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Thursday, 04 January


Screenings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Screenwave International Film Festival

  • Wed, Jan 10, 201810:00 AM  Thu, Jan 25, 201811:00 AM
  • Jetty Theatre (map)

There will be two screenings of The Last Goldfish in Bellingen and in Coffs Harbour.

Thu 18 Jan at 2:30 PM  Jetty Memorial Theatre

Fri 19 Jan at 3:30 PM Bellingen Memorial Hall


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For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


For Sale - Chest of Drawers $50

Sturdy chest of drawers - mix of solid timber and veneer.

All drawers have easy slide and solid timber front. 

Measurements: 54cm depth, 93cm width, 113cm height.

Pick up in West Preston. All drawers can be removed for easier transport, however still a heavy piece. 

Please contact Laura on 0401 482 188 if you're interested. 



PERTH Drunk man kicked off Perth plane "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Drunk man kicked off Perth plane .

January 04, 2018 at 07:00PM .

A man has been removed from a Brisbane-bound flight and charged with drunk and disorderly behaviour and trespass after he refused to leave Perth Airport. The 45-year-old was escorted off a plane on Wednesday after airport staff notified Australian Federal Police (AFP) about a disturbance. Police say .


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PERTH Abusive, drunk man removed from Perth flight and charged "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Abusive, drunk man removed from Perth flight and charged .

January 04, 2018 at 05:18PM .

During this peak holiday travel season, with many families travelling, the AFP is urging people to consider their alcohol intake, consider their fellow travellers and consider if their behaviour is appropriate. The man was bailed and will next appear at the Perth Magistrates Court on January 23. .


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Water Watch "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hello all,

Happy New Year!!

Our first 2018 Edgars Creek water testing will be this Sunday 7th January.

Near where the old footbridge was.

9:00 am.

I hope to see some of you there.




Hot Off The Press: British Anti Witch-Hunt Group expelled half its supporters "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Gilad Atzmon

When you think that British 'Left' has reached rock bottom you wake up to learn that this political comedy act has no limits.

We learned today that the anti witch-hunt labour group LAW (Labour Against the Witch-hunt ) has expelled half of its members over anti-Semitism.

Times of Israel reports today that LAW has cut ties to Socialist Fight because of the views of its members. Socialist Fight is accused of being supportive of controversial Israeli-born author Gilad Atzmon.

Needless to mention that I am thrilled by all of that. I enjoy being supported by proper radical left groups; people who adhere to universal principles of equality and human brotherhood. Despite the fact that in my entire life, I have never been a member of any political body or party, I can clearly see that my writing is now making a change.

If you are wondering what it is that I am saying that pushes LAW leaders Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein, two self identified (political) Jews, over the edge, to the point that they themselves have decided to act, in the open, as witch hunters, I will provide a brief answer.

I argue that if Israel defines itself as a Jewish State we must ask who are the Jews, what is Jewishness and what is Judaism. We should then proceed and  examine Israeli politics and Jewish lobbying in the light of the above questions. I basically argue that Zionism is just one symptom of Jewish choseness. I actually identify the exact same exceptionalist tendencies in Jewish Left and in particular in Walker and Greensteins political act. To add to my sins, I am also responsible for the popular adage by now, we are all Palestinians. Like the Palestinians we are not allowed to articulate the true nature of our oppression.  

No one could articulate this observation better than Jackie Walker and Tony Gr...


The Carpark Next Door "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I've been fiddling with this today in between help to install (sigh) a dud hat water system. Try again tomorrow. I had to invent the cars a bit as noone's next door in over the summer holiday


A view from the Junkyard Gallery porch/studio


Ex-British PM Tony Blair ups calls for Labour to back Brexit U-turn "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former UK Prime Minister Blair has warned British voters time is running out to stop Brexit. An overwhelming majority of Labour members although not their leaders or many voters share his wish for a Brexit reversal.

A bumper stickers shows the letters GB inside the European flag (Getty Images/M. Cardy)

Tony Blairs evaluation of the opposition Labour Partys Brexit strategy was set out in an article published on Thursday on his Institute for Global Change website in which he called for the party to join the fight to keep the UK from leaving the European Union.

Blair said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to have his cake and eat it on Brexit.

Read more: UK to abide by EU rules in Brexit transition, with no voice

Labours position is confusing, Blair said, adding it would be far better if the Labour Party made the case that leaving isnt and never was the answer.

Make Brexit the Tory [ruling, Conservative Party] Brexit, Blair said. Make them own it 100 percent. If Labour continues to go along with Brexit and insists on leaving the Single Market, the handmaiden of Brexit will have been the timidity of Labour.


How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley : 2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-by-Play Analysis "IndyWatch Feed"

Black Bloc in Berkeley, August 27, 2017.

The perilous politics of militant anti-fascism defined 2017 for the anarchist movement in the United States. The story in the Bay Area mirrors that of the country at large. Its a narrative full of tragedies, setbacks, and repression, ultimately concluding with a fragile victory. Yet there was no guarantee it would turn out this way: only a few months ago, it seemed likely we would be starting 2018 amid the nightmare of a rapidly metastasizing fascist street movement. What can anti-fascists around the world learn from what happened in Berkeley? To answer this question, we have to back up and tell the story in full.

Fascists chose Berkeley, California as the center stage for their attempt to get a movement off the ground. The advantage shifted back and forth between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides maneuvered to draw more allies into the fight. Riding on the coattails of Trumps campaign and exploiting the blind spots of liberal free speech politics, fascists gained momentum until anti-fascists were able to use these victories against them, drawing together an unprecedented mobilization. As we begin a new year, anti-fascist networks in the Bay Area are stronger than ever. Participants in anti-fascist struggle enjoy a hard-earned legitimacy in the eyes of many activists and communities targeted by the far right. By contrast, the far-right movement that gained strength throughout 2016 and the first half of 2017 has imploded. For the time being, the popular mobilization they sought to manifest has been thwarted. The events in the Bay Area offer an instructive example of the threat posed by contemporary far-right coalition buildingand how we can defend our communities against it.

2016: A New Era Begins

Clashes escalate outside a Trump Rally in San Jose on June 2, 2016.

The clashes between far-right forces and anti-fascists that gripped Berkeley for much of 2017 were the climax of a sequence of events that began a year earlier. On February 27, 2016, Klansmen in the Southern California city of Anaheim stabbed three anti-racists who were protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally against illegal immigration and Muslims. The rhetoric of the Klan echoed the same vulgar nationalism that the Trump campaign was broadcasting. Under the banner of the alt-right, many white supremacist and fascist groups began to use the campaign as an umbrella under which to mobilize and recruit. They aimed to build an ideologically diverse social movem...


Obama was not the real problem; it was the citizenry who elected him "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This absolutely brilliant quote from the former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus a spot on description of the US voters and the US Media: 

The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool.

It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.

Since Trump was elected, Obama has set up a 30,000 strong mob of malcontents to destabilise Trump by creating a shadow government

It would be easy to attribute this brilliant expose of the US public to the Queensland voters who supported the Marxists of Queensland Labor at the November election, albeit with a good deal of voting fraud thrown in.

from Vote Australia, formerly called Australians for Honest Elections



2017: the Top 5 "IndyWatch Feed"

We can all agree that politically, 2017 was a boring year: 365 days of nothing but the monotony of watching a woeful government led by a spineless prime minister simply meandering aimlessly along. After the Abbott years, maybe we all needed the rest! In its five years of publishing political articles, those most popular have

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Perth turns the corner "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Quite a bit of talk this week about Sydney property prices correcting in 2018.

Maybe in some of the western and south-western markets it's already happened quite a bit, but I'm not all convinced that we'll see anything too dramatic in the prime location markets. 

We'll get the latest jobs vacancies figures next week, but at the last count the ABS reported vacancies in New South Wales exploding to by far the highest level ever recorded. 

With a Sydney unemployment rate already in a multi-year decline towards 4 per cent, it's not like we'll be seeing too many forced sellers this year. 

Listings always decline in December, of course, but SQM Research's stock figures hinted at the first signs of Sydney vendors pulling up the ladder, with listings suddenly dropping 15 per cent lower from a month earlier. 

Over the past year listings declined in Melbourne (again), a gradually improving Perth, and an incredibly tight Hobart market, where listings dived 28.4 per cent lower. 

Listings were higher year-on-year in the other five capital city markets.

Melbourne's median asking price rose to above $1 million for houses, reported SQM Research.



Police Arrest and Charge Four Right-Wing MILO Supporters With Assault in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Above : Patriot Blue & Co having a laff after The Three Stooges got convicted for inciting hatred for Muslims (L to R : George Jameson (Party For Freedom)*, Christoper Shortis (Australia First Party)**, Neil Erikson, Blair Cottrell (The Lads Continue reading


1) Papuan activist Filep Karma held by airport police, interrogated and called a monkey' "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Indonesia beefs up anti-terror police unit to combat extremist challenge

1) Papuan activist Filep Karma held by airport police, interrogated and called a 'monkey'

KBR - January 3, 2018

Jakarta -- Former political prisoner and Papuan pro-independent activist Filep Karma was intercepted by five Air Force officers upon arriving at the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Cengkarang.

The incident occurred at around 9pm on Tuesday January 3 after he had picked up his baggage. Karma had just arrived from the Central Java city of Yogyakarta by Lion Air and was about to exit through Arrival Gate A.

After being intercepted, the Air Force officers took Karma to a room where one of the Air Force officers pointed to a small pin that Karma was wearing on his chest with a picture of the Morning Star independence flag.

"I was asked all kinds of things. 'This is the OPM [Free Papua Movement] flag isn't it?, he asked. I answered, 'No. It's just a symbol. Based on the 1945 Constitution a flag is made from cloth measuring 1x2 metres. It's not a flag'", Karma told KBR by phone on Wednesday January 3.

Feeling that he had done nothing wrong, he then tried to explain himself saying that he was a former political prisoner who had been incarcerated in jail for 12 years.

Karma also quoted the words of former Coordinating Minister for Politics, Security and Legal Affairs, Luhut Panjaitan, who gave him a guarantee when he was released from jail in November 2015.

Karma told them, "I got a guarantee from Luhut Panjaitan, if Filep Karma wants to shout about things he's free to do so. He struggles peacefully, he doesn't carry bombs. But they didn't believe me".

Annoyed because Karma continued to protest and reject the accusations thrown at him, the Air Force officers became angry. One of the officers snapped at Karma hitting the table and abusing him.

"I was called a 'monkey'. Okay I said, 'Thank you Sir for the insult that was just made'", related Karma.

Karma said that he was interrogated by the Air Force officers for almost two hours. After the interrogation, he was taken by police to the Soekarno-Hatta airport police station in Tangerang to fill out a police investigation report (BAP).


Daredevil virtuoso concert pianist turned bush pilot David Tong killed in Papua New Guinea mountain crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Daredevil virtuoso concert pianist turned bush pilot David Tong killed in Papua New Guinea mountain crash

4 January 2017

David Tong, a child prodigy who became a concert pianist before turning his back on music to become a commercial pilot, has died after his plane crashed into a remote Papua New Guinea mountainside, aged 34.

He had been piloting a Britten Norman Islander between Derim and Lae, across some of the countrys most rugged terrain in Morobe province, when the plane crashed into dense jungle on December 23.

Tong survived the impact and was able to contact authorities with his mobile phone, but by the time searchers could get in to the area three days later he had died.

Fellow PNG pilot Michael Butler said the circumstances of Tongs death are what all pilots dread.

I very much feel sorry for the...


7 Signs Your Relationship Is Not Meant to Last "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sure, we all want our relationships to be made to last but the truth is, some of them arent. Sometimes we pick the wrong partners and waste far too much of our time on them.

If you are having second thoughts about your relationship then you are most likely in the wrong kind of relationship. While it is normal to think about the what ifs you should know in your heart whether someone is right for you or not. When we are in the wrong kind of relationship and know it we should do something about it. It is far easier to cut ties early on rather than holding on to something that is not there.

7 Signs Youre Relationship Is Not Meant to Last:

1. You do not see eye to eye.

When you cant compromise in a relationship you dont have much of one. Seeing eye to eye is important at least sometimes. You cant argue 24/7 and expect things to work.

2. You struggle to communicate properly.

When you cant talk things through you cant do much of anything. In a relationship, if you dont have communication things will never work. You need to be able to walk away and cool down before the other person gets too worked up.

3. You find yourself always questioning the relationship.

When you are constantly wondering why you are with this person you need to take the time to answer that question for yourself. Only you know the answer. If you dont want to be with this person anymore, dont be with them.

4. You just dont click.

If you just dont click no matter how hard you try then you need to cut ties and move on. There is nothing good about forcing your heart to be in something it really doesnt want to be in. This causes you and your partner too much pain in the long run.

5. You dont feel like your partner is there for you in the ways he or she should be.

If your partner is not meeting your emotional needs then there is a very serious problem in your relationship. You need to be able to feel comforted and safe with your partner. If he or she cannot provide you with that then you need to move on.

6. You have to be careful about what you say in front of this person.

If your partner has you walking on eggshells there is a very real problem in your relationship. Your partner needs to accept and love you for who you are. You should be able to be yourself one hundred percent with your partner............


DUNCAN STORRAR: The Royal Commission: Why I just had to go "IndyWatch Feed"

DUNCAN STORRAR: The Royal Commission: Why I just had to goDuncan Storrar was abused in state-run facilities as a child. It scarred him for life. Duncan testified about his experiences to the Royal Commission. He was there at the final day of hearings last month. His account of the day is an emotional rollercoaster ride remarkable for its honesty, insight and candour. read now...


Australian military has just 19 days of reserve fuel supplies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

No government-mandated strategic reserve supply of fuel

by staff writers

A former army Chief turned senator has warned that the Liberal and Labor policies of turning Australia into a service nation could leave us vulnerable to attack from near neighbours.

The loss of any ability to manufacture on a medium scale, basic motor vehicles, parts or advanced weaponry and the inaction of government over a mandatory fuel reserve storage plan could halt any prolonged military protection for the nation by our troops.

Free trade has sounded the death knell for most Australian industries and the petroleum refining industry is no exception.

The Australian Institute of Petroleum says the domestic context of high operating costs, ageing facilities, increasing sea miles for the transport of crude to the refineries, shallow berths that are not suitable for large crude carriers, increasing technical complexity needed for refining of the broad range of crude oil and the high Australian dollar, put Australia at a competitive disadvantage, resulting in the closure of some domestic refineries that are no longer commercially competitive.

The Australian army, air force or navy will be unable to defend our shores for more than 19 days due to oil refineries closing and no mandatory fuel reserve policy

Jim Molan was the chief of operations for coalition forces in Iraq and will enter the senate next month, replacing former dep...


