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Friday, 23 September

01:05

The Connection Between Jacob Wetterling and JonBenet Ramsey "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two cases- both freezing cold- suddenly solved within a month of each other. Hmmmm

I couldn’t understand why they are suddenly “solving” these cases- but now I understand. The common denominator in BOTH of these cases is that the REAL perps are connected to this government sanctioned MKUltra program (as Monarch isn’t real- but is used commonly by many) and child sex trafficking. THIS is why they are suddenly focusing on these cases- because my father was DEFINITELY involved- and although I do not know much about the JonBenet Ramsey case- this assertion that she was murdered by a NINE YEAR OLD BOY- who was not able to murder her but COMPLETELY COVER IT UP is SO ABSURD it defies reality, so I am pretty sure that Timothy Holmseth is probably onto something.

But it is THIS they are trying to cover up- and not very well I might add.

“Timothy Charles Holmseth, an author and journalist from East Grand Forks, Minnesota, received a threatening telephone message today from an unidentified caller after publishing a story that links the JonBenet Ramsey murder to a CIA behavioral engineering program called Project Monarch”

https://eastgrandforks.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/minnesota-author-threatened-after-publishing-jonbenet-ramsey-story/

00:04

An Interview With Dr. Andrew Wakefield: Why We Need Safe Vaccines Immediately — and How to Make it Happen "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 23rd, 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World The question of vaccination has polarized parents across the U.S. and beyond for years. In one arena, parents feel itâŹ"s an absolute necessity to have children vaccinated, for the benefit of public good in stopping preventable diseases. These parents typically support the idea of mandatory vaccinations ......

00:02

Our Perception of Leadership Needs to Change If We Are To Change The World "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 23rd, 2016 By Tim Bryant Guest writer for Wake Up World âŹSPoor leaders push us towards the goal. Great leaders guide us along the journey.⏠⏠Simon Sinek When we think of world leaders, what often comes to mind? According to Forbes, the top ten qualities of good leaders are honesty, delegation, communication, confidence, ...Continue Reading - Our Perception of Leadership Needs to Change If We Are To Change The World
 
 

00:02

Neurosurgeon Reveals Radiation from Wi-Fi, Smart Meters and Cell Phones Cause the Blood-Brain Barrier to Leak "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 23rd, 2016 By Marco Torres Guest writer for Wake Up World Dr. Leif Salford is a Neurosurgeon at Sweden’s Lund University Hospital, and a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Lund University. Since 1988 Dr. Salford and his colleagues have conducted many studies on radio frequency radiation and its effects on the ...Continue Reading - Neurosurgeon Reveals Radiation from Wi-Fi, Smart Meters and Cell Phones Cause the Blood-Brain Barrier to Leak
 
 

00:01

The School System: The Incarceration of Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Thursday, 22 September

23:59

Vic police suspended for leaking info "IndyWatch Feed National"



There are plenty more actions of police corruption that the corporate media has not reported.

One example is one that occurs every day in the so called (kangaroo) courts of Australia.

For one the police swear an oath to a false entity namely the Queen of Australia.

As of 2013 Victoria Police was made a corporation with a CEO, arising from the Victoria Police Act 2013.

Is the corporate media protecting the names of criminals in Victoria Police?

Normally the corporate media publishes the names of (alleged) criminals in society.

When you are taken to court for an alleged criminal offence, you do not know (the legal name of the person) who takes you to court in the case of police, whereas your name is published in the court list.

As an example the name of an officer is published as P. Smith, which is NOT a legal name.

See article from news.com.au from 22 September 2016 of the headline:

Vic police suspended for leaking info

Four serving police officers and a former officer are being investigated in Victoria over drug use and the leaking of police information to criminals.
Search warrants were executed at five Melbourne properties on August 17 and the five were all interviewed and released as part of an ongoing investigation, Victoria Police say.

"The arrests and searches relate to a protracted investigation into the improper release of police information to people not entitled to be in possession of such information, including criminals," a police spokesman said.

The investigation is also looking at drug use.

The four police officers, a female senior constable and three male detective senior constables, have been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

Police would not comment any further, saying it would be inappropriate "as the investigation is ongoing".

23:48

US airstrikes on Syrian troops were ‘intentional,’ lasted nearly 1 hour – Assad to AP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Syrian President Bashar Assad says that US airstrikes which killed 62 Syrian government troops were “intentional†and they lasted for an hour. He added that the US “does not have the will†to join Russia in fighting terrorists in Syria. Article contains video interview of Bashar al-Assad on this matter. (Article first published on RT on 22 Sep, 2016 11:18 at https://www.rt.com/news/360248-assad-ap-intentional-us-airstrikes/.)

Speaking to the Associated Press in Damascus, the Syrian leader denied that the airstrikes carried out by the US near Deir ez-Zor on September 17 were an accident. Sixty-two Syrian soldiers were killed and over 100 were injured, according to the Syrian military. Assad said they were “intentionally†targeted.

“It was not an accident by one airplane; it was four airplanes which kept attacking the position of the Syrian troops for nearly one hour or maybe a little bit more than one hour,†Assad told AP, adding they were attacking a large area that “constituted of many hills†adjacent to where the Syrian troops were stationed.

Assad also questioned how IS was able to launch an attack so quickly after the airstrike.

“The IS troops attacked at the very same time as the American strike. How could they know that America was going to attack that position in order to gather their militants right away and attack it one hour after the strike. It was definitely intentional and not unintentional,†he added.

The Pentagon said the airstrikes on Syrian troops were an accident and that they were aimed at Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists.

Assad also claimed that the US is not interested in fighting terrorists in Syria, saying that Washington “lacks the will†to join Russia in trying to eliminate extremist groups.

“When you have many external factors that you don't control, it's going to drag on and no one in this world can tell you when,†he answered a question about when the war might end.

He also said that the conflict is likely to drag on because the US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar keep supporting those opposed to Assad’s rule.

The Syrian president dismissed US claims that Russian or Syrian planes were responsible for a fatal attack on an aid convoy which killed 21 people September 19. He said the American accusations have “no credibility†and they are “just lies.â€

“I would say whatever the American officials said about the conflict in Syria has no credibility. Whatever they say is just lies.â€

When pressed about what happened to the aid convoys, Assad said they were passing through rebel-held areas and these “terrorists†were responsible for their security. 

“We don’t have any idea about what happened. The only thing we saw was videos of burnt-out, destroyed trucks and nothing else,†Assad said.

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23:05

ACT Elections: Sustainable Australia Candidates in all five electorates "IndyWatch Feed National"

All five ACT electorates to be contested by Sustainable Australia. Sustainable Australia’s first state/territory campaign will see the party contest all five ACT electorates, represented by a diverse range of candidates from an Indigenous Elder to a 20 year old ANU science student.

Sustainable Australia (ACT) president John Haydon is representing the party in Kurrajong, and says he's delighted to have all five electorates covered in the party's first non-federal campaign.

Mr Haydon says, "Our campaign will focus on three key points: Save Canberra from overdevelopment; Lower rates; and Protect our trees."

"We will provide for proper community consultation in all development applications across the ACT.

"By slowing population growth, we relieve the ACT of the need to build and/or retro-fit so much budget-breaking complex infrastructure - like ever more trams, hospitals and schools. This budget relief will achieve lower rates than would otherwise be the case.

"And by saving Canberra from ever more sprawl and infill overdevelopment we are the only party with a sustainable plan to protect our trees and green space."

Ngunnawal Elder Violet Sheridan is standing for the party in the seat of Yerrabi, covering Gungahlin.

Ms Sheridan says, "It is important to provide better education opportunities for Aboriginal youth and all young Australians, as well as housing affordability for first home buyers and renters. I'm also passionate about protecting the ACT's Aboriginal and European heritage from overdevelopment."

The party's Ginninderra candidate Martin Tye obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geography from the University of Canberra, and also has an extensive background in small business, running successful retail outlets for over 30 years.

"My extensive campaigning around Belconnen has told me that many voters are tired of the same old political choices, and want something different. Most voters want a common sense party from the political centre, and support our aim for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable ACT," said Mr Tye.

Mr Tye's son Oliver is also running for the party, in Kurrajong in which his university sits.

"I'm loving studying science at ANU but would go to part-time study if I had the privilege of representing younger voters in the ACT Legislative Assembly," said Mr (Oliver) Tye.

Full details on the campaign can be found at our website:

http://www.votesustainable.org.au/act

Policy Platform - Sustainable Australia

Sustainable Australia | Policies

Established in 2010 from the political centre, we aim to secure an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia.

To meet our aims, we have developed a comprehensive policy platform, detailed below.

This includes 10 policy priorities:

  1. Secure jobs in a more diverse economy, underpinned by small business
  2. Environmental restoration with a renewable energy revolution and better protection of biodiversity
  3. ...
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22:45

Where is the CCTV Footage for the 125 Murdered at the Pentagon? "IndyWatch Feed National"

CCTV of Jill Meagher (L), then  Adrian Bayley (R) By Dee McLachlan Four years ago today (22nd September, 2014), Gillian “Jill” Meagher, a 29 year old Irish woman, was raped and murdered while walking home from a pub in Brunswick, in Melbourne. After she failed to come home, her husband, Tom, reported her as missing, and it soon became a homicide […]

20:12

Mystery of the Sentient Black Goo "IndyWatch Feed National"

davids_finger1‘BLACK GOO’ is an intelligent nano-tech ‘sentient’ liquid rumoured to have been the real cause of the Falklands War & the reason behind the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010—so the story goes.… Read More

20:07

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Emergency Landing for RSAF Boeing CH-47SD Chinook Helicopter '88192' at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Thursday 22 September, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopter - serial 88192 - made an emergency landing at Rockhampton Airport following a suspected engine failure.





The Chinook - using the radio callsign "Cyclops" - was returning from the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) as part of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.



It landed without incident and taxied to a parking spot beside Rockhampton Airport's cross-Runway 04/22.  The Chinook had earlier departed the nearby 'Warriors Camp' for Shoalwater Bay.

Meanwhile, as mentioned on our Facebook page, there have been some issues with the brakes on the RSAF Boeing F-15SG 'Shikra' Strike Eagles.  On Tuesday 20 September, it was believed that two of the F-15s had 'hot brakes' after landing back at Rockhampton Airport after completing sorties to Shoalwater Bay.  One of the F-15s - serial '8310' - is shown below receiving attention from local Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Services.


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19:37

Dam scam: $3m in federal funds awarded to Qld LNP connected consortium – @qldaah #auspol #qldpol "IndyWatch Feed National"

High ranking Qld LNP members awarded millions for feasability study Table of contents Jump to comments section. The dam scam. The river people. . The dam scam Company run by Queensland LNP members among consortium awarded $3m in federal funds. ABC investigative journalist, Mark Willacy, has revealed a controversial allotment of federal funding to a […]

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19:22

A Nice Triple Treat of Bizjets Call into Hamilton Island Airport Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Thursday 22 September, there was a nice triple treat of bizjets to call into Hamilton Island Airport, including a nice American registered Gulfstream.

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Gulfstream Aerospace G-V-SP (G550) N919PE was noted arriving from Cairns and looked to be spending the night.

MWP Racing Bombardier CL-600-2A12 Challenger 601 VH-MXK made its second visit to CQ calling into Hamilton Island Airport from the Gold Coast.  It departed back there a bit later in the day.

And Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X VH-CRW touched down at Hamo once again from its Brisbane base.  It too looked to be staying.

Meanwhile, after touching down at Hamilton Island Airport earlier in the week, GSA Industries Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601 VH-NSB departed on Wednesday 21 September to the Gold Coast and Melbourne (Essendon).

And as mentioned below, on Tuesday 20 September, Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B VH-LMP touched down at Hamo from Essendon and later departed to Sydney.

Finally, also on Thursday 22 September, LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" has yet again visited CQ, calling into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane.  At the time of writing, it is currently flying to Blackall and will later fly to Longreach before returning to Brisbane.

18:54

Is Australia’s Refugee Policy Really Everything Turnbull Made it Out to Be? "IndyWatch Feed National"

For human rights groups who have been campaigning against the Australian immigration policy, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s words of self-praise are a little hard to digest.

Malcolm Turnbull. Credit: Reuters/Files

Malcolm Turnbull. Credit: Reuters/Files

Canberra: In a small reception room, a stack of bilingual flyers in Vietnamese and English urged enrolment in the voters’ rolls before the October 15 legislative assembly elections in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Another pamphlet talked about a programme funded by the local government for volunteers to help students with their homework to cope with the burden of an unfamiliar school curriculum.

The Canberra-based Migrant and Refugee Resettlement Services of the ACT (MARSS) are a typical example of Australia’s extensive network of organisations, working with the government and equipped with dedicated social workers, to integrate refugees and asylum seekers into Australian society.

While their resettlement programme is considered to be a global model, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull supported a more controversial template when he spoke on Wednesday, August 21, in New York at the leaders’ summit on refugees.

“Strong borders are not just about security. They are crucial to ensuring social harmony and public support for migration domestically…,” Turnbull said at the invitation-only summit convened by US President Barack Obama.

He asserted that “strong borders” enable Australia to provide support to refugees. “Australia is a prime example. Securing our borders has increased public confidence and enabled Australia to have one of the world’s most generous humanitarian regimes,” he added.

Turnbull told the summit that Australia would increase its annual intake by over 35% to 18,750 refugees, up from 13,750, with another $130 million for next three years to resettlement services.

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had previously announced before that his country would increase refugee intake to 18,750 refugees in 2018-19, but had not indicated that this level would be maintained. Turnbull said in his speech this increase would be permanent.

He added that strong borders were necessary for Australia to commit to welcoming 12,000 additional Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten accused Turnbull of rehashing Abott’s figures. “Malcolm Turnbull has flown to New York to reannounce Tony Abbott’s policies,” Shorten said, as per an ABC report.

He accused Turnbull of not dealing with the “elephant in the room” – the continuing “indefinite” detention of refugees in offshore facilities.

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18:49

KTM recalls dirt bikes over brakes "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

2017 KTM 250SX

2017 KTM 250SX

KTM Australia has recalled most of their 2017 dirt bikes over hand brake cylinders with defective machining.

The recall notice says the fault could lead to “early wear of the sealing cup in the hand brake cylinder, thus leading to impaired braking performance”.

“Impaired braking performance poses a potential accident hazard,” the notice says.

It advises owner to have their bike inspected by an authorised KTM dealer “without delay”.

The 2017 KTM models affected are (specific VINs only – click here for the full list): 250 SX-F, 350 SX-F , 450 XC-F, 150 XC-W, 250 XC-W, 300 XC-W, 250 EXC, 300 EXC Six Days, 300 EXC, 250 EXC-F Six Days, 250 EXC-F, 350 EXC-F Six Days, 350 EXC-F, 450 EXC-F Six Days, 450 EXC-F, 500 EXC-F.

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18:28

Bite the Poisoned Apple "IndyWatch Feed National"

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18:20

U.K. Rap Veteran Akala Is Celebrating A Decade Of Hip Hop With An Aussie Tour "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

U.K. Rap Veteran Akala Is Celebrating A Decade Of Hip Hop With An Aussie Tour

MOBO Awardwinning UK hip hop artist Akala is heading to Australia and NZ for a series of intimate shows, in celebration of a decade’s worth of work in music.

In addition to having five albums under his belt, the writer and poet has had a lot to celebrate throughout his ten years, from touring the U.K. with Nas and Damian Marley and supporting the likes of M.I.A., Christina Aguilera, and The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, to appearances at every major festival on the U.K. circuit.

Thoughtful and outspoken, Akala has given a series of lectures on racial issues, and recently spoke to U.S. hip hop channel Vlad TV about racism in the U.K. and the U.K.’s role in slavery, continuing his commitment to social activism and thought-provoking art.

Interestingly, his song ‘The Edge’ was featured on the soundtrack for video game NBA 2K10, while his older sister and fellow rapper Ms. Dynamite was featured on the soundtrack for FIFA 2003.

Playing some of our favourite intimate venues in the country, we can’t think of a better evening for any fans of conscious lyricism delivered via sharp London flows.

’10 YEARS OF AKALA’ AUS/NZ TOUR 2016

Thursday Dec 8th – The Foundry, Brisbane QLD
Saturday Dec 10th – Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW
Sunday Dec 11th – Nortcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
Thursday Dec 15th – Whammy Bar, Auckland NZ
Friday Dec 16th – Edinburgh Castle, Adelaide SA
Sunday Dec 18th – Rosemount Hotel, Perth WA

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17:00

Safety experts want lower speed limits "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Safety experts want lower speed limits Oxley Highway

Experts at the recent Australasian Road Safety Conference in Canberra have unanimously declared that lower speed limits are the best answer for reducing the road toll.

Delegate Judith Kuerschner says the “simplistic solution” of lowering speed limits is pertinent given the current NSW Government move to reduce speed limits on the Oxley Highway.

PETITION TO HALT LOWER OXLEY SPEED LIMITS

The road safety campaigner says that when the conference panel of “experts” from the opening plenary was asked “what is the one thing we could do tomorrow that would have an immediate impact on reducing the road toll?” the unanimous, “and unfortunate”, answer was to lower speed limits.

“This, not only raises revenue for the govt but limits insurance payouts (less speed = less damage WHEN you crash),” she says.

“The expectation from governments and ‘experts’ is that everyone will crash because people will, inevitably, make mistakes. Their aim, as a quick-fix, low-cost, high-revenue solution is to lower speed limits (without care for the increased risk of fatigue or distraction related crashes).

“A longer term, however, potentially more costly, solution is to invest in competency based driver/rider training and ongoing post licence training updates to equip people with the skills to avoid crashes, correct their mistakes when they do make them and minimise risk to themselves and others on the road.

“There are many nations who make this investment, Australia chooses not to be one of them because our governments don’t have the fiscal management skills of a three-year-old and need the money generated from fines to provide basic services (of which road maintenance is not particularly considered one).”

Judith began her road safety campaign after witnessing her husband being killed by a driver turning in front of him without indicating. She was also an Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party candidate at the last election.

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Judith Kuerschner

Despite her concern about the speed-focus of road safety exerts at the conference, she says the new Director of Road Safety Programs at Austroads, David Bobberman, was a breath of fresh air.

“He was openly encouraging delegates to put forward new ideas for Austroads to follow up on, not just re-hash the same old, same old, which is what the speed and enforcement argument is,” she says.

“The fact that over 100 people have died on the road above the projections for a 30% decrease by 2020 must surely speak to the fact that what we are currently doing to reduce the toll isn...

15:51

Common Blackbird at Moorhen Flats reported by Elliot Leach on 22-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

There seems to have been some 'fallout' from yesterdays storm with four new species for the Moorhen Flats list found this morning. The highlight was a Common Blackbird that flew in to pishing :) Other nice new birds included White-throated Gerygone, Black-faced Monarch and Rufous Fantail. (This is the first Brisbane Record for a Common Blackbird on ebird. Anyone know of any others?)

15:48

Black Bittern, Black Falcon at The Narrows Road, Rundle Ranges State Forest reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 20-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Munduran Creek a few kilometers before reaching The Narrows is a fantastic spot for finding Black Bitterns. We stopped at the side of the road at the place where the Creek started to look like a river. We walked along the creek and flushed two pairs of Black Bitters within 500 m (23.39.22.S 151.02.54.E). We also observed Black Falcon catching a fat Peaceful Dove neara small farm dam at the entrace to State Forest (23.42..23 S; 151.02.11E) along The Narrows Rd.

Squatter Pigeon, Australian Bustard at Mattson Rd, Rundle Ranges, Gladstone area reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 20-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A single Squatter was sunbathing at the midle of the road. On the nearby paddoxck (50 m from the road) a male Australian Bustard was standing under a small tree.

13:27

Over 700 Million People Taking Steps to Avoid NSA Surveillance "IndyWatch Feed National"



There's a new international survey on Internet security and trust, of "23,376 Internet users in 24 countries," including "Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey and the United States." Amongst the findings, 60% of Internet users have heard of Edward Snowden, and 39% of those "have taken steps to protect their online privacy and security as a result of his revelations."

The press is mostly spinning this as evidence that Snowden has not had an effect: "merely 39%," "only 39%," and so on. (Note that these articles are completely misunderstanding the data. It's not 39% of people who are taking steps to protect their privacy post-Snowden, it's 39% of the 60% of Internet users -- which is not everybody -- who have heard of him. So it's much less than 39%.)

Even so, I disagree with the "Edward Snowden Revelations Not Having Much Impact on Internet Users" headline. He's having an enormous impact. I ran the actual numbers country by country, combining data on Internet penetration with data from this survey. Multiplying everything out, I calculate that 706 million people have changed their behavior on the Internet because of what the NSA and GCHQ are doing. (For example, 17% of Indonesians use the Internet, 64% of them have heard of Snowden and 62% of them have taken steps to protect their privacy, which equals 17 million people out of its total 250-million population.)

