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Tuesday, 16 January


Belize imposes offshore oil moratorium to protect reefs "IndyWatch Feed"

The government of Belize halted all exploration for oil in its territorial waters from Dec. 29, becoming one of the first developing countries to turn away from oil in favor of protecting the ocean environment. This is truly The Peoples Law, Janelle Chanona, vice president of the NGO Oceana in Belize, said in a report by teleSUR. Belizeans have remained steadfast in their opposition to offshore oil since they became aware that marine assets were at risk of irreversible damage from the offshore oil industry. That opposition began in earnest when the government shared its plans for oil exploration near the Belize Barrier Reef. At that point, WWF started a campaign during which 450,000 people emailed the government about offshore drilling, according to an article at Quartz. Belize is a small country making a mighty commitment to putting the environment first, Nadia Bood, a WWF reef scientist, said in the Quartz article. A stingray in Belize. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. The Belize Barrier Reef System Reserve has been a UNESCO world heritage site for more than two decades. The 300-kilometer (186-mile) stretch of coral in the Caribbean Sea is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second in size only to Australias Great Barrier Reef. It is home to turtles, crocodiles and manatees among the roughly 1,400 species found in Belizes reefs. Such wildlife is a huge draw for tourists, who contribute about 10 percent of the countrys gross domestic product, according to Quartz. The Guardian reports that 50 percent of Belizes

Monday, 15 January


Taggarts Paddock Pork "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Second Release/CSA

Taggarts is excited to announce the second release of our small scale, free-range, ethically prepared pork. As before, our pork will be sold in mixed boxes at $26 kg with a selection of the best cuts, including roasts, chops and belly. After the success of our hams and sausages, both these products will be available as part of the boxes along with our first release of bacon. Boxes will be ready approximately the 2nd week of February. As ever boxes are limited so get in quick to avoid disappointment.

We are also looking for expressions of interest to join a C.S.A. (Community Supported Agriculture). As we reach our optimum size, whilst keeping true to our ethos of small-scale, free-range, ethical, pork releases will be more frequent and we are looking for regular customers. Most of you probably know of C.S.A. and what it involves but in a nutshell you subscribe to receive an amount of pork on a regular basis. You support us to keep doing what we do and we help you eat meat that has been bred and raised humanely.

To make an order or if you have any questions send an email or jump over to our Facebook page where you can also keep up to date with whats going on and check up on our happy little porkers.



Rental Needed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi Newlanders,

I am looking for a room, studio, home to rent or housesit in the Newlands area from Feb 15th for a 2 month period. Male worker, non-smoker, cyclist.

Looking for something quiet and clean.

Great local references available. If you know of anything that might suit, please contact me on for more details. 

Thanks so much,



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Free to a good home.
1 double black metal 8 ball bed.

1 single pale blue metal bed.


Aussie Government: End the Free Ride for Electric Cars "IndyWatch Feed"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Australian Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher wants a new system of road charging, which ends the free ride enjoyed by electric cars which do not have to pay fuel tax. Electric cars are breaking our roads, heres how And what the future holds for the neighbourhoods that need their


Sydney unemployment heading to record lows? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

My work featured in today's SMH here...(or click image).


A quiet little corner of the world "IndyWatch Feed"

A respectable tradesman I have known for many years told me of when he was a young blade, he and some friends rented a flat above a funeral directors office and workshop. If they were busy and short-handed, they would call on him for some work. He didnt mind as it helped pay the rent.

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Arrears down again "IndyWatch Feed"

Arrears improve

Another data series suggesting that 30-60 day arrears are now very close to the lowest level on record.

First it was S&P Global that reported as such, as I charted at the attached link. 

And this time, it's Moody's.

Source: Moody's

Total 90+ day Prime RMBS arrears declined from 1.62 per cent to 1.54 per cent in the September quarter, according to Moody's Investor Service.

The main improvement was seen in shadow lenders, with delinquencies declining from 2.85 per cent to 2.59 per cent, which there was also a solid decline in non-confirming loan arrears to 3.3 per cent.

Elsewhere it was reported that loan impairment charges were also close to record lows in 2017. 

Good to see. 


Ahed Tamimi: Australian Outrage Or Indifference ? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has once again remained silent on another Israeli outrage, writes Professor Stuart Rees.

Sixteen-year old Ahed Tamimi has been imprisoned in an Israeli jail. She slapped an Israeli soldier who had invaded her home in the village of Nabi Saleh, where her cousin was shot in the face with a rubber bullet and sustained life-threatening injuries. Her mother Nariman and cousin Noor have also been arrested. A video of the incident was streamed live on Facebook.

In response to Aheds resistance, Israeli education Minister Naftali Bennet said that Tamimi should spend the rest of her life in prison. A prominent Israeli commentator, Ben Caspin said hed like to see the teenager sent to a dungeon to be tortured in such a fashion that no-one should witness it.


Aheds Courage

Around the world there is outrage that Ahed has been being shackled and held in detention. Im outraged by Australian political leaders apparent non-response to the thuggery of Bennet and others, politicians whom an Australian government regards as partners in anti-terrorism operations and with whom we like to trade in arms.

I do not want to hear the sitting-on-the-fence response: weve stayed silent because we cant interfere in the affairs of another country. Thats the time-honoured cowards way out. As a newly minted member of the UNs Human Rights Council, the Australian government should not behave as though it believes in human rights but cant afford to offend a friend.

Journalist Ben Ehrenreich records that Ahed first came to the notice of Israeli authorities when she was 11. She was filmed raising her bare, skinny arm to shake her fist in the face of a fully armed Israeli soldier twice her size. Other soldiers had just arrested her brother.

The very courageous Ahed has lived her life under a brutal occupation. Settlers who steal land are protected by the military. Settlers act with impunity but aim to ethnically cleanse the area surrounding Nabi Saleh. Those who resist injustice are charged with being offenders while the perpetrators of injustice are defined as victims. Morality, law, human rights and ethics dont exist. Who...


Who and What Will AI Serve? US and China Give Very Different Answers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Beijing (MPN Artificial Intelligence is a frighteningly powerful new tool and weapon. Who and what will it serve? In the U.S., tech giants Facebook, Google, and Amazon and their corporate agendas; in China, the needs of the public and the economy. These two models should be thought through now.

Speaking to a group of students in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a bold proclamation. Artificial intelligence is the future, he said, stating that this is a fact not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.

Chinese Tech Show
Image: Wikimedia Commons

This single quote from Putin was cast in an ominous light by Western media, even leading SpaceX founder and the most recognizable critic of Artificial Intelligence (AI)  Elon Musk to warn that the race for AI superiority at a national level may be the most likely cause of a potential world war. While the Western media may want their consumers to believe that this was the latest development in the tactics used in Russian aggression and the next logical step from the dreaded ...


Q&A: How do climate models work? "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the first article of a week-long series focused on climate modelling, Carbon Brief explains in detail how scientists use computers to understand our changing climate

The use of computer models runs right through the heart of climate science.

From helping scientists unravel cycles of ice ages hundreds of thousands of years ago to making projections for this century or the next, models are an essential tool for understanding the Earths climate.

But what is a climate model? What does it look like? What does it actually do? These are all questions that anyone outside the world of climate science might reasonably ask.

Carbon Brief has spoken to a range of climate scientists in order to answer these questions and more. What follows is an in-depth Q&A on climate models and how scientists use them. You can use the links below to navigate to a specific question.


Sydney Uni construction site "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Now the new year is I'm getting back in to the street landscapes, so I went back to the corner of Ross St and Parramatta Rd to continue with this picture. The crane wasn't pointing in the right direction tday




Julian Assange, courageous publisher: Ecuador's gain is Australia's loss "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange, the courageous innovative publisher of Wikileaks, who told the world the truth about US army torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib has been found by the united Nations to have been illegally held in indefinite detention since he was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012, due to the British and Swedish governments complicity with the United States. Now Australia has lost this citizen of global courage and action in defence of human rights, to Ecuador, which has just recently granted him citizenship. See "Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship to provide 'another layer of protection'".

The whole Assange case could have been resolved years ago, had the Swedish government given Assange a guarantee that he would not be extradited to the United States, should he go to Sweden to face charges (now dropped) of rape. The fact that no such undertaking was made by the Swedish government (supposedly neutral, but in reality an ally of the United States) clearly demonstrates that the charges of rape were no more than a ploy to arrest Assange and deliver him to the United States deep state.

Throughout this long detention and shameful denial of Julian Assange's human rights, Australian parliament has received letters and petitions asking for the government to help Julian Assange, as an Australian citizen and Victorian resident. To our knowledge, only Greens MPs, notably Scott Ludlum, and, at least once, Adam Bandt, have spoken up on the subject, especially in relation to Bills restricting Australian freedoms and expanding state surveillance. Prime Ministers Rudd and Gillard have been passive in their responses to questions about Assange's welfare, with Gillard actually making the public error of saying that Wikileaks was illegal. Basically no Australian government has stood up for Australia, even though they have occasionally protested that he has received the same rights as any Australian citizen. This...


Man arrested after Mbah credit union break-in "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man has been charged after police allege he attempted to break into a credit union at Murwillumbah today.

During the early hours, (Monday 15 January 2018), security responded to an alarm at a credit union in Murwillumbah Street. As they arrived they noticed a number of cladding planks had been removed from the building and contacted police.

As police were driving to the scene they noticed a man walking nearby. He was searched and a number of items were allegedly located on him, including housebreaking implements. Police attempted to arrest the man and a violent struggle ensued.

The man was eventually handcuffed and during the scuffle it is alleged a police officer was bitten.

The man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with break and inter with intent x 2, assault police, resist arrest, have face blackened/disguised with intent, possess safebreaking implements, possess housebreaking implements, malicious damage and eight warrants for break and enter offences in 2015.

The man was refused bail to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court tomorrow (Tuesday 16 January 2018).

The officer was treated for a minor injury.

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BCDiploma soon deployed by Avenir Sant Afrique Service to reach out 1 billion Africans "IndyWatch Feed National"

 In order to ensure the quality of training, BCDiploma and Avenir Sant Afrique (ASA) in cooperation with African training institutions, are partnering to set up an innovative certification and authentication tool for diplomas.

From 2018, Avenir Sant Afrique will deploy BCDiploma in Niger and sub-Saharan Africa.

This service will enable Africa to provide a recognized level of education and training to its 2 billion people predicted for 2040. By that date, Africa will represent 1 out of 5 workers on the planet and will be a global growth driver with an average growth rate of 6% per year.

Avenir Sant Afrique was founded by African and French health professionals.
Thanks to digital technology and managerial innovation, ASA facilitates and improves access to healthcare in Africa by establishing:
           Connected health cells of orientation and prevention (CSCOP);
           A personalized medical follow-up thanks to the integrated health record (DSI);
           An interoperable information system;
           A connected network of health professionals and facilities.

Avenir Sant Afrique, an approved player and privileged partner of the public authorities, manufacturers, laboratories and equipment manufacturers in Niger and many sub-Saharan countries, has decided to deploy BCDiploma in the following fields:
           Health professionals certification process (faculties, schools and training institutes);
           Approved data certification.


Vincent Tossa, CEO of Avenir Sant Afrique: The convergence with BCDiploma will facilitate our recruitment process and ensure the quality of our staff. This will enable us to: show a high-performance level of patient orientation, improve the health system level in African countries and restore confidence in the global health system.

Luc Jarry-Lacombe, CEO of BCDiploma: The synergies between Avenir Sant Afrique and BCDiploma are huge: Avenir Sant Afrique has understood from the outset that BCDiploma answers the question of a certification service with sustainable, large-scale, reliable and cost-controlled deployment. Above all, Avenir Sant Afrique decided to use BCDiploma not only for certifications of medical staff...


The Roxborough "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Mantis Kane Rather than resting on their laurels and bathing in Fitzrovias success over the past few years, the owners have just opened The Roxborough on Acland St. The name: a homage to Jonny Roxburgh. Not the guy from Jackass, rather the London restauranteur of The Admirable Crichton fame, caterer to the stars and []


In praise of safe spaces "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fortunately I recently stumbled upon the last safe space in Sydneys inner west for the grumpy old white male. Its a watering hole with a splendid view of a cement works and architecture that wouldnt look out of place in a communist leaders mausoleum. Its no place for snowflakes, full of salt of the earth types, old salts from the nearby wharves and the occasional outburst of salty language. Here everybodys truth is heard, considered and roundly jeered.

The beer is cold, the lamb is rare, the racing and the cricket are always on the television and the clink of glasses is punctuated by the whistle and thwack of dart on board. Everyones a winner, baby, thats no lie. In my safe space I am known as the worlds greatest journalist. My drinking companions are, in no particular order, the worlds greatest and second greatest cleaners, the worlds greatest printer, the worlds greatest plumber, a bloke who looks like Donald Trump and a revolving assortment of fishermen with calloused hands, sunbaked squints and all manner of tall tales on ice.

The only trigger warning is when an attractive female passes outside and the cry goes up. Window one! Window two! Window three!. I realise I should strenuously object to this crass objectification of women. I should also eat more vegetables and less red meat, sleep longer, meditate often and not sweat the small stuff. What I do is have another sip of my beer and wait for the next outrageous yarn to be spun.

