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Monday, 16 April


Factom and its FCT coin: A starters guide "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In this era of data manipulation and concerns over the accuracy of information, a flawless verification mechanism is invaluable and this is where Factom comes in. What is Factom? Factom is a platform built on top of blockchain networks such as []

The post Factom and its FCT coin: A starters guide appeared first on The Global Mail.

"IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There is no denying that in the past couple of years bitcoin, and the cryptocurrency market in general, has attained critical mass. Consequently, communities dedicated to digital currency-related discussion on social media multiplied several times, as is the case with []


Yet another Ralph Blewitt conveyance file - the 4th - emerges from Slater and Gordon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On 14 August 1995 - the same day Nick Styant Browne interviewed GILLARD, her last day working as a lawyer for the firm - this search was made of the firm's LOCUS file management system. It shows 3 files related to Ralph Blewitt's property purchase. When BLEWITT's lawyers requested his...



There are so many occasions when Shirley Clamp SHOULD have been Swedens entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Of all the times shes entered, this is probably my favourite. Min krlek (Aha) Ska brinna (Aha) S klar som en stjrna i natten Min krlek (Aha) Ska finna (Aha) Sin vg i det djupaste vatten Min krlek till dig (Min krlek,


LinkedIn deceptive conduct for data harversting using Dark Patterns "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

LinkedIn is another corporation that should be in the courts if not at least in Australia, but also other jurisdictions, e.g. the U.S and E.U.

The way LinkedIn is doing this is by deliberately hiding text when a user sets up an account with LinkedIn, something that the industry calls Dark Patterns.

Let's see how long the Australian authorities will take to catch on.

It took 2 years for the Australian authorities to act on a post we posted regarding Domain name fraud.

It seem there's not much interest in protecting the Australian consumers (or rather data providers), as it's better cheaper for corporations, that the slaves compile and later provide their data to corporations for 'free'.

We do not recommend using LinkedIn.

See detailed document outlining LinkedIn's deceptive conduct;


More reports showing that 'trickle up' economics is at work in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Here is just a little of what Liberal & National party members - and their governments - refuse to understand as they support a far-right economic platform which is built on a reduction in corporate tax rates, high business profits and large management salaries in conjunction with employee wage supression, erosion of workers' rights, an increase in employment insecurity based on casual, part-time and/or employees as sham contractors and, further restrictions on eligibility for a number of basic welfare payments.

Last year, as the government prepared another round of welfare crackdowns, Minister Michaelia Cash said she expects that those who can work should work and our welfare system should be there as a genuine safety net, not as something that people can choose to fund their lifestyle.

The subtext was clear those who need help are a drain on the rest of us.
This rhetoric is familiar, but it is wrong. It is the wealthiest Australians who enjoy the most support.

Research commissioned by Anglicare Australia shows that each year, a staggering $68 billion is spent keeping the wealthiest households wealthy. That...


Fair Work Ombudsman begins another weary audit which will inevitably discover more employers behaving like criminals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Despite wage growth falling to record lows last year, the Australian Minister for Jobs and Innovation WA Liberal Senator Michaelia Cash continues to talk down any need for a substantial national minimum wage increase and praises the good will of employers big and small.

It seems she just refuses to accpet the evidence of her own eyes.......

The Guardian, 11 April 2018:

On Wednesday the Fair Work Ombudsman announced an audit targeting the fast food, restaurant and cafe sector which will penalise businesses exploiting vulnerable workers, including students, casual staff and immigrants.

It follows numerous high-profile cases of workers being exploited, including a cook who was employed by Bar Coluzzi in Sydney on a 457 skilled worker visa who was told by her boss to repay $13,952 of her wages to cover tax and superannuation contributions. She was also working excessive unpaid overtime.

The convenience story chain 7-Eleven was ...


Asia Joins Global Mega-Cities in League of Their Own "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Housing prices in Asia's biggest cities are increasingly affected by global market trends.


Once Upon A Time Long Ago Truth Was Important "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Once Upon A Time Long Ago Truth Was Important

Paul Craig Roberts

I wonder how many people, not just Americans but those in other countries, have come to the conclusion that the United States today is a less free and less aware society than the societies in the dystopian novels of the 20th century or in movies such as The Matrix and V for Vendetta. Just as people in the dystopian novels had no idea of their real situation, few Americans do either.

What are we to make of the extraordinary war crimes committed by the United States in the 21st century that have destroyed in whole or part seven countries, resulting in millions of dead, maimed, orphaned, and displaced peoples? Consider, for example, the latest Washington war crime, the illegal attack on Syria. Instead of protesting this illegality, the American media egged it on, cheering impending death and destruction.

During the entirety of the 21st century, Israel, Washingtons only allyas contrasted with the European, Canadian, Australian, and Japanese vassal states of Washingtons empirehas continued with Washingtons support, protection, and encouragement the genocide of the Palestinian people. Essentially, all that is left of Palestine is a getto concentration camp known as Gaza which is routinely bombed by Israel using weapons and money supplied by Washington. When a bombing of Gaza is announced, Gods Chosen People take their lawn chairs and picnics up on a hill overlooking Gaza and applaud as the Israeli military murders women and children. This is Americas only ally.

The crimes committed by the US and Israel are horrific, but meet with little opposition. In contrast, an alleged attack in which 70 Syrians are alleged to have died sets in motion the wheels of war. It makes no sense whatsoever. Israel routinely bombs Syrian targets, killing Syrians, and the US arms and supports the rebels that the Obama regime sent to overthrow Assad, resulting in large numbers of dead Syrians. Why all of a sudden do 70 Syrians matter to Washington?

According to the Washington authorities, or to the presstitutes reports of their statements, two or three alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities were destroyed by Washingtons missile attack. Think about this for a minute. If Washington bombed or sent missiles into chemical weapons facilities, a vast cloud of lethal gas would have been released. The civilian casualties would be many times higher than the claimed 70 victims of Assads alleged and unsubstantiated chemical attack used as the pretext for the Trump regimes war crime against Syria. There is no evidence whatsoever of these casualties.

Had there been casualties, Washingtons attack would obviously be a far greater crime than the chemical attack that Washington used as cover for its own crime. Yet the American presstitutes are c...


The Real Full Monty "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A mate and I went to the recording tonight of the finale of a forthcoming Channel 7 TV series. Its all about mens health. Its based on a popular movie. It has a confidential spectacular, ending. We had to hand our phones in to keep it all very confidential. Were not allowed to say who the final eight are. However,


Second shark attack at Gracetown, Western Australia after 41-year-old man bitten "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A second man has been attacked by a shark off Gracetown on Monday just hours after a surfer was mauled in the same area. Jason Longrass was bitten by a shark just hours after Alejandro Travaglini, a father of two from Margaret River, was attacked by a great white at Cobblestones surf break. Channel 9 reporter Michael Stamp told 6PR a the 41-year-old Denmark man was mauled at Lefthanders break about 2.40pm, just two kilometres south of the first attack. Mr Longrass said he had not realised the beach was closed, and said he saw a four-metre white pointer coming towards him. Paramedics were treating him at the beach for reported minor leg injuries.


Esoteric: intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Even a small cult can be incredibly profitable. Theres this freaky alternative medicine quack in Australia who runs a scam called Universal Medicine his specialties are esoteric breast massage, esoteric ovary massage, and connective tissue therapy. My first objection has to be that he doesnt understand what esoteric means.

The esoteric principle is that we are love innately and, unchangeably. The principles of the esoteric way of life date back to the oldest forms of knowledge and wisdom. Whilst ancient in their heritage, the principles of the esoteric life in human form have not out-dated themselves in relation to what is required of mankind to live in harmony and thus arrest any wayward conduct that does not build brotherhood within and amongst our communities everywhere.

The esoteric means that which comes from our inner-most. It is the livingness of love that we all carry equally deep within and it is this livingness that restores each and every individual back into the rhythms of their inner-harmony and thus from there, the love is lived with all others.

You want to know more? Heres a short documentary on Serge Benhayon, the guy who founded it. Hes a bankrupted ex-tennis coach with no medical degree, not even the slightest training, and he came up with the idea for his therapy while sitting on the toilet. But hes also the reincarnated spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, so you can trust him. Right.

Hes raking in $2 million a year, and he has 700 followers. Ive got more followers than that! You slackers have not been sending me a sufficient fraction of your income. All you have to do is go to my donation page and type in the amount of $3000 and click send, and if 700 of you do that, Ill have made somewhat more than Serge Benhayon. Even better, unlike Serge, I promise not to fondle your breasts and groin or stick you with acupuncture needles.

Ick. That sounds like a threat. Even if you dont send me any money, I promise not to do that. I think I just realized why Im not getting rich. Im not extortionate enough.

Anyway, one of his many laughable comments in that video is this one:

I cant be brainwashing intelligent people and educated people.

Ha. Intelligent and educated people are just as easy to fool as anyone else. You just need the right hook, and you can sucker em right in. (Damn, again just realized another reason...


Australian Authorities Charge Woman Over Darkweb Bitcoin Drug Buys "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian federal authorities have pinned multiple charges on a 32-year-old Brisbane woman for purchasing illicit drugs from the United Kingdom, using bitcoin. People shouldnt assume the dark web is invisible to Australian agencies warned Australian Border Force (ABF) Queensland regional commander Terry Price while announcing details of a joint-investigation with the Australian Federal Police (AFP)

The post Australian Authorities Charge Woman Over Darkweb Bitcoin Drug Buys appeared first on CCN


Chinese Social Network Weibo Backtracks On Gay Ban After User Revolt "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Chinese social media giant Sina Weibo has backed down from a controversial ban on online content related to homosexuality after outrage from the countrys internet users. The company, which is the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, said on Friday that for the next three months it would be removing photos, videos, text and comics with pornographic ...

The post Chinese Social Network Weibo Backtracks On Gay Ban After User Revolt appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Word in Hand at the Red Rattler "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Word In Hand hits the stage at the Red Rattler in Marrickville from 7pm on the first Tuesday of every month. This Tuesday 1st May: Flying in from the other side of the world Queensland The Travelling Sisters! Reviewed as insane geniuses of sketch comedy, theyre like no other act youve ever seen! Also, joining Word In Hand for the first time: the Mighty MC Kronic, and Matilda Langford  two budding first nations artists who have been mentored by our Queen herself, Candy Royalle! It is smooth Spoken Word for Everyone, but with an keen eye on the Queer, P.O.C & The Sisterly! Got some spoken words of your own to share? Get there early to sign up for our Open Mic!

What: Word in Hand

When: Tuesday, 1st May / 7pm

Where: The Red Rattler, 5 Faversham Street Marrickville

Tickets: $10 unwaged...


Government and media silence on the bushfire danger to Lucas Heights nuclear reactor "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lucas Heights nuclear reactor: The untold threat of the Sydney bushfires.,11401 16 April 2018

Emergency warning issued as out-of-control bushfire rages across Sydney

As fires raged in Sydney, there has not been a peep out of the mainstream media about the fire hazard to Lucas Heights nuclear complex. Noel Wauchope reports. 

THE LATEST news on the bushfires raging in Sydneys south-west is that the firefighters are cautiously optimistic and that emergency warning advice has been downgraded to watch and act.

However, the fire continues to burn in an easterly direction towards Barden Ridge and weather conditions are still dodgy, as Sydneys record-breaking heatwave looks like coming to an end.



ANSTO closes the Lucas Heights nuclear complex to all but the most essential staff "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lucas Heights nuclear organisation closed on Monday
While there was no risk to ANSTO as a result of fires near the precinct, the organisation decided to close the campus to all non-essential staff tomorrow to help minimise traffic impacts in the area.

 The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights will be closed on Monday to all non-essential staff.

ANSTO released a statement late today saying there was no risk to ANSTO as a result of fires near the precinct  but the organisation decided to help minimise traffic impacts in the area.

ANSTO infrastructure including the OPAL reactor is protected by numerous fire safety systems, policies, plans and arrangements to ensure there is never any risk to operations or safety, the statement said.

The OPAL reactor is at power and operating normally.



Russias President Putin warns of global chaos if West strikes Syria again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns of global chaos if West strikes Syria again, ABC News 16 Apr 18,   Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.

Key points:

  • Vladimir Putin said further attacks on Syria will bring chaos in world affairs
  • America accused Russia of blocking attempts to investigate Syrias chemical weapons capabilities
  • New sanctions against Russia will target companies linked to Syria

In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, Mr Putin and Mr Rouhani agreed the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the seven-year Syria conflict, according to a Kremlin statement.

Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations, the Kremlin statement said.

The warnings come as US President Donald Trumps aides announced plans for new economic sanctions against Russia for enabling the regime of Bashar al-Assad..


If a nuclear bomb were to be dropped on Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New study reveals catastrophic death toll from a nuclear attack
WHAT would happen if a nuclear bomb went off in your backyard? A chilling new study estimates the death toll from an attack on Australia.Tom Livingstone,, APRIL 15, 2018

Scientists from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have created simulations of a potential outcome if an attack did occur, and found the best course of action for people was to take shelter first and then take steps to escape afterwards.

Those who tried to seek out family members and aid and assist others were more likely to die.

In the study, it showed some people would look out for family, while others wold panic and run blindly away.

When humans carried out shelter-seeking, evacuation, healthcare-seeking, and worry combined, they were more likely to survive.

The simulation, which was first revealed by Science Magazine, shows that venturing away from a safe place leaves civilians subjected to a higher dose of radiation, which would likely prove fatal.

With President Trumps consistent tweets threatening action against Russia and North Korea in a game of who has the bigger artillery,...


Energy efficiency: More popular than puppies RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New survey reveals energy efficiency enjoys extremely high levels of public support. But thats not why we should be embracing it.

via Energy efficiency: More popular than puppies RenewEconomy


Renewable energy breeding can stop Australia blowing the carbon budget if were quick RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New research by a group at UNSW shows that it is theoretically possible for Australia to move to a renewable energy future without blowing its share of the carbon budget.

via Renewable energy breeding can stop Australia blowing the carbon budget if were quick RenewEconomy


Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan by combination of gamma spectrometry, autoradiography, and SEM/EDS analysis and implications in radiation risk assessment. By MarcoKaltofen & ArnieGundersen Highlights Radioactive particles from Fukushima are tracked via dusts, soils, and sediments. Radioactive dust impacts are tracked in both Japan and the United []

via Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan Fukushima 311 Watchdogs


Fukushima export ban maintained by Hong Kong Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

April 10, 2018 Seven years after a tsunami wiped out the nuclear reactors in Fukushima, causing widespread radiation contamination in a largely agricultural region, the Fukushima prefecture continues to struggle in getting crucial overseas markets to accept its produce. This is despite a charm offensive that saw japanese foreign minister Taro Kono visiting Hong-Kong last []

via Fukushima export ban maintained by Hong Kong Fukushima 311 Watchdogs


Is YOUR Community Willing to Accept Chemical and Radioactive Pollution from Nuclear Wastes? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Is your community willing to accept chemical and radioactive pollution from nuclear wastes? If not then write and tell the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy BEIS. Boycott their dodgy CONsultation : Working with Communities; Implementing Geological Disposal Tell them that you are boycotting their CONsultation, that you are not willing to Implement []

via Is YOUR Community Willing to Accept Chemical and Radioactive Pollution from Nuclear Wastes?


