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Tuesday, 21 November

22:25

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #569 onlymelbourne

Read Online Newsletter | #569 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #569 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 21st November 2017 to Monday 27th November 2017 Another week jam packed with markets, exhibitions and foodie events. Night Noodle Markets 9-26 November - Asian market feast served alongside roaming performers DJs and live music. Night Noodle Markets | Birrarung Marr Stitches & Craft Show .nobrtable br { display: none } 23-26 November 2017 | 3 days of amazing displays and get loads of inspiration to make gorgeous things for your family and home. Melbourne Stitches & Craft Show | Royal Exhibition Building The Strange and Spektakulr Lives of Otto & Astrid .nobrtable br { display: none } Circus Oz creates this strange and spektacular fantastical back story of the lives of Otto and Astrid, tracing the journey that catapulted them to become the Prince and Princess of art rock and Europop. Show | Meat Market | Buy Tickets The Melbourne Fair 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Over 60 of Australias best antique dealers will be at Caulfield Racecourse from the 23rd to 26th November The Melbourne Fair | Caulfield Racecourse Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Christmas tree lighting spectacular followed by a dazzling fireworks display to welcome in the festive season. Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights 2017 Black Friday Sales .nobrtable br { display: none } Prepare for the biggest shopping day of the year. Friday 24th November 2017: Black Friday Sales Primrose Fair 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } The ultimate designer market on the Mornington Peninsula at the historic Cloisters in Mount Eliza. Saturday, November 25, 2017: Primrose Fair | Toorak College Melbourne Ceramics Market .nobrtable br { display: none } Showcasing Melbournes finest and established ceramic makers on the weekend of the 25th & 26th November under one roof in Collingwood. Melbourne Ceramics Market Melbourne Pen Show .nobrtable br { display: none } Australia's only pen show featuring writing instruments, pens and writing ephemera at Malvern Town Hall - Sunday 26th November 2017. Melbourne Pen Show 2017 | Malvern Town Hall Coburg Night Market .nobrtable br { display: none } One of Melbournes favourite summertime events Coburg Night Market returns for an 8th season with Artisans street food and music. 4 Friday nights | 5.30pm-10pm | Bridges Reserve Coburg Night Market This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Cigar Box Guitar Festival, Draughthorse & YesterYear Weekend, Feminist Festive Fair, Gippsland Antiques & Collectables Fair, Kids Fun Run with Thomas, Lancefield Megafauna Festival, Melbourne Music Week, Monster Fest, Riddells Creek Festival, Very Special Kids Fashion Sale, White Ribbon Day, Yea Show View Event...

21:08

Free Newlands Community News

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Hi there,

Clearing out garage thought I better check if anyone local wants these things before I get rid of them...

FREE:

Children's bike seat.



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21:05

Mulch - a - Rama! Newlands Community News

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Hey there!

Community service announcement: just thought I should share that there is a heap of mulch up at the Reservoir recycle centre. You can load for free but they'all also load up a full cage trailer with their front-end loader for $25. Makes life a lot easier.



21:01

Netball Newlands Community News

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NETBALL TRY-OUTS
for Individual Players looking to join a New or an existing Team in 2018.

WHERE:  Coburg Basketball Stadium, 25 Outlook Road, Coburg North
WHEN:  Wednesday evenings November 22nd and November 29th
TIME:  From 5.15pm - 6pm on both dates listed above.
COST:  $2 per Participant if you are not already a Coburg Netballer.
Arrive early to complete an "Expression of Interest" Form.

Coburg Kangaroos - Coburg Netball Association is welcoming.  We encourage good sportsmanship and behaviour at all times.  ...

20:55

Community Forum Newlands Community News

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Moreland Council is reviewing the Statement of Commitment to Women to ensure that our actions continue to support the community.  Please join us for a forum on 12 December and an engaging debate supported by a panel of three guest speakers.  We will discuss what gender equality and inclusion mean today and how to break down barriers.

Guest speakers:

       Jenni Smith, CEO, Northern Community Legal Centre
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20:47

Free music at Joe's Market Garden Farm Gate this Saturday Newlands Community News

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Free music at Joe's Market Garden Farm Gate this Saturday

34 Edna Grove, Coburg
10:30AM
Saturday 25th November

Our lovely Flick and Flanno Return to the farm gate




The last we saw this lot play tunes was when we hadn't met the little Noah! 

