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Monday, 04 December


Stones Corner Twilight Christmas Market "IndyWatch Feed"

Sunday 3rd Dec, 2.00pm 8.00pm, Logan Road

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Saturday, 25 November


QAGOMA Store Christmas Design Market "IndyWatch Feed"

Saturday 25th Nov, 9.00am 4.00pm, Gallery of Modern Art

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Thursday, 26 October



MACKAY Multiple charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 09:16AM ,

Multiple charges, Mackay

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MACKAY Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 11:56AM ,

Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault

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A man is expected to face Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon on a charge linked to an alleged assault at a South Mackay unit complex.

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MACKAY Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 03:03PM ,

Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest

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MACKAY Update: Assault, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 02:18PM ,

Update: Assault, South Mackay

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A 22-year-old South Mackay man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon.

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A clear example of political prostitution - with Malcolm Turnbull acting as 'the john' and One Nation playing 'the tom' "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

 The Courier Mail, 19 October 2017:

BARNABY Joyce has warned Malcolm Turnbull to stop gifting Pauline Hanson cash to make Government announcements.

The warning came during a face-to-face meeting sparked by ropeable Queensland Coalition backbenchers.

The frank discussion, held on Monday at 8am in the Prime Ministers office during a scheduled meeting, was in part dominated by the decision to give the One Nation leader $15 million for projects Coalition MPs wanted to announce themselves.

Mr Joyce, who has a good relationship with the PM, laid bare his fury after he was bombarded with complaints from the Queensland backbench.

It is also understood Mr Turnbulls office received complaints but the PM did not know intimate details of the deals with Senator Hanson.


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Wednesday, 25 October


How My Four-Year-Old Helped Me Appreciate Good Music "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those who parent or spend much time around little children know that they are capable of teaching their elders valuable lessons. Its now clich. The Internet is full of reflections on how kids can teach us to be fearless, to be lighthearted, and to live in the moment, among many other exhortations stemming from the innocent, active characters and imaginations of youth.

This is all well and good, though usually a bit fluffy. A question my four-year-old often asks me suggests the lessons of youth can be far more intellectually stimulating and penetrating.

What is this song about, daddy? My daughter routinely asks me this when we listen to music driving in the car, while cooking dinner, or while relaxing on Sunday afternoons. If it is pop music, or any music with words that tell a story, the answer is pretty easy. Its about love. Its about a break-up. Its about something silly. Those three answers probably encapsulate the entirety of Taylor Swifts musical repertoire.

Yet when were listening to classical music, or other instrumental music like jazz or blues, the answer is a bit more complicated. What are J.S. Bachs violin concertos about? Or Ludwig von Beethovens Ninth Symphony? Or Frederic Chopins Polonaise N6 lheroique? Sometimes there is an answer. Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovskys Nutcracker Ballet tells a story, as does other instrumental music. In most cases, however, there is no simple answer as to what the composer or even the musician(s) playing the music is thinking or seeking to communicate.

Breadth Versus Narrowness In Music

What is music about? The very nature of the vast majority of popular music, with its lyrics, stories, and brevity, reduces songs to a fairly limited horizon. A pop musicians songs are fundamentally about him: his love life, his break-ups, his efforts to redefine himself. We can often relate to these things. Who hasnt been in love, had a bad break-up, and subsequently sought to revise ones image? But thats about the extent of it. One may connect such music to a particular location or moment in ones life, but it is still that place or time I connected with that pop song about _____.

Composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms created music that speaks much deeper to our souls, capable of elevating them to a million different vistas. This has been borne out by the research: studies have suggested that classical music expands the brain...


Botanical garden autumn leaves, flowers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oriental sweetgum, 22 October 2017

On 22 October 2017, to the botanical garden. Close to the entrance were these autumn leaves of an oriental sweetgum tree.

A ring-necked parakeet in a tree. Jays.

In the tropical hothouse, both adult and young giant prickly stick insects from Australia were still present. They lay many eggs here.



Dinosaurs & Cats Photo review "IndyWatch Feed"

Photo Review: Dinosaurs & Cats Sunday Sept 24th It is a rare Kurilpa Poets event that occurs without some sort of Chaos in the Mix, and our September show proved to be no exception. With a savage outbreak of swine Continue reading


Holypeak Pty Ltd Challenger 604 Bizjet N360SL at CQ Airports - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Over the course of this week, Holypeak Pty Ltd Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet N360SL has looked to complete a 'tour' of Queensland and was noted visiting several Central Queensland Airports.

On Tuesday 24 October, N360SL was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  After spending the night, N360SL was then noted visiting Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airports during a busy day of flying on Wednesday 25 October.  And at the time of writing, it appears to be flying towards Sydney from Hervey Bay.

Of interest, N360SL was spotted at Darwin Airport (pictured above) on Monday 23 October.

As well as the Challenger, there has been a few other local corporate bizjets that have been noted visiting Central Queensland Airports over the last couple of days.

Also on Wednesday 25 October, the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY was noted making an early morning visit to Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane.  And while not quite a bizjet, Bontrail (Strahman Farms) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-SJJ was also noted departing Bundy also on Wednesday 25 October heading to Archerfield and Toowoomba.  It had arrived into Bundaberg Airport from these places the previous day.

Noted completing airwork at Gladstone Airport also on Wednesday 25 October was the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU which also flew up from Brisbane but via the Sunshine Coast.

On Monday 23 October, the Mackay Airport-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was noted returning home to Mackay after flying South back on Thursday 19 October - see Blog post below.

Up the road at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport, on Monday 23 October, Jetstream Aviation (Emprja P/L) Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-VDF was noted departing to the Sunshine Coast after earlier arriving from Coen.  It originally arrived into Prosie back on Friday 20 October from the Sunny Coast and had departed to Coen on Saturday 21 October.

And also over the course of the weekend, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted visiting parts of CQ.  Late on Friday 20 October, it v...


Are you an atheist who used to believe in God? Take this survey! (Out of character) "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you used to believe in God, and have about 30 minutes to spare, you might want to take this survey by the Atheist Research Collaborative:

The study is open to those who are at least 18 years of age, and those who once believed in god(s) but do not now; this means you are not eligible to participate if you have always been an atheist/nonbeliever. The survey is a maximum of 76 questions, and a minimum of 64 questions.  On average, the survey should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, although individuals may find that it takes them more or less time than this, depending on their answers. The survey can be found here.

Joseph Langston ARC Affiliate/Web Admin

its not hard, but remember to keep an eye out for the trick questions.


A Pair of RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft Complete Airwork at Rockhampton Airport - A34-004 "Kaos 37" & A34-003 "Kaos 41" "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Over the course of Tuesday 24 October, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft were spotted completing airwork around Central Queensland including at Rockhampton Airport.

Around lunch time, A34-004 was spotted completing a low overshoot onto Runway 33 at Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to fly up from RAAF Base Amberley and following the airwork, it continued further North up to Townsville.  A34-004 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Kaos 37".

Then later in the afternoon, A34-003 was photographed completing a touch-and-go onto Runway 15 at Rockhampton Airport.  It too looked to fly up from Amberley and also following the airwork, it too continued up to Townsville.  A34-003 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Kaos 41".

This is only the third time that one of the RAAF's Alenia C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter aircraft has visited Central Queensland.  Ten...


antifa notes (october 25, 2017) : #lulz w Shayne Hunter + "IndyWatch Feed National"

Briefly: 1) In a BiZaRR0 interview with news dot com dot au, local comic Shayne Hunter has announced his retirement as CEO of ANTIFA (I established a terror movement in Australia, and I quit, Shayne Hunter, as told to Corrine Continue reading


CECs Explanation on Not Giving Up Gujarat Govt Accommodation Doesnt Match the Paper Trail "IndyWatch Feed National"

A.K. Joti has said that he vacated the Ahmedabad house in October 2016, but his clarifications still leave many questions unanswered about his own actions and those of the Gujarat government.

Chief election commissioner A.K. Joti. Credit: PTI

Chief election commissioner A.K. Joti. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The explanation that chief election commissioner A.K. Joti has provided to the Times of India in response to The Wires story on the retention of Gujarat government accommodation by him in Ahmedabad even after he had moved to the Election Commission in Delhi does not square with the official paper trail.

The Wire story noted the possible conflict of interest involved in an individual holding a critical constitutional position being obliged to a state government or political party for his personal accommodation.

I was allocated a house in Delhi only after one year of being appointed in the EC. I requested the Gujarat government to allow me to keep possession of the house in the Dafnala area of Ahmedabad as I could not have lived with my wife for a year in Delhis Gujarat Bhavan. I have paid the rent as per Gujarat government norms, he...


This Former Tesla Recruiters Most Revealing Interview Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

One candidates answer involved a motorcycle hed converted to be 100% electric. Anothers involved a plastic pen cap. Guess who did better.

In my five years as a recruiter at Tesla Motors, I interviewed over a thousand job candidates, many of them for competitive technical roles. But no matter what the position, there was always one simple question that would trip them up more than any other:

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Lebanon Faces France in Rugby League World Cup Debut "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup kicks off on October 27 and Lebanon will kick off his campaign against France at Canberra Stadium. The final game in the group stage will be against Australia, which marks the first time since the Cronulla riots that Lebanon and Australia have played one another in a major competitive match in Sydney.

Knowing that most of the players on the team are Australian-Lebanese, this is a historic opportunity to represent Lebanon and play together one last time, especially Robby Farah and Chris Saab. Heres an article by [TheGuardian] on the Lebanese team and the important of this World Cup to all the players.

Our current sporting systems are all politically based, he said. In soccer, all the teams are linked to political groups and sects, whereas Lebanese rugby league isnt. We are 100% sport we dont care what politics or religion you come from. Our president is a Muslim, our general secretary is an Armenian. All our players are mixed. Our motto is basically the best players should represent our country, regardless of what their background is. We want the strongest possible team out there to play for us.

I have no idea if BeIN or one of our local channels will be covering the games but heres the schedule for those interested.


Back to the Cruel Stars "IndyWatch Feed"

I spent most of today reading the draft chapters of The Cruel Stars on Dropbox Paper. It had been so long since I'd been able to do any concentrated work on it that I thought I'd better familiarise myself with the story and characters again. I'm glad I did. I really like this story and hope it gets a chance to stretch its legs.

Before I went into shutdown earlier this year I did spend a couple of days just tweaking Lucinda's chapters, rewriting the scenes with a view to emphasizing the character flaws I'd built into her bio. It was just a few lines here and there, but it made a real difference. I'll have to do the same with the others.

I have so much work to catch up on.


Blockchain Explained: Bitcoin, Smart Contracts, Smarter Contracts "IndyWatch Feed National"

blockchain explained

If you have heard about Bitcoin, youll most likely have heard about Blockchain technology. In fact, every investor or trader worthy of the name would have heard about Bitcoin and its underlying Blockchain technology. You cant claim to be an investor/trader and be oblivious to the fact that Bitcoin has delivered more than 500% gain in the year-to-date period. However, the fact that people have heard about Bitcoin doesnt necessarily mean they understand how the underlying Blockchain technology works.

In fact, someone could have profited from the 500% gains in Bitcoin just because they were comfortable with taking speculative risk without necessarily being an adopter of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. This piece provides straightforward explainer on how Blockchain works. Ill also provide insights on the simplified everyday uses of Blockchain technology.

Blockchain explained

Query What is Blockchain? on Google and youll get at least 31.8 million hits explaining Blockchain technology. The problem however is that the answer to your query is buried in a maze of technical jargon that doesnt mean much to a guy that wants to beat the returns from the S&P 500 on Wall Street. Youll begin to see words like decentralized, distributed, retroactive, alteration and collusion of the network among others.

In simple terms, Blockchain is technology that you can use to maintain agreements automatically and without the efforts of a central authority. Now, lets assume that Peter, James, and John pledge $250, $150, and $100 respectively in a common purse for TGIF hangouts. They can have a ledger in which the amount deposited by each individual is recorded, Peter can be in charge of keeping the accounts.

If on Friday the three friends spend $253 on beer, Peter will need to note all the beer...


South-East Oz Pt 1: Stanthorpe to Round Hill Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Shy Heathwren

We left home on September 6 for a lengthy road trip through NSW and Victoria. First stop was Glen Alpin near Stanthorpe, staying by the Severn River at the Country Style Caravan Park. There were plenty of Dusky Woodswallows here. It's always nice to be in the Granite Belt but we could do without the weather down to -2 on our first morning.

Dusky Woodswallow
We moved on to Armidale the next day, calling in on the excellent birding area along Old Wallangarra Road, where a Yellow-footed Antechinus was of interest in the short time available. A couple of Little Eagles were seen on the way south for a 2-night stay in the Armidale Tourist Park. I spent a full morning in the ironbark woodlands of the Yarrowyck area west of Armidale, along Gwydir Park Road and Gwydir River Road.



Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Europe We Can Believe In? Unbelievable
By Sun Keqin
Global Times
2017/10/24 21:47:03

The Paris Statement recently attracted attention inside and outside Europe. Written by 10 European conservative scholars and intellectuals, "A Europe We Can Believe In" demonstrated that some conservative members of the European elite and their Euroskeptic partners revel in populism. Beset by crises, Europe faces challenges of belief and theory. Debate over European integration has entered a crucial stage.

Though contradictory, opinions in the statement come from a clear basic standpoint. They negate two things: first, the achievement of European integration. They argue that "a false Europe threatens us," "it will confiscate our home." "The false Europe praises itself as the forerunner of a universal community that is neither universal nor a community," the statement reads.

Second, multiculturalism. "Multiculturalism is unworkable. They ignore, even repudiate the Christian roots of Europe. At the same time they take great care not to offend Muslims, who they imagine will cheerfully adopt their secular, multicultural outlook," these scholars state.

Next they put forward their own propositions for Europe: the hope of returning to the nation state, emphasizing a Christian spirit, opposing Muslim immigrants and showing sympathy for populism.

Europe's dilemma revealed in the Paris Statement has foundations. Globalization, the continuous extension of the EU, multicultural policies and the neoliberal governance pattern have challenged Europe. Western diplomacy aggravated these challenges. Populist Euroskepticism has gorged on the 2009 European debt crisis, the Ukraine crisis, the refugee crisis, terrorism, fragmentation of society, Brexit and the internal contradictions of EU members. Disagreement and arguments raged among European elites. In this context, the statement hardly surprises anyone at all.

It is easy to complain and rake up faults. To get out of a predicament and predict the way forward takes courage, tolerance and boldness of vision. The 10 intellectuals hoped to find answers in the old world, the nation state and the Christian order. This is their fatal flaw.

Europe can never go back, nor is it necessary.



Winners Of Our Yes Video Competition Announced This Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

QNews is excited to announce that the winners of our Yes Campaign video competition will be revealed in Brisbane this Saturday. During the same-sex marriage postal survey, we asked entrants to create a 30 second video on their mobile phone explaining to family and friends what a yes vote means to them. All entries will ...

The post Winners Of Our Yes Video Competition Announced This Weekend appeared first on QNEWS.


Green walls add to learning outcomes "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Universities across Australia are installing greenwalls in an attempt to increase concentration levels and the wellbeing of campus communities. The Greenwall Company has now worked with a number of universities, including The University of QLD and La Trobe University, to design and install their patented greenwall technology. Mark Paul, horticulturist and founder of The Greenwall []

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3 easy steps to make natural calendula salve - just 4 ingredients "IndyWatch Feed"

In just 3 simple steps, with only 4 ingredients learn here how to make your own calendula salve simply, quickly and cheaply.  

In this film, I'll show you how to make this fabulous natural first aid and skin healing salve - step by step. It is such a wonderfully useful homemade product using homegrown flowers and the highest quality ingredients.

Use calendula salve to:
- soothe insect bites
- heal cuts and bruises
- smooth rough elbows and knees
- soften chapped lips
- soothe rashes, including nappy rash
- heal minor burns, including sunburn
- ease eczema and psoriasis



Hillarys What Happened She Lost & It Was Her Fault! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary is running around pitching her book What Happened. Of course, we all know the answer she lost. The problem is that she takes no blame for that and like a fool who buys the market at the top, they come up with conspiracy theories to blame everyone else for their failed investment.

The four people she is blaming all have to do with the leaked emails, none of which has she EVER claimed they were fake or altered. So her whole argument is that someone leaked the truth. Her own staff said she set up a private server so she could be free from a FOIA request. If she did not do that, Comey would not have had to investigate.

The last on the list is Richard Murdock. One member of the press who was against her when she had everyone else in her pocket from the New York Times to CNN, seems a bit absurd. The press was biased in her favor not Trumpss.