Jason Gagliardi


The Aboriginal threshold "IndyWatch Feed"

By Cally Jetta Regardless of individual student demographics and the Aboriginal visibility of any one particular institution and/or community, incorporating Aboriginal Perspectives Across the Curriculum (APAC) and moving towards culturally responsive teaching practice should be a priority and focus of every Australian school. National initiatives such as Closing the Gap and incorporating local language and

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Lindy Lynch is at the cutting edge, the grindstone and all the rest of a very modern Artists technique & trade. Sometimes in a playful harmonious manner, and other times with a driven, highly focused and manic intent. Buzz Sands. Breamlea, Victoria. January 2018.

In a post-pop, post-op, post-punk, post-hipster world, Art Sensation Lindy Lynch is both retroand visionary. Lindys work spans Outsider, Folk-art & Craftwork all the way to Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, Psychedelia & beyond.

Lindy creates shape and form from discarded, disused & disassembled materials and products; found objects in abundance amid a commercial, consumer, throwaway world not just to re-emergebut to be reborn & reassembled, beautiful and objectified in the inimitable Lindy Lynch style. Buzz Sands.

l never throw anything away.

The materials l use are all recycled or reclaimed goods. The mediums range from bamboo blinds, chairs and bed heads, rusted metal, nails and screws, driftwood, shells, rope from the beach, matches, paper, cardboard, plastics and electrical wire.

My art takes form from the materials l have collected and the sorting gives me the inspiration to create. From piles of discarded junk into pieces of art. Turning something old into something new and reducing landfill gives me great pleasure . Lindy Lynch. Mullumbimby Creek. 2018



Munich Residenz the largest city palace in Germany "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There are those cities that you go to that just deliver the goods everytime you go there. For us, Munich, Germany is that city. We have been there 5 times now and every time we go we find something new to see or do. We have even been lucky enough to see the same things a couple of times in different seasons and we have been blown away by how different it is. It is just that one city that gives more and more whether you have one day in Munich or a week. On our last trip to Munich with kids, we were staying for a little less time than on the previous trips so we decided to stay within the city and explore more around there. We looked up the top things to do in Munich in winter and although we had already done some of the things on the list The Royal Residence Munich or as some will know it, Munich Residenz was the one we had not gone to even though it was on every list of things to do in Munich in winter. In all honesty, we had not even considered it on our last trips and that, we would learn, had been a huge mistake.

Is Munich Residenz one of the best things to do in Munich in winter?

Our day started out with our hop on hop off bus tour (if you only have one day in Munich this is a perfect way to see as much as you can, it is also an easy way to see Munich with kids) and it was freezing. None of us was keen to get off the nice warm bus and walk the short way to the ticket office at the Munich Residenz. It turns out we walked around the wrong side of the building and ended up doing an entire lap of a block. The girls were freezing by this stage and I think some serious death stares were being thrown in our direction from them. Munich in winter is absolutely freezing even when you are walking! Once we got inside though we let them sit down and had a drink and a snack in the little foyer.

Where do we stay in Munich?...


What Happens When You Use Blockchain to Fix the Food Industry "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Trust in companies is currently at an all-time low because of the constant pressure to lower costs in order to increase margins. To combat this, many companies are looking for ways to increase the level of trust their customers have in them. One way theyve thought of doing this is by using technology to document the flow of goods through their supply chain.

Trust as a pain point

As a customer, a constant worry when making any purchase is that the good will be counterfeit, or not up to the standard one expects when making said purchase. Until now, companies had to rely on the strength of their brand to build this trust in their supply chain. When customers buy Armani clothes or Jimmy Choo shoes, they are assuming that the good is representative of what should be expected from the brand.

But what if there were another way to verify the quality of the end product without needing to make your customer blindly trust in your brand? The answer comes from the power of Blockchain technology to identify and track your goods through the entire supply chain. When you have multiple parties participating, such as the manufacturer, distributor, retailer and the consumer, it helps to have a digitized method of building consensus in a supply chain.

Your food is an asset too

Although not as valuable an asset, these ideas can also be applied in the context of food safety. Food safety has long been an issue in China, and this extends around the world. Contamination is a major worry as death or illness can result from improper handling of food. It is not always possible to verify the quality of the original goods and most of the current processes are executed by manpower, which can be tampered with.

For regulators, this makes things much easier to track and measure than any of the previously offered solutions. There would then be a method of tracking the status of each product in the supply chain and transactions could more easily be monitored. Companies will love this because they can measure the upstream and downstream effect of any modifications they make to their supply chain, and consumers will be grateful for a method by which they can establish a trust in the system.

How would this system work?

The general framework of the system would be to have information tracking occur all through the supply chain, which would then result i...


Transgender Community Against Removal Of Gender on Drivers Licence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The majority of Queenslands transgender community would prefer to have a gender marker on their drivers licence. Thats the view of Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland president Gina Mather who told QNews she believed 70 per cent of her community would prefer the information had not been removed. Ms Mather (pictured) also was nonplussed by ...

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Senior Advisor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Building and Construction Commission


Is neoliberal Oprah Winfrey really the president progressives want? "IndyWatch Feed"

Is neoliberal Oprah Winfrey really the president progressives want?Putting another celebrity in the White House after the Trump experience especially one dedicated to vociferous consumption, like Oprah Winfrey would be a huge mistake, says Jacob Debets. read now...


Tony Abbott offers The Greens 364 days a year to celebrate political correctness "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are 364 other days a year for the Greens to be politically correct. Why cant they just accept that Jan 26 is the best available day to celebrate all thats good about life in Australia. Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) January 15, 2018


Greenhouses Gases Are a Product of Civilization for Thousands of Years "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Do you believe we are going into an ice age?

ANSWER: No. At best we return to a mini-ice age. There are those who argue that a decline in solar activity, which they cannot deny, will not be enough to offset the human created Global Warming. There are so many things wrong with the Global Warming theories it is even hard to figure out where to begin. Long before the Industrial Revolution, the assumption was that our planets atmosphere was still untainted by human-made pollutants for it was somehow pristine. That assumption is dead wrong, but nobody wants to challenge it because if there were periods of human air pollution before, then perhaps their theory that this will destroy the planet and we will all burn to a crisp, as Christine Legard said, is nonsense.

All one has to do is read the contemporary accounts from ancient Rome. The residents of ancient Rome suffered from pollution that was primarily caused by burning wood to cook and stay warm rather than fossil fuels. There was a great smoke cloud they wrote about called gravioris caeli (heavy heaven). Others referred to it as infamis aer (infamous air). Complaints about this infamis aer and its effects can be found in classical writings. No sooner had I left behind the oppressive atmosphere of the city [Rome] and that reek of smoking cookers which pour out, along with clouds of ashes, all the poisonous fumes theyve accumulated in their interiors whenever theyre started up, than I noticed the change in my condition, wrote in 61AD Seneca the Younger (c...


How Will Interest Rates Double in Europe from Here "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


 Thanks for all your guidance and help in navigating these markets. You mention rates are going up soon in Europe but how can the ECB achieve this when they are still implementing QE. I work in the European HY market and the technicals are horrible as so much money is flooding in chasing yield driving up leverage and deteriorating lending conditions. If rates do go up soon can we expect a spectacular unwinding of the HY bond market that has ground so tight due to CSPP?

Thanks so much, keep up the amazing work.


ANSWER: Central banks can only control short-term rates for brief periods of time. They cannot control the long-end. The problem the ECB has is by backing off of QE, it will require private buyers to replace them, which will not happen at negative to low rates. The interest rates will be set by the private sector not the ECB. The QE program has degenerated from an economic stimulus to simply life-support for member states. The stimulus never made it past the governments and we have nearly 10 years of QE that has just failed completely. Once the government have to turn back to private buyers, that is when you will see rates rise sharply to try to sell new debt.



Chet Raymo, The Seat of the Soul "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Seat of the Soul 
by Chet Raymo

"It was not my first visit. I had been there once before to talk with the great man, to the Castle of Cloux, near Amboise, in the valley of the Loire. He had been living there since 1516, at the invitation of Francis I, king of France. He was 67 years old, bundled up in a thick fur wrap by a roaring fire. His face showed age but not infirmity. Long white hair fell about his shoulders. White beard. Thick, downswept brows shaded his eyes like awnings. A strong nose. And of course the mouth, serious yet generous, not unlike the mouth of the Christ he had painted on the wall of the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

The king likes to surround himself with luminaries - artists, poets, philosophers, talented people of all sorts. Leonardo's reputation, of course, is known throughout Europe. It was inevitable that the king would draw him to France. A prize of war? So be it.

The last time I visited we talked about his paintings, only three of which had followed him to France. This time I wanted to hear about his anatomical studies. I had heard he had hundreds of drawings, recording the meticulous dissection of cadavers. "Might I see them?" I asked. Kindly, he aquiesced, and asked his young apprentice and friend, Count Francesco Melzi, to fetch several thick portfolios. As I carefully turned the sheets, I was stunned. Never had I seen such detailed representations of the human frame. Bones, muscles, tissues. Heart, lungs, stomach, liver. "From life?" I asked, forgetting myself. "From death," he replied with a slight smile. "Not so may years ago I had the privilege of working with Marcantonio della Torre, professor of anatomy at the University of Pavia. He gave me access to corpses."

As the thickly-annotated sheets slipped through my fingers I realized I was looking at something marvelous, a marriage of art and science.



Beachgoers urged to take care in powerful swell "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The lifesaving community has urged North Coast beachgoers to be cautious around the water this week as powerful swells prompted agencies to issue warnings about the hazardous surf conditions.

A powerful swell, peaking at more than 3.5 metres is expected to continue to build throughout Monday with the Far North Coast set to bear the brunt of the conditions, particularly on the incoming tide.

Similar conditions have been forecast for Tuesday with the entire coastline from Eden through to the NSW-Queensland border likely to experience the challenging swell.

Southern facing and open beaches are likely to be most heavily impacted.

NSW Lifesaving manager Matt du Plessis is urging the public to be aware of the conditions and to only swim at a patrolled location.

Unfortunately we have seen a number of tragic incidents at our beaches during the festive season and with the warmer weather the beach is still just as inviting ever.

Please take note of the safety warnings and if you have any doubt whatsoever about your ability to handle the water its better not to go in, said Mr du Plessis.

Lifesavers are using this opportunity to reiterate key safety messages.

The red and yellow flags are there for a reason and we urge you to make that effort to swim there. Weve had several instances of people being pulled from rips over summer so please take those few extra seconds to evaluate the conditions and to talk to the lifesaver or lifeguard on duty, Mr du Plessis said.

Additionally rock fishers in particular should be aware of a 13-second period swell so they need to be extra vigilant when getting on and off exposed platforms.

It is believed that these conditions will last until at least Thursday before gradually easing as the weekend approaches, though that can quickly change as forecast models are refined.

General Safety Tips during Hazardous Surf Conditions: 

  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. See the Beachsafe website for patrolled locations/times
  • Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities
  • Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket
  • If you witness an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero police

The post...


Trans Student Wins Big Payout After Suing School For Discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A transgender student in the US has won an $800,000 settlement from his former school district over humiliating transphobic discrimination he suffered while at school. Ashton Whitaker (pictured, right), who is now in college, identified as male while at school in Wisconsin and filed the lawsuit in 2016 after staff continually referred to him as ...

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Husky Announce Intimate Walking In Your Sleep Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Husky Melbourne indie-folkers Husky are planning a string of intimate shows this April following the release of their latest single Walking In Your Sleep. The track is taken from Huskys highly successful 2017 album Punchbuzz which we picked as one of our favourites from last year. Walking in Your Sleep is a []


Birds of Prey Set Wildfires "IndyWatch Feed"

Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

Black Kite (Milvus migrans) one of the species accused of setting fires. By Mayukhghose (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

So much for fire control  JoNova reports that raptors have been photographed congregating on the edge of large Australian bushfires, picking up burning sticks, and deliberately setting new spot fires in advance of the main blaze to flush out small mammals and other prey. This discovery potentially has profound implications for fire management in places like California.

Burn, Baby, Burn: Australian Birds Steal Fire to Smoke Out Prey

By Mindy Weisberger, Senior Writer | January 9, 2018 11:23am ET

Grassland fires that are deadly and devastating events for many kinds of wildlife are a boon to certain types of birds known as fire foragers. These opportunists prey on animals fleeing from a blaze, or scavenge the remains of creatures that succumbed to the flames and the smoke.

But in Australia, some fire-foraging birds are also fire starters.

Three species of raptors predatory birds with sharp beaks and talons, and keen eyesight are widely known not only for lurking on the fringes of fires but also for snatching up smoldering grasses or branches and using them to kindle fresh flames, to smoke out mammal and insect prey.

Scientists recently collected and evaluated reports from Aboriginal and nonindigenous people of these so-called firehawks black kites (Milvus migrans), whistling kites (Haliastur sphenurus) and brown falcons (Falco berigora) to better understand this unusual behavior, and to evaluate its implications for fire management in regions where the birds are active, the researchers wrote in a new study.

Aboriginal people in some parts of northern Australia referenced the fire-spreading actions of firehawks in sacred rituals and noted numerous sightings of the firehawks. In total, the study authors identified 12 Aboriginal groups in which people described firsthand sightings of raptors deliberately setting new fires with smoldering brands salvaged from existing fires...


Update "IndyWatch Feed National"

I've been unwell for a few days, up for breakfast today - for the first time since mid-last week - an encouraging sign.


