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Tuesday, 19 September

23:50

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Arrawarra Forest Rd, Woolgoolga "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Arrawarra Forest Rd, Woolgoolga, NSW 2456
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 14 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 19 Sep 2017 16:17

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Munro Island "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: lawrence nsw
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 1 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
UPDATED: 19 Sep 2017 17:19

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Pacific Hwy, Grafton "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Pacific Hwy, Grafton, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 20 Sep 2017 00:20

23:30

Conscientious objector loophole scrapped for child immunisation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The federal government's 'no jab no pay' laws take effect from Friday (March 18). Photo Shutterstock

The state government have closed the loophole for conscientious objectors. Photo Shutterstock

With the conscientious objector option now scrapped for parents who refuse to immunise their preschool-aged children, how will it affect the northern rivers region, an area known to have the lowest immunisation rates in NSW?    

Last Wednesday, the Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill 2017 passed in NSW parliament, closing the conscientious objector option and forcing all parents to have children immunised for preschool.

Specifically it targets principals of childcare facilities who enrol a child without a vaccination certificate or medical exemption. Fines of $5,500 apply. It follows the 2015 no-jab noplay policy which the then Abbott government rolled out across the nation.

Labors Walt Secord spoke to the changes in parliament.

He said, In 2014/15, the Byron Shire rate was 61 per cent, the Mullumbimby rate was 46.7 per cent, and Murwillumbah rate was 76 per cent. These are at dangerous levels. Across the northern NSW local health district, the vaccination rates for children under the age of two is just 84.9 per cent. That is the worst local health district in the state.

According to www.immunise.health.gov.au, the national immunisation program funds vaccines to prevent diphtheria, haemophilus influenza type B (hib), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), influenza (flu), measles, meningococcal, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumococcal, poliomyelitis (polio), rotavirus, rubella (German measles), tetanus (lockjaw) and varicella (chickenpox).

Throughout a childs early life, a program schedule by the government outlines when those vaccines are administered. At birth, hepatitis B is recommended, followed by bundled vaccines at the ages of two, four, six, 12 and 18 months. Another round of shots is recommended at age four.

Greens supp...

22:49

Murdoch media gets it wrong on renewable energy and Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australians story linking excessive renewable energy subsidies to the Moree solar farm, a rich Saudi playboy and the singer Rihanna is very interesting. It is also hopelessly wrong (at least on the renewables bit).

via Murdoch misleads readers about renewable subsidies and Saudi playboys RenewEconomy


20:52

Moncton votes to keep fluoride out of water "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Eight months of lengthy discussions came to an end on Monday night when Moncton city council voted to stick to the status quo of not adding fluoride to the municipalitys water.

In 2011, after a contentious debate, Moncton council voted to suspend adding fluoride to the citys water for five years.

At the time, council asked the provincial Department of Health and the New Brunswick Dental Society to conduct a study on the benefits and risks of water fluoridation, which neither group did.

After a meeting with speakers representing both sides of the fluoride debate in June this year, and soliciting input from the public, staff recommended the city continue to not add fluoride to the Great Moncton water supply unless directed by the federal or provincial governments to do so.

Fluoridation has been widely studied and, if the fluoride doesnt exceed a particular level, is a tool endorsed by both higher levels of government for reducing tooth decay.

Coun. Pierre Boudreau moved the motion Monday night, expressing concern the city may be held legally responsible if any dangers were ever found to be associated with water fluoridation.

We should err on the side of caution, said Boudreau.

Boudreau said an expert report should be provided by the provincial government before council approves reinstating fluoride into the citys water. Coun. Shawn Crossman seconded the motion.

Mayor Dawn Arnold weighed in, saying the city had a responsibility to be thorough.

We need to be able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are doing no harm if we were to introduce this and thats a tough one to make, said Arnold.

[There] are simply too many questions and a lack of consistent scientific consensusis worrisome to me.

Fluoride supporters disappointed

After the meeting, Dentist, vocal fluoride supporter and Vice President of the New Brunswick Dental Society Susan Drapeau-McNally said if council refuses to protect the teeth of the citys disadvantaged citizens through fluoride, then it should start working on another way to bring dental hygiene to people who cant afford it.

I am very disappointed, said Drapea...

20:01

Turkish President Erdogan slams US for 'arming terrorists' after Washington cancels $1.2mn Turkey weapons deal "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded to Washington's decision to pull out of a $1.2 million arms deal for his security guards, accusing the White House of instead choosing to supply weapons to terrorists in Syria. In an interview with PBS on Monday, Erdogan referred to Syrian Kurds as "terrorists," saying "we need to fight these terrorists with the United States." "And when we are not able to acquire those weapons from the United States, why are you giving those weapons to terrorists? It's a question that we ask our friends in the United States. And when these questions are not answered, we're feeling sorry, as the strategic partners to the US," he continued. Erdogan was referring to Washington's decision to arm Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), a step which the White House believes is key to seizing the last major IS stronghold of Raqqa.

20:01

Journalists Ask South Koreans Who Scares Them Most- Trump Of Kim Jong Un: Here Is Their Answer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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19:48

FBI Seeks To Question A Minor in Western North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The post FBI Seeks To Question A Minor in Western North Carolina appeared first on It's Going Down.

On September 8, 2017, an FBI agent attempted to visit a comrade in western North Carolina. They visited a house, and the person there stepped outside to talk to the agent, who repeatedly asked if the comrade in question lived there. The person at the house did not engage with those questions, and instead insisted on a card from the agent that a lawyer could call later. The agent said it was regarding a case being handled by another office.

This comes at a time when anarchists have been standing up to a grand jury and other FBI harassment across the state of North Carolina. The person who the FBI agent was seeking secured legal representation. On September 13, 2017, their lawyer called a number the agent wrote down, and the FBI specified that they were actually looking to speak with the persons child, a minor. The FBI said that they were seeking the original person because a legal guardian had to be present for the agent to talk to the minor. During that call the agent stated she wanted to ask about graffiti on a car related to a case being investigated by the FBI Field Office in Raleigh, NC. The minor in question has now secured legal representation. Nobody above is speaking to the FBI.

We cannot just hope that harassment like this stops. Get educated on how to protect yourself if the FBI shows up. If you are approached by the FBI, refuse to answer their questions. Know your rights! Please read If An Agent Knocks for more information. We cannot let them intimidate us and raise fear and distrust.

If An Agent Knocks: https://ccrjustice.org/if-agent-knocks-booklet

 

18:59

Please. Education is not a horserace. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ive mentioned before that I dont use the classroom to proselytize atheism. I have a job to do, and that is to help the students learn biology, and thats all I care about that they graduate after a few years and understand the concepts and can apply them, and if can do that while believing in Jesus or Allah, thats just fine.

Theres another thing I dont do, and that is penalize them for their health or situation. Youve got clinical depression or your grandmother died or you had a nasty break-up with your romantic friend? Ill make what accommodations I can, because I want you to get through all of that and learn biology. Thats all I can judge you on, is your mastery of the material, but I will welcome any changes that can help you out.

But all too often I run into non-academics (and sometimes even academics) who dont understand this basic idea, that were supposed to help our students learn. So someone like Margaret Wente can write drivel like Why treat university students like fragile flowers?

The first answer is that we dont. We have standards that have to be met in order to pass a course, and theyre not be free of mental health concerns or have a stable family life or be rich enough that you dont have to work part-time. If you have an illness that makes mastering the course material difficult for you, that doesnt mean you get a free pass; it means you should talk to me and Ill do what I can to give you the opportunity to learn it in spite of your handicap. My job is to make all the flowers blossom, not to make half of them wither if they need a little extra watering.

However, there are things that Wente objects to.

Today, any proper university has registered therapy dogs to cheer you up. If exams have you down, drop in for a lick and a cuddle and youll feel better in no time. And if youre too depressed because of Grandma, no problem. The disability office will provide you with a private room and extra time to write your final. Your professor never even needs to know.

Today, colleges and universities are highly concerned with the mental well-being of their students. Student distress, were told, is at an all-time high. Its the pressure. The competition. Social media. Career anxiety. Long commutes. Money worries. Cyberbullying.

Therapy dogs are bad? Why? I want a therapy puppy to visit when grading gets me down! I suspect students learn better when theyre less stressed. All I care about, remember, is student learning.

I have students who take their exams at our office of student learning. We have students with agor...

17:41

Blockchain Powered AI Doctors to Revolutionize Medicine "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Doc.ai's AI-based doctors, through masses of information on the Blockchain, will be able to have natural language conversations with patients, and provide medical answers.

17:02

An Empire of Chaos: The Real Reason the US is in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Donald Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan, continuing the USA's longest war. CEO Michael Silver, of the American Elements corporation, wrote a short op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, urging for the extraction of the country's mineral resources. Afghanistan remains unstable. Many questions must be asked. The one on many minds is "Why is the USA in Afghanistan?" Terrorism? Minerals? Or Something Else? The USA has been occupying Afghanistan since 2001. Why? Both supporters and opponents of US Afghan policy give murky answers. Supporters of US efforts say they are in the country to fight terrorism and help the country rebuild and move toward democracy. Opponents of the occupation say the USA is seeking to control its rare minerals such as neodymium, indium, gallium, and lanthanum which are essential in making computer chips.

16:16

"You're an absolute disgrace" Coalition and One Nation senators "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie on the floor of the Australian Senate, 14 September 2017.

Senate Hansard,  12 September 2017:
Senator LAMBIE (Tasmania) (13:56): The government wants One Nation support for this package so badly that it has agreed to invite a razor gang into the books of the ABC. And it wants Nick Xenophon's support for the package so badly that it has agreed not to embarrass him into being forced to vote in support of One Nation's proposal. But make no mistake, voting for this bill means voting for One Nation's deal. I know that, One Nation knows that and you can bet your last dollar that Nick Xenophon and his team know that, too. As for what the details are, we still don't know. The government won't tell us and they won't tell us. All we know is that it commits the government to review the ABC and ask if it is reducing the profitability of its commercial rivals. Guess what? The job of the ABC isn't to make money for its commercial rivals. Its job is to guarantee all Australians have access to news, programming and information that affects their lives, no matter where they live or how wealthy they are. The deal the government has made isn't designed to improve the ABC; it is designed to defund it. It's a deal to set up a rigged kangaroo court that is de...

16:15

Australian society in 2017: national gaol population hits record high "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Australias jail population has hit a record high of more than 41,200 prisoners, as a 20-year surge in incarceration rates shows no sign of waning.

The daily average of full-time prisoners in custody rose 7% to 41,204 over the year to the June quarter, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Monday.

That represented a 133% leap in prisoner numbers since the June quarter of 1997, meaning the national jail population grew at more than four times the rate of the overall population over the last two decades.

The cost of running prisons in Australia is likely to have hit around $3bn a year, based on Productivity Commission figures.

Inmates on remand awaiting court sentences (11%) and women (10%) were the fastest-growing groups of prisoners over the last year.

Indigenous prisoner numbers rose 7% in line with the overall increase but they remain grossly overrepresented in jail, making up 2% of the general population but 28% of the prison population.

According to the ABS ...

16:11

Catalan Mayors Exercise Right to Remain Silent in Referendum Questioning "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

BARCELONA The first of hundreds of Catalan mayors summoned to answer questions on why they have backed a banned Oct. 1 referendum on independence from Spain appeared before the state prosecutor on Tuesday amid cheers and chants from supporters.

The first three mayors to declare exercised their right to remain silent, the Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI) said.

Years of separatist feeling in the industrial northeastern region will come to a head in less than two weeks as the fiercely pro-independence regional government calls a referendum on splitting from Spain.

Madrid has declared the referendum illegal and the Constitutional Court has suspended the vote that was approved by the regional government earlier this month.

So far, 745 of 948 municipal leaders have said they will provide venues for the referendum.

Voting is not a crime, said Marc Solsona, mayor of the town of Mollerussa, one of nearly 750 mayors facing charges of civil disobedience, abuse of office and misuse of public funds, as he left the state prosecutors office in Barcelona.

Im just the mayor and I have to serve my people. I am committed to the people being able to vote on Oct. 1 in accordance with the law passed by the Catalan parliament and what happens to me is not important, he said.

Solsona smiled, kissed and gripped hands with dozens of clapping supporters gathered outside the state prosecutors office as he entered to chants of You are not alone

We consider ourselves privileged to have a mayor who represents the townspeople above any other interests political or fin...

15:57

Entire Volume of CIA Files on Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed.

15:54

How to Find Out Whos Tracking You Through Your Smartphone "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[alltechbuzzWhatever the work we do, our first priority is Safety. Safety states that the condition of being protected from harm or other non-desirable outcomes.

Everyone and everything in this world need Safety. Even our Smartphones we use. We all just use Smartphones to play games , chat, call, etc but do we really care about the threats that our phone receive?

Dont panic. We are here to help in this case. With the help of just a few short-codes, you can find out more about the settings of your phone and work out whether or not your messages and information are protected and whether youre being tracked.

We gathered together some of the most useful and important codes for Smartphones here.

CODE-1: *#21#

Discover the settings for your call forwarding. Youll see whether you have voice, data, fax, SMS, sync, async, packetaccess , and pad access call forwarding enabled or disabled.

This code will let you find whether your calls, messages, and data are being diverted. The status of the diversions that are taking place along with the number the information is being transferred to will be displayed on your phone screen.

CODE-2: *#62#

Just like the previous, except for no-service rather than no-answer situations.

This code will let you find where calls, messages, and data are being redirected to from your phone. The chances are that your voice calls are being redirected to one of your cell phone operators numbers.

CODE-3: ##002#

This USSD code deactivates all call forwardings with one single command.

This code can be used to switch off all the redirections from your phone. Its a good idea to use this before you have to use roaming. In this case, money wont be taken from your account for calls that are redirected by default to your voice mail.

CODE-4: *#06#

IMEI is the unique identifier for your cell phone hardware. Together with your SIM information, it identifies you to the provider network.

This code helps you find your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier). This code also helps you find your phone if someone steals it. When the phone with a particular IMEI is switched on, the location of the phone will automatically convey to the network operator even after you insert...

15:49

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Jack Burns Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination []

15:23

Coal mining devastates villages and cultural heritage in Australias Hunter Valley "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In Australias Hunter Valley the coal mining industry is devastating local villages and precious Aboriginal heritage, and three people who have been campaigning against mine expansion in the area face possible seven-year jail sentences under New South Wales new anti-protest legislation.

The valley is a stunningly beautiful area that is one of Australias main wine-producing regions, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s, but the local town of Mudgee now has three coal mines on its doorstep Wilpinjong, Moolarben, and Ulan and one more mine is planned at nearby Bylong.

The local landscape is now dominated by mine pits and mining infrastructure. The ecosystem has been irreparably damaged, local wildlife have lost vital habitat, and the owners of Wilpinjong have run roughshod over local peoples lives and livelihoods.

...

15:17

Mean dwelling price rises to $679,100 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dwelling stock rises to $6.7 trillion

Four times per year we get the unbridled pleasure of the official residential property price indexes. 

Here, then, is a 60-second overview of the June 2017 quarter figures. 

The total value of Australia's dwelling stock rose by +$631 billion or +10.4 per cent to $6.72 trillion in FY2017.

That now represents a +53 per cent increase from the $4.4 trillion recorded at the end of 2011. 

I'd take the data series back further, but it only begins in Q3 of that calendar year. 


The annual stock value gains were mainly driven by the two most populous states, with New South Wales (+$336 billion) and Victoria (+$215 billion) accounting for some 87 per cent of the total increase. 


Detached houses have outperformed attached dwellings on average since 2003, reflecting rising land values and a relative scarcity of this dwelling type in the thriving, landlocked suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.

...

15:15

BREAKING: Light has been stored as sound for the first time "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The future of computing depends on it.

By Fiona MacDonald

For the first time ever, scientists have stored light-based information as sound waves on a computer chip something the researchers compare to capturing lightning as thunder.

Light-based or photonic computers have the potential to run at least 20 times faster than your laptop, not to mention the fact that they wont produce heat or suck up energy like existing devices.

This is because they, in theory, would process data in the form of photons instead of electrons.

We say in theory, because, despite companies such as IBM and Intel pursuing light-based computing, the transition is easier said than done.

Coding information into photons is easy enough we already do that when we send information via optical fibre.

But finding a way for a computer chip to be able to retrieve and process information stored in photons is tough for the one thing that makes light so appealing: its too damn fast for existing microchips to read.

This is why light-based information that flies across internet cables is currently converted into slow electrons. But a better alternative would be to slow down the light and convert it into sound.

And thats exactly what researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have now done.

The information in our chip in acoustic form travels at a velocity five orders of magnitude slower than in the optical domain, said project supervisor Birgit Stiller.

It is like the difference between thunder and lightning.

15:03

Octlantis is a Just-Discovered Underwater City Engineered by Octopuses "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Gloomy octopusesalso known as common Sydney octopuses, or octopus tetricushave long had a reputation for being loners. Marine biologists once thought they inhabited the subtropical waters off eastern Australia and northern New Zealand in solitude, meeting only to mate, once a year. But now there's proof these cephalopods sometimes hang out in small cities.

In Jervis Bay, off Eastern Australia, researchers recently spotted 15 gloomy octopuses congregating, communicating, dwelling together, and even evicting each other from dens at a site the scientists named "Octlantis." The international team of marine biologists, led by professor David Scheel of Alaska Pacific University, filmed these creatures exhibiting complex social behaviors that contradict the received wisdom that these cephalopods are loners. Their study was published in the journal Marine and Freshwater Behavior and Physiology (paywall).