Maules Creek groundwater levels on the decline "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Groundwater levels are on the decline in Maules Creek. The graph (above) of the Green Gully groundwater monitoring station (GW967138.1.1) shows a decline in levels since mid 2016 with the short term graph below showing a 20 cm decline in the last 30 days with the station recording .5 C warmer groundwater.

Anecdotal evidence is that a number of bores in the district are starting to run low and some residents are seeking alternate supplies or cleaning out their bores to improve flow.

While fluctuations in the water table are normal the current situation is of concern because the district is not even in drought.

In fact the BOM historical rainfall data shows 923.6 mm fell at Mt Kaputar for 2017, with 320 mm falling in the final three months. This is only 4 mm below the annual average rainfall of 927.2, and the Oct Dec 2017 total was 16 mm above the long term average of 301 mm. (Averages here)

At Elfin Crossing the groun...


Discover Atlantic Canada as a family in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"




Have you always dreamt of seeing Atlantic Canada? A magical part of the Great White North accessible via road trip from New England and the Mid Atlantic, this should be the year to get off the fence and finally do it.


Below, well mention an attraction in each province you wont want to miss.  


1) Magic Mountain, Moncton, New Brunswick


A common joke about New Brunswick is that it is Canadas drive-through province, as those visiting the Atlantic region from Central Canada and the USA pass through on their way to the other provinces. This is a misnomer, though, as it is home to attractions ranging from the Hopewell Rocks to Pays de la Sagouine.However, be sure to make room in your itinerary for Magic Mountain. This water park is one of the most popular family attractions in the province, as it is home to a slew of water slides running from mild to wild, a wave pool, a lazy river, and numerous hot tubs.After getting out of your swimming trunks, take a quick drive over to Magnetic Hill. An optical illusion which makes it appears your car is being pulled up an incline, it will be an experience that will confuse and amaze your kids.A Day at the water park washed out by rain? While the kids watch cartoons all day, entertain yourself by firing up a gaming site on the net. Check out this site, and youll have everything from slots to video poker at your disposal. With any luck, youll win enough to pay for your day out at the park the next day.


2) Cavendish Beach, PEI


Ready to experience the warmest waters north of Virginia? Youll get a chance to do this during your stay at Cavendish Beach. A beloved summer getaway on the north shore of PEI, there are plenty of family attractions that will engage you and your kids. When you arent building sandcastles and splashing each other in its warm, shallow water, you could be driving bumper boats into one another at Sandspit Amusement Park, meeting Anne of Green Gables at her....


Live from New York - Jason Goodman, Charles Ortel and me! Clinton Foundation Australian frauds "IndyWatch Feed National"

More details soon - a special Thursday one and a half hour edition of Sunday with Charles. Broadcast live at 10AM Thursday New York time.


Happy New Year! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In 2018, lets do MORE. Lets laugh and explore and play and eat and drink and create MORE. Lets forget about moderation and minimalism, even though theyre in vogue at the moment. Instead, lets bake and cook and sew and grow MORE than we need so that we have plenty to SHARE. Lets build our []


Changes, changes everywhere ! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Please check out the 2018 syllabus on the calendar page.

You can copy the events to your google calendar and map links are included where possible !

Also we are working on a new look website somewhere else - check it out at and give us some feedback at


Hypocrisy shall be his epitaph "IndyWatch Feed"

By Loz Lawrey As Australia suffers the stewardship of a man apparently devoid of vision, inspiration and the self-confidence and character to truly lead, the word hypocrisy will forever define the prime ministership of Malcolm Turnbull. Weve had toxic PMs before; John Howard and Tony Abbott come to mind. By toxic, I mean those whose

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Housing Begins to Crash Australia New Zealand London "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Property values are starting to crash hard in Sydney Australia, New Zealand, and London. Politicians are simply idiots. They all targeted foreigners buying property as the leading cause for the rise in housing prices. What they failed to grasp is that people spend more money when they THINK they have equity in their home. Whenever housing starts to decline, so does consumer spending and guess what you get the economi9c downturn. Dah!


Elken, Tolken and Lucy the power of kindness "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


For several months, two goats and a lamb were holed up in a regional country pound, their fate uncertain. Endearing themselves to many passing locals with their sweet natures, their personalities began to shine through. Daily treats would be offered from small children, mothers with prams and the elderly. As each day passed, hopes grew that the animals lives would be spared. But one day they were gone.


On learning they came to Edgars Mission, one kind heart wrote of her relief as they had feared the worst when they saw the rangers vehicle pass outside the pound. However, these fears were quickly allayed when the small grandson who witnessed the animals removal relayed that there was nothing to fear Nan, as it was a friendly van who took the animals away. Now, if only all farmed animals could be so lucky.


And it would seem the fruits of the locals kindness has paid off as the animals are indeed friendly and trusting of human folk. The bug-eyed Elken, the boss of the gang; the diminutive little black lass, Tolken, who really does love Weet-Bix; and the cuddly lamb, Lucyare all testaments to the power of kindness.



Update: Accused DJ killer to remain behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Local DJ Chris Bradley. (Facebook)


NSW DJ Chris Bradley was allegedly punched in the head by a young kickboxer with a short fuse before he dropped to the ground and died at a party on Christmas Day.
One witness to the alleged attack at Byron Bay told police the blows sounded unlike anything Ive ever heard before, the NSW Supreme Court heard on Thursday.
Accused attacker Javen ONeill has since been charged with the murder of 28-year-old Mr Bradley who was also known as Dad Bod.ONeill, 24, will remain in custody after prosecutors successfully sought a detention application despite efforts by his lawyer to suggest another possible cause of death.
Prosecutor Jason Rafeeq told the court ONeill was a trained Muay Thai kickboxer with an underlying short fuse and three witnesses, including his girlfriend, said they saw him punch Mr Bradley before he collapsed.
The DJ died as a consequence of blunt-force trauma, according to forensic pathologist Professor Timothy Lyons, who performed the post-mortem examination.
But ONeills lawyer, Dennis Miralis, questioned whether illicit drugs Mr Bradley reportedly consumed that night could have contributed to his death.
The lawyer also argued there were issues with the reliability of witnesses who admitted taking drugs.
Mr Miralis said ONeills actions after Mr Bradley collapsed suggested he didnt have any intent to murder or cause serious injury.
He said ONeill tried to resuscitate the DJ, saying come on, you can do it, and later asked paramedics if Mr Bradley could have died from a punch.
However, Justice David Davies said that based on the evidence before him, the Crowns case was reasonably strong.
The judge said there was evidence ONeill had anger management issues, was known to binge on alcohol and drugs, and could offend if released on bail.
One witness told police the accused was a beautiful soul but he has another side to him...


Egor he gorgeous! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Honestly, sometimes we think it rains roosters, as this past month we have fielded many a call to take in roosters. Alas, we simply cannot accommodate them allonly those who simply havent a friend in the world to call upon. Our dedicated Facebook rehoming page, Edgars Mission Farm Animal Adoption Friends, is set up to assist those wishing to find a new home for a feathered friend.

Egors story started at a busy local supermarket where he had taken up residence amongst the cars and was feeding upon scraps. With one wing missing, his past remains a complete mystery, but thankfully for this dear sweet boy, his future is now certain, as he has taken up residence in our Chicken Village with his wingman, Westy.



Protecting Detainees: An Interview With Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian government ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture on December 15. Better known as the OPCAT treaty, the international agreement aims to prevent the abuse and mistreatment of people in detention. The treaty builds upon the 1984 United Nations Convention against Torture. The Australian government signed the OPCAT back in May 2009. But, its

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A rooster named Rob Darley "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Recognised as a breed in Australia and some European nations, Frizzle chickens are readily identified by their distinct frizzly feathers. Curling outward, these plumes refuse steadfastly to lie flat on these docile and gentle birds. With a genetic characteristic causing the spectacular feathering, Frizzles are indeed dashing birdsjust look at our new feathered wonder, Rob Darley. This pint-sized little chap recently found himself out of luck and a coop, winding up in a rural country pound. And if things were not looking grim enough, a tree was to fall on the pound in the recent wicked storms that ravaged much of our region. But Rob dodged another bullet actually it was a tree branch. With such a tenacity to beat the odds, we simply could not refuse sanctuary to the sweet little Rob Darley, and it is as if he knows his lucky stars have truly shone: he has integrated happily and with no ado into our Chicken Village.

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Take care in parks and forests this hot weekend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With temperatures set to soar across the State this weekend well into the 40s, campers, riders and bushwalkers are urged to take care when venturing into national parks, reserves and state forests.

Forest Fire Management Victoria Chief Fire Officer Stephanie Rotarangi said, We urge people to be responsible and check local conditions before entering parks and forests.
Fire Danger Ratings are forecast to reach Extreme levels in the Mallee and Wimmera forecast districts and Severe and Very High in other parts of the state. These weather conditions mean any fires that start will be much harder to control.
Victorias parks and forests are spectacular places to enjoy nature but it is essential people stay informed as weather conditions and fire danger can change quickly.
Walking or riding in high temperatures can lead to heat stress. Some simple ways to avoid heat stress is to avoid walking during the hottest part of the day and drinking plenty of water.
A Total Fire Ban has been declared across Victoria on Saturday.
Parks Victoria Director Fire and Emergency David Nugent said, Some parks will close on days of severe or extreme fire danger. Check the Parks Victoria website at for details of any park closures, and always call Triple Zero in an emergency.
The hot weather conditions mean it is vital for people to know what they can and cant around campfires and BBQs.
Before you head out, check the weather conditions and if it is a Total Fire Ban (TFB).  
Solid fuel campfires and BBQs cannot be lit on Total Fire Ban days.


If their presenters are this stupid what must the people who watch be like? "IndyWatch Feed"

Let me rejig the post so that the punchline comes first.

Of course, the bit about Trump and North Korea, which is discussed next, might be compared with this from Instapundit right now.

BUT TRUMP IS UNPRECEDENTLY INCOMPETENT: Bill Clinton once lost the nuclear codes for months, and a comedy of errors kept anyone from finding out.

What really is there to say after what comes next? There is no irony deep enough to cover it. We are far out and beyond even the wildest extension of Muggridges Law anyone could possibly imagine.

So now this from Twitchy: CNN busts fake news: Trump doesnt REALLY have a big NUKE button on his desk. Be sure you read the final bit of this post just to see where we are at.

An actual nuclear blast would feel like a bit of an understatement at this point now that weve felt the shockwaves of President Trumps tweet Tuesday night reverberate through social media and the press. In case you missed it, here it is again, currently hovering just above 420,000 likes:


Witch Hazel Symbolism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Witch Hazel symbolism, meaning spiritual, esoteric law, metaphysical properties and magical uses and medicinal benefits. by psychic medium Ian Scott.

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Dentistry - Admission Statistics and Selection Process "IndyWatch Feed"

Response by Charles Sturt University to James Brooke on January 04, 2018.
Awaiting classification.
  [1]Charles Sturt University     [2][IMG]   New year, new you   Hi James, Its a New Year so theres no better time to tick off your goals f...


Neve's new canvas "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Yesterday I noticed this strange design on my daughter's ankle

She began drawing a wristwatch on her arm last year and has been branching out onto other limbs with various images and logos.

This one wasn't obvious to me but I later heard her explain that it's a diamond.

"Everyone needs their diamond in the rough," she said.

The way she said it made it sound like the rough was a place, either mental or physical.

So I began imagining it like 'sleeping rough' to mean outdoors.

Like one might paint a diamond on their ankle when camping to avoid mosquito bites.

Anyway, I'm going to encourage Neve to consider a career as a tattooist.


First Green Drinks of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Green Drinks Friday 26th January 5.00 til 6.30 pm

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre 

27-29 Greenslopes St North Cairns 

Join us for the last Green Drinks of 2017! Networking and socialising for our environment Bringing together a lively mix of people in the environment/conservation/sustainability realm of FNQ from local conservation groups to NGOs, academia, government and business.


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The IMF still has the same spots "IndyWatch Feed"

Just before Xmas (December 22, 2017), the IMF proved once again that leopards dont change their spots. Thy released a Working Paper (No. 17/286) Australias Fiscal Framework: Revisiting Options for a Fiscal Anchor that demonstrated they hadnt learned a thing from the last decade of crisis and fiscal interventions (stimulative and opposite). The paper demonstrates no understanding of context, history, or the role that fiscal policy should play in advancing general well-being. It is a technical exercise laden with the ideology of mainstream macroeconomics that fails badly. The problem is that the mainstream political parties (on both sides of the fence Labor and Conservative although pretending there is a fence is somewhat far-fetched these days) will use it against each other, and, in their shameful ignorance, against the best interests of the nation and the people that live within its borders. And on reflection using the leopard example is an insult to the leopards. The IMF is an ugly, destructive institution that should be defunded and their buildings given over to the homeless.

The IMF authors are all insiders, by which I mean have had careers in the network of mainstream institutions (central banks, European Commission, World Bank, IMF etc). The reinforcing Groupthink that this sort of career path engenders is powerful.

It is no wonder they produce total garbage like this devoid of any critical scrutiny or self-awareness.

Rational expectations, no unemployment in long-run, real effective exchange rate (REER) balances the current account, and more GIGO garbage-in, garbage-out sort of stuff.

Please see the following blogs (among others) for more discussion about these sorts of models:

1. A continuum of infinitely lived agents normalized to one GIGO Part 3 (February 6, 2012).

2. OECD GIGO Part 2 (July 27, 2010).

3. GIGO (October 7, 2009).

4. The myth of rational expectations (July 21, 2010).

The numbers the paper produces come out of an application of the IMFs G20MOD model, which is an annual, multi-region, general equilibrium model of the global economy combining micro-founded and reduced-form formulations of various economic sectors.

Which regular people should interpret as meaning a vacuous technical framework for generating results that will reinforce the mainstream macroeconomics theory that is, generate outcomes tha...


The Ultimate Purpose of Meditation and the Answer to Human Suffering "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Source: Waking Times | by Anna Hunt

Samadhi Part 1: Maya the Illusion of the Self is the first installment in a series by filmmaker Daniel Schmidt. In this visually-stunning film, Schmidt attempts to articulate to the viewer the meaning of samadhi. He also examines how we are the cause of and, through samadhi, the solution to all of our suffering.

The word Samadhi is the representation of a human mystical state that is the root of all spirituality and self inquiry. Often, it is the state that many correlate with the ultimate purpose of meditation.

The Illusion of the Self

Humanity has forgotten about samadhi, and then forgot that it forgot about it. In its place, Maya, the illusion of the self, has evolved. Humans no longer view themselves as spiritual beings. They do not take the time to explore their inner world, or care to understand their true reason for existence. Instead, they are wrapped up in their daily lives and distracted by the outer world.

