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Look, let me point the OBVIOUS out. Angela Power Disney- Sabine McNeil- Neelu Berry- THESE ARE ALL BAD GUYS working DIRECTLY with HoaxteadResearch to seek out survivors and kill their support. They ingratiate themselves into victims lives- do all kinds of crazy stupid shit- which the Hoaxtead people then LOUDLY PROCLAIM- and suddenly ALL THE VICTIMS SUPPORT DISAPPEARS. Angela whined after I blocked her- but let me tell you why.
She would Skype me- and she ALWAYS wanted me to talk about Aquino. Two things happened at the end. She called me on Skype but I didn’t answer with video- basically because I was sitting on the toilet and didn’t want to be on video taking a shit. As a result- she FREAKED THE FUCK OUT. Second- she suddenly wanted to get me in touch with Doug Dietrich.
Dietrich and Aquino were best friends. Aquino wouldn’t give me the public debate that I was asking for- so I then focused on Dietrich. Yeah- he might mention my name- but what he DOESN’T say is that he REFUSED to publicly debate me. So anyone who thinks this guy is “supporting” me and my efforts is a moron.
So I did my interview with Shatter Boys UK and GUESS WHAT GROUP HAS SUDDENLY GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY TO INGRATIATE THEMSELVES INTO THEIR LIVES. These men are actually DOING SOMETHING- and MAKING A DIFFERENCE. OF COURSE this group of government trolls would like to fuck that up. But the Shatter Boys UK men aren’t stupid- and I have already explained to them in detail my concerns.
So for those of you who are wanting to reach out to this group- DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. And when the shit goes down- and you find yourself standing alone- just remember one thing- I FUCKING TOLD YOU SO.
INVESTIGATIONS are continuing after a man was shot in Woonona today.
Emergency services were called to Mountain Avenue just after 2.30pm after a man reported he had been shot.
Police believe the man was shot in nearby Joanne Street before getting into his car and driving to Mountain Avenue.
He suffered severe facial injuries and was airlifted to a
hospital in Sydney. He is currently in a serious but stable
condition and his injuries are not considered life threatening.
Wollongong detectives are investigating the incident and believe it was targeted. They are urging anyone with information to come forward.
We’re happy to bring you Ultraviolet, the debut solo release from Melbourne singer-songwriter Oliver Downes. An impressive and eccentric work of baroque pop, it packs soaring melodies and sharp wit in equal measure, underpinned by intricate and eclectic chamber instrumentation.
The record’s unique sound is partially the product of his collaboration with instrumental art-folk trio The String Contingent, which includes the talents of Graham McLeod on electric guitar, Chris Stone on violin and Oliver’s sister Holly Downes on double bass.
Oliver has called upon a roster of talent for the album, which was recorded by Jimi Lloyd-Wyatt (Gossling), mixed by Richie Belkner (Sarah Blasko, Ngaiire), and features guest appearances from Sydney’s Elana Stone and Brian Campeau.
“I really wanted to navigate these ideas of constraint and escape,” he says of the record’s themes, “how much wriggle room we have within our circumstances, whether there’s any real way of escaping who we are and whether we should really want to.”
Downes is frank about where his work sits in a music scene dominated by two opposing poles.
“Although I’m not the only person making art music using pop forms, or making alternative with small chamber-style groups rather than a more traditional band, I think it’s an unusual thing to do in Australia, where rock and punk are such huge forces over one side of the table and sleek commercial pop weighs down the other.”
It’s evident that, despite a long process leading to the record’s release, working with this array of talent helped to reinvigorate Oliver and imbue the tracks with a new energy.
“Having spent such a long time living with some of the songs, they can become stuck in a groove far too easily. Inviting superb instrumentalists in to create their own parts was a good way to shine some new light on each track and render them somehow new to me.”
To bring the album to you in a live setting, Oliver will be launching it this Friday at the Wesley Anne, before heading out on a national tour with folk pop chanteuse Jess Locke in support, dates below.
Photo credit: Yana Amur
September 23 – Melbourne, Wesley Anne, w/ Jess Locke
October 16 – Katoomba, Hotel Blue, w/ Hinterlandt
October 20 – Sydney, Django Bar, w/ Hollie Matthew
October 21 – Canberra, Smith’s Alternative, w/ Hinterlandt
Visions recently solidified their reputation as Australia’s premier party starters with their King St Crawl in Sydney’s Newtown and their sold-out expansion into Melbourne, which kicked off at Fitzroy hotspot Yah Yah’s.
Now, they’ve announced the second instalment of their touring arm by welcoming a free tour from UK buzz magnets and NME and BBC 6 Music favourites Telegram, who’ll be playing three totally free shows along the East Coast next month.
The London four-piece come from the same circles that gave us the likes of The Horrors, Temples, and Palma Violets and released their eagerly anticipated debut album, Operator, earlier this year to rave acclaim.
Effortlessly combining a love of Roxy Music, Syd Barrett, kraut-rock, and late proto-punk, don’t miss your chance to see one of the UK’s most swiftly rising acts. Check below for all the dates, details, and awesome supporting acts.
Wednesday, 5th October 2016
The Foundry, Brisbane
w/ Tiny Migrants and Max Chillen
Friday, 7th October 2016
w/ Matrick Jones and Hair Die and Deep Sea Arcade DJs
Saturday, 8th October 2016
Yah Yah’s, Melbourne
w/ Matrick Jones and Deep Sea Arcade DJs
Taking Back Sunday recently announced they are set to return to Australian shores next March, and they’ve now been forced to add a second Melbourne show to meet the overwhelming demand.
The band’s seventh studio album, Tidal Wave, dropped earlier this month and is yet another reinvention for the band, who are currently at the peak of their powers.
The album marks the first time the band wrote in the studio as they recorded. “We could come up with an idea, perform it and then listen back to it immediately,” said frontman Adam Lazzara.
“We really can’t wait for you to hear it. Everyone is working hard to categorize where this music fits and all we can say is we wrote from the heart and did the best work we could.”
Meanwhile, Taking Back Sunday still remain a formidable force on the live stage. Check below for all the dates and ticketing details of the band’s upcoming 2017 Australian tour.
Friday, March 17th
Enmore Theatre, Sydney (Lic/Aa)
Saturday, March 18th
The Triffid, Brisbane (18+)
19th – SOLD OUT
170 Russell, Melbourne (18+)
Tuesday, March 21st – NEW SHOW
170 Russell, Melbourne (18+)
Wednesday, March 22nd
The Gov, Adelaide (Lic/Aa)
Thursday, March 23rd
Metro City, Perth (18+)
DMA’s have barely had a moment to catch their breath since dropping their highly anticipated debut full-length effort, Hills End, and they show no signs of slowing down.
Ahead of their latest Australian tour (see below for dates and details), they’ve unveiled their touching new music video, directed by Errol Rainey, along with a heartfelt note from guitarist Johnny Took.
“About two and a half years ago I flew back from Adelaide and wrote this song after my grandma’s passing. I’d like to share a very personal video beautifully directed by Errol Rainey. It, like the song, is a celebration as much as a reflection of life,” Took writes.
“Losing someone close to us is a very personal thing but something we all inevitably have to experience. This video is an honest collection of moments between a father and his two youngest daughters directed by his youngest son, for anybody who has lost someone.”
October 2016 – SOLD OUT
The Croxton, Melbourne (18+)
October 2016 – SOLD OUT
The Croxton, Melbourne (18+)
October 2016 – SOLD OUT
The Gov, Adelaide (18+)
Friday, 14th October 2016
Enmore Theatre, Sydney (All Ages)
October 2016 – SOLD OUT
The Triffid, Brisbane (18+)
Bourgeois Earth is Nicholas Griffith’s brain-child, born into this world upon returning home from a U.S. tour with his other band, Big White.
The tour obviously filled him with musical inspiration, as ‘Concrete Love’ enchants us with its very jangly guitar sounds, tasteful touches of minimalist synths, and charming, almost nonsensical lyrics. The overall effect is something akin to ’90s indie rock group Pavement, while the video, is pretty much the definition of ‘grass roots’.
If you’re also a fan, you can hear this one live at the ‘Concrete Love’ single launch on Friday 23rd September at Sydney’s Union Hotel, with strong supports in No Local and Oral-B.