Australian birds weaponize fire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Raptors, including the whistling kite, are intentionally spreading grass fires in northern Australia, a research paper argues. The reason: to flush out prey and feast Dick Eussen thought he had the fire beat. It was stuck on one side of a highway deep in the Australian outback. But it didn't look set to jump. And then, suddenly, without warning or obvious cause, it did. Eussen, a veteran firefighter in the Northern Territory, set off after the new flames. He found them, put them out, then looked up into the sky.


David Bidstrup: Living in the madhouse. "IndyWatch Feed"

On 10 January The Advertiser reported that the solar-thermal plant to replace the now demolished coal plant at Port Augusta has been given development approval. The proponents still need to organise finance and get their hands on the federal government $100 million concessional equity loan otherwise known as free money from us. I thought I would do some numbers to see whether the project is worth the hype, even though it is probably inevitable.

 The promotional blurb for the Aurora project states a generating capacity of 150 MW and output of 500 GWh per year. If Aurora was a conventional generator its theoretical annual output would be 1,314 GWh so the capacity factor for the project is 38%. This is not much better than wind farms which average capacity factors of 30-35%. As a comparison, the now demolished Port Augusta power station had a capacity of 520MW and a capacity factor of around 90% so could produce about 4,100 GWh annually. This is around 8 times more than the solar-thermal project will provide.

 The solar-thermal plant is quoted at $650 million, with $100 million coming directly from our pockets. The construction time is 2 years from whenever they get the money finalised.

 Over a proposed life span of 40 years it will produce 20,000 GWh about 5 years worth of Port Augusta output and will have a capital cost per MWh produced of $32.50 plus financing and operating costs.

 There is much hype about the storage capacity and how this will make the plant dispatchable, (a term the famous pet shop parrot now uses whenever electricity is being discussed). Looking at data from plants already in existence in Nevada, the solar-thermal plants suffer the same issue as ordinary solar PV in that their output drops off in winter months. Plots show capacity factors dropping to 10% so output is around one quarter of summer output. There might not be sufficient excess power to store in winter months.

 The coal fired station provided employment for 500 or so people in the Leigh Creek mine and Port Augusta power station and many others who made their livings supporting the power station or providing services for the families of these people. Leigh Creek is now a ghost town and Port Augusta has businesses closed and people out of work. They are also facing pollution from the overenthusiastic explosive demolition of the power station and the dust from the drying flyash lagoon.

 The solar-thermal project is touted as employing 650 people over 2 years for construction most of whom will come from places other than Port Augusta and an ongoing workforce of 50 people to operate it. Not much of a deal for those wh...


A Melt Up is Coming For US Stocks "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

  • All eyes turn to BHP and RIO this week
  • Why the shorts and sceptics need to get taken out for a blow-off top to happen
  • Plus, a common crypto question answered

US stocks got another big lift after we closed down for the week last Friday. The Dow put on over 200 points.

Thats enough to give Aussie stocks a boost in early trade this morning. The question is whether the rally can keep going.

All eyes will be on BHP and RIO. Their production reports are due this week. Things are looking primed to surprise to the upside.

In December, iron ore, coking coal, copper and oil traded at prices that were way higher than most forecast.

These production reports will guide analysts into their final estimates for dividends and full year profit.

A wildcard or two could come from an unexpected asset sale

A bullish signal for the US market
long term

Still, I cant help but feel the markets run over December has mostly priced in this good news.

However, the Aussie market could keep coasting off the momentum and strength coming out of the US.

Things are indeed looking bullish on that front. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that US investors are abandoning their defensive hedges.

Put options instruments that move into profit when the market goes down are falling away as investors cut the expense and opportunity cost of holding them.

It shows the fear of a big collapse in US stocks is no longer a major one.

You could argue that US stocks could see a sharper selloff if something happens to spook the market because of this.

Maybe in the short term. If youre a long-term investor, its not something to lose sleep over. The dips will be bought up, if you ask me.

If were to get what I expect a final melt up in stocks around the world, the short sellers and sceptics have to get taken out. Markets can only rise into a true major peak when theres no one left to buy.

Thats one reason I dont see the run in bitcoin finishing anytime soon. Theres still a lot of demand that can pour into this market from all over the world.

One of the worlds biggest exchanges is called Binance. Last week, Chief Executive Officer Zhao Changpeng told Bloomberg that Binance is adding a couple of million....


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Too many Mailers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The power of the debate as an illustration of gender politics in 1971 is patent, a more than ample foundation on its own, with Mailer looking more of a fool as time goes on in his attempts to rein the women in, belittle their arguments and remain on top. Its fascination for us today lies also in the language and manners, striking in their formality, even in Johnstons experimental prose and radical politics; Greer and Trilling are just as prolix, speaking in paragraphs we no longer hear in these contexts, worn down as we are by decades of festivals, talk fests and technology.


WA Government Announces Review Of Surrogacy Laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Western Australian same-sex couples could soon be able to have children using a surrogate after has announced the government will review Western Australias laws regarding reproductive technology. WA Health Minister Roger Cook said the states laws were out of step with other Australian jurisdictions. These laws are outdated in parts and are arguably not meeting ...

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In which the pond does a Weisser ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The pond can never understand why, when it sees a Weisser on the loose, that it reaches for a life-saving grant ...

The memory might be jogged if there's some mention of cutting waste,  ending the debt and  deficit, and talk of long-suffering taxpayers threatened by a banana republic and the ruling 'leet of rent-seekers ...

Ah well, there are always deep, ineluctable mysteries, and instead perhaps the pond should focus on how the Weisser came to attention this day in the lizard Oz - rather than worrying about the way that she nauseates viewers of The Drum and ensures it achieves the status of "must flick the off button now" viewing ...

You see, at one time Malware was a fervent republican, and Paul Keating dared to point this out. But then Malware was once a fervent futurist, and embraced agile and innovative interactivity ... and then ...

And that's how the Weisser ended up with this in the lizard Oz ...



The Australian economy is not likely to improve in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Last year finished with the Australian economy in a poorer state. It has been in the doldrums for years, marked by depressed economic growth figures, a declining manufacturing sector, rising personal debt, lagging sales, a housing cost crisis and ongoing dependency on fossil fuels and outdated technologies.

The coming year is unlikely to be any better and could even bring worse news. All of the above problems are still with us and there is no prospect of change in the foreseeable future.

Sitting over this has been ongoing government dependency on neoliberalism as the applied economic policy. It focuses on government spending cuts, ongoing privatisation and the redirection of national income upwards, so that the wealthiest receive a higher portion, the poorest less. Even those in the middle are finding that their share is shrinking.

The overall failure of wages to rise over a considerable period and households being forced to maintain the same standard of living by increasing their debt level, is now openly admitted by everyone.

What is not so widely understood is that the underlying profitability of business is taking a hit. This does not mean that businesses, particularly at the top end are not making a profit. Some of them make huge profits. The the banks are a good example. At the same time, many small, medium and even some large businesses are feeling the squeeze. They lack the padding to tide them over difficult times and dont have the access to capital that their bigger and more more powerful competitors enjoy.

This reveals a core problem and this is that the rate of return on investment is too low to guarantee that the largely unregulated market  will induce the right type of investment and secure a healthy economy. The reason why this has come about is complex and not the subject here. At the very least, these problems must be recognised in order to find a solution to the economic problems facing Australia. This solution cannot rely on market forces as the main means.

According to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) report in 2016, the previous year showed that the rate of return for fixed investment income was 1.7 percent and for liquid investments (shares and cash) 3.1 percent, when the international average was 7.3 and 6.2 respectively. At 8 percent, only the residential property market performed well form the investors point of view.

It should also be added that the mining industry is declining overall, in the face of falling commodity prices and changing global demand. This is important, because Australia has been over dependent on mining as a key source...


Chelsea Bond: Victims and Vultures the profitability of problematising the Aborigine "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post As a health researcher I am troubled by the predatory possibilities of the Aboriginal problem. Many a mortgage has been paid off the back of knowing the Aboriginal problem or claiming to solve the Aboriginal problem as advancing new knowledge. Within Indigenous health research, people (and by people, I mean predominantly white people) make money from knowing ...


The Ford Mustang Bullitt has returned "IndyWatch Feed"

Ford Mustang Bullitt

A surprise reveal ahead of this years Detroit Motor Show, the new Bullitt is a special edition that marks 50 years since Steve McQueen fired up his gorgeous, Highland Green Stang and decided to lay down one of the best movie chases the world has ever seen across San Francisco in 1968s Bullitt.

Its my favourite Mustang, explains the Stangs chief designer Darrell Behmer. Devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges. It doesnt need to scream about anything, its just cool.

And that, it most certainly is. We start with the classic 1968 Bullitt Mustangs exterior hue being deployed to excellent effect here Dark Highland Green but its also available in Shadow Black.

As Behmer notes, there are no spoilers or stripes, but there are 19in aluminium wheels, subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows and red Brembo brakes. Inside, theres much leather, a 12in digital LCD instrument cluster, and unique green accent stitching on the dash, door panels and centre console. And the seats.

Oh, and when you fire it up, the LCD screen gets a Bullitt welcome screen.


8 Ways To A Healthy Mind Body Soul "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Create a balanced spiritual connection between the mind body soul. Bring peace harmony health and healing. by psychic medium Ian Scott

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ASB extracts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I've been meaning to spool up the Burger again, and have decided to run a few old bits from Alien Side Boob here this week as a subscriber drive, and a way of reminding myself to come here every day and fucking post something.

I had a Hell of a time of it last year, and the Burger suffered for it. I'm hoping and planning to be a lot more productive in 2018 and it'd be nice to get the clubhouse repainted and a couple of freshly stuffed beanbags here and there to spruce the place up.

Last week I submitted the first draft of THE CRUEL STARS to Random House, or Random Penguins as they now are, I guess. Or maybe Penguin House. This week, I'm having a planning session to lay out my deadlines and get all my various workflows in balance. Item one: take fewer media commissions, do more book writing.

I'm not sure yet how to program regular blogging time in the schedule, but that's part of what I need to work out.


Conan answers your questions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


"Conan, what is best in life?"

To make the yellow light at the intersection with but a fraction of a second to spare, then to savour expressions of your enemies, the other, lesser drivers as they are bathed in the loathsome flash of the red light camera.

Conan, please, what is best in life?

To see a close friend stumble in public, to almost fall, and to regain his footing but only at the cost of great embarrassment. This. This is best. Most especially the embarrassment, but also the clumsiness.

Come now, Conan.

It is also best to find twenty dollars folded into your pocket. Not less, for there is little one can do with less. Not more, for with great riches, or fifty dollars, comes great responsibility. To accidentally find and wantonly spend twenty dollars is indeed best.

Conan, what is best in life?

Not the Celebrity Retweet, but the envy of your closest friends at your Celebrity Retweet.

Conan, is that really what"s best in life?

For Conan there is also pleasure to be had in the awkward, slightly uncomfortable moment when another must hold the door open longer than usual so that I might pass through.


If the door is the entrance to a crowded restaurant or bar, and your long and awkward approach is long enough that a table opens up directly in front of you as you enter? This, this too is best in life. For some reason, greater pleasure is to be had in subterranean venues.

But what is really best in life, Conan?

I speak true when I say that to freeze frame the TV just as your enemy is blinking so as to appear in the throes of a stroke, perhaps brought on by an explosive and unexpected end to a prolonged bout of constipation, this is best.

Conan, what is truly best?

To have a water balloon fight with small children in which your superior reach, speed and throw weight allows you to utterly drench them while you yourself remain dry.

Any more, Conan?

To drive one"s wagon to market, and pull into a parking space at the exact moment the wagon immediately in front of you pulls out, allowing you to claim the pull through slot and ultimately to drive away without the inconvenience of reversing, that is best in life.



US LGBTI Activist Dies On Hike In Central Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Tributes have flowed for a US actor, writer and LGBTI activist who died last week while on a hike in central Australia. Matt Palazzolo, 33, is believed to have suffered heatstroke while climbing Mount Sonder on the popular Larapinta Trail, west of Alice Springs. Local police told the ABC Palazzolo and a companion had become ...

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Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.


PERTH Speed camera operator threatened "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Speed camera operator threatened .

January 15, 2018 at 09:03AM .

Belmont Police attended the scene and the man attempted to flee the area on foot but was arrested nearby. The 46 year old man from Cloverdale has been charged with threats to injure, endanger or harm any person and being armed in a way that may cause fear. Hell front Perth Magistrates Court next .



The Hanging: Moving Histories // Future Projections "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Soda_Jerk, The Time That Remains, 2012, still from single channel video.

One screen, ten of Australias leading female artists. Moving Histories // Future Projections brings together a series of video-based artworks to critique the impact of film throughout time.

Featuring a diverse range of video-based artworks, Kelly Doley and Diana Smith also working collaboratively as Barbara Cleveland have curated a series of works as a myriad of thought around the potential of the moving image. The works meditate on how film reflects and, in turn, shapes the time and space it documents. Now showing at Mosman Art Gallery, each film plays one after the other on a singular screen, developing a firm intimacy between audiences and what theyre watching. A bold citation against a black background introduces you to each artist and their work the likes of Mikala Dwyer, Justine Williams, Angelica Mesiti and some of Australias most renowned female artists take centre stage.

Caroline Garcia, Primitive Nostalgia, 2014, still from single channel video.