Note that the countries in this survey only cover 4.7 billion out of a total 7 billion world population. Taking the conservative estimates that 20% of the remaining population uses the Internet, 40% of them have heard of Snowden, and 25% of those have done something about it, that's an additional 46 million people around the world.

It's probably true that most of those people took steps that didn't make any appreciable difference against an NSA level of surveillance, and probably not even against the even more pervasive corporate variety of surveillance. It's probably even true that some of those people didn't take steps at all, and just wish they did or wish they knew what to do. But it is absolutely extraordinary that 750 million people are disturbed enough about their online privacy that they will represent to a survey taker that they did something about it.

Name another news story that has caused over ten percent of the world's population to change their behavior in the past year? Cory Doctorow is right: we have reached "peak indifference to surveillance." From now on, this issue is going to matter more and more, and policymakers around the world need to start paying attention.

Related: a recent Pew Rese...

13:18

Premiere: Rockhampton Singer Weathered Brings The Gorgeous Scenery On ‘Stay’ "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Premiere: Rockhampton Singer Weathered Brings The Gorgeous Scenery On ‘Stay’

Queensland act Weathered has just released the perfect scenic clip for his newest single ‘Stay’.

Pulled from his recently released Lunar EP, the Rockhampton singer shows off his tender nature on a track that has a definite chilled, late-night vibe. The tune is paired with a video consisting of gorgeous beach shots that perfectly mesh with the serene, tranquil soundtrack.

You can check out the video below, and check out Weathered’s Lunar EP via iTunes.

13:03

8 Great Aussie Bands You Haven’t Heard, With Holy Balm "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

8 Great Aussie Bands You Haven’t Heard, With Holy Balm

Holy Balm have had a great year so far, releasing their single ‘Fashion’ in May to significant acclaim and love from the music community, and following it up with their excellent new album Activity.

Now that the “wonky house” act are firmly on our radar, we thought we’d ask them to shed some light on the next wave of emerging Aussie talent we should be keeping our eyes on – and they certainly came through for us here, with eight new acts that definitely demand some attention.

You can give their selections a spin below, along with Holy Balm’s new record. If you like what you hear, you can catch them finishing off their album tour in Sydney this Saturday at the Newtown Social Club, and in Canberra the following night, dates below.

Activity by Holy Balm

LA Suffocated

Sydney based group that create a tense thumping space to move or generally go deep & zone out! Distorted and shrill vocals create tension amongst the drum machines & sequences – they never fail to create a hypnotic soundtrack live. Always want them to play longer sets.

Nicky Crane

James Vinciguerra’s solo work – exploratory, textured songwriting nodding across a few electronic music eras, cultural references & approaches. Pieces feel realised whilst creating even more curiosity with every release. Deep knowledge of rhythm and dynamic is his composition & touch.

Ela Stiles

New directions of Stiles’ solo work always keeps us guessing – there is always an interesting treatment of vocals and rhythm, and risk taking with form, durations & song structure. Bringing in flavours of folk, pop, experimental & even outsider sounds, abstract narratives take you somewhere else.

Video Ezy

Sydney / Melbourne duo, who are always moving towards a space synth cinematic paradise. Live – they really riff of each other and create a contemplative semi-instrumental space for listeners.

Enderie Nuatal

Originally Brisbane – now Sydney artist that has a curious approach to music making with others as ‘Cured Pink’ and solo as Enderie. Big sounds – samples of synth and vocals and drums, become a big, sweaty conversation. Sometime hard edge, always percussive – electric!...

13:01

Anatomy of the Pentagon's assault on the Syrian ceasefire - and the war against Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Events in Syria over this last week have thoroughly shattered the Russian-US ceasefire agreement reached in Vienna on September 9th between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Last Saturday the US led coalition comprised of US, Australian and UK fighter jets (2 F-16's and 2 A-10's) delivered four airstrikes on Syrian Arab Army troops near the ISIS besieged Syrian airbase in Deir ez-Zor, for the first time killing Syrian soldiers (estimates of 62-83 dead and up to 120 injured). Within 7 minutes after the Syrian troops occupying the high ground overlooking the nearby airbase were attacked, Islamic State militants were opportunistically able to launch an assault and successfully seized control of that strategic high ground. Several hours later the Syrian Arab Army eventually was able to push back to retake its lost position. But Saturday's rapidly unfolding events of the airstrike followed so closely by the on-the-ground terrorist attack unquestionably points to air to ground coordination between US and ISIS that strongly indicates the US led airstrike was premeditated and designed to completely undermine the already tenuous ceasefire. This incident alone decisively kills any prospect for peace that would finally end the five and a half year war that's killed more than 300,000 Syrian people and displaced over 11 million more. The second critical incident that placed the final nail in the peace prospect coffin was Monday's attack on a UN and Syrian Red Crescent Society convoy delivering much needed humanitarian aid to residents of Syria's second largest city Aleppo, still largely occupied by ISIS and al-Nusra Front forces but for months under siege by the advancing Syrian army. The US immediately began blaming both Russia and Syria as an "act of revenge" for Saturday's airstrike that the US feebly claims was an accident. A closer analysis of these two very much related, highly disturbing acts of violence speaks volumes on just how low the imperialistic US Empire is willing to stoop to sabotage peace in the war ravaged nation that's killed or displaced more than half the Syrian population.

12:46

Transgender children in the media: telling responsible stories "IndyWatch Feed National"

Transgender children have been the focus of considerable media attention in Australia over the past two years. Two examples this year are episodes of Australian Story and 60 Minutes, where viewers shared in the journeys of Georgie, Emma and Izzie, three transgender teenagers. The episodes highlight how the media can either contribute to or inhibit the …

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12:42

Michael Gudinski Once Tried To Split Up The Go-Betweens "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Michael Gudinski Once Tried To Split Up The Go-Betweens

The Go-Betweens are one of Australia’s most revered bands, having given us iconic releases like Before Hollywood and of course, the immortal 16 Lovers Lane and its timeless singles ‘Streets of Your Town’ and ‘Was There Anything I Could Do?’

But whilst the late ’80s yielded the Brisbane group’s most defining work, it was also when Australian music industry icon Michael Gudisnki, the chief of the Go-Betweens’s label, Mushroom, thought it was time to intervene and split the group.

As The Music reports, in Grant & I: Inside And Outside The Go-Betweens, the new memoir from Go-Betweens member Robert Forster, the guitarist recounts how his idea to give the band a flamboyant, eye-catching frontman didn’t sit well with their label.

According to Forster, some of the tactics he employed to become a Bowie-like flamboyant showman included dyeing his hair grey and wearing a dress on stage, something Forster did during the band’s tour supporting alt-rock legends REM.

“The dress had made one appearance after Perth, in Sydney,” Forster writes, via The Music. “There Michael Gudinski took Grant aside after the show. ‘You run the group, right?’ ‘Yeah,’ said Grant. ‘Get rid of the guy in the dress.'”

McLennan stood behind his bandmate and when the band hit Los Angeles for a subsequent show, Forster donned the frock once again. According to the guitarist, the band’s American label’s reaction was “one of shock and displeasure”.

“Grant was signed after the band’s break-up to the White Label, a boutique branch of Mushroom Records,” Forster writes of their eventual organic split. “He now had the platform to make hits, and could count on the confidence of Michael Gudinski. I was out of the way…”

Nowadays, Gudinski would much rather get rid of Australia’s scalpers. The Mushroom boss recently issued a statement in which he condemned the practice of buying up tickets and reselling them at exorbitant prices on resell websites.

12:14

Video: Wikileaks Confirms Hillary Sold Weapons To ISIS "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has announced that Hillary Clinton and her State Department were actively arming Islamic jihadists, which includes the Islamic State...

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12:00

How to lengthen motorcycle chain life "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Motul Chain

Your motorcycle chain is a vital ingredient in making your bike smooth, quiet and efficient, so to prolong its life, it’s important to perform regular checks and maintenance.

French motorcycle lubricant company Motul, distributed in Australia by Link International, sent us a check list and technical details for lubricating your chain.

We’ve integrated their comments with our own experiences to provide you with a thorough guide to maintaining your motorcycle chain which will ensure a longer life.

CHECK

Motul Chain

Check tension

You should check your chain every 500-1000km for correct tension, adequate lubrication, and signs of wear such as blunt sprockets and scoured links.

READ HOW TO ADJUST CHAIN TENSION

You may want to check your chain more frequently if you’ve been doing stunts (clutch wheelies will put a lot of strain on a chain!), riding on dirt roads, doing track days, or riding in the rain.

In fact, you should regrease your chain after every extended journey in the rain which tends to wash a lot of the lubrication off the chain.

CLEAN

Motul Chain

Clean chain with degreaser

Before greasing the chain, you should remove any heavy grime. Over time, oil, dust and worn materials form pasty clumps which are abrasive and shorten the life of the chain.

We’ve used all sorts of spray-on degreasers to clean chains. Obviously Motul recommends their Chain Clean.

You’ll need to get the back wheel off the ground, either by the centre stand, paddock stand or some other arrangement.

Place a piece of cardbo...

11:31

Vodeo: Dakota pipline has been stopped "IndyWatch Feed National"

From: teleSUR English Construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline has come to a halt, after weeks of ongoing protest, led by an unprecedented alignment...

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11:31

Forty-nine per cent of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration, survey finds "IndyWatch Feed National"

A NEW survey has found almost half of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration.

The Essential poll asked more than 1000 respondents whether they would support or oppose Pauline Hanson’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration.… Read More

10:41

Is the Census still the best way to inform policy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is my second submission to the Inquiry into the 2106 Census. I am supplying a second submission in case there are technical issues which lead to my first submission being rejected by the Committee and to situate the failure of the 2016 census within the wider discourse on policy making in the digital age.

I have carried out extensive research on the history of the census in Australia including previous Parliamentary inquiries, relevant legislation, freedom of information requests and current and historical newspaper articles going back some 45 years. I have also undertaken my own survey of attitudes and actions taken by the general public toward the 2016 census (the ‘#CensusFail Survey‘).

My background is in citizen journalism and open data. I have both a degree in social research and more recently, I have acquired database design and programming skills which were built using Commonwealth public data for the purpose of financial and political transparency.

It is through my in-depth knowledge gained through the experience linking public open data sets to investigate inequalities, influence and corruption in government decision making that I gained insights into the governance issues which apply to linking the census data with multiple administrative datasets across agencies and portfolios.

I have recently participated in the drafting of Australia’s first National Action Plan for Open Government (due for publication in 2016) where I contributed the views of stakeholders from the Indigenous, health and social services sectors in improved engagement with data custodians.

It was solely due to my participation in that consultation that the Integrating Authority dealing with data from these sectors, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare was included as an agency in the Open Government Partnership.

This consultation is underway at this time at http://ogpau.govspace.gov.au/

My main input to that consultation was in advising government on ways and means to efficiently link datasets across jurisdictions for the purpose of improving data available for policy making in the social and health sectors – hence my interest and expertise in writing about data linkage with the census.

In summary, my original #CensusFail Submission argues:

  • The government has never had any legislative right to combine data from the census with administrative or law enforcement datasets.
  • The manner in which the government undertook the decision to de-anonymise census data for linkage with administrative datasets was inadequate and inappropriate.
  • At no time has the ABS attempted to educate the public about the uses to which 2016 census data will be put.
  • The oversight mechanisms originally in place to govern cross portfolio data integration projects have been removed in favour of less transparent and legally inappropriate mechanisms.

It is the proposition of that submission that the above considerations have impacted significantly on the data quality of the 2016 Census and that this is directly relevant to the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference: a, b, e & f.

The #CensusFail Submission can be read at https://whistleblower.network/submission/index.php

Given the arguments and evidence provided in The #CensusFail Submission it is likely that there are significant problems in the data quality and participation rates for the 2016 census.

These issues are directly related to the int...

10:27

New report shows shale gas risks unique Channel Country rivers that Qld Government promised to protect "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Western Rivers Alliance is calling on the Queensland Government to make good on its election promise to protect the unique rivers of the Channel Country.

10:18

Do we really need the Booker? "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was going to happen sooner or later. The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize has thrown into relief fears that were tentatively voiced in 2014, when, in the name of globalism, the competition was first opened to American authors: that a US-UK hegemony would cast its shadow over the literary world, sidelining smaller Commonwealth voices and severely curtailing any purchase on diversity.

10:14

The Vines Announce 2016 East Coast Tour "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Vines Announce 2016 East Coast Tour

The Vines are one of those bands that’s always coming back even though they never really went away. They recently unveiled the first taste of their forthcoming seventh full-length effort and they now embarking on a tour to celebrate.

The band have announced a rapid-fire, three-date excursion along the East Coast of Australia to celebrate the release of ‘In Miracle Land’. They’ll be hitting up Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory, Melbourne’s Corner Hotel, and Valley Fiesta in Brisbane.

‘In Miracle Land’ is the first taste of new music we’ve heard from The Vines since they released their 2014 album Wicked Nature. It was unveiled back in April alongside a string of a solo tour dates from Vines frontman Craig Nicholls.

The band’s new album is said to be dropping some time this year and was recorded at Sydney’s Hercules Studio and produced by Nicholls himself. If ‘In Miracle Land’ is anything to go by, it’s a return to the band’s classic mix of Kinks-esque pop melodies and grunge-like aggression.

The Vines National Tour Dates

26th October 2016
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

27th October 2016
Corner Hotel, Melbourne

29th October 2016
Valley Fiesta, Brisbane

09:18

Coburg Farmers Market "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Coburg Farmers' Market is held every Saturday from 8am-1pm in the grounds of the Coburg North Primary School.

09:11

The real reason our extraordinary low rate of Newstart is dangerous "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article is by Peter Martin the economics editor with The Age. We have reproduced it because it makes a valuable contribution to what is...

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09:06

What If They Don’t Like Me? "IndyWatch Feed National"

When I was getting ready for my first solo overseas trip, I acted fearless. Friends and family were worried I wasn’t taking my trip seriously, that I wasn’t planning enough, and that I was underprepared. I wasn’t taking precautions to prevent getting robbed, or getting lost, or running out of money. In truth, I kind of liked the idea of getting caught up in a difficult situation and working my way out of it. But it wasn’t that I was fearless – in fact, I was very afraid – but my fears are different.

My fears aren’t things that I can neatly map out and rationalise away. And for that reason, they are not so easily solved. The main worry, the one that almost made me cancel my trip half a dozen times, exists all in my head. I am worried about meeting new people, and, more specifically, I’m worried that these new people won’t like me.

I’m a social person. I can chat and banter, and I love the deep connections that can be made. The problem is I get stuck on the idea that I’m bad at it. Making conversation with strangers and people I don’t know very well is a battle between wanting to speak my mind and worrying what they’ll think of me. Small talk is easy enough, but anything deeper than that leads to a mental wall and an abrupt end to the conversation. At home this is easy to avoid – you can just stick with your friends and avoid everyone else at all costs. Often, there’s very rarely the need to venture too far out of your comfort zone. This is not an option while travelling. Unless you are willing to be alone for the entire duration of a solo trip, then making connections is vital, and, for me, the fear of not making those connections was terrifying.

I know that I’m not the only one who thinks like this. I’ve talked to other friends with travle plans who worry about the same thing, and I’ve seen how easy it is for people to get caught up in their groups of friends and never approach new people. Being in another country is intimidating: all the comforts of home are gone and it’s easy to feel like the people around you are just better. They seem more confident, more capable, and you sometimes worry that you aren’t worth their time. Why would they talk to you when they could talk to someone better?

This is the core of the social fear that almost stopped me from travelling. It’s not a rational feeling, but that doesn’t make it any easier to ignore. It’s easy to justify to yourself that it doesn’t matter what these people think – you are only going to know them for a few days at most and then will move on and probably never see them again. You can try to convince yourself that this time will be different, that this time you will just be yourself and not try to hide your weird quirks and lame puns and the fact that your laugh sounds like a dying dog. But rational thoughts don’t work on irrational anxiety –  it’s like trying to fight a fire by talking to it.

Thoughts like this were spinning around my head as I stepped into a hostel for my first night overseas. I was exhausted, smelled like aeroplane food and feet, and I was sweating more than I ever thought possible. I was sure all this would mean no one would want to talk to me, so I was prepared for a busy evening of resting in my bunk alone and hiding away from my social fears. I was wrong though. Despite all my insecurities, I ended up, almost accidentally, being drawn into conversation with the travellers I shared a room with. It wasn’t perfect, not like that scene in the movie when the geek gets invited to the party, but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I’d built it up in my head. When I found myself laughing and joking over cocktails with people who had been co...

08:51

Call to ban gas mining in Qld channel country "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland's channel country viewed from the air. Photo Australian Geographic

Queensland’s channel country viewed from the air. Photo Australian Geographic

BRISBANE – [AAP]

Conservationists have analysed research from the United States to highlight the risks of unconventional gas mining and demand the Queensland government better protect the channel country.

The report, released by the Western Rivers Alliance (WRA) on Thursday, takes particular aim at shale gas, which is extracted from layers of shale rocks.

It singled out well failures, high water demand, water and soil contamination and earthquakes as geological risks.

University of NSW Professor Richard Kingsford said the volume of water needed for gas mining in the country’s driest region was concerning.

‘The magnificent and intact channel country of the Lake Eyre Basin rivers would inevitably be affected if gas fields became established and interrupted the natural movement of water flows with extensive road and pipeline networks,’ he said.

Research on chemical pollution from fracking in Pennsylvania found failure rates in newly drilled shale gas wells was as high as 8.9 per cent over three years.

The report cites work from Professor Tony Ingraffea, who claims that 60 per cent of wells will fail over 20 years and eventually 100 per cent will fail.

It said scientists did not know enough about the health risks of groundwater pollution because of the ‘rapid expansion of unconventional oil and gas development’.

WRA coordinator Sarah Moles said the CSG industry in Queensland’s Surat Basin had caused a decline in wellbeing and social capital, with few locals benefiting from jobs.

‘The bottom line is that channel country communities have very little to gain from this industry – but a great deal to lose,’ she said.

In 2014, the former LNP government repealed Labor’s 2005 Wild Rivers laws which banned strip mining, intensive agriculture and in-stream dams in Cape York and provided protections for the channel country.

The LNP ruled out open-cut mining and capped water expansion in the latter region, with oil and gas development to instead be controlled under conditions in other environmental legislation.

The WRA called on Labor to fulfil an election promise to shield the region with legal protections.

Environment minister Dr Steven Miles and mines minister Dr Anthony Lynham have been contacted for comment.

 

 

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08:42

A letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade "IndyWatch Feed National"

Published here is an actual letter sent to us by a distraught citizen of this country who had tried to get a new passport, but...

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08:10

Cosmopolitanism For Pauline Hanson: A Nation’s Panacea? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professor Stuart Rees believes an inclusive way forward for the global community lies in the notion of cosmopolitanism.

Enthusiasm about cosmopolitanism is the most appropriate response to Pauline Hanson’s recent speech forecasting that Australia was in danger of being overrun by Muslims.

It’s not only Senator Hanson who likes to polarize. Politicians and media commentators think it’s appropriate to foment fear, about terrorism, about asylum seekers, about the growing economic and military power of China and concerning the consequences of same sex marriage. There are alternative perspectives.

 

Understanding or Divisiveness ?

Values and vision inherent in cosmopolitanism can provide an antidote to divisiveness.

Being cosmopolitan presupposes a sense of identity and a shared morality through belonging to the world, not to a particular religion, race or political creed. The language of cosmopolitanism shows struggles for understanding to be more constructive than constantly asking who is our enemy, what side are you on ?

Cosmopolitanism refutes the authoritarianism of the classic political assertion, ‘If you’re not with us, you’re against us.’

A sense of status and identity may derive from fear and by labelling citizens as worthy or unworthy, as lifters or leaners, as contributors or non-contributors to project Australia. Treasurer Scott Morrison summed up his economic wisdom by referring to the taxed and the not taxed. His predecessor Joe Hockey disparaged people who received welfare benefits. They were individuals, he said, who assumed they were entitled, but he ignored wealthy beneficiaries of governments’ subsidies and financial support.

Even the popular ABC television programme Q&A shows a penchant for divisiveness, as though this is a priority media role, the way to entertain. The five-person format that must have one on the left and one on the right, appears to contribute to a search for controversy rather than understanding. Chairperson Tony Jones’ adopted role as the controversial cross examiner needs divisiveness and can leave some panel members stranded like shags on a rock, unable to present their own views, perhaps wondering why they were invited to appear.

To be fair, and to return to cosmopolitanism, subjects such as the social determinants of health, as described by Boyer Lecturer Professor Michael Marmot, or the relevance of Shakespeare to the present day, have also been the focus of Q&A evenings. When that happened, audiences seemed engrossed and joyful, grateful for contributions to their understanding of inequalities in health, and of the timeless value of the bard.

Cosmopolitanism can be fun, health promoting, culture building and non-divisive, and it is far more constructive than the alternatives.

 

Above the Nation State

French philosopher Derrida describes cosmopolitanism as being above the nation state, beyond a preoccupation with borders, and at least raising questions about the merits of sovereignty.

