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Wednesday, 17 January

20:28

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: 600 Gorge Rd, Copmanhurst "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 3-7 Prescott Street, Copmanhurst, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 17 Jan 2018 22:06

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

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 516 Lawrence Rd, Southgate, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 17 Jan 2018 17:27

17:58

Steve Bannon hat anscheinend die Aussage verweigert ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Steve Bannon hat anscheinend die Aussage verweigert bei seiner Befragung. Das ist bemerkenswert, weil das keine Anklage ist, eher eine Zeugenbefragung. Da ist nicht vorgesehen, dass man die Aussage verweigert. Und er verweigerte sie auch nicht, um sich nicht selbst zu belasten, sondern weil das Weie Haus ihm angeblich die Aussage verboten hat.

Das ist aus meiner Sicht eine offene Kriegserklrung des Weien Hauses an das Mueller-Team. Die Subpoena gegen Bannon bleibt bestehen.

Update: Das war ein parlamentarischer Ausschuss, der hatte nichts mit der Mueller-Befragung zu tun. Die kommt noch.

16:50

Steve Bannon Subpoenaed by Mueller and House Committee "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Mr. Bannon goes back to Washington. President Donald Trumps disgraced former chief strategist has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury on links between the Trump campaign and Russia. Its the first time Muellers gone after a close associate of Trump with a grand jury subpoena. On Tuesday Bannon testified before the House Intelligence Committee, but refused to answer questions under instructions from the White House. That spurred the committee to issue a subpoena, but Bannon, apparently invoking executive privilege, says hell stay mum.

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16:19

Whats wrong with colonialism? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I remember many years ago sitting through a seminar at Macquarie University in Sydney during my Honours studies in Politics. That particular seminar focused on Western colonialism in the South Pacific, and modern Western imperialism in general. I remember one thing vividly from that class that remained etched into my mind. It was a question that the lecturer asked us repeatedly and insistently. Why is it so important for indigenous people to maintain their identity? What is so bad with a particular way of life or culture disappearing?

At the time I could not think of an answer. In fact none of us was able to answer it. I remember feeling like a rabbit in the headlights. Every bit of me told me this was very wrong, but I couldnt explain why. It was the mid-nineties, and only four years after I had moved to Australia from Israel. I was ignorant about what colonialism or settler-colonialism are, and their legacy. I was still blind to the Zionist settler-colonialism in which I grew up, and did not register the fact that by virtue of being white, I automatically embraced the settler-colonial power structure in Australia too.

The entire topic was taught in a sanitised way, and in what I now recognise as an apologist Western attitude with a strong white Western bias. That lecturer did not ask his question to get us to think critically about colonialism. He really meant for us to consider that there is nothing wrong with cultures disappearing and being replaced with other cultures, not by a natural, organic process of social and cultural evolution, but by force and coercion employed by someone coming in from elsewhere.

I didnt understand at the time that the disappearance of a culture by force is always in the context of psychopathic control, that it is in effect a rape, an exercise of pure power; that it is always in the service of, and for the benefit of the colonisers ruling classes. Colonialism is never for the benefit of the colonised, and it is always carried out in the context of a system of violence, control, and domination.

Colonisers do not knock on the door of the colonised, and ask politely if it is OK to borrow a cup of sugar and a couple of eggs. There is no equality of power, and the colonised cannot respond politely that they have nothing to give, or alternatively choose to offer the cup of sugar and two eggs. The key factor here is choice. The colonisers step in with superior weaponry, efficient bureaucracy and organisation, all supported by an ideology of superiority and entitlement, and they take. Its theft of land, resources, culture. It is rape on every level. It is taking what isnt theirs without asking permission, and without concern for the impact that this has on the ones from whom they are taking.

Colonisation is an exercise in objectification. Others exist only as a resource for the coloniser, not....

15:18

Donald Trumps Greatest Gift Is His Enemies "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Every morning, it seems, Donald Trumps most determined opponents awake to find out what sort of obnoxious, fact-challenged, puerile, norm-breaking thing the president has offered that day, and say to themselves, Oh, thats nothing. We can do something dumber than that!

So the nation wades from one bizarre and nonsensical controversy to another. As I write this, I cant even recall what topic we were debating last week, but Im certain it was idiotic. Part of the problem is that those who drive coverage of Trump are obsessed with the president in unhealthy ways; ways that have absolutely nothing to do with policy or governance.

For a couple of weeks now, our self-styled guardians of democracy have engaged in a concocted controversy about the presidents mental state. It wasnt only liberal columnists plying their readers with this wishful thinking, but the entire city of Washington, according to Politico, was consumed with using the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to remove the president. It was a major topic of conversation on the Sunday shows. Former Trump-booster Joe Scarborough squeezed a week of coverage out of it.

So when the presidents physician, Ronny Jackson a man who has been the White House doctor for six years  explained yesterday that Trump was, in fact, very healthy and has incredibly good genes and excellent cognitive health, the White House press corps was in disbelief. I mean, Michael Wolff had told us the opposite was true. One reporter asked why Trump appeared to slur his words at a recent press conference. Another reporter asked why Trump had the sniffles. Everyone was worried about his insalubrious meal plans. Is he limited to one scoop of ice cream now? a real reporter asked the presidential doctor.

Jonathan Karl of ABC asked, and I kid you not, Can you explain to me how a guy that eats McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken and all those Diet Cokes, and who never exercises, is in as good of shape as you say hes in? Jackson, confirming what everyone in the world who eats right and exercises daily and still struggles to keep his weight down already knows, answered: Its called genetics.

More importantly, the doctor also said Trump had passed an extensive cognitive exam that tests for all those...

14:33

Scotts answer to an email from a Grid Dymanics employee "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

by Scott Humor After my research Grid Dynamics connects wars in Ukraine and Syria with Soros Open Russia, Sobchak and snipers in Saratov was published, I received a reply from

14:16

Reef 2050 plan to restore outstanding universal values of the Great Barrier Reef decade by decade questioned in the wake of back to-back bleaching events "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


On 8 December 2017 the Australian Academy of Science made a submission to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority consultation on the Coastal Ecosystems Position Statement.

This submission made the following points:

* The federal government Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan to restore the Outstanding Universal Values of the Great Barrier Reef decade by decade is no longer tenable following back to-back bleaching events.

* Climate change is a clear and present challenge to the ongoing health of the Great Barrier Reef.

* Almost all historic and legacy stressors to the Great Barrier Reef remain today, and most of them continue to escalate for example, land clearing, maintenance dredging, ship anchoring, and coastal recreational fishing pressure.

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14:15

'Made in America': El Salvador's mass graves are the worst "shitholes" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My journalist's hiking boots still have leftover feces and dirt from the ultimate shitholes of El Salvador: its mass graves. Many of the thousands of graves that my sources there have mapped were dug by U.S.-trained and funded security forces in the 80s. Most of the rest were dug more recently by L.A.based-gangs steadily deported to El Salvador by U.S. immigration authorities since the 90s. President Trump's characterization of Africa, Haiti and El Salvador as "shitholes" disturbed me, but I wasn't sure why. The comments were made during a discussion about the temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of Salvadoran, Haitian and other immigrants Trump had just rescinded. In search for an answer, I went home and pulled out and studied my boots , which were tattered after too many visits to mass graves, mass graves with the remains of Salvadorans-in El Salvador, in Mexico and in the deserts of south Texas. Wearing my hiking boots during visits to numerous sites along this chain of devalued life led me to the conclusion that mass graves were the ultimate shitholes.

14:15

So what does Australia's public debt look like in January 2018? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


As of 5 January 2018 Australian Government public debt stood at an est. $515.6 billion at face value. Six months earlier this debt had stood at est. $500.9 billion. So government debt continues to grow.

This early January 2018 public debt breaks down as:

$477,278m
$34,897m
$3,500m
Other Securities
$6m

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13:08

10 Of The Dumbest Questions Reporters Asked During Trumps Health Press Conference "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson told reporters on Tuesday that President Trump is in excellent health and has no cognitive or mental issues whatsoever. But that didnt stop the press corps from asking a lot of really stupid questions. Heres a sampling.

1. One reporter asked the White House physician how Trump can become as fit as Obama who struggled to kick a smoking habit. He then proceeded to whine that the press office doesnt keep a tally of how much time Trump spends on the golf course and asked if Jackson could help them with that.

2. CNNs Jim Acosta asked Jackson if a cognitive exam is the same as a psychiatric one. The answer is no.

The Washington Posts Jennifer Rubin is on the case!

3. At one point a reporter asked about Trumps dietary habits citing the oft-reported anecdotes of the presidents Diet Coke addiction and frequent trips to McDonalds and demanded an explanation for how a man who likes fast food so much could be in good health.

Its called genetics, Jackson replied.

4. Another asked about Trum...

13:01

Yet More Subby Stuff "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Researching a bit about the Mizar, I stumbled across an account of the NR-1, written by one of its officers. [nr-1] If youre interested in cold war exploration stories, and going to sea in very awkward ships stories, its pretty good.

NR-1 docked

I had heard of Trieste and Alvin, naturally, they appear from time to time in National Geographic. The NR-1 doesnt its existence was mostly classified. For one thing, it was a highly unusual ship while most deep sea exploration ships were small and cramped, NR-1 had a 145+ foot-long hull for a crew of 11, and was powered by a small nuclear reactor. NR-1 was a special project started by Admiral Hyman Rickover, the brains behind the US nuclear navy a spec sheet for the NR-1 is on the Federation of American Scientists site [fas] like everything Rickover built, it was amazing.

Most of the deep sea exploration and recovery ships in the 60s and 70s depended on a surface tender; theyd dive down in the morning and come back up for air and resupply in the evening. That meant that they couldnt go far from the tender, and they had to head to port in bad weather. The NR-1 didnt have that problem it could stay under for 45 days, if necessary. Apparently the main constraint on its dive-time was the size of the brown mountain in the sanitary tank. The author reports one encounter at sea:

The subs crew members who had gone aboard the tow ship took turns dropping their empty beer bottles into the churning wake so the glass containers would drift back and knock against the bobbing submarine, irritating whoever was standing watch on the bridge.  But having been kept in the Azores until it was too late to avoid the North Atlantic storm season, the Mizar was soon barely able to make headway in the strong seas with the NR-1 in tow, so the ocean tug USS Kiowa was summoned to take over.  The Kiowa was used to rescuing huge vessels like battleships and messaged her first question, How much diesel fuel do you have?

None, came the answer from the NR-1.

Well, how long can you keep your power on?

Twenty years..........

12:11

DC high school grads all got diplomas without meeting basic requirements, Mayor investigates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Residents in Washington, D.C. are still baffled over how every single student at Ballou High School got their diploma, despite many of them not even showing up to class. It wasn't just one school. Students across the city graduated despite having missed more than 30 days of school in a single course, findings from the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent investigation found. The investigation is still ongoing, but parents' demand for answers prompted city officials to share some initial findings. The city wide audit came after an initial investigation by WAMU and NPR at Ballou, in which they discovered a high rate of unexcused absences. An investigation by WAMU and NPR has found that Ballou High School's administration graduated dozens of students despite high rates of unexcused absences. We reviewed hundreds of pages of Ballou's attendance records, class rosters and emails after a district employee shared the private documents. Half of the graduates missed more than three months of school last year, unexcused. One in five students was absent more than present - missing more than 90 days of school.

11:31

The Antitrust Case Against Facebook, Google and Amazon "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Facebook, Google and Amazon dominate their worlds just as Standard Oil and AT&T once did. Critics say they should get the same treatment. The answer to the antitrust question depends on a narrow test:

By Greg Ip
The Wall Street Journal
Jan. 16, 2018 11:52 a.m. ET

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Standard Oil Co. and American Telephone and Telegraph Co. were the technological titans of their day, commanding more than 80% of their markets.

Todays tech giants are just as dominant: In the U.S., Alphabet Inc.s Google drives 89% of internet search; 95% of young adults on the internet use a Facebook Inc. product; and Amazon.com Inc. now accounts for 75% of electronic book sales. Those firms that arent monopolists are duopolists: Google and Facebook absorbed 63% of online ad spending last year; Google and Apple Inc. provide 99% of mobile phone operating systems; while Apple and Microsoft Corp. supply 95% of desktop operating systems.

A growing number of critics think these tech giants need to be broken up or regulated as Standard Oil and AT&T once were. Their alleged sins run the gamut from disseminating fake news and fostering addiction to laying waste to small towns shopping districts. But antitrust regulators have a narrow test: Does their size leave consumers worse off?