The discovery was a surprise, Scheel told Quartz. "These behaviors are the product of natural selection, and may be remarkably similar to vertebrate complex social behavior. This suggests that when the right conditions occur, evolution may produce very similar outcomes in diverse groups of organisms."

Octopus cities suck.


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15:00

How Virtual Reality Could Help You Fall In Love "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Fall in Love VR, for the Oculus Rift, shows how integrating natural-language processing in virtual reality can create a sense of real intimacy.

In 2015, The New York Times caused quite a stir by publishing The 36 Questions That Lead To Love, based on work by the psychologist Arthur Aron. The main idea was that people would have to be incredibly vulnerable to ask and answer such questionsand doing so could quickly build intimacy.

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13:23

After Self-Reflection, Journalists Discover Theyve Been Too Critical Of Democrats "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Journalism is in crisis. After some much-needed self-examination, however, reporters are finally beginning to figure out why many Americans are souring on their industry: Theyve been too critical of the Democratic Party.

The trend was evident in 2016, when media outlets decided to focus on Hillary Clintons corruption, favor trading, and subsequent cover-up attempts. As any journalism professor could tell you, the purpose of reporting is to answer basic questions, like Who? What? When? Where? Why? And does this story help bolster the chances of the Democratic Partys candidate or not?

So sayeth self-styled journalism ethicist Jay Rosen, and other theorists of the trade like Jeff Jarvis. There was too much reporting going on, they argue. Democracy dies in excessive transparency, apparently. Who is at fault for the election of Donald Trump, they ask, as if Clinton had been predestined to wear her crown. And did journalists do enough to propel history in the proper direction?

There is plenty of data available on this question. Its difficult to believe this now, but at one point a number of top media outlets considered the first-ever FBI investigation of a major presidential candidate in the history of the republic to be somewhat newsworthy. So they proceeded to cover the candidates many lies, her purging of somewhere around 30,000 pieces of evidence, and the FBIs shes-so-freaking-guilty-but-not-guilty verdict. And when authorities uncovered a computer that should have been in the possession of the FBI but was instead accessible to the sex-addicted husband of a top Hillary aide, they reported that, as well. This should have all been ignored.

On numerous occasions during her book tour, Clinton argued that the press didnt do its job which is to say, help her get elected. Considering the sycophantic coverage afforded her and her fo...

13:23

After My Husbands Death, Im Learning To Steward The Light He Left Behind "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When you lose someone, you go through a lot of metaphors. Our vocabulary falters in the face of death.

Today is the two-year anniversary of the death of my husband, Jake. It took me about a year to come up with something that felt like it made sense of what I was feeling.

In the weeks after Jake died, letters and cards flooded in from friends and strangers alike. With each cards arrival, Id edge open the envelope in a stunned sort of sadness. I sat over the rough-hewn, wooden dining room table wed picked out together just months before he died, cross-legged and pregnant, poring over sometimes dozens of notes a day.

And with every envelope, Id have a glimmer of hope, that somehow, someway, this one would have an answer inside. I knew at the time it was irrational, but I couldnt stop. The hope was too tantalizing. Maybe this was the onethis card would explain everything! This letter would give me the reason our lives had been so utterly shattered in an instant. But the fact is those words, no matter how well-meaning and wise, couldnt tell me that. Even Scripture could only reassure, not really explain in the way humans want but cant have.

The reasons for Jakes death are not apparent. Luckily, the reasons for continuing to live are. But I searched for a way to say what I was feeling.

I love the idea of the divine spark. It crosses a lot of cultures and religions, the idea that you carry a bit of the Creator inside you, that it animates your life.

Jakes life always brings to mind a spark and then some. Jakes soul, to me, was a bonfire. He was here and he was in your face and he was warm and bright. He roared with enthusiasm at the beginning, even the hope of something new, sometimes a little too much. His glow was infectious, throwing sparks into the night air, silhouetted against a dark sky before they landed on everyone in his vicinity. He mellowed to embers as the night wore on, usually over a glass of bourbon or a beer.

I lived seven years of my life looking into a bonfire. I warmed my hands and found comfort in its flame. There were times when I damn near burnt myself or got a giant waft of smoke at exactly the wrong time.  Because thats life. And thats fire. Its not all smores and sweetness.

Everyone whos loved someone knows that light and warmth. Everyone whos lost someone knows the feeling when it goes dark and cold one day.

When that happens at any time, its jarring. When it happens without warning, even more.

The light went out. This fire Id stood next to for seven years just went out, like a flood light on a switch. Boom. Imagine staring into a fire, and then suddenly turning 180 degrees to survey the woods behind you. I couldnt see. I was standing in what otherwise was my life, and I...

13:23

What American Schools Should And Should Not Learn From China "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We Americans have tried many things to improve U.S. education outcomes, including out-spending many nations. Yet, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which ranks global education systems by assessing 15-year-old students reading, mathematics, and science literacy every three years, American students end up in the middle of the pack with little improvement year after year.

Students from East Asia, such as Singapore, mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong dominate the top 10 in all three subjects, especially on math and science (theres an ongoing debate whether the PISA result is rigged). Since the East Asia region is dominated by people with Chinese-style education systems, does this mean Chinese schools are superior to American schools?

Some people think so. Since Amy Chua published her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, many Americans look to Chinese culture for answers to save American education. Lenora Chu, an American who lived in China with two children, took it a step further. In her recent book and an accompanying essay that appeared recently in The Wall Street Journal, she argues that what American students need are Chinese schools.

Heres What Chinese Schools Have Done Well

When I went through the K-12 education system in China, teachers always expected each one of us to give our best effort. They never talked about learning being fun. Instead, they emphasized the merit of hard work. Thus, they do not dumb down the content to ensure that kids at the bottom of the class understand. Instead, they did everything they could to ensure the content was challenging even for the best in the class. They instill the belief in every student that anyone who works hard and devotes enough time will eventually get it.

Chinese teachers set high expectations for their students partly because a teachers compensation is closely tied to his or her students academic performance. While in America teachers unions have repeatedly repelled or undermined efforts to implement performance-based compensation for teachers, Chinese teachers accept such a compensation structure as a no-brainer. Good Chinese teachers receive handsome performance bonuses and special allowances. They are also highly sought-after by private tutoring companies, which offer to double or triple teachers incomes outside their regular school hours.

Chinese parents also set high expectations for students. My parents ma...

13:04

The Largest Glaciers in the Rocky Mountains are Melting Faster "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Research on top of the Dinwoody Glacier

SCIENCE The Rockies largest glaciers are melting with little fanfare

From an Article by Benjamin Storrow, E & E News, September 13, 2017

WIND RIVER RANGE, Wyo. Here at the roof of the Continental Divide, one of the Rocky Mountains largest glaciers is in retreat.

A new world is emerging in the wake of the receding ice. In a vast, glacially carved basin, where towering spires of granite dominate the skyline, a small colony of stunted Engelmann spruce has taken up residence in a pile of rocky debris, some 500 feet above the tree line. Bees flit among the yellow mountain asters dotting the boulder field at the glaciers base. Grass grows along a stream where there was, until recently, only snow and ice.

Its a different place today, Darran Wells, an outdoor education professor at Central Wyoming College, observed from a research camp near the base of the Dinwoody Glacier on a recent evening. A regular visitor to the glacier over the last two decades, Wells offered a succinct take on its evolution over his nightly meal, a dehydrated serving of shepards potato stew with beef.

Every year, more grass, less snow, he said.

The largest concentration of glaciers in the American Rocky Mountains are melting, unseen, in this remote corner of Wyoming. More than 100 glaciers cover about 10,000 acres in the Wind River Range, according to a recent study by researchers at Portland State University. No American mountain range outside Alaska and Washington is covered in more ice.

The Wind River glaciers remain some of the least understood ice sheets in North America. Researchers dont have a firm grasp on the amount of water locked away in the alpine ice, and estimates of how much they contribute to local streams vary widely.

Answering those questions requires penetrating a rugged wilderness nearly the size of Rhode Island and climbing to elevations between 11,000 feet and 13,800 feet, where the glaciers hug the crest of the Continental Divide.

Today, a growing number of scientists are pushing into the backcountry to understand these icy reservoirs. Their concern: The Wind River glaciers are retreating just when Wyoming needs them most.

If you havent had proximity to these glaciers,....

13:00

The Secret Meanings Behind Four Of The Most Common Interview Questions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

These common questions may feel clichd, but theres a reason why recruiters keep asking them.

Some interview questions lead to eye rolls by just thinking about them: Where do you see yourself in five years? Whats your biggest weakness? When youre preparing for a job interview, it can be hard to know how to avoid giving trite answers to these equally trite questions. But one solution is simply to know what hiring managers and recruiters are actually trying to learn by asking them in the first place. So Fast Company hit up a few experts to find out.

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12:36

SSM: NSW Premier breaks ranks with Armenian church ahead of same-sex marriage survey "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has broken ranks with her ethnic church and declared she will be voting Yes in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Speaking at an event in Sydney, Ms Berejiklian described same-sex marriage as a no brainer and one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

The position has put her at odds with her Armenian Apostolic Church, which claims same-sex marriage would pave the way for radical gay sex education programs to be taught in schools.

Ms Berejiklian, who was born in Australia to Armenian immigrants, is a regular attender of church events and has been to several this year.

Article below

NSW Premier Ms Berejilkian, a single women, who I dont think is a lesbian more an old-maid workaholic says same-sex marriage is a no brainer and one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

So Ms Gladys (quaint old-fashioned name for an old-fashioned gal) Berejilkian has decided:

1. same sex marriage is a no-brainer

2. same sex marriage is one of the most important human rights issues in our time.

Bravo Gladys Why dont you try reading the Holy Bible your Armenian Church believes in yes, the Holy Bible which expressly forbids homosexuality and lesbianism.

Gladys havent you read Romans chapter one, Revelation 22 and Leviticus?

Gladys havent you understood Genesis 1-3 and how God created male and female to form a family and populate the earth?

Gladys have you swallowed the rainbow pill so bad that the same-sex marriage delusion has gone straight to your head, and now you can no longer see Biblical truths?

ABC News Australia

SSM: NSW Premier breaks ranks with Armenian church ahead of same-sex marriage survey

19 September 2017

 

12:33

China a Different Breed of Government "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Why do you say China will replace the West when their government is still the communist party?

ANSWER: China is no more communist than Donald Trump. There is a cycle of life through which we all pass including governments. China revolted against communism. The government may retain that name, but they are no communist in that sense of the word.

I have explained before that Russian communism was concerned about what you thought where as China adopted the tall poppy policy. If Stalin thought you would be a threat to his power you were killed. In China, you could think what you wanted provided you did not step up publicly.

China is not at the same place in the cycle of life as we see in Europe and America. Therefore, China is on the rise and will replace the West which is burdened with socialism they cannot possibly afford.  China learned its lessons and is moving forward despite the name of the government party.

If things got worse in the West, I would apply to China for political asylums.

12:00

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne Answers Jamie Dimons Bitcoin Criticism "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne responds to Dimons criticism, recalls traditional banking fears.

11:57

Win a double gold pass to this years Australian Music Week "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydneys own Australian Music Week, the annual three-day live music and entertainment industry conference, is back for 2017 and weve got a double pass to give away.

Organisers have unveiled the first 30 showcasing artists for the November event, as well as its lineup of industry speakers, including Bluesfests Peter Noble, author Stuart Coupe and Seventh Street Medias Luke Girgis.

Meanwhile, showcasing acts include William Crighton, Letters To Lions, Tia Gostelow, Gawurra, Tenderfoot and many more, so therell be plenty to keep you busy as AMW 2017 takes over venues around Cronulla Beach from Wednesday November 1 Friday November 3.

This year, Australian Music Week has also launched The AMW / 301 Music Prize a new award designed to help kick start an emerging artists career, proudly supported by AMW, 301 Studios, MGM, The Right Profile, APRA, Tone Deaf, The Brag, The Industry Observer, AU Review, Leadbelly and Hi Fi Days Festival.

With so much going on, were giving away a gold double conference pass valid for the welcome party, conference sessions, networking events and live show venues, and all you need to do to win is enter your email address below winners will be contacted by September 30 via email.

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11:27

Support the Bloomington ABC Anarchist Prisoner War Fund "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Donate here: https://www.fundedjustice.com/abcbloomington

Since October 2015, Bloomington Anarchist Black Cross has been providing consistent  monthly funds to anarchist prisoners throughout the United States via our Anarchist Prisoner War Fund. We are now asking for help keeping this project going strong into the future.

We have specifically chosen comrades who were receiving very little money or support from the outside, who have no familial support, or who were otherwise in need of monetary aid. These funds have been essential when some comrades did stints in solitary due to activities surrounding the September 9th prison strike, aiding their survival in the most oppressive conditions. We also emphasize support for rebellious prisoners who have maintained the struggle behind the walls. We want to make it clear to our comrades in prison and those taking action on the outside that they can continue to struggle without fear of abandonment if they are caught.

Currently, we provide $40 each month to five anarchist prisoners:

  • Michael Kimble, a gay, Black anarchist and long-time prison rebel imprisoned for the self-defense killing of a racist homophobe.
  • Sean Swain, an anarchist prison rebel in Ohio.
  • Eric King, an anarchist doing 10 years for attempting to firebomb a Congressmans office in solidarity with the Ferguson rebellion.
  • Jennifer Gann, an anarchist trans woman and long-time prison rebel in California.
  • Andy H., a local anarchist comrade in prison for assaulting a cop.
  • In addition, we have sent substantial amounts of money to other comrades and projects on a temporary basis: Casey Brezik, the Cleveland 4, Marius Mason, prison rebels facing repression for organizing and revolt, an anarchist social space in Malaysia in need of repairs after a fire, and imprisoned fighters of other social struggles.

Thus far, we have raised this ourselves through fundraising, e...

11:07

Cryptogamic crust "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Among the trees of Matong State Forest is cryptogamic crust.

This is a specialised community of cyanobacteria, mosses, and lichens.

It works to improve soil stability, as well as offering increased resistance to wind and water erosion.

Crusts are often a feature of arid and semi-arid areas, where their sponge-y texture might also catch seed from nearby plants.

They have adapted to severe growing conditions but can easily be disturbed.

Disruption of the crusts brings decreased organism diversity, soil nutrients and stability.

Full recovery of crust from disturbance is a slow process, particularly for mosses and lichens.

Visual recovery can be complete in as little as one to five years, given average climate conditions.

However, recovering crust thickness can take up to 50 years, and mosses and lichens can take up to 250 years to recover.

09:28

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Kalang Rd, Kalang "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 2400 Kalang Rd, Kalang, NSW 2454
COUNCIL AREA: Bellingen
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Flood/Storm/Tree Down
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 19 Sep 2017 16:25

09:25

Canada - Moncton City Council Says No To Fluoridated Drinking Water "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

After months of consultation, Moncton City Council is rejecting the advice of many health organizations and keeping fluoride out of municipal water.
Councillor Paulette Theriault said as a grandmother, she was not comfortable with her grandchildren drinking water with fluoride in it.

New Brunswick Dental Society Vice President Dr. Suzanne Drapeau McNally had a fiery response.
"If they're serious, we want decay to stop, so let's talk and not put the blame on someone else," says Dr. Drapeau McNally. "I'm gonna be a grandmother just like Paulette Theriault, and those kids, it is safe for them to have fluoride."
Dr. Nicole Brien is a dentist specializing in children, and she is also disappointed in the decision.
"I have seen a difference since the fluoride has been removed from the water, and not just the number of cavities I see, but also in how quickly the teeth deteriorate," says Dr. Brien.
Dr. Drapeau McNally questioned whether the City was truly serious about improving the dental health of residents.
"Well, do something about it," says exclaims. "[Council] has been saving $125,000 per year, this is five years, where has this money gone, or what have you done to help?"
Mayor Dawn Arnold said without knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that fluoride was harmless she couldn't support adding it back into the municipal water supply.

The motion to keep the status quo and leave fluoride out of municipal drinking water was passed 7 - 3 with Councillor Paul Pellerin absent.

Councillors Susan Edgett, Rob McKee, and Greg Turner voted to reintroduce fluoride, while Councillors Paulette Theriault, Shawn Crossman, Pierre Boudreau, Blair Lawrence, Charles Leger, and Bryan Butler, as well as Mayor Dawn Arnold all voted to keep fluoride out.

09:18

14 Scientifically Proven Ways to Become Less Miserable, Starting Now "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Happiness is a journey Not a destination.

  • Ben Sweetland

True happiness in life is something that we all hope to accomplish, although the definition of happiness differs from person to person. For some, it may refer to happiness in their career, for others happiness at home. Ultimately, however, each of us would like to experience happiness in our day to day lives.

Source: Spiked

There are two types of happiness that we may experience in our lives, that which we have no control over and that which we can promote and improve upon. Some of us experience happiness relative to the seasons and the weather, with conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), while others are impacted by events in their life outside of their control. There are, however, a number of ways we can invite positive energies and happiness into our lives on a daily basis.

