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Monday, 23 October

02:00

Monique Clare EP Launch Cello and Voice "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sunday 22nd Oct, 3.00pm 4.00pm, Bellingen Brewery
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Thursday, 21 September

22:30

Welcome to Australia where its always warmer somewhere! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

(and other nonsense from Australias Bureau of Meteorology, the University of Melbourne and The Conversation). Dr. Bill Johnston[1] Main points. Australias Bureau of Meteorology and climate scientists at the University of Melbourne should know that nowhere on planet-earth could rainfall be less than none! The Bureaus latest Seasonal Summary (winter 2017) spuriously claims rainfall is

22:01

Kid Wrangling 101 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hey there neighbours. I've just launched a new online resource for parents. Check it out and let me know what you think. 

When you look for resources on parenting, youll find plenty of advice on caring for your kids.

Sometimes, you might find some support for your emotional health as a parent.

But rarely, if ever, does anyone talk about the practical basics of physically handling your kids and the daily demands of parenting.

Im Michael Cann, a Feldenkrais Practitioner and movement teacher. Im also a proud father of two beautiful kids.

At Kid Wrangling 101, I combine my love of parenting with years of experience helping people overcome long-term pain problems by moving better.

All too often I work with people who started getting pain during pregnancy or in the early years of parenting. Decades later, they come to me wondering why their problems have gotten worse rather than better.

I dont want that to be you, so I created Kid Wrangling 101 to share what I know about looking after yourself while taking care of your kids.

Visit Kid Wrangling 101 here: www.kidwrangling101.com

21:59

Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Fun & engaging Dance classes for children?

I am looking for an enigmatic dance teacher who would like to or who already does teach creative dance to 7-10 year olds. I am looking for a movement class with a bit less structure, I dont mind the classics, jazz, ballet or tap dance involved but I would like it to be creative and fun with a possible performance at the end of the term/year where they have choreographed with the help of their mindful teacher to give them something to aspire to.

If somebody knows of this elusive class or teacher, preferably in the Newlands, Preston, Coburg or Reservoir area could they please inform me? Or if you are a teacher with these skills and are looking for a class, we could probably drum up a few students to start off with. Even if you are a student of dance and are looking for some income and was thinking about starting a class, maybe nows the time!

Am looking to start kids in next term if these classes become available.

Please call/text Jo on 0432 361 038 with any information please.

21:44

Chinese dairy company Yili makes substantial offer for Murray Goulburn "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A CHINESE dairy juggernaut is courting Australias biggest milk processor, Murray Goulburn Cooperative, lobbing a buyout offer for the group, sources say.

Yili, which makes milk products for the Chinese market, is rumoured to the be in the box seat for the struggling Melbourne-based cooperative after tabling a substantial offer.

Confirming last month that it had slumped into the red during the year to June, Murray Goulburn also revealed it had fielded buyout bids and offers for some of its assets.

A buyout by an offshore group such as Yili would face scrutiny from the Foreign Investment Review Board.

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Murray Goulburn chief executive Ari Mervis. Picture: Aaron Francis

Industry experts say any deal would likely need the backing of 90 per cent of Murray Goulburns farmer suppliers under its co-op structure. As such, the government would be less likely to overturn a deal even if the review board had concerns, they say.

Other bidders are said to include listed company Bega Cheese, Chinese group Fuyuan Farming, New Zealand dairy processing titan Fonterra and Canadian heavyweight Saputo, which already owns Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.

Italian dairy titan Parmalat, Japans Lion, Singapore-owned Goodman Fielder and New Zealands A2 Milk which is listed on...

21:26

Jacques Barzun on race relations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Race: A study in superstition was first published in 1937 with the focus on the Continent and reprinted in 1965 with a new Preface on Racism Today to refer to the state of play in the USA.

When injustice is redressed, the hitherto outcast and maligned group must not benefit in reverse from the racism they justly complained of. They do not suddenly possess, as a group, the virtues they were formerly denied and it is no sign of wisdom in the former oppressors to affect a contrite preference for those they once abusedAnd no demonstration is needed to show that to change the supremacy of one race for that of another leaves social justice as much violated as before.

Barzun went on to talk about the situation when some representative of a group is depicted in a work of art or literature in a way that some find offensive. He instanced the repeated attempts to have The Merchant of Venice banned and Huckleberry Finn removed from library shelves.

This anxious wrangling which goes on about books and plays seems at times trivial but it is in fact fundamental. If democratic culture yields on this point no prospect lies ahead but that of increased animosity among pressure groupsIn social and cultural relations the law rarely intervenes effectively; the protection of rights and feelings only comes from decency and self-restraint.

Interesting! We were warned.

A summary of Barzuns remarkable career.

He wrote more than twenty books, edited a similar number and contributed countless chapters to others, plus journal articles, Introductions and Forewords for books by other authors.

He fought a long battle against what he called hokum, ideas with no basis, which gain spurious credibility by repetition. One of these bits of hokum is the description of the 1800s as the century of laissez faire. He pointed out that the era of laissez faire in Britain was probably as short as a decade, from the repeal of the tariffs on imported grain (the Corn Laws) to the introduction of the Factory Acts and similar regulations.

Barzun grew up in Paris and Grenoble, the only child in a household where his parents conducted a modernist salon. His father worked in the Ministry of Labour but his heart was elsewhere. He wrote novels and poetry and hosted the likes of Apollonaire, who taught Jacques how to tell the time on his watch, and Marie Laurencein who painted his portrait. Other regular visitors included the painters Gleizes and Duchamp, the composer Varese and foreigners such Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington and Stegan Zweig. Members of the older generation such as Andre Gide also appe...

20:58

Heaps Cooked: Brisbanes First Cookluck Club "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dinner with Matt Golinski of Ready Steady Cook, in celebration of a food culture of cooking with what youve got.

20:57

New Matilda Is Going To Hell (Where There Are No Breasts) For Revealing Christian Lobbys Reply Paid Glitter Service "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is NOT fake news because frankly there isnt sufficient weed on the planet to unleash enough creativity to come up with a story like this.

Okay, so this gets a little weird. Youve been warned.

A few weeks ago, New Matilda stumbled across a tweet from the head of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, objecting to people sending him nasty letters about Adolf Hitler.

Lyle, while light-heartedly noting that people were mailing him lots of glitter, took a sterner tone towards the Nazi stuff, and included a picture of what hed received replete with the envelope which revealed that the ACL has a Reply Paid postal service.

And so naturally, New Matilda published details of the Reply Paid service, and urged our readers to send glitter, which Lyle would actually have to pay for.

The story went viral, and I think we can all agree well played New Matilda. #yourewelcomelyleshelton

However, since then, weve been getting all sorts of random emails warning us that were going to hell. Make that Hell with a capital H.

This afternoon, a man named Fade Nissan reached out, to let us know that the devil is very smart. Fade Nissan, of course, sounds like a character from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, a movie full of false idols ipso facto we reminded Fade that in all likelihood, he would probably be joining us.

 

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Undeterred, Fade referred us to the video below, in which a clearly delusional man, Mario Martinez, claims to have been to Hell, survived, and is now back to tell us what its like.

Long story short, its apparently quite warm.

The video is 31 minutes long (so, you know, spark one up before you sit down to watch it) and includes this especially excellent description: Mario Martinez grew up in the projects on the east side of Los Angeles. His father was a drunkard.

 

NEW MATILDA IS BEING THREATENED WITH A LAWSUIT FOR CALLING TODAY TONIGHT TRASHY. OOPS. YOU CAN HEL...

20:45

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning? Finding Your Reason for Being "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ikigai: Finding your Reason for Being

By Chip Richards

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?

When asked what is the single most powerful contributing factor to ones health and vitality, integrative medical doctor Oscar Serrallach answered without hesitation: having a sense of purpose. Serrallach went on to describe that while some of his patients have developed great regimes of nutrition, lifestyle activities and movement to support their wellbeing; those without a clear sense of purpose in their life experience continuing struggle with physical health issues. The distinguishing quality of many of his healthiest patients  those who  transcend common health challenges despite not having lived by the book, in terms of healthy lifestyle factors is that they seem to be the most aligned or called towards some primary focus of meaning in their life.

Japanese culture actually has a word which addresses this focus. The word is ikigai and translates simply as, reason for being.

What is Your Reason for Being?

According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai. To find it often requires deep enquiry and lengthy search of self a search which is highly regarded.

Four primary elements of ikigai

The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: iki referring to life, and kai, which roughly means the realisation of what one expects and hopes for. Unpacking the word and its associated symbol a bit further, ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elemen...

20:39

In solidarity with my Hindu, Buddhist and Jain friends. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I am a Christian and I stand with my Hindu, Buddhist and Jain friends today at Parliament House to protest against the Meat & Livestock Australia ad for lamb. Let me say, I do like lamb. And in many ways I do like the ad for lamb.   I like the idea of spiritual icons from []

The post In solidarity with my Hindu, Buddhist and Jain friends. appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

20:34

Bedpans, bitumen, & Bachelor's degrees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Employment boom

Australia has created an extraordinary ~325,000 jobs over the past year, including a boom over the past six months the like of which arguably hasn't been seen in decades. 


The question is how? And where?

Greater Sydney (+83k), Melbourne (+59k), and now Brisbane (+46k) have each seen a drive in employment growth over the past year. 

Greater Sydney now has a monthly unemployment rate of only 4.46 per cent, and the annual average unemployment rate across the harbour city continues to decline, as it has for 3 years now. 

That's been partly driven by apartment construction and the associated multiplier effect, and a swathe of infrastructure projects. 


Increasingly Hobart is firing up, adding +6k jobs over the year to August 2017, with the median duration of job search continuing to decline. 

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20:33

Psychiatry Ignores an Elephant in the Room "IndyWatch Feed National"

Large cohort studies of people with a first-episode psychosis provide a unique opportunity for finding out why so many young people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders die at a young age. However, it seems that those psychiatrists who have access to the mortality data generally do not want the facts to come out. In published cohort studies, there is virtually always too little information or no information at all about the causes of death.

In 2012, Hegelstad et al. published 10-year follow-up data for 281 patients with a first-episode psychosis (the TIPS study). 1 Although their average age at entry into the study was only 29 years, 49 patients (17%) had died in less than 10 years. The authors detailed article was about recovery and symptom scores and they took no interest in all these deaths, which appeared in a flowchart of patients lost to follow-up and were not commented upon anywhere in their paper. In the text, however, they mentioned only 28 deaths (11%), so it is difficult to know how many died.

On March 5th 2017, I wrote to the first author: In your interesting study from 2012, Long-Term Follow-Up of the TIPS Early Detection in Psychosis Study: Effects on 10-Year Outcome, 28 patients died of 281. Do you have the causes of death, which would be very interesting to know about? I noticed that most patients were still on antipsychotics 10 years after they started (table 2). I consider this very frightening, e.g. around half of them will have tardive dyskinesia (which is often masked by ongoing treatment) and many, if not all, will have developed permanent brain damage at this point, to mention just two of the important harms of long-term treatment. In contrast, only 17% of patients in Lappland were still on antipsychotics 5 years after their first episode (compared to 75% in Stockholm).

I sent a reminder ten days later and was told I would get an answer shortly. On May 10th, I wrote again: It is now another two months. You did an important study and it is important for the world to know what 10% of your very young patients died from in just 10 years. It is a frightening death rate. Do we need to file a Freedom of Information request to get this information?

Hegelstad replied that, We are preparing a manuscript detailing the information you are asking for. It will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. When published the information will be readily available to all.

The preparation of the manuscript and its publication were very fast. Already in June, the paper was out, in World Psychiatry.2 With this record speed, I wondered what the peer r...

20:31

Coroner Finds Anti-Smoking Drug Contributed to Mans Suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

From ABC: A Queensland Coroner has found that the anti-smoking drug Champix played a role in the suicide of a 22-year-old man, Timothy John, who died in April 2013.

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20:22

China Begins Rounding Up And Detaining Bitcoin Executives "IndyWatch Feed National"

China has begun rounding up and detaining Bitcoin executives who run exchanges in the country, amid a huge crackdown against cryptocurrencies. 

As the war on Bitcoin continues, Chinese media is reporting that executives who operate Bitcoin exchanges are being told they are not allowed to leave Beijing whilst the government conducts an investigation.

A number of informed sources say the executives of special currency trading platforms are not allowed to leave Beijing to cooperate with the investigation. In accordance with regulatory requirements, trading platform shareholders, the actual controller, executives and financial executives need to fully cooperate with the relevant work in the clean-up period in Beijing.

Trustnodes.com reports: Australias Financial Review (AFR) says the above has been confirmed with them by a source close to one of the biggest exchanges, Huobi, which told them its founder, Li Lin, was required to report to the authorities and cooperate with their work at any time.

The draconian measure is undertaken following a decision by Chinas Communist Party to close down all crypto exchanges, with trading volumes in the country dropping considerably.

Chinese trading volumes now account for only around 5% 10% of bitcoins or ethereums global trading volumes. With price there significantly lower. Leading CoinMarketCap to exclude them from calculations of average prices.


20:13

Poor Orphan Crops So Valuable, So Neglected "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) When think-tankers in the mid-1990s formulated their famous think global, act local slogan, they probably did not expect humankind to require a couple of decades to implement such practical advice.

A group of people heading towards Mangoky River (Madagascar) past Baobab trees. Baobab leaves and fruits are sources of food for people and fodder for animals. Credit: FAO/Aris Mihich

At least this has been the case for the so-called neglected, under-utilised, minor or promising crops, which have been forgotten over the last century.

Now scientists and policymakers are beginning to recognise the value of these colourfully dubbed orphan crops, affirming what local communities have already known for generations.

What Are They?

But what are they all about? The United Nations leading food and agriculture agency provides the answer with some specific examples the African Yam Bean and the Desert Date, and Ber, a stocky tree with a vitamin-rich berry.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) explains that the African yam bean, cultivated mainly for home consumption, is planted for its seeds, which are high in protein and low in calories, and are often eaten after being dried and ground into flour or simply boiled and seasoned.

The starch-rich, tuberous roots, similar to spindly sweet potatoes in shape, are consumed either fresh, cut into strips in salads, or dried and ground into flour. The leaves can also be cooked and eaten much in the same way spinach is.

The crop seems to be little affec...