By that standard, there isnt a clear case for going after big techat least for now. They are driving down prices and rolling out new and often improved products and services every week.

That may not be true in the future: If market dominance means fewer competitors and less innovation, consumers will be worse off than if those companies had been restrained. The impact on innovation can be the most important competitive effect in an antitrust case, says Fiona Scott Morton, a Yale University economist who served in the Justice Departments antitrust division under Barack Obama.

Google which has spent the past eight years in the sights of European and American antitrust authorities, is hardly a price gouger. Most of its products are free to consumers and the price advertisers pay Google per click has fallen by a third the past three years. The company remains an innovation powerhouse, investing in new products such as its voice-activated assistant Google Home.

Googles booth at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Yet Googles monopoly means some features and prices that competitors offered never made it in front of customers. Yelp Inc., which in 2004 began aggregating detailed inform...

10:00

Listen: Geopolitics Alert Editor Jim Carey on The Anti-Media Radio "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Detroit (GPA Listen to Geopolitics Alert editor Jim Careys appearance on January 15ths episode of The Anti-Media Radio.

In the January 15th episode of The Anti-Media Radio, Geopolitics Alert editor Jim Carey calls in to talk to The Anti-Medias Nick Bernabe about several key events of the past few weeks.

Jim and Nick touch on subjects ranging from the accidental emergency alert received by everyone in Hawaii of an impending nuclear holocaust to the failure of the Western-led global financial system and its impending death. The conversation begins in Hawaii and then moves on to the potential war with North Korea and the role China is playing, not just in the Korean conflict but in the greater world.

Below are some links to read as a primer relating to the topics discussed in the show and a youtube link to listen to the episode

From The Anti-Media:

Hawaiians Just Received Inbound Ballistic Missile Threat Emergency Alert

The Whole World Is Sick and Tired of US Foreign Policy

Tillerson and Mattis Holding Trump Back From Launching Attack on North Korea

From Geopolitics Alert: 

Pakistan Ditches Dollar for Yuan Following Trumps Abusive Rhetoric

The Forgotten War: The US Destruction of The DPRK

China isnt Cheating: The Difference Between US and Chinese Investment

Also by Jim Carey relating to the topic:

Who and What Will AI Serve? US and China Give Very Different Answers


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09:00

How The CIA Used Feminism To Destabilize Society "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


 The CIA has a lot to answer for.  I personally never guessed that this is part of the CIA Gestalt.  It makes me extremely angry.

Let me tell you why.  Deleterious social changes have been ongoing during my entire lifetime.  I had presumed rather naturally that they were driven by natural causes that simply were not been addressed.   Unfortunate but then we live in an age of rapidly changing data flow and experimentation.




How The CIA Used Feminism To Destabilize Society

http://humansarefree.com/2018/01/how-cia-used-feminism-to-destabilize.html#more


"In the 1960s, the elite media invented second-wave feminism as part of the elite agenda to dismantle civilization and create a New World Order."

Since writing these words last week, I have discovered that before she became a feminist leader, Gloria Steinem worked for the CIA spying on Marxist students in Europe and disrupting their meetings.

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08:20

The Peace Boat is on its way to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

 

Right now, the Peace Boat is on its way to Australia. The Making Waves speaking tour will feature second-generation nuclear test survivor Karina Lester, ICAN Ambassador Scott Ludlam, hibakusha from Hiroshima and Nagasaki and former dairy farmers from Fukushima, all travelling aboard the floating international peace village. Join the tour and help us amplify the call for Australia and Japan to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

FREMANTLE

Thursday 25 January 12-2pm

Foley Hall, Mouat St (between High St and Croke St) at Notre Dame University

Register here.

ADELAIDE

Monday 29 January 6-7:30pm

Gallery Yampu, 1 Jenkins St, Birkenhead

Register here.

MELBOURNE

Thursday 1 February 6-8pm

The Cube, ACMI

Register here.

HOBART

Friday 2 February 12:30-2pm

Parliament Lawns, Salamanca Place. In the event of wet weather, we will move the event into Parliament House.

Free event. Register here.

SYDNEY

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07:25

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Duke St, Grafton "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Duke St, Grafton, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 17 Jan 2018 17:10

07:03

STONE & WOOD RELEASE 2018 SUMMER SEASONAL! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

With the return of balmy evenings filled with the sound of cicadas calling out, its time for Byrons local, independent brewery to release their summer seasonal, The Gatherer.

Inspired by their brewing ancestors slower lifestyle, who would experiment with locally sourced produce in their beer, The Gatherer is brewed with seasonal ingredients and the recipe is changed up each year.

Similar to their winter release, Stone Beer (available in June), both seasonal releases pay homage to ancient brewing techniques, and a time when things were slower and simpler

The Gatherer 2018 is a thirst quenching American Wheat Beer. Dry hopped with Galaxy, The Gatherer has zesty ripe fruit aromas and a fresh tartness from the addition of sour cherries, native Northern Rivers finger limes and river mint. The pinkish hue, hinting at its subtle sweetness is balanced with malt and wheat, finishing smooth and dry.

Head Brewer Caolan Vaughan is super excited to see how it is received, particularly as the peak of summer hits.

The Gatherers crisp and refreshing tartness from the addition of sour cherry makes it an incredibly refreshing beer he said.

A remedy for the blistering hot days of summer, The Gatherer will be hitting shelves and going on tap at select venues across the country this week.

For where to find The Gatherer check out the venue listing on Stone & Woods website, or purchase a carton via their Online Store.

The post STONE & WOOD RELEASE 2018 SUMMER SEASONAL! appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

06:32

Australian university is world's first to go fully solar-powered "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a move that will make the Sydney institution the world's first university to be energy carbon neutral, the University of New South Wales has inked a deal to meet all its electricity needs with solar energy from next year onwards.

06:17

Richmond River dredging finally funded "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

L to R: Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin, Ballina Mayor David Wright and Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole inspecting dredging sites at North Creek. Photo supplied

The long-awaited dredging of the Richmond River mouth at Ballina and nearby North Creek will go ahead after the state government and Ballina Shire Council each lobbed in around a quarter of a million dollars towards the project.

Lands minister Paul Toole and Northern NSW parliamentary secretary Ben Franklin were joined by Ballina Mayor David Wright at North Creek on Wednesday (January 18) to announce the funding.

Mr Franklin said the dredging project will be funded to the tune of $230,700 under the NSW Liberal & Nationals Governments Rescuing Our Waterways program.

Ballina Shire Council will also contribute $230,700 to this important work, he said

This funding will help improve the accessibility, health and safety of North Creek, which is enjoyed by recreational and commercial users throughout the year.

Ballina Shire Council will use the grant to assess any environmental impacts for large scale dredging along the waterway to improve navigation for vessels and increase tidal flushing for improved water quality, Mr Franklin said.

Mr Toole said more than $1 million has been allocated to councils across the state for essential dredging projects in the latest round of funding.

The inlets, lakes, rivers and creeks along the coast are the lifeblood of many communities and the NSW Government is pleased to fund this work to improve waterway safety and access.

All coastal councils are eligible to apply for up to 50 per cent of the cost of dredging projects under the Rescuing Our Waterways program, Mr Toole said.

The post Richmond River dredging finally funded appeared first on Echonetdaily.

06:05

Euro Capital Flows or Speculation? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Is the euro really going up on capital inflows or speculation leverage?

ANSWER: We are not picking up any real net capital outflows from the USA to Europe. It appears to be speculation on the currency markets in anticipation of higher interest rates coming down the line. But real capital has not begun to move and will not seriously move in until there are higher positive rates.

More concerning has been net outflows from the USA to emerging market debt. This has been a trend led by pension funds trying to earn higher yields. They need higher returns to try to cover net losses in interest income because of the lower rates. This is very dangerous for when the dollar reverses and rises into 2021, that emerging market debt will go into default. This will only further the Monetary Crisis we see coming in the 2020-2021 time period. Meanwhile, Excess Reserves at the Fed rose during 2017 up from the low in 2016. European banks have been parking cash at the Fed since 2016 to avoid the negative rates at the ECB. We need to see that rate rise a...

06:01

To Trade anything You Must Understand What is Happening "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Martin,

I took your advice back in November about a potential January DJ high and it has paid off for me well.
I am a small-time personal investor and am wondering about the content of the Vertical Market Report is this something tailor made for the Professional / Hedge fund trader?
I am considering purchasing but given the price, I would like it to be beneficial given my situation.
Appreciate any further advice you can give,
Rgds
PR

 

ANSWER: That Report is NOT for in-and-out trading. It covers position investing so you do not have to be in and out. You are not trying to sell the precise high. You position trade this type of market and it tells you when to get out. However, the most important aspect is the report explains what is unfolding. You have to have CONFIDENCE in order to trade a market. If you understand what is unfolding, then you can trade it. If you lack the understanding, you will not be able to invest or trade.

05:18

Gold & Silver: The Once and Future Money "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

With so much talk about bitcoin lately, I want to talk about another traditional form of money that most people have completely forgotten about

If youre a regular Daily Reckoning reader, you know I write and speak frequently on the role of gold in the monetary system.

But when I speak in public about gold, I inevitably get one question from the audience: What about silver?

Heres my answer to that question:

I love silver!

Some assume I dislike silver as a hard asset for your portfolio because I usually focus on gold. But thats simply not true. I own silver and recommend it to investors.

Do you have a torch, spare batteries and some duct tape stashed away for home emergencies, like power outages or cyclones? Of course you do.

How about 100 ounces of silver coins? If not, you should.

Silver and gold are both precious metals.

From an investment standpoint, silver is more difficult to analyse than gold because gold has almost no uses except as money.

(Gold is widely used in jewellery, but I consider gold jewellery a hard asset; what I call wearable wealth.)

Silver, on the other hand, has many industrial applications.

This means that the price of silver may rise or fall based on industrial utilisation and the business cycle, independent of monetary factors such as inflation, deflation and interest rates.

More importantly, silver, like gold, is a form of money.

Why its actually silver that has
a wider use throughout world history

Gold may have a higher valuation by weight and be scarcer than silver, but silver has seen much wider usage as money throughout world history.

And in an extreme social or infrastructure breakdown in which banks, ATMs and store scanners are offline silver coins might be the only way to buy groceries for your family.

A gold coin is too valuable to exchange for a basket of groceries, but a silver coin or two is just about right.

Bitcoin, which depends upon a normally functioning grid, certainly wont get you anything you need when theres no electricity. Good luck trying.

If a failure happens and dont believe for a second that it couldnt shortages will appear and the price of silver could soar to $60 per ounce or higher, a roughly 250% gain from current levels of about $17.50 per ounce.

Beyond the real possibility of emergencies, my expectation is that as savers and investors lose confidence in central bank money, they will increasingly turn to physical money (gold and silver) as stores o...

04:53

"How Is One To Live?" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in ones culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.
- Barry Lopez

03:41

Talk Nation Radio: Jackson Lears on the Russiagate Religion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jackson Lears is the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University. Lears is the editor of the journal Raritan: A Quarterly Review. His books include: Something for Nothing: Luck in America and Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising in America. He recently wrote an article called What We Dont Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking for the London Review of Books.

Total run time: 29:00
Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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Past Talk Nation Radio shows are all available free and complete at
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https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/tracks

The post Talk Nation Radio: Jackson Lears on the Russiagate Religion appeared first on World Beyond War . . ..

01:57

Lets work towards an inclusive Australia Day for all "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Momentum for changing the date of Australia Day from January 26 has made its way to Canberra this week. Just yesterday, the Greens committed to campaign on the issue both at a Federal and local government level.

ANTaR has been campaigning for changing the date for a number of years now, and heres why.

For anyone familiar with Australian history, the arrival of the British in Sydney Cove on January 26, 1788 did not set off a peaceful 200 years of coexistence based on agreement to hand over land, resources and the system of law/lore.

For the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, whose land it is that the British took that day, a foreign people had arrived and proceeded to steal their land in Sydney Cove. The colonists planted a flag, cut down trees, and took what space they needed to establish their camp.

Please help Australia come to terms with what January 26 represents to First People, please sign our Sea of Hands Pledge.


Thinking of how to mark the day? Weve collated some of the events and rallies led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are being held on the 26 January. View the list here.
Interested in volunteering with ANTaR on Survival Day at Yabun Festival in Sydney? Find out more here.

Not long after, there was armed conflict, commencing years of frontier conflict, massacres, forcibly stealing other First Nations land, moving them off it, stealing vital food resources, and smashing the way of life that had been lived for thousands of years in those places.

