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Tuesday, 14 August


ALBUM REVIEW: Halfway Rain Lover "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Halfway have always seemed to operate in their own space within the Australian music industry. They tick both the Americana/alt-country box as accurately as they slot into the world of indie rock. On Rain Lover theyve combined those sonic qualities and more, blending them seamlessly into their own brand of heartwarming and heartbreaking melancholic rock. Continue reading


The Travellers Sacrifice "IndyWatch Feed National"

I just missed another friends wedding. A friend I have known since the age of 10. She sent me the invite months ago.

Absolutely no pressure if youre not, but do you think youll be in Australia in June? We have booked the date and I would love you to be there.

When she asked, I didnt even know where I was spending the next two weeks, let alone what country I would be in six months from now. So I had no choice but to decline.

This is a pretty regular occurrence when you are often jumping from one country to the next. Weddings, birthdays, baby showers. But as I dive shipwrecks in Egypt and hike mountains in New Zealand, I look around and, Ill be honest, I am not thinking of Kellies 25th that I clicked cant attend on the Facebook invite.

Sometimes though, constantly being on the road can be a bit of a lonely existence.

Dont get me wrong. I have made friends all over the world. There are many people whom I spent just a few days with in some foreign country that I still consider close friends today thanks to that wonderful thing called the internet coupled with the relative ease of international travel when you come from a country of first-world privilege.

But when you are not there for event after event, there is only so much that Skype and Facebook messages can do. The distance and time definitely taking a toll on the strong bond you once shared with travel friends and high school friends alike.

 Romantic relationships are difficult for the same reason. When youre doing long distance, eventually, all that chemistry is forgotten. I speak from experience. And when you dont know your own future plans, how do you add another persons into the mix? You meet someone you like. You end up dating. You stay long enough to build a routine a life with the person. Then you get restless. Your feet begin to again tingle with that familiar travel itch. So you eventually tell them it is goodbye. Because you choose travel every single time.

While your friends from your hometown progress in their career and save for houses, you work three-month contracts until youve saved enough for your next plane ticket. The idea of me ever owning a home is currently laughable. Sometimes, I find myself tempted by cute trinkets but then reality kicks in. Where am I going to put a lamp?

These things can get to a person sometimes. As I prepare to a...


The fight for womens refuge "IndyWatch Feed National"

The first womens refuge in Melbourne opened in 1974. According to the Womens Liberation Halfway House Collective (WLHHC), the need for a Halfway House had been discussed for a long time in the Womens Liberation Movement, as the Womens Liberation Centre constantly received calls from women needing somewhere to stay for awhile, often in desperate circumstances. In April 1974, a meeting was called to discuss the setting up of a halfway house a halfway point for women between their old lives and new ones.


Asian Markets Steady, Oil Up Turkeys financial crisis causes traders to remain nervous "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turkeys lira remained under pressure in Asian trade Tuesday but markets in the region enjoyed a little more stability after the previous days turmoil.

Nervous investors are keeping an eye on developments in Ankara after Mondays bloodletting that saw the lira hit record lows against the dollar and euro, and equity markets go into freefall on concerns Turkeys financial crisis could spread globally.

In early Asian trade the Turkish unit was at 6.91 to the dollar and 7.89 to the euro, well off the 7.24 to the dollar and 8.12 to the euro seen Monday but still uncomfortably high. The unit is down about a fifth against the greenback since Friday.

AFP | The lira continues to face pressure as central bank measures were met with disappointment

The crisis has been sparked by a series of issues including a faltering economy the central bank has defied market calls for rate hikes and tensions with the United States, which has hit Turkey with sanctions over its detention of an American pastor.

There was some optimism from news that Donald Trumps national security advisor John Bolton met Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic to discuss the detention of the pastor.

Traders remain nervous, though, and the central banks announcement that it would provide lenders with liquidity and lower the amount of cash they needed to keep in reserve largely disappointed as it made no clear promise of rate hikes, which is what most economists say is needed.

Still, Ray Attrill, head of foreign-exchange strategy at National Australia Bank, was hopeful the crisis will not spread.

Its a large local difficulty, but so far the contagion has been relatively limited, he told Bloomberg Television.

Were seeing a little bit of signs of contagion within the eurozone, within the spreads of those government bonds in countries where the banking sector appears to have the biggest exposure as far as Turkey is concerned. Youd have to say that Turkey is relatively contained.

Combative mood

On equity markets Tokyo ended the morning 1.2 percent higher as the safe haven yen eased against the dollar, providing some support to exporters.

Sydney added 0.8 percent and Seoul was 0.1 percent higher, with Wellington and Taipei also up.

Shanghai was flat but Hong Kong slipped 0.6 percent.

Emerging market currencies, which took...


Prison watch dog finds WA Government likely in breach of Torture Convention "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human rights lawyers are calling on WA Corrective Services Minister, Francis Logan, to categorically prohibit solitary confinement for children, in the wake of a report by the Independent Inspector of Custodial Services into alleged ill-treatment at the notorious Banksia Hill Youth Detention Centre.

While the Inspector found that not all allegations of ill-treatment were proven, he found that two of the young men who were subjects of the inquiry were probably held in solitary confinement and if so the Department was in breach of the Convention against Torture. The Inspector described conditions amounting to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. For around ten days in 2017, the boys:

  • Did not get even one hour out of their cells every 24 hours;
  • Had extremely limited contact with peers and other people; and
  • Had virtually no access to television, radio, or reading and writing material.

Minister Logan earlier this year denied that children had been held in solitary confinement.

The Inspector concluded that the laws governing isolation practices are obsolete, outdated and inconsistent and that they fail to meet international minimum standards.

Shahleena Musk, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been a youth justice lawyer for children in both Banksia Hill and Don Dale youth jails, said that solitary confinement has absolutely no place in a fair and humane youth justice system.

Children should never be exposed to abuse or the trauma of solitary confinement. Todays report should act as a wake-up call for Minister Logan. It is clear that Western Australias laws are perilously broad and put children at risk of harm. The Minister must immediately heed the Inspectors calls to tighten the laws so that this mistreatment never happens again, said Ms Musk.

In calling for legislative reform to isolation practices, the Inspector found that improved legislation, that is anchored in international standards, will improve legality, clarity and consistency and that without [reforms], it will be hard to distinguish the lawful application of separation practices from abuse.

International law prohibits the use of solitary confinement on children because of the proven psychological, emotional and physical risks. International law defines solitary confinement as a person being locked alone in a cell for 22 hours or more a day without any meaningful human contact.

In the wake of the horrors exposed at Don Dale and the recommendations of the Northern Territory Royal Commission, the NT Government earlier this year passed new, landmark laws explicitly prohibiting solitary confinement and strictly regulating the use of separation.

Ms Musk said th...


Cooperate or Die: In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Facebook(CD)  During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has []


Watch us interview Australias Biggest Def Leppard Fan "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Rock legends Def Leppard are gracing our sandy shores this November to perform Hysteria in full, bringing hits like Pour Some Sugar On Me and Love Bites to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

Hysteria is of course the record that followed the horrific injuries to drummer Rick Allen in a car crash, which cost him his arm and almost his career. Released four years on from Def Leppards third LP Pyromania, the long-awaited follow-up shot straight to #1 around the world, as Allen miraculously taught himself to play one-handed.

We put the call out to our faithful Tone Deaf readers in search of Australias Biggest Def Leppard Fan, hoping for a passionate music fan with a lot of love for Def Leppard. And we most certainly found them. Stuart from the central coast kindly invited us over to ask him all about his love for music, and his incredible collection of vinyl, cassettes, CDs and other memorabilia. Check it out below:

WATCH: Australias Biggest Def Leppard Fan


Australia's Biggest Def Leppard fan

We searched far and wide for someone to bestow this prestigious title upon, and would now like to introduce you to Australia's Biggest Def Leppard Fan, Stuart!

Tone Deaf

Def Leppard 2018 Australian tour

Tickets are on sale now via Live Nation

Friday November 2
Perth Arena



In which the pond rides the bomb with Barners ... "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

There was something wondrous about that reptile juxtaposition of splashes - Dame Groan still maintaining her dinkum clean Oz coal, oi, oi, oi, what climate science? ways and attitudes - but to be fair, she was busy in all sorts of areas, matching Bob Carr's assiduous work for the Chinese government

If only Bob had done as much work for NSW infrastructure, we might have been spared the mess known as Gladys unless of course you really did want to know how many holes it takes to fill Sydney's CBD ...

But the reptiles' climate science denialism had once more been raised, and it made the pond wonder whether it should follow Barners down the rabbit hole

After a wave of nostalgia for that scorched earth look - oh how the pond misses the mighty trickle known as the Peel - the pond noticed that the wags were out in force


America on trial "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:
by Jon Rappoport August 13, 2018 (To join our email list, click here.) These wordsSocialism and Globalismare a mystery to most people. What do they mean? Why do they matter? They matter because, behind the mask, they indicate massive centralized power at the top of the food chain.