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18:51

5:30pm Fri 24 Nov |Rally for Manus: End the Siege Bring Them Here "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 5:30pm Friday 24th November Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne. Facebook event here WEEKLY RALLY & SIT IN FOR MANUS REFUGEES End the Siege -Bring Them Here Recurring rally, every Friday from 5.30pm, State Library Followed by march and street sit in speakers include Aziz live from Manus, Adnan Abdulkarim, Ahwaz(...)

18:24

The Propagandarer Gross Habit

Last night I was watching The Punisher punish bad guys while also being a bad guy and I realised it's a lucky coincidence my favourite form of entertainment is American propaganda. It's Number 1! You could argue that all US entertainment is propaganda, but I'm talking about anything with at least one appearance by a flag, some guns and (ideally) a sad man who has to kill people but is good enough to be sad about it or at least frowning like the American sniper in American Sniper. (Actually I hated that movie, but we are playing with lies here so whatever).

The Sad Man must always be Punished(TM) with further sadness after he has done his sad duty that no one else will do because everyone else is corrupt, particularly anyone in a suit or a uniform because the CIA is full of evil men despite being a great organisation. Also the armed forces are constantly being forced to do horrible things but are also great organisations because they turn up every damn day and do the hard work while they wait for King Arthur to return or whatever it is they think is happening. He is the Sad Man who takes on all American Sadness so kids can be safe to grow up to be mass murderers, serial killers or any of the other career pathways available to those who join the armed forces, which are great organisations.

There's no way to write seriously about US propaganda that isn't the reader's cue to stare into the abyss and wonder how a fucking American flag got down there, does there absolutely have to be one in every fucking shot, scene and montage? Fuck up, fuckface! (That's me yelling at a flag, which is nowhere near as weird as crying about one.)

In The Punisher our hero LITERALLY takes his kids on a ferry ride to look at the Statue of Liberty. which is fine because Americans actually believe all that shit. They get emotional about every aspect of their country. Imagine caring deeply about your country. Is that like caring deeply about your boss? Yes. It is.

I am enjoying The Punisher.

I have to do other things now because it's not all about America. Goodbye.

15:57

Ora Ora Shohei Otomo at Backwoods, Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Son of the legendary Katsuhiro Otomo Japanese author, illustrator and creator of cult classic Anime AKIRA Shohei Otomo is cut from the same cloth as his father. With intense concentration, he produces ballpoint drawings of semi-imagined figures and situations, blending the old guard sensibilities and pop-culture of Japan with his own dystopian take on life in the country and the seedy underbelly often hidden from the outside world.

With an impressive display of technical precision, incisive political critique and innovative style, Otomo effortlessly slides between the boundaries of graphic design, fine art, anime and raw punk power.

Featuring a larger-than-life-size hand-painted Sumo sculpture, amongst other visual treats, Otomos show opens to the public at Backwoods, Melbourne, this Friday, November 24rd and runs until December 10th.

Backwoods Director and stalwart of the Melbourne art scene, Alexander Mitchell, penned the following essay on Otomos work for the show:

Japanese culture is engaged in an ongoing battle against two opponents; its youth and the West. Like a colossal Sumo wrestler with expert cultural judo, by using its opponents own weight as a weapon, Japan somehow keeps the fight in equilibrium. It rolls with each blow, assimilates culture, pushes back with its own creations and always finds balance.

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14:14

Life expectancy. From 45 to 82 years, we've come a long way "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One hundred and fifty years ago on Tuesday The Sydney Morning Herald broke news that these days would be considered shocking.

The first 'life table' prepared for the British colony put the expected lifespan of a newborn non-Aboriginal Australian at just 45.6 years.

The Bureau of Statistics now gives newborns a lifespan of 82.5 years; 80.4 for boys, and 84.6 for girls.

And that's almost certain to be an underestimate. Improvements in medical technologies throughout 80 years of life are likely to add an extra four years to those totals.

On November 7, 1867, the life table was good news. We were better off than England where newborns got only 40.9 years, and better off than Belgium where they got 32.2.

And things were even better than the raw figure of 45.6 years suggested. An extraordinary 10.6 per cent of newborns (10.6 per cent of boys, 9.8 per cent of girls) died before they reached the age of one. If you survived to the age of one, you were likely to make it to 51.

From today's vantage point it looks as if life expectancy has always increased, but it hasn't, for decades at a time. The 1960s were what Melbourne University demographer Alan Lopez refers to as the "tobacco years". Life expectancy increased not at all.