ACT takes lead on electric vehicles, all new government cars to be zero emissions RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ACT unveils major push into electric vehicles, including zero emission mandate for government fleets, charging infrastructure, use of transit lanes, salary sacrifice for electric bikes, and studies on using EVs and their batteries to help manage the grid.

via ACT takes lead on electric vehicles, all new government cars to be zero emissions RenewEconomy


Smoldering Nuclear Waste Barrel Fire At Idaho National Nuclear Lab Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Photo of an apparently similar fire at WIPP in New Mexico in 2014. The INL (Idaho National [Nuclear] Lab) nuclear waste barrel was to be shipped to WIPP, because even though INL promotes nuclear, Idaho doesnt want nuclear waste, and used legal action to get a sweetheart of a deal with the US government. It []

via Smoldering Nuclear Waste Barrel Fire At Idaho National Nuclear Lab Mining Awareness +


The US Constitution Reserves To Congress The Right To Declare War Because History Showed That Executives May Go To War For Reasons Which Are Not In The National Interest Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The British model gave the king the absolute power to make war. The American framers [of the Constitution] repudiated that form of government because their study of history convinced them that executives go to war not for the national interest but to satisfy personal desires of glory, ambition, and fame. The resulting military adventures were []

via The US Constitution Reserves To Congress The Right To Declare War Because History Showed That Executives May Go To War For Reasons Which Are Not In The National Interest Mining Awareness +


From the Nuclear Buchenwald touch (Hamiltons words in 1950) to Nuclear Extermination. Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : In 1950 Dr. Joseph Hamilton, a Manhattan Project physician involved with human plutonium injections, on unknowing victims, from 1945 to 1947, advised using chimpanzees rather than humans, for total body irradiation experiments, because If this is to be done in humans, I feel that those concerned in the Atomic Energy

via From the Nuclear Buchenwald touch (Hamiltons words in 1950) to Nuclear Extermination. Mining Awareness +


Lessons From the Fiftieth Anniversary of the King Assassination "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, in 1963. (adapted photo credit Agence France Presse/Getty Images)

By James ONeill*

The 4 of April 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King. The media coverage in Australia followed the same pattern that has been observed in the previous anniversaries. Tribute was paid t...


Hillsong Churchs debut in the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Gay Lord Brian

Gay Lord Brian Houston of Hillsong

Below is an article in ABC Australia on-line about Sydneys Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2015.

It is anticipated that Brian Houston of Hillsong Church will be ready for Hillsong Church to come out in March next years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and will lead the Hillsong float.

Darlene Zschech may sing for gay Sydney as she sang so gloriously for Pope Francis the head of the greatest gay church on the planet the Roman Catholic Church, which is also the greatest pedophilia church on the planet.

Ive embellished the gayness of the ABC Australian article and its gay pictures by adding a series of Hillsong gay pictures in the later part of this article.

In the ABC Australia article my comments are made after each photograph and the photographs comments by the ABC journalist.



Debt Rattle April 16 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

James McNeill Whistler Arrangement in Pink, Red and Purple 1883-4   US Stock Valuations Are At Multiyear Highs And Multiyear Lows (MW) Australias Lending Rules Are About to Batter Home Buyers (BBG) Macron Says He Convinced Trump To Stay In Syria (AFP) Trump Felt Misled, Angry Over Expulsion Of 60

The post Debt Rattle April 16 2018 appeared first on The Automatic Earth.


TV Broadcaster Wants App Stores Blocked to Prevent Piracy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After first targeting torrent and regular streaming platforms with blocking injunctions, last year Village Roadshow and studios including Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount began looking at a new threat.

The action targeted HDSubs+, a reasonably popular IPTV service that provides hundreds of otherwise premium live channels, movies, and sports for a relatively small monthly fee. The application was filed during October 2017 and targeted Australias largest ISPs.

In parallel, Hong Kong-based broadcaster Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) launched a similar action, demanding that the same ISPs (including Telstra, Optus, TPG, and Vocus, plus subsidiaries) block several pirate IPTV services, named in court as A1, BlueTV, EVPAD, FunTV, MoonBox, Unblock, and hTV5.

Due to the similarity of the cases, both applications were heard in Federal Court in Sydney on Friday. Neither case is as straightforward as blocking a torrent or basic streaming portal, so both applicants are having to deal with additional complexities.

The TVB case is of particular interest. Up to a couple of dozen URLs maintain the services, which are used to provide the content, an EPG (electronic program guide), updates and sundry other features. While most of these appear to fit the description of an online location designed to assist copyright infringement, where the Android-based software for the IPTV services is hosted provides an interesting dilemma.

ComputerWorld reports that the apps which offer live broadcasts, video-on-demand, and catch-up TV are hosted on as-yet-unnamed sites which are functionally similar to Google Play or Apples App Store. Theyre repositories of applications that also carry non-infringing apps, such as those for Netflix and YouTube.

Nevertheless, despite clear knowledge of this dual use, TVB wants to have these app marketplaces blocked by Australian ISPs, which would not only render the illicit apps inaccessible to the public but all of the non-infringing ones too. Part of its argument that this action would be reasonable appears to be that legal apps such as Netflixs for example can also be freely accessed elsewhere.

It will be up to Justice Nicholas to decide whether the primary purpose of these marketplaces is to infringe or facilitate the infringement of TVBs copyrights. However, TVB also appears to have another problem which is directly connected to the copyright status in Australia of its China-focused l...


Hunter-killer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Return of the Hunter!

Although Sydney has a record number of apartments under construction, the rising number of completions through this cycle to date has generally been absorbed by faster population growth. 

The vacancy rate for metropolitan Sydney declined from 2.3 per cent to 2.2 per cent in March 2018, according to the latest REINSW data.

Inner ring Sydney recorded a vacancy rate of just 1.9 per per cent - and that figure has been tracking lower for quite a few months now, down from 2.3 per cent in July last year. 

However, there have been some signs of rising vacancy rates in the middle and outer rings at 2.6 per cent and 2.3 per cent respectively. 

Smoothing the figures on a 6-month moving average basis shows the trends.

It's interesting to note that Newcastle and the Hunter Valley have seen vacancy rates tightening substantially since the coal bust of 2012. 

Further afield most regional markets are relatively in balance from a rental market perspective. 

The highest vacancy rate was in the Coffs Harbour region at 3.9 per cent. 


Sydney bushfire deemed highly suspicious as threat eases "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say.

BBC News

Helicopters water bomb a bush fire at Alfords Point and Menai. Picture by Damian Shaw

Helicopters water bomb a bush fire at Alfords Point and Menai. Picture by Damian ShawSource:News Corp Australia

A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say.

The blaze, which began on Saturday, has burnt through 2,500 hectares of land in the citys southern suburbs.

Some residents had been warned of immediate danger to their lives, but firefighters say the threat has eased.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) described the blaze as highly suspicious.

How dare anyone if they are deliberately involved in lighting fires endanger our firefighters and also [put] all these communities in harms way, said Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

The bushfire forced some locals to evacuate their homes on the weekend, while others were told it was too dangerous to leave.

Recent weather in south-eastern Australia has been unseasonably hot, with strong winds fanning bushfires.

Firefighters use helicopters to dump water on the blazeImage copyrightEPAImage captionFirefighters use helicopters to dump water on the blaze

Authorities said wind speeds were not as severe on Monday, making it easier to battle the blaze.

Mr Fitzsimmons said flames travelled right up to the back fences of houses, but no properties had been lost.

While the threat has eased, it is still a fairly vigilant fire ground and we want people to remain vigilant, he said.

There is a lot of work still to be done today and maybe into tonight before we can call the fire contained.


Serious fun at Luna Park St Kilda ( Melbourne ) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As we headed towards St Kilda to stay for the weekend we were holding a big secret back from the girlswe would be going to Luna Park for the day! They have seen plenty of pictures of it and have been past it while we have been in that area before and have always wanted to visit but until then we had not been. I have been when I was much younger and so had Mark but it would be a fantastic day out for all of us.

Luna Park St Kildafun for every family member!

Luna Park Ride Prices (unlimited rides)

Unlimited Rides Family Pass:                    $149.90

0-3 Years Unlimited Rides:                        $17.50

4-12 Years Unlimited Rides:                      $39.95

13+ Years Unlimited Rides:                       $49.95

Luna Park Ride Prices (single ride)

0-3 Single Ride Price:                                $4.95

4-12 Single Ride Price:                              $9.95

13+ Single Ride Price:                               $10.95

There is a $2 entry fee for anyone entering Luna Park St Kilda.

Rides are something that scares me a little bit so I was worried. Would there be some I would like, would there be enough to keep the girls happy, would there be ones that the girls didnt reach required heightsthen I thought, hang on, am I just totally scared of having some fun?!!

ferris wheel at Luna Park

Sunday morning came, we got up and had some breakfast before heading to the Esplanade Sunday Market for a visit. The Luna Park face had been taunting the girls since we had arrived on Saturday afternoon but for some strange reason, neither of them had asked if we were going. We got some great Turkish Delight from the market and a couple of other things before heading to Luna Park. Just out the front, we got them to pose for some photos and then gave them the news. They were so excited and there was plenty of screaming and shouting.

We made our way over to the booth to get our passes and then we were off and racing. At 11 am there were not too many people in Luna Park so keeping an eye on them was not too hard and the wait for the rides was...


127 South-African Athletes To Storm Asaba For 2018 African Athletics Championships "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

South Africas Akani Simbine (gold) wins the athletics mens 100m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN

LAGOS APRIL 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)-On the heels of its good outing at the just-concluded Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, South Africa is aiming for more glory in international athletics.
Athletics South Africa at the weekend unveiled an ambitious 127-member national preparation squad for the 2018 CAA African Senior Championships in Asaba, Nigeria between, scheduled to hold from August 1 to 5.
The squad features several athletes that won medals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, including sprinters, Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies; long jump stars, Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai.
Also in the squad are middle-distance star, Caster Semenya, hurdler Wenda Nel and Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen.
The biennial continental championships will be another opportunity for South Africa to defend its continental crown won in 2016 in Durban with a total of 33 medals, 16 of them in gold.
Kenya followed in the second position with 24 total, with eight in gold.
This years hosts, Nigeria ended with four gold medals from a total of 16.
South Africa will utilise as...


Yamba basks in the reflected glow of gold "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Area News, 14 April 2018:

Cousins Donna Urquhart (right) and Cameron Pilley have won gold in the mixed doubles squash.

They already shared family, a hometown and their childhoods - but now cousins Donna Urquhart and Cameron Pilley share a mixed doubles squash title at the Commonwealth Games.

Urquhart and Pilley won gold after defeating Indian pair Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Both a product of Yamba in northern...


US Attacks Syria: Disregards Evidence and International Law "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

US Attacks Syria: Disregards Evidence and International Law By James ONeill, On 13 April 2018 the United States, the United Kingdom and France carried out military strikes against Syrian government positions. This was claimed by the United States Government and its allies, including Australia, to be in response to the use of chemical weapons by []


Mullum group saves more precious Daintree rainforest "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kelvin Davies on some of the recently purchased land. Photo supplied

Mullumbimby-based non-profit organisation Rainforest Trust Australia is celebrating its purchase of nine properties in the Daintree lowland rainforest to protect endangered wildlife and wind back the impacts of inappropriate development.

Rainforest Trust Australias CEO, Kelvin Davies said the group acquired the properties over 18 months, with one purchase on average every eight weeks.

We were excited to discover camera traps installed on one of the blocks detected three cassowaries, a Bennetts tree-kangaroo, a musky rat-kangaroo and a red legged pademelon, Mr Davies.

Rainforest Trust Australia has now offered these properties to the Queensland government for inclusion in the Daintree National Park along with five other blocks acquired in past years.

Winding back development

The properties range in size from 1 to 20 hectares (2.5 to 50 acres), but Mr Davies said the more significant conservation benefit comes from winding back impacts of the 1980s subdivision that carved up two-thirds of the Daintree lowland rainforest into 1,100 rural residential blocks.

The winding back of development in the Daintree occurs in very practical ways. Buying land for conservation stops housing development and in locations where all of the freehold properties have been purchased and we can work with governments to close and revegetate roads, he said.

The organisation has purchased has now purchased 43 properties in the area.

MrDaviies said Rainforest Trust Australia had managed to increase its rate of land acquisition in the Daintree through community support inspired in part by its matching gift program.

100% of donations fund purchases

A generous friend of Rainforest Trust has offered to match every donation up to $50 million. So, every dollar donated to our projects is doubled, he said.

We also have all of Rainforest Trusts overhead or operating costs supported by our board of directors a...


Against neo-peasantry and the desire for self-sufficiency "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In a recent Griffith Review essay from the Millennials Strike Back edition, writer and farmer Sam Vincent says, I do want to be a peasant when I grow up. Restoring lost links between consumers and producers in a broken food system is rewarding and empowering. He describes his outlook as peasantry with the fall back of an education, options. Post-materialistic rather than circumstantial peasantry.


The Benefits of Baobab "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Dr. Mercola

If you should visit the markets across the African continent, youd find an interesting looking fruit harvested from the baobab tree (pronounced bay-oh-bahb, emphasizing the first syllable) has earned not just popularity in its native regions but superfood status worldwide. A member of the silk-cotton family (Adansonia digitata), the baobab tree typically reaches as high as 90 feet and 60 feet wide, with a broad trunk.

Merriam-Webster dictionary1 notes that its native to Africa and bears an edible, acidic, hanging fruit resembling a gourd and weighing about 3 pounds. Madagascar, the Middle East and Australia have trees related to the baobab, and theyre all incredibly resilient and long-lived, surviving up to 500 years. The bark has been (and still is) used to make cloth, rope, clothing and paper, but every part of the baobab tree has been utilized. The fruit has also been used as a natural preservative, according to Medical News Today.2

This is the only fruit in the world that dries naturally on the branch after baking in the sun for six months. Then, the large, brittle, teardrop-shaped baobab fruits (or shells) are wild-harvested in a process that involves splitting them open with a hammer or large knife to reveal a dry, cream-colored pulp surrounded by (but separated from) the seeds, which sound like a rattle when theyre ready for harvest. Pounding the pulp into a fine powder using pestles and mortars is the final step of a rather labor-intensive process.

According to The Guardian, baobab fruit contains high levels ofantioxidants, potassium and phosphorus, along with high levels of vitamin C, calcium and fiber.3 Besides commodity marketing in areas of gin and beauty products, baobab fruit, described as having a sherbet-like taste, has been diversified to make baobab yogurt, salads, smoothies, cereals, granola bars and butter, the latter being used for things like pan-frying wild-caught Alaskan salmon and flavoring baobab popcorn.

However, for manufacturing purposes, the powdered pulp is often packaged and transported to grocery stores and outlets all over the world. Some are sterilized and otherwise processed, but you may be able to find the raw, natural powder in some supermarkets.

Health Benefits of Baobab Powder

As the source of traditional medicine, the leaves an...


Qld researcher shifts focus on racism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dr Lorraine Muller. Photo James Cook University

BRISBANE, AAP Putting non-Indigenous Australians under the microscope could be key to closing the gap and cutting out racial discrimination, a Queensland researcher says.