In a world faced with climate change, with the world-wide spread of epidemics and with the massive movement of refugees, there’s a chance to envision relationships which embrace inclusiveness, which emphasize tolerance plus a determination to learn from and never repeat the abuses of a violent colonial past. In this respect, Indigenous Labor MP Linda Burney’s maiden speech in the House of Representatives gave us hopeful, healing, light-on-the-hill reminiscences which need to be embraced and repeated.

Centre pieces in cosmopolitanism include commitments to hospitality coupled to visions of generosity which cut through the mind set which speaks of the need for more weapons to defend borders, more resources to build walls. Even the electronic paraphernalia used to protect gated communities symbolizes a need for people to...

07:57

Cop Who Leaked Video of Fellow Officers Beating Innocent Man Now Faces 7 Years in Prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Gold Coast police officer who leaked the CCTV video footage showing police brutally beating an innocent man is now facing seven long years behind bars.

Sergeant Rick Flori is being threatened with seven years in prison after the leaked video surveillance footage was released, which clearly showed his fellow officers beating a young chef named Noa Begic.

Begic was handcuffed in the Surfers Paradise Police Station basement during the entire ordeal. There was simply no way the officers could get away with claiming self-defense on this one… at least not once the video was released. That’s why they hoped it never would be.

Officers for the Gold Coast, Australia Police Department had expected Sergeant Flori to be like the rest of them and cover up the police brutality. But instead, Flori took a stand – and now they are trying to lock him up for it.

Flori leaked the footage to the Brisbane Courier-Mail. For this “crime” he was charged with “misconduct in public office”.

The footage he revealed was taken in 2012, and it clearly shows police officers slamming Begic’s face into the concrete floor. They then shove him in the back of a van and punch him over and over while he is cuffed and being held down.

Watch the video below and see for yourself…

Almost as disturbing is the routine way that the video shows Begic’s blood being washed away by a senior-sergeant after the incident is over.

Flori’s leak did get two of these officers in a little bit of trouble, but he is still being penalized. The officer who washed the blood away quick before he could be disciplined. The officer who did the bulk of the punching was given a suspended dismissal – a slap on the wrist though. The other two officers involved were not punished at all.

According to Sydney Criminal Lawyers, Flori is accused of “inappropriately obtain[ing]” the confidential surveillance footage.

The victim, Begic, ended up being charged with being a “public nuisance” and “obstructing police”.

Right now, Flori is still facing serious charges and lengthy prison time. If you believe he should walk free then help us SPREAD THE WORD and demand it!

(Article by Jackson Marciana; image via Australia Supports Sgt Rick Flori / Facebook)

07:57

Mental health rates worse in rural and regional Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

mental-health-unitCANBERRA – [AAP]

The more remote the area, the higher the rate of hospitalisations for mental illness.

That’s the finding of a new government report which reveals overnight hospitalisations for mental illness were almost six-times greater in some local areas compared with others in 2013/14.

Within major cities, rates were similar regardless of socio-economic factors but they began to increase with remoteness – hospitalisations in remote areas were 1,096 per 100,000 people compared with 856 in a high socio-economic area in a major city.

The most common reason was drug and alcohol use with more than 38,000 overnight hospitalisations, followed by schizophrenia and delusional disorders at 36,000, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on Thursday.

Highest rate on north coast

The ACT had the lowest rate of overnight hospitalisations for mental health conditions overall while the NSW north coast had the highest.

For drug and alcohol hospitalisations, northwestern Melbourne had the lowest while western Queensland had the highest.

Country South Australia had the highest rate for depressive episodes while Central Queensland/Sunshine Coast had the highest rate for intentional self-harm.

Lack of community programs

The report says reasons for the variation between areas could be because of differences in the availability of community-based programs and support, differences in the availability of hospital beds, different hospital admission policies or differences in the prevalence of mental health conditions.

Overall, there were more than 213,000 overnight hospitalisations for mental illness in 2013/14, representing five per cent of all overnight admissions.

The number of nights spent in hospital for mental illness was three million, representing 14 per cent of all nights Australians spent in hospital.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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07:50

The Facts of the Matter "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was thinking how ironic it is that Trump is running with this ” Make America Great Again” because a change IS upon us- but it extends WAY beyond national borders. What we are about to see is making MANKIND great again.

Flat out- you will do what we have been COMMANDED to do- and LOVE- or you will be claimed by the Darkness that our prestigious elite have so willingly opened the door too. Love WAS NEVER A FUCKING SUGGESTION- it was a COMMANDMENT- and so you will do what you have been COMMANDED to do- or you will suffer the MOST SEVEREST OF CONSEQUENCES.

You can bitch- you can argue- you can do whatever it is you need to do to keep yourself from doing what you have been COMMANDED to do- and that is LOVE- but in the end- despite your complaints- despite your protests- despite your manipulations of reality- YOU WILL BE FUCKING CLAIMED. That is just the way it IS- it is how things ARE- and if you don’t like it- tough fucking shit.

This time around it isn’t about love and retribution. This time around it is about WRATH and RETRIBUTION. We have always been warned- and the fact that some have completely disregarded this is completely inconsequential. You do what you have been COMMANDED to do- or you will be claimed. Period.

And trust me- YOU WILL NOT LIKE THE DARKNESS.

07:43

Suburban exorcisms in modern-day Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

In churches, community halls and even living rooms, Satan and his army of fallen angels - or demons - are on the warpath. Or so exorcists would have us believe. They say it's a supernatural battle between God and the Devil... all taking place within the body of a human. "It's very real and people do get demonized and sometimes fully possessed," Pastor Maurice Chapman told The Feed. "They can't sleep at night. They have nightmares. Many feel actual physical attacks. There are scratches." Pastor Chapman specialises in one-on one exorcisms. On the day he was interviewed, he was dealing with a particularly stubborn demon in Dermott, who had been undergoing deliverance for a week. "I had depression and a bit of anxiety, but I had a lot of tiredness and memory loss and stuff and I said well you know, I'll give it a go and see what the Lord has to offer for me.

07:17

Govt using ‘secret’ assessment tool to ram through mine approval "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wambo coalmine. Photo Newcastle Herald

Wambo coalmine. Photo Newcastle Herald

A leading NSW conservation group says the Baird government has hit a new low with revelations it is using a ‘secret’ planning assessment tool that has never been made public to assess biodiversity impacts of a major new coal mine near Singleton in the Hunter Valley.

The United Wambo Open Cut Coal Mine Project will destroy 464 hectares of bushland, half of which is Central Hunter Valley Eucalypt Forest, a federally listed endangered ecosystem that is home to Koala, Spotted-tailed quoll, and other threatened species.

‘It is utterly scandalous that the Baird government is using a policy that only public servants and mining companies have seen to assess the biodiversity impacts of a massively destructive project,’ Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said.

‘We can have no faith that biodiversity values of the Hunter are being properly considered when the public does not even know what criteria is being used to assess the impacts of this project.

‘Where is the commitment to transparency and openness? Where is the commitment to good governance? Where is the commitment to preventing extinctions of our unique wildlife? The planning system in NSW has hit a new low.’

The application, which has been developed in close consultation with the Planning Department, proposes using rehabilitated mine site to meet 56% of its biodiversity offset required for the Central Hunter Valley Eucalypt Forest.

‘That is an extraordinary overuse of mine rehab given that scientists have raised serious concerns about the ability to rehabilitate degraded mine lands. It doesn’t even meet the NSW Government’s poor offsets policy for mines,’ Ms Smolski said.

‘This proposal has been developed in close consultation with the Department of Planning and OEH. These departments have collaborated in the development of a proposal that plainly breaches the government’s own standards and threatens to make endangered species locally extinct.

‘The significant uncertainty around the biodiversity assessment and offsetting rules that apply to the project means this project should not proceed until the Upper Hunter Strategic Assessment is finalised and made publicly available.

‘We demand that the government use only laws that have been subject to public scrutiny and comment to assess any development proposals in NSW.’

 

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07:04

Ballina MP calls for retention of Safe Schools program "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Ballina MP and NSW Greens spokesperson for education Tamara Smith yesterday spoke out in support of the NSW Safe Schools program, which is under threat.

‘It is astonishing that we have people petitioning NSW parliament, saying that they do not want schools to be safe for all students that attend them. Surely everyone would agree that our schools should be safe, supportive and inclusive for all young people,’ said Ms Smith.

A petition to stop the Safe Schools program from being taught in NSW schools is due to be debated in the NSW parliament tomorrow.

‘Since the petition was tabled many representatives of the Australian Chinese community and other multicultural groups have come out loud and proud in support of the Safe Schools program. We know that there’s broad support from all sections of our community who want our young people to feel supported and included at school,’ said Ms Smith.

‘Safe Schools helps to prevent discrimination and isolation. It creates a safe space for students no matter what their sexuality is, no matter what their gender identity is, no matter what kind of family they come from.

‘If the plebiscite on marriage equality goes ahead, young people will need all the support they can get to counter the negative views that are likely to be expressed about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex  and questioning Australians during the national debate.

‘Conservative attacks on Safe Schools continue to be based on scare tactics and misleading information about what the program involves. This is a program developed by educators, with the best interests of students as the focus,’ said Ms Smith.

 

 

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06:00

Outrage grows over Oxley speed clamp "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Oxley Highway outrage

Bikes at Gingers Creek on the Oxley Highway

Rider and local community outrage is growing over the reduction of speeds on the famed Oxley Highway motorcycle and tourism route.

In less than two days, a petition organised by local rider Ken Healey against the speed reductions has attracted almost 4000 signatures.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

Meanwhile, local business people are organising meetings with the Roads and Maritime Services, Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Chris CJ Burns is planning to meet with the Minister Duncan Gay and local TV and newspaper media have publicised the issue and its affect on business and tourism.

So far, the speed limit reductions are only in three areas east of the ranges, but there are plans over the coming 12 months to reduce the speed on the mountains from 100km/h to 70km/h and the 110km/h section to Walcha down to 100km/h among others. (See the full list at the end of this article.)

CJ says it all not only affect the region’s tourism potential, but also business with increased travel times for goods/services and locals.

Veteran motorcycle journalist Mick Matheson, who produced the tourism video below describes the speed changes as “ridiculous because it’s hard to exceed the limit anyway, so what’s the point?”

“It will only succeed in annoying people who can safely maintain a higher average without danger,” he says.

“The police will only be able to enforce it where it’s safe (ie, straight) enough to exceed the new slow limits, so there’s no road safety benefit.

“It looks to me like another case of either revenue raising or trying to get motorcycles off that piece of road. They’ll end up with another situation like the Old Pacific Highway, where even a diesel ute driver has to constantly watch the speedo. Stupid.”

Local rider and businessman Craig Windsor says outrage is growing among the business community and is organising a meeting between local businesses affected by the changes and RMS representatives.

Motorbike Writer has also contacted several tourist operators and business people in the region who have expressed outrage with the changes, especially the fact that they were not consulted.

Toni Heaney of the popular riders’ cafe, the Walcha Royal Hotel, says they are “very concerned”.

Oxley Highway outrage

Brad Keable and Toni Heaney of the Royal Cafe, Walcha

“It came to light over a...

05:57

Treasury dumps wellbeing framework & defines principal objectives around Budget, productivity and globalisation "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Of the many outstanding contributions that former Treasury Secretary Ken Henry made to public policy in Australia, one of my favourites was the wellbeing framework. This framework established Treasury’s goal as improving the wellbeing of Australians, and identified five elements of wellbeing: the level of consumption possibilities, their distribution, the degree of risk borne by individuals and society, the degree of complexity we face in our choices, and the level of freedom and opportunity we enjoy. I liked the framework because it made it clear that Treasury should consider a range of factors, in addition to the impacts on the Budget and the economy, when assessing or developing policy proposals, including social and environmental impacts. This is good economics, as social and environmental impacts should ideally be considered in any cost-benefit analysis of policy measures or projects.

So it is somewhat of a shame that Treasury is abandoning the wellbeing framework according to an article by David Uren in today’s Australian:

Treasury has abandoned the “wellbeing framework” that ­guided its strategy under secretaries Ken Henry and Martin Parkinson, and which looked beyond managing the economy to envir­onmental and social sustainability, and is instead giving top priority to fixing the budget.

Current secretary John Fraser has released a four-year corporate plan that identifies the budget, lifting productivity and securing the benefits of globalisation as his department’s principal objectives. “I wanted to focus on the things where we can have an influence,’’ he told The Australian…

…The new plan, which is focused on the economic policy issues that Treasury directly controls, contrasts with the more expansive vision which Ken Henry introduced to the department he led from 2001 to 2011. Dr Henry described wellbeing as “a grassroots statement of our mission, encompassing market, non-market, material and intangible components”.

While it is unfortunate that the wellbeing framework has been dumped, at least the Treasury under John Fraser continues to focus on important objectives related to the Budget and productivity, and it is excellent that the Treasury Secretary has identified securing the benefits of globalisation as a principal objective.

It is becoming increasingly clear that many people in advanced economies are either missing out on or are unaware of the benefits of globalisation. While there have been job losses and business closures associated with globalisation, overwhelmingly there have been net benefits to Australians, through news jobs and business opportunities, and through lower prices in real terms for a wide range of products, including clothes, furniture, and cars. Alas, many people do not appreciate these gains and there is a growing backlash against free trade and globalisation, which is manifesting itself in support for political extremists and demagogues.

I was recently alerted to some interesting research by MIT economist David Autor and others regarding the relationship between trade exposure and political polarisation in the US. From the abstract of the working paper:

Has rising trade integration between the U.S. and China contributed to the polarization of U.S. politics? Analyzing outcomes from the 2002 and 2010 congressional elections, we detect an ideological realignment that is centered in trade-exposed local labor markets and that commences prior to the divisive 2016 U.S. presidential election. Exploiting the exogenous component of rising trade with China and classify......

05:52

Russian Military: US Coalition Predator Drone Spotted at Time & Place of Syria UN Aid Convoy Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

21st Century Wire says…

Despite proclamations by US official, details of the attack on the UN Aid Convoy yesterday are still sketchy. With no evidence to hand John Kerry and “unnamed” US officials claim that ‘they know’ the Russian attacked the UN aid convoy passing through a ‘rebel’ terrorist-held highway while travelling out of West Aleppo and heading southwest towards al-Foua and Kefraya villages. From the onset, both Russian and Syrian military stated they were not involved in this incident, but US maintain they are the guilty parties. 

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John Kerry blaming Russia for mysterious attack on UN Convoy.

The US insistence to blame Russia for attacking this UN Aid Convoy appears to be a desperate deflect-and-divert public relations move to mask the fact the Washington destroyed its own ceasefire agreement on Saturday when it massacred over 70 Syrian Army soldiers and wounding another 100, in a sustained one hour-long attack involving multiple aircraft from the US, UK, Australia and Denmark. Because of that US-led airstrike, ISIS was allowed to advance immediately forward towards taking the key strategic city of Deir al-Zour. In spite of the unlikely coincidence, Washington claimed this was all just “a mistake.”

In addition, US Coalition and Gulf-backed ‘rebel’ terrorists had already broke the Russia-US ceasefire multiple times, and are also on record boasting earlier in the week how terrorist-held East Aleppo militants would refuse any UN aid convoy that crossed their sights.

Did the US and its “rebel” forces on the ground orchestrate another false flag event designed to avoid condemnation of Saturday’s massacre?

“Our western colleages are putting their best efforts to hype up the situation and ‘blur’ the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor and to distract the international community from Al-Nusra’s advance on Aleppo and thus cover the US incompetence in distinguishing between the ‘moderate’ opposition and terrorists in Syria.” – Russian spokeperson.

Now, new evidence suggests that the US Coalition may be misleading the world about their true intentions… 

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RT

The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone.

On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling...

Russian Military: US Coalition Predator Drone Spotted at Time & Place of Syria UN Aid Convoy Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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21st Century Wire says…

Despite proclamations by US official, details of the attack on the UN Aid Convoy yesterday are still sketchy. With no evidence to hand John Kerry and “unnamed” US officials claim that ‘they know’ the Russian attacked the UN aid convoy passing through a ‘rebel’ terrorist-held highway while travelling out of West Aleppo and heading southwest towards al-Foua and Kefraya villages. From the onset, both Russian and Syrian military stated they were not involved in this incident, but US maintain they are the guilty parties.

John Kerry blaming Russia for mysterious attack on UN Convoy.

The US insistence to blame Russia for attacking this UN Aid Convoy appears to be a desperate deflect-and-divert public relations move to mask the fact the Washington destroyed its own ceasefire agreement on Saturday when it massacred over 70 Syrian Army soldiers and wounding another 100, in a sustained one hour-long attack involving multiple aircraft from the US, UK, Australia and Denmark. Because of that US-led airstrike, ISIS was allowed to advance immediately forward towards taking the key strategic city of Deir al-Zour. In spite of the unlikely coincidence, Washington claimed this was all just “a mistake.”

In addition, US Coalition and Gulf-backed ‘rebel’ terrorists had already broke the Russia-US ceasefire multiple times, and are also on record boasting earlier in the week how terrorist-held East Aleppo militants would refuse any UN aid convoy that crossed their sights.

Did the US and its “rebel” forces on the ground orchestrate another false flag event designed to avoid condemnation of Saturday’s massacre?

“Our western colleages are putting their best efforts to hype up the situation and ‘blur’ the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor and to distract the international community from Al-Nusra’s advance on Aleppo and thus cover the US incompetence in distinguishing between the ‘moderate’ opposition and terrorists in Syria.” – Russian spokeperson.

Now, new evidence suggests that the US Coalition may be misleading the world about their true intentions…

Predator-Drone
RT

The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone.

On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling at around 200 kilometers per hour,” said Russian....

Russian Military: US Coalition Predator Drone Spotted at Time & Place of Syria Aid Convoy Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

By 21wire

facebook

21st Century Wire says…

Despite proclamations by US official, details of the attack on the UN Aid Convoy yesterday are still sketchy. With no evidence to hand John Kerry and “unnamed” US officials claim that ‘they know’ the Russian attacked the UN aid convoy passing through a ‘rebel’ terrorist-held highway while travelling out of West Aleppo and heading southwest towards al-Foua and Kefraya villages. From the onset, both Russian and Syrian military stated they were not involved in this incident, but US maintain they are the guilty parties.

John Kerry blaming Russia for mysterious attack on UN Convoy.

The US insistence to blame Russia for attacking this UN Aid Convoy appears to be a desperate deflect-and-divert public relations move to mask the fact the Washington destroyed its own ceasefire agreement on Saturday when it massacred over 70 Syrian Army soldiers and wounding another 100, in a sustained one hour-long attack involving multiple aircraft from the US, UK, Australia and Denmark. Because of that US-led airstrike, ISIS was allowed to advance immediately forward towards taking the key strategic city of Deir al-Zour. In spite of the unlikely coincidence, Washington claimed this was all just “a mistake.”

In addition, US Coalition and Gulf-backed ‘rebel’ terrorists had already broke the Russia-US ceasefire multiple times, and are also on record boasting earlier in the week how terrorist-held East Aleppo militants would refuse any UN aid convoy that crossed their sights.

Did the US and its “rebel” forces on the ground orchestrate another false flag event designed to avoid condemnation of Saturday’s massacre?

“Our western colleages are putting their best efforts to hype up the situation and ‘blur’ the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor and to distract the international community from Al-Nusra’s advance on Aleppo and thus cover the US incompetence in distinguishing between the ‘moderate’ opposition and terrorists in Syria.” – Russian spokeperson.

Now, new evidence suggests that the US Coalition may be misleading the world about their true intentions…

Predator-Drone
RT

The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone.

On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling at around 200 kilometers per hour,” said Russian Defens...

05:23

DNA study confirms indigenous Australians most ancient civilization "IndyWatch Feed National"

Claims that Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed by the first extensive study of their DNA, which dates their origins to more than 50,000 years ago. Scientists were able to trace the remarkable journey made by intrepid ancient humans by sifting through clues left in the DNA of modern populations in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The analysis shows that their ancestors were probably the first humans to cross an ocean, and reveals evidence of prehistoric liaisons with an unknown hominin cousin. Prof Eske Willerslev, an evolutionary geneticist who led the work at the University of Copenhagen, said: "This story has been missing for a long time in science. Now we know their relatives are the guys who were the first real human explorers. Our ancestors were sitting being kind of scared of the world while they set out on this exceptional journey across Asia and across the sea." The findings appear in one of four major human origins papers published in Nature this week, which together give an unprecedented insight into how humans first migrated out of the African continent, splintered into distinct populations and spread across the globe. Willerslev's findings, based on a new population analysis of 83 Indigenous Australians and 25 Papuans, shows that these groups can trace their origins back to the very first arrivals on the continent about 50,000 years ago and that they remained almost entirely isolated until around 4,000 years ago. "They are probably the oldest group in the world that you can link to one particular place," said Willerslev. En route to Australia, early humans would have encountered a motley assortment of other roving hominin species, including an unknown human relative who has now been shown to have contributed around 4% to the Indigenous Australian genome. Previously, scientists have discovered that prehistoric couplings have left all non-Africans today carrying 1-6% of Neanderthal DNA.