AATIP documents found on US website "IndyWatch Feed National"


On the morning of 7 August 2018 my attention was drawn to the existence of a number of documents, and videos about the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP.) The story broke when Twitter user @Jay09784691 posted several tweets about them, thus placing them in the public domain.

The items

Below, I present a summary of the items. I have chosen not to post any of the images in this post, as some provide personal information about certain individuals. I will however use the names of individuals who have self identified themselves as members of the To The Stars Academy. 

An image of a package

There is an image of a white padded bag with on it. It has 'To: L. Elizondo handwritten on it in blue and 'Department/Mail Station.' It is 'From: [handwritten name I choose not to type here]'in blue ink,  then 'Date/time' printed on it. Below all of this is handwritten 'Chris Mellon 1600 9/7/17.'

Comment: This is suggestive of an internal DoD security package delivering items from [Unnamed] to Luis Elizondo, which then was delivered to Chris Mellon at 1600hrs on 7 September 2017.

An image of four coloured compact discs

There is an image of four green coloured compact discs. These are labelled 'Disc 1 of 4;' "Disc 2 of 4;' 'Disc 3 of 4;' Disc 4 of 4.' All of the CDs have printed on them 'This medium is Unclassified US Government Property.' By the printed word 'Date' appears the characters 9/5 handwritten.

Comment: If 9/5 is a date, meaning 5 September (2017?) then this fits in with the white package date shown as 7 September 2017.

AATIP brief

There are seven jpeg files, each labelled as aatip-brief-pdf-orig, numbered 1-4, then 6-8. Missing is a jpeg file number page5. When opened, the files appear as a series of briefing slide, labelled 1-4, then 7-9. Slides numbered 5 and 6 are missing. The contents of the slides are as follows:

Slide 1 - 'Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program.'

Slide 2 - 'Purpose'

* Inform the Deputy Secretary of Defense of ongoing activities relating to AATIP

* Request establishment of a Restricted Special-Access-Program with a Bigoted Access list for specific portions of AATIP

* Re-assign billets, resources, and recommended personnel to a dedicated DoD AATIP support office



'A Call to the Stars" by Beatriz Copello "IndyWatch Feed National"


Recently my attention was drawn, by an overseas researcher, to a 2016 ebook titled 'A Call to the Stars' by Australian author Beatriz Copello. Up until that point, I must admit, I had not heard of the book.

The Smashwords website, carried the following synposis of the book.

'A Call to the Stars tells the fascinating experiences of Alicia (Nor her real name), a woman, who established a relationship with aliens. The experiences are told through a serious of interviews with a fictitious psychologist. Alicia studied psychology to assure herself that she was not mad, that she really had been abducted by extra-terrestrial beings who also communicated with her telepathically.

Alice (sic) after many years of studying became a psychologist and built a successful career. Having worked closely with other psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other professionals no one ever doubted her sanity.

Alicia tells us about the nature of the aliens and their concerns about the way in which we treat our planet. Our destruction will, become a reality if we do not stop our wars and the causes of climate change. This (sic) messages commenced in 1967.

Alicia underwent a series of hypnosis regressions by the well known but sadly now deceased Leslie Bullock. He said: "I will always remember the first interview I had with a very charming, well dressed, obviously very intelligent woman who came along with an amazing story of a lifetime of having been contacted by extra-terrestrial beings. She had obviously come to the wrong person. I was a complete cynic about such things and had never read a book about the subject. I had been using hypnosis for over 50 years, and had been in full time practice as a professional hypnotist for more than 30 years. During 40,00 hours spent in personal consultations with clients with a wide range of problems, I had never encountered anything like this."

Who is Beatriz Copello?

The same Smashwords website has the following:

'Dr Betariz Copello is a psychologist, a poet and a fiction writer. Copello's poetry has been published in many journals and literary magazines. Her book of lesbian poetry Women Souls and Shadows, Bemac Publishing, 1992 was highly commended in the Wild and Wooley, 1993 awards. In November 1997 she received from the Australia Council, Literature Fund, and Emerging Writers Grant for Poetry. Her book of poetry Meditations At the Edge of a Dream was published by Interactive Publications - Glasshouse books, 2001, receiving excellent reviews. In 2003 she was awarded a Doctor of Creative Arts Degree (Creat...


Columbia University study finds ISDS costs outweigh benefits for many governments "IndyWatch Feed National"

August 14, 2018: A recent study published by the Columbia University Centre for Sustainable Investment evaluates the costs and benefits for states of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in trade and investment agreements. It concludes that expected benefits in terms of increased levels of foreign investment have not clearly materialized, whereas the costs have been unexpectedly high.

ISDS claims brought under international investment treaties have risen steeply to over 800 known cases, with a broadening set of claims against public interest laws, and often seeking millions or even billions of dollars in damages for alleged breaches of fairly open-ended treaty standards.

The study shows that many governments around the world are thinking critically about their international investment treaties and international investment policy. States are considering whether any potential benefits in terms of investment flows outweigh the costs of these treaties in terms of litigation expenses, potential liability, reduced policy space, or other considerations; and whether there are other policies that are better tailored to meet their investment attraction and development objectives.

South Africa, India and Indonesia have cancelled many existing investment treaties. Brazil, which has attracted high levels of foreign investment without investment treaties, has developed an investment promotion strategy which does not include ISDS.


The Coffee Roaster "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Coffee The 21st Century Elixir.


Get 10% off your prescription with coupon code : LiveLonger




Yes, yes its true! Time and time again we hear that coffee helps you live longer.

But it doesnt stop there Reduced risk of cancer, diabetes and Alzheimers.

Weve rounded up 9 articles with the hows and whys; 

1) Nine studies suggests increasing coffee consumption may substantially reduce the risk of cirrhosis

2) Coffee consumption associated with 10% lower risk of all cause mortality

3) High intakes of coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea is associated with reduced risk of diabetes

4) Coffee drinking is associated with a reduced risk of liver cancer, endometrial cancer

5) This study found a trend towards a protective effect of caffeine on the brain and reducing Alzheimers 

6) Another study suggest that caffeine intake may be a protective factor for Alzheimers disease

7) Studies of three large cohorts s...


Arts Wednesday 15 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Astrophysicist, Professor Geraint Lewis, is back for another series, this one entitled:The Science of Science Fiction. Episode 1 this week at 10:40 am, looks at the Science of Fiction.

My special guest at 11:00 am is education expert Chris Bonner, who joined me in conversation about equity and education. At a time when there is serious concern about the amount of  government funding to wealthy private schools, we discussed what is fair and how fairest models can be achieved.

Music draws on both of these conversations, starting and finishing with science fiction and education in the middle.

I look forward to your company!

The post Arts Wednesday 15 August 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


AGL, with its record $1.58 billion dollar profit, received $225 million in government grants in the last year "IndyWatch Feed National"

The grant came from Turnbull's Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF). Isn't it lovely for some?


ABS Field Interviewers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Bureau of Statistics


Good to see Australia's senior infantry soldiers celebrate being soldiers "IndyWatch Feed National"

MAJGEN Jake ELLWOOD farewelled MAJGEN Shane Caughey after 38 years of distinguished service at this week's Royal Australian Corps of Infantry conference at the School of Infantry, Singleton. It's so refreshing to see soldiers celebrating good soldiering with the tools of the profession of arms, well done those men. Duty...


Benjamin Netanyahu condemns Jeremy Corbyn over Palestinian terrorist wreath "IndyWatch Feed National"

The laying of a wreath by Jeremy Corbyn on the graves of the terrorist who perpetrated the Munich massacre and his comparison of Israel to the Nazis deserves unequivocal condemnation from everyone left, right and everything in between Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) August 13, 2018


Good night nurse, hello Jesus. God bless our nurses. "IndyWatch Feed National"

A now viral video of a Nashville nurse singing to a dying patient has touched the hearts of millions. Remember: Nurses, Doctors, Law Enforcement, EMT's, Dispatchers, and others. Michael Moates (@freedom_moates) August 12, 2018


Police state laws, a long time in the planning "IndyWatch Feed National"

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World Bank appoints CBA for first bond deal on blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

The World Bank has turned to Commonwealth Bank of Australia to issue a bond using blockchain technology, in a deal that suggests a more transparent and lower-cost process for debt capital issuance is just around the corner.

Reflecting its antipodean roots, the innovative security is being referred to as a bond-i (blockchain offered new debt instrument). The World Bank says it is a world first for using blockchain to create, allocate, transfer ownership and manage a live bond deal.

Commonwealth Bank has been appointed sole lead arranger for the Kangaroo bond offer, which will launch on Friday and could raise around $50 million, part of the World Banks global funding program. It will mostly be marketed to Australian-based investors who have been working with CBA to understand the system, also referred to as distributed ledger technology (DLT).

The banks have created an automated processes for buying and transferring securit...


Audio reveals creepy details of UFO mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Ally Foster

In 1966, over 300 children and staff from a Melbourne school reportedly witnessed multiple UFOs silently flying through the sky before landing in a nearby field.

It is the largest mass UFO sighting in Australia, yet hardly anything was reported on it at the time.