Punk icon and all-round legend Henry Rollins has admitted to having more than a mild addiction to vinyl records. A self-described “vinyl cat lady”, Rollins buys at least one record every day and takes time out whilst on tour to hit up his favourite brick-and-mortar spots.
Apparently that includes Melbourne’s beloved Greville Records, which is also a haunt favoured by esteemed UK singer-songwriter PJ Harvey. Harvey recently hit up the Prahran record store with good mates Mick Harvey and Bruce Milne, founder of legendary Aussie label Au Go Go Records.
Rollins, meanwhile, stopped by Greville as he makes the rounds of his current Australian tour (check the dates below) to buy up some vinyl from two superb homegrown acts. In a photo shared by the Greville Records Facebook, Rollins stands with releases by Metronomes and Taipan Tiger Girls.
In a March instalment of his regular column for LA Weekly earlier this year, entitled ‘I Went All the Way to Australia to Get a Thee Oh Sees Record‘, Rollins not only detailed his visit to two of Australia’s best record stores, but described his ardent love for Australia.
“I was so happy to finally be in Australia,” Rollins, who’s made more than 30 trips here, wrote of his first visit Down Under back in 1989. “That afternoon, I decided I wanted to visit Australia as often as possible. I have never reacted to a country this way before or since.”
“The last few days here in Sydney, I feel like I have won the lottery. I am where I am supposed to be,” he said of his most recent trip, which saw him linking up with Rice Is Nice operative Julia Wilson and hitting the town for some “food, caffeine and vinyl”.
The duo first hit up Repressed Records in Newtown, where Rollins was introduced to the likes of “Nun, Tyrannamen, Thigh Master, Red Red Krovvy, Brando’s Island, Terry, [and] Cured Pink, to name a few” by store co-owner Chris Sammut.
The two spent the rest of the day “hitting store after store”, including “the very sturdy Red Eye Records”, which Rollins described as “Well stocked and assiduously curated, it is a mandatory visit”.
Thursday, 22nd September 2016
Adelaide, Thebarton Theatre
Tickets from ticketmaster.com.au, phone (08) 8443 5255 or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.
Friday, 23rd September 2016
Perth, Regal Theatre
Tickets from regaltheatre.com.au or phone (08) 9388 2066
Saturday, 24th September 2016
Perth, Regal Theatre
Tickets from regaltheatre.com.au or phone (08) 9388 2066
Each week, triple j give us a heads up on the new music they’ll be pumping through our stereos, so we thought we’d pass the news on to get you geared up.
This week, rock-reggae outfit Sticky Fingers have nabbed the feature album slot with their new one Westway (The Glitter & The Slums), which we’re excited to hear in full. On the single front, favourites DZs and Jagwar Ma will be getting some play, as will the return single from Sydney’s genius electronic trio Seekae, and a new choon . Rap stalwart Pez will also be popping up with his return single, which he’s put together with Paul Dempsey.
With plenty more talent stuffed into the rotation, here’s the full list of all the new music you’ll be hearing on triple j next week.
Sticky Fingers – Westway (The Glitter & The
Birds Of Tokyo – ‘Brace’
DZ Deathrays – ‘Pollyanna’
[I OH YOU/Mushroom]
Fazerdaze – ‘Little Uneasy’
Jagwar Ma – ‘Give Me A Reason’
Leikeli47 – ‘Money’
Phantogram – ‘Cruel World’
Tigerilla – ‘Tulips (Ft. Gill Bates)’
[Night High Records/EMI]
Willow Beats – ‘Dvarka Pt. II’
Zack de la Rocha – ‘Digging For Windows’
Confidence Man – ‘Boyfriend (Repeat)’
Jess Kent – ‘The Sweet Spot’
Seekae – ‘Turbine Blue’
Communions – ‘Don’t Hold Anything Back’
Pez – ‘Calling Out (Ft. Paul Dempsey)’
Melbourne outfit City Calm Down have had a pretty big year, finally unveiling their debut album, the acclaimed In A Restless House, and they’re currently in the midst of a huge national tour which wraps up at the end of the month.
But according to the boys, they’re wasting no time in capitalising on the wave of momentum they’re currently riding. According to The Music, during a recent Perth performance, the band confirmed they’ve already begun work on album number two.
The band then treated the sold-out audience to a newly penned song, which will hopefully get an airing during the remaining shows of their national tour. City Calm Down still have stops in Sydney, Wollongong, and two shows in Melbourne on the agenda.
The tour comprises the band’s biggest capital city shows to date and continues the success the last 12 months has yielded for the group, who scored a triple j Feature Album spot earlier this year, as well as accolades from the likes of NME and Beats 1.
A few hundred lucky Birds of Tokyo fans gathered at Sydney’s famous Carriageworks last night. Those fortunate enough to be there were treated to the entirety of the band’s new album, Brace, but you can now hear the title track for yourself.
“When we were writing and recording we kept talking about how we wanted to make a really dark and intense rock record that would be great to play live,” said frontman Ian Kenny. “So we figured the only appropriate way to lift these tunes for the first time was to smash them out at a gig.”
“We’ve never actually done a show that was all just one album from start to finish but it was fitting for the first airing of this one to be a live performance because that’s exactly how it was conceived – like a setlist,” added guitarist Adam Spark.
‘Brace’ is the epic new song from the world-beating Perth band, who’ve dominated radio over the past five years thanks to smash singles like ‘Plans’, ‘Wild At Heart’, ‘Lanterns’, ‘This Fire’, and ‘Anchor’. Their latest cut, meanwhile, is like a cross between The Cure and Muse.
It makes sense, seeing as the 10-track album was produced in collaboration with Canadian David Bottrill, who’s manned the boards for the likes of Tool, Muse, and Silverchair. Brace has the same level of ferocious power as the aforementioned bands and is set to drop 4th November.
A survey by the NSW pricing regulator has revealed some interesting data about rooftop solar households in the state, and has confirmed what the battery storage industry has been predicting for months now – that the market for residential energy storage is set to boom in NSW as a huge percentage of solar households come of premium feed-in tariffs.
The survey – conducted by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal in 2015 and the results published on Tuesday – found that an average of 20 per cent of NSW homes had installed rooftop solar.
The highest uptake of rooftop PV in the state was in the state’s Riverina and North Coast regions, with penetration as high as 30 per cent in those areas. Uptake was recorded to be lowest in eastern Sydney, at just 12 per cent of households.
Interestingly, a vast majority – 75 per cent – of NSW’s solar systems were found to have been installed more than 18 months before the 2015 IPART survey.
And of all the households that have solar in the state, between 40 and 60 per cent of NSW them were found to be on a subsidised feed-it tariff of somewhere between 20c/kWh and 60c/kWh under the now closed state Solar Bonus Scheme. According to IPART, “significantly more households said they received 60c/kW than 20c/kWh.’
It is this sort of statistic that Australia’s battery storage industry has had its eye on, with many players predicting a surge of residential battery adoption in the state as these households come of the premium FiT and experience the shock of getting just 5-6c/kWh for their solar exports, after years of getting paid as much as 60c/kWh.
(As a side note – and as you can see in the chart below – an alarming proportion of the IPART survey respondents “didn’t know” what rate they were getting for the solar they exported to the grid, ranging from 22 per cent in Eastern Sydney to 9 per cent on the North Coast.)
The IPART survey notes, those NSW solar households not on the premium FiT – between 22 and 43 per cent of households – are receiving a voluntary unsubsidised tariff of between 6-8c/kWh.
As RenewEconomy has reported, NSW has the dubious honour of having some of the lowest solar FiTs in Australia after a series of cuts by IPART, taking the voluntary recommended retail rate to as low as an average 4.8c/kWh in August last year.
This rate was nudged up by IPART in June this year, however, from 4.7-6.1c/kWh to 5.5-7.2c/kWh – a rate that is still not compulsory and that is...
(ANTIMEDIA) Over the weekend, the United States did the unthinkable and targeted Syrian troops on the battlefield, killing over 60 servicemen and injuring at least 100 others. Outraged, Russia demanded a full explanation, noting that the aerial bombardment conveniently coincided with an ISIS offensive, further confirming to the Russian establishment that ISIS and al-Qaeda receive air support from the United States coalition.