Carolina Garcias video Primitive Nostalgia acts as a scathing open letter to Hollywood cinema. Using the infamous green screen to edit, she physically injects herself in to a number of Western films problematically envisioning the exotic and feminine other. With the artifice of a hologram laid over the scene, Caroline follows dance routines that are being performed by women of colour, slightly offbeat; moving at different rates or directions to the characters and soundtracks, which reworks the original narrative with a critical humour. Carolines unforgiving technique crafts a lo-fi expos on Hollywoods tendencies to feature people of colour palatably for a white audience. She dethrones her chosen icons of cinema by reducing them to their faults and inclinations towards stereotyping and profiling, they revere as diversi...


MACKAY Man charged for spitting blood, saliva in alleged CBD attack "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Man charged for spitting blood, saliva in alleged CBD attack

January 15, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

A 20-YEAR-old Eimeo man has allegedly spat at and assaulted staff at a club, then spat blood and saliva in a police car while being taken to the police station. The man, who will face Mackay Magistrates Court this morning, allegedly spat at a staff member of a licenced venue on Victoria St before

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MACKAY Multiple charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 08:18AM ,

Multiple charges, Mackay

January 15, 2018 at 08:18AM ,

A 20-year-old Eimeo man will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this morning following an alleged incident which occurred at 2:20am on January 13 at the corner of Fifth Lane and Gregory Street, Mackay. Its alleged that the male had been evicted from a licensed venue by security and assisting

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What African gangs? The youth crime scare is simply class warfare "IndyWatch Feed"

What African gangs? The youth crime scare is simply class warfareThe Government should be condemned for demonising poor and minority communities, writes Kate Hamley, who suggests a better approach to the issue of youth crime. read now...


Fair Share of Tax "IndyWatch Feed"

If there is 1 expression Spartacus would be more than happy to never hear ever every again, that would be fair share of tax.  What the hell is a fair share of tax?

Spartacus is a citizen, a net tax paying citizen.  He does not use more of the roads or schools or hospitals or police than the average citizen.  Why is not a fair share of tax an equal amount per citizen?  You know, like a per-capital poll tax.  It is just as fair as the currently progressive protection racket currently run.

But in as much as government provided healthcare gives every busybody licence to meddle in everyone elses eating and drinking choices, it seems the subjective concept of fair share of tax gives licence to busybodies to meddle in others financial affairs.

Step up to the microphone Professor Richard Holden from the University of NSW.  Writing in todays Australian Financial Review, Professor Holden is advocating for the elimination of cash from the Australian economy.  In his contribution, How to Make Australia Cashless by 2020, Professor Holden writes:

First, the government could abolish the $100 bill by the end of 2018. Thats plenty of time for people holding such bills to deposit them at a bank. That represents about 46 per cent of the $73.6 billion of outstanding Australian banknotes. 2019 could be the year retirement year for the $50 bill. Thats another 47 per cent gone. In 2020 we can mop up the small change.

And Bobs your uncle.  Your uncle who also works for the ATO and knows where you live and how you spend every single cent of your money.

Professor Holden also writes that going cashless:

could generate more than $5 billion in free tax revenue for the Commonwealth.

Now Spartacus does not really know what free tax revenue is, but giving more money to the Commonwealth to spend on more rubbish at the expense of everyones privacy is not really free or for that matter a positive public policy outcome.

And the vehicle proposed by Professor Holden to permit the elimination of cash .. it is the New Payment Platform (NPP) as written about in this very context by yours truly only and barely 2 weeks ag0 (maybe Professor Holden is a Cat?).

Professor Holden notes that the NPP is supported by the RBA and 12 other founding financial institutions who, would you be surprised, have a vested interest in the economy going cashless.  You know who else has a vested in...


Sam Smith Announces Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

British singer-songwriter Sam Smith has announced a string of Australian shows this November as part of his latest world tour. Smith will perform arena shows in four capital cities on his first Australian tour in three years. The singer will perform at Melbournes Rod Laver Arena on November 2 before the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on ...

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The Low Anthem Announce New Album The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Low Anthem Indie-folk favourites The Low Anthem have announced plans to release their brand new album The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea on the 23rd February. The concept album was birthed following a tour van crash which wiped out band member Jeff Prystowsky for several weeks []


Lake Ainsworth battle heats up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Preserving Lake Ainsworth protesters, Don Opie and Helen Fay-Kimber. Photo Jeff Dawson

Hot weather saw some several hundred protesters angrily press their point with Ballina Mayor David Wright that Lake Ainsworths eastern road should remain open, at a rally on Saturday (January 13).

But the mayor declined to change his position, and that of the council as a whole, that the road should be closed to benefit the ecology of the lake and a pedestrian precinct created on the eastern shore.

The group Preserving Lake Ainsworth Inc (PLA), who say 460 people signed on with them objecting to the road closure, argue that a large number of car parking spaces will be lost as a result of the plan and that council is looking at introducing paid parking elsewhere around the lake.

But the mayor has stated that the council has no plans for paid parking in the vicinity of the lake.


Post-Midsumma Carnival 2018 Wash-up "IndyWatch Feed National"

There was fun, fun fun.
The weather was perfect, the crowds were many in their multitude, the atmosphere was giggly and humourous, there was much jocularity abounding amidst the rainbowed folks.
I managed to catch up with a couple of gorgeous souls I used to work with at JOY 94.9 FM, and (dare I say it had been at least 14 years) they had NOT aged a soupon.
I managed to party (on the inside) for about 2 hours before my bitch of a back decided that the midnight witching hour was upon us and I was going to turn back into a composted pumpkin should I stay any longer.
The Hubster agreed we should exit stage left asap and on our way to the train thingie we found a pub where a glass of the lager drink made my world a whole lot more bearable ( for the Hubster, too) and I gently snored our way home.
I said GENTLY snored.....we were NOT asked to leave the Charabanc nor did the conductor prod me with her swagger stick after frightening small children.


Stephen Cable: Crony unionism, coming soon to a tunnel near you "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I had a shock recently when I read an article in the New York Times that wasnt critical of Donald Trump. Not only was it on a subject other than Trump but it was a great piece of investigative journalism of the calibre that was once the mainstay of western journalism. The article was about the enormously extravagant cost of a new subway tunnel named the East Side Access project, which currently sits at $3.5 billion (USD) per track mile, compared to a global average of $500 million (USD) per track mile. A similar project currently underway in Paris for example, is being constructed for one sixth the cost. And this isnt the only New York tunnel project that has overflowed its financial banks in recent years. Two other recent projects were also way over the global average.

The reason for the extraordinarily high cost is Crony Unionism. A problem as much to be feared by you and your tax burden as Crony Capitalism. To quote from the story:

The Times found that a host of factors have contributed to the transit authoritys exorbitant costs.

For years, The Times found, public officials have stood by as a small group of politically connected labour unions, construction companies and consulting firms have amassed large profits.

Trade unions, which have closely aligned themselves with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and other politicians, have secured deals requiring underground construction work to be staffed by as many as four times more labourers than elsewhere in the world, documents show.

Construction companies, which have given millions of dollars in campaign donations in recent years, have increased their projected costs by up to 50 per cent when bidding for work from the M.T.A., contractors say.

Consulting firms, which have hired away scores of M.T.A. employees, have persuaded the authority to spend an unusual amount on design and management, statistics indicate.

Public officials, mired in bureaucracy, have not acted to curb the costs. The M.T.A. has not adopted best practices nor worked to increase competition in contracting, and it almost never punishes vendors for spending too much or taking too long, according to the inspector general reports.

This should be of interest to anyone in Queensland who is concerned about the states financial position and likes to see the public receive value for taxpayers dollars. The track record of Australian Governments generally in regards to these types of projects has not been stellar. Only last month the PM, who youd think would have access to top notch advice, t...


Alternative Facts: Right-wing Gang Threatens People Of African Appearance "IndyWatch Feed"

Did anyone see the headline from The Age? You know, the one about the right wing gangs? You didnt?Well, thats because theyre not a gang, apparently. The actual headline read: FAR RIGHT GROUP THREATENS TO TAKE A STAND OVER AFRICAN GANGS See, not a gang. A group. And theyre not threatening violence. Theyre apparently going

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Libertarian laughter and something for the WTF? file. "IndyWatch Feed"

Some humour from Dan Mitchell, roving libertarian reporter. Reagan played the press for suckers using jokes. Interesting to compare and contrast with Trumpie.

Goddam birds!

More laughs provided by Jon Nova from some of the usual suspects. Stephen Hawking send deniers to Mars!


More science of sex differences "IndyWatch Feed"

This will come as no surprise to readers of this site, but recent scientific research has again confirmed differences in the brain structure of males and females. What is particularly interesting about the recent findings is that the test subjects were newborn infants. So from the very start of life, before any effect of culture, boys and girls are different in the way their brains are wired.

From the abstract:

Using high-resolution structural MRI, we measured subcortical gray and white matter brain volumes in a cohort (N=143) of 1-month infants and examined characteristics of these volumetric measures throughout this early period of neurodevelopment. We show that brain volumes undergo age-related changes during the first month of life, with the corresponding patterns of regional asymmetry and sexual dimorphism. Specifically, males have larger total brain volume and volumes differ by sex in regionally specific brain regions, after correcting for total brain volume. Consistent with findings from studies of later childhood and adolescence, subcortical regions appear more rightward asymmetric. Neither sex differences nor regional asymmetries changed with gestation-corrected age. Our results complement a growing body of work investigating the earliest neurobiological changes associated with development and suggest that asymmetry and sexual dimorphism are present at birth.


More intellectual inroads "IndyWatch Feed"

I saw this Tweet and thought it very good:

This is, in my opinion, a key insight. For decades, those who disliked the liberal trends within society voted for the right-wing "conservative" parties hoping that this would change things. It was a grave mistake, as the political philosophy of these parties is generally a right-liberal one. So the protest vote achieved very little - it just kept power safely within the realm of liberal politics.

Back in the 1990s it was common to hear the term "left-liberal" to describe those on the left, whilst those on the right were usually called conservatives (at least here in Australia). I began to call these so-called conservatives "right-liberals" to try to make clear how limited the political choice really was. The late Lawrence Auster was kind enough to credit me with introducing the term:
For years I have argued that neoconservatism is a variant of liberalism, specifically of right-liberalism, the belief in the equal rights and the fundamental sameness of all human individuals, based on a single universal truth embodied in a democratic world order led by America. This right-liberalisma term first developed by Australian blogger Mark Richardsonis distinguished from left-liberalism, the belief in individual expressive and sexual freedom and substantive group equality embodied in a transnational world order led by the UN and other transnational bodies.

I think we are at the point now where the argument I was trying to make will become more widely accepted. Patrick Deneen, in his recently released book Why Liberalism Failed, makes the point forcefully and eloquently, though he uses the terms classical liberal and progressive liberal rather than right and left liberal.

The text quoted in the Tweet is from a review of Deneen's book written by Gene Callahan. He writes,
American conservatives may be cheered by the appearance of a book entitled Why Liberalism Failed. But, in the sense in which Deneen is using liberalism, most American conservatives are actually liberals. Deneens use is in fact the one common among political theorists, many of whom argue that America does not have a conservative and a liberal party. Rather, it has a right-liberal party, focused...


Stop Population Growth Now: Candidate announcements and call for candidates SA elections March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bob Couch and Michael Roberts will be contesting the Legislative Council on behalf of Stop Population Growth Now at the March election. Their website is at

Bob Couch and Michael_Roberts will nominate for the Legislative Council for the March 2018 SA election.

The Stop Population Growth now Party calls on more members to nominate for the next SA election.
Contact Bob Couch, Convenor on 0488 071 799 in the first instance.


The party is now officially registered as a political party in South Australia. Donations to our party are tax deductible up to $1500 per annum).


More members are needed to formally register as a federal political party. Please join up, and/or encourage others to join. Membership (Associate) is now free.
You can find an application from at the website.

Remember, the existing parties will ignore your wish for stopping population growth until they are not getting your vote.
We will give you an alternative.

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MACKAY Ipswich magistrates court list "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Ipswich magistrates court list

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Advice & Information, Direct Services, Referral, Magistrates & Court Target Group: Families/ Couples For those persons interested in viewing the list of defendants appearing before the Mackay Magistrates Court each day, the Queensland Courts website now Agreement Desk UK provides free

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A'La Indo ~ Indonesian, Mascot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We took a random wander over to Mascot and stumble upon A'La Indo - 'The Real Taste of Indonesia'. A'La Indo looks like a humble everyday hole in the wall restaurant, yet it is actually the world epicentre of time/space research. Somehow this teeny tiny restaurant manages to fit in big family groups in space barely big enough to swing a kuching. 'Table for 12? Sure!'. There's just two of us


Couple of questions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hello. I am new to the wonderful NQ (Hinchinbrook) and I have three questions. Any help appreciated.

Where is the best place to buy a new phone, preferably a cheap Chinese-made smartphone that I can whack a Telstra SIM card in?

Second, what's the best live streaming movie sites you can access in Australia? (The local free-to-air channels are complete crap.) Or should I just stump up for Netflix?

Any suggestions for a good, second-hand car dealer that offers finance in Townsville?