20:11

The Smog Chancellor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who is the worlds leading environmental vandal? The answer may surprise you.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th September 2017

Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame. Angela Merkel.

What? Have I lost my mind? Angela Merkel, the climate chancellor? The person who, as German environment minister, brokered the first UN climate agreement, through sheer force of will? The Chancellor who persuaded the G7 leaders to promise to phase out fossil fuels by the end of this century? The architect of Germanys Energiewende its famous energy transition? Yes, the very same.

Unlike Donald Trump, she has no malicious intent. She did not set out to destroy the agreements she helped to create. But the Earths systems do not respond to mission statements or speeches or targets. They respond to hard fact. What counts, and should be judged, as she seeks a fourth term as German Chancellor in the elections on Sunday, is what is done, not what is said. On this metric her performance has been a planetary disaster.

Merkel has a fatal weakness: a weakness for the lobbying power of German industry. Whenever a crucial issue needs to be resolved, she weighs her ethics against political advantage, and chooses the advantage. This is why, in large part, Europe now chokes in a fug of diesel fumes.

The EU decision to replace petrol engines with diesel, though driven by German car manufacturers, pre-dates her premiership. It was a classic European fudge, a means of averting systemic change while creating an impression of action, based on the claim (which now turns out to be false) that diesel engines produce less carbon dioxide than petrol. But once she became Chancellor, Merkel used every conceivable tactic, fair and foul, to preserve this deadly cop-out.

The worst instance was in 2013, when, after five years of negotiations, other European governments had finally agreed a new fuel economy standard for cars: they would produce an average of no more than 95 grammes of CO2 per kilometre by 2020. Merkel moved in to close the who...

20:10

US dollar shines, Asia shares slip after Fed signals December rate hike "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen

TOKYO (REUTERS) The US dollar shone while Asian shares slipped on Thursday (Sept 21) after the US Federal Reserve announced a plan to start shrinking its balance sheet and signalled one more rate hike later this year.

European shares are expected to benefit from a fall in the euro against the dollar with spread betters looking at a higher opening of 0.5 per cent in Germanys DAX and Frances CAC.

Japans Nikkei gained 0.2 per cent as a rise in US bond yields lifted financial shares, while the yens fall against the dollar after the Feds decision helped exporters.

The Bank of Japan, as widely expected, left its policy settings unchanged, with markets awaiting a news conference by its governor later in the day.

MSCIs broadest dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 per cent, with Australian shares among the hardest hit with fall of 0.8 per cent.

Major US share indexes recovered quickly from initial losses following the Feds announcement, with the S&P 500 ending slightly higher, helped in part by gains in financials and energy shares.

While a rate hike is negative, the fact that the Feds confidence in the economy is strong enough to expect a rate hike can be taken as supportive of market sentiment, said Soichiro Monji, chief strategist at Daiwa SB Investments.

The Feds view also prompted a rotation from tech shares into financial shares, which benefit from higher interest rates, he added. In a way, what the Fed did was not much of a surprise. From now, the markets will be focusing on individual earnings rather than macro themes, said Hisashi Iwama, senior portfolio manager at Asset Management One.

As expected, the Fed said it would begin in October to trim its massive holding of U.S. Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities acquired in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.

The Fed signalled it still expects one more interest rate hike by the end of the year, despite a recent bout of low inflation, but ratcheted down its long-term interest rate forecasts.

Fed fund rate futures are now pricing in about a 65 per cent chance of a rate hike by December compared to around 50 percent before the latest meeting. Markets expect the Fed move to coincide with revisions of its economic projections.

The yield on two-year US Treasury notes jumped to 1.451 per cent, its highest level since November 2008 late on Wednesday. The 10-year US Treasuries yield rose to 2.278 per cent, briefly hit...

19:25

CBA has sold its CommInsure life business to a China-owned group for $3.8 billion. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Commonwealth Bank has sold its troubled insurance business CommInsure Life to a Hong Kong-listed group Chinese-owned for $3.8 billion.

The deal with AIA Group also covers the sale of the CBAs New Zealand life insurance arm Sovereign.

The sale of CommInsure Life follows a scandal where the insurer was accused of using outdated medical definitions to delay or deny payments to policyholders, and pressuring medical assessors to reject claims.

As part of the CommInsure and Sovereign sale, the CBA also announced its head of wealth management Annabel Spring will leave the company in December.

Ms Spring had oversight for the CommInsure business and was under constant criticism as CBA managed the scandal after an investigation by the ABCs Four Corners and Fairfax Media.

The sale of CommInsure had been flagged in CBAs full-year results last month although, at the time, the company said the future sale of the insurer was uncertain.

The purchase by AIA includes a 20-year partnership agreement to continue providing insurance products to customers in Australia and New Zealand.

In a statement released to the stock exchange, the CBA confirmed that CommInsure and Sovereign customers will retain current benefits in existing policies.

AIA is the largest publicly listed insurance group in Asia and already has established life insurance businesses in Australia and New Zealand.

Under the sale, the CBA will continue to earn income from its life insurance products already in place.

CBA will also retain the CommInsure brand and continue to sell general insurance under it.

CBA ponders $4b Colonial First State split, IPO

At the same time as announcing the sale of its life insurance business, CBA also announced a strategic review of its funds management business, Colonial First State Global Asset Management.

The sale of CommInsure Life and Sovereign will end up in a $300 million loss for CBA, but also release about $3 billion of capital for the bank.

The banking regulator APRA earlier this year released increased capital requirements to take effect at the start of 2020, with analysts estimating that CBA would have at least a $4 billion shortfall under the new rules if it did not raise more funds.

APRA has also hinted that it will require the major banks to hold more capital wh...

18:25

Hazelwood Health Study completes baseline cancer analysis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Monash University-led Hazelwood Health Study has completed a crucial background analysis of cancers in Latrobe City and surrounding areas in the five-year period prior to the 2014 mine fire. These results will provide a baseline against which to compare future cancer patterns that occur after the fire. Monash University researcher Professor Malcolm Sim said []

18:07

Tiahuanaco: Gateway to the Gods "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Gateway to the Gods
by Dan Eden

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"Ask most people who are the oldest civilization or where the oldest civilization lived and you'll hear answers like Mesopotamia (Iraq), Egypt or Iran. While these cultures can be traced back to 4000 B.C., the mysterious ruins of Tiahuanaco, in Bolivia, could be 14,000 years old! If you think the Great Pyramid in Egypt is a technological marvel, wait until you see what artists and engineers were doing in Tiahuanaco. This culture thrived at the breathless, oxygen deprived elevation of 13,000 feet. They managed to somehow move stones weighing up to 200 tons and invented modular building techniques that would even today, be cutting edge.
The most famous icon of the archaeological site at Tiahuanaco is the Sun Gate. This structure has been described as a "calendar" almost as long as the monolithic gateway has been known to exist; thus the Sun Gate has also been called 'the Calendar Gate'. This calendar sculpture, though it undoubtedly depicts a "solar year," cannot however be made to fit into the solar year as we divide it at present. The calendar has only 290 days, divided into 12 "twelfths" of 24 days each, plus 2 intercalary days.

Some researchers have attempted to explain this as being a ritualistic calendar while others have claimed that, 14,000 years ago, the length of a year was somehow different from today. Still others believe that it may represent a year on some another planet. Extraterrestrial connections were first suggested by Eric von Danken and have been perpetuated by discoveries of the apparent advanced knowledge that Tiahuanacan engineers seemed to possess - thousands of years ahead of other cultures....

18:00

US NSA Spying On India's Nuclear Weapons, by Shelley Kasli "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several Top Secret documents, sourced from Edward Snowden's files, have recently been published, revealing how the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on India's ballistic missiles systems and nuclear weapons. The NSA did so using its interception programme, Rainfall, via its bases in Australia and Thailand. These Top Secret documents make it more plausible to view two events with suspicion: the death, allegedly accidental, of Homi J. Bhabha, the father of Indian nuclear power, and also, the deaths of 11 scientists, that occurred during Obama's first term in office.

18:00

Open letter from the front line of the futile War on Drugs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Open letter from the front line of the futile War on DrugsWe can and must change the unjust and irrational laws regarding cannabis, says a harmless user facing criminalisation by the State. read now...

17:52

King Cobras away to a good start "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Collendina will begin its Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association premiership defence with an away game against Anglesea on 7 and 14 October.
The Cobras then face a mouth-watering match against last seasons fellow grand finalists Barwon Heads at home in round two.
Collendina faces a long trip to Winchelsea, but drew other BPCA newcomers Inverleigh and Little River at the Snake Pit.
All sides will play each other in a two-day format, and there will be no one-day games this season.
The Snakes only play two home games before the Christmas break.

Collendinas fixture for the coming season
Round 1: 7 & 14 October v Anglesea (away).
Round 2: 21 & 22 October v Barwon Heads (home).
Round 3: 28 October & 4 November v Inverleigh (away).
Round 4: 11 & 18 November v Winchelsea (home).
Round 5: 25 November & 2 December v Drysdale (away).
Round 6: 9 & 16 December v Jan Juc (away).
Round 7: 6 & 13 January v Barrabool (home).
Round 8: 20 & 27 January v Queenscliff (away).
Round 9: 3 & 10 February v Ocean Grove (home).
Round 10: 17 & 24 February v Portarlington (away).
Round 11: 3 & 10 March v Little River (home).

The post King Cobras away to a good start appeared first on Ocean Grove Voice.

17:47

Recent Polling On The Same-Sex Marriage Postal Survey "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The national ABS postal "survey" on whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriage in Australia is now in its second week.  A number of pieces of polling have been published or alluded to since my last general polling update, but what do they really tell us about the outcome and how reliable are they?  At this stage there is still much that we do not know.  It is too early to be certain Yes has it in the bag, but the widespread narrative that support for Yes is crashing rapidly and that this is another Trump or Brexit coming is so far not that well supported by the evidence.

Public Polling: Ipsos

Firstly, the public polling.  Last week saw an Ipsos poll which buoyed some worried Yes supporters with a 70-26 Yes response, one of the highest Yes votes ever recorded in a poll in Australia.  Indeed, as far as I'm aware, this score has only been exceeded in a few commissioned polls and one Morgan-SMS (a suspect polling method) which did not use an undecided option.  The Ipsos also found a 70% Yes response among the 65% of voters who rated themselves as certain to vote, and found a gender gap with 72% of women and 59% of men saying they were certain to vote.

However, I am treating these Ipsos figures with a lot of caution.  Firstly we know that Ipsos greatly overestimates the Green vote compared to other pollsters and compared to election results, and Green voters very strongly support same-sex marriage.  Although that's probably only worth a point or two on the headline figure for same-sex marriage, it could be a concern if whatever causes Ipsos to over-poll the Green vote also might cause them to over-poll the left end of the Liberal base.  Some evidence for the latter concern might be suspected in the perpetually strong results for Malcolm Turnbull in Ipsos compared to other polls.

The second issue is whether Ipsos, as the only national pollster still using exclusively live-interview phone polling, is affected by "social desirability bias".  When talking to another person on the phone, voters may be more reluctant to say they oppose same-sex marriage, since they may be concerned about offending the interviewer.  When clicking boxes on a computer survey, or pressing numbers on a robo-poll, these issues don't arise.  Some overseas studies (mainly American) have found live phone polling more prone to desirability bias than other polling methods, while some haven't, and some have even challenged whether it's a thing in polls at all, but I don't recommend assuming that it isn't.  A spectacular difference that may have been down to this was that between the phone polls and the online polls in the Brexit vote.  The phone polls had large leads for Yes until ve...

17:42

Kurilpa Feature Poet SEAN WEST, Sunday 24th Sept "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Kurilpa Poets present; Sept 24th Feature Poet SEAN WEST This month the Kurilpa Poets are proud to present as our September Feature Poet, one of Brisbanes most promising young poetic talents, Sean West, mild-mannered QUT creative writing student by day, Continue reading

17:38

Out of the starting blocks into expanded competition "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove will start its Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association A Grade season with two home games.
The new-look BPCA has expanded to 12 A Grade clubs with the inclusion of Winchelsea, Little River and Inverleigh.
The Grubbers kick their season off with a home game against Queenscliff on 7 and 14 October followed by another home game against Drysdale in a Saturday-Sunday clash on 21 and 22 October.
The Battle of the Bridge grudge match against Barwon Heads is also a home game, to be played on 9 and 16 December before the competition breaks for Christmas.
The other big game against cross-town rivals Collendina is at Collendina on 3 and 10 February.
The semi-finals are on 17 and 18 February and the final is on 24 and 25 February.
All teams will play each other once during the season.

Ocean Groves fixture for the 2017/18 season is:
Round 1: 7 & 14 Ooctober vs Queenscliff (home).
Round 2: 21 & 22 October vs Drysdale (home).
Round 3: 28 October & 4 November vs Portarlington (away).
Round 4: 11 & 18 November vs Little River (home).
Round 5: 25 November & 2 December vs Anglesea (home).
Round 6: 9 & 16 December vs Barwon Heads (home).
Round 7: 6 & 13 December vs Inverleigh (away).
Round 8: 20 & 27 January vs Winchelsea (home).
Round 9: 3 & 10 February vs Collendina (away).
Round 10: 17 & 24 February vs Jan Juc (home).
Round 11: 3 & 10 March vs Barrabool (away).

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17:36

Lower House passes Victorian Renewable Energy Target "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


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MEDIA RELEASE: 21 September 2017

Lower house passes Vic Renewable Energy Target: "Victoria a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and climate action"

Friends of the Earth have welcomed the passage of the Renewable Energy Jobs & Investment Bill 2017 in the Victorian Parliament, saying the result brings Victoria a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and action on climate change.

"Passage of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target brings our state a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and climate action," said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth's renewable energy spokesperson.

"This outcome is a big win for the community, the labour movement, business, and everyone hungry for action on climate change."

17:19

The standard that you walk past "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Income management isnt new in Australia, what is new, is the current governments ideological push to enforce neoliberal policies on an unsuspecting Australia. In 2007, Professor Helen Hughes, wrote Lands of Shame: Aboriginal and Torres Strait homelands in Transition. A few months before it was published, Hughes gave it to the Office of Indigenous Policy

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17:16

Assault on the senses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Voice journalist JUSTIN FLYNN examines the epidemic and pure evil that is drink spiking and what it is doing to young people at pubs and clubs and how an Ocean Grove woman is tackling the issue head on.

