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Monday, 23 October

00:16

Police arrest man eating leaves off tree in Byron car park "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tweed-Byron police have arrested a man in Byron Bay on drugs charges after he was allegedly spotted eating the leaves off a tree at a car park.

And a man in Pottsville, who drove his car into a tree in April has been charged with driving while affected by a range of prescription drugs.

About 1.30am on Saturday, October 21, police were called to a car park in Jonson Street, Byron Bay because a man was allegedly drug affected and eating leaves from a tree.

On arrival, police witnessed a 24-year-old man from Victoria eating leaves from a tree.

The man was searched and police allegedly located two capsules containing MDMA.

The man was charged with possessing a prohibited drug and was bailed to appear at Byron bay Local Court on November 2.

Man who crashed car into tree was on multiple drugs

About 5;10am on Sunday, April 23, it is alleged a 44 year old man from Pottsville was driving a large 4WD vehicle when it side swiped a parked car in Border Street, Pottsville and failed to stop.

The vehicle continued on and at about 5;20am the 4WD veered off the road in Cudgera and drove directly into a large tree.

Emergency services were contacted and attended the scene a short time later.

The man was seen near his car and allegedly told police he was looking for a child to take to school.

Police had to point out it was a Sunday in the school holidays.

The man was taken Tweed Heads Hospital with minor injuries due to 4WD deploying its airbags during the collision with the tree.

Blood and urine were taken from the man to check for alcohol and drugs.

An examination has allegedly revealed that the man had codeine, cocaine, benzoylecgonine, tramadol, doxylamine and zolpidem in his system.

On Saturday the 21 st October the man was charged with drive under the influence of drugs and was bailed to appears before Tweed Heads Local Court 4/12/17.

 

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00:14

Family speak after Ballina bach rapist gets minimum 3 years jail "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The family of a woman who was randomly raped in a daylight attack at Ballinas Angels Beach in 2016 has spoken after her attacker was sentenced to a minimum three years jail.

Michael Allan Jeffreys was charged with sexual intercourse without consent over the attack on a 29-year-old local woman on Sunday July 3.

The Lismore Distirct court heard the woman, who was preparing to study nursing at university, was approached by the 35-year-old drug addict about 10.30 am.

In the four months leading up to the attack, Mr Jeffreys had been smoking ice heavily and had not slept for three or four days.

Just 20 metres from a public pathway, Mr Jeffreys jumped on the woman, after first walking past her, and pushed her head down into the sand with his body while raping her.

When a witness who heard screams came running to the womans aid, Mr Jeffreys ran to the Coast Road and tried to hail down a motorist, before trying to get help from a resident.

Both the resident and the witness chased Mr Jeffreys and performed a citizens arrest.

In her summary, Judge Laura Wells said it was possible the offence occurred as a result of a delusion to Mr Jeffreys multiple psychological and cognitive problems plus his drug use.

She said Mr Jeffreys was certainly setting out that day to have sex with someone and when he saw the woman on the isolated beach he decided it would be her.

He persisted despite the complainant making it clear by screaming that she did not want to participate.

Judge Wells said the victim had a complete change in her life both physically and emotionally since the incident.

While relieved Mr Jeffreys had been jailed, the victims family said there were no winners in the case.

Although we are relieved the perpetrator has been sentenced to a prison term and the community will be protected from the danger he poses, there are no winners here, the womans family said in a statement.

Several lives have been significantly damaged and the victim will live with this trauma forever.

Judge Wells sentenced Mr Jeffreys to five years jail with a non-parole period of three years in Lismore District Court.

Due to time already served in custody, Mr Jeffreys could be eligible for release in September 2019.

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00:14

In conference with lawyer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On Thursday evening I was a little surprised to hear from my Australian lawyer - calling from Sydney airport with a boarding pass in hand. We'd been trying to schedule a few days together in preparation for my private prosecution. He'd had a cancellation on Friday which freed him up,...

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Sunday, 22 October

23:54

Drug seized after prime mover tailgated car "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Drugs including methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia seized from the driver of a truck later charged with menacing driving at Casino on Saturday (October 21). Photo NSW Police

Drugs including methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia seized from the driver of a truck later charged with menacing driving at Casino on Saturday (October 21). Photo NSW Police

Drugs have been seized after Traffic and Highway Patrol Command officers responded to a driving complaint about a truck on the road from Lismore to Casino on Friday night (October 20).

Just before midnight , a call was made to 000 about a truck being driven in a menacing manner, including tailgating a vehicle.

Officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command stopped a prime mover at Johnston Street, Casino, just after midnight and spoke to the 39-year-old driver.

He returned a negative result for a roadside breath test but a drug test gave a positive indication. The results have been sent for further testing.

Police then searched the truck, seizing about 5g of whats believed to be methyl-amphetamine as well as various drug paraphernalia.

The man was placed under arrest and taken to Casino Police Station where he was charged with supplying a prohibited drug, possessing a prohibited drug, knowingly driving motor vehicle in menacing manner, operating vehicle in a matter that caused concern for others safety, and driving behind other vehicle too close to stop safely.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Casino Local Court on Wednesday 15 November 2017 and issued a prohibition notice which prevents him from driving for 24 hours.

Inquiries continue.

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23:48

Key Liberal seats back clean energy target "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The PM continues to spruik fossil fuel over renewables despite the writing being well and truly on the wall for the coal industry.

The PM continues to spruik fossil fuel over renewables despite the writing being well and truly on the wall for the coal industry.

A majority of Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbotts constituents support a 50 per cent renewable energy target and dont believe the federal governments new energy policy will lower their power bills.

Polling conducted by ReachTEL for left-leaning think tank The Australia Institute also found a majority of voters surveyed in Mr Turnbulls electorate of Wentworth and Mr Abbotts Warringah, as well as Energy Minister Josh Frydenbergs Kooyong, supported pricing carbon.

About 60 per cent of respondents in Wentworth and Kooyong said they would be more likely to support the governments new national energy guarantee if it ensured Australia would have at least 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

The figure was slightly lower in Mr Abbotts electorate on Sydneys northern beaches, but almost two thirds of people quizzed in Warringah dont believe power prices will fall under the new plan.

The federal government is confident economic modelling will back up its claim households will save up to $115 a year on their bills.

A majority of voters in Mr Turnbull and Mr Frydenbergs electorate also dont think power prices will decrease as a result of the governments new energy policy, which is again set to dominate debate in Canberra this week.

Under the governments new energy policy, Mr Turnbull ditched Chief Scientist Alan Finkels proposal to have a clean energy target.

Instead, energy retailers would need to meet guarantees on reliability and emissions but how they do it would be up to them.

Labor remain committed to a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030.

The new polling comes after Mr Abbott ramped up his climate change rhetoric and advocated for subsidies for coal-fired power.

Mr Frydenberg said the governments new policy had nothing to do with Tony Abbott.

Its got...

23:45

Sydneys future: three major centres "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Lucy Turnbull.

Lucy Turnbull.

In four decades Sydney will be transformed into three distinct but connected cities under a plan headed by Lucy Turnbull.

Public transport will allow people in the eastern, central and western cities to live within 30 minutes of work and services.

The three cities will each have improved transport connections and will be linked to each other through a technology-focused plan, NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance says.

It includes proposals for a potential train link to Parramatta from Kogarah, plans to link Norwest and Parramatta by train and potential light rail extensions across Sydney, Parramatta and Newcastle.

The three-city concept was first established by the Aboriginal people, who saw Sydney as a land of three regions the salt water region of the eastern harbour city, the muddy water country around Parramatta and the clear water country around western Sydney.

This plan, a collaborative effort between the NSW governments transport and planning departments and the independent Greater Sydney Commission, modernises the concept, Ms Turnbull said.

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23:39

Search resumes for missing trawler crew "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Fisherman Ruben McDornan was the sole survivor. (facebook)

Fisherman Ruben McDornan was the sole survivor. (facebook)

One of the men who helped rescue fisherman Ruben McDornan from turbulent seas off the central Queensland coast says his survival is nothing short of remarkable.

New details have emerged of Mr McDornans unlikely salvation, as authorities continue searching for the bodies of four of his crew mates.

The bodies of two others were found on Saturday when divers searched their fishing vessel, which capsized and sank in wild weather last Monday night.

Search crews will on Monday continue scouring the coastline near the town of 1770, hoping to return the remains of the missing four to their grieving families.

Mal Priday was one of four people aboard the catamaran that plucked Mr McDornan from heavy seas on Tuesday morning.

He said the fisherman was resting below deck when the Dianne overturned.

He managed to escape by squeezing through a gap in a door but his crew mates were trapped.

He said he doesnt know how he got out through a gap that small, but he got out, Mal Priday has told The Courier-Mail.

It was a very dark night with no moon. It was rainy and cloudy. He could hear his mates inside trying to get out.

Mr McDornan managed to clamber onto the capsized vessels hull, but was repeatedly knocked off before it sank, Mr Priday said.

The fisherman was injured and had nothing to help keep him afloat when the catamaran chanced upon him, floating 5.6km from shore on Tuesday morning.

He only had the pair of shorts he was wearing. Not even a piece of debris to hang on to. Its a remarkable tale of survival. The odds are incalculable. We were the only boat out there, Mr Priday said.

