impose a nuclear waste dump on states that have legislated against it, or communities that do not want it? asked Ms Calan.

The location of a waste dump cannot simply be decided through individual nominations, said Ms Calan.  It affects the wider community, particularly those in close proximity to the site.  Radioactive contamination knows no property boundaries.  The principle of voluntarism extends beyond the individual whe...


Nationals rally against Clean Energy Target plan "IndyWatch Feed"

Nationals rally against energy plan
The Nationals have fired a warning shot across Malcolm Turnbulls bow by passing a motion opposing the proposed Clean Energy Target. (subscribers only)


Australian politicians mindless backing of Trump "IndyWatch Feed"

Australian politicians back Trumps unhinged nuclear threats, Red Flag, MICK ARMSTRONG, 11 SEPT 17, We are facing the greatest threat of nuclear war since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis: a nuclear war that would make the terrible destruction the US wreaked on the defenceless populations of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki seem like a kindergarten affair.

What is the response of the Australian government? It has gone out of its way to declare its full-blooded support for a warmongering US president who has promised fire and fury against North Korea.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced he was absolutely of one mind with Donald Trump over North Korea after a very warm 30 minute phone conversation with the US president on 6 September.

Previously, Turnbull had proclaimed that we are joined at the hip with the US.:

This belligerent rhetoric is simply egging on Trump, who tweeted that the US is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea. If this threat were carried out, it would devastate US trade with China and plunge the world economy into depression, throwing tens of millions of workers across the globe out of their jobs

Meanwhile, in an attempt to outdo Turnbulls warmongering, former PM Tony Abbott has called for Australia urgently to consider a missile defence system. If adopted, this proposal would provoke a regional arms race and divert billions of dollars away from vitally needed public services.

Labors stance has been virtually indistinguishable from the Liberals. Bill Shorten said, Australians should be reassured that on this matter of North Korea and our national security, the politics...


A Hiroshima nuclear bombing survivor remembers "IndyWatch Feed"

A Hiroshima survivors apocalyptic tale underscores Japanese abhorrence for the Bomb, Straits Times, Ravi Velloor, Associate Editor, 9 Sept 17  Mrs Yoshiko Kajimoto, now a sprightly 86, experienced the blast first-hand. She knows something of wars: She had just entered secondary school when the Second Sino-Japanese War broke out and in the sixth grade when the Pacific War, as Japanese call World War II, broke out. And she was in the 9th grade when the bomb arrived.

Middle school kids were mobilised for the war effort. For this reason, she was in a factory making propeller parts, 2.5km from the blast centre when the moment came.

It was a clear day without the trace of a cloud, she said, hands and voice steady as she recounted the trauma. It had been warm since early morning and there were no warnings of an air raid.



Man charged with stalking Lismore residents "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man has appeared in court charged with stalking and entering enclosed lands at Lismore last week.

About 7.45pm last Monday (September 4), a 35-year-old man approached a house in Laurel Avenue and several times attempted to enter the house, which is occupied by two women aged 23 and 30-years old.

The incident was reported to police.

Then about 12.30pm on Saturday (September 9), the same man attended a house in Dalziel Street, Lismore. He allegedly walked through the front door uninvited and left shortly afterwards.

The man allegedly returned to the house later that evening and attempted to gain entry by knocking on the doors and windows around the house.

Police attended and arrested the man. He was taken to Lismore Police Station and charged with  stalking/intimidating and intending fear or physical harm and entering enclosed land without lawful excuse.

He was refused bail and appeared in Lismore Bail Court on 10 September 2017.

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South Australias naval defence interests aiming for nuclear submarines, eventually? "IndyWatch Feed"

Dan Monceaux Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, 8 September 2017.

Naval defence interests (including ADF, ASC, DCNS, Thales) in the Port Adelaide area are expanding their presences as Australias Future Submarine Program advances. DCNS was awarded the contract in April 2016. The Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A was the chosen design.

The French fleet of Barracuda class submarines is being fitted with nuclear propulsion, provided by Areva. The Australian build is expected to use diesel propulsion, but the prospect of a hybrid (some diesel propelled, some nuclear) has been speculated upon.


Spice has a new lease of life! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


All alone, Spice had taken refuge in a nature reserve bordered by a housing estate, walking track and its adjacent busy major arterial highway, and a noisy train line. Whilst life may have seemed okay for the handsome young buck, sadly it was only a matter of time before it would not. And yet again we give thanks to Manfred Zabinskas of Five Free Freedoms Animal Rescue for ensuring this dear, albeit terrified of humans, goat received just the right shot of kindness to rein him in. By just what circumstance Spice was where he was, we will never be entirely sure, but with some of Melbournes major abattoirs none too far away, we feel a likely suspect is found.


However, Spices past is now truly his past as he can look towards a new life here at Edgars Mission peppered with all sorts of kindnesses, goaty jungle gyms and of course new buddies. And on the latter score we are pleased to say he has made firm friends with dear Humbug, a now-senior member of our goat herd, who came to us as an orphan many moons ago. Seeing the two of them together, you can almost hear dear Humbug whisper in Spices ear, Youre safe now buddy, youre at Edgars Mission.



Growth lobby trolls and journos, population theories and growth religion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Van Badham, the author of an insulting Guardian piece against Dick Smith, (Thursday 7 September 2017) parades the usual cliches about 'educating women' to deal with population growth, despite the obvious fact that although women in Australia still have relatively high rates of literacy, our population just keeps growing faster and faster. Not because Australian women are having huge families, but because mass immigration from overseas contributes 60% of Australia's population growth. How is education going to fix that, Ms Van Badham?

Not progress

Most people in Australia and the rest of the Anglosphere are educated to believe in a sort of chronological continuous improvement, which they know as 'progress'. This 'progress' explanation is used to excuse all kinds of costs imposed by change. (We also hear, 'Change is good'). But much coercive and costly change is caused by catering to overpopulation and overdevelopment, and both these ills are engineered by powerful people. Over the last 20 years in Australia, the mainstream media has represented the growth lobby by pushing rapid population growth as an economic norm, as an inevitable demographic fact, and has played its only card - the race card - against the many more rational objections.

Rent a troll

With the rise of the internet, the beneficiaries of engineered population growth use crowds of trolls to defend these costs and the growth lobby's excesses on the internet, so that when critics of rapid population growth go to 'progressive' sites that push growth, they will get all kinds of flack. The trolls are designed to frighten questioners away. People should not be misled to believe that the nasty attacks on people who question population growth are sincere - they are too similar and irrational to be spontaneous - but they do need to be countered.

A recent and gross example have been a majority of comments on an article, "I get why you're angry, Dick Smith. The ABC ignores my ideas all the time," in The Guardian (Thursday 7 September 2017) about Dick Smith's ad against massive population growth. You can see these comments here:


Giles Parkinson on Australias Energy Comedy Show "IndyWatch Feed"

Nationals demand coal target as energy politics spirals into loony fog, REneweconomy By Giles Parkinson on 11 September 2017 It barely seems believable, but the politics of energy has just gotten worse. A week that began with a bizarre push to extend the life of a decrepit, 50-year-old power plant in the hope of keeping the lights on, finished with the Nationals demanding that no further subsidies be given to renewable energy.

Instead, they said, they should be given to last centurys technology: coal. At their annual conference on the weekend, the National voted, in effect, for a coal energy target. It wants the federal government to give out loans to support the coal industry.

Nationals leader and deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce continued his bizarre riff about people being stuck in lifts, desperate to go to the loo, if the energy system had too much wind and solar. He seemed to think that closing Liddell in 2022 would cause the lights to go out in 2017.

Former resources minister, and Joyces ex chief of staff Matt Canavan, joined in, describing renewables as a short term sugar hit for jobs.

One s...


ZAP/POOFness Report: "It's Alright" -- September 10, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Date: Sun, September 10, 2017 11:12 pm


East 17

Don't you worry 'cause it's alright

Don't you worry child of the night
'Cause in the morning come
With the new day sun
Love and everlasting light
We are the seed of the new breed
We'll succeed, our time has come
We are the new
These words are true
Let the light of love shine through

It's alright
It's alright
It's alright
It's really alright
It's alright
It's really alright

Alright, alright
Everything's gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything's gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything's gonna be alright
Alright, alright
It's really alright

No don't be so sad
'Cause love is by your side
No don't be so sad
'Cause life is too short to live
No don't be so sad
I'll be mad if you're this
It's alright
The message that I give

We are the seed of the new breed
We'll succeed, our time has come
We are the new
These words are true
Let the light of love shine through

It's alright
It's alright
It's alright
It's really alright
It's alright
It's really alright

Alright, alright
Everything's gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything's gonna be alright
Alright, alright
Everything's gonna be alright
Alright, alright
It's really alright

Listen to me, dreams can come true
Call out to love it will answer you
Forget your troubles and smile
Let your heart speak awhile
Let the light of love shine through

We are the seed of the new breed
We'll succeed, our time has come
We are the new
These words are true
Let the light of love shine through

It's alright
It's alright
It's alright........