The uninvited British arrival and encampment in...

01:53

Actor Jessica Falkholt dies in hospital "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jessica Falkholt. Pic Fox News

Home and Away actor Jessica Falkholt has died in hospital a week after a funeral was held in Sydney for her sister and parents following a horror Boxing Day car crash.

The 29-year-old had been in a critical condition in St George Hospital after being pulled from the wreckage on December 26 the NSW South Coast along with her 21-year-old sister Annabelle, who later died.

Jessica died in hospital at 10.20am on Wednesday, the hospital says.

The post Actor Jessica Falkholt dies in hospital appeared first on Echonetdaily.

01:42

Bannon refused to answer House panel's questions about time in White House "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bannon refused to answer House panel's questions about time in White House | 16 Jan 2018 | President Donald Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon refused to answer questions Tuesday from the House intelligence committee about his time in the White House, prompting panel members to subpoena him on the spot, according to a person familiar with the interview. Bannon appeared before the committee as part of its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, speaking just weeks after a falling-out with Trump over comments he made in an explosive new book. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) confirmed Tuesday that he issued a subpoena for Bannon.

01:11

Cunning Stunts reach milestone & break donation record with more than $100,000 donated to local charities in the NSW Northern Rivers Region! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

January 7th Nudge Nudge Wink Wink event has resulted in the Cunning Stunts breaking two donation records they hadnt conceived of when starting their venture in December 2015.

Just announced, they will be donating to the January NFP recipient Cabarita Youth Service, $12,000 raised from their January 2018 event. In addition to this record breaking donation their largest to date their January event also has them reaching a major milestone they will have donated over $100,000 across 22 events since their inception, $107,885 to be exact!

The Cunning Stunts team Darren & Sarah Sutton, Laura Peck & Dale Stephen tirelessly devote themselves to putting on their Nudge Nudge Wink Wink fundraising events each month as a charitable endeavor, held at the iconic Billinudgel Hotel. Assisted by guest DJs, sponsors, supporting businesses and the Nudgers their amazing event patrons, this party with a conscience is a delight for dancers, music enthusiasts, and all who attend.

From an initial donation of $525 in December 2015, to a $12,000 donation from their January 2018 event, the Cunning Stunts and its community are contributing to locally based underfunded charities and making a difference for us all!

The Nudge Nudge Wink Wink is a TICKETED monthly event running from September June that brings the community together in an all-inclusive way, whilst raising much needed funding for beloved and deserving local charities that help improve the lives of Northern NSW residents. Food, entertainment, an outside bar and amazing raffle prizes all contribute to this special event the first Sunday of the month has become.

Fundraising at their events is raised through ticket sales, vendor and attendees donations, sponsors, merchandise sales and the selling of raffle tickets. 100% of profits donated to local well deserving charities. To ensure you get advance notification of ticket sales, sign up to their e-newsletter here www.cunningstunts.com.au/subscribe/.

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00:32

DPI targeting private forests to make up public shortfalls "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) considers the intent of the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) $750,000 project assessing the North Coast private native forest north from Newcastle appears to be to identify private forests for loggers to target for sawlogs as supplies from public lands continue to rapidly decline.

DPI surveys of both millers and logging contractors attest to the degraded nature of north-east NSWs public and private forests due to over-logging, with supplies of high quality sawlogs rapidly declining across the forest estate, according to Dailan Pugh, spokesperson for NEFA.

"Regrettably 80% of private landowners are reported as having little understanding or interest in the logging rules, with 67% of contractors believing most landowners are only interested in maximising short term income.

"The Government needs to do more than just help loggers identify and flog the best stands remaining, they have a responsibility to identify and protect oldgrowth forests, the habitat of threatened species, endangered ecological communities and other special values. These too need to be mapped.

"This time the NSW Government is targeting the best Koala habitat left on private land for intensified logging, with the promised Koala strategy nowhere to be seen.

"There is nothing sustainable about forestry as currently practiced, and the Government's current proposals to increase logging intensity while slashing the few protections for threatened species and stream buffers on both public and private lands will just increase its unsustainability.

"For those landholders who want to do the right thing the Government should be providing incentive payments for management of forests to protect threatened species, improve stream quality, enhance rainfall, and store ever increasing volumes of atmospheric carbon as they age. This is to the benefit of all of us.

"For those landholders that don't care the Government needs to ensure that the logging rules for private lands are improved to limit the ongoing degradation, introduce meaningful protection for threatened species and improve protection for streams." Mr. Pugh said.

 

00:25

Mountain bike park attracts $207,000 funding "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club with Minister Paul Toole and Ben Franklin celebrating NSW Liberal & Nationals Government funding for the park. (supplied)

The NSW Government has today announced $207,000 to complete the construction of  the Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park at Alstonville.

The new park will include eight kilometres of world-class cross country and all mountain-style trails, and a skills park.

Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club secretary Sheryn Da-Re said once the park was completed it would cater to the 180 members of the club, as well as the general public.

The park, which is five kilometres east of Alstonville on the northern side of the Bruxner Highway, with the access driveway approximately 500m west of Gap Road.

Today, NSW Minister for Racing Paul Toole and Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin MLC  announced the $207,000.

Im delighted the NSW Government has partnered with Ballina Shire Council and the Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club to deliver this great new sport and recreation facility, Mr Franklin said.

Once completed, the park will be available to local riders who want to practise their skills and boost their fitness. It will also be a drawcard for mountain bike enthusiasts and competitors from further afield, boosting tourism opportunities.

Todays funding announcement followed a visit by Greens MP Tamara Smith to park this week to see progress from an $8,000 grant she facilitated. Those funds have been used to construct stage two of the park, which is one kilometre long.

Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club Secretary Sheryn Da-Re (left) with Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith at the Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park near Alstonville. (supplied)

This recreational park will be open to the public later this year and will be a much-needed place for mountain bikers to co...

00:09

Private landowners encouraged to make up logging shortfall "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Logging in proximity to endangered species on private land at Whian Whian in 2013 caused widespread protests from environmentalists and locals, resulting in a police guard. File photo

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) has hit out at calls from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) for up to 18,000 North Coast farmers to consider logging their properties.

Last weeks call from the DPI followed a $750,000 project that surveyed more than 600 landholders, wood processors and contractors, and mapped more than five million hectares of North Coast forests.

According to a department media release, three quarters of the private native forests (PNF) on the North Coast are commercial forest types that can be sustainably managed for timber, but it added that forest productivity is well below what it could be.

The project team has developed a model that rates larger blocks of forested land according to their forestry importance. The model takes account of forest size, type and productivity, terrain roughness and distance to wood processing facilities.

Prime sites identified

On the far north coast the principal areas targeted for logging are: in Byron Shire Upper Main Arm, Goonengerry and Broken Head; in Ballina Shire the high quality koala habitat near Wardell and Coolgardie; in Lismore LGA the Mackellar and Koonorigan Ranges; and in Tweed Shire around Mount Warning and Doon Doon.

NEFA argues the motivation for the project appears to be to identify private forests for loggers to target for sawlogs as supplies from public lands continue to rapidly decline.

According to NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh, DPI surveys of both millers and logging contractors attest to the degraded nature of north-east NSWs public and private forests due to over-logging, with supplies of high quality sawlogs rapidly declining across the forest estate.

Regrettably 80 per cent of private landowners are reported as having little understanding or interest in the logging rules, with 67 per cent of contractors believing most landowners are only interested in maximising short term income, he said.

The government needs to do more than just help loggers identify and flog the best stands remaining, they have a responsibility to identify and protect old-growth forests, the habitat of threatened species, endangered ecological communities and othe...

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23:27

Former Kyogle man caught after six years on the run "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A former Kyogle man who allegedly threatened to chop an elderly mans head off with a machete has been caught in South Australia after six years on the run from police.

Richmond Local Area Command police said the 29-year-old man had several outstanding warrants for traffic and domestic violence offences in Kyogle dating back to 2012 and warrants in for Assault Police in Queensland from 2014.

Police allege the man was living at a property at Loadstone, NSW, two years ago when he became involved in an argument with the elderly property owner. A 46-year-old man was also present at the time, but is yet to be captured by police.

Police said the elderly man was punched in the face a number of times before the then 27-year-old forced his head onto a table and threatened to chop his head off with a machete.

The elderly man was also hit with a wooden stake, and his mobile phone was smashed, with the 27-year-old man saying now you cant call the police.

The victim managed to escape and went to hospital where he was treated for significant injuries.

When the victim returned to his property the next day he saw his car had been pushed down a gorge and a large amount of his property had been stolen.

Warrants were issued for the 27-year-old and the 46-year-old after it was discovered they had fled interstate.

Police followed the trail of the 27 year old via several means from Loadstone to South Australia, Western Australia, various towns in the Northern Territory and back to South Australia.

On January 9 detectives from the Richmond LAC and Murray Bridge (South Australia) arrested a now 29-year-old Murray Bridge man for the Loadstone incident and for eight traffic and domestic violence offences committed in Kyogle in 2012.

He has been extradited back to NSW and charged with being armed with intent to commit indictable offence, assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company, destroying property, intimidation and affray.

He has been refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court next week.

Investigations are continuing into the second alleged offender.

Following the arrest, police have issued a warning to anyone thinking they can escape justice by fleeing to another state.

Police can and do extradite interstate and overseas warrant offenders, Richmond LAC has posted on Facebook.

If you have a NSW warrant and live interstate you can hand yourself in at any NSW police station and have the warrant finalised. The alternative is to wait for a knock on your door by NSW police and be extradited.

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23:19

Broken Head quarry disputes rehabilitation order "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Broken Head Quarry. Photo supplied

Owners of the Broken Head quarry are fighting an order by NSW Department of Planning and Environment to rehabilitate the site, with a conciliation set for this Thursday (January 19).

In mid-2017 the department issued an order under the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to Leadshine Pty Ltd, the operator of the quarry.

A spokesperson for the department told The Echo, The Department of Planning and Environment has been investigating whether or not development at Broken Head Quarry has been carried out in compliance with the quarrys development consent.

The department has been working with other agencies, including Byron Shire Council, the NSW Environment Protection Authority, National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Office of Environment and Heritage in the investigation.

The spokesperson said the 2017 order required Leadshine to rehabilitate the site in accordance with the Environmental Impact Statement, submitted with the development application in 1997.

Leadshine has appealed against the order in the Land and Environment Court.

The appeal is listed for a conciliation conference on 19 January 2018. As this matter is still subject to court processes, the department will make no further comment.

Rehabilitation

According to the August 2017 Planning and Environment Compliance Report, The order specifies dates by which Leadshine must rehabilitate both the east and west pits at the Broken Head quarry.

Broken Head quarry was acquired by Leadshine in early 2003 from the Batson family, says the Broken Head quarry website, and they have managed the day-to- day activity on site since that time. 

The quarry was contacted in relation to this story.

Other compliance

Other...

23:08

Holden misleads customers over dealership changes "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tony Carsburgs dealership is one of more than thirty dealerships across the country to have been dumped by Holden as the company focuses on bigger dealerships. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Tony Carsburg customers have been left incensed at the letter they received from Holden claiming that Tony Carsburg Holden recently closed its Holden franchise

It then directs customers to Tweed saying that Tweed Holden in Tweed Heads is now your new local Holden dealer.

Tony Carsburg didnt close the Holden dealership; Holden didnt renew the franchise sales agreement, said Carsburg Motors manager Steve Harris.

The letter was sent to all Carsburgs clients who have either bought a car or received servicing through Carsburg Motors.

Whoever wrote that letter was wrong and misleading in what they were saying, said Tony Carsburg.

It is disappointing how this has been handled by Holden.

None of us would dispute it if we werent performing, but we were all performing pretty well.

Other local dealerships who have been dumped by Holden include Kyogle, Maclean and Glen Innes.

They wrote to us and said that, We didnt fit into their footprint any more, continued Steve.

They just want the big dealers.

Tony was informed that his franchise agreement would end on December 31, and even though a group formed by Holden dealers to work with Holden tried to fight the closure of more than 30 dealerships across the country, they were unable to stop the process.

It was just so badly done, continued Tony.

The concept appears to be that in the country areas if you have to drive an hour to get your vehicle serviced then they think thats okay.

But Carsburg Motors arent planning on going anywhere; there has been a car service and repair business on that...

22:38

Nudge Nudge funraisers celebrate major milestone "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Performing Cunning Stunts for charity: From left: Sarah Sutton, Darren Sutton, Dale Stephen and Laura Peck. Photo Matt Leedham. Photo supplied

A local group of four local funraisers have celebrated a major milestone with $100,000 donated from more than 22 events to not-for-profits (NFPs) in the northern rivers.

