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Saturday, 13 January


Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" makes landfall near Wallal Downs, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" made landfall near Eighty Mile Beach, west of Wallal Downs in Western Australia just before 10:00 UTC on January 12, 2018 as Category 1 cyclone on the Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale. The system is expected to continue...... Read more

Friday, 12 January


West Ryde tree a killler, say residents "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Residents of Fernvale Avenue is West Ryde sent The Weekly Times this photograph of a fallen branch from a council tree on Monday which they [more]

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Giant pine cones REMOVED from Baw Baw BUNYA PINE trees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three giant pine cones have been removed from bunya pine trees in Warragul and Drouin.


To The Point with Helen Schmid "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Learn communication and leadership skills with Toastmasters IS BECOMING more confident with public speaking on your bucket list? It had always been one of many [more]

The post To The Point with Helen Schmid appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Hunters Hill Happenings with Mayor Mark Bennett "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hoping 2018 is a year of good health and success. WELCOME to 2018! A happy New Year to everyone. Let us hope that this is [more]

The post Hunters Hill Happenings with Mayor Mark Bennett appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Baw Baw fills community assets director vacancy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Baw Baw Shire has appointed a new community assets director, three months after the former director jumped to Frankston City.


Australian Open: Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed despite friendship with tennis great "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

American tennis great Billie Jean King has joined calls for Margaret Courts name to be stripped from the arena at Melbourne Park due to the Australian champions vocal campaign against homosexuality.

There has been a campaign to change the name of Margaret Court Arena over the former players comments surrounding homosexuality and plan to boycott Qantas for its same-sex marriage stance.

ABC Australia

So its all good and Ok to be a homosexual or lesbian and be as outspoken as you like about your sexuality, and Christians are not allowed to express their solid Biblical opinions.

Removing names from stadiums, black-bansthese are the tactics of the left-wingers, who proclaim freedom of speech and freedom of personal expression.


ABC Australia

Australian Open: Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed despite friendship with tennis great

American tennis great Billie Jean King has joined calls for Margaret Courts name to be stripped from the arena at Melbourne Park due to the Australian champions vocal campaign against homosexuality.

There has been a campaign to change the name of Margaret Court Arena over the former players comments surrounding homosexuality and plan to boycott Qantas for its same-sex marriage stance.

The former 64-time major winner, who is now a pastor at Victory Life Church in Perth, also once wrote a letter to the West Australian to express sadness that Casey Dellacquas newborn child would be deprived of his father.

King said she had once supported Courts name adorning one of the stadiums, after Rod Laver was honoured with an arena.

However, she said comments from her f...


WGACs latest exhibition thinks outside the box "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The West Gippsland Arts Centre hasn't let its long-time closure for renovations prevent it from showing art exhibitions.


AFG interest-only smash "IndyWatch Feed"

Loan sizes up

Australia's largest mortgage aggregator Australian Finance Group (AFG) released its mortgage index for the December 2017 quarter. 

The major lenders have lost market share this year, but the non-banks and alternative lenders have generally picked up the slack, leaving lodgement volumes relatively flat over the year. 

Over the 2017 calendar year the average mortgage size written by AFG brokers increased by a relatively moderate +2.8 per cent.

The largest increase was in Victoria where the average mortgage size jumped by $20,385 to $496,815.

In New South Wales the average mortgage size was higher still at $613,084, having increased by $10,662 over the year, these mainly being capital city loans written to aspirational buyers. 

There were also +3.4 per cent increases in Queensland and South Australia respectively.

Reflecting challenges in the local economy, the average mortgage size in Western Australia declined by -1.1 per cent to $439,944.

The average loan size in the Northern Territory increased, but volumes are so small that there is no meaningful trend to be found in the numbers. 

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Finding Your Feet @ Palace Cinemas "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

When Lady Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her estranged, bohemian, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). Sandra couldnt be more different to her outspoken, serial dating, free spirited sibling.

But it turns out different is just what Sandra needs and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet and romance.

Featuring a star studded cast including Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley and David Hayman, Finding Your Feet is a hilarious and heart-warming modern comedy proving that its never too late to start again.

What: Finding Your Feet

When: From February 23

Where: Palace Cinemas 

To Find Out More Click Here

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Hundreds of dead fish mysteriously wash up on beach in Adelaide, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of dead fish have mysteriously washed up on an Adelaide beach as authorities warn swimming is off limits. Locals were shocked to find fish including mullet, trevally, bream and snapper washing up at West Lakes this week, 7 News reported. One woman said she saw over 50 stranded on a concrete pillar. Another said: 'We have a lot of people that come down here to do local fishing and they might be poisoning their children if they take the fish home.'


Germany Allows Iranian Mass Murderer To Leave The Country "IndyWatch Feed National"

 JANUARY 11, 2018 18:08

Iranian dissidents protest at Hamburg airport.

Mahmoud Shahroudi

Mahmoud Shahroudi in 2007. (photo credit: REUTERS/RAHEB HOMAVANDI)

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi considered a successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei fled Germany on Thursday for Iran amid criminal complaints filed against him for crimes against humanity, after the cleric received medical treatment for a brain tumor.

Critics accuse Shahroudi, the who headed Irans judiciary system from 1999 to 2009, of imposing executions on 2,000 people, including adolescents.

Germany has a choice, Dr. Michael Rubin, an Iran expert with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. Does it want to be a safe haven for terrorists and mass murderers? Alas, for Sigmar Gabriel [Germanys foreign minister], it seems that the answer was and is yes. But why should principle matter if German businesses can make an extra million euros?

Shahroudis presence in Hanover prompted protests and widespread calls on social media for Germanys government to arrest and prosecute the religious leader.......


Backcountry film festival lineup 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The backcountry film festival is going to be great this year. We will have shows in Melbourne (March or April) and Bright (July) and probably NSW.

There is a great line up of films (details here), eight in total, covering a range of continents and aspects of backcountry skiing/ riding and snow culture. Stay tuned for full details closer to winter.


Issue of Judge Loyas Death a Serious Matter: SC "IndyWatch Feed National"

The bench posted the matter for further hearing on January 15.

Loya was a CBI judge probing Amit Shahs involvement in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today termed as a serious matter the issue of alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B.H. Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, and sought a response from the Maharashtra government on pleas seeking an independent probe into it.

The top court said, This matter requires bi-party hearing rather than exparte.

A bench of justices Arun Mishra and M.M. Shantanagoudar asked Maharashtra government counsel Nishant R Katneshwarkar to file a reply by January 15.

At the outset, senior advocate Dushyant Dave, representing Bombay lawyers association, said the high court is seized of the matter and the apex court should not hear the pleas.

The Bombay High Court is seized of the matter and in my opinion, the Supreme Court should not hear this matter. If the court goes ahead with the hearing, it may have implications before the high court, Dave said.

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for one of the petitioners Maharashtra-based journalist B.R. Lone, said that s...


US, India Can Announce Major Deals in Intelligence, Fighter Aircraft "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cooperation with India on defence and counter-terrorism to enhance the long-term stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region is a key pillar, Ambassador Kenneth Juster said.

In his inaugural policy speech on US-India relations, Juster said that the US expects India to join export control regime Australia Group very soon. Credit: Twitter

In his inaugural policy speech on US-India relations, Juster said that the US expects India to join export control regime Australia Group very soon. Credit: Twitter

New Delhi: The United States is more than just another defence equipment supplier to India and the two sides can announce major pacts in areas such as intelligence, surveillance and fighter aircraft production next year, newly appointed Ambassador Kenneth Juster said on Thursday.

Cooperation with India on defence and counter-terrorism to enhance the long-term stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region is a key pillar, he said.

In his first public speech after taking over as the ambassador in November, he said an equally important objective is to continue support to India as a net provider of regional security, capable of...


14 West Papuan activists arrested for flying a flag "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

14 West Papuan activists arrested for flying a flag

JANUARY 10, 2018
We have received urgent reports from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) that on 7th January at 09:13 (West Papua time), the Indonesian police came to their Maybrat regional office and demanded to know why it was raising the KNPB flag (which depicts half of the West Papuan flag).

Then at 15:00, 14 KNPB activists were arrested by the Indonesian military and police in Kisor and were taken to the Indonesian police station in Aifat. They were returned at 22:00 in the night.
The names of those who were arrested are:
1. Abel Assem
2. Adam Sori
3. Martinus Mate
4. Agus Kawen
5. Silas Sowe
6. Oktovianus Ky
7. Titus Waymbewer
8. Silas Ky...


Natural World Heritage Sites in trouble, especially in the Tropics "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Elephants in Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by ENOUGH Project on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND More than a third of United Nations World Heritages sites with natural Outstanding Universal Value are under threat, according to a recent report by the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The first assessment of all 241 natural World Heritage sites globally found that 29 percent are of significant conservation concern, while a further 7 percent are worse off, with critical concerns. Famous heritage sites evaluated to be at risk include Indonesias Komodo National Park, Ecuadors Galapagos Islands, Australias Great Barrier Reef, and Perus Machu Picchu. The report found tropical sites to be among the most critically threatened, especially in Africa, where developing nations often lack the funds to properly protect the preserves. World Heritage Sites are chosen by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for having exceptional cultural, historical, scientific or other significance, and the sites are legally protected by international treaties. Of these, 241 sites were selected for their natural outstanding universal value, covering 293 million of land and sea across 107 countries. The United States under Donald Trump withdrew from UNESCO this year, after not paying its UNESCO dues since 2011, a total of more than $550 million in arrears payments. Natural World Heritage sites are granted unique international recognition and should be models of conservation, says Peter Shadie, Senior Adviser for the IUCNs World Heritage Programme and co-author of the report. But


A Grand Plan to Do Nothing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The governments 25 Year Environment Plan is a work of cowardice

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th January 2018

Its as if it were written with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. In terms of rhetoric, the 25 Year Environment Plan is in some respects the best government document Ive ever read. In terms of policy, it ranges from the pallid to the pathetic.

Those who wrote it are aware of the multiple crises we face. But, having laid out the depth and breadth of our predicaments, they propose to do almost nothing about them. Reading the plan, I can almost hear the internal dialogue: Yes, lets change the world! Hang on a minute, what about our commitment to slashing regulations? What about maximising economic growth? What would the Conservatives major funders have to say about it? Oh all right, lets wave our hands around instead.

For example, it makes bold and stirring statements about the need to keep the soil on the land (its compacting and eroding at horrendous rates in the UK), then proposes only working with the industry to update the 2001 guidance, spending 200,000 on developing new metrics and investigating the potential for research and monitoring. It would have been more honest to say we propose to nod sagely and look very serious.

The plan acknowledges that our trees and other plants are severely threatened by introduced pests and diseases, from a cross-border trade that creates far less income and employment than the industries it jeopardises. The obvious and perhaps only answer is to ban the import of live plants not propagated from tissue culture. But the ideology to which the government subscribes requires a total ban on banning. So instead the plan proposes to work with partners to raise awareness and to encourage the development of better biosecurity. Working with industry and asking nicely are fine in some circumstances. In others, you just have to say stop.

The plan writes touchingly about the benefits of re-engaging children with nature. It somehow forgets to mention that, due to government cuts, most local authority funding for adventure learning and outdoor education has been cut. It proposes to spend 10 million a tiny fraction of the money that has disappeared in recent years on introducing children to the alien world beyond the blackboard and the screen. This might be enough to reach about 1% of o...


Cathies Column "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Welcome to 2018 NEW YEAR greetings to all our readers and friends from Cathies Column and The Weekly Times. Our office has re-opened and staff [more]

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Expletive undeleted "IndyWatch Feed"

The short version, from the comments thread at Instapundit as is the photo:

So let me get this straight:

* The NYT alleges that Pres. Trump said the word shithole in private meeting
* CNN repeats the word shithole on the air about six dozen times

Did I just get that right?

