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Thursday, 19 October


NEVER STOP In Bringing Doug Mesner/ Satanist Lucien Greaves to Justice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NEVER STOP In Bringing Doug Mesner/Satanist Lucien Greaves to Justice

Lucien Greaves: Ted Gunderson, Death of a Public Paranoid (part 1)

@46:31 Doug Mesnar basically, well literally says that a father putting his private in a babys mouth INSTEAD of its feeding bottle is NOT traumatic and abusive to the baby BECAUSE it has no cognizant idea of what is happening

Coming Clean With My Investigation into the Murder of Lori King

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MACKAY Armed robbery accused to remain in prison for now "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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MACKAY Hairdresser fined for punching bouncer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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LOA Today 10.19.17 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We spend more than half the show talking about wins for the week and answering a listeners question. But its well worth it when we finally talk about Chapter 9 of Ask And It Is Given which is subtitled, The Hidden Value Behind Your Emotional Reactions. Its the emotions that give us our steering wheel in life, and learning to ...

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Jacinda Ardern to Be New Zealands Next Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The outcome caps a remarkable rise for the 37-year-old, who only took over the Labour Partys top job in August, and spells changes for the economy and immigration.

Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Labour leader Jacinda Ardern speaks to the press after leader of New Zealand First party Winston Peters announced his support for her party in Wellington, New Zealand, October 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Charlotte Greenfield

Wellington: New Zealand will get its youngest prime minister in more than 150 years after the small, nationalist New Zealand First Party agreed to form a new government with Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern, ending the National Partys decade in power.

The outcome caps a remarkable rise for Ardern, 37, who only took over the partys top job in August, and marks another victory for a youthful global leader promising change, with big implications for the worlds 11th most traded currency, the central bank, immigration and foreign investment.

Labour had an even chance as National to form a government after inconclusive elections on September 23 gave neither party enough seats to form a majority in parliament.

Their tighter immigration proposals and more restrictive housing policy all suggest economic growth could be a little bit weaker than the Nationals policy, Paul Dales, chief Australia and New Zealand economist at Capital Economics, said of Labour.

The chances of a sharper slowdown are higher under Labour.

The announc...


Soul Contracts: The Outline of Your Life "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Each time we die, we are reconnected to the source. Our soul itself goes to a place where it can prepare for the next life.

During this time, while elsewhere, our soul has a lot of things to do. Before we are reborn or born at all, our soul has to make an outline of what our life is meant for. We must write our purpose. Sure, we dont remember these things once we are born but our spirit guides do. They follow us and help to ensure the path that we laid out is the one we travel.

This path will include things like major life changes, lessons, and anything that can and will help you grow in order to achieve a higher level of consciousness into the next life. We all want to achieve that end goal where we no longer have to return to this world. This outline holds all of the answers to our lifes challenges and our guardians hold it close to them.

That being said, when a soul contract is made, it is still able to be changed. We do still have free-will. This is where things get a little tricky. While we were the ones who laid the path out for ourselves sometimes it looks much better on paper. We cannot always handle what we set out to do when this happens our guides change our outline a little and make a note to add that thing back in when we are ready.

Your spirit guide will not force you through something if you cannot handle it, so if you are led to it, there is a reason. I assume you are wondering why negative things happen if we are planning our lives for ourselves. Well, to be completely honest, for the most part, we grow the most through negative experiences. We are the source and the source is us. Our outline is a soul contract. It is an agreement with the source to better yourself so that someday you can remain there in all of its glory.

If we remember our soul contracts, we cannot truly learn from the experiences placed before us. I know this may sound a bit confusing but take a moment to check out the video below. Things will all fall into place sooner or later.

Dont be afraid of this sort of thing. A soul contract can never be a bad thing. Growing and becoming the best versions of ourselves that we can be will result in the most amazing sense of peace we could ever imagine. Sure, the idea is a bit overwhelming at first but as you become more conscious and reach higher levels everything will begin to make more sense.


Interview 1310 Ernest Hancock on Pirates Without Borders "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[audio mp3=""][/audio]James joins Ernest Hancock on Declare Your Independence to discuss "Why Big Oil Conquered The World." When the topic of solutions comes up, they discuss Ernest's and the above-the-grid answers to the oiligarchs' plans.


The SAA Deir-Ezzor Euphrates River Battle: a Tactical Review "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning, the Middle East war enters a new phase Gordon Duff

Most of us who have watched the SAA crawl back from the edge of defeat, after the Russians joined the Hezbollah and Iranian forces already there, have cheered their westward advance to recapture the huge central area of the country under ISIS control. When Veterans Today traveled to Syria in the fall of 2015, where one of the briefings was on the ISIS complete order of battle, we could never have foreseen what has taken place.

We later saw Palmyra recaptured, only to be lost again after an assault with ISIS foreign allies major involvement, and then recaptured. We worried as Damascus supply lines got stretched further and further, which invited the inevitable supply-line attacks to slow down the SAA advance upon ISISs Euphrates river bastion.

The well-executed combined operations attacks broke the ISIS siege of the airport, and Deir-Ezzor was put under siege. But then their momentum lost its steam, as the SAA force was divided into multiple combat operations with units bled off for supply line security; others headed north to hook up with the hard-fighting Syrian units that had gotten bogged down at Madan, where the eastern flowing Euphrates turns southwest. Damascus made a strategic decision to secure all of the western Euphrates north of Deir-Ezzor first, and that move will be debated long after the war is over.

Another SAA force was tasked with widening the airport perimeter to a distance outside mortar and rocket barrage so it could become a tactical combat base for critically needed supplies and helicopter operations. But despite all of the success from the bombing of ISIS command centers and ammo dumps, the Syrian offensive stalled, with the battle lines around the ISIS-held part of the city being static for a month, while the Kurdish SDF swept down from the north to confiscate Arab tribal lands and oil.

The SAA divides its forces and loses its punching power

What happened? With ISIS reeling after its defenses were penetrated, why wasnt the city rolled up faster to avoid getting caught in a drawn-out siege? The answer was both obvious, and then not. Getting control of one of the main bridges over the river does no...


Australian Department of Anarchism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In solidarity with The Juice Media who have been threatened by the Australia Government  with legal action over their Honest Government Aderts, weve created the Australia Department of Anarchism.

Although this is a fictitious department we could still be jailed for five years if the proposed changes to the Commonwealth Criminal Code are passed.

Have a listen to the show to find out more, plus Franklin Lopez talking about fascism. And Bad Cop No Donut, and the return of Jepanarchy!!!





UN takes Australia to task over archaic fines laws that resulted in Ms Dhus death in custody "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Government was again grilled last night at the United Nations in Geneva with the Human Rights Committee taking aim at the failure to scrap the cruel fines laws that resulted in Ms Dhus tragic death in custody.

Ms Dhu, a young Yamatji woman from Geraldton, died a cruel and inhuman death in 2014 after being locked away in a South Headland police cell for three days because she couldnt pay fines she received as a teenager.

Nana Carol Roe, Ms Dhus grandmother, said she was still waiting for truth and justice.

Australia needs to answer for everything that they have done to my people and especially for how they treated my granddaughter. Australia must be held to account, said Ms Roe.

Related: Shocking and disturbing:  Australian Government slammed for its cruelty to refugees at UN hearing

Ruth Barson, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said at the conclusion of the coronial inquest into Ms Dhus death, the Coroner recommended that the Western Australian Government reform its fines laws to get rid of automatic imprisonment for fine default.

Last night Australia was shamed on the worlds human rights stage because of Western Australias dangerous practice of locking up people who cannot afford to pay their fines. Its been three painful years since Ms Dhus tragic death. There is no justifiable reason for delay its time for bipartisan support for these archaic laws to be scrapped, said Ms Barson.

In the past few weeks Western Australias unfair fines laws have seen a breastfeeding mother put behind bars, and a heavily pregnant woman at risk of being jailed because she couldnt afford to pay her fines.

A promise to lead on Indigenous peoples rights was a central pillar to Australias successful bid to gain a seat on the UN Human Rights Council earlier this week.

Michael Coughlan from Indigenous Peoples Network Australia, who is currently in Geneva, said that the fine laws are a driver of the appallingly high rates at which Aboriginal people are over-imprisoned.

We know these laws are harmful and we know they unfairly trap too many Aboriginal people. They belong in the garbage. Nobody should be subjected to the indignity and dangers of prison simply because they cannot afford to pay a fine, said Mr Coughlan.


How'd you like them apples? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

12 on the bounce

Goodness me, a thunderous +371,500 increase in Australian employment over the year to September 2017, for a massive increase of +3.1 per cent in the total number of employed to nearly 12.3 million. 

That makes it 12 months in a row for employment growth.

Meanwhile jobs vacancies have also increased to the highest level on record, meaning that there's likely to be at least some more good news in the post. 

Better still, the jobs boom has been driven by full-time jobs, with a cracking uplift of +316,000 over the year to September. 

The unemployment rate fell to 5.5 per cent, to sit at the lowest level in 4.5 years.

Female participation hit the highest level on record, while the total monthly number of hours worked was up by +3.4 per cent from a year earlier, the best annual result since those morose financial crisis days.

In trend terms, hours worked were a slightly more moderate +2.9 per cent higher. 



Due to growing internet access the child porn industry is spreading in Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The spread of internet use in Southeast Asia is fueling the creation and spread of child exploitation - and experts are warning that children are being coerced into creating the material themselves. Internet availability across Southeast Asia currently sits at about 50 percent, according to a recent study. However, in the Philippines and Thailand, countries where sexual abuse is a significant problem, the rate reaches 58 percent and 67 percent respectively, Reuters reports. Jon Rouse of Taskforce Argos, an Australian police unit that targets online child abuse networks, said that the problem of child porn is only going to get bigger.


Killary kept her private computer server for nearly two years after leaving State Dept - who let that happen? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hillary Clinton's email activity has been subject to intense scrutiny (perhaps more so by the media than the FBI) and yet we still haven't received the answer as to who allowed the former Secretary of State to keep her computer server nearly two years after leaving government. Hedge fund manager Charles Ortel posed the question during an interview with Russia Today. From RT: RT: What do you make of this latest revelation on the Clinton email investigation? Charles Ortel: I think it is a very dangerous sort of revelation. I would implore people to understand the real issue is not whether or not Hillary Clinton and others had classified information on this private server. The real issue is who allowed Hillary Clinton, while secretary of state, and the various cronies associated with her and employees and contractors, to operate this private server during her entire tenure and then to let her and her team continue to operate, and hold all of the contents that were on this server for almost two years after she had left the post. This is akin to deciding that what you are going to do is to take Air Force Two after you leave, and use it for 18 months and then give it back to the government at the end of the day. It is very damaging information. Despite overwhelming evidence of Hillary Clinton mishandling classified information, the FBI and Department of Justice refuse to prosecute the former Secretary of State. As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, former FBI Director James Comey drafted a memo exonerating Clinton before the Bureau's investigation was complete.


US President Trump says he is proud to be among so many friends in October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to attend and give a keynote speech at the annual Values Voter Summit which this year was held in Washington DC on 12-15 October.

This event included at least nine other misogynistic, anti-Muslim and/or anti LGBTI speakers -  six of whom belong to hate groups listed by The Southern Poverty Law Centre - as well as a three-hour long  Values Voter Summit Activist Training workshop for attendees.

Trump previously spoke at this far-right Christian summit in 2015 as a candidate and then in 2016 as the Republican presidential nominee.

Excerpt from the White House transcript of Trumps 13 October 2017 summit speech:

We believe in strong families and safe communities.  We honor the dignity of work.  (Applause.)  We defend our Constitution.  We protect religious liberty.  (Applause.)  We treasure our freedom.  We are proud of our history.  We support the rule of law and the incredible men and women of law enforcement.  (Applause.)  W...


Tony Abbott will never stop until he has destroyed Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

the shame and humiliation of losing high office drives him on, with the thinnest of rationalisations for his actions [Judith Brett]

La Trobe University Emeritus Professor Judith Brettwriting in The Monthly, August 2017:
Once again Tony Abbott has wrecked the chances of Australia achieving a bipartisan policy on emissions reduction. When, at the end of 2009, he successfully challenged Malcolm Turnbull for leadership of the Liberal Party, the catalyst was Turnbulls co-operation with the Rudd government over the introduction of an emissions trading scheme. Winning by one vote, Abbott immediately announced a secret ballot on whether the party should support the Labor governments legislation. The result, 54 against to 29 for, spelled the end of the Oppositions co-operation with the government on its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. When the scheme reappeared in 2011 as a price on carbon under Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her climate change minister, Greg Combet, Abbott made this great big new tax on everything the centrepiece of his campaign against the government. And when he won the election in 2013 he repealed the legislation.
To be sure, others have also contributed to the long-running disaster of Australias climate policies: the Greens under Bob Brown, who, in a fit of self-indulgent high-mindedness, refused to support Labors legislation in the Senate; Kevin Rudd, who walked away from the great moral challenge of our generation when the going got tough; and Julia Gillard, with her culpable naivety in promising that there would be no carbon tax in a government she led, and then agreeing that the scheme her government introduced could be called a tax. But it has been Abbotts continuing belligerent prosecut...


Freewallet is the First Service Provider to Enable Bitcoin Gold Support "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bitcoin Gold is by far one of the most suspicious Bitcoin hard forks to date. With very little to no support from the community and service providers, a lot of questions remain unanswered. However, it seems we now have at least one wallet supporting BTG. Freewallet will support this upcoming hard fork, which is rather Continue reading Freewallet is the First Service Provider to Enable Bitcoin Gold Support

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Australia ends insurance subsidies for naturopathy, homeopathy, and more "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian government has eliminated the insurance subsidy for 17 alternative health practices due to a lack of evidence for efficacy. This is a win for medicine and Australian taxpayers.


Shocking disturbing: Australian Government slammed for its cruelty to refugees at UN hearing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For the second day running, Australian Government officials have endured an uncomfortable grilling by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva.

Just one day after condemning the Australian Governments chronic non-compliance with international human rights laws, in a further hearing overnight the expert Committee honed in on the Governments cruelty to refugees and in particular its offshore detention regime. The Human Rights Committee described the policies as shocking and disturbing.

The strong rebuke comes just two days after Australia was handed a seat on the UN Human Rights Council and just one day after the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) delivered an extraordinary statement warning of an imminent humanitarian crisis and a "looming humanitarian emergency" on Manus Island.

Amy Frew, Lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre who is in Geneva for the hearings, said that it is clear that the UN is deeply concerned by the Australian Governments deteriorating human rights performance, especially in the areas of refugee policy, the over-imprisonment of Indigenous peoples and the erosion of democratic freedoms.

Our Government is just two days into a three-year term on the Human Rights Council and already its clear they will be constantly haunted by their own cruelty to refugees. Our Government can sit at the table and blow its own trumpet all it likes. But its crystal clear that for as long as our Government continues to warehouse 2000 innocent men, women and children on Manus and Nauru it will lack credibility and moral authority on human rights, said Ms Frew.

Related: UN takes Australia to task over archaic fines laws that resulted in Ms Dhu's death in police custody

Remarkably, during the questioning, the Australian Government suggested it did not have a policy of mandatory and indefinite detention of people seek...


Malaysia chooses American company Ocean Infinity to search for MH370 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Malaysian government has chosen an American private seabed exploration firm, Ocean Infinity, to resume the search for MH370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board.

It is now negotiating terms with Ocean Infinity, and will make an official announcement once those terms are agreed.

The underwater search in the southern Indian Ocean was suspended on January 17 this year. The tripartite decision to suspend the search was made by Malaysia, China, and Australia.

In an email to the next-of-kin of the passengers and crew of those on board MH370, the Malaysian government said: Please be informed that the MH370 Response Team has received several proposals from interested parties to search for MH370.

These proposals included an offer by the company Ocean Infinity, which offered to search on a No Cure No Fee basis, the Malaysian government said.

These offers have been thoroughly assessed by the team and the governments of Australia and China have been informed of this in line with the spirit of tripartite cooperation.

In this regard, the government of Malaysia has given the permission for the response team to proceed negotiating the terms and conditions with Ocean Infinity.

The Malaysian government said that once n...


#HandsOffCorey: Support #Charlottesville Defender Corey Long "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Solidarity Cville for Medium - Corey Long turned himself in this past Friday after the white supremacists who attacked Charlottesville swore out a warrant against Corey for disorderly conduct and assault and battery. Corey is beloved in his community, known for taking care of others. Now he is known nationwide for a photograph of him with an ignited spray can shielding an elderly man from a group of white nationalists swinging flags at them. This photo emerged as one of the most powerful images of community defense and guardianship against the intimidation, extreme force and brutality that neo-Nazis perpetrated as promised against Charlottesville residents. Shortly after that photo was taken, a Nazi fired a gun at Corey. Corey Long, a 23-year-old elder care worker, was arrested for answering the call to defend his community against the imminent siege of terror that both Mayor Mike Signer and UVA President Teresa Sullivan told the residents of Charlottesville to outright ignore.


The Worlds Oldest Tortoise Is Gay, And He Has A Younger Lover "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The worlds oldest tortoise is in a relationship with a younger reptile, who vets recently discovered is a male. Jonathan (pictured) is 186 years old and believed to be the worlds oldest living land animal. He lives on St Helena, a British Overseas Territory 1,200 miles off the coast of southern Africa, and hes such ...

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'Lawrence Park' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Learmonth family of squatting fame first arrived in Australia in the 1830s when Thomas Learmonth Senior established himself as a merchant in Hobart Town. In April, 1837 his sons Thomas and Somerville were amongst the first squatters to take up land in the newly-established Port Phillip District of New South Wales. As members of the Port Phillip Association (later the Derwent Company), they occupied land along the Barwon River up to its confluence with the Leigh River, beating out their competition in the form of the Clyde Company under the management of George Russell.
With their preferred land on the Barwon unavailable, the Clyde Company instead set up operations along the Moorabool River, north from Fyansford and west across to the Leigh River at Shelford. However, the Port Phillip Association once again got the jump on the Clyde Company when the first land sales were held for the parish of Gherineghap in February, 1839.
The Association disregarded the gentleman's agreement which prevented squatters from purchasing the land on which other land holders were squatting. Outbidding their rivals at the Sydney auction, they snapped up much of the land from Fyansford to the future site of Gheringhap along the Moorabool where George Russell was squatting and along the Barwon as far as Bruce's Creek.  Their success however, came at a cost. Philip Russell (half brother of George and shareholder in the Clyde Company) was able to force the sale price up to 28 shillings per acre. The Russells meanwhile, quickly stripped the land of the improvements they had made - huts, stockyards, tents, even a wool shed - and retreated to what had until then been their outpost on the Leigh River.

Google Earth map showing the boundaries of the 1839 land purchases of the
Port Phillip Association and the Learmonths as shown on the Gherineghap
Parish Survey Maps
Amongst the members of the Port Phillip Association was Thomas Learmonth Sr who is widely reported to have taken up the land after purchase before passing it to his youngest son Dr John Learmonth. In addition, the parish survey map shows that 6...


In Wake Of Equifax Hack, Its Time For The U.S. To Create A National ID Card "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Identity theft has been a growing problem for years, but the recent Equifax hack has raised the issue in peoples minds again. Equifax may be the biggest security breach of personal information, but it is not the first and will not be the last.

Americans continue to rely on antiquated methods of identification, the most prominent of which are Social Security numbers. Forcing the Social Security number to act as a secure means of identification asks more of the nine-digit combination than was ever intended.

Last week, reports emerged that the Trump administration was considering the problem of SSNs. They should be. The cobbled-together identification system has been failing for years and will continue to do so unless it is replaced by a secure method of documenting Americans identities. We need a better answer to the problem of identifying oneself and protecting that identity from fraud. We need a national identification card.

A Long Time Coming

This is not a new issue. That we do not have a national ID card yet should be chalked up as a victory for two groups: federalists and privacy advocates. For the former group, the idea of the federal government taking over one of the duties of the statesissuing primary identification documentswould continue the troubling trend of concentrating power toward Washington, away from the people. For the latter, giving the government access to and control over our personal information would necessarily degrade our personal autonomy and force people deeper into a system of which some of them want no part.

Neither is a bad position, but their proponents make the mistake of comparing a world with a national ID to one where perfect conditions of federalism and privacy prevail. Thats not a world that exists now, if it ever did.

Federalist opponents of the national ID should consider that we are presently living in a system where the federal government already is deeply involved in tracking everyones identity. We have SSNs, as well as passports, and the coordination of state IDs through the REAL ID Act of 2005, among other things. That makes for a hodgepodge of barely functional federal documents combined with federal coercion of the states regarding their own IDs. One federally issued, a secure identification system would simply improve the existing federal IDs while obviating the need to force the states into line on their own. National ID doesnt bring the feds into the equation: they are already there.

The way things stand now is also unacceptable from a privacy standpoint, as the Equifax hack shows. No matter how careful you are with your own documents, unless you live in an off-grid, cash-only ec...


Toxic Firefighting Chemicals Most Seminal Public Health Challenge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Christopher Knaus for The Guardian - A top United States environmental official has described the contamination of drinking water by toxic firefighting chemicals as the most seminal public health challenge of coming decades. The US, like Australia, is still grappling with how to respond to widespread contamination caused by past use of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (Pfas) in firefighting foam. The manmade chemicals share a probable link with cancer, do not break down in the environment and have contaminated groundwater, drinking water, soil and waterways. The Australian government has continued to maintain there is no concrete evidence of a link between the chemicals and adverse health impacts, but has been criticised for the inadequacy of its response. The governments stated position sits in stark contrast with a view expressed this week by a senior official in the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a government agency and the countrys leading public health institution. Patrick Breysse, director of the CDCs National Centre for Environmental Health, described the chemicals as one of the most seminal public health challenge for the next decades, according to the Bloomberg news agency.


Australia Officially Ends Double Bitcoin Tax "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From July 2018, Australians will no longer have to pay GST on their cryptocurrency purchases, following the passing of new legislation today.


Trump targeted by the shadow government "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Left-wing corporate foundations like W.K. Kellogg and Ford are sending millions of dollars to organizations such as the Center for Community Change (CCC) with the express purpose of targeting Donald Trump and his Presidency.

And worse, George Soros the Godfather of the Left-wing movement to overthrow President Trump is also pouring millions of dollars from his Open Society Foundation into groups like CCC.

US President Donald Trump is being targeted by Kellogs and Ford trying to oust him from the presidency

In fact, the Executive Director of CCC is also on Soros Advisory Board of Directors! The tentacles of the Left are vast, very well-funded and increasingly more dangerous. And Im counting on your help to expose this threat and fight back.

You see, groups such as CCC are funding direct attacks on the Trump Administration with one goal in mind: To delegitimize his authority as President. For long time readers of my work and that of the Freedom Center, none of this will be surprising. Weve reported on the connections and networks of the Left for three decades now.

But never before has the threat loomed so large. Never before have they worked to overthrow a sitting and freely elected President of the United States. And never before have they launched a shadow g...


Paul Keating: Voluntary euthanasia is a threshold moment for Australia, and one we should not cross "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  • By Paul Keating

There is probably no more important issue in contemporary bioethics or a more serious ethical decision for our parliaments than that raised by the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 being debated this week in the Victorian Parliament.

Under this bill, conditions and safeguards are outlined that will allow physicians to terminate the life of patients and to assist patients to take their own life. This is a threshold moment for the country. No matter what justifications are offered for the bill, it constitutes an unacceptable departure in our approach to human existence and the irrevocable sanctity that should govern our understanding of what it means to be human.

The justifications offered by the bills advocates that the legal conditions are stringent or that the regime being authorised will be conservative miss the point entirely. What matters is the core intention of the law. What matters is the ethical threshold being crossed. What matters is that under Victorian law there will be people whose lives we honour and those we believe are better off dead.

In both practical and moral terms, it is misleading to think allowing people to terminate their life is without consequence for the entire society. Too much of the Victorian debate has been about the details and conditions under which people can be terminated and too little about the golden principles that would be abandoned by our legisl...


The Man Who Called Donald Trump a Moron "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rex Tillerson has reportedly called Donald Trump a moron. And, in the interest of accuracy and completeness, NBC amended that to a f*cking moron.

But what epithet might apply to Rex Tillerson?

For many years, Tillerson headed ExxonMobil, a company that he knew was contributing to global warming. And nothing changed under his leadership with devastating and possibly irreversible results.

Recently, the Los Angeles Times released a detailed report on the extent to which ExxonMobil misled the public, for decades, on what it knew about how it was affecting the climate:

Reviewing 187 ExxonMobil documents, we found that 83% of peer-reviewed papers authored by ExxonMobil scientists and 80% of the companys internal communications acknowledged that climate change was real and human-caused.

For a closer view of this phenomenal deception, and one of the people responsible for it, please see the following story, which we first posted earlier this year.

WhoWhatWhy Staff

Rex Tillerson likes his privacy. Career diplomats working in the same building with him were given special instructions: Do not try to make eye contact with him, and do not speak to him directly.

On his first three trips abroad, Tillerson did not even meet with State Department employees in their embassies. Nor did he allow the usual press corps to accompany him on those trips. He took along only one reporter, one who was from the conservative website, Independent Journal Review. He does not like to answer questions.

To many, appointing the former CEO of Exxon as Secretary of State was about as appropriate as putting Bernie Madoff in charge of the treasury....


List of Property owned by the Trust. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Request to Sydney Harbour Federation Trust by Damien Butler. Annotated by Locutus Sum on October 19, 2017.
The Trust has provide links to a web-site where the information is publicly available. and http://www.cockatooisla...


Tony Abbott To Address US Anti-Gay Group Again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Prominent no campaigner and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott is reportedly set to address a US organisation that has been condemned for its extreme, anti-LGBTI views. Abbott will speak to the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) about his opposition to marriage equality later this month, Fairfax Media reported. According to the Human Rights ...

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A 10 Step Survival Guide for The Dark Night of the Soul "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In the dark night of the soul, bright flows the river of God.

St John of the Cross

By Caroline Diana


It is the foundation upon which every aspect of our world is built.

Family. Society. Education. Industry. Commerce. Judiciary. Government.

You get the idea.

And like cogs on a wheel, your outer public face is made up of grooves  the labels and approved personal characteristics, traits, and hats you wear that synchronize perfectly with these external wheels and keep you in good standing in the world.

But, heres the thing

On their own, these external structures hold you to a limited view of yourself and way of being, in exchange for the validation, approval, and longing most of us subliminally crave.

They overlook to a large extent the unique individual you are. And from personal experience and the past 15 years of working closely with clients, here is what I have come to know:

As self-aware human beings, we are connected to a higher intelligence. Some call it Source, Universe, or collective consciousness, and still others, God.

Your connection with higher intelligence is the means through which you are able to access your innate intuition, gifts, skills, and information the stamp that makes you, YOU.

Being able to express these fully and uncensored by lifes external structures is what ultimately enables you to feel truly happy, successful, and fulfilled.

And that is not to say that you should disregard familial, societal, or cultural modes and norms. Rather, I believe that it can only positively impact your happiness and wellbeing levels when you can identify and embrace your enormity and uniqueness, beneath the status quo.

So what does structure have to do with the dark night of the soul? The answer is absolutely everything.

There are two major contributing factors to a dark night of the soul:

When an individual a) is not cognizant of themselves as distinct individuals from the external labels and constructs that qualify and give meaning to their lives, and b) has not been getting their deep, soul-level needs met, life in collaboration with this higher intelligence will often orchestrate the perfect set of conditions to awaken them to a gre...


The Psychedelic Renaissance is Here. Will it Last This Time? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From Massive: Increasing evidence suggests that psychedelics may revolutionize mental health care. In order for this psychedelic renaissance to last, scientists and citizens will need to combat preconceived notions about psychedelic drugs formed as a result of the cultural war on drugs.

Although many of these studies are still in their early phases, the preliminary data overwhelmingly supports the use of psychedelics as targeted medicines, specifically in conjunction with psychotherapy. So why is there such intense skepticism about this group of drugs in particular? Why is it that cancer chemotherapies with significant mortality rates and harsh side-effects will readily move through the clinical trial phases and directly into use, but LSD, which has nearly zero recorded overdoses, rarely even achieves study approval?

The answer is likely buried under 50-plus years of drug prohibition and abstinence-only education in the United States and around the world, a culture that has shaped the negative stigma of all psychedelics. Instead of re-litigating this past, though, researchers in the field are posed at the precipice of progressing forward with revolutionary studies, and may conscientiously move our culture forward with them. But moving the culture will require awareness and action from scientists and citizens.



Household formation to surge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


A valid point is raised here by fund manager roger: there's an awful lot of focus on population growth in Australian property market analysis, and not nearly enough on trends in household formation. 

The comment was posted in relation to another finely balanced article on roger's blog, entitled "PREPARE TO LOSE ENORMOUS [PROPERTY] WEALTH"!!

The comment was prompted when of the blog readers had linked to a thing I wrote about accelerating population growth hoovering up the excess apartment supply in Melbourne. 

What can I say? Melbourne's riotous population growth has hoovered up the excess supply, and Victoria's population is now growing by ~150,000 per annum. 

In fact Melbourne is now diving headlong towards a rental crisis and very sharp increases in rents as the supply rolls over.

Formation rising

roger is quite right to note that household formation rather than population growth drives housing market demand.

The rate of household formation had been outpacing the rate of population growth in Australia for years, but echoing global post-financial trends this dynamic reversed during the last intercensal period from 2011 to 2016, partly due to under-building (at least initially), and partly driven by affordability challenges.

However, household formation is now expected to outpa...


Gunnedah Council and the NSW Department of Health to consult Gunnedah shire community about water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The fluoride debate is back on the agenda with Gunnedah Shire Council once again considering whether or not to add fluoride to the shires water supply.

At its monthly meeting held at the Kelvin town hall on Wednesday night, council heard the NSW Department of Health had put forward a motion to consult with the community about water fluoridation.

Gunnedah is one of the last remaining areas in the state that doesnt have fluoride added in the towns water supply, with the controversial issue last rearing its head in 2014-15.

During the discussion at the council meeting, councillor Owen Hasler said surveying the entire community was pivotal before making a decision.

I would feel more comfortable with a survey of the whole community, Cr Hasler said.

Council voted in 2014 to seek funding from the health department to investigate the installation of fluoride in the water supply and the costs involved.

I think this is where we need to stand up and be counted, Cr Ann Luke said.

Councillor Gae Swain said it has been a very contentious matter over many years.

This is the communitys chance to make a decision one way or another, she said.

The motion was approved by council. Now the Department of Health will consult with the public and submit a report to council at its December meeting about the progress of public consultation.

A website made by the department will also be launched in early-November to give residents more information about fluoridation.

Links to the site will also be available on the Gunnedah Shire Council website along with a fact-sheet to all ratepayers in early-November.

In February, 2018, the department will report to council with recommendations based on public consultation.

The recommendations will assist council in making the final decision, to either not accept fluoridation or to seek approval from NSW Health to commence fluoridation.

*Original article online at


In Australia, faulty BoM temperature sensors contribute to hottest year ever "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

More hot days or purpose-designed temperature sensors at play? Guest essay by Dr. Jennifer Marohasy, republished from the Australian Spectator with permission from the author. I dont believe in conspiracies of silence except when it comes to Harvey Weinstein and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. For some time, weather enthusiasts have been noticing rapid


Another Winter of Discontent coming "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Winter approaches, we review another lost year. The tenth year of an unapologized for bankers Depresssion. While our colleagues and comrades across Europe are  hit particularly hard in Spain , Greece, Italy and Ireland and are f-cked over by stories of deficits,misplaced investments and a banking crash, the rich protect themselves more pulling up the step ladder and retreat nonchalant uncaring to their luxury loft.


Next to nothing has been done for the homeless and jobless in England,they are the real victims of bankers greed

Temperatures are dropping and summer is ending, another winter of great unrest unfolding. Not just in Europe but affecting brothers and sisters far and wide in India, Pakistan, the Phillipines even America and Australia. Now we operate a two or three lane highway, the impoverished languishing without homes, jobs, medicines or even water, others engaged in slave work, working to breakneck schedules for a mere pittance, fighting another  500 applicants for a simple job. This is particularly the fate of the young who contest the usual catch 22 that you cant work without experience and to get experience you need W.O.R.K. So they dreamt up work experience which of course benefits only them, whereby you can get up  early , wash, pay to travel to work, look like another employee  but recieve NOTHING for yo...


Albatrosses eat jellyfish, new research "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This video says about itself:

8 April 2014

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests land at Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands to see the impressive wildlife, including the worlds largest colony of black-browed albatross. Video by Mark Coger.

From the University of Tasmania Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Australia:

DNA tests on albatross excrement reveal secret diet of top predator

October 18, 2017

A study that used DNA tests to analyse the scats of one of the worlds most numerous albatrosses has revealed surprising results about the top predators diet.

DNA analysis of 1460 scats from breeding sites around the Southern Ocean has shown that the diet of black-browed albatrosses contains a much higher proportion of jellyfish than previously thought.

The finding, in a study led by IMAS researcher Julie McInnes and published in the journal Molecular Ecology, is important because top predators such as the albatross are used as indicators of the health of the broader marine ecosystem.

Ms McInnes said jellyfish have traditionally been regarded as an unlikely food source due to their poor nutritional value, although sightings of albatross eating jellyfish are occasionally made.

We need to understand what albatross eat so we can identify how marine ecosystems might be changing in response to pressures such as climate change or fishing, Ms McInnes said.

Past studies of albatross diets relied largely on analysis of their stomach contents, with jellyfish found in less than one in five samples and then only in low volumes...


taking stock in spring "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its been a long while since I took stock. Surprisingly, this little thinking/writing exercise helps to ground me. And I need a little of that right now. Spring busyness has me all a whirr and Im not quite ready for the countless end-of-year activities that are fast approaching. So heres what Im

Making : plans. Big ones. Exciting ones!
Cooking : tuna pasta. Because its Thursday and I had all the ingredients and saved myself a trip to the shops.
Drinking : mineral water and lemon.
Reading: Lab Girl and Better Than Before.
Trawling: op-shops and looking for t-shirts to wear with skirts (my go-to spring breastfeeding outfit).
Wanting: to sleep without being woken by a certain teething toddler.
Looking: at all the lovely tops and dresses in this spring clean sale.
Deciding: on what decision to make first.
Wishing: for a full nights sleep. Unlikely, I know.
Enjoying: regular coffee catch-ups with friends.
Waiting: on Marigolds personalised Christmas star (you can still order here and they make beautiful gifts).
Liking: pilates (my core is grateful).
Wondering: if Ill ever get to the bottom of the washing pile.
Loving: being a mum. I dont think Ive ever been as content in my role as I am right now.
Pondering: what well do on the weekend.
Listening: to children squabble. The witching hours are so loud.
Considering: going to the library tomorrow morning.
Buying: beeswax candles because a quiet house, darkness and flickering beeswax is the perfect way to wind down.
Watching: the Jacaranda tree. It will bloom any day now.
Hoping: to go to bed early tonight. Those hours before midnight really do make for better sleep.
Marvelling: at the sheer amount of washing I do.
Cringing: at the state of the pantry I need to clean and sort and cook with the excess that currently sits on the shelves.
Needing: to photograph the next collection of pre-loved clothes that Ill be selling on @simplicitymarket.
Smelling: Marigold because her newborn scent is still sweet and strong.


MACKAY Man accused of laundering $1m through scam faces court "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Rose Geranium Plant Wicca "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

The magical spiritual and medicinal properties of rose geranium plant and how to use this sacred herb for spells and rituals.

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Granadas Spanish Inquisition Torture Museum "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When one mentions Granada, Spain the conversation usually centres around the magnificent Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, Yes these sights are historically significant and nothing short of must-see locations on any visit to Granada. Let me tell you there is more to Granada than the Alhambra. While walking along the Paseo de los Tristes (The Promenade of the Sad Ones) we came across Palacio De Los Olvidados. A Granada museum dedicated to the Spanish Inquisition instruments of torture.

For those that dont know about the Spanish Inquisition, let us dive into a little history. In 1478 Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile asked the Pope for permission to cleanse Spain through an Inquisition. The main aim of the Inquisition was to punish, torture and execute Jews and later Muslims who had converted to Christianity but who were insincere about their new religion. People could be accused by the general population in a campaign of hearsay. If the person admitted to any wrongdoings and turned in other wrongdoers, they would be let out of jail or given a short prison sentence. However, if they refused to cooperate, then they would be either tortured, publicly executed or sentenced to life imprisonment.

Granada Museum

Marley about to get the chop at this Granada Museum of torture

Visiting a museum such as this is always requires thought when you have children along with you. What will the children see, how will the children react, is it educational and will it be a beneficial experience for them. We came to the opinion that its part of the history of Spain and travelling is learning. We are big on our kids knowing the history of places we visit. In saying this know your own kids and make the decision regarding what you want them to see, read and how comfortable you will be answering their questions about this Granada Museum.


Australia - Gunnedah Council and the NSW Department of Health to consult Gunnedah shire community about water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

OPEN FOR DISCUSSION: The Gunnedah Shire Council October council meeting was held at the Kelvin Hall on Wednesday. One of the major topics discussed at the meeting was water fluoridation. Photo: Billy Jupp OPEN FOR DISCUSSION: The Gunnedah Shire Council October council meeting was held at the Kelvin Hall on Wednesday. One of the major topics discussed at the meeting was water fluoridation. Photo: Billy Jupp...


KYC Bill to Regulate Bitcoin Exchanges Green Lighted by Australian Senate Committee "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

KYC Bill to Regulate Bitcoin Exchanges Green Lighted by Australian Senate Committee

A bill to regulate Australias digital currency exchanges has gained support from the Senate committee tasked to review it. The committee recommended for the bill to be passed. However, public comments from the industrys participants suggest that some provisions in the bill are unclear and could reduce competition in the payment industry.

Also read: Australia Introduces Bill That Regulates Bitcoin Exchanges

Crypto Exchange Bill Receives Support

The Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee published a document last week recommending the the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2017 be passed.

KYC Bill to Regulate Bitcoin Exchanges Green Lighted by Australian Senate CommitteeThis bill was first introduced in August by the Senate and was referred to the Legal and...


I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I for one consider gun control a complete waste of time and resources.  However i do think that mandatory weapons training for all who wish to buy and to own a weapon is worthwhile.  Just as self restraint training with martial arts.  I would apply this to all farm boys in particular.

Then i would insist on a refresher every five years in which the person and his reflexes are checked out.  Thus all gun owners can be expected to be very safe and responsible with weapons.  I suspect that the Swiss essentially do that.

Having all weapons secured under lock and key at a range is also something that could be insisted upon at least for all but a single personal weapon for accepted protection or militia participation.. 

All these actions honor the intent of the second amendment and secures a high level of weapon safety.

I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.

Police found 12 weapons with bump-fire stocks in the shooters hotel room. These devices can be used to make semi-automatic weapons perform like machine guns. (Patrick Martin/The Washington Post) 

By Leah Libresco October 3 at 3:02 PM



Forgotten Australian Slavery: An Interview with ASSI-PJ President Emelda Davis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Benjamin Boyd was a wealthy entrepreneur who arrived in NSW in 1842. The Scottish-born coloniser bought large tracts of land around Eden, in southern NSW. Boyd had concerns about securing labour to work on his properties, so he undertook Australias first foray into importing slave labour. In 1847, Boyd shipped in 65 men from islands

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Tehran will shred nuclear deal if US pulls out says Ayatollah Khamenei "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Irans supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday that Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, state TV said. I dont want to waste my time on answering the rants and whoppers of the brute [US] president, Khamenei said in a speech to students in Tehran. President Donald Trumps stupidity should not distract us from Americas deceitfulness If the US tears up the deal, we will shred it, Reuters quoted Khamenei as saying. Everyone should know that once again America will receive a slap in its mouth and will be defeated by Iranians.


Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:04
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah khamenei speaks during a meeting with a group of Iranian academic elites (unseen) in Tehran, October 18, 2018. (Photo by


Scientists Say Theyve Found HIVs Hiding Place In The Body "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Scientists say theyve discovered where in the body the HIV virus hides to dodge the immune systems defences. Researchers at Sydneys Westmead Institute for Medical Research have reportedly discovered intact HIV residing in the bodys immune cells known as effector memory T-cells that normally attack infections, including HIV. Associate Professor Sarah Palmer, deputy director of ...

The post Scientists Say Theyve Found HIVs Hiding Place In The Body appeared first on QNEWS.


