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Tuesday, 19 June

08:46

Call for change at Eurydice memorial vigil "IndyWatch Feed National"

Crowds gather for the Reclaim Princess Park Vigil in Melbourne, Monday, June 18, 2018. The vigil is being held on wake of the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon on Tuesday 14th June in Princes Park. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

MELBOURNE, AAP Thousands gathered to remember comedian Eurydice Dixon on the Melbourne field where she was found after being raped and murdered, with hundreds of others across the nation joining them in solidarity.

A huge crowd, reportedly including up to 10,000 people, gathered at Princes Park on Monday night to pay tribute to the 22-year-old.

They spent a sombre 20 minutes in silence with the lights on the field switched off, illuminating candles that many had brought.

People could be heard sobbing during the quiet reflection, which was broken by a choir singing around a makeshift memorial, where flowers and other tributes have been building since Ms Dixons body was found at the site.

Expressing grief, celebrating Ms Dixons life and stressing the right women have to be safe anywhere and at any time was the focus of the Reclaim Princes Park vigil, one of its organisers Pia Cerveri said as the night began.

But Ms Cerveri said there will later be a greater push for changes to prevent such tragedies.

The time will come when we will regroup to work together to make positive change in our society and we ask that you join that movement later, she said.

Right now is not that time, for political demands.

At least 200 people gathered for a vigil in Sydneys Hyde Park, where the names of dozens of recent victims of gendered violence were read out, while more than 100 met in the rain on the lawns of Hobarts parliament house.

The vigils came five days after Ms Dixon was killed on her way home from a comedy show at the Highlander Bar in the CBD on Tuesday night.

Last week, Broadmeadows 19-year-old Jaymes Todd appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with her rape and murder.

Earlier on Monday, the makeshift memorial at Princes Park was graffitied with offensive markings, with Victoria Police investigating the vandalism.

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08:00

June 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1801 - Governor King sent a party in HMS Lady Nelson, commanded by Lieutenant James Grant, to establish a convict settlement at the mouth of the Hunter River, 160 kilometres north of Sydney (now Newcastle). With us likewise, Grant noted, went one of the Natives, named Bangaree [Bungaree].

1803 - Assistant Surgeon at Norfolk Island, William Redfern, was kicking up his heels in glee as he was granted a free pardon.

1810 - James Davis was hanged at Portland Head (Hawkesbury) for burglary from the house of John Cox.

1812 - The United States of America declared war on Britain, which dragged the Australian colonies also into conflict with America.

1820 -  Joseph Banks, English natural historian, dropped off the budgie perch.

1843 - Gettin' all high falutin' those Cockroaches were bewitched by their f irst Italian opera - The Barber of Seville - performed in Sydney.

1851 - Gold was discovered on the Turon River, NSW.

1874 - The first Hospital above Doctors Gully, Darwin was completed. Built largely by public subscription it was extended further in 1876.

1894 - The Yaapeet Railway Branch Line (Vic) was opened from Dimboola to Jeparit.

1908 - The dead were dancing at the extension of the Rookwood Cemetery Railway Line (NSW) when Them In Power opened No 3 Mortuary Station to No 4 Mortuary Station.

1921 - At 75,604, the Aboriginal population of Australia reached its lowest point ever, being reduced by 77 percent since colonisation began.

1933 - Imperial Airways began flitting between England and Australia.

1942 - Arrival of chemical weapons stocks on ship Glenhartney.

1946 Hon. John Dedman introduced legislation to establish the Australian National University.

1956 - A gift that just keeps on giving Britain exploded another nuclear bomb over the Monto Bello Islands, WA, creating a radioactive cloud that drifted over the mainland.

1958 - Entrepreneurs Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin sought a trademark for a plastic cylinder based on a similar toy in Australia. Wham-O began selling the Hula Hoop following a demonstration of a rattan hoop imported from Australia. After one year teenagers in the US purchased some 100 million hoops at a suggested retail price of $1.98.
Ripped off!

1967 - Darwin Maru arrived on its maiden voyage to load the first shipment of iron ore from the new iron ore handling wharf at Fort Hill, Darwin.

1969 Equal pay for women was granted by the Arbitration Commission.

1975 - Manning Clark and Dame Joan Sutherland were amomg the first fancy-pants recipients of the newly established Order of Australia announced in the Queen's Birthday honours...

