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Saturday, 17 March


Podcast IWD BNE Clusterfuck, Kurdish Women Unite, ACAB "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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International Womens Day in Brisbane by all reports was an absolute clusterfuck. It is disappointing that so much effort has been put into building up the event, but the organisers chose to ignore the feelings of a section of the community.

Women who do not recognise the existence of transgender women (trans exclusionary radical feminists) were welcomed and even invited to the event.

This caused conflict during the event which could have been avoided by ensuring all women were comfortable at the event.

Some chose to protest the event, some chose to try to find a peaceful resolution by mediating between the two groups.

There has been some unfortunate targeting of individuals since the event which I have been thinking about a lot and even since this show show recorded my thoughts have changed a bit.

Now thinking about it I think the clashes here are partly due to a difference in tactics. The main conflict has been between people who dont want TERFs involved but chose different actions on the day.

I read a beautiful statement from Kurdish women to the world.

Let us turn the 21st century into the era of womens freedom!

From the mountains of Kurdistan, in the lands where society developed with the leadership of women, we salute you with our great freedom, passion, ambition, and unbreakable struggle. From Rojavas neighborhoods to South Americas forests, from Europes streets to Africas plains, from the Middle Easts valleys to North Americas plazas, from Asias mountains to Australias plateaus; with our love which knows no borders and with our most revolutionary feelings, we embrace all women who intensify the struggle for freedom and equality.

And in Bad Cop No Donut the police have been pretty busy fucking things up this w...

13:45 Logan Central - Ewing Road "brisbane IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

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Why Troye Sivan Politely Rejects The Term Gay Icon "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Australian pop heartthrob Troye Sivan says he isnt too interested in being labelled a gay icon. The 22-year-old opened up about his role as an LGBTIQ role model in an interview with Wonderland magazine, admitting that he recognises the limitations of representing such a broad community. I will never understand the struggles of a trans ...

The post Why Troye Sivan Politely Rejects The Term Gay Icon appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Time flies "IndyWatch Feed"

What happened to yellow rubber duckies, floating with permanent optimism, tough board books with simple pictures, words and chewed spines, soft pink and white elephants and squidgy rattles, tiny stretchy baby suits that were too small too quickly, (stretch the clothes, not the baby laughed Mum) nursery rhyme nurseries with stick-on stories, musical mobiles, warm... Continue Reading


Comedian DeAnne Smith: Reject The Gender Binary And Scrawl Something In The Margins "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Canadian Deanne Smith is a chameleon. She spent most of 2017 playing with identity. By the end of the year she had accumulated an eclectic mix. With her show at the 2018 Brisbane Comedy Festival looming, shes no closer to any kind of resolution. DeAnne identifies as agender. Youve got to reject the predetermined categories ...

The post Comedian DeAnne Smith: Reject The Gender Binary And Scrawl Something In The Margins appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Victoria Is Not The Victim: Historic Queensland Defence Contract Showcases Australian Military-Industrial Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Without national discussion or debate and no hard questions from media Australia is pitching to become a major arms exporter. Dr Lissa Johnson weighs in.

On Wednesday morning I watched a live broadcast of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing the Australian Governments deal to procure $5.2bn worth of tanks (combat reconnaissance vehicles) from German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall. It has been hailed as the largest defence contract in Australias history.

In front of a brand spanking new tank stood Turnbull, a Rheinmetall executive, Defence Minister Marise Payne and Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne. Together they sang the praises of their historic procurement project and Rheinmetalls state of the art combat vehicle.

Turnbull waxed lyrical about a robust, resilient and internationally competitive defence industry, exciting opportunities and leading edge capability. The arms executive talked about a world class Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence in Queensland. Turnbull described his ambition for Australia to become one of the top 10 defence exporters in the world.

The whole performance looked like a marketing event at a boat show, except the boat was a tank.

Turnbull proudly described the deal in the context of Australias plan to spend $200bn on new military equipment over the next decade. He said that the arms deal was good news for Australian steel, good news for jobs, good news for Queensland and good news for Australia (Victoria, which bid to host the contract, missed out).

