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Sunday, 10 December


Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed"

Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.

In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.

The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.

120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.  

Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at

The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).

Thursday, 07 December


Advocates Rejoice After Long Battle For Equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It took some 56 hours of debate in parliament, but a lot longer for marriage equality advocates such as Parents and Friends Of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) national spokeswoman Shelley Argent. When parliament finally voted to legalise same-sex marriage tonight, it was the end of a long road. Ms Argent (pictured), a long-time advocate for ...

The post Advocates Rejoice After Long Battle For Equality appeared first on QNEWS.


Knight to King4 check but not mate "IndyWatch Feed"

Is it easier for a corrupt government to poison a State, or for a corrupt people to poison good governance? This question has to be considered in the light of the situation Australia now finds itself, where with a people so divided it is becoming difficult to tell if Parliamentary Politics is running the people

The post Knight to King4 check but not mate appeared first on The AIM Network.


Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce confirms marriage split "IndyWatch Feed National"

Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce confirms marriage split

BARNABY Joyce has confirmed he has separated from his wife after rumours contributed to a dirty election campaign in New England.

Claire Bickers
News Corp Australia Network
DECEMBER 7, 2017

Barnaby Joyce confirms his separation in Parliament

BARNABY Joyce has confirmed he has separated from his wife after rumours surrounding the split contributed to a dirty election campaign in New England.

It was an almost casual mention when the Deputy Prime Minister today confirmed the rumours.

I acknowledge that Im currently separated, so thats on the record, Mr Joyce told Parliament.

He was joining the same-sex marriage debate and touching on the special relationship of wedlock.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has told Parliament he and wife Natalie have separated.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has told Parliament he and wife Natalie have separated.Source:Supplied

It seemed he felt he had to explain his own broken relationship in the process.

I didnt come to this debate pretending to be a saint, he said.



Barnaby Joyce Australian Deputy Prime Minister- details of his office affair that have led to his marriage demise "IndyWatch Feed National"

True Crime News Weekly blog-


Barnaby Joyce Feature Pic

EXCLUSIVE: Embattled Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has been conducting a clandestine sexual affair with a female staffer for up to 10 months this year while at the same time grandiosely lecturing the Australian public about how gay people wanting to get married threatens the institution of marriage.

Mr Joyce who is the leader of the Nationals party and has been Deputy PM since February 2016 has been loudly vocal throughout his political career about supporting traditional family values and hasnt been shy about foisting his conservative...


Ships passing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Analysis by SQM Research reported that nationally stock listings in November 2017 were about 4 per cent lower than a year ago at 334,594. 

In Sydney, however, following nearly five years of depressed listing numbers, the market has tilted back into the balance. 

At 33,046, listings were some 20 per cent higher than a year earlier in the harbour city.

Melbourne, on the other hand, continued to tighten, with listings falling another 10 per cent in the other direction over the past year, to a near-identical figure of 33,070.

Ships passing in the night, you might say. 

Continuing the nautical theme, though it might have the proverbial turning turning circle of the QE2, slowly but surely the storm clouds are clearing in Perth, and listings are about 5 per cent lower than a year earlier.

Not exactly full steam ahead; showers ahoy, maybe.

Hobart saw a fair monthly increase in listings to back above 2,450.

But the Tasmanian capital remains an extraordinarily tight market, with stock listings a punishing 28 per cent lower than a year earlier, being down from 3,402 in November 2016, and this has been reflected in sharply rising house prices.

A mixed picture overall,....


Juanita Broaddrick's comments on being excluded from Time Magazine's #MeToo piece "IndyWatch Feed National"

Time magazine asked to interview me re: #metoo movement. The comments I gave were deemed of no value. I'd like to know why. Could it be I didn't fit in their liberal victim mold. @TIME Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) December 7, 2017 Juanita Broaddrick (born c. 1943) birth name...


Sheik Shady, The Mufti, Australia's Imams and the entire Muslim community (it's in the press release) condemn Trump, the US and recognition of Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a bit rich from the Muhammad-come-lately boys. Jerusalem has been run as The Jews HQ for about 3000 years. Muhammad came on the scene almost 2,000 years later. President Trump is only recognising a historical truth. As always in the Israel v Islam Survivor series - if the...


6 of the best cheap gigs to see in Sydney this month "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hey, you like music right? What about seeing live music? Well, what about cheap live music? Yeah, we know, it almost sounds too good to be true, but bear with us as we tell you that its not just some impossible dream, its actually a very real possibility that we can help you realise.

To celebrate Bec Sandridges free gig at the Clovelly Hotel this weekend, weve decided to take a look at the ol gig guide and let you know about some of the best gigs in Sydney this month that wont break the bank.

Bec Sandridge

One of finest musicians in Australia right now, Bec Sandridge has been turning heads wherever she goes thanks to her gorgeous voice, and penchant for writing some downright brilliant songs. Having recently released the new single Ill Never Want A BF, Bec is doing big things, and music fans are absolutely loving it.

This Sunday, Bec Sandridge is heading to the Clovelly Hotel in Sydney to perform at the penultimate concert in the venues brilliant She Sessions. Having recently featured the likes of Asta, Ali Barter, and Tigertown, these gigs have been one of the best ways to spend a lazy Sunday arvo. The best part? Its completely free! So make sure you head along to the Clovelly Hotel this weekend for one of the best free gigs that youll find anywhere.

Boo Seeka

Boo Seeka have been capturing the hearts and minds of Aussie music fans for a couple of years now with their slick, sweet sounds. Now, with a debut album under their belt, the band have been hitting the road and showing fans what theyre all about. Thursday, December 14th sees Boo Seeka hitting up the Manning Bar for what is sure to be one night you wont want to forget.


Having formed five years ago, Oslow have spent the last few years making a name for themselves as one of the hardest-working, most intense punk bands that youll ever see. Amazingly, despite their reputation among indie circles as one of the finest bands on the circuit, you can still sneak your way into an Oslow show for a tenner and some change thats the sort of price youll be telling your kids about when you regale them of tales of your concert-going youth. Be sure to catch them at Marrickville...


Marriage Equality Finally Legalised In Historic Vote "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australia has finally legislated for marriage equality, with the same-sex marriage legislation resoundingly passing its historic final vote on Thursday afternoon. Liberal Senator Dean Smiths same-sex marriage bill passed the House of Representatives unchanged after a marathon debate. A crowd of marriage equality campaigners, ambassadors and volunteers cheered and sang We Are Australian from the ...

The post Marriage Equality Finally Legalised In Historic Vote appeared first on QNEWS.


Milo in Australia: Yiannopoulous, Free Speech and Violence "IndyWatch Feed"

To what limit protest? Naturally, this was exactly what colourful agitator and former senior editor for Breitbart News Milo Yiannopolous wanted: outrage, insensible anger, and heady adoration. Without any of these, he would vanish, a figure charged on a narcissism that would otherwise vanquish him. Left alone, and the shallowness would be overwhelming. His visit

The post Milo in Australia: Yiannopoulous, Free Speech and Violence appeared first on The AIM Network.


Celebrities Cheer Australia Passing Marriage Equality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Celebrities and high-profile yes campaigners across the country and around the world have taken to social media to celebrate Australia finally legalising marriage equality. The same-sex marriage legislation passed in a landslide final vote in the lower house on Thursday evening, with the first Australian same-sex weddings to start in early January. Here's to every ...

The post Celebrities Cheer Australia Passing Marriage Equality appeared first on QNEWS.


Barnaby Joyce confirms his separation from wife Natalie "IndyWatch Feed National"

You'd not meet a lovelier person than Natalie Joyce. I'm very sorry and sad for the Joyce family. Barnaby Joyce separates from wife Natalie Claire Bickers, News Corp Australia Network 2-3 minutes BARNABY Joyce has confirmed he has separated from his wife after rumours surrounding the split contributed to a...


Another BBC report on Iraqi Jews omits the Farhud "IndyWatch Feed National"

The December 3rd edition of the BBC Radio 4 religious affairs programme Sunday included an item (from 16:05 here) described as follows in the synopsis:

The story of what happened to the last Jews of Iraq is the subject of a new documentary Remember Baghdad. Edward talks to David Dangoor about his great grandfather who was a former Chief Rabbi of Baghdad.

However, as was the case in a previous BBC World Service radio item on the same topic, listeners expecting to get an answer to the question of what happened to the ancient Iraqi Jewish community would have been disappointed. Presenter Edward Stourton introduced the item:

Stourton: The story of the last Jews of Baghdad is told in the documentary which is being screened in selected cinemas from tomorrow to mark the 100th anniversary of Britains seizing control of the city. It was one of the great world centres of Judaism from the days of Nebuchadnezzar right up to the 1940s and 50s. The f...


Centre Wants to Curb Peoples Power to Seek Information, Allege RTI Activists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Union minister Jitendra Singhs suggestion that only those linked with an issue should be allowed to file an RTI application on it is being seen as an attempt to stifle the transparency movement.

Union minister Jitendra Singh. Credit: PTI

Union minister Jitendra Singh. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Union minister Jitendra Singhs suggestion at the annual convention of the Central Information Commission on Wednesday (December 6) that a person who files an application under the Right to Information Act must have a connection with the issue has not gone down well with activists, who see the move as another attempt by the Centre to muzzle the information and transparency movement.

Speaking at the event held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, Singh suggested several ways of reducing the number of pending cases in the commission. To reduce pendency we can also devise a mechanism. Most of our information is already available on public domain, then why file an RTI. Many a times even Appointments Committee of the Cabinet orders have been put on the website even before they have reached the officer. Secondly, we can reduce at least those RTIs for which the answers have already been furnished. A former CIC said there are 36,000 RTIs that were pending, I said there were 36,003 as three had been filed about his appointment.

But what has irked the activists is his attempt at toying with the central theme of the RTI. Singh said in his speech that we should try to respect the spirit with which this law has been brought in instead of making it a nuisance. Maybe we should have a mechanism that if an RTI is filed, the person filing it should have something to do with the...


Equality finally comes to Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

The Australian parliament has finally passed its same-sex marriage bill. Unlike New Zealand, where MPs simply introduced and voted for a member's bill, the Australian government forced its citizens to participate in a non-binding postal referendum, exposing gay Australians to an outburst of hate speech. When the referendum failed to produce the result the bigots wanted (because they're a minority even in racist, bigoted Australia), they then tried to wreck the resulting legislation with amendments which would have effectively nullified anti-discrimination law and allowed widespread discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Fortunately, those amendments failed. And in the end, the bill was passed without even a head count, because those "opposing" it weren't actually willing to go on record as voting against it.

In other words, the opposition to marriage equality wasn't principled, wasn't from people who actually cared. It was from people who knew better trying to pander to the very worst in society. What a pack of arseholes. Australia needs, and deserves, better politicians than this.


Marriage Equality finally arrives in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


History is made as Australia says YES to marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Parliament has today made marriage equality a reality for all Australians. The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill has passed the Lower House following a week of debate.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre and Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign, said this was a great win for equality.

This is a historic day for the LGBTI community. A day where we saw equality, fairness and love win. A day when LGBTI couples in Australia were finally treated with the same dignity and respect when it comes to who they love. There will be joy and celebration in the new year as LGBTI couples all over Australia stand in front of their friends and families and say I do, said Ms Brown.

The Human Rights Law Centre were proud to play a pivotal role in ensuring the passage of the legislation to deliver marriage equality.

Lee Carnie, Lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre, said it was a day of celebration for all who worked towards removing this discrimination against LGBTI Australians.

This victory is the culmination of more than a decades work by supporters of equality. Each and every person who has campaigned for equality, each Australian that stood up and voted yes, and, today, every member of Parliament from every major political party that voted in favour of equality, fairness and love, said Lee Carnie.

During the debate in the House of Representatives a raft of amendments were proposed which would have wound back existing discrimination protections for LGBTI Australians. The Bill passed unchanged.

LGBTI members from all major parties lead the charge on this debate. Our supporters in Parliament stared down efforts by religious conservatives to introduce new forms of discrimination against LGBTI people. When Australia voted yes, it was a yes for true equality for all Australians and not a licence to increase discrimination, said Ms Brown.

The world was watching our Parliament closely today. This day will be remembered as the day when Parliament said to LGBTI people that their love and relationships are not lesser than anyone else's. The LGBTI community has a long history of asserting and protecting our rights with resilience, and pride. From Stonewall, to Mardi Gras, today can now be added to the list of times when our community changed history, said Ms Brown.

For interviews or further information please call:

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


Contradictions, Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed"

The contradictions in the LNP/IPA attack on free speech became even more evident today with the appointment of Gary Johns as the head Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Johns was once a junior minister in the Keating government and used this position to give a non-partisan veneer to subsequent career as a hack for the IPA, which was followed by a stint at the Australian Catholic University.

Johns has been at the forefront of the push to suppress political advocacy by charitable organizations eligible for tax-deductible donations. So his appointment by Minister Michael Sukkar followed logically from the LNP/IPA anti-free speech agenda.

Theres just one problem. The announcement came on the day of the vote on equal marriage, an issue on which numerous religious charities campaigned on the losing side. So, in the same breath as announcing Johns appointment, Minister Sukkar expressed the hope that the legislation might be amended to allow charities to continue advocacy on this issue.

This is silly, of course. It was already obvious that no amendments would be passed. And, as Warren Entsch pointed out, under current interpretations of the law, theres no need for them. As Entsch says A charity may advocate on any issue relevant to that charity and nothing in this bill will change that. Hes right of course, but the whole idea of appointing Johns was to change this situation.

Hopefully, the government will realise what a trap they are setting for themselves here. If they attempt to remove tax-deductibility for conservation organizations that engage in advocacy, they will create a precedent that can subsequently be used against religious organizations. Turnbull should overturn Johns appointment and find someone who actually supports charities and non-profits.