Meantime, whats the issue, the word he used or is it something else?

And for you too young to remember, this is the source for the phrase expletive deleted. Makes me feel old to hav...


1) Indonesia to Finish Negotiations With Freeport by June "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

2) Papuan religious leaders hold interfaith prayer for peaceful elections
1) Indonesia to Finish Negotiations With Freeport by June
By : Adinda Putri | on 9:22 AM January 12, 2018

The government will finalize its negotiations with the local unit of US-based Freeport-McMoRan in Indonesia over the massive Grasberg copper and gold mine in Papua by June, an official at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources said on Thursday (11/01). (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)



"8 Reasons Why You Act Against Your Own Better Judgment" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"8 Reasons Why You Act Against 
Your Own Better Judgment"
by Mark Sisson

"We all make poor choices against our better judgment. Its kind of what makes us human the tendency to actively and willfully make decisions that will result in unfavorable outcomes. Sure, the candy bar tastes good, but you know youll feel awful after eating it. Yeah, that blog is fun to read, but you know youd be much happier if you finished that essay for class first. And yet five minutes later, a candy bar wrapper sits, emptied of its contents; your molars house fragments of nougat and sport a caramel sheen; light nausea approaches; and you find yourself wading knee deep through comment sections, MS Word window minimized. What just happened? Why did you do those things that you told yourself you wouldnt, that you warned yourself against, and whose negative ramifications are already coming to fruition just as you predicted?

Last week, we began the dialog with my introductory post on akrasia the act of knowingly working against ones own interests but we didnt get into any details. Today, Im going to try to provide a few answers. Im going to delve into the reasons for...


The Weekend Quiz January 13-14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. The net worth of the non-government sector rises immediately as a result of the government issuing bonds to exactly match ($-for-$) the increase in net public spending.

2. Assume that a national is continuously running an external deficit of 2 per cent of GDP. In this economy, if the private domestic sector successfully saves overall, we would always find:

3. At present inflation and nominal interest rates are low and constant (so for this question, assume they are both zero and constant). Consider a country with a public debt to GDP ratio of 100 per cent, which the mainstream economists consider to be dangerously high. The mainstream prescription is to run primary fiscal surpluses to stabilise an...



While the Detention Centre on Manus Island was forcibly closed by the PNG Government there are still more than 600 men detained in unsafe conditions on Manus Island. There are approximately 340 people - men, women and children - held in the Nauru detention centre, including 43 children. A further 750 people have been released into the tiny Nauruan community, including more than 100 children. They have temporary visas, very limited rights, and they cannot leave the island. Read this concise update of what is continuing to happen on Manus Island and Nauru by the Bellingen and Nambucca District RAR. Jan 2018.


A Bad Year For Tomatoes @ The Guild Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This near farcical comedy was written in the 70s by the prolific playwright John Patrick aka John Patrick Goggin, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for best play, several Writers Guild Awards and New York Drama Critics Awards. Possibly Patrick is best known for his play The Hasty Heart, a 1945 play, based on the authors own war time experiences and filmed in 1949 with Ronald Reagan in the lead. He also wrote screenplays for famous films such as the screenplay for High Society, Teahouse of the August Moon, Love is a Many Splendid Thing and Les Girls. In his lifetime Patrick wrote more than 40 plays, screenplays and novels. 

Many of Patricks works were comedies and A Bad Year for Tomatoes is one of his funniest. 

Set in a small town in New England where everybody knows everybody and their business, the play revolves around a famous actress, Myra Marlowe,  who has hidden herself away to rest from a busy filming schedule, grow some Tomatoes and write her autobiography. Having got rid of her agent with some difficulty, she thinks she can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of her anonymity. No such luck. Neighbours call in with a welcome basket of food and to sticky beak on their new resident. And they keep calling in and calling in!



Rise of imported seafood as commercial fishermen squeezed out "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Central Coast has a wealth of wonderful waterways. And latest catch data shows local fish stocks are on par with a decade ago but most of the seafood on offer is imported.

Amid the rush for seafood ahead of Good Friday, a traditional meat-free day, the Express Advocate can reveal the majority of fish and prawns we buy at major supermarkets and popular local takeaways comes from outside the regions waters.

Both Woy Woy Fishermens Wharf and Darrons Seafood at Wamberal say while they try to support locals as much as possible, about 70 per cent of their seafood comes from other parts of Australia and overseas.

Woolworths said while it also tried to support local, it was often forced to stock seafood from countries such as New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand, China and South Africa. Woolworths supermarket at Erina Fair was selling mostly imported fresh seafood over the past week, including prawns from Thailand.

Coles said the majority of its brand seafood was sourced from Australian waters. But at the Coles Woy Woy deli on Friday and Monday, it was selling mostly imported fish from New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Taiwan, Vietnam and China.

The owner of Darrons Seafoods said half of the fish he sold including sea bream, monkfish, ling and hapuku came from New Zealand.

Darron Foley, who heads to the Sydney Fish Market twice a week to stock up, said the quality of Kiwi cold-water fish was often better in taste than the limited supply of local catches.

It only takes two days to get from New Zealand to Australian markets and is still very fresh, Mr Foley said.

My first choice is to buy Australian, but if its not available we have to look elsewhere. And I can safely say that there just isnt the Australian fish available at the markets like there was 10 or so years ago. And thats very disappointing for me.

He said the local school prawns were popular with his customers.

They sell out around Easter and Christmas, and I also buy a lot of frozen prawns; the greens mostly from South Australia and Western Australia, and cooked prawns from Mooloolaba in Queensland.

Merv Clayton, joint owner of Woy Woy Fishermens Wharf, said the bulk of the seafood he sold came from outside the Coasts waters.

We use hoki, which comes from New Zealand, for our standard fish and chips, Mr Clayton said. We like it because its a soft, light-fleshed fish which is sweet in flavour perfect for fish and chips.

Our other main imported fish is hake, which is caught by South African trawler fishermen in the Great Southern Ocean.

About 30 per cent of our seafood comes from local waters. This includes squid, mullet, whiting, blackf...


Liam Neesons timely offering for frazzled train commuters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With Sydneys suburban train services in a shambolic state and short of a driver or ten on any given peak hour, commuters from the Central [more]

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Can my wife carry a specialty vehicle knife in her 4WD? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Subject : Specialty vehicle knives. Are they legal to carry?
Enter your comments in this box: : My wife has been given a specialty vehicle knife to carry in her 4WD. It is a clasp knife with a short blade, a seat belt cutter & a window breaker. We live on our property, but my wife makes frequent trips to town. The roads are often flooded as are the creeks.
Is it legal for my wife to carry this vehicle knife in her 4WD?
Thank you for your assistance.
Thanks for contacting NSW Police Customer Assistance Unit. Please see below email in relation acceptable reasons for having a knife in a PUBLIC PLACE or SCHOOL.

With reference to 11C (2) of the Summary Offences Act, what is included as being reasonably necessary for a person to have custody of a knife?
The lawful pursuit of the persons occupation, education or training
The preparation or consumption of food or drink
The participation in lawful entertainment, recreation or sport
The exhibition of knives for retail or other trade purposes


Summer holiday adventures at Sydneys Taronga Zoo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Five TWT readers can win family passes to Sydneys famous Taronga Zoo during the summer school holidays. Young Zoo explorers will be able to keep [more]

The post Summer holiday adventures at Sydneys Taronga Zoo appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Another idiotic housing affordability solution emerges - Article by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leading real estate rent-seeker, the Property Council of Australia (PCA), is pushing for another idiotic policy solution to fix Australias housing affordability woes: offering a government-backed low deposit home loan scheme.

From The Australian:

"A government-backed low-deposit home loan scheme could help address housing affordability by getting more buyers into the market and adding to the housing stock, according to the Property Council of Australia

The PCA highlighted the Keystart program in Western Australia, where buyers can purchase a home with a 2 per cent deposit in Perth and up to 7 per cent in regional areas without paying lenders mortgage insurance

PCA chief of policy Glenn Byres said the program had been useful in helping to drive supply and had helped buyers who would otherwise be locked out.

The big challenge right now is the deposit gap and people having to save sufficiently to meet the deposit requirements of lenders, Mr Byres told The Australian

BIS Oxford Economics senior manager for residential property Angie Zigomanis said any rollout of such a scheme might encourage some borrowers to buy better properties than they could otherwise afford, which could drive up prices for more affordable homes

Digital Finance Analytics principal Martin North echoed concerns about pressure on pricing, saying that when similar programs had been introduced around the world it tends to lift property prices higher.

Earth to PCA: you dont fix housing affordability by sucking sub-prime buyers into the market and raising demand. You fix it by implementing policies that lower demand and boost supply. You know, things like:

  • Normalising Australias immigration program by returning the permanent intake back to the level that existed before John Howard ramped-up it up in the early-2000s i.e. below 100,000 from over 200,000 currently [reduces demand];
  • Undertaking tax reforms like unwinding negative gearing and the CGT discount [reduces speculative dema...


African Gangs Join With Greens In Using Renewables To Cause Traffic Chaos In Melbourne! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Labor Party, the Labor Party ran some of the most systematic, well-funded lies ever peddled in Australia. We have never, the mass ranks of the union movement and all of their millions of dollars, telling vulnerable Australians that Medicare was going to be privatised or sold, frightening people in their bed and even today,

The post African Gangs Join With Greens In Using Renewables To Cause Traffic Chaos In Melbourne! appeared first on The AIM Network.


Article: Tambo valley water at risk from Benambra mine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

EAST Gippslanders have accused the Victorian Government of cutting a murky deal on reopening a Benambra tailings dam to take mine waste, which they say puts the Tambo Valleys water supplies at risk.

Read more here:


January 12 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1807 - At Cockle Bay, Sydney Harbour, a chap managed to survive a shark attack.

1808 - The ship City of Edinburgh arrived at Port Jackson with a cargo of 100,000 litres of whiskey. Part owner Alexander Berry is on board.

1809 - Gnung-a Gnung-a Mur-re-mur-gan, the first Australian Aboriginal to visit America ( in 1793), was found dead in present day Sirius Park, Sydney ; his death was thought to be related to old injuries inflicted by warrior Pemulwuy.

1810 - Governor Lachlan Macquarie appointed emancipist Andrew Thompson a Justice of the Peace and Chief Magistrate at the Hawkesbury. He was the first emancipist magistrate appointed.

1814 - Nurragingy (Creek Jemmy), chief of South Creek, and Mary-Mary, chief of the Mulgoa clan, with their families, totalling 51 men, women and children, visited Governor Macquarie at Parramatta. They were given breakfast and dinner (midday meal) in the Government Domain (Parramatta Park). Narrang Jack, a previously hostile Aborigine, came to give himself up.

1823 - In an effort to shape up those shocking convicts who sat around knitting all day, Rev Archibald MacArthur held the first Presbyterian service in Hobart.

1824 - Governor George Arthur, hearing about the fine woollen garments those convicts were spinning with their yarns in Tassie, dropped by for a look-see.

1826 - The Hobart Town Gazette reported the visit to Launceston by 200 Aborigines;
 When crossing Patersons Plains they were wantonly fired on by the whites, and in their return some of their women were treated with indescribable brutality. When they reached the Lake River, two sawyers, who had never before suffered molestation, were wounded with their spears.

1830 - The first large grant of the year was allotted on this day to Mr. Thomas Peel, who selected 250,000 acres, described as in Cockburn Sound.

1835 - Rev. Henry Carmichael established the Normal Institution to train teachers for system of national schools in NSW,  situated near Hyde Park it opened for the admission of boarders and pupils on this day.

1835 - A collision occurred between the first paddle steamer to operate in NSW coastal waters, Sophia Jane, and  the steam tug Tamar.