Minister for Defence Industry The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC and The Hon Malcolm Turnball, MP, Prime Minister of Australia inspect the Rheinmetall Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV). (IMAGE: Jay Cronan, Dept of Defence)

Turnbull and Pyne cited the Rheinmetall tanks superior lethality as a key selling point. The arms manufacturer likened it to a Swiss army knife.

As I watched the broadcast my stomach churned, making it difficult to digest my breakfast. I had a few thoughts. One was that even if this deal is good news for Queenslanders as hyped, the whole $200bn ar...

Friday, 16 March


Victoria Urges Federal Government To Crack Down On Gay Conversion Therapy "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Victorian Government has urged the Turnbull Government to help states crack down on the dangerous and discredited practice of gay conversion therapy in Australia. The practice involves people suppressing or attempting to change their sexuality, and Victorian Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said the fact that it was difficult to track and regulate shouldnt ...

The post Victoria Urges Federal Government To Crack Down On Gay Conversion Therapy appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Live boutique seminar "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Coming up, a boutique seminar at my Brisbane CBD office, for which we've sold two-thirds of the tickets (it's only a small event, due to limited available space). 

Please book well in advance for this one, as it's only a relatively small space and if we have any tickets left over as the day approaches we'll have allocated them elsewhere. 

Good chance to meet the speakers (and stick around for a drink afterwards, of course).

Click the image to expand it for the event details - the price is $50 and it includes two free books.

Look forward to seeing you there!


Love, Simon Star Nick Robinson Says His Brother Came Out During Filming "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Actor Nick Robinson has revealed that while he was shooting new movie Love, Simon, his brother came out to him as gay. Robinson (pictured) plays 17-year old Simon Spier in the film, a high school student struggling with his sexuality until he meets someone online from his school whos going through the same thing. The ...

The post Love, Simon Star Nick Robinson Says His Brother Came Out During Filming appeared first on QNews Magazine.


March 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1808 Bishop Barker - the bloke not the beer glass - was pupped today. Fred Barker became the Anglican Bishop of Sydney and, in typical Aussie fashion, his tea-totalling ways were completely respected in the naming of the biggest glass of beer in the late 1800's.

1809 Bligh picked up his bat and ball and sailed, not for England as he'd promised those wiley NSW Corps, but for Hobart.

1826 Bushranger Matthew Brady, another naughty lad, was captured by John Batman near crystal ball tells me it'll all end in tears.

1843 Partying in style in Sydney during St Paddy's Day celebrations 2 Montgolfier balloons showed off gave an exhibition to wow the crowds.

1853 St Kilda road, Melbourne was the setting for many an armed hold up during the Victorian gold rush and today saw the last major robbery attempt...apart from the robbery real estate agents have been getting away with ever since.

1856 - The foundation stone of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Adelaide, was laid on this day.

1870 John Ross discovered and named the Alice Springs while exploring the route for the Australian Overland Telegraph Line.

1908 A.W. Canning, a forward thinking type of bloke, set out to equip a stock route between Halls Creek and Wiluna in Westralia. It is now known as The Canning Stock Route, perhaps named after the chap who sunk 52 wells by the time he finished in December 1909.

1910 Beating Harry Houdini by 1 day but being over-looked in the magician's smoke and mirrors, Fred Custance flew the first powered flight in a Bleriot monoplane in South Oz.

1942 Gen Douglas MacArthur rocked up to Oz and set up shop in Melbourne.
Ahh, the hardships people must endure in war time...

1943 General Douglas MacArthur more than slightly miffed the Aussies when he claimed that before he graced Aussie soil with his presence the govt was ready to hand the northern part of Australia to the Japanese.

1943 The Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper ran the article in which the Trade and Customs Minister announced in the Senate that unless more barley was grown the Aussie beer output of 7,200,000 gallons per month would have to be cut.
What, no green ale?!

1962 Today saw the grand opening/airing of CBN 8 Orange (CBN = Country Broadcasting New South Wales) a TV station that is now affiliated with Prime7.
Where they, no doubt, had a few sherberts in the green hue.

1967 And they most probably raised a glass or 3 at the official opening of the Honeysuckle Creek Space Tracking Station in Canberra on this day; this was the famous antenna that received, then relayed to the whole world, the TV images of Neil Armstrong taking a Sunday stroll on the Moon.