Making the story even more unseemly, it was revealed shortly after the attacks that the planes conducting the strikes on Syrian targets were not only American and British — the bombing campaign also employed Australian jets.
Due to its support for U.S.-led wars in the region, Australia has experienced some blowback in the form of lone terror attacks. One could argue, therefore, that it is understandable why Australia would want to partake in the current military activity led by the United States — so they can eradicate the threat ISIS poses to Australian national security.
If that is the case, however, one is forced to ask how on earth Australian jets ended up bombing Syrian troops who were fighting against ISIS. The Australian air force essentially acted as air cover for ISIS militants battling the Syrian army, running absolutely contrary to the coalition’s stated goals and risking an all out war with Syria, Russia, China, and Iran.
What is Australia really doing in Syria? Are they merely a pawn of American foreign policy?
No one really knows the answer to these questions, but there is one person who is determined to find out. Kellie Tranter, a lawyer and human rights activist, is investigating Australian involvement in Syria based on the notion that Australians should have the right to know why their troops are fighting inside that country. She acknowledges that the Australian government’s decision to carry out airstrikes in Syria in September of 2015 was made without any U.N. Security Council mandate. Tranter decided to issue a Freedom of Information request to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to find out how this has happened.
The department responded by issuing some heavily redacted documents, which, in turn, pointed to a somewhat summarized explanation of Australian motives in Syria...
On 18 September US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes killed 80 or more Syrian Arab Army soldiers who were attempting to combat ISIS from a Syrian military base. There seems little doubt that this was a war-crime, but it has already been displaced by media-saturation cover of a single act of terrorism in Manhattan where 29 people were injured. Well, the western media may believe it can hide the truth, but Eastern media and the alternative media cannot let this go. Inside this article there are two video debates on the motives and consequences of the US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes that killed 80 Syrian Arab Army soldiers two days ago. In the first video, "U.S. Bonus for Terrorists," Press TV conducts an interview with Brian Becker, with the ANSWER Coalition from Washington, and Frederick Peterson, a US congressional defense policy advisor from New York, to discuss these US airstrikes in Syria. This debate was originally published by Iranian Press TV at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/18/485337/US-bonus-terrorists on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
In the second video debate, "Tenuous Truce" [see video below] there was another debate on the same matter conducted with Scott Bennett, a military expert and former US army psychological warfare officer from San Francisco, and Michael Lane, the founder of American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to discuss the failed ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in Syria. This was originally published at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/19/485484/US-Russia-Syria-ceasefire.
What can we do when the United States keeps on pulling more and more shocking stunts in the Middle East. It seems to be proving that it is the maddest and the baddest, and that anyone trying to stop it would risk a nuclear war. And Australia and other countries are stupidly being sucked in. Scott Bennett in the second debate, suggests that the world needs to demand a UN inquiry into the US airstrike as a war-crime and that the alternative media and the non-western media - like Rt and Press TV - have to try to raise the profile of that demand to get through the block of fizz that issues from the mainstream western media, which simply puts any challenge to US warmongering to one side:
SCOTT BENNETT: "Secretary Kerry and Obama and the political powers right now, I think, [...] they're off the chain. I think the military is doing its own thing in its own time in order to create fires that the next administration will have to put out. They're seeding their own future job applications. But the facts are - if you're arguing this in court - if you were arguing this to the United Nations Criminal Court - you simply could say, 'The United States engaged in targeting operations and the Russian intelligence forces will provide the appropriate electronic surveillance that will prove that the United States was engaged in chatter and conversations in targeting that resulted in the murder of 80 Syrian military personnel. In order to roll back the Assad military that was attempting t...
You know- it JUST occurred to me that, although they may have “solved” the Jacob Wetterling abduction- the Ricky Chadek old case abduction and murder has YET to be answered for- and since that is MUCH CLOSER TO HOME- and it would be WAY OBVIOUS if I began speaking about this case and IT TOO got solved immediately after- I have realized that THIS CASE needs to be my new focus.
Esp. considering when I went to Det. John Pankonin who worked at the Nebraska State Patrol in the cold case department and demanded that he take my DNA and compare to the DNA that was left in Ricky’s murdered corpse- he sent his sister Tru Pankonin into BOTH mine and my sister’s lives. Interesting- isn’t it- that after going after this case- SUDDENLY the detective in charge’s SISTER would befriend my family?
Guess the ball is in MY COURT NOW.
Shatter Boys UK is a group of men who have come together because they have had enough of being silenced by taboos that exist in society myths that exist and the universal misconception that this doesn’t happen to boys and men.
We came together because we knew we would be stronger together as Survivors and unity was key a collective voice needed to smash this thing apart.
We knew from our own experiences that there is a distinct lack of support services for adult male Survivors of Childhood sexual and adult male rape.
This had to change as people are dying out there. People we knew, our peers , have taken over doses and committed suicide because they had no where to go.
We realized that mutual aid was the key what worked for us was one Survivor helping another.
We decided to plant Peer support groups across the UK so support would be available for free and accessible to men.
We are all about supporting men to empower them selves to move forward with there lives and have a voice.
We understand unity is the answer we aim to plant Peer support
groups across the UK in areas where there is no support of which
there are many.
MINISTER for Local Government Paul Toole today welcomed the decisions of the Land and Environment Court in relation to five council merger proposals.
The court entirely dismissed Shellharbour Council’s action regarding its opposition to merging with Wollongong City Council. The court also dismissed the opposition to the merger of Hornsby Shire and Ku-ring-gai councils and Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde councils.
Shellharbour has until September 27 to consider an appeal.
The proposal puts to bed an unsuccessful attempt in the 1990s for the reinstatement of the former Bulli Shire Council, and for the northern suburbs to sucede from Wollongong. Shellahrbour will now join with Wollongong, and the northern beaches to form one major Illawarra local government area.
“The Court noted that the complaints common to the five were without foundation,” Mr Toole said.
Regarding the action brought by Mosman and Strathfield councils, the court found that the Delegate did not adequately consider one and two of 11 factors outlined by the Local Government Act respectively, meaning the proposed mergers remainin the hands of the Delegates.
“The Government will closely examine the findings in relation to these Delegates’ reports,” Mr Toole said.
The NSW Government proclaimed 19 new councils on May 12. Bayside Council was proclaimed on September 9 following the conclusion of legal action brought by the former Botany Bay council.
A further three merger proposals remain subject to decisions of the courts.
“The 20 new councils in NSW are already getting on with the job of delivering improved services and better infrastructure to their ratepayers,” Mr Toole said.
The Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW is celebrating 110 years since their foundation in 1906 with a special exhibition at the Society’s gallery, Craft NSW– an artist-run gallery where visitors can meet the makers of a diverse range of high quality Australian craft.
As Australia’s oldest continuously running craft organisation, The Society has been located in The Rocks for the past 40 years.
To mark the event, Craft Xcellence will showcase unique works which push the boundaries of craft techniques in fine jewellery, textiles, glass, ceramics, wood and more. The exhibition also includes a display of work from previous decades.
The exhibition opens on Tuesday 20 September from 6 to 8 pm and from then on will be open everyday from 9.30 am to 5:30 pm until the 20 October!
What: Craft Xcellence Exhibition
When: Tuesday, 20 September to 9 October, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (7 days a week)
Where: Craft NSW, 104 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney
For more information click HERE.
Not only will the 2016 iteration of Melbourne’s national music conference Face The Music feature live music for the first time, but the list of speakers and performers is getting out of control.
Adding already to the the first round of speakers which includes music critic Anthony Fantano, Bandcamp’s Andrew Jervis, and triple j’s Zan Rowe, are a sensational list of local artists.
We’re of course excited to hear that Briggs will be joining the lineup. After dropping ‘January 26’ with his group A.B. Original, Briggs has become an almost household name as he has taken it upon himself to challenge Australia Day.
Joining the hip-hop sensation is another Aussie rap champ in Tkay Maizda, whose latest collab with Killer Mike is leaving everyone frothing for her forthcoming debut album. There’s more, too, as prodigious producer Japanese Wallpaper will be joining them, along with a slew of other great artists.
Face the Music will be held at Melbourne Music Week’s Hub, The State Library of Victoria, and is shaping up to be a great day for Australian music – and possibly the best Face The Music yet.