Try these 14 strategies to improve the happiness in your life:

Dont Be Afraid to Ask for Help

It is okay to admit that you dont have the answers to every situation in life. It isnt reasonable to believe that you will know everything, you are, after all, only human. Rather than trying to handle everything on your own embrace the fact that you may know someone who is able to help provide you with the knowledge and experience that you require. Reach out to friends/family and ask for help, you cant expect people to know you need their assistance if you dont tell them.

Give Yourself Permission to Be Happy

If there is one thing that is psychologically holding you back from experiencing happiness in your life, it is yourself! If you allow yourself to dwell on feelings of guilt, remorse and self-doubt then you are denying yourself the opportunity to experience the more positive moments. Instead, let go of the past, focus on the present and welcome the feelings of joy that will come from it. Tell yourself that you are allowed to be happy!

...

08:06

The rise and rise of the New England Writers' Centre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Under the energetic leadership of writer Sophie Masson, (web site here), the New England Writers' Centre (NEWC) appears to be going from strength to strength.

It's only a few years'ago that the Centre lost its State Government funding.and was forced to let its full time director go. I joined the Board at the time and remember the feeling of gloom that surrounded the Centre's future. It was hard to be positive.

I am no longer a Board member, but I was there during the beginning of the transformation period that has now made the Centre such a force, This was helped by renewed State funding achieved with local member Adam Marshall's support, but this was only possible because the Centre itself was transforming under Sophie's leadership.

Inland Armidale lacks the sex appeal and reach now attached to Byron Bay. With time, economic and social change its prominence has shrunk from the the putative capital of our own New England state to the point that it is sometimes described as just a country town. And yet, somehow, the city survives as a unique university, educational and administrative centre.

Armidale has always been a writers' hub. Relative to its size, the current population is around 23,000, Armidale has more writers than any place in Australia. It has its own tradition, its own writer schools such as the Armidale poets who form part of the broader web of the New England literary tradition. You won't find this tradition referenced in literary writing with its metro focus, but it exists. Armidale is not alone here, of course. The writers of the Northern rivers are also neglected. I think that you would find the same in North Queensland or the Riverina..

The thing that the NEWC does, I think, par excellence, is that it links local writers into the broader networks required to have a chance in the competitive world of literature. There was a period in the dark days when the NEWC focus narrowed to just Armidale. Now the Centre is again extending its reach beyond the city.

Even though I am no longer a Board member, I am just so proud of what the Centre has achieved in recent years.  Well done to...

07:46

Actual Headlines Found On Mainstream "Fake News" Publications "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The following headlines were found on mainstream 'Fake News' outlets:

  • "Woman complains Hobby Lobbys raw cotton decor is racially insensitive "
  • "Toys R Us might file for bankruptcy right before everyone starts holiday shopping"
  • "St. Louis police investigate claim that officer called Black Lives Matter domestic terrorists"
  • "St. Louis seeks a new police chief; some chanting required"
  • "Armed LGBT student shot dead by Georgia police"
  • "Family Wants Answers After Georgia Tech Police Kill LGBTQ Campus Leader"
  • "Hundreds of Rohingya Villages in Flames"

07:06

New Zealand & the Hunt for Taxes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION:  Hi Martin,

Firstly I appreciate your insight into world events. I dont see anyone else coming even close to what you do.

In New Zealand we are facing an election and taxation is a big topic. Labour on the left has appointed a new, young, female leader who has wide appeal. She is hedging on Labours taxation policy but its known they favour capital gains taxes business, property, inheritance, you name it. I saw an article that Illinois is experiencing massive flight of wealth due to taxes. Will people run out of options for places to go or is the world in general headed towards mass taxation?

Thanks for your time.

PJ

ANSWER: Yes,  Jacinda Ardern is a desperate attempt to raise Marxism to its former glory. The Labour Party fell to below 30% in the polls so they put a young girl up front to gain votes. It is also true that Illinois is a complete disaster. I wrote about how they should just dissolve the state because they cannot even go bankrupt on their government pensions. It is true that every five minutes someone leaves Illinois. The most recent poll revealed that 47% of people in Illinois wanted to leave the state. Property values will collapse in Illinois because there is a mass exodus and no buyers unless they are oblivious to what is taking place. This is how Rome fell from a population of 1 million to 15,000. People just walked away from their property.

Marxism has destroyed the world economy and caused the deaths of countless millions of people all for a theory that has never worked. We are facing the darkest hours in this collapse of socialism. Make no mistake, there are plenty of people who have been brainwashed to believe it is the rich causing this rather than the greed of politicians. It is the government pensions in Illinois that has destroyed the State. They prefer to say the rich do not pay their fair share but government always needs more and more. So that share never ends until it reaches 100%.

This w...

06:30

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Backhouse St, Woolgoolga "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Backhouse St, Woolgoolga, NSW 2456
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 19 Sep 2017 10:49

06:00

In Florida its Illegal to Power Your Home with Solar PanelsThanks to Lobbying "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

With roughly 1.5 million Floridians initially without electricity from the damage inflicted on Floridas energy infrastructure, many in the Sunshine State are now questioning why its so difficult for people to utilize solar energy. The simple answer is that one of the major electrical suppliers in the state Florida Power and Light (FPL) has utilized a massive lobbying campaign, directed at state lawmakers, to create legal barriers to disallow people from powering their own homes with solar panels without being subject to power companies.

05:53

Dan Dicks On The False Left Right Paradigm And How Unity Is NOT The Answer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There is an agenda to unite the world into one and we have reached a fork in the road and the choice between being free and being a slave is up to you. The current state of the left right divide in America and in nearly every democratic nation has been orchestrated by design through a divide and conquer tactic...but what's the solution if a one world global order is their endgame? In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth was invited to speak at Anarchapulco 2017 the world's largest anarchist/voluntarist conference in Acapulco Mexico where he outlined his case for how the individual can and must take precedence over the group in the face of the agenda for a new world order.

05:06

Lindi Ortega Announces Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Lindi Ortega Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega has announced plans to return to Australia this November with a series of East Coast shows. Having already been announced on the Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, Ortega has now revealed shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Lindi Ortega will be touring her latest []

05:01

5 intentions for spring "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I like intentions better than plans; they definitely suit the unpredictability of motherhood.

While I have intended to write here for the past fortnight, it hasnt come to fruition. The early days with baby are busy, yes, but theyre also slow and rather uneventful. Theres feeding and washing and cooking and cuddling and coffee drinking and housework and.thats about all. But all those things manage to take up most of my day which leaves little time to write and even littler to write about.

But this week, thanks to warmer weather (bare feet!), wisteria growing in abundance on the side gate and the imminent school holidays, Ive been looking forward to the next few months and thinking about whats to come. And instead of venturing deep into spring with scattered thoughts and cleaning ideals I thought Id create some intentions instead.

  • return to my frugal mindset : Ive got the best excuse for lapsing on the frugality of late but just this past week Ive craved the routine of meal planning. And honestly, it really does make my days smoother if I dont have to umm and ahh about what to cooking during witching hour. And yes, it really does eliminate food wastage and reduce the grocery bill. So many positives!
  • sort through the childrens clothes : this is such a mammoth job thats heady with nostalgia. Lets not even talk about my dilemma over the newborn clothes that Marigold has outgrown Im at a loss with what to do with them. Alas, I have been sorting, rearranging the hand-me-down boxes and listing pre-loved clothes for sale. If you do like buying second-hand, you must check out Oh For Lovers and Fighters, too.
  • read 10 pages a day : I did this last year and I always, without fail, read more than 10 pages. Ive just started Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and next on the list is Lab Girl. Its a soothing way to while away the breastfeeding sessions.
  • tend to the garden : which, in my case, is a bunch of terracotta pots that are currently looking sad and neglected. We havent had any significant rainfall in months so everything is scarily dry. But I need my herbs and greens for summer salads so its an essential task that must be done!
  • walk, walk, walk : I dont have a double pram so Ive been a litt...

04:21

Wilderness man Les Southwell dead at 88 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Jenny Weber

Les Southwell, a towering figure of last century wilderness travel and photography in Tasmania and Victoria, has been found dead in the Victorian alps. He had been separated from companions and was sitting outside his tent near snowy Mt Bogong when he died, aged 88.

Les Southwell, a Melbourne engineer, was one of the most remarkable wilderness walkers in Tasmania in the high age of wild country adventure last century. He first came to Tasmania in the early 1960s and, via the original Lake Pedder, walked to Federation Peak, the most remote mountain in Australia. Consequently, in scores more trips, he bush-bashed into other remote places including Pokana Cirque, Lake Curley, the Denison Range and Gordon Splits, former Greens leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

Les was a vigorous advocate for saving the Franklin and Gordon rivers from damming.

Les Southwells 1983 book The Mountains of Paradise: the Wilderness of South-west Tasmania is a classic of Australian wilderness photography. His depictions of Lake Pedder National Park are now national treasures. Until the end, Les was a crusty advocate for restoring Lake Pedder, Mr Brown said.

Victorian environmentalist Karen Alexander OA said that Les had a very long dedication to conservation, from the Lake Pedder campaign to Fraser Island, the subject of his first book, and the Franklin.

He saw the value of photography to convey the good message about wild places, like Peter Dombrovskis and Olegas Truchanas who also died in the wild. Les kept the campaign for Tasmanias South-west wilderness alive in Melbourne after the loss of Lake Pedder, paving the way for saving the Franklin. As a civil engineer, Les had argued strongly for alternative solutions to the flooding of Lake Pedder, Ms Alexander said.

Half a century ago Les observed that for Tasmanian politicians the idea of the wilderness experience seemed incomprehensible and they often seemed hostile to the very notion, Bob Brown said.

Nowadays wilderness is arguably Tasmanias greatest tourism drawcard, thanks to advoca...

04:06

Correspondence with gov: PM&C, DSS "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Over the weekend I began trying to nail down what the actual process is for a community to decide to enter into a trial of the cashless debit card. I need to know this kind of detail in order to provide an informed submission to the Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017 which is due on Sept 29.

Through my research, I was provided with a link to the MOU signed by representatives of Ceduna area and discovered that PM&C had signed the MOU on behalf of government. I thought this was an interesting detail as I had not been aware that PM&C was involved in any way in cashless welfare so I wrote to PM&C to ask them about their role. Yesterday I got a reply not from PM&C but from DSS. PM&C are obviously not willing to explain their role in debit card trials.

I find the lack of willingness of anyone in government to provide any information about cashless welfare to be contrary to democratic decision making. How can people who may potentially be effected by the roll out of cashless welfare establish the pros and cons of the policy when the information is so tightly controlled that we do not receive timely information or information that clearly answers our questions?

From: Media                                                                           18 September 2017 1:21 PM

To atcra@protonmail.com 
CC Media 

Hi Rosie,

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet have sent your enquiry to the Department of Social Services (DSS).

DSS Media has forwarded it to cashlessdebitcard@dss.gov.au for re...

04:04

Entire volume of CIA files on Lee Harvey Oswald, set for October release, has mysteriously 'gone missing' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Volume 5 of the CIA's Lee Harvey Oswald 7-volume collection, may never be turned over, even though the law requires it to take place by October 26th of this year. Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 to be released on October 26th of 2017. But if history repeats itself, the Central Intelligence Agency may not release an entire volume of documents on Oswald, known as "volume 5." As Sputnik reports, the release in July of 3,810 CIA and FBI documents on the assassination by the Assassination Records Review Board threw up a number of revelations that JFK researchers have hungrily devoured and enthusiastically publicized. For instance, the mayor of Dallas at the time of Kennedy's assassination, Earle Cabell, was a CIA asset in the 1950s, and his brother, Charles Cabell, a high-ranking CIA official until 1962. The release in October has been highly anticipated by those seeking answers. However, thanks to a deliberate fudging of records, or a conveniently timed clerical error, an entire volume may never see the light of day.

03:59

Bluesfests first artist announcement for 2018 is their biggest ever "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bluesfests first artist announcement for 2018 is their biggest ever. Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters return to thrill audiences with their much loved music. 2018 is the 50 year celebration of Led Zeppelins first ever performance. This milestone event will be celebrated at Bluesfest when they perform a number of Led Zeppelin classics. International superstar Lionel Richie will bring his full arena spectacular to Byron Bay this Easter. Local legends The John Butler Trio and Tash Sultana head up the Australian contingent, and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers and The New Power Generation will bring the funk during their electric, high-energy sets.

Bluesfest director Peter Noble comments on the announcement:

Well here it is, the first of our announcements for Bluesfest 2018, and what an announcement it is! Lionel Richie, Robert Plant, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Jose Gonzalez, First Aid Kit plus two of Australias greatest artists The John Butler Trio and Tash Sultana, who is on fire right now.

There is lots more from Morcheeba, the amazing Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real! Eric Gales and the California Honeydrops returning by popular demand from the last festival. We have lots of Blues in this announcement too and we are just getting started. We are going to have a great festival in 2018! Hope to see you there.

Music lovers from across Australia will visit the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 29 th March to Monday 2 nd of April 2018) for the 29 th Annual Bluesfest. During the Festival they will enjoy 12 hours of music each day on multiple stages, incredible food and market stalls and on site
camping in a range of accommodation options.

THE 2017 ARTIST DAILY PLAYING SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ON BLUESFEST.COM.AU

Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through...

03:07

Beach Hotel in Byron sold to investment company "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Aerial view of Byron Bay's Beach Hotel, which is for sale for $75 million. Photo supplied

Aerial view of Byron Bays Beach Hotel, which has sold for an estimated $70 million. Photo supplied

The Beach Hotel in Byron Bay is once again changing hands with The Australian reporting that it has sold for $70 million.

Impact Investment Group, a Melbourne based firm, has confirmed to Echonetdaily that they are expecting that contracts for settlement will be exchanged in around six months some time in February 2018.

We have a strong network in Byron Bay and will be working with the current tenants, said a Spokesperson for Impact Investment Group.

The community can take confidence that working with the community is something that Impact Investment has done and will continue to do.

Its an iconic and much loved hotel. We are really excited about the possibilities to rejuvenate the hotel.

According to their website their mission is to shift capital towards investments that blend financial returns with deep social and environmental impact, and to lead by example in using all of our resources to create the world we want to live in.

The Australian reported that Impact Investment is a private equity firm believed to be backed by the wealthy Liberman family that has more than $400 million in funds under management. Investors include wealthy individuals, families, institutional investors, corporations and foundations.

Amusingly the owner, racing car driver, Max Twigg, had a week earlier denied to The Australian that he was selling the hotel stating that, I am a happy owner, I have been for ten years.

Echonetdaily contacted The Beach Hotel but no comment will be available on the sale until General Manager, Elke van Haandel, returns from her overseas trip in late September.

The post...

03:00

Guns Confiscated From Farmer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

David Dunstan, (From Herald Sun)

by Dee McLachlan

There was a fair amount of crime in South Africa when I lived there, and house break-ins were common. My aunt and uncle woke up one night as an intruder was about to bludgeon them over their heads. My uncle jumped up, naked, and grabbing an non-working antique rifle, chased the intruder out.

My parents friends were not so lucky. Hearing a noise downstairs, the elderly husband armed himself with a pistol, and went down stairs to investigate. It didnt end well. He was overpowered by the group of intruders and shot dead with his own gun.

The Farmer in Albury

Last Thursday, around midnight, a resident of Splitters Creek (in New South Wales) heard a noise. Arming himself with a hockey stick, he confronted an 18-year-old rummaging through cupboards in the kitchen. The lad was armed with a knife but facing the hockey stick, he fled.

Then at about 3.30...

02:36

FixedIt: alleged death threats and stalking are not a declaration of love "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Illawarra Mercury reported on a man accused of threatening to cut his ex-partners throat after she reported him to police for allegedly stalking and harassing her in breach of an AVO.

This case has not yet been heard in court so this is not about his guilt or innocence, it is about how the charges against him are reported.

According to the article, the man is accused of following her, turning up at her house and following her to a hotel. She reported him to police and says she then received 32 phone calls from an unknown number. She answered one of the calls, and alleges that the accused yelled at her for calling police and said Im getting locked up for nine months so Im going to make it worthwhileIm going to cut your throat.

These allegations are not a declaration of love. Declaring love for someone is not a crime and no one can be charged for doing so. There were six charges including contravening an AVO and stalking, all of which are serious crimes, not romatic acts.

He has pled not guilty to all charges.

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02:27

Change the world one action at a time "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Repower Byron Shire Launch took place at Nina Bishop's house on Sunday, September 17 during Sustainable House Day. Photo supplied.

Repower Byron Shire Launch took place at Nina Bishops house on Sunday, September 17 during Sustainable House Day. Photo supplied.

Have you been wondering how to take action on climate change and reduce your carbon footprint? Repower Byron Shire, launched on Sunday 17 September, is helping the Byron Shire community do just that.

ENOVA, Zero Emissions Byron and COREM have come together with Byron Shire Council to encourage people in the shire to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy use.

Two streets have been selected, one in Mullumbimby and one in Byron Bay that will be run pilot program beginning in late September that hopes to see the entire street reduce its carbon footprint by transitioning to renewables.

These locals have already embraced the concept and street champions have been identified. Once we have had a chance to see how the program can run practically on a small scale, it will be launched into the wider community, says Byron Shire councilor Jeanette Martin.

Repower Byron Shire Launch From left Ben Franklin, Renewable Energy Secretary, Dave Rawlins, COREM, Sandi Middleton, Enova Community Cr Jeanette Martin, Byron Shire Council and Tiffany Harrison, Zero Emissions Byron. Photo supplied.