Over the years, there have been differing reports about the details of what happened on April 6 at Westall High School, such as people claiming there were three saucerlike objects, while some thought there was just one.

In the 52 years since, there has been wide speculation about what people saw, with some believing it was an alien encounter and others pointing the finger at the government testing new technology.

Throughout all the years of speculation, however, one particularly interesting piece of audio has been greatly overlooked.

An American physicist known for his research into UFOs, Dr. James E. McDonald, conducted an interview with a science teacher from the Westall school, Andrew Greenwood, who witnessed the event.

He then recorded himself describing their meeting and the creepy details Mr. Greenwood gave about his experience. Greenwood told me the UFO was first brought to his attention by a hysterical child who ran into his classroom and told him theres a flying saucer outside, Dr. McDonald said.

He thought this child had become deranged or something so he didnt take any notice, but when the child insisted that this object was in the sky he decided to go out and have a look for himself.

When he went outside, he noticed a group of children looking toward the northeast area of the school grounds and as he approached them he claims he saw a UFO hovering close to the powerline.

Mr. Greenwood described it as a round, silver object about the size of a car with a metal rod sticking up in the air.

According to Dr. McDonald, the teacher then told him five planes came and surrounded the object as more people began gathering to watch the scene before them.

He called it the most amazing flying he had ever seen in his life, Dr. McDonald said.

The planes were doing everything possible to approach the object and he said how they all avoided collision he will never know.

Every time they got too close to the object it would slowly accelerate, then rapidly accelerate and then move away from them and stop. Then they would take off after it again a...


MSMs Fake War, Part 2: Pullitzers, Walkleys, Ankle-Biters, and Foot-Shooters "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Russian soldier guards the fake news factory, the Boston Globe (photo manipulation by DM)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Editors note: This article continues the series that I began yesterday as a counterattack on the proposed national effort scheduled for August 16, 2018 in the US. There, the mighty powers of the press will turn their guns on the president for having accused them of creating fake news.

In a Comment, yesterday, to Dee McLachlans article, I stated that the press...


Peter Nathan: Self-determination is community control "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pita Pita man and Save the Childrens Domestic Campaigns Co-ordinator writes, many Aboriginal organisations are raising the bar (and their voices) to ensure community-controlled services are not just a pipe dream, but rather the preferred model. This is self-determination.


One in seven students are literally starving to study "IndyWatch Feed National"

One in seven university students are going without food to complete their study. File photo

One in seven university students regularly go without food and other necessities because they cannot afford them, the latest national financial survey of Australian university students has found.

This rises to one in four Indigenous students and almost one in five students from the poorest quarter of Australian households, including those who are also shouldering the costs of raising children.

The Universities Australia Student Finances Survey 2017 released today surveyed more than 18,500 university students about their cost of living and day-to-day financial reality.

While the financial circumstances of students overall appear to have improved slightly since the last survey in 2012, this is because students are spending less while their incomes have stalled.

A significant proportion are still doing it tough with students from poorer backgrounds, Indigenous and regional students hardest hit.

Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said financial hardship is hurting students education, with many students deferring studies or reducing their course load for financial reasons.

Students studying full-time are only living on $18,000 a year thats well below the poverty line, Ms Jackson said.

Education is meant to come first when you are studying, but we know that for some groups of students who live life on the financial edge, thats just not their reality, she said.

Many students are trying to get rent and bills paid, and some are trying to keep food on the table for their own children, while juggling paid jobs and their studies.

Our students should have the basic financial security and stability to perform at their best. Yet thats simply not the case for many students from disadvantaged groups.

National Union of Students President Mark Pace said there were countless students who forfeit food or experience homelessness while they study.

One in a million students choosing between food on the table and their education is too many, let alone one in seven, Mr Pace said.

There hasnt been an increase to Newstart in real terms for 24 years. The single rate of Newstart is $278...


Creative Crush: Shireen Taweel "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Image: from Broken Hill to Campbelltown.  

Shireen Taweels artworks shine. Literally.

Shireen works entirely with copper, using traditional decorative techniques to cut and manipulate these shining sheets of metal into sculptures and installations. Through her artworks, Shireen explores her experiences of being an Australian Muslim of Lebanese decent, and shares ideas of cultural exchange, sacred space and cultural hybridity.

We chatted to Shireen about what shes been up to and her upcoming participation in Campbelltown Art Centres exhibition were all connected to Campbelltown (one way or another)


Hey Shireen, how are you! Where are you today?

Im at my Parramatta studio and feeling like Im on a high after finishing a new artwork.

 Image: Shireen Taweel in her Parramatta Artist Studio

Tell us a bit about your practice?

Im an artist who works in sculpture and installation through experimentation with the material copper, most of my projects explore and unpack what is sacred space and notions of cultural hybridity. The processes and concepts I undertake in my work often stem directly from my experiences of being an Australian Muslim of Lebanese decent and how living between cultures and places create spaces of cultural exchange and harmony. Everything I develop in my studio is heavily process driven as I work solely with my two hands; its been amazing like that, the challenges Ive faced throughout developing each of my projects have taken me on a very long and creative journey, each time opening me up to new ideas and approaches to my material copper.

What have you been working on recently?

Ive been experimenting and exploring a new process called chasing for my most recent work from Broken Hill to Campbelltown  its a suspended sculpture made from 99 hand chased copper plates.



Man awarded $289 million after court found Roundup caused his cancer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dewayne Johnson in court. (Josh Edelson/Pool Photo via AP, File)

A California jury has awarded former school groundsman Dewayne Johnson $289 million for his terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

The jury found, on all the scientific evidence uncovered during the month-long trial, that his exposure to Roundup (glyphosate) weedkiller caused Mr Johnsons cancer.

Roundup manufacturer Monsanto, the defendant in the case, has said it will appeal the ruling.

But if the jurys decision is upheld, thousands of other victims of Roundup are waiting to have their cases heard.

Another case already in the US courts alleges that adverts for Roundup falsely claimed the mixture does not impact human health but glyphosate residues harm human gut bacteria on which our health depends.

The UNs International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found in 2015 that Roundups active ingredient glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. But Monsanto sought to discredit the committees members and their findings about the worlds most used agricultural chemical.

Bob Phelps, the director of Australian anti-GM group Gene Ethics, said the Johnson judgement raises thorny questions for Australians too.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) rejected IARCs findings and judged Roundup to be safe, if the label guide is followed. Yet Roundups label says nothing about safe use, health impacts, or the need for safety protection, Mr Phelps said.

After the IARC report, the insurance and work safe industries issued warnings that employers using Roundup, such as farm owners, local councils, LandCare etc. may be liable if the health of workers, volunteers or the public is affected. These organisations should now cease their weedkiller use or risk being sued for breach of care to workers and citizens.

There are safe alternatives to kill weeds.

Roundup is available from most hardware shops and supermarkets. Retailers should review their liability for selling an unsafe product and take it off their shelves.

Farmers, land managers, gardeners or citizens exposed to Roundup or its residues who now suffer non-Hodgkins lymphoma may also have a strong case for compensation.

Farm use of Roundup, especially as a pre-harvest crop spra...


Great Barrier reef money and the stink of corruption "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

The Turnbull government has handed over $444 million to a shonky outfit, which falsely claims that it works for the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef, and this has bounced back to hit the government in the teeth.

The longer this saga goes on, the more is exposed. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation did not even have to go through a tender process to get the money. It turns out that it is a private organisation employing only six people and is supported by major mining corporations like BHP and Rio Tinto, as well as Orica, and Google.

The government has  defended the money was provided and has  the method used, because this organisation was in line with government policy. This is corrupt, because money was handed over in the expectation of procuring an advantage.

Malcolm Turnbull first rubbed shoulders with the corruption industry as a young 29-year old lawyer, shutting down the Costigan royal Commission for media tycoon Kerry Packer, after it had turned its investigation towards corporate crime and Packers role in it.

This was not to be the end of the story. Todays Australian prime minister has something of a track record. A few examples can be mentioned. We will stick to the more recent ones.

Arrangements between the Turnbull and Murdoch families have seen millions of dollars passing hands.

Earlier this year, the Export and Finance Industry Corporation got a taxpayer increase in funding, to the tune of 400 percent. This is $3.5 billion, to use for funding the creation of a weapons industry. The argument is not that government money went into building industry , just who it went to and for what type of industry.

There is the implication that deals have been made here. This is a world dominated by a handful of well-resourced companies operating from a very few rich countries, with far reaching connections. To get into the game of arms exporting, Australia would have to get into bed with them, and second to none, they are up to their necks, in using corruption to grease the wheels of doing business. Something smells here.

Then Turnbulls association with Andrew Goodwin, who is among those alleged to have been involved in international graft and the payment of bribes, while working on the Snowy 2.0 project, has thrown up questions that have still not been answered. The...


US Supplying Massive Amounts of LNG Gas to Europe is More Hot Air than Reality "IndyWatch Feed National"


In his latest effort to present himself as bigger than better than all other presidents combined, in stark contrast to the likes of George Washington, Donald Trump has announced that the US will build more than 10 liquid gas ports in the EU. The trouble is, even if he did this, it would not be possible to sustain such a program.