As a result, we have put all kinds of limitations on ourselves. We do no view ourselves as miraculous creations. Instead, we are wrapped up in the ego construct, unconsciously wired by humanity's history and cultural conditioning. We define our existence our "being" by our actions and thoughts. Yet most often, worldly desires and fears drive these actions and thoughts.

Purpose of Meditation

Because of the illusion of the self, many live in suffering. Even people living seemingly perfect lives often find themselves questioning life's purpose. Many fall into depression or find...


Consciousness and the Nature of Reality -- Mind Over Matter "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Source: | by Jeff Street

As always, my articles are simply my perspective that I offer in the spirit of discovery and empowerment take what resonates and leave the rest.

Reality is not what it appears the ancients knew it, pioneering physicists of the early 20th century knew it, and current leading edge scientists are proving it all is mind.

The Big Questions and The Modern Scientific Worldview

Throughout the ages, Mankind has been trying to answer the big questions What is the nature of existence and reality, what are we, and why are we here? In our current age, with the ascendance of the ideology of scientific materialism, we have a strong tendency to reject anything that doesn't fit our materialistic paradigm and label it as "mystical". We have become mesmerized by the material world. Materialism and consumerism run rampant in our society. Lured by the apparent success of the reductionist method that we have used to analyze and understand our world, we have come to view the universe as purely a physical system, working something like a great machine, and with matter being the fundamental substance of reality.

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.

Our scientific analytical methods have certainly been successful and have led us to understand the inner workings of matter well enough to create many useful technologies. But these successes have erroneously led us to conclude that our materialistic view of the universe must be correct and reject other ideas as "mystical" and backward.

The materialistic paradigm persists in the popular and scientific thought despite plenty of evidence that it is indeed not true. The Theory of Relativity and Quantum P...


The predictable, and predicted, failure of electricity market reform "IndyWatch Feed"

David Blowers from the Grattan Institute has a piece in The Conversation (also on the ABC) headlined A high price for policy failure: the ten-year story of spiralling electricity bills. Its not bad, and is notable for the observation that

History may judge the introduction of competition to the retail electricity market as an expensive mistake.

I dont think we need to wait for history; in fact, we didnt need to wait until 2017.

Most of the problems that have subsequently emerged were evident when I first addressed this issue in a paper in 2001., published in the Economic and Labor Relations Review

Heres my conclusion

The National Electricity Market is still developing. Some problems that have emerged in the early stages such as the disparity between the substantial price reductions for large customers and the largely unchanged prices paid by households will fade away as the market matures. Other issues such as the structure of the industry and the degree of horizontal and vertical integration will be resolved by a mixture of market processes and regulatory interventions.

Some problems, however, are likely to become more rather than less acute. The Australian National Electricity Market commenced operation in a period of oversupply so that problems of market power and excessive prices have not emerged until recently. It remains unclear whether an electricity auction market can produce adequate incentives for investment while generating appropriate prices for consumers. Similar problems are emerging in relation to the regulated monopoly component of the industry, the transmission and distribution sector. Regulators must set prices that do not reward inefficiency or allow monopoly profits, but nevertheless provide appropriate incentives for new investment. This is a delicate balance.

In the longer term, the problem of the environmental impact of an industry relying predominantly on carbon-based fuels remains to be addressed. A market solution would involve the creation of emissions credits that could be traded along with electricity in national markets. Although limited steps have been taken in this direction, much remains to be done.


Tracking The Seven Sisters "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Last year I had an idea to photograph the stars one morning and noticed a clump of stars to the north. 

My partner saw this picture Id taken and identified them as the Peliedes.

She later directed me to an article that discussed how in various parts of the world these were known for being a group of women fleeing the Orion group of stars, which were viewed in places as a man but elsewhere as a bear.

It was fascinating to learn a similar story seemed to be told all around the world about the same cluster of stars.

So when the National Museum of Australia started promoting their Songlines exhibition, I was curious to learn how various Australian Aboriginal groups shared similar stories.

The exhibition builds on the stories from the lands of the Anangu, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra peoples, which cover three deserts in an area of 600,000sq km.

The story of the Seven Sisters fleeing a shape-shifting male character varies in different parts of the continent but there is a unifying theme in recognising the threat men pose for women and girls.

In some versions the male Wati Nyiru tries to ingratiate himself to the women but is unable to control his lustful impulses. For example, in one telling the penis has other ideas and tries to interest the women by pretending to be a carpet python so they will eat him.

Other parts of the story vary in the details of which waterholes the women dug in their travels, or where the water course becomes hidden. In this way the story serves to instruct on how to survive in the outback.

In some places some women are interested in the man pursuing them, elsewhere they are frightened. In some stories they trick him and at least one t...


SARDI publications re: giant Australian cuttlefish (1997-2012) "IndyWatch Feed"

Follow up sent to Primary Industries and Regions SA by Dan Monceaux on January 04, 2018.
Many thanks for your timely and helpful response to my recent request. I hope that SARDI/PIRSA will consider making these documents available via th...


Sanctioned Abuse: The Australian Governments Abhorrent Treatment Of Refugee Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia. Where the gritty ambition of vivacious travelers fashioned this nation upon its bewitching red dirt, has delivered dishonor to its deepest roots. When we smother refugees with hate, we smother ourselves and everything that we are with it as well. Australian culture is as broad, varied and enriched with color as its landscape. As []

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Joan Baez Announces New Album Whistle Down The Wind "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Joan Baez Folk music legend Joan Baez has announced plans to release her new album Whistle Down The Wind on the 2nd March this year. The album gathers material from some of Baezs favourite songwriters and composers, with the singer reinterpreting tracks from the likes of Tom Waits, Josh Ritter, Mary Chapin []


Kerouac, Alaska and that book in my backpack "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In my teen years I became obsessed with skiing, climbing, Alaska and the Rocky Mountains. My first multi day walk (the southern circuit at Wilsons Prom) propelled me into the outdoors. Me and my mates would ride our bikes out of town to go camping, we went on family trips to the snow, I did lots of hiking with a bushwalking group we set up at school, and then eventually discovered the Victorian Climbing Club, which opened up new horizons for adventures. I did my first summer of mountaineering in NZ/ Aotearoa when I was 18.

This was about getting outdoors and having adventures in the wild. But I quickly realised that I liked outdoor culture. I started to meet older people who had spent their lives pursuing climbing and skiing, and (as someone explained it to me), the people of the little tents, long distance hikers. I knew that a big part of having a healthy life was to be outdoors, to have the skills to travel through big landscapes safely and the ability to be with yourself and enjoy your own company. Solo trips became ever more important for me. Time on my own in wild nature made me spend a lot of time on the internal work that we all need to do.

When I was 19, I discovered Jack Kerouacs novel The Dharma Bums. Id gone to Tasmania to join the blockades to prevent the Franklin River, the last wild river in the state, from being dammed. I was arrested and spent 10 days in jail, met thousands of amazing and inspiring people, and at the end of the summer, rafted the river. We didnt have a clue about what we were doing. With borrowed rafts, and having had less than 4 hours on a wild river before setting out on this trip, we were a disaster waiting to happen (we did lose someone for almost three days when he was washed over the Thunderush rapid and flood waters prevented us from getting to him). But apart from the adventure, we found wonder in a big untamed landscape. We spent almost a month on the river and when I got to Strahan, on the west coast, I knew I couldnt go back to Uni. Back in Hobart, I was given a copy of the Dharma Bums and it helped propel me on my first trip to North America the aim was to hitch from San Francisco to Alaska to go climbing. In those pre internet days, I got a flight to SF, arriving without any kind of plan. Within a few days I had discovered the Green Tortoise busline, which got me to Seattle, and then the Alaska Marine Highway ferry service, which got me to Haines. From there the hitching began, into a landscape bigger and wilder than I could have imagined.

The books main character, Japhy Ryder (based on the poet and mountaineer Gary Snyder) was definitely my hero during that time, merging a spiritual approach to a simple life and political interests and mountaineering. It was clear to me that we were working the planet t...


Schappelle Corby Has Already Ruined 2018: The Great Tweets Of @MarqueLawyers, Part II "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the really nice things about the festive season is holidays. Unless you work at New Matilda, in which case you dont get them.

One of the really bad things about the festive season is holidays, because if you work for Marque Lawyers (the firm that helps keep New Matilda out of prison, along with UTS law guru Geoff Holland) you do get holidays.

And that means that Marques official Twitter account goes quiet for a while. And thats obviously bad for humanity.

On the better news front, Marque is back at work twittering, and the good folk from the Worlds Most Unconventional, unConservative Law Firm have started 2018 at the pace they ended 2017 furiously.

Schapelle Corby and Peter Dutton come in for a special mention, along with Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Over to Marque and follow them if you arent already champagne comedy mixed with dripping sarcasm combined with sober legal advice!


In which nobody does it better than Flinty ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Truth to tell, the work of a Flinty is never done, as he plugs the hole in the dyke and holds back the barbarian hordes threatening our glorious future under noble King Chuck ...


How pleasing it was to see Flinty move from the Speccie to the top of the agenda-setting reptile opinion page.

Naturally the pond tossed every other matter aside to consider Flinty's noble thoughts ...

Actually, if the pond might be so bold, the last time Malware pushed for anything, it was a voluntary postal survey. The poor old AEC's blather about plebiscites here has all the relevance of a shag sitting on a rock some distance from the shore ...


Stock market records mid-week loss "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Trading activities on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday closed downswing as the overall market performance indices dropped by 0.20 per cent. Transactions on the stock market had the previous day opened the 2018 trading year on the positive trajectory. However, at the close of trading yesterday, the All-Share Index dropped by 77.51 basis points or 0.20 per cent to close at 38,187.28 index points as against 38,264.79 recorded the previous day, while the market capitalisation of equities depreciated by N28 billion from N13.589 trillion the previous...

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The Federal Governments Continuing Attack on Civil Liberties "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) released its 2017 Legal Rights Audit report on December 27. The report, which is the conservative think tanks fourth annual audit of Commonwealth laws, found that over the last year the Turnbull government continued to pass laws that infringe upon basic rights. The IPAs

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Ellen Page Announces Surprise Marriage To Partner Emma Portner "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Actress Ellen Page has announced that she has married partner Emma Portner. Cant believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife, the actress wrote on Instagram, alongside a series of photos that included a snap of their matching wedding bands. Portner, a professional dancer and teacher at New Yorks Broadway Dance Center, also ...

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"The Wall, the Sound and the Fury: And Not Much Else" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"The Wall, the Sound and the Fury: And Not Much Else"
by Fred Reed

"Some of the prototypes. Though I am not a construction engineer, it seems to me that 2,000 miles of any of these is more of a job than their proponents are telling us.

With regard to Mr. Trumps  Border Wall, I am skeptical. Now, I freely concede that I am not an authority on Border Walls. In fact, I have never built a Border Wall. This may surprise readers. Yet it is true. So all that follows is in the nature of speculation. Be warned.

Still, though I may be horrifically wrong, and different numbers can be obtained by assuming different types of wall, I suggest that the following represent the kinds of questions that need to be answered. Further, it should be incumbent on those promoting the Wall to produce prices and times that make sense.

All right, Mr. Trump has eight prototypes, but they run to 30 feet high, made of concrete, and go six feet underground to prevent tunneling. According to rumo...


Wheres Wally? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Running down the centre strip of a very busy highway is most certainly not the safest of places for a frightened young pig. However, that is just where young Wally found himself recently. But from there, the good news starts for this once-loved little porcine.

Traced back to his breeder, who was not interested in saving the hapless porcine, Wallys sweet nature touched the heart of the kind-hearted ranger into whose care he came. Whilst his fate could have seen him sent off to slaughter, that was not in the tea leaves for Wally, who was instead to find his way to Edgars Mission. Although we were but a whistle-stop in his life, as Wally has already found new digs with his new forever family, his little trotter print will always be on our hearts, and if ever we wish to see him, we only need close our eyes and we shall see a sweet little pig with a pink nose and a big heart waiting there for an apple treat and a belly rub.



SARDI publications re: giant Australian cuttlefish (1997-2012) "IndyWatch Feed"

Response by Primary Industries and Regions SA to Dan Monceaux on January 04, 2018.
Dear Mr Monceaux,   Attached is PIRSAs response to your application for Administrative Release of Information seeking access to the following:  ...


Two lucky hens: Henneth Poultrow and Amelia Egghart "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Whilst it may take a village to raise a child, it took a kind-hearted citizen, a dedicated animal activist and a distressed call for assistance to save two plucky young hens. From where these two feathered wonders descended we do not know, but what we do know is that had we not intervened, their fate would most certainly be grim. Sheltering amongst bushes in a suburban backyard that bordered parklands, it was only a matter of time before the hens run of freedom ran out.


Highlighting how poorly protected poultry are, Henneth Poultrow and Amelia Egghart cluck eloquently to our animal protection laws, which squawk that the scales of justice are anything but when it comes to chickens. With local animal protection officers refusing to assist, citing poultry being outside their jurisdiction, and animal protection agencies unable to attend, such hapless birds are at the mercy of a world that treats animals on appearance, not sentience.


But thankfully not everyone sees animals this way, and it is to the kind heart into whose yard the birds shuffled, and the dedicated activist who at a moments notice headed out to assist, we give thanks. Henneth and her buddy, Amelia, will never again be forgotten or left outside the circle of compassion, and forever free they will be to soar to the greatest of heights a chicken could aspire, movie stars in a field of their wildest dreams.



The four of us "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


With the sale of the property on which they roamed and the farewell of the humans who had been charged with their care, four sweet alpacas became inherited goods of the new but absentee tenants. Athos, Porthos, dArtagnan and Aramis did what all alpacas do bestthat is, eating, chilling out and growing their fleece. The first two things raised no concerns for a kind-hearted neighbour, yet the third most certainly did, for the neighbor knew that should the animals remain unshorn, their welfare would be severely compromised, and so our assistance was sought.


Proving yet again what lovely dispositions alpacas have, the four hairy lads were ushered into the float, then into our sanctuary. A pedicure, shear, drench, vaccinations and vitamin shots later, the boys makeover was completenot only transforming, but no doubt life-saving as well. Their story is a timely reminder that animals come with the responsibility of a lifetime of care, not a fleeting moment of novelty.