04:59

Sea Ice Record Retreat Has Antarctic Experts Worried For Wildlife, Climate "IndyWatch Feed National"

icebreaker-ship-antarctic-sea-iceSource: Australian Broadcasting Corp. Scientists fear a sharp reduction in Antarctic sea ice in recent weeks will impact marine life and climate systems. Key points Antarctic sea ice retreating earlier than usual Instability of ice affecting access to research stations Impacts expected on marine life, climate, research New daily records have been set for measuring

04:00

Syria fights NATO colonialism: Australia, UK, Denmark confirm roles in brutal Deir Ezzor massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weekend massacre executed against Syrian troops atop Deir Ezzor’s Thardeh Mountain now looks like some kind of a murderous colonialist get-together as Australia, the UK and Denmark have all admitted their role in the unspeakable atrocity. Their statements on the crime read just about identically, with each respective Imperialist stain on humanity claiming that they, like the American regime, didn’t “intend” to hit the SAA, that they “regret” what took place and that they offer their “sincere condolences” to the families of the innocent souls whom they had butchered. The reason why this, also like Washington’s bullshit, does not hold even the weight of a termite, is because these are some of the bloodiest regimes to ever grace the stage of geopolitics. The Australian settler regime wiped out hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people and played a key role in the overthrow of Indonesian revolutionary Sukarno as well as the Suharto coup regime’s aggression against Eastern Timor. Denmark, for its part, once ran a hideous colonialist empire, with colonies of theft and mass murder in Africa, India and notably, the Caribbean, where the Jewish-dominated Danish West India Trading Company ran cruel schemes of slave-trading and sugar-thieving. And Britain? Does one really need to enumerate how many countries that the London ZOG colonized, raped and ruined at the height of its colonialist dominance?

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00:37

British trade unions don’t like Blairite-Pfizerite Owen Smith "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 15 September 2016 parody music video from Britain is called The Owen Smiths – “How Soon is Mao?”

The song is a parody of British band The Smiths‘ song How Soon Is Now?

It is about British Blairite Labour party leader candidate Owen Smith and his views on elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The lyrics are:

He is the son and heir of Mao
Or Lenin, or Trotsky, or one of that lot
He is the son and heir of some old commie lunatic

You shut your mouth! How can you say
I couldn’t bring down Theresa May?
I’m a radical who has credibility
Which is more than you could say for Jeremy

He is the son and heir of Mao
I bet he reads that little red book at bedtime
His ideology will surely lead to mass genocide

You shut your mouth! How can you say
I couldn’t bring down Theresa May?
I’m a radical who has credibility
Which is more than you could say for Jeremy

There’s a hustings if you’d like to come
I could use someone there to support me
‘Cause at the end they’re let out of their cage
And they all rush the stage
And they get selfies with Jeremy, and I want to cry

By Luke James, parliamentary reporter in Britain:

Smith unable to register a penny of union cash

Wednesday 21st September 2016

OWEN SMITH has not registered a penny of financial support from trade unions for his Labour leadership campaign, the Morning Star can...

00:17

September 26: Where will you be? "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

WEST POINT “STOP THE IMPERIAL WARS” PROTEST SET FOR SEPT. 26

WHAT: A “Stop the Imperial Wars” protest on the day of the first Presidential Debate, in solidarity with the protests listed below.

Endorsed by: Concerned Families of Westchester, the Granny Peace Brigade, Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter, National Campaign for Non-violent Resistance, Knowdrones.com, Middle East Crisis Response, United National Anti-war Coalition, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, WESPAC Foundation, the Steering Committee of Women Against War, World Beyond War and World Can’t Wait.

WHEN:  Monday, September 26 at 11 a.m.

WHERE:  The Thayer (main) Gate of the West Point United States Military Academy, 674 Thayer Road, West Point, NY, adjoining Highland Falls, NY.

 

OTHER PROTESTS THE SAME DAY:

  • Hofstra University Presidential Debate Site – Uniondale Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, NY – 4 pm, organized by Peace Action Matters as Hofstra, Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives and Peace Action NY. https://www.facebook.com/events/902188603220779/

 

  • The Pentagon – Washington, DC – 9 a.m. Organized by the National Campaign for Non-Violent Resistance and the culmination of the international “No-War 2016” conference being organized by World Beyond War. http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016agenda/

 

  • Beale AFB – Marysville, CA, near Sacramento – 3 – 5 p.m. Organized by Activists United Against Drone Warfare as part of a monthly protest of intelligence gathering for drone warfare underway at Beale.

https://www.facebook.com/events/290678661288258/

 

  • S. Embassy, Berlin, Germany – 12 noon EST. Organized by Code Pink Germany and other groups.

 

  • Alice Springs, Australia – Action to close the U.S. intelligence gathering center at Pine Gap Sept. 26 – Oct. 2 hosted by the Disarm Collective.

https://closepinegap.org/

 

  • Volk Field Air National Guard Base – Camp Douglas, WI. 27, 3;30 – 4:30 p.m.  Monthly vigil for an end to drone warfare organized by the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.

The post September 26: Where will you be? appeared first on World Beyond War . . ..

00:04

Learning to Live (Die) with Your Disease "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 22nd, 2016 By Tracy Kolenchuk Guest writer for Wake Up World Have you heard the latest âŹÜmedical wisdomâŹ"? ItâŹ"s become a mantra for chronic diseases, from arthritis, to diabetes, to depression to dementia. âŹSLearn to live with your disease.⏠But itâŹ"s a lie. What is really being said is âŹSAccept the fact that you are ...Continue Reading - Learning to Live (Die) with Your Disease
 
 

00:02

Pivot to Asia: Ongoing U.S. Militarization of Pacific an Alarming Trend "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 22nd, 2016 By Makia Freeman Contributing writer for Wake Up World The Pivot to Asia, which is really the US militarization of the Pacific Ocean in preparation for war with China and Russia, is a highly disturbing trend. Not so much attention has been paid to it, yet it is an arena which will determine the future ...Continue Reading - Pivot to Asia: Ongoing U.S. Militarization of Pacific an Alarming Trend
 
 

00:01

Time and Space Are Not What You Think "IndyWatch Feed National"

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00:00

The ‘Legal Name’ Game – and How It’s Used Against You "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 22nd, 2016 By Pao L Chang Guest writer for Wake Up World The legal name game is one of the greatest âŹScon games⏠ever invented. The controllers of the New World Order use the legal name to trick you into (unknowingly) consenting to give away your natural rights, to federal government. Once you do this, everything that ...Continue Reading - The âŹÜLegal NameâŹ" Game ⏠and How It's Used Against You
 
 

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23:55

Concerning HoaxteadResearch.WordPress.Com and Their Agent Provocateurs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Look, let me point the OBVIOUS out. Angela Power Disney- Sabine McNeil- Neelu Berry- THESE ARE ALL BAD GUYS working DIRECTLY with HoaxteadResearch to seek out survivors and kill their support. They ingratiate themselves into victims lives- do all kinds of crazy stupid shit- which the Hoaxtead people then LOUDLY PROCLAIM- and suddenly ALL THE VICTIMS SUPPORT DISAPPEARS. Angela whined after I blocked her- but let me tell you why.

She would Skype me- and she ALWAYS wanted me to talk about Aquino. Two things happened at the end. She called me on Skype but I didn’t answer with video- basically because I was sitting on the toilet and didn’t want to be on video taking a shit. As a result- she FREAKED THE FUCK OUT. Second- she suddenly wanted to get me in touch with Doug Dietrich.

Dietrich and Aquino were best friends. Aquino wouldn’t give me the public debate that I was asking for- so I then focused on Dietrich. Yeah- he might mention my name- but what he DOESN’T say is that he REFUSED to publicly debate me. So anyone who thinks this guy is “supporting” me and my efforts is a moron.

So I did my interview with Shatter Boys UK and GUESS WHAT GROUP HAS SUDDENLY GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY TO INGRATIATE THEMSELVES INTO THEIR LIVES. These men are actually DOING SOMETHING- and MAKING A DIFFERENCE. OF COURSE this group of government trolls would like to fuck that up. But the Shatter Boys UK men aren’t stupid- and I have already explained to them in detail my concerns.

So for those of you who are wanting to reach out to this group- DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. And when the shit goes down- and you find yourself standing alone- just remember one thing- I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO.

23:55

Ghastly parody honours French presidential pariah François Hollande as 'World Statesman' "IndyWatch Feed National"

The nonsense is flowing thick and fast from the mainstream news media. Still haunted by the psychopathic performance of Samantha Powers screaming that Russia was to blame for what America had done in Syria, next I hear that the US is categorically blaming Russia for explosive attacks on aid trucks to Syria. Now I have discovered that François Hollande, possibly the most unpopular French President ever,[1] an undignified, unrepresentative globalist, anti-socialist socialist, and general little fat fraud, has been awarded (not by the French of course) but in New York, the 'World statesman Award' by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, 1999 World Statesman honoree, delivered an address and the laudation at the Awards Dinner." (See http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/french-president-francois-hollande-honored-by-appeal-of-conscience-foundation-with-world-statesman-award-300330937.html)

This is probably the best that Hollande can hope for before he loses the next election. A prize from world bullies for Hollande's odious actions in depriving his countrymen of their hard-won civil and industrial rights.

Comments from the French about the award demonstrate disbelief. Here is a typical one from Hennir33: "Grotesque! It is as nonsensical as it would be to give the Nobel Peace Prize to the president of North Korea." See http://www.atlantico.fr/pepites/francois-hollande-recoit-prix-homme-etat-mondial-2016-2711962.html

But then, dear me, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Barack Obama, who has gone on to pulverise the Middle East and taunt Russia. So why not to Kim Jong-un, who says, anyway, that he's only responding to the threat from U.S. military bases all around South Korea.

As an indication of Hollande's outrageous perfidy, he was recently spotted slipping a 'legion d'honneur' to Saudi Prince Mohamed ben Nayef, the Crown Prince responsible for the terrible war on Yemmen.

"The awarding by François Hollande two days ago of the Légion d'honneur to the Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed ben Nayef, was roundly criticised by several politicians.

It was condemned particularly by the far right but also by the socialist deputy of Haute-Garonne, Gérard Bapt, who wrote that 'political-commercial realism should not lead to two different speeds on moral positions.' Mediapart journalist, Laurent Mauduit, condemned the award of the medal and, at the same time, new arms deliveries from Paris to Ryad."[2]

Who's Who among the self-appointed world statesmen


"The invocation [for François Hollande's award] was delivered by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and the benediction by Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of Greek Orthodox Church. Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corporation, Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO of Blackstone, and Jerry Speyer, Chairman of Tishman Speyer, are the Chair...

23:30

Would peer review work better if reviewers talked to each other? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Would distributing all reviewers’ reports for a specific paper amongst every referee before deciding whether to accept or reject a manuscript make peer review fairer and quicker? This idea — called “cross-referee commenting” — is being implemented by the journal Development, as part of its attempt to improve the peer-review process. Katherine Brown, executive editor of Development from Cambridge, UK, who co-authored a recent editorial […]

The post Would peer review work better if reviewers talked to each other? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

23:01

Dr M Is Right – Sirul Is Too Scared To Reveal All "IndyWatch Feed National"

How do you tell a man, detained for almost two years in Australia for entering the country for not telling the authorities that he is a convicted murderer, that in Australia, the individual can decide his own fate by the things he does in mitigating the circumstance of the crime he had committed? How do […]

22:49

Australia, Canada, UK Issue New Travel Advisories for India "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mumbai airport. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Mumbai airport. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi: Australia, Canada and the UK have issued fresh advisories to their citizens travelling to India to avoid visiting parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and the India-Pakistan border, barring the Wagah border.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also warned their citizens about the recent Cauvery dispute-related violence.

On September 16, the FCO updated its travel advisory cautioning its citizens “against all travel to Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of travel within the city of Jammu, travel by air to Jammu and travel within the region of Ladakh.” It also advised “against all but essential travel” to Srinagar and travel between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

The advisory said, “The tourist destinations of Phalgam, Gulmarg and Sonmarg fall within the areas to which the FCO advises against all travel.”

The same day, Global Affairs Canada also advised its citizens against travelling to “Jammu and Kashmir, with the exception of Ladakh via Manali or by air to Leh, due to sporadic terrorist activity and violent demonstrations.” Besides, “areas within the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab, due to the possibility of landmines and unexploded ordnance, as well as unmarked border areas.”

It said, “The Wagah border crossing and towns farther from the border, such as Amritsar in Punjab and Bikaner and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, are excluded from this advisory.” FCO also kept Wagah out of the advisory.

In the case of the north eastern state, the countries’ advisories have asked their citizens to either cancel or reconsider their visit to these states citing recent militant attacks: the shooting of 14 people in a market in Assam’s Kokrajhar district this past August and the killing of 18 soldiers in Manipur’s Thoubal district last year.

Global Affairs Canada advised against “non-essential travel” to “Manipur and the areas of Arunachal Pradesh that border with Myanmar, due to the threat of insurgency” besides advising travelers to also avoid areas in Assam bordering Bangladesh and Nagaland bordering Myanmar “as they are significantly affected by insurgency.”

A large number of tourists from these three countries visit the north east every year, particularly Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, home to the one-horned rhino.

In 2013, a similar travel advisory was issued by Australia. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said, “We continue to recommend Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in India overall because of the risk of terrori...

21:28

Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) lodges appeal against Federal Court’s approval of giant Adani coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

coal CarmichaelMine219 September 2016  “The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has lodged an appeal to the Federal Court’s decision which found the approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine to be lawful.

“ACF disputes the Environment Minister’s argument in court that the burning of coal from Carmichael mine will not have an impact on global warming and the Great Barrier Reef.

““This is a profound moment in the history of protecting Australia’s environment, as we attempt to stop a coal mine that would create 4.6 billion tonnes of climate pollution if it is allowed to proceed,” said ACF’s President Geoff Cousins.

““Australia’s system of environment laws is broken if it allows the Federal Environment Minister to approve a mega-polluting coal mine – the biggest in Australia’s history – and claim it will have no impact on the global warming and the reef.

““If our environment laws are too weak to actually protect Australia’s unique species and places,they effectively give companies like Adani a licence to kill.

““Be in no doubt, Adani’s Carmichael proposal is massive and will lock in decades of damaging climate pollution if it goes ahead, further wrecking the reef. … “


21:06

More Photos of Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook Helicopters A15-303 & A15-305 at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

As we posted below, on Tuesday 20 September, Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters A15-303 and A15-305 were spotted passing through Rockhampton Airport.


Local plane spotter Kayanne H was also on hand and captured some great photos as the two Chinooks, which are both operated by the Australian Army's 5th Aviation Regiment (5 Avn Regt) 'C' Squadron based at Townsville, touched down from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley.  They then took on fuel and later departed home to Townsville.







20:52

Our safety betrayed by ugly cover-up over refugee program "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Rioters’ ethnicity must be exposed

Andrew Bolt writes: SATURDAY night’s race riot at Moomba proves our refugee program has made our streets unsafe, and the police and media cover-up must end. Read More

20:17

A Couple of Bizjets at CQ Airports - Challenger 601 Bizjet VH-MXK - Qld Gvt Hawker 850XP VH-SGY "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Wednesday 21 September, MWP Racing Bombardier CL-600-2A12 Challenger 601 bizjet VH-MXK was noted visiting Mackay Airport.


It arrived from and later departed back to the Gold Coast.

Meanwhile, spotted visiting Gladstone Airport also on Wednesday 21 September was the Queensland Government Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY.  It touched down from Brisbane.






After some time on the ground, VH-SGY continued North to Rockhampton Airport before later departing back to Brisbane.

The Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU continues to operate the three-times-weekly prisoner transfer flights visiting multiple CQ Airports so far on Wednesday 21 September and Monday 19 September.

Finally, LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" has again visited CQ, calling into Gladstone Airport from Townsville and departing to Brisbane late on Tuesday 20 September, while it visited Mackay Airport from Brisbane and Cairns before returning to Brisbane on Wednesday 21 September.

Photos taken by Tony Haynes and 'Mick'  ©

20:10

UURWP: Pasal 58. Bahasa Resmi Negara ialah Tok Pisin "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ENGLISH VERSION After the West Papua National Parliament (WPNP) passed the West Papua Revolution Constitution (WPRC) as the legal foundation for leading Paupans towards the independence of the Republic of West Papua on 19 September 2016, according to the Constitution Article 58, "The Official Language of the Revolution is Tok PIsion". therefore, PMNews will begin…

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20:00

Trump Might Adopt Many Canberra Politicians If He’s President "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan The idea that Donald Trump might become President of the United States frightens most Australians. I was at a script meeting last week, and during a brief segue from our fictional story, someone mentioned Trump. When asked, I suggested that both Presidential candidates were a poor choice, but I’d reluctantly tick “Trump.” […]

19:36

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - More Great Photos as RSAF Boeing F-15SG "Shikra" Strike Eagles Start Flying Sorties out of Rockhampton Airport on Monday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

As mentioned below, on Monday 19 September, the six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15SG “Shikra” Strike Eagles of 149 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base commenced flying sorties as a part of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.  Several local plane spotters were at and around Rockhampton Airport to capture the action - including Dan B who has sent through some great photos which we present in this Blog post.








19:24

1) UN General Assembly’s Papua Discussion Should Prompt Indonesia to Reflect "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


2) Families Urge UN Special Rapporteur to Visit Victims of Paniai Shootings
3) Government Seen Not Serious in Addressing Papua Human Rights Issue 
4) Solomon’s urges Indonesia to allow Papua scrutiny

5) FLJS Policy Brief Calls on UK to End Political Conflict in West Papua

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1) UN General Assembly’s Papua Discussion Should Prompt Indonesia to Reflect
20 September 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – The submission of Papua human rights and political issues to the UN General Assembly’s plenary meeting is a historical fact that can not be avoided and should be a self-reflection for the Government of Indonesia, said the Chairman of Evangelist Church Synod in Papua the Rev. Benny Giay on Sunday (18/9/2016) in response the widespread of Papua issues in Pacific and the enforcement of the Pacific coutries leaders to take the West Papua issue to the UN General Assembly.
“For me, when the issue of Papua get to the UN General Assembly by the Pacific countries leaders, it justifies the view that it is the time for change,” said Giay, who also argued that after 50 years Papua in the hands of Indonesia, it’s time to change history.
“I think the voices of struggle of Free Papua is finally get to the UN General Assembly Plenary Meeting is natural. It should be. Because we are in the church believe that every 50 years the history must be reflected, as well as the Indonesian Government to reflect their action and progress of their civilization for 50 years th...

18:38

The Deep State Institutions That Couldn’t Care Less Who You Vote For "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Dylan Charles

The American people are again fully enthralled in the puppet show of national elections, and while arguments grow ever-more heated and partisan, the fact remains that no matter which way we vote there will remain a deeper state which represents the real and unchanging forces driving the destiny of this country and of the world.… Read More

18:33

PM, UN Christian Mission President Meet In New York "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PMPress Office - The President of the Christian Mission for the United Nations Community, Dr Garry Allen yesterday, Monday 19th September, met with Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare, inspiring him about the difference between the politician and statesperson and the challenges to the latter. The meeting was held at the margin of the 71st United…

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18:00

Study in Australia with 2 Years Post Study Visa! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Do you want to study in Australia with 2 years post study VISA or other countries like Canada, UK, USA, UAE and New Zealand? You can start your own inspiring journey to success by attending the PFL International Education Exhibition in October 2016. Do not miss this opportunity to meet one on one with seasoned […]

17:53

First Peoples workshop with Minister Scullion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Bodies met with Minister Scullion to workshop progressing the Redfern Statement. The meeting provided an opportunity to develop a greater degree of understanding and mutual appreciation of the complexity of the Indigenous Portfolio which requires a whole of government approach.  

First Peoples called on the next steps to include:

  • A meeting between the Prime Minister and the leading signatories of the Redfern Statement;
  • At least an annual National Summit with the Prime Minister and his cabinet to share knowledge between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Government representatives;
  • A whole of Government approach to co-construct policies to ensure that our pathway forward is co-designed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Government; and
  • A commitment from the Government to develop intergovernmental mechanisms to ensure First Peoples have a voice at the highest levels of Government to ensure the Government’s focus reflects our values and priorities.

17:41

Pip 6 pics from around Australia! "IndyWatch Feed National"

We’ve had a huge response to our callout to Pip Readers to show us their Pip Issue 6! It’s not too late to share your pic: use the hashtag #pipmag6 and you’ll go into the draw to win a fab pack of Honey Bee Wraps. We’ll be picking the winner soon though, so hop to it!