1836 - Charlie Darwin popped his head in at Sydney to make our acquaintance while he was parked on board HMS Beagle.

1837 - The ship Coromandel anchored in Holdfast Bay, South Oz, where ten of the crew deserted and could not sail without more crew. Governor Hindmarsh offered a reward of 5 per head, or 50 for the ringleader, for information leading to their apprehension.
The deserters headed for the hills, then came to a lovely valley which they named after their ship, Coromandel., where some of them settled.

1838 - Mudgee, NSW,....


Immigration hype and immigration reality - enforced by the bulldozer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

St Kilda Road and Hoddle Street widening to accommodate larger volumes of road traffic in Melbourne means bulldozing hundreds of beautiful, mature trees, cultivated in a time when people appreciated the importance of natural shade and beauty. This vandalism is caused by willful promotion of overpopulation by the Victorian State government. Furtively supported by an equally venal Opposition, invited economic mass immigration-caused population growth marches on like an invasion preceded by bulldozers, jack hammers and all manner of violence towards our environment and display of might by state governments. Australia grew by over half a million people between July 2016 and July 2017, although natural increase actually declined, almost certainly due to rising costs affecting Australia's fertility opportunity.[1]

Swamped by the numbers

Excuse me, but it seems that Pauline Hanson was right, at least on the numbers: We are being 'swamped' - at a rate of Overseas immigrants 63.0 : Australian citizens and residents 36.8 - by the numbers - wherever they come from. These latest growth figures were due 63% to overseas immigration; only 36.8% from natural increase between July 2016 and July 2017. (See the latest ABS graph and details below.) It doesn't matter where they come from; the point is that accommodating these numbers is overwhelming our native animal habitat, our infrastructure, our social organisation, our legal and planning system (which is changing to remove public...


Company Secretary "IndyWatch Feed National"

Engineers without Borders Australia


COUNTERPARTY RISK "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


QUESTION:  In regard to counterparty risk when purchasing exchange traded funds or notes: With European banks being under capitalised due to the excessive risk undertaken due to the EU regulations regarding bailouts, how can we measure the threat of each counterparty which has backed each ETF. Would it be safer to consider only ETFs with US counterparties, or is just another risk we have to take on board. Do we avoid these types of instruments in favour of choice companies.


ANSWER: If you wish to use ETFs, as they are extremely cheap and liquid, the large US names such as Vanguard, State Street etc. are available. We often write to hold the physical share certificate as the same as holding tangible assets but realize it is very difficult to take delivery.

The flow of capital to the US will obviously support US names at the expense of European. However, because of the size of the issue and Europe being the second largest economy on the planet, no-region will be without risk. CDS for the USA traded from 6 cents to 52 cents during the financial crisis, not because of potential default, simply because it was re-priced against every other sovereign! Simply holding US Dollars or considering a basket of currencies is another way of limiting risk from your core currency.
Please be aware that Armstrong Economics cannot provide personal guidance and all investment decisions should be undertaken using of an independent financial advisor.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.75 AUD


Latest pro nuclear push in Australia shows the split in the nuclear industry "IndyWatch Feed"

When they resuscitate Ziggy Switkowski to promote nuclear, and when Anti-Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg comes out of his quiet environmental closet to promote nuclear  you know that the nuclear lobby is having a serious attempt to persuade Australians.

Trouble is the global nuclear lobby mightnt be so happy about this.

They do pretend to be a professional, unified, competent force in the world. But not really. Small Nukes better shut up as Big Nukes will not tolerate them being successful, might  allow them in only as a foot in the door for Big Nukes

With giant companies like Toshiba, AREVA, EDF, China National Nuclear Corporation, Rosatom determinedly pushing their conventionalnuclear reactors -theres no likelihood that they are going to let new little nukes take over.  They tolerate the media acrobatics of the Small Modular Nuclear Reactor  companies just as long as those companies claim (pretend) to be helping them.

In reality, theres an absolute dispute between the two.

Australian politicians seem to be easily sucked in by the propaganda antics of the Small Nukes lobby



Why Dow 30,000 and Dow 15,000 Are Both Possible "IndyWatch Feed"

The main problem with the US stock market right now is that its pushing into bubble territory. Now, whether its actually a bubble right now or a bubble in the making, were not going to know until it breaks.

But when it does break, itll break hard. And itll break fast.

Then all the Monday morning quarterbacks will look back and say, Aha! I told you it was a bubble.

Countless experts will trot out some paper or op-ed they wrote to prove that they were ahead of the curve.

Of course, many of these same experts have been writing the same basic paper for years. And the markets have proven them wrong time and time again.

Timing the market is a fools game. I dont try to and neither should you.

I simply evaluate markets based on the available evidence. If the evidence invalidates a hypothesis I have, I abandon the hypothesis and form another based on the latest evidence.

Thats not backsliding, by the way. Its how analysts are supposed to react to incoming data. A good analyst never lets emotion get in the way of good judgement. Thats a rule I follow as much as humanly possible.

Now, the problem with bubbles is twofold

Number one, they can go on a lot longer than anybody expects. They seem to take on a life of their own. No one bubble is exactly like another.

Having said that, I think stocks are on a completely unsustainable path right now. I wouldnt buy the overall market. But Im not going to give you an exact date when the bubble bursts. Thats like standing in front of a moving train.

Im not going to tell anybody to short the Dow because it looks bubbly, for example. You could lose a lot of money doing that, and many people have lost money these past few years.

In fact, the Dow could go much higher from here. Could it go to 30,000? I cant say it wont.

But theres an important piece of maths thats important to bear in mind here

The Dow has now moved past 25,000. This fact has been celebrated in the mainstream financial press. But behind that fact is a deeper reality. People tend to focus on the 1,000-point markers the Dow attains, but they forget about the more important percentage increase.

What do I mean?

As the Dow moves to higher and higher levels, each 1,000-point increment represents a smaller and smaller percentage change. Going from 25,000 to 26,000 is not like going from 10,000 to 11,000.

When the Dow went from 10,000 to 11,000, that was a 10% gain. But when the Dow goes from 25,000 to 26,000, thats only a 4% gain.

That is, every 1,000-point gain represents a smaller and smaller...


Sixteen years later and the contemptuous Peter Dutton is still making the same speech "IndyWatch Feed"

It was only seven months ago that Greg Hunt, Michael Sukkar and Alan Tudge, under threat of contempt of court charges, made an unconditional apology to Victorias Supreme Court for comments critical of terrorism sentencing. In comments that were published in The Australian newspaper, Mr Hunt accused the Victorian legal system of becoming a forum for ideological

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Former Big Nuclear propagandist Ziggy Switkowski is back now spruiking for Small Nukes "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia has missed the boat on nuclear power, SMH, Cole Latimer, 11 Jan 18, The Minerals Council of Australia has called for the countrys prohibition on nuclear power to be lifted. But both critics and supporters see little future for large-scale nuclear power in Australias energy mix.

The man who once famously called for 50 nuclear reactors across Australia, nuclear physicist and NBN chairman Ziggy Switkowski, says the window for gigawatt-scale nuclear has closed.

A lack of public support and any actual proposals for a nuclear plant had resulted in government inertia, he said on Thursday.

Government wont move until a real business case is presented and none has been, to my knowledge, and there arent votes in trying to lead the debate, he said, adding that renewables were now a more economically viable choice. With requirements for baseload capacity reducing, adding nuclear capacity one gigawatt at a time is hard to justify, especially as costs are now very high (in the range of $5 billion to $10 billion), development timelines are 15+ years, and solar with battery storage are winning the race.

Warwick Grigor, the former chairman of Uranium King, mining analyst, and a director of uranium miner Peninsula Energy, agrees.

I think nuclear energy is great, but weve missed the boat in Australia, no one is going down that path in the foreseeable fu...


Bundjalung mural unveiled by artists in Peace Park, Nimbin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jan 12: Bundjalung artists Oral Roberts, Gilbert Laurie and Lewis Walker have unveiled their new mural in Nimbin, northern NSW. The artwork, in Peace Park, tells Bundjalung creation stories and displays important symbols and totems. Laurie said they started painting the mural in October. It tells the story of our country, he said. How we connect with country and how it was made.


Renewed effort: USA Bill to compensate sick nuclear workers "IndyWatch Feed"

Presumptive comp bill for nuclear site workers revived in Wash. state  Louise Esola1/11/2018 A bill that would cover cancer and other illnesses under presumption for former workers of the decommissioned Hanford nuclear site in Hanford, Washington, was revived by the Washington state House Rules Committee on Tuesday.

An earlier draft of H.B. 1723 passed tRehe states House in early March 2017 but failed to garner enough Senate interest, the spokesman for the bills sponsor State Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, told Business Insurance in April.

The federally operated site, which has gone by several names since it opened in 1943, is known for having manufactured the plutonium used in one of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. It is also known for its workers illnesses, including various cancers.

The bill would establish presumption under the states workers compensation laws for workers who suffer from specific cancers, including leukemia, lung cancer, bone cancer, kidney cancer, lymphoma and other cancers affecting more than a dozen body parts, according to the latest draft.


Donald Trump and the language of fascism "IndyWatch Feed"

Challenging Trumps Language of Fascism TruthOut  January 09, 2018By Henry A. GirouxTruthout | News Analysis   Ge...


Poor outlook for uranium market, even if Trump allows more mines in Grand Canyon "IndyWatch Feed"

Much has been written about the health and environmental hazards posed by uranium mining near the Grand Canyon; whats missing is the economic side of the story.

For years, Phoenix New Times has heard that...


Worldwide Boom to Flood Asset Markets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

  • An inevitable development gathers steam
  • Banks party like its 2007
  • Plus, why the world needs crypto to boom, and plenty more

Todays Daily Reckoning needs to take one step back before launching into the latest news.

Back in September, we made the case that mortgage competition remained hot, adding

The most interesting thing to watch from here is the first-homebuyer market (FHB). What bothers this group more than anything is the size of the deposit they need, not the repayments

But Im sure theres going to be more government tinkering to get this deposit problem down. Im just not sure what its going to look like.

Huzzah! Todays Australian reports that the Property Council has come out and said that a government-backed low deposit home loan scheme could help address affordability.

Theres no real details on how this would be structured, other than it could be similar to the Keystart program that the West Australian state government runs.

Keystart lets buyers put a 2% deposit down in Perth, without paying lenders mortgage insurance.

I expect something like this to get up sooner rather than later. Already the government is trying to get legislation through to allow first home buyers to save inside their super fund. But it wont be enough.

More buyers and lower deposits are bullish for the property market overall.

The loans should be pretty cheap too

Aussie banks raising money on the cheap

The Aussie banks have raised $9 billion in the first 10 days of the year, according to The Australian Financial Review. The AFR suggests theyre now seeing their most favourable credit market conditions since the global financial crisis.

Thats an opinion, but the numbers suggest its right. ANZ just sold three- and five-year bonds. The rate theyre paying is 30% lower than what CBA got at the same time last year.

This will help the banks margins, and therefore their profitability. This is the kind of thing we need to see for the Aussie market to go higher. It needs the banks to do some heavy lifting here because they dominate the index so much.

We can also gauge the availability of credit in other ways. New development approvals are one way to do that.

Charter Hall just received Victorian approval for a $200 million tower in the Melbourne CBD. Its due to be complete in the first half of 2020.



Adanis mega mine: its not over yet "IndyWatch Feed"

Julien Vincent

A couple of months ago, Adani looked set to defy
economic logic, popular opposition and
the urgent reality of climate change.

All of a sudden there was a plausible albeit absurd on many levels
pathway that Adani might find to secure the billions of dollars
it needed for the Carmichael mine to proceed.

And then it all fell to pieces.

After all, here we are at the start of 2018 still talking
about the prospect of allowing the largest thermal coal mine in Australia to proceed,
heavily subsidised by the taxpayer,
opposed by over 70 per cent of people who know about the project,
in a context of the thermal coal trade in structural decline
and in the middle of a climate crisis.

