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Friday, 16 February

00:41

Webs under water: The really bizarre lives of intertidal spiders "IndyWatch Feed National"

Spiders are one of the most ubiquitous creatures on Earth, found on every continent except Antarctica. Whether in underground caves in the Amazon or the icy climes of Mount Everest, there is a species of spider that has moved into practically every land habitat. But some arachnids are determined to not even let the oceans stand in their way and scientists have just discovered a new one. A spider named for the late reggae legend Bob Marley is the newest member of the 15 known species of so-called intertidal spiders. These weird spiders inhabit the intertidal zone: a stretch of land that is submerged during high tide and exposed during low. Scientists from Australias Queensland Museum and the Zoological Museum at the University of Hamburg, Germany, first found Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi) in 2009 and described it last December. A male Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi), discovered in Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. Photo by Robert Raven The connection to Bob Marley was first through his song high tide [or] low tide as these spiders live in the high tide low tide zone, said Barbara Baehr, a research scientist from the Queensland Museum and the lead author of the paper. The mix of land and sea in the intertidal zone supports a wildly diverse set of habitats. For instance, Baehr found Bob Marleys spider on brain corals in shallow reefs on the rocky Queensland coast. But another intertidal species, Desis formidablis, or the formidable spider, lives under boulders

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Thursday, 15 February

23:13

#AskDocQ: Should I Be Worried About This New STI Mycoplasma? "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Whats all the fuss about this new STI Mycoplasma? Should I be worried? Mycoplasma genitalium has only recently come to light as an emerging STI. It causes infection in the rectum and both the male and female genital tracts. It is not known what the long-term consequences are (if any) of untreated infection. Symptoms are ...

The post #AskDocQ: Should I Be Worried About This New STI Mycoplasma? appeared first on QNews Magazine.

23:00

Comedian Mel Buttle Is Off The Leash For The Brisbane Comedy Festival "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

With an ever-growing list of gay comedians around the country, Mel Buttle is not one who immediately springs to mind. Shes kept her six year relationship with partner Sophie separate from her public life, allowing her to build the solid foundations of a career based on her own professional merits. Michael James sat down with ...

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22:41

According to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children- A Child Disappears Every 27 Seconds and Yet No One Will Admit There is a Problem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Society is more apt to claim victims as liars rather than admit something evil is going on. Almost 800,000 children go missing a year but people just want to look away. Why? Because it makes them feel more comfortable.

We dont want to admit our system is so evil. But even our CPS has admitted to losing over 80,000 children.

But the population would rather call these facts lies as they did in the 80s when parents started speaking about their children being raped and abused in their childrens day cares. We let ourselves be convinced all those parents were crazy liars- being duped by a satanic panic rather than believing what was being said.

Even though it was happening not only in the US but also in the UK and Australia- at a time when the internet did not exist. It makes little sense.

Turning away is to be okay and accept evil. Tell yourselves whatever you need to feel comfortable- but this is the truth.

And in the end we will all be held accountable.

21:47

Taoist Cosmic Healing: Energetic Medicine for Health & Spirit "IndyWatch Feed National"

By MANTAK CHIA

The word Tao means way, or path. In Chinese thought, Tao includes both meanings. On the cosmic level, the Tao means the war of Nature, the subtle laws and forces animating the patterns of change in the universe. On the human level, Tao is the path or war of life that we must follow in order to discover the universal laws and to live in accord with them. Then we can live our lives in balance and harmony with Nature, with ourselves, and with society.

Those who seek to incorporate the cosmic laws into the microcosm of their own lives are called Taoists. I have studied the Tao under many great masters. Through my studies I discovered that out of all the methods in the Tao, ranging from meditation, Chinese Medicine and Chi Kung to the martial arts, successful practice all comes down to one thing: understanding Chi. Out of this understanding, I have created a straightforward and systematic approach to working with Chi that I have named Universal Tao.

What is Chi?

Chi is the force that moves everything in the universe. Chi is energy. In humans, it is our life force energy, that which enables us to see and hear, to walk, to work, to think, and to feel. Thus, Chi is not just some philosophical idea; it is the essence of our everyday life.

When we get angry, its angry Chi. When we feel love and when we make love, its sexual Chi. The stars, the Sun, the Moon, and the wind, the ocean are all Chi, but it is energy with no intelligence.

Living things have the intelligence to take in the Chi of the Universe and combine it within themselves to create a living Chi, one that can create and build things.

How We Come into this World

Our Chi is intimately connected with the Chi of the Universe. When our parents made love, the Yang Chi of our father in his sperm met the Yin Chi of our mother. The two became one; the meeting of their sexual energy formed a new cell called a zygote, our first cell. The Chi of this cell is our Original Chi, the Chi that we inherited from our parents.

Our Original Chi then drew in from the Universal energies, the Chi of Earth and Heaven, our Cosmic Mother and Father. Out of this meeting and blending of Heaven Chi, Earth Chi, and Human Chi, came the power to make that original cell divide and subdivide trillions of times until it eventually formed into a fully grown human being.

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21:47

Living Chi & Feng Shui "IndyWatch Feed National"

By GRANDMASTER GARY KHOR

The ancient Chinese knew that connection with the living Chi (also spelled Ki or Qi) around them can help them find their place, meaning and purpose in a dynamic, ever changing world. In these modern times we can also stay whole despite the fractured times. We do have a saving grace, in the Chinese Taoist concept that Life is full of immense possibilities. The Taoists were devoted to the spiritual holistic world view in the essential nature of things and the Way of Nature.

30 years ago the thought of sticking needles in certain parts of the body to help it heal and repair itself was considered laughable in the West. Now you can get a medical refund for acupuncture services. Any skeptics who try to explain its benefits away on the basis of a placebo effect are hard put to explain why acupuncture is enjoying equal success in the veterinary field. After all, why should an animal believe that it should get better because someone has gone to the trouble of sticking a needle in a particular point?

Other Chinese practices such as acupressure and exercise systems such as Tai Chi have also become mainstream activities. All of these practices have one thing in common: they are based on the harmonisation and regulation of Chi energy.

Chi is often referred to as life energy, which can be somewhat misleading as one could then think this energy is only involved with living things. The term animating energy is much better as the Chinese maintain that all movement and transformation that occurs within the universe requires Chi.

In a sense Chi is the Chinese solution to the Grand Unified Theory that we are searching for in the West. It is the name given by the Chinese to the primal energy that underlies all activity and change. We can experience the effects of this energy in various ways which we describe as heat, light, sound, gravity, time, electricity, magnetism, etc.

Chi lies at the heart of another Chinese practice that is becoming more and more popular in the West Feng Shui. (Feng means wind, Shui means water in Chinese terms wind carries and disperses energy while water attracts and collects it). Whereas acupuncture, Tai Chi and the Chinese practices referred to above deal with the attempt to read, understand and regulate Chi within the human body, Feng Shui is the complementary practice dealing with the reading, understanding and regulation of Chi with...

21:36

Gig: Mama's broke, Holy locust, Whoa mule, Frogwash "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 -
7:00pm to 11:00pm

As part of their Australian tour, Mama's broke and Holy locust will play Jura, with local supports Whoa mule and Frogwash. 7-11pm, Wednesday 28th February.

Facebook event

 

21:33

Disability and Accessibility: Practical and Political Considerations. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018 -
11:00am to 1:00pm

Discussion facilitated by disabled radical Saz, 11am Sat 31st March at the Rattler
11am-1pm Saturday 31st March at the Red Rattler Theater, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville. All welcome.

Jura is pleased to be opening up a space for discussion about the politics and practical considerations of disability and accessibility, with a particular focus on concrete ways we can improve our own accessibility at Jura and across radical meeting spaces. We are very grateful to Saz for volunteering to provide resources and to facilitate. We are also grateful to the Red Rattler for allowing us to use their space for this discussion; they are recognised as a radical community space which has had some real successes in terms of making themselves accessible. Information about their venues accessibility can be found here.

This discussion aims to be a starting point on understanding the ways in which Disability Justice fits into anti-capitalist work. It will attempt to lay out some ground work on the specificity of ableist oppression and how it is interwoven through Western capitalist societies, as well as its immediate manifestations within the contexts surrounding us. By drawing lines of connection between the structural and the imminent components, it will seek to push people to consider both what is immediately possible and the scope of work to come.

We want to work out how Jura can begin to invest energy into developing a consciousness around accessibility and a more developed praxis, do solidarity work, and help facilitate the opening of other radical spaces which do meet more accessibility requirements.

This discussion comes partly in response to public criticism made of Jura last year, but also because of our ongoing commitment to making our shop, library and events as accessible as possible, to as wide a range of people as possible, including people with disabilities. We try to have an intersectional approach to anarchism, and this means working towards ending all forms of...

21:00

Ecocide by Design? Under Modi, Vacancies At National Green Tribunal Reach 70% "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to political apathy, the NGT has not been provided with the infrastructure, staff or resources to properly function.

The tribunal has not been provided with the infrastructure, staff or resources to properly function. Credit: PTI

The tribunal has not been provided with the infrastructure, staff or resources to properly function. Credit: PTI

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) was constituted in October 2010 to speed up the adjudication of environmental litigations, and also to address the environmental problem from multiple perspectives by involving both judicial and expert members in the decision-making process. At present, the NGT has four zonal benches in Kolkata, Pune, Chennai and Bhopal, and a principal bench in New Delhi.

With the establishment of the NGT, India became the third country in the world to set up a specialised environmental tribunal, only after Australia and New Zealand, and the first developing country to do so. While the establishment of the tribunal and its performance over the last seven years has been lauded by petitioners, lawyers and civil society groups, the journey so far has been far from smooth. And the future of the NGT looks bleak and hopeless due to the indifferent approach of the political regime.

Political apathy in allowing the NGT to function as an effective body started from its inception, but the scale and form of it have intensified in the recent...

20:38

Kung he fat soy, Otago, 1884 "IndyWatch Feed National"

This year Ill be heading to New Zealand, to the archives in Wellington and Dunedin, to research the history of Chinese naturalisation there. With that in mind, heres a report from 1884 on Chinese New Year celebrations on the Otago goldfields. Happy New Year, or kung he fat soy to you all! Chinese Festivities Thames Star,

20:10

Israeli Police Name Ratan Tata in Case Against Benjamin Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tatas office has dismissed the Israeli media report, that says his name figures, as grossly incorrect in its references to him.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), industrialist Rata Tata. Credit: Reuters

Jerusalem: The name of Ratan Tata figures in the Israeli police recommendations seeking to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on graft charges, according to an Israeli media report, which was on Wednesday dismissed by the Indian industrialists office as grossly incorrect in its references about him.

In the so-called Case 1000, in which Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from billionaire benefactors, Israeli-born Hollywood producer Milchan and Australian resort owner James Packer, the Indian industrialist is also said to be a part of a project that Netanyahu tried to push forward to help Milchan.

According to the police, the most glaring example of Netanyahu working against Israels interests to benefit Milchan was his efforts (to) promote a free trade zone on the Israel-Jordan border, a project the Hollywood producer sought to promote as part of his partnership with Indian Industrialist Ratan Naval Tata, Ynetnews reported.

The project, which police noted went against the recommendations of the defence establishment, would have generated Milchan and Tata...

19:55

How secure is your encrypted data in Google's cloud? "IndyWatch Feed National"


Corporations are waging a War on (your) Privacy.

You are being coerced / enticed / conned / forced / limited to storing your private and confidential data in various corporation's servers called the 'cloud'.

A quite legitimate question could be how safe or secure is your data in that company's server 'farm'.

All these terms with reference to nature could be an illusion to make one feel at ease and harmony with those services.


So how safe is that data really?

See top secret classified information obtained by Edward Snowden from a division of the NSA, called Special Source Operations (almost makes one want to purchase a burger, just by saying that division's name, cheeky buggers!), contained within the illustration below:


As you can see from the above illustration your data travels in clear text, i.e. VERY not secure!

If you choose to use those services, you are a contributing factor to the loss of your own privacy.

Now, Now, let's not start a meme with the words "Nothing to hide, nothing to fear.. "

19:34

Malcolm Turnbull bans ministers from sex with staffers, but resists calls to ask Barnaby Joyce to resign "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are three interesting videos in the article on-line.

 

ABC News Australia

Malcolm Turnbull bans ministers from sex with staffers, but resists calls to ask Barnaby Joyce to resign

Ministers will be banned from having sexual relationships with staffers under a rethink of the code of conduct announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today.

Key points:

  • Sex between ministers and their staff is banned under the code of conduct from today
  • PM made it clear he was angry with Barnaby Joyce about the affair but did not ask for his resignation
  • Described Mr Joyces affair with a staffer as shocking error of judgement

The announcement comes amid intensifying pressure on Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyceover an affair with his former media adviser Vikki Campion.

Mr Turnbull resisted calls for him to ask his deputy to resign, but described Mr Joyces behaviour as, a shocking error of judgement that set off a world of woe.

He spoke of the terrible hurt and humiliation that Barnaby, by his conduct, has visited on his wife Natalie and their daughters and indeed his new partner.

Barnaby made a shocking error of judgement in having an affair with a young woman working in his office.

In doing so he has set off a world of woe for those women, and appalled all of us.

Our hearts go out to them.

Mr...

19:29

South Africas New Hope But Can Cyril Ramaphosa Clean the Swamp Sludge from His Boots? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) President Jacob Zuma and (R) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during the Womens Day celebration held, 9/8/2015 (Photo Daily Maverick)

by Dee McLachlan

Twenty-three years after the end of the repressive apartheid regime, South Africa (RSA), a country with enormous resources and wealth, still has poverty, inequality and corruption.

The corruption there seems to be more blatant &#821...

18:11

MACKAY Man who breached DV order avoids recorded conviction "IndyWatch Feed National"

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18:03

Fresh Twist: ABC Reports Charles Waterstreet Has Launched Defamation Action, Amid Q&A Meltdown "IndyWatch Feed National"

The circus that surrounds New Matildas ongoing investigation into Charles Waterstreet just added another ring. Chris Graham reports.