04:04

John Pilger speaks out for Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

Legendary Australian writer and film-maker, John Pilger, has returned to Australia to seek urgent help, both government and public, for the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Pilgers speech at Sydney Town Hall yesterday was informative and painfully moving. He asks quite simply of the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to bring Julian home. Mr Turnbull, he says, has been sympathetic in the past to Assanges situation, and certainly has the power to negotiate his return to Australia. Its really a matter of choice.

Assange, Pilger says, has not only been a victim of persecution from the US and other states, from which he was granted political asylum or, a place to remain arbitrarily holed-up for 6 years, according to two UN rulings What troubles Pilger more is the Vichy journalism, of which he gives numerous examples, that has served to aggregate lies and smear that would demolish public support for Wikileaks, and deflect us from reading the content of their publications. If we would only read them now, we might be skeptical about journalists describing a war hawk as the icon of our generation

Even more disturbingly, Pilger reminds us that it was two Guardian journalists, David Leigh and Luke Harding, who recklessly published the password to the trove of USG cables while Wikileaks was in the process of redacting them. That instantly gave criminals and intelligence agencies around the world, including those of repressive states, the information they needed to pursue whistleblowers and dissidents. Like Madelene Albright, they may have said: It was worth it, to place Wikileaks in such a terrible situation.

Pilger read statements from Assanges family, concerning his deteriorating state of health, and from Women Against Rape, who are appalled at being manipulated by bogus claims that undermined the credibility of Assange and Wikileaks.

We have been quick to forget that Julian Assange received many international awards for outstanding contribution to journalism; including here in Australia, where he won a Walkley and the Sydney Peace Foundation medal. Whats...

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Monday, 18 June

18:20

Australia hit with extreme cold front as snow hits and people are warned of dangerous conditions "IndyWatch Feed National"

PLUMMETING temperatures have caused freezing conditions and snow across the country - and more severe weather is coming. A FREEZING cold snap has blanketed parts of the country in fluffy white snow. Australians have packed on the layers as icy chills continue to blow across southeast Australia thanks to the cold front that's been pushing through the Great Australian Bight since Wednesday. Severe weather warnings have been issued for parts of New South Wales today as strong gusty winds with cold temperatures and showers are forecast. The Bureau of Meteorology said a complex low over the Tasman Sea was directing a "vigorous westerly airstream" over NSW ahead of a south to south-westerly change which would move along the coast today. Damaging winds averaging 60 to 65km/h are predicted with peak gusts of more than 90km/h. A south to south-westerly wind change is forecast to move along the coast, reaching the Hunter coast by late morning. Showers may bring damaging wind gusts along the coastal fringe in areas including Gosford, Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong.

15:07

New layered sameness Thoughts are like fishes///



One of the most used strategies I've learned from the Disquiet Junto was Brian Crabtree's 'layered sameness' exercise

It involves layering over a dozen takes without using a metronome, then combining the results into a shimmering cloud.

Recently I took the idea a step further and recorded a piece with MIDI, which was then used to trigger VST instruments.

At the top is the guitar version, while below is eight synthesisers.

I've offered this piece to a friend for their installation at Burning Seed this year.

12:09

Transcript & Video: John Pilger in Sydney defends Assange exposes his persecutors "IndyWatch Feed National"


John Pilger reminds us of the 'journalists' who let down Julian Assange whilst profiting from the information he released. He reminds us how far down journalism has sunk. He uses the term 'Vichy-journalism' to good effect.

Transcript of John Pilger's magnificent speech on why Julian Assange is being persecuted, who is responsible, and the mass media role

[Headings have been inserted by Candobetter.net editor.]

JOHN PILGER: Thank you for coming for Julian. And thank you to the SEP for organising this important rally. The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy
The Australian government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have a historic opportunity to decide which it will be. They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home. Julian does not seek special treatment. The Australian Government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect its citizens abroad from gross injustice.In Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that awaits him, should he walk out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London unprotected.

We know from the Chelsea Manning case what you in can expect if a US extradition warrant is successful. The United Nations has called it torture.

I know Julian well. I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I've watched the tsunami of lies and smear engulf him endlessly, predictably, perfidiously, and I know why they smear him.

Secret US Defense Department document lays out how to destroy Assange

In 2008 a plan to destroyed both WikiLeaks and Julian was laid out in a secret document dated 8th of March 2008. The authors were the cyber counterintelligence assessment branch of the US Defense Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy - and I quote - "the feeling of trust that WikiLeaks that is WikiLeaks center-of-gravity." This would be achieved, they wrote, "with threats of exposure and criminal prosecution and an unrelenting assault on reputation."