What drives me is getting the message out. Its bringing drink spiking to the forum and getting people to talk about it. It takes one second for someone you love to be drink spiked and be sexually assaulted or robbed.

Drink spiking is on the rise and an Ocean Grove woman is doing something about it.
Michelle Hoffman, who moved to Ocean Grove from Bendigo two months ago, invented a drink glass cover called Slip Me Not, which helps prevent drink spiking.
The device works as a type of recyclable plastic wrap by covering the entirety of a glass, allowing just enough space for a straw. The space also allows the liquid out without having to take off the cover so people can still drink from the glass with the wrapper attached. The cover can be used three times before being discarded and can be scrunched up without affecting its performance. At $3.50 for a pack of five, its an inexpensive way to stay protected during a night out.
However, Michelle has put the Slip Me Not on the backburner while she considers an upgrade and a new look. The Slip Me Not will be back on sale in the near future, though.
Michelles son Zachary has also played a huge role in the development of the Slip Me Not, developing the website, handling social media and shop orders.
It takes one second for someone to spike a drink, Michelle said.
The journey hasnt been about sales of the Slip Me Not for me, its about bringing this message out to the public. Back in 2000, a close friend was sexually assaulted after drink spiking by one of her friends. She was 15. It was so devastating.
Drink spiking mainly affects young women aged between 15 and 35, but it can happen to anyone. The motive is usually sexual assault, but it is sometimes done as a joke, often by people known to the victim.
Young men have been targeted by former girlfriends who are intent on revenge, while men have also been drink spiked with the intent to rob them.
Drink spiking is difficult to prove and therefore is often not reported to police.
Michelle said ketamine (sometimes used as a horse tranquiliser) and GHB were the main drugs used to spike a drink, but often it was as simple as adding extra shots of vodka to a drink to affect a young and inexperienced drinker. Vodka has no taste and is a clear liquid, which cant usually be detected.
Michelle said a new elephant tranquiliser is all but certain to hit Australian shores in the future.
Alcohol is the most commonly spiked drink, but it can also be added to tea, coffee, soft drinks, juice and even milkshakes.
Its been a journey of enlightenment for me to see just how sinister...

17:07

ACCC offers no answers to government created energy crisis "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Appointed as head of the ACCC by Rudd Gillard, Rod Sims has a long association with the ALP going back to the Whitlam years. His re-appointment by the Coalition is unsurprising given the callow nature of conservatives and the fact that many have interventionist sympathies that accord with those of the leftist intelligentsia that Sims represents.

In his speech to the Press Club Sims addresses two points that have been warmly embraced by like-minded people within the media.

The first covers the gas crisis. Sims, though tiptoeing around the wanton political destruction of state government bans, notes that the firms that undertook massive capital investments could not have expected to face a shield-wall of obduracy on the part of politicians with custody over our economic welfare banning the exploration for gas. Only Queensland, where the ALP has kept Coalition openness largely in place, has a relatively open policy.

However he favours a nudge approach, which he says the producers have followed, whereby they support the local market as much as possible (even if this is contrary to their commercial interests). He also says, offering a big hint I am not disclosing the detail of what is in the ACCCs report to the Treasurer on gas supply and demand. That will be made public shortly. In other words he will advise the Commonwealth to force firms to break overseas contracts to redress the damage that state governments and environmentalists have created in starving the nation of new gas supplies. Naturally, like all such leftists he will advise on such actions that are pregnant with implications about the reliability of the nations export contracts, with a heavy heart.

In the case of electricity his speech addresses two aspects that have driven up prices: network charges and generation/retail costs.

In the case of network charges that are regulated,, like any self-interested bureaucrat, hed prefer his agencys decisions were not reviewable by another. He may be right but he is the wrong person to be making such judgements.

In the case of other costs (accounting for 60 per cent of the recent price increases) he lumps them together but in side briefings with sympathetic journalists like Paul Kelly he spelled out the breakdown as being caused by 24 per cent retail margins, 19 per cent generator price increases and 16 per cent green schemes. These are fantasy totals that obscure rather than enlighten policy.

Why,, given the fact that there are three major retailers and two dozen others (some,....

17:03

If the Bible is so clear, why do we keep getting it so wrong? Evangelicals & the Bible #1 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

I recently read Mark Nolls book, The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. It was something of a shock to discover that in the mid 1800s the majority of North American evangelicals opposed the abolition of slavery.

Noll describes the crisis that the war created,

Debates over Scripture and slavery, which combined passionate moral reasoning, careful attention to the particulars of exegesis, and intense argument about the general meaning of the Bible, pointed toward a twofold theological crisis. The first order crisis was manifest: a wide range of Protestants were discovering that the Bible they had relied on for building up Americas republican civilisation was not nearly as univocal, not nearly as easy to interpret, not nearly as inherently unifying for an overwhelmingly Christian people, as once they had thought.

The argument for slavery would typically proceed along the following lines:

1. The descendants of Canaan were to be owned as slaves by the descendants of Noahs other sons (Genesis 9:25-27);
2. God sanctioned the keeping of slaves by both Abraham and the Israelites (Genesis 17:12; Deuteronomy 20:10-11);
3. Jesus abrogated many of the Old Testament laws but never said anything about slavery;
4. The New Testament letters showed the apostles were not troubled by slavery the person who is a slave should welcome freedom if it came but should not be bothered if it did not (1 Corinthians 7:21); masters were instructed to treat their slaves with care and slaves were to be obedient (Colossians 322, 4:1; 1 Timothy 6:-1-2).

To evangelicals it was the clear and unambiguous teaching of the Bible that slavery was ordained by God and could not possibly be described as an evil. The Rev Richard Fuller of South Carolina engaged in a debate with Frances Wayland, president of Baptist Brown University, with each taking opposing sides on the question of slavery. Fuller was convinced that Waylands position was fatally flawed

His position is this: the moral precepts of the gospel condemn slavery; it is therefore criminal. Yet he admits that neither the Saviour nor his apostles commanded Masters to emancipate the slaves; there is not an intimation of manumission, but the whole code contemplates a continuation of the relation [between masters and slaves]

Five years after this exchange Moses Stewart, regarded as one of the nations most learned biblical scholars, rejected the abolitionist argument that slavery was evil and must be instantly abolished. He did feel that Southern slaveowners should give up slavery voluntarily, but was offended by the notion that all faithful Christians must regard slavery as morally evil.

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17:00

Will of iron "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grover Adam Marks competed in the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon World Championships held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The mens event was held on 10 September in the mountain town and had 2426 competitors, of which Adam, 39, placed 872nd.
Not a bad effort given he was scheduled to fly Melbourne to Houston the week Hurricane Harvey hit. He was re-routed to Los Angeles and due to expense and circumstances opted to drive across the country, crossing all four continental US time zones.
Extreme jetlag and stress brought about shingles two days before the race. Despite fatigue and being unwell, Adam rallied to the start line in the 40-44 age group (the largest group of competitors).
Adam completed the tough course in five hours and 34 minutes. Pros and amateurs alike commented that it was a particularly challenging course with steep bike climbs and a constant incline on the run.
Adam qualified for the World Championship in February when he competed locally in the Ironman 70.3 race held in Geelong.

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16:55

Australia must abandon racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program UN told "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government is denying access to basic rights to equality, work and income for people in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, through its racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program.

In a joint statement lodged with the UN Human Rights Council, the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT and Human Rights Law Centre urged the Council to abandon its racially discriminatory Community Development Program and replace it with an Aboriginal-led model.

John Paterson, a CEO of the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT, said that the Governments program requires people looking for work in remote communities to work up to 760 hours more per year for the same basic payment as people in non-Indigenous majority urban areas.

The program discriminates on the basis of race, with around 83 per cent of people in the program being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. This is a racially discriminatory program that was imposed on remote communities by the Government and it's having devastating consequences in those communities, said Mr Paterson.

Adrianne Walters, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the program is also denying basic work rights to many people in remote communities.

Some people are required to do work that they should be employed to do. Instead, they receive a basic social security payment that is nearly half of the minimum wage in Australia. People should be paid an award wage and afforded workplace rights and protections to do that work. said Ms Walters.

The statement calls for the Federal Government to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a model that treats people with respect, protects their human rights and provides opportunities for economic and community development.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities want to take up the reins and drive job creation and community development. Communities need a program that sees people employed on decent pay and conditions, to work on projects the community needs. Its time for Government to work with us, said Mr Paterson.

The Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT has developed an alternative model for fair work and strong communities, called the Remote Development and Employment Scheme, which was launched in Canberra two weeks ago with broad community support.

The new Scheme will see new opportunities for jobs and community development and get rid of pointless administration. Critically, the Scheme provides incentives to encourage people into work, training...

16:45

A Social Call from Jazzmeia Horn is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (21-27 Sept) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A Social Call from Jazzmeia Horn is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week. Jazzmeia is a jazz vocalist from Dallas, Texas, who was encouraged onto the mic by her music family. Inspired by Sarah Vaughan at a young age, Jazzmeia went on to study jazz at the high school and tertiary level. Her prowess eventually won her the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition AND the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition.

Ill let Jazzmeia tell you more herself:

A Social Call was produced by Chris Dunn and features the following musicians: Victor Gould on piano, Ben Williams on bass, Jerome Jennings on drums and percussion, Stacy Dillard on tenor saxophone, Josh Evans on trumpet, and Frank Lacy on trombone.

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Heres a live rendition of the albums opening track:

An impressive vocalis...

16:42

Give plovers right of way "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Its that time of year when the beaches along the Bellarine Peninsula coastline become the creche for the rare and threatened hooded plover as the breeding season commences.
These tiny, black, white and red birds nest along the surf beaches of Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and Breamlea from late August and, as the months get warmer, face some of their greatest dangers from beachgoers and dogs.
The hooded plover or hoodie spends its whole life on the beach and nearby wetlands and is one of Australias most threatened birds. Survival has become nearly impossible on beaches with Australias current human population, given the popularity of our beaches on the Bellarine in the warmer months.
An adult pair of hooded plovers will lay up to three eggs in a scrape in the sand and incubate them for four weeks until the eggs hatch. The chicks cant fly until they are five weeks old and must forage for their own food up and down the beach and along the waters edge, avoiding the beach-goers, dogs and other predators.
Chicks move along the beach to feed.
Research has shown that a simple formula of alerting beach users with signs and temporary fencing, putting out wooden teepees for chicks to hide in and requesting dogs be on a lead is enough to tip the balance and give these endangered birds a better chance of having their chicks survive.
Hooded plovers are a rarity along the Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine Peninsula, which makes protecting these little birds a very high priority, City of Greater Geelong acting director of city services Peter Godfrey said.
Dogs and cats are seen as predators of the species, just as foxes, ravens and other birds of prey are, and for this reason the City works closely with Birdlife Australia to put measures in place to protect the birds.
The hooded plover is protected under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

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16:34

Crossing the line "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Luke Voogt

A retired Ocean Grove bishop has accused a local MP of barring him from grilling Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Australias secretive Border Protection policy.
Former Anglican Bishop Peter Danaher joined about 50 people protesting outside an invitation-only community meeting at Highton Bowls Club on Monday.
They dont want us to be any part of the discussion, said Rev Danaher, who is president of the Victorian Council of Churches.
It was an absolute waste of time and an insult to people who have a view on a subject.
Rev Danaher contacted Corangamite MP Sarah Hendersons office when the Combined Refugee Action Group informed him on Friday about the meeting.
But Ms Hendersons office told him the meeting was at capacity.
I went to the venue regardless, in case there happened to be any spare seats.
Two police officers blocked the doors to the meeting but a fellow protestor saw plenty of spare seats prior to it commencing, Rev Danaher said.
He was on Ms Hendersons mailing list and was disappointed not to receive notice of the so-called community meeting, he said.
He had planned to question the minister on women and children living in appalling conditions on Manus Island and Nauru.
All the issues pale into insignificance when you look at the way people are treated, he said.
But Ms Henderson said the meeting was at capacity and that she worked very hard to represent her constituents views on asylum seekers.
It was simply not possible to accommodate everyone who wished to attend, she said.
I respect Rev Danahers right to protest and I would be pleased to assist him in any way I can.
Ms Henderson promoted the governments immigration policies, which included abolishing 457 visas and deporting non-citizens who commit serious crimes.
Our government has removed 2000 children from detention, closed 17 detention centres and is working hard to re-settle asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru who were put there by Labor.

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16:28

In the line of duty "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Blue Ribbon Day is on Friday 27 September.
The day honours the ultimate sacrifice that police officers have made in the line of duty.
A total of 159 Victorian police officers have been killed while doing their jobs with 30 being murdered, which underlines the dangers faced by police on a daily basis.
Victoria Police invites all Victorians to pause on Friday to remember those members of our police force who have paid a price beyond measure for safety in our community.
To donate to the cause, go to www.remember.org.au/Donate

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16:13

Porchland Festival Announced for December "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Porch Sessions South Australian live music night The Porch Sessions, where artists perform intimate shows in backyards and verandahs, has just announced plans to hold its annual festival Porchland on Saturday 2nd December at The Range Hall, 45 minutes from Adelaide. Described as a Porch Session on steroids Porchland has been []

16:13

24 Hours In Lapa from Tamil Rogeon is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (14-20 Sept) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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24 Hours In Lapa from Tamil Rogeon is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week. The 12 track record is a bold and experimental fusion of world music, cinematic orchestral jazz, futuristic percussion and subtle electronic touches.

Rogeon, a Melbourne based musician and composer, travelled to Rio Di Janiero to record the percussion group of Tiago Loei, then returned home to compose the score, which was recorded with Orchestra Victoria. He then amassed a formidable array of vocalists including Heidi Vogel from Cinematic Orchestra, US MC Raashan Ahmad, crooner Bobby Valentine and Australias own Ella Thompson, among others.

This album, released under his own name, is just one of Rogeons musical channels, he also records with the RAah Project, Harvey Sutherland (widely celebrated in the Australian underground electronic music community), and is commissioned for other diverse projects. You can find more information on Rogeons projects here on his personal website.

24 Hours In Lapa is available on the independent Heard & Felt label out of Melbourne at heardandfelt.com. Well be playing selections from this great record all week on Eastside Radio.

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16:08

The Three Arguments Against Gold and Why They Are Nonsense "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Its no secret that I am a big believer in gold.