As part of her PhD James Cook Universitys Dr Lorraine Muller interviewed non-Indigenous Australians to understand how their values and beliefs differ from Indigenous Australians.

Theyve never had to explain their culture. We have to explain our culture, but no one ever bothers explaining non-Indigenous culture, Dr Muller told AAP.

Dr Muller interviewed senior health professionals, public servants and academics on their understanding of respect, gender roles, spirituality and time, and gave examples of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people perceive these ideas.

On respect, she found non-Indigenous people view it as something that is earnt and commodified whereas Indigenous Australians see it as something everyone should receive.

Respect is often linked to money, power and social strata and Indigenous people are the lowest on the social scale, Dr Muller said.

She said these differences in beliefs can underpin behaviour including accidental racial stereotyping, particularly in healthcare.

She cited a doctor dismissing an Indigenous Australians health problems as alcohol-related despite the patient not drinking.

In that particular case, if the patient had taken offence and walked out of the doctors surgery, the consequences could have been fatal, health-wise, Dr Muller said.

She said the doctor was shocked by how instant his reaction had been to the wrong conclusion.

He knew immediately that his comment was triggered by deeply embedded cultural differences. And he didnt like it. Im sure he never did it again.

She hopes her work will help non-Indigenous people better understand themselves and their relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Theres an ulcer that hasnt been healed in Australian culture, Dr Muller said.

People have a f...


Hilariously Awful Straight Pride Flag Pulled From Amazon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A UK seller has pulled a straight pride pin badge from sales on its website and from Amazon after the product drew widespread criticism and ridicule online. The Straight Heterosexual Pride Wavy Gold Plated Flag Pin Badge, bearing various shades of beige, went viral late last week before being pulled by its seller, a company ...

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French Language Courses Still time to book! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In term 2 of 2018 we are happy to be offering 3 levels of French classes; Beginners, French Beginners Level 2, and Intermediate French (see details here).

Cost for all classes: $200/$180 concession for a 10 week course. Beginning Monday the 23rd of April

If you are unsure which course to book into please contact Emma on 0437 172 786.


ICC Submission Documents "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

RAC has been involved in drafting a submission to the International Criminal Court against current and retired Australian members of parliament for crimes against humanity. There are numerous other submissions and documents that accompany RACs submission. Read below: 1. T. Aylmer ICC Submission unredacted 1.a Aylmer ICC Acknowledgement recipt 2. A. Wilkie submission 2b AW-to-ICC-Nov-2016(...)


Sandpit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.


Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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


When is a Defendant Unfit for Trial? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Fitness for trial relates to the defendants ability to comprehend and fairly participate in the trial process. It is a procedural question which is reserved for the higher courts, such as the District or Supreme Court, and is separate from legal defences such as the defence of insanity. It is

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ELDAC: Better care at end of life gets a boost with new website "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The new End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) website provides many paths to practical and useful information for palliative care and advance care planning', says Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven.

The site is part of a 3-year project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health which aims to improve the care of older Australians through advance care planning activities and palliative care connections.

AHHA is a member of the ELDAC consortium led by the Queensland University of Technology, Flinders University and the University of Technology Sydney, and including Palliative Care Australia, Aged and Community Services Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, and Catholic Health Australia.

'As an ELDAC project partner we are proud to have been involved in the development of this website, where health professionals and aged care workers can access information, guidance, and resources to support palliative care and advance care planning for older people and their families', Ms Verhoeven said.
'One of the features of the site is a set of 5 online toolkits developed by palliative care, aged care, primary care and legal experts covering Residential Aged Care, Home Care, Primary Care, Working Together, and Legal matters.

'For example, the Primary Care toolkit, which was developed by AHHA, leads healthcare workers and primary care teams through the various steps involved in supporting advance care planning with patients and their families, including considerations for people of various religious and cultural backgrounds. There are links to fact sheets, guides, discussion starters, patient resources and podcasts.

'Users can also access materials on assessing palliative care needs, providing palliative care, managing dying, and bereavement', Ms Verhoeven said.

ELDAC website.


TABITHA MCGREGOR THIS SIDE 20 APRIL 16 MAY 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Tabitha McGregor explores the language of the unconscious, intuitively choosing found objects, words and symbols to represent life experiences and emotions.

Tabitha McGregor is an artist and designer, based on the North Coast of NSW where she lives with her husband and two young children.

Her primary medium is graphite on paper, however Tabithas newest body of work also explores alternative mediums such as sculpture and painting.

In this series, Tabitha explores the language of the unconscious, intuitively choosing found objects, words and symbols to represent life experiences and emotions. On a deeply personal note Tabithas recent loss of her mother following the loss of her father, inspired an exploration of the relationship between life and death, memory, choices, balance, love and loss.

Tabitha McGregor. The Alchemist. 2018 graphite on paper 30 x 42 cm

Deeply connected to nature, spiritualism and subconscious human memory, Tabitha comments on the innate power that comes from reducing a complex and multi layered experience into a symbolic language a central focal point, allowing not only clarity of experience but also honouring the true essence of that experience.

Tabitha enjoys the ability of telling a story through symbolism, a way of ordering the chaos of life.

Tabitha McGregor. Twice Born. 2018 graphite on paper 74 x 58 cm

Tabitha graduated with a Bachelor of Design, majoring...


Eurovision Winner Conchita Wurst Opens Up About HIV Status After Exs Blackmail Attempt "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst has opened up about her HIV status after being allegedly blackmailed by her ex-boyfriend. The glamorous Eurovision Song Contest winner revealed in a moving German-language Instagram post she had been HIV positive for many years. This is actually irrelevant to the public, but an ex-boyfriend is threatening to go public ...

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Girards Hill residents fearful after party ends in trail of destruction "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Mini smashed up by marauding teens in Lismores Girards Hill on Friday night (April 13). Photo Facebook

Police have charged a youth after an informal party at Lismores  baseball fields on Keen Street saw a large number of intoxicated juveniles make their way to Magellan Street where they engaged in an argument with a home owner in the late hours of Friday night.

But residents of Girards Hill say up to 200 drunk teens attended the party and that about six boys and a girl smashed up cars in their neighbourhood after it broke up.

Police allege that youths started entering the Magellan Street property, throwing rocks at the house and a car parked in the yard in an incident that was captured on CCTV.

The kids ran off when police arrived, although one returned a short time later and was detained before being taken home to a parent.

On Sunday police arrested the juvenile again, charging hime with entering enclosed lands and affray. He was released on strict conditional bail and will appear at Lismore Childrens Court in May.

Smashing sounds, voices yelling

But Girards Hill residents say the problem was much bigger and more widespread than police are claiming.

On Saturday one resident, Denise, took to the Humans of Lismore Facebook page to express her horror and dismay.

At 1.30 this morning I was woken by smashing sounds and voices yelling down my street. They got to my house and a guy said, Im just going to piss on this car, actually Im gonna take the Mini out, she wrote.

I then heard the smashing of glass and laughter. I dialled Triple 0 and the police came quickly. My neighbour Nick had the rear window of his van smashed as did my other neighbour on the corner.

They ran down Dawson Street and the police found them, talked to them but without footage they let them go.

The [kids] walked back up my street and started an aggressive conversation with me until Nick came along.

A group of about six boys and one girl to try and break into cars around James and Keen Street with car alarms going off.

The last we of saw them was heading back up James Street toward Cathcart Street, she wrote.

Beating ea...


Virtual Dog Walk "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On 29 April at 11:00am Dachshunds, Long Dogs, Wieners and Sausages are joining forces on both sides of the equator for a virtual group walk to celebrate the breed. To show our community spirit, and as our short statured friends are tired of dragging their bellies over rubbish, we will also use this opportunity to []


Lucas Heights nuclear reactor: The untold threat of the Sydney bushfires "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lucas Heights nuclear reactor: The untold threat of the Sydney bushfiresAs fires raged in Sydney, there hasn't been a peep about the fire hazard to Lucas Heights nuclear complex. read now...


I shot at a UFO "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hi all,

I have read of cases from overseas where individuals have claimed to have used a gun to fire at UAP. However, until today, I had never come across such a reported occurrence here in Australia.

I was browsing through a global collection of data, compiled by US researcher Michael Swords and located an Australian sighting, sent to the USA, by the Australian Centre for UFO Studies.

Part of the report form

What I found was an investigation report by R Delillo and R H Marx (reference number NA78072.) They interviewed one of the two witnesses on 12 June 1978.

Part of the investigation report
Mr G Cooke was then a 27 year old motor mechanic from Liverpool, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He was married with two children. At the time of the incident he was with a friend on a property near Orange, New South Wales, in June 1969. His statement reads:

"We went to Orange to go shooting. It was at a place about 10 miles out of town and fairly hilly and very rocky, with large boulders six feet in diameter and a few trees.It was a grazing property but we were on a slope which was above the area used for grazing. We had been out for quite a while, about 3 hours.

We were going up a hill which was fairly steep in a four wheel drive vehicle and were getting no further. My friend and I g...


Victorian Liberals Shut Down Internal Push For Gay Conversion Therapy For Children "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The president of the Victorian Liberal Party has intervened to shut down a motion calling for parents to be able to access harmful and discredited gay conversion therapy for their children. On Sunday, The Age reported a motion that would have called for health practitioners to be allowed to offer counselling out of same sex ...

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Time to dance for cancer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Creating a show and raising money for cancer has become a highlight on the Byron Shire calendar. Photo supplied.

The stars of Byron shire are coming out once again for the annual Stars of Byron Shire dance competition to raise money and awareness for the Cancer Council .

The Cancer Councils gala fundraising event, Stars of Byron Shire Dance For Cancer, will showcase local business owners, paired with local dance professionals, unleashing their inner dance diva for a panel of judges and the wider community, said Hannah Brooks who is organising the event.

You will be able to see notable Byron characters taking on styles such as tango, hip hop, pole dance, salsa and more as they shimmy and sashay their way across the stage at the June gala event.

This years star are Elsa Torresi, Hayley Walker, Kellie Quigley, Natalie Strain, Nikki Muling and  Ruth Russell who are all looking at ways to raise money for cancer.

Last years contestants raised $8,386.60 and Elsa Torresi from Main Arm Mechanical has already announced a range of fundraising activities including dancing, signing and drama classes April 22 at St Johns Hall and a speed dating event April 28 at Club Mullum. If you would like to get involved email Elsa at and join in the fun.


Toxic Mix: Bad Debts and Blowhards "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For a while it looked like one country in particular was going to crash the world economy.

The outlook for the mighty European Union seemed to centre on what happened in this tiny economy built on holidays in the sun and olive oil.

It was in distress. The government had no money. The unemployment rate was soaring. The local banks were bankrupt. Poverty and distress was everywhere.

Even the euro was said to be at risk of dying if this country was allowed to default.

As youve already guessed, Im talking about Greece.

Weve all forgotten about it now. But it grabbed the worlds headlines and shook asset markets in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis.

Remember the argument? If Greece was allowed to leave the euro, other countries could follow, leaving the Eurozone at risk of cracking.

It never happened. The headlines moved on. Stocks went up around the world. Economies grew healthier.

But the dregs of the crisis are still in the Mediterranean and reveal everything you need to know about todays economy

Greek property deals going now

The Financial Times revealed last week that around 45% of Greek bank loans are still non-performing.

That means the borrowers are not paying back their loans.

Thats very problematic for the Greek banks. They had to set aside provisions to account for all these bad debts.

The more money there is tied up like this, the fewer loans banks can lend to credit-worthy borrowers now that the Greek economy is actually growing again.

Whats the solution?

The government in Athens made a deal with the IMF and EU.

For the Greek government to get the bailout money its currently relying on to run the country, Syriza, the party in power, agreed to hold and speed up auctions on foreclosed properties. This helps clean up the balance sheets of the Greek banks.

You may not remember this but Syriza was originally swept to power on a platform of rejecting austerity and conditions that the Troika (European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF) demanded of Greece.

Syriza even promised to help indebted Greek homeowners stay in their homes.

But power can be its own reward, and Syriza eventually bent the knee to their new masters.

Now the Greek government has to stand by as ordinary Greeks have their properties sold most likely to foreign investors.

Such was the scale of the collapse that this may affect one in 10 Greeks.

Few are happy about it. Theres been violence and pr...


Beachgoers cause mayhem on Seven Mile Beach Road "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Traffic chaos on rough and narrow Seven Mile Beach Road is no longer just a summer issue, with the above photo taken on April 15. Photo Ian Cohen

A sense that yesterday might be the last summery Sunday saw people heading to Byron beaches in droves.

Among them were Byrons best-kept secrets, Kings and Whites beaches on Seven Mile Beach Road.

Social media has put an end to their secret status, with traffic swarming along the road, sometimes at dangerous speeds, all looking for somewhere to park.

One beachgoer told Echonetdaily he waited for half an hour for a legal park in the tiny carpark at Kings Beach.

At least three car-loads of people ran out of patience and drove off during that time, he said, while another three parked illegally on the side of the road.

The situation was even worse further along the road towards Whites Beach.

Local resident and former Greens MLC Ian Cohen sent through this photo of the parking chaos this morning with the following comments.

Seven Mile Beach Rd is a dead end with massive unregulated tourist car impact.

Emergency vehicles have been unable to access at least one emergency over summer.

The roadside environment is being degraded. Accidents and near misses are a regular occurrence.

If legal safe car parks are full then walk in or go elsewhere the impact is not sustainable.

The Broken Head we have all loved for generations is under threat, Mr Cohen said.


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Is It Russian Surrender that Is on the Agenda or World War 3? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If Russia and China do not take steps to defeat the US before Washington forces nuclear war on the world, we are all doomed. The American people are denied information, are uninformed, and helpless. The same is true for Europe and Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan. Even if the peoples knew, they are impotent.


Ocean Camo Leggings Localish Surf Apparel "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Localish represents the feeling of belonging to the areas and communities, whether youre a native, part-time resident, or just visiting by. Inspired by this idea, Localish apparel is made with original designs made somewhere between Hawaii and California. Localish offers wide range of surf apparel including surf leggings, womens surf t-shirts, mens surfing t shirts, mens surf apparel, womens surf apparel, mens sweatshirt hoodie, surf tank tops for men, surf tank tops for women, and many more. Yoga and Surfing leggings of Localish include the following: ocean camo leggings hibiscus leggings sup leggings women's surf leggings digi camo leggings sunset leggings camouflage legging / camo leggings surf capri digi camo leggings sup yoga leggings blue camo leggings upf leggings mens surf tank tops surfing t shirts surf tank top men's tanks surf capris Visit the website to see all products. Order now!


Change the rules and fight for democracy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Editorial comment

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) led Change the Rule campaign is necessary, if the decline in the reward for and quality of work is going to be arrested and turned around.

While it concerns work, the right to belong to a trade union and exercise the right to pursue collective interests, it is also about how we want Australia to operate as a society.

The campaign should be supported for both reasons.

And it captures the mood of the times. Anger over the cumulative restrictions that are leaving most people worse off and with fewer rights is growing.