For older Australians life expectancy scarcely increased for 50 years, between 1920 and 1970. It was only after 1972 when the tobacco use was brought under control (it didn't finally peak until 1978 - 1980) and progress was made against heart attacks that it began to grow again.

In recent years, newborns have been gaining an extra year of life every two and a half years. Australian National University demographer Liz Allen can't see an upper limit, although she concedes it will be more difficult. Controlling tobacco, preventing heart disease and making driving safer were easier to do than it would be to extend the lifespan of the parts of our bodies with built in obsolescence. Our bodies weren't designed to last too many years beyond childbirth, she says.

Alan Lopez says we've already harvested most of the low-hanging fruit. "The gains in lung cancer, chronic heart disease and the tobacco causes will continue, but at a much slower rate," he says. The gains from road accidents will depend on whether we adopt strict road rules of the kind Sweden has where there is a zero tolerance for alcohol.

At a public lecture to be presented at Melbourne University next week, he will suggest that life expectancy will continue to climb for the next 25 years, but at half the rate of the previous 25 years.

The biggest ob...

14:06

Better economic days ahead? Sorry, not yet "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Why do people feel so rotten?

It's because they don't believe the federal Treasurer when he says there are "better days ahead".

He's said it 25 times, roughly once a week since April.

If things were really looking up, retailers wouldn't need to cut prices to maintain sales. During the June and September quarters, retail prices fell 0.2 and 0.4 per cent. Fell. It's rare for prices to fall across the entire retail sector for an entire quarter. It's even rarer for them to fall for two consecutive quarters, and rarer still for them to fall that much. It's the biggest wave of discounting this century.

What did the price dive deliver? An increase in spending of 1 per cent. In department stores, where prices slipped 0.3 per cent, spending slid 2.2 per cent.

ShopperTrak monitors retail traffic in real time. Store owners and shopping centre managers feed it video, Wi-Fi and the output of heat sensors to enable it to work out how many people are in participating stores at any given time and how long they stay. In September, foot traffic was down 6 per cent on the same period the previous year. In the first three weeks of October, it was down 7.5 per cent.

It's partly because we're switching to shopping online, where, for big items, we can get lower prices, often from overseas. But it's also because, even with low and sliding prices, we are less keen to shop.

Ask us whether we expect better or worse conditions in the year ahead, as the Melbourne Institute does every month, and only 21 per cent say "better". That's the average for the past 12 months. Back in the final year of the Gillard government and the last months of the mining boom, 30 per cent said better. Back further in the last year of the Howard government, 33 per cent picked better.

It's the same when you ask about the next five years: only 21 per cent of us expect better times; 26 per cent expect worse. Back in the final year of the Howard government 44 per cent of us expected better times, and only 22 per cent expected worse.

Like businesses reluctant to invest whatever the interest rate, households that are wary will be reluctant to spend whatever the price. Officially, inflation is just 1.8 per cent, keeping pace with record low private sector wage growth of 1.8 per cent. But 1.8 per cent is an overestimate.

The Bureau of Statistics conceded as much on Monday when it revamped the consumer price index to take into account changed buying patterns. The index measures the price of the basket of goods that is said to represent the purchases of a typical consumer. But what's typical changes over time.

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13:37

Pay your rates "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Here is an article from a Melbourne suburbs newspaper telling people to pay their 'rates' at the Municipal office.


06:27

Elwood-based artist to exhibit at the 2017 Knox Immerse Festival St Kilda News

Elwood-based photographic printmaker Mat Hughes is one of 30 artists taking part  in this years Knox Immerse Festival exhibiting at 30 venues for 30 days. His print series titled In Flux is now on display at the Rowville library, until December 11, 2017.    Mat Hughes was born in Libya when the country had a []

03:00

Black Death Warning: The Plague Is Impossible To Eradicate "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Face masks are placed on children in Antananarivo, Madagascar (AP Photo/Alexander JOE)

Face masks are placed on children in Antananarivo, Madagascar (AP Photo/Alexander JOE)

An expert is warning the plague that has sickened over 2000 people in Madagascar since August is impossible to eradicate. Even though the number of those infected has dropped in recent weeks, the plague will never truly be gone.

Its not possible to eradicate plague, as it is widespread in wildlife rodents outside the sphere of human influence, Cheng wrote on The ConversationOutbreaks, generally, are managed reactively by firefighting teams, deployed to clear houses of fleas, identify and treat cases and give pre-emptive treatment to contacts at risk. A more preventative approach, such as the identification of areas at risk using climate models and animal surveys to focus flea and rat control efforts, would be better, he said. But, this requires a better understanding of transmission pathways in each region where disease persists.