But today, I want to take a look at the case against gold.

Starting from a low of about $250 per ounce in mid-1999, gold staged a spectacular rally of over 600%, to about $1,900 per ounce, by August 2011.

Unfortunately, that rally looked increasingly unstable towards the end.

Gold was about $1,400 per ounce as late as January 2011.

Almost $500 per ounce of the overall rally occurred in just the last seven months before the peak.

That kind of hyperbolic growth is almost always unsustainable.

Sure enough, gold fell sharply from that peak to below $1,100 per ounce by July 2015. It still shows a gain of about 350% over 15 years.

But gold has lost nearly 40% over the past five years. Those who invested during the 2011 rally are underwater, and many have given up on gold in disgust.

For long-time observers of gold markets, sentiment has been the worst theyve ever seen.

Yet its in times of extreme bearish sentiment that outstanding investments can be found if you know how and where to look.

So far this year, theres already been a change in the winds for gold.

A change that, in many ways, I predicted in my most recent book: The New Case for Gold.

But today, I want to show you three main arguments mainstream economists make against gold.

And why theyre dead wrong.

The first one you may have heard many times

Argument #1: Not enough gold to support the financial system

Experts say theres not enough gold to support a global financial system.

Gold cant support the entire worlds paper money, its assets and liabilities, its expanded balance sheets of all the banks, and the financial institutions of the world.

They say theres not enough gold to support that money supply; that the money supplies are too large.

That argument is complete nonsense.

Its true that theres a limited quantity of gold. But more importantly, theres always enough gold to support the financial system.

But its also important to set its price correctly.

It is true that at todays price of about $1,300 an ounce, if you had to scale down the money supply to equal the physical gold times 1,300, that would be a great reduction of the money supply.

That would indeed lead to deflation.

But to avoid that, all we have to do is increase the gold pri...

16:04

J Coin: A New Shot Fired in the War on the Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Uh-oh. Jamie Dimon and the crypto haters better pay attention. Japan is making them look behind.

The banks there are getting together to launch something called the J Coin.

Its a digital currency, and its designed to mimic the national one the yen.

The banks there are working overtime to protect their market share from the encroachment coming from Apple Pay and the Chinese behemoth Alipay.

These banks know if they dont carve out a niche in this new market, theyll get left behind.

J Coin would offer commission-free remittances, instant transfers, and cheaper overseas movement, for starters.

I told readers of Small Cap Alpha recently that we have to follow whats happening in the crypto market even if you dont want to risk a penny on it.

This is because cryptos have so much potential to erode existing revenue streams for established companies.

For example, if you happen to own shares in the Australian Securities Exchange [ASX:ASX], you should check out a guy called Professor Mike Aitken.

Hes developed a new asset trading system called digi.cash, which he says would bring instant settlement and practically zero cost to trading.

That could be a problem for the ASX, considering it earns around $300 million a year from clearing and settling the cash equity and derivative markets, according to The Australian Financial Review.

5,000 years of history keeps rolling

The monetary system hasnt sat still for 5,000 years, so theres no reason to think it cant shift again away from what we have now. Im pretty sure were heading into a new phase now digital, or crypto.

Physical cash is becoming irrelevant, whether we like it or not. But it does pose various problems. For example, how long before governments and the elites look to lock us all in a closed loop where there are no private transactions?

Theres latent potential now for official currencies to go completely digital and all of them will be tracked. Everybody wants your data, and to know what you do.

Governments are likely to bring their legal tender laws to bear on cryptos in the same way they force us to use the official currencies of today.

I have no doubt the market can provide a secure, private cryptocurrency. But governments would make it illegal for corporations and companies you deal with to accept it. The usual coercive stuff.

If you want to pay your electricity bill, youll have to use the crypto the government wants you to use. Something like th...

15:58

The Human Race is Quickly Evolving Into A New Kind of Human "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Life is a crazy roller coaster full of ups, downs, and twist and turns. Im sure everyone will agree with me when I say that life is confusing. But its okay because you are rapidly transforming into a new human being. Youre not supposed to understand it all.

We all try our hardest to understand life and make sense of things. There are so many questions to be answered about life like how we got here, what put us here, and what were truly supposed to be doing. However, life wouldnt be life if you understood it. Its weird how nothing makes sense at all, yet it all does at the same time.

Everything is interdependent on each other and if one component of life were to disappear it would bring all of society to a crumble. Its okay that you dont understand everything or anything about life itself. None of us really do, but thats because we are rapidly changing into new human beings. Even more rapidly than youd think.

We are constantly evolving as time goes on. Humans are forever growing and so is our universe. Everything continues and time goes on, and we are rapidly growing, changing, and essentially transforming as it all happens before our very eyes. If you stop to pay attention you would notice how fast everything changes even yourself. Everyday you live you are creating new memories of new experiences and forming new interests and opinions on everything you come into contact with. One memory possessing brain cell dies and another is born. We are constantly in a state of evolution.

Everything about life is a learning experience. None of us are placed on Earth knowing anything. We are informationless fragile creatures who grow everyday. Growing physically and mentally as we create new brain cells, memories, experiences, and feelings. Everyday we grow something is changing. When you wake up in the morning you are essentially a new person by the time you lay your head down at night. Every day is a learning experience and we grow more wisdom as we go throughout life.

You are becoming more aware of your own spir...

15:56

Greg Clark visits Australia and finds high rates of status persistence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The co-authors on this paper (pdf) are Andrew Leigh and Mike Pottenger, here is the abstract:

The paper estimates long run social mobility in Australia 18702017 tracking the status of rare surnames. The status information includes occupations from electoral rolls 19031980, and records of degrees awarded by Melbourne and Sydney universities 18522017. Status persistence was strong throughout, with an intergenerational correlation of 0.70.8, and no change over time. Notwithstanding egalitarian norms, high immigration and a well-targeted social safety net, Australian long-run social mobility rates are low. Despite evidence on conventional measures that Australia has higher rates of social mobility than the UK or USA (Mendolia and Siminski, 2016), status persistence for surnames is as high as that in England or the USA. Mobility rates are also just as low if we look just at mobility within descendants of UK immigrants, so ethnic effects explain none of the immobility.

Social mobility is indeed difficult to pull off.  Hat tip goes to Ben Southwood.

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15:54

Historical nautical maps show coral loss more extensive than previously believed "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A team of researchers based in Australia and the United States have used historical nautical maps to determine that coral reef loss in the Florida Keys is much more extensive than previously understood. The British empire began mapping its overseas territories in the 18th century, and coral reefs in particular were quite thoroughly documented given the danger they posed to wooden-hulled ships. In the process, these imperial cartographers unwittingly provided a source of high-resolution spatial data on coastal areas that, as it turns out, can still be useful today in establishing historical baselines for the extent of coral reefs and assessing changes to those reef systems over the ensuing centuries. The degree of biologically relevant information recorded varied by cartographer, but the best of these British maps describes the depth, shape, and color of shallow-water corals and distinguishes them from other hard structures such as rocks, the authors of a study published in the journal Science Advances earlier this month wrote. The researchers used nautical charts dating from the 1770s to help quantify changes in the coral reefs of the Florida Keys over the past 240 years. The maps were essential to expansion of the British Empire, and luckily for us, they also included a lot of useful ecological information, according to Benjamin Neal, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine and a co-author of the study. Loren McClenachan, a professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine who led the study, said that,

Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Vanuatu at 20:09 UTC on September 20, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 200.2 km (125 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 204 km (126 miles). According to the USGS, the...... Read more

15:41

MACKAY Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY September 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges

September 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

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MACKAY Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain

September 21, 2017 at 12:03PM ,

Callaghan, 22, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday from prison via videolink, where hes locked up due to pending matters.

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15:37

Smart Arts 21 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Richard is joined by Simon Maidment from the NGVA about their new work Gareth Sansom: Transformer, Perth centred Fringe performers Mark Storen and Georgia King in the work The One; and finally Flying Fruit Fly Circus artistic director Jodie Farrugia chats about Junk showing at the Arts Centre in Melbourne. 

15:31

Louvre Accord v Plaza Accord "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: I notice you often cite the *Plaza Accord* when on the topic of central bank currency manipulation. That accord was signed in 1985 with an aim to devalue the USD. Could you write a little on the *Louvre Accord signed just two years later, in 1987, with an aim to reverse the unwanted effects of the *Plaza Accord*. Thanks cheers,

TGM

ANSWER: The Louvre Accord was an agreement, signed on February 22, 1987 in Paris, that aimed to stabilize the international currency markets and halt the continued decline of the US Dollar caused by the Plaza Accord. The agreement was signed by France, West Germany, Japan, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Italy declined to sign the agreement.

The G7 meeting of central bankers and finance ministers in Paris announced that the dollar was now consistent with economic fundamentals. The announced that they would only intervene when required to ensure foreign exchange stability. The objective was then to manage the floating currency system. Democrats gained control of Congress in 1986 and immediately called for protectionist measures. The dollar depreciation agreed to in 1985 at the Plaza Accord, failed to really improve the trade perspective. In 1986, the trade deficit actually rose to approximately $166 billion with exports at about $370 billion and imports at about $520 billion. The object of manipulating currency to try to create jobs and alter trade flows proved to be completely false.

My concerns warning that volatility would increase made back in 1985 were materializing. What they did not understand was the lowering the dollar in value also led to a shift in capital flows and the selling of US assets. Foreigners were suffering loses by financing U.S. trade through purchasing United States Treasury bonds in an attempt to ease the trade deficit criticism. We were advising Japanese to buy gold on the New York COMEX, export it, and then resell which would also make it appear that the US exports were increasing. H...

15:30

The Making of Monsters "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.

 

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq When a little boy who looked and sounded American appeared in propaganda video put out by the failing Islamic State this week, threatening Trump: puppet of the Jews, it caused a sensation as, of course, it was meant to do.

How can a group make a child into a monster? we ask.  Yet the answer comes to us in the voices of numerous ISIS defectors and prisoners who tell us precisely how ISIS takes the blank-slate minds of children and fills them with poisonous ideologies alongside dreams of Paradise.

Children are powerful tools in the hands of groups like the so-called Islamic State, as weve learned after interviewing 63 ISIS returnees, defectors, and prisoners.

Trained at Cubs of the Caliphate camps in both Iraq and Syria, children are indoctrinated to hateand to kill all others who do not adhere to ISISs strict, brutal and intolerant views of Islam. They are also taught to give their own lives in acts of martyrdom. \

I saw them train young kids to blow things up. From my camp, 15-year-and-younger kids went on bombing missions.  They tell us they are going to go to Paradise, 15-year-old Syrian Ibn Omar told researchers for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism.

Ibn Omar ran off to join ISIS at age 13 after having his head filled with dreams from the preachers who took over his mosque when ISIS overran his region. Impoverished and young enough to be drawn in, Ibn Omar was motivated by the income he could bring home to his unsuspecting parents, and the promises of cars and other material rewards.

In the first days, the brothers also appeared to be real Muslims, preaching the real Islam. Little did he know.

I liked them [ISIS] a lot in the beginning, but laterThey taught us about God, the Prophet and our religion. We spent just one...

15:30

What Can Sweet Fennel Oil Do for Your Health? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What Is Sweet Fennel Oil?

Sweet fennel oil comes from crushed fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare). The plant, which is a part of the Apiaceae family including carrots or parsley, 1 has an herby, slightly spicy smell that resembles aniseed. It is native to Southern Europe, but is also now grown in parts of Northern Europe, Australia and North America. 2

Uses of Sweet Fennel Oil

Fennel was used in various ancient civilizations by the Egyptians for food and medicine and by the Chinese as a remedy for snake bites. During the Middle Ages, it was hung over doorways to drive away evil spirits.

In present times, sweet fennel oil is used mostly for medicinal purposes, such as killing parasitic worms and their spores in the intestines and excretory tracts and as a laxative with no side effects. It is also used for cosmetic purposes, especially as an ingredient in massage oils,3 perfumes, toothpastes and soaps.4

Composition of Sweet Fennel Oil

The chemicals found in sweet fennel oil include anethole, fenchone, estragole, a-pinene and -pinene, a-phellandrene and -phellandrene, a-Terpineol, myrcene, campfer and para-Cymol.5

Benefits of Sweet Fennel Oil

Sweet fennel oil acts as a stimulant for the nervous, digestive and excretory system and the endocrine and exocrine glands. It helps relieve dizziness, fatigue and exhaustion.6 Other benefits you can get from using sweet fennel oil include:

Carminative: eases indigestion and stomach pain

Diuretic: removes excess water, sodium, uric acid, bile salts and other toxic elements

Splenic: protects....

15:08

Grubbers go out with a bang "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Mark Heenan

The curtain closed on Ocean Grove Football Netball Clubs 2017 season at the senior presentation night on Friday 15 September.
Up to 130 people attended including senior footballers, senior netballers, committee, coaching personnel, sponsors, supporters and family members, at the Shell Road sports pavilion.
Ocean Grove Football Club senior coach Paul Lynch implored the elite netball and football teams to work hard in the off-season and boost playing stocks in recruiting.
Earlier this month the Grubbers signed experienced key position player Justin Carey from GFL club St Albans for the 2018 season.
Ocean Groves premier division netball grade and senior football team made finals in 2017 but both sides suffered early exits with their BFL elimination final loss on 20 August.
I feel our window is really widely open and they talk on a premiership clock where our clock is and I reckon we are sitting at about 11 oclock, Lynch said in his speech.
I reckon our window is really open and that goes for netball as well.
I have been involved in a football club where we have won the A Grade netball and A Grade football premiership in one year and I honestly believe there is no reason why that cant happen next year.
Grubber gun on-baller James Linton was awarded with his second Damian Clark Medal.
In 2016 Linton won the coveted medal honour in his debut season with the Grubbers.
Damian Clark is an eight-time senior premiership player with Ocean Grove.
I am very honoured, Linton told the Voice.
Ocean Grove senior netball coach Elyse Howard won the premier division top award.
Five netball grades including under-19 netball side and four other senior teams in addition to reserves and senior football teams were presented with awards.
Michaela Giblin took out the under-19 netball honour, while Ali Gannon was named runner-up and Sarah Bastiaan collected the coaches award.
Club great Dennis White was named prestigious recipient of Frank Hose Award for his generous volunteer work in 2017.
Whites involvement has spanned more than 40 years with the Grubbers as a player, reserves coach, junior premiership coach and former committee member.
He was awarded with life-membership at the Ocean Grove Football Netball Club in 2015.
Local business The Driftwood Cafe organised catering on the night.