Anthony Fantano [The Needle Drop]
Andrew Jervis [Bandcamp]
Ricki Askin [VICE]
Zan Rowe [triple j]
Kim Ambrosius [Roskilde]
Taylor Brode [Sacred Bones]
Lorrae McKenna [Remote Control]
Nai Palm [Hiatus Kaiyote]
Ben Marshall [Vivid Sydney]
Woody McDonald [Meredith Music Festival]
Nic Kelly [Night High Records]
Michael Hohnen [Skinnyfish Music]
Emma Barnes [Emma Jane Management]
Katie Stewart [Laneway Music Festival]
Myf Warhurst [Double J]
Samuel Wald [WME]
Johann Ponniah [I Oh You]
Jaime Gough [Native Tongue]
Emily York [Penny Drop]
THERE’S still time to have your say about the proposed design of a seawall at McCauley’s Beach, Thirroul.
Wollongong City Council is seeking feedback on a proposal to protect the embankment at the end of Corbett Ave which is eroding due to coastal wave action and storm events.
Work to stabilise the embankment is now required to protect the road and maintain safe access to the public reserve and private property.
Council has proposed constructing a gently sloping seawall of armour rock that will dissipate wave energy and allow seawater to percolate through the wall. The design has been reviewed by an independent coastal engineer and is not expected to impact the surf break. The wall will be above mid tide on the beach and will not be at the water’s edge in normal weather.
Council’s Director of Infrastructure and Works, Mike Hyde, said the proposed design is not final and people are encouraged to have their say before submissions close on 30 September.
“The work is designed to protect community assets not private property,” he said. “However, we have been liaising with local property owners due to the proximity of the works.
“The work will also include constructing a permanent stairway from the public reserve to McCauleys Beach.”
Once the design is finalised, it’s anticipated work will take about six months depending on tide, swell and weather conditions and will not commence until 2017.
Council has liaised and satisfied the requirements of a number of Authorities including the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Crown Lands) and the Regional Coastal Panel.
For more information or to view the plans visit Council’s website.
There’s nothing better than a beautiful day out on the hillside, unless it’s a beautiful day out with lots of lovely people planting trees.
This year we had the wonderful team from Justin Borevitz’s lab at ANU, along with another hundred yellow box (eucalyptus melliodora) that they raised from seed, genotyped and either pampered or subjected to all sorts of tests (drought stress, various sprays etc). In the last two years we have planted 30 to 50 of these which despite some setbacks in the way of frost, not to mention last autumn’s endless dryness, have been doing well. The main challenge is transporting the big pots (this year big sections of pipe) up to where they’ll be planted. The rest of our plants come from Murrumbateman Landcare, Greening Australia or Damian DiMarco’s nursery on Wallaroo Road, making as wide and balanced a range of species as we can manage.
In the past few weeks we’ve been planting sections of this year’s big project – a new windbreak on Esdale. Last weekend the army of pink covers finally peered over the hill where we can see them from the house....
The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found.
The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded by ARENA – found that paying ‘local network credits’ to local generators for their role in reducing overall investment in the electricity network could reduce network expansion costs by 59 per cent, representing an overall positive economic benefit of approximately $1.2 billion by 2050.
The findings are based on the results of five virtual trials conducted by the ISF in five different locations around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, which modelled the benefits of local network credits and local energy trading (also known as virtual net metering).
As we reported in May, early results from the modelling found that the current National Energy Market structure not only offered little financial incentive to export distributed energy generation, but created a strong incentive for customers and product developers to keep generation “behind the meter”, and a “perverse” incentive to duplicate network infrastructure.
The final findings, published on Tuesday, tell much the same story: “Results of four out of five virtual trials of Local Network Charges and Local Electricity Trading completed to date indicate there is potential for distributed generation to meet local consumption, which is unlikely to be realised under current market conditions,” the ISF says.
The Willoughby trial results, in particular, said the ISF, “demonstrate that even a relatively low Local Network Charge can send a meaningful signal to operate dispatchable generation when the network is most likely to need support.”
The report finds that offering a Local Network Charge for the cases investigated would keep solar and other distributed generation on the grid, “in an era of increasingly locally derived supply.”
Such an incentive would also maintain the network charges paid by the proponent, the report notes, “relative to a significant increase in behind the meter consumption using a private wire approach, even taking into account payment of the Local Network Charge itself.”
The result, it says, leaves the proponent and other customers better off, due to the fact that money is not wasted on more and more poles and wires.
Tom Griffiths, The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft (Black Inc 2016)
For transforming young minds there is probably nothing more powerful than history in the hands of a charismatic teacher.
That’s a quote from Don Watson in the current Quarterly Essay, Enemy Within. It could have been an epigraph for The Art of Time Travel, which tells the stories of fourteen charismatic teachers, practitioners of the craft of history in Australia. Most of them are or were university lecturers; all of them, individually and collectively, have transformed minds both young and old.
From Tom Griffiths’ very readable, richly anecdotal and often personal accounts of these careers, there emerges a fascinating story of how the mainstream understanding of Australia has expanded, deepened and, yes, transformed over the last three quarters of a century. Australian history, which used to be seen as a short, derivative footnote to the history of England, or occasionally as a collection of beautiful lies that happen to be true(as in Mark Twain’s famous quote), is now something quite different. No one could have imagined 75 years ago, for instance, that the Sydney Morning Herald would be reporting on a local Council being called on to defend its refusal to acknowledge that the Council meets on Darug land. Griffiths offers this summary of the changes:
Australians discovered that the New World was actually the Old, and that the true ‘nomads’ were the colonisers. The nation continent was reimagined as a jigsaw of bioregional countries, which had for so long been its state. The biological cringe about ‘monotonous gums’, ‘songless birds’ and ‘fossil animals’ was replaced by a deep historical narrative about the continent’s southern organic genesis. Australian history became as much about ecological, social and technological discontinuities as about the political stability and continuity for which the European settlers first celebrated it. British colonisation was seen as both an invasion and an awesome social experiment; there was dancing with strangers and there was war. Historians ventured to the other side of the frontier and peered back at the ‘white men’s eyes’, and Aboriginal people were compelled – and some chose – to cross the beach in the other direction. In remote parts of Australia, the Indigenous inhabitants became the custodians of white history as well as black, because they stayed on country while the whites moved away. In the coastal cities Aboriginal people were found to have always been part of Australia’s modern urban history. Indigenous scholars studied the nation’s unending frontier and the intense colonial revolution into which they had been thrown.
Most literate Australians will be aware of these changes. This book gives something of the nuts and bolts of how they came about, through the changing concerns of historians, the new resources (such as carbon dating) available to them, and a shake-up of historians’ methods to include sources other than official written records...
Loving live music isn’t just about attending music festivals and seeing an international artist’s massive arena show.
Even the biggest of big-name headliners started in the trenches, on the sticky carpets and bandrooms of your local bars and pubs – which is exactly where you should be if you want to discover your new favourite band or venue.
Here are our picks for this week’s best local gigs from Aussie talent – from Perth to the East Coast – and all for the price of a good meal.
Where: Hotel Steyne, Manly NSW
When: 9pm – 12am, Friday Sep 23
Why: Following the release of her killer debut record B-Grade University, Alex Lahey is hitting back with her first national tour. The gig is set to be one to remember and with support acts Betty & Oswald, it’s one you shouldn’t miss – oh and did we mention that it’s free?
Tickets & Info: Free, more info here.
Where: Ferdydurke, Melbourne VIC
When: 9pm – 5am, Saturday Sep 22
Why: $10 for a night of quality house and electronica? Yes please! Headlining the night is Mall Grab who is racking up millions of plays online, and joining him is Christopher Port, whose recent EP ‘Vehement’ was met with plenty of praise as well. You can’t really lose!
Tickets & Info: $10-15 more info here.
We’ve got a new Aussie hip hop talent to keep an eye on in Melbourne emcee Kudos aka James Tretheway, who has today dropped his first studio track, the curiously named ‘Plucker’.
Produced/mixed by Yuri Tobler and mastered/mixed by Ben Kramp (Illy, M-Phazes), it’s a satisfying opening volley that melds raw personal lyrics with velvet smooth beats loaded with chunky guitar.
“Plucker is the story of balance between taking time for yourself and giving time to others,” James says of the track.