Repower Byron Shire Launch
From left Ben Franklin, Renewable Energy Secretary, Dave Rawlins, COREM, Sandi Middleton, Enova Community Cr Jeanette Martin, Byron Shire Council and Tiffany Harrison, Zero Emissions Byron. Photo supplied.

The campaign will focus on three st...

02:20

Ballina Ocean pool design being considered "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The latest concept design for the proposed ocean pool at Ballina's Shelly Beach. Image supplied

The latest concept design for the proposed ocean pool at Ballinas Shelly Beach. Image supplied

The prospect of swimming in a shark-free ocean pool at Shelly Beach has moved a step closer after the engineering design brief for the Ballina Ocean Pool was sent out to a number of consultants recently.

The assessment will look at the coastal processes involved in the construction and operation of the pool, including the impacts of wave action on the pool, possible changes to sediment movement in the area, water quality inside the pool, wave overtopping behaviour and pool flushing.

Ballina Deputy Mayor and committee member Jeff Johnson said the purpose of the report is to provide an understanding of the performance and behaviour of an ocean pool at Shelly Beach and the impact, if any, on the ocean processes nearby.

This will help in the assessment of how well an ocean pool at Shelly Beach will work and will influence the final design chosen, Mr Johnson said.

The Ballina Ocean Pool Committee has been putting this brief together for some time now and it is the culmination of lots of preliminary research, he added.

Other reports underway include an assessment of the marine ecology on the Shelly Beach rock shelf and whether the pool can provide an enhanced environment for the existing flora and fauna, said Cr Johnson.

These studies are being undertaken by Professor Peter Harrison and the Marine Ecology Department at Southern Cross University.

Our intention all along was to design an ocean pool that is interactive with the ocean and has minimal ongoing maintenance. Those two elements will form a key part in the final design, Cr Johnson said.

Local structural engineer and Ballina Ocean Pool Committee member, Peter Lucena has been working on the design brief in conjunction with internationally renowned coastal engineer, Doug Lord, who has been providing assistance on a voluntary basis. Hes an expert in his field and has also held senior government positions and been on numerous advisory panels.

Its a real boost for our committee to have that expertise onboard to help e...

02:05

Tamara to take police petition to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

amara Smith receives the Alstonville community petition from Rod Clavan (left) outside the Alstonville Newsagency. Photo supplied

amara Smith receives the Alstonville community petition from Rod Clavan (left) outside the Alstonville Newsagency. Photo supplied

Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith met with Alstonville community representatives over the weekend to receive their petition for police officers to be stationed permanently at Alstonville.

Ive met with members of the community, our new permanent Alstonville police officer Sean Daley and Inspector Bill McKenna to discuss the impacts of youth crime in Alstonville, she said.

An elderly resident was terrified during a recent robbery and as far as Im concerned we need a zero tolerance on crime in our peaceful village and the police agree. This has gone well beyond vandalism and graffiti.

Thankfully we now have a dedicated police presence and hopefully before Christmas the second officer will be appointed and take up residence in the station, said Ms Smith.

I will present this petition to the NSW Parliament this week. I am thankful to the business owners and community members who have signed the petition. It will bring attention to the fact that NSW Police are hamstrung by their human resources policies which do not allow them to replace officers who are on sick leave, maternity leave or other long term leave.

Our police are taking the issue of youth crime in Alstonville seriously. Once again I ask anyone who feels unsafe or in danger to please call 000 and they will be responded to, said Ms Smith.

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02:04

Festival extension approved at Parklands "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Falls Festival Byron Bay 2016-17. The 2017-18 event will not be able to operate at the North Byron Parklands site unless the operators receive an extension to their trial. Photo David Lowe

Falls Festival Byron Bay 2016-17. The 2017-18. Photo David Lowe

North Byron Parklands, home to Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass, has been granted a 20-month extension to its five-year trial by the independent Planning Assessment Commission (PAC).

The original five year trial period ended on December 31, 2017, leaving two days of the Falls Festival without permission to go ahed.

The approval now means that the Byron leg of the Falls Music and Arts Festival 2017/2018, Splendour in the Grass 2018, Falls 2018/2019 and Splendour 2019 will go ahead at North Byron Parklands, organisers said.

Other than the extension of time, there were no additional changes sought in the application.

North Byron Parklands general manager Mat Morris said, The decision provides certainty, not only for the two world class festivals held at this site, but for hundreds of local businesses and individuals who generate income from these events. The decision also reflects the ongoing improvements to performance across a range of key areas such as traffic and noise.

Community association unhappy

However, the South Golden Beach Community Association vice-president, Denise Nessel said, The PAC ignored major concerns about ecological and social impacts, accepting Parklands claims that the events have only a negligible effect on the sensitive ecological area and that they are appropriately managing all the social impacts.

The PAC appears to have spent minimal time reviewing the detailed submissions sent by objectors. The quick decision strongly suggests that they had made up their minds to approve the extension before the public hearing.

Land swap

North Byron Parklands is now in the process of putting together its final application to become a permanent music, arts and community events...

01:50

Murdered Sydney mum grew up in Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Much loved hairdresser and former Byron Bay resident Lanell Latta has been murdered at her home on Sydney's northern beaches. Photo Facebook

Much loved hairdresser and former Byron Bay resident Lanell Latta has been murdered at her home on Sydneys northern beaches. Photo Facebook

A former Byron Bay resident who was stabbed to death at her home on Sydneys northern beaches is being remembered as ethereal, funny, kind and gentle, by those close to her.

Lanell Latta, 50, was found dead at a house on Marine Parade in Avalon on Monday morning.

Ms Latta grew up in Byron Bay before moving to the home in Avalon, which she reportedly rented from supermodel Gemma Ward.

Her 25-year-old son was arrested in nearby Ruskin Rowe and taken to Manly Police Station for questioning.

He was charged with her murder as well as assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He has been refused bail to appear at Manly Local Court on Tuesday.

Friends and family of the hairdresser have taken to social media to express their grief, saying they were speechless and heartbroken.

The world has lost a beautiful soul in Lanell she was taken from us way too early, in tragic circumstances, and Im sure all of us who knew her will miss her dearly, one friend wrote.

What a loss my beautiful friend ethereal, funny, kind and gentle. I have wonderful memories of you, and I wish you eternal peace now that you are home, another wrote.

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01:35

Hooting & Howling Comes to the Melbourne Fringe "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Julia Johnson Following on from a successful debut in Sydney last year, playwright and performer Phil Spencer (Story Club) and indie-folk singer Julia Johnson will be bringing their Hooting & Howling show to the Melbourne Fringe this week. Hooting & Howling mixes stand-up comedy, storytelling and live music to explore the supernatural []

01:20

Jedediah Bila asks Hillary Clinton a tough question on The View - "resigns" just days later "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jedediah Bila shocked audiences when she departed The View on Monday - and according to a source, this sudden departure may have something to do with Hillary Clinton. Clinton was on the show last Wednesday promoting her book What Happened, with conservative Bila calling her "tone deaf" and asking the former presidential candidate a tough question. "To be fair, it hasn't just been Republicans who have taken issue with the writing of this book. Some Democrats have come out as well," Bila said to Clinton. "Former campaign surrogates of yours, former fundraisers and said, 'This book puts us in the past and we wanna move forward, we wanna figure out where to take this party, how to succeed in the future. And this places us in the past.' How do you respond to Democrats also coming out in criticism of you writing this?" "I think they first should read the book," Clinton answered.

00:51

Community input sought on Casino to Mbah rails "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NRRAG at the Murwillumbah station. Photo supplied.

NRRAG at the Murwillumbah station. Photo supplied.

The question of community input into if, and how the train or rail trail should proceed is being questioned by Tweed Shire Council mayor Katie Milne at the next council meeting on September 21 in Tweed Heads.

I have a notice of motion on this Council agenda regarding my concerns about whether the community as a whole has had much involvement or input into this very expensive project, said mayor Milne.

The Greens mayor will then also be speaking at an open public forum about the rail corridor from Casino to Murwillumbah, to be held at the Murwillumbah Community Centre from  6pm on Monday September 25.

Beth Shelly from the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRG) said, We are not aware of any consultations that have taken place with the community and there are issues that many people are not aware of and this is an opportunity to share this information.

Other speakers who will address the forum include  NSW Greens transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi and  Northern Rivers Railway Action Group member Geoff Reid.

Come along and grab the opportunity to discuss real public transport options for the future. An eight train a day commuter rail service that extends to the Tweed and Gold Coast is the big picture for this region. Connecting cycleways with rail and buses to develop an integrated plan to get cars off the road will cut transport emissions and deliver real transport and ecotourism outcomes for all people, continued Shelley.

We are totally supportive of having both the rail trail and the train. In Victoria there are areas where they have rail trails beside the trains that works well.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi says, I would like to talk about the shambles that is transport planning from this government as well as the need for a sustainable...

00:27

John McAfee Admits Bitcoin Is A Total Scam "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a recent CNBC interview, John McAfee inadvertently explained why Bitcoin is a total scam doomed to fail within the next 12 months.  In answering Jamie Dimons claims that Bitcoin is a fraud, McAfee [...]

00:21

Lismore among top 10 for rooftop solar in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

How Lismore compares: one of the top 10 postcodes in Australia for renewables. Source Clean Energy Regulator

How Lismore compares: one of the top 10 postcodes in Australia for renewables. Source Clean Energy Regulator

More than 11,000 households and small businesses in Lismore have made the switch to renewable energy, making it the postcode with tenth most solar panels in the country.

Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme postcode data released yesterday by the Clean Energy Regulator reflects a geographically diverse spread of installations, particularly in suburban, regional and rural areas of Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

The postcodes of Bundaberg (Qld), Werribee and Hoppers Crossing (Vic) have accumulated the highest number of small-scale renewable energy installations since the scheme began in 2001, each reaching around 17,000 installations as at 1 September 2017.

Lismore Community Solar Project 's solar farm on the roof of the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre. Photo courtesy Rainbow Power Company.

Lismore Community Solar Project s solar farm on the roof of the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre. Photo courtesy Rainbow Power Company.

In fact, over the last 10 years, 23 per cent more Australians have embraced rooftop solar. Thats one in five homes and businesses now generating their own renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions through rooftop solar.

Last month, Australia hit a milestone of 6,000 megawatt capacity across 2.8 million small-scale installations of renewable energy systems such as solar PV systems, solar water heaters and air source heat pumps. Thats enough to power 1.8 million homes.

How to participate

The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme provides incentives for households and businesses to install small-scale power generation or reduce electricity use through energy efficient hot water systems. It works by creating a market for renewable energy certificates. For m...

00:08

Tweed marriage equality banner erected "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The marriage equality banner being erected near Twin Towns in Tweed Heads. Photo AME

The marriage equality banner being erected near Twin Towns in Tweed Heads. Photo AME

Today commuters in Tweed will be greeted by an eight-metre long banner in support of the YES vote for Marriage Equality.

Tweed Equality Campaign spokesperson Peter Waters said, Our message is that LGBTI Australians live, work and participate in regional and rural areas. We are your neighbours, friends, employees, employers and customers.

When Tweed locals drive through town they will be reminded that this is not a faraway campaign in the big cities, but that we are asking for their support as locals. We believe that our gay and lesbian community members, family, friends and neighbours should have the same opportunity to marry as everyone else.

Cam Hogan, the North Coast Equality Campaign spokesperson, added, Were encouraging everyone to open their mail today, tick YES and send it back as soon as they can. We hope that the banner reminds people driving home tonight how it important it is that they vote now, and vote YES.

This postal survey is about one thing only, and that is giving every Australian the right to marry the person they love.

We want this banner to show LGBTI people across Tweed that they are not alone during this challenging time and encourage everyone to vote YES.

Tweed residents can support the YES Campaign for Marriage Equality by:

  1. Pledging their YES vote
  2. Host a calling party!
  3. ......

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23:57

Mich. Teacher Violently Drags Black 6th-Grader Out of His Seat After He Declines to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Source: The Root

Everybody is all about freedom of speech and expression until a black person (hey, Colin Kaepernick; hey, Jemele Hill) decides to exercise his or her right to do so. And in this particular case, a black sixth-grader out of Michigan says he was assaulted by his homeroom teacher all because he was exercising his rights and declined to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Stone Chaney, who attends East Middle School in Farmington Hills, Mich., told ClickOnDetroit that his teacher violently dragged him out of his chair and attempted to force him to stand for the pledge, leaving the young man confused and unwilling to return to that school.

The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently, Stone told the news site. I was so confused. I didnt know what was going on.

Note that Stone referred to the individual in question as the teacher consultant. That means that the person who allegedly thought it was all right to snatch a child out of his seat trains other teachers. One would wonder what kind of training those other teachers are receiving.

Except I can tell you exactly what, because Stone claims that the very next day after the initial incident, another teacher yelled at him for remaining seated during the pledge.

Stone is very adamant about not standing, saying that he does not pledge to a flag.

I dont stand because I dont pledge to a flag, the precocious child explained. I pledge to God and family.

Stones parents are still looking for answers as to how the incident, which occurred Sept. 7., could have unfolded the way it did. His father addressed the district directly at its last board meeting, defending his sons right to do what...

23:48

Why The Battles Against Liberalism, Globalism And The New World Order Are All Related "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Do you love liberty and freedom? If you ask that question to people randomly on the street, you are going to get the same answer over and over again. Everyone wants liberty and freedom, but what they dont understand is that there is an inverse relationship between the size of government and the amount of liberty and freedom that we get to enjoy. Every time a new law, rule or regulation is established, our liberties and our freedoms are restricted in some way. So the bigger government becomes, the less liberty and freedom we actually have.

On the federal level, there are now literally hundreds of thousands of laws, rules and regulations. And when you throw in the state and local levels, the total number of laws, rules and regulations governing all of our lives is in the millions. This is something that we learned about in law school, and it always stuck with me.

Of course we cant do away with government entirely, because then we would have anarchy. For example, we dont want the freedom to run around murdering one another at random. So it is very good to have laws against murder.

But in general, our founders intended for this to be a nation where government was limited and where our freedoms and liberties were maximized.

Sadly, what we have today is radically different from what our founders intended. Government has just gotten bigger and bigger over time, and this is true on the federal, state and local levels. And the bigger government gets, the more oppressive it tends to become. North Korea, Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany are three examples of what can happen when big government spins wildly out of control.

As I run for Congress, this is something that I am working very hard to educate people about. I am running on a pro-liberty platform, and that means that I want to try to restore the constitutional balance that our founders originally intended. In order to do that, we need to dramatically shrink the size of our federal government, and doing so would mean much more liberty and freedom for us all.

But you should see...

23:47

Govt faces fresh calls for sugar tax "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax. Photo Orin Zebest flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax. Photo Orin Zebest flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn

SYDNEY  [AAP]

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax as part of a plan drawn up by a coalition of health and community groups which want urgent action to tackle Australias obesity problem.

The eight-point plan includes a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks, restrictions on TV junk food ads, the establishment of a national obesity taskforce, and mandatory health star ratings for food packaging by mid 2019.

The plan has been drawn up by a group of 34 leading health and community groups led by the Obesity Policy Coalition and includes the Cancer Council, Heart Foundation, several universities and Nutrition Australia.

Obesity Policy Coalition executive manager Jane Martin said while 63 per cent of Australian adults and 27 per cent of children were either overweight or obese, there is still no national strategy addressing the issue.

It just doesnt make sense, she said on Tuesday.

Without action, the costs of obesity and poor diet to society will only continue to spiral upwards.

The policies we have set out to tackle obesity therefore aim to not only reduce morbidity and mortality, but also improve wellbeing, bring vital benefits to the economy and set Australians up for a healthier future.

The OPC estimates that the annual cost of overweight and obesity in Australia between 2011 and 2012 was about $8.6 billion in direct and indirect costs including GP services, hospital care, absenteeism and government subsidies.

Ms Martin said kids were being bombarded with ads for junk food and high-sugar drinks that are cheaper than water.

Many so called healthy foods were also being laden with sugar and saturated fat.

Making a healthy choice has never been more difficult, she said.

Professor of epidemiology and equity in public health at Deakin University, Anna Peeters, said the government could no longer afford to do not...

23:38

Q&A: panellists spar over coal as energy debate dominates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Doctor says respiratory and cardiovascular implications of coal should be top of Australia's energy debate and warns Adani mine threatens health of millions The health implications of coal-fired power should be a main concern in Australia's debate over energy generation, doctors have argued. Speaking on the ABC's Q&A program, the chair of Doctors for the Environment New South Wales, Dr John Van Der Kallen, asked panellists why health was not a primary consideration in the discussion over [...]

23:06

Weve turned our unis into aimless money-grubbing exploiters of students "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Perhaps not everyone will agree with everything Ross Gittins (Economics Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald 17 September 2017) has to say in this article about cuts to university funding in Australia. Nevertheless, he raises some very important points that should be noted by all of us.

Of the many stuff-ups during the now-finished era of economic reform, one of the worst is the unending backdoor privatisation of Australias universities, which began under the Hawke-Keating government and continues in the Senate as we speak.

This is not so much neoliberalism as a folly of the smaller-government brigade, since the ultimate goal for the past 30 years has been no more profound than to push university funding off the federal budget.

