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Sunday, 28 October


RPS HalloweenFest "IndyWatch Feed"

Saturday 27th Oct, 2.00pm 8.00pm, Richmond Primary School

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Sunday, 11 March


Wellbeing Market "IndyWatch Feed"

Sunday 11th Mar, 10.00am 3.00pm, Sorrento Community Centre

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Tuesday, 13 February


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

By COLIN WILSON (1931-2013)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


The Man Who Conjured Hitler "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dietrich Eckart (1868-1923)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

By JOHN CHAMBERS (1939-2017)

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

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

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

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

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


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

The post Australian High School to Host Educational Presentation on Cryptocurrencies appeared first on CCN

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

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PET ANTICS "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A showering cat? Fancy that!

The post PET ANTICS appeared first on The Westsider.


Quick update on the fraudster Raymond Ernest Crake's GoFundMe campaign in Bali Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday's report is here. I'm pleased to report that as of this afternoon Crake's GoFundMe page has been removed.


Malcolm Turnbull's legacy as PM - use of the word "indigineity" "IndyWatch Feed National"

10 years on from the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, we have the chance to write a new chapter of history, where indigeneity is embraced and not derided. Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) February 13, 2018


Barnaby Joyce, Sex and Finance "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Banking With A Silent W: How To Neuter A Royal Commission "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres many ways to dull the impact of a Royal Commission before it even begins. Swamping it with a ridiculously wide brief is one of them. Ross Hamilton weighs in on Malcolm Turnbulls Banking Royal Commission.

Word is going around that despite everything, the banks arent really that worried about the Banking Royal Commission. And why would they be? Our government has demonstrated very clearly that it isnt fair dinkum about the behaviour of the banks. Malcolm Turnbull was particularly insistent that an inquiry wasnt necessary as they already had the banks in line. And the format of the Royal Commission has pretty much ensured minimal damage will result.

One thing both sides of parliament have right is that the Big Four have become so big that they simply cannot be allowed to fail. Consequently, they have been allowed to do pretty much what they want, helped by repeated budget cuts reducing the effectiveness of the agencies who are supposed to be monitoring and regulating the financial services sector.

A decade ago, the banks were the centre of attention for their failure to pass on to their customers all of interest rate cuts. Increasing bad publicity finally saw them back off a little. After another interest rate cut, one of the Big Four announced that it was going to pass on something like 85% of a cut, an increase over the lesser amount they had passed on in other cuts.

Malcolm Turnbull was Leader of the Opposition at the time and he was quick to call a press conference. According to Turnbull, the only reason the banks had increased the amount of the rate reduction to be passed on to customers was because the Opposition had drawn a line in the sand that the banks were not going to cross.

Huh? Were we supposed to believe that the banks really were that scared of the party that wasnt even in government? Not surprisingly, then-Treasurer Wayne Swan was laughing in his response to Turnbull. Was Turnbull really that arrogant to believe it or did he think we are all gormless idiots who would believe any old rubbish?

Jump forward a few years and Turnbull is Prime Minister. And the banks are again (still) under fire. Abbott wasnt interested in taking sides against the banks. And after he knifed Abbott and tried hard to lose an election, Turnbull made it very clear that he didnt want to either.

Former Australian prime Minister, Tony Abb...


Prince Edward's World War 1 experiences and his pro-Fascist views "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

To understand why Edward the Prince of Wales (1894-1972) turned towards Fascism before WW2 and turned away his parents moral values, I will be citing the writing of Dr Heather Jones. Her journal article Edward in the trenches lays the blame firmly on his terrible war experiences.

So let us first canvas WW1. When Britain found itself under threat during WW1, Edward (20) had become the Prince of Wales three years earlier. Edward could easily have stayed at home in safety and inspected military training camps but he was desperate to serve on the Western Front. The Secretary of State for War naturally forbade the first in-line-to-the-throne to die in the trenches so Edward took a commission in the Grenadier Guards and accepted a junior officer role in France, far behind the front lines.

As soon as he could, Edward wanted a compromise. Although not directly involved in fighting, he was assigned to staff work on logistics. Thus Edward could go on frequent morale-boosting visits to the trenches, visit advanced positions, see the dead bodies lying unburied in the fields and smell the shell fire. The visits made him very popular with the men.

In contrast, his younger brother Prince Albert (1895-1952) would not ever become king under normal circumstances, so there was a less rigid approach to him serving in war. Everyone believed that Britain controlled the seas and the nations naval supremacy could not be challenged by Germany, so Albert, who was still in his teens, served in the Royal Navy as a midshipman.

However Germany embarked on a campaign of battleship building and by 1916 was ready to take on the British fleet which was blockading the North Sea. In May the Battle of Jutland was waged, becoming WW1s biggest sea engagement. It was a catastrophe for both sides, including for the young prince in a gun turret, watching the ships being destroyed by torpedoes around him.

Thus both princes, who had lived in the lap of luxury back in their palaces, faced horror at war. Perhaps Edward seemed a little jealous of his younger brother who participated in direct action. But there was no questioning the bravery of both princes.



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

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

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


CURRENT - Aeso - 17 & 18 Feb 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

CURRENT is a communal inter-disciplinary performance event, where new trios of artists, diverse in practice, gender, age and experience, are played out and reshuffled across a 2-day program. Experimental, improvised and musical forms of performance are to be expected as well as forms that consider language, the visual plane, space, movement and parallel action, grey areas between disciplines, the intersection of different senses and other associated forms.

Artists, musicians, dancers, poets and fierce inbetweeners:

Juana Beltran
Georgia Bettens 
Jennifer Callaway
Mick Douglas 
Matt Faisander 
Simon Fisher
Susan Frykberg
Cor Fuhler

Llara Goodall
Dale Gorfinkel
Clinton Green
Alice Heyward
Martin Kay
Kim Kerze
Cam Love
Scott McConnachie
Derek McCormack
Siobhan McKenna
Michael McNab
Sage Pbbbt
Amaara Raheem
Emma Riches
Allanah Stewart
Erin K Taylor
Josh Twee
Ren Walters
Giles Warren
Mitchell Welch
Samuel Harnett Welk

Specific set times will be posted later in the week.

CURRENTs aim is to...


New on Shame File Music & Mailorder "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

New on Shame File Music:

Jenny Barnes/Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, David Brown, Nigel Brown, Tim Catlin, Rosalind Hall, Michael McNab Surface Noise Vol. 6 CDR - The sixth volume of this split live series showcases two of the most extraordinary vocalists working today. Jenny Barnes embodies an emotive solo psychodrama of language and utterance, recorded live at Melbournes Make it Up Club early in 2017. Backed up with Alice Hui-Sheng Chang leading an ensemble of some of Melbournes most skilled improvisers through a spatially-aware piece, recorded at Conduit Arts in 2015. A great sample of live exploratory vocal-orientated works from the Melbourne scene.

The Surface Noise series so far:
Vol. 1 cleaninglady/Klunk 
Vol. 2 Cat Hope / White Drummer (sold out, download available)
Vol. 3 Joe Musgrove / Makro & Hetlev ...


MACKAY Weapons offence, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY February 13, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

Weapons offence, South Mackay

February 13, 2018 at 09:37AM ,

After a further conversation with police the male was served with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on March 5 for the unlawful possession of a weapon in a public place. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs

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

Dear readers,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.10 AUD


Tamil Refugee Council Media Release 13/02 | IMPENDING DEPORTATION PUTS TAMIL MAN IN JEOPARDY "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

13 FEBRUARY 2018 The Australian governments decision to deport to Sri Lanka a former ranking member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) puts at risk his safety and possibly his life, the Tamil Refugee Council said today. Santharuban, the man in question, is subject to a United Nations Committee Against Torture interim measure(...)


Mr and Mrs Obama's official portraits unveiled. No word yet on reveiling date. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here they are: I think the Daily Caller nails it in this video. And here's the sympathetic New York Times. WASHINGTON With the unveiling here Monday at the National Portrait Gallery of the official presidential likenesses of Barack Obama and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, this city of...


OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #581 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Read Online Newsletter | #581 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #581 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 13th February 2018 to Monday 19th February 2018 Valentine's Day: Wednesday 14th February 2018 The day to celebrate our love for one another.. Thing's To Do On Valentine's Day | Petals Online Florist Valentine's at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins .nobrtable br { display: none } Watch the sun go down on level 35 over champagne and dinner for the perfect couple-centric night out. Valentine's Dinner | Sofitel | Melbourne On Collins | Book Now Lunar New Year Festivals .nobrtable br { display: none } Year of the DOG | Chinese New Year's Day - Friday, February 16, 2018 Melbourne plays host to a number of festivals in the CBD and suburbs. Box Hill - Saturday 17 February 2018 Chinatown - Sunday 18 February 2018 Federation Square - Saturday 17 February 2018 Glen Waverley - Sunday 25 February 2018 Melbourne - Crown - Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 Melbourne - Chinatown - Friday 16th - Sunday 18th February 2018 Melbourne - Projections - Melbourne Museum and Royal Exhibition Building Point Cook Lunar New Year Festival - Saturday 24 February 2018 Preston Central & Market - Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February 2018 Lunar New Year Festivals 2018 White Night | Saturday 17 February 2018 - 7pm - 7am .nobrtable br { display: none } Alight, alive and shining more brightly under the cover of dark, White Night returns with with Music Exhibition Projection and Performance. White Night Melbourne | White Night Ballarat Apollo Bay Seafood Festival .nobrtable br { display: none } Be captivated, provoked and inspired as you explore this unique festival of events. 16-18 February 2018 | Apollo Bay Seafood Festival Virtual Reality Experiences .nobrtable br { display: none } The Viri Experience will engage your senses through an 80 minute virtual reality immersion with your friends. Virtual Reality Immersion | VIRI - Melbourne CBD | Book Online Insomnia Race .nobrtable br { display: none } Insomnia Race is a night time car based team competition full of mind-bending puzzles, tricky challenges and crazy flash mobs. Next: Friday 23rd of February 2018 | Insomnia Race | Book Now Festivals This Weekend .nobrtable br { display: none } Sustainable Living Festival - February 2018 Beaumaris Festival - Sunday 18th of February 2018 Festival of Glass (Drysdale) - Sunday 18th of February 2018 Latrobe Valley Maltese Festa - Saturday 17th of February 2018 Riverboats Music Festival - February 16-18, 2018 Yarraville Festival Sunday 18th of February 2018 Galentines Weekend (Milawa) - February 17-18, 2018 Yarra Valley Ice Cream Festival - February 14-25, 2018 Melbourne Festival Guide This Week: 13 - 19 February 2018 .nobrtable br { display: none } Cupid's Undie Run 2018 Elect...


A New Dawn of Fantastic Realism: Nothing that is Strange is Foreign to us! "IndyWatch Feed National"


The paths of Fantastic Realism do not resemble the ordinary paths of knowledge.
Louis Pauwels & Jacques Bergier, The Morning of the Magicians

As Richard Smoley rightly pointed out, a noted predecessor of New Dawn magazine was the French review Plante (Planet), published by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier as a follow-up to the sensational success of their book Morning of the Magicians. Inspired directly by Pauwels and Bergiers book and Plante journal, New Dawn continues a subversive tradition of delving into subjects as fascinating and wide-ranging as secret societies, ancient mysteries, conspiracies, arcane prophecies, vanished civilisations, UFOs, supernatural phenomena, the awakened state.

Like the French Plante (published 19611972), New Dawn was founded on the premise that reality is far more fantastic than how we limit it under conventional scientific, political, historical and cultural models. If New Dawn magazine, wrote editor David Jones in the March-April 2014 issue, has a guiding philosophy or general orientation, it would be, Fantastic Realism with its slogan Nothing that is strange is foreign to us!

Grounded in the worldview of Fantastic Realism, New Dawn magazine is dedicated to exploring what Jacques Bergier and Louis Pauwels identified in The Morning of the Magicians, namely:

Trends of thought that escape the notice of the trained observer; writings and works to which the sociologist pays scant attention, together with social phenomena that he considers too insignificant or too odd to worry about, are perhaps a sure indication of events to come than facts that are there for all to see and the openly expressed opinions and general trend of thinking which cause him serious concern.

What exactly is Fantastic Realism? The answer is clearly outlined in The Morning of the Magicians:

We call our point of view fantastic realism. It has nothing to do with the bizarre, the exotic, the merely picturesque. There was no attempt on our part to escape the times in which we live. We were not interested in the outer suburbs of reality: on the contrary we have tried to take up a position at its very hub. There alone, we believe the fantastic is to be discovered and not a fantastic leading to escapism but rather to a deeper participation in life. The fantastic is usually thought of as a violation of na...