A most welcome Vollie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


We all know that volunteers make the world go round, right? Without their endless and selfless hours of support, countless not-for-profit organisations, just like ours, would not exist. That is why we here at Edgars Mission salute you! And in honour of you all, we have named who could well be the sweetest and most gentle goat we have ever met Vollie.


Vollies most kind and friendly nature, which shows no hint of fear of we humans, indicates she has known much kindness and love in her life, and it is for this reason we are at a loss to understand how she became lost and abandoned. Even though that mystery will never be solved, we give thanks that each day Vollie brightens our world as she nibbles on our chins and nestles into our hearts and straw-filled barn. Welcome Vollie, a most welcome addition to our team.

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Climate change: China will ban petrol cars "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the big worries around climate change is what would happen to the climate when China's 1.2 billion people start living like dirty Americans. The good news is that we're probably not going to have to find out, because China has decided to follow a cleaner path:

China is joining France and Britain in announcing plans to end sales of petrol and diesel cars.

China's industry ministry is developing a timetable to end production and sale of traditional fuel cars and will promote development of electric technology, state media on Sunday cited a Cabinet official as saying.

The reports gave no possible target date, but Beijing is stepping up pressure on automakers to accelerate development of electrics.

This is going to make a massive difference, by preventing an enormous future emissions source. But its not just about climate change: air pollution in parts of China is bad enough to cause social unrest, so its tackling that too.

Meanwhile, the US will probably treat its shitty, dirty, inefficient gas-guzzling cars the same way it treats firearms, and refuse to give them up no matter how insane the consequences of keeping them are. Because proper regulation to save the planet (and prevent superstorms like the one currently drowning Florida) would be against their twisted national pride in backwardness or something. But with the rest of the world acting, they may end up forced to change if their car companies want to still have export markets. Alternatively, they can end up as a technological as well as a social and environmental backwater.


Hackers Break Equifax Big Time! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to the reality of the Digital World and there are those in government who want to eliminate cash and force everyone into electronic deposits. Well the new data breach at credit bureau Equifax appears to have affected up to 143 million U.S. adults. On top of that, Equifax has been slow to deal with the issue. This is reminiscent of the real Insider Trading from the 1930s when directors realized the company was broke so they sold their stock before any announcement. Here we have the companys chief financial officer and two other senior executives cashing in on almost $2 million of Equifax stock once they learned about the hack, according to Business Insiders Mohammed Hadi and Bryan Logan.

The Equifax data breach may have really profound lasting effects . Because they may have access to your information on consumers credit reports, including their Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and drivers license numbers, they could open credit accounts in consumers names. They then could file an income tax return and get a refund before you even file your taxes. The Federal Trade Commission warned consumers last Friday to file their taxes early as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can.

The IRS doesnt initiate any contact with taxpayers by email, text message or social-media channels requesting any information. If anyone is contacted, be very concerned and do not answer and questions or validate anything. Call an account ASAP.



Devastating Climate Change-Linked Floods Submerge Parts of South Asia "IndyWatch Feed"

1,200 Die as Devastating Climate Change-Linked Floods Submerge Parts of South Asia      8 September 2017  Indian floods: Families devastated after unprecedented monsoon season    ITV News Some of the victims of Indias worst ever flooding have shown the extent of the devastation as authorities face accusations they have abandoned families caught up in the disaster. 1,200 Die as Devastating Climate Change-Linked Floods Submerge Parts of South Asia

India is one of several South Indian countries to suffer huge floods in the this years unprecedented monsoon season.

More than 1,400 are thought to have died across four countries. Many more saw their homes washed away, families split up, and crops on which they depended to survive ruined.

The crisis has had relatively little worldwide coverage, with news organisations more focused on hurricanes on the other side of the world.

But both are linked to changing weather patterns due to climate change that are expected to drive more extreme weather in the years to come.

In India, the poverty-stricken northern state of Bihar was among the worst affected

 weeks after the flood first struck, there has been virtually no Government aid to help victims.

Instead, local charities have been left to deliver emergency supplies.

There were also questions over why there had no been warnings to evacuate or prepare ahead of the floods.

Ashish Ranjan, a volunteer flood relief coordinator, said deaths could have been prevented.

Imagine the misery people went through. If we had an early warning system, a lot of lives could have been saved.

People could have moved to safer places and they could save their belongings.



Hitch-hiker steals car and dumps driver at Goonellabah "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man has been arrested after it is alleged he assaulted another man and stole his car at Goonellabah last week.

About 1.50pm Friday (September 8), a 27-year-old man was driving his car along Skyline Road when he noticed a man hitch-hiking. The driver stopped and picked the man up and travelled to a number of locations in Goonellabah.

The driver stopped near a shopping complex on Rous Road when it its alleged the passenger punched the driver to the face and pushed him out of the car. The man then allegedly drove from the location.

About 9am Sunday (September 10), a 26-year-old man attended Casino Police Station. He was arrested and charged with assaulting with intent to take a motor vehicle. He was granted conditional bail to appear in Lismore Local Court on 9 October 2017.

Police attended the mans address and located and seized a motor vehicle.

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Nuclear power the least viable alternative to fossil fuels "IndyWatch Feed"

Why Nuclear Energy May Not Be Our Best Alternative Option To Fossil Fuel, Forbes, 9 Sept 17 , Michael Barnard, low-carbon innovation analyst, on Quora..Nuclear .environmentalists arent nuclear powers problem.

Its first problem is that it keeps getting more expensive while alternatives keep getting cheaper. It was in global decline in terms of absolute and relative generation since 2005, with a small uptick last year due to Chinas deployment. Thats because its expensive compared to alternatives. Until recently it was fiscally challenged by natural gas generation. A handful of years ago it stopped being competitive with onshore wind. Now its not cost competitive with utility scale solar. Depending on the forecast, its either not competitive with offshore wind today or in the next two years.

Efforts to make nuclear cheaper, like CCS, have failed. The Toshiba Westinghouse AP1000 was supposed to be a standard, easy to build, cheaper option. Its turned out to be incredibly expensive in reality and Toshiba Westinghouse has entered bankruptcy. A recent US report on next generation fission technologies found that roughly $2 billion had been spent with no progress. Fusions best hope is the ITER Tokamak which is expected to go live in prototype with no gener...


The Target Week of 9/11 Storms to North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Marty, You said in Orlando last year you ran your models on where to locate in Florida and said a big one was due in 2017. Now with your target coming into play for the week of 9/11 and the storm about to hit you area, do you think this target of 9/11 pinpointed both?

ANSWER: It is an interesting coincidence if such things really exist. I suppose we will not know until this week in over. As far as the storm, yes I ran the models and the best area was the West Coast or Florida. It is not immune. When I grew up, my uncle lost his house on the beach in New Jersey twice during the 1960s. New Jersey is also not immune.

As far as Catagory 5 Hurricanes, as I explained this was the 32nd since 1924 and it should have been the biggest (Pi Cycle). They were forecasting it would run up the East Coast and avoid Cuba. Without using their weather models, cyclically Cuba should have been hit. Likewise, the hit should have been on the West Coast. I did not select Tampa because it is one of the lowest 5 lying cities at virtual water level and is prone to flooding during a flash summer rain storm. I think Tampa would get hit perhaps more so than St Petersburg.

However, the last direct hit was the Tampa Bay hurricane of 1921 which was a Category 3 (111 mph to 130 mph) hurricane.  In 1921, the combined population of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties was 135,000. Today, it is 2.7 million. The Tampa Bay hurricane of 1921 (also known as the 1921 Tarpon Springs hurricane) is the most recent major hurricane to strike the Tampa Bay Area.

Our office is not on the ground floor. My home is concrete and elevated up one floor. We will just have to see what happens. I agree, it is coming the same target week we had in markets and North Korea. I suppose this is a reflect on Murphys Law whatever can go wrong will go wrong all at the same time.


Money for Life (secret promo) "IndyWatch Feed"

This week I'm running a secret promo code for our upcoming workshop, especially for blog readers. 

Details of the workshop are here (or click the image below).

And to get your promo code email with the email title "Blog promo".


Massive day of action for forests on Threatened Species Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Web_Convergence3_copy.jpgFriends of the Earth's forest collective organised a massive day of action for National Threatened Species Day last week, on September 7th. 

Our forest campaign released a report with Goongerah Environment Centre and Fauna and Flora Research Collective documenting 27 cases of logging in Victoria that breached environmental protections for threatened wildlife and rainforest over the last three years.


FoE mobilised dozens of volunteers who held several actions across the city highlighting the reports findings and recommendations.