What escapes critical attention is that the US does not have a large enough fleet of special ships to provide liquid gas to Europe. Even under the best scenarios, by the end of the decade the US will have not more than five major LNG export projects operational. Trumps claims are merely political rhetoric designed to keep the uninformed, and thus deprive them of the informed choice which is the fundamental component of democracy.

The LNG export market to Europe is dominated by Qatar and Australia, who are still serving their existing clients. The US needs long term contracts and economies-of-scale which will match price with continuity of supplyto deliver on Trumps promises. Those customers with real interests are already locked into long-term deals, and either currently have the necessary facilities for unloading and storage or are building them to meet price and real demand.

Yes, Europes consumption of natural gas is increasing, and domestic production is falling. Its imports have risen sharply in recent years, and will most likely continue to do so. But supplying gas from the US is easier said than done, and despite Trump saying that America has plenty of it to, the sea has lots of water, but can you drink it?

And where is the money coming from? Too many names are already in the hat for large-scale energy and port projects in the region. Ukraine is interested in maintaining and modernizing its own gas transport system and needs approximately 80 billion USD for reconstruction. This is small potatoes compared to what the US would need to spend to construct an alternative network, and Trump wont pay for that for ideological reasons. So which project would those with the cash rather invest in?

The US does know that all of this is just political promise and counter promise. Others are playing the game too: Jean-Claude Juncker has promised Trump that the EU will buy significant amounts of US gas as part of an....


Stone tools provide new clues to Easter Island's statue builders "IndyWatch Feed National"

The remote Easter Island, known locally as Rapa Nui, lies 2,300 miles off Chile's Pacific coast, a mysterious place best known for its giant stone statues. The common narrative states that the enormous heads were built by Polynesian seafarers who, the story goes, then brought about the demise of their own society through internal squabbles and draining of the island's natural resources. However, a new study published in the Journal of Pacific Archaeology suggests the true story of early civilisation on Polynesia's easternmost outpost is more complex. Archaeologists found evidence of a sophisticated society where the people shared information and collaborated, by analysing the chemical make-up of the tools used to build the sculptures. "For a long time, people wondered about the culture behind these very important statues," says Laure Dussubieux, one of the study's authors and a scientist at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. "This study shows how people were interacting, it's helping to revise the theory." "The idea of competition and collapse on Easter Island might be overstated," adds lead author Dale Simpson, Jr., an archaeologist from the University of Queensland. "To me, the stone carving industry is solid evidence that there was cooperation among families and craft groups."

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The niqab is a form of torture "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yesterday I spoke with a young, 21-year-old Australian man called Joey. He was disgusted by any number of things his generations constant whining and hurt feelings, the educational system being one-sided, people not integrating into society, and the niqab, among others. Joey We have an effeminate culture where people feel that everyones feelings []



Having a river in your backyard is a lovely idea, not always so pleasant in reality, as fences and dead animals go swirling past in a flood, or when you find out that a city upstream is putting something in the water that shouldnt be there.

Waterwatch has been a great way to find out what actually is swimming or floating under the rivers surface.   Previously we could only guess, but now I know the phosphate, nitrate and dissolved oxygen levels, turbidity, electrical conductivity and ph.Murrumbidgee view from AdnamiraDuring the first year I was collecting data it rained a lot, the river levels were high and the readings were very clean.  Since last year however, the river has been mostly low, and the nitrate levels are generally off the charts high.

I talked to Waterwatch and sent emails to the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority.   The problem is that our section of the Murrumbidgee is downstream from the city of Canberra, including the Molonglo river that makes up Lake Burley Griffin.   That means not just storm water and dog poo, but water processed through the...


HELLO HAL "IndyWatch Feed National"

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America's Problem: Trump Is Married To The Mob "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Trump's Mafia connections have been dogging him for his whole life. Somehow they didn't impress his supporters-- except maybe in Staten Island where Mon connections are considered a plus. Yesterday David Von Drehle gave it another try in the Washington Post: All The President's Wiseguys. Trump, he wrote, "spent plenty of time in mobbed-up milieus. As many journalists have documented-- the late Wayne Barrett and decorated investigator David Cay Johnston most deeply-- Trumps trail was blazed through one business after another notorious for corruption by organized crime. New York construction, for starters. In 1988, Vincent the Fish Cafaro of the Genovese crime family testified before a U.S. Senate committee concerning the Mafias control of building projects in New York. Construction unions and concrete contractors were deeply dirty, Cafaro confirmed, and four of the citys five crime families worked cooperatively to keep it that way."
This would not have been news to Trump, whose early political mentor and personal lawyer was Roy Cohn, consigliere to such dons as Fat Tony Salerno and Carmine Galante. After Cohn guided the brash young developer through the gutters of city politics to win permits for Trump Plaza and Trump Tower, it happened that Trump elected to build primarily with concrete rather than steel. He bought the mud at inflated prices from S&A Concrete, co-owned by Cohns client Salerno and Paul Castellano, boss of the Gambino family.

Coincidence? Fuhgeddaboudit.

Trump moved next into the New Jersey casino business, which was every bit as clean as it sounds. State officials merely shrugged when Trump bought a piece of land from associates of Philadelphia mob boss Little Nicky Scarfo for roughly $500,000 more than it was worth. However, this and other ties persuaded police in Australia to block Trumps bid to build a casino in Sydney in 1987, citing Trumps Mafia connections.



Who are Antipodean Resistance? (August 2018 Update) "IndyWatch Feed National"

If youre not outraged, youre not paying attention. ~ Heather Heyer (19852017) Briefly: Antipodean Resistance are a neo-Nazi grouplet which emerged out of the United Patriots Front swamp in 2016. I wrote about the group in September 2017 and again Continue reading


Gov agencies to use new data on who's using your phone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Data is the new gold / crude [oil], where you are the product.


Since the early days of Australia, the administration keeps fairly detailed documents on the inhabitants of the colony, where promissory notes were born, but that's another story altogether.

The major difference being that in the early days the paper trail was very costly and slow for the administration. 

The first era of computing, while still costly (not that it actually mattered, as the tax slaves were paying for their own surveillance), enabled central databases to be used and accessed by the authorities, speeding up the information flow throughout the agencies.

As technology progressed so did the data storage capacity on each individual.

With the entry of GSM technology into the public arena, a new level of surveillance was reached where the phone user could be tracked to within a reasonably accurate area, something that the general population was blissfully unaware of  where this data was originally stored exclusively within the telecommunications community, available to law enforcement upon request.

As mobile phone technology matured more and more electronics were crammed into the humble mobile communicating device where today the following censors are installed as seen in graphic below.

With the new sensors in place such as proximity, accelerometer, gyroscope and light sensor new logarithms are being used to identify individuals (front camera, biometric login aside) from the behaviour logged by the user's phone.



Vanuatu presents draft UN Resolution for West Papua to Pacific Islands Forum "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Vanuatu presents draft UN Resolution for West Papua to Pacific Islands Forum

  • 11 hrs ago

Vanuatu presented its draft UN Resolution for West Papua at the recent Pacific Islands Forum Officials Committee (FOC) Meeting and the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting held at the Taumeasina Resort in Apia, Samoa from 7 to 10th August 2018.
This intervention to the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting this week was made by Vanuatus Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade Ralph Regenvanu after Forum Officials Committee earlier at the FOC meeting considered the draft UN resolution and noted Vanuatus int...


Baird unleashes on her audience, revealing right wing bias "IndyWatch Feed National"

For the last two weeks Ive been busily building a couple of datasets and developing a site to track ABC panellists, their affiliations and number of appearances.

Show Panellist Current/Past Position Date
QandA Simon Breheny Current Director of Policy 19th Feb
The Drum Daniel Wild Current Research Fellow 13th Apr
The Drum Chris Berg Current Adjunct Fellow 23rd Apr
QandA John Roskam ...


Community Billboard 14th August 20th August "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

This weekly community billboard is proudly sponsored by the City of Sydneys Plan for the future  Sydney 2030  making our city more green, global and connected.

The post Community Billboard 14th August 20th August appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Law Society Opposes Changes to Sexual Assault Consent Laws "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The NSW state government commissioned a review of the laws relating to consent in sexual assault cases in May 2018, following the acquittal of a man accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year old woman in an alleyway behind his fathers Kings Cross nightclub in 2013. The proposal has been met with opposition by the President

The post Law Society Opposes Changes to Sexual Assault Consent Laws appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Penang Hawker Street Food ~ Malaysian - Dixon House Food Court, Chinatown "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Penang Hawker Street Food in Dixon House Food Court is a K-Tel compilation album of Malaysian food hits. Do yourself a flavour... There's too many for lease signs in Dixon House these days, but it's still plenty busy and there's half a dozen great stalls kicking butt.  The menu at Penang Hawker Street Food is same same but different, there's less than 20 dishes to choose from so it's


Poverty rate twice as high in regional SA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 13 August 2018

SACOSS is today releasing a substantial piece of research into poverty in SA.  This includes the calculation of a brand new and more accurate poverty line specific to SA. This is the first time SA-specific data has been used in this way.