Owen Guns Bulletin February Edition 141, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thoughts For The Week.
What you do in your lifetime will echo down through eternity,
Marcus Aurelius
For the last two weeks our NBN, (No Bloody Network) has been causing us immense disruptions to our normal business. Apparently, it has affected our whole area. We only went to NBN due to the threat that if we did not we would be cut off from our service that we had enjoyed at these premises since 1986, so September 2017 was when we had a month of problems at its inception and now again it has reared its head.
What makes it worse, our old Australian suppliers, betrayed us and sold out to a company that runs its technical support from somewhere near India. Every day we get another different Indian expert that want to re configure our computers and fix the problem, due to English not being their first language communications are confused. Each expert is unaware of the changes that were made on the previous day and adds to the confusion. The Telecommunications Ombudsman has not helped, Telstra say they can help, but as they are having problems in the area with NBN they say we have to wait 10 weeks.
So we have a new Mobile Number 0427 943 677,
Please call, 07 54 825070 this number is still working,
07 54824099 has been diverted to the Mobile number.
Our Internet and Email is working, but
Our Fax...


Penny Wong - Labor will grow Australia's foreign aid "to the fullest extent" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why are other country's failures our problem? Why do we give money to countries - like Indonesia - that can afford huge military spending? Who do Shut-Nauru Shorten and fullest-extent Wong want to run Australia for? Doesn't seem to be us. Here's SBS's report: Labor pledges to rebuild foreign aid...


Vanessa Trump Both Ill And Safe In White Powder Fake News Fiasco "IndyWatch Feed National"

Donald Trump is a foaming, racist idiot. But hes right about at least one thing fake news. Its a thing, and mainstream media, including in Australia, very much engage in it.

Of course, they always have, but for the proof look no further than the news out of America this morning that Trumps daughter-in-law, Vanessa was hospitalized after opening an envelope addressed to her husband, Donald Trump Jnr, which contained a mysterious white powder.

All of those statements are true and so heres how the Sydney Morning Herald reported it.

Notably, the Herald yarn is a subscribers only story hence, a quick pro tip to Fairfax: 1. Youre not supposed to troll your own subscribers; 2. Youre supposed to make clickbait free. Thats the point of clickbait. Fake news isnt going to viral if you put it behind a paywall. got it right in some of its reporting: She was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. It was not immediately clear what the substance was.

But like the Herald, in one iteration of the story, it also couldnt resist the ill word in the headline.

Granted, Fairfax and News are based in Australia, so popping down the road to Trump Tower to check for yourself takes organisation. But a simple check of Donald Trump Jnrs Twitter account would have solved the mystery.

But wheres the fun and fake news in that?

American media responses...


We had Marx, they had Pauline: left organising in poor communities "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those of us involved with political organising often harbour the belief that we are more politically aware than others; that the ordinary people who exist outside our theoretical and organisational worlds are apathetic, or apolitical, or unenlightened. I have never found this to be particularly true. Like many people, those I met in Logan had lost faith in politics, but they were highly politicised.


Human rights to be protected in Queensland law "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queenslanders are one step closer to having their human rights protected in law, following confirmation from the Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath that the Queensland Government is moving ahead with establishing a Human Rights Act.

Hugh de Kretser, the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, welcomed the news from the Palaszczuk Government which was re-elected in November last year.

Its great to see the Queensland Government making good on its commitment to better protect human rights in law. At a time when many rights in Australia are being steadily chipped away, its welcome to see a government draw a line in the sand and move to guarantee some of our fundamental rights in legislation, said Mr de Kretser.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk committed in 2016 to introduce a Human Rights Act, but the introduction of the legislation was delayed. It is understood the legislation will be modelled on Victorias Charter of Human Rights.

Human Rights Acts help to ensure everyones rights are protected. They lead to better laws and policies and stronger, fairer communities. It will mean that Queensland politicians and public servants must consider human rights when making laws and policies and that government bodies like schools and hospitals must uphold them. This a good move by the Queensland Government and we look forward to seeing the legislation introduced in Parliament as soon as possible, said Mr de Kretser.

Mr de Kretser also said Queensland should learn from the Victorian experience and make sure that peoples rights under the Human Rights Act are easily enforceable.

Most of the work of Victorias Charter has been done behind the scenes in government and parliament, but its important that when governments violate human rights, people affected can take action in court. Theres not much point having your human rights nicely articulated if you cant actually do anything when they are violated, said Mr de Kretser.

In Victoria, people essentially have to tack their human rights claims onto other legal cases in order to have them heard in court. A 2015 review of Victorias Charter recommended that this be simplified to allow people to directly enforc...


SIMAS Summer Jazz Rolls On "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

SIMAs Summer Jazz is excited to announce coming Saturday, February 17th, three of Melbournes finest young jazz musicians along with Laurence Pike will be at Foundry 616 for a great night of jazz music!

Laurence Pike 8 p.m.

One of the most creative drummers of his generation, Laurence Pike is best known for his duo albums with Mike Nock and his groups PVt and Triosk. Laurence has recently been developing a singular language alone at the drum kit, using the sampler to expand its sonic potential. This has culminated in his forthcoming solo album, Distant Early Warning, due for international release in 2018. Discard conventional notions of the role of the drummer, and explore an ecstatic music...


MACKAY P-plater used ice to keep awake and pot to manage pain "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Jadie Ellen Ward lives with Sleeping Beauty syndrome, which causes excessive sleep and altered behaviour, according to her defence solicitor Jordana Abela. Ms Abela told Mackay Magistrates Court that Ward would use ice to keep awake and cannabis to manage pain and help keep her calm.

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MACKAY Teacher facing 74 sex abuse charges after her arrest overseas "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Teacher facing 74 sex abuse charges after her arrest overseas

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Mum accused of burglary refused bail Amanda Leigh Banks was arrested by police on a warrant and appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court. West Mackay mum of three accused of burglary and other crimes

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MACKAY Mum accused of burglary refused bail "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Amanda Leigh Banks was arrested by police on a warrant and appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 8. Trevor Veale. by Luke Mortimer. A WEST Mackay mum of three accused of burglary and other crimes has been refused bail after she was arrested on a warrant. Amanda Leigh Banks, 29

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Man charged with $1.2m fraud from medical supply company "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

A former employee of a medical supply company has been charged after allegedly fraudulently obtaining more than $1.2 million from the company.

Detectives from the Financial Crimes Squads Corporate Corruption Team commenced an investigation following reports payments had been made to various personal bank accounts after fraudulent and altered invoices were submitted between July 2015 and February 2017.

Following extensive inquiries, detectives met with a 25-year-old man at North Melbourne Police Station in Victoria yesterday (Monday 12 February 2018).

The South Yarra man was issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice for 39 counts of fraud.

Police will allege in court the man used his position of trust and managerial responsibilities to create fraudulent invoices or fraudulently alter invoices for payment into bank accounts he controlled.

He also allegedly used a company-issued credit card to make unauthorised and fraudulent payments to another company of which he was the sole director.

The total amount of the payments was $1,237,806.

He is due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Monday 26 March 2018.

Inquiries are continuing.

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Nursing Home Residents Getting Less in Food Than Prisoners and Guinea Pigs "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Heather CallaghanEditor

Just on the heels of reports that nursing home residents are inappropriately drugged into oblivion by antipsychotics new reports have surfaced about the abysmal condition of the food given to people in their golden years. It is reportedly worse than that of prisonersand even guinea pigs when the cost of the food is considered.

That is to say that all three meals for nursing home residents in Australia average $6.08 for the entire day. The news was dubbed as a national disgrace. While this revelation alone is enough to make anyone shudder, consider that the nursing home industry reaps in at least $1 billion dollars annually in Australia.

Keep in mind that symptoms of malnutrition can mirror those of dementia which would beg the question of whether residents are being misdiagnosed or drugged for symptoms that are actually food deprivation. A more sinister thing to ponder is whether food withholding is a slower form of end-of-life treatment.



Documents reveal California police worked with Neo-Nazis to pursue anti-racist activists "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following  from Sam Levin ( The Guardian 9 February 2018 San Francisco), gives an account of how during a court case, evidence of  collusion between the police and odious hate organisations has come to light.

California police investigating a violent white nationalist event worked with white supremacists in an effort to identify counter-protesters and sought the prosecution of activists with anti-racist beliefs, court documents show.

The records, which also showed officers expressing sympathy with white supremacists and trying to protect a neo-Nazi organizers identity, were included in a court briefing from three anti-fascist activists who were charged with felonies, after protesting at a Sacramento rally. The defendants were urging a judge to dismiss their case and accused California police and prosecutors of a cover-up and collusion with the fascists.

Defense lawyers said the case at the state capital offers the latest example of US law enforcement appearing to align with neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, while targeting anti-fascist activists and Donald Trump protesters after violent clashes.

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It is shocking and really angering to see the level of collusion and the amount to which the police covered up for the Nazis, said Yvette Felarca, a Berkeley teacher and anti-fascist organizer charged with assault and rioting after participating in the June 2016 Sacramento rally, where she said she was stabbed and bludgeoned in the head. The people who were victimized by the Nazis were then victimized by the police and the district attorneys.

Steve Grippi, chief deputy district attorney prosecuting the case in Sacramento, vehemently denied the claims of bias in an email to the Guardian...


Market Talk- February 12, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its always a difficult trading environment when one large market is closed (Japan Monday), but following last weeks volatility we have seen a quiet bounce-back in quieter conditions. That bounce-back has been more visible in US futures than Asian cash even with the Shanghai closing +0.8% firmer today. The KOPSI (+0.9%) and SENSEX also enjoyed a bounce today (+0.9%), but is being helped by a trending weaker INR. The Australian ASX, NZX and Hang Seng were all were all little changed (small negative) today, as financials weigh the ASX down and real-estate the HSI. Oil has helped a touch today, we saw a bounce after last weeks huge decline, also talk that IMF reports a recovering global economy. Dont think wed be too keen to run with that support for oil prices!

Following the late rally in the US from Friday and the fact that Asia was relatively well behaved, Europe opened 1% firmer and managed the maintain that bounce. Continued talks around Angela Merkel and coalition discussions, after she declares her wish to move forward. Also, much talk surrounding the announcement of the large hedge fund shorting European stocks. Worth keeping an eye on the currency play here also! BREXIT news was quiet but cant be that far away as GBP declines against the Euro. Barclays has been charged by the SFO related to the 2008 Qatar assistance deal. In the afternoon session we followed the strong US performance and closed near or on the days highs. Tomorrow will very much depend upon how the US finishes with Asia only a glancing reflection, given the holiday shortened week.

The DOW cash was already 200 points better at the opening and was to build from there. Just ahead of the close we were over 500 points higher, a day gain of 2.3% but also joined by the core. The VIX lost a little over 13%, last seen around 25.25. The mood was helped by Trumps infrastructure spending plan, but could also have been an excuse for bouncing prices. The 10year Treasury note fell (price terms) with yield hitting 2.87% taking yields back to recent lows. Oil did bounce initially but seems to have given much of that back in the last hour or so. A5 00 point move may seem constructive possibly excess but in the final 30 minutes we gave back nearly...


Royal commission into banks is a farce "IndyWatch Feed National"

Apparently there is a Royal commission into the banking industry in Australia.

At the end of the day it is an act or rather a farce at the expense of taxpayer funds.


Because commissions are inquisitorial and as a result not bound.


Joyce on notice to please explain affair with staffer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

CANBERRA, AAP Barnaby Joyce will make a public statement addressing allegations of misbehaviour up to seven years ago, as his extra-marital relationship continues to make headlines.

He is coming under increasing fire over the affair, including by members of the gay community who have taken aim at the hypocrisy of him leading the charge against marriage equality.

New allegations against Mr Joyce, who is set to become acting prime minister next week, include that he sexually harassed women at social functions.

Liberal cabinet minister Dan Tehan has flagged the announcement after former Nationals leader John Anderson warned Mr Joyce his personal affairs were hurting the party and the government.

He will be making a statement sometime today, Mr Tehan told ABC TV on Tuesday.

No doubt he will set out his response to whats in the newspapers overnight I think that it is only right and proper to allow him to be able to refute the allegations, as I understand he will.

Its believed Mr Joyce will address media report alleging misbehaviour at official functions in 2011 and 2015 involving a number of women.

Mr Joyces leadership of the Nationals is in the spotlight after his relationship with former staffer Vikki Campion,33, was publicly exposed last week and questions began to be asked about her job appointments.

Ms Campion moved from the Nationals leaders office earlier last year to work for minister Matt Canavan, after the relationship became known, and then on the office of the Nationals whip Damian Drum.

There were rumours around the parliament that something was going on, but certainly at the time that Vikki came to work in my office, my understanding was that it was no longer an ongoing affair, Mr Drum told ABC radio.

Malcolm Turnbull told federal parliament on Monday the distribution of those staff members between Nationals offices is a matter for the National Party.

Mr Joyce had not breached ministerial standards in regard to the employment of family and partners because Ms Campion was not the deputy prime ministers partner at the time of her appointments, a spokesman said.

The statement of ministerial standards says close relatives and partners c...


