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Tuesday, 20 September


Wettest September 3-day stretch for parts of Victoria in over 100 years, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Continuous heavy rainfall in southeast Australia over the last couple of days is causing widespread disruption. Severe thunderstorms first rolled through South Australia and Victoria on September 8 and 9, producing heaviest rain in six years, and continued this...... Read more »

Penumbral lunar eclipse of September 16, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Sun, Earth and Moon will align in almost perfect line on September 16, 2016, treating observers in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia with a penumbral lunar eclipse. The eclipse will last 3 hours and 59 minutes and will be the last of three lunar eclipses in...... Read more »

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near Honiara, Solomon Islands "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as Mwb6.0 hit near Honiara, Solomon Islands at 07:24 UTC on September 14, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Australia Geoscience is reporting Mwp6.2 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles)....... Read more »


This is how Senator Pauline Hanson loves her country "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Liberal Senator for WA and Minister for Women embracing Senator Hanson after her first speech in the Senate

On 14 September 2016 Hansard recorded that Senator Pauline Hanson ‘loves’ her country.

She has an odd way of showing it.

Endorsing a compulsory national identity card complete with an identification chip, photo and electronic fingerprint. Demonising single mothers and women who divorce. Condoning the murder of women by husbands/ex-husbands. Supporting penalising the young unemployed. Calling for a ban on the burqa and the building of new mosques. Calling for a halt to immigration to Australia by people professing Islam as their religion.

Excerpt from the Senator for Queensland’s first speech in the Australian Senate:

I love my country, culture and way of life. My pride and patriotism were instilled in me from an early age when I watched the Australian flag raised every morning at school and sang the national anthem; watching our athletes compete on the world stage, proud to salute the Australian flag being raised to honour them as they took their place on podiums. It is about belonging, respect and commitment to fight for Australia. This will never be traded or given up for the mantras of diversity or tolerance. Australia had a national identity before Federation, and it had nothing to do with diversity and everything to do with belonging. Tolerance has to be shown by those who come to this country for a new way of life. If you are not prepared to become Australian and give this country your undivided loyalty, obey our laws, respect our culture and way of life, then I suggest you go back where you came from. If it would be any help, I will take you to the airport and wave you goodbye with sincere best wishes.
Australia is predominantly a Christian cou...


Australia Keep Your Hands Off Syria! End the Sanctions! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rally at 1.30pm. This Sunday 25 September 2016, Martin Place (Railway Station outside MLC Centre), Sydney City.

Rally at 1:30pm

This Sunday 25 September 2016

Martin Place (railway station,
outside MLC Centre)

Sydney City

HANDS OFF SYRIA strongly condemn the recent massacre of at least 62 Syrian soldiers (and another 100 wounded) in Deir al Zour, Syria.

US and Australian governments have admitted the soldiers were killed on the 17th of September by a joint operation carried out by the US air force in collusion with the Australian military. The martyred Syrian soldiers were guarding a military fortification
used as a base for repelling attacks by the Islamic State death-squads who completely surround the city.

People across the world are finding it extremely hard to believe that this attack was a "mistake" or an "accident".

Why? Because these actions are entirely consistent with US-led attempts to topple the Syrian government by covertly (or in this case overtly) supporting their enemies - these policies have resurrected Al Qaeda and its offshoots
like ISIS.

Whether the massacre was ‘accidental’ or deliberate should be determined by an independent war crimes tribunal. Assertion by the perpetrators, ‘sorry, we didn’t mean it’, is completely inadequate.

1. We demand that Australia remove itself from the alliance of predatory nations currently waging this proxy-war against the Syrian government.

2. We demand that Australia reestablish diplomatic relations with the Syrian government who by all accounts represent the will of the majority of the Syrian people.

3. We demand that Australia lift the crippling economic sanctions on Syria that are blocking normal trade, finance and the diaspora from supporting their families at home.


WHEN: Sunday, 25th of September, at 1.30pm

WHERE: Martin Place, outside the MLC centre

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Another U.S. Territory Grab? Marine Area Twice Size of Texas Now Under Federal Government Control "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 20th, 2016 By Makia Freeman Contributing writer for Wake Up World Is the expanded PapahĂŁnaumokuĂŁkea marine area a new U.S. Military zone? Another government âŹÜland grabâŹ" occurred last month when the US Federal Government announced that it had massively expanded the scope of its marine protected area near Hawaii, known as the PapahĂŁnaumokuĂŁkea Marine National Monument. With this top-down presidential ...Continue Reading - Another U.S. Territory Grab? Marine Area Twice Size of Texas Now Under Federal Government Control


The myth of Muslim tolerance for Jews and Christians "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A Guide to Manifesting Change in the New Energy Paradigm "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 20th, 2016 By Stacy Vajta Guest writer for Wake Up World Ok letâŹ"s face it; there are some folks out there who are amazing manifestors and there are some who, well⏌ not so much. Yet when you have a goal or a vision for your life that you can feel deep into your bones, figuring ...Continue Reading - A Guide to Manifesting Change in the New Energy Paradigm


Stop Fighting Life "IndyWatch Feed National"

Stop Fighting Life

Stop Fighting Life

September 20th, 2016 By Lissa Rankin, MD Guest writer for Wake Up World I have two friends who are trying to do beautiful things in the world. One is an ardent environmentalist who really passionately yearns to save the biosphere and protect the planet; the other is a social worker serving abused, abandoned, neglected, traumatized children in ...Continue Reading - Stop Fighting Life

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Monday, 19 September


The Demise of Rainwater "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Demise of Rainwater

Clifford E Carnicom

A Paper to be Developed During
the Summer of 2016
(Last Edit Jun 20 2016)

The single most important chemical species in clouds and precipitation is the ..
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Exercise Wallaby 2016 - RSAF Boeing F-15SG "Shikra" Strike Eagles Start Flying Sorties out of Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Monday 19 September, the six six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15SG “Shikra” Strike Eagles of 149 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base commenced flying sorties as a part of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016 - and several local plane spotters were at and around Rockhampton Airport to capture the action!

They flew in two waves - departing in three flights of two in the morning between 10.30am and 12pm - returning around 1pm.  And then again in three flights of two in the afternoon from around 3pm - returning around 5.30pm.



A Few Bizjets Come and Go at CQ Airports Over the Last Few Days "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Several locally-based corporate bizjets have been noted flying in and out of some Central Queensland Airports over the last few days.

On Sunday 18 September at Hamilton Island Airport, Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW visited once again, this time calling in from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane.  Also arriving into Hamo was GSA Industries Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601 bizjet VH-NSB.  It touched down from Melbourne (Essendon).  While it appears that Marcplan Charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT departed Hamilton Island Airport for Essendon also on Sunday 18 September after it had arrived from there on Thursday 15 September.

And at the time of writing, Shortstop Jet Charter British Aerospace BAe-125-1000B bizjet VH-LMP is scheduled to call into Hamilton Island Airport from Essendon on Tuesday 20 September.  It will then depart to Sydney.

At Rockhampton Airport on Sunday 18 September, LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" called in from Brisbane.  It departed back to the capital a little while later.

VH-VVI also called into Rocky on Friday 16 September (as shown above).  On this occasion, it touched down from Barcaldine.  It then departed to Mackay before flying back to Brisbane.

Also calling into Rockhampton Airport on Friday 16 September was Light Jets Australia Cessna 525 Citation CJ1 bizjet VH-TFW which touched down from Archerfield and Toowoomba.

On Monday 19 September, VH-TFW is pictured above departing Rocky on return to Archerfield.

Finally late Thursday 15 September, (former) Rockhampton based Cessna 550 Citation II Bizjet VH-JMK was noted flying from the Sunshi...



Newly Discovered Wetland on Sunshine Coast "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

West Coolum Wetland
While negotiations continue in the hope of resolving the future of the Yandina Creek Wetland, it has emerged that the Sunshine Coast Council owns a substantial area of land with similar wetland and grassland habitat.

Google Earth map of West Coolum Wetland
I stumbled across the land between the Sunshine Coast Motorway and the Coolum Creek Reserve while kayaking along Coolum Creek, finding a slashed but somewhat overgrown track that extended from the old cane train bridge crossing the creek to the motorway.

Sunshine Coast Council my maps of site

What's more, there are some nice birds there. In an extensive area of mangrove fern, I heard and saw briefly an Australian Spotted Crake - a very rare species in south-east Queensland that has also been recorded at Yandina Creek. I heard about 10 Spotless Crakes, seeing two.

Spotless Crake
I also heard 8 Lewin's Rails and saw one, along with a Buff-banded Ra...


Holistic management - part 4: ecosystem processes "IndyWatch Feed"

The book Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making (affiliate link) sets out a guide to developing a holistic goal for your farm or business.  (See my introduction to Holistic Management here, and part 2: four key insights for the reasons why holistic management is important and part 3: holistic goal for understand what you are managing and what you want from it).

eight acres: Holistic management - part 4: ecosystem Processes

Holistic management considers four fundamental and interelated processes that function within our ecosystem/environment:
  • Water cycle
  • Mineral cycle
  • Energy cycle 
  • Community dynamics
These processes are the foundation on which we can build our holistic goals.  The holistic goal should be formulated around how we want to influence these processes, as any improvement in one will result in an overall improvement in productivity of the land.  I will use this post to discuss the processes and further develop the holistic goal that I drafted previously.

Water Cycle
Most of us would have learnt about the water cycle in school.  Water is evaporated from water bodies and land, it forms clouds, which result in rain or precipitation (including snow).  This then flows through creeks and rivers (and underground) to the sea.  The important concept here is that all water is eventually going to move under gravity towards the sea, but we want to get as much use out of that water as possible, and the most efficient way to do that is to hold water in our soil, but no so much that we have waterlogging.  An effective water cycle is one that keeps the right amount of water in the soil, with enough catchment and enough drainage.

I know that we can sometimes have 50 mm of rain and I can dig in my garden and find that only the surface is wet.  We have erosion on our property from water run-off during high rainfall events.  Although we do catch water in dams, it would be more effective in our soil.  Most of that rain has run off, and that is not an effective water cycle.  That just results in floods and droughts.  The things that help the soil to absorb water are ground cover, organic matter content, aeration and drainage.  Bare soil tends to form an impermeable layer that does not allow wate...


Holistic management - part 3: tools "IndyWatch Feed"

The book Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making (affiliate link) introduces four key insights that underpin the concept of Holistic Management.  (See my introduction to Holistic Management here)

Holistic management - part 2: four key insights

Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making

Below are some Amazon affiliate links to books related to Holistic Management.  If you would like to read my reviews of these books, see the following links:

Joel Salatin's books

Peter Andrew's books on Natural Sequence Farming

Permaculture Principles



Australia Involved in Coalition Attack Killing Syrian Servicemen "IndyWatch Feed National"

1032853301Australia was involved in a US-led coalition airstrikes which accidentally killed Syrian servicemen, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Saturday, coalition planes hit the Syrian army positions near the Deir ez-Zor airport, killing 62 servicemen and injuring more than 100, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The attack was later confirmed by the US Central Command, which said that Syrian troops were mistaken for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. “As soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russian command in the region that Syrian forces had been affected, the sortie was discontinued We regret the loss of life, and injury to any Syrian personnel affected. That is all I can say about the incident at the moment,” Turnbull said Sunday, as quoted by The Guardian newspaper.

The prime minister called coordination with Russia in Syria “desirable.”

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups, including the Islamic State (IS), which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia. The government-held city of Deir Ez-Zor has been under siege from IS since July 2014. The US-led coalition has been carrying out anti-IS strikes since September 2014 without Syrian government consent.




Australia Involved in Coalition Attack Killing Syrian Servicemen "IndyWatch Feed National"

By admin

Australia was involved in a US-led coalition airstrikes which accidentally killed Syrian servicemen, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Saturday, coalition planes hit the Syrian army positions near the Deir ez-Zor airport, killing 62 servicemen and injuring more than 100, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The attack was later confirmed by the US Central Command, which said that Syrian troops were mistaken for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. “As soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russian command in the region that Syrian forces had been affected, the sortie was discontinued We regret the loss of life, and injury to any Syrian personnel affected. That is all I can say about the incident at the moment,” Turnbull said Sunday, as quoted by The Guardian newspaper.

The prime minister called coordination with Russia in Syria “desirable.”

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups, including the Islamic State (IS), which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia. The government-held city of Deir Ez-Zor has been under siege from IS since July 2014. The US-led coalition has been carrying out anti-IS strikes since September 2014 without Syrian government consent.



Guy Martin crashes in speed attempt "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordGuy Martin has crashed in tricky course conditions at the Bonneville Salt Flats in pursuit of a 400mph Triumph Motorcycles Land Speed Record attempt.

With clear sun and virtually no wind, rider Guy Martin set off from mile marker 9 to record his FIM-required certification run.

Setting off smoothly, Guy was making good power in mile one when the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner lost traction on a damp section of the salt surface, causing the rear of the machine to step out of line and the streamliner to go down on the course. Guy was completely uninjured in the incident, however the streamliner will now require a full inspection before any further runs can take place.

“It’s one of the challenges of Land speed racing – the salt surface can be so unpredictable. We’ll fully inspect the streamliner and get ready for the next phase of our attempt,” commented Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner designer Matt Markstaller.

Rider Guy Martin added: “It’s all part the job boy, isn’t it? Feeling our way. I guess if it was an easy thing to do everyone would have done it by now.  So we’ll get a plan sorted and get on with the next go at it as soon as we get the chance.”

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordThe Larrikin TT racer and TV presenter is piloting the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner on the famous Bonneville salt flats in an attempt to beat the current 376.8mph (605.697Km/h) record, set in 2010, on the 11 mile (17.7km) course.

The record bid was further set back at the weekend when the streamliner tipped over in a rut while being towed.

In testing last month Guy hit 274.2mph (441.2km/h) which is a record for a Triumph, but well short of his target.

“Everyone was dead happy, but that’s just one step to where we want to be. The current record is 376.36mph, so a way to go yet,” he said.

“I got the hang of steering the thing pretty qu...


United States-Danish-Australian killing of Syrian soldiers "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

U.S. airstrike on Syrian army position kill 62 soldiers, paving way for Daesh [ISIS] attack

17 September 2016

UPDATE by SANA reporters from the battlefield: Army and Armed Forces units recover control over areas that it had lost control over earlier due to American aircraft attack on positions in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor Airport.

The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces said that US alliance aircrafts targeted at 5 PM on Saturday a Syrian Arab Army position in al-Tharda Mountain in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor Airport, causing losses in lives and equipment and clearly paved the way for ISIS terrorists to attack the position and take control of it.

In a statement, the General Command said that this act is a serious and blatant aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic and its army, and constitutes conclusive evidence that the United States and its allies support ISIS and other terrorist organizations, stressing that this act reveals the falseness of their claims of fighting terrorism.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Danes and Australians involved in mistaken Syria airstrike

Today, 09:22

The air raid on Syrian government forces that has been designated by the US as a mistake was carried out by at least Danish and Australian warplanes. This say the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and Australian Prime Minister Turnbull.

Aircraft of the international coalition that is fighting against Islamic State [ISIS] probably mistook the Syrian military for ISIS warriors. In the attack on Saturday dozens of Syrian soldiers were killed.


According to the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, two Danish F-16s were involved in the attack. The Danish Defence Minister is willing to coöperate in the investigation into the air strike, the newspaper writes.

The newspaper says also other countries were involved in the attack, but does not say which countries.


Australian Prime Minister Turnbull said during a visit to New York that Australian aircraft took part in the attack. He regretted that Syrian soldiers were killed in the attack and that the Australian attack stopped immediately when the Russians told them what was going on.

The Australian defense minister refused to say to the Australian news channel ABC whether Australian aircraft were involved in the attack. …

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Video: Journalists are hopping mad over ASIC sale "IndyWatch Feed National"

A GetUp petition by journalists is aiming at blocking the sale of ASIC, Australia’s premier resource for corporate information. Watch and support.

The post Video: Journalists are hopping mad over ASIC sale appeared first on The Pen.


Manhattan explosion being used to coverup US war crime in Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Gordon


September 18, 2016 By Filip Karinja

Before today’s explosion in Manhattan, the news for the day was of the United States airforce conducting four separate airstrikes on the Syrian army in Syria killing 62 soldiers and injuring 100 more.

The soldiers, representing the elected Syrian government, where in battle against ISIS when the US war planes came and were essentially acting as air support for ISIS by bombing the Syrian soldiers near the city of Deir ez-Zor, Syria.

Russia called for an immediate UN meeting to find out why the US had once again acted on behalf of ISIS in Syria.

The United States’ only response was to accuse Russia of grandstanding, avoiding the actual subject as to why they had bombed soldiers of an elected foreign government, a clear act of war.

However, western media has done it best to coverup the latest Syrian incident and when it does talk about it, like all the other times the US has killed innocent people, language such as ‘may’ ‘allegations’ ‘reports say’ ‘could’ is used rather that labeling it as fact.