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I USED TO BE IN A GANG!: When is a gang not a gang? "IndyWatch Feed National"

With mainstream media and the Federal Government leading a racist moral panic about African gangs apparently tormenting wide sections of Australian society, True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston shares his experiences of growing up with youth gangs on the mean streets of Glasgow and wonders why some groups of young men become gangs. *

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NY Times Papadopoulos Bombshell Continues to Unravel=> James Clapper Admits Papadopoulos Was Never on His Radar (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed"

Fake News New York Times is doing everything they can to steer the public away from Hillary Clintons multi-million dollar garbage dossier the Deep State used in order to spy on Trumps campaign.

The fake dossier ultimately sparked the Russian collusion witch hunt, but the NY Times is now claiming Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos got a little too drunk one night in a London pub and bragged to an Australian diplomat the Russians had political dirt on Hillary.

A couple of drunk lads talking shop is what set in motion the Russian collusion investigation. Right.

James Clapper, the former head of the U.S. Intelligence community under Obama said in a Tuesday interview with CNN that George Papadopoulos was not on his radar scope when he left. Interesting.

On Saturday The New York Times implied Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos set in motion the Russian collusion investigation, not the Hillary-funded dossier.

The New York Times got DESTROYED within hours of publication

James Clapper then hit the NY Times fake news article with a devastating blow. Hes never even heard of Papadopoulos

There were other factors that I think were the stimulus for the investigation and the revelation about George Papadopoulos, which was not a name on my radar scope when I leftI think also was another factor, Clapper said.

Clapper, just like every leftist blowhard claimed parts of the dossier have been corroborated. When pressed for specifics, he only cited two claims, both of which have nothing to do with Russian collusion.

Vladimir Putins animus towards Hillary Clinton and the determination of clearly favoringTrump to win the presidency, were the two dossier allegations that Clapper says have been corroborated, Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller...


Westy the rooster who didnt go west! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The expression go west takes its roots from the direction the sun sets, symbolising the end of the day. Figuratively it has come to mean the demise or disappearance of someone or something. Despite that scenario being high in the tea leaves for our new feathered friend, Westy, it is not the reason for his name.

Spied on the Western Highway, actually smack bang in the middle of the Western Highway, was Westy. The terrified young rooster tried to take in his dire circumstance as he looked from left to right, not knowing which way to run. It soon got even more dire when he was literally run over by a fast-moving truck. By some stroke of good fortune, or the smarts of this wily rooster, he was dead centre of the vehicle, which meant he was not to end up dead in the middle of the road, although he was left extremely ruffled and a lot the worse for wear.


Piecing together the story as relayed by Westys rescuers and his substantial injuries, it appears Westy may have been stuck under the vehicle for a short distant. With grease on his head and abrasive wounds and blisters on his feet, consistent with being dragged, and a beak injury to boot, it is an absolute miracle that this spritely young cockerel did indeed not die.

Lovingly and courageously bundled up, Westys circumstance took a new direction as he headed north all the way to our hospital ward. After ten days of intensive care, Westy was ready to gingerly take his first steps on the soil of his new home and he took up place in Chicken Village with another equally plucky and lucky rooster named Egor.



Out TV Anchor Creates A Twitter Storm With Naughty Snow Report "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Out news and weather anchor Blaine Stewart has created a Twitter storm with a humorous post as parts of the US are being battered by snow and freezing conditions. Arctic conditions have been sweeping across parts of the country with a low of -45F being recorded in Minnesota. Stewart, of WKTR 3 News in ...

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Fireworks to open the Brunswick Woodchop Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The annual Fish n Chips Festival and Woodchop Carnival will be taking place again this year with the festival getting off to an exciting start on January 13 with a great bonanza of fireworks for all the family at Brunswick Heads Banner Park.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to come and enjoy four days of woodchopping excitement between the January 18 and 20. The chips will be flying with womens, mens and childrens competitions taking place.

Running since 1961

The festival started in 1961 and will be running for its 58th consecutive year with the strong support of volunteers and the help of the McGregors Family Carnival.

At the time the Fish n Chip festival started it reflected two of the major industries in the area. Fishing boats crossed one of the most dangerous bars in Australia on a daily basis while the chips were still flying from the logging of the red cedars that were then floated down the river to be traded from Brunswick.

Chips fly as Brad de Losa slams into a 300 ml m tanding block. The Annual Brunswick Heads Woodchop Carnival, got under way yesterday and the action will continue until Saturday night.

Champion choppers

This year three of the world championship, five man Chopperoo team that competed at the Stihl Timbersports World Championship will be seen competing at Brunswick. Brad de Losa, Mitchell Argent and Brayden Meyer will be making it look like cutting through an whopping great log is as easy as slicing through cheese.

Brad de Losa finishing second overall in the individual events at the world championships after being beaten by New Zealand based axeman Jason Wynyard who won his ninth world championship...


Welfare propaganda: Government and media give Australians the forks "IndyWatch Feed"

Welfare propaganda: Government and media give Australians the forksIf youre a Government propagandist, the silly season always provides a happy hunting ground, writes Jim Parker. read now...


Gay Couple Suffered Hours Of Homophobic Abuse On Jetstar Flight "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An Australian couple has told how she and her Perth partner were subjected to homophobic abuse onboard their domestic Jetstar flight and claimed staff didnt intervene. Cat Franke and Julz Evans were flying from Melbourne to Perth on New Years Eve when they were verbally abused by an intoxicated, arrogant man sitting in the seat ...

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Turnbulls New Laws in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A host of new laws passed by the federal government will come into effect this month. There are changes to social security entitlements, privacy laws, immigration, MP expenses and of course same-sex marriage will become a reality. Here are just a few of them. Cashless welfare card The controversial

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Why So Cold? Climate Change May Be Part of the Answer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Studies suggest that one factor could be warming in the Arctic, which allows more frigid air to escape southward.


1) This young man died after being persecuted by members of the TNI "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Military violence against civilians, Kapendam XVII: Victims want to attack the TNI

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Jayapura, Jubi - Human Rights Activist in Nduga District, Wene Talenggen, accused the TNI P...


Why Melania looks sad, and other stories "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Honestly, you couldnt make this up!

You dont have to treat it as the truth, the post-truth, or anything except the truth. Just jump on this runaway train and enjoy the ride.

Here are just a few of Wolffs revelations.

Stranger than fiction


Few people who knew Trump had illusions about him. That was his appeal: He was what he was. Twinkle in his eye, larceny in his soul. Everybody in his rich-guy social circle knew about his wide-ranging ignorance.


Pivoting from Trump himself, Bannon plunged on with the Trump agenda. Day one were moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Netanyahus all-in. Sheldon Adelson, the casino billionaire and far-right Israel defender  is all-in. We know where were heading on this Let Jordan take the West Bank, let Egypt take Gaza. Let them deal with it. Or sink trying.


Bannon said hed tried to push John Bolton, the famously hawkish diplomat, for the job as national-security adviser. Bolton was an Ailes favorite, too. Hes a bomb thrower, said Ailes (former head of Fox News). And a strange little fucker. But you need him. Who else is good on Israel? Flynn is a little nutty on Iran. Tillerson just knows oil. Boltons mustache...


(Anti) Social Media/Facebook Ripping Apart The Fabric of Society "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


 A former Facebook executive criticized the company he once worked for and social media as a whole, saying it is "ripping apart the social fabric" in societies around the world, CBS San Francisco reports. Chamath Palihapitiya, who previously served as Facebook's vice president for user growth, expressed "tremendous guilt" and urged people to take a "hard break" from social media during a talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
"I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works," said Palihapitiya, who left the social media giant in 2011 and now heads The Social+Capital Partnership, a venture capital fund.
"No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth," he went on to say.
Palihapitiya said the problem is not just isolated to Russia-backed ads and the 2016 presidential election, which led officials from Facebook, Twitter and Google to answer questions in Congress. The former Facebook executive cited an incident in India where innocent people were lynched after hoax messages about kidnappings were shared on WhatsApp.

"I just don't use these tools anymore, I haven't for years. It's created with a huge tension with my friends, it's created a huge tension in my social circles," Palihapitiya said. "If you look at my Facebook feed, I probably posted two times in the last seven years."
Palihapitiya also said that his children "aren't allowed to use this s**t."
Last month, former Facebook president Sean Parker criticized the social networking giant, saying it is "exploiting a vulnerability in human society."
"It literally changes your relationship with society, with each other. It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it...


Media Hype, Imaginary Hobgoblins: Malcolm And Peters Politics Of Moral Panic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The media driven, politically exploited furore over African crime gangs leads Ben Debney to wonder out loud who Australians should really be scared of.

The whole aim of practical politics, wrote the famed US journalist H. L. Mencken in 1921, is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

Lacking both policies and the usual hobgoblins with which to menace the public as the war of terror has wound down and the boats have stopped, the federal Tories, long time stalwarts of this truism, have revealed their conspicuous illiberalism in the new year by launching a moral panic over African youth gangs in Melbourne.

The ball began rolling on this panic in the last few weeks of 2017, when News Corp ran a number of articles (Call for action against rioting African mob; Plea to Turnbull to smash the gangs) engaging in what researchers into moral panics in sociology call the production of deviance.

Deviance in this sense refers to the result of having the power to interpret the meaning of words self-interestedly and impose those interpretations on public discourse, rather than characteristics of anyone so labelled. Every imaginary hobgoblin is, in one form or another, a deviant.

Rupert MurdochMedia magnate, Rupert Murdoch.

Few on the planet have greater power to produce deviance, and so to manufacture hysteria though moral panic, than the neo-feudal corporate aristocrat Rupert Murdoch. Malcolm Turnbull, knowing how quickly the same mechanisms can be used against him (and how much Murdoch hates him already, having ousted his favourite pet), fell sharply into line, alleging in his first press conference for the year growing gang violence and lawlessness in Victoria. In this moral panicking, he is thus merely on script in deference to those who wield true power in society.

Such violence, Turnbull claimed, was a failure of political leadership and determination on the part of the Andrews government the underlying pretence being that he knows anything about either himself. The tendency to establish pretences is another aspect of moral panicking, that of crisis leve...


How Hypnosis Could Cure Us of Our Deepest, Darkest Fears "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Have you ever stopped to really consider the wide assortment of fears and phobias that exist in todays society? From zombies to public speaking, clowns to heights there appears to be a fear for nearly anything that you can think of.

Dont believe me? Theres even a technical term for the fear of phobias. Thats right, phobophobia is defined as the fear of phobia(s) and, more specifically, of the internal sensations associated with that phobia and anxiety. These fears can range from a mere inconvenience to completely debilitating, impacting every area of your life and interfering with your ability to function normally.

Recently Chapman University initiated a nationwide survey, asking Americans just what strikes fear deep in their hearts. Participants were asked their level of fear relating to approximately 80 different possible fears ranging from the government to natural disasters. The researchers then compiled the data and came up with a list of the top fears in the United States which included some interesting and eye-opening answers, such as corrupt government officials, pollution of drinking water, high medical bills and air pollution.

Photo by tertia van rensburg on Unsplash


While the answers of the Chapman University Survey on American Fears were bigger concerns, focusing largely on politics and worldwide pollution, many Americans share fears that hit much closer to home. It is estimated that 25 million Americans share a fear of flying, or aerophobia, while trypanophobia, or a fear of needles can have a significant impact on your ability to obtain necessary, life-saving health care. Acknowledging the potential impact that these fears can have on our life and well-being, experts have devoted time, energy and funding into better understanding the cause and treatment of various fears, phobias and anxiety.



18 Of The Best Melbourne Eateries Where Gangs Of African Youths Probably Wont Kill You "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

African Youth Crime Gangs are out of control in Melbourne. People are being slaughtered. And then eaten alive, after theyve been slaughtered. And then re-animated and slaughtered again. Its that bad.

Only the bravest journalists from the Herald Sun and The Age are venturing out into the carnage to bring you the exclusives and promote a civil public debate about Vicious African Youth Crime Gangs. Which are out of control. And killing white Melburnians. Everywhere. All the time.

Anyhoo, New Matilda hit Melbourne town to find out the best places to eat where you wont get stabbed or maimed or killed. Turns out the safest place to eat, amidst the chaos and panic, is at an African restaurant. Because Terrifying Vicious African Youth Crime Gangs dont attack African restaurants. Because apart from being violent, Brutal Terrifying Vicious Alien Vampire African Youth Crime Gangs are also racist.

So, in no particular order, heres 18 Melbourne African restaurants where you can safely dine (and support, while this fucking shameful debate plays itself out) with props to Trip Advisor and of course Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull, whove done more to promote fine African dining than any fascists before them.

Morrocan Soup Bar | 183 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy | Moroccan, African, Vegetarian

The Abyssinian | 277 Racecourse Rd, Kensington | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

Little Africa | 358 Victoria Street, Melbourne | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly

Polepole Bar & Kitchen | 1/267 Little Collins St, Melbourne | African, Vegetarian Friendly

Sabas Ethiopian Restaurant | 328 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

New Somali Kitchen | 284 Racecourse Rd, Flemington | African, Middle Eastern, Halal

Savanna African Restaurant & Caf | 7 Johnston St, Collingwood | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Konjo Ethiopian Restaurant | 20 Smith St, Collingwood | African

Nyalas African Restaurant | 356 Brunswick St, Fitzroy | African Ethiopian




I recently tried to republish this on DTM, but it gave me so much heartache, I gave up. Now Ive found a new source that hopefully allows more friendly copy/paste. I hasten to add I disagree with much of what he has to say at the end of this lengthy article, and I could have edited it out, but there you go you make up your own mind.

Written on the 15 November 2017 by Matt Barrie, CEO


I RECENTLY watched the federal treasurer, Scott Morrison, proudly proclaim that Australia was in surprisingly good shape.

Indeed, Australia has just snatched the world record from the Netherlands, achieving its 104th quarter of growth without a recession, making this achievement the longest streak for any OECD country since 1970.

I was pretty shocked at the complacency, because after twenty six years of economic expansion, the country has very little to show for it.

For over a quarter of a century our economy mostly grew because of dumb luck. Luck because our country is relatively large and abundant in natural resources, resources that have been in huge demand from a close neighbour.

That neighbour is China.

Out of all OECD nations, Australia is the most dependent on China by a huge margin, according to the IMF. Over one third of all merchandise exports from this country go to China where merchandise exports includes all physical products, including the things we dig out of the ground.

Outside of the OECD, Australia ranks just after the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia and the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic and just before the Central African Republic, Iran and Liberia. Does anything sound a bit funny about that?

As a whole, the Australian economy has grown through a property bubble inflating on top of a mining bubble, built on top of a commodities bubble, driven by a China bubble.

Unfortunately for Australia, that lucky free ride is just about to end.

Societe Generales China economist Wei Yao said recently, Chinese banks are looking down the barrel of a staggering $1.7 trillion worth of losses. Hyaman Capitals Kyle Bass calls China a $34 trillion experiment which is exploding, where Chinese bank losses could exceed 400 per cent of the US banking losses incurred during the subprime crisi...