Julien Vincent is the executive director of Market Forces

Read more of Juliens comprehensive and interesting analysis here:


Champagne: Four Founding Myths of a Global Icon "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

While champagne seems eternal and unchanging, its fame is in fact the product of four founding myths.

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How did champagne, against all expectations, acquire such a prestige, becoming the ultimate sign of celebrations world-wide? Credit: Yi Wang/Flickr

What made a simple wine grown in a fairly mediocre wine-growing region one of the most prominent and enchanting icons in the world today? How did champagne, against all expectations, acquire such a prestige, becoming the ultimate sign of celebrations world-wide? No wedding, business deal, sporting event or art exhibition would be complete without it. Champagnes success cannot be explained by its intriguing bubbles alone, so how did it become the ultimate symbol of celebration worldwide?

Looking for answers, I decided to examine the past 250 years of champagne marketing to discover what it can teach us about the ever-changing image of champagne and its place in consumer culture.

Champagnes undying fame is, in fact, the product of four founding myths. These have shaped its identity and the images now associated with its consumption. The marvellous history demonstrates the power of collective myth-making in knitting and reknitting brands into the cultural fabric of society.

A view from Hautvilliers, in the Champagne region. Credit: Dan Dickinson/Flickr

The origin myth

Initially, the Champagne region of France was better known for its wool than its wine. The most northern wine-growing region in France, it was not considered appropriate for producing high-quality wines. In fact, local wines were often given as a promotional gift to customers of the wool trade.

It was t...


Flash flooding temporarily hits Korumburra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A TROPICAL downpour has dumped almost two inches of rain on Korumburra in a matter of minutes this afternoon turning roads into raging streams and causing flash flooding in some locations.

So far no damage has been reported but if you need the SES call 132500 or in emergency dial 000.

Heres a few images in Korumburra today:

The post...


Funds, Funding, Fundraising "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fundraising is a perpetual issue for volunteer community groups and the garden is no exception.  The water bill is our major annual outlay, and then theres the rent for the land, maintenance and upkeep, and inputs mulch, etc. Not small change. In the past weve done dinners, workshops, open gardens, etc.  as well as Continue reading Funds, Funding, Fundraising


Chi Fong ~ Vietnamese - Eating World Food Court, Chinatown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Chi Fong in Eating World Food Court adds a bit of variety to the usual offerings with a mix of Vietnamese dishes. Barack Obama would approve. In 2016, Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain had dinner together. This was a totally structured, organised event, full of security checks and paid actors in the background. Even the owners of Bun Cha Huong Lien in Hanoi were warned that someone big was


MACKAY Public nuisance arrest, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Public nuisance arrest, Mackay

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He was quickly arrested after the arrival of police and will be appearing at the Mackay Magistrates Court on January 30 to have the charge heard. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about

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MACKAY Facing 28 charges, including stealing, attempted car theft "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Facing 28 charges, including stealing, attempted car theft

January 12, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

A MACKAY region woman faces more than two dozen accusations against her, including stealing and attempted vehicle theft. Krystal Rose Marie Johnson, 26, appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday on 28 charges. Johnson is facing 12 counts of stealing, four counts of contravening

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MACKAY I was at the pub: Mackay mans alibi for alleged offence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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I was at the pub: Mackay mans alibi for alleged offence

January 12, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

Though, whether thats the case or not, the 37-year-old will stay locked up for now after he was refused bail in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday. Shaun Daniel Mccamley appeared in the court in custody, charged with failing to stop a vehicle for police, driving without a licence as a repeat offender

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Mariam Abou Zahabs Journey Into Various Jihads "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Mariam Abou Zahab was an unconventional teacher who never tired of guiding policymakers, journalists and students through the maze of Pakistani and Afghan politics.

 Mariam Abou Zahab on one of her missions in southern Afghanistan for French humanitarian NGO, Afrane, during the mid-1980s | Credit: Laurent Gayer

Mariam Abou Zahab on one of her missions in southern Afghanistan for French humanitarian NGO, Afrane, during the mid-1980s. Credit: Laurent Gayer

In 2008, French scholar Mariam Abou Zahab met Abdullah Anas, a known Algerian Islamist and veteran of the Afghan Jihad, over dinner on the sidelines of a conference in London. At some point, the conversation turned to Afghanistan. Mariam Abou Zahab, who was conversing in Arabic, mentioned how dear the country was to her heart. Anas interest was piqued and he asked her if she had travelled to the war-torn country during the 1980s. She replied that she had indeed spent a considerable amount of time there. But what were you doing in Afghanistan? Were you a journalist? asked Anas, only to see his interlocutor shake her head in denial. A few more questions followed as he tried to further probe this enigmatic French woman. Was she an aid worker there, or a scholar? he asked. She was visibly amused and kept on answering in the negative. So what were you doing in Afghanistan? he asked in desperation. Jihad, replied the middle-aged woman with a smile.

According to a witness of this exchange, her laconic answer petrified Anas who was still struggling with the stigma of his militant past. He was so shocked that he did not dare ask for precise details. He just clung to his chair and waited for the conversation to move on, the witness recalled. All those present were left to wonder what she could have meant by her ambiguous statement.

This was not the first time that Mariam Jan, as her Afghan friends affectionately called her, had left her audience high and dry after arousing its curiosity. Not that she was secretive she just had a gift for dissuading others from enquiring further about her past lives. Because, like a cat, she lived several lives until cancer took her away on November 1, 2017, in Paris.

Longing for new horizons

Mariam Abou Zahab was born Marie-Pierre Walquemanne in 1952 in Hon-Hergies, a village in northern France. She came from a family of small industrialists and grew up in a Catholic environment. Feeling somewhat suppressed in her original milieu, she manifested a desire for new horizons early on. Moving to Paris was a first step in this direct...


SDN Annual Workshop Uralla 1721 Jan 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Wednesday, 17 Jan to Sunday, 21 Jan. ] We are looking forward to seeing you at the workshop. The 2018 annual Social Developers' Network (SDN) workshop will be held at Uralla, New England NSW, from the evening of Wednesday the 17th to Sunday night the 21st of January 2018. Since Ned died in 2015, SDN workshops have taken on a new invigoration, which is exactly [...] full article 


USA-DPRK: Finding the answer to a riddle shrouded in a mystery (Pepe Escobar ) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

11/01/2018 - The art of the non-deal might be the only way out of the stand-off between the US and North Korea High-level inter-Korean talks at the border village of Panmunjeom not only represent a vital step in ...


All roads lead to Unify "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THERES a huge line-up of cars on the way to Tarwin Lower at the moment and theyve got only one thing on their mind Unify.

The highly-popular Heavy Music Gathering starts today, Friday and will rock on through the next three days with some of the very best bands from the genre playing in Australia, and in deed overseas today.

The 2018 line-up is being be headlined by the big names of Australian heavy music, The Amity Affliction and Parkway Drive. Both bands will be playing anniversary sets to mark the occasion, with Amity spanning their 15-year career and exclusively playing tracks from each of their albums, and with Parkway Drive celebrating A Decade Of Horizons.

If that wasnt enough, they also have Architects playing UNIFY this year as a one off Australian exclusive.

The complete line-up is as follows:

* Parkway Drive. Architects, Tonight Alive, Four Year Strong

* Behind Crimson Eyes, 50 Lions, Polaris, Knocked Loose

* Belle Haven, Sienna Skies, Mirrors, Belle Haven

* The Amity Affliction, Hands Like Houses, Hellions, Stick To Your Guns. * Knuckle Puck, Make Them Suffer, Being As An Ocean, Roam (Uk)

* Void Of Vision, Cursed Earth, Young Lions.

But dont get too excited. If you havent got a ticket, youre

too late. Its been sold out for months.

In 2018, theyre bringing back all the fan favourites, introducing new incentives and partnerships, adding transport options, offering fresh VIP selections, improving the camping experience and increasing accommodation options.

But its hard to get around the traffic snarl to get there.

Everyone is being patient and theres smiles and a bit of fun banter to keep everyone going have fun!

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Queensland scraps GENDERS from its drivers licences after receiving complaints from the LGBTI community "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Queensland Government has scrapped a requirement for gender to be shown on all driver's licences, after complaints from the LGBTI community (pictured: sample photo of old licences with gender identified)

Now political correctness is making its way into your wallet: Queensland scraps GENDERS from its drivers licences after receiving complaints from the LGBTI community

  • The Queensland Government will roll out new gender-less drivers licences
  • The move comes as members of the LGBTI community argued discrimination
  • But Department of Transport said technological advancements are the reason


Chinese Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Establishes Branch in Zug, Switzerland "IndyWatch Feed"

Chinese Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Establishes Branch in Zug, Switzerland

For centuries Switzerland was known around the world for its tradition of banking secrecy, but now a new financial industry is taking root in the country. Local leaders tried to establish a cryptocurrency hub, and their latest catch is Chinese bitcoin mining giant Bitmain, which expanded to a new location in the picturesque Swiss canton of Zug.

Also Read: Australian Taxation Office Creates Task Force to Go After Bitcoin Traders

Bitmain Switzerland

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Hamish "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hamish drinking a beer (with Anthony and Julian and me) after work outside the Junkyard Gallery yesterday


In which the pond sups on potatoes and climate science with the Speccie mob ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The pond really does do its best to present the best of domestic reptile loonacy on a daily basis, but during the silly season, times get tough ...

While the pond appreciates the Terrorist attempt to fuel a fire about Australia Day was as tempting as the lizards of Oz falling for the latest lamb provocation, because if the pond's desperate, then the reptiles are frequently beyond the valley of the desperate ...

The pond felt a great marketing ennui fall over it, only matched when it drops into the ABC, and sees the few still at their posts valiantly recycling whatever talking points the reptiles can muster ...

And when the pond turned to the Speccie for relief, what a wasteland of despair it discovered ...

Sure, there was Lord Callinan off to the Raj to discuss cricket, and there was Neil Brown pretending to be harassed by women, and only Donald McDonald could write a piece headed Vox Clamantis and not be slammed by the Speccie as a pathetic wanker, but whether it was the denuding of the treasury by defamation action or simply the holyday season, the Speccie seemed to have lost its mojo ...


Trump's golden dossier and the perils of whistleblowing "IndyWatch Feed"

Trump's golden dossier and the perils of whistleblowingA report was released this week after Republicans requested a Trump-Russia whistleblower be investigated for possible prosecution. read now...


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Murdoch University, Western Australia


Thank Folk Its Friday 12th January "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Sydney based folk-rock band Fallon Cush released their latest single and video Achilles Heel. Details here The Peak Festival in Perisher this June announced its first nine artists including Hot Potato Band, Sahara Beck, Electrik Lemonade, His Merry Men, Hussy Hicks, []


Research Assistant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Murdoch University, Western Australia


The Mandela Rules: Minimum Prison Standards Must Be Implemented "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Nelson Mandela famously said, no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. And after revelations about the mistreatment and torture of young people inside Darwins Don Dale youth detention centre, it must be acknowledged we have fallen short of our obligations towards the detained. Indeed,

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Armidale Farmers Market "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Sunday, 21 Jan; 8:00 am; Sunday, 4 Feb; 8:00 am; Sunday, 18 Feb; 8:00 am; Sunday, 4 Mar; 8:00 am; Sunday, 18 Mar; 8:00 am; Sunday, 1 Apr; 8:00 am; Sunday, 15 Apr; 8:00 am; Sunday, 6 May; 8:00 am; Sunday, 20 May; 8:00 am; Sunday, 3 Jun; 8:00 am; Sunday, 17 Jun; 8:00 am; Sunday, 1 Jul; 8:00 am; Sunday, 15 Jul; 8:00 am; Sunday, 5 Aug; 8:00 am; Sunday, 19 Aug; 8:00 am; Sunday, 2 Sep; 8:00 am; Sunday, 16 Sep; 8:00 am; Sunday, 7 Oct; 8:00 am; Sunday, 21 Oct; 8:00 am; Sunday, 4 Nov; 8:00 am; Sunday, 18 Nov; 8:00 am; Sunday, 2 Dec; 8:00 am; Sunday, 16 Dec; 8:00 am; ] The Armidale Farmers' Market is on first and third Sundays of the month at Curtis Park kicking off at around 8am and going through to lunch. If you are a paid up member of Sustainable Living Armidale you are welcome to sell produce at the Armidale Local Food stall with a slice of profits going [...] full article 


Toby Price chases Dakar Rally lead "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australias first Dakar Rally winner, Toby Price, is only 9:39 minutes off the rally lead as the riders finish their first week and go into a rest day tomorrow.