Big crowds expected for West End Street Art Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The eclectic streets of West End are about to be transformed, with some of Brisbanes most talented street artists set to showcase their work in the West End Street Art Festival on Sunday October 22. Artists include vandal turned internationally acclaimed artist Sofles, plus Drapl,The Brightsiders and many more. The festival is raising the profile []

The post Big crowds expected for West End Street Art Festival appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.


Justice Reinvestment Needs a National Approach "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Just Reinvest NSW today called for the Federal Government to lead a national response through a justice reinvestment framework to the rates of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The call came following the Federal Governments response to the release of the Senate Committee report The Value of a Justice Reinvestment Approach to Criminal Justice in Australia.

Just Reinvest Chairperson Sarah Hopkins said The release of the report was an opportunity for the Federal Government to demonstrate how it will lead and work together with States and Territories to do something about the national crisis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration, but it fell short.

We want to see a clear framework for cooperation between all tiers of government that goes beyond encouragement and undefined support from the Federal Government for the States and Territories to real action.

Justice reinvestment extends into many areas that the Federal Government has direct responsibility over. It should be activating all levers at its disposal to progress the much needed change in approach to address the crisis, she said.

There is nothing to stop the Federal Government from working with the States and Territories on criminal justice related initiatives; in fact it is critical.

The recommendations of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee provided practical ways for the Commonwealth to provide national leadership on justice reinvestment. This included the establishment of an independent central coordinating body to provide technical advice on implementing justice reinvestment, to work with states to develop policy options to reduce levels of incarceration, and to monitor and evaluate programs and savings and the reinvestment of savings in communities.

As a touch point for inquiries about justice reinvestment from communities, organisations and governments right across Australia, we can see what is needed, says Sarah Hopkins.

A central coordinating body for justice reinvestment and a national database of evidence based initiatives to support local communities to reduce crime and create safer communities is a starting point for Federal Government action, but we need a whole of COAG shift, led by the Federal Government, including working together on justice reinvestment and introducing justice targets to drive action, she said.

Just Reinvest NSW acknowledges the important contributions of the Australian Institute of Criminology, the Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse and the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), however these bodies do not fulfil the role of the national coordinating body as Senator Scullion suggested in his response to the recommendations.



Marawi: city destroyed in Philippines longest urban war "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


AFP / by Cecil MORELLA | The battle for the southern city of Marawi lasted more than four times longer than the US-led campaign to liberate Manila from Japanese World War II occupation forces

MARAWI (PHILIPPINES) (AFP)  At first glance, the endless rows of devastated buildings could be the aftermath of a great earthquake. But the punctured, bullet-riddled walls tell the true story of the Philippines longest urban war.No one wanted this to happen, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday as he declared Marawi city liberated from the terrorists influence after a nearly five-month battle with gunmen loyal to the Islamic State group.

A day earlier troops had tracked down and killed the Islamic State emir for Southeast Asia Isnilon Hapilon, leader of the militants.

The battle for the southern city, the Islamic capital of the mainly Catholic Philippines, lasted more than four times longer than the US-led campaign to liberate Manila from Japanese World War II occupation forces.

In the process the military literally destroyed Marawi to save it from gunmen it says are intent on carving out territory for a Southeast Asian caliphate.

An AFP team saw metal shutters and walls pockmarked with bullet holes, pavements piled high with twisted metal and cannibalised cars, and streets strewn with machine-gun slugs.

The scenes evoked pictures of destruction in war-torn Middle Eastern cities like Aleppo and Mosul.

New urban warfare

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana estimates the government will need $1.1 billion to rebuild the city.

On the ground floor of some buildings, soldiers peered warily at the street through holes just big enough for men to crawl through.

These gaps are evidence that the militants who seized the city on May 23 estimated by military officials to have numbered one thousand brought in a new style of urban warfare that initially flummoxed Filipino troops.

The militants blasted rat holes through walls to turn hundreds of densely built buildings in the city centre into a maze of improvised tunnels to evade relentless air strikes as well as US and Australian spy planes and drones.

They seized hostages, using some as human shields and others as cooks, medics, or grave diggers for dead gunmen.

They also forced captives to loot houses for c...


Who Runs The World? We Dont, Yet "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Women in the workforce face more than just a gender pay gap. Theres also gross under-representation in the halls of power, writes Courtney Green.

Beyonc got it wrong when she said girls run the world. The world is run and lead by men. Im not asking for girls to run the whole world, just half of it.

50.7 per cent thats the female population in Australia, so it would only make sense that that same number represents the percentage of women in federal Parliament, right?

Wrong. Only 28.6 per cent of federal politicians in Australia are female. Im no mathematician, but those numbers seem a bit off to me.

Gender inequality is real, and we need to step up and do something about it. So yesterday, myself and 16 other girls stepped up and took over Parliament to advocate for womens rights in a girls takeover.

If youre unfamiliar with a girls takeover, its when young girls get the opportunity to takeover the position of someone in a position of power and follow them around for the day learning what its like to be a leader and showing them they can do it too.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250My role for the day in the parliamentary takeover was to shadow Senator Linda Reynolds, the only Liberal parliamentarian to take part in the event. What I learned from my day at Parliament is that its really hard to be a politician like really, really hard. The hours the federal politicians work almost equal the same number of hours in the day. Not to mention the back-to-back meetings and the constant running every time the bells ring.

My politician, Senator Reynolds sits on or chairs 10 different committees. I got the chance to sit in on one of these committees and struggled to keep up with what was going on. As well as following Senator Reynolds around for the day, myself and the other girls involved in the takeover met with the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

While Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was gracious in his talk and spoke about how the Liberal Party is working towards having more women in Parliament, I wont believe it until I see it. And I dont want to have to wait 50 years to see it. I want to see a gender equal election at the next election. Its not impossible, it just takes action.

To say we were fan-girling over meeting Julie Bishop would be an understatement. No matter where your political views lie, there is no denying the strength it takes to, at one point, be the only woman in Cabinet. As well as just being the extraor...


Smart Arts 10 October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Richard sits down with producer of Melbourne music festival participant Germinal Marine Thevenet, co-creators of  The book of exodus part ll Adena Jacobs and Aaron Orzech, ending with a look at the old Melbourne Gaol in The Ballad of Reading Gaol, accompanied by performer Marco Lorenzio and director Alice XXX.


Is The New Testament Reliable? Can Gods Existence Be Proven? Jay Dyer (Half) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Several emails with good questions arrived this week, so I wanted to take the opportunity to answer with my perspective. First, I deal with why the New Testament is reliable in terms of basic textual issues. Second, I deal with the theology of the NT and the Book of Isaiah as it relates to the many powerful predictions of the coming of the Messiah. In the second half, I cover the Nietzschean criticism of master/slave morality, and the response to atheism proof for the existence of God. The second half can be obtained by subscribing at the PayPal links at or at the tier options at my patreon below.

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Any 4WD beaches in NQ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Are there any beaches where vehicles are permitted & we can take the fourbys out and park up on the beach?

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Georgia Fields Announces Mini-Album Afloat, Adrift with The Andromeda String Quartet "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Georgia Fields Melbourne based alt-pop singer Georgia Fields has just announced a very special chamber-folk project and mini-album Afloat, Adrift. Fields collabortaed with The Andromeda String Quartet made up of Natasha Conrau (violin), Ruby Paskas (violin), Susanna Ling (viola) and Charlotte Jacke (cello) to record Afloat, Adrift live at the []


Do the Healing Benefits of Comfrey Oil Outweigh Its Toxic Effects? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Comfrey, while considered an important herbal medicine, is controversial due to certain toxic components in it, which led to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to restrict the use of oral comfrey in dietary supplements.1

The dilemma is how to weigh the virtues of comfrey oil while considering the safety concerns that surround it. It has exhibited the potential to treat skin concerns and pain when used topically. Learn about comfrey oil, its practical applications and potential contribution to skin healing and maintenance, as well as the FDA's concerns about it.

What Is Comfrey Oil?

Comfrey oil is extracted from comfrey (Symphytum officinale), a perennial herb of the Boraginaceae family with a black, turnip-like root and large, hairy broad leaves bearings small, bell-shaped flowers. The plant is native to Europe and grows in damp, grassy places such as ditches and riverbanks. It is typically found in Ireland and Britain on ditches and riverbanks, but it also grows in profusion in North America and western Asia.

The plant has found widespread use in folk and herbal medicine for its properties as a healing agent. Its oil, for instance, is ideal as a base for salves and has been used in folk medicine to treat wounds and skin infections.

Uses of Comfrey Oil

Many of the beneficial properties of comfrey are attributed to its high content of allantoin, a substance that, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, helps promote new skin cell growth, along with other substances that may work in reducing inflammation and maintaining healthy skin.2 Comfrey ointments have been used to help heal bruises and pulled muscles and ligaments.

Previously, comfrey was used in its tea form to aid in treating stomach problems, as well as ulcers, heavy menstrual periods, diarrhea, bloody urine, persistent cough and even cancer and chest pain.3 But experts have raised the alarm on consuming it, as it contains toxic substances called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), which damage the liver and can lead to fatality. According to the FDA, there is even evidence that PAs may be carcinogenic in sensitive body tissues when used orally.

The FDA reported this in 2001, when it sent letters to supplement manufacturers warning them not to put this herb in dietary supplements. Today, in the United States, comfrey is sold only in creams and ointments;...


Support community investment in Sapphire Wind Farm and go in the draw to win an iPad! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Early results show strong support for community investment in the Sapphire Wind Farm but more expressions of interest are needed for this groundbreaking project to go ahead. Learn more and complete our online survey to win an iPad. Sapphire Wind Farm will undoubtedly have environmental benefits. However community investment would also significantly increase the economic benefits for [...] full article 


Progressive Cinema presents film This Changes Everything "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[ Tuesday, 24 Oct; 7:00 pm; ] Progressive Cinema presents This Changes Everything Tuesday 24 October 7pm McCrossins Mill Uralla Inspired and narrated by Naomi Klein, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of climate change, from Montanas Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Klein connects the carbon in [...] full article 


5th solar power bulk-buy block closing Tuesday 31 October "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[ Tuesday, 31 Oct; 5:00 pm; ] Final orders for the 5th block of the solar power bulk-buy are closing with enough time to ensure that all installations are completed before the end of this calendar year. This timing is important as it means participants will be ahead of the next reduction in solar credits (which happens on 1 January 2018). If you are [...] full article 


The Victorian Government has just announced they will ban single-use plastic bags! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It took some time, but at last, we will have a ban on single-use plastic bags in Victoria. Thank you for being a part of this tidal wave of change! Plastic pollution travels easily from land to sea. It blows in from bins and garbage dumps, or flows through stormwater drains into our waterways and eventually [...] full article 


Frontline Action on Coal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Front Line Action on Coal started in August 2012 and grew from Australias first coal mine blockade. The #LeardBlockade was established in response to Whitehaven Coals proposed Maules Creek mine and other coal mining operations in the critically endangered Leard State Forest. Having had enough of corrupt politicians putting the interests of mining companies over all else, people from [...] full article 


High Court Rules that Anti-Protest Laws are Unconstitutional "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A former politicians recent win against the Tasmanian government calls into question the validity of anti-protest laws around the country. Former Greens Party leader Bob Brown is no stranger to standing up for what he believes in, and hes long been an advocate of our freedom to peacefully protest.

The post High Court Rules that Anti-Protest Laws are Unconstitutional appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Oven Mountain pumped hydro between Armidale and Kempsey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A $1 billion, 600MW pumped hydro project is being proposed on private land in northern New South Wales, in yet another example of the extraordinary interest in storage technologies as the share of low-cost renewables increases across Australia. A company called Oven Mountain Pumped Storage is proposing the facility which will have round six hours [...] full article 


The truth about gas "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australia Institute has been hard at work debunking the gas lies and econobabble. Because the simple the truth is, we have enough cheap easy-to-extract gas in Australia to last 100 years. As Australia Institute advisor, Mark Ogge, wrote in Crikey theres just one problem: private corporations are selling it all overseas. Hard to believe, isnt it? [...] full article 


Heres Who Cher Will Be Playing In Mamma Mia 2 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Cher has signed up to sing some of ABBAs iconic hits in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the upcoming sequel to 2008 movie Mamma Mia. Shell play the role of Donnas mother, the New York Post has reported. Meryl Streep played Donna in the original movie, and Cher is thought to feature in flashback ...

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Child approach near Tweed Heads "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Police have arrested a man for drink driving after he crashed into a tree.

Police have arrested a man for drink driving after he crashed into a tree.

Police are appealing for public assistance following a child approach in the states north yesterday.

About 3.45pm yesterday (Wednesday 18 October 2017), police have been told a 13-year-old girl was walking on Prince Street, Murwillumbah, when a rusty red four-door sedan car pulled up next to her.

Police have been told the man spoke to the girl and offered her a lift but she ran home and reported the incident to her mother.

Police attached to Tweed/Byron Local Area Command commenced an investigation.

Officers wish to speak with a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

The man has been described as having a dark complexion, aged between 35-45, medium build, dark hair with a crew cut hairstyle, stubble and wearing a tattered white or cream singlet.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page here.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Young fairy-wren turns up head, not nose, at greens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Unlike young children juvenile birds want to swallow anything elders give them. But what if the juicy green caterpillar looks too large?

No problem, young Red-backed Fairy-wren might have said (could it but speak) in Town Common today.

Playing with your food isn't always such a bad thing. Bit of a flick and twist of the head wraps caterpillar up.

No need to slurp it spaghetti fashion...


Can Carmichael? No Brainer, But How 4 Corners Got There Is Wrong "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The argument against the Carmichael coal mine is strong. But the argument put forward by the ABC, not so much. Geoff Russell explains.

Its been a long time since I did a mathematics exam, but I presume they still ask students to show the workings; the method by which you arrived at your answer.

The recent 4 Corners program Digging into Adani, seems to suggest we should leave the Carmichael coal in the ground, which is pretty much the right answer, but the workings, the arguments, the reasoning? Unfortunately, these are disturbingly flawed, starting from the opening scenes focusing on some tragic victims of coal dust.

The Adani coal will be used in India to replace wood. As pollutants go, wood smoke and almost every other thing associated with the wood-as-energy industry makes coal look as pure and clean as the driven snow. As tragic as one child with a breathing problem from coal is, 1,000 children dead from wood smoke is worse.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250The right way to proceed is to look at all the data and relationships and draw a conclusion. The wrong way is to find some poor child to front a TV camera and tug at the heart strings. The global toll from indoor air pollution is about 4 million, with most of it from wood and still plenty in India, despite being slashed by rapid electrification; thanks to coal.

Journalist Michael Longs focus on a few individuals is straight out of the climate denial handbook of dodgy arguments. For years theyd focus on a few individual examples of cold weather to argue against the clear, statistically-demonstrated trend. Focus on the individual and ignore comparative data shouldnt fly as a strategy for anything claiming to be better than the gutter tabloids. It certainly shouldnt fly for the ABC and 4 Corners.

If you want to argue that Adani shouldnt send coal to India on the basis of human health, then you need to show that the health impacts of coal in a few ports will outweigh the massive benefits of displacing wood in millions of Indian households.

The last 10 years of climate change denial wars should have taught everybody involved about the full range of dodgy arguments that can cloud a debate. Resisting dodgy arguments shouldnt just be something we do when they come from people who disagree with us, we should object to any use of junk arguments regardless of source; be they inadvertent or deliberate.

The health argument was one of three major....


Australian labour market delivers more jobs growth but still no trend emerging "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The latest labour force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data for September 2017 shows that total employment growth was positive but weaker than last month with most of the action coming via part-time employment. However, total hours worked continued to rise, which suggests that employers are offering extra hours to existing jobs. Unemployment declined with a constant labour force participation rate, which says that employment growth was slightly stronger than the underlying population growth a good sign. Labour underutilisation overall (underemployment and unemployment) was at 13.6 per cent summing to 1,814 thousand persons, which tells you that there is still considerable slack in the labour market. The teenage labour market showed modest improvement but remains in a poor state. Overall, my assessment from last month remains it still to early to conclude that the uncertainty of the last few years is giving way to sustained growth.

The summary ABS Labour Force (seasonally adjusted) estimates for September 2017 are:

  • Employment increased by 19,800 (0.2 per cent) full-time employment increased 6,100 and part-time employment increased 13,700.
  • Unemployment decreased 11,800 to 711,500.
  • The official unemployment rate decreased 0.1 points at 5.5 per cent.
  • The participation rate remained steady at 65.2. It still remains below its December 2010 peak (recent) of 65.8 per cent.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 11.2 million hours (0.7 per cent).
  • The monthly labour underutilisation data shows that underemployment was estimated to be 8.2 per cent of the labour force (down by 0.3 points in September); the total labour underutilisation rate (unemployment plus underemployment) was 13.6 per cent (down from 14 per cent); there were 1,068.8 thousand persons underemployed and a total of 1,814 thousand workers either unemployed or underemployed.
  • Using the seasonally-unadjusted quarterly data, the total labour underutilisation rate (unemployment plus underemployment) was 14.1 per cent (1,812.6 thousand workers). Underemployment was 8.5 per cent and there were 1,101.3 thousand persons underemployed.

Jobs Availability Snapshot 2017

Before I analyse the ABS data release, I note that today, Anglicare Research released its Jobs Availability Snapshot 2017 which paints a dire picture of the Australian labour market and demands government intervention.

The Jobs Availability Snapshot 2017 aims to shi...


MACKAY Third time busted driving while disqualified "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Third time busted driving while disqualified

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Robert Simon Watson, 38, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to driving while disqualified on August 26 in Mackay.

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MACKAY Car thief confesses to his crimes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 06:37AM ,

Car thief confesses to his crimes

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Matthew Lee Ireland, 22, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to stealing cars, evading police and dangerous operation of

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MACKAY Man accused of laundering $1m through scam faces court "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 07:00AM ,

Man accused of laundering $1m through scam faces court

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Joseph Cainero, 75, faced Mackay Magistrates Court for his cases mention on Wednesday, assisted by a mobility scooter and accompanied by a

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MACKAY Man tasered as alleged burglar arrested "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 02:18AM ,

Man tasered as alleged burglar arrested

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POLICE called to a disturbance in Mackay got more than they bargained for on Tuesday. When officers arrived at a Sophia St home, they found a

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MACKAY Driver, 28, caught on the wrong side of the road clocking 238kmh but WONT be jailed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 08:43AM ,

Driver, 28, caught on the wrong side of the road clocking 238kmh but WONT be jailed

October 19, 2017 at 08:43AM ,

Craig Anthony Collins appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday for sentencing after pleading guilty to dangerous operation of a

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MACKAY Gran maimed baby with meat cleaver "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

Gran maimed baby with meat cleaver

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been charged with laundering more than $1 million through an international scam. Joseph Cainero faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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MACKAY Clocked at 239kmh on wrong side of road while evading the cops "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY October 19, 2017 at 04:33AM ,

Clocked at 239kmh on wrong side of road while evading the cops

October 19, 2017 at 04:33AM ,

Mackay Magistrates Court was told during Collins sentencing that his disgraceful traffic record includes at least 10 speeding offences. However

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MACKAY Mackay woman on break and enter, fraud, wilful damage charges "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Mackay woman on break and enter, fraud, wilful damage charges

October 18, 2017 at 04:11PM ,

Camelia Jane-Lee Stansfield, 21, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink on Wednesday. She was represented by Antoinette Morton,

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MACKAY Men accused of child sex abuse in Isaac, Mackay regions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY October 18, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Men accused of child sex abuse in Isaac, Mackay regions

October 18, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

A 49-year-old man from the Isaac region, whos free on bail, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, facing 10 charges dated between

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MACKAY Shopping trolley shenanigans land man in court "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Shopping trolley shenanigans land man in court

October 18, 2017 at 06:03AM ,

Matthew Dillon Thompson, 18, who had no criminal history whatsoever appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday. He pleaded guilty to

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YesFest Marriage Equality Benefit Concert Has Been Cancelled "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The LiveAid-style YesFest concert planned in Sydney on Sunday, October 29 has sadly been cancelled. The concert was set to feature performances from rocker Jimmy Barnes, Client Liaison, Flight Facilities, Megan Washington, and Killing Heidi. Organisers said in a statement: YesFest was an ambitious project to pull off in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, ...

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US Court Rules EPA Must Release Details on Enlist Duos Harm to Endangered Species "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Responding to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, a federal judge has ruled Friday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to justify withholding more than 140 documents on the harm to protected wildlife, including Whooping Cranes, from the highly toxic pesticide Enlist Duo.

The case involved the EPAs controversial decision to approve use of Enlist Duo in 16 states even though the agency found the herbicide likely puts dozens of endangered and threatened species at risk.

Thursdays ruling indicated the EPA must be much more forthcoming in revealing the science that underpins its decisions on pesticides harms to endangered plants and animals.

Calling the EPAs reasons for withholding the documents on Enlist Duo jumbled and disorganized, the judge wrote that the agency inspired little confidence that it has adequately kept track of each withheld document or fully considered, let alone explained, the basis for withholdings.

Enlist Duos maker, Dow Chemical, pushed the EPA to approve the pesticide to combat the superweed epidemic fueled by overuse of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.

During research on Enlist Duo, a Center scientist discovered that Dows patent applications regarding the pesticides two components 2,4-D and glyphosate showed synergy, or heightened toxicity, between the two ingredients in 99 out of 99 experimental conditions. Yet after reviewing four Enlist Duo studies provided by Dow to the EPA the agency concluded there is no synergy between glyphosate and 2,4-D.

In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer determined that both 2,4_D and glyphosate are probable carcinogens.

This article was released by Sustainable Pulse on 30th September. You can read the full article here.

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WOMADelaide Announces First Lineup for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of WOMADelaide Australian world music festival WOMADelaide returns in 2018 and has just dropped a huge first lineup announcment. The first artists added to the 2018 WOMADelaide festival include Candian Qubcois favourites Le Vent du Nord, Mexican flamenco rockers Rodrigo y Gabriela, sitar legend Anoushka Shankar, Australian rocker Dan Sultan, indigenous singer-songwriter Yirrmal []


France Set to Phase Out Glyphosate Herbicides over Next 5 Years "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The French Government has said that France is open to phasing out the Worlds most used weedkiller glyphosate over the next five to seven years. This has followed complaints from farmers worried about a potential imminent ban. However, a failure to renew the license by the end of the year would see such a ban kick in automatically on Jan. 1, 2018. French farmers welcomed the prime ministers statement.

A government source also said France, the EUs largest grain grower and exporter, was asking the Commission to present a plan for phasing out glyphosate, but denied any timeframe had been set.

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Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Whitewash has been written by Carey Gillam an ex-Reuters journalist who covered agriculture in the US for nearly 20 years. She fell foul of Monsanto as she covered the whole picture and not just the bits they wanted exposed. They continually complained about her to Reuters. The editors changed and no longer supported her. She now works with US Right to Know.

Whitewash: Carey Gillam

Whitewash reads like a mystery novel, as Gillam skillfully uncovers Monsantos secretive strategies to convince countries around the world that its Roundup products were safe. The book unravels a tapestry of pesticide industry tricks to manipulate the scientific truths about their products while placing profits above human health and the environment. As someone who has experienced similar actions by corporations firsthand in my work far too often, I am hopeful that Careys book will be a wake-up call for more transparency about the dangers surrounding many chemicals in the marketplace.
Erin Brockovich Consumer advocate and environmental activist

The book is available from Carey Gillams website.

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Adani and NEG "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ive published a couple of articles. One, in the Guardian , expands the argument of this post on Adani. The other, in The Conversation, is a response to the Turnbull governments energy policy, which managed some remarkably good press, though that seems to be fading away as the realities become more evident.


American Teaching Hospitals: Where Pelvic Exams Under Anesthesia Happen "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Before undergoing a liver biopsy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, I asked my surgeons nurse whether I was to be catheterized for the procedure. In response to this perfectly legitimate question the knave sardonically replied: Im really not supposed to say this, but what difference does it make? Youre going to be under general anesthesia.

It was at that moment that I started to wonder: With an attitude like that, what do they really do to us when we are under anesthesia? And thus a little Internet surfing was most certainly in order.

In my journey into the subterranean depths of cyberspace, I was startled to come across a most terrifying sea monster indeed: a disturbing discussion where medical students debate, often favorably, the ethics of doing practice pelvic exams on anesthetized women undergoing surgery. The thread is here.

Apparently, there is no shortage of medical students, interns, residents, and attending physicians who feel they are entitled to penetrate the vaginas and anuses of anesthetized patients that lie paralyzed and helpless on the operating table, and who feel that they have the right to do this without first obtaining the patients consent. This naked display of barbarism and sociopathic behavior speaks volumes about the moral unraveling that is so glaringly on display in the West today.

This scandalous practice is evidently not uncommon in Australia, as this article attests.

The forum is fascinating in that it allows the reader to be a fly on the wall, giving one a glimpse into how many American medical students think if that is, in fact, the appropriate word. (Some spelling corrections have been made in the following quotations. Hopefully, these Ivy League superstars will take more care in looking after their patients than they do with the written word. Considering the attitudes on display here, I am not optimistic).

The discussion opens with a medical student named Unregistered Abuser, who, like a kind of postmodern Socrates struggling with an existential conundrum, puts forth the following question:

Let me pose a question. I am on gynecological surgery and several different residents and attendings have told me that prior to surgery it is a great idea to perform a pelvic exam on the anesthetized woman in order to get practice. Many have said it is not traumatic to the patient and you get a more technically adequate exam since the patient is not guarding. Sure enough, before every procedure the attending and residentperform a quick pelv...


Braver teachers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Context is everything, and schools are emblematic of the communities they exist in. They are each nested within broader circles of complexity. I was trained in Australia and I work in England. Each school I have worked in has been wildly different, but I never went to school to resist oppression. I never taught in an act to resist it either. My context is one of good fortune.


EU report on weedkiller safety copied text from Monsanto study "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

EU regulators collaborated with Monsanto for glyphosate approval renewal. This article was published in GM Watch on 15th September and outlines how Germanys Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and then the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) collaborated with Monsanto to hoodwink the EU assessment of glyphosate and to oppose and undermine the determination by the International Agency for Research on Cancer that glyphosate (and 2,4-D) were probable carcinogens.

You can read the full article here.

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Lemire and Nguyens Descender continues "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen and others, Descender Volume 2: Machine Moon (Image Comics 2016)
  Volume 3: Singularities (Image Comics 2016)
 Volume 4: Orbital Mechanics (Image Comics 2017)



Direct evidence linking GILLARD to WILSON'S corruptly obtained money - cheques, account numbers, handwriting - it's all here "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is a forensic accountant's analysis of transactions on Bruce Wilson's private bank account - over and above salary and rental income. On 22 March, 1993 Slater and Gordon settled the purchase of a house for Bruce Wilson at 85 Kerr Street Fitzroy, funded in part by $90K+ from the...


Rising dragon: China's carbon market exposes Australia's energy paralysis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia's lack of progress on energy policy stands in contrast to Chinas commitment to accelerating decarbonisation. University of Melbourne's Peter Christoff examines China's rise and what this means for the land Down Under.


Arts trail a stroke of genius "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Justin Flynn

The Bellarine Arts Trail has more than doubled in size since its debut last year.
The trail, which promotes art and artists on the peninsula, showcased 38 artists at 19 venues in 2016, but this year, more than 100 artists are taking part at 40 venues.
Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale have been added to the trail, which will also feature Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads.
Everyones excited about it the maps are running out the door, Bellarine Arts Trail co-ordinator Karen Shirley said.
I had 5000 and Im down to my last couple of hundred.
The trail allows people to visit artists and view their work in their own studios and creative venues.
One of the reasons we started was that we reckoned there was a gap for artists to showcase their work, Ms Shirley said.
Our aim is to really develop the Bellarine as an art destination in the eyes of visitors.
The trail will be held on the Melbourne Cup weekend, which Ms Shirley said would maximise the benefits to the wider region.
There are strong benefits to the community, she said.
We picked a busy weekend anyway, but people will also come to eat and drink and stay in accommodation places.
The Bellarine Arts Trail, which is organised by Barwon Heads Arts Council, will be held on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November, from 10am to 4pm.
For more information and to view the arts trail map, see

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Users and groups in Debian: getting it right "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

So ideally when I set up a new computer, I want all the users I trust including, by necessity and regrettably, myself to be in the staff group, and all the files they create to be by default writable by anyone in that group. This ought to be easy, and in fact now is, but has changed repeatedly over the decades I've been using Debian GNU/Linux, so I can never remember how it's done.


The Agreement of the Century "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

According to a report circulating unofficially in Arabic, the latest in a sixty-nine year history of proposals to resolve the western Zionist invasion of Palestine (AKA the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) is about to see the light of day. It claims Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu originated the proposal and that secret deliberations have been underway for more than five months.

Netanyahu has now presented the proposal to the US, which made some changes and agreed to promote it. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will carry the plan, called the Agreement of the Century to Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait for review and discussion.

The provisions

The proposal has 21 points, but the main provisions are that the West Bank will be federated (or re-federated) with Jordan, and the Gaza Strip with Egypt. Together, they will be known as the Palestinian Confederation, ostensibly converting the Palestinian Authority into a national government, although it is already widely recognized as such and although it will not have any of the authority or sovereignty that nation states are deemed to have under international law.

Israel will govern Jewish settlements directly and Jerusalem is excluded from the proposal, for resolution at a later time. The primary function of Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, therefore, will be to take over the security functions currently administered by the Israeli armed forces; i.e., to protect Israel and repress Palestinians. As they say in Israel, When you have a dirty job, give it to an Arab.

Unanswered questions

The biggest unanswered question is the status of Jerusalem. Will the Arab leaders accept an agreement that has no assurances at all with respect to Jerusalem? This is hard to imagine, and it was, in fact, the major stumbling block to an agreement at the Camp David Summit in 2000.

Another major unknown is what happens to the West Bank areas designated A, B and C in the Oslo agreement. Area A is the only one of the three where Oslo grants full administrative and security control to the Palestinian Authority, and it comprises less tha...


Qld unemployment rate falls below 6% to 5.9% (in trend terms) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is just a quick post to update you on the September labour force estimates released by the ABS today: the Queensland unemployment rate has fallen to below 6% in trend terms and is now at 5.9% (see chart below). This is the lowest rate in almost four years (since November 2013) and hopefully well see further falls and convergence to the national unemployment rate, now at 5.5% (both trend and seasonally adjusted).


Over the last year or so, Queensland has seen a strong recovery in the jobs market, with employment growing at 4.1% through-the-year (see chart below). I should note that this was largely due to an increase in part-time employed persons (+64,700) rather than full-time employed persons (+31,100). And the public service has made a disproportionate contribution to employment growth, as discussed in previous posts.



Reflecting on Streams "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One of the highlights of opening the Crossing Streams exhibition was learning a new word.

Ekphrasis is a Greek term for a literal description, particularly in poetry, of the narrative in visual art. So Id guess that the responses to haiku describing scenes local to Narrandera, that were then interpreted with photography and music is a kind of inverted ekphrasis.

This was part of the writing workshop led by Dr Greg Pritchard, who had contributed to both Crossing Streams and the exhibition Slow Book Haiku that his collaborator Kelly Leonard had brought down from her home Mudgee after the works had been part of the Bring To Light Projects show in Dubbo.

I really appreciated Leonards interest in exhibiting in Narrandera as the Arts and Community Centre is a large venue with two rooms. There had been times when I doubted whether the exhibition Id been asked by Western Riverina Arts to curate would manifest.

However, the exhibition slowly snowballed from unattended workshops, to around one and half dozen haiku, to over 70 tracks from musicians around the world that provided over five hours of music. For this I am grateful for the support of Marco from Naviar Records and also Marc from the blog, whose Junto joined the fifth poem as one of their weekly projects.

Five hours is an almost perfect amount of soundtrack as the thats how long the exhibition is open each day until 29 October, ensuring most tracks will be heard daily. The music contributed is being played in the gallery and also available for perusal on an iPad with headphones.

Another highlight of the opening was hearing Lizzie Walsh and Mary Sutcliffe performing composer Fiona Caldarevics 'The River's Edge,' a response to a haiku by Sue Killham. Caldarevic contributed musical responses to each of the five poems shared by Naviar Records and they were all of a high quality and distinct among the mostly electronic contributions.

The process of curating an exhibition was one that required me to rethink previous approaches. In my previous exhibitions the focus had been on my role as photographer. While I contributed photography, as well as video and haiku, the idea of being a curator seemed to be one that needed an outward and collaborative focus.

While we were installing...


HOLY HOLY "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"







One of the countrys best bands



A flagstone for all forms of musical artistry



A band that is at the top of their game.



One of Australias finest bands.



With a huge sold-out national headline tour earlier this year performing their biggest venues to date, HOLY HOLY has today announced the Love Is For Amateurs Tour alongside a series of festival dates. Bringing big riffs, even bigger hooks and a few surprises, this will be the last chance to catch HOLY HOLY before they take a break from touring to return to the studio. To celebrate the announcement, HOLY HOLY has also revealed the visuals for new single Amateurs.


The video highlights the high energy and artful stylings of their live show. Filmed at Yours & Owls Festival last month, Amateurs is the final single from the critically acclaimed ARIA top 10 album Paint.  A daring and diverse album brimming with ideas, Paint is proof of a fearless approach from one of Australias most revered voices. To experience that voice first hand, you can tune into triple j Live At The Wireless, which airs this Sunday 22nd October, or can be heard HERE.


In addition to headline shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast, HOLY HOLY will headline Woodford Folk Festival, the Rosemount NYE Fiesta in Perth, Eve Eve at The Prince in Bunbury and take the stage at Festival of the Sun in Port Macquarie. Many more festival announcements will be made shortly.



When a Tourist Hikes a Sacred Indian Pilgrimage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A series of odd life decisions left me working at a pilgrims campsite on the banks on the river Yamuna, hidden in the Himalayas. From May to July, thousands of Hindus flock through this village on route to Yamunotri the source of the Yamanu River and a very holy site. The reason for this is complex and hard to chow down on, but in simple terms, its believed the river is the daughter of the sun so I decided to go too.

I drank a bunch of chai with the right people and wrangled a spot on one of the tour buses coming through our camp. We left the campsite bright and early and cruised through the mountains towards Jankichatti village. During the bus ride, tourists were singing an impressive collection of holy songs related to worshipping the river and Shiva. Everyone was very excited. This particular tour I found myself on was 14 days long and was heading to one of the most famous holy sites in northern India: a trip that anyone closely following Hinduism must make at least once in their lives.

We arrived at the site to find at least 80 other buses, and as I stepped off ours, I was bombarded by men shouting three words: horse, dolly and basket. I was clueless; no one at the campsite spoke much English.

I soon figured out that screaming the word dolly translated to, Would you like to be carried up the mountain by 4 strong men in a cart? Err, no Im not a princess and its only 5km. Easy to walk your own body up a height like that. The word basket meant, Would you like to sit in a basket and be carried on one mans back up and down the mountain? Again, a strong no on that front. And horse? I was promised strong horses, but I know the strength of my own legs, so declined. I was amongst just a few out of the thousands that had chosen to walk up the mountain, though I soon found out that every option was dangerous.

The paths were narrow in points and everyone was constantly shouting side at me, as horses scrambled by and the wooden dollies smashed me in the arm. On the journey, I witnessed two horses fall down and two petrified passengers slam to the ground. I, too, was bashed around, mainly by the dollies, and had a few horses knocked me sideways. Every so often, I felt the warmth of a horse breathing on my hand. For the first few kilometres, everyone I saw enquired of me, Horse? I exchanged the word horse for ketamine in my head to stop it pissing me off. It was pretty funny, because sometimes they asked me with really mad wide eyes, sort of under their breath it worked really well.

I found the basket mechanism of transport the mos...


City streets "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For the last year and a half or so, members of my household have committed to doing a weekly one hour protest vigil for West Papua. Every Wednesday afternoon, we take some banners and flyers and head to King George Square.

Sometimes noteworthy things happen and sometimes they dont. Hopefully it does a bit to raise the visibility of West Papuan peoples struggle for self-determination. But it does mean I regularly do something I wouldnt do otherwise stand still for an hour in the middle of the city. After a while you come to be well-acquainted with the happenings of a city street, especially the little strip of Adelaide St that is our regular haunt.

Our vigil is not the only thing trying to get the attention of the many passers by. Far from it in fact. There are often buskers there, for one. They could do with a bit more originality (is there anyone in the world who still wants to hear some guy with an acoustic guitar sing Wonderwall?), but usually they are a fairly pleasant addition.

On top of that though, there are usually a group of christian street evangelists. Makes me think of the line from Elton Johns Tiny Dancer Jesus freaks on the street, handing tickets out to God. King George Square isnt Los Angeles circa 1970 though, and these guys arent long-haired hippies whove been turned on to Jesus. They are a small group of committed but fairly intense people who hand out business card sized tracts and ready-made arguments to...


400 Mysterious Ancient Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Owen Jarus

Almost 400 mysterious stone structures dating back thousands of years have been discovered in Saudi Arabia, with a few of these wall-like formations draping across old lava domes, archaeologists report.

Many of the stone walls, which archaeologists call gates because they resemble field gates from above, were found in clusters in a region in west-central Saudi Arabia called Harrat Khaybar.

The archaeologists involved in the research arent sure of the purpose, or even the exact age, of these gates.

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Long and mysterious

Discovered mainly through satellite images, a few of the gates are actually located on the side of a volcanic dome that once spewed basaltic lava, researchers found.

The gates are stone-built, the walls roughly made and low, David Kennedy, a professor at the University of Western Australia, wrote in a paper set to be published in the November issue of the journal Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy. The gates appear to be the oldest man-made structures in the landscape, Kennedy noted, adding that no obvious explanation of their purpose can be discerned.

The smallest of the gates extends about 43 feet (13 meters), while the longest is 1,699 feet (518 m) long, or longer than an NFL football field. Many have multiple stone walls that, in some instances, form a rectangular design; some of the others, called I type gates, have only one stone wall with heaps of stone at each end.

Gates are found almost exclusively in bleak, inhospitable lava fields with scant water or vegetation, places seemingly amongst the most unwelcoming to our species, Kennedy wrote. Thousands of years ago, he noted, the landscape was more hospitable to human life. Other types of stone structures such as kites, which were used to hunt animals, and wheels, named for their shape have also been discovered in these lava fields.

The kites, wheels and other types of stone structures were typically found to be built on top of these gate-like walls, suggesting that the gates predate these stone structures, Kennedy said. The remains of lava flows are al...


GEG Media Release Tuesday 17 October 2017: SNOWY HYDRO LTD DONT TURN OFF SNOWY RIVERS "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Two big rivers that once flowed into the Snowy River in Kosciuszko National Park are flowing again for the first time in 60 years and must not be turned off again, according to Gippsland Environment Group.

The Burrungabugge and Gungarlin Rivers are tributaries of the upper Snowy River above Jindabyne.  In 1965, as part of the construction of the Snowy Scheme, these two rivers, like many others in the Snowy Mountains, were completely diverted and sent west for hydro-electricity generation and irrigation in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Gippsland Environment Group is calling on the three government shareholders of Snowy Hydro Ltd to let the Burrungabugge and Gungarlin Rivers permanently run free.

It is an incredible sight to see rivers that were beheaded by the Snowy Scheme once again flowing down their steep mountain river beds, said spokesperson Louise Crisp. For sixty years the Burrungabugge and Gungarlin Rivers have had 99% of their headwaters diverted by the Snowy Scheme.

It is no longer the environmental dark ages of the 1950s, said Ms Crisp. These rivers must remain free flowing; they are key tributaries of the Snowy River in Kosciuszko National Park. There would be no net loss of water to Snowy Hydro Ltd as the company is able to pump the water back up to Island bend Dam via the Jindabyne Dam pumping station.

The NSW Government is currently undertaking the first Ten-year Review of the 75-year Snowy Water Licence. If the three government shareholders of Snowy Hydro Ltd are to deliver on their commitments to sustainable water management then Licence should be amended. The Burrungabugge and Gungarlin Rivers must not be turned off like a tap, concluded Ms Crisp.

Media enquiries contact:
Louise Crisp
Gippsland Environment Group Inc.
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Evidence complete in Murwillumbah stabbing case "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The brief of evidence against a man who stabbed a Murwillumbah father who was trying to save his son from being injured in a wild brawl at Knox Park in June is complete.

James Paul Alderton went to Coles at Murwillumbah on June 6, according to police and allegedly stole a Wiltshire kitchen knife before he made his way to nearby Knox Park.

It was in the park, about 12.30pm that police said a wild brawl erupted involving about 30 people.

Emergency services were called to the park on Brisbane Street and when they arrived they found three injured men suffering stab wounds.