Skipper Ben Leahy, 45, and crew members Adam Hoffman, 30, Eli Tonks, 39, Adam Bidner, 33, Chris Sammut, 34, and Zach Feeney, 28, died in the incident.

Members of the local community have started a flower memorial for the men at 1770s Round Hill Headland, overlooking the water.

Mondays search will involve crews searching the shore in vehicles and on foot, with the support of a spotter plane.

The post...

22:59

Surfer confirmed drowned at Fingal Head "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Fingal Head rock platform. Photo geolocation.ws

Fingal Head, where treacherous surf conditions took the life of a surfer on Sunday, October 22. Photo geolocation.ws

A man has tragically drowned after he went missing while bodyboarding at Fingal Beach near Tweed Heads on Sunday.

It is understood that the local man aged in his early 20s was bodyboarding with a group of friends at the northern headland at around 11:30am when got into difficulty.

Police have been he lost his board and attempted to climb onto the rocks.

This prompted a large-scale multi-agency rescue operation with the State Operations Centre co-ordinating the tasking of NSW assets.

Surf Lifesavers from Cudgen Headland, Fingal Rovers, and Cabarita emergency callout teams all volunteered their services and manned inflatable rescue boats (IRB) during the operation, which was led by NSW Police, and also included Marine Rescue craft.

At the peak of the search, there were five IRBS on the water, along with jet skis from the Far North Coast Support Operations Branch and from Queensland.

Additionally a helicopter from Queensland was also tasked to assist in the search and it was from there that they were able to locate the missing man.

At around 1:30pm, some two hours after the incident began, the man was located approximately 200 metres north of the headland and 100 metres out to sea.

He was pulled into an IRB and transported to shore where CPR was commenced but unfortunately all attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

At the time of the incident conditions were described as challenging with a strong wind onshore and consistent waves of around 1.5 metres.

Surf Life Saving NSW state duty officer Jimmy Keogh praised the efforts of all those involved in the rescue effort and noted the outstanding support from Queensland ahead of what is shaping up to be a busy summer.

All the lifesavers involved went above and beyond in their efforts to both locate and then try to save the missing man.

What was really pleasing was how well all the agencies co-operated in what was a challenging and emotional situation as there were a lot of assets out on the water. I know they worked really hard to get a positive outcome.

Unfortunately we didnt have the outcome we wanted and our sincere condo...

22:43

Inaugural Diversity Walk comes to Tweed and Coolangatta "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Diversity Walk organising committee from Compass. Photo supplied.

The Diversity Walk organising committee from Compass. Photo supplied.

Celebrating love Headspace Tweed Heads and the Compass LGBTIQAP+ Youth Network are hosting Tweed andCoolangatta inaugural Diversity Walk on Saturday, October 28.

Event organiser Claire Cottone, from headspace Tweed Heads said: The idea for the Diversity Walk came from a group of young people from the Compass network, which is a group run by Headspace Tweed Heads that started earlier this year to provide support for LGBTIQAP+ young people in the Tweed Shire and Southern Gold Coast. We noticed a lack of spaces and services specifically tailored for LGBTIQAP+ young people in this area, and formed the Compass network to help build a community that embraces and celebrates LGBTIQAP+ young people.

Everyone is welcome to join in the walk  just dress to express and bring placards, picnics and positive vibes. Tweed Heads police have closed off the streets for the event, which will cross the NSW/QLD border between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.

The purpose of the walk is to provide visibility, social inclusion and celebration for not only LGBTIQAP+ young people but all people! Thats why weve called it a Diversity Walk, so that all people within our community feel invited, included and celebrated. We acknowledge and respect the traditional owners of this area who will be leading the walk and our opening ceremony, continued Claire

The easy 1 km walk kicks off at 11:30am at 1 Bay St, Tweed Heads (gathering from 11am).  The parade will then head up Wharf St to the Boundary St roundabout, and finish at Chris Cunningham Park for a community BBQ and picnic with a traditional Welcome to Country, local Aboriginal dancers, and live music featuring local artists Essie Thomas and Salt & Steel. The walk is also supported by the Tweed Mayor Katie Milne who will be speaking at the event.

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22:37

E. Howard Hunt, Watergate & The JFK Assassination "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Down The Rabbit Hole w/ Popeye (10-20-2015)

(POPEYE) On this edition of DTRH Popeye welcomes to the broadcast Saint John Hunt, author and son of famed Watergate burglar, and CIA super spy E. Howard Hunt. The two of them start off with a simple question, Who was E. Howard Hunt? Saint John answers this question by giving the listener a detailed background on his father including some of the events that E. Howard Hunt was involved in, and some of the people connected to him. This leads to Hunts involvement in the JFK assassination, his deathbed confession to Saint John about it, and what he possibly meant when he said I was a bench warmer. They then get into Watergate, his dads arrest, and the events which led to his mother Dorothy Hunts murder by plane crash into a suburban area. This is one powerful broadcast, both emotionally and intellectually. Take the time to tune in and learn some true history.

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DTRH W/ POPEYE FULL DOWNLOADABLE ARCHIVES

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22:17

Negative skew "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

First-timers surge

It's been obvious that first homebuyers have been pouring back into the major housing markets since the beginning of July.

The housing finance figures, although to date only running to the end of August, confirm as much.


The September and October figures will warrant watching closely when they are finally reported. 

This is potentially only part of the story, though, with many parents now helping their offspring onto the housing ladder. 

Some parents may be cash buyers, while others may simply be financing purchases themselves. 

'Negative skewness'

It was pointed out on the Property Chat forum that although the median auction result in Sydney remained very high on Saturday at $1,295,000, the average or mean result was considerably lower at a shade under $1 million. 

Compare this with the same weekend last year when the mean value of properties sold at Sydney auctions was far higher at well above $1.3 million.

There's a similar trend afoot in Melbourne, albeit not nearly as pronounced.

What gives? 

When the mean is lower than the median - such as was the case in Sydney's auction results this weekend - this indicates a left...

22:02

12th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta Welcome Party "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

12th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta 3rd 5th November 2017

The 12th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta will be held at the beautiful BYRON THEATRE, in the heart of Byron Bay for all the main workshops & parties plus CLUB BYRON for the pre-party and the dedicated Beginners workshops. Well also have the famous after parties at GUZMAN Y GOMEZ!

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS, NATIONAL ARTISTS, LIVE BANDS, LATIN DJS, DANCE WORKSHOPS, FOOD & DRINK, STALLS

Byron Latin Fiesta Workshops
Byron Latin Fiesta Workshops
2nd November: Pre-Party (Byron Bowlo)
3rd November: Opening Night Party 7pm 12am
4th November: Day time dance workshops 10am 5.30pm + Night time parties
5th November: Day time dance workshops 10am 5.30pm + Night time parties
Also Master Classes with the international instructors, and a new Talk Series!

** 2017 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS **
* EDWIN & DAKOTA from NY/Dominican Republic (back by popular demand!)
* MIKE & MACARENA from France / Spain (International Kizomba Instructors)

PLUS NATIONAL DANCE ARTISTS AND DANCE SCHOOLS FROM AROUND AUSTRALIA

THE EVENT ALSO FEATURES LIVE BANDS & LATIN DJS.

Styles include: Cuban Salsa, LA Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk, Reggaeton, Afro, Samba, Zouk & more

Go to the Byron Latin Fiesta website for Full Program

Buy tickets at byronlatinfiesta.com.au/tickets/

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20:13

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Pacific Hwy, Urunga, NSW 2455
COUNCIL AREA: Bellingen
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 23 Oct 2017 04:40

19:58

Putins answers a US journalist on the Ukraine "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Thanks to Eugenia for translating and subtitling this interesting exchange! (please give the player a few seconds to load)

19:09

Contraception, Abortion, and the Not So Holy Alliance "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Im looking at a large and stately oak tree. It has hundreds of branches and thousands of acorns. Each acorn has the capacity, the blueprint, for becoming another stately tree.  But right now its not its an acorn. So when does it become recognized as tree? Surely not when it first falls to the ground. Probably not yet either, when its covered with soil. When the first anchoring root is sent into the soil, is it now a tree? Maybe not  it does have a skinny little tendril, but it still looks like an acorn.  How about when the spring rains come and moisture swells the paired halves? The outer shell splits and something begins to poke through; its alive and growing, but is it a tree? When the sprout bends upward, just barely poking through the soil, and into free air now is it finely a tree? Perhaps, but it might still rest on opinion or a scholarly learned definition. Change continues, two leaves appear, and the shoot grows taller. It sure looks like a little tree, and at some point recognition is undeniable: It really is an oak tree, no matter what frame of reference.

OK, its outrageous to compare the process of becoming a tree to that of a human being. Theres no moral based  equivalency, but a mutual creative unfolding does take place. Irrefutably, when egg and sperm unite, the blueprint is put in place to guide that first cell into the process of becoming a fully recognized human being. But where in the process does that recognition become undeniable? Is it at conception? At birth? Or somewhere in between? In that first cell, with the blueprint just completed, is it already a human being?  Or at five months, is it really just an assemblage of cells? Answering no to both questions precipitates a period of moral uncertainty and the necessity to entertain arguable ethical considerations.  Answering yes to either removes uncertainty and the need for further thought.  Catholic and Evangelical voices have become united in answering yes to the first question.  To their dishonor, both rather deceitfully claim Gods behest in support of their answer.  The maneuver intractably stifles exploratory dialogue, and has repercussions far beyond procreation argument.  It began long ago.

