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NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Firth Heinz Rd, Tucabia "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

LOCATION: Firth Heinz Rd, Tucabia, NSW 2462
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Being controlled
TYPE: Bush Fire
SIZE: 11 ha
UPDATED: 16 Dec 2017 19:04

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Sandy Swamp Rd, Coutts Crossing "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

LOCATION: Sandy Swamp Rd, Coutts Crossing, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
SIZE: 2 ha
UPDATED: 16 Dec 2017 16:16


FedCourt file re Gillard slush fund part of NSW Casino Control Authority investigation into Leighton Holdings "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On 13 June 1995 Bruce Wilson deposited a $20,160 cheque from Thiess (a wholly owned subsidiary of Leighton Holdings Ltd) into the Melbourne based slush-fund that would lead to the discovery of his corrupt network. The $20,160 was one of about 40 secret commission payments corruptly made by Thiess executives...


Raging Granny Ruth takes on the GOP tax bill "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

by Sarah Freeman-Woolpert

Ruth Zalph at a tax bill protest on Capitol Hill on December 5. (Todd Whynott Collins)

In recent weeks, 86-year-old Ruth Zalph has been repeatedly arrested for protesting the GOP tax bill and advocating for health care coverage in Washington, D.C. Calling herself Raging Granny Ruth, Zalph is a founder and leader of the Raging Grannies in North Carolina, a group that uses song and street theater to advocate for justice and equality, particularly in the realm of voting rights and fair political representation.

Before the Raging Grannies, Zalph already had an extensive history of activism and community organizing, including countless arrests protesting nuclear weapons during the Cold War, as well as leading the 860-mile NAACP Journey for Justice march in 2015. She has also conducted many actions as part of the Del Ray Citizens for Social Responsibility and the Palm Beach Friends Quaker Meeting.

I recently met up with Zalph at a sit-in against the tax bill, where she joined disability rights activists and faith leaders in civil disobedience actions on Capitol Hill. She told me about her early anti-nuclear activism, using Jimmy Carter as an excuse to not pay a court-mandated fine, and how the Raging Grannies have evolved over the years.

You started out as an activist protesting nuclear energy and nuclear proliferation. Why was the anti-nuclear movement so important to you?

I traveled to Kazakhstan and Ukraine when they were part of the Soviet Union. In Ukraine, I interviewed a dying victim from the Chernobyl disaster. The government didnt have to answer to them. Those facilities were thought to be fail safe. So, for example, when Duke Energy announced plans to store nuclear fuel waste at the Shearon Harris plant in 2000, I went with a group of people to their offices to demand a public hearing. We wanted to deliver a letter to the CEO on the 29th floor, and they would not permit us to take the elevator. So we sat downstairs [and refused to leave]. They arrested us for trespassing, and the case went all the way up to the North Carolina Supreme Court. I read a testimony in court, and I explained that the nuclear waste storage project posed a great safety hazard to the general public. So, our actions were done for the greate...


Heart of Mind Radio 12.16.17 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On todays Heart Of Mind Radio, host Kathryn Davis speaks to Olympia LePoint, about her new book, Answers Unleashed: The Science of Unleashing Your Brains Power Music featured on todays program: Frog Dancing by David Anthony Clark Olympia LePoint Countless books have been written about the process of healing the brain from traumatic situations. But Answers Unleashed: The Science of Unleashing Your Brains Power by Olympia LePoint is the first self-help ...

The post Heart of Mind Radio 12.16.17 appeared first on Progressive Radio Network.


What Happened to Samantha Folsom? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The day Samantha Folsoms parents were supposed to take her to a facility for drug rehabilitation she did not show. They repeatedly called her phone and did not receive a response. They went to her apartment, at Place Ste. Marie, on Oxford Street, in Lewiston. There was no answer. Folsoms father asked the landlord if []

The post What Happened to Samantha Folsom? appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.


Flat as a tack "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Attachment disorder

Some unusual commentary and conclusions were drawn about the price of flats this week, derived from an Urbis survey of unsettled off-the-plan prices each quarter (which alas does not compare like-for-like sales). 

Apparently apartment prices boomed in Gold Coast and Melbourne, but nosedived in Brisbane, in just three months. 

Or not. 

In reality what tends to happen is the first user of a new apartment or townhouse pays a newness premium, which may be eroded on resale, especially in a soft market. 

For all the talk of property booms and unsustainable prices, median price growth in established apartments has, on average, been pretty muted outside Sydney, despite low interest rates. 

When you look at the last ten years of official figures from the ABS you'll find that only Sydney has recorded strong growth in the price of attached dwellings (and even this came off the back of nearly half a decade of flat or falling prices). 

Hobart has gone on a bit of a run over the past couple of years, the tight market sending the median asking price for a unit above $300,000 for the first time.

Melbourne's attached dwelling price index recorded a compound annual growth rate of 4 per cent over the decade to September 2017.

All other capital cities have only seen moderate price growth over the past decade - hardly a bubble looking set to burst - though if you wound the clock back to 2003 the growth rates would be considerably stronger in Pert...


Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


AMMAN (Reuters) Sabih al-Masri, Jordans most influential businessman and the chairman of its largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.

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Sabih al-Masri

Masris arrest, which follows the biggest purge of the Saudi kingdoms affluent elite in its modern history, has sent shockwaves through business circles in Jordan and the Palestinian territories, where the billionaire has major investments.

A Saudi citizen of Palestinian origin, Masri was detained last Tuesday hours before he was planning to leave after he chaired meetings of companies he owns, according to the sources.

He is the founder of Saudi Astra Group, which has wide interests in diversified industries ranging from agro-industry to telecommunications, construction and mining across the region.

Masri was heading to the airport and they told him to stay where you are and they picked him up, said a source familiar with the matter who asked not to be named.

He canceled a dinner in Amman on Wednesday that he had invited board members of Arab Bank and business associates to attend on his return.

Masri could not be reached for comment. The Saudi authorities did not respond to requests for comment.

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Confidants said Masri had been warned not to travel to the Saudi capital after mass arrests of Saudi royals, ministers and businessmen in early November.

He has been answering questions about his business and partners, said a source familiar with the matter who did not elaborate nor confirm he was held.


Reasons for Masris detention were not clear but political sources said the Saudis might have used him to put pressure on Jordans King Abdullah not to attend a Muslim summit last week to discuss U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital.

The Jordanian monarch attended the Istanbul summit, however. He is a custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem and has been vocal in criticizing Trump over his decision on Jerusalem.

Saudi Arabia, whose relations with the United States have warmed with Trump taking a harder line against its arch-ri...


Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

They gathered by the doors at University of Johannesburgs Soweto campus where registration for the national conference is taking place.

ANC delegates sing and dance outside the plenary at ANCs 54th national conference. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

Masego Rahlaga
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG ANC delegates from the North West and Mpumalanga say they are ready to approach the courts because they are seeing names of people they don't know being registered to vote under their regions and wards.

They have gathered by the doors at University of Johannesburgs Soweto campus where registration for the national conference is taking place.

This follows ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashes announcement on Saturday morning that that all provincial structures nullified by the courts would not be allowed to vote at the party's national conference.

It means that some delegates from Kwazulu-Natal, North West and the Free State will not be allowed to vote at the national conference.

Mantashe announced: The decision taken there is that its the Free State, its KwaZulu-Natal and then Bojanala. All the structures that are nullified will not be voting delegates at the conference. Were not going to try any idea that will actually contaminate the conference.

A police officer told delegates that he would be closing the doors, but disgruntled members from wards in Mpumalanga and the North West approached the entrance and demanded to be let inside.

However, none of them could enter.

Dumisani Masina, from ward seven in the Ekangala branch in Mpumalanga, says they are angry because no one is explaining why there are people registered under their area that they don't know.

We asked our regional secretary as to what happened now. She couldnt answer. We went to the provincial secretary, Mandla Ndlovu, and he couldnt answer.

Mogapi Marumo, from ward 24 in the Matlosana sub region in the North West, says they are ready to take this matter....


A One-State Solution with Equal Rights is the Only Answer to Trumps Jerusalem Declaration "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

JERUSALEM (Opinion)  Jerusalem was an Arab and Muslim city for close to 1300 years. Like other parts of Palestine, it was a harmonious mosaic. But, though there was always a Christian and Jewish presence both of people and of monuments it was predominantly a Muslim city.

This was violently disrupted twice: first in the year 1099, from which for a period of 88 years the city was occupied by the Crusaders, and then again in 1948 when the newly created Jewish State took the city and made Jerusalem its own. When the State of Israel took the western part of the city in 1948, in violation of a United Nations Resolution, it destroyed its Arab and Muslim character and then declared it as the capital city of the Jewish people.

Claiming that Jerusalem and indeed all of Palestine belongs to Jews only is not only morally wrong, but also short-sighted and unsustainable. In Jerusalem, as in the rest of historic Palestine, Israelis and Palestinians today, despite living in close proximity to each other, are completely segregated by a system of apartheid,. The two communities live in one state, governed by the same government, but in completely different realities and under different laws resulting from Israels apartheid legal system.

If the United States truly cares about democracy, the answer to this is not for Washington to legitimize Israeli claims to exclusive sovereignty but rather to support work towards a democracy where everyones rights are respected and guaranteed under the same law.


A modern history of conquest and oppression

A group of struggling Arab refugees walk along the dusty road from Jerusalem to Lebanon, carrying their meager belongings with them, Nov. 9, 1948. The Arabs have been driven from their homes by Jewish attacks in Galilee. (AP/Pringle)

A group of struggling Arab refugees walk along the dusty road from Jerusalem to Lebanon, carryi...


In Australia 90% of the population read news media "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The Australian Financial Reviews weekday edition increased its print readership by 14.9 per cent to 347,000 people during the 12 months ending in August. The AFR Weekend rose 4.8 per cent to 130,000 people. The weekday Australian increased its print readers by 5.6 per cent in the past 12 months. The papers weekday audience rose 26,000 to 494,000, while the Weekend Australian was up 2.8 per cent to 590,000 for the 12 months ending in August, according to the Enhanced Media Metrics Australia statistics.

The Sydney Morning Herald fell 3.5 per cent to 640,000 people Monday to Friday, while its Saturday edition was down 8.4 per cent to 655,000. In Melbourne, weekday print readership of News Corps Herald Sun fell 5.1 per cent to 1.190 million, while the papers Saturday edition dropped 7.3 per cent to 974,000 readers. The Age fell 8.7 per cent to 549,000 readers, with the Saturday edition down 11.4 per cent to 522,000.

The Australians total combined audience across print and digital platforms was 3.159 million, down 4.1 per cent on the year. Sydneys Daily Telegraph was the best performing of the state-based News Corp papers, with its Monday-to-Friday edition up 1 per cent to 1.003 million readers; its Saturday edition rose 4.7 per cent to 798,000 readers. The Sunday Telegraph print readership fell 5 per cent to 1.027 million readers.

Emma found 13.1 million Australians 70 per cent of the population read news media electronically on smartphones, tablets, mobiles or computers. Across all platforms, including print, news media was read by 16.7 million people, 90 per cent of the population.



Shark management on the NSW North Coast "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Senate Environment and Communications References Committee, Inquiry Report, Shark mitigation and deterrent measures, December 2017:

List of recommendations
Recommendation 1
8.19 The committee recommends that the New South Wales and Queensland Governments:
* immediately replace lethal drum lines with SMART drum lines; and
* phase out shark meshing programs and increase funding and support fo...


Gorbachev Was Promised No NATO Expansion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By David Swanson, December 16, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

For decades the pretense has been maintained that there is some doubt as to whether the United States really promised Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that if Germany reunited, then NATO would not expand eastward. The National Security Archive has put such doubts to rest at least until the de-neutering of the internet succeeds.

On January 31, 1990, West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher made a major public speech in which, according to the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, he made clear that the changes in Eastern Europe and the German unification process must not lead to an impairment of Soviet security interests. Therefore, NATO should rule out an expansion of its territory towards the east, i.e. moving it closer to the Soviet borders.

On February 10, 1990, Gorbachev met in Moscow with West German leader Helmut Kohl and gave Soviet assent, in principle, to German unification in NATO, as long as NATO did not expand to the east.

U.S. Secretary of State James Baker said that NATO would not expand eastward when he met with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze on February 9, 1990, and when he met with Gorbachev the same day. Baker told Gorbachev three times that NATO would not expand one inch eastward. Baker agreed with Gorbachevs statement that NATO expansion is unacceptable. Baker told Gorbachev that if the United States keeps its presence in Germany within the framework of NATO, not an inch of NATOs present military jurisdiction will spread in an eastern direction.

People like to say that Gorbachev should have gotten this in writing.

He did, in the form of the transcript of this meeting.

Baker wrote to Helmut Kohl who would meet with Gorbachev the next day, February 10, 1990: And then I put the following question to him. Would you prefer to see a united Germany outside of NATO, independent and with no U.S. forces or would you prefer a unified Germany to be tied to NATO, with assurances that NATOs jurisdiction would not shift one inch eastward from its present position? He answered that the Soviet leader...


Chief Justice Tom Bathurst behind judicial paedophile and bribery cover-up evidence shows "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Court evidence filed by NSW Police has the witness statement of NSW Supreme Court registrar Chris DAeth which shows Chief Justice Tom Bathurst has conspired with others since September 2016 trying to jail journalist Shane Dowling for making judicial paedophile and bribery allegations against 16 judges , including Bathurst, in an article he published in []


Another Big Cruise Ship Drug Bust in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The federal police in Australia report that its law enforcement officers and the Australia border protection agency seized thirty (30) kilos of cocaine stashed aboard an unidentified cruise ship which docked in Sydney on November 30, 2017.  Four passengers were arrested on the ship and escorted from the cruise ship - a 41-year-old Belgian woman and three French nationals, including a 61-year-old man, a 54-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman.

The Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force released a multimedia news release titled No Sooth Sailing for International Cocaine Syndicate, with photographs of the drugs and the suspects. The release did not identify the name of the cruise line or cruise ship. 

The cruise ship originated in the United Kingdom. The arrests took place after a joint operation between the Australian Border Force and their counterparts in United Kingdom.

The Australian authorities have been successful making drug busts on cruise ships entering the ports in Sydney. Last year, authorities seized 95 kilos of cocaine that three passengers smuggled on a Princess cruise ship (the Sea Princess).  The question arises whether smuggling anywhere from 30 to 100 kilos of drugs aboard a cruise ship must involve help from crew members.  Given the use of screening equipment on cruise ships, some people M/S Astor - Cruise and Maritime Voyagesquestion whether the drugs were loaded onto the ship along with food and provisions and then transferred to the passengers to be smuggled off the ship in their luggage.

Have a comment?  Please leave a comment below, or join the discussion on our Facebook page.

Hat tip to Crew Center where I first learned of the drug bust.

Update: The cruise ship where the drug bust occured is the M/S Astor, operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages, according to several individuals familiar with the cruise ports in Austrralia. The Astor was docked at the White Bay Cruise Terminal at the time of the drug sizure and arrests. 



Monsoon Shootout Seeks to Answer Does the End Justify the Means? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Amit Kumars directorial debut Monsoon Shootout gets bogged down by words where just visuals are enough.

A still from Monsoon Shootout.

The first encounter between a cop and a gangster has a quality of romance. The person in your head is finally flesh and gun. There is curiosity. Youve been obsessed but you barely know them. There is hesitation should you talk or shoot?

Adi (Vijay Varma) meets Shiva (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) for the first time in a rundown alley. Its late in the night, and the Mumbai clouds have opened their ducts. Adi points his gun at Shiva who is on the run, trying to climb a wall. Stop! Police! Adi says. Shiva stops and raises his hands. Hes unarmed.

Amit Kumar, Monsoon Shootouts director, films the next portion in slow motion. As the two shoot blank stares at each other, Adi remembers his mothers (Pravina Deshpande) advice, There are three paths in life: good, bad and middle. Good: dont shoot; arrest the guy. Bad: murder him and dress it as a shoot-out. Middle: injure and arrest him.

Adi doesnt shoot. Shiva jumps the wall and hides under trash. The next morning, he finds the boy who tipped off the cops and hacks him with an axe. Adis senior, Khan (Neeraj Kabi), relegates him to clerical work. Adi starts investigating the case alone, but Kumar is not interested in its outcome. Soon were back in the alley. Stop! Police! Adi says. Shiva stops and raises his hands. Slow motion, his mothers words and a frozen Adi. This time he shoots. Shiva dies.

These arent spoilers. The film reveals these...


Beat Depression by Retraining Your Brain The Power of Alpha Brain Waves "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The search for an effective tool to manage and even cure depression is one that has captivated the attention of scientists, medical professionals and researchers for decades. Experts estimate that more than 16 million American adults are currently affected by Major Depressive Disorder, which is equal to a staggering 6.7% of the US population aged 18 and older! With the prevalence of depression in the United States the demand for answers is incredibly high.

In an effort to better understand the workings of the mind, neuroscientists have been focusing on studying the presence of brain waves, and the power that they have to influence our thoughts, feelings and overall mood. Scientists have discovered 5 distinct bandwidths that make the way in which our brains operate, each representing a different state of consciousness.

Photo by Daniel Mingook Kim on Unsplash


Delta Waves (0.5 to 3 Hz): The slowest of the 5 bandwidths, Delta waves occur when we have reached the deepest state of sleep.

Theta Waves (3 to 8 Hz): The brainwaves that occur during a lighter sleeping state, or during the deepest of meditation.

Alpha Waves (8 to 12 Hz): When we are awake, however, we are not fully conscious of what is happening around us, such as during a daydream, we are often experiencing Alpha Waves. These also have been witnessed during times of meditation.

Beta Waves (12 to 30 Hz): This is the bandwidth at which our brainwaves regularly operate at during times of consciousness. This is also the state at which depression and anxiety are most common.

Gamma Waves (25 to 100 Hz): The highest level of consciousness, we only enter into this bandwidth during times of intense thoughts and processing, or when we have obtained a higher state of consciousness.

In understanding these various classifications, and the associations with each, we are able to piece together the ways in which our brainwaves influence our thoughts, feelings and emotio...


New order "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


More evidence of an orderly slowdown in the housing market, with new home sales following approvals higher again in recent months. 

The November 2017 figures from the Housing Industry Association (HIA) showed that new homes sales were a moderate 6 per cent below where they were a year ago, following a record run through this cycle.

Building approvals remained relatively flat from a year earlier, as analysed here previously

Source: HIA

Victoria has been the strongest of the main markets for new home sales, and Western Australia the weakest (partly in response to more restrictive policies for first homebuyers).

The HIA expects new home sales to cool further in 2018.

Fundamentals balanced

As for the other market fundamentals, they have generally been strengthening.

While dwelling commencements ease, immigration increased by 27 per cent in the 2017 financial year to a very strong +245,500, largely focused on Sydney and Melbourne.

Much of the increase in recent times relates to temporary visas.

Partly for that reason, internal migration trends are at least as important.

Meanwhile trend employment growth hit the highest level ever recorded this month at +371,000, helping New South Wales return to full employment already, as the other states im...


5 Science Experiments That Show An Intelligent Consciousness Permeates Our Universe "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Since the dawn of self-awareness, both spiritual and scientific minds have pondered similar questions to our existence: Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here and where are we going?

While most teachers within the worlds religions would disagree to the specific answers to these questions, there is a reoccuring theme that presents itselfour universe is not simply a colliding ground of dead matter and scientific chance, but rather it is a vast, interconnected ocean of intelligence. We often hear this theory mentioned as the great oneness, source, god, and the list goes on.

Within the field of quantum mechanics, physicists, too, have opened their eyes to the possibilities of a conscious, vibratory field that permeates the Universe. In his best-selling book, The Source Field Investigationsauthor David Wilcock proposes the question, could all space, time, energy, matter, biological life, and consciousness in the Universe be the product of a source field? He references a number of curious experiments conducted by scientists over the last century which add credence to his theory, and by the end of the book it is difficult to refute the existence of what he names the Source Field.

Below are five experiments explored in The Source Field Investigations that aim to prove the existence of an interconnected consciousness that pervades the Universe.   

1) Dr. Cleve Backster discovers plants perceive threats and have extra-sensory perception.

Cleveland Backster was a researcher and interrogation specialist for the CIA who served as director of the Keeler Polygraph Institute in Chicago. Backster developed the first numerical standardized evaluation of the polygraph chart and went on to study and promote the technology extensively.

Dr. Cleveland Backster: Henry Groskinsky/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Backster performing one of his experiments.

On February 2, 1966, Backster&...



Lions Rd reopens to traffic after bridge works "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Lions Rd on the Queensland and NSW border has reopened to traffic after bridge work  closed the popular motorcycle route from January.

It was supposed to be closed to traffic for only six months, but bad weather has forced delays until December 15, according to Roads and Maritime Services.

Lions Rd bridge work delays 2018 TTA new concrete bridge

Heavy traffic

Now that it is open, heavy traffic will be permitted on the road as the picturesque wooden bridges some single lane have been replaced by modern, two-lane, concrete bridges. They will have no load limits, allowing trucks and caravans to use the route.

While the work will now keep the road open in flood times, it may become a slower trip with riders hindered by slow-moving trucks and caravans using the shorter route.

Kyogle Council says the new bridges will help the local timber and beef industries, so we can expect logging trucks and cattle transports on the road.

The alternative route along the Mt Lindesay Highway and Summerland Way almost to Woodenbong is 24.3km longer, so many other interstate trucks and grey nomads may also start choosing the hilly Lions Rd.

Tourism industry

Council says the bridges will help the tourism industry, but it certainly wont help motorcycle tourism if the road is open to big trucks and caravanners.

Lions TTLions Rd closed for six months trafficLions Rd scenery

Organisers of the Lions TT to postpone their September event blamed the delays to the opening of the road on the cancellation of the event this year.

Kyogle Council says the two-lane concrete br...


Australian Abuse Report Calls for End to Sanctity of Confession "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Commissioner Andrew Murray, commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, Justice Peter McClellan, Justice Jennifer Coates, commissioner Bob Atkinson and commissioner Helen Milroy at the final sitting of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse in Sydney, Australia, December 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Commissioner Andrew Murray, commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, Justice Peter McClellan, Justice Jennifer Coates, commissioner Bob Atkinson and commissioner Helen Milroy at the final sitting of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse in Sydney, Australia, December 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Sydney: Australia should introduce a law forcing religious leaders to report child abuse, including Catholic priests told of abuse during confession...


List of Deep Underground Military Bases Located in the United States "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A recap: Above and Below Ground threats to Americans

Deep Underground Military Bases in the united States

99% of these bases have already been destroyed by the Alliance. - OD

The world's most prominent researcher on Underground Military Facilities, Richard Sauder, Ph.D, told of an interesting story in his book Hidden In Plain Site:

As it happens, after giving a public talk a couple of years ago I was approached by a man who had been a uniformed member of the United States Navy. We chatted for a while and when he mentioned that he had spent some time at China Lake my ears perked up. I asked him if there was an underground facility at China Lake. He said that indeed there is, and that it is impressively large and deep. I asked him if he had ever been in it, and he said that he had, though not to the deepest levels. I asked him how deep the deepest part extended. He looked at me soberly and said very quietly, It goes one mile deep. I then asked him what the underground base contains. He replied, Weapons. I responded, What sort of weaponry? And he answered without pausing, Weapons more powerful than nuclear weapons.

Underground Bases listed by State


1. Fort Huachuca. 3150 N 1100 1948 W, saucer base below, intelligence training above, mind-control included, too.

2. Gates Pass Base

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The Weekend Quiz December 16-17, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

Although we are told that a country is running a small current account deficit and that the private domestic sector is saving overall, we are unable to draw any conclusions about the state of the fiscal balance until we know the relative magnitudes of the other balances.

The answer is False.

This question requires an understanding of the sectoral balances that can be derived from the National Accounts. But it also requires some understanding of the behavioural relationships within and between these sectors which generate the outcomes that are captured in the National Accounts and summarised by the sectoral balances.

To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income measure (GNP):

(2) GNP = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI

To render this approach into...


Bitcoin = Money, Commodity, or Shares? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: I read your article on Bitcoin. I found it fascinating that defining what it is changes everything. You did not actually say what you thought it was, money, stock, or a commodity. Curious as to what you would classify Bitcoin as.

All the best

ANSWER: The definitions I presented are from the government perspective of taxation. They will naturally define it to be whatever produces the greatest tax for themselves.

Economically speaking, anything that can be exchanged to facilitate a barter transaction becomes a MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE. That really can be anything. It has been food, sheepskins, seashells, cattle, bronze, silver, gold, or a derivative of something as paper money began.

Pictured here is a bronze ingot of the Minoan society. It is bronze cast in the form of a sheepskin. This reflects the transition from sheepskin to the Bronze Age. Above is a Roman ingot with the picture of a bull, which also reflects that this was a transition for cattle that was money previously.

Cryptocurrency is the next transition from tangible items being used...


Australia: PM Turnbulls Future at Stake in Crucial Sydney By-Election "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia December 5, 2017. AAP/Mick Tsikas/via Credit: Reuters

Australias Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia December 5, 2017. AAP/Mick Tsikas/via Credit: Reuters

Sydney: Voters began casting ballots in a Sydney by-election on Saturday that could determine the future of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is hoping to regain his parliamentary majority and safeguard his leadership.

The election campaign in the blue-ribbon Sydney seat of Bennelong has been bitterly fought between the centre-right governments candidate, former tennis star John Alexander and the Labor oppositions Kristina Keneally, a...


Bennelong Live: Majority On The Line (Plus Post-Count) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bennelong: John Alexander (Lib) vs Kristina Keneally (ALP)
2016 margin: Liberal 9.7%


Welcome to my live comments page for today's Bennelong by-election, including the post-count for as long as it remains of interest.  As usual this is intended as a more forensic companion to the coverage on ABC News Live, and there will be similar live comment threads at Poll Bludger, The Tally Room and other places.  Comments here will start from 6 pm and will scroll with the most recent on top of the page, refresh now and then for the most recent comments.

If this seat falls, the Turnbull Government loses its majority, although it would be unlikely to collapse by reason of that happening alone.  The government very easily saw off a similar situation in New England two weeks ago but that was against weak opposition.  Polling and historic evidence both suggest Alexander will probably be narrowly returned (see my preview comments, including poll results) and the betting markets have him favourite at around $1.33.  In my view, that's a bit short. There are a lot of strange factors at work making this one a singular contest.  I can't find any objective reason to say Keneally will win, but I can see lots of subjective ones why she might.

The by-election is also an important test for Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives, both in terms of the potential for the party to succeed in New South Wales (where it is anecdotally attractive to disgruntled Abbott fans) and in terms of its potential to supplant or absorb Fred Nile's Christian Democrats.  Bennelong is an excellent test seat for this as the Christian Democrats polled very well (over 6%) at the 2016 election.  Bernardi's party is eyeing off One Nation's Senate seat in NSW and we may find out whether this is a realistic threat.