Police said witnesses reported Charles Henry Larter was trying to save his 18-year-old son Zackery, when both men were allegedly stabbed multiple times by Mr Alderton.

Mr Larter, 46, was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital in a critical condition where he later died.

Zackery Larter was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

Another man, 29-year-old Joshua Mead was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital suffering minor injuries.

He was later discharged.

Police arrested Mr Alderton at the scene and he was taken to Tweed Heads police station where he was questioned and charged with the murder of Mr Larter.

The 32-year-old was charged murder, with two counts of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to Zackerys and Joshuas injuries, and larceny.

He was refused police bail and appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court on June 7 where he was again refused bail.

On Tuesday at Lismore Local Court Mr Alderton was represented by solicitor Tracey Randall.

The court heard the brief of evidence against Mr Alderton was complete and had been served on the defence.

Ms Randall requested his matters be adjourned to allow time for negotiations with the prosecution regarding the charges.

She did not apply for bail for Mr Alderton, which was formally refused by Magistrate R Denes.

Magistrate Denes adjourned Mr Aldertons matters until December 5 at Lismore Local Court.

Mr Alderton is expected to appear via videolink from jail at his next appearance.

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Solving the Marathon Bomb Mystery, Part 4: Tamerlans Truth "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Forum Restaurant photo. Left to right, find Mary Maxwell, Donald Trump, and Joseph Stalin. (Stalin died in 1953)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

The above picture is meant to show you that photo-shopping is easy. My friend Ian took less than an hour to make this crazy concoction.

Part 3 of this series showed how easy it is for mainstream media to mislead the public by emphasizing whatever points they wish to make. The MSM is not into reporting; they are into creating culture. The sad thing is that in the city of Boston, with all its high-culture institutions, no-one jumped at the gutter-level reporting of the Marathon case. Instead people started to use the media-promoted slogan Boston strong.

We can get past all of the falseness now. The truth about the Tsarnaevs during the week of the Marathon has been k...


Alleged bikie murder accuseds partner arrested "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thirty-three year-old Phil Becker has been charged with the murder of alleged debt enforcer Ace Hall (pictured) in Tweed Heads. Photo Facebook

Thirty-three year-old Phil Becker has been charged with the murder of alleged debt enforcer Ace Hall (pictured) in Tweed Heads. Photo Facebook

Evidence against Phillip Becker over the alleged murder of a bikie debt enforcer in June is still being compiled, while yesterday his partner was extradited from Queensland and charged by police.

The 33-year-old, who is charged with the murder of Ace Hall, had his appearance in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday via videolink from jail cancelled.

It is alleged Mr Becker shot 31-year-old Mr Hall in the stomach at a Tweed Heads industrial area on June 24.

Mr Hall was taken to Tweed Heads hospital by his girlfriend and another man but died during surgery.

He was not known by police as a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang, but an associate of a club who police believe was a debt enforcer.

Police secured the scene of the incident and forensically examined a car believed to be linked to the shooting and a number of other items in Steep Street.

Investigations by police led to the arrest of Mr Becker on June 26.

When he appeared at Southport Magistrates Court on June 27, his extradition to NSW was granted.

After being charged with Mr Halls murder, Mr Becker was refused bail.

Mr Beckers partner Emma Thorley was arrested by police on Monday after police established a joint strike force between the NSW State Crime Commands Homicide Squad, Tweed Byron detectives and Queensland police to investigate Mr Halls death.

She appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday October 18, where her extradition to NSW was granted.

Ms Thorley, 27, will appear before Tweed Heads Local Court today.

On Tuesday, Mr Becker was represented at Lismore Local Court by solicitor Cameron Bell.

The court heard there was still essential material outstanding from the brief of evidence against Mr Becker, and his partner had been arrested over the incident.

Mr Bell did not apply for bail for Mr Becker, which was formally refused by Magistrate R Denes.

Magistrate Denes ordered the brief of evidence against Mr Becker to be served on the defence by November 21.



LGBTI Seniors Coming Back Out Ball To Become Documentary "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A documentary based on the recent Coming Back Out Ball for LGBTI seniors is in production. The spectacular event was held at the Melbournes Town Hall earlier this month to honour and celebrate the elders as part of the states Seniors Festival. The Coming Back Out Ball is inspired by research revealing that some LGBTI ...

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Get heard about flood recovery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tweed Valley Way sustained major damage from the flood event at Greenhills at Murwillumbah South, in the vicinity of Blacks Drain. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Valley Way sustained major damage from the flood event at Greenhills at Murwillumbah South, in the vicinity of Blacks Drain. Photo Tweed Shire Council

How do you think the flood recovery went in your area? Was it good, bad or ugly? It has been around six months since Cyclone Debbie hit the north coast and there are still plenty of people and business who are just getting back onto the feet.

The University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) are doing a survey looking at the impact of this years floods on community wellbeing across the Northern Rivers and they want to hear from as many people in the community as possible.

Project co-ordinator Dr Veronica Matthews from UCRH says, We want to hear from as many local people as possible to give us the full picture of the impact of the floods on our health and wellbeing in rural cities, towns and villages. 

Weve had great community support for this, and wed like people to keep getting the word out. The more responses we have, the more valuable the evidence we gather about flood recovery. So everyone who fills it out is helping the broader community.

This survey is for EVERYONE 16 years and over, whether your home, business or property was flooded or not, across the Lismore, Tweed Byron, Kyogle, Ballina, and Richmond Valley, local government areas.

This will be valuable information because our region is a hot spot for natural disasters.

The survey runs until November 6 and is available online here. Hard copies of the survey are available at local libraries,  Lifeline and Salvation Army stores. Or by calling UCRH on 6620 7570

UCRH Director Ross Bailie says This is an opportunity to turn ou...


Power Games: Tony Abbott Finally Cleans Up With Australias New Energy Policy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Coalitions new energy plan fails on every dimension: energy, environment and politics, writes Ben Eltham. The only winner is Tony Abbott.

There are three ways to examine Malcolm Turnbulls new energy policy, unveiled yesterday. What does it mean for Australias energy system? What does it mean for the environment? And what does it mean politically?

Lets examine each of these dimensions in turn.


The National Energy Guarantee: how will it work?

The new plan, already christened the NEG, is the Turnbull governments long awaited response to the review of the energy system carried out by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.

The centrepiece of Finkels plan was his idea for a Clean Energy target. That proved a big problem for the Liberal backbench, probably because it had the word clean in it. So the CET has been junked. Instead, the Coalition has come up with a complex new policy that its calling the National Energy Guarantee, or NEG.

The NEG has two main aspects: a reliability guarantee and an emissions guarantee.

First, there will be a new policy to ensure the grid has enough dispatchable power: in other words, enough supply, ready to be switched on at a moments notice, to ensure that the lights dont go out.

To do this, the government wants to create a new regulation, in which electricity retailers will be forced to ensure that a set percentage of their supply is purchased from ready-to-use sources such as coal, gas, pumped hydro and batteries.

Second, there will be an emissions guarantee, which, and I quote, will be set to contribute to Australias international commitments. The level of the guarantee will be determined by the Commonwealth and enforced by the AER. In other words, the government argues this scheme will ensure Australias Paris commitments. As well see below, thats not true.

With emissions reductions targets and the ability to trade credits, including internationally, the emissions guarantee looks very much like a jury-rigged emissions intensity scheme. Analysts are pointing out that this simply represents another form of carbon pricing. Presumably, Josh Frydenberg didnt explain it like this to the Coalition backbench.

One of the really interesting aspects of the scheme is that it also appears to allow trading of the reliability aspect of retaile...


Dozens Of Students Celebrate At Sunshine Coast Rainbow Formal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Organisers have hailed Queenslands first LGBTI and inclusive formal for high school students a success. Held last weekend at the University of Sunshine Coast, the event brought together Year 10-12 students from all over the state for a night of music, entertainment and the opportunity to come together and socialise. Sunshine Coast Pride Network co-chair ...

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Are hidden speed cameras a hoax? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You may have seen the above image on social media with concerns that it is a covert speed camera hidden in a guardrail. However, its a hoax dating back to 2013.

The image is claimed to be in all sorts of places and a recent Facebook post claims it was near Maryborough.

However, Queensland Main Roads and Police both confirmed that it is a hoax.  We contacted police across Australia and none said they used them.

We believe the photo originates from Belgium and that the device is called a Traffic-Observer Type LMS-06 guardrail LIDAR laser speed detector and camera.

However, we believe they have never been deployed outside of Europe.

In fact, were not even sure they exist any more.

Links to the company and the product have now disappeared off the internet.

Hidden speed camerasradar police speed camera demerit hidden

However, riders have good reason to be paranoid about hidden or covert speed cameras.

Regulations in various states vary in the deployment of mobile speed cameras.

In Queensland, they are not permitted to be on a downgrade of a hill. Yet there are fixed speed cameras at the bottom of the entry slopes into Brisbanes tollway tunnels.

Police also frequently flout that particular rule with radar traps at the bottom of hills.

So how can we motorists expect them to adhere to other regulations?

Motorists often report police hiding their speed cameras in bushes, inside unmarked cars, behind bus shelters and billboards, etc.

Motorists also often report police with hand-held Lidar guns hiding behind poles. However, police say that is to steady the instrument, rather than hiding.

The paranoia reaches new heights when we see the signs in the Adelaide hills warning of covert speed cameras. They mean hidden!

The sneaks even hide them in wheelie bins, which is a common practice in several......


Artists with disabilities to showcase their works "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Art Therapist Cheryl Bailey with artist Alanah Ramsay. (supplied)

Art Therapist Cheryl Bailey with artist Alanah Ramsay.

A group of artists with disabilities are preparing for their maiden art expo which will be held in Mullumbimby next month.

The five artists are all clients of REDinc Byron Shire, which has been serving the Byron Shire community for nearly ten years, and recently moved to Mullumbimby.

The artists, most of whom have autism and physical disabilities, have been working with art therapists to prepare their works to go on display.

REDinc. Byron Shire Manager, Stacey Cannicott said the expo would take place at 22 Tincogan Street, Mullumbimby, on Friday, 10 November from 6pm.

There has been some truly amazing art produced by the REDinc. artists with a disability and this event is an opportunity for the local community to come and enjoy their work, Ms Cannicott said.

We welcome locals to come and join us for drinks, nibbles and art.

REDinc., established nearly 30 years ago by families, continues to serve the communities of the North Coast of NSW; with venues in both Lismore and Mullumbimby.

The Mullumbimby branch currently has 19 clients.

To find out more about REDinc. please visit

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The Greatest Indonesian Painter and Praying to the Pig "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Yogyakarta and Karang Klethak Village  Djokopekik (who uses only one name, as is common in Java) could easily be described as the greatest living Indonesian painter. He is something of an anomaly in his country, where vulgar pop art, pop music and almost absolute submission to Western pro-market dogmas, religious rituals, and feudal family structures, are confining this vast archipelago into a tight straight jacket.

Djokopekik is a Communist, while Communism is banned in Indonesia. He is an atheist in a country where, according to some counts, around 99% of the population claims that religions play an important role in their lives. He is Cuban or more precisely, a Sukarno-style patriot, and simultaneously an internationalist. His main enemy is Western imperialism, and he makes sure to demonstrate it clearly, using his art.

When several years ago, my good friend George Burchett, an Australian artist who was born and now lives in Hanoi, Vietnam (his father, Wilfred Burchett, was perhaps the greatest English-speaking journalist of the 20th century, who at one point was declared an enemy of the Australian people by his government), had visited with Djokopekiks house and studio with me outside the ancient Javanese city of Jogjakarta, he explained after seeing his work:

This man is simply brilliant! He is a true peoples artist! His style is his own, but he is also like some powerful fusion of Picasso and Diego Rivera!

Djokopekik felt flattered when I told him, but only for a few seconds. Soon he protested, half-jokingly:

Im not like Picasso or Rivera. Im Djokopekik!


Djokopekik is always on the side of small people, but he is not at all sentimental or unrealistic about them. He has no illusions about his countrymen, about their pragmatic and often cynical collaboration with the system, about their lack of higher aspiration and servility. People here are thoroughly brainwashed and only obedient to evil things, he said once when we were working together on my film about post-1965 Indonesia (Terlena Breaking of a Nation). Then he laughed, cheekily: They are like buffalos!

On his tremendous canvases, poor victims are grinning, dancing and celebrating while capitalism, shameless elites and foreign interests are busy robbing them.



Listen to the New Terra Lightfoot Single Norma Gale "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Terra Lightfoot Canadian singer-songwriter Terra Lightfoot has just released her new single Norma Gale ahead Australian tour with William Crighton. I was inspired to write this song after meeting a Canadian woman named Norma Gale who was a near-famous country star in the 1970s, Lightfoot explained. She played all over the world []


NAFTA talks postponed amid sharp disagreements "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The fourth round of talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations wrapped up in Washington this week. The next round of talks has been postponed until November 17-21 in Mexico City and negotiations are expected to continue into 2018.

The US wants to reduce their trade deficit and rebalance what US Trade Negotiator Robert Lighthizer describes as a very lopsided agreement. Mr Lighthizer said this week he was disappointed by the resistance to change from some negotiating parties.

Business representatives have balked at the US administrations proposals, which include increased local content requirements, a performance review after five years, and voluntary opt-in investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Recently, over 100 US trade associations have urged US negotiators to strengthen ISDS. But unions and community groups want the US to exclude ISDS from the agreement.

Meanwhile, US negotiators are bemused that slabs of text from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that they want to include in NAFTA are being rejected in spite of the countries having agreed to it in the past. It is an indication that the US expects its trading partners to be comfortable repeating TPP provisions in any future bilateral agreements.


GEGs submission to the 10 year Review of the Snowy Water Licence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Submissions to the first Ten-year Review of the 75-Year Snowy Water Licence closed 13th October 2017.

See GEGs submission here:
GEG Submission to the 10-year Review of the Snowy Water Licence , 12.10. 2017


New Nauru contractor is accepting a poisoned chalice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian engineering firm Canstruct will be complicit in serious human rights abuses if it takes over the contract to run the Australias immigration detention centre on Nauru.

A leaked memo from Canstructs CEO overnight, shows the company will take over the contract to run the Nauru centre by the end of the month, and will be paid $8 million by the Australian Government. Previous contractor, Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield), pulled out after a sustained campaign against it by human rights groups.

Keren Adams, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said, "If it goes ahead with this contract, Canstruct will be complicit in an intentionally abusive system, in direct contravention of its human rights obligations, and will be exposing itself to serious legal and reputational liability."

"Companies like G4S and Broadspectrum have already faced years of litigation as a result of their involvement in Australias detention regime, resulting in a $70 million payout earlier this year to current and former asylum seekers held on Manus."

"There is simply no ethical way for a company to run these centres. Australias offshore detention is, by design, a regime of cruelty intended to breed hopelessness and despair. Canstruct say they are a family company all about helping communities and building bridges. They should seriously reflect on what they are getting themselves into," said Ms Adams.

The Nauru detention centre currently houses 369 people, including many children. However the 900 men remaining on Manus Island have recently been informed they can volunteer to move to the Nauru centre, suggesting the Australian Government intends to consolidate its offshore processing regime there.

For interviews or further information please call:

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


Committee to question health care clients in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

People who have had recent dealings with the health system in the Northern Rivers region are being urged to tell their story to a parliamentary committee visiting Lismore next week.

The NSW Parliament Public Accounts Committee is conducting an inquiry into the management of health care delivery in NSW.

As part of its evidence gathering, the Committee will be visiting Lismore next Tuesday, 24 October.

The Committee is examining the effectiveness and adequacy of existing processes for monitoring and reporting on the delivery of health care services for the people of New South Wales.

Committee chair, Mr Bruce Notley-Smith MP said the inquiry presented a timely opportunity to examine whether health practitioners and administrators have sufficient information to deliver high quality services and whether patients and their carers are also provided with reliable information to make informed choices about accessing the health system.

In order to consult people who have had recent first-hand contact with the health system and to learn from their experience, the Committee will conduct a public forum to enable those who have made submissions and other interested members of the public to participate and engage in free and open discussion.

On behalf of the Committee I invite anyone who would like to make a contribution to the inquiry to come to the public forum to be held in the Lismore Workers Club, commencing at 2.00pm on Tuesday 24 October, Mr Notley-Smith said.

This forum will provide an opportunity for participants to make practical and constructive recommendations for the Committee to consider as part of its work and in writing its report.

The visit to Lismore will be followed by two days of formal public hearings at Parliament House in Sydney on 30 and 31 October 2017, where evidence will be taken from a range of agencies and peak organisations representing the health sector.

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Rid yourself of mossie breading grounds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Authorities recommend wearing long, loose fitting clothing, especially at dawn and dusk, to keep mosquitoes at bay. Photo

Authorities recommend wearing long, loose fitting clothing, especially at dawn and dusk, to keep mosquitoes at bay. Photo

Do you have spots around your hose that have water sitting in them? An old tyre or bucket, perhaps you just have a tub you collect water in for those dryer times? The recent rains have created ideal conditions for mosquito breeding and there are plenty of mosquito-0borne diseases that are ready to spread.

Tweed Councils pest management supervisor, Brian Falkner, said the rains, coupled with high tides, have caused temporary pools of water which provide great breeding habitat for mosquitoes. 

This is a concern, given the potential of serious mosquito-borne infections, as well as the general nuisance factor from these biting insects, Mr Falkner said.

As a matter of priority, Council has been carrying out mosquito larvae control works in key breeding areas by air and through ground works. We will be doing this on an ongoing basis while this problem persists.

An important message that we would like to send out to the community is that some mosquito species breed in water-filled containers around your home, such as buckets, old tyres, poorly-aligned roof gutters and pot plant holders. It is very important that you dont let your home be a haven for mosquitoes and their larvae, he said.

 What you can do: 

  •   Keep your yard well-maintained, mow lawns regularly, and limit areas of dense vegetation
  •   Ensure you cover all windows, doors, chimneys, vents and other entrances with insect screens that are in good condition
  •   Clean up your yard and remove all water-holding containers or rubbish and keep house gutters clean and properly aligned
  •   Empty and refill pet water bowls and...


Build up in Poland increases risk of war "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As global tensions rise, one of the major and most dangerous potential flashpoints tends to go unnoticed these days.

This is the territories bordering Russia, which are being systematically militarised and forming links in an iron chain aimed at containing of the largest countries on the planet.

Russia is reacting, by building its own forces on its side of the line.

In this context, the Kremlin last week denounced the latest United States led NATO build up in Poland.  The spearhead is the US Third Armoured Brigade, which has just been deployed into the country, supposedly to replace the Second Armoured Brigade in a regular 9 month rotation. But its hardware was left behind this time and would not have been, without the personnel to operate it.

American military escalation took  palace in the context of the growing ties between Russia and Belarus and a joint military exercise conducted by these two countries in mid-September and known as Zapad 2017.

This in turn, was a response to similar NATO exercises held in Poland and Sweden. The difference was that as Zapad 2017 was completely open and involved 90 international observers from 60 foreign countries.

The American action is a clear violation of the existing agreement between the two countries and other international commitments. Both sides are supposed to be required to properly inform each other about all military deployments. The deployment in Poland has been carried out covertly and the Pentagon in Washington has refused to either confirm or deny reports about a military build up. It suggests that the build up is real.

This is not a defensive posture, but one aimed at waving a stick at Russia and contradicts the claim that the NATO presence is defensive in nature.

Two well-armed military forces facing each with each side having enormous nuclear capability is a major threat to the world. Actions that increase tensions increase the level of threat and this is something that needs to be worked against.

International pressure needs to be brought on to demilitarise the territories around the Russian border and the first step in this, is to remove troops and military hardware on foreign soil. This is the road to peace.

Using m...


ECCV applauds the rejection of the proposed citizenship bill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


19th October 2017

ECCV applauds the rejection of the proposed citizenship bill

The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) applauds the rejection of the proposed citizenship bill in the senate yesterday evening.

The ECCV Chairperson Eddie Micallef believes that the Australian citizenship eligibility with an over-focus on high levels of English language competence would exclude vulnerable people such as refugees who have experienced disrupted education.

Micallef says, the current process for testing English is tight enough. He continues, Ive attended plenty of citizenship ceremonies throughout the years and the look of glee and appreciation radiates from people.

ECCV believes that it is unreasonable to expect hardworking, nation building migrants to pass a university level of English.  

Micallef supports that Australian citizenship provides a common bond that gives us a sense of belonging and pride in our achievements as a nation and unites all Australians, regardless of whether we were born in Australia or have decided to make Australia our home.

ECCV welcomes opportunities for shorter citizenship eligibility periods as recognition for the contributions of inspiring citizens in our community rather than the 4 years that were proposed.

For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer via / 0422 480 319




Byron uses steam to weed without chemicals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Council workers using the steam machine to weed a garden bed. (supplied)

Council workers using the steam machine to weed a garden bed. (supplied)

Byron Shire Council workers are using a new steam weeding machine to keep public areas free of weeds without using chemicals.

The mobile unit is being used by the councils open spaces team as part of efforts to stop using herbicides by 2018.

The councils Open Spaces manager Michael Matthews said the council resolved to phase out herbicides in 2015.

This machine is highly effective at killing weeds without the use of chemicals and I know that anything that reduces the use of herbicides will be welcomed by our residents, he said.

Staff are using it to kill weeds in and around childrens playgrounds which is a relief to many parents who feel strongly about the use of herbicides and other chemicals.

We are also using the steam weeder in retail areas of our towns and villages and other popular spaces such as picnic areas.

The steam weeder is a mobile unit operated by the Open Space team who use a wand to spray steam onto weeds and into the ground to penetrate their root systems.

An added bonus is that we are also able to use it as a steam machine to clean playground equipment, tables and paths, he said.

For many years our residents have been telling Council they are not happy with societys reliance on chemicals and we hear their concerns.

Byron Shire Council will continue to lead the region in finding innovative and effective ways to reduce chemical use in our community.

Mr Matthews said steam the machine, supplied by Australian company Weedtechnics, is regarded as one of the best and most efficient on the market.

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Probiotic treatment erased peanut allergy in 70% of children "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Last week Australian scientists announced a major breakthrough in treating peanut allergies - and it can last for up to four years! This news couldn't come at a better time since hundreds of Americans die each year from food allergies and around 200,000 of the estimated 15 million Americans with food allergies will wind up in the emergency room each year. Almost six million of those with food allergies in the U.S. are children. Peanuts are among the top 8 food allergens that include wheat, milk, eggs, soy, tree nuts, shell fish and fish. The recent EpiPen price gouging scandal is more proof that it's time for alternative life-saving treatments.


Celebrating positive mental health tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Cast of Byon Youth Theatre's Mind Made Me. Photo supplied.

Cast of Byon Youth Theatres Mind Made Me. Photo supplied.

A celebration of hope and recovery for people with a lived experience of mental health issues and their families and carers is taking place tomorrow at the Lismore Town Hall.

Wellways peer worker Leisa Hoffmann said the event was an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate and increase awareness of mental health concerns.

This event is about celebrating stories of resilience, hope and recovery in our community. We want to see greater social inclusion and acceptance for people with a living experience of mental health, said Lisa.

The keynote speaker is NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner Fay Jackson who is attending the breakfast for peer workers and those interested in peer work and is herself a peer worker.

Fay Jackson has a lived experience in addition to her official role as Deputy Commissioner and the General Manager of Inclusion with Flourish and is considered a great advocate in mental health.

The day of day celebration will include theatre performances by Byron Youth Theatre, Aboriginal dancers, Playback Theatre, art works on show, food and information.

Everyone is welcome so please come along share information and celebrate with us.

Byron Youth Theatre will also be performing the same production called Mind Made Me at the Drill Hall Theatre in Mullumbimby on October 25. For more information contact Leisa Hoffmann:

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Yes Vote Leading In Postal Survey, Poll Reveals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new poll has revealed the yes vote has a commanding lead in the same-sex marriage postal survey. The latest Newspoll published by The Australian newspaper suggests the yes campaign is leading by millions of votes, with 59 percent of the 1,583 respondents reporting a yes vote. The no campaign have garnered 38 percent of ...

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Minh Hai ~ Chinese \ Vietnamese - Sussex Centre Food Court "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Why are so we excited that Minh-Hai opened a stall in Sussex Centre Food Court, when their mothership restaurant, a long running and much loved local institution, is a minute's walk away on George Street? Maybe it's like buying a greatest hits album when you already have all the studio albums - it's just nice to see your favourite tracks rearranged in a different order in new packaging.


Rio Tinto charged with fraud by US authorities "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

BBC | 18 October, 2017

British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto and two of its former executives have been charged with fraud in the US, accused of hiding losses by inflating the value of African coal assets.

It bought the Mozambique assets in 2011 for $3.7bn (2.8bn) and sold them a few years later for $50m.

The mining company has said it will vigorously defend the charges.

The firm was also fined 27m by UK authorities for breaching disclosure rules over the African coal purchase.

Both the US and UK actions relate to the Mozambique investment made by the mining firm six years ago.

A lawsuit filed in the US accuses Rio Tinto, its former chief executive Thomas Albanese and ex-chief financial officer Guy Elliott of failing to follow accounting standards and company policies to accurately value and record the assets.


Residents outraged at Pacific Highway upgrade "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Residents Jay Mckenzie, Sue Whitman and Paul Tollan at the site where Ms Whiteman's gate to her property used to be. (supplied)

Residents Jay Mckenzie, Sue Whitman and Paul Tollan at the site where Ms Whitemans gate to her property used to be. (supplied)

Frustrated residents whose properties are in the way of the Pacific Highway upgrade from Wardell to Ballina are outraged at the loss of animal habitat and a lack of communication from the project managers.

Sue Whiteman, who owns a property adjacent to the proposed route that runs west of Wardell, has been leading a campaign to raise awareness about the destruction of bushland, and the impacts on koalas and other animals in the area.

Suffolk Park filmmaker Andy Bambach, films at the site of a recent bushfire along the proposed route. (supplied)

Suffolk Park filmmaker Andy Bambach, films at the site of a recent bushfire along the proposed route. (supplied)

She is funding a short film, which is being shot by Suffolk Park filmmaker Andy Bambach, to show the extent of the devastation being felt by residents in the area.

Ms Whiteman, who has been lobbying against the chosen route for 13 years, said 36 species of endangered native animals would be impacted by the highway route.

She is also concerned about the impact on domestic animals in the area, and has postposed an overseas working trip to ensure her own horses are safely away from the area when blasting for the new route begins.

Despite repeated requests for a schedule of blasting, Ms Whiteman said she has been forced to wait weeks for answers from the authorities.

Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan. (supplied)

Bundjalung elder Mickey Ryan. (supplied)




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Chet Raymo, New Philosophy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New Philosophy
by Chet Raymo

"It is one of Albert Einstein's most-often quoted quotes: "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible." Is the world comprehensible? Apparently at least partially so. Consider the NASA solar eclipse atlas I referenced the other day. It is possible to calculate the precise locations and times for solar eclipses thousands of years into the future and past. That's comprehensibility for you.

Of course, there are still things we do not comprehend, such as consciousness or the development of organisms, but there is no good reason to suppose those things are intrinsically beyond human understanding. The whole of modern technological civilization and medicine is a monument to comprehensibility.

Why? Why this strange consonance between the world and the human mind? For centuries the answer was simple. God created a world of space and time, a finite mirror, so to speak, of his own intelligence. He created humans in his own likeness. Human intelligence partook of the intelligibility of God. Everything in the closed, human-centered cosmos was ordered in his likeness. The world was comprehensible because it was made that way - for us to comprehend.

Then, in the 16th and 17th centuries, came the great disruption, which Alexandre Kory described in his seminal 1957 book "From the Closed World To the Infinite Universe." Daring thinkers resurrected the Greek idea that the universe might be infinite in extent and eternal in duration - no boundaries in space, no beginning or end in time. It was a radical thought, heretical really, but it meshed well with what the astronomers and physicists were learning about the world we live in. As the poet John Donne wrote:
    "And new philosophy calls all in doubt,
    The element of fire is...


The Universe "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Believe me, I know all about it. I know the stress. I know the frustration. I know the temptations of time and space. We worked this out ahead of time. They're part of the plan. We knew this stuff might happen. Actually, you insisted they be triggered whenever you were ready to begin thinking thoughts you've never thought before. New thinking is always the answer.
Good on you,
    The Universe

Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!


The CNS Prevents Indigenous Deaths in Custody: An Interview with Gerry Georgatos "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody delivered its final report on April 15 1991. The commissioners made 339 recommendations concerning custody procedures, liaison with Indigenous groups and the education of police. The 223rd recommendation was that police, Aboriginal legal services and other relevant organisations should establish protocols to ensure the Aboriginal Legal Service

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Australia a human rights hypocrite, says refugee group "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia a human rights hypocrite, says refugee group Australia taking a position on the UN Human Rights Commission is a travesty, says Max Costello for the Refugee Action Collective (RAC) in Melbourne. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says that Australia will take the position alongside countries whose human rights records are questionable at best. But this(...)


Timber and Steel Video Premiere: Burn Up Those Notes from ine Tyrrell "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of ine Tyrrell Recently Irish-born, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter ine Tyrrell headed out to the Dandenong Ranges to record a live video series The Mountain Sessions. Following the release of the first track Tracks In My Heart, Timber and Steel are very proud to bring you the first look at the second song from the []

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Thai royal cremation site completed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thailand's former King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be cremated on October 26. September 29, 2010. Photo by 2T for Wikimedia.

Thailands former King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be cremated on October 26.
September 29, 2010. Photo by 2T for Wikimedia.

Thailands King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Wednesday presided over a ceremony marking the end of the construction of the royal crematorium that will be used in the funeral of his father, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The king blessed and then raised the Nine-Tiered Great White Umbrella of State, the most sacred regalia of the Thai monarchy, to the top of the lavish crematorium the main site of the royal funeral that was built from scratch on an open space in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkoks old quarter.

Artisans have worked for 10 months to build the site that includes eight structures decorated with ornaments of various gods and goddesses, mimicking a vision of heaven in Bhramin-Buddhist traditions of Thailands royal court.

Hundreds of thousands of black-clad mourners are expected to camp for days near the palace to observe the five-day funeral ceremony, with the cremation on October 26.

It will be a last goodbye to much-loved King Bhumibol, who reigned over Thailand from 1946 until his death on October 13, 2016.

At least 30 foreign dignitaries including Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove will attend the royal cremation and the number could rise.

About 12 million people, or almost one sixth of Thailands population, have paid their respects to the late king, queuing up to visit the Grand Palace where he has been lying in state.October 26 has been declared a national holiday.

That night, more than 3,000 performers will join a final tribute of music and puppet shows to end a year of mourning.

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Australia grilled on human rights by UN "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Former prime minister Tony Abbotts attack on a 2015 report into children in immigration detention has been raised during a United Nations examination of Australias human rights record.

Australia is being grilled by the Human Rights Committee in Geneva early on Thursday (AEDT) following its election to the UNs Human Rights Council.

Vice chair of the Committee Yuval Shany noted Australias generally strong record on human rights, however he questioned Mr Abbotts 2015 comments on the Australian Human Rights Commissions The Forgotten Children report.

The report found detention centres were a dangerous place for children and called for a royal commission into the practice of putting asylum seeker children into mandatory detention.

The then prime minister labelled the report a blatantly partisan politicised exercise, something Mr Shany labelled an odd statement.

Mr Shany also remarked he was perplexed that Attorney-General George Brandis asked Commissioner Gillian Triggs to resign before the critical report was published.

The Australian delegation responded that the relationship between the government and the commission was in a very good place at the moment.

Australias implementation of the human rights committees decisions was also criticised.

Mr Shany said its unacceptable for Australia to routinely reject the committees views, or self-judge UN human rights treaties compliance, saying the country cant pick and choose its compliance with human rights law.

The lack of implementation was completely off the charts for the committee, Mr Shany said.

Its incredible for a country that claims to have a leading role in global human rights.

The Australian delegation responded that the implementation of views would have to be an area where the committee and government respectfully disagree as Australia does not see the views of the committee and other treaty bodies as legally binding.

The same-sex marriage plebiscite was also criticised by the committee, with member Sarah Cleveland remarking: Human rights are not to be determined by opinion poll or a popular vote.

Other issues raised by the committee included, transgender and intersex rights, domestic violence, the sterilisation of intellectually disabled women and girls, and the balance between anti-terrorism laws and personal liberty.

Australia was elected unopposed to the council, for the first time on Tuesday, as a Western European and other States representative for a three-year term.

John Quinn, Australian Ambassador and permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, said Australia was not complacent and acknowle........


Police restrict medics ahead of Richard Spencer protest at University of Florida "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Mike Isaacson

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Student organizers at the University of Florida have worked with local organizations to provide a team of street medics for an October 19 protest of Richard Spencer, but the uniformed command the many law enforcement officials coordinating to provide security says the medics cant bring any supplies.

On a website set up specifically to answer questions about the accommodations and restrictions for the speech, the university listed several prohibited items including water bottles and bags of any kind. A student representative for No Nazis at UF, a student-led coalition of local and national organizations founded when Spencers speech was first announced in August, called the policy ridiculous, and lamented that medics cant even carry supplies in order to help anyone.

Street medics who wear the red cross on a shirt, armband or backpack train regularly to carry injured protesters away from danger and administer first aid for ailments ranging from broken bones to heat exhaustion. One medic, who asked to be referred to as Jane, completed the initial 20-hour street medic training in August only to treat head wounds in Charlottesville later that month. I cant imagine Charlottesville without medics, Jane said. Whether were dealing with injuries, chemical agents, or just making sure people stay hydrated, theres always something to do.

Another medic, who asked to be referred to as Bo, said he has mostly seen cuts, burns and concussions over the past year of helping out in the streets. Bo has been an Emergency Medical Service, or EMS, for the past eight years and used his training to treat these injuries, as well as diabetic emergencies, heat stroke, and penetrating trauma caused by stabs and gunshot wounds.

To prepare for a protest, street medics need to be able to carry equipment to treat injured protesters. Jane packs what is needed for any given protest, ranging from some snacks, gauze, tape, gloves and salts for peaceful rallies to flashlights, fold-up splints, hot and cold packs, and menstrual pads for more intense protests.

At the top of the priority list for Gainesville is water and cold packs. Florida...


Clinton lies about Assange on Australian TV - Assange blasts ABC for refusing to let him respond "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has slammed the ABC, accusing the national broadcaster of breaching their own code of practice. Assange said he should have been asked for a response to comments made about him by Hillary Clinton during an interview which aired in Australia on Monday. The WikiLeaks founder's criticism comes as Four Corners interviewer Sarah Ferguson revealed on radio she thought Hillary Clinton 'has been through enough'. 'A sad day for Four Corners,' Assange told Daily Mail Australia, 'WikiLeaks has a pristine record for accuracy. Clinton stands alone in suggesting otherwise.' 'There was no push back on Clinton's ridiculous conspiracy theories or use of weasel words. The single greatest contributor to Clinton's downfall was not brought up: her strategy to elevate Donald Trump. We were not contacted to rebut.'


Welfare spend up $40b in nine years "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Welfare spending across Australia has risen by $40 billion in nine years and now accounts for a larger slice of the economy, a national report has found.

The Commonwealth, state and territory governments spent roughly $157 billion on welfare cash payments and services in 2015-16, up from $117 billion in 2006-07.

The figures have been laid out in a biennial Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report released on Thursday.

More than two-thirds of cash payments ($105 billion) went to specific populations excluding the unemployed, with just 6.3 per cent ($10 billion) spent on unemployment benefits.

Some 27 per cent of the welfare spending ($42 billion) was allocated to services.

The overall increase meant welfare spending accounted for 9.5 per cent of gross domestic product, compared with 8.6 per cent nine years earlier.

An estimated 478,000 people were employed in the welfare workforce in 2015, an increase of 84 per cent since 2005.

One in nine (or 2.7 million) Australians were informal carers.

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Young bear brunt of home ownership decline "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Home ownership is becoming increasingly difficult for young people.

Home ownership is becoming increasingly difficult for young people.

Home ownership among young Australians has fallen by more than one-third in the past 25 years despite relatively low interest rates, a major welfare report has found.

The countrys overall home ownership rates have been in steady decline in recent decades, with the proportion of Australians who own their properties falling from 71 to 67 per cent.

The drop has been most dramatic among young people, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found in a biennial report card released on Thursday.

Fewer than 40 per cent of people aged 25 to 34 owned a home in 2013-14, compared with 60 per cent in 1988-89.

These statistics were reinforced in the 2016 census, which showed a six per cent drop over 10 years.Assistant Social Services Minister Zed Seselja says the high cost of land and the lack of land release in some of the major cities has been a factor.

I think its fair to say most Australians would say that you know we want to do more, he told the Nine Network.

The Turnbull government is working with the states on a new national affordable housing agreement and announced in the budget measures to help young people save for their first home through their superannuation.

Home ownership rates among people aged 35 to 44 have also declined markedly.

People are increasingly using mortgages to buy property and less own their houses outright, while affordability has also diminished for households who rent, the report found.

Renters have experienced a 62 per cent (or $144) increase in average weekly housing costs over the past two decades.

Australia ranks in the bottom third of OECD countries for aggregate home ownership rates, and in the top third for home owners with a mortgage.

The AIHW report also found 394,000 households were living in social housing in 2015-16, an increase of four per cent since 2007-08.

Another 195,000 households were on waiting lists for social housing.

Mental health issues among those accessing homelessness services have grown by about 13 per cent each year since 2011-12.

Family, domestic and sexual violence are the leading causes of homelessnes...


How to help Micah Projects Hamper Appeal! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Each year at Christmas, with the help of our supporters, we provide opportunities for the people we work with to celebrate and enjoy the festive season. Last year we organised, packed and delivered over 500 food and fresh fruit hampers for the individuals and families we support. You can help by donating goods from our []

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Crown could face Senate tampering inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The lure of the pokies. Photo AAP/Mick Tsikas

The lure of the pokies. Photo AAP/Mick Tsikas

Pressure is mounting for a federal parliamentary inquiry into Crown Casino after whistleblowers accused it of tampering with poker machines to increase gambling losses.

But the coalition government says the proper forum for any investigation is at the state level.

Anti-pokie campaigner and senator Nick Xenophon on Thursday joined a chorus of upper house voices calling for an inquiry, arguing the whistleblowers had lost confidence in state regulators.

The push come after independent lower house MP Andrew Wilkie used parliamentary privilege on Wednesday to make public the allegations levelled at the James Packer-owned gaming giants Melbourne precinct.

Mr Wilkie tabled video evidence of three unnamed men alleging Crown illegally tampered with machines to increase gambling losses, and ignored drug use and covered up domestic violence.

Further claims relate to money laundering.

My concern is that the whistleblowers have lost confidence in the regulatory authorities, Senator Xenophon told Nine Network on Thursday.

I dont have that much confidence in the gambling [Victorian] regulator because some of the allegations from the whistleblowers is that the gambling regulator didnt adequately investigate this.

The next step must be that they must be put under the scrutiny of an independent inquiry.

Government frontbencher Mitch Fifield said any inquiry should fall under state jurisdiction, adding casino regulation was not a federal responsibility.

However, its up to the Senate if it chooses to have an inquiry into these areas, he told ABC radio.

Crown on Wednesday in a statement to the stock exchange rejected the allegations and challenged Mr Wilkie to take his information to the authorities.

Crown Resorts rejects the allegations made today under parliamentary privilege concerning the improper manipulation of poker machines and other illegal or improper conduct at Crown Casino in Melbourne, it said.

Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale said the minor party would work with Nick Xenophon Team on a motion for a Senate inquiry into how casinos are regulated in Australia.



Industry super funds are being targeted by banks and government "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Glen

I must admit Im no fan of whats called Industry Superannuation (Industry Super). It was brought in as part of the social wage under the ALP-ACTU Prices and Incomes Accord. Its basically about privatising your pension.

As the French philosopher Alain Badiou says, one divides into two. Industry superannuation is a form of finance capital. Despite its intent, and the obvious limitations, its something we can use to our advantage.

In Australia a culture of scandal is appearing in the Retail Superannuation sector, with the role of the Banks being particularly criticised.

The banks are accused of not acting in the best interest of their consumers. In this context Industry Super funds are considered better investors/managers of our money. Yet the banks have friends in high places, with the Federal Government only too happy to assist them in maintaining their power and influence.

The Federal LNP Coalition Government has decided to attack the Industry Super funds. On the guise of making them more transparent, they seek different governance structures. The desire for an independent chair, and a 1/3 of the board seats being given to independent directors is about taking away the role of employee representation: Unions.

