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Wednesday, 10 January


Country Music Cares Concert 24th Jan in Tamworth "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Wednesday, 24 Jan; 7:00 pm; ] 7pm Wednesday 24 Jan 2018 - Town Hall Presented By Lock The Gate Alliance Now in its 11th Year with the best of country music entertainment on offer at the 2018 Country Music Festival. Enjoy air conditioned comfort and the best of acoustics in the awesome Tamworth Town Hall. Artists and musicians donating their time and talent for [...] full article 


Lismore councillor defends decision to abandon meeting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Elly Bird walked out of last nights extraordinary council meeting. Photo Eve Jeffery.

Lismore councillor Elly Bird has defended her decision to walk out of last nights extraordinary council meeting, saying councillors on holiday leave had the right to debate rescission motions they had lodged late last year.

The meeting was the third called to deal with rescission motions lodged regarding a proposed expansion of Lismore Square Shopping Centre, a Olympic ski-jump facility, an extra 20 greyhound race meetings, and a special business rate variation.

Crs Adam Guise, Vanessa Ekins, Eddie Lloyd and Nancy Casino remain on holiday leave, and Cr Greg Bennet sent his apologies as he is dealign with a health issue.

As a result, with Cr Birds decision to walk out last night, mayor Isaac Smith had no choice but to abandon the extraordinary meeting.

Cr Bird said the \extraordinary meeting was called at the end of last year at the request of Crs Neil Marks and Gianpiero Battista.

They called for the meeting despite knowing that the other councillors who had moved the rescission motions would be on leave.

Regardless of the outcomes of those motions I believe those councillors have the right to be present to debate them and the extraordinary meeting should never have been called, Cr Bird said.

I wrestled with my conscious on this and I simply cant participate in a process that denies those absent councillors their right to debate these significant issues regardless of the outcomes of those rescissions.

The meeting last just 40 minutes, with the majority of the time taken up with three speakers opposing additional greyhound racing as well as the business rate variation, Lismore Square and the ski jump.

About 20 animal rights activists, opposed to the push for more greyhound races, applauded Cr Bird when she announced that she was walking out of the meeting.

Cr Bird did vote on one matter last night to hold an extraordinary meeting on 5 February to address 20 items that were not dealt with at the final meeting last year.

More to come




Not all Lennox residents oppose lake road removal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo of existing road and an interpretive illustration of proposed changes. Image supplied.

The Lake Ainsworth Interest Group (LAIG) says that many Lennox Head residents support Ballina Councils plan to create a parkland on the east side of the lake, despite calls for the eastern road to stay.

While a rally against the council move is set to go ahead this Saturday, an LAIG spokesperson said feedback from its first information stalls, conducted last weekend, was informal, relaxed and overwhelming positive.

Shaun Eastment said the group wanted to create an environment where people felt comfortable to ask questions, voice concerns or express their support for the project.

It was nice to hear from a wide variety of people, many of whom are really looking forward to enjoying the lake without all the cars, he said.

He added that while a few people expressed concerns about paid parking, the mayor was also in attendance and ruled out the prospects of any paid parking at the lake.

The group also claims an increasing mood of frustration in the community over the issue.

More and more people are saying that theyve had enough of all the delays to create the park they are frustrated and want to see the council get on with the job, Mr Eastment said.

Its not an option for the east road to stay how it is its dangerous and theres not enough space for people to sit and enjoy the lake.

We really want to see the east side of the lake prioritised for people, not cars, Mr Eastment said.

Dr Lyn Walker, another group member, queried how people would feel if the road were being proposed nowadays.

Imagine if the area were already a lovely parkland and the council wanted to take that from us to put a road and car park in it would seem preposterous and there would be outrage.

We understand that people may be sick of hearing about the lake works (and the east road), but were asking for on...

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Tuesday, 09 January


Protected trees trashed by holiday parks confirmed bookings "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Managers of the Brunswick Heads Terrace caravan park, NSWCHPT, were accused in November 2017 by residents of attempting to kill off protected trees by mulching the root system. Residents claim NSWCHPT are ignoring expert ecologist advice so they can increase their commercial camping activities. Photo Aslan Shand

Managers have defended their decision to allow caravans, cars and tents next to protected and vulnerable cypress pine trees at the Brunswick Heads Terrace caravan park.

As previously reported, NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT) have been taken to task by residents over neglectful management of the pines, some of which are thought to be up to 400 years old.

Its the latest indication from the embattled government-run corporation that its pursuit of revenue from visitors trumps any environmental responsibility.

A NSWCHPT spokesperson told The Echo, New bookings for the southern end of the Terrace Reserve will be for a reduced number of soft camping sites from February 1, 2018. Prior to taking the decision in August 2017 to implement soft camping only, the Trust had already confirmed bookings for guests with caravans and camp trailers.

The Trust needs to honour the current summer and upcoming Easter bookings, where existing bookings have been confirmed. Other than these peak periods in 2018, the area will be limited to soft camping from February 1, 2018.

Every effort will be made to accommodate our returning guests with caravans and camp trailers for their 2019 summer holiday at other more suitable sites within the park.

Yet the NSWCHPT decision to allow even soft camping in peak periods is at odds with Councils independent ecology report, which states that to ensure the health of the trees, they must be left alone.

Local resident Patricia Warren referred NSWCHPT to Councils August 25 resolution which explicitedly stated a 5m radius from the pines is required to protect the critical root system.



Hammerhead shark added to shark net toll "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A dead Great Hammerhead Shark discovered in a shark net on the Gold Coast. (supplied)

An endangered Great Hammerhead shark has been found dead in a Gold Coast shark net a day after two rays were left to die in a net at Ballina.

A Sea Shepherd crew who are part of the Apex Harmony operation were patrolling the nets and drum lines on the Gold Coast when they discovered the shark.

The dead shark was found in a net off Tallebudgera Beach.

Sea Shepherd Australia spokesperson Jonathan Clark said Great Hammerhead sharks are classified as endangered under the IUCN Red List, with populations under pressure from government shark control programs, and commercial fishing.

Once again, we see another endangered species which has never posed a threat to ocean users die unnecessarily, Mr Clark said.

These nets do nothing more than indiscriminately kill marine life while providing a false sense of security to ocean users.

It is time the Queensland Government makes good on their election promise to provide effective non-lethal shark monitoring, control and incident prevention measures to protect ocean users and marine life.

A ray found by Sea Shepherd volunteers trapped in a Ballina shark net on Sunday (January 7, 2018). Photo Sea Shepherd Australia

The grisly discovery came a day after Sea Shepherd accused the NSW Government of deliberately abandoning rays trapped in Ballina shark nets.

The organisation said that despite being told of two rays trapped in nets off Ballina beaches on...


Woman fined for starting fire near Nimbin "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 46-year-old woman has been fined $2,860 for starting fires on a rural property near Nimbin by discarding her cigarettes.

Rural Fire Service members found the woman on a rural property after being called to extinguish a blaze at Arkinstall Road at Tuntable Creek about 11am.

Police later interviewed the woman at the Nimbin police station.

They allege the woman was walking through the property to get to Nimbin and discarded cigarettes without extinguishing them properly.

She was issued with a $660 infringement notice for discard cigarette on any land and a $2200 infringement notice for cause fire to the property of another.


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Byron sewerage systems overloaded, says former councillor "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Shires four sewage treatment plants are located at Byron, Bangalow, Ocean Shores and Mullums Vallances Road, (pictured). Additionally, staff maintain around 80 pump stations and 252 kilometres of sewerage reticulation pipelines throughout the Shire. Photo Jeff Some Of My Finest Work Is Photos Of Poo Factories Dawson

Paul Bibby

Lying just beneath the Shires green and leafy surface, a giant, unwieldy beast creaks and groans.

With every new house, unit or secondary dwelling, it quietly grows, gaining another set of tentacle-like pipes.

Such is the nature of the sewerage system beast that most of us are content to simply flush and forget until something goes wrong.

But the reality is that our sewerage system has become an overburdened animal that chews through large amounts of electricity and is, in some places, significantly overloaded.

Byron Shire Council did not answer any of The Echos questions about the sewerage system when contacted last week, so we dug into the issue ourselves.

We found Council documents which show that, despite millions of dollars worth of works in recent years, the system is facing major challenges on multiple fronts that are set to become more acute as new residential developments begin to rise.

Alternative approaches

Duncan Dey, a civil engineer specialising in water and a former councillor, believes it is time to consider alternative approaches.

We need to look the current scenario in the face and say, if were going to double our population, do we really want to double the size of our urban sewerage systems? he says.

I believe we need to look at alternatives such as non-sewered systems of dealing with wastewater.

We cant keep on like this forever.

Perhaps the most concerning aspect of...


Call in Campaign to #DROPJ20: Janurary 10th 11th "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The post Call in Campaign to #DROPJ20: Janurary 10th 11th appeared first on It's Going Down.

On 12/21/17 a jury returned a not-guilty verdict for the first six defendants in the J20 case. Forty-two charges acquitted: twelve felonies, thirty misdemeanors. This is a huge victory! But the fight isnt over yet as 188 people still face decades in prison. Now is the time to keep the pressure on the District of Columbia US Attorneys Office. We know these charges are spurious, and now theres legal precedent. We are asking that everyone call the US Attorneys office from 9am-5pm on 1/10/18 and 1/11/18 and tell them to DROP THE CHARGES against the remaining defendants!

Now is the time to keep up the pressure! The US Attorneys office can decide to drop the charges at any time; lets make sure they cant get any other work done until they do! Were asking people to call the desks of:

  • Jennifer Kerkhoff The Lead Prosectuor on the case, Deputy Chief of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section (202) 252-7380
  • US Attorney for DC Jessie Liu The person in charge of the US Attorneys office, a Trump appointee and member of his transition team.
  • John Gidez The Chief of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section, Kerkhoffs direct colleague (202) 252-6752
  • Lisa Greene The Deputy Chief of the Superior Court Division, Kerkhoffs direct supervisor (202) 252-7485
  • Richard Tischner The Chief of the Superior Court Division, Kerkhoffs direct supervisor (202) 252-7274

Please sign-up for a time to call in at Were asking people to call until they get through; let them know what you think of these charges. Line is busy? Great! Try again! No answer? Leave a message and try again! If you dont like their answer, consider trying them again and making it more clear! Because there are five numbers, feel free to sign up for more than one time.


On Jan 20th, hundreds of inauguration protesters were mass-arrested, held in inhumane conditions, and are now facing at least 8 felony charges each. Their cell phones were confiscated and searched, their homes were raided, and their social media data was seized.

Prosecutors in these cases have demanded vast troves of website data involving millions of unrelated people, sought gag orders forcing Facebook to silently hand over data without notifying users or allowing for legal due process, and cracked over 100 defendant cell phones to extract terabytes of pers...


This is an OMG climate change moment "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Is it in your view a minor cold blip or "OMG we're all going to freeze to death and run out of food ?" BR ANSWER: We are looking at an unbelievable decline in the energy output of the sun which appears to be the most rapid decline in nearly 10,000 years. The Global Warming crowd may be setting society up for mass famine and death because they are deliberately pointing everyone in the opposite direction to get their portion of the $1 billion grants. Natural disasters are the most disastrous when the energy output of the sun declines. There has been a fatal interaction of ecological, agricultural, economic, and political factors that seem to be setting the stage for at least a repeat of what is known as the Great Famine of 1315-1317. The Great Famine started with bad weather in spring 1315. Crop failures lasted through 1316 until the summer harvest in 1317, and Europe did not fully recover until 1322. The period was marked by extreme levels of crime, disease, mass death and even cannibalism and infanticide. The crisis set in motion the great economic collapse that began during the fourteenth century. In our arrogance, we seem to believe we have conquered every aspect of the planet and many argue we can even alter the climate of the planet. The collapse from the Medieval Warm period was rapid, but also deadly. When the climate turned down, what followed was suddenly bitter cold winters and drenching rains which then froze. Europe had expanded as the society always does in warm periods. A study has shown that desert rodent populations of many species tend to "fluctuate synchronously owing to pulses of primary production and seed availability during rainy years, and reduced seed production during droughts" (PLOS 2013).


Sexualised imagery sparks protest at Brunswick carnival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Eight local men held a protest on Saturday over what they say is inappropriate sexualised imagery at the Bruns carnival. Photo supplied

Paul Bibby

A group of local men took part in a silent protest at the McGregors Family Carnival in Brunswick Heads on Saturday over a sexualised image of a woman painted on one of the rides.

The eight men, aged between 17 and 65, stood in a line in front of the Stars ride, which depicts model and actress Liz Hurley standing in a provocative pose wearing a bra and suspenders.

The men were representing a group of concerned locals who have been calling for the image to be changed on the grounds that it objectifies women and should not be displayed in a place designed for children and adolescents.

Local father Jeremy Ball, who took part in the protest, said he and others objected to the message the image sent to local kids.

I took my two daughters who are 11 and 12 to the ride last year and I just felt uncomfortable about them seeing that image, particularly as theyre coming into puberty, Mr Ball said.

I dont want them, or my son, or other local kids to be subjected to an image that depicts women and the feminine in that way.

This is our way of saying that we want the image changed and also that its okay for a man to stand up when something affects women in a negative way.  

Claim rejected

But the carnival owner Glen McGregor rejected any suggestion that the image was inappropriate or offensive.

Mr McGregor said his family had operated the ride all year round throughout the country a...


Hypatia stone rattles solar system status quo "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In 2013, researchers announced that a pebble found in south-west Egypt, was definitely not from Earth. By 2015, other research teams had announced that the 'Hypatia' stone was not part of any known types of meteorite or comet, based on noble gas and nuclear probe analyses. (The stone was named Hypatia after Hypatia of Alexandria, the first Western woman mathematician and astronomer). However, if the pebble was not from Earth, what was its origin and could the minerals in it provide clues on where it came from? Micro-mineral analyses of the pebble by the original research team at the University of Johannesburg have now provided unsettling answers that spiral away from conventional views of the material our solar system was formed from.


Byron GM refutes Butler Street Reserve allegations "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Conceptual plans of a Butler Street interchange show a single storey building that includes a cafe and a plaza. Image Byron Bay Bus lnterchange memo.

Outgoing Byron Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger has told The Echo that a number of claims made by resident Paul Jones regarding plans for Butler Street Reserve were grossly inaccurate.

Gainger said, Mr Jones claims that the Butler Street Reserve will be developed as a high-rise transport infrastructure. The bus interchange is a single-level structure as clearly depicted in the concept plan pictured with the article.

He also claims that the council has for many years undertaken lucrative leasing of the Reserve for the Byron market and other activities. In fact the council leases the Reserve to the Byron Community Association (monthly Sunday markets) and the Byron Farmers Market for a fee of $6,846 pa and $9,516 pa respectively, hardly lucrative.

Mr Jones also says that The proposed bus terminal, carpark and CBD development are totally inconsistent with the Plan of Management in place and prepared for the Reserve in 2002.

Bus interchange

The proposed bus interchange is not a council project; it is a state government project and the Butler Street Reserve is state owned (Crown) land. The state is not governed by a PoM for the site.

The carpark was established by the council with the specific approval of the Department of Lands.

The reference to CBD development makes no sense the PoM only relates to the Butler Street Reserve, not the Byron CBD.

Mr Jones ends his hyperbole by saying, despite all this council as development proponent sees fit to establish a bus terminal directly adjacent to a medium-density residential area Council is not the development proponent, the state government is.

Council did not apply for the bus interchange funding; the first it knew of the proposal was the media announcement made by the NSW deputy premier leading up to the last state government el...


Two arrested on North Coast in underage sex sting "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men have been arrested on the North Coast after they engaged in sexually explicit chat with police officers online, believing them to be underage girls.

The arrests are part of an ongoing covert police operation, Strike Force Trawler.

Police will allege in court that the first man believed he was speaking to a 13-year-old girl, and engaged in sexually-explicit conversations with the supposed child and made arrangements to meet her in person. The meeting did not eventuate.

About 11.20am yesterday (Tuesday, January 9), detectives arrested the 40-year-old man on the Evans River, Evans Head.

Following the arrest, police raided a caravan park at Evans Head and a home in Casino, where they seized several electronic devices, and items of clothing.

The man was taken to Lismore Police Station and charged with using a carriage service to procure a person under 16-years-old for sexual activity.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today (Wednesday 10 January 2018).

In the second investigation, Strike Force officers engaged online with a man from Alstonville in November 2017.

Police will allege in court that this man believed he was speaking to a 14-year-old girl, that he made numerous sexually explicit comments regarding the child, and he sent the supposed child abuse material.

About 2pm on Monday, January 8, detectives arrested a 31-year-old man at a business at Alstonville.

During the arrest, police seized a mobile phone. A number of items were also seized during a raid on a home at Alstonville.

The man was taken to Lismore Police Station and charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16-years-old for sexual activity.

He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday 5 February 2018.

Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children facilitated through the internet and related telecommunications devices.

Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the CEIU and police in NSW work closely with their law-enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.

Anyone with information about internet predators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:...


January 10 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1696 - The Swan River had Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh splashing around in it today...hope he brought his floaties!

He also eyeballed and described the land region that is now Perth.
Nyoongar - Birak (birok), the summer period between December and January hot and dry.

1820 - John Oxley emailed his report to Macquarie re his digital survey at Illawarra.
Ok, ok, he really used a fax.