In terms of some basic statistics for the election, enrolment is 106,582.  However, recent urban by-elections have rarely had turnouts much above 80% even when both major parties have contested.  Perhaps the intense focus on this by-election will drive a higher turnout, but I'm expecting at least 10,000 and possibly 15,000 or more to not show up.  I'm also expecting about 5% of votes cast to be informal.

13,387 voters have pre-polled.  Nearly all of these were at Epping and West Ryde Prepoll Voting Centres (6848 and 6275).  There have been 16,210 postal vote applications of which 439 have been withdrawn as duplicates.  Of the postals, 45% are Liberal "party postals" and 7% are Labor's, compared to the 2016 election at whic..........


Knitted octopus "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Had to buy this knitted octopus when I spotted it sitting on a shelf at a local opp shop


Give A Man a Fish. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

You know the saying:

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

I hate fishing. Hate it with a passion.

When I was a kid, my dad took me and my older twin brothers to Alexandria, Minnesota. My great aunt Jo lived on Lake Latoka there. She owned a large pontoon boat and had a lot of old dude friends who liked to fish. She made fruit punch slushies, filled up ice cream pails with it, and sent me, my brothers, the old dudes, and my dad off to the lake.

We caught 109 fish that afternoon. I remember running from one full hook to the next, taking off fish and throwing them in the water basket. It was an exhilarating time.

The next year, my dad took the three of us to a lake in St. James, Minnesota. That is the exact opposite direction of the northern city of Alexandria, from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Down there, the lakes are shallow, green, smell like toilets from hell, and give you the runs just for walking past. We had no boat and stood on the dock. There was no wind and it was 98 degrees, with high humidity.

We caught a frog and a bicycle.

On the way home, I asked my dad a very important question that would change the course of my life:

Was our success last year in Alexandria what most fishing trips are like, or is it closer to the misery of St. James?

Dad, not knowing that he was about to give a young gentleman an enormous distaste for an absolutely pointless and boring activity, answered as honestly as every fisherperson should answer:

St. James is the norm.

That was it for me. I never fished again on purpose.



Computer modelling is valuable for fire prevention: prescribed burning is inadequate "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Unfortunately, due to climate change, we are going to see a lot more catastrophic days in the future in Tasmania and indeed globally.

To fight the catastrophic fires of the future, we need to look beyond prescribed burning  December 15, 2017 California is burning  a sentence weve heard far too often this year. Sydney is currently on bushfire alert, as firefighters battle a fire in the Hunter Valley region and temperatures are set to top 40.

A cocktail of factors, from climate change to centuries of ignoring indigenous burning practises, means that catastrophic fires are likely to become more common.

One of Australias favourite fire prevention measures is prescribed burning using carefully controlled fires to clear out flammable materials. Were almost obsessed with it. Indeed, it seems the outcome of every major inquiry is that we need to do more of...


Who Will Survive Trumps Storm? Heres the Answer (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Who Will Survive Trump's Storm? Here's the Answer (VIDEO) | trumps | Government Government Corruption Multimedia Trump

This week we examine and analyze deep questions about who will survive the storm that is now upon us. This, of course refers to President Trumps storm which is playing out against the deep state criminals, pedophiles and traitors. 

As this now fully unleashed second American revolution progresses into 2018 who can you trust and why? What are the essential factors that will determine peoples identity to either side- that meaning the globalists versus the nationals, the deep state cabal and its funded groups versus the Patriots who love America, Conservatives and people who still cherish cultural and religious moral values. 

The definitive line is now drawn in the sand and today we discuss some of the details of this divide and what it means for you and I. We also discuss the alternative media, the notion of being a truther and the importance of understanding what all of this means.

The post Who Will Survive Trumps Storm? Heres the Answer (VIDEO) appeared first on The Sleuth Journal.


Oscar's self-portrait "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Oscar produced this self-portrait during his art classes at high school this year

Apparently it was his idea to use only straight lines and it's a distinct result.


Report: Jho Low, gang welcomed 2013 in two countries on the same night "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Penang-born businessperson Low Taek Jho, or better known as Jho Low, and his entourage, ushered in 2013 twice in Sydney and then Las Vegas, a report in The Australian said today. Citing a report first published by whistleblower website The Sarawak Report on social media posts of the party, The Australian said it painted a picture of excess, including gambling []


Bad Horsie Billy by Neve "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Clearly Neve is signifying Billy is bad because he smokes a pipe

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7 Things You Value As An Old Soul "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As an old soul, you stand out more than others. You just dont seem to fit in and there is nothing wrong with that.

That being said, some people just cant quite pinpoint what it is that makes them different. If you believe you may be an old soul but arent quite sure this should help you. All old souls value the following things, and if you value these things you are an old soul.

An old soul is a person whose soul has already lived many lives. You have already been here time and time again and gained great wisdom. You are quite intelligent and often act wise beyond your years.

7 Things Old Souls Value:

1. Growth

You know growth is important for all of us. No matter how old we are we never stop growing. This is something we all have to accept. Growth is just a part of life and a big part at that.

2. Freedom

You like to be able to do the things you want to do. You have been through this life more than enough times to know that freedom is important. Without freedom we are nothing.

3. Alone Time

You need time to reflect and unwind. As an old soul, you are much more introverted than others. You have already lived through the stages most people are stuck in. Three or more lives ago you may have been a party animal, who knows.

4. Knowledge

You are constantly learning new things and figuring out answers to questions you never thought would be answered. Knowledge is the key to everything. Without knowledge where would we all be?

5. Truth

You do not lie and do not let those who lie remain in your life. You are honest and truthful and expect nothing less from others. Telling the truth is not hard and you are more than aware of that.

6. The Bigger Picture

You are always working towards something else. The bigger picture never leaves your mind. You have a plan and know your purpose.

7. Family

You are quite family oriented because you have seen what it is like to be away from those who care. You would do anything for those closest to you and they know that. Family is something you hold to a very high standard.

Old souls are some of the most amazing people in the world, if you happen to be one remember that you should always be true to yourself. Things are falling into place and you are going to be the only one still standing tall in the end....


Glowing Fireballs & Mushroom Clouds: Declassified Footage Shows Cold War US Nuclear Tests (VIDEOS) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

nuclear tests

Newly declassified footage of US nuclear tests has been published online, showing dramatic fireballs and mushroom clouds from experiments conducted between 1945 and 1962.

The 62 videos were released by the Lawrence Livermore National Library in California on Thursday.

Weve received a lot of demand for these videos and the public has a right to see this footage, LLNL nuclear weapon physicist Gregg Spriggs said. Not only are we preserving history, but were getting much more consistent answers with our calculations.

Each of the tests were captured by some 50 cameras, providing different vantage points and backup in the event of a camera malfunction.

The common thread between these films is that they contain a great deal of quality scientific data, data that can never be reproduced, the release says.

Preserving the videos required the expertise of rare film expert Jim Moye, particularly as some were suffering from physical decay. His job was to prep and clean the film before scanning it with a customized Hollywood film scanner.

The preservation of the films will now allow scientists to better understand the yield (amount of energy released) of each test, and to provide more accurate data for those who are responsible for certifying the nuclear stockpile every year.

Its been 25 years since the last nuclear test, and computer simulations have become our virtual test ground. But those simulations are only as good as the data theyre based on. Accurate data is what enables us to ensure the stockpile remains safe, secure and effective without having to return to testing, Spriggs said.

The videos published on Thursday include the Harlem event, a 1.2 megaton test that took place 13,645 feet (4,158 meters) over the Christmas Island area of the Pacific on June 12, 1962. The Turk event of March 1955, which took place 508 feet above the desert floor of a Nevada test site, is also included in the released footage.



Frantastic news? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Fran Unsworth 

So James Harding's replacement as the BBC's new Director of News and Current Affairs will be Francesca Unsworth. 

What do we know about Fran (besides what we can read on Wikipedia)? 

Well, she's a longstanding BBC insider and presently Director of the World Service, and, according to Guido Fawkes, has a "strong grasp of the impartiality rules". 

That latter bit sounds good, but...

She's also been the chair of the 'independent' BBC Media Action charity - and that's the charity, you may recall, which became controversial for its EU funding and its actions in apparently advancing EU priorities.

(I'm not sure that anyone's ever quite got to the bottom of that yet, and it still smells bad to me.)

You can read about her 'very BBC' views on how to handle the issue climate change here and...


Episode-2133- Expert Council Q&A for 12-15-17 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on herbal medicine, cooking, radios, knife making, websites, law enforcement, investing, rocket mass heaters and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss The uses for wild lettuce extract Doc Bones Getting pectin to do its thing when making jam Erica Strauss GMRS radio for back up comms Tim Glance Choosing the right steel for a knife Patrick Roehrman Finding the right word press theme Nicole Sauce Dealing with LEOs that escalate vs deescalate Dan  Ohmann Could we be looking at a major market correction John Pugliano More on rocket mass heaters Paul Wheaton Thoughts on accusations and the court of public opinion Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 82 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information Tim Glances Recommended GMRS Radio Gear Recommendations Browning Antenna Antenna Mount Base Antenna Hand Held Radio Midland Mobile Radio Rock and Roll Christmas George Thorogood & The Destroyers Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Primal Power Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on th........


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

1791 - Whalers Matilda and Mary Ann arrived at Sydney from the "Coast to the south" (Illawarra).

1807 - John Macarthur was arrested on a second warrant, and granted bail. Upon his commitment for trial before the Criminal Court, he demanded payment of a 15-year old debt from Judge-Advocate Atkins.

1811 - Gov Lachlan Macquarie set in motion the move of the settlement at Port Dalrymple back to the George Town site on Outer Cove from York Town. He renamed the locality York Cove.

1817 - Colonial architect Francis Greenway was given a conditional pardon.
1824 Explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell arrived in the area the Aborigines call Corayo (Corio)

 on a bay called Jillong (Geelong)

1826 - Joshua John Moore is recorded as the first European landowner in the area known as the Limestone Plains. In 1824 he took out a ticket-of-occupation for 2000 acres on what is to become the site of Canberra. In 1825 he obtained permission to purchase 1000 acres of unoccupied land, but does not exercise his option to purchase until 16 December 1826 when he writes:
"The land I wish to purchase is situate at Canbery on the E. bank of the river which waters Limestone Plains, above its junction with the Murrumbeeja [sic], adjoining the grant of Mr Robert Campbell snr."He had already built huts and stockyards on the ridge where the Canberra Community Hospital now stands and enclosed thirty acres (12 ha) for cultivation.

1845 - Thomas Mitchell departed Orange, New South Wales, in search of a great river flowing to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

1860 Burke, Wills, Gray and King strolled off from Cooper's Creek in the general direction of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Will you tell them or shall I ...?

1876 - British Government agrees to send a Military Engineer to Australia to advise on its defences.

1888 - Melbourne's Princes Bridge was opened.

1900 - Bushfires ravaged Benalla and Wangaratta, Vic.

1903 After 8 years the great drought broke in most states of mainland Oz.
Which was seen as a sign from heaven when women were allowed to vote in Oz in federal elections for the first time.

1903 - Held in Victoria on this day was Australia's second federal election and the first (worldwide) in which women have the right to vote and the opportunity to stand for national Parliament.Vida Goldstein, Nellie Martel and Mary Ann Bentley stood for the Senate. Selina Siggins stood f...


How the Disappearance of an Indigenous Activist Sparked an Uprising in Argentina "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

For the past three months, an unsettling question has riled Argentina: Where is Santiago Maldonado, the indigenous rights activist disappeared under murky circumstances after a protest? The tragic answer took 78 days to establish. Santiago Maldonado, 28, was last seen on August 1 at the Pu-Lof indigenous community in Chubut, Patagonia. An artisan and organizer from El Bolsn, he traveled to support the Mapuche's struggle. Dwellers of the Patagonia region, which abuts Argentina and Chile, [...]


Hey, maybe Trump will nominate me for a federal judgeship "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

After seeing this video of one of Donald Trumps nominations for a lifetime position as a federal judge in the US District Court, I feel that I am just as qualified as him. He failed to satisfactorily answer a single question of law posed to him by Republican senator John Kennedy of Louisiana. Trump has been nominating extreme ideologues to the federal bench, many of whom have been deemed unqualified by the American Bar Association. The sad thing is that the Republican senators have confirmed many of them.

It should be noted that Kennedy is one of the most conservative members of the senate.


LGBTQ center behind complaint filed against Laurier University TA Lindsay Shepherd "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

'We're not there to do any deep-dive critical thinking' There have been a few outstanding questions since graduate student Lindsay Shepherd was investigated and threatened with discipline for exposing her undergraduate communications students to a televised debate on gender-neutral pronouns. Chief among them: Who filed the complaint against her? The answer could determine whether Canada's Wilfrid Laurier University broke its own rules to investigate her. Thanks to a lengthy and eye-opening Maclean's feature, we now know: It wasn't technically a student. Specifically, it was campus LGBTQ office acting on a tip from a student: Toby Finlay, an administrator at the Rainbow Centre, wouldn't share the specifics of the conversation due to confidentiality reasons, but adds: "It was through us that they made the complaint that led to the situation that blew up in the media."


PR: Cedex Transforming Diamonds into a Tradeable Asset "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cedex Tradable Diamonds

This is a paid press release, which contains forward looking statements, and should be treated as advertising or promotional material. does not endorse nor support this product/service. is not responsible for or liable for any content, accuracy or quality within the press release.