Assumming, as seems likely, that the government is in too much of a mess to work this out, perhaps the churches will do so. If they want to protect freedom of speech for themselves, theyd better start defending it for others (cue Ditrich Bonhoeffer).


MACKAY BREAKING: Detectives arrest man over Mackay armed robberies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Woodchip port proposal gets packed public meeting in Dover "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Dozens of people were left standing at a packed public meeting at Dover school last night, where Southwood representatives presented the case for a woodchip port opposite Dover in Port Esperance.


1) NZ parliamentary committee gets West Papua briefing "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Indonesia must step up focus on human rights, says Amnesty
1) NZ parliamentary committee gets West Papua briefing


Court Order No Longer Required for Hormone Treatment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Before 30th November 2017, Australian residents under the age of 18 were required to seek court approval before being eligible for hormone treatment to change their gender. According to Dr Michelle Telfer of Melbournes Royal Childrens Hospital, Australia was the only country in the world that require[d] court involvement in that process. But last Thursday,

The post Court Order No Longer Required for Hormone Treatment appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Fair Australia literary prize "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the last months, Ive been a judge on a great literary prize, Fair Australia, organised by Overland magazine:

What does a fairer world look like, and how do we get there? The Fair Australia Prize asks writers and artists to engage with these questions and imagine a new political agenda for Australia through fiction, essays, poetry, cartoons and art.

Many thanks to the 2017 judges Michalia Arathimos, Jennifer Down, Emma Kerin, Antony Loewenstein, Godfrey Moase, Jacinda Woodhead, Ellen van Neerven, Toby Fitch, Carina Garland, Sam Wallman, Cathy Wilcox and Sam Davis and to all the writers and artists who submitted entries this year. Note: the competition will reopen in 2018.

Overland, the National Union of Workers, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, and the National Tertiary Education Union (VIC) are very pleased to announce the winning entries of this years prize, which will be published in Overlands final edition of the year, to be launched Monday 11 December in Melbourne.

The fine winner of the essay section that I co-judged:

Aussie Albert

A snapshot of Albert Namatjira is a window into the injustices befalling Indigenous Australians, who are still denied a voice in determining their destiny in contemporary Australia.

Julian Bull studied natural resources management and landscape architecture at the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne. His numerous articles on landscape architecture, urban design and art have been published in Australia and overseas.


ABC puts Benjamin "hate-f*ck Andrew Hastie" Law on Radio National for a "sophisticated analysis of our culture" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Radio National yesterday announced its lineup for next year. It includes Benjamin Law who'll be doing this: On Fridays, The Hub will present Stop Everything!, Beverley Wang, Benjamin Law and Dr Lauren Rosewarnes savvy, critical take on popular culture. Their conversations will be a sophisticated analysis of what our cultural...


Does the Push for Mass Vaccination Point Toward a Staged Bioterror Event? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weve seen the signs. Ive been highlighting them. The infamous childhood mandatory vaccination law in California. Other states that are considering similar bills.

The lunatic push in Australia to outlaw medical exemptions from vaccination. The all-out campaign in the press, in various countries, to stigmatize people who defect from official truth about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

On a larger stage, over the past 20 years, weve seen the promotion of fake pandemics demanding universal vaccination to ward off millions of deaths: SARS, West Nile, Swine Flu, smallpox, etc. All duds.

Now we have the boggling case of the University of Massachusetts, where two supposed instances of meningitis have triggered an immediate campaign (video 1, video 2) to vaccinate all 20,000 students against meningococcal B meningitis.

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Is Cognitive Training the Answer for Dementia? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

Could computer-based cognitive training reduce your risk for dementia? According to recent research, it might. The study, said to be the first-ever randomized controlled trial to demonstrate an intervention effective at reducing dementia risk, found a specially developed brain exercise program lowered the risk by 29 percent over the course of 10 years.1,2,3,4,5

The research was led by Dr. Michael Merzenich, professor emeritus at the University of California, who has pioneered research in brain plasticity for more than 30 years. I've included my previous interview with him, in which he discusses these principles, for your convenience. With regard to this latest study, The Guardian writes:6

"The training was designed to speed up people's visual information processing, for example by having them spot a car on a screen, and a truck on the periphery of their vision, at the same time. Those who are claimed to have benefited trained for an hour, twice a week, for five weeks, and some went on to have booster sessions at the end of the first and third years."

Too Early to Tell if Brain Training Is Effective Form of Prevention

The participants' cognitive ability was evaluated after the first six weeks, and again one, two, three, five and 10 years later. Participants who received memory training or reasoning training did not experience the same beneficial results. The benefit really appears to be limited to training that targets processing speed.

As noted by lead researcher, psychiatrist Jerri Edwards, "We need to further delineate what makes some computerized cognitive training effective, while other types are not." While the results are encouraging, the study does have its limitations. Science Alert explains:7  

"First off, t...

No right of reply for koalas: ABC repeats The Australian's junk science "IndyWatch Feed"

No right of reply for koalas: ABC repeats The Australian's junk scienceThe Australian presenting junk science is nothing new, but why is the ABC repeating its false claim that koalas are not at risk without allowing experts the right of reply? read now...


Volkswagen exec gets 7 years in prison for role in emissions scandal "IndyWatch Feed"

Volkswagen manager Oliver Schmidt was handed the sentence after he pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act and conspiracy to defraud the federal government, reports the New York Times. His crimes related to Volkswagens emission-cheating scheme in which it used software to cheat on emission tests. Some of the cars that passed the test

Volkswagen manager Oliver Schmidt was handed the sentence after he pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act and conspiracy to defraud the federal government, reports the New York Times. His crimes related to Volkswagens emission-cheating scheme in which it used software to cheat on emission tests. Some of the cars that passed the test via cheating emitted 35 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide. Upon sentencing Schmidt, Federal District Court judge, said: You are a key conspirator responsible for the cover-up in the United States of a massive fraud perpetuated on the American consumer.

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"Still And All..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"Still and all, why bother? Heres my answer. Many people need 
desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, 
care about many of the things you care about, 
although most people do not care about them. 
You are not alone.
 - Kurt Vonnegut


Hey Jude (and Jasmine) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When it is all finished you will discover it was never random.


There I was in Bendigo presenting at, of all things, the Food & Fibre Future Directions Conference. The location of this event was the TAFE College whose hallowed halls I had trod as a student almost 40 years before. The irony of change, on both fronts, was not lost on me as I nervously delivered my presentation, hitting the final note to a rousing round of applause. And I breathed.

But before heading home, I lingered just that little bit longer in one of my favourite cities, only to take a call from the folk back at Edgars Mission. I was soon to learn about a kind-hearted truck driver who had come across two wee lambs in Western Victoria (hours away from my location) aimlessly hiking down a busy country highway, no sheep or farm house in sight. I couldnt just leave them there or even tip them over the nearest fence, for they surely would have died, he was later to tell me.


With no knowledge of any person in the area who could assist, I struggled to find a meaningful solution other than heading several hours in the opposite direction from where I needed to go, in order to help the ailing orphans. Fully set to do this, I called the driver to work out a pick-up point, only to learn that he had actually been heading to Bendigo and was but minutes from me.

With the two now-quite-feeble little babies tucked in the kindness van, it was back to Edgars Mission we all headed, offering sincere thanks to the Good Samaritan truck driverI did a little happy dance (in my head), for yet again my belief in the goodness of the human heart had been vindicated. No peep was heard from the wee, thin lambs, whose sad silence told they had long ago surrendered to their hunger. It was almost as if they had resigned themselves to the fact they would never again be fed, but at the very least they had each other and in that they had taken their comfort. Fast thinking of names, it seemed most appropriat...


SAY ANYTHING "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



The day Australian pop-punk fans have been yearning for has finally arrived, as heroes and defenders of the genre SAY ANYTHING announce the Australian leg of their In Defense Anniversary Tour, celebrating 10 years of their seminal album In Defense Of The Genre. It will be the Los Angeles based outfits first visit to Australian shores in 4 years, and this time around theyre pulling no punches.
The band have locked in two nights in each Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, playing three classic albums across the nights. The first night will see the band perform  Is A Real Boy and In Defense Of The Genre Disc 1, while on the second, they will be performing Self Titled and In Defense Of The Genre Disc 2.

Relive classics like Shiksa (Girlfriend) from Say Anythings In Defense Of The Genre

On the upcoming tour, vocalist Max Bemis says, Well, this should be the most epic series of shows weve ever put on in terms of the legacy of our early work. I predict all-out catharsis in these intimate settings and an awesome experience losing myself in the narrative of each of these albums played in their entirety.

Sing along to all the words of Hate Everyone from Self Titled



SUNDAY 25 FEB  Max Watts, Melbourne (Performing Is A Real Boy + In Defense Disc 1) 18+
MONDAY 26 FEB Max Watts, Melbourne (Performing Self Titled + In Defense Disc 2) 18+
WEDNESDAY 28 FEB Factory Theatre, Sydney (Performing Is A Real Boy + In Defense Disc 1) 18+
THURSDAY 1 MAR Factory Theatre, Sydney (Performing Self Titled + In Defense Disc 2) 18+


NSCF December E-News "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We hope you enjoy reading our December E-News HERE. Northey Street City Farm send out an E-News every month for subscribers. To subscribe to our monthly E-news and find out whats happening in and around the farm in relation to our Sunday Organic Farmers Market, the City Farm Nursery or the host of workshop and []

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Open the Door to the Universe With Cycles "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: You wrote: Once you begin to see the entire universe is governed by the 8.6 frequency, the doors to a hidden order spring wide open. What do you mean?

ANSWER: The journey of our solar system around the center which revolves as the earth does around our sun annually, takes 25,800 years which is three times 8.6. Now, one solar day is 24 hours. If we take that 24 hours times 60 minutes, we end up with 1440 minutes. Now multiply that by 60 seconds in a minute and we arrive at 86.400 seconds in a day. There is a lot more hidden order in this 8.6 frequency than meets the eye. The key to moving forward in our knowledge is to understand the significance of cycle frequency when absolutely everything has a frequency.

You can kill people with sound. The military has been developing weapons simply using sound waves. This video demonstrates that they can also repel mobs with simply a sound cannon. There were the sound weapons used in Cuba to attack US and Canadian diplomats and their families. This is a...


Prosecutor & Media Abuse of Power "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; I am sure you are aware of the sudden correction to the hyped stories by ABC and CNN that a confidant of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said that Flynn was prepared to testify that then-candidate Donald Trump instructed him to contact Russian officials. Of course, they twisted that directive when Trump had only instructed him to open a dialog with Russia to repair the damage of the Obama administration and not to interfere with the elections.

I purchased the DVD of the Forecaster from Amazon. OMG, what an eye-opener. The review of LA Weekly was amazing stating that your film is an espionage and duplicity thriller as serpentine and fascinating as a John le Carr novel. What you put out there how the United States interfered in the Russian election that resulted in Boris Yeltsin stepping down and how this put Putin into power exposes the hypocrisy of the Deep State. I bought 10 movies for Xmas gifts.

Thank you for surviving. I was told by another client of yours that everyone else around was killed.


ANSWER: Oh yes. Everyone surrounding this case was killed on the Safra side. Putin knew I refused to join that crowd. That is why they would never go a trial. Can you imagine if this was ever to have been in a real open court that was honest? They were scared to death if I took the stand and exposed what was going on Behind the Curtain.

This is a standard operational procedure of always criminalizing anyone who is a threat to the powers that be. It is by no means limited to the United States. Germany is going after the former head of the AfD, Frauke Petry, to eliminate her from politics. France was doing the same to LePen. The EU was behind the coup to criminally charge Prime Minister Berlusconi to bar him from politics because he wanted to...


Trump & Taxes "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Do you support Trump increasing the debt by a trillion dollars? I thought you were conservative?


ANSWER: Well the first thing you have to do is get a grip on what is a reality. Governments around the globe borrow every single year with absolutely no intention of ever paying off their national debts. So what is the difference? If you think giving the money back to the people is wrong and it is better going out the back door for political contributions, then sorry, I oppose that.

There is no conservative v liberal when it comes to the debt. They all spend more than they take in and nobody cares about paying off the debts. So I do not care what political persuasion you are, we will end up at the same place when the dice stop rolling. BROKE!

I support cutting income taxes to ZERO. The government should just create the money it needs to cover its expenses. Lets get real here! All national debts, including Germany, show that on average 70% of the debt is just accumulative interest. So that is money out the back-door.

Rome never had a national debt and the first 500 years they existed by creating...


Supporting Documentation for Selected CMS (DTC/DPC) transactions "IndyWatch Feed"

Follow up sent to Department of Defence by Verity Pane on December 07, 2017.
Partially successful.
Thank you for this overdue response. It is interesting to note that the claim of national security exemptions in the decision letter (although I hav...


Andrew Weatherall gets pensive on Sunset with Simon Caldwell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • Andrew Weatherall Interview :: Sunset with Simon Caldwell
  • Andrew Weatherall Mix :: Sunset with Simon Caldwell

Armed with three decades of stories from the dancefloor, DJ, producer & legendary Londoner Andrew Weatherall joined Simon Caldwell on Sunset.

Bringing his old school attitude to the current scene, Weatherall is the ultimate electronic experimentalist- not only is he renowned for his own tracks and remixes, hes also the brains behind producing rock classics for legends like Primal Scream in the early 90s.

Catching up with Simon Caldwell on air, Weatherall delivered an hour long mix, taking us on a meditative trip with experimental driving beats. Hear the dancefloor maverick muse on the allure of mainstream success, what hes learnt from dance and punk, and finding divine transcendence in the club.