1823 - Commissioner Bigge's report was presented to House of Commons; so impressed was the fellow with the area that he included a description of Illawarra.

1828 - Governor Arthur, in Tasmania,  complained in a letter about the daily injuries inflicted on the Aborigines by stockmen and sealers who attempted to 'deprive them of their women whenever the opportunity offered'.

1831 - William Bubb, John Cook and  James Murphy were Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Adam Oliver at Norfolk Island.

1834 - John Lhotsky did a bunk from Sydney to explore the Monaro District, NSW, and the Australian Alps.

1845 - The Mackenzie River discovered Explorer Ludwig Leichhardt.

1852 - The Cape Willoughby lighthouse, at the eastern extremity of Kangaroo Island, lights the 11km wide Backstairs Passage between the island and the South Oz mainland. It was the first lighthouse erected in South Australia, and originally known as the Sturt Light after Captain Charles Sturt, beginning to light up the night on this day.



10 Questions to Ask Someone Running for Local Office "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How can you tell if someone running for local office will do a good job? How can you ensure that he or she will improve your town's economy not get your community further into debt? How can you figure out whether this candidate for mayor or city council is going to uphold Strong Towns principles and take a thoughtful, incremental approach to your community's problems?

Below, we've put together a list of 10 questions you can pose to someone running for office in your town to see whether he or she is worthy of your vote. You could raise these questions in a public forum, at a personal meeting, or even informally, if you happen to run into the candidate at the grocery store.

How's your main street doing? Take our Strength Test to find out. ((Source: Johnny Sanphillippo)

How's your main street doing? Take our Strength Test to find out. ((Source: Johnny Sanphillippo)

1. Do you think our main street/downtown is healthy and successful? If not, what would you do to change that?

What To Listen For:  First ask yourself what you think could be improved about your main street. Is it safe to walk there? Are businesses thriving? Do people spend time there? If so, then this might be an easy question for your candidate to answer. If not, then think about the small steps that could be taken to make Main Street safer: narrowing lanes of traffic, installing benches, planting trees, hosting pop-up shops in empty storefronts to encourage business activity, etc. Does the candidate mention these sorts of initiatives and understand the importance of a healthy downtown, or does he/she just talk about moving traffic or increasing parking?

2. Whats more important for our city right now: building new homes and commercial space or rehabbing/expanding/better utilizing our existing homes and storefronts?

What To Listen For: Depending on what sort of community you live in, you probably have a sense of whether your town has vacancies and endless...


When Zionism is the essence of life, a break has huge consequences "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Breaking with Zionism can be a life-shattering experience.

In Israel, the Jewish-Israeli society is by and large Zionist in degrees varying from the so-called liberal-Zionist to the fundamentalist Zionist. There is not really, necessarily, much of a difference when one speaks of this breaking experience in one faction or the other.

The thing with Zionism is, that its adherents basically see it as a kind of essence of life. The Zionist indoctrination teaches that its about our very existence. The us is generally considered to be the Jewish nation or the Jewish people, and hence the individual is seen as a small part in this. As the survival of the whole also encompasses the individual, any breaking with Zionism is considered a kind of societal treachery, which endangers the strength and even survival of the whole.

Narratives challenging the factual veracity of the survival notion, like pointing out the thriving Jewish existence elsewhere, is rather meaningless for Zionists. Under the Zionist meta-narrative, this is all temporary. Jewish thriving is temporary, and simply awaits a point in time wherein the gentiles will again turn on the Jews, because thats what happens in each and every generation, as the Passover chant goes.

And the Zionist answer to this supposedly perilous, eternal state of affairs, is a Jewish nation-state. So in the bigger paradigm, Zionists simply see the solution the Jewish nation-state, as a survivalist solution. They are therefore not inclined to see any problems ensuing from it, such as human rights violations and challenging of international law, as more than mere obstacles or challenges facing this special case Israel.

So when one points out these violations, this is an irritation for Zionists not necessarily because they are not aware of them but because by pointing them out, one is not showing sympathy with the challenges facing the special case that Israel is, for them.

Since the case of Israel and Zionism needs a special dispensation, even an individuals emotional breaking with Zionism can be perceived as a danger. And when one thus breaks with Zionism, it is seen in highly emotional, personal terms by those for whom it represents the essence of life.

That one then characterizes this kind of allegiance to the Zionist essence of life, as a kind of fascist adherence reminiscent of totalitarian societies, does nothing to add understanding amongst ones peers. It merely adds insult to injury for them.

Furthermore, the talk about the intrinsic violation of human rights inhere...


Helena Norberg-Hodge receives Right Livelihood award "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Local author and filmmaker Helena Norberg-Hodge with 2016 award recipient Jim Merkel. Photo supplied

Marjana Kos

Helena Norberg-Hodge, local author and filmmaker (The Economics of Happiness), has added another international award to her already impressive list of honours.  

An early recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (aka the Alternative Nobel Prize) and, more recently, the Goi Peace Prize (among previous winners are Bruce Lipton, James Lovelock and, ahem, Bill Gates), she was the 2017 winner of the Arthur Morgan Award.

This prize, which recognised Helena for her tireless advocacy for communities across the planet, is presented by Community Solutions, the organisation behind the powerful and hugely successful doco The Power of Community, which looks at the grassroots self-reliance movement in post-embargo Cuba.

This award was one of the highlights of an overseas tour, in which Helena hosted five Economics of Happiness conferences (four in the US, one in Japan) organised by her international non-profit organisation, Local Futures in collaboration with local partners.  

South Korea Conference

A sixth conference, in South Korea, had Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson as keynote speaker. Other speakers at these events included localisation advocates Satish Kumar, founder of Schumacher College and Resurgence magazine, Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, George Ferguson, the progressive former mayor of Bristol, UK (he received his salary in the local currency), and founders of BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) Judy Wicks, David Korten and Michael Shuman.

Helena also taught courses at Schumacher College and did numerous other presentation, including one to 20,000 people in Rimini, Italy, at the annual mee...


Lifeline Northern Rivers seeks volunteers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Some 2,866 people committed by suicide in the year to September 2016 and Lifeline Northern Rivers is taking up the challenge to answer more calls in the coming year to help prevent deaths.

Having answered 21,000 calls in 2017 they are looking for volunteers to provide extra response capacity at the peak times of early morning, evenings and weekends.

We are now actively recruiting volunteer crisis supporters to work on the 13 11 14 crisis line at those high demand times, said training coordinator, Sue Lamond.

Currently we have about 75 active crisis support volunteers working out of Lismore and we are looking to add about 15 more volunteers to that number in early 2018.

The next training course will run from Tuesday 20 March with applications closing on Friday, March 2.

Lifeline offers a life-saving and life-changing alternative. It is always there for those confronting crisis and suicide, but also for those who trust us with their ongoing and often complex problems, continued Sue.

There are never any hoops to jump through or barriers to receiving help or judgements made we provide a confidential and caring service and are only a phone call or online chat away.

Training includes a significant element of on-line eLearning reinforced by eight four-hour sessions and four days of experiential classroom-based modules. This leads to a closely supervised and supported workplace training program which prepares the volunteer for acceptance as a probationary crisis support volunteer.

For more information email us at or call on 6622 4133.

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Visual effects biz booms in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Cumulus visual effects crew: clockwise from young recruit Raph Atkins (with bike) are Richard Hall, Philippa Bennett, Mahdi Manar, Sandra Mondange, Alex Pinches, Stan Jones and Simone Fichera. Photo Jeff Dawson

South Golden Beach teen Raph Atkins might be too young to drive, but hell soon be walking the red carpet as one of Australias youngest visual effects artists to work on Sony Pictures soon-to-be-released 3D live-action/CGI animated adventure comedy, Peter Rabbit.

Raph put aside his school books early in 2017 when Cumulus VFX director Will Gammon offered him a full-time traineeship. He hasnt looked back. Located at Byron Bays Habitat, Cumulus is a creative studio boasting some of Australias leading visual effects artists.

Raph says, Im working with incredibly experienced artists at Cumulus, some who are three times my age. And while the deadlines put us under the pump, it sure beats school! I knew relatively nothing about VFX when I started here, but in the last 12 months Ive worked on a number of great films, including Peter Rabbit, and Im constantly being challenged to come up with creative solutions.

Mr Gammon, whose own film credits include Lord of the Rings Return of the King, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, and Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince, is now expanding the Cumulus team with a new intake of full-time trainees.

He says, We have almost 20 staff, including 15 visual effects artists in the studio, and Im on the lookout for the regions brightest creative thinkers to grow our team.


Applications for traineeships with Cumulus open on January 15 for a February start. Were looking for individuals interested in working in the exciting field of visual effects for feature film, virtual reality and to fill technical roles as systems administrators and coding geniuses. Please email a 60-second video demonstrating your passion for this amazing opportunity to intern@cumulusvf...


Finding the answer to a riddle shrouded in a mystery "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Beijing's position is in favor of the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. This would start with a "double freeze" mechanism, allowing for dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang. Beijing is acutely aware that containing the North's nuclear program will have a direct effect on the military upgrading of Japan and South Korea. China is also keen to improve relations with Seoul.


You Thought Retail Was Dying? Think Again "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Over the past decade, e-commerce sales have soared. Many people are claiming that e-commerce will be the end of retail stores.

However, recent figures have shown that the reality is actually very different from what we were expecting.

Will E-commerce Really Replace Retail?

There is no doubt that e-commerce has transformed the way we shop especially with the recent rise of buy online, pick up in-store trend that was recently introduced by Amazon.

retailImage Credit: Depositphotos

Of course, everyone has heard of the e-commerce giants like Amazon and eBay. But how many other e-commerce-only stores can you name off the top of your head? The likely answer is: not that many. Actually, all but one of the top 10 US retailers are physical stores.

In fact, despite the many stories of retail stores being forced to shut down and liquidate, there have actually been a number of cases when its gone the other way around. This can be seen as recently as this year when Walmart bought up several of its online competitors.

Why is Retail Still So Popular?

But shopping online is so much easier. Its fast, its convenient, and we dont even have to get off the sofaright?

 The truth is, despite what we tell ourselves, the world loves to shop. It satisfies some of our most primitive hunter-gatherer instincts and has cemented itself as one of our everyday habits.

Despite the rapid rise in technology over the past decade, there is still something inherently satisfying about walking into a store and picking up a physical product.

Often, we dont just shop because we wan...


Texas police officer accused of brutally beating woman after she was found sleeping in car "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The police of Killeen, Texas are in the spotlight again after a Harker Heights Police Department officer was accused of savagely beating a woman. The gruesome photos of the aftermath have left police scrambling to come up with answers. According to a Facebook post by the alleged victim's attorney, Leah Dure was asleep in the passenger seat of her boyfriend's car when a Harker Heights cop dragged her from the vehicle accusing her of driving under the influence. Dure's attorney, Lee Merritt has called for the officer he identified as Officer Wood to be fired and criminally charged for his actions against Dure.


Computating the Algore-Rithims, Danced to by Ronald McDonald Clowns. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In case you missed it Geek-Tech-Visible has produced another WTF about block-chains and hoping it doesn't look like pasta made by squeezing the product through a chain-link fence.

Dog Poet Transmitting.......

There he is, sitting atop the writhing, big teeth, spirochetes in the Petri Dish. I am reminded of the Buddha, in asana on the lotus. The lotus being my 'focused indifference' (is there such a thing?) to the animated murk of toxic frustration, seasoned with rage which burbles in the cauldron. Let me out of here! They scream, while burrowing deeper into the pornographic compound of lifetimes worth of slobbering hungers, coiling out of the black hole stomach of insatiable appetite. The more they eat the more they want, as the consumed devours the consumer ...from the inside out. Why do you think people get so bent over as they age? That is the sucking inward force of runaway gut famine; 'hai fame?'. If that doesn't translate well, I've got a few algore-rithms to help you with that global warming heartburn, acid reflux which, I can tell you, is caused by not adding honey or maple syrup (forget sugar) to your tomato, pasta sauce while it is cooking, so that you can skim the purple scum. This is exacerbated by eating too fast and not allowing the 50% of digestion that is 'supposed' to take place in the mouth to take place. If you add in the general stress of having to be here, you're looking at an exponential perfect storm... in your belly. Go ahead, ask me anything! It doesn't matter if I have the answer, I know someone who does.

Of everything of an esoteric nature that I possess, friendship is definitely on the fingers of one hand. I don't have much exoterically and I am guessing that is because I am not burning out my own stomach lining, with the fire of desire- for shit brushed with oil slick rainbows, fake sun bathing in the neon glow of some Blade Runner nightmare. It's kind of like being in bed with Steve Martin or John Candy and asking, how about those Bears! when you wake up out of a dream with your hand between two pillows; it's worse because it turns out to be Bruce Willis and he's telling you about how he and Morgan Freeman are 100% behind George W. Bush, who green lighted the Israeli death troops that orchestrated 9/11.

There is no question in my mind that it is not the full blown psychopathic Satanists like the Rothschilds and their front man, Soros that is the biggest problem. It's the rank and file, dumber than a rock, sycophantic genuflectors who don't even know what they are genuflecting before and who would really like to meet Kim Kardashian and who think Kanye is as talented as Dylan or that...


Cold Case Christianity For Kids, mother and daughter team review Chapter Two, Part Two "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My nine-year-old daughter* and I, both atheists, are teaming up to review childrens apologetics book Cold Case Christianity For Kids, by J. Warner Wallace. The introduction to the series is here; posts in the series are being linked up there as I go along.


*She is in fact now 10. She was 9 when we sat down to review this chapter. One of these days Ill catch up with myself, although I hope I manage it before she turns 11.




Chapter Two: Learn How to Infer: Learn How Detectives Find the Truth

Aaaaaaaand time for Bible class again, cadets and readers!

Jeffries asks who investigated Jesus and the claim that He died and then returned to life (so at least now hes referring to it as a claim, which is an improvement at the end of the last chapter, he was referring to the resurrection without any acknowledgement of the possibility that it might not have actually happened). Hannah and Daniel say that they did. Hannah says that they read that part in our Bibles and found out that there are four books in the Bible called Gospels that describe what Jesus did.

Jeffries replies that the Gospels were written by men who knew Jesus, or were friends of those who did and thus contain eyewitness testimony, which is a very important form of evidence. Jason promptly asks how we know that these are real eyewitness testimonies instead of legends or myths or something? Yay, Jason! Exactly the question to be asking here! To which Jeffries answer is:

Great question as usual. Well take a whole session to talk about that but not today. Were going to start with the evidence we have and see if it holds up on its own. If it does, then we will check and see if we can trust the testimonies.

So, hang on what? Surely the evidence theyre looking at is the testimonies. How the hell can they see if those hold up as evidence before knowing whether they can be trusted in the first place? Surely thats backwards?

(I do note that Jeffries now doesnt even seem to be pretending that this supposed police cadet class has been organised as anything other than an evangelical Bible class. Well take a whole session to talk about that, but no sign of him having planned any actual police-related activities for th...


PA man accused of marrying wife's daughter pleads no contest to bigamy & other charges "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A man charged with marrying a woman in 2015 and marrying her daughter a year later -- without first getting a divorce -- has entered into a plea agreement. Christopher I. Hauptmann, 44, of Shamokin, pleaded no contest in Northumberland County Court Thursday to charges of bigamy, forgery, unsworn falsification to authorities and firearms county. Judge Paige Rosini sentenced Hauptmann, who also has used Buckley as his last name, to a year minus a day to two years minus a day in prison followed by 10 years' probation. He was given credit for 332 days he has been in jail, unable to post bail. Hauptmann, who was scheduled to stand trial next week, is prohibited from having any contact with Shannon Deitrich, who he had wed in Florida in 2015 and who testified against him.


Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


The warlords of history are still kicking our heads in, and no one, not our fathers, not our Gods, is coming to save us. Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders.

Despite the fact that a 26-year-old man was gunned down by police who banged on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves as police, and then repeatedly shot and killed the innocent homeowner who answered the door while holding a gun in self-defense, the justices of the high court refused to intervene to address police misconduct.

Although 26-year-old Andrew Scott committed no crime and never fired a single bullet or lifted his firearm against police, only to be gunned down by police who were investigating a speeding incident by engaging in a middle-of-the-night knock and talk in Scotts apartment complex, the Supreme Court refused to balance the scales between justice and injustice.

Despite the fact that police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people nationwide for the third year in a row (many of whom were unarmed, mentally ill, minors or were shot merely because militarized police who were armed to the hilt feared for their safety), the Supreme Court will not act to right the wrongs being meted out by the American police state.

Although knock-and-talk policing has become a thinly veiled, warrantlesslethalexercise by which citizens are coerced and intimidated into talking with heavily armed police who knock on their doors in the middle of the night, the Supreme Court will not make the government play by the rules of the Constitution.

The lesson to be learned: the U.S. Supreme Court will not save us.

No one is coming to save us: not the courts, not the legislatures, and not the president.

According to jou...


Khamenei To West: Youve Failed, And You Will Fail In The Future In Disturbing Iran "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that his country has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn genuine protests into a full-blown insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic. Once again, the nation tells the U.S., Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that youve failed, and you will fail in the future, too. he tweeted.

Comments on Khameneis official Twitter page, as well as in Iranian media highlighted the Iranian governments confidence that it had extinguished the turmoil, which had spread to more than 80 cities and left some 22 people dead.

The Revolutionary Guards, Irans military force, said on Sunday that security forces had put an end to the disturbances that it said had been whipped up by foreign enemies, according to Reuters.