There are well established markets for trading the vast majority of commodities that are significant to the global economy. This includes everything from oil to gold to even soybeans. But there is one major commodity for which that isnt true diamonds.

Thats finally going to change in 2018 with the launch of CEDEX, a decentralized diamond exchange that will transform diamonds into a tradable asset.

Diamonds have been a steady store of value throughout modern history, similarly to gold and other precious metals. The problem is that very few people have access to the diamond market. This is primarily a consequence of three factors specific to the diamond industry: lack of transparency, lack of liquidity, and lack of standardization.

By solving all three of these issues, CEDEX has built a bridge that will connect the diamond industry to innovative financial markets. Before discussing that solution, though, its important to understand the problems.

First is the lack of transparency. How can you determine what any given diamond is worth? Unless youre an expert, the answer is that you have to take it to a professional appraiser. The appraiser will then evaluate the diamond and try to gauge its true worth, a somewhat subjective process that may be inconsistent from one appraiser to the next. As a consequence, there isnt clear and transparent pricing for diamonds and general investors cant purchase them with any confidence.

Even if the lack of transparency were solved, investors would face another serious problem lack of liquidity. While diamonds are a durable good, they are mainly sold to end customers in a one-sided transaction. As a result, diamond owners cant expect to resell their diamonds for anything close to fair market value. In fact, diamonds are usually resold at a loss of 30% 50%. This leaves no incentive for general investors to even consider diamonds.



Can't be repeated enough: Former Facebook executive warns 'you are being programmed' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A former Facebook executive has criticised the social network for ripping society apart during a question and answer session. Chamath Palihapitiya, who worked as Facebook's vice president for user growth, was speaking at an event run by the Stanford Graduate School of Business on 10 November in which he described feeling "tremendous guilt' in helping the company attract two billion users. His comments echoed remarks by Sean Parker, one of the early pioneers of Facebook, who spoke on 8 November, saying the social network provided "a dopamine hit and a social validation feedback loop, that exploited a vulnerability in human psychology." However, coverage this week has seen thousands responding to Palihaptiya's words. "We have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works," he told the audience.


Trumps Judicial Nominee Shows No Knowledge of Basic Legal Terms in Hearing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The testimony of one of President Donald Trumps latest judicial nominees went viral Thursday after the potential future U.S. District Court judge was shown to have no knowledge of basic legal terms and little experience in law.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) asked Federal Election Commissioner Matthew Spencer Petersen if he had ever tried a criminal or civil case or a case in a state or federal court, finally questioning whether he had even taken a deposition without supervision from a more senior attorneythe answers to all of which were no.

Petersen also appeared to be unfamiliar with legal rules dictating court procedures and several examples of legal terminology.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) posted about Petersens testimony on Twitter, expressing shock at his flimsy qualifications for an appointment as a federal judge.

But Petersen is only the latest of Trumps judicial nominees to draw attention for their lack of eligibility. Earlier this week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) urged the Trump administration to withdraw its nominations of Brett Talley and Jeff Mateer, nominated to district courts in Alabama and Texas, respectively.

As Axios reported, Trump has set a record for the most circuit court judges confirmed in his first year in office, with 12 confirmationsbut on social media, critics suggested the president is placing quantityand cronyismover quality in his nominating process. Petersen served on the FEC alongside White House Counsel Don McGahn, who now oversees the presidents judicial nominations.


Poor Neighborhoods Make the Best Investments "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This is the last thing I'll be writing for Strong Towns in 2017. I want to take the opportunity to thank you, our readers, for being part of our conversation. Since I published my first column back in 2008, this forum has been an intellectual exploration for me. It's overwhelming at times to ponder just how many people look to Strong Towns for explanations and answers today, but for me, it's always been about the disciplined act of putting thoughts in writing, sharing them and then learning from the interactions that follow. 

I've learned more from this process in nine years than I ever learned from my undergraduate and graduate programs. That's largely because of you; all the thoughtful feedback and heartfelt reactions and intelligent conversation. In the cesspool that often is online dialogue, we have developed a shiny outpost of civility and thoughtfulness. That's you, and for that, I'm eternally grateful. 

I've been talking about the essence of the following piece  that poor neighborhoods subsidize affluent neighborhoods in the American development pattern  during the Curbside Chat for some time now. Some people struggle with it, but I share this information towards the end of the conversation and, by that point, it's just another shocking fact in a long list of them throughout the Curbside Chat. I was finally prompted to write it down, however, and this piece is the result. 

I think there were two reasons why I was hesitant, and kind of remain so. First, by itself, the suggestion that poor neighborhoods subsidize wealthy neighborhoods is so counter-intuitive  even to those who advocate for the impoverished  that it's really hard to believe. During the Curbside Chat presentation, I have over an hour of setup working up to this point. And it's one point of many. Here, in a ~1,000 word piece, I don't get the opportunity to provide that context. As a stand-alone piece, I worried the challenging and provocative nature of the claim would stretch our credibility. It certainly will for some.

I also have a lot of you who are pushing  I would go so far as to say demanding  that Strong Towns center its advocacy around the social justice narratives of our day. Not only is this not my language (I would be an inauthentic poser if I pretended it was) it's not the prism through which I view my work or the world in general. That being said, I'm glad that some people do view things through that prism, I don't oppose them and I'm happy to welcome them into our conversation. I think we have a lot to offer each other and, indeed, since starting Strong Towns, I feel like I've learned a lot and changed my understanding on many things. All of this is a process.

With that said, I am proud of this piece, originally published in January, and the reaction it received when it was fi...


Gabon ivory smuggling arrests "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Gabon Initiatives

Fabrice Mikomba,
December 14, 2017

for photo.

MEKAMBO: The small municipality of Mekambo was the scene of an operation of
the DGR last Sunday. The elements of this special brigade seized three
alleged ivory traffickers.

Bernard Nolo, Landry Mouamouele, and Jean-Benoit Akono, three Gabonese,
were arrested in possession of four ivory tusks in eight pieces.

Informed that a transaction concerning trophies of a fully protected
species was to take place in the capital of the Zadie department, the
elements of the DGR, assisted by agents of the Water and Forest
Administration and a lawyer of the NGO Conservation Justice, left Makokou
the provincial capital to reach the small town located more than two
hundred kilometers away.

Arriving at the scene, they would quickly deploy in the city, carrying out
checks in buildings and vehicles. It is indeed by carrying out these
controls that they would encounter the traffickers who were preparing their
loot for sale.

The appointed Nolo Bernard and Jean Benoit Akono indicated they had picked
up the ivories in the Matsiedie River in the forest before they had brought
them to the previously selected place where Mouamouele Landry already was,
in order to sell them.

They were then all taken to the offices of the DGR in Makokou.

They will now have to face justice to answer to the facts of detention,
transport, and marketing trophies of a fully protected species as
stipulated in the Forest Code in its articles 272, 274 and 275.

This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.


White Cops: The Height of Racial Resentment "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Researchers will surely continue to plow the 2016 U.S. presidential election looking for answers to Donald Trumps victory for decades to come. What we know now, though, is that racial resentment played a prominent role in the equation. Michael Tesler has shown, for instance, that white racial resentment was more tightly linked to [support for Trump] than support for John McCain and Mitt Romney in 2008 and 2012, respectively even after controlling for party and ideology. And Sean McElwee and Jason McDaniel have found that racial attitudes towards blacks and immigration are the key factors associated with support for Trump.

If white voters are racially resentful and if their resentments remain consequential for their selections at the ballot box, we might wish to understand who among the white population in the U.S. evinces the most racially resentful and racially conservative attitudes and why. Some recent sociological work has examined this question and found at least one primary suspect: white police officers.

White individuals throughout the country continue to compose a large share of law enforcement positions. They also continue to murder unarmed black citizens at a disproportionate rate as well. Yet, despite these instances, 70% of whites believe those police departments do an excellent/good job holding police officers accountable when they engage in misconduct, compared with 31% of blacks; 75% of whites believe those police officers do an excellent/good of treating racial and ethnic minorities equally, compared with 35% of blacks; and, finally, 44% of whites believe that blacks fatal encounters with police are isolated incidents, compared with 18% of blacks.

While decades of sociological research betray the general sentiments of many white citizens, white law enforcement officers continue to maintain even more racially resentful and racially conservative sets of beliefs than white citizens writ large. Racial resentment is indeed a bit different than outright racist views, but only a permutation of them.

In new research published by sociology professor Ryan LeCount, racial resentment is simply understood as the belief that black citizens are unfairly advantaged relative to whites. In his research, LeCount examined the extent of racial resentment among white police officers in comparison with white citizens, in addition to the extent to which w...


Love of Porn! Sexual Anarchy! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Frothy fanatic Kevin Swanson has the answer as to why the people of Alabama failed Roy Moore so miserably porn!

Swanson, who interviewed Moore on his program earlier this year, told his audience that Alabama was among the states where people spent the most time on the website Pornhub in 2016, which lead him to conclude that it was no coincidence that Moore lost because that state probably has significant sexual problems, especially since Doug Jones is so in favor of sexual perversion, transgenderism and homosexuality. Evidently, the state of Alabama must have a problem with sexuality. Its obvious.

Somehow or another, this wasnt any sort of a problem when you thought Moore was going to win. Doug Jones is so in favour of people. People who come in all shapes, sizes, colours, and genders. Mr. Jones has the radical notion that they are all human, and deserving of the same rights automatically consigned to the straight white male person contingent. It is true that the people of Alabama did, in the end, have a problem with sexuality. Specifically, they had a problem with Roy Moores sexuality. Its interesting how that troubled people enough to get out and rock the vote, but it doesnt seem to trouble you at all, Mr. Swanson.

Unless there is a spiritual awakening, Swanson added, I think these conservative states are going to become liberal in their moral values within another five, 10, or 20 years. If the fathers are doing pornography, the kids are going to turn into homosexuals. The fathers will hide their sin and the children will come out of the closet with it.

People will come out of the closet whether or not their parents might indulge in porn. That would be because sexual orientation is not caused by, or swayed by porn. Of course, youre the idiot who thinks Disney movies will turn a whole generation of sprogs gay. (Frozen). Swanson also thinks that the death penalty is appropriate for queer folk.



Trump, Pence, Jerusalem: The Christian Zionism Connection "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Donald Trump announced on 6 December that the United States was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Most notable about his speech was not what he said, or how he said it, but the presence and demeanor of vice-president Mike Pence. Though an element almost entirely missing from the reams of analysis following Trumps statement, Pences beliefs do much to explain Trumps motivation.

Washingtons declaration of Jerusalem to be Israels capital has provoked sharp criticism across the world, most strongly in the Middle East where 57 members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called for East Jerusalem to be accepted as the capital of a Palestinian state. This may count for little in Trumps White House, though there might be slightly more concern over the attitudes of the European Union in general and France in particular. Even Britain under Theresa May added its pennyworth.

The strong worldwide condemnation of a statement with little obvious benefit raises the question: why did Trump go so far at this time? Some pointed to his repeated backing for Israel during the presidential campaign in 2016 and the need to deliver to his core domestic base. In turn, this leads to a further question: why would this base be especially supportive of the Jerusalem policy? The answers almost certainly lie in one particular element of evangelical Christianity, most commonly known as Christian Zionism, and one of its most fervent supporters, vice-president Mike Pence.

To talk about the power of the Jewish lobby in the United States is actually misleading when the more correctly described Israel lobby wields far more electoral power thanks to its reinforcement by Christian Zionists. They number tens of millions of voters compared with the far smaller American Jewish population who, in any case, will tend more often to vote for the Democratic Party.

Nearly a third of Americans, around 100 million people, lean towards evangelical Christianity and of these perhaps a third embrace the Christian Zionist perspective. This is passionate in its support for Israel. Two of the most powerful groups that link with the pro-Israel lobby are Christians United for Israel and the International Christian Embassy.



'Wheel estate': Americans living in vehicles and working temporary jobs increasing as traditional housing becoming unaffordable "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Millions of Americans are wrestling with the impossibility of a traditional middle-class existence. In homes across the country, kitchen tables are strewn with unpaid bills. Lights burn late into the night. The same calculations get performed again and again, through exhaustion and sometimes tears. Wages minus grocery receipts. Minus medical bills. Minus credit card debt. Minus utility fees. Minus student loan and car payments. Minus the biggest expense of all: rent. Rising rents are leading Americans to live in cars and other vehicles In the widening gap between credits and debits hangs a question: which bits of this life are you willing to give up, so you can keep on living? During three years of research for my book, Nomadland: Surviving America in The Twenty-First Century, I spent time with hundreds of people who had arrived at the same answer. They gave up traditional housing and moved into "wheel estate": RVs, travel trailers, vans, pickup campers, even a salvaged Prius and other sedans. For many, sacrificing some material comforts had allowed them to survive, while reclaiming a small measure of freedom and autonomy. But that didn't mean life on the road was easy.


Uneffingbelievable. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sheldon Whitehouse: MUST WATCH: Republican @SenJohnKennedy asks one of @realDonaldTrumps US District Judge nominees basic questions of law & he cant answer a single one. Hoo-boy.

Hoo-boy does not begin to cover this. At all. I wanted to reach right through the screen, and space-time, to insist on answering the questions with a yes or no. Absolutely no other words allowed. Im a 60 year old artist in rural nDakota, and I know what a motion in limine is, because Law & Order. So, do I get to be a judge?

Then theres just the waste. The waste of time. The waste of money. The waste of brain cells in indulging this farce.

Via Twitter.