Australian media has completely buried the story, the same way they didn’t even report on the news in July of this year when US and French planes bombed a Syrian village killing over 85 civilians. Apparently this was not newsworthy either, but news on what some celebrity did that day apparently was.

Hence if you speak to people who get their information from the mainstream media about the incident they will tell you that they have never heard about it, the same people who still don’t know about things like WTC building 7.

Perhaps this is why trust in the mainstream media is at its lowest point in history against all demographics, as people are beginning to wake up to see the bigger picture of what’s going on and why.

For example, when the US isn’t bombing civilians, bombing hospitals, training ISIS terrorists, airdropping 50 tons of weapons to ISIS, they are staging false flags to start wars.

Let’s face it, the US economy runs on war.

Last week the US handed Israel a record $38 billion in military....


MV Agusta has surprises in store "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Giovanni Castiglioni MV Agusta boss surprises

Giovanni Castiglioni

MV Agusta claims it is back on its financial feet, winning a major design accolade and unveiling a couple of surprises at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November.

One of those surprises is believed to be an all-new Brutale with a Euro4-compliant 998cc engine, down from 1078cc, but expected to be more powerful (192hp and 111Nm).

New MV Augusta Brutale surprise surprises

New MV Agusta Brutale

Motorcycle News has reported company boss Giovanni Castiglioni saying the Milanese factory is now again producing its full range of existing and upcoming models.

Earlier this year the company restructured its finances, which seemed to be code for spiralling into bankruptcy.

The Australian and New Zealand distributor of MV Agusta, Urban Moto Imports (UMI), met last week with Giovanni and witnessed a busy production line at the famous Schiranna factory where their latest order of the Brutale 800 and F3 RC models took shape.




Dello Mano - Teneriffe "IndyWatch Feed"

Last time when I was eating at At Sixes and Sevens, we ended up parking so far away, we ended up in Teneriffe. We parked along a little hill, and my attention was captivated by a quaint little cafe on the hill with vines all around the outside. Keeping it in my mind for another week or so, I did a bit of research and found that it did brunch on the weekend, so we headed there to try it out.

Whilst most people know that Dello Mano is famous for its brownies, cakes and other sweet treats, we headed there for breakfast.

Compared to the other brunch places I've been to. Their menu was very succinct and brief, but covered a surprisingly large variety of foods.



What International Law permits the American & Australian airforce to fly over Syria? @TurnbullMalcolm "IndyWatch Feed National"

Churkin: US airstrikes on Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor violate international law Churkin added, in a press conference held on Sunday morning at the New York-based UN headquarters, that the US carried out a reckless airstrike, wondering why it did it at that time. He affirmed that the US attack is dangerous and that […]


What impact #sealevelrise on Melbourne’s privatised port facilities? asks @takvera "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Andrews Victorian state government has been successful with the sale of the Port of Melbourne for $9.7 billion, an election promise. The government had been expecting around $7 billion for the asset. Technically, its not a sale, but a 50 year lease of the port’s commercial operations. The long term lease of Australia’s largest […]

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Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, Lewin's Rail at West Coolum Wetland reported by Greg Roberts on 19-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Newly discovered Sunshine Coast wetland. 1 Spotted Crake heard and seen; 10 Spotless Crakes heard, 2 seen; 8 Lewin's Rail heard, 1 seen


Ball Park Music: ‘Every Night The Same Dream’ "IndyWatch Feed Seq"


Brisbane five-piece indie rock band Ball Park Music are back with their new album ‘Every Night The Same Dream’. Tune in to Brekkie and Youth Jukebox all week to hear the 2RRR Feature Album!

They will be playing in Sydney on September 30 for an ALL AGES show at Enmore Theatre!


Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans Announce 2016 National Tour

Josh Pyke and Bob Evans, two of Australia’s best-loved singer-songwriters, have announced a national co-headline tour which will take them around the country from the tail-end of November into December, with plenty of regional and major city stops along the way.

Kicking off at The Gov in Adelaide on 24th November, Evans and Pyke will be taking their respected discographies through Mannum, Dunsborough, Perth, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, and Belgrave, before finishing up in Melbourne.

It’s been 10 years since the first Evening with Josh and Bob tour and each performer is looking forward to honouring the milestone. “That first Evening with Josh and Bob ten years ago was a fairly rudimental affair in retrospect,” said Evans.

“We were both very much still finding our feet. Now, we have higher professional standards to which we hold ourselves and those bawdy jokes of a burgeoning bromance have developed in to, well, bawdy dad jokes. Bah, who am I kidding? We’re not that different 10 years on.”

Tickets for the reunion will go on pre-sale on 9am Wednesday, 21st September and will be available to the public at 9am Friday, 23rd September. Check below for all the dates and ticketing details.

Josh Pyke & Bob Evans National Tour Dates

Thursday, 24th November 2016
The Gov, Adelaide

Friday, 25th November 2016
The Pretoria, Mannum

Saturday, 26th November 2016
Clancys Fishpub, Dunsborough

Sunday, 27th November 2016
Live At The Orchard, Perth

Friday, 2nd December 2016
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane

Saturday, 3rd December 2016
Solbar, Sunshine Coast

Sunday, 4th December 2016
Soundlounge, Gold Coast

Thursday, 8th December 2016
48 Watt St, Newcastle

Friday, 9th December 2016
The Factory, Sydney

Saturday, 10th December 2016
The Street Theatre, Canberra

Thursday, 15th December 2016
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

Friday, 16th December 2016
Corner Hotel, Melbourne


Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Track By Track: Brisbane Reggae Champs Kingfisha Have Finally Returned With A Second LP

Brisbane reggae stalwarts Kingfisha are back with their second album Offered It Up, having kept us waiting a long time since their 2012 self-titled debut record put them squarely on the map.

After such a long interval that’s seen the band touring internationally, it’s good to have them back – and the band are glad to have the album out after a lengthy recording process.

“We tried some different approaches from our first album,” the band say of the new record. “We worked with some new people and the production feels a step up. It wasn’t the easiest of processes, but to hear it as one piece of work, we’re all really happy with how it’s come together.” For a few more tidbits, they’ve also given us their thoughts on each of the tracks, below.

You can listen to Offered It Up below, and catch it live as Kingfisha head out on tour at the end of the month, dates below. The album is available now on ABC Music.

Hold On

This is one of our few political tunes. It started out as a really slow one drop, then we changed the beat added horns and revamped it heaps in the rehearsal room

Dirty Man

The descending vocal melody had been an ear worm for a few months and wasn’t really going anywhere until I was on a flight to Hobart with an old acquaintance and the lyrics and theme became quite apparent. Upon returning to Brisbane we spent a few hours in the studio and ‘Dirty Man’ was complete.

Left It

Incorporating both our strong loves, electronic and roots music. Left it was originally conceived at a sunny afternoon bbq. Lyrically the song is about one of those rare relationships that ends amicably.

The Gold

The verse melody came from our sound guy yawning. From there their was no turning back.

Offered it up

This track is heavily inspired by one of our favourite and widely unknown reggae bands Midnite. It’s one of the slower jams in our repertoire.

Position Steppers

This song took along time to get right in the studio. Feels like we got there in the end. It’s our take on UK Steppers.

In a memory

The melodies and chords came to life the morning after an amazing night we all shared in Reunion Island drinking rum and watching Manu Chao. The lyrics and the rest of the song was finished in a farmhouse in southern France.

Too many words

Was built from the rhythm up. We spent a weekend in the northern rivers swimming, eating and playing music. This rhythm really seemed to stick. It was the last tune completed for the album.

Water Running

This is one of our favourite live tunes. It’s all revolved around the bass line.


The only song on the album that was completed start to finish in the studio. Was a blast having a completely different approach.

Kingfisha Tour Dates

30 Sept – The Jack , Cairns QLD
1 Oct – Wallaby Creek Festival QLD
7 Oct – Torquay Hotel, VIC
8 Oct – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
15 Oct – Newtown Social Club, NSW...


The Swedish Way of Selling Booze is a Little Different "IndyWatch Feed National"

A bottle-o in Sweden doesn’t look like anything you’re probably used to. From one end of the nation to the other, their aesthetic hardly varies. The only advertising around the store  encourages you not to drink. Or at least to seriously consider the lighter option. It asks you you to ponder the effects alcohol might have on your athletic training, or presents some alcohol-related statistic, or reminds you that the glass of wine you drink to settle your anxiety isn’t going to stop it coming back  Everything is neatly, individually stacked at around eye-level and nothing is favoured or particularly stands-out. The lighting is bright and sterile, like some sort of weird amalgamation of a hospital and an ALDI.  There are no ad-ons, no mixers and no drinking snacks. And all products are sold at room temperature, because cold drinks “might encourage spontaneous purchases”.

Selling alcohol in this giant, Scandinavian nation is strictly regulated. All beverages above 3.5% can only be purchased in the state-owned liquor store chain, SystemBolaget. There are no other options.  It’s like a Centerlink for booze.  Brought about by a complicated history with alcohol abuse and distribution, and the recognition of its severe detriment to society, the Swedish solution is unlike any other, prioritising public health over an extremely profitable industry.  All products are taxed on alcohol content rather than price, which means that even ‘cheap’ hard liquor is damn expensive. The stores nation-wide close at 3pm on Saturday and close completely on Sunday . Walk past a window after opening hours and the shopfronts are boarded up and dark. Nothing might instil the desire to buy something another time or even suggest that alcohol exists just beyond the glass. And you really have to plan ahead for a backyard Sunday sesh.


“More creative after one glass? Maybe, but the result is usually a disappointment.”

As an Australian, I’m used to the idea that alcohol is a commodity much like any other in terms of reasonable marketing, upselling and promoting. Advertisements back home make the products seem enticing or encourage bulk buying, as long as an enjoy responsibly is written somewhere on the label. Enter any of the privatised liquor stores and your peripherals are bombarded by signs emblazoned with things like: the four best foamies for the footy or this week’s top special or 3 x Sunnyvale Fruity Lexia for $33. That does seem like an excessive amount of goon.

No one can deny that Australia has a binge-drinking culture, or that drinking is a part of most of our day-to-day lives. But mostly I accepted it and never truly understood the societal implications of how the liquor was sold and advertised. After having lived in Sweden, it began to seem ethically wrong to encourage people during their bottle-o visit to purchase more alcohol than what they had already intended. An extra bottle of wine isn’t like a side of fries. A recent SystemBolaget advertising campaign poked...




This Monday’s endangered species (E.S.P.) article I’ve chosen to document on the New Zealand sea lion. Image: New Zealand Sea Lion. Credits: Tui De Roy

Listed as (endangered) the species was identified by Dr Gray back in 1866. Dr Gray John Edward Gray, FRS (12 February 1800 – 7 March 1875) was a British zoologist. He was the elder brother of zoologist Dr George Robert Gray and son of the pharmacologist and botanist Dr Samuel Frederick Gray (1766–1828).

Dr Gray was Keeper of Zoology at the British Museum in London from 1840 until Christmas 1874, before the Natural History holdings were split off to the Natural History Museum published several catalogues of the museum collections that included comprehensive discussions of animal groups as well as descriptions of new species. He improved the zoological collections to make them amongst the best in the world.

Scientifically identified as the Phocarctos hookeri the species was listed as vulnerable from 1994-2008. Unfortunately due to continued population declines the New Zealand seal is now bordering complete extinction within the wild (and things really aren’t looking good neither)  Endemic to Australia (Macquarie Is.); and New Zealand (South Is.), the species is also native to the Pacific North West.

To date there is estimated to be no fewer than 3,031 mature individuals remaining within the wild. New Zealand sea lions are one of the largest New Zealand animals. Like all otariids, they have marked sexual dimorphism; adult males are 240–350 cm long and weigh 320–450 kg and adult females are 180–200 cm long aMnd weigh 90–165 kg. At birth, pups are 70–100 cm long and weigh 7–8 kg; the natal pelage is a thick coat of dark brown hair that becomes dark gray with cream markings on the top of the head, nose, tail and at the base of the flippers.

Adult females’ coats vary from buff to creamy grey with darker pigmentation around the muzzle and the flippers. Adult males are blackish-brown with a well-developed black mane of coarse hair reaching the shoulders. New Zealand sea lions are strongly philopatric.


Image: New Zealand Sea Lion Pup. Credits: NZ Fur Seals

Back in 2012 populations of New Zealand sea lions “were estimated to be standing at a population count of 12,000 mature individuals”. However since that count took place, from (2014) populations have ‘allegedly plummeted’ to all new levels although there doesn’t appear to be any evidence as to why the species suddenly declined – fish trawling and disease have been noted though!.

Like the Maui’s dolphin, the sea lion has come under intense scrutiny this year after research showed its numbers had halved since 1998. It has been cla...


Bloc Party: From All Sides "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted to It’s Going Down

As of tonight, the prison strike has entered into its second week. All of the news is pouring in like a tidal wave. The amount of solidarity actions across the world has been a goddamn inspiration to say the least. From graffiti to banner drops, noise demos to nighttime actions, marches to letter writing, the momentum is incredible. There are times that these types of acts of solidarity can feel abstract. Right now there does seem to be solid evidence of a feedback loop from the outside to the inside.

In light of that, we want to highlight ways in which we have already achieved victories, and spread the strike just in two weeks. Out in Australia supporters on the outside held a noise demo to support inmates at a juvenile corrections facility. These tactics can begin to feel a little routine if you’ve been doing prisoner solidarity work for a while. This time was different than usual however, because the very next day, the youth inside let loose and rioted. Headlines read “Kid jail chaos: armed youths run riot and attack guards leaving expensive clean-up bill.” These noise demos are more than a fist in the air and some boom boxes, they hold the potential to spread this strike and to spread rebellion. These demos don’t only give people a little hope that they aren’t forgotten in there, its also to say, “We are here, we are with you and we hate prisons too.” They are ways to reach through the prison walls and help light the match. We want to see noise demos continue to be a way of connecting. This can extend to family as well. Sometimes its hard to get close enough to a prison for the anyone inside to actually hear you, so we suggest trying to hit them just as visitation is letting out. Make sure to bring plenty of literature and contact info, because if you can strike up conversations with family members and close friends, you can get the news to those inside that there are those of us out here that hate prisons. When that kind of news reaches inside the walls, who knows what kinds of rebellion can spread.

As prison guards begin to refuse to show up for duty down in Holman, we can’t help but wonder where the coming weeks and months will lead this strike.

Now for all that news from the Bloc:

Jayne Waller has a new address. Sacramento Prisoner Support has also put together a beautiful new flier for spreading the word of support for Jayne. You can write Jayne at:


Janye Waller BA2719
California Correctional Center
Facility B
PO Box 2400
Susanville, CA 96127

Sacramento Prisoner Support also had this to say:

We need consistent money for commissary, phone calls, and transportation for visitations. That is why we ask, if you can, to sign up for MONTHLY RECURRING DONATIONS for one year (or up until May 2017). Even if it’s just $3 or $5 or $15 per month (or $30 if you can do it!) if a bunch...


The census is watching: on the surveillance of Muslims "IndyWatch Feed National"

But, she points out, it can also be those minority groups who are of the greatest interest to the Australian Government for purposes of surveillance. ‘It’s mostly Muslim people who are inflicted with increased surveillance in our post-September 11 world’, says Edney-Browne. The Australian public is frequently divided over whether or not this is okay.


Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Aussie Post-Punk Legends The Sunnyboys Announce 2017 Tour

Some 30 years after their initial disbanding, Aussie post-punk legends The Sunnyboys are getting back together again. The band reformed recently for sold out shows along the East Coast in 2013 and 2014, with a full scale 2015 tour proving fans are still hungry for more.

2017 will see the band reform again, but this time they will be playing their 1981 self-titled debut album in its entirety.

“What a thrill it will be to play our 1st album from start to finish,” says bassist Peter Oxley. “We have never ever done this before. Looking forward to ‘I Can’t Talk to You (reprise)!'”

As if that wasn’t enough for die-hard Sunnyboys fans, Sydney will also be treated to a rare showing of The Flaming Hands and The Shy Impostors as support, the first time all three acts have been on one bill together.

“When Peter Oxley called with the proposition of reforming the Flaming Hands for a gig with the Sunnyboys I jumped at the opportunity,” said Julie Mostyn of The Flaming Hands. “The two bands have a shared history both as friends and as contemporaries that played together in what was a golden era of Australian music.”

Interstate fans wont be missing out either, as the legendary X will be joining the band in Melbourne, while The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson will be playing support in Queensland.

Check out the dates to what will no doubt be the feel good tour of the summer below.

Image credit: Kaye Harrison

Sunnyboys 2017 Tour Dates

February 3rd

Gold Coast, The Nightquarter (only Queensland show)

Special guests: The Celibate Rifles and Ed Kuepper with Mark Dawson.

February 4th

Sydney, Enmore Theatre

Special guests: Flaming Hands & Shy Impostors

February 10th

Melbourne, The Croxton

Special guests: X.


Jump completes Evel Knievel stunt "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A Hollywood stuntman has completed a steam-powered “motorcycle” stunt jump across Snake River Canyon that motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel so famously failed to do in 1974.