“Acknowledging that we all should have the right to grieve and that our feelings are relevant to where we are standing, while at the same time recognising others grief in order to put our own into a healthy perspective.”
While this is only his first track, he hasn’t been sitting idle, instead honing his craft and being able to share the stage with Atmosphere, Spit Syndicate and Afrika Bambaataa in recent years, as well as featuring regularly with Tijuana Cartel.
Now, Kudos is embarking on his own East Coast solo tour in October, including a spot at Jungle Love festival on the Sunshine Coast, dates below.
Kudos Plucker Single Tour
Supported By DJ Lickweed
Thu 13 Oct – Melbourne, VIC – Workers Club
Thu 27 Oct – Brisbane, QLD – Milk Factory
Sat 29 Oct- Gold Coast, QLD – Dust Temple Spoken Word -W/ Luka Lesson
Thu 3 Nov – Sydney, NSW – Oaf Gallery
Fri 25th Nov – Brisbane, QLD – Jungle Love
Sat 26 Nov – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Solbar W/ Dubarray
In case you hadn’t heard, the headliners for next year’s MONA FOMA were announced earlier this month. It was arguably the quirky Tasmanian festival’s most impressive lineup announcement to date, and we don’t even know who else is playing yet.
It almost doesn’t matter, since the reaction to the news that Faith No More frontman Mike Patton and Maynard James Keenan’s Puscifer would soon be sharing a bill in Australia was enough to get fans excited and FOMO-ing all over social media.
But as Patton fans know, a tour announcement from the prolific vocalist, whose range rivals the likes of Mariah Carey, could mean just about anything. Recent Patton tours have involved everything from Faith No More to orchestral Italian pop music.
So what is tētēma?
As Patton recently explained to the Sydney Morning Herald, it’s the mind-bending collaboration between himself and Aussie composer Anthony Pateras and he’s not actually 100 percent sure the two of them can pull it off. “I can’t lie to you, I’m a little bit nervous,” he said.
“I don’t know how we’re going to pull this stuff off… To be honest – how should I say? – it’s a logistical nightmare.” Patton refers to the intricate and ambitious collaboration, which yielded the album Geocidal, as “world music from another world”.
The story behind the creation of the album is as much of a curveball as the music. It involved Pateras moving to a convent in rural France where he locked himself away for 10 days before emerging with a suite of left-of-field rhythmic soundscapes.
The album, in the making since 2009, was finalised in San Francisco over 48 hours. “The interesting thing about the record is that every element is recorded in a different country, and this gives the sound a displaced, almost vaporous intensity,” said Pateras in a statement.
“I moved country twice during its genesis as well… the whole Geocidal thing is about coming from no place, re-birthing, watching the place you are from be altered beyond recognition that you have nothing to do with it anymore.”
So those fans expecting to hear a rendition of ‘Epic’ are out of luck and should strap yourselves in for some seriously twisted and challenging sound art. But as Patton told the Sydney Morning Herald, more music from Faith No More is not out of the question.
“I don’t know whether or not we’re going to attack it,” Patton told the outlet, “but there is some stuff we wrote around the time of the last one and said, ‘Why don’t we save this for the next record?’ So we’ll see.”
ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called on all governments to listen to First Peoples in order to address crisis levels of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
National Campaigns Manager, Ms Jane Powles said that “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have been calling for the implementation of Justice Reinvestment since 2009 to address high incarceration rates.”
“It's about time governments started to listen”
Last night’s episode of ABC’s Four Corners featuring one of the first Justice Reinvestment trial sites in Australia, highlighted the common sense approach that Justice Reinvestment supports.
“Driver licence programs that keep young people and the roads in Bourke safe make a lot of sense,” said Ms Powles
In NSW, over half the children in jail are Aboriginal. This costs $800 per child per day. In 2014 NSW taxpayers spent an average of $293,200 on each child in custody.
“Bourke is showing us that there is a much better way to invest tax payers money that will create stronger and safer communities.”
Despite multiple reports and inquiries into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the justice system incarceration rates continue to rise. It’s time to think differently to address this crisis and create sustainable solutions.
“Last night we saw a whole community stepping up and collectively developing practical solutions that address the drivers of crime.”
Ms Powles said “With youth detention on the next Council of Australian Governments agenda, the Prime Minister has the opportunity to take the lead on developing a nationally co-ordinated approach to addressing the incarceration crisis and forging a collective commitment to Justice Reinvestment.”
“It’s time for governments to act, and start listening to and working with First Peoples so we don't lose another generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to the justice system.”
The success of the Joe Rider motorcycle awareness campaign initiated by the Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT is now spreading throughout NSW.
Riders wearing “Joe” one their vests to alert drivers to the presence of riders on the road is once again a major part of the ninth annual Motorcycle Awareness Week held by the MRA ACT from October 15-22.
MRA ACT president Jen Woods says Canberrans have gradually become aware over the past nine years of the Joe Rider awareness campaign.
She says their aim during Motorcycle Awareness Week is to “boost awareness of motorcycling by other road users so they drive accordingly”.
The Joe Rider campaign asks other road users who see Joe to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the location and have their name go in the helmet for a chance to win a prize.
The campaign was under the spotlight when ACT Government ran their inaugural Road Safety Forum last September and invited, among others, Road Safety Officers from NSW.
“One of the things the RSOs were interested in was the Joe Rider campaign; it’s a cost-effective way of making motorcycle and scooter riders more visible on the roads, spreading the road safety message,” Jen says.
“News of Joe Rider has spread and this year, for the first time, Road Safety Officers in the Councils surrounding the ACT have been provided funding to run this rider awareness campaign in October,” Jen says.
As part of the awareness week, MRA ACT will also again conduct the Pink Ribbon Ride, raising funds for the Breast Cancer Network Australia.
Homegrown buzz magnet Tash Sultana is absolutely killing it in Europe right now. Her tour may have gotten off to a bumpy start thanks to a mixup with her airline, but if this breathtaking footage shot at a local Dutch radio station is anything to go by, it’s all smiles at the moment.
The triple j Unearthed feature artist recently wrapped a huge, completely sold-out national tour of Australia and her European trek has similarly sold out across the board, with the one-woman-band frequently taking to social media to share footage of at-capacity rooms around Europe.
Punters were struggling to get in the door of her packed out BIGSOUND showcase and Tash hit the ground running as soon as she got back to Melbourne, announcing a new six-track EP, scheduled to drop worldwide later this month, and the launch of her own record label, Lonely Lands Records.
The EP will include the triple j favourite ‘Notion’ as well as her brand new single, ‘Jungle’. The homemade video for ‘Jungle’ recently went viral, having accrued over 2 million views and more than 22,000 shares on Facebook in a week. Tash will also be playing Laneway 2017 next January and February.
Thursday, 15th September 2016
The Borderline, London
Saturday, 17th September 2016
7 Layers Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sunday, 18th September 2016
Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Thursday, 22nd September 2016
The Northern, Byron Bay
Friday, 23rd September 2016
Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
Friday, 30th September 2016
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Thursday, 6th October 2016
Friday, 7th October 2016
Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Thursday, 13th October 2016
Baha’s Tacos, Rye
Friday, 14th October 2016
Torquay Hotel, Torquay
Saturday, 15th October 2016
Uni Bar, Adelaide
Thursday, 20th October 2016
Newtown Social Club, Sydney
Thursday, 27th October 2016
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
Friday, 11th November 2016
Kings Arms, Auckland
Sahara Beck admits that she has always loved the works of Quentin Tarantino, so when she got the chance to film her new music video for ‘Tapping On The Roof’, she lapped up the opportunity to pay homage to Tarantino’s first film – Reservoir Dogs.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino,” she says, “so when we were creating the idea for the ‘Tapping on the Roof’ music video Matt Jeston (Director) came up with the idea that we roughly base the video on the torture scene from Reservoir Dogs. It’s such a great movie and I’m so happy that I get to pay my respects to it through my own art.”
The clip was filmed at the Brisbane’s Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, which created the perfect backdrop to her uniquely gorgeous track, the click-clack of percussion echoing its title perfectly. The Tarantino influence definitely doesn’t end at the video either, as ‘Tapping On The Roof’ wouldn’t feel at all out of place on a Kill Bill soundtrack.