Australian Government denies our right to armed self defence. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cyril Watson says he was threatened with a screwdriver and a knife.Picture: 7 News.
In Australia we are denied the legal right to armed self defence, no guns, no capsicum spray & no tasers. People are getting raped, bashed, robbed & killed every day, & yet our government expects us to defend ourselves with our fists!!!
What is it going to take to make the majority of Australians stand up for other Australians & say enough is enough?! 


Bougainville landowners say no return for miner BCL "IndyWatch Feed"

Bougainvilles Panguna Copper mine

Radio New Zealand | 4 January 2018

The Bougainville landowners association that controls the former copper mine at Panguna says it is pleased the mining company Bougainville Copper Limited, or BCL, will never be welcomed back.

The company operated the mine until the outbreak of civil war in 1989.

BCL, which is part owned by the Autonomous Bougainville Government, had been vying with the Australian company RTG to reopen the mine until last month when the government placed an indefinite moratorium on mining at Panguna.

In a statement, the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association said BCL failed to win community support as it would not take responsibility for the environmental and social impacts of its previous operation, or offer any compensation.

The associations chair Philp Miriori said it was time for Bougainville to attract a mining partner that would respe...


Sky Blues contain Jets in 2-2 draw "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hyundai A-League Champions Sydney FC have set a new A-League record after recording their 24th consecutive home match without defeat in a 2-2 draw with [more]

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Police crack down on youth gangs in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore police are targeting trouble-making youths around Lismore shopping centres.

Lismore police have begun cracking down on the anti-social behaviour of young people around Lismore Square Shopping Centre following numerous complaints.

Police this morning have issued a warning saying they are aware of the identity all the people responsible causing issues at the square, and anyone who breached a banning order can expect to be arrested and charged.

Yesterday police laid five charges of enter inclosed lands without lawful excuse on some local juveniles.

Just recently in a post to one of the more popular social media sites on Facebook, one person posted to the little shits that hang around the square and/or the parents of those kids.

Parents get your god damned kids in order. Theyre a disgrace and so are you for letting them act like they do.

I just read a story about a bunch of kids on scooters who attacked an old lady. If that was your kid, youre double the disgrace

Im sick of seeing and hearing them at the square, and Im sure most of the community is too. Theyre gonna get hit by a car and no oh my poor baby will be held in sympathy because weve all had plenty of time to see how ridiculously stupid they are.

Police said they had been working with the management of the shopping square over the last few weeks to addresss the issue of anti-social behaviour.

As a result several offenders have been identified and served with banning notices.

Shopkeepers around Lismores CBD also have been complaining of groups of young people riding at dangerous speeds on the footpaths.

Police said they would continue to carry out uniformed and plain-clothes patrols in all the local shopping centres so people could shop and work in peace.






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Kremlin Watch: Papadopoulos, Fusion GPS, and Fake Americans "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Last Jedi was excellent. My scribbled notes may turn into a blog post at some point, but until then I need another pick-me-up. And what better cheer is there than foreign governments messing with US politics, amirite?

Return Of The FBI

It looks like weve got our answer to why the FBI was looking into Trump, and it involves booze and Australians.

During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australias top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton. About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign. []

The hacking and the revelation that a member of the Trump campaign may have had inside information about it were driving factors that led the F.B.I. to open an investigation in July 2016 into Russias attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trumps associates conspired.

Bravo on this one, New York Times. It also swats down the coffee boy line about Papadopoulos.

He was hardly central to the daily running of the Trump campaign, yet Mr. Papadopoulos continuously found ways to make himself useful to senior Trump advisers. In September 2016, with the United Nations General Assembly approaching and stories circulating that Mrs. Clinton was going to meet with Mr. Sisi, the Egyptian president, Mr. Papadopoulos sent a message to Stephen K. Bannon, the campaigns chief executive, offering to broker a similar meeting for Mr. Trump.

After days of scheduling discussions, the meeting was set and Mr. Papadopoulos sent a list of talking points to Mr. Bannon, according to people familiar with those interactions. Asked about his contacts with Mr. Papadopoulos, Mr. Bannon declined to comment.

Theres also proposals to write neutral opinion pieces in favour of Trump, taking advantage of his access. Well worth the read.



Learner rider found to be over the limit in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 41-year-old Lismore man who raced away from police on his motorbike was found to be under the influence of alcohol, and on a learners permit.

Police allege they driving through the roundabout at Ballina and Wyrallah and Ballina road in an unmarked vehicle when they were overtaken on the near side by a motorbike at  4:38pm yesterday.

While driving through the roundabout the rider lifted the front wheel of the motorbike off the road.

Police gave pursuit and indicated for the rider to pull over but he accelerated away, locking up a wheel on the intersection of Brewster and Ewing Streets.

On Ewing street the rider had to break harshly to avoid a collision with another vehicle.

Police terminated the pursuit because of the danger presented by the riders actions.

A few minutes later police were advised that the motorbike had crashed on the intersection of Magellan and Hampton Streets.

The rider ran off but returned to watch the bike being removed by a tow truck, and was identified by police.

The rider, a 41 year old Lismore man, was placed under arrest and failed a roadside breath test.

Checks on his licence revealed he was on a Learners riders licence.

At Lismore Police Station he provided an alcohol reading more than three times the legal limit for an unrestricted rider.

The 41 year old was charged with Police Pursuit, Drive Manner Dangerous and High Range PCA 2nd Offence.

His licence was also suspended. He will appear in Lismore Local Court later this month.

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Watch the New David Rawlings Video Cumberland Gap "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of David Rawlings If you read my Top 25 Tracks of 2017 youll know how much love I have for David Rawlings track Cumberland Gap. So I feel like I got an extra Christmas present this year with Rawlings dropping the video for the song over the holidays. The video, which was originally []


White-breasted Woodswallows #2 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Im puzzled about this interaction between two White-breasted Woodswallows.

The bird on the right was clearly begging and then fed by the bird on the left, both of which appear to be adults. I can only assume this was an instance of courtship feeding and that the birds are either about to nest or already commenced. They were accompanied by a third individual, also in adult plumage. I must read up on this species to understand more about their breeding habits, especially in relation to courtship behaviour and cooperative breeding.

White-breasted Woodswallows, Picnic Point, 1st January 2018


The Wall, the Sound and the Fury: And Not Much Else "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Some of the prototypes.  Though I am not a construction engineer, it seems to me that 2,000 miles of any of these is more of a job than their proponents are telling us.

With regard to Mr. Trumps  Border Wall, I am skeptical. Now, I freely concede that I am not an authority on Border Walls. In fact, I have never built a Border Wall. This may surprise readers. Yet it is true. So all that follows is in the nature of speculation. Be warned.

Still, though I may be horrifically wrong, and different numbers can be obtained by assuming different types of wall, I suggest that the following represent the kinds of questions that need to be answered. Further, it should be incumbent on those promoting the Wall to produce prices and times that make sense.

All right, Mr. Trump has eight prototypes, but they run to 30 feet high, made of concrete, and go six feet underground to prevent tunneling. According to rumor among the border authorities, some go considerably deeper, and some prototypes are made of other materials. Here we will assume a hypothetical concrete wall thirty feet high and six feet deep.   In other words, thirty-six feet in vertical dimension.

Let us assume a thickness of six inches. Much less would be insecure, one supposes. We will ignore rebar. Actually, a glance at the photograph shows that, of whatever they be made, they are more than six inches thick, but we will ignore this.

The volume of concrete in the entire wall would thus be 2,000 miles x 5280 ft / mile x 36 ft x .5 ft, or 190,080,000 cubic feet.

Now, the wall presumably will have to be built in prefab sections at a remote factory or factories, and trucked to the Wall site on flatbed eighteen-wheelers. Donkeys would seem inadequate, helicopters excessive. Fabricating each section in situ  with some sort of traveling factory, requiring the trucking in of phenomenal amounts of concrete (or metal or whatever the Wall was made of), would be crazy even by the standards of federal contracting.

To be carried on a standard semi rig, sections could be no more than 8.5 feet wide. Each section would measure 36 ft. x .5 ft. x 8.5 ft, or or 153 cubic feet. Since concrete weights 145 pounds per cubic foot, the section would weigh 22,185 lbs.



Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy is thrilled to announce 'The Singing Playground' - Choral and Vocal workshops by the esteemed Choral Conductor Christine Marie Storey as part of their wonderful multi-instrumental Music & Performing Arts Camp these holidays.

Join Christine in an afternoon of fun and games! Singing, vocal play and movement integrate to become rich learning opportunities that are seriously fun and engaging. Kodaly based with creative and collaborative, active and dynamic sessions will have them singing all the way home!

About Christine Marie Storey

Christine is in demand throughout Australia as a dynamic and fun choral and vocal workshop leader and conductor. As a professional singer and voice teacher herself, she specializes in vocal techniques, vocal health and playful learning for choristers and choral groups of all ages and experience. 

Registration is essential as places are limited.



For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


For Sale
Dining Table - $50
American Oak veneer table top on full stainless steel frame. 
Comfortably sits 6, could squeeze 8.
Dimensions: 180cm L; 100cm W; 76cm H. 



Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Wanted - Room to Rent

Hi. My name is Naoki. I am 26 and from Japan.
I would like a room to rent short term while I'm looking for work and re-establishing myself in Melbourne. 
I lived and worked in Coburg for 6 months but have done some traveling. 
I can pay $100 - $150 pw.
Please contact me - Naoki 0435 712 058.


Abbott on warpath over energy: Labor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former prime minister Tony Abbott. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Federal Labor says Tony Abbott is on the warpath, and might sink the Turnbull governments proposed national energy guarantee policy.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is reportedly facing a backlash in government ranks from conservative MPs including the man he replaced in the top job, over his energy policy.

Mr Abbott has declared he doesnt support granting Australian businesses access to overseas carbon credits, describing it as a carbon tax under a different name.

Acting opposition leader Tanya Plibersek said its only three days into the new year and the Liberal Party was at war with itself over climate change action.

Who knows what the future of the national energy guarantee is If Tony Abbott is on the warpath again? she told reporters.

Theres one thing you can guarantee for sure is Malcolm Turnbull going underwater.

The national energy guarantee would involve energy retailers delivering a set level of ready-to-use power in each state to shore up reliability, while also being compelled to meet a lower emissions target.

Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox said business had been advocating for access to international credits as a cost-effective way to achieve Australias commitments under the Paris climate change agreement.

It makes absolutely no sense to rule out this option by insisting that our commitments can only be fulfilled within our borders, Mr Willox said in a statement.

The Mineral Council of Australia also echoed the same view.Australias target under the Paris agreement is to reduce emissions to 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030 across the entire economy.

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A Message to Russian Hackers A Letter from Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Sean Swain is an anarchist prisoner serving time in Lebanon Correctional Institute in Lebanon, Ohio.  He is currently running for Ohio Governor.  You can read his work at


Im currently running for Ohio Governor from prison. My campaign pledge is to abolish the State of Ohio, recognizing the Treaty of Greenville that set aside this area as unceded Indian Territory. I plan to invite the First Nations back, hand them the national guard armaments, declare the State of Ohio officially abolished, and prepare for the U.S. invasion.
No. Really.
I wont get too into the theoretical here, but true liberation can only be undertaken in conjunction with a campaign of anti-colonization. You cant speak of liberation while standing in someone elses yard.
Thats the short version.
Anyhow, it occurred to me that my election and the abolition of the State of Ohio may interest others beyond the borders of Ohio and perhaps beyond the borders of the U...


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We have a near-new king single mattress to give away. It's really good quality (expensive) and in excellent condition. Only giving away because the teenager is moving into a double bed. 

Pick up this week would be great. Call Adrienne 0401 558 002.


AMA calls for tougher rules for drivers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Learner drivers and those on their P plates should lose their licence for a year if caught texting or using their mobile phones while on the road, Australias peak medical body says.

The Australian Medical Association made the call as it released its first ever position paper on road safety in which it outlined a raft of measures for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

It said laws covering the use of mobile phones and electronic devices in cars should be strictly enforced, with a zero tolerance approach introduced for P-plate and L-plate drivers who should lose their licences for up to a year if caught using them.

AMA president Dr Michael Gannon said mobile telephones and electronic devices, including navigational devices, were distractions for drivers and a major cause of accidents, trauma, and death.

We want to change the culture and mentality about using mobile devices in cars, he said in a statement on Thursday.

Your drivers licence is a privilege, not a right.

Drivers who breach the road rules are putting themselves and others at risk, and must face meaningful sanctions.

The release of the AMAs position paper on road safety comes after a horror few weeks on the nations roads, with 66 people having lost their lives in road crashes during the holiday period so far.

The paper also includes calls for politicians to consider introducing laws targeting driver fatigue, one of the top three contributors to Australias road toll, in a similar fashion to those aimed at drink drivers.

The AMA also wants national standards introduced educating young people about road rules and for assessing older people to test whether they should still be driving.

Dr Gannon said young people should start having formal lessons early on in their lives about road rules and the responsibilities of pedestrians, who face a host of safety risks while using headphones, earpieces and mobile devices.

He also backed joint guidelines issued by Austroads and the National Transport Commission on how older people should be assessed to see if they are still fit to drive.

All states and territories must adopt uniform criteria for assessing the functional ability of older drivers, as the discrepancies between jurisdictions are problematic, Dr Gannon said.

Doctors should be providing advice on when to retire from driving. This may require medical examinations or assessments of drivers beyond a specified age.

The AMAs position paper says that by making drivers more responsible and more aware of their behaviour and its consequences, along with the availability of safer vehicles, the number of preventable road fatalities and injuries should fall....


Summer Concert Series at Joe's Market Garden "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Summer Concern Series at Joe's Market Garden, Coburg

Sundays 14th Jan, 4th Feb & 18th Feb 2018 4:00pm

1. Lucy Wise w/ Guest Speaker Anna Seed (Visual Artist)  14th January



Seaweed Could Save the Earth with Biodegradable Edible Packaging "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Biodegradable Edible Packaging Seaweed

By Heather CallaghanEditor

Thanks to an Indonesian company with a penchant to clean up the world

The plastic pollution crisis is so bad, that its actually coming back to haunt us in the form of plastic nanoparticles now in our tap water. Its simply ridiculous to keep churning out petro-chemical waste products that have no outlet and no ability to breakdown.

For the person who wants a world without plastic waste, every hour of every day must be panic-inducing. Before you get to work youve been exposed to phthalates from your shampoo, bottled water, feminine products and perhaps fast food wrapping. Whats worse, none of those packages/wraps will breakdown, but they will kill off the ecology. And theres just no reason for it

Maybe biodegradable edible packaging created from marine vegetation was the answer right under the sea.