Cunning Stunts two of whom are a married couple and two of whom are professional DJs say they have been hosting parties with a conscience since 2015.

They donate 100 per cent of their time involved and services towards raising money for underfunded NFPs that provide services to those people in the local community who are in need.

The DJs who play, and some of the businesses and volunteers involved, also donate their time and/or services.

Some $12,000 raised from their January event will go towards NFP recipient Cabarita Youth Service. It was their largest to date, they say; they have raised $107,885 in just two years.

The group said, Were honoured to share that our ticketed events are now selling out at record speed the January event sold out in 15 hours.

Darren and Sarah Sutton, Laura Peck and Dale Stephen say they tirelessly devote themselves to putting on their Nudge Nudge Wink Wink fundraising events each month as a charitable endeavour.

Held at the Billinudgel Hotel, they are assisted by guest DJs, sponsors, supporting businesses and the Nudgers.

Darren told The Echo, Its been a pleasure building it up and creating awareness and funding for charities that are doing amazing work in the northern rivers.

The next funraiser will be at the Billinudgel Hotel on Sunday February 4.

For more info visit www.cunningstunts.com.au.

 

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22:33

Appropriated culture: a closer look "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Local Aboriginal Arakwal custodian Delta Kay says the wearing of Native American headdresses is appalling whether they be at bucks and hens parties or at festivals. Each feather is a symbol of honour and respect that a First Nations man has earned through great deeds.
Photo from www.ebay.com.au

Hans Lovejoy

When is it okay to adopt traditional cultural practices for your own? Are there physical and psychic dangers?

Does cultural appropriation improve or dilute the powers of both the ceremony and the traditional leaders who have held them for perhaps thousands, if not hundred of thousands, of years?

While there are no easy answers, its a topic worthy of exploration given Byron Shire draws so many who are both looking for, and want to provide, a spiritual/cultural experience or enlightenment.

Cultural appropriation takes many forms; it could be wearing traditional facial symbols, First Nations headdresses or costumes, as well as taking part in ceremonies and ritual dances which are led by unauthorised indigenous and non-indigenous people. Money exchanged for taking part in ceremonies can also be considered cultural appropriation, whether paid to indigenous or non-indigenous people.

While some traditional ceremonies are conducted privately in homes for example public events are also held, such as the Spirit Festival. Ceremonies of all kinds can be found throughout online social media too, all for a cost. 

Custodian speaks

Local Aboriginal Arakwal custodian Delta Kay said that cultural appropriation makes my blood boil.

I wouldnt wear a diggers uniform for Anzac Day, for example. Their uniforms and badges were earned and have a high rank. 

The wearing of Native American headdresses is appalling whether they be at bucks and hens parties or at festivals. 

Each feather is a symbol of honour and respect that a First Nations man has earned through great deeds.

Earning money or a...

22:32

NSW hazardous surf, hot weather warning "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Rock fishermen are being urged to stay safe, with hazardous surf predicted for today. Photo Shutterstock

Beachgoers in NSW have been warned to be aware of hazardous surf conditions across the states coastline.

While there wont be a repeat of the damaging surf conditions which closed most of the patrolled beaches on Tuesday, the surf will still be large and powerful on Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Hazardous surf is large and powerful and dangerous for typical coastal activities especially rock fishing, duty forecaster Andrew Haigh told AAP.

Temperatures across NSW are also forecast to start heating up with parts of the state expected to reach 40C on Thursday.

Wentworth in the states far south west is forecast to reach 42C and Broken Hill in the far west of NSW is expected to reach 40C on Thursday.

The high temperatures will continue into the weekend as Penrith is forecast to reach 42C on Friday and Saturday and the mercury is set to reach 44C in Ivanhoe in central NSW on Saturday.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has warned residents to prepare for the high temperatures and increased fire danger.

Temperatures will reach the mid-40s in a number of areas and the Bureau of Meteorology forecast indicates there is little relief in sight, with little to no rain forecast during the coming hot spell, NSW RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said in a statement.

The forecast heatwave will elevate the risk of fire and total fire bans are likely to be declared for some areas, so I urge landholders, homeowners, businesses and holidaymakers to consider how they will be impacted and begin making their preparations today.

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22:13

The Ocean City Lawsuit Explained, a Bit. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

OC Blog photo 2018Ocean City, Maryland, Spring 2017. This photo was taken just before the Town of Ocean City passed the emergency ordinance addressing the panic officials claim bare-chested women would create on the beach.

 

So after a summer of patient deliberation turned into an autumn of patient deliberation, we have finally filed our civil rights complaint against the Town of Ocean Citys unconstitutional ordinance banning female, but not male, bare-chestedness.

Rather than rehash the story, which is easy enough to find on this blog and through a simple Google search, I thought I would instead do an FAQ about topfreedom and what parts of this lawsuit I can speak to for the benefit of supporters and detractors checking in here as a result of the recent news coverage regarding our lawsuit.

Please understand that I cannot answer certain questions, mostly the ones that require me to make legal arguments.  Lawyers are involved now finally.  Thank goodness.  So with that said, welcome, or welcome back.  Im excited to have this underway.

Q:  There are so many bigger concerns in the...

22:00

January 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



1810 - William Bligh arrived at Port Jackson from Hobart in HMS Porpoise.

1839 - NSW minimum price of Crown Land increased from 5 shillings to 12 shillings minimum an acre.

1843 - John Clements Wickham arrived in Brisbane as police magistrate. He was appointed Government Resident on 1st January 1853.

1852 - Sturt Light (Cape Willoughby Lighthouse), SA, first exhibited.

1852 - William Swan Urquhart completed his survey of the town of Ballarat, Victoria.

1859 - The railway line from Footscray to Williamstown Pier (Vic) opened.

1889 - A heatwave hit western New South Wales and pre-empted destructive bushfires.

1895 - Moolooloorun (Aboriginal male, no given surname) was Hanged on gallows constructed at Crescent Lagoon, NT in the presence of other members of his aboriginal community for the murder of an unnamed Chinese man near the Roper River.

1899 - A six foot tidal wave was noted at Charles Point, NT, origins unknown.

1900 - Lolli Kayser Singh was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Sunda Singh at Denial Bay.

1902 - The Richmond Vale Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1902 - The Stanford Merthyr Branch Railway line (NSW) was opened.

1911 - On this day Melbourne became the first district branch of the Australian Journalists Association ( AJA) to be approved.


1916 - The Linton to Skipton Railway line (Vic) opened.

1922 - Splashing a bit of paint around was profitable for William Beckwith McInnes who took home the very first Archibald Prize for portraiture.

1929 - 800 striking waterside workers rioted, attacking the non-union labour that was brought in to break the strike, with at least one (later) fatality arising from the conflict that of Mounted Constable Evans.

1930 - Australia signed an agreement with Germany regarding the liquidation of German property in Australia.

1941 - The religious group, Jehovah's Witnesses, were banned as a pacifist sect.

1944 - Meat rationing was imposed, allowing the purchase of meat with coupons within a weekly ration per person of up to 680g of high quality meat and 1.8 kg of lower quality meat.

1945 - A fire on the wharves of Fremantle, WA, destroyed many buildings and ships.

1959 - Tasmania's first shark attack in over a century took place at Port Arthur.

1962 - Bushfires surrounding Melbourne caused the loss of 8 lives and extensive property damage.
The media reported that bushfires had spread to the suburbs, coming within 19kms of the Melbourne CBD.

1968 - The rockin', rollin' riding group on the Mornin...

21:45

A day in the life of Byron local court "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Paul Bibby

Its a great day to be at the beach one of those melting mornings when lolling in the waves is the only sensible course of action.

But Im not at the beach.

Im in Byron Bay Local Court.

With the The Echos usual court reporter away, Ive been dispatched to chase an animal-cruelty story.

After plonking down on a government-issued plastic chair, theres every chance Ill be waiting all day for my guy to have his turn.

Yet despite feeling mildly resentful about the direction my day has taken, Im gradually drawn in by the tales that unfold in the vault-like courtroom.

Its the not-so-shiny side of the Byron Shire drug use, petty theft, drink driving, and the seemingly endless cycle of violence taking place behind closed doors.

Yet behind every case is a personal story that reveals the human condition in a far more profound way than people-watching at Main Beach ever could.

As I assemble myself for the day, the court is hearing a case I quickly dub Fallen Football Star.

Facing charges of drug possession, the powerfully built youth walks to the chair in the middle of the courtroom with his head down.

Fallen Star has struggled to find direction ever since his representative rugby league career was ended by a catastrophic knee injury.

Hed managed to avoid any major run-ins with the cops until they caught him with 20 tablets of MDMA (MethyleneDioxyMethAmphetamine) at the Falls Festival.

They initially charged him with supply, but this was later reduced to possession and the jittery giants solicitor tells the court the pills were for personal use.

Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy looks at Fallen Star over his thick-rimmed glasses and declares that 20 pills is a ridiculously large amount of psychoactive drugs for a single person to use.

Nevertheless, he seems to accept that Fallen Star is no dealer.

The most precious words anyone who has committed a crime can hear are no conviction recorded.

It means that, despite plea...

21:35

Seen enjoying Hello Sunday Morning last Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Feather and Tommy Franklin at Byrons Hello Sunday Morning, last Saturday. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Byron Bays Hello Sunday Morning, in fact held last Saturday at Apex Park, was a great success with about 500 people enjoying the morning.

Feather, Tommy Franklin and Sergio Naranjarte took part in the event that aims to raise awareness around excessive alcohol consumption.

The vibe was great, the community really got involved and no one was afraid to join in and dance, said one of the organisers Grace Enright.

Tommy helped set the tone as he is so infectious when he dances, you cant wipe the smile off your face when you watch him. It was great to see people of all ages and both men and women join in!

There are four more Hello Sunday Morning dance parties coming up, the next one is in Melbourne this Sunday and then the Sunday after they will be in Hobart and then Fremantle and ending the campaign in Sydney. 

Because Hello Sunday Morning offers digital support and we have a large network of people all over the world, having these physical events locally is a great way for us to spread awareness for our mission, to change Australias drinking culture, one Sunday at a time! Empowering people to find a great relationship with alcohol, whether that means cutting back or quitting altogether, finished grace.

For more information on Hello Sunday Morning look them up online here

21:30

The State with the Sickest Children has the Highest Vaccination Rates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots

by the World Mercury Project Team

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction.

How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners?

Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating,

If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent.

Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights.

In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

The worst health in the nation

According to the comprehensive state-by-state...

21:11

After-school and vacation care settles into new digs "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Are we art now? Enjoying the art at the Tweed Art Gallery. Photo supplied.

Mullumbimby after-school care (ASC) and vacation program are celebrating moving into a lovely, dedicated ASC space at Mullumbimby Primary School and have averted closure, which was looming late last year.

It is a lovely, fresh and clean room with elevated views so that you almost feel like you are in the trees, said program co-ordinator Jamie Wilson.

The new room means that students accessing ASC and holiday programs can enjoy the opportunity to relax in a space that is cool in summer and warm in winter a big difference from the previous space.

We are currently looking to increase our numbers for both ASC and the holiday program and have been developing a great program for the kids, continued Jamie.

Last year, they had the BANG performing arts weekly program that the kids absolutely loved, and this year they will be looking at the possibility of dance, performing arts and a kids comedy workshops.

We also have Bundjalung women come into the holiday program to do the basket weaving two to three times a year.

Busses from surrounding schools

Children from all the surrounding schools are welcome to take part in the program, and buses that run from most schools can drop children at the after-school program.

The kids are like one big happy family and they have access to all the school grounds and we have some fun sports programs as well.

Currently the program can take both immunised and non-immunised children.

The program has a year to build up the numbers of children using the program to ensure that the service can continue to operate out of Mullumbimby.

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21:10

The State with the Sickest Children has the Highest Vaccination Rates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Mississippi-Infant-Motality-last-US

The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots

by  the World Mercury Project Team

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction.

How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners?

Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating,

If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent.

Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights.

In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

The worst health in the nation

According to the comprehensive state-by-state...

20:59

Vacancies down in 2017; but not everywhere... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Seasonal vacancies

As usual vacancy rates were higher in the month of December at 2.5 per cent or 80,092 vacancies.

Despite the record high level of building, vacancies were considerably lower than a year earlier, when there were 89,721 vacancies according to SQM Research figures.

The year-on-year decrease reflects a combination of strong population growth and a very high volume of higher-density apartments still under construction, there being a lag in the completion of this dwelling type. 