OCEAN GROVE FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB 2017 AWARD WINNERS
Under 19 Netball
Best-and-fairest Michaela Giblin
Runner-up Ali Gannon
Coaches award Sarah Bastiaan
Division 3 Netball
Best-and-fairest Kylie Collett
Runner-up Jessie Sutton
Coaches award Maddy Goodger
Division 2 Netball
Best-and-fairest Eliza Jane Clarke
Run...

15:04

Investigations underway following serious crash Casino "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

Investigations are underway following a serious crash at Casino yesterday.

Police and emergency services were called to the intersection of Hickey and Johnston Streets about 10.25am(Wednesday 20 September 2017), following reports of a crash between a Holden Commodore and a truck.

The driver and front passenger in the Holden were trapped within the vehicle before being released.

A woman in her 80s driving the car suffered minor injuries and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment.

The male passenger, also in his 80s, was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital and then flown to Gold Coast University Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the truck, a man in his 40s, was not injured and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

Specialist crash investigators attended the scene and commenced inquiries into the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.  Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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14:58

5 things you need to know about voting in the marriage equality survey "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Caitlin McInnis

The marriage equality survey is now under way, and lots of Australians are showing their support for equal love. If you want to stay inspired on a daily basis, there are many things you can do, including following us on Facebook and Twitter, where well be making the YES case every day.  But first, you should make sure that you are fully briefed on voting, so below youll find five things that you, your family and friends absolutely must know. Happy voting!

  1. If you dont receive your form by Monday, contact the ABS

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says that all forms will be sent out by September 25. If you do not receive yours in the mail by Monday, you need to get in touch with them ASAP.

  1. If you lose your form, contact the ABS by October 18

So youve lost your form or marked the wrong box. It happens. Dont beat yourself up. Luckily, its an easy fix. Just make sure you contact the ABS by 6pm October 18 and request another form. Details of how to do this havent been finalised by the ABS just yet but they have said not to contact them until September 25 if you do need a replacement. Make sure you follow the YES Campaign for updates.

  1. Do not post a photo of your form that includes the barcode, and dont send glitter!

It is great that people are exercising their democratic rights and getting excited about it by taking photos of their forms or even putting things like glitter in the envelopes. HOWEVER, make sure any photos you post of your form do not include your personalised barcode on the bottom right of the form. This is really important as it may be used by someone else to commit fraud. As for glitter, refrain from that too as due to processing machinery or possible contamination, [it] may result in the survey form also being destroyed and therefore not processed.

  1. Make sure your ballot is in the post by Oct 27

Snail mail is not what it used to be it can take up to 4 days to reach its destination these days. Because of this, the ABS says it is best you get your form i...

14:56

Day was all write "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Barwon Heads Arts Council held a successful Meet the Authors day.
Clifton Springs resident Dian Fahey (author of 12 poetry collections, dianefaheypoet.com), Professor of Politics Judith Brett and six-time author Craig Sherbourne spoke to guests at Barwon Heads Golf Club on Sunday 10 September.
Each author spoke for around an hour and invited audience participation.

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14:47

Club gears up for safer surf season "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

With the generous support of a $2000 Community Grant from the City of Greater Geelong, Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club has purchased 17 swim cans to assist in life saving training activities.
The mission of Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club was to keep the beach safe and educate its members and the public in safe beach behaviour, club president David Pavia said.
The swim cans are a vital tool in training life savers in ocean swimming and board rescues. We have trialled the cans over the winter months and found them also useful in training life savers on inshore rescue craft rescues.
IRBs account for the majority of ocean rescues in Victoria, and the marker buoys are a great way for drivers to hone their driving and rescue skills in a safe controlled manner.
The buoys will also be used during the Ocean Grove Open Water Swim to be held next year on Sunday 28 January.

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14:44

When intra-governmental relations turned sour the US-Fed Accord Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

In Part 1 of this mini-series When relations within government were sensible the US-Fed Accord Part 1 I examined the pre-1951 agreement between the US Treasury department and the US Federal Reserve Bank, which saw the bank effectively fund the US Treasury. The nature of that relationship, which began when the central bank was formed in 1913, changed in 1935 when the legislators voluntarily chose to change the capacity of the currency issuer to buy unlimited amounts of US Treasury debt directly to one of only being able to purchase the debt in the secondary markets once issued. But the effect was the same. The central bank could control the yields at any segment of the bond maturity curve at its will. The shift in 1935 was the result of conservative forces that were intent on derailing the governments capacity to use the consolidated central bank/treasury to efficiently advance well-being. They wanted political constraints placed on the Treasury, such that it would have to issue debt to the non-government sector before it could spend, which they knew was an arrangement (similar to formal debt ceilings) that could be used to pressure the government towards austerity. By the time the Korean War ensued, these conservative forces were winning the political debate and big changes were to come, which would limit the fiscal capacity of the US government to this very day. The result has been an inefficient fiscal process prone to capture by conservatives and certainly not one that a progressive would consider to be sensible. I analyse that shift post-1942 in this blog, which is Part 2 in the series. In Part 3, we pull the story together and reveal what was really going on.

Tensions mount 1942-1951

The first graph shows the yield behaviour of long-term government bonds from the end of WW2 to the late 1950s. The vertical line (Treasury-Fed Accord) marks a discrete shift in policy, which we will discuss in this Part and the final Part of this mini-series.

Clearly, the pegged arrangement was effective (it was abandoned, as we will learn, in 1951).

The US Federal Reserve Bank was not necessar...

14:44

CARTOON: Unconscionable "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

CARTOON: UnconscionableA day in the life of the unbearable Abbott. read now...

14:44

In which the bromancer celebrates the Donald saving the world and Merkel ruining it ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The pond knows there can be fierce arguments over which scribbler for the lizard Oz is the most beguiling and entertaining reptile of them all ...

Each has their charms - who can deny Dame Slap or the Oreo? - but the pond has a very sentimental soft spot for the bromancer, who can always be relied on to deliver a form of enlightenment, or at least a form of words ...

And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of the bromancers wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of the Donald's dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night. 
The bromancer believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but thats no matter to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning  
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

And so to the fruit of the shrub of delusion, as the bromancer runs faster and stretches out his arms to embrace the Donald ...




Weird? Surely not, surely nothing is weird in this wonderful world of the bromancer ....

14:37

Nature gets some hands-on help "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ford IT workers got their hands dirty giving Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary in Barwon Heads a much-needed makeover last week.
Richard Crow was thrilled to get outdoors with the 15 or so workers mulching, weeding, painting and fixing fences at the sanctuary.
I love it, he said, pushing a wheelbarrow of mulch.
We get out in the community and give something back.
Jamie Strzelczyk and Ivona Bilic got up close and personal with the sanctuarys koalas, kangaroos and amusing emus after making the trip down the Princes Freeway.
Ive been here before with my kids so its really good to help out the sanctuary they need all the help they can get, Ivona said.
They help all the animals which are really cute.
Its awesome to connect with the community and get out of the office and do something different, Jamie said, as the pair cleaned an animal enclosure.
Senior keeper Xavier Robertson said projects like this were vital to the sanctuary, which received more than 5000 calls a year to attend sick, injured and orphaned animals.
It would take the better part of a week to get done what these guys get do in a few hours, the Belmont local said.
We always make an effort to get everyone up close and personal with the animals at the end of the day which is usually the highlight.
Karingal St Laurences BacLinks foundation facilitated the restoration project.
Projects such as this are a testament to the exceptional generosity of our local people and businesses, the foundations manager Joanne Forssman said.

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14:35

Energy Auditing to the Australian Standard "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Accurate and consistent energy auditing is critical to the uptake and quality of energy efficiency projects as it is often used as the basis for business case justification, project design and as a baseline to measure post-upgrade savings. Presented in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, the EEC's Energy Auditing to the Australian Standard training program gives energy audit practitioners the skills and knowledge to deliver energy audits that meet with Australian Standard 3598:2014

14:34

Climate Change Primer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Illustrations by JON HAN

Once again we thank NYTimes Science writer Justin Gillis for this primer on a complex and politically weighty issue.

Climate Change Is Complex. Weve
Got Answers to Your Questions.

We know. Global warming is daunting. So heres a place to start: 17 often-asked questions with some straightforward answers.

1.Climate change? Global warming? What do we call it?

Both are accurate, but they mean different things.

You can think of global warming as one type of climate change. The broader term covers changes beyond warmer temperatures, such as shifting rainfall patterns.

President Trump has claimed that scient...

14:32

Giving as good as she gets "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Justin Flynn

Ocean Grove musician Andrea Robertson is one of the two recipients of the Queenscliff Music Festivals Emerging Artist Grant/Award.
The popular singer/songwriter has been performing since her early teens and her latest accolade comes as no surprise.
It was a huge surprise and such amazing news to receive, she said.
I feel so honoured to have been given this opportunity, knowing how highly sought after this grant is and the fact that hundreds of others from the Barwon South West Region applied for it. Its a real privilege to have been selected from among all of those artists.
Andrea will release her second album this November and the grant will enable her to do a new recording next year.
The grant will be put towards a live recording which I hope to do in April/May 2018, she said.
My proposal for the recording was to include all local creatives from start to finish and on every level from venue, artists, sound engineer, photographers, publicists the works, so not only will I benefit from this project as an artist, but many others from the Bellarine and the Geelong region will be involved and recognised for their work also. Plus a live audience, who I imagine will mostly be locals, will get to be a part of this experience.
Andrea said the local music scene was thriving.
The local music scene is so important and I hope that it just continues to go from strength to strength, she said.
There are so many amazing musicians in our area, and we have some terrific venues supporting those artists. But we could always do with more. That would mean audiences being willing to get out and support not just the artists, but the venues as well though.

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14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

1.00 AUD = 0.0002 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 4.85 AUD
Converter

14:19

Slow, soggy start to spring "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The wet and dull spring weather has continued.
Ive never seen so much water in places like Yarram Creek and Freshwater Lake. Its great for the birds and the mosquitoes that theres so much water, just not very pleasant for getting out and about with the camera.
Theres been so much to see despite the rain, I hardly know where to start.
I had one trip to Western Treatment Plant, but alas reached the destination without the gate key, which I had left at home in my jacket pocket. Duh. I drove to Kirk Point to see if there were any waders around, and I did see a few hundred red-necked stints. The highlight of my days was observing a magnificent spotted harrier flying over the canola fields on Point Wilson Road. I didnt manage a decent photo, but seeing a spotted harrier is always wonderful.
Speaking of migratory waders, I did spot a few sharp-tailed sandpipers at Western Treatment Plant, but Kevin saw a pair of these birds at Anglesea during the week and sent me his fabulous photo. Thanks so much Kevin.
I went to the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve with a group from the Clifton Springs Gardening Group, who are keen to learn more about the birds around this region. We just avoided some pretty torrential rain, but did manage a decent walk where we spotted 23 species, including a Horsfields bronze cuckoo and fan-tailed cuckoo. The next day I drove to my favorite spot in Curlewis, where I went cuckoo again, and saw a pallid cuckoo sitting in a bare tree. The days after that I popped into Hospital Swamp, Connewarre, and saw two Horsfields bronze-cuckoos and three pallid cuckoos.
The pallid cuckoo is a large, slender cuckoo, which is identified by its grey plumage, which is darker on the wings and back. It has a barred black and white undertail. The bill is brown, the legs and feet are grey-brown, and there is a bright yellow ring around the eye. Like other cuckoos, the pallid cuckoo lays its eggs in the nests of honeyeaters, woodswallows, whistlers and flycatchers. Its no coincidence that the cuckoos were seen in areas where there are many other small species of birds, preparing for the spring breeding season. The female pallid cuckoo removes one of the smaller birds eggs from their nest, and replaces it with one of her own. Speaking of little birds, Ive also seen some beautiful little male superb fairy-wrens molting into breeding plumage, which certainly makes for some lovely photo opportunities, which will be even better when the sun finally shines
Ive seen a few other nests lately, including a red wattlebird, tawny frogmouth, magpie lark, and many black swan nests. The best swan nest I spotted was in Breamlea, where last years nest has been built up so much that it looked comfy enough to jump in for a sleep.
At the end of my street in Ocean Grove theres a family of Australian wood ducks with an even dozen ducklings. Ive watched the parent birds closely and....

14:15

Driving "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I havent had much time for blogging recently. What with one thing and another WP has taken a back seat. Ive taken up part-time employment as a Driver under the Shebah banner. Basically Im a self-employed driver subcontracted to Shebah. Continue reading

14:10

Meals and view are unbeatable "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Perched above the coastline of Ocean Grove, The Dunes cafe and restaurant offers absolute beachfront dining from their location on Surf Beach Road.
Glass frontage ensures the spacious dining area is bathed in natural light, providing panoramic views over the ocean for diners relaxing among colourful decor or celebrating a special occasion in The Dunes welcoming ambiance.
Enjoy an early morning coffee on a table outside enjoying the spring sunshine or book in for a dining experience with family and friends and choose from a menu of global flavours and popular favourites.
Start the day with freshly brewed coffee together with breakfast corn fritters or an eggs Benedict and then from the all-day menu for lunch, try the salt and pepper calamari, fresh Portarlington mussels or caramelised onion and goat cheese tart.
At dinner the choices just keep coming with seafood paella, Scotch fillet with polenta chips or a caramelised sweet potato brown rice salad.
Now is the best time of year to sample delicious food and drink and those exquisite views, open every day from 6.30am.