In the space of just a day, Charles Waterstreet has pulled out of a planned and highly controversial appearance on ABCs Q&A program; the NSW Bar Association has issued an extraordinary public statement on the issue; and the ABC is now reporting that Mr Waterstreet has launched legal proceedings against one of his accused, 21-year-old law student Tina Huang, the original whistleblower in the Waterstreet investigation.

Tina Huang, a 21-year-old law student who led the call out of Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet.

Ms Huang is one of three women who have publicly alleged serious sexual harassment by Mr Waterstreet in the workplace 20 minutes into a job interview with the Sydney criminal barrister, Ms Huang says she was shown a video by Mr Waterstreet (from his phone) of him being masturbated by two sex-workers.

Genevieve Wilks, who worked for Mr Waterstreet for 10 months, has made a series of detailed allegations around sexual harassment the full story is available here.

Genevieve Wilks, aged 26, who served as a paralegal for Charles Waterstreet for 10 months.

A third woman, Anita* (not her real name she has asked for it to be suppressed) says she was also sexually harassed by Mr Waterstreet during a job in...

17:55

The battle of black and colour "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Black was ruthless This was not a friend but an enemy, absorbing all colours, pretending to protect but leaving each shade weak and puny, hidden in the depths, breathlessly submissive, dormant the colours rested, exhausted but dogged and resolute, waiting for light to penetrate the dark shield. Then light came a dawning realisation of hope []

16:00

Almost 100 Same-Sex Couples Have Married In Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Nearly 100 same-sex couples have been married in Queensland since marriage equality became legal last month. Queensland Attorney-General Yvette DAth said a total of 96 same-sex marriages almost 20 per week had been performed across Queensland, and more were scheduled in the coming months. Australians voted strongly in favour of marriage equality and ...

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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15:09

Did Bowie predict the Valentines Day Massacre? "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Did David Bowie predict Floridas Valentines Day Massacre in 2015?

When this song was released in 2015 many saw in this piece a treatise for gun control.  While a benevolent interpretation,  I saw nothing of that. Instead I saw a man channelling the dark unconscious impulses that perculate in society and manifest, if not managed wisely, in hideous suffering both for the mental health of the perpetrator and the victims of their projected rage:  teddy and judy down the teachers and the football stars.

Bowie was a visionary artist, deeply into Carl Jung and often manifested the darker side of our collective unconscious, the troubled part of the zeitgeist,  in his work.  Ive written at length how and why here.

While Bowie may not have strictly predicted the massacre strong intuition and logic would presume Valentines Day is always going to be a deeply troubling day to disturbed schoolboys with a vendetta his work is undoubtably prescient and none the less chilling in its capacity to express the darkness of our repressed shadow, and the forces which may seek to exploit it.Like most creative visionaries, psychosis and death were always closely entwined within his oeurve.

Curiously, Jungs star is on the rise again, much like it was amidst the sixties counterculture movement.  The death of Bowie, the avowed Jungian,  brought many of  his ideas to fore as people searched deeper into the layers of symbolism and archetypal imagery surround his last works and death.

Now, several years later Jordan B Peterson has burst onto the public stage, bringing mythos back like its the new black.

This is both unsurprisingly inevitable and strangely curious.

Jungian Petersons mantra is around getting your house in order, the supremacy of truth, authenticity and bringing order out of chaos.  His primary archetypes are the Senex/Sage, the Hero and a latent archetype of the Magician, and has a core psychological obsession with the metaphoric significance of the mannequin.

Jungian Bowie sings over and over of Telling lies, The Inauthentic Self, and the Magic of Chaos.  His primary archetypes are the Magician, the Trickster, with a latent archetype of the Sage/Senex, and has a core psychological obsession with the metaphorical si...

15:00

Beyond hospitals - who will keep our community heathy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thursday, 1 March 2018 - 5:30pm

SACOSS partners with prominent public health advocates the Australian Health Promotion Association, Anti-Poverty Network SA, People's Health Movement and the Public Health Association to present a pre-election forum on the health and wellbeing of South Australians.

Register online

 

14:50

Terrified of Bitcoin, banks forced to innovate for the first time in 40+ years "IndyWatch Feed National"

Terrified of Bitcoin, banks forced to innovate for the first time in 40+ years by Simon Black Sovereign Man Yesterday morning, several banks in Australia started rolling out a new payment system theyre calling NPP, or New Payments Platform....

The post Terrified of Bitcoin, banks forced to innovate for the first time in 40+ years appeared first on The Daily Coin.

14:16

Charles Waterstreet Forgives The Women He Sexually Harassed Amid Growing Q&A Row "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE: Charles Waterstreet has pulled out of tonights Q&A. See end of story for details.

Tonight, Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet will appear on a special #metoo episode of ABCs Q&A program. One of the panellists might like to ask him about forgiveness. Chris Graham reports. It takes a certain kind of man to play a video of yourself getting a handjob 20 minutes into a job interview with a young law student applying for a job as a paralegal in your office.

So perhaps we shouldnt be all that surprised that that man Charles Waterstreet, one of Sydneys most prominent criminal barristers and the real-life inspiration for the popular ABC television series Rake thinks that the women he has sexually harassed need to be forgiven.

Over the Australia Day long weekend, in a long, rambling post on his Facebook page, Waterstreet offered up this:

[A] stripper told me at a Mind, Spirit Body Conference that I sexualise everything, her criticism was right, I will do better

As #metoo apologies go, its a start. Its also where Waterstreet should have stopped. Unfortunately he didnt.

Whatever grief I caused others, I apologise, Any grievance anyone has for me, I forgive you and ask your forgiveness, I embrace myself sinner and sin eater and part time Saint.

Setting aside the thought of Waterstreet embracing himself publicly any more than he already has, its nice to know that hes been able to find forgiveness in his heart towards the women to whom he showed his beautiful penis, uninvited.

And on that front, theres been a few. Theres Tina Huang, the young paralegal who attended a job interview with Waterstreet, won the job and then resigned a few hours in. Huang didnt get to watch him embrace himself per se instead she got to watch his beautiful penis being stroked by two sex workers in a video on Waterstreets phone.

Tina Huang, a 21-year-old law student who led the call out of Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet.

And then theres people like Genevieve Wilks, the paralegal (now lawyer) who worked for Waterstreet for 10 months, and was subjected to extreme workp...

14:01

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14:00

Discovering the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial Control System "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian contactee George Kavassilas is interviewed about his lifelong experiences with different extraterrestrial civilizations and shadow government operatives. In this first installment of a two part Exonews TV interview conducted in Australias Gold Coast, George explains how his contacts began, how these evolved over the years involving several different groups, and the torture he received at the hands of shadow government authorities attempting to suppress his experiences and silence him. Finally, he describes a global control system comprising the planet Saturn, the Moon and extraterrestrials that has resulted in a Matrix-like illusory reality that manipulates humanity. He asserts that discovery of the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial control system is the first step to human freedom.

Part 1  Discovering the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial Control System (S06E01)

In part two of this Exonews TV interview conducted in Australias Gold Coast, George Kavassilas explains the key components of a Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial control matrix used to limit human potential and growth. In particular, he identifies the roles of the chakra system and the pineal gland in creating false synthetic light experiences that entrap many individuals. He asserts the creation of synthetic light experiences is the favored manipulation technique used by unscrupulous extraterrestrials and higher dimensionals. He outlines his Heart -Centric/Core-Self method of how to overcome the global control system that creates a Matrix-like illusory reality that continues to manipulate most of humanity. He insists that overcoming the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial control system is the necessary step we all have to take in attaining human freedom and achieving our highest potential as universal beings having a physical experience.

Part 2  Overcoming the Saturn Moon Extraterrestrial Control System (S06E02)

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13:58

FixedIt: heres the rest of the story "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Daily Mercury reported that John Rex Palmer, 34, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for an assault against his now deceased partner and the neighbour who tried to help her. The assault occurred while she was ill and in front of her young children. Not only is none of this information in the headline, Palmer himself isnt there.

Once again, the man who committed crimes against a woman is erased from the headlines.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


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13:42

FixedIt: She wasnt stabbed by a location, she was stabbed by a man "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Gold Coast Bulletin reported on a man who was charged with stabbing a woman in the neck in a domestic violence attack. The woman in now in hospital in a serious condition and the 77 year old man will be in court this morning.

Once again, the man charged with crimes against a woman is erased from the headlines.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.

Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.

Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.

The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.

Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

 

Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victi...

13:36

On sickness as present tense "IndyWatch Feed National"

The problem with illness is that it robs you of pleasure. Young people are supposed to live in the moment, take risks, be spontaneous. But life in a hospital is a boring and cruel simulacra of life, with the minutiae of your body ticking like a machine being the best and only thing to focus on. In other words, you become self-obsessed, but not with gaining pleasure, more in avoiding pain.

13:36

Sweet 16, as Queensland jobs growth surges "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

16 on the bounce

Yet another month of employment growth, this time up a seasonally adjusted +16,000 to 12,453,500, to make it 16 gains in a row, which is a record for the Australian economy. 


Annual employment growth remained very strong at +403,000 or +3.35 per cent, but this month there was a wild swing towards part-time work, which stripped the positive sheen off the result. 

By far and away the most jobs were added in Queensland in the month at +19,700, although this month's gains were of the part-time vintage. 

Queensland's economy added +118,000 jobs over the past year, which represents a huge rate of statewide employment growth at +5 per cent, with +91,600 of those being full-time positions.


The participation rate was down a notch in January, but the trend has been up to around the highest level in 7 years, with Queensland being one of the states to see a marked lift in recent times. 


Unemployment rate flattening...

12:41

Black Rheno "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Black Rheno  
The Final Cut Tour

Supported by:
Lavidius, Dirty Brew, F.U.C & The Royal Attillery

This March catch Black Rheno taking on their most ambitious headline tour to date with a massive
national tour hitting all major capitols plus a few extra towns in between. As the tour name suggests, this
is the final Black Rheno tour off their debut EP release Lets Start A Cult before the band comes out swinging with their first ever long player later in the year.

With 2017 seeing the guys share stages with a host of heavyweight national and international acts such as
Napalm Death, King Parrot, Iron Regan, Psycroptic, Darkest Hour, Brujeria, Lock Up & Ringworm the
guys are not slowing down heading into 2018 with this huge run of shows and an album in the works.
Black Rheno have certainly made a name for themselves in the two years since the bands incarnation,
packing an undeniably huge wall of sludging grinding grooving sounds from the Sydney 3 piece.
Combined with one hell-raising live show as the band takes to the stage tearing everything to bits while
their frontman craws his way across the stage and in and out of the crowds, its completely confrontational
yet somehow insanely engagingly funny at the same time. Its this mix of a hell for leather and good times
approach that has given Black Rheno such a strong following in such a short period in the Australian metal scene.

 

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12:28

Go Behind The Scenes With The Black Divaz At Darwins Drag Pageant "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

A new documentary will follow a group of Indigenous drag queens as they prepare to compete in the inaugural Miss First Nation pageant in the Northern Territory. The drag pageant was held during last years Darwin Pride Festival, and saw six Indigenous drag queens from around Australia compete in gruelling challenges including sewing, lip ...

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12:00

How You Can Support This Rom-Com For Queer Aussie Teens "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A crew of Australian filmmakers are crowdfunding to raise money to make a romantic comedy film for LGBTIQ teens. Ellie, Abbie And Ellies Dead Aunt is based on writer-director Monica Zanettis stage play of the same name, and will follow 17-year-old Ellie Bowden, who has fallen for her classmate Abbie. All she wants is to ...

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11:56

Luca Brasi have announced an intimate run of east coast Australian shows "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Hot from the stages of Falls and Splendour In The Grass, Australias champs of all things ultra-emotive punk Luca Brasi are heading back down the east coast for an intimate run of shows.

The Let It Slip tour band will take their sweaty singalongs and nostalgic Aus-punk riffs to small venues like Sydneys Lansdowne to give their dedicated fanbase a taste of what they could be treated to in the latter half of 2018.

Joining Tassies finest will be fellow statesmen, garage punk outfit A Swayze & The Ghosts and singer/songwriter Isla Ka to warm up crowds for a night of heart-on-your-sleeve jams.

Luca Brasi last released the single Got To Give, with a video that summed up their last year of international touring.

Check it out below:

LUCA BRASI THE LET IT SLIP TOUR

with special guests
A.SWAYZE AND THE GHOSTS & ISLA KA

Saturday 17th March Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney

Thursday 22nd March Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Friday 23rd March The Tote, Melbourne lucabrasi.com.au

Tickets via lucabrasi.com.au

11:45

Screamfeeder "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

SCREAMFEEDER

With special guests:
DEAFCULT & Lexicon

 

Theyre the band you grew up with, whose songs are imprinted into the DNA of every music-lover who came of age in the 90s and 00s. A band of eternally-youthful fuzz-pop darlings who, however improbably, have continued to play together for over 25 years and somehow have not only gotten better, but have become even more loved. A band that combines loud with beautiful, intense with joyous, chaotic with precise and pulls it all together in a way that very few acts ever manage.

 

2017s surprise comeback album, Pop Guilt, was rapturously received by fans and hailed by critics as one of the bands best; it made ripples around the world, the new songs reconnecting people with the bands peerless back catalogue. Rolling Stone summed it up thusly: 25 years into their career, Screamfeeder are still killing it.. (they) pour a lifetime of indie-rock experience into this collection of blissed-out punk songs.  

 

Theyve toured Australia too many times to count, as well as the US, the UK, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain, taking audiences on the ride that is uniquely Screamfeeder. Live, theyre a non-stop whirlwind of high-energy heavy riffs, caterwauling feedback and pulse-racing bass, Tim and Kellie entwining their vocals around the music, all anchored with the explosive power of Deans drumming. This band can give anyone in the world a run for their money theyre raw, grungy, fiery, effortlessly skilful yet loose at the same time, an exuberant and joyful wave of music filling every room with pure radiant youth, and theyll be doing it all over again as they hit Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Hunter Valley in 2018.

 

Theres more news to come about Screamfeeder in 2018. Watch this space

 

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11:12

MACKAY Thiefs record includes dozens of burglaries, car thefts "IndyWatch Feed National"

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10:42

Stench By Association The Nunes Memo Game in Washington "IndyWatch Feed National"

Devin Nunes (R-CA), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

by G5

The Memo Game of February, 2018, was to build up and focus the attention of those still locked onto the diversions of: The Russian Collusion Lie, Celebrity Anti-Tump Stupidities, and concoctions of Sexism and Racism, away from their realities.