Sydney Man Faces Prison over 3D Printed Replica Firearms "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A Sydney man who pleaded guilty to manufacturing replica guns with a 3D printer is facing a lengthy prison sentence. Mr Sicen Sun was arrested last year after advertising one of his replica firearms on a Facebook community Buy, Swap and Sell group for $1 million negotiable. He

The post Sydney Man Faces Prison over 3D Printed Replica Firearms appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


PERTH Man Awoken By Tumbling Bricks As Car Hits House "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man Awoken By Tumbling Bricks As Car Hits House .

August 13, 2018 at 12:14PM .

failing to comply with a direction to stop; and reckless driving to escape pursuit by police. She is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on .




PERTH One dead, two injured after ute ploughs into group of teens "IndyWatch Feed National"

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One dead, two injured after ute ploughs into group of teens .

August 12, 2018 at 02:52PM .

an incident occasioning death or grievous bodily harm. The 19-year-old Nulsen man was due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court later today. .


PERTH Car crashes into Carlisle home, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Car crashes into Carlisle home, WA .

August 13, 2018 at 08:30AM .

Around 2.20am this morning (13 August 2018), Cannington Police were on patrol when they sighted a white Mazda vehicle travelling at speed along .



PERTH Teen driver charged over death of girl near Esperance "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Teen driver charged over death of girl near Esperance .

August 12, 2018 at 09:48AM .

an incident occasioning death and failing to report an incident occasioning death. He is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today. .


PERTH Esperance man charged following fatal crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Esperance man charged following fatal crash .

August 12, 2018 at 10:00AM .

Major Crash officers have charged a 19 year-old Nulsen man as a result of their investigation into a fatal crash that occurred in Monjingup near .



Dancer Jean Paul Jr on Crossing the Line Sport, Tuesday 14 August "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Jean Paul Jr on Crossing the Line

Jean Paul Jr performing with Nimbus (image by Chi Modu).

Dance is not often thought of as a sport, but there is no doubt that a professional dancer is an athlete, mirroring the commitment, dedication, focus and training required to perform at peak physical fitness.

Ballet and contemporary dancer Jean Paul Jr. has performed with dance and theatre companies across the US and Australia, including Complexions Contemporary Ballet NYC, David Parsons Dance Company NYC, Nimbus Dance Works, American Repertory Ballet NYC/NJ, and Opera Australia. His work includes roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Traviata, Aida, RigelletoUn Ballo and Don Giovanni. He has also choreographed several productions Bungi Dangga and Travellers in the US.

Not bad for someone who didnt take a dance lesson until he was 16!

JP joins us on Crossing the Line, to chat about the passion and dedication required to be a professional dancer, his journey to Australia, and how he went from a New Jersey schoolboy to touring the US in just three years.

John Paul Jr EastsideFM.

John Paul Jr joins us at EastsideFM.

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Very un-detailed update from me on the GILLARD/AWU Slush Fund prosecution "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dave McAlpine has spent the past week or so in Perth. We've been active on the documents front with a detailed submission seeking exquisitely targeted documents. The first step in acquiring documentary evidence is to know precisely what you want. The second step is to find out who's got it....


My Work Experience at Eastside Radio "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Hi there Im Amelia Mackadam and for the next 4 days Ill be participating in work experience at Eastside Radio! I am currently in Year 10 and studying music, music has always been a passion of mine so it only made sense to work in an environment where there were like minded individuals who share the same enthusiasm and appreciation for music as I do.

I love all sorts of music and am open to any genre (although I do have a particular soft spot for Australian artists). My taste in music has slowly changed over the years and I have become more open to new music styles and music from around the world. I found it particularly interesting that Eastside radio played a plethora of music from varying styles and varying places around the world, I was

surprised to see that Eastside Radio still uses CDs and LPs to stream their music, being someone who is quite proud of their (very small) music collection I was quite envious to see so many CDS and vinyls stacked on shelves. I personally loved how each song played is handpicked by each presenter and isnt just shuffled off a Top 50 playlist.

Being someone who plays various instruments I found it encouraging to be surrounded by music and an encouraging staff and who has a genuine respect for music. By having work experience at Eastside Radio it has opened me up to so many other careers in music that I would possibly be interested in. After just one day at Eastside Radio I was able to see what goes behind the scenes of running a radio station and how there are so many aspects apart from music that go into creating a radio station.

Although only having worked at Eastside Radio for a day I have already been exposed to the environment within a radio station, the staff are all so kind and very friendly; going into this I was quite nervous and was anxious as to what I should expect, but the staff were so friendly I felt so welcomed and comfortable. Im excited for the next upcoming days of my work experience and am eager to learn new skills and experience new opportunities!

The post My Work Experience at Eastside Radio appeared first on...


MSMs Fake War, Part 1: Marjorie Pritchards Coordinated Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

Target Identified, Firing The Globe firing a salvo at Trump to protect their fake news factory #fakenewsfactory.

by Dee McLachlan

There is a coordinated attack on President Donald Trump, and his information war on mainstream medias Fake news.

War of Words

Mary Maxwell reported from Boston yesterday that the media is feeling hurt by Trumps remark that the media is the enemy of the public. Also, a 10 August, 2018 article in the Boston Globe alerted its readers that its...


Inner city apartment construction halves "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Apartment construction drops

Handy stuff from the Bliebster at the AFR today, citing JLL's latest market report on apartment construction. 

In Sydney the number of inner city apartments under construction more than halved from 16,143 by the end of the June 2018 quarter from 39,621 a year earlier, he reports. 

In Brisbane the equivalent drop has been from 11,048 inner city apartments under construction to 6,877, which also comes as little surprise to readers here. 

This was always going to happen, but in the event it came about a few months later than I'd expected...c'est la vie.

As I noted in a recent free market report, only Melbourne of the eastern seaboard capitals has the requisite dynamics to sustain high levels of apartment construction at the present time.

In fact, Melbourne apartments under construction jumped 23 per cent in the June quarter according to the JLL figures, underscoring the point.

The latest ABS available figures relate all the way back to the beginning of the calendar year, so given that we're now in mid-August these are very dated, although they did confirm that the glut of unit completions was beginning to rain in for Sydney and Brisbane early in the year. 

Temporary spike in rental vacancies......


Racists on speaking tour: rethinking our response "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple of weeks back, I went to hear Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern, two right-wing nationalist speakers who recently finished a tour of Australia and New Zealand, speak at Sydneys International Convention Centre. My attendance was part study, part curiosity about their audience and influence.


Killing in the Name Of "IndyWatch Feed National"

The reactions are diverse when you tell someone youve decapitated a live chicken in Vietnam: Ive been laughed at for my inept bravery, labelled as a bloodlust sicko and given a pat on the back. One things for sure: it peels open a fresh can of controversial worms.

Nearly all of us kill animals every day. If its not for Fridays steak night, its sporting trendy fur coats, leather boots or placing a bet on a lucky horse. Whether you like it or not, animals are being killed for our convenience. Thats a dry weetbix or two kinda breakfast. Fucked.

Killing something has always been on the agenda for me. Not in a murderous, cult-killing compulsive kind of way. I dont idealise butchery and youll still see me sobbing through the scene where the horse drowns in Never Ending Story. But as a sucker for self-sustainment and self-growth, I had always wanted to see how capable I was of killing my own food, with my own hands, as opposed to conveniently allowing someone else to do it for me.

It was almost comedic that I found a place called Pub with Cold Beer in the peaceful Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, where tourists are offered the violent opportunity to select and kill a chicken for their lunch. The ride out there was scenic and tranquil, and despite my spine feeling like it may be permanently hunched after 20 minutes of navigating potholes on a scooter, we passed farmers tending to their crops with a backdrop of limestone mountains.



PROPERTY TYCOON SON SEES RED AND HITS & RUNS! James Malouf, son of Sydney real estate agent Bill Malouf, guilty of running over woman but media was all silent "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Six years ago, the son of one of Sydney's most wealthy and powerful real estate agents ran a red light without slowing down and then almost killed an innocent woman crossing the road, before attempting to flee. It's an incident which would usually be reported on by many journalists. But in a city addicted to real estate speculation and property development, there are suggestions the media helped shut down the story. True Crime News Weekly publisher, Serkan Ozturk, reports. [READ MORE]


Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australias legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle.  Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document, remains silent on many important liberties; the common law is relied upon to fill in gaps (think of that conjuration known as the implied constitutional right to freedom of communication on political subjects). Parliament, mystically wise, is meant to be the grand guardian.

In terms of citizenship, Australias parliament has been rather cavalier on the idea of citizenship, exploiting the absence of any specific reference to the term in the arid document that grants it legislative powers.  In 2015, national security considerations became the basis for legislation stripping individuals of citizenship in certain instances where terrorism was an issue.  While citizenship can be lost in certain instances common to other countries, the arbitrary revocation of citizenship via executive fiat is possible under the Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth).