This is part of their obsession to destroy organised labour, in any of its guises. It is likely they will get what they want, in having independent directors on the boards. Independent in this context, meaning people drawn from within the finance sector, including representatives of the very same banks criticised, for not putting consumers first.

While we have employee representation on these boards, lets have them acting not just to produce a return for the fund, but to....


Bikie feud blamed for Michael Martins Murwillumbah murder "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) is on trial, charged with his father's murder. Photo Nine News

Michael Martin Jnr (pictured) is on trial, charged with his fathers murder. Photo Nine News

Trouble with outlaw motorcycle gangs ended in the violent murder of Michael Martin at Murwillumbah in 2014, the barrister for the late mans son, who is charged with his murder, has told a Supreme Court jury.

Michael Martin jnrs counsel Gabriel Wendler told the jury at Lismore Supreme Court on Tuesday trouble with bikie gangs offered the most incisive account of events which resulted in Mr Martin snrs death.

On the night of April 6, 2014, Mr Martin snr and his friend Edmund Manning both suffered life-threatening injuries when they were attacked at Mr Martins unit.

Retribution came calling on that night and as a result he was assaulted and severely beaten up by these people, Mr Wendler told the jury.

If a bikie feud wasnt to blame, News Corp reported Mr Wendler said alcohol could have contributed to the April incident.

Given both Manning and the deceased were hardcore alcoholics (perhaps) they had a fight and inflicted these injuries on each other, Mr Wendler said.

The evidence available did not stack up to alleged admissions to murder made in a letter written by Mr Martin jnr to his wife Candace, Mr Wendler said, which he described as the ravings of a person with a history of mental illness.

Mr Wendler suggested it wasnt realistic, or common sense that Mr Martin jnr, who owed $27,000 in credit card debts, would use a sword to murder his father as it was a pretty messy way to do it.

He described the crown case as suspicion, speculation and conjecture.

By taking out the three life insurance policies on his fathers life, Mr Wendler said Mr Martin jnr was effectively wagering that his father life would end prematurely.

What he did was not illegalit was opportunistic, maybe callous you would say, but it was not illegal, Mr Wendler said.

But in his closing address on Monday, Crown Prosecutor Brendan Campbell said Mr Martin snr was the victim of a targeted campaign against him by his son.

Despite admitting Mr Martin snr was a shocking alcoholic who treated his family dreadfully, Mr Campbell said the 46-year-olds character didnt mean he wasnt worthy of the protection of so...


The Future of Renewable Energy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I 60% agree [ED: I only 10% agree!] but have severe reservations with carrying the analogy too far. There are some real differences that make the two revolutions largely non-comparable:

(1) The digital revolution has brought us many new products that do things we couldnt do before computers, mobile phones, the internet. That makes it attractive to people and companies and has sped adoption. The energy revolution does not bring new final end products the end products are electricity (and heat and motion) which we already had. What it brings are many new ways of generating electricity (and heating and moving things).

(2) To pay for the energy revolution people must pay once for the new technology that generates the energy source (mostly as electrici...


Switching Coffee for Chamomile Tea Helps You Care Even Less About Work "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


A new study has shown that switching your morning coffee to chamomile tea decreases your motivation dramatically and helps you cruise through the work day easier.

One advertising account manager said she felt the benefits instantly.

I used to reach for a coffee first thing in the morning to help shake off the existential dread I felt about going to work, but I had it all wrong, she said. By switching to chamomile tea my care factor remains low and I can have a successful day being unproductive. Yesterday I had a snooze in the disabled dunny.

Another worker who had also made the switch said it helps him prioritise whats important in life.

Stuff being wide awake on works time, the surgeon said. Now I have a coffee at about 5pm and by the time I get home Im ready to play PUBG all night. My kill-death ratio has gone way up on both fronts.

Local pubs are cashing in on the trend to stay demotivated during work hours by moving their happy hours to the morning.


In June 1995 Bruce Wilson paid GILLARD's builder Con Spyridis $2,180 with a personal cheque we publish today "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Here's Wilson's cheque - note the distinctive non-Wilson handwriting, the cheque was written out by Bill Telikostiglou. Here's the statement showing the cheque was presented on 5 June, 1995 and was met on presentation. Nine entries above cheque 181 for $2,180 in the statement is a 17 May 1995 deposit...


Australias chronic non-compliance completely off the charts says UN "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Overnight Australia was slammed by the UN Human Rights Committee for its chronic non-compliance with, and disengagement from, that Committees work. Australias record on human rights was found lacking as part of the Committees review into Australias protection of civil and political rights.

Professor Yuval Shany, Vice Chair of the Committee, said Australias track record was incredible for a country that claims to be a leading voice on human rights.

Mr Shany directly contradicted Foreign Minister Julie Bishops previous statement on Australias engagement with the UN, when he said Australia has very little to be proud of. He described Australias record as one of chronic non-compliance with the Committees findings, and said its compliance rate was so low it was completely off the charts.

Amy Frew, a lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre said the Committee was clearly dismayed at Australias disdain for the Committees expertise and processes.

Today the UN gave Australia a grade of E - and thats not an E for effort. The condemnation shows how far we have strayed from the promises we made to uphold the civil and political rights of Australians and people in our care, said Ms Frew.

This grilling comes a day after the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) made an extraordinary statement that the conditions on Manus Island amount to an imminent humanitarian crisis and a "looming humanitarian emergency". After inspecting the island in September, the UNHCR is calling on Australia to immediately evacuate the men from PNG.

The Manus Island detention centre is due to close on 31 October 2017, but the hundreds of men still living there have nowhere safe to go. In recent months essential services such as water and electricity have been cut in an attempt to force the men out of the centre and into the community, However, the men are fearful for their safety in PNG, where there have been dozens of violent attacks on the men outside the detention centre.

Australia is increasingly ignoring UN ad...


U.S. Troop Deaths in Niger: AFRICOMs Chickens Come Home to Roost "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Mark P. Fancher | Black Agenda Report | October 18, 2017 From the outset, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has incorrectly presumed the stupidity of Africans and others who are concerned about the continent. To answer accusations that the U.S. uses its military to ensure continuing imperialist domination of Africa, AFRICOM has stubbornly insisted []


This 5-Year-Old Genius Is Very Passionate About Breathing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You do it every minute of every day, but do you ever really give much thought to the act of breathing?

Five-year-old boy genius Anson Wong has devoted a lot of his time to learning about this important function in the human body and shared what he learned in his series, Ansons Answers.

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Housing affordability keeps on going downhill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Major ratings agency Moodys, has just found that the housing affordability crisis in Australia is getting worse.

The agencys report says that in addition, the level of debt is at a record high, leaving borrowers at a high level of risk of defaulting. Existing on the edge brings greater vulnerability to sudden changes in the housing market and other economic shocks.

Housing unaffordability has increased the most in Brisbane and Melbourne, but Sydney continues to head the nation as the least affordable city to live in.

Australia now has the worlds second highest level of household debt, now at 193.7 percent of income.

According to Moodys the average household is now paying 28.7 percent of its total income on mortgages, up from 27.4 percent in September last year. It must be remembered, that the actual proportion paid by those on mortgages is much higher, because an average, spreads out to include households without a mortgage. At the same time, the broader based data indicates the extent to which the whole economy is exposed to the debt problem.

If there is a burst in the housing bubble, the mix with the high debt level will mean a much more severe impact, as falling prices will not be matched by a corresponding fall in debt. This will have a severe impact on the financial position of those who are hit directly and it will feed through the economy, causing more loss.

There will be a secondary impact on other investments that have a link to the real estate market.  One of them is superannuation.

Such a level of crisis has not arrived yet. But Australia is getting close enough to start up a lot of worrying.

Even the Reserve Bank is showing deep concern and warning about payment shock forcing the dumping of properties onto the market, which at a high enough volume, would threaten the tumbling down of prices and put the banking system at great risk.

The Reserve Bank is also concerned by the increase in the number of multiple property investors. Those owning 5 or more properties have increase in number by 7.5 percent in in the 2014-15 financial year and this has not slowed down. Ten percent of all investors now own more....


The Communist Party of China (CPC) holds its 19th National Congress: President Xi's battle against corruption "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Foreign analysts and media look to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China for clues about China's future. It is no secret that President Xi Jinping, during his almost five years as China's senior-most leader, has strengthened the Party's role in governing China - and foreigners have questions. I'm asked these questions by foreign media and I think it useful to state and examine them. What is it about the Party, the CPC, and its governing philosophy, that makes Xi so committed to enhancing the Party's governing power? What are the Party's positions and policies, organization and governance, vision and challenges? Why has China opted for perpetual CPC leadership? What innovations has Xi brought to the Party's leadership role in the economy and society? Why has Xi elevated "strict discipline of the Party" to the highest level of national importance, the fourth of his "Four Comprehensives" for governing China? Why is his anti-corruption campaign so relentless? Answers to these questions lead to a more basic question: How has the Party led China to its remarkable development and modernization? How has the Party adapted to changing conditions, kept up with the times? What can we learn from the Party's history, its triumphs and tragedies? What is it about the Party's recent past that it must now be rejuvenated? But can a system with a perpetually ruling party discipline itself, itself establish credible checks-and-balances?


What a storm that was last night "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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The Balfour Declaration Is Another Colonial Distortion of History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The 100-year anniversary of one of Great Britains great betrayals is approaching. Professor Stuart Rees explains.

At the beginning of November, the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, an influential but highly deceitful historical document will be celebrated, certainly in Israel, probably in Australia.

In the United States and Australia, recent controversies over history have concerned attempts to reject past records, as in the destruction of monuments to defeated slave owners in the American civil war and in challenges to the alleged achievements of Captain Cook in Australia.

The 100-year-old false claims in the Balfour Declaration, which paved the way for the creation of the State of Israel, also need to be identified and rejected.


British Deception

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250British deception of Arab interests began before Balfours initiative. In 1915-16, correspondence between British High Commissioner in Egypt Henry McMahon and Sherif Hussein of Mecca shows that official promises were made to Arab leaders, that after World War I, in exchange for their support in the British struggle against the Ottoman Turks, there would be independence of Palestine.

By November 2nd 1917, the deception inherent in policy became explicit. On that date, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour wrote to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community, His Majestys Government view[s]with favour the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine.

Clearly understood suggests that the British would insist on equal treatment for Indigenous Palestinians and the minority Jewish population. A year later, in an openly racist letter, Balfour wrote to his successor Lord Curzon, Zionism is of profounder import than the desires and prejudices of 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit this ancient land.

In the mandate system introduced by the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, Britains responsibility to administer Palestine came on the understanding that it would work on behalf of Jewish and Palestinian communities. Consistent with this understanding, in May 1939, the British government recommended a limit of 75,000 on further immigrants and an end to immigration by 1944 unless the resident Arabs of the region consented to further immigration.

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Culture Roundup: Thursday 19 October, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Pickering power


Edgy, polished and inventive, Charlie Pickering is one of the most exciting names in Australian comedy. Charlie is a political junkie, a law graduate, and was the voice of his generation as a regular team captain for Generation X on Network Tens quiz show Talkin bout Your Generation. He was also on your TV screen every weeknight for five years as co- host of The Project, where the days news is dissected, digested and re-constituted by some of Australias funniest and smartest. In 2015 Charlie joined the team at ABC TV to premiere a news comedy show, a tonight show, a chat show and a panel show all in one The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. He is joined by support Damian Power, three-time Barry Award nominee and widely regarded as one of the most exhilarating voices in Australian comedy. With Mandy Nolan as MC, this is one cracker of a show.

Byron Brewery | Thursday 2 November | Doors 7pm | Show 8pm | $25. | Tix on

Oktober for Club Byron

Club Byron is having its very first Oktoberfest this Saturday and Sunday two days filled with fun and entertainment for all. An Oktoberfest cannot be complete without traditional Bavarian food, beer from the region and, of course, entertainment. Live music inside for the adults, 14m obstacle course for the kids, face painting and, naturally, prizes for best dressed over both days. Oh yes, face painting may be the option for those who dont like dress-ups So whats on the menu? Bratwurst sausage and curry ketchup, and a botched roll; Knodel-poached potato dumplings in gravy and pork; German flamkucken, a thin-crust pizza with creme fraiche, sliced onion and speck that soaks up the beer And there will be beer. Lots and lots of beer!

From Bangalow to Chicago!

With two sellout productions (The Drowsy Chaperone and Little Shop of Horrors) under its belt, this November Bangalow Theatre Company puts its spin on the Broadway classic CHICAGO!

Yes, aspiring vaudevillian star Roxie Hart and a singing, dancing ensemble of some of the northern rivers finest performers are coming to Bangalows historic A&I Hall across two big weekends...


Fay and Rosa do it again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE South Gippsland Bowls Divisions State Over 60 Pairs (Ladies) event was played at Korumburra in brisk conditions on October 12 and 13.
Sectional play on Day 1 saw each pair play three games of 12 ends with the sectional winners playing the final on Friday.
After some close games the pairs of Rosa James and Fay Turner (Leongatha) and Leonie Hanks and Paddy Francis (Leongatha and Phillip Island) progressed to the final.
With 12 orange and four red bowls on the green it was very interesting for the spectators.
Rosa and Fay, who won this event two seasons ago, went on to be victorious again. Many thanks to the three umpires and the Korumburra Club members for their hospitality.

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Omega-3 fatty acids have therapeutic benefits in the treatment of both major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PMID:  Adv Mind Body Med. 2017 Summer;31(3):8-16. PMID: 28987035 Abstract Title:  The Psychoneuroimmunological Role of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. Abstract:  Context Psychoneuroimmunology is the interdisciplinary study that links behavioral health with the neuroendocrinal system and investigates that link's bidirectional impact on the human immune system. Mechanistic studies have shown how omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), like those found in fishoil, can modulate key pathways involved in inflammation, sympathetic activity, oxidative stress, transcription factors, and inflammatory cytokine production. Objective The research team intended to investigate the effects that PUFAs have on the brain and the immune system, including the effectsof proinflammatory cytokines and oxidative stress, and their therapeutic benefits in major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder, either as an alternative monotherapy or a complementary adjunct treatment. Design A literature search was conducted through PubMed and Google Scholar, withno restrictions on the publication dates or geographically. Setting The research occurred at research facilities in Washington, DC, and Davis, California. Results Well-described links between inflammation and MDD and bipolar disorder have been established. Similarly, a highly inflammatory state is a contributing factor to many significant health complications, and omega-3 PUFAs can help treat those issues. Conclusions The research team concluded that omega-3 fatty acids have therapeutic benefits in the treatment of both MDD and bipolar disorder and are effective as a monotherapy and, particularly, as an adjunct therapy. The efficacy of omega-3 supplementation is clearly useful in promoting better health overall and supplementation should be encouraged in the primary care setting. A meta-analysis exploring an adjunct treatment of supplemental eicosapentaenoic acid or docosahexaenoic acid is likely to yield the greatest benefits to psychiatric conditions and provide an answer to proper dosing regimens. The team also created a chart of the supplements' salient features, demonstrating the overall health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.

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1) Papuas Black Pearls, the athletic gems of Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1) Papuas Black Pearls, the athletic gems of Indonesia
Wednesday October 18, 2017 03:11 PM GMT+8
SORONG, Oct 18 Boaz Solossa, Indonesias football captain, is known for his quick turn of pace and sharp instincts as well as his eye for goal.
But hes not alone: Solossa is just one of many outstanding players born and bred in the far-flung, rebellious province of Papua, which has become known as a breeding ground for athletic talent.
In the eastern province, one of Indonesias poorest, genetics and geography have combined to produce a string of successful players and teams.
Solossas club Persipura Jayapura, known as the Black Pearls because of Papuans dark skin, have won the national title five times, making them Indonesias most successful team.
It is a proud achievement for Papua, known for its low-level insurgency and antipathy towards Indonesias Javanese rulers since it was annexed in the 1960s.


Home-shaking, loud boom heard around Southport, Oak Island, North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

People in and around Southport and Oak Island heard and felt a boom Tuesday night that some said shook their homes. Calls and emails started pouring into WECT's offices after the loud noise, which happened around 8:15 p.m. One Brunswick County official said in a text message it was probably the Seneca Guns, but officials at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point advised Brunswick County dispatch, which received numerous calls about the boom, that they were holding a training exercise Tuesday evening.


PERTH perth teacher accused of sexual relations with two students "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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perth teacher accused of sexual relations with two students .

October 18, 2017 at 02:34PM .

legal reasons, appeared in perth magistrates court on wednesday. the perth school teacher with her lawyer, mark andrews outside perth magistrates .


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5-Year-Old Empties Piggy Bank To Buy Milk For Classmate, Goes On To Raise Over $8,000 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kids are taught from a young age that milk is a necessary and nutritious addition to any meal. (Note: this has since been debunked. Read more here). As a result, 5-year-old Sunshine Oelfeke couldnt help but notice that one of her classmates didnt have milk during their daily snack time. Rather than embarrass her friend or ask an adult for clarification, Sunshine decided to take matters into her own hands.

Approximately two weeks ago, the young girls grandmother, Jackie Sue, spotted Sunshine emptying her piggy bank and counting the coins. After tallying up the total, she dumped all of the change into a plastic bag and tucked it into her backpack. Understandably, Jackie Sue was confused as to what the kindergartner had planned, as Sunshine had been saving up for a snowmobile for years. She soon learned, however, and the answer blew her away.

Credit: GoFundMe

When asked why she was taking the coins to school, Sunshine responded:

Im going to take it for milk money. Im taking it for my friend Layla. She doesnt get milk her mom doesnt have milk money and I do.

Because of the compassionate intent, Sunshine was allowed to do with the money as she pleased. When Sunshine went to school the next day, she gave the coins to her kindergarten teacher. Reportedly, it totaled $30 after buying Laylas milk. When Sunshine didnt know until later is that there are 20 students in her class at Birchview Elementary School, located in Michigan. And, half of them cannot afford to buy $0.45 milk for snack time every day. The cost of ensuring every kid has milk at snack time is $180 per month. Thus, Sunshine hatched a new plan.

With the help of Jackie Sue, Sunshine started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the rest of the school year. News of Sunshines generosity has quickly spread, and now the campaign has generated more than $8,000! Said Jackie Sue:

Sunshine is 5 and doesnt grasp the concept of the HUGE impact she is maki...


EXTRACT: Wilkie opposes new national security laws ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is an extract from the chapter The Fearful Country in The First Casualty by Peter Greste, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Peter Greste To Wilkie, Walker and Williams, there is a vital need to protect the medias oversight role, and in particular its function as a whistle-of last-resort for public servants who are genuinely acting in the interests of the public and feel that they have nowhere else to go John Biggs in Comments: To turn wrongful incarceration into such a meaningful experience Peter conveys to us is really inspirational. Just so much to digest in this conversation. Peter should be made a national hero, as should Andrew Wilkie who Peter so generously acknowledges. Guardian: The situation is desperate: murdered Maltese journalists final written words It seems that Daphne Caruana Galizias enemies finally decided that her courageous journalism needed to be silenced


Environment Groups condemn Tasmanias plan to log oldgrowth rainforest reserves "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Special Species Management Plan finalised for gazettal today Environment groups have slammed the Hodgman Governments plan to log oldgrowth rainforests within Tasmanias formal reserve estate and also in the Future Potential Production Forests (FPPF), previously designated for secure, formal reserve protection, describing it as an outrageous and dangerous proposal that threatens the environment and Tasmanias brand, whilst opening the need for government subsidies for this logging. The final plan is gazetted today and comes into force over the weekend. Over 4000 people made submissions on Premier Hodgmans rainforest logging plan, almost all of them explicitly opposing the plan and rejecting the notion of logging oldgrowth rainforest reserves.  The fact this plan proposes logging in a Tarkine rainforest reserve specifically protected from specialty timber logging by John Howard in 2005, demonstrates just how far back this will drag Tasmania and its people Cassy OConnor: Liberals Destructive Rainforest Logging Plan Takes Effect


Australian Senate Panel Throws Support Behind Crypto Exchange Bill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia is moving ahead with plans to pass new regulations for the country's cryptocurrency exchange space.


Who is more clever, a teeny-tiny glider or a fancy bird scientist? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

How can we keep the evil yet adorable sugar glider from eating all the swift parrots? Heres where Operation PKO and you come in! There is a problem with Comments, which are not registering. There ARE comments ... Ivo Edwards in Comments: I actually designed my own sugar glider proof swift parrot nesting box last year and offered to supply one to Dr Dejan Stojanovic for free trials. He effectively told me to bugger off (said it would cost too much to post to him!) My design was based on the principle that there was a significant difference in weight between sugar gliders and swift parrots and that a simple counter weighted door could allow the parrots access, but not the sugar gliders. The problem I envisage with his own design is that the arrangement is very expensive and of suspect reliability


AirAsia pilot dives 20,000ft as plane loses cabin pressure "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Everybody started panicking

An AirAsia flight from Perth to Bali lost cabin pressure just 25 minutes after take-off on Sunday, forcing the pilot to make a terrifying 20,000-foot dive to enable the 145 passengers on board to breathe.

AirAsia flight QZ535 reportedly plummeted 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) in just 10 minutes at a speed of roughly 400 knots (740 kph) according to Flightradar24 after a sudden loss of cabin pressure forced the pilot to dive to an altitude at which the air is breathable.


The panic was escalated because of the behavior of staff who were screaming, looked tearful and shocked, Clare Askew told reporters at Perth Airport, as cited by the Australian Associated Press. Oxygen masks were deployed and the cabin alarm sounded throughout the incident.

Now, I get it, but we looked to them for reassurance and we didnt get any, we were more worried because of how panicked they were, Askew said.

I actually picked up my phone and sent a text message to my family, just hoping that they would get it, Perth woman Leah told 9News. We were all pretty much saying goodbye to each other. It was really upsetting.

One of the stewardesses started running down the aisle and we thought, why is she running. And then the masks fell down and everybody started panicking, Leah added.

AirAsia has experienced several such issues in recent months: In July, one aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in Brisbane after a birdstrike; a week previous, another AirAsia flight was forced to land at Perth Airport after an engine malfunction.


Six missing after severe storm hits Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Severe weather warnings for the coastal trough which has delivered significant rainfall for Queensland over the past few days have now been canceled. However, flood warnings remain in place as some of the areas recorded between 300 and 500 mm (11.8 - 19.7 inches) of...... Read more


Touch too much "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ASX catches a bid

"Sell everything!" came the cry.

"Get into cash and wait for better value!".

Unfortunately, the high priests of market timing might have had their holy garments pulled down a bit here. 

Wonder of wonders, the ASX has finally burst out of its tight trading range, having briefly traded above 5,900 in April and May. 

It's been stuck in a narrow band ever since. 

Until now...

Might it be time to dust of the 'XJO 6000' hats at last?

We dare to dream.


NASA Admits that Conspiracy Theorists Have Been Right All Along About Planet X Existing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Conspiracy theorists are always labeled as nut-jobs until something they claimed actually ends up being truthful and evidence based. Once they are proven to be right, its as if they never said anything in the first place. Well, congrats theorists because we were right once again.

Not that conspiracy theorists are always right, because they definitely arent. Honestly, the term conspiracy theorists is extremely wide and inaccurate. A conspiracy theorist was originally defined by the act of questioning the truth, and theorizing from their own original thoughts which is crucial to do, especially in todays society. These days the word conspiracy theorist has gained a rather negative connotation. When people hear the word they automatically envision some person claiming outrageous things and wearing a tin foil hat. But in all reality, a conspiracy theorist is someone who questions the truth and finds answers for themselves.

Original thought is crucial to the fate of humanity and always has been. People are corrupt and leadership roles are taken advantage of more often than not, especially these days. There have been many instances in which conspiracy theorists were found to be not so nutty. In fact, a lot of the time they are proven to be right. For example, theorists have gone on and on about the existence of a gigantic planet in the darkest corners of our solar system heading directly towards us. This planet is referred to as Planet X and NASA just confirmed that it may indeed be a viable concern.

Planet X first began gaining attention in 2012, when theorists declared Nibiru, or Planet X, was going to collide with the Earth and bring humanity to a gruesome end. Although 2012 was just a scare, NASA scientists are stating that Planet X might not be so much of a myth. According to theorists, the planet is either going to obliterate us on its astronomical expedition through space, or itll graze right past us.

Conspiracy theorist David Meade defends his prediction based on passages from Revelations, stating, The Stars of Heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising Sun will be darkened and the Moon will not give its light.


Scientists Solve Mystery Of Whether Shark Or Alligator Would Win A Fight "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Throughout the ages humanity has debated who would win a fight between an alligator and a shark, and now U.S. researchers have finally provided an answer to the question that has fascinated people from all [...]


Jesus Camp, the Harbinger "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I re-watched the 2006 documentary, Jesus Camp the other day. It predicted Trump; not the who of Donald Trump, but the what of an evangelical-favored president. The fact that he is irreligious has no relevance to them. They indoctrinated their children into being voters for a Trump-like leader and it worked. They got what they asked for, emotionalism, nationalism and speaking/texting-in-tongues nonsense.

By the way, this is not what I meant by negative capability, which respects and honors reason and logic in collaborative harmony. This is intentional random illogic and unreasonable faith in anti-intellectualism with a nod to Evangelical Christian religiosity. The Kids On Fire summer campers of the film were old enough to vote in this past election. Like the students from any madrassa, they presumably did what they were taught to do.

From the distant devastation of my twice hurricane-struck island I am glad to be here, not there. With my brief internet connections, I feel like I am glimpsing an episode of the 1960s TV show Batman; an episode where all the colorful criminals, the jokers, penguins and cat persons have taken over the city while each of them makes up their own set of nonsensical rules and chaos prevails. Our democracy is now a failed camp farce. Will a bat-costumed billionaire save the day?

The teacher has left this USA classroom alone for far too long. Where....


'Pulling a pig': The cruel new dating trend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It is one thing being rejected or ignored by your holiday romance. It is another thing entirely to fly out to see him in Amsterdam, after weeks of messaging, only to be stood up in the airport with nothing but a text saying the entire affair was a cruel joke and calling you a 'fat ugly pig.' But this horrific scenario is exactly what 24-year-old Sophie Stevenson says happened to her after she met Dutchman Jesse Mateman, 21, on holiday in Barcelona. She claims the pair slept together, had a "proper romance" and then spoke regularly when she was back home in Stoke. A month later Mateman convinced her to fly out to visit him in Amsterdam for the weekend. "We were talking up until I got on the plane," Stevenson told the Mail. "But when I arrived, he wasn't there to pick me up. I called him a bunch of times, and he didn't answer. I waited at the airport for two hours and I hadn't heard anything, I was really starting to panic about being abandoned." Six hours later, she says he messaged her saying 'you were pigged, it was all a joke.'


How Did Duterte Come To Power in the Philippines? Fentanyl and his mental condition were not as yet factors "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By   @inquirerdotnet

 / 05:06 AM October 16, 2017

How did the demagoguery begin? With the morbidity of the killings hitting the poors hovels, we begin to ruminate perplexed at how this catastrophe will end.

It will end as how it began.

The campaign canonized him on the impetus of anger with elitist politics, a signal of discontent with the status quo. An outsider to Manila-centric politics was seen as the antidote to the nations skewed power dynamics. This proved its greatest irony: In fact, this was a candidate traditionally elitist to the core. What caused the ignorance?

Rodrigo Duterte was invincible in Davao City as local autocrats are in their own turfs. No semblance of public furor, an important democratic institution, has been seen in Davao directly against him in his 20 years of power. Supporters used this as a fundamental reference of his popularity.

In 2007, a National Bureau of Investigation report identified Paolo Duterte and a business partner as members of a big-time syndicate engaged in smuggling high-end cars, used clothing, rice and sugar. The contraband, said to be concealed in container vans, entered Davao without the necessary import permits, the report said, because the alleged operators enjoyed the protection of some corrupt Customs officials and members of the Philippine National Police. A subsequent report by the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group echoed: These activities were undertaken without any arrest or apprehension by concerned government agencies due to the alleged power and influence of Davao City Mayor Duterte.

In 2012, a Commission on Audit report said that Davao City Hall hired 11,000 individuals for six months, including 110 consultants, costing P677 million. The sample audit conducted found city hall could provide only a master list of those hired, their fixed wages, positions and the funding source but not official contracts or accomplishment reports. Only 59 casuals showed up for the audit. City hall claimed the rest were out on field work but there were no pass slips as proof, no deployment plan.



Debt bondage for workers in Australian horticulture akin to slavery, inquiry hears "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Papua New Guineans shouldn't be easily lured into slavery overseas, as Paul was in the article below. We should work our own land and reap the benefits, the true value of our land, instead of looking for fast/easy money.

They say our customary land is idle, undeveloped, a wasted resource because it has no value. A LIE ! Our customary land sustains over 7 million people in thousands of communities. Our land supports an economy worth K40 BILLION a year and provides jobs and cash incomes for our people who work it. It is the resource on which we must build our development on.

Source: ABC Rural

Australia is being urged to take steps to stamp out farm labour conditions described as being akin to modern slavery, with the horticulture industry thought to be most ripe for exploitation.

An Australian Parliamentary Inquiry has been told that consistent cross-border regulation of labour hire contractors should be adopted across industries.

It also heard that broader investigative powers should be granted to the Fair Work Authority.

The inquiry is investigating the United Kingdom's lead in adopting a Modern Slavery Act and is nearing completion with the one and only regional hearing at Mildura, Victoria, to be held on October 30.

A report is slated for release next month.

Escaping slavery in Cairns to land in danger in Mildura

"Paul" was lured to Cairns from Papua New Guinea, with the promise of a TAFE education and good work but was conned by a Far North Queensland banana farmer.

"I was working 6:00am to 6:00pm driving tractors and eating bread and cordial for breakfast and lunch, and boiled mince meat for dinner. I lived in the shed with a dog," he said.

He did not see a cent in pay and instead, when Paul asked the farmer for his pay, he was told it was being saved up to pay for the TAFE course.

After six months Paul discovered dozens of other foreign workers on the farm in the same trouble.

"I dr...


Thousands in Somali capital march in defiance after attack "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Mohamed Abdiwahad, AFP | Demonstrators in Mogadishu on 15 October.


Latest update : 2017-10-18

Thousands of people took to the streets of Somalias capital Wednesday in a show of defiance after the countrys deadliest attack.

Officials shared a detailed account of how Saturdays truck bombing that killed more than 300 was carried out. They said that two people have been arrested.

Wearing red headbands, the crowd of mostly young men and women marched through Mogadishu amid tight security. They answered a call to unity by Mayor Thabit Abdi, who said we must liberate this city which is awash with graves.

Some in Somalia have called the bombing their 9/11, while asking why one of the worlds deadliest attacks in years hasnt drawn the kind of global attention given to extremist assaults elsewhere.

Another nearly 400 were wounded. Scores remain missing.

You can kill us, but not our spirit and desire for peace, said high school teacher Zainab Muse. May Allah punish those who massacred our people, said university student Mohamed Salad.

Not at all peaceful

It was not all peaceful. At least three people, including a pregnant woman, were injured after security forces opened fire while trying to disperse protesters marching toward the attack site, said police Capt. Mohammed Hussein. Both Somali police and African Union soldiers were at the scene and opened fire, he said.

Somalias government has blamed Saturdays attack on the al-Shabab extremist group, which often targets Mogadishu but has not commented. Analysts have suggested that al-Shabab, an al-Qaida ally, may have avoided taking responsibility because it did not want to be blamed for the deaths of so many civilians.

A detailed description of the attack....


Insider Reveals How the Opioid Crime Network Operates "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jon Rappoport, Guest
Waking Times

PBS Frontline (2/23/2016):

The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American historywith overdoses from heroin and other opioids now killing more than 27,000 people a year (Note: prescription opioids are now a very significant gateway-drug leading addicts into heroin.)

CBS News (8/1/2017):

Nearly 92 million U.S. adults, or about 38 percent of the population, took a legitimately prescribed opioid like OxyContin or Percocet in 2015, according to results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

On the condition of anonymity, an insider with intimate knowledge of the opioid crime network spoke with me. He is not a participant or a criminal. He has spent years exposing the network.

My initial question to him was prompted by the current Washington Post series on collusion between members of Congress and the drug industry. The collusion has produced a new law that makes it much harder for the US DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) to shut down major opioid traffickers. (That law is the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, signed by President Obama on 4/9/16.)

My question was: how could a corrupt little pharmacy or medical clinic in a small town, in the middle of nowhere, sell, as reported, a MILLION opioid pills a year?

Here is the answer my source confirmed: a criminal doctor or doctors are writing 75-100 opioid prescriptions a day like clockwork; patients are flooding in from all over the country (many of them flying in once a month); they are sold the opioid prescriptions, and either fill them righ...


Vaxxed Secretly Screened In Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Polly Tommey and Kent Heckenlively have reportedly hosted a screening and Q&A of their vaccine safety documentary, Vaxxed, in Australia, where Tommey is currently under the provisions of a 3-year ban from travel to and...

The post Vaxxed Secretly Screened In Australia appeared first on Vaxxter.


The War with China Comes Home to America "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

China hawks have announced that the campaign against Chinese influence developed in Australia is just about ready to export, not just to Asia, but to America and the world.  The recipe is simple: security service dossiers carefully cooked by national security journalists, and seasoned with fear and denial. Its not just an antidote to Chinas growing influence throughout the world; its meant to mask the bitter taste of a decade of American failureand to give the West the appetite for another generation of conflict.

Only problem is, this war gets fought in the homeland, not thousands of miles away in Asia.

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Peoples Bank of China Digital Currency Director Calls for Centralized State Cryptocurrency

DFAT boss warns international students to resist Chinese Communist Partys untoward influence

Chinese Government intrusion into Western universities sparks push for collective action

Addressing PRC Influence in Australia: Working with All Australians

China threatens U.S. Congress for crossing red line on Taiwan



Be a hero - save an endangered Swift Parrot family today "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Swift Parrot
Lathamus discolor
Critically endangered (Australian federal listing)
IUCN Red List
Image: Geoffrey Dabb/ Canberra Birds

Swift Parrots breed only in Tasmania and then fly across Bass Strait to forage on the flowering eucalypts in open boxironbark forests of the Australian mainland. While on the mainland, they are nomadic, spending weeks or months at some sites and only a few hours at others, determined by the supply of nectar. [Birdlife Australia


"Want to clear the pool of sharks? Ask the little lady. The sheilas are tough in Australia." "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Want to clear the pool of sharks? Ask the little lady. The sheilas are tough in Australia Im sure the North Coast Voices reader who sent me a link to this video along with that comment was boasting a bit as he said it.

Meet Melissa Hatheier of Cronulla

Image from ABC News, 11 October 2016

And this is Melissa tidying away a little Port Jackson shark at Oak Park Sea Pool, Cronulla, NSW


So troubled multinational Serco's staff are going to answer phone calls made to Centrelink in a Turnbull Government pilot program? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Multinational Serco Group plc registered in England and Wales, with revenue in 2016 of an est. $5 billion and an underlying trading profit of est. $139 million, has made the news again.

One of its subsidiaries, SERCO CITIZEN SERVICES PTY LTD1 ABN:89 062 943 640, won this $53.75 million federal government contract commencing 7 September 2017:

CN ID: CN3460117
Agency: Department of Human Services
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2017
Category: Temporary personnel services
Contract Period:
7-Sep-2017 to 29-Oct-2019
Contract Value (AUD): $53,752,454.80
Description: Centrelink Call Centre Enhancements Initiative

On 11 October 2017 it was reported that the Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge stated this contract was for a pilot commencing in late October 2017 would help reduce Centrelink call wait times.

An est. 250 Melbourne-based Serco staff will take calls about welfare payments in the three-year pilot program.

The ministers office stated: ...


Knickers in a twist "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It seems to me that the entire blogosphere has cottoned on to the fact that the BBC is biased. The only entity that hasnt noticed is of course the BBC itself. One might say the BBC is becoming increasingly isolated in this. 

Its almost embarrassing, like theyve come out of the washroom with their skirt tucked into their pants.  I say washroom to avoid committing a non-binary  gender offence. Perhaps I shouldnt have used the word skirt.

We havent heard enough yet about Harvey Weinsteen or stine" as in Einstein, because we have also to discuss the ones who knew but didnt speak out, rather like the BBC over Jimllfixit, and we have to listen to endless stories from hashtag me too. However, if we just hang on a little longer, universal transgenderism will take care of all sexual bullying, organically. Its only a matter of time.

 Im thinking of self-expressive ideas to use as my own personal pronoun. You know, instead of her and she. You have to choose your own. I was thinking in terms of vowels and consonants, like in Countdown.  I think, maybe no vowels. Make me sound Polish.

The BBCs enthusiasm for diversity is coupled with its diktat  against using value-laden terms such as terrorist or making discriminatory value judgements; rather, a dread of its staff being caught out making one, which throws up elephantine cognitive dissonance; the inconsistency that dare not speak its name. 

Having embraced cultural Islam, the default BBC position is institutionally hostile, if not to individual Jews, (Apart from Harvey W) then to Israel. But like the lady with the pants, they cant actually see what has happened till its pointed out.

A glimpse into what things could be like - but for the BBCs attitudinal negativity, was apparent  in this interview on Sky News Australia, posted on Daphne Ansons blog.  As she frequently attests, down under, the negative influence of Islam and antisemitism is by no means absent. However. Put to one side those intrusive images of Dame Edna, possums - and the refreshing attitude of these two rather...


FBI Wipes Phones & Laptops of Vegas Eyewitnesses "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Workers at the Route 91 festival during which Stephen Paddock unleashed his massacre have reportedly been given back their phones and laptops by the FBI only to discover that all messages and videos from the night of the attack have been wiped clean.

According to a Las Vegas resident who posted a status update on Facebook, A bunch of people that worked the Route 91 said they got their cell phones back today. They all said that all their phones are completely wiped clean! All messages and info from that weekend are completely gone. Anyone else experience this?

A few different people who were vendors there are all saying the same thing, the woman later comments.

Later in the thread, a Route 91 worker confirms the story, commenting, Of course. Its an active federal crime scene. They can wipe it . I was the beverage manager for the entire event. My laptop is wiped .

Infowars was separately contacted by another individual who told us the same story. Both individuals asked that their names not be revealed.

The fact that all the information relating to the massacre has been deleted is sure to prompt further claims of a cover-up.

While some assert that the feds wiping data is a routine part of their investigation procedure, if authorities want to stop the many conspiracy theories circulating about the attack, theyre not doing a very good job of it.

As Ann Coulter notes, the medias treatment of the story and the constantly changing official narrative is only serving to make people more suspicious.

I dont know what happened and, apparently, neither do the cops but its kind of odd that we keep being told things that arent true about the Las Vegas massacre, from the basic timeline to this weird insistence that Paddock made a good living at gambling, writes Coulter.

She points to many questions that remain unanswered about the attack, including why Paddock checked in to the hotel days earlier than authorities first said he did, why he was wearing gloves if he planned to commit suicide and why Paddock chose to unload 200 rounds into the hallway at a security guard who was checking on someone elses room before beginning his massacre.




Strength Based Parenting Workshops "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


I'm a Well-being Psychologist who's delivering FREE "Strengths-based Parenting" Workshops at Newlands PS next Tuesday. 

Strength Based Parenting focuses on identifying and understanding what your child is naturally good at and where they thrive before you explore their weaknesses. It provides simple evidence-based practices that increase your childs resilience and helps you feel more confident as a parent.

Date: Tues October 24th, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Venue: Newlands PS, Multipurpose Room,
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Coles misleading customers? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Could be it be that Coles is suffering from the 2047 bug?

Or maybe the "Millennials" (you know the ones who FAIL in simple mathematics) programed their computers.

Let's take a look at a 'case study'.

In the above illustration, Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd, trading as Coles (ASX:CGJ) states that 120 grams of a brand of pretzel sticks is worth  one Aussie dollar and twenty five cents.

Coles (ASX: CGJ) also state that this is worth half an Australian dollar per 100 grams.

Simple Hindi-Arabic mathematics will tell you that 100 grams of these pretzels are worth one Australian Dollar and four cents, which is rounded up  to five cents, because the fractions of a dollar in the penal colony are worth less now than they were before, but that's another post or seventeen.

Since we're talking about an 'error' by the corporations committed against the slaves in a penal colony, the corporations are allowed forgiveness.

If this action was to occur in the 'the land of the free' (the Ewe Ess of Aye) maybe a homo-sexually married pair (Aussie term: poofs or lezzos) could get 21.6969 million USDM (United Snakes Drug Money- from the poppy seeds of Afghanistan) for their 'feelings' being hurt...