The best way to stop the plague spreading was to focus on flea and rat control in the most at-risk areas, he said. Chengs comments came after at least 171 people died in Madagascar over an outbreak of plague. Nine countries were urged by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to prepare for a black death attack, at the end of October.

Its been reported that plague has been transmitted to humans by camels, goats, prairie dogs, rock squirrels and guinea pigs since the 1960s. There are only a few remaining hotspots for plague in th...

02:00

MCN: Big Organising with Becky Bond Plan to Win

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Do you want to build people power to win?

The big organising approach utilised in the Bernie Sanders campaign offers several valuable rules to scale up your efforts, empower members and supporters, and catch the fire of momentum.

Becky Bond is co-author of Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything. She served as a senior adviser on the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, and was an architect of the campaigns national, volunteer-driven grassroots campaign. After the 2016 presidential cycle, Becky founded the Big Organizing Project and is a pioneer in the use of distributed organising to win advocacy and electoral campaigns.

This is a Melbourne Campaigners Network event. MCN holds gatherings for campaigners, activists, and organisers to discuss ideas, exchange resources and discover new approaches to social change. Becky Bond is available to present at this event thanks to the generous support of Australian Progress and GetUp.

Location: Save the Children, 33 Lincoln Square S, Carlton VIC

Time: 6pm til 8pm

Date: Tuesday 28 November

Cost: Entry by donation, suggested donation $10-$20 (nobody turned away for lack of funds).

RSVP: Facebook

Further info: Enquire via the Contact page.

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21:58

Financially stressed? Please don't blame high prices "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When Tony Abbott first stood for prime minister, he complained about the price of bread.

He told the leaders debate it had shot up 12 per cent. It hadn't. The Bureau of Statistics found it hadn't increased at all it had been stuck for a year at $3.88.

Head to Woolworths online today and you'll see a variety of prices, for different kinds of loaves. I've averaged them. Today's price is $3.55.

We never seem to notice the prices that are going down, or at least we pay far less attention to them than the prices that are going up (or that we imagine are going up).

The inflation rate is 1.8 per cent. But when asked by the Melbourne Institute what we think it is, we typically say 5 to 6 per cent.

The Bureau of Statistics calculates the rate by going into shops and entering into scanners the prices of around 1000 items. It does it over and over again, all over each of Australia's eight capital cities. These days it augments those readings with scanner data from supermarkets and the prices advertised on websites.

But it gets it wrong. And not in the direction you would expect.

It systematically overestimates the inflation rate because it systematically underestimates our canniness.

Here's how it would work with two brands of baked beans. To start with they might each sell for the same price, and we might buy the same amount of each. Five years later the price of one brand might be 20 per cent higher and the other 5 per cent higher. The Bureau will record an average price increase of around 10 per cent. But the cost to us won't have increased that much. Over time, we will have shifted our purchases to the brand which has increased more slowly, by 5 per cent.

We do it with everything, switching between brands and between products in order to save money. It's how we shop.

It is why every few years the consumer price index gets seriously out of whack and needs to be recalibrated. The Bureau has just done it, re-surveying how we spend our money and readjusting the index to reflect updated spen...

19:46

Naarm / Melbourne, so-called Australia: Serco Compound Attacked in Solidarity with Refugees in Detention "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Received on 20.11.17:

19.11.17: Tonight, a group of people in Naarm / Melbourne, responding to the call out for 8 Days of Solidarity for Refugees, undertook an action targeting Serco. Serco is a multinational corporation which is directly responsible for the inhumane incarceration conditions faced by refugees, asylum seekers, and detainees, in so-called Australia. Serco is also a major player in the international privatised prison complex.

The group gained access to a central Naarm / Melbourne, Serco compound and immobilised 7 vehicles. The group also left spray-painted messages on Serco compound property, including vehicles, reading Serco Psycho Scum, Serco, profiting from refugee detention- this is war, and Serco profits from misery, we hold YOU responsible.

Deaths in Detention Vengeance and Accountability Crew


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18:22

Citizen Science Newlands Community News

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Help online with a citizen science project on Aussie beaches.

On a hot day, why not use your computer or tablet to help clean Australian beaches by participating in a digital citizen science? Yes, it is also child-friendly with the usual parental guidance and may foster a sense of 'you can have fun while also doing good stuff'.