And I have a nine-year old. Rugby or rugby league? :-)

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Chairman of Americans for Peace Now says Israeli Jews will never accept Palestinians as equals "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Jim Klutznick, the chairman of the liberal Zionist group Americans for Peace Now (and a political player in Chicago and an early Obama supporter), yesterday dismissed the idea of a one-state outcome in Israel and Palestine because Israelis will never accept Palestinians as equals. Klutznick responded to Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, who said during a Peace Now podcast, that the "major driver" for Palestinian youth today is "democracy and equal rights," not what has driven Palestinian politics for the last 50 years, the desire for sovereignty. Shikaki said these young Palestinians see a Palestinian state as a, a delusion, and b, just another "corrupt inefficient authoritarian state," so they dream of equal rights with Jews in one state. Klutznick dismissed the idea: You brought up the word democracy. And I just wanted to make this observation... particularly as it relates to your youth who are interested in civil rights and democracy. It seems to me that democracy is the common thread between either of these two versions. The difference is that you will not get civil rights under one state. And the only answer here is an independent and sovereign state for the Palestinian people where democracy will have a chance to flourish within the context of Palestinian democracy. Because I don't believe it will ever happen in one state, with Israel never allowing there to be civil rights for everybody and an equal vote.


Nimbin to host medical cannabis workshop without Dr Pot "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Medical cannabis information is now available on a Federal Government website but the actual product remains difficult to source.

There will be one familiar face missing when the Nimbin Hemp Embassy hosts another medicinal cannabis workshop next weekend.

Dr Andrew Katelaris. (picture supplied)

Andrew Katelaris, also known as Dr Pot, has been a regular at the workshops but remains in jail after being arrested on 5 December following an appearance on television.

His court hearing is set down for November 5 and he has a bail hearing on January 24.
Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said Mr Katelaris had attended every MEDICAN workshop at Nimbin, and pretty much every Mardi Grass in the past 25 years.

But after being arrested last year, he was refused bail because in the past he had refused to not continue helping people with cannabis, especially epileptic children.

Nevertheless, Mr Balderstone said the MEDICAN workshop would still feature a number of doctors, as well as visitors from America.

Three Aussies who have spent years in California learning the art of extracting the medicinal oil from the Cannabis plant will demonstrate (with legal herbs) and talk about their experiences in the legal medical Cannabis world of North America over both days this coming weekend, Mr Balderstone said.

Everyone who is keenly interested in this subject is urged to attend as its a rare opportunity for first hand conversation on a new science that is fast changing the face of health in some American states.

I am totally confident tha...


Why I have decided not to grow Kale this year. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I am just a bit over Kale.

We are bombarded through the media with a constant dialogue on the benefits of, and recipes for this vegetable, but frankly I do not like it.

Give me a plate of steamed Broccoli any day.

I have been growing Kale for the past 5 or 6 years, being caught up in the you must grow and eat this fabulous vegetable hype that has  occurred over the last ten years.

I have eaten it in countless ways- salads, chips, stir-fries, sauted and juiced- both at home and in restaurants and still come to the same conclusion I dont really like it I can eat it but is it worth eating something you dont really enjoy. To me the answer is NO.

If you take any notice of modern media, it is almost implied that you are being remiss in your culinary responsibilities if you do not serve it up to your family as it is reputed to be the most nutritious of the cabbage (Brassicaceae) family.
And to be truthful, according to any nutritional analysis I can find, weight for weight, this is correct.
Here is a comprehensive nutritional analysis from a fairly reputable source;

I would be the first to agree that the Brassicaceae family have nutritional benefits not found in many vegetables so agree we should be eating more of these plants.

However, having weighed 100 grams of Kale and 100 grams of Broccoli (see picture below) you need a lot less Broccoli then Kale to get the same amount of nutrition.

I can easily eat 200grams of Broccoli every day, effectively getting the same or more nutritional benefits of 100grams of Kale, but would struggle to eat 100grams of Kale every day.

Thus, if I am looking at trying to maintain effective levels of consumption of th...


Has govt breached its own shark-net disentanglement plan? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A ray found by Sea Shepherd volunteers trapped in a Ballina shark net on Sunday January 7, 2018. Photo Sea Shepherd Australia

Following the declaration last week by a NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) official that contractors would not attend shark nets at Ballina to release an entangled ray, Sea Shepherd Australia and Humane Society International claim the department could be in breach of its own management plans.

Sea Shepherd Australias spokesperson Allyson Jennings said the group had sought preliminary legal advice which indicated that NSW DPI may have breached their management and fauna disentanglement plans one or more times.

This is unacceptable behaviour by the NSW Government who clearly cannot be trusted to administer its own plans and follow the legislation, she said.

Ms Jennings added the group would be seeking to take the matter further.

Jessica Morris, a marine scientist with Humane Society International, said the latest data showed harmless sharks, rays and turtles are being needlessly killed, and now the news [is] that DPI may be contravening their management plans, and could be in breach of NSW legislation.

We think its time our government recognises the trial as the huge failure it is.

Shark attacks are not the norm they are traumatic but they are rare, and we need to realise that nets are doing more harm than good. We cannot afford to lose any more of these animals due to a fear and falsehood about sharks, Ms Morris said.

Sea Shepherd has suggested that leaving any live animal to die in the shark nets creates an increased risk of human-shark interactions as passing marine predators such as sharks will seek the animal as a free meal.

It is time the NSW Government stops providing the communities of northern NSW a false sense of security. There are non-lethal options available to be implemented right now at these beaches. Ocean users deserve better protection than this farcical trial and our marine life does not deserve to die. Ms Jennings said.

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A Pint of Purpose "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Orkney Tourist Board strongly advises not going to Orkney to see the Northern Lights. It admits that yes, you can see the Northern Lights in Orkney, but if youre visiting purely to do so, youll most likely end up disappointed.

So here I am, in Orkney, for no reason other than to see the Northern Lights and yes, Im disappointed. Thanks to the unyielding presence of clouds, the closest thing Ive seen to stars is the local cover band on New Years Eve who, credit where credits due, were phenomenal.

A prominent Scottish lecturer with a particular interest in Orkney described the climate as the most vile under Heaven, and it wasnt for dramatic effect. With this knowledge, youre probably asking, like every other person, why I came to Orkney, and the answer is I couldnt afford Iceland. I cant afford to be in Scotland either, to be perfectly honest, so Im making the most of it, leaving Orkney and heading to the Scottish highlands in a couple of days.

I tell this to Martin, who is staying in the same hostel.

Now let me see, Martin says. Youll arrive Thursday, so thatd be curry night. Youll be there Friday too, and thats fish n chip night and thats even better. Tuesday is steak night, Wednesday is chicken night, and you already know Thursday is curry night. Youll get a pint with your meal too, all for under six quid.

Martin is taking me through the weekly menu at Wetherspoons, a chain of UK pubs known for cheap booze. I last visited one in 2012 and watched a girl vomit in the mens bathroom. I wasnt there specifically to watch a girl vomit; it was just a byproduct of the aforementioned prices. Say what you will about Wetherspoons, theyre surprisingly progressive with their policy on gender-neutral toilets, however unofficial it is.

They call it club night, they do. Now Tuesday, thats steak club. Wednesday is chicken club. Thursday is curry club and then Friday

I cut him off. Fish n chips club?

Aye, it is too, he says, but we call it Fish Friday my favourite.

Martin has visited either 700 or 701 Wetherspoons in his 72 years and plans on having a drink at them all. I Google how many there are, and it turns out that in 2015 a British woman, Mags Thomson, already completed this questionable feat. Shed drunk at 980 establishments by the time shed finished and, statistically speaking, shouldve vomited in at least 452 mens bath...


Tamworth 2018 Gig Posters "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Heres a handy collection of posters for alt-country/Americana gigs happening at Tamworth this year. This is the good stuff, not the cheesy, cliche ridden country pap Continue reading


Financial Times Blasts New York Mayor De Blasios Climate Stunts "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Financial Times asks, if De Blasio is so hot on tackling climate change, why does he ride in a SUV every day when he visits the gym? New Yorks easy answers on climate change Fixing infrastructure would be better for the city, and the planet JANUARY 13, 2018 6


Mystery of the South Lismore Duck Pond monster "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Duck Pond at South Lismore. (Darren Coyne)

It may not be as glamorous as the Loch Ness monster but South Lismore locals reckon they have their own  mysterious monster living in the Duck Pond.

A number of witnesses have reported seeing what they believe to be a juvenile bull shark swimming about in the relatively shallow pond at the western end of the reserve.

The Duck Pond is not connected to nearby Leycester Creek, so if the reports prove accurate, the shark would either have found itself stuck in the pond following the flood last year, or been placed there by a cheeky fisher person.

A juvenile bull shark caught near the Lismore Rowing Club last week. (Scott Bendall, Facebook)

Noreen Colley, owner of the Duck Pond cafe in Union Street, said she was beside the pond last week when she noticed a wake in the water.

A short time later there was a commotion and a number of ibis took off, however Noreen maintains there was one less ibis than before.

I saw what appeared to be a fin gliding through the water and the shark looked to be about four foot long, she told Echonetdaily.

We watched it for quite some time.

The sighting was confirmed by her grandson Riley.

During a subsequent search in the area, this reporter and others also spotted something making a wake as it moved about the shallow waters.

Overgrown vegetation alongside the pond made a closer inspection impractical however the three intrepid shark hunters were sure they spotted what appeared to be the wake of a something as it moved about in the shallow water.

South Lismore Duck Pond Landcare secretary Mark Bailey said National Parks and Wildlife Service would be notified to find the best course of action if indeed it was a bull shark.

The Duck Pond reserve is a popular area for peopl...


Byron parking officers out in force over holidays "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read the fine print: Council signage at Venture Park, Brunswick Heads, on the basis of which parking fines have been issued. Photo Grant Nettleton

The holiday period was busy for Byron Shire Councils enforcement team with 11 staff working early and finishing late.

Some 200 fines were handed out for illegal camping and another 900 for parking-related issues.

Shannon Burt, the councils director of sustainable environment and economy, said there were no holidays for the enforcement team, who responded to ongoing concerns from our community about illegal campers and their behaviour and to let these people know that setting up vans and camping on beaches and in residential streets is not okay any time of the year.

In all, 1,119 infringement notices for a range of offences, including illegal camping and parking, were issued over the Christmas-New Year break.

Ms Burt said the team worked across all the public holidays, starting at 3am and finishing at midnight, to send the message to illegal campers that they need to pay to stay.

Enforcement staff wrote 218 infringement notices for illegal camping.

They issued a further 901 penalties for other offences including parking fines, which also take in  people setting up their vans and sleeping in their cars in no parking areas.

Of those parking fines, 124 were at Seven Mile Beach Road at Broken Head,.

While we welcome holiday makers to the Byron Shire and hope they enjoy their stay, there is no place here for people who think they are entitled to park and camp wherever they like, Ms Burt said.

She added that residents and visitors who are paying for their accommodation do not want to see tents on our beaches or in car parks and people setting up their vans in residential streets.

Despite it being peak season there were still reasonably priced sites at some caravan parks in the Byron Shire so it is clear that the people who were camping illegally were doing so because they wanted free accommodation close to the beach, she said.

Many of the complaints we get are from residents who are tired of illegal campers and Im confident they were pleased to see our Enforcement Officers out and about over the...


Listen to Laura Marlings Bob Dylan Cover A Hard Rains A Gonna Fall "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Laura Marling If you saw the series finale for Peaky Blinders last year you might have recognised the wonderful Laura Marling on the soundtrack. Marling has covered Bob Dylans A Hard Rains A Gonna Fall for the show and has just released the track as a streamable single, available in the all []


11 Areas To Digitally Declutter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of the first things I do each year is a digital declutter. Decluttering excess digital stuff is just as important as creating uncluttered physical spaces, especially as more and more of our work, education and entertainment move to digital sources. For me, this is just another way to simplify and organise my life to prevent overwhelm and stay connected in ways that matter most.


Brett Stokes a reminder about ANSTO and its zeal for the nuclear industry "IndyWatch Feed"

Brett Burnard Stokes about ANSTO 15 Jan 18 
(a) government backed nuclear corporation ANSTO are spending lots of money to establish a nuclear waste dump in South Australia,

|(b) there are laws in SA against nuclear waste dumps (see ) including a provision that no public money be spent promoting nuclear waste dump.

(c) in contempt of SA laws, ANSTO has spent millions of dollars of public money on propaganda campaigns in South Australia, targetting various places with three sites active now, two in Kimba and one in the Flinders.

(d) ANSTO have run polling a while back, where the results were pretty marginal and way short of clear local consent to proceed.

(e) ANSTO want to pretend that there is clear local consent so they are lying and also changing the rules,

(f) ANSTO have dodgy expansionary business plans involving huge export earnings from medical isotopes they plan to make at Lucas Heights.
If they do this, it will produce a lot of waste that they do not want to keep at Lucas Heights wh...


2018 to be a bumper year for Americas weapons sales "IndyWatch Feed"

the global deregulation of American firearms which could, in turn, according to critics, put such weaponry ever more easily in the hands of both criminal gangs and extremist groups

As Donald Trump might put it, major weapons contractors like Boeing, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin cashed in bigly in his first year in office.

This year will undoubtedly be a banner year for arms companies. The only question is: Might it also mark the beginning of a future movement to roll back unconstrained weapons expenditures?

Tomgram: William D. Hartung, 2018 Looks Like an Arms Bonanza OpEd, By Tom Engelhardt  11 Jan 18 This article originally appeared at



Hawaiis false nuclear alarm a frightening reminder of the real risk "IndyWatch Feed"

False Alarm Adds to Real Alarm About Trumps Nuclear Risk , NYTBy THE EDITORIAL BOARD, JAN. 13, 2018 It was the sort of nightmare that had only ever been real for most peoples parents or grandparents the fear of an impending nuclear attack. Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii, read the emergency alert that residents o...