You’ll be able to catch Sahara live when she joins Brisbane’s Ball Park Music on their mammoth national tour with The Creases, as well on as her very own solo tour, which culminates with a show at Festival Of The Sun – dates below.
Thursday 22 September
Studio 56 @ Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD
Friday 23 September
Solbar, Maroochydore QLD
Saturday 24 September
The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all
Sunday 25 September
The Triffid, Brisbane QLD (all ages)
Thursday 29 September
ANU Bar, Canberra ACT
Friday 30 September
Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW (all ages)
Tuesday 4 October
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday 5 October
Barwon Club, Geelong VIC
Thursday 6 October
Barwon Club, Geelong VIC
Friday 7 October
170 Russell, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 8 October
The Uni Bar, Hobart TAS
Thursday 13 October
The Gov, Adelaide SA
Friday 14 October
The Gov, Adelaide, SA (all ages)
Friday 21 October...
With its first shipment of residential battery storage systems set to be delivered to customers in October, RedFlow has announced the first round of accredited installers for the ZCells.
The Brisbane-based company has revealed an initial list of seven companies in states around Australia who are trained and approved to install the 10kWh zinc bromine flow battery.
Further installer training sessions are being conducted – as we reported last month, these are being done by RedFlow CEO Simon Hackett, himself – for a number of additional companies, which will be added to the website as they are approved.
The companies named on Tuesday include Geographe Electrical Communications (WA), Off-Grid Energy Australia (SA, VIC, ACT, NSW, TAS and southeast QLD.), SolarQuip (VIC), Standard Solar (national), Suntrix (SA, VIC, NSW, QLD), The Solar Depot (SA, NSW) and WES Group (QLD, NT, WA).
The ZCell, which was officially launched to the market in March, is described as a flow battery that can ‘timeshift’ solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems.
Some of the benefits of the battery chemistry and design – which are both Australian made – include a long cycle life, reusable parts and a better depth of discharge and storage capability than some of its main competitors, including lead acid and lithium-ion batteries.
“ZCell has natural advantages over lithium in terms of its recyclability and reusability, better depth of discharge and storage capability,” said Ian Grayson – managing director of newly accredited installer WES Group, a Sunshine Coast-based electrical and mechanical contracting company.
“I believe energy storage will be a long-term growth story, like solar PV, and it will also be a game changer for the major electricity suppliers, especially with the advent of aggregation,” Grayson said.
Another ZCell installer, Troy Ryan from Solar Depot described the ZCell as a low maintenance and long-life battery system that would integrate easily into the company’s projects.
“ZCell’s well-suited for grid-hybrid and larger standalone applications and also answers safety concerns that plenty of people have about lithium batteries,” Ryan said.
The full list of ZCell installers can be found here.
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Australia will continue its air operations in Syria, despite a review into how coalition forces allegedly killed more than 60 Syrian troops in a bombing raid.
RAAF aircraft were involved in air strikes on what was believed to be an Islamic State fighting position in eastern Syria on Sunday.
The strikes were called off when Russian officials told air operations controllers the targets may have been Syrian military personnel. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel.
“It is a very complex environment and as soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russians that Syrian forces were being affected, the operation discontinued,” he told reporters in New York.
He said it remained to be seen whether it impacted on the already brittle ceasefire. Defence Minister Marise Payne said Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Islamic State.
She said Australia would cooperate with an international review, however operations would continue.
“We will continue in an appropriate and measured way with the international coalition to do what is required, but there has been no hold put on Australia’s activity,” she said in Sydney on Monday.
“Our commitment is to eliminate the threat of Daesh.”
She said Australia was seeking an end to hostilities, access for humanitarian aid and a path to a political solution in Syria.
The minister declined to say what Australian aircraft were involved, but it is known the RAAF operations involve Super Hornet bombers, a refuelling aircraft and a Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft.
RAAF personnel would not be exposed to any legal action as the target had been assessed as legitimate under the laws of armed conflict, Senator Payne said.
A Pentagon spokesman said Russian officials had not voiced any concerns about the operation, in the Dayr Az Zawr area, when first notified of it.
Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the loss of Syrian soldiers is tragic but the greater tragedy would be letting Islamic State extremists win.
“We have to make sure we beat these people.” Australia Strategic Policy Institute director Peter Jennings said he did not recall a similar incident over the past two years.
“We’ve been extremely careful over two years to make sure that we don’t engage in any strikes which lead to civilian deaths or the deaths of non-combatants.”
He said a communications failure was the likely cause, as the Russians had issued their advice half an hour into the air strikes.
“I think this is the result of the lack of trust which seems to be created between the Russians and in particular the US right now.
“We have come to the end of the ceasefire as a viable moment in the war.”
The Greens and South Australian senator Nick Xenophon have called for a separate, independent review into Australia’s role.
“We need to know what went wrong and why because if we don’t learn from the mistakes of this botched operation then there is a risk it may be repeated,” Senator Xenophon said.
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie said it was in the publ...
Hot on the heels of a much talked-about BIGSOUND performance and still riding a wave of momentum from this year’s mammoth WACO tour with Dune Rats and Violent Soho, Bundaberg’s favourite sons, DZ Deathrays, are back with a new single and fresh tour dates.
‘Pollyanna’ is the latest killer number from the Queensland duo, who are now set to hit the road this December for their biggest headline tour to date, playing a string of all ages and 18+ shows around the country with their good mate Ecca Vandal.
Ecca Vandal hit the stage with DZ Deathrays during BIGSOUND for a raucous performance of the Beastie Boys classic ‘Sabotage’. Everyone who was there agreed it was a highlight of the conference and everyone who wasn’t was having some serious FOMO.
The band’s latest Australian tour also comes just weeks after they announced a co-headline tour of North America and Europe with buddies Dune Rats. Rest assured, the pair’s live chops will be sharper than ever when they make their way back to Aussie shores.
Check below for all the dates and details.
Friday, 9th December 2016
The Triffid, Brisbane (AA)
Saturday, 10th December 2016
YMCA HQ, Leedervile (Under 18s)
Saturday, 10th December 2016
Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth (18+)
Thursday, 15th December 2016
The Factory, Sydney (AA)
Friday, 16th December 2016
Uni Bar, Adelaide (AA)
Saturday, 17th December 2016
The Croxton, Melbourne (Under 18s)
Saturday, 17th December 2016
The Croxton, Melbourne (18+)
by Jonathan Azaziah
Weekend massacre executed against Syrian troops atop Deir Ezzor’s Thardeh Mountain now looks like some kind of a murderous colonialist get-together as Australia, the UK and Denmark have all admitted their role in the unspeakable atrocity. Their statements on the crime read just about identically, with each respective Imperialist stain on humanity claiming that they, like the American regime, didn’t “intend” to hit the SAA, that they “regret” what took place and that they offer their “sincere condolences” to the families of the innocent souls whom they had butchered. The reason why this, also like Washington’s bullshit, does not hold even the weight of a termite, is because these are some of the bloodiest regimes to ever grace the stage of geopolitics.
The Australian settler regime wiped out hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people and played a key role in the overthrow of Indonesian revolutionary Sukarno as well as the Suharto coup regime’s aggression against Eastern Timor. Canberra is also in thick with the usurping Zionist entity and its intelligence services and foreign affairs institutions have literally been outsourced to the Mossad, making it complicit in every criminal act ‘Israel’ carries out. Not to mention, Australia has allowed large numbers of Takfiris to flock to Syria in service of the Oded Yinon balaknization agenda. Denmark, for its part, once ran a hideous colonialist empire, with colonies of theft and mass murder in Africa, India and notably, the Caribbean, where the Jewish-dominated Danish West India Trading Company ran cruel schemes of slave-trading and sugar-thieving. And Britain? Does one really need to enumerate how many countries that the London ZOG colonized, raped and ruined at the height of its colonialist dominance? How much suffering that the London ZOG has inflicted–and continues to inflict–on the entire Global South? As Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei once remarked, the British regime is the “most evil” of all the Western powers. Thus, such regimes cannot feel “regrets”. Such regimes cannot offer “condolences”. Because such regimes are inhuman.