Green Cities Conference "IndyWatch Feed"

Co-hosted annually by Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the Property Council of Australia (Property Council), Green Cities is Australia's premier sustainability conference for the built environment and this year we're exploring our role in Energising Communities.


The Australian Government must encourage public debate, not restrict the right of charities to speak up "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government must ensure that amendments to foreign donation laws do not unintentionally silence legitimate democratic debate and discussion, the Human Rights Law Centre told the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. The Committee is conducting a review of political donations as part of its broader inquiry into the conduct of the 2016 election.

Emily Howie, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said there is a real risk that the Committees proposed prohibition on international donations to third parties would stifle charities participation in public debate.

Being able to vibrantly debate matters of public interest is crucial to a good democracy. We appreciate the need to address the complex issue of foreign influence in Australian politics. But the real issue here is that in its attempt to improve the transparency of Australian elections, the Government may cast the net too wide and hamper the activities of local charities who are working for social good, said Ms Howie.

In an earlier report, the Government members of the Committee recommended a prohibition on donations from foreign citizens and foreign entities to Australian registered political parties, associated entities and third parties. The ban on third parties could prohibit international donations towards Australian charities and not-for-profit groups whose work is not currently considered political and regulated under the Electoral Act.

A foreign donation ban on charities is clearly a step in the wrong direction. Autocratic governments around the world are stifling criticism in exactly this way. Australia should not follow that trend, said Ms Howie.

Charities provide a valuable contribution to public discussion in a way that informs both voters and policymakers.

One of the things that makes our democracy great is having an informed public debate with a range of voices. Charities working for public benefit are and should be a key voice in these debates. The Government should be safeguarding their free speech, not stifling it, said Ms Howie.

Download the Human Rights Law Centres submission here.

Download Defending Democracy - a report that highlights the urgent need to safeguard independent civil society voices.

For further information or interview please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519


Britain, France and China move to end petrol and diesel cars "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Although we have heard little about it, France, Britain and now China are now moving to put an end to sales of cars that use petrol and diesel, as an important means to cut back on global warming emissions.

No target dates have been set yet. But there is no doubt that this represents a significant shift in thinking.

The news came out in a statement made by Chinas industry ministry.

The reason why China is so important is that it is the worlds biggest market in term the number of vehicles sold.

Deputy minister Xin Guobin said that the ministry has begun research on formulating a timetable to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles, he told the Xinhua News Agency and newspaper the Peoples Daily.

To date, the Chinese government has supported the development of electric cars with billions of dollars in research subsidies and provided incentives to buyers to purchase cleaner cars. However, the financial burden is going to be increasingly shifted to the car making companies.

By next year, hybrid vehicles will have to make up 8 percent of each manufacturers total coming off the assembly lines and rise, up to 12 percent by 2020. Sales of new hybrids are steadily climbing and make up 40 percent of global sales.

I China, state owned companies have been instructed to speed up the building of a national network of charging stations, to make the use of electric cars more attractive.

Chinese automaker BYD Auto, a unit of battery maker BYD Ltd, in a 50-50 partnership with Germanys Daimler, is the worlds biggest electric car maker, developing major markets in the United states, Europe and Latin America.

Meanwhile, Britain and France announced in July that they will stop selling petrol and diesel by 2040, as part of their own effort.

It shows how far behind Australia is.



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Firearm Amnesty: Over 13,000 Weapons Surrendered Across NSW "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Australians have surrendered more than 400 firearms a day since July, as part of the latest national gun amnesty. The federal government implemented the scheme this year, promising tough penalties for anyone who fails to surrender illegal firearms. Police say the results have been astounding with about 26,000 firearms

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 5.10 AUD


Watch the New Diana Anaid Video Cant Apologise "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Diana Anaid Diana Anaid, the poster-child for 90s Australian indie folk music, returns with her new single Cant Apologise. Taken from her upcoming album My Queen (due 15th September), Cant Apologise was produced by Steve James (Screaming Jets, Skunkhour, Sex Pistols) with a video shot on location in Los Angeles by Nick []


Rogue State: Israel launches more 'surprise airstrikes' on Syia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Immediately after Israel's latest unprovoked strike on Syria we posed the question, did Benjamin Netanyahu just panic? The answer is yes, Israel is now acting from a position of desperation as it has failed in its goal of regime change in Syria. Overnight (Wed. evening/Thursday early morning), Israel attacked a Syrian military base near the town of Masyaf at about 3:00 a.m. which Syria has now confirmed in a statement that warns of "serious repercussions". Syria reported two troop deaths in the attack. It appears to have been a massive strike - grainy photos show a large fireball lighting up the night sky outside of Masyaf. Israel appears to have timed its attack to occur on the very night a controversial U.N. report was released earlier in the day (Wednesday) which blames the Assad government for using chemical weapons against civilians at Khan Sheikhoun in April. A number of Israeli analysts and media reports purport the Masyaf base to be a site for chemical and non-conventional weapons storage (such as "barrel bombs") while claiming the attack was motivated by "humanitarian" concern for Syrian civilians.

Rogue State: Israel launches more 'surprise airstrikes' on Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Immediately after Israel's latest unprovoked strike on Syria we posed the question, did Benjamin Netanyahu just panic? The answer is yes, Israel is now acting from a position of desperation as it has failed in its goal of regime change in Syria. Overnight (Wed. evening/Thursday early morning), Israel attacked a Syrian military base near the town of Masyaf at about 3:00 a.m. which Syria has now confirmed in a statement that warns of "serious repercussions". Syria reported two troop deaths in the attack. It appears to have been a massive strike - grainy photos show a large fireball lighting up the night sky outside of Masyaf. Israel appears to have timed its attack to occur on the very night a controversial U.N. report was released earlier in the day (Wednesday) which blames the Assad government for using chemical weapons against civilians at Khan Sheikhoun in April. A number of Israeli analysts and media reports purport the Masyaf base to be a site for chemical and non-conventional weapons storage (such as "barrel bombs") while claiming the attack was motivated by "humanitarian" concern for Syrian civilians.


Ashbery made strange "IndyWatch Feed National"

My favourite living poet, a poet who seemed like hed never stop writing, died in his sleep in his home in Hudson, New York, on Sunday 3rd of September, a strangely appropriate way to go, perhaps, for John Ashbery unconscious, half in this world, half in another, kind of like his poems.


10 bands you need to see at Brisbane Festival this month "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia is home to a pretty amazing music scene, and one of the most immersive and prolific music scenes in the country can be found in Brisbane. So of course, what better place to have an annual festival of arts, culture, and music?

Filled with some of the finest and most eclectic musical acts that youll find in the country, Brisbane Festival is the annual party that brings a stack of our favourite bands to the Sunshine State. With this years festival running from September 9 30 across the city, there are so many great acts to see, so check out the full lineup here and ten of our picks below.

London Grammar

Arguably the biggest act on this years lineup, the English trio are set to perform one of the most intimate and ethereal shows of the Brisbane Festival. Fresh from releasing their second record Truth Is A Beautiful Thing back in June, London Grammar are undoubtedly going to blow audiences away with their lush sounds and emotive songs. Definitely one that youll want to put on the top of your list.

London Grammar
Saturday, September 23rd
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets: Brisbane Festival


Ah yes, one of Brisbanes most famous rock groups is coming back home to pay homage to one of rock musics most famous records. Celebrating 50 years since the release of The Velvet Undergrounds The Velvet Underground & Nico, the Brisbane boys are joined by Seja and Mindy Meng Wang for this performance, which will undoubtedly serve as both a musical history lesson, and a non-stop party. This will definitely be a unique event for fans of the Gurge and The Velvet Underground, so make sure you dont miss this one.

Regurgitator Performs The Velvet Underground & Nico
Wednesday, September 20th
The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Tickets: Brisbane Festival

The Preatures

The Preatures are arguably...


5 Common Mistakes People Make on Their Spiritual Journey "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I still have a long way to go, but Im already so far from where I used to be, and Im proud of that. ~ Unknown

Just like any student, Ive made mistakes throughout my spiritual journey.

Although I prefer to see mistakes as learning opportunities, below are a few things Ive learned not to do through my years of meditation and detox weekends and constant effort to stay on the divine side of life.

1. Constantly looking for answers externally

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In which Lloydie and the featherless Major Mitchell flap about to deliver a Monday dose of flapdoodle ... "IndyWatch Feed"

And so to why the reptiles really irritate the pond and have produced this blog of misinformation and rampant stupidity ...

What fool would assert that hurricanes are man- or woman- or person-made?

An even bigger question ... what bigger fool would think that sort of non-sequitur opening is the sensible way to start a discussion?

Now sure if your idea of science is to consult witches, warlocks or Hollywood personalities, you might come across someone clueless enough not to know hurricanes have been around for a long time ...

And the specious clap-trap that follows - climate change is not behind these devastating weather patterns - is an equally meretricious piece of clap trap ...