Evel fan Eddie Braun, 54, rocketed to about 400mph (643km/h) to jump the 488m across the Idaho canyon on Friday before a parachute deployed and safely brought him back to earth.

He said he had trouble finding sponsors for the jump and paid $US 1.5m of his own money to build a replica of Evel’s Skycycle X-2 and perform the stunt.



Eddie Braun with Evel Spirit X-2 jump


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Even Knievel Harley-Davidson XL 1000 Sportster jump


The C-Word: Its Manners, Customs and Many Varied Uses "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week, a protestor crashed a stage with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and dropped the c-bomb. Intrepid New Matilda columnist Dr Liz Conor asks the age old question: Is using a female body part as a term of derision misogynistic? And a language warning… there’s quite a bit of it to follow.

Last month a group of protestors intercepted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as he fronted the Committee for Economic Development (CEDA) in Melbourne. They sought to publically shame him for the abuse of refugees in indefinite detention on Nauru and Manus Island.

Waving a placard, ‘FFS Close the Bloody Camps’, one of the protestors mounted the stage and hurled ‘Cunt’ through her teeth at a dumbfounded Turnbull.

When one of the group was later interviewed on The Project, Waleed Aly pointedly asked whether swearing at the Prime Minister was the most effective way to get their message across.

Samantha Castro, of WACA (Whistleblowers Activists and Citizens Alliance) replied their main message had indeed been communicated and the use of language was proportionate to the substantive issue to hand – the exposure of vulnerable asylum seekers, including children, to sexual and physical abuse in these negligently mismanaged tropical gulags.

Feelings ran high. The Nauru papers, detailing over 2,000 incident reports of abuse, including assaults, sexual assaults and self-harm between 2013 and 2015 (now the subject of a Senate inquiry) had been published by The Guardian. Adrenalin was pumping. Appalled, incensed and no doubt jittery, the intrepid interceptor spoke for many of us when she reached for The Very Worst Word to hand. That is Cunt.

It comes up a lot, Cunt: its appropriate uses, its acceptable invocations. Since half of us are literally hinged by this soft and slippery assemblage of intensely attuned tissue, it’s been a matter of feminist consternation that it’s the best worst descriptor for derision.

Given what a great source of pleasure it is for women (albeit periodically high maintenance) why should Cunt signify tyrant and tormentor, despot and bully, liar and narcissist, namely all the foulest, basest traits to which, I note mostly men, can be ascribed.

For is Cunt not Origin of the World, life-giving, incarnate sensuality, a circlet of steeped, clasping flesh, orgiastic rapture, ardent enclosure, we could go on and on… with so much to recommend it, you do gotta ask, why be so negative?

Because it is at the apex and core of human experience. No other body part brings forth life. Its capacity for pleasure and pleasure-giving has made it a focal site for commodification, medicalization, regulation, warfare, but also for destabilising heteronormativity and radical feminist reclamation.

It has been mythologised with teeth (Vagina Dentata), monologued, squatted over mirrors, plaster moulded, and Toys actually R US women, ‘fraid.

Because it is ineluctably the custody and experience of the feminine. It is ours, despite the zealous, at times fanatical attempts of patrio-nazis to take possessi...


The plebiscite and the impasse on marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

But now this long campaign for equality has taken what I think is a self-defeating turn by making its main focus stopping the proposed plebiscite. And with Bill Shorten’s apparent decision to oppose a popular vote no matter what, that approach may kill not only the plebiscite, but with it any chance of marriage equality being legislated in this term of parliament.


Australia’s Floundering Involvement In Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dee McLachlan What a mess. Hang on, I thought there was a cease fire (i.e., “a temporary suspension of fighting”). Seven days ago The Guardian reported: “Syria ceasefire begins as agencies prepare to deliver aid” and “Trucks set to bring humanitarian supplies to besieged city of Aleppo amid cautious optimism that ceasefire will hold.” […]


Zillmere to Caboolture TRANSLink train line shut until Friday, commuters asked to add 90mins to travel and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Zillmere to Caboolture TRANSLink train line shut until Friday, commuters asked to add 90mins to travel

Zillmere to Caboolture TRANSLink train line shut until Friday, commuters asked to add 90mins to travel

Commuters from the Sunshine coast and Brisbane’s north will face a week of disruptions and up to a 90 minute delay with train tracks shut down until Friday.

More than 200 buses have replaced the trains in both directions between Zillmere and Caboolture to Boondall station, running every 10 minutes during peak times and every 15 minutes in off-peak.


UQ Gatton solar facility to test RedFlow battery storage "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

University of Queensland to add 200kW RedFlow zinc bromine battery to its world-leading solar research facility to test how it helps renewables interact with grid.


Shriver, Abdel-Magied, and writing fiction. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

    I’ve spent the last few days thinking about cultural appropriation and the writing of fiction, as a consequence of the controversial keynote speech given by author Lionel Shriver at the Brisbane Writers Festival, and the distress expressed by Yassmin Abdel-Magied that caused her to walk out of Shriver’s presentation. Briefly, Shriver stated her hope […]


The drugs squad copper who dealt drugs to his terminally ill son "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Pen received this moving story from  a police officer whose son became ill with cancer and subsequently died. The illness led the father and...

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SolarReserve aims to build 6 solar tower power plants in South Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Following article was published on 13 September 2016 in RenewEconomy and written by Giles Parkinson. The Pen has republished it because it sheds light...

The post SolarReserve aims to build 6 solar tower power plants in South Australia appeared first on The Pen.


Gay pride march in Brisbane attracts thousands and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Gay pride march in Brisbane attracts thousands including police, politicians and emergency services

Simone Vogel cold case: Brother of brothel madam 'threatened by senior police officer' in 1977

The brother of a missing Queensland massage parlour boss has revealed he received a death threat from a senior Queensland police officer, after making inquiries into her disappearance.

Bob Beniston, whose sister  Simone Vogel disappeared in 1977, has just revealed to the ABC that he received a threatening call from the Police Officer at the time, when he was working for the Commonwealth Police.


Sydney OzComicCon 2016 (Part 2) "IndyWatch Feed"

Sunday's breakfast was much the same as Saturday's. I had some oats and fruit in my hotel, but this time I was able to score two friands at the venue because they had sent an extra one. I also discovered that the barista in the greenroom, where I had picked up a terrible peppermint tea the day before, could do a lovely vegan soy hot chocolate. So I may have had two of those.

On a non-food note, check out this amazing T-rex cosplay. It was the greatest. You should have seen her run. I love that she has a little grabby stick.

OCC Dino Cosplay

OCC Dino Cosplay

For lunch a had selected the Falafel Wrap option. It was OK, decent amount of falafel. But a little dry and not as filling or as nice as the previous day's curry.

Felafel Wrap from the venue

After the con finished, I was exhausted. My original plan was to get something from Lord of the Fries, which is walking distance from the hotel, and then eat it bed. However, thankfully I was talking to Leigh on Twitter and she inspired me to get back on a train to Newtown for some actual good and fun food.

I relived my uni days with a heaping plate from the Green Gourmet dinner buffet. I can't even remember everything that was on here, but what I can remember was sticky rice, curry noodles, radish cake, steamed bun, steamed pumpkin cake, 'honey' (actually malt syrup) prawns (made from tofu skin twists, not gross mock prawns), BBQ pork, stuffed mushroom, stuffed tofu, stewed radish, mock duck, a few different veggie dishes and some pickles. SO GOOD!

Dinner Buffet Plate from Green Gourmet

And of course I had to go to Gelato Blue afterwards. This time I got a scoop of Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie and a scoop of Salted Belgian Chocolate. In a cone, of course.

On Monday, I didn't have to leave for the airport until 2pm. So I went back into Newtown to meet my friend Jen for brunch at Sadhana Kitchen. We both tried the Pumpkin Spice Lattes (on soy rather than coconut milk). My first one ever! It is like drinking slightly sweet pumpkin soup, which was a bit strange, but we decided we were both into it.


Syrian toll rises to 90 in US-led air raid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Firefighters extinguish a fire following an airstrike in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus. Photo EPA/Mohammed Badra

Firefighters extinguish a fire following an airstrike in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus. Photo EPA/Mohammed Badra

Cairo [DPA]

The death toll among Syrian government troops in air strikes by the US-led coalition the day before has risen to 90, a monitoring group reports.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added that the raid, which the US said was unintentional, lasted 40 minutes, hitting several Syrian positions near an air base in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour.

The Observatory initially estimated that 83 Syrian soldiers were killed and 120 injured in the Saturday attack that sparked a row between Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and the US.

US Defence Department spokesman Peter Cook said the pilots believed they were striking Islamic State targets, and that Russia had been notified of its plans to operate in the area earlier in the day but that ‘no concerns were voiced.’

Australia said Sunday that its planes were among the coalition aircraft over Deir al-Zour. ‘While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never target a known Syrian military unit,’ the Defence Department in Canberra said.

Damascus said that the attack allowed the Islamic State terrorist militia to advance in the area.

Shortly later, al-Assad’s forces, backed by Russian air power, recaptured the positions they had lost out to militants, the Observatory said.

Growing tensions between the US and Russia over the coalition bombardment of the Syrian military have cast doubts over a ceasefire that came into effect in Syria last week.

The truce was brokered by Washington and Moscow earlier this month as part of an ambitious plan aimed at halting fighting in Syria and relaunching a UN-sponsored peace process.

The truce excludes operations against Islamic State and al-Qaeda-linked militants.

In February, a ceasefire, brokered by the US and Russia, went into effect in Syria, but did not hold for long.

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PM regrets Syrian deaths, injury from raid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media in Central Park, New York, on Sunday. AAP Image/Jennifer Rajca

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media in Central Park, New York, on Sunday. AAP Image/Jennifer Rajca

Jennifer Rajca

New York [AAP]

Malcolm Turnbull says Australia regrets the loss of life and injuries to Syrian soldiers as the result of a bombing raid on what were believed to be Islamic State targets.

The prime minister confirmed Australian aircraft were involved in the coalition exercise and pulled out when Russian officials advised the targets may have been Syrian military personnel.

‘We regret the loss of life and injury to any Syrian personnel affected,’ Mr Turnbull told reporters on Sunday in New York, where he is for the annual United Nations General Assembly.

He said Australia’s rules of engagement are to target IS but it is a very complex environment.

‘You’ll find over the next little while no doubt arguments or issues about why there wasn’t more co-ordination or who was meant to be advising who,’ he said.

Mr Turnbull admitted it remains to be seen whether the Syrian ceasefire will be put in jeopardy.

‘While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support [Islamic State],’ Defence earlier said in a statement.

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Female nurses at higher risk of suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nurses and midwives at a Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) members meeting at the Melbourne Convention Centre in May. AAP Image/David Crosling

Nurses and midwives at a Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) members meeting at the Melbourne Convention Centre in May. AAP Image/David Crosling

Melbourne [AAP]

The rate of suicide among Australian women is double for those working as health professionals, with nurses and midwives most at risk, a study has found.

A University of Melbourne and Deakin study of close to 10,000 suicides by employed adults between 2001 and 2012 found 3.8 per cent of them were health professionals.

Long working hours, exposure to trauma and the fear of making a mistake may increase rates of suicide in those working in health professions, the study says.

Dr Allison Milner found the age-standardised rate of suicide for female health professionals was 6.4 per 100,000 person-years, while nurses and midwives were even higher at 8.2.

The average suicide rate for women in other professions was 2.8.

While men working in nursing and midwifery also had a higher rate of suicide, the overall rate for male health professionals was similar to other occupations, according to the study.

Men’s risk of suicide was overall higher than women’s, at 14.9 per 100,000.

‘Qualitative research has found that some male nurses experience anxiety about the perceived stigma associated with their non-traditional career choice,’ the authors wrote.

‘These anxieties may constitute a risk factor for suicide for men in these occupations.’

The authors said that women in male-dominated areas of medicine may struggle, feeling there are barriers holding them back from career advancement.

‘Female professionals may still feel pressure to undertake child care and household roles, leading to considerable gender role stress,’ the report said.

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

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Nalder to challenge Barnett’s leadership "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dean Nalder speaks at a Perth Freight Link protest in Perth in November 2015. AAP Image/Rebecca Le May

Dean Nalder speaks at a Perth Freight Link protest in Perth in November 2015. AAP Image/Rebecca Le May

Perth [AAP]

Dean Nalder will challenge West Australian premier Colin Barnett for the Liberal party leadership if a spill motion is put forward this week but says he will not instigate it.

‘If the party room does put a spill motion on Tuesday, I will nominate for the position of leader,’ Mr Nalder told reporters on Sunday.

He quit as minister for transport and agriculture this weekend ahead of the March election and said while he had never done the numbers, there were people who privately supported him and were pushing for a leadership change.

The premier has also ruled out launching a spill motion to settle speculation about his leadership, saying he does not play games, but intends to remain in the role.

Mr Nalder said he left a message for the premier about 7.30pm on Saturday regarding his resignation, but never received a call back and had to contact Mr Barnett’s chief of staff.

Mr Barnett, who marks eight years as premier this week, fronted the media with his wife and said he received a message from Mr Nalder at 10.30pm.

He said Tony Simpson, who quit earlier in the day as local government minister and told reporters the state government had lost its way, never mentioned any leadership concerns to him.

‘I am extremely disappointed in both Tony Simpson and Dean Nalder that they did not have the courage or integrity to tell me of their decision face to face or even on the telephone,’ Mr Barnett said.

‘There is something orchestrated about this.’

The premier said he had given Mr Nalder, who had only been a minister for a little more than two years, a great opportunity with important portfolios but he walked away from it.

‘I had shown great faith and confidence in Dean and he let me down,’ he said.

The premier said Mr Nalder had assured him he was not involved in a recent poll organised by businesspeople that was ‘clearly designed to topple’ Mr Barnett, but said he now had some doubts about that.

‘Orchestrated campaign’

Mr Nalder denied he and Mr Simpson quit as part of an orchestrated campaign against Mr Barnett and said he took offence to the premier saying he failed to show integrity.

Mr Nalder said it took him six months to get a one-on-one meeting with Mr Barnett and criticised the premier’s lack of consultation and refusal to support his plan for the Perth Freight Link.

Both he and Mr Simpson have said they learned about policy positions through the premier’s speeches or talkback r...


[Gold Coast] Betty’s Burger "IndyWatch Feed"

When I booked my tickets to this year’s Problogger Training Event, we made it a bit of a family weekend down the Gold Coast. The SO booked our accommodation at the Hilton Surfers Paradise. The Gold Coast has seen a revival in preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in 2018. This has meant there are lots of new restaurants and cafes in the area over the past two years, which is fantastic. The Gold Coast Betty’s Burgers is one of two outlets in the American style burger chain, and it is within walking distance of our hotel.

Betty's Burgers

The Venue

Betty’s Burgers is located on the busy tourist strip of Surfers Paradise Boulevard. Their al fresco dining area is positioned to overlook the tram line running right in front of it and is perfect for people watching. In fact, they have bar seating running along the front just for that purpose. I say it is clever marketing – why not induce some serious food envy by having customers dig into their burgers for anyone walking by to see?

Inside Betty’s Burgers is huge! There were lots of tables and booths, perfect for families and small groups. The atmosphere was casual and airy, and I loved the ceiling feature of hanging pot plants. On the other hand, I didn’t find the chairs particularly comfortable and they can be unwieldy to maneuver when trying to fit in a high chair.


The Service

A member of staff was standing at Betty’s Burgers entryway, greeting passersby and welcoming customers. Another staffer directed us to a table and went to bring us a high chair. A different staff member brought the high chair before someone else brought menus.

We were issued a wireless food pager after orders and payment were made at the counter. While waiting for our meal to be prepared, a nearby table of four young women were buzzed. One of the table’s members got up to collect their meal from the counter, but was told to wait at the table and two staff members helped bring out the rest of the meals.

No such table service for us. The SO got up and collected our order in its entirety for us.


The Food

Betty’s Burgers uses a very soft white bun as the basis for their burger. Thankfully both our Crispy Chicken and Betty’s Classic didn’t have too much juice that disintegrated them, so they were easy to hold and devour.

The Crispy Chicken burger starts with a crispy Southern fried chicken (really juicy, flavourful and I loved it), lettuce, tomato and Betty’s special sauce. Simple and tasty, and I reckon the better burger of the two.

Betty’s Burgers Betty’s Classic has Angus beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and Betty’s special sauce. You could add an extra beef patty or crispy chicken for AUD$5, but the SO added crispy bacon instead for AUD$3. It was definitely...


The System Has Failed Retail And Fast Food Workers, Says Coles Fair Work Winner "IndyWatch Feed National"

Duncan Hart recently won an important court action over underpayment of wages as an employee of supermarket giant Coles. He takes aim at his employer, and the union that failed to protect him.

The unprecedented wage theft at Australia’s largest employers, including Coles, Woolworths, Hungry Jack’s, KFC and McDonalds, and the “trade union” which helped to facilitate them, should be nothing less than a national scandal.