Saudi Arabia in Search of Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: I read your blog about the Saudis potentially selling a large private equity position from China in Aramco rather than accessing the public markets. You have pointed out the need for the Saudis to modernize their economy to be less dependent on oil income and to monetize that resource for capital improvements/diversification, but how do they do that without giving away to much control over their oil resources to China?  Wouldnt a single significant stake by a private investor (country in this case) give up to much control over their single greatest resource (at least for the immediate future)?  Im thinking of the disaster that is Venezuela as an example of the poor employment of foreign investment.


ANSWER: I fully understand your point. However, the Saudis need money. They spent too much money expecting oil to be $200 forever. They are now starting to issue bonds. Saudi Arabia has peaked economically and looks at UAE and sees the diversification. Here is a picture I took on the beach in Abu Dhabi. They are tolerant of Western Culture. You cannot create a world economy without separation of church and state.

Saudi Arabia is introducing a free zone like UAE. They are introducing an Industrial section by the Red Sea. So they are trying to move forward away from just oil.

Venezuela has always been a ruthless dictatorship. The wealth from oil never made it to the people.


Northwest Weather Believe It o Not! "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been a lot of precipitation during the past two weeks and the impacts may surprise you.

Question 1:  The cumulative precipitation at Seattle Tacoma Airport over the past six months has been:

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal

The answer, shown by the plot of cumulative precipitation, is ALMOST EXACTLY NORMAL.  Our spring was wetter than normal, then almost no precipitation in July and August, followed by roughly five inches since mid-October.

Question 2:  The cumulative precipitation at Yakima, WA for the past six months was:

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal

Question 3:  The precipitation for the past year at Seattle-Tacoma Airport was

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal
4.  Slightly above normal
5.  Moderately below normal

The answer:  slightly above normal.
The lesson in all this is that one can get drier and wetter than normal periods, but often it all comes out in the wash if one considers a long enough period.

Now you want want to see something that is really amazing?  Here is the upper level (500 hPa) map forecast for Thursday at 11 PM.  A HUGE ridge of high height (or pressure).  Expect temperatures i...


Bodies in Trouble: on sexual violence and the problem with hashtags "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year I was part of a process that detailed three incidents of sexual harassment perpetrated by a fellow poet. The incidents involved three women writers who all experienced similar harassment on the same night by the same man at a literary event. Had these incidents occurred in isolation and the four of us not spoken and mobilised, these incidents would not have been reported.


So-called Australia: First Edition of Anti-Prison Zine Paper Chained Now Available Online "IndyWatch Feed National"


Note from Insurrection News: The first edition of Paper Chained is now available online to read or download, paper copies are also available upon request. Paper Chained is a journal of writings and artistic expressions from individuals who are facing or have faced incarceration.Paper Chained is compiled by the Running Wild anarchist collective from So-called Australia. Check it out!

25.10.17:  Its finally here! Click HERE to read the first Issue of Paper Chained online, or read below for other access options.


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Apparently you're a nutter if you think you're being watched by government "IndyWatch Feed National"

So it looks like the corporate media are on a government propaganda binge where anything outside of sanitised information  is a 'conspiracy theory' or even a character assassination on you where you're a tin foil hat wearer or nut case.

On the topic of surveillance, according to the mainstream media mutts, you've got some sort of newly classified (keeping psychiatrists in the job) e-Personality disorder.

So, according to there were approximately  4 - 6 million CCTV cameras in 2015, in the United Kingdom alone.

The Australian government has been keeping all your (meta)data for a period of time, where it has been doing this since day dot, but only now it's been enshrined in statute law.

The Snowden leaks have exposed government policy of global mass surveillance, literally unfathomable to the layperson.

Every person's smartphone has data harvested  from it, unbeknown to the user.

Smart meters installed forcibly in people's homes monitor their movements

Smart air conditioners are now supported by government so that the electricity companies can switch off your appliance whenever it suits them under whatever pretext, e.g. not enough electricity supply.

It has been confirmed that Samsung's Smart TVs 'listen in' to you in the privacy of your own home.

So when one talks about "they're watching us" is that really paranoia or just being a realist?


Gardner fires in Ashes opener to help Australia win "IndyWatch Feed National"

ITS been a big month for Indigenous cricketer Ashleigh Gardner, with the allrounder starring for Australia in the opening Womens Ashes match against England and being named One to Watch award in the Health Women in Sport Awards. A thrilling cameo from Gardner carried Australia to an exciting win over England in the first one-day Ashes match at Allan Border Field, Brisbane. Gardner struck two thrilling sixes in her 18-ball innings of 27. Australia won with five balls to spare.


SHOCKING! Australias Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce alleged to have stalked & molested teen girl and young woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from revelations that Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has been hypocritically conducting a sexual affair with a junior employee for close to a year despite being married and claiming to uphold 'traditional family values', True Crime News Weekly can now reveal that Mr Joyce is at the centre of serious sexual harassment and molestation claims dating back to 2012 and involving multiple women, including a 17-year-old teenage girl.


Mixed Response As City of Sydney Offers Same-Sex Couples Free Weddings "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The City of Sydney has passed a motion allowing same-sex couples free council venue hire for their weddings for 100 days after the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The citys halls, parks and facilities would be available to the couples at no charge but other expenses such as catering would still be the couples responsibility, Fairfax ...

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Teen Reports Chilis Manager For Sexual Harassment And Receives Horrible Response "IndyWatch Feed National"

Emily Houser was 16 when she started working at the Chilis restaurant in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Her manager, Josh Davidson, 24 at the time, immediately took interest in her. During the years that followed, Davidson relentlessly pursued Houser, refusing to take no for an answer.

Over a two-year period, it just kind of escalated into him providing me with gifts of significance and money and flowers and cards and things that I wasnt really accepting of, things that made me extremely uncomfortable because I was not sure what he expected of me from these gifts, Houser told Buzzfeed News.

His abuse hit a peak on her 18th birthday, when he showed up at her school and asked her to officially be his girlfriend, in front of a group of students.  I said no, and he replied in a very pompous way, saying he didnt care if he got fired if we were together, and he didnt care if he lost his job because he just wanted to be with me.

In the months that followed, Davidson reportedly switched his focus to another new young Chilis employee. It was at this point that Houser decided to put in her two weeks notice and report Davidson officially, to prevent another teen girl from suffering his abuse. Considering her report, Chilis upper management decided to transfer Davidson to a restaurant in another city.



I Was Workplace Bullied at an Australian Radio Station "IndyWatch Feed National"

I want you to fuck off and never come back.

These were my male superiors last words to me.

I always knew workplace bullying existed, but I assumed adults would not resemble those bigger kids who pick on the small kids in the school garden. Turns out I was wrong. It was exactly the same, except without the swings and slides.

It was the day I finished university, and I can still remember the jitters of hearing the words: Youre hired! Flying from Melbourne to a country town in a different state did not seem like a varied transition in the beginning, but I left the job feeling mentally and emotionally broken in just three months from workplace bullying.

When I touched down in what was to be my new home, it was freezing, mid-June; the air was frosty, but clearer than home. The first few weeks as a radio producer seemed like a dream: calling the Prime Minister for interviews, speaking to media advisors and getting to know the locals.

Six weeks in, I made my first error, which would be the beginning of my downfall. Footsteps pounded down the hallway and stopped right outside my studio door.

Meeting! Now! my boss shouted, pointing at me.

There I found myself facing a jury of three stern, middle-aged males shaking their heads at me. I had made a spelling mistake in a social media story headline, which sparked some online controversy. My hostthe one harassing mewas the eldest of the three; he had squinty eyes that were magnified through his clear-rimmed glasses and his wrinkly skin was a nasty shade of yellow. He puffed at his beloved e-cigarette and looked at me.

What do you have to say for yourself? my host snapped.

Im sorry I had to get the story out quickly and I missed that error. It wont happen again.

You know my reputation is on the line and you are fucking it up big time, was the response.

I nodded, but my lip trembled uncontrollably and I could feel my emotions rising to the surface.

Dont nod at me, he spat, saliva frothing at the creases of his mouth. You must think its easy not having your name plastered on the brand!

The power of his intimidation quickly ruptured my already...


States foreclose more borrowing "IndyWatch Feed National"

FG, states, LGs share N558.082bn State governments yesterday, ruled out the option of seeking external borrowing to meet their pressing financial obligations. Instead, they elected to step up their Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR) and other sources at various states disposal to bridge their funding gaps. Chairman, States Commissioners of Finance Forum, who doubles as Adamawa State Commissioner of Finance, Mr Mahmood Yunusa, disclosed this to journalists yesterday during the question and answer session at the plenary session of monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee Meeting (FAAC) meeting. Responding to question...

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Brisbane Tritons Co-Founder Gets A Big New Role "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

One of the founding members of Brisbanes LGBTI-inclusive water polo team, the Brisbane Tritons, has been appointed Diversity and Marketing Officer of the states peak body Water Polo Queensland (WPQ). Jeremy Archer (pictured) was the clubs first president when the club was created two years ago with the support of the Brisbane Barracudas team and ...

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Sam Smith Got Told Off By Elton John At The Oscars "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Sam Smith has blamed tequila for his onstage gaffe at last years Academy Awards ceremony. In a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Sam addressed the controversial acceptance speech during which he incorrectly suggested he was the first gay winner of an Academy Award. It all started with a hip flask of tequila, the 25-year-old explained. ...

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MACKAY Smashed into business on parole, gets community service "IndyWatch Feed National"

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November In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed National"

Were always being told to eat more fruit and veggies and get more exercise with this diet or that exercise program. If the thought of donning the Lycra and heading to the gym has you reaching for the chocolate cake, what about green gym? Get out into your sustainable garden for your daily workout. Sustainable gardening is not only good for the planet; its good for your health. There are more and more people using their gardens and growing fruit and veggies to help manage chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Think about all the weeding, digging, mulching, planting, and raking you can do in your garden. Wow, what a workout. Not only that, your sustainable garden is a great mood booster, so its good for your mental health as well.

Make November your month to start your green gym in your patch!

Warm Areas

Frost free or occasional light frosts (North from about Coffs Harbour and all the way across to the west to Geraldton)

  • Herbs are not only great to grow, theyre great for you! Get out and plant some basil, parsley, coriander, thyme and rosemary. Dont forget to mulch them well. Good for your plants and helps you to burn some extra calories.
  • Get into the veggie patch and plant lettuce, silver beet, tatsoi, climbing beans, zucchini, pumpkin, carrot and beetroot. Dont forget theres still time to get your tomatoes in.
  • Garlic should be ready to harvest by now look for leaves yellowing and beginning to die off.
  • Need to eat more fruit? Plant passionfruit, pawpaw, pineapples and for a potassium hit, some bananas.
  • How about adding some pretties to the garden: marigolds, verbena, petunias, cosmos, sunflowers and dianthus. Theyll not only add colour and interest to your patch, the beneficial insects will love them.
  • Your patch looking a bit tired and worn out? A green manure crop could be the lift it needs. At this time of year, try millet, lablab, or cow pea. Your soil will be alive and nutritious, next seasons veggies will love you.
  • Another great job to give you and your patch a good workout, top up the mulch on all of your garden beds. Make sure you choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch, thatll enrich your soil as it breaks down.
  • How about making some shade cloth tents. They dont have to elaborate, just a simple, moveable structure that you can pop over the top of some of the sun sensitive veggies as it gets hotter. Think of it as slip, slop, slap fo...


Growing Little Learners The Benefits of Gardening with Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

We sometimes think of gardening as an adult activity, and sometimes especially for older people This can get reinforced when we give in to our childrens wishes to watch screens of some sort instead of being outdoors. But gardening is actually a wonderful way for children to have fun and, at the same time, gain important knowledge and skills.

Renowned Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, introduced the theory of unstructured, open-ended play based learning to the educational and social world. He promised that it held untold benefits for children, including:

The development of confidence and independence
The development of resilience
The development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Its often difficult to find space in education to allow children the freedom to truly play. We face a very structured curriculum that leads our children, often quite quickly, through a series of skills that dont often reflect their actual interests.

Offering children the chance to be involved in nature play, particularly in their own backyards, provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to allow time and space for this wonderful learning to take place.

How can my Garden become a Classroom?

Any outdoor space that you have be it a big backyard or an apartment balcony is the perfect breeding ground for learning.

Children are born curious. They love to learn about new concepts and approach the natural world with wonder and awe. Allowing them space in your home to garden, care for plants, learn about sustainability and take on new projects will both tap into this natural sense of wonder and instil in them the importance of caring for their environment.

Applying Vygotskian theory means that you will provide the parameters for learning and then allow children to take over. They will become so immersed in their project, and so full of spontaneous joy at creating and exploring, that their little minds will happily forge connections to extend their learning beyond the school classroom.

What are some Garden Projects I can do with my Child?

These ideas will depend, of course, on the age of your children, the amount of space you have and your budget.

You could


7 Ideas for Designing and Landscaping a Backyard Naturescape Playground "IndyWatch Feed National"

The concepts of sustainability and providing a better future for our younger generations are intertwined with physical and mental health. We can design and landscape our gardens to be both sustainable and engaging for our children by creating a backyard naturescape playground. This can encourage your children to value, learn about and engage with their natural environment in their garden naturescape wonderland.
Article written by Dan Nitsche

1. Child Friendly Design

The first step is getting your child involved in the design. Whether you hire a landscaper to do the work or you do it yourself, this is an opportunity to talk about the importance of sustainable concepts and how these can be incorporated into your design. You may like to have an overall vision of how the finished garden will look, but it is important to get your little ones to also give you ideas of how they want to use this outside space. They may like to have quiet areas for building an outdoor cubby house or a messy mud kitchen for creating some culinary master pieces. Part of the design is to also ensure that all aspects are accessible but that there is also an element of adventure. This means considering the height and depth of any raised garden beds and also ensuring that the design is flexible enough to let your childs imagination run wild. One day they could pretend they are captaining a tall ship, the next creating culinary masterpieces in their own outdoor kitchen. Letting your childs imagination run wild will show them that they can have even more fun engaging in unstructured play with natural elements than simply playing on plastic playground equipment. By including your childs design ideas they will be more likely to be intrinsically motivated to spend time playing, exploring and learning from the natural world. Fostering an appreciation of the natural world from an early age will lay the foundation for sustainable practices throughout your childs life.

2. Construct with the Kids

Once a design developed, its time to get constructing. Getting your children involved in this will give them greater understanding of sustainable building materials such as recycled timbers, straw bales, recycled and repurposed plastics as well as fallen branches and leaves from already established plants and tree...


Lawn Alternatives "IndyWatch Feed National"

Escape the mundane uniformity of an artificial vegetative mat and enjoy some of the visual and aromatic delights the natural world has on offer!

Less maintenance

Mowing, edging, fertilising and weeding of a lawn requires more time and maintenance than well chosen ground covers or garden beds / pavers.

A well selected group of ground covers are less prone to pest attack and diseases than a single lawn species.

Less water

A mulched garden bed with well chosen plants requires less water to look good year round than even the toughest lawn species.

Increase biodiversity

Larger garden beds allow for tiered plantings of increasing heights, which in turn creates a greater sense of depth and space to a garden.

Attract native wildlife into your garden with many butterfly, bird and insect attracting varieties available.

Reasons you may not need a lawn at all

  • Shady dry areas under trees
  • Areas unlikely to be walked over
  • Small or awkward areas
  • Areas with significant slopes

Lawn Alternatives

If you like the open feel of a lawn but dont want the maintenance or water requirements. Consider the following options

No Traffic

No traffic open spaces allow for some of the greatest flexibility in style and plant choices. Areas that are traditionally difficult to establish lawn perform well with many alternatives. Regions such as under large trees of near eves can be given a new lease of life with the addition of low water and light requiring lawn alternatives.

Light Traffic

In areas of light traffic it is necessary to choose plants that are tolerant of small levels of disturbance. Plants that are used should be flexible low lying. This will allow them to bounce back when trodden on. For Heavy Traffic use the same varieties as those for areas with light traffic, but with the addition of stepping stones.

Meadow Lawn areas

A mixture of grass, lilies, wildflowers and ground covers. Dont mow often. To encourage flowering and growth of the meadow it is recommended that the area be cut twice a year using a brush cutter. The optimal times to cut the meadow is in early summer after spring flowering and late autumn. The cut material should then be removed and composted.

No Traffic



"Very Few Beings..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, 
few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the 
answers they have already shaped in their own minds."
- Anne Rice


Brisbane To Hold Inaugural Queer Formal For LGBTI Students "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Brisbanes first queer high school formal will be held next month, after the success of the Sunshine Coasts inaugural rainbow formal earlier this month. Around 70 students attended the rainbow formal at Sunshine Coast University (pictured), organised by the Sunshine Coast Pride Network and inspired by similar events in Byron Bay and Melbourne. In November, ...

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Dont Call the Cops If Youre Autistic, Deaf, Mentally Ill, Disabled or Old "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anyone who cares for someone with a developmental disability, as well as for disabled people themselves [lives] every day in fear that their behavior will be misconstrued as suspicious, intoxicated or hostile by law enforcement.