At least 1,000 people have been detained following the largest anti-government protests Iran has witnessed in almost a decade.

Khamenei accused U.S. President Donald Trump of trying to rouse trouble when he tweeted support for the protestors, saying that they were attempting to take back their corrupt government and promising great support from the United States at the appropriate time!

The Iranian leader responded in kind, tweeting: this man who sits at the head of the White House although he seems to be a very unstable man he must realize that these extreme and psychotic episodes wont be left without a response.

Khameneis condemnation was not only reserved for Washington and London. He also accused Israel, an exiled dissident group Mojahedin-e-Khalq and a wealthy government in the Gulf, in reference to Saudi Arabia, for trying to stir up legitimate protests for other purposes.

The plot has been hatched by Americans and Zionists. They have been working on it for several months, planning to begin from small towns and then move on towards the center. The cash comes from one of the filthy rich Persian Gulf littoral states. Obviously, such projects need money, but the Americans wont be willing to spend anything as long as they have these [rich allies], Khamenei said.

He added that the murderous Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization, served as their lackeys on the ground, according to PressTV.

He called the protests initially spurned by economic issues, but soon turned political playing with fireworks. He went on to affirm that Iranian citizens have the right to express legitimate concerns.

These concerns must be addressed. We must listen, we must hear. We must provide answers within our means, Khamenei was quoted as saying, hinting to the fact that the clerical leadership, not only Irans elected president, Hassan Rouhani, must also respond to the protests.

Im not....


The psychiatrist and the universe of ice cream "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The psychiatrist and the universe of ice cream


By Jon Rappoport


John Doe, citizen, went to his therapists office for his regular Wednesday appointment.


The therapist sat back in his swivel chair and stared at John.


You look terrible, he said.  What happened?


John nodded, wiped his forehead with a handkerchief, and said, I had a dream last night and it shook me up.  I dont even like remembering it.


A dream? the therapist said.  Thats good.  Tell me about it.


Well, I was on a game show, and the host was this horrible man.  I mean, he was very nice, but it was what he didafter I answered all the questions correctly.  He said I should choose a door, and behind it there would be a prize.  So I glanced behind him, and all of a sudden the walls of the studio were all doors.  I dont know how many.  And every door had the same sign on it.  IMAGINATION.


The therapist leaned forward and let out a groan.


My God, he said.  That IS horrible.  What did you do?


Do?  What could I do?  I was paralyzed.  I couldnt move a finger.


Yes, well, the therapist said, I can understand that.  Look, this calls for medication.  We have to take drastic action.  Im going to write you a prescription for Theragon.


Whats that? John said.


Its experimental, the therapist said.  First of all, it returns your mind to a completely normal state.  Ive had very good luck with it.  And then, within a day or two, it adjusts your cosmological impulse.


Say again? John said.  Cosmological?


Yes.  It goes after your synapses and opens them up.  We dont entirely understand this part of the process, but essentially, it puts your brain in touch with every other brain on the planet.  And then your brain adopts whatever the average is.


The average of what? John said.


Of what all other brains believe about reality itself.


And thatll help?


Of course!  Youll automatically click into a state of very comfortable knowing.  And, best of all, youll never face that stark choice again.


The choice of door...


A Dubious Patriotism:: On Accommodating Reality "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Methinks that, for the good of the country, it is time  that the  Alt-Right, those bitterly hostile to our Latin-America population, stop and think. There is a difference between opposing further immigration, a good idea, and constantly attacking American citizens.

Many good reasons existed for preventing  massive immigration from the south. But it happened. Some forty-five million legal Hispanics (whatever exactly the word means) are now in America, mostly citizens. They show no signs of leaving. They cannot be deported. Their children become citizens. It is unlikely that many of the (very vaguely) estimated twelve million illegals will be deported or chased out.

Given this reality, the question becomes, or should become, what to do to, for, with, or about these people? The future of the country very much depends on the answer

A  beginning would be not to turn them into another dysfunctional, hostile racial minoritywhich is exactly what the Alt-Right seems bent on doing. Blacks, thirteen percent of the population, appear irremediably angry with obvious untoward consequences. If the Alt-Right can make another seventeen percent into internal enemies, it will be the end of anything recognizable as America.

Yet from the organs of the Alt-RightVdare, Breitbart News, and so oncomes a drumbeat to the effect that Latin-Americans are stupid, filthy, lazy, criminal, and parasitic. Mr. Trump,  hostile to Mexico and Mexicans, has called them rapists, which resonates in Latin America much as Hillarys deplorables speech did in Middle America. We have hysterical books painting them as the end of civilization and human decency. (Ann Coulters Adios, America! The Lefts Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole comes to mind.)

Yet from the Alt-Right comes no suggestion  of practical policy toward the permanent Latin population.  Hatred is not a policy.

What to do?

The choices available to the country, other than doing nothing, are to encourage, or to discourage, assimilation. For the good of the United States, assimilation seems much the better choice. Diversity is almost always a disaster, but, if you already have it, and it is not going to leave, the best hope is to assimilate it, to encourage the diverse to move into the middle...


Jim Paul on the UN Security Council as a Tool of U.S. Domination "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jim Paul for 19 years was the exzecutive director of Global Policy Forum and was chair of the NGO working group on the UN Security Council. He is the author of the just-released book Of Foxes and Chickens: Oligarchy and Global Power in the UN Security Council.

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Teachers rights violated after she was pushed to the floor and handcuffed for asking the school board questions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Watch as this teacher gets thrashed and cuffed by a jackboot thug: SHOCKING VIDEO

VERMILLION PARISH (INTELLIHUB) A teacher was pushed to the floor and handcuffed by a marshal for asking questions during a Louisiana school board meeting Monday night.

Deyshia Hargrave, an English teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools, asked the board a few questions about teachers pay and her questions were answered but after the teacher asked a second round a marshal escorted her out of the building in cuffs.

It is not yet known if the board ordered the teachers removal from the building or if the marshal took it upon himself to do so.

The board does not plan to press charges against the woman.

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Finally a New York Times columnist says liberal Zionism is dead "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The best thing about Michelle Goldbergs column in the New York Times on the death of the two-state solution is its tone. Shes not that upset about it. Yes, she says the end of a Jewish state would be disastrous, in passing, but she knows that what Israel is practicing is apartheid and she insists that American Jews wont prop it up in the long run. (However long that is! Stay warm in jail, Ahed.)

Supporters of Israel hate it when people use the word apartheid to describe the country, but we dont have another term for a political system in which one ethnic group rules over another, confining it to small islands of territory and denying it full political representation.

Goldberg repeatedly detaches herself from Israels supporters; and the only expert she quotes is a Palestinian! Nobody from J Street gets to tell you how to think.

If the Israelis insist now on finishing the process of killing the two-state solution, the only alternative we have as Palestinians is one fully democratic, one-state solution, [Mustafa] Barghouti says, in which everyone has totally equal rights.

Mustafa Barghouti, at funeral of four youths killed in Sair village, Palestine, Jan. 2016

And though Israel will not accept democracy, Goldberg concludes, most of the world  including most of the Jewish diaspora will have to support a Palestinian campaign for equal rights.

Israels apologists will be left mimicking the argument that William F. Buckley once made about the Jim Crow South. In 1957, he asked rhetorically whether the white South was entitled to prevail politically and culturally, in areas in which it does not predominate numerically. The sobering answer,...


Finding the answer to a riddle shrouded in a mystery "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The art of the non-deal might be the only way out of the stand-off between the


Esther McVey is now UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Expect many, many deaths "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

You knew This Writer would have a few things to say about this.

In a characteristic departure from anything resembling reason, sense or sensitivity, minority prime minister Theresa May has named Esther McVey as her new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

The announcement is certain to ramp up levels of anxiety, stress and fear among the unemployed, together with those who have long-term illnesses and disabilities.

U K (the Fascist state?)

Some may even be pushed to suicide because of it. Others may die because the decision to appoint Ms McVey may worsen their physical health conditions.

There would be good reason for them to behave in such a manner, too: They remember the performance of the woman known as Fester McVile in her previous role as Minister for Employment.

Lets add a little more flesh to the criticisms.

As Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for People with Disabilities, she oversaw the dismantling of Remploy as a government-owned employer of disabled people, saying the factories should be freed from government control and funding could be better used if spent on helping disabled people into work through individual support. Experience in the years since then has proved this claim to be false. The disability employment gap is widening, with 114 disabled people leaving work for every 100 gaining jobs. And only last month, Chancellor Philip Hammond lied to the nation with a claim that lower productivity in the UK economy was due to disabled people.

In December 2012, Ms McVey boasted that, when Disability Living Allowance (DLA) was replaced by Personal Independence Payments (PiPs), more than 300,000 people would have their benefits cut or removed altogether. She thought it was a good thing.

In January 2013, she did not bother to turn up to a Parliamentary debate on private firm Atoss handling of the hated Work Capability Assessment of people claiming Employment and Support Allowance, even though she was the minister responsible. She left it to Mark Hoban, then-Minister of State at the DWP, who answered only 10 questions out of dozens that were put to him. In August of that year...


I know were not supposed to have heroes, but some teachers deserve the title "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The money is always supposed to move upwards, and its a crime to question it. Take, for example, this Louisiana teacher who dared to ask why administrators were getting raises when teacher salaries had been frozen for years:

Local news station KATC reports that Deyshia Hargrave, a teacher at Rene Rost Middle Schools in Kaplan, Louisiana, attended a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting on Monday to ask questions about how the board could vote to increase the superintendents pay despite the fact that many school employees have worked for years without a pay increase.

Hargrave was informed that she was not supposed to ask questions at the meeting, as this was only intended to be a forum for public feedback. Nonetheless, board members tried to answer her questions.

It seems to me that asking a question is a perfectly reasonable form of feedback, especially since asking administrators why they have given themselves a raise is much more polite than simply stating that you protest the inequities constructed by the ratfuckers in charge, which would not be a question, and therefore would be allowed.

Unfortunately, in America in 2018 there can only be one response to questioning authority.

Now theyre saying she wasnt arrested, she was just thrown to the ground and handcuffed. Just.


Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 307

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Reading 1 1 SM 3:1-10, 19-20

During the time young Samuel was minister to the LORD under Eli,
a revelation of the LORD was uncommon and vision infrequent.
One day Eli was asleep in his usual place.
His eyes had lately grown so weak that he could not see.
The lamp of God was not yet extinguished,
and Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD
where the ark of God was.
The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, Here I am.Samuel ran to Eli and said, Here I am. You called me.
I did not call you, Eli said. Go back to sleep.
So he went back to sleep.
Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.
Here I am, he said. You called me.
But Eli answered, I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.
At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD,
because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.
The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.
Getting up and going to Eli, he said, Here I am.
You called me.
Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.
So Eli said to Samuel, Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,
Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'
When Samuel went to sleep in his place,
the LORD came and revealed his presence,
calling out as before, Samuel, Samuel!
Samuel answered, Speak, for your servant is listening.Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.
Thus all Israel from Dan to Beersheba
came to know that Samuel was an accredited prophet of the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 40:2 AND 5, 7-8A, 8B-9, 10

R. (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I...


How US President Donald J Trump made one particular book an immediate best-seller "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

On 3 January 2018 excerpts from a soon to be published book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House were published in The Guardian newspaper.

The following day brought news of a letter to former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon..

ABC News, 4 January 2018:

Trump attorney Charles J. Harder of the firm Harder Mirell & Abrams LLP, said in a statement, "This law firm represents President Donald J. Trump and Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. On behalf of our clients, legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon, that his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients. Legal action is imminent."

In the letter to Bannon, Harder, writes, "You [Bannon] have breached the Agreement by, among other things, communicating with author Michael Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, disclosing Confidential Information to Mr. Wolff, and making disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements to Mr. Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, knowing that they would be included in Mr. Wolffs book and publicity surrounding the marketing and sale of his book."

Along with a letter to Macmillan Publishers (Henry Holt & Company INC) and author Michael Wolff..



A florid symptom of global economic and social inequality "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The wealthiest 1 per cent of the worlds population owned 50.1 per cent of all global household wealth in 2017 that is they collectively held an est. US$140.28 trillion [Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2017.

The worlds richest 500 people had a collective personal worth in excess of US$5.3 trillion at the end of that year 3.77 percent of the wealth held by the top 1 per cent.

Bloomberg Billionaires Index as of Dec. 28, 2017:
The Bloomberg Billionaires Index is a daily ranking of the worlds richest people. Details about the calculations are provided in the net worth analysis on each billionaires profile page. The figures are updated at the close of every trading day in New York.
Billionaires ranked 14 to 500 with personal wealth ranging from $46.8B to $4.9B can be viewed here.



The True Value of Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Chris Martenson of Peak Prosperity

So in the past week, Ive been asked for advice on Bitcoin by my brother-in-law, my local realtor, and close friends from as far away as Texas.

None of them cared to learn what it actually is. Or how it works. They just wanted to understand why suddenly so many folks they know are trying to buy Bitcoin hand over fist. And, of course, should they buy in now, too?

If you (or people you care about) have similar questions, this report is for you.

A Brave New World

Remember the scene from the movie Avatar, where the main character first explores the alien world of Pandora? I found that scene astonishing and beautiful. Hes encountering an entirely new and completely foreign ecosystem.  Every element is fascinating and wondrous, even the dangerous elements yet it all still follows understandable rules.

Everything is involved in either gathering sunlight or eating something else that had. Every niche is filled. Every organism has its own strategy: some light up, some fly, some run, some crawl. As entirely alien as everything is, if you understand the basics of how organisms filled their niches on Earth, you have a great starting point for understanding of the rules of life on Pandora.

Similarly, a great way to begin to understand the new world opened up by Bitcoin (and the other cryptocurrencies) is to realize that its an ecosystem that, at its heart, maps neatly into the universe you already understand. A few examples: payments, identity, contracts, verification, and record keeping (ledgers).

As with any ecosystem in nature, a new organism will survive and flourish if and only if its more efficient and effective than the prior model. For example, nothing has displaced sharks in the past 425 million years because theyre extremely efficient in their niche. To displace them, a new ocean predator would have to come along that does what they do faster, better, and (energetically) cheaper.

So the operative questions we need to keep in mind when looking at the brave new world of digital currencies are: What problem(s) are they solving?, and, Are their solutions faster, better, and/or cheaper?

These are critical questions to answer. When a new technology is first introduced, all manner of fanciful thinking can cloud peoples better judgment with dreams of easy riches. Think back to 1999: as long as dot com was added to the end of a business name, it could raise abundant funds to pursue all manner of impractical ideas. How well did that work out? Just remember, and; all certified capital destroying ideas.

Investors would have benefited f...


The Trans Lobby Hates This Man For Proving Sex-Change Regret Is Real "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Is regret permissible? And if you regret something in your life, should you be allowed to talk about it with others? Publicly? The answer is so obviously yes that any reasonable person would be baffled to even hear such questions. Thats because regret is simply part of being human.

But what if you regret trying to change your sex? Or maybe youre just tired of propping up a persona? Worse, what if you regret having all of the surgery to promote the illusion of a sex change? This is the case with Walt Heyer, who lived as a woman for nearly a decade then de-transitioned after coming to terms with the fact that he was born male.

He has written books about his experience and has a website called Today Heyer is inundated with calls and emails from transgender individuals who regret their decisions, but feel they must live in the shadows.

Interest in Walts website has exploded over the past couple of years, especially after murmurs of regret started getting a bit of coverage in the news. Walts website receives about 25,000 visits in any given month, and at least a thousand transgender people have personally sought him out to talk to him about their regrets.

Detransitioners face a lonely and difficult road in todays era of political correctness. Hollywood, the media, and academia promote a culture hostile to them for even considering changing their minds. This leaves regretters with virtually no place to go to talk about their feelings. The near-total politicization of the field of psychiatry now calls for the total affirmation of transgenderism and implicit punishment for those who dont comply. This means regretters have a hard time even finding a therapist willing to talk openly and honestly with them about the possibility of de-transitioning.

Trans Fatigue Is Setting In

Trans-mania probably peaked at some point in the past year or so. Early in the wake of the sexual revolution, gender benders got increasing press coverage. It built up over the decades, and I think well look back and see Bruce Jenners 2015 Vanity Fair cover story as the high-water mark of the trans fad. The media and the trans lobby is certainly in denial about this. But a lot of folks are feeling a decline in trans-mania.

Society is now in the throes of trans fatigue. This is reflected in the profusion of newer websites openly explor...


Australia - Gunnedah Shire Council have reached out to NSW Health to start water fluoridation process "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

FIGHTING ON: Fluoride opponent Wendy Carpenter says the Facebook group It's ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedah's water will continue to oppose fluoride. Photo: Billy Jupp FIGHTING ON: Fluoride opponent Wendy Carpenter says the Facebook group It's ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedah's water will continue to oppose fluoride. Photo: Billy Jupp

GUNNEDAH could have fluoride in its water by 2020 after Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) commenced the process to fluoridate the towns water supply.

The decision to accept a proposal to add fluoride to the water supply was passed in December when council resolved to write to NSW Health to commence the water fluoridation process.

GSCs infrastructure services acting director Daniel Noble said the council will continue to investigate the best way to implement the water fluoridation project.

As per council resolution, council has written to NSW Health requesting approval to commence fluoridation of the Gunnedah water supply in accordance with section six of the fluoridation of public water supplies act, Mr Noble said.

