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Wednesday, 25 October

14:16

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

I want you to fuck off and never come back.

These were my male superiors last words to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14:00

Premiere: Sydneys Bad Pony deliver the soulful party-starter Half Blood "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Sydneys Bad Pony have been doing the round for a few years now, but now as we get closer and closer to the new year, the group have decided to gift fans with a brand new single, the exhilarating Half Blood.

Bad Pony have had a pretty stellar year so far, with showcases at Canadian Music Week, and shows in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City. Now with a brand new single behind them, the group are all set to head in 2018 with a bang, with Bad Pony already set to represent Australia at South By Southwest next year.

Bad Ponys new single, Half Blood, is another banger from the group. Filled with soulful vocals, tasty riffs, pounding drums, and a brilliant chorus that will definitely see the track quickly become a fan favourite at upcoming shows.

The tracks accompanying video manages to perfectly capture the sort of artists that Bad Pony are. Showing the group performing the track live, the video provides a snapshot of the ferocity, energy, and dedication that every single member of the band puts into their craft.

The way we play live is pretty unique and we have a shitload of fun doing it, said Jarred Young, the bands vocalist and drummer. We wanted to make sure that came across with Half Blood.

To add to the news of the brilliant single and video, the group have also just been named as recipients of the Australian Music Weeks 301 Music Prize. This of course means big things for Bad Pony, who are set to record a brand new single at Studios 301 as part of the prize.

Were really, really stoked, said Jarred excitedly. As a band that usually self-produces it will be a great experience to get into 301 with a producer for our next single too.

Bad Pony are set to head out on an east coast tour soon, giving fans a chance to devour their new single. Kicking things off at the Australian Music Week festivities next week, the band will hit up Tasmania, Victoria, and revisit New South Wales before the tour wraps up.

With the bands reputation for delivering an absolutely stunning live show, this is going to be one you wont want to miss.

Check out Bad Ponys brand new single, Half Blood, below.

Bad Pony Half Blood Tour

Thursday, November 2nd
Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW

Saturday, November 11th
Band Meeting Festi...

13:10

Mama Kin Spender Announce November Tour Dates "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Image Courtesy of Mama Kin Spender Mama Kin Spender, the collaboration between roots singer-songwriter Mama Kin and multi-instrumentalist/producer Spender, have announced plans to hit the road this November with a series of festival dates plus headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne. The project debuted at this years Bello Winter Festival and they have an album, []

09:12

Watch the New Video from The Teskey Brothers, Louisa "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Image Courtesy of The Teskey Brothers Melbourne soul revivalists The Teskey Brothers have just released the latest video from their amazing album Half Mile Harvest, the catchy southern soul track Louisa The video features features the band in a foot chase through their hometown of Warrandyte, Victoria. Check it out here: The Teskey Brothers have []

09:07

What is the ASIC bank rate rigging scandal? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

https://finance.nine.com.au/2017/10/23/09/38/what-is-asic-rate-rigging

Today the Australian Securities and Investments commission (ASIC) will enter the Federal Court of Australia in Melbourne and accuse three of the nations largest banks of acting in cahoots to maximise profits.

The Federal watchdog is accusing NAB, ANZ and Westpac of deliberating manipulating the bank bill swap rate (BBSW) to maximise each of the banks profits.

This was first announced by ASIC in June 2016, when it commenced civil penalty proceedings against the three banks, accusing each of them of market manipulation and unconscionable conduct.

But what is the bank bill swap rate, and how does it affect consumers?

Essentially, the BBSW is the interest rate the banks use to trade with each other. Its also used as a reference point to set the interest rate on business loans, which then indirectly impacts personal loans.

Each business day, nominated financial institutions have until 10AM to tell the market what interest rate they will be paying and receiving for the day.

Large amounts of trading just prior to 10AM could artificially raise or lower the BBSW for the entire day just as two banks could agree to quote a similar rate to suit their own agendas.

By doing this, the banks could have theoretically inflated net revenue by hundreds of millions of dollar...

08:51

Grocons construction licence cancelled in Queensland "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

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

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

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

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

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

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

06:07

Adani posts weird video to fend off Carmichael criticism "GroovUs Feed Anews"

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook advertising is considered effective because it allows...

04:56

Exodus! "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Census findings

Further interesting news from the 2016 Census has been released.

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

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

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

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

Exodus!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, 24 October

19:44

Saving Australias endangered mountain pygmy possums "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

From the University of Melbourne in Australia:

Genetic rescue boosts recovery of Australias endangered mountain pygmy possums

October 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19:20

Fat of the land "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Land prices soar

Land is arguably the most important part of any property investment.

It can't be removed, relocated, destroyed, or replaced. 

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) reported today that Australia's median lot value rose by +8.5 per cent in the 2017 financial year to a record high of $256,683.

This came in spite of about a 9 per cent year-on-year decline in turnover, suggesting that supply may still be struggling to keep up with demand. 


All land is not created equal, of course, even within cities.

It's considerably scarcer in 'landlocked' locations in the capital cities than it is out on the city fringe. 