This could prove to be an historical opportunity. Organising by the ACTU, the advertising campaign, delegates mass meetings and plans for big marches around Australia, lay a very good foundation to build a movement for change. What is going to take place over the next few weeks is part of an ongoing effort.

Victory can be won. The Turnbull government is already looking terminal and it can be pushed over. This is the immediate focus, and rightly so. For this reason, the ACTU and unions are sighting the election due next year. It is an obvious strategy.

This government does not have the legitimacy to speak for most of us. It exists to serve privilege and the interests of big business only. In doing so, it has been screwing the rest of us and selling our future down the drain. It must go.

But if experience should have taught us just one lesson, it is that we should not leave it at this. What happens after the election is just as important.

The biggest mistake of the WorkChoices campaign during John Howards time was that the organisational structure built to win it, was undone after Howard as thrown from office, and it allowed the creep back of a significant part of WorkChoices. The strength was an organised union/community alliance that brought a huge number of Australians into united and ongoing action. Its absence meant that the grass roots movement was disempowered, and the barrier towards returning to WorkChoices removed.

A movement like this is needed again, and it is up to all of us to make it a reality.

A rotten law must go. But replacing this with another one is not enough.Improvement needs action. Building a movement through the Change the Rules campaign, must be a vehicle to make Australia a more democratic place.

There is considerable support for raising the demand for the right to strike to be legislated. While this would also be a considerable advance that deserves support, it will still only be as good as it is able to be implemented. The right to strike has never existed in Australia. Although this makes industrial action more difficult, it does not illuminate it, when the dete...


Pacific Swifts at over Redcliffe Golf Club (Silcock Street entry) reported by Marie Tarrant, Marion Roper, Jack Whiting et al (Clontarf Bird Survey Group) on 16-04-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two Pacific Swifts hawking the sky above us for at least 20 minutes this morning from 9am and seemingly in no hurry to move on.


New National Advocacy and Support Group for Transgender Australians "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new national, peer-led organisation for trans advocacy and support has begun campaigning for transgender equality in Australia. Trans Health Australia, previously known as a Facebook information and news group, will now provide a national forum and campaign for rights of trans and gender diverse communities throughout Australia. Founder Melody Moore is joined by journalist ...

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Challenging day faces Syd bushfire crews "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A helicopter water bombs a bushfire threatening homes in the suburbs of Voyager Point, Pleasure Point, Sandy Point, Illawong, Menai and Bangor, in Sydney, Sunday, April 15, 2018. Photo AAP/Brendan Esposito

SYDNEY, AAP Exhausted firefighters are facing another challenging and difficult day battling a bushfire, believed to have been deliberately lit, that is still burning out of control south of Sydney.

The fire, which started at about 2.30pm on Saturday, has blackened more than 2400 hectares and continues to burn towards Barden Ridge.

More than 500 firefighters faced walls of fire, fanned by 70 km/h wind gusts on the citys southern fringe on Sunday and through the night.

It is still an active fire ground but we are not seeing the sort of weather extremes, particularly with the wind that we saw yesterday, Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters in Sydney on Monday.

Heathcote Road remains closed on Monday in both directions from Lucas Heights to Holsworthy.

About 250 firefighters are still working to halt the fire while a fleet of 15 aircraft will water-bomb the dynamic firefront, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

Fire chiefs have ordered crews to backburn in an effort to contain the blaze while simultaneously stopping the fire from advancing toward properties.

Westerly winds are expected to pick up again on Monday afternoon but will not be as extreme as conditions at the weekend.

Its certainly not the reprieve were looking for, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

Its still going to be challenging, its still going to be difficult.

A strike force has been established to investigate the blaze which is believed to have started in Wattle Grove.

So far no homes have been lost though there has been some property damage, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

He said it was extraordinary that the only reported losses had been fences, cubby houses and garden sheds.

I am not being dismissive of the loss in any way, but the fact is thats the loss we are talking about rather than peoples homes being badly damaged or destroyed, he said.



Launch of Wattles of the Mount Alexander Region "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Acacia, known in Australia as wattle, is the largest genus of plants in the country nearly 1000 species! Its brilliant flowers transform winter and spring landscapes. Our sporting teams wear its green and gold colours. Sprigs of wattle flowers adorn our patriotic events. The Golden Wattle is our national floral emblem

But how many wattle species can the average citizen name and recognise?

Our new 112 page wattle guide helps the beginner to make a start. In plain language, and generously illustrated, it presents twenty one species which flourish in the Mount Alexander region of central Victoria. And a general introduction explains different features of wattles, helping in identification and appreciation of these tenacious and beautiful plants.

The book is published by Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests in association with Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club and Connecting Country. The authors are Bernard Slattery, Ern Perkins and Bronwyn Silver.

George Broadway (President, Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club) will launch the book in the Phee Broadway Theatre Foyer, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine, on Saturday 28 April 2018 from 11 am.

Everyone is welcome, refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be available for sale.  Cost is $10.


Musk Lorikeet at Solander Esplanade near Col Fisher park reported by Jenny Murch on 15-04-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We saw more than 3 birds but were only able to capture three in the photo. Late in the afternoon when Scaly Breasted Lorikeets and Rainbow Lorikeets were active


Prominent Gay Rights Lawyer Sets Himself On Fire In Protest Suicide "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Prominent gay rights lawyer David S. Buckel died in New York on Saturday after setting himself on fire in a protest against environmental destruction. The charred remains of Buckel, 60, were found in Brooklyns Prospect Park. Buckel had spent the bulk of his career fighting for gay rights, including serving as the marriage project director ...

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Leserbrief zur Lawrow-Theorie:Das mit dem BZ ist ein ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Leserbrief zur Lawrow-Theorie:

Das mit dem BZ ist ein claim den man innerhalb von Minuten als haltlos wegsortieren kann. Kurz ein paar Fakten, vielleicht magst Du die publizieren, dann kann sich jeder selbst ein Urteil bilden.

BZ ist in der Tat ein militrischer Kampfstoff, wurde in den 50ern im Edgewood Arsenal des US Militrs entwickelt und dort auch in den Vorluferprogrammen zu MK Ultra an Rekruten und Strafgefangenen getestet. Das klingt fies, war fies, hat aber den Vorteil das wir darber heute eine ganze Menge wissen. "Moment, MK Ultra sagt der gebildete Leser jetzt, da haben die doch nicht Nervengifte getestet sondern LSD und so'n Zeug" und zwar vollkommen zu Recht.

BZ ist kein Nervengift, sondern ein Psychokampfstoff. Sinn und Zweck war nicht das Ableben der Zielpersonen, sondern die kurzfristige Aussergefechtsetzung. Das kann BZ auch recht gut, zumal das Dosisfenster breit ist, eine lethale berdosis tritt erst ab der ca 40fachen berdosierung ein (geschtzt bzw aus Tierversuchen extrapoliert, was auf dasselbe rauskommt). Die postulierte Todesart wre wohl Versagen der Thermoregulation (hyperthermia), man war auch in Edgewood nie abartig genug das herauszufinden.

Und wenn man sich jetzt ein paar Dokumente ber BZ anguckt merkt man das da was nicht stimmen kann. In der Tat ist die bentigte Dosierung sehr gering, Schwellendosis die man gerade so merkt betrgt 0,5g pro Kilogramm. Aber der "peak", also die strkste Phase der Intoxikation nach Aufnahme tritt bereits nach 8h ein. Es wirkt lange fr einen Psychokampfstoff, aber trotzdem ist man selbst bei einer satten Dosis nach 48-72h nach der Aufnahme wieder auf dem Weg in die Normalitt, und nach 5-7 Tagen wieder ganz der Alte. Die Wirkungen gehen im normalen Dosisbereich eher in den psychischen Bereich (optische und akustische Halluzinationen, Verwirrung, "mad as a hatter") und erst im hheren Dosisspektrum wirkt die Substanz deliris. Physiologisch spielt das Zeug primr am kardiovaskulren Regelkreis (Blutdruck, Puls) und spter wie gesagt an der Thermoregulation.

Die Skripals wren also entweder wegen absoluter berdosierung sptestens am Folgetag nach der Aufnahme verstorben oder nach etwa einer Woche oder 10 Tagen wieder fit gewesen. Die beiden (und der britische Cop) wurden am 4. Mrz aufgefunden und zwei der Opfer befinden sich jetzt immer noch in Behandlung. Das passt nicht zusammen.

Ich bin weder NATO-Fanboy noch RT/Sputnik-Jnger, fr mich ist der Angriff auf Syrien durch USA/UK/FR eine Farce, zumindest von Seiten der USA und des UK vielmehr ein Ablenkungsversuch von heimischen Skandalen und eine gefhrliche Eskalation des Konflikts.

Aber das was die Russen da verbreiten ist einfach ganz billiges FUD, und das widerliche ist das die sich nicht mal ETWAS Mhe gegeben haben. Law...


Canavan should come clean on slush fund - Brown "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Matt Canavans attack on funding of Australias environment groups is because he knows he has lost the environment debate with the Australian public, environmentalist Bob Brown said in Newcastle today.


Carambola (Star Fruit) Upside Down Cake "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Carambola (Star Fruit) Fruit

This is a paraphrased variation of the Mango Upside Down Cake from Linda Woodrow's amazingly useful and relevant Witches Kitchen blog which made use of a Mango seasonal glut. In the Bellinger Valley we are now entering a carambola (star fruit) glut. We find the carambola perfectly replaces the mangoes texture and taste.

The Recipe:

Turn your oven on to heat up to medium (180C or 350F).

Grease a 20 cm cake tin and line the base with a circle of greaseproof paper.

Make the carambola topping first.

Slice enough ripe carambolas to nearly cover the bottom of the cake pan in a single layer.  Arrange them in a decorative circle if you like. Sprinkle half a cup of chopped macadamia nuts...


Green Banana Rissoles-Cakes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Oven baked green banana savoury cake
Boil and mash sufficient green bananas (or plantains) to replace the meat in a traditional rissole recipe.

Blend with plain flour (wholemeal, half wholemeal is preferred), an egg if you like, crushed nuts, finely chopped vegetables, seasonings (cumin works well) and herbs of your choice until you have a mix that can be shaped into small rissoles.

Fry in a frypan using coconut or olive oil or bake in the oven to avoid oils. These little savoury cakes go well to nibble with pumpkin soup or serve with a savoury sauce.


The facts suggest Britain is not as reliant on EU as the Remain camp claim "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I have been doing some analysis of British and European Trade patterns over the Post World War 2 period. They reveal some very interesting insights that are seemingly lost in the on-going war by Europhiles against Brexit. One of the recurring themes in the Brexit debate is the so-called importance of membership of the European Union to on-going prosperity of Britain through trade. What the data reveals is that British exports growth did not accelerate with accession to the EU in 1973 and after the introduction of the Single Market, British exports to the EU started to level off and then decline rather sharply. In other words, Britain has been diversifying its exports and is less reliant on the EU than it was say in the early 1990s. The data also shows that the creation of the Single Market hasnt even boosted intra-EU or intra-Eurozone trade. Additionally, and laterally, the data suggests that the introduction of the euro has not expanded intra-EMU trade. The claims by the Euro-elites that it would were a major part of their justification for pushing through to the common currency. I consider this sort of evidence has been largely ignored by those in the Remain camp, who prefer to base their assertions on the highly questionable forecasts coming from neoliberal-inspired models, which have so far demonstrated an appalling record of accordance with the facts. The data I have shown here doesnt provide an open and shut case for Brexit. But it does show that the importance of EU membership to Britains prosperity is probably overstated and that Britain will prosper if its own policy settings are appropriate.

The anti-Brexit crowd are now leaving behind a litany of flawed statements relying on so-called research that is quickly rendered ridiculous by the passing of time that is, the evidence.

First, we had to the incompetent piece of propaganda masquerading as economic modelling from the British Treasury HM Treasury analysis: the immediate economic impact of leaving the EU (released May 23, 2016).

The stated aim of the Treasury analysis:

was to quantify the impact over the immediate period of two years following a vote to leave

A more realistic interpretation was that the Treasury analysis (using that descriptor rather liberally) was deliberately designed to bias the June Referendum vote towards delivering a Remain outcome.

I considered that Report in this blog post Austerity is the problem for Britain not Brexit.

I discussed the major flaws in the model...


Changes by Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service threaten Australian food security. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Action required before Thursday April 19.


Changes by AQIS threaten Australian food security. 


Yes, this is serious:




Climate change impacts on resorts and how theyre taking action to reduce emissions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We all know that climate change poses an existential threat to the snow and alpine environments that we love. While Australias lower mountains and modest latitude make it something of a miracle that we even have snow, there is little doubt that already our seasons are getting shorter, with less snow (our snow pack has been in decline since 1957).

But it is disturbing to see the impacts that are happening elsewhere, in countries at higher latitudes and with higher peaks. This recent story sums up some of whats happening in North America, and how some resorts are responding.

This article by Eric Niiler appeared in Wired. Some excerpts are below. Check here to read the full article.

Climate change has already made winters warmer and shorter, while a March study by researchers at Oregon State University found North Americas snowpack has declined up to 30 percent in the past century. By 2050, climate change will cut ski resort winter seasons by 50 percent, with the hardest-hit in the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Upper Midwest, according to a 2016 study by the University of Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency, and consulting firm Abt Associates.

After years of inaction, the ski industry itself is starting to take climate change seriously. Resorts are deploying new snow-making technology to adapt to unpredictable conditions, reducing the energy skiers use to get up the slopes, and even trying to alter customers habits.

Our snowpack has decreased, but I dont think its going to disappear, says Maura Olivos, sustainability coordinator at Utahs Alta, which opened 80 years ago. In the future, Olivos says skiers might not be floating on as much fluffy pow. There will be less powdery snow and more dense snow, Olivos says. Our skier expectations may have to change so they are not anticipating powder every time they come here. We are going to have to be appreciative of what we get.

More extreme weather is also impacting on infrastructure: In California resorts, high winds and snowstorms in the area knocked out power.

How are resorts....


Hardy walkers enjoy FOBIF walk "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Despite intermittent showers 18 walkers enjoyed a day visiting Browns Gully and the surrounding area last Sunday, ably led by Ron Wescott. Such a good turnout shows the popularity and value of these walks.

Recently the bush had been looking a bit tired and drab in the hot and dry weather but the damper conditions brought out the colours of the bush beautifully and gave it a rejuvenated look. The area of Candlebarks beside the gully looked especially good.

We also visited some of the nearby stone chimneys including one used by Charlie Sanger during his wanderings.

Di Davies sent us these comments:

Photo by Di Daves

Very little was flowering but fungi had begun to emerge and lichens were displaying beautiful forms on damp stumps, dripping trunks and other substrates.

The photo (left) shows Variable Sword-sedge Lepidosperma laterale growing on the side of the track. This interesting sedge, with its large basal tuft of leaves, was found growing on drier, upper slopes. It has insignificant flowers so is not often noticed or appreciated. This hardy and drought tolerant plant is well worth considering as a garden specimen. 

Thanks Ron for a great walk.




Dom Lavie sent us the three photos above. Click to enlarge.

The next walk is in Poverty Gully on May 20. There was some confusion as to whether this was going ahead due to the missing lines in the printed sheet mailed out but it definitely is and all the details are on the website.