Renewable energy prices rapidly falling, becoming competitive with traditional fuels "IndyWatch Feed"

City AM , New York, 13th Jan 2018, Renewable energy to be competitive with fossil fuels by 2020 as prices drop. The cost of generating renewable power is falling at an unprecedented rate, and by 2020, all renewable technologies will be price competitive with traditional fossil fuels, a ne...


Teslas South Australian battery project a rapid success "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Inverse Innovation 11th Jan 2018. The results are in: Teslas South Australian project, touted as the
worlds largest lithium-ion battery with enough energy to power 30,000
homes, had an astonishing first month of operation. The 100-megawatt
behemoth, originally conceived by Elon Musk through a bet over Twitter, has
inspired the states of Queensland and Victoria to follow suit with their
own projects.


Australian banking giant Macquarie invests in energy storage system "IndyWatch Feed"

Business Green 12th Jan 2018, Connected Energy has secured a 3m investment from Australian banking giant Macquarie and French utility ENGIE to support the rollout of its
stationary storage system, it announced yesterday. The E-STOR system
offered by Connected Energy uses second-hand batteries from electric
vehicles (EVs), repurposing them into an energy storage system to help
homes and businesses cut energy costs and manage their power use more


Bugging Out Equipment List. WHAT & WHY. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I decided to post this because when I read lists of other peoples modern equipment for bugging out I often see items that I cant make sense of. Items that are NOT sustainable & seem of very little use. Some say well I use this until it breaks & then I throw it away. The problem with that is that this equipment has taken up room, added weight to the pack, can leave sign to track you by if you dont dispose of it properly, & meanwhile you could have used this space & weight to either carry a better piece of equipment, or you could have left it out & saved room & weight. If you can afford to throw it away, then you dont need it in the first place.
Anyway, here is my list. Please feel free to comment, different people sometimes see things in a different way & I like to hear other peoples point of view.
My Equipment List. WHAT & WHY.
.62 cal/20 gauge flintlock fusil. 42 inch barrel.
Why?  Large calibre smoothbore has a lot of knock down power with a round ball, very versatile using bird shot, buckshot, or round ball or a combination of any two of these, able to use other projectiles found in nature, only requires a siliceous rock for ignition which can be found in nature, the lock is easy to repair, if the lock breaks & there are no spare parts I can use it as a matchlock or tinderlock & keep using it, I can use the lock to make fire without the use of gunpowder, I can make my own black powder, I can retrieve spent lead from shot game & reuse it, I can mould my own round ball & shot.



US labour market reality debunks mainstream view about structural impediments "IndyWatch Feed"

An enduring myth among mainstream economists is that so-called structural impediments in the labour market prevent aggregate spending initiatives from government being an effective solution to mass unemployment. According to this view, if the government attempts to reduce the unemployment rate below some natural rate then accelerating inflation will be the only outcome. The natural rate can, in turn, only be reduced by structural policies attacks on trade unions, welfare state retrenchment, cutting the minimum wage, and the rest of the litany of neoliberal policies. And, in this view, the unemployed are to blame for their own state a lack of effort on their part to adequately present themselves to the labour market. The prior view that mass unemployment is a systemic failure to create enough jobs is rejected. A piece of this fiction is that one of long-term unemployed (and other disadvantaged workers) are not capable of being absorbed into employment without extensive re-training and other personal rehabilitation and this also prevents the unemployment rate from falling quickly. The problem with all of these related propositions is that reality interferes and generates outcomes that contradict the assertions. It is quite obvious that if the economy is run at high pressure then firms are forced to scrap prejudice for disadvantaged groups and offer on-the-job training to them to ensure they can maintain market share. In other words, the long-term unemployed do not present an impediment to growth. Events in the US labour market at present are demonstrating this reality.

To begin, I sometimes provide this quote from Michael Piore (1979: 10) as a reminder of the cant that mainstream economists dish up when talking about unemployment:

Presumably, there is an irreducible residual level of unemployment composed of people who dont want to work, who are moving between jobs, or who are unqualified. If there is in fact some such residual level of unemployment, it is not one we have encountered in the United States. Never in the post war period has the government been unsuccessful when it has made a sustained effort to reduce unemployment. (emphasis in original) [Unemployment and Inflation, Institutionalist and Structuralist Views, M.E. Sharpe, Inc.: White Plains.]

The mainstream position is in contradiction with the reality that Piore notes.

As unemployment started rising in the 1970s and then persisted, the economics profession was obsessed with unemployment as a supply-side phenomenon.

This was part of the rise of the free market or neoliberal dominance, which rejected the standard consensus that had created full employment in all advanced nations in the Post World War 2 period.

That consensus made it clear that empl...


THE AUSTRALIAN reports on Queenslands long drought (not a mention of climate change) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Farmers in distress as devastating drought enters its sixth year  The Australian, January 15, 2018, RICK MORTON, Social Affairs reporter, Sydney @SquigglyRick

Almost five years after drought was last officially declared in Queensland, two-thirds of the state, or 120 million hectares, is in the grip of a dry so long and grinding that many who can afford to have forgotten it even exists.

At the end of last year, 35 council are...


Australias extreme heat here to stay. #ClimateChange #StopAdani #Auspol jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How Australias extreme heat might be here to stay By Adam Morton Hobart A section of highway connecting Sydney and Melbourne started to melt. DRIVERS were being urged to take caution while heading towards Melbourne on the Hume Highway. A stretch of the road began to melt at Broadford in hot weather on Friday afternoon. []

via Australias extreme heat here to stay. #ClimateChange #StopAdani #Auspol jpratt27


#PoweringPastCoal #StopAdani #auspol #qldpol jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed"

The We Mean Business coalition urges forward-looking companies to sign the declaration of the Powering Past Coal Alliance and back the powerful signal sent by more than 25 countries, states and regions that coals time has passed. At COP23, the UK and Canada, alongside Costa Rica, Fiji, France, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, New Zealand, Oregon, Quebec []

via #PoweringPastCoal #StopAdani #auspol #qldpol jpratt27


Five Ways Schools Destroy Childrens Freedom (And What To Do About It) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

By Jennifer Lade

Parenting for Freedom article series: This is the fourth in a series of articles that analyzes how freedom-loving people can align their parenting with their political philosophy, and how doing so will allow ideas about personal liberty to carry on to the next generation.

If youre a freedom-loving parent, youre probably doing all you can to give your children autonomy in their own lives. Youre treating them well in the present. But youre also looking to the long-term goals of raising self-reliant adults who desire freedom for themselves and others. When your kids are with you, you treat them with respect and love.

But what other influence is undermining your message?

The answer: institutionalized schooling.

By their very design, schools restrict the freedoms of individuals to encourage conformity and obedience. Our public school model has its origin in Prussia, the defunct German kingdom that promoted universal schooling beginning in the late 17th century. The goal was not education, but social engineering. Dr. Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College, wrote in his book, Free to Learn:

The primary educational concern of leaders in government and industry was not to make people literate, but to gain control over what people read, what they thought, and how they behaved. Secular leaders in education promoted the idea that if the state controlled the schools, and if children were required by law to attend those schools, then the state could shape each new generation of citizens into ideal patriots and workers. (p. 60)

Throughout the 19th century, countries across Europe enacted compulsory education in state-run institutions. In America, it all started in my home state of Massachusetts with Horace Mann. In 1852 he led the charge to require attendance in free community schools for all...


Baby brain does exist: Australian study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Baby brain does indeed exist and particularly affects women during the third trimester of pregnancy, Australian researchers have found.

The study shows baby brain is a significant phenomenon that mainly manifests as minor memory lapses such as forgetting appointments.

Deakin University researchers analysed 20 studies, finding overall cognitive functioning was poorer in pregnant women than in non-pregnant women.

The general cognitive functioning, memory and executive functioning performance of pregnant women is significantly lower than in non-pregnant women, both overall and particularly during the third trimester, they concluded.

The differences primarily develop during the first trimester and are consistent with recent findings of long-term reductions in brain grey matter volume during pregnancy.

The study published in the Medical Journal of Australia found memory performance declined during the early stages of pregnancy, but the decline either slowed or stopped from mid-pregnancy.

The magnitude of changes in overall cognition and memory during the third trimester is not only statistically but also clinically significant, the authors said.

The study authors say more research is needed to determine the impact of baby brain on the quality of life and everyday functioning of pregnant women.

These findings need to be interpreted with caution, particularly as the declines were statistically significant, but performance remained within the normal ranges of general cognitive functioning and memory, Associate Professor Linda Byrne said.

Dr Melissa Hayden said the small reductions in performance across their pregnancy will be noticeable to the women themselves and perhaps those close to them.

She says they mainly manifest as minor memory lapses like forgetting, or failing, to book medical appointments, but that more significant consequences such as reduced job performance or impaired ability to navigate complex tasks, are less likely.

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Greens to push Australia Day date change "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Greens are pushing to change the date of Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

The Greens are actively throwing their support behind the campaign to change the date of Australia Day.

Greens councillors across the country who launch local campaigns to move the January 26 date have been told they can count on the full support and resources of the national party.

All Australians want a day on which we can come together and to celebrate our wonderfully diverse, open and free society but January 26 is not that day, Greens leader Richard Di Natale told Fairfax Media on Sunday.

Its time that we stop papering over an issue that for 200 years has been so divisive and painful for so many of our citizens.

Indigenous leaders have been pushing for the change in recent years, saying January 26 marks the date the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove in 1788, marking the beginning of British colonisation.

However, there is a great deal of resistance from different quarters to the move, including from the Turnbull government.

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Sydney land values soar again "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Up & away

New South Wales saw another massive +14.6 per cent increase in total land values in the 2017 financial year, to more than $1.7 trillion.

This year's figures are not used directly for the calculation of rates, which are only updated every three years. 

The NSW Valuer General Report showed that once again residential land values in Sydney have been tearing along, with the state's residential land values rising by +14.1 per cent to $1.4 trillion in the financial year to 30 June, while rural land prices also increased on improved crop yields. 

Total land values have now recorded double-digit gains in financial years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 respectively, including a thumping +20.7 per cent increase in FY2015. 

Rezoning drives uplifts

Some LGAs have been amalgamated, so in certain cases the FY2017 figures are not included in the graphic below, but broadly the story was essentially more of the same. 

In blue chip Mosman the median land value ripped $315,000 or +17.1 per cent higher to $2,155,000, an all-comers record for Australia. 

The story wasn't much difference in the eastern suburbs jewel of Woollahra, where the median land value rose by $290,000 or +11.9 per cent to $2,030,000. 

Strathfield was yet again a strong performer with the median land value rising by $240,000 or +16.1 per cent to $1,730,000.

Indeed, over the past five financial years the greatest increas...


Byron Bay man stole credit card from backpacker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Byron Bay man has been arrested after allegedly stealing a credit card from a backpacker and going on a spending spree.

The card was stolen at a Byron Bay Beach on December 8 and police allege over the next few days the credit card was used at numerous supermarkets to purchase food, drinks and cigarettes valued at $493.33.

Following an investigation, a 35-year-old man from Byron Bay was arrested on January 8.

He has been charged with dishonestly obtain property by deception and bailed to appear before Byron Bay Local Court January 18.

Punch-up after drinks stolen from supermarket

About 3.20pm on Tuesday, January 9, it is alleged a 30-year-old female from Woy Woy entered a Byron bay supermarket where it is alleged she was seen to steal drink items to the value of $10.00.

Three different staff members were outside and it is alleged she punched two of them, causing no physical injury, and spat in the face of another before walking off with the stolen property.

About 4pm the next day (January 10) police located the female in a park in Byron Bay. She was arrested and charged with shoplifting and assault.

She was bailed to appear before Byron Bay Local Court February 1.




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Stolen Bike "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Hi Newlands,

Saturday I left my bike, a silver Shogun Womens bike with a rack on the back chained up outside Coburg Hill Woolworths close to the traffic lights. It wasnt there the next day, nothing left behind. It has some recognisable stickers on it, RRR and a couple of political ones. Has anyone seen it dumped anywhere? 

If you find it, please contact Kirsty 0431 609 586.


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Biker hospitalised after Tweed smash "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Westpac Helicopter doctors attended to a man who came off his motorbike on Tweed Valley Way on Sunday (January 14).

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attended a motorbike accident on the Tweed Valley Way, near Murwillumbah, on Sunday afternoon (January 14).

Reports from the scene state that the male motorcyclist was ejected from the bike and suffered leg fractures.

The helicopters critical care medical team along with local NSW Ambulance paramedics treated and stabilised the male rider who was subsequently transported to the Tweed Hospital in a stable condition.

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Tourism Representative Blames Scientists for Downturn in Great Barrier Reef Visits "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A Queensland tourism representative has blamed a drop in Great Barrier Reef tourism on scientists warning of pollution and global warming risks:

A Queensland tourism representative has called one of the Great Barrier Reef's leading researchers "a dick", blaming the professor for a downturn in tourism growth at the state's greatest natural asset. Col McKenzie, the head of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, a group that represents more than 100 businesses in the Great Barrier Reef, has written to the federal government asking it to stop funding the work of Professor Terry Hughes, claiming his comments were "misleading" and damaging the tourism industry.

But the Australian Conservation Foundation said tourism representatives and operators like McKenzie should stop blaming scientists for reporting what was happening to the reef and start targeting major polluters to ensure change. Hughes, who serves as the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and is considered one of the world's leading experts on the reef, has been warning of the damage rising water temperatures have been inflicting on the reef for years.