Mark it down and adjust the narrative ladies and gentlemen: Syria and its Hizbullahi, Iranian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Russian allies are not just fighting a foreign mercenary invasion, with terrorists descending upon Bilad al-Sham from 100 different countries. They aren’t merely battling the Najdi-Dönmeh-originated, Khaleeji-financed backwardness of Wahhabi-Takfirism. They are in fact standing their ground and defending the Syrian Arab Republic against a unified colonialist alliance, the likes of which has never been seen before at any other point in history, as this Old Joint Colonialist Conglomerate is attempting to manifest its supremacist bloodlust into a New Zio-Imperialist World Order spearheaded by ‘Israel’ and its main ZOG, i.e. Washington.
Makes the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army soldiers on Thardeh Mountain that much more heroic; that much more significant; and that much more inspiring, doesn’t it? These men didn’t die to “prop up a regime”. They didn’t give their lives to simply fight “Islamists”. They didn’t depart this world to “serve a dictator”. And they sure as hell didn’t fall whilst “repressing a revolution”. They were martyred,...
A “frightening” rise in motorcycle thefts in Victoria in the past few years has offset decreases across the nation, according to National Theft Reduction Council executive director Ray Carroll.
In the past financial year, motorcycle theft across the nation has risen 3% to 8261 and is 4.9% in the past five years.
Victorian motorcycle theft is up 19.3% in the past year and 31.7% in the past five years, while NSW is down 6.7% last year and 12.6% over five years.
Ray says Victoria’s “frightening” rise is attributable to a crime wave across the state.
“There has been this rapid escalation of crime of all sorts in Victoria, particularly juvenile, and police are struggling to get on top of it,” he says.
“In some respects in the last 12 months it has been related to the introduction of a police no-pursuit policy after some bad incidences of high-speed chases up to 200km/h on the wrong side of the road.”
Ray says there has also been an “unprecedented level of violence in vehicle theft” including carjackings and home invasions to steal vehicle keys.
Meanwhile, he says NSW police and the judicial system seem to be “on top of it”.
“A senior NSW police officer told me they are in the happy position where, if they get a breakout of crime in an area, they can jump on it so quickly they can nip it in the bud.”
Rally at 1.30pm. This Sunday 25 September 2016, Martin Place (Railway Station outside MLC Centre), Sydney City.
Rally at 1:30pm
This Sunday 25 September 2016
Martin Place (railway
outside MLC Centre)
HANDS OFF SYRIA strongly condemn the recent massacre of at
least 62 Syrian soldiers (and another 100 wounded) in Deir al Zour,
US and Australian governments have admitted the soldiers were killed on the 17th of September by a joint operation carried out by the US air force in collusion with the Australian military. The martyred Syrian soldiers were guarding a military fortification
used as a base for repelling attacks by the Islamic State death-squads who completely surround the city.
People across the world are finding it extremely hard to believe that this attack was a "mistake" or an "accident".
Why? Because these actions are entirely consistent with US-led attempts to topple the Syrian government by covertly (or in this case overtly) supporting their enemies - these policies have resurrected Al Qaeda and its offshoots
Whether the massacre was â€˜accidentalâ€™ or deliberate should be determined by an independent war crimes tribunal. Assertion by the perpetrators, â€˜sorry, we didnâ€™t mean itâ€™, is completely inadequate.
1. We demand that Australia remove itself from the alliance of predatory nations currently waging this proxy-war against the Syrian government.
2. We demand that Australia reestablish diplomatic relations with the Syrian government who by all accounts represent the will of the majority of the Syrian people.
3. We demand that Australia lift the crippling economic sanctions on Syria that are blocking normal trade, finance and the diaspora from supporting their families at home.
WHEN: Sunday, 25th of September, at 1.30pm
WHERE: Martin Place, outside the MLC centre
The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project in Bourke, which featured on the latest edition of Four Corners, is already making progress in the community, and is demonstrating how justice reinvestment approaches can reduce prison populations, save money and build stronger communities.
Sarah Hopkins, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW and Managing Solicitor, Justice Projects at the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT says: “We cannot afford to keep doing what we’re doing. The social and economic costs are too high. A smarter approach is urgently needed – and that is what justice reinvestment provides.”
Since 2013, Just Reinvest NSW has been working in partnership with the Bourke community to develop a justice reinvestment framework. The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project is the first major justice reinvestment project in Australia.
“What is different about what is happening in Bourke is that decisions about what needs to happen aren’t being made in Sydney or in regional offices. They are being made on the ground in Bourke. Community leaders have made decisions about what needs to happen, informed by data and research, and most importantly, broad community input.,” Hopkins says.
Justice reinvestment recognises that there is a strong correlation between areas of disadvantage and high rates of young people coming into contact with the criminal justice system. It is a smarter approach to justice that builds stronger communities by redirecting money that would be spent on prisons into community services and supports. It is about addressing the underlying causes of crime and preventing it from happening in the first place.
“We are in the early stages, and there isn’t a magic wand, but there is a shift. We are seeing optimism, and a real sense of momentum. I encourage people to watch Four Corners online, share this story with their networks and get behind this important initiative. We need to spread the word about justice reinvestment and demand meaningful change,” Hopkins says.
Prof. Tom Calma AO, a supporter of the Bourke project and a Champion of Just Reinvest NSW says: “The beauty of justice reinvestment is that it doesn’t require additional funding; it is just a more efficient and smarter use of money already allocated to corrections. It also ensures that the community is involved and committed to not only taking ownership of the problem, but also ownership of the solutions. Importantly, it has been proven to work.”
“The time has come for a smarter approach. We need a dedicated focus on reducing incarceration, including addressing social and cultural determinants of incarceration, from all levels of government, and done so in real partnership with communities. The time has come for a roll out of justice reinvestment initiatives across Australia,” Prof. Calma says.
Just Reinvest NSW is calling on the NSW Government to develop and implement a justice reinvestment policy. In particular, we are calling for the NSW Government to:
Several locally-based corporate bizjets have been noted flying
in and out of some Central Queensland Airports over the last few
On Sunday 18 September at Hamilton Island Airport, Brenzil Dassault Falcon 7X bizjet VH-CRW visited once again, this time calling in from Townsville and later departing to Brisbane. Also arriving into Hamo was GSA Industries Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601 bizjet VH-NSB. It touched down from Melbourne (Essendon). While it appears that Marcplan Charter Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT departed Hamilton Island Airport for Essendon also on Sunday 18 September after it had arrived from there on Thursday 15 September.
You may (or may not) have heard of Confluence, the Festival of India in Australia. It’s a three month long cultural festival which is being supported by a number of organisations, including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). That’s why I was invited to the Festival Gala, held last night at the Sydney Opera House.
And what a treat it was to be invited. The Gala combined traditional and contemporary music and dance from India and Australia in a way that spoke of genuine collaboration, involving performers from India, as well as local performers including those of Indian heritage, Indigenous performers, and a regular check list of some of all Australians from a range of cultural backgrounds. Best of all? Totally entertaining. Here are some photographs I snapped of the show.
The iPhone 7 is now available for sale in Australia. The flagship Sydney store kicked off a day of rolling launches around the globe.
We've taught them to move like humans, play games like humans, and now, robots are experiencing one of the last true joys of being a real person: queuing!
A phalanx of mini robots were among the first in the world to get their metal claws on the brand new iPhone 7 when it launched in New Zealand on Friday. Thanks to the country's proximity to the international dateline, NZ got a few hours' head start on Australia's early launch, and the Kiwis weren't going to pass up that opportunity, using robots to spruik the iPhone launch.
[...] This year, New Zealand carrier Spark used 100 Alpha 1 robots, created by Chinese company UBtech, to stand in line on behalf of customers. Each robot was controlled with a phone app and programmed to dance and move, and they were also fitted out to live-stream the queue.
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A report for the Australian National Audit Office has found The Immigration Department made mistakes in its handling of contracts for offshore detention centres.
A deal between fuel retailers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will see South Australian drivers struggling to locate discount fuel around the state.
Australian Olympians’ Brett Robinson and Eloise Wellings have shared wins in annual Adelaide fundraising run City to Bay.
SA Health is currently re-testing over 2,000 women after manufacturer Siemens issued a re-call of their cytomegalovirus testing kit.
Adelaide’s Elder Park has hosted Oz Asia’s annual Moon Lantern festival.
Australian rugby team, the Wallabies bet Argentina in a 36 to 20 bonus-point win after Saturday night’s Rugby Championship showdown in Perth.