The scenario has played out well. More are beginning to question The Democratic Party Foundations (pro-slavery, anti-black (formed The KKK), pro-war, pro Central Bank, pro Deep State, pro-corruption, murdered its own President) and the corruption that is the DOJ-FBI. The stench by association is also now transferred to the horrendously over-empowered FISA Court. Which must now also be addressed.

From the days o...

10:24

Recipe Round-Up: Great Gluten Free Vegan Eats "IndyWatch Feed Seq.eat"

I am happy gluten-full vegan, but not everyone can be. I have a number of vegan friends who are coeliac, and I like to be able to cook for them and make them treats. Allyson Kramer has you covered, with a great blog and four cookbooks! This is a round-up of her first cookbook, Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats. You can see what I have made previously from this book here.

Mac & Cabbage Polonaise: This is a Polish-inspired baked mac and cheese, with a sorghum flour roux-based cheese sauce, macaroni, and cabbage, all topped with a crispy cheesy crumb. I halved the pasta, and as a result also used only 2/3 of the sauce to get my perfect pasta to sauce ratio. The recipe calls for a head of cabbage, and I used half a large head... there is always so much variation in sizes with vegetables, but this seemed right for the rest of the amounts. The instructions say to make the mac and cheese first, then the cabbage, but I made the cabbage first, then the sauce, then the pasta and stirred it all together. The pasta is layered with some cheddar cheese in the middle (I used Daiya), and then topped with more cheese and the topping. The mix of creamy sauce and strong cheddar was great!
Rating: :D

Mac 'n Cabbage Polonaise


Mac 'n Cabbage Polonaise


Quinoa Tabbouleh: I had some parsley and mint I needed to use up, so tabbouleh was on the cars. This uses quinoa rather than bulgur to make it gluten free. I only had 3/4 cup of dry quinoa, rather than a full cup, so I slightly decreased the other ingredients as well. I also decreased the amount of oil in the dressing. I served this with some salad, hummus, and a Fry's Falafel Burger.
Rating: :)

Quinoa Tabbouleh


Late Sum...

10:19

The UKs hidden hand in Julian Assanges detention "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jonathan Cook writes (Counterpunch 13 February 2018) that Julian Assanges refuge in the embassy of Ecuador, is based on a pretence that he was wanted by Sweden. But this has not been true since 2013 and the British government has deliberately suppressed the fact, and went for Assange anyway.

It now emerges that the last four years of Julian Assanges effective imprisonment in the Ecuadorean embassy in London have been entirely unnecessary. In fact, they depended on a legal charade.

Behind the scenes, Sweden wanted to drop the extradition case against Assange back in 2013. Why was this not made public? Because Britain persuaded Sweden to pretend that they still wished to pursue the case.

In other words, for more than four years Assange has been holed up in a tiny room, policed at great cost to British taxpayers, not because of any allegations in Sweden but because the British authorities wanted him to remain there. On what possible grounds could that be, one has to wonder? Might it have something to do with his work as the head of Wikileaks, publishing information from whistleblowers that has severely embarrassed the United States and the UK.

In fact, Assange should have walked free years ago if this was really about an investigation  a sham one at that into an alleged sexual assault in Sweden. Instead, as Assange has long warned, there is a very different agenda at work: efforts to extradite him onwards to the US, where he could be locked away for good. That was why UN experts argued two years ago that he was being arbitrarily detained for political crimes not unlike the situation of dissidents in other parts of the world that win the support of western liberals and leftists.

According to a new, limited release of emails between officials, the Swedish director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, wrote to Britains Crown Prosecution Service on 18 October 2013, warning that Swedish law would not allow the case for extradition to be continued. This was, remember, after Sweden had repeatedly failed to take up an offer from Assange to interview him in London, as had happened in 44 other extraditi...

10:07

Growing corruption scandal around Netanyahu and weird connection with James Packer "IndyWatch Feed National"

My story in todays Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age:

Israels Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is in trouble, and it partly stems from his close relationship with Australias most recognisable billionaire, James Packer.

The countrys second longest-serving Prime Minister is facing potential charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust after an extensive investigation by Israeli police. They accuse Netanyahu of accepting nearly $US300,000 ($A380,000) in gifts over 10 years.

Case 1000 which is also known as Cigars and Champagne, revolves around alleged bribery and paying for favours. Packer, along with Hollywood producer and former secret Israeli agent Arnon Milchan, are alleged to be those behind the payments.

Its now up to the countrys Attorney General, Avichai Mendelblit, to decide whether the police evidence is strong enough to indict the Prime Minister.

Netanyahu does not deny accepting huge gifts from both men, but refutes allegations that he granted them any favours.

Milchans personal assistant, Hadas Klein, told Israeli police in November that, there was an understanding that Arnon had to supply the Netanyahu couple with whatever they wanted. The cigars were requested by Netanyahu personally.

The Prime Minister alleges that pink champagne and expensive jewellery requested by Netanyahus wife, Sara, were tokens of good friendship with Milchan.

Israeli police claim that Netanyahu pushed for the Milchan law, cutting taxes for returning Israelis who have spent time overseas, helped Milchan get a 10-year US visa and assisted the producer in furthering his film work. Israeli police have also recommended charging Milchan.

Packers relationship with the Netanyahu family is also under scrutiny (though he is not facing charges). According to testimony released by Israels Channel 10 in late 2017 after Packer spoke to Australian Federal Police agents in Australia on behalf of Israeli investigators, the casino mogul said: I admire Prime Minister Netanyahu and am happy that I was given the opportunity to be his friend. I was happy to give him presents, many times at his request and his wife Saras request.

At the time of the interview, a spokesman for Mr Packers Crown Resorts said: There is no allegation of wrongdoing on Mr Packers behalf The Israeli and Australian police have confirmed that he was interviewed as a witness, not a suspect....

09:58

CRIME CULTURE: Den of Thieves "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the first instalment of a new regular series from True Crime News Weekly looking at crime in the media and across pop culture. Well investigate how realistic it is, how accurate it is, and how good it is. The first to come under our gaze is the newly released American heist film, Den

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09:34

Incandescent vocalsguitar brilliancerare language "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Award winning artists from WA Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse at the West End Sessions February 23 Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse are one of those rare acts which connect and capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences through the power and pure emotion of song. They bring a fresh, modern take on ancient []

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09:21

Tom Daley And Dustin Lance Black Share Exciting Baby News "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black have announced they are expecting a baby. The Olympic diving champion, 23, and his filmmaker husband, 43, confirmed the happy news with Valentines Day Instagram photos. Tom shared a snap of the couple cosying up for the camera while holding an ultrasound scan, before Dustin shared a similar photo ...

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09:20

Video: Strathbogie takes practical measures to counter excessive power bills "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Strathbogie is A town in East Victoria, where the locals got sick of paying too much for their power bills decided to do something about it. By resorting to bulk buying of alternative energy sources, they have cut down the bills and reduced their carbon footprint.

 

Video form the Climate Council

&

Guess how this little town beat their big electricity bills?

Posted by The Climate Council on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

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09:19

Drones enable fast, accurate wildlife counts, study shows "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jarrod Hodgson is one of very few scientists who have used rubber ducks as part of their Ph.D. research. Hodgson and colleagues at the University of Adelaide compared the accuracy of counts of birds on an Australian beach from images taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to counts by ground observers. They brought in the ducks to serve as faux seabird colonies, each with a known number of individuals. The University of Adelaide research teams experimental site, filmed from the UAV. A colony of rubber ducks, posing as greater crested terns, is in the foreground at left. Ground counters, researchers, and other volunteers are scattered behind. Copyright: Jarrod Hodgson Their findings, published this week in the journal Methods of Ecology and Evolution, suggest that aerial imagery can offer scientists more accurate counts of at least some species than even experienced observers on the ground. Image vs. in-person observations UAV-derived imagery is increasingly being used to survey and monitor wildlife, including detecting and monitoring individual koalas and surveying orangutan and chimpanzee nests, but few researchers have tested the accuracy of UAV-based data collection relative to other, traditional methods. Counting birds and other colonial species from the ground is liable to miss some animals and double-count others. It also requires experts to invest time visiting a site, sometimes repeatedly, to collect the data, and their presence may scare or alter the behavior of the animals they are trying to study. Thus the drones and the ducks. The researchers simulated 10 breeding

09:11

Joyce survives but faces Labor grilling "IndyWatch Feed National"

Labor is seeking to ramp up pressure on Barnaby Joyce as the deputy prime minister appears to have warded off a push by a small number of Nationals to oust him.

The Nationals leaders relationship with his pregnant partner Vikki Campion raised concerns about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds, after she was shuffled around jobs in other senior MPs offices.

A rent-free townhouse provided to him by a businessman friend also became the subject of Labor questions in parliament on Wednesday.

And Labor has demanded to see the details of taxpayer-funded flights Mr Joyce and Ms Campion took in 2017 setting a deadline of 5pm Thursday for the release of documents.

Malcolm Turnbull and senior Nationals on Wednesday expressed confidence in Mr Joyce, despite a handful of Nationals MPs agitating for him to consider his future.

The prime minister reaffirmed his deputy would act for him while he visited the White House next week.While Nationals deputy Bridget Mackenzie was also giving Mr Joyce her whole-hearted backing.

Ill give you my solid, rolled-gold guarantee here that come tomorrow, come Friday, Barnaby Joyce will be leading the National party, Senator McKenzie told Sky News on Wednesday.

Nationals whip Michelle Landry said the party room sorted out their issues in a get-together on Tuesday night.

Obviously some of the guys were upset with what has happened but theyre prepared to give him another chance, she told ABC radio.

Mr Joyce has denied breaching the ministerial code of conduct, which says frontbenchers cannot employ close relatives or partners or get them work in other ministerial offices without the prime ministers express approval.

He argues Ms Campion was not his partner when she worked in his and Matt Canavans office.

Damian Drum was not a minister when she transferred to his office.

Labor also attacked Mr Joyce, who once said city-dwellers should move to Armidale because houses were cheaper there, for living rent-free for six months in an Armidale townhouse belonging to his friend, multi-millionaire businessman Greg Maguire.

Mr Joyce declared the townhouse rent on his members interests register even though he said he did not need to do so.

Labor senator Kimberley Kitching on Wednesday tabled a notice of motion calling for the details of Mr Joyce and Ms Campions special purpose travel and any international flights.

Senator Canavan was also grilled over whether he or his office recommended Ms Campion for departmental jobs.

Ms Campion is due to give birth in mid-April.Mr Joyce late last year separated from his wife Natalie after 24 years of marriage....

09:08

Battery boom backing Australias power "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians are in love with batteries and the bond of storage is only expected to grow stronger over coming years.

A new report from the Climate Council finds the market for household batteries tripled in 2017, with more than 20,000 new installations.

The year before, just 6750 households put in batteries.

As well, South Australia installed the high-profile Tesla mega battery and now Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory are following suit, while the federal, Queensland and Tasmanian governments are considering developing pumped hydro storage projects.

The council expects the storage boom to continue as prices drop.

The cost of lithium-ion batteries has fallen by 80 per cent over the past seven years and is predicted to at least halve again by 2025.

This makes batteries and other forms of storage increasingly competitive with peaking gas plants especially with gas prices soaring for underpinning renewable energy generation.

Australias renewables and battery storage boom will keep the nations power grid fully charged, especially during extreme weather events, such as summer heatwaves, climate councillor Andrew Stock said on Wednesday.

We live in one of the sunniest and windiest countries in the world, so pairing affordable renewables with energy storage like batteries, pumped hydro and heat storage just makes economic sense.

Polling in the report finds three-quarters of Australians expect household batteries to become commonplace during the next decade.

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09:02

Abbott marries rower beau in registry "IndyWatch Feed National"

Frances Abbott, the body-building daughter of former prime minister Tony Abbott, has wed her Olympic rower boyfriend, Sam Loch after a three-month engagement.

The 26-year-old, who celebrated the marriage equality win by getting engaged, married Loch on Valentines Day.She announced the news in a post on Instagram, showing her kissing Loch in what appeared to be a registry.

Happy Valentines Day [Sam Loch] Always and forever, she captioned the image, with the hashtags, locheddown, youmaynowkissthebride, and f**kyes.

The happy groom also posted a photo of the couple, showing the bride in a simple, strapless white cocktail dress, and him in a white shirt and grey trousers with no tie.

The celebratory component isnt for a couple of months, but we made it official in the eyes of the law today, he said on Instagram.

Were the motherf**king Mighty Morphin Power Rangers of love.

Abbott is a fitness blogger and recently competed in a body-building competition, while Loch, 34, is a weightlifter who competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

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09:02

Amnesty International: Indonesia Must Protect Its Transgender Community "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Indonesian authorities are failing to protect the transgender women who were appallingly ill-treated and humiliated by police in North Aceh on January 27, some of whom have since had to go into hiding due to fears for their safety, according to human rights group Amnesty International. Amnesty International interviewed some of the victims in a ...

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08:50

Behind Bars: Australias Shocking Cruelty To Aboriginal People With Disabilities "IndyWatch Feed National"

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In this special three part series for New Matilda, Michael Brull profiles the shocking revelations uncovered in a report written by Human Rights Watch.

For years, there has been considerable evidence of the significant discrimination visited upon Aboriginal people with disabilities in the criminal justice system. Research into this important issue is developing, and is shocking. It should be a national scandal, akin to the Don Dale revelations.

In late 2011, media attention began to grow in relation to Marlon Noble. Marlon is an Aboriginal man, who was imprisoned in Western Australia for 10 years for crimes there is no evidence he committed. The reason he was imprisoned that long is because the legal system provided for indefinite detention of people with mental disabilities, who were judged unfit to stand trial.

In 2012, a report by the Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign (ADJC) explored the broader scale of the indefinite detention without trial of Aboriginal people. The ADJC found there were at least 30 Aboriginal people being detained without trial on this basis. This was based on their own research, as the government hasnt provided statistics on this issue.