Julian Cope  They Were All On Hard Drugs
Italojohnson  unknown
Jennifer Touch  Sell (Curses Remix)
Curses Her Violent Beauty (Younger Than You Mix)
Kiwi  Rabbithole
Concret  Andata (Heretic)
Dino Lenny & Fibroot  Suddenly
Fibroot  Looking From The Outside
Fad Gadget  Back To Nature


You can listen back to the rest of the show...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.00005 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.95 AUD


Little Carmichael the power of kindness "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness Lucius Annaeus Seneca

And never were these words truer than when little Carmichael, a lamb who at the time did not have a name or a promising future, was spied by a kind heart. Seeing the feeble young one limping along, struggling to keep up with his flock, this kind heart made attempt after determined attempt over a period of weeks to secure some assistance for the ailing animal. But sadly, her kindness was not mirrored in others, from the human responsible for his care to the various authorities charged with overseeing the welfare of farmed animals. And so, in a world where one can be just about anything, our kind heart chose to be just thatkind. Despite being several hours from Edgars Mission and with a young family of her own to tend to, this caller listened intently to our instructions, and, following them to a T, was able to negotiate the safe release of Carmichael, delivering the wee one to our care that evening.


It was then over to us to do everything in our power for the tiny young lamb with the crippled front leg. At first it was thought a penetrating grass seed had burrowed its way into his shoulder; however, we were soon to learn that this in fact was not what had transpired. Rather, the young lamb, with his immune system still immature, had contracted a debilitating case of joint ill*. So severe was his case and so lacking in a robust immune system was he that the infection had raced through Carmichaels system, ultimately bursting out through his shoulder. Alas, such a period of time had passed that his shoulder had become compromised both in functionality and form, with the situation only getting worse as we were to learn that the bacteria was resistant to the most common line of defence antibiotics.



Watch the New Calexico Video Voices In The Field "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Calexico American nu-folk legends Calexico have just revealed Voices In The Field, the latest single from their upcoming album The Thread That Keeps Us which is due on the 26th January. In the age of the extremes when walls attempt to stifle words, this song is inspired by the poems on postcards []


The majority of presidential experts agree who was the worst president in American history "IndyWatch Feed"

How much expertise do you really need to know this: Most Presidential Experts Agree: Obama is Worst President In History. And its not even close.

It appears that by a three to one margin presidential scholars are now convinced that Barack Obama has been the worst president ever. For as far left as most in academia are, this is quite a shock, really.

On this Presidents Day we find that Obama is a massive failure according to historians.

In the past I have been fond of saying that it is hard to assess a presidents legacy until he has been out of office for at least ten years. It usually takes about that long to see the effect wrought by all the things he did in office. I have also seen this sentiment echoed by several historians and scholars in the past. But apparently Obama has been particularly destructive for them to already be determining that his regime has been an abject failure.

Before you liberals out there start yelping about conservative lairs and all, this determination came from the far left think tank the Brookings Institute, not any conservative group. That makes it all the more amazing.

Brooking says, Those who view Obama as one of the worst American presidents outnumber those who view him as one of the best by nearly a 3-1 margin.

Brookings added, nearly twice as many respondents view Obama as over-rated than do those who consider him under-rated.

Few think of Obama as an excellent president, while many more rate his presidency quite low, with the bulk of experts appearing to give him a passing grade but not one that would get him on the Deans list, the liberal group continued.

Obama also fails on diplomacy, military and legislative successes. Obama is also viewed as one of the most polarizing figure ever to sit in the White House. Only W. Bush is worse in the latter category.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the worst ever has been followed by potentially the best ever. Early days, but the runs are on the board and his innings have only just begun. The following list from Legal Immigrants for America is for us to take some pleasure in, differences PDT has already made which is a partial list but does hit many of the high spots.

1.Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch appointed and approve...


Enough with the same old stories on jail rates how about improving the lot of the marginalised? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The child prison population which is generally tagged as the youth or juvenile detention population will double by 2025. Nearly 1,000 children are incarcerated every night in Australia but by 2025 it will be 2,000 and the trajectory will increasingly steepen thereafter. Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory will continue to incarcerate children []


How sustainable is this? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A news article caught my attention; it shows that with fossil fuels you can do anything, but you have to ask yourself, just how long will it take for these wind turbines to repay their embodied energy?  Furthermore, as I keep saying over and over, none of the carbon emitted in these exercises is ever removed by the wind turbines. Emissions are cumulative. That is, for those who do not, or refuse to understand, they add up. The fact that these turbines do not emit CO2 (much) in their operation, does not negate the fact that their installation already has increased the atmospheres CO2 content. As George Monbiot said, everything Must Go.  and that includes these monsters.

turbineblades 1The 65m long (2/3 the length of a football field) blades were individually trucked 530km from Port Adelaide in South Australia to Silverton, NSW, near Broken Hill.  thats three trips adding up to nearly 1600km or a thousand miles for you American readers. and I bet they werent cruising at normal highway speed either, almost certainly worsening fuel consumption.

Worse, a new road was built to bypass Broken Hill and avoid some roundabouts now I...


Supporting Documentation for Selected CMS (DTC/DPC) transactions "IndyWatch Feed"

Response by Department of Defence to Verity Pane on December 07, 2017.
Partially successful.
UNCLASSIFIED Good afternoon Ms Pane, 1.    Please find attached the Statement of Reasons and documents relating to FOI 138/17/18. FOI Disclosure...


Parallel Lines - 15 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sara speaks with Alice Chipkin and Jessica (Tava) Tavassoli about their graphic memoir Eyes Too Dry. Composer and sound artist James Hullick talks about his Melbourne Music Week show City-Topias. Lastly Sara has a chat with musician Kath Bloom (US).


A federation of white anxiety "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Immigration Restriction Act of 1901 was designed to keep Australia white via the administration of a dictation test in any European language. Because no prior notice of the chosen language was given, the test was impossible to pass. Duttons test was not quite so blatant in its discriminatory intent, but the level of English it required (IELTS level 6) would nevertheless have excluded almost everyone other than native speakers.


Governments Creating Jobs "IndyWatch Feed"

It never ceases to amaze Spartacus how Governments and politicians claim credit for creating jobs, especially private sector jobs.  One must wonder if, as it perpetually claimed, Governments create jobs, then why is there any unemployment or underemployment at all?  If governments are so wonderful and efficient in creating jobs, why is there not a job for anyone who wants one anywhere?

The answer, probably to the surprise of too many, is that governments dont create jobs.  At best, they move jobs from one area of the economy to another.  At worst, they just destroy jobs because of regulation and taxation.  You know like the latest Keynsian dig a hole, fill a hole project (also known as the NSW Stadia Strategy).

Taxing people to create jobs fails to account for the jobs destroyed by removing money and other resources from businesses and individuals.

If it were only possible, the next time a politician gets up and claims government has created x thousand jobs, they should be asked how many jobs they destroyed in creating those jobs.

The only people who get a free lunch in this world are generally politicians and public servants.  The rest of us slobs have to pay, including for the political and bureaucratic class.

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Better than Santa, your IoT device will know whos naughty and nice "IndyWatch Feed National"

Best to peek carefully into your Christmas stocking this year, for Santa may have brought you more surveillance and security risks than you bargained for.

With the booming market for voice-controlled virtual personal assistant devices like Googles Home and Amazons Echo, and warnings from the former head of MI5 about hackable smart toilets (which, frankly, doesnt scare me quite as much as a hackable Boeing 757), the attention of regulators is finally turning to the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on our privacy and security.

When every little device can be connect to the internet, the questions include:


Post a photo of Yassmin Abdel Magied without her head scarf and you could be fined $105,000 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Publish a photo of Yassmin Abdel Magied without her head scarf and you could be fined $105,000 under new legislation Turnbull introduced yesterday. Yesterday communications minister Mitch Fifield and minister for women Michaelia Cash made this announcement: The Turnbull Government today introduced landmark legislation to prevent the sharing of intimate...


Beijings warning to Australian universities "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In a veiled threat to Australian universities, a state-run Chinese newspaper has warned that their treatment of the countrys students is jeopardising billions of dollars in tuition fees.

An editorial in the Global Times said Australian institutions were treating Chinese students as a cash machine while doing little to help them mix with locals, and miscasting them as spies when they spoke out.

Chinese students come to your country to study critical thinking and how to be open-minded, it said. It is not Australias place to critique students political standpoints.

You cannot expect Chinese students to think or behave the same as Australian students.

Part of the Peoples Daily group published by the Chinese Communist Party, the Global Times is considered a belligerent propaganda mouthpiece. Articles last year blasted Australia as a paper cat over its stance on the South China Sea, and a country at the fringes of civilisation following Australian swimmer Mack Hortons description of Chinese rival Sun Yang as a drug cheat.

The latest missive was written by Beijing-based journalist Lilly Wang, who claims to have lived in Sydney between 2014 and 2016. Last month she authored a Global Times article questioning whether Australia was safe for Chinese students after an attack in Canberra hospitalised one of them.

Similar concerns over violence against Indian students contributed to a plunge in international enrolments six years ago.

The new editorial cited concerns that Australian universities had lowered their academic standards to boost Chinese enrolments. It said many Chinese students paid off loans by working as daigou, buying local goods such as UGG boots and health supplements for people back home.

This kept them so busy that they hired ghostwriters to sit exams for them, the article said. Many Australian universities are still unaware of this trend (or) do not seem to be taking sufficient measures to address it.

I sincerely advise Australian universities to pay more attention to their quality of education and stop treating Chinese students as a cash machine. Some of them are spending their parents lifesaving to come to Australia.

Are you providing enough knowledge and opportunities in return?

China is easily the biggest source country of overseas students in Australia, providing more than a quarter of the estimated $28 billion they generate.

An analysis by The Australian found that 16 per cent of operating funding at the University of Sydney, and 19 per cent at the University of NSW, came from the pockets of Chinese students.....


Our leaders are loyal to the citizenry? Dont make me laugh! "IndyWatch Feed"

The biggest kerfuffle in Aussie politics is all about the technicalities regarding dual citizenship. Our founding fathers were well aware that if an individual was going to sit in our Parliament, then it was important to know that they do not have divided loyalties. A principle which has been largely lost in the political point-scoring

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Vicforests tries to get green tick for logging endangered forests "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VicForests is pursuing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for the third time in decade. The internationally recognised certification label regards itself as having strict environmental standards, which specify that logging cannot threaten endangered species, old growth forest and rainforest.

Previous audits of VicForests found a number non conformances to the FSC standards. Today our affiliates GECO joined the auditors in the forest to demonstrate VicForests non conformance to the standard and the impacts of logging on threatened wildlife and old growth forest in East Gippsland.



By George he finally gets it. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Everything Must Go

Economic growth will destroy everything. Theres no way of greening it we need a new system.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 22nd November 2017



George Monbiot

Everyone wants everything how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs. But already we are bursting through the physical limits of the planet that sustains us. Climate breakdown, soil loss, the collapse of habitats and species, the sea of plastic, insectageddon: all are driven by rising consumption. The promise of private luxury for everyone cannot be met: neither the physical nor the ecological space exists.

But growth must go on: this is everywhere the political imperative. And we must adjust our tastes accordingly. In the name of autonomy and choice, marketing uses the latest findings in neuroscience to break down our defences. Those who seek to resist must, like the Simple Lifers in Brave New World, be silenced in this case by the media. With every...


Travelling all day today up hill and down dale "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I am travelling a lot today and do not have enough time write a blog other than to tell you that. Last Thursday, work took me to remote destinations where the wind blows strong and rain is always expected. This Thursday, I am pursuing my craft and spreading the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) word up hill and down dale. I have also been reading various new reform proposals for the Eurozone they seem to be coming out at a rate of one a day or so it seems. They all fail to get to the nub of the problem it is essentially so flawed with so many historical and cultural constraints that it needs to be abandoned. One lame idea tells us to fix the roof while the sun shines. I will comment on that next week. The problem as my recent tweet notes is that the roof is the least of the problems. It is falling in for sure but only because the foundations are rotten to the core. I also wouldnt actually characterise the current situation in the monetary union as being sunny. If it is, then spare the thought of what cloudy much less rainy might be. The quiz will be back tomorrow as usual. For the moment I am listening to

Music while you wait for me to post again

This is the Duke Ellington song In a Mellow Tone written in 1939. It has been covered by many of the greatest jazz players around.

It is recommended listening if you like this sort of stuff. Very mellow when travelling long distances.

Kenny Burrells tone and Ron Walkers walking bass lines (sorry) are beautiful. At least to my ears.

Here is a photo close to where I have been today.



Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Well, actually yes, indeed she does, and probably more than three bags full! Her name is Renee and she is a sweet-faced Black Suffolk ewe.

Renee, we were to learn, had been left behind after she had done a runner when her flock was rounded up and trucked off to slaughter some years prior. Sheep are flock animals, who take great comfort and security in their own kind. And whilst Renee had escaped imminent death, she certainly had perils of her own to contend with, not the least of which was the growing burden of her fleece.


Many people do not realise that the soft fibres that cover sheep, known as wool, can easily morph into a cumbersome fleece that continues to grow throughout the life of a sheep. This was not always the lot of ovines. You see, the wild mouflon, from whom sheep are descended, had a naturally shedding, oft-times multi-coloured (great for camouflage) fleece, which grew and then shed according to the seasona great evolutionary adaption which served them well. Then came domestication, and through selective breeding by humans, there are now many breeds of sheep who require annual shearing to ensure a good standard of welfare for these animals. Failure to do so results in sheep living at a great disadvantage, with often life-threatening consequences.

But the good news is: Renee has been fleeced! And is feeling much the better for it. But this poses the question when it comes to the domestication of animals: Have they been fleeced?



Hey there Georgie Girl "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The call came in late one night, as a member of the public relayed having only moments earlier come across a sheep in the middle of the road. Believing the hopelessly crippled animal had been hit by a car, they desperately sought our assist. Heading off into the dark of night, armed only with a flashlight and kindness, we nervously drove, turning down country road after country road. Just when we were starting to question our sanity, we spied the hapless animal, head peeping up amongst the long grass on the verge of the road. Indeed, her leg was a mess and in no way would it assist the freshly shorn ewe to flee. With little light to assist, it was into the van with Georgie Girl and back to the sanctuary for a more thorough assessment.