Steve Silberman, The New York Times

Life in the American police state is an endless series of donts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: dont talk back to police officers, dont even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), dont run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken for a fleeing criminal, dont carry a cane lest it be mistaken for a gun, dont expect privacy in public, dont let your kids walk to the playground alone, dont engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass, dont try to grow vegetables in your front yard, dont play music for tips in a metro station, dont feed whales, and on and on.

Heres another dont to the add the growing list of things that could get you or a loved one tasered, shot or killed, especially if you are autistic, hearing impaired, mentally ill, elderly, suffer from dementia, disabled or have any other condition that might hinder your ability to understand, communicate or immediately comply with an order: dont call the cops.

Sometimes its dangerous enough calling the cops when youre not contending with a disability.

For instance, Justine Damond called 911 to report a disturbance and ended up dead after police dispatched to investigate instead shot the 40-year-old yoga instructor. Likewise, Carl Williams called 911 to report a robbery and ended up being shot by police, who mistook him for a robber in his own home.

Unfortunately, the risks just skyrocket when a disability is involved.

Nancy Schrock called 911 for help after her husband, Tom, who suffered with mental health issues, started stalking around the backyard, upending chairs and screaming about demons. Several times before, police had transported Tom to the hospital, where he was medicated and sent home after 72 hours. This time, Tom was tasered twice. He collapsed, lost consciousness and died.

The Schrocks are not alone in this experience.

Indeed, disab...


Todd Fernando: As Indigenous people we exist outside of sporting arenas and welfare dependency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most Australians, and our international visitors, first learn about Indigenous people through conversations that are often grounded in disadvantage Photograph: IndigenousX Most Australians, and our international visitors, first learn about Indigenous people through conversations that are often grounded in disadvantage Photograph: IndigenousX Share this Post Indigenous and mainstream Australians often have very different ideas about the concept of success. For ...



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Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin from Schiff Gold Australia is moving toward regulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum under new anti-money laundering legislation. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Parliament will vote on the measure this week....

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THE ZOO 25 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Brisbanes most iconic venue The Zoo is turning 25. To mark this silver anniversary, over 25 of Brisbanes most celebrated musicians are coming together to perform including:

Adele Pickvance & Ian Haug / Ben Ely / ISIS

Marcello Milani & Tenzin Choegyal / Sabrina Lawrie

Sissybones / Tim Steward & Kellie Lloyd

(With more to be announced)


Original owners Joc Curran and C Smith opened the the doors in December 1992 and the venue quickly became one of the focal points for the explosion of music, art and creativity in Brisbane in the 90s. Since then, bands too numerous to mention from all over the world have performed there, and literally hundreds of people have worked at The Zoo, many young artists, managers and musicians, all doing time on the bar, at the door, as a glassy or duty manager. Creating this breeding ground of creativity and strength of community has been the great achievement of The Zoo and is continuing into a new generation, helmed by new owner Pixie Weyand.

All of the artists performing at this event have long histories with The Zoo and have become stalwarts of the Brisbane music scene.

This event is also supporting two very worthwhile charities:


Support Act

Support Act is a charity which helps Australian artists and music workers who are facing hardship due to illness, mental health problems, injury or some other crisis. Since 1997, they have helped to pay rent, keep the power on, repair instruments, provide petrol, buy school uniforms and rehouse a prized vinyl collection.

Feed Music

Feed Music is a not for profit website that enables touring artists and bands to use their location while on the road to pinpoint cafes and restaurants situated in their passing town, in which they can eat and drink at for free, promoting a better mental wellbeing.

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Bitcoin Digits Coming Under Strict Regulation In Australia: Getting Off The Ship While You Still Can "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is moving toward regulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum under new anti-money laundering legislation. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Parliament will vote on the measure this week. If it passes, it will place Bitcoin and other cryptos under the auspices of Australias financial regulatory agency. If the new laws are passed, the financial []


Apartment prices forecast to fall... and more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

There might still be hope for young people who are looking to buy their first home. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

A new report from QBE shows apartment prices are forecast to drop by as much as 7 percent over the next three years.

Units make up half of all residential construction right now, and while their price is expected to drop, the cost of free-standing houses is predicted to rise by seven percent.

New Tourism venture sharing Indigenous stories

The Gangalidda-Garawa people, of North Queensland, have launched a stargazing tour to share astronomy and traditional stories with tourists.


Brisbane best for small business... and more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The latest report from survey company, Sensis, has shown Brisbane is the best city in Australia for small and medium businesses to thrive. (Image: Max Pixel)

Confidence in business has gone up 17 percentage points in the past quarter - the highest rise among capital cities.

As for regional areas in Queensland, small business confidence remains steady, which is still better than the rest of the country, where confidence is down.

Talks of extended trading during Commonwealth Games

People on the Gold Coast might not be sleeping while the Commonwealth Games are in town, because there are talk to extend trading hours for the city.

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Plans for redevelopment of Keperra quarry... and more zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Brisbane City Council has given the go-ahead for the re-development of a quarry in Keperra. (Image: Courier Mail)

A developer's proposal aims to transform the almost depleted granite quarry on Settlement Road into a site for housing.

Current plans show provision for 700 dwellings on the 49 hectare site, with work scheduled to commence in two years.

No poster saga in local members office

The wife of Coalition MP, Mark Robinson, has been caught putting up Vote No posters on the office windows of a rival Labor MP in the Redlands.

In what has become a convoluted saga, the Labor MP in question, Don Brown, has labelled the actions as childish.


Trade for the People a new video "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 25, 2017: IBON International has released a powerful new video, Trade for the People, which looks at how the neoliberal trade regime has delivered for transnational corporations at the expense of the global South. From agreements brokered at the World Trade Organisation to free trade agreements (FTAs) like the TPP and RCEP, industrialised countries and global corporations have pursued their interests at the expense of human rights and genuine development. 

'What is important is to make sure that trade is for the benefit of the people and their development Antonio Tujan Jr, Director IBON International



Grocons construction licence cancelled in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Melbourne based developer, Grocon, has just taken a hit in Queensland, with its licence suspended by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), as an investigation into its finances continues.

It seems that the company has made a big loss on the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and apparently, they are $16.7 million in the red over two other projects, valued at more than $1 billion. The QBCC is not satisfied that the business is viable enough to merit taking on more jobs.

The political establishment has reacted to this with a wall of silence. If it had been anyone else, especially unions in the industry, the resulting condemnations would have driven many of them  hoarse within hours. In this case, the apparent laryngitis, comes from the habit of harbouring this and some other similar construction companies as allies.

Construction companies donate significant amounts to political parties and have therefore established useful political links. Grocon has relied quit a lot on building its links through a war against construction unions., which has germinated into a cosy alliance with the federal and state governments. Canberras industry code brought benefits, in terms of legal assistance to push down wages and conditions, punish workers and unions acting on this and providing government contract rewards, through the building industry code measures that a that bars employers reaching better agreements with their own workforce.  Industry  safety conditions  and public safety have been  major casualties.

Grocon has a track record in cutting corners and this has more than once exacted a heavy price on others. In August this year VicRoads sued for damage caused in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne. In 2013 there was the Swanston Street wall collapse that killed three young pedestrians, over which it faced criminal charges.

These are two examples of cases of a long list of cases that have attracted a slap on the wrist at most.  Will it be the same for the Elizabeth Street incident? This was...


BREAKING: FBI Releases Docs On Sandy Hook Showing Feds Visited Shooter BEFORE Massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

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On December 14, 2012, the world watched the news with horror as they heard the story of 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shooting 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Since that fateful day, conspiracy theories have abounded from whether or not the shooting actually took place to what Lanzas motive was.

Adam Lanza is believed to have shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, in the head at her home in Newtown, Connecticut, around 9 a.m. on December 14, before taking her car and driving approximately five miles to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he would slaughter the children and teachers.

According to reports, most of the shooting occurred in two of the schools first-grade classrooms; 14 students in one classroom, and six in the other, were murdered. Only two of the victims who were shot by Lanzaboth teacherssurvived the attack.

Now, the documents which could lay to rest many of these conspiracy theories have been released by the FBI. At 10:00 AM EST, on Tuesday, the FBI, without any notice, took to Twitter to post the link to over 1,500 pages of documents from their investigation and subsequent findings.

In general, the FBI does not comment on the content of the files released through [Freedom of Information Act], and lets the information contained in the files speak for itself, said Charles Grady, a community outreach specialist for the FBI based in New Haven. This is a routine FOIA release nothing more, nothing less.

While we would expect that the names, addresses, and contact information be redacted throughout the documents, it appears that entire pages were wiped out.

Just as Americans thought they may be getting some answers as to why this 20-year-old went on a shooting rampage, killing innocent children, it appears we may now have more questions than answers.

One such question that arises from our brief combing of the documents is how Lanza, who only weighed 85 lbs, according to the report, was able to carry such heavy weaponry and ammo and shoot with such deadly accuracy.



Senator Canavans ambitious plan for a State of North Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Senator Matt Canavan, a friend of mine from my Canberra days, is not wasting any time while he is temporarily out of the Cabinet. He is making plans for a new State of North Queensland. With his background as a Productivity Commission economist and as the former Minister for Northern Australia, Senator Canavan has the expertise and experience to come up with a credible and convincing plan for a new State of NQ. The Senator made some very interesting observations to the Townsville Bulletin last Friday:

Ive often said were big enough and strong enough and wealthy enough to represent ourselves, he said.

I reckon wed get more things going if we didnt have the handbrakes put on us by Brisbane and Canberra.

Senator Canavan said Tasmania had 12 senators with 500,000 people but North Queensland has only two and we have more than one million people.

I utterly reject any notion that we couldnt stand on our own two feet, he said. Our average per-person economic output in North Queensland is 30 per cent higher than in southern Queensland. All the money seems to get spent in Brisbane.

Senator Canavan is absolutely right about NQs higher economic output per capita (see chart below based on the most recent official estimates from Qld Treasury), although this is a result of the disproportionate contribution of mining to NQs economy. A lot of the income generated in NQ is earned by mining companies, and the bulk of it ends up leaving NQ, with a good proportion of it going overseas. The average NQ resident does not earn a higher income than the average SEQ resident. That said, the large economic contribution of mining (e.g. around two-thirds of North West Qlds economy, half of Mackays, and one-third of Fitzroys) means that a new State of NQ would earn healthy royalty revenues. Of course, as currently happens with Queensland, this healthy royalty revenue would count against NQ in the distribution of GST revenue.

While I concur with the Senator that a State of NQ would be economically viable, Id be careful about rushing into it. The set up costs would be large, and there may be trouble filling senior public service positions, given the vast majority of current Queensland public service SES positions are in Brisbane. Also, as Ive posted on previously, Im unsure NQ gets such a raw deal from Brisbane (see my post Is NQ under-funded relative to SEQ?). That said, I am v...


Message to Mr Wolfgang Schuble "IndyWatch Feed National"


Dear Wolfgang,

I read carefully and listened your recent statements in response to journalistic questions emanating from my recent book Adults in the Room relating to our conversations during the first half of 2015.

I have a proposal for you. Instead of vague statements and personal put down lines, I invite you to point out specific pages and paragraphs in my book where I misrepresented something that you told me during that period (e.g. your expressed view that the 3rd Greek Loan and accompanying Memorandum of Understanding that I refused to sign, and which was signed after my resignation, would be bad for Greece; or, even more strongly, your view that, had I signed it, I would have to answer to my people).


Yanis Varoufakis


Letters to the Editor: National gun amnesty By Ian Walmsley Glen Innes NSW. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The types of guns handed in with the National Amnesty shows what happens when honest citizens are declared criminals overnight by Politicians with knee-jerk reactions.


Power plant sale incompetent or worse "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Vales Point Power Station. (wikipedia)

The Vales Point Power Station. (wikipedia)

The sale of a state-owned power station for $1 million that went on to skyrocket in value in private hands smells of government incompetence or something worse, the NSW Opposition leader says.

The Vales Point power station was sold by the Baird government in November 2015 for $1 million but has now been revalued at $739 million by Sunset Power International.

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley on Tuesday accused the government of fleecing taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Youve got to assume its incompetence on a grand scale from Ms Berejiklian and her colleagues, or something worse, Mr Foley told reporters.

You couldnt find a privation deal more contrary to the public interest.

However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who was treasurer at the time of the sale, stood by the transaction, saying its benefits could not be quantified in cash returns.

I am confident that every decision weve taken is in the taxpayers best interest and weve reduced debt in all transactions, Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Tuesday.

You have to look at how its taken debt away from government which allows us to invest in hospitals and schools.

In 2015 Ms Berejiklian said the plant had been sold above its retention value, with the state no longer exposed to significant liabilities such as costs associated with decommissioning.

Sunset Power International, which trades as Delta Electricity, on Tuesday declined to comment.

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Energy costs to stoke inflation rate "IndyWatch Feed National"

New inflation figures are expected to show the biggest quarterly jump in almost four years as a result of rising energy costs.

If that happens it will be a harsh reminder for households already struggling with slow wage growth and high debt levels.

Treasury boss John Fraser and his department can expect to be grilled about price pressures and the economic outlook more generally when he faces a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

There are also likely to be questions about the Turnbull governments national energy guarantee, a plan that is being promoted as providing a reliable source of electricity while cutting household bills by as much as $115 a year.

No modelling to back such claims has been released.

Economists expect the consumer price index rose by around 0.8 per cent in the September quarter, the largest inflation rise since December 2013.

Such an increase would lift the annual rate to the bottom end of the Reserve Banks two to three per cent inflation target band from 1.9 per cent previously.

The more interest-rate sensitive underlying measures of inflation which smooth out volatile price swings are expected to average a rise of 0.5 per cent.

This would produce a 12-monthly rate of around two per cent and of little immediate threat to the interest rate outlook.

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Whale, calf freed from Gold Coast shark nets "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE: A whale and calf that were trapped in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach have been freed.

Seaworld experts helped free the mother and baby about 7.30am (AEST), roughly an hour after reports they had become ensnared about 200 metres off Nobby Beach.

Animal activists have again condemned the use of the shark nets, with World Animal Protection describing them as indiscriminate death traps.

ORIGINAL: A whale and a calf are trapped in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach and experts from Sea World will soon begin trying to free them.

The mother and her baby are stuck about 200 metres off Nobby Beach.

Marine rescue experts from Sea World will try to free them this morning.

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VeganMoFo 2017 #25: My Friend Ashleigh (Recipe Round-Up: Great Gluten Free Vegan Eats) "IndyWatch Feed"

Ashleigh is my beloved friend and life wife, so she was the natural choice for this post. We have had a lot of adventures, including traveling to Melbourne and the US together. And a lot of fun times at home as well! Every year for her birthday, I give her a new season of Lost Girl and we watch it over several weekends, and I make food. Sometimes it is a set menu from a cook book, other times I pick and choose. If it is her birthday specific lunch, it always includes cake as the dessert!

Lasagna is her favourite food, so I was super excited about making the Handcrafted Lasagne from Veganize It, making the sauce, ricotta, parmesan, melty cheese and even pasta from scratch for her. However, life got in the way. She had to have all four of her wisdom teeth out just over a week ago, and while we were initially optimistic, her recovery did not care for our food plans. Of course I could not make the lasagna without her being able to eat it, so our plans have been postponed.

Instead, here is are a few things that I have made for her at other times. She had to be gluten free for awhile, so I used cooking for her as a good chance to try out some recipes from Great Gluten Free Vegan Eats for her. The first dish, the pasta, I made one night before Ashleigh drove me down to the Gold Coast very early to get my veins zapped. She has been my support person twice for me during my long saga of vein zapping! The others are what I made for her birthday lunch in 2016. Enjoy!

Stroganoff: This is creamy and mushroomy and good. There is an error in the book, which calls for 20 oz or 174 g of sliced mushrooms, which obviously doesn't match up! I used 400g of sliced mushrooms, which is a little less than required, and I used 250 g of pasta rather than 240g, but I also added cannelini beans and peas. The recipe calls for 420 mL of full fat coconut milk, but I used a...


Aus must reply to Indonesian children case "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has been ordered to reply to a case involving Indonesian children allegedly locked up in Australian prisons, sparking hopes they will be forced to answer the case in a Jakarta court.

Australia has repeatedly maintained it is protected from the $103 million compensation claim because it has sovereign immunity, meaning its agencies are not subject to the jurisdiction of the Jakarta court.

But local lawyer Lisa Hiariej is pushing ahead with the suit on behalf of 115 Indonesians, who she says were children when they were held in Australian jails and detention centres between 2008 and 2011 for alleged people smuggling offences.

Last month the Australian government was ordered to enter mediation with Ms Hiariej but Central Jakarta District Court heard that the process had failed.