Some Historical Perspective

Europe was in turmoil.  The Church was under siege.  By 1870, revolution in France and Italy had erased much of its political/cultural control and had reduced its geographical footprint to the Vatican  hardly more than 100 acres in the city of Rome.  Pius IX and the Catholic Church were in survival mode.  Facing unrest from within, and destruction from without, Pope Pius IX began formal implementation of Papal Infallibility.  It was a centuries old concept that had been rejected as demonic in 1324 by Pope John X...

18:43

Next Year, a Californian City Will Launch the First Basic Income Experiment in the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

IN BRIEF

Stockton, California, is about to become the first city to test government-supported universal basic income in the U.S. The program is the idea of the citys 27-year-old mayor and will be primarily funded by the basic income advocacy group Economic Security Project.

NO STRINGS ATTACHED

The idea of a guaranteed income for all citizens regardless of their social and economic standing is called universal basic income (UBI), and its been floating around for centuries. Thomas Paine wrote about it back in the 1790s, and in 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. expressed his support for a universal basic income in the U.S. Now, Stockton, California, mayor Michael Tubbs is keen on implementing such a system in his city.

To test out the idea, Tubbs is planning to launch an experiment hes calling the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED). When the project kicks off next year, it will be the first trial for universal basic income in the U.S. to receive government support.

Universal Basic Income: The Answer to Automation?...

18:37

Unforgettable Women Possess These 12 Character Traits "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An unforgettable woman is a woman who has tried too hard to please those in her life she cares about. She is the one who keeps him up at night, unable to sleep distraught with regret.

You see, lots of people have taken advantage of her and because of that, she has moved on from them. These people are the ones who missed out. They are the ones kicking themselves in the ass for not appreciating her and not giving her reason to stick around.

If you want to know whether or not you are an unforgettable woman, take a look at the list below. The unforgettable woman is strong and beautiful. She gives the best of herself to those who matter and is a good-hearted individual. That being said, when she has had enough nothing can win her back.

12 Characteristics The Unforgettable Woman Has:

1. She is loving.

She answers her phone when you call and always knows what to say. She loves with all that she has and doesnt waste any of it. She is one of the most loving people you will ever meet.

2. She is kindhearted.

She is kind to everyone. No matter what someone else has done she remains considerate somehow. She thinks of others before herself almost all of the time.

3. She is patient.

She knows how important it is to be patient. Nothing happens overnight and she is willing to work hard. She wants to get where she needs to be but she is not going to get too far ahead of herself.

4. She is persistent.

She keeps going no matter what life throws at her. At all the points where others would have given up, she has continued on. She is not a quitter.

5. She is honest.

She is not a liar. No matter what, you will get the truth when speaking to her. She doesnt care too much for sugar coating things so she doesnt and you will not be acting foolish around her.

6. She is eager.

She is always excited to learn new things and get things done. Eagerness is actually an understatement. You cannot stop this woman even if you wanted to,

7. She is supportive.

She lifts those close to her up in ways most people wouldnt be able to. She never lets anyone feel alone. Whether she agrees with you or not, she will have your back.

8. She is filled with passion.

She is always going after the things that are important to her. She gets really into everything that makes her happy and she will bring passion to your life. And this isnt a trait that eve...

18:31

Andrey Babitsky analyzes the results of the Valdai Club discussion - "We trusted you too much" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Journalist Andrey Babitsky about how President Vladimir Putin tactfully and firmly reminded the world about the interests of Russia... From all the speeches of Vladimir Putin that I had the opportunity to hear and see, I would call his speech at the Valdai forum, including the answers to questions, the most anti-American, or even anti-Western one. Describing the history of Russia's relations with America in the 1990's, the Russian President shared a story - striking in its detail - about how, in the framework of two agreements on nuclear arms control, experts from the United States were allowed into the most secret Russian facilities and into the offices in which they established themselves: the tables were decorated with little American table flags. How did the Americans respond to our country's unprecedented level of openness? Vladimir Putin repeated several times that they considered it as a weakness. Russia started to burn weapons-grade plutonium in accordance with reached agreements, and the US, without letting us know, changed the obligations they undertook and refused to complete the construction of the plant for processing plutonium. It became known that they made a decision about its burial, which in general has no meaning, because it is always possible to dig up non-utilised plutonium from the burial ground and it will be again completely ready for use.

17:13

Microsoft CEO Issues Blockchain Challenge to Interbank Messaging Service Swift "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Does Blockchain technology live up to its lofty reputation? Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella answered.

17:00

Photographer Captures the Diverse Beauty of Naturally Colorful Birds "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Superb Fruit Dove

In 2013 we introduced you to Leila Jeffreysthe Sydney-based photographer with a love for wildlife, especially colorful birds. Jeffreys specializes in capturing the unique personalities of each feathery friend through a series of up-close studio portraits, with a goal to portray birds in a way that display[s] their incredible beauty and diversity, and to inspire a deeper concern for their well-being.

Following on from her earliest work, which captured colourful portraits of budgerigars and wild cockatoos, she has continued to photograph birds from all over the world. A series from 2014 conveys the intense character of birds of prey, many of which seem to face the camera without fear. In one shot, Trinity (the brown goshawk) stands fiercely with a puffed out chest, while in another, Mulga (the black-breasted buzzard) crouches angrily. The owls in this series appear to be a little more timid and sullen; in one image, Tani (the masked owl) stands with her back turned, rotating her head only halfway to partially face the camera.

In her most recent workentitled Ornithurae (meaning bird tails in Greek)Jefferys focus is on multicolored pigeons, doves, and cockatoos. These vibrant creatures originate from exotic lands, such as the Australasia rainforests. The Superb Fruit Dove stands proudly wearing his purple crown, and the Emerald Dove exhibits lush green wings against a plumage of dusty pink.

If you love these colorful, feathery photos, you can see them for yourself at Jeffreys current exhibitionentitled Ornithurae Volume 1 at the Olsen Gruin Gallery in New York City. It is open until November 12, 2017.

You can find more of Jeffreys work on her website and Instagram.

In Leila Jeffreys newest seriesentitled Ornithuraeshe captures the vibrant beauty of multicolored pigeons, doves, and cockatoos.

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16:14

Making the Next Big Shift "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Zen Gardner, Guest
Waking Times

The so-called shift is actually a continuum of experiences as we let go into where were being drawn. However there do appear to be some delineations that we can identify and hopefully learn from. Similar to a ladder, the two poles clearly point upward, but we need intermittent rungs between them in order to make progress one step at a time.

Such is the shift, as I see it. Maybe this is more a collective phenomenon we experience individually yet concurrently, I dont know. Thats a kind of chicken or the egg type of paradox. But just as we encounter similar localized weather challenges, we do seem to share the influence of so many factors in this planetary experience.

We never stop learning ever. Thats a long time. Funny how we tend to be so goal and outcome oriented. I want to find myself. I need to know the answers to the big questions. What is the meaning of life? Strange, really. Like life is a problem to be solved instead of something simply to be experienced, as the expression goes.

Shifting in experiential and even mental perception is a remarkable thing. It implies coming out of something into a new awareness and life experience. It changes everything, and all from the inside, not the external. Yet the external experience subsequently changes in sympathetic vibration to our perceptive awareness. Again, paradoxical in nature essentially, which doesnt make any sense according to the low level thinking we were conditioned with.

Its much like the counter-intuitive slit experiment that quantum physics stumbled upon, the influence of attention on space/time matter, along with the discovery of particles resonating simultaneously with extremely remote sister particles. If you think about just those discoveries it should alter the entire world view of humanity, its approach to science, philosophy, spirituality and most of all day to day living.

But its hasnt, by design. Except for those who are making the shift and take these things on board along with a plethora of other new awakenings to more full on awareness. The sages of all time have said the same things in various ways. Its been in plain sight all along.

Stops Along the Way

Its very easy to...

16:08

'An Open Secret' documentary released online blows lid off Hollywood pedophilia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As people try to wrap their minds around the horrid nature of rampant sex abuse in Hollywood, the accusations continue to flow but we are still left with little answers. However, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg has named names and delves into the systemic grooming of child actors in an eye-opening expos-which includes a shocking on-camera confession of molestation. With the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal blowing the doors off the open secret of Hollywood pedophilia, a documentary titled, An Open Secret, which premiered a few years ago to mass publicity but failed to gain digital distribution, has been officially posted online for the first time by the producer in the wake of recent events. "It's so funny to keep seeing headlines about how Harvey's abuse was 'an open secret' in Hollywood, and that's the name of our film," producer Gabe Hoffman told The Hollywood Reporter. Hoffman's documentary delves into the systemic sexual abuse of children at the hands of Hollywood moguls and heavy-hitters. According to Hoffman, he put An Open Secret on Vimeo for free viewing "to commemorate serial predator Harvey Weinstein finally being exposed."