Check it out at https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/theplastictide/the-plastic-tide or if this project is not to your liking, check out any of the other citizen science projects (history, nature, llimate ...) going on at https://www.zooniverse.org/projects. There are usually many active at any given time and some on hold waiting for a new set of data.

How knows,  the Snow spotter may have a psychological cooling effect! https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/mozerm/snow-spotter

18:21

Free Newlands Community News

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Cot in fair to good condition. Has been reinforced with timber strips and screws. Rungs are 62mm apart - within regulation. 

Takes mattress up to 38cm x 81cm.

Free pickup near Barry Beckett. SMS Ari 0419 205 065.


17:43

Zero G - 20 November 2017 Episode 1160 "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

ZERO-G #1160

Title: Punishing Justice

Podcast Title:  Steppenpod 1160

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: we hit the PUNISHER (and watch him get hit); and join the JUSTICE LEAGUE.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

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

16:38

Ducking Dark Times with Michael Leunig "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

Modern life can feel like an injury. Where do we turn for hope when all seems dark? Its times like these we need the consolation of art and ducks.

Michael Leunig is in Perth soon for his latest book, Ducks for Dark Times a glimpse into his twentieth collection of cartoons. Explore the mind of one of Australias most treasured artists and find the wisdom and resilience needed for anyone who is losing faith; whos becoming exhausted or fed up with the news, and for those of us who feel we could do well to laugh or weep a little more.

Michael Leunig has been drawing and writing for Australian newspapers since 1965. He was born in Melbourne and now lives on a farm in north-eastern Victoria. His work has been widely published overseas, and has been adapted in Australia for television, theatre and radio.

His many titles include The Penguin Leunig, The Travelling Leunig, Ramming the Shears, Everyday Devils and Angels, You and Me, Short Notes from the Long History of Happiness, Why Dogs Sniff Each Others Tails, Goatperson and Other Tales, The Curly Pyjama Letters, The Stick, Poems, Strange Creature and The Lot.

Play Michael Leunig

Hope in Dark Times: An Evening with Michael Leunig Thursday November 30, 6:30PM. Beaufort Street Books

To learn more about Hope in Dark Times: An Evening with Michael Leunig, click here

15:55

Kathy Jackson to stand trial in the Victorian County Court on 166 theft and fraud charges "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Kathy Jackson today appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court for a committal hearing of 166 fraud and theft charges. A committal in Victoria's legal system is heard before a Magistrate who decides whether the prosecution has established a prima facie case against the defendant - in other words, would a...

15:23

Free Newlands Community News

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Hi there.

I'm looking to offload a Philips Avent bottle steriliser that's never been used. Still in the box. We live in Preston West.

Call Mark on 0411 305 805.



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15:10

Free Newlands Community News

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Free baby swing.

A bit faded at the front but otherwise good condition. 

Pick up Coburg North

Ph 0400 301 028.




15:06

Recommendation Sought Newlands Community News

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Recommendations sought:

Lawn mowing and television aerial repairs/replacement.
 
And security alarm maintenance.

Jane 0400 597 728.

14:55

Women's Meditation Circle Newlands Community News

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Are you interested in attending Rachel's final Women's Meditation Circle for the year? This is a chance to come along and also to see if it something you would like to explore for next year - the circle runs monthly during school terms in 2018.

When is it?  Monday, December 4th 10am - 11.30am
Where?  13 Meadow Street Coburg

What happens? - we meet, share tea, open with a short meditation, reflect on a topic for the day, do a nature walk and reflection - optional - by the creek near my place, and also close with a meditation/reflection.

Payment is by contribution for the session (anything $10 - $40  - you decide depending on your personal situation).

let me know if I can expect you and if you will come alone or bring a friend with you.
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13:19

Thursday & Quicksand "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Post-hardcore pioneers, THURSDAY announce theyre coming out of retirement with their first run of shows in Australia since 2012. Officially reforming in 2016, theyll bring the tour to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide in March 2018. Joining them on all dates is influential New York City post-hardcore legends, QUICKSAND.

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 12pm this Friday, October 13.

My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale beginning tomorrow at 10am, October 11.

For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: livenation.com.au.

Revered for their anguished lyrics, chiming guitars and explosive stage presence, Thursday have been a house-hold name among punk and rock fans since their debut release, Waiting, 18 years ago. Coming out of New Jersey in 1999 at the precipice of the post-punk movement, Thursday were quick to gain the attention of fans and labels with their raw, emotive sound. However, it wasnt until their 2001 album, Full Collapse, that they fully defined a genre.