MACKAY Mackay supreme court list "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY March 16, 2018 at 05:57PM ,

Mackay supreme court list

March 16, 2018 at 05:57PM ,

Albany County Supreme and County Courts Albany County Courthouse, Room 102 16 Eagle Street Albany, NY 12207. S. Street Address: Mackay Magistrates Court, 12 Brisbane Street, Mackay. Mackay Radio & Telegraph Co. Level 1, 9:00 AM. 333 (1938), is a 7-0 decision by the United States Supreme

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Video Friday: Dexterous Humanoid, Self-Driving Car Naps, and Passenger Drones "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Meltin via YouTube

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

US National Robotics Week  April 7-17, 2018  United States
Xconomy Robo Madness  April 12, 2018  Bedford, Mass., USA
NASA Swarmathon  April 17-19, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
NASA Robotic Mining Competition  May 14-18, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia
RSS 2018  June 26-30, 2018  Pittsburgh, Pa., USA
Ubiquitous Robots 2018  June 27-30, 2018  Honolulu, Hawaii
MARSS 2018  July 4-8, 2018  Nagoya, Japan
AIM 2018  July 9-12, 2018  Auckland, New Zealand

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.

MELTANT- is a wire-driven teleoperated humanoid torso with very impressive dexterity:

If you thought the vision video is a bit much, the capabilities video is less singing and more interesting:

[ Meltin ]

Self-driving cars are really...


Introducing March Mystery Muso TOM SMITH "IndyWatch Feed"

The Songs of Tom Smith * It can be hard to have a Big Heart in this unfeeling, materialistic society, but our Mystery Musician for March has found a way to survive & thrive through the healing powers of Creativity Continue reading


PERTH Mackay supreme court list "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Perth Magistrates Court was told Court of Appeals Division One: Party-Case Index Bailiffs of Magistrates Courts Queensland, may be contacted at the Magistrates Court addresses listed below during normal Business Hours. Mackay district. Malky Mackay and Iain Moody have been reported to the FA .



7 Chakra Symbol Meanings "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Chakra symbol meanings and colours shine a way to understanding our spiritual self. Learn about the 7 chakra symbols and their spiritual esoteric influences and meanings.

The post 7 Chakra Symbol Meanings appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


MACKAY Beaconsfield woman arrested on warrant to stay locked up "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY March 16, 2018 at 07:08AM ,

Beaconsfield woman arrested on warrant to stay locked up

March 16, 2018 at 07:08AM ,

A BEACONSFIELD woman arrested on a warrant will stay behind bars due to the risk she wont show up for court. Tiahrnie Jade Davis, 20, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday in custody, after she was arrested on a warrant issued March 7. Davis has been charged with car theft and three

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MACKAY Refrigeration business blues led to owners ice addiction "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY March 16, 2018 at 07:08AM ,

Refrigeration business blues led to owners ice addiction

March 16, 2018 at 07:08AM ,

Parnicott faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, pleading guilty to two counts of possessing drugs exceeding Schedule 3 (but less than Schedule 4), four counts of possessing drugs and one count of possessing drug utensils. Solicitor Philip Bovey, of Cairns firm Philip Bovey & Company Lawyers,

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LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" Calls into CQ Airports incl Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Wednesday 14 March, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" was spotted on the ground at Rockhampton Airport.  It had earlier arrived into the beef capital from its Townsville base.

After the sun went down, VH-CXJ departed Rockhampton Airport and looked to complete a medical evacuation flight to Brisbane.

UPDATE! Soon after this post was written late on Wednesday 14 March, VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" then returned to CQ almost immediately, calling into Gladstone Airport from Brisbane.  It then departed to Townsville where it touched down shortly after midnight on Thursday 15 March.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 13 March, VH-CXJ looked to complete a training flight from its Townsville base to Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport and back.

Finally, sister-ship and fellow LifeFlight LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI was noted completing what appeared to be a training flight from its Brisbane base to Bundaberg Airport and back also on Wednesday 14 March.  As mentioned below, it completed a similar training flight into Gladstone Airport from and back to Brisbane on Monday 12 March.