The aim was to silence and criminalize WikiLeaks and its editor and publisher. It was as if they planned a war on a single human be...

11:44

Discussing Eurydice Dixon Thoughts are like fishes///

Some friends on Facebook have asked where are the men discussing Eurydice Dixon

I dont think Im alone in struggling to articulate the injustice.

It occurs to me one reason Im struggling to articulate a response is that Eurydice cant explain the circumstances that led to her death.

If she had lived, she wouldve had to make the decision to report her assault.

It is widely recognised that few victims of sexual assault report the crime.

About a decade ago I got an insight into why so few undertake that process.

While living in a regional city I learned victims might have to drive two hours to a larger hospital to find a doctor willing to collect forensic evidence.

Does this suggest its easier to believe Eurydices corpse than it is to find a doctor in the country?

Maybe.

Reporting crime is one step in making sense of violence but its not an easy step.

My female Facebook friends have responded to Eurydices death by sharing experiences of male violence.

As a male I know male violence too and I think thats why I feel powerless to discuss Eurydice.

Maybe if I was a corpse itd be easier to believe I fear violence.

When I was assaulted I asked police to make a report and they asked why bother.

I called a friend who worked a newspaper and asked him to write a story.

The journalist said it happens all the time, thats not newsworthy.

I understand my story seems insignificant.

its commonplace but I still struggle to understand it.

Violence is senseless but as a society not much effort seems to be put into understanding it.

This is what I say for Eurydice Dixon: We need to change a culture that belittles violence.

I wonder if once we acknowledge our shared experiences of violence, we can look at how our culture normalises it.

Are we so blas about violence that a corpse is required for it to be recognised?

10:36

Speeches at Free Julian Assange Rally - Sydney Town Hall - 17th June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

These speeches moved to a different address on you tube. We have located them again, for the moment. See article above this one for the transcript of John Pilger's excellent speech.
RALLIES ON TUESDAY 19 JUNE IN AUSTRALIA: Melbourne - outside the British Consulate 12-2PM (British Consulate General Melbourne, 17th Floor, 90 Collins St Melbourne). Will be attended by Julian's father, John Shipton and another young member of Julian's family and Shirley Shackleton. Brisbane - Vigil 4-6PM at the Ann Street Shrine of Remembrance opposite Central Station; Perth - 12PM-2PM at Forrest Chase.

The Socialist Equity Party should be applauded for having organised and recorded the June 17th protest speeches. We should not however forget that Julian Assange's work goes wider than worker protest. It goes to preventing globalist media, corporations and governments from taking away our rights as citizens of nations. The issues go to the nation itself and to the need for solidarity and communication between citizens, always, plus the recognition that Julian is one of us. This cause should be embraced by other forces as well as the Socialist Equity Party. Anyone who supports free speech, human and civil rights, and opposes war, should attend these protests and get others to attend with leaflets, posts to social media, and calls to talk-back radio etc.

09:02

Photos from TPP protest June 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Over 120 people from 20 union, church, aid and environment organisations rallied outside the Sydney public hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties concerning the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11). Speakers focused on the impact the TPP-11 would have on workers, temporary migrant workers and women, the cost of medicines, and the extra rights it would give investing corporations to sue the Australian government. The JSCOT and a Senate Inquiry will report back to parliament in September on whether or not the parliament should vote in favour of the legislation to implement the TPP-11. The protest movement is urging MPs to vote against the implementing legislation. See photos here.

08:00

June 18 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1808 - Alexander Wilson (alias Charles Boyle) was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of William Moad.

1808 - John MacNeal was hanged at Sydney for burglary and robbery upon his master, having stolen two half casks and two quarter casks of gunpowder from the house of Robert Campbell.

1808 - Mary Grady was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Charles Stuart at Parramatta.

1814 -  In a General Order, Governor Macquarie said he regreted the unhappy Conflicts between the natives of the Mountains and settlers at Bringelly, Airds and Appin, caused by the Aborigines helping themselves to the maize. He promised to punish anyone involved in hostilities on either side.

1827 James Stirling established a settlement at Raffles Bay.

1829 Official proclamation of the Swan River Colony.

1839 - Explorer Edward John Eyre shot through from Adelaide to explore the northern regions of SA.

1868 - An earthquake shook NSW. The quake was centred around the Hunter Valley town of Maitland. Minor damage to buildings only.