Canadas Philippines arms deal will abet human rights violations "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of Peoples Rights)

Canadas $233 million arms sale of military combat helicopters to the Philippine government will enable and worsen the already dire human rights situation under the Duterte administration. We call on the Canadian people and Filipino migrants in Canada to oppose this arms deal and intensify support for human and peoples rights in the Philippines, said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, after the agreement between the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) and Philippine military was announced on February 6, 2018.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Major Gen. Restituto Padilla said that the 16 Bell 412EPI choppers, which will be acquired by the Philippine military through the said arms deal, will be used for the Duterte administrations internal security operations against so-called Islamist and communist rebels.

In 2014, the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP)-Canada chapter raised questions on the announced sale of Canadas eight (8) Bell 421EPI helicopters to the Philippine Army. The Philippine Air Force said that three of the said choppers were commissioned for VIPs and five as combat utility helicopters for ground attacks and air assaults.

On March 26, 2017, ICHRP-Canada wrote to Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland expressing concern that the Philippine military may be using the helicopters for aerial bombings that occurred after Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to drop bombs on rebels and consider civilian casualties as collateral damage.

Under the Duterte administration, Karapatan has documented 356,304 civilians affected by aerial bombings in 46 incidents when such air strikes were launched, and 426,590 victims of forcible evacuation due to said bombings and military ground combat operations.

Such aerial bombings show the Duterte regimes complete disregard for peoples rights and international humanitarian law. Marawi City was pulverized to the ground through airstrikes, with civilians killed and homes of residents destroyed. Dutertes threats to bomb Lumad schools continue to hound indigenous and peasant communities in Mindanao. His militarist hubris comes not only from his governments fascist designs to suppress legitimate dissent, but also from the complicity and support by foreign governments that provide funds and arms used by the military and police to kill civilians and destroy whole communities, Palabay stated.

In the context of Dutertes sabotage of Philippine governments peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, his announced crackdown of progressive organizations whom he perceives as enemies of the State, the sell-out of ancestral...


February 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

1790 - Less than three months after Bennelong's capture, on 13 February 1790, Phillip passed on the names and locations of eight coastal clans in a dispatch to Lord Sydney at the Home Office in London. Bennelong
also told Phillip that one-half of those who inhabit this part of the country had died from smallpox.

1829 - Father Therry married John Hart and Mary Brooker at Five Islands, Illawarra.

1832 - Drumming the 3 R's into their heads, Kings School at Parramatta opened for business.

1837 - Two days after his arrival in Adelaide, John Barton Hack wrote in his diary:
"The thermometer is about 104 degrees in the shade and it is such a warm welcome we are rather overcome by it."

1858 - The Eli  Lafont was a  French barque having a rather rough time of it when she became stranded between two rocks near Black Head, Western Port. She was tootling from Hong Kong to Melbourne with a cargo of tea valued at about 30,000 but after an inspection by marine surveyors, the vessel was condemned, stores were removed, and the wreck abandoned.

1861 -  The 4-man Burke party began their 700-mile return to Coopers Creek under constant rain.

1866 - The Infamous Parliamentary Mace that went on an extended tour of a brothel was first used in the Legislative Assembly.

1869 - This day was proclaimed a day of humiliation and prayer in NSW as people offered prayers for an end to the prolonged drought.

1888 - The Blayney - Demondrille Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney - Cowra.

1896 The Brisbane River ferry Pearl capsized, killing 28. Foundered after collided with SS Lucinda in the Brisbane River this being one of the worst disasters in Queensland maritime history, and the worst to date.  The Pearl was operating as a ferry as the Victoria Bridge was under repair after floods. The ferry struck the anchor chain of the Lucinda, and sank within a minute.

1898 - The ship Amy was wrecked somewhere off Thirroul, NSW on this day. Police found wreckage scattered over a wide area of beach and a lifeboat lying on the sand. Apparently when she struck, the crew lowered a man on a plank to try and take a line ashore, but the current was too strong. They then took to the rigging, but when she broke up all eight men were lost.

1907 The Northern Territory was transferred to the Commonwealth by South Australia.

1911 - New Guinea was a ship who ran ashore during a fog at Disaster Bay, half a mile from the Green Cape lighthouse. The ship slipped back into deep water and eventually became a total loss. The Sydney Court of Marine Inquiry decided that the master had erred in following the coast too close in, and sailing at full speed when fog had reduced visibility. She now lies between the wrecks of City...


Matt Graham takes silver in moguls "IndyWatch Feed National"

Matt Graham of Australia reacts after finishing his run in the Mens Moguls Final at Phoenix Snow Park during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, in PyeongChang, South Korea, Monday, February 12, 2018. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

AAP The king still reigns but if theres a succession plan in place, Matt Graham may just be the man for the job.

Graham became Australias first medallist of the 2018 Winter Olympics when he took silver behind the sports undisputed leader, Mikael Kingsbury of Canada.

Beating the Quebecois was always going to be an ask he is after all the most successful moguls skier of all time with 48 wins and six consecutive World Cup titles.

Last week Graham, 23, said he could win.

And on Monday night he skied like he believed it.

Taking smooth lines and landing deft tricks off the jumps all night, he showed enormous consistency to push through the first two finals in second and fourth.

Kingsbury offered some cause for hope his normally sublime turns just a touch off as he eventually moved into the six-man decider as the No.2 skier behind Japans Daichi Hara.

Third down the 250m bumps course, Graham delivered up his best run of the night, finishing with an off-axis 1080 and fist pump that suggested against almost any other skier he was a real gold medal show.

But not against Kingsbury.

He blew everyone away with a 86.63 run, leaving Graham to admit: No one can do it like he can.

Hara skied last and finished in third with 82.19.

Its been such a long year, I just wanted to have fun and feel loose and be able to put it down where it counts, Graham said.

Its a lot of hard years come to fruition.

Its been such a long year, I just wanted to have fun and feel loose and be able to put it down where it counts, Graham said.

Its a lot of hard years come to fruition.

Hed picked up four medals this season but in two of his last three World Cup starts had an 11th and 13th.

Coach Steve Desovich admitted this was no walk-up medal.

The tide seemed to turn there once he got going until tonight he was in a bit of a slump with both aspects turns and jumps, Desovich admitted...


Sydney FC deal Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sydney FC has named a 26-man squad its supremo, Graham Arnold, believes gives the reigning A-League champions a fighting chance to claim the 2018 AFC [more]

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NSW school cleaners win their fight for job security "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

Hard times we are living in today. Job security has been going out the window as more work is casualised. The public sector, was once regarded as the securest of all. It is no more. Ongoing privatisation has made sure of this and this has hit in a big way in New South Wales.

This is the environment in which school cleaners were faced with an ultimatum. Give up the terms and conditions of their employment. Or fight back. They took up the second option and with the support of their union, waged an ongoing campaign to win public support and embarrass the state government.

It has brought results. They have won a guarantee of job security from the state government. This is great news, in a climate where this is not always so easy to find.

Getting to this point has involved a long campaign against the intransigence of the same government, which had forced 7,0000 cleaners to re-apply for their own jobs, with no guarantees and no promise of ongoing security.

But the campaign was relentless and drew widespread community support around Australia. Many of us signed the petition.

The turn around came last Friday, when the union (Unite) met with the Finance Minister Victor Dominello and an agreement was reached.

Every affected cleaner has been given a job guarantee and will no longer be forced to re-apply for their jobs and have an ongoing job in the new contract. The inclusion of an hours guarantee means that working hours will no longer be slashed. Protections will be put in place around sub-contracting, to overcome the problem of dodgy contractors and wage theft.

The biggest threat to cleaners since the service was privatised 24 years ago has been defeated.

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Malka Leifer Alleged child sex-offender arrested in Israel faked mental illness to avoid extradition to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

It appears Malka Leifer, an alleged sex-offending school headmistress at a Jewish School in Melbourne Australia, who fled Australia ten years ago before Australian authorities could jail her, will be extradited to Australia to face court.


ABC News Australia

Malka Leifer Alleged child sex-offender arrested in Israel faked mental illness to avoid extradition to Australia

13 February 2018

Israeli police have re-arrested Malka Leifer, the former Melbourne school principal who is wanted in Victoria on 74 charges of child sexual abuse, alleging she faked a mental illness in order to avoid extradition to Australia.

Ms Leifer is accused of sexually abusing several pupils while she was a teacher and principal at the ultra-orthodox Adass Israel girls school in Melbourne.

In 2008, when the allegations were first raised, Ms Leifer fled to Israel. She was then arrested by Israel police in 2014 when Australia filed a request for her extradition.

Ms Leifer was released on bail and managed to avoid every single one of her extradition hearings in the last three years, claiming she suffered from panic attacks and anxiety and was too unwell to face the court.

Two weeks ago, she again claimed mental illness during her most recent appearance before a psychiatric review board.



Malka Leifer- Female pedophile headmistress who preyed on a secretive Jewish community in Melbourne and has fled to Israel "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

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Most pedophiles are men. Women pedophiles are rare.

The case below in Melbourne, Australia is ongoing and I thought Id bring this case to the attention of my readers because it shows how a female pedophile exploits their position of trust and how they groom their victims.

ABC New Australia

7 April 2016

Malka Leifer manipulated us: Alleged paedophile who preyed on secretive Jewish community

Somewhere in an ultra-Orthodox enclave of Israel, former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer continues to evade extradition to face criminal charges in Australia. Now one of her alleged victims speaks out for the first time.

By Sophie McNeill


Violent thunderstorm hits Queensland with tennis ball-sized hail, 130 000 homes without power "IndyWatch Feed National"

A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was...... Read more


PERTH Magistrates court perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Melony Jane Attwood (INS 189/2017). Summary offences include traffic offences Perth Magistrates Court. In this section you will find links to legislation relevant to the Magistrates Court of Victoria. gov. Criminal Matters. The right to appeal decisions in criminal cases by bringing them to a higher court .



Me- Essentially a Nobody- Just Received a Threat from Michael Aquino "IndyWatch Feed National"

First of all- my YouTube has been down for quite awhile.

Secondly- this demand is the SAME demand Doug Mesner has made- that I make a public apology to Mesner. This will never happen as I will NOT apologize for telling the truth.

And I am one of a MYRIAD of people who have spoken out about Michael Aquino- by his own admission as he tells everyone that his accusers speak against him because they have weird sex fantasies about him. I kid you not.

With all of the attacks against me- I just see this as more validation as to what I have said.

As a famous Col. known as Col. Michael Aquino- founder of the Satanic cult Temple of Set who was named in the abuse scandal in the 80s at the Presidio of San Francisco- who has NEVER been investigated due to national security- who has had MYRIADS of people call him out for horrific abuse- one needs to wonder why he seems so threatened by a nobody like myself.

And Aquino- I wouldnt hold my breath for an apology. Any more than Doug Mesner should

Oh and Max Spears called out Aquino and now from what I understand his death is being investigated as a murder- so if anything should happen to me considering these Directed Energy Weapons the Air Force told Congress in 2006 about havent brought me down thus far- Aquno would be the first person I would go too- Doug Mesner being the second one.


THE BONKING BEETROOT: Deputy PM and homewrecker Barnaby Joyce allegedly may have traded sex for favours with powerful Canberra lobbyist "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: About to fall on his sword as he stumbles around in an alcohol soaked miasma from personal disaster to political calamity and back again, True Crime News Weekly can now reveal that Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce allegedly engaged in a potentially corrupt sexual affair with one of the most powerful political lobbyists in Canberra

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Acidification could leave oceans uninhabitable for cold-water corals "IndyWatch Feed National"

The worlds oceans could become uninhabitable for cold-water corals by the end of the century as a result of ocean acidification, research suggests.

Ocean acidification, which occurs as seawater takes up CO2 from the atmosphere, could threaten around 70% of cold-water coral living below 1,500 metres in the North Atlantic Ocean by 2050, the research finds.

Acidified waters that accumulate in the North Atlantic could then be circulated to the global seas via a system of ocean currents, the lead author tells Carbon Brief, which could have consequences for reefs across the world.

The findings reiterate how many coral reefs could dissolve and crumble as the world continues to warm, another scientist tells Carbon Brief.

Cool corals

Cold-water corals make up more than half of known coral species in the world. They are found in deep, dark parts of the worlds oceans in both the northern and southern hemisphere. They can thrive at depths of up to 2,000 metres and in water temperatures as low as 4C.

Unlike tropical corals, cold-water corals do not rely on colourful algae for their food. Instead, cold-water coral feed on floating plankton.

This means they are unaffected by coral bleaching, a process which is heightened by climate change and poses a great threat to the survival of tropical reefs, such as the Great Barrier Reef.

However, both tropical and cold-water coral species are threatened by a process known as ocean acidification, which occurs as seawater absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere.

The oceans have absorbed around 30% (pdf) of the CO2 released by human activity since the industrial revolution. This has caused oceans, which are alkaline, to become more acidic over time. The overall pH of seawater has fallen from around 8.2 to 8.1 from pre-industrial times to the present day.

This change has altered the levels of a type of calcium carbonate known as aragonite in seawater. Some types of coral, known as hard coral, have tough outer skeletons that are made out of this substance.