Hobart has a record low vacancy rate for any capital city of an extremely tight 0.3 per cent, while Canberra (1.3 per cent) and Adelaide (1.5 per cent) remain tight rental markets. 

Asking rents have increased strongly in Hobart and Canberra accordingly over 2017. 

Perth and Darwin also seem to have turned a corner, with vacancy rates well down from a year earlier, while Melbourne's 2.1 per cent vacancy rate was also well down from 2.4 per cent in December 2016.

This downtrend wasn't the case everywhere however, with Sydney recording a multi-year high reading of 2.6 per cent in December, up from 2.3 per cent last year. 

The numbers can jag around a bit, but smoothing the figures on a 6mMA basis gives a sense of the relative condition of the rental market in each city and the prevailing trends. 


At the end of the 2017 financial year, New South Wales had a record 64,470 attached dwellings under construction, with the overdue flood of completions doubtless accounting for the jump in December. 

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20:45

No joke! President John Tyler, born 1790, has two living grandsons "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Okay, we know you aren't going to believe this, but it's true: John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States, has two grandchildren that are still living today. IT'S TRUE, WE SWEAR. Tyler served as President from 1841 to 1845 and has two grandchildren who are still alive some 173 years later. Matt Smethurst tweeted the fun fact on Tuesday: But how could this be possible? Well, it turns out the answer is simpler than you think. President Tyler just never stopped having children. When he died in 1862, he had 15 children. The youngest of those 15 kids remarried and had children late in their lives, which resulted in our current situation.

20:28

The Only Real Way To Deal With A Narcissist "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Narcissists are not people we can merely avoid. There are plenty of them in this world and they are not just going to disappear.

Narcissism seems to be quite the epidemic in current times. We come across them almost daily whether they are our bosses, partners, or even people on the streets. While some believe there would be narcissists no matter what others blame our modern culture on the rise. That being said, the reason behind the rise does not matter as much as knowing how to deal with the narcissists in your life.

Well, to begin with, we need to be able to spot narcissists. They are good liars and are able to hide quite well behind their masks. The number one best way to deal with a narcissist once you have identified him or her is to cut ties. Completely refuse to engage. Do not try to fight fire with fire and do not try to win them over, those things will never work. The narcissist is not someone who can be swayed so easily and he or she is not someone who cares about other people.

When it comes to doing what is best for YOU, moving on is your literal BEST option. While this may not be the answer you were hoping for it is the best one I can offer to you. This is the only way to ensure you are one hundred percent out of their clutches and not dealing with their bullshit.

Narcissists feed off of us and when we cut the supply off we are allowing ourselves to become whole again. When I say cut ties I mean literally completely cut ties, NO CONTACT WHATSOEVER! Once the narcissist realizes you are not coming back he or she will seek their supply elsewhere.

They will move on quickly, whether you think they will or not. If you are dealing with a true narcissist they will find someone else to benefit from right off the bat. You have to be very strict with not speaking to or having anything to do with the narcissist as if he or she wants you bad enough they will try to draw you back in.

Narcissists are charming and kind at first but once they get you in their grasp they become manipulative and cause a lot of stress on us. Because of how their brains work it is almost impossible to make a narcissist truly aware that they are the problem within the relationship and while I hate to say it, it is pretty much impossible for them to change.

You may fall for the narcissists mask but once the mask comes off, everything will go to complete shit. You cannot fix this person and this person does not love you. Narcissists only care about themselves. Do what is best for you and cut ties with the narcissist....

20:03

Solar train sees impressive passenger numbers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay Railroad Company Development director Jeremy Holmes takes a ride on the Shires latest transport. Photo Jeff Trains, Planes and Automobiles Dawson

The Byron Bay Railroad Company says it has clocked up its 10,000th passenger in just 19 days of operation.

Development director Jeremy Holmes said, We anticipated a slower start, even when factoring in summer trading..

The reaction from passengers has been so uplifting according to Holmes. It makes it all worthwhile to see the look on the faces of passengers, particularly the children, he said. And to see locals using the train to get from A to B is seriously rewarding for our team.

The train runs between the North Beach platform at the end of Bayshore Drive, and the Byron Beach platform in town, behind Simmos Caltex Service Station. The service runs  from 10am till 5pm daily, excluding Sundays. This timetable is set to expand, say organisers, when the remaining new drivers and passenger attendants receive their accreditation.

For more information visit www.byronbaytrain.com.au.

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18:09

Our Modest Contribution to Sh*thole Theory "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Our Modest Contribution to Sh*thole Theory
by Bill Bonner

"We recently had our DNA checked. Unsurprisingly, it showed that we are what we thought we were - Irish, English, and Scottish. But we are something more. In addition to the Irish riffraff, English aristocracy and Scottish bagpipers nesting in our family tree, there are, apparently, some Moors in there, too. North African is how Ancestry.com describes it. Where did that come from? we asked no one in particular. Some sh*thole country! came the answer. Here, developing like a photo in a darkroom tray, is our modest contribution to Sh*thole Theory.

All over the place: When we first caught wind of President Trumps sh*thole comment, we were outraged. We thought he was talking about our hometown. A family friend came to Baltimore for a visit last week: ...

16:20

The Unhealthiest State in America Has the Best Vaccination Rate: Offits Orwellian Logic Fails to Connect the Dots "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By  the World Mercury Project Team

 

In a Daily Beast opinion piece on December 15, Paul Offitone of the vaccine industrys most strident ambassadorspuzzles over a seeming contradiction. How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has the worst overall health in the nation, have used standout efficiency to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners? Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his articles true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippis high vaccination rates are due to the states 1979 decision to make the governmentrather than parentsthe primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Courts 1979 elimination of that states religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Courts position, stating, If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicinethe state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent. Offitthough a parent himselftells readers that the state-determined duty to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights. In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

 

 

The worst health in the nation

According to the comprehensive state-by-state health rankings that Offit cites, Mississippi has remained squarely at the bottom of the nations overall health rankings for decades (Figure 1). The low ranking correlates, in part, with the states poverty statistics: one-third of Mississippis children live in poverty (the highest percentage of any state), and 87% of the states Medicaid enrollees are children. But from birth on, scattered health statistics suggest that Mississippis children and adolescents face other phys...

14:50

Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, January 17, 2018 I come against you in the name of the Lord of hosts. With God All Things Are Possible "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot
Lectionary: 313

Image may contain: one or more people and people standing

Reading 1  1 SM 17:32-33, 37, 40-51

David spoke to Saul:
Let your majesty not lose courage.
I am at your service to go and fight this Philistine.
But Saul answered David,
You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight with him,
for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior from his youth.David continued:
The LORD, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear,
will also keep me safe from the clutches of this Philistine.
Saul answered David, Go! the LORD will be with you.

Then, staff in hand, David selected five smooth stones from the wadi
and put them in the pocket of his shepherds bag.
With his sling also ready to hand, he approached the Philistine.

With his shield bearer marching before him,
the Philistine also advanced closer and closer to David.
When he had sized David up,
and seen that he was youthful, and ruddy, and handsome in appearance,
the Philistine held David in contempt.
The Philistine said to David,
Am I a dog that you come against me with a staff?
Then the Philistine cursed David by his gods
and said to him, Come here to me,
and I will leave your flesh for the birds of the air
and the beasts of the field.
David answered him:
You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar,
but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel that you have insulted.
Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand;
I will strike you down and cut off your head.
This very day I will leave your corpse
and the corpses of the Philistine army for the birds of the air
and the beasts of the field;
thus the whole land shall le...

14:47

Santiago, Chile: Noise Bombs Detonated in Solidarity with the Anarchist Comrades Detained in Villa Francia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

NOISEBOMB

We are still the same, but more violent

On Saturday, January 6th, we went out to the street aimlessly.  Together with our partners in crime, remembering old and good  times. Every step of the way through this damn city we faced the imposed reality and inevitably our answer was vandalism. We
reclaim our lives whenever we mock authority. Everyone has their own way of seeing things, whether they agree with each other or  not, but even so, with us, disorder has always been where we meet, a point where emotions come to life. This is what we like,
what we want and what we look for, always with an idea behind it.

We placed three powerful noise bombs, inside a dumpster in a public square, under a car and inside a gym; setting off alarms and attracting the attention of the citizens and the despicable police. The streets of Santiago at night are ours when we decide to indulge in the luxury of vandalizing its symbols.

And so the days go by and we continue to plan and put into action new ways to cause disturbances with rocks, sound bombs, fireworks, graffiti etc.

Anarchy and Chaos are our expressions of Struggle and of Life....

14:45

The Healing Powers of Sweet Potatoes According To The Medical Medium "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Alanna Ketler

Have you heard of the Medical Medium? CE has covered this man and his miraculously simple approach to fighting and curing many of the so-called mystery illnesses that are plaguing humanity today. Anthony William is the man who channels a being known as Spirit, but to the public, this being is known as the Medical Medium. In depth, he explains what is causing these illnesses, what they actually are and how to treat them, without the use of any prescription medicine.

The Medical Medium has the answers and the treatments, he insists that a whole foods plant-based diet is the secret to treating the majority of the illnesses that we are suffering from today including the ones that doctors themselves are unable to diagnose and treat. Finally, there has been hope for hundreds if not thousands of people who have tried everything else or have been told that their illnesses are psychosomatic simply because the doctor does not know what the illness is in the first place or how to effectively treat it. All this can be treated by eliminating certain items from your diet and adding in an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs thats it, and its worked for many. 

In one of his recent books, Medical Medium Life Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, you will find an index of a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs with an in depth explanation of each ones capacity to heal.

Each food listed comes with a set of conditions and symptoms that it can treat, how the food can support you emotionally, and the spiritual lesson that the food can offer you. The book also provides a simple, healthy, whole food, plant-based recipe that you can make with it.

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14:41

The Exquisite Book Cover for Rebecca Roanhorse's TRAIL OF LIGHTNING "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Books by Native writers have given me moments where a phrase so perfectly reflects my experience, that I exclaim aloud, with joy, 'YES!' Illustrations can do that, too, and once in a great while, a book cover will have that effect.

Last week, Barnes and Noble did the cover reveal for Rebecca Roanhorse's Trail of Lightning. Rebecca is Ohkay Owingeh (the tribal nation my mom is from) and African American. When I saw the cover, my heart swelled. I wanted everyone in my Native networks to see it! The art is by Tommy Arnold.

So, I shared it widely and others did, too. It had the same kind of impact on Native people. Tiffany Midge, for example, said she wanted to make it into a poster. Tiffany is Hunkpapa Lakota. She's a writer, too. Look for her in #NotYourPrincess. Pernell Thomas is Navajo. On Twitter, he said:

This! This! This! Seeing a powerful Din woman on the cover of a book like this is so inspirational and life changing. I can't help but think how many young Din children will be empowered by this imagery. The k ntsaa!!! ahx'h

Trail of Lightning isn't a book for kids but I have no doubt that they'll see teens and parents reading it. And feel empowered. Some of you may be wondering why we're having this reaction. We all probably see the power that the lightning imparts, but some of us saw Maggie's mocs. Some of us saw the truck we (or someone in our family) drives on the reservation. But there are things that are not there that make the cover powerful in other ways.

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14:16

Rise in perception of corruption in public service "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


In 2016-17 the Australian Public Service Commission (APS) finalised investigation of 1,720 code of conduct complaints which resulted in 1,494 breach findings. 

Sanctions were applied in the majority of breach cases by way of either official reprimand, reduction in salary or fines. Only 18.3 per cent of sanctions took the form of termination of employment and just 11.3 percent resulted in reduction in classification or reassignment of duties.

The most serious of these breaches by classification appeared to be:
287 breaches involving failure to behave honestly and with integrity;
126 breaches involving failure to use Commonwealth resources in a proper manner and for a proper purpose;
64 breaches involving improper use of: inside information, duties, status, power or authority;
50 breaches involving providing false or misleading information;
44 breaches involving conflict of interest; and
16 breaches involving failure to comply with all applicable...

14:15

Things you should know if you are logging on to a website using your Facebook account "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Facebook for developers

The Daily Telegraph, 5 January 2018:

Ian Cox of Supremo.tv said: If youve ever pressed Login with Facebook on a website, youre giving Facebook permission to share sensitive data with the site you are visiting.

This includes, for example, your personal email address, where you live, where you work, details about your relationship, places you have recently been and who youre friends with.

In todays digital age, people are sharing just about everything on social media sites like Facebook. But most are unaware of just how much can be seen by brands, businesses and, in some cases, criminals.