1868 - The first rowing race was held between Scotch College (originally known as the Melbourne Academy) and Church of England Grammar School on Yarra River, Melbourne, Vic

1872 - George Robert Nichols (The Parramatta River Murders) was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of William Percy Walker (and John Bridger) in upper Sydney Harbour.

1872 - Alfred Lester (alias Froude)(The Parramatta River Murders) was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of William Percy Walker (and John Bridger) in upper Sydney Harbour.

1883 - Wangabiddi was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of Charles Redfern at Minni-Minni on the Gascoyne River.

1883 - Guerilla was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of Anthony Cornish at Fitzroy River.

1881 The Art Gallery of South Australia was opened by Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence.

1901 - Victorian Parliament parked their posteriors for the first time at the Exhibition Buildings following the Commonwealth Parliaments use of Parliament House, Melbourne. State Parliament remained there until 1927.

1906 - Counting the Commonwealth
GH Knibbs was appointed head of the new Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics. Some 4.5 million people were counted in the first census on 3 April 1911. Indigenous people were first included officially in the federal census in 1971 when the population was 12.8 million.

1915 - The first lock on the Murray River opened...or closed, depending on your view,  at Blanchetown, Vic.

1923 - The Temora - Roto Railway Line (NSW) was flung open from Griffith to Hillston.

1926 - T...

07:43

Flooded Valleys And Burning Forests: The Global Face Of Renewable Energy (Part III) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Geoff Russell brings you the final story in a three-part series on the global renewable energy revolution. In Part I he looked at the animal and environment issues associated with the flooded river valleys and burning biomass that dominate renewable energy. Part II looked at wind, sunshine, storage and zoomed in to consider Australia.

 

The alternative

Globally, nuclear power, in case you were wondering, generates just over 2,000 terawatt-hours of electricity annually, about 8 times more than solar and more than double wind power.

Now lets run some basic numbers and compare the ecological impact of renewables with that of nuclear power.

First lets deal with the inevitable cry from people who are anti-nuclear without ever having thought much about it: Nuclear isnt clean, think about the mining and the waste!!!.

Mines? Nuclear power is miserly on mines. The amount of mining required for hydro, solar or wind is many times greater. The recent ACOLA report made this point, let me repeat the relevant graph from a previous article.

As you can see, nuclear requires minimal mining.

So why do so many people seem to think mining is some kind of nuclear achilles heel? Thats an interesting question. Ill try to answer it later. But the graph massively underestimates the mining required for renewables on two fronts; it ignores mining for batteries and it ignores mining for all the extra transmission lines needed by wind and solar. Ive dealt with the relative ease of nuclear waste handling many times in the past most recently here.

But mining is a minor issue compared to the massive habitat destruction associated with renewables.

Hydro-electricity, as weve seen produces roughly 4,000 terawatt hours per year globally from reservoirs covering 343,000 square kilometres, so, using global averages,...

06:19

Australia: Muslim arrested for plotting jihad massacre in Bangladesh "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police allege that Amin was stopped from traveling to Bangladesh at Sydney Airport in February 2016 after Border Force officers found itemsclothing and extremist material in electronic devicesin his luggage, indicating that he may be travelling overseas to engage in terrorist activities. He is identified in this story as a man from Sydney, but that []

05:33

The gap year paedophile Richard Huckle highly likely to have had UK victims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Please see the previous article on this site for my comparison of Richard Huckle to Frank Houston founding father of Hillsong Global Church, based in Sydney, Australia with churches in major cities throughout the world, including London.

BBC

The gap year paedophile Richard Huckle highly likely to

have had UK victims

Huckle, from Kent, was convicted of 71 offences against 23 children in 2016

...

05:32

Aussie troops killed Afghan amputee, drank beer from fake limb, and other questionable moral judgements "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) team has been found to have committed a string of atrocities while on mission in Afghanistan nearly a decade ago; and the "Nazi flag" incident appears to be just the tip of the iceberg. In one instance back in 2009, reported by Sydney-based Fairfax Media, which conducted a six-month investigation into alleged Australian military war crimes in Afghanistan, soldiers killed an Afghan amputee as they were raiding Urozgan province and took his artificial limb to their base to use it as a drinking vessel. Comment: The prosthetic leg was then taken as a souvenir and brought back to Perth to be used as a novelty beer drinking vessel. In another no less horrendous case, two senior soldiers first plotted and then forced a "rookie" troop to kill an unarmed elderly detainee, a Taliban suspect, thereby marking the young soldier's combat debut. According to Special Forces sources, cited by Fairfax, the victim posed no threat after being brutally knocked out. The soldiers involved in the atrocities committed on Afghan soil have not been named by the media. The hair-raising details came to light around the time when Australia's prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, blasted personnel of the same high-profile squadron who were caught on camera waving a swastika flag from their patrol vehicle.