The Fall of Sam Dastyari: The Allures of Foreign Influence "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Gazing at the politics of a vassal state is interesting in one acute, and jarring sense.  Voices of presumed independence are often bought; political opinions that seem well informed are, in fact, ventriloquised.  The origin is always elsewhere.

Australias politicians represent this more starkly than most.  Supposedly representatives of the people who elect them, they become the servants of different masters once in office.  Whether it is the large party machines that often back them, drawing and quartering their individuality, or a powerful lobby that threatens and cajoles them, the Australian politician is at the mercy of various earthly and often nasty powers.  The one judge of the matter, the public, is left out.

The fall of Labor Senator Sam Dastyari, who had become a distraction of such proportion as to drive opposition leader Bill Shorten potty, constitutes the first conspicuous casualty of this dilemma: that of the bought politician. But it all seemed so convenient, and easy.

Today, after much reflection, concluded Dastyari, Ive decided that the best service I can render to the federal parliamentary Labor Party is not to return to the Senate in 2018.  His Labor values had told him like a high gospel power that his continued presence in the party room had detracted from the pursuit of Labors mission.

Dastyari had certainly bumbled and bungled his way into a corner so narrow that no tomfoolery could extricate him.  Excuses that had been made in the past (oh, cheeky Sam; or what a lark) had run out of steam.

The list of grievances against him had become a lengthy one. Over a year ago, it was revealed that he permitted a company owned by Huang Xiangmo, with claimed links to the Chinese communist party, to foot a legal bill for his office.  Such a donation, as it was termed, saw him resign from the front bench.  (It is worth noting that Huang had donated generously to the Liberal Party as well a far from negligible $50,000 to the Victorian branch in November 2014.)

Then came the revelation, scenting of a targeted intelligence leak, that the senator had been cautionary to the billionaire prior to a meeting: leave the phones behind, he suggested, as they were surely surveillance targets.

But of all such detractions and transgressions, an umbrella theme of sorts had emerged. Dastyari was to be crucified for being too close to a power that is both boon and bugbear for Australia. His behaviour had revealed a dark future, one of Chinese influence edging out US suasion.  In Australia, this has assumed something of a binary idiocy, the either or of allegi...


Tweet of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Will #Lebanon Become a Petroleum-Rich Country? Is this a Good Thing? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Lebanons cabinet was celebrating yesterday the passing of the petroleum decree and our Energy & Oil Minister announced afterwards that Lebanon will start exploratory drilling off the Lebanese coast in 2019. Obviously this is big news and Lebanon becoming an oil rich country could prove to be a game-changer for the economy and the country as a whole but were assuming here that a competent and transparent governing body is handling the matter.

I was watching Kalamenass yesterday where the hot topic at hand was the passing of the oil & gas decree and it was clear that no one still has all the answers on the decree passed, the companies in question, the offers, the terms etc .. and that transparency remains a key component to making this work. While one of the three guests was very pessimistic, for valid reasons, about the outcome of such a decree, the two other guests were quite optimistic but raised concerns as well.

Is becoming an oil & gas rich country a good thing?

It suffices to google oil & gas rich countries to find out that corruption is a huge problem in many oil-rich countries and is central in explaining why these countries perform badly in terms of socio-economic development. Even worse, an NYtimes post stated that while every nation wants to strike oil, yet after it happens, nearly every nation is worse off for it. It may seem paradoxical, but finding a hole in the ground that spouts money can be one of the worst things that can happen to a country. Oil or gas-dependent countries eventually become among the most economically troubled and most conflict-ridden ones in the world, in reference to the resource curse phenomenon, with few exceptions of course.

Just in case you dont know what the resource curse is, it is also known as the paradox of plenty and refers to the paradox that countries and regions with an abundance of natural resources, specifically point-source non-renewable resources like minerals and fuels, tend to have less economic growth and worse development outcomes than countries with fewer natural resources. This is mainly due to governments mismanagement, corruption, instability and other factors.

This being said, and given the high levels of corruption and staggering incompetence found at all levels of government, I am not that optimistic about the prospects of Lebanon becoming an oil-rich country given that transparency...


How Christmas Baptizes Norse Mythology Into Powerful Christian Archetypes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Every Christmas we all take a tree that otherwise doesnt die and we kill it. Then we place it inside our homes and cover it with a bunch of chintzy nonsense. As Jim Gaffigan says, this sounds like the actions of a drunk man.

In his Christmas tree bit, a wife wonders why theres a pine tree in the living room, and Jim answers with slurred speech saying that theyre gonna decorate it, for Jesus. Indeed, that is exactly why we have Christmas trees: Not drunk people, but Jesus the Messiah.

The Christmas tree is a perfect symbol of Christian theology. It depicts the complete good news of Christ. But to see this we need to understand what the tree means and where it comes from. Lets look at the trees origins. That begins with Norse mythology.

The Tree Upon Which the World Hangs

Norse mythology centers upon a tree. This is not exactly novel. Trees are sacred in almost every culture and religion to varying degrees. This makes sense for several reasons: trees represent immortality because they can live for thousands upon thousands of years. They also are often a source of life either by their fruit or the shade they provide, or because humans have learned how to craft almost anything from their flesh.

But the tree at the center of Norse mythology is unique. It is called Yggdrasil. Modern people tend to think of and depict it as a gigantic ash tree where the nine realms of gods, elves, dwarfs, etc. sit in the branches and roots. Ancient Norse people wouldve probably seen these renditions and known what was meant, but to them the tree didnt actually exist in that way at all. Yggdrasil was existence itself. The world itself was the tree.

By world, I dont mean earth. Earth was a realmMidgard, or, as J.R.R. Tolkien called it, middle earth. Our realm of Midgard was small within the world of this cosmic tree.

The cosmic tree was most clearly seen and understood only after the sun went down. Then the universe is laid bare before mans eyes. In a world without city lights, the naked eye can see the universe of stars that surrounds us in shocking detail. Billions of stars explode across the night sky like a Jackson Pollock painting.

In the middle of all that splendor was the Bifrost, what we call the Milky Way. Weve discovered this white path through the night sky is actually an arm of our spiral galaxy. But to the Norse the Bifrost was a bridge between Asgard and Midgard. Asgard was the home of the Aesir, the greatest Norse gods, Odin of course being their chief.

So what does Yggdrasil mean? It is often translated as Odins horse. But that is actually a theological interpretation of the true meaning of the word. The word literally means The Awesome Ones Gallows. To say it is Odins horse is therefore not false.



Interstate Banking & Changes to the Federal Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Hi Marty,

You say, The one-size-fits-all policy of central banks with regard to interest rates pits East v West in both Canada and the United States. Farmers, oil producers, and miners are forced to pay higher interest rates when their economies are declining because of speculative booms in Toronto or New York.

I can see how regional Central Banks could have supplied different stimulus in different regions back in the time of the Feds formation when the mediums of communication were not what they are today, but how would that work now. With the ability, today to borrow money electronically from where ever it is cheapest, wouldnt people in the high-interest regions simply borrow in the regions where the money was cheapest defeating that strategy?



ANSWER: About 70% of small business are routinely turned down for business loans. The small farmers, miners, and oil producers cannot simply borrow from the cheapest source. I myself always found banks calling me asking if wanted to borrow money when things were great and I never needed it. If you are watching your business model decline, nobody will lend to a ship taking on even a little water. There is a huge difference between a consumer loan on credit cards and a small business.

Consumers already pay interest rates set by a bank which are usually covering various regions. It is true, after the collapse of 9,000 banks with the Great Depression, thereafter banks were prohibited from Interstate Banking. Indeed, Interstate Banking allowing banks across state lines became widespread in the mid-1980s, when state legislatures passed legislation that allowed bank holding companies to acquire out-of-state banks on a reciprocal basis with other states. I had been on the board of a regional bank in the early 1980s. After Interstate Banking was allowed, a New York bank came down and put in a bid for Capital State Bank. It was sold and everyone cashed-in on their shares.

The main point is that there remain regional lending problems. The banks will lend to a market that is booming and will shun away from the regions in trouble. Today, a major bank in New York goes down and it impacts the entire country thanks to Interstate Banking.



Parliament House of Lords Dental Health: Children:Written question - HL3911 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Q Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Dental Health: ChildrenHL3911

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of childhood dental decay in (1) those regions where the water supply is fluoridated, and (2) those where it is not.

A Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 December 2017

Public Health Englands Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 compared a range of dental and non-dental health indicators in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.

The report concluded that, when deprivation and ethnicity were taken into account, five year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 28% less likely to have tooth decay than those in non-fluoridated areas, and 12 year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 21% less likely to have had tooth decay in permanent teeth than children living in non-fluoridated areas. A copy of Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 is attached.
Water fluoridation (PDF Document, 1.5 MB)

Who would believe them after their involvement  in the Southampton fluoridation scheme debacle.

This video shows how they manipulate reviews if they don't agree with the findings. Now a bit old as SHA's no longer exist. It's the council who have to ask for a feasibility study.



North Korea Is Not Just a Nuclear Problem but Also a Complex Security Challenge "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Washington and Seoul need to engage with Pyongyang, Beijing and Moscow to explore how a deal can be worked out.

It may be too late to reverse North Koreas nuclear status. Credit: Reuters

Anyone who claims to have an answer to North Koreas nuclear problem has been misinformed. A premeditated nuclear attack is unlikely from any side. Rather, the risk of war lies in the possibility of miscommunication, misperception and miscalculation that could see the cycle of provocation and escalation spin out of control.

The Korean War ended in 1953 with a ceasefire but not peace agreement. The 38th parallel is heavily militarised, barbed wire-fenced, mined and patrolled. Over six decades of demonising, isolating and sanctioning, the Kim dynasty-led regime has perpetuated a stalemate at escalating levels of insecurity. North Korea conducts another nuclear test, possibly more powerful than before. Or a longer-range missile test. US and UN impose additional or tougher sanctions. US and North Korea exchange more threats. The stalemate continues, but with heightened sense of insecurity on all sides.

North Koreas ambition to acquire an intercontinental nuclearised capability has had four components, three of which have been realised. First, it has been making bombs. According to revised US intelligence assessments, it may have as many as 60 bombs. Second, test...


"Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/15/17" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/15/17"
By Greg Hunters 

"Looks like the GOP finally defeated its own candidate for Senator in the Alabama Special Election. The GOP could not stop Moore in the primary after spending $32 million, but it teamed up with Democrats and got Moore defeated. Moore is not conceding, and plenty of people are saying there was voter fraud. Its a long shot that Moore could force a recount, but even so, a last minute court decision in Alabama allowed paper ballots to be destroyed after a winner was declared. Some say that will make a recount next to impossible. Congratulations Mitch McConnell, you got a Democrat elected in a 60/40 Red state.

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is being charged with running a totally biased investigation against Donald Trump by members of Congress. Some say he should be fired. There is still no evidence of Russian collusion but plenty of evidence that the same people that exonerated Hillary Clinton for multiple crimes are now going after Donald Trump. I am referring to the DOJ and FBI investigators. On top of that, the Justice Department will not answer questions that it used a totally false so-called dossier bought an...


Atlanta, GA: Update on Food Not Bombs Repression "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The post Atlanta, GA: Update on Food Not Bombs Repression appeared first on It's Going Down.

Early this morning, we came to court ready to face criminal charges for feeding the homeless without a permit. Many people came out and we shared food, clothes, and hygiene supplies right in front of the courthouse.

City representatives refused to show up. They were too ashamed to even face us in their own court. The bogus charge was dismissed without so much as a hearing. This confirms that the crackdown was never about the law, it has always been nothing more than a campaign of intimidation designed to bully homeless people and those who aid them. Already, officials are researching other ordinances they can use to repress us.

The real solution is ordinary people working together to help each other, and fighting against the gentrification agenda of the city elites. We will continue doing our part, and we call on everyone to join in however they can.

We are outraged that the City is trying to avoid this issue. Officials must answer for persecuting us, but they know they cant. They can hide from a court case, but they cant hide from the poor people who face constant harassment by their cops. They cant hide from the homeless people who they evicted from the Peachtree & Pine shelter. The City wants to pretend they are the solution to poverty and homelessness in Atlanta, but they are the cause.

The real solution is ordinary people working together to help each other, and fighting against the gentrification agenda of the city elites. We will continue doing our part, and we call on everyone to join in however they can.


Significant radiation dose received by Lucas Heights worker in nuclear accident "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Radioactive liquid spills on worker at Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney, Peter Jean, Political Reporter, The Advertiser, December 14, 2017 A WORKER received a significant radiation dose when a vial of radioactive liquid spilt onto their hands in the most serious recorded safety incident to ever occur at Sydneys Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.

The Advertiser can reveal the accident occurred on August 22 when a vial of the nuclear medicine product Molybdenum-99 was dropped when its cap was being removed during a quality-control test. The incident was rated severe by regulators and has led to changes in safety procedures.

Molybdenum-99 is produced by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation at Lucas Heights, below, for use in cancer and heart disease scans.

ANSTO Health general manager Mark Moore said the analyst has a slightly elevated risk of developing skin cancer after the liquid spilt on their hands.

The analyst was working in a shielded fume cupboard that, in normal operation, limits a dose received, but the dropping of the vial resulted in the radiation dose, Mr Moore said.

Our employee remains at work and is currently performing alternative quality assessment work in the nuclear medicine field.

Mr Moore said the staff member had burn-like symptoms, including blistering and reddening of the skin.

While ANSTO is still waiting to be adv...