Our first priority was to stabilise the terrified animal enough to get her through the night, while having a rudimentary assessment of the damage. Given that the deep laceration of her hind leg had already been flystruck, it appeared the injury had at least a 24-hour head start. With no broken bones apparent and no soreness of her pelvis or femur, the chances of the culprit being an encounter with a motor vehicle greatly diminished. The answer all too soon was revealed as a reckless and careless incision made by the shearer as she had been shorn. With her Achilles tendon damaged, the total loss of use of Georgie Girls left hind leg soon followed, and our only course of action to restore some functionality to the limb lay in the surgical procedure called arthrodesis*.

Whilst we knew surgically we could repair the damage to Georgie Girls leg, we were greatly concerned we may not be able to restore her spirits. She was after all a flock sheep, whose only encounters with humans to date had not come bound in kindness.

Although not eating out of our hand or letting her guard down, Georgie Girl has proved incredibly resilient and more than comfortable with her situation and confinement. She curiously peeps over her stall to check on our movements and is developing a liking for Weet-Bix treats; she stands so patiently and calm whilst her dressings are changed and she is giving us every confidence that it will only be a matter of time before she is trotting down the pasture so fancy freea new Georgie Girl

*Arthrodesis is the artificial fusion of a joint, in this case by means of a metal plate and pi


Doggie portrait "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The start of a portrait of a dog - can't say too much


Climate fighters putting bubbles and bodies on the line "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The blockade of Adanis construction works in Queensland is becoming Australias next frontline in the fight against the climate crisis caused by an industry that wants us to keep burning their fossil fuels. In the morning on 6 December 2017, a group of #StopAdani campaigners locked on to a gate by their necks with messages about preserving the Earth and our heritage for future generations.

In The Sustainable Hour on 6 December we have a short report over the phone from Jane Morton from the Victorian Climate Action Network, who describes the situation where Police are arresting those activists who refuse to move, including two members of the New South Wales parliament.

The term for this type of blockade is Non-violent direct action. Anglican Bishop Philip Huggins, president of the National Council of Churches of Australia, explains to us why he is supportive of non-violent direct action against fossil fuel projects such as the Adani coal mine in Queensland. It is about demonstrating the extent and the intensity of our concern, he tells us.

Our guest in the studio this hour is Torquays recycling artist Regina Middleton whose remarkable artisan jewellery...


existential angst "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

green tree frog reflects on the meaning of being, the pond is empty _____________________ Note: photo of Green Tree frog by Gabrielle Bryden


New report explains why European Commissions ISDS model is a wolf in sheeps clothing "IndyWatch Feed"

7 December, 2017: A new report titled A World Court For Corporations, published by European community and environment organisations, cautions that the Multilateral Investment Court (MIC) model being proposed by the European Commission will entrench corporate power, without changing the unfair power inequality in the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) scheme.

ISDS is controversial, and widely opposed. The European Commissions own public consultation on ISDS showed 97% of respondents did not support ISDS. The MIC model is the European Commissions attempt to address this widespread dissent, through improving the system of arbitration. But despite procedural adjustments, the reports authors say the European Commissions MIC model does not change the rights of corporations to bypass domestic legal systems and use international tribunals to sue governments over domestic laws even if those laws are in the public interest.

The ECs MIC model does not change the investment law framework which places corporate rights above both domestic and international human rights laws. It would still undermine the ability of governments to regulate in the public interest, further entrenching the enormous market power of global corporations.  Put simply, institutionalizing ISDS on a global level will legitimize and entrench a parallel legal system designed to empower transnational corporations (p. 36).

The authors of the report set out an alternative solution for the EU (p. 37). Existing ISDS agreements should be cancelled and ISDS should be excluded from future trade and investment agreements. They say governments should instead prioritise the current negotiations for a legally binding United Nations treaty to regulate transnational corporations and other business enterprises.


What do we live for? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

What, then, are our values. And, were we completely honest about their provenance, how would we confess to having arrived at these values? I've tried your patience too often with my answers in this web space, so I'll leave the questions for your comments and discussion.


Merry BIM-mas! "IndyWatch Feed"

Its BIM day, and so I'm spending it reading the Briefings to Incoming Ministers. Most of them are dull, but there have been a few interesting bits:

  • NZDF has redacted comments about how long kiwi troops will be in Iraq. Its not clear whether this is because they expect the new government to withdraw them, or because they want to keep them there for as long as the US wants.
  • The GCSB and SIS want Ministers to trek down to Pipitea House for classified briefings, rather than giving them in the Beehive. Who goes to who shows who works for who, so basicly they're saying they're more important than our elected government. The inconvenience will also deter such briefings, potentially impacting on oversight of both our spy agencies and the intelligence warrant system. The alternative - appropriate secure facilities in the Beehive - is never suggested.
  • The State Services BIM has only a single mention of "open government". SSC's BIM does talk about opennness and transparency, but seems to be largely in denial about the problems with the OIA, and uses good statistics on timeliness to pretend that there are no problems around e.g. unlawful redaction. Its certainly not the approach I'd expect from an organisation committed to open government.
  • The climate change BIM is informative about expected policy direction, but still has an unhealthy (and, given our lack of access to international markets, utterly unrealistic) focus on using international units to meet our commitments. This is echoed in MFAT's briefing on international climate change issues, which also suggests that MFAT is going to keep pushing for accounting scams for trees in order to actuarially reduce our commitment.
  • Unlike Gareth Morgan, DoC thinks domestic cats have a place in New Zealand, even in a predator-free New Zealand. That's a relief for us cat-minions.


In which the pond joins the Stone fish in gathering moss ... "IndyWatch Feed"

As the wise savvy Savva noted only this morning, haters gunna hate, and for lunch the pond thought it should dine out on the Stone fish ... one false step amongst the coral, and you're a goner ... as Bill Bryson once noted ...

[Australia] has more things that will kill you than anywhere else. Of the worlds ten most poisonous snakes, all are Australian. Five of its creatures the funnel web spider, box jellyfish, blue-ringed octopus, paralysis tick and stonefish are the most lethal of their type in the world.

Ah, the Stone fish, it'll get you every time, even if it's an old, old theme in reptile la la land, and the google did a spoiler by revealing the Stone fish solution ...

Yes, assorted reptiles turn up on a weekly, possibly daily basis, to sing from the same song sheet, call for the return of the onion muncher - because we can never see enough onions being munched - and induce despair in the savvy Savva ...


Joe Mungovan Announces East Coast Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Joe Mungovan Kiama based singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan has just released his brand new EP Another Night, A Distance From Here, written while he was traveling on his recent national tour. I got back into the writing/recording cycle again at the end of last year, Mungovan explained. I had just finished a massive []


The Book Group and James Rebanks Shepherds Life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

James Rebanks, The Shepherds Life ( 2016)

shepherd.jpegBefore the meeting: A number of the chaps in the group (me included) had been charmed by James Rebanks when they heard him on Australian radio earlier this year. Plus his book is short, always desirable for the Book Group and especially so at this time of year. So this is what we read.

The book is part memoir, part family history, part advocacy for a way of life and a community of people. The early pages frame the conversation neatly: Rebanks tells of teachers who urged him and his fellow students to study hard if they didnt want to spend the rest of their lives on their familys tiny farms in the inhospitable fells of Englands Lake District, of a teacher who waxed lyrical about the beauty of that same region from the point of view of Romantic poets and those who followed after them, but seemed to regard her students as incapable of understanding such elevated thoughts:

I wanted to tell that teacher that she had it all wrong tell her that she didnt really know this place or its people at all. These thoughts took years to become clear, but in a rough childish form I think they were there from the start. I also knew in a crude way that if books define places, then writing books was important, but that we needed books by us and about us. But in that assembly in 1987...


Trump's Jerusalem decision sows chaos and threatens more Middle East war "IndyWatch Feed"

Trump's Jerusalem decision sows chaos and threatens more Middle East warTrump's plan to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was made to placate his donors and will almost certainly cause dreadful repercussions, writes Phyllis Bennis. read now...


What Is Trans Broken Arm Syndrome? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We think of the hospital as a place to go when were sick or injured where we will be treated respectfully and compassionately, and our health problems will be managed skilfully and efficiently. But for transgender people, hospitals and other healthcare settings can actually be hazardous to their health and wellbeing. Theres a phenomenon which ...

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Property theft hot-spot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barwon Heads has been named in the top 10 areas of regional Victoria in which a home burglary will occur.
The postcode of 3227, which also incorporates Breamlea and Connewarre, was ranked 10th on the RACVs list.
The RACV said areas with new housing estates were most likely to be targeted by thieves.
Consequently postcode 3217, containing Armstrong creek, Charlemont, Freshwater Creek, Mount Duneed, was ranked 7th.
Aggravated burglary rates are on the rise again, jumping another 11 per cent in the 12 months to June 2017, making an increase of 56 per cent in the past two years. They account for 11 per cent of total burglaries.
Most aggravated burglaries 74 per cent happened between 7pm and 6am, with the highest volumes between 11pm and midnight.
Bryce Prosser, RACVs General Manager Public Policy and Corporate Affairs, says several factors make new housing estates across the state more attractive for burglars.
We believe this could be because new homes include new appliances and often adjoin vacant blocks, which aid quick entry and exit. With many people at work during the day these newer suburbs are much easier targets.
Corio, Norlane and North Shore came in at number 4 while Bareena, Geelong, Newtown and South Geelong was 8th on the list.

The post Property theft hot-spot appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.


An Ivory Tower Plan To Build Ivory Tower Stadiums For The Big End Of Town "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Berejiklian Governments plan to tear down and rebuild two major sports stadiums in Sydney at a cost of $2 billion has hit a nerve across NSW, writes Justin Field.

The decision has become a symbol of a State Government that has its priorities all wrong and the public are strongly expressing their displeasure.

A public petition calling on the Premier to revisit the decision and direct at least half the money into community sport or essential public services has attracted more than 100,000 signatures in less than two days and there is no sign of the public mood shifting.

Put aside the almost unfathomable question of why these stadiums, both less than 30-years-old, and one built less than two decades ago for the Sydney Olympics, already need replacing; the public response isnt just about the need, the value for money or whether or not we should have new modern sports and big event infrastructure. It has struck a nerve that runs much deeper in the NSW community, a frustration that the NSW Coalition Government is serving someones needs, but it just isnt ours.

Could it be that the budget surplus being squandered on these new stadiums has come off the back of electricity privatisations and the sale of our world class land titles office, and people are wondering why they are copping higher electricity prices and service cuts for some comfier seats at a stadium they can barely afford to go to?

Could it be that they are watching the Government throw billions in public money at the big sporting codes with multi-million dollar TV rights deals and alcohol and gambling sponsorships and they are wondering why they have to pay huge fees for local kids sport and run the sausage sizzle every weekend to raise money for new jerseys?

Could it be that they are seeing the Liberal Party boys club on the SCG Stadium Trust who are boasting about the new fancy VIP boxes they are going to get out of this deal and have realised once again that the vested interests, and the political connections that still run this state and the average person barely gets a look in?

The Government can run their bread and circuses strategy all they like but the public wont be conned that easily. They wont be bought off by a spectacle. They actually want the things broken in the city fixed, and they want the regions and rural NSW to stop being ignored when it comes to essential services and infrastructure.

The decision may have been made but the stadiums are still standing and the public campaign has given the Premier cover from the special interests, the big sporting code chiefs and media barons, and from Alan Jones (SCG Trust board member), to rethink the plan and to put that money to far better use.

If she doesnt there is going to be a couple of pretty...


Festivities fill the streets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

Ocean Grove Business Associations third annual Christmas in the Grove was a spectacular success.
The Terrace was closed to traffic for the second year in a row and people flocked the event, which is run to entice shoppers to spend their money locally.
We are very pleased with the outcome, OGBA president Ty Simons said.
It was a a great run out, perfect weather and a real sense of community. Most businesses did something and the food businesses particularly all had a great night. The OGBA are very happy with the night.
Mr Simons estimated there were 1500 to 2000 people at the event.
Mr Simons said not only was OGBA encouraged to continue the event on a yearly basis, the idea of a similar festival at Easter was appealing.
Were certainly carrying on with the yearly event and we are floating the idea of something similar on another evening around Easter to catch the holiday crowd, he said.
Food stalls, face painting, music, a jumping castle and an appearance by Santa Claus all added to the atmosphere.
Families strolled down The Terrace to browse and the feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive.

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NSCF Organic Farmers Market stallholder wins award "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  Jean, Laclan and Adrian Tiller with the Best Organic Retailer of the Year Award. Sherwood Rd Organic Meats is still celebrating their win Best Organic Retailer 2018 at the Australian Certified Organics Awards in Adelaide last month! One of our regular long-term Organic Farmers Market stallholders, Jean Tiller, said We wear our Bud []

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Federal Government to spend $2.2 million to protect Great Barrier Reef and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Federal Government is set to contribute 2.2 million dollars towards large reef mixer fans as a trial run that hopes to reduce damage caused by coral bleaching.

The solar-powered rotators will be placed at Moore Reef off the coast of Cairns on floating pontoons that create currents drawing cooler water from the depths of the ocean to the top.


The three year pilot project will be combined with other interventions, including crown of thorns starfish control.




New species of now extinct Marsupial Lion discovered in Australia



Victorian Government told to stop routinely strip searching women in prison "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Women in Victorian prisons are being regularly and routinely subjected to degrading strip-searches, a new report from the Human Rights Law Centre has found. 