Escarpment tracks need funding "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sublime Point walking track, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

Sublime Point Walking Track. Photo: National Parks & Wildlife.

Funding cuts to National Parks have become so extreme that they are starting to have an impact on residents of the northern Illawarra, according to Wollongongs Greens councillors.

A rally will be held outside the NSW Government Offices, 84 Crown Street Wollongong, to push for an increase in funding on Thursday at midday.

Wollongong War One Greens Councillor Mithra Cox said residents of Austinmer are being parked out because of the huge volume of walkers using the Sublime Point track.

There are so many other amazing bushwalks in the Illawarra escarpment, but there are no maps, no signposts and the tracks are not properly maintained, Ms Cox said.

We could connect up the walking trails between the Royal National Park, the Illawarra Escarpment and Morton National Park for a world...


No, Saving A Child Instead Of Embryos In A Burning Building Does Not Negate The Pro-Life Position "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Any argument in favor of killing innocent people tends to be, you know, kind of hard to swallow, but some arguments are more compelling and clever than others. They make you at least able to see why certain people are pro-choice.

Then there are the deeply, viciously stupid pro-abortion arguments, the ones so profoundly inept, vapid, and useless that they make you question the base mental competency of the people who advance them. Such is the case with a recent highly viral tweetstorm by author Patrick Tomlinson, whose Twitter thread on the topic is worth quoting in full (presented here in a more easy-to-comprehend format):

Whenever abortion comes up, I have a question Ive been asking for ten years now of the Life begins at Conception crowd. In ten years, no one has EVER answered it honestly. Its a simple scenario with two outcomes. No one ever wants to pick one, because the correct answer destroys their argument. And there IS a correct answer, which is why the pro-life crowd hates the question.

Here it is. Youre in a fertility clinic. Why isnt important. The fire alarm goes off. You run for the exit. As you run down this hallway, you hear a child screaming from behind a door. You throw open the door and find a five-year-old child crying for help. Theyre in one corner of the room. In the other corner, you spot a frozen container labeled 1000 Viable Human Embryos.

The smoke is rising. You start to choke. You know you can grab one or the other, but not both before you succumb to smoke inhalation and die, saving no one. Do you A) save the child, or B) save the thousand embryos? There is no C. C means you all die.

In a decade of arguing with anti-abortion people about the definition of human life, I have never gotten a single straight A or B answer to this question. And I never will. They will never answer honestly, because we all instinctively understand the right answer is A.

A human child is worth more than a thousand embryos. Or ten thousand. Or a million. Because they are not the same, not morally, not ethically, not biologically. This question absolutely evicerates [sic] their arguments, and their refusal to answer confirms that they know it to be true.

No one, anywhere, actually believes an embryo is equivalent to a child. That person does not exist. They are lying to you. They are lying to you to try and evoke an emotional response, a paternal response, using false-equivalency.

No one believes life begins at conception. No one believes embryos are babies, or children. Those who cliam [sic] to are trying to manipulate you so they can control women. Dont let them. Use this question to call them out. Reveal them f...


Why The White Helmets Deserved The Nobel Peace Prize "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The worlds highest humanitarian honor, the Nobel Peace Prize, went this year to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Considering what weve seen in the news about North Korea, that sounds like a good choice. Theres just one problem: The organization hasnt done anything, and theres a more deserving candidate.

ICAN is a Geneva-based coalition of hundreds of non-governmental organizations whose contribution to the safety and security of the world consists of promoting a United Nations treaty against nuclear weapons. A piece of paper combatting nuclear warfare is flimsy enough, but theres another hiccup: None of the worlds nine nuclear powers including the United States, China, Russia, and North Korea have signed it.

The Nobel Peace Prize committee could have instead taken the opportunity to celebrate a group that, rather than promoting an impractical ideal of world peace, has saved thousands of lives in a country ravaged by civil war. The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize shouldve gone to the White Helmets. The organization, also called the Syrian Civil Defense, sends emergency first-responders into dangerous territory to save innocents trapped between belligerents in Syrias civil war.

Hundreds of bombs barrage Syria each day, while President Bashar al-Assad and his government combat opposition forces. ISIS, which quickly joined the rebellion, now controls much of Eastern and Central Syria. This war has stretched on for six years and has resulted in almost 500,000 deaths. It generated the refugee crisis that has engulfed the region and spilled into Europe. It has also raised questions in the United States about how many refugees the government should accept.

During that time, the White Helmets have rescued 90,000 souls. Launching unarmed into rebel-held areas, the rescuers save the injured and unaided. They are not soldiers, but civilians. Some 3,000 White Helmets paramedics served the country, and the White Helmets was the only rescue group still entering Aleppo, Syrias largest city, according to a Wall Street Journal report last year.

If that name sounds familiar, you may remember when Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson infamously asked an MSNBC reporter last fall, Whats Aleppo? The answer, according to the reporter, was the epicenter of the refugee crisis.

The White Helmets, a film on the group, won Best Short Documentary in the Oscars this year. One scene reveals a rescuer pulling a wailing infant from fallen blocks of cement. He raises the child to the camera as voices around him cheer.

For two years the White Helmets have received a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Its a shame that a group that sends rescuers into perilous situations and provides peace to thousands of victims of war lost to a committee of bureaucrats..........


Open letter from Suresh Rajan to Minister Peter Dutton "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dear Minister Dutton, I write to you today as an Australian who came to this country over forty-two years ago. I came here as part of a family migration process. My father was a school teacher at a few state schools in Perth finally retiring (due to ill health) from Mirrabooka Senior High School (a school []


Austi war memorial work "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

austinmer war memorial site

The Austinmer War Memorial. Photo: Google Streetview

HAND dug trenches around the Norfolk Island Pine trees near Austinmer war memorial will be part of future works to upgrade the cenotaphs surrounds.

Wollongong City Council staff, supervised by an arborist, will be mapping the roots of the iconic trees on Tuesday to determine their location, size and extent.

The digging will take place in select locations near the trees and Council says will have no adverse impact on the trees. Its estimated the work will take one day and barriers and pedestrian control will be in place. Rectification works will be completed after the digging is finished.

The root mapping will help inform Council designs to improve access and safety around the war memorial.

Council said environmental issues have been considered with the preparation of a Review of Environmental Factors. Although Council does not consider the area to be part of an Aboriginal heritage site, a due diligence process, has been undertaken as part of the environmental re...


One Poem by Molly Brodak "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Olafur Eliasson, Beauty (1993), at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) Sydney, Australia (photo via Sarah_Ackerman on Flickr)


The Cipher


A nonbeliever accepts
a kind of fog around facts

believers demand meaning.

Beloved fog forms a tissue between them, like love.
Burns off in bald light, like love.

Nonbelievers just put on their war wigs
and their war gloves
and pick

from a fanned deck of brute facts.
To prove nothingness exists

youd need just one thing that was not itself,
one x that did not equal x.

One copse of alders in one dim dusk
that was none of the above.
Souls are made up
of such obstacles.

And a nonbeliever accepts
that God is very, very likely.

nothingness is just not
how brute facts work.

A rainstorm, brute fact, shuttles brainlessly towards us,

and our evening is overtaken in rain,
rain and fog, infinity, the opposite of engineering.

I listened to some invisible bird
rattling off the facts of consciousness.

He used that exact word,


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Molly Brodak is the author of A Little Middle of the Night (University of Iowa Press, 2010) and Bandit: A Daughters Memoir (Grove Atlantic, 2016) along with three chapbooks of poetry.


Readers are encouraged to submit 35 poems as a PDF to Wendy Xu for consideration at

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Iran supreme leader dismisses Trumps rants and whoppers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Iranian Supreme Leaders Website/AFP | Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who on Wednesday dismissed US President Donald Trumps wants and whoppers

TEHRAN (AFP)  Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed US President Donald Trumps aggressive criticism as the rants and whoppers of a brute, in a speech on Wednesday.I dont want to waste my time on answering the rants and whoppers of the brute US president, Khamenei said in a speech to students in Tehran, published on his Telegram channel.

It was his first response to Trumps bellicose speech last Friday in which he called for tougher sanctions to curb Irans destabilising activities in the Middle East.

They are angry as today the Islamic republic of Iran has disrupted their plans in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, Khamenei said.

Everyone be assured that this time, too, America will be slapped and defeated by the nation of Iran.


Investor beach ball submerged "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Investor loans slowed

A nice pick-up in commercial lending to businesses in August 2017, which will hopefully flow through to business investment. 

Personal lending has dropped by a quarter since 2010 and is tracking at around the lowest level in 15 years. 

However, business lending is up +15 per cent from a year earlier, which is a positive for the economy. 

Lending for major renovations looks solid, but no more than that, while owner-occupier property lending is rising strongly in trend terms. 

The crackdown on investor lending has been marked. 

Mortgage Choice reported that interest-only loans accounted for only 14.64 per cent of loans written in September, down from 35.95 per cent in April. 

Thus the repricing of interest-only loans has been swift and effective. 

Interestingly, the slowdown in investor lending appears to have most impacted the states where investor lending was already moderate. 

The one state that does not appear to have been slowed too much is Victoria. 


These Four Speaking Habits Are Ruining Your Authenticity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dont flash too many smilesits unnerving and makes you seem insincere.

A few years ago I was coaching a telecom companys new president, who wanted to project a more personal, caring demeanor. I watched him speak at one of his companys town hall meetings, where a woman asked him a question. Before responding, the president asked her for her name. Bonnie, she said. Then he addressed Bonnie by name while answering her questionso far so good.

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PERTH Arrest in SA over WA assault on 14yo girl "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Arrest in SA over WA assault on 14yo girl .

October 18, 2017 at 05:18PM .

Adelaide on Tuesday and the WA Police Cold Case squad successfully sought his extradition. He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on .


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PERTH Man to be extradited from Adelaide over 2002 sexual assault in Balcatta "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Man to be extradited from Adelaide over 2002 sexual assault in Balcatta .

October 18, 2017 at 05:18PM .

He will be flown back to Perth tomorrow and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, October 20 charged with one count of sexual .


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NEW - Bill the Greek's bank statements from the time he was running Gillard's home renovations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Monday, 25 September 1995 then AWU Joint National Secretary Ian Cambridge made this record in his diary. He retained these notes taken during the conversation - and dictated the above more comprehensive record of the conversation shortly after it was completed. Bill the Greek's role in The AWU Scandal...


Fluoride, voter districts top Buda forum "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Single member districts, fluoridation and management of growth were a handful of topics candidates vying for a pair of Buda city council seats took on in Mondays forum held at City Hall.

The event, held by the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce, featured candidates Jose Montoya and Paul Dagereau, who are vying for the unexpired Place 4 seat, and candidates Remy Fallon and Clark Beach, who seek the Place 5 seat.

Also answering several questions was Evan Ture, who is running unopposed for the Place 6 seat, as well as current city council Place 4 member George Haehn, who is running unopposed for mayor.

Each candidate was asked about the possibility of transitioning to single member districts and their views on water fluoridation, as well as what their first actions would be if elected to the council. They were also asked what their visions of Buda are for the next 20 years.

Fallon, Beach and Montoya were all in favor of single member districts in order to ensure more adequate representation across the city. Daugereau felt Buda was not yet ready for single member districts using the two uncontested races as evidence of his views.

Fallon, Beach and Daugereau agreed that fluoridation was an unnecessary cost to the city, while Montoya remained neutral on the subject.

When asked about future business growth in Buda, as well as incentives offered to incoming businesses, Beach and Daugereau opted for targeted incentives.

Montoya maintained a conservative approach to incentives and Fallon urged more incentives to small, local Buda businesses.

All candidates said if elected they would focus primarily on seeing the 2014 bond projects completed as well as other specific areas of concern. Those extended to roads, the Main Street program and establishing the citys new unified development code.

Early voting for the Buda city council elections begin Oct. 23. Election Day is Nov. 7.

*Original article online at


things I love about public education "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

coffeeessential for all school parents

It seems that were bombarded with bad stories about public education, doesnt it? Naplan, bullying, dissatisfied teachers, unmotivated studentsand the list goes on.

Right now, across Australia, there are thousands of parents readying their kids for school, attending kindergarten orientation and standing at the very beginning of a 13 year journey. Ive had a few emails lately from mums worried about sending their little ones into the public school system and Ive bumped into friends who are angst-ridden about what school to choose.

And because Ive been there I know this: at the very heart of this dilemma is a simple yet heart-wrenching fact regardless of what school you choose, youre sending your child further into the world and cutting the metaphorical cord once again. Its not so much about the school but about the growing up and letting go.

Its daunting, anxiety-inducing heart stuff. And as far as parenting goes, its just the beginning of the daunting, anxiety-inducing heart stuff.

My kids attended the local Montessori where they spent a few years in a delightful bubble of gardening and paints and imaginative play. When it came time to send them off to school, the local public school was the best option for us, despite my palpable angst.

Perhaps youve got a similar story. For whatever reason location, finances, family circumstances a small, independent or alternative school isnt an option for you and therefore youre about to enter the public school system. Everything is unknown and youre worried. Youre worried that there wont be enough art classes (their probably wont be), youre anxious about your little one finding his way around the somewhat enormous school and youre concerned that all the rules will take the fun out of learning.

But what if the school you become a part of is actually quite beautiful?

A few things Ive learnt as a public school mum:

  • kindergarten is a very gentle transition : I have the upmost respect for kindergarten teachers and the way they gently guide our little ones into school life. The first year of school is all about fostering independence, encouraging socialisation and learning to read and write in the funnest way possible.
  • school magnifies the haves and have nots : school is the perfect introduction to the bigger, wider world complete with confrontation and challenge. Your child may be confronted by what other kids have and subsequently theyll challenging your parenting choices.
  • life lessons abound : your child doesnt like their teacher? Welcome to real life youre not going to get along wit...


Open Letter from AFSA to Australian Pork Ltd (APL) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Andrew Spencer

CEO, Australia Pork Ltd

18 October 2017

Dear Andrew,

Small-scale pastured pig farmers have concerns about whether Australia Pork Limited (APL) genuinely represents them. It is a matter of material interest to all pig farmers given the compulsory levy paid per carcass directly to APL. We have been alerted to a number of farmers (in addition to me) who have asked APL to please show how the organisation is actively supporting small-scale farms, but to date we have had only platitudes.

For some years now, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) has been monitoring APLs support for small-scale farmers, and what we have witnessed is in fact a systematic campaign to undermine the efforts of the growing number of small-scale pastured pig farmers.

Examples of APLs efforts against small-scale growers include:

  • APL has given evidence in multiple VCAT cases against small-scale pastured pig farms, and in some cases taken the side of large-scale intensive pig producers against small-scale pastured farms, such as in the case of intensive producer and former head of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Pig Group John Bourke brought against small-scale free-range growers Freeland Pork. Given APLs claims that it represents all Australian pig producers, there is an obvious conflict of interest where it supports one producer against another in legal proceedings.
  • APL has made unsolicited phone calls to local councils, urging officers to pursue small-scale growers and require them to apply for permits for intensive animal husbandry.
  • Since the 2015 VCAT ruling against Happy Valley Free Range which was heavily influenced by APLs testimony against the small-scale farm, APL has taken the position that all pig farms should be treated the same under state planning provisions in spite of small-scale pastured pig farmers stance that they should be treated as other grazing systems with supplemental feed. In the case of the recent work to revise the Victorian Planning Provisions by the Animal Industries Advisory Committee (AIAC), the Committee noted:

Australian Pork Limited supported all pork producers being...


1) MPs joining Vanua'aku Pati seen as good for Papua "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Hundreds of security forces monitor Papua inauguration
3) Exposition of Asmat culture to Italian public

1) MPs joining Vanua'aku Pati seen as good for Papua
3:24 pm today 
Two members of parliament from Vanuatu's opposition have joined a government party in a move described as being good for West Papua.

The Daily Post reporeds that two Sanma Province MPs, Hosea Nevu and Marc Ati, have both left the People's Progress Party.


No more money for investigating nuclear waste importing South Australian Parliamentary Committee report "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

No more cash for nuclear vision as parties conspire against waste dump. In Daily, Tom Richardson , 18 Oct 17  A parliamentary inquiry into Jay Weatherills doomed nuclear waste repository has told the State Government not to spend another cent of public money on the plan, with MPs...


South Australian Labor commends Weatherill govt on acknowledging Citizens Jury outcome no nuclear waste importing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In addition to the parliamentary committee report released today

Motion / resolution passed unanimously by the Australian Labor Party SA Branch, State Convention 2017 
13 October 2017
Motion 22. MUA
Federal Nuclear Waste Dump
Andrew AllisonNuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia-18 Oct 17  -South Austral...


The Advertisers nuclear advertising article drew strong responses "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jim Green, 18 Oct 17 Dean Jaensch makes two comments about nuclear power both of them false (Nuclear power could be the solution for Australias energry crisis, The Advertiser, yesterday). He claims that 19 of the G20 utilise nuclear energy in their power production. But in fact, Indonesia Turkey, and Saudi Arabia have no reactors.

And in most of the G20 countries that operate reactors, nuclear power is either negligible or in a world of trouble. In Japan, for example, less than one-tenth of the pre-Fukushima reactor fleet is operating. Estimated clean-up and compensation costs for the 2011 Fukushima disaster have doubled and doubled again and now stand at $245 billion.

Could the state economy cope with a $245 billion hit if Fukushima happened in SA? Of course not.
Jaenschs claim that nuclear power emits absolutely no carbon is also false as a cursory review of the relevant literature demonstrates.

Robyn Wood, 19 Oct 17  Regarding nuclear power, Dean Jaensch is very mistaken when he claims that nuclear power emits no carbon (Advertiser 17/10/17).  He forgets to include the fossil fuel burned during uranium mining, transport of uranium by truck, train or sea, plus...


Remote seismic station in the Northern Territory plays critical role in monitoring North Koreas nuclear testing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Remote Territory seismic station watching for nuclear blasts from North Korea GARY SHIPWAY, NT News October 18, 2017 A LESSER-known remote seismic station in the Northern Territory is playing a critical role in keeping an eye on North Korea and its nuclear testing.


Chinese slowdown may end nuclears last hope for growth "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 Energy Post, October 18, 2017 by Jim Green This year has been catastrophicfor nuclear power, and just when it seemed the situation couldnt get any worse for the industry, it did, writes Jim Green, editor of Nuclear Monitor: there are clear signs of a nuclear slow-down in China, the only country with a large nuclear new-build program. According to Green, if this program stalls, nuclear power looks headed for an irreversible decline. Courtesy Nuclear Monitor.

Chinas nuclear slow-down is addressed in the latest World Nuclear Industry Status Report and also in an August 2017 article in trade publication Nuclear Engineering International by former World Nuclear Association executive Steve Kidd.

Chinas nuclear program has continued to slow sharply, Kidd writes, with the most striking feature being the paucity of approvals for new reactors over the past 18 months. China Nuclear Engineering Corp., the countrys leading nuclear construction firm, noted earlier this year that the Chinese nuclear industry has stepped into a declining cycle because the State Council approved very few new-build projects in the past years.

Kidd continues: Other signs of trouble are the uncertainties about the type of reactor to be utilised in the future, the position of the power market in China, the structure of the industry with its large state owned enterprises (SOEs), the degree of support from top state planners and public opposition to nuclear plans.

Over-supply has worsened in some regions and there are questions about how many reactors are needed to satisfy power demand. Kidd writes: [T]he slowing Chinese economy, the switch to less energy-intensive activities, and over-investment in power generation means that generation capacity outweighs grid capacity in some provinces and companies are fighting to export power from their plants.

Kidd estimates that Chinas nuclear capacity will be around 100 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, well below previous expectations. Forecasts of 200 GW by 2030 were not unusual only a few y.......


Sawdust and Pink Detergent "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Half way through the flight from Madrid to Delhi, I woke briefly. The cabin was in darkness, but still I could see the man in an adjoining seat was laying down flat on the cabin floor. Thats a bit odd, I thought to myself, but closed my eyes and attempted to go back to sleep. []


Why Turnbulls energy plan could be disaster for renewables, climate, prices "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Turnbull govt dumping clean energy target for national energy guarantee "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Turnbull dumps clean energy target for national energy guarantee, REneweconomy, By Giles Parkinson on 17 October 2017 (note: This story updates a previous article, based on the release of further policy details).

Well, looks like he has actually done it. The Turnbull government has formally abandoned the idea of a Clean Energy Target, proposed by chief scientist Alan Finkel and endorsed by nearly everyone, in favour of a new policy that will protect fossil fuel generation and slow down the uptake of renewable energy.

The new National Energy Guarantee marks a major switch in government policy at least on the face of it. But the major problem is, we just dont know because there are so few details.

But it appears to hand extraordinary market power to the countrys big utilities and fossil fuel generators, and gives no obvious incentive to introduce new generation, which one would expect would be the key to lowering prices.

Dumped is any form of visible subsidy scheme be it a renewable energy target, or carbon price, or clean energy mechanism in favour of changes to energy market rules that put an additional burden on retailers for a reliability guarantee and an emissions guarantee.

But these guarantees can also be traded in the form of contracts between utilities. Potentially, it will generate credits in dirty energy, as this table  above [on original]  illustrates.

Quite how this works is not clear, and energy participants were struggling to get their heads around it....


Toledo and Madrid "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Since I first began researching this trip, a visit to Toledo (about 50 minutes by bus south of Madrid) has been high on my list of priorities. Id seen photographs online which indicated a town of great beauty. On top of that, there was the story of a town that was once the capital city []


Rockhamptons Mayor Strelow misrepresents Wanganand Jagalingou "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mayor Strelow misrepresents Wanganand Jagalingou
Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelows
thanks to the the Wangan and Jagalingou people for our support is disingenuous
and clearly misrepresents the position of the Traditional Owners
of the proposed Carmichael mine area.

We do not support a FIFO (fly in fly out) hub that allows
a mass of people who have no respect for our land to fly in
and destroy our country and culture, and fly out again.

The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council
dont know who Mayor Strelow is talking to,
but its clearly not the W&J Applicant or the claim group or our families.

A majority of Wangan and Jagalingou families have
consistently rejected Adanis sham ILUA  for the mine.
Adani has no agreement with Traditional Owners
and an ILUA has not been registered.
The purported ILUA is subject to a Federal Court trial in March 2018.

Our court action in March will expose the underhanded way
in which our position on the mine is misrepresented by Adani,
and our supposed support was engineered.

We have provided evidence to the court of Adanis bad faith and
we will pursue this constant misrepresentation of our people and
our position on the mine until we can demonstrate once and for all
we do not and never will support this coal mine
or any project or enterprise aligned to it.

To continue reading this excellent statement by Wangan and Jagalingou People go here:


Tradiational land owners Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people at forefront of opposition to Adani coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Opposition from traditional owners of the land

The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people are the traditional owners of the land
on which the Adani group has proposed to build its mine and they argue
that if this mine was to be built on their homelands,
it would irreversibly destroy their customs, culture and heritage.

The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council
is at the forefront of the tussle with the Adani group and
have taken the matter to the federal court of Australia.

The matter is up for hearing in March 2018 and is being seen
as the last legal hurdle in the way of the Carmichael coal mine.

Note: This is the first in a three-part series 
that will examine how the Adani and Carmichael coal mine has divided the Australian public
and in the process, sparked fierce debate on issues such as
coal-based energy, energy financing, jobs and the rights of indigenous people.

To continue reading this comprehensive overview go here:


Tony Abbotts successful influence on Coalition energy policy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Abbott 1, Consumer 0. Turnbulls energy fudge locks in high prices Giles Parkinson on 17 October 2017 Whatever else you can say about Malcolm Turnbulls new energy policy one thing is clear: Tony Abbott has won, and consumers have lost. Even in the most optimistic scenario presented by the government, energy consumers will see little reduction in their energy bills over the next decade.

Thats outrageous. Australians are paying absurd prices for their electricity upwards of 40c/kWh and not just in South Australia and this new scheme can envisage only a slight reduction over the next 12 years.

In an era where renewable energy costs are plunging, where the costs of rooftop solar are about one-sixth the cost of grid power, that spells an abrogation of the governments duty, and it spells trouble for the future.

To please Abbott and the vast rump of climate deniers and renewable energy nay-sayers in the Coalition and the conservative commentariat, Turnbull has effectively abandoned the Paris climate target and closed the door on new renewable energy projects.

 Paris is abandoned because Turnbull is committing only to the Abbott downpayment of a 26-28 per cent cut by 2030, and has co-opted the Energy Security Board to devise a plan that commits the electricity industry to account for just one-third of that target. It should, and could, do a lot more.

Renewable energy is abandoned because there is no obvious incentive to develop new generation. And consumers can rest assured they will be screwed because the power, quite literally, is conferred upon the big retailers and generators and their complicated series of price caps and hedges.

The government would like us to believe that this new plan is the work, solely and uniquely, of the newly established Energy Security Board. Given that this board only met for the first time a month ago, that seems unlikely, despite the fact that the directors were co-opted to attend the Turnbull policy launch.

More likely, this is the work of the vested interests who have controlled debate and policy making in Australia for all but the Gillard years of carbon pricing. The fact the current high levels of wholesale prices are, by the governments own admissions, locked in for another decade at least, is confirmation of this...


LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE Judith Lucy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An afternoon of comedy aims to raise $100,000 to support Woolloongabba based clinic World Wellness Group. Brisbane based social enterprise and multicultural health and wellbeing clinic, World Wellness Group (WWG), will welcome renowned Australian comedian Judith Lucy, known primarily for her stand-up comedy, to headline its upcoming fundraiser, Laughter is the Best Medicine. The fundraiser []

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Arrears fall again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Home loan arrears improve

Mortgage arrears fell further, down to just 1.10 per cent in August, according to S&P.

In New South Wales, delinquencies fell to just 0.79 per cent. 

In fact, there were solid results in every state and territory in the month, reflecting improved labour market conditions.

More detail from Scutty at Business Insider here


What if base-10 arithmetic had been discovered earlier? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 We take our arithmetic for granted, but it was never trivial.  It obviously circulated among scholars only from India through to Europe when i presume it got picked up by Italian bankers in the Renaissance in the fourteenth century.

Without the arithmetic, the zero is not too obvious an improvement and was easily dispensed with.  If not easily, it was still possible to get by.  Worse, calculation is something that once learned becomes conservative.  For example, no one studies Mayan calculation and it is much easier.

The usefulness of our arithmetic in preparing the mathematical mind itself is also not easily understood. It is just there allowing easy leaps forward.

In practical terms, arithmetic using the zero was a European cultural discovery and made the nascent art of science work to say nothing of double entry book keeping which delights in the application of zero..

What if base-10 arithmetic had been discovered earlier?




Exodus Integrates Bitcoin Cash Into Their Multi-Asset Wallet "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Exodus, a multi-asset wallet platform, just integrated Bitcoin Cash functionality. This makes a total of 16 digital assets a user can store on the Exodus wallet. The company press release said Bitcoin Cash along with ethereum classic were added after extensive testing. 

Also read: Australian Bitcoin Adoption Increases Following Regulatory Amendments

The site said, In our latest update, Exodus welcomes Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Ethereum Classic (ETC) to our family of assets. Thanks to our extensive testing community, both assets made it through our beta program and are now released for official Exodus support!

Why Bitcoin Cash now? reached out to co-founder of Exodus, JP Richardson, and asked about the implementation of Bitcoin Cash.

Richardson said, Consistently being in the top-10 for 24-hr volume made it impossible to ignore Bitcoin Cash.

This implies the move was primarily made as a res...


Modern dining, amazing venue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

With the festive season fast approaching, Oakdene is the perfect venue to hold corporate and Christmas events.
Set on rustic coastal farmland, Oakdene is the ideal location, situated only 20 minutes from Geelong.
The beautiful private indoor and outdoor spaces can accommodate smaller intimate groups as well as larger group bookings. To complement the gorgeous surroundings, executive chef Marty Chichester and his team have created a special three-course menu showcasing the best local and seasonal produce for both the contemporary dining restaurant Marty @ Oakdene and the casual cafe Mr Grubb @ Oakdene.
Its these features, along with the award-winning wine and excellent customer service, that makes Oakdene the perfect venue.
Marty @ Oakdenes philosophy is focusing on simple, sometimes sophisticated, modern food, inspired by the seasons, using traditional techniques by utilising and showcasing exceptional local and regional produce.
In December the restaurant will be offering a fantastic three-course menu for $59 per person (for groups of eight or more), featuring dishes such as chargrilled black Angus tenderloin with local asparagus, feta and apricot roasted wood mushroom, or crispy salmon fillet.
The contemporary restaurant also offers fantastic dinners at reasonable prices. Whether you are looking for a great affordable dining experience or for an excuse not to cook, Oakdene has something for everyone.

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Good feed goes better with friends "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The cafe Mr Grubb, offers more casual, cheaper dining with an exciting three-course menu for $39 per person (for groups of 10 or more) in December.
Try the black Angus chargrilled porterhouse steak with the famous beer battered chips and salad, or the pumpkin, mozzarella, feta, spinach and pea pizza drizzled with yoghurt, mint and sumac.
Mr Grubb is also offering a group nibbles menu between 2.30pm and 5pm when you can enjoy a quick catch up with friends over the Christmas period.
For all event inquiries, contact the events manager on 5255 1255 or email

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7 peaks ride "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its October, so its officially road riding season. While there are endless riding opportunities across the entire Australian Alps, the iconic series of rides in Victoria is called the 7 Peaks Ride.  Its designed as an at-your-own pace cycling challenge which runs from October to April.

The rides take you to the top of the seven Victorian Alpine Resorts, each one ranging from 6 to 40 kilometres in length.

The idea is that you register online and track each ride using the 7 Rides app. You can find out more and register here. Of course you can get out there and do the rides. Either way its epic, with a total distance of just over 450 kilometres.


Tucker on Vegas Mysteries, 1844 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF Good morning, Im still reporting on: Tucker on Vegas Mysteries, 1844 Synopsis: Dont hold out hopes that there will be any real investigation, or any turnaround in the current investigation. The Las Vegas mafia has this mass assassination of Trump supporters locked down and put to bed unless Congress mounts a real investigation. Tammy Bruce, an excellent reporter herself, and Tucker summarize the many things we dont know and likely will never know. [insert]b Interesting, I wonder how they are then going to explain it if the guy just never turns up at all? [insert] Tucker, we dont care what his motive was. That is THE most irrelevant question of them all. There are still HUGE questions if he was even alive when the shooting started. Lets figure that out first. Were there explosive traces on his body and clothing consistent with the firing of those weapons? Thats #1 Question #2, where is the security camera footage. The Mandalay Bay is loaded with cameras. Having the casino try to argue that they cant hand those over to law enforcement because they will be inevitably involved in lawsuits doesnt cut it! The public has a right to know what happened and let the chips fall where they may on the Mandalay Bay. [insert] Conspiracy theories??? At this point, even the wildest conspiracy theory is an order of magnitude more plausible than the last the 3rd revised timeline offered by the FBI through the NVPD. Quit trying to immunize yourself from the establishment who all too frequently uses the term conspiracy theory to silence anyone who would question the states answers which are obviously attempting to obscure the truth, not expose it. [insert] Yes, the shooter shot at him with a gun that fires about 11 rounds per second, and only hits him once and then so insignificantly that he hangs around for how long to assist the cops? Then, doesnt go to the Urgent Care for days, is it? Or does he go at all? No one has found the Urgent Care he supposedly went to? Oh, but thats another conspiracy theory, eh? Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Water Smacker - Makes your water less acidic by ionization. - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://pl........


Balgownie assault "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

wp-image-1561516819POLICE are seeking public assistance following a crash at Balgownie today.
Just before 8am police and emergency services responded to reports of a two-car crash at Hunter and Napier Streets.

Officers were told a man driving a reported stolen Ford utility allegedly assaulted a 55-year-old woman driving the other vehicle after the crash.

The woman suffered facial injuries and was taken to Wollongong Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The man left the scene prior to police arriving after allegedly stealing another vehicle taken from a witness at the scene.

Investigating police are now seeking assistance to locate James Uhr, 27, who is wanted on warrants. He may be driving a stolen white 2003 Hyundai Elantra sedan with NSW registration AKB38X.

Police are urging the public not to approach James Uhr or the vehicle, but to contact triple zero (000) if sighted.


VicRoads CEO John Merritt quits - Conspiracy 'theory' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

So, the mainstream media reported that John Merritt, CEO of VicRoads has quit.

Who in their right mind would quit a 'money for mates' job, right ??? !!! ???

We have seen documentation alleging criminal actions by the CEO Mr. John Merritt, which also includes privacy breaches, and claims of a lawsuit against him and the business he works at.

VicRoads has (and still is) committed actions against motorists which carry a criminal conviction and financial penalty, but it's up to you the 'victim' to call the crime AND support it according to the given laws.



New lease of life for Souths "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Davies Park, home of Souths Leagues Club, has always been a meeting point and host to a range of events for the people of Brisbane since the 1920s. Today, with the Venue revamp, the area is the perfect location for so many more community events.  As part of a major renovation and plan to become a destination venue, []

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Nonlinear Complexity Too Much for Most People to Comprehend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUESTION: Dear Mr. Martin Armstrong.

Good day to you Martin. I know you are a very busy man, but I still like to send you emails time to time, hoping that you may read my email and respond to me. In regards to your recent post about the theory of Non-linear intervention, I was quietly amazed at the fact that I recently had the same idea as yours.

In my math class, my teacher taught us a different way to solve quadratic equations, and it was completely done by original algebra rules, not with the formulas we used to be given in high school. My math teacher said that most teachers do not use this method other than using special case formulas because its non-linear solution and that messes up peoples brain.

Also in my Economics class, we are learning about the basics of supply and demand and here we again use the straight linear method, such as ceteris paribus. I was sincerely curious to know if that is true for everything we do.

You have shown me a clear path in every aspect of this world. But I have a question about the Euro, I too have lost so much money by just looking at the fundamentals and execute trades and now I have learned that the fundamentals do not matter the most to move the market unless its very significant incident. (is that correct?) For instance, the Euro rallied whenever there was a chance to go up, and as a person who was only looking at the fundamental side, it was very odd and frustrating for me to watch it go up, but on the other hand, the technical communities were chanting a song that EUR/USD will spike to 1.2000 and so it did. I am still a fool who cannot read the market.

Mr. Martin, can you tell me where you first looked to find answers from the market? Did you study the technical first or the history? Do you think the current Catalonian independence is a contagious incident for Europe?

I thank you for teaching us great deals all the time. It is such a headache for me to collide real knowledge from you and inexperienced knowledge from school lectures, but I live my days with such joys to tell all these stories to my parents.

Best regards.




More Artists Added to the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival This week the Port Fairy Folk Festival has added even more artists to its ever expanding lineup. The latest announcement is headed up by Australian big band Melbourne Ska Orchestra and Scottish sensation Breabach. They are joined by Ssta, SugaTree and Fiona Kershaw. The Port Fairy Folk Festival []


Condemning Sexual Violence: Whose Job Is It? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We really want Muslims to condemn terrorism. Really though. We unfairly expect the Muslim community to speak out against each incidence of violence these days. Google Muslims condemn terrorism and watch the headlines pile up.

In November 2016, 19-year-old American student Heraa Hashmi went so far as to create a 712-page database of cases where Muslims have condemned wrongdoings. Her original tweet inspired her website,

Discriminatory and illogical though this blanket blaming is, can you imagine if we applied it to the male population with regards to sexual violence? Really though.

My girlfriends and I very often discuss consent, sexism and sexual violence, among other gender-related topics. Were always learning; our understanding of self, identity and feminism grows. We share links and books. We nod solemnly and punch the air encouragingly where due.

But lately, weve noticed an absence of male counterparts in such activity.

Perhaps  and Ill speak independently here  Im not seeking enough male perspective on why boys and men laud dominance, act aggressively and downplay sexual consent.

Less optimistically, perhaps the average Australian male isnt interested in educating himself about womens issues. Sexual assault, coercion into sex and domestic violence are, after all, not Joe Bloggs problem.

Or maybe, sadly, the sexual violence dialogue features more women because men are conditioned to view sexual violence and gender-related assault as non-urgent at best, non-existent at worst.

Now, with the blame-Muslims issue in mind, can you imagine asking men to publically condemn every incidence of sexual violence as a collective?

The worlds male population dwarfs that of 1.8 billion Muslims. Sexual violence affects far more people worldwide than terrorism. That we push Muslims to condemn terrorism without demanding more male participation in the reduction of sexual violence astounds me.

In Australia, on average one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner; one in five women......


What You Need to Know About the Nazis Coming to Gainesville "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The post What You Need to Know About the Nazis Coming to Gainesville appeared first on It's Going Down.

On Thursday, October 19th, neo-Nazi leader Richard Spencer, one of the main organizers of the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12th, will speak at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Along side Richard Spencer will also be two other white supremacists, Mike Enoch Peinovich of The Right Stuff podcast network, and Eli Mosley, leader of the group Identity Evropa.

Several neo-Nazi groups that attended Unite the Right have also recently been tapped to provide the security, and the university is allowing Spencer to give them free reign. While the university is not sponsoring Richard Spencers event, they are paying upwards of half a million dollars in order to provide him extra security, allowing Spencer to control who gets tickets in order to keep out potential protesters, and also are strictly regulating (and shutting down entire sections of) both the campus as well as items that people can have on their person. Furthermore, a state of emergency has been declared, which will make it easier for police from across the region to come to the campus and help facilitate a large neo-Nazi event.

At a time when poor and working-class communities across Florida are still rebuilding from hurricane Irma, one has to ask: how can the State and the university go to such lengths to facilitate an event by known neo-Nazis? Why are they marshaling so much money and resources to stop possible resistance to fascists and racists but couldnt help people in the middle of a disaster? The answer is clear: the State is not neutral. The State is more concerned about putting down resistance from below than with the violence that grows out of the Alt-Right, neo-Nazi, and white nationalist groups that has risen up under the Trump administration. In short, the government is more concerned with people fighting white supremacy than it is with white supremacy, just as it was more focused on protecting private property during the hurricane than in saving the lives of everyday people.

Richard Spencer, his neo-Nazi followers, and his legal team which threatened to sue the University of Florida (which put up no fight) in order to gain access to the campu...


Ten chosen to carry Queens Baton through Warragul "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Queen's Baton Relay is similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, only with fewer countries and less fire.


Outside the Window, the Beat Within "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

About the festive pulse of a city, and unspoken celebrations of the heart.

Capturing the city. Credit: Edward John Pritchard/Flickr CC 2.0

Capturing the city. Credit: Edward John Pritchard/Flickr CC 2.0

Note: This piece was originally published on October 30, 2016.

Lata is late again.  I scramble around in panic, throwing towels over books, dragging buckets and pans under ever-multiplying leaks in the ceiling. Rain hammers down with the roar of ten thousand drums.  Where could she be?  I cant be late for this meeting Plus its visarjan.  Traffic mayhem.  I shut my laptop down and cram it into my bag.

Lata breezes in fragrantly, three bedraggled champas in hand.  Like her, theyre soaked and a little muddy.  To my horror, she puts them in her hair.
Where did you find those?  I bark out in shock.

On the street, where else?  Latas answers are always questions.

Sundari, they are dirty, I plead, using my nickname for her.

Why?  The rain gave them a proper dholai, no?  Lata giggles.  Yes its muddy, but its lovely outsi...


Dangerous welfare reforms must be rejected by the Senate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Federal Governments Welfare Reform Bill contains stigmatising and needlessly punishing measures, whilst giving too much power over the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities to an unelected bureaucrat.

The Bill, due to be debated in the Senate today, includes measures such as mandatory drug testing and income management trials, stricter rules around drug and alcohol dependence and a harsher penalty framework.

Adrianne Walters, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the measures should be opposed because they would unjustly punish vulnerable people and undermine the efforts of health experts to address drug and alcohol dependence as the serious medical conditions that they are.

"The Government has not pointed to any evidence that these measures will help people recover from drug or alcohol addiction or get them into work. Rather, they will aggravate economic disadvantage, and harmful stereotypes about people who turn to Australias social safety net in times of need," said Ms Walters.

People in remote communities covered by the Federal Governments racially discriminatory work-for-the-dole program, the 'Community Development Program', would be affected by some measures in the Bill and exempt from others. Around 83 per cent of people subjected to the program are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

"Some measures in the Bill would make life much harder for people in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities struggling everyday under the Governments oppressive remote work-for-the-dole program a program that requires them to work more hours than non-remote jobseekers, without any extra pay, and for pay well below the national minimum wage," said Ms Walters.