After news broke of the torture of Dylan Voller at Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, I spoke to Patrick McGee, the coordinator of the Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign. He explained that a young Arrente man, KA, had a severe mental disability and was imprisoned after allegedly killing his uncle.

A screencap from the July 25 Four Corners program, showing Dylan Voller restrained in a chair, wearing a spit hood.

KA repeatedly banged his head against cell bars and walls. The prison responded by putting him in a restraint chair, and using chemical restraints on him. The prison doesnt disclose to Patrick, the guardian of KA, when those restraints are used. He has to find out by carefully reading reports by the Department of Corrections submitted to the Northern Territorys Supreme Court.

The restraint chair was used on KA at lea...

08:11

NSW government presses on with WestConnex despite public opposition "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from New South Wales

As Sydneys population rises and the roads become more congested, the new South Wales government continues to build the WestConnex project. It is now pushing Stage 3.

Meanwhile, the public transport system goes from bad to worse. The fiasco in the underfunded, overcrowded and unreliable rail network is testimony to this. While most other cities around the world have discovered that the only effective way to meet the growing demand for transport and have a clean city, is to rely on the building of public transport and reducing road traffic, the New South Wales government marches in the opposite direction.

For instance, Shanghai, a city of some 23 million inhabitants, now enjoys an extensive rail, trolleybus tram, bus and taxi system. Free rail travel is now going to be introduced. The plan is to markedly reduce the use of fossil fuel driven vehicles to clean up the air. Bus , taxi fleets and vehicles in general, are been transferred to electric power. Other cities around the world are also making positive changes and this includes Amsterdam. London and New York,which are also extending to make public transport faster and more reliable, and  shifting to electric power.

Although the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has raised serious concerns about the level of pollution that will be emitted close to schools and populated areas, Gladys Berejiklian and her government, remain bent on pushing through stage 3.

The NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has ignored 13,000 objections to the WestConnex Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Anthony Roberts, the Minister for Planning, has gone along with this.

At least $17 billion has been tied up with building WestConnex. Much of this money, which could be put to much better use, is coming from taxpayers. A part of it will be raised through the imposition of tolls.

So far, the project has failed to reduce congestion and its continuation is unlikely to make any improvement. Commuters seeking to avoid tolls are crowding alternative routes.

Stage 3 is the most destructive part of the project. Its purpose is build a new link between the first stages (M$ and M5). Construction will cause major damage through the North Shore and South Coast.

But the government faces a formidable list of community groups that are fighting back. The WestConnex Action Group...

08:00

February 15 On This Day In Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1795 - HMS Reliance and HMS Supply set sail from Portmouth for Sydney. On board were Capt John Hunter to take up his appointment as Governor of NSW, Master's Mate Matthew Flinders, Surgeon George Bass, with his boat, Tom Thumb, and  Bennelong.

1796 - John "Black" Caesar, the first bushranger and escaped convict, was shot by a settler at Liberty Plains (Strathfield).

1802 - Twenty crew of the brig Lady Nelson, the first ship to enter Port Phillip Bay, met five Boon wurrung men on the beach near Arthurs Seat. They exchanged greetings and danced, but that afternoon violence erupted and contacts ceased.

1804 - David Collins and his party for a 3 course sit down bang up meal, arrived at the Derwent River in Tassie after a sailing jaunt from Port Phillip.

1823 - Keeping more than his hair under his hat, surveyor James McBrien found that glittery gold stuff at Fish Creek but shhhhh....it wasn't made public.

1836 - Robert Duffy was Hanged at Sydney for the stabbing murder of his wife Mary Duffy in Phillip St.

1837 - Andrew Gillies wasHanged at Sydney for the murder of James Kelly near Yass.

1840 - Strzelecki went for a wander after a heavy lunch and climbed a hill he then dubbed Mount Kosciusko.

1841 - Edward John Eyre, with John Baxter and three Aborigines, did a bunk from Fowlers Bay, SA, in an attempt to cross the Nullarbor Plain to King George Sound, WA.

1855 - The Iron Age ( a ship in this case, not how old your author feels) was tripping the light vesper fantastics from Liverpool to Portland with a general cargo when she was blown ashore near Cape Banks, SA. Running before the wind she ploughed across a reef and remained intact long enough to enable the crew to reach safety. Divers who visit the wrecksite have recovered bricks from her cargo and a few fittings.

1860 - Keen to keep the yoof off their skateboards, a volunteer militia corps was cobbled together in Qld.

1872 - Charcoal was Hanged for the murder of Samuel Wells Lazenby at Port Walcott.

1872 - Tommy was Hanged for the murder of Samuel Wells Lazenby at Port Walcott.

1873 - The colonies agreed to a Border Customs Treaty.

1876 - The railway line from Ararat to Scallan's Hill (1.6kms east of Stawell) opened.

1884 - The railway line from Branxholme to Henty, a hearty 37.5kms, was opened.

1907 - Queensland allowed Italian migrants to replace (kidnapped) Kanaka labour (called slaves in any other language) on sugar plantations.

1930 - One poor bugger had a shit of a day when he was taken by a shark whilst he was diving off the Middle Brighton Pier and treading water.

1933 - A Torres Strait Islander was lucky to rea...

07:59

Gas industry finally admits that its lobbying spin contains untruths? "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


Tucked into the wall-to-wall spin of this media release is a tacit admission that safe aquifer recharge with treated water is little more than a convenient deception offered up to governments and citizens in the gas industry's drive to create more gasfields and extract more water from the natural environment in the mining process.
Research into the effects of the Coal Seam Gas industry on groundwater is continuously improving our understanding about underground water movements and implications for coal seam development.
Scientists from Queensland's independent Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) and the University of Queensland Centre for Coal Seam Gas have been wading through an enormous amount of data being contributed by landholders, government, industry and other research projects to build up a better understanding of groundwater movements.
Early studies suggest that the recharge of underground aquifers may not be as effective as once thought and recharge flow paths may not be what we first thought.
Research indicates that much of the rain recharging the Hutton and Precipice Sandstone aquifers in the North-East Surat Basin is discharging into the local low topography of the Dawson River.
...

07:32

Malaysia Central Bank to Let Public Decide Cryptos Fate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Malaysia Central Bank to Let Public Decide Cryptos Fate

Malaysias central bank, Bank Negara, is set to release a concept paper, calling for the public to decide the fate of cryptocurrencies in the country, according to a recent report. Bank Negara governor Muhammad Ibrahim is said to have assured the bank will neither ban nor recognize cryptocurrency, and that the paper will be finalized in February.

Also read: Internet Pioneer Who Influenced Assange & Snowden Dead at 70

Malaysia Lets Public Decide

At the 40th anniversary dinner of Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Malaysia, Bank Negara governor Muhammad Ibrahim said, Basically, we will let the cryptocurrency promoters including bitcoin, ethereum and ripple to be more transparent, the methods to be more transparent and people behind the scene are to be more transparent too. By doing so, the public can decide on its own if they want to invest in cryptocurrencies.

Malaysia in recent years has been an economic tiger, its economy growing faster than more powerful regional cousins South Korea, and even outpacing France and Australia. Its government is unusually paternalistic with regard to the economy, however, though less so as it has developed. Politically it occupies an odd space in Southeast Asia as a federal constitutional elective monarchy. Something akin to the Westminster system, the king is chosen in rotation by hereditary families, and he acts as ceremonial head of state, appointing upper parliament house members and mi...

05:27

Strong windstorm hits Victoria and Tasmania, leaving 71 000 homes without power "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong cold front hit the Australian states of Victoria and Tasmania on February 14, 2018, producing damaging wind gusts and lifting up some dust. At least one person was injured in Victoria and more than 50 000 homes were left without power. In Tasmania, the...... Read more

03:06

Malka Leifer Israeli court orders psychiatric evaluation for Australian teacher "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Israeli police arrest ex-principal, alleged child abuser Malka Leifer

 

The woman concerned is Malka Leifer, whose name cant be published in Israel due to a court suppression order.

The Times of Israel

Israeli court orders psychiatric evaluation for Australian teacher

Move comes after police express concern the woman, wanted for 74 charges of sex abuse against girls, was faking mental illness to avoid extradition

Feb 15 2018

02:55

Australia/ Israel & Jewish Affairs Council AIJAC statement on the arrest of Malka Leifer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia/ Israel & Jewish Affairs Council

AIJAC statement on the arrest of Malka Leifer

 FEB 14 2018
Malka Leifer

Media Release

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council is very pleased to see the arrest of former Melbourne school principal and accused sexual abuser Malka Leifer by Israeli police yesterday, and the subsequent court hearing alleging she had faked mental illness to avoid extradition back to Australia.

This is a matter which AIJAC has pursued with Israeli authorities for some time, with National Chairman Mark Leibler twice meeting with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to discuss this case. AIJAC has called on Israeli authorities to do their utmost, consistent with the rule of law, to fully investigate Ms Leifers claim of being too ill to stand trial and appreciates that they have done so. Mark Leibler will again be seeking to discuss what can be done expedite Ms. Leifers extradition with Israeli authorities during his visit to Israel next week.

AIJAC is hopeful that these latest developments will lead to Ms. Leifers speedy extradition back to Australia to face a long-overdue trial at last bringing some measure of closure and justice to her alleged victims.

Mark Leibler, AC
National Chairman

Colin Rubenstein, AM
Executive Director

 

02:52

Malka Leifer Former Melbourne Jewish school principal wanted on child sex abuse charges kept in custody in Israel, will face new psychiatric test "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Former principal wanted on child sex abuse charges kept in custody in Israel, will face new psychiatric test

15 February 2018

RELATED STORY: Alleged Melbourne sex offender who faked mental illness re-arrested in Israel

Malka Leifer, a Melbourne school principal wanted on 74 charges of child sexual abuse, has been sent for a new psychiatric examination after Israeli police accused her of faking mental illness in order to avoid extradition.

Key points:

  • Malka Leifers will undergo tests to determine her mental state as prosecutors argue her illness was faked
  • The judge acknowledged Ms Leifer had never attempted to run away or depart the country
  • The court will decide whether Ms Leifer was too ill to be extradited to Australia

After three years of avoiding extradition hearings, Ms Leifer appeared in the Jerusalem district court on Wednesday morning, her second court appearance in just two days.

Australia has been trying to extradite the woman since 2013, but the 54-year-old has refused to front court, with her lawyers claiming she has panic attacks, anxiety and is too unwell to face extradition hearings.

Israeli police re-arrested her on Monday, accusing her of faking a mental illness to avoid extradition.

Prosecutor Matan...

01:20

Former CIA whistleblower now living in New Zealand with plenty to say about the Clintons, crime and corruption "IndyWatch Feed National"

Major failure by New Zealands media. As reported in multiple previous press releases, Harmon Wilfred, a CIA whistleblower in possession of testimony against Bill and Hillary Clinton that should have had significant influence on NZ foreign policy, has been living in New Zealand since 2001. He has been stateless, without...

01:11

India in the Race for Military Bases "IndyWatch Feed National"

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In late January 2018, the media reported that India is finalizing a document with France (apparently it would become official in early March during a visit by French President E. Macron to Delhi) on military logistics similar to the USA of August 2016, according to which the Indian fleet can use military installations in both Diego Garcia and Guam, as well as other bases in different regions of the world. It was signed after 10 years of difficult negotiations. And it seems to be contagious the agreements with Paris will also open doors of French bases to the Navy ships of the Republic, especially in the Indian Ocean.

But admittedly, this decision of the French side is not so genuine. A few months after the signing of the agreement between Washington and Delhi in April 2017, India received a similar proposal from Australia, which even presented a draft of a future document and has an accumulated long-term experience of implementing such agreement with the United States. Today, this step was prompted by the growing concern over the marked intensification of the Chinese fleet in the Pacific and Indian oceans, especially at their junction, and in waters near the fifth continent.

Thus, the Executive Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) Peter Jennings drew the attention of experts to the appearance of not individual Chinese diesel submarines, but several flotillas with different types of military vessels. This fact was confirmed by air photographs taken on January 2, 2017. And the senior analyst of the same institute, E. Berger, noted that the Chinese, having opened a first full-scale overseas base in Djibouti in August 2017, intends to create the same near the modernized port of Gwadar soon, which can also be easily transformed into a military base that is logical in connection with the objectives of the One Belt, One Road Initiative.

Controversy is evoked concerning active collection of intelligence on the possibilities of participants in various sea maneuvers (e.g. RIMPAC), which is carried out not only by Chinese warships but also by the research vessels. The latter are increasingly dispatched by Beijing to study the bottom of Antarctica as well. And this could mean the close coordination of the Chinese military with the State Oceanic Administration, as well as their greater involvement in the Antarctic, a seemingly peaceful program.

Apparently, a lengthy discussion, not de...

00:37

Watch my Edible Garden Masterclass "IndyWatch Feed Seq.eat"


I filmed my Edible Garden Masterclass that I ran at Holland Park Library last weekend. It was a free community education program - part of Brisbane City Council's sustainable living program. 

I was so delighted. The Masterclass was totally booked out with a huge waiting list. I will be running this workshop a few more times over the next couple of months in other parts of Brisbane - libraries that have community gardens attached.



The entire masterclass was 3 hours including a tour of the community garden and a practical session in the garden. This recording is just the first hour.

You can hear me sharing a wide range of practical information and the first five of my 12 tips for a thriving edible garden. 


You can learn lots more practical ideas and skills in my new subscription program - the Our Permaculture Life Membership Communit...

00:09

The UK Signals That World War III Is Here "IndyWatch Feed National"

North Korea does not sneeze without permission from China. Every North Korean provocation is the direct result Beijings master plan to unseat America as the dominant trading power in Asia. If the United States goes to war with North Korea, it will also go to war with China.


Good morning, welcome to World War III. It is one thing for two nations to enter into a dispute, however, when the allies get involved, conflict is certainly only a stones throw away.

The UKs Line In the Sand

In a clear case of supoosting Americas position in maintaining freedom of the seas in international waters, the UK has decided to take very decisive action toward China within their own backyard.

From Press TV:

British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson told The Australiannewspaper on Tuesday HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 frigate, will travel through the key trading lane after concluding a visit to Australia.

If Britain went ahead with its plan, it would become what is believed to be only the second country after the United States to assert what it calls freedom of navigation rights in waters, which China controls.