16:03

Deputy Prime Minister & Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce in real trouble in his own electorate? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


This is allegedly a genuine National Party of Australia document. However, to the chagrin of many it has been revealed to be a fake.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMs2L-vUIAALcUZ?format=jpg&name=large


Leaving aside the fake poll, the truth is that it is not just Barnaby Joyce's inappropriate dual citizenship which is a problem.

There is another issue which is not being denied at this stage......

According to News Corps Herald Sun on 21 October 2017:

Colleagues have told the Herald Sun they are worried the public figure has been punted out of the family home, which doesnt exactly coincide with their, er, political beliefs.

...

15:27

Catalan Violence Tarnishes European Values in Post-Soviet View "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(EAN)  The use of heavy-handed tactics by police to disrupt the Catalan referendum on October 1 was more than simply an internal Spanish or European matter. It sent a powerful and damaging message to those living in countries and territories across the former Soviet Union that are experiencing high levels of sectional or interethnic tension.

As a senior advisor for International Alert, a non-governmental organization dedicated to peacebuilding, I work extensively with partners in the post-Soviet region. Over the past few weeks, I have seen how these partners, former colleagues and friends have been questioning the efficacy of the European democratic values that they have been invoking in their work over the past decades.

Some countries in Eurasia have put tremendous effort into promoting European democratic standards. An important component of democratic systems traditionally has been the ability to defend the rights and interests of minority groups from encroachment by the majority. The recent experience in Catalonia has clouded public perceptions in Eurasia of democracys value, thus heightening the challenges faced by those who are trying to bring about change.

The Catalan example is also sure to be cited by authoritarian-minded governments in the region as they press ahead with efforts to restrict basic rights. It used to be that when blatant human rights abuses occurred in post-Soviet countries, even the governments that openly disdained European values still tended to worry about the potential for EU criticism. This concern could sometimes play a preventative role. But now, it seems, such states can worry less about criticism coming from Brussels.

So how is Europe different from us, now? one Caucasus partner asked me after watching images of police officers employing violent tactics to thwart the Catalan balloting. He quickly answered his own question; If you dare use your right to choose, youre liable to be beaten up here and there alike.

Those I spoke to also began to draw parallels between their own governments tendency to interpret the law to their own advantage and what they perceived as the European governments doing the same.

Many Russian-language state media outlets have portrayed the events in Catalonia as the collapse of the myth of European democracy. Many bloggers from across the region have agreed with state media. Such coverage is causing an increasing number of residents of the region to wonder whether they should still aspire to European ideals of democracy.

It will not be easy to halt the erosion of faith in Western political values. My extensive experience in peacebuilding and humanitarian aid has shown me just how difficult the process of rebuilding trust can be. Peace can tak...

15:16

There is more than one path to academic success and a job you love "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Sharna Clemmett on Facebook:

On Friday I gave a speech at my old high school, for the year 12 final assembly. I was asked to publish it, so here it is.

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1. I am a former Kadina student. I was in year 12 in 1996.

2. It is 21 years since I last attended this fine school. That makes it 21 years since I dropped my bundle, dropped out of school, and spent about a year on Centrelink benefits, wondering what life was all about, what to do with it, and why.

3. There you have it: the thing that for years I felt was something of which to be ashamed: I never obtained a Higher School Certificate. I am a high school dropout.

4. At your stage, I didnt have a plan. My plan fell apart in year 12. I moved out of home when I was almost 17. I was sharing a house with a fellow Kadina student and her 6 month old baby. We had very little money. It was tough. Centrelink, in its wisdom, gave me a choice, which was the choice required by the rules: either study full time, or look for work full time. You are not eligible for out-of-home benefits if you study part time.

...

15:15

Australian politics, law, justice and eligibility to sit as a federal parliamentarian "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Excerpt from Ingrid Matthews article in Independent Australia, Hurrah! It's Section Forty-Forganza Week!, 12 October 2017:

REPORTING POLITICS, LAW AND JUSTICE
There are two other general points to make about the media framing of this case. 
The first is the oft-foreshadowed possibility that those MPs who have not done so may be "forced to resign". This is supremely irritating, because no force is involved (unlike, say, how police handled a child here). Any resignation would be a function of the MP failing to comply with our Constitution and of the High Court doing its job.
The absence of force is important, because the biggest claim that common law liberal democracies like Australia make for our system is this: legal and political conflicts are settled in a "civilised" manner. With words, not fists. With elections, not coups. Using evidence and argument, not violence and vigilantism.
The rituals of legal process are imbued with this pretension to courteous resolution. But that is not how the law looks to Black people in prison cells and their families. Or to welfare recipients sent AFP-branded debt notice...

12:32

XANEMR - KELHA BAZD "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

12:32

XANEMR - GULANA MI "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

12:32

XANEMR - AZADBE ROK and Band Introduction "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

12:32

XANEMIR - GIDEN KUSLAR "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

12:31

XANEMR - XOZAN DAX "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

12:31

XANEMR - SEYRAN MANG "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

12:31

XANEMR - ALAGYAS "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

12:31

XANEMR - NAZL "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

12:31

XANEMR - AGIR "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

12:31

XANEMR - HEKIMO "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

12:31

XANEMR - MEVANIM "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70 http://sydneykurdishyouth.com/wp/ http://merjamedia.com.au/

12:28

Clinton, Trump Elections Sent Chilling Message to Sexually Abused Women "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Harvey Weinsteins alleged sexual harassment and assault, as well as a tape in which he admits to groping a model, seem to have triggered something new in US society an awareness of the magnitude of what women face every day.

Why did it take so long?

One reason is partisan politics. Think about it: Two of the four men who have occupied the Oval Office in the last quarter century were allegedly serial sexual harassers/assaulters.

Bill Clinton was accused of rape by one woman, of exposing himself to another and of groping a third.

Donald Trump has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment by more than a dozen women. In addition, he has confessed on tape to having groped and kissed multiple women without their consent. Thats more than Weinstein has admitted to doing.

So what happened to Clinton and Trump after they were accused, by multiple women, of sexual abuse? They got elected to the most powerful office in the world and each of them had legions of supporters who made excuses for their behavior, dismissed the allegations and disparaged the women making them:

Its all just a witch hunt/right-wing conspiracy.

They were powerful men surrounded by beautiful women, why would they need to grope them?

These women are just trying to get famous or make money.

It was a different time when Bill Clinton was accused of these things.

Bragging of sexual assault is locker room talk.

In light of these widespread sentiments, and the fact that sexual assault and harassment are often incredibly difficult to prove, its no surprise that so many victims dont speak up.

What lessons did young women growing up in the 1990s learn from watching the news? What about girls whose parents made excuses for Trump last year?

Yes, there is a presumption of innocence that Trump and Clinton are entitled to, and neither has been convicted of anything related to these allegations. But lets be honest, who in their heart of hearts thinks that all of the accusations made against these two are made up?

And then there is this: One supporter of Trump was asked whether grabbing women by their pussy or kissing them against their will constitutes sexual assault. The answer: I dont characterize that as sexual assault. I think thats a stretch.

That person was Jeff Sessions, who now serve...

12:13

Indonesia to demand answers after military chief denied U.S. entry "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) Indonesia intends to send a diplomatic note to the U.S. secretary of state and summon Washingtons deputy ambassador in Jakarta to explain why the head of its military was denied entry to the United States, an Indonesian official said on Sunday.

Indonesias Armed Forces Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was about to board a flight on Saturday when the airline informed him that U.S. authorities had denied him entry, according to Indonesian media reports.

Nurmantyo was going to the United States at the invitation of General Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and a former head of the U.S. Marine Corps, according to the reports. He was also due to take part in a forum organized by the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington on Monday.

Arrmanatha Nasir, a spokesman for Indonesias fo...

11:30

PR: Quicker, Safer, Cheaper: What Exactly Does Universa Blockchain Present? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sergey Chernov on Universa Blockchain

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

Universa Blockchain introduces an innovative technology, the technical details of which need to be explained, like mostly when it comes to brilliant ideas. Sergey Chernov, the technical director of Universa, answers the questions about Universa Blockchain.

Q-Sergey, how is the high speed of Universa Blockchain possible?
A-First of all, it is possible because the architecture of Universa is special, it has nothing in common with Bitcoin or Ethereum, for example. It was created for saving computing resources of the network and the storage for the ledger. There is no mining in Blockchain, the processes of keeping and performing contracts are taken from the nodes to clients.

Q-In what case can the network overload and slowing of the transactions be expected? Do you have a plan of action if that happens?
A-The network overload is possible primarily because of network channels overload and also if the nods platform equipment is not powerful enough. Three stages of upgrading the nodes in the network are provided, while the last stage assumes almost unlimited scaling on capacity. The network is scaled not by increasing the number of nodes but by enhancing each of the nodes, which can have a an arbitrary number of servers for the parallel processing of transactions.

Q-Lets suppose Blockchain was hacked, access to what information may be gained by a hacker?
A-In this case the hacker will only get information on signatures and their expiration dates for the last blocks in every certified chain and also to the last blocks of chains which have been processed recently or in the last few hours. Chains are not kept on nodes.
If the hacker has broken into the...