Thanks to a lengthy investigation by a group of dedicated reporters and the work of principled unionist Josh Cullinan, we now know the full extent of this theft.

Every roster examined at these large employers shows a majority of workers being paid less than they are entitled to under the federal workplace award.

The scale of this wage theft means roughly 250,000 workers (at least!) are receiving less than the supposed legal minimum- the award “safety net” upon which enterprise agreements are supposed to rest.

In monetary terms we are talking hundreds of millions of dollars every year finding its way into the pockets of corporate giants, rather than low wage workers.

Yet the problem is not new, and not confined to the latest round of enterprise agreements negotiated by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA), the retail and fast food union.

Actually, we’re talking about 20-plus years, and billions of dollars lost to workers, thanks to the collaboration of the SDA and employers, since enterprise bargaining replaced centralised wage fixing in the early 90’s.

The SDA, and the employers, went into negotiations for enterprise agreements with eyes wide open about their purpose – they wanted to undermine penalty rates for weekends and night work in exchange for a higher base rate of pay.

In a 1999 interview with Woolworths’ National Employee Relations Manager, six years after the first agreement was signed between the company and the SDA, he explained that Woolies had estimated an 8 per cent saving on their total wages bill by moving from the award to the union agreement.

This first Agreement instated the all-too-familiar set-up for today’s retail and fast food giants – the total scrapping of penalty rates on Saturdays and between 6pm and midnight Monday through Friday, and a reduction of the Sunday rate.

This has been the model for every subsequent agreement signed between the SDA, and the employers able to strike a deal with it. Only now has there been an accounting of what this cost workers.

The recently revealed wage theft that has been facilitated by the SDA stretches back to the early 1990’s, but looking at retail wages even further reveals just how bad it is.

In 1974, on the back of strikes involving thousands of retail workers, the SDA – just before it was taken over by its current faction – achieved a NSW state award with an hourly rate for shop assistants of $19.57 in today’s dollars.

This hourly rate remains higher than the hourly rate as laid out in the modern award, which since July 2016 sits at $19.44 an hour.

By 1974, all the important features that still hang on in the modern award, such as penalty rates for night work and weekends and four weeks annual leave, were all established. Equal pay was only entirely introduced into the industry in the same year.

That’s the stark reality of the situation for retail and fast food workers today – our award entitlements today have not increased since the achievement of equal pay in 1974, 42 years ago.

And the SDA’s strategy of undermining award conditions for increases to the base rate of pay have left the majority of us earning less than our legal entitlements, even as those entitlements have stagnated.

As a union movement, we have to look reality in the face and learn the lessons of our past. The last 20 and more years have been years of betrayal for retail workers in this country.



Petition to change Oxley speed zones "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Oxley Highway petition speed zones

Oxley Highway

Reduced speed zones on the famed Oxley Highway have prompted outrage from riders and sparked a petition to reverse and stop the spread of reduced speed zones along the NSW route.


The petition over the “ridiculous” speed changes has been started by Wauchope resident Ken Healey after reading about it on Motorbike Writer last week.

“I live in Wauchope and ride the Oxley highway to Gingers Creek every Sunday and have done so for 15 years,” he says.

“I first heard of these changes, as ‘proposed changes’ maybe four years ago at a community event at the golf club. Now, out of nowhere, the changes are taking effect.

“They gave us no warning. No published ads or TV or radio ads, nothing. There was no formal notification. Just the neon signs that have only been there a few days at most.”

Oxley Highway speed zones

Ken on his R 1200 GS

Ken has addressed his petition to the Roads and Maritime Minister Duncan Gay and each time a rider signs it, an email alert will be sent to the Minister’s office.“I and probably thousands of others are cheesed off to say the least.”

The Oxley Highway joins several other great motorcycle roads in Australia with reduced speed limits in an apparent effort to reduce motorcycle crashes. The infamous list includes Mt Glorious Rd, The Great Ocean Rd, The Putty Rd, Bells Line Of Road and The Great Northern Rd.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson says speed zones will change at three locations in the 30km stretch between Wauchope and Long Flat “to improve safety for all road users”.

“The need for these speed zone changes were identified in the Oxley Highway Route Safety Review.”

Oxley Highway speed limit drops zonesThe reduced speed zones include an 80km/h zone dropping to 60km/h near Wauchope and the 100km/h zone near Long Flat reduced to 60km/h.

Over the next year, they are expected to extend up into the mountains with the 100km/h reduced to 70km/h and the 110km/h out to Walcha reduced to 100km/h.

While the reduced speed zones may not slow traffic, they will increase the level of fines for those who ride the highway at the same speed they do now.

Veteran motorcycle journo Mick Matheson says the Oxley Highway is a road all riders should travel at least once in their lives. (See his video below.)



Selling Australia’s Security and Refugee agenda. Prime Minister Turnbull as Fantasist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Island mentalities do not travel well.  When their sellers hawk the agenda before world forums, these start looking ludicrous. Coming close to this ludicrous display is Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who has done what other Australian prime ministers have…


Australian Jets Participated in Massacre of Syrian Soldiers in Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia’s Defense Department have admitted that its jets have participated in an airstrike against Syrian Army positions near Deir Ezzor that left tens dead. Australia has offered its condolences to the victims of the soldiers families and has announced it…


Required Reading "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (aka CATS) paid for a bizarre ad takeover in the London Tube. Sure, it's adorable but definitely odd. It was funded by ~700 people on Kickstarter. (via Bored Panda)

Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (aka CATS) paid for a bizarre ad takeover in the London Tube. Sure, it’s adorable but definitely odd. It was funded by ~700 people on Kickstarter. (via Bored Panda, image CATS)

This week, CATS in the London tube, Shriver’s cultural appropriation heard around the world, Clinton’s white supremacy explainer, normalizing Trump, Gawken, and more.

 The opening keynote for the Brisbane Writers Festival was delivered by the American author Lionel Shriver and it caused outrage among those who felt she was dismissive of other cultures in her treatment of minorities. Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who is an Australian Muslim, penned a powerful response:

Her question was — or could have been — an interesting question: What are fiction writers “allowed” to write, given they will never truly know another person’s experience?

Not every crime writer is a criminal, Lionel said, Nor is every author who writes on sexual assault a rapist. “Fiction, by its very nature,” Shriver said, “is fake.”

There is a fascinating philosophical argument here. Instead, however, that core question was used as a straw man. Shriver’s real targets were cultural appropriation, identity politics and political correctness. It was a monologue about the right to exploit the stories of “others”, simply because it is useful for one’s story.

Shriver began by making light of a recent incident in the US, where students faced prosecution for what was argued by some as “casual racial and ethnic stereotyping and cultural insensitivity” at a Mexican-themed party.

“Can you believe,” Shriver asked at the beginning of her speech, “that these students were so sensitive about the wearing of sombreros?”

The audience, compliant, chuckled. I started looking forward to the point in the speech where she was to subvert the argument.

It never came.

Another writer, Suki Kim, also...


The Nauru files: 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention "IndyWatch Feed National"

The devastating trauma and abuse inflicted on children held by Australia in offshore detention has been laid bare in the largest cache of leaked documents released from inside its immigration regime. More than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island of Nauru – totalling more than 8,000 pages – are published by the Guardian today. The Nauru files set out as never before the assaults, sexual abuse, self-harm attempts, child abuse and living conditions endured by asylum seekers held by the Australian government, painting a picture of routine dysfunction and cruelty. Children are vastly over-represented in the reports. More than half of the 2,116 reports – a total of 1,086 incidents, or 51.3% – involve children, although children made up only about 18% of those in detention on Nauru during the time covered by the reports, May 2013 to October 2015. The findings come just weeks after the brutal treatment of young people in juvenile detention in the Northern Territory was exposed. Allegations of sexual assault ... are a persistent theme of the files. In one report an asylum seeker described being told she was “on a list” written by local Nauruan guards naming single women they were “waiting for”. In [another] report a “cultural adviser” for Wilson Security, the company that employs guards at the detention camp, allegedly told an asylum seeker who had been sexually assaulted in camp that “rape in Australia is very common and people don’t get punished”.

Note: Watch an excellent segment by Australia's "60-Minutes" team "Spies, Lords and Predators" on a pedophile ring in the UK which leads directly to the highest levels of government. A second suppressed documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence," goes even deeper into this topic in the US. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on corruption in government and sexual abuse scandals.


Turnbull as Fantasist: Selling Australia’s Security and Refugee agenda "IndyWatch Feed National"

Island mentalities do not travel well.  When their sellers hawk the agenda before world forums, these start looking ludicrous. Coming close to this ludicrous display is Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who has done what other Australian prime ministers have in previous years: sell the great discovery, the great hit of life on how best to protect borders in the face of threats.

No greater hits in the Australian record of cruelty and mania come close than the approach of outsourcing refugee obligations and the conjectures of global terrorism.  The former stance assumes that refugees are disposable on arrival, repellent jumpers of a fictional human queue who can be shifted and trafficked to global outposts that have little bearing to the recipient country.

The latter stance sees terrorism as rampant bacilli in need of urgent quarantining, notably through stretching the context of the terror charge, and assuming that anybody who gets a whiff of the seductive Quran may lose his marbles and fitfully radicalise.

At the United Nations, Turnbull has been achieving feats of visible self-inflation, readying himself for meetings and selling an Australian product on national security he knows will have some adherents. In New York, he has matters of security on the brain, avoiding any humanitarian impulse in favour of rough and ready anti-refugee measures.  In a fearful United States, the sell is on.

This all jars with the whole point of the meeting, instigated by the Obama administration on the basis of increasing funding to humanitarian and resettlement programs with various measures touching on education and “self-reliance”.

Indeed, “Welcoming Refugee Week” received much fanfare on Thursday, a few days after Congress was informed that the United States would be increasing the number of refugees being accepted upwards of 30 per cent.  In the 2017 fiscal year, the administration plans to resettle 110,000 refugees gathered from Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Burma, among other troubled states.

None of this interests Turnbull, who has beaten off efforts to adopt a more generous approach to refugees in light of camp scandals and the litany of cruelties characterised by the offshore processing regime.  “Public opinion will not accept a strong and generous humanitarian program, a generous migration program, unless the Government is seen to be in command of its borders.”

This contrivance of policy has been intentional since the 1990s. Fortress Australia has, since the end of the Cold War, assumed that those arriving by boat are exceptionally dangerous, incubating ill-motives and grave intentions.  They should, rather, take a number, and line up.

The point is being ventriloquised via GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has promised, should he win the White House, a stop to the refugee resettlement program from suspect countries, most notably Syria.  Conservative commentators such as Daniel Horowitz, in embracing the Trump line, see any alternative, notably that of a Clinton presidency, to be the road to localised suicide. “Just today,” he squawked, “Germany arrested three Syrian refugees on suspicion that they have ties to the Islamic State.”

The refugee is the greatest of dangers, instrumentalised as a promising threat.  “We are facing,” claimed Turnbull in New York, “an extraordinary challenge of refugee movements, of authorised movements and migrations of people around the world, greater than at any time since the Second World War.”

This means brutality and compassion, the disciplinary paternal figure accompanied by a generous mat...


Using Our Powerful Authentic Voice, Even When It’s Hard To Speak "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 19th, 2016 By Diana Rose Kottle Guest writer for Wake Up World Being an authentic voice of change can be what breaks through the collective illusions — especially when itâŹ"s hard to even speak above the deafening roar of unconsciousness, judgments, and social programming. Such authenticity has the power to dissolve the veils of separation, awaken ...Continue Reading - Using Our Powerful Authentic Voice, Even When ItâŹ"s Hard To Speak


Toxic Cookware Chemicals Have Polluted Drinking Water for Millions "IndyWatch Feed National"

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From Caffeine to Gasoline: Monarchy, Oligarchy, and the Rise of the Oil Monopoly "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 19th, 2016 By Ethan Indigo Smith Contributing writer for Wake Up World In the late 1700’s, people in servitude to their respective oligarchies began to question exploitative conditions and revolt against harsh treatment. Around the world there were revolutions with new ideas being discussed. There were revolutions in Scotland, the Caribbean, the Americas, Russia and France. ...Continue Reading - From Caffeine to Gasoline: Monarchy, Oligarchy, and the Rise of the Oil Monopoly


Do You Have a Burning Yearning for Change? "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 19th, 2016 By Open Contributing writer for Wake Up World You might be one of those with a strong sense to want to change your reality, and indeed the wider world. Yet we’re so often told of the need for “acceptance and surrender”. The two truths, the two impulses, seem to conflict. And how ...Continue Reading - Do You Have a Burning Yearning for Change?

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Report: Anwar’s lawyers to push for house arrest if acquittal bid fails "IndyWatch Feed National"

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s legal team will settle for house arrest if efforts to get the jailed former opposition leader’s sodomy conviction reversed fails, the Weekend Australian reported. US lawyer Kimberly Motley was quoted saying that Anwar’s lawyers would again highlight the lack of DNA evidence and inconsistency of Saiful Anwar Bukhari’s testimony in the […]


On Australia's role in the massacre of Syrian soldiers - Questions to Ms Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Syrian Arab Army is the army of the Syrian state. On 17 September 2016 eighty SAA soldiers were killed in an airstrike by American and Australian forces which did not even have permission to be in Syria. Australia is not at war with Syria. Here is a personal letter, followed by a statement from Hands off Syria, Sydney. Marlene Obeid declares her shock at hearing of Australia's participation in the deaths of Syrian soldiers. She asks for an explanation of the Australian government's condolences, given that Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading Syria. Tim Anderson, speaking for Hands Off Syria Sydney, asks, "Will the Australian Government hand over to the Syrian authorities or the International Court of Justice those Australians who were accomplices in this atrocity?"

Letter from Marlene Obeid on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers

Dear Ms Bishop

I am appalled and shocked to hear that Australia participated in the massacre of at least 80 Syrian soldiers, and in the maiming and wounding of many more in Deir Zour, Syria.

Eighty young man who have been defending their country from a proxy war carried out by terrorists from all over the world have been murdered by Australian invading forces.

Eighty families who will be morning their beloved sons, brothers, fathers and above all patriots who were carrying their duty in defense of their homeland and their compatriots.

Please explain the meaning of condolences when Australia is part of a Coalition illegally invading the sovereign Syrian nation.

How is the following Australian Defence Department's statement going to mend the hurt, the pain, the suffering, the devastation caused by Australia's aggression to the sovereign nation of Syria?

[“Australian aircraft were among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation … Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (IS). Defence offers its condolences to the families of any Syrian personnel killed or wounded in this incident … While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (also known as ISIL).â€]

A great shame to Australia now using our tax money to join forces with the US in defence of Daesh and every other brand of terrorist targeting the Syrian people.

The pilots who carried out this massacre and those directing the operations of aggression against Syria must be indicted. Reparations must be paid to the Syrian State.

Australia should immediately withdraw from the US-led Coalition and pay compensation to the Syrian State.

With great pain

Marlene Obeid

Glebe NSW 2037, Australia.

The following is a statement by Hands Off Syria Sydney

Sunday 18 September 2016

Shame on Australian involvement in the massacre of Syrian soldiers.

Hands Off Syria strongly condemns the massacre of 62 Syrian soldiers by Australian Defence Forces.

Australia’s military has admitted involvement in the US-led bombing raids in Deir eZorr, Syria, which killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded 100 others.

The Syian soldiers were engaged in defending their country from the ISIS terrorist group.

Whether the massacre was ‘accidental’ or deliberate should be determine...


Australian Startup Get Paid in Bitcoin Receives Award Nomination "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is always good to see Bitcoin companies gaining the recognition they deserve. Get Paid in Bitcoin is an Australian company focusing its attention on salary services. The company has been nominated for an Innovative Startup Award, and voting is currently underway. Although this is not the most prestigious of events, it is still a … Continue reading Australian Startup Get Paid in Bitcoin Receives Award Nomination

The post Australian Startup Get Paid in Bitcoin Receives Award Nomination appeared first on NEWSBTC.


Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Air New Zealand B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI and Qantas A330-200 VH-EBV 'One World' - Heavy Jet Charters Back at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Sunday 18 September, Air New Zealand Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI returned to Rockhampton Airport, again touching down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport, but this time as ANZ1923.  Local plane spotter Kayanne H was on hand to capture some great photos as the Dreamliner made its second visit to Rocky in as many days.



Hey Australia, Wake Up! "IndyWatch Feed National"

WHAT THEY FEAR MOST The thing these actors fear the most is being identified as the character they have created.  Their ability to play the role of the villain is hinged upon their capacity to change into their real person after the task is complete and therefore blend back into society and never have to be held accountable for the damage they have done to the psychology of their nation.