Chief Judge Ibnu Basuki Widodo ordered lawyers for the Australian government to return with a reply to the claim on November 14, warning them not to take more than three weeks to prepare their defence.

I feel that because the judges continue the matter, they feel there is a case to answer to, Ms Hiariej told AAP outside of court.

Muhammad Rasid, who was 15 when he was jailed at Sydneys Silverwater prison, said he was certainly very happy the matter was proceeding.

Im sorry I cant come to court on the 14th, I still need to work to earn money, the 23-year-old added.

The case has been launched against four Australian government agencies: the AFP, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney-Generals Department.

It comes off the back of a 2012 Australian Human Rights Commission report into Indonesian youths held in Australian adult correctional facilities, which found the use of X-rays to determine age; a disregard for the childrens testimony about their age; and inadequate steps to verify their date of births resulted in dozens of Indonesian children being locked up between 2008 to 2011.

Our demand is not something that has come from thin air. It was based on something clear, factual, undeniable and it was from Australian itself, from Australian Human Rights Commission that there was a violation against these kids, lawyer Hendra Kusuma Jaya said.

Lawyers for the Australian government would not comment.

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Escaping The Smart Grid: A Conversation with the InPower Movement "IndyWatch Feed National"

Max Igan Surviving the Matrix

Episode 311
American Voice Radio
October 6th, 2017

The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as its profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater. Frank Zappa

Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. Plato

I would rather have questions that cant be answered than answers that cant be questioned. Richard Feynman

I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. Ive been knocking from the inside. Rumi

Universal Law/sovereign law trumps all others.

1. No man or woman, in or out of government shall initiate force, threat of force or fraud against my life and property and, any and all contracts Im a party to not giving full disclosure to me whether signed by me or not are void at my discretion.

2. I may use force in self-defense against anyone that violates Law

3. There shall be no exceptions to Law 1 and 2.



Gowdy enters the fray: Opens investigation into DOJ's exonerating Killary and other 2016 decisions "IndyWatch Feed National"

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte announced Tuesday morning they have officially opened a joint investigation into decisions made at the Obama Justice Department surrounding the FBI's criminal investigation into former Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They also want to know why the FBI kept quiet about ongoing investigations into members of the Trump campaign, like Paul Manafort, while publicly discussing the Clinton probe. "Our justice system is represented by a blind-folded woman holding a set of scales. Those scales do not tip to the right or the left; they do not recognize wealth, power, or social status. The impartiality of our justice system is the bedrock of our republic and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and evenhandedness. The law is the most equalizing force in this country. No entity or individual is exempt from oversight," Gowdy and Goodlatte released in a statement. "Decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 have led to a host of outstanding questions that must be answered."


Whats Going On With Bob Corker, Steve Bannon, And The Virginia Governors Race? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alex Isenstadt, a national politics reporter at Politico, addresses the questions surrounding Senator Bob Corker, tax reform, and the anger coming from GOP donors on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour. Isenstadt and Domenech also discuss the Viriginia gubernatorial race and how Trump effects state elections.

Clearly, Corker is aligned with a broader, establishment wing of the Republican party that is really upset right now, not just with Trump, but Steve Bannon too, Isenstadt said.

What happens to Republican primary races as Mitch McConnells support shrinks, and Steve Bannons endorsements grow? Its easy to say I oppose Mitch McConnel. Its hard to answer Well who do you support instead? Domenech said.

Listen here:


Adani posts weird video to fend off Carmichael criticism "IndyWatch Feed National"


The following article by Michael Slezak and Nick Evershed (The Guardian 21 October 2017) is about Gautam Adani and his social media blitz to counter the massive opposition he is facing in Australia, over his controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

The Adani Group has promoted a bizarre video advertisement on Facebook, in which the Indian company responds to revelations its Australian coal operations face growing financial risks.

The video, targeting people in Melbourne, flashes up text on the screen, backed by fast and upbeat percussive music. It displays allegations, which are labelled as lies, followed by attempts to set the record straight. It also misspells Abbot point, its coal terminal.

The video was uploaded along with a long post that contains strange defenses of its operation, including the false claim that the entire allegations about the company are based on just one screenshot of random text.

The Facebook post had more than 580,000 views on the video statistics at the time of writing.

Tim Buckley, a financial analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, made many of the allegations Adani was attempting to refute. Aired in an episode of ABCs Four Corners program, the institute claimed Adanis operations in Australia were unprofitable and required the Carmichael mine to bail them out.

Buckley described the video as a desperate attempt to try and counter some of the facts with loud music and flashing lights and a sign that the campaign against Adani in Australia is having an impact.

In one respect it shows that Adani is taking it seriously, Buckley said. The whole campaign in Australia is doing enormous damage to the social license to operate of Adani.

Facebook ads are sponsored posts that an advertiser has paid to push into the news feed of a specifically targeted pool of people. Unless the ad appears in your feed, there is no easy way to determine that a post has been sponsored. This makes it difficult to keep track of political advertising on the social network.

Facebook advertising is considered effective because it allows...


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The BBC apologises "IndyWatch Feed National"

The BBC has apologised for a breach of impartiality and accuracy on the Today programme.

BBC complaints director Colin Tregear wrote to one of the complainants saying, "I hope youll accept my apologies, on behalf of the BBC, for the breach of editorial standards you identified". 

So can you guess what the BBC is apologising for?

I won't spoil it for you by giving you the answer...cough, cough, Lord Lawson, climate change cough, cough...You'll have to click on this link to the Guardian to find out.


Founder Confesses: Soros Wanted Antifa More Dangerous Than ISIS "IndyWatch Feed National"

The founder of domestic terrorist organization Antifa has admitted that George Soros helped turn them into terrorists more dangerous than ISIS. Shayne Hunter, the founder of Antifa Australia, says he quit the radical far-left group [...]


Former Weinstein assistant breaks NDA to speak up about sexual harassment and assault cover ups "IndyWatch Feed National"

Zelda Perkins, who worked as Weinstein's assistant in Miramax's London office, claims in a new interview with Financial Times that her boss sexually harassed her and assaulted her female colleague, leading them to a settlement and strict NDA. Dozens of women have come forward in recent weeks with claims against Harvey Weinstein, accusing the veteran film mogul of sexual assault, harassment, misconduct and rape. Many of their stories carry the same details - from hotel rooms and manipulative behavior to intimidation tactics and aggressive cover-ups - while provoking the same questions: How much did his assistants know, how tightly wound were their non-disclosure agreements and where are they now? Zelda Perkins, who worked for Weinstein during his tenure running Miramax Films, has just answered all three in a bombshell of an interview with Financial Times. In doing so, Perkins becomes the first former staffer to come forward and publicly denounce an NDA, shedding light on how Weinstein relied on a network of lawyers to help prevent staffers from speaking out about his alleged bad behavior. She also claims that there were clauses in her contract that could have led to Weinstein's dismissal nearly two decades ago.


Kuwait emir warns of GCC collapse and crisis escalation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Al Jazeera

'History and the future generations of Arabs will not forget those who contributed to the escalation of the conflict and caused the destruction of the Gulf,' the emir cautioned [Getty Images]
History and the future generations of Arabs will not forget those who contributed to the escalation of the conflict and caused the destruction of the Gulf, the emir cautioned [Getty Images]

Qatar-Gulf crisis: Your questions answered

The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, warned of the collapse of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) an alliance of Gulf countries should the crisis with Qatar remain unresolved.

In a statement at a Kuwaiti parliament session on Tuesday, the emir warned GCC leaders of the potential dangerous military and political interven...


Exodus! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Census findings

Further interesting news from the 2016 Census has been released.

Some of it is rather open to interpretation. For example, there was lower employment in the younger age bracket, comprising 15-24 year olds.

But, on the other hand, 22 per cent of the population now have a degree or higher level of qualification. 

That's up +3.2 per cent from 2006-2011, replicating the same percentage increase as five years earlier, according to ID, the population experts.

Employment opportunities were certainly curtailed by the financial crisis and resources downturn, but we're also studying longer, so it's a somewhat mixed picture.


Similarly, there's quite a bit been said on the apparent mass exodus from Sydney.

Again, there's a strong element truth to this story.

But it's equally important not to take away the wrong visual image from this. 

The fact is, New South Wales always loses people interstate, and it always will, largely to Brisbane, south east Queensland, and even to Melbourne.

In reality, though, the numbers leaving the state on a net basis were dramatically lower in the 2011-2016 Census period than they were in the preceding five years.

And they were much, much lower than they were in the five years before that, with net interstate migration tracking at way under the half the rate of seen from 2001 to 2006.


South China Sea Defense Chiefs want Freedom of Navigation, Rules-Based Approach in Resolving Conflict "IndyWatch Feed National"

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said none among ADMM Plus member-states Australia, China, India Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US as well as defense ministers from all ASEAN-member states, opposed the declaration. Bolando, File

MANILA, Philippines The South China Sea issue was highlighted at yesterdays ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus), with participating states declaring support for freedom of navigation and non-militarization as well as observance of a rules-based approach in resolving the conflict.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said none among ADMM Plus member-states Australia, China, India Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US as well as defense ministers from all ASEAN-member states, opposed the declaration.

A majority of countries declared to continue to use the South China Sea the waters and air as they have been using it in the past decades without interference from anybody, Lorenzana said, without naming these countries.

Even Beijing, Lorenzana said, did not oppose the position taken by participating ADMM Plus states.

Even China did not oppose all of those statements. So I think its OK for China because its supposed to be an open water, Lorenzana said.

With this development, the defense chief said its now u...


The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harveys aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name sacrifice zones.

Abby explores Houstons unique lack of zoning and regulations that maximized the impact of the storm, the fence-line communities deliberately put in harms way, inhumane treatment of incarcerated people in the disaster, and how the ownership of the city by Big Oil puts thousands of lives in peril.

Featuring interviews with Dr. Robert Bullard, professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University; Azzurra Crispino, co-founder of Prison Abolition Prisoner Support (PAPS); and Yvette Arellano of the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Series.

The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey

In the first installment in a series on Hurricane Harvey recovery, Abby Martin introduced viewers to a neighborhood ignored by both state and national officials during and after the hurricane. It quickly became clear that the neighborhoods Abby drew attention to, specifically Lake Forest Park, were home to working class Houston residents of a lower socioeconomic status, many of which are Black or Latino. Was it a simply a coincidence that these neighborhoods were affected by the deadly flooding more than others? Is it by chance that these neighborhoods are now receiving far less attention than those filled with middle to upper class white Houstonians?

According to the evidence presented in the second installment in the series on Hurricane Harvey, the answer is a very clear no there was no coincidence and nothing was left to chance. In fact, these very neighborhoods are referred to as sacrifice zones, having numerous shortcomings in addition to the tendency to flood.

Houston is unique in that it lacks zoning laws. It is also overrun with petrochemical corporations operating with few rules and regulations. Neither of these things lend to a safe and healthy city for those with few resources. Houston has a high amount of residential segregation and housing discrimination which forces residents seeking affordable housing into marginalized areas where they are exposed to higher amounts of pollutants, less access to amenities, and are often at a higher risk of flooding. Abby spoke with Dr. Robert Bullard, Professor of Urban Planning at Texas Southern University, about these issues including Houstons history, gentrific...


Coup DEtat in Catalonia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coup DEtat in Catalonia | Spain-Catalonia-independence-dictatorship-809267 | Special Interests World News

Self-determination is a universal right.

On Saturday, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy suspended Catalan self-governance extrajudicially, a coup by any standard, stripping the region of autonomy, annulling its executive and parliamentary powers, imposing fascist Madrid rule with full EU and US support and encouragement.

Sometime this week, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and parliamentarians will meet to discuss how theyll respond to Rajoys action, Puigdemont saying:

I ask the parliament to meet in a plenary session during which we, the representatives of the citizens sovereignty, will be able to decide over this attempt to liquidate our government and our democracy, and act in consequence.

Catalan institutions cannot accept this attack by SpainLong live Catalonia.

Regional parliament Speaker Carme Forcadell rejected Rajoys action, saying he wants the parliament of Catalonia to stop being a democratic parliament, and we will not allow this to happen.

One option is defying Madrid by declaring regional independence, announcing the formation of a new Catalan republic what should have happened straightaway after overwhelming October 1 referendum day voting, calling for separation from Spain.

Puigdemont pledged it within 48 hours. Its now 22 days later. His call for dialogue with Madrid fell on deaf ears. Brussels spurned him.

Last evening, he addressed hundreds of thousands of Catalans massed in Barcelona, protesting Madrids action, explaining his multiple calls for dialogue with Madrid got the same answer silence of repression.

He called imposition of direct rule over the region the worst attack on the institutions and the people of Catalonia since the decrees of the military dictator Francisco Franco.

Spain under Rajoy is a political dictatorship at war with its own people, exploiting and repressing them nationwide.

He acted to eliminate Catalan institutions, said Puigdemont, stressing if European values are at risk in Catalonia, they will also be at risk in Europe.

Rajoys action...


Project Censored 10.24.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Historian and author Andres Resendez speaks about the other slavery the enslavement  of millions of Native Americans from the time of Columbus to the 1900s, a subject often overlooked  in history curricula. Resendez spoke in Berkeley, CA in April 2017; Mickey Huff was the host of that event.  This program includes Resendez speech, and part of the question-and-answer period ...

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Elie Wiesel accused of groping woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, more and more women feel confident to come forward with their own stories of being sexually harassed, groped, and raped where once they chose to remain silent because their attackers were powerful people and they feared being shamed and retaliated against. Some of these things happened years ago. One of latest allegations comes from Jennifer Listman who is now an anthropological geneticist working at New York University. In a detailed blog post, she describes how in 1989, when she was 19 years of age, she was shocked when she was groped by Nobel peace prize winner Elie Wiesel during a photographing at a public charity event. Wiesel died in 2016 at the age of 87.

When I was nineteen years old, Elie Weisel grabbed my ass. It was a calculated act and worse than you think; he mistook me for an ultra-religious underage girl who was unlikely to tell anyone about it. In other words, he purposefully chose to molest someone who he assumed was a minor and who would be compelled into silence.

The photographer was about to take the photo when Elie Wiesel yelled, Wait!!. He then lunged (this is not an exaggerationhe looked as if he was performing a fencing move) out of the middle of the arrangement, across the line of family members, towards his right, towards me. Pushing with his hands, he shoved me and my boyfriend apart, inserted himself between us, placed one arm over each of our shoulders, and then gave a nod to the photographer and said, Ok.


The photographer re-focused his lens, which took some time. The hand on my right shoulder moved a few inches down my back to be on my shoulder blade. Maybe his hand had been uncomfortable in its original position. Although, how could it be more comfortable now that it was not resting on top of something? I didnt have an answer for myself. The hand moved lower. It moved again. This happened slowly, over a period of seconds; a physical impossibility that is possible under such circumstances. I was in disbelief.

That cant be what hes doing. That cant be what hes doing. That cant be what hes doing.

His hand is still in a normal position. It is still in a normal position, now. Even now, it is still in a normal position.

The photographer snapped the photo. Simultaneously, Elie Wiesels right hand had reached my right ass cheek, which he squeezed. The photo was over, the photographer leaned back from crouching over his camera, the group separated, smiling at ea...


Bombing of the US Marines barracks in Beirut "IndyWatch Feed National"

1) I read that Trump mentioned Hizbullah in this matter.  I asked once Hasan Nasrallah about that and he says that his party does not claim responsibility for the bombing and that the party had not formed by the time of the bombing and that it formed later.
2) Why does US media always refer to this bombing as a terrorist bombing when the target was a military target?  I remember once at a conference at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University,  I asked University of Chicago professor, Robert Pape about why he just referred to this bombing as a terrorist bombing when the target is a military one.  I will never forget his answer. He said: because everyone considers it a terrorist bombing.  I said: should we as academic not try harder?
3) Media never mentions what the US marines were doing in Lebanon and that their mission was the support of the right-wing death squads of the Phalanges who were installed in power by the Israelis.


Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury

Is the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims a fair forum? This is not a trivial question as it is the only forum in which parents may bring claims for vaccine injury to their children.

The post Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program appeared first on World Mercury Project.


Farmer Wants a Revolution: How Is This Not Genocide? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Farmer Wants a Revolution: How Is This Not Genocide? | plant-sprouting-1170x696 | Agriculture & Farming Special Interests

(THE GUARDIANHealth comes from the ground up, Charles Massy says yet chemicals used in agriculture are causing millions of deaths. Susan Chenery meets the writer intent on changing everything about the way we grow, eat and think about food

The kurrajong tree has scars in its wrinkled trunk, the healed wounds run long and vertical under its ancient bark. Standing in front of the homestead, it nestles in a dip on high tableland from which there is a clear view across miles and miles of rolling plains to the coastal range of south-east Australia.