Beijing has, on different occasions, asserted its sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea, which serves as a crossing for more $ 5 trillion worth of maritime trade annually. The sea is also claimed in part by the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan.

The US has accused China of implementing what it calls a land reclamation program in the South China Sea by building artificial islands in the disputed areas.

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23:45

Police call for PM Netanyahu to be indicted "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israeli police announced Tuesday night that they have collected sufficient evidence to try Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in both the Case 1000 and Case 2000 investigations, involving allegations of the receipt of gifts from wealthy businessmen and charges of collusion with a newspaper publisher.

The police department has recommended that Netanyahu be charged with receiving bribes and breach of trust in connection with the Case 1000 investigation into alleged gifts received from a Hollywood filmmaker. Investigators also say they have sufficient evidence to charge the Prime Minister with receiving bribes in the Case 2000 investigation, and to try the publisher of the Yediot Aharonot newspaper for offering bribes.

Following the police recommendation, the two cases now go to the Attorney General, who will determine whether either case has sufficient grounds to merit an indictment. The decision is expected to take at least several weeks.

Upon conclusion of the investigation, Case 1000, [Israel] Police have concluded that there is sufficient evidence against the PM on suspicions for the offense of accepting bribes, fraud, and breach of trust regarding his connection with businessman Arnon Milchan, and fraud and breach of trust In connection with the Australian businessman James Packer, police said in a statement Tuesday.

Police revealed Tuesday that the total value of the gifts given to the Netanyahus was approximately one million shekels ($283,000). Authorities also revealed that former Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) was a key witness in the investigation.

According to testimony Milchan gave to Israeli authorities in December 2016, he gave the Netanyahus boxes of cigars, bottles champagne, and jewelry at their request.

The Prime Ministers attorney, Jacob Weinroth, denied there was any criminal wrongdoing in receiving the gifts.

Any intelligent person knows that if a friend or someone close to you gives a friend cigars as a gift, there is not and cannot be anything prohibited about that no shred of a criminal act, said Weinroth.

But on Tuesday, Israeli police reported that they had collected evidence proving criminal wrongdoing by both Netanyahu and Milchan in the case.

In a separate parallel investigation, dubbed Case 2000, police probed allegations that Netanyahu conspired with the publisher of the Yediot Aharonotnewspaper against Israel Hayom  a competing Hebrew daily distributed for free in Israel.

The case centers around claims that Netanyahu agreed to pass legislation, dubbed the Israel Hayom Law, banning the free distribution of newspapers, in exchan...

22:00

Australian Labor MP: "I'd Choose Autism" "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Anne Dachel A story from Australia makes it clear that vaccines will maintain the sacred place in medicine with our children as the sacrificial lambs. Feb 12, 2018, Australia SBS News: I'd choose autism: Labor MP backs vaccines Labor...

21:40

The Equality Campaign Says Existing Religious Exemptions Go Too Far "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Exemptions in anti-discrimination laws allowing faith-based institutions to discriminate against staff or clients on the basis of religious belief should be repealed, the Equality Campaign has told the Ruddock religious freedom review. The group said in their submission to the review that the cross-party same-sex marriage bill struck a fair balance and should not be ...

The post The Equality Campaign Says Existing Religious Exemptions Go Too Far appeared first on QNews Magazine.

20:27

Australian Bank CBA Bars Cryptocurrency Buying on Credit Cards "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Australian Bank CBA Bars Cryptocurrency Buying on Credit Cards appeared first on CCN

Australias largest bank has banned its customers from buying cryptocurrencies like bitcoin using its credit cards, starting today. Citing a lack of regulation and high volatility of cryptocurrencies, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has discontinued credit card purchases of cryptocurrencies. The curb will also extend to Perth-based Bankwest, a bank fully acquired by the

The post Australian Bank CBA Bars Cryptocurrency Buying on Credit Cards appeared first on CCN

20:18

Global shares mostly higher ahead of US inflation data "IndyWatch Feed National"

TOKYO (AP) Global shares were mostly higher Wednesday as investors awaited the release of U.S. inflation data. Trading was winding down in China ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays.

KEEPING SCORE: Frances CAC 40 added 0.6 percent to 5,140.46, while Germanys DAX rose 0.8 percent to 12,293.65. Britains FTSE 100 was up 0.7 percent at 7,216.32. U.S. shares were set for gains with Dow futures up 0.6 percent at 24,775 and S&P 500 futures 0.5 percent higher at 2,674.70.

U.S. INFLATION: Market players are awaiting the U.S. Labor Departments monthly report on consumer prices, due later in the day. The report takes on added importance since recent swings in financial markets were touched off by worries that inflation might rise too quickly, prompting the Federal Reserve to accelerate monetary tightening.

THE QUOTE: It certainly feels like the proverbial calm before the storm and rightly so as there are plenty of reasons to be cautious, but whether it warrants the present sense of foreboding in the markets or not, equity investors seem undeterred by the possibility of higher yields, Stephen Innes of OANDA said in a commentary.

JAPAN GDP: Japans economy grew at a slower than expected 0.5 percent annual pace in the October-December quarter, the eighth straight quarter of expansion. Growth for the entire calendar year was 1.6 percent, up from 0.9 percent in 2016. The preliminary data released Wednesday buttressed economists expectations that growth will slow in the coming year.

ASIAS DAY: Japans benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.4 percent to finish at 21,154.17, while Australias S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.3 percent to 5,841.20. South Koreas Kospi gained 1.1 percent at 2,421.83. Hong Kongs Hang Seng rose 2.3 percent to 30,515.60, while the Shanghai Composite index added 0.5 percent to 3,199.16. Markets in Southeast Asia were mixed.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 20 cents to $58.99 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell 10 cents to $59.19 a barrel in New York Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 31 cents to $62.40 a barrel in London.

CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 107.31 yen from 107.55 yen. The euro climbed to $1.2364 from $1.2351.

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20:01

Australia - Bega Valley targeted in NSW Labor's Fluoridation Bill "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anti-fluoride groups have been placed in the crosshairs of potential State Parliament legislation that aims to give additional powers to the NSW Health Minister.
Shadow health spokesman Walt Secord introduced legislation on Tuesday, February 13, which, if passed, would give the minister additional powers to direct local councils and water authorities to add fluoride to their drinking water supply.
Mr Secord said the legislation would create tough new fluoride laws to over-ride the anti-fluoride movement, which is surfacing in NSW.
He cites Bega Valley as one of the areas where a vocal minority are using tactics similar to the anti-vaxxer movement.
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19:51

Chinese paper says UK trying to grab attention with South China Sea mission Hints That UK Is No Longer Relevant Faded former world power "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

In this Oct. 23, 2017, file photo, ships officers are presented to Britains Queen Elizabeth II on deck during her visit to HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 frigate, in the West India Dock, in London. (AP)

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19:13

Burger Lite: Back from the dead "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

Dragged my worthless arse back to the gym today. I haven't exercised since mid-December. In my defence, I did manage to pick up a case of something called 'walking pneumonia' just before Christmas and have only just got the all clear from my doctor last week. It was a helluva thing. Hacking, coughing, spluttering, fever, chills, the whole ninety-nie snotty yards, for seven weeks.

I did a couple of courses of antibiotics, none of which seemed to help. In the end it sort of just burned itself out. Funny thing is, I'm still coughing. The doctor told me that my body has forgotten how to stop. Been taking some cough suppressant trying to give myself a break from it.

I got into a pretty good groove before all this too. I'd just finished the second bar of my brown belt grading for jujitsu. The ladies were travelling overseas. Apart from looking after Thomas all I had to do was write some words and look after myself.

Anyway, seven weeks later, I haven't stepped on the scales yet but I feel like I'm about three or four kg heavier.

Took it pretty easy today, on doctor's orders. Just half an hour on the elliptical trainer and a pretty mild session at that. I felt fine afterwards. We'll see how I shape up tomorrow. I'm really getting to that point in life where, when I put weight on, it really wants to stay.

19:00

Ribs and Burgers - Fortitude Valley "IndyWatch Feed Seq.eat"


Have long been curious about the quite popular Ribs and Burgers/Ribs and Rumps stores, so when we decided it was a good time to go out for a family dinner, and everyone was open to suggestion, I offered it up in lieu of the usual traditional Cantonese fare. Being situated along James Street, parking was no easy feat and was only achieved after considerable efforts were spent.

 A large menu was positioned at the door and the restaurant was surprisingly counter service. 


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18:25

Permaculture: a positive revolution "IndyWatch Feed Seq.eat"


Each day or two I am posting another of my 12 Ps of permaculture - simple cues that remind us why we need to rethink the way we live - the big picture, and how we can do things differently

# 4 Positive

Permaculture is a positive revolution.
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17:27

Parliament House's Masquerade party invitation issued by the brain-dead? Why not SEXPO at the Senate? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Enlighten? With a twist? Not now. Not this. Not here. Seriously. Youre invited to the premier masquerade party at Parliament House this year. https://t.co/u55fNbNFxm#canberra #EnlightenCanberra #events #parliamenthouse #masquerade #party #cbr pic.twitter.com/bRlSuvQKh7 Australian Parliament House (@Aust_Parliament) February 14, 2018

16:48

Prefab Orthotics Control360 Biomechanical Foot Orthoses "IndyWatch Feed National"

Control360 Biomechanical Foot Orthoses specialises in custom and semi custom orthotics, orthoses at best quality. Control 360 orthoses are designed by Orthotech Laboratory.

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14:23

Onsite & Remote IT Support Services San Francisco Rydatech "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rydatech offers onsite and remote IT support. IT support and services include onsite hardware and software support, network installations, remote software and tech support, network upgrades, and the maintenance and monitoring of IT systems.

14:23

Medicare paid item 16519 for 37 men in FY16/17 - Management of labour and birth by any means (including Caesarean section) "IndyWatch Feed National"

This isn't a man in labour - it's a taxpayer on hearing Medicare paid out the full entitlement on item 16519 "Management of labour and birth by any means (including Caesarean section) including post-partum care for 5 days" to 37 men in the past year. Here's the link. http://www9.health.gov.au/mbs/fullDisplay.cfm?type=item&q=16519&qt=item

14:11

MACKAY Local News Headlines For Mackay & The Whitsundays, 14th of February, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:10

Telegram Messenger App Exploited by Mining Malware "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yet another day brings yet another tale of woe about mining malware. Back in the day we had viruses and worms to worry about, and then came a surge of spyware, today the hackers want your computer to mine them more Monero. The latest victim is messenger app Telegram which has been exploited to run mining malware.

According to security researchers at Kaspersky Lab a zero day vulnerability in Telegrams desktop app has been exploited to deliver multipurpose malware. A zero day exploit is an attack that targets a previously unknown vulnerability, the victims literally have zero days to fix and patch the exposed systems.

Mining malware delivered

The malicious code can be used as a back door to deliver mining malware to the target computer. As in other cases it would then leech the machines processing power to surreptitiously mine for Monero and Zcash, two anonymous cryptocurrencies.

The cyber security team discovered that the Telegram zero-day vulnerability was based on the RLO (right-to-left override) Unicode method. This is often used on languages that read from the right such as Arabic or Hebrew. Users can be tricked into downloading malicious files which can be disguised as images. Additionally while analyzing the threat, researchers found archives containing a Telegram local cache that had been stolen from victims.

Remote access exploit

One the exploit had been compromised a backdoor that used the Telegram API as a command and control protocol was installed, resulting in the hackers gaining remote access to the victims computer. Once it had access it switched to silent mode enabling the infestation of further malware and mining processes.

Kaspersky Lab analyst Alexey Firsh commented;

The popularity of instant messenger services is incredibly high, and its extremely important that developers provide proper protection for their users so that they dont become easy targets for criminals. We have found several scenarios of this zero-day exploitation that, besides general malware and spyware, was used to deliver mining software such infections have become a global trend that we have seen throughout the last year. Furthermore, we believe there were other ways to abuse this zero-day vulnerability.

As we reported a couple of days ago mining malware will increase exponentially in 2018, it is the new weapon of choice for hackers and scammers looking for a free ride to crypto land.

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13:37

Roger Waters and the politics of solidarity "IndyWatch Feed National"

We, hundreds of thousands of us, supporters of BDS and human rights throughout history all over the world join together in memory of Sharpeville and Wounded Knee and Lidice and Budapest and Ferguson and Standing Rock and Gaza and raise our fists in protest. We hurl our glasses into the fire of your arrogant unconcern, and smash our bracelets on the rock of your implacable indifference.

12:34

Eagle (haiku) "IndyWatch Feed Seq.art"

wedge-tailed eagle surveys an empty field, stomach full __________________________ note: photo by Gabrielle Bryden You can find out more about Wedge-tailed eagles here  

12:27

Stone Coal Crazy: Seismic Testing Off The Australian Coastline "IndyWatch Feed National"

The fight by big miners to keep burning coal is even impacting on our oceans, writes Erin Foster.

This week, dangerous seismic testing is occurring just off Victorias coastline along the pristine 90 Mile Beach at Golden Beach. The seismic survey, funded by the state and federal governments, is being conducted to determine if the area is suitable for carbon capture and storage (CCS), threatening marine biodiversity in the region and impacting local businesses.

Seismic testing is conducted in order to gather data on the geological formations on the ocean bed. It consists of a sonic gun being set off beneath the surface of the ocean approximately every 8 seconds. In this case, the testing is occurring between 800m and 7 kilometres offshore for 17 days. According to Greenpeace Australia the level of sound transmitted through seismic testing can be up to 259 decibels per blast enough to kill a human.

Seismic testing has been used for almost 30 years predominantly by the gas and oil industries. Locals in the Golden Beach area were informed at a poorly advertised information session that this wouldnt impact the pristine marine environment, except possible interference with the migratory patterns of whales and dolphins. This was to be prevented by a qualified spotter on board the seismic testing boat. When contacted, Carbon Net was unable to confirm that the spotter on board would be independent from the project.

Upon further research, it is clear that the project team has downplayed the environmental impact of the testing significantly.

In 2012, the United Nations Environment Program published a synthesis outlining the impact of underwater noise on marine and coastal biodiversity and habitats. It notes that in scientific studies to date have found that at least 55 marine species (cetaceans, teleost fish, marine turtles and invertebreas) are negatively impacted by anthropogenic noise.