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


The Whitlams "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Whitlams


The Whitlams will tour nationally in May and June 2018 in their classic four-piece configuration to
bring their 25th year to a rowdy finale.
Starting the anniversary year in May 2017 selling out concert halls in each state capital with 60
piece orchestras, they end it with a jaunt through their favourite pub gigs around the country. They
are ditching the conductor and the charts, and are back to the common muscle-memory of 1000
shows and six albums.
The Whitlams' line up of Tim Freedman on piano and vocals, Jak Housden on guitar, Warwick
Hornby on bass and Terepai Richmond on drums will be delivering the sort of sprawling,
rambunctious set they have become famous for.
We are looking forward to eight weeks straight and delving deep into the catalogue, said Tim
Freedman. We are going to prepare some rarely played album cuts from the first two albums
Introducing' and Undeniably' and Im sure theyll suit the pubs as well as they did 25 years ago.
The Whitlams are proud to announce that they are picking up a few other stars of the 90s to make
these nights especially memorable Alex Lloyd and Deborah Conway will join the bill in Sydney,
Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Adelaide.
The band's career achievements include seven albums, three multi-Platinum and three Gold, and
three ARIA Awards including the Best Group presented by Gough Whitlam in 1998. In 2011
Eternal Nightcap was voted 27th on the ABC's My Favourite Album poll, and more recently
earned the 17th spot in Triple Js Hottest Australian Albums of All Time.

The post The Whitlams appeared first on The Zoo.


The debacle that is the conservation status of Coxen's Fig-Parrot "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

While debate continues over the roll of recovery teams in managing the night parrot, the status of another imperilled parrot, Coxen's Fig-Parrot, has bizarrely been downgraded from critically endangered to endangered. This is another example of an endangered species recovery team going off the rails.

The Queensland Government's threatened species unit, which effectively doubles as the fig-parrot's recovery team, has long claimed the Coxen's Fig-Parrot occurs in four disjunct areas in south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales, with a total population of between 50 and 250. No evidence has been offered to support these numbers; they amount to a wild guess.

The threatened species unit and the recovery team have long insisted the fig-parrot is regularly reported, but no record has been corroborated for a very long time by follow-up observations, a photograph, specimen, or sound-recording. The last corroborated sightings of the bird may have been as long ago as the late-1970s although a handful of these reports, while not confirmed by evidence or follow-up sightings, may be authentic. It's often said fig-parrots are so tiny and obscure they are easily overlooked, but they are not that difficult to locate when they are about. Plenty of good observers in this bird's range have looked long and hard without success for firm evidence of Coxen's Fig-Parrot.

The threatened species unit says now that because its estimate of the population is unchanged in recent years, the bird can no longer be regarded as critically endangered. So the parrot's status was downgraded to endangered by BirdLife International, the reason being that the bird's population "should not be considered as declining and instead could be considered stable". In the absence of evidence of a population decline, the bird does not qualify for listing under the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List criteria.

Here is a comment from the threatened species unit head, Ian Gynther, to Rob Morris on Facebook: "The fact that this results in a d...


The Roll Shop - Brisbane CBD "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the things on my longstanding bucket list has been to learn Japanese, and with an upcoming trip there was really no better opportunity for me to do so than here and now. But alas, how does a girl holding down a full time job with gaming and blogging commitments find time to go to class? Enter UQ with its institute of modern languages courses, which allowed Queen V and I to go after work hours. With that sorted, all we needed was dinner during the class. Of course I volunteered to grab us take out. Which is why I found myself loitering around Gresham Lane pondering dinner options when I spied the Roll Shop. 

The signboard up top showcased their simple selection of Vietnamese fare, including rolls, salads and bread rolls. The staff behind the counter were also busy making the rolls, so I was quite assured of their freshness. 



Black-necked Stork, Australasian Shoveler at Wiggins Island Coal Terminal, Gladstone reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 15-03-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Water is receding from all ponds. Black-necked Stork is back and is walking proudly among Ch. Teals. We also observed two Australasian Shovelers (rare in Capricornia Coast) and a single A. Hobby.


philosophy of frog (haiku) "IndyWatch Feed"

frog waits patiently to gorge winged visitors, holding his tongue


The current state of Australian UFOlogy "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Dear readers,

Today's post is being typed as I lounge by the backyard family swimming pool with a glass of Victorian Chardonnay at hand. It is a personal reflection of my recent review of several Australian UFO websites; over 60 Australian UFO Facebook pages; several Australian blogs belonging to individuals, and private email discussions with a number of selected high profile Australian 'researchers.'