Charles Massy grew up here, on the sweeping Monaro plateau that runs off the eastern flank of Mount Kosciuszko, an only child enveloped by the natural world, running barefoot, accompanied by dogs and orphaned lambs. Fifth generation, he has spent his adult life farming this tough, lean, tussock country; he is of this place and it of him. But when his friend and Aboriginal Ngarigo elder Rod Mason came to visit he discovered that a lifetime of intimately knowing the birds, trees and animals of this land wasnt significant at all.

The tree is probably a lot older than 400 years. Rod told him that when the old women walked their favourite songline tracks they carried seeds of their favourite food and resource plants, and sowed them at spirituality significant camping places. His front garden was one such ceremony place there would have been a grove planted, and the women had stripped the bark from the tree to make bags and material. This old tree represented a connection to country deeper than we can imagine, and linking us indivisibly with the natural wor...


On the Mogollon Rim "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is it made from real wolves? Are girl scout cookies made from real girl scouts? You may have your answer.

I have never eaten wolf chili, but I'm sure that it's good since our fellow blogger, Juliette, recommended it.

After having kicked some rocks, tossed the runes and flicked some beads on the abacus, I think that I have a better grip on Phase 2 development at the White Wolf Mine. It will include a barn, solar panels, a green house and a well/pump room, and it will be on the Southern Property rather than there with the hovel. Once complete, I'll begin contemplating Phase 3.

No, excavation has not begun yet (wince), but you can see the stakes in the ground for the footings and for some digging that needs to take place (in the photos below).

Things have been going slower than anticipated because, as was pointed out to me, elk season is still underway. I saw two white tail deer on the property. A buck and a doe made an appearance. Arizona white tail deer are a subspecies, the Coues deer. I've seen mule deer up on the property, but the Coues deer are about half the size of a respectable mule deer. Larger than a German Shepherd, but not that much larger.

Elk season has driven some big horn sheep into the area. A neighbor complained that there were two dozen on his property last week. Big horn sheep are just one more wild species that is common to the Mogollon Rim area in the Arizona highlands.

The weather was spectacular with highs in the 70's. The night was chilly, but not cold.



Australia Expands Security Assistance to Philippines to Combat Islamist Militants "IndyWatch Feed National"

FILE PHOTO: Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne shakes hands with her Filipino counterpart Delfin Lorenzana, before their meeting to discuss military strategy and assistance in the Philippines' fight against Islamist militants in Marawi, at Villamor Air Base in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines, September 8, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Erik De Castro/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne shakes hands with her Filipino counterpart Delfin Lorenzana, before their meeting...

Tuesday, 24 October


Employee resignations rise to five-year high ! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Heres why

One in seven (15.5 per cent) employees resigned from the job in 2016, according to the latest data from XpertHR. Labour turnover statistics from 288 organisations show that the resignation rate has increased steadily since 2012, when it stood at 10.6 per cent.

The occupation groups with the highest numbers of employees that have resigned from their job are distribution at 12.4 per cent, publishing and events at 12.3 per cent, the voluntary sector at 8.8 per cent and HR at 8.2 per cent.

Using an alternative measure that tracks voluntary turnover at the midpoint or median, resignations have increased from 8.9 per cent to 13.1 per cent over the same period.

Trainers are often big~headed and not shy about coming out with really unreasonable conditions

another student said.

Total labour turnover (which covers all types of departures, including voluntary resignations, redundancies, dismissals and retirements) stands at an average 23 per cent and a median of 19.4 per cent, a modest increase from 2015 when the average was 21.5 per cent and the median 18.5 per cent.

For the different occupation groups, labour turnover is highest amongst staff working in publishing and events at 17.7 per cent, followed by distribution at 13.5 per cent, HR at 12 per cent and the housing sector at 11.6 per cent.

Staff turnover among employees with less than 12 months service

For the first time, XpertHR has also recorded turnover rates among employees with less than 12 months service. Monitoring resignation rates and total turnover among this group is important due to the high costs and implications of recruiting and onboarding.

The data shows that one in 10 (10 per cent) new starters resigned before completing a years service with total turnover for all reasons at 11.4 per cent.

Companies in the services sector had the highest rate of attrition among new starters. On average, 11.6 per cent new employees left voluntarily in their first year, with total labour turnover at 13.1 per cent.

Corporations and large companies are so demanding and one~sided offering low pay its made working for them worthless

said a recent graduate, who wanted to be anonymous

XpertHR senior HR practice editor Noelle Murphy, said:

Monitoring staff turnover is important for all organisations so that they can respond quickly when levels reach a point that is damaging to the business. Our data on turnover rates among those with less than 12 months service shows just how important it is for HR to look carefully a...


A Complete Detox Program To Cleanse Your Body, Help You Lose Weight & Boost Your Health "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Arjun Walia

Disease has been on the rise for multiple decades. It seems quite clear that things arent really getting any better, and with a growing population, the rate of chronic illness seems to be getting worse. On top of that, we have a medical industry full of good-hearted people who want to help people, and are helping people, thats plagued by fraud and deception. One that is not really interested in healing people, but rather, in profiting off of their sickness. There are countless instances of this. For example, a study that was published last week in the British Medical Journal by researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen showed that pharmaceutical companies were not disclosing all information regarding the results of their drug trials. You can read more about that and access the study here.

The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think its disgraceful. Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal

The above study is one of many examples, with various medications for various diseases. This is extremely concerning, especially given the fact that various experts estimate more than 100,000 people die every year in the United States alone from prescription drug use. (source)

There doesnt seem to be much attention paid to the environment we choose to surround ourselves with, the foods we eat, and detoxifying our bodies. The answer to everything from the world of medicine seems to come in the form of drugs, which is not always the best option depending on your situation.

Ask yourself: why are so many people getting sick all the time? Why is disease constantly on the rise? One explanation that many experts are putting forth is the environment. We live on a planet where si...


Environmental Protest in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Environment activists and watchers will be detaching themselves briefly from their various points of resistance to observe the implications of a High Court decision in Australia that was handed down last week. The decision found that various anti-protest provisions of


How Bitcoin Broke Australian Mans Debt Cycle, Liberated Him From Banks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Breaking the banks hold: how Australian man has liberated himself economically through Bitcoin


Dear Premier dont do it "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Dear QLD Premier and Deputy Premier MPs Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk (Inala) and Hon. Jackie Trad (South Brisbane) I write to you both today as not only as a long-term supporter of the Australian Labor Party but as a concerned member of the local community. I am also a student, worked in retail/fast food for 6

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November Full Moon Meaning 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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November full moon 2017 astrological influences, metaphysical and spiritual meanings as channelled by psychic medium Ian Scott.

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China buys QLDs The Real Pet Food Company for $1bn "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A Chinese-led consortium has struck a billion-dollar deal to buy a Queensland-based pet food giant to exploit the growth of pet humanisation in the United States and ultimately China.

The majority owner of The Real Pet Food Company (TRPC), Quadrant Private Equity, has sold its interests to the Beijing-based Hosen Capital, Chinas largest agribusiness company New Hope Group and the Singapore Governments investment vehicle, Temasek.

Quadrant Private Equity bought into The Real Pet Food Company in 2015, along with the founding Quinn family and its management.

The proposed billion-dollar sale is a major coup for Quadrant and the Quinn Family.

The company is known for its pet food brands such as Natures Gift, Natures Goodness, Farmers Market and Ivory Coat.

The deal which needs approval from Australias Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) is targeting the growth of pet humanisation in the United States, Europe and eventually Chinas modernising economy where pets are becoming part of the family.

Nick Dowling, Australian chief executive of New Hope Group said the acquisition was a logical step for the consortium.

This is a fantastic opportunity to take a really successful Australian company global to follow the theme of global pet humanisation, Mr Dowling said.

Its the move of pets out of the backyard, through the kitchen and into the bedroom.

For us, this is something we think we can collectively deliver to the world.

Vitamins, milk, baby formula, now dog food

With the US and Europe key initial markets, Mr Dowling sees changing social and economic times in China as a major potential focus.

In China, the powerful force is the change in family structures, an increase in urban lifestyles and rising incomes. What thats leading to is very important forces particularly with millennials and with empty nesters, Mr Dowling said.

The consortium is hoping to cash in with Chinas new wealth in a similar vein as vitamin supplement supplier Blackmores, dairy producer A2 Milk and baby food maker Bellamys.

The deal has been referred to the FIRB and Treasurer Scott Morrison will have the final say on whether the acquisition is in the national interest.

We certainly have made our representations but we think this is a great news story for a really fantastic Australian company, Mr Dowling said.

Quadrant Private Equity bought into The Real Pet Food Company in 2015, along with the founding Quinn family and its management.

The proposed billion-dollar sale is a major coup for Quadrant and the Quinn Family.

The company is known for i...


Ripples From Catalan Referendum Could Extend Beyond Spain "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Simon Tisdall for The Guardian - The Spanish governments attempted suppression of Catalonias independence referendum by brute force has raised urgent questions for fellow EU members about Spains adherence to democratic norms, 42 years after the death of the fascist dictator, Francisco Franco. Charles Michel, Belgiums prime minister, spoke for many in Europe when he tweeted: Violence can never be the answer! Madrids pugnacious stance, while widely condemned as a gross and shameful over-reaction, has nevertheless sent a problematic message to would-be secessionists everywhere. It is that peaceful campaigns in line with the UN charters universal right to self-determination, campaigns that eschew violence and rely on conventional political means, are ultimately doomed to fail. In other words, violence is the only answer. Sorry, Charles. Spains prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, did everything he could to derail a referendum that the courts had deemed illegal, but his pleas and threats were not persuasive. That is democracy. Rajoys subsequent choice to employ physical force to impose his will on civilians exercising a basic democratic right carried a chill echo of Spains past and a dire warning for the future. That is dictatorship. Surely no one believes the cause of Catalan independence will fade away after Sundays bloody confrontations that left hundreds injured.


Australia to train Philippines in urban warfare "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP | A military vehicle drives past destroyed buildings Marawi
CLARK (PHILIPPINES) (AFP)  Australia will train Filipino soldiers in urban warfare to combat the spread of Islamic extremism after months of fierce fighting against militants in the southern Philippines, it was announced Tuesday.

Canberra has since September been helping Manila battle local supporters of the Islamic State group in the southern city of Marawi, deploying two AP-3C Orion aircraft for surveillance while helping in information-gathering and analysis.

Defence chiefs in the Philippines on Monday declared victory after a five-month battle that claimed more than 1,100 lives and destroyed large parts of the city.

While the victory ended immediate fears that the Islamic State would establish a Southeast Asian base in Marawi, concerns remain about its longer-term intentions and capabilities for the region.

Australia has experience tackling the group in Iraq and Syria and Defence Minister Marise Payne said it was crucial the Philippines had the expertise to keep extremists at bay now that the key fight had been won.

She said Canberra would immediately send teams composed of 80 troops to provide urban warfare counter-terrorism training at Philippine military bases.

The practical training the Australian Defence Force will provide will ensure the Philippines defence force is better able to counter the brutal tactics being employed by terrorists, she told reporters on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Clark, a northern Philippine city.

Globally we have seen the effect of extremist ideology and terrorist threats on millions of civilians and it is alarming to see this disruption come to our region.

Payne said the spread of Islamic State-inspired terrorism was a direct threat to Australia and its interests, and Canberra was determined it cannot establish a geographic foothold in the region.

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana welcomed Australias invaluable support, saying the military would use the assistance to replicate the training locally.

While we need troops now to be trained on urban warfare, we also need to build our capacity to train our troops. Part of our programme that we are going to do in the near future is to build our urban (warfare training) centres, Lorenzana said.

The two...


5 Ways To Know If Weve Won The Culture War "IndyWatch Feed National"

After he forced something of a climbdown from the NFL on the national anthem protests, some were arguing that President Trump is winning the culture war.

But just because the other side is losing doesnt mean youre winning. Donald Trump versus the left strikes me as the Iran-Iraq culture war, in the sense captured by Henry Kissingers famous quote about both sides losing (which is, in fact, possible). Ben Domenech once described this as a post-apocalyptic culture war, in which Trump has been embraced by the increasingly large portion of evangelicals who believe the culture wars are over, and they lost. So instead of looking for someone who will set a positive example, theyll settle for an unprincipled blowhard who promises hes got your back on political correctness.

This may be a foolish and shortsighted approach, but it does raise an interesting question: what would winning in the culture war actually look like? The Rights embrace of Trump suggests they have lost sight of any such positive visionbut its hard to know whether youre winning or losing if you have no idea what winning would mean.

This isnt about everyone backing the particular political solutions I favor, because thats not what the culture war is about. Its a contest over broader and deeper issues that have, in many ways, a more direct effect on our happiness and wellbeingand establish the conditions for any kind of wide-ranging political victory. As Andrew Breitbart used to remind us, politics is downstream of culture.

Im not asking what it would mean to achieve a final victory in the culture war, because there is never a final victory. If we are no longer fighting a culture war over, say, gay marriage, I am sure we will be fighting over something else. But what would make us think that we were making progress?

I dont know what your answer to this question would be, and I suspect its different from mine. As a secular pro-free-marketer, I come from a unique perspective. But none of us can achieve anything in the culture war unless we know the direction we want to head. So here are my modest suggestions for the main points that would constitute progress in the culture war.

1. A Renaissance of Great Books Education

By the Great Books, I dont mean just a particular list of texts that convey important ideas. I m...


Trump Officials Luxe Travel Spending Makes Swamp-Draining Promises Look Like Hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you given more to the economy than Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton? They pay more in taxes than you do, and sacrifice themselves for their country in ways you cant even imagine. Its a safe bet their taxes do more to help pay for government aircraft than yours do. If they want to use an Air Force jet to get around, they should be able to.

Reasonable, right? Linton certainly thought so!

The above excerpts a sensational Instagram reply in which the Treasury secretarys wife unleashed a torrent of condescension toward a commenter for questioning whether taxpayers should foot the bill for jet-powered Mnuchin getaways.

When Lintons comment began making waves, she turned her Instagram private, confirming that not even #tomford sunnieswhich were tagged in the postwere enough to block all the haters. But these are the Mnuchins. The others arent like them.

The Rules Are Different for People Like Us

Mnuchin, after all, repurposed a California bank as a foreclosure machine at the height of the housing collapse. A top-earning Goldman Sachs executive, Mnuchin also dabbled in producing Hollywood titles.

Prior to his confirmation as Treasury secretary, at an event in which he was asked about his movies, Mnuchin had the legal awareness to deflect those questions with this answer: Well, Im not allowed to promote anything that Im involved in. So I just want to have...


Is Your Kid A Cowboy For Halloween? Social Justice Warriors Already Hate Him "IndyWatch Feed National"

Americans celebrate a lot of holidays. Ever the wet-blankets, social justice warriors will take any opportunity to demonstrate their virtue and accuse others with tiresome, baseless epithets like racism, sexism, and cultural appropriation. As Halloween approaches, SJWs and professional nags will be on the attack.

One school in Walpole, Massachusetts has canceled its annual Halloween costume parade. The school principal said, the costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all students individual differences are respected.

The school will instead have an after-hours Orange and Black Spirit Day. How festive. What the principal isnt saying is that they dont want to deal with angry parents who complain about offensive costumes. Can you blame him? Unfortunately, the vague statement doesnt say what everyone is thinking: SJWs are stealing kids fun (and, most likely, candy).

You People Are Why We Cant Have Any Fun

Of course there have been instances of offensive costumes. Theyre almost always on a website and not actually worn by a child. A legitimate case can be made regarding the recent news of an Anne Frank Costume for Girls that was marketed on the European, Canadian, Australian, and British versions of the website

In the United States the costume was marketed as WWII Costume for Girls. After a link to the site circulated around Twitter and people registered their disbelief and outrage, the company put out the following statement:

We sell costumes not only for Halloween, but for many uses outside of the Halloween season, such as school projects and plays. We offer several types of historically accurate costumes from prominent figures to political figures, to television characters. We take feedback from costumers very seriously. We have passed along the feedback regarding this costume, and it has been removed from the website at this time. We apologize for any offense it has caused, as thats never our intention. If you have additional questions or concerns, please let us know.

The company has a reasonable explanation for carrying the costume. Their decision to remove it is also reasonable. Unfortunately, this isnt the last of the discussion on outrageous costumes. Fox News reported recently that Party Citys The Wall costume also enraged Twitter users. One person called it directly racist. Another said If I see anyone wearing a The Wall costume, fair...


Classic Who: GHW Bush and the JFK Assassination "IndyWatch Feed National"

The highly anticipated release of long-withheld US government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is scheduled for this Thursday, October 26. In anticipation, the media has devoted more attention to this history-altering political murder than at any time since the hoopla surrounding Oliver Stones 1991 film JFK.