Impacts on these species recorded to date include the masking of important acoustic cues, complete avoidance of the area leading to marine displacement and in some cases physical injury and death.

The study also notes that the true effect of activities such as seismic testing is largely unknown due to inadequate research, meaning that the consequences of such activities could be significantly more detrimental than current research indicates.

The Government-backed project to date has failed to engage with local community stakeholders or the broader population. Information provided has reportedly been over complicated, inaccessible and occasionally inaccurate.

For example, when asked directly what impact the testing would have on marine life in the area, proj...

12:24

Years in the making, part 2 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$2500
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Unknown
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Well, I finally have a letter which reads that I have to pay ~$2500 within a month. Of course, by the time you receive the letter after CentreStink's awful private number phone calls telling you your made up debt from 7 years ago, a few days have gone by which limits your time to act on the letter.

In the letter is a table that lists the amount you reported, and the "new" made up numbers by CentreStink that they think you should have told them.

Just going from the first number on my list, my "old" reported earnings I told them was "$0" for a pay period. Apparently it should have been ~"$250"... even though I don't have a single payslip for that time period and didn't earn any money. I don't even have a payslip that comes close to that period. But apparently magical numbers are all the rage.

So I called up CentreStink and got a very snarky lady who talks over you, but seems to have an extremely hard time listening to you when you want to talk. It's like she's just gotten a bill with magical numbers and she's upset and confused by it. So that would be understandable if she wants to talk over me. But, actually, the roles are reversed. Go figure. Well, she couldn't find a payslip to match that number. So she just said I'll have to get back to you on this. The numbers that they...

12:10

Religious Schools Call For Widening Of Anti-Discrimination Exemptions "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Christian Schools Australia has defended the ability of religious schools to hire and fire staff based on their adherence to religious codes. In a submission to Philip Ruddocks review into Australian religious freedom, the group warned that removing the ability of Christian schools to employ staff who share the schools values and beliefs would undermine ...

The post Religious Schools Call For Widening Of Anti-Discrimination Exemptions appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:59

Postal Survey Should Not Be Done Again, Senate Committee Says "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

A Senate committee examining the three-month period marriage law postal survey process has recommended similar public votes on minority human rights issues should not be held again. The committees chair, Labor senator Jenny McAllister, tabled the report on Tuesday and while it largely commended the Australian Bureau of Statistics for its facilitation of the vote, ...

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11:57

Travelling today and tomorrow - plenty of time to read The Daily Telegraph, or just look at the pictures "IndyWatch Feed National"

I'm travelling today and tomorrow so posts will be fairly light. In the interim I thought we might as well share the killer front page that's everywhere today! If a picture paints a thousand words! And thanks to Jeff of FNQ for pointing out our failure to offer equal billing...

11:52

Barnaby Joyce's letter to Gina Rinehart's daughter Hope - on family, mobile phone cameras and evil lawyers "IndyWatch Feed National"

This letter became public during litigation between Hope and her mother Gina Rinehart. I published it back then for the same reason I'm publishing it again today - bits and pieces of the letter are quoted in the press, out of context and generally to suit an agenda. That does...

11:29

Religious freedom review should not wind back the clock on equality for LGBTI Australians "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian laws need a shake up to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people from discrimination by religious groups and better balance competing rights, the Human Rights Law Centre said today in its submission to the inquiry into religious freedom. 

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said, "Last year Australians voted for equality and fairness, not new forms of discrimination. There is no price to be paid for equality, we reject outright that religious freedom is now under threat simply because two people who love each other can marry."

The Religious Freedom Review's Expert Panel was commissioned to conduct the inquiry after last years Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey to consider some of the concerns raised by religious groups. The Panel is charged with examining whether Australian law protects religious freedom.

"People are largely free to observe and practice their faith in Australia. We actually need to narrow broad exemptions for religious bodies in discrimination law that prevent vulnerable people, including LGBTI people, from accessing critical services. This inquiry is an opportunity to get the balance right," said Ms Brown.

The submission outlines how existing permanent religious exemptions go too far and highlight cases where LGBTI people have experienced problems at religious schools or other faith based settings.

"Religious exemptions already act as a barrier to vulnerable and marginalised Australians accessing the support services they need. We have spoken to lesbian, gay and transgender people who have been discriminated against when seeking help, and they are afraid to speak out or seek assistance from other religious charities. We need strong discrimination laws but blanket exemptions that bow to the interests of certain groups over other Australians must be avoided," said Ms Brown.

The HRLC recommends filling gaps in the law when it comes to protection for people of faith. Currently, people of faith are protected from discrimination in employment under the Fair Work Act and most states and territories, but arent covered by federal anti-discrimination laws.

"We live in a diverse community and people shouldnt be targeted simply for wearing a turban, cross or headscarf on the street or at school. The United Nations has called on Australia to introduce legal protections for people of faith from discrimination, and so do we," said Ms Brown.

The inquiry highlights the need for Australia to consolidate and modernise its inconsistent and outdated anti-discrimination laws and introduce a Human Rights Act.

"This inquiry reveals a much larger problem that the fundamental rights and freedoms of Australians are lacking in legal protection. We need to modernis...

11:22

AFL Clears Transgender Hannah Mouncey To Play In State Leagues "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey has been cleared to play in state and territory womens leagues in 2018, as the AFL finalises its gender diversity policy for the national league. Mouncey has issued a lengthy statement on Twitter and also posted a YouTube video. In welcoming the decision, she said it would be highly inappropriate to ...

The post AFL Clears Transgender Hannah Mouncey To Play In State Leagues appeared first on QNews Magazine.

09:59

The Sniffer Dogs Were Stood Down Sydney Hilton Bombing 1978 "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan

Yesterday, 40 years ago on 13 February 1978, there was a bombing.

Exploding Rubbish

The bomb exploded  at 12.40am just outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia, at the time of the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting (CHOGRM). Australia was host to twelve foreign leaders staying in the hotel.

At the time, Malcolm Fraser was the prime minister, and John Howard was the Treasurer. Fraser, who was staying at the hotel, immediately called out the Australian Army for the remainder of the CHOGRM meeting to act as protector.

Yesterday, the mainstream media provided reports of grief, and sought to pass on the following message, e.g., We need to make sure that we keep in the forefront of peoples minds that this act of terrorism did happen and people did lose their lives [Quoting United Services Union boss Graeme Kelly].

The Mainstream Media Then And Now

The Sydney Morning Herald published this yesterday, and also back on 13/2/1978):

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09:58

Betriums Last Days of ICO Hurry Up to Get a Chance to Win the Jackpot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Betrium, the worldwide bookmaker & betting exchange, has successfully raised 982 ETH so far in its pre-ICO, ending on February 14, 2018. Only a day left to get a chance to win the jackpot by participating in its on-going Betrium ICO and invest in the platforms further development. The pre-ICO will end on 14th February 2018 at 19:00 EST. It is the last call for interested participants to hurry up to be part of exciting opportunity.

About the Platform

Betrium is a worldwide bookmaker and betting exchange offering zero fees, innovative Volatility Stabilization System for professional traders, API for developers and a platform for event organizers. With all these features, the platform is all set to revolutionize a $1 trillion industry segment in the near future.

Betrium has already launched the desktop demo (MVP) of the sports betting platform, which is available on http://sport.patyplay.ga.

Betriums Upcoming Marketing & Promotion Activities

Betrium successfully sponsored a racing car on the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Middle East race in Abu Dhabi on 2nd of February 2018.  The platform has also made plans for full participation in different popular roadshows in March 2018 as a part of its marketing and promotion campaign. As per the companys recent announcement, the Betrium team is going to visit the following conferences as an exhibitor:

  • d10e, Seoul, South Korea, 3-6th of March 2018.
  • Vietnam Blockchain Week, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 7-8th of March 2018.
  • Money20/20 Asia, Singapore, 13-15th of March 2018.
  • Token29, Hong Kong, 20-21th of March 2018.

In addition, Betrium will be an exhibitor and sponsor of APAC Blockchain Conference to be held in Melbourne, Australia from March 13 to 15 2018.

Betrium To Be Seen in FIFA World Cup 2018

The company is planning to be associated with the worlds most popular and much-awaited sports event FIFA World Cup 2018, by offering betting lines for customers. The betting will start as early as in May in order to earn first revenue and some traction.

Betrium has already entered into a partnership with VAVEL.com, a leading sports media group. Vavel is the official sports media and information partner of Betrium and will endorse the platform all through the World Cup event.

CEO Javier Robles, the CEO of VAVEL Media, says:

For VAVEL, this partnership with Betrium guarantees, our willingness to support and backup a project s...

09:53

Welfare overhaul will increase poverty and unemployment "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has warned that increasing the punishment of the unemployed, will result in worsening poverty and joblessness.

The governments welfare bill, which has already been presented in parliament, does just this. Its planned overhaul of the welfare system neglects a real strategy, to combat unemployment and is most likely effect will be to create a bigger reserve of desperate people, who can be pressured into underpaid and dangerous work, and with few rights on the job.

Newstart and the Youth Allowance  are already so low that they act as a barrier to employment, when  the expense involved in looking for a job cant be met.

Welfare advocacy groups have been mounting a final effort to convince Senate crossbenchers not to pass the harshest elements of the Coalitions social security legislation.

The bill introduces tougher punishments for jobseekers accused of a beech.  It also makes it take longer to start getting benefits, by delaying the commencement date for Newstart and Youth Allowance payments. The government claims that this will stop applicants from not keeping appointments and increase their preparedness to look for work.

Currently, those welfare payments begin when the recipient first meets with an employment services provider. Payments will no longer be backdated. but are back paid to the date a claim for welfare is first made.

Delaying this further, will make a bad situation even worse for those who do not have the means to feed themselves and maintain shelter. It will mean more people becoming homeless, a problem that has been growing around Australia.

The joint parliamentary committee on human rights last year raised concerns that the change may breach human rights, namely the right to social security and the right to an adequate standard of living.

ACOSS has called for a $75 per week increase to Newstart.

This has been rejected by the government.

 

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09:04

Assange surprised by UK ruling "IndyWatch Feed National"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photo WikiLeaks via AP

Julian Assange says hes surprised by a London judges decision to uphold the WikiLeaks founder long-standing arrest warrant, saying she made factual errors in her ruling and hinting at an appeal.

Assange has been fighting to have a British arrest warrant for breaching bail dropped, claiming he fears an extradition order from the US may be delivered if he were to leave his asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy to face the British courts.
The Australian had breached his bail when he sought refuge in the embassy while fighting a Sweden extradition order in 2012.
Last week at Westminster Magistrates Court, Judge Emma Arbuthnot dismissed Assanges argument that the arrest warrant was no longer valid because Swedish authorities had dropped an investigation into rape allegations against him.
Assanges lawyer Mark Summers QC then argued it was not in the public interest for the court to uphold the warrant.
However, Judge Arbuthnot rejected that argument in a damning ruling on Tuesday afternoon (early Wednesday AEDT).
In a tweet, Assange claimed Judge Arbuthnot had been mistaken in her ruling.
We are surprised. Judge went well outside what the parties presented in court. This seems to have led to many factual errors in the judgment. US DoJ [US Department of Justice] confirmed to Reuters again yesterday that its case is ongoing. There are 3 months to appeal judges decision.
Judge Arbuthnot rejected all of Assanges legal arguments, including dismissing claims by a UN working group that he had been arbitrarily detained.
Defendants on bail up and down the country, and requested persons facing extradition, come to court to face the consequences of their own choices, Judge Arbuthnot told the court as she delivered her judgment.
He should have the courage to do so too.
Assange has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than five years, claiming he cant leave because the US w...

08:59

End Joyce saga today or tomorrow: Nats MP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce. AAP Image/Dan Peled

At least one Nationals MP wants the future of leader Barnaby Joyce settled in the next 24 hours.

The deputy prime minister is hanging on to his job despite some of his colleagues pushing him to resign following the public exposure of his extra marital affair.

The relationship with his now pregnant partner and former staffer Vikki Campion raised concerns about the potential misuse of taxpayer funds and has somewhat undermined his authority as party leader.

I hope this doesnt go on too much longer, Nationals backbencher Ken ODowd told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday.

Id hope to have it resolved today or tomorrow.

Mr ODowd does not think any his colleagues will move against Mr Joyce, 50, preferring instead to have a talk to him about his future.

Someone needs to tell him where the party stands at this stage and it will be a cordial meeting.

Mr Joyce told a meeting of coalition MPs meeting on Tuesday he was determined to get through this time of trial.

Ministerial colleague Michael McCormack, who has twice missed out on becoming deputy leader, denied having conversations with colleagues to replace Mr Joyce.

No I havent, he told reporters on Tuesday night.

Cabinet minister and Queensland MP David Littleproud told ABC radio that of course Mr Joyce had the support of most Nationals MPs.Backbencher Michelle Landry believes the party should give Mr Joyce a bit of personal time to sort this out.

As far as Im concerned everything is above board with the offices and hes there to stay, she told reporters.

I believe that Barnaby will remain our leader I think we need to give him a fair go with it.

AAP understands a group of about four or five Nationals MPs was trying to get Mr Joyce to resign, but didnt have the numbers in the 21-member party room to force a change.

Mr Joyce has denied breaching the ministerial code of conduct, which says frontbenchers cannot employ close relative...

08:54

Packer gifts land Israeli PM in hot water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ronen Zvulun, Pool via AP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus political future is under a cloud after police recommended he be indicted following a lengthy investigation into more than $US300,000 in gifts he allegedly accepted from billionaires including James Packer.

Israeli police recommended to Attorney-General Avihai Mendelblit Mr Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges.

Mr Netanyahu has rejected the bribery allegations being linked to $US71,000 worth of gifts he received from Mr Packer and another $US214,000 worth of gifts, including cigars and champagne, from Israeli billionaire and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

Mr Packer struck up a close friendship with Mr Netanyahu in 2014 after the pair were introduced by their mutual friend Mr Milchin, who is one of Israelis richest men and produced Hollywood hits including LA Confidential and 12 Years A Slave.