Frog Signs, Symbols And Spiritual Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ever wondered what the signs of the universe are showing us, Journey, into the messages of the frog and its mystical magical meanings. by psychic medium Ian Scott


Targetted Individuals and Microwave "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Mary W Maxwell Yesterday Dee McLachlan wrote about the “Fakebook” thing, in which censors named some of the “hot” websites. They must be not too bright to go around calling our intention to these. I would probably never have discovered, without this assistance, (Wouldn’t it be funny if it were “Government slaves” […]


Russia: US-led coalition defending ISIS endangering US-Russian ceasefire "IndyWatch Feed National"

US-led coalition air strikes have reportedly killed dozens of Syrian soldiers, endangering a US-Russian brokered ceasefire and prompting an emergency UN Security Council meeting as tensions between Moscow and Washington escalated. The United States military said the coalition stopped the attacks against what it had believed to be Islamic State positions in northeast Syria after Russia informed it that Syrian military personnel and vehicles may have been hit. The 15-member Security Council met on Saturday night after Russia demanded an emergency session to discuss the incident and accused the United States of jeopardising the Syria deal. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, chastised Russia for the move. "Russia really needs to stop the cheap point scoring and the grandstanding," Power told reporters. She said the United States was investigating the air strikes and "if we determine that we did indeed strike Syrian military personnel, that was not our intention and we of course regret the loss of life." When asked if the incident spelled the end of the Syria deal between Moscow and Washington, Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said: "This is a very big question mark." "I would be very interested to see how Washington is going to react. If what Ambassador Power has done today is any indication of their possible reaction then we are in serious trouble," Churkin told reporters. Moscow cited the strikes, which allowed Islamic State fighters to briefly overrun a Syrian army position near Deir al-Zor airport, as evidence that the United States was helping the jihadist militants. "We are reaching a really terrifying conclusion for the whole world: That the White House is defending Islamic State," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying. Zakharova said the strikes threatened to undermine the ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia. The Russian Defence Ministry said US jets had killed more than 60 Syrian soldiers in four air strikes by two F-16s and two A-10s coming from the direction of Iraq. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, cited a military source at Deir al-Zor airport as saying at least 90 Syrian soldiers had been killed. Australia also participated in the strikes and the Australian Department of Defence offered its condolences to the families of Syrian soldiers killed or wounded in the incident. The ceasefire, which took effect on Monday, is the most significant peacemaking effort in Syria for months, but has been undermined by repeated accusations of violations on both sides. Apart from the US and Russian involvement, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is supported by Iran and Arab Shi'ite militias, while Sunni rebels seeking to unseat him are backed by Turkey and Gulf Arab states. All the warring parties are also sworn enemies of Islamic State, whose territory extends along the Euphrates valley from the Iraqi border, including around Deir al-Zor, up to land near Syria's frontier with Turkey. In its sixth year, the conflict has cost hundreds of thousands of lives, displaced half of Syria's pre-war population, prompted a refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe and inspired a wave of jihadist attacks across the world.   Source:


EP 178: Edith Thomas Furey; Undead Apes "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Edith Thomas Furey


Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Brightside, Brisbane, 4th March 2016. 

Coming from Brisbane, this one man band is the brain product of Joel Glazebrook. Using an elaborate setup of synths, drum machines, guitars, and loop pedals both in the studio and for live performances, Edith Thomas Furey create catchy new wave post punk with an 80’s feel, with some heavier kind of elements taken straight from the 90’s industrial scene. Since august he has released three singles, with mention of an EP due in the future.

Undead Apes


Recorded by Reuben Aptroot
Mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Club Greenslopes as part of Sonic Masala Fest, 13th August 2016.


Undead Apes are the all star team of punk rock bands from Brisbane in the early 2000’s. They feature Simon Graydon from Sekiden, John Mercer from Greig, and Dick Nasty, Adam Scott from Eat Laser Scumbag!, and Renae Elise from Gazoonga Attack. Their live shows are a complete rarity with their bassist Adam living overseas, but they have still found time to write and record three albums over their lifespan, which have all been released on Brisbane label mere noise records. Their latest album ‘Landfill’ was released on the 14th of June 2016 and features lyrical themes such as astrophysics, recreational use of embalming fluid, tofu, communist brainwashing of youth via rock’n’roll, and affairs of the heart. This set was captured at their only live show of 2016.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 7-8pm, Sunday 18th September 2016.
Show production and engineering: Branko Cosic.


Australia also involved in murdering Syrian soldiers & illegally flying over Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian jets involved in US-led air strike which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers, Defence confirms Australian aircraft were involved in a US-led coalition operation which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers who were apparently mistaken for Islamic State fighters, the Defence Department has confirmed. Between 62 and 83 Syrian soldiers who had been fighting IS militants […]


How to ‘Kill’ a Birth Certificate, by Jaro "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Maine Republic Email Alert:
Back in the de jure Republic, all you needed to prove Citizenship (of a state of the Union) was a BIRTH RECORD, which could be recorded in a family bible or come from a hospital. But as the default citizenship became FEDERAL (not State) citizenship, i.e. the 14th…


Exercise Wallaby 2016 - More Great Photos as RSAF Boeing F-15SG "Shikra" Strike Eagles Make a Spectacular Arrival at Rockhampton Airport Last Week - Sorties Start MONDAY!! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

You made the previous post one of the most popular on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog ever - and you've asked for more - so here are some more awesome photos captured by local plane spotter Kayanne H on Friday 16 September as six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing F-15SG “Shikra” Strike Eagles of 149 Squadron out of Paya Lebar Air Base made a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport.  They were identified wearing the serial numbers: 8310, 8323, 8328, 8332, 8326 and 8327.

As mentioned below, the six F-15s flew up to Rocky from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley in two flights of three and initially completed familiarisation exercises including low overshoots at Rockhampton Airport.

All six then joined together and completed airwork within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) before landing at Rockhampton Airport.  After landing and as they taxied to their parking spots on the Northern Military Hardstand, all six F-15s also stopped at the "Shikra Checker" before proceeding to parking.


US-led Forces Kill 80 Syrian Soldiers in ‘Unintentional’ Strike, Triggering Standoff With Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Syria says the attack is proof the US is actually supporting the Islamic State while Moscow says it is evidence of Washington’s “stubborn refusal” to coordinate its actions with Russia’s government.

Children play with a bicycle near the rubble of damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, September 14, 2016. Credit: REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

Children play with a bicycle near the rubble of damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, September 14, 2016. Credit: REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

Beirut: U.S.-led coalition jets bombed a Syrian army position at Jebel Tharda near Deir al-Zor airport on Saturday, killing at least 80 Syrian soldiers according to credible sources, paving the way for Islamic State to briefly overrun the area.

The U.S. military, in an apparent admission that it may have hit the position, said in a statement that coalition air strikes near Deir al-Zor had been halted when Russia told coalition officials they may have hit the Syrian army.

At the time of publication, a report on the Australian network ABC said the airplanes involved may have been from Australia.

Syria‘s army general command said in a statement that the air strike was “conclusive evidence” of U.S. support for Islamic State, noting that the strike was “dangerous and blatant aggression”.

Islamic State said in a statement on its Amaq news channel that it had gained “complete control” over Jebel Tharda but both Syrian state television and Russian state media said the positions lost to the militant group were later recaptured.

The defence ministry in Russia, which has been aiding Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war, said U.S. jets had killed more than 60 Syrian soldiers in four air strikes by two F-16s and two A-10s coming from the direction of Iraq.

Syria is a complex situation with various military forces and militias in close proximity, but coalition forces would not intentionally strike a known Syrian military unit,” U.S. officials said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group with contacts across the country, cited a military source at Deir al-Zor airport as saying that at least 80 Syrian soldiers had been killed in the strike.

Russia’s Defence Ministry said that if the coalition bombing was a mistake, it was evidence of Washington’s “stubborn refusal” to coordinate its actions with Russia’s government.

The U.S.-led coalition has been conducting air strikes against Islamic State since September 2014 and is also supporting rebels against Assad elsewhere in Syria.

The Observato...


How a beautiful girl endangers riders "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Actress Danielle Cormack - how a beautiful woman can distract a rider

Actress Danielle Cormack – how a beautiful woman can distract a rider

A beautiful girl can dangerously distract a rider and shake him out of his state of mindfulness or total awareness, says Polish sociologist Jarosław Gibas.

He’s the author of Motorcyclism. Road To Mindfulness which shows a relationship between riding and mindfulness.

Jaroslav says the combination of riding and mindfulness is “surprisingly amazing”. 

His book addresses riders and non-riders and helps them understand the many ideas from the area of sociology, psychology, mystique of Zen and Tao philosophy.Jarosław Gibas author of Motorcyclism. Road To Mindfulness

Jaroslav says safe riders need total awareness which means you can see “absolutely everything”.

“You must be aware of all the different things going on around you, without being attracted to any of them,” he says.

“Being attracted is followed by a chain of thoughts developing; that’s enough to make you drop out of the state of presence, right into the space of a wandering mind where there is no mindfulness at all; there you find judgments and analysis. Thoughts that run will feed your ego.

When you see a beautiful girl while you’re riding your motorcycle and she turns towards you smiling, for sure your mind will be attracted by this event.

“A sequence of thoughts will appear in your head: ‘What a great girl! She smiled! Was it me she liked or was it my motorbike? I bet it was me!’ And so you go on.

“What is happening then? You’re riding your motorcycle without knowing it. Your brain has just switched over to autopilot and it’s guiding you, using behaviours and habits learned before. You are no longer aware of presence. You aren’t present anymore; you’ve stayed with the girl.



More Great Photos as Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules Aircraft - A97-467 & A97-468 - Complete 'Community Engagement' at Gladstone Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

As we mentioned below, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft arrived at Gladstone Airport late on Friday 16 September from RAAF Base Williamtown.  They were identified as A97-467 and A97-468 of the RAAF's No. 37 Squadron medium tactical airlift squadron out of RAAF Base Richmond, in New South Wales.

On Saturday 17 September, both Hercs were then involved with what was described as community engagement which included an inspection of both aircraft followed by a local flight up and down the Queensland Coast - South to Fraser Island and North to Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast.  Two detachments of local Air Force Cadets were invited to join the inspections and flight.

Of interest, the two Hercules' flew together and were heard to be using the callsign "Odyssey" as they completed the local flight.

Later on Saturday 17 September, both A97-467 and A97-468 were photographed by local plane spotter Michael F as they departed in very quick succession to RAAF Base Amberley.



TRASH: We’re taking over this Country ‘Ottoman Germania’ Subculture threatens Germany in music video "IndyWatch Feed National"

An extremely violent Muslim Gang within the German Sub-Culture ‘Ottoman Germania’ has released a video with a clear message:

We’re Taking Over This Country

.… Read More


Bitcoin news roundup, 17th September, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments:

New developments:

Ripple, the blockchain payments company, has raised $55 million

Back in the August we reported that huge tech giants such as Apple and Google valued Ripple’s technology over Visa, and now the company has managed to raise $55 million in its second major injection of cash coming in from existing investors such as Santander Innoventures and CME Group, as well as new investors such as consultancy Accenture, SCB Digital Ventures and Standard Chartered. Ripple is seen as an extremely exciting startup revolving around blockchain technology, as it is to allow banks to use such technology for international transfers, which will benefit the transactions in terms of speed and security.

iOS 10 brings in integrated social payments via Circle

The social payment system already exists in China, where companies such as Alipay (run by Alibaba) and Tencent allow users to pay for stuff with their phones. Now, iOS 10 has brought it to the west by integrating Circle into the the iMessage app, allowing users to send different kind of currencies such as euros, pounds, dollars and bitcoins to anyone within the app itself. Users will be able to create an account, link it do a debit card and send payments though SMS or MMS, as users will also have a widget to allow them to withdraw payments to a bank account. Even Android users will be able to receive the money, as they’ll receive a link, if they do not have Circle for Android.

The app continues to add new currencies, the newest one being the Chinese yuan. If the app does not support a specific type of currency, users will receive it in bitcoin that they’ll later on have to exchange.

Founder of Bitcoin Suisse AG claims European banks will offer bitcoin accounts soon

Niklas Nikolajsen, founder of Bitcoin Suisse AG – a recognized member of Swiss regulatory organizations with authorization to establish a network of bitcoin ATM’s in the country – now claims that European banks will soon start to offer bitcoin accounts. Niklas Nikolajsen claims this may happen even before the end of 2016, and that it won’t be exotic banks doing so. The step still seems unrealistic to some, as security and anonymity issues may arise.

World affairs:

BTCXchange, the first Romanian bitcoin exchange shuts down

Bad news for the community and for Romania, as BTCXchange, the first exchange to appear in the country is apparently shutting down as the owner, Horea Vuscan, has attempted to sell the business in light of the recent Bitfinex hack that made him worried about the security of bitcoin exchanges as a whole. Users were asked to withdraw their funds on the4th of September as the owners said they would accept purchase offers until the 16th of September. As of right, it is unclear whether or not the exchange, which owners claim is very profitable, was sold

Australia to lead international blockchain standards effort

The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) has been around since the 1940s and is composed of representatives from the standard-setting organizations of over 160 countries. Recently, the ISO has appointed an Australian group to spearhead technical committee developing standards for blockchain technology. In addition to Australia, oth.........


Don Dale Kids—Victims of the NT Intervention "IndyWatch Feed National"

Skyrocketing rates of Aboriginal imprisonment, child removal and social catastrophe have been produced by resurgent assimilationist policies argues Paddy Gibson. The graphic video footage of Aboriginal children and youth being tortured in the Don Dale juvenile detention centre aired on ABC’s Four Corners has sparked international outrage. The footage showed children as young as 11-years-old […]


Masterminds Of 9/11 With Don Fox "IndyWatch Feed National"
Larry Silverstein is all smiles after signing a deal in which the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey hands over the World Trade Center Twin Towers and buildings 4 and 5 to Silverstein Properties for 99 years for $3.21 billion.… Read More


Wanda shelving for kids by Cantilever "IndyWatch Feed"

A few years ago I made a study space for my daughter using a pegboard from Bunnings with painted IKEA spice racks that has been my most popular post on Bondville - ever. If you love that look but would like something much more sophisticated and design-led, check out the Wanda shelving system by Cantilever in Melbourne.

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Money and mining men behind the shadowy Australian Christian Lobby "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Pen is reprinting this article by Josh Taylor and published by Crikey, because it is likely to be of considerable interest to many readers...

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Working bee 18/09/16 "IndyWatch Feed"

A wet morning at the garden today but perfect for more planting. Okra and cucumber were planted today.


Building new capacity at Fishermans Bend "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria The Holden manufacturing plant at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne has been bought by the Victorian Government, which plans to turn it into...

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Taking on Centrelink "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editorial comment At The Pen it’s been quite a time dealing with the stir caused by the article on Centrelink’s treatment of applicants for Disability...

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‘Unbelievable’ that US strike on Syrian army was mistake – former MI5 agent "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are asked by the United States to believe that the murder by the US Airforce of 80 soldiers in the Syrian Arab Army (the army of the elected Syrian government) was simply a 'mistake'. It seems more likely that the US is trying every trick in the book to stuff up all attempts at peace in the region. Is their ultimate aim is to wipe the Middle East clean of any organised peoples, stuff up Russia (using NATO/EU which they are desperately trying to prop up) and take over the petroleum assets? Whilst the US is an uninvited and illegal presence in Syria (whereas Russia is invited) it is also, with cooperation from the Saudis, keeping the price of oil down (by flooding the market with short-term fracking products) to assist promotion of instability in the oil-dependent states in the Middle East and South America/Central America, which the US hopes also to take over. The only hope here is for a Trump win because Hillary will only keep all this going, whereas he has made noises about keeping the US nose out of other peoples' business. As to whether all the American troops and commanders and allies in the Middle East and Syria are in on this, it is possible that they are not, as the following article from RT suggests, which makes the whole thing even more shocking. The following videoed interview and article were published as breaking news on RT news on 17 September at

Annie Machon is a former intel­li­gence officer for MI5, the UK Secur­ity Ser­vice, who resigned in the late 1990s to blow the whistle on the spies’ incom­pet­ence and crimes with her ex-partner, David Shayler. Draw­ing on her var­ied exper­i­ences, she is now a pub­lic speaker, writer, media pun­dit, inter­na­tional tour and event organ­iser, polit­ical cam­paigner, and PR con­sult­ant. She is also now the Dir­ector of LEAP, Europe. She has a rare per­spect­ive both on the inner work­ings of gov­ern­ments, intel­li­gence agen­cies and the media, as well as the wider implic­a­tions for the need for increased open­ness and account­ab­il­ity in both pub­lic and private sectors.

‘Unbelievable’ that US strike on Syrian army was mistake – fmr MI5 agent

The US must cooperate with Russia on intelligence matters in Syria, former MI5 agent Annie Machon told RT, expressing doubt over Washington’s explanation for the “unintentional†raid which killed over 60 Syrian soldiers on ISIS’ frontline.

“Russia has better human intelligence on the ground because it is cooperating, it is working with the Syrian authorities. So they have access to proper human intelligence, which is much better than the Americans tend to use, which is satellite surveillance and electronic surveillance,†Machon said.