While not disagreeing there was work to be done on the reef's health, McKenzie accused Hughes of exaggerating the damage, which he said has been detrimental to the region's multibillion-dollar tourism industry. "I think Terry Hughes is a dick," he told Guardian Australia. "I believe he has done tens of millions of dollars of damage to our reef in our key markets, being America and Europe. You went to those areas in 2017 and they were convinced the reef was dead. And people won't do long-haul trips when they think the reef is dead."

McKenzie said in 2016, tourism growth in the region had returned to pre-global financial crisis levels, before "that growth died" in 2017, which he blamed on Hughes "negative comments".

Also at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Men charged with intimidating and assaulting police "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two men have been charged over altercations with police in separate parts of the Tweed over the weekend.

About 2.00am on Saturday the (January 13) police were called to Murwillumbah unit complex after complaints of a male causing trouble.

On arrival police sighted a 36-year-old man from Murwillumbah, who began screaming at them.

The man allegedly threatened to stab officers and police say he approached them in such an aggressive manner they were forced to use OC spray to avoid being assaulted.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where it is alleged the man spat all over the dock walls. The man was charged with intimidating police officers, behaving in an offensive manner and causing malicious damage.

He was refused bail to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court on January 15.

Police assault & drug possession

About 3.45am on Friday (January 12) police were called to a park in Tweed Heads after complaints that noisy people in the area were keeping residents awake.

When they approached a parked car, the occupants immediately became aggressive towards police.

A 29-year-old male Terranora began thrashing his arms around and allegedly pulled a plastic resealable bag from his pants and threw it onto the ground. The man was eventually detained and he and the car searched.

Police allegedly found over 30 grams of cannabis and 15 grams of MDMA.

The Terranora man was charged with assaulting officer in execution of duty, possessing a prohibited drug and supplying a prohibited drug.

While police were struggling with the Terranora man it is alleged a 29-year male from Tweed Heads West intervened and pulled police away from the other man.

He has been charged with resiting an officer in execution of duty and assaulting police in execution of duty.

Both men were bailed to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court February 5.

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Western Civilization VS Sh%$tholes Race & How to Save the West "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The mainstream hypocrites are in an uproar because Trump referred to some countries as sh&%holes, while simultaneously they call fly over country and the south even worse. In this video I castigate the Alt Media and Alt Right for not offering anything beyond biological determinism, which has built NO civilization. Civlizations are built on theology, philosophy, race and/or ethnos, as well as other aspects of culture, like language.

The means to save civilization is found first in repairing the altar, not the throne. Only Orthodoxy has the entire *worldview* necessary as well as the social and cultural answers and power western, atheist man craves and lacks. The Byzantine symphonia model and the balance of the one and the many, grounded in the faith of our common millennia of Church Fathers has the answers simply look at their Cathedrals.

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MOULES AND MIDDENS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jo Rittey explores middens and eats mussels.

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January 15 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1790 - The Bounty mutineers saw a light on and thought they pop in to Pitcairn Island. Somehow I think they've overstayed their welcome of late...

1809 - Bennelongs brother-in-law, Gnung-a Gnung-a Murremurgan, was found dead behind the Dry Store (present Sirius Park, off Bridge Street). His children and his brother Old Phillip face a spear ordeal.

1820 - Joseph Hainey, Richard Simonds, Charles Graham, Joseph Ashmore, William Aubray, James Lunt and Wright Morris absented themselves from their respective employments at Newcastle. Constables and other required to use their utmost exertion in apprehending and lodging them in custody.

1822 -  One hundred Aborigines, some from Jervis Bay to the south, greeted Governor Macquarie at David Allans Farm at Red Point, near Port Kembla. Many of them called him by name.

1824 - Robert Grant was Hanged at Sydney for returning from Port Macquarie in defiance of his commuted sentence. Originally condemned to death in 1822 for horse theft.

1831 - Edward Bowen, Hugh Duffy and Patrick Feeney were Hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting in fear in the house of John Town, Upper Hunter (Goulburn River).

1834 - Nine convicts were shot dead in an insurrection on Norfolk Island in unsuccessful attempt by convicts to overpower guards. Those who took part in the mutiny included: Robert Douglas, Henry Drummond, James Bell, John Butler, James Brady, Patrick Glenny, Michael Anderson, Lawrence Duggan, William Groves, Henry Knowles, John Geeson, William McCullough, William Murphy, Christopher Quin, Joseph Snell, William Reilly, Charles Doran, Philip Eaton, John Hall, Thomas Freshwater, John Pritchard, Robert Ryan, John Toms, Buchanan Wilson.

1838 - The Hobart Town Police Report of this day stated that a convict, Caroline Sye "complained of her husband, a Chinaman, for ill-usage, which she failed to prove; and as she insisted she would not live with him, she was allowed to retire to the factory on probation, and on receiving a good report to be favored with a country residence."

1839 - The first US Consul in Sydney, J.H. Williams, took up office.

1845 - The first issue of the Portland Bay Examiner was up for grabs.

1848 - Correspondence to Constable Ledgerwood- Complaints having been made by Mr. Child of Hexham to the effect that great irregularities and gross breaches of the licensing act are practised at the Half Way Public House kept by James  Hannell and the same are allowed to pass unchecked and unobserved. You are required to exercise a more strict superintendence over the House in question and to use your best exertions to put a stop to the nuisance chiefly complained of -ie allowing servants to be idle and drunk on the premises and Sunday trading with liquor.

1861 - Thomas Clancy was Han...


In which, thanks to bleagh Oreo provocation, the pond endures a scatological Tourettes Monday ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Just a warning for sensitive souls, who might like to sod off ... today is an obscenity-laden story of woe.

You see, little Timmie Bleagh, aka the shithead of Surry Hills, is out and about with his usual shitty Monday story ...

You see? While blathering about faux moral outrage in his usual hypocritical way, the arch hypocrite shithead finds himself laden with an asterick-filled header which talks of S**thole-gate and then attempts to dismiss the impact of an off-the-cuff remark.

If it means so little, shithead, then why didn't you join in the coarsening of the public debate? Why did you feel the need to cover it up, dissemble, put culottes over the confronting table legs as it were, like a Victorian fainting at the shock?

Is it so hard, you humbug, to talk of Shithole-gate being just hot air?

If those liberal WaPo mugs could do it, why couldn't you?

No, confessing to being a fuckwit isn't a defence ...

And now what fun that the Donald has escalated a war with a shitty newspaper at the head of a shitty rapidly shrinking empire ...


Dutton and Turnbull are Nazi enablers "IndyWatch Feed"

Dutton and Turnbull are Nazi enablersHome Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is Australias Donald Trump, writes John Passant. read now...


Is the graduate labour market recovering? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last weeks Graduate Outcome Survey, which looks at employment rates about four months after course completion, showed that full-time employment rates continue to improve. However, the proportion of new graduates looking for full-time work at this time is still high by historical standards, as the chart below shows (many of them have part-time jobs; this is not necessarily unemployment).

At the margins, there are things universities can do to make their graduates more employable. They can offer courses in fields likely to be in labour market demand, and they can offer work-integrated learning to improve graduate employability. Both were happening under the demand driven system.

But unless there is overall job growth graduate employment is unlikely to improve. When the labour market is tight the first thing to go is new entry-level positions, and so this disproportionately affects recent graduates. The effects of downturns are visible in the chart on annual growth in professional occupations and the labour market overall.

The good news is that growth in the professional labour market has fully recovered from the post-GFC crash and the second crash that started in mid-2012.

A couple of years ago the ABS started regularly reporting qualification levels as part of its labour market survey....


French media: It's "beautiful" to be invaded by migrants "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Sicily has borne much of the brunt of the large wave of migrants coming into Italy. But despite this, the mayor of Palermo has declared his love for migrants saying that the future of Italy is "Google and Ali the immigrant". Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando declared his love for newly arrived migrants from Africa, most of them coming into the country illegally claiming to be asylum seekers, in a largely pro-migrant article published by French centre-left newspaper Libration. "If you ask me how many immigrants there are in Palermo, I do not answer 60, 70, or 80,000. Anyone who arrives in Palermo is a Palermo," Orlando said. "The future has two names: Google and Ali the immigrant. Google expresses the virtual connection and Palermo is today the best wired and computerised city in the entire Mediterranean. Ali the migrant represents the human connection. We want to be a welcoming and modern city," he added. Around a million people have arrived in Italy in the last three years from Africa. Although the number arriving has considerably declined after the Italian government enacted stricter rules of conduct on pro-migrant NGO ships, many migrants remain in Italy.


Tarantulas mating, video "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 12 January 2018 video says about itself:

Tarantula Mating Wild Patagonia BBC Earth

For Tarantulas, finding a mate can be a deadly task especially when youve only got two months left to live.


(Video) Enlighten Up -- The Red Pill, Rabbit Holes, Hollywood & Waking Up from the Dream "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Published on Jan 14, 2018

Released: Nov 9, 2017
Have you ever experienced a moment in time when everything you thought to be true was crumbling into a pile of false lies? Michael, Lisa, and Nicole are going to share with you which parts of their worlds came crumbling down and could be described as their 'red pill moment'.

But what happens when you drop into that rabbit hole to see where it leads you? How far can it take you? Should you come up for air? Should you bring people with you? Is it better to perhaps live in ignorance or 'blue pill bliss'?

And what is happening to Hollywood? How deep does that rabbit hole go?

Waking up from the dream can be a traumatic event and usually drops us into a real life nightmare. Join us for episode 021 and see what happens on the other side!

If youre enjoying the show, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from the crowd and help people find a refreshing spin on spirituality with a great blend of credible advice and entertainment.

To learn more about who we are you can visit us at and if you have any questions you would like answered on our show please send them in to or to our twitter account @EnlightenUpUs

And don't forget to follow us on Instagram, FB, Twitter, and Youtube for show updates as well as upcoming short videos from us.


Michael Rubin on Iran "IndyWatch Feed"

For those Cats interested in what is going on in Iran, Spartacus commends the following podcast interview of Michael Rubin by Jonah Goldberg.  Michael Rubin is:

a former Pentagon official whose major research areas are the Middle East, Turkey, Iran and diplomacy. Rubin instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East and Afghanistan on regional politics, and teaches classes regarding Iran, terrorism, and Arab politics on board deploying U.S. aircraft carrier.

The podcast can be found here.  Subscription is also recommended.

Very much worth the listen.  ISHO In Spartacus Humble Opinion.

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus


Now This is Really Good News! Reframing the Gospel "IndyWatch Feed"

When Jesus burst into the Galilee the Gospels tell us that he came with the news that the reign of God was near and called people to repent and believe the good news. The Old Testament prophets had spoken of a time when God would deliver humankind from those things that robbed them of life. The poor would be delivered from poverty; the hungry would have full bellies; the blind would see; the outcast would be made welcome; the sinner would be forgiven; communities would be places of welcome, generosity, grace and welcome; the creation would be healed; and the universe would bathe in the knowledge and of the Creator. The good news Jesus declared was that this time was beginning in and through him.

The call to repentance was for every person to get onside with what God was doing. The rich should stop ignoring the rights of the poor; the powerful should stop co-opting social institutions in order to satiate their lust for power; the soldier should stop using violence to extort money from those who were powerless to resist; those who held grudges against their neighbour or a family member should forgive and be reconciled; and every person should start aligning themselves with the values of God: loving their neighbour; sharing their wealth; binding up the wounded; forgiving debt; trusting God.

Unsurprisingly, Jesuss message gained him followers and opponents. He was talking about a dramatic transformation of society that demanded the privileged and the powerful lay aside their privilege and power for the sake of the poor and the vulnerable. It was not a message well received. The powerful conspired together to crush Jesus. Their rage was poured out upon him in crucifixion. And as people observed what appeared to be the inevitability of the powerful violently crushing any who dared to challenge the system, many fell back in with the seeming inviolability of what it is and joined in the ridicule of the One who had misled them. Here on the wheels of history it appeared that Jesus was just another deluded prophet.

Yet there was something deeper going on. God was refusing to play by the rules of violence and power. Gods reign would not be achieved through the triumph of violence. God would absorb every vindictive blow, every greedy grasp for power, every hateful curse and meet it with love and forgiveness. Incredibly, Jesuss prayer was Father forgive them.

This did not mean a capitulation to the inevitability of violence, for beyond the violence and hate came the resurrection. God raised Jesus to new life. He would be the one who would lead humankind into the new era of Gods reign, the one who modelled for them the pathway of love and grace, and the one who would someday return to bring history to its conclusion. On that day time would be up for all those who refused to abandon violence; who refused to cease exploiting and oppressing poor; who ig...


Russians think their biggest enemies are US, Ukraine, EU "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Two thirds of Russians believe their country has enemies in the international arena, with the US, Ukraine and the EU topping the list, a fresh survey by independent pollster Levada Center has revealed. According to research conducted in early December, 66 percent of respondents considered that Russia has enemies, while 21 percent believed that the country exists in a peaceful international environment. Levada Center has been carrying out similar surveys for the last 23 years. The highest result in response to this question was recorded at the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict in 2014, when 84 percent of those surveyed said that Russia had enemies. When asked to specifically name Russia's foreign enemies, the majority of respondents - 68 percent - singled out the US, which is no surprise as relations between Moscow and Washington are at their lowest in decades over accusations of election meddling, the imposition of sanctions, and other issues. Second-placed Ukraine was far behind the US on the enemy list on 29 percent, followed by the European Union on 14 percent. Poland, the Baltic states and other former Soviet republics, Germany and the UK were also among the answers.