ALBUM REVIEW: Calexico The Thread That Keeps Us "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nine albums in and Calexico are still pushing the boundaries of expectations and their own creative urges. Many of their albums have sounded produced and polished  polite even. Here they dismiss any need for a clean or cohesive sound, instead adding some grit and distortion and a gauzier texture to some the albums 15 tracks. Continue reading


INTERVIEW: Blair Dunlop "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

EMOTIONAL RESCUE Ahead of Blair Dunlops second visit to Australia, he took the time to chat with Chris Familton about his new album its blend of English folk and American country music and the role that anxiety played in its genesis. With his brand new fourth album, Notes From An Island, in his back Continue reading


LIVE REVIEW: Deer Tick @ The Lansdowne, Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Deer Tick, The Smoking Flowers, Justin & The Cosmics @ The Lansdowne, March 27th 2018 The swagger and rock hit early with Nashvilles Justin & The Cosmics laying down some primal leather and denim-clad rock n roll. The brothers Collins led the charge on guitar and vocals, the latter showing a fine line in deadpan banter, middle Continue reading


Culture Guide April 16 22: Between Two Seas, Tender Young Creatures & More "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tune in to Arvos at 4:30pm every weekday for more Culture Guide.
Brought to you by the City Of Sydney

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Stadiums Qld is a financial drain "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Sunday Mail yesterday hinted the Queensland government may replace the current board of Stadiums Queensland, given that the allegedly high charges for the use of its stadiums, such as Suncorp, are causing financial issues for football clubs. I must say I have some sympathy for the current Stadiums Queensland board, which appears to be making the best of a bad situation. They have been put in charge of a loss making government-owned business with no prospect of ever making a genuine profit. The Sunday Mail reported yesterday that:

Stadiums Queensland says taxpayers should not foot the bill for costs associated with hosting sporting events when the Government had made considerable investment in construction of the facilities. Levy prices were fixed by TransLink and Queensland Police.

Under this model, the hirer receives the majority of game-day revenue such as ticketing, signage, sponsorship and this means in Queensland, unlike many other states, our clubs have a greater potential to derive revenue from their events, a spokesman said.

Stadiums Queensland made some excellent points there. Consider the massive capital costs of its operations. Its financial accounts from its Annual-Report 2016-17 reveal depreciation and amortisation account for 49% of its expenses from current operations, $59.3 million out of total expenses of $121.5 million (see figure below).



The bombing of Syria is wrong "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The hype over the bombing of Syria has one major flaw. It was not a response to the Syrian governments use of chemical weapons. The allegation was worked in as a faint, to cover up that the real purpose.  The missile strikes are a continuation of the ongoing support for the continuation of a war that has already cost half a million lives so far and created five million refugees.

No one should use chemical weapons under any circumstances, and if they do, they should be held to account. But this is something entirely different from carrying out raids based on an allegation, which has not been properly investigated and the real facts revealed. It is said that the first casualty of war is the truth. This is no exception. Almost all western media has gone along and censored anything that suggests other than the official line handed down.

Moves to set up an international inspection team have been thwarted. Syrian government facilities can be checked out. The offer has already been made. Western backed anti-government groups should be investigated as well, give that some of them have in the past been implicated in using this type of weapon. Leaders of the countries that dropped the bombs have made it clear that they do not want an investigation. Why is this?

After failing to get support from the United Nations, the three countries violated international law and took matters into their own hands. It is likely they even violated their own law as well. This is not the first time. American president George W Bush and British prime minister did this to start the Iraq war. So did Australias John Howard.

Arguably, without supporting certain groups, and the key ones with fire power on the ground have been associated with Islamic State and al Qaeda, there would not have been the terrible toll. But saving peoples lives seem to be far less important than the strategic goals of the western powers.

That the bombing raids were carried out by the United Kingdom and France is no accident. Both are former colonial powers with interests in the region, seeking to retain an influence. They have been involved in Syria for a long time.  The participation of the United states is no surprise either. Washington has had a major hand in the war since day one.

even if by any chance the bombing had really been motivated by the use of chemical weapons, attacking a facility in or near a heavily populated place is a crimi9nasl act in itself. There is no way of ensuring that the poison will not escape to kill and injure civilians within range.

And provoking  of a confrontation with Russia is extremely dangerous, and risks plunging the world into conflict, especially when there are those who seem to be angling for a new global cold war.



Tourism board showers money on local music festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

L-R: Mullum Music Festival Director Glenn Wright, Festival General Manager Nino Haggith, musician Merryn Jeann, Ben Franklin MLC, Minister for Tourism Adam Marshall.
Photo credit Lyn McCarthy.

Mullum Music Festival has been recognized for its cultural and economic significance by being awarded flagship three-year funding by Destination NSW to help build the festivals reach.

The Hon. Adam Marshall MP (Minister for Tourism and Major Events) and The Hon Ben Franklin (Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW) made the announcement on Friday morning at Mullumbimbys Rock & Roll Coffee Company and were serenaded by local musician Merryn Jeann for their largesse.

Now in its 11th year, the family-friendly, affordable event takes place in more than 14 existing venues around Mullumbimby, including halls, pubs, clubs and streets.

Over the last decade, the festival has also developed a youth Mentorship Program where established artists on the bill mentor young up-and-coming musicians; a national songwriting competition where the winner gets to perform at the festival; and a New Orleans-style street parade.

Festival Director Glenn Wright said the benefits of the festival taking place in the town flow on to local artists, local shops, and also to the bigger cultural picture of Mullumbimby as a unique regional town and counter culture hub.

Mullum Music Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for music lovers from all over Australia, as well as overseas, Mr Wright said.

Mr Franklin said what was unique about the festival was that it embraces the whole Mullumbimby community. World class artists can perform in already existing exceptional venues in town.

This boutique Festival not only celebrates music but it also showcases the beautiful Mullumbimby community. Mr Franklin said.

According to Glenn Wright Mullum Music Festivals biggest achievement over the last 10 years has been the discovery and support of artists of the future, the e...


Relax: The Japanese Government is Chill With Your Tattoos "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its dark outside, and Ive found myself bent over a toilet seat with a hand on my bum and a foot in my face. Grunting softly, my companion pushes harder on my exposed posterior the Band-Aid just wont stay put. Meanwhile, our other accomplice is gingerly bandaging up her ankle, inspecting for any signs of ink peeping out from the sides.

Our mission? Cover six tattoos using just four Band-Aids (impossible, just in case you were wondering).

Our purpose? To bathe in a traditional Japanese onsen.

Onsen are public bathhouses that source their water from natural hot springs, and are said to improve cardiac health and clear the skin; however, many people simply visit for some good old R&R. Public bathhouses that use heated tap water are called sento, and although generally not as luxurious, they are pretty much indistinguishable from onsen to the untrained Western eye. Whether you plan on visiting an onsen or a sento, you will likely run into the same problem if you have tattoos.

Tattoos in Japan are taboo due to their association with the Yakuza, Japans notorious organised crime gang. To paint a picture of how tough these guys are, many members are missing a pinky finger thanks to an initiation process somewhat akin to an extreme college hazing ritual. Naturally, many Japanese citizens are wary of the Yakuza and try to have as little to do with them as possible.

The Yakuzas association with tattoos came about in the days when tattooing in Japan was used as a form of punishment by law, both for the physical pain it inflicted and the shame it symbolised.

However, middle fingers held firmly to the law, the branded criminals began to reclaim their tattoos by transforming them into individual pieces with their own designs. This was the genesis of irezumi, or the full-back tattoo that many Yakuza members still sport today.

It is because of this tie between tattoos and Japans underworld that my friends and I found ourselves in hot water. Because interestingly, although the Yakuza is almost exclusively a mens only club, the nation-wide prejudice against tattoos also extends to women with ink. Despite wanting to experience bathing in a natural hot spring at the base of Mount Fuji in the nude, we didnt want to be those baka gaijin (stupid foreigners) disrespecting local customs by strutting in with our inked-up skin. So we continued to tear Band-Aids in half with our teeth and even contemplated drawing blood with the onsen restaurants complime...


Travelling With My Dead Grandmother "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ive never been very good at following traditions. I dont have any annual family meetups, Saturdays are almost never for the boys and I cant even dedicate myself solely to one coffee shop. So when I travel and I see all these people buying a pin in every country they go to, or religiously tracking the stamps in their passports or even just knowing the exact number of countries theyve stepped foot in, I find it really hard to relate.

There is, however, one thing I do every time I visit a new country, but it has nothing to do with tokenising my travels and everything to do with my dead grandmother.

See, Im not religious. I was raised a Catholic, but pretty much as soon as said grandmother died, the whole family stopped pretending like it was something that mattered to us. We dont even do the religious holidays anymore, which Im not that sad about, because Easter is no fun when youre lactose intolerant and Christmas is just downright hell when you work in retail. But every time I travel, some part of me (the Holy Spirit perhaps?) drives me into a church for the one tradition I have yet to forgo.

My grandmother died when I was four, and even though I remember very little about her, she and I were apparently very close. She was a tough lady who loved her family, her cockatoo and her scotch with cheese and bikkies while Wheel of Fortune was on. She was a scripture teacher and a devout Catholic. As Ive grown up, members of the family have told me various things about her, including that she would definitely not be down with me being gay (but she loved me then, so she would love me now, in my opinion), that I inherited my aptitude for cake decorating from her and that she wouldve loved to have travelled.

Now, the 70s and 80s were a different time: leisurely travel was nowhere near as common and even if it was, they did their best with the money they had. Gran wouldve been content with a trip to Queensland, but sadly travel just wasnt an option for her as it is for us now, and I always remind myself how lucky I am to be able to travel and to see the world when so many still cant.

So maybe it is this, or perhaps my ever-present guilt that I dont remember her, or maybe just the tiny piece of Catholic left in me that drives me into a church in every new country I visit to light a candle for Gran. In my mind, every time I do so, she is there with me and its another country ticked off her bucket list, as it is mine.

When I started travelling with friends, I had not prepared for having to explain why I, an atheist, wanted to vi...


Independent Artist of the Week: BLESSED "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Welcome to BLESSEDs world. Sydneys superfly, alt hip hop artist is in full stride with his confident, uplifting jams.

While most artists tend to sign major label deals after independently releasing music, BLESSED has found himself doing the opposite after almost a decade, to pretty liberating effect. After making the switch and finally releasing music under his real name (yep, it is), the mans been on a roll.

With influences like Yeezy, Pharrell and Jimi Hendrix, the singer-songwriter, guitarist AND producer from Western Sydney-via-Ghana has been giving us one punchy earworm after the next. From his debut EP Love Letters and turning point My World, BLESSEDs confidence and talent shines through his tracks.

His latest effort Superfly is an anthem. With a drum line and hooks that wont easily escape you, the track is a reminder for the self-assured dreamers that you can always find positives in the present. Add an impressive, 70s-tinged clip (featuring a little homage to the film and Curtis Mayfield track of the same name), and BLESSED has delivered an all-encompassing package of his artistic intentions.

BLESSEDs enviable personal style and taste for strong, cinematic visuals, sets him apart with one of the coolest aesthetics in Sydneys and hell, possibly Australias music scene. See it all here in the clip that was apparently made with $0 spend.



Superfly is available now on all platforms.

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Final WW1 Anzac Day Centenary Services "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This years 2018 Anzac Day services will be the last of the special Centenary Commemoration services remembering all those who served in World War 1 [more]

The post Final WW1 Anzac Day Centenary Services appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Experimental Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Man with a Movie Camera
Silent Film Classic with Live Score by Mike Cooper (UK/Italy)
Old Fire Station, View St, Bendigo
Saturday 21st April 8pm $10
enquiries 0421786595


Indo Cafe ~ Indonesian & Indian, Belmore "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Indo Cafe is tucked away in Belmore North, a fine homestyle Indonesian joint in a small local spot. Sydney has had a string of 30 plus degree days and the hot weather really got us craving some Indonesian food. We got wind of Indo Cafe from social media, photos of the catering hooked us instantly (thanks @scoffandquaff!) So off to Belmore we trot. The walk up from Belmore Station had our


MP tells parlt constituents were ignored following floods "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ballina MP Tamara Smith told parliament state and federal governments turned their back on her constituents in the wake of the 2017 floods.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has spoken in state parliament about the impact last years floods had on residents in Byron and Ballina Shires.

And while she had nothing but praise for the SES, Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre and the Red Cross in responding to the disaster, Ms Smith said the state and federal Liberal/National governments had turned their backs on her constituents while responding quickly to the needs of the Tweed and Lismore electorates, which have National Party representatives.

I pay tribute to the people of the Ballina electorate who were affected just over 12 months ago when Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit our region. The March-April 2017 floods were one of the most significant events to impact the Northern Rivers region in the past 40 years, Ms Smith said.

In the Ballina shire, an estimated 100 residents were evacuated from Cabbage Tree Island by the State Emergency Service as a precaution due to concerns about water supply and sewerage.

About 1,000 families in the Byron shire experienced flooded homes. They had to replace carpets, refrigerators, washing machines, sofas, beds and other household items.

However, they were not deemed eligible for the Disaster Recovery Payment or for the Disaster Recovery Allowance, for almost four months, despite the Lismore and Tweed electorates being ruled eligible within a few days.

The Byron Shire Council estimates that the floods affected just over 1,000 properties in the Byron shire, which equates to one fifth of the community. The Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner survey of Byron shire businesses found that 74 businesses reported that the flood had an impact on their operations.

In the absence of an official disaster recovery centre being established, the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre set up a pop up centre of its own. The centre, which provides a meal service, reported that the demand for meals went from 50 a day to 100 a day follow...


Violent Home Invasion! Home invasion victims left defenceless by Australian government anti-self defence laws! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Home invasion victims left defenceless by Australian government anti-self defence laws! Surely protecting one's self & family from harm should be a human right ???!!!


Not so comedic after all "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The harlequin is a character from 16th century Italian comedic theatre. Over time it has been portrayed as a dimwitted fool, an intelligent trickster or as a reinterpretation of the devil. Invariably it is dressed in a chequered  costume of many colours. It is the chequered colours that give the Australian Harlequin Bug (Dindymus versicolor), []


Three charged with fraud, gun and drug offences "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two men and a woman have been charged with drug, fraud and firearms offences after a police raid on a unit in Kingscliff on Friday night.

Police allege they seized a gun, a quantity of methamphetamine and cash during the raid, as well as impounding to vehicles, mobile phones, bank cards and drivers licences.

They arrested a 33-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman at the home, while a 39-year-old man who fled was arrested a short time later following a chase and an altercation with officers.

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April 16 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1788 - Governor Phillip and his party were having a stickybeak about the Fair Isle of Oz when they became the first known Europeans to see Aboriginal rock carvings at Manly Cove.

1816 - The horrific Massacre at Appin (NSW) began on this day when word came through to the soldiers charged with "rounding up the hostile natives" that a group of Dharawal people were camped near Broughton's farm at Appin. Investigating at 1am (17th April) the soldiers heard children crying at the camp before the dogs roused the sleeping Aboriginals who leapt to their deaths over the cliffs while others were shot by soldiers.

1819 - Thomas Ray ,  John Jones and Thomas Smith were hanged at Sydney for highway robbery.