Heaven and earth are ruthless, and treat the myriad creatures as straw dogs; the sage is ruthless, and treats the people as straw dogs.

That's how you can get a sage to head a column with the straw dog Hurricanes like Irma and Harvey at not caused by climate change ...

Who said they were?


Incorrect Identification Leads to Wrongful Conviction "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A recent case in Western Australia has highlighted the consequences for innocent people of police incorrectly identifying suspects. The case involved a 24-year-old Indigenous man who was arrested thirteen years ago and charged with causing grievous bodily harm. Police mistakenly identified the man as a 17-year old with the same name, and prosecuted him through

The post Incorrect Identification Leads to Wrongful Conviction appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

Shooting at Hurricane Irma: The Seriousness of Humour "IndyWatch Feed"

It has all the ingredients of screwball stand up comedy, the necessary corrective to end-of-the-world scenarios. And there she was, Irma, blowing herself through the room And I shot her. But humour is in scant supply for authorities who have been paying attention to the relentless movements of Hurricane Irma.  Irma, who sounds like

The post Shooting at Hurricane Irma: The Seriousness of Humour appeared first on The AIM Network.


Response From ABS to Marriage Law Postal Survey Questions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On 16 August I sent the ABS a list of fourteen questions regarding the conduct of the Marriage Law Postal Survey, in particular regarding count quality assurance issues.  Some of the questions were answered in subsequent public debate.  The response below was received today, September 11, from Michael Wilson of ABS and is reproduced in full.  My questions as sent are in italics.  My thanks to the ABS for their detailed responses at this busy time.

I have added some comments of my own below the responses, and may add more later.

ABS Responses To Questions

1. Will, as appears to be the case, survey responses be being processed and counted while the time window for submitting responses is still open?  
The survey responses will be data captured during the collection period, which is a common process for the ABS. The survey responses will not be finalised until after the 7th of November.

2. If yes to 1, what will happen if a respondent reports that their survey has been stolen (or that they did not receive a survey) after their vote has already been received and processed.  
If an eligible Australian reports that a form has been stolen, the ABS will mark the original barcode as invalid. The ABS will count the replacement form when it is returned, rather than the original form. The processing of valid and invalid forms will be conducted at the end of the collection period so there is no risk the survey return is already processed.

3. Will automatic character recognition be used to count survey responses?  
No. The ABS will use optical mark recognition not character recognition to identify Yes and No responses.  

4. If yes to 3, will there be manual verification (eg by checking images on a computer screen as done in the 2016 Senate election) that every survey response has been scanned correctly?
There will be processes for q...


Conference strengthens push for an independent foreign policy for Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) held an important and successful conference in in Melbourne this last weekend.

Participants, including indigenous Australians, came from around Australia to discuss the matters of war, peace and independence, connecting this to the need to keep Australia out of US instigated wars, removing foreign military bases on Australian soil and putting into place an independent foreign policy.

IPAN is a network of over 70 affiliates, including Church groups, unions and a range of community organisations and individuals, sharing concern over the control over Australian affairs emanating from Australias alliance with the United States, servicing elite and corporate interests in that country, rather than the needs of the peoples of both.

The emergence and growth of the of the network, reflects rising opposition to sending Austrealins overseas to fight in someone elses predatory wars, the use of Australian soil forforein milkitary bases and the stationing of marines in Darwin.

Key speakers from overseas were;

American global strategy is based on the containment of China and Russia, which are regarded as economic and political threats. It is on this notion that that former president Barack Obama began the pivot into the Asia Pacific region. The outcome has been the growth of naval and air power presence,  involving the expansion of military bases,  the positioning of troopsand threats, which increase tensions.  Australia is participating is a player in all of this and therefore contributing to the miltarisation of the region.

As well as hosting marines in Darwin, Australia takes part in regular military exercises, aimed at further securing military positions in a war scenario.

The Turnbull government has become militarily involved in both the North China Sea and Korean issues, taking part in gunboat diplomacy. Th...


No way to run a justice system "IndyWatch Feed"

National ran of ideas on what to do as a government long ago, so it has been pushing being "tough on crime". Part of this has been trying to tighten access to bail. But longer sentences and no bail means full prisons... which in turn means Corrections are now assisting prisoners to get bail to free up cells:

Corrections has set up a dedicated team to help get inmates out of prison on electronic bail because it is running out of cells in which to keep them.

The specialist team initially targeted the growing number of female prisoners on remand by helping get electronic bail and a release from prison until their cases could be heard.

Corrections has confirmed the programme has now spread across the entire prison population as the number of inmates grows beyond the levels expected because of "tough on crime" policies.

On the one hand, this is good, because people shouldn't go to prison until they're actually convicted (innocent until proven guilty and all that). On the other, as the article points out, Corrections shoving people up the queue for bail hearings raises separation-of-powers and equal justice issues. And on the gripping hand, the overall picture is of a completely dysfunctional government which has no idea what it is doing, and is unwilling to pay the price of their policies by building new prisons, leaving agencies to just kludge along like this. And that's simply no way to run a justice system.


Adelaide Tackles Homelessness Head-On "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Australian politicians have recognised that the issue of homelessness wont just go away. While the number of people sleeping rough around Australia increases, the response by many politicians has been to push for new laws that criminalise homelessness and move rough sleepers out of sight. In mid-August, the Berejiklian government

The post Adelaide Tackles Homelessness Head-On appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Doug Mesner/Satanist Lucien Greaves and His Threats to Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday morning I woke to a threat that someone had come into my yard- left in the comments on YouTube in my interview with Lift the Veiland I did a video explaining what had happened

After Receiving a Credible Threat Yesterday- My Police Ended Up Filing a Report

Then today- Doug Mesner Satanic founder Lucien Greaves, who ALSO said he lives in Tacoma WA-admitted that he was the one who was in my yard and sent the threat- all because I was ignoring him

This explains why all of the videos on that protection order dealt SOLELY with Doug Mesner and had NOTHING to do with the petitioners of that protection order.

Afterwards- later this afternoon- this comment was posted.



Documents relating to the Nomination of Barnaby Joyce to run for election to The House of Representatives in 2013 Federal Election "IndyWatch Feed"

Follow up sent to Australian Electoral Commission by Richard Smith on September 11, 2017.
RE: FOI request LS6224 Thanks for your response of 8 September. I have reviewed the enclosed Decision Letter and the released documents and I be...


The Former President Of Mexico Just Took His Trolling Of Donald Trump Up A Notch "IndyWatch Feed National"

New Matildas Insider first reported on this back in June, but former Mexican president Vicente Fox is back trolling the worlds most powerful man.

In a video released last week, by Youtube Channel SuperDeluxe, Fox opens the batting by referring to Trump as last years rotting Halloween Pumpkin. Things get much more scathing from that point forward.

The apparent reason for the video is Fox officially announcing his candidacy for President of the United States in 2020. Under the US constitution, you must have been born in the US to run for president. Fox figures if Trump can make it to the oval office, then anyone can.

We wont spoil anymore of the punch-lines, but just know that its worth sticking around until the end of the 5:47 minute video, when Fox shows a new range of Make America Great Again caps, including Always ask before grabbing a pussy.


The post The Former President Of Mexico Just Took His Trolling Of Donald Trump Up A Notch appeared first on New Matilda.



Julie Bishop Is Passionate About Womens Rights. Except Maybe Women From Africa. "IndyWatch Feed"

Australian mining companies in Perth lined up last week to learn more about exploiting Africas mineral wealth. In the second of a three-part series Lucy Manne from ActionAid explains while African women will be the big losers.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she is passionate about gender equality, and has often used her platform to promote womens rights. In Vogue last year, she wrote that an important aspect of my responsibilities is ensuring that Australia and our international partners can empower more women, and that Australia is recognised as world leader in supporting gender equality and womens empowerment.

Yet late last week, she stood in front of a room full of men at the Africa Down Under conference in Perth, and endorsed an industry that has systematically caused violations of womens rights and fuelled violence, injustice and inequality.

The conference held at the 5-star Pan Pacific Hotel with an admission price of $1,700 a ticket  promotes the Australian mining industrys rapid expansion into Africa, where Australian companies are now more numerous than companies from anywhere else in the world.

Presenters at the conference include ministers and senior government officials from across Africa and Australia, plus captains of the Australian mining industry. And with just a handful of exceptions, including our Foreign Minister, they are almost all men by our count, about 92% to be precise.

Perhaps this gender disparity helps explain why womens rights has been the elephant in the room at the Africa Down Under conference. The evidence from the UN, civil society organisations, and affected communities points to a serious systemic shortcoming structural violence against women embedded in the extractives sector across Africa. Women in marginalised mining affected communities are forced to shoulder the direct and indirect costs of the extractive industry, while not profiting at all.