Thanks to these wonderful folk who’ve shared their beautiful snaps so far…

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17:05

Party Starters Visions Announce Free Telegram Tour "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Party Starters Visions Announce Free Telegram Tour

Visions recently solidified their reputation as Australia’s premier party starters with their King St Crawl in Sydney’s Newtown and their sold-out expansion into Melbourne, which kicked off at Fitzroy hotspot Yah Yah’s.

Now, they’ve announced the second instalment of their touring arm by welcoming a free tour from UK buzz magnets and NME and BBC 6 Music favourites Telegram, who’ll be playing three totally free shows along the East Coast next month.

The London four-piece come from the same circles that gave us the likes of The Horrors, Temples, and Palma Violets and released their eagerly anticipated debut album, Operator, earlier this year to rave acclaim.

Effortlessly combining a love of Roxy Music, Syd Barrett, kraut-rock, and late proto-punk, don’t miss your chance to see one of the UK’s most swiftly rising acts. Check below for all the dates, details, and awesome supporting acts.

Visions: Telegram Australian Tour Dates

Wednesday, 5th October 2016
The Foundry, Brisbane
FREE ENTRY
w/ Tiny Migrants and Max Chillen

Friday, 7th October 2016
Waywards, Sydney
FREE ENTRY
w/ Matrick Jones and Hair Die and Deep Sea Arcade DJs

Saturday, 8th October 2016
Yah Yah’s, Melbourne
FREE ENTRY
w/ Matrick Jones and Deep Sea Arcade DJs

17:00

Riders awareness week becomes month "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

NSW Rider Awareness Month

NSW Rider Awareness Month

The annual NSW Motorcycle Awareness Week has this year been expanded to a full month of activities, including a special parliamentarian ride around Sydney to acquaint decision-makers with rider needs.

Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Christopher “CJ” Burns says a capped number of riders will have the opportunity to speak to members and senators on Wednesday, October 12, from 6am during a casual breakfast and “share their opinions or issues with the people that generate change in NSW Government”.

After breakfast, parliamentary guests will go for a short ride through Sydney streets to give them “a taste of two wheels”.

Expressions of interest to pillion a parliamentarian should be directed to CJ via email.NSW Motorcycle Awareness Month

He says this year’s awareness focus is on encouraging riders to upskill, to get some training to sharpen up their riding techniques and road craft.

“People pay good money for professional development courses to improve their employability and income so why wouldn’t you make the commitment to professional development for your life?” he says.

“The cost of advanced training is a small price to pay for better riding skills and increased chances of avoiding a collision, injury or death.”

He says that if your partner or a family member rides then riders should buy them a training course as a gift to show you care.

“In-depth emergency training is considered mandatory for many sports and even in day-to-day work environments, so just book in and do it,” he says.

The awareness month will be launched in Alfred Street at Sydney’s Circular Quay on Tuesday, October 11, from 7am-2pm with lunchtime guest speakers.

Motorcycle Awareness Month

Tracy of First Aid for Motorcyclists will be on hand to answer questions

Riders will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from NSW Police MRT, Centre for Road Safety staff, First Aid fo...

16:58

Zarautz: Karlos Arguinano "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get there: Mendilauta Kalea 13
Cost: About €1.80 for a Spanish-tasting coffee. That’s all we bought.

You might think that a review of an obviously-placed waterfront cafe signals the beginning of the end for Global Hobo’s edge. Hold your horses, discerning readers. As you will know, the #digitalnomad lifestyle can be a hard one to sustain. The search for a venue with both reliable wifi and accessible powerpoints is liable to see you visiting McDonald’s every time you need to circle-jerk over each other’s Instagrams. Zarautz has no McDonald’s, but we found the next best thing – Karlos Arguinano (jk, he’s actually a Spanish celebrity chef). Lunch with the well-dressed locals, survey the beach-goers and practise your Spanish/Basque/social skills with the staff as you work on your latest protein-powder-sponsored vlog. Di nada.

Back to Zarautz

16:46

Zarautz: Gran Camping Zarautz "IndyWatch Feed National"

Get there: Calle Monte Talai-Mendi
Cost: €7.10 a night for a 2-person tent. A more comprehensive price list can be found here.

Don’t let accommodation in Basque country bleed you drier than a dead dog’s foreskin – trade the hostels for glamping at Gran Camping Zarautz. There’s surfer babes of myriad nationalities, hot showers, and the cleanest toilets you’ve seen in a while (toilet paper included – your bikini bottoms need not stink of urine any longer!). Perched atop the headland, Gran Camping offers sunset and ocean views far superior to those at any hotel you can afford. Zarautz beach is a leisurely scenic stroll down the hill, and the waves are appropriate whether you’re actually talented or just wobble around on a longboard trying to keep your tits in your bikini. The walk back up to camp is treacherous, but the calf-burn provides an excuse to stop for surf-backed selfies. Stay away from the BoardX surf camp plot, those cheeky groms are mostly jailbait.

Back to Zarautz

16:39

Under capitalism, even atheist artists have saints "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was 6 August, the inaugural Feast Day of Santonatron, the artist’s saint. Largely unheard of outside a small group of artists in Puebla, Mexico, the saint has already sparked controversy. Despite historically being known as a bastion of conservatism, Puebla already has its fair share of unofficial folk saints, with the Catholic Church often condemning their followers as heretics at best, cults at worst. At first glance, Santonatron may look no different.

16:25

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Stunning Photos as RSAF Boeing F-15SG "Shikra" Strike Eagles Start Flying Night Sorties out of Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Tuesday 20 September, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15SG “Shikra” Strike Eagles of 149 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base again flew sorties out of Rockhampton Airport as a part of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016 - and several local plane spotters were again on  hand to capture the action!





Around 12pm (midday) five of the six F-15s fired up and departed Rocky for the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) in two lots of two and a single.  They were again heard using the radio callsigns of "Shikra", "Eagle" and "Top Gun".

Then at around 6pm, after the sun had just set in the Western sky, four of the six F-15s made spectacular departures from Rocky to Shoalwater Bay with full afterburners lighting up the night sky.




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16:23

Taking Back Sunday Expand 2017 Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Taking Back Sunday Expand 2017 Australian Tour

Taking Back Sunday recently announced they are set to return to Australian shores next March, and they’ve now been forced to add a second Melbourne show to meet the overwhelming demand.

The band’s seventh studio album, Tidal Wave, dropped earlier this month and is yet another reinvention for the band, who are currently at the peak of their powers.

The album marks the first time the band wrote in the studio as they recorded. “We could come up with an idea, perform it and then listen back to it immediately,” said frontman Adam Lazzara.

“We really can’t wait for you to hear it. Everyone is working hard to categorize where this music fits and all we can say is we wrote from the heart and did the best work we could.”

Meanwhile, Taking Back Sunday still remain a formidable force on the live stage. Check below for all the dates and ticketing details of the band’s upcoming 2017 Australian tour.

Taking Back Sunday Australian Tour Dates

Friday, March 17th
Enmore Theatre, Sydney (Lic/Aa)

Saturday, March 18th
The Triffid, Brisbane (18+)

Sunday, March 19th – SOLD OUT
170 Russell, Melbourne (18+)

Tuesday, March 21st – NEW SHOW
170 Russell, Melbourne (18+)

Wednesday, March 22nd
The Gov, Adelaide (Lic/Aa)

Thursday, March 23rd
Metro City, Perth (18+)

15:37

DMA’s Share Heartbreaking Music Video For ‘Step Up The Morphine’ "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

DMA’s Share Heartbreaking Music Video For ‘Step Up The Morphine’

DMA’s have barely had a moment to catch their breath since dropping their highly anticipated debut full-length effort, Hills End, and they show no signs of slowing down.

Ahead of their latest Australian tour (see below for dates and details), they’ve unveiled their touching new music video, directed by Errol Rainey, along with a heartfelt note from guitarist Johnny Took.

“About two and a half years ago I flew back from Adelaide and wrote this song after my grandma’s passing. I’d like to share a very personal video beautifully directed by Errol Rainey. It, like the song, is a celebration as much as a reflection of life,” Took writes.

“Losing someone close to us is a very personal thing but something we all inevitably have to experience. This video is an honest collection of moments between a father and his two youngest daughters directed by his youngest son, for anybody who has lost someone.”

DMA’s National Tour Dates

Thursday, 6th October 2016 – SOLD OUT
The Croxton, Melbourne (18+)

Friday, 7th October 2016 – SOLD OUT
The Croxton, Melbourne (18+)

Saturday, 8th October 2016 – SOLD OUT
The Gov, Adelaide (18+)

Friday, 14th October 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)

Saturday, 15th October 2016 – SOLD OUT
The Triffid, Brisbane (18+)

15:34

Panguna mine LO group propose steps "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Sebastian Hakalits | Post Courier | 21 September 2016

THE Osikaiang Landowners Association Executives has always stood firm on advice that is based on well researched information as they have professional Bougainvilleans advising them.

Unlike all other eight associations that have been established under the Autonomous Bougainville Government’s endeavor to re-open Panguna mine, the SML Osikaiang LO’s suggested process to follow with the PNG and ABG governments with respect to BCL Shares saga.

The SML Executive further stated that their ABG government and the President have taken and have been making so much noise about Bougainville Copper Limited Shares that have been transferred to both the ABG and the National Government.

The landowners speaking through a statement by Chairman Mr. Lawrence Daveona stated that though they supported the Prime Minister and the National Executive Council decision to give 17.4% shares to the Panguna Landowners and the people of Bougainville they revealed that there are a number of issues that need to be discussed and cleared on the process required by both ABG and the PNG Government.

The SML Osikaiang Landowners Association’s views are that at the expiry of the BCA Act (as the case is at present- NO License to BCL) the ownership of Panguna resource is rightly in the hands of SML Osikaiang Landowners under the Nasioi Customary law and that the PNG Government cannot claim any rights over Panguna Mine Resources as a result of Panguna landowners dispute and the Bougainville crisis issue.

The landowners also said one of their other views was that the ABG and President Chief Dr. Momis cannot claim unilaterally that they have rights over Panguna Mine Resources.

Furthermore they said it was unlawful for the ABG to have given BCL ‘Exploration License’ over SML under the ‘ABG Transitional Bill’ on the 8th of August 2014 as it contravenes Section 23 of the ABG Constitution.

The landowners said the ABG Parliament enactment of the ABG Mining Act 2015 does not give our ABG Government and President Momis any right whatsoever to again claim unilaterally our Panguna SML Osikaiang Landowners birth right ownership over Panguna Mine Resources.

This is because they claim that they represent SML Osikaiang Landowners of Panguna Mine in any discussions with the National Government which is unacceptable will not be entertained with anything to do with Panguna Mine resources ownership.

The landowners further stated that the SML Osikaiang Landowners Association Inc. is a legally registered Organization under the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) and has its own executive and technical advisors who must at all times represent its people as being a separate and independent legal entity.

SML’s executive must pursue its people’s interest in discussions with our ABG Government, the National Government and any Foreign Investor.

The ABG President and the Mining Minister must accept the independent legality of SML Osikaiang Landowners Association Inc. and its executive and as such not confuse our independent stand by including our people’s interest with those of other eight Panguna Mine Affected Landowners Associations.

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15:32

500 Test Matches… and a Heap of Mediocrity "IndyWatch Feed National"

A stroll through the statistics of India’s performances over history.

The Indian test team following their match against West Indies in August. Credit: BCCI

The Indian test team following their match against West Indies in August. Credit: BCCI

India goes into its 500th Test match tomorrow against a combative but not frightening New Zealand XI. The national expectation is that Virat Kohli and his lads will win, making it India’s 130th Test victory. A cooperative pitch is expected to play its part: it’s not called “home advantage” for nothing. In Indian cricket at least, ‘atithi devo bhavah‘ – the Upanishadic principle that says the guest is God – is blithely ignored. It’s more like ‘Ashwin devo bhavah’, in homage to India’s sharpest spin bowler.

India’s being at number one in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings from November 2009 to August 2011 has led the younger generation of fans to be starry-eyed about their team in Tests. The team was briefly number one again in January, February and August of this year; and but for last month’s foul weather in Port of Spain – and the fouler drainage at the ground – it would still be at the top. India currently sits in second place, a point behind Pakistan, and would return to pole position if it beats New Zealand in the forthcoming series.

Recent Test performances should not blind us to the truth that India has historically been a mediocre, and often poor, Test side. It has a better head-to-head record against only four out of the nine other Test-playing countries. Two of those are Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, teams largely undeserving of their Test status. Sri Lanka and New Zealand are the other sides against which India has prevailed more often than it has lost; but of those two, the Kiwis have the worst overall win percentage – 20.68%  – of any major Test team, so they don’t provide a basis for a boast. And Sri Lanka’s total win percentage against all sides is actually better than that of India. So while India is superior head-to-head, the islanders fare better on average, against everyone else, than India does.

The point of this short piece, therefore, is an appeal for modesty. Let us not thump our chests in the modern Indian manner, but remember that for long stretches of its Test history, India has been a soft opponent. Its overall percentage of victories is a mere 25.95%, the second-worst among the major Test nations (comprising England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Only New Zealand has a poorer record. Australia has won a dazzling 47.20% (or nearly half) of its Tests and every other team has won a third, or thereabouts. India wins only one match in four.

We need a word, here, about the West Indies, and the manner in which its recent decline has inflated India’s Test record. The two have played each other in 94 Tests since 1948, of which the West Indies has won 30 and India 18 (with the rest drawn). But a whopping 11 of those Indian wins have come after 2002, the last time the West Indies won a Test series against India. Put aside the single Test India won in...

15:32

Red Ice Live – First Ever All Hijab Show at New York Fashion Week "IndyWatch Feed National"

Henrik & Lana discuss the hysteria over the first all hijab runway show during New York Fashion Week and the push to get White European women to wear a hijab.… Read More

14:28

New Report Says Key to Environmental Sustainability in U.S. Is Reduced Immigration "IndyWatch Feed National"

“It’s completely disingenuous for anyone who is truly concerned about this nation’s sustainability and carrying capacity to continue to ignore the jet engine driving U.S. population growth: immigration.†- Dan Stein, President of FAIR

(September 20, 2016, Washington, D.C.) – One of the most important factors in achieving environmental sustainability in the U.S. is to reduce immigration, finds a new report,“U.S. Immigration and the Environment,†by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).  America’s rapidly growing population is one of the biggest impediments to meeting critical environmental goals, and immigration is by far the largest factor driving U.S. population growth.

 

“It’s completely disingenuous for anyone who is truly concerned about this nation’s sustainability and carrying capacity to continue to ignore the jet engine driving U.S. population growth: immigration,†said FAIR President Dan Stein. “Immigration fueled more than half of U.S. population growth in the last 50 years, and will generate three-quarters of it in the next 50 years,†he added.

 

The U.S. has the largest ecological footprint in the world, measured by emissions of greenhouse gases and resource consumption. Adding to that footprint is the growing number of human feet, largely a result of mass immigration, which continues to undermine our efforts to minimize America’s impact on the global environment. All of the gains that have been made through conservation and improved efficiency have been wiped out by continued immigration-driven population growth. 

 

“It is simply impossible for t...

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0013 BTC
0.0010 BTC = 0.80 AUD
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13:40

The spread of superbugs that are resistant to all known drug treatments. "IndyWatch Feed National"


Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise, and in the future, many infectious diseases will once again be untreatable, forcing more people into poverty and costing nations dearly, a World Bank-led study warned.

13:23

In brief: Newcrest sells Hidden Valley stake to Harmony and other business news "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Newcrest Mining sells its Hidden Valley stake to Harmony Gold, group marketing of coffee exports to South Korea and an agreement to ban harmful fisheries subsidies. Your weekly digest of the latest business news

in briefNewcrest Mining has announced the sale of its half share in the Hidden Valley joint venture to its partner Harmony Gold. Harmony will now assume all liabilities and expenses related to the joint venture and mine, including rehabilitation costs and remediation obligations.

According to the Financial TimesNewcrest made a US$10 million (K31 million) loss on the sale. A Newcrest spokesperson said the company ‘remains committed to PNG as evidenced by our ongoing investment in the Lihir Gold Mine in New Ireland Province, PNG’s largest gold mine.’

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Two groups of coffee farmers have made history by being the first in Jiwaka Province and the Highlands region to export their coffee directly overseas for a higher price under group marketing, reports the Post-Courier. A container full of 320 bags of parchment coffee has been loaded at Kosem Coffee Ltd’s premises at Banz station ready for shipment to South Korea via Lae.

Coffee Industry Corporation CEO Charles Dambui says the farmers will receive K5.50 or more per kilogram of parchment, compared with a roadside price of less than K4 per kg.

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PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in Townsville with Queensland MP Bob Katter

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Travel to the North Queensland city of Townsville looks likely to become easier, with confirmation that Air Niugini is looking to commence flights as soon as market conditions allow. Initially, it is expected passengers will transit through Cairns to and from Port Moresby.

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City Pharmacy (CPL)...

13:09

Tributes for Sir Mick Curtain, ‘promoter of Papua New Guinea’s potential’ "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The late Sir Mick Curtain, who passed away earlier this month, should be remembered for many of the infrastructure projects in Papua New Guinea that were undertaken over the last 50 years, according to Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill.

Sir Mick Curtain. Credit: Courier-Mail

Sir Mick Curtain. Credit: Courier-Mail

Sir Mick, who was born in Maryborough, Victoria, Australia on 30 July 1941, passed away in Douglas, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, on 11 September 2016, aged 75.

Sir Michael started the Curtain Group, along with his brothers Dan and David, in October 1966, with the company initially known as Curtain Bros PNG Ltd.

They had originally travelled to PNG for work with the Territory Administration and, not long after arriving in Port Moresby, they realised the potential for business opportunities and established the Curtain Bros business.

Greatest promoter

In the early days, Curtain Bros PNG was solely a civil engineering and construction company, focusing on roads, subdivisions and airstrips.

‘Sir Mick was the greatest promoter of Papua New Guinea’s potential and the capability and capacity of Papua New Guineans,’ said Curtain Bros General Manager, Justin McGann.

‘He also deserves thanks, and credit, for investing in the Papua New Guinea construction sector when other Australian construction companies withdrew.’

The business today extends into mining, bridge construction, dam construction, shipping, wharf construction, dockyard construction and operation, major infrastructure establishment, property development and building construction.

Significant contribution

Motukea Island; Credit: Peter JohnTate

Motukea Island; Credit: Peter JohnTate

‘Sir Mick is likely to be best remembered for the significant contribution Curtain Bros made to the construction phase of the nation’s first LNG project, and even more recently the Motukea Island Port project,’ said Prime Minister O’Neill.

‘He also deserves thanks, and credit, for investing in the Papua New Guinea construction sector when other Australian construction companies withdrew from Papua New Guinea in the 1980s.

‘When others departed, when conditions were tough, he returned, invested, and showed his confidence in our future-confidence which the passage of time has more than justified.’

‘Sir Mick returned to Papua New Guinea initially to undertake uncompleted road projects in the Oro Province, and...

12:54

Hotel investments transforming Port Moresby into regional conference venue "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By the time of the APEC Summit in 2018, Port Moresby could have as many as 2590 high-end hotel rooms, and conference capacity for many thousands. Hoteliers tell Business Advantage PNG that the increase in scale and quality means the capital could become a world-class regional conference venue.

The outlook from the refurbished Ela Beach Hotel.

The outlook from the refurbished Ela Beach Hotel.

Just five years ago, there were just 600 high-end hotel rooms in Port Moresby.

But economic growth, and regional sporting and political events have prompted new investments in rooms and in conference facilities.

The newest project under consideration is a 500-room hotel, with the state-owned enterprise, Kumul Consolidated Holdings (KCH) teaming up with Hong Kong property developer, Shin Kong Pacific Investments.

The plans include a convention centre, gym, spa, restaurants and shops.

While a site has yet to be announced, one option is to build it on waterfront land vacated once the relocation of the capital’s port to Motukea Island has been completed.

Waigani

Port Moresby’s newest hotel, the Stanley, opened in July in central Waigani, with 429 rooms. General Manager Geoff Haigh says the centrepiece of the hotel is its function space, which can cater for a plenary conference attendance of up to 1,000 and a sit-down dinner for 1,200.

It has more than doubled the conference capacity of the city, he believes. In addition, the National Convention Centre in Waigani, with its 700-seat auditorium, was opened earlier this year.

‘Port Moresby is becoming a metropolitan city.’

Haigh says Port Moresby can now develop as a regional conference centre, attracting large conferences, which would otherwise go to either New Zealand or Australia.

The new National Convention Centre in Waigani.

The new National Convention Centre in Waigani.

The events prompting these developments include the 2015 Pacific Games, the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in November, the Rugby League World Cup in 2017 and several APEC-related events in the lead-up to the main leaders’ summit in November 2018.

‘Port Moresby is becoming a metropolitan city,’ observes Deidre Halstead, Group Sales & Marketing Manager for Coral Seas Hotels.

It has developed into a premier location for international events, adding diversity and travellers to PNG, she adds.