Over the course of their active years, Thursday produced six eclectic albums. None were more representative of their distinctive sound than 2003s War All The Time. Armed with the backing of major label, Island Records, the album continued to elevate them as one of the most complex and exciting bands of the decade. After pioneering the post-hardcore genre, the band officially disbanded in 2013.

Emerging from the New York City hardcore scene of the 90s, QUICKSAND delivered a masterclass over two albums on what would be a stylistic blueprint for many bands to follow. They will release Interiors this November, which many attribute as their best album to date. It arrives deliberately unannounced, two decades after the pioneering post-hardcore quartets last album. Made completely on the bands own terms, Interiors has a power, strength and subtlety that will likely stun you. There are no wasted notes, no flab, and no excess whatsoever. It is absolutely perfect.

Catch these two genre-defining acts together this March!.......................

09:30

Cub Sport Bats "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

This week"s feature album comes from Cub Sport with Bats. The Brisbane four-piece first stepped out in 2010, releasing their first full-length album in 2016. Bats marks their second release, transitioning into a more dream-pop sound, filled with hip-hop inspired beats, gospel choirs and Tim Nelson powerfully delicate voice.

To support their new album, Cub Sport will be embarking on a national tour. Catch them in Sydney on March 17th.
Friday, February 23: Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth WA
Saturday, February 24: Fat Controller, Adelaide SA
Saturday, March 3: The Corner, Melbourne VIC
Sunday, March 4: The Corner, Melbourne VIC
Saturday, March 10: The Triffid, Brisbane QLD
Saturday, March 17: The Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW

Highlight Tracks: Chasin, O Lord.
Tune into Breakfast and Youth Jukebox on 2RRR 88.5FM all week long to hear these songs and more.

 

09:30

This Way North Announce National Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of This Way North Melbourne based alt-folk-rock duo This Way North will be spending the rest of the year running around the country with the announcement of a national tour. The tour is accompanied by the bands latest single Make It Work, a lo-fi piece of crunch, psych goodness. Check out the full []

09:01

The Greens win in Northcote brings important consequences "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The victory by Greens Candidate Linda Thorpe in the Northcote by-election is important, not so much because the win went to the Greens, or even by making history with the first indigenous woman elected into Victorias parliament, as much as because this has provided a litmus test, for the level of disenchantment that is rising around Australia.

As well as in the immediate sense, this has longer-term implications for the whole nation.

Closer to home, Victorias Andrews Labor government faces an election next year. In Northcote and other inner Melbourne electorates, Labor has been seeing the erosion of its heartland over some years. But rather than going to the Coalition, the drift is mainly towards the Greens.Labour has to contend with this reality. It is in the inner suburbs, where this is most likely to be at this time, converted into seats.

As well as the big picture, there are local issues. Sometimes too much weight is given to gentrification, that is, the coming in of a more professional, educated and better heeled population. There is some of this. But changing political attitudes are also being seen among Labors traditional working class heartland.

The Andrews Government is  vulnerable because to its intention to turn over public housing land to a mix of public, broader social and private housing, increasingly seen as privatisation through the back door.

Inner Melbourne faces a housing affordability crisis, where average homes are now, routinely priced on the wrong side of $1 million. People are hurting. Although there is a promise for more resources to be committed in this direction, it is not enough to turn the tide.

Another key local issue is the escalating traffic congestion that is turning the city into a commuting nightmare. There is more public transport. The down side is that the growth has not been enough to

meet the pace of increasing demand and trains and trams have become overcrowded.

The Coalition parties have nothing to smile about. Their position is worse. The biggest burden they have in Victoria is the unpopular Turnbull government in Canberra. Even without this, they are a non-show in Melbournes inner suburbs.

The disenchanted are turning away from traditional political institutions and the two party system, although this takes different forms in different places. Northcote is no exception.

In the century of its existence, the seat has always been held by Labor. Once by a big margin. In recent years this has dwindled, and it has now gone.

In the short-term, Labor faces a serious threat in Richmond and Brunswick and this has the potential of eroding the governments majority and putting the Greens in a bargaining po...

08:40

The car in front is an import "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Shuttered

Automotive production continues to plummet, with annual volumes nearly 50 per cent below their December 2010 level, and falling fast, so the new car you buy next year will likely be made somewhere else. 


The Department of Employment projected that the factory closures at Elizabeth in Adelaide (Holden) and Altona in Melbourne (Toyota) could cost 27,500 jobs over the years ahead, leading some commentators to predict the end of days for Australia.