The report, released today, calls on the Victorian Government to end the practice of routinely strip searching women, and includes:

  • Interviews with women who were previously imprisoned.
  • Data obtained through freedom of information laws showing that in one year around 12,400 strip searches were conducted on women, producing only 14 items of contraband, mostly tobacco.
  • Examples of jurisdictions, like the ACT and the UK, which only use strip searches as a last resort and when absolutely necessary, and rather employ modern technology, such as scanners and x-rays, to check for contraband.  

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the report shows that strip-searches are being used excessively, indiscriminately and harmfully.

The Government should end the practice of routinely and regularly strip searching every single woman in prison. It causes needless suffering. There are far more effective and less intrusive ways of checking for contraband. Being forced to remove every last item of clothing again and again, strips women of dignity and of hope. Wherever and whenever possible, women should be spared this trauma, said Ms Barson.

Women in prisons are currently strip searched on a routine basis: upon entry to the prison, when having a contact visit with family, support people or friends, when leaving the prison, such as to see a doctor, or when undertaking community work or attending court.

Vickie Roach, an Aboriginal woman and activist, who is a survivor of family violence and was previously imprisoned, said forcing women to strip-naked in front of two guards undermines womens sense of self-worth the very thing they need to rebuild their lives.

There is no evidence-base for strip searches. They only serve to degrade and humiliate and assert control over our bodies, our naked bodies. We should be helping women to heal, not harming them further, said Ms Roach.




Minister Cormann refuses to answer questions regarding the security of the postal ballot

by Lex Stewart, President of Vote Australia

Possibly, Yes. Massive frauds cannot be ruled out yet.

It might be that the officers of the ABS (with staff seconded from the AEC) have conducted the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey in an honest and accurate manner, so that the Australian public can trust the result.

However it is also possible that massive frauds have been conducted, and that the true result could have been 60% no, and 40% yes.

We do not yet have sufficient information to rule out the possibility that the AMLPS result was massively frauded.

Liberal Finance Minister and Acting Minister for State Mathias Cormann has so far refused to answer questions relating to the bona fides of the Same Sex Marriage plebiscite.

Over the period 26 September to 8 November I asked about 30 questions of the ABS and of the Minister Cormann.

In the absence of answers at this stage, it is impossible to verify the accuracy and integrity of what happened in the AMLPS.

I say this from my perspectives both as President of Vote Australia, and as a Consultant Engineer who does Audits of factories and farms for Workplace Health and Safety and for Food Safety, issuing HACCP compliance certificates.

It is almost meaningless if I inspect a factory and find that the food being produced is free of contamination, or that nobody was killed or injured on that day.

It is not just what happens when I am present in a factory or farm th...


Mountain Goat Valley Crawl "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl is back at it again, for a third annual take over of Brisbanes Fortitude Valley on Saturday February 17. The team behind the free event have planned one hell of a party stacked with an expanded lineup including 35 huge interstate and local artists spread across seven favourite local haunts.

The Crawl is expanding the free event in 2018, pulling new venues Barbara, The Flying Cock andCrowbar into the fold. Theyll join old hands The Foundry, Black Bear Lodge, the zoo and The Brightside promising Brisbanes best free-for-all is only getting bigger and better.

The huge 2018 line up boasts headlining spots from Sydney indie juggernauts Philadelphia Grand Jury, Gooch Palms, beat-maker Ninajirachi and Melbourne singer-songwriting legend Jess Locke. Brisbanes vibrant music scene is well represented too, with Carmouflage Rose and Midas.Gold bringing the heat for the local hip hop community. While acoustic folk kings Hollow Coves and indie pop darling Hatchie are primed to keep the hometown hero vibes flowing well after the sun sets.

Joined by some of their closest friends: Bugs, BOAT SHOWZapd, Ayla, Pink Matter and Jouk Mistrow the 2018 installment is less of a crawl and more of a sprint. Strap on those sneakers, put the wallet away, map the quickest route between stages and crack a tinnie; The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl is back, baby!

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Queensland Greens claim an historic victory in Maiwar and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Queensland Greens claim what is an historic victory in the West Brisbane seat of Maiwar, after more than a week of counting.

The Greens candidate, Michael Berkman is set to claim victory today as party officials are confident with the flow of preferences that the seat is won, currently sitting 1300 votes in front.


Labor candidate Ali King has refused to rule out a win until the final count has been processed.


In National news...



Same sex marriage bill set to pass today.


Same sex marriage could be legal by the end of the day today with the Federal Government close to final vote.



Oakey residents are fighting toxic pollutants and for compensation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Residents at Oakey have been fighting an ongoing battle for recognition of the health damage, caused by contamination coming from the nearby air force base.

Oakey is a small town in Queensland 100 Kilometres west of Brisbane.

Government official have acted like heartless bastards, by failing to act to stop the threat and reusing to compensating those who have been affected, not only in regard to their health, but also because of the impact on incomes, due to the effect of contaminated land.

In response, locals have come together to stand up for themselves. One outcome is a class action of about 480, who are fighting or up to $200 million in compensation.  They have expert evidence that their water is not fit for human consumption and that it has contaminated local food sources.

At a local meeting last night, a Defence Department official claimed that the large-scale spraying of PFAS poses no health risk, completely ignoring a commissioned environmental impact statement from an independent company called AECOM. This official made the crass suggestion that they should not be eating local food.

Amanda Lee, A technical officer from the company, said that home-grown meat, vegetables, fish from Oakey Creek and eggs laid on local properties should not be eaten by residents living close to the contamination zone, where high PFAS levels have been detected.

The environmental report showed PFAS had been found in underground water up to 4 kilometres from the base.

Oakey resident Bernie Earsman, who attended the meeting and has not joined the class action at this point, said the Defence Department had destroyed his dream of retiring on his small rural property with his wife Margorie.

Mr Earsman said the value of his land had fallen from $270,000 to $120,000 and the Federal Government needed to compensate affected residents.

He told the meeting that his ambition was to die one day bringing up a bucket of fruit and vegetables to Margorie and then came along their Department of Defence and all their rot.

Another technical officer from the dame company, officer Paul McCabe, said the contamination zone was still growing and authorities were still learning about the chemical.

PFAS is an unusual contaminant compared to most of the things we normally deal with, because it does affect soil, it affects groundwater.

It migrates very easily in surface and groundwater and its taken up by plants and animals there arent many other contaminants that do all of those things.

So why isnt the government cleaning up the act and doing the right thing by the residents? One would suspect that something is being covered up....


Dameyon Bonson: Our LGBQTI mob are killing themselves. Isnt it time we were shown a little love? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dameyon Bonson aged 5. Photograph: Supplied by author Dameyon Bonson aged 5. Photograph: Supplied by author Share this Post In preparation for this week hosting IndigenousX to talk about Black Rainbow and why I started it and why I have persevered challenged me to look inward for first time in a very long time.  I will share some horrific personal ...


Farmers in tears after banks take land "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

At the mercy of the elements Lindsay Dingle thought the life of a farmer was hard enough.

Then there was a knock on the door that has brought him 40 months of turmoil.

Mr Dingle had a cattle, cropping and fodder property outside of Bundaberg in Queensland for 13 years.

In 2011 and 2013 the property was hit with floods, and then a big dry.

He owed the bank $600,000 and receivers rocked up without warning.

They come in the door nine oclock one morning and say youve got two minutes to get your medication and get off, Mr Dingle told AAP on Wednesday.

The people in the system, they almost get off on it theyre just ruthless.

Mr Dingles voice trembles as he describes how he was made to feel like a criminal during the ordeal because he had a gun licence.

A police presence had been organised on the assumption he would become dangerous.

Im not ordinarily a sook, he said, wiping away tears.

The worst was to come, the property was sold off in a rush, in 10 weeks during a drought declared period over the Christmas holidays.

The property, valued at $1.3 million, was sold for $590,000 seven times less the value of a similar property further upstream.

Mr Dingle recounted how during the eviction the receivers had tipped the contents of the familys freezer on the lawn and left it to rot.

Farm equipment was looted over subsequent weeks and the police declined to investigate.

I was threatened with trespass if I went back to the property.

Mr Dingle, was one of the scores of farmers who gave evidence to a special Senate inquiry about the indignity experienced by some debt-laden primary producers in their dealings with the banking sector.

One Nation pushed to establish the hearings in lieu of a royal commission, and the inquirys report is due to be tabled in parliament later on Wednesday.

Mr Dingle, whose children paid for him to come to Canberra, hopes one of the recommendations will be appointing independent mediators who can bring some level of empathy to the process.

One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson wants the royal commission into financial sector misconduct to consider the reports findings and show some compassion to farming families.

Lives have been lost, families destroyed, she told reporters.




Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont Announce Album and Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont Australian country music giants Adam Eckersley (Adam Eckersley Band) and Brooke McClymont (The McClymonts) are coming together with the announcement of their self titled duo album Adam & Brooke, due on the 9th February. The husband and wife duo recently released their debut single and video Train []


Knight to King4check..but not mate. "IndyWatch Feed"

Is it easier for a corrupt government to poison a State, or for a corrupt people to poison good governance?

This question has to be considered in the light of the situation Australia now finds itself, where with a people so divided it is becoming difficult to tell if Parliamentary Politics is running the people or the mob-opinion is running the Parliamentary Politics.

With the introduction of many international celebrity provocateurs from the right-wing side of politics finding their way to this country on the invitation of lobby-groups and /or NGOs and even some politicians themselves, it is becoming more difficult to tell where the dog ends and the wagging tail begins.

Now, we have a leadership that seems incapable of making an independent decision and is so obviously behoved to the mood swings of its donors and propagandists, it would seem that the Ship of State is rudderless and without power of its own. That old scribe in the garret ; Machiavelli, had definite opinions on how to assess and run a let us consider his sage advice, for though it has to be said that the future cannot be predicted by simply turning of the pages of recorded historical example, we can read that the behaviours and habits of a people can be judged as predictable, if given situations and circumstances are similar.

He who wants to alter a Republic ought to Consider its Condition
For a man can well by his methods and evil ways begin to corrupt the people of a City, but it is impossible that the life of one is [long] enough to corrupt them so that they, through it, can enjoy its fruit; and even if it were possible by the length of time that he should do so, it would be impossible from the manner in which men proceed, who, being impatient, cannot delay a passion of theirs for a long time, so that they deceive themselves in their own affairs, and especially in those which they desire very much. So that either from little patience, or from deceiving themselves, they attempt an enterprise at the wrong time, and would end badly.

Here we see a pretty close definition of the last two LNP leaders..Abbott and a matter of fact, it would describe most accurately the uniform political trait of most right-wing politicians in the Westbut let us continue..;

To want to assume authority in a Republic, and install there a bad form of a Government, therefore, there is need to find the people corrupted by the times and that, little by little, from generation to generation, it is led to this corruption; these are led by necessity to this, unless they are (as has been discussed above) reinvigorated frequently by good examples or brought back by good laws to their principles.

From the end-time of Menzies, in the late fifties/early sixties, Australia has suffered a chipping away of...


Adanis Australian Coal Mine in Trouble as Chinese Banks Refuse Loans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

The proposed $22 billion project will have destructive impact on environment, including the Great Barrier Reef.

Newsclick | 6 December 2017

With three Chinese banks announcing that they will not be financing Adani groups controversial Carmichael mine in Queensland, Australia, the mining giants ambitious project  worth $21.7 billion appears to be doomed. Earlier this year, Australian banks had backed out of financing the project. Adani Mining is facing a financial crunch as 24 banks around the world have earlier refused to finance its mining ventures in Australia.

Adanis extravagant expansion into Australian mining seems to be dogged by accusations of crony capitalism and destruction of environment, very similar to the ones in India for his Mundra SEZ project and mining act...


Big Win For Transgender People In The Same-Sex Marriage Bill "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The same-sex marriage legislation will finally put an end to cruel laws forcing married transgender Australians across the country to divorce if they want their birth certificate changed to reflect their gender identity. Under Queensland law, couples who get an opposite-sex marriage before one partner transitions are forced to divorce before the transgender partner can ...

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Warren Entsch Blasts Bob Katters Cringeworthy Anti-Gay Speech "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

North Queensland MP Bob Katter has come under fire for giving a bizarre, rambling and extremely homophobic speech on marriage equality to the parliament. In his speech, Katter declared himself to not be anti-homosexual but dismissed the dozens of heartfelt speeches including a marriage proposal delivered in the parliament on the issue as ...

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One Nation 2016 vote how well did it predict 2017? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Tuesday, I published estimates of the Senate vote at the 2016 federal election for the Nick Xenophon Team, broken down by South Australian state electorates.

While writing that article, I became curious about whether the similar dataset (built by Alex Jago) for One Nation in Queensland had done a good job of predicting the One Nation vote at the 2017 state election wed used the data regularly before the election, but after 6pm on election night we threw it out.

Well here is a chart comparing the 2016 Senate vote for One Nation (after distribution of minor preferences) to the partys primary vote in the recent state election, in the 61 seats where One Nation stood candidates.

The trend is pretty strong while the vote at the state election was slightly higher, it did not vary tremendously from the trend.

The correlation between these two datasets is 0.796 in other words, the two datasets correlate by about 80%. Its not a perfect correlation, but a very strong trend.

The biggest exception was in party leader Steve Dicksons seat of Buderim. One Nation polled 12.7% at the 2016 election, but managed 28.85% at the recent state election. This makes sense the party had an incumbent MP and put a lot more effort into that seat. Apart from that seat, the ratio was not more than 2:1 in any other seat.


How Old is Too Old and How Old is Too Young When it Comes to Dating? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

As we grow up and enter the world of dating it can be difficult to navigate. There are a number of unwritten rules that we must familiarize ourselves with in order to avoid offending someone or making a fool out of ourselves. Of these, one rule that can cause a significant amount of controversy is the determination of who is considered to be too old or too young for you to date.