1827 - While it is not possible to give the exact number of each tribe of blacks in the (Gosford) district, says a letter of April 16 1827, there are five tribes viz., the Mial or Broken Bay tribe, the Tuggerah Beach tribe, the Wyong tribe, and the Narara and Erina tribes. The three first as well as I am able to judge consist of about fifteen each and the two last of about ten each, being in all about sixty five men, women and children.

1831 - Government Order published, prohibiting the importation of preserved heads of New Zealanders.
News I'm sure gladdened the hearts of Kiwis.

1834 - Joseph Greenwood was hanged at Hobart for cutting and maiming, with intent to kill, Constable Terry.

1838 - William Bean, farm servant aged 27, tried in Kent. Dark brown hair, brown eyes; blind in left eye. Absconded from W. Cox.
You can stop looking, Bean was found and returned to the loving ? care of his boss.

1849 - The steamer ship "Thistle" sprung a leak near Spectacle Island.
The irony of the name prickles even at this distance.

1867 - Denis Murphy was hanged at Ballarat for the murder of Patrick O'Meara at Bullarook.

1868 - Again in QLD there was undoubtedly cream sponges, shortbread bikkies and the obligatory Iced Vo-Vo passed about with gay abandon when the railway line from Dalby to Ipswitch was done and dusted today.

1873 - The naval chap turned policeman turned explorer Colonel Peter Egerton Warburton suffered from Itchy this was not Rampaging Footrot but merely the urge to go trotting about the vast continent called Oz he didn't bother with any over-the-counter creams.
Instead he set off for a stroll from Central Australia today to have a Captain Cook for an overland route between here and being Alice Springs and there being Perth.

1876 - Remember them thar Fenians who were plotting and planning the escape of their compatriots from the drear Fremantle Gaol back in 1876?   Well, they'd parallel parked their ship the Catalpa between Rottnest and Garden Isl...

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Britains MI6 blamed for falsifying chemical attack in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Alex Bruce


The footage of Syrian children being hosed down with water in a hospital after an alleged chemical attack has run in thousands of loops all over Western Mainstream Media. On Thursday, Sergey Lavrov, Russias Foreign Minister and Permanent UN Ambassador claimed that these scenes were staged by British Intelligence with the White Helmets.

He referred to a video testimony of two medics from Central Hospital in Douma who say they were treating victims of smoke inhalation from a bombing when unknown people with cameras ran into the hospital, yelling about a chemical attack, which caused a panic and for people to start pouring water all over their kids. They say that no patients showed any signs of chemical exposure but they were too consumed with their tasks at hand to pay attention to those filming them.

After nearly twenty years of Americas unrelenting illegal wars in the Middle East, can we be blamed for doubting allegations of Assads use of chemical weapons?

The White House is rebuking non-believers of the Douma chemical attack. We are to believe that Western powers are responding in Syria to a Red Line that has been crossed due to Bashar al Assads alleged use of chemical weapons. This, after hed already won the civil war and supporting troops were in retreat. This, after these same powers have been spending the better part of the past two decades killing over one million Iraqis, an untold amount of Afghans, destroying Libya (at that time the most prosperous country on the African Continent) and causing the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and bombing the Hell out of Syria for the past 7 years.

Jake Morphonios asks, If we are to believe that Bashar al Assad is gassing his people, that this was a chemical weapons attack, that is the justification to go in and bomb Syria and risk World War III with Russia, folks; if Donald Trump goes forward with this, without really putting out to the public irrefutable proof and after that, going first to the US Congress to get a Constitutional Declaration of War, if Donald Trump does not do those things, I think that Donald Trump should be impeached because he is putting the lives of every single one of us at risk

If he puts my life and the lives of my wife, my children, my country, the people of the Earth at risk by going head...


Here comes World War Three "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ever been in a car thats lost control? Its a strange feeling. That moment between when youve lost control, but before you know what the outcome will be. Inertia, fear, wonder kind of mix in you. You might ask yourself will this moment define my life? A similar feeling gripped me when I heard the []


Interview with Peter Murnane "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Peter was involved in the 2008 Plowshare Action where 3 activists shut down the US Spy Base of Waihopai in Aotearoa.  


Suicide machine draws crowds at Amsterdam funeral show "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at a press of a button went on display at Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday.

Called the Sarco, short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand that contains a nitrogen canister.

The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die, said Nitschke, who has been dubbed Dr Death for his work to legalise euthanasia.

Via Yahoo News
Featured Image: Fairy Heart /Flickr

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NATION: Trump reaches for the Tomahawk while Turnbulls rivals sharpen their knives "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mafia Don, as former FBI Director, James Comey designates Donald Trump in his best-seller, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership is ever more desperate, as Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation closes its net on the nepotist-in-chief and his comic Corleone familys alleged criminal collusion with the Russian government


U of Sydney academics back BDS as Israel guns down Palestinian protesters "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dozens of academics at the University of Sydney have declared their support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, reported The Australian. According to the paper, the move comes as a response to the lethal crackdown by Israeli occupation forces on Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip. The Australian notes that signatories to the BDS pledge say they "will not attend conferences sponsored by Israeli universities, participate in academic exchange schemes, or otherwise collaborate professionally with Israeli universities until the stated goals have been fulfilled." The BDS campaign, describes the paper, is an international movement "inspired by the success of boycotts in bringing an end to apartheid in South Africa". Nick Riemer, a senior lecturer in English and linguistics at the University of Sydney and a member of its BDS group, "said the response from fellow academics was encouraging" and expressed his hope that the pledge would spread to other Australian universities. "People are already talking at Melbourne about the possibility of something like this," he said. According to the Sydney BDS website, some 40 academics have currently endorsed the pledge.


The truth hurts: why whistleblowers get such a hard time "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The truth hurts. And when you blow the whistle, people get upset


How Australia Is Becoming A Cryptocurrency Continent: Markets, Regulations And Plans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia has taken the lead when it comes to cryptocurrency regulation, and has done so with many positive and balanced intentions #ANALYSIS


Hunters Hill Great War soil samples find a resting place "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SOIL samples collected by students on Remembrance Day from the Hunters Hill RSL Sub Branch in Alexandra Street will be on public display as thousands [more]

The post Hunters Hill Great War soil samples find a resting place appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Beverly Farmers This Water "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Beverly Farmer, This Water (Giramondo 2017)

5tales.jpgThis Water is Beverley Farmers tenth book. Her first, the novel Alone, was published in 1980. Her short story collection Milk won the Christina Stead Prise for Fiction in 1984. She was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in the 1990s, and in 2009 she received the Patrick White Award, given each year in November to an Australian writer who has been highly creative over a long period but has not necessarily received adequate recognition.

As Alexis Wright said in her acceptance speech for this years Stella Prize, any book is nothing less than a monumental achievement. To have written book after book as Beverley Farmer has done, with just enough recognition from those who bestow cultural credibility, is beyond monumental.

I havent read any of her earlier work, apart from an essay or perhaps two in the late lamented Heat, but I suspect that This Water represents something like a Late Style. Theres something about its five stories that signals a grand indifference to fashion or indeed to how any reader might judge them. They are:

  • A Ring of Gold, which features an old white woman living alone (though surrounded by other people) in coastal Vi...


In Febuary-March 2018 there were 63 Notifiable Data Breaches in Australia involving the personal information of up to 341,849 individuals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In the 201617 financial year, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) reported that it received 114 data breach notifications on a voluntary basis.

On 22 February the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme came into force.

Between 22 February and 31 March 2018 there were 63 mandatory notifiable data breaches reported involving the personal information of up to est. 341,849 individuals, with 55 of these breaches reported in March alone.

Of these breaches:
24 were the result of criminal or malicious attack;
32 were the result of human error;
2 were system fault; and
1 was classified as Other.

The type of personal information involved in the data breaches:
Three of these data breaches involved the personal information of between 10,000 and 999,999 people in each instance.

At least 15 of the 63 data breached involved personal information held by health service pr...


One of those asssociated with the company behind the second push for a Yamba Mega Port allegedly used an alias when giving sworn evidence before a NSW parliamentray committee "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An open secret finally hit the headline this month......

Disgraced former senior tax official Nick Petroulias gave sworn evidence to a parliamentary inquiry under a fake name, it has been alleged in State Parliament - and seven MPs sitting across the table never twigged.

The Greens are now demanding a formal inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the appearance at the inquiry into Crown land, held in August 2016.

Mr Petroulias' face was splashed across the country's media about eight years earlier, when he was imprisoned for corrupt conduct during his stint as assistant tax commissioner.

But in Parliament on Thursday, Greens MP David Shoebridge alleged that Mr Petroulias used the alias "Nicholas Peterson" to give sworn evidence before the upper house committee, of which Mr Shoebridge was a member.


For You or Your Followers? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Shes young, pretty and bored.

She fake tans and applies makeup. Cleans her room and makes her bed. She changes out of her brothers old T-shirt she wears as pyjamas and into a new dress, clicking away at the iPhone screen.

She slides back into the daggy tee, swipes through 284 photos, marks her favourites and begins the editing process. A handful of filters make her teeth whiter and others her skin darker. Once the images have endured multiple different editing apps, shell decide which makes the cut.

Hours have passed. When her 7:30pm primetime alarm goes off, she jumps on Pinterest in search of an inspirational quote, but it gets too hard, so she decides on Day with the girls as her caption.

Validation in the form of likes begins to roll in, each comment boosting her self-esteem like nothing else in her life can.


Reality is, the majority of society will visit that waterfall, buy that eyeshadow pallet or order that smoothie bowl because theyve seen it glorified across Instagram by someone whos probably paid to do it.

On many occasions, Ive found myself forgetting to enjoy whatever I am taking a photo of.

Im out to breakfast with my friend. The food is served, but not eaten for 10 minutes. Within that time, the sugar bowl and small flower vase have been aesthetically positioned with our aai and Buddha bowls. Standing on our stools for high angle shots has caused a few unfriendly stares, but the mouth-watering snap story and cute Insta Boomerang was totally worth it.

Instagram has exploded in popularity within the past few years because its a way of social networking that connects peoples solely through visual elements. The app provides a powerful means by which to capture and sustain our attention.

Considering cafes, bars, stores and resorts will pay thousands for an influencer to po...


2018 Stolenwealth Games Gwenda Stanley Indigenous Activist "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Stolenwealth (Commonwealth) Games occurs every four years, and travels around the globe revisiting (invading) a country where the indigenous people have suffered at the hands of the British Empire.

This year the games were held in Australia on the Gold Coast in (not the) Queensland.

A camp was set up near the main venue for first nations Australians and allies to tell the world of the injustices (past and present) suffered by aboriginal Australians by the continued occupation of their land.

This interview was conducted with Gwenda Stanley who was part of the national working group organising the indigenous response to the Games.

As is tradition on 4ZZZs Indigi-Briz I began the interview by asking Gwenda what aboriginal nation she is from.

Download from Radio4all.



Bill Shorten, man of the people, eating rissoles on a Turnbull dinner setting "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Yeah but its what you do with them! Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) April 15, 2018 "Whaddaya call this darl?" "Rissoles. Everybody cooks rissoles darl." chloe shorten (@chloeshorten) April 15, 2018



Doublethink "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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The doublethink of the disability sector just astounds me. 

In case you don't know about that book...there is a book by George Orwell called 'Nineteen Eighty Four'.  Lots of people will have read it. It's a book that was written almost 70 years ago. 

The book was about this society which was run by 'the Party' - this grey, awful, brainwashed society where everything you did was watched by the government (the Party), where everything was strictly rationed, where your thoughts were controlled by propaganda, where independent thought and action or a perceived lack of loyalty was swiftly and brutally punished. 

And then there was double-think. 

Doublethink was a word that Orwell invented. The characters in the book had to learn doublethink to be regarded as a 'good Party member' - if you ever deviated from what the government was saying, it was akin to blasphemy. People who disagreed with the 'party line' were shunned.

Doublethink was about holding two contradictory beliefs in your mind simultaneously and accepting both of them. Forgetting any fact that was inconvenient, but 'bringing it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed'. It's about tampering with reality, rejecting morality while laying claim to it, consciously inducting unconsciousness.



Surry Hills on a Sunday Afternoon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As if we dont already have enough construction underway in the neighbourhood (eventually it will be awesome, but for right now, the light rail is a pain in the arse) theyre building a new apartment block on the corner of my street. Though I mostly use the back lane-way to enter my building, I thought Id go for a walk


Women's Meditation circles "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Two upcoming Women's meditation circles.

1. Wednesday 18th April at 7.30pm.

2. Monday 23rd April 10am - 12pm.

Join us for tea, meditation, and reflection.

Payment by $ contribution (suggested $10-$35).

Please get in touch with Rachael if you would like more information or to join in.


Clock Question "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


We have an old wind up clock that we've lost the key to.

Does anyone know where a new one might be found or where to go to convert it to a battery mechanism?


Janis 0466 584 397.


Sex Workers Turn to Open-Source Social Network Based in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[A] Melbourne-based company Assembly Four created Switter after its founders learned that social media platforms were either removing sex workers' content or banning their accounts. Without the time or resources to build a whole new network from scratch, the group turned to Mastodon.

The Verge reports:

Sex workers are running out of safe online spaces. Craigslist is no longer displaying personal ads. The controversial classifieds site Backpage, which many escorts used to screen clients, has been seized by the FBI. Adult content is disappearing off Google Drive, and many sex workers say they're being forced off social media. With the news that President Trump has signed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), their options will continue to dwindle and with it, the ability for many sex workers to pay their bills, let alone do so safely.

Over the past few weeks, sex workers have been turning to an unexpected platform to remain online: the social network Mastodon, under a new instance called "Switter." Melbourne-based company Assembly Four created Switter after its founders learned that social media platforms were either removing sex workers' content or banning their accounts. Without the time or resources to build a whole new network from scratch, the group turned to Mastodon.

Although ostensibly aimed at sex trafficking prevention, FOSTA's reduction of legal protections for websites is having disastrous consequences for sex workers. Faced with the new potential for litigation, many websites are removing any content or avenues that could possibly violate FOSTA. It's disconnecting many of the most vulnerable sex workers from crucial resources.

[...] Switter may offer a temporary salve for the community, yet sex workers say it cannot stand as a last bastion, an end-all be-all answer for their profession. Assembly Four says it's prepared to continue working to make it a safe destination for sex workers, but that they need real change.

"The best-case scenario would be the opposite," says Hunt. "The best-case scenario would be if we didn't need to have safe spaces, if public spaces were somewhere we were accepted."

Fast-Company, Buzzfeed...


Eurovision / Melodifestivalen Moment #4 : Nanne Grnvall "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In 2005, in controversial circumstances, Sweden chose Martin Stenmarck with his song Las Vegas (which I liked a lot) over Nanne Grnvall with her song Hll om mig (which I liked a lot more). Nanne had the popular vote (chosen by viewers), but was trumped by Martin who had the jury vote (chosen by a group of experts). There was


Blowing stuff up "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A while ago, I had a multi-topic post covering some things I hoped to expand on. One of them was this

Blowing things and people up is seen as a demonstration of clarity and resolve, unless someone is doing it to us, in which case its correctly recognised as cowardly and evil. The most striking recent example (on our side) was the instant and near-universal approval of Trumps bombing of an airfield in Syria, which had no effect at all on events there.