Indeed, some gloomy reports even speculated that the closures could snowball into hundreds of thousands of jobs losses, which always seemed a bit far-fetched given that the shutdowns have been discussed for years.

It was wise to be prudent and wait for the halting of operations to pass, which has now occurred, but if there were to be any earth-shaking initial impacts then they weren't yet in evidence in the October 2017 employment figures.

In the event, total employment exploded +355,700 higher over the year to October, sending the unemployment rate careering to a 4 low, and with the ABS also now putting job openings at the highest level on record

Furthermore, the more timely SEEK job advertisements figures showed openings tearing 25 per cent higher in South Australia and 18 per cent higher in Victoria, so it's probably....

08:00

MERAH The NORTHSIDER

Jo Rittey checks out the latest addition to the Northcote dining scene, Merah, an ode to sambal and deliciousness.

The post MERAH appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

07:15

Misrepresentation, lies, deception and fraud ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth Jack Jolly in Comments: Deception is the way this is done. Thats how High Rise Harry gets to turn Sydney and Melbourne into Hong Kong. Hes given a licence by the state government to do so, and to hell with what the people who live there want. Did anyone ask the people of Sydney and Melbourne? Nope. Oddly, governing the state would be a hell of a lot easier if it was done on the basis of finding out what the public wanted done and what public values require If you can chase something that does not exist for 15 years and spend $50 million on it, then claim that it has been an outstanding success, then there are no limits to the bullshit you will project. Anything is possible. Isnt that the lesson of the fox fiasco - that government has no shame and no fear of the public whatsoever? They can look us in the eye and lie time and time again. There are no consequences David Obendorf in Comments: Perhaps it is a bitter pill. That this expensive eradication program was based on some unconscionable lying and the use of imported hoaxed evidence calculated to deceive. The presentation of false, unsubstantiated allegations to Tasmania Police was bad enough, but lying to a fox ecologist compounds the offence. To falsify physical evidence using dead fox exhibits adds to the gravity Jack in Comments: Of course, the government in the lower house can always cancel parliament when things get too hot as Do-Nothing Malcolm (Member for Goldman Sachs) has just done: HERE

04:15

Misrepresentation, lies, deception and fraud "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth Jack Jolly in Comments: Deception is the way this is done. Thats how High Rise Harry gets to turn Sydney and Melbourne into Hong Kong. Hes given a licence by the state government to do so, and to hell with what the people who live there want. Did anyone ask the people of Sydney and Melbourne? Nope. Oddly, governing the state would be a hell of a lot easier if it was done on the basis of finding out what the public wanted done and what public values require If you can chase something that does not exist for 15 years and spend $50 million on it, then claim that it has been an outstanding success, then there are no limits to the bullshit you will project. Anything is possible. Isnt that the lesson of the fox fiasco - that government has no shame and no fear of the public whatsoever? They can look us in the eye and lie time and time again. There are no consequences David Obendorf in Comments: Perhaps it is a bitter pill. That this expensive eradication program was based on some unconscionable lying and the use of imported hoaxed evidence calculated to deceive. The presentation of false, unsubstantiated allegations to Tasmania Police was bad enough, but lying to a fox ecologist compounds the offence. To falsify physical evidence using dead fox exhibits adds to the gravity

00:16

The depths to which xenophobia and bigotry has reduced Australia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Australia began to ignore its obligations under international law in 1992 and its determination to turn back asylum seeker boats and reduce the number of refugees accepted into this country grew apace until this is the situation in November 2017.

The New York Times, 18 November 2017:

Veteran United Nations officials said this month they had never seen a wealthy democracy go to such extremes to punish asylum seekers and push them away.

Papua New Guinea officials and local leaders, enraged at how the camps closure was handled, have demanded to know why Australia is not doing more to help the men.

HuffPost, 18 November 2017:

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's main medical association called on Saturday for the government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside a recently closed detention center in Papua New Guinea.

The asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Australian-run Manus Island Centre for the past 18 days, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) to close it in a standoff the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis".

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Sunday, 19 November

19:30

Open-Minded/Creative People Live In A Completely Different Reality, According to Study "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Sure, there is obviously a big difference between close-minded people and open-minded people, right? But how deep does this difference run exactly?

For this study, one hundred and twenty-three people of different backgrounds were examined thoroughly. They were tested for open-mindedness which was done through five different categories. That being conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, and the ability to maintain an open mind in general. After all of this, they then tested individuals for a phenomenon known as binocular rivalry which is something that occurs when each eye is shown a different image (one red and one green). Most people switch back and forth between the two images but some people merge the two into a red-green patch.