And now for some good news "IndyWatch Feed National"

The way that children are treated in the US is a scandal. Despite all the talk of family values and Christian morality, the reality is that many children are treated poorly. One measure is that Infant mortality rates in the US are terrible given its wealth. Other indicators of concern for children are measures of pre-natal and post-natal care for mothers and children and the availability of low-cost quality day care.

In the United States, the most common causes of infant mortality are congenital malformations and disorders associated with low birth-weight and short gestation.

The fact that the United States has the highest infant mortality is not because of a lack of specialists or facilities for neonatal births; on the contrary, America has more neonatologists and neonatal intensive care beds per person than Australia, Canada, or the United Kingdom.

As with other health metrics, Americas relative performance is declining. In 1960, the United States had the twelfth lowest infant mortality rate in the world. By 1990, we had dropped to twenty-third, and we sank to thirty-fourth in 2008. Our high infant mortality rate evidences the economic, ethnic, and racial disparities referred to earlier. For example, in 2005, African-American infants suffered a death rate of 13.63 per 1,000 births, more than twice the national average. The CDCs 2004 world rankings indicate that an African-American baby would have a better chance of survival if born in Russia or Bulgaria than in the United States.

The problem in the US is, of course, that people cannot afford to access these services because politicians dont really give a damn about providing poor people with good health care.

The continuing cuts in funding for health care and in aid to needy families have had serious adverse effects on the welfare of children. So it was a welcome change to read Ada Chvez and Ryan Grims account of something that passed in Congress with little notice because it was tucked into the recent legislation to keep the government open that changed the existing system in which children are taken away from their families (where their situation was not good) and placed in foster care group homes (where it might be even worse).

They describe the problem that case workers faced in which they had to choose between two unpalatable options.

Imagine the situation from the perspective of a caseworker: you see a parent struggling with her housing...


Was Former Swiss Diplomat Kurt Vogele Blacklisted and Deported for His Links to an NGO? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vogeles unceremonious deportation comes just days after India denied visas to a team of Australian journalists for having written a story on Gautam Adani.

Credit: Navsarjan Trust/Facebook

New Delhi: Ignoring his nearly five-decade-long association with India, both as a diplomat and as a senior official of the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), which is part of Switzerlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government of India unceremoniously deported 75-year-old Kurt Vogele when he landed in Ahmedabad on January 22.

The decision to deport him is seen to be linked to the SDCs funding of the Navsarjan Trust, which has been championing the cause of the Dalits in Gujarat and elsewhere. Another colleague of Vogele, Josef Imfeld, who was also at the Swiss Embassy in Delhi from 2000 to 2005 and who was mainly in charge of regional programmes of SDC, was also denied an entry visa for India.

In a detailed letter dated January 29, 2018, addressed to Sibi George, the Indian Ambassador in Switzerland, Vogele wrote that he had an awfully bad experience as his visa, which I had obtained by end of December 2017 in Berne, was rejected by the immigration officials.

Stating that no specific reason was given for denial of entry, he wrote: I was just told that I had no right to enter India, that I was blacklisted and that I had to return to Switzerland immediately.

Vogele said he found thi...


Another how low can they go moment courtesy of the Catholic Church in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 2018:

The Catholic Church in Australia is worth tens of billions of dollars, making it one of the countrys biggest non-government property owners, and massively wealthier than it has claimed in evidence to major inquiries into child sexual abuse.

A six-month investigation by The Sydney Morning Herald has found that the church misled the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by grossly undervaluing its property treasures in both NSW and Victoria while claiming that increased payments to abuse victims would require cuts to its social programs.
The investigation was based on intricate data from local councils that allowed more than 1860 valuations of church-owned property in Victoria. That showed that across 36 municipalities - including nearly all of metropolitan Melbourne - the church had land and buildings worth almost $7 billion in 2016.

Extrapolated nationally, using conservative assumptions, the church owns property worth more than $30 billion Australia-wide.


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Wanted "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Does anyone know where I can hire out a registered commercial kitchen by the hour? If so, I would love to hear about it! You can call or text Jess on 0403 909 755.


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Free dresser. Comes with a mirror. 

Text Juan 0415 453 840. 




FREE Netball Event this Week! "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"


Thursday Netball Victoria through Rock Up Netball will host a NETBALL FESTIVAL.  

There are a number of family-friendly activities for all ages. 

Netball Victoria will be delivering NetSetGO (Ages 5-10), Drills & Skills (Ages 10-15) and a Play Festival (15+). Melbourne Vixens player Khao Watts will be attending from 6pm. There will also be plenty of giveaways on the night!

For the Play Festival (15+), a participant will win a Samsung Gear Fit2, so please encourage any of the parents at the club to get involved! 


Pilot Program "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Hello, Newlanders!

I am running a workshop pilot for new and expecting parents in late Feb and looking for interested participants. It's about the Transition to Parenthood and how to rock it! And because it's a pilot it is really cheap! ($50) per couple.
If you know a couple who would be interested in working through steps to explore their expectations, develop a personalised toolkit to help them through the transition to parenthood, learn strategies to help them face the changes and challenges and deepen their relationship at this ripe time, then please share!
Participants will be learning from an evidence-based model based on over 15 years of research, guided by two inspired and passionate facilitators. 
This is the stuff we wished we had learned before becoming parents and we are so excited to bring this work out into the world!
Note: this is a workshop on parenthood not parenting, but sets you up well for parenting as a team.

Please feel free to email or call me for more info and please share!



Richard Weston: The gap wont close until we address intergenerational trauma "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Richard Weston is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait and is the CEO of The Healing Foundation. He has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for more than 20 years, 14 of these in Indigenous controlled health services in Far West New South Wales and Queensland I remember on the day of ...


Another Threat and a Prayer Answered "IndyWatch Feed National"

I received this email this morning- suggesting this idiot is in Omaha now I guess. One has to ask what the point is. If I am not a threat- why cant this group just leave me alone?

But on a better note- a prayer was answered as my friend in Seattle woke yesterday with no brain damage. That was a huge gift.

Prayer works- generally not in the time frame we would like and sometimes not in the ways we expect- but it DOES work.

Omaha is once again talking about what happened in the 80s and people are nowhere as naive as they were back then. THAT is why I am such a threat to these people- as some incredibly powerful people were involved in some amazingly bad things- and I am BY FAR not the only person who knew about it and was aware.

What separates me is that I am the first to overcome my fear and start speaking HONESTLY about what really happened. That is why they are obsessively after me wanting to shut me up.

And that may or may not happen but regardless- it wont change the truth. Nor will it change the fact that more than just me know about what occurred. And as much as they would like to think so- they cant kill everyone in Omaha who has info about what really happened


Dameyon Bonson: Closing the Indigenous LGBQTI health Gap "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Dameyon Bonson, a Mangarayi and Torres Strait Islander man, based in the Kimberley. He has a keen interest in social enterprise and value based market economics. His expertise includes Indigenous suicide prevention and strategising Male health engagement. He is the founder of Black Rainbow Living Well and YFRONTS. Lets dive straight in: What it heterosexism? It is the ...


How many women has Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce bedded while married? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The question is no longer if Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce had other affairs with staff and associates but how many and when will the old media report it. Whats worse is that there are also unchallenged allegations of sexual assault by Barnaby Joyce and in one case that Barnaby Joyce stalked a 17 year-old-girl []


Raising a vegetarian child to be tolerant of meat eaters "IndyWatch Feed"

A few months back we had a very stressful night at a pizza shop where I was served meat pizza by mistake.  What really startled me the most was how my 8 year old vegetarian child reacted and how much she has to learn about tolerance, respect and kindness for non-vegetarians.

I grew up eating meat but have been vegetarian for more than half my life.  My husband eats meat but eats mostly vegetarian at home.  My daughter has been vegetarian since she was born.

What happened when I accidentally ate meat

We went to a pizza restaurant for dinner last year and I was busy trying to avoid stuff on the pizza that my daughter would not eat and hence not paying attention to the fact that my husband's meat pizza was really similar to my own but with meat.  I ended up taking two bits of his pizza and then stopping to work out what on earth was on it.  Ugh meat!

I thought that was the worst of it.  Turns out it was worse to have a daughter who was furious at me for eating meat.  In that contrary way that is so typical of kids, she took comfort from my husband who is not vegetarian.  She was so angry and unforgiving of me.  "But dad ..."  I spluttered in bemusement.  Apparently I was meant to be vegetarian always even if he wouldn't.  The next morning when she was still upset I sat her down for a talk.

What vegetarianism can teach children about life

I told my daughter some home truths off the top of my head.  After some consideration, I have added some more to share here:
  • You will at some point in your life eat meat by mistake.
  • You will have friends who are vegetarian and decide to change and eat meat.
  • You will meet people who say they are vegetarian but are more flexible than you about this.
  • You might one day eat meat in the name of kindness.
  • You might fall in love with someone who eats meat.
  • You might be told by a doctor you need to eat meat for health reasons.
  • You might one day decide not to be vegetarian.
Life is uncertain and unpredictable in a way that is hard to spot as an 8 year old who has always eaten vegetarian and feels pure.  Life is messy and does not follow a linear path.

The experience of the accidental meat pizza made me understand that being vegetarian could teach my da...


Countering the Quad: Chinese-Pakistani Relations "IndyWatch Feed National"

February 12, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The US recently included India in its shifting Asia Pacific policy, as part of its Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (often referred to as the "Quad"). The Quad also includes Australia and Japan along with the United States itself.

The nascent alliance is openly arrayed against China, with member states openly declaring their intent to contribute toward containing Beijing's activities in the region and compete against Chinese efforts to establish greater ties with its immediate neighbors. This includes Japan and Australia pledging to more aggressively patrol the South and East China Seas.

For India's part, it seeks to become a greater power within the Indian Ocean. Additionally, New Delhi has increasingly postured its military against China against the backdrop of greater tensions along the Chinese-Indian border.

China appears to be pursuing its own strategy to break out of the Quad's containment policy, including measures to place India in check.

Beijing's Pakistan to Washington's India  

Part of this strategy includes growing ties between Beijing and Islamabad. This includes a number of major joint infrastructure projects across Pakistan. Collectively known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the ambitious network of projects connects Gwadar port in Pakistan's Balochistan province on the Arabian Sea with the Pakistani-Chinese border near the western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

Railways and roads provide China with access to the Arabian Sea, eliminating the need to move certain goods past Singapore and through the Strait of Malacca.

CPEC also includes a gas pipeline fro...


UK, Australian Government Websites Cryptojacked by Mining Malware "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mining malware is spreading like wildfire, every week now we run another story on some platform or other falling victim to it. As cryptocurrencies become far more lucrative than ransomware or identity theft incidents of exploits will only increase. Various governmental departments in Australia and the UK were found frantically calling the tech guys over the weekend as their websites were compromised.

According to the Guardian as many as 5,000 websites were infected with a variant of the Coinhive mining malware. In the UK they included websites of National Health Services, the Student Loans Company, and several English councils in addition to the UKs data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioners Office. They have all been taken offline to deal with the issue.

Compromised plugin

The malicious miner came from a compromised plugin called BrowseAloud which enables blind and partially sighted people read content on websites. The script had the same operation as has been seen many times before; hijacking the machines hardware to mine for Monero. XMR is the number one crypto currency for criminals now since it is encrypted and anonymous leaving no trace to the destination wallets.

Plugin authors, Texthelp, took their own website offline to patch the compromised software;

The company has examined the affected file thoroughly and can confirm that it did not redirect any data, it simply used the computers CPUs to attempt to generate cryptocurrency, The exploit was active for a period of four hours on Sunday. The Browsealoud service has been temporarily taken offline and the security breach has already been addressed, 

The security consultant who documented the attack told media;

This type of attack isnt new but this is the biggest Ive seen. A single company being hacked has meant thousands of sites impacted across the UK, Ireland and the United States. There were ways the government sites could have protected themselves from this. It may have been difficult for a small website, but I would have thought on a government website we should have expected these defence mechanisms to be in place.

Australian government websites using the same plugin were also compromised. They included the Victoria parliament, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Queensland ombudsman, the Queensland Community Legal Centre, and the Queensland legislation website.

Porn perps



Australia Day, Invasion Day or Possession Day? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What a great way to celebrate the beginning of Martial law (something the mainstream media has not mentioned yet) on this continent by wrapping it up in a  'consumer' friendly "Australia Day" slogan where it's celebrated with barby and beer in hand by the herd population, where the (very learned) legal community should know otherwise.

Some people even refer to the 26th of January as Invasion Day, marking the arrival of the convicts from the First Fleet.

Let's not worry about the 'other' 26th day of January the one of 1808, which was the one of the Rum Rebellion.

The 26th of January may not be that important as people make it out to be, where another action occurred approx 8 years earlier where no spot light has be put on it.

 "The history of New South Wales as a British possession commenced on 28th April 1770, when Captain Cook accompanied by Joseph Banks and Dr. Solander, landed at Kurnell on the southern shore of Botany Bay, and took possession of the country in the name of King George the Third"

as seen in screen capture below from the book;
New South Wales the Mother State of Australia, which was issued by "THE INTELLIGENCE DEPARTMENT" by authority of the government of the state of New South Wales.