The Australian billionaire later bought a waterfront home next door to the Israeli prime ministers private home in Caesarea and was a special guest at speeches delivered by Mr Netanyahu to the US Congress and United Nations General Assembly in 2015.

Israeli police spent months trying to interview Mr Packer as they worked on their investigation. Australian Federal Police eventually questioned the casino mogul in Melbourne last December.

There are no allegations of any wrongdoing by Mr Packer, who attended the interview voluntarily.

Part of the police investigation focused on whether Mr Netanyahu tried to help Mr Packer gain residency in Israel.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri previously confirmed Mr Packers lawyer had asked him about the possibility of obtaining citizenship or residency in Israel, even though he is not Jewish.

In a statement, Israeli police said Mr Netanyahu had helped Mr Milchan with US visa matters, by legislating a tax break and connecting him with an Indian businessman.

While Mr Netanyahu and his family have not denied accepting gifts, they insist they werent bribes.

Israeli media previously reported Mr Milchan told police the gifts were handed over in response to demands from the Netanyahus.

Mr Packer reportedly corroborated Mr Milch...

08:54

The two written judgements from the Westminster Magistrates Court upholding Julian Assange's arrest warrant "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the judgement delivered yesterday against Julian Assange. Assange has been hiding out in the Ecuadorian Embassy for so long it's easy to forget why he's there. Read on........ 2nd Assange Ruling 13 Feb2018 by Michael Smith on Scribd 1st Assange Ruling - 6 February 2018 by Michael Smith...

08:24

Exactly WHICH Americans Do You Think They Targeted? "IndyWatch Feed National"

And why after 12 years do you think these weapons are still secret?

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08:00

February 14 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1779 - Jimmy Cook aka Captain Cook met a sticky end at the end of a sharp stick aka spear on the Sandwich Islands aka Hawaii.

1788 - Norfolk Island was reserved for the Lt Gidley King party, who sailed off on this day on the ship Supply, to found a settlement between ordering the entrees and desserts.

1792 - The first shop in the NSW colony opened (to rip off the customers) for business.

1792 - The convict ship Pitt rocked up to purge its cargo of Lieutenant Governor Grose and the company of the NSW Corps.

1800 - Robert Campbell returned to Sydney from Calcutta and established a trading and importing business.

1802 - John Murray pottered, peered and prodded around Port Phillip.

1807 - Spoil-sport party-pooper Gov Bligh stamped his foot and imperiously declared the banning of the use of spirits to barter for food...clothing...rumpy-pumpy...and, the very odd case, of gaining a ball and chain (wife).

1827 - Frederick Tooth, Aussie brewer, was poured into the world.

1830 - Feeling all generous, magnanimous and with many digits crossed an experimental farm was established at York (West Oz).

1837 - A river boat was observed to sink shortly after leaving Birchs Bay, Tasmania, with a cargo of timber for Hobart, with her two crew drowned.  The incident was seen by timber splitters who made no attempt to rescue them, despite having two dinghies ; they later being strongly condemned in the press.

1840 - The ship, the Adam Lodge arrived from Cork with 272 government emigrants, having made the passage in three months and one day. They were described as ,
".... The people with a few exceptions were of a very inferior description, and were moreover burdened with large and useless families, consequently the greatest difficulty was experienced in disposing of them and many remained disengaged in the Barracks for a very long period...."
1841 - SA Police pursued the French ship Ville De Bordeaux for evasion of Customs regulations Glenelg and Pt. Adelaide. It was a major French / British diplomatic incident.

1843 - Foundation stone of the Australian Subscription Library's new building in Macquarie Street, Sydney, was laid by Alexander Macleay.

1846 - Start strutting your neck to knee costume, Myrtle!
Robinson Baths in Sydney's Domain played host to the first ever Aussie swimming championships with Mr Redman taking a very un-Olympic-like 8 mins and 43 seconds to win a 440 yard freestyle splash 'n' dash.

1858 - The first mass was celebrated in the newly completed St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne.

1879 - Ballina was a lovely old iron paddle steamer of the top drawer who was probably most embarrassed to have run her ample derrier...

07:52

They Are Targeting Fiona Barnett As They Are Me "IndyWatch Feed National"

They threaten and harass and work with our families that were involved in order to silence us.

Our only crime was trying to expose this group that murders children. And it is never about what we reported but rather they focus on character assassination and threats against us.

As well as anyone who supports us.

And who do the police and the media support and encourage? Those who go out of their way to quiet and harass the victims of severe child abuse.

We live in an evil world and those who turn a blind eye are encouraging it. However- in the end- we will all be held accountable.

Foina had to go on the run to protect her family but I refuse to run from these devil loving pedophile assholes. Fuck them and fuck the darkness they so love. If I lose my life- which they dance around and laugh that it is going to happen- at least no one can say I was anything like them.

Can all of you say the same?

07:11

MACKAY Pro crabber denies messing with fishing gear "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Pro crabber denies messing with fishing gear

February 14, 2018 at 05:41AM ,

Colin James Walters case was heard in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, before Magistrate Mark Nolan. Walters has been charged with 12 counts of unlawfully interfering with fishing apparatus between February 20, 2017 and September 11, 2017. The charges are linked to the waters of Nebo

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07:06

Its time to open their eyes about the threat to our oceans "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is appealing for support to help get action for the protection of our oceans.

As part of their campaign, Stars of internationally acclaimed Australian documentary BLUE including ocean legend Valerie Taylor are heading to Parliament House in Canberra to deliver a powerful message to MPs.

Our oceans are in peril, we must act to save them now, says the Society.

Australia is at a crossroads. Drastic cutbacks are proposed for our marine sanctuaries. Industrialisation is threatening our oceans, overseas fishing fleets risk our fish stocks, and our oceans are slowly filling up with plastic.

As Australians, we are responsible for the third largest area of ocean on Earth. Healthy oceans are essential to our economy, our global reputation, and our treasured way of life. Its time to show them the truth with this powerful message from our oceans.

BLUE shines a light on the challenges our marine life face, and the inspiring stories of those lighting the path ahead at this critical juncture.

The Turnbull Government is currently making important decisions that will either protect or devastate our marine life. We must make sure they choose the right path.

Sign the petition. Send in a letter. Together we can deliver a powerful message.

BLUE Trailer short from Blue The Film on Vimeo

 

BLUE will be in cinemas later this year.

 

 

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07:00

The US is Sending 1,000s of MarinesTo CHINA "IndyWatch Feed National"

China (RT) The Pentagon reportedly plans a major muscle movement from the Middle East to East China, with thousands of extra Marines to be deployed. The goal is to persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US and not China.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the US plans to boost its military presence in the East Pacific with rotating deployment of Marine Expeditionary Units, or MEUs. An MEU is a group of about 2,200 Marines who operate from amphibious assault ships and have their own aircraft, tanks, heavy weapons, and other resources. A typical deployment lasts for seven months and may involve missions on the shore like patrols or military-to-military training.

The report, citing military officials, does not say how many MEUs will be sent to the region. The US already has about 50,000 service members in Japan, almost 30,000 in South Korea, and 7,000 more in Guam.

In a related move, the Pentagon will expand the number of Marines deployed in Darwin, Australia. At the moment, 1,250 troops are stationed there in rotating training assignments lasting six months each year. The WSJ said it was not yet clear how large the number of additional troops in Australia will be.

The deployments will be made at the expense of the US military presence in the Middle East, and are in line with the new National Defense Strategy published earlier by the Trump administration, which sets countering Russia and China as a priority for the military. According to the report, the MEUs in East Asia will help the US persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US.

I believe the [National Defense Strategy] and other guidance requires us to adopt a more global posture and this will shape our future naval presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region, said Gen. Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps.

We have to be present and engaged to compete, he said. The new defense strategy will shape our future naval presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region.

The WSJ says the Pentagon sees the redeployment as aiming at a global resetting of forces rather than a buildup for war. The MEUs will be involved in patrols and training and be prepared to intervene...

06:05

Study provides evidence that the sea level rise is real and accelerating "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article from From DW (13 February 2018) concerns the release of the findings of a study by the National Academy of  Sciences (PNAS), which is based in the United States. This adds to the mountain of evidence that shows the planet is warming. The co-authors on the study came from the University of South Florida, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Old Dominion University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

 

A new report in the US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of  Sciences (PNAS) journal released Monday, says sea level rise is accelerating and could reach 66 centimeters (26 inches) by the end of the century.

The projected rise is in line with UN estimates and would be enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities.

According to the report, the past annual rate of sea level rise  about 3 millimeters (.1 inch) per year  may more than triple, to 10 millimeters per year by 2100.

This acceleration, driven mainly by accelerated melting in Greenland and Antarctica, has the potential to double the total sea level rise by 2100 as compared to projections that assume a constant rate  to more than 60 centimeters instead of about 30, said the author of the study, Steve Nerem.

Polar ice caps are melting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is almost certainly a conservative estimate, added Nerem, who is a professor of aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

The report, which is based on 25 years of satellite data, said the findings were roughly in agreement with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes 5th Assessment Report (AR5) model projections.

Anny Cazenave,...

02:55

PERTH Police catch alleged Daglish and Mosman Park burglar in a Redcliffe motel room "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police catch alleged Daglish and Mosman Park burglar in a Redcliffe motel room .

February 13, 2018 at 03:37PM .

A 41-year-old man in the hotel room was charged with two counts each of burglary and stealing. He was refused bail and remanded in custody to face a total of 16 changes, including those from other alleged burglaries in other suburbs, before reappearing at Perth Magistrates Court on February 19.

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PERTH Warning for WA village operators: retrospective fines now in force "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Warning for WA village operators: retrospective fines now in force .

February 13, 2018 at 10:11AM .

[The new wave of Consumer Advocacy] Following an action by the WA Governments Consumer Protection department, a WA retirement village owner has been fined $5,000 in the Perth Magistrates Court for failing to provide specific information to prospective residents prior to them signing contracts in

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01:32

Put Away Your Sword repentance, prophecy, arrests and media outrage "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The sword and the cross

I have subsequently been told the idea came originally from an event I organised. In November 2016, on the 100th anniversary of Australia voting against conscription in World War I, I put on an event to draw attention to Australias history of resistance to war. The venue I chose was the Temple Of Peace in Toowong Cemetery, built by Richard Ramo in 1924 as an appeal to all nations to cease from war.

That day there were a number of people gathered for the event. Among them was Jim Dowling. Jim has been active in the cause of peace (among other causes) for nearly 40 years. He is also, like me, someone involved in the Catholic Worker movement a tradition of christians who aim to take personal responsibility for creating a better world. Catholic Workers traditionally operate houses of hospitality (like the one I live in in Brisbane and Jims farm just outside the city) where we open our doors to anyone in need. We also tend to live lifestyles of voluntary poverty and engage in public acts of witness like political activism.

As we told stories of creative and courageous resistance to militarism, Jim noticed the war memorial barely 50 metres away from the temple of peace. Also built in 1924, the monument was a large cement christian cross with a sword hanging down its middle.

To Jim, this symbol represented perfectly a christian religion fatally compromised by its cooperation with violent regimes. Jesus message of radical love has been co-opted time and again by kings, warlords and governments seeking to baptise their conflicts as holy wars. And too often, the church has been too happy to acquiesce (plus occasionally wielding a few swords of our own).

The cross in christianity, it should be remembered, is the ultimate symbol of Jesus refusal to violently resist his opponents. Jesus would rather willingly suffer brutal execution than break with his radical message of love for enemies. As he was arrested, he literally told his friends trying to violently resist to put away your sword, for whoever lives by the sword will die by the sword. As he hung there dying, his words were not of vengeance or justice, but father forgive them, for they know not what they do. This was the ultimate example of an ethic Jesus had earlier set out when he said rather than loving our neighbours and hating our enemies we should love our enemies; that rather than taking eye for eye and tooth for tooth we should turn the other cheek.

And yet here was the cross with a sword hanging in the place of Jesus. It was there to commemorate the first world war, that mass slaughter that killed 15 million people for the sake of imperial territories. Werent soldiers on both sides professing christians? Werent all those casualties people made in the image of God? W...

Tuesday, 13 February

23:03

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King A32-670 "Dingo 13" Pops into Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Monday 12 February, a nice surprise visitor to Gladstone Airport was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King A32-670.  It arrived from Townsville.

A32-670 at Gladstone Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

After taking on fuel, A32-670 departed to RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.

A32-670 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Dingo 13".

Photo taken by 'Mick' 

22:45

The Pests That Make Cacao Productive "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Forcipomyia spp. pollinating a cacao flower. Goodman Cacao Estate, Killaloe, Australia, 2017. Credit: Samantha J. Forbes

This 12-minute primer on Soundcloud gives a reason to appreciate these otherwise very annoying pests:

Chocolate: Brought To You By Bugs

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22:43

Doug Mesner Now Claims He Was Posing As Micheal Aquino "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mesner uses the name Kilrush- as he gets a rush from killing. But all he is is Aquinos buttboy.

But it is nice he admits to fucking with me. And since it hasnt stopped- obviously he isnt bored with me.

EMF stands for electro magnetic frequency- the result of their DEW weapons- (directed energy weapons), the ones the air Force told Congress about in 2006 and said they were going to use on American citizens to show the rest of the world they were safe. Considering it is 2018 and they are still secret- obviously they arent safe.

But it isnt about how we die- it is about how we lived. And considering Mesner reportedly has AIDS- his time is no longer than mine. We just arent going to end up in the same place.

But this will be over soon- and those who just stood by and watched will be held accountable just as those who made this happen will- thus this whole there will be a great gnashing of teeth.

We are in a period of judgment and we can only be held accountable for that which we do. Whether we are honest about it or not.

22:17

A Hundred Thousand Year Old Civilisation? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By COLIN WILSON (1931-2013)

In 1999, I was engaged in pursuing an intriguing little problem. Charles Hapgood, best known as the author of Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings, had died as the result of a car accident that happened in December 1982. Two months earlier, he had written to a librarian named Rand Flem-Ath telling him that he had made recent exciting discoveries that had convinced him there had once been a hundred thousand year old civilisation with advanced levels of science. And since I had agreed to collaborate with Flem-Ath on a book about Atlantis, I set out to pursue Hapgoods contacts to see if I could find out what he meant.