Bribie Island Bird Watch Extended Outing – Nights 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th October, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Bribie Island Extended Outing – Nights 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th October, 2016 Pre-Outing Information and Advice here


Australia Becomes First Nation To Microchip Population En Masse "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is leading the world in implementing microchip technology as thousands of citizens turn themselves into “super-humans” by implanting RFID chips under their skin.  According to a new report, Australians are willing to embrace microchips so that they can unlock doors, turn on lights and log into computer with a wave of their hand. reports: Shanti Korporaal, from Sydney, is at the centre of the phenomenon after having two implants inserted under her skin. Now she can get into work and her car without carrying a card or keys, and says her ultimate goal is to completely do away with her wallet and cards. “You could set up your life so you never have to worry about any password or PINs” she told “It’s the same technology as Paypass, so I’m hoping you’ll be able to pay for things with it. “With Opal you get a unique identification number that could be programmed into the chip. Any door with a swipe card … it could open your computer, photocopier. Loyalty cards for shops are just another thing for your wallet.” The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice, can act like a business card and transfer [...]

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Animal Parts Use Image. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Don't forget the brains can be used to brain tan animal skins. Bones can be used to make tools, spear & arrow points. Horns for containers; powder horns, tinder horns, grease horns, cups & other vessels. Tendons for bow strings & cordage. The hide for making many leather items & for making hide glue. 


Australia To Lead International Blockchain Standards Initiative "IndyWatch Feed National"

Creating international blockchain standards will not be an easy feat. Australia is poised to lead the international discussions, as they will act as secretariat of a technical committee. The country has proposed this committee to the International Organization for Standardizations, which approved the idea. But what does all of this even mean for blockchain and … Continue reading Australia To Lead International Blockchain Standards Initiative

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Horizons Unlimited meet for adventurers "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Horizons Unlimited

The first of only two Horizons Unlimited meetings in Australia this year is being held this weekend in Western Australia with an East Coast meeting in November.

The meetings are designed to provide advice from real-world travellers to other adventurers on everything from first-aid to motorcycle maintenance, GPS advice, photography, camping and much more.

The Horizons Unlimited fourth Western Australia Travellers Meeting is being held at Fairbridge Village (near Pinjarra) from this Friday to Sunday (September 16-18, 2016).Horizons Unlimited

The East Coast meeting is at Jindabyne, NSW, from Friday, November 18, to Sunday, November 20.

Apart from talks, demonstrations, workshops, discussion groups, challenges and competitions, there will also be inspiring films of adventurous worldwide travels.

Horizons Unlimited was founded by Canadians Susan and Grant Johnson in 1997 at the end of an around-the-world trip on a BMW R 80 GS.Horizons Unlimited

Susan told us they wanted to “inspire people to go a little further, to inform them about all the things to do and to make contact with other people who travel”.

The Johnsons have been living in Australia for eight years and are now naturalised Australians.



2016 House Of Reps Figures Finalised "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I'm not sure exactly when this happened, but sometime in the last two weeks while I have been away overseas, the AEC has released the final detailed set of federal election results.  Although all House of Representatives seat results were already known, the release of final information on two-party preference flows and preference distributions is very useful for many things, including assessing the performance of polls.  Final results are here.  This article is a general roundup of various details, and soon I will be using the figures to conduct an in-depth review of polling accuracy at the election, and after that to start a new polling aggregate model.  There is quite a backlog of other articles that I want to write, so I hope I can get through as many of these as possible in the next three weeks before another round of fieldwork.

The final two-party preferred result is 50.36% to the Coalition to 49.64% to the ALP.  This represented a clear success for the last-election method of preference prediction, which would have predicted a 2PP of 50.53% for the Coalition based on the primaries actually cast.  The respondent-preferences method (on average across polls using it) expected a shift in preferencing large enough to shift the 2PP result by at least 0.6 points (ie Labor would have won the 2PP).  This continues the superior track record of last-election preferences, and I will continue to treat respondent preferences with caution. 

The major source of what error there was in preference prediction was the appearance of the Nick Xenophon Team as a lower house party.  Although NXT polled only 1.85% nationally, these split 60.2% to Labor, increasing Labor's 2PP by 0.26 points compared to treating NXT as like "others" from the previous election.  This was partly counterbalanced by Green preferences being all of 1% (oooh!) better for the Coalition than in 2013.  Overall both Greens and the generic Others preferenced very similarly to in 2013.

These are the preference flow figures I'll probably be referring to a lot in the next few years:

* Greens to Coalition: 18.1%
* Others including NXT and PHON to Coalition: 50.8
* NXT to Coalition: 39.8
* PHON to Coalition: 50.5
* Others excluding NXT and PHON to Coalition: 52.9
* Coalition loss from three-cornered contests: 0.13 points

This was the weakest ever flow of One Nation preferences to the Coalition.  At previous elections they have generally flowed in the 54-56% range.

 As for the remaining 0.27 points of error in my polling aggregate's prediction of the national 2PP (I had it at 50.8%), this is a modest error well inside what could easily occur just by sample noise in the final polls.  But I suspect the major cause of it was that I continued to apply a 0.3-point global house effect correction based on apparent (but far from clearcut) evidence that the polls overall had been leaning slightly to Labor.  However in the final week, the difference between Newspoll and Essential on the one hand, and the remaining polls on the other, suddenly more or less disappeared.  

The net 2PP swing was 3.13%.  As a uniform swing this would have resulted in fifteen Labor gains.  Labor actually gained sixteen seats, more than cancelling out the impact of personal vote effects with unusually large swings in target marginals in Tasmania, NSW and Queensland. &nbsp...


Ethnic Cleansing In Palestine "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Alejandra Ríos for The Bullet - Ilan Pappé (IP): The context is the phenomenon of settler colonialism: the movement of Europeans, because they felt unsafe or endangered, into non-European areas in the Americas, Africa, Australia and Palestine. These people were not only seeking a new home, but also a new homeland. Namely, they had no wish or plan to come back to Europe.


Moscow and Manila: Natural allies in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tired of being pushed around by the Americans, the Philippines is opening out to Russia in a major way. After a century of living under American dominance - during which the Philippines has remained one of the poorest countries in East Asia - President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to go East. On September 13, making a policy U-turn, he ordered his defense secretary to seek military gear from Russia and China. The strategy switch wasn't entirely unexpected. Earlier this month, Duterte had attacked Barack Obama for questioning extrajudicial killings in Manila's war against drugs, and called the U.S. President a "son of a b***h". He has previously called the Pope a "son of a whore" and the U.S. ambassador a "gay son of a whore." Duterte's resolve to pursue an independent foreign policy may be bolstered by the re-rise of Russian military power and the explosive growth of the Chinese military. In 2014 during the G20 summit in Australia, many Filipinos were impressed by the Russian show of force near their waters. A battle group of four Russian Navy ships, including the heavily armed destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov and the guided missile cruiser Varyag, had accompanied Vladimir Putin's visit.


Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Heavy Jet Charters to Rockhampton Airport Commence - Air New Zealand B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI Historic First Visit - Qantas A330-200 VH-EBV 'One World' "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On a lovely evening on Saturday 17 September, the first of four 'waves' of heavy jet charter flights in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016 kicked off with a pair of historic first visits.

Firstly, Air New Zealand Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner ZK-NZI touched down direct from Singapore's Changi Airport as ANZ1921.  It had earlier positioned into Singapore from Auckland as ANZ6000.



An Introduction to Permaculture (and Its Symbiotic Relationship with Agorism) "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 18th, 2016 By Tim Bryant Guest writer for Wake Up World One of the focuses of both The Last American Vagabond and Wake Up World has been to not only properly diagnose all the problems facing humanity at this current juncture, which undoubtedly is important, but also to evolve past that by discussing solutions to these ...Continue Reading - An Introduction to Permaculture (and Its Symbiotic Relationship with Agorism)


Secret Mysteries of the Sun Revealed "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Conscious Eating for Star Souls "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 18th, 2016 By Trinity Bourne Contributing writer for Wake Up World I must admit that, like many of us, I long to shake off the limitations and restrictions of having a physical body. I yearn to fly free in the higher densities, dancing and twirling as an expression of the boundless soul that I am. When ...Continue Reading - Conscious Eating for Star Souls

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Australia’s Capilano Honey admit selling toxic and poisonous honey to consumers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Capilano Honey are putting the lives of Australians at risk by knowingly selling honey that is full of antibiotics, toxins, irradiated pollen from China and alkaloids. Capilano are also deliberately concealing from consumers the fact that a large percentage of their honey is imported from China, Mexico, Argentina (where they have a factory), Hungary and Brazil. […]


Malaysian student makes possible breakthrough in war on superbugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

A 25-year-old Malaysian studying at Melbourne University has made a game-changing discovery in medicine on a possible alternative to antibiotics. Reports said that Shu Lam, who’s a PhD candidate at the Australian varsity, has developed a chain of star-shaped polymer molecules that can kill superbugs, which are bacteria resistant to antibiotics, after three-and-a-half years of […]


Passengers hit with dual aerosol bug bombs while trapped inside airline cabin; ‘It’s like Nazi Germany’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

PERTH, Australia (INTELLIHUB) — A woman traveling through Australia on a connecting flight was horrified to find out that the airline she was aboard forcefully sprays all boarded passengers and staff with a toxic pesticide, an aerosol named d-Phenothrin. The new protocols come in wake of the newly emerging and likely staged Zika virus threat, which the Obama Admin has requested nearly $2 million in funding to fight.

Astonishingly, the woman, Petra Haluska, filmed the entire process from inside the cabin as humans were literally being bombed with the colorless spray like bugs.

During the process Haluska thought it would be good to speak out as an “activist” about the spray; her mother died of lung cancer and she was genuinely concerned for her health and the health of others. After all, being sprayed with a pesticide in a closed aircraft cabin can’t be healthy in any respect. But when Haluska attempted her activism she quickly realized that not one of the other passengers of the plane cared. In fact, one even called her “crazy,” Haluska explained in a Facebook video.

“They all stayed very quiet — like sheep,” Haluska said.

INSECTICIDE-236T-3-summer“We are just sitting around […] being poisoned.”

“I guess if I want to fly […] anywhere then I guess I got to be okay to be sprayed.”

“[…] This is the state of our world.”

Haluska was later escorted off the aircraft by “six police officers.”

According to the National Pesticide Spraying Center:

“d-Phenothrin is used in a variety of products to control a wide range of insects. d-Phenothrin can be formulated in insecticide products as aerosols, liquid sprays, and dusts. d-Phenothrin can also be used in products applied by aircraft or truck-mounted sprayers for mosquito control.”


d-Phenothrin can kill insects by direct contact or if they eat it. It disrupts their normal nervous system function. It is less toxic to mammals due to their higher body temperature, larger body size, and lower sensitivity to the chemical.

This dovetails with Zika virus fears and heavy spraying in the Florida Keys which I have previously documented in an article titled “...


Obama Threw Away All Progress In Afghanistan and Iraq "IndyWatch Feed National"

[The following article by an Australian military expert (who also advised Petraeus in Iraq) discusses the nearly terminal damage done to Afghan military/police progress by Obama’s 2-yr. “withdrawal” ploy.  Obama used the Taliban violence, which was certain to plague Afghanistan, as a lever to pry the Afghan govt. off of its firm position of refusing to allow the Pentagon to run roughshod over Afghanistan and the region…FOREVER.  What Obama (and Hillary) did in both Afghanistan and in Iraq amounted to political terrorism–

Terrorism is, in its broadest sense, the use or threatened use of violence (terror) in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim. It is classified as fourth-generation warfare and as a violent crime.”

Barack Obama, the lawyer, runs a foreign policy based on lies, threats, bribery and pure guile.  Both the Karzai govt. in Afghanistan and the Maliki govt in Iraq refused to sign the open-ended “security pacts” that Obama was openly struggling to force upon them.  Obama then used the inevitable violence and the threat of violence from their native insurgencies to coerce the successor govts of those two occupied countries.  He took actions intended to open the tap of violence.  The result should be obvious today to anyone paying attention. 

The following article describes, in detail, some of the unnecessary, unavoidable tragedies which have befallen Afghanistan as a direct result of Barack Obama’s decision to use political terrorism as a tool of “diplomacy” against the National Unity Govt (NUG) of Ashraf Ghani and that of its predecessor, Hamid Karzai.  All of this wasting of progress and lives, just to create the impression that the govt was free to sign the open-ended, “bilateral security agreement” with the United States, if it served Afghan interests, even though the agreement clearly did not. 

Now that the US has its piece of paper, Afghanistan will receive what it needs most…AIR SUPPORT…IF it serves American interests.  The only thing that will get help for Afghanistan now, is public outrage, of sufficient volume as to force Obama’s hand in this election year, demanding that he risk American property and lives, to help the embattled Afghan forces, as needed, as agreed to.]

Hard and soft approach to fight Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan

the Australian

Two weeks ago the Taliban ve...


Ripple Secures $55M in Funding From Legacy Institutions "IndyWatch Feed National"

San Francisco-based Ripple announced it has received $55 million in a Series B funding round. The capital injection makes the startup one of the largest funded blockchain-based projects in the industry.

Also read: New Santander App Combines Ripple & ApplePay

$55 Million Gives Ripple Labs ‘Tons of Runway’

Ripple LabsThe permissioned blockchain has continued to make progress since its current incarnation launched in 2012. With this latest funding round the company is now working with a total of $93 million. According to CEO Chris Larsen’s statements to the Wall Street Journal, the company may “never have to raise money again.”

Many legacy financial institutions took part in the series B round including Accenture, Banco Santander, SBI Holdings, Standard Chartered PLC, Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank, and more. Larsen explains the latest investment gives the firm “tons of runway” to progress their efforts.

Ripple’s newly acquired funds make it one of the largest blockchain-based projects, trailing slightly behind Coinbase, 21 Inc., and Circle Financial. In addition to the capital injection, the startup has also partnered with many new institutions, signing long-term contracts. Some of the contracts are multi-year agreements with groups such as Shanghai Huarui Bank, National Australia Bank, Westpac, and others.

System Aimed at Banks, Corporations

Ripple works on slightly different principles to other blockchain and distributed ledger systems. Intended as an instant settlement system on which any digital asset may be exchanged, it has always been more compelling to the corporate world than everyday consumers.

Nodes on the Ripple network run a consensus algorithm to confirm value transfers, rather than mining. 100% of the network’s native currency, XRP, already exists. Although XRP may rise and fall in value, it is intended as a “bridge” between other assets, rather than as money to spend.

Ripple CEO Chris Larsen explains to the WSJ finan...


Australasian Bittern at Coombabah Lake Nature Reserve--Rain Tree Glen, Queensland, AU reported by Doug Armstrong on 17-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

At 4.45 p.m.. Heard. In dense streamside vegetation, a series of loud, deep, grunts and booms, lasting about 20 seconds. After 5 minutes, a second series, shorter and softer. Location. Approximately 100 metres past the second car parking, on the right hand side, 20 metres before the high steel vent and creek - drain junction.




She is a CGI generated image, and the CGI glitched repeatedly. In the video these frames were pulled from, Hillary, (AND ONLY HILLARY) glitches repeatedly while the rest of the screen stays clear.

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Versatile Blogger Award, thanks Cosmic Explorer! "IndyWatch Feed National"


My dear blogging friend Cosmic Explorer has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this generous gesture!

The rules of this award are:

Thank the person who nominated you
Share the award on your blog
Share seven random facts about yourself
Tag 10 bloggers with less than 1000 followers and let them know they have been nominated

Seven random facts about me are:

1. Most visits to my blog this week came from:

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Is “Fakebook” Coming To 1.7 Billion Viewers? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Dee McLachlan This page on Facebook gives a very long list of “satire, parody, fake news & conspiracy theory sites.” These include:,,,,,,,, and at least a hundred others. What Really Happened is not mentioned — and, damn, Gumshoe has not yet been singled out as fake. Interestingly, in a […]


New Continental tyre breaks in quickly "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Continental SportAttack 3 tyres breaks in quicklyIf you’re a bit impatient about riding on your new tyres, German tyre company Continental has updated their popular motorcycle sports tyre with the SportAttack 3 that includes fast break-in technology.

It’s called Traction Skin that uses no greasy release agents on the tyre and leaves the tyre with a dry and tactile tread surface for what they claim is the fastest break-in period in the world.

That would also make it a bit safer for riders who push their tyres a bit too much when they are new.


Australian importers Ron Angel Wholesale (RAW) now have the tyres from $229 for the front and $289 for rears.

RAW national manager Grant Sammut says Continental makes “the most underrated tyres on the market”.

“As a way of qualifying this statement,  the previous model – Sport Attack 2 – won the shootouts in Motorrad and PS magazines, and the new Sport Attack 3 is a much improved tyre – already winning shootouts in Fastbikes and Motorrad magazines.”






Riverfire 2016 "IndyWatch Feed"

The Collective Market will be closed the weekend of the 23, 24 & 25 September due to the Riverfire event. The Market will recommence as per normal the following week. For more information about Riverfire 2016 go to: Riverfire 2016 Enjoy the Fire Works


Product Review: Forager Fruits "IndyWatch Feed National"


Forager Fruits are an exciting new range of freeze dried fruits from Tasmania. There are six different flavours to choose from so you are sure to find one you like. The packets are gluten free with no additives or added sugar.