Toby is sitting in fifth place overall with only 131 of the 142 riders remaining.

Fortunately, Australias only other riders, Rodney Faggotter of Queensland and Sydneys Scott Britnell, are also still in the rally.

Rod Faggotter Dakar Rally leadRod Faggotter

Veteran campaigner Rod is in a credible 18th position and Scott is in 78th after a strong start for a debutante.

Tobys chances have improved after KTM Red Bull teammate last years winner, Sam Sunderland crashed out of the rally on stage 4. He was in the lead having won two of the first three stages.

Toby Price chases Dakar Rally leadSam Sunderland injured

That makes Toby the second-placed KTM rider behind teammate Matthias Walker of Austria.

However, Toby says his strategy is to play safe in the first week and attack for the lead in the second week.

Toby Price chases dakar leadToby plays it safe

In 2015, he came from behind in the first week to win his and Australias first rally title, so keep an eye on him next week.

Toby seems to b...


Wightman runs third in Mountain to Surf "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove runner Nick Wightman produced a top-three finish at the 8km Mountain to Surf Run event in Lorne on Friday 12 January.
Wightman, who won Mountain to Surf in 2016, came third in a time of 23:55 to finish behind two-time Olympian Collis Birmingham (23:34) and winner Andy Buchanan (22:58), who fell six seconds short of the race record.
Olympian Steve Moneghetti holds the record with a time of 22.52 in 2006.
The Lorne-based Mountain to Surf run is held the day before the prestigious Pier to Pub, the worlds largest open water swim.
Meanwhile Wightman stormed to victory in the 8km Bells Bash Cliff Run at Jan Juc on 5 January.
Wightman won in a time of 24:19 to finish ahead of second-placed Mitch Dyer in 24:53 and Craig Davis (25:07) who came third.
Wightman, a five-time winner of the Rip to River Classic, is a multiple winner of the Bells Bash Cliff Run after victories in the 8km event in 2015 and 2016.

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Tradecraft: Ten Survival Tactics Used by the Military "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(SurvivalSullivan) The prepping community is full of advice, some good and some bad. Sadly, most advice from experts out there, is nothing but poorly-researched garbage. Theres a lot of scam artists in the prepping community, making money off innocent people just wanting to learn to survive should a disaster strike.

I take this personally, and it infuriates me. How many times have you seen an article with this title? The answer is most likely a lot, but can you trust the writer to input legitimate military views every time?

There are so many military experts claiming to know the ins and outs of the military world, and how they can help you survive. I would dare say about 80% of the time, theyre either people who served in a non-combat job in their respective branch. Either that, or they never served and did extensive research. The biggest problem with this, is how can we know if their research wasnt from another writer who falls into the two categories I just listed?

Before we get carried away, just know that Ill never disclose sensitive information regarding the military, and our tactics. First off, that puts our military at risk. Secondly, you can learn plenty off of information that is available to the general public.

You may be thinking, why cant I just research the public information myself, then?. The answer is simple: nobody has the time to look around for genuine accurate information. Thats why Im here, to help my fellow Americans survive if their life depends on it.

The United States Military is the best military in the world, and weve only been around for less than 300 years. Weve revolutionized tactics that have proven to be battlefield effective, so you can see why the public information can be very useful. Before you get defensive, trying to justify other countrys militaries, know that the facts dont lie. Enough of my biased view, lets get into some legitimate information that you as a prepper can use to help you survive should SHTF.

#1. Concealment is Key

Why risk getting into a firefight if you dont have to? Having the skill to conceal yourself, and your equipment is a major asset for preppers who need to get from one place to another should SHTF. This necessary skill greatly reduces the chances of being detected by people who might have a violent agenda if theyre desperate for supplies after SHTF.

Think about it, if you are by yourself when you bug out, do you think youll really stand a chance against three or four looters looking for anyone who they can exploit? If you answered yes, you need to reconsider your thought process, because that will get you killed.

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Local man killed dog to protect children court told "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A local homeless man who killed his dog at Brunswick Heads believed he had no choice because the animal had bitten two children, Byron Local Court has heard.

But the magistrate found that Robert Kim Mitchell should have found a more humane way of putting the animal down, and forbade him from owning another pet for 10 years.

Mitchell, 53, had pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty over the death of the dog on November 28.

But Byron Local Court heard on January 11 that he did not resile from his reasons for acting as he did.

Mitchells solicitor, Rebecca McIlveen, told the court that the dog had bitten two children in the space of two days.

The first was a little girl aged around six or seven who was running across the grass outside the community centre, Ms McIlveen said.

The next day the dog bit a young male child.

Ms McIlveen told the court that Mitchell could not afford to take his dog to the vet to be put down, and that he did not want to wait for a council ranger to arrive because it would take too long.

It had not occurred to Mitchell to contact the RSPCA, the court heard.

He accepts that the way he dealt with the dog was well below community expectations, but he did it to protect young children, Ms McIlveen said.

Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy said the 53-year-old should have found another way.

While on one view your motivation might be seen as noble, that is, to protect children, there are far more appropriate ways to deal with such an issue, his honour said.

He sentenced the 53-year-old to a good behaviour bond and made an order forbidding him from owning another pet for 10 years.

In reaching his decision, Mr Dunlevy took into account that Mitchell had spent three weeks in custody while on remand and that, once released, he had been required to report to Brunswick Heads police every day.  

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February Special Forum: Sustainable Living by Design "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Thursday, 1 Feb; 6:00 pm; ] Sustainable Living Armidale is beginning 2018 with a very special forum at a special location and earlier time. When: Thursday 1st February Time: 6pm Where: 93 Brown St, Armidale come down the driveway and around the front to the deck While having an eco house goes a long way to living sustainably, theres more to [...] full article 


Jacksonville City Council President and Local Public Defender Call for Suspension of Pedestrian Ticket Writing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Jacksonville City Council president and other local lawmakers have called for suspending the issuing of pedestrian tickets in the wake of a state attorneys office bulletin, the substance of which suggests that hundreds of tickets had been issued in error in recent years.

Jacksonville Assistant State Attorney Andrew Kantor on Tuesday issued a bulletin to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office detailing the proper enforcement of Floridas pedestrian statutes a document that supports a recent Times-Union/ProPublica analysis showing police have been issuing certain crosswalk violations in error, ticketing hundreds of pedestrians for failing to cross at formal intersections even when no such option was readily available.

Id like to make sure that we are enforcing the laws appropriately, City Council President Anna Brosche said shortly after being made aware of the state attorneys bulletin. I do support a pause to make sure that everything is being enforced that should be.

The Times-Union/ProPublica analysis published late last year found that more than 300 tickets over the last five years for pedestrians crossing streets outside a crosswalk resulted from mistaken interpretations of the applicable statute errors that resulted in unwarranted fines and suspensions of peoples drivers licenses.

While the statute bars pedestrians from crossing streets outside formal crosswalks when they are between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, officers nonetheless issued scores of tickets to people who had no reasonable access to such intersections. In short, people were being punished for failing to avail themselves of safety features that werent easily accessible.

During the Times-Union and ProPublicas reporting on the tickets last fall, the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office said it would seek guidance on pedestrian statute enforcement from the local state attorney. Kantors bulletin was his answer to the sheriffs request. The office did not examine the tickets identified by the Times-Union and ProPublica, and the bulletin does not refer to the Times-Union/ProPublica findings.

It is unclear what, if any, steps Sheriff Mike Williams will now take. In an interview Thursday evening, Patrick Ivey, the sheriffs office second in command, maintained that the state attorneys position was not a legally binding opinion. Ivey added that the state attorneys review would not retroactively apply to tickets already issued by sheriffs officers.

Brosches call to temporarily halt all pedestrian ticket writing echoed similar calls by several other coun...


The Hobo Guide to Maintaining your Lady-like Composure "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every hobo-chick I know has had that moment, somewhere between using a razor you found in the hostel bathroom only to up your chances of hooking up with the new British arrival and being pretty effortlessly convinced into eating nothing but liquor ball sandwiches for a whole day, where it occurs to you that perhaps you are not the picture of a well-bred, genteel lady that your teachers and parents may have wanted for you.

And besides the fact that you dont want to be, you also never will be. That option left you the moment you proposed a rock-off to drink a litre of Sangria out of a shoe, then lost. Your rights to it were forfeited when you turned your underwear inside out so they would last a few days longer, and when you passed out drunk in a monkey onesie on the steps of the Canadian Consulate in Paris. So youll just have to get that idea out of your head.

This is a modern world chicks travel alone all the time; pretty soon we may even be able to vote! Being a hobo-lady is a refined and tricky art that we have all mastered, and lets face it, as crazed and unwashed as we may be homegirls still getting laid, right? So it isnt a bad thing to be a cultured bird with questionable views on personal hygiene and a fleeting sense of moral responsibility, and even if it were, I dont think any of us will be changing any time soon.  So, much like the photos of us getting fingered in Razzmatazz last night, we glorify and celebrate it.

Albeit sometimes a little dangerous, being a chick in this modern world has a lot of advantages while travelling: you are less likely to get arrested carrying that 12-inch hunting blade youve been using as a fork and mirror, you get into clubs first, and, generally speaking, people arent expecting you to be as much of a vagrant as you are. But youre also more likely to get raped than your male friend.

  1. Keep a harem

Now Im not sure if I am using that word correctly, but I dont give a fuck. Hunt in packs. Keeping a small posse of like-minded chicks where you can find them can bring you to some awesome and deeply disturbing places, besides being a good way not to drunkenly hook up with that sleazy ginger drug dealer you keep going to the bathroom with. If you are unsure of who these women are, try to engage them in a rock paper scissors battle for who will drink all the halfies on the hostel counter at 9 am. If they are already doing that without prompting, join them.

  1. Keep some basic hygiene product...


The Fatal Flaw in the Brain-Computer Interface "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Jon Rappoport, Guest
Waking Times

There is a great deal of utopian research going on in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) merging with the brain.

Exuberant cheerleaders like Ray Kurzweil are quite confident we are approaching a moment when a computer will exhibit all the power of the human brain. And more.

Kurzweil and others are also sure were about to uncover the algorithm that underlies all brain activity.

They couldnt be more wrong. Neuroscience has barely scratched the surface of understanding how the brain operates. Cracking the code is not on the horizon.

Most importantly: how would a brain-computer interface work? Hook up your brain to a super-computer, and how does your brain absorb the computers data, and how does it make the data known to YOU, the user?

We arent talking about a quiz show where you ask a computer a question and it spits out an answer. And we arent talking about crude signals to the brain that can provoke physical reactions. This is about the transmission of detailed information.

There is another problem, even assuming a computer could magically fill your consciousness with usable data.

A human-computer interface, endowed with access to a hundred galaxies of stored data, would run up against the problem of vast chronic misinformation in those cosmic warehouses.

This is not something that can be deleted with a program or a committee tasked with making corrective changes.