In Melbourne the median lot value exploded by +19.6 per cent over the financial year. 

In Sydney the median price of vacant land also rose by +9.8 per cent. 

Sydney's lot sizes have been shrinking over the years, too.

Indeed, the price of vacant land per square metre in Sydney increased to beyond $1,000 for the first time.

At the national level, land values have increased by about 35 per cent since the 2012 financial year.

...

17:16

AWU offices in Sydney and Melbourne raided by Federal Police over GetUp links "GroovUs Feed Anews"

From the ABC AFP carrying out raids at Australian Workers' Union headquarters in Sydney, Melbourne Updated 11 minutes ago MAP: Melbourne 3000 The Australian Federal Police is currently raiding the Australian Workers' Union offices in Melbourne and Sydney. The investigation relates to whether donations made to activist group GetUp were...

11:43

LIVE REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle + Joshua Hedley + The Sadies @ Factory Theatre, Sydney "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Justin Townes Earle, Joshua Hedley, The Sadies @ Factory Theatre, Sydney, Oct 17th, 2017 After the failure to get Melbournes Out On The Weekend Americana music festival up and running in Sydney, we should feel lucky we still get to experience all the acts playing their own sideshows here. It amounts to a week of treats Continue reading

11:13

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


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

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

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

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




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

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

STILL trust the police ???

See article from 23 Oct 2017 by news.com.au of the headline;

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

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

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

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

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

11:01

Vic MP conducts on poll on planned euthanasia law "GroovUs Feed Anews"

MELBOURNE [AAP]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Victorias parliament sits again on October 31.

The post Vic MP conducts on poll on planned euthanasia law appeared first on Echonetdaily.

09:39

4:30pm Fri 27 Oct | Urgent action: Stop threats to Manus Refugees "GroovUs Feed Anews"

When: 4:30-6:30pm Friday 27th October Where: Department of Immigration and Border Protection, 2 Lonsdale St, Melbourne Speakers tba Human rights obersvers to Manus No cuts to food, water and electricity No to Navy occupation No forced move to Lorengau Bring Them Here Refugees on Manus have been given a notice(...)

09:28

Cloud Nothings "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cloud Nothings February 2018

Thursday 22nd Sydney, Oxford Arts Factory

Friday 23rd Melbourne, Max Watts

Saturday 24th Adelaide, Fowlers Live

Sunday 25th Perth, Badlands Bar

Tuesday 27th Brisbane, The Zoo

...

08:15

Music legend George Young dead at 70 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

George Young Photo Facebook

George Young Photo Facebook

MELBOURNE   [AAP]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rest in Peace my dear friend, Vanda wrote.

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

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

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

Jimmy Barnes on Monday tweeted: Hug...

06:14

Stop Adani Summit to be held in Melbourne "GroovUs Feed Anews"

As part of developing the national campaign to put a stop to the Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin,  activists are getting together In Melbourne to contribute to the effort.

Sunday, October 29
Fitzroy Town Hall
201 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Ticket information

The post Stop Adani Summit to be held in Melbourne appeared first on The Pen.

02:45

Angry CBC listeners demand fewer mindless personal-story programs "GroovUs Feed Apodcasts"

Note from Nick: Because I worked with CBC for more than 25 years and have great loyalty to quality public broadcasting, I regret that I need to take CBC Radio One management to task in an aggressive manner. But when considerable damage is being done to the network and managers refuse to answer basic questions, I feel I have no alternative. 

Long-time CBC Radio One listeners upset over summer programming that featured a dozen shows about personal concerns and peoples problems will be listening carefully this fall to see how many of those kinds of programs are in the line-up.

Hundreds of traditional Radio One fans strongly agreed with my blog of two weeks ago, in which I blasted CBC management for broadcasting the mindless and banal programs.

Hmmm ... then why are people turning it off ?
More than 75 people took the time to write protest letters to CBC management and more than 400 people registered their concerns on social media. CBC Audience Services has always said that one protest represented the views of perhaps 1,000 people, so its likely that many thousands of regular listeners are opposed to the personal-oriented programming.

Hundreds of people said they no longer listen to Radio One, while other said they turn the radio off as soon as they hear one of the selfie-like programs.


Heres a sample of the letters to CBC Managers Susan Marjetti, Executive Director, Radio and Audio, for English Services, and Heather Conway, executive vice-President of English Services:
  • I am a huge fan of the CBC. I listen to CBC Radio One exclusively, practically 24/7, and have done so for 40 years or more, writes Penny Tomlin of Victoria, B.C. I have been so disappointed with the programming this summer most especially with...

Monday, 23 October

17:10

Zero G - 23 October 2017 Episode 1156 "GroovUs Feed Apodcasts"

ZERO-G #1156

Title:WAITITI IS A MAJESTICAL PLACE

Podcast Title: Hunt For The Wilderpod 1156

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: a TAIKA WAITITI retrospective in preparation for the almighty THOR: RAGNAROK! And we pay respects to writer JULIAN MAY.

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

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