The Bill would exempt people covered by the Community Development Program from two of the reforms. However, this would come at the cost of giving the Secretary of a Department excessively broad powers to modify how basic laws about social security apply to people in remote communities into the future, with minimal Parliamentary scrutiny.

"Extraordinarily broad law-making power would move from the Parliament to an unelected bureaucrat. This sets a dangerous precedent, as a power that could be used to lessen basic entitlements and protections for certain classes of people, such as those in remote communities, with little Parliamentary scrutiny," said Ms Walters.

"The Senate has a responsibility to reject such a broad law-making power being transferred from Parliament to an unelected government official, as well as stopping other dangerous measures in the Bill that cruelly target people experiencing drug and alcohol dependence," said Ms Walters.



Australian spy agency says it is facing unprecedented espionage threat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The primary intelligence agency of Australia says its resources are overextended as the country faces espionage and foreign interference [of an] unprecedented scale.


Discovering Yaoi: Japans Porn Without Women "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Walking around the neon-saturated streets of Akihabara, Tokyos Electric Town, it doesnt take you long to accidentally walk into a Hentai shop (anime porn). Innocent me was just searching for a cheap place to buy comics when suddenly, a sign appeared overhead. I read the hiragana script aloud: Ma-n-ga. Japanese comics! Smiling, I dragged my friends inside.

Well, the sign wasnt wrong. There was plenty of manga inside; I was just unprepared for the assault of arse and tits donning the walls. Surrounded by voluptuous women that could only exist in the world of the male fantasy, we gave an awkward nod to the shop owner, who graciously greeted us at the door. After less than 10 minutes of seeing women in every position imaginable, we u-turned, hurrying out the door.

Who buys that stuff? was the question on all our minds. 40-year-old, sexually frustrated virgins, we figured, scrounging off their ageing parents. Considering the apparent age of the pre-pubescent girls, probably also paedophiles.

A week later, I was once again walking the streets of Tokyos Ikebukuro, stomach full of ramen, heading towards a huge anime store a few blocks away. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted two schoolgirls decked out in their adorable red-bow uniforms. They were giggling behind their hands as they disappeared down a set of spiral steps into the bowels of an unknown shop. Like Alice, I followed down the rabbit hole, finding a translucent door illuminated inside by white LED lights.

It wasnt obvious at first, but after a minute of gazing around the store aisles, I realised I was once again surrounded by porn. I would have felt a surge of dj vu if it wasnt for one strange difference. There were no women in this porn. It was all lovely, big-eyed muscular men; the anatomically incorrect erections were the same though. All the women were outside the comics, meandering through the shoulder-wide aisles. The schoolgirls were animatedly discussing a new issue shaking in their hands, whilst a middle-aged woman inspected the front cover of a raunchy magazine and, with a nod of approval, placed the comic in her shopping bag. You could have seen the same scene in a supermarket.

Was I in an alternate universe? Su...


Stop Testing Drivers for Minute Traces of Cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Most Australian states and territories currently carry out mobile drug testing (MDT) operations that only test for three illicit substances: amphetamines, MDMA and cannabis. In Tasmania and the Northern Territory, police test for longer lists of illegal drugs. In NSW, authorities have recently announced trial testing for cocaine will begin later this

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Miscalculation of overpayments "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Period debt occurred: 
August 2014 to September 2014
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes but I lost
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Had been told by Centrelink that I had a debt of 1400 approx from back in 2014.
I was told that I had been contacted numerous times throughout this period even though I had not once received a letter or phone call from them until September this year (3 years later) even though my contact details had not changed my entire life.

How do you feel about the way the Government ha...


Nixons Children "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Originally posted at TomDispatch. It took 14 years, but now we have an answer. It was March 2003, the invasion of Iraq was underway, and Major General David Petraeus was in command of the 101st Airborne Division heading for the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.  Rick Atkinson, Washington Post journalist and military historian, was accompanying him.  Six Continue reading "Nixons Children"

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Stallholder Profile for Jo's Plants on Queen

Your name: Jo Baker 
Your business name: Jo's plants on Queen
Facebook/website name and link: Jo's plants on Queen, 
The suburb/town you live in now: Maryborough
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: terrariums and beautiful healthy plants housed in unique glass homes.

What inspired you to start your business?: this is a hobby I started to quieten my achieve mind. 
How long have you been creating?: 18 months
Is it a full time/part time hobby or business?: this is a hobby only



Stallholder Profile for Hanson Mineral Photos 

  • Your name: Di Hanson

  • The suburb/town you live in now: My home is in Mt Lofty (Toowoomba), but until I can really get my business established, I am continuing to work at my 'other job' in Brisbane.

  • What is it that you make and what skills do you use? I make cust...


Any of you guys have a scooter/moped?? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Just got given one, would love to go for a ride with someone.

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New FB page- a place to discuss criminology & open data "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You may have noticed I missed my recent weekend deadline for a blog post. Over the weekend was deeply embroiled in working out how to chart and visualise victim data provided by QPS for my open data project.

This project has swiftly become quite intriguing for what it is teaching me about what crime rates can and can not explain. Understanding this is important because crime rates are the focus of a lot of social policy not the least of which is the introduction of mandatory blanket income quarantining. But the project is fascinating for many other reasons as well, as it provides the public with direct access to historical crime, victim & offender data (the latter still to come) so people can do their own investigating rather than rely on the annual reports from QPS.

I have received calls to increase the scope to other jurisdictions, which of course I would like to do as time and data availability permits. There is quite a list of crime related open datasets available however each jurisdiction records and reports this data according to their own laws and practices, covers different time periods and differing administrative boundaries. My first step toward adding other jurisdictions will simply be to evaluate the scope and limits of available data.

I expect the project to morph and change in response to working in new data and functionality and I have set up a Facebook page to allow people to share with me (and others) the kinds of questions they want open crime data to answer. I expect Ill end up creating a report to feed back to government (possibly through the OGPNAu which I may re-join or else just informally share my work) on the scope, limitations and potential of open crime data.

I hope the page will serve as a forum for people to share information, ideas, feature requests, techniques, bugs etc, but also provide a space to initiate discussions about how the media deals with crime and victim r...


BALL PARK MUSIC SAT 24 FEB (U18S) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fresh from the release of their new single Exactly How You Are, Ball Park Music have announced headline dates in capital cities around Australia.

Exactly How You Are comes just 13 months after the release of their critically acclaimed (ARIA #3) album Every Night The Same Dream. The euphoric track was added immediately to triple j rotation where it has remained one of the most played tracks on the station.

On the song, Sam has said the inspiration came from two friends, one of whom had started a new relationship. One said, hows your relationship?. The other replied, Its nice to be with someone who likes me exactly how I am and it just really struck a chord with me.

Since the release of their debut album Happiness and Surrounding Suburbs, Ball Park Music has continued to deliver highly acclaimed records (Museum, Puddinghead and Every Night The Same Dream) and time and time again prove themselves as the live powerhouse that everyone loves to sing along to.

Video to Exactly How You Are


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ALBUM REVIEW: Bonnie Prince Billy Best Troubador "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A life-long Merle Haggard fan, Will Oldham has apparently long considered recording an album of Haggard songs and in the wake of his death last April hes done just that. He hasnt gone straight for the hits though, hes hen-picked from 44 years of recorded songs, choosing personal favourites in honour of the great songwriter. Continue reading

Simply Punishing Violent Criminals Does Not Reduce Reoffending "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Research into violent offenders suggests they are less deterred by punishment than others, and that a strictly punitive approach to punishment does nothing to reduce their likelihood of reoffending. MRI scans Researchers from Canada and the UK scanned the brains of 32 violent offenders, finding they have abnormalities in

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The Flintlock Muzzle-Loader Versus the Modern Breach-Loader for long term wilderness living. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Flintlock Muzzle-Loader Versus the Modern Breach-Loader for long term wilderness living.

The advantages of the breach-loader.

1) The breach-loader is easy to load, & repeaters are fast to reload.
2) Some rifles are accurate over a long distance.
3) The shotgun is fairly versatile but a short distance gun only.
4) The .22 rimfire rifle ammunition is light in comparison to larger calibers so you can carry a reasonable amount of ammo.
The disadvantages of the breach-loader.


British productivity slump all down to George Osbornes austerity obsession "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Apparently, whenever some poor economic news is published about the United Kingdom, journalists have to weave in their on-going gripe about the outpouring of democracy in June last year that saw the Brexit vote to leave successful. Its hysterical really. The most recent example is from the otherwise sensible Aditya Chakrabortty from the UK Guardian (October 17, 2017) Whos to blame for Brexits fantasy politics? The experts, of course. The story has nothing much to do with the June 2016 Referendum but more about massive forecasting failures of the Office of Budget Responsibility. But somehow the story opines about the lies told about Brexit and a fiscal bloodbath the latter being the description for the fact that the fiscal deficit is likely to increase a little as a result of a slower than expected economic growth outcome. The UK Guardian continually writes about these two obsessions the first that Brexit will be a disaster and the second that the fiscal position of the British government is in jeopardy and will undermine the capacity of the government to defend the economy if a major downturn comes along (as a result of the Brexit disaster). The narratives are interlinked Brexit is bad, it will cause deficits to rise which are bad, and the government will be powerless as a result of the rising deficits to stop the bad consequences of Brexit which is a big bad. All propositions are largely nonsense. Brexit will be bad if the British government continues to implement neoliberal policy. Rising deficits do not alter the spending capacity of government. And as a currency-issuing government, Britain can always arrest a recession, if there is political will. The fact is that the OBR forecast errors are just part of the neoliberal lie. And the productivity growth slump the OBR has now discovered predates the Brexit referendum by years and is all down to the misplaced austerity imposed by George Osborne in June 2010. But it is disappointing to read this sort of stuff being repeated by so-called progressive commentator. There is clearly more work to be done via education.

The UK Guardian article (October 17, 2017) Whos to blame for Brexits fantasy politics? The experts, of course Aditya Chakrabortty focuses on the latest Forecast evaluation report October 2017 (FER) issued last week (October 10, 2017) by the British Office of Budget Responsibility.

This is an annual report, published each autumn, examines...


Shakespeares Women "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

During the course of September/October 2017, Sylvias special guest was Dr Anna Kamaralli over 6 episodes entitles Shakespeares Women. Listen to them below:

Episode 1: Shakespeares World

Episode 2: Ingenues and Witty Wenches

Episode 3:  Queens

Episode 4: The Lower Classes

Episode 5: Shrews

Episode 6: Magical Daughters

Dr Anna Kamaralli

Dr Anna Kamaralli

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The Illawarra Folk Festival Announces 2018 Lineup "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Illawarra Folk Festival Our favourite mid-sized folk festival, the Illawarra Folk Festival dropped its massive 2018 lineup this week and as usual were very very impressed The Illawarra Folk Festival always manages to pull out the big guns and the best up and comers and 2018 is no different. The lineup this []


The Neoliberal Juggernaut Is Grinding To A Halt Maybe "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Naked capitalism has had its day. Or has it? Dr Richard Hil explores a history of greed and wealth creation for the one per cent.

Ive spent quite a bit of time lately reading books and articles about the spread of neoliberal ideology across the globe. Ive been particularly interested in two central questions. How on earth did this simplistic, dehumanizing, market obsessed, greed-is-good worldview gain such ascendency? And, which organisations, individuals, groups and institutions were behind this?

Like most stories of hegemonic dominance, there is no single plot or author. Some attribute the origins of neoliberalism to economic stagnation and the supposed over-regulation of social democratic economies in the post-war era. Others point to the constraints imposed by Keynesianism, socialism, statism and other renditions of the command economy. Still others allude to the union movement, often recalling the 1978-9 British winter of discontent, under the then Labour government of James Callaghan, as evidence of the apparent failings of a union dominated administration and, by extension, the need for industrial reform.


Masters of the universe

Many of these explanatory accounts have been underpinned by a particular view of labour-capital relations in a market driven economy. For conservatives, organised labour is considered an obstacle to the entrepreneurial spirit and therefore an anathema to productivity, competitiveness and economic growth.

This view was peddled assiduously by former British Prime Minister, Iron lady Margaret Thatcher, who memorably referred to the National Union of Miners as the enemy within, a view which, for her and others, included the entire union movement.

Such opposition to organised labour was inspired in part by a tendency to mythologise a golden age of laissez faire capitalism. That paragon of the Scottish enlightenment, Adam Smith, has been frequently cited as providing the ultimate intellectual justification for the free market, even though as Noam Chomsky points out he warned of the dangers of an unregulated economy presided over by the masters of the universe.

Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.Former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

Like most grand theorists, Smith was a person of many contradictions, advising governments to get their noses out of private business let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs while also reminding us that All for ourselves and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the master...


WATCH: Katy Perry Helps Lesbian Couple Get Engaged At Her Concert "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Katy Perry helped one of her fans propose to her girlfriend at a recent concert. At the concert in New York City last Wednesday which was National Coming Out Day in the US the singer invited the couple, Katie and Becky, on stage to make a wish underneath a shooting star above the ...

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Over 2,000 poppies a fashionable fit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Over 2,000 poppies a fashionable fit

RAISING AWARENESS Local resident, Allison Elder is donning a specially made poppy dress to help raise awareness for the Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal. Photo: David Lee.

LOCAL resident, Allison Elder is honoured to be able to help raise awareness for the Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal, but what is unique is the way she is doing it. She is donning a dress made of over 2,000 poppies

The dress was made by a-list designer, Helen Manuell of Manuell & Moore, who generously donated over 100 hours of her time and all materials, aside from the actual poppies.

Allisons involvement in the appeal stems back through generations, with a number of relatives having served, her mum, Fiona, currently working at the Shepparton RSL and Allison herself being a RSL youth volunteer and speaker at Remembrance Day commemorations.

Allison said, Im proud to do this. Its good to be able to represent my family in such a unique way.

Its all for a good cause and I am proud to be able to help raise awareness for the importance of the Poppy Appeal.

Many of the older generation are aware of the importance of the appeal, and Im hoping that this unique way of raising awareness will reach out to the younger generations and get them involved.

From mid October, thousands of Poppy Appeal volunteers around the state will be selling the much loved, iconic red poppy to raise funds for current and former service men and women in need.

RSL Victoria appeals manager, Peter Smith said, The Poppy Appeal is a cause that resonates with all Australians.

Not only does buying and wearing a poppy show respect for our countrys fallen heroes, it reminds us all that we need to focus on the next generation of men and women who have served Australia, and who may need help finding their feet following their career in the ADF, Peter said.

Shepparton RSL Sub-Branch president, Bob Wilkie acknowledged the phenomenal commitment shown by the members and volunteers who time and time again, make the Poppy Appeal such a success.

Year in, year out, our community rallies together to support the Poppy Appeal in the lead up to Remembrance Day. I would like to thank the local community who support our Sub-Branch and wear their poppy in November, Bob said.

You can do....


Re-enacting The Charge of Beersheba "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Re-enacting The Charge of Beersheba

RELIVING HISTORY A special re-enactment to mark the centenary of The Charge of the Light Horse at Beersheba will happen in Strathmerton at the end of this month. Photo: Supplied.

STRATHMERTON is set to come alive with a re-enactment of the past, when the township celebrates the centenary of The Charge of the Light Horse at Beersheba at the end of this month.

The special re-enactment will be in honour of Lieutenant Colonel Murray Bourchier from Strathmerton, who on October 31, 1917 led the 4th regiment in the four-mile charge against Ottoman and German positions at the Battle of Beersheba and captured 15 of the 17 wells intact and took over 700 prisoners.

Well known horseman, Wayne Hinchliffe will lead the re-enactment of the charge, complete with uniforms and weapons on October 28 from 3pm to 6pm.

There will also be traditional music, stories and poems from the era as the town of Strathmerton and war history buffs come together to celebrate this centenary and remember the brave soldiers and horses, and heroic achievements of Lieutenant Colonel Murray Bourchier.

Golden guitar winner, Travis Sinclair will perform his own and Ted Egans compositions telling the story of the Great War. The Numurkah Brass Band will also play music from this era

Cost of tickets is $30 per adult, $5 per child. To purchase a ticket, visit


Minister visits to discuss energy crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Minister visits to discuss energy crisis

ENERGY CRISIS IMPACT From left, Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell and Shadow Minister for Energy, David Southwick speaking with Gouge Linen & Garment Services directors, Phil and Rob Priestly about how the current energy crisis is impacting their business. Photo: David Lee.

AUSTRALIAS energy crisis is having quite an impact on local business and is being seen as a significant issue that needs to be addressed, and with the Coalition Government recently releasing its onshore gas policy, Shadow Minister for Energy, David Southwick took some time out to visit the region last week, meeting with Gouge Linen & Garment Services to talk about how the new legislation could be of benefit.

The policy aims to help put the brakes on soaring gas prices that are currently hurting Victorian households and businesses, by providing cheaper gas and creating more jobs while protecting the environment and farmland.

The policy keeps Victorias fracking ban while securing the gas resources needed by creating a new royalty sharing scheme that will allow local landowners to benefit from gas produced from beneath their land. Landowners will receive a 10 percent share of the royalty paid to government of the net post-wellhead sales value of recovered gas.

The rights of landowners will be protected with a right of veto over conventional gas exploration and production on their land.

Gouge Linen & Garment Services processes 230,000kg a week, 25 million pieces a year, which comes to a cost of $57,000 to $58,000 a month on gas alone at the Mooroopna plant.

Gouge Linen & Garment Services director, Rob Priestly said, This is a pretty significant issue.

We have seen a very substantial increase in our energy costs and to some extent thats going to have an impact on our customers as well. Our electricity prices have increased by about $100,000 a year and our gas is up by $200,000 a year.

The greater and more concerning impact is on much larger users such as the food processors in our region. Their ability to be able to pass cost increases on to the export market is zero, so youre really talking about industries that are already significantly suffering from compressed margins and having hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of dollars increase in their energy bills.



Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



THE BUNBARTHA TENNIS CLUB IS CELEBRATING 100 YEARS and the club will be holding a special meeting to form a committee to plan for its 100th year celebration on Thursday, October 19 at 7:30pm at the Bunbartha Community Centre. Past players and community members are welcome. For further information, contact Trish Moss on 0427 298 288.


SHEPPARTON LEGACY WIDOWS CLUB is holding a coffee afternoon on

Friday, October 20 at Legacy House, 20 Edward Street, Shepparton, commencing at 2pm. Entry is $5 which includes afternoon tea. Trading table, lucky door prizes and raffles. Everyone most welcome.


JUST DINNER will run on Saturday, October 21. A social evening for singles and couples aged 45 to 70. All are most welcome to come along, meet others and enjoy dinner. Phone Val on 0427 217 018 for venue details and time.


THE DOOKIE MILITARY VEHICLE RALLY will run on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 from 10am to 5pm on Main Street, Dookie. Jeep rides, vintage Landrover displays, cannon firing, military tents and equipment and on-site camping and campfire. All ehibitors welcome. Contact Military History Group Inc. on 0416 067 220, Dookie Military Vehicle Rally site co-ordinator, Sol on 0427 538 667 or visit Military History Group Inc. on Facebook.


NORTHEAST HEALTH WANGARATTA is holding a Sable Park Open Garden event on Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 from 10am to 4pm. The garden on show is Les Bolithos Sable Park, 185 Linder Road, Wangaratta. $5 entry per person. Over 750 roses and a beautiful iris display in the garden. All money raised will go to Northeast Wangarattas Oncology Department. For further details, phone Nadia on (03)5722 5069.


KATANDRA WEST C.W.A.S BLUMES FASHION DAY will run on Monday, October 30 from 10:30am at Katandra West Bowls Club. Morning tea is $3 and a light luncheon for $7 will be provided.For further information, phone Joan Barker on 5828 3424.




THE LEUKAEMIA FOUNDATION Hume office provides information, assistance and support for people living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, MDS and MPN. Contact Lani Shiels, support services coordinator on 5821 0033. For volunteering or fundraising opportunities with the foundation, please ask for Kristin Paton on 0481 009 754.


ORCHARD DAY CLUB meets on second and fourth Thursday of each month,

10:30am to 2:30p...


Greens Call For Transgender Guidelines In Sport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Greens have criticised the AFL for waiting months to rule out transgender player Hannah Mounceys nomination for the Womens League draft. Mouncey, who began her gender transition in 2015, had been waiting since June to hear before the AFL made the announcement on Tuesday, less than 24 hours before the draft. The AFL said ...

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New chamber president "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New chamber president

NEWLY ELECTED From left, Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Carl Hainsworth and vice president, Andrew Metcalf were elected to the roles at a recent Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry board meeting. Photo: David Lee.

AFTER over 12 months in the role of acting president for the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Carl Hainsworth was officially elected president of the chamber and 95.3 Triple Mretail sales manager, Andrew Metcalf named vice president during a recent board meeting.

With over 40 years of experience in the business sector and three years on the chamber board, Carl Hainsworth said that officially being elected president was an honour.

This role is something I have been wanting to take on. I believe there is some unfinished business to take care of from being acting president over the past 12 months, Carl said.

I would like to instigate through the chamber a few more programs aimed at youths that connect them with local business, which will help to show them the potentials available here in Shepparton.

Andrew Metcalf brings much experience to the role, having been in business in retail for 10 years, opened his own radio station and has over 30 years experience in radio and the media. He was also involved in the chamber of commerce in Broome and says he is looking forward to being involved in helping see business in Shepparton continue to thrive.

I deal with business to business every day and being part of the chamber will give me more insight into the local business sector, Andrew said.

I am looking forward to helping grow and build business in Shepparton.


Sheppartons own ninja "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sheppartons own ninja

EMMAS NINJA DEBUT Local resident, Emma OKeeffe has been selected out of 80,000 Australians to be a contestant in season two of the hit television show, Australian Ninja Warrior. Photo: David Lee.

Local gets set to take on the insurmountable Mt Midoriyama

THE OBSTACLE course as part of the new hit television show, Australia Ninja Warrior wont be too much of a challenge for local resident, Emma OKeeffe when she takes on the course, after having been selected as a contestant out of 80,000 who auditioned to be part of season two.

With filming set to begin in eight weeks, Emma will attempt to conquer all obstacles, take on The Wall and become the first Australian to climb insurmountable Mt Midoriyama and be crowned Australias first Ninja Warrior.

It was after watching the first season that aired this year that drove Emma to apply for the second season, and three weeks ago she was called to Melbourne to carry out a physical test and interview, and a week ago, she received notification that she had been successful and was selected to appear on the show.

Emma said, I think it was the fact that I stood out when carrying out the physical test. There were five stages as part of the test and each went for five minutes. Half way through, we were given the option to step it up a notch and I decided to do that.

The first stage was to plank without moving, and half way through I did it with one arm and one leg out. The second stage was to do a pull up and push up continuously for five minutes and when it was time to ramp it up, I did one arm push ups. Then we had to do a dead hang for five minutes and at the half way mark I decided to hang off one arm. I was actually the female who held it for the longest time across the country. Then we had to do five sprints and five burpees continuously for five minutes and then we took on an obstacle that was similar to the first one you come across on the show that tests your jumping ability.

I really enjoyed the first season and knew that I had a lot of upper body strength and had a chance because of what I do with my sport aerobics.

This week I will be going to Melbourne to train at a gym that has all the obstacles from the show to help train before recording starts in December.

I think the biggest challenge I will fac...


Changing skyline as court progresses "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Changing skyline as court progresses


STAGE one of the five storey, 7,900m2 Shepparton Law Court Precinct is progressing well and when operational will play a significant role for the Shepparton region.

Comprising of six main courtrooms the courthouse will serve as a multi-jurisdictional court, with the flexibility to vary the use of rooms in order to meet the demands of high caseloads.

Installation of the feature tree design in the entry foyer is in progress, along with the redevelopment of the pre-existing 1930s courthouse, which is set to become a Specialist Family Court.

Court Services Victoria chief operating officer, Brian Stevenson said, The $73M Shepparton law courts will form a regional headquarters for the Hume/Goulburn region.

This project provides an important opportunity to design and build a court to represent the changing environment of the law system.

The development will enable the Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates Court, Childrens Court, Coroners Court and VCAT to hold sittings.

To ensure the new building meets the needs of these diverse services, we have worked in close partnership with all key parties ensuring the design detail and requirements, support court operations. We have also consulted with, and sought input from, the local legal community and a range of support service providers, Mr Stevenson said.


Pine Gap Six on Trial Again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Local peace activist Jim Dowling and five other protestors are set for trial in Alice Springs next month, charged with trespass at the Pine Gap military base. Jim and his co-accused are calling for financial support for proper legal defence and to cover the costs of subpoena-ing expert witnesses from around the world. Heres Jim []

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Win a colourful ride for a cause "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Win a colourful ride for a cause

WHAT A RIDE My Ride Shepparton co-owner, Jenny Morris and John Anderson Pharmacy owner, John Anderson with the pink Malvern Star bike and basket of cosmetics and skincare that are being raffled off to help raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Photo: David Lee.

A PINK Malvern Star bike valued at $400 and a basket filled with cosmetics and skincare to the value of $850 is up for grabs through a simple purchase of a raffle ticket at John Anderson Pharmacy, and its all for a good cause, with proceeds from the raffle going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The pink bike, courtesy of My Ride Shepparton, formally Don Ash Avanti Plus, was released last year as part of a breast cancer promotion run by Malvern Star and could be all yours.

John Anderson Pharmacy owner, John Anderson said, We have been running our breast cancer drive for some time now and it was one of our staff members, Antonella who came up with the idea to add the bike in as a prize on top of the basket of goodies.

The raffle is part of our annual drive to raise funds for the foundation, which we have run for four years now and on October 26 we will be running our cupcake day once again with funds also going towards the cause.

For the last two years alone we have raised $2,700 to go to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

My Ride Shepparton co-owners, Trevor and Jenny Morris said, Its a wonderful bike and its going to a fabulous cause so we were really pleased to get on board.

With Malvern Stars breast cancer promotion, Break The Cycle, last year producing these bikes, we thought it was only fitting that this bike should continue to go towards the cause it was designed for, which is great. Malvern Star are also running their special promotion for the cause again this year, where the bikes will retail at $100 less than normal.

Tickets are three for $5 or $2 each and can be purchased at John Anderson Pharmacy, Wyndham Street, Shepparton and the lucky winner will be drawn on October 31.


Make your own way "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Make your own way

MEET THE TEAM COVERING THE NORTH EAST Freedom Mobility Scooters business owners covering the North East of Victoria, Sue and Barry Fischer. Photo: Supplied.

AGEING is a sad truth of life, but made so much easier these days by technological advances of this century. Freedom and independence is made possible for longer, with a Freedom Mobility Scooter.

With over 18 years industry experience, Freedom Mobility Scooters, based in Ringwood Victoria, have now expanded its operation, to North East Victoria. Freedom Mobility Scooters North East, which is operated by Barry and Sue Fischer, will bring a level of service never seen in the region. We will have a range of scooters on display at Shepparton Marketplace, from October 23 to 29.

Barry said, Were very excited to be associated with Freedom Mobility Scooters and look forward to servicing the North East of Victoria and providing residents of Greater Shepparton, the opportunity to have a close up look at our Mobility Scooters.

We also have a great saving opportunity on offer with $200 off the price of any new Freedom Mobility Scooter purchased, between now and the end of October 2017.

Visit their website, or call Barry on 03 5798 9622 for more information.


Join the mining sector "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Join the mining sector

LIFE CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES EXIST FOR TRADES Maddison National Workforce in association with sister company All West Engineering are creating excellent work opportunities for qualified welders. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

THE Goulburn Valley is an industrious region with an abundance of trade-qualified engineers. Maddison National Work Force (MNWF) in association with sister company, All West Engineering (AWE), are offering incredible fly-in-fly-out employment opportunities for qualified boilermakers, metal fabricators and welders. Real, life changing opportunities exist for trade specialists with fantastic employment opportunities in the mining regions of Western Australia.

MNWF is a market leader in the provision of reliable and flexible, outsourced workforce and labour hire solutions, predominately from the east coast. Their medium and long term labour solutions provide clients with a scalable solution.

MNWF record for quality and seamless delivery is industry leading, as is their commitment to their team. MNWF invest in ongoing training and development to ensure our people remain highly motivated and at the forefront of industry best practice. To be part of the team youll need to have high standards of professionalism and a pro-active can do attitude.

Employment opportunities exist for fitter machinists, heavy diesel fitters, boilermakers, welders, electricians, crane drivers/riggers, auto electricians and HV electricians.

For more information, visit Maddison National Work Force at or All West Engineering at and send your resume through to


Heteronormativity, my dear Watson! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An undeniable joy in reading the Sherlock Holmes stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the sheer number of times that Watson ejaculates at Holmes, including the most perfect five-word erotic story ever written, found in the pages of The Resident Patient: My dear Holmes! I ejaculated.


Big numbers expected at spring fair "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thousands are expected to flock to St Peters Anglican Church in Ocean Grove next month for its annual fair.
Fair organiser Bob Fraser said there were a couple of thousand at the fair last year and that there was no reason the numbers couldnt be bigger in 2017.
The fair offers heaps of fun for the whole family.
Children are allowed unlimited time on the free jumping castle and can join in on the free painting and colouring activities. There will be the usual assortment of lucky dips, toy stall and balloons.
Adults can browse the plant stall and everything from flowers, cakes, preserves and jams, bric-a-brac, jewellery, jigsaws and book will be for sale.
Members of the Hearts and Crafts group have been busy creating items to sell and there will be plenty of options for those looking to get a head start on their Christmas shopping.
Bargains can be had at the trash and treasure with used clothing sure to be a big hit.
And of course, a fair wouldnt be a fair without food and drink. There will be a barbecue and scones.
A massive hamper will be raffled off.
The fair is on Saturday 11 November from 9am to 1pm at St Peters Anglican Church, on Draper Street, just behind Ocean Grove Park.

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No More Fake News Exclusive: Insider reveals how the opioid crime network operates! by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Opioid drugs: morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, naloxone, Percocet, etc.

October 17, 2017

PBS Frontline (2/23/2016): The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American historywith overdoses from heroin and other opioids now killing more than 27,000 people a year (Note: prescription opioids are now a very significant gateway-drug leading addicts into heroin.)

CBS News (8/1/2017): Nearly 92 million U.S. adults, or about 38 percent of the population, took a legitimately prescribed opioid like OxyContin or Percocet in 2015, according to results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

On the condition of anonymity, an insider with intimate knowledge of the opioid crime network spoke with me. He is not a participant or a criminal. He has spent years exposing the network.

My initial question to him was prompted by the current Washington Post series on collusion between members of Congress and the drug industry. The collusion has produced a new law that makes it much harder for the US DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) to shut down major opioid traffickers. (That law is the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, signed by President Obama on 4/9/16.)

My question was: how could a corrupt little pharmacy or medical clinic in a small town, in the middle of nowhere, sell, as reported, a MILLION opioid pills a year?

Here is the answer my source confirmed: a criminal doctor or doctors are writing 75-100 opioid prescriptions a day like clockwork; patients are flooding in from all over the country (many of them flying in once a month); they are sold the opioid prescriptions, and either fill them right there in the clinic, or take them to a friendly pharmacy.

These patients are actually dealers. They return home and sell the pills to addicts.

Where do the small clinics and pharmacies obtain the huge number of opioid pills? From distributors. These are legitimate companies. They may distribute all sorts of medicines. Its their...


Video: UGL picket reaches 100 days "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


UGL workers at Esso Gippsland have been on the picket line for over 100 days, waging a battle top protect their wages and working conditions. UGL is a contractor, engaged by Exxon/Mobil owned Esso to work at the Longford plant and oil rigs in Bass Straight. Members of the Australian Workers Union, Electrical Trades Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union are involved.


Video from The Australian Workers Union

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Young Aussies are heading to Earth's southernmost continent and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Six year five students from Perth have won a competition to name a new $1.9 billion icebreaker ship and will visit Antarctica next month under the Australian Antarctic Program. (Image source: Wikimedia)

Naming the ship Nuyina, it means southern lights in Palawa Kani - the language of Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

One of the winning students Tanika Van Schel-ven said the group wanted to name the ship something that continued the tradition of naming Australias Antarctic ships after southern lights.

The Sunshine State will continue to not shine

Queenslands wet weather forecast is expected to continue, with areas north of Hervey Bay copping the worst of the rainfall.


Call for nominations Griffith Australia Day Awards 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Local Federal MP Terri Butler is calling for nominations for the 2018 Griffith Australia Day Awards. If you know an individual or small group of people on the South Side who should be recognised for their voluntary work, then nominate them, said Ms Butler. The Griffith Australia Day Awards is an opportunity to recognise outstanding []

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Hear its your birthday! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Today, October 18, we celebrate the birthday of Saturday Lamb.  She rolled into our world almost three years ago and crash landed into our hearts.  Although her congenital spasticity has robbed her of the proper functioning of her back legs it has not robbed her of her zest for life.  Daily, aided by her custom-built wheel chair, Saturday wheels about the sanctuary and rolls into the hearts of all she meets.  Her plucky resolve to take each day as it comes it truly inspirational for all she meets. Celebrating her third birthday in style, she did so with her best friends Steddie Eddie and her human folk who wait on her hand and hoof.  Tucking into her wheetbix cake, garnished with lucerne and topped with three carrots, Saturdays verdict was the day was not baaaad, not baaaad at all.


The Painted Sea "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is exactly how the sea looked when Big Boy and I walked past it this morninglike a carefully constructed oil painting from one of the great masters of old. It was too beautiful not to share with you. 


Green Without (Class) Envy: Richard Di Natales Disappointingly Neoliberal Messaging "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Populism over policy is never a particularly good look, particularly if youre pitching to people who want substance over style. Michael Brull* explains.

In a Facebook post recently, leader of the Greens Senator Richard Di Natale had a message for the youths of Australia. Dont throw your hard-earned money away on private health insurance you dont need. Save your $$ for a house deposit instead.


Senator Di Natale threw in a complaint about the Governments (unexplained) private health insurance reforms. He tweeted out a similar message in this video clip of him discussing the private health system. But the message is clear enough in his Facebook pages meme. If youre young and healthy, dont waste your money on private health insurance.

The replies that followed on his thread (and there were others) made some obvious points. Firstly, people who have health issues without private insurance may be forced to wait months for surgery under the public health care system, which may deem non-urgent surgery elective.


Secondly, just because someone is young and healthy doesnt mean they will stay that way. People are often healthy, until they are not. I was a healthy young man until I turned 23 and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Since then, I have faced considerable health issues, along with associated costs and challenges. Whatever the systemic issues involved and without denying my considerable privilege my care and quality of life would have been (and would be) considerably diminished without private health care. Indeed, I may well be dead without the kind of care Ive been privileged enough to have.

Furthermore, there are many gaps in the public health care system. Suppose, for example, that you spent a month and a half in hospital, faced a considerable risk of dying from surgery, and accumulated numer...


AFL Rejects Nomination Of Transgender Footy Player Hannah Mouncey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey has been blocked from participating in the AFL Womens Leagues 2018 season. The AFL said in a statement it based its decision on the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act, which states athletes can be discriminated against based on their sex if strength, stamina or physique is relevant. The draft subcommittee carefully considered ...

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A comic look at life "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Justin Flynn

Three Ocean Grove Primary School students are just crazy about cartoons.
Ben Maguire, Jasper Stancombe and Will Bohnke are three close friends who spend most of their spare time creating their own cartoons.
The Grade 4 students come up with their own ideas and call themselves the Cheesy Chips.
We were at Bens house eating cheesy chips and thats how we came up with the name, Jasper said.
A far cry from computer games and watching TV, the trio prefers to create and develop their own ideas onto paper.
We all like drawing and every time we get to do creative writing at school, we do comics, Jasper said.
Every Friday we go someones house and work on our ideas for two hours, Ben said.
The boys were inspired by the Amulet range of comic books, but enjoy old favourites, such as Peanuts.
They rarely disagree.
We all come up with the ideas, Ben said.
We get along pretty well and we dont fight.
We do like to do it together, Will said.
All the boys enjoy maths at school.
Its kind of like learning a different language because its all numbers, Jasper said.

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High Court overturns Tassie protest laws "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bob Brown, right, about to be arrested in the Lapoinya State Forest. Photo from Bob Browns Facebook page.

Bob Brown, right, about to be arrested in the Lapoinya State Forest. Photo from Bob Browns Facebook page.

Former Greens leader Bob Brown has won his High Court bid to overturn Tasmanias anti-protest laws.

The landmark case stemmed from Dr Browns arrest while filming a video about an anti-logging protest at Lapoinya State Forest in the states northwest in January 2016.

In a majority ruling handed down on Wednesday morning, the High Court found provisions of Tasmanias Protesters Act were unconstitutional.

(They are) invalid because they impermissibly burden the implied freedom of political communication contrary to the Commonwealth Constitution, the judgement reads.

Dr Brown, whose police charges over the protest were dropped, said he was delighted by the ruling.

Today is a great day for the forests, wildlife and all of nature in Tasmania and around Australia, he said in a statement.

And a great day for the fundamental right of Australians to peaceful protest.

This judgement puts a brake on corporations wanting communities sidelined.

Dr Brown argued the laws, which can fine protesters up to $10,000 and jail them for four years, were draconian and undemocratic.

The Tasmanian government introduced the laws in 2014 to protect businesses from political protests seeking to prevent, hinder or obstruct operations on business grounds or in access areas.

They contended people should not be allowed to trespass or commit nuisance against lawful land occupiers.

In parliament, Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman said his government would appropriately consider the High Court decision before taking any further action.

The state government has been ordered to pay Dr Browns legal costs.

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The Coming Gold Breakout "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Gold could be in a long-term trend right now that spells dramatically higher prices in the years ahead.

To understand why, lets first look at the long decline in gold prices from 2011 to 2015

The best explanation Ive heard came from legendary commodities investor Jim Rogers. He personally believes that gold will end up in the $10,000 per ounce range, which I have also predicted.

But Rogers makes the point that no commodity ever goes from a secular bottom to top without a 50% retracement along the way.

Gold bottomed at $255 per ounce in August 1999. From there, it turned decisively higher and rose 650% until it peaked near $1,900 in September 2011.

So gold rose $1,643 per ounce from August 1999 to September 2011.

A 50% retracement of that rally would take $821 per ounce off the price, putting gold at $1,077 when the retracement finished.

Thats almost exactly where gold ended up on 27 November 2015 ($1,058 per ounce).

This means the 50% retracement is behind us and gold is set for new all-time highs in the years ahead.

Why should investors believe gold wont just get slammed again?

The answer is that theres an important distinction between the 2011-15 price action and whats going on now.

The four-year decline exhibited a pattern called lower highs and lower lows.

While gold rallied and fell back, each peak was lower than the one before and each valley was lower than the one before also.

Since December 2016, it appears that this bear market pattern has reversed. We now see higher highs and higher lows as part of an overall uptrend.

The 24 February 2017 high of $1,256 per ounce was higher than the prior 23 January 2017 high of $1,217 per ounce.

The 10 May low of $1,218 per ounce was higher than the prior 14 March low of $1,198 per ounce.

The 7 September high of $1,353 was higher than the 6 June high of $1,296.

And the 5 October low of $1,271 was higher than the 7 July low of $1,212.

Of course, this new trend is less than a year old and is not deterministic.

Still, it is an encouraging sign when considered alongside other bullish factors for gold.

Question is

Where does the gold market go from here?

Were seeing a persistent excess of demand over new supply. China and Russia alone are buying more than 100% of annual output....


High Court strikes down Tasmanias excessive anti-protest laws "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The High Court of Australia has ruled that key provisions of Tasmanias excessive anti-protest legislation are invalid because they violate the implied freedom of political communication in the Australian Constitution.

The Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, Hugh de Kretser, said the decision was a big win for democracy in Australia.

"Free expression and the right to peaceful protest are essential to our democracy and must be protected. The High Courts landmark decision protects these fundamental values."

"These laws sought to prevent and punish protest that affects business. They were too broad, too harsh and too vague. They were thoroughly undemocratic and put corporate interests ahead of democratic interests," said Mr de Kretser.

The Human Rights Law Centrewas granted permission by the High Court to intervene in the case to support the challenge by Dr Bob Brown and Jessica Hoyt.

The case centred around the arrest of Dr Brown on a public road while he was trying to film a video about a controversial logging project in Tasmanias native Lapoinya forest. A second plaintiff, Jessica Hoyt, was separately arrested in the Lapoinya forest in similar circumstances.

"Today is a great day for the forests, wildlife and all of nature in Tasmania and around Australia. And a great day for the fundamental right of Australians to peaceful protest," said Dr Brown.