The best way to stay protected online is to only share what you would be happy with the whole world seeing.

...

13:06

How Michael Larson Exploited A Loophole To Win A Game Show Fortune "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On Sunday, the Game Show Network (GSN) aired a special whose title referred to the scandal on the 1980s hit game show Press Your Luck. Promotions for the documentary even referred to the incident as the greatest scandal in game show history.

But compared to the quiz show controversies of the 1950sin which producers rigged outcomes by giving contestants answers prior to show tapingsthe Press Your Luck scandal qualifies as nothing of the sort.

On Press Your Luck, the contestant in question merely used knowledge of the game to increase his odds of winning. As with a blackjack expert at counting cards who takes a casino to the proverbial cleaners, his actions neither violated the law, nor any standards that would warrant the ignominy that the scandal moniker connotes.

Doing Game Show Homework

Press Your Luck, which premiered in September 1983, featured players taking turns at a game board filled with various cash amounts, prizes, and the dreaded Whammywhich, when landed upon, took away all a players money. Players answered questions to earn spins, which each gave a contestant one chance to control the game board. With each spin, contestants would either win the cash or prize they landed on, or, in the case of a Whammy, lose their winnings to that point.

When CBS, which broadcast Press Your Luck, first premiered the game, it only used a handful of computer-generated sequences to randomize the indicator on the game board that the contestant stopped to determine the prize he or she would receiveor, on an average of one in six spins, a Whammy. A technological marvel for its day, the boards computing power proved primitive by twenty-first-century standards. But at the time, CBS and Bill Carruthers, the shows creator, felt that the handful of sequences would represent a sufficiently complex and random pattern that contestants could not decipher it.

Unfortunately for them, however, Michael Larson, an Ohio ice-cream truck driver with a proclivity for get-rich quick schemes, took both the time and energy to do so. Armed with a video cassette recorder, he recorded episodes of the show, watching in slow-motion to discern the patterns, and even using the pause button to mimic the shows spins.

While learning the pattern of sequences, Larson discovered two other key facts: Two squares on the 18-square game board never contained a Whammyand, in the shows second round, always contained additional spins.

With these three pieces of information, Larson had the ability to turn Press Your Luck into a real-life ATM. By understanding the seemingly random, but in reality quite predictable, game board patterns, Larson could use every spin to win dollarsand additional spinsa...

13:00

How To Talk About The Gap In Your Work History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sometimes, addressing it directly can be your best option.

Whether youre gearing up for a triumphant return to the workforce or grappling with the best way to explain a recent gap in your employment history, addressing time away from the professional world can be a daunting task. Given that a glaring hole on your resume will likely be a red flag to prospective employers, youll want to take steps to proactively answer questions they may have.

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11:42

Save University of New Englands habitat trees "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

[ Wednesday, 17 Jan; 1:00 pm; ] Dear All, The University of New England (UNE) is currently destroying some of its greatest assets. These are the hollow-bearing trees, habitat for gliders, parrots and koalas. Planning and implementation of tree removal has been kept secret. From 8 January 2018, contractors started removing the first of 78 trees from the UNE campus. During the week, it [...] full article 

10:37

"The Wit Of Ashleigh Brilliant" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world.
A pessimist fears that this is true."

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately
explained by incompetence."

"My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right."

"I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met."

"A chicken and an egg are lying in bed. The chicken is smoking a cigarette
with a satisfied smile on its face and the egg is frowning and looking put out.
The egg mutters to no one in particular, I guess we answered THAT question."

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

- Ashleigh Brilliant

09:51

Max Igan on The World You Dont Know "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 



"The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater." - Frank Zappa

"Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past." - George Orwell

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. - Plato

"I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned. - Richard Feynman
...

09:48

#Australia: Hunger Strike starts Over Immigration Detention Visits Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.

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Image: Villawood detention center in Sydney. Image by Insurrection News.

Originally published by Refugee Action Coalition Sydney.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Australia: Hunger Strike starts Over Immigration Detention Visits Restrictions

Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, h...

07:12

Letter From Birmingham Jail "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Canadians are, like, half-American, right?

Its Martin Luther King Jr. Day down South, which means theres also a flurry of white-washing. So I thought Id help out the counter-effort and present MLK Jr.s words in the raw. My source for the text is a mix of this and that, plus I should add that Wikipedia has more context (and a summary). Ill bold the passages that resonated with me.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Birmingham City Jail
16 April 1963

[]
My dear Fellow Clergymen:

While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities unwise and untimely. Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.

I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against outsiders coming in. I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty five affiliated organizations across the South, and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Frequently we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates. Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct action program if such were deemed necessary. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here. I am here because I have organizational ties here.

But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their thus saith the Lord far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried th...

06:02

Can Government Really Prevent War? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Martin,

So much common sense from you. But, re the almost total corruption of government, could this be the ONLY practical solution?

That is:
1. Elect Politicians directly, at random, from the general, law abiding population for a fixed term with no possibility of re-election
2. Pay them well, with jobs/careers guaranteed and severe prison time for any corrupt activity

Of course, lots of other issues, all surmountable but these principles are sacrosanct.

Could it be any worse than the current appalling corrupt situation?

Regards
IW

PS I understand this system was tried in ancient Greece and Italy around WW1. We might be better at the logistics now?

ANSWER: No there is no other choice. Thrasymachus (c 459-400BC) put it best: all forms of government become the same as they all act in their own self-interest. We really need a bureaucracy to run, but they MUST be accountable to elected people who are by NO MEANS career politicians. The European Project and the entire theory of federalizing Europe has been to supposedly prevent war by devolving everything to a single government. If there are no career politicians, then this will do far more to reduce the threat of war than any other step we can take toward securing our future.

...

05:50

Gardner and Short top scorers in Big Bash League "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Two Aboriginal cricketers DArcy Short and Ashleigh Gardner hold the records for the highest individual scores in the history of crickets Big Bash League (BBL). Northern Territorian Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls including eight sixes and eight fours as he steered the Hobart Hurricanes to a last-ball BBL win over Brisbane at the Gabba on January 10. Sydneysider Gardner opened the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL) competition with 114 off just 52 balls for the Sydney Sixers against the Melbourne Stars at Wollongong on December 9.

05:32

AFSAs Submission re: NSW Proposed Planning Reforms "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

View AFSA's Response to the Proposed State Environmental Planning Policy (Primary Production and Rural Development) and related planning reforms, submitted 15 January 2018 and prepared by Sarah de Wit, Katie Johnston, Tammi Jonas, Penny Kothe, Anthony Wilson & Courtney Young.

Summary of Recommendations

Recommendation 1: That the Government foster NSWs food security and strengthen its efforts to identify Food Sheds by consulting with shires and taking into consideration research by UTS and SPUN in relation to peri-urban planning.

Recommendation 2: Create more flexibility for the construction of dwellings built in support of the agricultural purposes on farms, while maintaining and strengthening guards against converting farms to purely residential, lifestyle properties.

Recommendation 3: Amend the interpretational inconsistency by classifying operations below the thresholds as extensive agriculture so that the definition for extensive agriculture can include pasture-based pig farms and poultry farms.

 Recommendation 4: That all shed based pig farms be included in the feedlot definition and that pastured pig farms be included in the extensive definition.

Recommendation 5: That the trigger to judge a pastured pig farm intensive be set at more than 25 SPU/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.

Recommendation 6: That all shed based poultry farms be included in the feedlot definition and that pastured poultry farms be included in the extensive definition.

Recommendation 7: That the trigger to judge a pastured poultry farm as intensive be set at more than 450 birds/Ha, subject to meeting minimum standards.

Recommendation 8: That all pastured livestock are defined under extensive agriculture, but that the term be changed to Pastured Animal Production.

Recommendation 9: That where feeding infrastructure is mobile, a setback from neighbouring dwellings, waterways or environmentally sensitive areas be set at no more than 20m.

Recommendation 10: To formulate...

05:20

Australia: Over 200 Detainees in Immigration Detention Commence Hunger Strike in Protest Against New Visit Restrictions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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16.01.18: Over two hundred detainees at two detention centres, Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, have declared a hunger strike in protest at visiting restrictions recently announced by Border Force. The detainees have been on hunger strike for more than 24 hours, since the morning of Monday 15 January.

Posters declaring the changes would apply after 22 January went up unannounced in the centres, last week. Detainees only found out about the policy when told by their visitors.

Under the restrictions, visitors will have to give five days notice of any visit, fill in a five-page form, with actual visits restricted to one on one. Visitors will also be required to have 100 points of ID when they attend the detention centre to visit.

The restrictions will hit families especially hard. Visiting minors will also now need identification.

These restrictions come on top of recent moves by Border Force to restrict what food can be brought into the detention centre and the attempt to ban mobile phones.

The moves, dressed up as security measures, have nothing to do with security and everything to do with moves to militarise the detention centres under th...

05:15

Loyas Death Was Premeditated Murder, Says Late Judges Friend Uday Gaware "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

At a public meeting, Gaware said many of Loyas friends, including judges, had had their suspicions when the CBI judge died of a sudden heart attack.

The story of Loyas death has assumed greater proportions in light of the recent historic press conference by four Supreme Court judges. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: Justice BH Loyas friend from law college, Uday Gaware, while speaking at a public meeting organised by the All India Peoples Forum, an association of different civil society and political groups, stunned everyone when he said that the judges death was premeditated murder.

The meeting, held at at New Delhis Indian Social Institute, was called Suspicious Death of Judge: Implications for Democracy. It was addressed by Caravan Magazines Niranjan Takle, the journalist who broke the story, the magazines political editor Hartosh Singh Bal, former judge of the Bombay high court BG Kolse Patil, senior advocate Indira Jaising and Gaware, who is a member of Latur bar association.

Speaking in front of a packed house, the speakers demanded a probe and raised concerns over whether the executive was trying to influence the judiciary in any way.

The series of events

Loya, who in official records...

04:04

Who Wrote The Dead Sea Scrolls. Skeletons May Identify Authors "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls? That question may be one step or one skeleton closer to being answered after archaeologists announced last week that skeletons found in the cemetery of Qumran the city where the caves containing the scrolls are located date to the time they would have been written. []

04:00

Piece by Piece, the Political Privatisation of Air India is Underway "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The incremental approach towards the divestment is obviously aimed at ensuring that non-controlling partial ownership doesnt fall into undesirable hands.

Credit: PTI

Air India is valued at around $10 billion (excluding land). Disinvesting halfway will likely fetch the government $5 billion (upwards of Rs 30,000 crore). Credit: PTI

The government has taken one more small step in coming to grips with one of the most difficult parts of giving a decent burial to the Indian public sector privatising Air India. It has allowed foreign airlines to own up to 49% of the national carrier. A year ago, it had announced its decision to strategically divest its stake in the carrier.

This puts Air India at par with other Indian carriers in which foreign airlines already have the liberty to own up to 49%. But the government has not gone the whole hog. Indians will still need to hold effective control over the company. Furthermore, the investment will have to come in via the approval and not automatic route.

Why an entity or a group with 49% stake in the company will be happy not to exercise control is not clear. The likely answer is that any investment coming in now will be with an eye on being ahead of other aspiring stakeholders while waiting for further relaxation of norms.

The one s...

01:31

Disagreement over future of Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Backfill is currently being laid filling in the old slipway at the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour. Photo Jeff Dawson.

The backfilling of the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour slipway by the Department of Primary Industry Lands and Water (DPI) has drawn the ire of the new owner of the Brunswick Fish Co-op William Silverman.

Silverman, whose company Whistle Funds Management bought the Brunswick Fish Co-op two years ago then closed it six months ago, believes that the DPI doesnt have the best interests of Brunswick at heart.

I want them to upgrade it, said Silverman who has plans to develop an exclusive Brunswick Seafood brand and would like to see more than 200 tonnes of seafood processed through his site at Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour in the future.

While the draft Brunswick master plan is yet to be finalised, go on public display or receive public comment a DPI spokesperson said Removal of the slipway is shown in a stakeholder-preferred layout which was agreed to in September 2016 as part of the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour Master Plan.

However, Silverman disagrees with how the plans are proceeding and believes that the DPI are trying to sideline people like ourselves who have something really positive to contribute.

Im asking why dont they invest in it? continued Silverman.

There is a shortage of slipways and as they state in their policy there is nothing else between Ballina and Tweed. They are getting ahead of the master plan, nothing else has been approved.

This is the perfect opportunity to make Brunswick Harbour what it should be. In the last six months we have been excluded from the master plan process. Crown Lands has their agenda that is part of a state wide plan based on improving the quality and value of Crown land.