No, not the android character from the Star Trek franchise, but pieces of information. Sightings of things in the Australian sky are reported to a large number of Internet sites. These range from overseas based organisations such as MUFON, to Peter Devonport's NUFORC, to local sites such as UFOR (NSW) Incorporated, and UFOR (Qld) Incorporated. Both Sydney and Perth observatories receive sightings, as do dozens of Facebook pages.

I can't find anyone who regularly monitors this vast area of data; collects it in one place and attempts to analyse it. The one exception to this statement is that for a period of 12 months, Melbourne based researcher Paul Dean and my co-blogger Keith Basterfield (on a long term break from UFO research at the moment) did just that. However, it is interesting to note that almost no Australian UFOlogists commented that they found it of any value to them!


Readers of my last few columns will be aware by now that the question of lack of interest in analysis of sightings by Australian UFO 'researchers' is a pet peeve of mine. Raw sightings contain valuable information about the UFO phenomenon. When was the last time you saw a table of numbers of reports versus time of day for Australian sightings? Or a breakdown of types of Australian sightings under the J Allen Hynek classification system, ie nocturnal lights, CE 1, CE2 etc? Or the number of witnesses per type of sighting? On the la...


Live Kevin Rudd Export Ban "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

In 2011 in response to a 4 Corners story, the Gillard Government implemented a live cattle export ban. 

If any Cats out there know someone who knows someone who knows Prime Minister Turnbull, can they please show him the following MSNBC interview with Kevin Rudd.  Please oh please can the Turnbull government then implement a Live Kevin Rudd Export Ban.

Yes.  There will be domestic consequences we will all have to look at his face and listen to his tripe.  But on the other hand, Australias international reputation will not have to suffer any further damage from his pretentious and perfidious windbaggery.  Especially in the US where too often than not, he likes to criticize the US Government.

Like he did in this interview where he claimed that, notwithstanding several US Supreme Court decisions over decades to the contrary, they would listen to the poisonous and mellifluous advice of Kev from Queensland, and ban rifles and semi automatic weapons.

Hey Kev from Queensland.  Go have a fair suck of your sauce bottle and stop talking.  You arent here to help anyone but yourself.

The other advantage of dragging his large backside and even larger mouth back to Australia would be to remind Australians of what the current Labor Party stands for, including what the current leader of the Parliamentary Labor Party stands for: winning at all costs and not losing at all costs.

Bill Shorten has probably has not heard what Kevin Rudd said, but he would certainly support what it is that he said.

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MACKAY Car theft accused returned to cells by annoyed magistrate "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY March 15, 2018 at 06:40AM ,

Car theft accused returned to cells by annoyed magistrate

March 15, 2018 at 06:40AM ,

A SARINA man accused of car theft was barely out of his cell for a minute before an annoyed magistrate ordered him back to Mackay Watch-house. Kurt James Dobson, 29, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Magistrate Damien Dwyer began reading out charges eight counts of receiving

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MACKAY Disqualified driver back in court on fresh charge "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY March 15, 2018 at 03:37AM ,

Disqualified driver back in court on fresh charge

March 15, 2018 at 03:37AM ,

But less than two months later Ebony May Blage was back in court in Mackay, facing charges of driving without a licence, disqualified by court order, at Andergrove. The 23-year-old faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, alongside lawyer Geoff Govey (of Taylors Solicitors), and did not enter a

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Tenant Gift Bags "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Community Engagement Officer, Yvonne was happy to receive donations from a couple of very community-minded organisations who contributed items for our upcoming tenant engagement events.  Thanks to White Glo Toothpaste  & Pitchers Hospitality Supplies

The post Tenant Gift Bags appeared first on Coast2Bay.


Andrew & The MPs "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Andrew Elvin, Coast2Bay CEO has been very busy during the last few months meeting various Federal and State MPs.  Included were Marty Hunt Member for Nicklin, Brent Mickelberg Member for Buderim, Fiona Simpson Member for Maroochydore, Ted OBrien Member for Fairfax and Sandy Bolton Member for Noosa


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