Studies conducted by ActionAid and others have found overwhelming evidence that the mining industry in Africa systematically causes increases in gender-based violence, unpaid labour, food insecurity, water pollution, chronic health problems, and HIV rates for women. Yet the Africa Down Under conference has so far been silent on minings impacts on women and their communities.

Thats something that Francina Nkosi, a feminist activist from Lephalale in South Africa, is trying to change. This week she travelled to Perth to represent the women affected by coal mining in her hometown, and to demand that the voices of women from mining affected communities are heard at the Africa Down Under conference. It is a demand that has so far gone unheeded, and Julie Bishop has declined to meet with her.

Nkosi has experienced the actions of the Australian coal mining indust...


Anti-vaxxer equals anti-government equals terrorist "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


You are Part of the Collective Shaman "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Phillip J. Watt, Contributor
Waking Times

The role of the Shaman in the original peoples is to resolve issues of the tribe that other members were unable to rectify themselves. They heal, they influence, they transform, otherwise known as the art of magic.

Traditional and contemporary shamans do this by consciously venturing into the non-physical realm a practice called journeying to dance with the spirits of their ancestors and their land to find answers to their current affairs, and assist the energetic rivers to flow in more desired directions.

Entire cultures progressively lost their connection to themselves, each other and nature, as well as their personal exploration of esoterica. The war on metaphysics advanced. A philosophical disease called materialism took a toxic grip after industrialisation, consumerism and the technological explosion saturated peoples minds and hearts with predominately mundane and destructive conceptions of reality.

Communities were now highly fragmented and the majority of people were sucked into urbanised enslavement.

But then the internet was created. An unprecedented moment occurred in humanitys (known) history where information was being shared instantaneously to all areas of our planet, resulting with a significant amplification of cross-cultural ideas and behaviours.

A human culture, not an ethnic or regional one, was being birthed (or simply remembered).

Amongst all this dualistic madness and magic, spiritual traditions and sacred practices were being increasingly revitalised in the shadows of our collective dialogue. The re-enchantment of our world has been long underway and is now coming to the forefront of discussion in alternative and occult circles, as well as slowly leaki...


Summary of events in West Papua for August -11 Sept. 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
PO Box 28, Spit Junction, NSW 2088

                                       Summary of events in West Papua for August -11 Sept.  2017

Pacific Islands Forum 

The 48th Pacific Islands Forum was held from 4-8 September in Apia, Samoa. In a series of meetings starting with the Smaller Islands States Leaders Meeting on the 4 September, it ended with the Forum Leaders Retreat on the 8 September. The theme of this years meeting The Blue Pacific Our Sea of Islands.  

Leading up to the Forum, CSOs in the region called on the PIF leaders to continue to press Jakarta to allow a fact finding mission to West Papua.


You call that an energy plan? "IndyWatch Feed"

When Scott Morrison was challenged on Insiders about not having an energy plan, he indignantly launched into what was obviously a prepared comeback. PROBYN: You havent got a policy, theres no energy policy. MORRISON: No, no, five things. If you said we dont have a policy, heres five things. First, keep gas in Australia for

The post You call that an energy plan? appeared first on The AIM Network.



Florida animals from Zoo Miami have seen a change in scenery since the arrival of Hurricane Irma.  

The zoo has relocated smaller fragile animals such as Pink flamingoes to concrete bunkers, which is an upgrade from previous hurricanes, where flamingoes found themselves locked in toilet blocks for protection.

Zoo Miami spokesman Ron Magill says the Zoo is as ready as they can be and that workers have scrambled to secure animals and finish testing emergency equipment.

Larger animals including elephants, lions and apes have not been evacuated, but their enclosures have been heavily fortified.


Shorten addresses marriage equality rally in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaks at a rally in support for marriage equality in Sydney on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have thrown their support behind the

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaks at a rally in support for marriage equality in Sydney on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have thrown their support behind the yes vote in the same-sex marriage debate. (AAP Image/Danny Casey)

It was a great big yes from the thousands who rallied around in Brisbane and Sydney to support the Yes vote for the same-sex marriage postal survey.

PM Malcolm Turnbull did not attend the Yes rally  outside Sydneys Town Hall, where the opposition leader was passionately advocating Australians to vote in favour of same-sex marriage.

What this world needs, and what this country needs, is we need help to maintain families, we need help to raise children, and that is why we need marriage equality, Mr Shorten said.

Weve got one last mountain to climb to make marriage equality a reality; lets climb it together.

The PM did however address the NSW Liberals and Nationals for Yes campaign launch in Sydney.

Ive said this many times before the threat to marriage is not gay couples. It is a lack of loving commitment, Mr Turnbull

If the threat to marriage today is lack of commitment, then surely other couples making and maintaining a commitment sets a good rather than a bad example.

The Sydney and Brisbane events were among the biggest rallies seen for some time.

In Sydney, the rainbow crowd waved signs such as Lets end the hate, Did I vote on your marriage? and How is this not a thing yet?

In Brisbane, some held signs such as one that read Against gay marriage? Dont marry one while others brought along brightly decorated cardboard unicorns and peace signs.

But a chorus of boos rang out from the crowd when a small opposing group arrived bearing signs reading: The wicked shall be turned into he...


Details of the Mullum Music Festival Opening Night Gala "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of All Our Exes Live In Texas To help kick off their 10th anniversary the Mullum Music Festival has announced the Mullum Music Festival Opening Night Gala. The Gala, to be held on Thursday 16th November, is a limited ticket event and will feature past Mullum Music Festival patrons Mama Kin and Harry []


Living Off Grid. Rainwater Collection & Storage. "IndyWatch Feed National"

We have 4 rainwater tanks for the main house (Linstock), the main house garden & the main house outside laundry. The same 5000 gallon tank that feeds the outside laundry also feeds Elm Cottage via a 12 volt pump under the cottage. Both houses are solar powered.
 The lower cement 5000 gallon water tank is fed from the roof of the main house via down pipes from both the front & the rear of the house. The water from this lower tank is then pumped up to the higher tank which gravity feeds the main house.

 This pump is also a fire pump, it draws water from the stop cock on the side of the lower tank & pumps it up to the higher tank via a pipe that runs underground.

 This image shows the two "first flush" pipes on the lower tank. Any dirt on the roof or in the gutters is washed into these two pipes. When full, a ball float in the pipe rises to the top closing off these tow pipes & allows the rest of the water to flow into the tank. Over time, the water in these pipes is suppose...


Meanwhile back at camp inequality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barnaby Joyce. Photo Tree Faerie.

Barnaby Joyce is sick of being yelled at. Photo Tree Faerie.


Barnaby Joyce thinks Australians have made up their minds about same sex marriage and the noisy advocacy wont change that.

And the deputy prime minister just wants those advocates to get out of his face.

With survey forms hitting post boxes from Tuesday, the campaigns on both sides of the same-sex marriage have ramped up.

Tens of thousands of people rallied in support of marriage equality around the country on Sunday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten made strong cases in favour of change at campaign launches in Sydney.

But Mr Joyce says people are already sick of being yelled at.

Theyve up their mind, theyve got it worked out, theyre going to send their ballot back, he told ABC radio on Monday.

Sometimes I believe on both sides the advocacy is doing more to harm them than to help.

Barnaby Joyce clearly demonstrating his right to get married via a little gold band. Photo Tree Faerie.

In your face: Barnaby Joyce clearly demonstrating his right to get married via a little gold band. Photo Tree Faerie.

Get out of my face...


Getting marriage equality rights right "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaks at a rally in support for marriage equality in Sydney on Sunday. Photo AAP Danny Casey.

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaks at a rally in support for marriage equality in Sydney on Sunday. Photo AAP Danny Casey.


It was a yes from Malcolm Turnbull, a yes from Bill Shorten and a great big yes from the thousands who rallied around in Brisbane and Sydney to support the Yes vote for the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Ive said this many times before the threat to marriage is not gay couples. It is a lack of loving commitment, Mr Turnbull told the NSW Liberals and Nationals for Yes campaign launch in Sydney.

If the threat to marriage today is lack of commitment, then surely other couples making and maintaining a commitment sets a good rather than a bad example.

Mr Turnbull did not attend the Yes rally up the road outside Sydneys Town Hall, where the opposition leader was passionately advocating Australians to vote in favour of same-sex marriage.

What this world needs, and what this country needs, is we need help to maintain families, we need help to raise children, and that is why we need marriage equality, Mr Shorten said.

Weve got one last mountain to climb to make marriage equality a reality; lets climb it together.

The Sydney and Brisbane events were among the biggest rallies seen for some time.

In Sydney, the rainbow crowd waved signs such as Lets end the hate, Did I vote on your marriage? and How is this not a thing yet?

In Brisbane, some held signs such as one that read Against gay marriage? Dont marry one  while others brought along brightly decorated cardboard unicorns and peace signs.