How Sydney could become a zero-carbon city "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydneys closer to being a zero-carboncity than you think, The Conversation, Rob Roggema
Professor of Sustainable Urban Environments, University of Technology Sydney December 15, 2017
, You live in one of the sunniest countries in the world. You might want to use that solar advantage and harvest all this free energy. Knowing that solar panels are rapidly becoming cheaper and have become feasible even in less sunny places like the UK, this should be a no-brainer.

Despite this, the Australian government has taken a step backwards at a time when we should be thinking 30 years ahead.

Can we do it differently? Yes, we can! My ongoing research on sustainable urbanism makes it clear that if we use the available renewable resources in the Sydney region we do not need any fossil resource any more. We can become zero-carbon. (With Louisa King and Andy Van den Dobbelsteen, I have prepared a forthcoming paper, Towards Zero-Carbon Metropolitan Regions: The Example of Sydney, in the journal SASBE.)

Enough solar power for every household

Abundant solar energy is available in the Sydney metropolitan area. If 25% of the houses each installed 35 square metres of solar panels, this could deliver all the energy for the citys households.

We conservatively estimate a total yield of 195kWh/m2 of PV panel placed on roofs or other horizontal surfaces. The potential area of all Sydney council precincts suited for PV is estimated at around 385km2  a quarter of the entire roof surface.



Substratum answers censorship call "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Web censorship is on the rise, according to research by Freedom on the Net, two-thirds of all internet users live in countries where criticism of the government, military, or ruling family is subject to censorship. The World Economic Forum reported that global internet freedom declined in 2016 for the sixth consecutive year, 2017 is likely to be even worse.

Internet freedom in the US was dealt a huge blow yesterday when the Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind regulations governing companies that provide broadband services to consumers. This essentially gives broadband providers in the US the power to control what they serve to their customers, and more importantly what they block.

These net neutrality regulations were originally introduced by the Democrats under the previous administration. Trumps administration evidently does not approve of a free and unfettered internet so has decided to unravel the regulations that gave net neutrality lawfulness. The rules prevented internet service providers from blocking content, throttling access speeds and enforcing paid prioritization upon their customers. Once through US broad band companies would have a green light to discriminate and manipulate your internet traffic according to one Democrat on the FCC panel. Top ISPs such as Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Charter and CenturyLink will have more freedom to control what they allow their users to see on the internet. According to Wikipedia these top five US providers have almost 80 million subscribers combined.

As America moves to join many of the Middle Eastern and Asian nations that regularly and actively censor the internet we need to look towards the blockchain for a solution. It just so happens that a recent ICO provides a token that does just that.

Substratum provides a method of serving decentralized web content via a range of operating systems and browsers without the need for technical knowledge of crypto currencies and blockchains. Their websites states:

Information wants to be free, not locked down by censorship or net neutrality laws. Substratum provides tools anyone can use to help keep the internet accessible through decentralization. We support an equal, fair, and open internet.

By installing a Substratum node participants will get rewarded with the crypto currency for serving content to others living in countries that filter the web. Traders reacted to the news quickly and SUB price jumped from $0.36 to a record top of $0.50 within a couple of hours. A small correction brought prices back down to $0.40 but they soon began to ratchet....


Credlin: Give us a debate and vote on Australias population - Article by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, is the latest to question Australias mass immigration program, which flooded NSW (read Sydney) and VIC (read Melbourne) with a record 185,500 net overseas migrants (combined) in the year to June, further crush-loading our two biggest cities. This article was first published on Macrobusiness at on December 15 2017.

By Leith van Onselen

Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, is the latest to question Australias mass immigration program, which flooded NSW (read Sydney) and VIC (read Melbourne) with a record 185,500 net overseas migrants (combined) in the year to June, further crush-loading our two biggest cities:

Last night, Ms Credlin delivered a detailed monologue on Sky News calling for immigration levels to be normalised back to their historical average, as well as demanding that our federal politicians give Australians a national debate and vote on Australias future population size.

While the whole video is well worth watching, heres a few key quotes:

Overcrowded streets, busy roads, nowhere to park, over development, unaffordable housing, cramped schools, and in the words of many locals, far too many highrises. These were the concerns raised today [in Bennelong], and they are all code for population growth

What I can...


The Weekend Quiz December 16-17, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Although we are told that a country is running a small current account deficit and that the private domestic sector is saving overall, we are unable to draw any conclusions about the state of the fiscal balance until we know the relative magnitudes of the other balances.

2. While a currency-issuing government does not have to issue bonds to match its deficit spending, one of the advantages of raising debt from the private sector is that it provides a boost to private wealth.

3. Fiscal austerity aims to reduce the stock of net government spending by reducing spending and/or increasing taxes.



Have cryptoassets created $0.5 trillion in social value? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Vitalik Buterin poses that question, do read his whole storm. Here are the last three tweets:

How many Venezuelans have actually been protected by us from hyperinflation?

How much actual usage of micropayment channels is there actually in reality?

The answer to all of these questions is definitely not zero, and in some cases its quite significant. But not enough to say its $0.5T levels of significant. Not enough.

Let me set aside the question of enabling grey or black market activities, and let us put aside the bubbly component of these assets, which may or may not be real.  Id like to focus on the underlying fundamentals.

Furthermore, crypto-assets have not consumed half a trillion in social costs, though Id like to see the electricity bill.  So mine is the concrete question: insofar as crypto-assets have served as hedges and stores of value, is that social value or just a private return at some offsetting rent-seeking-based social cost?

Stores of value

Lets say I build a warehouse and store some furniture in it, because I am moving and I dont want to throw out the sofa but need to keep it somewhere for a month.  The gains from storing that furniture can be captured by standard cost-benefit methods, and few would doubt that is a legitimate private and also social efficiency.  I am carrying sitting capacity into the future.

With crypto-assets, I am carrying wealth more generally into the future.  The person who most wants that payoff structure for the wealth carry will end up owning the crypto-asset.

Do I hold and carry forward that wealth at the expense of other people?  Is creating a crypto-asset, in welfare terms, a bit like being a counterfeiter and thus rent-transferring and wasteful?  Or is it more like storing a sofa while moving house?

Or is the crypto-asset more like an insurance contract, and thus again wealth-enhancing?  I see it as performing a mix of the store of value and insurance functions.

If the crypto-asset is rent-seeking (the electricity cost aside), exactly whose purchasing power is diminished?  Presumably the Bitcoin and Ether millionaires spend more of their money and drive prices up for others.  But it seems that is a pecuniary externality, not a real social cost of the kind that would justify a judgment of socially wasteful rent-seeking.

Maybe it makes more sense to view the crypto-assets as a new kind of insurance contract: if some of my othe...


Donald Trump federal judge nominee is asked basic legal questions and cant answer a single one "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One of Donald Trumps nominees to become a federal judge has failed to answer a string of basic questions about law. Matthew Spencer Petersen admitted he was unfamiliar with several common legal terms during questioning by Republican Senator John Kennedy at a hearing earlier this week. 

He told the hearing: My background is not in litigation. I understand the challenge ahead of me if I were fortunate enough to become a district court judge. I understand that the path that many successful district court judges have taken has been a different one than I have taken.


Mammal long thought extinct in NSW resurfaces in State's west "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A Crest-tailed Mulgara, a small carnivorous marsupial known only from fossilised bone fragments and presumed extinct in NSW for more than century, has been discovered in Sturt National Park north-west of Tibooburra.

A team from the UNSW Sydney Wild Deserts project made the unexpected discovery during recent scientific monitoring.

UNSW scientist and Wild Deserts ecologist Dr Rebecca West, said it was particularly exciting to find a Crest-tailed Mulgara alive for the first time in NSW.

The Crest-tailed Mulgara was once widely distributed across sandy desert environments in inland Australia, but declined due to the effects of rabbits, cats and foxes.
The species weighs around 150 grams and has pale blonde fur and a thick tail with a distinctive black crest, Dr West said.

"The discovery comes at a great time," said UNSW scientist and Wild Deserts project co-ordinator Reece Pedler.

Next year we are due to begin introduced predator and rabbit eradication from a large area, which will no doubt help the Mulgara, Mr Pedler said.

The Wild Deserts project is contributing to the NSW Governments Saving our Species conservation program (SOS), said National Parks and wildlife Service area manager Jaymie Norris. The aim of this project is to return mammal species not seen in their natural habitat for over 90 years in Sturt National Park. Rabbits, cats and foxes will be eradicated from two 20-square-kilometre fenced exclosures in Sturt National Park, before locally extinct mammals are reintroduced."

"Reintroduced native mammal species will include greater bilby, burrowing bettong, western quoll and western barred bandicoot, Mr Norris said.

The Wild Deserts project is a partnership between UNSW and Ecological Horizons, in collaboration with Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Wild Deserts has been contracted by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to restore and promote desert...


McCain eyes exit from Senate amid 'stress' from growing Trump dossier scandal "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

John McCain is reportedly preparing to pull back from the U.S. Senate, according to Beltway insiders who say new demands to answer for his role in either underwriting or promoting the Trump phony dossier are stressing the Arizona senator's fragile health. It is not clear whether McCain plans to outright retire from the Senate or simply focus on his Stage IV cancer treatments away from Washington, D.C. but many GOP insiders believe McCain's last days in the Senate are close. Likely, McCain will not return after the Christmas break, many folks have privately confided. McCain has been away for the Senate all week, missing votes and debate about a number of topics including tax cuts. This is not the fist time McCain has sought medical treatment after his role in recent anti-Trump scandals have heated up.


FW: Available Now: NSQHS Standards (second edition) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The NSQHS Standards (second edition) are now available.

The second edition of the NSQHS Standards addresses gaps identified in the first edition, including mental health and cognitive impairment, health literacy, end-of-life care, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It also updates the evidence for actions, consolidates and streamlines standards and actions to make them clearer and easier to implement.

Health service organisations will be assessed to the second edition of the NSQHS Standards from January 2019.

The Commission's National Model Clinical Governance Framework is also available now. Building on the NSQHS Standards, the Framework provides information about corporate and clinical governance, and roles and responsibilities for people within a health service organisation.

The Commission has developed a range of other resources to support implementation of the NSQHS Standards.

For more information on the second edition and related resources please contact the National Standards team on 1800 304 056 or


Habitat Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Habitat Byron Bay launches with the opening of new restaurant
Barrio Eatery and Bar and a collection of Byron Bays most creative lifestyle businesses including; St Agni, Zulu and Zephyr, Pampa, The Bare Road, Byron Bay Hanging Chairs, Tigmi Trading and Our Corner Store under the umbrella of Habitat Home & Habitat Women.

Created as a hub for like-minded people and businesses to come together, Habitat Byron Bay has been specifically designed as a space for people to live and work in a socially and environmentally progressive environment.

Conceived by Byron Bay local Brandon Saul, the idea behind Habitat is to create a modern village lifestyle by building a variety of different commercial and housing options to suit passion-based businesses who value a sense of community.

Brandon explains; People are striving to achieve a good work/life balance. Habitat is simply a reflection of this trend which is in keeping with the Byron lifestyle. Its also for those amongst us that want to lead a more sustainable, balanced lifestyle without having to compromise on creature comforts or style.

In keeping with this ethos, Habitat has curated some of Byron Bays best design led brands across, furniture, homewares and fashion in a series of collective pop-up retail spaces to launch the precinct.

Two collective pop-up retailers, Habitat Home and Habitat Woman, will run throughout the summer and features over 40 local brands across the two stores, including Zulu and Zephyr, St Agni, The Bare Road, Annukka, Saint Helena, Tigmi Trading, Pampa, Byron Bay Hanging Chairs, The Dharma Door and Our Corner Store, along with handcrafted furniture and wares by the likes of Martin Johnston and JD Lee and many more.



Why Your Intuition May Be the Highest Form of Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Christina Sarich, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Our intuition develops when we are babies, long before are indoctrinated into Newtonian physics which largely prohibits us from understanding the quantum world. Ironically, one of our first intellectual abilities intuition may be one of the greatest forms of intelligence we will ever experience in a grown-up world.

In the quantum world, there are no positions nor speed. These are classical, mechanical terms for a world that doesnt really exist. Yet, as tiny babies we understand how things work without having a clear grasp of certain intellectual realities.

Psychologists Susan Hespos from Northwestern University, and Renee Baillargeon of University of Illinois found that this physical intuition kicks in as early as two and a half months, and other scientists think that intuition is probably present from birth.

Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, argues that intuition is less about suddenly knowing the right answer and more about instinctively understanding what information is unimportant and can thus be discarded, but even if we have intuition even at birth, one could argue that we have yet to develop the intellectual capacity to learn which information can be discarded.

Yet innate notions, plus elaborations born from watching and interacting with the world, add up to a sort of nave physics that we all grasp before having a single physics lesson.



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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Tyringham Rd, Dorrigo, NSW 2453
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
SIZE: 0 ha
UPDATED: 15 Dec 2017 11:42


Things that Couldn't Happen--But DID! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dr. John Alexander returns to Dreamland with mind-opening stories of his adventures into the unknown. Formerly head of the US Army's famed non-lethal weapons program, John has traveled the world in search of answers to the mysteries of such things as mediumship, out-of-body movement and near death experiences.


Drug Dealers Selling Berocca for $300 a tab "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Chemists are taking advantage of todays spike in Christmas-party hangovers by charging dull-eyed customers up to $300 for a single tablet of Berocca.

One office worker who has yet to go to bed after enjoying a few beers at his Christmas party, which began yesterday morning and continued on into the afternoon, evening and then morning again, said he was being exploited by his local pharmacy.

Theyre the worst type of drug dealers, the bloody-nosed man said. But with my only other option being cutting my head off to dull the pain, I had to pay up.