For example, and here is just one area, medical science is rife with fraud, at many levels, as Ive demonstrated over and over again for the past 30 years. AI wouldnt even know where or how to begin analyzing this problem, becausewho would set the parameters of such an investigation? Who would even believe such an investigation is necessary?

There is an inherent self-limiting function in AI. It uses, accesses, collates, and calculates with, false information. Not just here and there or now and then, but on a continuous basis.



Journos cameos "IndyWatch Feed"

The sacred and inviolate institution of Australian mainstream journalism has been graced with many by-line geniuses for so long, it is difficult to imagine such icons of truth and courage in reporting in any other occupation other than what we have come to know and love them in! Here, I offer some alternatives for your

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Is Cryptocurrency the Future or the Future New World Order Currency? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Ryan Cristin, Guest
Waking Times

There is a lot of debate around the intentions behind cryptocurrency, and in particular, Bitcoin itself. Some say that it is the answer we have been waiting for; the very thing that will allow us the freedom to finally side-step the centralized control of the State. While others feel that this is just another long-con deception by the very entities and institutions that never cease in their tireless plots to acquire more control and more power over the average individual.

However, regardless of the intentions behind the Internets creation, it is plain for all to see that it has become quite literally the most important and valuable tool in the battle for the minds of everyone in the US, and the world for that matter. Even if it was designed as a setup, as a mechanism of deception for the unwitting citizen to willingly hand over their personal information (or however one wishes to imagine it) as some still maintain, it has also been used as a powerful tool for good, and that can not be overstated. I also tend to believe that these individuals of malicious intent behind the scenes, just could not...


Mother pleads guilty to locking child in car "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A woman has admitted that she locked her seven-year-old son in a car at Brunswick Heads after the boy was allegedly assaulted by a man.

The 45-year-old cried quietly in Byron Local Court on January 11 as she pleaded guilty to charges of leaving a child in a vehicle causing emotional distress, and leaving a child in a vehicle impairing health.

Police say they found the distressed child locked in the car on December 27. He was allegedly suffering from a number of injuries and had to be hospitalised.

Witnesses told police that, shortly before he was locked in the car, the boy was dragged and kicked by a man, causing him to fall to the ground.

The man, 43, and the 45-year-old woman both from Boorowa in southern NSW were arrested shortly after.

The man was subsequently charged with two counts of assault, stalking, and leaving a child in a motor vehicle causing emotional distress and impairing health.

Byron Local Court heard that the woman is now staying at a womens refuge in the town of Young, and has an AVO against the man.

The child has been taken from his mother and is in emergency accommodation.

The woman will be sentenced in Young Local Court on Fenraury 2.

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Vale Gilla McGuinness "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

It is with great sadness that we at 3CR acknowledge the passing of Gilla McGuinness on Tuesday 9th Jan 2018. Gilla was a well loved and respected 3CR broadcaster and will be greatly missed at the station by programmers, volunteers and staff. We offer our heart-felt condolences to Johnny Mac and family.

Gilla made an enormous contribution to broadcasting at the station. In the Aboriginal community of Melbourne if you have something to say Gilla would help you say it by giving you a voice on radio. He has always tackled the issues and struggles of his community head on and yet maintained integrity and respect while doing so. He was the longest serving Aboriginal broadcaster on 3CR and at 41 years on air perhaps even in Australia. Gilla presented Precious Memories community and country music program on Wednesdays, but before that he was a long-term presenter on the Koori Survival Show. 

Gilla was a founding producer and programmer on the Beyond the Bars prison project and conceived, developed and produced the Yarra Elders Precious Memories project, recording and broadcasting elders stories and history, struggles, survival, celebrations, achievements and concerns. Gilla produced and programmed countless important community events, including broadcasts from the Tent Embassy in Canberra, the Commonwealth Games protests, the National Apology in Canberra, Survival Day concerts, Land Rights protests, Sorry Day ceremonies and rallies, NAIDOC week broadcasts from Aboriginal community organisations including the Aboriginal Health Service, the MAYSAR Aboriginal gym.  

The 3CR community mourns Gillas loss, he was definitely one of a kind, and the station will not be the same without his fighting spirit. We love you Gilla! 3CR will be collecting funds to support Gillas family through this time. You can contribute by making a donation at the station for details emai...


China rejects Murray Goulburn milk, formula "IndyWatch Feed"

Beleaguered dairy processor Murray Goulburn is blaming administrative errors for the rejection of shipments of its milk and infant formula in China last year, dismissing suggestions it was being punished for bypassing Chinese bidders in favour of a $1.3 billion takeover offer by Canadian giant Saputo.

Murray Goulburn confirmed the incidents, which saw as much as 32 tonnes of milk in one shipment, turned back, due to process failures but said they took place before the deal with Saputo was announced in October.

Dairy analysts and media in China have suggested the decision to choose Saputo over Chinese firms looking at buying the dairy co-operative could have repercussions for Murray Goulburns sales of milk and milk powder in China. However, sources said there was no link to the co-operatives change of ownership and problems with shipments between June and September last year.

Murray Goulburn, which produces about 1 billion tonnes of dairy product annually, agreed to a $1.3 billion takeover bid by Saputo in October. Chinese company The Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group had also been looking at the business and was considered a front-runner at one stage. China Mengniu Dairy was also reportedly looking at the company.

A November monthly report by Chinas Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine, published last week, said 32 tonnes of Murray Goulburns Devondale milk brand was rejected because it did not have the required documentation. An August report noted a small amount of milk powder was not allowed to offload at a port in Shanghai because it was over the expiry date and an incident in September when three batches of milk were returned.

A Murray Goulburn spokesman said certification error involving 32 tonnes of UHT milk actually occurred in June and was the result of a processing error. There was no issue with product quality. Failures of either documentation or product quality in shipments are rare and any incidents are fully investigated in order to prevent recurrence, the spokesman said.

These incidents are rare failures of process and involved shipments of products dispatched from Australia many months prior to the announcement of the Saputo transaction on 27 October 2017.

Song Liang, a Beijing-based independent diary analyst, said the decision to sell Murray Goulburn to Saputo instead of a Chinese bidder was strange given the importance of the Chinese market.

It would have given much easier access to the huge Chinese market. Murray Goulburn would have entered into a golden development period. However, this did not happen. The Chinese government and Chinese companies are not happy with the...


BCL share price collapses as investors ditch stock "IndyWatch Feed"

Bougainville Copper Limiteds share price has collapsed over the last few days, plunging 30% since markets reopened on December 28 after the announcement of a moratorium on mining at Panguna.

The company stock is now trading at 19 Australian cents, more than 50% down on a high of 40 cents in August 2017.

More than 750,000 shares have been traded in just the last four days as investors rush to drop the stock after the Autonomous Bougainville Government announced an indefinite moratorium on mining and rejected an application by BCL to renew its mining licence, saying the company has lost its social licence and citing fears of civil unrest.



FOI - NSW NPWS Officer Grant Eccles - Formation training and qualifications relating to noise measurement "IndyWatch Feed"

Request to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service by Michael Trigg. Annotated by Michael Trigg on January 12, 2018.
This information has already been provided in another case before NCAT and therefore this request can be cancelled


Gold & Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gold & Blockchain by Kevin Vecmanis, P.Eng VanAUrumTech Gold never changes only the world changes around it. I cant remember where I heard this quote, but Ive been thinking about it a lot lately.  Gold, as an asset class,...

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FULL SCALE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Full Scale caught the attention of the American major labels in the early 2000s and has released new music for the first time in 13 years. Their known for psychedelic and powerful riffs and the new music captures their signature sound perfectly.


They are one of Australias most exciting live bands with a legacy of raw, emotional and stunning performances. Full Scale have lined up two shows in both Melbourne and Adelaide, where they will be playing their classic and rare EPs Black Arrows and White Arrows in their entirety on alternating nights. Tracks like Crush, The Story To Tell Your Children and System Of Shame will get their first live airings in over 15 years.


Supporting them on this national tour are two of the Australias most exciting hard rock up-and-comers, Darwins Terracotta Pigeons and Sydneys Bad Moon Born.


Anyone who caught their early-naughties shows under the name Full Scale at venues like the Espy will testify to their going to take over the world vibe.

Beat Magazine




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Ron Tandberg: The death of a cartoonist "IndyWatch Feed"

Ron Tandberg: The death of a cartoonistTribute to acclaimed political cartoonist Ron Tandberg, who died this week. read now...


Ballina under siege in shark nets campaign "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dean Jefferys at the Quicksilver Pro Surfing competition at Coolangatta in 2016. Photo supplied.

A coalition of marine groups are planning an international social media campaign to highlight the deadly impact of shark nets on non-target marine life.

The campaign will encourage locals and overseas tourist to visit and spend their money at non netted beaches.

The skipper of marine conservation yacht, Migaloo 2, Dean Jefferys said the release this week of monthly data from the Department of Primary Industries showed 36 marine creatures where caught in shark nets off Ballina over the month of December.

Just under half of them, 16, died, including 2 endangered Great Hammerhead sharks caught in the Lennox Head shark nets. One critically endangered grey nurse shark was also caught in a shark net, Mr Jefferys said.

A dead Great Hammerhead Shark discovered in a shark net on the Gold Coast. (supplied)

In the report the DPI did not say if the sharks were caught on the inside of the nets, (as around half are) yet Sea Shepherd recently said a drone operated by the surf club at Lennox saw a shark on the beach side of the nets.

A siren alerted the people of the sharks presence and people were cleared from the water.

This shows once again that nets dont protect people they just kill endangered marine creatures and it is the non lethal alternative technology like drones and spotting that offer the real protection.

Humane Soc...


Its Official: Cher Will Headline Mardi Gras Party "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has confirmed that pop superstar and LGBITQ icon Cher will headline the official 2018 Mardi Gras Party on Saturday, March 3. Described as the Goddess of Pop and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, Chers exclusive Australian performance firmly places this years Mardi Gras Party as ...

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William Guy Carrs 1958 Book and Lecture Pawns in the Game "IndyWatch Feed National"

William Guy Carr

by Dee McLachlan

A decade before Dr Richard Days lecture in 1969, William James Guy Carr (1895 1959) had been giving countless lectures on his discovery of the Illuminati. He was a Canadian naval officer, and then turned to writing about a vast conspiracy theory which he alleged to have uncovered.

In 1958 he gave an extraordinary lecture, based on his book, describing the diabolic plot against humanity. The recording is below.

In an introduction to his book, Carr writes:

If what I reveal surprises and shocks the reader, please dont develop an inferiority complex because I am frank to admit that although I have worked since 1911, trying to find out why the Human Race cant live in peace and enjoy the bounties and blessing God provides for our use and benefit in such abundance? It was 1950 before I penetrated the secret that the wars and revolutions which scourge our lives, and the chaotic conditions that...


Good old Aussie barbie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rotary Club of Ocean Grove is turning back the clock 20 years when the club held a free sausage sizzle in the Terrace, Ocean Grove, on Australia Day.
This has been rejuvenated in 2018 on Australia Day commencing at 9am and going through to 11am. Everything is free.
The club is looking forward to parents and grandparents bringing the kids down for some free fun.
Busker Isaac Wright will entertain all and there will be fake tattoos and face transfers, balloons courtesy of Helloworld Travel, games, soft drinks, and of course, free sausages offset with onions for those who indulge.
The event is sponsored by RTEdgar (Bellarine) Real Estate and Rotary is pleased to have them supporting the cause.
Rotary Club of Ocean Grove is always busy conducting events to raise necessary funds for many worthwhile causes, this is one time they can give something back to the community.
If the event is successful, it is envisaged to become an annual event
The club will also hold a fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease, which promises to be huge.A dinner and auction will be held at Barwon Heads Bowling Club on 13 February with tickets at $25 p.p. and include dinner and entertainment.
Ian Cover from the ABCs Couldabeens will compere the event and guest speakers include Kristen Hilton, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner and music will be provided by Escarpment.
RT Edgars Peter Molloy will be the auctioneer.
For tickets and more information, contact John Calnin at or Lynne Carlson at

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Activists target barbaric rodeo on Tweed Coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Man insulting the protesters is led away by police.