Coral Sea Hotels has three hotels in Port Moresby (Grand Papua Hotel, Gateway Hotel & Apartments and Ela Beach Hotel & Apartments), providing a total of 451 hotel rooms. Its conference facilities can cater for up to 800 at Gateway, 230 at Grand Papua Hotel and 180 at Ela Beach Hotel.

Upgrades

Clearly, greater competition in Port Moresby’s hotel sector is driving investment in upgraded facilities.

The Lamana Hotel recently completed major renovations, including impressive new food and beverage venues, while Airway...

12:49

The Strategy That Virtually Guarantees An Overwhelming PNC Victory In the 2017 Elections (Part 3) "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by WALI DAVID

In the 2 parts of this article already published, I have described the 3 main elements of a grand strategy that can keep Peter O’Neill and the Peoples National Congress (PNC) party in power almost indefinitely.   

What has been discussed so far are the broad components of the strategy to be applied across the board in PNG.   This last section describes very specific strategies that could be used on a case-by-case basis, depending on who the candidate is, what their local popularity is, and what the electorate is composed of.  


GRAND STRATEGY 4 - CUSTOM MANIPULATIONS FOR A FEW SELECTED CANDIDATES AND DISTRICTS TO ENHANCE PNC CANDIDATE ELECTIBILITY

The following strategies should not be generally applied but directed at selected districts or regional seats.   

1… Destroy non PNC MPs before the election.   ...

12:07

Alex Lahey Says The Courtney Barnett Comparisons Are Sexist "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Alex Lahey Says The Courtney Barnett Comparisons Are Sexist

Buzz magnet Alex Lahey was one of the most talked-about artists at the recent BIGSOUND conference in Brisbane and naturally some of that talk amounted to comparisons between the 24-year-old Melbourne singer-songwriter and homegrown star Courtney Barnett.

Sure, both Lahey and Barnett are young, Melbourne-based singer-songwriters known for their wry and observational lyricism, or as Lahey herself puts it in an interview with Yahoo, “We’re both Australian women with brown hair who play Telecasters.”

But as far as Lahey’s concerned, it’s not only lazy but also sexist to compare the two. “I’m just not convinced that those comparisons would be happening if I was a guy. It’s just silly and easy,” Lahey told AAP. “I think it’s easy to lump girls in with each other and it’s just stupid.”

“I’m a huge fan of Courtney I think she’s one of the best songwriters in the world and her values and what she stands for are beautiful and brilliant, so I’m humbled to be compared to that. But I don’t think that it’s accurate, especially from a musical perspective, we play very different types of music.”

In fact, as Lahey told AAP, the guitar is not even her primary instrument. The songwriter studied saxophone at uni and works as a session saxophonist. She picked up a guitar at 13 and began teaching herself, writing songs because other people’s were too hard to learn.

“If I have half the career Courtney has now I will be very, very happy,” Lahey added. Having won triple j’s Unearthed prize as well as the Josh Pyke partnership and mentorship, Lahey’s certainly on her way to seeing the kind of success that Barnett has.

12:00

Cafe racer trend set to expand "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Cafe Racer Shop Sol Invictus Mercury 250

Sol Invictus Mercury 250

The Cafe racer trend has a lot more fuel in the tank says Cafe Racer Shop owner David Kempson whose shop is expanding with new products and new motorcycles.

“I think it will keep on going in a couple of different forms,” he says. “Big singles and parallel twins have been the thing, but you’ll see more litre bikes and big ‘70s and ‘80s bikes becoming cafe racers.”

David is living the dream having turned his cafe racer obsession into an online business in 2011 and 18 months ago opening a shop at Cleveland on Brisbane’s bayside.

Now, he has a much wider range of accessories, plus used bikes and he is a dealer for Chinese-made Skyteam and Sol Invictus Motorcyles which is designed in Australia.

Cafe Racer Shop Sol Invictus Mercury

Mercury

“The mainstream distributors wouldn’t deal with us as an online store; they would only deal with bricks and mortar, so the shop gives us a bigger scope of parts and the opportunity to stock new and used bikes.”

The boutique motorcycle shop specialises in retro style parts and accessories for classic and modern racers and have a workshop facility to service, customise or restore motorcycles.

David says their biggest-spelling new bike is the retro Skyteam Ace 125.

Cafe Racer Shop Skyteam Ace 125...

11:33

All your cool shit are belong to Slim Jim now "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Think I"m going to need my own Staff Group to plan and organise this war. Been getting some very detailed and valuable material in addition to the thread below. So thanks to all involved in that.

It"s convinced me to bring WW 3.1 forward in my writing schedule. I"ll start it after I finish A Girl in Time, which is now sitting at about 35K words of a planned 90K manuscript. I wanted to get it out before the US election, for reasons which will become obvious when you read it. But I can already tell that"s not gonna happen. And I don"t want to rush the project (and have it explode on me, Samsung style - oooh! Burn!). So I"ll be taking the couple of extra weeks needed to make sure that Girl gets all the attention she needs.

It"s now time to cast the speculative net a little wider than Orders of Battle.

One of the things I enjoyed most in the Stalin"s Hammer series was playing with the economic and social histories of the 1950s. I think the cinematic premiere of Capture Von Braun! was my favourite, although I also enjoyed Harry"s walk through London at the start of Cairo, and building my own Hilton hotel later in that book.

In Rome, you might recall, there was some talk during Harry"s briefing (at the US embassy?) of the Soviets flooding western markets with cheap consumer goods, following the uptime China model. I don"t think this would have actually happened in reality, even in an alternate reality, but I"m going with it because I can. So there.

What I"d be interested in collecting over the next few days are any other ideas, thought balloons, wild speculations etc, as to how the economy, society and culture of the West would have changed since the Transition.

Something other than "All your cool shit are belong to Slim Jim now"

11:19

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room "IndyWatch Feed National"

In order to do this we need to look at what it takes to be a writer, and admit that some writers advantage from a ridiculous amount of privilege, while upholding several myths around being a writer – myths that help us all pretend that the writing world has an open-door policy, even as it shuts the majority of people out.

11:03

Asian Development Bank puts case for greater private involvement in state-owned enterprises "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Increasing private sector involvement in Papua New Guinea’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) would be a ‘powerful mechanism’ for improving the sector’s efficiency, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank.

PNG SOE's portfolio return on equity (orange) and return on assets (blue) 2002-2014 Source: Kumul Consolidated Holdings, ADB

PNG state-owned enterprises’ portfolio return on equity (orange) and return on assets (blue), 2002-2014  Source: Kumul Consolidated Holdings, ADB

The report says plans to partially privatise Air Niugini and expand the use of public private partnerships (PPPs) in the power and port sectors should ‘enhance the productivity’ of these sectors.

The ADB report questions the PNG Government’s 2015 Policy on State Ownership and Participation in Commercial Activities, which calls for an expansion of state investment in commercial activities, prohibitions against foreign investors taking controlling positions in SOEs or PPPs, and a ban on the allocation of land titles.

‘One reason for the fall in profitability is that SOEs are being charged market rates for their debt funding.’

This, the authors believe, sends: ‘a mixed signal to investors regarding the government’s attitude towards foreign investment and continued competition from SOEs in commercial activities.’

Assets and profitability

PNG’s SOE sector is expanding quickly, but profitability is falling, according to ADB figures. Between 2003 and 2014, SOE assets grew at an average of 13.7 per cent a year, well above the average of 8.2 per cent in the region (which includes Singapore and New Zealand).

PNG's SOE assets Source: Kumul Consolidated Holdings, ADB

PNG’s SOE assets Source: Kumul Consolidated Holdings, ADB

The ADB report notes that the PNG Government has actively supported the buildup of SOE assets. It says there has been K880 million of debt write-downs and equity injections. Moreover, SOEs have been allowed to reinvest the majority of their earnings rather than pay dividends.

Meanwhile, profitability has worsened. In the 2010–2014 period, return on assets (ROA) was 1.3 per cent, down from 4 per cent in the 2002-2009 period. Return on equity also fell sharply. It was 2.4 per cent with 7 per cent in the 2002–2009 period.

‘The standout SOEs in the 2010-2014 period were: PNG Ports, PNG Power, and Air Niugini.’

One reason for the fall in profitability is that SOEs are being charged market rates for their...

10:49

Dusky Honeyeaters at Hamilton Island, Whitsundays Qualia Resort reported by Rob Morris on 21-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

No previous ebird records - but quite common in the mangroves around Qualia - near our villa. It's a species you'd expect here though.

10:34

ALBUM REVIEW: Josh Rennie-Hynes – Furthermore "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queenslander Josh Rennie-Hynes has backed up his debut album with another set of bittersweet Americana songs that sound more assured and worldly though sometimes lacking dynamics that could have elevated the songs into more emotionally heavy-hitting territory. Songs are filled with people and places from Rennie-Hynes’ constant touring and he’s mastered melancholy and a sympathetic … Continue reading

10:21

Welcome West Papua Transitional Constitution Called “Undang-Undang Revolusi West Papua” "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua Merdeka News (PMNews) welcomes the legal instrument for West Papua independence movement called "Undang-Undang Revolusi West Papua - UURWP" (or West Papua Revolution/ Transitional Constitution) that helps organise and establish legal basis for the struggle for Independence of West Papua as a sovereign nation-state in near future. After being proposed by various organisations fighting…

Welcome West Papua Transitional Constitution Called “Undang-Undang Revolusi West Papua” was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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10:17

More than half NSW solar homes headed for FiT shock: survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

A survey by the NSW pricing regulator has revealed some interesting data about rooftop solar households in the state, and has confirmed what the battery storage industry has been predicting for months now – that the market for residential energy storage is set to boom in NSW as a huge percentage of solar households come of premium feed-in tariffs.

The survey – conducted by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal in 2015 and the results published on Tuesday – found that an average of 20 per cent of NSW homes had installed rooftop solar.screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-10-08-19-am

The highest uptake of rooftop PV in the state was in the state’s Riverina and North Coast regions, with penetration as high as 30 per cent in those areas. Uptake was recorded to be lowest in eastern Sydney, at just 12 per cent of households.

Interestingly, a vast majority – 75 per cent – of NSW’s solar systems were found to have been installed more than 18 months before the 2015 IPART survey.

And of all the households that have solar in the state, between 40 and 60 per cent of NSW them were found to be on a subsidised feed-it tariff of somewhere between 20c/kWh and 60c/kWh under the now closed state Solar Bonus Scheme. According to IPART, “significantly  more  households said they received 60c/kW than 20c/kWh.’

It is this sort of statistic that Australia’s battery storage industry has had its eye on, with many players predicting a surge of residential battery adoption in the state as these households come of the premium FiT and experience the shock of getting just 5-6c/kWh for their solar exports, after years of getting paid as much as 60c/kWh.

(As a side note – and as you can see in the chart below – an alarming proportion of the IPART survey respondents “didn’t know” what rate they were getting for the solar they exported to the grid, ranging from 22 per cent in Eastern Sydney to 9 per cent on the North Coast.)

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The IPART survey notes, those NSW solar households not on the premium FiT – between 22 and 43 per cent of households – are receiving a voluntary unsubsidised tariff of between 6-8c/kWh.

As RenewEconomy has reported, NSW has the dubious honour of having some of the lowest solar FiTs in Australia after a series of cuts by IPART, taking the voluntary recommended retail rate to as low as an average 4.8c/kWh in August last year.

This rate was nudged up by IPART in June this year, however, from 4.7-6.1c/kWh to 5.5-7.2c/kWh – a rate that is still not compulsory and that is...

09:55

FixedIt – Murder is not protection. Abuse is not a relationship. Rape is not sex. "IndyWatch Feed National"

With a single headline, The Daily Mail turns an alleged child murderer into a loving father protecting his son, and an alleged child abuser into a romantic lover.

STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR MEN’S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Killing to “protect” someone is self defence, killing a child to cover up your son’s crime is murder.

Rape is not sex.

Abuse is not a relationship

 

 

 

 

09:51

Liberal Democrat politician says schools should be able to suggest PROSTITUTION as a career to pupils "IndyWatch Feed National"

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  • Dennis Parsons compared prostitution with accountancy at a conference
  • He questioned why schools are not mentioning prostitution as a career
  • Lib Dem leader Tim Farron distanced himself from what Mr Parsons said 

A Liberal Democrat councillor has told a party conference that schools could suggest prostitution as a career to pupils.… Read More

09:38

Australia will take Central America refugees-PM "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbul.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbul.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

NEW YORK –  [AAP]

Australia will take refugees from Central America as part of a US-led program, and maintain its plan to increase overall resettlement numbers to almost 19,000 in two years.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull will make the announcement during a speech to US president Barack Obama’s invitation-only high-level summit on refugees and migration in New York on Tuesday.

The initiative will be revealed alongside a commitment by Australia to maintain its increased refugees resettlement intake at 18,750 from mid-2018, up from about 14,000 now.

‘We will also participate in the US-led program to resettle Central American refugees currently in a resettlement centre in Costa Rica,’ Mr Turnbull will say, on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting.

Australia will also commit a further $130 million dollars over three years to support peace building and assistance to refugees, forcibly displaced communities and host countries.

This will build on an already announced $220 million commitment to humanitarian and resilience needs in Syria and its neighbouring countries.

In his speech, Mr Turnbull will urged world leaders to do more to address the underlying causes of displacement, including providing more assistance in home countries.

He reiterated Australia’s successful attempts to halt stop asylum seekers trying to reach the country by boat, saying it paved the way for one of the world’s most generous humanitarian regimes.

‘Allow public trust to erode and the mutual trust that binds us will similarly falter,’ he will say.

‘As leaders, we must always choose laws and policies that develop strength and unity over weakness and division.’

Australia’s humanitarian intake will to rise to 18,750 in 2018-19, in addition to 12,000 places from Syria and Iraq.

The government doesn’t have medium term plans to increase that figure, but could if circumstances change.

President Obama wants the gathering to agree to increasing funding for humanitarian organisations and global appeals by at least 30 per cent, boost resettlement options and increase opportunities for refugees through education.

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09:34

PM’s ‘frank meeting’ with Saudi crown prince "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Naif. Photo EPA/Jason Szenes

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Naif. Photo EPA/Jason Szenes

NEW YORK –  [AAP]

Malcolm Turnbull has had a ‘frank discussion’ with Saudi Arabia’s deputy prime minister about how to fight Islamic State and its propaganda machine.

The prime minister and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif discussed IS during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nation’s general assembly in New York on Tuesday.

Mr Turnbull raised the need to challenge extremist propaganda, especially on social media.

The discussion also focused on the difficulties of creating a clear path towards a political settlement in Syria.

The prime minister also reiterated Australia’s commitment to negotiating a free trade agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Earlier, Mr Turnbull told reporters he would be discussing a range of issues with the crown prince.

“In recent times I’ve had very detailed, frank discussions with President el-Sisi of Egypt, President Erdogan of Turkey,” he added.

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09:31

Video: Whistleblower Edward Snowden interview "IndyWatch Feed National"

Interview by filmmaker Gen Greenwood in Hong Kong shortly before Snowden escaped capture.  

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09:27

Bishop cautious on Syria aid bomb blame "IndyWatch Feed National"

A handout picture made available by Syria Civil Defense volunteer group (The White Helmets) shows the remains of the humanitarian convoy organized by the Red Crescent and the Red Cross that was bombed in an air-strike a day before, Urum al-Kubra town, Aleppo, Syria, 20 September 2016

A handout picture made available by Syria Civil Defense volunteer group (The White Helmets) shows the remains of the humanitarian convoy organized by the Red Crescent and the Red Cross that was bombed in an air-strike a day before, Urum al-Kubra town, Aleppo, Syria, 20 September 2016

CANBERRA –  [AAP]

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says there’s no point in prematurely pointing the finger of blame over the deadly bombing of a United Nations aid convoy in Syria.

The UN has suspended all aid missions in the beleaguered nation after 21 people died in what UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called a ‘sickening, savage and apparently deliberate attack’ on vehicles delivering aid.

Ms Bishop said the incident was appalling and shocking.

‘However, as was indicted by Russia and the United States, we must allow investigations to take their course – there’s no point in making accusations until the facts are known,’ she told Sky News on Wednesday.

The minister represented Australia at the International Syria Support group meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations in New York on Tuesday.

The sit-down, co-hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, comes after the Syrian army declared an end to a week-long ceasefire.

It also followed significant air strikes in Aleppo and the bombing of an aid convoy carrying UN-supplied food.

‘There was a unanimous view in the room that the ceasefire must hold in Syria,’ she later told reporters.

Ms Bishop said there was an acknowledgement some people in Syria want to see the ceasefire fail.

‘However, there was an absolute resolve of all present that we must do whatever we can to cease hostilities in Syria so that humanitarian work can be undertaken.’

She said Australia’s view was all options should be on the table to ensure a ceasefire is in place so humanitarian relief can be supplied.

The group will reconvene later in the week to put a plan in place.

Mr Kerry and Mr Lavrov met prior to the broader gathering and resolved their differences so there was an united front to support the cessation of hostilities, Ms Bishop said.

As investigations into recent attacks get underway, neither was laying blame at the other, she added.

Americans blame Russia

Two Russian Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes were in the skies above the aid convoy at the precise time it was struck, two US officials now say, citing US. intelligence that has led them to conclude Russia was to blame.

Russia has denied its aircraft or those of its Syrian government allies were involved in the incident.

The strike appeared to deal a fatal blow to Syria’s fragile week-old ceasefire.

The post...

09:00

The Anarchists of Athens "IndyWatch Feed National"

The first thing I notice about Athens is the dogs. They roam the streets in packs while old men sit in front of souvlaki shops drinking coffee and arguing. In Monastiraki, African migrants offer bracelets and flowers in the name of “peace and love”. They also want money. People park wherever they feel and the streets are filled with politically charged street art. The police just stand around smoking and chatting to women. Anarchists rule these streets, or so I’ve heard.

The sun was setting on a warm spring day when I met Athens university students Anny, 20, and Nefeli, 18, at a rooftop bar of a dingy hostel in Monastiraki. The former is a political science student and the latter is a journalism student. Both are disillusioned with the present economic crises plaguing Greece; both are Greek goddesses with iPhones. We chatted over some cheap beers.

The current eco-political climate is spawning a generation of politically disenchanted Athenian youths – some are quietly disgruntled while others actively gather to fight the powers that be. I had heard of a place in particular where the more radicalised youths congregate – the “anarchist district” of the city. After a few beers at the rooftop bar, I decided to ask the girls if they knew anything about this supposed anarchist district. “Exarcheia,” they both responded in unison. Apparently it was well known. Apparently it was only two stops away on the metro. Apparently it was best to stay away.

We finished our beers and headed for the notorious neighbourhood. It was dark by now and the girls seemed nervous, more for me than for themselves. I strode confidently, figuring it couldn’t be that bad. After all, I’d been to Broadmeadows before. As we walked from the metro station we passed a few interesting pieces of street art. One wall particularly grabbed my eye, it featured the face of a young boy.

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“Here, on 6th of December of 2008, the youthful smile of innocent 15-year-old Alexios Grigoropoulos was eliminated by the bullets of unrepentant killers,” says Anny, solemnly translating the Greek script. “That’s why cops don’t come here,” adds Nefeli. “Exarcheia is the place where Alexis was shot and killed by police for no reason,” she adds. I ask Anny to translate another piece of graffiti. She examines it for a while and looks me in the eye. “The police will pay with blood.”

The slaying of Alexis triggered massive protests in Exarcheia which soon escalated into riots in many Greek cities. Demonstrations were held in other cities across the world as far reaching as Sao Paolo. The Greek newspaper Kathimerini labelled the riots: “The worst Greece had seen since the restoration of democracy in 1974.” The shooting of Alexios was the spark the anarchists needed to start actively voicing their discontent at the economic woes afflicting the country. The protests turned violent as demonstrators confronted police with Molotov cocktails and trashed the streets. The protesters were fighting blatant corruption within the country’s state institutions and a rising youth unemployment rate.

“Every 6th of December people demonstrate for Alexios,” Nefeli tells me. The protests are rarely peaceful and it is not uncommon for local stores to get trashed amongst the clas...

08:52

What cities are we creating for the future? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following article by Jed Smith first published on news.com, came to us via Friends of Public Housing Australian cities are becoming segregated along lines...

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08:50

McIvor Farm Grass & Graze 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

McIvor Farm Grass & Graze 2016 Come along to learn about how we grow GRASS at McIvor Farm and farm our pigs to regenerate the land. Then come and GRAZE with us on our delicious products plus scrumptious salads by Masons of Bendigo.

08:34

Pacific warned against being exploited by seabed miners "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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ABC News | 21 September 2016

Researchers are warning that the Pacific risks becoming an experimental test centre for seabed mining if regional nations don’t adopt proper policies.

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The potential impacts of seabed mining are not fully known but concerns have been raised about damage to fish stocks and marine ecosystems.

PNG Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Development Director, Professor Chalapan Kaluwin has told the Pacific Islands University Research Network meeting in Samoa that seabed mining in places like Papua New Guinea shouldn’t go ahead until proper checks have been put in place.