Sure, some say age is just a number but is that really true? Consider for a moment, you have a friend who is 30 years old, single, and looking to find that someone special. How would you feel if they showed up to your next big function with a 19-year-old hand in hand? What if that partner was 50? Confusing things even further, does that reaction change with the gender of your friend?

Photo by Ariel Lustre on Unsplash


Over the years there have been a number of different rules developed attempting to solve this question. One such rule states that you can determine the acceptable minimum age for a partner by dividing your own age in half and adding 7. Looking back at that 30-year-old friend, half their age is 15 + 7 means that it would be acceptable to date as young as 22. Therefore, that 19-year-old would be too young. Looking at the other end of the spectrum, considering a maximum age, on accepted rule involves taking your age, subtracting 7 and doubling it. This would suggest your 30-year-old friend could date as old as 46 before it would be considered inappropriate. So, their appropriate age range would span 22-46.

If you try to google the subject, you will find that the internet is very divided on what the answers to this question would be. Interested in comparing this estimation to what is actually happening out in the world, Researchers Buunk and colleagues took to the streets to survey random people. They asked them to picture themselves in a romantic relationship with an attractive partner from the opposite sex and then proceeded to present them with a list of different scenarios, recording their answers. Respondents were asked to consider the minimum and maximum ages they would be...


Episode-2126- Geoff Lawton on Permacultures Future "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tweet Geoff Lawton is a Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in 1983. He holds a Diploma in Permaculture Education, Design, Implementation, System Establishment, Administration and Community Development. Both of these were awarded by the founder of Permaculture, Bill Mollison. Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administrating and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organizations and multinational companies. He has currently educated over 15,000 students in Permaculture worldwide. These include graduates of the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course and courses focused on the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, animal, energy, structures, legal and economic systems. Geoff has embraced the technology age. Not only is he the driving force behind the World Wide Permaculture Network (created in 2011), he also has an online training and education website named Geoff established in 2013 with the aim of educating as many people as possible in Permaculture and environmental sustainability. He has released Permaculture educational and inspirational films to his members regularly throughout each year and holds one Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course event per calendar year. In 1996 he was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the Permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world. In October 1996 Bill Mollison, upon his retirement, asked Geoff to establish and direct a new Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI Australia) on the 147-acre Tagari Farm. The Institute was a global networking centre for Permaculture projects. It is currently located at Zaytuna Farm at The Channon in Northern NSW, Australia. Geoff is the Managing Director. The institute is a self funded non-profit company limited by guarantee. The institute has since founded PRI USA, PRI Jordan, PRI Sunshine Coast. Other Permaculture Research Institutes that have been launched or are in the process of being launched including: PRI Canada, PRI Chile, PRI Turkey, PRI Greece and PRI Afghanistan. PRI Australia won the Humanitarian Water & Food Award for 2010 for their initiative Greening the Desert. Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 77 Walking To Freedom The Granddaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Forum A new little site I started Get Your Liberty Forum Tickets Use Code TSP10 for 10% off all tickets. Home of the Permaculture Circle and More That Aint Country Aaron Lewis Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and...


Country-Based Drug Treatment: An Interview with Professor David Penington "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In late October, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews approved a two-year trial of a safe injecting centre for North Richmond. The inner city Melbourne suburb has long been the site of an open street drug market, and 34 overdose deaths have already occurred in the local area this year. The campaign for the facility had the support of

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Lismore considers 20 extra greyhound racing meetings per year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo AngMoKio, Wikimedia Commons

The Lismore City Council will next week consider an application for an extra twenty greyhound racing meetings to be held each year.

The Lismore Greyhound track currently conducts race meetings on Tuesday evenings, 52 weeks per year.

It has trailed an extra 10 meetings a year, with the approval of the council, but now wants to increase that number on a permanent basis.

The additional meetings proposed would be held on Saturdays, with the first race scheduled for midday, with the final race completed no later than 5pm.

In a report to council, staff have recommended approving the increase, despite concerns from neighbours.

The assessment process has concluded the operations on the site have resulted in ongoing noise complaints from adjacent premises, and submissions from other neighbours to the effect that the noise from the operations of the Greyhound Track is intrusive and offensive at times, the staff report says.

The amended Noise Management Plan provided by the applicant has to a large extent addressed these concerns and the application is recommended for approval subject to conditions that would provide a framework for the ongoing management of this facility.

The application is going before the council next Thursday after being called up by councillors Darlene Cook, Vanessa Ekins and Adam Guise.









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Suspected Murderer Evades Fresh Prosecution "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

He admitted burying his boyfriends body. He directed police to its whereabouts. He lied repeatedly under oath. But because of double-jeopardy laws and deal struck with police, murder suspect Michael Atkins will never go to prison for his actions. The story so far Matthew Leveson was just 20 when he died in 2007 after a

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Dentistry - Admission Statistics and Selection Process "IndyWatch Feed"

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Tim Dormer Will Marry His Partner Ash Toweel Next Year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former Big Brother contestant Tim Dormer has opened up about he and fiance Ash Toweels recent engagement party. Tim told Who magazine he plans to marry his partner Ash Toweel next year and spoke about his joy at see his conservative parents enjoy themselves at the couples recent bush dance-inspired engagement party. It was a ...

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The lights are up and ready to enjoy  but dont miss out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Terry and Gerry Bertoli are putting up their Christmas lights for the last time. Photo supplied.

It is a little bit of Christmas magic that has been lighting up lives in Byron for the last 24 years. Terry and Gerry Bertoli started putting up Chrismas lights in their yard for the pleasure it gives to young and old, local and visitor alike who enjoy a bit of Christmas cheer, but they have decided that this is their last year.

We stated putting up a few light 24 yrs ago and then just got bigger and bigger, said Gerry.

Without much around in Byron Bay town to celebrate the spirit of Christmas they decided that a little bit of Christmas cheer would go a long way and have taken great pleasure and pride in putting up the lights each year and welcoming people to their home.

There are so many wonderful experiences we have had, continued Gerry.

But to see childrens faces light up and get excited to see the lights and our fairy land area they come and thank us and make us cards decorations to hang on our trees. Seeing the elderly remembering their days with there families and to welcome so many overseas visitors who are  here with no family to celebrate with there have been so many wonderful experiences and we have also loved doing it for our own family.


Over the years people keep asking if they could give a donation to the couple for making such a special effort and making Christmas special for their children so in 2009 Gerry and Terry decided to put out a donation box to collect funds for local charities.

Over the last eight years they estimate that they have collected around $14,000 for the Byron Bay Hospital Auxillary and Suffolk Park Rural fire brigade.



Wisconsin may be the Florida of the Midwest, but this looks like fake news "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

#NotAllWisconsinites, OK? But it does have a reputation for housing some weird and unsavory characters. Sometimes, though, the stories are hard to believe. Like this one, about a Milwaukee funeral home owner making a sex doll out of body parts. I read it and found the details kept piling up and seemed increasingly bizarre and unlikely. But its on the ABC News site! I looked around, and the rest of the site mostly seems to be legitimate and kind of boring news stories. ExceptABC News is on; this was When you look more closely at the sections of the site, theyre screwy: theres a Sport* section with no stories in it. Something else that was off: it has an about page, on which it claims a rich history dating back to 1898, which cant be true. I checked the domain registry; its registered in Melbourne, Australia? Then I checked some of the details, and there is no Adams Sons Funeral Home in Milwaukee.

Its just weird. Its got a fairly elaborate framework of seemingly authentic news stories built as a wrapper around at least this one ludicrously bogus tale. Why? It looks like someone has gone to the trouble of trying to create a superficially credible web news site in order to promote this goofy storyor more likely, some other less stupid but more damaging story. How many of these elaborate fake news sites are around?

Someone ought to tell the real ABC News that this site has stolen their logo and other identifying marks, at least.

*Another small detail: American news would call this section Sports, not Sport.


Russia Is NOT Happy About The Warwick Rowers 2018 Nude Calendar "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Russia has banned the Warwick Rowers annual nude calendar and the group suspects its because it violates the countrys homophobic gay propaganda law. The rowing team at Warwick University in the UK began shooting the nude calendars in 2009 to raise money for their team. As the calendar grew in popularity, the team used profits ...

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Mona Lisa remix by Neve "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

From the school work Neve has brought home at the end of the year


Man charged over Goonellabah siege refused bail "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The man allegedly at the centre of a dramatic two hour siege at Goonellabah last Friday who was arrested after a standoff with police had threatened to kill himself and others.

Ian George Jones appeared in Lismore Local Court on Monday after spending the weekend in the mental health unit at Lismore Base Hospital.

The 46 year-old is charged with five counts of stalking and intimidation, firing a gun likely to injure persons or property, possessing an unregistered gun and ammunition, armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and assault.

Police were called to a home on Heather Avenue, Goonellabah, about 1.20 pm after reports of a man making threats at the premises.

A perimeter was established and specialist police negotiators were brought in to liaise with Mr Jones, who was armed with a .22 calibre Browning rifle with a scope, during a tense two hour standoff.

Earlier in the day, police said Mr Jones had fired the rifle and threatened to kill a 43 year-old man and a woman, 36, who were at the residence.

During the standoff, one of the people tried to negotiate with Mr Jones while the other person hid on the property.

The home was surrounded by heavily armed tactical police and Mr Jones surrendered about 3.30 pm.

After spending the weekend in hospital, Mr Jones was considered to no longer be mentally unwell and he was released into police custody.

Solicitor Tom Trembath said a mental health assessment would be conducted on Mr Jones this week.

Mr Trembath said Mr Jones had recently moved to Lismore from Mackay to be in a relationship with the 36 year-old woman.

He applied for bail on behalf of Mr Jones but admitted he faced very serious charges.

The court heard Mr Jones could reside at Mackay with his brother and report to Mackay police station and comply with any bail conditions set.

Mr Trembath said Mr Jones disputed many aspects of the charges.

Magistrate Jeff Linden refused Mr Jones bail, citing an unacceptable risk of him endangering the community and committing another offence.

He adjourned Mr Jones matters until today, December 7 at Lismore Local Court.

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Regulation and the Future of Cryptocurrency at Token Summit II "IndyWatch Feed National"

Token Summit 17

On December 5th, 2017, the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco hosted cryptocurrency enthusiasts in suits, hoodies and everything in between. Token Summit II, presented by William Mougayar, author of The Business Blockchain, and Nick Tomaino, founder of 1confirmation, was a hub for cohesion and problem-solving in the blockchain space. Experts gathered from every corner of the industry to discuss government regulation, cryptocurrency initiatives and the future of blockchain technology.

Here are some of the highlights from the conference.

Regulation Trials and Tribulations

Nancy Wojtas, partner at Cooley; Kathryn Haun, board member at Coinbase; Stan Miroshnik, CEO and managing director at Element; and Lowell Ness, partner at Perkins Coie, demystified and further debated looming government regulation (and lack thereof).

Common questions that echoed throughout the panel: Which regulatory agency should investors focus on? Are tokens securities? Will there be new regulation or does existing regulation suffice?

Haun believes that people in the ICO space are myopically focused on the SEC. Although the SEC has already issued guidance and issued emergency action, there is an alphabet soup of other agencies that could issue further regulation. Federal and state regulatory agencies such as the DOJ could also intervene which could involve prison time for breaking the law.

Wojtas, on the other hand, explained her perception that because the SEC is leading the charge, other agencies are taking a backseat. She speculated that [people] are free to continue to do what we are doing, while being sensitive to all regulations.



Liquid thrown at McCormack outside court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Disgraced Nine Network reporter Ben McCormack had a cup of liquid thrown at him while leaving a Sydney court after receiving a good behaviour bond for child pornography offences.

McCormack, 43, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child pornography after police raided his home and workplace in April.

On Wednesday he was convicted in the Downing Centre District Court and released on a $1000 good behaviour bond for three years.As he left the court, a man approached the former A Current Affair journalist, yelling f***ing filthy maggot before throwing the contents of the cup, into which hed reportedly spat.

The court heard McCormack had numerous online conversations with another man between April 2015 and February 2017 that involved fantasising about young male persons.

Images of child pornography were not transmitted.

In handing down his finding, Judge Paul Conlon found McCormack has shown genuine contrition and remorse and a willingness to accept personal responsibility.

McCormack first saw a doctor in January 2015 because he was suffering long-term anxiety and using alcohol excessively in an attempt to manage it.

In their reports for court, his two treating psychiatrists said McCormack does not pose a risk to young people.

The court heard after his arrest McCormack had written a 17-page suicide letter outlining his shame and guilt and was admitted to hospital.

When sentencing McCormack the judge took into consideration the extra-curial punishment of having suffered public humiliation from extensive and explosive media coverage.

Judge Conlon said McCormack has positive prospects of rehabilitation if he continues to be treated by mental health professionals.

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Church put interests first: abuse inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The lives of dozens of children and their families have been devastated by the Catholic Churchs catastrophic and inexcusable failure to deal with pedophile clergy in a Victorian diocese, an inquiry has found.

Protecting the churchs reputation and avoiding scandal drove the Diocese of Ballarats handling of abuse complaints over at least three decades, the child abuse royal commission concluded.

That failure led to the suffering and often irreparable harm to children, their families and the wider community, the commission said.

That harm could have been avoided if the church had acted in the interests of children rather than its own interests.

The findings echo the royal commissions conclusions about the handling of child abuse complaints in the Melbourne archdiocese under its 1974-1996 archbishop Frank Little, when a culture of secrecy prevailed in a bid to protect the churchs reputation.

Ballarat abuse survivor Phil Nagle said the commissions findings validated what victims have been saying all along that the church hierarchy covered up abuse and protected pedophile clergy.

Its just a horrible, horrible thing that the Catholic hierarchy did trying to protect their brand, Mr Nagle said.