Sunday, 17 June

17:40

July In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed National"


When you look outside this time of year the last thing you feel like doing is standing out in the cold, wet and windy weather, especially if you live in the cooler areas. Dont let this put you off. There is so much to do in the garden and a lot more to do in the garden shed. Get off the couch and put on the thermals, the beanie, a coat and your gumboots and warm yourself up with some winter garden love.

Of course, the following is just a rough guide, and many of you will find your situation varies from the above listing due to microclimates created in your garden, location in relation to your nearest major city, extremes of weather and garden type. But the one thing that remains the same for all zones and regions is this: improve your soil by adding organic matter, mulch and no matter the season, we can all garden more sustainably all year round.

Tool Time
Why not head out to the shed, and sharpen, clean, oil and maintain your garden tools. Sounds tedious, but its really rewarding, and will save you cash in the long run. Practicing tool hygiene will prevent the spread of disease.

Mulch your beds
Top up mulch on your veggie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds. Choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch, one that will enrich your soil as it breaks down. If in the southern states try to avoid Sugar Cane as it would have a high carbon footprint due to transport.

Green Manure
Green manure crops are good to go now improve that dormant veggie patch. In cooler to temperate areas you can use crops like like faba beans or field peas and for warmer areas try mung beans. Remember to chop and drop them before they flower.

Pruning & Weeding
Pruning and weeding is a great job to do at this time of year. Deciduous fruit trees love a big old haircut now, except your apricot!

Cool to Cold Areas

Low temperatures for extended periods of time (all of Tasmania, most of Victoria, the southern highlands of NSW, the ACT and a tiny southern bit of SA)

Its bare root season! Get your deciduous fruit trees in now, including apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines. Deciduous exotic trees can also be planted now.

Theres still a bit happening in the veggie patch, especially if you love your brassicas, you could try spinach, carrots, sweet peas, broad beans, coriander and peas.

Temperate Areas...

16:35

Maybe we need a degree in Western Civilization after all "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Ive kept out of the latest silly culture war so far, but I couldnt resist this from Josh Frydenberg. After decrying a long march to the left in Australian universities, he says

It is absolutely critical that the next generation of students understand about where the rule of law came from, where democracy came from, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, womens suffrage

Looking through that list, it can be described as a potted summary of the long march to the left  in Britain (and by extension Australia) over the course of the long 19th century from the French and American revolutions to the outbreak of the Great War.  At the beginning of that period, Freydenbergs conservative precursors supported the rule of law, and opposed democracy, freedom of speech and religion and womens suffrage. It was only after long struggles that restrictions on freedom of speech and religion like the Six Acts and Penal Laws  were repealed. The fight for (initialy male-only) democracy and womens suffrage took even longer.

If we extended Frydenbergs list into the 20th century, wed get something like this University of Sydney course which covers

struggles over labour rights and working conditions in the 1900s, womens suffrage, Aboriginal land rights, race relations and the White Australia Policy, homelessness during the Great Depression, freedom of speech during the Cold War, the Vietnam Moratorium and sexual liberation in the 1970s, the environmental movement, refugees and asylum seekers, and LGBT rights today

Looking at this mess, I think we might need a course in the history of Western Civilisation after all. It should be provided to people like Frydenberg and dAbrera so they can decide exactly whether they want to stop the clock at 1970, 1950 or perhaps at 1900.

14:52

Alan Jones paedophile grooming boys? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Front page of The Daily Mirror December 6, 1988
 
Sydney radio station 2GBs Alan Jones sent love letters to school boys, had boys in his room late at night and perved on them in the shower when he was a teacher at The Kings School in Sydney in the early 1970s. This behaviour led to Alan Jones forced resignation in 1973.

That type of conduct would be considered grooming today and the police would be called for sure.

And if it was anyone but Alan Jones the matter of the forced resignation by The Kings School would have been given a start at the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Again in 1988, only a matter of hours after getting off a Qantas plane in London, Alan Jones was arrested in a toilet for Outraging Public Decency.

Alan Jones is the lowest of the low, why has he never been charged with grooming?

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