I was fortunate enough to try all of the different flavours and my favourite by far was the plain apple followed closely by the banana. You can also buy the apple wedges infused with blackcurrant which gives them a slight purple colour and zingy flavour or infused with raspberry which have a slightly pink colour and berry flavour. The apples and bananas are easy to eat on their own or you could pack them in your lunch box for a healthy snack.


The freeze dried strawberries and crunchy dried blueberries are better to eat pre-soaked in some apple or orange juice. This will allow them rehydrate and add some complementary flavour. I enjoyed these with coconut yogurt and muesli or finely diced over chocolate ice cream. The freeze dried strawberries would be delicious dipped in chocolate to decorate a cake.


Any of the fruits could be added to homemade muffins or thrown in to smoothies to add a tasty but healthy ingredient.

The fruit used is bought directly from the farmers who grew them. They are snap frozen to preserve the maximum number of nutrients and stop the fruit from shrinking. This way of preserving the fruit allows them to have a shelf life of two years.

You can order Forager Fruits directly from their website, or ask your local supermarket to stock them.

The post...


Malcolm Roberts: Australian senator wants ‘OzExit’ from UN "IndyWatch Feed National"

A newly elected senator has used his first speech to call for Australia to take inspiration from the UK’s Brexit and leave the United Nations. Senator Malcolm Roberts was elected by Queensland as a member of the anti-immigration One Nation party. He believes climate change is a global conspiracy created by bankers seeking to establish a worldwide…


A Look At the 2016 Man Booker Shortlist and the Unexpected Names it Includes "IndyWatch Feed National"

This year’s competition includes a more eclectic range of writers than we’ve become used to.

Credit: Pixabay

Credit: Pixabay

The announcement of the Man Booker Prize shortlist has been greeted with the usual razzmatazz. From an initial long list of 13 hopefuls, six lucky authors have been chosen to go through to the final award ceremony in October: Paul Beatty, Deborah Levy, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Ottessa Moshfegh, David Szalay and Madeleine Thien.

As always, the shortlist is not without a surprise or two. Yesterday, William Hill had Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk and Iain McGuire’s The North Water neck and neck, both at 5/1. But it’s only Levy who makes the cut – Iain McGuire’s violent tale of Arctic whaling was a surprise omission. For me, McGuire’s violent depictions of frozen wastes take some beating.

What was already clear from the long list was that this year’s competition was going to include a more eclectic range of writers than perhaps we’ve become used to. The expansive sweep of previous winning novels such as Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North or Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries seemed to be out. Instead, there was a focus on more intimate stories, narratives grounded in what Wyl Menmuir, one of the long-listed authors, termed the exploration of geographical and psychological space. From rural Alabama, to London, a Cornish fishing village, and a remote Scottish crofting community, the long list seemed to exude a fascination with the intimate spaces of our lives.Another eyebrow or two might also be raised at the failure of JM Coetzee’s The Schooldays of Jesus to go any further. Coetzee joins a long list of jilted stars in this year’s competition, including Don DeLillo, Ian McEwan and Jonathan Safran Foer, authors who didn’t even make the long list. Personally, I thought it would have been good to see Virginia Reeves’ ...


Burkini and French Imperalist Mind "IndyWatch Feed National"

453434234234In Europe, oppression is never really called by its true ugly name. It is constantly concealed by lofty slogans such as culture, even tolerance. Repression, discrimination and harassment are administered in order for the ‘entire society to be free’.

Or so at least the official narrative goes.

In France, recent and ugly row over so-called burkinis, a swimsuit used by many Muslim women all over the world, has demonstrated how little tolerance there really is in today’s Europe for other cultures and for different ways of life.

Recently, France’s highest administrative court has ruled that “burkini bans” being enforced on the country’s beaches are illegal and a violation of fundamental liberties. Still, more than 90 percent of French people are supporting the ban, which is thoroughly illogical and philosophically as well as ethically indefensible.


What is suddenly so shocking about a woman wearing a wetsuit on some French beach? And let’s face it: burkinis are nothing else but a wetsuit, which is commonly used on countless beaches of California, Australia, and Europe, in fact all over the world, by surfers and other water sport enthusiasts.

Just compare these images and these. Can you really tell much of a difference?

According to Wikipedia, a wetsuit is:

… A garment, usually made of foamed neoprene, which is worn by surfers, divers, windsurfers, canoeists, and others engaged in water sports, providing thermal insulation, abrasion resistance and buoyancy.”

If courts manage to resurrect the ban (and actually some municipalities have already declared that they will uphold it no matter what), are the French police going to interrogate women on public beaches, while trying to determine whether they are wearing these plastic garments simply because they are planning to go surfing, or because of their religious beliefs? Would the first reason be allowed, while the other one forbidden?

Are we heading towards an era when people will be forced to confess to the authorities, why they are choosing to cover their bellies and shoulders? And is this going to re-define the meaning of ‘freedom’?


Who would be free to cover and who would not? Would the French state be permitted to decide what is the legitimate menace from which a woman should be allowed to protect herself from?

For instance, would the cold be ok? Imagine Paris, in January or February; 100 degrees Celsius below zero… Most of the women you pass on the streets (Christian, Muslim and atheist) are “fully covered”, aren’t they? What can you see of them? Nothing, almost nothing! Their entire bodies are covered; their heads are covered, even their feet and hands are covered (unlike the hands and feet of women wearing burkinis). You travel to Grenoble in the winter, and the chances are that women will even be covering their faces with scarves. You know why, right? Because they are cold! Is this reason OK, or should the French authorities demand that they expose their bellybuttons or shoulders or legs, in order to prove how “European”, how “French” they are?

Fine, so covering yourself up from the cold is most likely admissible; it is not ‘un-European’.

But what about the heat; is it OK...


A Post I Wrote On Facebook That I Believe Is Important To Share "IndyWatch Feed National"

Okay- so reading this astrological stuff that I was sent- the word that sticks out to me is assassination. And I want to deal with this.

Yes- it is quite possible- considering the state of things in the world- and how many people have ended up dead around the Clinton’s- that I could end up killed. I have ALWAYS known of this possibility- and the further I get- the more I am wondering if it isn’t totally probable. They know who I am- they know they are all sick- and they know that I have caused it. In the end- considering how low end of the scale they are- what other choice will they be able to conclude?

However- I want you all to know- no matter what happens- DO NOT LOOSE YOUR FAITH- because EVERYTHING right now is in Heaven’s hands. And what I know- with everything that I have experienced- is that whatever is coming- AND I ASSURE YOU SOMETHING IS DEFINITELY COMING- that I have been told that I get to lead it. Now these idiots who have followed me around for years trying desperately in vain to stop me mock this- but I am not shitting any of you. Believe it- or don’t- it won’t change the truth of what is and what will be. I’m telling you the truth- and how it is- but whatever you believe is up to you.

Magic is real. Energy can be neither created nor destroyed- but it CAN be influenced- with the right focus. I was trained in this focus from before I was even born- and because this was my childhood upbringing- what I do is instinctual. My father used to tell me that I was “an animal- who only went on instinct”- and although it hurt like hell hearing that constantly growing up- I realize in many ways that this is true. When you know how to do it properly- you don’t need RITUALS and SPELLS and SACRIFICES. Actually- all I have to do is focus and ask.

You have to understand- I grew up COMPLETELY BELIEVING that I was going to be the Anti-Christ. I knew there was this war with Heaven planned- and I knew that Charley Manson’s world vision was going to become a reality- and I knew of the camps- and the genocide planned. I was SUPPOSED TO FUCKING LEAD IT.

But not me actually. I was just a shell. But they NEVER REALIZED that I would find a way to release Uriel- and help him back to Heaven- rather than allow him to take me over and use the talents they so aptly trained me to possess.

I not only helped Uriel but ALL the Fallen back- and thus- they had to pass through me to get there. The cult has a good idea of the power and energy that goes along with that- and that is why they have YET to come for me. That kind of energy bonding and transitioning gave ALL MY SPELLS- that I have been casting on your nasty devil worshiping sick fuck assholes selves for long ass time now. (And that is meant for the cult), a life I could have never achieved on my on. Enjoy the darkness motherfuckers- cause it is going to be one HELL of a time.

But I am getting off point here…. look- I don’t much believe in astrology- but knowing the idiots that I am dealing with- I can’t out rule the obvious- and I just want to assure you that Heaven and the New Earth ARE REAL. Getting your vibration up high enough can only be done through unconditional love- and that is what it takes to make this transition. The New Earth- everything that is dying here is WAKING there. It is an absolute paradise- where no veil between man and Heaven exist. You will breath JOY in every breath and it is a PARADISE. I guess you could say that we are getting to return to the Garden.


But don’t worry about me- really. I am here for as long as Heaven WILLS it- and I know that the moment that time is through- I have an army waiting- on the other side- IN FACT ALL OF HEAVEN. Just because the bad guys have already lost doesn’t mean the battle is over but now however- I do believe the ball is in HEAVEN...


September convergence at Pine Gap "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by joe Montero At his time, the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) is readying to take part in a convergence on Pine Gap,...

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Rafe’s Roundup Sept 17 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog. The Spectator. Charles Murray on the culture wars and the social divisions in the US.

Judith Curry’s week of political pieces. Challenging a doctor of philosophy for his demand that Malcolm Roberts should follow the so-called consensus of experts in climate science. Can you bear it, the University of Queensland has a lecturer in critical thinking who describes Malcolm Roberts as a climate denialist, motivated by politics more than science! Apparently we are supposed to accept that the science is settled in favour of alarmism. In contrast, consider Karl Popper’s view on the purpose of university education.

I want to begin by telling you what I think is the real aim of a university education. I will try to be brief about this, though I must warn you from the beginning that many people think very differently from the way I do. I believe that someone is well educated only if he realizes in great detail how little he knows. And I think that this is really very important. I think that a man who has the feeling that he knows a lot is somehow badly educated. Yes, one can know a lot, namely, about all the problems and theories that have arisen owing to the growth of our knowledge. And one cannot really live in our world today without realizing how quickly our knowledge, and especially our technological knowledge, has grown. But there is a difference between pure knowledge and applied knowledge. And the main point, at least with regard to pure knowledge, is to recognize the many open problems that lurk in all the knowledge that we have achieved. Without that l would say that you are not really educated.

The aim of pure knowledge is to understand: to understand the world in which we live, to understand society, to understand ourselves, and to understand this great miracle of human
knowledge…The more we know about it the more we realize that this is a very huge task—that it is, in fact, an infinite task. And the more we know and the more our knowledge grows, the more modest we should become about all those things that we don’t know.

Compare with Richard Feynman on badly written textbooks which do not convey any impression of gaps in our knowledge. “Thats very bad education. The lesson you learn as you grow older in physics is that what we can do is a very small fraction of what there is. Our theories are really very limited”. From The Pleasure of Finding Things Out page 202.

The situation with nuclear power worldwide. How the campaign against nuclear power enabled the radical left to capture the environmental movement.

The Germans struggle with the attempt to reduce emissions without nuclear power.

Despite the expenditure of many billions of dollars it has failed to achieve any visible reduction in Germany’s emissions or to make a meaningful difference to Germany’s energy mix (renewables still supply only 14% of Germany’s total energy). Its only demonstrable impact has been skyrocketing electricity bills.

The serious...


meandering signage "IndyWatch Feed"

meandering-signage-exhibition-nancy-brownYou are warmly invited to:
Meandering Signage
An exhibition of my paintings prints and new ceramic work
7th October-4th November 2016
Please join me for the opening Night
Saturday 8th October 2016
Artworld Studio Gallery
28 Bodalla st Norman Park
Gallery opening hours Saturdays 10-5pm  Sundays 10-2pm


Existing age pension is not enough "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria Older Australians are finding that they are barely surviving on the meager pension, despite a lifetime of having contributed the building of...

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Former judge offers to swap with refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from New South Wales Eighty eight year old former judge Jim Macken offered to trade places with refugees? He wrote an open letter to...

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Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces: Finding Your Balance in the Flow of Extremes "IndyWatch Feed National"


September 17th, 2016 By Simon Vorster & Jennifer Langstone Contributing writers for Wake Up World There have been some intense energy patterns this month! With Jupiter, Venus and Mercury in a full phase opposition to Chiron in Pisces, a major theme of this lunar phase was the feeling of being blocked by our environment and the people ...Continue Reading - Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Pisces: Finding Your Balance in the Flow of Extremes


Wanda shelving for kids by Cantilever "IndyWatch Feed"

A few years ago I made a study space for my daughter using a pegboard from Bunnings with painted IKEA spice racks that has been my most popular post on Bondville - ever. If you love that look but would like something much more sophisticated and design-led, check out the Wanda shelving system by Cantilever in Melbourne.

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Asian Dowitcher at Osprey House Environmental Centre reported by Andy Jensen on 17-09-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Presumed returning bird on Pine River this am, upstream of Osprey House on river bend at low tide. Also c.160 Red Knot, c.70 Great Knot and c.300 Blackwit. Birds flew off at high tide towards Tinchi Tamba roost


“There Are No Forests” "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video, hard as it is to understand in terms of the spoken narrative, is taking the Internet by storm.  Where are we, really?  Read More


Pets are good for your health, the Budget and the economy "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Bondi Vet Dr Chris Brown has noted:

“…pets make us happy. They wash away our worries while showing us how life should be lived. And pets are proven to also make us healthier.”

Pets also have economic and budgetary impacts, as recent research by my fellow economist and friend Dr Stephen Thornton has demonstrated. Stephen’s research was presented to a recent forum at Queensland Parliament House which was arranged by Mars Petcare, owner of leading pet food brands such as Chum and Whiskas, as part of its Keep Australia Pet Friendly campaign.

Stephen spoke about his recent report Pet ownership in Queensland strata schemes: economic, financial and public health benefits. The report considered the economic, financial and public health impacts that would follow from allowing pets in properties under strata schemes without prohibitions (although a body corporate would be able to set reasonable conditions and have the power to ask for offensive pets to be removed after reasonable notices). Stephen reports that, if dogs and cats were not prohibited in any strata dwellings, likely impacts include:

  • approximately $90 – $180 million of increased expenditure and over 600 new jobs in the lucrative pet industry in the medium term (3 to 5 years);
  • approximately a $25,000 increase in value and $1,300/year increase in rental income for lot owners of an average $500,000 apartment/townhouse; and
  • budget savings for Queensland Health resulting from better public health outcomes.

Please consult Stephen’s report for his specific assumptions and sources.

The current review of Queensland property law being carried out by the Commercial and Property Law Research Centre at QUT provides an excellent opportunity to consider changes in property law to make it easier for people to own pets in properties in strata schemes.


Dr Stephen Thornton speaking at the Qld Parliament House forum on keeping Australia pet friendly


HIV Positive Zimbabwean Faces Deportation After Having Unprotected Sex with 12 Australian Women "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Zimbabwean acrobat accused of having unprotected sex with several Aussie women while being infected with HIV has had his Australian permanent residency cancelled and faces deportation. Peter Dutton, Spokesman for Australian Immigration Minister, said that 38-year-old Godfrey Zaburoni had failed the character test under section 501 of the Migration Act. He said as a result of […]


Barefoot bowls follows charity ride "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Bras and Bikes charity ride Girl Torque bowls

Riders can celebrate the 15th annual Bras n Bikes Breast Cancer Fundraiser Ride with a round of barefoot bowls at the Yandina AFL Club after the ride on October 23, 2016.

The charity ride is organised by Sunshine Coast women’s riding group, Girl Torque.

Group leader Judy Noakes says there were  510 riders and 100 pillions last year, but says they hope for even more this year.

She says the new venue has also provided free music entertainment after the ride and new sponsors have provided better prizes.



 “”Bras and Bikes charity ride Girl Torque bowls


Guy Martin primed for 400mph attempt "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordThe sun is out at Bonneville today (September 17, 2016) and Guy Martin is set to attempt a world land speed record for motorcycles and possibly break the 400mph (643km/h) barrier.

The Larrikin TT racer and TV presenter will pilot the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner on the famous Bonneville salt flats in an attempt to beat the current 376.8mph (605.697Km/h) record, set in 2010, on the 11 mile (17.7km) course.

In testing last month Guy hit 274.2mph (441.2km/h) which is a record for a Triumph, but well short of his target.

“Everyone was dead happy, but that’s just one step to where we want to be. The current record is 376.36mph, so a way to go yet,” he said.

“I got the hang of steering the thing pretty quickly, then it was a case of building up speed. Wind is the big thing out here, so it’s not a case of just jumping in and twisting the throttle.”

The team has been waiting for rain to clear all week for their attempt, but the sun is up today and they expect to make a run in a few hours.