The relevant minister, goes the wording of s. 35A, may determine in writing that a person ceases to be an Australian citizen in various instances involving convictions for certain offences, including terrorism.  But convictions might not be necessary; the minister might deem it against the public interest for the person to remain an Australian citizen. This is all made ever vaguer on the issue of what constitutes recruitment and the status of foreign fighters.  We remain at the mercy of security considerations.

Parliament did stop short of rendering citizens stateless, making the provisions apply to dual nationals.  But it yielded two outcomes: that the relevant minister would be effectively governed by the consideration that the Australian citizen might have citizenship of another country, however tenuous that link would be, and that any powers to deprive that person of Australian citizenship could be exercised to limited review.

This curiously venal formulation was always problematic; for one, such laws are not, specifically, with respect to aliens or with respect to immigration, terminology that is to be found in the constitution.

Khaled Sharrouf became the debutant to lose his Australian citizenship under the amendments, his reputation marked by a spectacularly gruesome display of images sporting his son holding a severed head.......


Changes to NSW Sentencing Options: Community Correction Orders "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

As reported in our recent blogs about conditional release orders and broadened intensive correction orders, the NSW Parliament assented to the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Sentencing Options) Act 2017 (the Act) on 24 October 2017, which amends the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (the Sentencing Act) as it relates to the penalty options available to magistrates and

The post Changes to NSW Sentencing Options: Community Correction Orders appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Raw Mandarin Shrub Recipe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Heres a simple Mandarin Shrub recipe from our own homegrown fermentation guru Holly Davis (author of the Pip Shop bestseller Ferment). The recipe features in the latest Pip Kitchen Garden Calendar 2019 (available now for pre-order from the Pip Shop!)

Raw Mandarin Shrub*


  • 660 g (3 cups) of raw sugar
  • 6 mandarins, peel only
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 750 ml (3 cups) mandarin juice
  • 500 ml (2 cups) champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar



Combine the sugar and mandarin peel in a food processor or blender and blitz for 10 seconds, until the mixture is a rough pulp.

Pour into a bowl and add the lemon zest, mandarin juice and vinegar, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

Cover with a clean tea towel and leave at room temperature to steep overnight.

The next day, strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, reserving the liquid.

Decant the liquid into a sterilised glass bottle or jar, seal and refrigerate.

Makes approximately 1 litre (4 cups). The shrub can be used immediately or wait 3-4 weeks to allow the flavours to mellow. It can be kept for up to 12 months or more.

Recipe: adapted from the book Ferment by Holly Davis (Murdoch Books 2017). Photograph: Robyn Rosenfeldt

*A shrub is an old fashioned fermented fruit drink (used like a cordial).

The Pip Kitchen Garden Calendar is back for 2019 and its bigger and better than ever! Featuring a beautiful pull-out sow when planting poster, moon phases gardening guide and 12 scrumptious seasonal recipes.

With recipes and beautiful photographs from:
  1. Stephanie Alexander
  2. Paul West (River Cottage Australia)
  3. Milkwood Permaculture
  4. Grown & Gathered by Matt & Lentil...


Moon Planting Guide gardening by the phases of the moon "IndyWatch Feed National"

Moon planting or using the phases of the moon to guide your monthly gardening activities can help to maximise the potential of your harvests. The moons phases influence gravitational pull on Earth, from our tidal oceans down to the moisture in the earth and plants.

Due to popular demand, this year our 2019 Pip Kitchen Garden Calendar will feature a handy moon planting guide, with symbols on each day of the year guiding you as to which phase of the moon we are in, and which garden activities are best performed. The calendar is coming soon, and available for pre-order now!

There are four phases of the moon in each monthly cycle: new moon, second quarter, full moon and fourth quarter. On the day of a new moon phase its best to rest from gardening before beginning the activities most beneficial in the next phase. Below we share the best activities undertaken in each of these phases of the moon.

New moon: leaves and grains

New moon Venus Mars Feb. 20 2015

In the new moon phase light increases and lunar gravity pulls water higher. In the garden this means balanced plant growth. This phase of the moon is ideal for sowing plants with edible leaves and seed heads

Second quarter: fruits

First quarter of the moon

In the second quarter light increases further as the moon grows fuller. There is less gravitational pull, making this time ideal for leaf growth. This phase of the moon is ideal for sowing plants that fruit.



Kuru Disease, PNG, and a Pedophile Connection "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scrapie is found in sheep and goats (photo Science News )

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

When I was a student at Johns Hopkins University in 1976, one of our teachers excitedly announced that Carleton Gadjusek had won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the origin of the brain disease, kuru.

I have my doubts about that disease.  I have my doubts that Gajdusek and other persons from the USs National Institute of Health heard of people in a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea suffering a neurological ailment and went to investigate.

Pardon me if I am carrying my scepticism too far. I have researched the work of the Louis Pasteur and consider him to be an all-around fraud, so saying the same...


Video: Israeli airstrikes have been targeting civilian neighbourhoods in Gaza "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israel is continuing its war against Palestinian civilians in GAZA. A bock of flats is repeatedly targeted by missiles. The victims are not combatants. In this case one man died and a woman lost her unborn child and toddler son. This raid carried out last week is only one instance of the continuing bombardment that is going on. There was conflict with Hamas and some missiles were fired into Israel. But it should be noted that was is a response to military action against civilians that has been continuous for some time.

Tin any case, there is no excuse for deliberately targeting non-combatants. It is the application of a policy of collective punishment, because the Palestinian population does not want to live under the boot. The Israeli government claims that these people want to destroy Israel. The reality is that all Palestinian political groups support its existence. They just want to be treated as equals and have their homeland.

Video by Mohamed Mosleh


#Gaza Under Savage #Israeli Attack-For the past 16 hours, #Israeli airstrikes have been targeting civilian neighborhoods in #Gaza nonstop.Casualties: A Pregnant Woman in Her 9th Month, Her Unborn Baby & Her 1 & 1/2 Year Old Son in Addition to 1 Man

Posted by Mohamed Mosleh on Thursday, August 9, 2018


UN leader condemns deadly Gaza school strike as criminal act
Video from euronews (in English)


Israeli leader Netanyahu defines terrorism and it looks like Israel


Video from The Young Turks


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WARNING on International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ghillar, Michael Anderson, Convener of the Sovereign Union, 13 Aug 18 
last surviving member of the founding four of the Aboriginal Embassy and
Head of State of the Euahlayi Nation, said from Sydney today:

I am extremely concerned that the enthusiasm to quickly negotiate so-called Treaty/Treaties
with the illegal occupying colonial States under the Federation of the Commonwealth of Australia
will lead to First Nations unwittingly ceding their inherent sovereignty.

I must ring alarm bells nationwide, while the Australian Government and its colonial States
are sitting back in their warm and comfortable offices slowly applauding
the stupidity of our childlike race.

The Governments have been very clever in the last thirty years to use the disunity within our communities
to withdraw funding and shut down burgeoning successful community organisations. The Governments
achieved the total destruction of these organizations by the First Nations lackeys,
of whom there are plenty, to shut down our hard fought for successes
and now these communities have nothing.

The regurgitated Constitutional Inclusion/Recognition and the Yulara Statement
have been rejected by the grassroots across Australia.
Its only the half-educated half-baked Blacks, living off the blood money being...


Julian Assange may have to leave the Ecuadorian embassy, due to his poor health "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Assange may finally leave Ecuadorian embassy in London as health worsens report 

Assange may finally leave Ecuadorian embassy in London as health worsens report Julian Assange, who has spent more than 2,230 days in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, is expected to leave the building soon with his health deteriorating, sources say.

This latest information about the WikiLeaks founder, who was already expected to leave the embassy in the coming weeks, was Wednesday by Bloomberg which cited two people with knowledge of the matter. The news agency reported that the whistleblowers health has declined recently.

The news comes days after Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno announced that Assange must eventually leave the embassy. Yes, indeed yes, but his departure should come about through dialogue, the Ecuadorian president said in answer to a reporters question on whether he will eventually have to leav...


Turnbull's spirited indifference for Ben Roberts Smith VC MG "IndyWatch Feed National"

Turnbull is revolting. Lower than a snake's backside. Ben is suing Fairfax for the mother of all defamation payouts. He's also instructed his lawyers to brief the Australian Federal Police on the prima facie breaches of the criminal law disclosed by Fairfax's behaviour. Here's part of his statement: The current...


Their ABC gathers a few average Aussies to lecture us on how good Their ABC is "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vested interests much? Their ABC for the latte set. #ABCyours? More like #UpYours from Their ABC.


GobiGate: UFO Base Exposed by Google Earth "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor Call it fun.  We know Google Earth clouds over and superimposes fake images over sites that expose a narrative the public is excluded from. Sources tell us that bases in the US and Australia have been Google Earthed with large triangular craft, by large we mean over a kilometer across, []


Govt could underwrite coal and gas power stations under NEG "IndyWatch Feed National"

Energy minister Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are confident of getting party room support for NEG, even if it means the govt underwriting new coal-fired power stations. Photo Mick Tsikas.