Laughing Squid reports:



Seaplane wreckage recovery set to start "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A seaplane that crashed into a river north of Sydney on New Years Eve, killing all six people aboard, had reportedly been rebuilt after another fatal crash in the 1990s.

NSW police will attempt to recover the Sydney Seaplanes DHC-2 Beaver from the Hawkesbury River on Thursday in an operation that started at dawn and will run into the afternoon.

Experienced pilot Gareth Morgan died along with high-profile UK businessman Richard Cousins, his two adult sons Edward and William, his fiancee Emma Bowden and her 11-year-old daughter Heather when the plane plunged into Jerusalem Bay on December 31.

The cause of the crash is still unclear but Fairfax Media on Thursday reported the plane was previously involved in another fatal crash in 1996.

It was being used as a crop duster when it cartwheeled and crashed at Armidale, with the pilot killed and the plane destroyed, according to an Australian Transport Safety Bureau report cited by Fairfax.

The aircraft was rebuilt and has since been owned by several businesses including, most recently, Sydney Seaplanes.

Seaplanes Pilots Association vice-president Kevin Bowe told Fairfax that crashed planes were completely overhauled before re-use so they were as good as or better than new.

Aviation expert Neil Hansford on Thursday said the fuselage was probably the only original part left on the aircraft.

The engine on this particular aircraft has to come off every 1200 hours and this operator was pulling it off at 1100 and its basically return to new, he told ABC Radio.

Authorities on Thursday are expected to use a floating crane to recover the plane, is resting on its roof in about 15 metres of water, according to All Waterfront Constructions operations director Chris Kemp.Mr Kemp, who will work to recover the aircraft, said two slings would be lowered and passed through the aircrafts cabin by police divers.

Then well be lifting the whole lot up and placing it on the barge, he told AAP.

One of the wings is pretty badly damaged and bent over on the plane itself, so well be pulling that back down and lashing it to the plane, Mr Kemp said.

The ATSB is working to determine why the seaplane went down.

One possibility is the plane stalled.Aircraft maintenance engineer Michael Greenhill told AAP on Wednesday that while it was not mandatory in Australia for Beaver planes to have stall warnings installed, most did.

A stall is when the airflow over the aircrafts wing becomes insufficient enough to produce lift, Mr Greenhill said.

A Canadian report, published in September 2017, recommended the warning system be mandatory on all Beavers.



Birds and dinosaurs breathing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This video says about itself:

6 August 2014

Dinosaurs evolved over millions of years into the modern birds we see today! How did such large creatures become so small? Trace is here to tell you the answer.

From the University of Bonn in Germany:

Birds and dinosaurs: High-performance breathing in bones

Origin of unique respiratory system of birds and dinosaurs

January 3, 2018

Summary: Dinosaurs are far from extinct, but dominate as birds still most regions of the globe. Part of this huge success is due to the evolution of air sacs, which are crucial for the high efficiency of their respiratory system. Scientists have analyzed the structure of bones that are in contact with air sacs and found both in extinct and extant species a hitherto unknown type of bony tissue.

The respiratory organs of vertebrates exhibit a tremendous degree of diversity, but the lung-air sac system of birds is truly unique among extant species, says Dr. Markus Lambertz from the Institute for Zoology at the University of Bonn in Germany. Air sacs are bellows-like protrusions of the lung, and their volume changes cause the air flow in the separate gas exchanger. This functional separation is crucial for the exceptional efficiency of this respiratory system, but air sacs can do more: they can invade bones, a process called pneumatization.

Pneumatized bones are very light, because they are filled with air instead of the more heavy marrow, which was not only important for active flight, but also for the evolution of gigantism in sauropod dinosaurs. Through the presence of the resulting pneumatic cavities, it has long been known that air sac-like structures predate the origin of birds, since they were found both in t...


The conundrum of civilisation.. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


By Kim Hill / Deep Green Resistance Australia


Ten things environmentalists need to know about renewable energy:

1.    Solar panels and wind turbines arent made out of nothing. They are made out of metals, plastics, chemicals. These products have been mined out of the ground, transported, processed, manufactured. Each stage leaves behind a trail of devastation: habitat destruction, water contamination, colonization, toxic waste, slave labour, greenhouse gas emissions, wars, and corporate profits. Renewables can never replace fossil fuel infrastructure, as they are entirely dependent on it for their existence.

2.    The majority of electricity that is generated by renewables is used in manufacturing, mining, and other industries that are destroying the planet. Even if the generation of electricity were harmless, the consumption certainly isnt. Every electrical device, in the process of production, leaves behind the same trail of devastation. Living communitiesforests, rivers, oceansbecome dead commodities.

3.    The aim of converting from conventional power generation to renewables is to maintain the very system that is killing the living world, killing us all, at a rate of 200 species per day. Taking carbon emissions out of the equation doesnt make it sustainable. This system needs not to be sustained, but stopped.

4.    Humans, and all living beings, get our energy from plants and animals. Only the industrial system needs electricity to survive, and food and habitat for everyone are being sacrificed to feed it. Farmland and forests are being taken ov...


Choosing an Ombudsman: Revelations from the 1987 NSW Cabinet Papers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The choice for New South Wales Ombudsman in 1987 came down to a senior Departmental head and a solicitor with a familiar name in Labor circles; the latter promising a less contested relationship between the government and the Ombudsmans Office after years of strife between the two.

Cabinet papers for the NSW Government, recently released under the 30 year rule still applicable in NSW, offer an insight into the appointment of David Landa as NSWs third Ombudsman.

While the selection panel narrowed the eventual choice to Landa, a prominent solicitor with strong Labor connections, and Trevor Haines, the then Secretary of the Attorney-Generals Department, an impressive shortlist was interviewed, with gender and (relative) youth no bar to inclusion.

However, reducing the eventual choice to Landa and Haines seemingly reflected a desire to create a more harmonious relationship between government and watchdog than existed during the term of George Masterman, QC, who held the post between 1981 and 1987.

While Premier Barrie Unsworth made the recommendation to Cabinet on 15 December 1987, he was acting on the advice of a selection committee, headed by Gerry Gleeson, the all powerful head of the Premiers Department. Also on the panel were Ken Robson, the auditor general; Helen Gamble, the chair of the NSW Law Reform Commission; and, controversially, John Ducker, the long time Labor power broker and former head of the NSW Labor Council, in his capacity as Chairman of the Public Service Board.

Gleeson had famously warned former Premier Neville Wran in 1981 that he would come to regret the appointment of the fiercely independent and strong willed Masterman as Ombudsman. With Ministerial conduct beyond the remit of the Ombudsman, Wran and his ministers were rarely directly challenged by the office, and indeed (at least early in Mastermans term) reportedly valued it as instrumental in achieving public service reform. In a caucus meeting in 1982, when challenged by a backbencher to do something about the Ombudsman, Wran reportedly replied: He is there to be a burr in the saddle of the Government, not to make life easy for us.

But nevertheless, with a growing focus on corruption, the relationship between Ombudsman and government had grown tense largely over the issue of police complaints. The Ombudsmans civilian oversight of police would be bitterly contested by police, the Police Association and police ministers through the Wran-Unsworth and Greiner-Fahey governments. These tensions were never really resolved until the reforms of post-Wood Royal Commission era.

In 1984, Masterman also controversially expressed concerns about...


Its 2018 And The No Jab No Play Propaganda Machine Rolls On "IndyWatch Feed National"


 Note: The deception, lies, propaganda, nonsense, fear mongering & hate campaign against healthy Australian families rolls on into 2018.

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January 4 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1688 - Billy Boy Sooki-La-La Dampi-Pants (better known in serious history blogs as William Dampier) rocked up on the shore of King Sound in Westralia and pronounced the Aboriginal People as,
"The miserablest people in the world."
Giving him the royal birdie down the tunnels of history is the fact he's remembered best for his wankerish grasp of the English language and that his pithy evaluation delayed the colonialisation of Oz for a century.

1798 - The first land sale in Australia took place in the area now known as Bankstown. And I bet they were getting blood from a stone...just like today.

1802 - Lt John Murray was a bright lad, a chap who knew his onions and used his God-given grey matter between his ears so he knew exactly what he was eyeballing when he was at the opening to Port Phillip Bay....., Snodgrass, it wasn't the secret door to Narnia....wrong, Cedric Longbottom, it was not the hidden back passage to your fathers wine cellar....yes, finally, Crispin, you pulled your finger out of the dyke (sorry, Ma'am) and got a leg over in class!
It was, in fact, the entrance to Port Phillip Bay he'd found.

1804 - Lieut-Col. David Collins examined the site of Launceston, but, being a picky bugger, he decided to continue on to the River Derwent.

1808 - Not a great day for Lieutenant John Putland, son-in-law of Governor Bligh, who died on this day of tuberculosis  at Government House and was buried in the grounds of Government House.
Then he got shifted all over the shop; next he was buried in a vault at old St Phillip's on Church Hill, but later relocated to Town Hall burial ground, then later relocated to St Stephens (headstone remains in present St Phillip's). Mary Putland had intended to have the body sent back to England, but was prevented by the outbreak of the rebellion.

1810 - SToday saw Gov Lachlan Macquarie stamp his foot and get Roolly Cross with those naughty mischievous monkeys playing at the Rum Rebellion in the NSW Corps who had deposed Macquarie's predecessor poor old Gov Bligh; Lachlan cancelled all the land grants, bequests and trials, then dismissed all the trouble makers from authority.
He was cleaning out his closet.

1812 - They were all cock-a-hoop at the Notice of arrival of the ship Speedwell at Sydney filled to the gunwales with Shoalhaven cedar.

1814 - Things were looking up for Thomas West when he received a conditional pardon today in consideration of his general good conduct and character for sobriety and industry and in having erected a water mill for the grinding of grain at Barcom Glen within t...


Nix the single market! Britain could join despised TPP instead "IndyWatch Feed National"

Britain could join the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to kick-start exports after Brexit. If the unusual move goes ahead, the UK would be the first member without borders on the Pacific Ocean or South China Sea. The proposal is being developed by Liam Fox's Department for International Trade. The group lost the United States, its largest member, when President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement last year. The 11 remaining members, which include Japan, Canada and Australia, agreed in November to continue with a successor deal. Trade minister Greg Hands told the Financial Times there is no geographical restriction on Britain joining trade groups. "Nothing is excluded in all of this," he said. "With these kind of plurilateral relationships, there doesn't have to be any geographical restriction."


1) Filep Karma Questioned then released "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) In early push into Papua, palm oil firms set stage for massive forest plunder
3) Govt Targets Completing Trans Papua Toll Road Network in 2019
4) PDI-P, Gerindra must partner to hinder nomination of Papua governor: Expert

1) Filep Karma  Questioned then released

A google translate. Original bahasa link at

Papuan legislators call the infiltration of Filep Karma at Soekarno-Hatta airport excessively
Rabu, 03 Januari 2018 17:42

Papua No. 1 News Portal | Jubi
                                   Tokoh Papua Merdeka, Filep Karma - Jubi/Arjuna

Jayapura, Jubi - Legislator of Papua, Decky Nawipa, said the attitude of the police at Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Jakarta, which secured Papuan Freedom leader Filep Karma on Tuesday (2/1) night, seemed excessive.

He said that if the reason the former Papuan political prisoner was u...


In which the pond recites the catechism with dashing Donners ... "IndyWatch Feed"

That was it, done and dusted. 

The pond's course for the day was settled. 

The lizard Oz had wheeled out the heavy hitters, and the pond was compelled, impelled, to follow. 

Few understand or fully comprehend the enormous personal sacrifices that arise for the pond when its day is decided in such an early and peremptory fashion. 

There's simply no time to pay attention to the new Malcolm Roberts on the block, one Jim Molan, given the standard reptile build-up of a column, and an EXCLUSIVE story about the column ...

Sheesh, they're such a predictable bunch.

There's little doubt the retired military commander is going to bore the socks off everyone in the coming year as he mounts his soap box, but hark, isn't that the siren call of the dashing Donners?

There's simply no time to pay attention to the race-baiting of the mutton Dutton, in full, awesome flight ...



GMs delegation powers questioned "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hans Lovejoy

Byron Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger. Photo supplied

A councillor decision at the September 21, 2017 meeting that updated the general managers (GM) delegated powers has been questioned by longtime council critic Fast Buck$ aka John Anderson.

He says the general manager (GM) now has power over any elected councillor, or at the very least the same powers since the delegations were adopted recently.

Staff described changes in the September report as  minor changes to the GMs delegations, which they claim were in line with recent amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 [LGA]

Mr Buck$ questioned whether such a change was minor given the previous GMs 2016 delegation policy only confers power to exercise any function of the council which is excluded from the councils power of delegation pursuant to s377 of the LGA. 

The newly adopted delegations in September list a long schedule of conditions and limitations over three pages and adheres to GMs powers as defined in the LGA (s377).

Subject to the exclusions, the new policy says the GM has delegation of ALL the powers and functions of the council.

Butler St appeal

Mr Buck$ says, The GM definitely did not at the time have the delegated authority to even defend the Butler Street appeal, let alone spend $450k on it.

Nor did he have the delegated authority to engage big-city consultants and spend $350k on the Butler Street bypass DA etc.

The Echo asked outgoing GM Ken Gainger, How is this a minor change to delegations? And there appears no reference to the recent amendments to the LG Act 1993 within the September staff report that supports this decision. What are they?

GM replies

Mr Gainger replied that as the reports author and legal services co-ordinator Ral...


Black Ops Agent Claims He Was Paid To Bomb OKC in the 1990s By Deep State; Hours Later Has A Car Crash "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Former independent Black Ops Contractor Robert Cody Snodgres took to the airwaves early last month to allege he was offered a massive $1 million dollar paycheck from the CIA to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City prior to the mysterious deadly explosion in the 1990s, hours later he was in a serious car accident according to reports.

The 1990s 9/11, so to speak, where evidence doesnt add up was originally and officially blamed on fertilizer bombs perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh and his accomplice Terry L. Nichols.  Its a weaved web of deceit; the investigation was a cover-up in every sense of the word, and may finally get wings for exposure.

The question is why if there is nothing to hide? That question may finally be answered with Snodgres, a career Independent Contractor.

Further false flag attacks may be prevented with his stepping forward to blow the whistle on how ICs are approached to carry out these heinous acts against the American people in exchange for large sums of cash. According to Snodgres, he believes McVeigh and Nichols were patsies. (And as you will see later evidence collaborates this assertion.) Snodgres told Jeff Rense:

For over 20 years, I was an Independent Contractor (IC), specializing in sensitive, covert assignments, as well as bodyguard work. In 1994 I was given the task to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City.