Protecting a brand is no reason to create more victims and to move your pedophile clergy and members around to let them sexually abuse more kids. Thats as evil as doing the crime yourself.

Mr Nagle, who was abused by a Christian Brother at Ballarats St Alipius primary school in 1974, hopes those involved in concealing abuse are prosecuted.

Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird said the mishandling of allegations against priests and church personnel and a lack of response to complaints led to unnecessary suffering for many victims and their families.

He said it also brought distress to communities throughout the Ballarat diocese, which covers the western third of Victoria.

Where the failures of my predecessors allowed abuse to occur, I offer my heartfelt apology, Bishop Bird said.

The commission also found the Christian Brothers leaderships response to abuse complaints and widespread rumours of brothers sexual misconduct at St Alipius and Ballarats St Patricks College was grossly inadequate.

The Christian Brothers Oceania Province again apologised and said it remained committed to working with those affected to bring some healing.

It is a matter of profound regret that these events, which have had a devastating impact on individuals and on the community, ever took place, it said.

Other commission findings into the Catholic and Anglican churches in Newcastle may be released in coming days, ahead of the f...


Final vote on same-sex marriage bill nears "IndyWatch Feed National"

A final parliamentary vote on a bill to legalise same-sex marriage could come as early as Thursday.

The bulk of speeches wrapped up in the lower house late on Wednesday night, after sitting hours were extended for a second day to allow extra debate.MPs, around 120 of whom spoke on the issue, will now get the chance to propose and consider amendments before voting on the legislation itself.

Several government MPs, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, have said they will support or at least consider changes to be put forward by their conservative colleagues namely Andrew Hastie and Michael Sukkar.

The Greens have also indicated they will propose amendments.

Labor will oppose any change, as will cabinet minister Christopher Pyne who branded some of them superfluous

.If the bill passes unchanged from the one that cleared the Senate last week, it will become law.

If changes are successful, the bill will have to return to the Senate for approval.

Liberal backbencher Kevin Andrews, who is against same-sex marriage, believes the bill contains very little protection for religion and belief.

The former cabinet minister told parliament marriage was a natural arrangement between a man and a woman and pre-dated politics.

To claim that there will not be a range of adverse consequences for the freedom of speech, religion and parental rights is wrong, Mr Andrews said.

A significant concern that millions of Australians have about these proposed changes to marriage laws is the manner in which the freedom of speech and religion is threatened.

Liberal colleague Sarah Henderson, however, is backing the change.In an emotional speech, she recalled the struggles one of her closest friends John Parker, a gay man before his death earlier this year.

He really wanted to see this change in the law, she said through tears.

One of the last conversations I had with him, he just said to me: Hendo, just bloody well get on with it, OK? I say to my dear beloved friend who I miss dearly: JP, thats what we are doing.

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Trump has recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Victoria

US President Donald Trump has recognised Jerusalem as Israels capital and in doing so, defied overwhelming world opinion. This holds that the citys future should be part of an agreement, coming at the end of a out of a peace process between  Israelis and Palestinians.

Contrary to the alternative claim, the Trump position runs counter to resolving one of the worlds bitterest and most long running conflicts. Instead of encourging dialogue, the tilt is towards increasing the level of conflict. Trumps message is the the United States of America is now openly playing the role as the backer of stepped aggression by one party and is therefore squarely against the other side.

With this, the White Houses self-proclaimed role as peacemaker is no longer tenable.

Moving the embassy has isolated the United States from the global community to the extent that not one nation has backed it. A growing number are coming out and either condemning or criticising it.

There is one exception, and not surprisingly, this is Israel. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was on television almost immediately after Trumps announcement, saying thank you. He has very a good personal reason to do so. His good friends efforts and  timing  have created a welcome opportunity to create a distraction from serious corruption allegations. Netanahu has been preoccupied with finding ways to delay and put an end to pending legal proceedings.

Jerusalem has long been supposed to be under international jurisdiction, because of the conflict and because it is the epicentre of the Christian and Muslim faiths, as well as Judaism.  Israeli governments have never respected this significance and argued that it must be the capital of the Jewish state.

Much of Jerusalem was annexed in 1948, in defiance of the international agreement. During the 1967 Middle East War, East Jerusalem was occupied and taken from Jordan and is currently a major flash point over Jewish illegal settlements and the dispossession of Palestinians.

Many leaders around the world, including close allies, had been cautioning Trump against going down this road. He has not listened.

The White Houses closest allies in the Middle East,  face a new wave of discontent from their populations and have therefore been presented with a new dilemma. They can support the move and be seen as the play things of the Israelis. Or they can distance themselves, risk losing the patronage of the superpower and become more vulnerable to domestic and regional rivals. Two countries that fit into this scenario are Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Saudi and Egypt have, joined Turkey, Jordan, Iran and Lebanon in condemning the embassy shift. More are expected to respond similarly.



Cities should prepare for terror attacks "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

London has been hit by five terror attacks in nine months and the head of its police force says the spike is something Australia and other nations should prepare for.

This is not a small spike, this is a shift and that shift is actually not unique to us, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said on Wednesday in a London briefing.

Youve had several issues in Australia recently and some ghastly things as well. This is a problem for many, many countries and cities around the world.

Given London residents diverse makeup, something Ms Dick says makes it the global city, the number of foreign nationals caught up in the attacks is unsurprising.

Queenslander Sara Zelenak, 21, and South Australian Kirsty Boden, 28, were among eight people killed in the van and knife attack on London Bridge in June.

Any police commissioner would have found policing a city hit by five terror events in a year trying but the newly minted boss, eight months into the role, appears to be taking it in her stride.

Ms Dick took on the job in April just weeks after the deadly car and knife attack at Westminster that left police officer Keith Palmer, the attacker and four others dead.

The British capital would then endure what Prime Minister Theresa May has described as a summer like no other, with two more deadly attacks, including on London Bridge and on a west London mosque.

All up the UK has been hit by six terror attacks in 2017, the others being the deadly Manchester bombing; a blast in a train carriage at west Londons Parsons Green station; and a failed sword attack on police at the gates of Buckingham Police.

It has been a ghastly set of events, Ms Dick said.

The UKs terror threat level remains at severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, and was lifted to the highest critical level twice over the summer, meaning a threat was expected imminently.

Ms Dick and the Met are keen to stress that it is a city safe for the 9 million who call it home and its millions of annual visitors, with nine serious plots disrupted since March.

In November, panic swept through one of the citys busiest streets with police responding to reports of shots fired on Oxford Street.

It was a false alarm but the panicked response from those on the street and online highlighted a city on edge.

Social media can get things going very fast, Ms Dick said.

We are sober professionals and know nine out of 10 things either wont have happened, or theyre not linked.

We are regarded as a world leader in the way we deal with terrorism.

Asked how challenging it was to become the Mets first f...


The Law of One, Pineal Glands & Meditation: Awakening Collective Consciousness "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Law of One, Pineal Glands & Meditation: Awakening Collective Consciousness

If you truly want to see positive change in the world, then youll want to seriously consider using meditation as one of your biggest avenues.

Meditation helps to shift your conscious awareness into the present Now. It also assists your connection to your all-knowing higher self which holds all of the answers to your questions while offering guidance to serve your highest good.

When we make this direct connection we begin to expand our perception of ourselves and in turn, our world. We see the direct connection between Self and all that is. So if this is true, then any positive change we make within ourselves will positively influence those and the world outside of us. This is the Law of One that Unity Consciousness is based upon.

Awakening from the slumber of unconscious living is usually followed by some red pill moment. These moments are usually wake up calls to the compromise of our individual sovereignty. When this happens we take measures to reclaim this sovereignty and in doing so want to scream to the world to take theirs back as well.

Although this feels like the most intuitive method to wake others up, this is not the most effective way of awakening our collective consciousness. In fact, awakening only needs to happen within you. This will kick off into motion the most effective domino chain.

In todays video Ill explain why this is and how we can use our pineal glands in our meditation to awaken and unify the collective consciousness based on the Law of One.

Much love to you all,


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APRA strikes back "IndyWatch Feed"

IO smash

If anyone doubted APRA's commitment or ability to quell interest-only lending, then they definitely shouldn't any more.

New interest-only loans have been smashed to smithereens, down from 45.6 per cent of the market at the 2015 peak to just 16.9 per cent.

Banks continue to wind back high loan-to-value ratio (LVR) lending, continuing a trend that has been underway for 4 years now. 

Property buyers will not only need to pay back principal, they'll need to have a decent deposit too.

Despite this, the total value of residential mortgages on ADI books rose by +6.9 per cent over the year to September, as the pendulum swings from investors to homebuyers.

A seismic shift in the market then, as more borrowers will now be compelled to pay back some debt.

With interest-only lending peaking in 2015, the greatest volume of rollovers will occur in 2020 - see here for my thoughts on...


Animal cruelty charges dropped over attack on Nimbins Polly the pig "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Polly the Pig. (supplied)

Animal cruelty charges against two men accused of killing 10 chickens and torturing a pig at Nimbins Djanbung Gardens last December have been dropped.

Reece Parke and Bradley Presbury appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday after Magistrate Annette Sinclair adjourned their hearing part-heard on August 30.

It was alleged the men killed 10 heritage chickens and tortured Polly the pig at Nimbins Djanbung Gardens on December 13, 2016.

Mr Presburys solicitor Tracey Randall told the court the prosecution had failed to provide her with some evidence in the case and a recording of a key witness was not disclosed to the defence.

Ms Randall objected to the use of a police interview in court in which Mr Presbury allegedly implicated Mr Parke in the crime.

Magistrate Sinclair rejected the use of the interview, saying a defendant was not compelled to give evidence against a co-accused.

She also rejected prosecution attempts to tender a recording of a phone call between Presbury and a female friend, where he allegedly said Reece Parke was involved in an animal killing.

During the hearing Magistrate Sinclair expressed her frustration at the progress of the matters, which she thought would be ready to progress after a four month adjournment.

After multiple issues with the admissibility of evidence during the hearing, the prosecution formally withdrew their case yesterday afternoon due to insufficient evidence.

Relieved supporters at the court said both mens families had been abused for 12 months since the allegations were published in the media.

Police are no closer to finding out who slashed Pollys snout and injured her internally, or who decapitated the 10 heritage chickens with a stolen sickle.

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To sting, hide or mimic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The bush in our yard at Strangways is a constant source of invertebrate subjects at this time of year and they reveal a range of strategies for protection.

Lifting a rock I found this impressive and somewhat intimidating little Marbled Scorpion (Lychas marmoreus).

Marbled Scorpion (Lychas marmoreus)

Marbled Scorpion

This magnificent specimen, although well-armed, seemed to hope the intruder me would not notice and leave her alone. As soon as my attention shifted, she slid under another rock. I wonder if the bulge in the midriff might be pregnancy.

Marbled Scorpion (Lychas marmoreus)

Marbled Scorpion #2

Marbled Scorpion up close

Plenty of eyes and quite a mouth

On  branch of a Silver Wattle, I found the youngest Acacia Horned Treehopper nymph Ive met to date. Another case of If I dont move, youll think Im part of this branch.

Acacia Horned Treehopper nymph

Acacia Horned Treehopper nymph

Whilst looking at a Grey Box leaf stem, I noted what looked very like a little gall or lump of vegetation, only a couple of mm long. When I got the macro lens onto it, I could see it was a tiny Long-nosed Weevil (Haplonyx sp) that had tucked its nose under to look like a gall.

Long-nosed Weevil (Haplonyx sp?)

Long-nosed Weevil

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A Wearable Chip to Predict Seizures "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IBM converts a mountain of brain wave data into a prediction chip for epileptic seizures Photo: Getty Images

One of the toughest aspects of having epilepsy is not knowing when the next seizure will strike. A wearable warning system that detects pre-seizure brain activity and alerts people of its onset could alleviate some of that stress and make the disorder more manageable. To that end, IBM researchers say they have developed a portable chip that can do the job; they described their invention today in the Lancets open access journal eBioMedicine.

The scientists built the system on a mountain of brainwave data collected from epilepsy patients. The dataset, reported by a separate group in 2013, included over 16 years of continuous electroencephalography (EEG) recordings of brain activity, and thousands of seizures, from patients who had had electrodes surgically implanted in their brains

Scientists at IBM Research Australia then used that dataset to train deep learning algorithms called neural networks. The algorithms learned to identify patterns of brain activity associated with the onset of a seizure. IBM runs the neural networks on TrueNorth its ultra-low power neuromorphic computing chip. At the size of a postage stamp, the chip could be used in a wearable device for people with epilepsy, or connected to a mobile device.

One-third of epilepsy patients dont improve with drugs or other treatment, so for those people, a prediction system could be the only tool that gives them some control over their disease, says Stefan Harrer, the researcher at IBM Research Australia in Melbourne who led the project. In fact, the burden of not knowing when a seizure will occur tends to lead people to avoid socializing, playing sports, traveling or doing anything where they dont want to get surprised with a seizure. That kind of confinement, in turn, often leads to depression. Our motivation, says, Harrer, is to put control and knowledge back into their lives. 

Map of the brain network Image: IBM A schematic ma...

December 7 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1800 Lt James Grant eyeballed and named Cape Otway, in Victoria, to honour a captain in the Royal Navy.
And they say sailors aren't romantic...!

1812 The ship Windsor from Shoalhaven arrived at Illawarra with 27 logs of cedar

1817 The great navigator and rum stirrer this side of the Black Stump aka Gov William Bligh, passed away.

1839 Due to misfortune and mismanagement the Rosetta Cove whaling station at Encounter Bay was advertised as for sale in the South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register.

1839 Rev. James Gunther, Wesleyan Missionary at Mudgee wrote in his diary on this day of how Aborigines undertook a variety of jobs, including ploughing and harvesting crops, growing vegetables, chopping wood, fetching water, clearing land, hutkeeping, fencing, driving bullock trains, looking after livestock, doing laundry, domestic service, cooking, and building huts.
"They Natives were principally, engaged in the harvest this week; about 8 of them did reap well. The harvest is a very poor one, by far the greater part having been destroyed by the Caterpillars; and hot & dry weather, immediately, following."