It was found that those who saw both images together were the ones who had also scored higher on the openness test in general. This led the researchers to theorize that open-minded people seem to create new mental routes in their minds and attain higher planes of thought. They also noted open-minded people were more creative thus meaning creative people see the world differently as well.

This seems to match up with several previous studies that suggested open people experienced things differently than most people. ScienceDirect says as follows on the study:

For instance, openness predicts performance on divergent thinking tasks (Kaufman et al., 2016; Silvia et al., 2008), which require one to identify multiple diverse uses for ordinary objects. For open people this seems to happen effortlessly, suggesting a more flexible way of combining information, perhaps even at low-levels of perceptual processing. For example, people high in openness display reductions in latent inhibition (i.e., attenuated attentional processing following repeated stimulus exposure) suggesting individual differences in preconscious attentional mechanisms (Peterson & Carson, 1999; Peterson, Smith, & Carson, 2002). Latent inhibition reflects an adaptive attentional gating system for screening out irrelevant information, but for open people this system appears to be more flexible, resulting in the continued processing of stimuli from which the average individual has disengaged. However, we are aware of no previous research examining whether openness relates to how...

03:45

Misrepresentation, deception, lies and fraud "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth Jack Jolly in Comments: Deception is the way this is done. Thats how High Rise Harry gets to turn Sydney and Melbourne into Hong Kong. Hes given a licence by the state government to do so, and to hell with what the people who live there want. Did anyone ask the people of Sydney and Melbourne? Nope. Oddly, governing the state would be a hell of a lot easier if it was done on the basis of finding out what the public wanted done and what public values require If you can chase something that does not exist for 15 years and spend $50 million on it, then claim that it has been an outstanding success, then there are no limits to the bullshit you will project. Anything is possible. Isnt that the lesson of the fox fiasco - that government has no shame and no fear of the public whatsoever? They can look us in the eye and lie time and time again. There are no consequences David Obendorf in Comments: Perhaps it is a bitter pill. That this expensive eradication program was based on some unconscionable lying and the use of imported hoaxed evidence calculated to deceive. The presentation of false, unsubstantiated allegations to Tasmania Police was bad enough, but lying to a fox ecologist compounds the offence. To falsify physical evidence using dead fox exhibits adds to the gravity

Wednesday, 08 November

17:42

2017 Wangaratta Festival Of Jazz "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

28 years strong and still full of surprises!

Reviewed by Phil James

The 2018 Wangaratta Festival of jazz and blues (Wang.) was a story of the big and small, electronics and prerecording, continuing contributions by women, particularly from expat Aussies, new and proven talent. It did what festivals are meant to do. It provided an audience worthy of grand new works and artistic collaborations not served well by being restricted to the confines of the small urban music club. Wang. also provided the opportunity to create a jazz and blues smorgasbord, and as is true of all you can eat (or in this case all you can hear) one is prone to over-indulge. Like many others, I found myself dashing feverishly from one musical dish to another.

No one worked harder at Wang. than trumpeter / composer Nadje Noordhuis. Originally from Melbourne but resident in NY for past 14 years. One minute in partnership with long time collaborator, vibe player and percussionist James Shipp, the next with a quartet, and on another day a quintet. All this as well as acting as one of the National Jazz Award judges, and opening the Sydney International Womens Jazz Festival on Nov. 8

Melbourne saxophonist Angela Davis also demonstrated the benefit of having spent several years in the U.S. She really warmed up an otherwise acoustically cold St Pats Hall with her beautiful compositions and sensitive quartet.

Another talent featuring at the SIWJF who gave two performances was multi instrumentalist, vocalist, storyteller extraordinaire Jun Shyu. It wasnt jazz (or blues) but those who caught one of her two shows were completely mesmerized.

At the Blues tent on opening night Northern Territorys Caiti Baker and her band (with a little help from prerecorded guitars and backup vocals) gave great renditions of tunes from her latest terrific album Zinc. She threw in a couple of covers from Amy Winehouse and Irma Thomas for good measure. I predict BIG things for Miss Baker.

Other highlights at the Blues Tent (besides the excellent food and beverage vendors!) were the very credible vocal and guitar impression of Jimi Hendrix by Shannon Bourne; and the barnstorming gumbo sounds of funk, r&b and soul from Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen. Anyone who can get my world weary body up and boogieing has to be admired.

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