On Saturday, President Trump tweeted:

Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.

This sounds like good news, although it remains to be seen whether some files will continue to be withheld by the president.

As the main outlet probing this and other transformative cold cases,  WhoWhatWhy has pointed out that many questions remain unanswered and many key issues unresolved. Once the documents are released, well turn loose our crack team of document analysts and report back our findings.  

WhoWhatWhy Staff

What possible connection could there have been between George H.W. Bush and the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Or between the CIA and the assassination? Or between Bush in the 1960s and the CIA? For some people, apparently, making such connections was as dangerous as letting one live wire touch another. Here, in anticipation of the forthcoming final release of long-classified JFK assassination records, is an excerpt from WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Bakers bestseller, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, Americas Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. The story is a real-life thriller.

Note: Although these excerpts do not contain footnotes, the book itself is heavily footnoted and exhaustively sourced. This article first appeared 9/16/2013.

Poppys Secret


When Joseph McBride came upon the document about George H. W. Bushs double life, he was not looking for it. It was 1985, and McBride, a former Daily Variety writer, was in the library of California State University San Bernardino, researching a book about the movie director Frank Capra. Like many good reporters, McBride took off on a slight, if time-consuming, tangent spending day after day poring....


Different Positions by Anarchists on #Catalonia "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Enough is Enough!

Last night we were on a district assembly in the Poble Sec neighbourhood of Barcelona. Some anarchists were also taking part in the assembly.


Image: District assembly in the Poble Sec neighbourhood in Barcelona on October 20, 2017.

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Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed AP-3C Orion A9-664 "Striker 67" Airwork at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Sunday 22 October, the lovely sight and sound of a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed AP-3C Orion was in the skies above Rockhampton, and local plane spotter Kayanne H popped out into her front yard and captured some great photos as it completed some airwork at Rockhampton Airport.



Iraqi PM slams US call for Iranian militias to quit Iraq Nobody has the right to interfere in Iraqi affairs. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Iraqi prime minister has challenged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over his comments on Iranian militias in Iraq. Tillerson had called on the militias to go home as the fight against IS was ending.

Fighters of the Popular Mobilization Forces (picture-alliance/dpa/C. Petit Tesson)

Fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), are Iraqis who have fought terrorism, defended their country and made sacrifices to defeat Islamic State, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for Iranian and Iran-backed Shiite militia in Iraq to either return to their
homes, integrate into the Iraqi army or leave the country, as the fight against the Islamic State (IS) was ending.

Those fighters need to go home, Tillerson said. Any foreign fighters need to go home.

Read more: Tillerson tries to undercut Iran in Saudi Arabia summit

The 60,000-strong Hashed al-Shaabi was cobbled together from Iranian-backed militias in 2014 after IS took over large parts of northern Iraq. It is answerable to the prime ministers office, and parliament has voted to integrate it into state forces.

Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fire against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tal Afar, Iraq in August REUTERS/StringerPMF fighters have taken on Islamic State militants in the battle to reclaim Iraqi territory

The Hashed is an institution that depends on the Iraqi state and the constitution does not allow the presence of armed groups outside the law, Abadi said. The cabinet added that nobody has the right to interfere in Iraqi affairs.

Critics allege that visits by Irans Major General Qassem Soleimani, a commander of Irans Revolutionary Guards who advises the PMF, re.....


Saving Australias endangered mountain pygmy possums "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2015 video is called Mountain Pygmy Possums Endangered Species Edit.

From the University of Melbourne in Australia:

Genetic rescue boosts recovery of Australias endangered mountain pygmy possums

October 23, 2017

For the first time, a breeding technique known as genetic rescue has been shown to increase population numbers and survival rates of the endangered mountain pygmy possum, now at their highest numbers since 1996.

The study was conducted by a team from the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, CESAR, Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, and the University of New South Wales.

Dr Andrew Weeks from the University of Melbourne led the project, published in the international journal Nature Communications.

Genetic rescue was used to introduce male mountain pygmy possums, Burramys parvus, from a healthy population at Mt Hotham, to a recipient group of females at Mt Buller. The two groups had become physically isolated from each other over 20,000 years.

This isolation had led to inbreeding and a lack of the genetic variation that is essential for overcoming disease and ensuring the ability to thrive.

Dr Weeks says that since the genetic rescue program began in 2011, the possum population has gone through rapid growth and is now larger than when the population was first discovered in 1996.

Before 2010, there was thought to be only a handful of individuals at Mt Buller, Dr Weeks...


New life at South Brisbane Cemetery "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Local community group the Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery will continue their successful 2017 comeback by hosting a family-friendly event at the historic cemetery this Sunday. Graveyard Explorers will feature free history tours and Symbol Hunt activities for children, a sausage sizzle and childrens history books for sale. The FOSBC has been around for over []

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Three Quarters Of Voters Have Returned Their Postal Survey Forms "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Almost three quarters of eligible Australians have voted in the same-sex marriage postal survey, the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimate said on Tuesday. The ABS estimated that 74.5% of enrolled Australians 11.9 million people had returned their survey forms by last Friday, up from 67.5 the previous week. With form scanning now well ...

The post Three Quarters Of Voters Have Returned Their Postal Survey Forms appeared first on QNEWS.


Dark clouds lifting "IndyWatch Feed"

About three weeks ago the depression which had overtaken me while my dad was dying finally lifted. It felt as though grey and leaden clouds parted to let through a few shafts of light, then broke up and drifted away.
It's been a year, I tell you.
For most of it I'd drag myself to my desk every day and try to grind though whatever work was in front of me. As I failed and failed again at that, day after day, the work piled up. I just kept grinding.
I did a lot of short writing this year. The private column was a left handed gift in that way. It forced me to keep writing, twice a week, every week, whether I felt like it or not. And mostly I did not.
Not at all.
I put on a lot of weight. Maybe ten kilos or more. That started in the hospital, eating shitty food for the want of something better to do. It got worse later, as I was eating for comfort and a sense of control.
I had some back problems too, which restricted my ability to exercise. But I kept exercising. Like the writing, it was a grind, but I did recall from my psych degree that regular exercise was as effective for treating mild depression as any medication or therapy.
So this has been a year.
However, as I said, a couple of weeks ago, my mood lifted and I suddenly found I had the energy to write again, and a renewed interest in doing so. My publishers were very understanding, so my first priority is finishing The Cruel Stars for them. I've given myself a deadline of November 24. For those of you who were beta reading, I'll be adding new chapters as they're written, rather than in longer sections. Thanks for your indulgence as well.
The ladies of the family will be travelling for a few weeks from late November, giving me a clear run to do some concentrated work and get in a bit of extra jujitsu training. (Jujitsu was one of the few things I didn't lose enthusiasm for this year. In fact, it kept me sane).
November/December then I'll be writing The Golden Minute, the next of the Smith and Cady time travel books.
I have a couple of other irons in the fire I'll discuss a bit later this week, but I'm pondering what to do here at the Burger too. I let it lie fallow because most days I had enough of a struggle to get any paid writing done. But I'd like to reboot.
I'll probably start modestly. I might even revisit the early journalspace days and just keep things very personal. I have a new puppy, after all. She's good for some posts.


Gabba big winner of Westpac community grants "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

In Queensland, a total of 37 organisations have been awarded 2017 Westpac Foundation Community Grants, including quite a few over in Woolloongabba. These organisations are helping to improve the lives of youth at risk, victims of domestic violence, those suffering from mental health issues, Indigenous Australians and refugees creating a new life in Australia. Local []

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AWU statement after its offices were raided by Federal Police today "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Workers Union Statement Comment from Daniel Walton, AWU National Secretary This is an extraordinary abuse of police resources and taxpayer funds by a desperate government. It is clear the ROC has been established not to promote good governance, but to use taxpayer and police resources to muckrake through historic...


Haryana Governments Recruitment Exam Asks Candidates About Baba Ramdev, Other Babas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Defending the questions, BJP spokesperson says these are related to the social fabric of the state that should be known by the aspirants of government jobs.

Baba Ramdev

Baba Ramdev. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in Haryana in 2014, candidates aspiring for government jobs have had to spruce up their knowledge about Baba Ramdev and other such cult-like figures. Here are some sample questions that have figured in the general knowledge category of the states competitive exams for government recruitment:

  1. Where is the dera of Kali Kamali Baba located in Haryana? (For Shift Attendant, 2016)
    Answer: Kurukshetra
  2. Who is the guru of Baba Ramdev? (For Haryana Parwari Exam, 2016)
    Answer: Acharya Baldev
  3. On which part of the body is the ornament chalkada worn? (For Haryana Police Constable, 2016)
    Answer: Leg
  4. Which occasion is also know as Basodha? (For Police Constable, 2016)
    Answer: Nirjala Ekadashi
  5. Which place in Haryana is related to Kapil Muni? (For Haryana Statistical Assistant, 2016)
    Answer: Kalayat

Not surprisingly, candidates appearing for these exams, as well as social activists, are questioning the logic behind these questions.

Alok Kumar, who took the exam in the category of police constables and bus conductors this year said, We dont find some of these questions in any book. But after coming across such questions repeatedly in the...


Physicists send particles of light into the past, prove time travel is possible "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is good to see us progressing on this problem.  I actually suspect that it will be solved easily and much sooner than anyone anticipates.

The reason i say all that is because i do have reports that could only be of the end of a temporal wormhole and likely come from the near future.  The physical nature conformed to my informed expectations and were not identified as such in the reports.  These were robust structures as well.

Add in the very real expanded presence of UFOs that appear to be popping in and out of time as well and the future is spending a lot of time watching us and gathering data without actually incurring paradox problems.

Real progress though will demand working with my Cloud Cosmology..

Physicists send particles of light into the past, prove time travel is possible

Scientists from the University of Queensland, Australia, have used single particles of light (photons) to simulate quantum particles travelling through time. They showed that one photon can pass through a wormhole and then interact with its older self. Their findings were published in Nature Communications.

The source of this time travel conundrum comes from what are called "closed time-like curves"(CTC). CTCs are used to simulate extremely powerful gravitational fields, like the ones produced by a spinning black hole, and could, theoretically (based on Einstein's theory of general relativity), warp the fabric of existence so that space-time bends back on itself - thus creating a CTC, almost like a path that could be used to travel back in time.

According to Scientific American, many physicists find CTCs "abhorrent, because any macroscopic object traveling through one would inevitably create paradoxes where cause and effect break down." 

Others disagree with this assessment, however; in 1991, physicist David Deutsch showed that these paradoxes (created by CTCs) could be avoided at the quantum scale because of the weird behavior of these fundamental particles that make up what we call matter.

It's well known that at the quantum scale, these particles do not follow the rules that govern classical mechanics, but behave in strange and unexpected ways that really shouldn't even be possible.

Welcome to the world of Quan...


Patrick Tomlinson v. Ben Shapiro, men attempt abortion logic "IndyWatch Feed National"

Charlie Rae weighs in on the conversation on abortion between Tomlinson and Shapiro.

Patrick Tomlinson, a sci-fi writer and a political conservative, posed a thought-experiment on twitter the other day to prove the point that anti-abortion campaigners do not consider an embryo equal to a child. To whittle it down, hes asking: if you had to choose between saving one child or a thousand or even a million embryos, which would you pick? He thinks that the answer is quite simple, and human instincts tell all of us to save the child. If someone thought that an embryo was the same as a child, it would be difficult for them to even answer this question.

Ben Shapiro, an anti-abortion conservative, disagrees that its an open and shut case. His argument was summed up on The Daily Wire:

Shapiro, who answers directly that he would and should save the 5-year-old childs life, lays out four reasons that Tomlinsons supposedly original thought experiment, while interesting, is ultimately worthless. Shapiro argues that 1) moral instinct does not always mean correct moral decisionmaking; 2) the pro-abortion thought experiment does not reveal the value of embryonic life; 3) most pro-lifers freely admit the supreme value of already-born human life, but that doesnt make prenatal life valueless; and 4) the whole thought experiment simply isnt reality: the case of pro-abortion advocates isnt a choice between a five-year-old and a thousand fetuses. Its a case of killing a fetus, by itself.

I think this response only frustrated Tomlinson, who feels that Shapiro both proved his point but completely missed it at the same time. He chose not to respond, and I dont blame him. Shapiro makes hearty attempts at logic, I will give him that, but he pre-empts them by calling his opponents douches and calling their thoughts worthless. But I thought I would step in and offer not only a female perspective but a more rigorously logical one as well.



People happy with Turnbull's NBN failure "IndyWatch Feed National"

The government can hide plenty from the masses, but it's difficult to hide this huge failure called the NBN (National Broadband Network).

It seems that whatever the people in government touch becomes a failure, where it is clear that they are incompetent and incapable of making decisions that are of benefit to the community.

With all these obvious failures the community seems very happy with the actions of the people in government.

How can one deduce that the people are happy?
- Because they are not protesting in the streets that they are unhappy.
Remember; Silence is acquiescence?

With the advent of a government tool (the interwebs) seeping into the hands of the plebs, any drunk sitting in his outhouse in the back of a Queensland property in the 'sticks', can have access to Australia's  founding legal document called the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (Imp) or the 'Constitution' for short.

These serfs will quote the words "Whereas the people" (from the Constitution) implying that they have some sort of 'authority' probably also referring to a quote somewhere along the line of "The people are the ultimate authority of the land", forgetting that it was the landowners who had a say in the shaping of the Constitution.

Maybe the serfs do have a say, as according to the people in government, the mass population 'voted' (in reality responded to a survey) supporting homosexual marriage, but that topic is covered elsewhere in the blog.

Currently Australia, apparently a first world country, has an internet speed slower than a second world country, Kazakhstan and just above Guam (third world?).

It's seems that the all powerful herd population will change the marriage law (based upon a survey) with regards to homosexuals (you know poofs and lezzos) marrying, but...


Solving the Marathon Bomb Mystery, Part 8: What Can We Do Now? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dancing to Strauss Tales from the Vienna Woods

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

You wont believe me, but Lex semper dabit remedium. Yep, its true. The law will always furnish a remedy. In Part 7, which started with Sinners in the hand of an angry God, I consulted federal law in search of remedies. We saw various punishments meted out for the crimes of conspiring, murder, violence under color of law, obstruction of justice, treason, misprision (my fave), and terrorism.

Meted out? Well, the punishments exist on paper they only get meted out if something happens, like a grand jury indictment, a bench warrant, a box of matches, or a wrongful-death lawsuit. Where does justice reside? It can only reside in the human heart.  It is not a force out there.  Here in Part 8, the task is to inventory all available means for converting peoples sense of justice legally into consequences. American history is replete with examples of this being accomplished beautifully.

The context in which I am writing this is the context of the FBI having gotten away with many crimes related to the Marathon bombing, including probably the bombing itself.  (Note: even if they werent the bomber, they must have conspired with the bomber, and as we saw that makes them equ...


What Comes After the High "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty, we are living in Austria and we try to grasp what will come after the Dow reached the mid 30.000s or even the 40.000s in 2019/20 and the dollar went up too? what goes up must come down. it would be good to know how to prepare oneself for the everyday life as we cant do big jumps with our little money. what economic scenarios do we have to expect here in Europe around 2020/2021?

Reading your blog since 2015 every day and even started to read your older blogs too.

thanks very much for helping us small people with painting pictures of the future. so even we can prepare in some ways.




ANSWER: Oh yes. What goes up must come down. However, that is the case ONLY when the currency remains equal! We are looking at a new monetary system. That is when the currencies are reset. They need to explain away the failure of Socialism the pension ponzi scam.

Some people also ask if the arrival of cryptos will be the reset. In order for the cryptos to make it past the DOT.COM Bubble syndrome, there has to be a major technological advance in society around the world. That is not likely.

This is why I just finished The Coming One-World Currency report. This deals with what is coming for the reset AFTER the chaos unfolds.


Go Fund Yourself "IndyWatch Feed National"

The past year or so, Ive seen an influx in my Facebook feed of people beseeching their friends to fund their various lifestyle activities. Shamelessly begging your social networks for money is speedily becoming normalised in todays society, with a plethora of causes being championed on the regular from overseas travel to university courses.

So is it really socially acceptable to outright ask your friends for money?

Theres no doubting that crowdfunding websites like GoFundMe have done wonderful things for many worthy recipients, such as cancer patients who cant afford treatment, parents who are struggling to provide medication for their sick children and travellers injured overseas without adequate insurance. Im not writing off the positives crowdfunding platforms can provide for communities to rally behind their own, but where do we draw the line?

Imploring for money to be donated so that you can travel the world is something I cannot endorse. I find it hard to believe that these leisure crowdfunders would feel comfortable asking their friends for money in a face-to-face situation. I know I couldnt even look a girlfriend in the eye if I was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy (mainly due to my obsession with avo on toast) and asking for even just $1! Why should she sacrifice being a buck short just so I can be a dollar closer to hashtagging #wanderlust at the top of Machu Picchu?