08:19

Tiahleigh’s foster dad to face Qld court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tiahleigh Palmer. Photo Newscorp

Tiahleigh Palmer. Photo Newscorp

GOLD COAST – 21/09/2016 07:12:17 AM [AAP]

Murdered schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer’s foster father is still expected to face a Queensland court, accused of killing the 12-year-old, despite being hospitalised after his arrest.

The foster father was arrested on Tuesday, but admitted to hospital in the night with an undisclosed, non-life-threatening medical condition.

The 56-year-old’s condition improved overnight and he will either appear at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court or be subject to a bedside hearing on Wednesday, police say.

Tiahleigh was last seen alive on October 30 when she was dropped off at Marsden State High School, south of Brisbane.

A missing person alert was only issued six days later, hours before an unidentified body was found by three fishermen on the banks of the Pimpama River.

Her foster father was one of the pallbearers at her funeral and a registered foster carer at the time.

Three other people, including Tiahleigh’s foster mother, were also taken into police custody on Tuesday.

A 20-year-old man related to the foster parents was arrested on charges of perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The foster mother, 54, was in custody on Tuesday night and later charged with perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

‘She will be a key witness,’ Detective Inspector Damien Hansen said earlier on Tuesday.

‘All three of them are expected to be witnesses.’

A 19-year-old man was also arrested on the same charges as well as one count of incest.

Police knew Tiahleigh was planning to meet someone on the morning she disappeared but the breakthrough in the case happened last week when they seized a blue Ford sedan for forensic examination.

The revelation that the car was previously owned by Tiahleigh’s foster father came after her biological mother Cindy Palmer posted about it on Facebook.

The investigation was described by Det Insp Hansen as one of the most difficult cases he had ever worked on.

‘It was a real ‘whodunnit’ type of investigation,’ he said.

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07:55

Qld court hears Dufty ‘withered away’ before disappearance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gregory John Dufty was last seen in Ashmore on the Gold Coast in July last year. Photo: Queensland Police Service

Gregory John Dufty was last seen in Ashmore on the Gold Coast in July last year. Photo: Queensland Police Service

BRISBANE –  [AAP]

A friend of Greg Dufty says the father of two physically ‘withered away’ in the weeks leading to his disappearance and suspected murder in July last year.

Mr Dufty’s body has never been found, despite a search at a property at Rappville, south-west of Casino.

Brothers Lionel and Nelson Patea were on Tuesday committed to stand trial for the suspected killing of Mr Dufty in July on the Gold Coast.

The Pateas are among six people who have been charged with murdering the 37-year-old, and faced Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday in a brief committal hearing.

Reece Price, a friend of Mr Dufty’s for more than a decade, told the court while he never witnessed Mr Dufty use drugs, his appearance and behaviour had changed dramatically.

‘I noticed he was looking a bit skinnier and drawn,’ Mr Price said.

Police suspect Mr Dufty was murdered over an unpaid drug debt.

Mr Dufty’s de-facto partner Sharni Miller said she had once witnessed Mr Dufty using the drug ice.

Ms Miller said she’d split with Mr Dufty after leaving their Darwin home last January and had also witnessed a change in the time leading up to his disappearance.

‘He wasn’t sick but he wasn’t the way he used to be,’ Ms Miller said.

Tuesday’s committal means four of the six accused are now set to stand trial.

The remaining two accused – Aaron Crawford and Ethan Clarke – have had their matters adjourned until later in the year.

Lawyer Campbell MacCallum said outside court the Pateas intended to fight their charges and would most likely seek a separate trial from their co-accused.

‘Our view is the evidence against the Patea boys is particularly weak,’ Mr MacCallum said.

‘It relies on statements given by others who are obviously in a position where they’re trying to get sentences for their involvement which would be lighter than normally imposed on them.’

A date for the Pateas trial at Brisbane’s Supreme Court is yet to be determined.

 

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06:31

1) West Papua rally: ‘We want to be free people!’ "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


2) Teachers condemn West Papua injustices
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1) West Papua rally: ‘We want to be free people!’
By TJ Aumua -  September 20, 2016

The crowd in Jayapura, West Papua. They marched in full support of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua and Pacific Islands Coalition on West Papua to bring West Papua in to the UN decolonisation committee. Image:Free West Papua Campaign
Thousands of people have rallied across West Papua this week demanding independence and their right to self-determination.
The Free West Papua Campaign (FWPC) stated those that took part in the peaceful demonstrations marched with a clear message: “We want to be free people”.
People of West Papua are calling on the United Nations to support their fundamental right to self-determination and a resolution for an internationally supervised vote for independence.
FWPC reported that some demonstrations around the country were blocked by the Indonesian police and 68 peaceful protestors were arrested in Merauke, West Papua.
...

06:03

MoD says RAF Reaper drones used in Deir ez-Zour airstrike that killed 62 Syrian troops "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ministry of Defence confirms British involvement in US-led airstrike that killed at least 62 Syrian government troops RAF Reaper drones were involved in the weekend airstrike that killed at least 62 Syrian government troops and threatened the fragile truce in the country, the Ministry of Defence has said. An unspecified number of weapons were fired from the drones capable of firing 500lb laser guided bombs and Hellfire missiles, it added. The British military said it was cooperating fully with an investigation by the US-led coalition into the incident, which led to dozens of soldiers being killed and injured, according to Syrian government reports. Australian, Danish and US air forces were also involved in the raid.

06:00

Ford may add another driver distraction "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ford may add another driver distraction

As if there aren’t enough driver distractions in modern cars, Ford may consider adding another distraction in the form of a water drinking fountain in the front console between the driver and passenger seats.

Riders have already acknowledged driver distractions as their top concern when riding on the road.

Now they could have another distraction to worry about with drivers filling cups with clean, recycled water from their car’s air-conditioning condenser.

The idea comes from Ford engineer Doug Martin who thought the water that drips off the condenser was being wasted.

Ford may add another driver distraction

Doug Martin and his drinking fountain

So he came up with the idea of a drinking fountain he calls On-the-Go H20 and, as his prototype shows, they may put it in the front console.

At 100km/h, a driver taking their eyes off the road for a second will have travelled almost 30m.

We’re not sure how long it would take to fill a cup of water, but you can guarantee it will be several seconds during which time the driver will be distracted ensuring their cup doesn’t runneth over.

Meanwhile, they could runneth over several motorcyclists!




  

05:01

Leonardo diCaprio launches global campaign to protect sharks and rays "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

On September 15, Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo diCaprio launched a new campaign for sharks and rays at the third annual Our Ocean conference in Washington, D.C. The Global Partnership for Sharks and Rays (GPSR) is collaborative effort supported by the Leonardo diCaprio Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and Oceans 5. The partnership, formed early this year, aims to “halt the global overexploitation of sharks and rays, prevent species extinction, and restore shark and ray populations worldwide.” “We join together to develop a global strategy to stop the slaughter of sharks and rays and to ramp up resources to change the tide for these incredible and important species,” diCaprio said at the launch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlpwJp1ZV7Y   Researchers have estimated that between 63 to 273 million sharks are killed every year for their fin, liver oil, cartilage, leather, meat, and ray gill plates. Such aggressive overfishing is causing the rapid decline of several species of sharks and rays. In fact, one in four sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, a study found in 2014. Populations of the oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus), for example, have declined by 98 percent in some areas over the last 30 years. Similarly, the once-abundant common skate or blue skate (Dipturus batis) is now listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. To protect the world’s sharks and rays, the GPSR fund plans to focus on regions which have the highest shark and ray…

04:05

Meet Australia — America’s Latest Pawn on the Syrian Battlefield "IndyWatch Feed National"

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(ANTIMEDIA) Over the weekend, the United States did the unthinkable and targeted Syrian troops on the battlefield, killing over 60 servicemen and injuring at least 100 others. Outraged, Russia demanded a full explanation, noting that the aerial bombardment conveniently coincided with an ISIS offensive, further confirming to the Russian establishment that ISIS and al-Qaeda receive air support from the United States coalition.

Making the story even more unseemly, it was revealed shortly after the attacks that the planes conducting the strikes on Syrian targets were not only American and British — the bombing campaign also employed Australian jets.

Due to its support for U.S.-led wars in the region, Australia has experienced some blowback in the form of lone terror attacks. One could argue, therefore, that it is understandable why Australia would want to partake in the current military activity led by the United States — so they can eradicate the threat ISIS poses to Australian national security.

If that is the case, however, one is forced to ask how on earth Australian jets ended up bombing Syrian troops who were fighting against ISIS. The Australian air force essentially acted as air cover for ISIS militants battling the Syrian army, running absolutely contrary to the coalition’s stated goals and risking an all out war with Syria, Russia, China, and Iran.

What is Australia really doing in Syria? Are they merely a pawn of American foreign policy?

No one really knows the answer to these questions, but there is one person who is determined to find out. Kellie Tranter, a lawyer and human rights activist, is investigating Australian involvement in Syria based on the notion that Australians should have the right to know why their troops are fighting inside that country. She acknowledges that the Australian government’s decision to carry out airstrikes in Syria in September of 2015 was made without any U.N. Security Council mandate. Tranter decided to issue a Freedom of Information request to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to find out how this has happened.

The department responded by issuing some heavily redacted documents, which, in turn, pointed to a somewhat summarized explanation of Australian motives in Syria...

04:00

Huge sinkhole leaks waste into Florida drinking water, concealed for weeks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Huge sinkhole leaks waste into Florida drinking water, concealed for weeks

A large sinkhole has caused contaminated wastewater to flow into an aquifer in Polk County, Florida in the US.

The sinkhole appeared at the Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant about three weeks ago, and 215 million gallons of water containing sulphate, sodium and gypsum, which contains low levels of radiation have drained into the aquifer since then, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The aquifer is the state’s main source of drinking water.

The 45 foot wide sinkhole appeared under a “gypsum stack” of Mosaic waste material, which is created during the process of producing fertilizer from phosphate.

Mosaic claims there is no risk. “Groundwater moves very slowly,” David Jellerson, Mosaic’s senior director for environmental and phosphate projects said. “There’s absolutely nobody at risk.”

The company says it started to divert the water as soon as the alarm was raised. The company became aware of the the sinkhole in late August, but kept it from the public as they said there was no risk. It did inform the Florida Department of Environmental Protection(DEP), but the DEP did not tell the public either.

“The department’s focus at this time is on the oversight of Mosaic’s first-response efforts in order to safeguard public health and the environment,” DEP spokesperson Dee Ann Miller told the Tampa Bay Times.

Mosaic, the world’s largest phosphate mining company,says it has been draining the contaminated water from the aquifer.

Locals say Mosaic – who only last year paid...

03:49

Denmark is also bombing in Syria--along with the rest "IndyWatch Feed National"

"British, Danish and Australian warplanes took part in the U.S.-led coalition's airstrike Saturday that reportedly killed more than 60 Syrian government troops and threatened to unravel the "cessation of hostilities," military officials said Monday." (thanks Amir)

01:40

Papua New Guinea 2016: Dedevbo calls 30 to camp "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Head Coach of the U20 Women National Team, Peter Dedevbo has invited forward Chinwendu Ihezuo and 29 other players to camp to kick-start preparations for the 8th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup taking place in Papua New Guinea later this year. The Falconets, who pounded Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa home and […]

The post Papua New Guinea 2016: Dedevbo calls 30 to camp appeared first on New Telegraph Nigerian Newspaper.

00:46

An “Update” for the Order "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a child- I was designed to be a shell. So that when the day came when I was needed- I could house what was to inhabit me. But Shamanism showed me how to transform myself from a shell into a DOORWAY. And I have opened that which can never be shut. How do you fight someone who can go on the other side- seek out your victims- and enlist them to completely fuck you? Because THAT is EXACTLY what I have done. And since the doorway is ALWAYS open and NEVER shut- they are able to come and go at will- with the one provision that they are too inflict as much pain and humiliation upon you as possible. Let me remind all of you that what you are fighting are PRINCIPALITIES- and this just happens to involve ALL OF HEAVEN. You are all completely fucked- and the most humorous aspect in all this for me is that YOU ALL KNOW IT! Mean- manipulative- overbearing- with no idea how fucking stupid sons of bitches you all really are. Deny what you taught me all you want- it will not change the truth. And it CERTAINLY won’t change the fact that I am going to completely fuck you in more ways than you could ever imagine- AND HAVE ALREADY.

00:29

Lone Waikato DHB board member says no to fluoride "IndyWatch Feed National"

A health board member has broken ranks to accuse his colleagues of pushing through what he calls a “rubber-stamp” statement supporting water fluoridation.

Andrew Buckley unsuccessfully opposed the re-adoption of the Waikato District Health Board’s position statement on fluoridation, dubbing it “flawed decision-making”,  but chairman Bob Simcock said the board was simply following the science and Buckley was a lone voice.

Local councils, not the health board, decide whether or not to put fluoride in the water. But many, including Hamilton City Council, have been the subject of campaigns to remove it and have looked to the DHB for a stance on it when making their decision.

The government has signalled a move to give the decision to DHBs and Waikato’s current policy is based on Ministry of Health guidelines.

Buckley claimed the policy was presented at a recent board meeting without any supporting evidence.

“I was elected to the board [for the first time] in 2010 and the first challenge I faced was when I asked for discussions around [fluoridation],” Buckley said.

“But I was told that it had already been discussed before and that was that. We were told we were not there to discuss it, we were there to endorse it.

“I believe that attitudes and statements like this are a serious threat to our democracy and move us closer to a place where faceless bureaucrats make major decisions without taking into account the voice of the community.”

Simcock said the policy was not pushed through and the board clearly took a position reflecting the consensus of health science.

“The reality is that there was some debate. The board members were very clear about re-supporting that position.

“I’m not sure if rubber-stamping meant that people don’t agree with him (Buckley), well, if it does then that’s the case.

“They were obviously of the view that that is the policy statement of the board and they’re comfortable with it. If they weren’t they would not have voted for it.”

“People of Hamilton have also expressed a similar view,” said Simock in reference to the 2014 city referendum where 70 per cent of respondents backed fluoridation.

The Waikato DHB resolved to “support fluoride, at accepted safe levels being introduced into non-fluoridated reticulate drinking water supplies to increase access to fluoridated water. Fluoride should be maintained in already fluoridated supplies.”

DHB’s director of public and organisational affairs, Lydia Aydon, said a renewed position statement was needed as it had expired and it gave the public health team the ability to advocate on the issue in the name of the DHB.

In April, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said putting water fluoridation decisions in the hands of district health boards, rather than local councils, should lead to more water supplies being fluoridated.

And in the same month, Hamilton City Council agreed to provide fluoride-free water at the Taitua Arboretum and the Claudelands Events Centre. The tap at the events centre cost $70,000.

The most comprehensive survey of research on fluoridation yet done was released in Australia this month and found it was safe.

The report from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council found fluoridation reduced tooth decay by 26-44 per cent in people in areas where it was conducted, with the only side effect minor tooth discolouration in some.

00:01

How millions of trees brought a broken landscape back to life "IndyWatch Feed National"

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00:00

The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 21st, 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World Dr. Andrew Wakefield is largely known for the firestorm created by his 1998 Lancet paper, which found evidence of a possible association between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, inflammatory bowel disease and autism. Critics of Dr. Wakefield are quick to point out ...Continue Reading - The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out
 
 

00:00

Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing – and How to Restore It! "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 21st, 2016 By Katrin Geist Contributing writer for Wake Up World Shit Happens, Easily ⏠Or Does It? It may come as a surprise: your intestines play a vital role in your good health. If somethingâŹ"s amiss there, youâŹ"ll know it. Sometimes malfunction expresses as mere inconvenience, other times it points to severe imbalance ...Continue Reading - Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing ⏠and How to Restore It!
 
 

00:00

Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 21st, 2016 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World According to the FDAâŹ"s legal definition, a drug is anything that âŹSdiagnoses, cures, mitigates, treats, or prevents a disease.âŹÂ The problem with this definition is that there are numerous substances, as readily available and benign as found on our spice racks, which have been ...Continue Reading - Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances
 
 

Tuesday, 20 September

23:19

Syria Solidarity Movement Statement on the US Attack against the Syrian Army at Deir ez-Zour "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Syria Solidarity Movement unequivocally condemns and denounces the vicious US bombing attack on the Syrian army defending Deir ez-Zour, and we wish to make the following observations.

The attack killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded more than 100. This is larger than the number of casualties inflicted in any US bombing on any terrorist target in Syria since the US announced its "war on ISIS".

The bombing inflicted no known casualties on ISIS, which the US says was its intended target.

The US has produced no evidence that it notified its Russian counterparts, as required by agreement. In fact, joint action against ISIS was not expected for another two days. This leads to suspicions that the US attack was intended to preempt the provisions of the agreement.

Syrian soldiers report seeing reconnaissance drones the previous day.

ISIS fighters were poised to begin fighting the Syrian army units as soon as the US bombing raids ended. How did they know what constituted the end of the bombing?

Although the Russian military presence in Syria is legal because it came at the invitation of the sovereign Syrian state, the US presence is illegal and was never approved, either by the Syrian government or by the United Nations. All US military actions in Syria therefore constitute an illegal invasion of Syrian territory, and must end now.

We find the US explanation of "unintended" targets, and especially the belligerent performance of Ambassador Samantha Power at the United Nations Security Council, to be false, disingenuous and counterproductive. The only credible explanation is that the US attack on Deir ez-Zour was intentional. The US has never seriously tried to fight ISIS other than to defend Kurdish fighters, with rare and largely ineffectual attacks against ISIS fighters in their strongholds, and none during the ISIS campaign against Palmyra, when they were very vulnerable by air.

We believe that the US intention is to dismember the sovereign Syrian state, and that the Syrian army base at Deir ez-Zour constitutes an obstacle to this plan, and is therefore a US target. In accordance with this plan, the US does not mind if ISIS continues to occupy a large portion of the Syrian Euphrates valley, and in fact prefers to maintain ISIS as a destructive force that weakens Syria and is available as a proxy fighting force for other US regional designs, in partnership with their Israeli allies.

We are doubtful that the US intends to honor its agreement with Russia, and implicitly with Syria. US strategists are seeking to weaken and threaten Russia and not to form cooperative and mutually beneficial agreements. Accordingly, the only option may unfortunately be to make the cost to the US too high to be acceptable, and thereby to force a change in its priorities.

There is another and more constructive alternative, as follows.

The US should immediately issue a formal apology to the government of Syria and offer restitution for damages, both to the Syrian government and to the families of the dead and wounded.

The US should withdraw completely from all Syrian territory and end its support for all fighting forces there.

The US should enforce its end user agreements on the use of its arms supplied to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other countries, to prevent their use in non-defensive roles outside their territories, and in particular to prevent supplying them to subversive forces in Syria.

The US should use its influence in international banking and commerce to prevent the transfer of funds to ter...

23:04

Syria: Did U.S. Airstrike intend to help Daesh? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 18 September US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes killed 80 or more Syrian Arab Army soldiers who were attempting to combat ISIS from a Syrian military base. There seems little doubt that this was a war-crime, but it has already been displaced by media-saturation cover of a single act of terrorism in Manhattan where 29 people were injured. Well, the western media may believe it can hide the truth, but Eastern media and the alternative media cannot let this go. Inside this article there are two video debates on the motives and consequences of the US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes that killed 80 Syrian Arab Army soldiers two days ago. In the first video, "U.S. Bonus for Terrorists," Press TV conducts an interview with Brian Becker, with the ANSWER Coalition from Washington, and Frederick Peterson, a US congressional defense policy advisor from New York, to discuss these US airstrikes in Syria. This debate was originally published by Iranian Press TV at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/18/485337/US-bonus-terrorists on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

In the second video debate, "Tenuous Truce" [see video below] there was another debate on the same matter conducted with Scott Bennett, a military expert and former US army psychological warfare officer from San Francisco, and Michael Lane, the founder of American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to discuss the failed ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in Syria. This was originally published at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/19/485484/US-Russia-Syria-ceasefire.

How does the international community handle a rogue-state U.S.A.?

What can we do when the United States keeps on pulling more and more shocking stunts in the Middle East. It seems to be proving that it is the maddest and the baddest, and that anyone trying to stop it would risk a nuclear war. And Australia and other countries are stupidly being sucked in. Scott Bennett in the second debate, suggests that the world needs to demand a UN inquiry into the US airstrike as a war-crime and that the alternative media and the non-western media - like Rt and Press TV - have to try to raise the profile of that demand to get through the block of fizz that issues from the mainstream western media, which simply puts any challenge to US warmongering to one side:

SCOTT BENNETT: "Secretary Kerry and Obama and the political powers right now, I think, [...] they're off the chain. I think the military is doing its own thing in its own time in order to create fires that the next administration will have to put out. They're seeding their own future job applications. But the facts are - if you're arguing this in court - if you were arguing this to the United Nations Criminal Court - you simply could say, 'The United States engaged in targeting operations and the Russian intelligence forces will provide the appropriate electronic surveillance that will prove that the United States was engaged in chatter and conversations in targeting that resulted in the murder of 80 Syrian military personnel. In order to roll back the Assad military that was attempting t...