But a chorus of boos rang out from the crowd when a small opposing group arrived bearing signs reading: The wicked shall be turned into hell and all nations that forget God.

Police said tensions eased when the same-sex marriage rally responded with an impromptu rendition of Gloria Gaynors &...


9/11 Unanswered Questions: Mysterious September 11, 2001 Breakfast Meeting on Capitol Hill "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We bring to the attention of our readers Michel Chossudovskys article published in 2002 pertaining to the role of Sen Bob Graham and Rep Porter Goss, chairmen of the Joint inquiry on 9/11 of the Senate and House of Representatives.


Newtown Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A view from the Artist's Seat(heehee) and display cylinder outside Newtown Neighbourhood Centre with the Medical Centre on left and the corner of Wilson St


Night calling "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

For the past week a Horsfields Bronze-cuckoo has been calling regularly throughout the night its familiar descending whistle is not exactly a lullaby!

There have been quite a few dashing about the garden during daylight hours, either chasing each other or being evicted by wary wattlebirds and honeyeaters. Meanwhile there is much to see only metres from the front door every day.

Horsfields Bronze-cuckoo, Wyndham Street Newstead, 9th September 2017


The last straw "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


This is the last straw, well, we hope so anyway. Who knew that that humble straw, yes the one you sip your cordial through, could be the cause of so much needless destruction? According to Fast Company, every year we throw 28 billion pounds of plastic into the oceans, while in the US alone around 500 million plastic straws are discarded every single day. And being so small these straws are rarely recycled finding their way into the oceans and the bodies of wildlife.

So next time youre offered a straw, please consider saying no. And if you want to do even more, sign up to Lonely Whales #stopsucking campaign and encourage others to do the same.

The Fast Company article can be found here.


48th Pacific Islands Forum Communique "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In relation to West Papua
At least mentioned in  CommuniqueI

d) West Papua (Papua)

37.Leaders recognised the constructive engagement by the Forum countries with Indonesia with respect to elections and human rights in West Papua and Papua and to continue a dialogue in an open and constructive manner.  

48th Pacific Islands Forum Communique
6:14 pm GMT+12, 10/09/2017, Samoa



Were on Vollie! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Have you heard of Vollie? Its an online platform that connects charities with skilled volunteers, and right now were uploading some projects. Were so excited to have the opportunity to connect with passionate and compassionate people all around the country and get through some projects, giving us more time to advocate for the animals so near and dear to us.

So far weve submitted projects seeking graphic designers and a photographer, please find our projects here.


Teaching Kind "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Huge shout out of thanks to the Catholic Regional College in North Keilor for allowing us to be a part of your school year. Today we hosted the last of four groups of students who have spent the day with us, sharing our vision for a kinder world for all.


If you too would like your school, community or work group come and visit Edgars Mission and partake in a thought provoking day filled with critical thinking, farm tour and animal cuddles. Please drop us a line Remember we are located in Lancefield, Victoria.


Leaked takayna 4WD track decision a betrayal of reconciliation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Saturday, 9 September 2017 - 10:00am

The Wilderness Society today condemned the action of the Hodgman Government to seek approval to expand destructive 4wd tracks across an Aboriginal cultural landscape on the takayna coast, describing it as a betrayal of trust and goodwill that run counter to any notion of reconciliation.

The announcement of the referralthrough a Friday afternoon exclusive to a single media outlet, without release of documentation or discussion with key Aboriginal stakeholderslacks transparency and goodwill and demonstrates this move is motivated by base, divisive politics in the marginal electorate of Braddon.

"Ignoring the wishes of the Aboriginal community and expanding 4WD tracks across a nationally significant Aboriginal cultural landscape is indictment enough on Premier Hodgman and Environment Minister Matthew Groom, but to do it for pure political gain is shocking.

"Just one month ago, Premier Hodgman stood on the stage with Aboriginal leaders and his Governor, pledging to progress Reconciliationbut today he has turned his back on that relationship and Aboriginal heritage, in the most manipulative and political way."

The takayna coastline is listed as National Heritage for its outstanding Aboriginal heritage values. The Hodgman plan to expand 4WD tracks in the area has been the focus of several Federal Court processes, the conclusion being that Tasmanian Government must refer its plan to the Commonwealth for assessment under federal law.

"This referral is both controversial and a process ordered by the Federal Court, yet it has been announced without a credible consultation with stakeholders, without being released publicly and without so much as a media release.

"How can Premier Hodgman claim to be able to progress reconciliation on behalf of white Tasmania, when he so blatantly acts in his, and not the Aboriginal communitys, interest?"

More information

For further comment, please contact Vica Bayley on 0400 644 939.

comms team


Man caught driving on wrong side of highway at Ewingsdale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Queensland man  arrested for driving on the wrong side of the M1 Pacific Motorway at Ewingsdale on Saturday (September 9) had driven almost 43 kilometres from Clothiers Creek.

Just after 12.30am, a Triple Zero call was received in relation to a Mitsubishi Triton utility driving at alleged high speeds into oncoming traffic on the M1 at Clothiers Creek, south of Tweed Heads.

A short time later, a police officer driving a Traffic and Highway Patrol vehicle was forced to brake harshly to avoid a head-on collision with the utility.

The Mitsubishi allegedly continued to travel south on the incorrect side of the road, reaching speeds of up to 133km/h and forcing numerous vehicles, including trucks, to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

Police closed the M1 to northbound traffic and established a road block at Ewingsdale where the utility came to a stop.

The driver, a 29-year-old man, was placed under arrest and breath-tested at the scene, returning a positive reading.

He was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis, returning an alleged reading of 0.190.

The Queensland man was charged with drive in a manner dangerous to the public and high range PCA, and had his licence suspended.

He was granted bail to appear at Mullumbimby Local Court on Friday 29 September 2017.

Motorcyclist driving dangerously

Later that same day a speeding motorcyclist was caught at Tweed Heads after a police pursuit.

At 9.40pm police the male motorcyclist exceeding the speed limit on Wharf Street, Tweed Heads.

The biker, who ignored police a request to stop, was pursued southbound along the M1 Motorway and around the Chinderah Bay area riding dangerously and causing many near accidents, according to a police report.

Police lost sight of the motor cyclist around Sexton Hill exit.

Investigations continued and later that evening a 24-year-old male was arrested at his Tweed Heads West home. He was charged with the following traffic offences;

Police pursuit not stop and drive dangerously (second offence), driving recklessly/furiously or in a dangerous speed/manner (second offence) and driving on a cancelled licence (second offence).

The was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today (September 11).


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2017 ECCV Annual General Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

We hope that you will be able to join us at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year.

Date: Tuesday, fifth of December 2017
Time: 6.00-8.00pm
Venue: Maltese Community Centre, 477 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

As you will be aware, this is an election year and there are 14 Board member positions available for election.

Please note that only current financial ordinary member organisations can nominate and vote. Nominations close on Friday, 3 November 2017.

Nomination form is available by clicking here.

Please RSVP at 24 November. Light refreshments will be provided.


YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED: The Situation In The Markets Is Much Worse Than You Realize "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Reblogged from the SRS website. between this item and Rauls which I posted yesterday, Id say the US economy has to hit the wall very soon now. Hang onto your seats folks.


Its about time that I share with you all a little secret.  The situation in the markets is much worse than you realize.  While that may sound like someone who has been crying wolf for the past several years, in all honesty, the public has no idea just how dire our present situation has become.

The amount of debt, leverage, deceit, corruption, and fraud in the economic markets, financial system, and in the energy industry are off the charts.  Unfortunately, the present condition is even much worse when we consider INSIDER INFORMATION.

What do I mean by insider information I will explain that in a minute.  However, I receive a lot of comments on my site and emails stating that the U.S. Dollar is A-okay and our domestic oil industry will continue pumping out cheap oil for quite some time.  They say No need to worry.  Business, as usual, will continue for the next 2-3 decades.

I really wish that were true.  Believe me, when I say this, I am not rooting for a collapse or breakdown of our economic and financial markets.  However, the information, data, and facts that I have come across suggest that the U.S. and global economy will hit a brick wall within the next few years.

How I Acquire My Information, Data & Facts

To put out the original information in my articles and reports, I spend a great deal of time researching the internet on official websites, alternative media outlets, and various blogs.  Some of the blogs that I read, I find more interesting information in the comment section than in the article.  For example, the site is visited by a lot of engineers and geologists in the oil and gas industry.  Their comments provide important on-hands insight in the energy sector not found on the Mainstream Media.

I also have a lot of contacts in the various industries that either forward information via email or share during phone conversations.  Some of the information that I receive from these contacts, I include in my articles and reports.  However, there is a good bit of information that I cant share, because it was done with the understanding that I would not reveal the source or intelligence.

Of course, some readers may find that a bit cryptic, but its the truth.  Indivi...