SO how did this taking "possession" occur?

1). Was there any bartering with the people of many 'nations' who already were living on the land?
2). Was there the "meeting of the minds" for an agreement of some sort?
3). Was it just plain and simply taken or in criminal law, stolen?

Now that would not be very honourable if it was stolen would it?

We asked the Australian people's most popular read news site the Rupert Murdoch's Herald Sun publication to comment on this in an email but no response was given, see screen capture of email sent to Herald Sun


MACKAY Drink driver caught without mandatory interlock blames judge "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Drink driver caught without mandatory interlock blames judge

February 12, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Ward appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on February 5, pleading guilty to driving a car not allowed under an interlock condition at Benholme on January 21. Prosecutor Anna Ellis said Mirani police were patrolling as part of a statewide traffic operation when they came across Ward. Officers found the

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The Danish Girl- movie review "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

The Danish Girl is such a wonderful and moving story. It is based on a true story. The photography is just beautiful and there are some scenes that make you cry. It stars Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as the artist couple.  It is set in 1920s in beautiful Copenhagen. It starts off with an art exhibition and the celebration of Einars latest work and being in the top one. They are both drunk. Einar and Gerda are a loving couple of husband and wife with no kids.

She propositioned me Einar.

As soon as Gerda gives Einar the dress, the stockings, and the shoes- he starts to become interested in becoming a lady. He watches Gerda undress whilst in bed and takes off the stockings. He touches her in her private parts. Im your wife. I know everything She says.

There is nudity, especially in the bed. They have sex and Einar is wearing ladys undergarments. They have sex and later on Gerda sketches him in the bed.

Gerda is such a great sketcher. When she showed the buyer at the gallery he was happy and he wanted them.

Lili is so pretty. Prettiness is mentioned a lot in the movie.

Self-identity is another theme as Einar/Lilis identity is questioned. It is questioned by Henrik and then by himself. Einah/Lili kisses Henrik and he wants her. Lili doesnt know what she wants and then is confused. Infidelity is talked about here when Henrik kissed Lili and Einar tells Gerda. In my online journalism course, self-identity is talked about.

Henrik kisses Lili at the party and that brought Einar to question himself and get confused about his sexuality.

Einah collapses and is taken to the hospital. Einah has a chemical imbalance. He gets radiation.

The art gallery in Paris wants Gerda and she goes. Everyone loves the paintings that Gerda does. Whilst there he paints and becomes Lili again. And Gerda paints Lili again.

Then one night at the exhibition Gerda feels alone without Einah. We do these things together, Gerda. She is hurt and wanted her husband, but Lili could not do that. Gerda falls in love with Hans.

Einah finds out that he is homophobic and is bashed in the street by two guys. He is also schizophrenic and the doctors cannot help him. He is a woman inside. Then he gets a sex change operation which means letting Einah go.

Lili moves back to Copenhagen and she gets a job in a retail store. She is so skinny. And they all get along.

In the end, Einah and Lili die due to complications with the surgery. This scene really moved me to tears.


Uber will require a 6-hour break for every 12 hours of driving "IndyWatch Feed National"

The company is rolling out the mandatory breaks in the U.S. nationwide, reports TechCrunch. From now on, the Uber driving app will automatically lock drivers out of it if they have been on the road for 12 hours or more without taking a rest break of at least 6 hours. The move is being made

The company is rolling out the mandatory breaks in the U.S. nationwide, reports TechCrunch. From now on, the Uber driving app will automatically lock drivers out of it if they have been on the road for 12 hours or more without taking a rest break of at least 6 hours. The move is being made to combat drowsy driving and driver fatigue, which can cause fatal car accidents. Uber estimates the new policy wont affect most of its drivers, as 60% of them dont even drive more than 10 hours each week. Uber has previously rolled out similar safety restrictions in Australia, which is what the new American-based safety restriction feature is based on.

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James Bulger killers today "IndyWatch Feed National"

So, apparently these photos are of James Bulger's killers from the late 2000's.

Jon Venables (top)

Robert Thompson (bottom)



Tiny Little Houses prove its okay to be uncool with the video for Short Hair "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Just a couple of weeks ago, Tiny Little Houses finally released their highly-anticipated debut album Idiot Proverbs. Now, the Melbourne group have released the brilliant video for their newest single, Short Hair.

With the groups past tunes featuring rather introspective themes, Short Hair is no exception, and is undoubtedly set to become the anthem of the outcast.

Inspired by an anecdote shared by the uncle of singer Caleb Karvountis girlfriend, in which he picked on an uncool friend by saying he likes to let his short hair down, the tune relishes in the idea of not being popular.

The clip for Short Hair features a large-eared protagonist attending a pretty swish house party, in which he finds himself rather out of place. It doesnt take long for him to realise that pretence wont help him fit in, and decides to just be himself by dancing and having the time of his life.

Tiny Little Houses are also set to hit the road in a matter of days for their Idiot Proverbs album tour. With dates all over the country, theres no excuse for not heading out to see one of Australias best indie-rock bands of the moment.

Check out the video for Short Hair below, or head over to Apple Music where you can grab the tune all for yourself.

Check out the video for Tiny Little Houses Short Hair:

Tiny Little Houses Idiot Proverbs Album Tour 2018

Saturday, February 24th
Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Friday, March 2nd
Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday, March 3rd
Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS

Thursday, March 8th
Strawberry Boogie @ Wollongong Uni Bar, Wollongong, NSW

Friday. March 9th
Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, March 10th
The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD

Friday. March 16th
Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA

Saturday, March 17th
Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA


Louise Paramor @ NGV "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

I first saw a sculpture by Louise Paramor when her Noble ape was exhibited in Melbourne Now 2013; it is currently installed in the garden at the back of NGV International. Other people might know her from her Panorama Station sculpture beside the freeway in Carrum Downs. Then I saw Paramors sculpture, Ursa Major being installed in Federation Square for the Melbourne Prize 2014. I hadnt seen any of her previous twenty or so years of exhibiting sculpture.

Louis Paramor

Louis Paramor, Noble ape, fiberglass, plastic and steel

Currently the NGV is exhibiting Paramor in two large spaces on the third floor of the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia with a specially commissioned installation of new paper sculptures and a survey of her recent colourful plastic assemblages.

Palace of the Republic is a series of massive paper sculptures. Honeycomb paper decorations on a scale that will leave you awestruck. It is a reference Paramors earlier artistic practice before she started to collage found plastic objects.



Student Support Officer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS)


Program Manager "IndyWatch Feed National"

phn Central QLD, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast


Raymond Crake - fraudster who bodgied up $500K in WA workplace reform funding - now in Bali with GoFundMe campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

The fraudster Raymond Ernest Crake appears to be a piece of work. He was recently convicted in Western Australia over a $230,000 false invoicing fraud. The judge said Crake's conduct "involved significant corruption and large amounts of money - the corruption was very high". Now he's popped up in Bali...


Tough gig(abyte) for telecommunications consumers in regional SA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 12 February 2018


The following fact sheets provide information on telecommunication costs for specific SA electorates within the regions that they sit.
All of Regional SA
            Fact Sheet


Electric shock: South Australians spend more on telecommunications than on their power bills "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 12 February 2018

The South Australian Council of Social Service has today released its latest Cost of Living Update which shows that South Australians spend more on telecommunications than on electricity - and that like electricity costs, the cost of telecommunications hit those on the lowest incomes hardest. 
The SACOSS report, which is based on the official ABS Household Expenditure Survey data, shows that while telecommunications prices have been decreasing (unlike electricity!), telecommunications expenditure has increased with higher demand as government, businesses and culture all increasingly move online.


Countering the Quad: Chinese-Pakistani Relations "IndyWatch Feed National"

b8a1e23be78edd2c61c1a8491c6dd75The US recently included India in its shifting Asia Pacific policy, as part of its Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (often referred to as the Quad). The Quad also includes Australia and Japan along with the United States itself.

The nascent alliance is openly arrayed against China, with member states openly declaring their intent to contribute toward containing Beijings activities in the region and compete against Chinese efforts to establish greater ties with its immediate neighbors. This includes Japan and Australia pledging to more aggressively patrol the South and East China Seas.

For Indias part, it seeks to become a greater power within the Indian Ocean. Additionally, New Delhi has increasingly postured its military against China against the backdrop of greater tensions along the Chinese-Indian border.

China appears to be pursuing its own strategy to break out of the Quads containment policy, including measures to place India in check.

Beijings Pakistan to Washingtons India  

Part of this strategy includes growing ties between Beijing and Islamabad. This includes a number of major joint infrastructure projects across Pakistan. Collectively known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the ambitious network of projects connects Gwadar port in Pakistans Balochistan province on the Arabian Sea with the Pakistani-Chinese border near the western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

Railways and roads provide China with access to the Arabian Sea, eliminating the need to move certain goods past Singapore and through the Strait of Malacca.
CPEC also includes a gas pipeline from Gwadar to Nawabshah which will eventually enable gas imports from Iran.

Beyond CPEC, China is also building power plants across Pakistan, developing stronger ties between various Chinese and Pakistani industries and institutions and developing closer Chinese-Pakistani military ties.

Chinese-Pakistani military tie...


Letter to the QLD Premier there should be no extinguishment of Native Title "IndyWatch Feed National"




On 22 December 2017 the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council wrote to

The QLD Premier,

The Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, and

The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy


The W&J Council received its most recent mandate at a meeting of the W&J claim group on 2 December 2017. The letter informed the Government that the W&J claim group opposes the Adani Mining Pty Ltd project because of the damage that it will cause to the culture, and the lands and waters, of the Wangan and Jagalingou People.

W&J council also oppose the registered Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani Mining Pty Ltd purported to be authorised by the Wangan and Jagalingou People in controversial circumstances (the Adani ILUA).



Australia the best place in the world for white collar criminals, eg politicians? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Words spoken have got nothing on loud actions, apparently so much so that there is even a saying for it, or maybe a meme or seventeen.

Apparently also every single person is equal in the eyes of law, or so they tell the masses, but again reality is a different story.

If a member of the tax slave population is accused by Centrelink that the person has defrauded taxpayer's funds then the alleged amount must be returned promptly, where if it is not returned, cash is then taken out of that person's account or assets taken, or even the person is incarcerated.

The 'building' (in reference to Australia's Parliament in Canberra) knew of the affair between Barnaby Joyce and his girlfriend, Ms. Vikki Campion for quite some time and tried to keep a lid on it, where this matter now became public knowledge.

While some people may think that getting your 'girlfriend' pregnant is a bit of a bugger, it's a bit worse when your wife did not know about it.

So much for being 'faithful', and an understanding of Commonwealth law, the Marriage Act of 1960.

During this matter it was also revealed that Mr. Barnaby Thomas Gerard Joyce, Ms Vikki Campion and others including Australia's Prime Minister Mr. Malcolm Bligh Turnbull  were involved in fraudulent activity, in ripping off tax payer funds for various a...


Paul Gray: We cannot wait another decade to take meaningful action "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post Dr Paul Gray is a Wiradjuri man and Executive Leader of Strategy, Policy and Engagement at AbSec (Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat), the peak body for Aboriginal children and families in NSW. Prior to working at AbSec, Paul worked in various roles with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. He was an inaugural ...


Interviewing Pink Floyds Roger Waters about Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Last Friday night in Melbourne, I interviewed Pink Floyds Roger Waters alongside Palestinian writer Randa Abdel-Fattah. The event was organised by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network. Waters is in Australia on his massive Us and Them world tour (which I saw on Saturday night and it was one of the most spectacular music performances Ive ever seen).

The Q&A was a unique public event, over 500 people attended, and we discussed the Middle East, Donald Trump, Palestine and his politics over decades. He was frank, funny and refreshingly down to earth. Unsurprisingly, Australian, pro-Israel politician Michael Danby condemned the event, including my involvement, but got both my names wrong in his press release.

Full video of the evening is coming soon but in the meantime heres a story from popular music website, Noise 11:

Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters gave his time for the Australia Palestine Advocate Network in Melbourne on Friday and while explaining the issues between Palestine and Israel also took aim at a number of his fellow artists Elton John, Thom Yorke, Steven Tyler, Steve Van Zandt and Nick Cave.

Roger Waters has been working tirelessly since 2006 to try and bridge peace between Palestine and Israel after being confronted by Israeli fans at one of his concerts in Tel Aviv after calling on them to make peace with their neighbours 12 years ago.

Ever since he has campaigned for musicians to boycott performances in Israel and recently praised Lorde for doing so. However, he hasnt had the same reaction from others.

In Melbourne, Roger Waters sat down for a Q&A for the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN).

During his talk for APAN Waters called Thom Yorke a self-obsessed, narcissistic, drippy little prick and Elton John Queen Mum. He also called out Nick Cave for saying he was bullying him, said fuck you to Steve Van Zandt and referred to Steven Tyler as an old lady.