However, a DPI spokesperson has said that, Reclaiming land around the disused slipway is the first step in improving public access and amenity to the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour....

01:22

Euthanasia advocate to visit Lismore with plans for suicide machine "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dr Philip Nitschke addressing and Exit meeting. Photo Exit International

Controversial euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke will return to Lismore on February 3 to run a DIY suicide workshop for the elderly.

Dr Nitschke, who is critical of Victorias new highly regulated euthanasia laws, will also be introducing plans for his new deliverance machine that he has dubbed Sarco.

Exit Internationals legal director, Tasha Russell, told Echonetdaily that the machine, which will be available next year, could be downloaded and 3D printed by anyone but a code that would enable its use would be restricted to mentally sound individuals over the age of 50.

Dr Nitschkes new deliverance machine, dubbed Sarco, will be able to be 3D printed from plans downloadable on the internet. Photo Exit International

The machine, which doubles as a coffin, would seal the user inside and release nitrogen gas on their voice command.

Over a period of about five minutes he nitrogen displaces the oxygen in the capsule, leading to loss of consciousness and death.

Ms Russell said that Dr Nitschkes view was that any adult of sound mind should be legally allowed to take their own life if they wished to do so.

Exit considered the Victorian law very restrictive, she said.

It doesnt allow very many people to use it. There are restrictions that limit it to people who have only six months to live. All of the process to get your approval at the end of your life when you are actually suffering.

A very big majority of our members are not actually terminally ill people. They might be seriously ill people who are suffering quite badly but [their condition] might continue for 40 or 50 years. These people wont get any help.

But we also have a lot of people who are getting old. There are things starting to go wrong. They might have Parkinsons or Alzheimers. Alzheimers people wont be able to be helped under the Victorian law.

Ms Russell said Exits information is only distributed to those over 50 years of age, and we do r...

01:07

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Gordonville Rd, Gleniffer, NSW 2454
COUNCIL AREA: Bellingen
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Vehicle/Equipment Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 16 Jan 2018 10:54

00:35

NORTEC losses may explain sell-offs "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Adelaide Friday, Michael Brechbuhler, Jarrah Hustler and Natalia Sanchez from the Byron Bay incubator site have until January 19 to move out. Photo Aslan Shand.

Following revelations that NORTEC is selling valuable land in Byron Bay and Goonellabah and closing down the small business incubators at both sites, and the one they ran in Mullumbimby, the parlous financial state of the company has emerged.

NORTEC recorded net losses of $2,549,950 for the year ended 30 June 2015 and a further loss of $1,468,865 in the 2016 financial year.

NORTEC, an employment and training provider that receives government funding to run projects including NEIS programs, small business support and numeracy and literacy access programs has been closing down a number of projects in the region and recently withdrew the literacy and numeracy program based in Mullumbimby as well as closing the incubator sites.

Due to the way the government has set up these organisations they have a lot of fixed costs and the income can be variable, said Garry Bargh, past BTEC manager, who originally helped develop the small-business incubator sites NORTEC are selling off.

Balancing income and outgoings could be a challenge when we ran BTEC it takes careful management. Yet we were able to develop and grow these incubator sites and hand them over to NORTEC debt free in 2007.

At that point the income from the incubator sites enabled them to be self-sustaining and provide the services that the incubators required to run.

NORTEC were contacted by The Echo but did not respond by deadline.

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00:29

Swimathon for the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Josh Scott-Jouir, organiser of the second Great Barrier Reef swimathon i nMullumbimby. Photo Simon Haslam

Ever thought you might want to swim the length of the Great Barrier Reef, or at least a bit of it? Well now is your chance as hundreds of people converge on their local pools in a major Swim for the Reef Swimathon event. Together they will be attempting to swim the length of the reef to raise money and awareness of vital legal work being done to protect and save the reef by EDO Qld (Environmental Defence Office) community lawyers who do extensive work to protect the Reef.

Josh Scott-Jouir, a metal work and mathematics teacher, and ex-yachty Marco Goldenberg who spent over ten years free diving reefs around the world witnessing firsthand the gradual deterioration that is occurring are organising the local swimathon event at Mullumbimby pool this Saturday January 20 between 10:30am to 1:30pm.

The Mullumbimby Swimathon fundraiser will raise awareness of the power of the community and the law to protect the Reef in the face of climate change, decreased water quality and coastal development, said Josh.

Funds raised from the Swimathon will go towards law reform, challenges and awareness work including a Great Barrier Reef Protection Policy.

Josh ad Marco are encouraging everyone to get involved in a fun day of dressing up and are encouraging everyone to get into the pool and add their lap big or little to the distance our local swimmer will be doing.

Joshs Mullum Sand Mullets team are looking for some serious competition both in the pool and the fancy dress stakes and are encouraging people to form teams and register for the swimathon at swimforthereef.org.au or to pop in and bring their families on the day.

Mullumbimby pool have allocated swimming lanes free of charge. Entry fees will still be required.

To sponsor the Mullum Sand Mullets click here, or head down and get involved on the day at the pool.

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Monday, 15 January

23:53

Wayward wallaby hops across Sydney Harbour Bridge "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Police responded to an unexpected call for assistance this morning after a wallaby was spotted crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Officers from Harbourside and North Shore local area commands were called to the bridge just before 5am Tuesday (January 16) after the marsupial was spotted in lane eight on the northern side of the bridge.

Traffic controllers from the Transport Management Centre monitored the wallaby as it hopped across to lane one and, without indicating, exited onto Cahill Expressway then to Macquarie Street.

Officers took the startled macropod into police custody near the Conservatorium of Music, with the Police Mounted Unit arriving on scene soon after to take it to the zoo for veterinary assessment.

Its thought the wayward wallaby might have made its way to the bridge from a golf course in Cammeray.

A wayward wallaby was taken into police custody after hopping across Sydney Harbour Bridge without indicating this morning (Tuesday, January 16). Photo NSW Police

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23:34

Public workshop over Lennox sand quarry proposal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Aerial view of McGearys Quarries existing unremediated sand mine at Lennox Head. Photo No Sand Mines for Lennox

Lennox Head residents are being urged to have their say about the controversial redevelopment application (DA) by McGearys Sand Quarry currently before Ballina Shire Council.

The DA is set to be determined by the Joint Regional Planning Panel in coming months.

The EDO (Environmental Defenders Office), together with community group No Sand Mining for Lennox will hold a free public workshop in Lennox Head on Thursday evening (January 18) explaining how the community can have their say on the proposal.

It will cover the development assessment process, steps the community can take to protect the environment from the impacts of development, both before and after developments are approved, and tips on submission writing and how to influence decisions affecting the environment.

The workshop will take place at the CWA Hall in Mackney Lane from 6pm to 8pm.

There is no charge but attendees are requested to RSVP to nosandmineforlennox@gmail.com.

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22:55

Discuss Crypto While Promoting Peace Have Lunch in Paradise with Roger Ver "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Have Lunch in Paradise with Roger Ver, Discuss Crypto While Promoting Peace

CEO of Bitcoin.com Roger Ver, popularly referred to as Bitcoin Jesus for his dogged advocacy of censorship resistant currency, is an oft-sought advisor and speaker for his insights on the ecosystem and its future. Hes auctioning off time to the highest bidder in an effort to support a pro-peace website, Antiwar.com.

Also read: Ditch University and High Transaction Fees

Roger Ver, Paradise, Crypto, and Peace

What was it like to be there at the relative beginnings of bitcoin? Why did you decide to invest in something like bitcoin businesses at a time when no one knew what it was? Do you really think bitcoin cash is the real bitcoin? With the right bid, a lucky reader might get some candid answers to these questions from one the original bitcoin pioneers, Roger Ver.Have Lunch in Paradise with Roger Ver, Discuss Crypto While Promoting Peace

The meeting is organized by the online auction platform Charitystars,...

22:39

What MLKs Letter from Birmingham Jail tells us about Ahed Tamimi in a cold Israeli cell "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In recent weeks, several people have said that the liberal indifference to Ahed Tamimis detention in an Israeli prison for slapping an occupying soldier on December 15 is reminiscent of the white liberals in Martin Luther Kings Letter from a Birmingham Jail, written in 1963. Today, you can give yourself no better political lesson than rereading that inspiring document of the American movement  for freedom.

Kings letter is an explanation of the need for direct political action. King addresses a group of white liberal ministers and rabbis who have said theyre against segregation but times are changing, so why do extremist black clergy have to risk a backlash with provocative demonstrations? King answers that time is neutral and wont do anything on its own; blacks have waited for hundreds of years for some modicum of justice and learned that the privileged will never give up privilege without pressure. White businesses promised to remove humiliating signs directing blacks to segregated water coolers and bathrooms and never followed through, and meantime anti-colonial struggles in other countries have outpaced American change, and inspired blacks to dream of an equal future.

King

We need to ratchet up political tension so as to precipitate a crisis, King explained:

[T]here is a type of constructive nonviolent tension that is necessary for growth. . . . we must see the need of having nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men to rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood. So, the purpose of direct action is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation.

Liberal ministers and rabbis were a bigger obstacle to this process than outright racists, King said, because they defused that tension among progressives with lukewarm a...

22:32

M1 reopens after fatal tanker explosion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Supplied image of smoke from a tanker explosion on the M1 motorway at Cooranbong, south of Newcastle, NSW, Monday, January 15, 2018. Photo Westpac Rescue Helicopter

SYDNEY   [AAP]

The M1 has reopened in both directions south of Newcastle after a fiery collision between three trucks and a car that killed a tanker driver.

The crash occurred around 1pm on Monday causing an explosion and then a bushfire after one of the trucks clipped a tanker laden with ethanol, NSW Police say.

Its believed another truck was swerving to avoid hitting an abandoned car on the side of the motorway.

Emergency services were called to the southbound lanes of the M1, about 1km south of the Freemans Drive interchange, about 12.50pm Monday (January 15).

The male driver of a semi-trailer, died at the scene. He is yet to be formally identified.

The driver of a stationary semi-trailer, a 34-year-old man, was uninjured and taken to John Hunter Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The driver of a B-double fuel tanker, a 67-year-old, was uninjured and taken to Wyong Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The driver of a Holden commodore suffered minor burns and was taken to Wyong Hospital.

The truck fire also sparked a bush fire north of the crash scene which NSW Rural Fire Service officers responded to.

Officers from the Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene and will investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

One northbound lane opened at 6.30pm on Monday, with all lanes on the M1 reopening at 3.45am Tuesday following an extensive salvage operation and clean-up operation.

A 200-metre exclusion zone had been enforced due to concerns the tanker could explode.

About 15 hectares of bushland was burnt....

22:23

Ecomomists in agreement: Trump, not Obama, gets credit for the booming economy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Who deserves credit for the booming economy? This is not a petty argument. How voters answer the question could well determine whether Democrats retake the House of Representatives come November. Trump and Obama (and their admirers) are slugging it out, both claiming that it is their policies that have led to the ongoing economic expansion, steady job growth and higher stock prices. Happily for President Trump, the pros agree with him. A recent survey of economists suggest it is President Trump, and not Obama, who should be taking a bow. The Wall Street Journal asked 68 business, financial and academic economists who was responsible for the strengthening of the economy, and most "suggested Mr. Trump's election deserves at least some credit" for the upturn. A majority said the president had been "somewhat" or "strongly" positive for job creation, gross domestic product growth and the rising stock market. The pros cite the White House's push for lighter regulation and the recent tax bill as critical to a pro-growth environment; more than 90 percent of the group thought the tax bill would boost GDP expansion over the next two years.

Economists in agreement: Trump, not Obama, gets credit for the booming economy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Who deserves credit for the booming economy? This is not a petty argument. How voters answer the question could well determine whether Democrats retake the House of Representatives come November. Trump and Obama (and their admirers) are slugging it out, both claiming that it is their policies that have led to the ongoing economic expansion, steady job growth and higher stock prices. Happily for President Trump, the pros agree with him. A recent survey of economists suggest it is President Trump, and not Obama, who should be taking a bow. The Wall Street Journal asked 68 business, financial and academic economists who was responsible for the strengthening of the economy, and most "suggested Mr. Trump's election deserves at least some credit" for the upturn. A majority said the president had been "somewhat" or "strongly" positive for job creation, gross domestic product growth and the rising stock market. The pros cite the White House's push for lighter regulation and the recent tax bill as critical to a pro-growth environment; more than 90 percent of the group thought the tax bill would boost GDP expansion over the next two years.