In preparation for approval, the council will continue to investigate best practice for planning and implementing the fluoridation project, and refine the planning and construction documentation required to build the fluoride dosing station and associated infrastructure.

Fluoridation of the Gunnedah water supply is expected to commence in 2020.


Every time a bell rings, an airport gets more subsidies "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I woke up yesterday to this headline on the front page of my local paper:

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The operative word here is, of course, "giving" with very little comparatively in return to show for it. My hometown of Brainerd just finished a major project to provide sewer and water to the airport, one that, even if it had gone well (it didn't) could hardly have been justified by any financial analysis we could have done (we didn't do any).

The Unanswered Questions

As a form of therapy, perhaps penance, I've written about this project many times. Almost exactly two years ago, I put together a list of questions we should be asking as we prepared to undertake a project substantially larger in size than our entire tax levy (it's a massive project for us). You can guess how many of these questions we stopped to consider before plowing ahead. (Hint: Given an over/under of 1, take the under.)

  • What do we estimate this investment will create in new revenue to the city over the next two decades? What other costs (police, fire, infrastructure, etc.) are associated with obtaining those revenue streams? Does this make any financial sense?
  • What long term obligations are we assuming by agreeing to this project? We obviously now must maintain all this new pipe, but what else are we committing future councils to?
  • Beyond getting the project built  which is the objective of those promoting it  what does success look like for the city? Is it an increase in the tax base? Is it a number of new jobs? What is success and how will we know we've achieved it? What are those measurements and who is doing the measuring/reporting?
  • In addition to committing this money and building this project, are there other things we need to do to ensure success? Are we prepared to do these things? Will future councils find it easy or difficult to continue to do these things?
  • What is failure  what is the worst-case outcome once this project is completed  and how would that impact us? In other words, what is our potential downside risk, how likely is that to hap...


Nearly 5,000 lightning strikes in 3 hours leaves thousands without power in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

After temperatures approaching 50 deg C, 122 deg F melted roads and killed thousands of flying fox bats the weather in Sydney has gone from one extreme to the other. A heavy thunderstorm hit Sydney with more than 4600 lightning strikes between 3am and 6am this morning, leaving thousands without power after days of extreme heat. The western and northwestern suburbs bore the brunt of the storm, with Blacktown particularly hard hit with tiles off roofs and trees brought down.


Gunnedah Shire Council have reached out to NSW Health to start water fluoridation process "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

GUNNEDAH could have fluoride in its water by 2020 after Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) commenced the process to fluoridate the towns water supply.

The decision to accept a proposal to add fluoride to the water supply was passed in December when council resolved to write to NSW Health to commence the water fluoridation process.

GSCs infrastructure services acting director Daniel Noble said the council will continue to investigate the best way to implement the water fluoridation project.

As per council resolution, council has written to NSW Health requesting approval to commence fluoridation of the Gunnedah water supply in accordance with section six of the fluoridation of public water supplies act, Mr Noble said.

In preparation for approval, the council will continue to investigate best practice for planning and implementing the fluoridation project, and refine the planning and construction documentation required to build the fluoride dosing station and associated infrastructure.

Fluoridation of the Gunnedah water supply is expected to commence in 2020.

The news has been met with resistance by fluoride opponents, including Gunnedahs Wendy Carpenter who said the Facebook group Its ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedahs water will continue to lobby against water fluoridation.

We will keep fighting because I know there are a lot of people who are unhappy with the decision, Mrs Carpenter said.

I think for the time being its important for us to let the dust settle and see where we exactly go from here.

We are going to keep informing people of material that is out there and helping them to see the risks of fluoride.

The Gunnedah local said the debate had started an open discussion about fluoride.

The best thing is a lot more people know about it that otherwise wouldnt have, she said.

It shouldnt be an emotive decision and I think with more discussion and sharing of facts it becomes less emotive.



4 Ways To Help Employees Find Meaning At Work "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

For many employees, having a personal sense of meaning in their work is even more important than compensation.

Heres a grim stat: More than half of your staff is ready to leave the company, finds a recent Gallup poll. Vacancies impact the productivity and bottom line of your company, but a survey from Globoforces WorkHuman Research Institute uncovered a reason people stick around. When asked the question, What makes you stay at your company? the number-one answer, representing 32% of respondents, was, My jobI find the work meaningful.

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American Diplomacy with North Korea and Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

8 Jan 2018 TRANSCEND Media Service 

Foreword to Michael Haas Book


Johan Galtung

What is that American Diplomacy, after US bombing killed 3,5 million in Pyongyang in 1952 and the US Army killed 3 million in Vietnam from 1961 (Kennedy) to 30 Apr 1975 (Ford)?  Softer?

This very rich, well researched book by Michael Haasa senior, major US political scientistgives detailed softer empirical, factual answers in Part II.  Indeed, highly recommended.

In this foreword, however, I will explore US deep culture implications for US foreign policy, close to American Diplomacy.

The US self-image as successor to Israel as MFNmost favored nationby God, with Chosen People-Promised Land, CPPL, status, is from 1620, on Mayflower.

Since about Year 70 Israel clearly no longer enjoyed CPPL status; that was under King David and under King Solomon.

The position as CPPL was empty, may those with credentials apply. Puritan Pilgrims from East Anglia via Leiden in Holland, did, and according to themselves successfully so....


Australians Welcome Same-Sex Marriage Laws with Midnight Weddings "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Felicity Evers and Jenny Thompson are married in a ceremony in Newcastle, Australia, January 9, 2018. Credit: AAP/Dan Himbrechts/via Reuters

Sydney: At the stroke of midnight and in the early hours of Tuesday morning dozens of same-sex couples exchanged wedding vows across Australia as laws making the nation the 26th in the world to legalise gay marriage took effect.

It was just magical, Diana Ribeiro told Special Broadcasting Service television, after her minute-past-midnight marriage in Melbourne to her wife Deanne Ribeiro was solemnised before about 60 cheering guests.

For me Deannes always been my wife...


Not Possible to Get Definitive Answer on Savarkars Role in Gandhi Assassination, Says Amicus Curiae "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Senior advocate Amarendra Sharan has told the Supreme Court that there is no need to investigate the murder again.



Googles AI Center in China: Poaching Talent "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

January 8, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar NEO) Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already fundamentally changing information technology and stands poised to permeate and transform technology both online and off ranging from manufacturing and transportation to medicine and military applications. The US, Russia and China have all noted that dominance in this field of technology will be an essential ingredient to holding global primacy in the near future.

What resembles a sort of arms race has emerged between prominent nations around the globe. Perhaps in an effort to provide the US with an edge, or perhaps in an effort to mitigate the impact of such an arms race, Google has opened an AI center in China.

CNN in its article, Google is opening an artificial intelligence center in China, would announce:

Despite many of its services being blocked in China, Google has chosen Beijing as the location for its first artificial intelligence research center in Asia.

The purpose of the center, according to CNN, citing Chinas desire to become a global leader in AI technology, will be to:

help China pursue its aim to become the global leader. The facility will employ a team of researchers who will be supported by engineers the company already has in China.

Considering Googles services being banned, blocked and otherwise unwelcomed in China, the question remains as to why exactly Google would seek to aid China in becoming a leader in AI technology Google itself seeks to position itself as a leader in.

This question may have been at least partially answered in a recent AI summit which included Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Googles parent company, Alphabet Inc.

Poaching Foreign Talent

The Washington DC-based Center for a New American Security (CN...


World Debt Burden has Exceeded $230 Trillion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I find it interesting how you have pointed out that when it comes to public debt, the USA is actually far better than Europe or many in Asia. You also forecast that debt would begin to rise sharply from mid-2017 going into 2021. Do you have any figures to support that forecast?


ANSWER: Yes of course!. The volume of global debt is rising significantly. According to the Institute of International Finance, total liabilities in the third quarter of 2017 surpassed $230 trillion (Public+Private). This is an increase of 16 trillion compared to the end of 2016. As the interest rates continue to rise, the debt servicing costs are simply going to explode. As a whole, Europe is over 100% of debt to GDP with respect to just Public Debt on average compared to the USA at about 73%. Global government public debt has exceeded $60 trillion.

This entire system is coming undone. The debt servicing is exploding as rates begin to rise. The Sovereign Debt Crisis is very much alive and well.


Climate Change As if it was Supposed to Change "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Your computer has proven it can forecast markets, economies, the rise and fall of governments, war, and now even weather well in advance of anyone else. Is this bitter cold just a taste of what is to come? If so, I definitely think it is time to follow you south before you cant sell a house up here when interest rates also start to rise. Working in a bank, I know all too well as soon as there is any trouble, the lending stops. I suppose that is what you are warning about with your real estate forecasts as well.


ANSWER: Unfortunately, this is the beginning of the decline. It will get worse. We are looking at a progressive period of colder weather for the first 13 years following 2015. There should be some oscillation and if there are any warm winters compared to this one, this will be an extension of the decline at least into 2032 with the more likely target off into 2045-2047. By the time this is finished, you will be willing to taxes to get global warming. The sad part of this whole mess is that the Global Warming crowd, while they are rolling around in their bed of cash rejoicing how much they made on this scam, they have led many people to their death by distracting people from the real fury of nature.

Extreme cold has reached from New England to the Midwest and down to the Carolinas, with temperatures dropping below zero. It has been in the 40s here at night in the Tampa region and it snowed a little in Tallahassee. The fatalities associated with the harsh conditions will continue to rise from drivers sliding off an icy road to the rise in disease. This will be a very dangerous rise in economic declines as well as temperature plummet during the winters ahead. It is so cold, any kind of exposed skin can freeze in a couple of minutes. It was so cold, the attendance for New York Citys Times Sq...


Ukraine & the Next Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I want to thank you for defending the Ukrainian people in their quest to overthrow the government corruption. You are a great inspiration here in Kiev. What does your model show for the success of our revolution looking ahead?


ANSWER:  There are many in the West who know nothing of Ukraine and simply attribute the revolution to the CIA. I understand the disillusionment in Ukraine about these pretend analysts. They pontificate CIA and ignore that there was a real uprising of the people. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Ukraine endured years of corruption, mismanagement, lack of economic growth, currency devaluation, and problems in securing funding from public markets. The corruption became widespread and Yanukovichs sons were engaged in a protection racket preventing people from going into small business.

There is no other evidence of how the Ukrainian people have suffered under political corruption that has not really changed. Yanukovich was removed, but those under him are still in power and just changed their stripes. The CIA supported various politicians, but they were not capable of moving the people to rise up. Recently, the current corrupt politicians did not realize that when the government tried to arrest Mikheil Saakashvili, the ex-Georgian leader-turned Ukrainian opposition politician, the people would rally and rescue him from the police wagon freeing him. The accusations that he plotted to overthrow the government is on par with the corruption. There were those in the USA who made similar accusations about WikiLeaks.

I have a friend who lives close to where Saakashvili lived. He stood on the roof preaching to the people as the police tried to grab him. It was a real spectacle of corruption. They have also accused Saakashvili of accepting funding from an exiled Ukrainian businessman in a bid to seize power, which he denies. Thousands of people even gathered outside the courthouse after an almost-eight-hour hearing where the government tried to use the criminal process to elimi...


Watch the New Papa Pilko and the Binrats Video Surrender "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Papa Pilko and the Binrats Sydney alt-country six piece Papa Pilko and the Binrats are kicking off their 2018 with a brand new single and video Surrender. The track is the first new music from Papa Pilko and the Binrats since 2016 and was produced by Wade Keighran (Wolf & Cub, Polish []


Ten Top Picks For Sydney Festival 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

52 Artists, 52 Actions

Sydney Festival invites art and culture lovers to explore a smorgasbord of performance, exhibition, installation, theatre, comedy and more, transforming our city at the start of each new year. A festival of bold ideas, the program features 134 events over three weeks. To help you make sense of it all, FBis culture team have highlighted their top picks. Virtual reality, underwater music and a whole year of socially engaged artistic projects: here are our top picks for Sydney Festival 2018.



Theatre, virtual reality and psychoanalysis collide in Whist, a branching, hands-on trip through the mind of Sigmund Freud. The immersive  experience takes you along one of 76 possible directions in a journey through a fictional familys hope and fear. Have your conscious and unconscious mind picked apart in this 360-degree, head-first plunge into primal instinct and desire.

WHAT: Theatre
WHEN: 6-28th Jan
WHERE: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
HOW MUCH: $39. More info here.


You Animal, You



Arts Wednesday 10 January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

So nice to be back at the console again after a wonderful break. At 10:40 am, Richard Major continues with Part 3 of Australian birds, this week talking about sulphur crested cockatoos.

At 11:00 am, my special guest is Joanna Butler, musician and musical researcher. Joanna has been responsible for selecting the music for Rembrandt Live, performances at the Art Gallery of New South Wales to accompany the blockbuster exhibition, Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age. Hear about music of the time, the musicians, the instruments and of course, about the concerts themselves.

We will hear music that will be performed at the concert as well as contemporary music from Dutch musicians.

I look forward to your company.

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The Warnings Flashing For 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Im calling 2018 The Year of Living Dangerously.

That description might seem odd to lot of observers.

Major U.S. stock indexes keep hitting new all-time highs. 2017 went down as the first calendar year in which the Dow Jones industrial average was up for all 12 months.

Even in strong bull market years there are usually one or two down months as stocks take a breather on the way higher. Not last year. Theres been no rest for the bull; its up, up and away.

Inflation is tame, even too tame for the Feds liking.

The unemployment rate is at a 17-year low. U.S. growth was over 3% in the second and third quarters of 2017, much closer to long-term trend growth than the tepid 2% growth weve seen since the end of the last recession in June 2009.

The U.S. is not alone. For the first time since 2007, were seeing strong synchronized growth in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan (the big four) as well as other developed and emerging markets.

Growth breeds growth as consumers in one country create demand for goods and services provided by another. This is what economists mean by self-sustaining growth instead of force-fed growth from easy money and government spending.

Technology rules the day. The pace of innovation is unprecedented in world history.

Our daily needs are being fulfilled better, faster and cheaper by the likes of Amazon, Google, Netflix and Apple. We can share the good news on Facebook.

Best of all, the U.S. Congress and White House got around to cutting our taxes in late December!

In short, alls right with the world.

Or not.

2018 might unfold catastrophically

To understand why 2018 may unfold catastrophically, we can begin with a simple metaphor.

Imagine a magnificent mansion built with the finest materials and craftsmanship and furnished with the most expensive couches and carpets and decorated with fine art.

Now imagine this mansion is built on quicksand. It will have a brief shining moment and then sink slowly before finally collapsing under its own weight.

Thats a metaphor. How about hard analysis? Here it is:

Start with debt. Much of the good news described above was achieved not with real productivity but with mountains of debt including central bank liabilities.

In a recent article, Yale scholar Stephen Roach points out that between 2008 and 2017 the combined balance sheets of the central banks of the U.S., Japan and the eurozone expanded by $8.3 trillion, while nominal GDP in those same economies expanded $2.1 trillion.

What happens when y...


Sources: Bolingbrook to investigate the Clintons (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Will the Village of Bolingbrook investigate the Clinton family?  Sources with relatives whose friends work at Village Hall say yes:

Sure the FBI is investigating the Clinton Foundation, said one source.  But we know that theyre in league with the Deep State.  Can we really trust any organization tied to them?  So were helping Trump I mean were helping bring the Clintons to justice.

There are many laws the Clintons could have broken, said another source.  Did Bill have an affair while visiting Illinois?  Thats a crime in Illinois.  There are other obscure laws in Illinois that we could get them on.  I mean discover if they violated.  The point is that there are so many crimes that the Clintons could have committed, that we cant expect Congress and the FBI to investigate them all.  It is the patriotic duty of every community to investigate the Clintons.

The sources agree that Mayor Roger Claar asked the village staff to look into Clintons ties to Bolingbrook, no matter insignificant they may seem. Though the Clintons did not make any campaign stops in Bolingbrook, Claar, the sources say, believes that there could be some inappropriate connections between some Bolingbrook residents and the Clintons.

Maybe some residents did more than vote for Clinton.  Maybe they received secret funds from the Clintons and used them to run for local office.  We cant know for sure unless we investigate.

When called, Claar answered the phone and said: He hated me and committed a crime. How is that not a hate crime?  For that matter, how can you say that my support of Donald Trump is not a creed?  A creed is a set of beliefs that guide someones actions.  Google it if you dont believe me!

In the background, a woman said: Actually, I have the Babbler on Line One.  The Herald is on Line Two.

Ill deal with you later, Claar said before hanging up.

Chelsea Clinton laughed after being asked about the alleged investigation. Ill make this quick since the board meeting is about to start.  I dont know who this Mayor Blair is.  Ive never heard of Bowling Illinois, most of the money the Clinton Foundation makes goes towards its programs, the former President is my dad, my mother won the popular vote, I have four degrees, includi...


Jennifer Maidens Appalachian Fall "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jennifer Maiden, Appalachian Fall: Poems about Poverty in Power (Quemar Press 2017)

appalachian.pngQuemar Press published the ebook of Jennifer Maidens  Metronome the day after the 2017 US presidential election. In its last poem, Maidens fictional alter egos George Jeffreys and Clare Collins watch the election results on TV, and chat to Donald Trump on the phone. One insistent strand of Appalachian Fall is a continuation of the Trump theme.