09:24

08:23

Populist billionaire Babis wins landslide in Czech Republics general election "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

AFP

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Michal Cizek, AFP | Czech billionaire Andrej Babis (L), chairman of the ANO movement (YES) and his wife Monika smile at ANO headquarter after Czech elections on October 21, 2017 in Prague.

Text by FRANCE 24 

Latest update : 2017-10-22

The centrist ANO movement led by populist Andrej Babis won the Czech Republics parliamentary election Saturday. The vote shifted the country to the right and paved the way for the euroskeptic billionaire to become its next prime minister.

With all votes counted, the Czech Statistics Office said ANO won in a landslide, capturing 29.6 percent of the vote, or 78 of the 200 seats in the lower house of Parliament.

Its a huge success, the 63-year-old Babis told supporters and journalists at his headquarters in Prague.

Babis is the countrys second-richest man, with a media empire including two major newspapers and a popular radio station.

Although he was a finance minister in the outgoing government until May, many Czechs see him as a maverick outsider with the business acumen to shake up the system. With slogans claiming he can easily fix the countrys problems, he is, for some, the Czech answer to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Since the leader of the strongest party usually gets to form a new government, Babis could be the countrys next leader despite being linked to several scandals, including being charged by police with fraud linked to European Union subsidies.

The charges will likely make it difficult for Babis to find the coalition partners he needs to build a parliamentary majority. He didnt immediately say which parties he preferred but has invited all parties that won seats in parliament for talks.

In a blow to the countrys political elite, four of the top five vote-getting parties Saturday had challenged the traditional political mainstream. Some have exploited fears of immigration and Islam and have been attacking the countrys memberships in the EU and...

08:00

The Weekend Quiz October 21-22, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the answers with discussion for yesterdays 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:

A hallmark of the neo-liberal period has been the declining share of wages in national income which in part meant that economic growth became more dependent on credit to maintain growth in consumption spending. Increasing the wage share requires a faster rate of growth in real wages in the coming years.

The answer is False.

A faster rate of real wages growth is not even a necessary condition much less a sufficient condition for a rising wage share.

Abstracting from the share of national income going to government, we can divide national income into the proportion going to workers (the wage share) and the proportion going to capital (the profits share). For the profit share to fall, the wage share has to rise (given the proportion going to government is relatively constant over time).

The wage share in nominal GDP is expressed as the total wage bill as a percentage of nominal GDP. Economists differentiate between nominal GDP ($GDP), which is total output produced at market prices and real GDP (GDP), which is the actual physical equivalent of the nominal GDP. We will come back to that distinction soon.

To compute the wage share we need to consider total labour costs in production and the flow of production ($GDP) each period.

Employment (L) is a stock and is measured in persons (averaged over some period like a month or a quarter or a year.

The wage bill is a flow and is the product of total employment (L) and the average wage (w) prevailing at any point in time. Stocks (L) become flows if it is multiplied by a flow variable (W). So the wage bill is the total labour costs in production per period.

So the wage bill = W.L

The wage share is just the total labour costs expressed as a proportion of $GDP (W.L)/$GDP in nominal terms, usually expressed as a percentage. We can actually break this down further.

Labour productivity (LP) is the units of real GDP per person employed per period. Using the symbols already defined this can be written as:

LP = GDP/L

so it tells us what real output (GDP) each labour unit that is added to production produces on average.

We....

07:08

TATTOO Festival Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Rites Of Passage Festival is an event that showcases tattoos as a form of art and self-expression. This years line-up features over 250 of the best tattoo artists from Australia and the world in an action-packed weekend of live tattoos, body art, food trucks and entertainment. Visitors can catch up with the latest trends, get inked on the spot, and shop for everything from tattoo supplies to the latest in street wear and alternative fashions. Tattoo competitions will see artists battling it out for points in the different categories, as well as the Miss Rites of Passage competition in which women of NSW compete for the Miss Rites of Passage title.

Kevin Mack, Director of Australian Tattoo Events, is my guest today.

The Rites of Passage Festival: Friday 27th Sunday 29th October 2017

Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

More Info: www.ritesofpassagefestival.com

Soleil-Megan Allard

Soleil-Megan Allard

Megan Allard is a Canadian custom tattoo artist who specialises in black-and-grey, realism, and watercolour. Megan incorporates her formal training and skills in painting and fine arts into her tattoo designs. Megan Allard is currently working at The Tattoo Movement in Sydney and is a celebrated artist. Megan is commissioned by individuals and institutions across the world and her artworks and fine art prints are held in Australian and International collections.

Megan Allard, custom tattoo artist, is my guest today.

07:00

A Body in Motion Stays Healthier Longer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Dr. Mercola

Getting consistent movement into your daily life is a profoundly powerful intervention for health and longevity. Five years ago, I interviewed Joan Vernikos, Ph.D., on this topic. She's a true pioneer in this field and was one of the first professionals to understand the value and importance of regular movement, not exercise, for the preservation of health and prevention of disease.

Vernikos was hired by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1964, five years before Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. She served as director of the Space Life Sciences at NASA from 1993 until 2000, and has written over 200 scientific papers. Her new book, "Designed to Move: The Science-Backed Program to Fight Sitting Disease and Enjoy Lifelong Health," is the sequel to her previous book, "Sitting Kills, Moving Heals."

Health and Fitness Supersedes Age

Her latest book is dedicated to John Glenn, the first American astronaut to do an orbital flight and a U.S. Senator. He died last year at the age of 95, but made headlines when he flew back into space at the age of 77. Vernikos was instrumental in helping him get back into space.

"When he first came up with this suggestion, everyone thought, 'You can't send an old man up in space. What if something happens to him, then how do we explain it?'" Vernikos says. "The oldest person at that point was Musgrave at 52 Glenn wanted to fly again because John F. Kennedy had prevented him from going to the moon.

He was a national hero and it wouldn't be politically pleasant if something happened to him, so he was forbidden from flying again ... Then one day, as senator, he arrived at NASA. My administrator said, 'What do you think? Should we let John fly again?' I said, 'Arbitrarily, why not? But let's do some homework with the National Institute on Aging.' We started asking questions of] experts. The answer came back. 'Well, there is no reason to exclude him, as long as he is healthy and fit'

[Glenn] was extraordinary. My concern was not that anything would happen to him during the flight, but how would he recover or would he recover? He came back, of course We had a session at the National Institutes of Health on the results, which...

06:00

Documentary Just Released Online Blows Lid Off Hollywood Pedophilia: This Is The Tip Of The Iceberg "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

As people try to wrap their minds around the horrid nature of rampant sex abuse in Hollywood, the accusations continue to flow but we are still left with little answers. (TFTP) Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg has named names and delves into the systemic grooming of child actors in an eye-opening exposwhich includes a shocking []

The post Documentary Just Released Online Blows Lid Off Hollywood Pedophilia: This Is The Tip Of The Iceberg appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

02:10

Secret Service Guy Now Skeptical, 1851 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SeaShell Diamond Galleries, 808-338-9988, https://www.seashelldiamondgallary@gmail.com https://www.seashelldiamondgallary.com Good morning, Im still reporting on: Secret Service Guy Now Skeptical, 1851 Synopsis: Tucker Carlson had Dan Bongino, former NYPD and Secret Service agent on last night to discuss the latest with the Oct. 1 incident. A Clarke County, Nevada judge has ordered MGM International to preserve all evidence surrounding the shooting from the Mandalay Bay hotel for fear that MGM is now orchestrating everything about post-shooting events to its benefit and things we normally see after crimes like this is all the security camera footage, of which there is no doubt was plentiful, and since we havent seen it, it cant support this ludicrous timeline they keep adjusting to best suit their needs. [insert] Once again, focusing on the motives of Steven Paddock tends to ignore blaring evidence of at least two shooters, and possibly two more on the ground, and that apparently there was another person in Paddocks room that evening as evidenced by two dinner plates on the service cart on the hallway next to his room. This may have been the person dressed as a security person later spotted being chased by other security personnel through the adjoining casino after the crime. But you have to give Tucker credit, hes the only TV news personality still covering this event and its strange timeline and dozens of questions that dont add up. In my opinion, both Tucker and his guest are playing this waaayy on the conservative side lest the story gets spiked all together and disappears from TV land all together. [insert] Unfortunately, its obviously not nonsense, because it is the only answer that even comes close to making sense. Bongino has come a long way in how he views this crime. A week ago, he was totally buying the LVPD/FBI version. Now, his detectives deductive training has shown him that you cant paste these pieces together and get a sensible picture no matter how hard you try. Support Our Sponsors: - Nobel Gold & Silver: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 888-596-7916 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level cyber protection. https://www.jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Learn How To Generate Passive Income Using Bitcoins At: https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com Protect Your Information From Big Data - Click Here! https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill Use Promo Code: bill still for 20% OFF SeaShell Diamond Galleries, 808-338-9988, https://www.seashelldiamondgallary@gmail.com https://www.seashelldiamondgallary.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.b..........

02:01

This Japanese Cube Test Will Reveal Things About Your Subconscious You Would Never Have Guessed "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The cube test is a personality test like nothing else. It gives you a much more realistic look at who you really are.

This test is more-so a mental exercise than a test, but still is puzzling all the same. You can use this to find out just about anything in regards to your personality. If your imagination works properly then this test should be fairly easy for you.