Waters has been spreading the message to help mend the Middle East situation after that personal confrontation at his gig.



ABC Radio National interview on Disaster Capitalism film "IndyWatch Feed National"

My film Disaster Capitalism, with director Thor Neureiter and co-producers Media Stockade, is screening publicly soon.

Last weekend I was interviewed by Hugh Riminton on Australias ABC Radio National Sunday Extra program about it:

When war or disaster strikes, we assume our aid contributions are life-saving, or at the very least will help rebuild countries and shattered communities. But some say trade works better than aid. Antony Loewenstein spent six years examining nations that have been pulled apart by conflict and disaster, and hes produced Disaster Capitalism, a documentary currently being shown on limited release.


Peter Fitzsimons backs Kim Beazley as Her Majesty's Governor for Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peter Fitzsimons and mate - opposed to a constitutional monarchy, unless it comes with a free house and car package Kim Beazley backed by Peter FitzSimons to be new governor or WA Kim Beazley during the WA Labor Launch at Perth Arena. 19 FEBRUARY 2017 Picture: Danella Bevis The West...


The Electricity of Attractor "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Indonesias tour-de-force music duo Senyawa and Melbourne choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australias leading dance companies for Perth Festival, 8th-10th February at the State Theatre Centre.

Senyawa reinterprets the Javanese tradition of entering trance through dance and music as a powerful, contemporary ritual. As the performance unfolds, their unusual fusion of hand-made electrified stringed instruments with operatic melodies and heavy metal vocals slowly builds to a euphoric pitch while the dancers are propelled into ecstatic physical abandonment.

Each performance, 20 unrehearsed participants join the performers on stage dissolving the distinction between dancer and non-dancer, audience and performer in a cross-cultural, shared ritual.

Play Attractor


Turnbull lemmings in gushing press release - "NBN continues to deliver" - What? Shit-house, expensive, sluggish service. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why do they endorse this disaster? What a stupid strategy. Turnbull owns this now - he could have and should have walked away from it. Every day we fail to reverse course costs us dearly. NBN Co Limited continues to deliver, with strong half year results MC 08/18 Senator the...


Beyond startups: supporting Australian videogame culture "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian game industrys reaction to the government response has been primarily one of frustration. While many senate inquiries receive no response at all, and the Abbott and Turnbull governments have never shown interest in supporting Australian videogame developers, the response nevertheless disappointed a burgeoning industry that has long struggled for recognition.


Unlearning in India Day 9: Unlearning at Swaraj University "IndyWatch Feed"

Guest Post by Dr. Ben Habib

From 2nd-12th December 2017 I co-facilitated a CERES Global tour to India, themed around sustainable development, permanent culture and un-learning. My focus for the tour was to collect data for my research project on permaculture as a transnational social movement and to learn more about alternative education models as a teaching and learning professional development immersion.  This posting is one of a series of my daily reflections from the tour on what our group encountered.

On day nine of our CERES Global Sustainable Development, Permanent Culture and Un-learning tour to India, our tour party spent the night at Swaraj University, a more structured educational off-shoot of Shikshantar.  The Swaraj University campus sits in a tranquil 15-acre space located in a scenic valley between two mountain ranges, 15 kilometers outside of Udaipur. The site is a zero-waste space and has an organic farm, herb gardens and an Ayurvedic healing centre.

The Swaraj concept (self-rule, rule over oneself, or rather, harmony of the self) in the universitys name is inspired by Gandhi-jis Hind Swaraj, a call for people to lead and create their own models of development that are holistic, pluralistic, ecologically regenerative, liberating, collaborative, and socially just.  Our engagement here further prompted us to critically examine the structure and purpose of education, and consider different ways of learning deep knowledge.



MACKAY Local News Headlines Mackay and The Whitsundays, 12th of February, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Local News Headlines Mackay and The Whitsundays, 12th of February, 2018

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The man will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court later today. He allegedly broke into the home in eye-me-oh on Saturday night assaulting the occupant and threatening him with a knife. A Mackay man corners councilors over the lack of a swimming enclosure at Bucasia Beach. The man questioning

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MACKAY Whipped partner with soiled underwear "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Whipped partner with soiled underwear

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A BLACKS Beach man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for a deplorable assault against his former partner and a neighbour who intervened to help her while he was on parole. John Rex Palmer, 34, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, contravening a domestic violence order

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BARRISTER GOES BERSERK! Elite Melbourne lawyer under police investigation over alleged homophobic rage at cabaret club "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

EXCLUSIVE: A high-profile Melbourne barrister and member of the Victorian Bar, Peter H Clarke, is currently under police investigation while a restraining order has also been sought against the lawyer following an alleged homophobic assault last December, a day before new laws were enacted in Australia allowing gay people to get married. As well as

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Hope for a handful, but further limbo and despair for more than 1800 still left behind on Nauru/Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

After nearly five years of fear, violence and limbo, 22 refugees yesterday left Nauru to fly to safety in the United States as part of the US refugee resettlement deal. However, over 1800 people - including 150 children - are still languishing in desperate and dangerous conditions across Manus and Nauru, a situation the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called a humanitarian crisis of Australias own making.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

The tragic reality is that hope for a handful doesnt end the suffering of those left behind. Its great that these 22 people will tomorrow wake up in freedom and safety. But over 1800 others will awake to the same painful limbo that has confronted them every morning for the last four and a half years, said Mr Webb.

These 22 people deserve their freedom and safety. But so do the 1800 others still languishing in limbo.

This is the fourth group of refugees to be given safety under the fraught deal, which has been dogged by delays, confusion and travel bans and resentment from US President Donald Trump.

In signing the US deal our government was rightly conceding that it couldn't just abandon people on Nauru and Manus forever. It is our Governments responsibility to make sure not a single person is left behind,

Earlier this year, the UNHCR reported on a worsening sense of helplessness and hopelessness among asylum-seekers and refugees at all facilities on Manus Island.

More than 1600 refugees have formally expressed interest in being resettled in the US, and the UNHCR have endorsed applications for over 1200 men, women and children. It has widely been reported that only 1250 places will be offered but it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow and what the Australian Governments plan is for those left behind.

This dark chapter in our history does not close - this painfu...


Bill Shorten's Kevin Rudd moment - promises to close Manus and Nauru - report from Clifton Hill Labor (Batman) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bill Shorten promises Nauru and manus detention centres will be closed under a Labor government. #ged4batman #BatmanVotes Clifton Hill Labor (@CliftonHillALP) February 11, 2018


Vale Sir Nicholas Michael Shehadie AC, OBE - Wallaby skipper, Lord Mayor of Sydney and old school gentleman "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sir Nicholas Shehadie improved everything he was involved with. He improved rugby as Wallaby captain, improved our city as Lord Mayor and even managed to improve SBS as its chairman. He radiated warmth and was perfectly at home in a boardroom or a bar. 1/2 Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) February...


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Kevin Rudd (still no Order of Australia) on the Jihad just launched by the Government of Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kevin "self-confessed-global-genius" Rudd has been kind enough to offer us some guidance today. By the way, have you noticed he doesn't have an AC and Julia Gillard does have an AC? How did that happen Kevin? Does it annoy you mate?


West Papuan leader appeals for support on eve of Summit "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following message has been sent to the people of PNG, by Benny Wenda, who chairs the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). Next week there is going to be an important summit in Port Moresby. This should also be of interest in Australia, because our nation has been involved in the situation in West Papua, and because the Melanesian peoples are our close neighbours. Our government should stop supporting the Indonesian occupation.

As Chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and on behalf of your Melanesian brothers and sisters just across the border, I am appealing to all activists and solidarity groups in PNG for your urgent help.

The ULMWP will be representing our people at the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit taking place in Port Moresby next week and seeking full Membership for West Papua. The time is right to see the Melanesian community welcome their brothers and sisters in West Papua as equals and we need you to raise your voices in solidarity to ensure our message is heard.

The West Papuan people continue to suffer brutality at the hands of our oppressors daily. International experts are in agreement that what is taking place is nothing less than a genocide against indigenous Papuans. Without intervention, our people will not only soon be a minority, they will also be in very real danger of being wiped out entirely. I urge you to join with us as Melanesians to do everything in your power to stand up for the survival of West Papuans, for the children of the next generation, before its too late.

The MSG has long been founded on the principles of advocating for the right to self-determination of all Melanesians and pioneered support for our brothers and sisters in Kanaky to have their voices heard in an independence referendum. We call on them now to also acknowledge the political aspirations of the West Papuan people, who have, in vast numbers expressed their will for self-determination and assistance from the international community, via their petition to the United Nations. Our people risked their lives to add their names and to have their cry for freedom heard. Please hear this cry and rise up with us- your brothers and sisters need your help and are relying on the compassion of the people of PNG, and our Melanesian family.



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Close the Gap Reset Urgently Required "IndyWatch Feed National"

In his 2005 landmark Social Justice Report, Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma called for a generational campaign to address the appalling gap in health between First Peoples and other Australians, that sees a baby born to an Aboriginal mother twice as likely to die before the age of four, and elders lives cut short by more than 10 years compared to non-Indigenous Australians.

Were just two years off the halfway mark of the nationally agreed target of closing the health equality gap by 2030, yet the Federal Government is taking us backwards. Only three of seven targets is considered on track, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child mortality is slipping backwards.

Thats why we were in Canberra last week joining our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partners in calling for a reset of the close the gap approach.
Close the Gap 10 Year Review Launch: Left, Tom Calma Former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner speaking. Right, The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader listening with June Oscar Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and others.

We told the PM that he had effectively abandoned the closing the gap strateg...


How much is free speech and free expression worth "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

How much is free speech and free expression worth?  USD$17,000 apparently.

It seems that charging university associations for the cost of security is an increasingly common phenomenon.  Its not just a University of Sydney thing or an Australian thing.

Yes the University of Sydney charged the Conservative Club a security fee to protect them from the individuals trying to stop the gathering.

Yes the University of Washington charged the College Republicans $17,000 for a similar security fee.

Yes the Victorian Policy charged the promoters of the Milo Yianopoulos performance for security.

Its not exactly clear where or when this practice started, but there is a clear asymmetry in its application.

Were the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance charged for public security during their performance.  See the police in the picture?  Who paid for that?

It cannot be that expression is only free, free from security charges, if you are of the left.

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New paper examines Japans push for stronger intellectual property provisions "IndyWatch Feed National"

12 February 2018: The latest round of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement have just concluded in Jakarta. Japan, the second largest exporter of intellectual property in the world, is leading the push for extended intellectual property protections. However Japan is facing resistance from India and some other members who are concerned about the impact that it would have on access to affordable medicines.

Dr Belinda Townsend (ANU), Dr Deborah Gleeson (La Trobe University) and Dr Ruth Lopert (George Washington University) have co-authored a timely new paper, Japans emerging role in the global pharmaceutical intellectual property regime: a tale of two trade agreements, which discusses how and why Japan has fought to increase intellectual property protections in the RCEP and TPP. The paper is summarised here.

Japan has been supportive of increased IP protections since at least 2013. The leaked draft text of the November 2013 TPP agreement proves Japan was supportive of the United States efforts to extend several IP provisions back then, and then pushed for the provisions to be replicated in the RCEP. The latest leaked version of the RCEP show many of these dangerous provisions remain. These provisions include extended patent terms, and mandatory minimum periods which ban companies seeking to sell generic medicines from relying on clinical trial data used by the original developer of medicines.

As some intellectual property provisions are among those temporarily suspended from the rebranded Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for TPP (CPTPP), pending the return of the US to the agreement, it is possible that extending IP measures in RCEP will now be more difficult.


Prisoners with disabilities are neglected and abused in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"


This article sent in from Human Rights Watch (7 February 2018), provides a glimpse of the mistreatment of disabled people locked up in Australias prison system.

People with disabilities in prisons across Australia are at serious risk of sexual and physical violence, and are disproportionately held in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 93-page report, I Needed Help, Instead I Was Punished: Abuse and Neglect of Prisoners with Disabilities in Australia, examines how prisoners with disabilities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners, are at serious risk of bullying, harassment, violence, and abuse from fellow prisoners and staff. Prisoners with psychosocial disabilities mental health conditions or cognitive disabilities, can spend days, weeks, months, and sometimes even years, locked up alone in detention or safety units.

State and federal governments should end the use of solitary confinement for prisoners with disabilities, ensure that appropriate services are available to meet their needs, and more effectively screen prisoners for disabilities as they enter prison.

Being locked up in prison in Australia can be extraordinarily stressful for anyone, but is particularly traumatic for prisoners with disabilities, said Kriti Sharma, disability rights researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. The services to support a prisoner with a disability just arent there. And worse, having a disability puts you at high risk of violence and abuse.