1840 Rev. James Gunther wrote;
" I was informed this evening that Harry, one of the Aboriginal youths that has frequently been at the Mission but long suffered from consumption was scarcely expected to live over the night, I hastened to see him at the Camp near Nannima, 2 miles from here & on the road received a letter from Dr Curtis desiring me to visit the poor Sufferer, who he supposed had some desire for spiritual comfort. "

1842 The first sale of Crown Lands in St Kilda (Vic) was held.

1846 Leichhardt waltzed off from Jimbour Station on his second but unsuccessful expedition.

1887 The Bombola Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1914 The Mungindi Railway line (NSW) was opened.

1915 The careful evacuation of the ANZAC Forces from Gallipoli was begun.

1916 The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1941 The 3rd chemical field laboratory company, aboard a Pacific convoy carrying units to the Philippines, was ordered by the War Department to divert to Australia.

1941 Australian bombers landed on Timor and Ambon.

1943 George Lamb, the Victorian sitt...

In whose interests? Sam Dastyari and the shadowy politics of public intelligence "IndyWatch Feed"

In whose interests? Sam Dastyari and the shadowy politics of public intelligenceClassified and sensitive information is designed to be secret, so when it is made public it is always for a political purpose, writes Monash University's Melanie Brand. read now...


All systems go for Tweed Library reopening on Friday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Inside the Tweed Heads Library as work on the refurbishment continues steadily. (supplied)

Having announced two days ago that the Tweed Heads Library will not reopen until after Christmas they have now got back on schedule and will reopen to the public on Friday.

The expanded and modernised building was due to reopen its doors today but that was briefly put on hold to enable the construction contractor to complete necessary work to comply with all emergency and safety requirements.

Council needs to ensure all fire and emergency systems are checked and signed off before we can allow the public into the building, Councils Director of Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.

Were excited to say that process is now well underway and its all systems go to open at 9am on Friday.

Thank you to the library users who have been so patient and cooperative during the upgrade project and these final few steps to get the building ready.

Library users will see a much larger and more versatile building. Floorspace has been increased from 619 square metres to 1054 square metres, and the layout allows much greater flexibility in use to meet the needs of individuals and groups.

Improvements also include enhanced accessibility, a larger computer area with more PCs, new loan stations that give users a fast and easy self-service option to borrow resources, and a more user-friendly service desk.

All library resources will be available to the public from Friday. However, there will continue to be a couple of areas of the new building that will not be accessible to the public initially, until some finishing touches are added.

An official opening celebration, including a day of community activities, is scheduled for Monday 22 January.

For more information, click here or call Richmond Tweed Regional Library on (02) 6670 2427.

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Shark apps and deterrents set to roll out this summer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Bronze Whaler Shark. Photo Planet Deadly

Paul Bibby

A high-pitched siren rings out across the beach, sending a flock of seagulls into the air in a flurry of wings and indignant squawking.

The shrill alarm is coming from a bright red-and-yellow drone hovering over the water out past the breakers.

Using carefully designed shark-recognition software, the fully automated drone has detected a juvenile great white cruising past about a cricket pitch-and-a-half away from a group of surfers.

The boardriders look at each other wearily.

Third time this afternoon, one says to another as the group begin to paddle back towards to shore.

Further in, dozens of swimmers follow suit trudging back to their towels where their smartphones ping with further warnings that include the size and species of the shark and its prior history.

Unconcerned with the commotion, the young shark continues on its way scanning lazily for bait fish in the warm, clear water

It might sound a bit like something out of a sci-fi movie, but this scenario is coming soon to a beach near you.

Fear over shark attacks on the North Coast has driven a wave of new detection and deterrence strategies that are set to make our most popular beaches some of the most scrutinised and surveyed in the world this summer.

Shark deterrent measures

On any given day in the upcoming holiday season, beachgoers are likely to see helicopters and drones searching for shark-like shapes beneath the waves.

Sightings will be immediately relayed, not only to those in the water, but to tens of thousands of smartphone users across the country via apps and social media.

Under the surface, 35 separate SMART drum lines will be deployed up and down the coast, temporarily ensnaring sharks so that they can be fitted w...


Market Talk- December 6th, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"




We saw another weak day for Asia with two key exchanges losing over 2%. The Japanese Nikkei and Hong Kongs Hang Seng both lost ground as technology, financials and energy companies continue to give back the years gains. Confidence was already waning but was not helped after Australian growth missed expectation which saw a -0.5% decline in the currency. The Japanese Yen was also under pressure flirting temporarily with the 112 handle but again in fairly light volume. The mood since the US tax reforms has certainly been US Dollar positive even with very few headlines to acknowledge the fact. This was evidenced again during the Asian session by the movement of the US treasury curve, with more and more flattening of the yield curve.

Europe was not so negative but did have the initial wobble in early trading. The DAX, CAC and FTSE MIB all opened lower but managed a recovery for the better part of the day. Both the DAX and MIB still finished the day in the red, down around -0.5% the pair but saw a small positive close for the CAC helped primarily by the Steel and Retailers. It appears that global markets are waking to the fact that the proposed US tax reform is good for the US and means an increase in competition for the rest of the world! The currencies are starting to take this on board with GBP dropping another 0.5% today and is the only reason the FTSE rallied. The DXY (Dollar Index) has bounced from the recent 92.5 low currently trading up at 93.55. With this uncertainty and the declining stock wobble, energy prices are also slipping obviously not helped by todays EIA release.

Having seen both sessions trade heavy, it was expected the US set a similar theme. However, although we did edge weaker it was reversed eventually as the NASDAQ recovered whilst the rest declined. The VIX again lost 3% closing around 11 with core indices closing -0.3%. There is still news to come this week, with many still waiting US payrolls not to mention a possible government shutdown.

2s closed 1.81% (-1bp), 10s at 2.34% (-1bp) and 30s 2.73% (u/c). Bunds 0.29% (-3bp), France 0.61% (-1bp), Italy 1.71% (+2bp), Greece 4.74% (-1bp), Turkey 11.66% (-2bp), Portugal 1.85% (u/c), Sp...


In which the pond offers to coach the savvy Savva in her coaching ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Dammit, Thursdays is when the pond likes to kick back its heels and get a good positive dose of enthusiasm and hope from the savvy Savva, and let no one stand in the way of this rare pleasure ...

The reptiles spend far too much time bickering and fighting and squabbling amongst themselves, when what we need is a celebration of a great country united under a fearless, intrepid leader ...

Of course the notion that "chance PM might hang on yet" is a positive outlook is a tad dubious, and immediately brought to mind New Yorker cartoons, lemmings and cliffs ...

The spoilsport reptiles, always ready to ruin the savvy fun, rushed off to the old folks' home and dusted off a rolling stone long ago covered in moss ...


"Nothing Pains Some People More..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 "Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. 
There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. 
Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Lismore residents asked to vote on CBD rainbow project "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore City Council is calling on residents to vote for their preferred location for a rainbow crossing in the Lismore CBD.

Council resolved on 8 November 2016 to investigate the feasibility of creating a rainbow pedestrian crossing or rainbow structure/image in the Lismore CBD as a tourist attraction and tribute to cultural diversity and the Rainbow Region.

Following investigation into possible locations and costs, Council now has three options and would like to get community feedback on the best way forward.

We want to know what our community would prefer to see in our CBD, Councils Assets Manager Scott Turner said.

Results of the community consultation will be presented to Council to help them make a decision about an ultimate location.

The three options are:

  • Magellan Street shared pedestrian zone. Cost: approximately $7500 annually.
  • Lismore Regional Gallery entrance path. Cost: approximately $18,500 annually.
  • Carrington Street shared pedestrian zone. Cost: approximately $7500 annually.

Council has a new online community consultation hub called Your Say Lismore where residents can see an artists mock-up of each option and cast their vote.

Residents have until 15 January to rank options in order of preference.

To provide feedback, visit here.

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The nomination form for election to the Federal Parliament couldn't be more explicit about citizenship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's the AEC nomination form for candidates seeking election to the House of Representatives. Could it be any clearer? And it's not just a box-ticking exercise, it requires a formal declaration with penalties for making a false statement (penalties, does anyone remember when we had penalties for doing the wrong...


Young surfers battle tough conditions at Nationals "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Australian Junior Surfing titles wrapped up last week with all local participants making it at least to the qualifying finals in trying conditions.
Wind and rain made it difficult for the young surfers but they gave it their all in front a surprisingly strong crowd.
Newhaven surfer Codie Jeffery took out the under 16s All Stars event alongside St Josephs College surfer Xavier Huxtable.
Codie also made the final in the under 16s event finishing fourth and he finished third with fellow Wonthaggi surfer Taj Sleeman in the Mark Richards Shield.
Taj unfortunately bowed out in the quarter finals of the under 18s event but finished second in the under 18s All Stars event with Tully Wylie.
Cape Woolamais Lannia Fostin made it to the semi-finals in the under 18 girls division while pocket rocket Poppy Corbett also made the semis in the under 14 girls.
Newhaven trio Sophie Fletcher, Daisy Corbett and Lannia Fostin took out the under 19 girls Mark Richards Shield in a tightly contested battle.

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This Republican deserves respect for this but scorn for something else "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It is easy to have courage when one no longer has to answer to a sect within one's party that has lost all sense of morality and decency. Republican Jeff Flake's symbolic act required little coverage but may convince a few Republicans to stop for a second to see if their moral compass will reset and not vote a pedophile into office.


FixedIt: Rape and sexual abuse are not sex "IndyWatch Feed National"

The ABC reports Gordon Douglas Chalmers, former law lecturer at QUT, has been charged with over 900 offences, including rape, sexual abuse of children, making child exploitation material and using a carriage service for child pornography.

His guilt or innocence will be determined by the court, but how the charges against him are described is important. This commentary is solely about the description used in the headline, not the specifics of this case.

Child sex charges.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

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

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

The effects of sexual abuse of children can lead to a cycle of horror where the effects of the crimes committed against them makes victims unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

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

Sexual abuse is an act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.

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


Lismore to host event for sexual abuse survivors "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Star Court Theatre in Lismore will next week be the venue for Life After Sexual Abuse, an event for health professionals, sex abuse survivors and their family members.

Organisers CASPA (Child and Adolescent Specialist Programs and Accommodation) say it is an opportunity to better understand the trauma inflicted by sexual violence and discuss strategies for support and healing.

According to keynote speaker and sexual abuse survivor John Saunders having a frank and open discussion about child sexual abuse can create a safe space for people to ask questions and seek help.

The Q&A session offers the opportunity for the audience and panel to discuss how we as individuals and as a community can contribute to stopping sexual abuse in its tracks, John said.

He will explain the various impacts that the abuse he experienced had on him as a child, teenager, adult, parent and partner. He will also talk about strategies he used to overcome his suffering to become an advocate and a counsellor for people who are still struggling with the past.

The Q&A will be moderated by Naarah Morgan, CASPA GM and the events producer.

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse are amongst us, they are our family, our friends, our colleagues, our neighbours, Naarah said.

Child protection is everyones business and together we can make a difference in supporting those who have endured and survived this trauma.

She also advocated implementing safe and child-focused environments throughout our community in the hope of preventing it.

The Q and A will be a powerful opportunity to hear from a cross-section of experts, to raise questions and ideas about childhood sexual abuse, its impact, its prevalence and the journey for survivors.

If there has ever been an important conversation we as a society need to be having, this is it, said Naarah.

The panel of seven specialists involved in the Q&A are:
Brad Hodges, Clinical Neuropsychotherapist, Complex Care
James Fraser, Clinician, CASPA
Kate Loubet, CEO, Heartfelt House
 Lyn Patman, Therapeutic Services Manager, Bravehearts
 Magistrate David Heilpern, Lismore Court
Professor Judy Atkinson, Trauma Specialist, Jiman and Bundjalung
Sharon Brodie, Clinical Lead and Sexual Assault Counsellor, NSW Health.

Life After Sexual Abuse, Tuesday December 12, 5:30 pm 8:30 pm AEDT, Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth Street, Lismore, NSW 2480
Tickets $15, concession $10, foster carers free.
Book online at:



Gillian's Garden in Fernmount "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

"The focus of this garden is on the panoramic view, fruit & vegetables for domestic use, and keeping the rest as low maintenance and bird friendly as possible.

There's approximately five acres of sloping land with a number of different soil types and microclimates.  This young garden is typical of many in the area and represents an exciting clean slate. 
Over the last three years we concentrated on the basics - removing lantana, retaining large native trees, and clearing shrub close to the house.  Young fruit trees have been planted, a wallaby proof vegetable patch created, and a dam culvert installed."

When Gillian mentioned 'sloping land' and 'panoramic view' we should have known we were in for a double-edged treat. Sloping is an understatement (that photo is looking straight DOWN from the balcony) and panoramic doesn't do the view justice!!
About 20 seed savers, many regulars and some new faces, enjoyed a shared lunch and the stunning scenery before we set off to hobble and slide down the slope and puff our way back up. Along the way we were treated to a guided tour of regeneration work done and baby fruit trees planted (labelled AND dated).

There's a huge amount of work done on this young garden, and more planned on a fitness inducing block. Great work. Thanks for having us over Gillian!  



MACKAY Extremely stupid: Bid to smuggle ice, valium into prison "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Extremely stupid: Bid to smuggle ice, valium into prison

December 07, 2017 at 04:56AM ,

However, when Panagakos faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison on Wednesday, he was sentenced to four months jail to be served at the same time as his current term. That means the parole eligibility date tacked on to Panagakos three and a half year trafficking sentence remains

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