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14:08

Chillin with the kings of cool "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Get ready Ocean Grove, the Piping Hot Chicken Shop and Burger Grill is set for a massive October.
The chook shop will feature three highly acclaimed acts, making October the live music month of the year in the Grove.
First up is The Turner Brown Band on 7 October.
The band is a joint Australia/USA musical collaboration between Australian slide guitarist and music producer Dom Turner and Ohio-based Sacred Steel vocalist and lap-slide guitar sensation Nikki D. Brown.
Joining Dom and Nikki and are her sisters Gloria Brown (rhythm guitar and vocals) and cousin Tomika Webb (drums and vocals) who share the same deep musical heritage and love of infectious gospel-soul music.
Cass Eager heads to the chook shop on 14 October.
Cass has a brand new beat and shes hitting the road with her band to send her new single Aint No Stopping Me off into the world.
Casss voice carries like the wind and slams you right in your gut where you want it to.
She could sing the phone book to you and you wouldnt get bored, says iconic Aussie rock star Diesel.
Back at the chicken shop by popular demand on 28 October is The Three Kings.
The Melbourne blues super group rocks a hard-hitting and greasy blues style and it will take you on a dangerous joy ride through the back roads and juke joints of American music history.
For tickets for all three gigs, go to www.pipinghotchickenshop.com.au/upcoming_gigs.html

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13:50

Ernie Awards (for Sexist Behaviour) 25 Years On. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Each September 300 women head to Sydney to judge the most sexist remarks made by public figures during the previous year in 2017 the Ernie Awards for Sexist Remarks is celebrating its 25th year!

Winners are chosen by whichever nomination receives the loudest boos; and in tight contests, a boo-off is required to determine a winner. RTRFMs Georgia Keay spoke to Meredith Burgmann, founder of The Ernies, to find out the purpose behind the awards.

Play Interview with Meridith Burgmann 21st September 2017

13:50

Opening Night Gala Party Byron Bay Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET GALA EVENT + FEATURE FILM
Friday 6 October

Its out and were proud to announce that the documentary The Freedom to Marry has been selected as the Opening Night film at BBFF 2017.

The ultra-topical documentary traces the battle for equality by North Americas LGBTQI community, from the early days of Stonewall through to the Supreme Court decision just two years ago.

The Freedom to Marry ends with a celebration and so does Opening Night at BBFF, with catering by Byron Bays sublime Trattoria Basiloco and with fine wines and other beverages.

Read more about the film here.

Tickets are on sale now for the Opening Night Gala Party (and film).

BOOK NOW

Learn more at bbff.com.au

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13:49

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Merkel Slams Trumps Threat to Destroy North Korea
Wed Sep 20, 2017 07:56PM
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses an election campaign rally of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Kappeln, northern Germany, on September 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says US President Donald Trumps threat to totally destroy North Korea is wrong, citing economic pressure and diplomacy as the only "appropriate" ways to resolve the conflict.

I am against such threats, Merkel told the Deutsche Welle channel. We consider any form of military solution as totally inappropriate and we insist on a diplomatic solution.

From my point of view sanctions and their implementation are the right answer. But I consider everything else concerning North Korea as wrong, she added. And that is why we clearly disagree with the US president."

The German chancellor made the remarks in reaction to Trumps debut speech at the United Nations General Assembly, where he said Tuesday that the US was ready to destroy the North to resolve the ongoing standoff over the countrys ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program.

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," he said.

"It is time for North Korea to realize that its denuclearization is its only responsible future," he added.

The Trump administration has been pushing for greater international pressure on North Korea through the UN and by pressuring China, Pyongyangs main trade ally.

The pressure peaked in early September, when the North announced that it had successfully exploded a hydrogen bomb, its sixth overall thermonuclear test.

The UN Security Council adopted new sanctions against the North as a result, a move that Pyongyang warned would not go unanswered.

Germanys role

Merkel said in her interview that Germanys strong ties China, Japan, South Korea and the United States puts it among the few countries that co...

13:43

ALERTA! Stop fascists rallying @ LGBT Holocaust Memorial, Sydney : Saturday, September 23, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This post is dedicated to the memory of Willem Arondeus, the gay Dutch resistance member executed by the Nazis in July 1943 and Righteous Among the Nations. This Saturday in Sydney, Nick Folkes and his Party for Freedom (PFF) are Continue reading

13:39

The hate that dare not speak its name: @burgewords comments on #VoteNo to #MarriageEquality "IndyWatch Feed National"

It would make for a better, fairer and more entertaining match if #TeamNo owned the term homophobes. AUSTRALIA is fighting a very old battle. Its been Trojan-Horsed into every household in the form of the Turnbull Governments postal survey on federal marriage law. Like all wars, the propaganda is rife. Were being asked to vote []

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13:19

The art of misdirection: NZ Labour and xenophobia "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the start of the election campaign, the Labour Partys position on immigration was clear. Armed with a raft of new policies and an inflammatory vow to stop tens of thousands from coming to New Zealand, Labour signalled loudly that reducing migration was one its key electoral pledges. With the recent turnover in leadership and accompanying guarded sound bites on immigration, one could be fooled into believing that the party has softened its stance.

13:19

NEWS: Dylan announces massive Bootleg Series release of the gospel years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This has always been one of the more fascinating periods of Dylans career, when he started exploring gospel music and religious-leaning song subject matter.  Due from Columbia and Legacy on November 3rd, Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 focuses on Dylans so-called gospel years. The Deluxe Edition features nine discs 8 Continue reading

13:17

WINZ steals from the poorest "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Hot on the heels of yesterday's news of WINZ lawlessness, we learn that WINZ has been illegally underpaying the poorest beneficiaries:

More than 7000 of New Zealand's most-desperate beneficiaries have been short-changed by the Government - and they're about to get payback.

A Ministry of Social Development report has found 7148 people on Special Benefits have been underpaid by the Government since 2006, and they have known about it for two years. MSD have estimated the amount could be up to $9.5 million.

In 2015, MSD was advised that it needed to offer the Temporary Additional Support (TAS) to beneficiaries if they were better off on it.



This agency needs a complete culture change. And that change needs to start by sacking the entire senior management who have allowed this toxic culture to grow and fester. And its lawless chief executive needs to be the first to go...

13:11

Parking Infringement Data 2016/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Follow up sent to Stonnington City Council by Elizabeth on September 21, 2017.
Partially successful.
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13:03

GIVEAWAY: Win a double pass to Ruby Boots Sydney show "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Next Wednesday (Sept 27th) Ruby Boots returns from Nashville to play a headline Sydney show at Brighton Up Bar in Darlinghurst, previewing her forthcoming new LP. This comes hot on the heels of her signing to Bloodshot Records and an acclaimed appearance at the 2017 AmericanaFest where Rolling Stone named her as one of the Continue reading

13:02

An historical turning point "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

I was going to put this up already but since it was also mentioned by Bruce of Newcastle, it becomes obligatory: Obama had to spy on Trump to protect himself. Here are the last three lines:

The left is sitting on the biggest crime committed by a sitting president. The only way to cover it up is to destroy his Republican successor.

A turning point in history is here.

If Obama goes down, the left will go down with him. If his coup succeeds, then America ends.

Now read the rest.

12:55

Low concentration of quercetin antagonizes the invasion and angiogenesis of human glioblastoma U251 cells. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

PMID:  Onco Targets Ther. 2017 ;10:4023-4028. Epub 2017 Aug 11. PMID: 28860810 Abstract Title:  Low concentration of quercetin antagonizes the invasion and angiogenesis of human glioblastoma U251 cells. Abstract:  Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain tumor with a very poor prognosis. Therefore, it is always of great importance to explore and develop new potential treatment for glioblastoma. Quercetin, a flavonoid present in a variety of human foods, has been shown to inhibit various tumor cell proliferation. In this study, we found that treating human glioblastoma U251 cells with 10g/mL quercetin for 24 hours, a concentration that was far below the IC50 (113.65 g/mL) and at which quercetin failed to inhibit cell proliferation, inhibited cell migration (30%) and cell invasion as examined by wound scratch assay and transwell assay, respectively. We further showed that 10 g/mL quercetin inhibited cell migration and tube formation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells induced by the conditioned medium derived from U251 cell culture. The inhibitory effect of quercetin on migration and angiogenesis is possibly mediated through the downregulation of protein levels ofVEGFA, MMP9, and MMP2 as detected by Western blot. Our findings demonstrated that low concentration of quercetin antagonized glioblastoma cell invasion and angiogenesis in vitro.

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12:54

Watch the New Video from The Scrims Show Me Your Moves "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Scrims Melbourne gypsy-folk band The Scrims have just released their brand new music video Show Me Your Moves. Taken from their debut album Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One, the Show Me Your Moves video tells the surreal story of a man reminiscing on his youthful party days. Check it out []

12:54

Suspicious "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Remember National's court case with Eminem? A decision was supposed to be issued within three months of the trial ending in May. But strangely, its late:

Justice Helen Cull reserved her decision on May 12 - noting at the time that decisions were usually delivered within three months.

That three-month deadline was reached on August 12, not long before Parliament was dissolved and the election campaign period began on August 22.

It is now more than four months since the decision was reserved.

The Herald has formally asked the High Court if the verdict has been delayed because of its political sensitivity in the election period.

There has been no response so far.


I think the court owes us an explanation for this, because it certainly looks suspicious. As the article points out, 90% of court decisions are delivered on time. If there's a reason for the delay, then we deserve to hear it. Otherwise, the judiciary has only themselves to blame if people believe the worst of them.

12:30

Australia the Innovator "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

There has been a lot of oxygen and ink expended in the last couple of days about Australia as an innovative nation and why Australia lags in global innovation rankings.

The answer is clear.  There was a consultant report written a number of years ago by a political expert.  It was written about a different country, but the themes are the same.

The following is from the executive summary:

After having thus taken each individual one by one into its powerful hands, and having molded him as it pleases, the sovereign power extends its arms over the entire society; it covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated, minute, and uniform rules, which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot break through to go beyond the crowd; it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them and directs them; it rarely forces action, but it constantly opposes your acting; it does not destroy, it prevents birth; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, it represses, it enervates, it extinguishes, it stupifies, and finally it reduces each nation to being nothing more than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.

I have always believed that this sort of servitude, regulated, mild and peaceful, of which I have just done the portrait, could be combined better than we imagine with some of the external forms of liberty, and that it would not be impossible for it to be established in the very shadow of the sovereignty of the people.

For those who would like to read the full report, it can be found here.

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus

12:30

Refugees, Dreamers, and Sanctuary Cities "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell

When my paternal grandparents arrived at Ellis Island in the 1890s, from Ireland, they did not have to fit into any particular category of immigrant, as it was only in 1914 that nations started to require pass-ports. Before that, anyone could wash up on the shores of a foreign country. A refugee is one who enters the host country in a particular category, legally, often under the auspices of a charity group. (At present I am residing in a large apartment complex where the majority of residents are refugees.)

I notice that my fellow Americans seem to be unclear as to how they should regard immigrants nowadays. Should they welcome them with open arms? or criticize them for being a drag on the welfare budget? or fear them as people who may cause trouble?  This article aims to clarify just a bit of the recent talk about immigrants that is appearing in the news, specifically about DACA and sanctuary cities.

The DACA Program

A DACA immigrant is one who entered the US as a child and has only known the US as his or her home country. The acronym stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Deferred action as opposed to what?  As opposed to immediate deportation. Some of these persons are now in their thirties.

They arrive...

12:30

The Best Bad Guys Money Can Buy: Radical Islamic Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Radical Islamic Terrorists are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. 

They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told.

Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told.

Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right?

Youre told radical Islamic terrorists are the root of all evil in the world. But have you taken the time to peel back the layers? You may be surprised

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12:17

Are you Australias next Community Garden great? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now here's an opportunity for your community garden being featured on the front cover of  your local phone book.

12:15

Getting in between HEMM "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Are there people you feel inseparable from?

Melbourne band HEMM are a bit like this, theyve been making music together for a while now, and their desire to explore the new is what glues them together.

Ahead of their Space Between Us EP launch Taylah caught up with Juice from the band.

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11:53

What is the secret democracy sauce? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

What is the secret sauce?  What are the 7 herbs and spices that contribute to a well functioning democracy and civil society?  Some suggest that it is a robust and rigorous constitution and frequently point to the US Constitution.  I myself frequently like to quote the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

These are beautiful sentiments expressed beautifully.  The Fourth Amendment is also pretty good in my opinion:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Is it just the constitution?  Great Britain does not have a written constitution.  And consider for example the following from a constitution of a different nation:

Article 50.

  • citizens of XXXX are guaranteed freedom of speech, of the press, and of assembly, meetings, street processions and demonstrations. Exercise of these political freedoms is ensured by putting public buildings, streets and squares at the disposal of the working people and their organisations, by broad dissemination of information, and by the opportunity to use the press, television, and radio.

and

Article 56.

  • The privacy of citizens, and of their correspondence, telephone conversations, and telegraphic communications is protected by law.

How about from a different constitution of yet a different nation:

Article 67

  • Citizens are guaranteed freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, demonstration and associa...

11:52

Disabled 8-Year-Old Put In Restraints, Forcibly Injected On First Day Of School "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An 8-year-old school kid from Toronto was put into restraints and forcibly injected against his will, according a complaint by his mother.  Debbie Kiroff says she is looking for answers after she found out her [...]

11:51

Judge supports drink driving with get out of jail free card? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Australian 'authorities' (you know, the people actually in government and not the masses according to the Constitution) are full of sayings.

"Nothing to hide nothing to fear", right?
(Please note this does NOT apply to the people in government, as many of their documents are sealed never to be released to the public).

How about "Do the crime do the time"?

Unless you've been a 'free man' traveler in the Australian outback, where the mainstream media radio waves cannot reach your television or radio, you would know that the authorities advertise that drink driving is not acceptable behaviour.

Well one New South Wales 'judge' doesn't seem to think so.





Paul Conlon (pictured above) reckons that if you're a "person of good character", where you've been sentenced before to a 6 months prison term for drink driving, he will get you out of gaol (proper Australian term for "jail').

Apparently a Brazilian national Arthur Rohsig (pictured centre) was drink driving in Australia, where he accumulated 36 demerit points and his blew a breath test reading of 0.172.


The police have stated that he had no regard for Australian law and was a danger to himself and others, but (naturally) the police were unable to revoke his Brazilian licence.

As a result of his 'crime' he was sentenced in July to serve six months in the slammer but good ol' Paul Conlon got him out.

As a consolation prize though drink driver Arthur will be apparently deported.

So the message is loud and clear from (judge) Paul Conlon, if you want to drink drive and your a "person of good character" (whatever that means) he'll let you off the...