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OG bowlers bag T20 win "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Ocean Grove has bowled its way to a fifth T20 premiership, defending a miserly total of 109 in the grand final on Sunday.
Linden Giuffrida and Tom Kent stared with the ball for the Grubbers, who bowled out Barwon Heads for 70 to clench the trophy.
Giuffrida took 5-23 from his four overs to win the Daryl Burns medal for man of the match, while Kent chipped in with 3/18 of four overs.
Ocean Grove had few standouts with the bat after Barwon Heads bowled them out for 109.
Jackson Kent made 31 off 29 at first drop, while Huon Bertino smashed 27 off 17 at number seven, batting with the tail to give the Grubbers some hope.
Barwon Heads Sam Schaller took 4/10 off four overs.
Earlier in the day Ocean Grove made 8/164 to defeat Portarlington in the semi-final.
Paul Jubber made 45 and Michael Thorton 33 to help the Grubbers reach the more impressive total.
In a strong team effort the Ocean Grove bowled Portarlington out for 127.
All the Grubbers bowlers chipped in, with Dan Roddis leading the attack by taking 2/8 off three overs.
Its the Ocean Groves fifth premiership in the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Associations T20 competition under the revised rules, according to club secretary Paul Madden.
Barwon Heads defeated Anglesea in the semi-final to book their place in the grand final.

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In Defence of When I Was Overseas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Youve just arrived back from the trip of a lifetime your skin is bronzed, your legs are hairy and your head is whirling with new ideas (and maybe a bit of residual coke from your time in Central America).

Jetlagged but still buzzing, you arrive at a party back home and all your friends are there. Youve barely opened your mouth to tell your story about the night you almost got arrested when a mate shuts you down.

Nobody cares, they deadpan. Youve been overseas, we get it. Flicking their ciggy, they continue to talk about how fucked up they got on the weekend.

Once you get around to uploading your photos to Facebook, comments are generally something along the lines of a sarcastic, Did you go to overseas or something? or a recycled joke such as, How can you tell if someones been to India? Dont worry, theyll tell you about it.

But Im revolting against this incessant travel-talk bashing and standing in solidarity with those who have found hope on a mountain in Nepal, enlightenment in a caf in Amsterdam or love on the top bunk of a squeaky hostel bed in Barcelona, and damn well want to talk about it.

If travel has been your life for the past few months, how can your friends expect you not to breathe a word about it, but rather, pretend you never left your incestuous suburb and that you actually care about whos fucking who, and how much the tobacco tax is eating into everyones Centrelink money?

It seems as though when our friends return from overseas, their stories of life-changing experiences are so far removed from our own mundane lives that we cant help but belittle them to make ourselves feel better.

Dont take this as an invitation to get up on a soap box wearing 20 hand-woven anklets from Nepal and wax lyrical about how much better the nightlife is in the UK and how much hotter the guys are in Italy. It may be true, but nobody likes a bragger. There is a difference between bragging and telling a story, however, and the issue here is that the latter often gets mistaken for the former.

Instead of taking our worldly friends down a notch every time they bring up something that happened outside of our small reality, cant we just be happy for them? (Even if they did come back with dreadlocks and pubic lice.)

We Aussies have a habit of cutting down anyone we might vaguely suspect of being a tall poppy. But instead of cutting our friends down wh...


Michelle Landry: Politician, Dinosaur, But Still Hip To The Groove Of The Youth Of Today "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michelle Landry is a Nationals MP so, you know bit of a dinosaur. And like all Nationals MPs, some things really offend her, like the movement to #changethedate of Australia Day.

Reports the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin:

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry addressed media yesterday about the proposed change, calling the change absolute garbage.

People have celebrated Australia Day on the 26th of January for decades. We have celebrated as a nation and we want to continue to do this, Ms Landry said.

Ms Landry said at this stage she hadnt really spoken to a lot of the aboriginal groups about their opinion on the date.

Well thats a surprise although this wasnt.

We have got this survey online and we are encouraging people to get online and voice their opinion. Do they want Australia Day kept on the 26th? What date would they like Australia day to be on?

So, Landry as a politician elected to represent the views of her electorate is running a poll to get peoples genuine opinions on an issue after describing one perspective as absolute rubbish.

Once a dinosaur always a dinosaur but at least Landry is trying to evolve in all things social media.

Over the weekend, she became the only Nationals MP to weigh in on the record over the scandal engulfing Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, and his affair with former Daily Tele journo Vicki Campion.

Landry was asked about the authenticity of a job Campion apparently won after being moved out of Joyces office. And what she offered up not only shows that shes still hip to the groove of the youth of today, mhomies, but its also quite possibly the quote of the year so far.

My office has worked quite closely with Vikki (Campion). She did a lot for the Nationals, getting us more hands-on with the Facebook and the Twitter.

And for her part, Campion must be worth her weight in gold. Landry now has a whopping 76 followers on her the Twitter account, although shes apparently been unable to work out how to get the official Twitter blue tick thus far, despite being a member of parliament.



Shark Shield a contender for prestigious international award "IndyWatch Feed National"

Surfer Tom Carroll with a Shark Shield-fitted board. Photo Shark Shield

A product for surfers developed by Australian company Shark Shield has been named a finalist in the Athletics, Sports & Recreation Injury Prevention category in the 2018 Edison Awards.

Named after Thomas Alva Edison, the Edison Awards recognises and honours the worlds best in innovators and innovations, with the winners being announced at the 31st Annual Edison Awards held Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in New York City.

Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield CEO says, Were thrilled to be recognised by such prestigious awards. Our FREEDOM+ Surf product is just the start of things to come for the brand. As we speak our product development team are working on a range of new products with the potential to protect an entire beach front through to a boating product and even hand-held devices for recreational ocean users.

Shark Shields FREEDOM+ Surf is made for surfers. The product was designed in partnership with World Surfing Champion Tom Carroll and the surfboard manufacturer Ocean and Earth.

It features a removable power module housed in a custom designed Ocean & Earth tail pad kicker, and the company says it can easily be transferred from board to board.

Light in weight, they say it offers nearly zero drag so there is little to no impact on surfing performance.

Established in 1987 and often described as the Oscars of Innovation, the Edison Awards recognises and honours the worlds best innovations and innovators.

All nominations were reviewed by the Edison Awards Steering Committee and the final ballot sent to an independent judging panel.

The judging panel was comprised of more than 3,000 professionals from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education, including professional organisations representing a wide variety of industries and disciplines.

Shark Shield says its patented technology creates a three-dimensional electrical field which causes unbearable spasms in sharks sensitive receptors, causing them to turn away.


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Sex, Drugs and Ethics: My Experience with Hormonal Contraception "IndyWatch Feed National"

Just relax. Spread your legs further.

Above me, fluorescent lights flickered, an epileptic nightmare. I felt sick. The smell of disinfectant clouded my thoughts and I could feel a lump forming in the back of my throat. I was lying on my back. Tears made tracks sideways across my temples as I bled into the thin paper lining that covered the examination table.

I felt the speculum twist inside me and the gynaecologist swam in my vision. I shut my eyes and let the darkness hold me.


There are three main types of hormonal contraception widely available to Australian women. These are the combined pill, hormonal implant (Implanon) and inter-uterine device. Each of these utilise synthetic hormones to stop the ovulation cycle of a woman and prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Reactions to hormonal birth control are unique to each of the women who use them. Many will find that these methods of control suit them perfectly. Others, however, wont be as fortunate.

The pill came first. Like many young Australians, I began taking the pill before I was sexually active. The combination of oestrogen and progesterone hormones is known to help relieve acne symptoms. I suffered an adverse reaction to the oestrogen levels, which gave me migraines and made me vomit. Every day. The acne didnt give a shit either like a bad smell, it stuck around.

When a friend experienced similar side effects on the Pill, her doctor later told her that he wouldnt ever consider another form of hormonal birth control for her again. My doctor wasnt so thoughtful.

I had an implanon next, more commonly known as the bar. An Implanon contains only the progesterone hormone at a higher dosage rate than the pill, and is usually used as an alternative for migraine sufferers. The bar is a sneaky arsehole though: blink, and your scales might just break.  Then youre depressed and youre not sure if its the progesterone or the extra 14 kilos youre packing. Then you lose your sex drive. Then youre just a fat piece of shit.

Or maybe you were a fat piece of shit all along. Who even knows? There comes a point when you lose all sense of reality and your sanity caves to the hormones.

Research suggests that the synthetic oestrogen and progesterone present in hormonal birth control potentially...


NSW sharks leave beaches after tagging "IndyWatch Feed National"

So-called smart drum lines are deployed on the beaches along Byron.

Eighty great white sharks have been caught and tagged over five months during a trial of drum lines on NSW coasts and researchers say most swim away from beaches as a result.

The sharks, which were up to four metres long, were caught after 10 drum lines were placed between Coffs Harbour and Sawtell along with Foster and Tuncurry.

The trial finishes on Tuesday, however drum lines on the far north coast will remain until a similar trial there finishes.

Across NSW 320 white, bull and tiger sharks have been tagged and Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair says the trial has provided invaluable insight for scientists.

We want to make sure we are continually testing the science, trialling world-first technology, while keeping our local communities part of the conversation, he said in a statement.

The trial has shown animals can be caught and released with minimal negative impacts.

The movement of tagged sharks away from the coast after release reduces risk over the following days and weeks, the department said.

Satellite tag data has shown that they mostly move offshore after release for extended periods.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government was pleased with the trial.

The new technology is saving lives, but also now we see evidence that its actually preventing or deterring sharks from even coming close to those areas, she told reporters in Sydney.

If we can protect the environment but more importantly protect lives, of course we will look at those opportunities.

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Vast wealth of Catholic church revealed "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

The Catholic Church has been revealed as Victorias largest non-government property owner, casting doubt over claims it would be forced to cut social work if forced to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

An investigation by Fairfax Media published on Monday reports that the church appears to own more than $30 billion in property and other assets across Australia.

Fairfax estimated the churchs Victorian portfolio to be about $9 billion, but in evidence to the royal commission in 2014 it valued its Melbourne properties at $109 million.

The apparent wealth of the church contrasts with findings by the royal commission, which found the average payout by the churchs compensation scheme established by former archbishop George Pell 20 years ago was $35,000 or less for those who had been abused by clergy.

These figures confirm what we have known; there is huge inequity between the Catholic Churchs wealth and their responses to survivors, Helen Last, chief executive of the In Good Faith Foundation, which supports abuse survivors told Fairfax.

The 600 survivors registered for our foundations services continue to experience minimal compensation and lack of comprehensive care in relation to their church abuses. They say their needs are the lowest of church priorities.

The government is rolling out a redress scheme for survivors from July 1, fulfilling a key recommendation of the child abuse royal commission.

The Catholic Church, which had already promised to join the national redress scheme, urged the states and territories to act.

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VIDEO: Watch A Brisbane Building Explode (OK, It Doesnt Explode, But It Should Have!) "IndyWatch Feed National"

A spectacular storm swept through Brisbane overnight with more than 250,000 lightning strikes recorded in less than an hour, 130,000 people left without power, a man shocked while he was having a shower, and a building exploding in the CBD (not really).

Who even knew that was possible. Fortunately, the man was only injured in the strike, and Brisbane is back to normalcy (well, its Brisbane, so some sense of normalcy) this morning, although an estimated 60,000 homes were still without power.

One group of folks who didnt lose the lights and were still not sure how were those staying at the Park Regis Hotel on the edge of the Brisbane CBD.

New Matilda editor Chris Graham was filming the storm from his balcony in South Brisbane, when this happened.

Remarkably, the power to the Park Regis stayed on after the strike, although New Matilda was unable to confirm rumours that hotel management had to call in tradies overnight to deal with an overload on the plumbing.

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There is absolutely no justification for corporate tax cuts "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As expected, The House of Representatives passed legislation for a company tax cut at the end of last week, from 30 percent to 25 percent by 2026.

It still needs to get through the Senate, and there is a great deal of lobbying being carried out to get support, by both sides on this issue.

Cory Bernardi, Fraser Anning and David Leyonhjelm have already backed the government.

Derryn Hinch has said that he may support the cut, if it comes together with a pay rise for workers. The three Nick Xenophon Team Senators remain opposed to parts of the package.

Pauline Hanson has turned on the company tax cut and this may well drag the three One Nation Senators against the legislation in its present form. Hanson says big companies should not get the cut, which should only be given to those with a turnover of less than $50 million a year.

Only Tasmanias Rebekha Sharkie is totally against any form of  company tax cut.

What is going to happen in the end is unclear. Much of the cross-bench is once again showing its potential for infinite flexibility, so long as the government offers them a few crumbs. It is on the cards that the self-styled crusaders for justice can be persuaded, if the price is right.

This piece of legislation is once again bringing out of the worst of the parliamentary political process in Australia. Not for the first time, the courage of principle, may be giving way to political opportunism.

For us mere mortals, either the lowering of company tax is right or wrong. It should not be something to be bargained with.

Australia should expect politicians to decide on this basis. But regretfully, it does not, because the manipulation of important issues, to bargain for concessions in other places, has become the rule rather than the exception. Politicians are expected to be opportunists, free of moral compass. No wonder that as a group, they stand in such low esteem.