Crowdfunding forums give leisure beggars a shield to hide behind so they can pledge their causes to an online audience filled with family, friends, acquaintances and people they drunkenly added in the bathroom that one time. The thing is, if you are privileged enough to live in a developed country with wages as high as ours, your inability to save up for a trip overseas is most likely due to your personal lifestyle choice rather than any actual challenging circumstances. Grow some proverbial balls, suck it up and work to earn your own money like the rest us. Whatever you do, dont ask your online community which is full of people aware of how educated and able to work you are to earn your money for you.

Im not saying I dont understand the frustration that kicks in when your account hits minus and youre dreaming of sinking overpriced bevs whilst wearing sailor hats in Croatia. But before your trigger finger gets dangerously close to the share button on your GoFundMe, ask yourself: would I pester my mates for money in real life?

If the answer is no, its probably not something you should be doing on...


EXCLUSIVE! MARRIAGE HYPOCRITE! Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce cheats on wife with long sexual affair with staffer while lecturing public on gays ruining marriage "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Embattled Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has been conducting a clandestine sexual affair with a female staffer for up to 10 months this year while at the same time grandiosely lecturing the Australian public about how gay people wanting to get married threatens the institution of marriage.


Is Communism Really dead? an Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jimmie Moglia After reading the Sakers article, I had to walk back and forth for some time, partly to digest its content, and partly to determine why I found


MACKAY Axe accused hurls foul abuse, calls magistrate maggot scum "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 24, 2017 at 05:53AM ,

Axe accused hurls foul abuse, calls magistrate maggot scum

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TYRONE Joel Santo hurled abuse at Magistrate Damien Dwyer and his defence barrister Phillip Moore in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday.

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MACKAY Burglar left pool of blood at scene of business break-in "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY October 24, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

Burglar left pool of blood at scene of business break-in

October 24, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

He appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday with a heavily bandaged arm, having cut himself on the smashed glass on the way into the

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Ongoing saga "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Period debt occurred: 
July 2011 to June 2016
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Appealing Debt?: 
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I got my thoughts together and read through all the inform...


Hidden Danger of Ecological Collapse "IndyWatch Feed National"

A recent landmark study that investigated alarming loss of insects is leaving scientists dumbfounded, deeply troubled, potentially the biggest-ever existential threat, risking ecosystem collapse too soon for comfort.  In contrast to global warming, this may be much more imminently dangerous across-the-board to terrestrial life. An enormous loss of insect population, almost decimation in some parts of the world, threatens the life-giving structure of the ecosystem. This is a deadly serious problem!

If we lose the insects, then everything is going to collapse there has been some kind of horrific decline. (Prof Dave Goulson, Sussex University). According to the new study, insect abundance has fallen by 75% over the past 27 years.1

Horrific decline may serve as a gross understatement because any time a key component of life on Earth declines by 75% in less than three decades, big-time-huge trouble is right around the corner. Theres no other way to look at it. Hopefully, the study is flawed. Time will tell, assuming there is enough.

The study utilized carefully controlled scientific protocols, but consider this: Even anecdotal evidence for the Average Joe tells the story: It wasnt too many decades ago, 1950s-70s, that cross-country trips in the family car hit bugs, lots of em, squashed on windshields and lodged within front bumper grills. No more.  And, kids no longer frolic about chasing fireflies in back yards at night.

Insects make up about two-thirds of all life on Earth [but] there has been some kind of horrific decline, said Prof Dave Goulson of Sussex University, UK, and part of the team behind the new study. We appear to be making vast tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life and are currently on course for ecological Armageddon. If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.2

The loss of insects casts a very long dark shadow over the 21st century. Consider: First, global warming and now massive insect decline at a heart-stopping rate of decline. Is human society, en mass, committing suicide? The answer could be yes, humankind is committing harakari in the wide-ope...


Senate scuttles sensible immigration motion - Article by Leith Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

"All sensible stuff [...]. No reference to irrelevant issues like race or culture. Just a sensible focus on Australias extreme immigration levels and their various deleterious impacts on ordinary Australians living standards. Sadly, while the speech reads like something that should have come from the Left, it instead came from One Nations Pauline Hanson. And because of this, it was blocked without debate by the Senate." (Article by Leith van Onselen)

On Thursday evening, the following motion was read in the Australian Senate:

I move:

That the Senate

(a) notes that Australia has the largest per capita immigration program in the world; and

(b) calls on the Government to address the extremely high, unsustainable immigration intake, including from both permanent and temporary residency visas, that:

(i) impacts on local, state and Federal Government delivery and planning for the supply of water, power and gas, and the protection of arable land for food production,

(ii) overburdens infrastructure, including roads and transport, telecommunications, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, sewerage, government welfare and services, and

(iii) has put a strain on available residential land, affordable housing, standard of living and employment prospects, including under-employment.

Notice given 18 October 2017

When it comes to immigration and population policy, the other parties are like drunken fools pouring petrol onto a bonfire. Unless we put a stop to this madness, it is going to blow up in our faces. It is time for the adults in the room to speak up and call them out because, otherwise, the idiots with the petrol can are going to burn the economy to the ground. Of course, it is difficult for anyone to question the level of immigration without being called a racist because it has always been seen as a legitimate tactic to label....



This is an American rock n roll album by big American pop star Perfume Genius.

Known early as a poster-wraith for notorious, joyous, tortured and free boys, girls and their fellow travelers, the first two albums by Perfume Genius consisted largely of exquisite and cruelly abbreviated songs seemingly sung in the dark at a piano with all the silences left in. The previously most recent album, 2014s Too Bright, stepped out saucily onto a bigger stage, expressing, with the production help of Adrian Utley, emotions arranged all along the slippery continuum from rage to irony to love. Now here we have seized the vocabulary of the full expression of all music.

Here in 13 ferocious and sophisticated tracks, Mike Hadreas and his collaborators blow through church music, makeout music, an array of the gothier radio popular formats, rhythm and blues, art pop, krautrock, queer soul, the RCA Studio B sound, and then also collect some of the sounds that only exist inside Freddy Krueger. Tremolo on the electric keys. Nightclubbing. Daywalking. Peter Greenawaying, Springsteening, Syreetaing.

Luridness was a quality of music in the 1960s that is mostly since shunned. The big male crooners were all fiercely lurid as an expression of passion or lustiness or general dickability. Thats something perfect to take back. You took us to church and told us to believe in ghosts. You took us to school and told us to believe in the great American project of inclusion. Instead we started fucking to the great American project of rock and roll. Theres more than one sexy soul song here. Seduction is also spellcraft. Rock and roll was an incantation, a beg to give it up baby. Its not that different from begging Some Thing to not let you die when you are alone and afraid.

Blake Mills the one who produced the Alabama Shakes record and who performs with John Legend produced the record with precision and expansion. Some things are pretty and some are blasted beyond recognition. In the studio with Shawn the engineer, Mike and Blake would hear quite different voices as they worked and they built this together.

God is all around actually and some of these songs are about being equal and some are about the witchcraft of b...


Documentary Just Released Online Blows Lid Off Hollywood Pedophilia: This Is The Tip of The Iceberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

As people try to wrap their minds around the horrid nature of rampant sex abuse in Hollywood, the accusations continue to flow but we are still left with little answers. However, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg has named names and delves into the systemic grooming of child actors in an eye-opening exposwhich includes a shocking []


October E-News "IndyWatch Feed"

  Find out all about whats happening on the farm by subscribing to our monthly e-news HERE. To read whats happening in October CLICK HERE.

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Every child is our child Australias abomination, a crisis among children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three children together attempted to end their lives. Such was the despair they felt from a sense of hopelessness in an Australian community where no one completes school. Three children, aged six, eight and ten climbed a tree. Older children saw them and ran to them and held them up and saved their lives. What []


Actor Michael Caton Backs Marriage Equality In Heartfelt Video "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australian actor Michael Caton has called on Australians to vote yes in the marriage equality postal survey, saying the issue is about allowing everyone in our country to be treated equally before the law. Caton, best known for his roles in Packed to the Rafters and the classic film The Castle, paid tribute in a ...

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Kooky comments made by my parents during this postal survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

From eradicating the sin to imminent human extinction these are just some of the conversations Ive had with my parents these past few weeks.


Scientists: Geological evidence shows the Great Sphinx is 800,000 years old "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Ivan Petricevic

One of the most mysterious and enigmatic monuments on the surface of the planet is without a doubt the Great Sphinx at the Giza plateau in Egypt. It is an ancient construction that has baffled researchers ever since its discovery and until today, no one has been able to accurately date the Sphinx, since there are no written records or mentions in the past about it. Now, two Ukrainian researchers have proposed a new provocative theory where the two scientists propose that the Great Sphinx of Egypt is around 800,000 years old. A Revolutionary theory that is backed up by science.

The study was presented at the International Conference of Geoarchaeology and Archaeomineralogy held in Sofia titled: GEOLOGICAL ASPECT OF THE PROBLEM OF DATING THE GREAT EGYPTIAN SPHINX CONSTRUCTION.

The authors of this paper are scientists Manichev Vjacheslav I. (Institute of Environmental Geochemistry of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) and Alexander G. Parkhomenko (Institute of Geography of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine).

The starting point of these two experts is the paradigm shift initiated by West and Schoch, a debate intended to overcome the orthodox view of Egyptology referring to the possible remote origins of the Egyptian civilization and, on the other, physical evidence of water erosion present at the monuments of the Giza Plateau.


According to Manichev and Parkhomenko:

The problem of dating the Great Egyptian Sphinx construction is still valid, despite of the long-term history of its research. Geological approach in connection to other scientific-natural methods permits to answer the question about the relative age of the Sphinx. The conducted visual investigation of the Sphinx allowed the conclusion about the important role of water from large water bodies which partially...


Whats On At Brisbanes British Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Running until November 15th, the Cunard British Film Festival will bring the finest films from the British Isles to Brisbanes Palace Cinemas for what promises to be its strongest line-up to date. From the opening night drama of Breathe, a stirring true story courtesy of director Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, War for the ...

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Police covering up premier's drink driving wife - FOI not in the public interest, really? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The people in government protect their brethren (or brethren's wives) by not informing their tax slave population of any criminal activities they have committed even though the public have a right to know meaning it is in the 'public interest'.

Victoria Police is an organisation that covers up criminal activities committed by people in government or their relatives.

Those who you see to have had action taken against them are there for show, so that others will be obedient.

This is just one example that has made it out into the public arena where Victoria Police has acted dishonestly, against their duties, protecting and covering up a drink driver the Premier Daniel Andrews' wife, Catherine Andrews.

It sure does pay to be in the 'brotherhood', but then you have to give back a percentage once you keel over.

The laws that apply to the residents of a (penal) colony do not apply to the administration.

STILL trust the police ???

See article from 23 Oct 2017 by of the headline;

Victoria Police rejects FOI requests for information about car crash involving Premiers wife

VICTORIA Police has refused to release documents detailing an investigation into a collision involving Premier Daniel Andrews wife, claiming a freedom of information request was not in the public interest.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews with his wife Catherine Andrews. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
VICTORIA Police has refused to release documents detailing an investigation into a collision involving Premier Daniel Andrews wife, claiming a freedom of information request was not in the public interest.

It comes after revelations by Channel 9 News that an internal review into officers who did not perform a breath test on Catherine Andrews ended with the two police officers being let off with a warning.

The father of the 15-year-old cyclist injured in the crash confirmed to the Herald Sun that he was still waiting to hear from the Premier and his wif...


Final homes sold ahead of Lytton Rd project and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The controversial Lytton Road widening project, which saw protests last month, has been given approval for completion with the final 10 homes stopping the project being sold. (Image credit:Pixabay)

Owners of the homes were forced to sell due to powers under the Government gazette.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has promised the home owners support, saying accommodation arrangements are currently being arranged, with all houses set to be demolished or relocated.

Big steps forward for record-setting Australian energy storage project

Australias largest pumped hydro storage project has increased its potential ahead of construction in 2018.

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Vic MP conducts on poll on planned euthanasia law "IndyWatch Feed National"


A Victorian upper house MP will take views of the public into account when voting for the states controversial assisted dying laws, even though he supports them.

The Labor governments bill is bound for further scrutiny in the Legislative Council after passing the lower house 47-37 on Friday, following more than 24 hours of debate over 141 unsuccessful amendments.

Western District MP James Purcell says its important for him to represent community views even though he supports the legislation.

I have started consulting with local constituents and medical professionals regarding this legislation and am now asking the broader community if they believe people who are terminally ill should have the right to die, he said in statement on Monday.

It is important that I take into consideration both sides of this incredibly sensitive issue before casting my vote.

Mr Purcells statement comes as two other upper house MPs reportedly decided against supporting the bill.

The Australian says Liberal Georgie Crozier and Nationals Luke OSullivan shifted their support for the bill after comments from former prime ministers Paul Keating and Tony Abbott.

Ive got huge concerns with the bill and wont be supporting it, Ms Crozier told the newspaper.

If the bill passes by the end of 2017, an 18-month implementation period means the scheme could be in place by mid-2019.

Victorias parliament sits again on October 31.

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BEST OF THE WEB: Putin speech at Valdai 2017: "The biggest mistake Russia ever made was to trust the US" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard From all the speeches of Vladimir Putin that I had the opportunity to hear and see, I would call his speech at the Valdai forum, including the answers to questions, the most anti-American, or even anti-Western, one. Describing the history of Russia's relations with America in the 1990's, the Russian President shared a story - striking in its detail - about how, in the framework of two agreements on nuclear arms control, experts from the United States were allowed into the most secret Russian facilities and into the offices in which they established themselves: the tables were decorated with little American table flags. How did the Americans respond to our country's unprecedented level of openness? Vladimir Putin repeated several times that they considered it as a weakness. Russia started to burn weapons-grade plutonium in accordance with reached agreements, and the US, without letting us know, changed the obligations they undertook and refused to complete the construction of the plant for processing plutonium. It became known that they made a decision about its burial, which in general has no meaning, because it is always possible to dig up non-utilised plutonium from the burial ground and it will be again completely ready for use.


WHO Reverses Decision To Appoint Mugabe As Goodwill Ambassador "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has listened carefully to criticisms and reversed its decision to appoint Zimbabwe tyrant Robert Mugabe as a Goodwill Ambassador. The WHO had named Mugabe as a Goodwill Ambassador following a proposal from director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who praised Zimbabwe for its commitments to public health. Dr Ghebreyesus had ...

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Sweeteners may increase risk of type 2 diabetes "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian university finds that artificial sweeteners can increase risk of diabetes, but Diabetes UK are sceptical of their findings.


Getting Gay Bashed on Australias East Coast "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few hours passed and I met my friends out the front of the club I had recently been kicked out of. I had no idea why I had been ousted, and was expressing as such when, suddenly, a sharp shove in my back caused me to turn around. My eyes fell upon an unfamiliar face: a tall, white male with sweeping black hair. Though not overly muscular, the guy who pushed me, as well as his two friends, were larger than me.

Its because you dance like a fucking faggot. Are you fucking gay?

Being no stranger to this type of question, I couldnt help but sigh and allow a smile to break onto my face.

And what difference does it make if I am?

A crowd began to form; the crew of people we didnt know grew larger and larger, yelling, spitting, filled with rage. The situation was clearly getting out of hand, so my friends and I started to walk away. As we attempted to calm one another down, the illuminated street toward the train station echoed with a clap: undoubtedly the sound of a fist meeting someones face. We turned to see a friend of ours on the floor. All hell broke loose. One mate of mine ended up hospitalised, and a number more sustained injuries. It was a ridiculous response to an out-of-order question.

A few months later, I found myself walking home from my local pub with a bit of a stumble in my step. The streets were empty and quiet, save for the sounds of my inebriated waltz as my shoes scuffed the pavement. I was roughly 200 metres from my house when I noticed that my sorry attempt at walking in a straight line was no longer the only thing I could hear. Tyres crept along the road ominously, so I looked to see what was ghosting me.

A fairly old, red Toyota Corolla was slowly but surely following me home. I turned around and stopped walking to see what would happen. Was it a bunch of kids attempting to spook me, or could things turn ugly? After a few seconds, a window began to wind down. Maybe people looking for directions? I thought. Maybe a friend who cant quite tell if its me?

I wasnt sure what to expect, but sure enough came the serenade of homophobia. Do you like sucking dick, you fag? came a bellow from inside. Throwing my head back in disbelief, I turned and kept walking. I was really not in the mood for this tonight.

As my steps commenced, so did the accelerator in the car.

Oi Im talking to you, yo...


Smudging Destroys Killer Germs, According to a Recent Study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many people use smudging these days as a means of cleansing their homes of negative energies and spirits, however, recent studies suggest it could be far more beneficial than we think.