The first of the budget-relieving measures was the least objectionable: introducing the Higher Education Contribution Scheme, requiring students  who gain significant private benefits from their degrees  to bear just some of the cost of those degrees, under a deferred loan-repayment scheme carefully designed to ensure it did nothing to deter students from poor families.

Likewise, allowing unis to admit suitably qualified overseas students provided they paid full freight was unobjectionable in principle.

The Howard governments scheme allowing less qualified local students to be admitted provided they paid a premium was problematic, as the academics say, and soon abandoned.

The problem is that continuing cuts in government grants to unis have kept a protracted squeeze on uni finances, prompting vice-chancellors to become obsessed with money-raising.

teaching staff to go easy on fee-paying overseas students who dont reach accepted standards of learning, form unhealthy relationships with business interests, and accept soft power grants from foreign governments and their nationals without asking awkward questions.

They pressure academics not so much to do more research as to win more research funding from the government. Interesting to compare the hours spent preparing grant applications with the hours actually doing research.

John Howard continued the Hawke-Keating push on universities.

To motivate the researchers, those who bring in the big bucks are rewarded by being allowed to pay casuals to do their teaching for them. (This after the vice-chancellors have argued straight-faced what a crime it would be for students to be taught by someone who wasnt at the forefront of their sub-sub research speciality.)

The unis second greatest crime is the appalling way they treat those of their brightest students foolish enough to aspire to an academic career. Those who arent part-timers are kept on serial short-term contracts, leaving them open to exploitation by a...

23:00

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Volume 5 of the CIAs Lee Harvey Oswald 7-volume collection, may never be turned over, even though the law requires it to take place by October 26th of this year.

By Jack Burns

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed.

All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 to be released on October 26th of 2017. But if history repeats itself, the Central Intelligence Agency may not release an entire volume of documents on Oswald, known as volume 5.

As Sputnik reports, the release in July of 3,810 CIA and FBI documents on the assassination by the Assassination Records Review Board threw up a number of revelations that JFK researchers have hungrily devoured and enthusiastically publicized. For instance, the mayor of Dallas at the time of Kennedys assassination, Earle Cabell, was a CIA asset in the 1950s, and his brother, Charles Cabell, a high-ranking CIA official until 1962.

The release in October has been highly anticipated by those seeking answers. However, thanks to a deliberate fudging or records, or a conveniently timed clerical error, an entire volume may never see the light of day.

Inside Langley Air Force Bases CIA Headquarters is an office known as the Office of Security. The Office of Security maintains its own top-secret archives known as the Office of Security Archival Holdings and is a separate archive from the agencys more frequently used facility located in Alexandria, VA known as the Agency Archival Record Center.

As late as 1977, the entire 7-volume collection of documents was intact, having been checked out by Russ Holmes in the Office of General Counsel and noted the 7-volume series was all together, not missing any volumes. But when the CIA was asked to turn over the volume of documents on Oswald, the hitman in the assassination, it seems the agency stonewalled a bit, like a shell game according to independent investigator...

22:40

Book Review: Hillary Clintons Revisionist History Of 2016 Campaign Is Bourgeois Indulgence "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hillary Clintons book on her presidential campaign is a quintessential piece of bourgeois indulgence. Much like autobiographical works that have come before, this book is inseparable from the larger trajectory of the political class once their time in the media spotlight wanes.

Politicians get paid handsomely to publish an insider magnum opus, pulling the curtain away, revealing their humanitytheir legislative struggles, the toll political life has on their families, and what they often allege the public fails to see, like their personality outside of office.

The former Democratic presidential nominee was given a $14 million advance for her previous book, Hard Choices, and while theres been no confirmation as to how much What Happened received, one can presume, based on the pattern of Clinton book deals, that it was somewhere in the millions.

Ideological differences aside, What Happened is not worth the binding with which holds the nearly 600 pages together, let alone millions of dollars.

It mixes varying personal episodes with political fiction, creating its own historical revisionism that will go unchallenged by those who saw in Clinton every childhood dream of a Madame President. This explains, in part, why any and all criticism of What Happened is met with aversion, as though a career politician should not be made to answer for the material consequences of her years as a government official or prominent public figure.

Clinton attempts to reclaim the characterization that she is flawed, asserting that everyones flawed. Thats the nature of human beings. But our mistakes alone shouldnt define us.

Her mistakes, which stretch far beyond the general election, are not deconstructed in a manner that sheds light on what happened but serve as a way in which Clinton can further blame other people, such as the political climate and anything but the nature of her own decisions.

For example, in the chapter Change Makers, Clinton complains that during the primaries activists used the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, signed by then President Bill Clinton, and which she supported, to force her into taking personal responsibility:

[T]hese activists didnt want to talk about developing a policy agenda. One was singularly focused on getting me to accept personal responsibility for having supported policies, especially the crime bill that my husband signed in 1994, which he claimed created a culture of mass incarcerationI thought these activists were right that it was time for public of...

22:02

Neuroscientist Studies Dog Emotions with MRI, Concludes Dogs are People, Too "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at ZME Science. Most dog owners will tell you that their pets are awesome, and if you ask them if they think their dog loves them, most of the time youll be met with a positive answer. But do dogs feel love or...

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21:54

The Seeds of Anti-Capitalist Revolt Found in Everyday Resistance: A Review of Guerrillas of Desire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The post The Seeds of Anti-Capitalist Revolt Found in Everyday Resistance: A Review of Guerrillas of Desire appeared first on It's Going Down.

Originally published by the Institute for Anarchist Studies.

Back when I first began selling my labor for a wage in the wasteland of suburbias strip malls, I can recall the tedium of stocking shelves, summoning up insincere courtesy in the face of entitled customers and obnoxious bosses, comparing the stacks of money counted at the end of the day with the totals on our paychecks, and feigning adherence to whatever motivational faade management cooked up to mask the reality of our exploitation.

Yet I also remember, much more vividly and fondly, the latent and occasionally eruptive defiance among my co-workers. This included the constant collective complaining about the job, taking more and longer-than-approved breaks, working as little as possible, fudging time sheets, stealing, and the intermittent screaming matches with the boss in the middle of the store. Underpinning all these actions was an unspoken but broadly understood code of silence when it came to such transgressions and, when appropriate, expressions of support for them.

At the time, I didnt think much about this, it was just how things happened and Ive encountered similar experiences to varying degrees in every workplace since. Our actions werent guided by a political framework nor was there any attempt to organize them in a directed manner. It was more a spontaneous, innate reaction to experiencing the coercion of capitalism. I had cause to reflect upon this anew while reading Kevin Van Meters new book, Guerrillas of Desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible, published by AK Press and the Institute for Anarchist Studies.

In the preface, Van Meter observes that the question motivating him is not What is to be done? but How do people become what they are? Throughout the course of the book he seeks to provide an answer by locating power in the resistance of workers, apart from any political ideology or organization. Whether and how that inherently anti-capitalist refusal of work develops into revolt or rebellion are the questions he compellingly urges us to reflect and act upon.

To reach that point, Guerrillas of Desire ambitiously takes on multiple tasks that feed into and build....

21:37

Es gibt nach Jahren mal wieder einen erwhnenswerten ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Es gibt nach Jahren mal wieder einen erwhnenswerten Apache-Bug!

Fortunately Apache developer Jacob Champion digged into it and figured out what was going on: Apache supports a configuration directive Limits that allows restricting access to certain HTTP methods to a specific user. And if one sets the Limit directive in an .htaccess file for an HTTP method that's not globally registered in the server then the corruption happens. After that I was able to reproduce it myself. Setting a Limit directive for any invalid HTTP method in an .htaccess file caused a use after free error in the construction of the Allow header which was also detectable with Address Sanitizer.

21:24

John McAfee accidentally just revealed why Bitcoin is a total fraud: Behold the logic of artificial work "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(Natural News) In a recent CNBC interview thats being widely touted by self-deluded Bitcoin promoters as some kind of smack down of JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Bitcoin advocate John McAfee accidentally admitted why Bitcoin is a total fraud thats doomed to fail.

In answering Jamie Dimons recent declaration that Bitcoin is a fraud, McAfee replied: (see the video at The Daily Sheeple)

However, sir you called Bitcoin a fraud. Im a Bitcoin miner. We create Bitcoins. It costs over one thousand dollars per coin to create a Bitcoin. What does it cost to create a U.S. dollar? Which one is the fraud? Because [the dollar] costs whatever the paper costs, but it costs me and other miners over a thousand dollars per coin its called proof of work.

Behold the logic of artificial work: How John McAfee just embraced Paul Krugmans ditch digging fable

The problem with John McAfees explanation, of course, is that it admits Bitcoins can only be created through the practice of computational wheel spinning operations where the difficulty and duration of such wheel spinning is artificially made needlessly complex by the Bitcoin algorithm. In a world where Bitcoins used to be created for less than one pennys worth of computational work, a single Bitcoin now requires over US$1,000 worth of artificial work to be achieved. A rational person must ask McAfee, Why did Bitcoins used to cost just a penny to create, and now they cost a thousand dollars? The 100,000 X increase in complexity for generating a Bitcoin, it turns out, is an artificial work algorithm known as computational difficulty in mining.

This admission should be shocking to all Bitcoin holders for the simple reason that if Bitcoin drops below $1,000, mining now becomes unprofitable, rendering a very large part of the entire Bitcoin mining infrastructure instantly obsolete. The only thing keeping Bitcoin mining profitable right now is the bubble pricing of Bitcoin itself, and because all bubbles eventually burst, Bitcoin mining will sooner or later reach a point where its not worth the investment of hardware, electricity and time. (Theres also the 21 million coin limit thats rapidly approaching, by the way, which will spell the end of Bitcoin mining as it is conducted today.)

Furthermore, the artificial work aspect of Bitcoin mining and its artificial computational complexity is the digital equivalent of paying people to dig ditches and fill them in again while claiming the activity boosts economic output. This idea, believe it or not, is the classic economic paradox routinely p...

21:21

(Video) The GoldFish Report No. 130 -- Country Roads w/ Winston Shrout: DNA Repair & Fiscal Time "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



Published on Sep 15, 2017

On The GoldFish Report No .130 - Winston Answers viewers questions about the St. Germaine Affirmation and DNA Repair that will help humans with Ascension. Winston also travels down the private and public road that explains Fiscal Time and Calendar time and how the discrepancy in time between the two require a reconciliation and what the consequences mean if you don't. He further explains that due to the size the sheer number of commerce transactions on this planet that electronic currency is inevitable and is on our door step.

21:15

US Fires Latest Shot In China Trade War: Warns Beijing Is Threat To Worlds Trading System "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Zero Hedge

Its been at least a few weeks since the topic of trade war with China dominated the news flow, so moments ago U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer decided to poke that particular wound, in during a speech in Washington said that Chinas coordinated effort to create national champions and distort markets is a threat to the worlds trading system.

Some headlines from his speech, via Reuters:

  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS THERE IS A GROWING FEELING AMONG VOTERS THAT GLOBAL TRADING SYSTEM NOT FAIR TO U.S. WORKERS
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS WE WILL HAVE CHANGE IN TRADE POLICY
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS U.S. CAN COMPETE IF CONDITIONS ARE FAIR
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS HE AND TRUMP BELIEVE U.S. SHOULD BE MORE PROACTIVE IN TRADE POLICY, DEMAND RECIPROCITY
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS HE AND TRUMP BELIEVE THAT TRADE DEFICITS MATTER
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS SCALE OF CHINAS EFFORT TO SUBSIDIZE INDUSTRIES IS A THREAT TO WORLD TRADING SYSTEM
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS 301 PROBE INTO CHINAS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PRACTICES COULD LEAD TO WTO CASES

Bloomberg provides some further details, quoting the US trade rep as saying that WTO isnt equipped to deal with the problem, and the U.S. must find other ways to defend our workers, companies and economic system. As a result, Lighthizer says we will have change on trade policy, a statement that certainly did not come from the Goldman circle of close Trump advisors.

He also said that the real policy difference is not over whether we want efficient markets, but how do we get them adding that the US must be proactive, as years of talking about the problems havent worked and that we must demand reciprocity.

Finally, the US trade rep said that he agrees with President Trump that trade deficits matter and that he agrees macroeconomic factors have an impact on trade deficits, but terms of trade also matter.

In light of what Bank of America just said, namely that the fate of the ongoing game of chicken between the US and North Korea rests in the hands of China, and that any potential provocations by the US could result in a volatile outcome

If Chinas willingness to give more ground ma...

20:30

The Equifax Hack Is The Most Disastrous Data Breach In History Because Now Hackers Have The Credit Information Of 143 Million Americans "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Michael Snyder

Talk about a nightmare.  It is being reported that criminals were able to hack into Equifax and make off with the credit information of 143 million Americans.  We are talking about names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses and even drivers license numbers.  If this data breach was an earthquake, we would be talking about a magnitude-10.0 on the identity theft scale.  We have never seen anything like this before, and to say that this will be disastrous for the credit industry would be a massive understatement.

What really disturbed me about this story is that this hack reportedly occurred between mid-May and July of this year

Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen.

The Atlanta-based company, one of three major U.S. credit bureaus, said Thursday that criminals exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.

So why didnt we learn about this until September?

Somebody out there really needs to answer that question for us.

And even though the 143 million number is being thrown around constantly, according to USA Today we may never know the true number of victims

When asked if theres a way to quantify how many people have been harmed, John Ulzheimer, a credit expert and former employee at Equifax and credit score firm FICO, said: Theres no way to know, and there may never be a way to know.

Personally, I dont see how Equifax can possibly survive after this.  Their stock price is already crashing, and now it has come out that they had put a music major in charge of data security

When Congress hauls in Equifax CEO Richard Smi...

19:32

Stomach growls and bowels sounds: What's normal and what's not "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Your body lets you know every day, in a variety of ways, that it is alive and well. One such way is the familiar growl of your stomach, which, to most of us, signals hunger. But, are all those rumbles and noises actually coming from your stomach? Are they really a sign you need to eat? The answer to both questions is a resounding "No." I'll take this opportunity to remind you about what's really going on when you feel and hear a rumble in your belly. Is All That Noise Coming From Your Stomach? You may not realize stomach growling actually originates as muscular activity in both your stomach and your small intestine. To better understand what causes it, let's take a closer look at how your body digests the foods and beverages you consume. As you probably know, one of the primary components of your digestive system is a long hollow tube called the esophagus, which runs from the back of your mouth all the way to your anus. Your esophagus connects with all of your various organs along your gastrointestinal tract, such as your gallbladder, liver, pancreas and stomach, as well as your small and large intestines (also referred to as your bowels). The walls of your esophagus are primarily composed of layers of smooth muscle, which are squeezed and contracted as a means of digesting and propelling food through your body. This process is called peristalsis. As peristalsis does its work, the food and beverages you consume are steadily being moved along from your stomach to your anus.

Stomach growls and bowel sounds: What's normal and what's not? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Your body lets you know every day, in a variety of ways, that it is alive and well. One such way is the familiar growl of your stomach, which, to most of us, signals hunger. But, are all those rumbles and noises actually coming from your stomach? Are they really a sign you need to eat? The answer to both questions is a resounding "No." I'll take this opportunity to remind you about what's really going on when you feel and hear a rumble in your belly. Is All That Noise Coming From Your Stomach? You may not realize stomach growling actually originates as muscular activity in both your stomach and your small intestine. To better understand what causes it, let's take a closer look at how your body digests the foods and beverages you consume. As you probably know, one of the primary components of your digestive system is a long hollow tube called the esophagus, which runs from the back of your mouth all the way to your anus. Your esophagus connects with all of your various organs along your gastrointestinal tract, such as your gallbladder, liver, pancreas and stomach, as well as your small and large intestines (also referred to as your bowels). The walls of your esophagus are primarily composed of layers of smooth muscle, which are squeezed and contracted as a means of digesting and propelling food through your body. This process is called peristalsis. As peristalsis does its work, the food and beverages you consume are steadily being moved along from your stomach to your anus.

19:32

Your Vaccine Companys President Led Biowarfare Program & Experiments on Americans "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Did you know that your vaccines were made by a corporation whose president led the US biological warfare program? This video explains.

Merck and Co created the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the MMR vaccine, and others.

During the middle of World War II, George W. Merck, president of pharmaceutical company Merck and Co was in charge of the War Research Service, the biological warfare division of the Federal Security Agency in the US military.

George W. Merck secretly led the biological warfare agency during the same years he was the president of Merck and Co.

His trusting customers had no idea he was in charge of a secret biowarfare program: they only saw his face on the cover of Time Magazine, as he was lauded as some kind of hero for health.

His War Research Service was in charge of Ft. Detrick, in Maryland. Academic institutions participated in the War Research Service: the same prestigious colleges that promoted eugenics for decades leading up to World War II, such as Harvard and Stanford.

Ft. Detrick was a mad science center, and it produced biological warfare experiments on Americans. It produced the plan to spray San Francisco with the infertility causing bacteria Serratia marcescens.

Their techniques were improved with the aid of paperclipped Nazi scientist Kurt Blome. Kurt Blome was brought to the US from Germany to advise biowarfare experts at Ft. Detrick. He had a history of experimenting on victims with the dreadful Black Death, or Bubonic Plague.

In the very beginning of these biowarfare efforts at Ft. Detrick, that would lead to the spraying of San Francisco, George W. Merck was there.

George retired from Merck and Co in 1953, years after his retirement from biowarfare. Immediately following his departure, Merck manufactured Eli Lillys polio vaccine, which was found to be contaminated with the cancer causing virus SV40.