This job came from an x-US military man, who told me he worked covertly for CIA. I refused on moral grounds. My strong opposition to attacking U.S. citizens on our own soil changed my status from a CIA asset into a liability, a private, Independent Contractor who knew too much,

Snodgres appeared on Jeff Renses radio show on December 4th and 5th, giving his shocking testimony stating he refused the offer to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Ironically, hours after Snodgres did the December 5th interview he was in a near-fatal car accident.

Snodgres left an audio message after the crash with further details on the incident.

Further, Snodgres discussed both the Clintons and Bushes involvement in drug trafficking, Iran Contra, and numerous other corruption....


Saddle Road retirement village mooted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Matthew Cleva OReilly. Photo Tree Faerie.

Hans Lovejoy

While absolutely opposed to rezoning Saddle Road to village or residential, Saddle Road resident Matthew Cleva OReilly has lodged his own expression of interest (EOI) with Council for a seniors affordable housing project on the five-hectare property he manages.

It comes in response to an invitation by Council for landowners to submit EOIs for affordable-housing projects.

As previously reported, five other landowners lodged a large planning proposal with Council which has an affordable-housing component on the picturesque ridgeline between Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads.

Twenty two-bedroom self-contained villa-style seniors dwelling are proposed by Mr OReilly, along with a seniors hostel with 40 one-bedrooms. Additional buildings are also proposed, including 12 farmstay cabins for temporary visitor accommodation and ancillary workers dwellings.

Mr OReilly lodged the proposal along with ten other landowners, and acknowledged that it is somewhat a conflicting position, given his opposition to rezoning the area.

Mr OReilly believes his proposal can be achieved through existing legislation and without the need for a Council-led rezoning.

He said, All we have proposed is a better way for Council to manage secondary dwellings, dual occupancies, rural visitors cabins and group homes in rural areas to ensure they are really used for affordable housing and not for high rents and holiday accommodation.

I still think the ideas in the report are well worth Councils implementing Shire-wide. In many ways, it is entirely an academic exercise but I do hope changes in Council affordable-housing policies may flow from our submissions.



And repeat... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

So Guido Fawkes has caught the BBC out for failing to mention that a staff nurse they " repeatedly attack the government over the so-called 'NHS crisis' this morning" is "a top Corbynista, star of a Labour Party Political Broadcast and hardline left-wing activist":
5Live introduced Danielle Tiplady by saying Lets bring in Danielle who is a staff nurse, before she went on to reel off Labour attack lines on the NHS. 
The BBC has admitted they got it wrong with a semi-apology on Twitter:

The interesting thing here is that this is the second time Fawkes has caught the BBC out over this lady. And, Googling around, guess what the BBC's answer was last time, according to the Mail

Almost identical words. Talk about sticking to a formula!


And theyre racing at Stony Creek "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Venus Bays Archie and Zoe Kiernan peered through their binoculars at the Stony Creek Racing Club on Saturday to check out how the horses were running on the track. mm180118

The Stony Creek races attract people from all over, including this San Francisco family, from left, front, Yoko Senga, Julian Marsh; back, Koji and Elliot Marsh. mm220118

A LITTLE rain and wind didnt dampen spirits at the Stony Creek Racing Club annual Kids Day Out on Saturday, with visitors bringing their warmest clothes to see some impressive wins.
Within an hour of the gates opening at noon, the club handed out 300 backpacks to kids.
And those kids were ready to call the winners with their free hat, sunglasses, binoculars and water bottle.
But when the weather changed the rain came down and while some brave racegoers remained under their umbrellas, others ran for shelter under the shed.
Visitors stuck it out, enjoying the event dedicated to having a day at the races just for kids.
Jockey Jye McNeil took home a double, Clayton scored a first and third, and the rest of the places were spread across the jockeys.
Stony Creek Racing Club chief executive officer Sarah Wolf admitted she was optimistic at best considering the predicted weather, but said it turned out to be great day.
If its too hot, we lose everyone to the beach, if its raining and that; people will find indoor activities.
Ms Wolf started at the club about seven years ago and wanted to focus on making it more family-friendly.
I think so many years down the track, weve finally achieved that when you look at todays crowd and you look at everyone having so much fun be it at the playground or the bookmakers watching the TV and people cheering the horses as they go past.
The Meeniyan CFA also organised a Crayfish raffle, which was a big hit with locals.
We havent had that at the club for quite a few years and that was always really popular with...


How Antifascists Won the Battles of Berkeley "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post How Antifascists Won the Battles of Berkeley appeared first on It's Going Down.

2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-By-Play Analysis

The perilous politics of militant anti-fascism defined 2017 for the anarchist movement in the United States. The story in the Bay Area mirrors that of the country at large. Its a narrative full of tragedies, setbacks, and repression, ultimately concluding with a fragile victory. Yet there was no guarantee it would turn out this way: only a few months ago, it seemed likely we would be starting 2018 amid the nightmare of a rapidly metastasizing fascist street movement. What can anti-fascists around the world learn from what happened in Berkeley? To answer this question, we have to back up and tell the story in full.

Fascists chose Berkeley, California as the center stage for their attempt to get a movement off the ground. The advantage shifted back and forth between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides maneuvered to draw more allies into the fight. Riding on the coattails of Trumps campaign and exploiting the blind spots of liberal free speech politics, fascists gained momentum until anti-fascists were able to use these victories against them, drawing together an unprecedented mobilization. As we begin a new year, anti-fascist networks in the Bay Area are stronger than ever. Participants in anti-fascist struggle enjoy a hard-earned legitimacy in the eyes of many activists and communities targeted by the far right. By contrast, the far-right movement that gained strength throughout 2016 and the first half of 2017 has imploded. For the time being, the popular mobilization they sought to manifest has been thwarted. The events in the Bay Area offer an instructive example of the threat posed by contemporary far-right coalition buildingand how we can defend our communities against it.

2016: A New Era Begins

Clashes escalate outside a Trump Rally in San Jose on June 2, 2016.

The clashes between far-right forces and anti-fascists that gripped Berkeley for much of 2017 were the climax of a sequence of events that began a year earlier. On February 27, 2016, Klansmen in the Southern California city of Anaheim stabbed three anti-racists who were protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally against illega...


Does the church have a future? "IndyWatch Feed"

The Australian church is not in good shape. Over the last century regular church attendance has declined from around 50% of the population to around 15% today and our younger generations are dropping out an alarming rate. The large decline suggests the issue is not lifestage (i.e. people leave as young adults and return to church when they have families) but generational (i.e. succeeding generations are less religious across all stages of life).

Why is this happening? There are factors that are external to the church and factors that are internal. It seems to me that at least four external factors are in play. First, since the Enlightenment it has been common to argue that religions are systems of meaning but not systems of truth. For a long time this was predominantly an argument of the Academy, but with the rise of cheap international travel and expansion of Australias migration to include people of non-Christian faiths, ordinary Australians are exposed to a multiplicity of religions, each with their claim to be the truth. In this context the truth claims of any religion appear problematic.

Second, the rising affluence of our society and the capacity of science and technology to resolve many of our challenges, have eroded peoples sense of need for God. Faith simply doesnt seem necessary to a good life.

Third, we live in a society that is increasingly impatient with institutions. Every movement must eventually become institutionalised if it is to survive, which means rules and constitutions and budgets and rosters. Everybody likes the services institutions provide, but fewer and fewer people seem to be willing to deal with the mundane realities of maintaining those institutions.

Finally there is the power of the group. As fewer and fewer people participate in religious institutions and our public institutions became thoroughly secular the sense that religious faith and religious practice are a normal part of life has died away.

But it is not external factors alone that are responsible for people leaving the church. More people are leaving our faith than are embracing it, and while the external factors Ive described provide a context within which we can make sense of this, it is usually personal encounter and personal experiences that are the catalyst for people making a decisive break with faith. When I speak to people and read stories of those who have left the church a number of themes commonly appear.

First, many find the morality of the church inadequate. The two great ethical developments of Western society have been movements for freedom and equality and the rise of environmentalism, yet many churches are oblivious to both. Over the past few hundred years we have shifted from a society that privileged white heterosexual males and repressed all others to one that has championed the freedoms...


Problems with Fruit Bats "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I hope that you had a happy Christmas and that 2018 will be a successful year for all of us.

Growing up, I thought that flying-foxes (fruit bats) were largely a coastal species. You saw the occasional one in Armidale generally dead hanging upside down from the power lines. I knew they were eaten by the Aborigines from the ethnographic record, but actually knew very little about them.

I was therefore surprised earlier to find that Tamworth had major problems with a large colony of Grey Headed flying foxes along the Peel River.  Now it's Armidale's turn, with a colony moving in on Tuesday 3 October 2017. To my knowledge, it's the first time in Armidale. As happened in Tamworth, many residents directly affected are up in arms, wanting the Council to take action, although there is not a lot the Council can do. .

Part of  the problem appears to lie in the way that the animal's natural habitats have been progressively reduced, drawing them into urban areas in search of food. I was a little surprised when I first read this because I wouldn't have thought that there had been major habitat changes around Armidale or Tamworth that might force such a move.

Reading the quite fascinating Wikipedia article on Grey Headed flying foxes, I discovered that the animals are in fact migratory, capable of travelling long distances in search of food. So habitat change associated with urbanisation on the coast might well force them well inland.


Day to Day Politics: Letter to the Editor. From Morrie Moneyweather. "IndyWatch Feed"

Authors note: At The AIMN we take peoples criticisms seriously and although we think Morrie Moneyweather conveys little of interest it is The AIMNs policy to publish other points of view. We dont in the least think we have an ownership of righteousness. To the editor of The AIMN January 3 2018 I swore I would

The post Day to Day Politics: Letter to the Editor. From Morrie Moneyweather. appeared first on The AIM Network.


Guest Post: Stephen Cable There is no participation trophy in real life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There has been a trend afoot for a number of years to give people participation awards, particularly to children in sporting competitions. They are told that turning up and participating in an event is what really matters and its not important if you lose. Former Olympian and LA Galaxy soccer star Cobi Jones, does an excellent job of debunking this mentality is this video from PragerU and explains why feeling the pain of losing is so important to winning.

I am sincerely hoping that this mode of thinking is not taking hold of conservatives across Australia and that the pain of losses in 2017 will instead spur us on to even greater efforts in 2018. The last few years have seen large setbacks in Australia on the federal and state level as cultural Marxists continued to entwine themselves further into every part of our countrys social and economic life while using our money to do it. Our Prime Minister essentially told conservatives that there was no place for them in the Liberal Party and then spent all of last year implementing Labor policies, making Bill Shortens Christmas very merry indeed.

When Tony Abbott was leader of the opposition during the Rudd/Gillard years, he did an outstanding job tearing down the Labor party, made the implementation of their policies almost impossible, and at times was almost governing from opposition. Now the leader of the opposition is likewise virtually governing from opposition but this time the party in power seems to be wilfully cooperating.

On the state level the situation is little better. In South Australia they are nearing 16 years of continuous Labor government and the states statistics reflect the abysmal economic performance that long term, big government thinking produces. They have a Premier that is so stupid he actually thinks you can run an industrial economy on wind, batteries and diesel generators. Yet for all of this incompetence the Liberal Party cannot even outpoll perpetual agitprop candidate Nick Xenophon and barely manages to outpoll Labor for the upcoming March election. In Victoria, which has an exceptionally left leaning Labor government, the news isnt much better. Youd think that a government that spent $1.1 billion to not build a road and was responsible for the disgusting Safe Schools program would be easy to beat. You could be forgiven for thinking that the crime wave that isnt a crime wave would be putting the totally incompetent Andrews government in polling freefall but apparently not. With all the ammunition in the world to tear down the Andrews regime, the Liberal party cannot poll higher than 50/50 on a two party preferred basis. As the latest by-election in the seat of Northcote has shown, Labor has more to fear from The Greens than it does from the Liberal party.

In my home state of Queensland in the recent election, the LNP did their best impersonation of a friendly uncl...


Solar Minimum The Fastest Decline in Almost 10,000 Years "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Solar Minimum The Fastest Decline in Almost 10,000 Years
by Martin Armstrong

"QUESTION: Hi Marty ! Happy new year! Not written in a while, but wanted to ask a private question related to the forthcoming cold period.

a) How long will it last? (It will start now and go into 2024 when does Socrates say it will start to reverse and when will temperatures be back to where they are now ?)
b) How far south does someone have to go who is allergic to cold anyway? Is it best to keep away from volcanic islands?
c) Is it in your view a minor cold blip or OMG were all going to freeze to death and run out of food ?

Just so I know the prognosis. It would be helpful if you could ask Socrates the relevant questions as I think there are a number of folks who wouldnt mind knowing the answers to these types of questions priv...


Guest post: Muddy Napalm Furballs "IndyWatch Feed"

Ive been thinking for some time about shamelessly appropriating and tweaking Tim Blairs annual Frightbat of the Year Award. Cat commenters would be able to nominate star performers for a select number of categories, and then vote for them later in the year if the novelty value of the idea has not worn off by then.

Categories might include economics, science, politics, social and cultural vandalism, etc. The eventual winners would be theoretically awarded a Napalm Furball for, for example, The Most Presentable Political Corpse, Advancing the Cause of Women, or Promoting Community Harmony.

Except for a possible Cat Comment of the Year Award (I may regret suggesting that), both categories and nominees must be so dripping with sarcasm that even a non-gang-related Melbadishu (h/t ?) souvenir spoon wouldnt touch them.

To keep track of potential pearlers, wed need a nominations update every couple of months, to be collated as the year withers.

What do Cats think of the idea? Essentially, its another means of both retaking control of our language, and focusing an x-ray machine on the propaganda of our self-appointed feral elite.

If you believe the concept is both desirable and practical, please nominate potential broad categories, and more specific conditions. i.e. The Napalm Furball for Economic Prolapse Advocacy

Nominations for individual or organisational recipients can be made later, once the categories have been nailed down. In the meantime, please keep a record of your favourites, and in particular, their specific words or actions will may help to sell them.
Let the hacking and coughing begin.


A new mantra for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The year ahead

2018 is going to be a tough one, so they say

They said that last year, mind, but this year they might just be right!

I had a quiet think about what you can do about this vexing state of affairs.

For my answer, see here at my main website blog (or click the image below).

Hopefully some food for thought for you there.

And don't forget to apply the 40% rule!

You can subscribe for my main website blog here.


New Year Resolutions for Asias Economies "IndyWatch Feed"

Goals and prospects for Asia's major economies in the Year of the Dog.


PERTH Man charged with murder over fatal attack on Irish dad in Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Man charged with murder over fatal attack on Irish dad in Perth .