Smudging for those who are not aware, is a Native American method of burning sacred herbs to produce smoke. (Native Americans are not the only ones who can or do use this method.) This smoke is used for many different things. Sage is the most commonly smudged herb. Personally white sage is my favorite for smudging.

A recent study published in the journal, Ethnopharmacology back in 2007 looked at how an hour of treatment in the form of medicinal smoke would affect bacterial life. In just one hour, researchers noticed a 95% decrease in bacteria.  The smoke itself maintained air purity for up to 24 hours in a closed room.

The abstract of this study goes as follows:

This study represents a comprehensive analysis and scientific validation of our ancient knowledge about the effect of ethnopharmacological aspects of natural products smoke for therapy and health care on airborne bacterial composition and dynamics, using the Biolog microplate panels and Microlog database. We have observed that 1h treatment of medicinal smoke emanated by burning wood and a mixture of odoriferous and medicinal herbs (havan smagri=material used in oblation to fire all over India), on aerial bacterial population caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room. Absence of pathogenic bacteria Corynebacterium urealyticum, Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens, Enterobacter aerogenes (Klebsiella mobilis), Kocuria rosea, Pseudomonas syringae PV. persicae, Staphylococcus lentus, and Xanthomonas campestris PV. tardicrescens in the open room even after 30 days is indicative of the bactericidal potential of the medicinal smoke treatment. We have demonstrated that using medicinal smoke it is possible to completely eliminate diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria of the air within confined space.

They were able to conclude that the benefits of smudging are completely viable. As you may know, our overuse of antibiotics has caused a huge problem in regards to superbugs and extreme pollution. This could be our answer on some level when it comes to killing off their bacteria.

Conventional sterilization method...


TPP-11 study shows miniscule Australian growth after 15 years, ignores costs "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 24, 2017: An economic modelling study by the US Peterson Institute has admitted that the TPP without the US would have even less of the tiny economic benefits predicted for Australia with US participation.

The study, based on the usual favourable but unrealistic assumptions of no unemployment or other negative effects, predicts an increase in Australian GDP of only .5% in 2030. This compares with an average Australian GDP growth per quarter of .86% between 1959 and 2017. This means the TPP-11 predicted increase is only equivalent to about two months average GDP growth after 15 years, even less than the TPP-12 result of .6% of GDP after 15 years.

A Tufts University study which did measure possible employment effects found the TPP with the US would result in net losses of 39,000 in Australian employment after 10 years. This would be worse without access to the US market.

TPP-11 supporters seem desperate to claim benefits from a deal which obviously has less economic gains without access to the large US market. But last month a study by a senior United Nations economist debunked a Japanese report based on spurious assumptions which claimed larger economic benefits from the TPP 11.

The Peterson and Japanese studies do not count the very real costs of stronger medicine and copyright monopolies, rights of foreign investors to sue governments, restrictions on governments rights to regulate essential services and removal of labour market testing for temporary workers which have resu...


Australian household electricity prices may be 25% higher than official reports "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australian household electricity prices may be 25% higher than official reports

Bruce Mountain, Victoria University

The International Energy Agency (IEA) may be underestimating Australian household energy bills by 25% because of a lack of accurate data from the federal government.

The Paris-based IEA produces official quarterly energy statistics for the 30 member nations of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), on which policymakers and researchers rely heavily. But to provide this service, the IEA relies on member countries to provide it with good-quality data.

Last month, the agency published its annual summary report, Key World Statistics, which reported that Australian households have the 11th most expensive electricity prices in the OECD.

Read more: FactCheck: Are Australians paying twice as much for electricity as Americans?

But other studies notably the Thwaites report into Victorian energy prices have reported that households are typically paying significantly more than the official estimates. In fact, if South Australia were a country it would have the highest energy prices in the OECD, and typical households in New South Wales, Queensland or Victoria would be in the top five.

A spokesperson for the federal Department of Environment and Energy, the agency responsible for providing electricity price data to the IEA, told The Conversation:

Household electricity prices data for Aust...


VIDEO: Multiple Residents Witness UFO Over Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Joe Martino

Undeniably, UFOs and ETs have taken many minds by storm, and for good reason! This is a subject with the power to change our world as we know it in SO many ways and humanity is becoming increasingly more ready to explore this subject.

So what do UFO sightings do for this subject of conversation? They provide just that, a conversation. A chance to expand our minds and consciousness further as we imagine beyond our everyday accepted reality. As we explore the potential of what these objects and the intelligence that may control them means, we expand the way we think of ourselves and our world, effectively shifting our consciousness.

Given the mass consciousness shift were experiencingon this planet right now, this fits right in.

There have been a ton of new sightings over the past couple years, you can see them here, but this one is a bit older. Were going to look at it as its quite fascinating.

The UFO Sighting

It was a regular night in Queensland Australia when witness and filmer Jack Purcells mother pointed out the lights in the sky to him.

We were all just sitting out the front and my mum pointed to the sky and said look at that colourful plane flying over, Purcell said.

Then it came to a sudden stop and was just hovering there. So I ran inside and grabbed my video camera.

Purcell stated that when when the police tried to call it in with a police helicopter the unidentified object would turn its lights off and disappear.

It was really strange. I was quite skeptical of these things but it just blew my mind.

This is what Jack wrote about what he saw as he posted his video to YouTube: Ok so Im pretty sure Ive captured a UFO on camera. Early last night we saw flashing lights in the sky and I ran and got my camera to record it. The cops came straight away and told everyone that they had no idea what it was and they were going to call it in. When I ran inside to get my phone, everyone said that they saw another huge light twice its size zoom across the sky and disappear. At the end of this video, I slowed the footage down and stabilized it and you can clearly see that its a giant triangle with flashing lights. after I finished recording, it zipped down really quickly and vanished. so weird. sorry about the shaky footage, it was filmed on my handheld...


David Petraeus Finally Answers His Own Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

ISIS is on the verge of collapse, but the the quagmire continues.


Cloud Nothings "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

DRW Entertainment welcomes kings of cathartic and anthemic alt-punk, Cloud Nothings, back to Australia this coming February.

Fresh from a huge European and US tour with heavyweight rock-revival favourites, Japandroids, in-demand Cloud Nothings are returning for the first time since 2014, bringing their heavily-praised fourth studio album, Life Without Sound to Australian shores.

Indie-rock tunes and a punk as fuck performance, Cloud Nothings tore the Oxford Art Factory apart (2014) Blunt Mag

From its beginnings in Dylan Baldis basement in 2009 to include the trio of drummer Jayson Gerycz and bassist TJ Duke, Cloud Nothings are a band that continue to challenge the genre, while remaining nostalgic and loyal to their loud and brash basement roots.

Cloud Nothings pair fuzzy power-chord riffs with pop hooks on Rollingstone

In the bands most bold and unprecedented phase, a second guitarist, Chris Brown, has bulked up the bands lo-fi sound resulting in a remarkable expansion in the Cloud Nothings story and production.

The band seems to be hitting their stride ever more intently (each record could perhaps be assessed as the band hitting their stride, which speaks to the groups impressive consistency) Pitchfork 

If their new album recorded with producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Blonde Redhead) has delved into a more cohesive chapter in the bands journey, their live shows still inspire some of the most fanatic praise of the bands raw and driving energy.

Recent international shows have undoubtedly confirmed Cloud Nothings as one of the most invigorating, magnetic, and yet enigmatic live bands, as fans get the sense that the bands metamorphosis is coming to its most important and career-defining stage.

Cloud Nothings have mastered the art of thrashing catharsis, pummeling out the anxieties of nostalgia and expectation with bloody verve. Pitchfork

Cloud Nothings February 2018

Thursday 22nd Sydney, Oxford Arts Factory

Friday 23rd Melbourne, Max Watts

Saturday 24th Adelaide, Fowlers Live

Sunday 25th Perth, Badlands Bar

Tuesday 27th Brisbane, The Zoo



Open Letter: University of Wollongong is Promoting Non-evidence based claims about Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed National"

Open Letter

23 October 2017

To University of Wollongong (UOW) Vice-Chancellor, Paul Wellings

Copied to Professors Heather Yeatman, Alison Jones and UOW Academics

Dear Professor Wellings,

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is inappropriately promoting information about the safety and efficacy of vaccines that is non-evidence based. These comments are being used to underpin mandatory and coercive vaccination policies in Australia

The promotion of Heather Yeatmans (Professor of Nutrition) personal opinion of vaccines is inappropriate because this is not her field of expertise. Further, the promotion of claims made by the Australian government about vaccines and signed by other UOW academics, is also inappropriate because the claims have not addressed the scientific evidence and arguments provided in my PhD thesis  published on the UOW website.

The UOW, that works in partnership with industry, published Heather Yeatmans personal opinion of vaccines on the UOW website one week after my PhD thesis was published in January 2016.

UOW has also permitted these organised lobby groups to misuse the universities policies to besmirch my research and reputation in the mainstream media.

Here are several statements promoted on the UOW website that are not supported by evidence:

Firstly, the word immunisation is misused in these comments. The comments refer to vaccination not immunisation these two words have different meanings and they are not interchangeable. I have corrected the use of these words in the comments below.

The following claims that are promoted on the UOW website are not supported by scientific evidence:

  1. The international scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports immunisation [vaccination] to protect children from infectious diseases.
  2. Large-scale immunisation [vaccination] programs began in the 1930s and gathered pace in the 1950s.
  3. These vaccination programs led to a 99% drop in deaths from vaccine preventable diseases.

These claims are untrue and/or misleading and they are not suppor...


Energy prices are high because consumers are paying for useless, profit-boosting infrastructure "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Energy prices are high because consumers are paying for useless, profit-boosting infrastructure

Bruce Mountain, Victoria University

The preliminary report on energy prices released last week by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) suggests that the consumer watchdog is concerned about almost every aspect of Australias electricity industry. It quotes customer groups who say electricity is the biggest issue in their surveys, and cites several case studies of outrageous price increases experienced by various customers.

The report is long on sympathy about the plight of Australias electricity users. But the true picture is even worse in reality, the ACCCs assessment of Australias energy prices compared to the rest of the world is absurdly rosy.

Read more: Power bills can fall but the main attention must be on affordability: ACCC

Australia has internationally high energy prices

The ACCC quotes studies from the Electricity Supply Association and the Australian Energy Markets Commission (AEMC) to compare electricity prices in Australia with those in other OECD countries. But the ACCCs comparison is based on two-year-old data, and badly underestimates the actual prices consumers are paying.

The AEMCs analysis assumes all customers are on their retailers cheapest available offer. This is an obviously implausible assumption, and gives a favourable impression of the price that customers are paying.

As previously pointed out on The Conversation, the Thwaites review...


Public transport rates continue to drop for Brisbane workers and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

There are calls for public transport upgrades in Brisbane as data from the 2016 census shows Brisbanites are using less public transport for work than they were five years ago. (Image credit: Pixabay)

Over 75% of travellers in Brisbane go to work by car, one of the highest in a single city compared with the overall nations 70% of car travellers.

Dr Matthew Burke, urban research expert from Griffith University, said the high rate of car use is due to cheaper petrol, low fuel taxes, and continued investments in road systems.   

Resignation woes continue for Brisbane private school following online culture scandal

Staff continue to resign from Somerville House in Brisbane, following reports of online privacy issues within staff and data theft.

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NBN shambles on Turnbulls head: workers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The PM continues to spruik fossil fuel over renewables despite the writing being well and truly on the wall for the coal industry.

The PM is responsible for the shambolic mess that the NBN has become, says the communications union.

Malcolm Turnbulls NBN is a shambolic mess, not just for consumers struggling for a connection, but also for the workers forced to deal with the disaster, the Communications Union said today.

CEPU communications division national president Shane Murphy said a 4 Corners program that aired last night revealed how the Turnbull Governments poor handling of the project has led to a myriad of problems, both for consumers and workers.

The NBN was meant to be a critical piece of nation building infrastructure, but at the moment its nothing more than a national embarrassment, Mr Murphy said.

The NBN had the potential to be a world-class network and provide jobs and training opportunities for workers to develop new skills. Instead, weve ended up in a situation where weve got frustrated customers on a shonky network being held together with plastic bags and ringbarked cables.

This is Turnbulls NBN a national joke.

The prime minister can try to handball the blame all he likes, but the reality is this mess is all his making. We warned this government that this was coming, but the prime minister refused to listen.

Weve got thousands of subcontractors who are given no proper training and are being squeezed by principal contractors who are making billions at the taxpayers expense.

This governments flawed approach to this key infrastructure project is enabling that behaviour.

Not only has the prime minister failed to deliver on his promises to deliver a better NBN faster and cheaper, he has failed the workforce by allowing the biggest pyramid sham contracting scheme the country has ever seen to flourish throughout the industry.


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5 Ways to Eat Your Lavender "IndyWatch Feed"

I always have lavender growing in my permaculture garden. I love its colour & scent, its hardiness and the way it attracts bees. Lavender essential oil is one of the most widely used oils around the world for its calming properties. But, did you know that there are plenty of ways to eat the lavender you grow in your garden too?

Here are 5 ways to consume lavender as an edible herb. While you can use any lavender, I think the best type of lavender for cooking is any variety of L. angustifolia (English Lavender). This is the one with the smooth narrow (not indented) leaves.

English lavender leaves look like this.



Music legend George Young dead at 70 "IndyWatch Feed National"

George Young Photo Facebook

George Young Photo Facebook


Australian music trailblazer George Young, AC/DC producer and star of hit-makers The Easybeats, has died aged 70.

Young, older brother of AC/DC stalwarts Malcolm and Angus, co-produced the bands early albums, including Dirty Deeds Done Cheap, Let There Be Rock and TNT.

AC/DC said the band would not exist without his help and guidance.

It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young. Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC, the band said in a statement on its website.

For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts.

A meeting at Sydneys Villawood Migrant Hostel sparked the formation of The Easybeats in 1964, comprising Young, Englishman Stevie Wright, Dutchman Harry Vanda, Englishman Gordon Snowy Fleet and Dick Diamonde.

They were the first Australian rocknroll act to score an international hit with the 1966 single Friday On My Mind, reaching No.1 in Australia, six in the UK and 16 in the US.

His collaborator on so many of Australias favourite songs, including Friday On My Mind, left a simple message to his co-writer.

Rest in Peace my dear friend, Vanda wrote.

They pair wrote the Easybeats Good Times, later covered by INXS and Jimmy Barnes, in addition to John Paul Youngs classic Love Is In The Air, Wrights Evie, Parts 1, 2 and 3 plus songs for Meatloaf.

I owe him and Harry a hell of a lot. They basically gave me a career, John Paul Young told AAP.

They worked very, very hard. It was nothing for them to leave the studio at 4 and 5am they put everything into it. They were just so talented.

Jimmy Barnes on Monday tweeted: Hug...


VeganMoFo 2017 #24: Recipe Round-Up: Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar "IndyWatch Feed"

24th: Party! Canaps, finger foods, something to share.

I don't go to a lot of parties, I am not one for large groups. But I do like to bake things to share. And I like to bake things for bake sales. And really, what is a bake sale if not a large sharing party that people pay for? While I am taking a break from organising bake sales, I have still been doing a bit of baking here and there from other bake sales. Fun bars and slices are always well received! Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar is a great place to start if you are looking for something fun to make and to share. As well as a zillion cookie recipes, they also have some awesome slices. Here are four I have made recently.

Blueberry Spice Crumb Bars: These are a lovely not too sweet snack, with spelt flour in the base and crumble. I used frozen blueberries for the filling, and added an extra teaspoon of cornstarch to make sure it thickened up enough. I just made a half batch of these bars, which fit perfectly into my 8 inch/20 cm square pan.
Rating: :)

Blueberry Spice Crumb Bars

Call Me Blondies: I needed to bake these for an extra 15 minutes, and they ended up perfect. They rise high in the oven, but then flatted down when they cool. What this leaves is amazing crunchy edges and a wonderfully gooey inside.
Rating: :)

Call Me Blondies

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Brownies: These are a combination of the Deluxe Cocoa Brownies for the base and then a yummy cream cheese topping, which is all baked together. I had to cook this an extra 10 minutes for it to set. These are wondefully fudgy and gooey, and have a great cheese cake flavour. They get sticky fast, so good to keep these in the fridge until they are ready to go.



Thoughts For The Week By Ron Owen. Gun Control. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thoughts For The Week.
Insanity in individuals is something rare but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche
The Eternal Battle For Truth, Against The Onslaught Of  Prevarication.
Over the last few weeks we have all had to bear the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Besides being totally innocent, we as firearm owners were all found guilty of being complicit in the deaths of the concert goers in Las Vegas, to the extent that this tragedy was used to punish the innocent law abiding firearm owners of this state by the majority of the Queensland Parliament. (See Link ...

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