Jimmy Carter chats with his re-awakened distant cousin Sara Carter Bayes at Trumps inauguration. Jane Austen comments on his rivalry with Kim Jong-Un. Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Clinton chat about him.  Trump himself appears with George Jeffreys, with his mother, Mary Anne Macleod, and solo.

Maidens lively, questioning intelligence worries away at the double mystery of Trump: who is he and what happened to make him President? The books subtitle, Poems of Poverty in Power, gestures towards her answer to the second question: Jimmy Carter, reflecting on Saras music, articulates it:

thought: we knew ourselves when we heard it:
the low gut scream of hunger,
for some food, some pride, for any sort of
civilising action, answered passion, and if all
these people were Trump voters, maybe that in...


Listen to the New Sam Newton Single Hazel Eyes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Sam Newton Hardworking Sydney based singer-songwriter Sam Newton released his brand new single Hazel Eyes right before Christmas. The track is taken from Newtons forthcoming album Stare Into The Dark which is expected early this year. Hazel Eyes waltzes into your ear drums with Sam Newtons laid back vocal style and the []


Justice Action calls for external overview of mental health "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

CCTV footage released by the coroner shows Lismore Base Hospital Mental Health Unit patient wandering the hospital corridors naked and alone before collapsing and dying.

The NSW minister for Health is refuting claims by Justice Action that the 19 recommendations from the review following the death of Miriam Merten at Lismore Hospital would not prevent this event recurring again.

The Review team have made comprehensive recommendations to improve leadership, culture and oversight in mental health units, said the Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies.

The Government has accepted all 19 recommendations and is committed to ensuring this review is a turning point for the NSW mental health system. The NSW Ministry of Health will now develop a plan outlining how and when each of them recommendations will be implemented.

However, Justice Actions Coordinator Brett Collins says that the mental health system in NSW is an appalling hotbed of abuse that has to change.

They need to bring in external oversight and they need to put people in control of what is happening to them. They need to treat people with dignity and humanity.

Collins says that the review itself was inadequate and makes it appear that they are doing something when they are doing nothing.

The mental health industry has closed ranks, he said. They would like to move on and just make a few tweaks.

Reduction of seclusion and restraint, greater support and control for people in the mental health system along with the removal or amendment of legislative protections such as s.195 Act have been recommended by Justice Action.

In the report the mental health system have accepted all the problems and the solution has to take into account that people are held to account for what occurred. No outsiders have been brought in how do we change a culture when there is no external oversight? External people...


Unmasking Malcolm: The Big 5 Policy Failures of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The myth of the moderate Malcolm Turnbull dies hard, writes Ben Eltham. Will 2018 be any different?

At the end of 2017, it was easy to think of the Turnbull government as a spent force. Given the constant state of crisis that has bedevilled politics for years now, we can be forgiven for thinking that the government is about to fall, or that Turnbull is about to be replaced.

That would be unwise. Politics is rarely predictable, and even if it were, the fact remains that the government is just 18 months into its second term. Turnbull doesnt have to call an election until late 2019. As long as he can hold his government together, Turnbull has plenty of time. The longevity of the Turnbull government is one of the stranger aspects of Australias unsettled political economy.

The Coalition has ruled since September 2013, but really it has been two different governments: Abbott and Turnbull. You need to grasp that fact to understand politics in 2018. We are not in the fifth year of a unified Coalition government. We are 27 months into the Turnbull administration.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) and current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) and current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

No-one could accuse the Abbott government of lacking a program: its agenda was obvious, as soon as it was elected. Commissions of Audit, massive cuts to health and education, endless culture wars, a jihad against climate science. Tony Abbott and his cabinet certainly stood for something. To their bemusement, it was a something that voters rejected.

Ever since he took office, media coverage (and to a lesser extent, popular understanding) of Malcolm Turnbulls prime ministership has been framed around wishful thinking the desire for a particular sort of prime minister, a prime minister that Turnbull has manifestly failed to be.

The idea of a small-l liberal, moderate, progressive Malcolm Turnbull has died hard in the mediascape, even as it has quickly faded in the imagination. Fawning admirers at Fairfax and the ABC fell over themselves to genuflect in front of a politician that could not help but identify with (the conservatives at News Corporation were a different matter).

Perhaps the paradigm example of the media love-in was when Turnbull ushered Annabel Crabb around the family mansion on Sydney Harbour; but there were plenty of others. When Turnbull announced his ill-fated plo...


Rally to stop road closure at Lake Ainsworth this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo of existing road and an interpretive illustration of proposed changes. Image supplied.

The closure of the eastern foreshore road at Lake Ainsworth has raised passions and Preserving Lake Ainsworth inc have called for a protest rally this Saturday at 10am at Lake Ainsworth.

Preserving Lake Ainsworth inc have gathered 4,050 signatures in an attempt to stop the road closure and claim that it cuts out 120 car parks and long vehicle parking including easy disabled access to the lakes eastern foreshore that will be replaced by only 68 formal car parks.

The group have also raised concerns relating to the impact on parking for the Lennox Head Surf Life Saving and the 300 nippers they have signed up over the summer saying that there is nowhere for parents to park.

The Lennox caravan park now has to be fenced off as all traffic is to be diverted in front of the park, said rally organiser, Don Opie.

That places 800 vehicle movements in front of the caravan park and people will be forced to cross by formal crossings with all gear.

Misleading information

Ballina Shire mayor David Wright has responded to the call for a rally saying I know that people who do not want to see the eastern road closed are passionate. However, it concerns me when I see information that is potentially misleading or incorrect being put into print.

One example of the misleading information is the mention of paid parking in the petition/letter the community group are asking people to sign. Council has never had any plans for paid parking in this location.

The mayor also disputes claims that the dog exercise areas would be lost, that the development application is not supported by Council technical staff and that access to public land will be l...


Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The warlords of history are still kicking our heads in, and no one, not our fathers, not our Gods, is coming to save us.

Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates,We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders.

Despite the fact that a 26-year-old man was gunned down by police who banged on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves as police, and then repeatedly shot and killed the innocent homeowner who answered the door while holding a gun in self-defense, the justices of the high court refused to intervene to address police misconduct.

Although 26-year-old Andrew Scott committed no crime and never fired a single bullet or lifted his firearm against police, only to be gunned down by police who were investigating a speeding incident by engaging in a middle-of-the-night knock and talk in Scotts apartment complex, the Supreme Court refused to balance the scales between justice and injustice.

Despite the fact that police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people nationwide for the third year in a row (many of whom were unarmed, mentally ill, minors or were shot merely because militarized police who were armed to the hilt feared for their safety), the Supreme Court will not act to right the wrongs being meted out by the American police state.

Although knock-and-talk policing has become a thinly veiled, warrantlesslethalexercise by which citizens are coerced and intimidated into talking with heavily armed police who knock on their doors in the middle of the night, the Supreme Court will not make the government play by the rules of the Constitution.

The lesson to be learned: the U.S. Supreme Court will not save us.

No one is coming to save us: not the courts, not the legislatures, and not the president.

According to journalist Michael Harriot:

More people died from police violence in 2017 than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in action around the globe (21). More people died...


Lismore Square extension meeting may be illegal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Part of the land that could be sold to developer McConaghy Holdings during last weeks mini-flood in Lismore. Photo Peter Bellew

Chris Dobney

Tonights meeting to reconsider a controversial application by shopping centre developer McConaghy Holdings to take over a portion of Lismore Park and extend its Lismore Square development may be illegal, according to a long-time Lismore City Council watcher.

Peter Bellew, who emailed Echonetdaily a video showing the parkland proposed for redevelopment underwater in last weeks rain, has written to the council giving it legal notice that he is prepared to challenge the outcome of tonights Extraordinary General Meeting in court and demanding to know why the council has refused to hold a public access session.

According to Mr Bellew, the council has brought forward the meeting, at which the development is due to be reconsidered following a rescission motion last year, from February 13 to tonight without giving residents proper notice.

Mr Bellew told Echonetdaily he has been fighting to save Lismore Park for over 23 years.

The park has been public community land since it was proclaimed Lismore Park in 1887. Its been here for 130 years; its served the community very, very well. The councillors have no right to sell that land for public loss and private profit, he said.

Mr Bellew said he also had serious concerns about the suitability of the land and the effect of filling part of it for the shopping mall.

From looking at those videos, any fill that was put into that land would be an abrogation of public safety. That area is the basin, it takes in the whole of the rainfall all over Lismore Heights and East Lismore.

Brewster Street on that particular day was closed for over half an hour with water all over the road and thats the third time since September, he said.

Legal notice

Mr Bellew said in a legal notice to the council that it had failed to give sufficient notice of its plan to move forward consideration of the proposal and three...


Culture Guide January 8 14: Cinemania, Bear Pack comedy, Broken Glass & more "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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NORTEC now dumps training those most in need "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mullumbimby & District Neighbourhood Centre. Photo supplied

Aslan Shand

Employment and training provider NORTEC have recently withdrawn the government funded outreach program aimed at providing language, literacy and numeracy training to help people access employment and training opportunities.

Like their recent termination of small business incubators in the region, NORTEC only provided the Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre (MDNC) where the program was run with a very short notice two weeks.

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program was based at the MDNC and was accessed by a range of age groups who used the program to create opportunities for meaningful work where literacy and numeracy has been a barrier.

The Department of Education and Training said NORTEC closed the Mullumbimby site owing to low student numbers; however, it is understood by The Echo that some students believed they were being diverted away from the Mullumbimby program prior to its closure.

On average there were ten or more students in classes at any one time, said student Tanya Winters who completed the last three sessions of her course in Murwillumbah after the Mullumbimby service closed.

On paper, NORTEC appear to be servicing this area, even though they no longer deliver any local services. Students are now required to travel to Ballina, Kingscliff or Murwillumbah to access them. 

Locally based programs are very thin on the ground in the Byron Shire, said Julie Williams, MDNC manager.

I am weary of organisations being funded to deliver across LGAs without a locally based presence, or at least an authentic partnership with a locally based organisation that has an ongoing relationship with the community.

When purse strings get tight, the first thing to go is outreach services which leaves a community high and dry. It doesnt get the funded service and cant apply for funding because on paper there is already another organisation delivering...


The real reason Iranian protestors took to the streets: Govt's new budget, Trump's meddling in Iran's economy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When the Iranian protests broke out last Thursday, I immediately reached out to friends, family, and organizers of the Green Movement, which erupted after the 2009 stolen elections, to find out what was going on. But almost everyone I spoke to gave me the same answer: We don't know. We haven't been able to piece it together yet. We are all confused. But one person had quickly managed to put together the Persian puzzle: Donald Trump. Although it took him days to figure out what was going on in Charlottesville, Iran was a piece of cake for America's most unpresidential president. Since then, he has shot off half a dozen or so tweets purporting to support the protesters. In reality, however, the tweets seem more aimed at fanning the flames than aiding the demonstrators. There is no evidence that the protesters in Iran are taking their cues from Trump - or even paying attention to him. Unlike the 2009 protests, when some of the demonstrators called on Barack Obama to speak out against the Iranian government's brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters, no chants have been heard in Iran calling on Trump to do or say anything at all. Nor has any evidence emerged to substantiate the accusation that the protests were orchestrated from abroad. In the eyes of most Iranians, Trump has shown nothing but animosity toward the Iranian people since he took office.

The real reason Iranian protesters took to the streets: Govt's new budget, Trump's meddling in Iran's economy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When the Iranian protests broke out last Thursday, I immediately reached out to friends, family, and organizers of the Green Movement, which erupted after the 2009 stolen elections, to find out what was going on. But almost everyone I spoke to gave me the same answer: We don't know. We haven't been able to piece it together yet. We are all confused. But one person had quickly managed to put together the Persian puzzle: Donald Trump. Although it took him days to figure out what was going on in Charlottesville, Iran was a piece of cake for America's most unpresidential president. Since then, he has shot off half a dozen or so tweets purporting to support the protesters. In reality, however, the tweets seem more aimed at fanning the flames than aiding the demonstrators. There is no evidence that the protesters in Iran are taking their cues from Trump - or even paying attention to him. Unlike the 2009 protests, when some of the demonstrators called on Barack Obama to speak out against the Iranian government's brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters, no chants have been heard in Iran calling on Trump to do or say anything at all. Nor has any evidence emerged to substantiate the accusation that the protests were orchestrated from abroad. In the eyes of most Iranians, Trump has shown nothing but animosity toward the Iranian people since he took office.


Flickerfest celebrating 20 years in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Miro an Australia WWII film.

Flickerfest is returning to the northern rivers for its twentieth year to bring you the best short films from the Byron region, Australia and the World. A cinema-packed short film weekend at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall will be screening an entertaining, inspiring and award winning range of 30 Flickerfest short films over three nights from January 2628.

Many of the films have been hand picked from 2,500 entries from Flickerfest 2018 in Bondi and for some it will be their world or Australian premieres.

Flickerfest Mullumbimby will also be presenting the best of northern rivers shorts at the Byron All Shorts finalists screening showcasing a wonderful new collection of creative shorts from our very talented local filmmakers. Byron All Shorts finalists will be announced this coming week.

Bronwyn Kidd (Flickerfest Director) says: As Mullumbimby is our hometown Im always really excited to be presenting these very exciting, entertaining and inspiring short films hand-picked for local audiences at our local tour event.

Our Mullumbimby Flickerfest is both a celebration of film and a great community networking event where people who love films and great stories can come together over the weekend and enjoy inspiring films from the northern rivers, acr...


Securing an open relationship "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Im noticing a theme in my reflective posts: they often start with the phrase a friend posted on Facebook

Its a statement that much of our interactions are undertaken in that highly-managed medium.

Obviously much of my reflection happens here and recently Ive been pondering the increased interest in polygamy.

Its surprising who likes the posts about open relationships that I share and Im also surprised who shares posts of their own.

Yesterday a friend commented on how shed decided an open relationship wasnt for her while growing up with a view of her unhappy parents open relationship.

Now shes just entered an open relationships and was explaining that polyamory isnt the same as polygamy.

Her point was that being open to being more than a couple isnt the same as being open to everything that could be a part of that relationship.

It brought to my mind recent conversations with my partner and how the notion of an open relationship isnt a notion like open borders.

Our relationship is probably a bit more like I imagine it is in the European Union, where passports are checked prior to crossing boundaries.

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North Coast gay couple wed on first legal day "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan were among the first Australian gay couples to tie the knot as the new legislation came into effect overnight. Photo ABC

A North Coast gay couple are among the first in Australia to tie the knot on the first official day of marriage equality in Australia, celebrating the result of a hard-fought campaign.

Athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan got married at Tweed Heads overnight, timing their proceedings so the marriage would become official minutes after midnight.

The pair first met three years ago and said they fell in love straight away before Craig popped the question at Byron Bay in March.

Its a very surreal feeling, Craig told AAP in the lead-up to the event.

Same-sex marriage legislation cleared parliament on December 7, nearly a month after it was revealed 61.6 per cent of participants in a voluntary postal survey backed the change.

Amid scenes of jubilation same-sex couples across Australia were quick to lodge formal intentions to wed and while some were granted exemptions to the four-week waiting period, today is the first official day ceremonies can take place.

In Newcastle, 32-year-old Rebecca Hickson will marry her partner of nine years Sarah Turnbull, 34.

The pair said they wanted to be part of history and planned to also be one of the first couples to tie the knot in a ceremony from 8am.

Weve already had our big hoo-ha ceremony three years ago but now we get to declare our love for each other again and have it recognised as a real union, Rebecca told AAP.

She described the build-up to the postal vote deadline as a horrible time but said the two are now excited to move beyond it.

Melbourne couple Ron Van Houwelingen, 50, and Antony McManus, 53, echoed Ms Hicksons feelings about the postal vote and said no country should have to endure the same horrendous process to legalise gay marriage.

On Tuesday, the long-time activists will also look forward and tie the knot where they first met as performing arts students three decades ago at the former Prahran College of TAFEs David Williamson Theatre.

Im looking really forward to celebrating the victory, Ro...


Oprah 2020 Is Not the Answer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  On Sunday evening at the annual Golden Globes award ceremony in Los Angeles, Oprah won hearts and minds with a rousing speech about speaking truth to power and advancing the position of women in society.

It was an objectively powerful oration, and social media was promptly flooded with calls for Oprah to be the countrys next president. The newfound Oprah 2020 campaign drew support not only from NBC News, which eventually deleted a tweet referring to her as our future president, but also famous neoconservative war hawk Bill Kristol, who unleashed a Twitter storm of support for the beloved American icon.

Oprah did rightly speak out against the 2003 Iraq war (though Kristol claims, partially correctly, that she supported regime change), and as an individual, she is a wonderful example of human connection, kindness, and compassion...


Stop sale of Byron railway land: Greens "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Wollongbar Motel, Byron Bay. Photo

The Greens NSW transport spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi and Ballina MP Tamara Smith are calling on the NSW Government to urgently stop the sale of rail corridor land to property developers in Byron Bay.

Residents have just one day left to make submissions on the development application, which was lodged with Byron Shire Council by developer Wollongbar Properties, and has been on exhibition over the holiday period.

It covers a 611sqm parcel of railway land behind the Wollongbar Motel on Shirley Street in Byron Bay, which the proponent plans to buy from Transport for NSW.

Dr Faruqi said the Government must immediately stop any sale of rail corridor land in Byron.

Its really concerning that part of the corridor is being sold off just for the sake of private developers building luxury apartments, she said.