11:36

Pet chihuahua in Australia chews off owner's toes "IndyWatch Feed National"

A man has had to have his toe amputated after his hungry pet Chihuahua started eating it while he slept. Former AFL star Campbell Brown told the gruesome tale of his father-in-law Tom Johnson's ordeal with his dog Sable on SEN. The dog was hungry enough that two years ago it ate Mr Johnson's right big toe. "It's too good of a story not to give to the public domain," The former Hawthorn and Gold Coast star said. "My father-in-law Tom Johnson has got diabetes so he hasn't been able to feel his feet too well for many, many years. They just got cute pet Chihuahua called 'Sable' that sleeps on the end of the bed.

11:33

Gay candidate quits National Party after losing appeal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rod Bruem, one of seven candidates for the seat of Lismore has resigned from the National Party in disgust after it rejected his allegations of a homophobic campaign against him . Photo YouTube

Rod Bruem, one of seven candidates for the seat of Lismore has resigned from the National Party in disgust after it rejected his allegations of a homophobic campaign against him . Photo YouTube

Former Nationals candidate for the state seat of Lismore, Rod Bruem, resigned from the party yesterday after his allegations of a concerted homophobic campaign against him were rejected.

Mr Bruem, who is openly gay, said in a statement that a hastily convened meeting of the partys Ethics Committee refused to act over a series of damaging and defamatory questions levelled at him during last weekends Lismore preselection.

He was one of seven candidates to take part in an initial run-off for the seat of retiring MP Thomas George last Saturday, three of whom will go through to a so-called community preselection next month.

But he told Echonetdaily on Monday that he believed the preselection process had been corrupted from the start and that he had been subjected to an inordinate number of questions about his personal life.

Echonetdaily understands Mr Bruem received an email from the Nationals Deputy State Director Thomas Aubert yesterday stating the committee decided no questions breached the Partys rules protecting members from disorderly personal reflections.

Among the questions Mr Bruem faced were repeated assertions he had hidden criminal underworld links and that his gay male partner made him unsuitable to be a Nationals candidate.

Not contacted

Its disappointing the Nationals Ethics Committee has met and not even bothered to contact me to hear my side of what happened, he said.

Instead it has backed up the State Director Nathan Quigley who sat in the chairmans seat on Saturday and remained mute while I was subjected to a series of ridiculous and damaging character attacks dressed up as questions.

I cant believe a party which has so many honourable members allowed this to pass. The...

11:28

Police live-stream a warning to Listen Out punters about a big drug crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Victorian police have hit up Listen Out punters on social media this morning to send a clear warning about their drug crackdown, ahead of the first leg of the touring festival hitting Melbourne this weekend.

Port Phillip Police commander Inspector Jason Kelly began the Facebook Live video stream by warning attendees who are planning to bring illegal substances to the festival that Victoria Police has resourced extensively to ensure the safety of the public [and] the local community so in other words, if you try to sneak drugs in, you have a very high chance of being caught.

Last year unfortunately we had the death of a young lady so well be increasing our resources around the event, Insp. Kelly told the paper. Well be out in force with (drug dogs), and well have plain clothes police, detectives, uniform members, our mounted branch and other resources deployed.

Anyone caught with a trafficable amount of drugs will be prosecuted and put before the courts, he added. We will arrest those in possession of and using drugs but certainly a key focus will be to identify and detect those trafficking drugs to festival goers at the venue.

Its not empty posturing, either. Although police praised the overall behaviour of the 25,000 attendees at last years sold-out Listen Out Sydney at Centennial Parklands, 116 were arrested for drug possession, and a further 13 with drug supply, after the riot squad, mounted unit and sniffer dogs all headed along to police the site.

Its indicative of a broader police crackdown on music festivals, too, including 24,000-strong Penrith EDM festival Defqon.1 last weekend, which saw a 22-year-old man arrested for the possession of almost 400 MDMA pills, together with 44 other drug-related arrests.

The message from police fight for anyone planning on taking or selling drugs at festivals this summer is simple: dont say we didnt warn you.

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11:25

Mysterious Flesh eating ulcer cases continue to soar on the Mornington Peninsula and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A rise in cases of Mycobacterium Ulcerans is concerning local doctors as the rise of the disease nearly triples in the past year in the Mornington Peninsular located in Victoria. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Geelong Hospital deputy director of infectious disease, Associate Professor Daniel OBrien says there is no way to tell where it might appear next.

So far the condition has infected up to one hundred and fifty-nine cases which is up from fifty-eight in the same period in 2015.

 

One Nation Senator Faces Court Today over Citizenship Questions

Senator Malcolm Roberts will be questioned in the High Court sitting in Brisbane today over his former british dual-citizenship.

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11:24

Protect koalas and world heritage site this Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

Destruction of high value forest and koala habitat have sparked a demonstration planned for this Thursday outside MP Geoff Provests office at 2pm. Residents raised the alarm when they discovered the illegal logging and road building in Environment Protection Zones (EPZ) near Limpinwood, between Chillingham and Tyalgum, with further concerns being raised about the large trucks operating on narrow winding roads that are a hazard to public safety, especially during school bus times.

The Northern Rivers Guardians (NRG) will be delivering a letter to Members of Parliament Geoff Provest (Tweed) and Thomas George (Lismore) as part of Thursdays demonstration seeking urgent action to protect the wildlife corridor connecting our World Heritage biodiversity hotspots. They will urge the MPs to contact environment minister, Gabrielle Upton, asking her to stop the logging and unauthorised road building.

Test for new laws

I see this as an early test for the NSW new laws governing land clearing which came into force last month, said Scott Sledge, president of NRG.

During the drafting process, the NSW government gave assurances that the provisions of the Biodiversity Conservation Act would mean stronger protection for our wildlife than the previous laws. Now we will see if the new laws will result in better outcomes for nature conservation as promised.

Dave Norris, community representative for the Tweed Shire Council, Koala Management Committee said, The environment minister has power to make a stop work order for 40 days if the Office of  Environment & Heritage (OEH) are of the opinion that any action is being, or is about to be, carried out that is likely to result in harm to a threatened species.

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11:16

The more you look at things the more miraculous Trumps win is "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

A round-up of the latest non-news on the Democrats, media and crony capitalists in the US.

Behind his [ie Obamas] political espionage of Trump.

Hillary Clintons campaign memoir rests on an astonishingly audacious lie: that the very FBI director who made her campaign possible by improperly sparing her from an indictment doomed it. A normal pol who had mishandled classified information as egregiously as Hillary would have felt eternal gratitude to Comey. Only an entitled ingrate like Hillary would have the gall to cast her savior as the chief thorn in her side.

Nor does Hillary acknowledge another in-kind contribution to her campaign from Comey: his willingness to serve as a cog in Obamas campaign of political espionage against Trump. Obamas team of Hillary partisans, which included among others John Brennan, Susan Rice, and Loretta Lynch, wanted Comey to snoop on Trumpworld and he duly did.

It was reported this week that the FBI had until as recently as earlier this year been intercepting the communications of Paul Manafort, one of Trumps campaign chairmen. This means that Comey, contrary to his lawyerly denial of Trumps wiretapping claim, had the means to eavesdrop on any communications between Manafort and Trump.

Wiretaps may prove Trump right and thats absolutely terrifying

The more we learn about the last eight years and eight months, the more reason there is to believe that something is rotten in Washington.

I dont just mean the ordinary corruption of the swamp variety. I mean something fundamental, something that suggests major elements in our government believe they, and not the people, are sovereign.

Which brings us back to the ultimate test: Did Obama or somebody working for him put Trump under surveillance during or after the election for the purpose of a political coup?

Its a frightening question, all the more so because I suspect the answer will be yes if we can ever get to the truth.

Samantha Power sought to unmask Americans on almost daily basis, sources say

Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was unmasking at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016 and even sought information in the days leading up to...

11:15

Escape Artist cant be pinned down on Pure Space "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mysterious Melbourne producer and DJ Escape Artist is a creator thats been busy trying on a lot of hats musically. His debut release Lost Time is an LP of 8 diverse dance tracks, inspired by acid flecked house, drum and bass rhythms and intense jungle.

In an interview with Andy Garvey on Pure Space, he talked about his variety of influences and those really come through in this hour he prepared for the show. Alongside a number of his own tracks, Escape Artist has woven some spacey beats from his pals around Australia to create a mix that never feels familiar for too long.

 

Tracklist:

Escape Artist  Flight Out of Time
Runsthevoodoodown  Orbit E
Escape Artist  Signs of Life
Rudolf C Granite State
Nali  Ascendi
Escape Artist- From Pillar to Post
Jacobs Optical Stairway  The Naphosisous Wars (feat. Josh Wink)
Wax Doctor  Heat
Escape Artist  Zenith

 

Stream back the rest of the show and interview here. Catch all the interdimensional house and cosmic techno of Pure Space every Monday from 9pm 11pm.

The post Escape Artist cant be pinned down on Pure Space appeared first on FBi Radio.

11:05

A positive sign "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

While Donald Trump seems trying to start nuclear wars with both North Korea and Iran, there's abeen a positive sign: the UN has outlawed nuclear weapons. And New Zealand was one of the first countries to sign up to the ban:

Dozens of countries, including New Zealand, have signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

The US, Britain, France and others, including Australia, boycotted the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.

The treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it. Only a few states were due to deposit their ratification on Wednesday.


No nuclear states are signing - but the treaty effectively criminalises them in international law and declares them to be outlaw regimes, providing a solid basis for international justice if they ever use the things. Assuming there's still people left to care, that is. And while a treaty without the nuclear powers doesn't sound like much of a step forward, its a start towards a safer world.

10:55

The Conflict of Congressional War Powers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The line drawn between Presidential and Congressional war authority

      When the US Constitution gives the rights of a power, theoretically, to two branches, where does the line get drawn? Within the Constitution, Congress is the only body that is given the clear ability to declare war, however, if the President is considered the Commander-in-Chief does he also hold this right? This is the foundation of the debate over Constitutional War powers, a debate of interpretation not fact, and is essential to the understanding of one way in which war works politically.

What exactly are the sides and why is it such an inconclusive issue?

 

      Ironically, the source of information for both sides of the argument is the Constitution, its merely the interpretation that differs. On one side, people believe that the President should have no power in declaring war, a right only specifically stated to be given to Congress, and that Commander-in-Chief is only applicable once in the war itself. On another, people believe that the President, as the Commander-in-Chief, withholds the right to declare war at any time and, with hi title, lead the armies during the war. While many people fall to either extreme and not a middling view, the agreement made was called a Resolution (as neither of the extreme sides agree with the outcome, they merely settled for the best they could get).

    

      The issue with this argument is that in no way can a law be set on something as immaterial as interpretation without some foundation of facts. The way in which we interpret words is not a valid way to decide what is and is not included in a document written over 200 years ago. As a result, this issue doesnt necessarily have a straight answer. While I personally believe in the idea that a President should be able to take charge and lead his military in a time it is needed without some sort of approval, I recognize the issue of a dictatorial rule using military if it would be unchecked. However it is equally reckless to say that any and all military actions, even in immediate threat, should be taken through bodies of government before the President has any authority. While neither extreme is perfect, the individual is given a chance to decide which of the t...

10:53

State may consider peppercorn rent for old Byron Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ballina MP Tamara Smith is hopeful the state government will lease back the old Byron District Hospital to the council for community use. File photo

Ballina MP Tamara Smith is hopeful the state government will lease back the old Byron District Hospital to the council for community use. File photo

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP has gained a commitment from the NSW Health Minister during Question Time that he will consider keeping the old Byron hospital site in community hands and enable Byron Shire Council to lease the site for a peppercorn rent.

Given that there is no need for the site to be sold off to developers in order to pay for the remediation of the wold Mullumbimby Hospital site, there is no need for this valuable community asset to be sold off to the highest bidder, Ms Smith said.

This is a site that has historically supported the community through both frontline medical and allied health services and community meeting spaces. It is perfectly appropriate that it remain so and I am confident from the Ministers response to me that he agrees that this would be the best outcome for the Byron shire community, she added.

The community as a whole deserves the opportunity to pitch ideas to Byron Shire Council and I know that Mayor Simon Richardson would be looking at models for the site that truly do serve the interests of the community.

The Health Minister gave an undertaking that he and Property NSW would look at opportunities for the site and that it would not be sold prior to looking at what the community is proposing.

I call on the NSW government to keep the old Byron Hospital site in public ownership and to let Byron Shire Council lease it at a peppercorn rate, rather than having to raise money to buy back what already belongs to the Byron community, Ms Smith said.

 

The post State may consider peppercorn rent for old Byron Hospital appeared first on Echonetdaily.

10:44

Rotten to the core "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

How rotten is WINZ? So rotten that they use false names for those serving on their internal Benefit Review Committees, and present them as truthful to their statutory appeal body. As if that's not bad enough, they then continued to do it, even after promising not to:

Decisions by the Ministry of Social Development's benefits review committees have been issued under fake names and signatures, in breach of the chief executive's personal undertaking.

The deception was exposed when a woman appealed against seven decisions on her case, and a MSD manager disclosed the falsity to the Social Security Appeal Authority that was to hear them.

The woman's lawyer, Tony Ellis, called it "extraordinary misbehaviour".


Except its worse than that, because the false identities were disclosed in an ex patre attempt to influence the Appeal Authority against the victim.

The Appeal Authority's full decision on the falsification is here. Its worth reading, both so you can see how thoroughly rotten WINZ is, but also for its robust defence of the principles of open justice. To put it simply, we're not a shitty despotism, and we just don't do that sort of shit here. In New Zealand, a democratic state under the rule of law, decisions are made in open court, by people whose identities are known. And that's vital to ensuring that both the parties and the public can have confidence in the system. In the case of WINZ decisions, its especially important, because of the enormous disparity in power between the parties. To counteract this, WINZ has a statutory duty of full and complete disclosure to appellants in SSAA cases. Its chief executive has knowingly and repeatedly shat all over that duty.

As for the solution, at the least MSD chief executive Brendan Boyle should resign. He has systematicly violated his statutory duties and fundamentally undermined the integrity of his entire department (and by doing so, endangered his staff). He needs to go for it. He should also be prosecuted for fabricating evidence before the SSAA. This is not something we as a country should tolerate, and we need heads on spikes for it. As for State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes, he needs to go too. A country under the rule of law can not tolerate senior public servants who support this judicial fraud.

Of course, we all know this will never happen, because our "justice" system works for those in pow...