Crows captain Taylor Walker says he is disappointed with the Crows after their semi – finals loss against Sydney on the weekend.
Fifteen year old, Isis Holt, has received her second paralympics silver medal for Australia in the two hundred metre T 35.
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Cheeky Melbourne-based indie garage band The Pretty Littles create wistful, slow-burning, lo fi tunes to sing along with your mates to. With two albums already under their belt, the band have been releasing music since 2011. The Pretty Little’s third album Soft Rock For The Anxious came out on September 2, showcasing the latest Littles single ‘Sleeping In Water’.
No stranger to political controversy, in June the band called out television personality Eddie McGuire and Sam Newman for their gendered remarks on sports journalist Caroline Wilson, with ‘Sam’s Mob‘. A song about disappointment with the status quo, it highlights the comments that were “innately violent and a gross insight into the redneck majority of Australia”.
The Pretty Littles kick off their Soft Rock For The Anxious album tour on October 22. Check out ‘Sleeping In Water’ below:
WHO: The Pretty Littles
WHAT: Soft Rock For The Anxious Album Tour
WHERE: Wollongong, Manly, Sydney
WHEN: 3-5th November
HOW MUCH: $12 more info here
The post Independent Artist Of The Week: The Pretty Littles appeared first on FBi Radio.
Reduced speed zones on the famed Oxley Highway have prompted outrage from riders and sparked a petition to reverse and stop the spread of reduced speed zones along the NSW route.
The petition over the “ridiculous” speed changes has been started by Wauchope resident Ken Healey after reading about it on Motorbike Writer last week.
“I live in Wauchope and ride the Oxley highway to Gingers Creek every Sunday and have done so for 15 years,” he says.
“I first heard of these changes, as ‘proposed changes’ maybe four years ago at a community event at the golf club. Now, out of nowhere, the changes are taking effect.
“They gave us no warning. No published ads or TV or radio ads, nothing. There was no formal notification. Just the neon signs that have only been there a few days at most.”
Ken has addressed his petition to the Roads and Maritime Minister Duncan Gay and each time a rider signs it, an email alert will be sent to the Minister’s office.“I and probably thousands of others are cheesed off to say the least.”
The Oxley Highway joins several other great motorcycle roads in Australia with reduced speed limits in an apparent effort to reduce motorcycle crashes. The infamous list includes Mt Glorious Rd, The Great Ocean Rd, The Putty Rd, Bells Line Of Road and The Great Northern Rd.
A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson says speed zones will change at three locations in the 30km stretch between Wauchope and Long Flat “to improve safety for all road users”.
“The need for these speed zone changes were identified in the Oxley Highway Route Safety Review.”
The reduced speed zones include an 80km/h zone dropping to 60km/h near Wauchope and the 100km/h zone near Long Flat reduced to 60km/h.
Over the next year, they are expected to extend up into the mountains with the 100km/h reduced to 70km/h and the 110km/h out to Walcha reduced to 100km/h.
While the reduced speed zones may not slow traffic, they will increase the level of fines for those who ride the highway at the same speed they do now.
Veteran motorcycle journo Mick Matheson says the Oxley Highway is a road all riders should travel at least once in their lives. (See his video below.)...
A pretty ballsy show this week! as we decided NOT to dodge the C word. It just kept raising its pretty head.
First up – apparently the Sydney business community decided to put its money on the big C over the weekend. Clover Moore’s detractors must have been cursing to find themselves in the minority. The sustainable super-green Lord Mayor was returned to office with 60% of the vote despite the attempted gerrymander by the state government of the City of Sydney which led to 23,000 businesses receiving two votes compared to 117,000 residents’ one each. Congratulations on a very well organised, bravely fought and fantastically successful campaign – and hello cycle ways and a vibrant greener Sydney for another 4 years! The people have spoken.
The language got sharper however when we interviewed Peter Stevens from the Wolli Creek Preservation Society. Eastsiders still smarting over the Baird government’s bulldozing of our heritage figs in Randwick and Moore Park will be Commiserating with locals in Tempe and Kingsgrove over the levelling of a critical ecological community in Wolli Creek Valley for the creation of a “temporary” carpark to house machinery for WestConnex. It’s nesting season across Sydney and locals were horrified to watch as nesting birds, their chicks, and attendant vegetation were mulched to a pulp every day last week. Powerful owls, flying grey foxes, paperbarks and heathermyrtle were all lost in the Carnage – there’s a C-word for you.
Our Monday Drive technology manager, Cassie DeRosa is posting our interviews as podcasts now, and if you’d like to follow the campaign to save Sydney’s bushland and parks go to SOS Green Spaces and StandUp4Nature. Here’s a video interview with Corinne Fisher who was hauled off the Wolli Creek site by police when she tried to stop the bulldozers clearing classified “endangered” species on, believe it or not, “Threatened Species Day”.
Brian McFarlane has been to see RIcky Gervais' new David Brent mockumentary 'Life On The Road' and the Terrence Davies film 'Sunset Song'. He also recommended the film 'Indignation' based on the novel by Philip Roth.
Cerise Howard, Artistic Director of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival, dropped by to talk about the event which opens this Thursday, 15 September at ACMI. Cerise mentioned a few of the films screening as part of the festival including opening night film The Noonday Witch, Who Wants To Kill Jessie, which screens on Saturday 17 September at and Cutting It Shortwhich is on Sunday 18 September at 5.15pm. Also part of the festival is an exhibition ofvintage Czechoslovak film posters.
Reviewer Eloise Ross talked about the Australian film Girl Asleep which is currently getting a lot of press around town. Girl Asleep is now screening.
Cinemaniac Dean Brandum came in to talk about Cinemaniacs upcoming screening partnership with the National Screen & Sound Archive and the Astor Cinema which will feature the double bill of Fortress and Road Games. The special event is on 16 September at 8pm at The Astor.
We finishd up with Stefan Popescu, director of the Sydney Underground Film Festival. SUFF is in its 10th year and runs from 15 - 18 September at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville, Sydney.
Film Buff's Forecast is presented by Paul Harris.
The Stormcellar band are no stranger to local Sydney blues and roots music audiences, busy engaging excellent audiences and high prominence across venues and festivals together with now being on their 4th USA tour.
The Kansas City Gold sessions were recorded over five days in Missouri USA, and then added to, produced and mastered in Australia.
Stormcellar cut songs with some worthy legendary US local musicians including USA bluesmen singer/guitarist, Millage Gilbert, Danny Cox, Rob Teamer, keyboardist Max Groove and D.C. Bellamy who performed exclusively with the Stormcellar band, as well as songs just as the band that we know and respect, across now their 8th album since breaking out on the Australian music circuit in 2008.
Hear StormcellarâŹ"s exciting new release Kansas City Gold first on your local sound 2RRR-88.5FM on Feel Good Revival Thursday from 10pm-12.
'The huge expenditure of public funds, however, is
contrary to a large body of evidence showing that prisons are an
ineffective mechanism to reducing offending in the community – it
amounts to double that spent on building new schools, yet
recidivism in NSW is the worst of all states.' Click
on the link above to learn more.
Prisons have failed to meet almost all objectives of the criminal justice system. Their role as a correctional service has adversely affected the lives of prisoners, their families and the wider community. In NSW, although there was a reported decrease in crime rates, a 7% increase in prison population was noted; highlighting the failure of imprisonment as an effective mechanism of social control.
Additionally, contrary to the NSW Department's goal of reducing adult rates of reoffending by 5% by 2019, the rate of adult re-offending has worsened. The NSW Auditor-General's Report 'Law and Order' (Volume Seven Part One 2015, p. 7) found a 35.9% rate of recidivism within one year of release in 31 December 2013. This rate of re-offending notably increased to 45.8% by 30 June 2014, within two years of release. These rates demonstrate an upward trend in adult re-offending - a clear indication that the prison system is not working.
Clearly, there is a strain on prison infrastructure and services that has resulted in deteriorating prisoner health conditions and rising incidents of self-harm. As the inmate - parole officer ratio is increasing, the attempt to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society has been more difficult. Unfortunately, overcrowding of prisons means a reduced access to adequate support, education and opportunities. The NSW prison system houses an average of three inmates per cell and has over fifty inmates sharing a phone (See: Inspector of Custodial Services Report- Full House 2015).
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