CANBERRA, AAP The federal government could underwrite billions of dollars in investment in new coal- and gas-powered plants as it looks to shore up support for its National Energy Guarantee.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will announce his support for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission proposal at the coalition party room meeting on Tuesday.

Under the ACCC plan, the government would underwrite new power generation whether that be from coal, gas or renewables.

The move is likely to calm the waters within a divided coalition party room, with the new assets to supply power to large energy users. This would have the effect of lowering power prices in general.

The focus is on getting cheap power into the system. It decreases prices for everyone, a source told The Daily Telegraph. It would also curtail the control major energy providers have on the market.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims is expected to brief Nationals MPs on the idea at a separate meeting on Monday.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg is confident his coalition colleagues will back the NEG after the plan won in-principle support from the states and territories.

Senior Labor MP Tony Burke said it would be extraordinary for the prime minister to underwrite new coal-fired power stations.

Malcolm Turnbull wants to again use our money, taxpayer money, to fund something thats not about the future, Mr Burke told the ABC.

If no one else in Australia is willing to invest in new coal-fired power stations, why is Malcolm Turnbull willing to do it with taxpayer money?

Several high-profile government backbenchers, including Liberal Tony Abbott and Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce, have threatened to cross the floor on the policy.

Senior government minister Alan Tudge hopes it doesnt come to that.

Obviously its not a good look and so I hope Tony Abbott will be able to sit down with Josh Frydenberg...


Slow Meat 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFSA & Slow Food Central Highlands Proudly Presents Slow Meat 2018


Slow Meat is a symposium that aims to educate the public and industry about the ecological and social costs associated with intensively-produced meat and highlight the regenerative and ethical alternatives.

If you'd like to learn more about Slow Meat and all the outstanding panels, feasts, and roundtables that it will entail, please read below.

Already familiar with the event? Jump right into these quick facts:

When: September 23-25
Where: Daylesford, VIC
Tickets: Available for purchase on Eventbrite
Discounts: 10% discounts available for AFSA members, and an additional 10% available to farmer members (20% discount total!)
Email for your discount code

Second Annual Slow Meat Calls to Eat "Less, Better Meat"


How do we get people to eat better meat, less? For the second year running, Slow Meat Australia will bring together farmers, butchers, chefs, and allies to try to answer this question.

The aim of the Slow Meat Australia Symposium is to enable the critical discussions needed to enable a shift away from the unsustainable and unethical practices of intensive industrial livestock production. Slow Meat Australia aims to educate the public and industry about the ecological and social costs associated with intensively-produced meat and highlight the regenerative and ethical alternatives. Over time, advocates for Slow Meat want to see an industry move towards the highest welfare, pastured farming systems that nourish land, animals and people.

Australias annual Slow Meat Symposium is a collaboration between the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and Slow Food Central Highlands...


1) Gold mine in Korowai closed following protests "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

2) Eight die in Papua plane crash, teen boy survives 
3) Papuan Film Festival pictures the voiceless
1) Gold mine in Korowai closed following protests
Nethy Dharma Somba
Jayapura | Sun, August 12, 2018 | 03:48 pm

Papuan authorities have closed a gold mine in Korowai in the southern part of Papua,  following uproar among residents who protested the hiring of newcomers over local tribe members.
The mine was closed on Friday by Papua Governor Soedarmo, Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar and Cendrawasih Military Commander Maj. Gen. George E. Supit by sealing two helicopters at Tanah Merah airport in Boven Digoel regency.
The helicopters were said to be used to transport workers to the mining site, which is located close to where the Korowai tribe lives.
Some 3,000 miners reportedly work at the mine.


Misconduct by banks and other financial institutions will not be stopped by tinkering at the edges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Founding chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Professor Allan Fels, has slammed the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and accused it of being a toothless tiger, when it comes to dealing with the misconduct of the banks.

This is the body that is supposed to have the powers to deal with the matter.

Allan Fells, whose comment was broadcast on the ABCs AM program, makes a good point.

He also proposes that the powers be stripped from ASIC and  handed over to the ACCC, under the belief that it is more likely to take on wrongdoing. At least it couldnt be worse than it is now.

Fells suggested that fierce lobbying by the financial services sector meant that the ACCC did not get given the coverage, when supervisory powers over banks were being considered in the late 1990s. There is no doubt that this was true, and the rest is history.

Now that mountains of damaging information are coming out of the financial services royal commission,  regulation is coming up in the debate again.

Allegations of criminal conduct have been made some instances. For example, the National Australia Bank (NAB) has been accused of charging $3 million in fees to dead people. Many more allegations involve sub-standard service and the fleecing of customers.

Allan Fells also backs the Greens proposal for the breaking up of the banks to counter their existing monopoly.

The proposals have some merit and should be considered as part of the solution. Nevertheless, on their own, they are unlikely to make little difference.

The behaviour of the banks and other major financial institutions is not merely a problem to be tackled by tinkering with the organisation or the supervision and company structures on paper. Nor is this behaviour the result of a few rotten eggs. The problem is systemic and without a systemic approach, everything will remain as it is.

Systemic means the functions that the banks and other major financial institutions play in the economy and society. Their most important function is that they collect a pool of investment funds from the whole of society and make it available for doing business. Through this the financial system is integrated into the whole economy.

When the economy is dominated by a handful of corporations, the banks and other major financial institutions are not only integrated into this, but inevitably become the dominant force, in what increasingly takes the shape of a huge cartel. This provides enormous power over the whole economy, and this translates into power over the political system

In these conditions, the banks and other major financial institutions do...


Independent Artist of the Week: Mango "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Photo by Sam Stephenson

With a debut record thats equal parts sci-fi utopia and raw, four-on-the-floor throwback, Mangos soulful spin on house music heralds an alternative future

Mango, aka Max, is a club-ready house experimentalist from Sydneys Inner West. Classically trained in piano and French horn from a young age, his early exposure to jazz, soul, and hip hop saw him turn to a focus on making beats. This background informs his sample-heavy approach to dance music, raiding his own eclectic influences to produce energised soundscapes.

With his debut release, Mood Organ EP, named in reference to a Phillip K. Dick novel, it comes as no surprise that Mangos music draws thematically from science fiction and futurism. In his music, Mangos beloved MPC 1000 becomes its own kind of Mood Organ, delivering moving, forward-thinking sounds made strictly for dancing, from peak time cuts to sun down/sun up groovers and low slung broken club tracks.

With more music on the way soon, Mango is definitely one to watch in Sydneys electronic underground.

Check out Slinky below:


Mood Organ EP by Mango

The post Independent Artist of the Week: Mango appeared first on FBi Radio.


Facepalm: Topless Aussie ladies rally against 'sexual objectification' "IndyWatch Feed National"

2014 saw the release of a documentary titled Free the Nipple which quickly prompted the creation of a global movement to uphold the notion that it should be legally and culturally acceptable for women to bare their nipples in public. About 50 topless protesters, including men and women, have gathered for a rally in the Australian town of Byron Bay as part of the global Free the Nipple movement, aimed at protesting against the criminalization and censorship of female breasts.


Americans Were Asked To Find North Korea On A Map, And The Result Is Cringe-Worthy "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Amanda Froelich

The tension between North Korea and the United States may have lessened as a result of US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un meeting,  but tensions between the two countries remain high. According to a poll conducted earlier this year, the majority of the American populace supports going to war with the Asian nation. As frightening as this may be, its even more concerning that the majority of US residents have no clue where North Korea actually is on a map.

The laughable discovery was made when Jimmy Kimmel and his team visited Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, and asked passersby to locate North Korea on a map.  Many citizens were upfront about their lack of geographic knowledge but guessed anyway. Their estimates ranged from Canada to the Middle East to Australia. Only the minority actually knew where North Korea is located.

If this made you gulp, watch the video below:

The United States of America very well may be the most war-hungry country on the planet. This is likely a result of the populace being sold the idea of nationalism. In turn, the populace defends political boundaries and its governments ideologies with blind faith.

Its a dangerous path for the American people to walk. Hopefully, this video featuring Jimmy Kimmel and countless other Americans will inspire the masses to re-think why they believe a...


Australian rain proves fiercer than expected "IndyWatch Feed National"

As the world warms, the storm clouds gather. And Australian rain is now often of a ferocity and intensity without precedent.

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The Sherriffs Dept Has All The Emails I Recieved "IndyWatch Feed National"

Including this whole exchange :

This Is The Email Exchange Between Myself and IEATBABIES Who I Believe Is Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves

And within 30-45 minutes after I published this exchange was when my Gmail account got hacked- preventing me from making a YouTube video about it.

And this group of emails was NICE compared to others I recieved.

But the Sheriffs dept has them all- as I was just forwarding them as I got them.