10:35

Call to Frydenberg to keep Tarkine tracks closed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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The Bob Brown Foundation will host a peaceful demonstration at Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenbergs office in Melbourne this morning, calling for protection of the National Heritage listed Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape in the Tarkine wilderness.


When: Today at 9:30AM
Where: Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenbergs office in Kooyong.

10:34

10:34

PERTH Its lucky you didnt kill someone: Ben Cousins slammed by judge after crashing into a truck while "IndyWatch Feed National"

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10:32

36 underage sex charges against Kyogle man withdrawn "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A Kyogle man will stand trial in the District Court on 14 historic underage sex charges after police withdrew 36 charges against him.

Matthew Robert Frith appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday facing 56 historic underage sex charges multiple counts of  including aggravated sexual intercourse and sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16.

Police allege the offences occurred at Kyogle between April 2010 and July 2011.

It is alleged on April 8, Mr Frith, who was then aged 26, had his first encounter with the girl, who cant be named for legal reasons, when she was 14.

Mr Frith was charged with four counts of indecent assault of a person under 16, three counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16 and three counts of aggravated (as the girl was allegedly drunk) sexual intercourse.

Three more times in 2010, May 7August 1 and October 3, the alleged encounters continued.

A further six counts of sexual intercourse with a person under 16, two counts of indecent assault of a person under 16 and three counts of using a child of or above the age of 14 years for the production of child abuse material, were laid over the alleged incidents.

In 2011 police allege Mr Frith met the girl seven times, twice in April, three times May and once in June and July respectively.

Mr Frith was charged with 21 counts of using a child of or above the age of 14 years for the production of child abuse material, five counts of sexual intercourse with a person aged between 14 and 16 and four counts of indecent assault of a person under 16, over the alleged encounters.

The 33 year-old was arrested on April 8 this year and taken to Casino police station where he was questioned and charged with 56 offences involving a girl aged 14 and 15.

Following his arrest Mr Frith was granted conditional bail by police who noted the offences were historical, Mr Frith had no contact with the victim and doesnt know where she lives, he was in a stable relationship and as he had lived at Kyogle since childhood he didnt pose a flight risk.

On Tuesday Mr Friths solicitor lodged an application to waive his right to a committal hearing in the Local Court on 14 charges relating to alleged incidents between April 2010 and July 2011.

He also lodged a section 166 certificate listing six backup charges to be con...

10:21

Media reforms to benefit major players "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Veteran journalist Alex Mitchell has condemned the Turnbull governments new media legislation, saying it represented a sweeping victory for the major media owners.

Mitchell will be appearing at the September 27 Politics in the Pub event at the Mullum Court House with Walkley award winner Chris Graham, editor of New Matilda.

They will discuss the establishment and the role of the media.

Mitchell told The Echo, The big players have been given the ability to concentrate their ownership of newspapers, television and radio in the major metropolitan markets.

They have been lobbying for a multimedia monopoly for two decades and the Turnbull coalition has given it to them.

There will be scramble for major media assets in the next six months and I predict we will see single private owners controlling major media in our capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.

Fewer voices

When media plurality is diminished, and we have few voices, then it is clear that the rich and powerful steal an advantage, and accountability and transparency suffers.

Mitchell was scathingly critical of the concessions to Senate crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson. Spin doctors from the coalition and the major media are working overtime to convince people that the new legislation is fair and reasonable when in fact it strengthens private monopoly control.

The $60 million fund to support small publishers is loose change when compared to the billions of dollars that the private investors and hedge funds will make from concentrating media assets and future profits.

Good luck to the small publishers who apply for a Xenophon grant, but I bet most of them will be allocated to loyal proprietors in National Party territory.

As for the official inquiry into....

10:12

Tales of housing exploitation "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Maralyn Schofield, Manager of the Northern Rivers Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service, part of the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre. Photo supplied.

Maralyn Schofield, Manager of the Northern Rivers Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service, part of the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre. Photo supplied.

Locals are being forced into exploitative rental exchanges and substandard housing by unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of the regions housing crisis, the head of the local tenants advice service says.

As new figures show that rental vacancy rates remain at record lows, the head of the Northern Rivers Tenants Advice & Advocacy Service, Maralyn Schofield, says people are being forced to work on properties for next to nothing just to have a roof over their heads.

Youve got these big properties with dwellings that often arent approved and are often substandard, such as old vans or sheds, Ms Schofield says.

And tenants are expected to exchange labour at a significantly reduced rate for this substandard accommodation.

A local man, who wishes only to be known as Andrew, says a landlord asked him to do $1,000 worth of building work each week in exchange for accommodation in a tiny caravan and poor-quality food.

It was sweltering hot, not very private and there was no running water, Andrew says.

I was building an outdoor kitchen, putting awnings on all the windows. I hated it but I just felt like there was nowhere else to go.

Ms Schofield said the rents in the Byron Shire had become ridiculous.

Ive been working in housing and homelessness for 15 years and I have never seen it this bad we really are in dire straits, she says.

A growing number of longtime locals are being forced to leave the Shire because they can no longer afford to live here.

Among them is Shakona Rose, the founder of the popular Soulful Abodes for the Tribe Facebook page, who had been living in the Shire full time since 2006. She  has now moved to Gympie, north of Brisbane.

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10:09

'Brains' of the plant world: Tree roots can probe hundreds of feet deep in search of water "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Searching for water, some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep and many trees send roots through cracks in rocks, according to a new study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. Moreover, the depth of plant roots, which varies between species and soil conditions, will play a key role in plants' adaptation to climate change, said Ying Fan Reinfelder, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Department of Environmental Sciences. "Charles Darwin once wrote, in effect, that the tips of plant roots are like the brains of plants," Reinfelder said. "Roots sense the environment. They sense the water, where there's more nutrients, and they go for these resources. Roots are the smartest part of the plant." Reinfelder and colleagues published their findings online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study demonstrated the relationship between plant roots and water availability. It shows, through observations and modeling, that soil hydrology is the key force driving local and global patterns of root depths.

10:08

Plastic bags and packaging in councillors sights "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

sarah_ndiaye_byron_greens_800x600Greens councillor Sarah Ndiaye will seek fellow councillors support at this Thursdays meeting to support a voluntary ban of single-use plastic bags and packaging in the Byron Shire during Plastic Free July 2018.

She says, Single-use plastic has become one of the biggest environmental problems we face and Im hoping my notice of motion (NoM) will get support, not just on the floor of Council, but in the wider community.

Unfortunately we dont have the power to ban plastic bags and takeaway containers at a council level, so it will take a concerted effort from residents, visitors and business to have a substantial impact.

She says a voluntary single-use plastic bag and packaging ban would involve Council creating a program to educate and assist local businesses and the community in reducing the use of disposable plastic items, hosting events to raise awareness and promoting alternative reduction or recyclable options.

We can also support the positive steps already taking place in the community, identify funding opportunities, provide better facilities for recycling and water stations and explore any legal options we have.

Councils Thursday meeting starts at 9am and is held at the Mullum chambers.

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Alleged Lismore stalker remains behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man accused of stalking three women earlier this month in the vicinity of Lismore Shopping Square remains behind bars.

Shane Andrew Mitchell appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday via videolink from prison and was represented by Ms Fletcher solicitor.

The 35-year-old is charged with three counts of stalking and intimidation and five counts of entering enclosed lands without a lawful excuse.

His alleged stalking began on September 4, when he was reported stalking a Lismore woman between 8.45 pm and 9.45 pm.

Three days later it is alleged Mr Mitchell was stalking another Lismore woman at her home between 7.45 pm and 8 pm.

Then on September 9, Mr Mitchell allegedly entered a Dalziel Street property without the consent of the two women and a man who lived there.

From 10 pm until about 10.50 pm it is alleged Mr Mitchell stalked another woman at the Dalziel Street residence.

When the woman called police, they attended and Mr Mitchell was arrested and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail.

In refusing bail police cited Mr Mitchells lengthy criminal history.

The accused has previous charges for entering the homes of females he does not know and committing assault upon these women, police wrote when refusing Mr Mitchell bail.

He has been sentenced to a fixed term of imprisonment for assaulting young women on two separate occasions in 2016.

When he first appeared in court following his arrest, Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Mr Mitchell to undergo a mental health assessment at the Lismore Adult Mental Health Unit.

On Tuesday the court heard Mr Mitchell had not been admitted to hospital following the assessment.

Ms Fletcher did not apply for bail for Mr Mitchell, which was formally refused by Magistrate Heilpern.

He adjourned Mr Mitchells matters until November 7 at Lismore Local Court.

Mr Mitchell is required to enter a plea to the charges at his next appearance.

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10:07

Thorntons Sweet Country wins prizes at international film festivals "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABORIGINAL director Warwick Thornton and his film Sweet Country have had a major win at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada. It came just days after taking the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. Sweet Country was named as the Toronto Film Festivals Platform winner, a prize championing directors from around the world. The film is set in the Northern Territorys MacDonnell Ranges in the 1920s and stars Hamilton Morris as an Aboriginal stockman who kills a white station owner (played by Ewen Leslie) in self-defence. The cast also includes Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Natassia Gorey-Furber and Matt Day. Sweet Country was written by Alyawarra man David Tranter and Steven McGregor, who made the documentary Servant or Slave. It will premiere in Australia next month at the Adelaide Film Festival ahead of a planned national release next year.

09:48

Banks Accused of Facilitating Money Laundering "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australias big four banks have been allowing organised crime groups to launder up to $5 million a day, according to federal and state policing agencies. Money laundering occurs when funds obtained through illegal activities such as drug trafficking is channelled into seemingly legal assets and enterprises such as businesses, property, gambling and trust funds in

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09:47

Final Queenscliff Music Festival Lineup Additions Announced "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Queenscliff Music Festival The fifth and final Queenscliff Music Festival artist announcement dropped this week and we couldnt be more excited for this years festival. Heading up the latest round of artists is the legendary and award winning Russell Morris, bringing his extensive back catalogue plus his latest Blues Trilogy numbers to []

09:42

"Questioned By Life..." "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life - daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual...

There is also purpose in life which is almost barren of both creation and enjoyment and which admits of but one possibility of high moral behavior: namely, in man's attitude to his existence, an existence restricted by external forces. When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden...

What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment...

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to...

09:21

Julie Bishop meets charming, delightful Ivanka "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L) meeting with Ivanka Trump (R) at the United Nations, Thursday, September 21, 2017. (AAP Image/ Andrew Kelly/DFAT)

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L) meeting with Ivanka Trump (R) at the United Nations, Thursday, September 21, 2017. (AAP Image/ Andrew Kelly/DFAT)

LOS ANGELES  [AAP]

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is becoming well acquainted with the Trump clan.

Ms Bishop, who is leading the Australian delegation at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull opted not to attend, has had multiple discussions with US President Donald Trump and sat down for a meeting with first daughter Ivanka Trump on Wednesday.

Ms Bishop also posted a photo on Twitter with herself, partner David Panton and Mr Trump and first lady Melania Trump together at a UN event.

The foreign minister and Ivanka Trump, who holds the official title of senior adviser to the president, originally met at the UN on Tuesday at events to combat human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery. They then decided to follow up with a sit-down meeting on Wednesday to gauge if there were opportunities for Australia to partner with Ms Trump and her foundation.

Shes charming, delightful, very intelligent and a committed young woman and Im very pleased to get to know her and to be part of opportunities her foundation and the US administration more generally may have in working with Australia on these issues of ending modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking, but also more positive areas like promoting female entrepreneurship, Ms Bishop told reporters.

Ms Bishop will deliver Australias address to the UN General Assembly on Friday (Saturday 2am AEST).

The foreign minister said she spoke to Mr Trump at a UN luncheon in New York...

09:20

Can Putin Stand Up To Washington? "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Can Putin Stand Up To Washington?

Drake University Emeritus Professor of Economics Ismael Hossein-zadeh explains that the reason Russian President Vladimir Putin so often blinks when Washington confronts him is that the ruling oligarchs in the US and Russia are members of the same financial elite. The more than one hundred Russian billionaires are financially integrated into the West and are able to elevate their interests above Russian national interests.

If this is correct, then Russias only alternative if Russia is to remain a sovereign country and escape being another Washington puppet state like the UK, all of Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan is to nationalize without compensation the holdings of the Russian billionaires. Most of them stole their fortunes in the turbulent days of Soviet collapse and privatization. The Russian people should steal them back.

https://ismaelhossein-zadeh.com/putin-blinks/

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09:15

NSW to consider assisted dying laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

NSW Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who is introducing assisted dying legislation into the state parliament. Photo NSW Nationals

NSW Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who is introducing assisted dying legislation into the state parliament. Photo NSW Nationals

SYDNEY  [AAP]

Terminally ill NSW residents aged over 25 would be able to end their own lives with medical help under legislation bound for state parliament.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan is one of the key figures behind a cross-party voluntary assisted dying bill to be introduced on Thursday.

Mr Khans motivation is a personal one, having watched his father die after suffering a stroke.

I thought what he went through isnt necessarily what others should have to go through, Mr Khan told AAP on Wednesday.

A raft of safeguards have been added to the bill after a public consultation received 72 substantive submissions.

Some of those safeguards include an external assisted death panel to review all cases put forward, as well as the requirement of a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist to oversee the process to prevent elder abuse.

In the face-to-face forums we have held the primary concern received is that the bill doesnt go far enough, Mr Khan told AAP.

This is nothing like the European model, what we are proposing is much more conservative.

But its better to get 70 per cent of something than a mouthful of ashes.

Various state and national public polls reflect strong community support for an appropriate assisted dying bill but several key politicians will not support the legislation.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian continues to oppose the bill, describing voluntary euthanasia as a difficult issue.

I personally havent been able to bring myself around to supporting the bill, Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday.

Victorian MPs are also debating voluntary assisted dying legislation, which would apply to adults with a terminal illness and life expectancy of less than 12 months.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the legislation, introduced to the states parliament on Wednesday, contained strict and guidelines and strong p...

09:04

Video: People hitting the streets in Barcelona in support of Catalan independence "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Thousands of protesters are taking to the streets in Barcelona against the raid on Catalan officials and the repression by the Spanish state of a Catalan independence referendum. This is happening right now.

Video from  teleSUR English

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Catalans protest against Spanish repression of referendum

LIVE | Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Barcelona against the raid on Catalan officials and the repression by the Spanish state of a Catalan independence referendum.

Posted by teleSUR English on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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