Weve now had another round of bombing from Trump, and yet more instant applause. As I reread the para above, and looked at evidence on the general ineffectiveness of airstrikes, it struck me that there is a big asymmetry. The satisfaction we get when our side blows something or someone up is trivial in comparison to the hatred generated when we are on the receiving end. In most cases, the people and resources mobilised against the bomber far outweigh the physical destruction the bomber can inflict. Heres a study (paywalled, but the abstract is clear) making that point about Vietnam; it seems to be entirely general.

Ive talked here about large-scale aerial bombing, but all of these points apply with equal force to bombing campaigns undertaken on the ground by non-state actors, going back to the propaganda of the deed in the 19th century. Experience has shown that deeds like bombings and assassinations make great propaganda, but not for the side that carries them out.


WERE BACK Letter to 21WIRE Readers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A NARRATIVE IN TATTERS: Propaganda poster for the UK-funded White Helmets, the Free Syrian Police and Aleppo Councils (Photo: Patrick Henningsen, May 2017, East Aleppo, Syria)

Dear Readers,

Glad to have you back. Firstly, we would like to apologise for being offline most of last week. Weve been working hard behind the scenes to get back online.

On Tuesday April 10th, 2018 at approximately 2pm EST, sustained a heavy Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber attack and were only able to restore our systems yesterday afternoon. We were not the only ones. Other leading alternative news websites were also hit at this exact time, including South Front, Hands Off Syria (Australia-based antiwar organisation), Fort-Russ, Syria News and others each covering the situation in Syria closely and truthfully. Based on the number of page requests or bots that were hitting us each hour, this seemed similar to what happened to Craig Murrays blog two weeks prior. In addition to the online attacks on alternative media outlets, Facebook was blocking similar content on their platform including South Front who appealed and were eventually reinstated. Based on these facts, we believe that its not highly likely but 100% certain that the party(s) attacking us and other similar platforms did so on behalf of a state actor and in the interests of prosecuting another illegal war by way of deception based on a false pretext. The entire false case for this latest US, UK and French missile strike relied on spurious claims made by US-funded opposition group called the...


Chemical Attacks in the Schizophrenic Age "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[Editors Note: This article is a reaction to the US firing missiles at three facilities in Syria on April 13, 2018.] 

by G5

Trump was politically captured by the bullshit momentum of the Douma non-event False Flag. Do you remember the big International consensus serenade concerning the Iraq WMD Lie, or the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and the Humidicrib evidence in 1991?

Israel and the Golan Heights

There is unrevealed consensus from the US, the UK, Syria, Russia, and France, that Israel was involved in a number of incidents in Syria, from 2012.

Israel is concerned that Syria will retake...


Sunday, 15 April 2018 - 6:51pm "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This week, erm fortnight, maybe month Look, things aren't going so well. I just can't seem to get it together, so just read this, and could you possibly spare a tenner?:


Get to know all about Sydneys stunning Forbes Street Studios "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

While Forbes Street Studio might sound like something of a high-end hair salon to some, its unassuming name actually hides a world-class recording studio which is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after recording locations in Australia.

Despite being a relative newcomer to the world of Aussie studios, Forbes Street Studios has quickly made a name for itself as the go-to location of many local and international acts.

With records by Dean Lewis and Vera Blue having been laid down within the studios walls, Forbes Streets Manager, Anthony Garvin, explains it has also played host to a number of other big name acts, including Nicole Millar, Sean Paul, The Preatures, Shawn Mendes, and Tove Lo.

Check out the studio below, and be sure to head along to their website if youre interested on laying down your own tracks at this stunning location.

Check out Anthony Garvin giving us the run-down on Forbes Street Studios:


Jennifer Hart Murder/Suicide "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fight Child Protection Department Corruption: 
Jennifer Hart Foster Parent Murder Suicide

Foster Child Abusers Murder/Suicide

When you think about your children being removed and your situation, what do you reflect on?

Were you on drugs, were you an alcoholic? Where you struggling to cope for other reasons, or simply did you ring the department of child protection to get some advice or help, for a child rather than yourself?

Did you have a stressful situation, were you leaving domestic violence and still in the danger period where the abuser is trying to protect himself against allegations of violent behaviour, and you were trying to share parenting or co parent with someone who would never do that with you?

Did you have a sick or disabled child you needed help with and instead the child was removed? I could go on and ask many questions from you, about why you lost your child, but in your wildest dreams when losing your son or daughter to the system, none of us are prepared to think that the system is not providing a safe environment for the child.

None of us prior to the explosion of the internet websites and Facebook pages and groups, would have understood the wicked web that is child protection and the dependency of what has been created as a tool to provide a multi billion dollar industry today.

This tool as a child protection industry requires a willing workforce that has the backing of the legal system and the courts of a number of western countries and utilises the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989 entry into force 2 September 1990, in accordance with article 49 to process children who are removed through their system and pump them into waiting foster homes where the money trails of government funding extend as they draw towards the end of the line. 



Do a Writing Retreat in Bali With Global Hobo "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month on an island paradise in Indonesia learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Travel to the hip Balinese surf town of Canggu with Global Hobo. Over the course of four weeks, a team of word-savvy hobos will be given intensive writing and blogging tutelage focused on travel and digital media, as well as cross-cultural training with a local language school. In their free time, hobos will be exploring every nook and cranny of southern Bali so they can put together a comprehensive online destination guide in teams. Theyll also be producing two pieces to be pitched and published online either for Global Hobo or elsewhere  which will be heavily workshopped over the course of the program.

If youre a high-school leaver, this program is the perfect mini exchange to squeeze in before you hit the books again next year. If youre already in the throes of university and studying something like journalism or communications, you may even be eligible for a full subjects credit. And if youre not studying and youre just on the hunt for a project that combines travel and writing, this is the ultimate opportunity to get some real-world industry experience.



Battle of the Bridge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The first ever senior womens Battle of the Bridge took place at Howard Harmer Oval in Barwon Heads today.
The Ocean Grove-Barwon heads rivalry is fierce and this was no exception.
Well have all the results and pics in our next edition of The Voice on Anzac Day. 

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Mary River Turtle, Hang On! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Thanks to the Guardian for bringing this to our attention:

Green-haired turtle that breathes through its genitals added to endangered list

With its punky green mohican the striking Mary river turtle joins a new ZSL list of the worlds most vulnerable reptiles

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The Mary River turtle, found in Queensland, Australia, features on a new list of the most vulnerable reptile species on the planet. Photograph: Chris Van Wyk/ZSL/PA

It spo...


Its Gonna Be a Bumpy Ride, Kid: A Note to my 13-Year-Old Self "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Looking down at my feet, I have to keep reminding myself Im wearing takeaway boxes as shoes. I curl my toes as I feel the heat from the tarmac penetrating the not-so-durable cardboard that protects my feet. I never thought I would find myself in the middle of an airport clad in such footwear, in the driest heat imaginable, waiting for a 200-seater plane to finally take me home.

At the ripe age of 13, I was not like most girls of today with their nips popping out of their shirts. Rather, I had pimples popping out from under my horrendous fringe. I remember lying on my bed with its flannelette, mandala-print sheets, hopelessly wondering what the world had to offer me in the future in terms of travel.

I dreamed of sunsets over sand dunes and exploring vast deserts on camel back, sipping champagne on terracotta terraces and, maybe, finding love with some foreign prince charming like in the clich chick flicks I would fill my Friday nights with.

When it came time to head out on my own, I soon realised that travelling is not a blockbuster movie. I didnt have a million-dollar budget; I wasnt surrounded by Clooneys and DiCaprios; and to be quite frank, camels stink like shit and champagne tastes revolting. Travelling, like the rest of life, is just a series of good and bad moments in different places that are defined by your attitude towards them.

Some may ask if Im qualified to make these accusations against a multimillion dollar industry that captures the spirit of the young and the old, and undoubtedly, I am.

So Im standing at the airport, worlds away from my naive 13-year-old self, with takeaway boxes as shoes. This odd predicament begins with a goat that I met at an animal wildlife sanctuary on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. With a few hours to fill in before my flight back home to Australia, I figured a quick visit to a local attraction, such as the animal sanctuary, could do no harm.

Making my way through the animal enclosures, I noticed a figure following me from one to the next. Enter Jonathan the goat: a small, pudgy, white-bearded creature that was fond of my company. Parading around, we took photos, we shared a salad sandwich and even fed the ducks together at a rather small pond (puddle) in the middle of the property.

It came time to leave, so I went to exit the way I came in: through a one-way turnstile activated by the ticket I purchased upon entry. Jonathan seemed quite keen to accompany me, and checking with the keepers, they seemed fine with....


Could Lucas Heights nuclear complex be threatened by current bushfires? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Unusually for a suburb, Lucas Heights does not contain a residential area. The residential area previously part of Lucas Heights was renamed Barden Ridge in 1996 to increase the real estate value of the area, as it would no longer be instantly associated with the HIFAR nuclear reactor.  [and now the Opal nuclear reactor]

Residents warned not to leave, Sydney fire worsens  SMH, By Jacob Saulwick, 15 April 2018

Fire authorities have issued an emergency warning for some suburbs in south-west Sydney, telling residents to seek shelter.

At about midday on Sunday, residents in Voyager Point, Pleasure Point and Sandy Point were advised not to leave their properties and to protect themselves from the heat of an out-of-control fire.

Residents in Alfords Point, Menai and West Barden Ridge were advised to shelter in place as the bush fire approached.

It is too late to leave, the Rural Fire Service said in a statement.

Firefighters are in these areas and are in place to undertake property protection as required, the RFS said



Royal Commission to squeeze mortgage lending "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Housing finance to slow

The Housing Finance figures were released for February 2018 this week, reported as "Housing finance falls in February" (Australian), "Falls felt for February" (Rate City), and so on.

Interesting interpretations, given that housing finance was...well, up!

Anyway, having allowed a few days to elapse, here are four thoughts.

1 - Loan sizes up

One less well reported thing that I picked up was the rise in the average loan size over the past year to non-first homebuyers. 

Across the states, Victoria has been the main driver of rising average loan sizes, although each of the most populous states has seen an increase over the year. 

As a result, owner-occupier commitments rose +1.3 per cent in February, and investor loans were up +0.5 per cent, taking total housing finance to a 6-month high of $33.52 billion.

Drilling the trendlines through the data shows that total housing finance has essentially been flat for 15 months now, while a fair chunk of refinancing has been in evidence within that total.



C wealth Games 2018: Team Nigeria increases medal haul "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As wrestlers, athletes shine   It was another flurry of medals for Team Nigeria at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, with the countrys wrestlers and relay team joining the winners. In wrestling Aminat Adeniyi made it a back-to-back victory at the Games after retaining the title she won at the last games []

The post C wealth Games 2018: Team Nigeria increases medal haul appeared first on Newtelegraph.


The Balancing Act "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We are born with sufficient energy to last the length of the life given to us. We are constantly consuming and renewing our energy in daily life. So why do we sometimes feel exhausted? Life is a delicate balance, an intricate dance between work and family, finances, relationships, and personal commitments. Lifes pressure can be []

The post The Balancing Act appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.


Ball Tampering Scandal: A Way to Divert Attention from Government Misconduct "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Former English cricket captain Andrew Flintoff told the BBC on Monday that it was absolute nonsense that the three Australian cricketers implicated in the recent ball-tampering scandal were the only players who were involved in the deceit. The now-notorious incident saw Australias Cameron Bancroft captured on television rubbing the ball

The post Ball Tampering Scandal: A Way to Divert Attention from Government Misconduct appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Leaked Congress Document Confirms Second Las Vegas Shooter "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A leaked House Intel Committee document reveals the existence of a second Las Vegas shooter Australian concert producer Brian Hodge.  Hodge was staying in the room next door to Stephen Paddock during the Mandalay Bay [...]


Is It Russian Surrender that Is on the Agenda or World War 3? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Is It Russian Surrender that Is on the Agenda or World War 3?

Paul Craig Roberts

As US President Donald Trump is said to be considering a full scale ground assault against the Syrian administration of President Bashar al-Assad, the top UN official has decried the onset of a new global Cold War and warned against full-blown military escalation in the war-torn region.

If this report of a US ground invasion of Syria is true, which I doubt, it will be a consequence of Russian passivity in the face of Washingtons aggression.

Is the Russian government too humane to comprehend the evil that Russia confronts?

If Russia and China do not take steps to defeat the US before Washington forces nuclear war on the world, we are all doomed.

The American people are denied information, are uninformed, and helpless. The same is true for Europe and Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan.

Even if the peoples knew, they are impotent.

Putin often relies on non-existent or impotent common sense in the West, but does Russia have enough common sense to realize that there is no common sense in the West that can be effective?

The Russian government does not understand that the rule of law constructed by Washington is not a rule of law. It is a rule of Washingtons rule. Washington owns Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, the Atlanticist Integrationists inside Russia, and the UN. This is why Russias appeal to the UN is pointless, as Russia just again learned:

To restate the point once again, the passivity of the Putin government in the face of Washingtons aggressiveness is leading directly to nuclear war and the end of life on earth.



Overboard Passenger from Pacific Dawn Raises Questions Regarding P&O Cruises' Credibility "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The disappearance of a 47 year-old woman last week from P&O Cruises' Pacific Dawn was one of 213 people overboard from cruise ships in the last decade and one of 7 disappearances in less than 4 months this year alone. The incident raises the fundamental issue whether it is, in fact, possible for someone to fall off a cruise ship. 

I have written about nearly 200 overboard incidents since I started this blog eight and a-half years ago.  The single most common comment which I hear is that it's impossible for someone to fall off of a cruise ship. When I reported on the recent overboard incident on the Pacific Dawn, the first comment was passengers don't just fall off of a cruise ship.

But based on some of the eye-witness accounts, that is exactly what might have happened on the Pacific Dawn. 

The 47-year-old passenger from Brisbane, Australia, was reportedly with her husband on an exterior Pacific Dawn Overboarddeck, about 15 feet away from where other passengers were playing table tennis inside the cruise ship. Several passengers said the woman "went outside to vomit as she was seasick," according to an Australian newspaper the Courier Mail.

One eye-witness told the Courier Mail that the woman began to vomit while leaning over a railing when she lost her footing and went overboard.

Another passenger, who expressed condolences to the family of the woman, posted a somber photograph (right) of an empty deck and the railing where the woman apparently went overboard. The low railings immediately caught my eye. 

A standard sized life-ring, which you can see mounted slightly above the deck, is only 28-30 inches in diameter, which suggests that the top of the top of railing is probably no more than a total of 40 to 42 inches in height. 

One of the eye-witnesses took a photograph of the railing (below right) which was published in several newspapers. The photo shows four crew members standing around the deck railing. Two of the crew members are leaning on the railing with one crew member is standing in the middle nearby the railing, which appears to barely come to the crew members' waists and the middle crew member's hips.

Several years ago, when I attended a series of Congressional hearings in....