Today, Mercks HPV vaccine Gardasil has injured and killed thousands.

Those who wonder about the malicious intent of mandatory vaccination have been searching for answers: this history is sure to open to door to a lot of answers about why Mercks vaccines are killing people today.

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19:25

Exorcisms in bulk: Most in-demand exorcist in Italy performs group demon removals "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"[There are] six, seven or eight possessed people here at the moment." Is it cheaper to get your exorcisms in bulk? Is it better? Where would one go to have more than one demon cast out at a time? The answer to the last question and possibly the others can be found in Palermo, Sicily, at the parish of an elderly priest whose fame as the result of a recent documentary has made him the most in-demand exorcist in Sicily, especially since he deals in quantity. "I am talking to you, Satan, Prince of Darkness. I curse you, I chase you out of my life."

18:42

The Key Question at the U.N.: What Does North Korea Want? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The answer will determine whether its even possible to push the country off the nuclear path at this point

In this undated picture released Saturday by North Koreas state-controlled news agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the launch of the strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location.
In this undated picture released Saturday by North Koreas state-controlled news agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the launch of the strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. PHOTO: KCNA/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

As President Donald Trump and other world leaders gather at the United Nations this week, a lot of important questions hang in the air, but none more important than this one: What does North Korea want?

That is, what is North Koreas real goal in its relentless, reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons as well as missiles that can carry them as far as the United States? The answer will determine whether its even possible to push the country off....

18:13

Jewish Tribalism "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Israel lobby is never a story (for media that is in bed with the lobby)

US Politics 
 on September 16, 2017

One of the challenges to the claims about the power of the Israel lobby is: What about liberal Zionists? They are very critical of the Israeli occupation and of Netanyahu. In what sense do they constitute a lobby for Israel in the U.S.? The answer is that they establish red lines on criticism of Israel inside the Democratic Party. They work to marginalize progressives who have fundamental criticisms of Israel as a Jewish state or as a burden on American foreign policy.
Here are three recent examples of the ways that liberals set these red lines.
Last week Daniel Biss, an anti-establishment candidate for the Democratic nomination to be governor of Illinois, ditched his running mate over his support for BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign targeting Israel; and many of us thought it was a big story. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), the movement for Palestinian human rights, has become an issue in the ongoing Illinois gubernatorial race, Jewish Voice for Peace...

16:56

Novartis to Charge $475,000 for Cancer Treatment US Taxpayers Paid $200 Million to Discover "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A first of its kind revolutionary cancer treatment was approved by the FDA this week which boasts cure rates for childhood leukemia upwards of 70-80 percent. The innovative nature of the treatment lies in how it genetically re-engineers a patients own immune system to find and destroy tumors.

While this is certainly noteworthy news, a major controversy is being overlooked by the mainstream media. As Novartis announced their $450,000 price tag, the media failed to report on who actually paid for the development of this breakthrough treatment. The answer, according to a patient advocacy group, isyou.

As MITs Technology Review notes, the therapy, which will be marketed as Kymriah, is a customized treatment that uses a patients own T cells, a type of immune cell. A patients T cells are extracted and cryogenically frozen so that they can be transported to Novartiss manufacturing center in New Jersey. There, the cells are genetically altered to have a new gene that codes for a proteincalled a chimeric antigen receptor, or CAR. This protein directs the T cells to target and kill leukemia cells with a specific antigen on their surface. The genetically modified cells are then infused back into the patient.

In clinical trials, involving 63 children with a type of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, 83 percent of patients that received the CAR-T therapy had their cancers go into remission within three months. At six months, 89 percent of patients who received the therapy were still living, and at 12 months, 79 percent had survived, according to MIT.

These results are nothing short of staggering. Given the fact that thousands of children and young adults are diagnosed every year in the USmaking it the most common childhood cancerthe opportunity to save lives is overwhelming.

However, like all opportunity, Kymriah comes with a price.

Novartis announced the price this week of $475,000 per treatment. This was sold to the public as an ostensible win since the drug was predicted to be priced at $600,000 to $750,000 per treatment. If Novartis had solely financed and conducted their own research, of course, they could certainly charge whatever they wanted to charge. But this is not the case, according to the advocacy group Patients for Affordable Drugs.

According to David Mitchell, the founder of the group, $475,000 per treatment is excessive because the federal government threw more than $200 million of your tax dollars into researching CAR-T therapy. According to Mitchell, Novartis simply purchased the rights to the treatment and failed to disclose what amount, if any, they invested in the research.

On Thursday, Mitch...

16:27

"Artificial work": John McAfee accidentally just revealed why Bitcoin is a complete fraud "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a recent CNBC interview that's being widely touted by self-deluded Bitcoin promoters as some kind of "smack down" of JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Bitcoin advocate John McAfee accidentally admitted why Bitcoin is a total fraud that's doomed to fail. In answering Jamie Dimon's recent declaration that Bitcoin is a fraud, McAfee replied: (see the video at The Daily Sheeple) However, sir... you called Bitcoin 'a fraud.' I'm a Bitcoin miner. We create Bitcoins. It costs over one thousand dollars per coin to create a Bitcoin. What does it cost to create a U.S. dollar? Which one is the fraud? Because [the dollar] costs whatever the paper costs, but it costs me and other miners over a thousand dollars per coin - it's called 'proof of work.' Behold the logic of artificial work: How John McAfee just embraced Paul Krugman's ditch digging fable The problem with John McAfee's explanation, of course, is that it admits Bitcoins can only be created through the practice of computational wheel spinning operations where the difficulty and duration of such wheel spinning is artificially made needlessly complex by the Bitcoin algorithm. In a world where Bitcoins used to be created for less than one penny's worth of computational work, a single Bitcoin now requires over US$1,000 worth of "artificial work" to be achieved. A rational person must ask McAfee, "Why did Bitcoins used to cost just a penny to create, and now they cost a thousand dollars?" The 100,000 X increase in complexity for generating a Bitcoin, it turns out, is an artificial work algorithm known as "computational difficulty" in mining.

16:22

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Jack Burns Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F....

16:15

Independent Investigation into NSW Water Management and Compliance - interim report concerning theft and corruption allegations published 8 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


It took a public airing of the issues by ABC TV Four Corners in its Pumped: Who is benefitting from the billions spent on the Murray-Darling? program on 24 July 2017 to force the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Australian National Audit Office, Commonwealth Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption and the NSW Berejiklian Coalition Government into investigative action.
The NSW Government has now published its initial 78-page report into allegations of theft and corruption in the management of water resources in the MurrayDarling Basin.


On 11 September 2017, Ken Matthews issued a statement regarding the delivery of his Independent Investigation into NSW Water Management and Compliance. The focus of his interim report was to assess whether the department's policies, procedures and actions were appropriate, to recommend whether further actions should be undertaken, and to identify opportunities to improve the departments future compliance and enforcement performance.

16:10

Why is the USA in Afghanistan? An Answer To The Big Question "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

563231231Donald Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan, continuing the USAs longest war. CEO Michael Silver, of the American Elements corporation, wrote a short op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, urging for the extraction of the countrys mineral resources. Afghanistan remains unstable. Many questions must be asked. The one on many minds is Why is the USA in Afghanistan?

Terrorism? Minerals? Or Something Else?

The USA has been occupying Afghanistan since 2001. Why? Both supporters and opponents of US Afghan policy give murky answers. Supporters of US efforts say they are in the country to fight terrorism and help the country rebuild and move toward democracy. Opponents of the occupation say the USA is seeking to control its rare minerals such as neodymium, indium, gallium, and lanthanum which are essential in making computer chips.

These answers are insufficient. As for terrorism, since 2001, the presence and strength of terrorist groups in Afghanistan has vastly increased. Al-Queda, ISIS, various warlords, Jundallah, and many terrorist groups, most of which had minimal presence under the Taliban government, are now all across the country. Even the Taliban itself, the government the USA toppled in the 2001 invasion, has not vanished, and still controls a large portion of the country. If the USA is in Afghanistan to fight terrorism, its efforts have not only completely failed, and but had the opposite of their intended affect.

So, is it all about the minerals? Is the USA seeking to get control of these vital rare earth elements which are key in making modern computer chips? Well, perhaps this is a factor for seeking to control the country, but its worth noting that in the entire 16 years of the occupation, the USA and its allied Afghan government have never moved forward with any plan for mineral extraction. Michael Silver, the CEO of American Elements wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on August 30th, essentially begging the US government to go ahead and help Afghans exploit their mineral riches.

If the occupation of the country were motivated purely out of desire to plunder the rare earth minerals, wouldnt it have been done by now? 16 years is a long time to put off something, if indeed, it is the entire basis of the military operations. It is also unlikely that a C...

15:20

Callum Clayton-Dixon: A holistic approach to Aboriginal languages in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Callum Clayton-Dixon Photograph: Supplied Share this Post New South Wales will soon be the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce Aboriginal languages legislation. The draft bill contains statements recognizing Aboriginal peoples right to learn and maintain our languages, and acknowledging the need to take actionto ensure the survival of Aboriginal languages. Ministerial roles, the implementation of a strategic plan, vague references ...

15:10

Transgender ideology's profound incoherence and the end of law "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In The Trouble with Principle, Stanley Fish recites an observation that John Milton included in his Areopagitica: "No law, Milton points out, can permit activity that constitutes an assault on it, no law, that is, that 'intends not to unlaw itself.'" Even more self-cancelling is for a law to permit an interpretation of its text that abolishes the very concepts on which its edict depends. In such case, both the law and its interpretation stall in mutual nullification. Two questions, then. One: Does the federal law prohibiting "sex discrimination" forbid us to countenance the category of "sex"-and thus of "sex discrimination"? Two: Can the rule of law survive a yes answer to question one? In order to do away with the legal decisiveness of the binary of male and female bodies, legal advocates for transgender ideology now brandish the federal ban on sex discrimination in Title IX-which itself depends on the legal decisiveness of the binary of male and female bodies. But banishing the sex binary concurrently banishes the (dependent) prohibition of sex discrimination. And that, in turn, leaves the transgender legal theory empty-handed, having eviscerated the structure on which its own claims rely.

13:44

John McAfee Accidentally Just Revealed Why Bitcoin Is A Total Fraud: Behold The Logic of Artificial Work "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a recent CNBC interview thats being widely touted by self-deluded Bitcoin promoters as some kind of smack down of JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Bitcoin advocate John McAfee accidentally admitted why Bitcoin is a total fraud thats doomed to fail. In answering Jamie Dimons recent declaration that Bitcoin is a fraud, McAfee replied: (see []

13:30

ANSWERS for Javad Heiran-Nia on Kurdistan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Robert David STEELE Vivas

1. The Kurdish Referendum is to be held on September 25 despite the opposition of Kurdish movements such as the Gorran Movement. How will this referendum influence Kurdish movements within the region?

The Kurdish Referendum is long over due and must be respected. Kurdistan is a cultural, ethnic, and economic reality even if  the political powers controlled by the Deep State (Rothschilds, Vatican, City of London, Wall Street and their government puppets) do not wish it so.  I anticipate the practical foundation of Kurdistan within five years if the surrounding powers do not collaborate I anticipate all of them falling into a state of civil war; Turkey will not survive in its present state.

2. Concerning the objection of Baghdad and the Prime Minister himself to this referendum which described the referendum as playing with fire, is there a possibility of military conflict between Baghdad and Arbil following the independence referendum?...

13:23

China Communist Party Complains About Fabricated Twitter Account Sarcastic comments about the Communist Party are unbearable "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

BEIJING The youth wing of Chinas ruling Communist Party on Monday said it had complained to social network Twitter about a fake account set up in its name that has tweeted sarcastic comments about the Communist Party.

China blocks Twitter and other Western sites, such as Facebook and Google, but that has not stopped some state media and government departments from setting up Twitter and Facebook accounts in Chinese and English as they seek to expand their global footprint.

In a brief statement on its Weibo account, Chinas answer to Twitter, the Youth League labeled the @ComYouthLeague Twitter account completely fabricated, saying it had asked for it to be handled. The statement did not elaborate.

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It displayed a screenshot of the account with the phrase fake goods stamped across it in Chinese.

A second picture showed the Youth Leagues official social media accounts, including those on Weibo and WeChat. It did not include any foreign social media sites.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The account the Youth League labeled as fake sent its first tweet on Sept. 12, and has sent 10 tweets to date.

One linked to an article on the official Xinhua news agency about a Chinese being detained for selling VPN services that help people skirt internet curbs and asked why people needed to do this, if China had such a wonderful internet culture.

It is not clear who set up the account, but it calls itself the Youth Le...

13:15

The Trans Brigade Is Heartlessly Weaponizing Children And Ignoring The Consequences "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ill never forget the first time I heard of warlords such as Ugandas Joseph Kony turning little boys into killer soldiers and little girls into sex slaves. My heart ached at the thought. It still does. It seemed like a horrible war movie, but it was real, with real children as casualties.

War is always horrible, but in some sad cases it is necessary. But to the greatest degree possible, children should be shielded from violent conflicts. They should never be forced to kill or do violence. Innocent, impressionable children are malleable. They can be molded into persons of deep character, guided by transcendent principles. Or they can be turned into weapons, as Kony and many other evil men have done.

Apart from movies, were unlikely to find anyone in America turning young boys into bullet-firing, lethal fighters. But we dont have to look too far to find adults using children as pawnsas weaponsin the culture war.

Manipulated for Propaganda Tools

At first, the LGBTQ craze focused on adults, but adherents have increasingly sought not only to include and recruit kids in their movement, but now to use them as their frontline combatants. For example, eight-year-old Nemis Golden, born a boy, routinely performs on stage before packed, cheering audiences as the mini drag queen Lactatia. Nemiss mother not only encourages his performances, she even helps him dress and apply his wig and makeup. The crowds not only cheer at his performances, they also laud him as a brave young role model.

But it isnt just practitioners of the LGBTQ lifestyle who portray as heroes little ones who claim to be transgender. We see in ever-increasing number of stories like the following:

Those stories generally paint a rosy view of happy, well-adjusted transgender children. But those pictures are typically snapshots, not full-length movies. Yes, Im happy, the little one answers as he or she is aided in and rewarded for indulging in transgender fantasies. Those rosy answers are pretty common in act one of the movie, but I usually hear from transgenders in act two, when theyre no longer so hap...

13:15

Taylor Swifts Terrible Look What You Made Me Do Is Perfect For America "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Taylor Swifts latest single, Look What You Made Me Do, is awful, which makes it the perfect song for America right now. It even coincides nicely with Hillary Clintons book blaming everyone but herself for her loss. Swifts atonal chanting about revenge and blaming others for what we do perfectly fits our current politics and culture.

Look what you made me do. It is an excuse as old as human wrongdoing. In the Bible, it is part of the first excuse for the first sin. In Eden, God confronts Adam for breaking the only commandment in the world, he blames his wife, and, implicitly, God, answering that he sinned because of the woman whom you gave to be with me. I sinned because of her and, God, she came from you, so look what you made me do.

Yet by its very language this rationale for injustice betrays a consciousness of guilt. Yes, what I did was wrong, but somehow its not my faultits yours. Guilt is admitted, but then transferred. The words are those of an adulterer, or a wife-beater or an addict looking to blame those they hurt. Its your fault I hit you/cheated on you/am using. Look what you made me do.

Our Society Has Turned Into One Big Blame Game

As bad as Swifts song is, it captures the American zeitgeist. Our culture and politics are deteriorating, and as partisans of each side hit new lows, they blame each other for their bad behavior. Consider this Kurt Schlichter screed at Townhall, in which he urges conservatives to abandon the rule of law to eventually save it, or something.

His plan wasnt very clear on how that works, except for his clichd fantasies, My plan is to cause the left so much pain by applying their new rules to them that they give up trying to grind their Birkenstocks into our faces forever. This isnt political hardball or a real plan for conservative success, its political revenge porn in which the main character grinds his Crocs into lefty faces while whispering Look what you made me do.

Trumps core supporters are enthralled by this mantra of revenge, even (or especially) within the GOP. As he reneges on major campaign promises and capitulates to Senate Minority Leader Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, theyre still looking to blame someone else for their foolish choice to nominate him. Its the fault of an establishment that had to be taught a lesson. It was because of Jeb Bush, or Paul Ryan, or Mitch McConnell. Even as President Trump looks to sell out his base on his signature issue of immigration, Sean Hannity is deploying this excus...

13:08

Fly Corporate's growing New England network "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

It's been interesting watching the growth of Canberra based airline Fly Corporate within New England.

Whereas most previous airline attempts have focused on the Sydney market, Fly Corporate has focused on the Brisbane linkage, progressively adding flights to Brisbane from Coffs Harbour, Armidale, Tamworth, Narrabri, Moree and Inverell. Within Queensland, they also added the Biloela (Thangool) service when Qantaslink pulled out, making Brisbane a key hub. Now the company has added Narrabri-Sydney to their route, marking their first Sydney connection.

There are a number of interesting features about Fly Corporate's growth within New England. Whereas there used to be connections between New England ports and Brisbane, they struggled to survive in the face of thin traffic and rising costs, including those imposed as a consequence of changing regulatory structures, ultimately closing. This had adverse effects. In Armidale, for example, it meant that Queensland students attending school or university did not have direct flight connections.