Brides and Arseholes in Cambodia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It was 3am, and Id been swaying to mindless chart music at a beach bar in Sihanoukville for far too long. When Id arrived in the Cambodian town the previous day, I was sorely disappointed by what I had found. Id read about pristine beaches dotted with local food stalls a paradise unweathered by the noxious disease I help spread that is tourism. What I found, however, was a patch of dirt that had been denigrated into a pop-up glitter strip. The otherwise-bare landscape was crowded with Soviet-style hotels, and seedy bars lined the disposable nappy-riddled coastline, brimming with creepy old men and fat Russian families streaked with sunburn.

Despite my bitterness, I succumbed to the nightlifes tempestuous allure as soon as the sun went down, making my way to JJs: one of the cookie-cutter beach bars. There, I befriended a gaggle of Swedes who painted me from head to toe in the type of fluoro paint that doesnt come out in the wash, and drank and danced until the early hours of the morning.

Once Id had my fill of hedonism, I wandered down to the water to clear my head and try to wash the green splatters from my legs. I only succeeded in further embedding the paint into my pores, so flopped onto a beach chair and started chatting to the couple next to me. Matthew was 32 years old and from Sydney; Mei was a Cambodian girl who told me she was 25. She was petite, feisty and beautiful, with the type of body Australian women spend thousands trying to achieve. He was tall, pale and prematurely balding, and had paired a business shirt with jeans and sandals in some strange business-meets-pleasure combo. Mei sat on his lap with a vibrant, almost desperate energy, her hands entwined in his.

While exchanging the usual small talk, I learned that Matthew was one of those nondescript consultants who flit around south-east Asia for work, and had come to Sihanoukville for a meeting about expanding a hotel chain. After telling me all about himself without asking a single question in return, he stood up and offered to buy us both a drink.

I love you! squealed Mei with all the excitement of a 16-year-old girl as he rose from the chair. Matthew returned the sentiment, and the pair smooched passionately before he stalked off to the bar.

Isnt he handsome! Mei purred as soon as he was out of earshot. I love him, I love him, I love him! She pressed her palms to her cheeks in genuine adoration, her perfect teeth sparkling in the moonlight.

How long have you guys been together? I offered with a smile. She looked around for a moment before leaning in and placing her hand...


Scientists find North Stradbroke Island wetlands date back to the last ice age "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Scientists have discovered Stradbroke Island is home to wetlands dating back 200,000 years.

A study, led by the University of Adelaide, has found that the island has the most wetlands dating back to the last ice age to hit Australia.

Lead researcher Dr John Tibby says the research suggests that Stradbroke Island may have provided a refuge for plants and animals during the last ice age.

Investigation into cross-border waste transport open for submissions

The Queensland Government is conducting an independent investigation into the cross-border transport of waste to Queenslands landfills and its now open for public submissions.   


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For Sale:

Cot and Change Table $250

Timber Cot and Change Table in very good condition, already disassembled ready for collection in Preston. 

Happy to throw in cot mattress, mattress protector, set of flannelette sheets and set of cotton sheets. 

Laura: 0401 482 188


MEDIA RELEASE: Farmers, Butchers, Chefs Call for People to Eat Less Meat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In an Australian first, livestock farmers, butchers, chefs and supporters gathered to work out how to get people to eat less meat. Their focus was on shifting demand away from unsustainable industrially and intensively-produced meat with all its ecological and social costs, to meat from high welfare pastured production systems that nourish land, animals, and people.

Australias first Slow Meat Symposium, held in the central highlands of Victoria, came to an optimistic and encouraging close on Tuesday 5 September with the creation of a decisive action plan. The Symposium was a collaboration between Slow Food Central Highlands and the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) and held in Daylesford on 3-5 September 2017.

An action plan was created through contributions from the more than 80 farmers, chefs, butchers, and supporters who attended from across Australia. It includes:

  • collaborations with others in the meat industry and animal welfare organisations to strengthen the movement to put slow meat ahead of industrial meat in butchers shops, menus, and households across Australia.

AFSA President and small-scale pastured pig and cattle farmer Tammi Jonas said, Slow meat is not just better for our environment and the welfare of our animals, it offers a far more delicious future. Health and ethics are increasingly important to people and this is driving a shift away from industrially-produced meat. The Slow Meat Symposium saw some of our best producers, chefs, butchers, and allies gather to identify ways we can keep growing the slow meat movement so that more Australians can enjoy the benefits of eating better meat, and eating meat less often for the benefit of everyone and everything on the planet. 

Day One included a farm tour, butchery and cooking demos, and a slow feast at Jonai Farms & Meatsmiths before the group of 50 were bussed over to Milking Yard Farm. At Milking Yard, owners Bruce and Roz Burton grow heritage-based Sommerlad chickens. Through a striking comparison with an industrially-produced and processed chicken found in a typical supermarket Bruce easily demonstrated the superior meat quality obtained.

Day One concluded at Belvedere Social in Daylesford, featuring a producer-driven menu built around ethical meats, and family farms. Guests dined firstly on a Spent Hen Soup, which consisted of a rolled pastured chicken medallion served in a spent hen consomm, prepared using a zero-waste approach.

On Day Two, an industry-focussed group of more than 80 butchers, chefs, producers and suppo...


Byron Bay surfer stoked to be alive after shark attack "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

'Stoked to be alive': Byron Bay surfer Abe McGrath, who survived a shark attack on Sunday. Photo

Stoked to be alive: Byron Bay surfer Abe McGrath, who survived a shark attack on Sunday. Photo

A Byron Bay surfer is in hospital after a shark attack left him bleeding and his board snapped in half at Ilukas Main Beach on Saturday.

Abe McGrath, 35, was surfing at about 6.30am on Sunday when his board was hit hard from below by what he thinks was a shark.

The board snapped and he was thrown into the air.

Hes told police the shark began to circle and then turned away, police media said in a statement.

He then grabbed the pieces of his board and swam to shore.

Mr McGrath's snapped surfboard. Photo Instagram

Mr McGraths snapped surfboard. Photo Instagram

One of Mr McGraths friends posted an image of his broken board to Instagram.

Life could have been very different this morning, he said.

So stoked to still have our mate and not witness something far worse.

He said Mr McGrath limped up the beach after the attack.

Friends drove him to Ballina hospital where he was treated before being sent to Lismore hospital.

Mr McGrath's torn wetsuit and the bite to his leg. Photo Facebook

Mr McGraths torn wetsuit and the bite to his leg. Photo Facebook

An image of th...


Morgazmk DJ heads up Earthcore poll "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Currently on the top of the heap, Morgazmk hopes to play a set at NSW Earthcore in the Park 2017 event. Photo Tree Faerie.

Currently on the top of the heap, Morgazmk hopes to play a set at NSW Earthcore in the Park 2017 event. Photo Tree Faerie.

Eve Jeffery

A Byron Bay based DJ hopes to appear this year at a festival that was launched when she was a toddler.

Earthcore, which had its first outing in 1993 in Victoria, has started a poll to find out who punters want to see at their outdoor event later this year, and a local DJ who is the only woman in the poll is currently rated number 1.

Part of the 3rd Eye Productions team, Morgan Archer who plays under the name Morgazmk. She started dabbling in DJing about five years ago in Sydney and became more serious about it as a profession when she moved to the area a couple of years ago.

When I moved up here I started taking an outdoor coffee shop to bush parties I met the crew, discovered psytrance and one thing let to another and now I am performing on a massive scale.


Morgazmk: I dont really care if I win because I just like to play music and dont care where I do it as long as I get to do it. Photo Tree Faerie.

Archer says she was surprised to see herself in an online poll which started about two months ago. The prize for t...


Listen to the New Single from The Bushwackers Waltzing Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Bushwackers The latest single from The Bushwackers new album The Hungry Mile is the song Waltzing Australia. Written by singer-songwriter Colin Buchanan about the migrant experience, the track features guest vocals from Sara Storer and John Williamson alongside Dobe Newton. Check out Waltzing Australia below:Filed under: News, Single News Tagged: bush []


BREAKING: The Laneway Festival 2018 lineup has just been leaked "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The entire lineup for next years Laneway Festival has been revealed early, as a result of a big gaffe by the festivals media partner Pedestrian, which briefly revealed the lineup on its page this morning before quickly taking it down, Music Feeds reports.

Previously revealed acts Mac DeMarco and Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals are indeed on the Laneway Festival 2018 bill, and will be joined by names like Father John Misty, Bonobo, The Internet, The War On Drugs, TOKiMONSTA, Wolf Alice and BADBADNOTGOOD.

With the lineup originally due to be announced tomorrow morning (September 12), its now all out in the open, and the festival has officially announced the lineup itself and dropped its announcement video below.

Laneway Festival 2018 will hit Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Fremantle in February next year, and you can check out the full lineup and ticketing details below, with a Visa presale starting on Wednesday the 13th, and general sale next Monday the 18th.