It was first developed by Japanese psychologists in the year 2000, and was published in the book Kokology. This book was written by Tadahiko Nagao. In case you were not already aware, it is filled with psychological games and tests designed to help people learn more about themselves. This test is actually one of the most popular exercises from the book.

I came across this test not too long ago, and I actually was able to learn quite a bit about myself. If you think you may be ready to give it a go check out the video below. Sure, to begin with these questions will seem odd, but in the end everything will make a lot of sense. Remember your answers as you go along and pay attention to what they reveal about you in the end. Enjoy!

01:30

The Difference Between Empaths and Lightworkers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Lightworkers and empaths are very similar, and yet also very different. While empaths and lightworkers work well together they are not the same thing.

Empaths are people who can absorb and truly feel the emotions of others. While they do enjoy healing/helping others, this does not make them a lightworker. However, I am sure there are some people who can be both just that not all are both.

A lightworker is someone who is working to save the planet. Someone who was sent here for that purpose. Lightworkers are extra sensitive and often can be quite receptive to any energies they come in contact with.

See? Not the same thing, but they are still quite similar. The empath will become overwhelmed in crowds, and can tell when someone is being dishonest whereas the lightworker likes to be out and about for the most part and is not quite intuitive. Below you will find lists of the characteristics of each of these two things.

Regardless of which of these two you are, you are wonderful. If you are an empath or a lightworker you need to work to control your gift. There is nothing worse than an uneducated individual with a skill like this.

Empath Characteristics:

  • Always standing up for the underdog
  • Absorbs other peoples emotions
  • Loves nature
  • Gets bored easily
  • Drawn to healing
  • People come to them with problems
  • They are usually exhausted
  • They love adventure and freedom
  • Great listeners
  • Can seem shifty at times
  • Will not tolerate narcissists
  • Is always looking for answers

Lightworker Characteristics:

  • Sensitive to energies
  • Feels the need to heal those in need
  • Feels compelled to teach
  • Has been through a lot in life
  • Wants to save the world
  • Has experienced a strong awakening
  • Loves animals

Take a look at the video below for more information. While you may have thought you were one thing before this article, chances are you are in a very different mindset now. You are in control of your own mind. Be true to yourself.

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23:43

Man in Hospital After Early Uber Arrival Forces Him to Skol 400 Beers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

UberDrunk

A Sydney man is in hospital with chronic drunkenness pains after the Uber he ordered to take him to the pub arrived four minutes early, forcing him to drink 400 of his 680 pre-drinks beers in under 30 seconds.

A government health spokesperson has slammed Uber, calling for an urgent review of the ride-sharing service.

What a horror story. My thoughts and prayers are with this man who was trying to do the right thing by not driving after 680 beers and avoiding arriving at the pub feeling a bit awkward because he hadnt consumed a sufficient amount of alcohol, he said. Its irresponsible of the Uber to put people in this position and its happening far too often. Punctuality can be deadly.

The victims friends, who are also in hospital recovering from the evening, said they werent concerned when the man failed to turn up at the pub.

Hes a light drinker anyway so we thought he simply skipped the pre pre pre pre drinks. Who would have thought the poor bloke had to drink 400 beers in under 30 seconds? one friend said. I know that doesnt sound like much, but 400 beers has a lot of sugar and that cant be good for you.

A NSW taxi spokesperson said this was just another example of the way Ubers consistent over performance was dangerous.

If you book with a taxi, you can be confident well be late or not come at all, so youll always have plenty of time to finish your pre-drinks drinks, he said. Were proud of our motto, Better late or never.


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22:56

Report Proves "No Bad Whores, Just Bad Laws" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Report released today by Curtin University

proves what the sign says

"No Bad Whores, Just Bad Laws"

 

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21:46

Gizza job! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How low can you go?

The New South Wales economy has added a stunning +123,800 full-time jobs over the past year.

And how low is the New South Wales unemployment rate now?

The answer is: very low at 4.6 per cent.

That's now equal to the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in 9 years for the Premier State.

And the way things have been tracking, it may not be all that long before the unemployment rate across across the state approaches the lowest level on record, across decades of data.


In February 2008 the state's unemployment rate fleetingly plummeted to just 4.2 per cent, if only for a month.

Casting one's mind back, that was an extraordinary time in Sydney's labour market.

With the mining boom in full swing, there was such a shortage of skilled labour that it felt at times you could get paid a bonus just for turning up to work, so fearful were employers of losing qualified staff.

Certainly pay rises were expected for tenure, while employees could easily leave a job in the full expectation of sourcing another position comparatively easily.

We're not seeing conditions anything like that just yet.

However, the Jobs Vacancies figures for New South Wales recently soared to the...

21:44

"Source" tells NBC Niger ambush was result of "massive intel failure" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A senior congressional aide who has been briefed on the deaths of four U.S. servicemen in Niger says the ambush by militants stemmed in part from a "massive intelligence failure." The Pentagon has said that 40 to 50 militants ambushed a 12-man U.S. force in Niger on Oct. 4, killing four and wounding two. The U.S. patrol was seen as routine and had been carried out nearly 30 times in the six months before the attack, the Pentagon has reported. The aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly, said the House and Senate armed services committees have questions about the scope of the U.S. mission in Niger, and whether the Pentagon is properly supporting the troops on the ground there. There was no U.S. overhead surveillance of the mission, he said, and no American quick-reaction force available to rescue the troops if things went wrong. If it weren't for the arrival of French fighter jets, he said, things could have been much worse for the Americans. Congress also has many unanswered questions about what happened, he said, including about the specifics of the mission that day and the accounts lawmakers have been given about the timeline of the attack and rescue.

21:13

Whistleblower calls OSCE "most dysfunctional entity" he's worked with, exposes deceit, corruption, use of brothels in occupied Lugansk "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On October 19th, 2017, the OSCE reported that its mandate at two Russian Checkpoints had been extended to the end of January, 2018. The Mission's mandate in Ukraine itself on March 16th was extended by one year - to 31st March 2018. This, of course, is normal considering the fact that the deployment of the OSCE in order to monitor the ceasefire is one of the points of the Minsk Agreements signed by OSCE representative Heidi Tagliavini, Ukrainian representative Leonid Kuchma, Russian representative Mikhail Zurabov, and the leaders of the DPR and LPR leaders Aleksandr Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky back in 2015. Over the course of the mandate of the OSCE its work has been both critically and positively evaluated, some saying that the Mission's aim is to simply obfuscate the source of shelling, others saying that the employees of the Mission deeply care about the situation and try their best to separate fact from fiction. Looking at the situation objectively and within the framework of proportionate perspective, it does seem that there are more questions than answers concerning the Mission's work in Donbass. The blowing up of a OSCE vehicle earlier in 2017 certainly sent shockwaves around the organisation, putting into question the safety of its monitors in the Republics. Since then the OSCE has refused in many cases to document the results of shelling, citing their willingness to drive along roads that have not been previously declared as safe for travel. This, of course, is a convenient excuse when the culprit of the shelling of civilian areas is the Ukrainian Armed Forces. But excuses such as the example stated above are only necessary when information about events, such as shelling on residential areas (also known as war crimes), becomes known to the public. But what about events that are not reported by any media or press office? At the disposal of Stalker Zone is information about such an unreported event: the existence of a brothel in the settlement Severodonetsk on the territory of the Lugansk People's Public occupied by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

20:57

Questions Out Of A Hat "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

WhiteCrow will be answering questions that he has been asked by many listeners and friends. He has gotten lots of emails with similar questions so he will be answering some of them on the show. They will all be taken out of his hat at random so who knows what will pop up. Maybe a

19:38

Tajikistan: Business Rival of Presidents Son-in-Law Neutralized "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The owner of a leading chain of gas filling stations in Tajikistan is reportedly facing criminal prosecution, thereby clearing the path for a commercial rival who happens to be the son-in-law of President Emomali Rahmon.

Things started looking grim for Radjabali Odinayev, founder of gas retailer Umed-88, on October 14, when Rahmon singled him out for criticism during a meeting with local businessman.

Rahmon grumbled that Umed-88 had some years ago been been granted a 170 million somoni loan ($19.3 million at the current rate) at 18 percent interest with facilitation from the Finance Ministry, but that the company had failed to pay the money back. That interest rate is considered relatively preferential compared to what is offered by Tajik banks.

Sixty million somoni of this money [Odinayev] owes have gone to paying off debts to Tojiksodirotbank, and 25 million has gone to Amonatbank. The rest he just spent for his own needs. He should answer before the law. Government money is the money of the people, Rahmon said.

After the president made his remarks, workers started to take down Umed-88 signs across the country. All the companys 70 or so filling stations have been formally liquidated.

Odinayevs whereabouts were not entirely certain as of October 21. Asia-Plus cited people close to the businessman as saying that he had fled the country with his family and was now in Dubai. But Prague-based news website Akhbor has reported, again citing unnamed sources, that he has been placed under arrest. 

Akhnor had previously reported that anti-corruption officials intended to charge Odinayev on four counts tax evasion, smuggling, forging documents and fraud.