It seems the economics may have changed a little. It's always seemed to me that Brisbane rather than Sydney was a logical destination for many services, but it was one difficult to access because of uncertain connections. Now, once again, we have a Northern network to Brisbane.

It was also great to see Inverell again get an air service. This gives Inverell people a choice of Brisbane as opposed to an hour half drive to Armidale and then a flight to Sydney. In the days of East West Airlines, both Inverell and Glen Innes had Sydney connections.  

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12:24

RSL boss let son use presidential suite at Sydney hotel for 7 years - all on the RSL credit card "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How could anyone do this to his own, particularly to veterans. Throw the book at him. He's lucky not to be fragged. Former NSW RSL president Don Rowe allowed son to use Presidential Suite at Sydney hotel for 7 years - paid for by RSL Former NSW RSL president Don...

12:02

Why do People Self-Harm? You Asked Heres the Answer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In this piece for The Guardian, Jay Watts explores the social and societal factors that often lead to self-harm and explains how psychiatric labeling can exacerbate self-harm.

Self-harm is also often the result of a clash between an ideal image and ones self-image. For example, if a teenager feels that they have to do brilliantly at school to get into a top university for Mum and Dad, not achieving that 10th A* can feel like a shattering blow crystallising long-held beliefs that they are not good enough. Early caregiving has a crucial function in ensuring kids develop a good-enough self-image that can withstand the bumps and bruises of life. However, the likelihood that an acceptable sense of self will collapse is also a function of the ideals of society at any given time, hence the current epidemic of self-harm.

A neoliberal culture that pits kids against one another at an ever earlier age, digital culture, and a hypersexualised environment that privileges certain body-ideals all serve to increase the likelihood of a catastrophic gulf between the ideal and actual self-image. Discrimination is also a huge trigger behind the startling rates of self-harm in LGBT communities. Societal hatred of difference gets drip fed into individuals whatever their conscious beliefs, and enacted on their own body.

11:30

Snowden Issues Warning Do Not Use Googles Messaging App Under Any Circumstances "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Unless you want law enforcement to be able to trawl all your communications, dont under any circumstances use Googles newest messaging app, Allo, Edward Snowden just warned.

What is #Allo? A Google app that records every message you ever send and makes it available to police upon request, the whistleblower advised in a tweet.

Google had earlier claimed it would include end-to-end encryption, storing messages transiently and in non-identifiable form, similar to its prospective primary competitor, WhatsApp. However, the company announced drastic anti-privacy changes on Wednesday the very day it rolled out the app.

When users remember to begin a conversation in Incognito Mode, as can be done for Google searches, their conversations wont be stored indefinitely, as it still provides end-to-end encryption. But conversations not expressly begun that way will be stored forever, where they would be available for any law enforcement body requesting the information.

As Snowden pointed out, anyone thinking it would be difficult for police or, say, the Department of Homeland Security, or National Security Agency to get their hands on these communications should think otherwise.

In 2015, the Guardian reported this April, the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) the secret court ostensibly overseeing domestic spying, which rules on the validity of requests by the FBI and other agencies to gain access to peoples data did not turn down a single request of nearly 1,500.

The court received 1,457 requests last year on behalf of the National Security Agency and FBI for authority to intercept communications, including email and phone calls, according to a Justice Department memo [] The court did not reject any of the applications in whole or in part, the memo said, according to the Guardian.

Included with Allo, users receive an extra helping of Big Brother features like Smart Reply and Google Assistant. While the latter answers questions and helps you search for things directly in your chat, as RT reports, the former employs artificial intelligence in order to predict answers to make responding as simple as pressing a button.

However, therein lies part of the privacy concern that convenience comes with an asterisk in bold.

How does Allo plan on predicting your every word and witty emoji,....

10:25

Encouragement for: The Treaty For the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Encouragement for: The Treaty For the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons from Anthony Donovan on Vimeo.

Please let you Representatives from city to state to nation know that they need to turn around and listen and take a stand to save the planet, and civilization. Tell them we need our tax money to answer the tremendous challenges before us, not annihilation. It is time. The nuclear arguments are all disarmed, when you look into it.
Thank you for watching and sharing this. Join any of the wonderful organizations gathering together for this, our childrens lives and planet. Onward Together.

Thank you.

fyi:
GoodThinkingTheDocumentary.net

ps. When you hear the lead nation of these murderous devices say they want no nukes but need verification, just know thats exactly how theyve denied and delayed every major attempt along the way over decades. We can do verification. But for nuclear weapon states, its come to mean, We keep ours, and modernize, and we need to be sure no one else gets them.

You will hear the NWSs say we must have a step by step process. All good, but they have denied or forgotten all the legitimate worthy steps taken over the past 50 years and more.

Yu will hear them saying this Treaty interferes with years of diplomatic efforts and other vital treaties. simply not true. the NWS have maintained a stalemate and have not lived up to the obligations nor made sincere disarmament moves for decades. Its time to get facts out and start the process of protecting life.

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09:51

Australia - Bega councils water fluoridation referral raises ire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Council looks likely to wash its hands of the water fluoridation debate when it meets this week.
As per recommendations in Wednesdays meeting agenda, it is believed councillors will refer the decision on whether to fluoridate Bega Valley water supplies to NSW Health.
However, by doing so council will, in effect, be giving the go ahead to fluoridate as the state government department has been strongly encouraging BVSC to fluoridate two of its four supplies.
There are four water supply systems in the Bega Valley Shire, Tantawanglo-Kiah, Brogo-Bermagui, Bemboka and Bega-Tathra.
Fluoride has been added to the Bega-Tathra water supply system since 1963 and council has looked at adding fluoride to the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.
The fluoridation question has been the source of much concern by the community and there has been a concerted effort by anti-fluoride campaigners during the public submission period...............

09:42

Yothu Yindi, The Herd, and Baker Boy are playing a one-off Sydney show "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A triple-header of Aussie talent is set to take over Sydneys Enmore Theatre in January, when Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project, The Herd, and Baker Boy unite to perform one phenomenal show.

Coming along for the ride will be critically-acclaimed Aussie hip-hop group The Herd. Despite not having released an album since 2011s Future Shade, The Herd are still going strong, with some members of the group, such as Urthboy, having released solo records in recent times. For this performance, The Herd are set to be joined by Nooky & Radical Son, who will aid the group in delivering a blistering set full of old and new hits.

Rounding out the evenings entertainment will be Baker Boy, who has had a banner year, having taken out triple j Uneartheds 2017 NIMA competition, and having scored an array of wins at the NT Song of the Year awards in July. A rising star of the Aussie music scene, Baker Boy is set to be in fine company when he takes the stage with this lineup of Aussie legends.

Tickets to Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Projects Enmore Theatre show go on sale at 9am, on September 21. So make sure you get in early to secure your ticker for what will truly be a unique experience of Aussie music from the past, present, and future.

Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project

(With The Herd & Baker Boy)

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

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08:34

Introducing "The Defendant Day Care Centres"!!!!!!!!!!! With the NSW Supreme Court tick of approval! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I think my mum and dad sent me to a Convent School because they were pretty confident the nuns were good people who'd set a good example. Isn't that what we want from the people into whose care we entrust our children? Apparently not. The NSW Office of the Children's...

07:23

South-East Oz Part 2: NSW Riverina "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Superb Parrot
We had a Pink Cockatoo in the camping ground on our last morning at Lake Cargelligo (see following post) and two more at the treatment works, where Swamp Harrier and Spotted Harrier also showed. We headed south through the NSW Riverina to the rice town of Leeton, known as a birding hotspot, for a 2-night stay at the showgrounds.

Superb Parrot pair
It wasn't long before the first Superb Parrots flew overhead and I was soon enjoying close encounters with several birds of this aptly named species on the well-wooded golf course adjoining the showgrounds.


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07:09

Cobargo Folk Festival Announces First Headliners for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Eric Bogle Wait, were talking about 2018 festivals already? Where has this year gone! The Cobargo Folk Festival, held in the NSW south coast village of Cobargo, has already revealed a bunch of their headliners for next years event. Australian folk music legends Eric Bogle (above) and Neil Murray head up the []

07:09

Can Our Model Forecast Private Companies & Industries? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

QUESTION: Hello. I am a business consultant working for a global consulting company and have a client that is in the transportation sector that would benefit from your research. I have been advising the client with regard to their business and IT strategy, however would also like to introduce them to Armstrong and possibly subscribe to your services.

A few questions first:
1) Are your models customizable to facilitate forecasting of domestic fuels consumption?
2) If yes, what is required to initiate a discussion around this type of service?
3) Would it be possible to speak to a person regarding your standard services and any custom modeling?
Kind Regards,
KR

ANSWER: Yes. We are re-instituting on the Institutional Level the ability to input even the sales of any company and the model will then provide the full forecast with timing and price projections. Therefore, it can be tailored to any company and industry.

07:08

Where has the Outflows from the US$ Gone for the Past Year? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Re: Am i certain about the Strong Dollar?

Hi Marty, great blog posts and response. I think after reading this blog posts, the question on everyones mind is, what is causing the outflow of capital from the USD? And where is capital concentrating in right now? Is it the Euro? The Bunds? Gold?
And when do you see the outflow will stop and reverse?
Thank you
Regards
Rm
ANSWER: There has been outflows to Emerging Market debt by pension funds in the States for the past year. They have been trying to compensate for the lower interest rate returns by going more risky. We have been call on this issue more than once.
Then there has been the expectation that the ECB will end QE and Europe will boom. We can see that the DAX for the past year has risen in dollar terms. We have seen a tremendous outflow into the European share markets, but not so much into the debt issues.
Gold has been minimal because that is the retail side, not a target for institutional money. They need income, not storage fees. They will participate in gold stocks, but not stockpile bullion.

07:02

The 5 Factors Behind Capital Flows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

Well from myself and your family we thank you for sticking with us in this time as you have mentioned you could be doing other thing for yourself but like a brother you are sticking with us even when you know we will rise and repeat most likely, but in the same but different we hold hope for humanity. My question is can we get a large movement in confidence in currency without any major move in the physical instrument. Can the US dollar not have a hard drop before going back up on the basis that the confidence was effected more than the instrument it does not look like a linear relationship but more ying and yang where the ratio can be anywhere at any time but together are complete.Thanks Brother
Peace Out
LP
ANSWER: The driving forces behind capital flows center upon CONFIDENCE that manifests within five critical areas. Each area provides one major component which in turn has subdivisions. The 1987 Crash in the stock market took place because the G5 kept saying they wanted the dollar down by 40% to help trade. The morons failed to realize that if you lower the dollar by 40% to make you exports cheap to sell more, you simultaneously cheapen all assets. The Japanese had bought 33% of the US National Debt to try to easy trade friction, but then faced with a 40% loss on currency, they sold. This inexperience of those in government is just beyound contemplation. What the Plaza Accord was doing was trying to lower the value of the dollar to reduce the cost of Am...

07:01

Canadian Perspective "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Hello Marty. I so appreciate your blog and Socrates, which is helping me steer through these crazy markets. Im a Canadian taking care of all my familys investment accounts, and knowing whats coming down the road, Im very concerned Im going to take a misstep, especially with my childrens accounts. I havent been doing this long enough to have experienced a monetary crisis anywhere. What I cant get my head wrapped around is what to do longer term from the Canadian perspective. We all have both USD and CAD funds in our accounts. I plan to increase the USD portion while the CAD is down. Im also buying US investments in CAD (unhedged) to catch the rise in currency. But when the USD peaks and the crash and burn begins, my assumption is Canada has a boom in metals commodities while oil crashes due to lack of demand and we also go into recession due to lack of exports to the US and so lower employment. So what is a Canadians smart move when the USD peakscash out our USD investments and turn back to CAD and invest in commodities, etc. or would I be better off staying in the USD and buying inverse etfs and commodity stocks/etfs that arent available on the TSX? Just trying to get a handle on what ultimately happens to Canada in all this. Thanks so much for any insight you may have on this topic.

ANSWER: We are in the staging process right now and that means we must push everything to the limit. In the case of the C$, that major point rema...

06:58

"Two Tough Questions: A Lesson in Perspective" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"Two Tough Questions:  A Lesson in Perspective"
by Living Life Fully

"Question 1: If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already (three deaf, two blind, one mentally retarded) and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before moving down to the answer of this one.

Question 2: It is time to elect a new world leader, and your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates:

Candidate A: Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.
...

06:44

Ibrahims face court over drug ring "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

riends and supporters of Mostafa Dib at Central Local Court in Sydney,Monday, September 18, 2017. Alleged underworld figures Mostafa Dib, 34, and Koder Jomaa, 47 who were arrested alongside the Ibrahim brothers on August 8 in a series of raids in Sydney and Dubai. The pair will face a Sydney court over their alleged role in an international drug-smuggling conspiracy. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Friends and supporters of Mostafa Dib at Central Local Court in Sydney,Monday, September 18, 2017. Alleged underworld figures Mostafa Dib, 34, and Koder Jomaa, 47, who were arrested alongside the Ibrahim brothers on August 8, will face a Sydney court over their alleged role in an international drug-smuggling conspiracy. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

SYDNEY [AAP]

Michael Ibrahim, the youngest brother of Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim, will face a Sydney court in November with other co-accused over their alleged involvement in an international drug-smuggling conspiracy.

He and older brother Fadi Ibrahim, 43, were arrested in Dubai about six weeks ago and arrived in Sydney on Sunday night after being extradited.

Also returning to Sydney under police escort were Mustapha Dib, 34, and Koder Jomaa, 47, arrested alongside the brothers on August 8 during a series of raids in Sydney and Dubai that resulted in 18 people being charged.

The Ibrahims and Dib were netted as part of Operation Veyda, while Jomaa, a resident of the United Arab Emirates, was arrested as part of Operation Astatine.

Michael Ibrahim, 39, and Dib are charged with conspiring to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug, and attempting to import a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.

If convicted they could face life imprisonment.

The pair did not appear at Central Local Court on Monday where their lawyers did not apply for bail.

They are due to face th...

06:32

After Cops Stole His Cash for Selling Unlawful Hot Dogs, The Internet Gave Him $70,000 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project
Waking Times

Berkeley, CA Berkeley police are in the spotlight this week after one of their officers not only cited a man for selling hot dogs to willing customers without a permit but then opened up his wallet and robbed him of his cash as well.

The entire robbery was captured on video and subsequently went viral. But that was only the beginning. Showing how much society respects hard working entrepreneurs while decrying the police state that robs them, a Go Fund Me for the hot dog vendor has raised over $70,000.

The Go Fund Me campaign was started by the person who was brave enough to question authority and film the road side robbery. According to the campaign:

The funds raised will be utilized to cover legal and personal loses. In addition, funds in excess are to cover other vendors who have been robbed of their hard earned living through citations and removal of their carts. It is my goal to locate Juan in Berkeley. Any and all help to support and locate him is welcome.

On Monday, the video became so viral that UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy had to issue a statement, in which he justified the theft of the hot dog vendors money.

While I cannot comment on the specifics of this particular case, our practice is to issue warnings before giving a citation, Biddy said. In a case such as this, it is typical to collect any suspected illegal funds and enter them into evidence.

According to NBC 5, UCPD officials said that three other people were warned about vending without a permit, but the vendor in the video was the only person who was given a ticket.

Perhaps it was because he had the thickest wallet.

Whether or not the money in the mans wallet was from selling unlicensed hot dogs remains to be answered. However, that was apparently of no importance to UC police officer Sean Aranas who found it necessary to confiscate it all.

Yes, s...

06:17

A mathematician warns "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Coalitions pro-coal policy likely a vote loser; optional voting in plebiscite helps Yes, The Conversation, Adrian Beaumont  Honorary Associate, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of MelbourneSeptember 16, 2017  Recently the Coalition and its media supporters have condemned the SA and Victorian Labor governments for allowing coal-fired power plants to close. The Coalition is trying to extend the life of the Liddell power plant in NSW, and is considering building a new coal-fired power plant. This is an attempt to portray Labor as the party of intermittent, unreliable and costly power.

The Coalition has been in office for four years. In July 2014, they repealed the carbon price that Labor had introduced. Many people would now ask why energy prices have kept increasing in the three years since this repeal. In a mid-August Essential poll, 59% thought they were paying a lot more for electricity and gas than two or three years ago.

In February, 45% in an Essential poll said that recent blackouts were mainly due to failures of the energy market, 19% blamed privatisation and just 16% blamed renewables.

In mid-August an Essential poll gave the Coalition a net -34 rating on providing affordable and reliable energy, their worst score from a list of 12 issues. In last weeks Essential, 49% blamed private power companies most for rising energy prices, 22% blamed the Turnbull government, 9% environmentalists and 5% renewable energy companies.

People who blame private power companies are more likely to trust Labor than the Coalition to get tough, given the Coalitions pro-business reputation. [lots of figures given here]

As a result of the Coalitions pro-coal policy, some Abbott supporters could return, possibly boosting the Coalitions primary vote at the expense of One Nation and Others. However, respondent allocated preferences are currently more friendly to the Coalition than the previous election method, and this could change. The Coalition risks losing more centrist voters to Labor.

In some parts of the country, such as NSWs Hunter Valley, coal is important to the local economy, and the Coalition is likely to benefit. In most of the country, being pro-coal is likely....