Animal rights activists targeted an annual rodeo on the Tweed Coast last weekend, describing the event a cruel and barbaric sport.

Up to 40 people from around the northern rivers under the banner of the Rainbow Animal Rights Activists (RaRa), took on the Cabarita Bull and Bronc Rodeo at Cabarita Beach Pony Club (see pictures).

The protest aimed to raise awareness about the mistreatment on the animals used in the rodeo, which includes electric prods, and genital flank straps to provoke them to entertain.

And it seems the message got through to some locals, with two families deciding against seeing the show after hearing what the protesters had to say.

An organiser said further similar protests against such events would be held this year and urged concerned people to get on board.

Nicole Tuhou said it was a very successful action with protesters activists from Byron shire to the Sunshine Coast came to show their concerns about the cruel sport that is the rodeo.

The mission of Rainbow Animal Rights Activists (RaRa) is to spread the message of kindness and compassion to all living being...


Cher to perform at Sydney Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cher will be the headline act at this years Mardi Gras in Sydney. (wikipedia)

International superstar Cher will perform at Sydneys annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in March, with the state government confirming one of the citys worst kept secrets.

The 71-year-old hinted she was coming Down Under in a cryptic emoji-laden tweet in December: OK.. YOU BOYS KNOW WHERE ILL IN MARCH #PutSomeShrimpOmTheBar[bie].

The NSW government on Friday announced Cher had been locked into performing at the Mardi Gras Party, when the city marks the annual parades 40th anniversary.

It will be the first since same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.

When it comes to international recording artists, they dont get much bigger than Cher and as one of the LGBTQI communitys most vocal advocates, she is the perfect person to help celebrate Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said in a statement.

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Man dead in Tamworth after snake bite "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Be wary. Brown snakes come in different shades and dont always even look brown, warn snake handlers. AAP Image/North Queensland Wildlife Care, Trish Prendergast

A man has died in NSWs New England region as the result of a suspected brown snake bite.

The 24-year-old was rushed to hospital but died within an hour of being bitten on the finger in a backyard at West Tamworth on Wednesday night, according to Fairfax Media.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner, a spokeswoman for NSW Police told AAP on Friday.

Its believed the man was bitten by the snake as he tried to move it away from a family pet.

Brown snake venom is among the most potent in the world and the reptile is responsible for more than 60 per cent of snake-bite deaths in Australia, according to the University of Melbourne.

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Queensland Introduces Gender-Free Drivers Licences "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has scrapped gender on all Queensland licences after complaints from the LGBTI community. A requirement for Queenslanders to detail their height has also been removed. TMR said the changes were necessary to make drivers and marine licences compliant with new anti-discrimination laws. However, an internal document obtained ...

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Art Class "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


COLLAGE MASTERCLASS with Jacqui Stockdale




Pozible Campaign "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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Bike Found "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


I found this blue bike, labeled The Ice Maiden, down by Merri Creek this morning (Thursday), just south of Murray Rd. It looked like it had been dumped, but if anyone knows anything about it, and/or wants to claim it, please get in touch: 

Rachel 0406 783 418. 


As Syria cleans up Idlib, the US goes for broke against Russia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The U.S. foreign policy establishment will not go gently into that good night in Syria. For weeks I've been keeping only half an eye on the situation there waiting for confirmation of U.S. intentions now that the bulk of the country has been returned to government control. And with the attack on the Khmeimim air base at in Latakia we now have our answer. On January 6th the so-called moderate rebels - who have been getting routed by the Syrian Arab Army - launched a major offensive on the air base using more than a dozen drones dropping mortar shells. The Russian air defense systems thwarted the attack with damage to a couple of planes. The Russians are convinced (and said publicly) that this attack could only have been pulled off with assistance from a technologically-advanced state. This is the Russian way of saying that the U.S. was behind the attack. This report from Southfront has one of our Boeing P-8 Spy planes in the area during the attack. The U.S., of course, denies this saying that the technology is available on the open market. Yes, but so what? It takes a little more than buying these drones to put them in the air and coordinate an attack with them. In effect, this was not a denial.


The Birdmann: FINALE "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

7pm,  Wednesday 24 January at the Brunswick Picture House

In a 25th anniversary show, the man like no man, the internationally infamous, award-winning comic legend, The Birdmann presents the finest collection of classic comedy variety hits in the world! Following ten world tours and a star from the Australian National Circus Festival to the Glastonbury Music Festival, witness the winner of Best Circus at the Melbourne Fringe and nominee for Most Original Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Be wowed by absurd acts like plastic bag juggling, interpretive high heel dancing, interactive origami extravaganzas, bicycle chin balancing, climbing inside a giant balloon and all accompanied by the original music of Egg. For one night only join The Birdmann in FINALE and enjoy the weird, the wonderful and fly to the future in a fantastically fun evening of entertainment!

With very special guest act The Space Cowboy!
And as an added bonus, we officially launch The Birdmann LIVE film!

SEE IT. DONT MISS IT! The Birdmann creates a unique, quirky world. Its 21st century vaudeville with a Post Modern twist. Hes one-of-a-kind and the show is what every performer in this particular genre aspires to. A huge reveal at the end will fill you with joy and laughter. Id see it twice but would feel greedy depriving someone else of the great pleasure. Oh, what the heck, Im going to see it again!  Vancouver Courier

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Trump China probe sparked by Aust concerns "IndyWatch Feed National"

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping. Photo Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP

Australias concerns about Chinese meddling in national affairs has prompted US President Donald Trumps administration to open an interagency probe into Chinese covert influence in America.

A US National Security Council interagency group is examining the grey area of Chinese covert influence operations rather than traditional espionage, The Washington Post reported.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared in December Australia will stand up to Chinese meddling and ASIOs director-general Duncan Lewis warned in October foreign powers were clandestinely seeking to shape the opinions of members of the Australian public, media organisations and government officials in order to advance their countrys own political objectives.

A catalyst for the Trump administrations probe was an investigation in Australia, which revealed what that countrys security chief called unprecedented foreign meddling that could damage Australias sovereignty,Washington Post columnist David Ignatius wrote this week.

Mr Trump released a National Security Strategy paper last month highlighting concerns about China and other rival nations covert meddling

.Americas competitors weaponise information to attack the values and institutions that underpin free societies, while shielding themselves from outside information, the strategy paper states.

Australia is praised in the document for its ability to reinforce economic and security arrangements that support our shared interests and safeguard democratic values across the (Indo-Pacific) region.

A White House official offered examples of where China applied pressure on US institutions, including universities, Hollywood studios, think tanks and news organisations.

US universities host more than 350,000 Chinese students, about one third of all foreign students in the US, and Hollywood studios increasingly rely on revenues from the booming Chinese box office so are sensitive to upsetting Beijing.

Think tanks are keen to travel to and study China, but often need funding to make the trip...


BREAKING: Julian Assange Granted Ecuadorian Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange

Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after more than five years of living in asylum at the nations embassy in London, officials announced Thursday. Assange is almost equally hated by both Republicans and Democrats because he dared to reveal the truth about the United States government and those who profit off of the oppression of others.

According to ABC News, Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said officials accepted Assanges request for naturalization in December, and they continue to look for a long-term resolution to a situation that has vexed officials since 2012. What naturalization does is provide the asylum seeker another layer of protection, Espinosa said.

Ecuador gave Australian-born Assange asylum after he sought refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden for investigation of sex-related claims. Sweden dropped the case, but Assange has remained in the embassy because he is still subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail. He also fears a possible U.S. extradition request based on his leaking of classified State Department documents.

Those documents that have been a thorn in the side of many high-ranking and powerful Democrats have come back to bite the government in the behind. Because of that, it isnt really surprising that that same government would want to extradite Assange.

Britains Foreign Office is not forgiving Assange for his crimes against governments. It said earlier Thursday it has rejected Ecuadors request to grant him diplomatic status in the U.K. Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice, the office said.

Assange has been warned many times by many government officials to stop releasing information that makes them look bad. But hopefully, for the sake of all...


Falkholt critical, life support turned off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TV actress Jessica Falkholts remains in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital with reports her life support was switched off overnight, more than a fortnight after a horror crash that killed her parents and younger sister,

The 29-year-old has been fighting for her life in St George Hospital since she was pulled from the wreckage, along with her sister Annabelle, 21, on December 26 near Ulladulla.

She remains in a critical condition, a spokeswoman for St George Hospital told AAP on Friday.

Jessicas life support was turned off on Thursday night, media reports, a day after her family was farewelled at a funeral at St Marys Catholic Church in Concord.

The Falkholts family car was hit by a four-wheel drive on Boxing Day, with the sisters pulled from the wreckage before it erupted in flames with the bodies of their parents inside.

Annabelle died as a result of her injuries three days after the smash.

Jessica has reportedly undergone several surgeries, including the removal of a kidney and part of her skull, and has been in a coma.

Following reports Jessicas life support had been turned off, TV show Home and Away, on which she had her break-out role, tweeted: Rest in peace, beautiful Jessica Falkholt.

Home and Away star James Stewart tweeted: RIP Falkholt family late Thursday night.

The driver of the four-wheel-drive, 50-year-old Craig Whitall, was reportedly travelling home from a Nowra methadone clinic when he was also killed in the collision.

Whitall was a habitual traffic offender with more than 60 convictions to his name, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Falkholt family was remembered as an inseparable, radiant group.

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Plea to parents after NSW vaccine study "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Parents are being urged to vaccinate. their children. . Photo from International Business Times

An updated study of vaccine-preventable child deaths in NSW is a reminder for parents to take advantage of shots for influenza and other diseases, the states top doctor says.

There were 23 deaths in the decade to 2014 which researchers considered preventable or potentially preventable by vaccination.Influenza accounted for nearly half the cases and there were five caused by meningococcal.

We are using this as an urge to the community to take up influenza vaccination, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant told AAP on Thursday.

Its always important to remind us that children still die from diseases that vaccines could easily prevent and we have to do all we can to stop that happening.

The study also concluded 15 of the deaths might have been avoided under changes to immunisation recommendations that were introduced in August 2016, including maternal vaccination.

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Qlds economic outlook for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

CCIQs Joseph Kelly has published a nice note titled Business 2018 examining the outlook for Queensland business in 2018, in which he suggests 2018 has all the elements to be the year for business. Factors that will boost Queenslands economy in 2018 include the Commonwealth Games in April and the resurgence in the resources sector. But energy costs will continue to weigh on businesses. Mr Kelly notes that overall Queenslands economy goes into 2018 with momentum. My own view is that this momentum should continue through 2018. Queenslands economic conditions will most likely remain sound, as the Queensland Treasury described them in the Mid Year Fiscal and Economic Review (MYFER) published in mid-December. Expect health, aged care and education to continue to perform well in 2018, as well as new mining and renewable energy investments to provide a boost in regional areas across Queensland (e.g. see this Townsville Bulletin report and this Queensland Government media release from last October).

Based on data published so far this year, such as the retail trade data for November, which were boosted by iPhone X sales but still show weaker growth in Queensland than for NSW and Victoria (see chart below), I wouldnt yet adjust the MYFER forecasts Queensland Treasury made for Queensland economic growth: 2.75% in 2017-18 and 3% in 2018-19. Growth will continue to be respectable, but not extraordinary, so dont get too excited about the Queensland economy just yet. The resources sector may be expanding its exports and boosting growth, but some other sectors (e.g. manufacturing, retail) remain lacklustre.