1) Palm Oil Association Urges Gov't to Revive Suharto-Era Transmigration Program "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"




1) Palm Oil Association Urges Gov't to Revive Suharto-Era Transmigration Program
By : Muhamad Al Azhari | on 6:41 PM January 14, 2018



Artefacts dating back to Ice Age found by villagers near Thirsk, UK "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

VILLAGERS are going public on an astonishing range of historic finds, discovered during a massive archaeological exploration. Volunteers have found more than 2,500 artefacts - many going back thousands of years to the last Ice Age - which give tempting glimpses into the history of the tiny community of Thornton-le-Street. The village between Northallerton and Thirsk is at the centre of a 98,000 heritage Lottery Fund project exploring Roads into the Past. On Saturday, February 10 organisers will hold an open day, when there will be displays and talks on some of the artefacts uncovered so far, with experts on hand to answer questions.


Scientists Find that Certain Birds of Prey Deliberately Spread Wildfires "IndyWatch Feed National"

These Firehawk raptors are terrifying and fascinating all at the same time. Have you ever seen a bird intentionally spread fire?

A more recent study going over the behavior of these birds has me shook. These flying firestarters can be found in at least three species that we know of at the moment. Those three species being Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), Brown Falcon (Falco berigora), and Black Kite (Milvus migrans). These birds intentionally spread fire by wielding burning sticks in their talons and beaks. This study was published in the Journal of Ethnobiology.

Co-author of this study Mark Bonta told National Geographic as follows:

Were not discovering anything.

Most of the data weve worked with is collaborative with Aboriginal peoples Theyve known this for probably 40,000 years or more.

You see, the idea is that these birds of prey are using the fires to help them find food. When there is fire, finding their meals suddenly becomes much easier. This really may be enough to have us all rethinking how fire spreads in tropical savannas like those in Northern Australia.

According to these researchers, these birds will congregate in large numbers along burning fire fronts. They are not afraid to fly into the fires to move smoldering sticks out and up to 0.6 miles away, scorching regions that have not yet met the fires. Phillip Waipuldanya Roberts said in his 1964 autobiography that he had seen a hawk pick up a smoldering stick with its claws and drop it at least one half of a mile away on a dry patch of grass. After doing so he noted the bird waited to see the frightened food...


Recipe: Green Vegetable Bake. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The half demolished Bake
I am always looking for recipes that utilise our abundant garden greens. The accompanying picture looks unappetising but the leftovers were refridgerated

 1. Collect your greens and any other vegetables. I prefer to use tomatoes in a salad rather than a bake but I use any of the following in a mix of greens :

Small chokoes  pumpkin leaves, Katuk Okinawa Spinach, Ceylon Spinach, spinach silver beet or beet leaves Surinam Spinach Brazil Spinach  sweet potato leaves  some chili or capsicum leaves capsicum various herbs spring onions Moringa leaves and flowers cooked Chaya Spinach Tree leaves cooked Warrigal Greens mustard rocket zucchini 

2. Rinse well if required.

3. Fry some garlic and onion in oil (I prefer olive oil but coconut oil also works) .

4. In a 'kitchen whizz' chop a layer of hard vegetables such as pumpkin and carrot with the cooked onion and garlic. Add an egg or two and some cream or a little milk or yoghurt. Season. Also add some tasty cheese or feta cheese.

5. Layer the chopped vegetables in an oiled or buttered oven proof dish.

6.  'Whizz"/chop the green vegetables along with some seasoning,  eggs and a little milk or cream and add as another layer to the ovenproof dish. Keep the amounts of liquids small because the greens generate plenty of liquid. If you like you can just mix everything into one layer.

7. Bake for close to an hour in a moderate oven until dry on top.

8. Optional: Top with cheese (feta, tasty or parmesan) and bake for another 5 minutes.

9. Serve warm or cold with a salad.

See also:

Eat your Pumpkin leaves and links to vegetable recipes using indigenous plants


In which Craig becomes a Samira Ahmed-style snowflake... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Today's Radio 4 Profile of Oprah Winfrey, presented by the accomplished John Peel impersonator Mark Coles (one of those people who always sounds as if they're being sarcastic even when they aren't being sarcastic), featured the following anecdote: 
Mark Coles: And there were plenty more says Sandra Pinckney, who shared a flat with Oprah Winfrey for a while. 
Sandra Pinckney: Oh my God, her dates! I mean, this one night she was going out. It was a Friday night. She said, "Sandra, when he comes don't say one word to me!", and I said, "What are you talking about?". So the doorbell rings and I'm waiting for her to answer the door. She's nowhere to be found. I answered the door  and [laughing] here's this guy. I mean, with all respect to short people, I mean, he was short and he was very funny-looking. And [laughing] so I said, "Oh! Well, come in and let me just get Oprah. She's ready. She's somewhere. Just hold on". I looked into my room, the closet, her room, the bathroom. And then I heard something in her closet. I opened the closet door [laughing] and there she is sitting in the dirty clothes hamper, hysterical, tears running down her eyes cos she knew what this guy looked like, and she knew what I was thinking.
Well, I have to say, as a short, funny-looking man myself, I found that anecdote grossly offensive and am appalled at the BBC for broadcasting it. 

I will be writing to Newswatch, Feedback and Points of View and tweeting about it endlessly for the next five years until Mark Coles, Sandra and Oprah are sent to join Toby Young...


Day to Day Politics: How does Turnbull stack up as a leader? "IndyWatch Feed"

Monday 15 January 2018 It is probably fair to say that you cannot be a good leader without character. Character is the defining point of leadership. Character is a combination of traits that etch the outlines of a life, governing moral choices and infusing personal and professional conduct. Its an elusive thing, easily cloaked or

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Mike Rowe schools a woman who labels him an anti-education, science doubting, ultra-right wing conservative. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is great. Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs does a weekly podcast/Facebook posting called How I Heard It.  His Off the Wall segments are always enlightening, because, Rowe dishes out some of his characteristic common sense by answering a question or comment from a fan, or in some cases, someone who isnt a fan at


Researchers study largest underwater eruption in Pacific Ocean "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The first close quarters investigation of what was possibly the largest underwater volcanic eruption in modern history has uncovered a carpet of pumice rocks, some as big as motor vehicles, and unexpected ocean-bed lava flows. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, a research team led by the University of Tasmania in Australia and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US report on the use of two autonomous underwater vehicles to explore the aftermath of the eruption of the 2012 Harve volcano, which lies between New Zealand and American Samoa in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The volcano blew on July 18, 2012, an event noted only when passengers on an airliner flying above the Kermadec Islands (of which Harve is an underwater component) noticed a huge number of pumice rocks floating on the surface of the ocean. The raft of rocks eventually covered almost 400 square kilometres. Three years later, the joint Australian-US expedition headed to the blast site.


Collected evidence that DOJ and FBI colluded with Fusion GPS on "Operation Trump" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Following the released transcript of Fusion-GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee by Senator Dianne Feinstein, several media outlets have begun questioning the relationship between the FBI investigators, Glenn Simpson and dossier author Christopher Steele. What we have discovered highlights the answer to those relationship questions; and also answers a host of other questions, including: Did the FBI pay Christopher Steele? Yes, but now how media has stated. Was the FBI connected to the creation of the Steele Dossier? Yes, but again, not the way the media is currently outlining. The motive within the FBI/DOJ surveillance of the 2016 campaign of Donald Trump is simple. However, to understand how they did it - the story becomes more complex. Some key background understanding is necessary.


On Being a Social Justice and Peace Activist "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Browsing the Internet, one can find a deluge of entries on social justice and peace activists, but very little about their own introspections on how they see and feel themselves as activists.

Seeking to fill at least partially that void I aim to explore in this article what it is like to be an activist in America for social justice and peace. I will do this in four ways.

First, since this journal is read by activists with varying levels and types of activity I will ask them about their activism. How would you answer the following questions?

Your Activist Self Checklist

a) Type and Degree of Feelings

Minor (e.g., anguish, ashamed of America, disgust, guilt for not doing more)?

Moderate (e.g., despair, determination, hopelessness, resignation)?

Intense (e.g., alienation, anger, burnout, paranoia, suicidal)?

Unusual (e.g., pride in fighting the corpocracy)?

b) Activities:

Armchair Activist? Street Activist? Activist Elsewhere? Professional Activist?

Percentage Yearly Time Spent on Activism:

Minimal (25% or less)?

Moderate (More than 25%)?

Extensive (50% or more)?

c) Experiences and Degree of Hardship:

Minor (e.g., inconvenience)?

Moderate (e.g., inclement weather, harassment)?

Extensive (e.g., physical confrontation, injury, detainment, trial, prison)?

Anyone higher on the scale for all three categories could be considered in my opinion a supreme patriot who is suffering a lot for that patriotism in its purest sense (i.e. not my country right or wrong, but, my country, please do no wrong). I should think such a patriot would feel a sense of pride mixed with other feelings.

Second, I will tell you about myself as I see myself. My score for the last few decades would waver between minor and moderate. Except for once participating several years ago in a protest at the local office of a U.S. Representative, all my activism has been from afar, sitting unharmed and comfortable at my computer desk (my family calls it the cave where I disappear to grumble and write). That one time was so pathetic it was disgusting. I had responded to an e-mail from the NGO, Move Political Action Team requesting that I join with others in my community to protest outside the local office of said politician who was on recess. A few of us showed up holding signs (I had made my own). He never came out to hear us or talk to us because he was either not there or hiding....


Australian Birds Have Literally Learned How to Weaponize Fire "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Northern Australia, raptors have been found purposefully spreading grass fires, according to a research paper. The purpose is to flesh out prey from the grass and eat.

The Whistling Kite is among the birds alleged to have been doing this, according to a research paper recently published in the Journal of Ethnobiology.

Deep in the rural Australian outback, a veteran firefighter residing in the Northern Territory watched a fire that was stuck on one side of the highway. The fire had no means to jump across the road, but it did. He found the newly lit flames and extinguished them: then he looked up at the sky.

He claims to have seen a whistling kite bird holding a burning twig. The bird flew about 65 feet and dropped the stick into the flammable grass: the fire started again.

Essens claims about putting out seven new bird-induced fires were published in the paper.

An author of the paper, Bob Godford told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

Black kites and brown falcons come to these fronts because it is just literally a killing frenzy, its a feeding frenzy, because out of these grasslands come small birds, lizards, insects, everything fleeing the front of the fire.

The concept of birds seeking food or acting as predators in the presence of a fire is actually well established. On at least 4 continents, raptors have been observed waiting for rodents and small animals to flee the scene of a fire to prey upon them, or consume them once they are burned.

However, the idea that the birds might be intentionally setting the fires is definitely new.

The papers author is a lawyer who decided to become an ethno-ornithologist, a person who studies the relationship between Australias Aboriginal people and birds. He has been chasing the arson hawk story for several years.

My interest was first piqued by a report in a book published in 1964 by an Aboriginal man called Phillip Roberts in the Roper River area in the Northern Territory, that gave an account of a thing that hed seen in the bush, a bird picking up a stick from a fire front and carrying it and dropping it on to unburnt grass, he said.

According to...


Philippines: Easier, more beneficial for Congress to amend the restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution than to change the entire form of government Many of us do not have a full grasp of federalism, "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


The senators stressed they are open to amending the Constitution, including its political provisions, and were only pointing out the complexity of changing the form of government as well as the many questions from the public that need to be answered by federalism advocates. Photo

Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) January 15, 2018 12:01am

MANILA, Philippines It would be easier for Congress to amend the restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution than to rewrite major sections in the Charter that may require extending the term of officials so the country may shift to a federal system, senators said yesterday.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Francis Pangilinan, chairman of the Senate committee on constitutional amendments, made the remarks as the panel prepared to conduct a hearing on Wednesday on various Charter change (Cha-cha) bills.

The senators stressed they are open to amending the Constitution, including its political provisions, and were only pointing out the complexity of changing the form of government as well as the many questions from the public that need to be answered by federalism advocates.

Sotto said relaxing the restrictive economic provisions to attract foreign investments was easy using a formula whereby the phrase unless otherwise provided by law is simply included in the provisions.

The phrase, Sotto said, does not pave the way for a rewrite of the Constitution, but allows Congress to make amendments to give the country some flexibility or take advantage of economic opportunities whenever they arise.

Prudence dictates that federalism will require a long debate because many of us do not have a full grasp of federalism, Sotto told radio station dzBB.

He said Speaker Pantaleon Alvarezs timetable of holding a plebiscite for the proposed amended Constitution to coincide with the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections this May can be doable if only the economic provisions will be touched.

We cant pr...


Thousands rally against corruption in Israel after Netanyahu son scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thousands took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest corruption following the release of tapes of Benjamin Netanyahu's son discussing "awesome deals" his father allegedly made for his pal's gas mogul dad. Earlier this week, Israeli television aired embarrassing recordings of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 26-year-old son Yair hanging out at a Tel Aviv strip club in 2015. He was joined by two friends, Nir Maimon, the son of natural gas tycoon Kobi Maimon, and Roman Abramov, an employee of Australian gambling tycoon James Packer, and was accompanied by his security guard and a driver. Video link:

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