Act of parliament

I have written to the minister urgently seeking clarification about how rail corridor land can be sold off without the required Act of Parliament. Are they trying to find a roundabout way of selling off precious public transport land? The government must stop the sale and undermining of this rail corridor.

People of the North Coast have been campaigning for a real public transport solution since the Labor Government closed the Casino-Murwillumbah line nearly 14 years ago. Keeping the rail corridor in public hands and restoration of regional rail services must be the priority, not private luxury apartment complexes, Dr Faruqi said.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith agreed that keeping the rail corridors in the region in public hands was vital.

These spaces belong to the community and are common land corridors for transport and public use they ought never be sold off to developers. Once you start down that path there is no going back.

Our rail corridors are public places and public spaces that should never be privatised because they belong to the community in perpetuity, she said.

The post...


Heres Why Theres No More Free Passes For The Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A new Department of Justice probe of the email and charity fraud scandals wont end well for Bill or Hillary

By Charles Ortel

Until recently, the Clinton Foundation has been monitored by the IRS, the Department of Justice, and the FBI, and multiple state government authorities that are seeded with persons loyal to either the Clintons or the Obamas.

Every time, the Clinton Foundation got a free pass.

But now it appears key authorities may finally be turning strict attention toward answering tough questions about public filings of Clinton charities inside and outside the United States. When these powerful organizations engage motivated minds, they will wish to concentrate on a few areas that have long gone begging for attention.

The first time the Clinton Foundation was investigated, between 2001 and 2005, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller, then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey, and others could not seem to find obvious and escalating frauds as a supposed presidential library complex in Little Rock, Arkansas, also fought HIV/AIDS internationally from unregistered offices in New York and Massachusetts without ever obtaining required audits of worldwide activities.

Strangely, as the first investigation wound down, evidence in the public domain suggests that the Clinton Foundation also defrauded the National Archivist by making demonstrably false representations in a binding legal agreement.

For example, there is no evidence the IRS provided final approval to the Clinton Foundation to fight HIV/AIDS internationally as a tax-exempt purpose by Nov. 18, 2004, the date the presidential archive was officially donated.

That Nov. 18, 2004, agreement is nowhere to be found today on the Clinton Foundation website and in public filings despite the charitys more than 13 years of widespread solicitation across state and national boundaries using telephones, mail, and the internet.

The next major investigation started in December 2009 when the French government launched a detailed look into UNITAID, a multilateral international organization primarily funded by France that has sent more than $650 million to arms of the Clinton Foundation engaged, at least in theory, in fighting HIV and AIDS.

Reports concerning this investigation, written in French and published in 2010 and 2011, show that French government authorities, like their U.S. counterparts, missed the heart of...


January 9 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1815 - First fleeter Augustus Alt, who was responsible for laying out the first streets of the towns of Sydney and Parramatta, turned up his toes at age 83.

1816 - Whaling captain and explorer James Kelly popped into Port Dalrymple whilst puttering around the coastline of Tassie...and was promptly arrested under suspicion of being a bushranger.
Yep, that's how we do things in Oz...see a bloke and reckon he'd like to be flogged while in chains.

1821 - Governor Macquarie issued further grants at Illawarra: Samuel Terry 2000 acres, Andrew Allan 700 acres, Thomas Davey 2000 acres, D'Arcy Wentworth 3150 acres, James Mitcham 700 acres, John Horsley 1200 acres, William Wentworth 1000 acres.

1826 - The ayes have it...The first Executive Council for Van Diemen's Land aka Tasmania was appointed.

1830 - The Sydney Gazette announced....
'The female prisoners by the Lucy Davidson' have turned out but a profitless shipment. Most of the Magdalens, were assigned to service in Sydney and by far the greater portion of those, we are told, have been returned by their masters to government as incorrigibly bad characters'

1854 - It's your money Ralph....The first branch of the English, Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank was opened in Melbourne by F.A.Walsh....and keep those pennies in the tea tin for now.

1862 - William Voss was hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Moir at York.

1863 - First Post Office opened in Mackay.

1867 - The Clarke Gang of bushrangers constantly raided crops and livestock. Their gang, the Jerrabat Gully Rakers, were regarded as scientists in the art of cattle duffing and horse stealing. The Clarke gang of relatives and friends was well trained in bushcraft and were heavily armed.
They plundered publicans, storekeepers, farmers and travelers. They ambushed gold shipments from Nerrigundah and Araluen and the coaches that traveled from Sydney and the Illawarra. Till November 1866 they marauded virtually unchecked in a triangle through the Jingeras from Braidwood to Bega, and up the coast to Moruya and Nelligen. A party of special constables assigned to capture the Clarke GangJohn Carroll, Patrick Kennagh, Eneas McDonnell and John Pheganwere ambushed and killed near Jinden Station. They had been tied to a tree and then shot.

1868 - The last convict ship, the Hougoumont, arrived at Fremantle with 279 convicts. Their arrival brought an end to the transportation of prisoners from the UK.Somehow I don't think they got mints on their pillows during their voyage...

1869 - The fast clipper ship, 'Thermopylae', reached Melbourne after a record 60 days sailing from London.
Show off !

1870 - First issue of Australian Town & Country Journal.



A bright, new dawn? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A string of tweets this afternoon from Matthew Moore of the Times broke the news of the goings-on today at the BBC:
  • NEW: BBC staff told that anyone who has indicated support for Carrie Gracie, or tweeted an opinion about BBC pay, can no longer present any segments on BBC pay.
  • The directive, from new director of news Fran Unsworth, applies to off-air producers as well as on-air presenters.
  • Given that dozens (hundreds?) of BBC women and men have publicly backed Carrie Gracie, this threatens to turn into farce...
  • UPDATE: BBC says that staff have been reminded of existing guidelines that reporters who have expressed public views should not conduct interviews on that subject.
How fascinating! As the Guardian puts it, "the BBC has banned journalists who tweeted support for Carrie Gracie from presenting on-air segments about the gender pay row at the  editors at the BBC moved to enforce its editorial guidelines by stopping journalists reporting on the issue if they have supported Gracie or have been campaigning for pay equality":
A BBC spokesperson confirmed that editorial guidelines were being applied, saying: Where a presenter or reporter has publicly expressed a view on a particular issue they would no longer be perceived as an impartial voice, therefore it is right they do not conduct interviews on that issue. This is in keeping with editorial guidelines. 
The BBCs guidelines include a segment about reporting on controversial subjects concerning the broadcast. They say the reporting must remain duly impartial, as well as accurate and fair. The guidelines add: We need to ensure the BBCs impartiality is not brought into question and presenters or reporters are not exposed to potential conflicts of interest.
What an excellent decision! Let's hope this policy is now enforced across the BBC on other issues too (from Brexit to Trump, fr...


Only 10 Seconds Left, Blair "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When Blair asked me what we were doing over the Christmas break, the answer was easy: Wrestling.

He had visions of baking honey desserts with mom, riding his bike downtown and playing on his iPod. But of course, he knows time away from school is time for wrestling. And good thing because the Olympic Champ Henry Cejudo made a surprise visit to his practice!

Opportunities are abundant when you sacrifice. But it didnt stop there.

We traveled to downtown Phoenix for a tournament at Arizona State University. He moved from 73 lbs to 84 lbs to compete in a bigger bracket.

A few wins later, he was in the finals!

But his opponent was a bit older, way stronger and much bigger. After the first period, Blair was down 2-0. He gave me that, I-gave-everything-I-had-and-scored-nothing- because-hes-too-damn-big look.

I gave him the Change-your-attitude-change-your-strategy-look.

After the second period, the score was tied 2-2. It was Blairs choice for the third and final period.  He chose to start on his feet.

The first takedown was going to dictate the winner

Everyone, at some point thinks, I gave it everything I had. It happens when we learn, when we exercise, when we competeand thats when we start quitting.

But the people who coach and condition themselves to ignore that voice are the ones who learn that anything is possible when you keep going. Its the harder road, sure.  But you know where quitting gets you, so you have to at least push for progress, no matter how small.

Every New Year, were all making resolutions and goals.

Most are going to quit when they think theyve done all they can.  That will probably be in February.

I know, personally, that the voice of despair is always there. But, I also now that I can ignore it as long as Im making small, even infinitesimal, progress toward a resolution.

In wrestling and life, Blair and I live by the 1% rule.

If you can improve just 1% every match, its a victory. It means youre a better wrestler than you were prior to lacing up.

Thats a win, regardless of the final score.

As a chemist, this is the same motivation that pushed me in the lab. Every product has to yield a positive, measurable result, I insisted.

for example, when I designed The AM-PM Fat Loss package, I wanted to confer users with a cluster of measurable results that would yield health and longevity.

A boost in energy.

A reduction in belly fat.

Better mental focus..........


Russiagate Turns On Its Originators "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Russiagate originated in a conspiracy between the military/security complex, the Clinton-controlled Democratic National Committee, and the liberal/progressive/left. The goal of the military/security complex is to protect its out-sized budget and power by preventing President Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. Hillary and the DNC want to explain away their election loss by blaming a Trump/Putin conspiracy to steal the election. The liberal/progressive/left want Trump driven from office.

As the presstitutes are aligned with the military/security complex, Hillary and the DNC, and the liberal/progressive/left, the Russiagate orchestration is a powerful conspiracy against the president of the United States and the deplorables who elected him. Nevertheless, the Russiagate Conspiracy has fallen apart and has now been turned against its originators.

Despite the determination of the CIA and FBI to get Trump, these powerful and unaccountable police state agencies have been unable to present any evidence of the Trump/Putin conspiracy against Hillary. As William Binney, the former high level National Security Agency official who devised the spy program has stated, if there was any evidence of a Trump/Putin conspiracy to steal the US presidential election, the NSA would most certainly have it.

So where is the evidence? Why after one year and a half and a special prosecutor whose assignment is to get Trump has no evidence whatsoever been found of the Trump/Putin conspiracy? The obvious answer is that no such conspiracy ever existed. The only conspiracy is the one against Trump.

This has now become completely apparent. Russiagate originated in a fake Trump dossier invented by Christopher Steele, a former British MI6 intelligence officer. It is not yet clear whether it was the DNC, the CIA, or the FBI who paid Steele for the fake dossier. Perhaps he sold it to all three.

What we do know is that the FBI used what it knew to be a fake dossier to go to the FISA court for a warrant to spy on Trump.

As a consequence both Comey and the FBI, special prosecutor Mueller, and Christopher Steele are in hot water. The Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Grassley, has instructed the US Attorney General to launch a criminal investigation of Steele for false statements to FBI counterintelligence officials.

You can see where this leads as former FB...


Change Your Story, Change Your Life "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Linda George, Contributor
Waking Times

Stuart Wilde said:

Once you accept life without struggling against it, you can see that everything serves you in one way or another. A lousy meal helps you appreciate and remember a good meal.


A defeat strengthens you for the next victory. If you try not to quantify and judge things and accept them as part of your overall experience, you become mature. All of a sudden that power that should have been yours from the beginning is returned to you as a calm individuality a creative stillness that allows you to BE. Acceptance unshackles you from the restraints that youve created for yourself, and it allows you to explore inside your own individuality.

What would it mean, how would it change things, if, this year a new one just begun you, me, anyone listening could take this advice? Acceptance without struggle. And awareness that everything happening that we dont like is actually serving us in some way. It is all in how we choose to use our thoughts. And the life we are creating is made from our thoughts.

Our thoughts seemingly arise out of nowhere, capture our attention, torment us for a while if they are at the negative end of the continuum (and with the brains natural bias toward the negative, they often are) and then, eventually, leave us alone. It feels we are at their mercy. The wisdom and spiritual traditions tell us we need to let go of the egoic mind (the mind that generates thoughts) and find the calm stillness of the Higher Self behind it. Herein lies the answer to our distress. It is said the mind makes a wonderful master but a very poor servant. For most of us, our minds, the monkey mind (or the lower mind in the theosophical tradition) is our master. My proposition is this: can we decide, right now, to turn this around and make 2018 the year of change of mind? From master to servant the minds status can be changed. What would it take?

Acceptance according to Stuart Wilde and others. Acceptance is allowing life to unfold without imposing the egos preferences upon it. Michael Singer wrote the story of his life on this path, entitled, The Surrender Experiment. His realization that the monkey mind with its never-ending chatter...


NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Old Bucca Rd, Moonee Beach "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 97 Old Bucca Rd, Moonee Beach, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Other
SIZE: 0 ha
UPDATED: 9 Jan 2018 02:26


How stress can make you pile on the pounds "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Are you stressed out? Is it hard for you to lose weight? Is there excess fat hanging around in your belly area? If you answered yes to those questions, exploring the relationship between those problems is crucial to your health and well-being. And even if you didn't answer yes to all three questions, it is important to understand how stress can harm your body. That's because your body's main stress hormone - cortisol - can rise to damaging levels when you experience stress. Cortisol (a steroid hormone) helps fuel the fight-or-flight response - the psychological loop that fires you up to fight or run for your life when facing danger. Think of it as your body's built-in alarm system. When you are faced with immediate danger, increases in cortisol help you respond. The hormone works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, and fear.


Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? Curtailed attention spans, more isoaltion, depression and suicide among young iPhone users is alarming researchers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But theyre on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phoneshes had an iPhone since she was 11sounding as if shed just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. We go to the mall, she said. Do your parents drop you off?, I asked, recalling my own middle-school days, in the 1980s, when Id enjoy a few parent-free hours shopping with my friends. NoI go with my family, she replied. Well go with my mom and brothers and walk a little behind them. I just have to tell my mom where were going. I have to check in every hour or every 30 minutes.

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Those mall trips are infrequentabout once a month. More often, Athena and her friends spend time together on their phones, unchaperoned. Unlike the teens of my generation, who might have spent an evening tying up the family landline with gossip, they talk on Snapchat, the smartphone app that allows users to send pictures and videos that quickly disappear. They make sure to keep up their Snapstreaks, which show how many days in a row they have Snapchatted with each other. Sometimes they save screenshots of particularly ridiculous pictures of friends. Its good blackmail, Athena said. (Because shes a minor, Im not using her real name.) She told me shed spent most of the summer hanging out alone in her room with her phone. Thats just the way her generation is, she said. We didnt have a choice to know any life without iPads or iPhones. I think we like our phones more than we like actual people.


Your Smartphone Reduces Your Brainpower, Even If Its Just Sitting Ther...


Daily Digest 1/8 - Northeast Deep Freeze Lingers, The End Of The Beginning For Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Jacaranda Dr, Upper Orara "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Jacaranda Dr, Upper Orara, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Other
SIZE: 0 ha
UPDATED: 9 Jan 2018 01:30


Monitoring Undersea Cables "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Wheres the Collusion? (Trevin)

That is the question, according to TRNNs Aaron Mate. Mate could not get a straight answer from Guardian reporter Luke Harding whose book on the topic, ironically titled Collusion, is a New York Times #1 bestseller.

Trumps Buy American Weapons Plan (Dan)

In a big giveaway to arms manufacturers like Raytheon and Boeing, the Trump administration is drafting a plan that would boost US weapon sales around the globe. Dont expect the sellers to show concern over human-rights-abusing buyers either.

Kris Kobachs Voter Fraud Crackdown (Reader Steve)

The notorious Kris Kobach is using anecdotal cases of voter fraud to further his  and President Trumps  claims that it is a widespread problem.

How Airlines Are Screwing You (Russ)

Southwest Airlines, along with American, Delta, and United, agreed to a $15 million settlement over limiting capacity on their airlines. This effectively shrinks available seating and, by consequence, raises fares. While none of the carriers admitted wrongdoing, and tacitly stated the plan will continue in a variety of ways, the class-action lawsuit is an important first strike.

Palestines Few Friends in the Middle East (Dan)

While many Arab countries claim to support the Palestinian cause, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, most of them are actually closer to Israel.

Mind-Blowing New Photos of Jupiter (Jimmy)

NASAs $1 billion Juno spacecraft is taking stunning photos of the giant gas planet. Some of the many storm systems captured are larger than the earths diameter.



Thousands of flying foxes killed by record-breaking heatwave near Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As record breaking heat swept across Western Sydney on Sunday, it took with it 'thousands' of bats who melted in the sweltering conditions. A critical portion of Campbelltown's flying fox colony died from the heat, as surging temperatures left many dead on the ground and still suspended among the trees. Heartbreaking photos of the death toll were shared online by volunteer groups Wires and Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands, who tried desperately to save as many lives as they could. As parts of the state became the hottest place on earth Sunday, rescuers from North Western Sydney Wires worked tirelessly alongside Sydney Wildlife volunteers. But unfortunately for hundreds - potentially thousands - of bats, their help came a little too late.


Heres How Stress Could Be Making You Fat "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

stress fat making cortisol

By Lisa Egan

Are you stressed out? Is it hard for you to lose weight? Is there excess fat hanging around in your belly area?

If you answered yes to those questions, exploring the relationship between those problems is crucial to your health and well-being.

And even if you didnt answer yes to all three questions, it is important to understand how stress can harm your body.

Thats because your bodys main stress hormone  cortisol  can rise to damaging levels when you experience stress.

Cortisol (a steroid hormone) helps fuel the fight-or-flight response  the psychological loop that fires you up to fight or run for your life when facing danger.

Think of it as your bodys built-in alarm system. When you are faced with immediate danger, increases in cortisol help you respond. The hormone works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, and fear.

Cortisol also handles other important bodily tasks, explains WebMD.