New hut opened at Frenchmans Cap "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lake Tahune sits beneath the main face of Frenchmans Cap in south west Tasmania and the hut, nestled slightly above the lake, can be a real God send in bad conditions. While the old hut certainly did the job of providing a dry space to gather and sleep in an often cold and wet place, it was as if it was designed to ignore its surroundings.

This new one is certainly a lot nicer looking and it honours the magnificent terrain it is located in, with much larger windows and lots more natural light.

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service adds:

In a first for a bushwalking hut in Tasmania, the new design is energy-efficient, using a micro-hydro system to power the heating and lighting, providing an environmentally-friendly alternative to flying in gas or coal for heating.

The locally designed and built, energy-efficient and sustainable hut is a great example of the expertise of our local industries and is a testa...


April 15 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1788 - Arthur Phillip, who'd had a decent night's snooze, led a bush walk to Manly and eyeballed the Blue Mountains.

1790 - Arthur Phillip wasn't feeling too well (probably a lack of rest at night) and so he penned a missive to Lord Sydney asking for permission to return to England.

1793 - Tuki Tahua and Ngahuruhuru were kidnapped by the British and arrived in Sydney on this day.

1794 - Armed watchmen guarding the crop of maize at Toongabbie shot three Darug Aboriginal men and beheaded one to prove their tale; on this day Judge Advocate Richard Atkins scribed in his diary how,
The head of one is brought in and the Lt. Govr [Major Francis Grose] has preserved it, as a present for Dr. Hunter.

1800 - Phillip Gidley King rocked up, as fresh as a daisy, to take over as Guv from Hunter.Among the great unwashed on board were naturalist and explorer George Caley, engineer and explorer Francis Louis Barrallier and 50 convicts.

1804 - The Sydney Gazette employed sharp, on the ball reporters - who obviously got their 8 hours dreaming - who mentioned a new gambling game called "Chuck Farthing" which later became known as Two Up.

1822 - An Illawarra Aboriginal woman was fired at, and set upon by dogs, whilst in the act of appropriating corn from a local settler near Lake Illawarra. Whilst a number of convicts were initially involved in the attack, one Seth Hawker later returned to the scene, shot the woman in the stomach, and again set the dogs upon her. As a result she died in the field, unattended. Hawker was subsequently tried in Sydney for wilful murder, and acquitted by the Judge Advocate, with the womens act of theft clearly identified as culpable and Hawker commended for endeavouring to protect that property that was confided to his care.

1823 - Allan Cunningham departed Bathurst to find an easier overland stock route to the Liverpool Plains.

1828 -  The persecution of Tasmanias Aboriginal population intensified on this day, with a government proclamation banning them from all settled areas. The Lieutenant Governor Sir George Arthur said the order was designed to reduce the incidence of violence between the Aborigines and the white settlers, which had led to death, injury and dispossession on both sides.

1833 - Governor Burke visited Newcastle having made the voyage from Sydney on the Steamer Sophia Jane where an address was presented to him by some of the leading citizens of the Newcastle district.

1834 - Dr. John Lhotsky, the Polish born naturalist, explored parts of the Bega region in 1834 visiting unsettled country before any European system of settlement or roads had been established that decreed how traffic should go from and to. In a letter to the Sydney Gazette on this day he r...

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Saturday, 14 April


Futurologist Claims Humans May Become Immortal By The Year 2050 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Futurologist, Dr. Ian Pearson seem to believe the ability to live forever might be within our grasp very soon. He claims people who are born after the year 1970 could have a very real chance at immortality.

Pearson told The Sun that he believes we are very close to achieving immortality and in the future, we will be able to live forever. As you probably know, we have been wanting to figure out a way to live forever and avoid death since well, basically the beginning of everything. Living forever is something that we consider to be highly controversial and without a doubt fascinating.

According to The Sun Pearson has said as follows:

There are quite a lot of people interested in living forever. There always has been, but the difference now is tech is improving so quickly, lots of people believe they can actually do it.

No one wants to live forever at 95 years old, but if you could rejuvenate the body to 29 or 30, you might want to do that.

A long time before we get to fix our bodies and rejuvenate it everytime we feel like, well be able to link our minds to the machine world so well, well effectively be living in the cloud.

The mind will basically be in the cloud, and be able to use any android that you feel like to inhabit the real world. If you want to spend the evening in Australia, going to the Sydney opera house, you could use an android.

He even went over the world of sex dolls and has this to say:

The current state of sex dolls are starting to look quite human-like. Give them another 30 years of development and theyll be extremely human-like. You can take any android body and they will look human-like, and download whatever mind you want. You could share one with someone else, or have one yourself, or own dozens of them.

While of course, the first people to use these robotic bodies will be the rich people, in the end, prices will drop down to where everyone else will have access as well. He says that regardless of what happens to our bodies, in that time our minds will....


WPP CEO Martin Sorrell resigns after misconduct investigation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sir Martin Sorrell today resigned as CEO of WPP, the worlds largest advertising agency holding company, after an internal company investigation into his personal conduct. The 73-year-old Sorrell founded WPP 33 years ago, and grew it to more than 200,000 employees in more than 100 countries. Sorrell said in a statement: Obviously I am sad to

Sir Martin Sorrell today resigned as CEO of WPP, the worlds largest advertising agency holding company, after an internal company investigation into his personal conduct.

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Coal to hydrogen project reliant on carbon capture pipe dream "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


(Press Release from FOE 12.4)

National environment group Friends of the Earth has expressed disappointment at the announcement that the Andrews government is proceeding with a trial led by Kawasaki Heavy Industries to convert Victorian brown coal into liquid hydrogen for export.

There are many significant problems with this project:

Firstly, it is most unlikely it will ever move to commercial phase. This project will only proceed if carbon capture and storage (CCS*) technology is employed said Friends of the Earth campaigns co-ordinator Cam Walker. New uses of coal would come with an unacceptable climate burden unless CCS is deployed and would be inconsistent with the governments commitment for the state to be carbon neutral by 2050.

According to the governments own Statement on future uses of coal, major new coal projects will need to operate within mandated emissions standards. Without CCS, it seems very unlikely that the Kawasaki project would meet this requirement. Why is the government promoting a project which is at odds with its own policy? asked Mr Walker.

Friends of the Earth say government expenditure on coal projects is a waste of taxpayer dollars. Governments have squandered over $1.3 billion on carbon capture projects with no return on investment. This is money that could have been invested in healthcare, education, infrastructure, and climate action.

Secondly, the $100m of new public funds allocated to this project represents wasted money that should have gone to job creating projects in the Latrobe Valley that use technology that is already viable. Obvious candidates include renewables, energy efficiency and retrofitting of houses, energy storage, high tech research and developing a business case for the geothermal resource that exists under the Latrobe Valley.

CCS has already absorbed well over $1.3 billion of public funds and each new dollar invested in this technology represents a dollar that is taken from technology that works.

Thirdly, we have to ask who is driving this project? The federal government lacks the state governments commitment to ensuring CCS is linked to any new coal developments. And government officials continue to promote clean coal technology, despite the fact that this technology is going nowhere.

Friends the Earth say the Victorian government needs to...


Encounters with Enoch "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see the River Tiber foaming with much blood

Fifty years ago, conservative British MP Enoch Powell got himself sacked as a shadow minister after he controversially warned that Britain would face rivers of blood if it did not reduce immigration. The BBC has now kicked off a shit-storm by announcing that Scottish actor and erstwhile Stars Wars emperor Ian McDiarmid will recite Enochs incendiary speech in full for the very first time.

What Powell said back then, at closed gathering of Conservative Party faithful in Birmingham on 20th April 1968, was regarded as unacceptably over the top, rhetorical hyperbole. But we get stuff like this all the time these days. Every Tom, Dick and Himmler on the right of politics from Brixton to Brisbane, from Galveston to Gdask, from Hopkins to Hanson, come up with this and worse every day to the delight of dog-whistling shock-jocks, populist politicians, and angry white men and women who want somebody or other to go back to where theyre came from which quite often happens to be just around the corner: comedian Lenny Henry, raised in the Midlands Black Country (just west of Birmingham) which many wanted to make white, would satirize such white delusions: In a gig at West Bromwich , he said the National Front wanted to give black people 1,000 to go home. Fine, Henry said: after all, that would more than cover his bus fare back to Dudley.

After what was regarded at the time as Britains most racist election in 1964, Liverpudlian bard Brian Patten penned the wistful, unseasonable Im Dreaming of a White Smethwick (just down the road from Brum and Dudley) in response to the the mood of certain sections in the population about immigration, a mood which entered the national dialogue in odorous array once Enoch let slip the hounds of woe, and which, as the Brexit referendum and its fallout continue to demonstrate, has never dissipated.

Immigration debates are running hot in western democracies, including down here in Australia, and on the neo-authoritarian eastern edges of the European Union, as fringe and mainstream parties defend and propound their invariably conflicting and flawed understanding of western civilization against disparate and often doomsday scenarios of mass migration and islamification. .

This is not, however, the time or place to eng...


A Heritage lost ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The very historical church with its remarkable stainglass window at St John the Baptist, Buckland.  There is the belief that the stainglass window is many hundreds of years old.  The window was preserved from destruction from Oliver Cromwells puritan troops by hiding and storing it.  Later it was sent to St Johns and mounted. Whether the story is true or not, what will happen to this window ?



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I wrote this little song Come Holy Spirit at my piano in Melbourne, Australia in 1985. Since then, thank the Lord, it has been all over the world as have I. The Lord truly chooses the simple things. So grateful.


Nos ossos "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I had hoped to write about the Moving Hearts Project in London as it happened, but it turns out need recollection time to do that sort of thing, and that sort of time has been in short supply. Other kinds of blogging, including brief notes about my reading and perhaps a little translation, dont have quite the same needs.

Today we visited the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) attached to the Church of So Francisco in Evora, Portugal. The chapel was built in the 17th century, with walls and pillars covered with thousands of human bones, including skulls. Its beautiful in an inner-city tattoo kind of way, but very creepy, especially when you realise that the bones were dug up from cemeteries connected to the church. The makers, however unthinkingly disrespectful to the graves they robbed, had pious intentions. The chapel is meant as an over-the-top memento mori.

Nos ossos qui aqui estamos pelos vossos esperamos /
We bones who are here are waiting for yours

Where are you rushing to, sightseer?
Stop now. Ignore the guidebooks patter.
Nothing thats in there can matter
more than the sight you see right here.

Billions have gone, no longer breathing,
and youll end pretty much the same.
Ignore this? That would be a shame.
For every life, death is a key thing.

Shopping, selfies, news with noddies,
tweets of Trump and deeds of Dutton:
who remembers were all bodies?

Just look. These walls, though theyre bizarre,
can reset your attention button.
Stop now. Remember what you are.

The original, by Fr. Antnio da Asceno Teles:

Aonde vais, caminhante, acelerado?
Prano prossigas mais avante;
Negcio, no tens mais importante,
Do que este, tua vista apresentado.

Recorda quantos desta vida tm passado,
Reflecte em que ters fim semelhante,
Que para meditar causa ...


The week to 15 April in nuclear news Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

US, British and French forces  launched air strikes on chemical weapons sites in Syria. Russia claims that most  missiles fired were intercepted by Syrian air defence systems using Soviet-produced hardware.  We all hope that this will not escalate, at present it being a targeted attack in response to Syrias illegal use of chemical weapons.

Accelerating rate of heat increasing in oceans, especially around Australia. Even America might now wake up to global warming  A major climate boundary in the central U.S. has shifted 140 miles due to global warming


Australian govt plans for nuclear waste dump in rural South Australia. Kimba area local communities to have a Postal Ballot on this BUT the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility  Taskforce is NOT truthfully informing people.

Still the Senate has published only 19 mainly pro nuclear submissions. You can bet that Holtec and other nuclear-related companies have sent in unpublished ones. Meanwhile, here are some of the better submissions so far (more to come later):

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Submission to FSANZ on Food derived using new breeding techniques "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

19th April 2018

We submit that:

1) The Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 was written with intent to ensure all new breeding techniques for food are, and will be, regulated. The Act requires the protection of public health and safety (Section 18 (1) (a), Objectives of the Act) therefore all new breeding techniques must be regulated.

  • The definitions for food produced using gene technology and gene technology cover food produced using all forms of New Breeding Techniques.
  • In New Zealand, it is accepted that in-vitro genome manipulations that were introduced after 1996 should be considered genetic modification techniques (Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act).
  • All new breeding techniques should be acknowledged as GM. 
  • All new breeding techniques must undergo sufficiently rigorous pre-market assessments and follow up monitoring to ensure they can be, and are being, safely consumed over an entire lifetime. 

We submit that:

2) This public consultation has broken the requirement that risk analysis be based on the best available scientific evidence, as required by Section 18 (2) of the FSANZ Act.

  • This consultation is based on workshops and an Expert Advisory Panel containing scientists with conflicts of interest
  • Austrian government agencies found there is insufficient knowledge of the risks of these techniques and all of them should be regulated.[1]
  • The Norwegian Environment and Development Agencies concluded further biosafety research needs to be done before these techniques are commercialised.[2]
  • The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility state these techniques are recognized as GM in the medical field and should been seen as GM in agriculture and food. They assert that the application of these techniques allows for outcomes that may be unprecedented in human experience:[3]
  • Non-regulation of these techniques would mean numerous Human Rights are being breached the: Right to Food[4], Right to a Healthy Environment[5], Right to Health[6] and Right to Freedom essential for scientific research.[7]
  • Decisions on the regulation, or deregu...

Thursday, 12 April


Taking the Bellarine by storm "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

While schools have been taking a break, Bellarine basketball has not.
The break in classes saw large numbers take advantage of the opportunity to develop their games at both the Storm rep camp and the domestic holidays camp at the Bellarine Sports Centre.
Under the guidance of Development and High Performance Manager Tim Sanderson and his team of coaches, Storm athletes participated in three days of intense skills and fundamentals training.
To see 41 kids turn up in their time off to invest in their basketball games was incredibly pleasing, Mr Sanderson said.
The fact that a vast majority of these athletes were in the under 12 and under 14 age brackets was truly exciting for the future of the Storm program.
Current and future local players were also taking advantage of hoops over the holidays with 43 of the regions local youth turning out for three days of skills and fun on the court aimed at the grassroots domestic levels of basketball.
Participants were put through their paces on fundamentals and exposed to introduction level games both aimed to increase skill and enjoyment in the sport. Large turnouts at camps such as these continue to demonstrate the growing popularity of basketball nationwide.
The April holidays also play host to the Basketball Victoria Country Championships with Bellarine Storm under 12 teams making the trek to Bendigo to compete in the tournament. The Bellarine boys had a strong weekend going through the first two days of the tournament undefeated. Finals day three saw them complete a quarter final victory before ultimately going down to eventual champions Leongatha in the division three semi-finals.
The girls also had a positive weekend competing strongly in all pool games and qualifying for the division four finals. A quarter final win over Wallan followed by a victory in the semi-final over Hamilton saw the girls enter a grand final match up with Colac. In an incredibly close contest the
Kookas ultimately took the title by the narrowest of margins over the Storm girls.
With term two underway, there are a number of development programs run by the Bellarine Peninsula Basketball Association for kids of all ages. To explore these programs on offer log on to or contact the association on 5253 3377. 

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