Art of the non-deal: Finding the answer to a riddle shrouded in a mystery "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The art of the non-deal might be the only way out of the stand-off between the US and North Korea High-level inter-Korean talks at the border village of Panmunjeom not only represent a vital step in Winter Olympics' diplomacy but also offer a tantalizing chance of a breakthrough in stalled six-party discussions. In stark contrast with the usual tweet barrage, United States President Donald Trump even told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the meeting could yield a positive outcome. Among the possibilities are that Seoul and Pyongyang could resume civilian exchanges. The hotline between South and North Korea could reopen along with the joint Kaesong Industrial Region, which was closed in 2016. The potential of reinvigorating the sidelined six-party talks, involving China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, the US and North Korea, is another possibility. Beyond the Winter Olympics, the fierce divide between North and South, of course, will not be breached, even though North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has stressed that his country will not go nuclear unless "hostile forces" attack his regime. He appears confident that there will not be a preemptive US nuclear strike because of the North's deterrent. So, the question now is where will China position itself after the Panmunjeon talks?


Coachella Announces Cannabis Still Banned At Festival Even Though Its Legal Now "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cannabis was recently legalized for recreational use in the state of California, but one of the largest music festivals in the state just announced that the changing laws would not affect their policy on the substance, and that cannabis use will be prohibited at this years event.

A notice on the FAQ portion of their website answered the question, Hey since Marijuana is legal now, that means I can use it at Coachella right? With the cringeworthy reply of, Sorry bro. Marijuana or marijuana products arent allowed inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Even in 2018 and beyond.  If that changes we will update this answer.

The page linked to an article at where Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall explained that this was a decision that the promoters made.

The promoter has a standing right to the property, and they can determine what can and cannot be brought onto the premises, (for instance) you have the right to bear arms, but you dont have the right to bear arms in my house, Marshall said.

According to Digital Music News, even medical marijuana patients will not be able to use their medicine at the festival but will be forced to leave it in a box for the duration of the event. Interestingly enough, the festival will continue to serve alcohol, and be sponsored by alcohol companies, while it is now a generally accepted fact that alcohol is far more dangerous and harmful than cannabis.

The owner of the corporation responsible for the festival, Philip Anschutz, is a very controversial figure who has been rumored to make large contributions to prohibitionist and anti-LGBT organizations. Anschutz vehemently denied these claims in a recent statement, saying that Recent claims published in the media that I am anti-LGBTQ are nothing more than fake news it is all garbage. I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation. We are fortunate to employ a wealth of diverse individuals throughout our family of c...


SUMMER DAYTRIPPING "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jo Rittey enjoys a day away from the Northside drinking wine and looking down over the vineyards.

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Tread lightly on the dunes this summer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Spinifex planting at New Brighton. Photo supplied.

Plantings and seeding work has been undertaken by Byron Shire Council recently in the New Brighton dunes following beach scraping works earlier this year.

Visitors and locals are being reminded to stick to the formal beach access paths to avoid trampling new plantings and damaging the dunes.

It takes time and a huge community effort to regenerate coastal dunes and so were reminding everyone to respect the dune environment while theyre out and about enjoying our beautiful beaches, Councils Coastal Biodiversity Coordinator Chloe Dowsett said.

Council recently engaged Bushland Restoration to undertake planting and seeding work that consisted of collecting plant material such as Spinifex, Goats Foot and Pigface cuttings and planting across the entire 1.3km length of the New Brighton dune.

The establishment of vegetation in a dune system helps to keep the dune intact and aids in combating coastal hazards and storms, pointed out Ms Dowsett.

We want to ensure that all this hard work and effort is not undone by beach users trampling new plants, dumping garden waste or introducing invasive weeds on their shoes.

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In which the pond stands with our Henry for King Chuck ... "IndyWatch Feed"

(here for more Bell).

What a disappointing bunch the reptiles are during the summer silliness, almost as bad as the invisible ABC.

The best they've got this Friday? Why it's 'hole in the bucket' Henry standing up for Prince Chuck, and naturally it's such a novelty that our Henry zoomed to the top of the digital splash ...

Oh sure on the treekiller edition, the Bishop was having a word with a minor prelate ... while the race-baiter was having a quiet sob about bullying ...

But Concetta Fierravanti-Wells has always flapped like a dunny door in a Tamworth gale, or like an onion muncher on steroids, and there's no fun in that game ... and after all, our Henry was only urging a good think ...


Your chance to become a firefighter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From the Left: D/Capt Mellissa Madden, Captain Andrew Hill, RFF (Retained Fire Fighter) Steve Martin and RFF Ben  Rogers. Photo supplied.

Have you ever wanted to be a firefighter? Well now is your chance the Bangalow fire station is currently looking for two retained (on call) firefighters to be on call from home or work to respond to fires and other emergencies at Bangalow fire station.

Retained firefighters are trained and equipped to deal with the same emergencies as permanent firefighters. They not only fight fires they respond to a wide range of emergencies, as well as educate school children, seniors, business people

and the wider community about fire safety.

An information session is being held Wednesday, January 24 at 6pm at Bangalow Fire Station, Byron Street, Bangalow.

The majority of retained firefighters have other jobs and community minded employers are usually supportive for them to leave work to attend call outs, said D/c Melissa Madden.

Retained firefighters are paid a fortnightly payment for being on call and receive an hourly rate for attending incidents, training sessions and other activities.

For information about becoming a retained firefighter with Bangalow Fire Station, phone Captain Andrew Hill 0407 224 724 D/c Mellissa Madden 0427 872 984 Regional North Zone Office 02 6681 1847 or click here. Applications close Sunday, February 4.

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Renew Fest returns for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RENEW Fest 2017. Photo Ingrid Pullen.

Renew Fest will celebrate its third anniversary this May, and earlybird tickets are available from January 8 until February 14.

The grassroots festival, to be held May 19 and 20 at the Mullum Showgrounds, is a celebration of collaborative action and the power of community for innovative sustainability projects.

This years theme will be Deep listening.

Festival director Ella Rose Goninan says, With deep listening as our overarching theme this year, we are bringing care to all facets of the program to support a collective listening experience.

As the guiding motive of Renew Fest is to give rise and celebration to collaborative actions of regenerative change, this years festival will be exploring the importance and place of deeply listening to life as we seek to bring renewal to the story of our environmental humanity.

Last years festival patron and internationally acclaimed heart-to-heart parenting advocate Robin Grille is thrilled to be returning once again for Renew Fest 2018.

Warm and uplifting

Mr Grille says, I found Renew Fest 2017 to be a heart-warming and uplifting experience; in which we could see a truly new world clearly starting to take shape, with love, with excitement and with grounded possibility. The festival is a place to be recharged, to discover how powerful we are when we join together in vision for a transformed world.

I love Renew Fest for its can do energy, and for the sheer abundance and variety of how tos.

I am thrilled to be invited back to participate in this dynamic, nourishing and colourful festival in 2018.

And, most interestingly, the theme and emphasis of this years Renew Fest will have a surprising brand new twist



7 Effective Ways to Handle a Narcissist By Putting them in Their Place "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. Oscar Wilde

Studies have found that the number of narcissists in the United States may be as high as 30%, a number that experts report has been on the rise. We live in a self-centered society, encouraging people to embrace a me, me, me approach to life. This culture is further encouraged by the influence of social media and reality television.

Jim Taylor, PhD., an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco and the Wright Institute in Berkeley discussed this increase in narcissism in an article for Psychology Today. Breaking down the various theories as to why this is occurring, he stated, The answer that came most readily to my mind, and an apocryphal one at that, is a gradual, yet inexorable, tear in the fabric of our society. Think of all the qualities that enable us to form a functioning and vital nation respect, compassion, tolerance, selflessness and you will see that they dont exist in the narcissistic personality (or culture).

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Not only do we see an absence of these vital, positive personality traits, but Taylor also highlighted the prevalence of a different shift in our society today. The indifference, egotism, disrespect, and lack of consideration that are central to narcissism are also reflective of the increasingly polarized and vitriolic tone of our current body politic, recent unethical corporate behavior, the rise in cheating among students in school, and the gamut of bad behavior among professional athletes, he explained. When you really consider the state of our society today, his explanation makes sense!

Narcissists are everywhere. Often they move among us completely undetected ...


Indonesia hopes to finalize Freeport contract talks by June "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Indonesia hopes to finalize Freeport contract talks by June
Wilda Asmarini 

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia hopes to finalize contract talks with Freeport McMoRan Inc over the Grasberg copper mine by June, although divestment issues are still unresolved, a mining ministry official said on Thursday.

Indonesia and Freeport formed a framework agreement in August to transfer the companys rights to Grasberg to a new mine license system from an existing contract of work. Under the change, Freeport promised to divest 51 percent of its Indonesian unit to the government. 
However, details of the divestment still need to be ironed out by Freeport, the State Owned Enterprises Ministry and the Finance Ministry, Bambang Gatot, the Coal and Minerals Director General at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, told reporters at a briefing. 
The main issue that hasnt been resolved yet is divestment, Gatot said.



Young sailors learn the ropes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Some of the young South Gippsland Yacht Club sailors taking part in the training program that was run at the home base of Inverloch during the week. Z140218

SAILORS young and old participated in a three-day training course hosted by the South Gippsland Yacht Club at their home base in Inverloch.
24 young sailors aged between 7-12 participated in the tackers age group, taking on the water in a small Opti boat, learning how to steer, drive and change tack.
The young sea goers all displayed terrific improvement over the three day course and received their tackers 1 certificate, with four students impressing instructors so much they were moved into the tackers 2 level.
10 older sailors also took part in the Start Sailing group, which is designed for teens and adults and is conducted on the large Pacer boats.
Commodore of the South Gippsland Yacht Club Rob McNair was delighted with the program, with improvements seen across the board.
The conditions were actually quite challenging each day with strong winds and tides making it harder for the group, but everyone adapted well and by the end everyone was cruising around independently, said Mr McNair.
The yacht club is also hosting its annual Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta over three days on the Australia day weekend.
Kicking off on Friday, January 26 and running into the weekend, the Regatta will see a display and race of historic and classic boats from all eras. Its a great day for boating enthusiasts to see and learn about the history of old boats with some fun and exciting racing.

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'Cruel mongrels': Authorities search for suspects who nailed koala to wooden post "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The discovery of a dead koala found screwed to a wooden post in a park in Queensland, Australia, has sparked outrage and a hunt for the perpetrator. The animal's corpse was found screwed to a gazebo in Brooloo park, north of Brisbane, by Koala Rescue Queensland on Wednesday. The group said that, because of the amount of blood present at the scene, it believes the koala was alive when it was attached to the wooden post. It posted a photo of the dead animal on Facebook in an effort to catch those responsible. An autopsy will take place to determine the cause of death. "When he is brought in for post mortem, he will be given a name and treated with the respect he deserves. I wish we could have been there for him when it mattered," the animal rescue group said.


The importance of a good technique "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The highlight of a short excursion this morning to the Rise and Shine was observing a flock of Varied Sittellas foraging for insects.

These small, bark feeding specialists are handsome birds, especially when you see the splash of orange across their extended wings. Ive watched them feeding many times but was fascinated to see a couple of the birds repeatedly flicking both wings simultaneously to disturb insects. This technique is commonly used by a number of insectivorous species the Grey Fantail and Willie Wagtail come immediately to mind, but is not commonly seen with sittellas.

According to Joseph and Olsen (2011) The birds zig-zag actively up and down the trunk and along branches with a rocking horse motion, probing and levering the bark with their upturned bills and occasionally flickering one wing, probably to flush cryptic prey.

It worked very effectively  this morning as the birds were having some success in dislodging insects. Id be interested to hear from any folks who have observed this behaviour in Varied Sittellas.

Varied Sittella, Rise and Shine, 11th January 2018


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