22:19

Drone intel to be used in SCU graduates shark app "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Surfer, SCU graduate and app developer Sarah Beardmore. Photo supplied

Professional surfer turned business entrepreneur Sarah Beardmore is set to launch new Australian shark spotting technology via Dorsal, the free app she co-founded.

After months of training the artificial intelligence software to detect sharks using drones, the Southern Cross University business alumnus says Dorsal, and new technical partner Onboard Smarts, are in the final stages of field trials.

Using drones in real-time means shark alerts can be pushed out to more than a quarter of a million existing Dorsal users, and the natural extension of this will be to use the drone itself to alert those in the ocean and guide lifesavers quickly to the area of concern, Ms Beardmore said.

The leading-edge technology, which includes using a live feed to assist with beach safety and shark management, will provide more efficient water safety strategies. The NSW Department of Primary Industries has shown support for the innovative solutions and technology.

We have spent thousands of hours training the AI technology to recognise the difference between sharks and other marine life, humans, jet skis etc and we have the capabilities to train the AI to recognise just about anything, Ms Beardmore said.

Ms Beardmore co-founded the app Dorsal in 2015, now the worlds leading community-based shark alerting and reporting service, after she studied a business degree online through Southern Cross University while competing on the World Qualifying Surf tour.

Studying business through the Universitys Elite Athlete Program was the best decision I ever made to maximise those skills, connections, ideas and managing change while I was still on tour, she said.

The Dorsal app is no longer just about crowdsourced reporting, but this partnership means we now have a whole supported content management system to help manage and analyse the information. Reports come from official channels as well as public sightings which are mediated before releasing to the app.

Next year Southern Cross University will launch Queenslands first degree in Digital Business offered at the Gold Coast campus and online, with a focus on cyber security, entrepreneurship and web techno...

22:01

January 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1793 - Today saw the first free settlers from Europe - as opposed to those first free settlers that arrived in Oz about 60,000 odd years ago - wash up at Port Jackson on the ship Bellona, along with a whole 17 convict women.
And lo; the male convicts did behold them in a radiant light *ahem*..

1796 - The first Aussie theatre was opened and entertained the masses in Bligh Street, Sydney with 2 plays - "The Hotel" and "The Revenge". Somehow I feel the playwrights drew on their surrounds for inspiration...

1805 - Governor King recommended settling the "country about Shoalhaven".

1816 - George Johnston was promised 1500 acres at Illawarra; Andrew Allan promised 700 acres; James Neale granted 60 acres at Illawarra.

1857 - Charles Gavan Duffy was appointed by a Victorian Government select committee to inquire into the federation of the Australian colonies.

1865 - The Geelong Advertiser noted that the fishermen of Port Phillip Bay were made up of "Italians, Dutchmen, French, Chinese, Maori and others" ...the 'others' were not alien life forms but Americans, British, Greek, Swedes, German and Aboriginal fishermen.

1888 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Wondabyne - Gosford and from Tenterfield - Wallangarra.

1889 - Cloncurry in Banana Bender country - that's Queensland to you OS folks - baked a little in the 53.1 degrees C temp of the day.

1890 - The Sydney suburban railway line between St Leonards and Hornsby opened.

1896 - A record heat wave in Broken Hill caused 10 deaths.

1897 - NSW took over the government of Norfolk Island.

1900 - A patrol of combined NSW Lancers and the Australian Horse were ambushed at Slingersfontein, Cape Colony,  during the Boer War.

1909 - In a bid to get away from the searing heat Mawson, Mackay and David did a May Pole dance around the Magnetic South Pole.

1921 - Patrick Short becomes the fifth Police Commissioner to the QLD Police.

1939 - Saw the passing of Miriam Bebe at Farina; born in France as Desiree Ernestine Adrienne Lesire alias Violet Debreuil she came to Oz as a governess and a brothel...

21:45

Cocaine testing welcome but RDT scheme flawed: Greens "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cocaine has been added to the list of drugs tested for in NSW roadside drug tests but not benzodiazepines. File Photo

The Berejiklian governments announcement that cocaine will be included in the roadside drug testing scheme is a welcome change to a deeply flawed scheme. It comes after years of campaigning for this change by the Greens NSW.

However until adequate tests are in place for prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines and the scheme is testing for impairment rather than just the mere presence of drugs the scheme will not make  our roads safer.

Greens police and justice spokesperson, David Shoebridge, welcomed cocaine being included in the roadside drug testing scheme.

He said its original exclusion, and the continued exclusion of benzodiazepines, shows how skewed the drug driving policy of the NSW government is, focusing more on a handful of illegal drugs rather than keeping drug affected drivers off the road.

For years the Greens NSW have been calling for cocaine to be included in RDT however the fact it is normally used by those with more wealth and political power means it has been left out of police testing until now, Mr Shoebridge said.

Even with the inclusion of cocaine, the roadside drug testing scheme remains deeply flawed.

Not testing for impairment

Unlike breath testing for alcohol, it does not test for impairment, just the presence of a substance, he said.

Cannabis consumed days, or even a week, ago can still trigger a positive test.

In one case a person was charged after having consumed cannabis a full nine days before driving.

If the goal of the testing program is road safety and punishment, why are cases like this occurring? Mr Shoebridge queried.

He added that police are testing and charging people who smoked a joint last week but letting drivers impaired by benzodiazepines slip through tests undetected.

Benzodiazepines are present in almost a third of drivers involved in drug-related crashes and their misuse puts other road users at risk.

War on drugs

In its present form the roadside testing program is an expansion of the failed war on drugs.

When a magistrate cant tell whether a person...

20:35

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Upper Orara Rd, Karangi "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Upper Orara Rd, Karangi, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Being controlled
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 16 Jan 2018 05:58

17:53

Are You Experiencing Ringing in Your Ears? This May Be a Sign of Spiritual Awakening "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If you have experienced a ringing in your ears you may be looking for an answer or solution. Ranging from a minor background notice to an incredibly annoying sound, interfering with your ability to focus and carry out your regular day to day living. You may hear ringing all the time, with no relief, or it may come and go intermittently. The explanation for this sensation may be more interesting than you could have imagined.

Source: RemedyTip

 

Physical Causes

Ringing in your ears, also known as tinnitus, may be explained by a physical cause or source. To begin with, think back to the last time that your ears were properly cleaned. If you are experiencing a wax build up, blocking your ears, it may be causing your problem. If, however, you have cleaned your ears recently and are still suffering from this irritating condition, its time to look into other potential explanations.

One common cause is exposure to loud sounds. This may come from playing your music too loudly or working with noisy equipment such as chainsaws and jackhammers. Consider your daily activities, looking for situations in which you may have exposed yourself to noise at levels high enough to trigger this effect.

...

17:09

Did NSA Ajit Doval Break Conduct and Attend a BJP Election Strategy Meeting? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Doval, Indias most powerful security bureaucrat, reportedly attended a BJP-RSS meeting where election strategies for three Northeastern states were discussed.

Ajit Doval. Credit: PTI

If correct, this is a shocking violation of norms and serious misconduct, a CPI-M statement said. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: National security advisor Ajit Doval has found himself at the centre of a political storm. Citing media reports, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Monday claimed that he was present at a BJP-RSS meeting where election strategy for the upcoming Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland assembly elections was discussed at home ministers Rajnath Singhs house.

If correct, this is a shocking violation of norms and serious misconduct, a CPI-M statement said. How can a senior government functionary like the NSA be present in a meeting to discuss the BJPs election campaign?

The Left party asked the home minister to clarify the governments stand on the issue.

In fact, Bijan Dhar, the CPI(M)s state secretary in Tripura, has reportedly written a letter to chief election commissioner A.K. Joti on the matter. According to the letter, Dhar said Rajnath Singh held the meeting on Sunday with BJP general secretary Ram Madhav and senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Krishna Gopal, among others, in attendance.

Indias most powerful security bureaucrat, Doval was appointed by Modi in May 2014 and is only answerable to the prime minister. Doval is among the few to constantly have the ear of a prime minister who has centralised power more than any of his predecessors in decades, reported Caravan Magazine...

17:08

2018 Panic Cycle Year "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Mr. Armsyrong; Thank you for an eye-opening conference. Cant wait for this year. You said 2018 was a Panic Cycle Year and that it would be unlikely to create an outside reversal in the Dow, but we should expect wild times ahead. Is this panic cycle impacting many other markets as well?

JV

ANSWER: Yes. This is the beginning of the Monetary Crisis Cycle that will go into 2021. That is probably where we will see the dollar rally break the world monetary system. This year, we should expect most markets to test BOTH sides of the game so pay attention to the Global Market Watch and the Reversals. This will tell us when the trends shift. There will be the classic fool who thinks that just because the euro finally exceed last years high or gold has rallied that this is it and that means the next four years will be the same.

Panic Cycles are notorious for trapping people on either the long or short side. You always have to trap the majority in order to create the slingshot to the upside of the waterfall to the downside. This is why they remain fools for they rush in based upon a few days price action. So far, everything is running its course. We are finally getting closer to the 125 threshold of resistance in the euro and the pound sterling has rallied with many starting to bet that BREXIT will not happen. Buying the Euro because interest rates are expected to rise with the ECB backing off of QE is just not being thought through rationally. QE has FAILED to stimulate the economy after nearly 10 years, and all it has done is subsidize EU member states. Rates will rise when they start to have to sell to real buyers. Then the sentiment will shift mid-year and we will test...

15:45

Becoming a Cosmic Citizen Sgt. Clifford Stone (US Army ET Interfacer / Empath) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sgt. Clifford Stone was groomed from an early age by the US Army for his Empathic / Telepathic abilities. After later entering the Army, he was channeled into a special program with the cover of Nuclear / Biological / Chemical Rapid Response Team, but that was just the excuse to pull him away from his regular duties on a moments notice and send him where needed for UFO Crash Retrieval missions, and especially for his ability to communicate Telepathically with any surviving Extraterrestrials captured by the Army. Clifford has many stories of his encounters with our Star Cousins, including the personal side communications he carried on with the Extraterrestrials while relaying the answers the commanding officers had requested. He says the officers always asked the wrong questions, and the private conversations were much more illuminating. Join us for some amazing insight into our Galactic Visitors, Cliffords insight into who they are, and what their reasons are for being here. This is a program you wont want to miss, so have your questions ready for Clifford Stone. This is likely to be one of his last interviews, so we are going to focus on his Extraterrestrial interactions.

Clifford Stone Facebook
Eyes Only Book
www.BecomingACosmicCitizen.com...

15:18

Are You Rising Above the Divide and Conquer Strategy? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Phillip J. Watt, Contributor
Waking Times

Its great to believe we know some answers to lifes deepest questions, or even important current affairs, especially in this inherently confusing existence where it first appears weve been born with an unshakable amnesia into a collective mental ward.

Yet given theres an eclectic array of beliefs and opinions on every conceivable topic known to the collective mind and heart, its a surety that each and every one of us has gotten some of our perspectives spectacularly wrong.  

The mainstream mentality is obviously a breeding ground of propaganda, deceit and outright violence, which reflects why droves of sheep are jumping the fences and exploring the self-uncharted lands of independent thought and practice. This is no surprise when the masses have been very successfully dumbed into a philosophically separate and behaviourally shallow engagement with the reverence of life. They distractingly fight amongst each other in both status and ideology, with the most powerful one currently being the sex (not gender) wars. However, the infighting and grandstanding is not just limited to the primary herd; unfortunately those who are exploring the wilderness are also subjecting themselves to the whims of central control.

2017 and the beginning of 2018 has stunningly illustrated how far so-called self-thinkers have fallen victim to the divide and conquer strategy.

In effect, the kakistocracy doesnt need to round you up if youre still enacting their agenda. The popular meme that suggests that the best slaves are ones who think theyre free can therefore be expanded: the best slaves are ones who think they used to be slaves but now believe theyre free.

What was originally a predominately organic response to authoritarianism and centralisation has sadly devolved into a self-contradictory state of affairs where the alternative media and their regurgitators have locked themselves into a dogmatic war for the dominion of who is right. Thats not to say that we shouldnt be trying to find the answers to significant questions, but when...

12:01

Investigation: Barnabys gas bonanza and the pervading influence of the gas lobby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Gas companies weigh a heavy influence over Australias political leadership. As the horror show over high gas prices unfolds, Big Gas Con whistleblower and analyst, Simone Marsh, reports on National Party donations, the gas lobby, the revolving doors between industry and politics, and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and his land parcel at Narrabri where [...] full article 

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