The 2017 Laneway Festival was a huge success, despite rapper Young Thug being pushed from the lineup at the last minute to be replaced (in a manner of speaking) by Dune Rats.

The festival also partnered with Melbourne band Camp Cope and their ItTakesOne initiative to help to minimise the harm caused by assaults and abuse at gigs, by setting up a 1800 LANEWAY emergency support line for anybody who has encountered violence of any kind at the festival.

Check out the full lineup and hastily-dropped official announcement vid below, and start getting excited for next February.

Laneway Festival 2018 lineup

Aldous Harding
Alex Cameron
Amy Shark
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Billie Eilish
Cable Ties
City Calm Down
Dream Wife
Father John Misty
Loyle Carner
Mac DeMarco
Miss Blanks
Moses Sumney
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
(Sandy) Alex G
Sylvan Esso
The Babe Rainbow*
The Internet**
The War on Drugs
Wolf Alice**

*Excluding Fr...


Get out and vote! "IndyWatch Feed"

Advance voting has started for the 2017 election. Yes, that's right - you can vote from today! Personally, I prefer the party atmosphere of election day, but if you want to do it early, you can. And no, you don't need to give a reason.

Emma Hart has a guide to the process on Public Address here. And if you're not sure where to go, just pick your electorate here and the Electoral Commission will tell you.


The role of literary fiction in perpetuating neo-liberal economic myths Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed"

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog Reflections on a visit to New Zealand which began by summarising some research I am working on which will be presented (with Dr Louisa Connors) at the upcoming MMT conference in Kansas City. This specific paper will be examining the role that fictional literature plays in framing false economic concepts and, thus, promoting neo-liberal biases among the readership, even when the plot of the narrative is ostensibly about something other than economics. We show that fiction is a powerful tool for spreading ideological propaganda, often in a very subliminal or subtle way. The lesson we draw from this work is that to further advance Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) ideas, authors, who introduce economic concepts into their writing, should construct their narratives consistent with the MMT principles. This will help to counter the misconceptions that arise in literary fiction when authors engage with flawed neo-liberal arguments about the monetary system. This blog is in two parts and today is Part 1. Part 2 will come another day (soon).

One book we are working with at present to demonstrate our argument is the recent work by influential American author Lionel Shriver entitled The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 (published May 2016), which traces a family through 18 years of economic chaos after the US government is forced to default on its national debt because it has run out of money and the US dollar has been rendered worthless in international currency markets.

Shriver has made it plain in many interviews that the motivation for the book was to present a cautionary tale about today (Source).

She told the BBC Radio 4 show Front Row (see previous link) that:

I have to admit that it was kicked off by the crisis of 2008 This is not an unrealistic book it is not a science fiction book.

In other words, Shriver places her work firmly in the realm of critical realism, which means that she is suggesting her narrative has something to do with reality as it is rather than as she would like it to be.

But the reality is that the book presents a series of linked economic myths woven through the narrative about the dynamics of the Mandible Family without any scrutiny or validation just stated.

These include:

1. The government will run out of money myth.

2. The government deficits will leave a burden for the kids and the grandkids myth.

3. The nation will go broke myth.

4. The profligate state then turns o...


Shortens popularity tumbles but ALP still leads poll "IndyWatch Feed"

ALP leader Bill Shorten. Photo AAP

ALP leader Bill Shorten. Photo AAP


Opposition Leader Bill Shortens colleagues are standing by their leader despite his popularity with voters taking a tumble.

The latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll results show since May, Mr Shortens approval rating has fallen from 42 to 36 per cent, while his disapproval rating rose from 47 to 52 per cent.

But shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus insists Mr Shorten is leading the party with tremendous distinction.

Hes the reason we are the unified team that we are today, he told ABC radio on Monday.

Very many elections have been won by parties led by opposition leaders who were less popular.

The poll also revealed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls approval rating fell by three percentage points and his disapproval rating rose three percentage points.

Labor continues to enjoy a two-party preferred lead over the government of 53 to 47 per cent.

The results follow ongoing political arguments about electricity supply and upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey.

The drawn-out citizenship saga has also featured heavily in federal politics for months, ensnaring senior coalition, Greens and some Labor and independent MPs.

The post Shortens popularity tumbles but ALP still leads poll appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Thousands flood Brisbane streets to march for same-sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbanes CBD was filled with thousands of people over the weekend to march for same-sex marriage.

Streets were closed as the city centre was flooded with rainbow flags and passionate citizens urging people to vote YES on the upcoming postal poll.

The High Court recently threw out the case to stop the plebiscite and Australian households will begin receiving surveys this week with a result expected in mid-November.

Queenslanders are warned to prepare for dangerous bushfire season


CSG film gets Documentary Australia Foundation support "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An anti CSG doco being made by local filmmakers has been selected in this years third round of Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) films to be granted Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status, a leg-up in the production and distribution process, in the fight against unconventional mining.

Multi-award winning local duo of Echo photojournalist Eve Jeffery and filmmaker David Lowe wearing their Cloudcatcher Media hats have been working on their film Sacrifice Zone since early this year. Filming began at the behest of the farmers from New South Wales North West as a response to the Santos Narrabri Project EIS, (a venture which will see 850 gas wells dropped into the Pilliga forest) and the doco grew beyond a short film once the scope of the material gathered was realised.

Sacrifice Zone.

Featuring dozens of experts, residents and farmers, Sacrifice Zone will be a free online resource in the fight against CSG mining. Photo montage Tree Faerie.

Filmed in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, and from Moree to Willow Tree and Warren, the Cloudcatcher crew interviewed over 50 experts, residents and farmers covering every aspect of Santoss proposal, which threatens to spread to vast areas of NSW if the EIS is approved.

The expanded film project has racked up some hefty costs and as the Cloudcatchers and farmers want to deliver the film gratis, the DAF support will increase their chances of making that happen.

The DAF selection is great for us and great for the film, says co-director/producer Eve Jeffery. We plan to screen this film for free as much as we possibly can, then we will release the film free online to the public once the initial dozen or so public screenings are over.

Once the film has been launched, we then plan to create over 20 extended versions of the films chapters and more, on all aspects of the fight against CSG mining. It will sort of be a mini online resource for anyone wanting to find good arguments against this type of unconventional mini...


Turnbull's dusting off Swannie's grocery and fuel price drop genius for our electricity bills "IndyWatch Feed National"

To date, Chairman Mal's approach to keeping electricity bills down is about on par with Rudd and Swann over groceries and fuel. Then came GroceryWatch - then the Petrol Commissioner. Well Turnbull's called the electricity companies in for a chat. Now he's going to ask the regulator to look at...


Urgent UN intervention sought to halt Government attempts to coerce refugees back to harm "IndyWatch Feed National"

The United Nations has been asked to urgently intervene to halt the Australian Governments moves to make refugees and people seeking asylum destitute as a means of coercing them to return to danger and harm on Nauru or Manus Island.

The urgent communication, issued overnight by the Human Rights Law Centre and the Geneva-based branch of the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, requests the intervention of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

The request for urgent action relates to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton last week issuing final departure Bridging E Visas to more than 60 vulnerable men and women living in the community, immediately stripping them of basic supports and putting them at risk of homelessness and destitution.

Documents provided to these men and women reveal the Minister is targeting up to 400 people who have been rebuilding their lives in the Australian community - some for several years - after the Government evacuated them from offshore detention on Nauru and Manus Island. The group includes women sexually assaulted on Nauru, men shot and attacked on Manus and children who were so traumatised by offshore detention that they needed urgent psychiatric care.

The Human Rights Law Centre assists most of the affected group. HRLC Director of Legal Advocacy, Daniel Webb said:

The Government is forcing people to choose between destitution here or danger and abuse elsewhere. These are innocent people who have been rebuilding their lives in our communities. The sensible, compassionate and decent thing to do is to let them stay. Instead, the Government is trying to starve them out, said Mr Webb.

The first round of final departure visas were imposed last Monday and there are serious fears that hundreds more will follow.

Its absolutely awful. People are panicking every time the phone rings. They are terrified of being kicked out onto the streets. These men and women were j...


Worker flees as armed thugs storm Melbourne store with bats, hammers. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yet again this store worker was not able to defend himself because it is illegal for any law abiding citizen to purchase and or carry ANYTHING for use in self defence. The criminal on the other hand abides by no such law & can use anything they want. In this case they were carrying base ball bats & hammers!
The police can not be on hand all the time, in fact they are rarely there when you need them! They can't reach you in time either when you call 000 & yet the government persists in keeping us defenceless. Why is this? My first thought was that if you make it legal for citizens to purchase guns, pepper sprays or tasers for defence, then it will mean that criminals can do the same thing, BUT THE CRIMINALS ALREADY ARE ABLE TO USE WHATEVER THEY WANT! It is only the law abiding people that are being disadvantaged!

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