China Fires On US Navy In the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ever since President Trump introduced tariffs on Chinese products, the Chinese have greatly increased their naval presence in the South China Sea. Countries from Vietnam, to the Philippines, to Taiwan and Australia are fearful of Chinas next move. China is in a similar position as to what Japan was in during 1929. They need natural resources to cover their expanding industrial base and the US is blocking them at every turn just like the US did in the 1930s. The Chinese have stationed their one aircaraft carrier in the South China Sea. They have also stationed their aircraft carrier killers at either end of the South China Sea as the United States sends and unprecedented 3 carrier task force into the region. Additionally, and more seriously, the Chinese fired upon the US Navy 3 days ago. could this be the start of a serious conflict between the 2 nations?


The post China Fires On US Navy In the South China Sea appeared first on Dave Hodges - The Common Sense Show.


A bunch of Aussie guitarists broke a world record in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts"

Have you ever wanted to make your way into the record books for a music-related achievement? Well, 457 Aussie musicians have done just that today, after breaking the record for the largest electric guitar ensemble.

Back in June, we reported on how the Sydney Guitar Festival was looking for as many like-minded musicians as possible to come together and help break a pretty cool world record.

Organisers of the festival hoped to have 500 guitar players turning out to simultaneously take part in playing AC/DCs Highway To Hell in order to attempt to break the previous record of 368 people, set in India back in 2013.

Now, as The Newcastle Herald reports, Sunday afternoon saw an army of music fans turn out in droves to help strum their way into the record books.

Helped along by Aussie rock legends The Choirboys, 457 people descended upon The Concourse in Chatswood to break the record, performing AC/DCs 1979 classic as part of a record-breaking ensemble.

Powered by small, Marshall MS2 battery powered amplifiers, organisers said that despite the comparatively small amount of power behind them, participants more than made up for it in terms of passion and talent.

They were tiny amps but they got the sound happening, festival spokeswoman Tatiana Marchant explained to the Australian Associated Press. It was such a great atmosphere. Ive never been around so many men and guitars in all my life.

While the vast majority of participants were indeed male, Tatiana Marchant did note that a large proportion of females and children also took part in the world record attempt.

The next step in the record-breaking process is for officials to verify the attempt an undertaking could take up to six weeks. However, considering that they managed to outshine the previous record attempt by close to 200 people, theres a good chance almost 500 happy musicians will be waking up tomorrow morning with some extra bragging rights.

Incidentally, news of this world record happens to come just weeks after Australian musician Scott Burford completed his world record attempt of the worlds longest guitar marathon. After playing guitar for 125...


Christine Assange speaks out for Julian "IndyWatch Feed National"

On August 9th, Sydney beamed out strong support for Julian Assange with a live-to-air event: THE GAGGING OF JULIAN ASSANGE. The venue, with live audience, was Politics in the Pub at the Sydney Gaelic Club. Thanks goes to the #Unity4J movement and particularly its Stream Team, for their invaluable technical support.

The remote guest speakers were Julians mother, Christine Assange, and the President of the New Zealand Internet Party, Suzie Dawson, who spoke to the audience live from Moscow.

In Sydney, the speakers were Cathy Vogan, Professor Stuart Rees and Mike Head. Christine was interviewed two days earlier by Cathy Vogan, and this was pre-loaded to the stream. There had been mysterious problems, in getting her connected to the live monthly VIGILS that #Unity4J have been running, so no risks were taken

Here is the entire show, as broadcast on August 9th, with a direct link to Suzie Dawsons talk. As viewers will see from the opening remarks by Vogan, there was a power failure (and internet lockout) while Christines interview was playing. Dawson focuses on the #Unity4J movement to save Julian now 2700 people strong, and comprised of artists, writers, techs and speakers. She addresses the idea of bringing together people with different political opinions, who have one common aim, and how thats been panning out.

Big shout-out to Gard Lord, @Jarraparilla, for this list of the main points made by Christine Assange:

*** UK extradition does not require a prima facie case There is absolutely no proper legal process for my son. The US Grand Jury is in secret it has no defence allowed and it has no judge

*** If UK get him on the [bail] warrant, which should be defunct, they can then drop that [and] serve the Grand Jury indictment with no proper legal process. Then they can extradite Julian to the US, again without legal process because you dont have to present a prima facie case

*** And then,...


MACKAY Window, TV smashed at Andergrove house "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Compare and contrast "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Gotthard Base Tunnel Switzerland. Longest tunnel in the world at 57 km, with a total rail track length of 152 km. Opened on schedule in 2016. Total cost $AU 13.2 billion.

WestConnex in Sydney. 33 km of road of which 16 km is new tunnels. Road is considerably less expensive to build than rail. Original forecast cost of $AU 10 billion, now expected to be $AU 18.6 billion.


Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence in Australia. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence in Australia. There are many women, raped and/or murdered, who would have been liable to prosecution had they been carrying anything that might have saved them.

Home Invasions, Murder & Assaults from May to August 2018.

Home Invasions, Murder & Assaults 2018.
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Israeli minister urges assassination of Hamas leaders "IndyWatch Feed National"


Miri Regev, the Israeli culture and sport minister. Miri Regev, the Israeli culture and sport minister.

Israeli culture and sport minister has called for the assassination of the leaders of Hamas Palestinian resistance movement, stressing that Israel should reinstate its policy of targeted assassinations.

Miri Regev told a recent meeting of local leaders of Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip that the Palestinian resistance movements senior officials should live in fear.

We must go back to the policy of targeted assassinations of leaders of this murderous terrorist group, she added, referring to Hamas.

Other Israeli politicians likewise called on the Israeli leadership to come down harder on Hamas, which controls Gaza and has defended the enclave against three Israeli wars.

Leader of Israeli party Zionist Union Avi Gabbay, who was visiting the city of Sderot in the west of Negev Desert, was recently quoted by media as saying that Israel had a strong army and weak politicians, who would not intensify the regimes aggression.

The current regime doesnt know how to deter a terrorist organization or to negotiate, he added.

Israel has assassinated many Hamas figures over the past years.

Last March, it assassinated Mazen Fuqaha, one of the groups senior figures, in Gaza. The victim was shot with four bullets to his head.

In 2010, Israel had itself embroiled in an international scandal when its operatives used false European and Australian passports to assassinate senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in the United Arab Emirates.

Oren Hazan, an Israeli lawmaker from Likud Party, also recently said, We are not hitting Hamas hard enough for fear of an ongoing conflict, even though we are deep inside one.

If we would have hit them, they wouldnt have allowed themselves to shoot 200 rockets in one day. So enough with the stories that we hit them hard. The public isnt stupid, and neither is Hamas, he added.

Besides staying prepared to take the territory under wholesale warfare, Israel regularly strikes G...


Searching for Cod "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I've been a bit obsessed with Murray Cod since being part of the 'Fragments' exhibition

Hape Kiddle, curator, gave me a fragment of River Red Gum from a Murray Cod statue he's creating.

His statue will be 2.2 metres, which is apparently the largest Murray Cod on record.

To the right is one of the Murray Cod studies he exhibited with the other fragments.

Below is a video I recorded at Ulupna Island earlier this year, which might be a Murray Cod.


Muslim terrorist training camp in New Mexico "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

And his father Iman Siraj Wahaj - the mentor of Linda Sarsour - spoke at Quest for Success in Sydney lst year Neryl McPhee (@NerylMcphee) August 12, 2018



Listen to John Pilger interviewed on KPFA by Dennis Bernstein and Randy Credico. Also, listen to this interview on Sputnik Radio.

Saturday, 11 August


Virus or Variegation "IndyWatch Feed National"

A common error gardeners make is to assume that appearance of coloured areas on leaves is caused by natural variegation, fungal infection or nutrient deficiency.  In many cases, the variegated colour of leaves of some shrubs, indoor plants, lettuces, herbs is a natural mutation.  Happily, this is not a destructive mutation, but one that results in less chlorophyll in some parts of the leaves, causing a paler and mottled effect.  Sometimes, keen gardeners have selected these plants and bred from them. These variegated plants can be lower in vigour and shorter-lived than their normal relatives but this hasnt affected their popularity as garden plants.

Variegation Due to Plant Viruses

There is, however, variegation caused by some sort of plant problem. Although some garden pests, such as aphids can cause leaf yellowing, this colour change is not the only sign of an infestation.  A more problematic cause of colour change is infection by disease-causing viruses or virus-like viroids and phytoplasmas, of which there are hundreds.  Shown at the left is the leaf symptoms of cucumber mosaic virus (image courtesy of

Fortunately, trees and Australian native plants have few virus disease problems and, interestingly, viruses in wild-growing plants dont seem to develop disease, although they have not been studied as well as cultivated plants.  It is in cultivated plants, mainly food crops, that virus infection is of most concern. Because viruses and virioids are very simple organisms with DNA or RNA coated by a protein layer. They cannot survive for long or multiply outside of a host so they are obligate parasites they can only increase in number inside a living organism.  Once inside the plant, the plant is harnessed into producing more virus.  The plant cannot grow properly because its energy and nutrients are diverted away from normal activities like photosynthesis.

Shown here are the leaf and fruit symptoms of tomato spotted wilt virus (images courtesy of North Carolina Co-operative Extension).

Virus infection may result in...

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