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19:14

Trump-dossier firm Fusion GPS asks court to stop House from seeing bank records "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On the same day, Oct. 4, that the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed three employees of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to testify in the Trump dossier investigation, the committee also subpoenaed TD Bank for Fusion's bank records. Now, according to a source familiar with the situation, Fusion has asked a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., judge to prevent the bank from complying with the subpoena. The move comes just days after two of those three Fusion employees asserted their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination rather than answer questions about the dossier. A third subpoenaed Fusion employee, founder Glenn Simpson, has not yet appeared before the House. The committee's intention in sending the subpoena to TD Bank is to see if Fusion's bank records shed light on who financed the Trump dossier. That is one of the two most important questions in the dossier investigation -- the other being whether any U.S. intelligence or law enforcement agencies used the unverified dossier as a basis for surveillance applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

17:00

Satoshi Revolution- Chapter 2: Currency Creates Freedom and CivilizationOr Oppression (Part 4) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Currency Creates Freedom and Civilization...Or Oppression

The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations.
Section 1: The Trusted Third Party Problem
Chapter 2: Monetary Theory
by Wendy McElroy

Currency Creates Freedom and CivilizationOr Oppression (part 4)

Historically, money was one of the first things controlled by government, and the free-market revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries made very little dent in the monetary sphere. So it is high time that we turn fundamental attention to the life-blood of our economymoney.
Murray Rothbard, What Has Government Done to Our Money?

Currency Creates Freedom and CivilizationOr Oppression

I was seven years old when I realized my parents did not understand some of the most important dynamics of life. I was riding in the back seat of the car with a bag of candy purchased from a roadside store which was supposed to keep me quiet. It didnt work. A thought tumbled out of my mouth. Why do we pay for anything? I asked. Why dont people just go into stores and take what they need?

My mother replied, It is wrong to steal.

I explained, I dont mean stealing. I mean why do we give people money instead of sharing everything? My parents fell silent.

When I asked again, my mother shot back over her shoulder, Dont ask stupid questions!

They didnt know the answer; I recognized this immediately. And their inability to explain why we needed money disturbed me because they discussed money constantly. How to make more, was there enough to repair the car, could they afford to replace the roof, someone needed dental work, what was the spending cap on Christmas? Concern about mone...

15:43

Im Just a Scientist Maybe I See Things Different to You "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Des Pensable copyright 2017

Im just a scientist maybe I see things different to you. So Im going to tell what I see.

When I walk into a forest I dont just see trees. I see individual living creatures different from us but living none the less.

I see them constructed of leaves that harvest the sunlight, turning it into sugars that they use to grow and form their structure which is their flesh. I understand that they dont need to move as everything they need it supplied free where they live.

When I see a leaf I think of the complexity of the chemical factories in it producing the sugars. I can take a leaf and break it and smell the aroma that it gives and immediately have an idea of the chemicals it has produced. I think of how the chemicals change between night and day and between seasons and whether it is sunny or wet or cold and whether there are more or less of some important trace mineral in the soil.

If it was a gum leaf I can smell the eucalyptus and it reminds of camping when I was a child.  I remember the characteristic smell of the smoke of burning eucalyptus leaves. It also remind me of bush fires and how the burn very hot with the eucalyptus oils.  I remember that the blue haze we see when we look at the Blue Mountains near my home in Sydney is from the eucalyptus oil vapour above the trees.

I look at the leaf and see it has a circular piece cut out. I imagine what sort of insect had eaten that piece of leaf. I wonder why it didnt eat all the leaf. Was it a bird that came along and ate the insect or was it that the eucalyptus oil was toxic to the insect and it fell off to die and be eaten by another creature or did it just lie there dead until a fungus grew over it and it was absorbed into the earth.

I think about all the hundreds of insects that live in and on the trees bark. Families of them live their whole lives on the tree. I think of the lizards and spiders that prey on the insects and the birds that prey on the lizards,  spiders and insects.

I think of the trees flowers that produce the nectar to attract the birds and insects that help the plant spread its seeds so that other trees may have life and those trees will give life to other insects, and spiders and birds and lizards.

I think of the tree breathing in carbon dioxide, using the carbon to construct its body and breathing out oxygen that all animals need for life. I see an intricate we...

15:30

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Experiment Farm Rd, Trenayr "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Experiment Farm Rd, Trenayr, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Being controlled
TYPE: Vehicle/Equipment Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 22 Oct 2017 00:18

15:16

Castle Hill, Townsville carries the message "STOP ADANI" "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


A major heritage-listed landmark shows that not everyone in Townsville, Queensland, appears to be happy with becoming a mining FIFO dumping ground hub for the financially dubious multinational Adani Group 

Castle Hill aka Cutheringa Mountain est elevation 264 metres
Image: Townsville Bulletin, 16 October 2016

Via...

13:17

Want clean teeth? Eat butter and salami! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australian dentist Dr Steven Lin has claimed that brushing and flossing is not enough to stave off cavities. He says that eating certain foods - including salami - is crucial for healthy teeth (file photo)Dentist claims brushing and flossing are not enough to prevent tooth decay - you need vitamins from these unexpected foods
Australian dentist Dr Steven Lin is warning that brushing and flossing are not enough to keep your teeth healthy In addition to following your dentist's recommendations, you have to make sure you are getting enough of four essential vitamins
Dr Lin says this explains why people who practice good oral hygiene still get cavities
By Maggie O'Neill For Dailymail.com

No matter how thoroughly you clean your teeth, you are probably still exposing yourself to tooth decay, according to one dentist speaking out about oral care. Dr Steven Lin from Australia claims that meticulously brushing and flossing the way your childhood dentist taught you to is not enough to prevent cavities and harmful levels of tooth enamel.

The answer? Your diet, according to Dr Lin. He claims that maintaining good eating habits is the only way to stave off weak, unhealthy teeth. Dr Lin says that incorporating four crucial vitamins into your diet will do worlds of good for your oral health, and he cautions the hygiene habits you have learned to develop since birth are not sufficient when it comes to caring for your teeth.

 He says that eating certain foods - including salami - is crucial for healthy teeth
Australian dentist Dr Steven Lin has claimed that brushing and flossing is not enough to stave off cavities. He says that eating certain foods - including salami - is crucial for healthy teeth (file photo)

Dr Lin is the author of The Dental Diet, which is expected in 2018, and he also blogs about common misconceptions concerning oral health. 'I'm about to say something that might surprise you. Your toothpaste isn't that important. In fact, compared to proper dental nutrition, even brushing and flossing arent as important,' Dr Lin says.

He writes that this explains why some people still experience tooth decay even if they follow their dentist's recommendations. 'Then theres people who brush and floss religiously who are confused as to how they keep getting cavities no matter how many toothpaste brands and techniques they try.'

The problem comes down to the nutrients these people are consuming, he says.

Dr Lin boils it down to four v...

11:15

As governments begin to create sovereign cryptocurrencies, is the Fedcoin going to be the U.S.s answer to Bitcoin? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As governments begin to create sovereign cryptocurrencies, is the Fedcoin going to be the U.S.s answer to Bitcoin? by Ken Schortgen The Daily Economist Over the past 10 days, two of the largest financial and industrial economies in the...

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10:30

Tales of Yankee Power "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

When Jackson Browne released Lives in the Balance in 1986, critics reckoned that its contemporary content, the USAs bloody meddling in Central America, limited its appeal and long-term significance. And yet, here in the early twentieth first century, with the wars of the Arab Dissolution dragging the world into its vortex, the Great Power politics and proxy wars that taxed intellectual and actual imaginations in that seemingly distant decade jump back into the frame like some dystopian jack in the box. As Mark Twain noted, history doesnt repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

Lives in the Balance was certainly a record for and of its times. Months before the Iran-contra scandal broke, Browne sang I want to know who the men in the shadows are, I want to hear somebody asking them why. They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are but theyre never the ones to fight or to die. After the arms for hostages deals hit the news, increased public awareness of the US secret and dirty war in Nicaragua inspired him to produce a video for the title track well after the album had passed its sales peak.

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08:00

The Weekend Quiz October 21-22, 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. A hallmark of the neo-liberal period has been the declining share of wages in national income which in part meant that economic growth became more dependent on credit to maintain growth in consumption spending. Increasing the wage share requires a faster rate of growth in real wages in the coming years.



2. In a stock-flow consistent macroeconomics, the sectoral balance stocks all sum to zero.



3. Public spending can "crowd out" private spending.





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06:42

Pavan Varma: EC Hasnt Given Credible Answer on Gujarat; BJP Wrong to Use Religion to Polarise "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In an exclusive interview to The Wire, the Janata Dal (United) spokesman-turned-dissident takes on the Election Commission, Amit Shah, Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath.

Janata Dal (United) leader Pavan Varma has broken ranks with his party to publicly question Narendra Modis handling of the economy, Yogi Adityanaths politics of religious polarisation and the Election Commissions decision to delay the announcement of Gujarats elections.

In an interview with Karan Thapar for The Wire, the former JD(U) spokesman insists he reflects the real ideology of the party but says his political fate lies in the hands of his leader, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. Excerpts.

Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to this special interview with politician-author Pavan Varma for The Wire. In recent days, Pavan Varma has tweeted, written articles and commented, raising some worrying and serious questions on the handling of the economy by the Modi government as well as policies followed in Uttar Pradesh by Yogi Adityanath. He has also talked about what he called the damaging and deteriorating social mood of the country. These questions have raised two very critical questions in return Is he about to reestablish his political credentials, perhaps change their complexion? More importantly, is he about to break relations with his party, the JD(U), and leave the side of his mentor? We will talk about these questions as well as his statement and the future of Pavan Varma himself.

Pavan Varma, in recent days, as I have already mentioned, you have publicly questioned Narendra Modis handling of the economy and you have publicly questioned the policies followed by Yogi Adityanath in UP; more importantly you have talked about the deteriorating and dangerous mood of the country. And in a very interesting article published in the Times of India you have talked about, and I am quoting you the cumulative impact of demonetisation, the consequences of the less than adequately planned GST, the youth have been looking for jobs they cant find and farmers have been living under unrelenting agrarian distress. There are a lot of area...

06:18

Six Middle Eastern Countries Ban Glyphosate Herbicides over Probable Carcinogen Fears "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Omans Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that six Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman have banned the use of glyphosate herbicides since last year, after reviewing IARCs classification of glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.

Map of Saudi Arabia.

Map of Saudi Arabia.

You can read the article in Sustainable Pulse (October 13th) here.

The post Six Middle Eastern Countries Ban Glyphosate Herbicides over Probable Carcinogen Fears appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .

06:06

Glyphosate Damages Soil-Friendly Bacteria "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Considerable research establishes that glyphosate adversely effects soil microbial species and communities, including nitrogen-fixing species and fungal populations. This new study by researchers at Cornell University looks at the response to glyphosate of soil bacteria (Pseudomonas spp) which produce a range of antibiotic compounds, iron-scavenging molecules (or siderophores), and plant growth promoters. Several species are effective biocontrol agents which protect plants against pathogens and promote plant health.

As this October 7th article in Sustainable Pulse points out As farmers battle in their above-ground war on weeds using glyphosate-based herbicides, they may inadvertently create underground casualties unintentionally attacking the beneficial bacteria that help crops guard against enemy fungus.

You can read the full article here.

The post Glyphosate Damages Soil-Friendly Bacteria appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .

05:42

Monsanto banned from European parliament "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Monsanto lobbyists have been banned from entering the European parliament after the multinational refused to attend a parliamentary hearing into allegations of regulatory interference. Reported in the Guardian on September 28th.

It is the first time MEPs have used new rules to withdraw parliamentary access for firms that ignore a summons to attend parliamentary inquiries or hearings.

Monsanto officials will now be unable to meet MEPs, attend committee meetings or use digital resources on parliament premises in Brussels or Strasbourg.

The new rules for procedures of the EU Parliament were set in January 2017 and allow the Parliament to withdraw or deactivate temporary access where there has been a breach of the Code of Conduct for Registrants, where they have been guilty of a serious breach of the obligations, or have refused to comply with a formal summons to attend a hearing or committee meeting or to cooperate with a committee of inquiry, without offering a sufficient justification.

You can read the full article here.

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03:29

Why is The Conversation still pursuing the Adani Carmichael Mine? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Why are we still pursuing the Adani Carmichael mine?

Michael West, University of Sydney

Why, if Adanis gigantic Carmichael coal project is so on-the-nose for the banks and so environmentally destructive, are the federal and Queensland governments so avid in their support of it?

Once again the absurdity of building the worlds biggest new thermal coal mine was put in stark relief on Monday evening via an ABC Four Corners investigation, Digging into Adani.


Read more: Adani gives itself the green light, but that doesnt change the economics of coal


Where the ABC broke new ground was in exposing the sheer breadth of corruption by this Indian energy conglomerate. And its power too. The TV crew was detained and questioned in an Indian hotel for five hours by police.

It has long been the subject of high controversy that the Australian government, via the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)that is still contemplating a A$1 billion subsidy for Adanis rail line, a proposal to freight the coal from the Galilee Basin to Adanis....

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22:48

Astragaloside IV inhibits breast cancer cell invasion. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

PMID:  Int Immunopharmacol. 2017 Jan ;42:195-202. Epub 2016 Dec 5. PMID: 27930970 Abstract Title:  Astragaloside IV inhibits breast cancer cell invasion by suppressing Vav3 mediated Rac1/MAPK signaling. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Astragaloside IV (AS-IV), the major active triterpenoid in Radix Astragali, has shown anti-tumorigenic properties in certain cancers; however, its role in breast cancer remains unclear. The present study investigated the effects of AS-IV on breast cancer in vitro and in vivo and examined the underlying mechanisms.METHODS: The effects of AS-IV on MDA-MB-231 cell proliferation, migration, invasion and metastasis were investigated by MTT and Transwell assays, and western blotting. In addition, an orthotopic mouse tumor model was established for in vivo experiments.RESULTS: AS-IV inhibited the viability and invasive potential of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells, suppressed the activation of the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) family members ERK1/2 and JNK, and downregulated matrix metalloproteases (MMP)-2 and -9. The effects of AS-IV were mediated by the downregulation of Vav3, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor, leading to decreased levels of activated Rac1, a Rho family GTPase. Vav3 overexpression promoted cell proliferation and invasion in vitro, whereas Vav3 silencing had the opposite effects. AS-IV suppressed orthotopic breast tumor growth and metastasis to the lungs, whereas ectopic expression of Vav3 reversed the inhibitory effect of AS-IV on cell viability, invasiveness, MAPK signaling and MMP expression.CONCLUSION: The present results provide a mechanistic explanation for the antitumor effects of AS-IV and suggest its potential in the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

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22:45

Gaze Coin Launches Worlds First Blockchain Gaze Control/Eye Tracking Monetization Platform For VR/AR, Announces ICO "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 18, 2017 Blockchain VR/AR monetization platform Gaze Coin today announced its launch of the worlds first blockchain token for VR/AR based on gaze control/eye tracking and plans for a public Initial Coin Offering November 28. Gaze Coin is a breakthrough monetization, adtech and DRM solution for VR/AR, measuring and employing user gaze Continue reading Gaze Coin Launches Worlds First Blockchain Gaze Control/Eye Tracking Monetization Platform For VR/AR, Announces ICO

The post Gaze Coin Launches Worlds First Blockchain Gaze Control/Eye Tracking Monetization Platform For VR/AR, Announces ICO appeared first on NEWSBTC.

22:06

Cosmic Queries - Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bill Nye is back to lead the fight against climate change and answer questions about the future of climate science. Hes joined by Columbia University climate scientist Dr. Radley Horton, and comic co-host Chuck Nice. NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free: https://www.startalkradio.net/all-access/cosmic-queries-climate-change/

20:55

Astragaloside IV inhibits metastasis in hepatoma cells through the suppression of epithelial-mesenchymal transition. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

PMID:  Oncol Rep. 2017 Mar ;37(3):1725-1735. Epub 2017 Jan 19. PMID: 28112375 Abstract Title:  Astragaloside IV inhibits metastasis in hepatoma cells through the suppression of epithelial-mesenchymal transition via the Akt/GSK-3/-catenin pathway. Abstract:  Our previous studies demonstrated that traditional Chinese herbal medicine 'Songyou Yin' inhibited the growth and invasion of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, and altered epithelialmesenchymal transition (EMT) markers in oxaliplatintreated HCC tissues and cell lines. In the present study, we aimed to explore whether astragaloside IV (AS-IV), a component of 'Songyou Yin', can affect the growth and invasion of HCC cells and the underlying mechanism involved. Human HCC celllines Huh7 and MHCC97-H, with low and high metastatic potential, respectively, were treated with increasing doses of AS-IV. The Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8), plate clone formation, Transwell, wound healing and immunofluorescence assays were used to investigate the effects of AS-IV on HCC cell proliferation, migration and invasion. The protein expression levels were analyzed by western blotting and immunofluorescence assay. The CCK-8 and plate clone formation assays showed that AS-IV had little effect on the proliferation of HCC cells in vitro. However, the Transwell and wound healing assays demonstrated that AS-IV inhibited the migration and invasion of HCC cells in a dose-dependent manner and the morphology of HCC cells was altered from spindle into oval shaped in the AS-IV pretreated groups. The upregulation of E-cadherin and downregulation of N-cadherin, vimentin, -SMA and Slug were also observed in the AS-IV pretreated groups. Additionally, AS-IV treatment resulted in a profound decrease in the phosphorylated forms of Akt and GSK-3, which in turn inhibited the expression of -catenin. Thus, we conclude that AS-IV attenuates the invasive and migratory abilities of HCC cells through the inhibition of EMT by targeting the Akt/GSK-3/-catenin pathway.

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Monday, 16 October

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00:00

Live Jazz Events in Sydney (this week) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Submit your Jazz gigs to gigs@sydneyblues.org

 Also check  www.facebook/livejazzinsydney


Monday, 16 October 2017

Jazz & Latin Open Mic Jam: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, contact Host)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, SURRY HILLS (8.30pm, 0419-294755)

Paul Sun (Duo): Macchiato Pizza Bar & Grill, 338 Pitt St, SYDNEY CBD (7-10pm, 02-92629525)

The Greasy Chicken Orchestra: .........

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