Finally, through a tip-off from one of Hapgoods acquaintances, I found myself in touch with an archaeologist and science writer from New England, who staggered me when he declared that it was he who had given Hapgood this information. What he had told him, he said, was (a) that the Greek measure of distances proved that they knew the exact size of the Earth a millennium or so before Eratosthenes discovered it (around 250 BCE), and (b) that Neanderthal man had a remarkable degree of culture, and was studying the stars by 100,000 BCE or earlier.

Now I had already stumbled on the information about the Greeks in a book called Historical Metrology by A. E. Berriman (1953), to which the historical researcher Henry Lincoln had introduced me. And the second assertion had been made by my friend Stan Gooch in 1989, in a book called Cities of Dreams.

Gooch was arguing that Neanderthal man had possessed a complex civilisation, but that it was not a civilisation of bricks and mortar, but of dreams. That hardly seemed to make sense. Surely civilisation is our defence against nature? Dreams are not much use against a hurricane or a sabre tooth tiger.

Gooch launches his argument by comparing Neanderthal man with native Americans, pointing out that in spite of their complex culture, the latter had no written language and built no houses.

What would have happened, Gooch asks, if they had been exterminated by disease or some catastrophe, and had simply vanished? Archaeologists would find their skeletons and dismiss them as primitives, just as we dismiss Neanderthals.

Speaking of the Seven Sisters, Gooch remarks, The Pleiades are the only c...

22:05

Live or Let Die: Do We Want A Transhuman Future? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By NIGEL KERNER

Heres an interesting surmise for us all. Could it be that the alien phenomenon witnessed by so many reliable observers is the product of a technology developed at other locations in the universe and created by civilisations only a few small steps ahead of what we ourselves are now heading for? Could it be that the Grey entities reported in abduction scenarios are artificially intelligent probes sent to harvest information and gather resources by their creators who may themselves no longer be around to reap the benefits of their creation? Further, could it be that such artificial intelligence quite incidentally became a danger to naturally living intelligent life through its quest to relentlessly expand the horizons of its information.

First, recent evidence suggests that the existence of alien life forms in the universe is now beyond reasonable dispute. In January 2012 a report was published in Nature suggesting that around 10 billion stars out of the 100 billion that fill the Milky Way have planets in the habitable or Goldilocks zone.1
Professor Stephen Hawking and Professor Michio Kaku had already stated their opinion that alien life is highly likely to exist but they take that one step further and suggest it is also highly likely to be predatory. Hawking postulates that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldnt want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.2

In 2010 eminent scientists called for a world plan to deal with this potential threat. According to an extraterrestrial-themed edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society published in January 2010, world governments should prepare a co-ordinated action plan in case Earth is contacted...

21:54

The Man Who Conjured Hitler "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dietrich Eckart (1868-1923)

By MEHMET SABEHEDDIN

Follow Hitler. He will dance, but it is I who have written the music. Dont weep for me: I shall have had more influence on the course of history than any other German.
Dietrich Eckhart, on his deathbed, Christmas 1923

Dietrich Eckart (1868-1923) was a prominent figure in Germanys bohemian and occult subculture before World War I. A well-known playwright, poet and journalist, he was involved with the shadowy Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff and the secretive Thule Society in Munich.

After hearing Adolf Hitler speak at a political meeting in 1919, Eckart recognised Hitlers talent as a demagogue and an organiser. He saw in Hitler someone who could translate the occult worldview of the Thule into action. He quickly took Adolf Hitler under his wing and made him his protg.

Eckart popularised a central tenet of the Thule Society, the belief in the coming of a German Messiah who would redeem the nation from its defeat in World War I. Eckart expressed his anticipation in a poem he wrote months before he first met Hitler. In the poem, Eckart refers to the Great One, the Nameless One, Whom all can sense but no one saw. When Eckart met Hitler, Eckart was convinced that he had encountered the prophesied saviour.

Eckart introduced Hitler to Capt. Ernst Rohm, who had important links to senior officers in the German army. Rohm, an open homosexual later murdered on Hitlers orders, headed up the Thule Societys military wing. Other Thule initiates Eckart introduced to Hitler included Rudolf Hess (who would become Hitlers deputy) and Alfred Rosenberg (later to play an important role in the Third Reich).

Significantly, Eckart provided Hitler with funds and supported him in his rise within the German Workers Party (DAP), the Thule Societys political front group. Eckart had been one of the founders of the party which Hitler quickly transformed into the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). He was the original publisher of the party tabloid, the Vlkischer Beobachter, a Munich newspaper first bought by Rudolf von Sebottendorff in the name of the Thule Society. Eckart also wrote the lyrics of the quasi-mystical Nazi anthem Germany Awake.

Historians agree that Eckart exerted considerable and unequalled influence on Hitler. Without his patronage the young Austrian vetera...

21:49

Tennis ball sized hail, severe thunderstorms and a heatwave hit Queensland, Australia (PHOTO, VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was injured after a lightning hit nearby home. Heavy rain and winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) smashed Brisbane around 19:00 local time Sunday, accompanied by up to tennis ball-sized hail that caused extensive damage and blanketed fields. The temperature dropped by 10 C (18 F) as the storm hit, from up to 38 C (100.4 F) to 28 C (82.4 F). The storm downed numerous trees and more than 500 power lines at the height of the storm, leaving some 130 000 homes without power. On Monday morning, February 12, Logan City, south of Brisbane, still had more than 40 000 properties without electricity, Brisbane almost 7 000 and Redland City about 2 300.

21:48

Sir Isaac Newton & the Land Where Time Began "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sir Isaac Newton, colourised engraving after Enoch Seemans 1726 portrait of Newton.

By JOHN CHAMBERS (1939-2017)

The sixth-century BCE Greek philosopher-mystic Pythagoras was a man of spectacular achievement. Plutarch says that he taught an eagle to come at his command and stoop down to him in flight.1 He taught the doctrine of reincarnation and was thought to remember twenty-two of his past lives. He founded an order whose adherents strove to free themselves from the cycle of earthly incarnations through vegetarianism, silence, and contemplation of the ultimate reality of the universe.2

Up through the seventeenth century CE, scholars believed Pythagoras journeyed to Sidon, in Phoenicia, where he met the descendants of a man named Moschus (or Mochus) who had lived five hundred years before. Moschus was the Phoenician name for Moses, and his descendants gave Pythagoras esoteric doctrines passed down to them from their illustrious ancestor.3

Pythagoras returned to his home in the Greek colony of Crote in southern Italy to further develop his mystical philosophy which stated that the numerical relationships reflected in the relationships between musical chords are the bedrock of reality. Adding to this the secret doctrines of Moses, he discovered that the planets revolved around the sun. He also discovered the law of universal gravitation (including the inverse-square law of attraction), which he expressed allegorically as the divine music of the spheres holding the planets in thrall to the sun.

But, wait a minute! Didnt Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) discover the law of universal gravitation?

Yes, he did. But Sir Isaac didnt think his discoveries were original. He thought he was recovering parts of a body of primordial knowledge called the prisca sapientia (the pristine wisdom). Bits of this ancient knowledge had been transported through the Flood by Noah. It had caught the interest of the Egyptians, then the Jews, then the Phoenicians, until it emerged almost fully-blown in the philosophy of Pythagoras. It spread throughout the ancient world, meeting with resistance only when Aristotle insisted that the sun revolved around the earth and that many of the Pythagorean beliefs were irrat...

21:23

Australian High School to Host Educational Presentation on Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The soaring interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin in the mainstream has compelled one high school in Australia to reportedly host an information night on cryptocurrencies. In an email sent to students parents, Brisbane-based St. Laurences College said it intends to hold an educational presentation on cryptocurrencies after being made aware of senior students purchasing and Continued

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18:38

Barnaby Joyce, Sex and Finance "IndyWatch Feed National"

The insatiable appetite of Anglophone cultures for the prurient is of a different order to others.  But it is an appetite tinged by horror, squeamishness and concern.  Added to that such traditional markers, not to mention such markers as marriage, family and conservative values, and the whole thing becomes indigestible.

Australian politics is awash with only one story at the moment.  There are no grand schemes and visions, only the prospect of whether the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce did wrong by his family in impregnating a political staffer. (That now former staffer, Vikki Campion, is afforded various names in the relationship argot: partner, girlfriend, assistant, bun-in-oven carrier.)

The nature of this explosive interest, repeatedly advertised as a lack of interest (we dont have an interest in his private life) has a tinny quality to it, largely given the general awareness amongst government members, staffers and the Canberra press gallery about Mr. Joyces extra-marital pursuits. The Daily Telegraph, needing copy to fill certain, generally vapid columns, decided to break the tacit consensus.  Where there is sex, there is hypocrisy.

Any sex scandal immediately triggers a discussion about how the political figure operates in public, and the world of private endeavour.  Aristotle famously suggested a division between political pursuit and household matters.  The French continue to maintain a somewhat artificial distinction between the two, deeming the transgression of the personal as separate from the political.  As with everything else, this is a matter of degree and weight.  Privacy can be used as an unwarranted cover for abuse.

Parallels have bitten.  The interminably present Michelle Grattan, who knows Canberras press gallery circles with a cloying intimacy, compares the Joyce-Campion affair with that of Jim Cairns and staffer Junie Morosi. The latter, taking place in the torrid years of the Whitlam government, was different, claims Grattan, because Morosi was a political player, through her enormous influence on her boss.

Of Joyce-Campion, Grattan offered a different reading. No-one suggests Campion, who was deliberately transferred out of Joyces office nearly a year ago, was a political mover-and-shaker.  But Joyce had been, Grattan could sense with razor sharp intuition, more distracted and difficult, though his citizenship imbroglio was a factor too.

These observations are, at best, trite.  The exertion of sexual influence can spill over into other realms....

18:14

Newstart overpayments/load of shit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$2798
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 5 February 2018
Period debt occurred: 
July 2013 to October 2013
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Currently working to earn a living unlike all the drugged up dole bludgers, paying off a mortgage, trying to live a decent honest life, this makes it very bloody difficult.

They won't be getting a cent off me!!

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 
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17:50

Standing Strong: How South Australians Won the Campaign Against an International High-level Nuclear Waste Dump "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three years ago today SA Premier Jay Weatherill announced a Royal Commission into the nuclear industry and a major community campaign against plans for an international high level radioactive waste dump began.

The post Standing Strong: How South Australians Won the Campaign Against an International High-level Nuclear Waste Dump appeared first on DiaNuke.org.

17:13

MACKAY Weapons offence, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Weapons offence, South Mackay

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16:57

The website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Dear readers,

I am running a couple of days late with this post, due to illness in the family. This week I am continuing my look at the websites of Australia's major UFO groups. Last time it was UFO Research (New South Wales) Incorporated and the UFO & Paranormal Research Society of Australia. Today it is the website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated. 

UFORQ for short, states on its website that it was established in 1956 and is Australia's oldest UFO Association. There are seven tabs on the home page, namely 'About Us;' 'Sightings;' 'Meetings;' 'Resources;' 'Shop;' 'Blog' and 'Join UFORQ.'

I started off by reading the history of the group under 'About Us.' I should say histories, as there is a short section titled 'History' and a much longer section titled 'A brief history.' I think someone needs to edit this section of the website.

Here we also find out some of the motivation of the group. '...we want to be there when the great body of hidden information is finally brought into the public domain...' Unfortunately, there is no definition provided of what exactly this 'hidden information' might be (I suppose its hidden after all!) Nor is there any indication of who the group thinks might hold this knowledge. It all reeks of conspiracy theory.

My main  interest is not in the body running a website, but in the quality (or otherwise) of the data on it. So I next took a look at the 'Sightings' tab. Here you can either report a sighting or take a look at sighting reports post 1997. This is disappointing as the groups' excellent research works of the 1950's and 1960's - the heyday for unknown Australian sightings, is not available to us here.

As with the sightings area for the websites of the previous two groups, there appears little to no analysis of the sightings. No attempt to provide mundane explanations for the 95% of UFO reports which are universally recognised to be explainable. This is a great disappointment to me.

As you would expect, the 'Meetings' area provides details of the group's regular public meetings. There seems a good spread of topics covered in these talks,....

15:44

Violent Soho, Illy & Dune Rats lead an awesome Big Pineapple Fest lineup "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

If theres one thing we should be used to now, its Queenslands Big Pineapple Music Festival delivering an awesome lineup of stunning artists. Of course, proving that 2018 is no different, festival organisers have just let slip the wide array of killer bands theyve scored for this years festivities.

Following a huge fest in 2017 which saw the likes of Birds Of Tokyo and Peking Duk descend upon the Sunshine Coast town of Woombye, the Big Pineapple Music Festival clearly had some big shoes to fill this year. But of course, theyve knocked it out of the park.

Leading this years lineup is the ever-popular Violent Soho, who join Illy, Dune Rats, and The Preatures in a stunning celebration of Aussie rock. Allday, Hayden James, Cub Sport, and Cog also join the bill, proving that punters are definitely going to be spoilt for choice this year.

But of course, it doesnt stop there, with reformed hip-hop legends Butterfingers coming along for the ride, joining Crooked Colours, E^ST, Tired Lion, Kim Churchill, Northeast Party House, and triple j Unearthed High winner Arno Faraji for what is set to be a huge year for music festival fans.

With this year featuring the addition of an extra stage (bringing the total to five), punters also have the option of turning this one day festival into a camping weekend, with tickets available to let you camp on the Friday and Saturday nights.

Its all set to kick off on Saturday, May 26th in Woombye, Queensland, with tickets going on sale at 9am on Thursday, February 15th.

Check out Violent Sohos Viceroy:

Big Pineapple Music Festival 2018 Lineup

Violent Soho
Illy
Dune Rats
The Preatures
Allday
Hayden James
Cub Sport
Cog

Plus in alphabetical order..

Butterfingers
Crooked Colours
E^ST
Kilter
Kim Churchill
Luke Million
Northeast Party House
Shockone
Tired Lion

Arno Faraji
Carmouflage Rose
Clews
Doolie
Greta Stanley
Hobo Magic
Imbi The Girl
Kira Puru
Maddy Jane
Moody Beach
Mookh....

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