05:57

Gordi Hosts The Bridge: a birthday playlist with some of Sydneys finest "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

  • Gordi :: The Bridge - Guest Host - August 29, 2017

As part of our monthly artist takeover series, Lachlan Wyllie handed over our Sydney music show, The Bridge to Singer-songwriter Gordi to play some local tracks. On the same day the station celebrated its 14th birthday, the folktronica artist selected an eclectic mix of of indie and electronic music, including two tracks off her recently released album Resevoir. Although the resulting playlist is a far cry from her early influences she admits her first records were Linkin Park and Wheatus jams it still features a ton of local talent, including Gang of Youths, Middle Kids, Alex Cameron, Mansionair, and more.

Check out the playlist below, and listen to the full show above.

Playlist:

Gordi Myriad

Gang of Youths Say Yes to Life

Middle Kids Never Start

Little May Home

Alex Cameron ft. Angel Olsen Strangers Kiss

Anatole ft. Olafurs Arnalds Like Deep Water

Willaris K. Alchemy

Mark Harding Say It Too

Julia Jacklin Dont Let the Kids Win

Kirin J. Callanan S.A.D.

Mansionair Easier

Gordi ft. S. Carey Im Done

For all the details on Gordis new album, visit her website.

 

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05:57

What is Copywriting? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This is a question people ask me all the time. The answer is simple. Copywriting is persuasion in print. Its a form of writing that leads someone to a desired way of thinking. Most of the time, its to a buy Now button. But once you understand the foundations of copywriting, the possibilities are limitless.

05:18

Corruption between resources, energy and government is real "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Contributed by Joe Montero

There is an urgent need for a cleanup in the relationship between the energy industry, government and the bureaucracy. Mounting evidence points towards an improper association that is feeding  corruption, as the industry offers inducements to open the way the benefit of the major shareholders.

To an extent, it is already clear that there exists a network of payments mainly going into the Coalition parties. Payments that often  arrive by  circuit, designed to prevent disclosure under Australias existing and inadequate disclosure laws and there is good reason to believe that donations to political parties and other types of payments are significant enough to ensure that policy is effectively written in the boardrooms and then rubber stamped in parliament by willing politicians.

Nothing shows this more clearly than Australias energy policy and the containment of the debate over where to go from here. In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence and the experience of changing weather patterns, it remains that government keeps on refusing to act decisively to reduce carbon emissions.

One suggestion that is often made  is that there is an ideological block, keeping the politicians locked into the religion of free market. After all, we have constantly been reminded that only the forces of demand and supply, unhindered by government interference, will provide the answers.

The truth is that they dont believe this any more than anyone else does. The best proof is that they have put into place a truckload of measures that bring government into the centre of regulation and control, not for the purpose of ensuring the needs of society are met, when these do not coincide with the corporations bottom line, but to assist them to expand their activities and guarantee a certain level of profitability. Their opposition is not to government intervention. Its just to certain kinds on intervention.

From the corporate viewpoint, paying for service makes good business sense, when the opportunity exists.

A good reason to suspect why the industry is currently enjoying so much support is that is has been paying for the service.

Two controversies have begun to untangle the web more than anything else and they are the Adani project in Queensland and events around fracking industry.

How is this help being given? By establishing generous funds to help with new proje...

04:42

YES appears in sky after Vote NO complaint rejected "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photo Dario Burgos/ Facebook

Photo Dario Burgos/ Facebook

CANBERRA [AAP]

The electoral watchdog has received complaints about marriage survey no case skywriting over Sydney on the weekend not being properly authorised.

But soon after it announced it would allow the practice a Vote Yes response appeared in the sky.

A campaigner against same-sex marriage commissioned a pilot to write Vote No.

The skywriting, which was not organised by the key no case group Coalition for Marriage, attracted much discussion social media, and the website from which it was crowdfunded was inundated with comments.

Photo Jenn Lucs/Facebook

Photo Jenn Lucs/Facebook

The Australian Electoral Commission has received a number of complaints regarding the skywriting.

But an AEC spokesman told AAP on Monday the safeguards laws passed by parliament did not apply to this type of communication.

It is only material that is capable of containing authorisation details that is regulated by the Act, the spokesman said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is encouraging a yes vote, told reporters people were entitled to express their views.

If you want people to respect your point of view youve got to be prepared to respect theirs, Mr Turnbull said.

The Coalition for Marriage updated its website over the weekend to comply with the need for authorisation under the safeguards laws, but wont face any penalty.

As the legislation only came into operation late last we...

03:30

Jennifer Loveless lays it down on Picnic with Kali "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

  • Jennifer Loveless :: Picnic

Over the past few years Jennifer Loveless has been steadily building what is now a truly faithful Australian house & techno following.  Hailing from Toronto originally, she has become a staple across Melbourne clubs like Boney, Lounge and New Guernica and lines up each Monday for her show, Weatherall, on Melbournes Kiss FM (not to be associated with the Sydney station of the same name.). The radio hour highlights much of the variety we see in our national electronic music landscape and is a testament to the breadth of her musical interest.

Kali had her come through for a mix on Picnic ahead of a recent Sydney date and it is succinct, varied and pleasurable. Check out the tunes below.

Tracklist:

NConduit MMO803
KB Project Feel It
Station to Station Bjorn Torske
Computer Liebe Kraftwerk
Freestyle Man On Vibes
Round One Im Your Brother (Quadrant Dub II)
Clara Intellecto Contact
Alex Danilov Midas Touch 
Helena Hauff c45p

Catch the full show with Kali here or tune in next time between 8pm-10 on Fridays for Picnic!

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03:03

Complaint to ABC Chairman re airtime for state election candidates and population matters "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When I lodged my nomination as a candidate for the SA House of Assembly seat of Fisher 2 years ago, the very first communication I received was a letter from the ABC telling me I would not get any coverage for my campaign. This was despite the fact that I was the nominated candidate for a registered political party with over 300 members, and I was spending about $6000 of my savings on campaign expenses and nomination fees." [...] "the Earth adds approx. 225,000 mouths to feed EVERY DAY. Australia adds approx. 1000 to its population each day. The implications of this are enormous, and yet it is very clear to me that the ABC soft pedals the matter. To be more specific, it is very common that, when an issue of national importance such as housing affordability comes up, there is very little mention of the influence population growth is having on the matter. The interviewers commonly host guests from the property industry to put their views, but people from such bodies as Sustainable Population Australia never seem to be asked to comment."

Mr Justin Milne
ABC Chairman
Box 9994
Sydney NSW 2001

Dear Chairman

I am writing to you instead of ABC Management because I lack confidence that the content of this letter will be taken seriously by that management. This lack of confidence is based on the fact that a complaint I lodged with the ABC in September 2015 was not answered until April of the following year, and then only after I wrote a personal letter to every member of the ABC Board.

There are 2 matters I wish to raise - firstly, ABC policy regarding airtime given to state election candidates. And secondly, ABC bias in relation to covering the issue of population growth in Australia.

Airtime given to election candidates

When I lodged my nomination as a candidate for the SA House of Assembly seat of Fisher 2 years ago, the very first communication I received was a letter from the ABC telling me I would not get any coverage for my campaign. This was despite the fact that I was the nominated candidate for a registered political party with over 300 members, and I was spending about $6000 of my savings on campaign expenses and nomination fees.

However, in the lead up to that campaign, Matt and Dave on 891 Adelaide chose to interview a selection of candidates for Fisher on their morning program. They comprised Liberal, Labour, G...

02:40

National Party Lismore candidate claims homophobic smear "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Rod Bruem. Photo YouTube

Rod Bruem. Photo YouTube

One of the unsuccessful candidates in the first-stage preselection for the state seat of Lismore believes homophobia was behind a series of bizarre and inappropriate questions that he was asked during a party meeting on Saturday.

Rod Bruem was one of three candidates interviewed at a meeting of around 80 party faithful who were not selected to be part of a community-wide preselection process on November 18.

A further three candidates have gone through to the second round.

But Mr Bruem has appealed to the Partys State Director to suspend the result pending an investigation by the National Party Ethics Committee.

Very personal

Mr Bruem told Echonetdaily that the format of the meeting involved five set questions that every candidate was asked, after which it was thrown open to the floor for people to ask whatever questions they liked.

Each candidate was asked whether there was anything that could be embarrassing the party in their past, which I answered, he said.

But then I kept getting a series of more questions along those lines, one of which was there is something in your past that youre not revealing, will you tell us about it?

Another one was I received a phone call from someone saying you know this Mr Big in Sydney. Would you mind telling us who he is and what your relationship is?

Then there was a question along the lines of, Your gay male partner is not a member of the National Party, why not? How are you going to be able to rely on your partner to support you?

It was very personal and Ive had several members call me since the meeting to say that the personal line that was taken was over the top and wasnt fair in what really should have been a discussion around policy and my views on policy.

Corrupted from the start

Mr Bruem said he believed the community preselection process had been corrupted from the start.

We were under firm instructions not to speak to the media but one of the candidates has been giving regular updates to the media throughout the whole thing. I raised this with head office. They said they would take action but they did not.

...

02:31

All revved up for the Chinny Charge "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In it for fitness and fun, Mullum run enthusiast Kim Smith had a great time on the mountain and came away grinning. Photo Jeff Dawson.

In it for fitness and fun, Mullum run enthusiast Kim Smith had a great time on the mountain and came away grinning. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Close to 500 runners and walkers took the rare opportunity to scale Mount Chincogan on the weekend for the reawakened Chincogan Charge.

It was the first time the event had been run in 16 years and at a warm 27 degrees the Charge wasnt for the faint hearted.

Starting from the Mullumbimby swimming pool that was built with the funds from the first Chinny Charges  the race took the runners up to the top of the mountain and back down to cross the finish line at the post office in Mullumbimby. 

The previous fastest record of the Chincogan Charge was 29 minutes and 51 seconds by Matthew Kaluda from Manilla in 1994. It was broken on Saturday by Benjamin Duffus who ran the race in a mere 29 minutes and 11 seconds, taking out the first prize of $500 donated by the Mullumbimby ex-services club. 

It was a great day, said organiser said organiser and Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce president Jenelle Stanford.

Everyone did such an amazing job,

Second place in the mens competition went to Mark Bourne with a time of 30.13 and third place went to local Suffolk runner Matt Slee with 31.28. Matt also took out first place as first local male runner to cross the line, second local place went to Simon Peter-Burn followed by Ferris Gump as the third local male runner.

The first female to cross the line was Holly McKarthy from Geebung who at the age of 15 managed to come in at 46 minutes and 38 seconds. Hollys grandfather and family are...

02:20

Independent Artist Of The Week: GAUCI "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney trio Gauci create seriously smooth Italo disco. Soaked in synth and charming melodies, its expertly produced with a refreshing post-punk twist.

The brains behind these nostalgic dance anthems are no strangers to Sydneys stages. Gauci is made up of siblings Antonia Gauci (Leftenent, Producer/Engineer) and David Gauci (Las Vagueness, Death Bells), with Felix Lush (Felix Lush, Publique) rounding out the dream team. Its likely this mix of musical backgrounds thats landed them with such a unique and infectious sound.

Gauci first graced us with their debut single Hurry in late 2016. Unlike its title suggests, they didnt quite rush to deliver us their next, but Taking Over was well worth the wait. From the very first moment the bongos kick in, you know youre in for a good time. The intricate layers slowly build to reveal Antonias heartfelt vocals, while the breezy guitars simmer below. Its an irresistible groove that you wont want to miss live.

They play the launch of Cobra Club on 19th September and theyll be supporting Wafia at OAF 29th September and Donny Benet at OAF on 19th October.

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Shooting Bruns is a Simple Pleasure "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Always a treat to see your work in print, these were some of the lucky photographers to get their snaps in the 2018 Simple Pleasures calendar.

On Sunday the winners of the 2017 Simple Pleasures Photo Competition were announced during a ceremony at the Bowlo with seven photographers winning eight prizes in the annual event.

This year again, the four judge panel of Ros Goodchild, Billy Wrencher, Eve Jeffery and rookie David Lowe, had a tough time choosing the winners from the criteria of artistic and technical merit while keeping in mind this years theme  Postcards from Brunswick Heads.

Some of this year's winners, Scout Bee Jones, Yindi Morrisey, Elliot Kirkwood who won two categories, and Lyrdhan OReilly.

Some of this years winners, Scout Bee Jones, Yindi Morrisey, Elliot Kirkwood who won two categories, and Lyrdhan OReilly.

The 2017 photos were of a high standard and in particular, the talent and ingenuity of the children...

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Man in court over Mullumbimby intimidation, weapons charges "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court today facing intimidation and weapons charges after being arrested in Mullumbimby on Friday (September 15).

About 3:15pm police located the 43-year-old male from Penshurst near a white van in Eugenia Street after receiving information that he was possibly armed with a gun.

On searching the van, police found a firearm, ammunition, handcuffs, knives and prohibited drugs.

The man was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with possessing an unauthorised pistol, possessing ammunition without a permit, custody of a knife, driving whilst disqualified, possessing a prohibited drug and using intimidation/violence to unlawfully influence a person.

He appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court on Saturday (September 16) where he was refused bail to reappear today.

 

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Why Are Drug Prices So High? Were Curious, Too. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This much is clear: The public is angry about the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. Surveys have shown that high drug prices rank near the top of consumers health care concerns.

Whats not as clear is exactly why prices have been rising, and who is to blame.

For the last four months, The New York Times and ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism organization, have teamed up to answer these questions, and to shed light on the games that are being played to keep prices high, often without consumers knowledge or consent. Katie reports from the health desk at The Times, and Charles is a senior reporter at ProPublica.

Our reporting journey has turned up some counterintuitive stories, like how insurance companies sometimes require patients to take brand-name drugs and refuse to cover generic alternatives even when that means patients have to pay more out of pocket.

Along the way, weve asked readers to share their stories about their struggles with high drug costs. Weve heard from nearly 1,000 people.

In recent weeks, a few stories caught our eye. A woman in Texas, for example, told us that the company that manages her drug benefits, OptumRx, was going to start asking her to pay more out of pocket for Butrans, a painkilling patch that contains the drug buprenorphine. As a lower cost alternative, OptumRx, which is owned by UnitedHealth Group, suggested she try painkillers like OxyContin, even though they carry a higher risk of dependence.

A letter sent by OptumRx, a pharmacy...

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Campfire burns two hectares at Tallow Creek "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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A campfire is suspected to be the cause of a blaze on Saturday evening which burnt out around two hectares at Tallow Creek.

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The illegal camp-out at Tallow Creek didnt go as planned as the fire got out of control.

Fortunately for the surrounding bushland and residents beyond that, there was a mild wind blowing the fire towards the beach, though the fire was slowly moving down the spit southwards towards Suffolk.

New South Wales Rural Fire Service staff and volunteers along with NPWS staff spent Saturday night, and most of Sunday putting out the fire started by illegal campers. They are currently patrolling the fire perimeter, extinguishing any flare ups and hot spots, with the ongoing dry and windy weather conditions predicted over the coming days.

Even though spring has just begun, fires have been burning up and down the coast for several weeks and visitors and residents are asked to adhere to fire restrictions.

Residents are reminded to ensure they have a current Bush Fire Survival Plan, which can be downloaded from the NSWRFS website.

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Powering up for Teslas at Knockrow "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Licia Cooper made sure to get a power top-up and a cuppa when she stopped off in Knockrow for a $0 refill on her car. Photo Tree Faerie.

Licia Cooper plugged in for a power top-up and a cuppa when she stopped off in Knockrow. As an early adopter, the car Licia is driving is good for $0 refills for life. Photo Tree Faerie.

If youre a Tesla car driver on the road between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane, stopping off at Macadamia Castle at Knockrow is a must-do in your travel plans.

Since opening just after Christmas last year, the power station has seen up to 60 cars a week stop in for an electric powered refill of at one of the Castles six Tesla power pumps.

Up to 60 vehicles a week are stopping in at Knockrow.

Up to 60 vehicles a week are stopping in at Knockrow.

The Tesla chargers can power up a car very quickly as they are massively powerful. At 120,000 watts per transformer, a Tesla driver can charge in 20 to 30 minutes and then get close to 500 kilometres travel.

The cars are using 25 percent of the fossil fuels of a regular vehicle and they create zero emissions.

Castle owner Tony Gilding says that the opening of the facility at Knockrow means that drivers can now travel from Brisbane to Melbourne on electricity with each charge delivering between 450 and 500 kilometres of travel.

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Friday, 15 September

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Diary of Death: 15 September 22 September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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A life threatening list of imminent events happening in Sydney and surrounds, selected weekly by Jack Shit.


FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

Luke Million, Nocturnal Tapes Oxford Art Factory
PVT, Nico Niquo, Dongelis  Lansdowne Hotel
Jack Shit  10PM til 3AM Lansdowne Hotel FREE
Ha The Unclear (NZ) Old Manly Boatshed
Wolf & Cub, The Dead Love, Moon Brain Coogee Diggers
Patrick James Leadbelly
Katchafire (NZ), Ria Hall (NZ) Max Watts
A Celebration of Pete Jones music/tribute 6pm Marrickville Bowling Club FREE

SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

The Creases-The Lair
Le Pie, Egoism, Moody Beach-Lansdowne
Scattered Order, Astral Skulls, Dracopede 107 Projects
Ha The Unclear (NZ) The Bearded Tit FREE
Ha The Unclear (NZ), Rufflefeather Leadbelly
Bus Vipers9PM  Golden Age FREE
Jack Shit-8PM til midnight  Go...

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