Another office workers who overdid things by a Penrith mile said he refused to pay his legal drug dealer for the mild relief.

Im just going to keep drinking and never stop, he said. That way Ill never have a hangover again.

Shares in Berocca tablets are set to rival the rise of cryptocurrency Bitcoin, according to early reports.


Sod turned on $1.6m hockey centre in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Construction of a new hockey centre will create 76 construction jobs.

Page MP Kevin Hogan has today turned the first sod on the new $1.6 million Far North Coast Regional Hockey Centre upgrade and expansion project in Goonellabah.

This is great news for our community and cements our reputation as the sporting capital of regional NSW, he said.

Upgrading and expanding the existing hockey complex will deliver a new state-of-the-art pitch with lighting, seating, player spaces, official and technical officers spaces, toilets and covered playing preparation areas.

The project will create 76 construction jobs and 16 permanent jobs.

With the upgrade of Oakes Oval already underway, this additional $1.6 million investment will attract sports players from many codes to Lismore and their supporters, which will be great for our local motels, restaurants and cafes.

The work is expected to be completed early next year, in plenty of time for Lismore to host the 2018 Mens Masters Australian Hockey Championships later in the year when 1800 players and spectators are expected to converge on the Northern Rivers.

The project is jointly funded by the Federal Government ($764,478), Far North Coast Hockey Incorporated ($550,000), Lismore City Council ($33,000) and private donors ($181,478). In-kind contributions were also provided by Far North Coast Hockey Incorporated ($66,340).

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Holiday letting a detriment to Byron community "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Submissions to the short term holiday letting in NSW Options Paper closed on October 31.

The Holiday Rental Industry Association (HRIA) and Holiday Let Organisation (HLO Byron) made a joint submission.

The following statement was made in their submission: It is evident that the activity of providing short-term residential accommodation has always been, and is generally, a legal activity in dwellings that have residential development consent.

No evidence was supplied to support this ludicrous statement as there isnt any evidence.

In sharp contrast to this ludicrous statement was the response by the legal advisor to the HRIA. He was subjected to intense questioning by Victorian MPs at the public hearing into short stay accommodation on March 24.

Under oath, he said that holiday letting was illegal in NSW. His response can be found in Hansard.

Their submission conveniently failed to present the numerous legal cases in NSW that show the illegality of holiday letting.

This includes the benchmark Dobrohotoff vs Bennic (May 2013) Land and Environment Court case. Justice Pepper said that the illegal holiday letting offended NSW planning law.

The Byron community has seen a massive increase in illegal holiday lets during the past four years. This has been to the detriment of our community.

At the June 22 meeting Council repealed the moratorium on prosecution of illegal holiday letting. Council staff said that they were preparing cases for prosecution.

We look forward in the very near future to seeing a positive outcome to these prosecutions.

Doug Luke, co-ordinator, Victims Of Holiday Letting


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Two juveniles in court following police pursuit "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two 17-year-old boys will appear in the Lismore Childrens Court today after leading police on a series of pursuits in Lismore yesterday morning.

The two juveniles were finally arrested after the stolen vehicle they were in crashed into an unmarked police car near the intersection at Pleasant Street, Goonellabah.

The drama began about 7.30am when police noticed the stolen Isuzu D-Max on Ballina Street, Lismore.

A pursuit began but police terminated because of public safety concerns.

About 8.45am the stolen car crashed into the police car. No-one was injured.

The two boys were arrested and taken to Lismore police station.

The boy who was driving failed a breath analysis, returning a reading of 0.092. He was charged with steal motor vehicle, take and drive conveyance, police pursuit Skyes Law, mid range PCA, and resist arrest.

The other boy was charged with steal motor vehicle, be carried in conveyance, and resist arrest.


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Bangalow to have parking time trial instead of paid parking "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron council has decided not to proceed with paid parking at Bangalow.

Byron Shire Council has announced it will not be implementing paid parking in Bangalow on 1 January 2018.

Instead new parking time limits will be introduced in the Bangalow CBD and monitored for 12 months.

Acting general manager Mark Arnold said councillors had voted not to implement paid parking in January next year saying they wanted to see the results of a 12-month trial of the impact of changes to parking time limits.

Todays vote replaces the previous resolution made at the meeting in August 2017, he said.

The decision to conduct a trial followed a rally last Saturday organised by the Bungalow Chamber of Commerce, and supported by Greens MP Tamara Smith.

Ms Smith had urged the council to conduct a trial instead of introducing paid parking, and it seems that the message got through to councillors.

The resolution from yesterdays meeting will see one hour parking in Byron Street and part of Station Street and two hour parking in the remainder of Station Street for a period of 12 months. These parking time limits will be reviewed during the trial.

Mr Arnold said the council would employ a range of measures during 2018 including number plate recognition technology to monitor parking demands, the length of time people are staying and the number of infringements incurred by people staying over the time limit.

He said the information would  allow the council to determine where the majority of people parking in Bangalow were from, for example from Queensland, or other parts of NSW such as the Northern Rivers region.

This information will be used to see if the changes to time limits have improved the turnover of parking in Bangalow over a 12-month period, he said.

Any future time limit changes or additional traffic management strategies, such as pay parking, will be informed by the results of the trial.

After 12-months a report containing the findings from the trial will be prepared for the consideration of the council.

New signs with information about the parking times will be installed in early 2018.

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Fight against Tweed water mining on par with CSG "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The location of water extraction and or bottling facilities throughout the Tweed. Image Tweed Shire Council

By Luis Feliu

Campaigners against controversial water mining in the Tweed Valley have vowed to continue their fight to ban all commercial extraction and bottling operations in the wake of  Tweed Shire Councils vote last week reinstating a prohibition on the activity.

The Tweed Water Alliance says the decision is an enormous win for Tweed residents and the flood of water mining applications will now drop to a trickle.

But the group admits the state government has to ratify the move to include the ban in Tweeds local environment plan, and fears two major proposals being assessed and causing concern, at Dungay and Uki, could be left out of the prohibition.

Council has sought legal advice over liability if the two development applications are included in the ban.

Tweed Water Alliance spokesman Jeremy Tager said they should be rejected, and whatever expenses council incurs in refusing these applications will be far less than the cost of these developments proceeding.

These costs, Mr Tager said, included road safety, damaged roads, loss of amenity and the potential collapse of groundwater reserves.

Residents will realise there is no public benefit, he said.



Think You Can Hide Capital Gains in Alt-Coins? Think Again "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Those Bitcoin investors in the US who think theyre outsmarting the IRS by trading funds to other digital currencies rather than back to dollars could be in for a nasty surprise. Under GOP tax bill that is due to be voted upon next week, law makers will draw a distinction limiting like-kind exchanges to real estate.

Its been argued by some that using Bitcoin or any other digital currency to purchase a different crypto should be treated the same as a 1031 exchange. This allows taxpayers to exchange one type of asset to another without it being deemed a taxable event. Since the IRS considers Bitcoin as property rather than currency, it was thought that digital currencies could be considered as like assets.

Evan Fox, the tax manager at New York accounting firm Berdon gave his opinion on the matter to CNBC:

Some people think, Im taking my bitcoin, which the IRS has deemed to be property, swapping it for another property and doing it for investment reasons, so it sounds like it could be a 1031 exchange I think its a stretch.

However, under the new bill, any debate will be rendered moot. It explicitly limits 1031 exchanges to real estate. This gives an answer to all those accountancy professionals who have struggled to advise clients invested in Bitcoin and other cryptos because of the law lagging behind technological innovation.

For now, people cashing out or trading digital currencies in the States should beware. Other investments will often trigger the a brokerage to send a Form 1099 automatically which also goes directly to the IRS, alerting them to your trading. These forms are used to record losses and gains. However, its important to remember that the absence of such a document does not mean that taxes are not owed. This makes it necessary to self-report.

Its also worth noting that the IRS have up to three years to conduct an audit. It could be as late as 2020 that your 2017 tax return is brought into question. Fox warned that penalties and interest might face those who do not correctly report their cryptocurrency gains.

He summed up the situation pretty clearly for CNBCs readers considering risking not reporting crypto trading gains:

If you put money into the cryptocurrency space, and you decide to buy [another digital asset], and you one day monetize it and show up with a $2 million house, the IRS is not stupid.

The taxation expert concluded by suggesting that the number of returns this year...


Casino father to stand trial over allegedly grooming 15 year-old girl for sex "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Casino father who allegedly tried to groom a 15 year-old girl for sex using social media from his marital home will stand trial in the District Court next year.

Jacob Lee Benn appeared in Lismore Local Court this week and was represented by his solicitor Peter Walsh.

The 30 year-old father is charged with using a carriage service to solicit child pornography, using a carriage service to send indecent material to a person under 16 years and using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years-old for sex.

Between between November 20, 2016, and the day before his arrest, June 14, police allege Mr Benn sent various message via Facebook messenger to the 15-year-old girl with the intention of having sex with her.

During their communications, it is alleged Mr Benn told the girl not to reveal his identity.

After the girl complained to police an investigation was launched and Mr Benn was arrested by detectives from the State Crime Commands Child Exploitation Unit on June 15.

He was granted strict conditional bail to reside at Casino and not to contact or approach the girl or go to her school.

Mr Benn must not use the social media websites Facebook, Snapchat, Facebook messenger or Instagram for any reason what so ever.

He was also ordered not to have direct contact with any person younger than 16 except for his immediate family.

This week the court heard the evidence against Mr Benn, including an electronic exhibit which an expert will give evidence about, had been served on the defence.

Mr Benn is yet to enter a plea to any of the charges.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Mr Benns matters until February 5, when he will appear before the Lismore District Court to be arraigned to stand trial.

He remains on strict conditional bail until that date.

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Lismore man to stand trial over alleged indecent assault of 13 year-old girl "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Lismore man will stand trial in the District Court next year over the alleged aggravated indecent assault of a 13 year-old girl.

David Roger Adam Orams appeared in Lismore Local Court on Wednesday.

The 32 year-old is charged with two counts of aggravated indecent assault in company, indecently assaulting a person under 16 years-old, and three counts of possessing child abuse material.

The three counts of indecent assault related to incidents which allegedly occurred between June 1, 2015 and February 28, 2016.

When police conducted a search of his residence, court documents revealed officers seized three hard drives they allege contained child abuse material and $12,000 in cash, suspected of being stolen.

Mr Orams also stands accused of failing to comply with his reporting obligations while on bail and having goods in his custody suspected of being stolen.

Following an investigation by detectives, Mr Orams was arrested on November 8, 2016, along with a co-offender, who cant be named for legal reasons.

He was initially refused bail, but when conditional bail was granted, police allege he failed to comply with the bail by not reporting to police, so bail was revoked.

The court previously heard the matters were set down for a hearing in the local court starting November 1.

On Wednesday, Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Mr Orams to appear in the Lismore District Court on May 7, 2018, where he will be arraigned to stand trial.

Mr Orams remains behind bars until that date.

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Opportunity Knocks and SophiaTX is Answering the Door "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SophiaTX, considered the Ultimate Blockchain for Business, just entered the final round of a very successful Token Generation Event (Dec. 7 17), where they have already raised well over $11 Million USD. The unique, purpose-built blockchain platform and marketplace were designed from the ground up for the specific purpose of integrating enterprise applications such as ERP, SCM, and CRM systems into a collaborative environment across multiple enterprises and industries.

SophiaTX is ready to show off what it can do for businesses on a global scale. They just opened pre-registration for Early Adoption Program which will launch in early 2018. The program is aimed at both individuals (enterprise applications experts, consultants, and architects) and organizations.

The early adoption program offers exclusive, membership only access to SophiaTX technology, the use of a testnet platform, detailed use case description for implementation, and learning opportunities for businesses regardless the size small or large. Interested parties can subscribe to the early adoption program on the SophiaTX website. As a small sample of SophiaTX potential, the company has outlined a use case which they affirmed, by way of fully functional proof of concept.

 Blockchain E-invoice Data Exchange / One-to-One Document Exchange

Extensive research of todays business models and practices found that more than 90% of all invoices worldwide are still processed manually (via mail, print, email, and other manual methods) which consume valuable time, resources and increase the costs.

The volume for e-invoices will achieve at least 36 billion worldwide with annual growth rates of 10-20% by the end of 2017. The estimated size of the e-invoicing market is 3.3 Billion Euro for 2017, and is expected to grow to 16.1 Billion Euro in the year 2024.

The main problems with traditional e-invoicing is that it remains cumbersome in adoption, is relatively expensive to implement and is rather limited to a selected type of document. This is where blockchain technology offers faster adoption and a true, peer-to-peer information exchange of relatively unlimited types of documentation. said Jaroslav Kacina, SophiaTX CEO.

SophiaTX takes the process multiple steps further by inputting the e-invoice...