Mr de Kretser said the Tasmanian laws are part of a broader undemocratic trend, with state governments across the country in recent years seeking to pass excessive laws that stifle peaceful protest.

"Governments shouldnt be able to sell off our democratic rights in order to protect business interests. The High Courts decision strikes down key parts of this excessive legislation that led to the arrests that sparked this case. The Tasmanian Government should now scrap the legislation entirely," said Mr de Kretser.

The Court in its 183 page judgment ruled in favour of Dr Brown and Ms Hoyt by a six to one majority.

A big thanks to our incredible pro bono team of DLA Piper, Bret Walker SC, Jonathon Redwood and Prue Bindon.

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Hugh de...


Stirring, startling songs of old France "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In tribute to one of the greatest French singers of the 20th century, Exposing Edith charts the tragic life of Edith Piaf, at the Potato Shed.
Direct from critically acclaimed seasons at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Leicester Square Theatre, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Festival of Voices and Auckland International Cabaret Festival, winner Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2016 and nominated for a Helpmann Academy, Exposing Edith charts the tragic life of arguably the greatest French singer of all time, Edith Piaf.
Experience her life, loves and losses through the songs that shot her to stardom including La Vie en Rose, Milord and Non, je ne regrette rien.
Created and performed by Michaela Burger (vocals) and Greg Wain (guitar), Exposing Edith is a stunning mix of authentic French chanson and contemporary sounds. Having explored the undertones of Piafs vocals and lyrics, Burger and Wain have created their own unique interpretations of Piafs work, using voice and acoustic guitar and the subtle use of loop, delay and effect pedals.
The songs are punctuated with a collection of extraordinary stories of Piafs life which are recounted by Burger, who also takes on a multitude of key characters, from Ediths half-sister Momone, to several of her lovers and, of course, Edith Piaf herself.
This will be presented in true cabaret style so book a table with friends and enjoy an afternoon with a Parisian flavour.
Exposing Edith will be performed on Sunday 29 October, at 2pm, at the Potato Shed, 20-41 Peninsula Drive, Drysdale.
Tickets can be booked at the Potato Shed or over the phone on 5251 1998 or at the City of Greater Geelong Customer Service Centre.
As part of the Victorian Seniors Festival, seniors can purchase tickets for the special price of $25.
For more information about the Potato Shed and other coming performances, visit

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Project Updates October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Weve been going gangbusters in the last month with two of our current projects moving along apace.  Theres still plenty of opportunity to get involved with our projects, so if youre at a loose end, read on and join in!

Handmade Plush Toy Drive Project

backpack toy drive image

Our newest project, the Handmade Plush Toy Drive supporting Backpacks for Refugee Kids at Christmas, Brisbane has met with a wonderful response! Many of you have been sharing the project and sending in gorgeous plush pals to befriend children in Brisbane from refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds.

With ap...


Appeal over serious charges being dropped in Casino fatal crash case "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A supplied photo of Elle Underhill, who was killed in an accident near Casino.

A supplied photo of Elle Underhill, who was killed in an accident near Casino.

An appeal has been lodged with the Director of Public Prosecutions after serious charges were dropped against the driver of a car involved in a crash near Casino in 2015 which resulted in the death of a four-year-old girl.

Courteney Pearl Matthews was initially charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning death, and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, over the December 18 incident in which Elle Underhill was killed.

The then 18-year-old Ms Matthews, who had just finished her HSC, was babysitting the policemans daughter when she was driving a red Mazda 323, along the Bruxner Highway about 1.20pm and she collided with a white Subaru Liberty about 10km east of Casino.

The impact of the collision tore the Mazda in half.

Sergeant Steve Underhill was one of the first members of emergency services on the scene and he found his two year-old daughter, who was sitting in the back seat next to Elle, suffering serious injuries.

On September 2, at Byron Bay Local Court, Magistrate Michael Dakin dropped the charges of dangerous driving occasioning death and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm against Ms Matthews.

Whether Ms Matthews was distracted by a text message, Mr Dakin said, or one of the children was having a tantrum as she claimed, would be decided by a jury.

Mr Dakin said the evidence before the court did not establish Ms Matthews drove the car in a dangerous manner.

He highlighted evidence from the driver following her before the crash, Harold Wray, who said Ms Matthews was travelling at less than the maximum speed permitted for a p-plate driver of 90km/h.

The matters were adjourned to Lismore Local Court on Tuesday where it was revealed an appeal had been lodged by the Lismore office of the DPP.

The court heard the local office of the DPP had lodged a report with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions ODPP to consider ex-officio accounts in relation to the charge of dangerous driving occasioning death.

If the ODPP agrees with the report it can elect to take the matters to trial, effectivel............


Does Trump dare to withdraw from the nuclear understanding? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Does Trump dare to withdraw from the nuclear understanding? 17, 2017 Written by Nasser Kandil, Many people avoid answering this question lest the developments do not reflect their expectations, or make them lose some of the credibility and confidence which they accumulated among the readers and observers, especially in the light of the escalating []


Transgender footballer ruled ineligible by AFL and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In Melbourne today, transgender player Hannah Mouncey will not be eligible for selection in the AFLW draft due to accounts of her strength, stamina and physique. (Image source: Wikimedia)

Manager of the AFL Players Association, Brett Murphy, said "Whilst Hannah was provided with the opportunity to discuss her application with the AFL, the AFLPA believes there should have been clear guidelines available for transgender players wishing to enter the AFLW draft this year."

The decision by AFL is only for the 2018 draft and reported she can nominate for future registration in other Australian football competitions.

User complaints rise against NBN


A Victim of Chechnyas Gay Purge Has Bravely Spoken Out "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Warning: distressing content A 30-year-old gay Russian man has publicly identified himself as one of the victims of Chechnyas so-called gay purge. Maxim Lapunov (pictured) is the first to be named and pictured as a victim of the violent campaign of gay persecution in the Russian region that authorities, including president Ramzan Kadyrov, have repeatedly ...

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The problems with some preppers today. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The problems with some preppers today.

One problem some preppers seem to have is the inability to prepare for a variety of disasters. This is really not that hard, yet many just dont get it. They also have what is known as 24 hour & 72 hour bug out bags. Why not just have a bag that will carry you through long term? How do you know it is only going to last 24 hours?!!!
Modern gadgets are a big problem because they are promoted to look so exciting & necessary. When in fact many if not all modern gadgets are likely to fail or run out in the first 6 months. Then this so called prepper will find themselves living a Paleolithic lifestyle trying to learn primitive skills, or they will simply die.

Why dont many preppers see the common sense in adopting sustainable equipment & skills from the 18th or 19th centuries? Well many treat prepping as simply a hobby, they like the idea of being self-reliant, but in fact they dont really expect to ever have to face a major shtf situation. For these people it is all about going camping & using the gadgets. If a ferocerium rod breaks or deteriorates, they simply purchase another; in fact many carry a variety of fire lighting tools, none of which are sustainable over a long period of time.
Modern gadgets take up room in the pack & they add weight. Once they have become useless they are discarded, BUT, these gadgets were taking up room in the bug-out bag where real priority items should have been stored! Now there is neither!


The Chaos Hedge Going Worldwide "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Aussie market is suddenly hot, hot, hot

If youve been with me for a while, youll know the ASX/200 has been stuck going sideways for months.

Lets go back to Tuesday 1 August, when all of us were close to giving up from boredom while waiting for something to happen.

Heres the lead from the DR that morning

Dry July can sure be a dull one if you take up the option not to drink for the month.

It hasnt been much more fun for Aussie index investors this month either.

Apparently the S&P ASX/200 put in its worst July in six years. And this with US stocks going into all-time new highs!

Actually, I dont think this is such a bad thing. It gives us more time to accumulate stocks before the market breaks higher.

And I think the Aussie market is absolutely odds on to do just that.

And now weve seen a big rally, especially in the context of this year.

Check it out

Source: Optuma

Boom time.

But dont get carried away

A word of caution

Thats a fast ride up. So you should expect a pull back next.

How much of this run can the market hold?

Were going to find out.

Ive said all year that your bias should be to the upside when it comes to the stock market. But thats not to say we cant have dips and drawdowns.

Ive no doubt some sort of panic might be in the near future. Its been a long time since weve had a spooky drop in the market, especially when it comes to the USA.

But while the market may panic when that happens, you should not. Being prepared for it will help that.

The most notable thing about 2017 has been the low volatility seen across the worldbut especially in the United States.

This will surely revert. I dont know when.

My colleague Porter Stansberry wrote an excellent piece on this recently. Porter points out that the VIX a measure of volatility has traded below 10 on 25 separate days in 2017. Thats only happened seven times in the preceding 30 years.

That stands out like the proverbial.

Porter puts it down to retail inv...


From #TheEmptyChair to #MeToo How Many More Will it Take? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Content Warning: discussion of rape culture, reporting, sexual harassment/assault, and rape.

I will never forget back in 2015 when the NY Times covered the Bill Cosby allegations. Their cover photo for the July 27 Aug 9, 2015 issue was 35 women and an empty chair. Some people, including Elon James White, took note of that empty chair, and began a Twitter hashtag: #TheEmptyChair

Under it, Elon James White shared hundreds of anonymous stories of sexual assault and rape, with other women coming forward publicly on their own, as well as men, and many more noting their solidarity.

News coverage was widespread as a conversation happened.

And then it died.

Fast forward to more recently.

Harvey Weinstein now has tons of allegations against him. So do Ben and Casey Affleck. As well as Louis CK. And so many other powerful men.

And now now, we have #MeToo.

I asked, on Twitter, how many more its going to take. How many more women, and men, have to come forward about how they were harassed, assaulted, and raped before we realize that theres a major problem, here? How many times do these hashtags have to trend before people start becoming aware?

And why do people, especially men, have such a hard time recognizing this reality and fighting to fix it?

Sadly, we already know the answer, and Elon gets it just right


MP calls on govt to spearhead Richmond River clean-up "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Richmond River estuary at Ballina was rated F in a 2015 Ecohealth report and the overall river received a D-. Photo

The Richmond River received a D- in a. recent Ecohealth report. Photo

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) wants the state government to chip in to help clean up the Richmond River.

In July, the Richmond scored a D- for river health in a scorecard compiled by Ecohealth and the University of New England.

Earlier in the year, an organisation of concerned community groups was formed to look at tackling the issue.

And Ballina Deputy Mayor Keith Williams has spearheaded creating a $300,000 budget for a council campaign to clean up the river.

But Ms Smith says an all-of-government approach is vital if the river, which is in a severe state of decline, is to be saved.

I have written to the Premier in support of Ballina Shire Councils request that I organise a NSW Government response to oversee the many different improvements needed to rehabilitate the 237km long Richmond and its tributaries, Ms Smith said.

Neglected for decades

The Richmond River is of national significance; it should not be left solely to local councils such as Ballina Shire Council or its ratepayers to bear the burden of rehabilitating a river that has been neglected by state government for decades.

Wonderful community groups such as OzFish and LandCare have been using donations and volunteer help to try to improve riverbanks by replanting trees, but they need state government help and funding.

When I was a child, oyster farming was a viable industry in Ballina and my grandfather was an avid fisherman here.

[Now] mud and silt cover the riverbed and tourists complain they are disappointed with the fishing. Invasive weeds are destroying native vegetation, adding to riverbank erosion and muddying the waters with soil.

Carp up, oysters down

Introduced carp species are causing further damage. The oysters are gone, with very few able to survive. This in turn limits the rivers....


High Court victory for Bob Browns challenge to Tasmanias anti-protest laws "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today is a great day for the forests, wildlife and all of nature in Tasmania and around Australia. And a great day for the fundamental right of Australians to peaceful protest.

Australias High Court handed down its judgment today in the case brought by former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown and Tasmanian nurse Jessica Hoyt that challenged the constitutional validity of Tasmanias anti-protest laws.

This judgement puts a brake on corporations wanting communities sidelined so they can plunder Tasmanias unique and job-rich environment, not least its ancient rainforests and tall eucalypts, Bob Brown said.




No More Fake News Exclusive: insider reveals how the opioid crime network operates! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

No More Fake News Exclusive: insider reveals how the opioid crime network operates!

Opioid drugs: morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, naloxone, Percocet, etc.

by Jon Rappoport

October 17, 2017

PBS Frontline (2/23/2016): The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American historywith overdoses from heroin and other opioids now killing more than 27,000 people a year (Note: prescription opioids are now a very significant gateway-drug leading addicts into heroin.)

CBS News (8/1/2017): Nearly 92 million U.S. adults, or about 38 percent of the population, took a legitimately prescribed opioid like OxyContin or Percocet in 2015, according to results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

On the condition of anonymity, an insider with intimate knowledge of the opioid crime network spoke with me. He is not a participant or a criminal. He has spent years exposing the network.

My initial question to him was prompted by the current Washington Post series on collusion between members of Congress and the drug industry. The collusion has produced a new law that makes it much harder for the US DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) to shut down major opioid traffickers. (That law is the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016, signed by President Obama on 4/9/16.)

My question was: how could a corrupt little pharmacy or medical clinic in a small town, in the middle of nowhere, sell, as reported, a MILLION opioid pills a year?

Here is the answer my source confirmed: a criminal doctor or doctors are writing 75-100 opioid prescriptions a day like clockwork; patients are flooding in from all over the country (many of them flying in once a month); they are sold the opioid prescriptions, and either fill them right there in the clinic, or take them to a friendly pharmacy.

These patients are actually dealers. They return home and sell the pills to addicts.

Where do the small....


Ich berichtete ja, dass die estnischen Psse auf einen ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ich berichtete ja, dass die estnischen Psse auf einen Fehler in einer Infineon-Library zurckgehen. Nun, Infineon baut auch TPMs. Sind vielleicht auch deren TPMs betroffen?

Wie es aussieht, ja!

Und DAS ist eine deutlich schlechtere Botschaft fr den typischen Nicht-Esten als irgendwelche Psse aus dem Baltikum. Und Infineon hat einen Haufen von PC-Bauern mit ihren TPMs beliefert, hier ist eine Liste. Einmal alles, was einen Namen hat.

Nun gut, aber wer benutzt schon die RSA-Funktion ihres TPMs? Na z.B. Firmen, die Bitlocker auf ihren Gerten einsetzen. Inwieweit das jetzt ein Problem ist, kann ich gerade auch nicht sagen. Aber es klingt auf jeden Fall so, als sollten im Moment viele Leute schlecht schlafen.

Das halte ich im Moment fr das schlimmere Problem als das WLAN-Bohei, denn bei WLAN kann man ein Update ausrollen, bei dem RSA-Krypto-Problem muss man auch alle Keys zurckrufen und neu machen. Das ist erfahrungsgem ein Riesenproblem.


High Court strikes down Tasmanias excessive anti-protest laws "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IMG_8036.jpgBob Brown and Jessica Hoyt outside the High Court of Australia, Canberra


The High Court of Australia has ruled that Tasmanias excessive anti-protest laws violate the implied freedom of political communication in the Australian Constitution.

This morning, the High Court of Australia handed down its decision in a landmark case which argued that Tasmanias excessive anti-protest laws violate the implied freedom of political communication in the Australian Constitution. Former Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and Tasmanian nurse Jessica Hoyt challenged the excessive anti-protest laws.

I am delighted with the judgment by the High Court of Australia, Bob Brown said.

Today is a great day for the forests, wildlife and all of nature in Tasmania and around Australia. And a great day for the fundamental right of Australians to peaceful protest, Bob Brown said

This judgement puts a brake on corporations wanting communities sidelined so they can plunder Tasmanias unique and job-rich environment, not least its ancient rainforests and tall eucalypts, Bob Brown said.

Those calling for harsh penalties against peaceful citizens protesting Adani mine have been put back in their place by the High Court, Bob Brown said.


Solving the Marathon Bomb Mystery, Part 3: Journalistic Standards of Brian Ross and Aaron Katersky "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

It seems that in the last few decades, our culture has changed to such an extent that the ethics of the professions mean nothing. I can recall a time when you definitely expected doctors, lawyers, accountants, and journalists to be constrained by agree-upon rules. Most were proud of the constraint, and would happily join in on criticizing an errant member.

In journalism, some of the ethics had to do with fairness to colleagues, such as not pilfering their ideas. Some other rules were of the gentlemens rules type, such as to allow the bereaved family of a famous person to have some privacy. The main thrust, however, was to be accurate and fair in reporting. The best way to be fair was to get both sides of the story.

Two days ago, Gumshoe writer Cheryl Dean, an advocate of the innocence of Jahar Tsarnaev made an interesting comment. (Note: Cheryl wont mind my saying that she doesnt bother to get both sides of the Marathon story, since there are heaps, tons, maybe megatons, of articles proclaiming the boys guilt.)

Deans comment was about the persecution of Cabbie Matanov. She says he was harassed and finally arrested and then deporte...


Terence McKenna on Keeping the Faith "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This video is a short inspirational talk by Terence McKenna from the film True Hallucinations. Soul stirring stuff from this extraordinary man who paved the way for many a psychonaut. []


Interview: The East Pointers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of The East Pointers Canadian celtic trio The East Pointers have taken their sound to the next level with the release of their highly anticipated new album What We Leave Behind. With an Australian tour on the horizon we sat down with Jake Charron from the band to chat about the album and []


Dangerous skippers to be prosecuted in the Northern Territory and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dangerous navigating of a vessel will be prosecuted under new legislation passed by Northern Territory parliament.

If found guilty, skippers will face a maximum penalty of seven years in prison if someone is seriously injured, or 10 years if someone is killed.

The NT Government say there was a legal loophole that has seen boat drivers involved in collisions avoid criminal charges.

Brisbane architecture deterring homeless people
Greens councillor Jonathan Sri has called for changes to the design of the 3 billion dollar Queens Wharf development.


Mosquitos dive-bombing region "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mosquitos are breeding up around our region following recent rains and high tides. Photo Shutterstock

Mosquitos are breeding up around our region following recent rains and high tides. Photo Shutterstock

Have been slapping yourself uncontrollably recently?

Recent rains and high tides, have created pools of water all over our region, which are ideal breeding spots for mosquitoes  and they have responded by breeding up in droves.

Tweed Shire Council is calling on residents to help counter the problem by reducing mosquito breeding habitat around their homes.

The councils pest management supervisor, Brian Falkner, is concerned about the potential of serious mosquito-borne infections, as well as the general nuisance factor from these biting insects.

As a matter of priority, the council has been carrying out mosquito larvae control works in key breeding areas by air and through ground works. We will be doing this on an ongoing basis while this problem persists, Mr Falkner said.

An important message that we would like to send out to the community is that some mosquito species breed in water-filled containers around your home, such as buckets, old tyres, poorly-aligned roof gutters and pot plant holders. It is very important that you dont let your home be a haven for mosquitoes and their larvae, he said.

What you can do:

  •   Keep your yard well-maintained, mow lawns regularly, and limit areas of dense vegetation
  •   Ensure you cover all windows, doors, chimneys, vents and other entrances with insect screens that are in good condition
  •   Clean up your yard and remove all water-holding containers or rubbish and keep house gutters clean and properly aligned
  •   Empty and refill pet water bowls and bird baths at least weekly
  •   Ensure all openings to water tanks and septic tanks are screened securely
  •   Place sand or fine gravel in pot plant trays, or flush them out weekly
  •   Keep ornamental ponds stocked with native fish species that will feed on larvae

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Turnbull caves in to coal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Malcolm Turnbull came out of a Coalition party room meeting with a plan to replace the existing Clean Energy Target (CET) with the so-called National Energy Guarantee (NET).

What is the difference? According to government spin, it is a means to guarantee lower electricity prices to consumers. By implication, the old scheme is being made to look like it has been the cause of the rapidly increasing cost burden of recent years.

The fallacy of this line of argument is that it grossly misrepresents what really drives electricity prices.

The governments argument goes like this. Because power suppliers have been focusing away from more efficient sources and not producing enough energy, the constant base load is too low and this is forcing retailers to buy more expensive electricity off the grid.

The logic is that there needs to be more reliance on coal and gas, which keeps the price down. Wind, solar and hydro generated power are said to be less efficient and therefore should be downgraded and subsidies for them removed.

Never mind that it is all based on a falsehood.

Ignored is that the way the pricing system is set up, it provides a financial incentive for power generators to sell more peak period electricity and less off-peak period electricity. This is possible, because electricity can be stored and delivered to the home or business at any time. It is therefore more profitable to have a lower base load and top this off with peak peak electricity and pass the premium onto consumers onto consumers.

The NET is not going to change this.

Regardless, the new government scheme hangs on the promise of lower prices to the consumer and this is supposed to be brought about through the creation of a larger base load. It is not going to happen.

What it will have an impact on, is the generation of carbon emissions. Under the previous scheme, power companies were at least compelled to gradually increase the percentage of power that is generated by renewable technologies. This has now gone.

Malcolm Turnbulls and Energy Minister Josh Frydenbergs spin is that that there will still be an energy intensity calculation that will keep Australia on track to meet the existing Paris agreement in reducing the leve...


Shock-jock Jones to coach rugby squad for Lismore clash "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Alan Jones will be coaching a rugby union side playing in Lismore next week. (file photo)

Alan Jones will be coaching a rugby union side playing in Lismore next week. (file photo)

Radio shock-jock Alan Jones is coming out of a 30-year hiatus to coach a rugby union team that will be playing in Lismore next Tuesday.

Jones will be coaching the international Barbarians squad, which will be playing against the Classic Wallabies at Lismores Crozier Field.

His team includes 17 Australian-based players with several being fringe players for the Wallabies.

The Barbarians line-up includes: Anaru Rangi, Andrew Ready, Augustine Pulu, Chance Peni, Eto Nabuli, George Moala, Isi Naisarani, Jacques Potgieter, Kane Koteka, Luke Jones, Matt Hodgson, Matt Philip, Michael Ruru, Pek Cowan, Quade Cooper, Richard Arnold, Sam Carter, Sam Greene, Sam Ward, Taniela Tupou, Taqele Naiyaravaro, Theo Strang, Tim Nanai-Williams and Tom Banks.

Between them, Quade Cooper, Matt Hodgson, Pek Cowan, Sam Carter, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Eto Nabuli and Luke Jones have played over 100 Wallabies Tests.

Jones is no stranger to coaching, having coached the Australian Wallabies team for four years after replacing coach Bob Dwyer in 1984.

During his reign, the Wallabies won 86 victories from 102 matches, including 23 victories in 30 tests.

Also in 1984, Australias national team, the Wallabies, won the Grand Slam victories over England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and a Barbarians side made up of the best players of those countries and France.

In 1985, Jones was awarded Coach of the Year from the Confederation of Australian Sport and in 1988 was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to rugby union.

Lismore City Councils Tourism and Events Manager Mitch Lowe said the game at Crozier Field was a match not to be mssed.

Hes got some very good talent in his Barbarians line-up and we are expecting a fierce competition, Mr Lowe said.

To have this level of elite rugby union being played in Lismore is fantastic for our city and for rugby union fans.

Tickets for the match are available at and grandstand tickets are almost sold out.




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Government ignores advice of expert group on business and human rights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has come under strong criticism from members of an advisory group that the Minister established just this year. Members of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group on the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were disappointed that their recommendations have been dismissed outright by the Foreign Minister. 

After extensive engagement, the group (which includes representatives from business, academia and civil society) recommended unanimously in July that Australia should develop a National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights, in line with many of its international peers. 

The Plan would have set out a range of policy reforms to implement Australias international law obligations in this area and enhance protections for those harmed by Australian business activities. Australia has been criticised by the United Nations for its inadequate regulation in this area and for failing to properly investigate or address serious human rights abuses by Australian companies, including by contractors running its offshore detention centres.

The Advisory Group received a letter from the Foreign Minister late last week advising them that the government was not proceeding with a [NAP] at this time. 

Dr David Cooke, Chair and Managing Director, Konica Minolta Australia:

"I would like to applaud the Government on its recent decision to pursue legislation on Modern Slavery in Supply Chains. In light of this it is particularly disappointing, and seemingly inconsistent, that the Government will not proceed with the recommendation of a National Action Plan. Businesses across Australia are looking to the Government for leadership, direction and a framework through which to move forward on honouring their human rights commitments."

Professor Paul Redmond, a corporations law and corporate governance expert from the University of Technology Sydney:

"A NAP is simply a policy document setting out a governments approach to business and human rights issues, and its expectations of business. Adopting a NAP would give sorely needed guidance to Australian businesses in this key area of corporate sustainability, and place them on an equal footing with competitors in international markets."

Keren Adams, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre:

"It is astonishing that only one day into its term on the Human Rights Council, the Australian Government is already walking away from the advice of its own Advisory Group on business and human rights. If it is to have credibility on the Council, the Government needs to lift its ga...


NEWS: Bloodshot Records Announces 2017 Xmas Compilation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bloodshot Records know their way around a good compilation album and this year theyve put together 13 tracks to celebrate/survive/bemoan the December festive period. 13 Days of Xmas has something to fit any mood, any occasion, for this sometimes-wonderful, sometimes-trying time of year. From the garage-soul of Barrence Whitfield and the Savages Papa Barrences Christmas, Continue reading


Exposer of corruption of the Panama Papers and corruption has been murdered "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contribution from Victoria

The woman at the forefront of the Panama Papers is dead. She lost her life when a bomb in the car she was driving blew up and sent the vehicle flying into a paddock.

A tranche of 11.5 million documents connected to more than 200,000 offshore accounts make up the Panama Papers and this immense volume of information is still being sifted through and new evidence of money laundering and tax evasion is constantly bubbling to the surface.

Those who stand to be exposed had an incentive for having her silenced.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was a journalist who passionately focused on uncovering establishment corruption and her untimely death shows that the corrupt are ruthless and will do anything to keep on the gravy train.

Her son, Matthew Caruana Galizia said, this was no ordinary murder and it was not tragic and argued that when there is blood and fire all around you, thats war. We are a people at war against the state and organised crime, which have become indistinguishable.

He added on Facebook. Joseph Muscat, Keith Schembri, Chris Cardona, Konrad Mizzi, the Attorney General and the long list of police commissioners who took no action: you are complicit. You are responsible for this.

There is an obvious connection between these words and the Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his closest aids, whose links to offshore companies had been exposed.

There is also a global dimension to this, as the exposures Galizia worked on involved the whos who list of multinational corporations and political leaders. Even the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been named as one of them.

It makes perfect sense to allege that there is a war going on between the people in general and the greed of a small and exclusive group, amassing fortunes at the expense of everyone else.  A war that is becoming more open and brutal.

Rights of citizens are being trampled

One of the Maltese police officers who is supposed to be investigating the murder, a sergeant called Ramon Misfsud, wrote about it on his own Facebook account: Everyone gets what they deserve, cow dung! Feeling happy. There is not going to be much of an investigation form this quarter.

Although the sergeant has been suspended, th...



The NSW Government is re-structuring the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).  This re-structure involves job losses, down-grading many officers to lower-paid  positions and changes to the regional structure of the organisation.  The Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition is concerned about the effects this will have on management of the National Parks estate in our area as well as in other parts of the state.  We are also concerned about the effects of this restructure  - yet another re-structure under this government - to those who work for NPWS.

The CVCC has written to our local state member, Chris Gulaptis MP, and to the NSW Minister for the Environment,  Gabrielle Upton MP, about our concerns.

Below is the body of our letter to the Minister for the Environment.

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5 Hidden Costs of the RCEP to People and Planet "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sam Cossar-Gilbert from Friends of the Earth International has written an article in The Diplomat on 5 Hidden Costs of the RCEP to People and the Planet, using information from The hidden costs of RCEP and corporate trade deals in Asia published last year.

The RCEP is being negotiated by 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. If it goes ahead, the RCEP will cover half of the worlds population. Leaked documents have shown that the RCEP will:

  1. Grant corporations rights to sue governments in international tribunals
  2. Start a race to the bottom on environmental and labour standards
  3. Put the climate at risk by increasing trade in fossil fuels
  4. Increase corporate control over agriculture
  5. Reduce the affordability and distribution of life-saving medicines

Next week trade negotiators will meet in South Korea to continue RCEP talks.


Woman charged over fatal shooting at Tweed Heads "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A 27-year-old woman will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court today after being extradited from Queensland in relation to the shooting death of a man at Tweed Heads earlier this year.

The woman has been charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder after being arrested on Monday by Queensland police.

Police attended the Tweed Heads District Hospital at 4.30pm on 24 June after receiving information that a man suffering a gunshot would had presented to the hospital.

The man, who has been formally identified as 31-year-old Ace Hall, died a short time later.

A joint strike force, named Vandell, was established, comprising the State Crime Commands homicide squad, Tweed/Byron police and Queensland police.

Queensland police arrested the 27-year-old woman on Monday and Strike Force detectives were granted extradition of the woman to NSW when she appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court.

She was charged at the Tweed Heads Police Station and refused bail to appear in court today.


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Weaving homespun tunes into the fabric of daily family life "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

the fish in the river, the clouds in the sky,
the wattles and gum trees that grow up so high
the kookaburra singing so gaily and free
good morning to you and good morning to me

                                                 from the Good Morning song* by Woody Clark

Woody Clark dreams of a world where families find time to make music as they go about their lives together. Over the past fifteen years or more, Woody has been working to build a catalogue of songs and resources available to parents and carers to turn this vision into reality and help integrate the rich experience of intergenerational singing and playing into the familial tapestry of homes and lives across Australia.

For Woody, the value is in creating music rather than consuming it and, where possible, within a familiar setting involving children, parents or carers, grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins

Make music relevant and engaging and something thats just part of the fabric of the household rather than something external to that, find the means to utilise it in your life in a way that will bring expression and joy, or whatever that might be.

Woodys own three kids have collaborated with him on musical projects, co-written songs for his album, and in recent years toured as part of the family band Woodys World. This includes his parents, folk singer-songwriters Kate Townsend and Dave Clark. Woodys World played at many regional festivals and events in 2016, including Adelaide Festival Centre, Melbourne Cabaret Festival and Ukulele Festivals, Pt Fairy Folk Festival and Mt Beauty Music Festival.

Woody remembers feeling surprised by the excitement of former classmates in recalling the novelty of a school teacher who would sing and play guitar to them during art classes. For Woody who grew up in a household where music-making was a normal and assumed part of daily life, this occurrence was familiar and common to him. He realised as an adult, the experience at school had evaporated from his memory as something unremarkable tends to.

Years later as a father and classroom teacher himself, Woody is using his experience and knowledge as a songwriter and musician to uphold the tradition set by his own background, advocating for the benefits and joys of the style of unplugged family music-making hes enjoyed in his own life.

Woodys tips for anyone whos keen to encourage kids to make music are:

  • Model the behaviour and expose your kids to live music-making.
  • Have a guitar or ukulele sitting on the couch and build music into your day, for example sing a morning song*, or sing a song before you eat your food, or a bedti...


Watch the New Shane Nicholson Video I Dont Dance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Image Courtesy of Shane Nicholson ARIA award winning, Americana singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson has just released his brand new video I Dont Dance. Taken from his new album Love and Blood, I Dont Dance was written following a country music cruise last year when Nicholson offered to pay a friend to dance with his girlfriend rather []


To See An Atom: Psychosis and Ecology "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I left the American South with a Jesus on my shoulder. My new world, a leftist college out West, did not take so kindly. Beliefs that earned me friends and community at home now left me terribly alone. School did not help. Liberal arts classes exposed histories I could not reconcile with Christian legitimacy. For the first time, I doubted my religion, yet relinquishing Jesus meant betrayalrisking Hellso I languished instead in a freeze. To think freely, or obey.

For six months I despaired in suicidal bewilderment. I kept it all secret. Then one night I ate mushrooms. Having ingested psychoactive plants plenty before, I knew the lay of the land, but this trip came on unusually strong. After listening to the mandatory Dark Side of the Moon, I lay down.

Moments later, a flood of dreams overcame me, dreams I had long forgotten. Each one I inhabited with all my senses, re-experiencing how I originally felt. Previously indecipherable, they were here linked together, and as a whole made sense. Just as I grasped their significance, I entered outer space. Floating, I saw Earth, a perfect sphere spinning. All my anxieties dissipated, replaced with ethereal lightness, and for a blessed few seconds, I understood.

Upon reentering my body, the first thing I noticed was an alarm clock. I said out loud, heresy, Thats God. Same to the poster, to the concrete wall, to the bedframe.

The next morning I threw away my statue of Jesus.

A week later, hungover with guilt, I worried whether my experience was real or a drug-induced stupor. I approached my Philosophy of Religion professor, who had just lectured on mystical experiences. Asking his judgment, I handed him great power. His answer:

Sometimes you need a microscope to see an atom.

His validation, even trust, legitimized my experience, casting it from purgatory into meaningful narrative. I told no one else, took no pride. I thought no more on it; thoughts were useless explorers of such terrain. But in having shaken loose my worldview, I became someone else, someone freer.


Now imagine if I had first told this experience to a typical psychiatrist. Perhaps an assessment of my drug use would have followed (heavy); perhaps an analysis of sleep patterns, family history of mental illness, and previous experiences of altered states (all abnormal). Surely if I had revealed that my grandiose vision happened after six months of suicidal obsessiona phase endured twice beforethey would have worried, maybe diagnosed. I know this: there would have been no talk of seeing atoms. Maybe serotonin though.....


Departing shots at Byron Greens from founding member "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Happier times: Byron shire mayor Simon Richardson, left, with former Byron councillor Tom Tabart. Photo supplied

Happier times: Byron shire mayor Simon Richardson, left, with former Byron councillor Tom Tabart. Photo supplied

More sorrow than anger, is how former councillor and Greens party member Tom Tabart describes his parting words on the Byron Greens as he leaves the area for Geelong in Victoria.

Tabart portrays a largely disengaged Greens membership with Greens councillors uninterested in participating in monthly meetings. Greens policy positions on contentious local issues are also being stalled by the mayor, he claims.   

The Greens, along with other left -leaning councillors, won a thumping majority at the 2016 Council election.    

Tabart told The Echo, All three Greens councillors are still very much under mayor Simon Richardsons influence, he says, as they have virtually no background in council realpolitik. General manager Ken Gainger runs them like a clockwork train. 

With claims of around 200 Greens members, Tabart says the monthly meetings are lucky to get 20 regulars, who think mayor Simon Richardson is wonderful because of his media presence.

The older hard-core members are largely engaged with state matters and organising elections. They would really rather not know what Simon and his three novice followers are up to at the last group meeting no councillor attended.

Tabart says along with himself, Chris Harris Jones, former MLC and mayor Jan Barham, they have been blindsided by general disinterest and the mayors filibustering over their attempts to introduce policy positions for the Byron Greens.

It looks like this will now flounder, he said.

A draft policy supplied to The Echo by Tabart included positions and recommendations on the Byron Shire sewerage plants and re-use issues, holiday let/Airbnb, the Myocum tip, North Byron Parklands and Byron traffic management issues.    


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Tales of employee exploitation and how to avoid it "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

penalty-rate-changes-tablePaul Bibby

Michael* needed a job and he needed one fast.

With just $3 left in his bank account, the young traveller went from shop to shop in Byron Shire asking the owners and managers if they had any work going.

A day or two later, the owner of a local takeaway hired him as a casual on the front counter, offering plenty of hours and payment in cash.

It wasnt until weeks later that Michael realised that the $15 hourly rate he was getting was way below the minimum wage.

I was doing ridiculous hours during the night working with mad drunk customers who were coming in, he says.

I think when you really need the money, you just say thank you even if its a low wage and its all off the books.

I didnt realise it was below minimum wage.

For many in the region, Michaels story is all too familiar.  

A series of interviews conducted by The Echo with local hospitality workers and the Northern Rivers Legal Centre has revealed that, despite government promises to crack down on exploitation, the practice remains alive and well within some businesses.

The workers, mostly in their 20s and 30s, said they had experienced underpayment of wages, unpaid overtime, unpaid and underpaid work trials, and poor working conditions.

Some also expressed concern about cuts to weekend and public holiday penalty rates, which will now go ahead unhindered after a union challenge was defeated in the Federal Court last week.

However, the workers The Echo interviewed stressed that there were many fair and decent employers in the local hospitality industry who deserved to be acknowledged.

In the other places Ive worked, I was treated much better, Michael says of his experience after he left the take-away outlet about a month after starting.

You can see the difference straight away when you find a good place..........


Ministers attempt to sell new energy plan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Photo Michael Coghlan

Photo Michael Coghlan

The Turnbull governments big guns have hit the airwaves to sell its new energy policy as they face questions about the lack of modelling for how much households will save.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull released plans for a national energy guarantee on Tuesday, ditching the clean energy target proposed by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.

Instead, he hopes a two-pronged policy will deliver power bill cuts of up to $115 a year by 2030.

Mr Turnbull claims thousands of households, who face average bills of between $2500 and $2700, have already seen reductions of about $400 by switching to the right price plan.

Were working to make electricity affordable, Labor is working to make it unaffordable and unreliable, he told the Nine Network on Wednesday.

Despite ferocious criticism from the Labor states, Mr Turnbull was trying to remain upbeat about support for the proposals.

The states would get the same advice from the Energy Security Board as it gave the government, he said.

Quizzed about the absence of modelling, Treasurer Scott Morrison said it was contained in advice from the board.

They have advised in their letter to us that that is their assessment based on their analysis of other systems, he told ABC radio.

Mr Morrison accused Labor of sledging and bullying the experts, saying more figures would be available as they were developed.

Under the policy, energy retailers would need to meet guarantees on reliability and emissions but how they do it would be up to them.

The reliability guarantee level will be set by the Australian Energy Market Commission and Australian Energy Market Operator, and penalties for retailers missing the guarantee have yet to be determined.

The emissions guarantee will be enforced by the Australian Energy Regulator.

Mr Turnbull described it as a game-changer, while Dr Finkel said it was in line with what he recommended and would put downward pressure on prices.

However, Labor says the policy could deliver savings of as little as a 50 cents a week from 2020 and there was not...


Women see barriers to politics career "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Young Australian women are being turned off pursuing a career in politics because they think they will be treated unfairly and could face barriers if they start a family.

The findings are based on a survey of 530 young women and men by Plan International Australia to gauge their interest in a political career, the potential barriers they could face, and their views on how women are treated in parliament.

More than 40 per cent of women believed starting a family would be a barrier to a political career, while more than half thought female politicians were unfairly treated by the media and their male counterparts, Plans She Can Lead survey found.

Just one of the 267 young women surveyed indicated she was interested in a career in politics, compared with eight of the young men.

Nearly half of the women said there werent enough opportunities for them in politics, with one in three believing their gender was an obstacle to them becoming a politician.

Among the men, a quarter believed women should focus on starting a family before entering politics, compared to just 13 per cent of women.

A fifth of men also felt men made better pollies than women, with only eight per cent of women agreeing.

Nearly two thirds of women want political parties to increase female representation among their ranks, while less than half of men backed such a move.

Plan International Australias deputy chief Susanne Legena said Australia was going backwards on many fronts when it comes to encouraging women to embark on political careers.

At the moment there is a narrow view of who can and should be in politics, she said on Wednesday.

Its limiting and people self-select out and our parliament is poorer for it.

When you consider how women in politics are often the target of snide remarks, called catty or witches and even hissed at simply for stating their opinions and all of this discriminatory behaviour in the public forum of the parliament its no wonder young women are put off by a life of politics.

The release of the survey coincided with a group of 17 of Plans youth activists prepared to take over federal parliament, where less than a third of seats are held by women, and work alongside MPs and senators for the day.

Ms Legena said Plan hoped all political parties would review their candidate selection procedures, as well as encourage women to stand for election and increase the number of women selected in winnable seats in the hope of having Australias first gender-equal federal election in 2019.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham pulled out of the event last week after Plan matched him with a 32-year-old Muslim activist and mana...


Mullumbimby affordable ecovillage proposed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



Malcolm Price

Gentrification and the housing boom have impacted significantly on our community.

Young adults and families, older people, especially women, and people with limited incomes, have been displaced or locked into extreme housing stress.

There are virtually no stable, low-cost, affordable housing options to rent or buy.

Even the many recently created backyard granny flats have tended to be appropriated for short-term Airbnb rental. The result is rapid destructive change in our small community, forcing people with limited financial means to move away from their social networks or live in poverty.

Social Habitat Housing Inc is proposing a community-led, not-for-profit, tiny- house ecovillage and affordable-living project that will be environmentally sustainable and genuinely low cost. The first village is proposed to be located on council-owned land adjoining the Mullumbimby Community Garden.