  • Manages how your body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
  • Keeps inflammation down
  • Regulates your blood pressure
  • Increases your blood sugar (glucose)
  • Controls your sleep...


NUMSA: S. African Union Confronts New Forms Of Apartheid Through Class Struggle "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ill answer your question first and then Ill give some context. Our view of the current South African government is we have taken a very oppositionist perspective, we are opposed to the ANC -- African National Congress, ruling party in South Africa -- -led government. Up until 2013 NUMSA was an active member and an alliance partner and supporter of the ANC. This was because in the days of the liberation movement when we were still fighting the apartheid regime, all of the various formations, the trade unions, the NGOs and the popular community struggles which were all fighting against apartheid all came together in an alliance. So if you were an ANC member you were automatically a supporter of all of the trade union federations, of COSATU --Congress of South African Trade Unions -- for example.


Ever wondered why you feel much hotter or colder than the temperature gauge indicates? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian Bureau of MeteorologyThermal Comfort observations, January 2018:

We often use the air temperature as an indicator of how comfortable we will feel when involved in sports or other physical activities. However, the air temperature is only one factor in the assessment of thermal stress. In climates where other important factors, principally humidity, can vary widely from day to day, we need more than just the temperature for a more realistic assessment of comfort. However it is useful to be able to condense all the extra effects into a single number and use it in a similar way to the way we used the temperature. The Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) and the Apparent Temperature are indices which attempt to do this.

Human thermal comfort depends on environmental and personal factors. The four environmental factors are airflow (wind), air temperature, air humidity, and radiation from the sun and nearby hot surfaces. The personal factors are the clothing being worn and the person's level of physical activity. Thermal sensation is also significantly affected by acclimatisation/adaptation: people living in hot climates have been shown to be comfortable at higher temperatures than those living in cooler climates.

In hotter conditions the body must shed heat to maintain thermal equilibrium. The cooling effect of evaporation of sweat fro...


January 2018: are environmental vandals in the Liberal & National parties trying to force gasfield expansions down the throats of reluctant communities? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

To be eligible your project must bring new gas flow to domestic gas consumers in target markets by 30 June 2020 and can include:
*deployment of new technologies or techniques to lift existing and new well productivity
*the opening of new gas pilot and/or production or exploration wells that are either in proximity to existing gas infrastructure or can demonstrate a path to market
*better utilisation of existing or the establishment of new gas processing, storage and transport facilities
*design, construction and engineering activities directly related to bringing forward new gas supply.
[Gas Acceleration Program, Eligibility Criteria

Liberal Senator for Queensland and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan, media release, 20 December 2017:



Tommy Franklin hosting a Saturday morning dance party in Apex Park Main Beach Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tommy Franklin will be hosting a Saturday morning dance party in Apex Park Main Beach Byron Bay foreshore at 10am on January 13.

As the newest ambassador of Hello Sunday Morning, Tommy Franklin is bringing a series of Sunday morning dance parties to six Australian cities this summer. First Byron Bay, then Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth and Sydney.

This is a free and family friendly event! So round up your family, friends, kids and community. We cant wait to see you in your nearest city!

Hello Sunday Morning is an Australian charity with a mission to build technology that provides early intervention support for any person who wants to change the way they drink. Whether it is to quit drinking, take a break or simply cut back, we are here to support you and your choice.

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Deutsche Bank: A Global Bank for Oligarchs American and Russian, Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Editors Note: We publish this lengthy, in-depth, technical piece by a former IRS investigator, knowing it raises more questions than it provides answers. But we believe that is a very useful service, particularly in relation to a complex topic of considerable public import one that may be a key component for special counsel Robert Muellers ongoing Trump-Russia investigation. We hope in the coming weeks to explore many of these questions in greater depth. And we welcome reader comments.

Martin J. Sheil is a retired branch chief of the IRS Criminal Investigation division.

Acronym Reference

DFS       DDepartment of Financial Services

LIBOR      London Interbank Offered Rate (calculates interest payments across the globe)

DOJ          US Department of Justice

SDNY       Southern District of New York

EDNY       Eastern District of New York

FinCEN    Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

OCCRP     Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

President Donald J. Trump claims he has the absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department. This chilling assertion invites speculation about just what the president has in mind. For clues to what may surface when investigators dig deeper, consider the pending prosecution of banking giant Deutsche Bank over money laundering activities involving Russia.

Recent media reports confirm that Deutsche Bank has been subpoenaed for records in relation to the ongoing Russia collusion investigation. This development immediately raises questions: Chiefly, what did a certain bankrupt but ambitious American real estate developer have in common with predatory Russian oligarchs who had been plundering their own countrys industry and generating vast currency flows out of their homeland since the 1990s?

Indeed, Deutsche Bank is a common thread in numerous probes of questionable financial activities including tax evasion and money laundering with ties to multiple oligarchs and their businesses in the US and abroad. So far the bank itself has suffered minimal consequences.

In all the flurry of media attention to the Russia collusion story, little attention has been paid to the Department of Justices (DOJ) criminal investigation of Deutsche Bank in Manhattan.

What are the ramifications for Deutsche of this pote...


Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Jesus Casts Out an Evil Spirit "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 306

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout - Anna toont haar zoon Samul aan de priester Eli.jpg

Hannah presenting her son Samuel to the priest Eli, ca. 1665

Reading 1 1 SM 1:9-20

Hannah rose after a meal at Shiloh,
and presented herself before the LORD;
at the time, Eli the priest was sitting on a chair
near the doorpost of the LORDs temple.
In her bitterness she prayed to the LORD, weeping copiously,
and she made a vow, promising: O LORD of hosts,
if you look with pity on the misery of your handmaid,
if you remember me and do not forget me,
if you give your handmaid a male child,
I will give him to the LORD for as long as he lives;
neither wine nor liquor shall he drink,
and no razor shall ever touch his head.
As she remained long at prayer before the LORD,
Eli watched her mouth, for Hannah was praying silently;
though her lips were moving, her voice could not be heard.
Eli, thinking her drunk, said to her,
How long will you make a drunken show of yourself?
Sober up from your wine!
It isnt that, my lord, Hannah answered.
I am an unhappy woman.
I have had neither wine nor liquor;
I was only pouring out my troubles to the LORD.
Do not think your handmaid a neer-do-well;
my prayer has been prompted by my deep sorrow and misery.
Eli said, Go in peace,
and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.
She replied, Think kindly of your maidservant, and left.
She went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband,
and no longer appeared downcast.
Early the next morning they worshiped before the LORD,
and then returned to their home in....


Sydney experiences hottest day since 1939: 47.3 C (117 F) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A short, sharp burst of very hot desert air hit South Australia and the southeastern States over the weekend forcing authorities to issue total fire bans and health advisories. The brunt of the heat took Penrith, west of Sydney where Sunday's temperatures...... Read more


Teenage girl killed by dog pack in Jharkhand, India "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A 12-year-old girl, who had gone to answer nature's call outside her house, was killed when a bunch of dogs attacked her in a village under Markachcho police station area of Jharkhand's Koderma district on Sunday morning. Koderma is one of the five open defecation free (ODF) districts in Jharkhand. According to the police, they got information about the girl, identified as Madhu Kumari, daughter of Umesh Singh, a resident of Bhagwatidih village in Markachcho (South) panchayat, was killed by the dogs on Sunday morning. "The information we got was that the girl had gone to answer nature's call and was surrounded and attacked by a bunch of dogs. There were attempts by some children to shoo the dogs away, but it was too late. They raised an alarm and alerted their family members. They also shooed away the dogs. But, by then, it was too late. No official complaint has been registered. We are treating this case as an accident," said Officer-in-charge (Markachcho), Arun Kumar.


Australian East Coast Narrowly Avoids a Widespread Blackout Thanks to Coal "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Australias policy of shuttering of dispatchable power sources in favour of unreliables finally appears to be biting into the stability of the Australian electricity grid. One of the coal plants which saved the day is scheduled to be closed in 2022. New South Wales dodges widespread blackouts during heatwave By


"Very Few Beings..." "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 "Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, 
few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the 
answers they have already shaped in their own minds."
- Anne Rice


Science Brief #2. Why We Are Having Heavy Rains & Hurricanes! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Science Matters to come closer to truth!

Science Brief #2. Why the heavy rains and hurricanes?

Essay by S. Tom Bond, Resident Farmer & Retired Chemistry Professor, Jane Lew, Lewis County, WV

The U. S. has experienced four hurricane disasters just this past year: Harvey in Texas and Louisiana in August; Irma, a particularly intense hurricane with winds of 185 miles an hour in the Caribbean reached south Florida in early September. Jose hit the East Coast of the U. S in late September. Maria, the most damaging on record in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands occurred in late September. Combined they cost $200B. The Atlantic had 17 named storms in 2017. See storm tracks here.

What is a hurricane? It is a violent storm the size of a tropical cyclone having sustained winds of over 74 miles per hour. There are five categories, defined by wind speed. When they move over land devastation is proportional to wind speed.

What causes a hurricane? The best answer requires a little bit of science. Water vapor is formed when water evaporates. It takes heat to overcome the attraction between water molecules that causes them to stick together to be a liquid. When enough energy is supplied, they can separate and each molecule goes its own way, up into the air. That moist air is lighter and tends to rise. As the reader knows, higher in the atmosphere the temperature goes down. When a mass of humid air reaches an altitude where it is cold enough, the heat is transferred to the air. The warmed air continues to rise, and the water condenses and falls out as rain. This is the source of rain and snow.

A tremendous amount of heat is needed to evaporate water, over five times as much as is needed to warm the water from the freezing point to the boiling point. This is released when it condenses back to water (rain). If a smaller mass of air hits a really cold layer, a thunderstorm results. If a moist area goes up to a cool, but not very cold air mass, rain occurs.

When very humid air over the ocean in a wide area rises to a cold level, it continues to rise as it drops rain. This rising draws up more humid air from below. The warm air spreads out in the upper atmosphere, forming a whirling cloud cover. More and more heat is drawn from the oceans top layer as the system spreads out. Winds rising in the interior of the s...


With Opening of Turkish Border, Georgias Armenians Grow Uneasy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tbilisi (EAN A few weeks ago, residents of the village of Dadash, on Georgias border with Turkey, blocked the main highway connecting the two countries. Their aim, they said, was to call attention to rampant lawlessness in the area since the opening of the border post with Turkey in 2015.

In particular, they assert that their livestock is being stolen, blaming Turks in neighboring towns.

A member of Georgias parliament, Enzel Mkoyan, visited the village the day after the protest to hear out their grievances. A large majority of area residents is ethnic Armenian.

Georgia Turkey border crossing.
Image: Flickr Goggins World

Residents told him that cameras on the Turkish side showed that the stolen animals had indeed been taken over the border. They also maintained that local authorities have been of little help.

We live on the border and are very worried, one of the villagers, Tsolak Martirosyan said at the meeting, according to an account by local news website Why is the Turkish side equipped with video cameras, and our side isnt? What century do we live in?

The problem is not new, residents complained. A village nearby, Kartsakhi, staged a similar protest in 2015, threatening to obstruct the construction of a new international railway through the area unless the authorities took action to find stolen property.

Related: Search georgia Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid

Mkoyan promised help. I called all ministries the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Foreign Ministry, and also the border police, he...


Why A Small Minneapolis Fashion Brand Is Making Climate Change Part Of Its Business "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Menswear brand Askov Finlayson has committed to giving 110% of its environmental impact cost back to organizations fighting climate change.

For the first few years of its existence, Minneapolis menswear brand Askov Finlaysons focus was both on its productsnamely, its signature North hatsand a fundamental redefining of its chilly corner of the midwest. Instead of just another northern section of flyover country, CEO and cofounder Eric Dayton wanted his home state to be recognized as the northern paradise he holds it to be. Specifically, the North. And judging by Askov Finlaysons growth, as well as how others in Minnesota have embraced the notion, its working. The upcoming Super Bowl in Minneapolis is branded Bold North, and the local pro sports teams have tucked it into their own taglines: the NBAs Timberwolves All Eyes North, NFLs Vikings This Is the North, and MLS United FCs The North Is Rising.

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Sydney suffers through hottest day in nearly 80 years "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Record-breaking heat has hit southeastern Australia over the past few days leading to widespread fire bans as temperatures passed 40 degrees Celsius. Canberra had its hottest day of the summer so far with a high of 40C on Saturday afternoon.


The Storm Update -- Trump's Hurricane on the Swamp "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Trump's Hurricane On The Swamp! Storm Updates!

January 7, 2018 at 7:00pm

Source: Project Nsearch | By Glenn Canady

Swamp Drain- Mega Update from Truth Warriors on Vimeo.

The above video does a great job of going through some of the updates from the Q sources.

The Lord answered all our prayers when he stopped Hillary's steal of the election and we elected Donald J. Trump! And just as he promised, the swamp draining has begun. Tom Heneghan reports he cannot get full confirmation that the Bushes were taken to GTMO but nobody has seen them! Last known locations of the Bushes were in their roach nest at Kennebunkport Maine. Some people have said they are in GTMO but Tom like myself wants full confirmation on this before we get excited. We've seen how slippery these demons are so don't get excited until we know 100% that the Bushes are going to be put on trial for their treason. Obama, the Bushes and the Clintons must be fully exposed as the criminals they are for America to become free again! The fake news must be 100% destroyed for their support of these monsters.

Tom Heneghan does say there is no doubt Hillary has the military boot on her leg and has been classified as a threat to national security. She's not going anywhere without everybody knowing about it.

Stew Webb was told by super spy Otis Johnson this past year that the wheels of justice were going to...


Charlie Pickering, Live Comedy at the Byron Bay Brewery "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Edgy, polished and inventive, Charlie Pickering is one of the most exciting names in Australian comedy. Performing with Damien Power and MC Ellen Briggs, 7pm Thursday 18 January at the Byron Bay Brewery.

Long before he scored gigs on two of TVs biggest shows, Charlie was touring internationally, winning awards and playing to sold out houses. Pickering is an impressive stand up comedian, its his first love, and he claims its what keeps him honest. While in the US Pickering is a regular on the comedy scene, learning to adapt and reinvent his schtick for the US Audience.

Charlie has earned many an accolade for his live work over the years, including nominations for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award in Edinburgh, the Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as being named Best International Guest by the NZ Comedy Guild. Hes even been nominated for a Logie and in 2011 picked up Media Personality of the Year in the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

Hes been called Dangerously Funny, which he is. He is joined by support Damien Power, three time Barry Award nominee and widely regarded as one of the most exhilarating voices in Australian comedy. He has been called the bar room philosopher. His material is incisive, deep thinking and has even the drunkest person in the room contemplating their reason for being. Hes genius. With Ellen Briggs as MC this is one cracker of a show.

Follow the event on Facebook, or secure your ticket now online.

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Google's AI Center in China: Poaching Talent "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

January 8, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already fundamentally changing information technology and stands poised to permeate and transform technology both online and off ranging from manufacturing and transportation to medicine and military applications. The US, Russia and China have all noted that dominance in this field of technology will be an essential ingredient to holding global primacy in the near future.

What resembles a sort of arms race has emerged between prominent nations around the globe. Perhaps in an effort to provide the US with an edge, or perhaps in an effort to mitigate the impact of such an arms race, Google has opened an AI center in China.

CNN in its article, "Google is opening an artificial intelligence center in China," would announce:
Despite many of its services being blocked in China, Google has chosen Beijing as the location for its first artificial intelligence research center in Asia.
The purpose of the center, according to CNN, citing China's desire to become a global leader in AI technology, will be to: China pursue its aim to become the global leader. The facility will employ a team of researchers who will be supported by engineers the company already has in China.
Considering Google's services being banned, blocked and otherwise unwelcomed in China, the question remains as to why exactly Google would seek to aid China in becoming a leader in AI technology Google itself seeks to position itself as a leader in.

This question may have been at least partially answered in a recent AI summit which included Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc.

Poaching Foreign Talent

The Washington DC-based Center for a New American Security (CNAS), as part of its Art...


Byron Flea Market, Saturday 13 January "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Flea is the only youth-focused market in Australia.
The Byron Flea is a monthly market nestled in the lush parklands of Byron Bay.

9am-2pm, 2nd Saturday every month @ the Youth Activity Centre, Gilmore Crescent, Byron Bay

The flea provides a safe space for Byron youth to express themselves & empowers them by encouraging creative enterprise.

Its the only market in Australia that supports young people so directly.

All money raised goes straight towards keeping vital youth services and programs alive in Byron Shire.

For further information follow Byron Flea on Facebook or visit the YAC website

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

LOCATION: 285 Darkwood Rd, Thora, NSW 2454
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
SIZE: 0 ha
UPDATED: 8 Jan 2018 14:48


Drowning at Bulli "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a drowning at Bulli on Saturday to come forward and contact them.

About 11.10am, a 48-year-old man was found face down in the water about 150m from the Sandon Point Surf Club.

The man was returned to the beach by unknown bystanders who commenced CPR until lifeguards and paramedics arrived to take over CPR.

The man was taken to Wollongong Hospital where he died on Monday.

Wollongong police would like to speak with the unknown bystanders who assisted the man from the water.

Anyone who witnessed the incident and who has not yet spoke to police should contact Wollongong Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


12 Signs You Are A Natural Mystic "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Mystic beings are a lot like crystal children but do have some differences. These people may not be as spiritually guided as those who are of the crystal variety but they are still quite important.