But a shot should not only be fired at the cross bench. Coalition government members are engaged in their usual kneejerk reaction to anything in favour of their benefactors, the big end of town. For them, the company tax cut is mantra. But there is also the stench of a corrupt political system, that rewards what favours the richest and most powerful.

After all, there is no moral dilemma, when they reward themselves with lavish pensions and other perks, as they screw age pensioners the...


Is a Royal Commission into the Veteran Suicide Rate in Australia What We Really Need? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Note: The graph from is of US statistics)

[Editors Note: Former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) are battling rates of suicide higher than the general population according to a report released in June 2017. That doesnt come as a surprise.]

by Felicity Hingston

Phil Essam Casey wants  a Royal Commission into the Veteran Suicide Rate in Australia. This is the petition he put up on

In 2017 , 80 plus Australian Veterans have lost their lives to suicide. This is a National Tragedy and somethin...


FAT TUESDAY "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Put your crpe making hat on and get ready for Mardi Gras.

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February 12 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1793 - John Macarthur ,being the brown nosed toadie that he was, was rewarded with a land grant of 100 acres near Parramatta that he dubbed Elizabeth Farm after his long-suffering hard-working wife who was the real energy behind the sheep breeding program.

1798 Having finished his homework early, Matthew Flinders explored the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait.

1814 - The Governor was all up in a tizz when he released an order from Government House announcing the most bodacious discovery of rich grasslands to the west. The announcement celebrated the fertile pasturelands, well-watered by numerous streams. The order also detailed the land grants awarded to Evans, the two free men who accompanied him, and the original explorers, Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth, who were too busy celebrating to return this reporters calls.

1826 - The Meth's were looking to drum up business with the opening of their first church in Tassie.

1851 - Kicking over the ground while leaving the missus to mind the store Edward Hargraves found a whole 5 specks of the glittery gold stuff at Summer Hill Creek.

1868 - Victorian Parliament created (yet another committee to look into it) the Dept of Hansard when they (pinched) recruited 3 staff from the Argus Newspaper.

1884 - The railway line from Mitiamo to Pyramid Hill (Vic) was opened.

1893 - Dickey was a steamship that was blown ashore in heavy north-easterly weather on Caloundra Head, Queensland. All passengers and crew were saved from Dickey. Dickeys hulk was visible for many years, lasting nearly a hundred years on the beach.

1900 - Pink Hill, held by Victorian, South Australian and British troops was attacked by a superior Boer force resulting in the deaths of seven Australians and the wounding of 22 others.

1901 - Premier of Victoria, Sir George Turner, retired (to his beach front condo on the Gold Coast) from politics after 86 days.

1901 -  Resident Magistrate of Daru Bingham Hely died of malaria whilst on leave at Thursday Is.

1901 - Alexander Peacock took up the reins and became Premier of Victoria.

1908 - The Bullock Island Branch railway line (NSW) was closed from Albert Street - Bullock Island.

1939 - Turua was a fishing vessel that was blown ashore and wrecked at Prion Bay, far south coast Tasmania. The crew were all saved. The remains of her engine still  mark the spot where she came to grief, now called Turua Beach. 

1942 - Australian Army Command ordered the evacuation of the nursing sisters from the three Australian hospital units at...


It Seems Someone Came Into My House Last Night "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scary thing is I was upstairs in bed.

The campaign of harassment continues. I should have paid attention to my dogs- who were alerted but I made them lay back down.

They let me know in not so subtle ways as it was pretty blatant. But who can I tell?

Considering my only friend in Seattle was found without a heartbeat yesterday and now is in a coma- it seems they are going full out to try and fuck me up.

Something tells me they are upset I put my blog back up. They will stop at nothing to try and stop me from talking. Going after me and anyone I care about- their obsession with me never stops.

It could be coincidental- but I have to wonder.


Thailand arrests alleged 'Dark Web' boss "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Russian national is accused by U.S. authorities of running an online cybercrime marketplace. Police in Thailand announced Friday they have arrested a Russian national accused by U.S. authorities of running an online cybercrime marketplace where everything from stolen credit card information to hardware for compromising ATM machines could be purchased. Police said that Sergey Medvedev was arrested at his Bangkok apartment on Feb. 2 at the request of U.S. authorities. The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday announced indictments against 36 people accused of being active in the Infraud Organization - founded in 2010 and operated under the slogan "In Fraud We Trust" - which was an anonymous online forum that the department described as a "one-stop shop for cybercriminals." It said it had nearly 11,000 members who traded more than 4.3 million credit cards, debit cards and bank accounts worldwide, leading to losses of more than $530 million for legitimate users and businesses. The U.S. indictment described Medvedev, 31, as the group's co-founder along with Svyatoslav Bondarenko, and said he had operated a payment system for the forum's members. It said Medvedev became the website's owner and administrator when Bondarenko went missing in 2015. Thai Police Maj. Nuthapong Rattanamongkolsak, the arresting officer, said U.S. officials had tracked the group for several years but only recently started to make arrests. "Before the operation could be ready, they had to recheck their targets in various countries," Nutthapong said, adding that the case against the Infraud Organization began in 2014 when a U.S. Homeland Security officer sent an undercover agent to sign up as a member of the Dark Web forum. On Thursday, 13 of the wanted persons were taken into custody across the globe, including in California, New York and Alabama. Suspects arrested in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Kosovo and Serbia are awaiting extradition. Medvedev will be extradited to face prosecution in the U.S., Nutthapong said. A Thai police statement said they seized 29 electronic items from Medvedev's Bangkok apartment, while the Infraud Organization's main servers were seized Tuesday in Paris. The police statement said officers were able to arrest Medvedev by performing stakeouts, behavioral analyses, and by investigating his online activity. Nutthapong said Thai police are tracking several other similar online syndicates. Last year, Thai authorities arrested the alleged operator of Alphabay, a massive Dark Web marketplace where illicit items such as narcotics and guns could be sold or purchased by anyone, unlike Infraud, which vetted its members. The alleged Alphabay administrator, 26-year-old Canadian Alexandre Cazes, was found dead in his Thai prison cell shortly after his arrest, a suicide by hanging, according to Thai police.


SOTT FOCUS: The Truth Perspective: Radical Leftist Ideology and Totalitarianism "IndyWatch Feed National"

It's pernicious, it's dangerous, and it's spreading everywhere. No, not the flu. We're talking about the other virus - the Mind Virus of Radical Leftist Ideology. From university campuses, it has spread through media to infect whole education systems, corporate sectors, politics and beyond, creeping into every facet of culture from the US West Coast all the way around the world to the Australian Gold Coast. Many people are beginning to notice some of the ugliest manifestations of this very dangerous ideology, but the pernicious and subtle ways that it takes hold of and twists people's minds are many and varied. So there is still time before this 'mind virus' really takes hold and the pure, destructive force it carries is unleashed on society. Ideally, sanity will prevail before we reach the point of no return. Join us this Sunday 11 February from 12-1:30pm EST / 5-6:30pm UTC / 6-7:30pm CET on The Truth Perspective for the antidote! Running Time: 01:55:21 Download: OGG, MP3 Listen live, chat, and call in to future shows on the SOTT Radio Network!


Assange scoffs at buffoon Newsweek journalist duped by fake Twitter account "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange has issued a savage rebuke to Newsweek journalist Michael Hayden for being duped by a fake Twitter account impersonating the Wikileaks founder. Hayden had responded to a tweet supporting US president Donald Trump from Assange impersonator @TheRealJulian. The fake account wrote: "Keep doing what you're doing Mr. President and know that the entire world is behind you!" Despite the nature of the comment being completely out of character, Hayden took it at face value and he accused the Australian of being "one of those MAGA randos that rushes into Trump's replies to kiss up".


Australia: Family of Muslima stabber say theyre shocked: Shes a brilliant student "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ms Shoma has been charged with one count of engaging in a terrorist act, with police alleging she was self-radicalised.' How do police know that? Because the family says theyre shocked? Have police simply accepted what the family said at face-value, or have they conducted an informed and thorough investigation of what the family believes []


Unite the Struggle "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


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In this program we are lucky enough to be able to speak with Combat Wombats Izzy Brown live and direct from Melbourne.

Izzy always has some incredible projects underway or planned.

Last time we spoke to her she was turning her ambitious refugee music project United Struggle into a musical.

She tells us all about the production and a planned t...


Monique Grbec: Letter to my mum "IndyWatch Feed National"

Share this Post I want you to know why finding out where we are from, where our country is, is so important to me.  I believe that all the beauty of the Australian landscape, the stillness and the tidal lapping, the food to be foraged, and the fresh morning air is where our beauty is.  I believe that finding our ...

Sunday, 11 February


Found "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


This little black cat has turned up at our house. Very sweet friendly and playful. 
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antifa notes (february 11, 2018) : The Radical Right in Australia / Aryan Nations On Trial in Perth &tc "IndyWatch Feed National"

1) The Radical Right in Australia OUP has published an essay on The Radical Right in Australia by myself and Aurelien Mondon which you can read online or download for free here. The chapter is one of many in The Continue reading


Zero G - 29 January 2017 Episode 1170 "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

ZERO-G #1170

Title: A Few Little Things Podcast Title: Journey To The Pod

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: Tuning into the buzz about the ANT-MAN AND THE WASP trailer; UPSTART CROW, a sitcom about Shakespeare (truly!); STAR TREK DISCOVERY wrap ups; the NEW LEGENDS OF MONKEY, and more!

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST


Child Trafficking Is Real Despite What Some Would Claim "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is an ugly truth_ one that is not all that hard to figure out if one could only be honest with themselves.

The fact that a group of parents who were accused of child molestation and horrible abuse got together and formed The False Memory Syndrome Foundation and gave us the two phrases false memories and satanic panic shows this.

Unless you believe all of the people who came forward were liars and the only ones telling the truth were the accused. And there were A LOT of parents coming forward in the 80s claiming their children were being abused in their daycares- thus the word PANIC. It was everywhere in the 80s.

In the US- in Australia- and in the UK- who, incidentally- got busted for covering THEIR allegations up. If the claims were so bogus- why spend the time, money, and effort to cover them up?

Our rich elite feel they are entitled to anything and everything they want. This includes the buying and selling of your children. It is a scary thought but none the less truth.

And they will murder anyone who tries to stand in their way. And the question shouldnt be if our governments lie to us but rather do they ever tell us the truth?

And dont for a moment think you are immune. I am a nobody and LOOK at the campaign they have going against me. It tells you anyone who falls within their sites is expendable. Is this activity- and those who engage in it- really the ones you want to put your allegiances with?

They serve themselves- and ONLY themselves. To protect them is to put your own children in danger. Is that how any of you truly want to lead your lives? REALLY?

Because I belive we are all better than that personally.


FORGOTTEN SHED OF MEMORIES "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Who doesn't have a memory of Festival Hall?

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Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE TWENTY-TWO REFUGEES LEAVE NAURU FOR THE UNITED STATES The second group of refugees to leave Nauru for resettlement in the United States are leaving Nauru this afternoon, Nauru time. The 22 refugees are flying from Nauru to the United States, via Fiji, to Los Angeles. (Photos attached of refugees checking-in(...)


And Were Back "IndyWatch Feed Geelong"

Our first meeting for what is going to be an amazingly busy year. Planning is well and truly underway for our group exhibition in March, celebrating ten years of adventures in textile arts. For the first two months we have agreed to work on our own projects, some of which will be featured in the exhibition. There was lots of discussion about the year ahead and some show and tell.

Rosalie brought along her paper vessels. They are much smaller than you think. 

These are photos of  Paulines scroll /book, not quite finished but will be for the exhibition.

Laurene had her scrolls.

And Jenny had some pieces that she had been playing around with.


Mass surveillance and security on the Internet "IndyWatch Feed National"

Not five years ago, as Edward Snowden unveiled thousands of classified and secret documents, the world became shockingly aware of a covert, suspicion-independent and global mass-surveillance of the Internet and telecommunication networks, which had been operated by the so-called Five Eyes (Australia, Canada, New Zeeland, UK and the USA) at least since 2007. This surveillance relied on monitoring programs such as PRISM (with the more or less voluntary participation of Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, AOL, Skype und Apple), XKeyscore (a system to perform virtually unlimited monitoring of anyone around the world using metadata and content), and Tempora (skimming and caching almost all Internet traffic directly from the network hubs and transatlantic data links). While the public outrage after Snowdens revelations was unprecedented, this has since largely subsided, and Intelligence Services enjoy once again nearly unhindered ability to siphon off, evaluate and store data on a large scale. With all probability, the methods of the Five Eyes a...


Recommendations Sought "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


We're contemplating some creative re-configuring in our kitchen.  We still have a wall of the original wooden cupboards from the red-brick Newlands houses.  We'd like to re-organise them and add to them sympathetically while incorporating a new oven, hob, fridge and sink.  Is there anyone out there who has done something similar?  Or is there a skilled and creative carpenter/joiner/cabinet-maker who likes an interesting project?  

Any thoughts, contacts, ideas, please get in touch.; 0457 436 280.

Many thanks.  Jenny.

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