22:36

With Concerns About Jacob Wetterling and My Father- Jacob’s Abductor… "IndyWatch Feed National"

You know- it JUST occurred to me that, although they may have “solved” the Jacob Wetterling abduction- the Ricky Chadek old case abduction and murder has YET to be answered for- and since that is MUCH CLOSER TO HOME- and it would be WAY OBVIOUS if I began speaking about this case and IT TOO got solved immediately after- I have realized that THIS CASE needs to be my new focus.

Esp. considering when I went to Det. John Pankonin who worked at the Nebraska State Patrol in the cold case department and demanded that he take my DNA and compare to the DNA that was left in Ricky’s murdered corpse- he sent his sister Tru Pankonin into BOTH mine and my sister’s lives. Interesting- isn’t it- that after going after this case- SUDDENLY the detective in charge’s SISTER would befriend my family?

Guess the ball is in MY COURT NOW.

22:34

Shatter Boys UK on DavidShurter.com and AwakeRadio.us "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shatter Boys UK is a group of men who have come together because they have had enough of being silenced by taboos that exist in society myths that exist and the universal misconception that this doesn’t happen to boys and men.

We came together because we knew we would be stronger together as Survivors and unity was key a collective voice needed to smash this thing apart.

We knew from our own experiences that there is a distinct lack of support services for adult male Survivors of Childhood sexual and adult male rape.

This had to change as people are dying out there. People we knew, our peers , have taken over doses and committed suicide because they had no where to go.

We realized that mutual aid was the key what worked for us was one Survivor helping another.

We decided to plant Peer support groups across the UK so support would be available for free and accessible to men.

We are all about supporting men to empower them selves to move forward with there lives and have a voice.

We understand unity is the answer we aim to plant Peer support groups across the UK in areas where there is no support of which there are many.
https://shatterboysuk.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/shatterboysuk/?fref=ts

21:51

RAAF Challenger Bizjet A37-003 Calls into Rockhampton Airport - Plus Wedgetail A30-003 Completes Airwork at Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 19 September, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was spotted on the ground at Rockhampton Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Emerald Airport.



A37-003 was noted to be using the radio callsign of "Consort 25" and was believed to have brought acting Prime Minster Barnaby Joyce to town for some engagements.

UPDATE!  On Tuesday 20 September, A37-003, again as "Consort 25" departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.  It looked to fly from Townsville into Mackay Airport during the late afternoon.

Meanwhile, earlier on Monday 19 September, RAA) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft - A30-003 - was noted flying north as "Mitchell 01" and was intending to complete airwork at Rockhampton. However due to traffic, it turned back towards Gladstone and instead completed at least one missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.  A30-003 then returned to the south.

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©

21:49

Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook Helicopters A15-303 & A15-305 Back at Rockhampton Airport as "Chainsaw" "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

After passing through Rockhampton Airport earlier in the month, on Tuesday 20 September, the pair of Australian Army Boeing CH-47F 'Foxtrot' Chinook helicopters - A15-303 and A15-305 - were again photographed passing through Rocky.


This time, the two Chinooks, which are both operated by the Australian Army's 5th Aviation Regiment (5 Avn Regt) 'C' Squadron based at Townsville, touched down from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley.






They then took on fuel and later departed home to Townsville.  As with their previous visit, they two Chinooks were noted to by flying together using the radio callsign of "Chainsaw".

Meanwhile, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air turboprops were noted completing airwork at a couple of CQ Airports also on Tuesday 20 September.  A32-437 - flying as "Dingo 36" - was noted departing Townsville and completing airwork at both Mackay and Biloela / Thangool Airports before landing at Amberley.  While A32-436 - flying as "Hudson 7" completed airwork at Mackay Airport after flying North from the Gold Coast.

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Trevor Ha...

21:45

US Supplies Saudi Arabia With White Phosphorus, Provided Bombs Used In Strike On MSF Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Three years ago, the great democracies of the west used a specially produced media campaign in which they paraded a doctored YouTube clip showing a chemical attack allegedly perpetrated by the Assad regime against his own people, to unleash the first military intervention in Syria, with the intention of removing the country's president; a military campaign that has not only gone nowhere, but has led to the deterioration of a bloody and relentless civil war whose refugees may soon cost Angela Merkel her political legacy, led to the advent of the Islamic State one year later, and the intervention of not only Russia one year ago but - most recently - China, also on the side of the Saudi regime.
Much less has been said about a the deadly military campaign waged by US ally, and generous Clinton Foundation donor, Saudi Arabia, which on March 26, 2015 began carrying out airstrikes in Yemen and imposing an aerial and naval blockade on the country, allegedly in response to requests for assistance from the contested government of president Manusur Hadi, who asked for help to quell an uprising by Houthi forces loyal to former president Ali Saleh, who had been deposed in the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.
The reason why this particular campaign, which continues to this day with thousands of innocent civilian casualties, has been largely swept under the rug is because of the direct and indirect involvement of US support which according to a new report, may include the highly controversial compound, white phosphorus.
According to WaPo, Saudi Arabia appears to be using U.S.-supplied white phosphorous munitions in its war in Yemen, based on images and videos posted to social media, raising concerns among human rights groups that the highly incendiary material could be used against civilians, something which is banned by the Geneva convention. Under U.S. regulations, white phosphorous sold to other countries is to be used only for signaling to o...

21:10

Restrictions for foreign journalists in Papua questioned "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Restrictions for foreign journalists in Papua questioned

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Tangerang, Banten | Tue, September 20 2016 | 05:23 pm
    The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), an international network of media assistance groups, is drawing attention to the Indonesian government’s policy to restrict foreign journalists from covering Papua. This concern is related to Indonesia’s appointment as the host country for World Press Freedom Day in 2017.
    “Papua is actually one of the issues that is on the list of issues that could be addressed, in which all access of foreign reporters should be better. Actually, it’s very interesting that local authorities are more nervous about journalism than authorities at the central government,” GFMD chairman Leon Willems said after the opening of the 2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development at the Nusantara Multimedia University in South Tangerang, Banten, on Tuesday.
    He said the presence of journalists in a country or area is important to help the public in carrying out social control. In a democratic system, public control through media is a fundamental prerequisite, he went on.
    Speaking on restrictions for the presence of journalists in a country or area, Willems said: “[With such restrictions] you cannot have accountability, you cannot have human rights, press freedom, freedom of expression or citizen rights to express themselves.”
    Willems further said international cooperation and pressures against restrictions of journalists to ruling governments could become an important part of efforts to realize the freedom of the press.
    He referred to the arrest of Khadija Ismayilova, a Free Europe Radio journalist who also worked for Azerbaijan Liberty Radio. She was arrested by her country’s government in December 2014 for airing corruption-related news involving Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev’s family. Since her release in the middle of 2016, Ismayilova had not been permitted to travel abroad until today.
    ...

    21:07

    Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective "IndyWatch Feed National"

    Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective  by Susan Dirgham, July 2015 PART ONE Introduction Australians have had a connection with the people of Syria since the First World War, when…

    Source: Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective


    19:59

    Light Worker Update 9,18,27 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

    The challenges and spiritual meaning behind the shift of energies during the 999 open Vortex 2016. How to combat and relate to the unusual energy patterns. by psychic medium Ian Scott

    18:06

    Port Moresby–Townsville Flights to Stimulate Investment "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

    TOWNSVILLE: Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill CMG MP, said increased investment and the creation of more jobs will be the outcome of establishing commercial flights between Port Moresby and the North Queensland city of Townsville. After a visit to Townsville this week, the Prime Minister said there is a lot to be gained from flights to the city and

    17:35

    1) Papuan rallies across Indonesia stopped by police "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


    2) Benny Giay: Indonesia Should Reflect on Papua Human Rights Issue  

    3) How the UN Failed West Papua


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    1) Papuan rallies across Indonesia stopped by police

    Thousands of Papuans rallying yesterday across Indonesia were reportedly dispersed by police and at least 75 were arrested.

    Photo: Supplied/ Whens Tebay
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    17:07

    If You Happen To Be In The Boston Area "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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    Saint Barbara, attributed to the “Ghent Associates” of the Master of Mary of Burgundy, from a book of hours-missal, c. 1485-1490. Courtesy of Houghton Library/Harvard University

    We check in from time to time at magazines published by universities where we have recruited. This article, which we appreciate topically because of the conservation of cultural heritage described, makes us wish we could visit the venues described in “Illuminations.”  Lily Scherlis provides a good example of why we keep coming back to this magazine–crisp, clear writing and a compelling argument in favor of looking back into history for an enriching perspective on crowdsourcing versus individual authorship (read to the end of the quoted section):

    …These works were born into a world where literacy was scarce and almost universally affiliated with religion: the exhibition description refers to monasticism as, at its heart, a “cult of the book.” I imagine how compelling written religious text would have been to early readers: the words echo off the page, as if read by an invisible voice heard only by you, but are available to other readers as well.The original words had been passed down, as ancient-seeming to the scribes as to us today, infused with the voice of God. In an age when human geniuses were understood as divine conduits, God was the source of all true creation. Today’s individual authors, revered as the sole sources of their works, were unthinkable then. Instead, responsibility for the creation of these manuscripts was diffused among anonymous scribes with many assistants. (Credit is also arguably due to whoever slaughtered the calves and prepared the vellum for the pages.) Manifold individuals took part in the collective creation—the most recent physical instantiation—of a text much larger and more ancient than themselves.

    Before the widespread use of movable type in the fifteenth century, “the concept of copyright, let alone plagiarism, made no sense,” writes Hamburger in his essay, “Authors & Readers,” in the exhibition catalog, and book theft was prevented with chains; now we have digital-rights management and lawsuits. A display of several volumes chained and shut, shielding their contents, greets visitors at the door. For Stoneman, the chains represent the value the works’ makers assigned to them: a reminder that each is unique, laboriously produced, held close, and dear. But other chains are invisible: even today, one of the manuscripts on display—the ornately bordered Book of Hours from the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Collection—cannot leave its home library. To include it, the curators had to negotiate to lengthen its testamentary tethers: Houghton was designated an extension of Widener, allowing the manuscript to be moved barely a hundred yards east. Literal and figurative chains have a paradoxical function: they safeguard these scarce volumes from wandering fingers, and that security makes access possible.

    But the book in a glass case poses a challenge. The rigors of proper conservation do not allow us the privilege of leafing through fragile pages. Intricate artworks are shut up in the pages we cannot see. Those on display, even when chosen with nuance and care, leave the viewer with only a small cross-section of the manuscripts’ contents. Stoneman—for whom the cha...

    17:00

    Your motorcycle trip edited by pros "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

    Somewhere else tomorrow - film festival

    The annual Adventure Travel Film Festival in Victoria, in February, is offering adventure riders and travellers the opportunity to have their video professionally edited.

    While hours and hours of video may be of interest to you, a sub-10-minute film would be more palatable to the public and could be seen on YouTube by millions.

    To enter the filmmaker competition, adventure travellers have to submit a simple one-page synopsis of their travel video. A short list of entrants will be asked to submit up to a maximum of five hours of footage.

    A winner will be selected and the footage will be professionally edited to under 10 minutes by Killafish Productions and shown at the 2017 Adventure Travel Film Festival in Bright from February 10 to 12, 2017.




    15:21

    Credit where it’s due: How distributed energy could save $1bn on grid costs "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

    The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found.

    The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded by ARENA – found that paying ‘local network credits’ to local generators for their role in reducing overall investment in the electricity network could reduce network expansion costs by 59 per cent, representing an overall positive economic benefit of approximately $1.2 billion by 2050.

    The findings are based on the results of five virtual trials conducted by the ISF in five different locations around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, which modelled the benefits of local network credits and local energy trading (also known as virtual net metering).

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    As we reported in May, early results from the modelling found that the current National Energy Market structure not only offered little financial incentive to export distributed energy generation, but created a strong incentive for customers and product developers to keep generation “behind the meter”, and a “perverse” incentive to duplicate network infrastructure.

    The final findings, published on Tuesday, tell much the same story: “Results of four out of five virtual trials of Local Network Charges and Local Electricity Trading completed to date indicate there is potential for distributed generation to meet local consumption, which is unlikely to be realised under current market conditions,” the ISF says.

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    The Willoughby trial results, in particular, said the ISF, “demonstrate that even a relatively low Local Network Charge can send a meaningful signal to operate dispatchable generation when the network is most likely to need support.”

    The report finds that offering a Local Network Charge for the cases investigated would keep solar and other distributed generation on the grid, “in an era of increasingly locally derived supply.”

    Such an incentive would also maintain the network charges paid by the proponent, the report notes, “relative to a significant increase in behind the meter consumption using a private wire approach, even taking into account payment of the Local Network Charge itself.”

    The result, it says, leaves the proponent and other customers better off, due to the fact that money is not wasted on more and more poles and wires.

    ...

    14:57

    White-eared Monarch at Hamilton Island, Whitsundays Qualia Resort reported by Rob Morris on 20-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

    I was surprised to see a WEMonarch this morning outside my cabin at Qualia. Presumably a migrant heading south. (Photo off the back of the camera).

    brush cuckoo at Slacks Creek Environmental Park reported by David Lie on 20-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

    Calling loudly and repeatedly 10m up a tree. Also a brown goshawk seen chased by a currawong in the same area.

    14:56

    Australian Bustard, Radjah Shelduck at Port Alma Rd--Eight Mile Ck freshwater wetland reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 18-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

    A lonely Australian Bustard was displaying in empty paddock at the corner of Port Alma Rd and Weir View Rd few km east of Eight Mile Creek lagoon. In the lagoon 460 Magpie Geese and couple of Radjah Shelducks

    13:33

    Premiere: Melbourne Has A New Rap Talent To Keep An Eye On In Kudos "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

    Premiere: Melbourne Has A New Rap Talent To Keep An Eye On In Kudos

    We’ve got a new Aussie hip hop talent to keep an eye on in Melbourne emcee Kudos aka James Tretheway, who has today dropped his first studio track, the curiously named ‘Plucker’.

    Produced/mixed by Yuri Tobler and mastered/mixed by Ben Kramp (Illy, M-Phazes), it’s a satisfying opening volley that melds raw personal lyrics with velvet smooth beats loaded with chunky guitar.

    “Plucker is the story of balance between taking time for yourself and giving time to others,” James says of the track.

    “Acknowledging that we all should have the right to grieve and that our feelings are relevant to where we are standing, while at the same time recognising others grief in order to put our own into a healthy perspective.”

    While this is only his first track, he hasn’t been sitting idle, instead honing his craft and being able to share the stage with Atmosphere, Spit Syndicate and Afrika Bambaataa in recent years, as well as featuring regularly with Tijuana Cartel.

    Now, Kudos is embarking on his own East Coast solo tour in October, including a spot at Jungle Love festival on the Sunshine Coast, dates below.

    Kudos Plucker Single Tour

    Supported By DJ Lickweed

    Thu 13 Oct – Melbourne, VIC – Workers Club
    Thu 27 Oct – Brisbane, QLD – Milk Factory
    Sat 29 Oct- Gold Coast, QLD – Dust Temple Spoken Word -W/ Luka Lesson
    Thu 3 Nov – Sydney, NSW – Oaf Gallery
    Fri 25th Nov – Brisbane, QLD – Jungle Love
    Sat 26 Nov – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Solbar W/ Dubarray

    12:00

    Rider awareness campaign spreads "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

    Joe Rider Motorcycle Awareness Month

    The success of the Joe Rider motorcycle awareness campaign initiated by the Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT is now spreading throughout NSW.

    Riders wearing “Joe” one their vests to alert drivers to the presence of riders on the road is once again a major part of the ninth annual Motorcycle Awareness Week held by the MRA ACT from October 15-22.

    MRA ACT president Jen Woods says Canberrans have gradually become aware over the past nine years of the Joe Rider awareness campaign.Joe Rider Motorcycle Awareness Month

    She says their aim during Motorcycle Awareness Week is to “boost awareness of motorcycling by other road users so they drive accordingly”.

    The Joe Rider campaign asks other road users who see Joe to email joe.rider@internode.on.net with the location and have their name go in the helmet for a chance to win a prize.

    The campaign was under the spotlight when ACT Government ran their inaugural Road Safety Forum last September and invited, among others, Road Safety Officers from NSW.

    “One of the things the RSOs were interested in was the Joe Rider campaign;  it’s a cost-effective way of making motorcycle and scooter riders more visible on the roads, spreading the road safety message,” Jen says.Joe Rider Motorcycle Awareness Month

    “News of Joe Rider has spread and this year, for the first time, Road Safety Officers in the Councils surrounding the ACT have been provided funding to run this rider awareness campaign in October,” Jen says.

    As part of the awareness week, MRA ACT will also again conduct the Pink Ribbon Ride, raising funds for the Breast Cancer Network Australia.

    ...

    11:40

    Europe Is Going Absolutely Nuts For Tash Sultana Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

    Europe Is Going Absolutely Nuts For Tash Sultana Right Now

    Homegrown buzz magnet Tash Sultana is absolutely killing it in Europe right now. Her tour may have gotten off to a bumpy start thanks to a mixup with her airline, but if this breathtaking footage shot at a local Dutch radio station is anything to go by, it’s all smiles at the moment.

    The triple j Unearthed feature artist recently wrapped a huge, completely sold-out national tour of Australia and her European trek has similarly sold out across the board, with the one-woman-band frequently taking to social media to share footage of at-capacity rooms around Europe.

    Punters were struggling to get in the door of her packed out BIGSOUND showcase and Tash hit the ground running as soon as she got back to Melbourne, announcing a new six-track EP, scheduled to drop worldwide later this month, and the launch of her own record label, Lonely Lands Records.

    The EP will include the triple j favourite ‘Notion’ as well as her brand new single, ‘Jungle’. The homemade video for ‘Jungle’ recently went viral, having accrued over 2 million views and more than 22,000 shares on Facebook in a week. Tash will also be playing Laneway 2017 next January and February.

    Tash Sultana National Tour Dates

    Thursday, 15th September 2016
    The Borderline, London

    Saturday, 17th September 2016
    7 Layers Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Sunday, 18th September 2016
    Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Thursday, 22nd September 2016
    The Northern, Byron Bay

    Friday, 23rd September 2016
    Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane

    Friday, 30th September 2016
    The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

    Thursday, 6th October 2016
    Mojos, Fremantle

    Friday, 7th October 2016
    Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

    Thursday, 13th October 2016
    Baha’s Tacos, Rye

    Friday, 14th October 2016
    Torquay Hotel, Torquay

    Saturday, 15th October 2016
    Uni Bar, Adelaide

    Thursday, 20th October 2016
    Newtown Social Club, Sydney

    Thursday, 27th October 2016
    Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

    Friday, 11th November 2016
    Kings Arms, Auckland

    11:33

    Premiere: Sahara Beck Pays Homage To Quentin Tarantino With An Impressive New Clip "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

    Premiere: Sahara Beck Pays Homage To Quentin Tarantino With An Impressive New Clip

    Sahara Beck admits that she has always loved the works of Quentin Tarantino, so when she got the chance to film her new music video for ‘Tapping On The Roof’, she lapped up the opportunity to pay homage to Tarantino’s first film – Reservoir Dogs.

    “I’ve always been a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino,” she says, “so when we were creating the idea for the ‘Tapping on the Roof’ music video Matt Jeston (Director) came up with the idea that we roughly base the video on the torture scene from Reservoir Dogs. It’s such a great movie and I’m so happy that I get to pay my respects to it through my own art.”

    The clip was filmed at the Brisbane’s Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, which created the perfect backdrop to her uniquely gorgeous track, the click-clack of percussion echoing its title perfectly. The Tarantino influence definitely doesn’t end at the video either, as ‘Tapping On The Roof’ wouldn’t feel at all out of place on a Kill Bill soundtrack.

    You’ll be able to catch Sahara live when she joins Brisbane’s Ball Park Music on their mammoth national tour with The Creases, as well on as her very own solo tour, which culminates with a show at Festival Of The Sun – dates below.

    Ball Park Music National Tour Dates
    w/ The Creases & Sahara Beck

    Thursday 22 September

    Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD

    Friday 23 September

    Solbar, Maroochydore QLD

    Saturday 24 September 

    The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)

    Sunday 25 September 

    The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)

    Thursday 29 September 

    ANU Bar, Canberra ACT

    Friday 30 September 

    Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW (all ages)

    Tuesday 4 October

    The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC

    Wednesday 5 October

    Barwon Club, Geelong VIC

    Thursday 6 October

    Barwon Club, Geelong VIC 

    Friday 7 October

    170 Russell, Melbourne VIC 

    Saturday 8 October 

    The Uni Bar, Hobart TAS

    Thursday 13 October 

    The Gov, Adelaide SA

    Friday 14 October

    The Gov, Adelaide, SA (all ages)

    Friday 21 October

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