These are the people who are in-between, the ones who are meant to support those crystal children and really build the foundation for their own paths rather than going down one already laid out for them. People of this variety have a specific kind of temperament. They can be a bit confusing but are all the while pretty fantastic. Below you will find a list of signs that point to whether or not you are a natural mystic being.

12 Signs You Are an All Natural Mystic Being:

1. You see things from all perspectives.

You are able to look at things from the perspectives of others. This makes you the best person to go to for advice. Sure, you may favor your own opinion but that doesnt mean you cant see things from the point of view of someone else.

2. You are a rule-breaker but only within reason.

You break rules that need to be broken. When something is set in place just to waste your time or do you harm you will not stand for it. But hey, some rules were meant to be broken now werent they?

3. You believe we all have our own power within.

You know that there is a power inside of you and you will not let anyone take it away. You see the light shining inside everyone you come across and it is magical. The power within is much more than you think, it can work wonders for us all.

4. You know how important growth truly is.

Those who are true mystic beings know that growing is something we never stop doing. They know that we grow in many ways and that we all grow at our own paces. This is something we should all learn to accept whether we are mystic or not.

5. You believe there is something special about every single person you encounter.

You know that we all have something special inside of us. Sure, some people are a bit sour and you cannot see their good side right away but it is there. You believe everyone has good somewhere inside of them.

6. Your intuition is important to you.

Your intuition is something you value big time. No one can sway you to ignore it. You know that when your insides are telling you something you should be listening.

7. You do not accept empty answers.

You are not one to accept answers that lack meaning. A mere yeah or nah is not going to do it for you. When you ask for an explanation you are going to get one.

8. You do not let people walk all over you.......


"Because..." "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"There is much asked and only so much I think I can or should answer, and so, in this post I would like to give a few thoughts on what seemed to be the overwhelming question: "WHY?" And here is the best answer I can give: Because. Because sometimes, life is damned unfair. Because sometimes, we lose people we love and it hurts deeply. Because sometimes there aren't really answers to our questions except for what we discover, the meaning we assign them over time. Because acceptance is yet another of life's "here's a side of hurt" lessons and it is never truly acceptance unless it has cost us something to arrive there. Why, you ask? Because, I answer. Inadequate yet true."
- Libba Bray


Juvenile male charged with intimidation and assault in Brunswick Heads "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

About 7.30pm Saturday 30 December 2017 a family were in Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads where they were allegedly approached by a 17 year old male in an aggressive manner. The young person was allegedly swearing and threatening members of the family before he allegedly threatened one of the family members with a bottle before allegedly spitting in his face.

Upon being approached by other family members the young person ran off. About five minutes later the young person returned armed with a length of timber and in company with two other males, however most of the family had left.

About 9.30pm 31 December 2017 one of the members of the family who were involved in the incident with the young person the previous night was at the Byron Bay Surf Club. The young person yelled and threatened this family member but left when he became aware that the police were on their way.

As the result of an on-going investigation the 17 year old male was arrested at his residence on 5 January 2018. The young person was conveyed to the Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with four counts of Intimidation and one count of assault.

He has been placed on strict conditional bail to appear before the Mullumbimby Childrens Court on 22 January 2018.

The young person will be regularly checked by police that he is complying with his bail conditions.

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Medicines for cardiovascular disease [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cardiovascular medicines are key elements in preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. This bulletin uses data on supply, general practitioner (GP) prescriptions, use and expenditure to highlight that cardiovascular medicines are most commonly used to help control levels of blood pressure and blood lipids, such as cholesterol.

Key findings:

Over 100 million Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme/Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme prescriptions for cardiovascular medicines were dispensed to the Australian community in 2015. These comprised one-third (34%) of the total prescription medicines dispensed.
Blood pressure lowering medicines (such as perindopril and irbesartan) and blood cholesterol lowering medicines (such as atorvastatin and rosuvastatin) were the most commonly dispensed prescription medicines in Australia in 2015.
Almost 1 in 5 (18%) of all medications prescribed by GPs in 2015-16 were for the cardiovascular system, at a rate of 9.4 per 100 problems managed. Many of these prescriptions included orders for repeats.
Almost three-quarters (72%) of the estimated 4.1 million Australians who reported having a cardiovascular condition in 2014-15 had used a cardiovascular system medicine in the previous fortnight.
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New support for smokers seeking to quit "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Shire shows a persistently contains level of smokers that the national average, according to new information released by the Heart Foundation. Map suplied

Are you struggling with wanting to give up smoking but finding it just too difficult?

A new trial offering support to people in rural and regional NSW is now targeting residents of Byron Shire and surrounding areas.

Emma Byrnes, who is a research assistant on the University of Newcastle based study, said Byron was chosen because it has a persistently higher percentage of smokers than the country as a whole.

Almost 20 per cent of Byron residents compared to the national average of just over 16 per cent, she said.

The new data is based on Australian Heart Foundation mapping.

People living in rural and regional towns face many barriers to healthcare, Ms Byrnes said, and this includes smoking cessation support.

We are aware that smoking cessation may be more difficult for rural and regional people based on their geographical location, access to health facilities and cost.

This randomised control trial is determined to remove these barriers and provide cessation support via video, telephone or written platforms, at no cost to participants, Ms Byrnes said.

The study is the first of its kind, and provides real-time video counselling delivered via Skype, FaceTime or Facebook Messenger to smokers in their homes.

It is being supervised by the School of Medicine and Public Healths Dr Flora Tzelepis.

For more information, or to be considered for the study, visit the University of Newcastle website.

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Residents complain of noisy machinery at Barrio Bar "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Three extraction fans on the outside of the Barrio building in Sunrise. (supplied)

Residents in the Sunrise area of Byron Bay have complained about noise from industrial machinery at the new Barrio Bar and Restaurant, saying it is diminishing their quality of life.

But owner Dan Wyllie told Echonetdaily that the builders would be back next week to try to sort out the problem.

The new development opened almost two weeks ago, and residents say three loud extraction fans start operating at 6am from Monday to Saturday, and can run as late as 11pm.

They say a six-unit cooling system runs 24 hours a day.

Resident David Dixon said the machines are located across the street from a residential area.

Theres no way the owners of Barrio would put up with this intrusive and incessant machine noise just metres from their bedroom windows, he said.

Another resident Susan Wise said the noise was significant.

The dull drone of industrial machinery is the first thing that fills my consciousness each morning and it never stops, she said.

I now have ZERO hours of peaceful enjoyment in my own home environment. The health and well-being of residents should not be damaged by the introduction of a new commercial venture.

They have called on the owners to modify the equipment so it is inaudible from nearby homes.

Mr Wyllie said he was aware of the complaints.

The builders are coming back next week. They were unavailable because of the holiday period but hopefully it will be sorted out soon.

He said he understood the concerns of the residents but gave an assurance that the owners would do everything to modify the equipment.

Apart from the noise complaint, Mr Wyllie said the new development was going great.

Planning consultant Steve Connelly said the developers of the project take very seriously any changes of amenity for nearby residents.

Its obviously a bad time of the year to get consultants on the case but we expect to be taking noise readings in the next day or two so that weve got expert advice to act on, he said.

In the meantime Barrio is doing their best to to minimise the noise by turning the fans off when they can.

Mr Connelly said he would be happy to comment further on...


Crrow777 | Censorship, Solar Lies, Hidden Lands, & The Big Construct - The Higherside Chats "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On today's episode of The Higherside Chats, old friend Crrow777 joins Greg Carlwood to talk censorship, solar lies, & everything wrong with the Big Construct.

We live in a time where people are questions all aspects of reality, from the narratives we see on the nightly news to the sun, moon, stars and the Earthly environment itself. How can we not when we know the school system we're forced into was crafted with deception rather than a true attempt to cultivate the best and brightest.

We know think tanks and backdoor cabals have steered our culture to their liking for years, we've heard thousands of accounts of strange objects in the skies but have been stonewalled when it comes to answers, and we don't even know how to feed or take care of ourselves on the most basic of levels.

It seems all we can do is observe the holes in the official story while the world around us drinks the proverbial Kool-aid of our consensus reality cult, because it's clear nearly every aspect of time and space has been twisted for control.

But lucky for us we have a light in the darkness with his cameras aimed at the sky, a man working to peel the onion of lies down to it's very core. He's been here plenty of times before making the shortlist of gusts who's appearances exceed what I can count on one hand, the Pappa Bear of the Lunar Wave. My friend and yours. Breaking in the new year, Crrow welcome back to the Higherside.

00:1:40 Crrow details the censorship issues he's been having, expecially on YouTube. Crrow then expands on the unfortunate direction online censorship tends to be trending, in an era of what he refers to as 'a modern day book burning.

00:14:31 The conversation turns to the skywatching Crrow has done in the past year, how his thoughts about our construct have evolved since his last time on THC, and what last year's major solar eclipse seemed to reveal.

00:42:02 Greg brings up Crrows comment from last year that it's too early to form a better map of our construct, and asks if any progress has been made in that area since their last conversation.

Become a Plus Member at to hear a second hour of all THC episodes. This weeks included:

-Is the stage being set for a mock alien invasion?

-If all the things Crrow has filmed in the sky could be chaulked up to human technology, what about the tens of thousands of entity experiencers? Is there some non-human element to our environment?

-Spielberg, demons, and alines

-the vast manipulation of time

Sunday, 07 January


Watch the New Fallon Cush Video Achilles Heel "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Fallon Cush Sydney based folk-rock band Fallon Cush have just released their latest single and video Achilles Heel. The track is taken from their 2017 album Morning and the video is shot and directed by local stalwarts MCMI Music Imaging featuring Fallon Cush frontman Steve Smith. Check out Achilles Heel below:Filed []


Govt abandoning rays to die in shark nets "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A ray found by Sea Shepherd volunteers trapped in a Ballina shark net on Sunday (January 7, 2018). Photo Sea Shepherd Australia

Sea Shepherd has accused the NSW Government of deliberately abandoning rays trapped in Ballina shark nets to die after it was refused permission to rescue two animals yesterday.

The organisation says that despite being told of two rays trapped in nets off Ballina beaches on Sunday (January 7), DPI Fisheries would neither authorise Sea Shepherd divers to disentangle them or send a contractor to their rescue.

When the groups volunteers inspected the shark nets off Ballina yesterday they found an eagle ray entangled and struggling in the Sharpes Beach net and also a manta ray, dead on the sea floor adjacent to the net.

Another eagle ray was found fighting for life in the net off Lighthouse Beach.

But after speaking to the local authorities the Sea Shepherd crew say they were told that the animal would be left to die. Neither the contractor nor Fisheries would release the rays.

This is yet another example of how NSW shark nets are indiscriminate killers decimating our marine wildlife. Its not the first non-target animal we have found, but despite being notified, Fisheries have said they wont release these animals and instead leave them to die, said Sea Shepherd spokesperson, Jonathan Clark.

10 animals entangled

He added the group had run its boat boat Grey Nurse out to the Ballina nets 10 times since December and had found 10 animals entangled none of them the target shark species.

Our crews have consisted of several volunteers from the local community and are bringing some transparency to the destruction caused by these nets, Mr Clark said.

This net trial is not a shark bite mitigation method that is bringing safety to locals and tourists. Sea Shepherd cares very much about human safety and these nets do not provide that. They provide a false sense of safety whilst killing precious marine animals.

Sea Shepherd is told to not interfere with the shark nets or volunteers face heavy fines and charges, even if it means merely freeing non-target species, such as rays and endangered turtles.

But he said the government was not responding within its mandatory response times to release...


No need to be drunk to feel the funk "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tommy Franklin enjoys a good happy crowd.

Australias Got Talent finalist Tommy Franklin of Byron Bay will be hosting a series of free dance parties on Sunday mornings to promote a healthy and empowered lifestyle and encourage people to question the role alcohol plays in their lives and our culture and whether they are happy with their relationship or not.

The first of the parties will be held at Byron Bay on Saturday 13 January at Apex Park from 10am to 11am.

The events aim to promote brand awareness for Hello Sunday Morning, a not-for-profit on a mission to change Australias relationship with alcohol.

Hello Sunday Morning has been an innovator in positive health promotion for the past seven years and have recently developed a mobile program, Daybreak, which offers immediate support and one-on-one coaching for those looking to change their relationship with alcohol.

Hello Sunday Morning founder Chris Raine said having the confidence to dance sober was one of the greatest challenges of changing the relationship with alcohol.

This campaign is about giving that experience to as many Australians as we can and giving each one of them a good enough reason to wake up without a hangover on the weekend, Mr Raine said.

A participant from last years event at Manly, a 50-year-old female, said the experience had been refreshing.

When I first got there I thought, Oh my god am I really going to be able to do this? But then once Tommy started you couldnt not join in, he is completely contagious, she said.

I felt free and exhilarated during the event, excited to do something so outrageous.

After the event I was on a complete high, I seriously had to calm myself down. I turned into a giggly hyper teenager for the rest of the day!

Another participant, a 25-year-old man, said it was a life-changing experience.

Tommys love and happiness are extremely contagious and he rips you right out of your comfort zone, he said.

During the event I was catapulted into this amazing sense of freedom to be in my own skin like Ive never felt before.

I cant wait for the next event with Tommy, it was so refreshing. Im going to make sure I get all my friends to come, were going to have a blast.



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Dont Let Fire And Fury Normalize Fake But Accurate "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolffs entertaining new book, is a mix of wishful falsehoods, compelling fictions, and a lot of stuff we already suspected about the White House. Even honest antagonists of Donald Trump can concede as much.

But treating it too seriously not only diminishes the president who does solid work on this front all by himself it diminishes journalism and incentivizes reporters to sensationalize their coverage, which is already a growing problem.

Even before I got my hands on Fire and Fury, the kind of fun book Ive been reading with high levels of skepticism for 20 years, Id run across a contention that I knew to be patently false. According to the author, the late Roger Ailes once suggested that the president-elect make former House speaker John Boehner his chief of staff. Trump, claims Wolff, answered, Whos that?

OMG! Donald Trump doesnt didnt know who John Boehner was in 2016! went the Twitter cry. But I had interviewed Trump in 2013 regarding the tax ceiling fight, long before ever contemplating his presidency, and it was obvious he knew Boehner rather well even if he knew virtually nothing about the debt ceiling.

Since then, reporters (many of them, it should be noted, are critical of Wolff) and others have uncovered plenty of evidence debunking the Boehner story, and numerous other assertions in the book. Not that this discouraged his antagonists. The president is suffering from dementia, they now argue an attack that comports neatly with the new push to overturn the 2016 election on grounds of the presidents mental fitness.

Perhaps he does have dementia. Or perhaps Trump misheard. Or perhaps Trump didnt recognize the pronunciation of the name. Or perhaps the president was mocking the choice of Boehner in the Trumpian style. Or perhaps the story never happened.

Thats the problem with a book of rumor-mongering. You can never know whats true, though people always tend to believe the tidbits that reinforce their worldview. Not that these sorts of tomes are new. Every president has his Kitty Kelley. What is new, though, is the wall-to-wall coverage of the book. Wolff has given outlets a convenient excuse to repeat unverified stories about the Trump administration that they couldnt talk about otherwise. In doing so, some are left to defend books abstract truths.



Blockchain Technology Holds the Answer for the Prescription Drug Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2016 than 1999. In that seventeen year period, over 200,000 Americans have died from opioid-related prescription overdoses. Every day, more than 1,000 patients are treated in emergency rooms and emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.

One of the main reasons that the prescription drug crisis has gotten so bad is overprescription. One source notes, Painkiller abuse is particularly on the rise in adolescents who mislead prescribing physicians. The problem also exists with elderly patients and other legitimate prescription drug users, who sometimes use their access to opioids to supplement their incomes. The sad truth is that Medicaid patients can receive medications with a street value of up to $20,000 for a total out-of-pocket price less than $5 monthly. With easy access and the ability to make a sizeable profit, its no wonder that prescription drug use is out of control.

Unfortunately, existing methods dont do a good job of dealing with over-prescription. The CDC estimates that the U.S.s total spend on prescription drug abuse is $78.5 billion a year. This includes healthcare costs, productivity losses, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement. But regulatory bodies have been unable to prevent overprescribing from happening.

One reason for this is the inadequacy of prescription tracking methods. The current system relies on trustbetween the patient and his or her prescriber, between the prescriber and the pharmacy, and between the pharmacy and the patient. Handwritten, paper-based prescriptions can be easily forged, falsely signed, and altered. Doctors are often unaware that patients have seen multiple physicians in order to receive opioid treatment for the same problem. The entire system is in dire need of an overhaul.

Thankfully, one blockchain startup, BlockMedX, is in process of developing a proprietary platform that could stop the prescription drug crisis dead in its tracks. The platform gets rid of outdated handwritten prescriptions and provides a way for all parties to record an unchangeable history of prescriptions.

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Billions of Sydneysiders have returned to work today feeling refreshed hatred for their jobs after experiencing two weeks of life outside the office.

One man said hed always known going to work was balls, but that after enjoying such luxuries as seeing his wife and kids and eating lunch away from his keyboard over the Christmas break, hed realised just how bad his working life was.

The holidays showed me that life could actually be rather good if you removed the work bit, he said. My hatred for what I do and the people I do it with has been fully reinvigorated over the break.

One woman said shed spent the last fortnight of her two-week break in a constant panic attack, fearing her return to the office.

The only thing getting me through is that there are only 50 weeks to go until next Christmas, she said.


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