SOTT FOCUS: Putin Schools Journalists and Western Politicians in Annual Q&A Marathon "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual marathon press conference today. Over 1,600 journalists were accredited for the event, which ended up lasting just under four hours. The entire ritual just demonstrates how far Russia still has to go before it becomes a full-fledged Western democracy. In a real democracy, leaders only take pre-approved soft-ball questions from a select group of hand-picked journalists and then read their answers from teleprompters. Tough or unexpected questions are either ignored or given a pat answer devoid of any real information. After 20 minutes or so, that's a wrap. Under no circumstances are leaders to field countless questions from a range of sources, and extemporaneously provide detailed answers on a wide range of subjects. Sound about right? Actually, the reason Western leaders don't do such things is because they're simply incapable of it. They don't have a command of all the facts and figures. They know their 'policy positions' are just slogans and sound bites made up for public consumption, so their answers are never in-depth or backed up by anything of substance. And they know the justification for the 'party line' is based on a foundation of deceit and lies, so they can't give adequate space for facts or other points of view. When you're following a script, you can't be spontaneous. Putin, on the other hand, can do so because he's something all his Western 'colleagues' are not: a real leader. What follows are some of the highlights of today's Q&A. Check back for updates as they come. Here's the full video, if you have 4 hours to spare:


State Department walks back Tillerson's signal for talks with N. Korea "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert appeared to walk back statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for negotiations with North Korea. Nauert said Pyongyang would have to suspend weapons tests before talks could take place. "We're ready to talk anytime they'd like to talk," Tillerson said on Tuesday, during a question-and-answer session at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. "We are ready to have the first meeting without preconditions. Let's just meet." On Wednesday, Nauert said that Tillerson's comments were not an announcement of a shift in US policy. North Korea would have to suspend its weapons program before any talks could talk place, "and we certainly haven't seen that right now," she said. Tillerson had signaled that the Trump administration was ready to negotiate without demanding North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs. "It's not realistic to say we are only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your program," he said. "They have too much invested in it."


December 15 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1807 - John Macarthur defied Atkins' arrest warrant over the Parramatta affair by giving a written refusal to comply to the issuing officer.

1810 - Shocked at the horrendous architectural styles of combining wattle and daub with tree houses Governor Lachlan Macquarie introduced a building code into the New South Wales colony.

1829 - Thomas Peel rocked up at the Swan River colony with 300 settlers. They were, however, too late to be eligible for the land grant for his colonisation scheme.

1852 - 1921 A lot of boring as batshit legal mumbo jumbo legislation was being twittered about the corridores of various parliaments throughout the Island of Oz.
I culled them to prevent you all from nodding off into your coffee.

1852 - Colonial Secretary Sir John Pakington authorises NSW Vic SA & Tas to draft new separate constitutions providing for an elected lower house and a nominated upper house.

1875 - A Bill in NSW Parliament granting married women the right to own property was rejected on the grounds that 'it would undo the God-founded institution of matrimony'.

1877 - Eleven year old Albert Thomas Burless had his leg severely bitten by a shark ( leg was later surgically amputated) whilst bathing at Peacock Point, Balmain, Sydney.

1882 - The first female union in the Land of Oz was formed when female tailoresses tossed their collective thimbles out the window and created The Victorian Tailoresses Union.

1891 - Rabbits were declared to be in plague proportions across Australia. Estimate of numbers was 100 per acre of outback Australia.

1897 - Laws were enacted in Queensland to prohibit Aboriginal people accessing liquor and opium. The 1897 Protection of Aborigines and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act was to affect Indigenous rights in Queensland for much of the 20th Century.

1900 - HMS Royal Arthur delivered the goods when it off-loaded the first Governor-General of Oz, Earl of Hopetoun, in Sydney.
Who proceeded to commit The Hopetoun Blunder and we shall never speak of this unfortunate event in his presence again.....
Hopetoun's error in calling on Lyne to form a government became known as the "Hopetoun Blunder", and it marked the beginning of what many historians consider to be his unsuccessful term as Governor-General.

1904 - The Arbitration Court established.


Las Vegas Unsettling Details Emerge "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We Are Change

In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on the unfolding events in Las Vegas, a media critic of Wapo making fun of Instagram star Dan Bilzerian, new YouTube search policies and important unanswered questions.

You can watch this video on DTube here.

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Lobster With Pepsi Can Tattoo Embodies Fears About Ocean Waste: Here Are 5 More Examples "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By , EcoWatch

Its safe to say that lobsters arent a budding new demographic for soda companies.

So why did a lobster recently caught in the waters off Grand Manan, New Brunswick, have part of a Pepsi logo tattooed on its claw?

Thats a question that baffled Karissa Lindstrand, the fisherman who spotted the uncanny image during a lobster haul, according to the Guardian. Lindstrand happens to drink up to a dozen Pepsi sodas a day, but she was struck by the images unusual dimensions.

It was pixelated, she told the Guardian, and far too big to be seen on a soda cantheoretically debunking claims that the lobster grew up in a can. Shes not the only one to question how the logo got there. Since the image went viral, its sparked a debate on how a lobster became an unwitting mascot of a soda giant, the Guardian noted.

Lindstrand, for example, thinks that ink from a piece of paper somehow fused to the lobsters claw.

One thing, however, is clear to everyoneplastic pollution in the worlds oceans has reached a crisis level.

Each year, an estimated eight million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, which is like emptying a garbage truck of plastic into an ocean every minute.

This pollution affects marine life in a number of ways,...


Sydney Fox & Dingo Rescue "IndyWatch Feed Nsw" MerJa Media


4 Surprising Reasons Cops Want Marijuana To Be Legalized "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

On my first day visiting Reef Dispensaries in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had the opportunity to chat with a former police chief and present-day security guard for the company. As a journalist, I couldnt help but ask what he and other guards thought about the long-waged War on Drugs in the United States. His answer both surprised and elated me.

As the unnamed veteran gave commands to his K9 partner, he explained that he and other police officers had long-concluded that the criminalization of marijuana is uncalled for. He said in his 15+ years on the police force, he never once saw a violent offense result from a user of marijuana.

Because of this, he said, cannabis in all of its forms needs to be decriminalized across the nation. We continued to talk about the various ways it could stimulate the economy, help heal peoples various ails, and, possibly, even contribute to a raising of consciousness.

The conversation was enlightening, to say the least. It confirmed my personal beliefs that most police officers arent the bad guys, as many Americans have come to believe. Rather, they are just attempting to do their job, which is outlined by the federal government....


The Three Most Important Facts About Psychiatric Drugs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A few days ago, psychologist and educator Michael Corrigan was a guest on my radio show and he brought up some questions about how to communicate with people about psychiatric drugs. Specifically, he asked, What are the three most important things for anyone to know about psychiatric drugs? Here is my answer:

Psychiatric drugs are neurotoxins. They poison the brain, injuring brain cells and causing severe biochemical imbalances and potential biological chaos. Because drug companies design them to cross the blood brain barrier and to impair specific neurotransmitter systems, every psychiatric drug is a potent neurotoxin. They cannot fix biochemical imbalances because there are no biochemical imbalances in the brains of troubled, suffering people; and more specifically because they are tailored in the lab to disrupt brain function and not to fix it. As neurotoxins, they are bad for the brain with the first dose. They can cause tragic harm, such as suicide and violence early in treatment, and tend to cause brain damage and apathy after longer exposure.

Psychiatric drugs work by harming your brain and mind (the brain-disabling principle). Like any form of brain injury, some psychiatric drugs can cause temporary highs; but all cause emotional blunting and loss of touch with oneself and others. They make people care less about their own lives and the lives others. They cause these effects by infiltrating the entire brain, diminishing the overall function, including in the super-sensitive basal ganglia, limbic system, temporal lobe and frontal lobe.

Psychiatric drugs will hide their harmful effects from you (medication spellbinding). Most people who use alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or narcotics are the last to know how much they are being harmed or harming others while under the influence. Some people insist these neurotoxins are helpful when the main long-term effect consists of diminished awareness, sensitivity or feeling. The same is especially true of psychiatric drugs, because drug companies tailor them to target and disrupt major neurotransmitter systems like dopamine and serotonin. People taking psychiatric drugs often underestimate the harm and overestimate any good effects. This is medication spellbinding.

These three principles of neuropharmacologyneurotoxicity, brain-disabling effects, and medication spellbindingare the starting point for understanding how psychiatric drugs actually affect the brain and mind, and why to avoid them, whenever possible.

To worsen the problem of exposure to psychiatric drugs, all of them can cause withdrawal symptoms. Some are frankly addictive, like the stimulants given to children for ADHD and the tranquilizers given for anxiety...


The Power of Growing Incrementally (a series) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

At a recent Curbside Chat presentation, I had someone ask me who the critics of Strong Towns are. Who hears this compelling narrative and disagrees with it? It was a question meant to understand the social context in which our movement fits. Whose ox is gored? My answer touched a little bit on the resistance of professionals to ideas that threaten their livelihood as well as the natural resistance of people living on the outskirts of a community to believe the extent to which their lifestyle is subsidized.

Really, though, the major pushback we've experienced this year is around the issues of incrementalism. A core belief that our movement embodies is the need to work incrementally. The first four principles of a Strong Towns approach relate directly or indirectly to working incrementally. We say that a Strong Towns approach:

  • Relies on small, incremental investments (little bets) instead of large, transformative projects,
  • Emphasizes resiliency of result over efficiency of execution,
  • Is designed to adapt to feedback,
  • Is inspired by bottom-up action (chaotic but smart) and not top-down systems (orderly but dumb),
  • Seeks to conduct as much of life as possible at a personal scale, and
  • Is obsessive about accounting for its revenues, expenses, assets and long term liabilities (do the math).

I would simplify the tension down to this: If you think you are smart enough to know the answer, you don't like the constraint of working incrementally. If you think you are smart enough to have the right course of action figured out, you are not going to want someone telling you to take baby steps. If you have a grand vision for reshaping all that is wrong with the world and all you need is for the policy people and the funding people and those ignorant masses known as voters to wise up and support it, you're not going to be a big fan of the Strong Towns approach.

We experience this a lot when it comes to transit. Chuck, it's obvious we need this  [insert transit mega-project]  and it just can't be done incrementally. You clearly just don't get transit! The assertion is (1) here's what I see as obvious and (2) you must be dumb for not seeing it. Often times these people love our critique of highway mega-projects and then get really mad at us when we apply the same thinking to their pet project.

Another area of conflict is housing policy, particularly affordable housing. There is a mindset that suggests that affordable housing issues are a one-dimensional supply problem. Increase the supply and it solves the problem. If the only way we can increase the supply is to build towers on sites...


Chinese Political Donations to the Libs in Tasmania? Naaaaaaah ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

All this fuss over Dastyari and Huang Xiangmo merely exemplifies the power of the Murdoch Press which never mentions this Chinese businessmans connections with Tasmania Cameron in Comments: Secondly, this article allowed me to bask yet again in the golden moment of Nikolics defeat at the 2016 election. What a divine moment of natural justice it was, for the man who believed that the way forward was to threaten constituents who didnt agree with him, who treated many of them with nothing more than blatant contempt, and who was nothing more, at the end of the day, than a pathetic schoolyard bully. Having said all that, I would mind hearing his answers to the questions posed by Mr Hawkins. Itll never happen, but it would be verrrry interesting.

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Leaked FBI Texts Reveal Insurance Policy to Prevent Trump Presidency "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(ZHE)  The lead FBI official at the heart of the rapidly unraveling Trump-Russia probe sent a text message to his FBI mistress last year which discusses some sort of insurance policy against Donald Trump becoming president.

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andys office that theres no way he [Trump] gets elected  but Im afraid we cant take that risk. writes FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair while spearheading both the Clinton email inquiry and the early Trump-Russia probe, adding Its like a life insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before youre 40.

Clearly Lisa Page thought there was no way Trump would win during a conversation in then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabes office, yet Strzok clearly states to Page that he cant take that risk in the unlikely event Trump was elected, and that an insurance policy of some type existed to presumably undermine Trump. If this is the case, it would constitute an active measure taken by the FBI against one candidate for US President, while aiding the other. 

The text message which references an insurance policy is all the more controversial when you consider another exchange in which Peter Strzok says I am riled up. Trump is a f*cking idiot, is unable to provide a coherrent answer, and I CANT PULL AWAY, WHAY THE F*CK HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY (redacted)??!?!

Page responds I dont know, But well get it back.

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Harvest Newrybar Welcomes Head Chef Alastair Waddell "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Harvest Newrybar have appointed talented chef Alastair Waddell to lead its culinary team. Alastair brings awareness of sustainable practices, a passion for local seasonal produce, and a sense of adventure and creativity into wild and native ingredients.
Alastair will be involved in all aspects of the business, from developing new dishes for the restaurant, and creating bespoke menus for wedding and events, to experimenting with the artisan bakery and its historic 108-year-old wood fired oven, and overseeing the daily-changing offering at the boutique Harvest Deli with dry ageing room.

Alastair has been discovering all that the Byron Hinterland has to offer via weekly outings foraging with in-house wild food researcher Peter Hardwick. Each Wednesday, the duo will present a selection of ideas and flavours on a plate after a day of foraging and developing (including pickling and fermenting) at the Wild Harvest Sessions. This is an experimental degustation menu with matched wines and the winning dishes make it to the restaurants seasonal menu. As an advocate in root-to-stem cooking (nose-to-tail but for the garden variety), Alastair is looking forward to working alongside Harvests permaculturists Rachel Rouse and Janene Price, and making the most of Harvests sprawling gardens, using all elements of their produce.

Passion lies in utilising the food from the land around us, from local farms and foraged items to our own garden. Building a close relationship with Peter Hardwick is helping me to unlock flavours from native ingredients and enhance dishes with the use of his unique ferments. I always look to extract the purest flavour from produce and serve it in a way that does the product justice. Head Chef Alastair Waddell

Typical Dishes

  • Raw oysters, kelp oil, pandanus vinegar
  • Peas, pancetta, yoghurt, chive, quandong
  • Kangaroo tartare, Picone capers, fingerlime, macadamia, pandanus vinaigrette
  • Roast cuttlefish & charred kelp broth, sea succulents
  • Local fish, native spiced broth, fennel, coastal succulents
  • Suckling pig, native tamarind, beer & mustard
  • Black sapote, coffee fruit wine, deser...

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