The heart of the housing model uses a reinvention of the manufactured home estate to create three hamlets of approximately 50 dwellings each. Low-cost housing will be achieved by small energy- efficient modular dwellings (30120sqm), on small lots of 100200sqm. At the heart of each hamlet, there will be both a physical and virtual community hub including:

  • An internet platform/app to help manage affordable living community services, such as power and telecommunications;
  • A village green;
  • A large community shed that houses a community kitchen, workshop; up to 100kW of solar panels on the roof and rental work space;
  • Streets will be planted with fruit trees; and
  • The surrounding verge of each hamlet managed as food gardens, either communal or rental allotments.

The overall compactness of each hamlet site means it is relatively low cost to provide this supporting infrastructure.

The initial project will transform the degraded, council-owned cow paddock beyond and around the Mullumbimby Community Gardens.

It begins by digging out existing sedimented waterways to restore natural flows and detention on the floodplain.

The earth will be deposited to form three raised hum...


Yes has big lead in marriage vote: poll "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Supporters of same-sex marriage. Photo: GetUp

Supporters of same-sex marriage. Photo: GetUp

The yes vote is prevailing in the same-sex marriage postal survey, much to the delight of Malcolm Turnbull.

A Newspoll, published in The Australian on Wednesday, shows 59 per cent of eligible Australians have already voted yes, with only 38 per cent voting no.

Traditional marriage supporters would need to win three out of every four remaining votes for the no case to prevail.

The prime minister is pleased Australians are embracing the survey.

Certainly Lucy and I voted yes and I would be delighted if there was a yes vote recorded, he told the Nine Network.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says 67 per cent of ballot papers have been returned.

We may well see a participation rate over 70 per cent that would be extraordinary, Mr Turnbull said.

That will prove that we were right. Australians did want to have their say and theyre having their say.

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Google Drones Will Begin Test Dropping Burritos Into Yards In Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The future of burrito delivery has arrived in Australia. Google drones will soon be able to drop burritos into the yards of customers in the land down under.

The plan for Google affiliate Project Wing, which on Tuesday announced new tests of its drone delivery service with two Australian businesses, a Mexican taqueria chain, and a drugstore company, is to drop piping hot burritos into peoples yards. Last year, Wing launched a pilot program with the University of Virginia thanks to a Federal Aviation Authority-approved partnership with Chipotle.

According to The Verge, Wings drones will be delivering third-party products in Australia to individual homes. Australia is a more fertile testing ground for drone delivery technology because of its lax regulatory environment. For example, last year, Wing had to deliver to Virginia Tech students in a large open field. Strict FAA regulations, along with leadership changes, have also made it difficult for Wing to secure more partnerships in the US.

The Australian tests are taking place in a rural community near Canberra, the national capital, where residents face a 40-minute round trip in the car for almost anything, whether its a carton of milk, veggies for dinner, or a cup of coffee, James Burgess, one of Project Wings managers said in a company blog post. But the drone delivery isnt all that simple either.

With each delivery, we encounter a new yard space with its own layout of trees, sheds, fences, and power lines, Burgess wrote. The issues range from programming the devices to maneuver safely around obstacles like parked cars or outdoor furniture to following customers wishes to set down perishable food items close to their kitchens. The information we gather from both of th...



Catherine French chats to cabaret performer about her art and upcoming performance at The Village Festival.



Byrons Velvet Cafe inspires writers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Velvet Cafe mural. Photo supplied.

Velvet Cafe mural. Photo supplied.

There were over 100 entries into the inaugural Velvet Cafe writing competition and the winners of the three categories have now been announced. Entrants were asked to use the mural on the cafe wall as inspiration for their 300 word short stories.

So many of the stories captured the feeling of the Velvet mural in inventive ways, said one of the judges Tristan Bancks, author of Two Wolves and My Life and Other Stuff series.

Short stories are difficult because they require so much character, emotion and story to be conveyed in so few words, but the stories were so strong, we found it difficult to choose a winner.

Velvet Cafe doesnt just want to offer great food said owner Annie ORourke.

When Velvet Byron Bay was first conceived, we wanted it to offer something special to the Byron community.

We wanted our food to be healthy, nourishing, locally sourced and sustainable. But we also wanted Velvet to become a place that nourished local people and talent. Thats why we chose to sponsor the 2017 Byron Writers Festival, the recent Byron Film Festival and launched this local writing competition.

Winners of the inaugural Velvet Cafe writing competition Reilly Baum (U18), Ruby Jeffries (U12), Sarah Armstrong (Judge and local author), Elspeth Lee (Over 18). Photo supplied.

Winners of the inaugural Velvet Cafe writing competition Reilly Baum (U18), Ruby Jeffries (U12), Sarah Armstrong (Judge and local author), Elspeth Lee (Over 18). Photo supplied.

Winners of the under 18 was Reilly Baum, Ruby Jeffries won the under 12s and Elspeth Lee took out the over 18 category.

I just loved seeing the diversity o...


Is Byron becoming too regimented? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mellanie Coppins treehouse is considered a permanent installation by Council staff. Photo Jeff Dawson

Mellanie Coppins treehouse is considered a permanent installation by Council staff. Photo Jeff Dawson

Aslan Shand

Is it a case of the fun place gone mad or just the fear of liability claims against the council?

Byron Bay resident Mellanie Coppin built a treehouse on the nature strip near her house. Her son and his friends and other kids on holiday or from nearby who have the skill to shimmy up the rope have enjoyed the chance to have some fun.

Virtually every day people stop in their tracks or in their cars to take photos of this treehouse. Neighbours have instagramed it, kids play in it and the positive feedback has been curiously overwhelming, said Mellanie.

Ive lived in Massinger Street for several years now and know that the treehouse does not impede any wildlife corridors. The installation was done with consideration of the tree, as well as the safety of visitors.

Removal request

But in August, the Byron Shire Council wrote to Mellanie requesting that she remove the treehouse.

Council told The Echo, While Council supports the great benefits of children playing outside and being active, unfortunately treehouses and other structures built in trees in public spaces such as footpaths and nature strips are difficult to regulate in terms of safety, construction etc.

Since then, Mellanie has been talking to Council about ways they could possibly look at keeping the treehouse in place.

As a long-term resident of Byron, I love that this town celebrates art, nature, beauty and the quirky in a way that is appreciated by its many visitors and nurtured by its residents, continued Mellanie.

Certainly it is these traits that attracts us all to living in this beautiful place. But could the removal of a humble, aesthetically pleasing, well-used an...


Fusion GPS co-founders refuse to comply with Congressional subpoena - BuzzFeed refuses to disclose who gave them the infamous dossier "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The three co-founders of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm responsible for overseeing the creation of the infamous "Trump dossier", will refuse to comply with a subpoena ordered by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, according to a letter from their attorneys originally obtained by Business Insider. But experts say the argument their lawyers are using to ask that they be excused relies on shaky legal grounds, and is unlikely to hold. Attorneys from Cunningham, Levy & Muse said in a letter that, if called to testify, their clients planned to invoke their first amendment rights to exempt them from answering questions. The move - which has all the hallmarks of a stalling tactic - is the latest attempt by the firm's founders, who reportedly were aware that not all of the allegations contained in the dossier were credible before turning it over to the FBI, to forestall delivering public testimony. Glenn Simpson, a former WSJ investigative reporter and one of the firm's three founders, met privately with the Senate Judiciary Committee for ten hours over the summer. Afterwards, a group of senators, including Democrat Richard Blumenthal, pushed for Simpson's testimony to be made public, and the committee is reportedly still mulling whether to release it.


Hollywoods Other Open Secret Besides Harvey Weinstein: Preying on Young Boys "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is a place where adults have more direct and inappropriate connection with children than probably anywhere else in the world, claimed former child actor Corey Feldman.

By Ira Madison

Last week, former child actor Corey Feldman (Stand by Me, The Goonies) tweeted that hed been asked for a statement about Harvey Weinsteins sexual-harassment and rape allegations. It makes sense, since he has spent years speaking out about sexual abuse in Hollywoodnot of women, but of young men. He has long alleged that pedophilia is the worst problem in Hollywood and that its in part responsible for his best friend Corey Haims eventual death by drug overdose.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, Feldman said: [Haim] had more direct abuse than I did. With me, there were some molestations, and it did come from several hands, so to speak, but with Corey, his was direct rape, whereas mine was not actual rape. And his also occurred when he was 11. My son is 11 now, and I cant even begin to fathom the idea of something like that happening to him. It would destroy his whole being. As I look at my son, a sweet, innocent, 11-year-old boy and then try to put him in Corey Haims shoes, I go, Oh my Godwell of course he was erratic and not well-behaved on sets and things like that. What more could we expect of him really?

He continued, Everybody deals with things differently. Im not able to name names. People are frustrated, people are angry, they want to know how is this happening, and they want answersand they turn to me and they say, Why dont you be a man and stand up and name names and stop hiding and being a coward? I have to deal with that, which is not pleasant, especially given the fact that I would love to name names. Id love to be the first to do it. But unfortunately California conveniently enough has a statute of limitations that prevents that from happening. Because if I were to go and mention anybodys name, I would be the one that would b...


Byron Councils paid paid parking survey biased: chamber "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Concerns that Councils parking management surveys are flawed have been confirmed by a statistician, say the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce.

Problems with the survey are so substantial that the results are likely to be invalid, claims chamber president Zac Tooth.

Considering that $15,000 is being spent on consultation on the introduction of paid parking in Brunswick Heads, the quality of the phone and online surveys is very disappointing. People have complained about the telephone surveyor offering an opinion on the benefits of paid parking before asking questions. They have also complained about the insistence that questions be answered about how any money raised should be spent, even when they said they had already said they dont want paid parking, says Tooth.

The phone and online surveys, which were designed by both an external company and Council staff are, either deliberately or inadvertently, written in a way that elicits a positively leaning response to questions, says Tooth. In order to clarify our concerns, we sought some expert advice.

Acting general manager Mark Arnold defended market research company Micromex, which is a company that specialises in doing professional market research and their staff are trained and skilled at dealing with the public.

He told The Echo that he believes a reasonable question to ask is: would people be supportive of pay parking if the money raised were reserved for projects in Brunswick Heads.

Yet Tooth says the report by qualified statistician Benjamin R Dexter has confirmed evidence of biased wording, poor question construction and insertion of leading opinions between questions in the online survey.

We dont think this survey is valid, Tooth says.

According to the statisticians report, the online survey doesnt get off to a good start by falsely advising that Councils independent Parking Strategy recommends paid parking when it doesnt. The statistician also notes that terms such as town centre arent defined.

Another serious concern is statements suggesting that paid parking improves turnover and parking availability for locals being inserted into the survey, says Tooth.

This leads to bias. Sadly, from many locals viewpoint, the online survey looks far more like a marketing exercise than a true consultation.

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British India @ Hotel Brunswick October 20 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

British India emerged from the underbelly of Melbournes independent music scene to take Australia by storm in July 2007 with their acclaimed independent debut album Guillotine. With support from triple J radio their songs Black & White Radio & Tie Up My Hands became arm-raising, air-punching anthems at venues and festivals across the country. British India developed a reputation for their explosive live shows and extensive touring. They took out the 2007 AIR Award for Best New Independent Artist.

One year later the band released their second album Thieves. Thieves debuted at No 5 in the ARIA Top 10 and demonstrated the bands growth, in both popularity and as songwriters Thieves featured the foot-stomping single I Said Im Sorry, and earned the boys their first ARIA Award nomination.

The band released their 3rd album Avalanche in 2010. Once again achieving an ARIA Top 10 debut. Avalanche featured one of their most popular songs Vanilla

The boys turned a new corner in their career in 2012, signing with Melbournes Liberation Records and Mushroom Music . Their 4th album Controller again debuted in the Top 10 and the band achieved their first Gold record, selling 35,000 copies of the hit single I Can Make You Love Me . This also gave the band their 5th entry into triple Js Hottest 100.

British India are recognised as of Australias most popular and hardest working bands, regularly travelling Australia and visiting rural towns as well as capitals.

Riding high on the success of Controller, the band are set to continue their rise in 2015 with the release of their new album. Wrong Direction, the first single from their forthcoming LP, is out now.



Get yourself into Tarra-Bulga this Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Do you love getting outdoors?
o Keen on gardening.
o Reasonably fit and active.
o Available next Saturday (October 21st) and have your own transport to get to Tarra-Bulga and hate weeds.
o Then helping out with weed removal at our next Working Bee could be great for you.

Meeting Point: 9.30am at the Tarra Valley Car Park
All Tools Provided: (Finish at 12.30)
BYO. Gloves, Hat, Sturdy Shoes, Drink, Snacks

RSVP: To David on 0488 035 314 or email

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Hillary Clinton Just Told Five Blatant Lies About WikiLeaks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As part of her ongoing Thank God You Didnt Elect Me tour, Hillary Clinton made her debut on Australian television last night in an interview with the ABCs Sarah Ferguson. Though she didnt repeat her infamous 17 intelligence agencies lie, which shed continued to regurgitate long after that claim had been conclusively debunked, there were still plenty of whoppers to be heard.

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Another Historic Storm: Surreal Ophelia Strikes Ireland with Hurricane Force robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ophelia is breaking new ground for a major hurricane. Typically those waters [are] much too cool for anything this strong. I really cant believe Im seeing a major just south of the Azores. National Hurricane Center scientist Eric Blake on Twitter. ***** Warmer than normal ocean temperatures due to human-forced climate change are now enabling major []

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Tweed Heads Court House takes centre stage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Celebrating the reopening of Tweed Regional Museum Tweed Heads. From left: Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, Tweed Heads Historical Society President Ross Johnson, Consultant Curator Meg McKavanagh, Tweed Regional Museum Director Judy Kean and Tweed Heads Historical Society Life Member and Emeritus President Joan Smith. Photo provided.

Celebrating the reopening of Tweed Regional Museum Tweed Heads. From left: Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, Tweed Heads Historical Society President Ross Johnson, Consultant Curator Meg McKavanagh, Tweed Regional Museum Director Judy Kean and Tweed Heads Historical Society Life Member and Emeritus President Joan Smith. Photo provided.

It is the only the only original Tweed Heads public building still in good and original condition and stage one of the Tweed Heads Court House was officially reopened with a ceremony at Tweed Regional Museum, Tweed Heads on Sunday.

The Court House is now the centrepiece of Tweed Regional Museum, Tweed Heads and has been restored and upgraded to provide an interactive experience of the building and surrounding area.

The Court House and accompanying buildings at the Museum offered a rare and important opportunity to bring this history to life, and to continue to preserve and share it, the Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, told the gathering of Tweed Heads Historical Society members and community leaders.

An appreciation of the history of this northern part of Tweed Shire, close to the mouth of the Tweed River and to our border with Queensland, is essential to understanding this Shire as a whole, Cr Milne said.

As our shire continues to grow, it becomes ever more important to offer residents, new and old, and visitors the opportunity to understand those things that have shaped this community and continue to shape it today.

She said the rich history presented by the new displays, including historic film footage, immersed visitors in this history.



Australia: Muslim cleric says Muslims can beat wives in a way that doesnt turn the skin red or dark "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Islamic apologists in the West routinely claim that Islam doesnt condone wife-beating. Yet here is a Muslim cleric who didnt get the memo. Beat her in a way that doesnt turn her skin red: Visiting Islamic preacher from Iran tells Sydney mosque audience its OK for a husband to bash his wife, by Stephen Johnson, []


Our netballers match it with the best "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The 15/U Gippsland team, back, Zali Rogers, Chelsea Bowman, Lanni Pryor, Chloe Radford, Heidi Gaudion, Jenny McRae (coach); front, Lauren Redpath (assistant coach), Darci Holmes, Gemma Thomas, Grace McRae, Lauryn King-Church and Zali Anderson.

Gippslands All Abilities team, back, Emily Drysdale, Brodie James, Mitchell Harry, Mitchell Price, Josh Latham; front, Maddison Thompson, Mycalie James, Damian Midwinter, Lauren Potter. Absent: coach Rebecca Arnason and assistant coach Lisa Kuhne.

THREE Gippsland teams competed in the Netball Vic State Titles recently at Eagle Stadium in Werribee.
Eighteen Victorian country and metropolitan regions were represented in each of the 15 & Under and 17 & Under divisions, while in the All Abilities (AA) division, there were 14 teams.
The Gippsland teams, featuring many Alberton and West Gippsland netballers, performed extremely well, with 15/U and AA making finals, and 17/U finishing fifth.
The 15/U actually finished the 17 rounds on top of the ladder, so were very disappointed to lose their semi-final by two goals to eventual winner Elmer (Western Melbourne) in a very intense, hard fought match.
Indeed, all matches on the weekend were intense and hard fought, with the best junior netballers in the state representing their regions and desperate to come away victors.
The 17/U had many very close matches and drew against both grand finalists during the rounds, so were indeed extremely competitive and matched it with the best.
Henderson (South Eastern Melbourne) was the overall 17/U winner.
Gippslands All Abilities team lost its semi-final in a great effort to eventual winners Elmer who were a very slick outfit.
Not all regions field an All Abilities team, and the fact that Gippsland does is testament to the wonderful efforts of coaches Rebecca Arnason and Lisa Kuhne, who noted that ours is the only region that fully includes the AA team as...


Leaving a Life in the Coal Mines Behind Part Three "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Quaker Activist

We continue the series from The New York Times on the retraining of former coalminers from Wyoming for jobs in alternative-energy.

By DIANE CALDWELL, Oct. 1, 2017 for The New York Times

A View Most Never See

SHAWMUT, Mont. You get a view that most people will never see, as Lukas Nelson, 27, a site manager in Ohio, put it in one of the companys promotional videos. Only a few towers have elevators, and at Goldwinds power plant here, the access is by a series of 90-degree aluminum ladders and steel mesh platforms, straight to the top.

It was Saturday morning after the three seminars, and Goldwind safety managers had delivered a brief lecture in a trailer that served as the farm office, warning of perils like rattlesnakes in the tall grasses outside and electrocution from throwing switches in the towers.

The organizers separated the crowd of about 20 into two

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Coal Plants Are Closing But Why? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


950 Jobs Lost to Closing Coal Plants in Texas - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

Coal plants all over the country are closing most notably in Texas despite President Trumps campaign promises to increase coal jobs and bring the industry roaring back to life.

Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt claimed that there was a war on coal, but that doesnt seem to be the case in light of the data from the EPA itself.

Coal jobs have been dwindling over the past several decades, not due to economic concerns or other factors, but because worldwide demand for coal is shrinking. Renewable energy has largely replaced fossil fuels, and its steadily becoming more affordable.

A Department of Energy report, issued on August 23, says, The biggest contributor to coal and nuclear plant retirements has been the advantaged economics of natural gas-fired generation.

Considering the retirement of several processing facilities, according to the report, the future of

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Urgent Action on Climate Change and our Politicians "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In my last blog I was critical of the Victorian Labor government and their defence of status quo forestry operations. My conclusion was that there were enough holes in the Kyoto forestry rules to drive a truck through and that the government, probably with some union support, was using these loopholes to claim forestry operations in Victoria were a carbon sink something that anyone familiar with logging operations could easily see was false. The problem with both major parties is that a substantial number of their elected members do not understand the global warming threat or how urgent action is required. They are, at best, happy to play by the rules with perhaps token actions.

Labors predicament can be clearly seen with its support at both a Federal and State level for the Adani mine in Queensland. No politician who understands the warming threat that further fossil fuel use will make the warming worse can even consider such a proposal. Understanding the dire nature of the threat that it is existential and already an emergency means we have to transition from the use of fossil fuels as rapidly as possible.

At the other extreme we have a most enlightened SA government (also Labor) that, as it has recently been reported,  if it was a separate country would be the worlds leader in the adoption of renewable energy and innovative technology of the future. Victoria is following SA with support for a number of wind and solar projects but still clings to the brown coal generators and outmoded forestry practices which as I have said indicates a level of ignorance of, or unwillingness to cope with, the problem.

Almost nothing has been said of the largest and most immediate benefit of saving carbon dioxide emissions through energy efficiency as it is not something that the pollies can easily sell. The same is also true with demand response where energy users are paid not to use energy when there is peak demand. Batteries and energy storage can help facilitate the latter.

Whilst the reactionaries many Liberals and most of the Nationals and others still cling to the idea of clean coal, and even nuclear energy, their window of opportunity has long passed....


#Catalonia: Welcome to Europe A Critique "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tomorrow some of the Enough team will travel to Catalonia again. They will produce independent on the ground reports about the situation in Catalonia. Last night 2 key figures of the pro-independence movement were imprisoned by the Spanish state, answered with massive protests across Catalonia. On Thursday another ultimatum by the Spanish state will end and could heat up the growing tensions between the cenral government in Madrid and the independentistas in Catalonia. A critique about a video that went viral.


Image: Massive demonstration Barcelona tonight. Protesters are demanding the release of imprisoned key figures of the idependence movement that were imprisoned by the Spanish state yesterday. Image by Twitter account @asj_dasilva.

Published by Enough is Enough.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and...


EXTRACT: Wilkie opposes new national security laws "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is an extract from the chapter The Fearful Country in The First Casualty by Peter Greste, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Peter Greste To Wilkie, Walker and Williams, there is a vital need to protect the medias oversight role, and in particular its function as a whistle-of last-resort for public servants who are genuinely acting in the interests of the public and feel that they have nowhere else to go John Biggs in Comments: To turn wrongful incarceration into such a meaningful experience Peter conveys to us is really inspirational. Just so much to digest in this conversation. Peter should be made a national hero, as should Andrew Wilkie who Peter so generously acknowledges.


Attacks, disappearances and killings by unknown persons are now part of daily life for West Papuans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Free West Papua Campaign

Attacks, disappearances and killings by unknown persons are now part of daily life for West Papuans
OCTOBER 17, 2017
The statement below has been written by West Papuan Independence Leader Benny Wenda, following a spate of brutal human rights violations committed towards West Papuan people this month.
This month, several West Papuan people, particularly activists from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) have been intimidated, attacked and killed by the Indonesian police and so called unknown persons.
  •  On 14th October, in Port Numbay (Jayapura), 19 year old West Papuan activist Alex Sambom from the KNPB went missing and the next day was found dead. He had been stripped naked and brutally murdered. It is believed that he was beaten to death with wood.
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Certain faiths are more likely to turn to religion for answers to scientific questions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When it comes to seeking answers to questions about science, evangelical and black Protestants and Mormons are more likely than the general population to turn to religion, according to a new study by researchers from Rice University's Religion and Public Life Program, the University of Nevada-Reno and West Virginia University. The study, which is slated to appear in an upcoming edition of the journal Public Understanding of Science, is the first to measure whether people would actively consult a religious authority or source of information with a question about science, said lead researcher Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, a professor of sociology at Rice and director of Rice's Religion and Public Life Program. "Our findings suggest that religion does not necessarily push individuals away from science sources, but religion might lead people to turn to religious sources in addition to scientific sources," Ecklund said. The study, "Scientists and Religious Leaders Compete for Cultural Authority of Science," is based on a survey of 10,241 Americans who provided information about their confidence and interest in science, their religious characteristics and their political ideology. The sample included a wide range of people, including all religious groups as well as the nonreligious.


Hillary gets soft book tour interview, 'she's been through enough' says journalist "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An Australian journalist who interviewed Hillary Clinton as part of her book promotion tour admitted she gave the failed presidential candidate an easy ride because "she's been through enough." Sarah Ferguson, an employee of the state-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), met Mrs. Clinton in New York to cover the newly-released book What Happened. In the course of their friendly discussion, the two covered a wide range of issues including the current state of U.S. politics and President Donald Trump's performance. Ferguson also allowed Mrs. Clinton to vent about the forces she says blocked her gilded path to the White House - not just presidential rival Donald Trump, but Vladimir Putin and Julian Assange's WikiLeaks. When asked about her silence before the angry, bewildered Mrs. Clinton, Ferguson made the startling admission that she took pity on her subject. "I reckon she's been through enough," she said on WSFM when challenged on whether the pair discussed Bill Clinton's infidelity. "You know it's a very interesting relationship. It's a very interesting marriage, but I don't think every time she sits in a chair she needs to be asked about her husband."


Over-the-top and unnecessary ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The laws adopted by the Tasmanian Government were over-the-top and unnecessary and sought to stifle the rights of ordinary Tasmanians to protest about things that affect them and their communities. In striking down the anti-protest laws today, the High Court has illustrated the real need for a Tasmanian Human Rights Act (THRA) Guy Barnett: Response to High Court Labor: High Court decision embarrasses Hodgman Government on national stage Greens: Liberal Anti-Protest Laws Condemned by High Court Libs Joan Rylah: High Court decision a disappointment Comment by John Hawkins: Rylah. It is the people of Tasmania who need protection. This from your right wing anti-the-people Liberal Tasmanian government which dances to the tune-deaf pied piper, one Erich Abetz. Your party attempts to Tim Upston in Comments: Questions need to be asked as to who is in danger in these work sites, surely it is the protesters who face off with bulldozers and irate workers (encouraged by this states Liberal Government) in their efforts to take a stand against illegal laws.It is to be hoped the various ministers who enforced these laws should be asked to pay back the overtime handed to the many police taken away from their duties to the public to sit in the bush and help fulfill some ideological campaign by big business and their eager servants, the Liberal Party.


Crown Casino allegations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will discuss the allegations concerning Crown Casino and the Victorian gambling regulator that he raised this morning (Wed) in the Federation Chamber at approximately 10:12am ABC: Crown Casino tampered with poker machines, former staff allege, as Andrew Wilkie tables claims in Parliament Andrew Wilkie: Labor and Liberal grovel to poker machine industry


CORRECTED: Earthquake recorded south east of Pakenham "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If you felt a rumbling at lunchtime yesterday it might not have been your stomach.


CORRECTED: Earthquake recorded west of Baw Baw "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If you felt a rumbling last night it might not have been your stomach after a midnight snack.


Australia: Community Members Face Court Over Peaceful Action to Stop Adanis Dangerous Coal Mine "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

from Frontline Action on Coal

Bowen, 17th October: Several upstanding members of the community will today appear in the Bowen Magistrates Court after they peacefully blocked the road into Adanis Abbot Point coal port, as part of a growing community campaign to stop Adani building their mega coal mine in Central Queensland.

The community members are facing charges of trespass for the peaceful action they took to protect communities from Adanis climate and Reef-wrecking coal mine.

Speaking about why she took action last month, psychologist Anna Molan said:

Im a law-abiding person, but at this moment in history people of conscience must take direct action to keep us all safe.

Fellow protester Eleanor Lawless, a child care worker from Canberra said:

Climate change affects those who are already most marginalised and disadvantaged. These our poorest people, our women, our first nations people. For me this is an equality issue and I am standing up for what is right and demanding climate justice by putting my body on the line to stop Adanis mine.

Mathew Bing, a shop worker from Mackay said: 

For years, Australians from all walks of life have stood up to oppose Adanis mine. We have protested, petitioned and raised our concerns about the impact on the climate, the land, our water and of course the Reef. Yet still our politicians continue to give Adani their support. Im taking action on the frontlines of this project because I value people, a safe future and a healthy R...


Market Talk- October 17th, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Having seen yet another US session, Asian markets traded firm and steady. We are on the eve of the Chinese Communist Party meeting which markets are eagerly awaiting any news and views. The Yuan continues to trade around years best levels (6.60) having spent the first six months of 2017 playing around 6.90 levels. The Yen has backed away from the mid 111s, now looking at the mid 112s as a short-term play. The Nikkei closes up for yet another day, making a significant break-away from the 21k level. In Australia the ASX performed the best with a +0.7% rally with miners and exporters helping the rally.

Interesting that both the equity and bonds and the currency declined again today in Europe as cash flow edges again towards the US markets. The German Bunds lost ground across the curve and we even saw a pick-up in French CDS (Credit Default Swaps). BREXIT negotiations remain front page news for core and peripherals and certainly remains so in the UK. This on a day where the UK inflation runs at a five year high. The Euro and GBP closed down -0.4% and -0.65% respectively. Gold traded heavy throughout the European time zone with losses of around $15, but interesting it traded heavy in European afternoon hours rather than Asia or US time zones.

The big news for the US markets was that the DOW traded 23k even though it failed to close above it. Confidence remains strong but we did see a small retracement in the NASDAQ and the broader S+P. The Treasury curve continues to flatten with 2s gaining 1bp and 10s unchanged. Late news we saw an about turn in the Canadian Dollar and Mexican Peso earlier declines on NAFTA reports that talks would extend past the 2017 deadline.

2s closed 1.55% (+1bp), 10s closed 2.30 (u/c), 30s 2.80% (-2bp), Bunds 0.37% (u/c), France 0.78% (u/c), Italy 1.99% (-3bp), Greece 5.37% (-3bp), Turkey 11.02% (+5bp), Portugal 2.28% (-2bp), Spain 1.53% (-2bp) and UK Gilts 1.27% (-6bp).


Officials Reveal Vegas Gunman Was Given Access To Service Elevator At Mandalay Bay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One of the most asked questions about the massacre in Las Vegas was, How did Stephen Paddock get hundreds of pounds of ammo and nearly two dozen assault rifles into his suite on the 32 floor of Mandalay Bay without anyone noticing? Thanks to a new report, we may now have that answerhe was allowed []


7 Major Questions From The Las Vegas Shooting That Need To Be Addressed Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nearly 2 weeks after the Las Vegas Shooting, which has been called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there are still a number of unanswered questions, and the answers law enforcement have provided have only served to complicate the situation and add new conflict to the narrative. Here are 7 major questions from []


Word Salad Wisdom. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bill Day.

James Robison is one of the Tiny Tyrants key spiritual advisors.  While shilling his new book all about Jehovah and Trump, he gushed all over the place about the amazing wisdom of the Tiny Tyrant, which showed throughTwitter.

Robison revealed that he had urged Trump not to try to speak in religious terms but to simply let his personal growth reveal to the world the way in which his faith in Christ has changed his heart, insisting that the nation is witnessing this spiritual growth in the increase maturity of Trumps tweets and his treatment of women.

Increased maturity? Lets keep in mind that the man is in his 70s, might be a tad on the late side for blooming. Lets look at some of that astonishing maturity:

With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!

Mmmm. Im reminded of Phil Hartmans Frankenstein sketches.

I have been with him in so many settings, Robison said, with so many different people, including on the plane and in the car, watching how he treats everybody. It is absolutely one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. He is so respectful and then hell get up and be like [Muhammad] Ali, punching everybody out, knocking them out and theyll think, well, he doesnt have love. Well, did you ever think maybe love knocks out the enemy that is hurting all the people that need that love? So thats what he is doing, so yes, what he is accomplishing and what must be accomplished is an answer to peoples prayers.

Uh, so now its Trump who is answering prayers? What did he do, knock god off his perch? Generally speaking, people who get punched, in any sense of the word, arent feeling loved.

He just needs to keep doing what he is doing, Robison continued. He is just getting wiser every day, his twee...


#BigbadBioenergy: October 18 is the International Day of Action on Bioenergy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

18th October is an International Day of Action against Bioenergy, called by the Dogwood Alliance, Markets for Change, Global Forest Coalition, Biofuelwatch and other allies around the world.

Whether its US Southeastern forests clearcut to make wood pellet biomass for Europe, huge swaths of land cleared to make biogas out of maize in Germany, communities in the Philippines evicted in biofuel landgrabs, or native forests in Australia burned for electricity, bioenergy is a global issue that has implications in nearly every country. On the 18th of October, unite and take action on social media to call out #BigBadBioenergy.

We want as many people as possible to take this simple action, so think about things to do in your area! For example, you may want to take a photo of yourself or your comunity holding up a placard or poster with a message, or show a photo that illustrates negative impacts of a bioenergy-related development near you. We will be using the unifying hashtag #BigbadBioenergy and sharing images on this website and this Facebook event page to show the breadth and strength of our movement to protect communities, climate, and land/forests from industrial-scale bioenergy.

This is part of the #ReclaimPower month of action against dirty energy.


Via Biofuelwatch

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Artists Illustrative UV Tattoos Come to Life and Glow Under Blacklight "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

UV Tattoos by Tukoi Oya

Melbourne-based tattoo artist Tukoi Oya uses colored ultraviolet ink to highlight specific areas of her illustrative designs. This allows viewers to appreciate them in a whole other lightliterally.

UV tattoos (also known as blacklight tattoos) are made with inks that glow visibly under an ultraviolet light. Under normal lighting conditions, Oyas delicate blackwork lines result in an impressive style; however, once exposed to UV light, her works glow vibrantly, elevating them into the extraordinary. Her fluorescent neon palettecomprising a zesty yellow, acid green, toxic pink, brilliant blue and, fiery orangecontrast against fine outlines and dotwork.

The main theme of Oyas collection takes inspiration from space and nature, and are executed in a hand-drawn style.  Her motifs include patterned planets, held in a puppeteers hands, a UV space jar, neon snakes, and floral constellationsthese ultraviolet tattoos simply radiate personality!

Tukoi Oya uses ultraviolet ink to make her tattoos glow.

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Glorious food and all things fun "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Surfside Primary School Fresh Food Fair is a celebration of food, music, market stalls, rides and much more.
The school grounds will be completely transformed on 3 November from 3pm with students artwork, live music and activities. Favourites such as carnival rides, sideshow games and a classic bake sale will also be there.
The Fresh Food Fair is the schools major fund-raising event for the year, with proceeds supporting their Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. The schools purpose-built commercial kitchen and award-winning garden give Surfside students the opportunity to gain hands-on cooking experience.
Our Kitchen Garden program is part of who we are at Surfside Primary School, school principal Mark Huglin said.
The students learn about cooking, healthy eating and gardening as well as team work, problem solving and creativity. Its an integral part of the education experience at the school.
The Fresh Food Fair is a spectacular celebration of our kitchen garden program, as well as a big fund-raising event to ensure we can continue it in 2018.
The wider community is invited to attend the Fresh Food Fair, with Mr Huglin emphasising that the fair isnt just for Surfside Primary School families, but for all to enjoy.
You can follow the fair on Facebook and Instagram ~ @surfsidefreshfoodfair and hashtag ~ #surfsideFFF.

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Win: An all-inclusive Unsound Adelaide festival experience "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Want to see sonic trailblazers push the boundaries of music and art?

Unsound Adelaide is a groundbreaking experimental music festival. As sponsors of FBi Radio, theyre giving one lucky winner and a friend an all-inclusive festival experience return flights to Adelaide, accommodation at The Mayfair and double passes to every event.

Become a supporter of FBi Radio or renew by October 27 for your chance to win.

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Win: Fitness Playground 12 month gym membership "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Ready to get harder, better, faster, stronger?

Were giving an FBi supporter a 12 month membership to Fitness Playground.

Fitness Playground has fun-focused 24 hour gyms in Surry Hills, Newtown and Marrickville, and youll get access to all of them.

Become a supporter or renew by October 27 and you could win a gold in weightlifting, or just get a little fitter.

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Monday, 16 October




Port Moresby has not seen many American designer automobiles on its streets for a very long time, not since the Jeeps of Second World War. One of the first Hummers to enter PNG was meant as a showpiece and clever marketing gimmick by a soft drink company, somewhat reminiscent of the Red Bull flare. The energy drink XOX franchise was owned by two friends, then Deputy Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Belden Norman Namah, and his friend Greg Shepherd. Namah being ex-military always liked the look of the Hummer in Desert Storm. So here it was.
At the launching, the Hummer took center stage specially painted with the effervescent energy drink colors, pink champagne corks were popped with appropriate pomp and aplomb, amidst the razzle-dazzle of the usual entourage of young nubile bodies gyrating to the techno beats blaring out of the Humming machine. Above the colour and noise of the sweaty Moresby crowd, the combined BO would have launched several rockets to the moon, no one noticed slithering out the backseat down the caverns of the undercarriage, and winding its way out was a deadly stowaway, a cobra of Indian extract.

Thats how one ANU YADAV, alias, the Indian Cobra, sometimes passes,  as the privileged son of a very wealthy and well connected ( business and politics)Brahman Indian Family from Mumbai, other times as a brave Tamil Tiger in exile from the stories he tells, and even other times as a post-graduate law student to starry-eyed young girls at the Illusions Night Club in Port Moresby  which he frequents.
If Papua New Guinea never knew Anu Yadav existed. It will now.
Why is Anu Yadav so important that we would even talk about him? I hope you will answer that question yourself at the end of this expos.
Anu Yadav was a poor struggling student in Sydney in his early 20s when as fortune would have it, he met Belden Norman Namah at the Star City Casino. Anu was an underprivileged Indian student sent by his maternal uncle to go to school in Australia. Instead of studying, he willed his days away at the Casino where he met Namah,  and instantly, the Cobra became canine, wagged his tail non-stop and did everything he was commanded, including playing fetch for Namah.
Namah was a little crude those days and the things Yadav was asked to fetch were sometimes far-fetched, but to Yadav nothing was impossible. Namah and Yadav became...


MEDIA RELEASE: Federal Government chooses coal over coral in energy plan "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Federal Government is choosing coal over coral with an energy plan that does nothing to help protect the Great Barrier Reef from its biggest threat: climate change.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS)s Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director, Imogen Zethoven, said according to media reports the government has dumped the Clean Energy Target and will support the coal industry at the expense of the coral reefs around the world including our Great Barrier Reef.

The Clean Energy Target was recommended by Australias Chief Scientist, and supported by the business sector, energy sector and investment community, with environment organisations declaring it a starting point.

Ms Zethoven said, Extending the lifespan of coal shortens the lifespan of our Reef. This energy plan will harm our Reef.

Australia must rapidly cut pollution in order to tackle climate change, and the cheapest and quickest way to do so from the biggest emitting industry (energy) was switching from fossil fuels, like coal and gas, to renewable energy like solar and wind plus storage technologies.

The priority of our federal government should be protecting our Great Barrier Reef and the 64,000 Queensland workers who depend on its health, not propping up a multi-billion-dollar coal industry.

We are experiencing record temperatures, year upon year. Weve witnessed mass coral bleachings, both this year and last. Its simple coal kills coral. You cant keep mining and burning coal with no consequences for our Reef. This government is choosing coal over coral and failing to act in the interests of Australians by protecting us and the places we love from the worsening impacts of climate change.

Ms Zethoven said switching to renewable energy and storage would deliver clean, cheap and reliable power while creating long, term sustainable jobs for the regions.

The science is clear, the economics is clear and Australians have been very clear we need more renewable energy, and fast. It is time our politicians started listening. |

For interviews and more information contact:

Dinah Arndt, 0425 791 394,
Imogen Zethoven, 0431 565 495,

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Film Review: Blade Runner 2049 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Riley Lavelle Long reviews Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to science fiction cult classic Blade Runner.

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Win: Ableton Liveschool Create & Destroy production course "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wish you could make your own bangers?

Thanks to Ableton Liveschool, were giving you a chance to learn the fundamentals of electronic music production.

Get a spot in their four-month Create & Destroy course plus a copy of the Ableton Live 9 Suite.

Become an FBi Radio supporter or renew by October 27 and you could be writing and remixing music, producing beats, and dropping your own mixtapes in a matter of months

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Win: Golden Plains tickets for you & three mates "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Photo credit: Theresa Harrison

Prepare yourself for a truly golden festival experience.

Thanks to Aunty Meredith, were giving away tickets for you and three mates to next years Golden Plains festival, held over two glorious Autumn days and nights at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre.

Become a supporter or renew by October 27 for your chance to win.

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Win: Breakfast of Champions for ten people at bills "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Start your day with something a bit more special than soggy weet-bix.

Were giving away a Breakfast of Champions to one new supporter and 9 of their best mates. Yours to use on any weekday thanks to the legendary bills in Darlinghurst.

Become a supporter before October 27 and you could be feasting at the winners buffet on Bill Grangers classic dishes.

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Win: Young Henrys Year O Beer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Stinging for an ice-cold beer? Lets go one better.

Were giving away a years supply of Young Henrys to one lucky FBi supporter. Straight from the brewery to your door quench your thirst with a fresh case of liquid gold delivered once a month for 12 months.

Become a supporter or renew by October 27 and go into the draw to win a Year O Beer from Young Henrys sponsors of FBi Radio.

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Beyond Plastic Pollution: Pathways to Cleaner Oceans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

OCEANA/Carlos Minguell

Australias first Conference focused on reducing Marine Plastic Pollution in the Asia-Pacific region will take place at Darling Harbour in Sydney from October 31st to November 1st 2017.

Bringing together business, government, science, academia and community, Beyond Plastic Pollution will seek to find pathways to cleaner oceans learning about the latest research, testing the best solutions and encouraging diverse interests to work together.

Ruth Hessey spoke with Jayne Paramour about the upcoming event.

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