January 03, 2018 at 09:37PM .

However, at a hearing in Perth Magistrates Court this morning the charge was upgraded to murder, reports ABC News. The incident unfolded at around 1.30am on Saturday December 23, on Riverside Road in East Fremantle, Perth. Mr McCarthy, who was from Aghada in east Cork, had been walking in .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


Cheer on Toby Price in 2018 Dakar Rally "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australias only Dakar Rally winner, Toby Price, sets off on his fourth rally on Saturday (January 6, 2018) in an effort to score a second personal win and 17th consecutive victory for the KTM factory team.

There are only two other Aussie riders to cheer on this year.

Rodney Faggotter of Longreach, Queensland, is riding in the Yamalube official Yamaha rally team in his fourth Dakar. His first Dakar was in 2012 when he retired his Husaberg with mechanical problems.

Rod Faggotter hard day toby priceRod Faggotter in 2017

He finished 14th the following year on a rented Yamaha and had mechanical problems again last year in his first ride with the official Yamalube team.

In Australia I am a Yamaha dealer and I have a workshop, so I can count on my mechanical knowledge. Speed is also one of my skills, because this is how we race in Australia.

He will be riding bike 44.

The third Aussie is Scott Britnell, 43, of Sydney. The privateer debutante will ride a KTM 450RR with the number 97.

As a young passionate rider I have always followed the Dakar Rally on TV, he said.

Scott Britnell Dakar rally - Toby PriceScott Britnell in training

He had hoped to compete last year, but was sidelined by injuries when he crashed in July 2016 while trying to set a record double crossing of the Simpson Desert in a single day....


Man killed by lightning strike at Kings Canyon, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police in the Northern Territory say a camera tripod may have contributed to the death of an Adelaide man struck by lightning on Tuesday. Antony Van Der Meer was on a dream outback holiday at Kings Canyon with his wife Jessica, mother-in-law and his sister and brother-in-law when tragedy struck about 5pm on New Year's Day. NT Police Superintendent Pauline Vicary said the bolt hit Mr Van Der Meer's metal tripod. "They were on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk and the incident happened about 500m from the carpark area," she said. "They were nearly at the end of that walk when two storm fronts came through at the same time, there was quite a bit of rain and lightning and unfortunately the lightning struck the tripod that the deceased person was carrying on his back." His family spent two frantic hours trying to revive him.


Owners of special care home receive death threats after Facebook post about separated seniors goes viral "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The owners of a special-care home in New Brunswick have received death threats after a Facebook post about two seniors who were separated just days before Christmas went viral. Herbert Goodine, 91, was removed Monday from the Victoria Villa Special Care Home in Perth-Andover, N.B. where he has lived with Audrey Goodine, 89, his wife of 69 years. They had only a few days notice of the required move after an assessment deemed his dementia needed more care than the location could provide. Jennifer Eagan, an owner of the home, said Friday things have been difficult for her, her family, and the residents at the special-care home since the post went viral earlier this week. "It really has been horrifying how people have jumped on this bandwagon to crucify me," she said.


An Earlybird Skeptic As to Bostons Marathon Bombing "IndyWatch Feed National"

A search at city dump for relevant evidence? Photo ABC NEWS.

by The Zoologist

[Editors Note: Mary W Maxwell met the Zoologist in Boston last week, by luck. This person, for whose apparent honesty Mary can vouch, has never published this interesting material before.]

The Marathon event has burdened my life. I became a party to it well, not a participant but a close-up spectator simply because I live near the action. On the day of the Marathon race, April 15, 2013, I wasnt ready to doubt what I heard on radio or TV, but when Thursday the 18th rolled around, things were beginning to look pretty dubious.  And, like everyone else in the Greater Boston area, I received a robo call from the government telling me to stay home on Friday. That call arrived at 6am on Friday, the day of the manhunt for Dzokhar (Jahar) Tsarnaev.

Which would be worse, I now wonder if the entire official story were true, or if it were false? I suspect the latter. Thats because I believe it probably is a false story and...


Welcome to the dog whistle season in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Determined to keep the pot on the boil during their extended holiday break government ministers and humble backbenchers tend to release selected dog whistles to the media .

It appears we might have Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz to thank for this one elicited by Treasury Budget Policy Division's answer to one of his Questions on Notice on or about 11 December 2017.

SBS News, 29 December 2017:

Working Australians are forking out roughly $83 per week to fund the nation's welfare bill.

Average taxpayers are handing over $35 every week to prop up aged pensioners, $20 per week to pay for family benefits and $17 to support Australians with disabilities.

Just over $6 per week goes to the unemployed, while $9 goes towards repaying interest on government debt, according to figures released to a Senate committee.

Going to the source it appears that based on a fictional, average "someone who owes $11,424 in tax" in 2014-15, the extended estimates breakdown works out at a notional: 

$42.25 per week for health care; 
$35.03 for aged pensions;
$20.42 for family paymen...


Look At Who Just Said Gold, Silver And The Miners Are Set For Big Gains In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Look At Who Just Said Gold, Silver And The Miners Are Set For Big Gains In 2018 from King World News Look at who just said gold, silver and the miners are set for big gains in 2018. By Bill...

The post Look At Who Just Said Gold, Silver And The Miners Are Set For Big Gains In 2018 appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Poverty, Sexual Abuse, Suicide silence is not an option "IndyWatch Feed National"

Internalising grief is toxic, it is a silence that maims and kills. The silences around sexual abuse, violence, emotional and psychological abuse, the isms sexism, racism, classism, ageism, ableism, the silences aggressively slow down and can shut down trauma recovery, and for many who are screaming to be heard, the deaf ears not only []


A reminder that the Government of Japan still allows its whalers to slaughter whales in the Antarctic section of the Australian Whale Sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian Whale Sanctuary,
In 2015 Environmental Defenders Office ( EDO NSW) received instructions from Sea Shepherd Australia to help them obtain information from the Commonwealth Government relating to illegal whaling practices by Japanese vessels in the Southern Ocean

The resulting application was refused by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, requiring EDO NSW to press their clients case with the Commonwealth Information Commissioner. 

In May 2017, the Information Commissioner ordered the release of the documents and this video was made public in the following November.


Wednesday, 03 January


Zen and the Art of Sanitation, or the Right Way to Keep a Country Clean "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In Japan, cleaning is a public service to be performed by everyone, not relegated to one marginalised section of the society.

The last word in toilet luxury: Toto washlet. Credit: Janaki Nair

The last word in toilet luxury: Toto washlet.

It is do-it-yourself with a difference, involving no greater technology than brush, broom and cloth. On every normal school day, after a thorough post-lunch brushing of teeth, Japanese school children get down to a more public service for the next 15 minutes: cleaning the school. A starker difference with Indias paranoid aversions to cleaning and cleaners, its high tolerance for dirt, especially when not in my own backyard, and its determined condemnation of whole sections of society to specialise in such work cannot be found.     

The largest sanitary-product manufacturer in Japan, Toto, has redefined the experience of sanitation from below. This is not just by renaming the toilet as washlet. Designed in loving detail, the washlet permits permutations and variations of temperature, (beginning with the seat), water force, sound (to mask less pleasant answers to the calls of nature) and of course smell. This total sensory care...


Full Guide of Blockchain Investor at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines: Zach Piester Will Tell How to Get the Maximum Profit "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The headliner of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, which will be held on January 25 in Manila, will be one of the largest investors in Singapore, co-founder of the venture company Intrepid Venture and crypto evangelist Zach Piester. The expert who has worked with hundreds of startups will tell the audience how to get the maximum profit from investing in blockchain projects and ICO tokens.

Zach Piester ranks among Top 50 most influential fintech experts in Singapore, according to abiletechnologies. He is deeply involved in the organizational design and growth of a variety of FinTech, InsurTech, & non-financial blockchain and emerging technology companies across Asia. His company Intrepid Ventures has access to over 5,000 developers in their global network of blockchain solution builders.

At Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, the expert will explain to investors key aspects of the blockchain technology: bitcoin, blockchain, and ICOs; their application and operation principles.

Zach Piester will give answers to the following questions:

will blockchain transform the Internet & the global economy or is it merely a fad?
what are Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other investment schemes?
should you invest in ICO?

Zach Piester is Chief Development Officer at Intrepid Venture, venture development company. Early stage investor in emerging technologies e.g. Blockchains, DLT, AI, IoT, Data & Analytics, Digital Health. Mr. Piester helps Fortune 500 companies leverage the innovation of startup disruptors in blockchain and fintech. He is also a well-known speaker for Blockchain, Cyber Security, Innovation, Human Factors, Organizational design and AI. In 2017, he reported within such events as Techsauce Global Summit, Digital Thailand Big Bang, THE SUMMIT, TechXLR8 Asia, etc.

About the Conference

The conference in the Philippines is one of the events from the large international network Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference organized by Smile-Expo. The company has carried out over 30 successful events dedicated to cryptocurrencies, ICO, and blockchain, including the largest blockchain conference in the world, Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Moscow, which in 2017 gathered more than 2000 participants. More than 20 events from this series are planned for 2018.

The conference in the Philippines will involve speakers from Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In addition to investment, the event will discuss legal regulation of the in...


How Common Core Taught Me Bureaucrats Will Always Win Unless We Slash Big Government "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

During summer 2010, while researching an article to address yet another tax-and-spend initiative to fund public schools, I stumbled upon a 33-page state law passed that spring titled Schools; relating to teacher incentive pay plans; modifying requirements.

Although a portion of the legislation did address teacher incentive pay, the bulk was used to establish a state longitudinal database, a Teacher/Leader Effectiveness Evaluation (TLE) system, a way to turn around low-performing schools, and institute something called the Common Core State Standards into Oklahoma policy with a single sentence.

A Google search led me to discover that cementing these four programs into state law increased the likelihood of our state receiving Race to the Top grants from the Obama administration. As a former public school teacher, the change in educational landscape represented by even one, let alone four, of these programs concerned me. As a small government gal and a parent with kids in public school, I wanted to know why our state would institute a whole raft of new, untested, educational programs just to get federal funds.

In June 2011, after months of investigation aimed at answering these questions, I published a paper with 179 references entitled Common Core State Standards and Race to the Top; An Introduction to Marxism 101.

Oklahomas Common Core Repeal

From 2011 to 2014, the Common Core Four, as National Review dubbed us, fought Common Core and student data collection in the Oklahoma legislature. We logged hours and hours of travel across the state and country, showing up anywhere we were invitedmostly Republican womens clubswhere I talked about Common Core. Eventually I found myself on radio and news shows from Utah to Florida, including national media programs like Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, and NPR, discussing my research.

Finally, and many thanks to the Herculean efforts of state Sen. Josh Brecheen and state Rep. Jason Nelson, a law repealing Common Core and requiring the state to develop new Oklahoma standards was passed the last day of the 2014 legislative session. Following a state Supreme Court ruling denying a..............


Gangs, Race and Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Twos a company; threes a crowd.  More?  This issue is preoccupying political and policing figures in the city considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit the most liveable in the world, bettering a whole host of other seemingly more appropriate candidates.  So liveable, in fact, that it houses all sorts.

Having repeatedly boasted, self-congratulated and beamed at the idea that Australia is the most multicultural nation on earth, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been less cautious of late.  He has been getting stroppy with the Victorian Government for not doing enough about what he considers Melbournes growing gang violence and lawlessness.

The straw that broke a very fragile camels back involved acts of vandalism in Werribee.  Depending on which news source you referred to, there was a mass riot at an Airbnb property that would have made the Communards proud. Other sources saw more modest damage to cars and rental property.  Everyone took notice of the juvenile expressions of delight from the perpetrators, who scrawled the letters MTS (Menace to Society) on walls to leave their little residue of destructive pride.

At the federal level, politicians see the former: mayhem, riotous violence, a loss of control.  Federal minister Greg Hunt has come up with his own assessment: Gang crime in Victoria is clearly out of control.  We know that African gang crime in some areas in particular is clearly out of control.  In the tables of political point scoring, Hunt had found a handy, simplifying culprit.

For Hunt, there were no relevant sophisticated sociological principles here, nor matters of economics.  Society was imploding; an African wave of violence had been unleashed.  Nor was it a police issue.  The failure is not the police but the premier.

Victorian police have been a touch more tentative, while various African community leaders have been less than confident in the tag of gang.  Label and be damned.  These young thugs, these young criminals, claimed Acting Commissioner Shane Patton, theyre not an organised crime group like a Middle Eastern organised crime group or an outlaw motorcycle gang. But theyre behaving like street gangs, so lets call them that thats what they are.

South Sudanese community leader, Richard Deng, prefers the direct option: engage the estranged; bring in those lost souls from th...


Why Did The Washington Post Tweet A Debunked Hit Piece On Jesus? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Controversy erupted over Christmas week when the Washington Post tweeted out an opinion article by Raphael Lataster they had published in 2014. It claims to show that the existence of Jesus as a historical figure is likely no more than a myth. Critics questioned the timing of the tweet as a slap in the face to Christians preparing to celebrate one of their holiest days.

Possibly more importantly, many seized on the reaction to the 2014 publication. Historians, including a professor who had taught Lataster in a class about the historical Jesus, demolished the claims. Its ideas were described as the fringe of the fringe, and compared to anti-vaccine scientists efforts to prove their dubious assertions.

Given that the article has been widely debunked, what would lead the Washington Post to tweet it out, essentially rerunning it? If there is some news value in questioning the existence of Jesus in the Christmas season, why not at least run a new article that addresses the harsh criticisms of the original? Perhaps the Post has its reasons for ignoring those criticisms, but even so, why put this out during the Christmas season at all?

The Real and Pretend Wars on Christmas

As with so much news coverage these days, the answer to why this essay ran may well boil down to two words: Donald Trump. A reported story in the Post on December 24 might offer a clue. It was titled, In a Pro Trump Town, They Never Stopped Saying Merry Christmas. Its a strange article, which acknowledges that most people never stopped saying Merry Christmas, yet goes on to paint Trump supporters from Linden, Tennessee, as paranoid, Bible-clutching rubes convinced by Trump that there is a war on Christmas.

In the Posts defense, Trump himself has made the war on Christmas a centerpiece of his social conservatism. In a series of videos and tweets, the president has essentially claimed that we can finally say Merry Christmas again. This seems odd to the millions of Americans who never stopped saying it. But is Trump tapping into a real anti-Christian strain in the media and popular culture, and might the Jesus is the Harry Potter of the First Century CE Washington Post article be a part of that strain?

One reasonable question many have asked is whether the Post would have run an article questioning the facts about Mohammad on Ramadan, or of Moses on Passover. To the extent that such articles seem less likely, its because Christianity is viewed as the dominant religion in the United States, and....

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