Guy Martin Triumph Bonneville salt flats world speed recordDespite having a good course surface for testing, the team felt that the salt wasn’t yet fully capable of supporting a top-speed streamliner attempt. In consultation with FIM course manager Mike Cook  the team are targeting the September dates as the best possible opportunity for the optimal course conditions required for the record attempt.

Just a few weeks ago, officials were considering axing the annual Speed Week for the third year in a row because of the poor layer of salt, but it now seems that all systems are go for Guy for an attempt at the outright record.

Guy is piloting a purpose-built, methanol-fuelled Triumph Rocket Streamliner in the Division C (streamlined motorcycle) category. Triumph Sport believes the machine can even break the 400mph (643.737km/h) barrier.

The Streamliner has a carbon kevlar monocoque construction with not one, but two turbocharged 2.3-litre Triumph Rocket III engines that put out a combined 750kW at 9000rpm....


How much the Illuminati pay people for this?This qualifies as ‘hate speech’. "IndyWatch Feed National"


Pauline Lee Hanson (née Seccombe, formerly Zagorski; born 27 May 1954) is an Australian politician.

Hanson first entered politics as a member of Ipswich City Council in 1994. She joined the Liberal Party of Australia in 1995 and was ...Read More


I CARE - - Austrian Far-right leader admits his refugee island plan 'went too far' "IndyWatch Feed National"

I CARE - - News - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe: 11/9/2016- The far-right candidate in Austria's presidential election has backtracked on a plan to confine asylum seekers to islands. Norbert Hofer told a German magazine he had changed his mind about the proposal made by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz to send refugees to designated islands off mainland Europe while their asylum applications were processed. Mr Kurz is believed to have copied the plan from Mr Hofer's Freedom Party after seeing how popular the far-right politician had become, but Mr Hofer now says the idea went “too far” and was “excessive, to put it diplomatically”. Mr Kurz responded by framing the issue as a matter of either stopping refugees from leaving islands like Lesbos in Greece, where they often arrive from outside the EU, or letting them travel on into mainland Europe.

A spokesman for the politician told local media: “If you are honest about the issue, then you have to openly address the current situation in Italy. "The migrants come to the hotspots on the islands and from there are carried to the mainland rather than being stopped and transported back." Mr Kurz’s spokesman challenged Mr Hofer to admit his policy reversal actually amounted to "waving on" refugees, into the mainland. Imprisoning refugees on islands is a popular policy among far-right politicians, with Mr Hofer's German and Dutch equivalents sticking by similar proposals. The plans are inspired by Australia, which confines migrants to offshore facilities such as those on Nauru and Papua New Guinea, both independent foreign territories. Human rights groups have criticised the practice as inhumane and a breach of international law. Several detainees in Nauru have attempted suicide by setting themselves on fire.


Woman Forcefully Removed From Flight For Questioning Pesticides Being Sprayed ON Her "IndyWatch Feed National"


By Natural Health 365

Petra Haluska was landing in Perth, Australia when they began spraying her plane down with dangerous pesticides. She said she decided to become a bit of an activist and ask why they were spraying her down.

Why can’t they do this after the passengers deboard? Well, industry insiders tell us that they are literally spraying the PEOPLE in case they have any bugs on their person.

It’s despicable. Check out the video below and then see other examples of planes being sprayed down with insecticides and other poisons by flight attendants, below. You’ll see in one they are forced to stop their camera. NO one should have to be subjected to this on any flight while in flight.

If the videos on this story weren’t included, I PROMISE you, even I would have a hard time believing this was true. And perhaps the next time you aren’t feeling well after having flown you won’t automatically assume you caught a “bug” but rather, you might wonder if the cabin crew had exposed you to an insecticide, pesticides or other toxic chemicals. On purpose.

Check out the video below. It will blow your mind. Especially when she tells him to stop recording!

Also read: Airlines Spraying Fliers With Pesticides Inside The Plane

If you didn’t previously know about this, it should make you angry. Angry enough to ask an airline why they are doing it WITHOUT your knowledge or permission. And maybe even angry enough to make your voice heard with your wallet. Because when we buy an airplane ticket, we are telling them this is ok, even if we aren’t aware of it. When you purchase your tickets, the info stating that spraying will occur on a flight is stated in the fine print.


From the article:

“This process is being referred to as “disinsection,” a word that seems to have been made up by the TSA or airline industry. Disinsection, or the spraying...


Australia Down-Scheduling Cannabis, to Legalize Medicinal Use Nationwide "IndyWatch Feed National"

marijuana-cannabis-cancerby Steven Maxwell, Contributor | Waking Times

The TGA has recognized the medicinal use of some cannabinoids since 1984, yet Australia’s National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee (NDPSC) has kept cannabis a Schedule 9 controlled substance.

“The scheduling of cannabis and its extracts has been considered by the National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee (NDPSC) on a number of occasions,” the TGA states in a description of the scheduling history. “Currently, cannabis is a Schedule 9 substance, i.e., a prohibited substance which may be abused or misused and the manufacture, possession, sale or use of which is prohibited by law.”

Australia has gone through a similar heart-wrenching legalization process as many other nations, driven by parents illegally treating their epileptic children with cannabis while citizens also openly participate in mass civil disobedience of recreational smoking events as depicted in the video report below.

In January of this year, the TGA launched a public proposal to re-schedule cannabis to allow medical use. The response was overwhelmingly in favor of rescheduling.

35 submissions were received. 27 submissions supported the proposal, 4 submissions opposed, 3 submissions did not state a position, and 1 submission was for information only.

In February, the Australian Parliament passed a measure that allowed medical cannabis to be legally cultivated for medical and scientific purposes. Internet searches for “how to grow weed” surged in Australia.





Australian Psychological Society issues apology to Indigenous people for decades of mistreatment and exploitation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Apology acknowledges exploitation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and silence in face of forced removal of children The Australian Psychological Society has made a formal apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for decades of mistreatment through exploitative and disrespectful practices that contributed to the erosion of Indigenous culture. The apology, delivered by director of the society's board, Tim Carey, acknowledged exploitation of Indigenous people by psychological researchers and "inappropriate use of assessment techniques and procedures that have conveyed misleading and inaccurate messages about the abilities and capacities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people". Carey, speaking at the Australian Psychological Society Congress in Melbourne on Thursday, said treatments were developed that "both implicitly and explicitly, dismissed the importance of culture in understanding and promoting social and emotional wellbeing".

Friday, 16 September


Open Letter (2), University of Wollongong, “Vaccines can and do Cause Autism And Chronic Illness "IndyWatch Feed National"

Open Letter

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
University of Wollongong
16 September 2016

Dear Professor Alison Jones,
To date I have not received a response to my open letter dated 26 August 2016. This letter requested the supportive evidence for your statements that the link between vaccines and autism has been discredited. In particular I asked you to provide evidence for your statement that my thesis provided “no compelling evidence for a causal link between vaccines and autism”. Many doctors, scientists and parents disagree with your statement and you did not provide any supportive evidence for your statements in the article published in the journal Vaccine; an article which attempts to suppress this important scientific debate.

I have outlined below some of the evidence that exists for a link between autism and vaccines and I urge you to watch the recently released film “Vaxxed: from cover-up to catastrophe” that documents fraudulent studies being used by the US CDC researchers to discredit this link and testimonies from thousands of parents whose children developed autism after vaccines. Please take a look at this evidence, in the interests of population health, and I hope that you will provide your professional opinion as a toxicologist to the concerned global community.

We look forward to your rapid response because the Australian government has already expanded its vaccination registry to cover mandatory vaccinations for an expanded schedule of vaccines for adults in employment and social welfare policies. Here is Peter McIntyre, director of Australia’s Vaccination Surveillance and Research Unit (NCIRS) for 12 years, informing the public that a long-term health study of vaccinated and unvaccinated children has never been done – in animals or humans. This study is critical to debunking the causal link between vaccines and autism and there are many small scale studies (in children and animals) that are supporting a causal link – as does the skyrocketing autism and chronic illness observed in Australian children.

Some of the Evidence for a Causal Link between Vaccines and Autism

The evidence I have seen for this conclusion is overwhelming and vaccines are also linked to the escalating increase in chronic illness in global populations – in particular autoimmune diseases.
Please investigate the following information:
1. US Congressman Bill Posey hears evidence of fraudulent science and misconduct by Paul Thorsen, a CDC researcher and co-author of the Denmark studies that were used to debunk the vaccine-autism link resulting from the use of thimerosal (mercury-compound) in vaccines.  The CDC also admits in this video that there are no long-term health studies of vaccinated and unvaccinated groups.
2. A medical practitioner describes the cover-up of the vaccine-autism link
3. Many of the studies used to claim that thimerosal in vaccines is safe are flawed (“Methodological Issues and Evidence of Malfeasance in Research Purporting to Show Thimerosal (Mercury Compound) in Vaccines is Safe”, Hooker et al, 2014).
4. Here is a link to a scientist from...


Aware "IndyWatch Feed"

Sometime I notice people who are so caught up in their own little world they forget where they are and seem to forget common decency.

At nearly every car show I’ve been to I’ve witnessed someone doing something silly with no regard for other people. The most common thing I see is people leaning into car windows admiring the interior, oblivious to the fact that their belt buckle is rubbing along the paintwork. And how about those tactile people who just can’t admire without the need to brand the vehicle with their fingerprint/smudge.

This young chap was under direction of his mother who had her phone out taking pictures of him. I missed the next shot because I lowered the camera in shock when she directed him to lean over the bonnet. Like he could reach anyway!

Dont touch

A bit of editing fun. Click on the gallery to enlarge and enjoy.

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Skepta Cancels Australian Tour 24 Hours Out "IndyWatch Feed"

Skepta Cancels Australian Tour 24 Hours Out

Acclaimed UK emcee Skepta was slated to launch his Australian tour tomorrow in Perth, but has now pulled out of all dates, citing unexpected circumstances. Skepta, who’d sold out several dates of his Aussie tour, was recently awarded the Mercury Prize.

“With deep disappointment, Skepta is not able to travel to Australia and New Zealand at this time for an unexpected and personal reason,” a statement reads. “His tour, planned to commence on Saturday 17 September 2016 is regrettably cancelled.”

“Full ticket refunds will be available on all shows from point of purchase. We are working in close conjunction with the Artist’s booking agency and management in order to organise a new run of shows in 2017.”

“You will receive an email from your local ticketing agency on how to obtain your refund.” The award-winning grime star had completely sold out shows in Sydney, Brisbane, two nights in Melbourne, Auckland, and Perth shows within minutes.


Caloundra Music Festival Is Leading The Charge For Eco-Friendly Aussie Music Events "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Caloundra Music Festival Is Leading The Charge For Eco-Friendly Aussie Music Events

We can all agree that camping festivals can be a fantastic way to spend a few days, but we’ve probably all felt those pangs of guilt as we’ve piled back into the car on the final day only to look around at an apocalypse of rubbish that’ll take days to clear.

Since 2013, Caloundra Music Festival have been doing their bit to lessen the environmental impact of their event as much as possible, introducing a series of smart initiatives aimed at avoiding those huge piles of rubbish, protecting the nearby beach and waterways – and even avoiding that third-day festival stink.

Step one for the organisers is elimination of all disposable water bottles. The past two festivals have stopped roughly 60,000 plastic bottles from making their way to landfills, ending up in waterways, or creating greenhouse pollution.

In a very reasonable solution, Caloundra fest simply ask festival goers to bring their own water bottles, and their team of dedicated, likeminded volunteers will ensure you get the chilled, filtered, fresh water you deserve from tanks that are scattered all over the site. We can probably all admit that we’ve gotten a little lazy and purposefully ignorant of the environmental impact we’re having on a daily basis – and the amount of money we spend on overpriced bottles of Mount Franklin.

Along with the ban on disposable water bottles, vendor stalls will only use biodegradable corn starch, paper, or cloth carry bags instead of plastic. Similarly, cutlery, plates and straws will also go biodegradable – no glass will be used and only environmentally-friendly detergents and cleaners as well. Food vendors have ensured that all produce will remain local and fresh, sourced from nearby precincts such as Sunshine Boulevard, Soul Food and Beachside Court.

Not stopping with food and drinks, reclaimed, reused and recycled materials have even been employed for everything from bunting and flags to the stage setup and signage, while disused shipping containers will be put to use for their merchandise and ticketing booths, coffee shops, and site offices.

Punters can get involved in the clean initiatives, too. Teaming up with the Queensland-based compost technology company OSCA, Caloundra are bringing in an automated system that will turn landfill and organic waste into odourless compost. The process is said to use minimal energy to process the waste, producing high-quality, safe and usable compost within two weeks.

With this sort of technology being so readily accessible, it seems like a no brainer that most, if not all, festivals should look into these sorts of environmentally-sustainable solutions. Not only does it halve waste disposal costs by half and limit onsite pests, it also gets rid of those infamous festival odours.

If a guilt-free beachside getaway sounds right up your alley, check out the lineup below, and read more about the green initiatives on the website – and don’t forget to bring your water bottle.



Chilled and skilled – The Lulu Raes talk success and perform a live rendition of Never Leave "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


  • The Lulu Raes :: Never Leave (Live)
  • The Lulu Raes :: Interview with Lucy Smith

Chilled and skilled – this was the mantra repeated by The Lulu Raes when chatting with Lucy Smith. It’s a simple belief from an anything but simple band, and it’s proving to be The Lulu Raes’ key to success. Performing a live rendition of their track titled ‘Never Leave,’ the band asserted themselves as an act worthy of attention.

From the latest EP titled All Our Parents Are Divorced, their latest song really showcases The Lulu Raes potential. Throughout the interview, the band thanked those who helped them in their early days.

“[Little Bastard] We’re close mates and they’re the reason we got our first gig and that’s how our manager met us. We played the Bright-side with them.”

Currently touring across the nation, The Lulu Raes show no sign of slowing down. When revealing their key to success, the importance of maintaining and developing connections proved to be important.

“Just be friends with Sticky Fingers [laughs]…get those connections out there. Nah, but it’s really tricky because there’s so many bands out there but none of them get noticed. You have to join a bit of a community. A lot of bands, they get together and you get to know other bands and then you meet new people – sort of like a cascading effect.”

“You’ve just gotta get out there, you can’t spend all your time in your room.”

When seeing what’s coming up within their live shows, The Lulu Raes, have a few new songs to share.

“We’re doing five new songs…we’re doing songs from the upcoming album and it sounds way more dynamic.”

You can check out the Lulu Raes live track and full interview above.

WHO: The Lulu Raes
WHERE: Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
WHEN: September 30th

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Premiere: Tobias Draws Us In With The Gentle And Evocative ‘Just A Boy’ "IndyWatch Feed"

Premiere: Tobias Draws Us In With The Gentle And Evocative ‘Just A Boy’

‘Just A Boy’ is the new one from Melbourne folk-pop artist Tobias, taken from his upcoming second album Alive.

It’s a gorgeous piece, the lyrics vividly evoking childhood memories of campsites and sun-drenched paddocks in bittersweet fashion, all draped over a gentle acoustic trickle. The video, produced by Henry Glover Films, serves as the perfect melancholic accompaniment, with sepia-tinged glimpses of Tobias’ family throughout.

You’ll be able to hear these dulcet tones live on his East Coast tour, which has just kicked off in Queensland, while the new record will be out this November.

Tobias Tour Dates

Sunday 25th September | Songfest @ Peregian Beach Hotel – Peregian Beach, QLD

Friday 21st October | City Sounds, Queen Street Mall – Brisbane, QLD

Friday 28th & Sunday 30th October | Happy Wanderer Festival – Benalla, VIC

Saturday 5th November | ‘Alive’ Album Launch @ Labour In Vain – Melbourne, VIC

Saturday 12th November | The Front, Canberra – ACT

Friday 18th November | The Fox Den, Gloucester – NSW

Friday 16th December | Imperial Hotel Eumundi, QLD

Sunday 8th January | Imperial Hotel Eumundi, QLD


Cobargo here we come! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"



On October 7, eight female crime and mystery writers will converge on Cobargo, just inland from Bermagui on the NSW coast, to take part in their inaugural crime convention.

The writers are an eclectic mix, from a gynaecologist living in far north Queensland, Caroline de Costa, to a former member of the RAAF, who also has a BA in medieval history, Ilsa Evans, to a writer of historical crime (Sydney/1930s), Sulari Gentill, to yours truly, author of a Canberra-based quartet, now embarked on a sea-change mystery series.



One of the festival organisers, in a welcoming email, said that they were washing the streets of Cobargo in honour of our arrival. Thank you, Louise!

While this is an attractive idea, I wonder if it really fits a collection of crime writers, who might be more comfortable with dirty streets, even blood-stained ones?

Jennifer Rowe once referred to crime writers as ‘good housekeepers’, by which she meant that we like to tidy things up, which has an element of truth in it, at least for some exponents of the genre. But even PD James said that order is never really re-established at the end of her novels.

My approach to clean streets is that I like to dig beneath them – hardly surprising since I lived in Canberra for 30 years and turned to mysteries as a way of writing about that city.

Now what exercises my imagination is what might lie beneath the surface of an idyllic coastal town….





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